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Saturday, 17 February

02:40

I Often Get Asked What People Can Do- Here is My Suggestion "IndyWatch Feed National"

Pray that love finds its way into their hearts.

Prayer has power- and it works. And these people are motivated by the lack of love they feel for others- let alone for themselves.

No one who has love in their hearts act the way they do and say what they say. It doesnt work that way. And it is impossible to combat anger, strife, and hatred effectively with more anger, strife, and hate.

Those who hurt children- or anyone for that matter- do so because of a lack of power within themselves. Sex abuse is not about sex but power- they are seeking power outside themselves by trying to take it from others.

The Word requires us to love- despite everything. That esp. Includes those who would work at nothing but our destruction. What they are doing never works- which is why they go from one person to the next- because their sense of power is never fullfilled.

They are not to be hated but rather we should feel pity for them- as they will never reach a point of fulfillment. They need love most of all.

So when wondering what to do- pray that love finds their hearts and minds that opens their eyes. We are commanded to follow the Word- and that Word is love- and it was commanded without any exceptions- so pray for those who hate, as it is the best gift you can give to God- to them- and most importantly- yourself.

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Friday, 16 February

22:58

From Gibraltar to Australia: How Countries Approach ICOs "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

With the boom in ICOs over the last year or so, there has been an increased need for regulation, however, with no global standard, different countries are taking different approaches. #INFOGRAPHICS

21:59

Many Photos as Brisbane-based Pesca Aviation AeroCommander 690-A Turbo Commander VH-ATF Calls into Mackay and Rockhampton Airports "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

On Thursday 15 February, Brisbane-based Pesca Aviation AeroCommander 690-A Turbo Commander VH-ATF was spotted resting on the Western General Aviation (GA) Apron (WGA) at Mackay Airport.  It had earlier arrived from Archerfield.






21:36

If you have good ratings you can do whatever you please just ask Donald Trump, Don Burke and Barnaby Joyce. "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

When Malcolm Turnbull made his bizarre bonking ban pronouncement on Thursday, he did Barnaby Joyce an enormous favour.  A favour which Joyce is obviously too stupid to recognise. All of a sudden, the conversation has moved from a man abusing his position for personal gain back to people falling in love. Putting aside the expectations

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21:34

Australian venomous spiders, new research "IndyWatch Feed National"

This 2015 video says about itself:

Australian hospitals are in desperate need of live funnel web spiders to make anti-venom. Spider expert Stacey Denovan shows the safest way to catch them.

From San Diego State University in the USA:

Worlds most venomous spiders are actually cousins

Study finds the deadly Australian funnel-web spiders and mouse spiders are more closely related than previously thought

February 15, 2018

Two groups of highly venomous spiders might be seeing more of each other at family reunions. A new study led by San Diego State University biologist Marshal Hedin has found that two lineages of dangerous arachnids found in Australia long classified as distantly related in the official taxonomy are, in fact, relatively close evolutionary cousins. The findings could help in the development of novel antivenoms, as well as point to new forms of insecticides.

The spiders in question are those from the families Atracinae and Actinopodidae and include Australian funnel-web spiders and eastern Australian mouse spiders, respectively. One member of Atracinae, Atrax robustus, is considered by many to be the most venomous spider in the world.

A reasonable number of people get bitten every year, but basically nobody dies from it anymore because of the wide availability of antivenom, Hedin said.

Historically, the spiders were thought to have diverged from a common ancestor more than 200 million years ago and therefore were only distantly related. Based on their anatomy and other traits, funnel-web spiders and mouse spiders closely resemble other species of spiders known to be distantly related. Yet based on their highly similar venom the same antivenom can treat bites from both Atricinae and Actinopodidae many biologists suspected these spider groups might be more closely related than previously thought.

The funnel-webs always were an uncomfortable fit in their taxonomic place, Hedin said. I could see the writing on the wall.

So he and colleagues, with help from biologists in New Zealand and Argentina, collected new spiders from both branches throughout Australia, sought out museum specimens...

21:32

Inside the hidden world of female sex offenders. "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Mamamia

Inside the hidden world of female sex offenders.

Why do we rarely hear about female sex offenders.

This week Australian TV star Maggie Kirkpatrick was convicted of child sex offences. Today, the court sentenced her to 100 hours of community service.

The 74-year-old actor, best known for her work on Prisoner and more recently for her on-stage work in Wicked, was charged by Victoria Police with two counts of indecent assault and one count of gross indecency with a person under 16. In his sentencing remarks, the judge said that the victim was a 14 year old psychiatric patient who was taken back to Kirkpatricks home in the inner suburbs of Melbourne and assaulted.

Read more about those charges here.

For many people, the news of Kirkpatricks conviction was shocking. Not just because Kirkpatrick was a much-loved entertainer of the 80s, but because of her gender: We rarely hear of female sex offenders (or in Kirkpatricks case, alleged sex offenders). Indeed, an incredibly small percentage of child sex charges are levelled at women.

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21:23

Malka Leifer One of worlds worst accused female pedophiles arrested in Israel "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Toronto Sun

One of worlds worst accused female pedophiles arrested in Israel

Former school principal Malka Leifer has been arrested in Israel. She has been accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting 16 girls.POLICE HANDOUT

She may be one of the worst female pedophiles on record.

Now, an Australian school teacher who fled to Israel in 2008 has finally been arrested.

Cops say Malka Leifer accused of 74 counts of rape and sexual abuse against children had long argued she was too mentally ill to be extradited from Israel.

It was at times frequent abuse, daily abuse and also at times not that frequent, lawyer David Seeman alleged to ABC.

He is representing survivors in a class action lawsuit.

It was conducted at the school, it occurred at Leifers home, it occurred on camps, he said. It was made up of what you might regard as abuse low on the scale of severity, all the way up to the most serious horrific abuse.

Its believed 16 girls were victimized by Leifer.

Leifer is accused of sexually abusing her female students at the Adass Israel School in Melbourne. She was principal of the conservative school at the time.

But on  Wednesday, Israeli investigators arrested the 50-something accused s...

20:49

Weekend reads - must see articles of the week "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

It's been some week!

I had an excruciatingly painful cracked tooth and a filling done, the humidity has been off the charts in Brisbane, but we got some good stuff done as well. 

In the end, there wasn'tmuch time left for sifting through the week's news.

Fortunately the must read pieces are summarised for you here at Property Update (or click the image below).


Subscribe for the free newsletter while you're there too. 

20:21

What conservative triumph looks like "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Conservatives within the Coalition should be enjoying their moment of triumph. They have negated a supposedly progressive Prime Minister and tethered him to the unpopular and disastrous policies of his conservative predecessor. They have cast off all but two of those pesky state governments, with their namby-pamby health and education and human services, and have command of the high ground of the federal government. They stand poised to deliver tax cuts, to hold forth against Aboriginal claims through the Uluru Statement, and for welfare crackdowns.

This is the moment Australia's conservatives worked so hard for so long to achieve. Why, then, is everything crumbling around them? Could it be that what Donald Horne called "second-rate people" are part of our defences against tyranny?

The press gallery started the year by trumpeting a 1% rise in polls as "a strong start to the year" for the government, and we now see why that was not merely wrong but fundamentally stupid. It simply had no basis in fact. It was wishful thinking masquerading as analysis.

There Can Be Only One

Turnbull and Joyce have been at one another's throats for a week now, and today it came out into the open.

Malcolm Turnbull is the first Prime Minister since Gorton and McMahon whose parents were not married before and throughout his childhood. Keepers of the sacred flame of Leather Jacket Malcolm, closet liberal, overlook and cannot reconcile his absolutely fustilarian attitudes toward marriage and adultery. It may explain why his approach to the same-sex marriage debate convinced both sides he wasn't with either. The amendments to the ministerial code are in line with that aspect of the man: if you ever wanted an authentic response from Turnbull's heart to a public policy issue, that will have to do.

Barnaby Joyce has rallied his party around him (see below) and acts like he's invincible. In 2009, Joyce's lower-key predecessor Warren Truss helped sink Turnbull's first term as Liberal leader when he all but declared he wouldn't work with him. Joyce is trying to reprise that when he called Turnbull "inept", but the stakes in government are higher than they were back then. He has reached the stage where Nobody Tells Him What To Do, what the Greeks called hubris - and you don't need a classical education to know what comes next.

From time to time the Nationals have to stand up to the Liberals to protect their distinct identity, and to assert the interests of rural constituents. This is not one of those times. Any National who dies in a ditch defending Joyce - come to think of it, they seem awfully quiet at time of writing - gets nothing from this government. Even Christensen has retreated into the arms of his white supremacist buddies than defend the man who stuck his neck out for him.

Joyce is the minister in...

20:12

Fast Europe Open: UK retail sales, Czech Republic GDP "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Financial Times (FT)

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Alice Woodhouse in Hong Kong 0800 GMT, February 16, 2018

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Beware the pollutants in your bathroom cabinet.

Volatile chemicals from everyday consumer items such as cleaning products, aerosols and even perfumes now rival vehicle emissions as a cause of air pollution.

A research team led by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reached the surprising conclusion after assessing the source of chemicals that reacted in the air to form fine particles and other lung-damaging pollutants in the US city of Los Angeles.

As transportation gets cleaner, those other sources become more and more important, said Brian McDonald, the project leader. The stuff we use in our everyday lives can impact air pollution.

In markets, Japanese stocks rallied as the rebound in global equities showed little sign of slowing following the sharp sell off last week. The Topix was 1.2 per cent higher although Australias S&P/ASX 200 dipped 0.1 per cent. Markets in China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan and Vietnam were closed for the lunar new year.

Meanwhile, the dollar resumed its downward trajectory with the dollar index, a measure of the greenback against a basket of peers, falling 0.3 per cent to 88.305, a three-year low. The yen strengthened further to 105.75, a 15-month high.

Futures tip the FTSE 100 to open 0.5 per cent higher, while the S&P 500 is set to open up 0.2 per cent.

Corporate earnings and updates for Friday include Air France, EDF, Danone, Renault and Allianz. The economic calendar believes three is the magic number (all times London):

08.00: Czech Republic Q4 gross domestic product
08.20: European Central Banks Benoit Coeure speaks in Macedonia
09.30: UK retail sales

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Czech Republic

The economy had a strong showing in 2017: Growth picked up pace in three consecutive quarters, and indicators suggest the momentum carried over into the....

20:01

So far, 4 pro nuclear Submissions to Senate Committee on nuclear waste dump selection. "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

My advice to those writing submissions is to take your time, and do it properly.

 

I have skimmed through the 4 submissions already published, and they are pretty crummy, repetitive pro nuclear stuff   all emphasising that the writer thinks that the Federal Nuclear Waste Dump is really a matter for the local, not the wider, community

 

The writers are: Denise Carpenter, Ian Carpenter, Chelsea Haywood and Janice Alex McInnis

20:00

Remembering Fallujah: War Crimes Committed Under Jim Mattis and Jim Molan "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Bagdhad (AHT) Ross Caputi, a former Marine who was witness and accomplice to the atrocities committed in Fallujah in November 2004 during Operation Phantom Fury, wrote this about his units entry into the city:

Perhaps it was just too painful of a realization for many of us to make, because we saw ourselves as the liberators, the good guys, and to admit that we were hurting innocent people would have contradicted everything that we claimed to stand for. I can only speculate about what the motives were for the people who dreamed up that mission and decided to make the people of Fallujah flee into the desert. Was it also too painful for the decision makers to admit to themselves that we were hurting innocent people? Or were they so evil that they just did not care who we were hurting? Whatever their reasons for doing it were, the fact of the matter is that our entire command was aware that we had forced the majority of the citys population, about 200,000 people, into refugee status, but nobody took responsibility for their wellbeing, as international law required of us.

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Central to that command was Major General Andrew Jim Molan, an Australian who was seconded to the US military in 2004 and took overall command of US coalition forces in Iraq, alongside the current US defense secretary Jim Mattis.

What happened in the so-called second battle of Falluja however, went far beyond a failure to attend to the needs of the civilian population who were able to flee...

19:55

heatwave (haiku) "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

summer heat, humidity hems us in and we are hostage

18:27

The dissident right and the race thing "IndyWatch Feed National"

The blogger Zman provides a very useful summary of the dissident right:

If you were trying to reduce the main points of the Dissident Right with a few bullet points, it would be:

  • The people in charge have dangerous fantasies about the future of society and the nature of man
  • The mass media is just propaganda for those fantasies and can never be taken at face value
  • Race is real, ethnicity is real and evolution is real. In the main, humans prefer to live with their own kind. Diversity leads to conflict.

There is a more to it, but those are the three main items that come up over and over among writers in the Dissident Right. The people in charge, of course, dispute these and consider them to be ignorant, paranoid and immoral. Question the browning of America and youre a dumb racist. Notice that mass media often looks like a coordinated public relations campaign and youre branded as a paranoid. Of course, anyone mentioning the realities of race and sex is the branded a Nazi or white supremacist.

A useful summary, because pithy summaries of positions from the inside are almost always a helpful addition to understanding and debate. One of the ways, for example, you can tell that much academic writing about neoliberalism is worthless is the lack of forensic analysis of what alleged neoliberals write.

Pithy summaries tend not to be the places for nuance. But what I found useful in Zmans summary is it pinpointed for me why I read a lot of dissident right stuff but do not identify with it.

I read a lot of it in part because they often are willing to consider facts and concerns which conflict with the progressivist piety display politics that dominate so much of the media and elsewhere (and help provide strong coordinating effects). Also because I do think said politics include some dangerous fantasies about the future of society and human nature. And because I do think that ethnicity is real and evolution is real.

Agains...

18:02

The Turnbull Government should show leadership and help the NT Government replace the notorious Don Dale youth prison "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Northern Territory Government today announced it will close Don Dale the youth prison renowned for the systemic abuse and mistreatment of Territory children.

Shahleena Musk, a Senior Lawyer at the Human Rights Law Centre, said the closure couldnt come soon enough and urged the Turnbull Government to help fund the creation of safe, home-like facilities built for children.

Were talking about kids at the crossroads. We need to do all we can to help them get their lives back on track. It is well and truly time we closed the dark chapter of Don Dale. But to do this we need both the NT and Turnbull Governments to do everything they can to ensure no child is ever consigned to such a brutal environment again, said Ms Musk.

A Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory was held last year following the ABCs Four Corners revelations of children at the Don Dale youth prison being hooded and tied to chairs, stripped naked and tear-gassed.

In its response last week, the Turnbull Government failed to provide the national leadership and funding required to fix all states and territories broken youth justice systems.

Rather than passing the buck, Prime Minister Turnbull should support the Northern Territory to do what actually works to help rebuild children's lives. Were talking about small, home like facilities close to families and communities - facilities that help children develop and thrive. The Turnbull Government needs to put its money where its mouth is, said Ms Musk. 

The recommendations of the Royal Commission into the Detention and Protection of Children are relevant to all states and territories because they detail how to prevent abuses and modernise youth justice systems so that they serve a positive purpose by helping children to succeed in life.

We owe it to the kids that were abused to get this right and make sure history is not repeated. All states and territories should be following the NT's lead by closing their super-max youth jails and replace them with small age-appropriate facilities. The only thing more horrifying than the abuses we saw in Don Dale would be a failure by governments across Australia to do everything they could to ensure these atrocities never happened again, said Ms Musk.

 

For interviews or further information please call:
Michelle Bennett, Director of Communications, Human Rights Law Centre, 0419 100 519

18:00

Donald Trump, democracy and the changed climate of thought "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Donald Trump, democracy and the changed climate of thoughtTrump is not a fascist like Hitler and Mussolini, because he has no ideology at all but he is well on his way to becoming a dictator like them all the same, writes Noel Wauchope. read now...

17:44

Malcolms Cunning Stunt And Barnabys Stunning Press Conference! "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

What can I say? I mean What can I say? While many in the Liberal Party have been referring to members of Barnabys party by the abbreviation Nats,  Mr Turnbull doesnt seem to have noticed that theyve changed their name in the 1970s and are no longer the Country Party. Malcolm announces that ministers in

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17:30

Sexual Despotism: Malcolm Turnbulls Bonking Ban "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Its all the rage at the moment, stirring the halls of power in certain countries, and satisfying some sense of puritanical virtue. Bonking is off the cards for politicians at least in certain contexts, and some states. In Australia, the issue of the Deputy Prime Ministers relationship with an ex-staffer whilst married persists in

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17:02

Croc shooter fined $10,000 by a Gaia magistrate "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A reader has offered a reward for the identities of the rats who dobbed in the croc shooter. Cairnsnews suggests Mr Orchard should not pay this extortion to a Marxist government which places animal lives ahead of humans.

KAP State Leader and member for Traeger Robbie Katter has pledged to make the first donation to the Go Fund Me page of the Rockhampton man fined $10,000 for shooting a crocodile.

Today in Rockhampton Court, Luke Orchard was handed a $10,000 fine but had not conviction recorded over the shooting of a monster crocodile near Rockhampton last year.

Mr Katter spoke to Mr Orchards father Phil, this afternoon reaffirming the KAPs commitment to put people before crocs in Queensland while also pledging to support the Go Fund Me page out of his..

We remain committed to creating safer waterways for Queenslanders, Mr Katter said.

People have been crying out for help to deal with the expanding crocodile problem. Unfortunately, as a result people are forced to take desperate measures to ensure the safety of themselves and their family and to protect their livelihood.

This is what happens when the Government doesnt act.

Phil Orchard said his son had been shaken up by the incident and was very remorseful.

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17:00

The Weekend Quiz February 17-18, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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

1. If the growth in wages (the money you get paid) keeps pace with inflation which is accelerating at the same rate as labour productivity is growing then the profit share in GDP remains constant.




2. The expansionary impact of deficit spending on aggregate demand is lower when the government matches the deficit with debt-issuance because then excess reserves are drained and the purchasing power is taken out of the monetary system.



3. A government is choosing between a tax cut that will reduce tax revenue at the current level of national income by $x (that is, increase private domestic disposable income by $x) and a public spending increase of $x. Which policy option will have the greater initial impact on aggregate spending?

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16:32

Introducing No Mono: Tom Iansek and Tom Snowdons new project "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

  • No Mono :: Interview with Maia Bilyk
  • No Mono :: Butterflies (Live)

 

Ahead of two sold out Sydney shows, No Mono debuted their live performance on Lunch with Maia Bilyk. Together, Tom Iansek and Tom Snowdon reveal where the name No Mono comes from and how making music for them is all about the feeling.

 

Tom Snowdon: Its less of a thought thing and more of an intuitive or feeling thing that drives the project Were both curious about messing with songs a bit and how we can make them sound really effective in a particular way. So we spend a lot of time making sounds and reinventing our songs and experimenting with things.

 

The two met when Snowdons band, Low Lakes, supported Ianseks band Big Scary a couple years ago. A quick friendship turned into musical chemistry when Iansek emailed Snowdon the piano line to what would become Return To by #1 Dads. That was the first taste of what would turn into No Mono, and one of biggest hits for one of Ianseks many projects.

The experience was enough for the Toms to know they wanted to make something more. Although there was uncertainty around what they would create exactly, or that what they would become was made up of just the two of them, the feeling of getting lost in the music was enough for them.

 

Tom Iansek: Theres a lot we have to say musically and theres a large volume of songs. I just love making stuff, I love to make as much stuff as possible.

 

Their drive to amplify this feeli...

16:28

National Parks at risk "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Dear Editor, Since 1967, the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has looked after our National Parks, their precious wildlife, worked for the conservation of native and threatened species, educated generations of school [more]

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16:17

Ryde City Council investments in renewables "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Dear Sir, As an historian I am pleased to see that our Liberal Councillors in Ryde have such respect for the nineteenth century, and its [more]

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16:05

Strong in the arms "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

There seems to be a kind of continuity in this latest mainstream media (MSM) Sgt Schultz plea over the Barnaby Joyce whole kit n caboodle when they say in a plaintive squeal; I know nuffink! which, considering social medias eye-rolling acceptance of THAT reality, they suddenly now seem to be all over the situation

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16:02

Graphene film makes dirty water drinkable in a single step "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Every year, millions of people around the world die from drinking unclean water. Now, researchers have developed a process that can purify water, no matter how dirty it is, in a single step. Scientists from Australian research organization CSIRO have created a filtration technique using a graphene film with microscopic nano-channels that lets water pass through, but stops pollutants. The process, called Graphair, is so effective that water samples from Sydney Harbor were safe to drink after being treated.

And while the film hails from graphene, Graphair is comparatively cheaper, faster and more environmentally-friendly to make, as its primary component is renewable soybean oil, which also helps maximise the efficiency of the purifying techniques filter counterpart. Over time, oil-based pollutants can impede water filters, so contaminants have to be removed before filtering can even begin, but using Graphair removes these pollutants faster than any other method.

Water purification usually involves a complex process of several steps, so this breakthrough could have a significant impact on the some 2.1 billion people who dont have clean, safe drinking water. All thats needed is heat, our graphene, a membrane filter and a small water pump. Were hoping to commence field trials in a developing world community next year, said lead author Dr Dong Han Seo, who added that the team is looking for industry partners to help scale up the technology, and is also working on other applications for Graphair, such as seawater and industrial effluents.

16:00

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

1.00 AUD = 0.00008 BTC
0.00010 BTC = 1.25 AUD
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15:45

Win with TWT: Winchester film passes "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Ten TWT readers can win double passes to the new supernatural horror film Winchester to be released in cinemas on February 22, courtesy of independent [more]

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15:18

Chimpanzees throwing feces "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

The following is from Jane Goodall Institute of Canada:

In their natural habitat, when chimpanzees become angry, they often stand up, wave their arms, and throw branches or rocks anything nearby that they can get their hands on. When chimps are removed from the wild and kept in captivity, they experience stress and agitation, which can cause them to react in the same way by throwing things. Captive chimpanzees are deprived of the diverse objects they would find in nature, and the most readily available projectile is feces. Since they also tend to get a pretty strong reaction from people when they do throw it, their behaviour is reinforced and likely to be repeated.

What better explanation of what is going on in Canberra.  What a disgrace.

Whilst the Prime Ministers political management skills are, how do they say in French, crap, it is gob smacking that the person who created the mess is upset at the way the cleaner has tried to clean the mess.  Yes, the cleaner did a lousy job, but the cleaner did not make the mess.

And much like the person on the Labor back-bench who has admitted they are a dual citizen in breech of (a plain text reading of) the constitution, the problem is that these people think they are more important than the institutions they are there to represent.

I will leave the final work to the Senator from the great State of Victoria.

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15:00

All about Februarys Feature Artists "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Kurilpa Poets February Feature Artists are.. SIMON KINDT POSEIDON/the sharks This month former Speedpoet maestro, the esteemed Simon Kindt will be presenting his latest poetic/conceptual performance piece for your delectation and delight. The show entitled Poseidon // the sharks Continue reading

15:00

whats the point of even having staff? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Debt amount: 
$10000
Date debt issued: 
Monday, 8 January 2018
Has your case been referred to a collection agency?: 
No
Payment Type: 
Abstudy
Appealing Debt?: 
Unknown
Tell us about your debt and how has this affected you? e.g. anxiety levels, financial and accommodation stress: 

The debt claim happened in the middle of an exam period, and no job.

It resulted in my partner and I splitting up and I was forced to move back to QLD and live at home with my Dad.

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

It was very anxiety inducing and they aren't very efficient at processing these claims so they come out of nowhere at the most unexpected time.

I really don't understand why they have a 1 shoe size fits all approach, if you don't fill a certain criterium to x value, they are unable to use discretion or common sense when trying to understand your concerns.
Which makes me wonder why they don't just replace every...

14:37

#BarnabyJoyce does not own #NewEngland: @burgewords comments on #auspolbarnaby "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The man who once had a home base at Tamworth, but now seems to belong nowhere. AS I approached the polling station at the Tenterfield Memorial Hall on by-election day in December 2017, I suspected Barnaby Joyce would put in an early appearance. If Mr Joyce was going to cover New England glad-handing and holding babies, finishing in triumph at Tamworth, hed have to start early in this town at the far reaches of the electorate that had recently been stripped of its sitting member.  Despite being a local boy, Mr Joyce had been found by the High Court to be a dual citizen of New Zealand and dumped from parliament under the []

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14:26

Nuclear waste dump? A new abuse for Brewarrinas Aboriginal people? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Brewarrina, or Bre as it is known, is an historic and fascinating town on the Barwon-Darling River. New South Wales.With 68% of the local population identifying as indigenous it is essentially an Aboriginal town. .
It is hard to underestimate the importance of the Aboriginal stone fish traps which, at 40,000 years old, may be the oldest man-made structures on the planet.

Brewarrina was the scene of a huge massacre of Aboriginals. They rounded them up like cattle, old and young, on the Quantambone plain, and shot them. It is said that there were about 400 and that was how Hospital Creek got its name

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14:25

Supermax Prisons: Doing More Harm Than Good "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Supermax prisons are the most secure and highly monitored form of incarceration there is. These super-maximum security facilities are designed to house the worst of the worst: your mass killers, top-level gangsters, gang rapists and, more so these days, terrorists. A judge doesnt sentence an offender to a supermax facility. Either an inmate has been

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14:24

Diver Was Just About To Surface When She Spotted The Rarest Thing "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

People used to think that there were only a couple dozen individuals left of the red handfish, considered one of the rarest fish in the world.

Scientists thought that this critically endangered fish a distinctive-looking fish whose fins, shaped like hands, walk along the ocean floor lived in just one little nook of the sea, Frederick Henry Bay, off the southeast coast of Tasmania, Australia. But what divers discovered on a plunge late last month surprised everyone. 

Credit: Antonia Cooper/Reef Life Survey

After a person off the coast of Tasmania thought he glimpsed the rare fish, a team of divers from the University of Tasmania's Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) and the Reef Life Survey (RLS) went looking to see if this sighting was fact or fiction. 

Credit: Antonia Cooper/Reef Life Survey

After a while searching the water, there was no sign of the colorful fish. And the divers were just about to give up. 

We were diving for approximately three and a half hours and at about the two hour mark we were all looking at each other thinking this is not looking promising, Antonia Cooper, IMAS technical officer, said. My dive partner went to tell the other divers...

14:09

The North Korean Olympic thaw- unwise to treat this with cynicism "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

The West risks missing a chance at peace if it continues to treat North Koreas change of heart with cynicism  Could it be that Trumps bombast over the airwaves cut through in Pyongyang in a way that conventional diplomacy had failed to do? The Independent UK, Mary Dejevsky  @IndyVoices 16 Feb 18

The mixed messages about the North Korean skaters, however, highlighted or so it seemed to me something else: a reluctance on the part of the foreign policy establishment, including the media, to look good news in the face, especially when it has not been expected.

How long ago was it in fact, a bare six weeks that Kim Jong-un and the US President were trading very public, very macho, insults, culminating in Donald Trumps memorable boast that his nuclear button was much bigger and more powerful than Kims and, what is more, my button works.

Even the most hardened pessimist would have to admit that between then and now there has been something of a mood swing. Less than three weeks after the big button exchange, North Korea suddenly acted on overtures in Kims New Year address to broach talks with the South, and even participated in the Olympics. The IOC delayed its deadline for entries, permitted North Koreas participation, and the next thing we knew was that North and South were concocting a joint ice hockey team, the Norths nonagenarian de facto head of state was on his way to Seoul, and Kim announced that his sister his sister would be going to the opening ceremony, too.

Far from haili...

14:08

Safety of nuclear waste containers in doubt,as Kobe Steel firm suspected of nuclear waste data falsification "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Kobe Steel firm suspected of nuclear waste data falsification http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/photo/AS20180215003253.html, By MASANOBU HIGASHIYAMA/ Staff Writer,February 15, 2018 

A subsidiary of Kobe Steel Ltd. may have falsified test data on highly radioactive waste disposal, the Nuclear Regulat...

14:07

South Australia a global leader in clean energy: Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

IEEFA: South Aust among world leaders in transition to wind, solar, ECO News, By David Twomey -February 14, 2018 

14:03

Olympics 2020: the nuclear terrorism threat for Japan "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Japan, IAEA agree to cooperate on Tokyo 2020 nuclear counterterrorism, Nikkei Asian Review, 16 Feb 18, VIENNA (Kyodo) The Japanese government and the International Atomic Energy Agency signed an agreement on Thursday to work together to keep the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics safe from the threat of terrorism involving nuclear materials.
 According to the Japanese Foreign Ministry, the agreement includes measures to support IAEA experts participation in events relating to the Tokyo games, the exchange of information on nuclear security issues and the loan to Japan of equipment to detect radiation.

Foreign Minister Taro Kono and IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano observed the signing in Vienna before holding a meeting at which Kono said they agreed to flesh out cooperation in thwarting nuclear terrorism.

We want to thoroughly cooperate with the IAEA to make sure the Olympics are safe, Kono said at the outset of the meeting..https://asia.nikkei.com/Politics...

14:00

A belated Recognition and a new policy (Part 1) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Part Nine of a history of European occupation, rule, and brutal imperialism of Indigenous Australia, by Dr George Venturini. A belated Recognition and a new policy On 11 October 2007, in one last opportunistic electoral manoeuvre, Prime Minister Howard announced his support for The eight time: Constitutional Recognition for Indigenous Australians in a new preamble

The post A belated Recognition and a new policy (Part 1) appeared first on The AIM Network.

13:59

Frances nuclear giant EDF plans a whopping radioactive garbage pool "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

EDF plans to build a giant nuclear garbage pool in Belleville-sur-Loire instead of stopping producing unmanageable waste! http://www.sortirdunucleaire.org/EDF-projette-de-construire-une-piscine-poubellePress release of February 13, 2018

On February 13, 2018, the Reporterre site revealed the new EDF project. In view of the prolongation of the operation of nuclear reactors and to unclog the four basins of the La Hague plant where used fuel is stored, the electrical firm wants to build a giant new pool of deactivation near the Belleville plant -sur-Loire (Cher). We strongly condemn this imposed, dangerous and expensive project. Rather than create a new trash, EDF must turn off the tap and dry up the production of unmanageable radioactive waste!

In France, spent fuel is stored in deactivation pools for the time needed to cool them (between 3 and 5 years). If each nuclear power plant has its own pool adjoining the reactor building, the La Hague plant (Manche) hosts 4 pools in which are immersed more than 10,000 tons of spent fuel, representing a hundred reactor cores waiting for a improbable reprocessing. Supposedly temporary, storage in these pools has been going on for 40 years. Consequences: the pools are full and the space is running out. Instead of starting a decline in spent fuel stocks by stopping the production of electricity from nuclear power, EDF is stubborn and plans to build an additional pool in Belleville-sur-Loire. But the experience of La Hague shows that the use of these pools goes hand in hand with disproportionate risks.

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13:52

Fukushima 7th Anniversary Events List Fukushima 311 Watchdogs "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

This is the list of the events organized in various countries and towns worldwide for the commemoration of the March 11 2011 beginning of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, ongoing for 7 years now. I will complete this list little by little by adding to this list any additional event about which the people will inform []

via Fukushima 7th Anniversary Events List Fukushima 311 Watchdogs

13:50

Home battery storage uptake tripled in 2017 in Australia, as costs tumble RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

New report suggests household battery storage set to boom in Australia, with uptake predicted to have tripled in 2017, and costs of the key technology expected to halve in less than seven years.

via Home battery storage uptake tripled in 2017 in Australia, as costs tumble RenewEconomy

13:50

New-build homes with solar and storage? Its going to be the norm RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Including battery storage and rooftop PV in new home packages is soon just going to be the norm, says home builder Metricon. Already, theyre putting them in around half of the new homes they build.

via New-build homes with solar and storage? Its going to be the norm RenewEconomy

13:49

IKEA flags selling solar panels at cost in Australia, industry reacts RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Flat-pack solar? IKEA says it wants to retail solar panels in Australia, at cost, as it has done in the UK and other EU countries. Is this a good thing?

via IKEA flags selling solar panels at cost in Australia, industry reacts RenewEconomy

13:08

Former Queensland cop who exposed beating defeats misconduct charge "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Contributed by Ugly

Former Queensland police Sergeant Rick Flori has been found not guilty of misconduct in a trial by jury.

The charge against him chad come about, because in 2012 he had leaked footage of police officers bating up a handcuffed man at a Gold Coast police station basement. The department argued that Flori had been motivated by anger over being overlooked for a promotion.

He denied this in his defense, and was assisted in court by social justice advocate Renee Eaves.

But what about the man who was beaten? Apparently, this accounts for noting. One of the assaulters (Ben Lamb), who was clearly identified kicking the victim, was merely given a suspended dismissal. Basically, a slap on the wrist. Lamb was able to continue in his role as a Queensland police officer.

Anyone who has ever lived in the state knows that beatings are routine and have been so for a long time. For Indigenous Australians it is more frequent.

Flori hander over his footage to a journalist and the story became a significant media news, which cast spotlight on what is going on in the Queensland police force.

After this, Ben Flori left the police.

Whistle blowers need protection. When they pass on information about wrongdoing, they do us all a favour. In this case the use of unwarranted violence in the Queensland police force is something that needs to be cleaned up.

Instead of being punished, he should have received a commendation from the brass. That they chose to go after his hide, shows that the culture of cover up, closing the ranks and punishing the messenger  is rife, right to the top.

Ben Flori is made of different stuff. He witnessed something that was wrong, and he had the courage to do something about it. Without people like him, we would all be much worse off and

many people will appreciate his contribution.

 

 

The post Former Queensland cop who exposed beating defeats misconduct charge appeared first on The Pen.

13:08

Gallery: FBi Presents The Internet at Enmore Theatre "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Here are some photos of Syd & co being talented and beautiful at The Internets show.

All photos by Sophie Hill.
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13:00

In which the pond abandons the reptiles and goes in search of a TGIF laugh ... "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"


Fear not. The pond isn't going to take a look at scintillating Sharri doing over Barners one more time ...

There are a number of reasons. First the Terrorists have become very keen on a Times-style paywall, and the pond is inordinately pleased, and has taken this as a personal compliment. 

The reptiles have gone to all this trouble just to stop the pond, with its gnat-like number of hits?

Steady. It's easy to get swept up by delusions of grandeur and imagine that the reptiles have taken this stand as a direct riposte to the pond ... but the reality's a little more obvious, as noted a few days ago in Crikey ...


You'll have to access Crikey for that hot link and the rest of the story, but the point's obvious enough ... the reptiles are in a world of pain.

It's all the weirder then that news.com.au still keeps on giving away the family jewels for free ... do the reptiles really think this bait and switch strategy is working?

And besides, the pond can only take so many bouts with Barners and the reptiles on any given day. 

It's worse than a Tamworth Paleo diet ... kill the 'roo, eat the lapin in a red wine sauce ...feast on Barners beef jerky ...

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12:53

(Video) Mike Pence, a Snitch for Mueller -- Treason? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"



Published on Jan 26, 2018

BREAKING: WATCH THE REPORT FIRST BEFORE COMMENTING! We have always been a fan of Mike & Karen Pence but over time, the words & actions of the Vice President have caused us to question his ultimate loyalty to our Commander in Chief. Become an InspoNews partner @ PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/insponews SUPPORT InspoNews & DONATE - CLICK ON THIS LINK: https://goo.gl/Ap4j9s (Square) This Special, in depth report concerning Mike pence is not a dark News, tabloid fabrication. Some black list news channels up here have falsely slandered Mike Pence with unfair innuendo with zero empirical evidence to back their sensational & salacious claims. But there is in reality, enough evidence to show duplicity in the hearts of the Pence's toward this President. Frankly, Donald J.Trump is the greatest President since the founding of this Republic. Our loyalty is to the US Constitution & President Trump alone - NOT Mike Pence. We believe he has leaked to Bob Mueller as well as to members of his team of GOP RINOs & DNC globalist legal hacks. Being an Islamic sympathizer, he was instrumental in convincing Rex Tillerson at State and others to allow for more Muslims to enter the US than ever before - even higher numbers than under the George Soros "Open Society" mandates of the Obama administration.He called President's Islam migration policy "dumb" & worked to get the thousands of Middle Eastern, Syrian Muslim men & ISIS "refugees" that Australia did not want - brought to the USA - against the President's desires. A VERY BAD DEAL for the safety of the american people. He betrayed the closest ally of the President & intelligence expert General Mike Flynn and along with Susan Rice & Bob Mueller, entrapped the nationalist General on a technicality, opening the door for Mueller to be picked by Rod Rosenstein. Andy McCabe, Hillary and Comey whole impeach Trump strategy was alway the " F Flynn and F Trump." MO. General Flynn -would have totally protected the President from any fake Mueller probe. He is a MAGA nationalist & loyalist in the DOD for the president. He had to be removed - so Mike Pence fired him on a mere "process" violation- failing to answer 2 questions on a security clearance form - totally by omission and mistake. Yet it was Mike Pence who thrust the knife into Flynn and this opened the door for the entire Mueller Investigation. Horrendous. Add to this Karen Pence's holier than thou and condescending private despising of Donald & Melania Trump & there was already a natural propensity to work privately...

12:40

Ode to the bin chicken "IndyWatch Feed National"

The ancient Egyptians venerated the ibis. Followers of ibis cults would visit temples and purchase mummified ibises for use in votive offerings. The ibis was a sacred bird associated with creation and fertility and knowledge and learning. The ibis cults became so wildly popular that priests began breeding and rearing the birds onsite, specially for mummification.

12:37

Our reserves are open for pillage "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

The Reserves Act 1977 is meant to protect our environment, by placing some areas off-limits for development. Except, it turns out that it doesn't. Where a reserve is owned and managed by local government, they can apparently let it be dug up for an open-cast coal-mine:

One of several legal attempts to block a new coal mining venture on the West Coast has failed, but campaigners say the fight to stop the mine is far from finished.

[...]

Forest and Bird fought a separate legal campaign over an earlier decision by Buller District Council to allow the mining company access to its Water Conservation Reserve.

The council then rescinded that decision after being threatened with legal action from Forest and Bird.

Rangitira replied by challenging that reversal in the High Court.

That case has now produced a verdict, and it went against Forest and Bird and in favour of the mining company.

The court argued the original approval of access - granted under the Crown Minerals Act - had higher legal standing than the Reserves Act that Forest and Bird had relied on to block access.


This follows straightforwardly from s109 of the Reserves Act in combination with s22(2) of the Interpretation Act 1999. While local councils are required to have regard to the purpose for which land is held, it can be balanced against other considerations such as supposed economic benefit. Which, given the usual quality of local government decision-making and its propensity for capture by large donors and special interests, means open pillage.

As for fixing it, I'd suggest repealing s109. Does any MP want to bring a member's bill?

The full decision is here.

12:30

The Barnaby Affair: Are the Liberals up to making him go? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

The Barnaby Affair: Are the Liberals up to making him go?Tensions between the Liberals and Nationals over the Barnaby Joyce sex scandal have destabilised the Australian Government, writes Dr Lee Duffield, who says the historical record shows its nothing new. read now...

12:03

Gallery: FBi Presents Sylvan Esso at Oxford Art Factory "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

After Woodes wrote Sylvan Esso a poem, and delivered it via Twitter, they decided to do a show together at Oxford Art Factory. Catch a glimpse of all the loveliness that went down.

Photos by Diabolique
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12:00

How human are you? On dystopia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Political theorist Hannah Arendt, in her 1963 book On Revolution, surmises that hypocrisy is the worst of all vices since it destroys integrity, the only thing that allows the individual to reclaim their incorruptible self: Only crime and the criminal, it is true, confront us with the perplexity of radical evil, but only the hypocrite is rotten to the core.

11:55

Gallery: FBi Presents Sandy (Alex G) at The Lansdowne "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Hes proud of us, and so shared his soul with one of the more packed Oxford Art Factory crowds weve ever seen. Relive Sandy (Alex G) being in the building.

Feels, amiryt?

Photos by Tim Da-rin
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11:48

Turnbulls latest bag of tripe "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

One hardly knows where to begin. Yesterday, Head Galoot Malcolm Turnbull announced that in an effort to curb the apparent enthusiasm of his ministers for shagging their staffers, he was adding a new rule to the ministerial regulations, forbidding sexual relationships. Only ministers are denied these pleasures: backbenchers can carry on as usual. Turnbull has

The post Turnbulls latest bag of tripe appeared first on The AIM Network.

11:47

Ballinas deputy mayor shocked by residents distress "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Keith Williams with residents Sue Whiteman and Deb Clemonce.

Deputy mayor of Ballina Keith Williams is the latest politician to go into bat for Meerschaum Vale residents whose properties are along the route of the Pacific Highway upgrade.

Cr Williams has echoed their call for a low noise pavement to be built to allow residents along the route some relief from the beast.

Residents have been lobbying the RMS for years on issues such as dust, a lack of consultation, noise impacts and a loss of amenity in the area, as well as the impacts on local wildlife.

Sue Whiteman, who owns a property adjacent to the proposed route that runs west of Wardell, has been leading the campaign to raise awareness about those issues.

She said the time spent by Cr Williams with residents was the most any politician had spent in her 13 years of lobbying.

He got to see firsthand how intimidated and bullied I am, she said.

Cr Williams said he was shocked to discover deeply traumatised people living in fear of the RMS and the contractors that are pushing the Pacific Highway through their little village.

I expected angry people, but what I saw and heard was people throughout the area pushed to the brink. There were more tears than harsh words spoken, he said.

This goes way beyond callous indifference, what I witnessed more resembled systemic intimidation, being watched every time you left your house, your movements tracked by radio, who were you talking to, whos house did you visit.

Imagine you had the temerity to speak out, then to lose road access to your house, not just for a week or two, but four months. Forced to walk 6kms from the nearest safe parking area. Always promised, itll be done today.

And the artworks of your recently deceased partner, lovingly displayed on your boundary fence. Removed. Never to be seen again. The kind of thing that hurts way more than insults. The kind of things that encourage others to keep their mouth shut.

Cr Williams heard that, in less than a year, there have been three different community engagement officers. With each one, the problems recited yet again. Residents unable to drink their rain water due to dust contamination. The bi...

11:39

Splendour festival-site plan a major intensification "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Luis Feliu

Tweed Shire Council has raised concerns to the state government over noise issues and the hike in patron numbers under a $46 million plan for the permanent use of the North Byron Parklands cultural-events site at Yelgun for events catering up to 50,000 people.

Councillors last night endorsed council staffs submission to the state planning department, as the development application (DA) for the Splendour in the Grass and other festivals site involves use of Tweed roads surrounding it.

Byron Shire Council has already invited NSW Department of Planning and Environment staff to brief staff and councillors about the DA, classed as a State Significant Development by the government, and which is currently on exhibition for public comment. (See our previous story at https://www.echo.net.au/2018/01/byron-shire-wants-briefing-46m-splendour-plan/)

In Tweed submission, council chief planner Vince Connell says the total number of people attending the events is a concern in terms of overall management of the various events and considerations for emergency evacuation etc.

Mr Connell said the trial events were limited to 35,000 patrons per day for large events but questioned the definition of patron which could mean anyone who holds a ticket to attend an outdoor event and as such patron numbers at proposed events will not include other people on site such as performers, volunteers and workers.

Although the SSD [state significant development] does acknowledge additional people for events (i.e. maximum 57,850 people on site for a 50,000 patron event), it is unclear as to whether the assessment and associated management plans/reports have taken into consideration that additional people will be on site and factored these increased figures traffic assessments or flooding/evacuation planning.

In addition, it is unclear as to whether free ticket holders have been included into any assessment, given they are technically not purchasing a ticket and therefore not considered as a patron, nor are they identified in the SSD as potential other people on site for events.

Noise impacts

On the issue of noise, Mr Connell said the proposed use is a significant intensification when compared to the trial period, which was complicated by non-compliances, community concerns and ongoing mitigation after monitoring events undertaken during the trial.

He said event noise monitoring was undertaken during the trial on only three events.

Maximum patronage during the trial period was only 32,500. The proposed maximum patronage is 35,000 with future expansion to 42,500 and 50,...

11:21

ALBUM REVIEW: Margo Price All American Made "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Rising through the country and Americana ranks, Margo Price hit pay-dirt with her 2016 album Midwest Farmers Daughter, drawing critical acclaim from all quarters of the country world. Now shes gone one step further on her new album, never pulling punches and wrapping it all up in a wonderfully wide-ranging classic and soulful country palette. Continue reading

11:11

ALBUM REVIEW: Brooke Russell & The Mean Reds  The Way You Leave "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Melbournes Brooke Russell has one of those voices that, depending on your mood, that is comforting and makes everything feel alright or assists you in wallowing in your sorrow. Either way its a beautiful voice, full of rich tonal character that sways through the melodies and slow dances across the quietly mesmerising backing of her Continue reading

10:50

Turnbulls latest bag of tripe. "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

  One hardly knows where to begin. Yesterday, Head Galoot Malcolm Turnbull announced that in an effort to curb the apparent enthusiasm of his ministers for shagging their staffers, he was adding a new rule to the ministerial regulations, forbidding sexual relationships. Only ministers are denied these pleasures: backbenchers can carry on as usual. Turnbull []

10:48

1) West Papua membership issue still unresolved at MS "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

1) West Papua membership issue still unresolved at MSG
2) Speech by PM O'Neill at MSG Summit, Port Moresby
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1) West Papua membership issue still unresolved at MSG
From 6:01 am today 

Leaders of Melanesian Spearhead Group countries hav...
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10:42

More Selectivity from our Mainstream Media "IndyWatch Feed National"

Halbe Zijlstra (jumping) resigned as minister of foreign affairs after he lied about his presence at a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. (adapted photo from Trouw)

by James ONeill*

On 18 December last year Gumshoe News published an article of mine on the continuing bias of the Australian mainstream media. It was suggested that this bias, which takes two major forms, was a potential threat to Australias national security.

The two major forms were firstly, wilful misreporting of events, as in the ongoing wars in Afghanistan, in Iraq and Syria where there is a constant misrepresentation of facts on the ground. This has potentially serious implications as Australia is involved in e...

10:07

Our Bidentity Crisis "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

You cant be into surfing because youre Asian.

 Oh yes, you got me. Everything I do must actually fit your racist stereotype of what an Asian girl must do. It doesnt matter that you dont know me at all. That I am allowed to be, and am, into surfing. No, Im just Asian.

Growing up in a mainly white Sydney neighbourhood meant that any difference from that profile stood out. As a biracial kid, I was no exception, despite looking more Caucasian than I do Japanese.Little incidents and complications brought about by high school politics made me feel that even though I saw myself as Australian, I would never be socially validated as such because of my heritage.

For those biculture kids Ive talked to, while our experiences have all differed in some regards, weve all had to grapple with the polarity of our cultures. For someone who has parents that intersected from completely separate worlds, the end result is a young adult questioning which one they want to belong to, and what they are giving up if they identify with one more than the other.

During my teen years, I didnt really tell people that I was half-Japanese. I didnt want to be seen as an outsider of sorts. For Jasmine Higgins, a 20-year-old from Sydneys Shire, being Australian-Chinese, her experience was similar. High school for her brought on a brief period of bullying, where she reflects that it only took one person to say something to realise I was different.

This blending in strategy was also relevant to Megumi Wynne Koiwai, a 25-year-old American-Japanese who, on the other side of coin, has lived in Tokyo her entire life.  Her experience of being biracial in Japan was one where kids would bully her for having a sandwich and granola bar for lunch, yet in high school, she would be used for her biracial uniqueness.

I know most of these negative experiences can be pinned down to immaturity and ignorance. But the way in which people receive you does have an impact. This is especially true when youre young and just as confused as they are about what category you fit into.

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10:07

Thank Folk Its Friday 16th February "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

This Week in Folk All the News From The Week That Was The Fairbridge Folk Festival announced their second round of artists including The Collingwood Casanovas, Will Pound and Eddy Jay, Dan Parsons, Catherine Fraser Trio, King Arthur, David Milroy, Via Pange, Richard Walley, Martin & Coole with Crystal Jade and Praashekh Quartet. Details []

10:06

No bus terminal for Byron market site "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Byron Bay market at Butler Street Reserve. Photo contributed

The Byron Bay Community Association has welcomed a state government announcement that there will not be a bus transit centre built on the Butler Street Reserve.

BBCA general manager Paul Spooner has called on the Byron Shire Council to confirm its ongoing commitment to maintaining Butler Street as the site of the iconic markets.

Council now needs to confirm that the Butler Street site is the official ongoing site of the iconic Byron Bay Market, Mr Spooner said.

Echonetdaily has contacted the council for comment.

Byron Bay Community Association general manager Paul Spooner. Photo supplied

Its understood the State Government decided not to go ahead with building a bus terminal on the site because of the construction costs involved in building on the site, which was a former tip.

Mr Spooner said now the decision had been made, the safety of market patrons, stallholders and market staff is very important moving forward.

The council needs to be totally transparent about any potential ground issues that need to be addressed at the site to make it safe and usable, he said.

BBCA calls on council to work with market managers, stallholders and the community to ensure that the Butler Street Reserve is an appropriate site for markets and other low key recreational activities to occur into the future.

I believe council needs to commit to ensuring the site is safe and well looked after. It is now evident that no buildings or carparks will be possible to construct on the site due to the massive expense req...

09:51

Judith Wright Poetry Prize: the 2017 shortlist "IndyWatch Feed National"

The 2017 judges, poet Ali Cobby Eckermann and Overland poetry editor Toby Fitch, have finished blind judging the competition and, after deliberation, have selected a shortlist of nine poems.

09:42

...and on whistleblower protection "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Abortion isn't the only area where Labour is moving to act on its promises. last year, the newly elected government suggested it would strengthen whistleblower protections. Now, they're doing that too:

Work has begun on a review of the Protected Disclosures Act 2000, Minister of State Services Chris Hipkins said today.

The Government is exploring whether the law and procedures to protect whistle blowers need to be strengthened. The review will start with a series of targeted workshops next week.

Getting this right is critical to building public confidence in the integrity of government and business in New Zealand, Mr Hipkins says.

It is crucial that employees feel safe to report cases of serious misconduct. Anyone who raises issues of serious misconduct or wrongdoing needs to have faith that their role, reputation, and career development will not be jeopardised when speaking up.

The first step in this review is to identify possible gaps and weaknesses in the current Act.


There are a couple. Firstly, that whistleblowers can't go to MPs or the media if their reports are ignored by their proper reporting chain. Secondly, that (thanks to National) it is literally a criminal offence for staff in some departments (notably those with significant intrusive powers) to pass on evidence of wrongdoing. Thirdly, that it is not currently a criminal offence to retaliate against whistleblowers. All those things need to change. Hopefully this review will be the first step in that process.

09:34

Joyce affair reveals Australias corrupt and crony political culture "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Contributed by Joe Montero

In many ways, the controversy over Barnaby Joyces affair is a distraction. The focus on the personal affair with a former journalist, who became a staffer in the media has the flavour of tabloid journalism about it. Personal relationships are much more complex and only those involved really know what is going on. Besides, he has done much worse then get his girlfriend pregnant and this is what the focus should be on.

Joyce has consistently been in the front line, attacking those on Centrelink benefits as welfare cheat.  her has played a leading role in  bringing in a list of measures, engineered to make life more difficult for the most vulnerable Australians.

While doing this, he has not been too shy to dip his own hands into the governments coffers.And he is accused of using public funds to cultivate an extramarital affair. And when he finally leaves Canberra, there will be no guilt about walking away with a bag of life-long perks and a pension that would provide a comfortable life for a whole bunch of other pensioners. You can bet he wont be calling himself a welfare cheat, even if this comes on top of his reputed wealth of around $18 million.

Time and time again, Barnaby Joyce has betrayed the ranks of the National Party, siding with Tony Abbott and then Malcolm Turnbull, to champion cut backs in services and privatisations. He once claimed to stand against this. No wonder that some in the National Party took to calling him Turncoat Barnaby. This has contributed to the shifting of a section of the partys base of support to One Nation.

Many more sins could be written about. At every turn, when a new measure that hurt ordinary Australians came, Barnaby was there, playing the role of the most reliable sycophant of a brutal  government without compassion and prepared to do anything to serve its own interests. .

If there is one positive thing to come out of the present affair, it is that it has given us a glimpse of the murky waters of the embedded culture of corruption and cronyism that envelopes Canberra.

This  is the most pressing political issue of our times. Corruption and cronyism is what is determining the type of government that we have and what lies behind so many measures are being put in place, which are hurting ordinary Australians.

The flip side is that  this situation has plunged trust in the political system to the lowest level ever. Before the Barnaby Joyce affair broke out, not many had any great trust in parliament, leading politicians and the big parties.  But now, the stocks have sunk even lower, and this has mainly goner...

09:32

Economics in Two Lessons "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Ive finally committed to delivering a manuscript of my long-overdue book Economics in Two Lessons. As part of the process, Im going to post the chapters, one at a time, and ask for comments, criticism, encouragement and so on. To begin at the beginning, heres the Introduction.

09:24

Labour acts on abortion "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

During the election campaign, Jacinda Ardern promised that if elected she would decriminalise abortion. Now Labour are taking the first step towards that, with a review by the Law Commission

Justice Minister Andrew Little intends to ask the Law Commission to update the archaic law on abortion, including looking at decriminalising it.

This morning, the Abortion Supervisory Committee (ASC) told Parliament that the 41-year-old law was impractical and made the difficult lives of women seeking abortion even more difficult.

The committee added that it had been years since it had seen any meaningful engagement from Parliament, including over three years since a minister had met with its members.


A review by the Law Commssion is a good idea - it will formally document how badly the current archaic law works, while examining more modern laws from overseas (e.g. Victoria). And it should give us decent draft legislation for any change.

The question is whether it will pass. In order to get enough votes, any bill will need substantial support from National, but their current leadership contest shows that even "liberals" like Amy Adams are grovelling to the Christian right and defending the status quo. That might not last - there's nothing as two-faced as a politician - but its a bad sign. There's also a real danger of wrecking amendments such as mandatory scolding "counselling" or parental consent requirements, which may undermine the right to abortion in practice. So we may end up with a great proposed law, which we can't pass due to too many National misogynists in Parliament. Though given the expected length of time for a review, it'll probably be the next Parliament which has to deal with this anyway, so we'll at least get a chance to fix that first.

09:24

EPA refuses to act on logging breaches at Limpinwood "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The NSW Environment Protection Authority has refused to act on breaches by a landowner at Limpinwood in the Tweed Valley who has cleared large tracts of old-growth forest under a controversial policy, according to anti-logging campaigners.

Environmental activists and neighbours say unauthorised logging and road works by Hewittville Pty Ltd, whose property on Boormans Road borders World Heritage forests, have gone unpunished.

The landowners actions have been subject to recent protests and Tweed Shire Council scrutiny, but because the logging operation was approved under a state-sanctioned Private Native Forestry Agreement, the government has control over logging there.

The North East Forest Alliance (NEFA) says its dismayed by the EPAs refusal to do anything about the breaches, despite the authority confirming they had occurred.

The EPA found that in breach of five conditions of the Private Native Forestry Code of Practice trees were felled across streams, a log dump was constructed too close to a stream, and that snig tracks and roads were inadequately drained to reduce erosion, NEFA spokesperson Dailan Pugh said.

It is disturbing that the EPA were not concerned that the roading and logging had occurred across some 18 hectares of an Environmental Protection Zone without consent, Mr Pugh said.

Its worrying that the EPA can claim that here was no harm to the environment from these breaches when it is evident that they did not investigate the full extent of breaches and made no attempt to assess how much sediment had entered the streams and what effect it has had.

This is the EPAs standard response to all NEFAs complaints, no matter how serious, the EPA always claim no environmental harm even when it is obvious that there has been.

It is clear that the EPA does not enforce environmental laws because they dont believe breaching them has any effect what-so-ever. The best we can expect from the EPA these days are meaningless warning letters.

The EPA confirmed the two Koala High Use Trees that NEFA had reported, though thought nothing of the fact that one had a road excavated up to its base or that they could find no evidence of any koalas remaining in that vicinity.

We wonder where the koalas are now, and what fate awaits them, the EPA obviously dont care, Mr Pugh said.

A neighbouring landowner, Susie Hearder, sid that she had been reporting significant pollution events coming from the property to the EPA since 2013.

Yet the EPA only bothered to come for a token look on Tuesday, Ms Hearder told Echonetdaily.

On showing them one-metre deep mud in a rainforest gully they werent even interested in pursuing the sedimen...

09:23

Australian Constitution Fraud "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Putting aside the Barnaby Joyce affair, the people in the Australian Government have a much more serious issue that is not on a domestic scale but rather has global ramifications, that being a "Constitutional Crisis" that is (deliberately?) hidden in plain sight.

Please also note that a book from 1999 called AUSTRALIA The Concealed colony  by F.J. Coningham Ph.D. has been removed from bookshelves.  

From the video below (6m50s), these are the topics mentioned;


  • Australia is a colony as defined within the Constitution, therefore cannot have a matter in the International Court of Justice.

  • Royal signature (of QEII) a must for any law to be valid, where the signature is given by the Vice-Regal representative -> Governor-General.

  • A passport can only be issued by a nation and not a colony of the U.K.
  • No action has been taken by the Australian government on the Stern Hu matter as this could expose Australia's Constitutional issues.

  • In the 1990's Australia's Governor-General was appointed from a forged document.
  • U.K. chancellor Baron Falconer confirmed signature was a forgery,
  • Date of the document is after the design of the Royal Seal was changed.
  • Custody of the Royal Seal
  • The Australian people are governed in secrecy.
  • Australia given vast territories in the Antarctic by the United Nations.
  • The U.S. has bases on Australian territories searching for resources.
  • The Japanese are whaling in Australian territories as they comprehend that if the matter was to play out publicly in the international courts where it would be exposed that the U.N. cannot give territories to a colony.
The people in government will not do anything about this, due to the cushy government entitlements, where they'd rather keep the masses in the dark.




09:23

New ministerial conduct rules "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

I have quite a different take on the new ministerial rules than Sinc. First, it is not about re-criminalising adultery. No one is suggesting that Barnaby Joyce should be arrested,  charged with adultery, convicted and jailed.

No, the reason that Turnbull needed to act as he did is similar to why many businesses have such policies. As a protection to the companys assets and as a protection to the taxpayer.

It is also wrong to suggest that it requires special surveillance. In a small office it is quite clear when the boss is having it off with a staff member. If the boss and the staff member can have relations without anyone else knowing well good on them. But pretty soon there are clear signs they start travelling together frequently. They are the last two in the office. Then there is the favouritism given to the staff member which causes immense disquiet among the other staff.

Ultimately the staff member is moved to a higher paying job elsewhere, as one can hardly move the minister (or MP).

Then when the affair goes awry the recriminations start, there is hatred and nasty behaviour by both parties. Perhaps the staff member charges sexual harassment or worse. Both are distracted from the work they are paid to do.

In all of this the grateful taxpayer picks up the tab. Without formal guidelines banning such behaviour, the Government is tacitly accepting such behaviour and hence exposing the taxpayer to all these costs.

No, the guidelines are required and should apply to all MPs, not just ministers.

They should also apply to public servants, as all of this happens in departments too. Obviously we are talking here of direct reports (or within the same team), where the senior person can either misuse taxpayers money to eg travel together.

There are good reasons for the long ban on nepotism in the public service and elsewhere. What we are talking here is tweaking the definition of nepotism so that the sophistry we have observed about whether Joyces lover was a partner or not and when that happened cannot be used as an excuse to favour an individual with taxpayers resources not because of their work skills but because of the bed skills.

09:18

Happy centenary Bill "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

My grandfather would've been 100 this week and my family were sharing memories, so I wrote a few of mine

I wouldve been aged five or six when I first met my grandfather Dr William Buscombe.

I dont recall much, aside from the gift of a Crookes radiometer.

In the mid-1990s while studying at university I began emailing Bill. It mightve been 1996 and his replies would promptly arrive overnight, discussing largely mundane matters but clearly enjoying connecting and communicating from the other side of the world.

In 1999 at the end of my studies, I visited him in Evanston and appreciated the opportunity to accompany him on his walk from home to Northwestern University and observe him still checking his email.

By that point he was becoming increasingly frail but still following his routine and maintaining correspondence, as well as reviewing the next iteration of the star catalogue that had been a substantial part of his career as an astronomer.

One morning on that visit I asked him about his attitude toward death.

He replied that at age 79 hed lived beyond the average for a male and that each day is a gift.

It was a statement that consoled me and I remember relaying it to my mother when she later learned of his death.

Another highlight of that trip to Evanston was getting a sense of Bills relationship with my grandmother Royal.

One morning as Bill and I ate breakfast, Royal entered the room to join us and Bill stood while she sat at the table.

When he resumed sitting and eating I could see that hed now positioned his body to be slightly turned toward her.

After that Id notice how attentive Bill was to Royal and it was very sweet to see the subtle displays of his love.

That visit gave me an appreciation of Bills good-natured grace.

09:10

Driver crashed into two cars after speeding from police "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A 27-year-old Goonellabah man will appear in court today after allegedly leading police on a car chase and then crashing into two cars.

Police allege that at 4pm they had reason to stop a Silver coloured Honda on Terania Street.

Police signaled for the Honda to pull over, which it did. As police left their vehicle to speak to the driver it accelerated away harshly.

A pursuit began and the Honda drove at speeds 60km/h over the limit. Due to the dangerous manner of driving police terminated the pursuit at the intersection of Keen and Conway Street.

Police said a short time later the Honda was observed driving northbound on Ballina Road,approaching the roundabout of Rotary Drive.

It then collided with a vehicle and kept driving. A short time later the Honda collided with another car, causing it to spin 180 degrees and come to a stop.

The driver, a 27-year-old Goonellabah man, then ran from the vehicle and was caught by police a short distance away.

He was searched and found to have 5 grams of cannabis in his underpants. A roadside drug test produced a positive detection to methamphetamine.

At Lismore Police station checks on his licence revealed he is disqualified from driving until 2029.

He was charged with Drive Whilst Disqualified 2nd+ Offence, two counts of not Give Particulars to Other Drivers, Drive Manner Dangerous, Police pursuit Drive Dangerously and Posses Prohibited Drug.

A further charge may be laid pending the result of his drug analysis. He was bail refused and will appear in Lismore Local Court this morning.

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09:09

NSW Premier Continues Assault on Civil Liberties "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim The Berejiklian government is continuing its assault on civil liberties with the implementation of a further range of oppressive national security measures. And this time, Gladys new counterterrorism policy is aimed firmly at teenagers. On February 7, the state Coalition government announced it will be spending $6 million on setting up

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08:52

Man charged over assault and robbery in Ballina street "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A 23-year-old man was charged over the alleged assault and robbery of a man who had been walking along the main street of Ballina on Thursday night.

Police say that around 10.30pm, the victim, a 22-year-old man, was walking along River Street when he was allegedly pushed in the chest by a man walking towards him.

The man allegedly grabbed the 22-year-olds phone and started running down River Street.

The victim chased and caught the man and while trying to get his phone back, was assaulted.

Members of the public intervened and police were called, who arrested the alleged assailant.

He was taken to Ballina police station where he was charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm and robbery.

He appeared in Ballina Local Court yesterday and refused bail to re-appear in Lismore Local Court on Thursday 19 April.

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08:49

Zero G - 12 February 2018 Episode 1171 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

ZERO-G #1171

Title: Musk Ado About Something Podcast Title: The Cloverfield Podadox

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Historical Radio with Rob Jan & Megan McKeough. This week: we pare down the Cloverfield Paradox; farewell composer Johann Johannson; and take flight with Star Trek Discovery and Elon Musk's SpaceX Falcon Heavy!

 

For playlists, show notes, and news see the 3RRR website at:

http://www.rrr.org.au/program/zero-g/playlists

Follow @zerogrobjan on Twitter and Facebook:

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Zero G broadcasts live from Melbourne Australia on Mondays at 1pm AEST

08:46

St Kilda Comedy Club open mic Tuesdays from 8pm "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

St Kilda Comedy Club open mic Tuesdays from 8pm     St Kilda Comedy Club open mic on Tuesday night at 25 Blessington Street, St Kilda 8pm onwards C J Fortuna MC at St Kilda Comedy Club image by Kerrie Pacholli pationpics.com The wonderful thing with comedy is that you dont need a big []

08:44

A Cross-Strait Chill? You Wouldnt Know It From Taiwans Economic Data. "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Taiwan posted higher-than-expected growth in 2017, and is predicting solid numbers for this year as well.

08:41

Retaliation feared for Sydney bikie hit "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Mahmoud Mick Hawi.

The brazen shooting murder of notorious former bikie boss Mahmoud Mick Hawi as he sat in the drivers seat of a luxury 4WD is feared to spark a new round of Sydney underworld revenge attacks.

The ex-leader of the Comancheros was shot multiple times outside a Fitness First gym in Rockdale in Sydneys south about midday on Thursday and later died in St George Hospital.

His 4WD was peppered with at least half a dozen bullets in the underworld hit.

Two men in dark clothing were captured on CCTV fleeing the scene after the attack.

Witnesses identified a man wearing a balaclava as the gunman.

Shortly afterwards, a Mercedes Benz station wagon was set alight on a nearby street.

Police described the daylight murder of the 37-year-old as a serious, brutal and callous.

This was a planned and targeted attack, Assistant Commissioner Mal Lanyon told reporters.

He said detectives are investigating Mr Hawis underworld links and who may wanted him dead, while full resources are also being deployed to prevent retribution for the murder.

Its essential, when we believe there could be links to organised crime, that we take action to prevent that, Mr Lanyon said.

Hawi served time in prison for his role in the killing of Hells Angels associate Anthony Zervas who was bashed with a bollard during a brawl between the rival clubs at Sydney Airport in 2009.

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08:36

Joyces slow, agonising spiral down "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce.

Hair by agonising hair, day by painful day, the bandaid was pulled off.

It didnt have to be this way.

Barnaby Joyce and coalition MPs had about 24 hours where they thought he had pulled out of a death spiral that began nine days ago.

Nationals MPs were lined up behind their leader.

The flood of revelations about his affair with staffer Vikki Campion had dried up.

His party didnt want him gone.

Joyce leads 21 Nationals MPs in parliament and they are the only ones who can remove him, not the prime minister.

They see him as an electoral asset, a man who bombastically stands up for the regions, delivering money and votes.

His style isnt for everyone, but it does just fine for many, many people in the country.

After a testy week, Joyce looked to have avoided the death spirals his colleagues had taken.

Speaker Bronwyn Bishop lasted 18 days before her inevitable resignation over taking a helicopter to a Liberal fundraiser.

Sussan Ley lasted 10 days before quitting the front bench over claiming travel expenses to buy a house on the Gold Coast.

Liberal MPs privately said they thought this scandal was going to end the same way, until Joyce appeared to pull it out of the fire on Wednesday.

Despite his mistakes, one MP summed up his worth to the coalition:Were better with him than without him.

Then Malcolm Turnbull pulled the bandaid off a bit further, ripping out some hairs with it.

He told parliament Joyce would be taking personal leave next week instead of being acting prime minister while Turnbull was in Washington.

Turnbull had not appeared fully confident in Joyce all week but that decision took him to the brink.

More questions then began to be raised about a rent-free townhouse Joyce was given to live in for six months, thanks to a rich business friend Greg Maguire.

Then there were questions about a function his department paid for at Maguires Armidale hotel.

And it was revealed Joyces push to move the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority to Armidale meant taxpayers have spent almost $15,000 putting staff in that same hotel.

A passionate and strident Turnbull waited unt...

08:30

The power and the folly: Will Adani go down like Gunns? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

The power and the folly: Will Adani go down like Gunns?The Adani and Gunns parallels demonstrate Australian politicians are completely controlled by the power of vested corporate interests, writes Peter Henning. read now...

08:12

MACKAY Man found in middle of road after deliberately crashing car "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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08:08

Australian fire beetles avoid heat "IndyWatch Feed National"

This 13 february 2018 video is called The impact of infrared radiation in flight control in the Australian fire beetle Merimna atrata.

From the University of Bonn in Germany:

Australian fire beetle avoids the heat: Its infrared organs warn the insect of hot surfaces

February 15, 2018

Summary: The Australian jewel beetle Merimna atrata has several heat sensors. Originally it was thought that it uses them to detect forest fires as the insect lays its eggs in the wood of burned eucalyptus trees. Researchers were finally able to refute this hypothesis. Instead, the beetle appears to need its heat sensors for a different purpose: to not burn its feet on landing.

The Australian fire beetle is attracted to freshly burnt wood. Experts also call this pyrophilia (love of fire). This behavior is not very common in insects. Merimna atrata however has a good reason for this. The dead wood provides plenty of food for the larvae of the beetle, so it uses the wood for oviposition.

But how does Merimna find a freshly burned area? For some time it has been known that the fire beetle has heat sensors with which it can detect infrared radiation. In a sense, it sees hot places in its environment against a cooler background. It was originally believed that the insects use this ability to detect forest fires.

However, the IR organs in Merimna atrata are relatively insensitive, Dr. Helmut Schmitz emphasizes. Schmitz is a lecturer at the Institute of Zoology at the University of Bonn; he has investigated thermo and infrared reception in the black insects for nearly two decades. This actually contradicts the assumption that the IR organs enable the beetle to detect fires from a greater distance.

Beetles on a pin

Together with his colleagues, Schmitz has now been able to demonstrate for the first time that these doubts are justified. The scientists designed an ingenious experiment fo...

08:00

February 16 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

1804 David Collins became the first Lieutenant-Governor of Van Diemens Land and voted to keep Sullivan Cove (Hobart) as a settlement site on the island.

1835 - William Phineas Bowles was Hanged at Sydney for the murder of his wife Sarah in Bathurst St.

1839 - Those living in Kiama, NSW, moved up in the world when their plot of dirt was declared a town.

1858 - The first Governor-General of Oz, Sir Charles FitzRoy, did pop his clogs in a not-so-merry way when he fell off the perch.

1859 - John King was Hanged at Campbell Street Gaol for the murder of Rebecca Hall at the Bull's Head, Goulburn Street.

1859 - Peter Haley ("Black Peter") Bushranger was Hanged at Campbell Street Gaol for Shooting with Intent.

1859 - Daniel ("Wingy") Stewart Bushranger.was Hanged at Campbell Street Gaol for Shooting with Intent .

1859 - William Ferns (alias Flowers) Bushranger was Hanged at Campbell Street Gaol for Shooting with Intent.

1859 - William Davis was Hanged at Campbell Street Gaol for the murder of Andre Cassavant at Black River.

1864 - Robert McKavor wasHanged at Campbell Street Gaol for felonious assault and robbery.

1869 - Today saw Sir Henry Parkes (the Father of Federation) spouting off in his speech to the Legislative Assembly.
Go on, go read it.
You know it'll cure your insomnia...

1872 - The Evening Post was getting its knickers in a twist about something to do with the San Francisco mail service.
Can't be certain, I was snoring by the 3rd paragraph (the content, not the quality of the report) but Oz wouldn't play ball with NZ.
And we've continued that tradition with the underarm bowling incident...

1880 - The Hawke's Bay Herald trumpeted that Aussie butter was getting flogged for 120s cwt (120 shillings per carat centum weight* - which,as far as I can tell, is based on the measurement of the minimum requirement of milk fat) while 150 former colonists guts themselves silly onboard the Strathleven which had just succesfully transported the first shipment of frozen meat across the world.

1880 - Listen up, boys and girls, for here's a fairy story we'd never put any faith into happening today-
there was 17 kms of railway track opened from Trentham station to Carlsruhe station.

1887 ...And there they went again, madly opening another 4kms of train track from Parwan station to Bacchus Marsh station.

1892 - William Shiels became Premier of Victoria when James Munro did a bunk back to become an agent-general in London to escape his many creditors after the collapse of his Real Estate Bank.

1904 - The Taranaki Herald whispered about Dowie and the fact he "had a ho...

07:55

U.S. Ambassador to Australia: Who Is Harry B. Harris Jr.? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

President Donald Trumps love affair with general officers shows no sign of abating. On February 9, 2018, he nominated Admiral Harry Binkley Harris Jr., the commander of the U.S. Pacific Command and the first Asian-American to reach the rank of admiral in the U.S. Navy, to be ambassador to Australia.

 

Harris father, a World War II veteran, was a machinists mate chief petty officer in the Navy who married a Japanese woman when he was stationed in Japan after the war. Harry Jr. was born August 4, 1956, in Yokosuka, Japan. His father retired from the Navy in 1958 and the family moved to a farm in Tennessee, and then to Pensacola, Florida. Harris graduated from Booker T. Johnson High School in 1974, having participated in Naval Junior ROTC.

 

Harris went on to the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, graduating with a B.S. in engineering in 1978. He subsequently earned a masters in public administration from John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard in the early 1990s and an M.A. in national security studies from Georgetown in 2000.

 

Harris went into naval aviation and, after flight school back in Pensacola, he was assigned as a tactical coordinator for P-3 Orion anti-submarine patrol planes, coordinating the personnel and the equipment in the back of the plane. From 1985 to 1987, Harris served as a tactical action officer aboard the carrier USS Saratoga, including participation in the response to the October 1985 hijacking of the cruise ship Achille Lauro and the April 1986 bombing of Libya.

 

He continued to advance up the chain of command in naval aviation, with stops in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations from 1992 to 1993, commander of Whidbey Island Naval Base, and as special assistant to the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 1998 to 2000. He served as assistant chief of staff for operations, plans and political-military affairs, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command in Manama, Bahrain. Harris earned his first star in 2005 when he was again serving in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations as director of Information/Current Operations.

 

On March 31, 2006, Harris took over as commander of Joint Task Force Guantnamo. Under his watch, three prisoners held at the base, Mani Shaman Turki al-Habardi Al-Utaybi, Salah Ali Abdullah Ahmed al-Salami and Yasser Talal Al Zahrani, died while in custody. Harris quickly declared the deaths to be suicides, saying: I believe this was not an act of desperation, but an act of asymmetrical warfare waged against us. However an investigation by Harpers magazine cast considerable doubt on that verdict, pointing out the near simultaneous times of death while held separately; the improbability of the prisoners ability to kill themselves in the...

07:48

Byron Farmers Market turns 15 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Dirtgirl, from dirtgirlworld and the get grubby TV will be on hand to help celebrate. Photo supplied.

March the first will see the Byron Farmers Market celebrate its 15th birthday at the Butler Street Reserve and there will be plenty of colour, creativity and cake said market organisers.

From 8 till 11am there will not only be the usual array of fresh, local produce direct from local farmers but therell also be entertainment, gifts, free food, and a special guest.

The Emmy award-winning dirtgirl (from dirtgirlworld and the get grubby TV programs) will be on hand to help us celebrate in style (farm style, that is), said market organiser Kylie McGregor.

Not only is she a favourite with kids both here in Australia and around the world but shes also a champion of sustainability, farmers and growing your own food. Our kinda gal.

There will also be free entertainment for the kids (big and little) with live music and roving acts, a cooking demo (and tastings) from Byron Farmers Market ambassador and chef extraordinaire Gavin Hughes (also Head Chef at the Byron at Byron), a kiddies corner where potential future farmers can get sowing and growing with DIY seedling pots, plus giveaways and finishing off with a cracking birthday cake.

Market organisers are asking everyone to come along and celebrate.

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07:28

In which Barners keeps ruining everything for the reptiles, and so the pond ... "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

  

 

Oh Barners, Barners ... once the pride of Tamworth, the first to see the street light in the southern hemisphere, a most unique city* (*usage licensed from News 24) ... look what you've made Malware do ...

The reptiles are completely distracted, and so, perforce is the pond ... where's the talk of the great Chinese climate hoax, how can the bromancer's love of the Donald flourish in this shade?


What could the pond do?

Who's up first? What's on second?
...

07:05

Later start ideal for the challenge "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Long-time event organiser Ron Nicholson is looking forward to the 33rd running of the Channel Challenge. G110816

Organiser Ron Nicholson hopes to again reach 500 competitors which has been the bench mark for previous years. G080816

The first female over the line last year was Rebecca Henderson (right), also fifth overall, from Berwick with second placed female Kate Murphy from Briar Hill.

The first across the line in last years channel challenge was Nathan Buschkuehl (left) and second overall Kazimir Boskovic.

THE 33rd Channel Challenge is shaping up to be a cracking day, with an ideal start time and a great day of activities planned when it returns Saturday, February 18.
The tide-dependent aquathon will start at 2.05pm and will see competitors swim 550m from San...

06:37

The March 3 election so far ... "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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06:09

Self interest tramples public good Joyce again "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

SAFEGUARDS FOR THE WATER and environmental values of the Pilliga have been compromised by politicians acting in their own interests.

Im now an old man following the ancient Chinese tradition of seeking refinement and reclusion in the mountains after a busy working life. My mountains of choice are the Warrumbungles in north-western NSW. Here Im fortunate to live in a secluded valley with a high and reliable spring, from which I can gravity feed my drinking water. The spring rises, at pressure, out of what is known as Pilliga sandstone.

To the north is the Pilliga Forest, made famous by Eric Rolls in his classic book about the Australian landscape, A Million Wild Acres. Rolls had a deep understanding of the impact of non-Indigenous settlement and how the landscape functions. One of the primary functions of the Pilliga landscape is to filter water through its sandstone base and recharge the Great Artesian Basin  the largest and deepest artesian basin in the world.

In 2005 a year before Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce bought two properties in the Pilliga, near Gwabegar, described as mongrel country  Eastern Star Gas revealed that after spending $50 million exploring the area, mainly around Narrabri, the company had developed plans for 1,100 coal seam gas (CSG) wells dotted across the Pilliga, feeding a $150 million pipeline to the Hunter Valley.

Joyce and his (ex) wife Natalie bought their first block in July 2006. Sale records show it was...

06:00

Day to Day Politics: Beetroot Head now officially off the boil. "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Friday 16 February 2018 Today I had intended to write on the subject of taxes. I had gathered all my notes and placed them in my Pages document ready to rip into it. However, my wife kept nagging me about doing things that I had kept putting off. In addition to that, Barnaby Joyce seemed

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05:35

Webs under water: The really bizarre lives of intertidal spiders "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Spiders are one of the most ubiquitous creatures on Earth, found on every continent except Antarctica. Whether in underground caves in the Amazon or the icy climes of Mount Everest, there is a species of spider that has moved into practically every land habitat. But some arachnids are determined to not even let the oceans stand in their way and scientists have just discovered a new one. A spider named for the late reggae legend Bob Marley is the newest member of the 15 known species of so-called intertidal spiders. These weird spiders inhabit the intertidal zone: a stretch of land that is submerged during high tide and exposed during low. Scientists from Australias Queensland Museum and the Zoological Museum at the University of Hamburg, Germany, first found Bob Marleys spider (Desis bobmarleyi) in 2009 and described it last December. A male Bob Marleys spider (Desis bobmarleyi), discovered in Port Douglas in Queensland, Australia. Photo by Robert Raven The connection to Bob Marley was first through his song high tide [or] low tide as these spiders live in the high tide low tide zone, said Barbara Baehr, a research scientist from the Queensland Museum and the lead author of the paper. The mix of land and sea in the intertidal zone supports a wildly diverse set of habitats. For instance, Baehr found Bob Marleys spider on brain corals in shallow reefs on the rocky Queensland coast. But another intertidal species, Desis formidablis, or the formidable spider, lives under boulders

05:09

Jeff Sessions Dog Whistle to White Supremacy: Sheriffs Guard Our Anglo-American Heritage "IndyWatch Feed National"

WASHINGTON U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions addressed a meeting of the National Sheriffs Association on February 12 in Washington. As the nations chief law enforcer, Sessions was among friends and such an appearance should have been uneventful. What could possibly go wrong? Well it appears that the Attorney General may have improvised a bit in his speech, straying away from the prepared remarks he was supposed to have given.

Sessions praised the 20,000 members present, assuring them they had the support of both himself and the man at the top, President Donald Trump. Driving that point home, Sessions said, The office of sheriff is a critical part of the Anglo-American heritage of law enforcement. We must never erode this historic office.

Now, from a historical standpoint, Sessions is correct. As the National Sheriffs Association states on its website:

In England, the sheriff came into existence around the 9th century. This makes the sheriff the oldest continuing, non-military law enforcement entity in history The concept of sheriff, because of the vast British Empire, was exported to places such as Canada, Australia, India, and, of course, the American Colonies.

And yet, there is serious doubt as to whether Sessions brief history lesson was simply benign and innocent. To many, it sounded like yet another dog whistle to white supremacy.

 

Sheriffs picked up where slave patrols left off

A Duplin County Sheriffs Office special response team prepares to shatter a door, and presumably it's owners 4th Amendment rights, during a training exercise.

A Duplin County Sheriffs Office special response team prepares to shatter a door, and presumably its owners 4th Amendment rights, during a training exercise.

Many writers have opined that the cousins of the sheriffs here in the U.S., the police, have their origins rooted in slavery. As Time.coms Olivia Waxman noted last year, citing the work of Eastern Kentucky University Professor Gary Potter, while the protection of shipping interests gave rise to the police in the Northeast, in the South the slave patr...

05:00

Taylor-made failing of local democracy "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Adriana Taylor, Huon Valley Council Commissioner ie, one-person Huon Valley Council sat mostly in silence at the Huon Valley Rate Payers and Residents Association candidates forum at Huon Town Hall on Tuesday evening. But then she stood up and said something incredible: that local councillors were unnecessary The second point was the issue of local democracy: a single person deciding the fate of the controversial project instead of nine councillors. Again, this was blithely dismissed. Taylors jaunty logic, such that it was, was that she would simply abide by the advice of the council planning department. As this, in her view, was simply what responsible councillors should do, she saw no difference in one person making this decision instead of nine democratically-elected councillors. Trouble is, she was wrong again. Good councillors will interrogate a proposal, ask for more information, reject some assertions, seek clarification in short, do everything they can to assess, analyse and consider a proposal to ensure that its in the best interests of the local area

04:18

Australian Ministers banned from sex with staffers as deputy PM gets adviser pregnant "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Australia's prime minister is imposing a ban on all sexual relationships between ministers and their staff after the deputy PM's affair with his adviser was exposed when she became pregnant. Malcolm Turnbull announced the ban following the scandal which erupted after the Sydney Daily Telegraph published a front-page photograph, essentially exposing Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce's relationship with his former media adviser Vikki Campion. Barnaby, who was also leader of the National Party and married for 24 years, made a "shocking error of judgment", created a "world of woe" for the women in his life and "appalled all of us," said Turnbull.

04:00

South Korea's Ahn Hee-Jung on coal trade: after Paris 'everything should change' "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Australia sells South Korea $6bn of coal a year, so Canberra unease over the governor's anti-coal message is unsurprisingFor a South Korean presidential hopeful, Ahn Hee-Jung is not what you would expect. Related: Energy economics group says export market for Australian coal will decline Meeting South Korea's Governor An Hee-jung to discuss working together to meet regional challenges & #WinterOlympics2018 ~ pic.twitter.com/nnGrchOsSo Continue reading...

04:00

Reward offered for identity of those who dobbed in crocodile shooter "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

One concerned Cairns News reader has offered a reward for information leading to the identity of those responsible for dobbing in the man who shot a five metre man-eating crocodile in the Fitzroy River near Rockhampton in September last year. Any confidential information can be relayed to Cairns News and will be passed on to the concerned reader.

The accused shooter, Luke Stephen Orchard of Etna Creek, has carried out a commendable public service by killing such a menacing reptile. He was charged by police for taking a crocodile without a permit.   Cairns News hopes the shooter does not have to pay any fine.  Cairns News can also report the concerned reader has called on responsible citizens to sort out any members of the PETA crazies interfering with farm animals. The reader said he would look favourably at tanning the hides of PETA agitators and keeping them with the crocodile skins in his trophy room.

 

A reward has been offered by a Cairns News reader for information leading to the identity of the persons who dobbed in the shooter of this 5.2m menacing and dangerous man eating crocodile in the Fitzroy River near Rockhampton last year.

 

03:44

The Productivity Commission gets it wrong on Economics 101 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Today in The Australian

 

The god of long reports makes sure no one reads them. Having released its 600-page draft report on competition in the Australian financial system, the Productivity Commission would do well to keep the candles at that gods shrine burning

02:55

PERTH Three in court over Carlisle home invasion "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Three in court over Carlisle home invasion .

February 15, 2018 at 02:30PM .

They left after taking a number of items, police allege. Kensington Detectives yesterday searched a property in Kewdale and charged three men with aggravated burglary and other offences. The men two aged 19 and one aged 20 are due to appear in the Perth Magistrates Court today.

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://www.perthnow.com.au/news/crime/three-in-court-over-carlisle-home-invasion-ng-b88746296z&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNH2wKtEd9fjyQYwomLeCURuQFjtBg

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

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02:55

PERTH Shire of Mundaring ordered to pay more than $30000 in legal costs to owners of dogs acquitted of "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Shire of Mundaring ordered to pay more than $30000 in legal costs to owners of dogs acquitted of .

February 15, 2018 at 10:56AM .

SHIRE of Mundaring has been ordered to pay more than $30,000 in legal costs to the owner of two dogs who were acquitted of killing and maiming 39 sheep in the Lakes in 2016. A three-day criminal trial in the Perth Magistrates Court on January 30 between the Shire and Simon Hey ruled the

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://www.communitynews.com.au/hills-gazette/news/shire-of-mundaring-ordered-to-pay-more-than-30000-in-legal-costs-to-owners-of-dogs-acquitted-of-killing-and-maiming-39-sheep&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNHOwIDdDHn4TiJStUc74sIau9g2mQ

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

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02:53

Myths of Westminster democracy "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Almost everything we are formally taught about our system of government is deeply anchored in vested dishonesty. All the formal claims to democratic principle fall short. Here is how those structural designs benefit as undeserving a character as Barnaby Joyce.

Like many Australian voters or saintedAustraliantaxpayers as many choose to define us (taxpayers are everyone who buys anything other than fresh food so, you know, everyone) I am incandescent at the mess caused by the current deputy prime minister and his senior coalition partner, the prime minister.

Malcolm Turnbull and Barnaby Joyce have less idea how to clean up this spilt milk than my teenage son wiping the bench after making two-minute noodles, which trust me is a very low bar. Both men, and both parties they head, and thus by definition all the dithering cowards in their caucus, are terminally and irredeemably incapable of completing the tasks we pay them big money to achieve. Like running the country.

Two of the most deeply held Westminster myths are especially relevant to the shambolic shitshow that is now Barnaby Joyces political career. For the sake of brevity and sanity I limit this post to these: ministerial accountability; and the public interest obligation of the fourth estate.

For the record, I was writing about the moral and political failures same thing, when it comes to Pilliga properties and inland rail, CSG and Eastern Star and Santos, the Murray-Darling river flows and Wesfarmers and irrigation licenses and water theft and more of Barnaby Joyce before it was cool. I also have a rogue theory on why Joyce chose to publicly concede his marriage was over after the 2 December 2017 by-election.

I lived and voted in New England for thirteen years and visit annually to see family, and this is what I think: Joyce would have won anyway, but the charade allowed New Englanders to deny, to themselves, official knowledge that they were re-electing a grifter and a fool who was quite obviously drowning in a mid-life quagmire of his own making.

Nobody wanted to know, because nobody wanted to feel the prick of truth as they stood by their leery, beery charlatan of a man, their representative clown of the first order whose crass and boorish rent-seeking ways were well-known, but who nevertheless delivered the pork from a hapless beholden Coalition government and the public purse. Plus they hated Tony Windsor for backing Gillard, despite the obvious integrity of his decision-making process.

The by-election charade was aided and abetted by corny sentiment and distant ignorance from political journalists too eager to go along with the rebuttable presumption...

01:53

Barnaby, mate - this can't go on "IndyWatch Feed National"

I'm sitting in Bangkok International, one of 3 large airports I'll visit today. All around me people are on Facebook, video-calling family and looking at news online - as we do. A British bloke's been chatting with me while checked our screens - and he watched and listened to this....

01:48

Kurilpa Poets present SIMON KINDT & CLARE COWLEY "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Is that the pitter-patter of little paws? Why, so it is! The Kurilpa Poets return! Sunday, 26th February, 2018 with Feature Poet SIMON KINDT presenting his new conceptual/poetic performance piece POSEIDON/the sharks & Mystery Musician PLANET CLARE Meanwhile, hovering in Continue reading

01:45

Astronomer Dr. Eamonn Ansbro An Update on Quantum Experiment to Contact ET "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Kerry Cassidy

I will be interviewed scientist and astronomer EAMONN ANSBRO about the status of his quantum experiment to contact ET.

Dr. Eamonn Ansbro has a Masters degree in Astronomy from University of Western Sydney, Australia, and an MPhil and PhD (ABD) degree in Astronomy from the Planetary Space Science Research Institute at Open University (UK).

He is director of Kingsland Observatory, one of 5 Observatory research centres in astronomy in Ireland. His main involvement for some years has been in Solar System studies and Instrumentation.

In recent years he has been involved in SETI . He founded SETI Kingsland which has been pioneering a fundamental new approach within SETI.

This new SETI approach has resulted in breakthrough technology for applying it to communications with extraterrestrial civilizations.

Visit Project Camelot to view the full 20 page PDF presentation.

Kerry Cassidy is the CEO/ Founder of Project Camelot. Kerry is a documentary filmmaker/investigative journalist and well known radio talk show host of Project Camelot Whistleblower Radio and Project Camelot TV broadcaster with a weekly live show on Youtube. Her website Project Camelot ( http://projectcamelot.tv aka projectcamelotportal.com ) is a leader in the alternative media sector, with a Youtube channel that has over 57 million unique viewers worldwide and over 185,000 sub...

01:29

UK points finger at Russia for malicious cyberattack that paralyzed global firms "IndyWatch Feed National"

The British government says Russia was behind the massive NotPetya cyberattack that crippled computer networks of global multinationals last summer. Moscow has denied the accusation.

We categorically reject such accusations, we consider them unsubstantiated and groundless. This is nothing more than the continuation of the Russophobic campaign lacking any evidence,presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists on Thursday.

With no specific evidence provided for the allegations, UK intelligence claimed that the Russian military was responsible for the attack, citing a statement by Britains Foreign Office. According to the document, the UK decided to publicly charge Russia to show neither London nor its allies will not tolerate malicious cyber activity.

The UKs National Cyber Security Centre assesses that the Russian military was almost certainly responsible for the destructive NotPetya cyber-attack of June 2017. Given this is the highest level of assessment and the broader context, the UK government has made the judgement that the Russian government was responsible for this cyber-attack, the statement says.

The NotPetya cyberattack devastated computer networks of major global corporations worldwide. Companies like the delivery service FedEx, container-ship giant Moeller-Maersk, pharmaceutical firm Merck, French construction firm Saint-Gobain, British advertising company WPP Group, and many others fell victims of the virus. Security experts said the worm appeared to stem from Ukrainian tax software.

The accusations by the UK Foreign Office represent the first time a Western government has publicly pointed the finger at Moscow. Earlier, only Ukraine accused the Kremlin. They also claimed that Ukraine bore the brunt of the attack.

British officials said the attack was aimed at Ukrainian financial, energy, and government sectors.

The attack masqueraded as a criminal enterprise but its purpose was principally to disrupt. Primary targets were Ukrainian financial, energy and government sectors. Its indiscriminate design caused it to spread further, affecting other European and Russian business, the UK Foreign....

01:00

The Hungarian Election: Viktor Orbns Crusade Against Globalism "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

NOTE: This is the third of several articles I am writing to promote my fundraiser to cover the Hungarian election starting next month. To find out more about the fundraiser and how you can help, click here.

With the next articles Im writing on the Hungarian election, Im going to focus on specific parties and personalities and their political platforms, and theres no better place to start than with Prime Minister Viktor Orbn himself and his Fidesz party.

The current Hungarian government is technically a coalition, as Fidesz governs with the KDNP (Christian Democratic Peoples Party). However, the KDNP isnt truly an independent party and is treated as an extension of Fidesz for all intents and purposes, similar to the relationship between the CDU and CSU in Germany or the Liberals and Nationals in Australia.

Fidesz was originally founded in 1988 as the Alliance of Young Democrats (Fidesz is the Hungarian-language contraction of that name) to protest the Hungarian communist government. A student movement, it and Orbn rose to fame in 1989 when he gave a speech commemorating the reburial of Imre Nagy and other leaders of the 1956 revolution who had been killed trying to overthrow the government. In his speech, Orbn demanded not only that the communist regime hold free elections, but that the Soviets withdraw their forces from Hungary. Fidesz would later win seats in the subsequent post-communist elections.

While Fidesz began as a liberal partyOrbn studied at Oxford under a Soros Foundation scholarshipin the mid-90s, the party moved to the right, greatly increasing its popularity. In the 1998 elections, Fidesz went from being one of the smallest parties in the National Assembly to the largest, allowing Orbn to become Prime Minister in coalition with two other parties. While his first tenure in government was not nearly as radical as his current stint (due to his weaker position), Orbn did manage to implement some of the concepts of his illiberal democracy, such as reintroducing benefits for mothers, joining NATO, and passing a law providing education and health benefits for ethnic Hungarians in neighboring countries such as Romania.

Fidesz lost the elections in 2002 due to a series of corruption scandals involving its coalition partners: while it remained the largest party in the National Assembly, the opposition MSZP (Hungarian Socialist Party) was able to form a governing coalition with another party. Viktor Orbns response was to sit back and w...

00:25

Dust storm hits Melbourne, Australia "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Incredible footage has emerged of a dust storm currently sweeping over Melbourne. A combination of Victoria's recent dry weather and Wednesday's strong winds have caused a significant amount of dust unearthed and displaced across the city. A severe weather warning has been issued due to a strong cold front which will cross Victoria this morning and early afternoon.

00:16

A brief history lesson from Labor on the subject of Barnaby Joyce's performance as a federal minister "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"



Labor MP for Hunter Joel Fitzgibbon on his feet in the House of Representatives, listing some of Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for  & Nationals MP for New England Barnaby Joyce's many failings.

Hansard, 14 February 2018:

I want to quickly take us to the member for New England's performance. I'm going to read this as quickly as I can. There are so many to talk about. He forcibly relocated the APVMA to his own electoratea disaster for Australian agriculture. He abolished the COAG committee, which was doing so much work to bring the states and the Commonwealth together. He sacked his departmental head, destroying the culture, trust and motivation of those who work in the department. He doctored his Hansard. He ditched drought assistance. He tried to move the Regional Investment Corporation to Orange without any governance, giving him full flight to do whatever he wanted with his pork-barrelling exercise. He's destroyed trust in the Murray-Darling Basin Plan, a real threat on the water front and in our food bowl. Biosecurity has been a disaster. He tried to abolish the Inspector-General of Biosecurity. It was only our resistance that prevented that from happening. 

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00:15

Failed coal seam gas mining company Linc Energy's 9 week trial underway in Queensland, Australia "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


As the story unfolded.........

ABC News, 16 April 2016:

Oil and gas company Linc Energy has been placed into administration in a bid to avoid penalties for polluting the environment, a Queensland green group says.

It was announced late Friday that administrators PPB Advisory had been called in to work with Linc's management on options including a possible restructure.

In a statement to the ASX, the company said after receiving legal and financial advice and considering commercial prospects the board decided it was in the best interests of the company to make the move.

It comes one month after the company was committed to stand trial on five charges relating to breaches in Queensland's environmental laws at its underground coal gasification site.

The state's environment department accused the company of wilfully causing serious harm at its trial site near Chinchilla on the Darling Downs.

...

00:00

Beyond the Crossing: Remote Viewing the Planet X Binary and Trinary System "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Interesting information and worth a listen. Discernment advised, as always. Ed.

In this segment, we cover the impending passage of the binary system, what to expect, Spiritual and physical preparation aspects, Laudas first hand experiencing of the Holographic construct, the role of 5G + agendas, remote viewing a high level celebrity briefed on the system, an Australian astrophysicist kin confirmation disclosure + more!

Part 1

Part 2

Continuing from Part 1, we further discuss aspects of the Binary passage effects, the New earth, the TransPlanting, the elements of the antiverse/anti-creation + more personal witnessing of relative events.

We must emphasize that the El-ites do not invest trillions of dollars over decades building and expanding deep underground base networks for hoax events, irregardless of what technologies they may themselves employ as part of end time events.

Biblical plagues really happened say scientists

This article omits much, though is a reference point for examining the scientific studied effects that led to exodus.- GL http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/scien

WORMWOOD.

This object goes by many names.. The Egyptians called it the Terrible Comet

The civilizations of South and Central American called it the Sky Serpent

The Hopi Indians called it Sasquasohah

The Babylonians called it Marduk

The Chinese called it The Red Dragon

The Sumerians called it Nibiru or Planet of the Crossing.

Other civilizations called it The Winged or Horned Disk, The Destroyer, The Death Comet among others.

...

Thursday, 15 February

23:35

Waste Expo Australia/ All- Energy 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Waste Expo Australia 2017 is proudly co-located with All-Energy Australia as part of Australian Sustainability Week, forming Australia's most significant showcase for the Waste, Recycling, Environment, Sustainability, Water Management, Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency industries.

23:13

#AskDocQ: Should I Be Worried About This New Mycoplasma STI? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Whats all the fuss about this new STI Mycoplasma? Should I be worried? Mycoplasma genitalium has only recently come to light as an emerging STI. It causes infection in the rectum and both the male and female genital tracts. It is not known what the long-term consequences are (if any) of untreated infection. Symptoms are ...

The post #AskDocQ: Should I Be Worried About This New Mycoplasma STI? appeared first on QNews Magazine.

23:04

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Beech B350 Super King A32-671 "Dingo 27" Pops into Bundaberg Airport "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

On Thursday 15 February, another Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Beech B350 Super King Air turboprop aircraft was noted visiting Central Queensland with A32-671 completing airwork around the Fraser Coast before landing at Bundaberg Airport.

File photo
Flying as "Dingo 27", A32-671 was heard to initially complete airwork including a missed approach at Gayndah Aerodrome before landing at Bundaberg Airport.  After a short while on the ground, A32-671 departed Bundy for RAAF Base Amberley.

During the late afternoon / early evening, A32-671 "Dingo 27" was heard to be flying North from Amberley to Townsville.

23:00

Comedian Mel Buttle Is Off The Leash For The Brisbane Comedy Festival "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

With an ever-growing list of gay comedians around the country, Mel Buttle is not one who immediately springs to mind. Shes kept her six year relationship with partner Sophie separate from her public life, allowing her to build the solid foundations of a career based on her own professional merits. Michael James sat down with ...

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