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Wednesday, 22 November

01:00

Benutzt hier jemand Intel-Prozessoren?This includes ... "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Benutzt hier jemand Intel-Prozessoren?

This includes scenarios where a successful attacker could:

Impersonate the ME/SPS/TXE, thereby impacting local security feature attestation validity.
Load and execute arbitrary code outside the visibility of the user and operating system.

TXE ist die Trusted Execution Engine. Intel hatte einen Job. Einen. Und den haben sie so massiv verkackt, dass ich insgeheim ein bisschen hoffe, dass dieser ganze unvertrauenswrdige Rotz in Zukunft optional sein wird. Ich sehe jedenfalls nicht ein, die Komponente zu bezahlen, ber die mich die NSA ownt.

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Tuesday, 21 November

23:04

Georges el Rif Killer Sentenced to Death "IndyWatch Feed National"

Beiruts Criminal Court issued the verdict in the case of George al-Rif killing, sentencing the accused Tareq Yateem to death and acquitting his friend Lynn Haidar. Yateem was arrested after stabbing George el Rif 15 times in broad daylight and in front of dozens of bystanders following a traffic dispute.

The whole thing was caught on tape yet Yateems lawyer withdrew from the case without prior notice, claiming that Justice Minister Salim Jreissati had interfered in the case. If anything, the victims family should worry of interference to let this scumbag get away with his crime.

Nevertheless, the death sentence is still not the answer here and theres nothing the authorities can do for justice to be served, not when corruption is all around us and these killers are almost always protected by some politician or party. The only thing to do, sadly enough, is running for your life instead of getting into a fight with these people and trying to avoid them as much as possible.

22:36

Australia: People Blockade Work on Adani Rail Line "IndyWatch Feed National"

from FLAC

UPDATE: 5 of the protestors were arrested for contravening police orders and blocking a road. They have been released on summons.

November 21st: A multi-faith group of six peaceful protestors are blocking work on the rail line from Abbot Point to the Galilee Basin to protest Adanis proposed mega-coal mine.  The protestors are all members of the Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC), a multi-faith organization that works with diverse faith communities to tackle global warming.

Among the protestors are a Uniting Church Minister, the Reverend Alex Sangster, and a member of the Triratna Buddhist Order, Tejopala Rawls. Other participants are from the Catholic and Quaker traditions.

ARRCC President, Thea Ormerod said Stopping Adanis mega-coal mine from being built is a moral issue. People around the world are already losing their lives and livelihoods, and species are going extinct because of the damage we are doing to the earths climate. Today we call on people of all faiths to join us in taking a stand for those already being impacted by climate change, for future generations and for the Great Barrier Reef.

Ms Ormerod said her organisation had decided to engage in civil resistance because other avenues were not working. For ten years, ARRCC has drawn this issue to the attention of elected representatives and business leaders. We have done everything we could within the law to prompt our leaders to take action to move Australia away from dependency on coal, oil and gas.

Non-violence is at the heart of all the major faiths. We will continue to use all legal options open to us to convince our leaders to act for climate justice. However, where necessary, people of faith must not shy away...

21:19

Hundreds of Palestinians on the brink of expulsion: We just want to live "IndyWatch Feed National"

Hundreds of Palestinians on the brink of expulsion: We just want to live Three hundred Palestinians have been ordered to leave their homes and take with them all their belongings within the next eight days. Where are they supposed to go? The military order provides no answers. In the meantime, they wait for the rain []

21:00

Bitcoin Gold Price Doubles in Value Thanks to Bittrex Listing "IndyWatch Feed National"

A lot has been said about the launch of Bitcoin Gold so far. It was delayed by a few days initially and there are still some issues regarding the claiming process. Not enough wallets support BTG right now, yet exchanges are slowly coming around to supporting it. More specifically, Bittrex added this altcoin overnight, which promptly caused a surge in value. Right now, one BTG is valued at over $285.

While not too many may care about Bitcoin Gold, there is a very good reason to do exactly that. More specifically, the value of BTG has yet to be properly determined. If some exchanges are to be believed, this currency is worth over $285. An interesting price surge of 132.66% over the past 24 hours. This isnt a change anyone really expected, that much is certain. So far, the number of use cases for BTG, other than speculation, are still pretty much zero.

Bitcoin Gold Surge Reeks of a Pump

This makes the Bitcoin Gold price surge even stranger, for obvious reasons.  While speculation is a good indicator, more than doubling in value isnt exactly normal. At the same time, there is no reason why this altcoin shouldnt have any value whatsoever. Until we know the exact circulating supply of BTG, there are still a lot of questions that need to be answered. An interesting development well worth keeping an eye on, though.

Bittrex has been dominating the trading volume over the past 24 hours. They generate over half of the volume of this entire currency. HitBTC and Bitfinex are also showing some interesting momentum, but in far less spectacular fashion. It is certainly possible we will see some more price fluctuations moving forward. Especially when considering how the price hit over $325 on Bittrex already. The rest of the exchanges are almost $100 behind in this regard. A massive gap to take advantage of, as long as it lasts.

For now, the entire Bitcoin Gold debacle appears to be a massive pump-and-dump. Considering how this price is propped up by a handful of exchanges, it is evident speculation is dominating the landscape right now. We may see a very high BTG price in the future, though, as there arent too many coins available right now. It will be interesting to see how high Bitcoin Gold can go over the next few days.Another altcoin to keep an eye on for speculators, that much is evident

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20:24

Retired Brisbane magistrate William John Randall found guilty of child-sex charges "IndyWatch Feed National"

Randall, who retired just last year from his position as referee in the Small Claims Tribunal after years on the bench, continues to maintain his innocence.

He pleaded not guilty in the Brisbane District Court last week to 18 charges including maintaining a relationship with a child, indecent treatment and sexual assault.

His lawyers cross-examined the victim in the witness box about the allegations, accusing him of fabricating lies about being abused hundreds of times so he could later sue Randall.

However, the jury dismissed this and returned guilty verdicts.

Randall was on Tuesday sentenced to nine years jail, and will be eligible for parole after serving half of that time.

Judge Catherine Muir described Randalls behaviour as shocking and reprehensible.

Extract ABC Australia article on this matter

 

Queensland magistrate William Randall will get a very hard time in jail and will have to be in protective custody. Even in protective custody, he wont be safe. Every time he steps out of his cell, hell be a target.

4.5 to 9 years is a very long time to spend in jail under those circumstances.

William Randall is fortunate not to live in California, where hed be jailed for life, Indonesia, where hed be chemically castrated or worse, or ISIS areas of Syria, where hed be thrown off a building.

The Courier Mail

Retired Brisbane magistrate William John Randall found guilty of child-sex charges

William John Randall, 69, was in Brisbane District Court this afternoon, where Judge Catherine Muir told him his abuse of the child was cunning and calculating and an outrageous breach of trust.

Judge Muir se...

18:43

MACKAY Police shootout accused found dead in his cell "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY November 21, 2017 at 06:35AM ,

Police shootout accused found dead in his cell

November 21, 2017 at 06:35AM ,

The matter was heard yesterday in Mackay Magistrates Court. No evidence was offered by the prosecution and all the charges were dismissed, court

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18:43

MACKAY Tried to halt a hoon, ended up on wrong side of the law "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY November 21, 2017 at 06:26AM ,

Tried to halt a hoon, ended up on wrong side of the law

November 21, 2017 at 06:26AM ,

Nathan John Evans, 32, from Bucasia faced Mackay Magistrates Court on Monday, pleading guilty to dangerous operation on October 24.

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18:43

MACKAY She filmed arrests but refused to give police her phone "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY November 21, 2017 at 05:30AM ,

She filmed arrests but refused to give police her phone

November 21, 2017 at 05:30AM ,

Tyra Jane Elizabeth Hutchinson appeared in Mackay Magistrates Court on Monday, pleading guilty to obstructing police about 1.10pm on October 17

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17:54

Slater and Gordon announced GILLARD's exit from the firm one week before her 11 September 1995 record of interview "IndyWatch Feed National"

To date, most of us have believed that GILLARD left Slater and Gordon after and perhaps as a result of her 11 September 1995 formally recorded interview with Peter Gordon and Geoff Shaw. http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/investigations/revealed-julia-gillard-lost-her-job-after-law-firms-secret-investigation/news-story/c59b5518bdc00c3987944bb715a4fc6d The TURC published highly selective extracts from Slater and Gordon partnership meetings, commencing with the firm's...

17:17

Arts Wednesday 22 November 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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At 10:40 am, we hear Part 5 of Sydney By Design for this series and Ed talks about infrastructure.

At 11:00 am, I look at a great new exhibition and website at the State Library of New South Wales, called Botanical Inspirations. It examines the work of natural history illustrator Ferdinand Bauer, who was the illustrator who sailed with Mathew Flinders in the Investigator. He developed an unusual techniques of marking colours on his sketches by numbers and his palette comprised some 1000 numbers, which he had committed to memory. Professor David Mabberley cracked the colour code and has just  published a book called Painting By Numbers. This is also the name of the very inventive website that goes with the exhibition. My guests in the studio are curator, Alison Wishart and head of the DXLab which developed the website, Paula Bray.

Music features songs about infrastructure and songs about Australian flora and fauna.

I look forward to your company.

The post Arts Wednesday 22 November 2017 appeared first on 89.7 Eastside FM.

17:03

MACKAY Mackay district court "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY November 21, 2017 at 11:02AM ,

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16:20

"Just Passing Through..." "IndyWatch Feed National"

"We are all visitors to this time, this place. We are just passing through. 
Our purpose here is to observe, to learn, to grow, to loveand then we return home." 
- Australian Aboriginal Proverb, Author: A.B. Shepherd

16:13

Trumps Ultimate Deal Only offers Hard Choices for Abbas "IndyWatch Feed National"

The long wait appears to be coming to an end on Donald Trumps ultimate deal, one supposedly capable of unlocking the impasse between Israel and the Palestinians.

The United States peace initiative may be unveiled as soon as January, marking the first anniversary of Mr Trumps arrival in office. Other reports suggest it may be delayed until March. But all seem sure it will be upon us soon.

Neither Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu nor Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, appear keen to enter another round of fruitless dialogue.

But for good reason, Mr Abbas is far more reticent.

This month, in statements presumably directed at Washington, he insisted he would not agree to a Palestinian state without Gaza, or one restricted to Gaza. He also warned again that, in the absence of a two-state solution, Israel would face demands from Palestinians for equal rights in one state.

That was presumably the context for Mr Abbas being called to Riyadh earlier this month, doubtless after the White House urged Saudi Arabia to use its leverage with the Palestinian leader to bring him onside. According to Palestinian sources cited by Israeli reporter Ben Caspit, Mr Abbas was told in no uncertain terms that he had to respond positively to the coming peace initiative.

Strong-arming Mr Abbas was doubtless also the motive behind US threats at the weekend to shut down what is effectively the Palestinians embassy in Washington unless the Palestinian leader agrees to peace talks.

Outrage from Palestinian officials, who referred to the White House move as extortion, was an indication of their mounting exasperation.

Given that Mr Abbas is invested exclusively in diplomacy, his resistance to this round of US-led peacemaking should serve as warning enough of how bad a Trump peace is likely to prove.

At the weekend Israeli media offered the first substantive clues of what might be on offer.

The headline news is not entirely bad so long as one ignores the small print. Most significantly, if reports are accurate and Washington and Israel claim they are not the US is said to be ready to recognise a Palestinian state.

It is a move characterised by the kind of bullishness that is Mr Trumps trademark and has left Mr Netanyahu anxious. But everything else should reassure him.

The US will apparently agree that no one will be forcibly moved from their home. That may prove the answer to Israels prayers. It will finally have US blessing for all its illegal settlements, which have eaten into the bulk of the West Bank, turning it into a patchwork of Palestinian enclaves.

After five decades of Israel clearing most of the Palestinian population from t...

16:04

December Party: Armidale Community Garden "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

[ Thursday, 7 Dec; 6:30 pm; ] Lets celebrate members and volunteers for a great year of events and forums continuing our vision for Armidale to be a lovely sustainable town to live in. Its simple: bring a picnic blanket, some finger food and drink to share. The festivities will happen at the new time of 6.30pm Thursday 7th December at the Armidale Community Garden [...] full article 

15:21

What we talk about when we talk about editing "IndyWatch Feed National"

This is very resonant with fiction for me, and something I think many writers neglect to consider deeply: what shape is your story, and why is it made this way? I often reread Ursula Le Guins essay, The carrier bag theory of fiction, which talks about the issue of narrative form as a radical project and the idea of using the story as a container for something.

14:57

Roxanne Moore: Time to wake up Australia. Every child prison in this country is Don Dale "IndyWatch Feed National"

I wonder how quickly change would have happened if these abuses were mostly happening to white kids not that it should be happening to any child at all Photograph: Roxanne Moore I wonder how quickly change would have happened if these abuses were mostly happening to white kids not that it should be happening to any child at ...

14:49

More evidence from the Slater and Gordon files "IndyWatch Feed National"

Here are a few pieces of evidence that might assist authorities in investigating The AWU Scandal. In 1995 Andrew Taylor was Slater and Gordon's PR man. Here is the header for one of his invoices from the time. For July 1995 these line items appear. On 25 July 1995 Taylor...

14:19

Aboriginal funeral funds must be established by State and Territory Governments "IndyWatch Feed National"

On average each year there are 3,000 deaths of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, but many families cannot afford a funeral. The distress levels can damage families, displace anger, dishevelling people, condemning them to elevated risk to aberrant behaviours. Nationally, nearly half the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population lives below the poverty line, []

14:17

Is Australias Economy A House of Cards? "IndyWatch Feed National"

(L) Shanghai harbour, (R) Eiffel Tower

By Dee McLachlan

Is there really enough iron ore sitting in the ports of China to build 13,000 Eiffel Towers? And isnt iron ore, Australias biggest export, the countrys main driver of a trade surplus and GDP growth?

I have, in past articles, commented on manufacturing industries in Australia collapsing, and that we are becoming a nation of tour guides and baristas. The main business and wealth earning industry, it seems, is sitting on property and waiting for asset prices to rise.

I have little understanding of economics and had never heard of something called the...

14:14

Life expectancy. From 45 to 82 years, we've come a long way "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

One hundred and fifty years ago on Tuesday The Sydney Morning Herald broke news that these days would be considered shocking.

The first 'life table' prepared for the British colony put the expected lifespan of a newborn non-Aboriginal Australian at just 45.6 years.

The Bureau of Statistics now gives newborns a lifespan of 82.5 years; 80.4 for boys, and 84.6 for girls.

And that's almost certain to be an underestimate. Improvements in medical technologies throughout 80 years of life are likely to add an extra four years to those totals.

On November 7, 1867, the life table was good news. We were better off than England where newborns got only 40.9 years, and better off than Belgium where they got 32.2.

And things were even better than the raw figure of 45.6 years suggested. An extraordinary 10.6 per cent of newborns (10.6 per cent of boys, 9.8 per cent of girls) died before they reached the age of one. If you survived to the age of one, you were likely to make it to 51.

From today's vantage point it looks as if life expectancy has always increased, but it hasn't, for decades at a time. The 1960s were what Melbourne University demographer Alan Lopez refers to as the "tobacco years". Life expectancy increased not at all.

For older Australians life expectancy scarcely increased for 50 years, between 1920 and 1970. It was only after 1972 when the tobacco use was brought under control (it didn't finally peak until 1978 - 1980) and progress was made against heart attacks that it began to grow again.

In recent years, newborns have been gaining an extra year of life every two and a half years. Australian National University demographer Liz Allen can't see an upper limit, although she concedes it will be more difficult. Controlling tobacco, preventing heart disease and making driving safer were easier to do than it would be to extend the lifespan of the parts of our bodies with built in obsolescence. Our bodies weren't designed to last too many years beyond childbirth, she says.

Alan Lopez says we've already harvested most of the low-hanging fruit. "The gains in lung cancer, chronic heart disease and the tobacco causes will continue, but at a much slower rate," he says. The gains from road accidents will depend on whether we adopt strict road rules of the kind Sweden has where there is a zero tolerance for alcohol.

At a public lecture to be presented at Melbourne University next week, he will suggest that life expectancy will continue to climb for the next 25 years, but at half the rate of the previous 25 years.

The biggest ob...

13:50

1,917 reasons to subscribe "IndyWatch Feed National"

Okay, we decided to narrow it down from 1,917 reasons to simply the top 17!

13:37

Pay your rates "IndyWatch Feed National"

Here is an article from a Melbourne suburbs newspaper telling people to pay their 'rates' at the Municipal office.


13:31

Opera singer charged with historic child sex offences "IndyWatch Feed National"

Sydney Morning Herald

Opera singer charged with historic child sex offences

  • Kate McClymont and Debbie Cuthbertson
21 November 2017

A longstanding member of the nations principal opera company, Opera Australia, has been charged with historic child sex offences, some of which are alleged to have been committed at the Sydney Opera House.

David Edward Lewis, 58, is charged with four counts of aggravated indecent assault of a victim under the age of 16 and two counts of sexual intercourse with a person 14 or over and under 16.

David Lewis has been charged with historic child sex offences, some of which are alleged to have been committed at the ...David Lewis has been charged with historic child sex offences, some of which are alleged to have been committed at the Sydney Opera House. Photo: Facebook

It was Mr Lewiss starring role as Princess Turandots father, the Emperor, in the opera companys spectacular production of Puccinis Turandot on Sydney Harbour in March last year, which prompted the alleged victim to go to police.

In the mid-1990s the then 14-year-old girl was in the childrens chorus of an Opera Australia production when it is alleged Mr Lewis, a chorister in his mid-30s, commenced to sexually assault her.

David Lewis as Cousin Francois in Opera Australia's April 2017 Sydney production of Two Weddings, One Bride.David Lewis as Cousin Francois in Opera Australias April 2017 Sydney production of Two Weddings, One Bride. Photo: Prudence Upton

Sources have told Fairfax Media that one assault was witnessed by a cast member who reported the matter to senior figures within Opera Australia, who then appointed a chaperone for the children. No action was taken against Mr Lewis.

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13:17

Cory Bernardi and the Australian Christian Lobbys call arms "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Joe Montero

At last Saturdays (17 November 2017) national conference of the Australian Christian Lobby in Sydney, Senator Cory Bernardi told the delegates that the campaign against same-sex marriage in Australia was an extraordinary success, despite losing the national postal survey.

These were not the words of a deluded and frustrated individual. They were calculated and had a specific purpose. They were concerned with what to do in the period after the overwhelming victory of the Yes vote.

For Bernardi and those who agreed with him, the Conference was an occasion to get on with the next phase of bringing a collective view of the world that would propel Australia into the Middle Ages, where religion and politics were intertwined and any deviation from the prescribed format would not be tolerated.

The Senator had left the Liberal Party earlier this year, because in his view it had moved away from from conservative principle. He went on to form the Australian Conservative Party. The title is inaccurate because the Bernardi view of the world has nothing to do with conservatism and a lot more to do with with the reactionary radicalism that he shares with others in the Australian Christian Lobby and outside it.  The difference is important.  The radicals do not seek to keep the status quo, but to change it in their own direction.

The Australian Christian Lobby claims to represent Christianity in Australia. It does nothing of the sort. A significant of its leadership and support comes form a section of the Pentecostal tradition. Hillsong is intimately connected and jointly sponsored the Coalition for Marriage.  There are business money links. There are links to the Sydney based traditionalist leadership of the Methodist and Catholic churches. There is also a close connection with similarly minded factions in the Liberal and National parties.

The model and inspiration for the Australian Christian Lobby is what is often called the American Christian Right, which emerged in opposition to the ending of segregation and the schools and bussing in black children.

One of the two original founders is the retired Baptist minister and Queensland businessman,...

13:04

BATR: Saudi Arabia and Israeli Alliance Targets Iran "IndyWatch Feed National"

Saudi Arabia and Israeli Alliance Targets Iran

The consequences of the failed American foreign policy in the Middle East has seldom been more vivid with the defeat of ISIS; the U.S. surrogate in the Syrian conflict. ISIS, a blended creation of the CIA and the Mossad was the inevitable result of sanctioning the murder of Libya's Muammar Gaddafi. With the support of Russian involvement, Syria's President Bashar Hafez al-Assad was able to fend off the imperialist efforts of Israel to remove him from office and destroy his country. Defeating ISIS on the battlefield has never been the intention of the DC shadow government. The consistent policy under every US administration has been to protect the Zionist state above all else. Unfortunately, the Trump regime is no different and certainly does not follow a genuine America First foreign policy.

This background sets the stage for the next manipulation in the region. YeniSafak asks, What happened in the Mideast after Trump's Saudi visit? Their answer provides a list of developments.

May 20 - Trumps visit do Riyadh

June 5 Qatar crisis

June 21 New crown prince

July 30 Al-Sadr in Saudi Arabia

Sept. 25 Illegitimate referendum in the KRG

Oct. 12 Hamas and Fatah reconciliation

Oct. 13 Nuclear deal in Congress

Oct. 24 Saudi Arabia returns to moderate Islam

Nov. 2 Iran and al-Qaeda link in Bin Laden documents

Now the Daily Mail reports, Saudi Arabia king to step down and hand over the crown to his 32-year-old son. The palace putsch against rival princes has a nice ring to justify their removal from influence has less to do with their corruption than a st...

12:54

One Crown to Rule Them All: The real reasons for the Saudi 'corruption crackdown' "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Saudi clown prince Mohammad Bin Salman is an impulsive tyrant. But what accounts for the urge to purge the country of any potential competing power center Why does he run a such an activist foreign policy? The answer might be Iran. Not Iran the country, but Iran the system. Since the U.S. war on Iraq the sclerotic Saudi Arabia continuously lost standing in its region. The Iranian model gained ground. A decade later the authoritarian Arab systems were challenged by the so called "Arab spring". While the movements in the various countries -as far as their were genuine- have failed, they were a warning sign for things to come. Saudi Arabia reacted to the challenges by moving away from a sedate, consensual run family business towards a centrally controlled, supercharged tyranny. The move allows for more flexible and faster reactions to any future challenge. But it also increases the chance of making mistakes. To understand why this endeavor is likely to fail one needs look at the traditional economic and social system that is the fabric of the country. The fate of the Hariri dynasty is an example for it.

12:54

Will Facebooks new image abuse tool really work? "IndyWatch Feed National"

A couple of weeks back (with the help of Electronic Frontiers Australia & conference organisers), I attended the inaugural Safety on the Edge Conference hosted by the Office of the eSafety Commissioner. The eSafety Office falls under the Communications and Arts portfolio as it deals with regulation of internet content - an historically contentious topic for civil liberties groups.

The original scope of the eSafety Office was a focus on the welfare of children online, however after noting the prevalence of online abuse issues faced by adults, the agency was recently given funding to widen its scope.

This article is by and is the copyright of Rosie Williams, a citizen journalist who works on a range of issues, including data ethics and online safety. It was originally published on her The Little Bird blog and is republished here with permission. She the original article. Rosie is also very active on Twitter @Info_Aus.

Research used by the eSafety Office found image-based abuse has become a major issue facing internet users:

The research shows victims intimate images were most commonly shared without consent on popular social media sites. Facebook/Messenger accounted for 53%, followed by Snapchat at 11% and then Instagram at 4%. Text messaging and MMS were other common channels for distribution.

Earlier in the year, the office launched their online portal for reporting image-based abuse but used the more recent conference to announce the rollout of an additional tool aimed at pre-empting abuse.

The additional functionality is the result of a pilot partnership between Facebook and the eSafety office with Australia the first jurisdiction to trial the technology which offers assistance to people worried someone may be about to share their intimate images against their wishes.

In order to trigger the functionality, potential victims must first make a report through the...

12:47

Criminal Barrister Charles Waterstreet Lied About Porn Video Played To Young Jobseeker "IndyWatch Feed National"

If youre going to serve the Australian courts as a criminal barrister, professional standards dictate there are certain behaviours you shouldnt engage in. Playing a video of yourself getting a hand job to a young university student applying for a job in your chambers, and then lying to The Sydney Morning Herald about it, is probably one of them. Nina Funnell and Chris Graham bring you the latest chapter in New Matildas ongoing investigation into The Real Rake.

A naked sex worker sits astride prominent Sydney lawyer Charles Waterstreet as a second sex worker kneels by her side. The cameraphone focuses on the two womens faces and naked breasts, before panning down to reveal Mr Waterstreets penis being masturbated by one of the women.

Its the video at the centre of allegations levelled at Mr Waterstreet by Sydney University law student, Tina Huang, who says the criminal barrister showed her the footage on August 21, just 20 minutes into a job interview for a paralegal position at his chambers.

Immediately after leaving the job interview, Ms Huang sent a Facebook message to a friend detailing the events of the interview, and the contents of the video. She has also since signed two statutory declarations, one of them specifically describing the video.

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In a public statement published in the Sydney Morning Herald late last month, Mr Waterstreet disputed Ms Huangs account of the incident, claiming any nude imagery she might have seen during her job interview and subsequent brief employment (Ms Huang lasted just a few hours in the job) was in the context of his professional duties as a criminal barrister and writer.

However, a whistleblower has now provided a copy of the masturbation video which matches the description given by Ms Huang in both her Facebook correspondence, and again in her original statutory declaration, made in late October.

Ms Huang has viewed the new video evidence in the presence of Marque...

12:36

Man Trapped in Health Food Store Overnight Forced to Eat Own Poo "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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A Sydney man was forced to eat his own poo to make it through a night trapped inside a local health food emporium when staff locked the store up for the night without realising he was still inside.

The mishap occurred after the man rushed into the store to use the gender-neutral toilet and fell into an LSD-like trance on the stool pool thanks to the mystic incense burning within the restroom.

The man said he would have used the pub toilet like a normal person, but he didnt feel like having the 50 or so guilt beers he was forced to down the last time a publican caught him popping in just to use the gents.
When I came to after smelling colours and seeing sounds Ive never tasted before, it was too late, and I was locked in the store with no phone charge, the man said. I tried to make it through the night with no food or water, but it was impossible. I had to do what anyone would do locked up in a place that only served loony health food, and dine on my own poo and wash it down with my own wee.

The man said that unlike the way most odd foods are described, it certainly didnt taste like chicken.


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12:02

SACOSS end-of-year breakfast "IndyWatch Feed National"

Friday, 8 December 2017 - 7:30am

The SACOSS team would like to thank all our sector colleagues, members and supporters for your invaluable contributions over the last year, so come and celebrate on Friday 8 December with a scrumptious breakfast on us!

Please click here to RSVP

 

12:01

A Law Unto Himself: Barrister Charles Waterstreet Lied About Masturbation Video Played To Jobseeker "IndyWatch Feed National"

If youre going to serve the Australian courts as a criminal barrister, professional standards dictate there are certain behaviours you shouldnt engage in. Playing a video of yourself getting a hand job to a young university student applying for a job in your chambers, and then lying to The Sydney Morning Herald about it, is probably one of them. Nina Funnell and Chris Graham bring you the latest chapter in New Matildas ongoing investigation into The Real Rake.

A naked sex worker sits astride prominent Sydney lawyer Charles Waterstreet as a second sex worker kneels by her side. The cameraphone focuses on the two womens faces and naked breasts, before panning down to reveal Mr Waterstreets penis being masturbated by one of the women.

Its the video at the centre of allegations levelled at Mr Waterstreet by Sydney University law student, Tina Huang, who says the criminal barrister showed her the footage on August 21, just 20 minutes into a job interview for a paralegal position at his chambers.

Immediately after leaving the job interview, Ms Huang sent a Facebook message to a friend detailing the events of the interview, and the contents of the video. She has also since signed two statutory declarations, one of them specifically describing the video.

Tina-FB-message

In a public statement published in the Sydney Morning Herald late last month, Mr Waterstreet disputed Ms Huangs account of the incident, claiming any nude imagery she might have seen during her job interview and subsequent brief employment (Ms Huang lasted just a few hours in the job) was in the context of his professional duties as a criminal barrister and writer.

However, a whistleblower has now provided a copy of the masturbation video which matches the description given by Ms Huang in both her Facebook correspondence, and again in her original statutory declaration, made in late October.

Ms Huang has viewed the new video evidence in the presence of Marque...

12:00

Tamworth Rally 26th November The Future of Our Food Bowl "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

[ Sunday, 26 Nov; 11:00 am; ] Hi Armidale folk, there will be a crew catching the train, attending the rally (which was moved back so you would make it on time) and then having lunch together :) Hear from experts about the effects of climate change on agriculture, the potential for renewable energy and candidates for the seat of New England. Train: Depart [...] full article 

11:47

Electric Vehicle Expo 2018 in Inverell "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

[ Friday, 4 May to Sunday, 6 May. ] "Gathering of the Geeks" Electric Vehicles Expo Where: National Transport Museum Inverell NSW 2360 When: 4th to 6th May 2018 [embed width="520"]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pY65V5uDEM8[/embed] Visit the New England in Autumn for the first Electric Vehicle Expo and Motor Show held over 3 days and 3 Shires. The National Transport Museum is the largest in New England (4000m2 under one [...] full article 

11:40

Mowing down child sexual assault "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

71-year-old Claude Harvey pushing his mower through Bangalow. Photo Jeff 'Green Grass' Dawson.

71-year-old Claude Harvey pushing his mower through Bangalow. Photo Jeff Green Grass Dawson.

Australias million-dollar mowerman, 71-year-old Claude Harvey, was pushing his customised lawnmower through Mullumbimby on Thursday and Bangalow on Friday as part of a 14-day mowerthon to raise awareness for Bravehearts Australias leading child protection charity.

Claude has just cracked the $1 million mark after ten years of hard mowing as he raised both funds and awareness around child sexual assault.

He started his latest mow-down on Thursday, November 14, which will take him 1,200kms from Murwillumbah to Toowoomba that will see Claude pushing his trusty customised-cutter through 12 towns from northern NSW to the Darling Downs in QLD, visiting places like Casino and Goondiwindi.

Im looking forward to getting back out on the road and raising funds to help Bravehearts prevent child sexual assault, says Claude.

My plan is to raise another $1million to help educate, empower and protect children from this

crime and to also raise awareness. My mower and I create a fair bit of attention and Im grateful for all the support and well-wishes I get from the generous people I get to meet along the way. They encourage and inspire me to keep going.

Claudes efforts has resulted in him trudging through 86 pairs of his trademark sandals across more than 25,000 kms of the Australian landscape from Hobart to Hamilton, Bundaberg to Biloela and everywhere in between hes been everywhere man.

Born in Kempsey, NSW in 1945, Claude became an active and dedicated Bravehearts volunteer after reading news of a sex offender who was arrested for sexually assaulting a child a crime that will affect one in five Australian children before they turn 18.

When two family friends disclosed that they had also been sexually assaulted, Claude vowed to do everything possible to make a difference in the lives of...

11:31

Council accused of koala habitat destruction at Tyagarah Airfield "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Just one of the koalas photographed last Sunday. (supplied)

Key koala habitat is being impacted by works at the Tyagarah Airfield and a petition, containing 281 signatures, to cease vegetation works at the site will be tabled at the upcoming Byron Shire Council meeting this Thursday.

The Tyagarah Airfield borders on a significant area of koala habitat for the Byron coastal koala population. The council removed 217 trees last May and are planning to prune a further 72 trees and shrubs at the end of November.

Before pruning work is undertaken a qualified wildlife ecologist will check the area for threatened species including koalas and occupied nests and drays, said Byron Shire Councils manager open spaces and resource recovery, Michael Matthews.

If koalas or young birds and animals are found work will be delayed in that specific area until they have left on their own accord.

According to local conservationist, Dailan Pugh, it is just the latest threat to the remaining koala population, many as a result of works and approvals by the council.

The Byron coastal koala population is estimated to number 240 individuals utilising patches of suitable habitat spread along the coast from Broken Head to the Brunswick River. They are vulnerable to both loss of preferred feed trees and fragmentation of their habitat.

The future viability of the Byron coastal koala population has come under sustained pressure in recent years, with: the development of the Bluesfest site; the redevelopment of Elements; the councils refusal to build a koala underpass when widening the road and building the roundabout on Ewingsdale Road in the middle of the major crossing point; and the approval of West Byron.

Death of a thousand cuts

It is the death of a thousands cut as koalas lose their feed trees and their ability to move between habitat patches.

Byron Council is now proposing pruning 72 trees in addition to the 217 trees they removed around the Tyagarah airstrip last May. This is in one of the principal patches of habitat left, and a key...

11:25

Invitation: Free Information Evening With Australian Wind Alliance "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

[ Thursday, 23 Nov; 6:30 pm; ] Making renewable energy projects work for the whole community. A free information forum for landholders and neighbours living near large scale renewable energy projects, with lessons from projects around Australia. Understand contracts you may be offered and how financial benefits are shared throughout the broader community Hear lessons from the National Wind Farm Commissioner, Andrew Dyer, [...] full article 

10:57

Casino P-plate driver 5 times over limit "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A P-plate driver stopped in Casino on Saturday for a breath test told the cops hed had one beer.

But police allege that when he was taken back to the police station he tested five times over the legal limit.

Police stopped the driver on Barker Street for a breath test.

The 32-year-old Kyogle man provided a positive breath test and was taken to Casino Police Station, where he allegedly told police that he had drunk one beer.

But they allege his breath analysis was almost five times higher than the legal limit for a fully licensed driver.

The 32 year old was issued a Field Court Attendance Notice for High Range PCA and had his license suspended. He will appear in Casino Local Court in December.

A police spokesperson said he was one of many people arrested over the weekend for driving with alcohol and drugs in their system, and advise drivers that penalties for these offences include fines, licence disqualification and jail time.

You are also at a high risk of crashing and injuring yourself or an innocent person.

Police will be out in force over the next few weeks in an attempt to reduce road trauma, so if you are under the influence of alcohol or drug please leave your keys in your pocket, the spokesperson said.

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10:41

AVN Founder and Vaccine-Activist promises to retire if Victorian Minister is vaccinated "IndyWatch Feed National"

Meryl Dorey, past-president and founder of the AVN, Australias national vaccine-safety consumer health lobby group, has called upon Jill Hennessy, Victorias Health Minister, to demonstrate that, There are no risks in vaccinating your children.

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10:39

Bangalow paid parking splitting community in two "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Parking meters are soon to be installed in Byron Street, Bangalow. File photo

Parking meters are soon to be installed in Byron Street, Bangalow. File photo

Chris Dobney

Just weeks before paid parking is due to take effect in Bangalow, the local Labor Party branch has called on Byron Shire Council to extend paid parking exemption permits to residents in surrounding areas.

And a member of the towns progress association has accused the council of failing its due diligence with relation to the planned implementation.

Despite widespread resident and business opposition, paid parking is set commence in Bangalow on January 1, 2018.

Unlike Byron Bay, the town is on the edge of the shire and Labor says the move will unfairly impact on residents of nearby villages, such as Newrybar and Clunes, which are in other LGAs.

Byron Labor Secretary Asren Pugh said council was determined to push ahead with paid parking in Bangalow.

If it does go ahead it is essential that the option to buy a parking permit is extended to people who are part of the Bangalow community, like Clunes and Newrybar, Mr Pugh said.

Lots of the children that go to Bangalow Public School, or the Community Childrens Centre live just over the border in Ballina or Lismore LGAs. It will split the community in two if we restrict their ability to park in town to pick up their kids or do a bit of local shopping.

We are calling on council to extend the ability to purchase parking permits to at least all of the 2479 postcode and to the villages that abut the shire, such as Clunes.

Council should take a generous approach to this issue and err on the side of letting people buy permits rather than not.

This is urgent and needs to be done before the beginning of any new paid parking regime.

If this is about getting money from tourists for infrastructure, then make sure it is targeting tourists and not splitting our community in two, Mr Pugh said.

Due diligence failure

Meanwhile Bangalow Progress Association member Jenny Bird has accused Byron Shire Council of failing in its due diligence regarding its plans for paid parking in the town.

In a letter...

10:32

Easter Island, Nauru and the Future-Eating Global Growth Economy "IndyWatch Feed National"

Expansive Economies and Limited Economies: Industrial capitalism is characterized by population growth, economic growth, expansion and intensification. [1] Although there was a short-lived case of industrial capitalism between about 1585 and 1622 in the Netherlands, [2] industrial capitalism as we know it today really originated in England, based on the apparently limitless fossil reserves of coal and the presence of many landless people who had to live by their labour. [3] These vast reservoirs of fuel gave rise to technologies that permitted mass production and facilitated the conquest and settlement of lands all over the globe. In the 20th century petroleum oil replaced coal as the fuel of industrial expansion, particularly where wheeled transport was concerned, although coal remained a mainstay for electricity production. [This article is an extract from Sheila Newman, Demography Territory Law: The Rules of Animal and Human Populations, Countershock Press, 2013, which is part of a four-book series, of which the first two have so far been published.]

Expansive Economies and Limited Economies: Industrial capitalism is characterized by population growth, economic growth, expansion and intensification. [1] Although there was a short-lived case of industrial capitalism between about 1585 and 1622 in the Netherlands, [2] industrial capitalism as we know it today really originated in England, based on the apparently limitless fossil reserves of coal and the presence of many landless people who had to live by their labour. [3] These vast reservoirs of fuel gave rise to technologies that permitted mass production and facilitated the conquest and settlement of lands all over the globe. In the 20th century petroleum oil replaced coal as the fuel of industrial expansion, particularly where wheeled transport was concerned, although coal remained a mainstay for electricity production. [This article is an extract from Sheila Newman, Demography Territory Law: The Rules of Animal and Human Populations, Countershock Press, 2013, which is part of a four-book series, of which the first two have so far been published.]
In contrast to Britain, America, Australia, Canada, with their larger landmasses, fuel reserves and well established trade links, small isolated islander societies had to learn to live within firmly fixed, immediate, territorial limits.

Any isolated island society which failed to do this...

10:13

Wilkie backs push against parliament delay "IndyWatch Feed National"

Independent MP for Dennison, Andrew Wilkie. Photo AAP

Independent MP for Dennison, Andrew Wilkie. Photo AAP

CANBERRA [AAP]

Crossbench MP Andrew Wilkie says the federal parliament has a moral imperative to sit next week as Turnbull government ministers line up to defend deferring the lower house session.

Labor has drafted a letter petitioning Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to reverse his decision to postpone the House of Representatives sitting to December 4.

Victorian independent Cathy McGowan has confirmed she will not take part in any protest sitting, but her four crossbench colleagues are expected to co-sign Labors letter.

Their support would mean 73 MPs support the push the same number the government has on the floor of the house with Barnaby Joyce and John Alexander off fighting by-elections.

With numbers being that close surely theres a moral imperative if not a legal imperative on the prime minister agreeing that the parliament would sit next week, Mr Wilkie told ABC Radio.

Leader of the House Christopher Pyne said the delay would give the Senate time to pass the same-sex marriage bill and allow parliament to sort out the dual citizenship mess.

However, the announcement came just hours after Queensland LNP senator Barry OSullivan said up to four coalition MPs were considering breaking coalition ranks to vote for an inquiry into the banks.

Mr Pyne insisted the decision to delay the return of parliament had nothing to do with thwarting Labor or rogue government backbenchers mustering the necessary votes to launch an investigation into the banks.

Theres no motion or bill to establish a banking royal commission either before the Senate or the House of Representatives, he told ABC radio.

Treasurer Scott Morrison also played down the link but Opposition Leader Bill Shorten grabbed it with both hands.

There is no doubt in my mind that one of the reasons why Mr Turnbull has cancelled parliament next week is because he knows a banking royal commission is inevitable, Mr Shorten said.

And he will do everything he can d...

09:59

Degraded Tweed drainage system to be fixed "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Vintage Lakes at Banora Point, showing red azolla on the surface of the lake. While harmless in moderate amounts a carpet of the plant can cause rob the water of oxygen. Photo Tweed Shire Council

Vintage Lakes at Banora Point, showing red azolla on the surface of the lake. While harmless in moderate amounts, a carpet of the plant can cause rob the water of oxygen. Photo Tweed Shire Council

Tweed Shire Council has thrown more than $750,000 into the pot in an attempt to improve water quality of the Western Drainage Scheme at Banora Point.

The degraded state of the system has been a sore point with locals for many years, something not lost on Greens Mayor Katie Milne.

Cr Milne said the state of the Western Drainage Scheme had been a bugbear of the community for a long time.

Its depressing to see how bad it gets sometimes and I totally appreciate the communitys angst, she said.

The Western Drainage Scheme has been deteriorating over the years and is now the source of frequent complaints. This council has listened to the community and we hope the extra funds and initiatives adopted by council will help improve this complex system, she added.

Revegetation

In its quarterly budget review last week, the council voted to undertake structural changes to remove shallow points in the system, increase weed removal, extend the floating reed bed system and involve the community in revegetation.

The steps that are planned sound like they are going to have a significant impact, Mayor Milne said.

This is not just an aesthetic problem.  These over nutrified waters drain into the back of the Terranora Broadwater, which is classified as a State-significant coastal lake and important fish-breeding and migratory bird areas.

The Banora Point community is the big winner out of this quarterly budget review.

Fish kills

Shade trees will be planted to help to lower water temperature, improve dissolved oxygen content and discourage some weed and algae species.

But the nutrient loading of the drainage system is largely due to the stormwater runoff from the large residential areas it serves and nutrient overload at times results in reduced dissolved oxygen levels and increases the likelihood of fish kills....

09:25

Labors nose in front in Qld: poll "IndyWatch Feed National"

A nose in front: Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk AAP Image/Dan Peled

A nose in front: Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk AAP Image/Dan Peled

BRISBANE [AAP]

Queensland Labor has its nose in front of the LNP with just days left until the state vote.

A ReachTEL poll, for Sky News, has Labor ahead of the LNP 51 per cent to 49, after preferences.

Labor is also ahead on the primary vote, with 34 per cent of Queenslanders saying theyll vote for the incumbent party, to the LNPs 30 per cent. One Nation has 17 per cent support, while the Greens are on 10 per cent.

This is the first time that Labor has gained the lead in a two-party result, in a ReachTEL poll. So its certainly a move, ReachTELs James Stewart has told Sky News.

ReachTEL also polled voters in three marginal seats.

Labor and One Nation are neck and neck in the Labor-held seat of Thuringowa, with both parties on 50 per cent in the Townsville-based electorate.

The contest for the LNP-held seat of Whitsunday has One Nation on 50.5 per cent to Labors 49.5 per cent.

In Brisbanes western suburbs, Labors Local Government Minister Mark Furner is expected to hang on to the marginal seat of Ferny Grove, with the poll suggesting hell manage 54 per cent of the vote, to the LNPs 46 per cent.

Anning defection hits One Nation

But the defection of former One Nation senator Fraser Anning has hurt the partys prospects in the Queensland election, another poll suggests.

A statewide Galaxy poll for The Courier-Mail, conducted late last week, shows two out of five Queenslanders are now less likely to support Pauline Hansons party.

Senator Anning split with One Nation an hour after being sworn in in Canberra, claiming Senator Hanson forced him out, but the One Nation leader says he quit.

The Galaxy poll of more than 1000 Queenslanders showed 41 per cent are less likely to hand their vote to One Nation because of what happened in Canberra.

But it also found 46 per cent of poll respondents werent influenced by the defection, and seven per cent are now more likely to back the party.

Senator Hanson will hit the campaign trail in her battler bus again on Tuesday, after taking...

09:20

Pocket Rocket team raising money for cancer "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The Burringbar based Pocket Rocket Team, Ian Collier and Ian Reynolds, and are raising money as part of the Mystery Box Rally 2017 that begins November 25 in Dubbo. Photo supplied.

The Burringbar based Pocket Rocket Team, Ian Collier and Ian Reynolds, and are raising money as part of the Mystery Box Rally 2017 that begins November 25 in Dubbo. Photo supplied.

A Burringbar duo are heading to the outback to raise money for cancer research on behalf of the Cancer Council of NSW.

Taking their 32 year old eclectic car to the extreme, they have formed the Pocket Rocket Team and are raising money as part of the Mystery Box Rally 2017 that begins and ends in Dubbo.

They will be travelling thousands of miles across the outback and camping by their car at night as they follow a route only known to the organisers.

Leaving on November 25 and returning on November 29, all cars participating must be 25 years old or older and sourced by the racing team themselves.

The two team members Ian Collier and Ian Reynolds have entered on behalf of Burringbars Pocket Herbs and Produce.

Both Ian Collier and myself are excited and a little worried about the thousands of kilometres we have to drive on dirt roads in our 32 years old car! commented Iain Reynolds.

But as long as we raise the money for the Cancer Council of NSW we will be very happy.

To donate to the Pocket Rocket team click here.

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09:16

Mission creep in darkest Africa "IndyWatch Feed National"

https://orientalreview.org/2017/11/08/mission-creep-in-darkest-africa/

The British Empire, which at the end of the 19th century ruled one quarter of the earths land surface, is long gone. But its robust successor and heir, the United States, has set about enlarging it.

As I sought to explain in my last book American Raj How the US Rules the Muslim World, the US imperium exerts its power by controlling tame, compliant regimes around the world and their economies. They are called allies but, in fact, should be more accurately termed satrapies or vassal states. Many states are happy to be prosperous US vassals, others less so.

The US power system has successfully dominated much of the world, except of course for great powers China, Russia and India. Germany and much of Western Europe remains in thrall to post WWII US power. The same applies to Canada, Latin America, Australia, and parts of SE Asia.

...

09:10

How do We turn Olympia Stand into the Olympia Commune? "IndyWatch Feed National"

The post How do We turn Olympia Stand into the Olympia Commune? appeared first on It's Going Down.

This editorial from Puget Sound Anarchist, a counter-information site in the Pacific Northwest, writes about the ongoing anti-fracking blockade of #OlympiaStand, and how it could manifest into a growing epicenter of autonomous power.

Photo from @DemandUtopia

It is worthwhile to consider the desired goals of the blockade, in order to give some clarity and direction to our activity at the camp. Is the goal to stop fracking and military equipment from moving through the port? Is the goal to clog an artery of a global regime of resource extraction and exploitation? Is the goal to create an autonomous power base, to enable us to seize control over our own lives and communities? For those interested in truly stopping the world that needs fracking, the answer is: all of the above and more. And as the Earth is being murdered in the name of profit, nothing short of a fundamental transformation in how society is organized is worthy of being taken seriously.

And so how do we grow the blockade into a model for how we want to live, how we want to treat each other, and how we want society to be organized? To a large extent this work has already begun in the camp. In order to build our collective power to resist the exploitation and ecocide of this world, we have to build the alternatives to sustain us. This is why the blockade has largely been recognized to have taken on the form and function of a commune. It is the natural structure that arises from a zone of collective care, which departs from the laws and logic of capitalism and the state. If the commune is the form that our transformative social organizations take, then we should ask ourselves in earnest: how do we expand the commune?

The question of sustaining and expanding the commune inevitably leads us to the issue of dealing with those who would crush this project before it begins.

How should we interact with the police?

Dialog with the police is not desirable or possible. The police have institutional power and we do not. Within the structure of this relationship, there is an inherent threat of violence that maintains this power imbalance. To put it bluntly, it is state violence that keeps us powerless. When the police come to talk with us, it is always with the end goal of neutralizing our resistance, with deadly violence if necessary. There can be no dialog when one party is pointing guns at the other. What is actually taking place when conversation is opened with the police is the beginning of our surrender.......

08:50

North Coast could become a NSW clean-energy superpower: report "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

north-coast-rooftop-solarThe North Coast is set to become one of five renewable-energy superpowers in NSW that could replace the states five coal-burning power stations by 2030, a new report by the Nature Conservation Council has found.

The reports author, Dr Brad Smith, said that North Coast is already the rooftop solar capital of NSW, with about 30 per cent households generating their own power with solar, well ahead of the state average of 18 per cent.

Thats great, but we think the North Coast could more than double the number of homes with rooftop solar and massively ramp up the amount of power people in this region can feed into the grid, Dr Smith said.

Currently about 62,800 homes on the North Coast have rooftop solar. Under our plan to power NSW with clean energy that number needs to more than double by 2030.

100 per cent doable

Its a big job, but making the NSW electricity system 100 per cent renewable is 100 per cent doable. The only thing standing in the way is a lack of leadership from the NSW Government, Dr Smith said.

Gladys Berejiklian is the only premier in eastern Australia without a plan to clean up our electricity system, which is critical if we are going to slash carbon emissions and protect our climate.

If we dont get the right policies in NSW urgently, clean energy jobs and investment will flow to Queensland and Victoria instead.

Dr Smith, NCCs Senior Climate and Energy Campaigner, said implementing the Repowering our Regions roadmap would:

  • generate 1,100 jobs on the North Coast
  • generate enough electricity to power 310,000 homes on the North Coast, and
  • avoid pumping 1.4 million tonnes of carbon pollution into the atmosphere

We chose Lismore and Mullumbimby as venues to launch our report on the North Coast because climate change and energy policy are major concerns for people in this region, he said.

Recent polling in the marginal Nationals electorate of Lismore found more than 60 per cent of people were more likely to vote for a party that established a fund to boost clean energy, permanently banned CSG, reduced coal-fire power and increased wind and solar energy.

Clean up the grid

The NCC said the state government could...

08:34

Sydney mayor hits out at mural vigilantes "IndyWatch Feed National"

Local residents react to a mural that has been painted over with black paint in Newtown, Sydney, November 17, 2017. The mural, created by street artist Scott Marsh, depicted former prime minister Tony Abbott and Cardinal George Pell involved in a sex act celebrating the same-sex marriage survey 'yes' result. (AAP Image/Danny Casey)

Local residents react to a mural that has been painted over with black paint in Newtown, Sydney, November 17, 2017. The mural, created by street artist Scott Marsh, depicted former prime minister Tony Abbott and Cardinal George Pell involved in a sex act celebrating the same-sex marriage survey yes result. (AAP Image/Danny Casey)

SYDNEY   [AAP]

A Sydney mayor has accused Christian activists of vandalism and intimidation after two provocative murals were painted over in the days after Australia said yes to same-sex marriage.

The murals one featuring former prime minister Tony Abbott dressed as a bride with his hand down a shirtless Cardinal George Pells pants and the other depicting singer George Michael as a saint have been painted over in Newtown and Erskineville respectively.

Those behind the alleged vandalism said they were defending their religion, while Christian leaders said the murals were pernicious and intolerant.

Both incidents were filmed by onlookers and footage online of the latest in Erskineville shows the culprit was stopped by police.

NSW police on Monday said a 23-year-old man was arrested on Saturday and issued with a court attendance notice for graffiti.

Police last night arrested a 16-year-old youth with defacing two more murals in King Street, Newtown, and Bray Street, Erskineville.

Inner West Mayor Darcy Byrne has condemned the defacing of the murals and related homophobic and abusive comments online.

At a time of celebration about the big step forward we have made for human rights in this country, these attacks are the last thing we need, Mr Byrne wrote on Facebook on Monday.

The Labor mayor refused to take questions but said on Facebook he pl...

08:25

Thinking About Fostering? Heres Everything You Need To Know "IndyWatch Feed National"

Want to make the world a better place? Fostering a dog or cat is a great way to start.

Not only does becoming a foster parent get an animal out of a shelter and into a home, it frees up valuable space and resources, allowing the shelter to welcome even more animals in need.

While some may think they cant foster unless they are ready to adopt, thats not always the case, explains Brittany Feldman, president and cofounder of Shelter Chic, a nonprofit foster-based dog and cat rescue group in New York City.

Even if its just for a short time, fostering plays an important role in successfully re-homing dogs and cats. A lot of organizations, including us, really can only take in as many animals as we have fosters for, so opening your home is actually saving a life, Feldman tells The Dodo. Through fostering, homeless dogs and cats learn what its like to be a member of a family a vital step on the way to finding their forever home.

Its great for people to experience the benefits of having an animal in the home, without a long-term commitment, Feldman says. And, for the animal, not only is it saving their life, but it makes them more adoptable. Having the dog in a home gives you experience with them, so you know things about their personality that you wouldnt know in a shelter.

Something as simple as learning whether a dog likes to sleep late or is obsessed with squeaky toys allows for better matches with potential adopters and makes the adoptions a lot more successful, Feldman adds. Its a win-win for the human and animal!

So what do you need to know before fostering a pet? Check out these answers to some of the most frequently asked questions:

What are my responsibilities when fostering a pet?



Every animal is different, and depending on which shelter you work with, responsibilities may vary each time you foster a dog or cat. With dogs, its the foster mom or dads job to provide their pup with exercise, food, shelter and basic obedience training. Did we mention snuggles? Youll want to give him plenty of thos...

08:11

Market Talk- November 20, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Asia closed mixed in a fairly quiet session but ahead of what could be a wild week. The Nikkeis decline was very much reflected in the Yens strength. Financials again weighed on the index but this is a reflection of both low volume of shares traded and the shape of the yield curve (2s 10s in Japan at 22bp). In late Friday trading the Yen played around 112 but lost ground from the opening this morning, currently mid 112s. The Nikkei opened around unchanged and after the initial flash positive was under pressure for the balance of the day closing near its lows (-0.6%); additional share supplies did not help! The Australian dollar traded heavy all day, last seen near its days low (-0.25%) whilst the ASX index countered that weak opening by ending the day almost unchanged. China saw reasonable support for both the Shanghai A and B but also watched the Hang Seng return a positive +0.2% for Mondays trading. News from the Middle East has not helped the price of oil todays as investors are concerned the recent output cuts may be reconsidered in light of further rising tensions in the region.

Europe was buzzing with talk that Angela Merkel failed to find common ground with either of the two parties in-order to form a government. The Euro suffered as a result (-0.5%) and although the GBP initially found support on its back, that did not last more than 24 hours. European indices balanced the currencies weakness although sectors were influenced. Energy suffered both on underlying price action but also news that one large SWF was considering excluding oil and gas companies from its benchmark index. Both CAC and DAX closed around +0.5% with IBEX and UKs FTSE around +0.1%. After last weeks sell-off in credits we are seeing a little caution returning, but peripheral spreads remain in play unless credit is a real concern as evidenced by movements below. UK budget Wednesday with US holidays on Thursday.

The US session quickly forgot any negative thoughts it may have had at the opening and has spent the day rallying until drifting marginally at the close. Still, a good solid session to open the week for the US anyway. We saw assets and the currency appreciating especially supported as the treasury c...

08:04

NT Royal Commission recommendations could save the NT Govt $336 million within 10 years "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Just Reinvest NSW welcomes the release of The Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children (NTRC) in the Northern Territory Report, as well as the independent costing completed by Deloitte.

The clear theme in the over 300 submissions was that we need to reform the system and reduce the number of young people being incarcerated. Justice reinvestment makes this possible, Chair of Just Reinvest NSW Sarah Hopkins said.

Strategic community-driven investment into localised early intervention, prevention and diversionary solutions reduces crime and builds local capacity. It is a smarter approach to justice that builds stronger communities by diverting money that would be spent on prisons into community supports and services.

For Just Reinvest NSW, this means Aboriginal-led, community-driven initiatives to address the underlying causes of crime to prevent it from happening.

Rather than locking up some of the most vulnerable young people in our communities right across the country, and traumatising them further, we should be addressing the underlying causes of crime to make our communities safer.

Mick Gooda, Commissioner of the NTRC has highlighted the importance of community and early intervention. The goal for us all must be a system that is child focused, community involved, evidence based, locally tailored and providing support for children and families as early possible, he said in a 2017 speech to the NT Council of Social Services.

Sarah Hopkins additionally said The issues the NTRC highlight are not unique to the Northern Territory. We want to see all tiers of the government all over Australia, take action to end the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the justice system.

These cannot just remain recommendations. We need a holistic, community-led approach supported by all levels of the government to end the over representation of Aboriginal children and young people in the justice system.

Right across the country we have correctional systems in place that have proven to be largely ineffective at reducing crime, while having a devastating impact on Aboriginal communities, she said.

November 2017

 

More information:

The Royal Commissions report:

https://childdetentionnt.royalcommission.gov.au/Documents/Royal-Commission-NT-Final-Report-Volume-1.pdf

The speech by Mick Gooda:

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08:01

Was the NSW Port Authority even aware of Noble Caledonia cruise line's plan to enter the Port of Yamba in 2018? "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


On or about 23 October 2017 NSW Minister for Maritime, Roads and Freight Melinda Pavey, along with Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance and Nationals MP for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser, jointly announced An investigation into a new International Cruise Ship Terminal for the NSW mid North Coast will start as part of a future transport blueprint, with Coffs Harbour and Yamba identified as potential locations.


So much for the promised investigation before the starter's gun was fired.

On 20 November 2017 ABC North Coast's Facebook page revealed that the cruise ships scheduled visit to Yamba was not confirmed:

A UK-based company is advertising an ocean cruise that includes a stop at Yamba.
The website for Noble Caledonia offers places on an Australian Coastal Odyssey which departs from Thursday Island in October next year.
The 90-metre-long Caledonia Sky will sail for 22 nights down Australia's east coast at a cost of more than $19,000 each for about 100 passengers.
One of the destinations listed is the north coast port of Yamba, but the state's Port Authority says there is no confirmed booking for the ship.
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07:54

Doctors, lawyers, experts unite in call to raise the age of criminal responsibility "IndyWatch Feed National"

Following Universal Childrens Day, doctors, lawyers, health and human rights experts from across Australia are calling for the age when children can be held criminally liable to be raised to at least 14 years so that primary school aged children are not entangled in the criminal justice system.

All Australian states and territories currently have laws that allow children as young as ten years to be charged, brought before the courts, sentenced and imprisoned. The United Nations has repeatedly rebuked Australia for maintaining such a low age of criminal responsibility.

Dr Mick Creati, International Child and Adolescent Health Specialist and Senior Fellow with the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, said that the medical evidence is clear developmentally, children are very different to adults.

Children of this age have relatively immature brain development when it comes to decision-making, organisation, impulse control and planning for their future. We shouldnt criminalise actions that may be developmentally normal for children of this age and they should not be incarcerated as a consequence, said Dr Creati.

Last Friday, the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory provided a number of recommendations for fixing broken youth justice systems. As part of this, the Royal Commission made the landmark recommendation to raise the age of criminal responsibility.

The Royal Commission has recommended raising the minimum age of criminal responsibility and this is a recommendation we fully support from a health perspective, said Dr Creati.

Each year across Australia, around 600 children under the age of 14 are locked away in prison cells and put in danger. Close to 70 per cent of these children are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander.

Wayne Muir, Co-Chair of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services, said that youth justice systems are failing all of us and must be overhauled and replaced with a system that is therapeutically and culturally responsive.  

Children are being labelled criminals when all of our efforts should be focussed on keeping children safe and supported within their communities. Removing children as young as ten from their families and forcing them into the criminal justice system takes away their basic rights as children to learn, grow and thrive, said Mr Muir.

Ruth Barson, Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, said that evidence shows that children who get drawn into the criminal justice system are much more likely to get trapped and face a future behind bars.

Now is the time for all states and territories to take action and raise the age of criminal responsibility. The Royal Commission has un...

07:47

Blockchain and cryptocurrency expert to meet with Cyprus entrepreneurs at Bitcoin & Blockchain Conference Cyprus "IndyWatch Feed National"

Leading players of the Cyprus cryptocurrency market will be brought together in Nicosia that will host the conference dedicated to digital currencies and blockchain Bitcoin & Blockchain Conference Cyprus. The event is aimed at providing the business community with answers related to decentralized technologies.   

Smile-Expo, the event organizer, has held more than 15 blockchain and bitcoin conferences in Russia, Europe, and Central Asia. The conference in Nicosia will be the first similar event organized in Cyprus. It will involve startups, investors, consulting companies, representatives of governmental structures, and experts from various European countries. The event will take place at the five-star Hilton Cyprus hotel.

Guests will be able to listen to presentations on relevant issues for the community and to attend the exhibition of innovative software based on the blockchain. The conference is expected to bring together the audience of over 300 people, and the exhibition will engage about 25 companies.

The Republic of Cyprus is one of countries with a positive attitude to the blockchain and cryptocurrencies. The local government has not stated about the necessity of bans or severe regulation in the sector. Cyprus citizens actively use digital currencies: many of them invest in bitcoins or focus on cryptocurrency trading. One of few worlds universities allowing to get a masters degree in digital currencies is located in Nicosia.

Despite such a beneficial environment, blockchain and cryptocurrency businesses cause a lot of questions in Cyprus: primarily, it refers to the legislative regulation of the industry and its nearest development prospects. Bitcoin & Blockchain Conference Cyprus is aimed at answering entrepreneurs and investors questions and providing them with the platform for the efficient business cooperation.

The event will be useful for those desiring to increase their cryptocurrency capital or invest profitably in blockchain startups.

Organizers offer students interested in this issue to attend the event at a special price. Moreover, each participant can save a significant sum, buying a ticket during presale until November 30.

Media Contact

Contact Name: Nick Besedin
Email: n.besedin@smileexpo.eu

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07:33

Final Straw: A Refugee on Manus Island & 2018 Certain Days Calendar "IndyWatch Feed National"

The post Final Straw: A Refugee on Manus Island & 2018 Certain Days Calendar appeared first on It's Going Down.

Listen and Download Here

Walid, an asylum seeker held at the Manus Regional Process Center, Papua New Guinea

First up, youll hear a conversation that Bursts had with a refugee seeking asylum in Australia. His name is Walid, he is 24 years old and from Afghanistan. Manus Regional Processing Centre, where Walid is being held alongside nearly 450 other men, is a facility on Papua New Guinea on the PNG Lombrum Naval Base. The processing center, from here out called Manus for short or MRPC, was run up until October 31st by the Spanish multinational company Grupo Ferrovial on behalf of the Australian Government as a way of off-shoring the housing of people seeking asylum. The center was closed October 31st after the Papuan Supreme Court determined the facility unconstitutional in breech of the promise of personal liberty.

So, the Australian government withdrew its medical workers, shut off electricity and water and food shipments. However, the residents of MRPC have refused to be resettled into other facilities in PNG due to fears of physical harm by members of the PNG Defence Forces, as is alleged to have happened in April of this year, as well as violence coming from local gangs wielding machetes and other weapons. The population of the island is just short of 6,000 people and locals have expressed concern that resettlement would affect their economy greatly. In the conversation, Walid mentions two fellows from the MRPC who were found recently hung by their necks in the jungle near the Processing Centre as a proof of danger the refugees face if they leave the premises.

The Obama administration had agreed in 2016 to resettle many of Australias asylum seekers. However, do you remember that first presidential phone call that Trump made, where he ended by saying it was a stupid deal and it was the worst conversation ever? That was #45 chatting with Australias Prime Minister Turnbull about the resettlement deal for refugees on Nauru and Manus Islands. Cancelling that at the time fed into the issues in PNG & Australias national politics with the refugees being caught in the middle as pawns. The U.S. has now apparently changed its tune about the Asylum seekers, having applied for whatever extreme vetting it was seeking and has taken....

07:32

A Woodsrunner's Diary: Group Forum Moving to a New Site. Please sign up f... "IndyWatch Feed National"

A Woodsrunner's Diary: Group Forum Moving to a New Site. Please sign up f...: As many of you may have realised by now our group forum was taken over by Tapatalk, since then I have had a lot of problems, & the HE...

07:17

When a Rookie Rents a Scooter "IndyWatch Feed National"

A couple of years ago now, Julia Gillards $1000 textbook allowance and continuous Centrelink payments bought me my flight to Bangkok and funded my Asian backpacking adventure. Sure, its not the most original of trip destinations for a 20-year-old university student, but the tropical climate, delicious street food, real Gucci handbags and low prices were just too appealing to resist.

My older sister had done a similar trip with her friends when she was my age. My parents had to pay for her to come home after shed spent all her money, got food poisoning and wound up in a Thai hospital with a broken arm after she drunkenly fell over a staircase railing. I should really have thanked her for this. In my parents eyes, as long as I came home to Australia with no broken bones, I could basically do whatever I wanted and still be seen as the golden child.

So one night in Krabi, when we met some Brazilian boys on the hostel rooftop where we were staying who suggested we hire scooters, I nodded with enthusiasm. By this stage, Id spent a couple of weeks in Thailand and still had all bones intact.

After spending the next couple of hours together, table dancing and sinking Changs, we finalised plans to rent the two-wheelers and explore the surrounding beach town the following day.

By the time we clambered out of our bunks the next morning and staggered to meet the boys at the rental shop across the road, it was nearly midday. This meant that although to us, the day was just beginning, plenty of keen tourists (who werent preoccupied with taking advantage of the low-cost alcohol) had already come and gone, so there were only four scooters left.  There were seven of us.

Carmen, the most uncoordinated, was first to be eliminated. Shed had her fair share of being ridden, but struggled to even command a bicycle. Laura was next. She wasnt keen on becoming part of the alarmingly high tourist killed in road accident statistics for Thailand and decided to accompany Carmen, opting to catch the public bus.  That left Hannah and I, who would ride alone, while the Brazilian boys fought over who got to double our gorgeous friend Rachel.

Within 15 minutes, we had met Shirlay the rental shop owner, organised bikes and helmets and were ready to go. We each paid around the equivalent of $20AUD for the day and agreed to return the bikes by nightfall.

The tanks were empty, so the first planned stop was the petrol station, 300m down the road. Shirlay was out the fro...

06:33

The Saudi System And Why Its Change May Fail "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Saudi clown prince Mohammad Bin Salman is an impulsive tyrant. But what accounts for his urge to purge the country of any potential competing power center Why does he run a such an activist foreign policy? The answer might...

06:29

Arizona Cops Omit Vital Details from Police Shooting Report of Daniel Shaver "IndyWatch Feed National"

In the moments before an Arizona police officer opened fire and killed Daniel Shaver, the unarmed man begged police not to kill him.

Please dont shoot me, Shaver pleaded as he crawled on his hands and knees towards the cops before one of them opened fire, killing him instantly.

Mesa police officer Philip Mitch Brailsford later claimed he was in fear for his life because Shaver had reached for his waistband.

However, not only does Brailsfords body cam video of the shooting does not show Shaver reaching for his waistband, according to his widow, Laney Sweet, who has watched the video multiple times during Brailsford trial on second-degree murder charges police omitted to report that he begged for his life prior to being shot and killed.

Five police officers. Five police reports. Five police narratives. And not one mention of the victim begging for his life.

In fact, one police officer investigating the shooting testified that he found this suspicious, according to the Arizona Republic.

On Wednesday, Mesa homicide Detective Paul Sipe gave testimony that appeared to be damaging to Brailsfords defense.

 

When a Mesa police officer shoots a person, the department investigates its own officer and forwards the investigation to the Maricopa County Attorneys Office, which then decides if the officer should be charged with a crime.

 

In this case, Sipe led the investigation into Brailsfords decision to shoot. Brailsford was charged by the County Attorneys Office in March 2016.

 

Sipe told the jury on Wednesday that he became suspicious of the officers reports when he noticed they omitted vital information. Sipe didnt specify what he was talking about and

Deputy County Attorney Susie Charbel didnt ask him to be specific.

 

But throughout the trial, Charbel has noted that of the five written reports from the officers on the scene, they left out that Shaver had cried and begged not to be shot. That information became public in Sipes supplemental report released two months after the shooting.

 

The judge instructed the jury to strike Sipes remark that he found the omission suspicious when the defense attorney objected. But Sipe essentially gave the same answer when the prosecutor asked him the same questio...

06:13

By popular demand "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Cooler

Back in February this year I went to the auction of a house in Bondi that had no fewer than several dozen registered bidders, with the final two prospective buyers bidding hell for leather and sending the final purchase price well over half a millon dollars over the guide price. 


By the end of March the market regulator APRA had understandably seen enough, and introduced a range of cooling measures, and by the second half of the year stock on market levels were rising from previously depressed levels. 

Auctions were still being reasonably well attended, but often with only a handful of serious but cagey buyers at each auction the mood was much more circumspect. 

The shift from strong price growth to a cooling market wasn't driven by an increase in the dwelling stock, at least not directly (in fact the number of houses in many parts of inner Sydney is in decline), nor by a slowdown in population growth (if anything, it's accelerated in Sydney).

Actually, population growth is rarely very strong in the eastern suburbs of Sydney, since not very much tends to get built.

The change in sentiment instead reflected a change in the balance of willing and able market participants. 

Prices were still being driven by supply and demand, of course, just not in the way that market analysts often understand it. 

One of the more thought-provoking talks I've seen in recent times came from Scott Keck at Charter Keck Kramer, in which he explains why Australia doesn't really have a meaningful oversupply of dwellings.......

06:11

Autonomous Antifa: From the Autonomen to Post-Antifa in Germany "IndyWatch Feed National"

The post Autonomous Antifa: From the Autonomen to Post-Antifa in Germany appeared first on It's Going Down.

An Interview with Bender, a German Comrade 
by Paul OBanion

Bender has been involved in the autonomous movement in Germany since the 1980s, and talks here about his experiences and observations from thirty years of organizing. He addresses the beginnings of the autonomen the autonomous movement how Antifa developed out of that in the late 80s and 90s, and has developed since.  He discusses where things are now, in a post-autonomous, post-antifa, German radical Left environment. He is familiar with the situation in the US, and offers lessons for organizing against fascism and all forms of domination. This interview was conducted via email, and Benders answers have been edited for clarity.

-Paul OBanion

Talk about the autonomen: who you are, what political traditions and perspectives are you building on, and what has been your practical and theoretical activity.

Bender: When we talk about the autonomen, we speak of the 80s in Germany where the autonomen first appeared and had the character of a movement. It is one outcome of the dynamics of the so-called New Social Movements or, as you call it in the US, the New Left.

As in many other countries, the beginnings of the New Social Movements, from which the autonomous movement of the 80s was one result, was the long year of 68, which in Germany is perhaps best characterised as an anti-authoritarian revolt. We have to remember, that the year 68 politically lasted much longer than one year.  The movement after 68 reached a kind of exhaustion, in which people asked themselves how to go on, which means: how to organize a movement in decline.

After 68 was the moment of the movement, then the 70s developed along the more Party-orientated trajectory. The 70s were the decade of the so-called K-groups. The K-Groups were various communist groups with, in some cases, a lot of members, and in all cases no matter how big they actually were the aim to become a mass party. It was like the last episode of the history of Communist Parties. But whereas the first episode ended in the tragedy of the Soviet Party-State, this time it ended as the farce of communist groups run by students with nearly no impact on the working-class. But what they did have was much influence on new forms of politics and new political issues, not only those based around labor and the working-class.

But just as the student movement in the end of the 60s...

05:55

Western allies actively hunt down their own foreign fighters but 'Canada does not engage in death squads' "IndyWatch Feed National"

Government estimates more than 200 Canadians have been 'terrorist travellers' Even the interviewer seemed surprised at the answer Rory Stewart, the U.K. minister of international development, gave about how Britain should deal with citizens who chose to leave the country to join ISIS. "I'm afraid we have to be serious about the fact these people are a serious danger to us, and unfortunately the only way of dealing with them will be, in almost every case, to kill them," Stewart told BBC Radio's John Pienaar last month. Stewart, a former diplomat, continued: "These are people who are executing people ... who have held women and children hostage, who are torturing and murdering, trying, by violence, to impose their will. Our response has to be, when somebody does that, I'm afraid, to deal with that." Those words may sound chilling, but they reflect a country that's suffered several brutal jihadi attacks in recent years, and sees jihadi returnees as a threat. Other countries have come to the same conclusion. But Canadians who join the militant group have so far had little to fear from their own government, either at home or abroad.

05:48

Russian-led UN resolution on combating glorification of Nazism passes with only US and Ukraine voting against "IndyWatch Feed National"

The UNGA Third Committee overwhelmingly passed a Russian-introduced resolution on combating the glorification of Nazism. The US did not break with its annual tradition of saying 'no' during the symbolic vote. Ukraine also voted against. The Moscow-drafted resolution against whitewashing and attempting to glorify Nazi ideology was approved by a majority in the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) human right committee on November 16. The resolution, introduced each year, was supported by 125 delegations, 51 states abstained, and the only countries opposed were the US and Ukraine. Introducing the resolution, Russian representative Anatoly Viktorov said that neo-Nazis events "clearly resembling similar rallies in Nazi Germany" still occur in some countries. The authors of the draft also condemned the whitewashing of former members of the SS and Waffen SS, and attempts to grant individuals who supported or collaborated with the Nazis the status of national hero, which has been seen in recent years in some former Soviet states. "Although Nazism was defeated over 70 years ago, and although the verdict of the Nuremberg International Military Tribunal once and for all answered the question as to who represented the forces of good and the forces of evil during World War II, some people continue to doubt those great gains," Viktorov said.

05:01

Magnitude 7.0 86km ENE of Tadine, New Caledonia November 19, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed National"

USGS Event Page
2017-11-19 22:43:29 UTC
Magnitude 7.0
86km ENE of Tadine, New Caledonia
-21.334S   168.683E

10.0 km depth

Seismotectonics of the Eastern Margin of the Australia Plate
USGS The eastern margin of the Australia plate is one of the most sesimically active areas of the world due to high rates of convergence between the Australia and Pacific plates.

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05:00

Traveling Illustrator Captures Londons Historic Pubs as Cut-Out Pen and Ink Drawings "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

London Pub Illustrations Maxwell Tilse

The Blackfriar. Blackfriars.
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Earlier this year, we introduced you to London-based illustrator Maxwell Tilse, who combines his love of drawing with his passion for traveling. Originally from Sydney, Australia, the 23-year-old travels Europe, documenting each city he visits with beautifully detailed pen and ink sketches. Now, as he prepares to leave London after living there for two years, he has released a new series of cut-out drawings that depict the citys oldest pubs.

London is a city packed to the brim with historical wonders that are so easy to miss or pass by, unnoticed, says Tilse. From the wedge-shaped Black Friar built in 1875, to the quaint Georgian architecture of the The Bricklayers Arms in Fitzrovia, Tilse captures the essence of Londons most quintessentially English watering holesthe oldest being The Old George, which has been in business since 1713.

Approximately 5cm in height, Tilses little pubs feature charming details, such as stain glass windows, ornamental balconies, and Tudor style chimneys. I do love the mock Tudor architecture that's nestled in between the grand Victorian hotels and galleries, the artist admits. He finishes his process by photographing his work, held up beside the original building.

If you love Tilses work you can purchase prints via his Etsy shop. Keep up to date with Tilses illustrated travel journal on Instagram.

Illustrator Maxwell Tilse Captures Londons oldest pubs in a series of cut-out pen and ink drawings.

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04:41

Why Saudi Arabia, Israel and the US Will Not Invade Iran "IndyWatch Feed National"

Members of the Arab League have met in Cairo at the behest of the Saudi regime, to discuss the supposed threat of Iran. The meeting featured all the crude, undiplomatic and nonfactual language about Iran that one has come to expect from American, Israeli and Saudi Arabian spokesmen.

Highlights from the meeting included a statement from the Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir who stated,

We will not stand idly by in the face of Irans aggression.Showing leniency toward Iran will not leave any Arab capital safe from those ballistic missiles.

Iran created agents in the region, such as the Houthi and Hezbollah militias, in total disregard for all international principles.

These meritless statements are almost identical to that which is frequently said by the US White House and Tel Aviv. In this sense, there was nothing novel about the meeting. What was remarkable was how hastily the meeting was organized as if to demonstrate Saudis commitment to its clear and present danger narrative about Iran.

Furthermore, a statement was released at the Arab League meeting, saying that there are no immediate plans to go to war with Iran but that at the same time, such plans have not been ruled out.

To quickly sum-up just how ridiculous the statements made during the Arab League meeting were

1. Irans missile programme is perfectly legal and is not covered by the JCPOA. The UN has said this many times.

2. Iran is currently at war with zero nations while Saudi is at war with Yemen causing one of the largest humanitarian disasters in the 21st century. Saudi Arabia has also been exposed as a major source of terrorist sponsorship, including in Iraq, Syria, Libya and beyond.

3. Iran has come to the legal assistance of Syria and Iraq in fighting terrorist groups including ISIS and al-Qaeda, while Saudi Arabia has known links to ISIS and al-Qaeda.

Of course, for the states with an obscene anti-Iranian agenda, none of this has ever mattered.

What does matter to the rest of the world though is whether the threats from the Arab league, indicates a short and/or medium-term readiness for war against Iran?

The short answer is, they almost certainly do not.

The Arab League today is a shadow of its former self. With the Syrian Arab Republics membership suspended, Qatar facing a boycott from proponent members, Iraq having better relations with Iran than most Arab states and Lebanon being deprived of its Prime Minister due to Saudi political meddling, the Arab League is hardly a united body of strong nations. It has decli...

04:27

As Zimbabwes Mugabe Refuses to Resign, Advocates Say Coup Is Not the Answer for Meaningful Reform | Democracy Now! "IndyWatch Feed National"

As Zimbabwes Mugabe Refuses to Resign, Advocates Say Coup Is Not the Answer for Meaningful Reform | Democracy Now!: In Zimbabwe, longtime leader Robert Mugabe is refusing to resign as president amid a growing political crisis. Last week Mugabe was placed under house arrest after Zimbabwes military seized parliament, courts, government offices, and the main airport in the capital, Harare. The apparent coup came a week after President Mugabe ousted his Vice President, Emmerson Mnangagwa, whos since been named by the military as interim president. Members of Zimbabwes ruling party are preparing to meet to discuss Mugabes impeachment, after the deadline for him to resign came and went this morning. On Sunday, Mugabe gave a televised address acknowledging the countrys problems, but did not mention stepping down. Zimbabwes ruling party, ZANU-PF, has expelled Mugabe and First Lady Grace Mugabe from the party. Impeachment proceedings against Mugabe may now begin as soon as Tuesday. For more were joined by Glen Mpani, Mason fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He is a democracy and governance practitioner who has worked for the last 15 years in Africa. His recent op-ed in the New York Times is titled, For Zimbabwe, a Coup Isnt the Answer.

04:25

Maddison Connaughton // Aboriginal Communities Are Crowdfunding to Expose Police Brutality - VICE "IndyWatch Feed National"

Aboriginal Communities Are Crowdfunding to Expose Police Brutality - VICE:

After Kalgoorlie, Newhouse says many people reached out to his organisation looking for a way to hold the police to account and expose the over-policing, harassment, and brutality Aboriginal frequently face in Australia.

What NCP came up with is Copwatch, a project to try and get Aboriginal communities filming and sharing their interactions with police out to the wider public. The not-for-profit is currently crowdfunding to send its lawyers into communities to educate Aboriginal people about their rights when it comes to the police.

Already, in less than a week, they've raised over $20,000.

"The police themselves admit that all the participants in a particular incident behave better when they know they are being filmed," Newhouse says. "Young people around Australia, and in particular Aboriginal youth, are being misled when they're told they have no right to film police or any other person in authority."

04:09

Is Trump Administration Planning A First Strike On North Korea? "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Gareth Porter for Truthout - Ever since the Trump administration began a few months ago to threaten a first strike against North Korea over its continued missile tests, the question of whether it is seriously ready to wage war has loomed over other crises in US foreign policy. The news media have avoided any serious effort to answer that question, for an obvious reason: The administration has an overriding interest in convincing the North Korean regime of Kim Jong-un that Trump would indeed order a first strike if the regime continues to test nuclear weapons and an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). Therefore, most media have shied away from digging too deeply into the distinction between an actual policy of a first strike and a political ruse intended to put pressure on Pyongyang. The use of military threat for "diplomatic coercion" is such a basic tool of US policy in dealing with weaker adversaries that it is almost taken for granted in Washington. Even diplomats who have been deeply involved in negotiating with North Korea are supportive of using that threat as part of a broader diplomatic strategy. Robert Gallucci, the State Department official who negotiated the "Agreed Framework" with North Korean officials in 1994, noted in an email to Truthout, "We do want the North to understand that their actions could lead the US to a preventive strike -- wise or not."

04:00

Behind The Mask Of The Moderates "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Chris Hedges for Truth Dig - TORONTOPity Canada. Its citizens watch the stages of U.S. decline and then, a few years later, inflict on themselves the same cruelties. It is as if the snuffing out of democracy across the globe and the rise of authoritarian regimes are a preordained Greek tragedy and all of us, in spite of our yearning for liberty, must ominously play an assigned part. Canada is currently in the Barack Obama phase of self-immolation. Its prime minister, Justin Trudeau, isas Obama wasa fresh face with no real political past or established beliefs, a brand. Trudeau excels, like Obama, French President Emmanuel Macron, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, in empty symbolism. These moderates spew progressive and inclusive rhetoric while facilitating social inequality, a loss of rights and the degradation of the environment by global corporations. They are actors in skillfully crafted corporate advertisements. Liberal democracy is bifurcating, giving rise to two new regime forms: illiberal democracy, or democracy without rights, and undemocratic liberalism, or rights without democracy, writes political theorist Yascha Mounk. The moderate politicians espouse undemocratic liberalism. Lifestyle choices and expressions of personal identity are respected, even championed, while we are politically disempowered. The focus on multiculturalism and identity politics is anti-politics.

03:04

Crazed ferret attacks woman in her sleep in Sydney, Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

A New South Wales woman has awoken to a crazed ferret attacking her face. The Baulkham Hills woman, in Sydney's northwest, told local newspaper Hills Shire Times, that she was jolted awake by a searing pain and something latching onto her cheek. "The second it bit my face I woke up and grabbed onto it," the woman said. "It didn't get to bite me too hard, because I grabbed its jaw pretty quickly."

02:41

GMO Apples That Do Not Brown Have Hit Stores "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Heather CallaghanEditor

After much anticipation, consternation and hype the GMO Arctic Apples, genetically engineered not to brown are on their way to supermarkets across America.

Arctic Apples, made by Okanagan Specialty Fruits were specifically altered to not turn brown when exposed to the air. When non-GMO apples are cut or bruised, an enzyme in apples called polyphenol oxidase (PPO) readily oxidises to form o-quinones chemical precursors to the brown substance which, in turn, are formed after they react with proteins in the flesh of the apple.

The companys pre-sliced and packaged apples in granny smith, golden delicious and Fuji varieties will be sold in Midwestern grocery stores starting this month.

Part of the controversy of the apples, however, comes from the way that they were altered using a newer form of GE biotech called CRISPR.

IBTimes reports:

A team of scientists at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in Australia was able to simply delete the gene that...

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The US Once Locked up White Australians Like Australia Does to Asylum Seekers Today "IndyWatch Feed National"

Lurking behind the debates about offshore processing lies a little-known historical irony: white Australians were once locked up in immigration centers that bore a striking resemblance to the Manus Island and Nauru detention centers, which were recently harshly criticised by the UN Human Rights Committee. And unsurprisingly, they were far from happy about it.

Back in 1921, the United States introduced immigration restrictions based on national quotas. The quotas were tightened in 1924, and again in 1929, and remained in place until 1965.

The restrictions were part of a racist program to close the borders to undesirable migrants, but they carried the pretense of being color-blind. As a result, these quotas affected even Australia a fellow white mans country that proudly advertised its own White Australia policy and boasted of a 98% British population.

Australians of that era violently protested their restriction and the traumatizing border detention that followed. Yet todays Australians have been more than willing to subject refugees and asylum seekers to similar (or worse) treatment. There is also one key difference: Australian immigrants detained and deported in 1920s America were not admissible under US law, whereas it is perfectly legal to seek asylum.

From July 1921 Australias quota for US immigration came out at a measly 279, later reduced to 100 far less than the tens of thousands allocated to more populous nations.

Prior to this point, white Australians had enjoyed a virtually unfettered right to roam the globe. As British subjects, who traveled on British passports, Anglo-Australians could move at will around the still vast British Empire. They also typically enjoyed a warm welcome in the States.

The situation was different for the small number of non-Anglo Australians, who faced many more restrictions on their mobility. Chinese-Australians, for example, had long been excluded from the US by virtue of their Chinese race.

Coming at a time when Anglo-Australians were used to crossing borders with ease, the US restrictions came as a shock. At first, they were effectively ignored, but it soon transpired that the quotas would be strictly enforced.

Within months, Australians who ventured to the States in excess of the quota were being detained and deported. In almost all cases, these were not shady underworld figures, but respectable citizens who had casually disregarded or misunderstood the new law. From late 1921, dozens of prosperous and even high-profile Australians would be locked up and expelled like hardened criminals.......

02:23

Mark Griffiths blockchain developer with Power Ledger on their partnership with City of Fremantle "IndyWatch Feed National"

Recently the Australian government announced they will provide millions in funding for a cutting edge project in the City of Fremantle featuring the use of blockchain-powered distributed energy and water systems. Karun Cowper speaks with Marc Griffiths blockchain developer with Power Ledger on this innovative project and on how blockchain technology can transform our society.

01:54

Australia - Letters to the Editor || Warren Woodley Fluoride debate "IndyWatch Feed National"

I have read with interest the debate happening in Gunnedah regarding fluoride in the towns water supply. I find this subject very interesting, as many years ago now, I (as an alderman on the Tamworth City Council) was chosen by Council to be a representative on behalf of the Tamworth City Council to an appointment in Sydney Health Department regarding fluoridation in state-wide water supplies. That meant at the time, a trip to Sydney for a meeting once every few months for years.
Tamworth Council was, at the time, particularly chosen as one of several water supplies with fluoride as it had a long history of fluoride in the water in NSW, starting in the 1950s I think. History talks about the decision to put fluoride in the water supply came after talks with people, dentists and public figures in Tamworth.
I took particular interest in this, as it raised its head locally again, like it does in many towns, after some years of fluoridation use, to see what the public still thinks about the chemical which was chosen years before.
Although this is a long time ago, I particularly recall the meetings in Sydney, as the fluoridation people of the State Government were keen to get all towns using fluoride water. At the time, there was a financial benefit available to get started. What happens now, I dont know about that.
Like in Gunnedah today, there were many people not happy about the fluoride in the water supply in the 70s and 80s. The debate has not been raised in Tamworth for many years.
I was married with small children at the time and my wife, with some of her group of friends were not happy about the fluoride, because they themselves had carried out studies that did not look at it in a favourable light.
During those meetings in Sydney, I was a little bit alarmed about how they pushed and pushed to get towns on the scheme. I believed it was a purely personal thing and if people really didnt want it, you shouldnt make them have it. It was particularly interesting at the time, because we (my family) had moved out of town and we were not on Tamworth water supply. The advice to me was that we should take fluoride tablets, otherwise the children would grow up with teeth problems. As it turned out, my children grew up with absolutely beautiful teeth using tank and bore water and still have beautiful teeth today. I must say, my wife, Lorraine, was strict on our children with their teeth cleaning, which makes me think that its more about how the kids clean their teeth than it is about fluoride. Many of our friends had the same experience.
I have read information over the years about fluoride and where it comes from and it does make you wonder why it doesnt cause other health problems in life.
Warren Woodley OAM

01:21

Trump on the Verge of Completing His Axis of Evil "IndyWatch Feed National"

Crow Creek Sioux Chariman Brandon Sazue speaking at the U.S. Capitol

Published November 20, 2017

CALGARY, ALBERTA The Axis of Evil for us today is DAPL, the Keystone-XL Pipeline, and the delisting of the sacred grizzly bear, Chief Stanley Grier asserted at a historic tribal gathering in the Black Hills on July 4th. With Nebraskas Public Service Commission set to issue its decision today on whether or not to grant a permit for the highly controversial Keystone-XL Pipeline, Grier remains resolute.

I stand by those comments, the Chief of the Piikani Nation of the Blackfoot Confederacy confirmed. Oil is now pumping through DAPL beneath the Missouri. Secretary Zinke has delisted the grizzly from the Endangered Species Act so Wyoming, Montana and Idaho can open trophy hunts on the Great Bear that many tribes consider a grandparent, while simultaneously removing restrictions on land usage in Greater Yellowstone to enable extractive industry. Keystone-XL is the last of Trumps trifecta.

With our brothers and sisters from the Great Sioux Nation, from the Ponca Nations, and the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs, on May 17 we signed a declaration opposing K-XL and tar sands expansion. We did it on TransCanadas doorstep, in Calgary. With the Treaty Alliance Against Tar Sands Expansion, representatives of over 80 tribal nations then met in the Black Hills on July 4 to reinforce that declaration through solidarity and ceremony. Last week, the latest TransCanada oil spill on traditional Great Sioux Nation lands provided yet another example of why we are raising our voices in defense of the sacred, explained Grier.

The existing Keystone Pipeline spewed 210,000-gallons of crude from a rupture near Amherst, South Dakota last week, approximately twenty-miles from the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate. Chairman Dave Flute advised that the tribe needed to know more about the causes and impact. Conversely, Nebraskas Public Service Commission is not seeking any answers, and confirmed that the spill will have no impact on its decision, which will be based upon information imparted at previous public hearings. TransCanada, Keystone and Keystone-XLs owner and operator, has spent $925,224 on l...

01:13

MACKAY Mackay supreme court list "IndyWatch Feed National"

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NSW Environmental Defender's Office has served irrigator and Nationals donor Peter Harris a summons demanding he return more than five billion litres of water he is alleged to have illegally taken from the Barwon-Darling River "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


The Australian, 14 November 2017:

The NSW Environmental Defenders Office has served irrigator and Nationals donor Peter Harris a summons demanding he return more than five billion litres of water he is alleged to have illegally taken from the Barwon-Darling River.

The incidents of alleged water theft are the subject of ICAC, Ombudsman and Office of Water inquiries, which follow the standing down and resignation of former senior NSW water bureaucrat Gavin Hanlon.

It has also been revealed that NSW Primary Industries Minister Niall Blair benefited Mr Harris, a cotton farmer, and other irrigators by changing the laws to pardon Mr Harris retrospectively for illegal flood works and that Mr Blair lobbied Environment Minister Gabrielle Upton to change the law to justify a decision to give Mr Harris more water trading rights.

In their action in the Land and Environment Court, the plaintiffs demand the return of water, up to the equivalent of the total volume ... (to) occur immediately after the water is extracted from the water source and has passed through metering equipment to measure it, but before it is stored.

Alternatively, the defenders office is seeking orders so that Mr Harris forfeits his entitlement to the equivalent amount of water in future to replenish the river.

The summons was served on Peter James Harris and Jane Maree Harris and the matter is listed for December 8.

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23:46

The ECB Resorts to Omissions, Half-truths and Misrepresentations to Defend Draghis G30-Membership "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Norbert Hring and cross-posted from his blog

The ECB has answered questions posed by the European Ombudsman to president Mario Draghi regarding his membership and his participation in closed-door meetings of the Group of Thirty (G30), a Group in which the worlds most central bankers and commercial bankers comingle. The 17-page reply manages to evade several questions, is quite selective in the information given and even contains some false statements.

Reacting to a complaint by Corporate Europe Observatory the Ombudsman (which is a woman), started an investigation into Draghis membership, which culminated in 16 written questions to Mario Draghi dated 4 July 2017.

The ECB has answered Ombudsman Emily OReillys letter a few days ago. The reply starts with Preliminary observations which state that The Group of Thirty was established in 1978 as a forum for exchanging views on topical issues related to the functioning of the international economic system, forgetting to mention by whom. A look at the website of the G30 does not answer the question, either. Wikipedia does:

The Group of Thirty was founded in 1978 by Geoffrey Bell at the initiative of the Rockefeller Foundation, which also provided initial funding for the body.

In several instances, the ECB points to the fact that other central bank representatives, like those from the Bank of England, the Bank of Japan and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York are also members of the G30, implying that if they see fit to participate in this group, it should be okay for the ECB too. What they do not mention in this context, though, is the fact that it is only the New York Fed, a private institution owned and controlled by Wall Street banks, which sends a representative. No member of the Federal Reserve Board has become or remained a G30-member while holding this office, at least not during the last few decades. The reason is obviously that strict rules against conflicts of interest in the US do not allow a high-ranking public official to be in such an intransparent group together with high ranking private sector representatives

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23:26

Whats Inside DCs New $800 Million, Theme-Park-Influenced Museum Of The Bible "IndyWatch Feed National"

The professor of Jewish studies passes under an ornate archway, leading to another part of the sprawling History of the Bible floor. Keeping up with him isnt easy, as we dodge workers who continue to install museum panels before opening day.

Theres nothing false anywhere, Professor Lawrence Schiffman says over his shoulder, gesturing towards dozens of Torah scrolls carefully lit for preservation. Ive been walking around even today, reading more labels. We keep criticizing little picky things; thats our job as scholars.

Led by Schiffman, who sports a Brooklyn accent and traditional kippah head covering, the scene would fit more at a New York synagogue than a Bible museum founded by evangelical Christians. Director of Hebraic and Judaic studies at New York University, he has served as a Hebrew manuscripts consultant since early 2016 for Museum of the Bible, which opened last weekend in Washington DC.

This museum is not a hijacking of Jewish tradition to serve another religion, he says bluntly when asked about its mostly Christian funding. Its legit.

Proving legitimacy has been an uphill battle since its announcement in 2011. Brimming with technology and artifacts that illuminate the sacred text, Museum of the Bible has been hounded by various critiques. Theres either too much God or not enough Jesus, depending on the critic.

Yet even skeptics are wowed by the high-tech museum once they see it. Pulitzer Prize winner Philip Kennicott called Museum of the Bible rich in content [and] stocked with historic treasures. His front-page Washington Post story was effusive: It sets a new standard for how this countrys museums fuse entertainment and education.

Envisioned by Hobby Lobby craft chain owners Steve and Jackie Green, the Museum of the Bible reflects a kaleidoscope of faith traditions, story formats, and artistic approaches. A closer look at the multi-faceted museum offeringswith commentary from the Jewish, Catholic, and Protestant scholars at the heart of itilluminates the 430,000-square-foot experience.

A New Tour Through Ancient Stories

I grew up in Oklahoma, the Bible belt of the country, in a very small community, says Jackie Green. Everybody knew everybody. Its been such a delight for me to be able to rub shoulders, so to speak, with people who arent just like mebut they still have a great love for the Bible.

From the first floor, the variety at Museum of the Bible can be jarring. Ornate....

23:04

Australia, New Zealand officials discuss screening for Manus refugees "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Charlotte Greenfield

22:39

Perspective: The meaning of Governor Obianos reelection. By Chuks Iloegbunam "IndyWatch Feed National"

Anyone asked the impact of Governor Obianos victory in the November 18 gubernatorial ballot in Anambra State could answer with More

22:33

AEMO has not modelled a 50 percent renewable energy target for Qld #qldvotes #qldpol @Qldaah "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Courier Mail claims of Queensland power station closures and blackouts under question. NoFibs has received a statement from the Australian Energy Market Operator on claims made in todays The Courier Mail that, Research says ALPs renewable energy target will force closure of coal-fired power stations. Steven Wardill wrote that, Annastacia Palaszczuks renewable energy target will force the closure of coal-fired power stations, increase the risk of blackouts and cause dividends to dry up, new analysis has revealed. Research conducted for the Australian Institute of Progress warned the cascading closure of coal plants would begin from as early as next year under Labors plan for 50 per cent renewables use by 2030. The []

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22:30

Supreme Court Judgment in Medical College Bribery Case Will Remain Under a Cloud "IndyWatch Feed National"

The court has suggested that any complaint against a judge and investigation by the CBI should not be given publicity, ignoring the fact that public functionaries act under public scrutiny.

Justice Dipak Misra. Credit: Twitter

Justice Dipak Misra. Credit: Twitter

After the days of the Emergency, last week is perhaps the most the Supreme Court of India has been in the public gaze. While the propriety of the Chief Justice of India is being debated, the impropriety of the PIL litigants, Campaign for Judicial Accountability and Reforms (CJAR) and Kamini Jaiswal, has also been widely questioned. Now that the Supreme Court has delivered its judgment on the PIL filed by Jaiswal, one can assess the whole episode with equanimity.

The judgment, in paras 9 and 30, has given justification for the hurried constitution of the constitution bench on November 10. It states that there was variance between the orders passed by the two division benches, which necessitated settling of the law. In the CJAR case, the direction was passed requesting the CJI to constitute an appropriate bench for hearing the matter. The only question that was before the CJI on administrative side was what would be the appropriate bench when a similar case, in the PIL filed by Jaiswal, had been directed to a constitution bench. Had the CJI desired to respect the judicial order of Court No. 2 instead of asserting his administrative authority, there was no constitutional question that needed to be answered. The CJAR matter could have been listed before the bench hearing the similar matter.

It is worth noting that even after the settling of the law by the constitution bench, th...

22:08

Rogue State "IndyWatch Feed National"

How the guardians of nationhood conspire in its destruction.

By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 18th November 2017

What is this country we are asked to love? This might once have been an easy question to answer. National identity was built around a range of institutions, considered to represent the national interest. Rebellion against them was characterised as treason. But one by one, these institutions have been subverted from within. Look to the top to see treachery at work.

The most obvious and most trivial example is the way in which the Crown has used investment vehicles based in offshore secrecy regimes to enhance its wealth. The Paradise Papers show that both the Queens investors (the Duchy of Lancaster) and Prince Charless private estate (the Duchy of Cornwall) have been conducting their affairs beyond the view of government. If the Crown mocks its own agencies in this way, why should anyone else respect them? But this, by comparison to other recent revelations, is froth.

Priti Patels engagements in Israel, which culminated in her professed intention to divert British aid money to the Israeli army in the occupied Golan Heights, raised the question of whose national interests she was representing, the United Kingdoms, or Israels? Its a question that could be directed at several British ministers and their departments. The governments of Saudi Arabia and the United States frequently appear to benefit from British decisions that seem more attuned to their interests than to ours. Brexit is likely to exacerbate this tendency.

We were promised that in leaving the European Union we would regain our sovereignty. But in abandoning an association based on equal standing, we expose ourselves to coercion by other nations. Our relationship with the United States, especially under the stewardship of the trade secretary Liam Fox, is likely to look like that of servant and master.

Fox, preposterously, is now the only official member of the UKs board of trade. The new trade bill......

22:04

Hundreds of Palestinians on the brink of expulsion: We just want to live "IndyWatch Feed National"

Three hundred Palestinians have been ordered to leave their homes and take with them all their belongings within the next eight days. Where are they supposed to go? The military order provides no answers. In the meantime, they wait for the rain that refuses to come.

By Keren Manor / Activestills.org

Members of the Daragma family stand next to a cinder block built outside their tent, which declares the area an open-fire zone, and this is forbidden for entry. (Keren Manor/Activestills.org)

Members of the Daragma family stand next to a cinder block built outside their tent, which declares the area an open-fire zone, and this is forbidden for entry. (Keren Manor/Activestills.org)

They are about to be expelled from their homes but every person I met on our visit to the community of Ein al-Hilweh in the Jordan Valley asked us if there was news of rain. The farmers and shepherds in Ein al-Hilweh and in the neighboring village of Umm Jamal are worried. It is the middle of November, and without water, their herds of cattle, sheep, chicken and other animals are beginning to die of hunger. There is no water to drink. The dry earth does not provide food for pasture. The small community, which is not connected to running water, depends on rain to grow the crops that provide the little food off of which they and their livestock survive....

22:01

Australian Government Grants $8 Million for Blockchain Energy Pilot "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Australian government has announced that it will provide over AU$8 million in grants for a blockchain-powered smart utilities project.

21:55

Understanding Opioid Addiction "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Associated Press

It never really leaves you. Opioids haunt users recovery

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Its hard to say whether businessman Kyle Graves hit rock bottom when he shot himself in the ankle so emergency room doctors would feed his opioid habit or when he broke into a safe to steal his fathers cancer pain medicine.

For straight-talking ex-trucker Jeff McCoy, it was when he grabbed a gun and threatened to blow his brains out if his mother didnt hand over his fentanyl patches.

For newly minted lawyer Bianca Knight, it happened after hitting the street to find drugs when her opioid prescription ran out, as she envisioned her career dreams crumble.

Addiction to powerful painkillers sneaked up on Graves and McCoy and Knight, ordinary Americans who began taking the drugs legitimately for pain, but like millions of others, got caught up in the worst opioid epidemic in U.S. history.

Now theyre fighting the same tough, slippery battle for recovery, owing their lives, they say, to an anti-addiction medicine similar to pills that nearly led to their demise. They credit a Nashville doctor too, an addiction specialist who also works as a Vanderbilt University pain medicine physician sometimes recommending the same drugs to pain patients that brought the others to the brink.

Addiction sneaks up on pain patients in the worst opioid epidemic in U.S. history, and their shared battles for recovery are fraught with ironies, tragedies and sometimes shaky success. Meet three people vowing to beat the odds. (Nov. 20)

The ironies and tragedies of the crisis are not lost on Dr. Dan Lonergan, who faced his own dark abyss years ago in medical school, when his older brother died suddenly of a possible opioid overdose.

Hes heard criticism about doctors who get em hooked on drugs and then turn around and treat em for addiction. And hes seen the finger-pointing from those who think faith and willpower are the answer, who say prescribing opioid drugs to treat addiction is trading one vice for another.

Doctors have contributed to this problem. In the past three decades we have gotten a lot of patients on medications that can be very dangerous, he said. The pharmaceutical industry has contributed significantly to this problem. This is a problem that we all need to own.

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21:37

Malcolm Turnbull Fired for Being Unable to Name a Single AC/DC Song "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was sent to a detention centre on Manus Island overnight after he was unable to name a single song when asked to nominate a favourite track by iconic rock band AC/DC in an interview following the death of founding guitarist Malcolm Young.

Former NSW Premier Mike Baird, who cited Dirty deeds done dirt cheap as the song that inspired his career, was quick to put his hand up for the top role.

I retired from politics to help members of my family through serious illness six months ago but everyones fine now, he said. Its amazing what $887,000 can do for your health.

Baird has already launched his election campaign, promising to get the greyhound racing industry back in [the] black and everything else in the country on the highway to hell in record time.

Turnbull issued a statement saying that he could reel off the name of every piece ever written by Mozart, Beethoven and Bach like every other regular Aussie bloke and shouldnt be punished for this one small lapse in cultural knowledge.


21:33

Brisbane activist Robin Taubenfeld on the #PineGapPeacePilgrims "IndyWatch Feed National"

Karun Cowper speaks with Brisbane peace activist Robin Taubenfeld about the #PineGapPeacePilgrims currently on trial for breaking the silence around Pine Gaps role in US drone attacks & nuclear warfare.

21:25

Video of Indian politician peeing in public goes viral (Hes a water conservation minister) "IndyWatch Feed National"

AFP

AFP/File | India is notorious for its lack of toilets. Some 70 percent of Indian households do not have them while around 600 million people, nearly half the population, defecate in the open, according to UNICEF

MUMBAI (AFP)  An Indian ruling party politician has been left red-faced after a video of him urinating in public went viral on World Toilet Day, despite government efforts to stop people relieving themselves in the open.Ram Shinde, a minister for water conservation in the western state of Maharashtra, was filmed answering the call of nature in a field by the side of a road Saturday.

The clip spread online the following day. November 19 marks the United Nations official World Toilet Day, which aims to raise awareness about the health risks caused by a lack of lavatories.

Shinde a member of Indias ruling Bharatiya Janata Party defended his actions with an excuse familiar to many, effectively saying: When youve got to go, youve got to go.

I have been travelling continuously for the last one month reviewing the Jalyukta Shivar scheme, he told the Press Trust of India (PTI), referring to drought-prone Maharashtras water conservation programme.

Continuous travelling in high temperatures and dust made me ill. I was suffering from fever and when I couldnt find a toilet while travelling, I had to relieve myself in the open.

India is notorious for its lack of toilets. Some 70 percent of Indian households do not have them while around 600 million people, nearly half the population, defecate in the open, according to UNICEF.

Three years ago, Prime Minister Narendra Modi pledged to build toilets for everyone by 2019.

The government has so far helped install more than 50 million lavatories across the country of 1.25 billion people and has been encouraging citizens to break old habits and use them.

Calls by AFP to Shindes mobile phone went unanswered Monday.

PTI and other news outlets said the incident occurred on a stretch of road between the cities of Barshi and Solapur in the south west of Maharashtra, of which Mumbai is the state capital.


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21:18

Update from CCWA anti-nuclear campaigner KA "IndyWatch Feed National"

Karun Cowper speaks with anti-nuclear campaigner from the Conservation Council of WA KA.

19:46

Naarm / Melbourne, so-called Australia: Serco Compound Attacked in Solidarity with Refugees in Detention "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Received on 20.11.17:

19.11.17: Tonight, a group of people in Naarm / Melbourne, responding to the call out for 8 Days of Solidarity for Refugees, undertook an action targeting Serco. Serco is a multinational corporation which is directly responsible for the inhumane incarceration conditions faced by refugees, asylum seekers, and detainees, in so-called Australia. Serco is also a major player in the international privatised prison complex.

The group gained access to a central Naarm / Melbourne, Serco compound and immobilised 7 vehicles. The group also left spray-painted messages on Serco compound property, including vehicles, reading Serco Psycho Scum, Serco, profiting from refugee detention- this is war, and Serco profits from misery, we hold YOU responsible.

Deaths in Detention Vengeance and Accountability Crew


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19:00

From the Webmaster: A Bolingbrook Babbler Thanksgiving (Fiction) "IndyWatch Feed National"

From the Webmaster: A Babbler Thanksgiving (Fiction)

My brother Dale insisted that I repost this video he made for Thanksgiving.  He says hes still asking questions about the real origins of Thanksgiving.

I can answer his questions, but I thought I it would be more fun to let our readers try to answer these questions.

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at the Bolingbrook Babbler.

18:54

Announcing Overlands next resident writer "IndyWatch Feed National"

Overland is thrilled to announce the successful applicant of its second residency program, which this year was open to First Nations writers.

18:38

MACKAY Mackay magistrate labels handling of case a joke "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY November 20, 2017 at 08:30AM ,

Mackay magistrate labels handling of case a joke

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Damien Dwyer has hit out at the Queensland Corrective Services department in recent times while presiding over Mackay Magistrates Court.

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50 Shades of GDay "IndyWatch Feed National"

My friend Ryan took acid once. Thats not to say hed never taken acid previously. Nor was he my friend, actually. But if you knew Ryan well, which I didnt, youd be aware of his penchant for all things hallucinogenic. The kids call it tripping.

On this particular occasion, Ryan was tripping in a small town in Northern California. Sandwiched between giant redwood forests and a bitterly cold Pacific Ocean, Arcata attracts university students, hippies, marijuana farmers and a large transient population.

I sat on a porch in the middle of town drinking weak American beer. It could have been a Friday, it could have been a Tuesday, but it was a sunny afternoon. A few people I knew had decided to skip class for the day and, like any good exchange student worth their accent, I agreed to join. It may have been my idea.

Theres Ryan, said one of the boys, pointing down the street.

The rest of us turned to look. Ryan was darting between colourful, weatherboard houses at high speed. He was too far away to be audible, but he appeared to be having a great time. Id met him a few weeks back at a party.

As Ryan made his way up the street it became apparent he had either mistaken himself for Jack Sparrow or was having a stroke.

Arrrrr! he screamed, rolling past a letterbox and crouching behind a set of stairs.
Cannons at the ready! he cried, taking cover between a pastel yellow split-level and a manicured hedge.
What the fuck? we asked each other in unison as he ran past our porch.
Ryan likes acid, my mate explained. We took a sip of beer. California knows how to party.

Never tried acid myself. It seems a little removed from reality and, contrary to popular opinion, I quite like reality. On a global scale its completely fucked, I grant you that, but if you keep an eye out youll witness little moments every day that remind you just how great it can be. Like dropping an egg, only to realise you had actually boiled it that morning, or watching a commuter sprint for a train and jump through the doors at the last second.

Then again, I suppose thats the whole point of drugs. They can be used to either escape or enhance reality and the same goes for travelling. Maybe thats why its called tripping, and why every 19-year-old returning from their first summer in Europe has to publicly confirm that travel is my drug of choice. To them, I say try MDMA. Its chea...

17:55

Bob Kernohan never stood a chance. Michael Costa, Peter Reith and "The Old Mates Act" made sure of that. "IndyWatch Feed National"

This is an extract from the diary of now Commissioner Ian Cambridge. Ian was at the time the joint secretary of the AWU. He had called for a Royal Commission into the Gillard/Wilson etc allegations. He'd also called for - amongst other things - a pecuniary interest register for union...

17:50

Surge in wind farms in Australia, drop in complaints about them "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Desultory: Wind farm complaints arent keeping up with surging industry, The Age, Peter Hannam, 19 Nov 17,  The surge in new wind farm developments has failed to produce an upswing in complaints, with just nine of the 79 projects operating in Australia receiving any formal objections, Andrew Dyer, the National Wind Farm Commissioner, has said.

As of the end of October, the commission had received 54 complaints, for existing projects, with all but two resolved. Four people had relocated as part of the resolution process.

There are no complaints for recently completed wind farms, Mr Dyer told Fairfax Media.

Victorian wind farms have attracted the bulk of objections, accounting for 31 of the 54, while SA and NSW had 16 and seven complaints, respectively. Operating wind farms in other states have not triggered any complaints, Mr Dyer said.

The National Wind Farm Commissioners three-year term  which began in late 2015 with $2 million funding  followed a Senate inquiry prompted in part by efforts of a few anti-wind turbine groups.

Fears by supporters of renewable energy that the commission may have spurred an uptick in opposition to wind farms have largely been allayed, with the role now seen as helping developers understand and respond better to...

17:44

Same Sex Marriage law a con just like the Australian Constitution? "IndyWatch Feed National"


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16:24

What Can We Learn From Zimbabwe "IndyWatch Feed National"

Robert Mugabe is the oldest statesmen in the world, born on February 21, 1924. Queen Elizabeth II was born on April 21, 1926 and is the longest serving monarch in the world.

By Dee McLachlan

It was in the 80s when I traveled up from South Africa to Zimbabwe to make a wildlife film. We shot in the bush for about two weeks with tame lions, managed by a movie animal wrangler. As we were about to leave, he looked down at the tires of our vehicle and said, Can I buy the tires off your van. We cant buy tires here. We swapped tires, and we drove back with his very well-worn tires.

Then my cousin married a Zimbabwe tobacco farmer and moved up there. I think they forfeited part of their farm in the early days, so were largely left alone in the compulsory white farmland acquisitions. They are still there, part of a small group of farmers that remained.

This week-end she wrote me an email saying, we need Mug to stand down graciously and off. Everyone is sick to death of his crap. She atten...

16:19

"Butterflies..." "IndyWatch Feed National"

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

16:14

How to survive the festive season with small kids "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Exhaustion, anticipation and a change of routine its a recipe for disaster!

If you have a kindergarten kid in your midst, youre probably dealing with exactly the same level of exhaustion that I am. I remarked on our flailing energy levels on instagram last night and received a flood of comments from mothers who are in the same tired boat.

While chatting to one of the school teachers last week, she mentioned that the kids never really recovered from the busyness of Term 3. It was a jam-packed term brimming with activities. We also welcomed Marigold and made our way through a month of viruses that went round and round and round again, leaving us all weary.

Were on the countdown to holidays now  only four weeks to go! Im not really sure where this year has gone. How is it that Poet has finished her first year of school? Ive been walking her to her classroom every morning because Ive been so absent from school life for the past few months and she needs a little hand-holding at the moment. Its difficult to evenly distribute your time when youve got four children to care for but I find that when one is particularly needy, the others make space. Ebb and flow, rise and fall.

And now the imminent festive season; the rehearsals and concerts and the calendar that says my weekends are full for the next short while. And the tired children who cant concentrate and arent really that interested in getting ready for school in the morning (every morning). And the baby who is rolling about and the toddler who shares my pillow and gives me zero personal space.

Its time to be proactive and create a new rhythm for the next few weeks. I know its up to me to make it happen for the benefit of my stress levels and the whole familys happiness. Heres what Im doing and prioritising:

  • writing a daily to-do list : Ive got a notepad on my fridge and every evening I write my to-do list for the following day. Even the most mundane, everyday tasks go on there: washing, shopping, emails to write and appointments to make. Theres also blog posts to write, photos to take, ham to order and bills to pay. It saves me because my memory is a sieve at the moment and disorganisation leads to mental overwhelm.
  • prioritising downtime : every chance we get Im making space for downtime. If our busy days are peppered with snippets of free play, stories, quiet craft time and movies, well make it through.
  • organising early nights : now, more than ever, the (small) children need to be in bed before 7. Its difficult with daylight savings but if I can serve dinner by 6 and have them in their PJs shortly after, the evening is much smoother and their sleep much deeper. Stories and cuddles are accompanied by lave...

16:08

ECB & the Coming Banking Crisis "IndyWatch Feed National"

 

QUESTION: Mr. Armstrong; Your post of November 16th where you state that the ECB is looking to freeze accounts in a banking crisis, does that mean they will no longer honour the claimed insurance of 100,000 per account?

PH

ANSWER: No. They will not pretend to eliminate that insurance, they just will suspend it as a bank holiday. But you gloss over another problem. The insurance of  100,000 will NOT be honoured per account, but PER PERSON. The US FDIC insurance is also per person when you dig deeper. Europe will also change that on a discretionary basis. So taking 1 million euro and spreading among 10 banks does not thereby provide insurance for the whole lot. The same is true in the USA. The ECB is proposing supplementing it with discretionary powers to suspend bank withdrawals. To say that the entire program will be terminated is an exaggeration. Nevertheless, it reflects the realization that the European banking system is in serious trouble. I recommend that Europeans should have a stash of cash, and if you have a lot of cash in your account, put some into dollars in the States before it is too late.

15:55

Kathy Jackson to stand trial in the Victorian County Court on 166 theft and fraud charges "IndyWatch Feed National"

Kathy Jackson today appeared before the Melbourne Magistrates' Court for a committal hearing of 166 fraud and theft charges. A committal in Victoria's legal system is heard before a Magistrate who decides whether the prosecution has established a prima facie case against the defendant - in other words, would a...

15:42

Subscriberthon Day Four: Not a note wrong "IndyWatch Feed National"

In Overland you find ideas unpopular with the political classes, and stances not taken in other publications. Since 1954, we have been a place where the political and literary left meet because politics does not end where a book begins.

15:23

Will FBs new image abuse tool really work? "IndyWatch Feed National"

This article is also published by the EFA.

A couple of weeks back (with the help of Electronic Frontiers Australia & conference organisers), I attended the inaugural Safety on the Edge Conference hosted by the Office of the eSafety Commissioner. The eSafety Office falls under the Communications and Arts portfolio as it deals with regulation of internet content- an historically contentious topic for civil liberties groups.

The original scope of the eSafety Office was a focus on the welfare of children online, however after noting the prevalence of online abuse issues faced by adults, the agency was recently given funding to widen its scope.

Research used by the eSafety Office found image-based abuse has become a major issue facing internet users:

The research shows victims intimate images were most commonly shared without consent on popular social media sites. Facebook/Messenger accounted for 53%, followed by Snapchat at 11% and then Instagram at 4%. Text messaging and MMS were other common channels for distribution.

Earlier in the year, the office launched their online portal for reporting image-based abuse (that has already happened) but used the more recent conference to announce the rollout of an additional tool aimed at pre-empting abuse.

The additional functionality is the result of a pilot partnership between Facebook and the eSafety office with Australia the first jurisdiction to trial the technology which offers assistance to people worried someone may be about to share their intimate images against their wishes.

In order to trigger the functionality, potential victims must first make a report through the eSafety Office portal. The potential victim must then send images they are worried will be shared to themselves via FB messenger and Facebook will create a special code (called a hash) unique to each image that will be used to detect attempts to send it on Facebook and prevent unauthorised sharing.

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15:19

DEADSET at Coorabell Hall November 25 "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

DEADSET is an international collective of magical, masterful, musical mates hubbing around the madness and mayhem of lead instigator Hanuman Dass (aka Robert Grayson) Vocals, Drums, Guitar.

Hanuman began his career in the USA, playing live and recording with Jai Uttal, Ram Dass, Mirabai, On Wings of Song, Michael Thompson and Esther Satterfield among others. Having moved to Australia from the East Coast of the USA in 1983, Hanumans song drumming style saw him working live and/or in the studio with Tim Finn, Savage Garden, The Whitlams, 1927, Jerry Beckley, Slim Dusty, Troy Cassar-Daley, Graeme Connors, Anne Kirkpatrick and Peter Blakely. Hanuman is a two time Golden Guitar winner as a member of The Flying Emus, an ARIA nominee for Comedy Record of the year and has been inducted into the Australian National Archive for his parody of the 2010 Australian election I see red.

While this has all been supremely fun and he has gotten to play and enjoy some awesome music in Australia over the years, just the same in the background he has been craving, no wait, make that jonesing for some Good Ol Grateful dead Style music to make it down here. And now, after 30+ years, he has given up!

DEADSET is the musical expression of the old saying: If you want it done? get your own damn jam band together dude I mean, mate

As a group who are Gratefully inspired by the Dead, DEADSET seek not to recreate the past but to share and move the Grateful Dead energy family and experience forward ! (and most importantly to enjoy the ride!)

DEADSET are a band of merry minstrels who along with Hanuman (Guitar, Drums, Vocals), can include the likes of Vasudha Harte (Vocals, Accordion), Azo Bell (Guitars and Vocals), Alan Park (Keyboards), Rod Coe (Bass and Vocals), Peter Wilkins (Drums). And just for the record theyre Not All Dead, as DEADSET includes some great tunes by kindred artists in their sets.

This unique blend of live dynamic and interactive style of music-making in the Grateful Dead lineage is commonly associated with kindness, building community, audience-artist symbiosis, fun, dancing, caring, smiles, consciousness expansion live band interaction (jamming and improvisation), amazingly great songs and all-round good vibes.

Come join the party!
Saturday November 25 at Coorabell Hall
from 7 pm, 565 Coolamon Scenic Drive, Coorabell!

Learn more at www.deadsetband.com and on the Facebook Page

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13:19

Thursday & Quicksand "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Post-hardcore pioneers, THURSDAY announce theyre coming out of retirement with their first run of shows in Australia since 2012. Officially reforming in 2016, theyll bring the tour to Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Adelaide in March 2018. Joining them on all dates is influential New York City post-hardcore legends, QUICKSAND.

Tickets for all shows go on sale at 12pm this Friday, October 13.

My Live Nation members can secure tickets first during the exclusive pre-sale beginning tomorrow at 10am, October 11.

For complete tour and ticketing details, visit: livenation.com.au.

Revered for their anguished lyrics, chiming guitars and explosive stage presence, Thursday have been a house-hold name among punk and rock fans since their debut release, Waiting, 18 years ago. Coming out of New Jersey in 1999 at the precipice of the post-punk movement, Thursday were quick to gain the attention of fans and labels with their raw, emotive sound. However, it wasnt until their 2001 album, Full Collapse, that they fully defined a genre.

Over the course of their active years, Thursday produced six eclectic albums. None were more representative of their distinctive sound than 2003s War All The Time. Armed with the backing of major label, Island Records, the album continued to elevate them as one of the most complex and exciting bands of the decade. After pioneering the post-hardcore genre, the band officially disbanded in 2013.

Emerging from the New York City hardcore scene of the 90s, QUICKSAND delivered a masterclass over two albums on what would be a stylistic blueprint for many bands to follow. They will release Interiors this November, which many attribute as their best album to date. It arrives deliberately unannounced, two decades after the pioneering post-hardcore quartets last album. Made completely on the bands own terms, Interiors has a power, strength and subtlety that will likely stun you. There are no wasted notes, no flab, and no excess whatsoever. It is absolutely perfect.

Catch these two genre-defining acts together this March!.......................

13:15

Spatial variation in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women's access to 4 types of maternal health services "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

This report presents the findings of a project which assessed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women's access to hospitals with public birthing services and 3 other types of maternal health services across Australia, then investigated possible high-level associations between access, maternal risk factors and birth outcomes.
Access to services

The study examined the geographic access of Indigenous women of child-bearing age (1544) to 4 types of on-the-ground maternal health services: hospitals with a public birthing unit; Indigenous-specific primary health-care services (ISPHCSs); Royal Flying Doctor Service clinics; and general practitioners (GPs). Using 1 hour drive time boundaries around these locations and population counts from the 2011 Census at a range of geographic levels (SA2, remoteness, jurisdiction), the study found:

* approximately one-fifth (25,600 or 21%) of Indigenous women of child-bearing age lived outside a 1 hour drive time from the nearest hospital with a public birthing unit
* nearly all (97%) Indigenous women of child-bearing age had access to at least 1 type of maternal health service within a 1 hour drive time. The lowest levels of access were for women in Very remote and Remote areas, where 84% and 93%, respectively, had access to at least 1 type of service.
* Indigenous women of child-bearing age in Major cities, Inner regional and Outer regional areas had more types of services available to them within a 1 hour drive time than did women in more remote areas. Thus, they had more choice in which service they use.

Association with area-level maternal risk factor and birth outcomes

Examining possible associations between geographic accessibility to services, maternal risk factors and birth outcomes at the Indigenous Region level, the study found that poorer access to:

* GPs was associated with higher rates of pre-term birth and low birthweight

* ISPHCSs with maternal/antenatal services was associated with higher rates of smoking and low birthweight
* hospitals with public birthing units was associated with higher rates of smoking, pre-term birth and low birthweight
* at least 1 service was associated with higher smoking rates and higher rates of pre-term delivery and low birthweight.



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12:42

Norfolk Island economy headed for disaster following Australian Government intervention, new report claims "IndyWatch Feed National"

An independent report on the economic situation on Norfolk Island following the Australian Government takeover of governance of the island last year, released today, warns the islands economy is heading for disaster as a result of spiralling costs and inappropriate regulation. Problems include the widespread imposition of Commonwealth and NSW regulatory regimes; the planned introduction of Australia's Modern Award System; the failure of the Australian Government to take up the responsibilities previously held by the Norfolk Island Government, such as for the promotion of tourism; the loss of direct passenger airline services between New Zealand and Norfolk Island; restrictions placed on primary producers and agricultural pursuits; and the removal of the general revenue raising powers of the Norfolk Island Government.


Written by economist and former scientist Dr Chris Nobbs, On the Brink of Disaster: The Impact of the Australian Government Reforms on Norfolk Island Businesses provides a detailed analysis of the impact of legislative and regulatory changes imposed on the island during the past 15 months.

Dr Nobbs concludes that the growing crisis is the direct result of flaws in the intervention by the Australian Government in Norfolk Island's governance and economy from 1 July 2016.

The report outlines the impact of substantial cost increases facing businesses, including double-digit price rises for incoming freight, a 15 per cent rise in telecommunications costs, a 12.7 per cent rise in regional council fees, along with regulatory changes that will see wage costs jump more than 35 per cent next year.

Based on a detailed examination of the current economic situation and the impact of significant legal and regulatory changes, it is projected that Norfolk Island will suffer a very large rise in prices, a steep downturn in tourism, a slump in business, a rise in unemployment, and widespread community distress, Dr Nobbs said.

By requiring both that Norfolk Island pay its own way and that Norfolk Islanders become like mainland Australians in terms of their obligati...

11:33

Mullum Music Fest: the best acts you never heard of "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

10:59

Protesters occupy Adani Headquarters in Townsville "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Townsville, 20th November: Twenty people are occupying the Adani Headquarters in Townsville, including three people who have locked themselves together in front of the entrance to prevent Adani workers accessing their office.

Donna, Will and Tully, who are locked on, are taking this action today to send a clear message that Adani should not be given $1 billion of taxpayer money and that the Carmichael coal mine should not go ahead.

Will Hamilton, 66, currently locked on and a former property developer from Brisbane, says With all its negative consequences on our environment, Australians all over the country are expressing their total rejection of the Adani Coal mine proposal. We take this action in the belief that others will become more aware of these issues and join us in raising their voices against the Adani coal mine proposal.

Protest against Adani has been amplifying across Australia, including on the ground at the construction site and at their headquaters in Townsville. In recent weeks several people from Frontline Action on Coal have been arrested occupying the Adani offices and disrupting construction of the Adani-owned railway.

Adani is a key focus of the Queensland election, with Palaszczuk earlier this month promising to veto the $1 billion loan to Adani to build the railway. Recent polls have shown that two thirds of Queenslanders oppose taxpayer money funding the Adani railway. Despite this, the LNP have not ruled out providing $1 billion of taxpayer money to Adani.

Donna Smit, 48, a systems analyst from Queensland who is also currently locked on, says I am here today because our Governments and corporations are failing us. Ordinary people taking extraordinary action is the corner they have painted us into, and I am prepared to do whatever it takes to stop Adanis catastrophic mine from being built.

Tully Doole, 22, is from the south coast of NSW and is worried about the future. She says I dont want to be responsible for the extreme weather, the bush fires, the floods, the droughts and the death of the great barrier reef.

Location: Townsville Adani Headquarters

Photos are being uploaded here: https://flic.kr/s/aHsm8bjNUR

Media Enquiries:

 

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10:59

Capitalising on climate unity "IndyWatch Feed National"

Marshall Islands President Hilda Heine and former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd outline the opportunities on the horizon for countries worldwide to raise their level of climate ambition and lock in sustainable growth.

10:55

Police establish drug enforcement squad on North Coast "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller. Photo News Ltd

NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller. Photo News Ltd

A specially trained unit tasked with disrupting and preventing drug supply will be rolled out across the North Coast, NSW Police announced today.

Deputy commissioner in charge of regional field operations, Gary Worboys, joined Coffs Harbour MP Andrew Fraser (Nationals) to announce the establishment of the Region Enforcement Squad at Coffs Harbour police station this morning.

Commissioner Mick Fuller said the Region Enforcement Squad (RES) will have an impact on mid-level crime such as ice dealers, in regional areas.

Its long overdue [that] the country has the same resources as its city neighbours, Commissioner Fuller said.

As the commissioner Ive spoken since day one about the need to have a flexible workforce. This is re-engineering in action and a major boost for regional NSW.

Region enforcement squads are about targeting the criminals that are driving crime in rural areas. The officers will be equipped with cover assets worth tens of thousands of dollars and trained to work on targets across towns and borders.

According to police the highly trained unit will target, investigate, disrupt and prevent mid-level crimes such as drug dealing, property crime and firearm offences.

Deputy Commissioner Worboys said, this is another resource available to tackle the scourge of the drug ice in regional communities.

Officers work diligently across the state to put the communities they serve first and this additional resource will help them prevent and disrupt those crimes that are having an impact on the everyday lives of residents and businesses, Deputy Commissioner Worboys said.

RES units can be deployed across NSW to tackle crimes like mid-level drug supply such as the drug ice which is having devastating impacts on communities across the state.

This added resource will take the pressure off frontline officers and allow them to focus on other areas of crime.

Police Minister Troy Grant said Commissioner Fuller is driving the first significant reforms to the NSW Police Forces structure in two decades.

Todays announcement is another example of what regional communities can expect to see as the re-engineering process continues, Mr Grant said...

10:42

11 Signs You Are Going Through A Spiritual Transformation "IndyWatch Feed National"

In life, we go through a lot of major changes. That being said, we dont always realize we are going through them.

When I experience things like this, I do my best to pay attention to the signs and where these changes are taking me. These changes come about for many reasons but oftentimes are the result of an energetic shift of some kind. If you are experiencing any of the following things then you are most likely going through a major life change and may want to see where that change is leading you.

11 Signs You Are Going Through a Spiritual Transformation:

1. You become more sensitive.

You find yourself being more emotional and sensitive to the energies of others during this time. Since everything is changing this is normal. You are becoming more in-tune with the things around you and it can be a bit overwhelming to your senses in general.

2. You feel like you are changing.

You may have noticed that you are no longer the person you once were. You feel a bit odd and out of place. This will pass.

3. You are more curious.

You are asking more questions and looking harder for answers. You want to know things and understand on a deeper level. Nothing makes sense anymore.

4. You begin losing interest in certain things.

Hobbies and such that you used to obsess over may not hold a place in your life anymore. Because you are changing your interests might be changing as well. Sometimes we find new things that we like better and there is nothing wrong with that.

5. You find a new passion.

Sometimes in life, our passions change. This does not mean you cannot still be passionate about something from your past. We are constantly finding new passions in life.

6. You spend more time with others.

7. You spend more time alone.

As mentioned above, it can go both ways, which means for some you will become more introverted. Sometimes we just need to be alone or want to spend time working on ourselves. This doesnt mean we are unhappy just that we are being true to who we are.

8. You feel more excited in general.

You can sense that something interesting is coming and it excites you. You are finding more and more things to be happy about and life is really looking up.

9. You daydream more often.......

10:34

Nat Cromb: STEM program aims to benefit Indigenous communities "IndyWatch Feed National"

Share this Post For years there has been a disparity between Indigenous and non-indigenous students at high school and tertiary education in the area of Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics, or STEM. This is despite obvious synergies between Indigenous culture and science. After all, science is now routinely proving things we have known since time immemorial. But for a large ...

10:06

RCEP negotiations to continue into 2018 "IndyWatch Feed National"

November 17, 2017: After five years and 20 rounds of negotiations, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) will continue into 2018. This means that they have missed a deadline for the third time. Indonesian Minister of Trade Enggartiasto Lukita has asked negotiating countries to be more realistic and flexible about their standards. He also has referred to the RCEP as the only game in town, an apparent reference to the uncertain future of the TPP-11.  Other reports say the new target  for completion is November 2018.

One ASEAN source has told Vietnam News that major differences among member countries include China and Indias disagreements on tariff reductions. Other major disagreements have been over medicine monopolies, investor rights to sue governments, electronic commerce, trade in services and government procurement. 

10:05

Excitement over future possibilities for Mullum Hospital site "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

 

Members of the Mullumbimby Hospital Project Reference Group (MHPRG) flanked by Mayor Simon Richardson (far left) and chairperson Cr Jeanette Martin (far right). Photo Byron Shire Council

Members of the Mullumbimby Hospital Project Reference Group (MHPRG) flanked by Mayor Simon Richardson (far left) and chairperson Cr Jeanette Martin (far right). Photo Byron Shire Council

The Mullumbimby Hospital Site Project Reference Group (MHSPRG) met last week and chairperson, Greens councillor Jeanette Martin, said that the excitement about the sites potential was hard to contain.

Tuesdays (November 14) meeting was the first of the 21 community groups and individuals who make up the group  and Ms Martin said there was enormous optimism about the future use of the site for the community.

Its important for people to know that the community has felt a strong sense of ownership of the site since the original hospital opened in 1969, Cr Martin said.

Mullumbimby has always had this culture of self-reliance  and that energy is still there and this is evident by the way people are working together on this project, she said.

The Mullumbimby Hospital was closed in May 2016 when the new Byron Central Hospital opened and the NSW Government announced earlier this year that it would sell the site to the Byron Shire Council for $1.

The site is not without its challenges, including a well-documented history of asbestos but nothing is insurmountable and we are up for the challenge, Cr Martin said.

The MHSPRG will develop a management plan for the site in 12 months and this first meeting takes us one step closer to realising that goal.

Well-known local identity Gil Lomath, is a spokesperson for this group and there will be plenty of opportunities for people to share their ideas and get involved in this project when we consult with the broader community in the first half of next year, Cr Martin said.

Meeting notes and other relevant information about the groups activities will be provided on the Councils website at http://www.byron.nsw.gov.au/committees/mullumbimby-hospital-site-project-reference-group

 

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10:01

Newrybar bee hive company takes out state award "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Stu and Cedar Anderson invented the flow hive. (supplied)

Stu and Cedar Anderson invented the flow hive. (supplied)

The creators of the Flow Hive, which allows beekeepers to tap honey without disturbing the bees, has been named the NSW Business of the Year.

BeeInventive, based in Newrybar, was developed by father-son inventing duo Stuart and Cedar Anderson.

They received the award  in front of more than 1000 guests, including NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, at a gala dinner at the International Convention Centre in Sydney.

BeeInventive was also named the winner of the Excellence in Innovation category sponsored by Qantas.

NSW Business Chamber CEO Stephen Cartwright said the honey on tap hive had taken the beekeeping world by storm.

I am delighted this award recognised a top performing business which is clearly forging a reputation for Australian innovation in international markets, Mr Cartwright said.

Significantly, they used the crowdfunding platform Indiegogo to raise $13,280,250 USD in 2015/16 in one eight-week campaign. And one two-week flash sale enabled them to deliver on their 20,000 orders.

Im also incredibly proud that yet again, a business based in regional NSW took out the top award for business in our state.

The statewide awards program is a result of the strong relationships we are forging between the NSW Business Chamber and local chambers across the state and this year the competition was particularly tough with 165 finalists from 16 regions contending for the states top honours.

Mr Cartwright said aside from the game-changing Flow Hive itself, the way BeeInventive harnessed the power of digital marketing, particularly social media, to drive its record-breaking crowdfunding campaign was equally as innovative.

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09:44

New railway group to form at Mbah meeting "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A photo taken at the last meeting held in Murwillumbah. (supplied)

A photo taken at the last meeting held in Murwillumbah. (supplied)

A new Railway Action Group will be starting in Murwillumbah at a meeting held on Wednesday at 7pm at the Murwillumbah RSL.

As the threat of losing the railway track from Casino to Murwillumbah becomes more urgent, Bill Fenelon of the Northern Rivers Railway Action Group (NRRAG) is proposing to start Murwillumbahs own group for those who care about the future of rail in this region.

This will be the third NRRAG meeting to be held in Murwillumbah this year and there is strong community desire to see this railway reopened, Mr Fenelon said.

We call on supporters to attend this meeting and send a strong message to the NSW Government that the region needs a commuter rail service connection from the Gold Coast and throughout the Northern NSW Region, connecting to Sydney through Casino.

NNRAG spokesperson Beth Shelley said people seem confused about whats happening with the railway track as theyve been told a rail trail/bike path proposal will protect the rail corridor.

Some people think it means having the bike path next to the railway track. Its not true.

In order to remove the railway tracks to have a bike path it is first necessary to pass an act of parliament closing the railway line. This means the land becomes Crown reserve and no longer protected as a rail corridor.

If the funding was provided and the legislation goes through for the Murwillumbah rail trail proposal of 26 kms, the rest of the Casino to Murwillumbah rail corridor is crown land and therefore disposable.

Tweed Shire Mayor Katie Milne will be attending and said: In the end a solution needs to be driven by the community. We need to support each other and come together instead of being divided.

Ms Shelley said trains were needed because  we are a fast-growing population of nearly 300,000 with over 4.6 million tourists yearly. We are the biggest area for tourism in NSW after Sydney and so the rate of our traffic congestion, road accidents and road maintenance costs is very high. We need a regular, commuter rail service to make our roads safer for all and cut carbon emissions.

In 18 months we have a NSW state election coming up. We need to vote for people who care that the Northern Rivers community has good p...

09:39

Daily Inspiration --- Your life mission "IndyWatch Feed National"

Ask first: where is the core of my passion? When you have an answer in which you feel some confidence, cultivate the creation that evolves from your inspiration. Put your all into realizing your vision, knowing all the while that it will not take shape as in the purity of your imagination, but will be transformed, in small ways or perhaps profoundly, by your own growth and by the world into which it seeks its place.

09:28

Farmers say innovation the only antidote to new climate reality "IndyWatch Feed National"

In this report, Derrick Krusch (The Citizen 15 November 2017) shows that there are farmers who are working hard to farm in more sustainable ways, by operating much more in tune with the Australian environment, when in the past this was often not the case. Change has become even more important in the light of changing weather patterns. While this report concerns the situation in Victorias north western grain belt, the lesson is applicable nationally.

Standing in a chickpea field on the sprawling plains of Victorias Wimmera district, 38-year-old third-generation farmer David Jochinke picks up a clump of dry soil before crushing it into dust, symbolic of an extreme dry spell that has brought back terrible recent memories.

Mr Jochinke, whose 2200-hectare broadacre farm lies just north of Horsham, says he has only seen three good years of rain since taking over in the late 1990s.

This makes him anxious, especially as many farmers in his region are still carrying debt from the so-called Millennium Drought, which gripped the state for more than a decade until 2009, causing widespread crop failures and livestock losses.

The politically active Mr Jochinke, who sits on the board of the National Farmers Federation and lobbies hard for families on the land, says he has revolutionised the way he farms in order to alleviate the effects of drought in fact, to save his livelihood.

Weve tried different crops, weve tried different farming systems, weve tried different technologies, he says. Whether youre a climate change sceptic or not it doesnt really matter in my book, because weve all changed how we farm to adapt.

Drought has been an ever-present threat for farmers since European settlement, but now climate experts are cautioning that harsh dry conditions are the new norm, not the exception. Increasingly, farmers are opening to new strategies necessary to protect themselves from this risk while increasing productivity and profitability. Crop diversification, smarter planting, risk information and social media are all playing a role in insulating farmers against the ravages of drought.

Underscoring the message was the hottest October on record, which scorched crops throughout the northwest of the state ahead of this months harvest, and led to predictions that the extended dry could slash more than 1 million tonnes from Victorias grain harvest.

In response, the State Government announced $30 million in loans for farmers to help cover financial losses, a move welcomed by Victorian Farmers Federation president Peter Tuohey. A significant proportion of Victoria has fallen within a one-in-10 or one-in-20 year rainfall deficiency, so these...

09:27

(U//FOUO) U.S. Army Intelligence Analysis Manual "IndyWatch Feed National"

ATP 2-33.4 provides information on how intelligence personnel conduct intelligence analysis in support of unified land operations. It describes approaches used to conduct intelligence analysis and describes how intelligence analysis assists commanders with understanding the complex environments in which Army forces conduct operations. This manual emphasizes the act of intelligence analysis as a collaborative networked activity. This manual complements doctrinal guidance provided in ADP 2-0 and ADRP 2-0.

ATP 2-33.4 provides direction for intelligence personnel at all echelons. The principal audience for ATP 2-33.4 is Army intelligence officers, noncommissioned officers, Soldiers, and civilians. This publication provides guidelines for the conduct of intelligence analysis to commanders and staffs of Army units and is recommended for incorporation into institutional programs of instruction and unit training. Commanders and staffs of Army headquarters serving as joint task force or multinational headquarters should also refer to applicable joint or multinational doctrine concerning the range of military operations and joint or multinational forces. Trainers and educators throughout the Army will also use this manual.

1-1. Analysis is the examination of information in detail in order to understand it better and evaluate data in order to develop knowledge or conclusions. Information is processed data of every description which may be used when conducting analysis; information generally provides some of the answers to who, what, where, and when questions. Knowledge is the fact or condition of knowing something with familiarity gained through experience or association derived from information, facts, and descriptions. Knowledge helps ascribe meaning and value to the conditions or events within an operation. Analysis performed by intelligence personnel helps create knowledge in support of decisionmaking.

1-2. Commanders make decisions based on their understanding of the environment in which they are operating; intelligence analysis aids the commander in gaining the situational understanding necessary to decisionmaking. Forming a coherent intelligence picture during the decisionmaking process is difficult. In addition to determining how the physical environment may affect operations, intelligence personnel must assess how the presence and actions of thinking threats and civilian populations can influence situations and affect desired outcomes. Intelligence personnel must often assess extremely complex situations.

1-3. Intelligence personnel must accept and embrace ambiguity in conducting analysis. Training, knowledge, and experience are all critical parts of dealing with uncertainty. Intelligence personnel never have all the information necessary to make an intelligence assessment. To be effective, intelligence personnel must have....

09:19

Before Their Beginning: New Unknown Hominids Found in Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Before Their Beginning: New Unknown Hominids Found in Australia

By Steven & Evan Strong

Two years ago two extremely unusual skulls along with their complete skeletons were unearthed when leveling land on a farm. The exact location will remain a secret, all that needs to be known is that it is located in South East Australia in the wheat/sheep belt and was originally buried in dry sandy soil. There is no need to be an expert in archaeology or any science, both skulls looked so beyond the embrace of any normal" skull and once exposed the farmer did the right thing in reporting this to the relevant authorities.

Two government appointed anthropologists came, excavated and literally threw them back into the ground without a skerrick of care or respect. Originally both bodies were seated upright, with two arms and knees pressed against their chests facing the east. What we witnessed was totally absent in care and respect with no intention shown to meticulously return as interred, which really is the very least that could be done. Sadly the collateral damage was huge with bones out of order, place and sequence. Knowing both skulls and their associated bones are without parallel, precedent or comparison, that may explain why the official anthropologists behaved so poorly on site and never got back to the farmer. Well nearly no-one made further contact, two representatives of a different government department did pop in for a quick visit soon after and threatened the farmer with talk of a hefty fine and rumours of time in jail if news of this discovery did spread.

Most would do as threatened and say no more, but not this farmer. He kept looking for the truth. And that desire for an answer finally led to our expedition onto his country plunging heads deep" into a past of which even I was unprepared.

Digging up the Past and Future

Proving once again how deceptive two-dimensional photographs can be, the first photograph we have presented was taken before the damage two years ago from a position and perspective that reveals so much, yet is equally misleading. As it is from above looking down this skull has the look" of an Original robust skull which always have large sloping foreheads and brains, a thick ridge above the eyes and large eyes, never as big as this, but the robust skulls do have larger eye sockets than the gracile thinner-boned Original strand. One of our anonymous academics, Professor X, called the skull Smassive,(1) with one equivocation, he had no scale or comparison.

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09:10

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09:04

Salim Mehajer arrested for breaching AVO "IndyWatch Feed National"

Controversial Sydney businessman Salim Mehajer is expected to be charged for allegedly breaching an apprehended violence order taken out by his estranged wife.

The 31-year-old is being questioned at Campsie Police Station after being involved in a car crash in Kingsgrove in Sydneys south in the early hours of Monday, a NSW Police spokeswoman told AAP.

Hes expected to be charged with two counts of breaching an AVO and is due to face Burwood Local Court later on Monday.

The former deputy mayor of Auburn first came to wider public attention in August 2015 when he closed a street in the suburb of Lidcombe for his glitzy nuptials, which included a fighter jet flyover, $50 million worth of luxury cars and an ARIA-award-winning wedding singer.Since then controversy has followed.

Hes been accused of threatening the father of Lindt Cafe siege survivor Joel Herat, and faced civil cases over a lavish staircase at his home, a cleaning bill and a Ferrari crash that injured two women.

Mr Mehajer also lost his position as Auburn deputy mayor and the council sacked him in early 2016 amid a public inquiry into allegations some councillors had made planning and development decisions that benefited themselves and family members.

After less than a year of marriage, police sought an apprehended violence order against Mr Mehajer to protect his wife Aysha, named in court records under her maiden name of Learmonth.

Mondays incident follows a weekend wedding between the Mehajer family and another notorious family that hit the headlines after a bodyguard was shot in the back.

Semi Tongan Sam Ngata, a long-term enforcer for the family of Kings Cross identity John Ibrahim, was found with a gunshot wound at a Merrylands house on Friday night.

It came as the family was preparing for the wedding of Mr Ibrahims nephew and Mr Mehajers sister.

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09:02

Aussie govts urged to sue tobacco firms "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australias state and federal governments are being urged to follow in Canadas footsteps and sue tobacco companies so they can claw back billions of dollars spent treating smoking-related illnesses.

Health experts say while Australia led the world in introducing plain-packaging for tobacco products, smoking remains the countrys leading preventable cause of death and disease, with estimated annual costs of at least $31.5 billion.

They want governments to keep up the pressure on tobacco companies and consider taking legal action action to help recover some of those costs.

Legal action would clearly pose substantial challenges, but the potential benefits of holding tobacco companies to account through litigation mean that it could play an important role in future Australian tobacco control strategies, the experts wrote in the Medical Journal of Australia on Monday.

Successful litigation could reduce its financial capacity to engage in future activities and undermine any remaining credibility it may have in the policy arena.

Macquarie University health studies lecturer Dr Ross MacKenzie, Curtin Universitys professor of health policy Mike Daube and Canadian tobacco control consultant Eric LeGresley wrote that while legal action would be costly for governments to pursue, public support for tobacco control has never been stronger.

They argue Australian governments could follow action taken by the Canadian province of British Colombia, the first jurisdiction in the Commonwealth to launch legal action to recover tobacco-related health care costs in 1998.After a long legal battle with the tobacco manufacturers, British Colombia teamed up with five other Canadian provinces in 2012 to sue tobacco companies for tens of billions of dollars.

Dr MacKenzie and his colleagues wrote that rising health care costs could make suing tobacco companies attractive to state governments.

Beyond the potential to recover billions of dollars spent on treatment of diseases caused by smoking, publicity around legal action would also emphasise the health and social impacts of tobacco industry corporate behaviour, furthering the denormalisation of smoking in Australia and generating public and political support for further public health measures, they said.

Their calls come just weeks after mining billionaire Andrew Twiggy Forrest announced plans to launch legal action against tobacco firms in an attempt to gain billions of dollars in compensation for damage caused by smoking.

His move was part of an attempt to convince state and federal governments to raise the legal smoking age from 18 to 21.

Smoking-related illnesses currently kill 15,000 Australians a year.

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09:01

The Greens win in Northcote brings important consequences "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Jim Hayes

The victory by Greens Candidate Linda Thorpe in the Northcote by-election is important, not so much because the win went to the Greens, or even by making history with the first indigenous woman elected into Victorias parliament, as much as because this has provided a litmus test, for the level of disenchantment that is rising around Australia.

As well as in the immediate sense, this has longer-term implications for the whole nation.

Closer to home, Victorias Andrews Labor government faces an election next year. In Northcote and other inner Melbourne electorates, Labor has been seeing the erosion of its heartland over some years. But rather than going to the Coalition, the drift is mainly towards the Greens.Labour has to contend with this reality. It is in the inner suburbs, where this is most likely to be at this time, converted into seats.

As well as the big picture, there are local issues. Sometimes too much weight is given to gentrification, that is, the coming in of a more professional, educated and better heeled population. There is some of this. But changing political attitudes are also being seen among Labors traditional working class heartland.

The Andrews Government is  vulnerable because to its intention to turn over public housing land to a mix of public, broader social and private housing, increasingly seen as privatisation through the back door.

Inner Melbourne faces a housing affordability crisis, where average homes are now, routinely priced on the wrong side of $1 million. People are hurting. Although there is a promise for more resources to be committed in this direction, it is not enough to turn the tide.

Another key local issue is the escalating traffic congestion that is turning the city into a commuting nightmare. There is more public transport. The down side is that the growth has not been enough to

meet the pace of increasing demand and trains and trams have become overcrowded.

The Coalition parties have nothing to smile about. Their position is worse. The biggest burden they have in Victoria is the unpopular Turnbull government in Canberra. Even without this, they are a non-show in Melbournes inner suburbs.

The disenchanted are turning away from traditional political institutions and the two party system, although this takes different forms in different places. Northcote is no exception.

In the century of its existence, the seat has always been held by Labor. Once by a big margin. In recent years this has dwindled, and it has now gone.

In the short-term, Labor faces a serious threat in Richmond and Brunswick and this has the potential of eroding the governments majority and putting the Greens in a bargaining po...

08:50

Irony can be so Ironic Trumps solution to AGW: Drill, Baby, Drill! "IndyWatch Feed National"

Guest commentary by David Middleton Daily Comment In Bonn, Trumps Answer to Global Warming? Drill, Baby, Drill! By Elizabeth Kolbert November 15, 2017 Every year around this time, negotiators from across the globe meet in one city or anotherMontreal, Marrakech, Copenhagen, Paristo resolve that the world really ought come up with a plan to do something about

08:42

Weekend drug arrests in Tweed and Byron "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

At 11:50am on Saturday (November 18) Police from Murwillumbah were patrolling Numbinbah Road at Kynnumboon when a vehicle parked on the side of the roadway did a u turn and drove off.

The vehicle was stopped and searched by police, who allegedly seized a quantity of cannabis and methamphetamine.

Police also found numerous items they allege were stolen.

The 38-year-old driver was taken to Tweed Heads police station and charged with goods in custody suspected being stolen and two counts of possessing a prohibited drug.

At 3pm the same day, police patrolling Tennyson Street, Byron Bay, noticed a 39-year-old man wanted on an outstanding arrest warrant.

He was taken to Byron Bay Police Station where he was also charged with possessing prohibited drug, a break and enter offence in Lismore, and two break, enter and steal offences in Byron Bay.

He has been refused bail to appear at Tweed Heads Local Court.

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08:40

The Andrew Marr Show (featuring Rob Burley) - a Percy Grainger-style Ramble "IndyWatch Feed National"


You!

As you know, there's nothing I love more on a Sunday...
...even more than my family and friends, Sunday dinner, not being at work, getting a lie-in, cats, Countryfile'Wine, Women and Song', Rod Liddle's Sunday Times column, Bells on Sundayand (above all) it not being Monday...
...than reading The Andrew Marr Show editor Rob Burley's Twitter exchanges with his viewing public. 

I'd like to do a Rufus Norris and turn them into a National Theatre play. (I'd supply the rhymes though, not Carol Ann Duffy).

Now there's no doubt that Rob is very loyal to the BBC and, yes, he can leave the odd tricky question hanging in the air which deserves an answer (such as this one, regarding a dodgy but allegedly explosive IPSOS Mori poll), but, to his continuing great credit, he does engage at length with many of his critics and tries to meet their criticisms - as befits the fact that he's also the editor of Samira Ahmed's Newswatch - and he does so with no little panache and plenty of good humour.

(And I know that some of you get as much of a laugh out of reading his Adam West-era Batman Zap! Pow! Bam!...

08:22

Man arrested after dangerous police chase at Kingscliff "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Police giving chase to a car that drove at them at Kingscliff on Friday (November 17) were forced to abandon the pursuit owing to the offenders dangerous driving.

Police were patrolling Ozone Street, Kingscliff, on Friday morning when they noticed a suspicious vehicle parked in Sand Street.

They identified the driver was someone who was wanted for a number of offences that had recently occurred in the local area.

When police attempted to speak with him they allege he drove his vehicle at the police car narrowly missing it.

They attempted to arrest the alleged offender but he drove his vehicle at speed in reverse to try to avoid them.

A police pursuit was initiated but was terminated a short time later due to the dangerous driving and speed of the car.

On Saturday (November 18) a 27-year-old man was arrested at Murwillumbah and charged with driving while disqualified, not stopping during a police pursuit, dangerous driving, predatory driving, using an offensive weapon to prevent lawful detention, possession of a prohibited weapon and goods in custody.

He has been refused bail to appear before Tweed Heads Local Court.

Car hits power pole

At around 2.40am on Sunday (November 19) a 47-year-old man lost control of his his vehicle while travelling east on Kennedy Drive, Tweed Heads West, colliding with a power pole.

Police attended the scene and breath tested the driver, who returned a positive reading.

The  man was arrested and taken to the Tweed Heads police station where was subsequently charged with driving with the middle range prescribed concentration of alcohol.

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08:13

"Taking A Break From What You Are Doing: A New Approach" "IndyWatch Feed National"

"Taking A Break From What You Are Doing: A New Approach"
by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM

"Sometimes finding the answer is as easy as taking a break and stepping back from the situation. Sometimes we can get so wrapped up in our thoughts that we wind up going round in round in circles, finding it difficult to concentrate on things and, because we are so distracted, not really accomplishing much. There may be signals--mental, emotional, and physical--that tell us we need to slow down and relax. Since we are so involved in things that are external to us, however, we may easily overlook what is really going on inside of us. It is during these times that we need to step back from the things that occupy our minds and take time out to connect with our inner self, giving our minds, bodies, and spirits the time they need to reenergize and heal.

At first it may seem that by taking a break we may not be as productive as we would initially like. In reality, a healthy period of rest is something that gives us a real sense of the unlimited nature of our true potential. Spending a couple of minutes walking outside, doing a few yoga poses, meditating, or simply becoming attuned to the rising and falling of our breath enables us to let go of our worries. This act brings our focus back to the things that are truly essential for us, such as our sense of oneness with the universe and our inner peace and well-being. As we begin to get in touch with this part of ourselves, we will find that our usual everyday troubles and worries become less critical and that we not only have much more room in our lives to really reflect on the issues that mean the mos...

07:15

Misrepresentation, lies, deception and fraud ... "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Despite the expense neither the Department nor their collaborators the Invasive Animals CRC were able to confirm the existence of any live foxes in Tasmania. Beginning in 2014 independent peer-reviewed research demonstrated that the physical evidence gathered in Tasmania was unsound and to date neither organisation has chosen to vouch for their data or justify the expenditure of tens of millions of taxpayer dollars trying to eradicate an animal they could not locate Premier Bacon literally head-hunted journalists he wanted from the local newspapers, commercial TV and the ABC and paid them far more than they could ever earn in the private sector. In this way local media was tamed to play along with Government policy. Twenty years on and arguably there are more journalists now employed inside government to fend off the public interest than exist outside to defend it. Moulding public perception is now a bog-standard skill of government with little regard for truth Jack Jolly in Comments: Deception is the way this is done. Thats how High Rise Harry gets to turn Sydney and Melbourne into Hong Kong. Hes given a licence by the state government to do so, and to hell with what the people who live there want. Did anyone ask the people of Sydney and Melbourne? Nope. Oddly, governing the state would be a hell of a lot easier if it was done on the basis of finding out what the public wanted done and what public values require If you can chase something that does not exist for 15 years and spend $50 million on it, then claim that it has been an outstanding success, then there are no limits to the bullshit you will project. Anything is possible. Isnt that the lesson of the fox fiasco - that government has no shame and no fear of the public whatsoever? They can look us in the eye and lie time and time again. There are no consequences David Obendorf in Comments: Perhaps it is a bitter pill. That this expensive eradication program was based on some unconscionable lying and the use of imported hoaxed evidence calculated to deceive. The presentation of false, unsubstantiated allegations to Tasmania Police was bad enough, but lying to a fox ecologist compounds the offence. To falsify physical evidence using dead fox exhibits adds to the gravity Jack in Comments: Of course, the government in the lower house can always cancel parliament when things get too hot as Do-Nothing Malcolm (Member for Goldman Sachs) has just done: HERE

06:50

Police Action in East Palo Alto Displaces RV Dwellers "IndyWatch Feed National"

The post Police Action in East Palo Alto Displaces RV Dwellers appeared first on It's Going Down.

75 protesters blocked a street in East Palo Alto to protect families at a police action at 8 am on November 15th. A tow truck pulled up to haul away a dozen RVs occupied mostly by working people, some with children. The RV residents received less than 24 hours notice of an emergency eviction ordinance put in place by the city.

by R. Robertson 
Photo from @Hermit_Hwarang

That same evening many of the protesters and about 200 residents showed up to a Public Works and Transportation Commission meeting to face off with city staff and commissioners. On the agenda: a potential long term or permanent ordinance on RV parking on Weeks Street and a ban on all oversized vehicles on city streets. Many in attendance at the meeting said it is the citys responsibility to fix the housing cost problem that gentrification created. They made the point that there is nowhere to live but in RVs and cars since rents are rising beyond affordability. The meeting ran late with more than 40 speakers airing grievances.

City staff and members of the Public Works and Transportation Committee said that they commandeered peoples homes and closed the street because of health and safety concerns. They feared human waste dumped by RV residents would clog drains and said that they acted in advance of a San Francisco Bay Area wide rainstorm predicted for the morning of November 16.

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