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Nathan Cavaleri "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

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Yesterday ALL of Isaac Kappys Social Media Was Taken Down "IndyWatch Feed National"

It is true that when Kappy came forward at first I didnt trust him. However- at Fiona Barnetts insistence I reached out to him and realized I was probably wrong about him.

It seems to me that he may just be a guy trying to do the right thing.

However- a few days ago someone made a video entitled Isaac Kappy is Dead . And two days later his Twitter and Facebook were taken down- along with all of his Periscope videos.

This is concerning because I have seen this before. They convinced Lori King to take everything down and then they murdered her- and less than a year later her husband was ALSO dead.

They have been blasting me with their directed energy weapons crap trying to take me down. I just went to court over my dogs- where 3 members of the city council came forward and repeatedly lied- offering only anonymous complaints as their proof against my dogs.

The recording is public so anyone can get ahold of the Shelby County IA District Court to get a copy of the tape.

I figure if they can get my dogs away from me- and Doug Mesner aka Satanic Temples founder Lucien Greaves and his group has already gone on record that it was THEM that made the anonymous complaints- they will come take me out and claim I committed suicide as a result.

Let me say now- I will NEVER commit suicide. My faith is strong- Moreno now than ever- and I would NEVER do such a thing EVER.

I knew what I was getting into before I ever got into this mess but I did so BECAUSE of my faith. My dad TRIED to come clean before he died and because of that whole thing about the sins of the father falling upon the sons shoulders being written- I figured it was the right thing to do. So as hard as this has all been- I have no regrets.

However- tons of people lately have tried to assure me this child trafficking mess is about to be taken care of- but the ONLY thing I see happening is that survivors and their advocates are being taken down.

So what are we supposed to wait for?



Scott Morrison and climate change policy "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

On 8 October 2018 the UN International Panel On Climate Change issued this media release:

Incheon, Republic of Korea, October 8 Limiting global warming to 1.5C would require rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society, the IPCC said in a new assessment. With clear benefits to people and natural ecosystems, limiting global warming to 1.5C compared to 2C could go hand in hand with ensuring a more sustainable and equitable society, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said on Monday.

The Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5C was approved by the IPCC on Saturday in Incheon, Republic of Korea. It will be a key scientific input into the Katowice Climate Change Conference in Poland in December, when governments review the Paris Agreement to tackle climate change.

"With more than 6,000 scientific references cited and the dedicated contribution of thousands of expert and government reviewers worldwide, this important report testifies to the breadth and policy relevance of the IPCC," said Hoesung Lee, Chair of the IPCC.

Ninety-one authors and review editors from 40 countries prepared the IPCC report in response to an invitation from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) when it adopted the Paris Agreement in 2015.

The report's full name is Global Warming of 1.5C, an IPCC special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways, in the context of strengthening the global response to the threat of climate change, sustainable development, and efforts to eradicate poverty.

"One of the key messages that comes out very strongly from this report is that we are already seeing the consequences of 1C of global warming through more extreme weather, rising sea levels and diminishing Arctic sea ice, among other changes," said Panmao Zhai, Co-Chair of IPCC Working Group I.

The report highlights...

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Australia considers banning new migrants from big cities "IndyWatch Feed National"

Peter Parks/AFP/Getty ImagesAustralia is considering banning new migrants from living in its largest cities, under new plans to reduce congestion in urban areas. Government data reveals that nearly 70% of the 186,000 migrants who moved to Australia last year arrived on skilled migrant visas and nearly all of them settled in Sydney or Melbourne. Currently, about two-fifths of Australia's 25 million people live in those two cities. "The growth has been driven largely by migration," says the BBC, and has contributed to infrastructure and congestion problems, with Melbourne and Sydney each expected to exceed eight million residents by 2030.


10 essentials for caravanning with kids "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

I feel like every caravan post I write should come with a precursor: we are novices and were literally learning as we go.

Before we packed up our house/life and embarked on this journey, I had a very vague idea of what would be most useful on the road. But I suppose I never really considered that this is our new normal; its not a small holiday stint for holiday habits. Instead, weve taken 10 weeks to slowly but surely create an on-the-road-rhythm that I tweak when necessary.

Our everyday essentials are quality products that are, above anything else, practical. The kids are literally spending the whole day outside and they are rough and tough on their clothes and shoes, hats and drink bottles. As for everything else; theyre the little things that make each day safer and easier which ultimately makes van life more comfortable and enjoyable.

If youre considering travelling with kids, dont feel like you need to rush out and buy new things. Sure, theres a product for every single travelling purpose but that doesnt mean you need to buy them all. Use what youve got, buy pre-loved and, if you need to buy new, choose quality so it lasts. Heres my top 10 essentials:



Asians overwhelmingly prefer the US to China as world leader "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Poll shows that Beijings record on human rights affects opinions about Chinese leadership, with Asians in Japan, South Korea, the Philippines, Indonesia and Australia having a dimmer view of the country

South China Morning Post

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 13 October, 2018, 3:21am
UPDATED : Saturday, 13 October, 2018, 11:48am

When it comes to global leadership, Asia prefers the United States over China by a wide margin, according to data compiled by th...


Trump Let the Senate Decide on Declassification, 2403 "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Freak 'hailnado' blankets southern Queensland with tennis-ball-sized hail "IndyWatch Feed National"

TALKS are under way to determine if the hard hit South Burnett region should be declared a disaster zone, with entire crops lost at harvest time, and roofs off homes. The storms packing tornado-driven hail cut a swathe of devastation right across southern Queensland. About 1000 Queenslanders have made insurance claims today, according to the Insurance Council of Australia. That figures is expected to skyrocket over the weekend, however, as residents begin to count the cost of the damage. Kingaroy mum Fiona Simpson was dubbed Queensland's bravest mother, after shielding her baby from vicious hail during a freak supercell storm which hit the South Burnett region on Thursday. She had been travelling home from Nanago to Kingaroy with her grandmother and daughter Clara when the storm struck, delivering blow after blow of massive hailstorms.


The Weekend Quiz October 13-14, 2018 answers and discussion "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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

Question 1:

Assume that inflation is stable, there is excess productive capacity, and the central bank maintains its current monetary policy setting. In this situation, if government spending increases by $X dollars and private investment and exports are unchanged nominal income will continue growing until the sum of taxation revenue, import spending and household saving rises by more than $X dollars because of the multiplier.

The answer is False.

This question relates to the concept of a spending multiplier and the relationship between spending injections and spending leakages.

We have made the question easy by assuming that only government spending changes (exogenously) in period one and then remains unchanged after that.

Aggregate demand drives output which then generates incomes (via payments to the productive inputs). Accordingly, what is spent will generate income in that period which is available for use. The uses are further consumption; paying taxes and/or buying imports.

We consider imports as a separate category (even though they reflect consumption, investment and government spending decisions) because they constitute spending which does not recycle back into the production process. They are thus considered to be leakages from the expenditure system.

So if for every dollar produced and paid out as income, if the economy imports around 20 cents in the dollar, then only 80 cents is available within the system for spending in subsequent periods excluding taxation considerations.

However there are two other leakages which arise from domestic sources saving and taxation. Take taxation first. When income is produced, the households end up with less than they are paid out in gross terms because the government levies a tax. So the income concept available for subsequent spending is called disposable income (Yd).

To keep it simple, imagine a proportional tax of 20 cents in the dollar is levied, so if $100 of income is generated, $20 goes to taxation and Yd is $80 (what is left). So taxation (T) is a leakage from the expenditure system in the same way as imports are.

Finally consider saving. Consumers make decisions to...


An alt-right, all-male, racist, anti-semitic, pro nuclear group aims to join Liberal-National politics "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Is Australias ruling Liberal-National coalition even more in danger from the extreme right-wing than we thought?    This all-male crowd likes violence fighting (The Lads Society), racism, anti-semitism, and of course  coal and nuclear power.
Manifesto reveals alt-rights plans to go mainstream after infiltration of NSW Young Nationals


PNG Governments censor film on Australian developer takeover "IndyWatch Feed National"

[Video inside] An internationally acclaimed film of Paga Hill communitys fight for justice from the illegal eviction and demolition of their homes in downtown Port Moresby has been banned from screening today at the PNG Human Rights Festival. It is known as 'The Opposition Film'. See trailer and details of showings here. There is a lot of Australian involvement in this disgraceful powerplay, including NSW court system and Australian developers. However, what is happening in PNG is also happening to Australians, who mostly fail to realise that they are also being treated and exploited like a 'developing country'.

The ban highlights the lingering limits on free speech in our country and the continued attempts to censor our story of resistance against gross human rights violations [1], claimed Paga Hill leader Joe Moses, the main character in The Opposition film who had to seek exile in the United Kingdom after fighting for his communitys rights.[2],[3]

This censorship comes as a deep disappointment for my community who have suffered greatly over the past 6 years.

The Opposition film tells the David-and-Goliath battles of a community evicted, displaced, abandoned their homes completely demolished at the hands of two Australian-run companies, Curtain Brothers and Paga Hill Development Company, and the PNG state. What was once home to 3000 people of up to four generations, Paga Hill is now part of the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) summit AELM Precinct which will take place this November.[4],[5]

Mr. Moses continued, We appreciate the PNG Human Rights Film Festival for choosing to screen The Opposition film at their Madang and Port Moresby screenings.

It is shameful that our government continues to limit free speech and put such pressure on our countrys only annual arts and human rights event. How does this make us look to the world leaders who will be coming here for the APEC meeting in November?

Under the theme Tokautnau long senisim tumora" (Speak up today to change tomorrow) the mission of the PNG Human Rights Film Festival includes We are all born free and equal in dignity and rights and that the international and local human rights films promote increased respec...


The Media Purge Sorry, this Content Isnt Available Right Now "IndyWatch Feed National"

The AntiMedia Facebook pages sorry message

by Dee McLachlan

Remember Alex Jones? Daisy Luther wrote a report yesterday (12 October) on Investmentwatchblog entitled: Why the Coordinated Alternative Media Purge Should TERRIFY Everyone: Soon Those Who Hate Freedom Will Have Unquestioned Access to the Minds of 2 Billion People.

To quote:

Popular pages like The AntiMedia (2.1 million fans), The Free Thought Project (3.1 mi...


Five Eyes intelligence network has fixed its focus squarely on China "IndyWatch Feed National"

The intelligence agencies of the US, Australia, Britain, Canada and New Zealand have been cooperating closely on countering China's "foreign activities" since the start of the year, Reuters reports. The so-called Five Eyes network is also sharing intelligence with allies such as Germany and Japan, in what has become a multinational coalition against Beijing's alleged foreign meddling. Washington and its partners have accused China of using foreign investments to pull political strings - an accusation that Beijing denies. "Consultations with our allies, with like-minded partners, on how to respond to China's assertive international strategy have been frequent and are gathering momentum," a US official told Reuters. The unnamed source added that informal discussions on the matter have quickly turned into "detailed consultations on best practices and further opportunities for cooperation."


A Foodies Guide to Capitalism: Live author Q&A "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


Join us for a special night with leading food systems expert and author of A Foodies Guide to Capitalism Eric Holt-Gimnez as he discusses the opportunities and challenges in bringing together farmers, food-workers, food citizens and activists to galvanise the global food movement.

Books available on the night.

This event is part of the national Food For Thought and Action series, organised by Eva Perroni with support from Future Feeders and Real Food Projects.

This event is generously sponsored by Santos Organics, Brookfarm and Byron Bay Farmers Markets.

All $15


The post A Foodies Guide to Capitalism: Live author Q&A appeared first on Byron Bay Blog.


Alex Turnbull Horrified To Learn PM Who Sabotaged Climate Action For Past 3 Years Is His Father "IndyWatch Feed National"

Liam McLoughlin reports from East Sydney Private Hospital, where Alex Turnbull is reported to be suffering one of the worst recorded cases of cognitive dissonance in medical history.

There are serious concerns for the mental health of Alex Turnbull this morning after finding out that the man who said if anyone had a vested interest in showing you that you could do really smart, clean things with coal, its us is his father.

Alex opened an email from a concerned citizen at 6:30am this morning to find this list of heinous environmental actions carried out by the former Prime Minister.

  1. Approves Carmichael Coal Mine 16 October 2015
  2. Environment Minister Greg Hunt claims selling India Australian coal will cut carbon emissions 10 Dec 2015
  3. Approves Abbot Point Coal Terminal expansion 22 December 2015
  4. Presides over a drop in Australias ranking on the Environmental Performance Index of 10 places 28 January 2016
  5. Approves logging in Murray Valley National Park 28 February 2016
  6. Tries to loan Adani $1 billion to build a railway link to the Carmichael mine and promises to fix native title problems 11 April 2017.
  7. Describes Labors emissions trading scheme as jobs destroying, a handbrake on the economy, leading to much higher energy prices. 27 April 2016...


Former WA Corporate Affairs chief gives sworn evidence for Gillard prosecution "IndyWatch Feed National"

A former WA corporate affairs chief has provided sworn evidence for the criminal prosecution of Julia Gillard over her allegedly misleading and deceptive evidence to the Trade Union Royal Commission. The prosecution relates to the use of an apparently forged letter during Ms Gillard's evidence to the Royal Commission. The...


Australia is considering banning new migrants from big cities "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia is considering banning new migrants from living in its largest cities, under new plans to reduce congestion in urban areas. Government data reveals that nearly 70% of the 186,000 migrants who moved to Australia last year arrived on skilled migrant visas and nearly all of them settled in Sydney or Melbourne.


How Does the UN Security Council Keep All the Powerful Happy? "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Celine Nahory

[Editors Note: During the Cold War, the UNSC seemed to be neutered by the fact that both superpowers held a veto. Celine Nahory argues that even after 1989 the power of the P5, the Permanent Five (US, UK, France, Russia, China) still rules the roost by other means. Although there are ten other members with 2-year terms on the UNSC, sometimes including Australia, these cannot overcome the powerful. Celine Nahory wrote this article in 2004 for Global Policy Forum under the title The Hidden Veto.]

The Hidden Veto

The veto has always loomed over the work of the UN Securi...


In other news: Environmental stories from around the web, October 12, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tropical forests Between 2012 and 2017, scientists discovered 21 new species of plants and animals in Mexico (Mexico News Daily). Research finds that schemes to avoid soy-related deforestation dont always work (CIFOR Forests News). Different datasets paint diverging pictures of deforestation around the world (Yale e360). Mining and illegal logging in the Brazilian Amazon are putting communities in jeopardy (DW). Ghanaian officials consider the use of deadly force against illegal loggers (Joy Online). Myanmar has a new species of gecko (Myanmar Times). The head of Royal Dutch Shell calls for a massive reforestation campaign to fight climate change (The Guardian). A new trade agreement between Peru and the U.S. could help fight illegal deforestation (International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development). Other news Australias efforts to rehabilitate abandoned mines could inform similar efforts around the world (Ensia). Repair costs from severe storms are mounting for the U.S.s disaster relief agency (The New York Times). A climate science report warns of the challenges for humanity in the coming decades (The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Economist, The Washington Post, The Guardian, Rolling Stone). REDD+ programming begins in Pakistan (Urdu Point). Seafood month is designed to draw focus on sustainability, NOAA says (NOAA Fisheries). Chinese logging demand extends to Russia and Zambia (The Epoch Times). This years Nobel Prize in Economics goes to researchers investigating the impact of climate on economic growth (BBC News). Oil giant ExxonMobil backs a carbon tax-and-dividend plan (The Washington Post). Asian demand for sea cucumbers from


Selenium intake has beneficial effects on the risk and development of hyperthyroidism. "IndyWatch Feed National"

PMID:  J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2018 Sep 27. Epub 2018 Sep 27. PMID: 30265356 Abstract Title:  Role of Selenium Intake for Risk and Development of Hyperthyroidism. Abstract:  Purpose: To investigate the importance of dietary Se supply for hyperthyroidism.Methods: We performed a more in-depth analysis of a large cross-sectional study of 6152 participants from two counties within the Shaanxi Province, China, which are characterized by different habitual Se intakes, and investigated the effects of different dietary Se supply (0.02, 0.18, 0.6 or 2.0 ppm Se) on disease development in a mouse model of GD.Results: The cross-sectional study revealed a comparable prevalence of hyperthyroidism irrespective of Se intake in both counties. However, an unexpected sex-specific difference was noted, and Se deficiency may constitute risk factor for hyperthyroidism particularly in males. In the mouse model, pathological thyroid morphology was affected, and higher Se intakes exerted some protecting effects on the pathological distortion. Circulating thyroid hormone levels, malondialdehyde concentrations, total antioxidant capacity or the titer of GD-causing TSH receptor autoantibodies (TRAb) were not affected by Se. Expression analysis of transcripts in spleen indicated regulatory effects on genes implicated in the immune response, erythropoiesis and oxygen status. However, the humoral immune response including the ratio of CD4/CD8 or Th1/Th2 cells, and the concentration of Treg cells were similar between the experimental groups, despite their varying Se intakes.Conclusions: Our data highlight a novel sexual dimorphism for the interaction of Se and thyroid disease risk in humans, and indicate local protective effects of Se on thyroid gland integrity which appear not to be reflected in the circulating biomarkers tested.

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Australian gay politicians. Part one. Former Australian Prime Minister Paul Keating. "IndyWatch Feed National"


And then I recalled all the gossip about all the prime ministers since Ive been a journalistPaul Keating he and Annita would divorce because he was secretly gay.

Sydney Morning Herald article below

In 1993 I received my Australian citizenship from then Australian Prime Minister Paul Keating at the Sydney Town Hall in front of thousands of people at a special commemoration citizenship ceremony.

I was chosen because I was a New Zealand emigrant businessman whod done well in Australia. I was the only Anglo-Saxon and the other candidates for citizenship came from all over the world. The Australian government was illustrating the multiculturalism of Australia.

Paul Keating arrived with a large entourage and fanfare. Assistants and media, the whole shebang. He was quite something in those days and knew how to play the game, maintain the invincibility and aura.

Paul Keating made a total mess of the Australian economy.

When Paul Keating was Australian Federal Treasurer in the late 1980s, under his economic governance, and as a direct result of him dismantling Australian tariffs on imports carte blanche, the Australian economy went into a major recession. It was all Pauls fault and yet to this day Paul sees himself as an economic hero.

Paul Keatings gayness

I really dont give a toss about whether Paul Keating is gay or not.

Paul lives with his boyfriend in Potts Point so he must be gay....


Lizards dreaming like humans? "IndyWatch Feed National"

This video says about itself:

Lizards have REM sleep too

28 April 2016

REM-like sleep may have originated much earlier than thought. Read more here. Read the research here.

From the CNRS in France:

Do lizards dream like us?

October 11, 2018

Claude Bernard Lyon 1 University / Universit Jean Monnet), together with a colleague from the MECADEV research laboratory (CNRS / Musum National dHistoire Naturelle) (1) have confirmed that lizards exhibit two sleep states, just like humans, other mammals, and birds. They corroborated the conclusions of a 2016 study on the bearded dragon (Pogona vitticeps) and conducted the same sleep investigation on another lizard, the Argentine tegu (Salvator merianae). Their findings, published in PLOS Biology (October 11, 2018), nevertheless point out differences between species, which raises new questions about the origin of sleep states.

During sleep, the body carries out many vital activities: consolidation of knowledge acquired during the day, elimination of metabolic waste from the brain, hormone production, temperature regulation, and replenishment of energy stores. It would appear that this physiological phenomenon is shared by all members of the animal kingdom and has been preserved throughout evolution. But scientists long thought that only land mammals and birds experienced two separate sleep states: slow-wave sleep and REM, or paradoxical, sleep. The latter, associated with dreaming, is a complex phase during which the body exhibits behaviors in limbo between those of sleeping and waking hours.

A study whose findings were published by Science in 2016 focused on the bearded dragon (Pogona vitticeps) and demonstrated that this lizard also entered two distinct sleep states. It further hypothesized that such sleep states originated in a common ancestor of mammals and reptiles, 350 million years ago.

The team of researchers from the CNRS and Claude Bernard Lyon 1 University began by replicating the 2016 bearded dragon experiment. They then conducted a new investigation using anot...


Putins Visit to India and the Joint Russian-Indian Statement "IndyWatch Feed National"


At the very beginning of September, Russias president Vladimir Putin paid a visit to New Delhi to hold talks with Indias prime minister Narendra Modi. The outcome of this meeting looks extremely remarkable both for the bilateral relations for Russia and India and for the political puzzle that is evolving in the region of the Indian and Pacific Oceans.

First of all, one should poi note that along with a number of other landmark events of recent months, this trip demonstrates that Russia accelerates its movement past a fence with a sign that reads the West, while an ever increasing number of curse words can be heard from behind it.

Its is heading directly into the region to where the center of the post-Cold War world gravitates,which looks like a perfectly logical step. In turn, India is becoming one of the major players in this center, and its position on a wide range of topics will be directly determined by the nature of developments taking place at the geopolitical gaming table.

This notion is being illustrated by the fact that within month the pendulum of Indian foreign policy has made two sharp deviations of the exact opposite orientation from its usual equilibrium. For instance, in a matter of years India and China came from announcing that the process of accumulation of negative sentiments in the bilateral relations of the two Asian giants was to be stopped and reversed, to finding themselves on the verge of a direct military conflict.

Then, this pendulum swung would swung in the opposite direction one more time and New Delhi would hold talks in the 2+2 format with Washingtons representatives.

In this regard, the main outcome of the visit of the Russian president to India, apparently, will be an attempt to downplay the consequences of the excessive swings of the Indian foreign policy. This step is an important contribution to the much-needed process of maintenance of strategic stability in the regional game, that is being played by the United States, China, Russia, India, and Japan.

Only when stability of this whole system is achieved can other regional players find themselves a convenient niche to occupy, among which one can names such countries as Australia, Korea (quite possibly, united in the future), Pakistan, and Iran. As for Moscow, it needs the same stable regi...


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I fear that the danger of plastic bags is much exaggerated  [Former sacked prime minister & Liberal MP for Warringah Tony Abbott quoted in The Guardian on the subject of plastics polluting the environment, 6 October 2018]

 A key architect of the landmark Paris climate deal has lambasted the Coalition governments inaction on greenhouse gas emissions, saying it goes against the science, squanders economic opportunity and risks Australias international standing. Laurence Tubiana, a respected French diplomat and economist, also says Prime Minister Scott Morrisons claim that Australia will meet its Paris targets at a canter is contradicted by international scientific opinion.  [Journalist Nicole Hasham in The Sydney Morning Herald, 3 October 2018]

To me this particular event seems to show the Liberal party has been taken over frankly by extremists on the hard right who arent particularly motivated to win elections and arent particularly motivated to serve the public. Theyre just motivated by a crazy agenda.  ...


MACKAY Vehicle stolen and recovered, Slade Point "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Vehicle stolen and recovered, Slade Point

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MACKAY Dangerous drugs charges, Sarina "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Dangerous drugs charges, Sarina

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A joint operation between Mackay Tactical Crime Squad and Australian Border Force has resulted in the seizure of dangerous drugs from a Sarina

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PERTH Greenough Regional Prison inmates charged over riot, mass escape near Geraldton "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Greenough Regional Prison inmates charged over riot, mass escape near Geraldton .

October 12, 2018 at 01:33PM .

The accused are all set to face Perth Magistrates Court on October 30. The escapees were earlier charged with escape lawful custody offences. .



The #auspol preference trap at #WentworthVotes: @margokingston1 comments "IndyWatch Feed National"

Heres my attempt to explain the preferencing imbroglio in Wentworth and how to vote strategically to defeat the Lib. Preferences are causing trouble in Wentworth, and if were not careful the left will elect the Liberal a terrible blow for climate change, Nauru refugees, gay rights and lots more. Heres how they work. Say []

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Margo Kingston

Co-publisher & editor-in-chief at No Fibs

Margo Kingston is an Australian journalist, author, and commentator. She is best known for her work at The Sydney Morning Herald and her weblog, Webdiary. Since 2012, Kingston has been a citizen journalist, reporting and commenting on Australian politics via Twitter and No Fibs.


The Sessional Curse: Universities and the Casual Work Force "IndyWatch Feed National"

Universities have become bastions of sessional torment, feeding grounds for despair.  The term sessional is merely a euphemised way of describing an academic employee who has no ongoing employment other than what is offered, a person ever at the mercy of the subject or course coordinator of a department.  They are the toiling poor, the barrel scrapers, the trudged upon and demanded.

The problem here is loathsomely international.  In 2014, CBC News noted the increasing use of contracted sessionals in the university curriculum in Canada.  The case of Kimberley Ellis Hale was cited, an instructor in sociology at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, who had essentially slaved for sixteen years on a precarious contract.  Despite those years of service, she has no job security.  She still needs to apply to teach her courses every semester.  She gets none of the perks a full time professor gets.

As with Canada, the United Kingdoms tertiary education system sees approximately half of all academic staff employed on low-paid temporary contracts.  In the United States, half-time work characterises half of faculty staff while the majority do not fall within a tenure track category.  The doors to employment security are, for the most part, barred.

In Australia, as a consequence largely of shifts that took place in university education in the early 1990s, teaching and research institutions became servers of market goals and ideologies, overseen by a none-too-benevolent master in the form of the Commonwealth.  Casual academic staff are the proletariat of the academic profession, something akin to a tribe abandoned and lost.  It seems, reflect Jane Kenway and Diana Langmead rather ruefully, that the triumph of economics over university education is now complete.

Central to this is fragmentation and increased expectation: the former, focused on splitting management from workers and ongoing workers from casual employees; the latter, on converting the academic into a consultant, entrepreneur and wearer of all hats of incongruous size and meaning, all the while inflating workloads on diminishing returns.

Casual academic staff are, according to research done by Robyn Day, David Peetz and Glenda Strachan, not integrated with the permanent academic labour market and that discipline is a key determinant of the level of frustration of casual academic staff.



Flood Watch issued ahead weekend weather in north east NSW "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A storm that rolled in toward the coast from the west earlier this week. Photo Tree Faerie.

The wet weather likely to continue over the NSW/QLD coastal border region over the weekend, with heavy falls possible in Northern Rivers and Mid North Coast Sunday and Monday.

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a Flood Watch in north eastern New South Wales.

A system currently developing off the coast of southern Queensland is expected to drift south potentially bringing increased rainfall to coastal areas, most likely from early Sunday into Monday.

Due to the nature of the system there is still considerable variance in the computer models about the exact behaviour and potential impacts at this stage. However, is it still anticipated the states north east will experience increased rainfall which may trigger localised flash and riverine flooding.

The situation is continuing to evolve and there is considerable uncertainty around the projected movement and development of the trough system driving this rainfall.

The NSW/ACT Flood Warning Centre has been activated and is monitoring the situation in conjunction with the Regional Forecasting Centre.

Forecasts will continue to be updated as new information becomes available.

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McDonald's truly poison for cannon fodder "IndyWatch Feed National"

It is surprising that in today's society with all the information at one's fingertips, literally i.e. smartphones, where humans should realise that products sold from McDonald's stores that masquerade as food cause all sorts of health problems.

Super Size Me was a documentary made in 2004 by Morgan Spurlock on the real health dangers of consuming products from McDonald's stores.

Let's take a look at what the company advertises as one of their burgers, as seen in photo below:

Here is a reality the loyal humans are given, as documented by a social media user:

We do not recommend the purchase or consumption of McDonald's items.


The Second Wave of Facebook Censorship "IndyWatch Feed National"

This article by Global Freedom Movement.

Facebook Censorship: The Page Purges Continue It has just emerged that Mark Zuckerburgs Facebook has just completed yet another route of dozens of alternative news and dissident pages. Evidently, Facebooks stance on thinking outside the box is as staunchly repressive and Orwellian as ever.  USA Today reported that the broader cleanout occurred on Thursday, as the []

The article The Second Wave of Facebook Censorship appeared first on Global Freedom Movement.


The Weekend Quiz October 13-14, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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

1. Assume that inflation is stable, there is excess productive capacity, and the central bank maintains its current monetary policy setting. In this situation, if government spending increases by $X dollars and private investment and exports are unchanged nominal income will continue growing until the sum of taxation revenue, import spending and household saving rises by more than $X dollars because of the multiplier.

2. When a government such as the US government voluntarily constrains itself to borrow to cover its net spending position, it substitutes its spending for the borrowed funds and logically reduces the private capacity to borrow and spend.

3. When the national government's budget balance moves into deficit, we know that the government is trying to stimulate the economy.


The reluctant radical "IndyWatch Feed National"

We take off our hat to relucant radicals world wide. There are so many people we have had the pleasure of working with, who, prior to doing what they do. had never quite thought they would be that person leading a march, occupying an MPs office, travelling 100s of kilometres to stand in front of a coal mine.

But they do. And we get to work with them. And its a pleasure and an honour. Were speaking at an event this evening the Australian premiere of the Reluctant Radical, hosted by the wonderful Environmental Film Festival a story about an average guy taking extraordinary action to get in the way of climate change and the fossil fuel industry.

It follows Ken Wards challenges and the emotional resilience required to stand in the way of such a massive industry. And the costs. For many they are large people who one day were living a peaceful life in Broome, and then thrown head first into a campaign that subsumed years of their lives and eventually stopped a massive gas refinery. Or farmers living in NSW or VIC who had never had a parking ticket before, yet find themselves pole vaulting out of their comfort zone, to lock themselves to gates to protect water and fertile land for food.

Yet as we see the IPCC report released this week that calls for an end to coal worldwide by 2050 if we are to even have a hope of staying under 1.5 degrees warming and therefore allow our Pacific neighbours to not lose their homelands, how is it that people like Ken Ward, or these farmers, or the folk who locked to Adanis coal port, are considered to be the unreasonable ones?

They are taking action commensurate with the emergency and risk. Action that matches the urgency. We believe this is necessary and its why we do what we do support communities to take safe and effective and *strategic* action to defend the environment.

But, as mentioned the film talks about the costs, and the grief that comes with climate change that so many people are experiencing now. Whilst we find that action is the antidote to despair we also need to acknowledge and live through that despair, to find hope, or at least a sense of purpose within it all.

We are speaking on a panel with Audrey, a dynamo grandma from Stop Adani Melbourne who locked herself to a fence. You can read more about this chill activist grandma and we encourage you to get involved with Stop Adani, Tipping Point or ...


Asias main stock markets traded lower Friday Fears over higher US interest rates linger "IndyWatch Feed National"

Asias main stock markets traded lower Friday, but losses were relatively muted as investors took a breather after a global rout sparked by fears over higher US interest rates.

Equities in Japan and China were marginally in the red but other smaller markets rebounded into positive territory as the fightback began from a broad-based capitulation over the past two days.

In Tokyo, the main Nikkei-225 index began the day more than one percent lower but bounced back to flirt with positive territory after its mid-session break, down only 0.07 percent.

Chinese stocks, which have seen a ferocious sell-off in recent days, also opened with marginal losses, the benchmark Shanghai Composite shedding 0.36 percent.

But the index also pared its losses and was only just in negative territory after a couple of hours of trade.

Official data released earlier Friday showed that Chinas trade surplus with the US hit a new record in September, despite Washingtons tariffs likely adding fuel to a spiralling trade war between the worlds top two economies.

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However, the Kospi index in South Korea was trading one percent in the green. The Hang Seng in Hong Kong and markets in Australia and New Zealand also climbed.

The past two days have seen something approaching panic in global equity markets, as investors took fright in the face of a perfect storm of rising US interest rates and an intensifying trade war between the US and China.

The global sell-off was also in part due to US President Donald Trump describing the policies of the Federal Reserve as loco and crazy, sparking concerns over the independence of the worlds top central bank.


Theres a semblance of sanity returning to the markets, but we are no nearer a significant recovery, Stephen Innes, head of trading for Asia Pacific at Oanda, said in a commentary.

Markets are exhausted after the most significant sell-off in global equities since February, added Innes.

After a see-saw session on Wall Street, the Dow Jones ended 2.1 percent down, taking its losses for the week to more than five percent and closing at the lowest levels in months.

Frankfurt, Paris and London all lost at least 1.5 percent as renewed worries over the eurozone came to the fore amid a budgetary scrap between the European Union and Italy.

Some experts warned that the correction, which came after many indices had hit multi-year highs, would be more than a flash....


Victoria delivers marriage equality for trans people "IndyWatch Feed National"

Transgender Victorians from today will be able to stay married to the person they love when they change their birth certificate to reflect who they are.

The Andrews Government eliminated an anomaly in Victorias birth certificate laws that requires anyone wishing to change their gender to be unmarried. The change came into effect today.

Transgender Victoria's Chair Brenda Appleton said, "We welcome this important reform that will mean that trans and gender diverse Victorians will no longer have to make an impossible choice between staying married to the person they love and being legally recognised as their true gender."

This move followed the passage of marriage equality late last year, and in line with a broader trend of governments moving to ensure transgender people can access identification that reflects who they are.

"This is great news. From today trans and gender diverse people will now be free to live as their true selves, while remaining committed to the person they fell in love with," said Anna Brown, Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre.

"It wasnt fair that some trans and gender diverse people were still waiting for full marriage equality. The community has shown their support for marriage equality, now all governments must reform our outdated birth certificate laws so trans and gender diverse people can live with dignity." 

This change in Victoria comes after similar reforms were introduced in Queensland earlier this year, and follows South Australia and the ACT, which reformed their birth certificate laws before marriage equality was passed.

Victorian Senator Janet Rice is married to Penny, who was prevented from changing her birth certificate to reflect her female gender. Victorian Senator Janet Rice said, "Im so pleased that the Victorian government has passed this legislation. Forcing trans people to divorce their partner before they can change their birth certificates was discriminatory."

"I urge other states to remove this discrimination so that we can have full marriage equality."

"For my wife Penny and me, this means Penny will be able to affirm her gender on her birth certificate and we can stay married for many years t...


Burying our dead "IndyWatch Feed National"

In Victorian times, the pauper funeral signalled abject poverty and low morality and in order to avoid this stigma, many working-class people made great sacrifices to pay regular and relatively significant amounts to burial clubs. What lingers today is the common misconception that overspending on funerals has a direct correlation to dignity.


Independent Audit Exposes the Fraud in Global Warming Data "IndyWatch Feed National"

An independent audit of the key temperature dataset that is being used by climate models has exposed more than 70 problems with the data which render it unfit for global studies. Problems include zero degree temperatures in the Caribbean, 82 degree C temperatures in Colombia and ship-based recordings taken 100km inland. The audit has concluded that the studies are deliberately exaggerating temperatures to support a theory of global warming utilizing global averages that are far less certain than what is being forecast.

The audit has revealed that climate models have been tuned to match incorrect data, which would render incorrect their predictions of future temperatures and estimates of the human influence of temperatures. Furthermore, the Paris Climate Agreement adopted 1850-1899 averages as indicative of pre-industrial temperatures is fatally flawed. The entire Paris Climate Agreement has an agenda to eliminate effectively the advancement of society and attempt to reset the clock to the pre-Industrial Revolution. This entire theory that before the Industrial Revolution, our planets atmosphere was somehow pristine and uncontaminated by human-made pollutants has been also proven to be completely bogus.

Bubbles trapped in Greenlands ice has revealed that we began emitting greenhouse gases at least...


Ganging up on Beijing? Five Eyes intel network now looks at China "IndyWatch Feed National"

The intelligence agencies of the US, Australia, Britain, Canada and New Zealand have been cooperating closely on countering Chinas foreign activities since the start of the year, Reuters reports. The so-called Five Eyes network is also sharing intelligence with allies such as Germany and Japan, in what has become a multinational coalition against Beijings alleged foreign meddling. Washington and its partners have accused China of using foreign investments to pull political strings an accusation that Beijing denies.


Its time to remove outdated discrimination against LGBT kids "IndyWatch Feed National"

Today the Sydney Morning Herald released the 20 recommendations from the Religious Freedom Review headed by Phillip Ruddock, leaving LGBTI advocates and human rights experts concerned about future discrimination for LGBTI people.

Anna Brown, director of legal advocacy with the Human Rights Law Centre and co-chair of the Equality Campaign, said:

Australians voted for fairness and equality this time last year, not more discrimination against LGBT people. Kids in schools should be worrying about classes and their homework, not living in fear of mistreatment because of who they are.

The report recommends continuing to allow religious schools to discriminate against students based on sexual orientation, gender or relationship status under the federal Sex Discrimination Act.

Australians want kids in schools to be protected. The debate this week shows that our views have changed since these religious exemptions were enshrined in law. The idea that taxpayer funded religious schools should be able to expel a student who comes out is completely out of step with modern community expectations. Its discriminatory and its just wrong, said Ms Brown.

However, the report does recommend narrowing this exemption for religious schools under federal law, by requiring schools to prove the discrimination is founded on religious precepts, ensuring any discriminatory policy is made publicly available and the schools must take into account the best interests of the child as the primary consideration.

While we believe these religious exemptions should be removed, its positive to see the report recommending the publishing of policies in schools to actually explain why discrimination is required. If we are to face discrimination, at the very least we should be able to make an informed choice about whether to send our child to a particular school, apply for a job or access basic social services provided by faith based organisations, said Ms Brown.

The report also recommends a religious discrimination act to protect people of faith from discrimination. Currently, people of faith are protected from discrimination in employment under the Fair Work Act and most states and territories, but arent covered by federal anti-discrimination laws. However, the LGBTI community remains deeply concerned about the risks of any future legislation.

The very genesis of this inquiry was the deeply flawed idea that equality for LGBTIQ people somehow poses a threat to religious freedom. We reject this utterly, and remain concerned that conservative religious forces within the Coalition will be extracting their price for marriage equality. There should be no price paid for equality, said Ms Brown.

"We need strong discrimination laws to ensure equal treatment. People of fai...


$120k And Counting: Details Of Second Defamation Threat From Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham Emerges "IndyWatch Feed National"

A second person has come forward with details of another defamation threat levelled by Greens NSW MP Jeremy Buckingham against current and former party members, in a growing battle that threatens to derail the Greens campaigning in the lead-up to the 2019 state election.

Yesterday, New Matilda reported Mr Buckingham is suing Greens candidate for the seat of Summer Hill, Tom Raue for defamation and demanding $75,000 after he commented about public accusations that Mr Buckingham sexually assaulted a former Greens staffer, Ella Buckland.

Late yesterday, a second person former Greens member and freelance journalist Albert Santos came forward, posting on his social media that Mr Buckingham is also suing him over the same matter, and seeking $45,000.

New Matilda understands at least another two former or current party members are being sued by Mr Buckingham, in addition to legal threats issued against two media outlets.

Former NSW Greens staffer, Ella Buckland, who alleges she was sexually assault by Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham in 2011. (IMAGE: Supplied)

Allegations against Mr Buckingham a member of the Legislative Council and known state-wide for his strong opposition to coal seam gas were levelled in a report on ABCs 7:30 program on August 2, which focussed on failures within the Greens to deal with four alleged incidents reported against several party members in NSW and the ACT.

While the ABC suppressed details of the actual alleged assault on Ms Buckland, it reported that Mr Buckingham grabbed her inappropriately and kissed her on the neck, after drinks at his inner-city home in 2011. The following morning, Mr Buckingham phoned Ms Buckland and allegedly threatened her employment. Video footage of the night, shot by Ms Buckland on her mobile phone, shows Mr Buckingham was heavily intoxicated. Mr Buckingham strongly denies the allegations.

Yesterday, shortly after details of the threats against Mr Raue were published, Albert Santos took to his Facebook page and Twitter account, to disclose details of the legal threats he also received from Mr Buckingham.


Hitch a ride to Hey Sunshine! Saturday 20 October at Billinudgel Hotel. "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Hitch a ride to Hey Sunshine!

Saturday 20 October at Billinudgel Hotel.

After its much-loved inaugural edition on the Gold Coast in 2017, Hey Sunshine is back this year with another thumping lineup. Moving further south, Hey Sunshine has found a new home in the grounds of the gorgeous hundred-year-old institution that is Billinudgel Hotel, just thirty minutes south of the Gold Coast and ten minutes north of Byron Bay.

Hey Sunshine this year is stoked to be showcasing beloved Brissy lads The Creases as headliner, joined by Sydney band The Lulu Raes who will dazzle with their punk and dance-smothered pop tunes. Also on the bill are entrancing punk princesses Voiid guaranteed to make your face melt and your boyfriend cry Local Byron boys Sunrose are all set to present their sunshine-infused psych rock alongside Brisbanes First Beige with their funky disco, neo-soul ensemble. Also road tripping to Hey Sunshine are captivating live performers Letters to Lions, plus celebrated indie faction Tuppaware Party. In addition, Hey Sunshine patrons will be thrilled again with the return of whacky DJ collective on wheels The Wonky Queenslander who will pump the dirty beats in between bands with their dynamic electronic and vinyl mixes.

In their first ever headlining gig in the Byron Shire, The Creases are itching to thrill with their oh-so-tight live performance, after having a break from performing this year on the back of their acclaimed debut album release Tremolow. The Creases live, are a real treat.

Like 2017, where the event raised money for Gold Coast Youth Service, Hey Sunshine this year is proud to feature another fund-raising initiative; this time raising money for Red Dust. Red Dust is an Indigenous health-promotion organisation working in remote Indigenous communities in the central and northern regions of the Northern Territory. Hey Sunshine organiser Anthea is a registered nurse at the Alice Springs Hospital working between the surgical ward and emergency department, seeing firsthand everyday the health issues of our Indigenous people, who are heavily impacted by the burden of multi-complex chronic diseases. Red Dust are doing amazing work and achieving great outcomes in breaking the cycle of intergenerational chronic disease via their programs for health promotion and improving health literacy in these Indigenous communities; especially for the younger generation in areas such as Tiwi Islands, Daly River and the Central Australian communities of Yuendemu, Kintore and Areyonga. Red Dust also runs programs providing...


Street rampage ends in 28 charges "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A man who rampaged his way through Ballina and Lismore streets in a Ford Ranger yesterday, has been charged with 28 offences after a police pursuit.

Police say there were also two children in the car.

The man and a woman who was in the vehicle, have been charged with after two police vehicles were rammed during a pursuit in the states north.

About 10.45pm yesterday (Thursday October 11), police attempted to stop a Ford Ranger on River Street, Ballina.

The vehicle failed to stop and a pursuit was initiated, which continued through the streets of Ballina and on to the M1 motorway.

During the pursuit the man allegedly made calls to Triple Zero making threats towards police.

The pursuit was terminated about 10 minutes later due to the dangerous manner of driving.

About 12.25am (Friday October 12), the car was sighted west of Lismore, however no pursuit was initiated.

At about 1.05am, the vehicle was again sighted on Summerland Way, heading towards Casino. Police attempted to stop the vehicle, however, it failed to stop and another pursuit was initiated.

At around 1.10am, the vehicle stopped and reversed into a highway patrol vehicle, before accelerating and ramming another police vehicle. The police vehicle was pushed back several metres, narrowly missing an officer who was attempting to lay down road spikes.

The driver, a 25-year-old man, was then removed from the vehicle and arrested. He allegedly resisted arrest.

A 29-year-old woman who was in the passenger seat was also arrested. Police located two children in the car, aged six and eight.

The man was taken to Lismore Base Hospital where a blood and urine sample was obtained.

He was then taken to Lismore Police Station and charged with 28 offences, including: outstanding warrant (x2); receive stolen property; police pursuit not stop drive dangerously (x3); drive manner dangerous (x3); fail to comply with request or signal to stop (x3); use carriage service to threaten to kill; threaten injury to person with intent to prevent lawful detention (x2); use offensive weapon to prevent lawful detention (x2); resist arrest; destroy or damage property (x3); and, assault police officer in execution of duty (x7).

The man was refused bail to appear at Lismore Local Court today, Friday October 12.

It is understood the man is also wanted for serious offences in Queensland.

The woman was taken to Lismore Police Station where she was charged with aid and abet polic...


ANZ bank issued rare rebuke by Australian oversight body "IndyWatch Feed National"

11 Oct 2018 | IDIANZ Banking Group violated its own policies and international human rights standards by providing 40 million $ loan to a Cambodian sugar company that seized land from local farmers, according to a statement released by Australian government body that monitors corporate behavior overs.


Pip Magazine Issue 12 is here! "IndyWatch Feed National"

Pip Magazine Issue 12 has arrived and is ready for you to devour!

In issue 12 of Pip Magazine we focus on the microscopic with articles on the soil food web and nurturing your microbiome thus our beautiful butterfly on the cover.

Take a sneak peak at some of the top articles in Issue 12 here to unlock the full edition subscribe!

We have a guide to choosing the best tomato varieties for you, eating insects, urban farming and homemade crackers. And, just in time for the festive season, an article on waste-free celebrations. Plus handy DIY articles on hempcrete and biogas.

We also have our usual features on seasonal gardening, permaculture plants and animals and our popular kids section. Subscribe now so you dont miss out!


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Works commence for Lake Ainsworth Southern Precinct "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Lake Ainsworth. Photo Tree Faerie

The highly contentious works at Lake Ainsworth are about to start, with hopes that the southern precinct will be done by the end of the year.

According to Ballina Shire Council, work will commence next Tuesday as stage one of the upgrade Lake Ainsworths Foreshore begins.

This stage of works will focus on the southern precinct and will include formalising car parking, reconstructing the southern road and bitumen sealing Camp Drewe Road.

The decision to continue with the Lake Ainsworth development works was decided at an Extraordinary Council Meeting in early September. Council anticipates the southern precinct upgrades will be completed by Christmas 2018.

Lake Ainsworth Foreshore improvements map. Image supplied

During this stage of works, parking will be available on the eastern arm and the grassed parking area opposite the Lake. Traffic control will be in place as required and access to Camp Drewe Road will not be impacted.

The foreshore improvement works will be completed across three stages from next week until mid-2019, said John Truman, Manager Civil Services Group, Ballina Shire Council. By comp...


National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth report: youth survey 2017 (Mission Australlia) "IndyWatch Feed Nsw" National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth report: youth survey 2017 (Mission Australlia)


Key findings:

  • 42% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people planned to go to university compared to 72% non-Indigenous young people.
  • Over 50% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people indicated that getting a job was highly important to them and they were more likely to be looking for employment compared to non-Indigenous young people.
  • 27% Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people reported that they had spent time away from home because they felt they couldn't go back. 
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people were more likely than non-Indigenous young people to be extremely/very concerned about drugs, bullying/emotional abuse, personal safety, discrimination and alcohol.
  • The majority of young people indicated feeling positive overall about their lives, however, just under 1 in 10 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people indicated their happiness with life as a whole was a '0' out of 10 (compared to 1 in 50 non-Indigenous young people).
  • The vast majority of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people (75%) rated family relationships as extremely or very important to them. Almost twice the proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people rated their family's ability to get along as poor (13% compared with 7% of non-Indigenous young people).

Key policy recommendations:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people should be at the centre of policy and practice with solutions designed, developed and led by the young people and their representative community organisations. In order that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people are supported to thrive and reach their full potential there needs to be a focus on:
  • Supporting educational engagement and addressing challenges to further study in culturally appropriate ways.
  • Providing employment and training programs that are Indigenous-led, flexible and responsive.
  • Identifying the deeper, structural causes of mental health difficulties and building on a strong sense of social, cultural and emotional wellbeing.
  • Reducing the high...


Youi Insurance another garbage product advertised on tv "IndyWatch Feed National"

One of the general rules we like to apply to television is that whatever is advertised on it, you as a customer can purchase that product or something similar, being of better value or quality elsewhere.

Australian free to air TV was bombarded with advertisements from the insurance company Youi, where if you know anything about the tv advertising industry, you'd know it's got to be dodgy.

Where here is the proof as a result of the banking royal commission, as documented by The Age publication:

One general rule could be applied to products advertised on television:

If it's on TV, don't buy it.

You know like McDonald's, KFC, Coca-Cola et al, the products they advertise masquerading as 'food'.


Sand movement clogging creek at Pottsville "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Sand movement means the beaches are getting wider. Photo supplied.

The water quality in Pottsvilles Mooball Creek is being monitored daily at multiple sites for dissolved oxygen, salinity and pH, and near the bridge, three times per week for bacteria and algae, owing to the creek mouth at Pottsville being completely closed by sand.

With the vast amount of sand on beaches at the moment, the beach has grown wider than the entrance walls and the whole lower estuary is full of sand.

Council continues to monitor sand movement and conditions in the creek, and water quality tests show water is still safe for swimming and health of aquatic life.

These daily tests have shown water in the lower estuary is consistently meeting water quality objectives for the protection of aquatic ecosystems and swimmer health.

Acting Director Community and Natural Resources, Jane Lofthouse, said the latest bacteria monitoring result is from Tuesday and is well within guidelines for safe swimming. The creek is greener than usual, which is due to the growth of free floating single cell algae (phyto-plankton), said Ms Lofthouse. The algae has also been assessed and is not a health risk. Dissolved oxygen and pH levels are well within guidelines for protection of aquatic ecosystems.

Council is progressing relevant State Government permits to open the creek mouth so work can be undertaken if water quality monitoring confirms there is a problem, or suggests there are likely to be problems.

We are focused on ensuring any removal of the bar is effective in restoring tidal flushing, not just draining the creek, she said.

Ms Lofthouse says that community members considering digging a channel to attempt to open up the creek, are advised that NSW Department of Primary Industries Fisheries supports minimal interference with creek mouth sand barriers and advocates natural processes being allowed to operate...


Think in the national language and other assimilationist proverbs "IndyWatch Feed National"

It all starts with learning how to read, to write, to count and to think in the national language. That doesnt mean there isnt an important role for culture in remote schools but nevertheless people need a decent education in the national language.


I Went to Transnistria: the Country That Doesnt Exist "IndyWatch Feed National"

Officially, there are 195 countries in the world today. I just visited the 196th.

When bringing up my holiday to Transnistria, I usually get a blank look, followed by the same old bemused line of questioning; so lets start with the basics.

Q: Did you see Draculas castle?
A: Thats Transylvania.

Q: What the fuck is a Transnistria?
A: One of four unrecognised states comprising the remains of the USSR, a crew of comrades nobody remembers inviting to the communist house party, still doing rachiu shots on the balcony after everyone else has left. They refer to themselves as the Community for Democracy and Rights of Nations, but everyone else calls them the far less glamorous Commonwealth of Unrecognised States (savage).

After the dissolution of Red Russia, tensions in the region culminated in a 1992 quick-and-dirty conflict ending in ceasefire and the birth of a nation. Well, kind of. The ceasefire remains honoured, but the political status is still a very much Its complicated. If you want to get technical, its an unrecognised but de facto independent semi-presidential republic.

Q: Why dont you just go on holidays to Bali like normal people?
A: I played too much Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego as a kid, and now I always travel on hard mode.

Youd be forgiven for not being able to point to Transnistria on a map, and Google Maps wont throw you any clues here (it doesnt even get the privilege of a dotted line around it, like the disputed state of Kosovo does); but youll find it on the east edge of Moldova (well, in Moldova, if you ask the UN) bordering Ukraine.



Darlene, Find Your Spine "IndyWatch Feed National"

Images from visitation centres

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

The editor of Gumshoe Dee McLachlan and myself had little acquaintance with the problem of child-snatching by government, until this year. Then we needed to learn about it quickly, as we were approached by mums-in-trouble.

Today I have some good news namely, that the law itself is not written in as Snatcher-friendly way as I had suggested. The black-lett...


VIDEO: We Threaten Peace Loving People Everywhere The Cleverest Fake News Yet "IndyWatch Feed National"

Every now and then you come across a spoof video that is so seamless in its creation, it forces you to seriously question whether it really is fake news.

So is the story of Trumps shockingly honest UN speech, a video uploaded to Youtube recently by US journalist Max Blumenthal.

Blumenthal is the editor of the Grayzone Project, and is a prominent US writer on a host of issues, in particular Palestine.

Blumenthal re-edits a video of a recent speech delivered by US president Donald Trump to the United Nations the one that sparked titters of laughter from the General Assembly after Trump crowed about his amazing achievements as the Commander in Chief and gives the address a more, shall we say, accurate summation of what Trump really stands for.

The video has only received 6,000 views on Youtube, so you didnt quite see it here first, but it definitely deserves a great deal more. Here it is, for your Friday viewing pleasure.

The post VIDEO: We Threaten Peace Loving People Everywhere The Cleverest Fake News Yet appeared first on New Matilda.


Mercy gets a hairdresser from Lennox "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Ally Joy at the Mercy Ships. Photo Supplied.

A mobile hairdresser based in the Lennox Head has spent a month at sea keeping the crew of a mercy vessel looking ship-shape.

Ally Joy will soon be on her way home after volunteering on board a hospital ship docked on the coast of West Africa.

Mercy Ships uses hospital ships to deliver free, world-class health care services, capacity building and sustainable development aid to those without access in the developing world.

Founded in 1978, Mercy Ships has worked in more than 70 countries providing services valued at more than $1.53 billion, with more than 2.71 million direct beneficiaries.

Each year, more than 1,000 volunteers from over 40 nations serve with Mercy Ships. Professionals including surgeons, dentists, nurses, health care trainers, teachers, cooks, seamen, engineers, and support staff donate their time and skills to the effort.

Ally joined the crew on board the Africa Mercy, the worlds largest independent hospital ship, shortly after its arrival in Guinea, having first heard about the project through a close surgeon friend who had previously volunteered

Joy was immediately inspired to get involved. I got so moved I knew I had to go but I originally thought Id have to train to be a nurse and do it later, but God had different plans as theres one position as hairstylist.

Ally moved to Lennox ten years ago and recently travelled to Europe with plans to relocate for a year to be with her Belgian partner.

Id looked at the position a few times before. After awaiting a Belgian visa and it taking too long I applied for the ship and thought Ill see what happens. Five weeks later I was flying to Guinea.

When staffing a hospital ship, a hairdresser isnt the first need to spring to mind but it turns out to be a vital requirement for the hundreds of crew members who travel from around the world to volunteer for anything from two weeks to two years and even longer.


Lismore and her sisters "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Lismores Sister city relationship with Yamato Takada, Japan, began on 7 August, 1963. Photo supplied.

Lismore has a lot of relatives and it is looking at ways to keep track of family members.

The town has several cultural relationships with other cities around the world it all started with a Sister city relationship with Yamato Takada, Japan, which began on 7 August, 1963. It was also the first sister city relationship forged between Australia and Japan.

Since then the family has grown to include a Twin relationship with Makassar, Indonesia; a Mutual Friendship Declaration with Conegliano and Vittorio Veneto, Italy; a Sister city relationship with Lismore, Ireland; and a Sister city relationship with Eau Claire, USA

It has gotta to a point where all those relationships ends wrangling and Lismore City Council is calling for expressions of interest to join its Sister City Advisory Panel.

The Panel oversees and provides guidance on key aspects of Councils cultural relationships, from student exchange programs to cross-cultural visits and events.

Lismores sister city and cultural relationships have grown organically over the years, says Sister City Advisory Panel Chair and Lismore Councillor Neil Marks.

Our sister city relationship with Yamato Takada is historically significant, being the first of its kind between Australia and Japan, and this has remained a very strong bond that we actively nurture.

Marks says that the people of Yamato Takada hold our sister city relationship and Lismore in very high regard, and we continue to have an annual student exchange program as well as visits by local dignitaries every few years or for anniversary occasions.

With others we still share a close connection we have a Friendship Festival each year in Lismore that celebrates our friendship with Conegliano and Vittorio Veneto in Italy, and if you visited Eau Claire in Wisconsin, youd find the Lismore Hotel with its Northern Star wallpaper.

Cr Marks says council is looking for people to join the Sister City Advisory Panel wh...


New era in Buttery leadership "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The Buttery has appointed a new CEO, Leone Crayden, as the organisation enters a new era in its 40 year history. Photo supplied.

Long regarded as a safe haven for folk who are struggling with drug, alcohol and gambling addiction, The Buttery is guided by the philosophy  Addiction is not a consequence of choice: recovery is.

The Bangalow-based mental health and addiction treatment organisation has appointed a new CEO as the organisation enters a new era in its 40 year history.

Leone Crayden has a long and distinguished history as a visionary leader in mental health, community housing and homelessness, social welfare, and aged care in executive and front-line positions.

Ms Crayden says she has long admired the work of The Buttery and brings to the position the lived experience of having a close family member with mental health issues. I look forward to advancing the life-changing work of The Buttery, she says. It is an exciting time for The Buttery and the need for its programs has never been greater.

Crayden comes well prepared to the Binna Burra facility she holds a Masters of Business Administration, a Graduate Diploma of Social Science, a Graduate Certificate in Governance, and an Advanced Graduate Diploma in Community Sector Management and has completed Registered Nurse Training.

She holds and has held a number of Executive Board Positions in the social welfare, health, mental health, homelessness and housing sectors.

Founded in 1973, The Buttery, a charitable, secular, community-based organisation has developed into a significant provider of fully-integrated evidence-based programs. It now delivers continuous pathways of care for teenagers and adults with mental health and/or addiction issues as well as preventive, family and aftercare programs.

While implementing its new service model of continuing coordinated care...


Pets are a mental health win-win "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

This puss had been in care for six weeks Sunday was his lucky day when he chose his forever human.

During this Mental Health Month its a good time to be reminded of the benefits of owning a pet.

Pets make excellent companions and they are great for removing stress research shows that pets can also have calming effects on their owner. Just by stroking, sitting next to or playing with a pet gives a human a chance to relax and calm their mind and reduce blood pressure. Even watching fish swimming in an aquarium reduces stress.

Pets for Life president Jean Conway says now is the time to desex your cats.

Pets can be affectionate, accepting, loyal, honest and consistent. If you feel isolated with little support, a pet can help reduce your loneliness and can fulfil a human need to touch.

A pet can provide you with a sense of purpose, which helps improve mental health conditions like depression and anxiety. If you have a pet, you are never alone and you are also responsible for lo...


Is there going to be a housing crash or not "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Joe Montero

Speculation about the future of Australias housing market is gathering a head steam. Financial analysts and commentators are arguing about whether it is going to go down with a whimper or crash. The truth of the matter is that the outcome is not entirely predictable.

This does not mean there are no grounds for serious concern. A host of indicators point to a real possibility of serious trouble. Some of the commentaries ignore this, because there are vested interests, preferring to talk things up, rather than deal with reality, as a means of continuing business as usual. Stuff like this must be put aside.

Evidence must be looked at. Some key indicators are not painting a rosy picture. The main one is the level of debt. Private household debt now sits at one-and a half times household income. This means that income is insufficient to pay off the debt plus interest. It does not take a genius to work out that this cant continue indefinitely.

This level of debt is creating instability in the financial system. The extent to which this instability grows in the coming period is going to be a big factor in what happens.  We do know that as it is, the risk is considerable.

An excessive dependence on debt is evidence that some thing is going wrong, and that it is systemic. Alternatives are insufficient to bring the returns the major investors demand.

Tied to the explosion of debt, has been the explosion in property prices.  Driving this are few factors. The scale of corporate buy ups created an artificial shortage for a time. Making it worse, have been the generous negative gearing provisions. Holders of large portfolios of property get a big government refund for rent foregone. This means that keeping properties unoccupied both attracts the government money and cuts the cost of maintenance and agent fees. Most importantly, this has been used to create a price bubble, so that the holders of the portfolios can make a gain out of speculating on prices.

Emerging now, is a trend for the corporate property portfolio holder to reduce their stock. Should this speed up into a run, prices will come crushing down. Whatever is going to happen depend is going to depend on the health of the financial market, the strength of alternative avenues for investment and how the government handles the situation.

A big factor in the financial market, is the demand for the Australian dollar. In the recent past, a high demand from US based investors had kept its exchange rate at a high level. This was because the weak American dollar, and the fact that the Australian financial market is one of the most deregulated in the world.  These investors exchanged American dollars for Australian ones, by buying up bonds. Lately, they have been selling these off, in order...


ADVO (Apprehended Domestic Violence Order) and its effects on a husband "IndyWatch Feed National"

A woman, particularly a genuine Christian woman, should consider the effects of an Interim ADVO (Apprehended Domestic Violence Order) and its effects on her husband.

A wife may have taken out an ADVO against her husband, by going to the Australian police for genuine reasons. Or she may have had advice from family lawyers that an ADVO would give her a significant advantage in a divorce property settlement and exaggerated incident(s) or made things up. There are many reasons women do these things.

When a husband is served an Interim ADVO by police, he is immediately isolated from his wife, children and immediate family. Most men dont react well. Many suicide. The rate of suicide amongst husbands in Australia who have lost their wives and families in this way is staggering and very sad.

Many ADVOS are taken out for fallacious (unfounded or made up) reasons. All a wife has to do is to go to police and exaggerate or even make up incidents or show bruises got from another source (not her husband,) but attribute them to her husband, and the police will issue an ADVO on the husband, without even hearing his side of the story. In this way, basic tenets of Western civilisation and law are ignored, like the presumption of innocence until a person is proven guilty. ADVOs in Australia are very flawed. ADVOS in Australia are greatly misused by women and family lawyers. Magistrates believe that 80 to 90 per cent of ADVOS are obtained on spurious(questionable) grounds, and are obtained for marital advantage in a divorce situation.

After an ADVO is issued, a husband is immediately placed in a position of isolation by his wife. He has lost his wife, his children and his family, in one hit. Wives should seriously consider the consequences on their husband, the man they love or once loved and the father of their little ones, before they go to police. lie and get out an ADVO for marital advantage.

An ADVO conviction gives the husband a criminal record, no matter how minor the charges.

The husband may have gone all his life with no criminal convictions and no criminal record, and in an instant the wife ruins his life, and he has a criminal record. Ethical, honourable and decent men find this extremely hard. And very demeaning.

If a woman, particularly a Christian woman has gone down this path over an incident(s) which are relatively minor, she should consider the consequences on her husband, particularly if she wishes to reconcile, and do everything in her power to soften and lessen the effects of the Interim ADVO at court so it can be dismissed.

There is a cooling off period between the issue of an Interim ADVO by police and the court hearing for the ADVO some months later. This is an opportunity for both parties to reconcile.

If the husband and wife re...


Experts Warn: Australia Could Be Hit By Destructive Tsunami At Any Time "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Experts are warning that Australia could be hit by a destructive tsunami at any time.  As of right now, scientists are saying so far, weve been lucky. But that luck is bound to run out eventually.

According to The Daily Mail, experts have said it is only a matter of time before Australia is hit by a devastating tsunami. They also said the countrys coastal cities have been fortunate not to be struck by a series of destructive waves triggered by meteor impacts or seismic activity as of yet.  Past tsunamis, the most recent in 1491, have crashed over 60 meter-high (almost 197 feet high) cliffs and sent seawater as far inland as the Blue Mountains, 50 kilometers (31 miles) west of Sydney.

Dale Dominey-Howes, co-director of the Australian Tsunami Research Centre at the University of New South Wales said tsunamis pose a very real threat to Australian cities. Such a disastrous and catastrophic event could hit without any warning too.  If it occurred without warning on a Saturday afternoon in summer the impacts would be catastrophic, Dominey-Howes told the Australian GeographicI suspect its only a matter of time before we are affected by something damaging.

Despite Australias coastline being monitored 24-hours-a-day every day for impending tsunamis, which are only recorded once every two years in Australia, scientists still think its time to brace those living in the coastal areas for the possibility that a tsunami could impact their lives.  Although rare, tsunamis also pose a threat to swimmers as they can bring abnormal waves, tides and dangerous currents.

More recent earthquakes and tsunamis have proven particularly deadly, claiming nearly 750,000 lives over the past 20 years. That is more than other extreme weather events, according to a forthcoming report from the U.N. Office for Disaster Risk Reduction.

The very factors that make coastal cities appealing places to reside also amplify the dangers of a natural disaster.  As more humans move to the...


Steven Schubert // Coniston Massacre anniversary sparks push to create day of remembrance and formal apology - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) "IndyWatch Feed National"

Coniston Massacre anniversary sparks push to create day of remembrance and formal apology - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation): The massacres began in August 1928 after a dingo trapper, Fred Brookes, was killed by a local Indigenous man.

Police Constable George Murray led a party and personally admitted to killing at least 17 people.

NT Police Commissioner Reece Kershaw will attend the commemoration, and some descendants of those who were killed are hoping he will offer a formal apology.


Gay students could be rejected by Aussie schools following government backed review - reports "IndyWatch Feed National"

Gay students and teachers may be rejected from religious schools across Australia if a government backed review into the free practice of religion gets its way, according to local reports. The religious freedom review panel, announced by then prime minister Malcolm Turnbull in November 2017, kept its final considerations a secret despite giving its recommendations to government in May this year. The expert review panel, chaired by former attorney general Philip Ruddock, took submissions from the public days after Australia's parliament legalized same sex marriage.


WATCH: Monsanto Papers Doc Breaks Down Monsantos Dirty Tricks "IndyWatch Feed National"

ABC, an Australian public broadcast service, released a short documentary titled The Monsanto Papers, which investigates the secret tactics used by global chemical giant Monsanto to protect its billion-dollar business and its star product, the weed killer, Roundup. From Whats in the Monsanto Papers? The Monsanto Papers are millions of internal documents released as []

The post WATCH: Monsanto Papers Doc Breaks Down Monsantos Dirty Tricks appeared first on STOPGETREES.ORG.


Stock Market Drop Spreads, Wall Street Set to Fall Again "IndyWatch Feed National"

World stock markets sank Thursday, extending losses from Wall Street, as investors worried that higher interest rates will dent company earnings and a trade war will crimp global business.

European shares sank after Asia closed sharply lower, auguring another drop in the U.S., which saw its major indexes tumble on Wednesday.

Investors will be looking ahead to U.S. inflation data later in the day. A high reading could fuel expectations that the Federal Reserve will keep raising its interest rates at a steady pace, reining in the easy money policy that had fueled stock markets in recent years.

Equity markets were pulverized today, with investors in full out retreat, analyst Stephen Innes of OANDA said in a commentary. The latest sneeze from Wall Street could morph into a global markets pandemic, he added.

Frances CAC 40 dropped 1.8 percent to 5,111 and the DAX in Germany lost 1.6 percent to 11,526. Britains FTSE 100 tumbled 1.9 percent to 7,011.

In Asia, Tokyos Nikkei 225 gave up 3.9 percent to 22,590.86 and the Shanghai Composite index lost 5.2 percent to 2,583.46, a four-year low.

Hong Kongs Hang Seng index shed 3.5 percent to 25,266.37. The Kospi in South Korea fell 4.4 percent to 2,129.67. Australias S&P/ASX 200 slipped 2.7 percent to 5,883.80. Stocks plunged in Taiwan and fell across Southeast Asia.

The Dow plunged more than 800 points Wednesday, its worst drop in eight months. Rising bond yields have been drawing investors out of the stock market. The best-performing stocks over the past year took some of the biggest losses.

Equity investors are surprised by the pace at which rates have risen, Marcella Chow, global market strategist at J.P. Morgan Asset Management, said in a report.

On Wednesday, U.S. President Donald Trump said the Federal Reserve is making a mistake with its campaign of rate increases. I think the Fed has gone crazy, he charged.

Sentiment also has been dampened by the spreading U.S.-Chinese tariff fight over Beijings technology policy. The International Monetary Fund cut its outlook for global growth this week, citing interest rates and trade tensions.

The U.S. Treasury is due to release a currency report that some analysts suggest might change the official stance on Chinas exchange rate policy. Chow said it was unclear whether the Treasury might label Beijing a currency manipulator a status that could trigger penalties or whether it could be another pretext for the next round of tariffs.

Adding to potential U.S.-China tensions, the Justice Department announced Wednesday it arrested an official of Chinas Ministry of State Security on charges of tryi...


Memoir of depression and prayer "IndyWatch Feed National"

Yesterday, Oct. 10, was World Mental Health Day. The UN Secretary General issued a message, a portion of which said: We must leave no one behind Healthy societies require greater integration of mental health into broader health and social care systems, under the umbrella of universal health coverage.

By   @inquirerdotnet

Timely for me to have interviewed Geoffrey Lilburne, the author of Joy Interrupted: A Memoir of Depression and Prayer (Coventry Press, 2018), a slim volume packed full of insights derived from firsthand experience.

Lilburne is a theologian and poet, with qualifications in counseling and professional supervision, a retired lecturer in theology (with graduate studies at the Yale School of Divinity in the United States). He is a Uniting Church minister in active ministry with a rural congregation in Western Australia.

Lilburne was in the country recently with his wife, Sophie Lizares, my friend of more than 30 years and at one time a colleague in social action and journalism. Sophie is now an ordained minister in the Uniting Church in Australia and is chaplain at UnitingCare West.

Lilburne begins with a startling revelation of how it began: I awoke one morning wishing I had died during the night I was 13 years of age. What was a boy in the cusp of adolescence to make of what was going on inside him, a boy whose family background was relatively normal, who had no traumas to hark back to?

The book details Lilburnes lifetime battle with depression (and manic episodes), how it was in different stages of his life, his seeking professional assistance from general practitioners, psychiatrists, counselors, pastoral carers, ministers and spiritual directors. But alongside these is Lilburnes journey as an academic and, later, in various church ministries.

What was it like and what did he do to cope with it, deal with it, be healed of it, live with it? Lilburnes early struggles meant pharmacological interventions or prescribed antidepressants, with names that were hard to spell and even harder to pronounce.


Thursday, 11 October


Canavan condemns business emissions self-regulation to meet Paris target "IndyWatch Feed National"

Minister says plan to coordinate climate response in absence of government policy interferes with democracyBig business has entered discussions about a self-regulated suite of measures to help Australia meet its Paris commitments, weeks after the Morrison government abandoned the national energy guarantee. The resources minister, Matt Canavan, accused Australia's biggest energy companies of interfering in the democratic process, as climate experts and environmental groups lashed the [...]

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