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Wednesday, 26 April

00:16

Ceduna, South Australia and the Turnbull Government's cashless debit card trial "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


On 15 March and 26 April 2016 the Turnbull Government began a twelve month long trial of the Cashless Debit Card aka Healthy Welfare Card in Ceduna and surrounds, South Australia and the East Kimberly region in Western Australia.


More participants said the CDCT [Cashless Debit Card Trial] had made their lives worse than made it better (49% compared to 22%). Family members of trial participants gave a similar pattern of answers (37% and 27%).

The evaluation report also contained a wealth of unsupported anecdotal information supporting implementation of the cashless debit card a few instances of which read like pure fairy tales. None of which could be fact checked by readers of the interim report.

However, Turnbull Government claims in the media of reduced crime statistics due to introduction of the cashless debit card can at least be broadly checked.

This is an excerpt from the South Australian Police Annual Report June 2015- June 2016 covering the Eyre and Western Service Local Area which includes Ceduna:

From 2014-15 to 2015-16, Homicide and Related Offences decreased by -25% (18 offences), with Other Homicide and Related Offences decreasing by -39.6% (21 offences). Sexual Assault and Related Offences decreased by -7.2%(150 offences) overall. There were decreases in the three groups within the Sexual Assault and Related Offences subdivision, with N...

00:15

GREED Inc: rental income & negative gearing in Australia "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


The Guardian, 12 April 2017:


The ATO stats also show the number of landlords with an interest in six or more rental properties has grown quickly in the last three years, up 8.6%, from 17,671 to 19,198 individuals.

Landlords with an interest in five rental properties have grown even faster, up 9.8%, from 16,600 to 18,231. Those with an interest in three or four properties have also grown quickly, up 7% each.

By comparison, the largest number of landlords are those with an interest in a single rental property, at 1.5 million. Their number increased by just 2% over the last three years.

The Conversation, 13 April 2017:

The latest data from the ATO is consistent with what weve seen in the past. It shows that people with high-income occupations doctors, lawyers, and others are more likely to use negative gearing than the nurses and teachers on whom ...

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Tuesday, 25 April

23:46

strypey: @zatnosk the great thing about plug-in architecture is it doesn't have to be either/or. It just needs at least one developer keen to do it "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

@zatnosk the great thing about plug-in architecture is it doesn't have to be either/or. It just needs at least one developer keen to do it

22:54

kat: I definitely need more resilience in my life.  Everything is fragile. "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

I definitely need more resilience in my life.  Everything is fragile.

22:27

anarchist notes (april 25, 2017) : IWA-AIT, Michael Schmidt +++ "IndyWatch Feed National"

IWA-AIT A little under 12 months ago, the anarcho-syndicalist International Workers Association / Asociacin Internacional de los Trabajadores (IWA-AIT) underwent an acrimonious split. Well, of sorts. In any event, at its XXVI Congress (December 2-4, 2016, Warsaw, Poland), the (Spanish) Continue reading

21:18

Koala Homes not Logging Zones "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The very survival of the North Coast's koalas is threatened by proposed increases in logging intensity and imminent extensions of timber contracts, according to analysis presented to the meeting of the North East Forest Alliance held over the weekend near Stuart's Point.

In order to meet current wood supply contracts, the NSW Government plans to zone most of the coastal State Forests for intensive logging and clearfelling, and to remove the already inadequate protection for core Koala habitat.

Our analysis shows that of the 6,000 records of Koalas on State Forest in north-east NSW, 92% of them are in the 57% of forests proposed to be zoned for intensified logging, with the highest Koala densities in the 140,000 ha of State Forests proposed to be zoned to allow virtual clearfelling.

 dead koalaDead koala found in Koreelah State Forest not long after logging

20:53

koz: Also, UPX. Smaller *and* faster binaries? Hell yeah! Also 13/10, also will use again. "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Also, UPX. Smaller *and* faster binaries? Hell yeah! Also 13/10, also will use again.

19:59

Chinese Australian Hometown Heritage Tour 2017 "IndyWatch Feed National"

In March 2017 I hosted my first Chinese Australian Hometown Heritage Tour to Guangdong and Hong Kong. Here's what I did.

19:57

koz: -Rpass-missed, where have you been all my life? That's *amazing* for a compiler as 'sufficiently smart' as Clang is. 13/10 will use again. "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

-Rpass-missed, where have you been all my life? That's *amazing* for a compiler as 'sufficiently smart' as Clang is. 13/10 will use again.

19:39

19:32

How Reality Is Being Manufactured "IndyWatch Feed National"

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By Melissa Dykes

ATTENTION: Reality is being manufactured to manipulate your emotions and actions! In this video, Melissa Dykes of Truthstream Media brilliantly breaks down how our reality is created in the Information Age using very interesting Google Trend charts. Read More

18:47

koz: Well, I have the statlinking and musl part now. *Definitely* not a pleasant experience. But, as a plus, I now know a lot about Clang flags. "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Well, I have the statlinking and musl part now. *Definitely* not a pleasant experience. But, as a plus, I now know a lot about Clang flags.

18:45

Saudi Arabia Appointed to UN Commission on Women "IndyWatch Feed National"

Saudi Arabia, which has been labeled the worlds most misogynistic regime in the world was elected to the U.N.s Commission on the Status of Woman. The commission is exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women, reported UN Watch.

The kingdom will serve on the commission from 2018-2022.

Commenting on the election, Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch, said, Electing Saudi Arabia to protect womens rights is like making an arsonist into the town fire chief.

Neuer called the election a black day for womens rights and for all human rights.

Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world where women are not allowed to drive. Every woman must have a male guardian, who must approve each life decision a woman makes, from schooling to career and from travel to health care. A womans guardian is typically her father or husband if she is married but could even be her underage son.

Today the UN sent a message that womens rights can be sold out for petro-dollars and politics, Neuer added, and it let down millions of female victims worldwide who look to the world body for protection.

UN Watch quoted a tweet from a Saudi woman studying for a doctorate in international human rights in Australia who wrote succinctly, I wish I could find the words to express how I feel right know. Im saudi and this feels like betrayal.

18:40

Anzac Insult Muslim Abdel-Magied WAS ON THE GOVT's ANZAC Centenary working group "IndyWatch Feed National"

That'll do me. seeker of truth said: Yassmin is one big liar with her not knowing the significance of the words "Lest We Forget". From the Dept of Foreign Affairs website re Council for Australian-Arab Relations - "Ms Abdel-Magied has served as a member of the Australian Multicultural Council, Federal...

18:34

Trumps U-Turn, From Coward to Hero: Afghanistan, Syria, North Korea and Yemen are the Answer "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Trump, within a span of a week, has made a U-turn; from a coward to hero.

So, the MSM; his aggressive violence, his murderous killing spree in Syria, Yemen and threatening North Korea with a nuclear take-out turns Trump from a coward to a macho. Read More

16:27

koz: Choc avocado mousse makes everything better. Even weird implicit casting behaviour and libraries throwing warnings around like candy. #mmm "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Choc avocado mousse makes everything better. Even weird implicit casting behaviour and libraries throwing warnings around like candy. #

15:24

Part 1: All Wars are Bankers Wars "IndyWatch Feed National"

The First Bank of the United States By Michael Rivero The most hated sort [of moneymaking], and with the greatest reason, is usury, which makes a gain out of money itself, and not from the natural use of it. For money was intended to be used in exchange, but not to increase at interest. And []

15:09

President Trump seeking 15% corporate tax rate - we're at 30% and Bill Shorten's having kittens "IndyWatch Feed National"

Trump is said to seek cutting the corporate tax rate to 15% https://t.co/gEWZ0xtuDH The New York Times (@nytimes) April 25, 2017 The LNP's plan for company tax is: Cut the small business company tax rate to 27.5 per cent for small businesses with a turnover less than $10 million....

15:05

Review: The Anzacs by Patsy Adam-Smith "IndyWatch Feed National"

Patsy Adam-Smith's book, The Anzacs, helped to revive the Gallipoli myth when it was first published in 1978. Selling over 100,000 copies at a time when Australia's population was 14 million, it showed that Australians were interested in reading war histories despite revulsion at war in the aftermath of the conflict in Vietnam. Nearly forty years after it was first published I review this book from a twenty-first century perspective. Continue reading

14:51

Celebrity Muslim Yassmin Abdel-Magied slur on Anzac Day - "lest we forget Manus, Nauru, Palestine etc" "IndyWatch Feed National"

SBS sacked a bloke for disrespect towards Anzac Day. This woman cannot remain on the ABC's taxpayer funded gravy train. How could you live in Australia, grow up in Australia, be educated by and paid for by Australia and not know the significance of the phrase Lest We Forget -...

14:12

koz: The interactions between Clang, the gold linker, and GNU Make's implicit rules are under-documented, weird, and thankfully, now work for me. "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The interactions between Clang, the gold linker, and GNU Make's implicit rules are under-documented, weird, and thankfully, now work for me.

14:06

ANZAC Day should be about respecting those who have gone to war and suffered "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Joe Montero

Many will be taking part in the range of activities marking ANZAC Day.

The occasion has both its supporters and opponents. The debate often primarily rests on the history of Gallipoli. Opponents also see ANZAC as a promoter of war.

It is not as simple as this either. Yes, it is true that Gallipoli was a blundering and meaningless disaster, and essentially a British attack, based on a policy that the Turks should not have their own country. It is also true that the soldiers did not take part under the Australian flag, but the British one.

Reconciliation with the truth of history is important and we should all learn from it. Those who try to use the occasion for a political stunt and are not there to remember, dont deserve the time of day from anyone.  They bring their jingoism and lift the myth that all wars that Australians have fought in are wars for freedom and to protect Australia. Anyone with any knowledge of the history, knows that it has not always been true. In the early days, it was usually for the expansion of the British Empire. Then it has been for the expansion of the undeclared American empire.

Despite all this, there is a big difference between the schemes of politicians and generals and the young men, and women too, who went to the First World War and all other wars.  For the most part, their motives were genuine. They showed courage in a horrible situation and they suffered greatly. Some didnt get to come back. Others came back injured. Most returned with mental health issues.

Australias service men and women have not always been treated well. During the two world wars, they had been promised great deal on their return. They got little and felt betrayed. Vietnam veterans were treated worst of all. They also felt betrayed. Those who have experienced recent war service are no different from those who had done so earlier.

Politicians and generals carry on during the ANZAC celebrations, whipping up their jingoism, basking in the glorification of war. Most take part to honour those who died and those who cam back. We should all honour them who, for they have earned that right.

This is the reason why denigrating ANZAC Day is wrong..  For those who stared war and death in the face, it is no glory to go to war. Only those who talk about it, but have never put themselves on the line can say that there is.

ANZAC Day is a time to remember those who went to war. It can also be more, reminding us of the truth and be an important symbol against war. The experience of those who faced it can teach us and we can resolve together, to never again have our youth sacrificed as cannon fodder, for the plans of those safely tucked away from the front line.

The...

14:04

bobjonkman: When all you have is a hammer, everything ends up flat and squashed. "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

When all you have is a hammer, everything ends up flat and squashed.

13:16

Its A Bad Time To Owe Trigger Happy Donald Trump A Favour "IndyWatch Feed National"

When Australia struck a deal to transfer refugees to the US it gave Donald Trump leverage. With the new President happy to continue wars abroad, thats looking like an increasingly dangerous compromise, writes Max Chalmers.

When Americans elected Donald Trump as their President in late 2016, the working assumption was that working assumptions were now bunk. Political norms regarding the ideological battle lines a leader from one of the two major parties would draw, as well as the way they would comport themselves, were tossed. Open white nationalism and presidential tweet-storms were in; foreign interventions, cordial media relations, and Republican freemarket orthodoxy were out.

And yet racing towards the 100-day mark of Trumps presidency, it seems one of the most universal and toxic norms of politics has not been overturned. At least in the short-term, militarism abroad still pays.

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In recent weeks, two particular strikes drew massive attention in the US and around the world. The first was a cruise missile attack on a Syrian government airbase. The second, the dropping of a GBU-43/B Massive Ordinance Air Blast Bomb, the largest non-nuclear weapon in Americas arsenal, in Afghanistan, purportedly to destroy a series of tunnels and caves used by ISIS. Elsewhere, Trump has sent an aircraft carrier to North Korea.

The response to these moves has been relatively positive on the US domestic front, especially among the media establishment. Fareed Zakaria, a Washington Post columnist who before the election referred to Trump as a cancer on American democracy, described the anti-Assad strike as the moment Trump became President. (In response, Intercept journalist Jeremy Scahill remarked in a live interview: You know, Fareed Zakaria if that...

13:06

The FDA Is Big Pharmas Best Friend "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Constitutional Attorney Jonathan Emord discusses how corruption within the Food and Drug Administration results in unsafe pharmaceutical drugs becoming available to the public.
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12:33

strypey: @indywatch it comes down to whether you want to prioritize wide re-use (LGPL) vs. liberating code from all derivative re-use (AGPL) "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

@indywatch it comes down to whether you want to prioritize wide re-use (LGPL) vs. liberating code from all derivative re-use (AGPL)

12:30

12:30

An update on No Jab, No Play (NSW): URGENT ACTION REQUIRED! "IndyWatch Feed National"

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On 06 April 2017, Walt Secord, the Shadow Minister for Health (ALP), introduced to the Legislative Council, a Bill to amend the New South Wales Public Health Act.

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12:29

strypey: @indywatch watch this space, eh? Cool :-) Happy to chat about license choice (here or by email). I tend to encourage AGPL for server-side "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

@indywatch watch this space, eh? Cool :-) Happy to chat about license choice (here or by email). I tend to encourage AGPL for server-side

12:10

strypey: @indywatch that's a tough one. Licensing proprietary code isn't ideal, but ads aren't an ideal form of income for the web either. "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

@indywatch that's a tough one. Licensing proprietary code isn't ideal, but ads aren't an ideal form of income for the web either.

11:45

Government backs down on community legal centre funding cuts "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Jim Hayes

In the face of mounting pressure, the plan to curt tens of millions of dollars from community legal services funding has been chopped by the federal government.

In a major backdown, attorney general George Brandis, let out the news on the ABCs AM radio yesterday. The May budget was going to start of a three year  $56m cut. Trying to put a brave face on the humiliation of having to back down, Brandis has tried to make it look like this has been the result of government generosity.

But the legal centres have campaigned vigorously and drawn a lot of widespread support. Major concerns are the effect on domestic violence legal services and the high volume of Centrelink related cases that a 30 percent cut in funding would entail.

However, the sting is that the focus from now on would be on domestic violence. Providing more or this branch of the work of the community legal centres is great. But there is an implication that those who claim they are suffering as victims of Centrelink may be left out in the cold. If this is the case, it is wrong. Centrelink recipients are the most disadvantaged part of our community and lack of sufficient support means that their voice is silenced.

Nor does the funding cut reversal overcome the years of neglect that have already forced community legal centres to cut back, in the face of growing need. More Australians are out of work and poverty is growing. This brings about an increase in the social problems that cause a need for legal assistance.

The Federation of Community Legal Centres Victorias executive officer, Serina McDuff said, Some centres have had to make structural changes, because of course 1 July is imminent. Staff have already moved on, because they couldnt deal with the uncertainty and they were essentially told that their jobs were going to be lost.

At least in the short-term, the governments back down has brought in a measure of certainty and this means that the centres are somewhat able to betters plan their priorities and commit resources.

Nevertheless, longer term services to meet growing needs also needs to be addressed.

Community legal centres need support for the good job they are doing, under difficult circumstanced.  They need more funding.

 

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11:13

11:12

One month til Byron Pops! "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Byron Bay is abuzz with the whispers of POPPED the exciting new arts project and laneway activation event coming to Surf Alley on Friday 19 & Saturday 20 May.

Commencing 12 May,a team of Byron Bays most talented street artists will transform Surf Alley: the tired laneway in Jonson Street that has, whilst held sentiments of honouring the legends of our local surfing community, previously been used as nothing more than a pedestrian thoroughfare and hot spot for late-night anti-social behaviour.

The celebration of the space reinvigoration will beanurban laneway activation event, encompassing live art, street food, bar, music, cool lighting, green walls, bespoke sustainable furniture, Live Ideas Program, and much more.

The event creates a platform for emerging artists who would not otherwise have an opportunity to engage with the local community, launching The Fresh Air Gallery: a live street art gallery that will be a game-changer for community engagement with art.

We want Byron Bay locals to reimagine their CBD and create news ways for people to engagewith their town,says Creative Director, Abbie Gibson.

The project aims to revitalise the beloved Surf Alley, breathing new life into it, whilst honouring the legacy. We are in direct and regular consultation with members of the honour roll, and working to achieve something new and exciting for the whole community, as well creating ways for new residents and visitors to learn more about Byron Bays surfing history, and ensure those stories are given a platform, say Operations Manager, Monique Hartman, In conjunction with our major partners Feros Care, were also using our Live Ideas program on the Saturday afternoon to use this opportunity for young and old to engage and learn about community together, through art and the power of story. Its developing into something really special that many people will get a lot out of

Popped artists are: Nitsua // Jeremy Austin // Burg // Shmik //Teazer // Sean Lemura (Set design & building) // Nikau (Greenery)

OPENING NIGHT FRIDAY 19 MAY
5PM 11PM // 18+ only event, and fully licensed. BYO not permitted // $10 entry
Live art
Live DJs
Green walls courtesy of Niaku Byron Bay
Bespoke built furniture courtesy of SL Byron Bay
Street food courtesy of Three Blue Ducks
Bar co-hosted by Stone & Wood Brewery, Brookies Gin, and Bucha of Byron
New mural reveal
New honour roll reveal

LIVE IDEAS PROGRAM SATURDAY 20 MAY
12PM 3PM// All ages // $10 entry
12:00pm Welcome drinks hosted by Bucha of Byron
12:30pm Placemaking:The history and future of Byron
1:00pm Expression and Freedom:The Street Art Movement
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10:51

Govt should return appropriated hospital land: Greens "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Residents rally to save Mullumbimby Hospital land for the community on Sunday, April 23. Photo Jeff Dawson

Residents led by Echonetdailys Mandy Nolan rally to save Mullumbimby Hospital land for the community on Sunday, April 23. Photo Jeff Dawson

Greens Ballina MP Tamara Smith has described a state government offer giving Byron council 28 days to find the funds buy back the Mullumbimby Hospital site as a cruel irony.

She said, the Liberal- National government closed Mullumbimbys hospital dissolved the trust that had managed the hospital land bequeathed by Mullumbimby ancestors to the community appropriate[d] the land and now they say that the community can buy the land.

This government literally sold the farm and got billions of dollars in poles and wire infrastructure and from privatising community assets. Now it expects the local council to pay to keep the land.

Our message is youre not giving us back the land. The land belongs to the community. Full stop, Ms Smith said.

Consultation assurances ignored

Ms Smith said that in 2015 then health minister Jillian Skinner assured residents that they would be consulted about the future of the hospital site but no consultation ever took place.

[On Sunday] we were told we have 28 days to cobble a plan together; the NSW government doesnt seem to realise that community consultation takes time, Ms Smith said.

In November 2015 I took a petition from the Mullumbimby community to NSW Parliament asking that the Mullumbimby and District War Memorial Hospital land stay in public hands for needs identified by the community  such as aged care facilities and affordable housing.

The health minister at the time, Jillian Skinner, responded to my representations in writing that Northern NSW Local Health will consult with the community about the future utilisation of this site prior to finalising a position.

No such consultation has taken place. There has been no consultation with the community about the future of this site and now a deadline of 28 days has been imposed on Byron Shire Council to decide what should be done.

She described the 28-day period as a ridiculous amount of time.

Other successful sites where communities and the state have worked together...

10:49

Arts Wednesday 26 April 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Andy Bromberger returns at 10:40 am in Part 5 of Musics Mechanical Make-Up, this week talking about the bass.

At 11:00 am I will be joined in the studio by Carol Beales, a tour guide of Cockatoo Island. The National Trust of Australia is sponsoring National Heritage Month across Australia and tours of Cockatoo Island are featured as part of Sydneys offerings.

I will also play an interview I recorded in 2014 with Giles Waterfield. Giles was an eminent curator, art historian and writer and led a tour I did in England entitled Royal Residences. Giles tragically passed away last November and this repeat interview is a tribute to him.

Music this week will follow Andys lead and feature the bass.

Do keep me company.

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The post Arts Wednesday 26 April 2017 appeared first on 89.7 Eastside FM.

10:46

strypey: @indywatch Why has your project decided on delayed code release, not open dev? Not trying to be inquisitorial, just genuinely curious. "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

@indywatch Why has your project decided on delayed code release, not open dev? Not trying to be inquisitorial, just genuinely curious.

10:44

strypey: @indywatch I've come across this delayed code release practice with a few server-side projects. I note other projects release code from day1 "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

@indywatch I've come across this delayed code release practice with a few server-side projects. I note other projects release code from day1

10:19

50 Aboriginal soldiers fought on Gallipoli | SBS News "IndyWatch Feed National"

50 Aboriginal soldiers fought on Gallipoli | SBS News: It's thought 800-1000 indigenous soldiers served in Australian Imperial Force during WWI, with around 250-300 killed. That's out of an estimated indigenous population of 80,000.

There are occasional pleasant surprises. One related to Lance Corporal Richard Kirby who served at Gallipoli, France and Belgium.

"The only reason he got to be known to us was a family member came to us and said `I've got some medals I'd like to give to the war memorial and there's a DC something-or-other'," Oakley said.

That was actually the Distinguished Conduct Medal, second only to the Victoria Cross.

With the medals came a newspaper cutting showing Kirby with an Aboriginal woman. She, the relatives said, was his mum.

Kirby was awarded the DCM for a single-handed attack on an enemy machine gun post in France in August 1918. He took a bullet wound to the head, from which he died a week later.

09:57

AGL launches advertising campaign to remake its image "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Ugly

Energy giant AGL has just launched an advertising campaign in order to give itself a new makeover that is surely aimed to counter its bad public image.

Feeling the heat from its activities in the coal seam extraction industry, where it has become a principal target of Indigenous Australians, farmers, local communities and conservationists nationwide, the company is working hard to remould its public persona. Charging domestic consumers a high price for electricity and gas has not helped.

Thus, a move to create an image of a company, focused on producing sustainable, clean energy. The line is that AGL is pulling out of coal and moving into gas in a bigger way. Its new logo incorporates a stylized gas burner.

Critics will see a sleight of hand here. AGL already has a high level of commitment to gas and it is its activities in this field that have contributed most to its bad name in the Australian community. It appears that the aim is to legitimise its current activities.

The counter to this is that AGL states it has set up a $3 billion fund for sustainable energy alternatives and claims it leads in wind farms and solar energy in Australia. The truth is that there is just about no detail on how the fund will be used. And, although the company is involved in wind and solar energy, these are very much a subsidiary to the main game of fossil fuels.

AGL knows that the fossil fuel industry is terminal and that there is no alternative but to eventually switch over. As it positions itself for the longer-term, it seeks to exploit fossil fuels as much as possible, thereby leaving a huge carbon footprint.

It is this carbon footprint that will cause AGs damaging contribution to global warming and hold back Australias transformation to a more widespread, sustainable economy.

This means that AGLs green advertising campaign has little honesty in it and should not be given credence.

Video from  350.org Australia

The post AGL launches advertising campaign to remake its image appeared first on The...

09:56

Old bikie bank statement leads police to gun, cannabis "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A Coraki man who lives on a property where a Lone Wolf bikie once resided has been charged with having an unauthorised rifle and cannabis.

Russell John Bennett appeared at Lismore Local Court on Monday and was represented by his solicitor Vince Boss.

The 56 year-old faced charges of possessing an unauthorised firearm, possessing an unregistered firearm, not keeping a firearm safely, possessing ammunition without a licence and cultivating a prohibited plant.

Mr Boss entered guilty pleas to all charges and tendered two references on behalf of Mr Bennett.

He said police were brought to the attention of this property as they uncovered a nine to ten year-old bank statement of an outlaw motorcycle gang OMCG associate with the same address as Mr Bennett.

The court heard the OMCG associate had not lived at the property since Mr Bennett moved in about 10 years ago.

Police facts before the court stated officers noticed a brown leather bag, commonly used to transport a rifle, in one of two sheds converted into dwellings on the 49-acre bush property.

Mr Bennett, who showed police his drivers licence before they began the search confirmed their suspicions.

Theres a gun in there, he said.

Investigations by police revealed Mr Bennett had never held a firearms licence in any Australian state.

He told police the 30-30 lever action Winchester rifle was bought 10 years ago, for $500, to shoot feral pigs on the property.

During the search, officers also located three different types of ammunition and five cannabis plants, which Mr Bennett said were for personal use.

Mr Boss said Mr Bennett had a 26-year-long working history at Southern Cross University and a very minimal criminal record.

Magistrate David Heilpern placed Mr Bennett on a 12-month good behaviour bond on the charges of possessing an unauthorised firearm, possessing an unregistered firearm and not keeping a firearm safely.

The charges of possessing ammunition without a licence and cultivating a prohibited plant were dismissed under section 10 of the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act of 1999.

 

The post Old bikie bank statement leads police to gun, cannabis appeared first on Echonetdaily.

09:45

BIg Rob gets lawyer, seeks anulment "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Former Lismore mayoral candidate Big Rob.

Former Lismore mayoral candidate Big Rob.

Kebab shop owner, SCU law student and former Lismore mayoral candidate Big Rob stepped back from repeatedly defending himself at the bar table in Lismore Local Court on Monday after engaging the services of Legal Aid.

The 45 year-old faced two counts of breaching an Apprehended Personal Violence Order APVO by publishing or broadcasting a persons name prohibited by section, and a separate matter involving an alleged assault, stalking and intimidation at a Lismore restaurant, last November.

Mr Rob has pleaded not guilty to the publication of material contravening orders of an APVO involving Lismore Mayor Isaac Smith on Saturday April 8.

Cr Smith was granted an interim APVO in March, after he alleged Mr Rob posted harassing and intimidating material about him and his family on Facebook.

Mr Robs solicitor Tom Trembath entered not guilty pleas to both charges of publishing or broadcasting a persons name.

Magistrate David Heilpern ordered the brief of evidence in relation to the alleged breach of the APVO to be served on the defence by June 5.

He adjourned Mr Robs APVO matters until June 19.

Assault, stalking charges annulment hearing 

In a separate matter, police have applied to have two convictions against Big Rob over the alleged assault, stalking and intimidation of a woman at a Lismore sushi restaurant last November annulled.

The 2016 mayoral candidate faced three counts of stalking and intimidation, and one count of assault, over the alleged incident on November 22.

Magistrate David Heilpern told Lismore Local Court on Monday there were originally three charges listed against Mr Rob, assault, stalk/intimidate and using a carriage service to menace/harass/offend.

On Monday March 3, Mr Rob represented himself Lismore Local Court on all three charges.

When he walked from the court before Mr Heilpern had finished with his matters he was found guilty on each charge.

Police then informed Mr Rob he had been found guilty and he lodged a section 4 annulment application.

In court yesterday (April 24), Mr Heilpern said when the Commonwealth charge of using a carriage service to menace/harass/offend was previously withdrawn against Mr Rob, police repla...

09:40

Byrons Beach Hotel on sale for $75m "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Aerial view of Byron Bay's Beach Hotel, which is for sale for $75 million. Photo supplied

Aerial view of Byron Bays Beach Hotel, which is for sale for $75 million. Photo supplied

The owners of Byrons iconic Beach Hotel have refused an offer of $58 million and are hoping for further offers over $75 million, according to the sales agents.

The property is being marketed by Matt and Lainie Towner of RE/MAX Coastal Real Estate..

Matt Towner told Echonetdaily that the offer of $58 million had been presented to owner Max Twigg and his associates, but they were only interested in offers over $75 million.

The hotel was bought for $65 million in 2007 by Mr Twigg, a Melbourne businessman who made his fortune through a career in waste management.

The pub brings in an annual income of $4.2 million, and is leased to Melbourne entrepreneur John van Haandel until mid-2017 with options to extend on 10-year leases.

The beachfront hotel was developed by Australian film producer and actor, John Cornell, most noted for his work in the Crocodile Dundeemovies.

Mr Cornell built the hotel for $9 million in 1990 and owned it until its record sale in 2007.

Mr Towner said it was important to note that the Beach Hotel was being sold on the condition that Mr van Haandel would continue to manage the property.

The hotel was offered for sale last year in June with a price tag of $75 million-plus, but failed to sell.

Mr Towner said RE/MAX Coastal had more than one party interested in negotiating to buy the property.

RE/MAX Coastal only deal with qualified buyers which must be confirmed and confidentiality agreements signed before any facts and figures are discussed about the property, he said.

RE/MAX Coastal have a databased of over 30,000 property investors, many of whom are very high end investors.

The company recently sold singer Pete Murrays beach house.

 

 

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09:35

Prosecutor to explain why bestiality charge withdrawn "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Polly the Pig was injured, with lacerations to her face and rump during an attack at Djanbung Gardens permaculture college in December 2016. (supplied)

Polly the Pig was injured, with lacerations to her face and rump during an attack at Djanbung Gardens permaculture college in December 2016. (supplied)

Evidence from 10 witnesses will form part of a hearing against two men charged with torturing and beating a pig and causing the death of 10 chickens at a Nimbin permaculture farm.

Reece Parke appeared via video-link from Junee prison at Lismore Local Court on Monday, while his co-accused, Bradley Presbury, also appeared via video-link from the Metropolitan Remand and Reception Centre in Sydney.

Both men were represented by solicitor Tracey Randall, who acted as an agent for Tom Ivey on Mr Presburys behalf.

Parke, 22, and Presbury, 20, both initially faced two counts of torturing, beating and causing the death of an animal and one count of bestiality.

It is alleged the pair went to the Djanbung Gardens permaculture farm, on Cecil St, on the night of December 13, and inflicted the brutality and torture on 10 heritage chickens and 12 year-old Polly the pig.

The destruction from their violent rampage was found at 7.30am the following morning by workers who noticed the chickens with broken necks and other broken bones.

Then they found Pollys snout had allegedly been slashed and she was suffering internal injuries.

The men were arrested at Teven on December 22 and taken to Lismore police station where they were charged and refused bail.

At their last appearance in court on April 4, the charge of bestiality was withdrawn by the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Evidence as to why the charge was withdrawn is anticipated to be mentioned in the hearing as both men have pleaded not guilty to all charges.

On Monday, Ms Randall tendered a listing advice for a Local Court summary hearing on behalf of both men.

The listing advice contained the names of 10 witnesses, three of whom where police officers, who may be required to give evidence.

It is a day, estimate, Ms Randall said.

These matters are all now police matters, Magistrate David Heilpern asked?

Yes, for summary hearing,...

09:33

VIDEO: Artificial Eggs and Sperm On The Global Human Plantation "IndyWatch Feed National"

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08:51

Woman charged over Lismore car thefts refused bail "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A woman who allegedly broke into a South Lismore residence twice while people were home in the early hours of Sunday morning (April 23) and stole two cars has been refused bail.

Between 5.20am and 5.27am, police allege Theresa Lee Buchanan broke into a house on Newbridge Street and stole a wallet, keys and a Suzuki four-wheel drive for the second time that morning.

Earlier the same morning, it is alleged 34 year-old Ms Buchanan broke into the same home while several people were sleeping and stole the keys to a green Land Rover, before driving from the scene.

Startled residents reported the alleged break and enter to police, who arrested Ms Buchanan nearby in the Suzuki four-wheel drive.

Several streets away from the alleged crime scene officers located the Land Rover.

Ms Buchanan was arrested and when she was searched police allegedly located a birth certificate, drivers licence, cash and car keys they allege were unlawfully obtained.

She was taken to Lismore police station where she was charged with five offences.

The charges included aggravated break and enter and commit serious indictable offence, two counts of take and drive conveyance without consent of the owner, two counts of driving while disqualified, assault police and goods in custody.

Bit constables finger

It is alleged while Ms Buchanan was in custody she bit a constable on the finger.

In refusing Ms Buchanan bail, Sergeant Brad Walpole stated she had been charged with similar offences before.

She has a massive criminal history dating back to her juvenile years, he wrote.

On Monday at Lismore Local Court, Ms Buchanan appeared and was represented by her solicitor Kylie Anderson-Clark.

The court heard the 34 year-old was unemployed and had no dependants.

Magistrate David Heilpern ordered the brief of evidence against Ms Buchanan to be served on the defence by June 6.

He adjourned her matters until June 20 for reply to the brief of evidence.

 

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08:50

Race on to sell a million Games tickets "IndyWatch Feed National"

Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk AAP Image/Dan Peled

Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk AAP Image/Dan Peled

Even Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has entered the ballot for tickets to the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games as organisers need more than a million sales to make budget.

Ms Palaszczuk says shes not guaranteed tickets so will put in her bid after applications opened on Monday.

Im actually going to be registering like everybody else to get some tickets to the events I want to go to, Ms Palaszczuk said, although she will likely be invited to attend major events during the Games.

Games organising committee boss Peter Beattie said they have taken a gamble in keeping ticket prices low, from $20 in some cases, but the trade-off is they now need sellouts for most events.

We had a choice, we could have gouged people and charged a lot more, Mr Beattie has said.

The real risk for the Games is if we dont sell 1.2 million tickets, then we do have an issue in terms of the budget.

With more people wanting to attend events than seats available, a random ballot or lottery for tickets has become standard practice.

The ticket sales have gone live as controversy continues over whether public transport will be able to cope with moving 1.2 million spectators to and from venues.

A key Games official said he was disappointed a letter he sent to local organisers critical of transport plans was published by the media because the issues have since been resolved.

Commonwealth Games Federation vice-president Bruce Robertson sent a letter to Mr Beattie in December, saying there was no viable solution being put forward for transport for the Games.

But in another letter sent to Mr Beattie on Sunday, Mr Robertson said he had been impressed by the measures that had been put in place since December.

Mr Beattie said all tickets will come with free public transport and hes confident systems will cope with demand during next years Games.

The Games are on target, they are on budget, and they have a transport plan that will work, Mr Beattie said.

State Opposition Leader Tim Nicholls said he fo...

08:45

PM visits Aust troops in Afghanistan, Iraq "IndyWatch Feed National"

Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull. AAP Image/Mick Tsikas

Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull. AAP Image/Mick Tsikas

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has made an unannounced visit to Australian troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan ahead of Anzac day commemorations.

The Prime Minister meeting and thanking Australian Defence Force mentors and force protection at Qargha, Afghanistan, the official account of his office tweeted early on Tuesday morning.

Australia has 270 defence personnel deployed mostly in the capital Kabul, where they provide support and security along with some mentoring recruits at the Afghan National Military Academy.

Since 2002, 42 Australian troops have been killed in Afghanistan and two in Iraq.

During his visit on Sunday and Monday, Mr Turnbull paid tribute to their sacrifice and to commemorate Anzac day with them.

He also took the opportunity to assess the progress of the wars in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan, by meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi in Baghdad and Afghan Ashraf President Ghani in Kabul.

He also held a meeting with US Secretary of Defense James Mattis, reiterating Australias commitment to defeating terrorism.

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08:42

Heroin addicts plead for a safe injecting room and its safer for everyone "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Christiane Barro. This article first appeared in  Mojo News (21 April 2017)

Shamed heroin addicts on a number of drug-infested streets in Melbourne are backing the push for a medically supervised injecting centre to avoid exposing children to illegal drug activity.

Long-term addict Dean said the concerns of families living in North Richmond known as a centre of heroin dealing and use had to be properly prioritised.

Id be more than happy for this to happen. It will get the needles off the streets because there are too many kids around, Dean said.

Sex Party MP Fiona Patten is leading the push for an 18-month trial of a supervised injecting facility after introducing a bill to State Parliament in February.

Shannon is concerned about childrens safety. Picture: Christiane Barro.

Her move came after Labor Premier Daniel Andrews rejected a call from Victorian Coroner Jacqui Hawkins for the Victorian government establish a facility, following an inquest on a young mother who died from a drug overdose.

Heroin addict Shannon said a safer injecting environment would keep him clean, but he said he was more concerned for children who had to bear the brunt of the areas worsening drug culture.

Its getting really bad. Kids might get pricked by a used needle. It puts a lot of fear in me, Shannon said.

He said the recurrent sight of addicts openly shooting up in multi-storey car parks, side streets and laneways could traumatise young children.

Local resident Michelle Tanner said she was forced to relocate her daughter to a high school in Thomastown after her son was pricked by an uncapped syringe outside Richmond West Primary School.

I wont let my 12-year-old daughter walk on the grass around our building, I wont let her play downstairs she cant even have friends over, Ms Tanner said.

She said it was a daily struggle to get in and out of her home safely because drug dealers regularly traded heroi...

08:41

Qld govt to look at croc plan after attack "IndyWatch Feed National"

Crocodile in northern Queensland. Photo Christian Haugen flickr.com/photos/christianhaugen

Crocodile in northern Queensland. Photo Christian Haugen flickr.com/photos/christianhaugen

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has opened up the possibility of revisiting her governments crocodile management plan after a man was attacked in the states far north.

The man was bitten on the head by a crocodile, believed to be around two metres long, while snorkelling off Lizard Island on Sunday and was treated for minor cuts.

It follows a string of crocodile attacks in northern Queensland in recent months, including one fatality, but Ms Palaszczuk has again ruled out any culling program as suggested by Katters Australian Party.

Weve got strict measures in place here in Queensland that protect people from sharks, and we have to have, I think, stricter measures in place to protect people from crocodile attacks, Ms Palaszczuk said on Monday.

Im not talking about culling, Im talking about a more responsive approach.

The current crocodile management plan was only released last month and has been defended by Environment Minister Steven Miles multiple times as the strongest crocodile management plan the state has ever seen.

KAP has threatened to block the upcoming state budget unless the government supports its proposal to introduce a crocodile cull, safaris and egg collection.

However, they would have to convince the Liberal National Party opposition, which does not support a cull, but has criticised the governments plan as not being proactive enough in removing problem crocodiles before they become a threat.

KAP state member for Dalrymple Shane Knuth said the last thing Queenslanders needed was a review.

The time for talk is well and truly over, Mr Knuth said.

We need real action in the form of a controlled cull now to put a stop to the attacks, which seem to be multiplying by the day.

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08:27

We will remember them "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

08:25

kat: @ana read them - you were a moderator to a list; you've been removed now. Hope that helps. "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

@ana read them - you were a moderator to a list; you've been removed now. Hope that helps.

08:16

Alternative Anzac service promotes peace "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Remembering and Healing hold gatherings dedicated to the pursuit of peace. Photo RaH

Remembering and Healing hold gatherings dedicated to the pursuit of peace. Photo RaH

After the dawn service, the last post and the salute to the Anzacs, each year Lismore group Remembering and Healing holds a gathering dedicated to the pursuit of peace.

Remembering and Healing organises Anzac Day events that model how commemorations of wars can be inclusive, remembering all who have suffered through war, on all sides, civilian and military, without any glorification of war and at the same time committing to a peaceful future.

This years event features a special guest, Paul Barratt, President of Australians for War Powers Reform (AWPR).

AWPR are Australians who believe that any decision to take Australia into international armed conflict should be made by our parliament, not by the PM or the executive.

Unlike in previous years, where events have been held in Lismores Peace Park, due to the recent floods the decision has been taken to move todays event indoors.

RaHs ANZAC Day multi-faith and multicultural peace gathering, 11am    St Andrews Anglican Hall, Zadoc St, Lismore.

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07:34

Jarrah Dundler shortlisted for prestigious literary award "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Jarrah Dundler has been been shortlisted for the Australian, Vogel Literary Award. Photo supplied.

Jarrah Dundler has been been shortlisted for the Australian, Vogel
Literary Award. Photo supplied.

Local Kyogle based writer Jarrah Dundler has been been shortlisted for the Australian, Vogel Literary Award the richest award for an unpublished manuscript in Australia.

The award launched the careers of writers such as Tim Winton, Kate Grenville and Andrew McGahan.

Open to writers aged 35 years and under it offers a top prize of $20,000 and publication with Allen and Unwin.

When I first heard of the award about five years ago I was living in Brisbane, working full-time but keen to devote more time to my passion: writing fiction, said Dundler.

He took time off work, moved with his partner and kids back to his home town of Kyogle and in between taking care of his kids, wrote.

He has received both a residential mentorship with the Byron Writers Festival and a Varuna Writers Fellowship that helped him complete his novel in May last year.

The winner will be announced in Sydney on Wednesday 26th April.

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07:23

Turnbull gave another $110M in "humanitarian assistance" to Iraq while there for Anzac Day photos "IndyWatch Feed National"

I wish I could respect this bloke - particularly on occasions like this. Turnbull is in the Middle-East Afghanistan in search of poll numbers. It has been an honour to meet the servicemen and women in the Middle East, to thank the Anzacs of today for their service. pic.twitter.com/MrkGH1f6AZ ...

07:18

Yemen needs both aid and peace to avert famine "IndyWatch Feed National"

More money is urgently needed to ease the humanitarian suffering in Yemen but aid alone is no substitute for reviving efforts to bring about peace, Oxfam said today as ministers will gather in Geneva tomorrow for a high level pledging event.

The United Nations hopes to raise US$2.1 billion to deliver life-saving humanitarian assistance to Yemen but the appeal intended to provide vital help to 12 million people is only 14 percent funded as of 18 April. According to the UN, Yemen has become the worlds worst humanitarian crisis. Nearly seven million people are facing starvation.

While aid is desperately needed to save lives now, many more people will die unless the de-facto blockade is lifted and major powers stop fuelling the conflict and instead put pressure on all sides to pursue peace. The two-year conflict has so far killed more than 7,800 people, forced over 3 million people from their homes and left 18.8 million people 70 per cent of the population in need of humanitarian assistance. Several countries, including the US, the UK, Spain, France, Germany, Canada, Australia, and Italy, are attending the event while they continue to sell billions of dollars worth of weapons and military equipment to parties to the conflict. And Yemens food crisis could become even more severe if the international community does not send a clear message that a possible attack against Al-Hudaydah, the entry point for an estimated 70 per cent of Yemens food imports, would be totally unacceptable.

Sajjad Mohamed Sajid, Oxfams Country Director in Yemen, said: Many areas of Yemen are on the brink of famine, and the cause of such extreme starvation is political. That is a damning indictment of world leaders but also a real opportunity they have the power to bring the suffering to an end.

Donors need to put their hands in the pocket and fully fund the appeal to prevent people dying now. But while aid will provide welcome relief it will not heal the wounds of war that are the cause of Yemens misery. International backers need to stop fuelling the conflict, make it clear that famine is not an acceptable weapon of war and exert real pressure on both sides to restart peace talks.

Yemen was experiencing a humanitarian crisis even before this latest escalation in the conflict two years ago, but successive appeals for Yemen have been repeatedly underfunded, respectively 58 percent and 62 percent in 2015 and 2016, equivalent to $1.9 billion over the past two years. On the other hand, over $10 billion worth of arms sales were made to warring parties since 2015, five times the amount of the Yem...

06:37

koz: @taknamay I dunno how anyone can read anything book-like on a screen that small regardless. Hence my 'book-sized' qualification previously. "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

@taknamay I dunno how anyone can read anything book-like on a screen that small regardless. Hence my 'book-sized' qualification previously.

06:34

06:14

Who poses the greater threat in Korea? History holds the answers "IndyWatch Feed National"

The election of Donald Trump as US President has seen the ramping up of US rhetoric about North Korea. Trump recently demanded that China should use its influence with the North Koreans and if China did not intervene, then, according to an interview Trump gave to the UK Financial Times, the "US would act alone." US Vice President Mike Pence, currently on a visit to Australia where he will undoubtedly seek Australian support for the US position, said that his country's "era of strategic patience" with North Korea was over. Trump also claimed to have dispatched "an armada", by which he was presumably referring to the aircraft carrier the USS Vinson and its support vessels, to Korean waters. Perhaps typical of Trump's loose association with the truth, the Vinson was at that very time steaming in the opposite direction. Quite what is to be made of this fresh rhetorical belligerence is not clear. One thing however has been abundantly clear for nearly the whole of North Korea's short existence and that is US antipathy and refusal to take meaningful steps to resolve what has become a festering problem for East Asia.

05:48

Worlds top spy agencies hold secret Five Eyes meeting in New Zealand "IndyWatch Feed National"

World's top spy agencies hold secret Five Eyes meeting in New Zealand

Chiefs of the worlds top spy agencies are expected to gather in New Zealand for a secret meeting over the 22-23 April weekend.

According to reports, 15 international intelligence agencies that comprise the Five Eyes spy network will attend the government hosted conference.

The Five Eyes is an international intelligence alliance between the UK, US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. FBI chief James Comey and CIA director Mike Pompeo are expected to attend the conference. Reports speculate that the new US Director of National Intelligence could also be present at the meet.

A spokesperson for New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English confirmed that several senior officials would attend the conference. However, there is no word on what issues would be discussed at the event.

Due to specific security requirements we cannot comment further at this time. However, as police have pointed out they are not aware of a visit to Queenstown by a current or former head of state, the spokesperson said, New Zealand Herald reported.

Newstalk ZB quoted Senior Fellow at the Centre for Strategic Studies Jim Rolfe as saying that it is likely that issues surrounding increasing cyberthreats could be discussed. These are people with hugely full agendas, and if theyre going to give a couple of days to come to the other side of the world, its for a goo...

05:38

Artificial Eggs and Sperm On The Global Human Plantation "IndyWatch Feed National"

 

In this interview with Max Igan of The CrowHouse, we explore the global plantation farmer's market, which offers artificial eggs and sperm, cyborgization, and perpetual conflict among other things.

Max Igan's interview with Australian protester Brendon O' Connell who was sent to jail for speaking words the government didn't like, and is now on the run:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AkyXF...

05:33

Anzac Day dawn service 2017. Lest We Forget. "IndyWatch Feed National"

We will remember... thank you to those who came before us and to those who continue to defend us... freedom is not free lest we forget... pic.twitter.com/RJhjGVPbBC Ben Roberts-Smith (@BenRobertsSmith) April 24, 2017 I'm a long way from home and today for the first time I'm watching the Dawn...

05:30

The Benefits Of Kamala "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Benefits Of Kamala | lotus_flower | Natural Medicine Special Interests

Kamala (also known as Kamcela, Spoonwood, or Mallotus philippinensis) is a well-known plant coming from the humid tropical forests of Australia, the Philippines, India, Papua New Guinea, Malaysia, Africa, Southern Arabia, and southern China. First mentioned in the ancient Indian text, The Kurma Purana, kamalas health-supportive properties have been highly revered the world over for thousands of years.

Kamala is a firm staple in Indias traditional Ayurvedic practices and is currently still being used as a natural and potent herb in the developing world. The narrow-stemmed kamala tree grows up to twenty meters high, although smaller evergreen versions grow wild in India. The most used component of kamala is the reddish-brown fruit. The fruit is crushed and dried and processed into a fine herbal powder. [1]

The Health Benefits of Kamala

Although kamala has a number of potential health benefits, many traditional societies have valued the plant as an aid for combating harmful organisms, particularly those involving the skin and the GI tract. While the fruit and its hairs are most often used for internal cleansing purposes, the bark of kamala is also an excellent anti-microbial agent. Studies have found that the glands and hairs of the kamala fruit are a useful anthelmintic, possibly effective for reducing fascioliasis, a condition related to liver flukes and other forms of intestinal worms. Several studies have reported that kamala resin can offer significant purgative action in the GI tract. In animal trials, the resin was able to eliminate infestation of tapeworms in the small intestines by 78.21%. [2]

Kamala may also offer the following he...

04:30

Who makes money from the crisis in Yemen? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Yemen is suffering one of the worst humanitarian crisis in the world, fuelled by the US-backed, Saudi Arabian war against civilians. Weapons manufacturers also have blood on their hands.

I was interviewed today by journalist Jacob Burns in the Jordanian publication, Al Bawaba:

Antony Loewenstein, an independent journalist and author of Disaster Capitalism: Making A Killing Out Of Catastrophe, said that it was not surprising that countries involved in the war were using aid to further their own agendas.  Theres often now a really political idea of aid, which is supposed to be neutral, as countries are using it in support of their war aims. The militarization of aid is one of the great problems it faces in the 21st century.

Loewenstein also said that even apparently philanthropic actions could benefit states providing aid. Its almost guaranteed, as has been seen in a range of other countries, that contracts used by countries to deliver aid are feeding profit back to the donors.

Read the whole article here.

03:45

US Vice President Mike Pence in Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Vassal visiting time, and the next slot in the US imperium tourism schedule was one of Americas more cosy allies, Australia. The US Vice President Mike Pence popped in to keep an eye on matters just to make sure

01:33

luke: @blp Being British the thought of eating scone with meat and gravy seems really odd! The similarities/differences between Us/UK are amazing "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

@blp Being British the thought of eating scone with meat and gravy seems really odd! The similarities/differences between Us/UK are amazing

00:16

Trump postures and Fox News attempts to deny it assisted "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


Carl Vinson Strike Group departs Singapore for the Western Pacific on 8 April 2017 according to the US Government.

So how 'presidential' did that make Donlad J. Trump appear?

Well.......................

Fox News on 10 April 2017


Fox News on 11 April 2017

Fox News in denial on 18 April 2017 of its part in disseminating Trump's 'fake news'&...

00:15

"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


Australian Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Liberal MP for Dixon and multi-millionaire Peter Craig Dutton during a Sky News interview on 20 April  2017:

There was an alleged incident where three asylum seekers were alleged to be leading a local five-year-old boy back toward the facility

ABC TV Insiders, excerpt, 23 April 2017:
CASSIDY: I want to ask you about the recent disturbance at Manus Island. You recently linked that to a situation where you said that a 5-year-old boy was led away by three asylum seekers and that caused the mood to elevate quite quickly. Now, that's not true, is it?
DUTTON: Of course, it is true.
...

Monday, 24 April

23:55

No Picnic on Mount Kenya "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Dee McLachlan Most stories of war are about one side trying to kill the other side. So this Anzac Day morning I present a different story. Having been a keen mountain climber in my youth, I remember reading a fascinating book based on a true story during the Second World War, entitled No []

23:12

Why there is so much nonsense spouted about fascism "IndyWatch Feed National"

If you are going to invoke the interwar period, particularly the 1930s, please do so intelligently.

By which I mean, non-propagandistically. And by interwar period I mean the phenomenon of fascism and neo-fascism.

Despite self-serving (look at me, I am opposing fascism!) shrieking, there is not a lot of fascism or neo-fascism in contemporary Western politics. Fascists and neo-fascists do, of course, exist but mostly as sad and nasty fringe groupsGolden Dawn in Greece is the most locally successful of the breed, as was the MSI in its early days in Italy (where it got much of its support as an anti-Mafia vote), though nowadays it is post-fascist as a necessary element in mainstreaming itself.

What has become conspicuous is a lot of shrieking-and-pointing about alleged fascists and neo-fascism. (E.g. treating Pauline Hanson, for example here, and Geert Wilders as neofascism and Marine Le PenNational Front in France as fascism.) This has mostly been a result of intellectually impoverished frameworks interacting with moral grandstanding; in particular, the moralised cognitive tribalism that is such a feature of postmodern identity progressivists (PIPs) and their fellow cognitive tribalists.

Militarisation of politics

The reason there is not much fascism or neo-fascism in contemporary Western politics is because there is remarkably little militarisation of politics. By militarisation of politics, I do not mean being pro-military spending, extolling the worth of military service or supporting military intervention. Hillary Clinton and other folk supporting various military interventions are not examples of the militarisation of politics.

Actual Fascists, doing fascist politics.
Mussolini marching on Rome, 1922.

...

23:08

Pence cuts short Asia trip to deal with domestic priorities "IndyWatch Feed National"

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence has cut short the final leg of his Asia trip to race back to Washington, where the Trump administration faces a critical week on tax reform and a funding plan to keep the government running, an aide said on Sunday. Pence, who has been traveling in Asia to reassure allies and partners about President Donald Trump's commitment to the region, had originally planned to spend two nights in Honolulu at the end of a trip that took him to South Korea, Japan, Indonesia and Australia. While he spoke with business leaders in each country, Pence's trip was overshadowed by rising tensions in North Korea, where it is feared another nuclear test could be conducted soon in defiance of United Nations sanctions.

22:51

RACV insurance issues guide - "What To Do In A Home Invasion" after attacks increased 40% last year "IndyWatch Feed National"

What have we come to? The RACV issues home/contents insurance - and in Victoria the big issue facing it is home invasions. For a homeowner, it's potentially life and death. This article reports 10 aggravated burglaries per day in Victoria, 3,500 per year - and the number grew by 40%...

22:37

antifa notes (april 24, 2017) : fakes and frauds and fascists and facebook "IndyWatch Feed National"

1) fake A fake Melbourne Antifa page has been published on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/antifamelb/; you can leave them a one-star review if you like. In any case, try Melbourne Antifa Info instead. 2) faking Nathan Sykes AKA Hamish Patton from Continue reading

22:27

mjd: @tregeagle That's insane. I for one welcome our new #JavaScript overlords. Browsers all the way down. In Soviet Russia programs execute emulators. No idea what any of that means. It's all a #Slashdot-green fever dream. I have a #Freeciv window permanently open, just in case. "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

@tregeagle That's insane. I for one welcome our new # overlords. Browsers all the way down. In Soviet Russia programs execute emulators. No idea what any of that means. It's all a # fever dream. I have a # window permanently open, just in case.

22:07

strypey: @davidpgil see the link I posted for the one I'm part of. It's not super active but I post to it when relevant stuff comes up "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

@davidpgil see the link I posted for the one I'm part of. It's not super active but I post to it when relevant stuff comes up

22:00

Australian War Memorial Last Post ceremony tonight, order of service for AWM Dawn Service & live video link here "IndyWatch Feed National"

The ABC will have live coverage of the Dawn Service tomorrow morning broadcasting around the world here - kicks off at 4.30AM Canberra time.

21:45

Mongoose: Australia Fails on Child Abuse Justice Slams Judges and Prosecutors Pedophilia Out of Control Across Thousands of Australian Institutions "IndyWatch Feed National"

Mongoose

Child Abuse Royal Commissioner Justice Peter McClellan outlines failures of judges and prosecutors

In a speech on the 13th of April 2017 the Chairman of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, The Hon Justice Peter McClellan AM, raised issues regarding the failure of judges and prosecutors to do their jobs properly and therefore fail victims of child sex abuse.

Thousands of institutions have been implicated in allegations of child sexual abuse, according to new data released by a royal commission.

Read full article with links.

Phi Beta Iota: Pedophilia is the Achilles heel of the Deep State. It is also how control is maintained over government and law enforcement officials who have been ensnared in this long-running network. We are at the beginning of a public awakening that sees the Deep State for what it is;...

21:36

kuro: Resign yourself to the #lifelong sadness that comes from never being satisfied. - Zadie Smith, writer !q "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Resign yourself to the # sadness that comes from never being satisfied. - Zadie Smith, writer !q

20:26

Newtown Social Club bids an emotional farewell as it shuts its doors for good "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Sydneys iconic live music venue the Newtown Social Club closed for good over the weekend, laid to rest with two sold-out gigs by The Drones Gareth Liddiard, and now with the final curtain falling, the venue owners took to Facebook after its final show to wish the Club and all of its supporters over the years a sad but fond farewell.

Thank You and Goodbye

This is it, friends. Today is the last day for the Newtown Social Club. We love the venue that weve built the NSC to become and will always have a never ending list of beloved memories to look back on. Wed like to say a big thank you to every band, punter and promoter that weve ever had the pleasure of hosting, serving and working with. Without you all the NSC wouldnt have become the amazing venue that it is today. Thank you to all our bar, kitchen and floor staff for being such a hard working, devoted and all-round incredible group of people to run a pub with.

Weve loved every moment of running this place and its been our utmost pleasure and honor to be able to do what we do here everyday. See you all around for a drink soon. With love, the Newtown Social Club.

Equally-emotional was Gareth Liddiards farewell, with a packed room hanging on his every word as they soaked up the last remaining minutes in the warm, carpeted embrace of the NSCs dark corners.

While the venue is just the latest closure in the wake of Sydneys much-maligned lockout laws, theres some light at the end of the tunnel, with members of the NSW Parliament meeting this Wednesday to hold The Labor Music Roundtable in an effort to more closely analyse the spate of recent closures.

Its too late to save the beloved NSC, we can only thank the venue and its owners for the countless memorable nights of music its delivered over the years, and wish them all the best in whatever comes next.

20:19

Arizona: Battleground for State-sponsored Child Kidnappings Highest in the Nation "IndyWatch Feed National"

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by Monica Mears
Health Impact News

A fight is raging across Arizona parents, foster parents, activists, lawyers and even the Arizona Republic are refusing to back down against the states apathetic resistance to real, meaningful solutions for its outrageous record as the top state in the nation for child removals. Read More

20:18

IAAF World Relays: US, Jamaica, Australia top table, Nigeria 16th "IndyWatch Feed National"

  To consolidate on their position as the strongest relay nation in the world, the U.S. collected their third successive Golden Baton honour at the IAAF/BTC World Relays, Bahamas 2017. The U.S. won five of the nine events over the two-day programme, took silver in a pair and third in another to tally 60 points, 21 ahead of Jamaica which had 39 in total. The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) said on its website on Monday that the Golden Baton was awarded to the team who accrues the most...

The post IAAF World Relays: US, Jamaica, Australia top table, Nigeria 16th appeared first on New Telegraph Newspapers.

20:03

Just Who Does Pose the Greater Threat in Korea? "IndyWatch Feed National"

4523423434The election of Donald Trump as US President has seen the ramping up of US rhetoric about North Korea. Trump recently demanded that China should use its influence with the North Koreans and if China did not intervene, then, according to an interview Trump gave to the UK Financial Times, the US would act alone.

US Vice President Mike Pence, currently on a visit to Australia where he will undoubtedly seek Australian support for the US position, said that his countrys

era of strategic patience with North Korea was over.

Trump also claimed to have dispatched an armada, by which he was presumably referring to the aircraft carrier the USS Vinson and its support vessels, to Korean waters. Perhaps typical of Trumps loose association with the truth, the Vinson was at that very time steaming in the opposite direction.

Quite what is to be made of this fresh rhetorical belligerence is not clear. One thing however has been abundantly clear for nearly the whole of North Koreas short existence and that is US antipathy and refusal to take meaningful steps to resolve what has become a festering problem for East Asia.

Korea was only divided into two parts following the defeat of the Japanese in 1945. The dividing line was the 38thparallel of latitude, with the Soviet Union occupying the northern part and the US the southern portion.

Stalin withdrew Soviet troops in 1948 and there was a similar withdrawal of American troops from the south. The big difference is that the Americans returned in force in 1950 with the outbreak of the Korean War and have never left. Today, there are more than 40,000 US troops stationed in South Korea, with multiple military bases.

South Korea is an important component of the US strategy of containing China, i.e. preventing the rise of an alternative element that might threaten the USs hegemonic unipolar view of the world.

The US felt able to leave South Korea in 1948 because they had installed the US educated Syngman Rhee as dictator. He ruled as dictators do, killing, jailing or driving into exile tens of thousands of his political opponents.

Rhee was finally overthrown in a popular revolution in 1960. In scenes later to be replicated in Saigon in 1975, he was plucked from his palace by a...

19:59

aunty wendys apple cake "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

I know its autumn when I find half-eaten apples on the table or in the fridge. Disregarded, I-lost-interest apples are just what you need for this homely, perfect-with-a-cup-of-tea cake.

My aunty has been making this for years and like all good recipes, its been written down on notepaper and passed around the family, it often makes an appearance around birthday time and its the perfect addition to the school lunchbox.

Personally, I love a cake that doesnt require a trip to the shops; if youve got a few apples and pantry staples youll be devouring this scrumptious cake within a few hours.

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Aunty Wendys Apple Cake

125grams butter

2 medium apples, peeled and grated

1 cup sugar

1 egg

1 1/2 cups plain flour

1 tsp baking powder

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1 teaspoon all spice

pinch of salt

and for the topping:

25grams melted butter

1/2 cup rolled oats

1/4 cup brown sugar

1 tsp cinnamon

Preheat oven to 180 degrees C (350F) and line a round cake tin with baking paper.

Mix butter, sugar and egg and then add grated apple. Mix well.

Stir in sifted dry ingredients, mix well and pour into cake tin.

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19:24

Fake Greens try to scuttle 457 visa changes - by Leith van Onselen "IndyWatch Feed National"

Unbelievably, the party that is supposed to safeguard the Australian environment The Australian Greens is trying to scuttle the Turnbull Governments modest changes to so-called skilled 457 visas. From The Canberra Times:

The Turnbull governments plan to scrap the 457 skilled migration visa faces new hurdles in the Senate with the Greens set to refer it to a committee to examine if it could harm the economy, hobble individual businesses or put at risk Australias multicultural fabric.

Trade spokeswoman Sarah Hanson-Young will move on Monday to secure crossbench and opposition support for an inquiry into the replacement of the 457 class with a pared down system with fewer eligible occupations and shorter visa periods, and which is separated from subsequent citizenship eligibility

If Australia is going to attract the type of expertise, intelligence and experience that we need, we have to engage with our region and the wider international community, Senator Hanson-Young said.

This inquiry will help to untangle some of the mess that was made when Malcolm Turnbull decided to use the cheap politics of racism and crass anti-migrant sentiment to appease the conservative rump of his own party

To stride confidently into the global future, we will need to attract and retain the best and brightest minds to our innovation, IT and education sectors. That can only be achieved through careful consideration of policy, not sloganeering and jingoistic hyperbole

Until now, 457 visas lasted four years and holders were able to apply for permanent residency at their conclusion and then serve as little as a 12-month waiting period before applying for full Australian citizenship.

However, the new arrangements will limit most visas  particularly in the lower paid occupations  to two years with a single renewal and no access to permanent residency at the conclusion.

Seriously, what hope is there of having a rational debate about immigration settings when The Greens play the racist and xenophobia card whenever the issue arises?

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18:27

Aboriginal Australian Slaves What The History Books Will Never Tell You "IndyWatch Feed National"

They were were taken from their homes and sent to work on cotton farms and sugar plantations, cattle farms and sheep stations, were there were no limits on how many hours they worked, how hard was the labor, how [...]

17:57

Two cars stolen on same night in South Lismore "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A man and a woman have been charged after two cars and personal property were stolen from two separate addresses in South Lismore in the early hours of Sunday morning (April 23).

At about 4.45am police received reports of an aggravated break and enter at a South Lismore home. About 45 minutes later, another vehicle was reported stolen from a second location in the same area.

Police located both vehicles a short time later and spoke to a 42-year-old man and a 35-year-old woman, who were seen in the area.

A search of the man allegedly revealed car keys, a drivers licence and a credit card belonging to the owner of the first vehicle. The man was also carrying three knives and tools allegedly used for breaking into homes.

The woman was allegedly found in possession of car keys of the second vehicle, cash and cards.

They were arrested and taken to Lismore Police Station.

The man was charged with aggravated breaking and entering, goods in custody, custody of a knife and possessing a prohibited drug.

The woman was charged with aggravated breaking and entering, stealing a motor vehicle, driving while disqualified and goods in custody.

The woman was refused bail to appear at Lismore Local Court on 20 June 2017.

The man was granted conditional bail to appear at Lismore Local Court on 20 June 2017.

Police are urging anyone with information on the incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/

 

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17:52

Mike Pence in Oz "IndyWatch Feed National"

Vassal visiting time, and the next slot in the US imperium tourism schedule was one of Americas more cosy allies, Australia. The US Vice President Mike Pence popped in to keep an eye on matters just to make sure that all was in order.

There had been that issue of the notable phone call, when Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull had been verbally slapped by The Donald over the dumb refugee resettlement deal made with the previous Obama administration.

Not to fear.  Turnbull and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop came across as caddies willing to do their best for Pence (a US vice president deserves two such officials for this sort of visit).  Chuckling, everything seemed to be going accordingly.

That said, Pence did not hide his irritation at a few matters on the meeting agenda, including the refugee agreement made by the Obama administration with Turnbull. President Trump has made it clear that well honour the agreement, but it doesnt mean we admire the agreement.  As watchers of the refugee news items know, Australia responds to asylum seekers and refugees like an insecure spouse feeling that his assets might be pinched.

The result is usually a practiced irrationalism, in this instance involving the transfer of up to 1,250 refugees in offshore detention centres on Nauru and Manus Island to the United States, in exchange for refugees from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.

Pence did, however, promise Australia a range of treats, one of them being direct benefits arising from President Trumps new tax plan.  In true Trump fashion, Pence met with various corporate groups, Westfield, Macquarie Group, Lendlease, and Austral, to promise pie-in-the-sky benefits amounting to $1.5 trillion. (Another figure, another speculation.)

The shower of meaningless rhetoric was heavy.  The truth is that a stronger American economy also means a stronger economy for all our trading partners, including Australia.  The tax reform on the table will make the strongest economy in the world stronger still, and it will benefit the American people, American workers, and it will benefit the economy of Australia.

Such words ring hollow given that the Australian-US Free Trade Agreement has done much to benefit US economic interests disproportionately to Australias.  Despite projections of an economic nirvana by policy wonks in Canberra, the deal has actually deprived and distorted Australian gains.

The economic promises were merely one feature of the utopian cake being dished up by Pence.

Australia remains a convenient base to watch over matters in the Pacific, be it through military or intelligence operations.  That very fact mak...

17:45

Reader John Greybeard puts context around the achievement - 1,000 days of stopping the boats "IndyWatch Feed National"

Thanks to reader John Greybeard for this insightful analysis on the scale of the achievement in hitting 1,000 days without a boat arrival. Congratulations to General Jim Molan (Ret'd), Tony Abbott, Scott Morrison and Peter Dutton for keeping Australia free of people smuggling boats for 1000 days. It is a...

17:32

Julie Bishop gives $10M aid to Yemen. Saudi Arabia bombs it to rubble, takes no refugees - but we pay "IndyWatch Feed National"

Saudi Arabia and Iran back different sides in a bad versus bad Sunni versus Shia Middle Eastern shit-fight over who's in charge of Yemen. Saudi Arabia drops bombs but takes no refugees. And Australia? We clean up the mess. Can anyone explain how this is our responsibility?

17:11

To The Point of puking over more Tony Abbott details "IndyWatch Feed National"

This is "To The Point" on Sky News today, or as Stu of NT put it "To the point of puking....." over another story about Tony Abbott and will he or won't he do something or rather. 8 long minutes of it. Can anyone explain the secret? Why is he...

17:08

koz: Worst part? All those nice SVG diagrams I drew will probably need severe modification or even removal. And they took the longest, too. #sad "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Worst part? All those nice SVG diagrams I drew will probably need severe modification or even removal. And they took the longest, too. #

17:07

koz: To be fair, it was MTP, and that thing is a giant pile of toxic waste. "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

To be fair, it was MTP, and that thing is a giant pile of toxic waste.

17:06

koz: An unrelated note: never thought I'd see the day where *Debian's* default config for something was *worse* than Arch's. Today was that day. "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

An unrelated note: never thought I'd see the day where *Debian's* default config for something was *worse* than Arch's. Today was that day.

17:04

koz: @taknamay I just dislike ePubs on principle. Anything book-sized I can read from, I can just as well read PDFs. Which I do all the time. "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

@taknamay I just dislike ePubs on principle. Anything book-sized I can read from, I can just as well read PDFs. Which I do all the time.

17:02

16:30

luke: @blp oh yeah, we call those plain scones but eat them differently. We put butter and jam (jelly) on & eat like a pastry or cake. "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

@blp oh yeah, we call those plain scones but eat them differently. We put butter and jam (jelly) on & eat like a pastry or cake.

15:49

strypey: @indywatch thanks for the codebase offer but why the NC clause? TBH I'm hesitant to depend on code that isn't under a free code license "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

@indywatch thanks for the codebase offer but why the NC clause? TBH I'm hesitant to depend on code that isn't under a free code license

15:44

strypey: @craigmaloney I envisioned just having a 'metal' account operated by a metal editor, but I'm open to ideas about how to structure it. "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

@craigmaloney I envisioned just having a 'metal' account operated by a metal editor, but I'm open to ideas about how to structure it.

15:37

strypey: @indywatch that's good news. There are a number of federation standards/ protocols you could look at writing plug-ins for "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

@indywatch that's good news. There are a number of federation standards/ protocols you could look at writing plug-ins for

15:20

Detective: MI5 Helped Parents Cover-Up Madeleine McCanns Murder "IndyWatch Feed National"

A former police detective claims that British spy agency MI5 helped to hide Madeleine McCanns body after her parents murdered her.  Goncalo Amaral made the bombshell revelations on Australian TV over the weekend, claiming that [...]

15:00

Martin Bryant Birthday Series, Part 2: The Cake Situation "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Mary W Maxwell Editors Note: this is a plea to readers to join the birthday cake fandangle for MB. GumshoeNews.com has a few favorite topics, as can be seen on the masthead of the website. One is Port Arthur. Most of the articles on that subject up to May 2016 got put into a []

14:50

After welcome, after sanctuary "IndyWatch Feed National"

As Jennifer Bagelman observed in research with the Glasgow City of Sanctuary, sanctuary measures such as employment programs and social events, all aimed at a future that is still in abeyance, can simply feel like dependency, uselessness, and invisibility for people who have no other choice but to rely on the self-congratulatory services of the sanctuary city, all while having no certainty about whether a life without the need for sanctuary will ever be possible.

14:45

14:30

Aircraft Carrier Wasnt Sailing to Deter North Korea, as U.S. Suggested "IndyWatch Feed National"

Just over a week ago, the White House declared that ordering an American aircraft carrier into the Sea of Japan would send a powerful deterrent signal to North Korea and give President Trump more options in responding to the Norths provocative behavior. Were sending an armada, Mr. Trump said to Fox News last Tuesday afternoon. The problem was that the carrier, the Carl Vinson, and the three other warships in its strike force were that very moment sailing in the opposite direction, to take part in joint exercises with the Australian Navy ... 3,500 miles southwest of the Korean Peninsula. White House officials said Tuesday that they had been relying on guidance from the Defense Department. Officials there described a glitch-ridden sequence of events ... which perpetuated the false narrative that a flotilla was racing toward the waters off North Korea. By the time the White House was asked about the Carl Vinson, its imminent arrival had been emblazoned on front pages across East Asia, fanning fears that Mr. Trump was considering a pre-emptive military strike. In South Korea ... fears of a full-blown war erupted. The government rushed to reassure the public that the Carl Vinson was coming only to deter North Korean provocations. After a week of war drums, fueled by the reports of the oncoming armada, tensions subsided when the weekend passed with only a military parade in Pyongyang and a failed missile test, [while] the Carl Vinson ... was thousands of miles from where most of the world thought it was.

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UN Child Sex Ring Left Victims but No Arrests "IndyWatch Feed National"

An Associated Press investigation of U.N. missions during the past 12 years found nearly 2,000 allegations of sexual abuse and exploitation by peacekeepers and other personnel around the world. More than 300 of the allegations involved children. Only a fraction of the alleged perpetrators served jail time. In Haiti, at least 134 Sri Lankan peacekeepers exploited nine children in a sex ring from 2004 to 2007, according to an internal U.N. report. 114 peacekeepers were sent home. None was ever imprisoned. In March, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres announced new measures to tackle sexual abuse. But the proclamation had a depressingly familiar ring: More than a decade ago, the United Nations commissioned a report that promised to do much the same thing, yet most of the reforms never materialized. For a full two years after those promises were made, the children in Haiti were passed around from soldier to soldier. And in the years since, peacekeepers have been accused of sexual abuse the world over. The AP found that some 150 allegations of abuse and exploitation by U.N. peacekeepers and other personnel were reported in Haiti alone between 2004 and 2016. Aside from the Sri Lankan sex ring in Haiti, some perpetrators were jailed for other cases. Alleged abusers came from Bangladesh, Brazil, Jordan, Nigeria, Pakistan, Uruguay and Sri Lanka. More countries may have been involved, but the United Nations only started disclosing alleged perpetrators' nationalities after 2015.

Note: In 2015, UN officials unsuccessfully attempted to cover up an internal report alleging sexual abuse of children by peacekeeping troops in Africa. Watch an excellent segment by Australia's "60-Minutes" team "Spies, Lords and Predators" on a pedophile ring in the UK which leads directly to the highest levels of government. A second suppressed documentary, "Conspiracy of Silence," goes even deeper into this topic in the US. For more along these lines, see concise summaries of deeply revealing sexual abuse scandal news articles from reliable major media sources.

Sexual Abuse at Choate Went On for Decades, School Acknowledges "IndyWatch Feed National"

Choate Rosemary Hall, the elite Connecticut boarding school, said on Thursday that at least 12 former teachers had sexually molested - and, in at least one case, raped - students in a pattern of abuse dating to the 1960s. A report prepared by an investigator for the board of trustees [said that] the parents of a Choate student complained to the school in the early 1980s after their daughter contracted herpes from an English teacher. And in another case, the report describes a students rape on a school trip to Costa Rica. None of the teachers actions were reported to the police. Choate ... is the latest in a string of prestigious private academies that have faced accusations of sexual abuse by faculty members, including St. Georges School, in Rhode Island, and Horace Mann and Poly Prep in New York City. In a letter to members of the school community that accompanied the report, Michael J. Carr, the chairman of the board of trustees, and Alex D. Curtis, the headmaster, apologized and thanked the victims who came forward. The report names 12 former faculty members who it says abused students, both male and female. In some cases, faculty members had sexual relationships with students for months. For years, the school kept allegations of sexual misconduct from getting out, according to the report. Sexual misconduct matters were handled internally and quietly, it said. Faculty was ... was cautioned to say nothing about the situation if asked.

Note: Watch an excellent segment by Australia's "60-Minutes" team "Spies, Lords and Predators" on a pedophile ring in the UK which leads directly to the highest levels of government. A second suppressed documentary, "Conspiracy of Silence," goes even deeper into this topic in the US. For more along these lines, see concise summaries of deeply revealing sexual abuse scandal news articles from reliable major media sources.

Study reveals plants 'listen' to find sources of water "IndyWatch Feed National"

A study led by The University of Western Australia has found plants have far more complex and developed senses than we thought with the ability to detect and respond to sounds to find water, and ultimately survive. In the study "Tuned in: plant roots use sound to locate water" ... UWA researchers found that plants can sense sound vibrations from running water moving through pipes or in the soil, to help their roots move towards the source of water. The study also revealed that plants do not like certain noises and will move away from particular sounds. Lead researcher Dr Monica Gagliano ... said water was a basic need for a plant's survival, and the study showed that sound plays a significant role in helping plants cater to this need. "We used the common garden pea plant ... as the model for our study and [gave] it a choice of two directions for the growth of its roots. "We then exposed the plant to a series of sounds, including white noise, running water and then a recording of running water under each tube, and observed its behaviour. The plants could tell where the source of the water was and their root systems grew towards that source. "The plant could actually tell when the sound of running water was a recording and when it was real and that the plant did not like the recorded sound." When moisture was readily available in the soil, the plant did not respond to the sound of running water. "From this we begin to see the complexity of plant interactions with sound in using it to make behavioural decisions," Dr Gagliano said.

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13:50

Fellowship to assist research into helping Indigenous women stop smoking during pregnancy "IndyWatch Feed National"

DR Catherine Chamberlain

Trawlwoolway woman Dr Catherine Chamberlain will travel to London in May to participate in a research conference.

Meet Dr Catherine Chamberlain, a recognised contributor to Aboriginal womens health research and a recipient of an Australian Government Endeavour Research Fellowship for Indigenous Australians.

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13:48

Whatever happened to whats her name? How Hollywood still hates women "IndyWatch Feed National"

In the pilot episode of Feud, Joan Crawfords beautician says, scathingly, Men age, they get character. Women age, they get lost.

13:38

Taxpayer loan for railway to Adani mine not in the interests of NSW: report "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/taxpayer-loan-for-railway-to-adani-mine-not-in-the-interests-of-nsw-report-20170423-gvqr1r.html ~ Matt Wade @MattWadeSMH http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/by/Matt-Wade-hvejy  24 April 2017:

The fairness of a proposed Commonwealth loan of nearly  $1 billion to fund a rail link to the giant Adani coal mine in Queenslands Galilee Basin has been called into question by economic modelling showing
it may cost NSW hundreds of millions of dollars a year.

Adanis Carmichael mine will increase the global supply of coal by about 6 per cent, putting downward pressure on prices received by NSW coal exporters and  slashing mining royalties paid to the state government, the report by the Australia Institute says.


13:29

Sign in Australian shop "No Israeli Served Here" - I hope the bastard has been charged by COB today "IndyWatch Feed National"

UPDATE Cairns piercing studio sign bans Israelis https://t.co/vdBW2UPkwT via @newscomauHQ Rhonda Forbes (@RhondaForbes) April 24, 2017

13:14

Kapyong Day - 66 years since Australian & Commonwealth troops stopped Chinese Army advance to Seoul "IndyWatch Feed National"

Just attended ceremony in Canberra for anniversary of the 1951 Battle of Kapyong in Korea. Duty First, Old Faithful pic.twitter.com/t8tb1qxdqN Jim Molan (@Jim_Molan) April 24, 2017 The feat of arms in the Battle of Kapyong defies belief. Had the Chinese broken through to Seoul that night the world may...

12:55

NSW Minister for Planning Anthony Roberts pressuring Byron Shire Council on behalf of millionaire developer "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


The Northern Star, 20 April 2017:

BYRON Shire Councillor Cate Coorey has reacted angrily to a letter received by council from NSW Minister for Planning Anthony Roberts, pushing council to make a Draft Control Plan for the West Byron site that she and a number of other councillors see as flawed.

At a meeting on November 17 last year, council resolved "that subject to peer reviews of frog, koala, traffic, and water and flood management reports, council (should) approve the Byron Shire Development Control Plan 2014".

Instead, the Planning Minister is pushing council to make the DCP without the reports..                                                                                                                                                                      
"The minister that approved this rezoning never came to Byron and does not understand the site.

"Now this new Planning Minister is doing the same. The State Government ignores what the people of Byron want."

"The previous council did nothing with this DCP - they were happy to accept the one put forward by the developers, whi...

12:43

The hills around Bellingen could burn for a year... "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


NSW Forestry Corporation will log, bulldoze and burn Tarkeeth State Forest. Residents have been told by Forestry Corporation that waste vegetation would be bulldozed into windrows and burnt over a period of a year or more...Imagine the smoke pollution right across the Valley." (source)

Study indicates 'biomass burning' may play larger role in climate change than previously realized. "Based on aircraft observations, satellite data and models, the findings indicate 'biomass burning' may need to be addressed with future regulations. Following closely after COP21, the results could suggest a need to look at other sources of greenhouse gas emissions, in addition to industrial activities and fossil fuel combustion in industrialized nations." (source)

Smoke - "Globally around 340,000 deaths per year are thought to be attributable to the additional pollution from landscape fires. Ending deforestation by burning would have many benefits, not only for global climate and biodiversity but for human health too." (source)

Measuring air quality/ NSW clean air legislation EPA NSW

Smoke and dust sensors. Open source technology for citizens:
Low-cost sensors to measure air quality. Monitor the air you breathe. Nature 09.01.2015


Links:
The hills around Bellingen could 'burn for a year', Bellingen Courier, 22.02.2016

University of Maryland. "Fires b...

12:31

Frances presidential election and the fall of the two party system "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Joe Montero

The first stage of Frances presidential; election has come and gone. Emmanuel Macron came on top with 24 percent of the vote, compared to Marine le Pens 22 percent. Now they must go to the second round on 7 May and Macron is expected to come out on top.

Macron was able to garner sufficient support from the dissatisfied  Socialist Party base and the conservative Republicans and the message of responsible middle of the road and clean politics. He also benefited from a widespread fear of the rise of Marine Le Pen and the National Front.

There is also another important part to the story of this election. This is the rise of Jean-Luc Mlenchon and the movement that he leads. It represents that part of French society that wants real change and not a continuation down the same old road. He got 19.6 percent of the vote. This is impressive when you consider the relative lack of resources, and most importantly, the big media blitzkrieg against him as the big threat to France.

Macron, in contrast, enjoyed the support an important section of the old political establishment and a very friendly big media. He also received favour from the highest levels of  the European Union.

Not much is said about the fate of the Socialist Party.  Its candidate getting merely 6 percent of the vote. This is a disaster.  And a significant base has gone over to the Mlenchon and  Unbowed France>  They have succeed in laying down a good base to consolidate and take to the next stage. It is in a position, to be a Major player in French politics from now on and this will continue to raise the concept of an alternative direction, on a scale that has not been seen for a long time.

Behind this, is the near collapse of the traditional two party system, against which, which the French have turned against in big numbers. The Socialists and Republicans managed to get barely 27 percent between them.  The reason is that the two party system  has not delivered society needs and expects. The Socialist Party suffered most, because it claimed to be the party of reform and failed to live up to it. In July there is going to be a general election for members of the General Assembly. What happens there is going to be significant.

Le Pen and the National Front are also a creation of the same phenomenon. They also have significant support front the political establishment, even if they publicly claim to be against it. The rise on the National Front reveals just how politically polarised France has become. This is not going to change in the short-run.

If Macron wins the second round, the incoming president will apply the austerity measures he has already announced. In the end, he will be judged by his performance. If too many are hurt, his star will so...

12:14

Tweed council back to business after flood "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Tweed mayor Katie Milne.

Tweed mayor Katie Milne.

Tweed mayor Katie Milne has praised council staff for its highly coordinated operation, following the recent floods, particularly given the size, scale and impact of the event.

But while council returns to business as usual, mayor Milne acknowledges there is much more to be done in repairing the shires infrastructure, helping locals made homeless or jobless by the floods and planning for similar events in the future.

Council is still working its way through the recovery phase of the recent floods and is yet to have a full debrief with all agencies and internal council departments, Cr Milne said.

In time we will have a full debrief, however, right now our immediate focus continues to be on emergency restorations. There are always lessons from floods be they large or small that we can take and apply to respond better to future events, she added.

Recovery Centre

Mayor Milne said council is aware of more than 100 people who have been made homeless by the floods.

While council takes an active role wherever possible, homelessness and the provision of services are the primary responsibility of the state government and we are working closely with them to identify and refer details of people impacted, she said.

Council has taken significant measures to support community members displaced during and after the flood event, most significantly funding staff resources at the Flood Recovery Centre.

Council staff have also evaluated some 20 properties damaged in the floods, she added.

More than 1,000 people have so far made use of the Recovery Centre in Murwillumbah, which will remain open (except Anzac Day and Sundays) while there remains a demand.

Roadworks

Tweed Council has identified 1,200 incidences of road damage caused by the flood.

The estimated damages bill to date is approaching $20 million.

Last week council crews and contractors were working on priority landslips and washouts on roads including: Tyalgum Creek, Lone Pine, Rowlands Creek, Hopkins Creek, Urliup, Numinbah, Glencoe, Nobbys Creek and Kyogle roads and Tweed Valley Way.

By the end of the week theyre expected to also have started work on bypassing the missing section of Manns Road;...

11:38

Artist donates money to flood affected disability services "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Liam Bruce with his work at the Lone Goat Gallery in Byron Bay. Photo supplied.

Liam Bruce with his work at the Lone Goat Gallery in Byron Bay. Photo supplied.

Local artist, Liam Bruce, has donated all the money he made from selling cards of his art work, at  his recent combined exhibition, to disability service provider REDinc who lost four of their offices in the recent flooding in Lismore.

Despite their losses in the flooding REDinc managed continue with the IncREDible Art Show earlier this month at the Lone Goat Gallery in Byron Bay.

They only had a short time to get the four offices ready for the flood, said Liams mother, Margi Bruce.

They managed to get the cars out and the computers up and luckily someone noticed the all the art work that had been placed behind a door ready for the exhibition. They put it up on a big sturdy table out of flood range.

Apparently the flooding was so high all the other furniture floated around except this one table. So the show was able to go on.

With the four offices out of action REDinc have been operating out of their Mullumbimby outpost, the accountants house and Southern Cross University.

I dont know where they are going get the funds to get themselves sorted out, said Margi.

The show was really well received, said gallery coodinator Andrew McDonald.

Liam is a charming young man and it was a beautiful show. People always talk about the REDinc show and look forward to it.

There were several local artists exhibiting their work and regardless of the damage from the flooding REDinc made sure the show went on as planned.

They were amazing, said Margi.

It is always so fantastic to see all their art together, it is so powerful.

Mayor Simon Richardson has opened the exhibition for the last three years running and he said it was one of his favourite art exhibitions.

To see...

10:39

The very famous Beautiful All "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Beautiful with a group of his many admirers. Photo supplied

Beautiful with a group of his many admirers. Photo supplied

 

Mandy Nolan

I am sitting in the foyer of the Byron Aged Care talking with Beautiful, aka Preacher Barry, or Barry Donald John Mcrath, a bona fide and ridgey didge hippy and the founder of The Fairly Serious Church of the Occasional Giggles. There is an open invitation to all hes touched to attend his Living Wake at the Byron Surf Club on Sunday.

Beautiful has been delivering unsolicited compliments to the human race for the past 40 years. And he doesnt let me down. As I come through the door this he catches me with Mandy Nolan! You are fabulous! I have had a picture of you up above my bed.but someone took it down.

Beautifuls bigget goal in life is to make people happy. Even his recent diagnosis of cancer hasnt slowed him down. He knows everyones name as they walk past and he greets them in a large loving voice that almost brings me to tears. Nothing gets by Beautiful without him calling it to his attention. He may be dying but his spirit is certainly in full flight.

I ask him how old he is.

I am 25 but I tell Malcolm Turnbull I am 78 turning 79 and he sends me money every week to stay in this luxurious palace!

His two adult children Elendel and Arlo McCasker are both here too. Arlo is out from Bali with his partner. The two of them are clearly enamoured with their father. Who wouldnt be. There should be a picture of the man in the dictionary next to the word unique. Arlos name in the Church is God. Elendels is Daughter. I got a bit short changed on that one she laughs about being the sister of God.

In the 25 years I have lived here Beautiful has been an integral part of our vibrant community. Wearing flowing white with his hair and beard long and always covered in flowers he would hand people affirmations. Say nice things to them as they passed.

I think everyone needs to be told they are fabulous and glorious beyond worth. Like you, everyone has put themselves down, I want them to realize how glorious and wonderful they are says Beautiful. He adds I think all people even the bastards are wonderful and everyone knows the truth.

His office was the park a...

10:21

Bangalow dives in for new pool "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Bangalow pool. Artists impression. Image supplied by Dominic Finlay Jones.

Bangalow pool. Artists impression. Image supplied by Dominic Finlay Jones.

The Bangalow community has been waiting for over 10 years their pool and the Bangalow pool trust is now asking the community to get behind the idea and get involved.

They are holding their AGM at the Bangalow Bowls Club at 7pm on Tuesday 2 May.

Council have approved the DA and the land is on a long term lease from council adjacent to the Bangalow sports grounds, said pool trust secretary, Tony Heeson.

We want to get the Bangalow community interested and behind it. We need people who have the skills and time to get things done to get involved.

The initial plan is for a heated 25m pool, a learn to swim pool and kids water play area with a kiosk and viewing stand. They have raised around $300,000 towards the project but will need a government grant to get it up and swimming.

The first stage will cost around 1 million, said local architect Dominic Finlay Jones who has put together the plans.

We are currently looking at applying for a range of state and federal grants. We do need a government grant for it to be feasible.

The second stage of the plan to develop the site aims to include  a creche, coffee shop, gym and aerobics centre.

We have based our design on the Casuarina pool complex in Tweed, Heeson continued.

The idea is to make it self funding through the different facilities on available.

The pool trust has committed to Byron shire council that they will be be self sustaining and not require any ongoing support for maintenance and running the facility.

We have given a commitment to council that the Bangalow pool trust will run at no cost to council.

If you are interested in getting involved contact Tony Heeson on 041971509...

10:01

Chelsea Clinton has a doctorate, so yeah. Chelsea supports science, so yeah. Here's Chelsea on Chelsea, so yeah. "IndyWatch Feed National"

"So yeah" is one of my favourite expressions. Sports people use it a lot - it generally concludes a sentence that's delivered before the speaker knows how to finish it. "Yeah it was a really tough game, the boys gave it everything....so yeah." It's unusual to see the idiom in...

10:00

Culture Guide April 24 30: Feminist South, Dance + A Six Hour Movie Marathon "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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09:57

mjd: #ISP had been bought out by another who didn't even have an email address or phone number for me. So when my maxed out credit card got charged, I was cut off without notice. Customer support line only operates during office hours. Grr. "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

# had been bought out by another who didn't even have an email address or phone number for me. So when my maxed out credit card got charged, I was cut off without notice. Customer support line only operates during office hours. Grr.

09:53

mjd: Been offline since Friday night. World War III started yet? "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Been offline since Friday night. World War III started yet?

09:38

Byron Council may buy Mullumbimby Hospital site "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The NSW Government has offered Byron Shire Council the opportunity to buy back the Mullumbimby Hospital site. Photo Aslan Shand

The NSW Government has offered Byron Shire Council the opportunity to buy back the Mullumbimby Hospital site. Photo Aslan Shand

An eleventh hour change of heart by the state government could see the demolition of the Mullumbimby and District War Memorial Hospital halted and the Byron Shire Council purchase the land for community use.

In an offer announced at yesterdays 300-strong rally to save the site, north coast based Nationals MLC Franklin said the state government had put a 28-day stop work on the demolition of the old hospital buildings to allow the council time to make an offer.

I have been lobbying the minister for health for a number of weeks on this issue to try to get a positive outcome because it is so important to the community, Mr Franklin told Echonetdaily.

Im thrilled that I have convinced him to stop the demolition for the next 28 days to allow Byron Council to purchase the site so it can be kept for community use.

Thank you to everyone in the community who has stood up and fought for the future of the site. Their voice has been heard loud and clear, Mr Franklin said.

But it may not all be plain sailing, with Byron mayor Simon Richardson indicating council had limited funds available to purchase the site and health minister Brad Hazzard telling media the money was necessary as a contribution towards the cost of the recently completed Byron Central Hospital.

Meanwhile, north coast Labor politicians have been quick to call for the state government to gift the site to the community.

09:38

Pence says United States will honor Obama's controversial refugee deal with Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Pence says United States will honor Obama's controversial refugee deal with Australia | 22 Apil 2017 | U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said on Saturday the United States would honor a controversial refugee deal with Australia, under which the United States would resettle up to 1,250 asylum seekers, a deal President Donald Trump had described as "dumb".

09:33

Al Gore wishes little people happy Earth Day - did he mention he has a new film? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Al Gore wishes you a happy #EarthDay from his $9 million mansion with no solar panels and 6 fireplaces bought with money from Qatari oil. pic.twitter.com/d8iChQDxDt Razor (@hale_razor) April 22, 2017 Tim Flannery gets in the mood. Al Gore with closest advisors.

09:10

Press freedom is under attack and in Australia too "IndyWatch Feed National"

This article, which was first published in the latest issue of The Walkley Magazine, was sent to us by a journalist and member of the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance.

When this t-shirt re-appeared at a Trump rally last November, there were reports that it had been quickly withdrawn from sale. Not so. For just $29 plus shipping it can still be yours via a San Francisco-based online design outlet.

It seems like its been open season on journalists for years. More than 3000 of us have been slain in targeted killings and cross-fire incidents since 1990; 93 killed just last year. 

Indeed, Australian law enforcement agencies have demonstrated they are not prepared to vigorously investigate crimes against our colleagues.

Nine Australian journalists have been murdered in the past 42 years and still not a single killer has been brought to justice.

Now it seems it is open season on journalism itself. Scrutinising the powerful, reporting the truth and informing our communities these are all being mocked and assaulted by those who seek to deceive for their own ends.

Journalism is being criminalised. The act of reporting in the public interest can lead to imprisonment. We know thats the case in Turkey, in Egypt, in China Add Australia to the list.

Australias parliament passed section 35P of the ASIO Act with bipartisan support, allowing for imprisonment for five or 10 years for a journalist reporting on a special intelligence operation but because SIOs are secret, a journalist wouldnt necessarily know if an operation was an SIO.

After MEAA and others spoke out, the Independent National Security Legislation Monitor, Roger Gyles (who later quit his post 14 months into a two-year term), made a modest recommendation since enacted: a defence of prior publication. But there has been no change to the penalties. Any journalist recklessly publishing a legitimate news story could still face lengthy jail time.

So being first with breaking news can get you up to 10 years in the slammer. Hows that for a chilling effect on journalism?

Now Attorney-General Brandis is considering extending Gyles recommendation to Australian Federal Police...

09:06

Film asks for submissions against Santos EIS "IndyWatch Feed National"

Several years in the making, fossil fuel extraction company Santos released their Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Narrabri Gas Project on February 21 with hard and digital copies being made available for the public view.

With an initial 60 day review period, which was extended to 90 days, most community members were shocked to see that the document, which spreads out over about 7,000 pages, does not address what many feel are the pertinent issues surrounding the project. The general consensus is that there are glaring inaccuracies within the document.

The EIS is the last opportunity for the public to respond before Santos attempts to get their project approved. Thousands of people from across north-west NSW and across the country are determined to see the proposed gas fields shut down and to this end have commissioned award winning activist filmmakers Cloudcatcher Media to create a series of clips as part of the response to the EIS.

20170411-Aunt-MimiCloudcatcher Media are also releasing a series of internet memes in the lead up to the submission deadline featuring Indigenous elders, landholders and residents as well as experts on the subjects of land, air and water pollution, economics and law.

The first film, Make Your Voice Count: respond to the Santos Narrabri EIS, hopes to encourage everyone to have a say and respond to the EIS by making an official submission.

The second film, to be released before the submission closing date on May 22, will present more in-depth information about the shortfalls of the project and the hazards associated with the unconventional gas mining industry in general.

The films are free to view and will be available on social media platforms including Facebook and YouTube, and DVDs will be available on request.

For more information visit: www.csgfreenorthwest.org.au.

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08:59

Coconut Oil Pulling Benefits & How-to Guide "IndyWatch Feed National"

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08:45

Bishop stands firm against N Korea threat "IndyWatch Feed National"

(L to R) Australian defence minister Hon Marise Payne, foreign affairs minister Julie Bishop, Japanese foreign minister Fumio Kishida, and defence minister Tomomi Inada shake hands prior a meeting in Tokyo on April 20. Photo The Yomiuri Shimbun via AP Images

(L to R) Australian defence minister Hon Marise Payne, foreign affairs minister Julie Bishop, Japanese foreign minister Fumio Kishida, and defence minister Tomomi Inada shake hands prior a meeting in Tokyo on April 20. Photo The Yomiuri Shimbun via AP Images

Colin Brinsden

CANBERRA [AAP]

Uneasy tensions between North Korea and the rest of the region are likely to remain as the rogue state continues to dish out threats of nuclear attacks.

It turned its sights on Australia on Saturday for blindly and zealously toeing the US line and accused foreign minister Julie Bishop of spouting a string of rubbish against the DPRK over its entirely just steps for self-defence .

It was responding to comments made by Ms Bishop last week that sanctions would send the clearest possible message to North Korea that its behaviour would not be tolerated.

If Australia persists in following the US moves to isolate and stifle the DPRK and remains a shock brigade of the US master, this will be a suicidal act of coming within the range of the nuclear strike of the strategic force of the DPRK, Pyongyang said.

Ms Bishop told AAP on Sunday that North Koreas threats of nuclear strikes against other nations further underlines the need for the regime to abandon its illegal nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs.

These present a grave threat to its neighbours and, if left unchecked, to the broader region including Australia, she said.

The North Korean government should invest in the welfare of its long-suffering citizens, rather than weapons of mass destruction.

North Koreas nuclear threat dominated talks on Saturday between prime minister Malcolm Turnbull and visiting US vice-president Mike Pence.

Labors defence spokesman Richard Marles said on Sunday North Koreas latest statement was a matter of enormous concern, but...

08:40

Government finds cash for legal services "IndyWatch Feed National"

Attorney-General George Brandis practised listening during a debate on the Racial Discrimination Act in the Senate chamber on March 31, 2017. AAP Image/Lukas Coch

Attorney-General George Brandis practised listening during a debate on the Racial Discrimination Act in the Senate chamber on March 31, 2017. AAP Image/Lukas Coch

CANBERRA [AAP & other sources]

The federal government says its listened as it announces continued funding for community and indigenous legal services.

But Labor has labelled the decision a humiliating backdown for Attorney-General George Brandis and a win for campaigners across the country.

The government will include $39 million of funding for community legal centres and $16.7 million for indigenous legal services over three years in its May 9 budget.

The money takes funding for the services to 2020, when a national partnership agreement with the states and territories ends.

After then, all jurisdictions will have to negotiate a new funding deal.

The new money for community legal centres will be prioritised for services that help domestic violence victims and their children.

Senator Brandis said he had been working with community legal groups as well as the indigenous legal sector to secure the outcome.

The government has decided to make this announcement today because it is an important announcement for the sector, he told ABC radio on Monday.

The sector has been waiting, hoping that the government would see their point of view and weve done and weve delivered for them.

The coalition has come under sustained fire from Labor, minor parties and community groups for not guaranteeing ongoing funding to the legal services, with previous commitments set to end on July 1.

Shadow attorney-general Mark Dreyfus said while the reversal of the expected cuts was welcome, it was beyond time for the coalition to stop toying with funding for such vital services.

...

08:36

Indigenous campus model irresponsible "IndyWatch Feed National"

Professor Lester-Irabinna Rigney

Professor Lester-Irabinna Rigney

Internationally renowned Indigenous education expert Professor Lester-Irabinna Rigney has warned that providing more funding for Indigenous education to private schools at the cost of funding public schools would be seriously problematic and irresponsible.

Professor Rigney from the University of South Australias School of Education was responding to reports indicating that the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia was advocating that private schools receive more taxpayer funding to establish satellite Indigenous-only campuses.

The satellite schools would be eligible for more funding for each student, owing to their Indigenous-only population.

Professor Rigney who was the 2011 National Aboriginal Scholar of the Year and has worked in Aboriginal education for more than 20 years said 83.9 per cent of Australias Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) students were enrolled in public schools in 2016, with around ten per cent enrolled in Catholic schools and around five per cent in independent schools.

With such an overwhelming proportion of ATSI students in the public system, it would seem seriously problematic and irresponsible to divert more taxpayer funding away from the schools where they are being educated, Professor Rigney said.

If the prime minister wants to make more headway in Closing the Gap and address literacy and numeracy issues among Indigenous students, the literature suggests the best way to use government funding would be to invest in teachers skills and professional development to work with teachers to implement the curriculum.

To take from the poor schools where most of these students are enrolled and give to rich schools would seem disingenuous.

Professor Rigney said the proposal raised questions about what kind of education the Australian Government wanted to support.

Catholic schools and private schools dont offer the same education as public schools. They dont have the same purpose and offer the same values systems as public schools, he said.

Any change to fundin...

08:30

PACER Plus: how the Pacific Way is being undermined "IndyWatch Feed National"

24 April 2017: Member of Parliament for the New Zealand Green Party and former director of Oxfam NZ, Barry Cotes, has called for a rethink of the PACER-plus trade agreement finalised in Brisbane last week.

He writes that the agreement has been "shaped more by the advantages to Australia and New Zealand exporters than the aspirations of the Pacifics people" and argues that there's still time to "rethink" the deal before it is officially signed in June this year.

Read his analysis: 'PACER Plus how the Pacific Way is being undermined' (21 April 2017)

Read AFTINET's media release:PACER-Plus trade deal without PNG and Fiji a bad idea (20 April 2017)

 

08:26

Climate Council report knocks down gas as a clean energy producer "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Joshua Smith

A new report from the Climate Council that brought together leading experts, with decades of experience in the energy industry and world class scientists to help us cut through the political spin of clean coal and gas as a clean fuel. The report is called Pollution and Price: The cost of investing in gas.

This groundbreaking report, finds that gas does not make economic sense when it comes to meeting Australias current and future energy needs, drive higher electricity prices and lock in pollution.

Gas is not sufficiently less polluting than coal to have a significant impact on emissions, suggest report suggests.

According to the Climate Council, only non-fossil fuel renewable energy can provide a secure, reliable and affordable alternative to fossil fuels and for Australia to do its part in tackling climate warming, the electricity system must produce zero emissions before 2050.

There were several findings in the report.

Greater reliance on gas will drive higher power prices. Both coal and gas fired power stations produce a high level of emissions, including methane leaks (86 percent more polluting than carbon), even though new gas stations are less polluting.

When the entire supply chain is considered the difference is not significant and current reliance on gas must be reduced to limit global temperature rise below 2 percent.

Greater reliance on gas will drive higher power prices, since Australias Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) exports are pushing up the price of gas power as domestic gas prices are now inextricably linked to world market prices for oil.

Further gas expansion will drive increased reliance on unconventional gas, which is expensive and drives up power price spikes, particularly in South Australia, Queensland and increasingly in New South Wales, due to lack of competition among gas power companies.

Investment in new gas plants is financially risky. Large increases in future gas prices and volatility, resulting from LNG exports and domestic gas prices controlled by relatively few producers, make investments in new power plants using gas very risky.

New gas power plants would rely on ageing gas infrastructure (e.g. processing plants and high pressure pipelines) that is increasingly vulnerable to failure.

Costs of updating this infrastructure and accounting for methane leakage must be factored into policy and investment decisions.

New gas infrastructure locks in carbon emissions for decades. Future regulations may impose higher costs or stricter limits on emissions in the future, impacting on the economic viabi...

08:05

Baby May Be Seized by the State Because Parents are Minors: Mainstream Media Belittles Them "IndyWatch Feed National"

In Sydney, Australia, a young couple had the authority-defying idea to protect their own baby from the state seizing it, only to be ridiculed by mainstream media. Believing the government would take their child simply for being minors, the parents ran away with their baby from the hospital shortly after her birth.

It is unknown whether the baby is in state custody or with the parents. Mainstream media reported that the baby had been returned to the hospital.

According to the notoriously state worshiping, Rupert Murdoch controlled Daily Telegraph:

The teenage parents who sparked panic after fleeing a Sydney hospital with their newborn baby have claimed they only ran off because they desperately wanted to spend Easter with their daughter before she was taken away from them by Child Protective Services.

Jayden Lavender, 14, told Seven News he just wanted a few extras days with baby daughter Aria Jayde Tanya when he and 15-year-old girlfriend Jenifer Morrison smuggled her from Nepean Hospital yesterday.

They were found yesterday afternoon in Captain Cook Dr in Willmot, and Aria, unharmed, was taken back to Nepean Hospital.

The teens were interviewed by police but no charges were laid.

Local Channel 7 News (funded by Yahoo) acted like the parents did something wrong trying to keep their own baby:

The fact is, we live in a world full of dangers that most people are oblivious to: from propaganda on television, to toxic medicine and food, many parents who are adults have no more idea how to raise a child than teenagers, and state authorities can be guaranteed to raise a child wrong because the morals and values propagated by the system are always the ones that lead to enslavement.

The truth, that is completely essential to raising a healthy and sane child, is not easy to find in this world. The norm is the opposite of what is healthy and sane for a child, and a monopoly on violence beholden by the state protects this backwards paradigm.

From vaccination, to circumcision, to toxic baby formula, to toxic food, to psychiatric drugs pushed on children as young as 3, the powers of good parenting are desperately needed in the 21st Century.

So with this biased news clip, why is it being brought to our attention? Is someone attempting to manufacture consent for the state seizing children?

Australia has one of the most out of control ...

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