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Wednesday, 22 November

21:17

Priest in court over assaults on teen boys "IndyWatch Feed National"

Daily Telegraph

Priest in court over assaults on teen boys

A former Catholic priest has been extradited from New Zealand to Sydney and charged with historic child sex offences.

Detectives travelled to New Zealand on Wednesday to bring the 58-year-old man back to Mascot Police Station where he was charged with sexual and indecent assaults in the late 1980s against seven teenage boys aged between 14 and 20.

The ex-priest was due to face Sydneys Central Local Court on Wednesday.

He was originally arrested at his Hamilton home in New Zealand in late July after Sydney detectives received a referral in 2014 from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Its alleged the assaults were linked to an educational facility in Dundas in western Sydney.


21:15

WA govt pushes on with sex abuse laws "IndyWatch Feed National"

Daily Telegraph

WA's McGowan government has moved to reduce limitations on child abuse victims seeking civil action.WAs McGowan government has moved to reduce limitations on child abuse victims seeking civil action.

WA govt pushes on with sex abuse laws

Child sex abuse survivor Kirsty Pratt has long campaigned for WA to remove the time limit for victims to seek compensation and says laws introduced by Labor will eliminate that barrier to justice.

The bill also provides a legal basis for suing institutions in the name of their current office holders for historical cases and ensures victims are treated fairly by introducing a cap on legal fees.

Ms Pratt held back tears on Wednesday and said it was a no-brainer that the bill should pass.

This is the removal of a barrier to justice, she told reporters.

This is also an opportunity for many who have not been able to get some acknowledgement for the sheer devastation that has been placed on our lives and an opportunity to heal some wounds.

Attorney-General John Quigley said the government was delivering on its election commitment but conceded it had taken l...

20:48

MACKAY Man to face court on property offences "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY November 22, 2017 at 01:56PM ,

Man to face court on property offences

November 22, 2017 at 01:56PM ,

motor vehicle, possessing tainted property, failing to properly dispose of a syringe, possessing dangerous drugs, entering premises and committing an indictable offence, possessing drug utensils and possessing tainted property. He was due to appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court. 0. mackay crime.

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20:48

MACKAY Drugs and tainted property found in stolen car, Farleigh "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY November 22, 2017 at 08:18AM ,

Drugs and tainted property found in stolen car, Farleigh

November 22, 2017 at 08:18AM ,

He will appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court on November 22 to have the matters heard. If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day. You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered

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20:03

PERTH Charges laid over Perth crowbar attack "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Charges laid over Perth crowbar attack .

November 22, 2017 at 12:37PM .

into the centre and collapsed, bleeding heavily. He remains in the Royal Perth Hospital intensive care unit after surgery to reduce pressure on his brain. The Wembley man has been charged with unlawful act with intent to harm and is due to appear before the Perth Magistrates Court on Wednesday.

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PERTH An 18-year-old man to face court today after allegedly assaulting a 15-year-old boy with a metal "IndyWatch Feed National"

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An 18-year-old man to face court today after allegedly assaulting a 15-year-old boy with a metal .

November 22, 2017 at 08:52AM .

18-year-old man in relation to the alleged assault of a 15-year-old boy in Yokine on Saturday. It is alleged the man assaulted the boy with a metal object causing the victim critical injuries. The man was charged with unlawful act with intent to harm and is due to appear before the Perth Magistrates Court

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19:41

debt has far reaching effects "IndyWatch Feed National"

Debt amount: 
$6586
Date debt issued: 
Wednesday, 1 July 2015
Period debt occurred: 
July 2011 to March 2013
Has your case been referred to a collection agency?: 
Yes
Payment Type: 
Newstart Allowance
Appealing Debt?: 
I don't know how to
Tell us about your debt and how has this affected you? e.g. anxiety levels, financial and accommodation stress: 

This debt has far reaching effects, I suffer from severe depression bordering on suicide, I am living with my parents as I can't afford to live anywhere else, I am also concerned that my taxation refund will be taken to part pay the debt.

How do you feel about the way the Government has handled this process?: 
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19:32

Just 6 months since Senator Skye Kakoschke-Moore's free Canberra booze-up - wonder if she'll pay it back now she's got the boot "IndyWatch Feed National"

Come say hi to Senator Skye!!!! Senator Skye loves free wine and free media coverage - see invite attached! Wednesday, 24 May 2017 Senator Skye is having a taxpayer funded pissup in her taxpayer funded office at Parliament House. Why don't we all accept? senator.kakoschke-moore@aph.gov.au Senator Skye Kakoschke-Moore Senator for...

19:29

The Ram Sethu Canal Must Be Scrapped for Scientific Reasons "IndyWatch Feed National"

There are plenty of reasons to scrap the Sethusamudram project: we dont know how sediments behave within the canal, how cyclones will affect it and how its marine environment will be wrecked.

The location of Palk Bay. Credit: Google Maps

The location of Palk Bay. Credit: Google Maps

Ever since the UPA government mooted the Sethusamudram Shipping Canal Project (SSCP) in 2004, it has been a target of criticism from environmental advocates as well as religious enthusiasts. The project envisages excavating the shallow sea between the Palk Bay and the Gulf of Mannar to create a narrow shipping passage, linking the east and west coasts of India and obviating the current hassle of circumnavigating Sri Lanka to reach the eastern coast of India (and vice-versa).

The total length of the channel is estimated to be 152.2 km. Creating it will require two phases of dredging (or even blasting, depending on the nature of the substratum) the 20-km-long coral-reef platform known as Adams Bridge or Ram Sethu, as some like to call it, and the 54-km long Bay of Bengal segments. The third segment falls in the Palk Bay, with a total length of 78 km and which reportedly requires no dredging as this area has a clearance depth of 12 m.

Sethusamudram, as the name suggests, is that part of the ocean being constantly bridged by natural sedimentation processes. Like the Great Barrier Reef off of the northeast coast of Australia, Ram Sethu is a continuous stretch of limestone shoals that runs from the Pamban island near Rameswaram to Mannar Island off of the northern coast of Sri Lanka. Because the ocean floor is shallow in this...

19:00

10 Reasons Why the Mainstream Media Wont Cover the Las Vegas Shooting Anymore "IndyWatch Feed National"

It was the worst mass-shooting in American history, and despite a curious public hungry for answers, the entire tragedy remains shrouded in mystery and the mainstream media seems intent on keeping it that way.

The Las Vegas shooting, which left 58 dead and 546 injured, should remain as a top news story if only because of how many questions remain unanswered.

But then again, given the massive inconsistencies in the case from the official timeline changing multiple times to the coincidental deaths of 4 witnesses maybe they WANT the story to go away.

Here Are The Top 10 Mysteries That Could Be Scaring Away The Media:


Read Entire Article

18:34

Is The Glass Half Full or Half Empty? Pessimism Vs Optimism (Video) "IndyWatch Feed National"

Youre seeing so much news about positivity on the media for a reason people are finally understanding the true power of it! Do you consider yourself an optimist or a pessimist?

Being optimistic might sound like a grandma term to you and you might even think that it isnt worth anything, but oh boy would you be wrong! You might even go as far as saying that positivity is the key to a happy life. It truly is worth more than any amount of money, cars, or fancy smartphones. Being an optimistic person makes you much more appealing and makes other people feel comfortable. By being optimistic you might completely turn around someones day, or even a few peoples!

Optimism is great for many different reasons and it all around makes life more enjoyable for you and everyone around you. It could very well be the answer to changing the world! However, the opposite is also true: pessimism is extremely negative, but somehow never leaves our minds. Many people argue whether it is a natural occurrence or a personality flaw, but we do know one thing for sure it itself sucks a lot. Nobody likes to be around someone who is constantly whining and complaining about how hard life is or how theyve been mistreated, unfairly done, or wronged in any of the slightest ways. It might not be politically correct to admit, but we all know its true Nobody likes a negative nelly, and even the nelly himself is tortured by a negative perception! Our perception makes up our entire reality which means a negative perception inevitably equals a negative life.

If you think you might qualify as a negative person and thats most of us it is never too late to change your attitude. With practice and the willingness to come out of your comfort zone and learn, you can completely transform your life.

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18:11

As Citizenship Crisis Widens, Ninth Australian Lawmaker Quits "IndyWatch Feed National"

Nick Xenophon Team (NXT) Senator Skye Kakoschke-Moore announces her resignation at a NEWs conference at her office in Adelaide, November 22, 2017. AAP/David Mariuz/via Reuters

Nick Xenophon Team (NXT) Senator Skye Kakoschke-Moore announces her resignation at a NEWs conference at her office in Adelaide, November 22, 2017. AAP/David Mariuz/via Reuters

Sydney: A ninth Australian lawmaker quit parliament on Wednesday after discovering she was a dual national, the latest casualty in a widening constitutional crisis that has already cost the government its majority.

The resignation of Skye Kakoschke-Moore, one of three senators in the centre-right Nick Xenophon Team, over the surprise revelation that she wa...

17:54

Australia Defends Alternative Accommodation for Asylum Seekers Against UN Criticism "IndyWatch Feed National"

An undated image released November 13, 2017 shows detainees staging a protest inside the compound at the Manus Island detention centre in Papua New Guinea. Refugee Action Coalition/Handout via Reuters

An undated image released November 13, 2017 shows detainees staging a protest inside the compound at the Manus Island detention centre in Papua New Guinea. Refugee Action Coalition/Handout via Reuters

Sydney/Geneva: Australias foreign minister said on Wednesday that asylum seekers occupying an abandoned Australian-run detention camp in Papua New Guinea (PNG) can relocate to...

17:50

US Diplomats Accuse Rex Tillerson of Breaking Child Soldiers Law "IndyWatch Feed National"

FILE PHOTO: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson answers questions during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, DC, U.S. on November 20, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Carlos Barria/File PhotoFILE PHOTO: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson answers questions during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, DC, U.S. on November 20, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Carlos Barria/File Photo

FILE PHOTO: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson answers questions during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, DC, US on November 20, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Carlos Barria/File Photo

Washington: A group of about a dozen US State Department officials have taken the unusual step of formally accusing Secretary of State Rex...

17:25

Household debt is part of a broader problem be informed "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The head of the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA), which was created in 1998 as part of the sham to separate regulation from policy and pretend the Reserve Bank of Australia was independent, gave a speech in Sydney yesterday (November 21, 2017) Housing The importance of solid foundations. The reason the speech is important is because it demonstrates the disconnect in policy making and the failure of key policy makers and regulators to connect macroeconomic dots. Australia like the rest of the world needs politicians and officials who understand how the macroeconomic aggregates are connected. One cannot have a conversation about household debt without recognising that it is, in part, directly related to the fiscal position of the government and the nations external position. While the APRA boss is correct to highlight the precarious nature of household balance sheets given the record and increasing debt levels being borne by households who are experiencing a wages squeeze and a government intent on austerity cuts, he should be educating the public on the broader context. Then there would be more acceptance of expanding discretionary fiscal deficits and a wages policy designed to bring real wages growth back into line with productivity growth. If that was the case, much of the idiotic conversations some masquerading as research results would disappear.

The Speech was delivered to the so-called Australian Securitisation Forum 2017, which in itself is a problem. Banks should be prevented from securitising its housing loans and taking them off their balance sheets.

A progressive reform process would certainly see banks being required by the regulators to hold all their assets and liabilities on their balance sheets so that the owners bore full responsibility for the decisions made by the organisation.

A more progressive reform would just nationalise banking and be done with it.

The message in the Speech was that the housing sector in Australia is now in a risky position due to the record levels of debt being carried by Australian households.

He talked about heightened risk arising from an erosion in lending quality just at a time when standards should be going in the other direction.

Just last week we learned that one of the big 4 banks in Australia:

has sacked 20 bankers and disciplined another 32 over the selling of mortgages without accurate customer information and documentation about 2,300 home loans sold since 2013 that were likely to contain inaccurate information.

For more details on that, see the ABC News story (November 16, 2017) ....

17:20

70 Years of Broken Promises: The Untold Story of the Partition Plan "IndyWatch Feed National"

In a recent talk before Chatham House think-tank in London, Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, approached the issue of a Palestinian state from an intellectual perspective.

Before we think of establishing a Palestinian state, he mused, it is time we reassessed whether the modern model we have of sovereignty, and unfettered sovereignty, is applicable everywhere in the world.

It is not the first time that Netanyahu discredits the idea of a Palestinian state. Despite clear Israeli intentions of jeopardizing any chances for the creation of such a state, the US Administration of Donald Trump is, reportedly, finalizing plans for an ultimate peace deal. The New York Times suggests that the anticipated plan will have to be built around the so-called two-state solution.

But why the wasted effort, while all parties, Americans included know that Israel has no intention of allowing a Palestinian state and the US has no political capital, or desire, to enforce one?

The answer may not lie in the present, but in the past.

A Palestinian Arab state had initially been proposed as a political tactic by the British, to provide a legal cover for the establishment of a Jewish state. It continues to be used as a political tactic, though never with the aim of finding a just solution to the conflict, as is often propagated.

When British Foreign Secretary, Arthur James Balfour, made his promise, in November 1917, to the Zionist movement to grant them a Jewish state in Palestine, the once distant and implausible idea began taking shape. It would have been effortlessly achievable, had the Palestinians not rebelled.

The 1936-1939 Palestinian rebellion revealed an impressive degree of collective political awareness and ability to mobilize, despite British violence.

The British government then dispatched the Peel Commission to Palestine to examine the roots of the violence, hoping to quell the Palestinian revolt.

In July 1937, the commission published its report, which immediately ignited the fury of the native population, who were already aware of the British-Zionist collusion.

The Peel Commission concluded that underlying causes of the disturbances were the desire of the Palestinians for independence, and their hatred and fear of the establishment of the Jewish national home. Based on that view, i...

16:42

Situation on Australian Offshore Processing Centre Deteriorates by the Day UN "IndyWatch Feed National"

Human Wrongs Watch

21 November 2017 Three weeks following the closure of the Manus Island regional processing centre, the situation on the ground is very serious and deteriorates by the day, a senior United Nations official on protection of refugees has said.

Offshore processing centre for asylum seekers on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea. Photo: Australian Government DIBP |Source: UN News Centre

Without distribution of food and clean water over the last three weeks [and] significant accumulation of waste and rubbish in the hot and humid weather, the health and sanitation is becoming a very significant issue, Nai Jit Lam, Deputy Regional Representative of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), currently on Manus Island, told journalists in Geneva over the phone.

The people that we have spoken to are extremely angry and they see this as an opportunity to tell the world and to show the world, years of anger about how they have been treated over the four years, after being forcibly transferred to Papua New Guinea, he added.

According to the UN refugee agency, the conditions and the lack of medicines, increasing number of refugees and asylum seekers at the former facility are falling physically and mentally unwell. Alternative accommodation and services outside the facility are still under construction and it could be anothe...

16:09

The Hidden Risk of Broker/Clearer "IndyWatch Feed National"

QUESTION: Dear Mr. Armstrong, Thank you for your work in educating us in your University of the Conscious Investor! My question relates to your Trading a Vertical Market report. I am slowly digesting this report which is truly fascinating and a must read for any rational minded investor. My experience tells me (and you have reaffirmed this within your report) that being able to trade correctly for the market is critical. In analyzing the correct actions we must take I have reached the conclusion that we must also investigate deeply the trading company we use and how any wild ride will impact their ability to actually fund the successful trades we have managed to get into and out of. I recently was issued new T&Cs for my accounts to accept and that makes for scary reading in the light of any major reset or mammoth gap or moves we anticipate. How would you recommend we evaluate the companies actually holding the bag to be able to pay up at the end of the day? This appears to me to be a most crucial question in the light of what Socrates is pointing out.

Be Well,

ANSWER: Yes, you are absolutely correct. Your broker/clearer is an additional risk.

 The kind of market conditions we are about to face will force questions beyond extreme volatility, no bids and the gapping of price and trade. What Traders must realize is that these extreme price actions themselves trigger increased margins, which again could trigger a liquidity crisis. Under such panic moves, prices can gap without a trade and is worth remembering people sell what they can not what they should. This forces other markets to move just to raise cash. If market movements are violent everyone is pulled into the mix.

This is when you have to hope that every one of your fellow account owners (under the broker/clearer you are using) is liquid enough to honor margin requirements. This type of information is rarely going to be available to all and so makes many remain vulnerable.

Just to make you aware, it is possible that your money is vulnerable even if you do not have an open position and is just sitting with...

16:00

"JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters" "IndyWatch Feed National"

"JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters"
by Edward Curtin

"Despite a treasure-trove of new information having emerged over the last forty-eight years, there are many people who still think who killed President John Fitzgerald Kennedy and why are unanswerable questions. There are others who cling to the Lee Harvey Oswald "lone-nut" explanation proffered by the Warren Commission. Both groups agree, however, that whatever the truth, it has no contemporary relevance but is old-hat, history, stuff for conspiracy-obsessed people with nothing better to do. The general thinking is that the assassination occurred almost a half-century ago, so let's move on. Nothing could be further from the truth, as James Douglass shows in his extraordinary book, "JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters" (Orbis Books, 2008). It is clearly one of the best books ever written on the Kennedy assassination and deserves a vast readership. It is bound to roil the waters of complacency that have submerged the truth of this key event in modern American history.


Why and by whom? These are the key questions. If it can be shown that Kennedy did, in fact, turn emphatical.........

16:00

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.0001 BTC
0.0001 BTC = 1.10 AUD
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15:25

Why The Interest in Barron Trump? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Barron and Melania (photo Daily Mail)

By Dee McLachlan

Why would ISIS suddenly be interested in Barron Trump?

Something doesnt ring quite true. On the surface, this sounds like a new ISIS strategy coming out of the blue. There were photographs of Melania and Barron unpacking the Christmas tree the other day, and it was back in 2016, that the MSM reported ISISs desire to assassinate the then presidential nominee, Donald Trump.

The Washington Beacon broke this news about Barron in their article, ISIS Calls for Assassination of Barron Trump, reported:

Pro-ISIS internet channels are calling for the assassination of President Donald Trumps son, Barron, and have shared personal details of the childs life on its social media networks, including the address of his school according to the Middle East Media Research Institute, or MEMRI.

They were using the hashtag handle the son of the mule...

15:16

International Public Notice Commercial Lien in Tort by Wayne Kenneth Glew. "IndyWatch Feed National"

People from all walks of life now have the ability to publish information on a government carriageway called the interwebs.

Apparently not too long ago a person on social media of the name Wayne Glew had a lawful seizure of the Western Australia government.

When asked of him who had the 'keys' to joint a little while later, OBVIOUSLY giving him time to settle in, no tangible response followed.

Now readers can be graced with a document of the title; 

"INTERNATIONAL PUBLIC NOTICE" Common Law Commercial Lien In "Tort"

Suffice to say we love a good Australian tort.


P.S Anyone got a spare Nine Hundred and Ninety Nine Trillion Dollars to help out Western Australia??? 


Source: https://larryhannigan.com/constitution-2/wayne-glew-update/

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14:51

Coming to City Recital Hall Puss In Boots! "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Puss in Boots is an ideal thrill for a holiday outing this summer. It will intrigue the little children and will satisfy the whole family. It is an 80 minute play, including a 20 minute interval.

This childrens entertainment play was written by James Barry and is going to be directed by Jo Turner with a set and costume designer Stephanie Howe. This play is a modern take on this lasting musical quest, provided with funny and mesmerizing tunes that will get the children to dance and clap in the aisles while the parents laugh along too.

The cast playing in this pantomime is Shari Sebbens (Puss), Jacob Warner (Harry), Tony Llewellyn-Jones (King Eric), Ayeesha Ash (Princess Lill), Drew Fairly (Nora the Cook) and Jay Lagaaia (The Ogre).

What: Puss in Boots 

When: Friday 12 January 2018 and Saturday 13 January 2018 @ 10:30am & 2:00pm

Where: City Recital Hall, 2-12 Angel Place, Sydney

To book tickets click here or contact 02 8256 2222

The post Coming to City Recital Hall Puss In Boots! appeared first on 89.7 Eastside FM.

14:16

Catch the Overland rocket to Prizeville "IndyWatch Feed National"

By taking out, renewing or giving an Overland subscription today, you could win: todays Parental leave prize any of the three Major Prizes and/or one of our Regional Prizes a good feeling about yourself and the future of progressive literary culture

14:05

Painting By Numbers: the story of Ferdinand Bauer "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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On Arts Wednesday 22 November 2017, Sylvias guests in the studio were curator, Alison Wishart and leader of the creative DXLab at the State Library of NSW. A new exhibition about the life of Ferdinand Bauer has just opened, along with a most creative new website.

The exhibition examines the work of natural history illustrator, Ferdinand Bauer, who was the illustrator who sailed with Mathew Flinders in the Investigator. He developed an unusual techniques of marking colours on his sketches by numbers and his palette comprised some 1000 numbers, which he had committed to memory. With numbers on his drawings, he was able to complete the pictures sometimes years   later. Professor David Mabberley cracked the colour code and has just  published a book called Painting By Numbers. This is also the name of the  website that goes with the exhibition.

Listen to this absorbing conversation here:

That was Part 1 of the conversation and here is Part 2:

And now for Part 3:

13:53

Byron businesses expect wedding boom after YES vote "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Local couple Gopi and Parker Lev Dupain celebrated their love at a heart commitment ceremony in the Shire earlier this year. They say they are looking forward to making it legal once the marriage act has been amended. Source Byron Bay Luxury Weddings

Local couple Gopi and Parker Lev Dupain celebrated their love at a heart commitment ceremony in the Shire earlier this year. They say they are looking forward to making it legal once the marriage act has been amended. Source Byron Bay Luxury Weddings

Paul Bibby

As Australia engaged in a glitter-soaked celebration of marriage equality last week, there was a particularly large chorus of delight from the Byron Shire.

For the hundreds of locals making a living from Byrons wedding industry, the big Yes result in the same-sex marriage survey wasnt just about rights and recognition.

It means weddings. Lots of weddings.

And it appears the anticipated wedding wave has already begun. 

Local wedding businesses say they have had calls from a number of same-sex couples wanting to get married in Byron in 2018 following the vote, and theyre expecting that trickle to become a rainbow-coloured torrent once the marriage act has been amended.

Jane Magnus from Byron Bay Luxury Weddings said she and her staff were gearing up for a big 2018. 

I think its going to be really big for the local industry, said Ms Magnus, who is also the president of the Byron Wedding and Event Industry Association.

Weve already had a few [same-sex] couples from interstate and overseas expressing interest and were definitely expecting an influx once the laws go through.

Local woman Gopi Lev Dupain, who took part in a love-commitment ceremony with her partner earlier in the year, said she expected same-sex couples from all over the country to get married in Byron once the law was changed.

This is the perfect place for a wedding and I think a lot of same-sex couples will be looking to tie the knot here, Ms Lev Dupain said.

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13:41

it's shit that they can do this to people "IndyWatch Feed National"

Debt amount: 
$1600
Date debt issued: 
Saturday, 22 November 2014
Period debt occurred: 
November 2015
Payment Type: 
Youth Allowance
Appealing Debt?: 
I don't know how to
Tell us about your debt and how has this affected you? e.g. anxiety levels, financial and accommodation stress: 

It's left me not being able to pay for food or a full fortnight's rent.
I'm always scrapping by and still trying to pay it.
Would have been easier to have nothing from them at all.

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

I think it's shit that they can do this to people.
I did nothing to get it then I finally apply for a benefit and my pays reduced due to a dept I didn't know of.

13:32

How Much Do You Know? Coming Soon "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

How Much Do You Know? is a podcast series that looks at HIV in the year 2017.

Its brought to you by and produced in the studios of Eastside Radio located in Paddington Sydney in association with ViiV Healthcare.

Episode 1 will be launched on Thursday the 23rd of November at 4:30pm during Drive with Mick Paddon.

Hell be joined by Dr Phil Reid from the Kirkton Road Centre in Kings Cross to discuss modern HIV testing techniques.

CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT HOW MUCH DO YOU KNOW

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The post How Much Do You Know? Coming Soon appeared first on 89.7 Eastside FM.

13:20

Westall research - this blog's contribution to the debate. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Introduction

From time to time, I receive comments from people, that they believe I have a negative approach to the subject of the 6 April 1966, mass sighting at Westall, Melbourne, Australia.

I inform such people that, like themselves, I have the right to my opinion as to the cause of the sighting that day. Unlike some individuals, I base my own opinion on having conducted research on the event. I was not there on the day, and ultimately, my opinion is based solely on what I have been able to find out, by communicating with Westall witnesses as long ago as the 1990's; by visiting the site, prior to the playground installation; by an examination of all the original source material I could locate; an examination of Australian government files; by looking for potential non-UFO explanations; by exploring topics such as memory recall in people; and applying all that I have learnt from many years of interviewing witnesses to sightings, all over Australia.

One of the few witness documents available from 1966 - image courtesy VFSRS

This blog's contribution to the Westall debate

Quite a few posts on this blog, have explored the Westall sighting. I have provided the following links for anyone who wishes to explore material relating to the event; much of which, you will not find anywhere else.

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12:49

Founder of Autism Non-Profit Found Dead in Canal "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Heather CallaghanEditor

We regret to report to you that a well-known advocate for autism people  Jeana Beck died approximately November 17th near an Oregon hotel room where she had been staying.

Beck was the founder of Unlocking Autism and was traveling with her 23-year-old autistic son for a work trip and staying at Rodeway Inn.

She reportedly went outside for a smoke break and never returned. She was reported missing. Tragically, her body was found the next night in a canal behind the hotel.

Strangely, police almost immediately ruled out foul play, according to health writer Erin Elizabeth of Healthnut News who has delved deeper in the strange string of deaths that has rocked the alternative health community in the last year or so.

We have touched on some of those stories on dead doctors but apparently the number has reached above 70 in less than a two year period.

Elizabeth notes another strange twist Beck was a supporter of Age of Autism, whose editor Dan Olmstead also died in an alleged suicide early this year.

The family, of course, wants answers and apparently isnt accepting the police explanation for Becks death. They rightfully want to know what happened t...

12:24

Study of 2000 Cardiac Arrest Patients Demonstrates Consciousness Exists Well Beyond Physical Death "IndyWatch Feed National"

Anna Hunt, Staff Writer
Waking Times

What makes us who we are? The psyche the self has been a mystery for ages. Now, an intensive care doctor and his team have found a way to start answering at least some of the countless questions surrounding the mystery of consciousness. Through their research, Dr. Sam Parnia and his colleagues have confirmed that consciousness continues to exist, even when the body and the brain die.

Dr. Parnia is the director of critical care and resuscitation research at NYU Langone School of Medicine in New York City. According to Parnia, brain function halts almost instantaneously after the heart stops. Despite this, his study of people who suffered cardiac arrest shows that human consciousness exists, even after the brain is dead.

In the video above, Parnia makes the following claim.

Human mind and consciousness that thing that makes us who we are, our self does not become annihilated, when weve gone beyond the biological threshold of death.

Parnia and his colleagues have been studying what happens to consciousness and the brain during the period between physical death and when a person is resuscitated. Being one of the largest studies of this type, their research includes more than 2000 people. These individuals all met the physical criteria for death and were resuscitated. Out of the study subjects that were successfully brought back to life:

  • 40% had a perception of having had awareness.
  • 10% had a very vivid mys...

12:11

North Coast sharks netted in BBC documentary "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The recent 'not nets' rally at Ballina Beach. Photo Jeff Dawson

Shark net opponents rally at Ballina Beach. Photo Jeff Dawson

Paul Bibby

The fight over the North Coast shark nets trial is set to feature in a BBC radio documentary exploring the relationship between sharks and people across the globe.

Journalist Ellen Husain was in town last week interviewing local activists, scientists and surfers for an episode of the series Costing the Earth, to be aired in January.

We wanted to come to an area that illustrated both sides of the argument about sharks, Ms Husain said.

In parts of Australia, sharks are actually a great benefit for tourism. Visitors to the Great Barrier Reef, for example, often say that diving with sharks was the highlight of their trip.

But obviously in and around Byron Bay, its a different story because of the attacks and the shark-net trials.

The debate within the shire will be examined in the context of the global decline in shark numbers.

These issues are very complex and we have to be very careful when people are being threatened by sharks, Ms Husain said.

Shark decline

But it is also the case that, globally, we are killing a lot of sharks and the worlds shark populations have massively declined.

The second north coast shark-net trial is due to commence at five beaches in Ballina, Evans Head and Lennox Head as soon as officers are satisfied that the southward whale migration has concluded.

Nine target sharks were caught in the nets during the five-month trial last summer, while a further 266 non-target animals were also captured.

More than 140 of these animals died.

However, proponents of the trial have pointed out that there were no attacks on the netted beaches...

11:53

Sydney magistrate Graeme Curran appears in court charged with child sex offences "IndyWatch Feed National"

Magistrate Graeme Curran

ABC News Australia

Sydney magistrate Graeme Curran appears in court charged with child sex offences

22 November 2017

A man walking.
A high-profile Sydney magistrate has appeared in court charged with alleged sex offences dating back to the 1980s.

Graeme Bryan Curran, 67, is facing nine c...

11:49

MI6s Secret Multi-Million Pound Cold War Slush Fund "IndyWatch Feed National"

Via: BBC: What was it for? Cs answer in 1952 is revealing. He thought it right to have a large sum to meet such contingencies as (a) a very large inducement to some person in an absolutely key position, or (b) the Vote for the Service being drastically cut in some political emergency in a []

11:39

Black Friday 50% OFF spreads at SimpleFX "IndyWatch Feed National"

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11:36

"If You're Busy, You're Doing Something Wrong: The Surprisingly Relaxed Lives of Elite Achievers" "IndyWatch Feed National"

"If You're Busy, You're Doing Something Wrong:
The Surprisingly Relaxed Lives of Elite Achievers"
by Cal Newport

"The Berlin Study: In the early 1990s, a trio of psychologists descended on the Universitt der Knste, a historic arts academy in the heart of West Berlin. They came to study the violinists. As described in their subsequent publication in Psychological Review, the researchers asked the academy's music professors to help them identify a set of stand out violin players - the students who the professors believed would go onto careers as professional performers. We'll call this group the elite players.

For a point of comparison, they also selected a group of students from the school's education department. These were students who were on track to become music teachers. They were serious about violin, but as their professors explained, their ability was not in the same league as the first group. We'll call this group the average players.

The three researchers subjected their subjects to a series of in-depth interviews. They then gave them diaries which divided each 24-hour period into 50 minute chunks, and sent them home to keep a careful log of how they spent their time. Flush with data, the researchers went to work trying to answer a fundamental question: Why are the elite players better than the average players? The obvious guess is that the elite players are more dedicated to their craft. That is, they're willing to put in the long,Tiger Mom-style hours required to get good, while the average players are off goofing around and enjoying life. The data, as it turns out, had a different story to tell...

Decoding the Patterns of the Elite: We can start by disproving the assumption that the elite players dedicate more hours to music. The time diaries revealed that both groups spent, on average, the same number of hours on...

11:27

Chet Raymo, Work Of The Heart "IndyWatch Feed National"

Work Of The Heart
by Chet Raymo

In 1914, at age 39, the poet Rainer Maria Rilke had a substantial body of published work behind him. "Work of sight is achieved," he wrote; "now for some heart work." That's more or less what I have been doing on this site for the past three years: heart work. For seventy years it was sight work: looking, reading, teaching, writing books. Now I'm more interested in trying to discern the contours of the journey, the shape of the landscape I have traversed. How did the things seen fit together? How did the fit determine what things were seen? Heart work.

It's a pleasant task, and these daily posts are part of it. It is, as you have suggested, the sort of work that takes place on the porch of life. I imagine a broad summer verandah, perhaps in the south, with cicadas singing and constellations of fireflies mimicking the stars. A pink moon rising in the east. From afar off, the flicker of heat lightnin'.

In Letters To A Young Poet, Rilke advises: "Don't search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer." Good advice, and I would like to think that now is that time far in the future when whatever answers might be found will reveal themselves. But they will come, I am sure - if they come at all - in solitude and silence and love. A meteor streaks the mirroring sky. An alignment of planets in the west. Listen! A whisper. A calling into the thick of things.
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11:15

How rock gods think: the politics of Nick Cave and Thom Yorke "IndyWatch Feed National"

If rock music amplifies capitalisms misogyny, racism and male entitlement, its not surprising that rock star politics are often built out of those things.

11:04

Feeding ecology of five fishes from the mid-slope micronekton community off southern Tasmania, Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Feeding ecology of five fishes from the mid-slope micronekton community off southern Tasmania, Australia

10:36

Cheaper Byron Bay bypass mooted as markets face removal "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Byron Bay market at Butler Street Reserve. Photo contributed

Byron Bay market at Butler Street Reserve. The market will have to move from the site to allow for works on the Byron Bay bypass and bus interchange. Photo contributed

Planning confusion and contradictions surround a press release last week by Byron Shire Council that it plans to relocate the Byron markets from Butler Street Reserve in May next year.

The joint announcement by Greens mayor Simon Richardson and Cr Paul Spooner (Labor) claims that the move is necessary for around a year to allow for impending works for the Butler Street bypass and Butler Street reserve transport hub.

Yet there is no clear budget for either project Cr Spooner told The Echo that the transport hubs location is yet to be determined while the mayor confirmed that a cheaper option for the the overblown Butler Street bypass project will now be pursued.

After receiving an update on possible bypass options, the mayor said, It looks like we can create a bypass within the budget that would require some extra expenses at a later date, eg the proposed roundabout at Browning Street could come after, rather than waiting for all money [to be] secured first. 

Cr Spooner supported the mayors claim and told The Echo, The $22.5 million price tag would deliver a fully engineered and complete bypass in one step. The $14.5 million that Council has access to will deliver a scaled-back but functional road to be completed in stages. That is, build it and hope you get some more money to finish off the finer details.

The decision to move the markets, says Cr Spooner, was owing to the uncertainty of Councils planning processes it was important to provide the markets with certainty. 

The decision to have a temporary relocation to the beachfront from May 2018 gives that certainty. Any concerns stallholders or the Dunecare group have will be able to be ironed out over the next six months. 

Yet Dunecare management say that they believe a relocated market will adversely affect the dunes, which have undergone a 20-year restoration project.

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10:22

Burning of North-east NSW's Forests for Electricity "sheer madness" "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The North East Forest Alliance (NEFA) has described the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) proposal to increase logging intensity in north-east NSWs forests to provide up to one million tonnes of trees each year to generate electricity as sheer madness.

Forests are the lungs of the earth, they take in our carbon dioxide, storing the carbon and giving us back oxygen, left standing they are part of the solution to climate change, cut down they become part of the problem, according to NEFA spokesperson Dailan Pugh.
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10:19

Oh To Be in Another Gender, Now That Aprils There "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

Last week I attended an interesting lecture by psychotherapist Laura Jacobs and psychiatrist Laura Erickson-Schroth. The subject was transgenderism. They did not say ism I am saying transgenderism as Ive been trying to ponder the phenomenon of a sudden increase in the number of people in our society today who have switched to the opposite gender from the sex into which they were born.

But it would not be accurate to say that these persons have in mind to take on the thing that I am perceiving as transgenderism. Rather, they are simply individuals who dont have the traditional, or statistically normal accord between their birth sex and their gender. Most people, such as myself, take such accord for granted. I never had to figure out which gender I was just glance at my birth certificate and there you have it: female.

During...

10:16

Gov reneging on promise to fix our broken child protection system "IndyWatch Feed National"

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

An alliance of child protection advocates has criticised the government for failing to follow-through on its promise to put through a Bill to complement legislation passed in the wake of the Nyland Royal Commission.

Disappointingly, the government has prioritised the passage of the Childrens Protection Law Reform (Transitional Arrangements and Related Amendments) Bill 2017 during next weeks Parliamentary sittings rather than the new Prevention and Early Intervention for the Development and Wellbeing of Children and Young People Bill 2017. 

10:05

Notice of AFTINET AGM 2017 "IndyWatch Feed National"

AFTINET members and supporters are invited to our annual AGM to discuss what weve done over the past year and to make plans for next year.

Wednesday December 13 at 5.30pm
Finance Sector Union, Level 2, 321 Pitt St Sydney (near Bathurst St)
Followed by drinks and snacks

AFTINET Convener Dr Patricia Ranaldwill report on the TPP, RCEP and other trade deals.

Please RSVP for catering to campaign@aftinet.org.au

09:49

Woman Driving Home From Work Realizes She's Not Alone "IndyWatch Feed National"

Its been said that, at any given moment, youre probably no more than a few feet away from a spider the implication being that most are too small, well-hidden and harmless to ever actually be noticed.

But such was not the case for Australia native Bianca Merrick. Recently, the spider nearest her was pretty much unmissable.

Credit: YouTube/Storyful

Turns out, at some point a very large arachnid (reportedly a huntsman spider, who are actually pretty friendly and harmless) had managed to get inside Merrick's car where he then proceeded to make his presence be known as she drove down the freeway.

"I was on my way home from work when I looked up and saw it staring at me," Merrick told 7News. "I considered stopping but I didnt know how Id get it out of the car so I thought the best option for me was to keep driving and pretend it wasnt there for the longest 20 minutes of my life."

In other words, to her credit, Merrick took a live-and-let-live approach to the situation. It's clear from her video of the encounter, however, that she'd still prefer to have been elsewhere.

Once at home, Merrick said, she got out, locked the car and went to sleep, preferring to "pretend that it never happened." And sure enough, that cool-headed approach paid off.

By the next morning, the creature in her car had evidently moved on. Upon checking the vehicle, Merrick said, "there was no spide...

09:43

Defamation action delays Bluesfest koala reports "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Returning: Koala Ecology Group says the Tyagarah Bluesfest site's koala population is healthy and increasing. File photo

Returning: Koala Ecology Group says the Tyagarah Bluesfest sites koala population is healthy and increasing. File photo

Aslan Shand

A defamation case brought by Bluesfest director Peter Noble against a koala ecologist has delayed an Echo request for an update on the vulnerable koala population at the Tyagarah site.

Internationally renowned koala expert Dr Steve Phillips. (file pic)

Defamation action: Biolink consultant Dr Steve Phillips. File photo

The Echo understands that the case relates to comments made by Biolink consultant Steve Phillips in the media over impacts that the Bluesfest site had on the local koala population in 2016.

Neither the Byron Shire Council nor the Bluesfest director are willing to provide the koala monitoring reports for 2014, 2015 or 2016.

Byron Shire Council staff say that the koala monitoring reports requested by The Echo will only be considered via a freedom of information request, known as a Government Privacy Information Access Act (GIPA).

In response to a request for the reports, festival director Peter Noble says that the Bluesfest would not be in a position to supply you anything until the (defamation) matter is settled.

The Echo asked Council staff for a clarification of how the vulnerable koala population is doing since 2014 and were told that, Koala monitoring has occurred by Council staff via the Koala Connections project.

Staff said, A monitoring report prepared for this project (February 2017) includes records and commentary on koalas for the period 20112016.

The ecological planner and Koa......

09:33

Push to stop asphalt plant expansion at Alstonville "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Borals Asphalt Plant, located in a quarry owned by the Ballina Shire Council.

Borals Asphalt Plant, located in a quarry owned by the Ballina Shire Council.

A Ballina Shire councillor has launched a renewed push to stop the expansion of Borals asphalt plant at the Tuckombil Quarry in Alstonville.

Cr Sharon Parry has lodged a notice of motion for tomorrows Ballina Shire Council meeting calling on the council to invite the Environment Protection Authority to make a public presentation of its role in monitoring the quarry.

She wants the EPA to provide an update on the current issues regarding several reported breaches of Borals development consent.

Her motion also calls on the council to not proceed with the planned expansion of the quarry due to the negative amenity impacts that already occur between the operation of the quarry, the asphalt plant and the adjoining residential communities.

She also wants a report on the future use of the quarry once the existing operating consent is exhausted.

Cr Parry said there was no appetite for further development of the Tuckombil Quarry into the future, nor for the long-term continuation of the asphalt plant given the close proximity of residential housing within a radius of 1,000 square metres, given the concerns already being aired by existing residents.

If successful, her motion would overturn a decision by the council in November 2016 to prepare for an expansion following a community engagement process.

In response, staff have pointed out that if the council decides not to proceed with the expansion of the Tuckombil Quarry it would be appropriate, at some point in the not too distant future, to determine whether councils preference was to terminate the existing lease at the end of the five year option.

The earlier the notification to Boral, the more time they have to plan for alternative arrangements, albeit that an early decision could be overturned by a future council, a staff response said.

Tomorrows meeting takes place at the Ballina Shire Council chambers in Cherry Street, starting at 9am.

 

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09:10

American General: US-Backed Rebels Detaining ISIS Supporters And Doctors "IndyWatch Feed National"

(TFC) In mid-October, US Army Major General James B Jarrard of a joint spec ops task force operating throughout Syria and Iraq attended a press conference. He made headlines for accidentally stating America has 4000 boots in Syria, not a publicly acknowledged 503. That, however, wasnt the only interesting admission the spec ops commander disclosed.

Clashes have been fierce throughout Syrias bloody war, and Raqqa is no different. Since the Islamic State entered the war, theyve held the city as a stronghold. The militants dug in and took on relentless air strikes followed by sieges by foreign-funded rebel grounds.

Once the battles ended, an undisclosed number of ISIS affiliates surrendered to the Syrian Defense Force (SDF). The group is a US-supported rebel conglomerate of Kurdish, Arab, and other ethnic groups. Various rebel battalions and militias comprise its ranks including the Kurdish YPG. Although Jarrard was fickle with ISIS numbers, but did have good estimates for SDF casualties.

Throughout the fight, Major General Jarrard explained, there have been over 1200 friendly KIA of SDF forces. So, specific to Raqqa, there are approximately 434. About 905 US-backed rebels were wounded in Raqqa alone. Major General Jarrard stated SDF fighters took prisoners they believe were affiliated with Daesh.

 

So some a lot of those are continue to be detained by the SDF in their facilities in northeast Syria.  There were a lot of ISIS that were considered ISIS because of their relationship with the ISIS the Daesh.  But a lot of them were not necessarily fighters.  They were in administrative positions, working in hospitals, helping feed the large number of Daesh on the battlefield. Major General James B. Jarrard

 

Most of these individuals, local Syrians, were turned over to their respective tribal leadership. All western forces did, according to Jarrard, was record their biometrics for future tracking. Its currently unclear what will happen to the unidentified people SDF captured during the Raqqa battle. As Jarrard implies, some of them were medical personnel who treated wounded ISIS fighters.

What should be done from an international human rights perspective? Major General Jarrard was asked if the American government had any jurisdiction over the captu...

09:05

Nimbin lane boy jailed for cannabis supply "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

One of the Nimbin lane boys has been jailed for supplying cannabis after he lost his District Court appeal to serve his time in the community on a suspended sentence.

Ryan Hawken was sentenced to 12 months jail with a non-parole period of eight months in Lismore Local Court in July.

After his sentence was handed down he lodged an appeal against the severity of the sentence and he was granted conditional bail.

This morning, Lismore District Court Judge Laura Wells refused his appeal to serve a non-custodial sentence, as he had two prior convictions and a warning.

The court heard the 29-year-old was placed on a good behaviour bond in 2007 and he received a suspended sentence after being convicted of reckless grievous bodily harm in company in 2010.

Mr Hawkens solicitor told the court since 2010 he had rehabilitated his behaviour and changed his life, until a back injury prevented him from working and he reconnected with friends in Nimbin.

She said he regretted the decision to reconnect with his friends who were involved in selling cannabis.

He has realised there are no excuses for his actions, News Corp reported she said.

The court heard Mr Hawken had moved to Queensland, had no association with his friends from Nimbin, he had a full-time job and was living with his partner.

His solicitor described his chances of reoffending as remote.

Between January and April last year, Mr Hawken was captured on CCTV supplying cannabis 20 times.

When he was arrested, he described it as a big wake up call in a letter he wrote to the court.

But Judge Wells said the big wake up call should have been the prior good behaviour bond and suspended sentence he served.

She said he was involved in the enterprise purely for profit and had a flippant attitude about the offences.

When Mr Hawkens sentence was reduced to nine months, with a six month non-parole period, family and friends in the gallery were visibly upset.

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08:46

North Korea defiant despite terror listing "IndyWatch Feed National"

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un waves during a military parade to celebrate the 105th birth anniversary of Kim Il Sung in Pyongyang, North Korea on Saturday, April 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un waves during a military parade to celebrate the 105th birth anniversary of Kim Il Sung in Pyongyang, North Korea on Saturday, April 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

Kim Jong-un has displayed trademark defiance after the United States declared Pyongyang a state sponsor of terrorism, saying sanctions make the spirit of North Korea stronger.

The hostile forces desperate efforts to block the advance of the DPRK make the indomitable spirit of the Korean workers stronger and make them produce a great miracle startling the world, the North Korean leader said, according to the state news agency KCNA.

The KCNA published the news just hours after US President Donald Trump announced his decision to reinclude North Korea on the list of state sponsors of terrorism.

The designation, announced on Monday, allows the US to impose more sanctions on Pyongyang, which is pursuing nuclear weapons and missile programs in defiance of UN Security Council sanctions.

The announcement has been welcomed by Japan and South Korea.

I welcome and support (the designation) as it raises the pressure on North Korea, Japans Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said, according to Kyodo news agency.

South Korea said it expected the listing to contribute to the peaceful denuclearisation of the North, adding it continued, along with the US, to seek to bring North Korea to the negotiating table.

Trumps relisting of North Korea as a sponsor of terrorism comes a week after he returned from a 12-day trip to Asia in which containing Pyongyangs nuclear ambitions was a centrepiece of discussions.

In addition to threatening the world by nuclear devastation, North Korea has repeatedly supported acts of international terrorism, including assassinations on foreign soil, Trump said at the White House.

This designation will impose further sanctions and penalties on North Korea and related persons and supports our maximum pressure campaign to isolate the murderous regime.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull also backed...

08:41

Aust responsible for Manus refugees: UN "IndyWatch Feed National"

Manus Island refugees.

Manus Island refugees.

The situation for hundreds of asylum seekers stranded on a Papua New Guinea island is getting worse every day, a UN refugee official says, urging Australia to resume its responsibility for them.

Australia closed the offshore detention centre on Manus Island at the end of October, but some 380 refugees and asylum seekers have refused to leave, citing safety fears outside the centres walls.

The situation on the ground is very serious and deteriorating day by day, said Nai Jit Lam, a regional representative of the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) on Tuesday.

Lam said medicines ran out last week, their health is suffering in the hot and humid weather, and they have started digging wells inside the centre to get water.

The 250 others who have moved out of the centre face an apprehensive local population and unfinished alternative housing on the island, Lam said, adding that the migrants do not speak the local language.

Australia must continue to take responsibility and play an active role in achieving solutions, Lam said.

The United Nations had long criticised the living conditions on Australias offshore migrant centres, while the government argued that they deter people smugglers.

Last year, Papua New Guineas Supreme Court ruled the Manus camp illegal and asked the government to close it.

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08:40

Bangalow paid parking will go ahead: mayor "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Bangalow Chamber of Commerce president Jo Millar. Photo Jeff Dawson

Bangalow Chamber of Commerce president Jo Millar. Photo Jeff Dawson

Byron Mayor Simon Richardson says paid parking in Bangalow will go ahead on January 1 despite opposition from the towns chamber of commerce and claims the council has failed to abide by its own processes.

With paid-parking consultants now investigating site locations in Bangalow, the chamber of commerce is still holding firm its opposition, reminding councillors that the paid parking resolution for the town stipulates guidance group involvement in the process before the rollout.

Chamber of Commerce president Jo Millar believes that with no meetings planned before paid parking is introduced on January 1, 2018, the council cannot proceed.

She said the Bangalow community have been strongly opposed to these plans since 2011.

But mayor Simon Richardson, who led the paid parking push in the town maintains that it will roll out, regardless of public sentiment.

The Echo asked the mayor, It appears Council are not representing the wishes of the Bangalow community. Is it your intention to continue on this path?

He replied, We are scheduled to begin paid parking in Bangalow in January. I have requested a meeting with the guidance group to consider initial priorities for allocating revenues raised. 

He added that Council is soon to complete its engagement strategy that has been created alongside community group representatives. 

Cr Michael Lyon also told The Echo that once a Council project has commenced, councillors cannot rescind the motion, so the project must continue.

Meanwhile Cr Paul Spooner told The Echo that he doesnt believe that paid parking will destroy the town, yet said that paid parking in Brunswick Heads is unlikely to go ahead owing to the collective effort of that town.

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08:40

Man Invents Special Bookcase For His Introvert Cat "IndyWatch Feed National"

Jeff Faye and his family live in Chicago with their 4-year-old rescue cat, Stanley, whom they adopted from the ASPCA

Life with a family in a big city can be noisy and hectic. Everyone, including Stanley, needs a place to get some me-time, sometimes. But city life can also be cramped there just isn't much physical room for me-time.

"With four kids, visiting pets and a busy house, he really needed some space of his own," Faye told The Dodo. That's why Faye came up with an idea that would satisfy humans and felines: a special bookcase made just for Stanley. He calls it the Cat Case.

Credit: Jeff Faye

"Stanley is very curious, athletic and enjoys heights. He'll regularly jump from the floor to the top of the cabinets, and come into a room with a face covered in dust or spiderwebs from who knows where," Faye said. "Though he answers to his name, my favorite way of getting his attention is to set an empty box on the floor. Give it five minutes and he'll be sitting in it."

Credit: Jeff Faye

Stanley was a key collaborator in Faye's invention of the Cat Case, telling his human, in so many words, exactly what he thought. 

"If Stanley were a human, he'd have some serious product development cred," Faye said. "I've not only had him test out every prototype of the Cat Case and other units, but he's weighed in on every form of carpeting and material. There were several carpeting samples that he clearly wasn't happy with, those did not make the cut. The samples that he fell asleep on were the ones we incorporated in the final product."

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08:36

Energy plan to slash $120 off power bills "IndyWatch Feed National"

Households are expected to save $120 a year on their power bills under the Turnbull governments energy plan, according to modelling released ahead of a meeting with the states and territories.

The expert analysis puts an extra $5 into the hip pockets of Australian households, compared to initial forecasts released when the national energy guarantee was announced in October.

The evidence is in, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Wednesday.

The national energy guarantee will generate significant savings for Australian families and businesses. The savings are greater than originally estimated.

Average household bills under the guarantee are tipped to be $120 lower between 2020 and 2030 compared to a business as usual approach, where the renewable energy target runs out as planned and is not replaced.

The Frontier Economics modelling, commissioned by the Energy Security Board, is being distributed to premiers and chief ministers ahead of a COAG Energy Council meeting in Hobart on Friday.

It expects wholesale power prices will be 23 per cent lower than business as usual between 2020 and 2030, including 30 per cent less in 2030.

The 78 pages of modelling also confirms initial advice that the guarantee would ensure Australias emissions target of 26 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030 would be met.

The independent experts have spoken: our plan will cut power bills and ensure the lights stay on, Mr Turnbull said.

The benefits will flow through the entire economy. Businesses will be able to hire more staff, pay their employees more and pass on the savings to consumers through cheaper products.

Mr Turnbull fresh from promising to put more money in the pockets of Australian families and businesses through income tax cuts said the advice showed household bill relief would be real, significant and ongoing.

The modelling is a wake-up call to Labor and the states. They should work with government to bring down prices, increase reliability and meet our international emission reduction commitments, he said.

The guarantee requires electricity retailers to make a certain amount of power available at all times to guarantee reliability, while also guaranteeing certain levels of emissions to help the government meet its Paris accord target.

Federal Labor and some states were critical of the initial modelling and lukewarm on the governments policy.

Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg is seeking to put to blowtorch on Opposition Leader Bill Shorten.Bill Shorten asked for modelling on the national energy guarantee.

Now he has run out of excuses because he has modelling from Frontier Economics, a mod...

08:32

Ruddock to look into religious freedom "IndyWatch Feed National"

Liberal Party stallwart Phillip Ruddock. Photo AAP Image/Mick Tsikas

Liberal Party stallwart Phillip Ruddock. Photo AAP Image/Mick Tsikas

Former immigration minister Philip Ruddock has been asked by the Turnbull government to assess Australias religious protection laws.

Mr Ruddock, who was recently Australias Special Envoy for Human Rights, and a panel will look into whether Australian law adequately protects the human right to religious freedom.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull wants their findings by the end of March.

Treasurer Scott Morrison strongly welcomed the review, noting the four million people who voted against same-sex marriage in the postal survey.

I think there are many more Australians who would want to be confident that Australias religious freedoms as expressed in our law are satisfactory in todays environment, he told reporters in Canberra.

But he insisted the review was separate to same-sex marriage legislation now before the Senate.

The treasurer wants to see parental rights protected for teaching of children in schools, and no organisation or person who supports traditional marriage penalised for their views.

I dont think any of those things open up the door to sharia law (or) religious extremism, Mr Morrison said.

I think theyre sensible things that I would be encouraging my colleagues in the parliament to support.

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08:29

Adani finance deal imminent: report "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Stop Adani rally at Byron Bay's Main Beach made a clear point. Photo Orion Sturch

The Stop Adani rally at Byron Bays Main Beach made a clear point. Photo Orion Sturch

The Adani Group is reportedly close to announcing it has the money to build its controversial Queensland coal mine and rail link, but there are concerns the involvement of Chinese cash could cost Australia jobs.

An unnamed director of Adani Mining has told industry figures that the company had secured Chinese funding for the Carmichael mine and associated rail line, the ABC says.

He reportedly said Adani wouldnt need a loan of up to $1 billion from the taxpayer-funded Northern Australian Infrastructure Facility for the rail line.

A formal announcement about the financing deal is imminent.

But the ABC reports that reliance on funds from Chinese enterprises and export credit agencies could cost Australia jobs associated with the project.

Such Chinese interests invariably require that materials for key infrastructure are sourced from China and that effective shifts work out of Australia, the ABC said.

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08:24

Real Neat Blog Award, congratulations to my sixteen nominees! "IndyWatch Feed National"

Real Neat Blog Award

Late in 2014, I made this new award: the Real Neat Blog Award. There are so many bloggers whose blogs deserve more attention. So, I will try to do something about that

It is the first award that I ever made. I did some computer graphics years ago, before I started blogging; but my computer drawing had become rusty

The rules of the Real Neat Blog Award are: (feel free not to act upon them if you dont have time; or dont accept awards; etc.):

1. Put the award logo on your blog.

2. Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.

3. Thank the people who nominated you, linking to their blogs.

4. Nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blogs.

5. Let them know you nominated...

08:21

Greens senator talking politics in Mullum pub tonight "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Australian Greens senator Lee Rhiannon will be appearing at tonight's Politics in the Pub in Mullumbimby. File photo

Australian Greens senator Lee Rhiannon will be appearing at tonights Politics in the Pub in Mullumbimby. File photo

Tonights (November 22) Politics in the Pub at Mullumbimbys Courthouse Hotel features Greens senator Lee Rhiannon and retired local GP and activist/author Liz Elliott.

Ms Rhiannon told The Echo that she will be launching her new pamphlet Sold Off, Sold Out at the event.

It examines the right wings obsession with the privatisation or selling off of public assets.

Ms Rhiannon writes in the introduction that, Since it came to office in 2011, the NSW coalition has sold off more than $62 billon in public assets.

Over the past 30 years there has been a massive sell-off of public assets to private corporations right across Australia.

This privatisation binge has been indulged in by both major political parties. The evidence of opinion polls is that these sales are opposed by a majority of citizens and very often governments have paid the price at the polls.

Most recently the fall of the Liberal government in Western Australia has been attributed, at least in part, to its privatisation agenda.

Examples of government sales of public infrastrucutre and institutions include the energy sector, housing, NSW Crown lands, NSW Forests, public transport, prisons, hospitals, education and human services.

Yet there are precedents for rolling back privatisation and re-nationalising, claims Greens member Hall Greenland. He says, In New Zealand, the railways and ferries, privatised in 1993, were re-nationalised in 2008. Rail infrastructure was renationalised in the UK too after the failure of privatisation. Politics in the Pub is on November 22 at...

08:16

Chin Chin employees hit back at wage theft "IndyWatch Feed National"

This account of working in one of Melbournes most iconic restaurants, draws attention to the need for urgent action put an end to this practice, which is widespread in the hospitality industry. The owner of Chin Chin operates nine restaurants and is in the process of opening another one. Go to Megaphone link to sign the petition. The following was written by Sorcha Harrop, one of the central figures in this story.

For almost a year I worked at Chin Chin, one of Melbournes hottest restaurants. I worked through breaks, battled stress, exhaustion and was underpaid at least $9,500.

My experience is just one of thousands of disgusting wage theft stories hospo workers are forced to regularly endure.

Ive had enough of being screwed over. Thats why I filmed this video calling on Malcolm Turnbull to take wage theft off the menu.

Chin Chin is famous for its no reservations policy, long queues down the street, fabulous food and outstanding service.

What you dont know about Chin Chin is that the people who make it such a hot destination are forced to do 14-hour long days and work up to 20 hours a week for free. And heres the kicker: while I was getting underpaid thousands of dollars, my boss, restaurant king Chris Lucas, was spending millions building his seventh restaurant.

This is textbook wage theft. And its happening to hospo workers everywhere: a new survey shows 76% of hospitality employers are stealing workers pay.

We are fed up, and enough is enough. If youve had enough of wage theft too, please watch and share this video.

Every year hundreds of thousands of hospo workers in Australia are robbed: paid below minimum wage, refused penalty rates, and forced to do free work.

We all know stealing is wrong. These rigged rules make wage theft so easy its now become a business model.

Stand with me and other hospo workers getting ripped off.

Hospo workers deserve respect just like everybody else its time to stand up and demand we are treated fairly and paid what were owed.

Video from United Voice

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08:05

Live Video Presentation: Grand Jury Resistance, Today @ 8 PM EST "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Grand Jury Resistance

On November 21, at 8 pm Eastern Time, we will broadcast our third live video presentation, in which an experienced legal support worker will explain what grand juries are, how they work, and how to resist themthen answer any questions you have. View the video here on this page or via facebook.com/CrimethIncDotCom.This follows up our earlier presentations, An Overview of the J20 Prosecution and The RNC 8, Standing Rock, and J20 Cases.Over the course of 2017, anarchists and radicals have actively resisted grand juries from Standing Rock to North Carolina. Its vital to learn what a grand jury is and what tools of resistance our communities have against them. This presentation is intended to demystify a legal process that relies on secrecy, paranoia, and suspicion as a means to tear apart communities and resistance movements. One of our strongest weapons against this particular tactic of state repression is knowledgealongside bold acts of solidarity!Tune in to learn about the grand jury process, its legacy of repression, and how you can support resistance to grand juries.

Posted by CrimethInc. on Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Tune in here to IGD for a livestreamed video from CrimethInc. about grand juries and how to resist them. 

On November 21, at 8 pm Eastern Time, we will broadcast our third live video presentation, in which an experienced legal support worker will explain what grand juries are, how they work, and how to resist themthen answer any questions you have. View the video here on this page or via facebook.com/CrimethIncDotCom.

This follows up our earlier presentations,...

08:05

Calling on all young artistic environmental protectors "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Activist/actor Tony Barry has kicked off a youth environmental art comp, which will be judged on December 17 at the Mullum Civic Hall. Photo Jeff Dawson

Activist/actor Tony Barry has kicked off a youth environmental art comp, which will be judged on December 17 at the Mullum Civic Hall. Photo Jeff Dawson

Local legendary Australian actor and activist Tony Barry is helping to organise an environmental art competition for local high school students.

Known for both leading and character roles in more than 55 feature films, 45 television series and theatre, Mr Barry is calling on high school students to get creative and express their concerns and hopes for the future of their environment.

Mr Barry said, Prizemoney will be $1,000 for first prize, $1,000 for second prize and $1,000 for third prize. It will be distributed to students for personal use, or can be used for an environmental initiative of their choice, which would remain in the school in their name.

The event will be celebrated on December 16 and 17 at the Mullumbimby Civic Memorial Hall with presentations and judging from 10am to 5pm.

Artwork criteria

The chosen artform may include writing, poetry, dance, drama, music, or visual arts such as painting, drawing, photography, film, sculpture, etc or any combination of these artforms. The environmental topic for the students piece will be chosen by the students and must be original artwork.

Judges are Robert Bleakley (founder and CEO of Sothebys Australia and chairman of Pathways Foundation) and Virginia Reid (local artist and teacher).

Mr Barry says the day will begin with a smoking in ceremony and respect for Country. There will be a silent tribute to all those who have passed over on this land, he says.

This event is dedicated to Jambys son Jacob, who passed away some weeks ago during a misadventure at a party. 

Local artist Daniel Hend is on board and we are attempting...

08:02

Rare oarfish discovered on beach in Kingston, South Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

A rare discovery washed up on Kingston's shore last week. The remains of an Oarfish was discovered on the Kingston beach by Sharryn Tiller and her dog Hugo on November 11. Living in the deep sea, the fish is rarely seen and its behaviour not widely studied, and it is believed to have inspired tales of sea serpents. "I was taking Hugo for a walk along the beach and we came across this great big dead fish," said Sharryn. "I thought what on earth is it? I stood there thinking maybe it was an eel. "But eels don't have whiskers, this fish had great long hard whiskers. "I came home and my husband was chatting to our neighbour, Dan Watson and I mentioned what I had seen on the beach.

07:46

Scientists discover gold literally grows on trees "IndyWatch Feed National"

Money might not grow on trees, but scientists have confirmed that gold is found in the leaves of some plants. Scientists from Australia's national science agency, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), have proved that the leaves of certain eucalyptus trees contain minute amounts of the precious metal that have been naturally absorbed. Eucalypts in the Kalgoorlie region of Western Australia and the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia are drawing up water containing gold particles from the earth via their roots and depositing it in their leaves and branches. One of the authors of the paper, the CSIRO geochemist Dr Mel Lintern, said some eucalyptus root systems dived down deeper than 30m, through much of the sediment that sits on top of solid ore-bearing rock. The tree acts "as a hydraulic pump ... drawing up water containing the gold", he said. "As the gold is likely to be toxic to the plant, it is moved to the leaves and branches where it can be released or shed to the ground."

07:43

Living wake to celebrate the life of Mookx Hanely "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Brendan 'Mookx' Hanley. Photo Facebook

Brendan Mookx Hanley. Photo Facebook

Melissa Hargraves

Local legend and trailblazer activist Brendan Mookx Hanley has invited special guests to perform his songs at his living wake at The Picture House, Brunswick Heads, on Sunday November 26 from 2 till 5pm.

Its a chance to celebrate the life and era of a pioneer in music, comedy, activism and film while he is still breathing the air with us.

Mookx has worked with Pete Seeger, John Farnham, Bev Harrell, Slim Dusty, Lucky Starr, Dinah Lee, Jimmy Hannan, Johnny OKeefe, John Williamson, The Bee Gees, Manfred Mann, Graeme Bond, Hans Poulsen, Jack Thompson, Jean Paul Bell and many others.

His songs have been recorded by Frankie Davidson, Doug Owen, Layabouts, Bushwackers, Gong, Mills Sisters, Troubadors, German Choirs, Sai Baba Ashram Choir and many more.

Trailblazer activist

His soundtrack and movie contributions include Monkey Mia, Waterborn, Give Trees a Chance, Nearly Normal Nimbin, Reef Reborn, Earth First and the multi- award-winning Blowpipes and Bulldozers. Mookx also wrote the original soundtrack and characterisations for the animated movie Fern Gully.

Mookx pioneered locally by instigating the local Dolphin Music awards, the Nimbin, Mullumbimby and Byron folk clubs, and was also instrumental in protecting Terania through non-violent peaceful and musical action. He is a trailblazer activist who also contributed towards the legalisation of busking in NSW.

Come and celebrate Mookx, a local legend whose own work stands proudly along with his popular collaborations. Keep in mind that the even...

07:42

Pine Gap activists enter top secret facility to stop drone strikes "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Adam Carlton

Tomothy Webb, Andrew Paine, Margarert Petrorius and James Dowling have fronted up in the Northern Territory Supreme Court, to face charges of entering a prohibited area and filming within, namely the top secret Pine Gap military communications facility near Alice Springs.

They face a maximum of 7 years jail if found guilty.

All  admit jumping the  1.2 metre perimeter fence and entering the facility on 29 September 2016. But they had a right to do so under the circumstances.

Among other tasks, Pine Gap is used to communicate massages to operate drone strikes in in US led wars in the Middle East.  The base plays an important part in these actions and that the victims are mostly innocent civilians.

As Christians, the accused believe they had a duty to act.

Speaking in her own defence, Margaret Pestorious said that they had hoped to disrupt activities.

Theres a direct link to Pine Gap, because the signals come through Pine Gap and then directly out to US officers who direct drone strikes against real people, she told the court.

We went there to try to stop that information from getting from A, to B to C, which is some poor villager.

That week there was a drone strike which killed 15 people, 14 of which were not insurgents.

Australia is involved in the real-time sending of signals that result in killing.

She said that sources reveal there are up to three drone strikes a day.

That the protest was carried out to defend others and that this should be considered a justifiable defence.

Professor Richard Tanter, from the Nautilus Institute for Security and Sustainability, has written extensively about the secretive base and was called as a witness by the accused.

He told the court Pine Gap was perhaps the most important US intelligence facility outside the US.

The accused are part of a broader movement that has the aim of closing Pine Gap. Assisting drone attacks is one of its activities. It is also much more widely linked into the overall American military system.

This is not an Australian facility, but one under American command. It is questionable whether the existence of foreign bases on Australian soil is really in Australias interests. These interests  are rooted in acting as a responsible global citizen working for peace. Nor is it safe to have military activities being directed from Australia, without Australian control.

The case continues.

 

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07:30

Voters think the Turnbull government is on its own highway to hell "IndyWatch Feed National"

Peter Lewis writes in the Guardian (21 November 2017) that Malcolm Turnbull and the whole political system in Australia is on the nose. Australians want change and not more of the usual political antics. Lewis starts off with Turnbulls disaster interview, where he cluelessly talked about Australian bands AC/DC and Mental as Anything and uses a tongue in cheek approach to underline a very serious matter.

You really have to be an 80s music nerd to fully appreciate the prime ministers faux pas on commercial radio yesterday when he botched an opportunity to pay tribute to Australias finest rocknroll export.

On a scale of one to 10, likening AC/DC to Mental as Anything hits 11 in lame. When asked to embrace power he opted for middle of the road: its enough to demand the leather jacket be handed back immediately.

Where AC/DC drove pulsating guitar rock to a new intensity, the Mentals delivered catchy ditties via synthesiser. Where AC/DC were a bunch of migrant kids who screeched hardship and defiance, the Mentals were a gang of art school grads who crooned smug whimsy.

AC/DC was fronted by an untamed, tattooed dude called Bon who died choking on his own vomit; the Mentals were fronted by a smart arse who wore a cardigan and called himself Greedy (maybe that explains the attraction).

What was so revealing about the moment wasnt that 40 years of rock history had passed our PM by, it wasnt that he hadnt been briefed on the obvious angle for his morning FM skate; it was that all he had in an unscripted moment, when he was caught short and the dead air was beginning to suffocate him, was: If you leave me, can I come too? **

And it wasnt the PMs only implosion in what was a high voltage* day of politics.

By lunchtime the prime minister had effectively closed the parliament in the face of growing fears that the berserk warriors** from the National party would detonate political TNT* by backing a commission of inquiry into the banking sectors litany of dirty deeds, done dirt cheap*.

By dinnertime, he was desperately reaching into the political bag of tricks, promising the Business Council to give the dog a bone* in the form of income tax cuts. Its a trick weve seen too many times** but one that politicians play when they are feeling the heat.

But rather than being thunderstruck* by the prime ministers political nimbleness, this weeks Guardian Essential Report shows most voters think the Turnbull government has embarked on its own highway to hell* 

How much trus...

07:22

Santa shots at the beach "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Beach photos with Santa. Photo supplied.

Beach photos with Santa. Photo supplied.

It is that time of year again and we are heating up for the Christmas bonanza and Father Christmas is once again hitting the local beaches ready to have his photo taken with you and your little ones.

Byron Santa on the Beach was started in 2016 by mums Jane Saunders, Dani Satori and Lyndal Peake who became friends through their local preschool. Not wanting to drive all the way to Tweed just to get a Santa photo they decided it was a chance to bring Santa for a day out at the beach.

So if you would like to catch Santa before he heads out for a surf then you can book a photo for you and the kids at Byron Bay on November 25 or Brunswick Heads on December 2.

Call the elf phone on 0409 059 118 or click here. https://byronbeachsanta.com/

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07:19

The Queensland Government Is The Real Driver In Adanis Dirty Land Grab "IndyWatch Feed National"

A key issue in the upcoming Queensland election issue is the Adani coal mine, a massive project slated for development in the Carmichael basin north west of Brisbane. To ensure it happens, the Queensland Government is threatening to compulsory acquire land from the local Traditional Owners. In the second in a five part series, Kristen Lyons explains.

When Adani purchased the coal tenement for its proposed Carmichael mine in 2010, then Premier Anna Bligh declared the proposed mine and related infrastructure project could generate more than 11,000 jobs and lucrative economic returns for Queenslanders.

The rhetoric about the Adani Carmichael mine, coming in turn from the Newman, and later Palaszczuk Governments, however, has always been about more than simply more jobs and more growth.

The Galilee Basin has been lauded as Queenslands last coal frontier. The region has been described as the most prospective area outside that currently being mined and on this basis has seen successive Queensland Governments establish policy settings and financial breaks, as well as expedite approval processes and champion pro-mining rhetoric, to drive a state-led enclosure of Aboriginal and pastoral lands to open up the Galilee Basin for coal mining.

And for Adani, this constitutes a land grab of Wangan and Jagalingou Country. While Wangan and Jagalingou people are pulled in multiple directions by competing interests, the Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners Council (W&J) have asserted sustained opposition to Adanis proposed mine.

Despite their resistance, and a tireless campaign built around a defense of the right to say no, the Queensland Government has failed to even acknowledge W&Js opposition to the mine, a position simply incongruent with their coal extraction agenda for the region.

Instead, the Queensland Government has walked over Indigenous rights in its efforts to secure W&J country, and to open up the Galilee Basin for the final frontier in a long history of often violent extractivism.

Former Queensland Premier Anna Bligh. (IMAGE: David Jackmanson, Flickr)Former Queensland Premier Anna Bligh. (IMAGE: David Jackmanson, Flickr)

Our research exposes some of the direct and covert manoeuvres of the Queensland Government in sidelining the rights of Traditional Owners to make way for Adanis mines. And given the current elevation of the A...

06:59

Australia's weather bureau issues La Nina alert - Thomson Reuters Foundation "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia's weather bureau issues La Nina alertThomson Reuters FoundationWELLINGTON, Nov 22 (Reuters) - Australia's Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) issued an alert on Tuesday for a La Nina weather event next month, saying the chance it would take place was triple the normal likelihood. The bureau pegged the chance of a La ...and more 

06:26

Were Not Here to F**k Spiders, So Get On With It, And Other Things Jesus Might Say "IndyWatch Feed National"

The marriage equality debate has been settled. Oh wait, no it hasnt. Michael Bradley takes aim at the folks who dont like losing.

Blessed are the cheese makers, Jesus might have said, and why the hell arent we talking about their rights today? Why do the cake bakers get all the attention? If I was going to have a gay wedding, which Id definitely do out of spite if I wasnt not gay and already married, I would want a six tier cheese cake with a figurine coupling of Tony Abbott and George Pell on top. Id rewrite the lyrics to Endless Love to suit, and force a Christian rock band to play it on a key-tar.

Oh, ridiculous? We may as well all get down in the mosh-pit of nonsense being peddled by the silent majority/persecuted minority who are feeling the hurt according to Jacqui Lambie, and not stop until the dance floor resembles the aftermath of a (very heterosexual) B&S ball circa 1985, bits of cheese and cabanossi floating in the beer and vomit.

What am I saying? Im making as much sense as the po-faced defenders of the faith, whatever that now means, as they twist their hypocrisies ever more tightly around their choking throats, facing as they are into the abyss of what weve really been talking about all along but nobody is ever prepared to say: gay sex.

Yes, LGBTQI people have sex too, and they do it in ways which make 38% of the Australian voting population feel a bit ick.

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Thats ok, actually. It isnt even bigotry to not enjoy the thought of other peoples sexual proclivities. Bigotry is wanting to discriminate against them because of those proclivities or their sexual identity. We dont make laws allowing ourselves to treat each other differently because of our gender, race, ethnicity or, yes, religion. Since the passing of the Sex Discrimination Act in 1984, we have not allowed discrimination on the basis of sexuality.

This is the point constantly and consciously overlooked by the camp which was formerly No but has transformed into Oh Alright Yes But What About The Cheese Makers Help Help Im Being Oppressed.

Sorry, the point. Yes, the point is that, as at today while we still do not have marriage equality in Australia notwithstanding the $100m we just spent confirming that we want it like weve been saying all along, what happens if a Christian cheese cake maker is approached by a same sex couple seeking catering for their engagement party? What happens is that the supplier cannot, by the existing and longstanding anti-discrimination law of this country, refuse on the basis that h...

06:25

The Prosperity Gospel of Hillsong, Brian Houston and other Prosperity Gospel pastors is contrary to the teachings of the New Testament "IndyWatch Feed National"

Brian Houstons book You Need More Money

 

Hillsong Conference is held annually in Sydney Australia each July and runs for four days. It is an annual event that has been held for many decades.

Pastors Brian and Bobbie Houston, co-head pastors of Hillsong, are Prosperity Gospel and Word of Faith exponents. They are also compromised by accepting non-repentant gays and lesbians into their congregation, even in positions of top leadership. Josh Canfield, the long-time head worship leader of Hillsong New York City and previously Hillsong London, is an example. Josh was preparing to marry his live-in boyfriend Reed Kelly until they split up in March last year.

The errant heretical Prosperity Gospel of Hillsong, Brian Houston and other Prosperity Gospel pastors is contrary to the teachings of the New Testament.

All the speakers at Hillsong Conferences are Prosperity Gospel and Word of Faith adherents. Any speaker that speakers at a Hillsong Conference is aware of all, or many of,  Hillsongs heresies and is part of this heretical counterfeit Pentecostal movement world-wide. Which is not true Pentecostal at all. The leaders of the Welsh Revival, the Azusa Street Revival, John G Lake, Kathryn Kuhlmann, Smith Wigglesowrth, John Booth, John and Charles Wesley the founder of Methodism, John Knox and all the great leaders and general...

06:00

Physicist suggests looking to the cosmos to solve computational problems "IndyWatch Feed National"

Can a close look at the universe give us solutions to problems too difficult for a computer -- even if we built a computer larger than a planet? Physicist Stephen Jordan reflects on this question in a new video by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), along with a new scientific paper that considers one particular tough problem the universe might answer. In The Computational Power of the Universe, Jordan does not imagine what we could learn if humanity somehow converted the entire cosmos into a vast computing device (however marvelous a science-fiction premise that idea might make). Rather, he asks, now that the universe has undergone billions of years of change in accordance with the laws of nature, can we use what we see through our telescopes to gain insights into difficult computational problems? After all, computers crunch numbers to simulate complex change. What if we consider the cosmos to be the output of a 13.7-billion year computation?

05:08

Defense Secretary Mattis won't admit US military presence in Syria has no legal grounds "IndyWatch Feed National"

Although the US has many times stated that its target is IS only, it appears that its intentions may go beyond the stated objective. In fact, Washington is seeking to retain post-conflict zones of influence within the country, where the American presence is illegal. Asked at a press-conference on Nov. 13 if the US military will stay or leave Syria, US Defense Secretary James Mattis stated, "We're not just going to walk away right now before the Geneva process has cracked." He stressed the importance of the Geneva settlement process held under the auspices of the UN, saying "we got to get the UN-brokered effort in Geneva to take this thing forward." Answering a question about the legal grounds for the US presence in the country, the secretary explained "You know, the UN said that ISIS - basically we can go after ISIS. And we're there to take them out." The Syrian Foreign Ministry issued a firm warning to the US and other foreign forces in Syria on Nov. 14. According to it, "The presence of US forces or any foreign military presence in Syria without the consent of the Syrian government constitutes an act of aggression and an attack on the sovereignty of the Syrian Arab Republic as well as a gross violation of the charter and principles of the United Nations." In September, Deputy Foreign Minister of Syria Faisal Mekdad stated that the US "should withdraw its military; otherwise the Syrian army will consider them as a hostile force."

04:43

The Consequences of the Symbolic Recognition of Palestine "IndyWatch Feed National"

Seeking recognition of Palestine has been one of the Palestinian Authoritys diplomatic strategies which lose significance when juxtaposed against Mahmoud Abbass collaboration with the Israeli occupation. Behind statements of recognition lies silence and the tacit acceptance of Israels colonization of Palestinian land and forced displacement of the indigenous people. Other than the obsolete two-state paradigm, there has been little discussion of what such recognition actually means in practice, or whether it could generate a tangible outcome for Palestinians.

On Monday, during an official visit to Spain, Abbas urged the Spanish parliament to recognize Palestine, so that Palestine and Israel can live side-by-side in security, stability and good neighbourly relations, which will bring hope in a better future for Palestine and its people who have suffered from historical injustice when they were uprooted from their homeland in the 1948 Nakba and the occupation of the rest of our land in 1967.

According to Wafa news agency, Abbas also reiterated his support for international impositions, including efforts by [US] President [Donald] Trumps administration to achieve a historic peace deal. Presumably, Abbas is referring to the latest wheeze from Washington; according to Haaretz, the U.S. State Department has threatened to shut down the Palestinian diplomatic mission in the country if it does not embark upon negotiations with Israel and instead seeks recourse through the International Criminal Court for Israels war crimes. PLO Secretary-General Saeb Erekat stated that all communication with the U.S. would be halted if such a threat materializes.

However, with an entity that is bolstered by both the U.S. and Israel, continuing or halting diplomatic communication will ultimately continue to reveal the degree of collaboration that is ongoing, with the PA on the bottom rung and through which decisions detrimental to Palestinians continue to be imposed. Whether countries recognize Palestine or not, Israel and the U.S. continue a seamless plan to strip away Palestinians from their land. Clearly, symbolic recognition is neither helping nor hindering Palestines diplomatic efforts. It is merely a symbol of the PA purportedly attempting to take a stand for Palestinian rights.

Palestine has become many things, depending upon the interests of the actors involved. Colonialism constituted the first laceration between land and people. For the international community, it has been simplified into a question to be debated at regular intervals but never answered. Abbas, on the other hand, has followed the trajectory of exploiting Palestine after allowing Israel to continue its expansion. The ensuing question is, therefore, what recognition is Abbas demanding from governments? If there was no two-state imposition, what would constitute recognitio...

04:38

Carcinogenic Substances We Used Regularly "IndyWatch Feed National"

Carcinogenic Substances We Used Regularly | arsenic | Toxins

Would you drink wine which was sweetened with lead? If you have researched even a little bit about lead, your answer is probably somewhere in the vein of absolutely not, are you out of your mind. However, this was the exact thing that ancient Romans used to do.

Even after they learned that the lead in their drinks (and plumbing) was poisoning them, they had a hard time stopping using it. It is easy to feel high and mighty and laugh at them, but we actually do the same thing. There are substances which are very toxic to us and which cause cancer and other illnesses which we used well after we found out they are toxic.

Numerous cancers could have been prevented if only we had acted quicker. Companies like https://www.odonate.com/ which create cancer medications have some really astounding statistics and numbers. Fortunately, we did ban a lot of substances, too. Heres a list of some of those substances.

Asbestos

Probably the most famous carcinogenic substance which is now banned, asbestos used to be fairly ubiquitous. It had numerous uses due to its heat resistance. A lot of firefighters flame retardant suits were made of it. However, that is not where it caused (and continues to cause) the most problems.

It is the use as a house insulator that really caused the most problems. The crystalline structure of asbestos is responsible both for the usefulness and the hazard of this material. The tiny crystals which are separated from the material are light enough to be lifted into the air, which means that people would breathe it in all day long. The crystals would then make small cuts on the lungs which can become cancerous over time.

Food Preservatives

Our processed foods need to last for a long time. In order to do that, we use a lot of different chemicals. Over the years many of these chemicals have proven to be fairly toxic and cancerogenic. Despite the small quantities, these chemicals can cause a lot of harm to our organisms....

04:32

I Saw Death in Her Eyes. Chuck Norris Warns About a Common Medical Procedure That Almost Killed His Wife, yet Millions of Americans Undergo It Every Year "IndyWatch Feed National"

Source: I Saw Death in Her Eyes. Chuck Norris Warns About a Common Medical Procedure That Almost Killed His Wife, yet Millions of Americans Undergo It Every Year For more content like this visit REALfarmacy.com.

by Yelena Sukhoterina Some medical procedures are so common that few ever question their safety until it is too late. Chuck Norris, a famous American actor and martial artist, recently had to witness his wife go through agony feeling helpless as the doctors rushed to find an answer to why Gena Norris was dying []

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04:20

After the exposure, what comes next? "IndyWatch Feed National"

The pattern has become familiar. Day after day we get new names of well-known people accused of the behavior ranging from the gross to the illegal, almost always by men of power and influence and aimed at young women and men whose careers they could influence positively or negatively. Their targets felt intimidated from speaking out against them directly or complain to their superiors. What has become clear is that these men behaved with impunity because they felt that their position gave them immunity. Clearly, if things are to change, people must realize that whoever they are, if they abuse their power over people they will be exposed and suffer the consequences.

But now comes the hard part. What should be the consequences?

This is not going to be easy to answer. For one thing, there is a whole range of offenses ranging from the downright illegal to those that are not illegal but utterly gross. Even for those actions that are illegal, the statue of limitations has passed for many. Even when they are still prosecutable, the cases are going to be tough because many of these predators were savvy enough to commit their offenses when there were no witnesses around. The case against them will be largely circumstantial, based on the sheer numbers of accusers willing to come forward publicly, the similarities of their stories, and if they recounted the events to others contemporaneously.

Other cases may not be illegal. Take for example TV broadcaster Charlie Rose. In addition to lewd phone calls and groping, he would apparently ask people to his home or hotel room to work and then excuse himself to take a shower. He would then emerge naked and walk around, seemingly oblivious to the discomfort of the co-worker. Apparently this behavior was so well-known to the cognoscenti that it was referred to by them as Roses shower trick. While there are usually laws against public nudity, I think that it is not illegal to walk around naked in ones own home or hotel room even if others are present, though I may be wrong.

Should there be a graded scale where offenses are punished based on the severity of the offense? The problem with the latter is that judging severity is highly contextual. Under certain circumstances, depending on the situation and the victims age and degree of vulnerability, what others might consider a minor offense could be quite traumatic. And who gets to decide what the punishment should be? And what compensation should the victims who suffered psychologically in addition to having their careers hindered or even destroyed, get and who should pay it?

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03:00

Clarence Valley Council decides to open its door wide to the cruise ship industry "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


On 21 November 2017 at Clarence Valley Councils ordinary monthly meeting Mayor Jim SimmonsDeputy Mayor Jason Kingsley and Crs. Richie WilliamsonArthur Lysaught, and Andrew Baker voted in effect to open councils doors to the cruise ship industry by indicating in principal support for the Port of Yamba to be a designated cruise ship destination, with the possibility of establishing an international cruise ship terminal within the Clarence River estuary.

The debate in the chamber indicated that councillors received a number of emails on this subject from valley residents and that the majority of these expressed concerns about this Berejiklian Government proposal.

However, community concern was virtually ignored by both council administration and this group of five councillors hell-bent on doing Sydney's bidding after Nationals MP for Clarence Chris Gulaptis had reportedly lobbied on behalf of the proposal.

As usual Cr. Baker excelled himself when it came to the number of inaccurate statements he could pack into his participation in debate.

Concerned Iluka and Yamba residents now await this.

FacebookABC North Coast, 21 November 2017:
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02:39

The Last Clinton Scandal "IndyWatch Feed National"



The Last Clinton Scandal

Submitted to Operation Disclosure | By Patrick J. McShay

"If they send a signal that we're going to be like some dictatorship, like some authoritarian regime, where political opponents are going to be unfairly and fraudulently investigated, that rips at the fabric of the contract we have, that we can trust the justice system. It will be incredibly demoralizing to the people at the Justice Department, both Democrat, and Republican, but it will also send a terrible signal to our Country and the World that we have given up on the kind of values that we use to live by."
* Hillary Clinton explaining to Mother Jones why looking into her alleged criminality is a big waste of time.

"It's time for Jeff Sessions to name a Special Counsel and get answers for the American people. If not he should step down". -- Congressman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio)

"The Uranium One deal is not a national security scandal, it is a corruption scandal involving Clinton family self-dealing." -- Former Federal Prosecutor Andy McCarthy


The Trump Administration is pushing for a real investigation and the appointment of a special counsel to look into Bill and Hillary and Bill Clinton's involvement in the Uranium One deal that sold the rights of 20% of America's Uranium to the Russians. The funny thing is that all of the people involved are "never Trumpers" who have been trying to prove Trump colluded with Russia. They also want to know why the Clinton Foundation benefited to the tune of $145 million on the deal. Hillary, not pleased at all with this spotlight on another of her shady deals, told Mother Jones that this is "old news" and a new investigation would be a "disastrous step into politicizing the Justice Department."

Hillary whined that any further investigation into this obviously dirty deal would have devastating consequences for the justice system in America. The Clinton's decades of lies and complete disregard for decency and the rule of law make Hillary's pleas for justice laughable and extr...

02:30

Top Chicago Exchanges Release Bitcoin Futures Details "IndyWatch Feed National"

The big story that sent Bitcoin to the moon earlier this month has been updated this week with more good news. Both the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) have released details on upcoming futures contracts for the cryptocurrency.

These proposed trading contracts by major exchanges caused an upward surge in Bitcoin price earlier this month as it was seen as a sign of financial institution and mainstream adoption. The relentless uptrend continued and Bitcoin broke record after record the last high being a little over $8,200 just yesterday.

The CBOE released details of their BTC (or XBT) contracts on the exchange blog. There will be a 1BTC contract with the lowest price fluctuation (tick) of $10 released once regulatory reviews have been passed. A specific date was not mentioned though it is likely to be before the end of the year in line with CMEs announcement.

In response to questions CFA Russell Rhodes stated:

The question I am constantly hearing is, How will the futures prices relate to spot Bitcoin pricing, and the best (and most honest) answer I can give is, I dont know.  Ive done academic work on the launch of newly listed products in the past and prior assumptions about new markets often are off the mark.  Ive heard arguments for the futures trading at both a premium and a discount to the spot price, personally, I think the best strategy is to see what the market tells us when Bitcoin futures are available for trading.

Previously CME announced a mid-December date for its Bitcoin contracts however that was later changed according to Reuters. The CME website currently states that futures contracts will be available before the end of the year pending all relevant regulatory review periods.

The contract will be a 5BTC offering with a price tick of $5 for each coin in the contract or $25 for the total of five. There will be spot position limits set at a thousand contracts.

The news bolstered the price again as it is likely to when these contracts go live next month. Bitcoin seems pretty unstoppable at the moment and the expectation is that these futures would impart legitimacy to the asset class which could see institutional investors entering the Bitcoin market.

In a statement to US news media Chairman and CEO of CME said:

Today you cannot short Bitcoin. So theres only one way it can go. You eit...

01:54

The House of Saud Is Creating the Conditions for Its Own Downfall "IndyWatch Feed National"

Cross-posted from Moon of Alabama

The Saudi clown prince Mohammad Bin Salman is an impulsive tyrant. But what accounts for his urge to purge the country of any potential competing power center Why does he run a such an activist foreign policy? The answer might be Iran. Not Iran the country, but Iran the system.

Since the U.S. war on Iraq the sclerotic Saudi Arabia continuously lost standing in its region. The Iranian model gained ground. A decade later the authoritarian Arab systems were challenged by the so called Arab spring. While the movements in the various countries -as far as they were genuine- have failed, they were a warning sign for things to come.

Saudi Arabia reacted to the challenges by moving away from a sedate, consensual run family business towards a centrally controlled, supercharged tyranny. The move allows for more flexible and faster reactions to any future challenge. But it also increases the chance of making mistakes. To understand why this endeavor is likely to fail one needs look at the traditional economic and social system that is the fabric of the country. The fate of the Hariri dynasty is an example for it.

Since Salman climbed the throne he has moved to eliminate all competition to his rule. The religious establishment was purged of any opposition. Its police arm was reigned in. First crown prince Murqrin was removed and then crown prince Nayef. They were replaced with Salmans inexperienced son. Economic and military powers were concentrated in his hands. During the recent night of the long knivespowerful family members and business people were detained. The Wall Street Journal reports of a second arrest wave. More higher ups have been incarcerated. This round includes senior military commanders and very wealthy business people.

As the prison for the arrested VIPs, the Ritz-Carlton hotel, is fully booked, the next door Mariott is now put to use. Qualified staff was hired to handle the prisoners:

As many as 17 people detained in the anti-corruption campaign have required medical treatment for abuse by their captors, according to a doctor from the nearest hospital and an American official tracking the s...

01:50

BBC WS claims Israeli pressure and incentives led Jews to flee Iraq "IndyWatch Feed National"

The November 19th edition of the BBC World Service radio programme Weekend asked what happened to the Jews of Baghdad? but listeners hoping to get an accurate and full answer to that question would have been disappointed.

Presenter Julian Worricker introduced the item (from 43:47 here) as follows: [emphasis in italics in the original, emphasis in bold added]

Worricker: Now in 1917 a third of the people living in the Iraqi city of Baghdad were Jewish. A hundred years on, among the citys six and a half million people only a handful are Jews. There was more than one factor behind the exodus of Baghdads Jewish population and a new documentary that premiered in London last week has been exploring what happened to some of them, among them Edwin Shuker. In 1971 he left Baghdad as a child and came to Britain with his parents and he says he still want...

01:39

Why Are Police In The USA So Terrified? "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Robert J. Burrowes for TRANSCEND Media Service - 15 Nov 2017 In a recent incident in the United States, yet another unarmed man was shot dead by police after opening his front door in response to their knock. The police were going to serve an arrest warrant on a domestic violence suspect the mans neighbour but went to the wrong address. See Police kill innocent man while serving warrant at wrong address. For those who follow news in the United States, the routine killing of innocent civilians by the police has become a national crisis despite concerted attempts by political and legal authorities and the corporate media to obscure what is happening. See Killed by Police and The Counted: People killed by police in the US. So far this year, US police have killed 1,044 people. In contrast, from 1990 to 2016, police in England and Wales killed just 62 people. See Fatal police shootings. Of course, these murders by the police are just the tip of the iceberg of police violence as police continue to demonstrate that the freedoms guaranteed by the Fourth Amendment have been eviscerated. See What Country Is This? Forced Blood Draws, Cavity Searches and Colonoscopies. So why are the police so violent? you might ask. Well, several scholars have offered answers to this question and you can read a little about what they say in these articles reviewing recent books on the subject. See The Fraternal Order of Police Must Go and Our Ever-Deadlier Police State.

01:14

Gay clubbing in 1918 "IndyWatch Feed National"

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1910s professional female impersonator, Julian Eltinge

What was it like to go to a gay club in 1918? To find out we need to follow an undercover reporter and his friend into one of the best Perth had to offer. At least he said he was undercover. Strangely, our hack seems to know almost everyone present. But well play along, and assume he was there strictly for journalistic reasons.

Back in the gold boom days, the best gay club in town was Flora Dora, which was so established it seems people didnt mind being seen there, but there were others. But just after World War I, only one club was up and running for men who wanted to hang around with other men, unless you count such places as the Weld Club. Which we wont.

In 1918, underground advertisements for The Misogynists Ball started circulating. We assume the event name was ironic, or perhaps a simple way of being able to not invite the wife. Darling, Id love you to come, but you would hate all those misogynists. The sale of tickets was kept very private, only available to those in the know, and almost everyone attending wore fancy dress and a mask to keep their identity secret. Or, at least, to pretend to keep their identity secret. The advert ran:

Almost all the social elements of a large city have their club or meeting placethe fat, the bald, the bachelors, the widowerswhy not the...

01:00

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

Benutzt hier jemand Intel-Prozessoren?

This includes scenarios where a successful attacker could:

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

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

01:00

Say: "Stop the GOP war on America: (fill in the blanks). " "IndyWatch Feed National"

This article suggests ways we can frame the GOP assault on America, Americans, and American values by using variants of "Stop the GOP War on America:------." It also gives a rationale for using the "war on. . ." frame in this context, and answers other objections activists might have to this frame.

00:20

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed National"

International Law Prevents Recovery of Rosetta Stone from UK, Egypt's Antiquities Minister Tells MPs
Gamal Essam El-Din
Monday 20 Nov 2017

Minister Khaled El-Enany said the UNESCO agreement which Egypt signed in 1970 does not help in recovering the Rosetta Stone

In a question and answer session before parliament on Monday, Minister of Antiquities Khaled El-Enany said he regrets that the ministry has not so far been able to recover all Egyptian antiquities smuggled abroad.

"The UNESCO agreement which Egypt signed in 1970 stipulates that an ownership document is a prerequisite in order to be officially able to recover smuggled antiquities," said El-Enany, adding that "for this reason, we have not been able to recover the Rosetta Stone which was smuggled into England in the 19th century."

El-Enany, however, said that "Egypt was able to recover as many 1,100 antiquities from 20 countries across the world in 2016 and 2017."

"Some of these were recovered through bilateral negotiations and others through lawsuits," he said.

El-Enany deplored that "the smuggling and sale of Egyptian antiquities on world markets will not stop as long as Egypt does not have ownership documents of them."

"In England the sale of antiquities is a legalised practice and this also makes it difficult to recover our pieces there," said the minister, adding that "in 1983 Egypt decided to make sale of antiquities illegal, but this is just an Egyptian law."

He said some Egyptian antiquities smuggled into England were are always on show in exhibition halls there, with ownership documents of some pieces indicating that they were bought at EGP 2 per piece in 1932.

El-Enany said there are two kinds of Egyptian antiquities in Israel.

"While the first ones are the ones which were discovered in Israel itself as in old times the pharaohs occupied this land, the second are the ones which were smuggled from Sinai into Israel," said El-Enany, adding that "Egypt was able to recover many of its smuggled antiquities from Israel."

The minister revealed that a national committee including the ministries of antiquities, foreign affairs, the Administrative Control Authority, the National...

00:16

Lets talk about vaccines Event Taken Down After Massive Backlash "IndyWatch Feed National"

In Australia, freedom of speech is no longer something residents should take for granted, particularly when it comes to the vaccine movement. Australia has been reduced to draconian positions when it comes to diversities in...

The post Lets talk about vaccines Event Taken Down After Massive Backlash appeared first on Vaxxter.

00:15

Turnbull Government lost its majority in the House of Representatives so canceled the lower house convening for next 13 days "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


This was the timetable for a functioning democratic Australian Parliament in November 2017:

30 October to 12 November  Non sitting days
13 to 16 November  Senate Chamber sits
17 to 26 November  Non sitting days
27 to 30 November  Both Chambers sit, Senate 2/3 Cut Off Thursday, 30 November
1 to 3 December  Non sitting days
4 to 7 December  Both Chambers sit [my yellow highlighting]

This is how a Liberal-Nationals federal government makes a mockery of a democratic federal parliament - because two of its MPs in the House of Representatives having been found to be ineligible to sit are no longer members of the 45th Parliament and therefore the Turnbull Government has lost it...

00:00

Bitcoin, Bail Ins & Bullion Mike Maloney (Video) "IndyWatch Feed National"

Bitcoin, Bail Ins & Bullion Mike Maloney Video In this video Mike Maloney gives evidence of the looming disasters in Italy, China and Australia which of these fuses will ignite the next financial crisis? Video Source

The post Bitcoin, Bail Ins & Bullion Mike Maloney (Video) appeared first on The Daily Coin.

Tuesday, 21 November

23:04

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

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

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

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

22:57

Plan for Austinmer escarpment road "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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The end of Phillip Street Will this become a new link road between Thirroul and Austinmer as an answer to a congested Lawrence Hargrave Drive? Photo: Google Streetview.

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22:53

Meet Donald Trump "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Recently a good friend in Tasmania sent a message urging me to read Understanding Trump by Newt Gingrich. Yesterday the book arrived and as she said it is hard to put down. Fortunately it was not my turn to cook.

Gingrich has enjoyed a long association with Trump and he wrote this book to explain what enabled Trump to pull off a political miracle. Gingrich has an inside view on Trump as a friend. He also has an intimate knowledge of the way things work in Washington and he can see how Trump can succeed given the kind of person he is, where he has come from, his capacity to learn fast and his experience as a builder, TV showman and negotiator.

Above all he is a man of the people. He achieved fame and fortune at the big end of town but he came from Queens, not Manhattan, he grew in a small family building business and he went to military prep school, not an exclusive private school. Even when he fronted crowds of ten or twenty thousand people his gestures and his shout-outs were directed to individuals. One on one he is totally engaged with the person, whoever they are, a carpenter or a CEO, not looking over their shoulder for the next conversation.

He is a builder not a bean-counting financier and he makes it his business to know the nuts and bolt of building and running the business. On the site he talks to the construction crew, the painters, tilers and electricians. He knows how to relate to them and he is open to suggestions about improving the work. He learned to do all the jobs in his hotel.

He is dedicated to bringing in projects on time and under budget. When he was contemplating a run at the candidacy he asked Gingrich what it would cost. The answer was 70 to 80 million. At the end he phoned Gingrich to say it was 30 million And I feel kinda bad.

He hates waste of all kinds including his own time and other peoples money. He was panned for absenting himself from the regular security briefings. He found it was the same thing almost every time and he decided he just wanted to know when something changed. He slashed the budget for the White House and Gingrich claims that he beat down the cost of the Lockheed F-35 fighter by seven percent. Last week while he was in China some $250 billion in deals for US companies were finalised although there would have been some symbolism in that, Xi probably wanted to make Trumpie feel welcome!

Gingrich explained that there are four sides to the Trump table: Anti-left, Anti-stupid, Anti-political correctness and Pro-America. He is anti-Left in his DNA although that does not necessarily play out in a small state approach which is part of the rhetoric of the Republican establishment. It does result in his aim to drain the swamp. His Anti-stupid prejudice is expressed in his impatience with the red and green tape generated in Washington and the blue s...

22:36

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

from FLAC

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

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

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

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

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

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

21:19

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

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

21:00

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

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

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

Bitcoin Gold Surge Reeks of a Pump

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

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

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

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20:24

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

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

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

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

However, the jury dismissed this and returned guilty verdicts.

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

Judge Catherine Muir described Randalls behaviour as shocking and reprehensible.

Extract ABC Australia article on this matter

 

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

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

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

The Courier Mail

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

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

Judge Muir se...

18:43

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

MACKAY November 21, 2017 at 06:35AM ,

Police shootout accused found dead in his cell

November 21, 2017 at 06:35AM ,

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

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18:43

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

MACKAY November 21, 2017 at 06:26AM ,

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

November 21, 2017 at 06:26AM ,

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

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18:43

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

MACKAY November 21, 2017 at 05:30AM ,

She filmed arrests but refused to give police her phone

November 21, 2017 at 05:30AM ,

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

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17:54

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

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

17:17

Arts Wednesday 22 November 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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

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

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

I look forward to your company.

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

17:03

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16:20

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

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

16:13

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

16:04

December Party: Armidale Community Garden "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

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

16:00

Google exec says new algorithm will suppress RT and Sputnik, those kinds of sites "IndyWatch Feed National"

Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Googles parent company, Alphabet, announced Saturday that the company will engineer algorithms that will make it harder for articles from Sputnik News and RT to appear on the Google News service. We are working on detecting and de-ranking those kinds of sites its basically RT and Sputnik, Schmidt said during a question and answer session at the Halifax International Security Forum in Canada. We are well of aware of it, and we are trying to engineer the systems to prevent [the content being delivered to wide audiences]. But we dont want to ban the sites thats not how we operate.

15:21

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

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

14:57

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

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

14:49

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

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

14:19

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

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

14:17

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

(L) Shanghai harbour, (R) Eiffel Tower

By Dee McLachlan

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

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

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

14:14

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The biggest ob...

13:50

1,917 reasons to subscribe "IndyWatch Feed National"

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

13:37

Pay your rates "IndyWatch Feed National"

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


13:31

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

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Opera singer charged with historic child sex offences

  • Kate McClymont and Debbie Cuthbertson
21 November 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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13:17

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

Contributed by Joe Montero

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

13:04

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

Saudi Arabia and Israeli Alliance Targets Iran

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

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

May 20 - Trumps visit do Riyadh

June 5 Qatar crisis

June 21 New crown prince

July 30 Al-Sadr in Saudi Arabia

Sept. 25 Illegitimate referendum in the KRG

Oct. 12 Hamas and Fatah reconciliation

Oct. 13 Nuclear deal in Congress

Oct. 24 Saudi Arabia returns to moderate Islam

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

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

12:54

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

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

12:54

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

12:47

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

12:36

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

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

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

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

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


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12:02

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

Friday, 8 December 2017 - 7:30am

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

Please click here to RSVP

 

12:01

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

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

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

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

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

Tina-FB-message

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

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

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

12:00

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

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

11:47

Electric Vehicle Expo 2018 in Inverell "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

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

11:40

Mowing down child sexual assault "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

11:31

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Death of a thousand cuts

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

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

11:25

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

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

10:57

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The post Casino P-plate driver 5 times over limit appeared first on Echonetdaily.

10:41

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

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

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10:39

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

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

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

Chris Dobney

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Due diligence failure

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

In a letter...

10:32

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

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

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

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

10:13

Wilkie backs push against parliament delay "IndyWatch Feed National"

Independent MP for Dennison, Andrew Wilkie. Photo AAP

Independent MP for Dennison, Andrew Wilkie. Photo AAP

CANBERRA [AAP]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And he will do everything he can d...

09:59

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Revegetation

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

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

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

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

Fish kills

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

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

09:25

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

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

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

BRISBANE [AAP]

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

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

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

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

ReachTEL also polled voters in three marginal seats.

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

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

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

Anning defection hits One Nation

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

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

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

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

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

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

09:20

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To donate to the Pocket Rocket team click here.

The post Pocket Rocket team raising money for cancer appeared first on Echonetdaily.

09:16

Mission creep in darkest Africa "IndyWatch Feed National"

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

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

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

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

...

09:10

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

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

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

Photo from @DemandUtopia

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

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

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

How should we interact with the police?

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

08:50

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

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

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

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

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

100 per cent doable

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Clean up the grid

The NCC said the state government could...

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