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Friday, 18 May

21:30

2018 Human Rights Dinner keynote address by Behrouz Boochani News | Human Rights Law Centre

Dear distinguished guests, fighters for freedom and supporters of justice. Greetings to you all. I would like to acknowledge everyone and thank you for attending tonight.

This is a wonderful opportunity. It gives me great pleasure to communicate with you from Manus Island and present at this event.

I wish to extend a special thank you to Daniel Webb and the Human Rights Law Centre for giving me this valuable opportunity.

The situation on Manus Island and Nauru over the past five years should be no secret to anyone.

The aim of my talk tonight is to add a new dimension to the debates pertaining to punishment, debasement and dehumanisation of individuals held within these sites.

I will not repeat how Australian politicians have inflicted pain and suffering on the innocent refugees locked up in these prisons. The incarceration of people seeking asylum, in particular the children on Nauru, is remarkably cruel and has been exposed in many compelling ways. 

All of the documentation, witness testimonies and other evidence that have been discussed and published until now have proven conclusively that innocent people have been enduring extraordinary forms of physical, emotional and psychological torment. The fact that ten people have lost their lives on Manus Island, Nauru and Christmas Island since 2013 is a despicable crime that needs to be investigated and the perpetrators brought to justice.

No one can ignore the fact that people have been killed and thousands of lives destroyed as a result of political power plays.

The use of exile as a political tactic against vulnerable refugees is based on the construction of two concepts: national security and the national interest.

Without a doubt, Australian governments have enacted an extensive propaganda campaign which centres on a perverse account of these two notions. What should be a debate about people about human beings, about children and families has been deliberately poisoned to become a debate about borders and security. As a result, the governments playing this game have been able to manipulate and dictate the majority of public opinion, they have been able to strengthen their support base and galvanise others in support of their policies.

Both Labor and Liberal governments have accrued enormous political profit by using this tactic. Creating a false sense of national security by treating innocent victims of war and persecution as a security threat, and saying it is in the national interest to use any means to keep us out.

But how is it in the national interest to undermine Australias international reputation with these policies? And spend almost $9 billion to do it?

The fact is, Manus Island and Nauru are pivotal to elections in Australia. The two major political parties have been using the refugees on Manus Island and Nauru for their own ambitions. Our lives are a form of ritual sacrifice. The price they are prepar...

21:15

British Propaganda and DisinformationAn Imperial and Colonial Tradition "IndyWatch Feed War"

British Propaganda and Disinformation: An Imperial and Colonial Tradition

British Propaganda and Disinformation: An Imperial and Colonial Tradition

 

Wayne MADSEN

When it comes to creating bogus news stories and advancing false narratives, the British intelligence services have few peers.

In fact, the Secret Intelligence Service (MI-6) has led the way for its American cousins and Britains Commonwealth partners from Canada and Australia to India and Malaysia in the dark art of spreading falsehoods as truths. Recently, the world has witnessed such MI-6 subterfuge in news stories alleging that Russia carried out a novichok nerve agent attack against a Russian migr and his daughter in Salisbury, England. This propaganda barrage was quickly followed by yet another the latest in a series of similar fabrications alleging the Syrian government attacked civilians in Douma, outside of Damascus, with chemical weapons.

It should come as no surprise that American news networks rely on British correspondents stationed in northern Syria and Beirut as their primary sources. MI-6 has...

21:12

PERTH Man charged after allegedly threatening Riverton woman with brick in her bedroom CrimeView

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Man charged after allegedly threatening Riverton woman with brick in her bedroom .

May 18, 2018 at 04:56PM .

A BALGA man has been charged after allegedly breaking into a Riverton home and threatening a woman with a brick in her bedroom. Kensington

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21:12

PERTH Huge fine over WA concrete panels deaths CrimeView

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Huge fine over WA concrete panels deaths .

May 18, 2018 at 01:45PM .

The fine totalled $160,000 plus $2,200 costs in the Perth Magistrates Court. The two other parties have pleaded not guilty and the cases will be heard

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19:11

Cash is king: The fall of Malaysias disgraced first couple "IndyWatch Feed War"

With his scandal-tainted career and her reputation as greedy and domineering, Malaysias disgraced former first couple look set to have their names etched in the countrys history books as synonyms for the corruption of power.

AFP/File / by Dan Martin | Former prime minister Najib Razak (C) and his wife Rosmah Mansor were seen as out of touch with ordinary Malaysians

Seemingly secure just a week ago, Najib Razak and his wife Rosmah Mansor face a tightening noose as a new government that unexpectedly won elections last week ramps up investigations into allegations of graft and excess that have hung over the pair for years.

The fast-moving developments are a stunning comeuppance for a couple that have towered over Malaysia for a decade but ultimately were brought down by greed and hubris.

The bland patrician son of one of Malaysias founding fathers, Najib, now 64, had been groomed for the prime ministers post from young.

He took over in 2009 but was widely viewed in Malaysia as being heavily influenced by Rosmah, who is two years his senior.

Najib headed the once-invincible ruling coalition that had held power for six decades, but the couple were never embraced by large numbers of ordinary Malaysians.

The UK-educated Najib was seen by many as an aloof elitist with little understanding of Malaysias common citizenry, a perception accentuated by frequent tone-deak gaffes and policies such as the 2015 introduction of a sales tax unpopular with the poor and now set to be eliminated.

Rosmah, meanwhile, has been a constant lightning rod for critics due to her imperious manner and elaborately coiffed mane of hair, which she once complained cost her 1,200 ringgit ($300) per house-call from stylists. Malaysias minimum monthly wage at the time was 900 ringgit.

That and similar episodes caused her to be reviled in a multi-cultural country where most of the population are modest-living Muslims.

Handbag fetish

Opponents would leak flight plans allegedly tracking Rosmahs shopping jaunts aboard government planes to Rome, the US and Australia.

Her luxurious tastes included numerous reports of jewellery purchases costing tens of millions of dollars and a vast collection of designer handbags that has earned comparisons to the famed shoe collection of Imelda Marcos, wife of former Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos.

Rosmahs bag fetish was back in the spotlight on Friday, with officials saying they had seized dozens of high-end Hermes and Louis Vuitton bags, cash, and jewels as p...

18:17

Zimbabwe Mnangagwas Daughter, Grace Mugabe Sucked into Illicit Ivory Trade Court Case "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Voice of AmericaMay 14, 2018


FILE - Zimbabwe's first lady, Grace Mugabe, addresses party supporters at a ZANU PF rally in Chinhoyi in this July 29, 2017
FILE Zimbabwes first lady, Grace Mugabe, addresses party supporters at a ZANU PF rally in Chinhoyi in this July 29, 2017

Two ivory dealers have appeared in court facing charges of illegally selling unregistered ivory products in a case which has sucked in former first lady Grace Mugabe and President Emmerson Mnangagwas child, Tariro.

State prosecutor Francis Mukumbiri told the court that Faricken Madzinga and Tafadzwa Madzinga were arrested while attempting to sell ivory worth thousands of dollars to an Australian, Adrian Steirn.

The accuseds attorney Gift Mtisi asked the court to avail some documents showing that Steirn was a journalist, who was allowed to work in Zimbabwe under certain conditions.

Mtisi also wants the state to compel Econet Wireless to release mobile phone conversations linking Steirn to the alleged crime.

He al...

17:51

The tale of three BAASS field investigations Unidentified Aerial Phenomena - scientific research

Introduction

There are some, who are saying, that although they accept the fact that Bigelow Aerospace Advanced Space Studies (BAASS) received a contract from the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA)  regarding the Advanced Aerospace Weapon System Applications (AAWSA) program, there is no mention of UFOs or UAPs in that solicitation/contract. The contract was granted sometime after the solicitation closing date of 5 September 2008.

As early as 13 September 2008 Bigelow Aerospace Advanced Space Studies was advertising jobs which are directly related to the AAWSA. I have identified at least four individuals who were employed as investigators (one as "senior investigator/Team Leader;" (employed January 2009) ; two as "field investigators; (one from January 2009 the other from May 2009); and one as "investigator/security officer" (from June 2009.)

I explored the Internet looking for some evidence that these field investigators for BAASS actually conducted UFO investigations.

Taking a step back

The Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) after negotiations with Robert Bigelow and BAASS, entered into a joint contract to work together. There were two main results arising from this. Firstly, that BAASS was given access to the MUFON CMS UFO reports database; and secondly that MUFON formed their STAR group. An individual named Richard Lang acted as the STAR Team Manager between February 2009 and January 2010.
 

In a 6 March 2011 blog post Lang provided detailed information about the relationship between BAASS and MUFON.

"The STAR Team Impact Project (SIP) was a MUFON project funded in part by Bigelow Aerospace Advanced Space Studies (BAASS) where MUFON was subcontracted to provide information from the CMS data base (website) and witness reports related to Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP) directly to BAASS."

"BAASS investigators were given full access ( password and user ID) to the CMS database, in all cases where the witness answered "Yes" to the "third party release question" BAASS personnel and investigators could see all case information in CMS including witness contact information."

"MUFON also provided data to BAASS about significant events that were reported in CMS."

In short, BAASS were able to monitor almost all of the reports being received by MUFON CMS; had access to witness contact details, and could undertake their own investigations into any of the cases which they deemed of interest to them.

So, to critics who maintain that the AAWSA program was not about investigating UFO...

17:45

MACKAY Drugs and weapons seized Mackay CrimeView

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Drugs and weapons seized Mackay

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He is to appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court next month. A 55-year-old woman was issued with a notice to appear for the offences of possession of

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16:11

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CIRCA  Cultural & Indigenous Research Centre Australia

14:00

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

1.00 AUD = 0.00009 BTC
0.00010 BTC = 1.10 AUD
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13:54

13:40

South Korea to Follow G20 Unified Cryptocurrency Regulations "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

South Korea to Follow G20 Unified Cryptocurrency Regulations

The South Korean government reportedly plans to soften its crypto regulations in line with the policies set by the G20 nations in an effort to create unified regulations. The Korean regulators have also agreed to apply the standards set by the Financial Action Task Force to its crypto policies.

Also read: Yahoo! Japan Confirms Entrance Into the Crypto Space

G20s Unified Crypto Regulations

South Korea is reportedly planning to follow the policies set by the G-20 nations and soften its crypto regulations, the Korea Times reported.

The G20 is an international forum for the governments and central bank governors. Its members are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, and the European Union.

South Korea to Follow G20 Unified Cryptocurrency Regulations

The top financial policymakers of these countries have agreed to acknowledge and regulate cryptocurrencies as financial assets, the news outlet noted, elaborating:

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13:07

PERTH Company fined $160000 over WA deaths CrimeView

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Company fined $160000 over WA deaths .

May 17, 2018 at 07:00PM .

The company was also ordered to pay costs of $2200 in Perth Magistrates Court on Thursday. WorkSafe said six panels on the trailer had not been

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12:41

Battle of the Support Base Coral vets march in Townsville 50 years on. Lest We Forget. Michael Smith News

Thank you ABC North Queensland. Thank you men for your service. Lest we Forget.

11:58

Unthinking modernity: on the Great Derangement Overland literary journal

But why should the climate crisis be so unthinkable for literary fiction?

10:02

The Tyranny Of Distance: Corporate Harm On The Frontline In The Pacific New Matilda

Small Pacific nations are easy prey for big business, writes Amy Sinclair.

The natural wealth of Pacific nations is disappearing overseas. Unseen and unheard, the voices of Pacific Island communities on the frontline of deforestation, irresponsible mining and seabed exploitation are being overlooked and human rights abuses are going unchecked in remote rural regions. Voices from the Pacific need lifting to overcome the tyranny of distance and ensure that businesses operating in the region respect human rights.

The Pacific Ocean is a treasure trove of islands, hiding an abundance of precious resources. Cloaked in hardwood forests, rich veins of copper, bauxite and gold lie in its earth and rare mineral deposits sit buried in its sea floor.

Previously untouched, many Pacific Island countries are poised to experience escalating exploitation by foreign-owned companies headquartered in Australia, China, Malaysia and Indonesia. Without regard to international rules requiring respect for human rights in business, this threatens the sustainability of life in the Pacific for future generations.

Revenue streams from natural resources are a key source of actual, and potential, income for many Pacific nations. Cash flows from natural resource extraction can be directed to improving schools, infrastructure and health services, aiding development and relieving poverty and inequality. Many Pacific countries are well placed to fund fairer societies.

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And yet, in much of the region, its people face seemingly insurmountable challenges to ensure they receive a fair share of sovereign wealth for themselves, and their children. Their inheritance is being chopped-down, dug-up and shipped-off at an alarming rate.

States keen to attract overseas investment often unwittingly welcome irresponsible companies with open arms, grateful for injections of foreign capital into struggling agrarian economies burdened by debt. Local laws may be conveniently forgotten. Those charged with protecting the local people and enforcing regulation repeatedly turn a blind eye, sometimes colluding directly with the very companies they are employed to control.

The activities of foreign-owned extractive companies can be hugely damaging to local communities, with few benefits flowing. Mining operators are shipping tonnes of earth wholesale, to be processed offshore. Logging, another high-risk sector, occurs both legally and illegally. Licences, often obtained in highly questionable circumstances, have led to widespread deforestation in Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Island...

09:51

Why Trudeau supports ISDS: protecting Canadas mining sector AFTINET

18 May 2018: A new book by Canadian writer Joyce Nelson, Bypassing Dystopia: Hope-filled Challenges to Corporate Rule, gives insight into the Canadian governments dogged support of Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS). It has been reviewed by journalist Damien Gillis here.

Joyce notes that suggestions to remove ISDS from trade agreements is often a deal-breaker for Canada. Trudeau also insisted that the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) must include ISDS, and last year a trade negotiator from Canadas NAFTA team told The Washington Examiner that Canada would refuse any changes to the existing [ISDS] system.

Canada has already been sued 41 times under the ISDS chapter in NAFTA, which has cost the country more than $300 million. So why would Trudeau and Canada support ISDS clauses so vehemently?

Joyce suggests it has to do with their close relationship with the Canadian mining and energy sectors. She points to a 2017 Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO) report, Gold-Digging with Investor-State Lawsuits, which notes that 62% of the 55 ISDS cases that involved a Canadian investor until 2015 were in the resource or energy sectors. In the global arbitration game, companies increasing backed by hedge fund money are using ISDS clauses to bully governments over policies that undermine their profits at increasing rates.

Joyce notes that over 60% of the worlds mining and energy companies are based in Canada, operating more than 8,000 mining sites in over 100 countries. According to her sources, Canada is fifth in the world for lawsuits relating to ISDS and these are led by these sectors. However, many countries are resisting ISDS, and Joyce discusses different forms of resistance to the arbitration game.

This book is a timely reminder of the dangers of ISDS in the TPP-11 of which Canada is a member. Ratification of the TPP-11 would expose future Australian regulation of mining and energy to ISDS cases from Canadian companies.

09:50

China-backed Sumatran dam threatens the rarest ape in the world "IndyWatch Feed World"

A plan to build a massive hydropower dam in Sumatra as part of Chinas immense Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) threatens the habitat of the rarest ape in the world, which has only 800 remaining members. It is time for a clarion call for greater caution. While led by China, the BRI will also involve large financial commitments from more than 60 nations that are parties to the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, including Australia and many other Western nations. (Article republished from https://theconversation.com/china-backed-sumatran-dam-threatens-the-rarest-ape-in-the-world-95874 at The Conversation.)

The plan to build a massive hydropower dam in Sumatra as part of Chinas immense Belt and Road Initiative threatens the habitat of the rarest ape in the world, which has only 800 remaining members.

This is merely the beginning of an avalanche of environmental crises and broader social and economic risks that will be provoked by the BRI scheme.




Read more:
How we discovered a new species of orangutan in northern Sumatra


The orangutans story began in November 2017, when scientists made a stunning announcement: they had discovered a seventh species of Great Ape, called the Tapanuli Orangutan, in a remote corner of Sumatra, Indonesia.

In an article published in Current Biology today, my colleagues and I show that this ape is perilously close to extinction and that a Chinese-sponsored megaproject could be the final nail in its coffin.




Forest clearing for the Chinese-funded development has already begun.
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09:19

Social media, rage and hysteria: Why are we living in an age of anger? "IndyWatch Feed World"

A neighbour objected to a young couple from Newcastle being naked in their own home. "We are sick of seeing big bums, big boobs and little willy," was the core message of the note, crescendoing to: "We will report you both for indecent exposure." It is such a small thing, banal, without consequence. It connects to no wider narrative and conveys nothing but the bubbling discomfort of human beings living near each other. Yet when Karin Stone (one of the nakeds) posted the note on Facebook, 15,000 people pored over it. An Australian radio show interviewed her. I have got to be honest, I am heavily emotionally invested in the story myself and I do not regret a second of the time I have spent reading about it. There is a through-line to these spurts of emotion we get from spectatorship: the subject matter is not important. It could be human rights abuse or a party-wall dispute; it does not matter, so long as it delivers a shot of righteous anger. Bile connects each issue. I look at that note, the prurience and prissiness, the mashup of capital and lower-case letters, the unlikeliness that its author has a smaller bum or a bigger willy, and I feel sure they voted for Brexit. The neighbours are delighted by their disgust for these vigorous, lusty newlyweds, I am delighted by my disgust for the neighbours, radio listeners in Australia are delighted. We see rage and we meet it with our own, always wanting more. There was the mean note left on the car of a disabled woman ("I witnessed you and your young able-bodied daughter ... walk towards the precinct with no sign of disability"); the crazed dyspepsia of the woman whose driveway was blocked briefly by paramedics while they tried to save someone's life. Last week, Highways England felt moved to launch a campaign against road rage, spurred by 3,446 recorded instances in a year of motorists driving straight through roadworks. Violent crime has not gone up - well, it has, but this is thought mainly to reflect better reporting practices - but violent fantasies are ablaze. Political discourse is drenched in rage. The things people want to do to Diane Abbott and Luciana Berger make my eyes pop out of my head.

08:52

Video: Why are the Palestinians protesting? The Pen

 

Next time someone asks you what Palestinians are protesting about show them this.

Video from EL4C

The post Video: Why are the Palestinians protesting? appeared first on The Pen.

08:04

Kelp Forests Under Threat From Acid Seas "IndyWatch Feed World"

Australian scientists have identified a risk to the kelp forests of the oceans, a new way in which carbon dioxide can change the world. Ever more acidic oceans could encourage weedy submarine grasslands to replace the rich habitats of the coastal kelp forests.

Although most climate change forecasts are based on computer simulation, this one has been tested in the real world. The scientists used natural volcanic seeps rich in carbon dioxide to observe the changes to sea floor ecosystems as water chemistry changes with greater levels of dissolved CO2.

Carbon emissions might boost plant life in the oceans, but not all plant life will benefit equally, said Sean Connell, of the Environment Institute at the University of Adelaide.

Weedy species are quicker to capitalise on nutrients, such as carbon, and can grow faster than their natural predators can consume them.

Weedy turf wins

Unfortunately, the CO2 that humans are pumping into the atmosphere by burning fossil fuels gets absorbed by the ocean and favours weedy turfs, which replace kelp forests that support higher coastal productivity and biodiversity.

He and colleagues from Australia, the US, New Zealand, Italy and Hong Kong report in the journal Ecology that they made a series of samples of submarine plant growth at natural volcanic vents in New Zealands Bay of Plenty: they looked at rocky reefs on which grew a mosaic of kelp and turf algae, along barren stretches grazed by sea urchins and a native New Zealand mollusc.

They chose the sites because the levels of carbon dioxide and therefore the measures of acidity in the water were roughly what climate scientists would predict for the end of this century, if humans go on releasing greenhouse gases.

They found that ecosystems changed with shifts in water chemistry. While elevated CO2 caused some weeds to be eaten in greater amounts, the dominant sea urchin predator ate these weeds at reduced amounts. This enabled the weeds to escape their natural controls and expand across coasts near the elevated CO2, Professor Connell said.

The slow but inexorable changes in ocean acidity will have inevitable consequences for coastal protection offered by natural ecosystems. Kelp forests provide habitat or nourishment for seals, sea otters, sea lions, whales, cormorants, gulls, terns and shore birds as well as fish. There is evid...

08:00

May 18 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History Our Great Southern Land

1789 - Arabanoo, an Aboriginal man, was captured at Manly on 31 December 1788 by order of Governor Arthur Phillip, caught smallpox whilst caring for others who were sick, and died at Sydney. He was buried in the governor's garden.

1806 - Report in the Sydney Gazette on five men from the wreck of the George who travelled overland from Jervis Bay to Sydney, along the coast

1825 - The Tasmanian and Port Dalrymple Advertiser, Australias first provincial newspaper, ceased publication.

1839 - Sarah Cook, wife of a shepherd at Norrilong (between Beverley and York, WA) and her baby were speared by members of the York tribe to satisfy tribal lore. Two brothers, Doodjeep and Barrabong were arrested and tried for wilful murder in July 1840. They were later hung in chains at the scene of the crime. A year later, a Noongar man named Yambup was also convicted of the same crime and was sent to Wadjemup Rottnest prison.

1849 - The Summary Trial and Punishment of Aborigines Act was passed in Western Australia.

1854 - Keep a lump of sugar in your pocket as a horse-drawn railway started plodding between Goolwa and Port Elliot in South Oz, which was in fact Australia's first public railway.

1859 - The Sydney Evening Mail ceased publication.

1859 - Harry was hanged at Goulburn for the rape and attempted murder of Margaret McMahon near Cooma.

1865 - Angus McMillan, the murderer of untold hundreds of thousands of Aboriginal people, kicked the proverbial bucket in a pub at Iguana Creek in Gippsland.

1877 - George, a Pacific Islander hanged at Maryborough Gaol for the rape of Mrs McBride.

1877 - Tommy Ah Mow, a Pacific Islanders hanged at Maryborough Gaol for the rape of Mrs McBride.

1889 - Intercolonial footy match between Tassie and Victoria was played at the MCG before a crowd of 20,000. The Gum Suckers wore colours of Royal Blue & Old Gold, while the Apple Islanders wore  their colony colours of Rose, Primrose & Black.
Final score was
Victoria - 6 goals, 9 behinds
Tassie - 1 goal, 6 behinds

1891 - James Johnston was hanged at Ballarat for murdering his wife Mary and their four children.

1897 - The original clubs of the newly formed VFL were Collingwood, South Melbourne, Essendon, Melbourne, Fitzroy, Geelong, St. Kilda and Carlton, which played their first matches today.

1901 - Harry Rickards opened his New Opera House, the future Tivoli Theatre, in Bourke Street, Melbourne, on the site of the former Prince of Wales Opera Theatre.

1902 -  William Windeyer took the main part in rescuing young people from a rowing boat capsized in Fern Bay, near his Hunters Hill home, and was awarded a silver medal by the Royal Shipwreck Relief and Humane Society of New South Wales.

1914 - Ronald Munro-Ferguson, 1st Viscount No...

07:44

Head of Ethereum Competence Center Vladislav Martynov Joined World Wi-Fi as a Co-Founder "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Entrepreneur and investor Vladislav Martynov has joined the  World Wi-Fi team as a co-founder. His extensive experience and expertise in the blockchain industry will significantly strengthen World Wi-Fis position on the global market.

The sharing economy is growing rapidly, and I believe the implementation of blockchain solutions in this area will accelerate the growth and expansion of the sharing economy market as well as the mass adoption of the blockchain technology. That is why I joined the World Wi-Fi project, said Vladislav Martynov.

The World Wi-Fi project is a decentralized free Wi-Fi network that aims to connect at least 20 million Wi-Fi routers to its global platform and reach an annual turnover of $1 billion within three years. The project team has already concluded several preliminary agreements with major advertising agencies and reached a number of agreements on joint testing of the World Wi-Fi platform, including the Saudi-based PolarisNet and the Japanese investment company Atma Inc (crypto media agency CoinTokyo).

World Wi-Fis TOKENSALE will end today, 18 May 2018. To date, World Wi-Fi has already raised more than $24 million, which is enough to implement full-scale coverage of all regions in the European Union, Asia, America and Australia, and in the future to deploy the World Wi-Fi network around the world. Vladislav Martynov believes in the future success of the project and contributed in the token sale himself.

Vladislav Martynov is well-known as a successful entrepreneur with 25 years of experience in the field of digital technologies in a variety of technology projects in international markets.

Yota Devices, the developer of YotaPhone (the worlds first phone with two screens) is one of the most famous successful projects that Vladislav realized. Under his management, an international company was created from scratch, developed a unique device and organized mass production and sales in over 20 countries, ensuring its presence in the global smartphone market. Within 5 years the company achieved a capitalization of $154 million.

For the last few years, Vladislav has been actively working with young startups, investing in applied solutions based on breakthrough technologies such as blockchain and artificial intelligence. Among his projects are BlockGeeks (the largest online service for learning blockchain technologies) and Iceberg (the largest online sports an...

07:42

Inquiry says climate warming is greatest threat to security The Pen

Contributed by Ben Wilson

The  Senate inquiry into the implications of climate change for Australias national security has come to the conclusion that the warming of the climate poses a greater risk to Australias security than anything else.

On top of the list is the threat to food and water security. As well as the obvious impacts on Australian society, it raises the risk of regional and global conflict over these precious resources.

The report highlighted that that global warming is not just a possible risk, but a reality right now, which has the potential to imperil life on Earth. Australia and the region around us is being affected. The Asia-Pacific is the most vulnerable to the security and humanitarian impacts.

Australia is threatened with a heightening of the severity of natural hazards, increasing the spread of infectious diseases, increasing water insecurity and the impact on agriculture.

According to the Climate Council, which made a submission to the inquiry, climate warming is already contributing to increases in the forced migration of people within and between nations, as well as playing a role in heightening social and political tensions, flowing onto conflict and violence.

Given this, and the prior recognition of the Australian government of the threat,  in the seventh national communication on climate change presented to the United Nations in December, which says already experiencing the impacts of a changing climate, particularly changes associated with increases in temperature, the frequency and intensity of extreme heat events, extreme fire weather and drought, why is there so little action?

The report noted that Australia does not have a strategy to deal with the threat.

Research Director for Breakthrough National Centre for Climate Restoration David Spratt, said there was a disconnect between the evidence presented to the inquiry and the recommendations that emerged from it.

Vested interests have been blocking effective action. When the fossil fuel and associated industries are major political donors and have power in the economy, governments resist any movement, and this has been more pronounced in Australia than most other countries.

A consequence is that Australia lags on every front, from embracing alternative energy sources, to investing in the building of a sustainable manufacturing base and overall economy.

But this is not just a problem of the fossil fuel industry. The largest part of it is owned by the banks and other financial institutions, the most p...

07:00

Australia is Exploring the Blockchain for Welfare Payment Distribution "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Australias Digital Transformation Agency (DTA), which works with government agencies, users, and private sector partners to develop public services, has announced it is studying the use of blockchain for welfare payment distribution. A prototype could be in the market come mid-2019.

Australia May Deliver Welfare Payments over Blockchain

The approved Australian 2018-19 Budget last week included a sum of AU$700,000 intended to be used by the DTA to explore distributed ledger technology for efficient government services purposes, according to Randall Brugeaud, acting CEO of the DTA, who made the announcement at the CeBIT Australia conference in Sydney.

Our plan is to look for use cases across the Commonwealth with an initial focus on the welfare payment delivery system, then working with our digital service standard, well conduct user research with a view to having a prototype by the end of next financial year, he explained. The potential of blockchain to securely record transactions will be investigated, drawing on the experience of other public and private sector organisations.

The DTA is looking to instances across both government and the private sector to determine the best blockchain-based Commonwealth service delivery. The agency is looking at all possibilities, from benefits of employee buy-in to machine-learning, artificial intelligence, and security, to further business goals despite the difficulty of choosing the right fit for each case.

Well also build on work done across government already, such as the CSIROs work on distributed ledgers. Were looking at how these technologies might offer automated service channels that are closer to the human experience; this might include intelligent chatbots, or voice-enabled channels which are proving to be effective in other sectors. We think these have the potential to deliver significant benefits for government service delivery, Brugeaud said.

Aiming to make its services more consumable by other government departments, the DTA is also about to pilot a digital identity system in October 2018 in a bid to tackle the 30 different logins across government platforms and make it easier for end users to deal with public affairs.

There are 750,000 applications for tax file numbers (TFN) each year. Digital identity will shrink to minutes what is currently a mont...

06:09

Humans are leaving their mark on the worlds protected areas, study finds "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Roads, ranches, mines and cities are spilling into many of the worlds parks, reserves and wilderness sanctuaries, leaving one-third of the worlds total protected area almost three and a half times the size of Alaska with the scars of heavy degradation. Thats one of the conclusions in a new study by ecologist James Watson and his colleagues, published May 17 in the journal Science. What were showing is at least one-third of the protected area estate is relatively worthless, Watson, with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, said in an interview. Giraffes walk past preparations for oil drilling in Uganda. Image by Paul Mulondo/WCS. Scientists know that protected areas form a critical line of defense against the extinction of species. Thats led governments around the world to set aside nearly 15 percent of the Earths surface for conservation, doubling the area of protected land since the adoption of the Convention on Biological Diversity at a 1992 summit in Rio de Janeiro. The conservation community has applauded these gains, arguing that the world is ontrack to meet the goal of protecting 17 percent of the planets land by 2020, one of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets set in Japan in 2010. But in Watsons fieldwork around the globe, he has noticed that many of these protected areas arent giving biodiversity a break from humanity as intended, he said. I saw many, many protected areas just getting smashed, he said. So he and his colleagues set

05:50

Japanese Bus Drivers Are Striking By Refusing to Accept Fare for Rides "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

by Amanda Froelich Truth Theory

Most people protest by forming a picket line. But in the Japanese city of Okayama, bus drivers are protesting by giving free rides to commuters.

According to The Guardian, the dispute began in April, when a rival to the Ryobi bus company advertised cheaper fares. Japanese media reports that concerned drivers asked for more job security. When no agreement was made, drivers continued to cover their routes but refused to take fares from passengers.

Protests of this kind are unique, but they are becoming increasingly common. For instance, last year in Sydney, Australia, bus drivers from 12 depots gave free rides for a day. They turned off card machines to protest government plans to pr...

05:38

Prime Minister should remove outdated religious exemptions from discrimination laws News | Human Rights Law Centre

The Australian Government has the opportunity to ensure all Australians are treated with fairness and equality with the findings of the Religious Freedom Review presented to the Prime Minister today.

Anna Brown, Director of Legal Advocacy with the Human Rights Law Centre, said now was the time to remove religious exemptions from discrimination laws.

Prime Minister Turnbull must not diminish Australias longstanding protections from discrimination. If anything out-dated laws allowing religious organisations to discriminate against single mothers, pregnant women or LGBTI people should be repealed.

Australians fundamentally believe that we should be treated with fairness and equality when we apply for a job, when we study or go to a support service for help, said Ms Brown.

The Religious Freedom Review's Expert Panel was commissioned to investigate whether Australian law adequately protects religious freedom. The review was launched after last years Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey to consider some of the concerns raised by religious groups.

For 6 months, couples have been happily giving vows of love and commitment around the country. Scaremongering that marriage equality would somehow lead to attacks on religion freedoms have proven absolutely false. Marriage equality has brought joy to many, and taken away from no one, said Ms Brown.

A recent Galaxy poll revealed that roughly 4 out of 5 Australians strongly support discrimination protections for LGBTI people, including against discrimination from religious bodies.

An overwhelming majority of Australians do not support taxpayer funded religious organisations and schools being able to fire a teacher or expel a student because of their sexuality or gender identity. Everyone is entitled to their religious beliefs, but those beliefs shouldnt be used as a justification to treat people less favourably. Everyone has an equal right to be free from discrimination, said Ms Brown.

The Human Rights Law Centre, which appeared with LGBTI advocates, health experts, frontline service providers and representatives from faith communities, did recommend filling gaps in the law when it comes to protection for people of faith. Currently, people of faith are protected from discrimination in employment under the Fair Work Act in most states and territories, but arent covered by federal anti-discrimination laws in other areas of life such as education, goods and services and clubs.

"We need strong discrimination laws to ensure equal treatment. People of faith should be free from discrimination in every community. At the same time, blanket exemptions that automatically privilege the rights of religious groups over other Australians must be abolished," said Ms Brown.

The review highlights the need for Australia to consolidate and modernise its inconsistent and outdated anti-discrimination laws and introduce a Human Rights Act.

The Religious...

04:53

U.S. Taxpayer Funds Used To Develop and Market Mercks Gardasil Vaccine Global Empire "IndyWatch Feed Health"

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How NIH Uses U.S. Tax Dollars to Secure Profits for Vaccine Developers and Manufacturers

by The Vaccine Reaction Staff

It is no secret that huge conflicts of interest exist between vaccine promoters and vaccine makers.

Pediatrician and vaccine developer Paul Offit, for example, who is one of the nations leading promoters of mandatory use of government recommended vaccines, holds a $1.5 million research chair at Childrens Hospital in Philadelphia, funded in part by Merck.1

Julie Gerberding left her post as Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), where she oversaw the creation of national vaccine policies, to head Merck vaccines.2

Former Texas governor Rick Perry recommended state-wide inoculation of all 11- and 12-year-old girls with Mercks Gardasil vaccine after his chief of staff left to work at Merck.3 4

Just as disturbing are the millions of dollars that officials at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) dole out to academic institutions and vaccine manufacturers to improve vaccine technology, find new, lucrative markets and boost vaccine marketabilityfunctions that guarantee the profitability of corporations, but do not always ensure the well being of taxpayers, the public and patients.

Once upon a time, before passage of the Bayh-Dole Act by Congress in 1980 and the push for lucrative technology transfer business arrangements between federal agencies and for-profit corporations, inventions developed with federal funding were owned by the U.S. Government and not industry.

Today, taxpayer-supported research to develop new drugs and vaccines is voraciously patented by universities and drug companies for outsized Wall Street profits when the research rightfully belongs to taxpayers.5

HPV Vaccine  Using U.S. Taxpayer Funding to Develop and Market the Vaccine Globally

Development of the human papillomavirus (HPV) Gardasil and Cervarix vaccines is a case in point.

The initial research was funded by the NIH, National Cancer Institu...

04:32

U.S. Taxpayer Funds Used To Develop and Market Mercks Gardasil Vaccine Global Empire "IndyWatch Feed Health"

NIH-CDC-Merck-Gardasil image

How NIH Uses U.S. Tax Dollars to Secure Profits for Vaccine Developers and Manufacturers

by The Vaccine Reaction Staff

It is no secret that huge conflicts of interest exist between vaccine promoters and vaccine makers.

Pediatrician and vaccine developer Paul Offit, for example, who is one of the nations leading promoters of mandatory use of government recommended vaccines, holds a $1.5 million research chair at Childrens Hospital in Philadelphia, funded in part by Merck.1

Julie Gerberding left her post as Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), where she oversaw the creation of national vaccine policies, to head Merck vaccines.2

Former Texas governor Rick Perry recommended state-wide inoculation of all 11- and 12-year-old girls with Mercks Gardasil vaccine after his chief of staff left to work at Merck.3 4

Just as disturbing are the millions of dollars that officials at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) dole out to academic institutions and vaccine manufacturers to improve vaccine technology, find new, lucrative markets and boost vaccine marketabilityfunctions that guarantee the profitability of corporations, but do not always ensure the well being of taxpayers, the public and patients.

Once upon a time, before passage of the Bayh-Dole Act by Congress in 1980 and the push for lucrative technology transfer business arrangements between federal agencies and for-profit corporations, inventions developed with federal funding were owned by the U.S. Government and not industry.

Today, taxpayer-supported research to develop new drugs and vaccines is voraciously patented by universities and drug companies for outsized Wall Street profits when the research rightfully belongs to taxpayers.5

HPV Vaccine  Using U.S. Taxpayer Funding to Develop and Market the Vaccine Globally

Development of the human papillomavirus (HPV) Gardasil and Cervarix vaccines is a case in point.

The initial research was funded by the NIH, National Cancer Institute,...

04:16

Emily Thorn and John Kilrushs Public Campaign Against Me Shows That I am a Threat to Them Concerning My Parents Involvement with Child Trafficking DavidShurter.com

This public campaign that is being waged against me by Emily Thorn and John Kilrush is almost identical to what the Russians supposedly did with the 2016 election- and it is being done to prevent anyone from investigating my parents involvement with child trafficking in Omaha in the 80s. However- if I am such a liar- wouldnt the easiest way to discredit me is investigate what I have said and PROVE me wrong instead of spending all this time and effort to discredit me publicly? But this is not the case as they are doing everything they can to try and prevent anyone from listening to me. And who loses? The children who lost their lives and those who may be in danger even today. Does anyone care?

I have my doubts but I have to admit it remains to be seen

04:00

Climate change an 'existential security risk' to Australia, Senate inquiry says "IndyWatch Feed World"

Threat is not a possible future one but one endangering Australia now, parliament toldSign up to receive the top stories in Australia every day at noon Climate change is a current and existential national security risk to Australia, a Senate inquiry has told parliament, one that could inflame regional conflicts over food, water and land, and even imperil life on Earth.The Senate committee inquiry into the implications of climate change for Australia's national security recommended an [...]

03:19

Weekly Cryptocurrency Price Analysis: Bitcoin, Ethereum, EOS, IOTA and Litecoin The Global Mail

There is an across the board coin depreciation in Ethereum, Bitcoin, and Litecoin. Coincidentally, these are pioneers of cryptocurrencies and as long as Bitcoin is down, the same is likely to be replayed in Ethereum and Litecoin. On the other []

The post Weekly Cryptocurrency Price Analysis: Bitcoin, Ethereum, EOS, IOTA and Litecoin appeared first on The Global Mail.

03:17

Rachel Siewert - Changes to the Community Development Program Is Just Tinkering Around the Edges | CAAMA Radio "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Rachel Siewert - Changes to the Community Development Program Is Just Tinkering Around the Edges | CAAMA Radio: Ms Siewert spoke to CAAMA's Philippe Perez more about the Greens reaction to the proposed changes & other factors that affect First Nations people in the budget speech.

02:58

This startup wants babies around the globe to have safer skincare "IndyWatch Feed World"

Evereden products are formulated with input from Stanford and Harvard doctors.

Today, a new baby skincare brand called Evereden hits the market, joining the growing movement to make safer beauty products. While brands like Beautycounter and California Baby focus primarily on the United States, Evereden has global aspirations, hoping to tap into Asian and Australian markets in addition to North America.

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02:39

Marine animals revolution after dinosaur extinction "IndyWatch Feed World"

This 2015 video from the USA says about itself:

What the heck is a crinoid? They might be one of the most common fossils this side of the Rocky mountains but they are seriously cool.

From the British Antarctic Survey:

Major shift in marine life occurred 33 million years later in the South

May 17, 2018

A new study of marine fossils from Antarctica, Australia, New Zealand and South America reveals that one of the greatest changes to the evolution of life in our oceans occurred more recently in the Southern Hemisphere than previously thought. The results are published today (17 May 2018) in the journal Communications Biology.

The Marine Mesozoic Revolution (MMR) is a key theory in evolutionary history. While dinosaurs ruled the land, profound changes occurred in the shallow seas that covered the Earth.

During the Mesozoic, around 200 million years ago, marine predators evolved that could drill holes and crush the shells of their prey. And although small in comparison to dinosaurs, these new predators, including crustacea and some types of modern fish, had a dramatic impact on marine life.

Among the species most heavily affected were sea lilies or isocrinids invertebrates tethered to the seafloor by...

02:06

EMU Farmer Arrested For Running Illegal Animal Brothel "IndyWatch Feed World"

New Zealand police have raided a family-operated emu farm suspected of operating as an illegal animal brothel.

Michael Wilson, 43, and his two sons Phillip, 28, and Andrew, 14, have been arrested and accused of illegally operating an animal brothel.

Twenty-six people were also arrested during the raid for their suspected involvement in sexually related activities with animals on the farm.

It was totally disgusting. They would host these parties where the guests would run around naked chasing the birds all night long, one neighbor told local reporters.

The Wilson family-operated farm had been undergoing financial stress these past years and local neighbors were apparently aware of the unusual activities.

Michael was pretty open about the whole thing. He didnt care if some sick Aussie tourists were into screwing with his birds. He even joked that it made the meat leaner, a local man told reporters under the cover of anonymity.

The Wilson family lawyer, Andrew Goldmann, would not comment the allegations but said that his clients would challenge New Zealands current prostitution laws.

Sex between two consenting adults in exchange for money is legal but a sexual relationship between a human and a bird is not? he argued.

Although the Prostitution Reform Act of 2003 has officially decriminalized prostitution in New Zealand, bestiality and zoosexual activity are still prohibited by law.

The post EMU Farmer Arrested For Running Illegal Animal Brothel appeared first on NotAllowedTo.

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23:09

Natural gas project that promised economic boom leaves PNG in worse state: report "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

In 2008, when a consortium led by ExxonMobil was drumming up support for a $19 billion natural gas extraction and processing project in Papua New Guinea, proponents of the development predicted it would underpin the countrys economy for decades. Production began in 2014, and now reaches approximately 7.9 million tonnes of liquefied natural gas per year. However, according to two recent reports by advocacy group Jubilee Australia Research Centre, the PNG LNG project has not only exacerbated conflict and inequality in the Papua New Guinea highlands, it has also failed to produce the promised benefits. According to Jubilee Australias analysis, PNGs economy would be better off if the gas had been left in the ground. Predicted economic impacts of the PNG LNG project compared to actual impacts (based on Jubilee Australias analysis of underlying economic trends). While exports have exceeded expectations, GDP growth has been slower than forecast and income, employment and government spending have dropped. Image courtesy of Jubilee Australia. Big promises When pitching the project, developers made big promises about the economic and social benefits the megaproject would bring to the country. One influential 2008 study, an economic impact analysis commissioned by ExxonMobil and authored by Australian consultants ACIL-Tasman (now ACIL-Allen), predicted the project would bring a tremendous windfall not only to shareholders, but also to the people of PNG. It forecast the overall size of the countrys economy would nearly double, household incomes would rise by 84 percent, and employment increase by 42 percent. Backers of the project

23:02

WA Community Garden Gathering 19-20 May 2018 ACFCGN

Weather forecast for this Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 May sunny max 25 perfect come and join us at Perth City Park for our WA community garden gathering

The post WA Community Garden Gathering 19-20 May 2018 appeared first on ACFCGN.

22:50

Green-blooded lizards, new research "IndyWatch Feed World"

This new family tree suggests green blood coloring may have arisen four times independently among some members of the skink family of lizards in New Guinea. Each tip at the wide end of the diagram represents a different modern species in New Guinea, Australia or surrounding islands. Photos show green-blooded Prasinohaema species from different origins: 1) P. virens; 2) new, unnamed species; 3) P. semoni; 4) P. prehensicauda

This new family tree suggests green blood coloring may have arisen four times independently among some members of the skink family of lizards in New Guinea. Each tip at the wide end of the diagram represents a different modern species in New Guinea, Australia or surrounding islands. Photos show green-blooded Prasinohaema species from different origins: 1) P. virens; 2) new, unnamed species; 3) P. semoni; 4) P. prehensicauda.

By Susan Milius, 2:10pm, May 16, 2018:

Green blood in lizards probably evolved four times

Studying the bizarre color might someday offer insights into human jaundice

Green blood is weird enough. But now the first genealogical tree tracing green blood in New Guineas Prasinohaema lizards is suggesting something even odder.

These skinks have been lumped into one genus just because of blood color, says biologist Christopher Austin of Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. Yet they dont all turn out to be close relatives. Green blood looks as if it arose four separate times in the islands...

21:28

Royal wedding fever Corporate Australia


more like Royal parasites or virus.

Here is an accurate photo as shown by the Fairfax publication:



and here is one for the herd population from the Rupert Murdoch media empire:






21:25

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21:15

Im Aussie: Man with disability to be deported to Canada after racking up criminal record donaldelley

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton known as potato head. Behind a lot of these types of decisions. Ex-policeman. Wants to be Australias Prime Minister one day. These are the types of loonies running Australia. Deporting a mentally impaired young man who has an Australian mother, and came to Australia as a toddler. Great work Peter Dutton you bonehead.

ABC Australia

Im Aussie: Man with disability to be deported to Canada after racking up criminal record

17 May 2018

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21:09

Is this the Australia we really want? IndigenousX

We are or soon will be living in a country that has a diminished national broadcaster, will be an international arms trader, have a real-time facial recognition database and new powers that allow police to stop and ask you for your papers every time you step foot in an airport (at this stage). So the question has to be asked, is this the Australia we really want?

21:02

Malka Leifer extradition case delayed again at latest hearing in Jerusalem donaldelley

ABC News Australia

Malka Leifer extradition case delayed again at latest hearing in Jerusalem

17 May 2018

There has been another delay in the extradition case of accused Australian-Israeli Sex offender Malka Leifer.

At the latest hearing in Jerusalem, Ms Leifer was transported from Nave Tirtsa womens prison to the District Court building.

But her lawyer convinced the judge she should remain in cells below and not appear in the court room.

After winning a two-week delay on May 2, Ms Leifers lawyer, Yehuda Fried, was successful in seeking another extension.

Ms Leifers legal team argued they still had not seen enough of the prosecutions evidence.

I think this is just another way to make the procedure longer, state prosecutor Matan Akiva said.

The case will resume on May 31, when the judge will rule whether enough of the evidence against Ms Leifer has been handed over.

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19:30

Australia's "Missile Commander" Mona Shindy's speech "on the greatness to bend history" in the Islamic Middle East Michael Smith News

Here's how the folks from head office see Australia's Naval Missile Commander! And here's our reader and super sleuth Earl!! Earl said: Something doesnt smell right here. The apparent timeline is - Anne Aly renounces Egyptian citizenship May 6, 2016 - Elected to parliament July 2, 2016 - Attends Egypt...

19:25

China Plans Network of Indian Ocean Bases: Security Analyst "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

China has plans to establish a network of naval and air bases in the Indian Ocean, according to an article by David Brewster posted on the website of the Lowy Institute, the Australian think-tank, on May 15.

18:30

Ian Potter international travel grant awarded to Ruth Barson to study criminal justice rights News | Human Rights Law Centre

The Ian Potter Foundation has announced Ruth Barson, Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, a recipient of their annual international study grant. The grant will enable Ruth to travel to America to learn from cutting-edge organisations, including the American Civil Liberties Union, who are tackling the rise of draconian law and order politics that see more and more people forced into the quicksand of the criminal justice system.

Ruth Barsons work focuses on advocating for the dignity of people behind bars and challenging punitive criminal laws and policies around Australia. Ms Barson said that while shes thrilled to have this opportunity to share strategy with and learn from leading American organisations, its alarming that in Australia, like America, governments are increasingly hostile towards human rights, paving the way for punitive, lock-em-up agendas.

Right now, communities across Australia are being torn apart - mothers and fathers are being separated from their families and children are being abused in youth jails, all because our governments have embraced dangerous law and order policies. Australia is at a critical juncture: we can blindly walk down the dark path of mass-imprisonment, or we can commit to respecting the dignity and humanity of all people in our community, said Ms Barson.

Australian governments now lock up more people than ever before, with women, people with disabilities and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples hit hardest by discriminatory laws and harmful policies. Ms Barson said that Australian prisons are fast becoming warehouses of inhumanity. 

Archaic and damaging practices like solitary confinement, restraint chairs and routine strip searches should be banished to the dungeons of the dark ages. Theres no place for cruelty in a modern society. Our justice systems should uphold, not undermine, our core values of fairness, dignity and equality, said Ms Barson.

The Ian Potter Foundations International Learning and Development Grant seeks to improve the knowledge of the Not-For-Profit sector in Australia through sharing international best practices learnt by grant recipients while visiting exemplary organisations overseas. Ruth Barson will travel in September and visit a number of American organisations, including the American Civil Liberties Union, the Centre for Constitutional Rights and the Vera Institute of Justice.

Im really looking forward to strategising with similar, dynamic organisations fighting for a society that treats all people with decency and respect. The almost bipartisan support for regressive law and order politics in Australia, and indeed other countries like America, must end, said Ms Barson.

15:49

Response to the Proposed Draft Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for Poultry Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance

View AFSA's entire submission here

The current review of the Model Code of Practice for the Welfare of Animals Domestic Poultry offers the first opportunity in 15 years to improve the minimum welfare standards for domestic poultry in Australia. It provides the chance to modify Australian standards to reflect current animal welfare science and equivalent international developments.

The Proposed Draft is significantly more comprehensive than the previous welfare standards in the 4th Edition, as well as in other welfare codes for ostriches and emus, some of those standards dating back to mid-20th century management practices. We commend the collective and lateral efforts of the Animal Welfare Task Group (AWTG), the Stakeholder Advisory Group (SAG) and Animal Health 9 Australia (AHA), and welcome the opportunity to comment on the Draft during the 90 day public comment period.

It is necessary for Australia to lead a fundamental reshaping of animal welfare standards that meet international standards and community expectations, and that is based on scientific research and available data from Australian farms. Many farmers give ethical reasons for changing towards pastured poultry production methods because of the maximum animal welfare and provenance it offers if well managed.18

This submission aims to contribute on behalf of small-scale, pasture-based poultry producers so that best animal welfare standards can be achieved more readily and regulated appropriately.

In this submission, AFSA will primarily make comment relating to the standards and guidelines for domestic poultry due to scope of our representation of poultry farms extending to small producers of layers, broiler chickens and ducks. As principle, we support best animal welfare practices in the industry as a whole.

What the Proposed Draft means for Farmers- Farmers employing pasture-based practices will lose a once in a generation opportunity to be heard in the decision-making process relating to poultry welfare. Continued large-scale production of poultry will further dominate the market and drive small-scale farmers into niche markets.

What the Proposed Draft means for Eaters- It will turn a blind eye to popular demand for higher standards of welfare and eaters will continue to have low access to sustainably produced meat and/or eggs that positively impacts quality. Consumer quality perception when purchasing poultry will be informed by perceived standards of welfare and environmental factors that do not in fact meet their expectations.

What the Proposed Draft means for Poultry- Domestically raised poultry in conventional systems will continue to suffer from worse physical and mental states than those in countries with advanced animal welfare stand...

15:43

Corrupt judge Barbara Cotterell sends message that it's ok to abuse Ambos Corporate Australia

EVERYONE should love case law and precedence law.

Victims of crime in Australia often say there is no justice, where they are technically correct, as there are 'only' court orders.

The message sent out in County Court's judge Barbara Cotterell is that Victorians can abuse Ambulance workers and get away with it.

If you get caught abusing ambulance officers, you can use 'case law' (from Victoria's County Court) that Barbara Cotterell's views are that you can abuse them.

Why not ask for her by name in your assault charges, while you're at it.






P.S. The system is not 'broken' but functioning exactly the way Cotterell orders it to.

But tread carefully, as if you do not pay your unlawfully issued fine you just might go to prison.

15:17

Restoring the future: on the closure of Italys asylums Overland literary journal

This week forty years ago, Italy became the first country in the world to legislate the closure of its asylums. The law was drafted by a psychiatrist and member of the governing Christian Democratic party, Bruno Orsini, but was known from the outset as Basaglia Law, after the leader of the movement that pushed for that radical and in some ways paradoxical reform.

15:13

AusGov.info my mid year review Rosie Williams

AusGov.info went live in January in time for LinuxConfAu where, despite being so tired I could barely stand, I gave a potted history of my work with open data and the functionality of the site to a room full of enthusiastic developers. Reactions ranged from demanding why had I not achieved moar, moar, moar in the month since I decided to create the new project to a standing ovation from one audience member who, as part of team creating a similar (internal) project for the Victorian govt was incredibly impressed that I had done the work of an entire team single-handedly and in a month!

At this point I want to issue a very belated thank you to all the people I know personally, who turned up to hear me present at LinuxConf the kindness of having so many people I recognised in the audience was not lost on me and I was very grateful for your presence

I took the feedback I got from the audience, my wider Twitter network and people I had spoken to at other events and implemented site wide changes over the top of what I had built. I spent weeks designing the navigation using a complex interplay of CSS overlays and implemented charts that are generated on the fly that also act as navigation to allow people to drill down on the data by year for that data.

This replaced the top and bottom menu bars which forced people to click on a year whether or not there was any result for that particular year. With the new approach, people see from the chart whether there is a result in a particular year then click on that bar to see the breakdown for that year.

Since launch I have added the new political donations data in February, budget data in May and I also made the Taxation Expenditure Statement (tax concessions) data interactive. I worked so hard on the site that I didnt make a single blog post for about four months. Over the past few weeks since I stopped focusing on the code and turned my attention to providing journalism based on insights (made available through the AusGov) Ive been somewhat confused about the...

15:12

A bit of Paris in Perth Dodgy Perth

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Next time you drop into Petition, make sure to order something French. They have a Petit Chablis which has good reviews, so thats on our must-drink list (yes, we have a must-drink list) when we take another look at George Temple Pooles Old GPO building. This is now part of the Central Government Buildings or, as they are more commonly known, the Old Treasury.

One of the things architects fear the most, other than mislaying their designer glasses, is being seen as derivative. A difficult job to undertake is designing additions to an existing building or set of buildings. The new work has to complement the structures already there, but not copy them so closely that you dont look an original architect. In other words, the architect must triumph over their predecessor, but not look too arrogant while doing so. This is a very difficult feat to pull off, but it is exactly what George Temple Poole achieved with his additions to the Central Government Buildings, which opened in 1890.

Poole was faced with a site which already had two older building, both designed by Richard Roach Jewell, and are now the wings along Barrack Street and Cathedral Avenue. These were proving completely inadequate for the needs of civil servants, and Poole was asked to link the two buildings with new offices and to include a post office while he was at it. His solution was so effective that some architectural...

15:09

Joe DiGenova on deep state's admitting to spying on Trump: 'This is the most unbelievable scandal in US history' "IndyWatch Feed World"

The New York Times reported on Wednesday the FBI opened an investigation dubbed "Crossfire Hurricane" into Trump's campaign 100 days before the Presidential election. The FBI was spying on the opposition party's campaign 100 days before the election based on a phony Russian dossier that was paid for by Democrats and Hillary Clinton and by the hearsay of a low-level Trump campaign official who was coached by FBI operatives on Russian rumors. Five agents, including Peter Strzok traveled to London in the summer of 2016 to interview with a diplomat after Papadopoulos drunkenly claimed to Australian Ambassador Alexander Downer he knew who had Hillary's emails. Deep State opreatives released this information to The New York Times for Wednesday's report. The Deep State is panicking. They know the Inspector General's report is coming out any day now and they know it is damning!

14:04

Government by Shareholder Gumshoe News

Former Australian Prime Ministers, John Howard and Paul Keating at the Annual Lowy Lecture, prior to Angela Merkels presentation. November 17, 2014. (adapted photo zimbio.com)

By Tony Ryan

Ever since Paul Keating and John Howard transported reluctant Australians from the egalitarian prosperity of the 1950s, 60s, and 70s, into an unprecedented era of unemployment, underemployment, poverty, and homelessness 85% of the Australian People have been quietly disqualified and rendered invisible.

For our own good, of course. Lets be frank, we have neither the knowledge nor wisdom to offer judgments to government. And we can be assured that this event will be celebrated in history as the Second Era of Transportation.

The surviving demographic has been...

13:36

Business journalist says JSCOT report a critique of PACER-Plus AFTINET

17 May 2018: Business journalist Nic Maclellan has analysed the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties (JSCT) report into the PACER-Plus trade deal on Devpolicy blog. He writes, although the committee recommends that Parliament should ratify PACER-Plus, the report is a telling critique of the treaty. It concedes that the absence of PNG and Fiji significantly diminishes the utility of the agreement for Australian businesses.

Maclellan observes that Sir Noel Levi, the former Pacific Island Forum Secretary who was involved with the initial drafting of PACER decades ago, condemned the negotiators for failing to seriously consider the concerns raised by PNG and Fiji.

He notes that the JSCT report also raised two other key concerns about the deal. Firstly, that Pacific Island countries already have tariff free access to Australia and New Zealand for their exports (meaning all market access benefits will flow to Australia and NZ). And secondly, that the development assistance in PACER-Plus comes from the existing aid budget.

He then summarises other concerns raised in evidence given to the Committee, including those raised by the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) and AFTINET. AFTINET published a media release on the report last week, and you can read it on our website here.

13:06

Government must abandon plans to force refugee families into destitution News | Human Rights Law Centre

The Australian Government has told yet another group of up to 90 refugees and people seeking asylum that they will be evicted from their homes and will be cut off from all income support.

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton last year issued the visa, known as the final departure Bridging E Visa, to single refugee men and asylum seekers, but is now roping in women and children into a situation designed to force people into destitution.

Daniel Webb, Director of Legal Advocacy with the Human Rights Law Centre, who represents the group, said that these men, women and children were understandably frightened.

These families have endured years of suffering and abuse in offshore detention and then more years of daily uncertainty in the community. They just want to get on with rebuilding their lives. But instead our Government is ripping the roof from over their heads and forcing them into destitution, said Mr Webb.

The people are part of more than 400 men, women and children evacuated from the Australian Governments offshore detention camps for medical treatment and other critical reasons. Some women were pregnant. Other men, women and children were evacuated because they were seriously unwell or injured in violent attacks. The Human Rights Law Centre represents most of this group.

Were talking about children who have been going to school in Australia for years. But now these kids face having empty lunch boxes and no roof over their heads. Its brutal.

These families have already endured unimaginable suffering but were finally starting to rebuild their lives in freedom and safety in our communities and now they face an uncertain future, said Mr Webb.

The group also includes families with babies born in Australia who are now living in the Australian community, and children now in their third year of schooling in our local schools.

Many of the families we've spoken to are shocked and terrified. They've got no idea where they will go or how they'll make ends meet and put food on the table for their kids, said Mr Webb.

For interviews contact:

Michelle Bennett, Director of Legal Advocacy, Human Rights Law Centre: 0419 100 519

12:35

FINALLY OUTED! Sordid, sleazy life of Liberal heavyweight Robert Piggy Doyle an open secret amongst Melbourne elite & media for years True Crime News Weekly

EXCLUSIVE: In the first part of a special investigation, True Crime News Weekly takes a look at why long accused sexual predators such as Liberal Party heavyweight Robert Doyle are allowed to get away with their alleged misconduct and possible crimes for so long, even in the face of a litany of complaints stretching back 40 years and involving claims of sexual abuse against schoolgirls and the alleged drugging of women. Our Melbourne correspondent Gary Johnston reports. [READ MORE]

11:24

The World's Oldest Known Wild Spider Just Passed Away "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

When researchers first met her in 1974, she was just a tiny spiderling.

They had no idea then that Number 16, as researchers would eventually call her, was so special.

But year after year, whenever they returned to Australia's North Bungulla Reserve to survey the spider population, she was still there, in the same underground burrow she had built for herself.

Credit: Leanda Mason

This continued until Number 16 was 43 years old and had officially earned the title of oldest known spider in the world. In fact, she was 15 years older than the captive spider who once held that title.

As a trapdoor spider, Number 16 rarely left her burrow for more than a few minutes and with such a complex system of tunnels and secret doors, she didnt really need to. She used the tiny camouflaged doors as easy exit points to catch insects by surprise, and then retreated back inside with her food, sealing the door shut behind her.

It was a method she perfected, which has left scientists with an extraordinary look into the longevity of trapdoor spiders so much so that theyve just published a study about everything theyve learned from her.

Credit: Flickr

Unfortunately, Number 16 was pronounced dead in October 2016 after researchers noticed her burrow had been infiltrated by a parasitoid wasp. Her once magnificent home had fallen to ruins, and it was highly likely she had been killed.

But her impressive life will now be documented forever and will further help the people who knew her for so many years better understand these amazing spiders.

"To our knowledge this is the oldest spider ever recorded," study lead author Leanda Mason, a doctoral candidate at the School of Molecular and Life Sciences at Curtin University in Perth, Australia, said in a statement. "Her significant life has allowed us to further...

11:22

Orangutan Thought He Was Finally Rescued But That Was 6 Years Ago "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

When Jono the orangutan was rescued in 2012, his life should have started getting better. But instead, Jono spent the next six years locked up in a tiny cage in a transit center, a facility run by the Indonesian government that temporarily holds confiscated wildlife.

It was actually Femke den Haas, founder of Jakarta Animal Aid Network (JAAN), who first discovered Jono on a private property south of Jakarta, Indonesia, back in 2012. Someone was keeping Jono as a pet, despite the fact that orangutans are an endangered species and its illegal to do so.

Credit: Ismutia Rickard

He was taken from the wild as a baby, Den Haas told The Dodo. Its very possible that the mother was killed in a palm oil plantation where people are just hunting them down like pests, even though they are endangered.

When the JAAN team first rescued Jono from his former owner, they couldnt immediately take him into their care they first had to take Jono to the government-run transit center, where Jono was required to stay while the Indonesian government completed paperwork and figured out where to move him.

Credit: Ismutia Rickard

Jono should have only stayed at this facility for a short time, but bureaucracy held things up. Weeks turned into months, and months turned into years. And this entire time, Jono lived in a tiny cage that was no bigger than a transport container. He didnt have access to sunlight or drinking water, and there was nothing to stimulate him.

A foreign correspondent working for Australias ABC News was the one who...

10:43

Engineering Firms Withdrawal From Adani Coal Project Should Be Final Nail In The Coffin, Says Greenpeace New Matilda

One of the worlds largest engineering firms and a key partner in Indian company Adanis push to open up the Galilee basin in Queensland to coal mining has confirmed it is no longer involved in the controversial project, sparking celebrations among environmental campaigners.

Its another major blow to a proposed mining venture which has been plagued by problems, with major banks in Australia and around the world refusing to provide finance for what would be the largest coal mine in the Southern Hemisphere.

American engineering firm AECOM was the lead partner engaged to design a rail line to run from the Carmichael basin to the coast, providing a way to get the coal from inland Australia to the international market. The rail-line, if built, would also open up the entire Galilee Basin to coal mining, attracting other major mining players like Gina Rinehart. But the project has faced massive opposition from Traditional Owners and environmental groups its carbon footprint alone would unlock more emissions than small countries, such as New Zealand.

Yesterday, AECOM, an international corporation with assets worth almost $6 billion, confirmed it had demobilised from Adani Groups project, joining a growing list of partners and investors who have walked away from the venture.

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The deal lasted less than a year, after being signed in July 2017. Overnight, AECOMs share price jumped 1 per cent in the wake of the news.

Greenpeace Australia Pacific Campaigner Jonathan Moylan who made international headlines in 2013 after releasing a fake press release on behalf of ANZ bank announcing a withdrawal of financing for Whitehaven coal mine in the Hunter Valley of NSW suggested the latest blow to Adani should be fatal for the Carmichael coal mine.

Environmental activist, Johnathan Moylan.

This should serve as the final nail in the coffin for this environmentally and economically unsustainable project that most stakeholders have already walked away from, Greenpeace Australia Pacific Campaigner Jonathan Moylan said.

Adani Group have shown time and time...

10:37

Egyptian government pays for RAN celebrity Muslim Mona Shindy & Anne Aly MP to show off Michael Smith News

The Australian today prominently features this story: The news value in today's story relates to the Egyptian Government paying for Anne Aly MP's trip - and the convenient production of papers purporting to confirm the renunciation of Ms Aly's Egyptian citizenship. You have to read a fair way into the...

09:27

A Peace Of Fiction: Australia Should Celebrate A National Day Of Violence New Matilda

If were going to engage in so much violence, then why not celebrate it, ask Gideon Polya and Richard Hil.

Whats all this talk about peace? Why should Australia celebrate peace when we appear to be such a violence-prone nation? Someone recently suggested that instead of staging peace rallies, Australia should hold a National Violence Day, such is this nations dalliance with this most aberrant of practices. No doubt, such views will upset the Pollyannas amongst us, but can Australia, in light of its past and current predilections, claim to be a peace-loving nation?

Take a look around violence is endemic: on the telly, in the movies, in the language we use, and often in our homes and institutions. And, lest we forget, we have a very violent past: consider our First Nations people, South Sea Islanders, Chinese gold prospectors, convicts, trade unionists, women.

We remain violent towards Indigenous people, locking them up in ever greater numbers, ignoring recommendations in Royal Commission reports (as far back as 1991), denying many the basics of life, and taking away their children at alarming rates (under the justification of welfare and protection).

But its not only Indigenous kids whove been torn away from their families over recent decades (and currently at a record rate). Consider the removal of the Forgotten Australians half a million of them or the thousands of unaccompanied migrant children from Britain treated so appallingly; or the many infants snatched from their impoverished mums the so-called forced adoptees.

Many of our past and present political and economic leaders have wallowed in violence, more often than not for the most spurious and self-interested of reasons. Take todays current crop of political chiefs. So committed are they to exporting the instruments of death and destruction, that the Coalition government has committed over $3 billion to help businesses increase arms sales around the world.

Australias arms exports are, were told, a paltry $1.5 billion per annum. We can do a lot better than that, they insist. And theyre not all that bothered about where we send these weapons.

Weve supplied arms and equipment to some less-than-peaceful countries like Zimbabwe, Pakistan, Israel, Sri Lanka and Turkey, Indonesia, the Philippines, and more recently, Saudi Arabia a country...

09:21

Nicoletti farming business hits the market "IndyWatch Feed World"

16 May 2018 | The LandI've got strong interest from Canada, the United Kingdom and Dubai and they want to come out now and have a look around," says the owner of the largest semi-contiguous cropping aggregation to be offered in Australia's history.

09:10

Federal Sources Inc. may already have a copy of the DIA AAWSA contract Unidentified Aerial Phenomena - scientific research

I have been browsing the Internet for any additional information about the 2008 Defense Intelligence Agency's Advanced Aerospace Weapon System (AAWSA) program's solicitation number HHM402-08-R-0211, and a subsequent contract issued, I understand, to Bigelow Aerospace Advanced Space Studies.

Quincy Wilkins and Federal Sources Incorporated

Imagine my interest when I located a PDF file for the DIA's FOIA log for FY 2010.  This 23 page document lists the DIA FOIA reference number; the name of the requestor and a summary of the request. Buried in the document is a one liner that says:

FOIA-00065-2010, Wilkins, Quincy, FOIA request documents for contract #HHM40208R0211.


Further Internet research led me to find out that Quincy Wilkins worked for a US company named Federal Sources Incorporated. One source stated that:

"Federal Sources Inc.provides research,market intelligence, budget analysis, survey method,management, and technology consulting services to the Federal government...The company serves federal and state government officials, contracting officer technical representatives and program manager...The company was founded in 1984 and is headquartered in McLean, Virginia. As of 10/23/2003, Federal Sources Inc. is a subsidiary of Washington Management Group."

Source: https://web.archive.org/web/20100717161311/http://www.fedsources.com

From the Federal Sources website, I...

08:57

Part 47. Australias irrelevant Crimes against Humanity: Norma the human face of Australias silent holocaust. Ronald's space

Norma is the visible face of Australias silent holocaust.

To understand the above statement you need to watch a 6-minute video of a today tonight segment that was broadcast on the 8th May 2018.

Before I provide the URL for this segment you need to be aware of the High Courts Hellicar and Bhardwaj decisions.

HELLICAR

In May 2012, at paragraphs 141 143, the High Court ruled that in disputes between government regulators that involve financial issues, it is for a court, not the regulator to decide the facts upon which a fair and correct decision can be made. This costs Centrelink an average of $25,000, but in some cases has cost over $500,000. The work-around to these court costs has been to simply skip Due Process of Law and impose fines or recover money without a court decision.

BHARDWAJ

In March 2002, the High Court ruled that if there is no lawful jurisdiction, i.e. no legal right, to make a legal decision, then, in law, there is no legally valid decision and the legally valid decision has yet to be made.

There are many court decisions that invalidate Centreleinks fraudulent Robo-Debt claims, which explains why Centrelink, at the direction of the Turnbull Government, deliberately avoid taking welfare recipients to courts. Some of these are listed in previous postings if you wish to check them out.

NORMA the face of Australias silent holocaust can be viewed at:

https://www.todaytonightadelaide.com.au/stories/normas-fight

If you believe in helping Aussie battlers who are being shafted by the system, please provide feedback via the today tonight CONTACT link and point out that Normas constitutional and legal rights are being ruthlessly raped by the Turnbull Government. If enough people do this, perhaps Channel 7s lawyers will admit that Norma is the victim of a massive fraud.

Ron Medlicott Registered teacher and a Christian volunteer lay-advocate

 

08:46

Union Boss Sally McManus Demands Inquiry After Building Royal Commission Charges Collapse New Matilda

The nations most powerful union official has demanded an inquiry into why two union officials were charged with blackmail after the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption, only for the charges to be withdrawn almost three years later.

Yesterday, the Victorian Department of Prosecutions asked that extortion charges leveled against Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) officials John Setka and Shaun Reardon in 2015 be dismissed.

Melbourne magistrate Charles Rozencwajg replied, I think its a very sensible decision.

The case stemmed from allegations that during a meeting with senior officials with Boral, the pair asked that concrete not be supplied to Melbourne worksites run by construction firm Grocon, amid concerns about worker safety. Mr Setka is the CFMEUs Victorian secretary, Mr Reardon is the state assistant secretary.

Explosive evidence presented at their committal hearing this week suggested senior figures within the Turnbull and Abbott Governments were speaking directly with Boral executives prior to any allegations being formally raised.

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Head of the Australian Council of Trade Unions, Sally McManus, this morning came out swinging.

I welcome the withdrawal of these charges they should never have been laid, Mc Manus said.

The possibility that members of the Abbott/Turnbull Government were closely consulting with Boral over events that led to these discredited charges is deeply disturbing. This possibility should be fully investigated.

This is the same Government that orchestrated the ROC raid, wasted $80 million on a union witchhunt, and is the successor of the Coalition government that conspired to ruin the lives of waterfront workers 20 years ago, she added, a reference to the infamous Patrick Stevedores dispute led by retired Liberal Minister Peter Reith.

It is not acceptable for any government to attack the elected representatives of working people in order to advance their political agenda.

John Setka and Shaun Reardon have stood up for working people in the Victorian c...

08:26

UK Conservative MP admits criticism of Israel's Gaza response was wrong - Ms Bishop????????? Michael Smith News

On Tuesday, before all the facts were known, Julie Bishop was quick to issue a written statement calling on Israel to "refrain from using excessive force" against "Palestinian protesters". "Palestinian protesters" hey Ms Bishop? Prominent UK Conservative politician Nick Boles admits he got it wrong with his early criticism of...

08:00

May 17 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History Our Great Southern Land

1770 - Jimmy Cook spied the Glasshouse Mountains in QLD and named them in fond memory of the Yorkshire glass furnace chimneys.

1797 - Survivors of the wreck of the Sydney Cove passed through Illawarra, reaching Sydney on 17 May. They tell of finding coal in northern Illawarra and of being attacked by 'savage natives' near Red Point. In fact, it appears that some of the crew members were the savages and that they may have suffered attacks from members of their own party.

1813 - Two large Norfolk Pine Trees were presented to Mrs. Macquarie by ( a very, very reformed convict) Simeon Lord. They were removed from his garden, and planted at the Gate opposite to Macquarie Street

1824 - The Supreme Court of NSW was birthed.

1824 - A dinner was held at Government House to celebrate the great benefits that the opening of the Supreme Court would bring to the people described as "the inhabitants of Australasia."

1824 - Saxe Bannister became the first person to be admitted to practise as a barrister in New South Wales. His admission was concurrent with his being sworn into the office of attorney general of New
South Wales with a right of private practice at the first sitting of the Supreme Court.

1824 - At the NSW Courts Magistrates, Newcastle Police Court Andrew McColl, John McAuliff and Charles Fagan, runaways from Port Macquarie, were charged with attempting to break out of gaol after having ran from this settlement on the 4th of May, being retaken at Wallis Plains and sent back. The keeper of his Majestys Gaol states - I was going my rounds last night about 8 oclock and hearing an unusual noise in the room where the prisoners are confined in company with Samuel Hart (a notorious gaol breaker) now under committal for a trial for a burglary and William Halfpenny, under sentence for Corporal punishment. I suspected something wrong was going on amongst them. I procured the keys and examined the room. I discovered in one part of it a hole made large enough for a man to creep through. The hole had been made with the iron work of a tub in the room. They had destroyed the tub. The prisoners respectively deny having any knowledge of the hole or how or when it was made. Sentenced to 50 lashes each

1830 - George Thomson was hanged at Hobart for theft of silver plate and two pistols.

1832 - Those wrapping fish were in for a treat when the Sydney Herald became a bi-weekly paper. Price per copy dropped to sixpence!

1838 - Congregational Minister William Waterfield preached the first Congregational Church service in Melbourne to some fifty persons in the little wooden Church of England building in William Street.

1842 - Andrew Petrie fell over the Mary River.

1858 - The Main South Railway Line (NSW) was opened from Liverpool to Campbelltown.

1859 - The Melbourne FC rules were formulated.
...

07:10

Video: Joel Wilkinson takes on racism at the AFL The Pen

 

Former Gold Coast Suns football star Joel Wilkinson has courageously stood up against  racism and sexual harassment he says has faced in the AFL. This has been an ongoing problem within the League and needs to be resolved. A big part of the problem has been denial.  Joels action provides a window into a problem that exists in workplaces across Australia. It may even encourage others to speak out.

Video from Seven News

&

Joel Wilkinson to sue the AFL

Sexual harassment and racial vilification in the AFL: Former Gold Coast Suns footballer Joel Wilkinson makes a statement as he prepares to sue the AFL over racial vilification and sexual harassment claims.Report on Seven News at 6pm. | www.7plus.com.au/news#7News

Posted by 7 News Perth on Wednesday, May 9, 2018

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06:36

Google, Amazon are anti your privacy and security Corporate Australia

and this is how they do it,

from the article from 4 May 2018 by torproject.org of the headline:

Domain Fronting Is Critical to the Open Web


In the past few weeks, Amazon and Google have both announced theyre pulling the plug on domain fronting, a crucial tool which helps our most vulnerable users get access to Tor when their countries dont allow it. Users of Signal and Telegram are also affected by this block, and Access Now identified approximately a dozen human rights-enabling technologies which had relied on Google for this purpose.

Tor Browser protects against tracking, surveillance, and censorship, but not everyone around the world has the luxury to connect to use it. By default, Tor Browser makes all of its users look alike. However, it doesn't hide the fact you're connecting to Tor, an open network where anyone can get the list of relays. This network transparency has many benefits, but also has a downside: repressive governments and authorities can simply get the list of Tor relays and block them.
We strongly oppose this censorship and believe everyone should have access to information on the open web. Thats why we developed pluggable transports to bypass censorship and connect to the Tor network. Watch this video to learn more about pluggable transports.

Domain fronting is a type of pluggable transport where Tor traffic appears to be talking to a third party that is hard to block, like Amazon or Google, when it is really talking to a Tor relay. An example of this is Tors meek pluggable transport, which is described here.

Google and Amazon have both shut down domain fronting, making meek no longer usable over those CDNs. As of this writing, Microsofts Azure cloud still seems to be working with meek.

For the time being,...

05:43

App economy riders are in a battle for proper wages The Pen

Contributed from New South Wales

Food delivery riders in the emerging app economy and working for Deliveroo, Foodora and UberEats, are organising to protect themselves and joining the Transport Workers Union.

The number one issue is that they do not get paid enough to survive on. A case has been  brought before the Fair Work Commission, where a review of award wages are being sought.

At a rally just before the case in Sydney, one of the riders said that wages have dropped significantly over the two-and-a-half years he has been on the job, with one of the major companies.

When I started two-and-a-half years ago, the standard contract was $14 an hour and $5 dollars a delivery, rider Matt told reporters. Those are now looked at as the golden old days. I now know riders that are doing $7 a delivery and zero dollars an hour these guys are making $14, $7 or zero dollars an hour.

The app economy is designed to provide cheap labour. The rider is only paid for on a piece rate for deliveries carried out and the rest of the time remains on standby with no pay. In addition, the rider is regarded as a contractor, and therefore the employer does not provide WorkCover, holidays, sick pay, or any of the other benefits usually enjoyed by an employee.

This is a form of exploitation that should have no place in Australia. It not only affects those who are engaged in the app economy. Other jobs paid at an hourly rate are threatened as well.

If the use of apps are going to be applied to the working relationship, this must occur under the minimum conditions of a standard workplace agreement, with regular wages and working conditions. This is what is being fought for.

The TWU national secretary, Tony Sheldon, said the major food delivery companies were practicing wage theft and said he wanted the Fair Work Commission to protect riders.

He said, Theyre stealing from hardworking people, who are delivering to our homes right around our country, by underpaying them.

We need to make sure we have a system in this country that works for everybody.

The case is still before the Commission.

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05:35

Climate scientists find the wind is slowing down "IndyWatch Feed World"

Near-surface wind speeds over landmasses across the planet have dropped by as much as 25% since the 1970s, and climate scientists are taking note. The wind isn't what it used to be. Scientists say surface wind speeds across the planet have fallen by as much as 25% since the 1970s. The eerie phenomenon - dubbed 'stilling' - is believed to be a consequence of global warming, and may impact everything from agriculture to the liveability of our cities. It has taken more than a decade for scientists to get a handle on stilling, a term coined by Australian National University ecohydrologist Michael Roderick in 2007. Roderick had spent years studying a 50-year decline across Europe and North America of a climate metric called pan evaporation. It measures the rate at which water evaporates from a dish left outside. With his colleague biophysicist Graham Farquhar, he found the cause: the sunlight had dimmed due to air pollution. Less light equals slower evaporation.

05:34

Philippines worm-eating mice and evolution "IndyWatch Feed World"

This 2011 video says about itself:

In animal news, seven new mammals are discovered in the Philippines. A group of American and Philippine scientists have identified the previously unknown forest mice species, belonging to the genus Apomys, on Luzon Island.

The researchers called for protection of the watershed areas where the mice live, stating that both the animals and humans will gain from a healthy ecosystem.

Our hats off to you, American and Philippine researchers, for your wonderful discovery. May we always safeguard the loving animals who continue to add color and blessings to our planet.

From the Field Museum in the USA:

Worm-eating mice reveal how evolution works on islands

Scientists discover smallest island where mammal species have multiplied

May 16, 2018

Summary: When animals are isolated on islands, they can evolve into strange new species found nowhere else on Earth. But whats the cut-off how small can an island be and still support the evolution of multiple new species from a single common ancestor? A family of worm-eating mice [Apomys] from a tiny island in the Philippines have set a new lower limit for island size and evolution.

Australia has a bunch of kangaroo species, Madagascar has multiple species of lemurs, the Galapagos Islands have boulder-sized tortoises islands get lots of cool animals. Thats because when animals are isolated on islands, they can evolve into strange new species found nowhere else on Earth. But whats the cut-off how small can an island be and still support the evolution of multiple new species from a single common ancestor? A team of mammalogists just discovered that four species of mice evolved from one common ancestor on Connecticut-sized Mindoro Island in the Philippines, making it the smallest known island where one kind of mammal ha...

04:47

Can FuzeX Restore Confidence in Broken Crypto Payments Scene "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Cryptocurrencies have the potential to change the way people view and use the money. There is a massive push across the world for limiting cash, with Australia becoming the latest country to join the war on cash. In a world where cash use would be limited, cryptocurrencies not only have the potential to emerge as a viable means of payment but may also one day completely replace physical money. Thomas Frey, a senior futurist at the DaVinci Institute was quoted by Time as saying, Cryptocurrency is very much here to stay, he also said, Cryptocurrencies are going to displace roughly 25% of national currencies by 2030. Theyre just much more efficient, the way they run.

However, anyone who has dealt with cryptocurrencies will tell you that while there are several benefits to holding cryptocurrencies, spending them is altogether another story. The acceptance of cryptocurrencies remains spotty.  Even if they are allowed to be used in certain limited areas,  there is usually a cumbersome process in order to utilize them as payment. Furthermore, there are so many cryptocurrencies in existence today that using one of your choices may be nigh impossible at every retail outlet. Now, FuzeX has devised an ecosystem that would not only make it easier to use cryptocurrencies but will also incorporate traditional payment methods like debit and credit as well. Furthermore, their offering will allow users to link their rewards cards as well.

One card to rule them all

Most people who deal with cryptocurrencies will hold a number of them at the same time. FuzeX has devised a card that will allow the use of 15 cryptocurrencies and plan to encompass 10 debit or credit cards as well as 5 reward cards in the future. The card itself has an e-paper display that shows cryptocurrency information such as QR codes and exchange rates, thereby making transactions simpler. The system is completed by a mobile wallet app, which can be used by both iPhone and Android users. This app allows users to track their card in case it is lost and will display the last known location of the card. The wallet also facilitates balance check, account history and exchange rate information. The FuzeX system will be powered by the FuzeX exchange which will allow transactions between crypto to crypto and crypto to fiat. Merchants would be able to receive money in major world currencies like Euro, US Dollar, Yen or the local currency without having to de...

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