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Friday, 20 July

21:37

From Russia without kid gloves "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

WHILE President Trump dissembles over whether he cant see why it would be Russia or why it wouldnt be and prefers Vladimir Putins denial over his own intelligence services, all the evidence points to Russia. First, why, one might ask, would anyone trust the US intelligence services, after the post 9/11 call on Iraqs so-called weapons of mass destruction?

The answer is because they learned a lot from that. President Obamas director of national intelligence, James Clapper, in his book Facts and Fears, says the intelligence community did several things as a result.

First, they made it a rule to always speak truth to power. Second, they vowed not to blur the lines between what is known, what is unknown and what is conjecture. Third, they vowed to avoid policy recommendations and just state the facts. Fourth, and most important, they got their act together and instead of each agency guarding its own turf, they co-operated and shared information.

Clapper did his best to organise a smooth transition after Trump won, but was ignored and rebuffed. In October 2016, before the election, he concluded with damning evidence that the Russians were meddling on Trumps side. The intelligence agencies made that public. Alas, they did so on the very day that Trumps infamous pussy statement came out and it was buried.

Malcolm Nance in his book, The Plot to Destroy Democracy, makes a convincing case that not only did Russia meddle, but it colluded with the Trump campaign in doing so and explains how it was done.

The turning point here is not that Trumps performance at the meeting with Putin in Helsinki will swing many, if any, of his deluded supporters. Rather, it is that he has so inflamed the US intelligence community that it will be galvanised to greater efforts to uncover the truth and speak that truth to power: not to the President, but to the Congress, prosecutors and the judiciary.

Remember, special prosecutor Robert Meuller was director of the FBI for 12 years under both a Republican and Democrat President. It is only a matter of time.

But now to the background and evidence. Vladimir Putin was a KGB agent in the former Soviet Union. In 1987, Ronald Reagan, the President of the US, the Soviet Unions greatest adversary, came to West Berlin and said, Mr Gorbachev, tear down this wall.

The wall came down. The Soviet Union collapsed.

Then one after the other, 10 former Soviet Bloc Warsaw Pact nations and three former Y...

16:44

BIOCHAR FOR SUSTAINABLE SOILS Sustainable Living Armidale

[ Thursday, 2 Aug; 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. ] Dr. Annette Cowie, Principal Research Scientist and Dr. de la Rosa will discuss their biochar project at the next Sustainable Living Armidale monthly forum on Thursday, 2 August, at 7pm, Kent House Land degradation affects 24% of global land area, with 24 billion tons of fertile soil lost annually. The causes of land degradation include unsustainable [...] full article 

16:35

Investigator Sydney "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC)

16:00

The Weekend Quiz July 21-22, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

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

1. As a matter of accounting, the net financial assets held by the non-government sector rise $-for-$ when a sovereign government issues debt.



2. In a fiat monetary system (for example, US or Australia) with an on-going external deficit that exceeds the public deficit (expressed as percentages of GDP), the private domestic sector cannot reduce its overall debt levels (by overall saving) without incurring employment losses.



3. The imposition of fiscal rules which aim to limit the discretionary capacity of governments to net spend bias fiscal policy towards counter-cyclical responses when private spending is weak.


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14:32

Submissions to Senate: more people oppose a nuclear waste dump in Kimba or Hawker "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

The 58 submissions to the Senate, opposing the plan for the process for selecting a nuclear waste dump site come from a variety of organisations and individuals, and include residents of Eyre Peninsula.

These are some points that came up as they answered the Term of Reference, especially  (f) Any related matters. (These submissions also generally gave full answers to the other 5 more narrow Terms of Reference)

Comprehensive criticism of the entire process. (ENUFF  Submission no. 109)    No justification for dump   (Wakelin B No. 23)  Why the assumption it has to be  South Australia.?     (Wauchope N. No.  21)   Flawed process (Hughes No. 57)   (Mitchell No. 25) Opposed to process, not necessarily to dump (Lienert L No. 50)  End the process  (Noonan, D No 31)  Longterm negative effects (Sisters of St Joseph No. 68 )

Nuclear wastes. Wants re-examination of waste plans (CCSA 55 )  Intermediate wastes   (Mitchell 25,  Scott C 14 ) Prelude to commercial waste import? (Name Withheld 90 )  Dangers Waste types ( Noonan, D31  Wauchope N  21 )  Lucas Heights best site  (Taylor A 82 )  stranded wastes (Tulloch S 32)

Issues of dishonesty lack of trust  (Ashton 73)  Hypocrisy of DIIS   (Bannon 85  Fergusson 106) Biased committees (Scott T 44)  Biased and misleading information given  (Thomas 36 Tiller J 9   Tulloch B 87)  Dishonest process   (T...

13:25

New laws will allow the use of military to break protests "IndyWatch Feed National"

The following is by Paul Gregoire and published by  Sydney Criminal Lawyers (19 July 2018). It deals with new legislation introduced into parliament, which will make it easier to involve the military to control the Australian population

The Turnbull government recently introduced legislation into parliament designed to lower the threshold for calling out the Australian Defence Force (ADF) to assist state police forces with public incidents.

The Defence Amendment (Call Out of the Australian Defence Force) Bill 2018 revises Part IIIAAA of the Defence Act 1903, which was inserted into the Act in the lead up to the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

Currently, the military can only be called upon by state and territory authorities when theyve exhausted all other options. The new bill would allow for a call out request to be actioned, when its decided that ADF personnel can enhance the ability of state police in dealing with an incident.

The new legislation also allows the PM and other authorised ministers to send in the troops when state authorities havent requested assistance, but Commonwealth interests are at stake. And it provides ADF members with enhanced search capabilities and limited shoot-to-kill powers.

A much broader scope

Australian attorney general Christian Porter told journalists that the Lindt Caf siege, along with the potential for a Paris terrorist attack-style incident being carried out in Australia, make streamlining the process of calling out SAS or commando regiments necessary.

However, the call out powers dont just apply to terrorism. They target domestic violence. This is a broad term set out under section 119 of the Australian Constitution, which provides that the federal government should protect states and territories against invasion and rebellion.

Indeed, Mr Porter has stated that the ADF could be sent in to quell widespread rioting. While civil liberties advocates stress that these new powers...

08:57

New Laws Will Allow the Use of Military to Break Protests "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

 Sydney Criminal lawyers, By Paul Gregoire | 19/07/2018 


The Turnbull government recently introduced legislation into parliament designed to lower the threshold for calling out the Australian Defence Force (ADF) to assist state police forceswith public incidents.

The Defence Amendment (Call Out of the Australian Defence Force) Bill 2018 revises Part IIIAAA of the Defence Act 1903, which was inserted into the Act in the lead up to the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

Currently, the military can only be called upon by state and territory authorities when theyve exhausted all other options. The new bill would allow for a call out request to be actioned, when its decided that ADF personnel can enhance the ability of state police in dealing with an incident.

The new legislation also allows the PM and other authorised ministers to send in the troops when state authorities havent requested assistance, but Commonwealth interests are at stake. And it p...

05:57

Hyde Cafe Bellingen black-bans people: Jenni Bienefelt the owner an Australian Christian Churches Christian black-banned me 4 years ago for writing about their cult "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Jenni Bienefelt the owner of Hyde Cafe, Bellingen on left. Jenni Bienefelt of Hyde Cafe is a dysfunctional black banner, pretend Fake Christian, Cult member, and errant hypocrite.

 

Below is an article I wrote and published 4 years ago on this, my personal blog-site , the day Jenni Beinefelt owner of Hyde Cafe, Bellingen, where I live, black-banned me for explaining the errors and faults of the Christian cult the Australian Christian Churches group she is part of in Bellingen called House of Hope, formerly called Christian Life Centre located on Bellingens North Side.

 

Blog article 1 December 2014

It seems theres no end to the black-bans the cult churches of the Australian Christian Churches linked to Hillsong impose on those who dont agree with their view-point.

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Pastor John Woolhouse of Dorrigo Life Springs Church in Dorrigo NSW black-banned me from his Australian Christian Churches church in March this year.

 

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Thursday, 19 July

19:09

Pope, sack archbishop convicted in child abuse case "IndyWatch Feed National"

This video says about itself:

Archbishop Found Guilty Of Hiding Child Sex Abuse

22 May 2018

An Australian archbishop is facing up to two years in prison after being convicted of concealing child sex abuse by a fellow priest in the 1970s. Archbishop Philip Wilson is the highest ranking Catholic official to be convicted of covering up sexual abuse, part of a global scandal which has dogged the Vatican for decades. The 67-year-old archbishop of Adelaide was found guilty of having concealed the abuse of altar boys by a pedophile priest colleague, James Fletcher, in the 1970s, when he was an assistant parish priest in the state of New South Wales.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Australian prime minister: convicted archbishop must be fired

Australian Prime Minister Turnbull has urged Pope Francis to dismiss Australian archbishop Wilson. Wilson has been sentenced to a years imprisonment because he has concealed sexual abuse within the Catholic Church.

The 67-year-old Archbishop of Adelaide is the highest ranking church official convicted of an abuse scandal in Australi...

18:27

Malcolm Turnbull tells Pope to sack Archbishop Philip Wilson after court rulingBrian Houston of Hillsong- Tick Tick Tock TockBrian Houston of Hillsong is in line at the NSW Attorney Generals Office and NSW Police to face pedophile protection charges. "IndyWatch Feed National"

During his  trial, the Archbishop (Philip Wilson) said no-one had ever come forward to tell him of allegations of child sex abuse during his 40 years as a clergyman.

However, Magistrate Robert Stone cast that claim aside in a ruling that could have ramifications in courts around the country.

ABC News Australia article below.

Brian Houston of Hillsong is one of those affected by this ruling. In time, Brian Houston will be charged with pedophile protection crimes, for sheltering his old pedophile father Frank from NSW Police and Authorities from 1999 to November 2004, when Frank died.

17:22

The case for introducing rhino to Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Well meant, but not a solution as far as I can see. Australia has massive problems with introduced species and also culls huge numbers of kangaroos to protect grazing. This is not an answer to poaching in Africa and Asia. It mentions white rhino (the least endangered of the species) but not black of the incredibly vulnerable Asian species for introduction and the latter would need forest not savanna envcironments. At the end says it is tongue-in-cheek, so is this all some sort of satire? KS

 

The Conversation

July 18, 2018 9.29pm SAST
Australia could sustain wild rhinos, but should it try? Renaud Fulconis/International Rhino Foundation

Rhinos in Australia might seem like an insane proposition after all, weve had...

17:08

Australia - Oberon fluoride: council meeting approves addition to water supply "IndyWatch Feed National"

CROWDED: It was standing room only in the Oberon Council chambers as the community waited for a decision on whether fluoride would be added to Oberon's water supply.A DIVISIVE community debate has ended, for now, after Oberon Council voted to allow fluoride to be added to the towns water supply.


But the peace might not last long as fluoridation opponents are already warning that the battle isnt over.

Oberon councillors voted 5-3 in favour of fluoridation at their ordinary meeting on Tuesday night after a months-long debate in the town that had, at times, become personal.

Previous attempts to introduce the dental health measure had been unsuccessful, the most recent being in 2014, when councillors voted 5-3 against fluoridation.

The Oberon Council chambers were packed on Tuesday night for the ordinary meeting.

Councillor Mark Kellam, who moved the motion to allow the fluoridation to go ahead, said his decision was based on sound evidence.

"I've listened to all the pros and cons and all the objective evidence and I've made this decision to fluoridate, he said.

Oberon Council general manager Gary Wallace's report to the council said NSW Health commissioned the Social Research Centre to gauge the Oberon communitys views on fluoridation.

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14:44

Unemployment lowest in more than 5 years "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Employment surges 51,000

With record jobs vacancies an upside surprise was always a possibility, and in the end that's what we got with employment surging by a seasonally adjusted by +50,900 in June 2018 to 12,573,600, driven by a large increase of +41,200 in full time employment.

Employment increased by +2.8 per cent over the financial year. 


To two decimal places the unemployment rate fell to 5.37 per cent, the lowest in 67 months since all the way back in November 2012, in spite of a promising jump in the participation rate. 


If you were to pick out a slight weakness in the numbers, the year-on-year trend growth in monthly hours worked was a tad softer at +2.6 per cent. 


Overall, though, it was an unambiguously good result.

State versus state - NSW booms

The monthly gain was driven by another +27,300 increase in New South Wales employment, taking annual employment growth to a massive +150,400 or +3.9 per cent. 

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08:34

A few tips on how to keep rats and mice out of your chook house. My Productive Backyard


As soon as the temperatures start to drop in Autumn and during the cold months, especially if there is rain as well, I will often find evidence of mice in my chicken house. Totally understandable from their perspective, it is warm and dry, safe from predators and there is a constant food supply.

Rodents are a nuisance in a chook house- they foul (sorry for the pun) up food and water sources, carry a number of diseases and parasites that can be passed on to your chickens and chew and destroy anything that is not made from steel. They often nest in or under nesting boxes which can give you such a fright when collecting the eggs. So getting rid of them is a priority for me.

Whilst I have no qualms about setting traps and disposing of dead rodents here are a few things I do to try and discourage rodents taking up residence in my chook house and if and when these dont work I will then resort to more drastic measures.

1. Block up any access points. Try to eliminate any possible places that rodents can gain access to your chook house. Mice can get through spaces/holes as small as 2cms to 3cms. So, clean out the house and cover up any gaps or holes. I usually use a vermin proof wire which is available at most hardware stores. If I see signs of mice, usually from diggings around the coop, I plug any holes with steel wool.

2. Plant mint. Rats and mice do not like the smell of mint so plant any of the mints, spearmint, peppermint or lemon balm, all around the edge of the chook run and chook house. Place fresh mint in the nesting boxes and in the deep litter.

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Wednesday, 18 July

22:48

The Story of a Professional Delusion: Do Psychiatrists Believe Their Own Words? "IndyWatch Feed National"

On February 24th of this year, a conference was held in Sydney, Australia which featured a number of prestigious local and overseas speakers as well as former psychiatric patients. Titled Mental Health in Crisis, it was intended to provide a forum for well-researched alternative views on the state of modern psychiatry. The next week, most of the speakers went to New Zealand for further seminars in five cities. During that week, a newspaper published an article quoting Prof. Peter Gotzsche, director of the Nordic Cochrane Centre in Copenhagen, whose research showed that antidepressants are a dangerous and relatively ineffective class of drugs, and who recommended they should be severely restricted. In his view, general practitioners should not be authorised to initiate them, and they should not be given to children or adolescents. On March 9th, the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) issued a press statement strongly criticising the article. In particular, it stated:

The prescription of antidepressant or antipsychotic medications is something that a psychiatrist only ever does in partnership with the patient and after due consideration of the risks and benefits (emphasis added).

As described on MIA, I lodged a lengthy complaint with the RANZCP, alleging that, as the responsible officials, the president and board had breached their own code of ethics at a number of points; in particular, the claim about prescribing habits was patently false. This has gone back and forth and, predictably, my complaints have been dismissed. On June 29th, the incoming president of the college wrote to me:

The (original press) statement also acknowledges the careful consideration given when prescribing medications.

That is, he essentially repeats the false claim that drugs are only ever prescribed after a friendly discussion between the caring doc and the grateful patient. Some months ago, I published the results of a pilot study on my 176 active files, which showed that psychiatrists hardly ever give information to patients regarding the risks of their drugs (I would have thought that any psychiatrist who was still breathing would know this: patients are routinely thrown to the ground and jabbed despite their furious objections or tearful pleading. Part of his defence was that psychiatrists have good intentions).

This reminds me of another rather fractious interchange I h...

21:20

Oberon becomes one of the last NSW towns to fluoridate its water "IndyWatch Feed National"

One of the last remaining towns in New South Wales without fluoridation has decided to add it to its drinking water.

The Oberon Council on the states central tablelands has voted five-to-three to add fluoride to the towns supply after several months of heated debate and campaigning.

It is one of eight local governments in NSW, out of more than 100 local councils in the state, that has been asked to consider fluoridation by Health Minister Brad Hazzard.

Oberon resident, Jenn Capel, said she was thrilled with the decision.

I think its an excellent result, Ms Capel said.

Its the people in the community who dont have that [oral] care, who dont have the dedication to teeth, theyre the ones who are going to suffer and the long-term effects are overwhelming.

The Oberon Council last discussed fluoridation in 2014 and resolved not to proceed.

Its taken a long time, Oberon resident Tina Slattery said.

The last time it went up the community didnt really appreciate what was going on, and so it could have been taken over by a very persuasive, small group.

The debate at Tuesdays council meeting sparked anger among those who opposed fluoridation, with several speakers claiming it would be a form of mass medication and could jeopardise peoples health.

Im mortified, I think theyve gone against the wishes of Oberon, mother-of-five Tracey Watson said.

My concern is that the pro people didnt really show any documented evidence, whereas the people against always did.

Sarah Raphael from the Australian Dental Association New South Wales made a presentation at the council meeting and quoted the 2007 Child Dental Survey.

It clearly showed more than double the amount of dental decay in the children of Oberon compared with Orange and Dubbo which have water fluoridation and have done for quite some time, Dr Raphael said.

The overwhelming evidence backs that water fluoridation is the most safe and equitable way to protect against dental decay in the community.

Anti-fluoride campaigner Veronika Cvitanovic has lived in Oberon for eight years.

She said she surveyed 684 people and 70 per cent were against fluoridation.

To me its clear that the council is not representing the communitys wishes, Ms Cvitanovic said...

21:18

AFSAs submission to the parliamentary inquiry into the price of fresh food in NSW "IndyWatch Feed National"

In April this year, the NSW Government established an Upper House inquiry to examine the price of fresh food in New South Wales, compared to trends in the domestic and international markets. The inquiry aimed to consider the financial relationships between producers, retailers and consumers, as well as state-based issues of food insecurity, market competition and environmental impacts of industry pricing. The committee for this inquiry asked interested stakeholders and community members to make submissions, after which public hearings were held.

AFSA's key recommendations from our submission (HERE) have a focus on people's right to food, increased research about and support of CSA models and the building of resilience within agricultural communities by reducing inputs, increasing on-farm diversity, protecting valuable farm land and mitigating vulnerability to climate change by targeting funding and support for more resilient systems such as regenerative agriculture.

Summary of Key Recommendations:

  1. Make it a New South Wales (NSW) state priority to lead Australias observance of our international obligation to ensure the Right to Food. The Committee should form a methodology for monitoring public policies and compliance with obligations under the right to adequate food.
  2. Research and report on direct sales models such as the Community Supported Agriculture model (CSA) and farmers markets by way of facilitating direct participation of producers in the process of conducting this Parliamentary Inquiry.
  3. Protect valuable agricultural land by fortifying the NSW planning system for horticulture production in urban, peri-urban, regional and rural areas.
  4. Reduce reliance on production inputs, especially chemical inputs such as pesticides and synthetic fertilisers, and facilitate farms and market gardens that increase resilience to climate fluctuation and strengthen the health and vitality of farming and communities.
  5. Explore ways to strengthen competition and consumer law protections for growers, for example the Horticulture Code of Conduct which came into effect on 1 April 2018.
  6. Facilitate nutritious and local fresh food procurement in social sectors and state institutions. The Committee should, for example, report on the NSW Health Departments milk supply contract with foreign-owned Dair...

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