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Wednesday, 14 December

00:16

By 2050 over 10 million customers will own distributed resources like solar, storage, home energy management systems and electric vehicles which can supply enough power to national grid to achieve zero emissions "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


CSIRO & Electricity Network, excerpts, from media releases, 6 December 2016:



A landmark report finds Australian energy consumers do not have to sacrifice security of supply or affordability to achieve a low emissions future, if action is taken now.

The two-year analysis by CSIRO and Energy Networks Australia has produced a comprehensive plan to keep the lights on, bills affordable and decarbonise electricity.

As Australian Governments meet to discuss energy security, the Electricity Network Transformation Roadmap confirms reliable supply can be maintained during Australia’s transition to a more decentralised, clean electricity system.

Energy Networks Australia Chief Executive Officer, John Bradley, said Aus...

00:15

Industry Super/CBUS report "Overdue: Time For Action On Unpaid Super" published November 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


How much super should you have right now and how much do you really have?

The Industry Super/CBUS report Overdue: Time For Action On Unpaid Super was published in November 2016.

The report states:

Introduced in 1992 at three per cent in lieu of a wage increase and as a means of boosting retirement savings, the Superannuation Guarantee (SG) is now a matter of right.

Today, employers are required to contribute at least 9.5 per cent (up from 9.25 per cent in 2014) to the superannuation accounts of every worker earning $450 plus a month.1

In doing so, Australia has amassed a $2.1 trillion savings pool that, in shifting economic winds, increasingly holds both the nation and its people in good stead.

However, two new reports suggest some employers are undermining the system by not meeting their payment obligations. Separate analyses conducted by Industry Super Australia (ISA) and by Tria Investment Partners for Cbus indicate the non-payment of superannuation entitlements could be widespread and, in dollar terms, increasingly significant. These findings suggest further work is needed to fully understand the scale of this problem with consequential changes in ATO audit activity.

It also states:

Responsibility for ensuring SG payments are made rests almost entirely with individual employees.

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Tuesday, 13 December

23:57

Third supermoon in a row set to 'tip people over the edge' and make Christmas a potential 'battle ground' "IndyWatch Feed National"

An upcoming Supermoon could set tensions running high this Christmas and make the festive season a "battle ground", according to one psychiatrist. Rose Smith, the head of the largest network of psychic readers in the Southern hemisphere, Absolute Soul Secrets, has said having three slightly larger moons in a row at the end of the year could result in people experiencing heightened emotions. Australian psychiatrist Rose Smith says a third supermoon could effect people's emotions and 'tip them over the edge' Ms Smith told Daily Mail Australia: "Supermoons are not unusual, we get several a year, but it is unusual to have three in a row and to have them at the end of the year and at the end of the '9' cycle. "There is a lot of stress in the aether, and a lot of pent up emotions built up over time. People have to tighten the reins on their tongues otherwise feelings might come out all over the place." She also warned that the third supermoon could make Christmas a 'battle ground', especially when people carry out their Christmas shopping. Ms Smith added that she had visions of people 'fighting over high heels'. The next supermoon is expected to take place just after midnight on Wednesday and will be the third supermoon in three months. Supermoon is the term given when a full moon is closest to earth. It appears 30 per cent brighter and 14 per cent bigger to those watching on Earth. Some myths and legends believe supermoons pushes people over the edge and into insanity. The word lunacy is actually derived from the Latin lunaticus, which means "of the moon" or "moonstruck".

23:22

US Senate Passes Bill Targeting Independent Media "IndyWatch Feed National"

Only government approved propaganda will be allowed to saturate the masses.  By General Maddox.  A bold move by the US Government may see the end of alternative media outlets being accessed by Americans.  The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which has been renewed every year by whatever president is in power since 9/11, will have […]

22:30

86-Year-Old Activist Teaches Himself To Knit To Make Caps For Premature Babies "IndyWatch Feed National"

86-Year-Old Activist Teaches Himself To Knit To Make Caps For Premature Babies

This inspiring activist taught himself to knit in four days, and within a few weeks, had created 55 caps to donate to premature babies.

 Amanda Froelich

They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but 86-year-old Ed Moseley would disagree. In fact, the activist would likely tell you that you’re never too old to learn a new trade.

After Dogwood Forest Assisted Living, the facility Moseley lives at in Georgia, asked for residents to help make knit caps for premature newborn babies, the elderly citizen was more than happy to partake. He told Inside Edition: 

“I’ve never knitted in my life. Corporate said it’s a nice project for keeping the old people out of trouble.”

Even though Moseley is battling cancer, he taught himself to knit in just four days. At first, the task of knitting a baby’s cap took Moseley four hours to complete. But now, he can complete a cap in 1 1/2 hours while watching television or chatting with a friend. Within the first few weeks, Moseley created 55 caps for premature babies. It wasn’t long before other residents pitched in to eventually create 300 caps to donate.

All caps were delivered to to the Northwise Hospital last Thursday, just in time for National Preemie Awareness Day. Says Patricia Blunt, a mother of a premature baby in the unit:

“It’s very nice that so many people care about the babies in the NICU. Being up here is so disruptive to your every day and knowing that people care enough to help parents is so appreciated.”

...

22:03

VaxXed Screenings Unchallenged Around Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

After months of misinterpretations and slandering by the mainstream media VaxXed goes off without a hitch.  By General Maddox. Brutal verbal lashings by the Murdoch media monopoly leading up to the very first screening in Logan City, Queensland were deplorable to say the least. A host of disinformation and propaganda were regularly printed or published […]

18:23

On the Feasibility of Side-Channel Attacks with Brain-Computer Interfaces "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Ivan Martinovic, University of Oxford; Doug Davies, Mario Frank, and Daniele Perito, University of California, Berkeley; Tomas Ros, University of Geneva; Dawn Song, University of California, Berkeley

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18:09

Whose Laws Are Archaic? When Standing In Court Matters More Than Violence Against Women "IndyWatch Feed National"

A Muslim woman is on ‘trial by media’ for refusing to stand in court. But the media’s attention should be focussed on the allegations of police violence against a woman, writes Michael Brull.

Moutia Elzahed is a Muslim woman, who has two children. They are both teenage boys. She is married to Hamdi Alqudsi, who was convicted for his role in helping seven men go to Syria. As he is in prison, Elzahed must look after her two children as a sole parent.

On 18 September 2014, their house was raided by both the federal and NSW police. Ms Elzahed alleges that she was punched in the ear, eye and head during the raid. Her sons also allege that they were treated violently.

Ms Elzahed alleges that the police called her sons “terrorists”. She alleges that they said to her things like “Shut up bitch”, and “Get out of the fucking bed bitch”. Her son alleges that whilst not fully dressed, she tried to cover her body with a blanket. As she refused police requests to remove the blanket, a police officer punched her.

There has been no suggestion that Ms Elzahed has committed any crime, or is in any way implicated in the criminal actions of her husband. Yet the fact that she is seeking redress for violence allegedly perpetrated against her, whilst looking after two children by herself, has garnered little sympathy from the public, or from media commentators.

In this case, the alleged perpetrators of violence against a woman are the police. And the woman is a religious Muslim, who wears a niqab. No voices of sympathy have been offered on Ms Elzahed’s behalf. No interest has been shown in exploring the allegations she has made against the police.

In fact, it is striking that the allegations of violence have been completely ignored, as various media commentators compete to ridicule Ms Elzahed for her religious beliefs.

 

Evidence rejected because of the niqab

Ms Elzahed wears a niqab. This is a type of conservative Islamic headdress, which covers a woman’s neck and most of her face, except for her eyes. It is worn by a small minority of Muslim women. District Court Justice Audrey Balla decided that because Ms Elzahed refuses to take off the niqab to testify, she will not be allowed to give evidence about the assault by the police.

In effect, this is a determination to not hear the central allegation of the ca...

17:34

Monitoring the Miners: Rio Tinto, Drones and Surveillance "IndyWatch Feed National"

In of itself, technological development is benign.  But behind every use is a human agent, and behind that agent is a motive, an inspiration, an agenda. Monitoring one’s employees has become the great mainstay of what companies claim is a productive exercise. The watched employee will have incentives to behave, to prosper, and to fulfil the ethos of the company.

Management at the mining giant Rio Tinto have ambitions to take the technology of monitoring employees to another level – quite literally.  Proud to have been at the forefront of various technical innovations in the employment field, the recently proposed surveillance program by the company’s management caused more than just a ruffling.

Some of this was put down to the company’s fly-in, fly-out contractor (FIFO), which seemed enthusiastic about the idea of monitoring work personnel on the work camp sites.  Last Thursday, Rio Tinto, through its human resources arm, distributed an email claiming the suggestion inaccurate. “We do not, nor will we in future, use drones to monitor employees on any of our sites or premises.”

Hair splitting duly ensued. “This concept,” claimed vice president for human resources Nicky Firth, “has never been proposed and there is no provision in the contract with Sodexo for this form of activity.”

Sodexo, the company allied to Rio Tinto’s operations similarly poured water on the idea, though it was hardly of the cold sort, claiming that “the comments in regards to future technology are conceptual only and there are no intentions to introduce any of these concepts to Rio Tinto sites.”

Soon after Rio awarded a 10-year facilities management contract to Sodexo in March, an agreement covering operations and accommodation sites, Keith Weston, Sodexo’s vice president for mining global sales and business sales, envisaged such mobile surveillance as a valuable measure providing “real time insights and metrics on equipment and people movement”.1

Weston had one unmistakable goal: “to get to the point where we capture individual insights on where employees are spending their time and money and improve the quality of their lives.” This was being done for them.

The mere fact that these ideas are doing the r...

17:22

Christopher Shortis : “No guns for you!” "IndyWatch Feed National"

Above : Chris Shortis (L) marching alongside other fascists (including man in swastika t-shirt, neo-Nazi Glenn Anderson) on May 31, 2015 in Richmond. This was the public debut of the UPF. Former United Patriots Front (UPF) turned Australia First Party … Continue reading

16:44

Australia clears itself of blame in Deir ez-Zor bombing, watches on as Palmyra falls to ISIS "IndyWatch Feed National"

Previously published (13/12/16) on Russia Insider. See also: Reports: Audio recording between ISIS and US before Deir Ezzor massacre found (26/9/16) | Ron Paul Forums, US attack on Syrian Army in Deir Ezzor was ‘coordinated’ (30/11//16) by Paul Antonopoulos | Al Masdar News.

Four wounded Syrians who survived the bombardment of Deir ez-Zor by Aust­ralian, US, British and Danish aircraft on 17 Sep 2016. Sixty-two of their com­patriots perished that day. Whether they intended to bomb the Syrian Army, or ISIS as they claimed, any aerial attack on the territory of a sovereign country like Syria, without the consent of its government, is a violation of international law. 1

A US investigation found the coalition 'botched' a strike in Deir ez-Zor, hitting the Syrian Army by mistake. Why did they not return to kill the IS fighters who moved in, or the IS fighters who just moved back to Palmyra?

Following a two-month investigation into the US coalition attack on a Syrian Army base in Deir al Zour in September, the Defence departments of the US and Australia concluded that the 'botched' strike was a result of poor information and human error, and no-one will face charges over the 'incident'.

...

16:12

True Blue Aussie Values: Studio 10’s Disgusting, Degrading Attack On A Woman Who Refused To Stand "IndyWatch Feed National"

What’s worse, a woman refusing to stand in court, or police assaulting a woman and calling her kids terrorists? Michael Brull thinks the answer is clear.

It turns out, a Muslim woman sitting down is more offensive to Australian media than police assaulting a Muslim woman and calling her children terrorists.

The woman in question is Moutia Elzahed, suing the police for assaulting her family. Right-wing Murdoch blogger Tim Blair has repeatedly ridiculed Moutia Elzahed on his blog at the Daily Telegraph, calling her a “bag lady”. That is his reference to her niqab.

In a caption to a picture of her on his blog, it says “Something – could be a person – leaves court yesterday”. His comments are somewhat representative of the Tele’s feverish and obsessive coverage of the case.

Aside from showing courage in challenging the police for their alleged assault and abuse, Ms Elzahed has also shown intelligent judgment. When confronted by writers for the Telegraph, she correctly observed that, “Your newspaper is evil… The Daily Telegraph is evil.”

A more repulsive reaction to the case was displayed by the vapid chauvinists of Channel 10 morning talk show, Studio 10. For a few stomach-turning minutes, the panel repeatedly sneer at Islam and Ms Elzahed. Not a single one of them made even a vague reference to the allegations of violence she has made.

Apparently unfamiliar with her name, none of them use it throughout the clip. That ignorance of the plaintiff and her case had zero influence on their eagerness to ridicule and attack her.

Denise Drysdale took particular pleasure in mocking Ms Elzahed: “When she says she’ll only stand for Allah – where’s he?” The audience and panel burst into laughter. “Where is he? Is he going to come into the court and then she’ll stand up? Isn’t he up there somewhere?”

When another panellist suggests that her insistence on testifying whilst wearing the veil was a separate issue related to the issue of modesty in Islam, Drysdale curtly responded: “She’s living in Australia.” The audience applauded.

The insinuation that Ms Elzahed was somehow an interloper, not one of us, but one of “them” who refuses to respect “our” way of life was taken up by Nic...

15:49

Daisy and the whale "IndyWatch Feed National"

whaleAs big as a whale

All stories must start somewhere, so we will start with a horse named Gold and Black. The twenty-something rider on top of Gold and Black was one of Western Australia’s most skilled equestrians, Bertha Elvina Locke, although everyone called her Daisy. Daisy was to suffer several horse-related accidents throughout her life, but she just treated these as a risk of the sport. It is quite clear that this young woman was the sort to take life’s ups and downs in her stride.

Daisy lived at Wonnerup or, to be more specific, at Lockville Farmhouse, a picturesque building with an original wattle and daub cottage and a later two-storey limestone extension.  It was probably slightly unusual in that part of the state for Daisy to have another hobby: reading mining manuals.  She also discovered the whale which was Perth Museum’s most famous exhibit for more than a century, although it now lies hidden in a Welshpool warehouse awaiting a new home.

Picture Daisy riding one her horses along Lockeville Beach, accompanied only by her large white parasol, lined with green, on Tuesday 17 August 1897.  This is when Miss Locke came to see a giant whale stranded near the jetty. Turning her horse around, she galloped to Wonnerup House to seek her uncle’s assistance. Together with another man, they went out in a small boat, harpooned the great creature, and securely anchored it to the shore.  Daisy, with the knowledge gained from her mining manuals that everything of value must be within four pegs, decided to stake the beast in case anyone else claimed it. Three long pieces of wood were fo...

15:43

Epic lightning storm hits Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

A thunderstorm that formed near the Sydney CBD late Thursday, December 8, 2016 created a spectacular lightshow, with thousands of bolts striking in many directions. After a hot and clear day of 31 °C (87.8 °F) temperatures, the skies suddenly turned black as...... Read more »

15:05

Falls Festival Announces 2016 Arts Line-Up….A Festival After Your Own Art "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

unspecified-1The Falls 2016 Arts program is here and it’s bursting with magical show stoppers, interpretive dance routines, circus acrobatics, trippy games, interactive installations and enough activities and performances to amuse you all fest long! Keep your eyes peeled whilst onsite at Falls this year for the party inside the party, including

THE GROVE

Get ready for the hilariously unexpected at The Grove! Get a culture hit and sit back and relax to freestyling rhymes, physical comedy, circus, magic, hip-hop dance workshops, puppetry, burlesque, samba soul sessions, Russian choirs, 80’s flash mob troups, rom-com stand-up, folk and bluegrass bands, cabaret, French songstresses, morning yoga, wild rappers and so much more!

PERFORMERS: Angie Hudson · DELI · DustyEsky · Haiku Hands · Hello Tut Tut · Ilona Harker · Inagwa · Leo · Low Down Riders · Mataya · Merryn Jeann · Mouldy Lovers · Parcels · Shaun Kirk · Teddy Lewis King · Wharves COMEDY CLUB: Gordan Southers · Lindsay Webb · Mandy Nolan DANCE CREWS: Funky Moves crew · Samba Soul · The Cassettes DJS: Beatrice · Crucial D · DJ Shizzle · Joelism · Sounds Good Sound System CIRCUS AND MAGIC: California; Russia’s Best Kept Secret · Corey Pickett · E=MC3 · French Maids · Glow Show · Juggling Chef · Kiki Bittovabitcsh · Kiki Bittovabitcsh backstage tour · MAE WILDE · Nick Kay · Peep O-Rama · Rosalita Ole · Sir Anthony Livingspace · The Fire Boy · The Great Dave · The Strong Man WORKSHOPS:  Adagio – partner acrobatic workshops · carnivale percussion and dance with Samba Soul · hip-hop dance workshop with The Funky Moves crew · hula-hoop workshop Juggling workshop · MC workshop with Teddy Lewis King · movement and dance workshop – with Haiku Hands · yoga with Jess Humpries POP UPS: 10 Minute disco · Costume Space · Mae Wilde presents ‘So you think you can Dance’ · The Official Officer of Outstandingly Outrageous Occurrences and his Encouraging Enablers + MORE

BOOGIE NIGHTS FANCY DRESS THEME!

The first night of each event has a fancy dress theme and this year is no...

15:01

UK- It is Time For You All to Come Together and Take a Stand!! "IndyWatch Feed National"

After reading Hoaxtead’s latest post- if I was Kristie- I would get together with all those at Shirley Oaks, the Hollie Greg camp, the Melanie Shaw camp, and with ALL THE OTHER FUCKING VICTIMS- and start working together to show that there is an OBVIOUS FUCKING ISSUE in the UK.

JUST AS THERE WAS IN THE 80’S- the last time they COVERED THIS SHIT UP.

Kristie Sue Costa tries to petition IPCC

13:27

$60M Trade Union Royal Commission used false evidence to excuse Thiess bosses "IndyWatch Feed National"

On 12 May 2014 Jeremy Stoljar SC made his opening statement about the AWU Scandal. He misled the Commission on the $60M contract Thiess was gifted by Carmen Lawrence's Government. The Commission learned nothing about Thiess during its two years of operation. Stoljar recommended that the Commission make these final...

12:58

US dollar is losing ground in Southeast Asian countries "IndyWatch Feed National"

423423123123One of the world’s most important processes in recent years has been the weakening of the US dollar on the international currency market and the desire of many countries to abandon it in order to release their economies from US influence. The United States is resisting this process.

Recently, the US created the Trans-Pacific Partnership: one of its goals was to counteract China’s economic expansion in the Pacific Ocean. Undoubtedly, the US dollar will be the most popular currency in the territory of the TPP. The United States itself and its closest partners such as Australia, Canada, Japan, etc. have joined the TPP. However, the Partnership is still open – as the US hopes to attract further members. Even the Peoples Republic of China was invited, despite it being the main competitor of the TPP. So, a number of developing countries of the Asia-Pacific region, seeking to increase their participation in international trade, are now facing a choice between the TPP and other economic organisations where Russia and China play the main role. First of all, this concerns the ASEAN countries.

Several major events were held in Hanoi at the end of October 2016: the 8th CLMV (Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam) Summit, the 7th ACMECS (Ayeyawady – Chao Phraya – Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategy) Summit and the World Economic Forum on the Mekong Region (Mekong WEF).

As it is well known, the Mekong River has its origin in China and traverses the entire Mainland Southeast Asia, uniting all of its countries into a single sub-region. The river is of great economic significance for Vietnam, Cambodia, China, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand. These countries are forced to actively cooperate in order to jointly use it without violating any interests. CLMV and ACMECS Summits have been held since 2003. The most important economic and political issues of the Mekong sub-region are discussed there. These meetings have brought about a number of benefits, by maintaining regional stability and promoting the economic growth of all countries involved. Thanks to their cooperation, the Mekong sub-region has become one of the fastest growing parts of ASEAN and the Asia-Pacific Region. Mekong WEF was first organised at the initiative of Vietnam. 60 companies from the Mekong sub-region and more than 100 companies from other countries took part in the Mekong WEF....

12:41

If these walls could break: Mike Parr’s On Manus Island "IndyWatch Feed National"

We remain locked out of the camps as assuredly as refugees are locked in. We don’t know the full extent of the horrors but the leaked reports should leave us in no doubt. This is our Belsen. On Manus Island paid homage to this terrible chapter in Australian history with grave dignity.

11:53

A Proposal To Paul Bonnaci- Famous “Victim” of Omaha’s Franklin Credit Union… "IndyWatch Feed National"

To Paul Bonnaci

Okay- so I know that you and your pal Noreen Gosch are going around telling people how full of shit I am- and so I have figured out a way that we can put this all to rest.

You see- you have a UNIQUE POSITION in that MYRIADS of people believe you were INTRINSICALLY INVOLVED with what was going on in Omaha- and so they look to you for answers with all of this mess. I mean- you were born and raised in Omaha- are STILL LIVING in Omaha- and by your own admission- you were heavily involved with what was going on in Omaha in the 80’s- so you MUST know your shit.

So what I propose is simple. I want you to go through my YouTube video I did DETAILING what I knew to have happened in Omaha in the Old Market at the time- and I would like you to explain- IN DETAIL- how I am wrong. And most of all- I would like you to CORRECT ME with THE TRUTH.

Since you were so involved with Omaha and the people in it- this should be ABSOLUTELY NO ISSUE for you.

Please- by all means- correct me with your truth, oh Franklin savior. Enlighten us all.

I’ll await your reply- since I am going to post this anywhere and everywhere I can. Because I want EVERYONE to get a chance to see what you have to say.

With the UTMOST Sincerity,

David Shurter

A Walking Tour of Pedophile Heaven Omaha NE’s real Legacy

https://youtu.be/NYfPSzwJG04

11:36

Disease losses huge for Qld prawn fishers "IndyWatch Feed National"

A worker places king prawns on display at a fish store at the Sydney Fish Markets 2014. AAP Image/Daniel Munoz

A worker places king prawns on display at a fish store at the Sydney Fish Markets 2014. AAP Image/Daniel Munoz

BRISBANE [AAP]

Tanker loads of chlorine are being poured into prawn ponds south of Brisbane as biosecurity officials try to contain an outbreak of white spot disease.

Authorities are scrambling to contain the outbreak to the Logan River area, amid fears it could spread and affect lucrative prawn fisheries elsewhere.

So far wild prawns taken from the river have tested positive, as have prawns at three of the eight land-based farms in the region.

The virus, which can stop prawns and crabs from growing but poses no risk to humans, was not previously known to be in Australia, and has sparked a ban on prawn and crab fishing in the river while eradication efforts are underway.

Queensland’s Chief Biosecurity Officer Jim Thompson says chlorine is being used to kill all prawns on the three infected farms, including in ponds that have not tested positive for white spot.

The chlorine also acts as a decontamination agent.

Dr Thompson said it must be a difficult process for prawn farmers to watch.

But he said it’s a vital process to prevent birds or other agents potentially spreading the disease to new sites.

‘Our process is to, in effect, lock down those affected sites and clean them up as quickly as we can. Unfortunately, in those circumstances, it means we do have to destroy the prawns on site,’ he told ABC radio on Tuesday.

One farm’s stocks have already been destroyed. Work is continuing on Tuesday on the other two infected farms.

But there is some good news.

Sampling is being done across a wide area, and not one of 370 samples taken on Monday returned positive results.

Prawn farmers and fisherm...

11:17

Lessons From Brexit: What Really Is at Stake "IndyWatch Feed National"

By James O’Neill* Last week the UK Supreme Court (formerly the House of Lords) heard argument on the appeal by the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union from the unanimous decision of the High Court in favour of the applicant Gina Miller. That High Court decision brought howls of outrage from the tabloid press […]

10:58

Rate rise needed to restore Richmond River: councillor "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The Richmond River estuary at Ballina was rated F in a 2015 Ecohealth report. Photo environment.nsw.gov.au

The Richmond River estuary at Ballina was rated F in a 2015 Ecohealth report. Photo environment.nsw.gov.au

Ballina Shire Cr Keith Williams is calling for restoration works on the Richmond River to be the top priority for the council’s next budget – and he’s asking for a rate rise to help fund it.

At last week’s Ballina council finance committee meeting, Cr Williams put up a motion for a 1.5 per cent rate rise to help fund a healthy waterways program.

The motion was defeated on the casting vote of Mayor David Wright.

Ballina Councillor Keith Williams. Photo supplied

Ballina Councillor Keith Williams. Photo supplied

But Cr Williams is hopeful a compromise can be reached at this Thursday’s council meeting, which will reconsider the issue.

Cr Williams said the river is ‘in serious trouble.’

‘The situation has gotten worse in the four years I have been a councillor. The death of the majority of oysters in the estuary over the last couple of years is a sign we can’t allow this to continue,’ he said,

‘We have talked the river to death. It’s time for action and action will cost money.’

Cr Williams estimated that the total cost of implementing the Coastal Zone Management Plan for the Richmond River is ‘around $16 million.’

‘A 1.5 per cent rate rise raises $300,000 per year.

‘This is nowhere near enough to do the job but it provides a starting point to apply for state and federal funding to implement a wide range of strategies to improve the health of the river.

‘We can turn our river around. It has been done elsewhere and it can be done here. Thursday’s Council meeting will be the test of whether there is a will to begin,’ Cr Williams said.

 

The post Rate rise needed to restore Richm...

10:58

Why Didn’t Our Politicians Gruntle Us This Year? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Des Pensable copyright 2016

I’ve had a sad and unhappy time this year

When I should have been all gruntled with cheer

You see it all started quite well

Our politicians had decided to gruntle us, that’s fine

They had signed the climate agreement in Paris

Then returned and approved the Adani coal mine.

I wasn’t gruntled at all,  in fact I was angry

Disappointed, annoyed, cross and irate.

 

Next the government  kicked out their leader

As his approval polls had dropped too low

Abbot wasn’t gruntling many people so

They chose another idiot, a banker to the core

The one that ruined our Internet who

wants to tax the pensioners and the poor.

I wasn’t gruntled at all, in fact I was displeased

Exasperated, Irked, piqued and dissatisfied

 

Then we had new elections and promises galore

They promised jobs to gruntle the unemployed

and  gruntle  the corporations that paid no tax at all

They promised a gruntling budget and warned us

Not to vote for Independents, Labor or the  Greens

I tried to vote them out but failed.

I wasn’t gruntled at all, In fact I was displeased

Fed up, vexed, miffed, riled and pissed off.

 

Finally we had the gruntling spectacle

of the US empire elections in all their glory

We were not gruntled when misinformation,

Media lies and election fraud was the main story

A pathetic choice between Clinton the war hawk

Or Trump the heroic climate change denier.

I wasn’t gruntled at all when Trump won, in fact

I was thoroughly disgruntled with all politics this year.

 

Notes-

The verb disgruntle, which has been around since 1682, means “to make ill-humored or discontented.”  .” In the 1920s, a writer humorously used gruntle to mean “to make happy”—in other words, as an antonym of disgruntle. The use caught on although it isn’t used very often.

This poem refers to the elections in the y...

10:44

Afghanistan facing major health crisis "IndyWatch Feed National"

National Nine News (Australia), April 27, 2006: Afghanistan is facing a health crisis larger than that experienced by Asian countries after the 2004 tsunami, an Adelaide forum has heard. Mariam Rawi, a member of the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA), has told the forum that despite Afghanistan receiving billions of dollars in aid, little has been done to address the country's lack of health services.

Dr Najibullah Lafraie: Fundamentalist in the Guise of Academician "IndyWatch Feed National"

... but now that Najibullah Lafraie, in a rare show of shamelessness, has threatened RAWA supporters in Australia and is trying to put a mask on his fundamentalist face, I am compelled to write not only about our conversation but also to reject his statement. I hope it will also attract the attention of Mr. Throman Holi who as a lawyer of Najibullah Lafraie has asked our supporters in Australia to remove an article about Najibullah Lafraie from their website and apologies this 'foreign minister' of the criminals and killers.

RAWA AUSTRALIAN TOUR "IndyWatch Feed National"

RAWAs Amena Shams was in Australia, speaking at many forums across the country. For all those who were fortunate enough to attend one of Amenas many events, it was a great opportunity to reconnect directly with RAWA, to be inspired by news of RAWAs ongoing work and to receive accurate, current information of the situation for Afghan women. For this 2005 tour events were organised in Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Lismore and Brisbane by a wide range of organisations including the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission, the Boite, the International Womens Development Agency, Immigrant Womens Support Service, Melbourne University, Flinders University, Amnesty International, the Australian Peace Committee, WILPF, Darebin City Council, several private and government schools as well as many RAWA supporter groups and individuals.

Vietnam’s forests on the upswing after years of recovery "IndyWatch Feed National"

As the world moves into an era above the ominous 400 parts per million carbon dioxide threshold, carbon storage and reforestation are becoming even more significant. In Southeast Asia, Vietnam has been largely successful in rehabilitating its lost and damaged forests over the past 15 years. Yet even as one country ups its canopy cover, the larger global problem of deforestation hasn’t eased. It’s been almost 50 years since attacks on Vietnam’s southern forests hit their peak in 1967. In a single year, the United States sprayed over 5 million gallons of defoliants, including Agent Orange, across more than 600,000 hectares. They were trying to eliminate forest cover that provided a hiding place for the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong troops, as well as crops. The extent of damage caused during the decade-long spraying campaign is hard to quantify. Estimates place affected forest cover in the range from 14-44 percent, with the most severe damage on coastal mangrove forests. In the regions hit heavily by chemical herbicides during the war, grasslands quickly took over. These are areas that researchers from Vietnam’s Huế University and Australia’s University of Queensland have deemed will be unlikely to recover in the short term without interventions. Even in areas outside of the former war zone, forest recovery has been a bumpy process fraught with challenges. Forest cover declined sharply during the latter half of the 20th century, from 43 percent in the early 1940s, to about 17 percent by the end of the 1970s, according to…

Britain shocked by growing soccer child abuse scandal "IndyWatch Feed National"

What began as a harrowing account of child abuse suffered by a former professional English soccer player last month has lifted the lid on what could be one of the worst pedophile scandals Britain has ever known. Andy Woodward, 43, who played in the lower divisions of English soccer, told the Guardian newspaper ... how his life had been ruined because he had been molested as a boy by a youth team coach. His frank revelations of the sexual abuse he endured three decades ago prompted more than 20 other former professionals to come forward with their own distressing stories of suffering at the hands of sexual predators in the sport. In a sign of how widespread the abuse might have been, British police said on Thursday that about 350 victims had come forward to report sexual abuse within soccer clubs and indicated the number was likely to rise. The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) charity said that a helpline dedicated to the soccer abuse scandal had received 860 calls in its first week. The charity's staff had made 60 referrals to police or social services in the first three days, triple the number made in the wake of a similar scheme set up for victims of [Jimmy] Savile. The NSPCC has not ruled out suggestions the abuse is still ongoing. "It would be naive to assume that all of the concerns that are being disclosed and being talked about are in the past," said Jon Brown, the NSPCC lead on tackling sexual abuse. "There are many parallels between Savile and what we are seeing and hearing."

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

Australian Jehovah’s Witnesses protected over a thousand members accused of child abuse, report says "IndyWatch Feed National"

Over the course of about six decades, more than 1,000 members of the Jehovah’s Witnesses were accused of sexually abusing Australian children, according to a new report. Victims were ordered to keep quiet. Not one of the alleged perpetrators were reported to the police. Now, a royal commission in Australia has found the church demonstrated a “serious failure” to protect children from the risk of sexual abuse. A 107-page-long report released Monday detailed a number of ancient policies that exhibited what the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse referred to as a “serious lack of understanding of the nature of child sexual abuse.” The church’s responses to sexual abuse allegations, and its desire to handle them internally, often mirror those of the Catholic church or of some Orthodox Jewish communities. But unlike the priests of the Catholic Church, the Jehovah’s Witnesses have no paid clergy. Alleged perpetrators are mostly regular congregants, who are shielded from official prosecution by the church’s code of moral conduct. The church’s rules, which are based on a strict interpretation of the Bible, call for separation from other members of society. The Jehovah’s Witnesses’ responses to abuse allegations are not limited to Australia. The religion’s parent organization, the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York, for 25 years has instructed its elders to keep cases of child sexual abuse secret from law enforcement and members of their own congregations.

Note: For more along these lines, see concise summaries of deeply revealing sexual abuse scandal news articles from reliable major media sources.

People and Places: 30 Years with WEA Sydney "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Perry Celestino began as an anthropology tutor in 1985 and has presented over 100 courses at WEA. He talks about Anthropology, looking at peoples and places, Travel, with illustrations from 147 cou...

Citizen Science through the Decades "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

As part of the Sydney Science Festival, John Turnbull, Underwater Research Group, Associate Professor Shauna Murray, UTS, and Dr Inke Falkner, Sydney Institute of Marine Science, explore citizen sci...

Art and Architecture with Barbara Flynn "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Join City of Sydney public art curator Barbara Flynn to hear about the process of curating public art for spaces enjoyed by the city, the architecture of a public art space and the effect it can hav...

Sydney Ideas: Farmyard Choreographies in Early Modern England "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

How do we read animals that have left almost no textual traces? There is little written record of what it was like to live with a cow; or what it was like to be a sheep in the early modern period. E...

A Career in Conducting with Dr Carolyn Watson "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Dr Carolyn Watson was the inaugural conductor in residence at the Sydney Conservatorium and has worked in Europe and USA. She has won the Berlin New Music Award and the Bayreuth Scholarship Award. ...

Reparative Aesthetics: A Curators Talk "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Guest Curator Sue Best talks about the works in the University of Sydney's art exhibition Reparative aesthetics which features works by Rosângela Rennó and Fiona Pardington. Sue asks how do artists...

10:28

Illegal doof organisers fined $6,000 by Lismore council "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Rocky Creek Dam, which supplies water to Lismore, Ballina and Byron shires. Photo Rous Water

Rocky Creek Dam, which supplies water to Lismore, Ballina and Byron shires. Photo Rous Water

Two organisers of an illegal doof held at Rocky Creek Dam earlier this year have been fined $6000 by the Lismore City Council.

The illegal dance party, called Pretty Vibes and attended by about 100 people, was held on the Mother’s Day weekend in May in a public reserve area of the dam.

Following complaints from the public, police attended the party to investigate concerns that included the levels of intoxication among revellers, public urination, and the party being at odds with the public usage of the reserve.

 

 

Following a review of the evidence and an assessment that the organisers had breached the Environmental Planning & Assessment Act and received financial gain, the two organisers, aged 20 and 25, were fined $3000 each.

‘NSW Police have been actively working to take action in response to illegal doof parties, and have sought assistance from local government in this instance,’ the council’s development and compliance manager Peter Jeuken said.

‘The breaches of the Act were reviewed against the council’s enforcement policy and associated guidelines.

‘The seriousness of the breach was considered high because of the potential harm to individuals attending the event, that the offence occurred on public lands and harmed the use of those lands by other sectors of the community, and that the breach was motivated by financial gain.

‘It was important to impose a penalty that was proportionate to the seriousness of the offence, sets a proper precedent for future cases and is consistent with the intent and objectives of the legislation.”

Senior Constable David Henderson from the Richmond Local Area Command Crime Management Unit said the council’s actions sent a clear message to doof operators that there were consequences for illegal activities.

“It’s important that we send clear and unambiguous messages about this kind of illegal behaviour,’ Sen Const Henderson said.

‘These operators have every opportunity to do the right thing and gain necessary approvals for their activities. If they do not, then there is a consequence,’ Senior Constable Hen...

10:19

Colombia hit with ISDS cases on mining regulation and medicine "IndyWatch Feed National"

December 13, 2016: Canadian mining companyEco Oro has filed an ISDS claim against a Colombian court decision to limit its mining activities for environmental reasons. The claim is funded by Amber Capital hedge fund which will in turn receive 11% of any compensation awarded as a result of the claim.

This follows reports last week of a notice of  an ISDSdispute by Swiss Pharmaceutical giant Novartis  over Colombian government plans to use compulsory licensing to reduce prices on a patented treatment for leukaemia, after voluntary negotiations with the company failed.  These cases show how global companies can use ISDS  to undermine environmental regulation and access to affordable medicines.

09:15

Lismore to consider motion to ban plastic bags "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Plastic bags are a huge source of worldwide pollution. Photo katerha/Flickr

Plastic bags are a huge source of worldwide pollution. Photo katerha/Flickr

The Lismore City Council will this evening decide whether to support the growing local government movement to ban single use plastic bags.

Greens councillor Vanessa Ekins has lodged a notice of motion calling on her fellow councillors to write to state and federal governments urging them to introduce legislation that will ban the bags.

Cr Ekins also wants the council to contact local retailers ‘to encourage them to voluntarily and in a staged approach, reduce and ultimately eliminate single use plastic shopping bags from the Lismore local government area’.

‘Single use plastic bags are a major litter problem in our parks and waterways and can result in the deaths of many turtles, cetaceans, birds and other animal species,’ Cr Ekins said.

‘Councils around Australia are running campaigns to ban single use plastic bags and adding our voice to the chorus will encourage the other spheres of government to act.

‘Although many local businesses and residents have reduced their need for single use plastic bags, council can take a much more active role in moving toward a single use plastic bag free future.’

In response to the notice of motion, staff have pointed out that a similar motion was passed in 2012 and the governments response had been that banning plastic bags was a matter for retailers.

Since then, however, South Australia, Tasmania, the Northern Territory and the ACT had all implemented bans.

NSW has said it would push for a national response rather than a state ban although Labor’s Penny Sharpe is expected to introduce legislation by the end of the year.

Staff also pointed out that while all businesses in the central business district were approached at the time, none wanted to be involved in a ban.

Staff said last financial year the waste facility recycled 76 bales of single use plastic bags and other soft plastics, amounting to 30.4 tonnes of soft plastic.

Cr Ekin’s motion will be considered at the meeting this evening, which will be held in the council chambers in Goonellabah.

 

 

 

 

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08:54

Ballina koala strategies ‘a recipe for extinction’ "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The upgrade of the Pacific Highway near Ballina will severely impact on local koala populations, opponents say. Photo flickr.com/frankzed

The upgrade of the Pacific Highway near Ballina will severely impact on local koala populations, opponents say.
Photo flickr.com/frankzed

Protection strategies for koalas living near the Ballina section of the Pacific Highway upgrade are nothing more than ‘government spin designed to disguise the likely extinction of a local population recognised as nationally significant’.

The Australians for Animals group has slammed a report prepared by the NSW Chief Scientist saying the review committee was dominated by bureaucrats, with no community organisations or non-government organisations represented.

Australians for Animals coordinator Sue Arnold condemned the report as ‘smoke and mirrors’, saying the document contained recommendations that are incapable of providing protection for remaining koalas and their habitats.

Ms Arnold has pointed to an independent review of the RMS’s koala plans for the Ballina upgrade by local ecologist David Milledge.

Mr Milledge wrote: ‘This section of the upgrade will destroy koala habitat, bisect the population and cause its early demise’.

‘So-called mitigation measures are untested and likely to accelerate the destruction,’ Mr Milledge said.

‘With curious logic, the construction is heralded by the RMS as beneficial to koalas, claiming the road-works will slow the rate of eventual extinction’.

Mr Milledge’s review concludes that Ballina’s eastern sub-population of koalas would suffer a combination of impacts caused by the construction.

‘This sup-population will be isolated by the upgrade, placing the animals on an extinction trajectory from which the population is unlikely to recover,’ he said.

‘The eastern sub-population will have half or more of its foraging habitat destroyed by clearing for road construction and special disruption is likely within the eastern sub population resulting from the breakup of Koala “ cells” that are likely to contribute to population breakdown.

‘The potential for mortality by vehicle strike and dog attacks will be increased with exclusion fencing which will funnel Koalas into the Wardell urban area with in...

08:54

Residents group celebrates sports field victory "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Suffolk Park Progress Association president Donald Maughan (left) and vice president Patsy Brosnan invite locals to celebrate at tonight's AGM (Tuesday, December 13). Photo supplied

Suffolk Park Progress Association president Donald Maughan (left) and vice president Patsy Brosnan invite locals to celebrate at tonight’s AGM (Tuesday, December 13). Photo supplied

The Suffolk Park Progress Association (SPPA) will tonight celebrate its great achievement this year, ensuring the handover of the Beech Drive sports field, playground and community garden to Byron Shire Council.

Vice president Patsy Brosnan drove the Save Our Park campaign. In just a few weeks, the public pressure it created forced education minister Adrian Piccoli to take the land off auction, where it was estimated to sell for $5 million, and hand it instead to the council for public use in perpetuity for a sum of just $900,000.

Tonight the group will celebrate the victory with drinks and nibbles at Suffolk Park Hall at 7pm, followed by its AGM.

Ms Brosnan said the group welcomes people ‘who would like to become more involved in improving our village.’

You can become a paid-up member on the night: single $10, concession $5, family/couple $15.

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08:16

Senior Israeli politician doesn’t like question about occupation, spits dummy "IndyWatch Feed National"

Yesterday I attended a press conference in Jerusalem with one of Israel’s leading politicians, Yesh Atid leader, Yair Lapid. He’s a serious contender to be the country’s next Prime Minister. Like most politicians in Israel, he hates Palestinians, wants them to disappear and largely refuses to condemn settlers or settlements. Welcome to Israel in 2016.

I asked the following question:

“You talked before about the idea that since Oslo, Israel has done little or nothing wrong but the truth is that 2017 is the 50th anniversary of the occupation, there are now 600,00 to 800,000 settlers, all of whom are regarded by international law as illegal. Is there not a deluded idea here that many Israeli politicians, including yourself, continue to believe that one can talk to the world about democracy, freedom and human rights while denying those things to millions of Palestinians and will there not come a time soon where you and other politicians will be treated like South African politicians during Apartheid?”

This was Lapid’s response (already on his party’s Facebook page, the only response they thought was important enough from the conference to quote in full, and the comments below the video are racist and nutty):

It was a depressing and dishonest answer. Furthermore, with a few notable exceptions, the vast majority of journalists in attendance were deferential to Lapid and asked him bland questions. Lapid is a man who proudly talks about building a wall around all Palestinians. Like in so many countries, most reporters rarely challenge establishment power; they’re afraid of losing access.

I was planning on releasing the video of Lapid’s response soon (I hadn’t posted anything online yet about my question and his response) when the Jerusalem Post called me last night and said they were going to run a story about it and would I like to comment? I’m not convinced it’s really a story but many Israelis and its politicians are deeply sensitive to any criticism.

I’ve been writing about Israel and Palestine since 2003, and visiting since 2005 (I now live in Jerusalem), and all that’s worsened is the extremism and vitriol of...

08:12

Video: Rising inequality in Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

From the Australian Council for Social Service (ACOSS) Inequality is a rising trends in Australia and action is needed to tackle this problem, not penalising...

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07:31

Malcolm Turnbull to speak at Republican event "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Jim Hayes Malcolm Turnbull is going to speak at an event hosted by the Australian Republican Movement (ARM) and the Royalists in and...

The post Malcolm Turnbull to speak at Republican event appeared first on The Pen.

07:30

Three fined after trying to scale Lismore Christmas tree "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A council worker places the final decorations on Lismore's new Christmas tree. (supplied)

A council worker places the final decorations on Lismore’s new Christmas tree last month. Three people are facing fines for attempting to scale the tree while drunk. (supplied)

Lismore Police are warning late night revellers to stay clear of the recycled Christmas tree in Lismore CBD after three people were fined over the weekend for trying to climb it after they had been drinking.

Around 3am on Sunday morning two 19-year-old women were caught attempting to climb the tree and were issued infringement notices for trespassing.

Just half an hour earlier, at 2.30am, a 20-year-old Lismore man was seen trying to climb the tree and was also issued with a fine for trespassing.

All three were drunk at the time.

Senior constable David Henderson from the Richmond Local Area Command crime management unit warned that there is a live CCTV feed from the Christmas tree to the Lismore Police Station and climbing the tree would not be tolerated.

‘The Christmas tree is there for the community to enjoy. However, climbing the tree is a dangerous act and we will take decisive action,’ he said.

‘Council is erecting a sign and we expect people to respect this and use their common sense. The last thing any family wants is a loved one being injured just before Christmas.’

Lismore City Council will place a ‘No Trespassing’ sign near the tree and is fixing several lights that were damaged over the weekend.

 

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07:17

Man caught driving on Kingscliff pedestrian path "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A man will face court next month charged with driving drunk along a shared bike/pedestrian path at Kingscliff on Monday (December 12).

At about 6.30pm the 65-year-old man was spotted driving his Ford Focus north along the beachside pathway that’s intended only for cyclists and pedestrians.

Police were called and stopped the vehicle, which had crashed into a number of signs and railings along the path.

The driver was breath tested and returned a positive result.

He was arrested and taken to Kingscliff Police Station where he allegedly returned a breath analysis reading of 0.198.

The man’s licence was suspended and he was charged with high-range drink driving.

He will appear in Tweed Heads Local Court on Monday, January 9, 2017.

 

 

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07:00

Elements helps raise funds for rescue chopper "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

L-R Glenn Joynson (senior relationship manager), Stacey Viertel (Byron Bay Westpac Bank Manager) and Zeke Huish (fundraising manager). Photo supplied

L-R Glenn Joynson (senior relationship manager), Stacey Viertel (Byron Bay Westpac Bank Manager) and Zeke Huish (fundraising manager). Photo supplied

On November 12 a fundraising dinner at the new Elements of Byron resort raised more than $40,000 for for the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter service.

The event took months in the planning and more than 200 guests enjoyed a stunning night of food and entertainment.

Instead of trotting out another black-tie gala event, the organising committee dared to be different and chose a theme based on our relaxed coastal lifestyle. It became known as the ‘Beach Club’ dinner with guests enjoying a less formal and more social evening while helping to raise a much-needed $40,000.

Glenn Joynson, Westpac’s senior relationship manager for said the night was ‘a great way for Westpac and the local community to show their support for this vital emergency service’.

The helicopter’s fundraising manager, Zeke Huish, said ‘I think all of us on the organising committee were all thrilled to see the night come together the way it did and the interest and support it received’.

‘We really need to thank everyone who attended and the local team at Westpac for helping to make the night such a great success,’ he said.

The organising committee say they are already turning their attention to the 2017 event and are looking forward to hosting another function at Elements of Byron in November.

 

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05:29

Study finds happiness more reliant upon mental health and relationships than money "IndyWatch Feed National"

The phrase "money can't buy happiness" may actually be true, according to a new study. The research found that mental illness and failed relationships are more damaging to a person's contentment than poverty. The 'Origins of Happiness' study, conducted by a team of researchers at the London School of Economics (LSE), analyzed data from the US, UK, Germany, and Australia. It found that although average incomes have more than doubled over the past 50 years, people have not become any happier. Additionally, income inequality was found to explain just 1 percent of happiness variations. Instead, the biggest single predictor of happiness was mental health, explaining over 4 percent of happiness variations. The researchers found that eliminating depression and anxiety could reduce misery by 20 percent, compared to just 5 percent if poverty was alleviated. "Tackling depression and anxiety would be four times as effective as tackling poverty," report co-author Richard Layard said, as quoted by the Guardian.

05:08

Challenging the narrative on Syria, interview with Tim Anderson "IndyWatch Feed National"

Broadcast on Radio National (Australia) Nov 7, 2016 Introduction by Radio National: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is widely seen in the West as a monster and a butcher with blood on his hands. But Dr Tim Anderson of the University of Sydney says this description doesn’t gel with the man he met on a visit ...

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04:03

Yes, there is a second Stolen Generations – and it is worse "IndyWatch Feed National"

Some argue that there is no second Stolen Generation because there is no longer a prescribed policy that children should be removed on eugenic based reasoning. The argument today is that there is no longer an assimilate or perish agenda but go tell that to the thousands of families who have had their children removed […]

03:29

Era of Wisdom Radio #1 w/Cassius Kamarampi and Brandon Turbeville "IndyWatch Feed National"

In this first edition of Era of Wisdom radio, we go over the “fake news” hysteria in context with the BBC promoting child beheading “Syrian rebels,” we go over the big pharma dream of the “21st Century Cures Act,” we go over the pro-propaganda, anti-alternative media bill that slipped into the NDAA calling for the establishment of a government agency to promote the US and counter “fake news” (which is us).

We go into Brandon’s experience in Lebanon, the crimes of the US and its coalition in Syria, even chemtrails and biological warfare that is apparently being conducted on us, as people report illness after spraying in the US, and thousands were recently hospitalized in Australia due to what they call “thunderstorm athsma.”

 


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02:05

No, Julian Assange is NOT dead! "IndyWatch Feed National"

Hacker friend confirms Assange is alive and well

(INTELLIHUB) — Julian Assange’s public disappearance shortly after the U.S. election prompted a wild internet frenzy igniting a number of viral rumors and conspiracy theories on social networks and online chat boards that Julian Assange had been captured and killed by the C.I.A..

Despite such claims, it is reported that the Australian-born Wikileaks co-founder and Editor in Chief is alive and well according to one of his friends who visited him last week.

Lauri Love, a fellow hacker and friend of Assange tweeted on Friday that he visited Assange at the Ecuadorian embassy where he has spent the last 4 years holed up in. He is reported to be “looking well” and “in reasonably good spirits.”

It is understood that visitors are not allowed to bring electronic devices into the embassy and thus no photos of the meeting were taken.

Mr. Love, a 31-year old British political activist and engineering student with Asperger’s syndrome is best known for his daring exploits of U.S. government computer systems.  It is alleged that he stole huge amounts of data from U.S. government agencies including the Federal Reserve, U.S. Army, Department of Defense, NASA, and the F.B.I. in 2012 and 2013.

His lawyer has said that if he is found guilty in America, he could face up to 99 years behind bars.

WeAreChange.org veteran reporter and researcher Aaron Kesel informed me on Monday morning that Lauri Love is an “absolutely credible” source.

This information comes just days after Assange released exonerating text messages relating to the sexual assault allegations levelled at him in Sweden.

On the same day that Mr. Love tweeted his....

01:35

Another Malcolm Turnbull Annus Horriblis, Crammed Into A Single Week "IndyWatch Feed National"

Once again, climate policy is tearing a major party apart. This time, it’s the Coalition, writes Ben Eltham.

For those of us following the dismal history of climate policy over the past decade, the tribulations of the Turnbull government last week demonstrate a grim irony.

For years, climate was a disaster area for the Australian Labor Party, destroying prime ministerships and wreaking havoc within the ALP base. Kevin Rudd’s backflip on the “great moral challenge” of climate change was the beginning of the end of his prime ministerial authority; Julia Gillard’s ill-fated promise that “there will be no carbon tax under a government I lead” became a weighty millstone around her neck.

Carbon politics proved fiendishly difficult for the ALP, because it combined complex policy dilemmas with combustible populist vulnerabilities. Labor’s approach to tacking carbon emissions revolved around technically sophisticated policy instruments, like fixed-price emissions trading schemes and carbon compensation schemes. Even voters that understood how the ETS functioned and supported action on climate change found the technicalities boring.

In contrast, Tony Abbott mounted a simple but devastating offensive against the very concept of carbon pricing. The ETS was a “great big new tax on everything”. Voters believed it, because their electricity bills were skyrocketing (though for entirely unrelated reasons).

Former prime minister Tony Abbott.Former prime minister Tony Abbott.

Abbott’s attack was profoundly dishonest – Whyalla was not wiped off the map – but witheringly effective.

So there must be some in the ALP who will be harbouring more than a little schadenfraude at the disastrous week the Turnbull government has just endured, as a result of carbon.

The week began with an apparently harmless thought bubble by Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg, who mentioned in passing that the government was considering an emissions intensity scheme to deal with carbon emissions from the electricity sector.

An emissions intensity scheme is basically just another type of ETS. Instead of capping emissions outright, it instead regulates emitters by the “intensity” with which they pollute. In other words, a certain “baseline” standard is imposed, and plants and factories that don’t meet it have to then trade with more efficient polluters for extra rights to spew out carbon.

Economists and energy market experts generally favour such schemes because they cost less than more draconian regulations, such as simply shutting down the worst polluters....

01:12

The Stephen Conroys Of The World Harm Democracy More Than Any Refugee Protest "IndyWatch Feed National"

Faith in democracy is not low because people have disrespected institutions, but because those who fill them have disrespected the people, writes Max Chalmers.

Former Labor Senator Stephen Conroy has taken the next step in his life of public service and factional skulduggery. Having retired from the senate in mid-September, the right wing powerbroker is heading up an online gambling lobby group.

Online wagering, i.e. betting on the outcomes of events like sporting matches, is booming. The regulatory environment is being set around a developing market. There’s plenty to play for – and plenty to lose.

As Public Health academic Charles Livingstone has noted, online wagering can enable the kind of behaviour that is most likely to result in problem gambling. A 2015 report by Financial Counselling Australia is littered with examples of what that kind of addiction can do to people. Important reforms are now on the table, including a ban on credit betting.

With the rules being set, it’s an ideal time for companies to shore up their relationships with the government. Aside from luring Conroy, the Responsible Wagering Australia group has also taken on ex-Liberal Senator Richard Colbeck. Don’t let anyone tell you partisanship trumps self-interest.

However these two conduct themselves in the employ of a group that could rightly be described as ‘Big Wagering’, it’s clear why they were hired. Their relationships with those in power promise access. They may not be able to stop laws entirely, but they’ll have a better shot than the rest of us.

Despite a momentary fuss, interest in Conroy’s new job quickly subsided. A few people tweeted in anger but no-one was too surprised. A politician used his public office to enrich himself shortly after leaving, in the service of an ethically dubious cause. That’s...

01:00

WPTPN: Civil Society Resistance in Liberal Democracies in a Time of Rising Non-Accountability "IndyWatch Feed National"

Political accountability, we are taught to believe, is a defining feature of liberal democracies. A basic relationship of accountability lies at the heart of democratic government: citizens elect their political representatives, and these representatives become accountable to voters. Yet political accountability, as we have traditionally understood it to exist in liberal democracy, is under stress.

Since September 11, 2001, liberal democracies have seen an escalation in attempts to decrease government transparency and limit civil society’s ability to check arbitrary power. One only has to think of the USA PATRIOT Act or the US detention regime at Guantánamo Bay. We see a pattern emerging across liberal democracies of the erosion of accountability in important policy areas. The re-emergence of torture as a potential state national security tool in the United States under a Trump Administration is a reminder of what is at stake when political accountability is avoided for past government wrongs.

Australia is not immune from this trend and I want to focus here on one particular policy area where there has been a deliberate and drastic reduction of accountability on the part of government: asylum seekers and refugees. In 2015, the Australian government placed a gag order on doctors working in the country’s offshore immigration detention centres to prevent them from speaking out about what they witnessed there. Conditions in the camps, located on small islands in the Pacific, are kept deliberately harsh to deter asylum seekers from coming to Australia by boat. Doctors who violated the gag order faced two years in jail.

This audacious example of executive-overreach is typical of increasing attempts by g...

00:57

No Dollars, No Sense: A Government Beholden To ‘Economic Morons’ "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia is headed towards a recession, aided by a federal government that appears to know not what it is doing, writes Ian McAuley.

The National Accounts released last week confirm what economists already know: the Australian economy is in poor shape.

The headline news is the 0.5 per cent quarterly fall in GDP, the first fall since 2011 and the worst since the fall in 2008 following the global financial crisis.

This time there has been no global financial crisis. Rather it’s the outcome of poor government policy, over both the long and short term.

The main contributor to the poor figures is a fall in private and public investment.

Private non-dwelling construction is down by 40 per cent or $17 billion from its 2013 peak. Some fall was to be expected as the investment phase of the mining boom wound down, but in a more structurally sound economy private investment would have moved to other sectors. That hasn’t happened because the mining boom itself, through its exchange rate effect, inflicted enduring damage on our manufacturing and other trade-exposed sectors.

Treasurer Morrison is already using this poor result to push his government’s case for corporate tax cuts, on the spurious basis that Australia’s corporate tax rate, at 30 per cent, is uncompetitive by global standards.

The truth is that because of dividend imputation Australia’s effective corporate tax rate is much lower than 30 per cent. For a firm paying out half its profits as dividends (a typical long-term rate) it’s effectively 15 per cent.

In fact in recent times firms have been paying out about 70 percent of profits as dividends, meaning the effective corporate tax rate for domestic investors is now around 9 per cent. Unfortunately journalists, including those from the ABC, rarely challenge government ministers on this deception.

Federal Treasurer Scott Morrison delivering his first budget, in 2016.Federal Treasurer Scott Morrison delivering his first budget, in 2016.

The reason firms are not re-investing their profits has nothing to do with corporate taxes. Rather it’s that in spite of very low real and nominal interest rates they don’t see opportunities for a return on investments. Corporate tax cuts, if they are to stimulate investment, do so by improving investment returns, in the same way as lower interest rates are supposed to operate. But if lower interest rates haven’t worked, lower taxes won’t work either. Perhaps Morrison doesn’t understand basic business finance, or perhaps his...

00:24

Aussie PM Tiptoes Away From Carbon Tax Uproar "IndyWatch Feed National"

‘Aussie Climate Enthusiast Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, member for Goldman Sachs, has walked back an apparent attempt to introduce a new Aussie Carbon Tax after his own MPs vigorously rebelled against the idea.’ Read more: Aussie PM Tiptoes Away From Carbon Tax UproarFiled under: government, law, taxes Tagged: Carbon tax

00:16

Review of Australian Government "Direct Action Plan" to commence in February 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"



Along with its alleged support of the expansion of renewable energy the Emissions Reduction Fund  (ERF) is the main component of the Coalition’s Direct Action Plan.

The original stated aim of the Direct Action was to reduce Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions by 5% below 2000 levels by 2020.

Having spent most of the original Direct Action funding by 2016 and with national greenhouse gas emissions rising instead of falling, the planned review by the Dept. of Environment and Energy is timely.

According to its terms of reference, the review will look at:
  • the opportunities and challenges of reducing emissions on a sector-by-sector basis;
  • the impact of policies on jobs, investment, trade competitiveness, households and regional Australia;
  • the integration of climate change and ene...

00:15

SGS Australian Cities Accounts 2014-15 and regional New South Wales "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


SGS Economics and Planning’s Australian Cities Accounts 2014-15 makes some interesting observations about regional New South Wales.

When looking at GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT - VOLUME MEASURE 2014-15: Regional NSW it finds this economic profile:

GDP ($ millions) $128,944 - that is $128.9 billion
Annual GDP Growth 2014-15 0.6%
Average Annual Growth (04-05 to 14-15) 0.8%
Share of NSW GDP (2014-15) 8.0%
Contribution to GDP Growth Whole Period (1989-90 to 2014- 15) 4.3%

“Growth of 0.6 per cent in Regional New South Wales was in the face of weakness across a range of industries”.
“…worst performing regions in per capita terms were Regional New South Wales, Brisbane and Queensland”.

Economy.id estimates that the Gross Regional Product for 2015 in Northern Rivers local government areas was worth:
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22:26

HPV Vaccine Scam: NIH Scientist Exposes Corruption in Cancer and Vaccine Industries "IndyWatch Feed National"

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How many more lives of young women will be destroyed by the HPV vaccine?

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Editor, Health Impact News

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19:50

Israel’s addiction to Nuclear Blackmail and Terror "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Israel has become a rogue Nuclear Terror State and has detonated mini-nukes in America in covert Gladio-style False-flag operations to set up a phony War on Terror so they could create and deploy their DHS Secret Police Occupation Force against “We The People.”
by  Preston James, Editor

Seymour Hersh was the first investigative journalist to publicly disclose Israel’s Samson Option.

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17:39

Castles Made of Sand "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The following is based on our own observations and knowledge, and these are informed by what we have seen and read, and what we were told by Palestinians we talked to during our travels through the West Bank. We do not profess to be experts – we are neither academics nor professional commentators. And accordingly, we welcome objective comments and contributions that both support and question our observations.

Castles Made of Sand 

Whilst the attention of the international media and of NGOs is focused on Israeli settlements, there is a land rush going on in the cities of the West Bank.

A big surprise in our travels through the Occupied Territories, was the residential construction boom going on in cities fully governed by the Palestinian Authority (PA). We had been aware of this prior to coming to Israel, but not of its scale. To our knowledge, mainstream media has hardly  covered this at all, and when it does, more often than not it is PR rather than critical analysis (see links below). Our guides, for reasons of their own, were reticent about discussing it.

We often hear that development is held back by the Occupation, that buildings without official approval are subject to demolition, and that there is no land available for Palestinians to build on. Indeed, our guides would stand beneath hills covered in building sites and repeatedly tell us this.

Most certainly, building by Palestinians is severely restricted in Area C (60% of the West Bank, and 4% of its Arab population) which is under Israeli control, and Area B, under the joint control Israel and the Palestinian Authority (22% and 41% respectively).

But billions of expatriate dollars are being invested in medium and high density apartment blocks in area A, the 18% of the West Bank controlled by the PA (and 55% of Palestinian Arabs) in Ramallah, the de facto capital, and in Nablus, Hebron and Jenin. It is a common practice throughout the Middle East for expatriates to remit funds to build a house or houses for their families, or to add extra storeys to the old family home (unfinished upper storeys are a familiar feature of Arab towns in the Levant). But since its establishment, the PA has actively encouraged Palestinians who have “made it” overseas to invest in their nascent homeland by repatriating their stash and putting it into the burgeoning property market. The national accounts prepared by the Palestinian Monetary Authorty show that remittances from overseas have risen steadily in recent years. But do not detail where it is ultimately invested

Where does the land available...

17:07

Companies paying no tax named and shamed "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Adam Carlton Out of A total 1904 public and foreign owned companies examined by the tax office, 697 paid no tax at all...

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16:23

Just Go With It "IndyWatch Feed National"

Stumbling out of Gare du Nord, I resist the urge to repeatedly punch myself in the head. A poorly booked, non-refundable ticket has left me 15 minutes to get from one side of the city of love to the other. And there I was, thinking I’d have time to sip on a cafe au lait under La Tour Eiffel. Fuck. Note to self – London and Paris might be close, but they’re in different time zones.

Stepping into the Parisian sun, having said au revoir to one rather crucial hour of my life, I realise I might be saying adios to my connection as well. So I set off, ready to clatter surfboard, hiking pack and giant toblerone between as many yapping tourists and unimpressed locals as necessary. But I’ve barely had time to squint at the lengthy queue for taxis when a pony-tailed dude shakes a bunch of keys in my face.

“15 minutes to get to the other side of Paris?”
Pas de problème.”

It is at this point I notice the suspicious lack of a taxi. We both laugh – one an attempted chuckle, the other a derisive snigger. Or is that just my imagination? He takes my laugh as a yes and starts walking. I follow him deep into an alleyway. I wonder if this is dodgy. He gestures for me to get onto a motorbike. I realise it’s actually his and that he hasn’t led me to a violent mugging. I silently congratulate myself on this successful judgment of character, then gesture to the surfboard, bags and toblerone and shake my head, hoping it will come across as I’d love to but really can’t.

But this guy’s a problem solver. He opens the back of the bike and put my bags in. He picks my board up, puts it in in my hands, and starts the bike. I don’t have the balls to confront him and he fucking knows it.

Obviously at this point, even though I’m too embarrassed to tell him I’ve changed my mind, that I want him to stop touching my shit and I’m going to leave, I should at least ask how much it’s going to cost before we set off, right?

But the monkey that usually clangs around the symbols for me up in the ol’ brain box is busy negotiating the pros and cons of getting on the back of some random’s motorbike in a city known for its insane drivers. So I don’t ask.

0kmph can become 60kmph very quickly on a motorbike. And the pacemaker effect is doubled when you’re holding a surfboard, which threatens to pull you under a bus every 30 seconds. We pull out, overtake, and then squeeze in front of a smartcar – just before a truck goi...

14:49

Western NSW & Far West Health Libraries Blog "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"




The Librarian's Christmas Tree
A Merry Christmas and a happy 2017 to all our readers

Check out :
* Christmas in Australia
* 12 Days of Christmas in ER
* The most amazing Christmas links page from Aussie Educator.
Everything about Christmas you could possibly want : history, carols, games, quizzes, recipes and even card and gift making!!
 * The PHCRIS collection of Christmas trivia & holiday health resources. It includes the following gems:

* 12 people sustained burns in 2007 when trying on a new sweater with a cigarette in their mouth. Five People suffered 3rd degree burns in 2007 when trying to flame torch their Christmas pudding.

* Over 200 people are admitted to hospital each year after not removing all the pins from new shirts.

* In 2008, two people died eating Christmas decorations they thought were chocolates.* Forget leaving beer and biscuits out for Santa this year, reindeer like to eat bananas.
* Statistics show you are more likely to be killed by a flying champagne cork than by a poisonous spider.

14:38

Doctor and wife sue police for $1 million after unlawful arrest and tasering "IndyWatch Feed National"

It can take 20 years to see 'justice' against police personnel who commit criminal activities, as in the example of Corinna Horvath where she was beaten senseless to a point where she did not even remember her name.

This is the extent of thuggery, extortion and violence Australia's police 'force' commit against the general populous.

It's as if the masses where the enemy of police and not where the police where 'public servants', you know where the tax paying public being technically their employers.

Many people are not aware that the police within Australia do no act lawfully, but as always in any criminal matter, the crime must be alleged then followed up with accordance to the 'law'.

This is just one example of many that rarely get reported on by the mainstream media of abuse by Australia's police.

Twenty years to obtain justice against police, where a member of the slave population can be imprisoned for a parking fine.

They are the laws of a penal colony, and not a 'free' society / democracy.

Note: We recommend that any and all interaction with police be recorded either discreetly or openly.

See article from 10 Dec 2016 by yahoo.com of the headline:

Doctor and his wife win $1m after being tasered



A law professor and his wife who were yesterday awarded more than $1 million in damages after an unlawful arrest have told how they risked going bankrupt to expose how they were treated by police officers.

Robert Cunningham and Catherine Atoms wept in the District Court yesterday as their eight-year battle resulted in a judge announcing the massive payout.

Judge Felicity Davis found they were assaulted, tasered, unlawfully detained and maliciously prosecuted by police after stopping to help a stranger on a night out in Fremantle in 2008.

But it was a hollow victory, with Ms Atoms’ career as a community engagement consultant in tatters.

She was put into “performance management” in her relatively new job after being charged by police and by the time a m...

14:36

Man missing after diving into Richmond River found dead "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Update: The body of a man who went missing at Coraki yesterday has been located this morning.

About 6am (Sunday 11 December 2016), police were called to the bridge on Adams Street, after reports a 22-year-old man had jumped into the river from the East Coraki Bridge about 20 minutes earlier and had not been seen since.

Police Rescue from Lismore co-ordinated a search involving officers from Richmond Local Area Command, the LifeSaver4 helicopter, and SES crews from Lismore and Woodburn.

Just before 9am today (Monday 12 December 2016), the man’s body was located in the river near the bridge on Adams Street.

A report will be prepared for the Coroner.

Original report: A search is underway of the Richmond River after a man jumped off a bridge at Coraki on Sunday morning and failed to surface.

Police were called to the bridge on Adams Street, Coraki, about 6am (Sunday, December 11), by family members who reported the 22-year-old man had jumped into the river about 20 minutes earlier and had not been seen since.

Police Rescue from Lismore is co-ordinating the search which involves police from Richmond Local Area Command, the LifeSaver4 helicopter, and SES crews from Lismore and Woodburn.

The SES crews are searching the river in three boats.

A large group of family members at the scene is being assisted by local police and Salvation Army officers.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/ Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind people they should not report crime information via our social media pages.

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14:36

Embedded misogyny: the academic erasure of women "IndyWatch Feed National"

At this conference the plenary speaker was cloaked in impressive accolades: a Professor from the UK, a translator of and collaborator with a renowned French theorist, and the author of sixteen books. Most of his work looks at cultural fields, the ways these are created, and the dynamics within them. It looked like it would be an interesting talk. It wasn’t.

14:10

Launch of the #JustJustice book alongside calls to action "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Professor Tom Calma at the #JustJustice launch
The #JustJustice book was launched in Sydney recently and politicians and policy makers were urged to 'read and absorb' its advice for stopping the over-incarceration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.The book compiles more than 90 articles from more than 70 contributors published over the past 18 months at Croakey, since more than 300 donors contributed to the crowdfunding campaign that concluded in mid-2015.

About the #JustJustice Book with further links

Download available from this page

13:03

"A Look to the Heavens" "IndyWatch Feed National"

“South of Antares, in the tail of the nebula-rich constellation Scorpius, lies emission nebula IC 4628. Nearby hot, massive stars, millions of years young, irradiate the nebula with invisible ultraviolet light, stripping electrons from atoms. The electrons eventually recombine with the atoms to produce the visible nebular glow, dominated by the red emission of hydrogen.
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At an estimated distance of 6,000 light-years, the region shown is about 250 light-years across, spanning over three full moons on the sky. The nebula is also cataloged as Gum 56 for Australian astronomer Colin Stanley Gum, but seafood-loving astronomers might know this cosmic cloud as the Prawn Nebula. The tantalizing color image is a new astronomical composition using data from the European Southern Observatory's wide field OmegaCAM and amateur images made under dark skies on the Canary Island of Tenerife.”

12:21

Scientists Use Orange Peels to Suck Mercury Out of the Ocean "IndyWatch Feed National"

Source: Scientists Use Orange Peels to Suck Mercury Out of the Ocean For more content like this visit REALfarmacy.com.

What is so great about orange peels? They suck mercury out of the water! Justin Chalkner, a researcher at Flinders University in Australia, was trying to develop a new polymer made from sustainable materials when he found a new compound that sucks mercury out of the water and soil. Made from a combination of sulfur […]

Source: Scientists Use Orange Peels to Suck Mercury Out of the Ocean Learn more at REALfarmacy.com - Healthy News and Information.

12:17

Western Australia’s Premier (like South Australia’s) risks political oblivion in promoting nuclear power "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

text politicsWith a state election around the corner it is time for all candidates to understand that support for clean renewable power will increasingly be a community pre-condition for access to political power.

Premier’s nuclear push is proof of a government in meltdown,  http://www.onlineopinion.com.au/view.asp?article=18719 By Mia Pepper . 12 December 2016 “…..At the recent COAG meeting our Premier has gone out on a glowing limb in a bid to revive the debate on nuclear power. Now there’s nothing wrong with a healthy debate, but this debate has been had repeatedly and the answer is always the same. It is time to put this tired talking point to bed and get on with the energy transition we can no longer ignore.

In 2016 the SA Government’s Royal Commission into the Nuclear industry found that “it would not be commercially viable to develop a nuclear power plant in South Australia…”

A decade earlier in 2006 the Switkowski Report found that “Nuclear power is likely to be between 20 and 50 per cent more costly to produce” than existing power sources and acknowledged that the reality that disposal of “high-level waste including spent nuclear fuel remains an issue in most nuclear power countries.”

Both these reports were initiated with a pro-nuclear agenda. Both sought to progress the contested nuclear...

12:13

IMMEDIATE ACTION TO PROTECT KOALAS NEEDED "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The North East Forest Alliance is calling the Minister for the Environment's response to the ongoing demise of Koalas grossly inadequate in light of the Chief Scientist Mary O’Kane's conclusion that there are only 36,000 Koalas left in NSW and that their populations have declined by 26% in the past 15-21 years.

The Minister is saying that he will now spend $10 million over 5 years on private land conservation measures, including buying properties.

"As identified the Chief Scientist habitat loss and fragmentation are the biggest threats to coastal Koalas. Buying a few properties will in no way compensate for the 2.2 million hectares of identified Koala habitat to be opened up for clearing under the new vegetation rules" according to NEFA spokesperson Dailan Pugh.

"There is a lot more that the Minister should be doing but refuses to.

12:01

The CUB 55 walk back in winners with their heads held high "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Joe Montero and Ugly The CUB 55 walked back into work today. This was no normal return. Hundreds had gathered by 6 a.m.,...

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11:37

Mothers in television "IndyWatch Feed National"

Mothers are so ubiquitous in popular culture so as to be invisible. Cultural depictions of mothers are still, by and large, functional – women solely defined by their relationships to others, rather than full subjects with desires and anxieties of their own. Thankfully though, this is slowly changing, and we are beginning to see more nuanced representations of mothers. Here are five mothers who pushed the boundaries of maternal representation this year.

11:29

Sponsor a solar panel for Xmas "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Susan and Steve from the Brunswick Valley Historical Society with COREM vice president Dave Rawlins. Photo Jeff Dawson

Susan and Steve from the Brunswick Valley Historical Society with COREM vice president Dave Rawlins. Photo Jeff Dawson

This Christmas give your loved ones a gift which gives back to our planet. Your support will help to reduce global warming and enable local community groups to reduce their electricity bills.

The COREM carbon offset gift cards are tax deductible and are part of an online crowd-funding campaign.

The crowd-funding aims to raise the remaining $7,500 needed to install solar at the Brunswick Valley Historical Society’s Mullumbimby Museum and at the Federal Hall.

Donations will not only contribute to the installation of the solar panels, but savings on electricity bills, which are then returned to COREM’s Revolving Community Energy Fund for new solar projects.

Through the community’s generosity in 2016 more than $30,000 has been raised through donations, events and grants to fund COREM’s first three community-owned solar projects in the greater Mullumbimby area.

By the end of this month a combined total of 27 kW of solar will be on the Drill Hall Theatre, Mullum Showgrounds and the Brunswick Valley Volunteer Rescue Association.

‘We have been really heartened by the support from our community and these projects demonstrate we can flick fossil fuels and run Mullum by the sun’, says COREM vice president Dave Rawlins.

The COREM carbon offset cards are available at the Mullumbimby Museum and The Mullumbimby Bookshop. Alternatively donate online via corem.org.au and receive your cards by post.

Or COREM can post them directly to your friends and family.

 

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10:53

Drone pilots, spotters prepare for Shark Watch "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A sign-up and fundraiser for volunteers wanting to become part of Australia’s first Shark Watch crew using state-of-the-art drones for spotting held at Byron Bay’s Belongil Beach on Saturday had a buzz of excitement in the air about it.

The event, which singed up around 30 people on the day including licensed drone operators and keen young drone buffs, comes as Shark Watch prepares to start its trial shark spotting program for Byron Shire Council over the summer school holidays.

Crews from Shark Watch crew demonstrated how drone spotting works, and are now gearing up for training the more than 60 volunteers wanting to patrol Byron bay’s five surfing beaches.

Shark Watch spokesman Andrew Nieuwenhof said more volunteers are needed, of any age or experience, to train up for the program set to start at Cosy Corner later this week or next week.

Mr Nieuwenhof said the Shark Watch committee would meet tonight (Monday) to set dates for training.

‘We have to work out when people are available to roll out the program at Byron’s five beaches, seven days a week,’ Mr Nieuwenhof told Echonetdaily.

‘We have funding for one crew over the summer so we’ll go where the surfers are,’ he said.

‘Quite a few of our volunteers already know how to operate drones, we also have a couple of marine scientists on board to add to two on our committee we have as trainers.

‘Another trainer is our first-aid instructor Ruben Roxborough, a paid lifeguard who was involved in shark-attack rescues in the Ballina-Lennox Head area recently and developed a first-aid kit for first responders to shark bites which can be used by our volunteers to help out if they’re first on the scene.

‘We encourage youngsters to get involved too, a 14-year-old boy, a mad-keen drone user, and another young teenager signed up on Saturday’, he said.

To volunteer for Shark Watch, go to the Facebook page for ‘Shark Watch NSW’ where you will be able to find a membership form, or email sharkwatchnsw@gmail.com and they will be able to send you one.

 

 

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10:48

While Barnaby Joyce trashes South Australia’s renewables, his electorate gets multi-million dollar loan for wind farm "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Wind turbines in Azerbaijan. Windfarm in Barnaby Joyce’s NSW electorate gets $120m CEFC loan Clean Energy Finance Corporation loan comes three months after minister slammed SA’s over-reliance on wind power,  Guardian, , 12 Dec 16, The Clean Energy Finance Corporation has made a multi-million dollar loan for a new windfarm in Barnaby Joyce’s electorate.

10:38

New sign to highlight the ‘magic’ of Hinterland Way "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A new sign highlighting the benefits of the Hinterland Way to tourists is set to be unveiled at Coolamon Scenic Drive. Image RMS

A new sign highlighting the benefits of the Hinterland Way to tourists is set to be unveiled at Coolamon Scenic Drive. Image RMS

Everything old is new again it seems – and so it is with the old Pacific Highway between Tintenbar and Ewingsdale, now dubbed the ‘magical’ Hinterland Way.

A new sign celebrating the road’s ethereal qualities – or at the very least its tourist appeal – is being launched this morning at the intersection with Coolamon Scenic Drive.

The popular lookout spot has long been crying out for a bit of beautification itself and the erection of a new shelter and tourist signage by Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) should help with that.

It should also put to bed an acrimonious spat between the road-building authority and the management of the Macadamia Castle, who have been at odds about signage to the popular family attraction, which has been bypassed by the new highway.

In May last year, soon after the motorway opened, Macadamia Castle owner Tony Gilding accused the RMS of being ‘a law unto themselves’ and said that ‘repeated requests’ for a meeting with the minister responsible, Nationals MP Duncan Gay, went ignored.

‘The signage plan was ready, but the signage was not when the highway opened,’ he said.

‘Permanent exits and ramps opened three months after the highway.

‘We were promised a Hinterland Way Coolamon Scenic Drive information bay, but that is maybe years away,’ Mr Gilding told Echonetdaily at the time.

But that day has finally come, and a star spangled day it will be with attendees at the unveiling set to include Ballina MP Tamara Smith (Greens) and the Ballina and Lismore mayors together with Bob Higgins and Peter Borelli from the RMS.

‘This is joint process between Lismore, Byron and Ballina Councils along with Bangalow Chamber, Newyrbar Progress Association and Macadamia Castle,’ Mr Gilding said.

‘The sign, funded by RMS, is designed to mitigate the highway effect on destinations on and to the west of the old highway and will be a starting point for visitors wanting to expand their tri...

10:35

WA Corruption and Crime Commission asks you to report corrupt conduct like forgery "IndyWatch Feed National"

Public urged to report corrupt officials REBECCA GREDLEY 8:28PM December 9, 2016 Members of the public are being encouraged by the WA Corruption and Crime Commission to speak up if they suspect corrupt or serious misconduct by a public officer. Friday marks United Nations' International Anti-Corruption Day, which the CCC...

10:06

Book launch – Anarchy in Athens: An ethnography of militancy, Emotions and Violence "IndyWatch Feed National"

Date and Time: 
Wednesday, December 21, 2016 - 10:00am

Jura is very pleased to be hosting the launch of a new book by Dr Nicholas Apoifis. Nick is a long-time friend of Jura and a lecturer in International Relations at the University of NSW. He spent several years researching the Greek anarchist movement, which has blossomed spectacularly in recent times.

Nick will give a short introduction to the book, followed by questions and discussion. Snacks and drinks will be available by donation and copies of the book for $36.50.

The Athenian anarchist and anti-authoritarian milieu's public protests and battles against the Greek state, police and other capitalist institutions are prolific and highly visible. Away from the intensity of the street-protests and the glare of mainstream media, however, its militants implement anarchist practices whose outcomes are less visible. They are feeding the hungry and poor, protecting migrants from fascist beatings and trying to carve out an autonomous political, social and cultural space. Activists within this movement share politics centred on hostility to the capitalist state and all forms of domination, hierarchy and discrimination. Based on extensive ethnographic fieldwork amongst Athenian anarchists and anti-authoritarians, Anarchy in Athens unravels the internal complexities within this milieu and provides a better understanding of the forces that give the space its shape.

 

09:24

Housing plan under flight path at Tweed ‘unacceptable’ "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Luis Feliu

Tweed shire councillors are set to reject a plan for a 60-lot residential subdivision at Tweed Heads on land under the busy Gold Coast Airport flight path, which proposes removal of a swathe of koala food trees.

Airport operators and adjoining land owners strongly oppose the development, due to impacts on future residents of aircraft noise, loss of koala habitat and stormwater runoff into nearby Cobaki Creek.

Tweed Shire Council planners were critical of the $2.6 million plan for the land at No. 26 Tringa Street, by development firm Urban Base, saying it was ‘considerably deficient’ in information for the major works required.

They also said allowing the plan would amount to a ‘poor’ planning decision due to the social, environmental and economic impacts of the development being so close to major infrastructure such as the adjacent airport, industrial land and the Tweed Wastewater Treatment Plant.

‘To facilitate the development, all Potential Koala Habitat and isolated mature remnant preferred Koala Food Trees need to be removed,’ chief planner Vince Connell wrote in his report.

‘The proposal fails to demonstrate how koala habitat recovery is to be achieved in accordance with the adopted Tweed Coast Comprehensive Koala Plan of Management 2015 (TCCKPoM), including omission of a habitat offset proposal in accordance with the relevant provisions of the plan.’

Mr Connell said the developer had relied on legal advice that the koala plan could not be lawfully be used to require offsetting for food trees removed.

Other issues included the ‘unacceptable’ discharge of untreated stormwater runoff into Cobaki Creek, a state-sanctioned environmentally sensitive area.

He also said the application lacked owner’s consent for proposed works on council land had failed to provide a master plan (or waiver) as required under state planning rules.

Mr Connell said the plan if approved would set an ‘unwarranted precedent’

for future subdivision and increased population densities’ near Gold Coast Airport which would undermine the Tweed Local Environmental Plan.

‘The proposal is not in the public interest given its failure to demonstrate suitable compliance with council’s plans and policies which would result in an undesirable residential subdivision’.

Council meets this Thursday (December 15) at 5pm at the Tweed Heads Administration Centre in Brett Street.

 

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08:36

Deadline looms for PM’s broadband promise "IndyWatch Feed National"

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at a National Broadband Network picture opportunity at Smeaton Grange in south-western Sydney on September 26 this year. AAP Image/Mick Tsikas

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at a National Broadband Network picture opportunity at Smeaton Grange in south-western Sydney on September 26 this year. AAP Image/Mick Tsikas

CANBERRA [AAP]

The federal government has 19 days to get very fast broadband to seven million homes and businesses or a three-year-old promise from Malcolm Turnbull will be broken.

Labor has highlighted repeated pledges from the prime minister, then opposition communications spokesman, in the lead up to the 2013 federal election that every Australian would have access to the national broadband network by the end of 2016.

‘This was no idle promise. Malcolm Turnbull made this promise explicitly, confidently and frequently prior to the 2013 election,’ Labor’s communications spokeswoman Michelle Rowland said on Monday.

She says costs for the broadband rollout have blown out and there’s still no way it can meet that promised end-of-year deadline for access for all Australians.

And for those who do have access, it’s often failing expectations, Labor says.

Complaints about the NBN to the telecommunications ombudsman have more than doubled over the past year.

‘No wonder Australians are fed up with all the deceit of Malcolm Turnbull’s fraudband,’ Ms Rowland said.

‘They are simply not getting what they paid for.’

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08:33

Dylan Voller to front NT detention inquiry "IndyWatch Feed National"

Commissioner Mick Gooda and Commissioner Margaret White inside Dylan Voller's cell during their tour of the former Don Dale Youth Detention facilities. AAP Image/News Corp Pool, Elise Derwin

Commissioner Mick Gooda and Commissioner Margaret White inside Dylan Voller’s cell during their tour of the former Don Dale Youth Detention facilities. AAP Image/News Corp Pool, Elise Derwin

DARWIN [AAP]

Dylan Voller, the 19-year-old whose treatment at an NT youth detention centre sparked a royal commission, is due to give evidence.

However, his mother Joanne and lawyer Peter O’Brien say the teen is concerned about giving evidence while still in custody and fears repercussions from prison guards.

The royal commission comes after footage screened in July showed Mr Voller and five other youths being tear-gassed and spit hooded at the notorious detention centre.

Mr Voller can be seen strapped to a chair wearing a hood in images which shocked many when aired by the ABC’s Four Corners.

He is expected to front a closed session as the inquiry resumes on Monday.

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08:30

End race to bottom on tax cuts: Oxfam "IndyWatch Feed National"

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CANBERRA [AAP]

Australia is losing more than $4 billion a year through Australian-based multinationals dodging their taxes by using corporate tax havens, Oxfam Australia says.

In new research it names the ‘world’s worst tax havens’ that encourage multinationals to avoid their taxes, revenue that could be spent on schools, hospitals and tackling poverty.

While it says the Australian government has taken steps in the right direction, data released on Friday by the Australian Taxation Office showing more than one in three large companies are paying no tax is evidence more needs to be done.

However, releasing the ATO’s corporate tax transparency 2015/16 report, tax commissioner Chris Jordan clarified that no tax paid does not necessarily mean tax avoidance.

These companies may have incurred an accounting and tax loss in the current year or in prior years, and are now using those to reduce current taxable income, Mr Jordan said.

Even so, Oxfam says this is only part of the problem with countries around the world – including Australia – slashing or planning to slash corporate tax rates.

‘There is no winner in this race to the bottom on corporate tax,’ Oxfam Australia senior economist Muheed Jamaldeen said on releasing the research on Monday.

‘The Australian government has a responsibility to join efforts to stop this race to the bottom on corporate tax rates and demand that companies pay their fair share – at home and abroad.’

Oxfam notes the average corporate tax rate across G20 countries was 40 per cent 25 years ago.

Today it is less than 30 per cent.

The Turnbull government continues to pursue its $50 billion 10-year plan to incrementally lower Australia’s corporate tax rate from 30 per cent to 25 per cent.

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07:55

Spitting man arrested for assaulting police in Murwillumbah "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Police have arrested a 22-year-old man they said swore, lunged and wrestled with officers in a Murwillumbah park, and then repeatedly spat at them, in the police car and the police station.

About 6.50pm on Friday, December 9, police moved on three people who were drinking in Knox Park, Murwillumbah.

But soon afterwards police found one of them, a 22-year-old Tumbulgum man, yelling and swearing at another person in the area he had been told to leave.

When they reapproached him, police say he was drunk and offensive.

The man allegedly lunged at the officers and was restrained but continued to wrestle his way to the police vehicle.

As he was placed into the rear of the police vehicle the man allegedly spat at the officers, striking one on the front of his shirt.

En-route to the Tweed Heads police station he allegedly continued to spit all over the back of the police car. Once at the station he allegedly continued to spit into the dock area, which required cleaning.

The man was released into the care of a parent and will receive future service court attendance notices for the offences of continue intoxicated behaviour after move on direction issued, resist police in the execution of their duty, assault police in the execution of their duty and two counts of malicious damage.

He will face Murwillumbah Local Court on January 24, 2017.

 

 

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07:25

Beekeepers hospitalised after hit and run "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The scene at Dalmorton State Forest after three beekeepers and their vehicle were struck by a Toyota Hilux on Friday. Photo Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter

The scene at Dalmorton State Forest after three beekeepers and their vehicle were struck by a Toyota Hilux on Friday. Photo Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter

Police are appealing for information following a hit and run accident involving three beekeepers in Dalmorton State forest, south of Grafton, on Friday.

About 12.40pm on Friday, December 9, a white Toyota Hilux utility with raised suspension travelling along Pooles Creek Road clipped a parked 4WD and hit three of five beekeepers who were tending their hives nearby.

The utility was travelling at about 80kph and fled the scene without stopping.

Emergency services were called to the scene and ambulance paramedics and the Life Saver rescue helicopter medical team treated the three patients at the scene.

A woman, aged 19, and two men, aged 57 and 54, were taken to hospital with serious injuries.

Two patients were road transported to Grafton Base hospital in stable a condition. One male patient was flown by the helicopter to Coffs Harbor Base hospital in a critical, but stable condition.

Helicopter crew said the job was more challenging as the bees were quite agitated and medical personnel were forced to wear beekeeper headwear as safety precaution.

Investigators would like to speak to anyone with information about the white Toyota Hilux utility seen in the area at the time of the incident.

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

 

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07:19

The 6th Annual Christmas Uke-Tacular December 15 "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Miss Amber & Stukulele present the 6th annual Christmas Uke-Tacular. This year Miss Amber, Kathryn Jones and Misty Henderson make up The Tinsel Tones – 3 part harmony magic with sass and style. We will be visited by ‘Naughty Santa’ (Steve Passfield) who can barely get a sentence out with a cheeky one liner. This is an irreverent celebration designed to help you survive the Christmas schmaltz (even if you do secretly love a carol). Bring your Uke or other musical instrument or just your voice and a smile – a great family night.

Adults only $10, Kids under – 15 $2.50.

Join the Mailing list at www.ukemullum.com for the songbook.

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07:04

Drunk woman flips car on roundabout at Banora Point "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

NSW police have charged a 22-year-old woman from Labrador in Queensland after she admitted to flipping her car on a roundabout at Banora Point last Friday (December 9).

At about 10pm a black Mazda was travelling south along Sexton Hill Drive at Banora Point when it collided with the gutter at a roundabout, causing it to flip and cross into the northbound lanes, coming to rest against a power pole.

Police drove upon the scene a short time later and located the woman who admitted to being the driver at the time of the collision.

A roadside breath test returned a positive result and she was taken to the Tweed Heads Police Station where a breath analysis indicated a reading of 0.141. She was issued with court attendance notices for mid range PCA, negligent driving and her licence to drive has been suspended.

There were no injuries as a result of the collision.

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03:23

What I Learned Backpacking With My 77-Year-Old Grandmother "IndyWatch Feed National"

“I’m not just your grandma, I’m your friend, so you can tell me – have you tried acid?”

I was a bottle of wine deep on a balcony in Lisbon with my mum and grandma, and the conversation had taken a turn. Unsure of how to answer, I turned to my mum for guidance, but before I could say anything my grandma continued, “because you know, it’s become an epidemic in Australia, all these lives ruined because of the addicts.” I rolled her sentence over in my mind. “Do you mean ice?” I asked slowly. I stared at her with my mouth open. “OF COURSE I HAVEN’T DONE ICE!” She sipped her wine and nodded at me sagely, “Well, you just never know.”

 This wasn’t the first conversation that had veered away from Appropriate Chat Highway and turned swiftly into I Need More Wine to Hear the Rest of This Town. It was day three of our Euro adventure, and I had another 12 days of traversing across Portugal and Spain with my mum and grandma. This was the first time all three of us had travelled together, and the first time either of them had done it out of a backpack and on a budget. I wanted to grab both their hands and show them my way of travelling: making plans up as you go along, befriending strangers on trains and, of course, sleeping in a variety of cheap but cheerful hostels.

I also wanted to get to know my mum and grandma and hear their stories. My grandma was married at 20 with her first baby at 21. She spent time in the Australian Ballet and now volunteers with her local fire service. My mum was hitched at 23 with her first baby at 27. She married a gentleman of the Navy, travelled the world and now plays bass guitar in her spare time. I wanted to trade experiences and travel with the two women who, along with Indiana Jones, inspired my restless spirit. However, by the end of the trip, I’d learned more than a bunch of stories about “what really went on in the ballet”.

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Firstly, I learned to slow down. My grandma may look young, but she’s pushing 80 and her youthful face made that easy to forget. Instead of rushing around cities trying to squeeze everything in, I adjusted my pace and incorporated a lot of resting. Initially, my itchy feet bemoaned this slower style, but eventually I realised that changing my speed didn’t mean seeing less; it mean...

03:15

The Cripple High Five "IndyWatch Feed National"


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03:03

Ralph Blewitt's last words before charges in The AWU Frauds "IndyWatch Feed National"

Charges and prosecutions are pending in the AWU Scandal. I've logged more than 20 hours with Ralph Blewitt recently. New documents have come to my attention. Today Ralph saw the full picture of the frauds for the first time. Here's what he said earlier today. And this was possibly the...

03:02

Just Saying… "IndyWatch Feed National"

To all of our fucked up “leaders” who serve the Order…

If you think you are victims NOW- JUST WAIT. 🙂

02:11

Well Now That We Can Blame Russia For EVERYTHING- I Guess Everything Now is Just Fine… "IndyWatch Feed National"

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LMFAO- NOW Hoaxtead is claiming that America is talking about “pizzagate” because we all HATE pizza places.
Have they had a chance to see how FAT American’s are? WE SO DO NOT HATE PIZZA…

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Narcissists NEVER take responsibility for their own shit. Take Hillary. Her losing had NOTHING to do with her BAD BEHAVIOR when they ran Sanders out of the race during the primary elections- but rather- she lost because of RUSSIAN HACKERS. NEITHER of our candidates take responsibility- Trump trashes a handicapped guy on CAMERA- IN FRONT OF THE ENTIRE NATION- and then- right after – says he didn’t do it. THIS is what is running America. People who can do whatever fucked up thing they can think of and then they just DENY responsibility like THAT is going to make up for their shit.

If your child did this- what would you do? So if it isn’t acceptable for your CHILDREN- then WHY IN THE FUCK is it okay for our LEADERS???

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So yeah- lets REDO the election. But lets throw SANDERS into the mix and see just how well BOTH Hillary and Donald do. If it is all about the “popular vote” then lets run the one WHO WAS THE MOST POPULAR..

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I am SO SICK of this victimization people have going on. Hillary steals the nomination from Sanders- Trump steals it from Hillary- and now Hillary is considered a victim. And if you point this out- YOU get vilified and dismissed. Pointing out facts is simply that- pointing out facts. If you can’t deal with this- then that says something about YOU- not me.

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01:55

Newsbud Exclusive Report- A Distillation DOD Spending Spree for November 2016 "IndyWatch Feed National"

DOD Spent $33,413,000,000+ on 186 Individual Contracts in November 2016

The Pentagon issues a jumbled list of contracts every business day around 5:00PM local time. Our project distills an entire month of these contracts into an accessible form.

The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) spent at least $33,413,000,000 on 186 individual contracts during November 2016. This amount does not include nineteen Foreign Military Sales transactions worth $1,869,924,000.

FOREIGN MILITARY SALES (FMS)Through FMS, the U.S. government procures and transfers materiel to allied nations and international organizations.

Boeing received $13,877,016 to provide the Netherlands with CH-47F Chinook support services.

General Dynamics received $65,292,225 to provide Iraq with contractor logistic support and training for M1A1 tanks and M88A2 recovery vehicles.

L-3 Communications received $29,965,504 to provide the UK with an electronic instrument system replacement requirement.

Lockheed Martin received $27,000,000 to upgrade Singapore’s F-16 aircraft.

Lockheed Martin received $1,204,200,000 to upgrade F-16 for South Korea.

Lockheed Martin received $12,354,382 to provide Taiwan with developmental support equipment.

Raytheon received $26,223,357 to upgrade the Taiwan Early Warning Radar Surveillance Radar Program Missile Warning Center.

Raytheon received $22,998,943 for FMS (Turkey, UAE, Spain): management, logistics and engineering support for the Hawk missile stockpile reliability program and the operations of worldwide theater readiness monitoring facility.

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00:16

Editor asks are "Councils being set up to fail?" "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


The Daily Examiner, editorial, 6 December 2016, p. 12:

These are interesting times inside the walls of Clarence Valley Council, with Wednesday's meeting regarding the Fit for the Future response exposing the fault lines.

There are differences between the elected councillors and also between some of those councillors and the council staff.

As a result, the proposed plan of action to become fit for the future was torn up and a new set of guidelines put forward.

Questions will be asked as to whether the councillors and staff can join forces to make the new approach work, but the real people who should be questioned regarding problems in local government throughout the state are Premier Mike Baird and his ruling Coalition.

Their attitude towards councils is nothing short of antagonistic.

There has been the series of forced amalgamations that have produced plenty of angst. Part of the amalgamation push was the Fit for the Future process, and to require councils like Clarence Valley's to submit their Fit for the Future response just a couple of days after the announcement of a miserly rate-pegging rise is harsh. Such decisions are being made by councils elected less than three months ago.

It begs the question: are councils being set up to fail to make further amalgamations easier?

00:15

Senate inquiry recommends orderly retirement of all Australian coal-fired power stations "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


On 13 October 2016, the Australian Senate referred the following matter to the Environment and Communications References Committee for inquiry and interim report by 28 November 2016 and final report by 1 February 2017.

The Committee recommended the orderly retirement of all twenty-four operating black/brown coal-fired power stations which currently make up est. 77 per cent of the national energy market and, are major contributors to greenhouse gas emissions in this country.

To date nine other coal-fired power stations have been decommissioned.


The Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) argued that coal fired generators impose significant external costs to human health, the environment, and public infrastructure, which typically falls disproportionately on coal-dependent communities. The ACF noted that estimated costs of health damages associated with coal combustion for electricity in Australia amount to $2.6 billion per annum……

According to the Climate Action Tracker, to meet the federal government's Paris targets, emissions must fall 1.9 per cent annually on average. Instead, they are rising about 1.2 per cent a year. This is a clear indication that current climate policy is failing to achieve required pollution reduction……

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21:20

Review: The Riddle of Father Hackett by Brenda Niall "IndyWatch Feed National"

Brenda Niall’s biography of Irish-Australian Jesuit priest, Father Hackett, is absorbing from the start. Niall starts by sharing her musings as she walks through Kew cemetery in Melbourne where Father Hackett is buried. She shares some memories of the cleric … Continue reading

20:09

SPACE WAR | THE PLANETARY LOCKDOWN – ELANA FREELAND & BILLY HAYES "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Space War | The Planetary Lockdown – Elana Freeland & Billy Hayes

SPACE WAR | THE PLANETARY LOCKDOWN – ELANA FREELAND & BILLY HAYES

 

Have you heard of the Space Fence?… Read More

17:26

Submission to the Inquiry into the Privacy Amendment (Re-identification Offence) Bill 2016 "IndyWatch Feed National"

 

I write this submission as an open data/budget transparency and privacy advocate and a citizen journalist, researcher and programmer. I researched and wrote the CensusFail submission to the Inquiry into the 2016 census in which I made salient points regarding privacy and data sharing of administrative data. The Inquiry into the 2016 Census failed to adequately address the privacy risks posed by government agencies sharing personal information without informed consent or appropriate de-identification practices.

The Amendment has had a chilling effect on discussion and debate of re-identification research....

17:16

Centrelink ‘Ignoring Muslim Polygamous Relationships’ Benefits To Islamic Families With Several Wives "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Australian Muslim families with more than one wife are receiving spousal benefits from Centrelink, it has been claimed.

Polygamous marriages, largely confined to Islamic families, are allowed to claim multiple family tax benefit payments for children living under the same roof, The Sunday Telegraph reported.… Read More

16:59

Chemtrails, HAARP, And The Full Spectrum Dominance of Planet Earth With Elana Freeland "IndyWatch Feed National"

Visit Elana’s group page on Facebook
We are entering a Space Age, but not the kind President Kennedy originally envisioned. This Space Age is replacing resource wars and redefines planet earth as a “battlespace” in accordance with the military doctrine of “Full-Spectrum Dominance.”
This book examines how chemtrails and ionospheric heaters like the High-frequency Active Auroral Research Project (HAARP) in Alaska service a full-spectrum dominance.… Read More

16:28

charitable gifts with oxfam shop "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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We’re nearing the pointy end of the Christmas shopping calendar.

If you’ve still got a list and haven’t yet checked it twice, I’ve got a few inspired ideas up my sleeve.

I’ve always been a fan of Oxfam Shop, the leading ethical retailer in Australia and this year I’ve collated a few of my favourite things. Always my first stop when I’m after ha...

15:28

Ripping Apart Pigs And Punching Kangaroos "IndyWatch Feed National"

Punching a kangaroo is one thing. Mauling and then stabbing a pig is another altogether, writes Geoff Russell.

A video went viral recently of a man punching a kangaroo. The man was carrying a really large knife and there are a couple of dogs in the film. For some strange reason, there’s been a considerable out-pouring of sympathy for the punchee, the kangaroo, while the puncher, one Greig Tonkins, is reportedly cowering before threats of revenge from animal rights people.

Most people know that I’ve been happy to wear that tag for a few decades and you can bet I reckon there’d be a special place in hell for Tonkins, if there was a hell, but not because of his punching the kangaroo. The punch certainly had shock and surprise value, but not much more.

But what about the pigs?

Imagine an out of control car killing five people and ending up ploughing through a shop window… with this last event caught on video. How strange would it be for the headline to read: “Car through window” with scant mention of the five deaths?

Tonkins and his mates went out with their dogs and knives to rip apart some pigs. If you have a strong stomach, you can find out what pig-doggin’ is by checking out this 2012 ABC report.

Hunters frequently glorify the notion of a “clean kill”; a single perfectly placed bullet that instantly snuffs out the consciousness of an animal. It is fired with extraordinary skill by a cool and methodical killer. This certainly is possible and quite common with some kinds of hunting.

It’s possible but rare when hunters use shotguns on ducks. Many fly on with pellets in one or other organs; or perhaps smashed legs or bills. But duck shooters at least make a pretense of wanting a clean kill, even if it is technically just a statistically unlikely chance event.

The pig doggers on the other hand, make no such pretense. The dogs catch and start ripping into the pig, at some point the person may judge that their own risk of injury is low enough, meaning the pig is weak enough, to move in with a knife and kill the pig. This is a slow, painful and terrifying way to kill an animal.

It is...

15:22

News Corp’s fake wives club – @qldaah #qldpol #auspol #MediaWatch "IndyWatch Feed National"

News Corp’s claims of Muslim husbands with multiple wives claiming multiple Centrelink payments dismissed by Finance Minister Mathias Cormann. Use the table of contents menu to jump to relevant sections. (December 11, 2016) – Mathias Cormann rejects News Corp assertions. (December 11, 2016) – Complaint registered with Australian Press Council. . Mathias Cormann rejects News […]

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David is a full time carer for his son and in quiet times contributes to the Fifth Estate. He believes that the role of citizen journalists is to question and collate mainstream media stories through social media and blogging.

12:55

Are Media Lies Criminal? Part 5: Deception by “Codes of Ethics” and the ABC’s Mandate "IndyWatch Feed National"

At Sydney Town Hall, 2014, protesting funding cuts to the ABC Editor’s note: The old saying, “Death by a Thousand Cuts,” might soon apply to the mainstream media. This is Gumshoe News’ 1,000th article.  by Mary W Maxwell   I’ll make three arguments here. The first is that there should be no restrictions on commercial media, and no […]

12:10

Wangkangurru / Yarluyandi Native Title Meeting "IndyWatch Feed National"

The claim area us at the junction of the Queensland, South Australian and Northern Territory boundaries.

The Wangkangurru / Yarluyandi people are descendants of the following ancestors

Wiljali
The parents of two brothers, Ililji-Danggana and Ililjili-Birbana
The parents of the sibling pair Nguarmariu (male) and Pungatjuntu (fenale
Sisters Maggie and Bugagaguna
The parents of a woman whose two sons (the name of the first son is unknown,the name of the second son is Yungili) married two sisters Maggie and Bugagaguna (as above) respectively (ie unnamed son married Maggie and Yungili married Bugagaguna)
Judy Dandribilina Trew (who married a man known as "Lagoon Charlie" Guranda and later a man called Charlie Trew

Appeared in the Koori Mail dated November 30, 2016

Notes

The publication Oodnadatta Genealogies by Jen Gibson has descendants of Yungili and  Bugagaguna listed in Chart 10. This is attached in two parts ( 1 ) and ( 2 ).

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10:51

Claim of Muslim multiple marriage welfare rort is a beat up "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Jim Hayes The claim that Muslims are rorting the welfare system with multiple wives is a beat up. Very few practice polygamous relationships,...

The post Claim of Muslim multiple marriage welfare rort is a beat up appeared first on The Pen.

08:13

Dutch politician convicted for anti-Moroccan speech "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed from Victoria Dutch anti-Muslim politician Geert Wilders reacted to his conviction for having insulted and incited discrimination against Moroccans, with the claim that this...

The post Dutch politician convicted for anti-Moroccan speech appeared first on The Pen.

07:51

PAUL CAPSIS ‘Addicted to the Nightlife’ "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Paul Capsis needs little introduction. His voice has been described as “an act of God”; like Ziggy Stardust on LSD, the mesmerising performer is a gender-bending, gospel-shrieking force of nature. Be prepared to surrender and be seduced by this strong yet deceivingly fragile powerhouse.

In a specially curated show for NORPA, Paul Capsis will explore the music of Patti Smith, Skyhooks, Amy Winehouse, Janis Joplin, Judy Garland, Billie Holiday, Ike and Tina Turner, Doris Day, Thelma Houston and many more.

“I don’t really do solo shows that often any more, as I am more concentrated in theatre,” said Paul Capsis who has recently received rave reviews for his portrayal of Quentin Crisp in Resident Alien as well as for his numerous other stage roles “It’s nice to revisit the cabaret form, which is basically me with an accompanist, Jeremy Brennan, doing a number of songs, a mixed bag of old and new songs, from Amy Winehouse, Janis Joplin to Tina Turner, with some fun and some dark notes too.”

Capsis’ will perform at NORPA on Thursday 29 Dec and Friday 30 Dec. His performance on Dec 29 will be preceeded by the Tropical Fruits Festival Street Parade that will finish at Lismore City Hall with the official Festival Opening Soiree from 5pm, including drag shows, a welcome by the Mayor, DJs, Coopers Bar, stalls and outdoor diner.

Capsis, who has never been to Tropical Fruits Festival, said his Lismore performance will be a treat for him as much as for the audience.

“I have heard of the Tropical Fruits Festival so much and for a very long time,” he said. “I know friends of mine who perform there regularly, every year, and it is very nice to be invited this year.”

Paul Capsis in ‘Addicted to the Nightlife’
NORPA at Lismore City Hall
Thu 29 Dec & Fri 30 Dec, 8pm $50
Bookings: www.norpa.org.au

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04:30

Biology meets philology "IndyWatch Feed National"

That there are universal patterns in the naming of colors across languages has long been a topic of discussion in a range of disciplines, including anthropology, cognitive science and linguistics. However, previous color term research has not applied an evolutionary framework to the analysis of these worldwide patterns. Recently, scientists at Yale University traced the history of color systems in language by applying phylogenetic methods across a large language tree. They not only validated the phylogenetic approach to culture, but also generated a precise history of color terms across a large language sample drawn from the Pama-Nyungan languages of Australia, and moreover provided evidence supporting the loss and, as had been previously known, gain of color terms in the evolutionary process.

Prof. Claire Bowern discussed several key elements of the paper that she and Hannah J. Haynie published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, these being:

  • tracking the evolution of color terms across a large language tree in order to trace the color systems history
  • validating phylogenetic approaches to culture and providing an explicit history of color terms across a large language sample when working with the Pama-Nyungan languages of Australia
  • finding alternative trajectories of color term evolution beyond those considered in the standard theories
  • applying Bayesian phylogenetic methods to data that bridges linguistics, cultural anthropology, and cognitive science

“We had a lot of trouble getting data for the languages, as well as interpreting the data we had,” Bowern tells Phys.org. “Since there’s no preexisting set of color term data-sets for these languages, we had to create it from grammars, dictionaries and field notes.” Moreover, she adds, if a term wasn’t in the data-set, they had to determine if it was truly absent from the language – or if it simply was not recorded in their data. The researchers also ran into difficulty deciding if a word was truly a color term, as was the case with orange, which had to be excluded from their list of colors because too many instances of the term referred only to the fruit.

“There is now a substantial body of literature on phylogenetic approaches to culture,” Bowern continues. (Phylogenetics is the study of evolutionary relationships among species, individuals or genes, as modelled on trees.) “It’s still somewhat controversial, but the critiques of phylogenetics outside of biology often focus on the differences between biological systems and other areas of change, such as in linguistics or culture.” That said, she points out that oftentimes these critiques overlook the degree of difference among biological evolutionary processes. “It’s........

01:35

Fake News… "IndyWatch Feed National"

I find it amusing that the very people who have constantly GIVEN us fake news are now the ones BITCHING about fake news. And even THIS is a lie- because what they are upset about is that the TRUTH is finally getting out and they can’t control it or spin it with their propaganda machine.

Fake news? Like going to war over weapons of mass destruction that didn’t exist and killing MILLIONS of INNOCENT people while DECEMATING our economy at the same time?

I agree- FAKE NEWS SUCKS…

00:17

The Pope Protects Child Rapists and Is Obsessed with Feces "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Pope Francis, the yarmulke-wearing Jesuit, recently came out against “fake news”.

A thing that can do great damage to the information media is disinformation: that is, faced with any situation, saying only a part of the truth, and not the rest.

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00:15

Is it time to abandon Facebook? "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


We’ve all heard about “fake news” and how it now pervades our daily life.

What we are not always aware of is how social media sites like Facebook aggregate the news to focus on what our browsing history tells it we may like and, how it indiscriminately serves up these fake sites as genuine news in the feeds it presents online.

Fake news sites are not satire or comedy - they have been deliberately created to sway public opinion and voted intention.

As The Sydney Morning Herald reported on 2 December  2016:

Here's the thing: Facebook is using an algorithm to provide you "news" that it thinks you want to see. So, if Facebook has identified you as someone who supports Trump, it will pump in things like this deceptively-edited clip that you will, almost certainly, take as gospel truth. You likely won't dig deeper into the story to make sure that the clip is legit; it affirms your view that Obama and Democrats are bad and are encouraging illegal behaviour and, therefore, requires no checking.  It's literally too good to check.

This creates a dangerous echo chamber during periods of social or political unrest and even during run-of-the-mill election campaigns.

The mainstream media – now bereft of the financial and journalistic manpower resources in had in former times to explore or fully investigate issues often becomes part of that echo chamber.

Thus we find the likes of Anthony John Abbott and Donald John Trump (who were either enthusiastically promoted in the media or not critically evaluated sufficiently) elected to the most powerful p...

00:15

Community anger over South Grafton asbestos contamination not allayed by public meeting "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


On Thursday 1 December 2016 Clarence Valley Council held a public meeting on the subject of its asbestos removal strategy during site remediation prior to re-development of the site as a 'super depot'.
Asbestos removal will reportedly add an est. $2.5 million to the re-development $13.3 million cost. 
The Daily Examiner, 5 December 2016, Clarence Valley Council depot site plan
The Daily Examiner, letter to the editor, 5 December 2016, p.12:

Inquiry needed

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Saturday, 10 December

23:57

Bill Shorten’s ex Debbie Beale was in the “Union Wives Club” with Kathy Jackson says Labor staffer "IndyWatch Feed National"

Bill Shorten and his former wife Debbie Beale were highly likely “benefiting from the proceeds of crime” given their previous close relationship with Kathy Jackson says newly appointed Labor Party staffer Peter Wicks. Peter Wicks, who since the 31st of October 2016 has been employed as a staff member by federal Labor MP Michael Danby, […]

19:08

The War Against “Fake News” Heating Up "IndyWatch Feed National"

(L) Edgar Maddison Welch, and (R) Lucy Richards of  Florida, in a police booking photo from the 1990s by Dee McLachlan I have noticed overthe last few days it takes a long time for sites like Infowars.com and Whatreallyhappend.com to open. This was posted on Infowars.com today: “EMERGENCY: The gov’t has announced they want to shut […]

17:08

The Mizrahi Factor "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Strangers in a strange land

When I first visited Israel in the early ‘seventies, it was a white man’s land with the look and feel of a European colony transplanted in Levantine soil.

The European Ashkenazim (literally, “German” Jews), the returnees of the diaspora, were in the majority. They had dominated politics and culture from the days of the first Zionist immigration, and through the mandate years of the Yishuv when Eastern Europeans predominated in the movement and in the fledgling military. The republic that the Ashkenazim prepared for during the Mandate and then built after 1948 was, in intent and in actuality, a white, secular, socialist outpost of Central and Eastern Europe.

The Sephardim, Jews who had lived in Palestine for centuries, and up to a million Jews expelled from Arab countries after 1948, were, for some forty years of Israel’s existence, a disadvantaged minority. The name itself was misleading. ‘Sephardi’ originally described Jews who had been expelled from Spain in the late fifteenth century. But it came to be applied to anyone who was not Ashkenazi. They were discriminated against in many spheres of Israeli life, regarded as primitive, backward, ill-educated, and poor – and more like Arabs than Jews.

And this was indeed the case in many respects. Jewish communities had been an integral part of Arab society for centuries. From Morocco to Iran, they had lived, thrived, and prospered among the their Muslim neigbours. The Jewish communities in Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Yemen and Iran were old and populous, and indeed often predated Christianity. From high to low, they were entwined in their local politics and economics.The lower classes were as poor and as downtrodden as their Arab neighbours. The professional and mercantile middle class lived very comfortable lives, and under late Ottoman rule, and British and French suzerainty, enjoyed a cosmopolitan lifestyle.

Embedded in the heart and soul of their Arab homelands, they shared the same history, suffered the same depredations, wore the same clothes, ate the same food, made and listened to the same music. Many of their values and cultural norms had more in common with the east than the west.

Oriental Jewish culture was based on three pillars: the community, the synagogue and the father. Faith was the cornerstone and family paramount, and with these, the authority of the rabbi and the head of the household. Piety was respected, chastity honoured, modesty and decorum observed, and marriages arranged. Religion, tradition and patriarchy preserved the community for a millennium. It did not...

17:00

The Weekend Quiz – December 10-11, 2016 – answers and discussion "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Here are the answers with discussion for this Weekend’s Quiz. The information provided should help you work out why you missed a question or three! If you haven’t already done the Quiz from yesterday then have a go at it before you read the answers. I hope this helps you develop an understanding of modern monetary theory (MMT) and its application to macroeconomic thinking. Comments as usual welcome, especially if I have made an error.

Question 1:

A program of fiscal austerity (pushing towards surplus) will always undermine attempts by the private domestic sector to reduce its indebtedness when a nation external balance is in deficit.

The answer is True.

Fact – when a nation exports less than they import (including net income flows) we say they have an external deficit (current account deficit).

This is a question about the sectoral balances – the government fiscal balance, the external balance and the private domestic balance – that have to always add to zero because they are derived as an accounting identity from the national accounts. The balances reflect the underlying economic behaviour in each sector which is interdependent – given this is a macroeconomic system we are considering.

To refresh your memory the balances are derived as follows. The basic income-expenditure model in macroeconomics can be viewed in (at least) two ways: (a) from the perspective of the sources of spending; and (b) from the perspective of the uses of the income produced. Bringing these two perspectives (of the same thing) together generates the sectoral balances.

From the sources perspective we write:

(1) GDP = C + I + G + (X – M)

which says that total national income (GDP) is the sum of total final consumption spending (C), total private investment (I), total government spending (G) and net exports (X – M).

Expression (1) tells us that total income in the economy per period will be exactly equal to total spending from all sources of expenditure.

We also have to acknowledge that financial balances of the sectors are impacted by net government taxes (T) which includes all tax revenue minus total transfer and interest payments (the latter are not counted independently in the expenditure Expression (1)).

Further, as noted above the trade account is only one aspect of the financial flows between the domestic economy and the external sector. we have to include net external income flows (FNI).

Adding in the net external income flows (FNI) to Expression (2) for GDP we get the familiar gross national prod...

16:30

Things Worth Your Attention: Week Ending 11/12 "IndyWatch Feed National"

As 2016 rounds out, it seems like everybody is just dying to denounce the year and look towards 2017 with hope, like the arbitrary changing of the Gregorians is going to bring with it some kind of swelling of fortune.

But of course it isn’t.

If 2016 was your annus horribilis let me assure you that 2017 will be straight-up fucked. Why? Because I’m a realist – the oft-touted euphemism for “negative old bastard”.

More of your heroes will die.
Musical, film, political, familial – as the people we look up to get older there’s a higher probability of them kicking the bucket. Get used to it, because that’s an unavoidable fact.

Your lot will get worse.
One year older means one year closer to the grave, plus another year’s problems. Health, wealth, career, relationships – the odds will continue to stack against you, compounded by the ungodly cunt-storm that 2017’s political landscape is about to unleash upon us.

Trump is confirming our worst fears.
Remember when he won the election and all the moronic contrarians with their ignorance masquerading as faux apathy told you that It doesn’t matter, he’s just a figurehead, nothing will change, and do you really think that he’s any worse than Obummer/Killary?

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Well I kind of wanted to believe you. I wanted to think that the election campaign was an act of theatrical brilliance, a lowest-common-denominator schlock-fest designed to rouse the ignorant to form an army of support without any intention of going through with it all, because it would be NUTS to run a country according to the desires of the bottom feeders, wouldn’t it?

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12:51

Black Water and Bad Shots "IndyWatch Feed National"

In a bar outside Rome, foamy, black water crashed down the corridors of my mind. As thoughts rose like bubbles emerging from the submerged floors, the malignant waters surged around them, collapsing them with ease. My mind felt paralysed and numb, with a permeating feeling of inadequacy.

I swivelled my stool toward the bartender, away from the awkward silence between me and the two girls occupying the stools to my right. Trying to revive the conversation felt like resuscitating someone, and breaking their sternum in the process. I ordered my second expensive, cheap-tasting beer. I knew I was spending money I didn’t have, but goddamn, I had to do something with myself.

I scanned the bar behind me and spotted a pool table across the red, dimly lit sea of teenage heads, bobbing up and down like buoys on the vast ocean dance floor. Within a minute I was inhaling European cologne as I waded through chic European girls and pretty European boys who put more thought into their hair and clothes than the American girls I knew back home. God, I missed the stink and slovenliness of sweaty Americans in a bar.

The pool table was in a corner of the room on an elevated wooden platform. Green table felt shone through another blanket of red light lying on pool balls, cues, stools, and two dozen drink-in-hand French teens.

I struck a nonchalant lean against a pillar and watched two of the guys in the group stumble around the pool table having a grand time trying to pocket the eight ball. Minutes passed. Doing nothing was much worse than doing something – the weight of the black water was bearing down on me.

Finally, the eight ball dropped in a pocket. I immediately turned around and asked a French teen with kind eyes who didn’t know what to do with his non-beer holding hand, “You want to play?”

He picked up a pool cue and within a shot revealed he fucking sucked. Which was great, because I fucking sucked. On my third stroke, I missed the ball completely. Sweet. I shot a sheepish grin at him and endured the merciless, black deluge that swamped the halls and corridors. Every other shot I took was a bad shot. People were watching. I had to fight against the stabs of insecurity, the sloshing, heavy water pounding against the walls.

We had only been playing a few minutes when I heard someone from behind walk up the steps with a drunken holler to someone across the pool table. The holler couldn’t be defined, but it didn’t need to be. Any human knew what it meant. It w...

12:03

Pizzagate, Hoaxtead, Shamanism, and Accusations- More of My Posts From Facebook… "IndyWatch Feed National"

*****

So I want to deal with this comment on Hoaxstead. I HAVE tried to help- not only get justice for the murdered children my family was involved with- but I ALSO have done my best to network people together so that they can help each other.

Do I have a donation page? Yep. Why? Because NOTHING is for free in this world. But I am CERTAINLY not going to holiday in Spain. Nor is anyone I know who is actually REALLY involved with this work. We don’t have the govt- who is stealing TRILLIONS UPON TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS from the American people- funding us- so we do what we must.

I am REALLY tired of this victim blaming. Vilifying someone who has come forward as a victim in this mess. THIS is the shit we have to contend with. Not that it isn’t all ready hard enough- we have ignorant opinionated assholes to deal with- who are MORE THAN EAGER to share their uneducated opinions.

How many victims has this anonymous person helped? When you see beyond his sickening facade of “compassion”- what you see is someone who would rather victims shut up and go deal with themselves. This dude has NOT A DROP of caring when you read exactly what he wrote- and you can read it in not only what he says- and what he doesn’t.

Like how HE has helped ANYONE who has gone through something HE IS VOCAL ABOUT EXPRESSING HIS DISBELIEF IN…

*****

To the Order-

As you are quickly coming to realize- the New World Order has begun- in fact we are WELL beyond the dawn of that beginning, and you have completely lost. I realize how harsh of a realization this has been for the lot of you- but hey- don’t fret- because it ISN’T as if your efforts aren’t going to be rewarded. Because after everything is said and done- you got ME. And have NO DOUBT- I am going to MORE than reward you for what you have done. Because although I may have found myself BOUND to all of you- I have also discovered that none of you have an OUNCE of CONTROL...

10:19

Basil on PNG’s Overseas Mining Conference "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Prime Minister O'Neill, Treasurer Patrick Pruaitch, Mining Minster Byron Chan and

PNG government spends millions taking a large delegation of Ministers and bureaucrats to Sydney for their Xmas shopping

One PNG | December 8, 2016

Deputy Opposition Leader, Member for Bulolo and Pangu Pati Leader Honourable Sam Basil is concerned that his District has missed out on participation at the recent Mining & Petroleum Conference being held in Sydney, Australia.

Mr Basil said that the Bulolo District Development Authority (the BDDA) represents Bulolo District which hosts the Hidden Valley Mines and the upcoming Wafi Golpu Gold and Copper Mine.

The BDDA also represents second and third generation of gold miners along the Watut River, the Waria River, the Snake River and the Wau and Bulolo rivers, including hundreds of mining lease operators.

The alluvial miners input into the national coffers stands at K60 to K70m annually, including the Hidden Valley Mines and the upcoming Wafi Golpu Mine....

09:56

America’s NSA is trying to use the Internet for spying on citizens "IndyWatch Feed National"

We should all be concerned about the effort of big brother to use the Internet to ratchet up spying on our very day affairs. All...

The post America’s NSA is trying to use the Internet for spying on citizens appeared first on The Pen.

09:09

Cancer sufferer refused by Centrelink joins the list of its victims "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Joe Montero Channel Nine’s recent expose of Centrelink’s refusal to twice dismiss claims for disability support to an Indigenous man, despite having lost...

The post Cancer sufferer refused by Centrelink joins the list of its victims appeared first on The Pen.

07:57

Indigenous Kalgoorlie residents plan own legal action after landmark Palm Island court decision - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) "IndyWatch Feed National"

Indigenous Kalgoorlie residents plan own legal action after landmark Palm Island court decision - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation): The court found Queensland police were racist in their response to the 2004 death in custody of Cameron Doomadgee and the riots that followed.

Supporters of Kalgoorlie teenager Elijah Doughty, who was allegedly run down by a motorist in open grassland in August, have watched the Palm Island decision carefully.

Local Indigenous broadcaster Debbie Carmody believes the Palm Island ruling could open the door for a similar challenge in WA.

"The similarities between Palm Island and the Kalgoorlie experience? It is very very similar," Carmody said.

07:08

We all have a right to die without prolonged suffering and with dignity "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Ugly The debate about euthanasia is ongoing. Basically, it is a relatively straight forward issue. There are those in great agony who no...

The post We all have a right to die without prolonged suffering and with dignity appeared first on The Pen.

Friday, 09 December

23:57

Quote "IndyWatch Feed National"

The terminal madness of the end times, as coined by Australia’s Dr. Joseph Chiappalone, is approaching.Filed under: Quotes Tagged: madness

22:25

Peter Little: The Real Face Of Vaccine Damage "IndyWatch Feed National"

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https://www.facebook.com/graeme.little.9849

Is the Deadly Hepatitis B Vaccine More Dangerous than the Disease?

by Christina England

Health Impact News

3 Newborns Dead and 25 Others Seriously Injured After Receiving Hepatitis B Vaccinations

On March 16, 2016, the Burmese newspaper The Irrawaddy reported that three babies had died and 25 others had become seriously ill after receiving hepatitis B vaccinations from the Bago General Hospital in Burma.

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22:13

Leightons controlling shareholder done for insider trading in its shares "IndyWatch Feed National"

Thanks to reader K - from ASIC today. It's cultural! Construction company Hochtief AG fined for insider trading and agrees to give up notional profits The Federal Court has found that German construction group holding company Hochtief Aktiengesellschaft (Hochtief AG) engaged in insider trading in contravention of section 1043A(1)(d) of...

17:43

How “Groupthink” Is Impeding the Sydney Siege Inquest "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Identical drummers at the 2008 Beijing Olympics opening ceremony by Mary W Maxwell It takes time to absorb all that was said in the last few days at Gumshoe, both in articles and comments.  Let’s do a retrospective.  More importantly, let’s push further (in the comments below, your turn) as to trying to fathom what […]

17:00

The Weekend Quiz – December 10-11, 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Welcome to The Weekend Quiz, which used to be known as the Saturday 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. A program of fiscal austerity (pushing towards surplus) will always undermine attempts by the private domestic sector to reduce its indebtedness when a nation external balance is in deficit.



2. A rising level of bank reserves will make it easier for banks to expand credit to the private sector if the demand for loans increases.



3. The public debt ratio is of no concern because economic growth will always bring it down after a recession.




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15:50

EnergyAustralia to invest $1.5 billion in new wind and solar projects "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The electricity provider has committed to buying 500 megawatts of power from wind and solar plants, more than doubling the amount of energy it can source from renewables.

It said on Wednesday it had bought the output from a planned 42.6 megawatt solar farm at Manildra in central west NSW, which will be able to power 14,000 homes per year when completed in 2018.

Managing director Catherine Tanna said EnergyAustralia was looking to lead the development of cleaner energy even though it owns two of the biggest coal power stations in the country. “These are the projects which will come to underpin energy supply in Australia as coal-fired power plants are retired,” she said in a statement. EnergyAustralia plans to ink a 13-year agreement with the Manildra fa...

15:44

Sydney students pioneer a shared solar and battery system for apartment block "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Stucco students install one of Australia’s first shared solar and battery systems for apartment block, 702 ABC Sydney ,By Amanda Hoh, 8 Dec 16, After 18 months of “bureaucracy” and jumping through regulatory hoops, the students of Sydney’s Stucco apartments have finally achieved their goal of spearheading a “solar revolution”.

The social housing apartment block in Newtown has become one of the first multi-dwelling buildings in Australia to install a shared solar and battery storage system.

Last week 30 kilowatts of solar panels were placed on the roofs and 36 batteries set up in the building totalling 42.3kW storage capacity. The solar system will now provide 80 per cent of the residents’ energy needs, with the remainder of electricity drawn from the grid. Each student is expected to save up to $35 a month on their electricity bill. “As poor uni students, that difference in a bill makes a huge difference,” Sarah King, Stucco committee president, resident and social work student, said.

“There’s also the great feeling of using green clean energy as opposed to dirty coal.

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“As a cooperative, it’s quite empowering to have your own locally sourced power system, otherwise you’re quite vulnerable to what electricity companies are going to charge you. Stucco is a cooperative, not-for-profit housing complex for low-income students from Sydney University. There are 40 residents in the eight units who each pay about $90 in weekly rent. As a cooperative, the students self-manage the property, which is part-owned by the university and the Department of Housing.

How do students pay for solar?  A software system was put in place to manage and analyse the energy output from each unit, meaning the Stucco committee now acts as its own energy retailer and issues electricity bills to the residents. For the energy consumption that is provided by solar, the students are charged a maximum of 10 cents during off-peak times and up to 40 cents during peak use.

They are currently in pricing talks with various commercial energy retailers for when the building draws from the grid.

The cost of the project totalled $130,000, with the solar technology costing $97,000……..The students received an $80,000 grant from the City of...

15:33

ACS Digital Disruptors Awards "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

It was an honour to be recognised with a 2016 “Gold Disruptor” award (in the “ICT Professional of the Year” category) at the ACS Digital Disruptor Awards in Sydney last week. It was a fun day of events, and there were amazing nominees in all the categories.acs-awards-2016-2982

Thanks to the ACS for the photo, and thanks to me for doing a silly face in the photo.

14:24

Breaking: Assange Releases SMS Records Showing He Was Framed by Police in Rape Cases "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Over the past six years, Julian Assange has been held captive due to rape allegations that were made by the Swedish government. Information has now come to light that would indicate that these crimes were actually fabrications that were intended to frame the infamous whistle-blower.

Yesterday was the first time in the entire fiasco that Assange went public with his statement of the events which surrounded the rape allegations that he was incarcerated for in 2010.

“Six years ago today, on 7 December 2010, I was handcuffed and locked into Wandsworth prison by order of a Swedish prosecutor, Marianne Ny,” Assange explains in a testimony released on Wednesday. “I had not and still have not been charged with an offense. The claimed grounds for my arrest and extradition without charge were so that Ny could question me. But it was not until six years later – three weeks ago – that I was questioned for the first time. I have decided to release my responses.”

Assange who was arrested back in 2010, was finally questioned for the first time in November. The questioning took place over a two-day time period, and during that time, his lawyer was excluded from the room, “in yet another breach of my basic rights.” according to Assange.

The statement, which was released on Wednesday, details the events that led up to his persecution, including his encounters with the American, English, Australian, and of course Swedish governments.

“You have subjected me to six years of unlawful, politicized detention without charge in prison, under house arrest and four and a half years at this embassy. You should have asked me this question six years ago. Your actions in refusing to take my statement for the last six years have been found to be unlawful by the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention and by the Swedish Court of Appeal. You have been found to have subjected me to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment. You have denied me effective legal representation in this process. Despite this, I feel compelled to cooperate even though you are not safeguarding my rights. I refer you to my statement where all these questions were answered.”

In what can only be described as sadly ironic, the charges only came to light after Assange used information which was leaked by Bradley Manning to expose the war crimes of the U.S government through his site, WikiLeaks.

“I… could not believe my eyes when five days later I saw a headline in a Swedish tabloid that I was suspected of a crime and arrested in my absence. I immediately made myself available to Swedish authorities to clarify any questions that might exist,....

11:00

Australia using up carbon budget "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia is racing through its carbon budget from now to 2050. At this rate, it will use all of that up by 2032.

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