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Wednesday, 13 December

22:48

MACKAY Behind bars after admitting to string of alcohol thefts "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY December 13, 2017 at 08:30AM ,

Behind bars after admitting to string of alcohol thefts

December 13, 2017 at 08:30AM ,

A SLADE Point booze bandit has admitted to ripping off alcohol from pubs and bottle shops across the region in October, including the Shamrock Hotel, Liquorland and Dan Murphys. Karen Patricia Anne-Mareie Wise faced Mackay Magistrates Court via videolink from prison on Monday, pleading guilty

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22:48

MACKAY False allegations led to assault "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY December 13, 2017 at 05:30AM ,

False allegations led to assault

December 13, 2017 at 05:30AM ,

Mooney, a 21-year-old apprentice boilermaker, faced Mackay Magistrates Court on Monday, pleading guilty to assault occasioning bodily harm. He came before the court to face the music after three police warrants had been issued for his arrest. Prosecutor Bernhard Berger said about 5pm on April 14,

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MACKAY Police search home, uncover trench knife "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY December 13, 2017 at 09:03AM ,

Police search home, uncover trench knife

December 13, 2017 at 09:03AM ,

Knuckledusters are classed as a category M weapon in Queensland, and can attract heavy penalties. Cross pleaded guilty in Mackay Magistrates Court on Tuesday to possessing the knuckledusters after police searched his home. Magistrate Damien Dwyer fined Cross $500 and a conviction was not

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21:02

Talking to the Media : Avoiding the Pitfalls: A Guide for Anarchists "IndyWatch Feed National"

Anarchists have appeared in the corporate media a lot this year, from the first breathless reports on resistance to the rise of the far right to recent appearances in the fashion pages. But not all visibility is good visibility. The Trump regime is looking to popularize an image of anarchists and other activists as a major threat to public order in order to legitimize further crackdowns; fascist organizations have worked hard to capitalize on a media profile of antifa as violent and mysterious in order to draw more people into their ranks. Corporate media outlets like the Wall Street Journal are notorious for catering to the reactionary politics of their owners, while even the most sympathetic media coverage can be useful to law enforcement agencies seeking information to use against activists.

Anarchists and others have long been critical of the function of the media itself. Yet its not always possible to avoid press coverage; in the information age, its spin or be spun. When we act effectively in pursuit of social change, media outlets will seek to represent us to the general publicand unless we can disrupt their narratives, most people will see us through their eyes.

Corporate media is not a neutral space in which we can present ideas the way we can in direct conversation with our coworkers and neighbors. It is a strategic terrain on which the authorities position themselves to legitimate the use of force. To step in front of the cameras is to enter a hostile territory controlled by a class that is determined to use our images against us. If we enable media outlets to depict us as violent, alien, or extremeno matter how strong the arguments we make in favor of our tactics or ideasthe ultimate result will be that the authorities are emboldened to step up their attacks on us.

When we engage with the media, we must not imagine that they will promote our ideas; we have to accomplish that on our own through our own channels. (At best, we can use media appearances to direct people to those channels, like the organization that insisted on only answering interviews in front of a banner displaying their website.) Rather, we are engaging in a subtle war of position in which we seek to prevent the authorities from alienating others from us and to undermine the narratives that legitimize their violence. We must always balance the possible gains...

20:09

Archbishop Denis Hart Melbourne archbishop says hed rather go to jail than report child abuse heard in confession "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Guardian

Melbourne archbishop says hed rather go to jail than report child abuse heard in confession

Denis Hart says communication with God is of a higher order after child sex abuse inquiry calls for failure to report to become a criminal offence

Denis Hart
Archbishop Denis Hart says Catholic priests would rather be jailed than violate the sacramental seal. Photograph: Tracey Nearmy/AAP

The archbishop of the archdiocese of Melbourne, Denis Hart, said he would risk going to jail rather than report allegations of child sexual abuse raised during confession, and that the sacredness of communication with God during confession should be above the law.

He was responding to a report from the child sex abuse royal commission calling for reforms th...

19:26

Antifa Australia goes for the jugular (while I make some comments) "IndyWatch Feed National"

On the weekend The Australian published a lengthy article by Chip Le Grand on antifa in Australia. Below are some comments. Antifa Australia goes for the jugular Chip Le Grand The Australian December 9, 2017 The first rule of antifa Continue reading

18:39

The Sins of the Fathers And the Cardinal? "IndyWatch Feed National"

It has been decided this week by the Melbourne Magistrates Court that the committal hearing for Australia's most senior Catholic leader, Cardinal George Pell, who is accused of child sexual abuse crimes, will take place behind closed doors. True Crime News Weekly correspondent, Gary Johnston, casts his critical eye on what exactly "Big George" may be hiding and what kind of game his highly-priced lawyers are playing.

17:00

Glitter Has Become a Global Hazard "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Dr. Mercola

Microplastic pollution is a critical issue affecting waterways and wildlife. Glitter is a form of microplastic that may harm marine life. A chain of 19 child care nurseries across southern England recently announced they were banning the use of glitter in their children's craft projects in an effort to reduce pollution.1

Discarded bottles, bags and straws break down in the ocean waters to microplastic pieces, 5 millimeters (mm) or smaller. These pieces are literally clouding the ocean waters with "plastic smog."2 Billions of pounds of plastic can also be found in convergences that now cover approximately 40 percent of the world's ocean surface.3

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, located just a few hundred miles north of Hawaii, is one of the most polluted gyres. The United Nations (U.N.) states that there are 51 trillion pieces of microplastic particles polluting the ocean.4 The U.N. describes this as 500 times more than there are stars in our galaxy. These are the pieces that currently exist in the ocean waters and not those making their way through fresh water lakes, waterways and sewer systems.

Glitter has been used for celebrations, decorations and even for revenge, as an Australian startup company promises to ship a glitter bomb to your enemy.5 The company uses glitter as it is so insidious youll be vacuuming it out of the carpet and picking it out of your clothes for months once it has been released. The idea was so popular they were overwhelmed with orders within 24 hours of opening for business.

Pieces of plastic have now reached the previously pristine waters of the Arctic Ocean, where damage to marine life and ocean waters continue to spread. Growing concern over the plight of the environment and human health has led some scientists to call for a ban on glitter.6

Glitter Is Not Just Annoying

CNN calls glitter "the ultimate supervillain of the craft and makeup world."....

16:29

Wayne Swan's speakers fees from China, Palestine and ors - any time left for Australia Wayne? "IndyWatch Feed National"

http://www.aph.gov.au//%7E/media/03%20Senators%20and%20Members/32%20Members/Register/45p/SZ/SwanW_45P.pdf

16:12

December in nonfiction "IndyWatch Feed National"

These literary essays circle tightly around postpartum depression, but also explore themes including violence against women, art, writing and death. The strongest pieces are those that cut closest to the bone, making the reader witness to the authors frankness.

16:09

Bitcoin To Be or Not to Be? "IndyWatch Feed National"

QUESTION: Hi Martin,
despite the Bitcoin fanboys arguing that Bitcoin is untouchable by governments, would you agree that once governments, in particular, the Chinese government, make it unlawful to own Bitcoins, the additional introduction of proceeds-of-crime legislation would make it extremely difficult, if not impossible, to use Bitcoins to acquire assets, and dealing a permanent blow to Bitcoins value? At some point, Bitcoin owners need to be able to interface with the real market to buy assets, and thats where the government can catch them and ask them to prove how an asset was acquired.

Will you be giving a forecast on Bitcoins price at some point?

Keep up the great work.
regards

AG

ANSWER: Bitcoin has replaced gold as the hot anti-establishment medium which has been gaining momentum. In light of India canceling their currency, there is a growing position against government currencies. This is certainly part of the entire shift from a Public to a Private Wave on the Economic Confidence Model. The overall confidence in government has been declining significantly on economic and political levels i.e. the election of Trump, BREXIT, and Merkel collapsing to 32.5%.

In a purely eco...

16:07

Ice Cream, Concrete, and Squats "IndyWatch Feed National"

Gentrification is class war from above which must be answered with struggle from below. This requires accessible projects that can establish a broad and militant praxis.

16:00

Dastyari is just a symptom of the Sussex Street disease - "I have always put the pursuit of the Labor cause first" "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dastyari sums it up himself. "I have always put the pursuit of the Labor cause first". Not the truth. Not even his family. And certainly not Australia. But Dastyari is only a symptom of the Sussex Street disease. And it has taken hold of both parties. The disease is slowly...

15:59

PERTH Perth taxi drivers foot run over in violent Belmont car-jacking "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Perth taxi drivers foot run over in violent Belmont car-jacking .

December 13, 2017 at 10:07AM .

The 31-year-old Northam man was charged with several offences, including possession of a prohibited drug, breach of bail, failure to stop, stealing a motor vehicle and driving recklessly, dangerous driving occasioning bodily harm and robbery. He will appear in Perth Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

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15:52

UN General Assembly Votes for Palestinians // J. B. Gerald "IndyWatch Feed National"

http://www.nightslantern.ca/ga7dec2017.htm UN General Assembly Votes for Palestinians by J. B. Gerald On December 6 the U.S. President declared Jerusalem the capital of Israel and announced the U.S. intention to move its embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv. It's also widely known that Israel's claim to all of Jerusalem isn't recognized by the international community or international law. The U.S. ally Great Britain announced it will maintain its embassy in Tel Aviv. Canada's prime minister announced Canada is keeping its embassy in Tel Aviv, however in its UN General Assembly votes December 7th Canada's maintained an obtuseness to Palestinian suffering, siding with with the U.S. and Israel. Since the United Nations Security Council has mandated that no unilateral changes can be made to the status of Jerusalem, the Security Council responded to the U.S. declaration by calling an emergency session December 8th. The U.S. and Israel's position was not favoured; other countries consider the declaration makes a peace process between Israel and Palestine impossible. All this is not suppressed news though it can be interpreted as prolonging a genocide warning for Palestinians in the Occupied Territories. What is unreported by NATO media is that following President Trump's announcement the UN's General Assembly on December 7th passed nine draft resolutions assuring some protection to the lives and rights of Palestinians, and with such large majorities in favour of Palestine that the world's nations have indicated an overwhelming opposition to the U.S. president's decision. The UN General Assembly may be the closest humankind is able to offer as the voice of humanity. Attempting to be more specific I'll try to order a very confusing press release from "UN Meeting Coverage and Press Releases," where on December 7th among the 38 resolutions and two decisions made by the General Assembly concerning decolonization, these dealt directly with Israel-Palestine. 1. Assistance to Palestine refugees, was adopted, 162 for and 1 (Israel) against, with 12 abstaining. This resolution expresses extreme concern for Palestinian refugees under occupation and the urgent need for reconstruction of Gaza. 2. Persons displaced as a result of the June 1967 and subsequent hostilities, was adopted, 158 in favour, 7 against (Canada, Israel, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, United States) with 10 abstentions. This draft resolution reaffirms the right of displaced persons to go back to their homes and former residences. 3. Operations of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, was adopted, 162 for to 6 against (Canada, Israel, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, United States) and 7 abstentions. The resolution's focus on funding was accompanied...

15:35

Swimmer drowns at Suffolk Park "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Despite the best efforts of first responders, a man couldnt be revived after getting into difficulty at Suffolk Park near Byron Bay on Wednesday (December 13).

The man, a 21-year-old from Brisbane, was pulled unconscious from the surf by a member of the public shortly before 12:30pm.

An off-duty firefighter who witnessed the incident, which occurred approximately 200 metres south of the caravan park, immediately commenced CPR.

Nearby lifeguards were informed of the situation and travelled to the scene to provide additional support.

Police and paramedics continued to perform emergency treatment but sadly all attempts to save the man were unsuccessful.

Officers from Tweed Byron Local Area Command have commenced investigations into the incident.

Conditions at Suffolk Park at the time the man got into distress were believed to be challenging with a powerful rip current making its presence felt.

Earlier on Wednesday lifeguards were tasked to respond to a swimmer who also got into difficulty but they were ultimately able to extricate themselves from the situation.

With todays tragic incident coming just days the before the official school holiday period kicks-off, lifeguards are using it as an opportunity to reiterate to the public the importance of swimming at a patrolled location.

This was an extremely difficult situation with the real tragedy being that beaches across the state, including Suffolk Park, will begin to be patrolled shortly, said ALS Northern Coordinator Scott McCartney.

I would like to acknowledge the efforts of everyone involved in trying to save the mans life. Their valiant efforts gave him a chance and our thoughts go out to his family and friends.

Investigations into the circumstances of the incident are continuing.

Tips on how to spot a rip current

Some signs include:
Deeper, dark-coloured water
Fewer breaking waves
A rippled surface surrounded by smooth waters
Anything floating out to sea or foamy, discoloured, sandy, water flowing out beyond the waves.
Rips dont always show all of these signs at once.

Rip current survival tips

Relax  stay calm and float to conserve your energy
Raise  raise your arm and attract attention from lifeguards or lifesavers
Rescue  the lifeguards or lifesavers will be on their way to help you

 

While floating, rip currents may flow in a circular pattern and return you to an adjacent sandbar

You may escape the rip current...

14:17

On birds and confinement wings "IndyWatch Feed National"

Boochanis dedication to his work as a reporter and a creator is fundamental to this unique project. It can never be forgotten that this film was made at risk of further violence. We may never have known the confinement wing Chauka existed if it wasnt for his tireless investigation, including waking friends to snatch an interview, asking painful questions and always always witnessing, listening, believing.

13:56

9 ways politicians can ease cost of living pressures: SACOSS releases utilities affordability policy for state election "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

The South Australian Council of Social Service today released its telecommunications, energy and water policy for the SA State Election in March 2018. The peak welfare group is asking all parties to commit to 9 policies which will help those struggling most with cost of living pressures.

13:24

Study: RSPO certification prunes deforestation in Indonesia but not by much "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

New research demonstrates that sustainability certification through the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil does cut down on deforestation in Indonesias palm oil industry. But the new study, published online Monday by the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, also says that RSPO standards dont appear to be saving a very large area of forest. Even if were saying theres a significant effect on forests, the amount of forests protected is tiny, Kimberly Carlson, a land systems scientist at the University of Hawaii and the lead author of the study, said in an interview. A recently developed oil palm plantation in Indonesia. Photo courtesy of PNAS. Concerns about the amount of forest cleared for plantations have plagued the palm oil industry for decades. In part, that led to the inception of the RSPO in 2004, which was formed to address the environmental footprint, as well as issues such as land rights and the treatment of workers, in the production of the ubiquitous vegetable oil. But a lingering question has been whether RSPO certification standards diminish deforestation rates. Around 20 percent of the worlds production palm oil in 2015 was certified, and more than half of that comes from Indonesia, according to the RSPO website. To find some answers, Carlson and her colleagues analysis combined data on the boundaries of RSPO-certified and uncertified plantations with satellite imagery showing tree cover loss and fires in Sumatra and Kalimantan, the Indonesian part of the island of Borneo, from 2001 through 2015. During that period,

12:38

Whacky zany funster Sky News editorial writers nail it again "IndyWatch Feed National"

The kids at the Sky News keyboard get it right again. Not the quote - the Freudian interpretation. PS - I have had hacker/security dramas for a couple of days. All appears well today.

12:13

Open Letter to the City of Sydney Lord Mayor: Clover Moore breaches her Duty of Care to the Australian Public "IndyWatch Feed National"

Open Letter

12 December 2017

To Lord Mayor Clover Moore and University of Wollongong (UOW) academics

Re The Censoring of an Academic Presentation on Vaccination from the City of Sydney events page on 20 November 2017

 Dear Lord Mayor Clover Moore,

I would like to say how disappointed I was that you attempted to censor the event where I was presenting my academic research. Our event was titled Lets talk about Vaccination (20 November 2017 in Sydney). Your comments amount to the removal of freedom of speech in a democratic country. This issue is about the risks of a medical intervention for healthy people not anti-vaccination.

In the media article (NewDaily 19.11.17) that attempted to censor this event I note that Rachael Dunlop is quoted. Are you aware that she has been the vice-president of the NSW committee of the Australian Skeptics lobby group and also a member of the Friends of Science in Medicine (FoSM) lobby group.  The Australian Skeptics and FoSM are lobby groups with links to corporations.

Rachael Dunlop has no publications in the history of infectious diseases or vaccination science or politics and she runs a blog (like many other Skeptic subscribers/members) that uses abuse and ridicule to present her arguments. It is titled The Skeptics Book of Pooh Pooh In 2009 she defaced a poster that I presented to health professionals at the Australian Health Promotion Association (AHPA) Conference in Perth with false information and published it on her Skeptics blog. Please see the original poster and the defaced poster attached.

Our  event on 20 November was describing the worldwide concerns about vaccine safety that are being debated in many countries (but not Australia) because our media is quoting people who are not qualified to speak on this health issue. A $5.5 million education campaign on immunisation by the Australian government amounts to a propaganda campaign if you censor the medical literature on the risks of vaccination as anti-vaccination.

My academic research is presenting the scientific arguments and evidence for the risks of this medical intervention and all the risks and benefits must be scrutinised by the public the main stakeholder in this policy befo...

12:08

Sam Slammed, But Not By A Federal Anti-Corruption Watchdog, Notably "IndyWatch Feed National"

The former Labor Senator Sam Dastyari is far from the only federal politician to peddle influence for cash and favours. But hes one of countless who will never have to face the wrath of a federal anti-corruption watchdog. Ben Eltham wonders why.

Ive only met Sam Dastyari once.

I was at a bar in Canberra. It was the night of budget lockup a couple of years ago. Even before he arrived, his star qualities were in evidence. Sam Dastyari is coming! whispered a delighted Meghan Hopper, Victorian Labor right operative and former mayor of Moreland Council.

And soon enough, there he was: a tiny man with a beaming presence, radiating factional energy, glad-handing the Labor faithful, brimming with manic enthusiasm.

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There is no doubting Dastyaris political ability. At just 34-years-old, he has enjoyed a meteoric rise through the New South Wales Labor Party, where he was one of the youngest ever general secretaries of the state party.

As a senator, Dastyari was tireless and mediagenic, even if most of his efforts seemed aimed at self-promotion, rather than policy responsibilities. He played starring roles on committees looking into corporate tax avoidance and the future of public-interest journalism.

Labor Senator Sam Dastyari.Labor Senator Sam Dastyari.

Unusually for a backroom boy, he seemed at home in the public spotlight and even appeared to exhibit a little bit of the common touch. Halal snack packs and viral videos of his children showed a self-deprecating side that was as disarming as it was calculated.

But, as James Jeffrey wryly observed yesterday, the problem with a meteoric rise is that eventually nature remembers which way meteorites travel.

Yesterday, it was over: the promising career, the lifetime of Labor politics, a future on the front bench or even in the top job.

Ive been guided by my Labor values, which tell me that I should leave if my ongoing presence detracts from the pursuit of Labors mission, he told reporters.

It is evident to me we are at that point, so I will spare the party any further distraction.

It wasnt the first time Dastyari has had to issue a heartfelt...

12:07

Student Support Officer "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS)

11:58

Our Border Protection Spin Isnt Fooling The World, UN Docs Reveal "IndyWatch Feed National"

The international community is not fooled by Australias human rights offending immigration policies, writes Kellie Tranter.

In January this year, Treasurer and former immigration minister Scott Morrison told Australians: We are the envy of the world when it comes to strong border protection policies that protect the integrity of our immigration system.

Yet heavily redacted documents released under Freedom of Information laws relating to our bid for the United Nations Human Rights Council suggest that in diplomatic circles, the view is that our border protection policies create a reputational vulnerability resulting in a defensive position against the increasing pressure of the world.

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Consecutive immigration ministers and prime ministers confidently assert that Australia has found the solution to border protection issues, and proudly spruik this glorious news to all those parts of the world struggling with similar issues.

Few take this seriously.

Federal Treasurer Scott Morrison.Federal Treasurer Scott Morrison.

In a cable dated 23 November 2016 titled UN: Ireland and our HRC candidacy strategy from Dublin it notes Public misunderstanding of our approaches on asylum seekers, indigenous issues and [redacted]is a potential vulnerability we will be continuing to seek ways to address.

Another cable dated 15 December 2016 and headed UN: Human Rights Council Membership: Why it matters Genevas take to Canberra from Geneva UN points out that Australias human rights record will come under more intense scrutiny as we campaign for a seat on the Council Over the last few years, our asylum seeker policies have been the focus of [redacted]civil society human rights criticism of Australia in Geneva [redacted]

Even the Permanent Representative of Djibouti, a country located in the Horn of Africa, raised concerns which are detailed in a cable dated 21 February 2017 UN: Australias Human Rights Council candidacy: Djibouti from New York.

It notes that the HOM called on the Permanent Representative of Djibouti on 13 February to discuss Australias...

11:51

Womens rights groups slam WTOs pink herring Declaration on Womens Economic Empowerment "IndyWatch Feed National"

13 December 2017: Over 160 womens rights groups and allied organisations have urged WTO member governments not to agree to the proposed Joint Declaration on Trade and Womens Economic Empowerment, which they describe as a pink herring intended to mask the failures of the WTO and its role in deepening inequality and exploitation.

The letter notes that the neoliberal project involving austerity, privatisation, deregulation of finance, markets and corporations, and trade and investment liberalisation has had a devastating and discriminatory impact on women. It says that the WTOs commitment to trade liberalisation and deregulation continues to exacerbate gendered inequality by extending corporate power and control over womens lives and livelihoods. New WTO proposals on e-commerce and services provisions will hand more rights to corporations, not women.

The womens rights groups make several suggestions for genuine action on womens inequality instead, including agreeing to public stockholding of food for developing countries, ensuring intellectual property does not prevent access to medicines, and ensuring that trade agreements do not prevent domestic regulations on human rights or public interest laws.

11:36

ARTS THURSDAY 14 DECEMBER THE MAKING OF A PAINTER "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

THE MAKING OF A PAINTER

Meet Rachel Milne, a young artist whos just had her second sell-out show at the King Street Gallery on William.

Rachels painting captures details, moments and places in her life with the same energy that she exudes in her conversation. Daughter of an SAS Officer, she came to painting through instinct and a passion for the visual and followed some unusual paths to make art.

Join me, Maisy Stapleton, on Arts Thursday 14 December 2017 to meet Rachel and hear her amazing and often hilarious stories!

LISTEN AGAIN

The whole program can be heard again through the Arts Thursday page http://eastsidefm.org/arts/artsthursday/ by clicking on the date 14 December.

And watch out for individual podcasts at a later date.

Join Maisy Stapleton fortnightly from 10:30 to noon on Arts Thursday for conversations with leaders in the arts and regular coverage of Sydneys exciting arts events.

FIND OUT MORE:

Rachel Milne: http://www.rachelmilneartist.com/

King Street Gallery on William http://kingstreetgallery.com.au/

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11:11

EPA to review climate change assumptions, not curb scientists' research and viewpoints "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Environmental Protection Agency will no longer prevent agency scientists from presenting their research, Administrator Scott Pruitt told lawmakers this week, though he said he will move forward with his plan to give more weight to anti-climate change research. Comment: Anti-climate change? Pruitt told the House Energy and Science Committee's panel on the environment he will launch his controversial "red team, blue team" initiative as soon as January. The controversial proposal will reignite a debate previously considered conclusive at EPA, namely the role humans and the emissions they generate play in climate change. "That's an ongoing review internally, and it's something we hope to do," Pruitt said on Thursday. "That would be a process where we would focus on objective, transparent real-time review of questions and answers around the issue of CO2."

10:58

Four major Lismore decisions subject to rescission motions "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Lismore GM Gary Murphy is today considering four recision motions lodged after last nights meeting.

Four major items on last nights Lismore City Council agenda could return in the new year after four rescission motions were lodged following the meeting last night.

A majority of councillors had voted to proceed with a workshop for the Lismore Square Shopping Centre $9o million expansion; to proceed with negotiations over an Olympic Ski Jump facility; a special business rate variation; and an extra 20 races each year at the Lismore Greyhound Racing track.

But Greens councillors Vanessa Ekins and Adam Guise joined with Cr Eddie Lloyd in lodging the rescission motions against the ski jump, the shopping centre expansion and the greyhound racing.

The special business rate variation motion was for the council to apply to the NSW Independent Pricing & Regulator Tribunal (IPART) for a permanent Business Special Rate Variation (SRV) at a rate pegged level of $120,000 per annum, commencing 1 July 2018.

Crs Greg Bennet, Nancy Casson and Adam Guise have lodged a rescission motion to reverse the decision to proceed.

Meanwhile, the councils general manager Gary Murphy has the ultimate say in whether the rescission motions proceed,  having to consider their legality.

Its understood that all the motions are likely to be approved although there are legal questions regarding the greyhound races decision.

More to come. 

 

 

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10:46

Cigarette Company Launches Optimus Ice Crush "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

MethBlast

A cigarette company has described its new Optimus Ice Crush darts as smokes for a new generation at a product launch today.

The durry features the same NASA-developed technology as the brands popular Optimus Crush product, which contains a crushed mint pellet that releases a menthol-like taste from first to last drag.

A spokesperson said evolving the new line was a no-brainer.

Kids already love the icy-freshness of Optimus Crush, so adding a more exciting type of ice with Optimus Ice Crush was a logical next step, he said, adding that its perfect for those wanting to take the edge off and on at the same time.

Smokers praised the decision.

As a gentleman who enjoys both a ciggie and a shard, this superhero team-up works as well as Batman and Superman, one 14-year-old said.

Optimus Ice Crush will be sold in packs of one and are said to provide days of enjoyment.


09:58

Hands Across the Ocean Against Fake Terrorism "IndyWatch Feed National"

12 killed, 48 injured on December 11, 2016 near a church in Berlin, by ISIS

by Mary W Maxwell, PhD, LLB

How can this be?  How can Western society not react to what has been going on for a quarter-century.  I am referring to fake terrorist acts, the almost routine psy-ops planned by democratic governments which usually involve the death of many people.

I choose the time period of a quarter-century in order to catch the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Centers basement, which killed 6 people. Or we could use 1996 bombing of the Murrah Federal building in Oklahoma City, which took 168 lives, many of them children. (They were in a day-care center no doubt thats the reason that building was picked for the psy-op.)

I myself did not get the message till 2005, so maybe I s...

09:57

Consultation lacking on Byron Bays Railway Park masterplan project "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

An image from the Byron Bay master plan, which shows a possible redevelopment of Railway Park. (supplied)

Plans for an informal amphitheatre in Railway Park in Byrons CBD, along with other improvements, will be tabled at this Thursdays Byron Shire Council meeting.

Along with additional seating, parking would be reduced in front of the railway station, while the childrens park would be removed and the existing toilets relocated to the north western entrance area.

Paved areas would also be created that promote gathering while maintaining tree health. 

BEC communicating with the community in Railway Park. Their eviction was originally slated for December 13. Photo supplied.

No consultation

Yet the notice of motion (NoM) to endorse the Railway Square Landscape Concept Plan by Greens mayor Simon Richardson has been overshadowed again with claims of improper process and lack of consultation.

Managers of the Byron Environment Centre (BEC) rotunda in the park are angry that the mayors NoM claims BEC consultation has also been undertaken.

And within the maps provided by the mayor in the agenda, it states that consultation is required for the possible relocation [of the BEC rotunda] within the park.

BEC members Nino MacDonald and John Lazarus told The Echo they met in good faith with council last Thursday but were not responded to with good faith in turn.

Before meeting with BEC, the council had already printed up Thursdays council agenda. It included a report on development in...

09:50

Lismore to proceed with Lismore Square expansion workshop "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Lismore council will push forward with a proposal to expand the Lismore Shopping Square.
Picture :visitlismore.com.au

The Lismore City Council has voted to proceed with a workshop in the new year to examine the proposed $90 million expansion of the Lismore Shopping Square, and also to develop a business case for a Regional Sports Hub that includes an Olympic Ski Jump Training Facility.

Cr Neil Marks had lodged a notice of motion for the Square expansion which apart from some minor changes was supported by a majority of the councillors.

Voting for the workshop were Lismore mayor Isaac Smith, Crs Darlene Cook, Greg Bennett, Nancy Casson, Neil Marks, Gianpeiro Battista and Bill Moorhouse. Against were Greens councillors Vanessa Ekins and Adam Guise. Cr Ellie Bird was absent.

The proposed workshop would consider the minimum footprint requirements for the expansion, the full impact the expansion would have on neighbouring Humbly Oval, and opportunities to mitigate the impact on the Lismore CBD.

Last nights vote prompted a response from Page MP Kevin Hogan who said it was a positive move.

Its time that councillors stop talking about fluffy things like rainbow crossings and start focusing on things that matter to our community like jobs, like Richmond Valley Council does, he said.

Almost 2000 signed my petition within a fortnight calling on the council to reverse its decision to knock back the proposed $90 million investment.

Meanwhile, a majority of councillors also threw their support behind a proposal to build an Olympic ski jump facility in Lismore as part of a regional sports hub.

Artists impression of the ski jump that was rejected by the Ballina Shire Council.

The council voted to work with the Office of Sport to develop a project proposal and business case for the Lismore Regional Sports Hub, involving a multi-sport precinct with indoor and outdoor facilities.

The Olympic Ski Jump Training Facility would be incorpo...

09:45

Talking to the Media: Avoiding the Pitfalls, a Guide for Anarchists "IndyWatch Feed National"

The post Talking to the Media: Avoiding the Pitfalls, a Guide for Anarchists appeared first on It's Going Down.

Anarchists have appeared in the corporate media a lot this year, from the first breathless reports on resistance to the rise of the far right to recent appearances in the fashion pages. But not all visibility is good visibility. The Trump regime is looking to popularize an image of anarchists and other activists as a major threat to public order in order to legitimize further crackdowns; fascist organizations have worked hard to capitalize on a media profile of antifa as violent and mysterious in order to draw more people into their ranks. Corporate media outlets like the Wall Street Journal are notorious for catering to the reactionary politics of their owners, while even the most sympathetic media coverage can be useful to law enforcement agencies seeking information to use against activists.

Anarchists and others have long been critical of the function of the media itself. Yet its not always possible to avoid press coverage; in the information age, its spin or be spun. When we act effectively in pursuit of social change, media outlets will seek to represent us to the general publicand unless we can disrupt their narratives, most people will see us through their eyes.

Corporate media is not a neutral space in which we can present ideas the way we can in direct conversation with our coworkers and neighbors. It is a strategic terrain on which the authorities position themselves to legitimate the use of force. To step in front of the cameras is to enter a hostile territory controlled by a class that is determined to use our images against us. If we enable media outlets to depict us as violent, alien, or extremeno matter how strong the arguments we make in favor of our tactics or ideasthe ultimate result will be that the authorities are emboldened to step up their attacks on us.

When we engage with the media, we must not imagine that they will promote our ideas; we have to accomplish that on our own through our own channels. (At best, we can use media appearances to direct people to those channels, like the organization that insisted on only answering interviews in front of a banner displaying their website.) Rather, we are engaging in a subtle war of position in which we seek....

09:17

NORTEC pulls the rug from under local startup businesses "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Adelaide Friday, Michael Brechbuhler, Jarrah Hustler and Natalia Sanchez from the Byron Bay incubator site are reeling at the news they have to move out in six weeks. Photo Aslan Shand.

More than a dozen local businesses have been left reeling after NORTEC abruptly terminated the leases of all the small businesses located at the three small-business incubator sites located in Byron Bay, Mullumbimby and Goonellabah with only six weeks to move. NORTEC has stated that The Byron Bay and Goonellabah sites will be sold. The Mullumbimby site is not owned by NORTEC.

They handed me the eviction notice in a folder that had creating opportunities and inspiring futures on the front, said Goonellabah business owner Mary-Anne Meginess.

I dont feel supported or inspired. This is not nurturing its disgusting.

The small businesses on the sites were supposed to be provided with reduced rent and regular business support yet none of the businesses feel they have received any business support.

NORTEC were supposed to supply business support as part of the incubator program, continued Mary-Anne,

After two years at the incubator I started paying for some of the business events that NOTEC put on and I finally got a mentor a month ago.

Mary-Anne was feeling inspired and excited about growing her business and had felt that with the mentor there was a real chance for this.

Im now just really angry and exhausted.

Jake May has given up his full time job only opening his doors two weeks ago. He now has six weeks to vacate the site. Photo Aslan Shand.

Just ope...

08:56

Cabinet sworn in, Adani loan vetoed "IndyWatch Feed National"

Annastacia Palaszczuks new cabinet has been officially sworn in and the premier has already fulfilled a key election promise by vetoing a $1 billion loan to Indian mining giant Adani.

Three weeks since voters went to the polls on November 25, Ms Palaszczuk was on Tuesday sworn in as Premier and Trade Minister, while her Deputy Jackie Trad was also made Treasurer, as announced on the weekend.

Cameron Dick is the new State Development Minister and Kate Jones rounds out the group of senior economic ministers by adding Innovation to her Tourism and Commonwealth Games portfolios.

Soon after the ceremony to swear in her new team, Ms Palaszczuk wrote to the prime minister saying financial assistance should not be provided for the Adanis north Galilee Basin rail project.

The blocking of federal funds wont alter Adanis plans, a spokesman said in a statement.

Adani Australia will now fully consider and adjust to the constraints the veto of funding brings, the spokesman said.

Adani Australia is 100 per cent committed to Queensland, we have a strong regional Queensland presence. This will not change.

The contentious loan, for a rail line connecting the Carmichael coal mine to the Abbot Point coal terminal and related mining project were at the centre of the recent state campaign, and Ms Palaszczuk announced the veto at the end of its first week.

She initially claimed she was vetoing the loan to avoid conflict of interest claims against her partner Shaun Drabsch, who had done consultancy work for the company.

But she later claimed vetoing the loan had always been on the cards.

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08:51

Mind your own business, Joyce tells NZ "IndyWatch Feed National"

Barnaby Joyce has warned New Zealand to mind its own business on border protection after its prime minister offered to take 150 refugees from Manus Island.

Jacinda Arderns offer has been repeatedly rejected by the Turnbull government over concerns it might provide a back door into Australia.

Asked whether New Zealand should back off, Australias deputy prime minister told Kiwi radio station Newstalk ZB: Its best if you stay away from another countrys business.

Because otherwise they will return the favour at a time they think is most opportune for them.

Mr Joyce, who was recently re-elected to his NSW seat of New England after being disqualified for holding New Zealand citizenship, said other countries must be allowed to sort out their own issues.

If youre going to talk to them at all, talk to them quietly and discreetly off the record, not by telephone and not by TV, he said.

The Nationals leader said a tough border protection policy was important to stop boat arrivals dying at sea.

Youve got to have control of your borders otherwise the people in your country will just not vote for you, he said.

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08:49

Calls to abandon NSW shark nets "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Berejiklian government should abandon its shark net program after a Senate inquiry found nets caused more harm than good to marine life, the NSW Greens say.

In a final report released on Tuesday, an upper house committee charged with examining shark mitigation and deterrent measures said it was impossible for lethal shark control measures to guarantee public safety.

The report found the measures implemented by some governments, including mesh nets and traditional drum lines in NSW and Queensland, provided beachgoers with a false sense of security.

NSW Greens marine spokesman Justin Field on Wednesday called on Primary Industries Minister Niall Blair to abandon the nets and redirect the resources to where they will be more effective.

The report shows that people are 100 times more likely to drown at the beach than to be killed by a shark in Australia. The risk is infinitesimally small, he said in a statement.

The millions (of dollars) currently going into the shark net program should be directed to observation towers for our lifeguards, and improving whole of beach and personal deterrent devices.

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08:35

Have you seen this man? "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Scott Payne (pictured) was last seen at Coutts Crossing on November 29. Police are concerned for his welfare. Photo NSW Police

Police are appealing for public assistance to locate a man last seen leaving a Northern Rivers town two weeks ago.

Scott Payne, 34, left a home at Coutts Crossing, 20km south of Grafton, on Wednesday, November 29. Police believe Mr Payne could have been walking in the area.

His 4WD and personal items were found at Dalmorton, 60km west of Coutts Crossing, two days later (Friday, December 1), but there have been no sightings of Mr Payne since.

He is described as being of Caucasian appearance, 180cm to 185cm tall, with a thin build, brown hair and hazel eyes. Mr Payne has a full beard and moustache.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident should call Grafton Police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page.

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08:25

Spike in unvaccinated pre-enrolment requests "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

From December 31, conscientious objectors to vaccination will no longer be able to enrol their children into preschools. Photo from International Business Times

Local preschools have been inundated with calls from the parents of unvaccinated children trying to enrol their kids in care before tough new vaccination rules come into effect on December 31.

Staff at a number of pre-schools say dozens of parents have been attempting to pre-enrol their children for 2019 and beyond, in a bid to avoid the new rules, which will mean they can no longer register as conscientious objectors to vaccination.

But the preschools have had to turn away almost all of these parents because of their enrolment policies or long waiting lists, leading, in some cases, to angry, emotional interactions with staff.

We have been inundated since the government made its announcement about the new policy, said one local preschool educator, who asked not to be named.

Theyre upset, angry, and desperately trying to get their children in.

Weve even had pregnant mums ringing up trying to get their unborn children in.

We have to say no because we cant do that. Its been very emotional. 

Since January 2014, childcare centres have been prevented from enrolling children who are considered unvaccinated by the NSW government unless their parents have registered as conscientious objectors, or the child has been granted a medical exemption.

However in September this year, the government amended the Public Health Act 2010, putting an end to conscientious objection for new enrolments. It effectively stops children from entering the preschool system if they have not been conventionally vaccinated.

The conscientious objection option remains open until December 31, allowing unvaccinated children who will reach prescho...

08:13

Bangalow needs parking study per the RMS requirements: MP "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Bangalow residents turned up on Saturday morning to object to Councils plans to introduce paid parking in the town. Photo Jeff Dawson

Local NSW Greens MP Tamara Smith has questioned Greens mayor Simon Richardson and his supportive councillors decision for paid parking in Bangalow.

At a rally held Saturday morning, the Chamber of Commerce said ignored studies and flawed surveys led to councillors decision to roll out paid parking.

Ms Smith told the rally via a letter, I am sorry that you have had to take to the streets in order to have your voice heard Well done for coming out to have your say and I am sorry that I cant be there with you.

I am urging Byron Shire Council to do a parking study for Bangalow, per the RMS requirements, which have nothing to do with revenue raising. In fact, revenue raising is not recognised by the NSW government as a valid reason for introducing paid parking. 

There are too many unknowns at this stage, the true impact of introducing paid parking in Bangalow is not clear, and the case to introduce it in the terms set down by RMS has not been made.

The precautionary principle seems very appropriate at this time if we are not sure of the impact, then lets not impact.

Exertion of will

Meanwhile, the towns chamber president Jo Millar told the gathering, This whole process is a classic example of the exertion of political will over the proper processes that we have a right to expect from our Council staff and our elected representatives.

In reply, Infrastructure Services director Phil Holloway told The Echo, Councils rationale for pay parking has always been, first and foremost, that it serves to improve parking turnover and access to local businesses.

Pay Parking schemes are a combinati...

08:12

Louis MMXVIII runs with the bulls "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Head for the Hills...District

SQM Research reported the usual slight November rise in vacancy rates, up to 2.2 per cent, for a national total of 70,795 vacancies. 

Despite the residential construction industry going like the clappers in 2017, the national figure is considerably lower than the 2.5 per cent or 78,629 vacancies seen in November last year, which helps to put some of the oversupply banter into a more balanced perspective. 

In fact, vacancy rates were lower year-on-year across all of the capital cities except for one - being Sydney, which increased to 2.1 per cent from 1.8 per cent a year earlier.

Around the traps

In the second largest city, Melbourne, the vacancy rate remains slightly lower than a year earlier, down from 2 per cent to 1.8 per cent.

Despite the record levels of building activity in Melbourne, thunderous population growth has threatened to overwhelm the new supply. 

The chart below shows the vacancy rates by capital city smoothed on a 6mMA basis, though not seasonally adjusted. 

Canberra and Hobart continue to have tight and very tight rental markets respectively - asking rents for houses in Hobart have shot nearly 21 per cent higher over the past three years.

Meanwhile Adelaide is very quietly drifting in that direction, with a vacancy rate of just 1.4 per cent in November.

Perth has by far the slackest rental market with a vacancy rate of 4.5 per cent, albeit well down from an alarming 5.2 per cent last year.

The rental market has been very weak in Perth since 2013, although median asking rents for houses in the Western Australian capital at last edged up by +0.8 per cent to be slightly higher on a rolling quarterly basis. 

08:00

Chet Raymo, "Pigeons" "IndyWatch Feed National"

"Pigeons"
by Chet Raymo

"That old curmudgeon H. L. Mencken wrote: "The most common of all follies is to believe passionately in the palpably not true. It is the chief occupation of mankind." Admitting that no one - including this writer - is immune to self-delusion, still it is hard for anyone who respects empirical evidence to argue with Mencken.

Half of Americans believe in ghosts. Almost seventy percent believe in angels. More people believe in astrology than express interest in astronomy. Almost anything paranormal - ESP, UFOs, channeling, etc. - is deemed more interesting than science. Not to mention the eighty-three percent who believe in a God who hears and answers prayers. Why so much belief in a total absence of non-anecdotal evidence?

Back in the 1940s, the behavioral psychologist B. F. Skinner did a famous experiment with pigeons that he thought had some relevance to human credulity. He put birds in the kind of cages used for training animals by reinforcement - peck a bar, get some birdseed, that sort of thing. Except in this new experiment, the feed was provided at regular intervals regardless of what the pigeons did. And guess what? The pigeons fell into certain behaviors all by themselves - nodding or turning or pecking for food - although their behaviors had nothing to do with the reward being offered. Skinner wrote: "A few accidental connections between a ritual and favorable consequences suffice to set up and maintain the behavior in spite of many unreinforced instances. The experiment might be said to demonstrate a sort of superstition. The bird behaves as if there were a causal relation between its behavior and the presentation of food, although such a relation is lacking."

"There are many analogies to human behavior," said Skinner. He was not the first to comment on the human propensity to mist...

08:00

December 13 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed National"

First Day of Hanukkah in Australia 2017

Many Jewish Australians start observing Hanukkah on the evening before on the first day of Hanukkah, as many Jewish observances begin at sunset on the day before.Also known as Chanukah or Festival of Lights. Hanukkah is an eight-day Jewish observance that remembers the Jewish people's struggle for religious freedom.

1802 - Charles Robbins successfully dissuaded the French from making a claim on Van Diemen's land (now Tasmania). 
He told them about the Drop Bears.
Although hoisting the British flag near Nicholas Baudin's tents on King Island and firing a volley over the heads of the French expedition members couldn't have hurt...

1805 - The first land grants were made in Van Diemen's Land. They included 10 acres to Rev. Robert Knopwood.

1808 - Anthony Fenn Kemp resiged as Judge-Advocate of NSW; Foveaux reinstated Atkins.

1819 - Henry Rice lead an expedition from the Coal River settlement (Richmond, Tas) to St Patrick's Head and thence to Port Dalrymple.

1834 - The final issue of the Peoples Horn Boy newspaper (Hobart, Tas) was published.

1848 - The first 240 Government assisted immigrants rocked up at Moreton Bay, Qld, on the Artemisia.

1849 - The Adelaide was the second last ship to bring "exiles" to Australia. It arrived at Port Phillipwith 281 exiles on board, but was refused entry by the door bitch and sailed on to Port Jackson.

1850 - Cleveland in southeast Queensland was proclaimed a township.

1858 - The first balloon flight in Sydney, Australia, took to the skies with Capt William Dean at the helm.

1858 Mark this down in your diaries as a Red Letter Day!
The Carlton Brewery was birthed in Melbourne.

1870 - The Murray River ran a bit of a banker in South Oz...
After an extremely wet winter the river continued to rise until all the flat country along its banks was flooded drowning thousands of sheep and cattle. The Moorundie Police Station was destroyed and in Mannum rowboats could be taken in and out of the windows of the Bogan Hotel (now Mannum) and it was possible to step from the deck of the steamer Ariel on to the balcony of the hotel. The peak marked on a door at Walkers Mill showed the waters to be roughly fifteen feet above norma...

07:57

Significant projects delivered: retiring Byron GM "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Byron Shire Council general manager Ken Gainger. (supplied)

Road reconstruction, recycling, flood recovery and roundabouts were significant projects delivered in the last financial year, says Byron Shire Councils outgoing general manager Ken Gainger. 

Mr Gainger, who recently announced his resignation owing to health reasons, said the operations of the council go well beyond the traditional areas of rates, roads and rubbish.

In 2016/17 we completed ten major road reconstruction projects and resealed a total of 13.5km of road but we also made significant improvements in areas such as our recycling operations.

Byron Shire Council has a commitment to improving recycling, so to see that we collected 200kg of phones, batteries and light bulbs was fantastic, he said.

We opened the new North Ocean Shores sportsfield which is a great space for residents in the north of the shire.

Ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie had a severe impact on parts of our community the council lobbied hard for government support and was successful in its applications for natural disaster funding for the repair of council infrastructure and Disaster Recovery funding for affected residents and businesses.

We also developed the Rural Land Use Strategy, which has since been adopted by the council.

This is an important document that tries to find the balance between development and preserving our villages and districts and our rich and beautiful farmland.

Masterplans

He added that council staff worked with the community to develop town and village masterplans for Byron Bay, Bangalow and Mullumbimby, and council also hosted an Affordable Housing summit to shine the light on an increasing challenge in the region.

Our tourism industry is ever growing and we continue to grapple with how to provide infrastructure for around two million tourists, Mr Gainger said.

Pay parking is going some way to providing some revenue from tourists, but the council contin...

07:43

"Stand Up While You Read This!" "IndyWatch Feed National"

"Stand Up While You Read This!"
By Olivia Judson

"Your chair is your enemy. It doesnt matter if you go running every morning, or youre a regular at the gym. If you spend most of the rest of the day sitting - in your car, your office chair, on your sofa at home - you are putting yourself at increased risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, a variety of cancers and an early death. In other words, irrespective of whether you exercise vigorously, sitting for long periods is bad for you.

That, at least, is the conclusion of several recent studies. Indeed, if you consider only healthy people who exercise regularly, those who sit the most during the rest of the day have larger waists and worse profiles of blood pressure and blood sugar than those who sit less. Among people who sit in front of the television for more than three hours each day, those who exercise are as fat as those who dont: sitting a lot appears to offset some of the benefits of jogging a lot.

So whats wrong with sitting? The answer seems to have two parts. The first is that sitting is one of the most passive things you can do. You burn more energy by chewing gum or fidgeting than you do sitting still in a chair. Compared to sitting, standing in one place is hard work. To stand, you have to tense your leg muscles, and engage the muscles of your back and shoulders; while standing, you often shift from leg to leg. All of this burns energy.

For many people, weight gain is a matter of slow creep - two pounds this year, three pounds next year. You can gain this much if, each day, you eat just 30 calories more than you burn. Thirty calories is hardly anything - its a couple of mouthfuls of banana, or a few potato chips. Thus, a little more time on your feet today and tomorrow can easily make the difference between remaining lean and getting fat.

You may think...

07:28

Turnbull threatens environment and other not for profit organisations "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Environmental activist organisation Friends of the Earth has joined the campaign to defeat an attack on environment and other community groups by removing their charitable status. This will restrict their ability to raise funds.

On 7 December, the Turnbull government announced the appointment of Gary Johns, as the head of the Australian Charities and Non-Profits Commission, the body responsible for granting charitable status. This is a political appointment, for the purpose of applying the governments policy.

In doing this, it is falling in line with the long running campaign being waged by the Minerals Council, the peak body of the mining industry, fuelled by an obsession to restrict the effectiveness of of organisations defending the environment.  Members of the Council are major contributors to the Liberal and National parties that make up the Coalition in government and its no surprise that Turnbull and his team return the favour.

Gary Johns is one of the most public opponents of environmental organisations.

At a time when the threat of global warming and destruction of the environment, for example the Great Barrier Reef, have become more intense, the attack on these organisations takes on an even more sinister shape. Sustainability is far more important than digging holes in the ground and continuing to build the use of coal, oil and gas.

There is no doubt that the Minerals Council is being driven by the success of the campaigns against coal seam gas (fracking) and Adanis Carmichael coal mine.

However, the threat affects more than environmental organisations. The whole not for profit sector is under threat and this means that a whole range of valuable and necessary services are as well.

The Turnbull government wants to hurt them and Gary Johns is also a vigorous opponent of the whole not for profit sector.

Friends of the Earth has taken up this issue and insists that the work put in by thousands of volunteers must be respected and valued as important contributions to Australian society.

This offensive is meant to interfere with the important work of the not for profit sector, by damaging the organisations that are coordinating this work.

It is clear that pressure need to build until this is turned around and Gary Johns is removed form his present post.

Friends of the Earth are asking people to send emails though the following link.

 

 

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07:22

Meet the European Petrochemical Giant Trying to Profit from the Fracking of Pennsylvania "IndyWatch Feed National"

It seems that every week brings more bad news about the construction of Sunoco's Mariner East 2 pipeline. While Pennsylvania communities, water protectors and landowners fight to stop the project, a larger question remains: What is this massive, dangerous pipeline actually for? The one word answer might surprise you: plastics. The Mariner East 2 won't carry natural gas for heating your house or operating a stove. It will transport highly volatile liquids that will mostly be shipped [...]

07:11

GMO Dicamba Herbicide Spreading to Non-GMO Crops "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Will new restrictions on dicamba spraying save US food crops?

by GMWatch.org

Excerpts:

There are new rules around the spraying of dicamba herbicide on GM dicamba-tolerant soybeans but experts say they wont do much to protect non-target plants from damage

A dicamba/glyphosate herbicide mix is being sprayed on Monsantos GM soybeans that are tolerant to both herbicides. The herbicide is drifting and volatilizing onto neighbouring non-target plants, including non-GM soybeans and a wide variety of food crops, garden plants and wild plants, resulting in massive damage to those crops and plants and even a decline in honey production.

In an attempt to reduce off-target spray damage next year, the US EPA has issued new tighter use restrictions that are displayed on the herbicide product labels. They tell farmers how, what, and when to spray.

In addition, a group of weed specialists has compiled a list of spraying guidelines for farmers growing the GM soybeans see the article below. These include lowering the height of the spraying booms to try to reduce drift; restricting the types of chemicals that can be added to the spray tank mix; and avoiding spraying during temperature inversions, which can cause dicamba volatilization and movement.

Will the new recommendations work in protecting non-target plants from damage?

Larry Steckel, University of Tennessee Extension weed specialist, is doubtful. He is quoted on Twitter as saying: We hear from the Captains at @MonsantoCo that we can easily fix this (off-target #dicamba movement) with increased training. I dont think we can. I will do my best, but I think we are fighting a losing battle.

In a powerpoint...

07:03

Santa boats in for Brunswick nippers "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Father Christmas dropped in on Brunswick Heads nippers lat Sunday to give them all and early Christmas present. Photo Aslan Shand.

Father Christmas left his reindeer at home last Sunday and caught the waves into Brunswick Surf Life Saving club on the surf lifesaving boat  to the excitement of all the little nippers who have been practicing their life saving skills hard for the last few months.

That was awesome! said one little nipper as he ran up to Santa hoping for a early present.

Father Christmas handed out lollies to all the kids as they celebrated the beginning of the Festive Season.

 

 

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07:00

Byron Bay train ready to roll on solar "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Byron Bay Railroad Company Development director Jeremy Holmes takes a ride on the Shires latest transport. Photo Jeff Trains, Planes and Automobiles Dawson

The much-anticipated Byron Bay solar train will be officially launched this Saturday, December 16.

Everyone is welcome to the grand opening, commencing at 11am at The Sun Bistro on Bayshore Drive. Public train rides from the North Beach platform on Bayshore Drive will run from 12.30 till 5pm, with live music and celebrations throughout the afternoon at The Sun Bistro.

The train service will travel between the North Beach precinct, which includes the Byron Arts Estate and Sunrise Beach community, to the newly constructed station behind Simmos garage.

Byron Bay Railroad Company development director Jeremy Holmes said, We searched the country and found a dilapidated vintage train, restored it, and are now powering it with a 4.6-billion-year-old power source.

The project has been achieved with no funding or financial support from government at any level, say organisers.

The train seats 100 passengers and has room for luggage, bikes and surfboards. The 3km journey will cost $3 for adults with concessions for children.

The Byron Bay train will operate a limited service until January when the full schedule will commence. For more information visit www.byronbaytrain.com.au

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07:00

Thank you to our many volunteers! "IndyWatch Feed National"

The work of Strong Towns would not be possible without help from numerous volunteers around the world. Our small staff can only do so much, and volunteers provide much needed assistance, guidance and insight on many aspects of the Strong Towns movement. Here are some folks we wanted to extend a special thanks to as we close out 2017:

Our Contributors

Alexander Dukes, Spencer Gardner, Nolan Gray, Daniel Herriges, Nate Hood, Sarah Kobos, Andrew Price, Sara Joy Proppe, and Johnny Sanphillippo

These dedicated Strong Towns members write regularly for our website, sharing their wisdom and ideas with our global audience and creating the content you love.

Our Guest Writers

These folks are too numerous to name but we want to thank every person who submitted their writing to our website this year and shared their voice with the Strong Towns audience. We also want to thank the outlets that let us republish their work on an occasional basis like Greater Greater Washington, City Observatory and The Urban Phoenix.

The Ask R. Moses Panel

This secret panel of engineers has bravely stepped up to answer questions submitted by Strong Towns readers regarding street design, parking, infrastructure, and more. We can't share their names but we really appreciate their input. (And if you're a Strong Towns member and engineer who is interested in joining the panel, please contact Rachel Quednau.)

This Year's Webcast Hosts

Michael Kovacs, Will Rugeley, Justin Weiss, Molly Rockamann, Kevin Shepherd, Matt Lewis, Am...

06:59

Tuesday assorted links "IndyWatch Feed National"

1. The Western elite from a Chinese perspective.

2. Podcast with NPR Planet Money.

3. Bershidsky on Bitcoin futures.

4. The timing of the agreement also coincides with speculation that India, Japan, the US and Australia will soon formally reconvene the dormant Quadrilateral grouping first initiated in 2007 as a counterbalance to Chinas rising dominance in Asia.  Link here.

5. What causes the anti-Flynn effect?

6. Why does India lack state capacity?

7. The real story behind South Korean industrial policy.

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06:44

Eurasian mistle thrush turns up in New Brunswick, Canada; first record for North America "IndyWatch Feed National"

A "mega-rarity" bird blew into Miramichi over the weekend, and it's attracting bird lovers from across Eastern Canada and the U.S. who've never seen one in North America before. Peter Gadd said a European mistle thrush landed near a mountain ash tree on his lawn and has been drawing crowds ever since. "I saw a bird and thought, 'OK, that's a little different,'" said Gadd, who spotted the bird on Saturday. Gadd and his wife, Deana, have been active birders for more than four years. After spotting the bird and carefully studying its features, Gadd tried to find something similar in one of his several North American bird books. Nothing seemed to match.

06:38

MACKAY Did SA baker try to murder Mackay mum? "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY December 12, 2017 at 05:13AM ,

Did SA baker try to murder Mackay mum?

December 12, 2017 at 05:13AM ,

Almost two years later, a committal hearing has been held in Mackay Magistrates Court to decide whether theres enough evidence for charges to proceed in a higher court. Greatbatch faced court via videolink from prison on Monday before Magistrate Damien Dwyer, after he was unable to meet bail

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MACKAY Mackay man may face upgraded manslaughter charge "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY December 12, 2017 at 07:00PM ,

Mackay man may face upgraded manslaughter charge

December 12, 2017 at 07:00PM ,

Jeremy Aaron Brown, 22, faced Mackay Magistrates Court via videolink from prison, after bail was refused in late October. Brown has been charged with, but has not entered a plea to causing grievous bodily harm to 72-year-old Shirley Page on October 23 at Morley Street, South Mackay. Ms Page died

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06:31

Supreme Court orders unions to stop blockading Melbourne port "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Yesterday (12 December 2017), Supreme Court Justice Michael McDonald ordered unions to lift the blockade at Webb Dock on Melbournes Waterfront. He said that the balance of convenience overwhelmingly proved that the strike action had been coordinated and encouraged by union officials.

This is extraordinary, because this is a decision made on hearsay and not the weight of evidence. It seems that the closest it came to using evidence, is the presence of union flags and memorabilia at the site. This is not much to go on.

Justice McDonald did add that there is a strong inference that the MUA has outsourced to other unions, coordinated by the Victorian Trades Hall Council, the task of maintaining an illegal picket, and that the conduct of the picket has been characterised by a high degree of organisation. This too seemed to be based on the acceptance of hearsay, rather than hard facts.

Suspicions that the federal government have weighed in behind the scenes, might prove to be justified. Justice McDonalds order coincides with the unveiling of a campaign nationally and in Victoria to attack the Labor opposition, while at the same time pressuring the Labor leadership to intervene against the unions and ensure that the community blockade,  which has stranded 1,000 shipping containers, is lifted.

The order names that Maritime Union of Australia (MUA), which had already received an injunction to go no closer than 100 metres of the site. This time the Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) and Trades Hall Council secretary, Luke Hilakari, were given the same order.

All were accused of outsourcing the dispute to a self-styled group of hard campaign activists coordinated by the Victorian Trades Council.

The concept of a community assembly has evolved as a means where community support can be materialised, through community involvement. Community activism exists around a multitude of causes, whether it be over specific government policies, a demand for a change, over an environmental issue such as the Adani mine, or reaction to what is considered an inappropriate local development project.

Community campaigns invariably gravitate towards restricting the operations of a business or a government department. This is one of the few weapons that community activity can use to be effective, particularly when there is only a small window of opportunity to act.

There is also a history of community activity being linked to industrial disputes. A stand out is the MUAs Patricks dispute of 1998, where even politicians joined community members of all walks, to stop the movement of containers on the same wharf. Community action was used through the whole period o...

06:29

Students get musical, thanks to Falls "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Mullumbimby Public School prinicipal David Lees, Byron Falls Festival director Brandon Saul, and Anna Coelho from the P&C with students Cooper Nelson, Jonny DeAlmeida, Joel Liljeqvist, Cooper Tait, Anderson Bower, Angus Ewin, Bodhi Neylan. Photo Jeff Dawson

Mullumbimby Public School is now able to purchase musical instruments to continue to establish a school band thanks to donations from the The Byron Falls Music & Arts Festival.

The school is among five beneficiaries of the grants, a result of $1 from each Falls ticket sold contributing to a community fund that is then distributed to a range of local organisations.

Principal David Lees said, Receiving a community grant from Falls will greatly assist us in supporting the emergence of the musical soul of Mullumbimby Public School, and is much appreciated by our school community and beyond.

Five beneficiaries

The other organisations to receive the grant money are Burringbar Community Association Inc, Shaping Outcomes (Byron Bay), WIRES (Northern Rivers) and Crabbes Creek Community Hall.    

A Burringbar Heritage Walk is planned with funds going to the Burringbar Community Association, while Shaping Outcomes (Byron Bay) say they will use the grant to provide resources for the childrens groups they run including Ready for School and Social Thinking.

WIRES say they will use the grant to assist in responding to more calls to help injured, sick, displaced and orphaned wildlife while Crabbes Creek Community Hall organisers say they will use the grant to contribute towards the New Years Eve fireworks display for the community.

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06:21

Mary Katharine Ham Slams Media: Making Mistakes Doesnt Earn Back Trust "IndyWatch Feed National"

Federalist senior writer Mary Katharine Ham slammed members of the media for repeatedly reporting false information about the ongoing investigation into whether Trump or his associates colluded with the Russian government to steal the 2016 election from Hillary Clinton.

The press does not understand that there is a credibility crisis on two sides here for the president and for us, Ham said Monday during a segment on CNNs The Lead With Jake Tapper.

Comparing our ability to get things right with a politicians is damning with faint praise, she continued. Literally our only job is to tell the truth. Theyre politicians and theyre very different than that.

I dont think that people are purposefully making mistakes, Ham said in reference to multiple news stories about the Russia investigation published last week and this week that turned out to be untrue. But look at the Brian Ross story. The K.T. McFarland quote, when seen in full context, was much different than we were led to believe by The New York Times. The WikiLeaks story these always break one way and its a way that makes the administration look worse. They dont break the other way.

That actually does matter to people, she said. If you look at the most recent Poynter survey of trust in the media, one of the things thats really important about it is how you deal with these mistakes and how you own up to them. So, I think pivoting the press on pivoting from making the mistake and saying sorry to, Hey, hey, hey. Why are you attacking us? And getting very pompous about it, is not a great look.

05:42

EU Prepares to Discuss a Long-Delayed Trade Deal With Britain "IndyWatch Feed National"

Following a Brexit divorce accord, European leaders may finally authorize negotiations on the outlines of a future trade deal

By Emre Peker in Brussels and Jason Douglas and Stephen Fidler in London
The Wall Street Journal
Updated Dec. 12, 2017 12:59 p.m. ET

The biggest economic question posed by Brexittradehangs unresolved almost 18 months after Britain voted to leave the European Union.

At the EUs insistence, negotiations have until now focused on the terms of separation. But the two sides progressed on that last week.

At a summit this week, EU leaders may finally authorize negotiations on the next steps: a temporary transitional arrangement that will immediately follow Brexit in March 2019 and the outlines of a future trade deal.

That remains a crucial unknown for exporters across the U.K. and the European Union, the destination for almost half of British trade.

Mind the Gap

The U.K.-EU Trade Challenge

The delay has allowed the British government to sidestep its own divisions between those who want to hug the EU close and those who want to push it away to allow the U.K. to forge stronger ties with the rest of the world. In the coming week, Prime Minister Theresa Mays cabinet will formally hold its first in-depth discussions on the end state, her spokesman said.

Mrs. May has said the U.K. will leave the EUs single marketits common zone of regulationand its customs union, which sets uniform external tariffs for imports to the bloc.

Membership of both allows trade between EU members to carry on almost free of border checks. If the U.K. leaves either one without replicating the same arrangements from outside the EU, the likelihood is that a whole new raft of border bureaucracy will be required, creating delays at ports and disrupting international supply chains.

For the EU, Mrs. Mays vision has raised as many questions as they answer. We need more clarity on how the U.K. sees our future relations, after it has left the single market and customs union, European Council President Donald Tusk said after meeting Mrs. May last week.

Mrs. May has also said she wants trade with the EU to be free of tariffs and as frictionless as possible.

She has ruled out as insufficient a preferential-trade deal on the lines the EU struck with Canada in 2016. That eliminates tariffs on most goods. But it still leaves the need for significant border checks on goods imports to ensure they meet the required standards and provides only limited access to trade in serviceshugely imp...

05:42

Transmarginal inhibition: The trauma that forever changed us "IndyWatch Feed National"

You never come out on the other end of trauma the same. Witnessing horrors real time and going through the experience of mind bending pains is something that alters reality and induces an endless stream of sadness and haunting memories. This is why veterans who fight in wars come back home and become homeless or why children who suffer unimaginable ordeals end up enduring a life of distress as adults. Though some endure agonies that are more excruciating than others, all of us in time experience the traumas that life brings and the ennui that comes with it. I write this in light of the attempted terror attack that took place this afternoon as a depraved soul tried to snuff out innocent lives in order to advance an ideology of hate. Targeting civilians and exterminating men, women and children who have nothing to do with combat are actions of depraved souls. Violence can't birth peace nor can hate be the answer to hate; killing non-combatants to advance a political, economic or religious manifestos is pure evil. Whether the people blowing up lives and buildings call their targets infidels or collateral damage is a difference without a distinction. This is the pure folly of waging a war against terror; destroying nations and unleashing a bloodletting upon the masses will only create more terrorists and lead to a never ending campaign of tit for tat carnage.

05:41

Jessica Mauboy named as Australias entrant for Eurovision 2018 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Aboriginal singer Jessica Mauboy is Australias entrant in the 2018 Eurovision contest, to be hosted by Portugal this May. The 28-year-old says culture will be her focus as she starts work on a song she hopes will sweep away the judges in what is the worlds biggest TV music competition. Mauboy was on stage at Eurovision 2014, but only as an interval act. She follows in the footsteps of fellow Aboriginal performer Isaiah Firebrace, who was a top-10 finisher at Eurovision last year.

04:23

Talk Nation Radio: U.S. Military Promotes New Genetic Extinction Technology "IndyWatch Feed National"

Jonathan R. Latham, PhD is co-founder and Executive Director of the Bioscience Resource Project and the Editor of Independent Science News. Dr. Latham holds a Masters degree in Crop Genetics and a PhD in Virology. He was subsequently a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Genetics, University of Wisconsin, Madison. He has published scientific papers in disciplines as diverse as plant ecology, plant virology, genetics and genetic engineering. Dr. Latham is also the Director of the Poison Papers project which publicizes documents of the chemical industry and its regulators.

His latest article is Gates Foundation Hired PR Firm to Manipulate UN Over Gene Drives.

See also:
https://bioscienceresource.org
http://poisonpapers.org
http://independentsciencenews.org
http://www.etcgroup.org
http://www.etcgroup.org/content/gene-drive-files
http://www.gmwatch.org/en/

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04:22

Gender hysteria: NHS school survey asks 10yo children if they are 'comfortable in their gender' "IndyWatch Feed National"

Ten-year-old children are being asked by the NHS whether they are "comfortable in their gender" in official health surveys being completed in schools, it has emerged. The form given to children in year six to complete asks: "Do you feel the same inside as the gender you were born with? (feeling male or female)". Youngsters are also asked to tick a box to confirm their true gender, with options including "boy", "girl" and "other". Parents have been told that the NHS survey helps healthcare workers and teachers develop "better ways to understand and support" children who may be struggling with their identity - but it is not known whether certain children will be approached based on their answers. However, MPs and parents claimed the question was intrusive and could confuse children, amid growing concerns in some quarters over the inclusion of transgender issues in primary schools.

03:30

Disturbing Trend Of Police Wanting Drones For Routine Infractions "IndyWatch Feed National"

After lulling the public into believing that using drones in the U.S. would be confined to border patrol or for counter-terrorism in the event of an imminent threat, we are beginning to see police calling for far wider implementation of drone surveillance. Ive reported several times about the years-long battle in Los Angeles over the use of police drones. The plan resulted in severe pushback from civil liberties groups such as the Stop LAPD Spying Coalition and eventually resulted in an agreement to in fact limit their use to extreme threats and never for surveillance. More recently, Connecticut went much further with a new plan for integrating drones into their fusion center matrix of camera surveillance that would also utilize citizen cooperation into a far-reaching local spy network. Most troubling was the list of quality-of-life-issues that included illegal dumping, ATVs and dirt bikes, motor vehicle violations, narcotics markets, car break-ins and larcenies. All of which might spark tracking and pursuit by police drone. In a typical step-by-step movement of the Overton window, its Brunswick, Maine that would like to usher in a new level of acceptance of an even greater degree of intrusion.

03:25

Boulder Takes Closer Look At City-Owned Broadband "IndyWatch Feed National"

It's going to cost somewhere between $70 and $140 million, officials estimate, to build out the underground fiber-to-the-premises network that Boulder needs to make community-wide broadband a reality. The question for the City Council has never been whether this pursuit is worthwhile, as voters and elected leaders clearly agree on the value of open-access, affordable, high-speed internet the introduction of which would put pressure on the incumbent Comcast-CenturyLink duopoly to lower their prices and offer higher speeds. Rather, the question is: Who is going to pay for this build-out? And, for much of the past year, based on advice of a consultant Boulder has paid $186,000 to date, the most likely answer seemed to be that the city would partner with an outside provider willing to pay for the build-out. But now, Boulder is taking its closest look to date at another path, in which the city finances the build and owns the network. "We've heard from people saying, hey, what would it look like for the city to do it alone?" said Chris Meschuk, assistant city manager. "We had not done a ton of analysis of that option, so right now we have a consultant doing that." Meschuk has assumed the responsibility on the project once held by Don Ingle, the information technology director who is no longer with the city.

03:23

All The Plenarys Men (Again!) "IndyWatch Feed National"

HSBC, one of the worlds biggest and most systemic banks, has been given yet another dainty slap on the wrist for its role allegedly laundering hundreds of millions for ruthless Mexican drug barons.

A US probe said the bank had been a conduit for drug kingpins and rogue nations. HSBC says the deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) a form of probation has now expired.

Once again, we are left with a very big question: why is it that the U.S. Department of Justice has failed to prosecute any too-big-to-fail banks ormore importantlytheir bankers, even for admitted crimes?

Its a crucial question, because after eight straight years of unremitting prosecutorial failure, it looks very much as if a select group of top banks can, in fact, do no wrong. If thats the case, then the U.S. constitutional republic isnt merely in trouble. Its dead.

A person or group of people who satisfy Blackstones criterion for ultimate sovereign powerthe power to commit crimes with impunitycant exist in a nation where the law reigns supreme. And yet here we are, a decade after the financial crisis began in earnest, and not one TBTF bank executive has gone to jail.

Legally, the TBTF banks are indistinguishable from the King, since the power to commit crimes with impunity swallows all other sovereign powers; such a power isnt even supposed to exist in the U.S., and yet it does.

Moreover, since there cant be two kings in a kingdom, the entire U.S. government, from the president on down, is just one of the Kings men under this formulation of power. The real job of the U.S. government, then, isnt to represent the will of the people at all, its to do the Kings bidding. A nation that isnt governed by law is governed instead by a kingits one or the otherand the presidents inferiority to such an above-the-law sovereign was confirmed over 40 years ago with Nixons ouster. The president, unlike the King, answers to the law (despite Nixons opinion).

Now, you may say that while the TBTF banks might arguably have the de facto power of the King, thats a far cry from wielding such power formally (i.e., having de jure criminal immunity).

The reply to that objection is set forth in this film, All the Plenarys Men, which is a sequel to The Veneer of Justice in a Kingdom of Crime.

Another objection, raised by the DOJ itself, is that it HAS prosecuted TBTF bankers, citing cases like that of Raj Rajaratnam. These cases, however, in fact reveal the DOJ acting on behalf of the criminal global banking cartel.

On that score, the....

02:58

MACKAY Mackay man may face upgraded manslaughter charge "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY December 12, 2017 at 07:10PM ,

Mackay man may face upgraded manslaughter charge

December 12, 2017 at 07:10PM ,

Jeremy Aaron Brown, 22, faced Mackay Magistrates Court via videolink from prison, after bail was refused in late October. Brown has been charged with, but has not entered a plea to causing grievous bodily harm to 72-year-old Shirley Page on October 23 at Morley Street, South Mackay. Ms Page died

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MACKAY Did SA baker try to murder Mackay mum? "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY December 12, 2017 at 05:13AM ,

Did SA baker try to murder Mackay mum?

December 12, 2017 at 05:13AM ,

Almost two years later, a committal hearing has been held in Mackay Magistrates Court to decide whether theres enough evidence for charges to proceed in a higher court. Greatbatch faced court via videolink from prison on Monday before Magistrate Damien Dwyer, after he was unable to meet bail

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02:52

Revisiting Dictatorship in Indonesia: The Good Old Days? "IndyWatch Feed National"

 

The late Soeharto has become something of a poster boy for leadership as the nation searches for a president who can effectively deliver the goods.

Photos of the smiling president, who ruled Indonesia between 1966-1998, appear everywhere, with the caption in Javanese piye kabare, isih penak jamanku, tho? (How are you, better in my era, wasnt it?) a reminder that, for some, life was so much better then. The Soeharto posters and memes have been going viral since the 2014 election and are still circulating now.

Soeharto was a dictator, there is no doubt about it, though his supporters would claim that he was a noble one. But the point of the poster is that Indonesia had a leader who delivered the goods, something that no other president since then has been able to match, so his supporters claim.

Soeharto, who ruled with an iron fist, did deliver justice, security and welfare, but it is debatable whether his successors have fared better or worse. Ruling the country for 32 years, he was bound to have delivered something, while his successors have been subject to periodic democratic elections and limited to ruling for no more than two five-year terms.

The bigger question, and this was one of the topics discussed at the recent Bali Civil Society and Media Forum, is whether democracy can deliver justice, security and welfare to the people, all the people.

Indonesia, now a democracy for nearly 20 years, albeit a struggling one, makes a good case study to answer this question, by comparing the ability of the two political systems in bringing greater prosperity to the people.

The track record of Indonesia since 1998 has not been bad, although perhaps underappreciated.

The economy has improved significantly, in terms of overall GDP and per-capita-income growth, and the government today provides many services such as free health care, 12-year compulsory free education, and cash assistance for the poor. Indonesia today is the 16th-largest economy in the world, and many predict that it will be in the top 10 by 2025 and top five by 2040.

We have a growing middle class, reflected by the number cellphones, cars and motorcycles, and a growing appetite for holidays, both at home and abroad.

And there is freedom, all kinds of freedom, something that distinguishes todays era from that of Soehartos. Why then do some people still feel that they miss Soeharto?

Perhaps they dont really miss him, but they miss the certainty, the swift way decisions were made and the security he provided. They miss the effectiveness and efficiency that an authoritarian regime can deliver.

Democracy, unfortunately, is almost anything but.

Decisions are made through an a...

02:49

Fracking Our Way to Mideast Peace "IndyWatch Feed National"

Low oil prices have so eroded Arab states power, they now see Israel as a protector.

Fracking Our Way to Mideast Peace
PHOTO: ISTOCK/GETTY IMAGES

Whatever you think of President Trumps decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israels capital, it points to the most important strategic reality in the Middle East: Arab power has collapsed in the face of low oil prices and competition from American frackers.

The devastating oil-price shocks of the 1970s, orchestrated by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, nearly wrecked the world economy. Ever since, the U.S. has looked for ways to break OPECs parasitic and rent-seeking grip on the oil marketand thereby to reduce Americas geopolitical vulnerability to events in the Middle East.

Victory did not come easily. Intense conservation efforts made the U.S. much more energy-efficient. New oil discoveries in Africa and elsewhere significantly broadened the available supply. Renewable energy sources added to the diversification. But the most decisive development was that decades of public and private research and investment unleashed an American oil-and-gas boom, leading to a revolution in energy markets that has sent geopolitical shocks through world affairs.

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01:50

World First Solar Train Launching "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The much anticipated world first solar train will be officially launched this Saturday 16th December.

Official proceedings commence at 11:00am at The Sun Bistro on Bayshore Drive in Byron Bay. Public train rides from the North Beach platform on Bayshore Drive will run from 12:30 5:00pm, with live music and celebrations throughout the afternoon at The Sun.

The Byron Bay train travels between Byron Bay township and the burgeoning North Beach precinct which includes the Byron Arts Estate and the Sunrise Beach residential community. The train seats 100 passengers and has room for luggage, bikes and surfboards. The 3km journey will cost just $3 for adults with concessions for children.

The Byron Bay train will operate a limited service until January when the full schedule will commence.

With no support from government at any level the Byron Bay Railroad Company have delivered the worlds first solar train said John Grimes, Chief Executive at the Smart Energy Council. True innovation meets roadblock upon roadblock so we congratulate this team on their incredible achievement. Hopefully this one train in regional Australia can demonstrate the possibilities of solar technology and the power of perseverance.

For more information visit www.byronbaytrain.com.au

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01:40

Can Cranberries Conquer The World? A US Industry Depends On It "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Michael Carolan, Colorado State University

Name all the billion-dollar crops grown in the U.S. Midwest. The answer: Corn, soybeans and cranberries. Wait, what?

Roughly 60 percent of the U.S. cranberry crop is produced in Wisconsin, generating close to US$1 billion in revenue and 4,000 jobs. Other top-producing states include Massachusetts, New Jersey, Oregon and Washington. Overall, cranberries are almost exclusively North American. Roughly 85 percent are grown in the United States and Canada, with the rest scattered across Chile, Western Europe and a few former Soviet republics.

But although many Americans see cranberries as a staple for Thanksgiving and Christmas, we associate them mainly with the winter holidays unlike, say, mashed potatoes and gravy. Thats a problem for the cranberry business, which faces an uncertain future as supply wildly outstrips demand. The industry is working to boost demand for cranberry products at home and expand new export markets in Asia and Latin America.

I have spent close to 20 years studying farmers, food executives, eaters, tastemakers, activists and politicians, attempting to better understand, among other things, how niche, novel and/or f...

00:54

Japan under fire for "research" whaling in the Northwest Pacific "IndyWatch Feed National"

Japan was under fire for its "research" whaling in the Northwest Pacific as a possible violation of an international treaty on endangered species, while Tokyo's ivory trading practice was also questioned. During a five-day meeting of a standing committee on monitoring wildlife trade in Geneva through Friday, Japan drew criticism over its hunting of sei whales in the sea from anti-whaling countries, with Australia pointing out that the research whaling could be for commercial purposes. The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, or CITES and also known as the Washington Convention, prohibits international trade of sei whales and effectively bans the catching of them in the open sea.

00:42

Turkmenistan: Animal Rights Activist Detained "IndyWatch Feed National"

(HRW) Police in Turkmenistan arbitrarily detained a prominent animal rights activist, Galina Kucherenko, on December 7, 2017, and are holding her at an undisclosed location, Human Rights Watch said today. Police also detained Kucherenkos adult daughter, Valeria, but later released her. Turkmenistans international partners should urgently and publicly call on the Turkmen government to disclose Kucherenkos whereabouts and release her immediately.

On December 7 at about 11:30 a.m., police broke into Kucherenkos apartment in Ashgabat, Turkmenistans capital, taking the apartments metal door off its hinges, and detained Kucherenko and her daughter. At one point the police dragged Kucherenko across the floor. The officers said they were responding to a complaint allegedly filed by neighbors about their pets.

Valeria Kucherenko has asked the police about her mothers whereabouts, but they gave varying answers. Kucherenko remains forcibly disappeared as long as authorities fail to disclose her whereabouts.

The detention of Kucherenko and her daughter is a stark reminder of the threat that people in Turkmenistan face if they criticize the government, said Rachel Denber, deputy Europe and Central Asia director at Human Rights Watch. The Turkmen government tolerates no criticism, not even on the treatment of stray animals.

Kucherenko, 52, is an animal rights activist who has openly criticized the round-up of stray animals and animal cruelty in Turkmenistan, including on the Russian-language social media site Odnaklassniki.ru.

Kucherenkos daughter told Human Rights Watch that police took her to several police stations and promised her that they would allow her to see her mother. However, when police released her at about 5:15 p.m., they refused to provide any information on her mothers whereabouts. Before they released her, police required her to sign an explanatory statement and pay a 50 manat (about US$14) fine for resisting police.

An officer at the Ashgabat police station where Valeria Kucherenko had been detained told a Human Rights Watch researcher by phone that Galina Kucherenko had been taken to court but did not provide details on when she would appear before the court, what charges she would face, and where she would be taken after her court appearance. When she spoke with Human Rights Watch, Valeria Kucherenko had not been able to get to the court to try to determine whether the officer gave her accurate information.

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00:26

Why the Honduras Crisis Matters to Me "IndyWatch Feed National"

For seven months in 1969 I hitch-hiked around the US, Mexico and Central America with my best friend from high school. Some class-mates from our school in Vancouver Canada saved their money then travelled to Europe or Australia but Ollie and I headed south. It was an eye-opening experience for two middle class Canadians. We had a lot of learning experiences in the US but today I want to talk about Honduras because it is in crisis as I write this: the Honduran election took place on 26 November yet the results are still in contention. Will the current right wing government manage to retain power?

When we visited the capital Tegucigalpa in 1969 we went to the university campus to meet and hang out with young Hondurans. They told us about the recent visit of President Richard Nixon who had taken office a few months before and then travelled to Latin America. The Vietnam war was still raging in 1969 and people protested against the war and Nixon wherever he went. The young Hondurans told us that when Nixon visited Tegucigalpa there had been a big protest. Several students who had been protesting from the top of a university building had been shot dead. It made an impression as did the warm and friendly people we met, some living in shacks along the banks of the Choluteca River running through the capital.

In Nicaragua we heard more eye-opening stories from the youth there. They told us about the Somoza family dictatorship, how corrupt it was, and how they came to power through US Marines. They also told us about the death of Cesar Sandino who fought for Nicaraguan independence but was killed by Somozas National Guard in 1934. The Nicaraguan youth told us that when the US asked for proof of Sandinos death, Somoza shipped Sandinos head in a box to Washington.

Those and many other experiences changed my life. Over the coming decades I kept an interest in Central America.

In 1979, when Nicaraguans overthrew the Somoza dictatorship, it seemed like a good thing. But President Ronald Reagan did not like an independent Nicaragua. Violating international law, the US organized a mercenary army called the Contras to destabilize and upend the Sandinista government. The mercenaries were trained in Honduras with US funding, supplies and weapons. The US Ambassador to Honduras, John Negroponte, oversaw the mercenary army attacking Nicaragua and the emergence of death squads in El Salvador. Tens of thousands of peasants and opposition activists were killed with impunity. In Honduras, itself, there was widespread repression and murder of those challenging the status quo.

In 1998 Honduras was hit by Hurricane Mitch. The second worst Atlantic hurricane ever recorded caused huge destruction and death, especially in poor communities with weak infrastructure. The shacks and modest dwell...

00:16

Five Australian Prime Ministers & Nine Immigration Ministers Named In Communique To The International Criminal Court in 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


Perpetrators Individual responsibility
40. On the basis of the brief factual outline provided above, there are a number of persons who have, or would have had whilst elected, knowledge of the relevant facts outlined in the elements detailed below, and played a considerable role in the implementation and enforcement of the Immigration Policies. Further, these people have, or would have had whilst elected, the requisite intent to cause a particular consequence or were aware that the consequence would occur in the ordinary course of events (for example, that the implementation and enforcement of the Immigration Policies would result in Immigration Detention, or deportation and Immigration Detention, of boat people). [In The Matter Of A Prosecution Of The Australian Government In Relation To Indefinite Detention And Forcible Removal Of Asylum Seekers (2016), p.]

In a communique to the International Criminal Court, Malcolm Turnbull, Tony Abbott, Kevin Rudd, Julia Gillard, John Howard, Peter Dutton, Scott Morrison, Tony Burke, Brendan OConnor, Chris Bowen, Chris Evans, Kevin Andrews, Amanda Vanstone, Phillip Ruddock, Baron Waqa and Rimbink Pato were all named as administrating authorities in relation to the offence of unlawful confinement.

00:15

Tony Windsor on fighting the Santos pipeline "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


They were there in an attempt to survey a pipeline to convey coal seam gas from gas giant Santoss proposed Narrabri gas field. As one landholder, David Chadwick, said: the pipeline was the head of the snake and if allowed to proceed would provide the infrastructure to convey the gas to Sydney or internationally and provide the political pressure to develop about 850 gas wells near Narrabri, with a view to hundreds more across the Liverpool Plains and associated areas. [Tony Windsor, former  independent member for the federal seat of New England]

The Saturday Paper, 9-15 December 2017:

Last week I was working with my son Andrew on our farm 25 kilometres north of Coonamble when he received a message that there were trespassers on the neighbouring farm. A digital alert system had been put in place for such an event.

Within minutes, farm vehicles from all the neighbours converged on the scene. Others moved in on the trespassers from the eastern side and in a pincer movement the trespassers became trapped and unable to gain access to their vehicles.

By this time, about 100 agitated and concerned farmers, their employees and families were there to express their disgust at what had just occurred. The police had also arrived.
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Tuesday, 12 December

23:30

Can We Be Honest About Women? "IndyWatch Feed National"

David French of National Review recently wrote an article asking, Can we be honest about men? In it, he laments the avalanche of sexual harassment cases in the media, politics, and entertainment, asking, When will it end?

The obvious answer is never, he says. At least not until we stare human nature in the face, confront it squarely, and call men to live according to a higher and better purpose. We could endure the zombie apocalypse, and the world would be full of local warlords using their power and status to exploit women. He continues:

Heres a simple reality large numbers of men enter high-status professions (such as entertainment and politics) in part or even primarily to gain access to beautiful women. Large numbers of men achieve wealth in part or even primarily to gain access to beautiful women. Large numbers of men who enter high-status professions or gain wealth for good and virtuous reasons soon become corrupted by access to beautiful women. As weve learned, some men even become so-called male feminists primarily to gain the trust of beautiful women.
Object all you want, but its true. Indeed, for men, having a beautiful woman on your arm is often seen as the ultimate marker of status. Become successful enough no matter your looks or social awkwardness or painful dating history and a beautiful woman is your reward.

Im certainly not going to object, though I do think many men enter high-status professions to best other men in their field of expertise, not just to get beautiful women. Competition can fuel them even more than sex does.

Regardless, we cant deny that arm candy is part of it. I dont know many people who would disagree, which explains the popularity of the Hot-Crazy Matrix. Basically it says men will put up with a lot of crazy for a hot woman, and women will put up with a lot of ugly for a wealthy man.

Women Arent Hapless Victims

French laments this basic fact of life, saying men dont need to give over to their natural impulses this way. Instead, they need to overcome them. Sexual temptation is so powerful and omnipresent that no human society will ever be free of sexual scandal, but there are moral systems that if applied can mitigate original sin.

Good advice, of course, and I have no problem with the basic points of Frenchs article, but I do take issue with the assumption that women are passive and innocent in this sexual interplay between the sexes. This might not have been his intention, since he was focusing on men, but we cant let these conversations remain fixed only on men, as if they alone exploit. We...

23:26

Boiling Point 5th of December 2017; Science meets Creation and Innovation to Save and Preserve Sydneys Sea Life. "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Image: John Turnbull, 2015 CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

We are all too aware human activity negatively impacts the environment. Most of our negative interaction and impact is irreversible. However, in the fight to save the biodiversity of Sydney waters, scientists successfully reversed the effects of human activity on Crayweed and Sydneys ocean life. Last year we were introduced to the Crayweed issue. Last week Tim touched base to see how successful The Crayweed Project has been.

The dumping of human waste during the 1980s contributed to the rapid decline of sea life along Sydneys coast. Crayweed or Phyllospora comosa is a food source and habitat for marine life. Scientists noticed Crayweed did not replenish once the water quality improved. Prompting cause for concern.

The team at Crayweed Project are working to restore and replenish Crayweed. One method of restoration, the team used, is transferring existing Crayweed, using a transportable mat. To the devastated areas along Sydneys coastline. This proved successful. Restoration did not stop there. Scientists are collectively working to restore this site. PhD candidate Georgina Wood, part of the Crayweed team from the University of New South Wales, is using genetics to develop resilient Crayweed. Ms Wood expects resilient Crayweed will tolerate and cope in a changing environment.

What can you do?

This sounds well and good, but scientists cannot do this alone. It is the creative union of citizen scientists and scientists that will save and protect this imperative seaweed. Lana Kajlich a PhD candidate from the University of New South Wales and part of the Crayweed Project team understands the importance of engaging the community. To en...

23:00

The Last Jedi Is Thrilling, Answers All Your QuestionsAnd Raises Even More "IndyWatch Feed National"

Featuring lots of bravery, incredible evil, plenty of Luke, and the final on-screen moments of Carrie Fisher, Rian Johnsons new film is a lot of fun.

Warning: Spoilers ahead.

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22:52

The West Faces Up to Reality: China Wont Become More Like Us "IndyWatch Feed National"

The make-believe that Beijing would eventually embrace Western values is over

Updated Dec. 12, 2017 5:40 a.m. ET

SHANGHAIFor decades, the relationship between China and the West rested on illusion and pretense.

Western politicians fooled themselves into thinking that the Chinese system, centrally directed and authoritarian, would in time resemble their own, open and democratic.

For its part, China camouflaged its global ambitions. Obeying Deng Xiaopings maxim to hide our capabilities and bide our time, it built itself into a manufacturing colossus and the worlds largest trader, amassed hard military power and projected soft influence, sometimes covert and bought with cash.

This game of make-believe is winding down.

Last weeks trip to China by Justin Trudeau, the Canadian prime minister whose father engineered his countrys opening to the Peoples Republic, will likely go down as one of the last in a series of largely futile Western efforts to shape Chinas rise by encouraging its adoption of liberal Western ideas. He arrived with plans to open talks on a progressive free-trade agreement that stresses gender equality, labor protections and environmental rights. He was politely shown the door.

At the same time, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was underscoring a new era of realism. With China in mind, he introduced legislation to limit foreign interference in the countrys political life. The impact has been swift: On Tuesday, Labor party senator Sam Dastyari pledged to resign amid an uproar over his links to a real-estate billionaire affiliated with the Communist Party.

Australia exemplifies both the advantages and potential hazards of a more hard-nosed approach to China.

Some predict a new Cold War. Thats possible, if Western disillusion gives rise to such strong anti-China sentiment that it derails ties.......

22:15

Anothery mystery Clinton acquaintance death: Close friend of Hillary planning to "step away from politics" found dead in apparent suicide "IndyWatch Feed National"

How many people do you know who have died mysteriously or of a bizarre suicide, or have been beaten to death or murdered in a hail of bullets, how about someone who committed suicide by shooting themselves in the back of the head? For most of us the answer is none, but if you are Bill and Hillary Clinton, the answer to that question is at least 56 - and possibly more. The Clinton dead pool list has grown extensively over the years and we have a new 'suicide' to add to the list.

21:40

Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines Plan To Incease Anti-Terror Sea Patrols, With U.S., Australia to Assist "IndyWatch Feed National"

Philippine Star December 12, 2017

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A member of Philippine Navy loads bullets for a machine gun during a bilateral maritime exercise in June 2014. AP/Noel Celis, file
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ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines Security against cross-border kidnapping and piracy in waters shared by Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines will be boosted when more joint patrols, which could include Australia and the US, are launched next year.
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Around $5 trillion in commercial cargo passes through the waters, which needs to be better secured against abductions and hijacking by groups affiliated with the Abu Sayyaf group.
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R.Adm. Rene Medina, commander of Naval Forces Western Mindanao, said the trilateral patrols with Malaysia and Indonesia in border waters have drawn more attention from the Australian and US navies, which have indicated interest in participating.
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Medina said the Philippine Navy held joint patrols with the Royal Malaysian Navy and Indonesian Navy late November. He said that arrangement will continue under the Trilateral Cooperative Agreement among the three countries.
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The Philippine Navy also held drills with the Royal Australian Navy along the southern border in late November. Medina said he and his Australian counterpart have discussed holding joint patrols aside from maritime exercises.
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The US Navy was also talking with us on how they can come up or join in the area with regards to bilateral patrol, Medina said. Roel Pareo
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http://www.philstar.com/nation/2017/12/12/1767695/more-joint-patrols-along-southern-border-seen-2018


21:29

Australian tech start-ups stand to lose out in proposed copyright reforms "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Australian government quietly introduced the Copyright Amendment (Service Providers) Bill 2017 to the Senate on Wednesday. If enacted, the bill will extend the scope of Australias copyright safe harbours - very slightly.

Safe harbours protect internet hosts and platform providers from monetary liability for copyright-infringing content posted or shared by their users. For example, if you post the latest Thor movie to YouTube, YouTube wont be responsible for copyright infringement if it takes down that video. In Australia, we only extend this protection to internet services providers, not general purpose websites.

This matters because technology firms rely on limits to liability to manage their risks. Companies like Facebook or YouTube, which host millions of pieces of user content, would face serious difficulty starting in Australia because our laws on copyright infringement are so strict.

This article is by Kylie Pappalardo, from Queensland University of Technology and was originally published on The Conversation. It is republished here under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Derivative Licence (CC-BY-ND). See the original article.

The new legislation is a step in the right direction, but it doesnt go far enough to create an environment that fosters Australian innovation.

Excluding platforms from safe harbours doesnt make much difference to tech giants like YouTube and Facebook, since they already operate within the United States safe harbours. But it does discourage Australian tech start-ups from the chance to experiment in a reduced-risk environment.

It is not just the US with broader copyright safe harbours than Australia - jurisdictions around the world extend safe harbours to internet intermediaries beyond ISPs.

The European Union, fo...

20:38

Madge Digest #148 November 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

  1. URGENT help regulate new GM techniques on animals, plants, humans, crops, trees and microbes. 
  2. Huge win: Farmers and civil society reject new GMO's at UN Food and Agriculture meeting 
  3. Call of the Reed Warbler - using farming to bring back birds, bees, beauty and health to our planet. 
  4. Sign to save small scale, local, ethical pork and poultry farming in VIctoria.

1) URGENT: Help regulate new GM techniques on animals, plants, humans, crops, trees and microbes

Three reviews on GM technologies in Australia will have huge effects on our food, health and environment:

  • Forums on the Review of the national Gene Tech Scheme are in Sydney and Adelaide this week and other capital cities later. Register here. This review has the potential to: remove the ability for States to have GM Moratoriums, remove GM labelling requirements, avoid any pre-market approval by using a product instead of process based regulation and allow GM contamination in Organic food.
  • OGTR review of the rules on new GMOs. Sign this petition to ask the Assistant Health Minister to regulate them.New GM techniques including CRISPR, RNA interference could be used to create GM animals, microbes, crop plants, fish, humans, trees etc. The Gene Technology Act 2000 defines gene technology as "any technique for the modification of genes or other genetic material" therefore all GM techniques and their products should be regulated.

This review proposes deregulating the most popular new GM techniques. It would mean no pre-market testing, no register of what is GM and no labelling. Farmers would not know if the seed they are using was produced using these techniques or not. There is no history of safe use for these techniques. F...

20:13

Lifestyle changes could have prevented 40 per cent of cancer deaths, study finds "IndyWatch Feed National"

ABC News Australia

Lifestyle changes could have prevented 40 per cent of cancer deaths, study finds

12 December 2017

More than 16,000 Australians are being diagnosed with cancer each year because of risky behaviour and habits, and at a greater rate than any other country, new research has found.

QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institutes Professor David Whiteman said while many cancers were inevitable, his study found 40 per cent of cancer deaths were preventable.

A lot of those cancers that are occurring at high rates in Australia are ones that are directly due to the lifestyle that many of us choose to lead, Professor Whiteman said.

So what are Australians doing that is killing us?

The eight lifestyle factors to avoid are:

  • Tobacco smoking, including passive smoking
  • Low intake of fruit and vegetables and high intake of red and processed meat
  • Excessive alcohol consumption
  • Being overweight
  • Being physically inactive
  • Excessive exposure to UV light...

20:00

Hondurans Launch a National Protest Against Election Results "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tegucigalpa (TeleSUR)  Social and political groups filled the streets answering the call to action and participating in protests across the nation.

Thousands of supporters of the Opposition Alliance filled the streets of Honduras this morning as part of a national movement to protest the irregularities surrounding the presidential elections.

Presidential candidate Salvador Nasralla
Image: Courtesy of Heather Gies for TeleSUR

Citizens erected roadblocks around the capitals main highways, preventing traffic from continuing, while others marched the streets, demanding an end to the crisis. The demonstration continued until military police appeared on the scene and forced the protesters to disperse.

Related: Putin: US Routinely Meddles in Russian and Other Nations Elections

Social and political groups called for a national movement Sunday to denounce corruption and fraud in the U.S. and the Organization of American States (OAS).

A delegation of popular social organizations also took advantage of the movement to protest the hundreds of human rights violations in the country. There have been 16 killings, more than 620 people injured as well as dozens of arrests since the protests began, Human Rights Defender, Tomas Andino said.

Similar peaceful demonstrations have erupted across the nation drawing thousands to the streets with protesters declaring they will not rest until the true results of the presidential elections are released and the public has true electoral transparency.

Related: Electoral Coup Attempt in Honduras

People collectively know that negotiations here take place in the United States Embassy. Thats why people are very upset, because wh...

20:00

#SanctionAustralia Refugee Detention, Torture and Abuse by Australia doesnt Stop for Holidays, New Year Celebrations, Christmas Carols or Sporting Events "IndyWatch Feed National"

Ex-detainees request to take a stand during end of year holiday events and bring to the forefront the forgotten people in our community being tortured, refouled and abused by the Australian government while mainstream Australia celebrates this festive season. Statement by RISE eX-detainee Team.

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Originally published by Rise.

Note: Enough is Enough is not organizing any of  these events, we are publishing this text for people across the US and Europe to be able to see what is going on and for documentation only.

Read all our reports about refugees on Manus; here.

#SanctionAustralia Refugee Detention, Torture and Abuse by Australia doesnt Stop for Holidays, New Year Celebrations, Christmas Carols or Sporting Events

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19:59

UK Against Fluoridation "IndyWatch Feed National"



Australian Fluoridation Committee "You have NO Democracy in the Fluoridation Act"

Kununurra Fluoride Meeting 2017 - Kununurra Community told that they have No Democracy in the Water Fluoridation Act.

19:52

Frances Unibail-Rodamco to buy Australias Westfield mall giant "IndyWatch Feed National"

AFP

AFP | The deal values Australias Westfield at US$24.7 billion
SYDNEY (AFP)  French property giant Unibail-Rodamco is to buy Australias Westfield shopping mall operator in a deal to create a global property leader, the two groups said in a statement.The deal, which values Westfield at US$24.7 billion, would create the worlds premier developer and operator of flagship shopping destinations, they said.

Tuesdays announcement comes as mall operators embark on a consolidation drive as they face increasingly tough competition from online shopping sites such as Amazon, which this month launched in Australia.

Westfields share price is down about 10 percent in 2018.

The acquisition of Westfield is a natural extension of Unibail-Rodamco?s strategy of concentration, differentiation and innovation, Christophe Cuvillier, chief executive officer of Unibail-Rodamco, said.

It adds a number of new attractive retail markets in London and the wealthiest catchment areas in the United States.

We believe that this transaction represents a compelling opportunity for both companies to realise benefits not available to each company on a standalone basis, and creates a strong and attractive platform for future growth.

The statement said the proposal had been unanimously recommended by Westfields board of directors and Unibail-Rodamcos supervisory board.

Unibail-Rodamco is Europes largest commercial landlord and the purchase comes as it offloads smaller assets in Europe to focus on bigger shopping centres, which are likely to be better suited to fending off the march of e-commerce giants.

Bloomberg News contributed to this story

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Shopping-Mall Operator Westfield Agrees to Takeover Bid Valuing It at $15.7 Billion

Deal would offer Westfield shareholders a combination of cash and shares

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19:34

Australian Opposition Lawmaker Quits Over Claims of China Links "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian opposition senator Sam Dastyari reacts as he speaks during a media conference in Sydney, Australia, December 12, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Perry Duffin

Sydney: Prominent Australian opposition senator Sam Dastyari said on Tuesday he would resign from parliament after a series of allegations emerged about his links with Chinese aligned interests in Australia.

Relations between Australia and China have become strained since Canberra announced last week it would ban foreign political donations as part of a crackdown aimed at preventing external influence in domestic politics. In announcing the ban, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull specifically singled out China, citing disturbing reports about Chinese influence.

China hit back, with the ruling Communist Partys official Peoples Daily describi...

19:00

Scientific Proof Is A Myth "IndyWatch Feed National"




The idea of proof is best described as  the output of a logical process whose domain set  can be quite fuzzy and it assumed to be fuzzy when applied to science generally.  Thus fuzzy input strongly suggests fuzzy output.  But it is still logical proof, but strictly constrained by the parameters produced by fuzzyness.

Thus the headline statement is false by the forgoing statement.  What is completely true is that all scientific data is fuzzy and output must be at least as fuzzy.

My own work provides an exact model to completely describe the universe itself from only the acceptance that we or at least I exist. Yet that model does not become effectively measurable until multiple orders of magnitude larger than the scale of the first particle.  That alone prevent measurable 'proof'.

Yet my model is plausibly susceptible to a proof of uniqueness. That is one and only one way in which to create the universe. That is good..



Scientific Proof Is A Myth



Nov 22, 2017 


https://www.forbes.com/sites/startswithabang/2017/11/22/scientific-proof-is-a-myth/#75b036342fb1


Starts With A Bang The Universe is out there, waiting for you to discover it Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. Ethan Siegel , Contributor

 


 NASA, ESA, and Johan Richard (Caltech, USA); Acknowledgements: Davide de Martin & James Long (ESA/Hubble)



This image illustrates a gravitational lensing effect due to the distortion of space by mass. This is one prediction where Einstein's theory of relativity gave the right answer where Newton's did not. B...
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18:52

Melt down "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Prices are down

Capital city dwelling prices declined marginally in the September quarter, down by -0.2 per cent on the supply of new apartments, although dwelling prices were +8.3 per cent higher than a year earlier, taking the total stock value up to nearly $6.8 trillion (click charts to expand). 


The quarterly decline was driven by Sydney (-1.4 per cent), with the harbour city's annual growth now slowing to +9.4 per cent. 

The fastest growing markets over the year were Hobart (+13.8 per cent) and Melbourne (+13.2 per cent). 

Hobart's index has now outperformed that of Sydney since the inception of this index in 2003, while Melbourne has now comprehensively beaten off all comers. 

By far the softest market was Darwin, with prices down by another -6.3 per cent over the year.

Adelaide (+4.8 per cent) and Brisbane (+3.5 per cent) recorded steady annual growth.


Drilling into the Sydney figures, APRA's intervention is once again clear, this time with a marginal correction in both house (-1.3 per cent) and attached dwelling prices (-1.4 per cent) in the quarter. 

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17:20

Communication and collaboration in the digital age "IndyWatch Feed National"

This is the paper that I presented at the Related Histories: Studying the Family conference, held at the National Library of Australia on 29 November 2017. If youre interested in knowing more, Caitlin Adams from Macquarie University has written a review of the Related Histories conference. Abstract Since the 1990s, the field of Chinese Australian history has been

17:07

Fly free from toxic chemical use "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Raptor. Photo Mary Gardner.

From the days of the dinosaurs, birds have been an integral part of our world.

People have always watched and listened to them and members of a wise culture would also be learning from them. But are we?

Its been 55 years since US biologist Rachel Carson released Silent Spring, describing a season in the near future when birds stopped singing.

It alerted millions of people to bio-accumulation: how levels of toxins build in the bodies of birds and other wildlife.

Citizens supported government regulation of chemicals and pollutants, launching the modern environment movement. 

Thirty-odd years later another seminal work, Our Stolen Future, explained that the latest kinds of pesticides and industrial chemicals might not kill off birds directly but might actually be worse.

Author Theo Colborn identified endocrine disruptors: chemicals changing the hormones of birds and other wildlife. The chemicals cause sex changes and infertility in not only the current generation, but in the unborn, and the not yet conceived.

They make it hard for youngsters to mature properly. They shorten lifespans and make day-to-day life difficult.

Colborn explained that the same chemicals are also affecting people. She pointed to increasing rates of thyroid diseases, metabolism problems and various cancers.

Time to learn lessons

For all our bird watching and admiration, how serious are we at learning our lessons?

Right now at supermarkets we can buy our favourite endocrine disruptor: glyphosate, a herbicide that is now banned in EU.

We can even bring it home in a single-use plastic bag.

We also use another class of these disruptors called perfluorinated chemicals in fire-fighting foam, water resistant fabrics and solar panels.

T...

17:06

What is in a true name? "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Tallow ICOLL. Photo Mary Gardner.

By night, the nearby ICOLLs are creatures inhabiting my dreams. Intermittently Closed and Open Lake or Lagoon (ICOLL) is the proper name for the Richmond and the Brunswick, the Belongil and the Tallow waterways. In the dark tumult as well as in the shining heat of day, knowledge of a true name necessitates respect.

ICOLLs are characteristic of the New South Wales coast. These natural wonders are a dynamic composite of sea, land and freshwater.

As an inshore marine current endlessly heads north, it drags along sand that dreams of reaching Kgari, Paradise, the great island once called Fraser. Along the way, affected by geography, large amounts of sand drop out of the current and form great sand bars. These block freshwater that moves across the land down to the shore. 

In this phase our ICOLLs appear as settled lakes or lagoons. They also include wetlands that swamp and swell with the rain, underground springs and our towns storm-water. They reach kilometres inland, lined with marshes, mangroves or forests. With the right combination of rain and tide, this phase changes. In phase two, the ICOLL sandbar shifts and re-connects with the sea. To varying degrees, the waterplaces drain.

Well trained

Of our four ICOLLs, the Richmond and the Brunswick, with their rock walls and spurs jutting out to sea, are considered trained. They seem like well-behaved rivers, always open to the sea.

But the inshore marine current continues to drop that endless sand. The result? The shape-shifting shoals and bars create at the mouth those well-known navigation hazards for ships and steamers.

Only the Tallow and the Belongil ICOLLs are still free agents. Neither has rock walls. When it comes to opening to the sea, both have their own timings. Since the late 1800s, the mouth of Belongil was blocked off by residents from what is currently Don Street. Since 2005, the new mouth of the B...

17:06

Stop and take a moment to smell the flowers "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Mangrove blossom. Photo Mary Gardner.

Though I am on my way to somewhere else, I pause at the mangroves. They are a steadfast shelter as the fierce winds shift. Their roots steady the muddy bank under my feet. Among the quiet leaves,  their white flowers are starting to blossom. The bees already have the message. Now Im on the lookout for the other changes of the season.

Right now, anyone can see the effect of this seasons strong winds and rainfall. Before the recent rain, the plants underfoot were so dry they crunched. Now, they are revived. The long range weather forecast to December was 50/50 to be dry or wet. Such uncertainty about water is a big part of Australian climate.  It requires changes to Australian life.

Water wise

The dry has already made residents size up potable water supplies. Regional supply from the Rocky Creek Dam, courtesy Rous Water, is 88 per cent full, though it was falling 12 per cent per week. Altogether, the regions residential use totals 76 per cent of the overall supply; more than half of the remaining use is by tourist accommodation.

Living in the subtropics even as a visitor means becoming weather wise. Of course theres a fire ban. No open fires, especially on the beach. No tossing of cigarettes either.

Becoming water wise is important too. How much less water can you use at your residence or business? Make a habit of three minute showers. Retro sponge baths for washing the car. Use recycled water around your house or business.

No purple pipe of recycled water handy to your place? Talk with your councillors and get a pipe installed.

Seasons of the sea

Meanwhile, the season also changes at sea. The animals of the great winter marine migration to the north turn and now travel south. Leopard sharks, manta rays and more sea turtles return to our region. They join our residen...

16:28

URGENT: The Queensland Government is ready to extinguish Wangan Jagalingou native title for Adani "IndyWatch Feed National"

 

Friends,

This is urgent!

The Queensland Government is ready to extinguish our Native Title rights.

Adani is trying to push through an illegitimate land use agreement and extinguish our native title. We have a Federal Court case to challenge it it March, and have filed for an injunction to prevent them moving to have our rights extinguished before then.

We asked the Government to promise that they wouldnt act to extinguish our native title until the Federal Court heard our case. And they just refused.

That means they could move to extinguish our native title rights at any time.

And with Minister Anthony Lynham back in his seat, we expect him and Adani to act before our hearing, and slam native title extinguishment through!

Our native title rights are hanging in the balance. This is a race against time.

PLEASE TAKE URGENT ACTION WITH US.

Write to or call Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, Dep...

16:08

Life After Death "IndyWatch Feed National"

QUESTION: Do you believe in life after death?

JH

ANSWER: This is an area of personal belief which varies from one person to the next and there is no right or wrong. Believe it or not, there has been a serious study of the subject. There was one man who had died and was brought back. He astonishingly was able to detail what was taking place in the room as if he had watched it from an out of body experience.

The study documented that conscious awareness appears to continue for at least up to three minutes into the period when the heart stops beating. Clinically, the brain will shut down within 20-30 seconds after the heart has stopped. The man in question was able to describe everything that had happened in the room. What he described what happened to him had actually happened as if he was observing standing in the room looking at everyone and himself on the table.

 

16:07

Tesla & Frequency "IndyWatch Feed National"

QUESTION: Mr. Armstrong; Nickolas Teslas work agrees with your analysis. He said: If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration. Has he been an influence in what you do?

Thank you

GJ

ANSWER: No. I have not looked at Teslas work only because it is fundamental to everything. If you find the right frequency, you can shatter a glass. Therefore, I did not find it necessary to investigate Teslas work. Of course, it was critical but that statement was not earth-changing.

Nonetheless, the far more interesting statement of Tesla is not the obvious one that everything has a frequency. It was his statement that when science explores the non-physical phenomenon, it will make more progress in one decade than in all the previous centuries of its existence.

In this respect, I agree with Tesla. You have to dig deeper than traditional science explores. Once you begin to see the entire universe is governed by the 8.6 frequency, the doors to a hidden order spring wide open.

16:02

Paul Weller Live @ The Sydney Opera House "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The legendary Modfather behind The Jam and The Style Council returns to Australia for only three performances, exclusive to Sydney Opera House

The one and only Modfather behind The Jam, The Style Council and a staggering 13 solo albums makes his Opera House debut for only three shows in Australia performing rare sets of raucous rock n roll and blue-eyed soul this summer.

The quintessential soundtrack to English life, Paul Wellers timeless songwriting has never been more critically acclaimed with the release of his latest album, A Kind Revolution. Smooth, suave and a biting commentator on the British ruling class, Wellers restless spirit saw him break up The Jam at the height of success, blur genre boundaries with the Style Council, and go on to become the de facto blueprint for the 90s Britpop invasion.

Now 59 years old and in match fit form, Paul Weller will finally return to Australian shores after eight long years for three special Sydney performances. See Weller like never before in the intimate surrounds of the Concert Hall.

Who: Paul Weller

Where: Concert Hall Sydney Opera House

When: Monday 29 January 2018

To Find Out More & To Book Online Click Here

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15:53

Neat idea pot a plant for kids "IndyWatch Feed National"

A very successful plant sale was held by our members (Belmont Community Growers Inc) last week as part of a local festival.

15:39

One of the nicest community gardens in the Northern Rivers "IndyWatch Feed National"

Our new ACFCGN secretary Joel Orchard popped in to visit one of the nicest community gardens in the Northern Rivers  Yamba Community Garden.  His report...

15:30

Con Open Academy "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Roy Issac is a Guitarist and music educator.  He has been a tutor with the Open Academy since 2010.

 At what age did you start to be interested in the Guitar and what drew you to Jazz and Blues?

I began playing the guitar at the age of 10. Growing up through the late 80s and 90s, the guitar was featured in most music that was played on radio and television. The music I was listening and learning was mostly rock and pop, but it was through my first teacher at the age of 12, I discovered Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana, Buddy Guy, Muddy Waters, Hendrix etc. It wasnt until many years later that I heard Robben Fords beautiful guitar playing (Bluesy, but with a little more sophistication) that inspired me to find out more about Jazz. I contacted Steve Brien for lessons and spent the first two years studying one of my heros, Charlie Parker.

How much practice does one need to put in just to become proficient on their instrument? 

Its really hard to answer this question, but I believe its very important to work efficiently with many short-term goals, never thinking long term! Consecutive back to back practice days was the only way I could ever have a new task I was working on really sit under my fingers and become part of my playing. I would say at least 2-3 hours of structured practice with some live playing as well over a few years would go a long way.

 Youve studied under some great Jazz musicians from Australia and the US. What wisdoms did they impart on you that have kept you focused? 

Through these amazing people, I have learnt to be humble, appreciative, hard-working and patient (in progress). This enables me to remain focused. One of the best bits of advice I was ever given was from the amazing Dale Barlow while I was a student in my second year at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. He mentioned the sooner you realise this is something you are going to work on for the rest of your life, the more you will enjoy it. I have never forgotten this!

 What are the key skills youll cover in the jazz harmony course?

Jazz Harmony focuses on the study of chords and their relationship with each...

14:51

COMMUNITY GARDENS: council concerns "IndyWatch Feed National"

It seems a simple thing for councils to do. Handing over an area of public land for people to turn into a community garden. Like many things so seemingly simple, it turns out to be more complicated. This is because councils are responsible for public land and they need to be confident that the land []

14:38

MACKAY Court sees graphic footage of Mackay stabbing victim "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY December 11, 2017 at 10:00PM ,

Court sees graphic footage of Mackay stabbing victim

December 11, 2017 at 10:00PM ,

Almost two years later, a committal hearing has been held in Mackay Magistrates Court to decide whether theres enough evidence for charges to proceed. Greatbatch faced court via videolink from prison on Monday before Magistrate Damien Dwyer, after he was unable to meet bail conditions.

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14:38

MACKAY Stealing charge, Mackay "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Stealing charge, Mackay

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13:39

Melbourne is still officially Australias gig capital, sorry Sydney "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The ongoing rivalry plaguing Sydney and Melbournes always rocky relationship is founded upon which city is home to the superior music scene.

In a partnership with Songkick, the good people over at Expedia, have tracked down a definitive list of the worlds best cities for live music. Sydneysiders, if youre keen to see your luscious harbour and over-crowded beaches pop up on the list, you may be a little disappointed. Melbourne has come in strong at as the worlds 15th best location for live music (pretty huge considering our relatively tiny population) with a massive 3,127 gigs a year.

Unsurprisingly, London came in at number 1 with a staggering 11,923 gigs and the US as a nation is championing live music like no other 179,585

You check out the entire infographic on the Expedia website here better luck next year, Sydney.

13:12

Machete-Wielding African Gang Murder Man In Melbournes Western Suburbs Overnight "IndyWatch Feed National"

 

A 40-year-old man has been killed following a machete attack overnight in Braybrook, located in Melbournes western suburbs.

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12:32

BATR: Zionist Wars for a Greater Israel "IndyWatch Feed National"

Zionist Wars for a Greater Israel

Most timid Americans would avoid any serious discussion on the true causes of a continuous failed foreign policy that only benefits Israel while costing our own country any chance of real national security and a prosperous society. The mere mention of the term Jew is usually enough for being banded to the back of the room and shunned as one of those haters. Unfortunately, President Trump has succumbed to this fallacious political correctness. In order to correctly understand the framework of the detrimental circumstances that propagate the decline of the American Empire, the clear-headed observer must confront why the United States remains a vassal to the Zionist myth that Israel is a valuable ally to our country.

Essentially the question boils down to a sober outlook. Does one place the interests of the foreign agents that swear allegiance to Israel above that of America, or are you content to bow to the dictates of Zionism, especially when they directly conflict with the betterment of our own people?

A genuine America First mindset rejects both attitudes and rests upon a basic non-interventionism whenever possible. In the case of Israel, there is no germane special interest that places their objectives above ours. Yet, the facts of the matter are that the practical reality in domestic politics has a virtual Jewish veto factor that makes wimps out of even the most courageous warriors. At the end of the cultural and governmental administration process; the influence of the pro-Zionist media, legal and court system, the Wall Street cabals of Banksters, socially progressive academia, culturally correct government schools, Big Corporatist Business and Christian-Zionist apostates all promote and perpetuate that Israel is a friend.

Ask yourself, exactly what did America gain by our involvement from decades of Middle East conflicts or from the trillions of dollars spent on bribes or military campaigns and deployments? The honest answer is nothing. We have been under the yoke of intimidation from the primary victimhood industry post World War II; namely the impact from false guilt to compensate for the hyperbolic holocaust claims that doom any objective discussion on the Khazar exodus to Palestine.

The final solution for these proclaimed Jews is to establish a Zionist political region within the expanses of the Middle East.

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12:32

The nature of the beast: the politics of writers festivals "IndyWatch Feed National"

As Millicent Weber pointed out a little while back in Overland, literary festivals are complex beasts. Particularly in recent years, they appear to have become more politicised, more contested spaces exemplary of the tension that results when a cultural project, with presumed egalitarian aims, has a light shone on it by the market model it operates on, which doesnt favour all people equally.

12:17

National Archives of Australia - more new UAP files available "IndyWatch Feed National"

Background

Over the years, Australian researchers have found around 150 files in the National Archives of Australia (NAA), dealing with the subject of 'Unusual Aerial Sightings;' 'Flying Saucers'; 'Unidentified Flying Objects' and a variety of other titles. Wherever possible, these files have been digitised by the NAA, upon the payment of a fee by a very small number of Australian researchers, including myself. Today, anyone can go to the NAA website, type in a variety of keywords, and read the files for themselves.

New material

The NAA continues to add new files, about UAP, to their RecordSearch database. Two newly available files were added in October 2017. These are:



1. NAA file series BP990/1, control symbol 5/113/AIR PART 1, barcode 22420284, titled 'Unusual Aerial Sightings.' This file has a date range of 1975-1977. It is a correspondence file, originally created by Headquarters RAAF Amberley in Queensland. The current file status is 'not yet examined.' In order to view the file someone needs to ask the NAA to review the file, then pay them to digitise it.

2. NAA file series BP990/1, control symbol 5/113/AIR PART 2, barcode 22420285, titled 'Unusual Aerial Sightings.' This file has a date range of 1977-1979. It is a correspondence file, originally created by Headquarters RAAF Amberley in Queensland. The current file status is 'not yet examined.' In order to view the file someone needs to ask the NAA to review the file, then pay them to digitise it.

12:12

The Other people: CALD and the Cat person "IndyWatch Feed National"

As a member of Sweatshop Western Sydney Literacy Movement, I have had countless conversations with other writers from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds about the responsibility we feel to our communities, and of the demands and restrictions that places on our work. When we critique narrow but socially dominant mimesis we are seen as bitter and demanding.

11:05

Coronial inquest hears of multiple injuries at quarry death site "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The Island Quarry at Byron Bay where Brendan Vickery died in February 2014 after jumping from a cliff into the water. Photo rodc/flickr.com

Jim Beatson

Dark details and important lessons emerged on day one of the coronial inquest at Byron Bay Court into the death of 20-year-old Brendan Vickery.

He died on February 23, 2014, at the astonishingly beautiful, but dangerous Island Quarry, opposite the Cavanbah Centre on Ewingsdale Road.

The main feature at the quarry is a large waterhole. Brendans body was found under that water by police.

On Monday (December 11) the first witness was Luke Johnston.

He said that he was friends with Brendan, Rex, Drew and Elliott, some of whom had driven up from Sydney the day before.

We went to bed around 9.30 or 10pm on the Saturday, Mr Johnston said.

After a cruisy Sunday morning, starting at 8.30am, the friends arrived at the quarry in the early afternoon.

At its centre is a waterhole, a quarter of which is covered in lotus blossoms and lily pads. One side has a high cliff and the other a grassy flatland just above water-level.

Mr Johnston said there were no signs against trespassing at the entrance of the quarry. Just a sign saying, You Are Here At Your Own Risk.

Mr Johnston told the hearing Id heard that people had broken their back there previously, but it didnt worry me. Drew may have told me. The only thing that might have worried me was the height [of the cliff].

Mr Johnston also explained there were no notices providing people with a list of the many serious injuries that had taken place there.

In 2012, Swedish backpacker Emma Weisglas, then aged 20, smashed her vertebrae when she hit the water at speed.

In the previous year, 15-year-old Jack Pollock and a 21-year-old American backpacker were so severely injured they were almost paralysed while tombstoning at the same location.

Dr Robert Davies, network director for emergency departments at four hospital sites across the Northern Rivers told the inquest there had been many cases over several years with spinal fractures and near drownings.

He explained there had been ten notified hospital injuries with six being fractures of the spine. A majority havin...

11:04

Police numbers disputed "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

NSW Labor leader Luke Foley joined Federal MP for Richmond Justine Elliot and Shadow Minister for the North Coast Walt Secord to highlight the Berejiklian Governments failure to boost police numbers in the Tweed. Photo supplied.

A reduction of 33 police officers in the Tweed-Byron Local Area Command has prompted Labor to ask Tweed MP Geoff Provest (Nationals) to explain why his government had overseen the reduction.

Labor say that NSW Police data indicates that since February 2012, the Tweed-Byron Local Area Command has suffered a reduction in police numbers by 33 police officers.

NSW Labor leader Luke Foley joined Federal MP for Richmond Justine Elliot and Shadow Minister for the North Coast Walt Secord and sent a joint press release on Monday claiming that in 2012, Tweed-Byron LAC police numbers were 198, but under the Berejiklian government, those number have dropped to 165.

New station

They say the drop in police numbers has occurred despite the official opening of the new Tweed Police Station and promises by Nationals Tweed MP Geoff Provest to increase police numbers.

Mrs Elliot called on Nationals Mr Provest to stand up to his Sydneycentric Liberal-National government, which is spending $2.5 billion on Sydney stadiums instead of police officers in the Tweed.

Nationals reply

Nationals Tweed MP Geoff Provest is chair of the committee on law and safety. 

He told Echonetdaily that Labor were quoting old figures. 

We announced Friday that Tweed will get five new probationary officers and that 400 new police are expected to join the force soon. Im hopeful that some of those will be stationed in Tweed. 

Additionally Mr Provest says four new water police will soon be stationed in Tweed Shire, and they wi...

11:04

Die Anpassung an die Grabende Lebensweise in der Geschichte der Solenomyiden und Nuculaceen "IndyWatch Feed National"

Die Anpassung an die Grabende Lebensweise in der Geschichte der Solenomyiden und Nuculaceen

10:54

Event Cancelled due to Derision and Division "IndyWatch Feed National"

Event Cancelled due to Derision and Division

By Steven Strong

A meeting was held with Elders and concerned residents who were invited to discuss the ways the Standing Stones Complex could be protected, rebuilt and resurrected to its former glory. Claimed by the resident expert of the time to be the oldest temple in the world recording the First Language ever spoken, there is depth of wisdom and spiritual insight attached to this Complex that is without equal. Twenty six people of Original and non-Original descent came to a consensus with a plan of action. After consulting with or contacting every official Governmental department and politician nothing happened, no-one could help or passed it on to an office where a recorded message answers the phone. Past the many protracted and unsuccessful attempts to scale a wall of apathy, the next step was to call a public meeting at the closest town to the actual complex, which was done and booked in at Mullumbimby Civic Hall for December 12.

Richard Patterson

Unfortunately due to a chain of events with one unexpected twist, we are forced to cancel a community event that had so much potential to both heal and prepare.

From the time in our second last meeting when one person was given the role of co...

10:45

Bottle recycling gets up and running in Lismore "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Kids celebrating the installation of the Return and Earn vending machines. Photo supplied.

Tying in with major retailer Woolworths the NSW Return and Earn container deposit scheme being rolled out by the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has installed a reverse vending machine kiosk in Lismore at Humbly Oval on Brewster Street.

If you want to return an eligible drink containers you can then redeem the refund for cash from Woolworths supermarkets or use a credit voucher towards  shopping at Woolworths across NSW (except Metro branded Woolworths stores). If you are more charitably inclined you can donate your 10-cent per container refund directly to selected charities or transfer it to their designated account.

Chair and CEO of the EPA Barry Buffier said the Return and Earn will make a major contribution to helping us achieve the Premiers Priority of reducing litter volume by 40 per cent by 2020.

It will also provide people with a financial incentive to do the right thing and recycle, to significantly reduce the estimated 160 million drink containers littered every year.

Drink containers eligible for the 10-cent refund include most containers between 150ml and three litres. Containers should not be crushed or broken and should have the original label attached to be eligible for the refund.

For more information, visit Return and Earn or click here.

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10:42

SOTT FOCUS: Putin and Abbas received in Cairo as Russia and Egypt join forces against terrorism "IndyWatch Feed National"

In the aftermath of the 'Arab Spring' in 2011, which saw the overthrow of the Egyptian government, followed by a counter-coup in 2013, president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi sharply pivoted Egypt's international outlook away from America and towards Russia. Since then, Russian-Egyptian relations have reached a level not seen since the 1970s. Throughout, pro-government Egyptian media regularly accused Barack Hussein Obama of siding with deposed Islamist president Mohammed Morsi's now-banned Muslim Brotherhood group. And all the while, Egypt has also seen a huge spike in terror attacks, with 'ISIS' promising more to come. One naturally wonders, is there a correlation between 'the political' and 'the terror'? The answer is, of course there is. The nexus is writ large everywhere once you see it. Earlier this year, newly sworn-in Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte was literally in Moscow meeting Putin to discuss refitting his country's military with Russian hardware when 'ISIS' sprang out of nowhere to take a major city in Mindanao hostage. Around the same time, the British establishment's preferred choice was facing defeat in the polls until 'ISIS' rode in to save the day for Her Majesty's Secret Services.

10:36

Army to help Byron rebuild unstable bridges "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Parkers Bridge in Friday Hut Road is one of five in Byron Shire that are to be replaced with surplus Australian Army stock.
Photo Chris Dobney

Five road bridges in Byron Shire are about to be replaced with surplus stock from the Australian Army at a cost of $2.5 million.

The latest Fixing Country Roads funding round will rebuild Scarrabelottis, James, Booyong, OMearas and Parkers bridges.

The project will see the existing timber bridges dismantled and replaced with five surplus Australian Defence Force steel bridges.

It will increase the load limit on all of the bridges to 44 tonnes. Currently several of them have load limits of just five tonnes or even less.

OMearas Bridge on Binna Burra Road has undergone some remediation works following floods in June last year but still remains partially closed.

Ben Franklin, parliamentary secretary for Northern NSW, told Echonetdaily, Byron Shire Council hopes to award the contracts in February and construction is planned to commence in March for a completion deadline within 12 months for all five bridges.

He could not say in what order they would be completed, but added that they would be replaced as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Each bridge will take three to four months to be completed, he said.

Council will arrange for alternate routes during this time.

All but Scarrabelottis Bridge have alternate routes.

Mr Franklin said the upgrade would reduce travel time by an average of 10 minutes for heavy vehicles, which have previously had to take longer routes.

The projects will include road resurfacing on the approaches to these bridges, he said.

The funding will also provide much needed maintenance work to be completed on landscaping the sites including the clearing of vegetation, slope stabilization and the relocation of power infrastructure.

 

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10:33

7 Smart People Flaws that Indicate a Higher State of Intelligence "IndyWatch Feed National"

Sure, you can usually tell when someone is smart but the truth is those who are highly intelligent sometimes get lost in the cracks. Intelligence lies in some of the most unexpected places and can be found in some of the most unexpected people.

People who are considered to be smart are often put under a lot of pressure to do their best and never make mistakes but even the most intelligent people can make mistakes. We are all still flawed regardless of how brainy we seem. Being smart doesnt make you immune to being human. Below you will find a list of flaws I have found to be most common in those who are without a doubt above average.

7 Smart People Flaws and What They Mean For You:

1. They are afraid of looking stupid.

Because the smart person is smart they are labeled as such. They have a lot of pressure on them to not make mistakes and so forth. This can even prevent people from asking important questions. One study actually found that students who were praised for being smart were more likely to cheat in order to not look stupid.

2. They over analyze things.

Intelligent people tend to analyze things so much that is causes them to worry more than others. They for whatever reason just cannot shut it off.

3. They feel isolated.

These people may feel like no one truly understands them and most are probably right. Smart people are put into their own category and tend to have to prove themselves more. They are often quite insecure. That being said, they tend to do better with fewer friends.

4. They often think instead of feel.

Research has shown that people with higher cognitive abilities do not need to rely on emotional skills as much to solve problems. Many smart people feel like they dont really feel as much as they should. Sure, they understand the emotions but they dont feel them on the same level as normal people do.

5. They tend to correct others.

This is something that tends to push people away from the intelligent person. He or she will even in casual conversation feel the need to correct those he or she is conversing with. This can be embarrassing or offending to those you are speaking to.

6. You are insatiably curious.

Now, this can be both a good and a bad thing. You are more open to exp...

10:33

Video: Global protests mark US Jerusalem move "IndyWatch Feed National"

In addition to Jerusalem and the occupied Palestinian territories, the three days of rage that began on Friday, over the plan to relocate the US embassy to this city, reverberated in Iraq, Jordan, Syria, Morocco, Egypt, Pakistan, India, Lebanon, Yemen, Somalia, Malaysia, Indonesia, England, Italy, Greece and the United States.

In the West Bank and Gaza, Israeli military fired at protesters with tear gas, stun grenades, rubber bullets and some live ammunition. Aircraft carried out bombing raids. Three Palestinian were killed and 200 wounded. Hamas has called for a new Intifada, that is, uprising against Israeli rule. There have even been protests in Israel.

The United Nations Security Council has condemned the United states and the Arab League is discussing how it is going to react and this brings up the possibility of imposing sanctions

Video from Al Jazeera English

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10:32

Iraq Claims Victory, Turnbull says Liberation, but Mosul is Now Rubble "IndyWatch Feed National"

Mosul, July 2017

by Dee McLachlan

What does the word victory or liberation mean these days?

There is now celebration that ISIS has been crushed. And Mosul, a city that once nourished about 1.4 million people, is now just rubble. It is incomprehensible that a city larger that Adelaide has been almost completely destroyed ending thousands of years of habitation. It has to be just another sign of human madness.

This is what The Sydney Morning Herald reported...

10:29

Lismore sends clear Stop Adani message to local MP "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Residents of Lismore and surrounds marched to Kevin Hogans Lismore office yesterday to deliver their Stop Adani message. Photo supplied.

Lismore locals delivered a Christmas card and cake to their local MPs office yesterday to let Kevin Hogan know that all we want for Christmas is to Stop Adani. More than 30 locals showed their support for the Stop Adani message waving colourful flags, banners and posters and also delivered 400 surveys about the giant Adani coal mine.

The survey results showed overwhelming opposition to the Adani coal mine and strong support for a shift to renewable energy. Residents also agreed that Kevin Hogan should publicly oppose Adani and that our local region should be an Adani Free Zone.

Tom Driftwood of the local group Stop Adani Lismore said that the survey results showed overwhelming opposition to the Adani coal mine and strong support for a shift to renewable energy. From past and current surveys of local residents as well as the vote against CSG where 87 per cent voted No it is clear residents of Page oppose fossil fuels in all their forms and support a shift to renewable energy.

It is long past time for Kevin Hogan to do his job and represent the views of his electorate by opposing fossil fuels an all their forms and acting to Stop Adani instead of working for the interests of giant foreign corporations.

Residents also agreed that Kevin Hogan should publicly oppose Adani and that our local region should be an Adani Free Zone.

We are putting Kevin Hogan on notice that we will not stop until Adani is dead and buried and we are shifting rapidly to a clean, jobs rich renewable energy economy, concluded Mr Driftwood.

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10:24

Indonesia Australia free trade agreement likely to miss another deadline "IndyWatch Feed National"

December 12, 2017: Fairfax Media has reported that there is growing doubt that the Indonesia Australia free trade agreement (Indonesia Australia Comprehensive Economic Agreement or IA CEPA) will be finalised by the end of the year, as intended. Australian and Indonesian trade ministers will meet again in Argentina this week, after failing to conclude negotiations last month in Jakarta.

Fairfax Media says, Both sides are tight lipped about the roadblocks but market access and legislative constraints to Australia opening university campuses in Indonesia are understood to be among them. Matthew Busch from The Lowy Institutewrites that there are reportedly unresolved differences on goods, services and investment.

In February Prime Minister Turnbull reiterated Australias committed to finalising the FTA by the end of this year. This commitment was reiterated by negotiators throughout the year. In August 2016 Trade Minister Ciobo said concluding the IA CEPA was his most significant priority.

While free trade negotiations between Australia and Indonesia continued throughout the year, Indonesia filed a complaint to the World Trade Organisation over the Australian governments decision to impose dumping duties on A4 paper from Indonesia, and signalled its concern over Australias investigation into the alleged dumping of steel rods exported from Indonesia.

10:11

Snag Island CGs raffle win a #thermomix or $2,000 cash "IndyWatch Feed National"

Snag Island CG are selling raffle tickets to try and help raise funds to be able to purchase garden beds, water tanks, sheds, soils, fruit trees, vegetable seedlings, garden tools etc and they need all the help that they can get... tickets drawn at 8pm, 22 December 2018...

10:07

FixedIt: Stop erasing perpetrators "IndyWatch Feed National"

Channel 9 News reported a 55 year old man has been arrested and charged with kidnapping and sexual assault of an eight year old girl. But they forgot to mention him in the headline.

Invisible perpetrators are a constant in FixedIt. It matters because headlines are supposed to be a short summary of the article and when the article is about violence men commit or are accused of committing, the headline is not telling the story, its erasing the story

If all the violent crimes committed by men were reported in the active voice with the perpetrators and their crime as the subject of every headline, it would be overwhelming. Because it is overwhelming.

But we are journalists and it is not our job to erase the truth so our audience is not made to feel uncomfortable. Our job is to describe what is happening in our society. And the sad truth is that around 90 percent of violent crimes are committed by men. Avoiding this fact doesnt make it less true but it does make it much more difficult to address the underlying cause.

FixedIt is an ongoing project to push back against the medias constant erasure of violent men and blaming of innocent victims. If you would like to help fund it even $5 a month makes a big difference please consider becoming a Patron


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10:05

Top economists call for an end to fossil fuel investment "IndyWatch Feed National"

An impressive list of economists from many countries have signed a declaration calling for a stepping up of urgent action to meet the Paris agreement and limit global warming to 1.5C . Within this context, they call for putting a stop to investment in more fossil fuel projects and closing down those currently in operation more quickly. The declaration is published below.
Declaration on Climate Finance

In advance of French President Macrons climate and finance summit, we call for an immediate end to investments in new fossil fuel production and infrastructure, and encourage a dramatic increase in investments in renewable energy.

We the undersigned, call for an immediate end to investments in new fossil fuel production and infrastructure, and encourage a dramatic increase in investments in renewable energy.

We are issuing this call to action in the lead up to the climate summit hosted by President Macron in Paris this December. President Macron and other world leaders, have already spoken out about the need for an increase in finance for climate solutions, but they have remained largely silent about the other, dirtier side of the equation: the ongoing finance of new coal, oil and gas production and infrastructure.

Ongoing global climate change and environmental destructions are happening at an unprecedented scale, and it will take unprecedented actions to limit the worst consequences of our dependence on oil, coal, and gas.

Equally as critical as drastically curbing the carbon intensity of our economic systems is the need for immediate and ambitious actions to stop exploration and expansion of fossil fuel projects and manage the decline of existing production in line with what is necessary to achieve the Paris climate goals.

Research shows that the carbon embedded in existing fossil fuel production will take us far beyond safe climate limits. Thus, not only are new exploration and new production incompatible with limiting global warming to well below 2C (and as close to 1.5C as possible), but many existing projects will need to be phased-out faster than their natural decline. Simply put: there is no more room for new fossil fuel infrastructure and therefore no case for ongoing investment.

It is time for the community of global economic actors to fully embrace, safe, and renewable energies and phase out fossil fuels. This letter affirms that it is the urgent responsibility and moral obligation of public and private investors and development institutions to lead in putting an end to fossil fuel development.

A global transition to a low carbon future is already well under way and we recognise that a full transition away from fossil fuels is an opportunity for a new economic paradigm of prosperity and equity. Continued expansion of...

10:05

Stolen generation honoured by local dancers "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Hunter Mains and Kiahn Ladkin with Delta Kay preparing for their Spirit Sister dance in honour of the stolen generation. Photo supplied.

The stories of the stolen generation that Hunter Mains and Kiahn Ladkin heard from their elders have inspired their own dance, Spirit Sister, in honour of those who were forcibly removed from their families.

The girls have been dancing together for many years, said Kiahns mother Melissa Ladkin.

They have been working with Rekindling this year on Bundjalung country which is the youth program from Bangarra dance company. Kiahn has also worked with Rekindling in Sydney for four weeks performing at State Dance Festival and NSW Arts School Spectacular.

Kiahn, who is Awabakal, and Hunter, who is Wiradjuri, were asked by the artistic director of their dance school, Kate Histon at Byron Dance Dynamics, to open their shows for them.

The girls then asked Delta Kay, from the Arakwal people, for permission and guidance to choreograph their own piece dancing on Arakwal land.

They have always done welcome to country since they were at school, said Melissa.

Delta gifted them some ochre and painted them up before their shows. Delta was our special person of honour on the night and Delta was very moved by their dance and proud of their beautiful opening with acknowledgement to country.

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10:01

Free Hawai`i "IndyWatch Feed National"

PACIFIC ISLANDERS CALL FOR AUSTRALIA NOT TO FUND COALMINE

 

 

 

 

 TheGuardian.com


Pacific Islanders whose homes face eradication by rising sea levels have called on Australia to not fund the Adani Carmichael coalmine, as a new report reveals the worsening impact of climate change across Oceania.

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09:51

Liberal vote collapses in Bennelong, poll "IndyWatch Feed National"

Liberal candidate for Bennelong John Alexander at a press conference after visiting an Ultra Tune outlet in North Ryde in Sydney, Monday, December 11, 2017. Photo AAP Image/Mick Tsikas.

CANBERRA AAP

The Liberal partys primary vote has collapsed in Bennelong where the Turnbull government is fighting a crucial by-election.

But deputy Liberal leader Julie Bishop remains hopeful, despite conceding by-elections are very difficult for incumbent governments.

John Alexander is a very popular local member, hes working very hard and he is a very strong advocate for the people of Bennelong, she told Sky News on Tuesday.

Im hoping that we will get a very positive result in Bennelong but of course there are a whole range of issues that affect by-elections.

Mr Alexander, who was forced to resign as the Sydney seats MP because he was a dual citizen, has lost his nine per cent plus margin and is now neck-and-neck with Labors Kristina Keneally.

According to the Newspoll published in The Australian, they are 50-50 on the two-party preferred vote and 39-39 on the primary vote.

The Liberals vote appears to have gone to defector Cory Bernardis new party, Australian Conservatives which is running for the first time in the seat and has attracted nine per cent of the primary vote.

If Ms Keneally, a former Labor NSW premier, does pull off an upset this Saturday, it would rob the Turnbull government of its majority.

Obviously wed be down to 75 votes-all in the House of Representatives. It would be very precarious, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told News Corp journalist Miranda Devine on her web-based show on Monday.

Both parties are aware of how important this Saturdays by-election is, with both Mr Turnbull and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten making frequent...

09:47

Connections made through the Halcro Street Community Garden "IndyWatch Feed National"

Earlier this year the members of the Halcro Street Community Garden put out a call out for local schools and gardening groups to assist with a project about researching the best plants to grow on the Fraser Coast in our weather conditions...

09:44

Craigslist Quietly Adds Option to Accept Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies as Payment "IndyWatch Feed National"

(ANTIMEDIA)  Bitcoin news site Blockexplorer News discovered last week that Craigslist quietly added a new option allowing sellers to specify that they accept cryptocurrency as payment. A seller just has to click the new cryptocurrency ok box when posting an ad on the widely-used classified site to let potential buyers know they will gladly accept digital currencies in exchange for used furniture, cars, electronics, or any other goods theyre looking to unload.

The new feature works both ways, also allowing buyers to filter search results to display only sellers accepting cryptocurrency.

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The crypto option will undoubtedly make transactions safer for both buyers and sellers, as cryptocurrency exchanges take place on the blockchain, reducing the risk of falling prey to criminals using the platform as a way to choose their targets. Although Craigslist has not commented publicly on safety issues since a Congressional hearing in 2010, according to the Washington Post, industry watchdog and analyst Advanced Interactive Media Group disagrees.

Their attitude is, Were safe, we have billions of safe transactions sure they do, said Peter Zollman, the founding principal of the AIM Group. But every single day, there are also rapes, robberies and murders linked to Craigslist. And that is a serious issue. As of May 2017, the group tracked 112 deaths related to Craigslist. Without the need to physically hand over cash, this danger will likely be greatly reduced.

As opposed to PayPal, which can be used to scam vendors on Craigslist with reversed transactions, cryptocurrencies are irreversible and transactions are viewable on a public ledger.

In addition to being safer and more convenient, the use of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies provides the user with a high level of security if used correctly. For...

09:37

Court examines North Coast coalition MPs eligibility "IndyWatch Feed National"

MP David Gillespie (left) and Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce. AAP Image/Mick Tsikas

CANBERRA, AAP

The High Court will examine on Tuesday whether a federal assistant minister is qualified to sit in parliament.

Nationals MP David Gillespie owns a small shopping centre in Port Macquarie, on the NSW mid north coast. One of the shops is an outlet of Australia Post, a government-owned corporation. Under section 44 of the constitution anyone who may have a direct or indirect financial interest in the commonwealth is disqualified from sitting in parliament.

Failed Labor candidate in the seat of Lyne, Peter Alley, is challenging Dr Gillespies eligibility to sit in parliament.

If Dr Gillespie is disqualified, it would trigger a by-election in his seat and threaten the governments one-seat majority.

Dr Gillespie has received advice from a Sydney barrister Guy Reynolds SC that he does not have a problem under section 44.

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09:02

Australian Charities Forced on Insidious Path of Silence "IndyWatch Feed National"

A string of government policies and practices has created a culture in which charities in Australia are self-silencing for fear of risking their financial security or attracting political retribution, according to a major report.

Civil Voices, an initiative by Pro Bono Australia in partnership with the Human Rights Law Centre, has found Australian not-for-profit organisations are treading carefully in their advocacy work. This trend threatens to silence a sector that has much to contribute to Australian public debate and policy making.

The research, carried out by academics at the University of Melbourne, set out to examine how public debate and advocacy had evolved over a decade and whether the perceptions of non-government organisations of their capacity to participate in public debate had changed.

A total of 1,462 people responded to the survey (30 per cent of whom were not-for-profit CEOs).

Sarah Maddison, report co-author and University of Melbourne associate professor, said the main finding was fairly insidious.

Weve moved away from the really overtly hostile period of governance of the civil society sector. Instead what we are seeing is that the sector itself has taken on board some of those concerns into a mode of operation that were calling self-silencing, Maddison said.

Our once vocal, sometimes strident, advocacy sector, bringing the voice and the experience of Australias most marginalised communities to the fore and helping government make better policy has been effectively silenced both by governments and now by itself.

In 2004 The Australia Institute produced the report Silencing Dissent: Non-government organisations and Australian democracy. This report detailed the growing fears across the NGO sector concerning civil societys right to advocate in the public policy domains of most concern to them, and more broadly about their changing role in the democratic process. Civil Voices built on this report and found the threat to advocacy remains a serious concern.

Civil Voices found, 13 years on, that debate was being stifled in Australia on a number of fronts, and when combined together these presented a powerful picture of a sector that is losing its voice.

If we think about the...

08:58

Goonellabah filmmaker gains Screenworks grant "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Karenza Ebejer directing a pool scene for her Createability film at Goonellabah.
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Goonellabah-based filmmaker Karenza Ebejer is one step closer to realising her dream of being a professional documentary filmmaker, following her recent selection as one of two participants in Screenworks Director Pathways program.

She will be joined by Simon Portus from Sawtell on the program, which gives two emerging directors from regional NSW $3,500 each to put toward a professional development program of their making, together with career support and industry introductions from Screenworks and the Australian Directors Guild.

Karenza has a background working as a producer and director of corporate videos and has been transitioning into short form documentary making.

In the last couple of years she has created two short films as part of Screenworks Createability program which have aired on ABC. She also works with Lismores Red Inc and various councils mentoring youth, disability clients and Indigenous communities in filmmaking.

I really want to build my skills so I can work towards director feature length documentaries with a social impact, said Karenza.

I am interested in the theme of birth as a rite of passage. I would like to run a wider educational campaign alongside a film, rolling out an educational package that could go into birth and womens health centres.

Through Screenworks Director Pathways Program I am able to increase my directing skills by attending a series of documentary directing master classes as well as camera and lighting courses at the Australian, Film Television and Radio School.

I would also like to get an attachment position, working alongside a professional director that I can learn from.

For a long time I have been wanting to attend the annual Australian International Documentary Conference in Melbourne to build up some industry connections, she said.

Screenworks Director Pathways Program is a professional development program, delivered in partnership with the Australian Directors Guild (ADG) with the support of Create NSW.

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08:49

The Turnbull government is trying to distract and silence us "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Ben Wilson

The Turnbull governments proposed law against foreign donations and interference in Australian political affairs is being soundly and widely condemned as nothing more than an attempt to silence voices.

But people are speaking out against the promotion of xenophobia and playing anti-Chinese race card, which is being used to divert public attention away from the real major political donors, the pressure to conduct a real inquiry into the banks that will do something, the pressure to curb massive corporate tax evasion and several other issues that are weighing the government down.

It is the sort of thing that a government that has lost any semblance of principle and moral compass might do. At the same time, it is an admittance of its weakness, its fear of the population and a rising desperation to cling on at all costs.

The foreign donations law is only one of the new measures being brought in. Another is the attack on the unions, through a fake financial services inquiry. It is a fake, because, instead of an inquiry onto the banks as promised, there is an inquiry to reward the banks, by allowing them to take the industry super funds.

The unions are already being set up, accused of causing industry super funds to be misused. Turnbull and key ministers have already said that they intend to remove union representation from the super fund boards, which will be turned over to competition. Hand pisked Experts will be brought in business and finace will be brought onto the boards. Many of the them will come from the banks.  The inquiry will suggest that this these are the things that must be done. It is one of those cases where the result has been announced, before the investigation has begun.

Less well known is that there is also an move to change Australias secrecy laws, so that those disclosing secret information will face up to 20 years jail. This covers government and intelligence services whistleblowers. It potentially covers journalists as well and has implications for online sites like WikiLeaks.

Grafted onto it is a list of aggravating offences that target anyone who publishes leaked material.

Disclosure of and publishing of secrets is already covered under a single offence under the Crimes Act.  A new law is not necessary, unless it has a different purpose. It is not hard to see what this other is here. The target is not only government employees. Everyo...

08:21

Man choppered from cruise ship off North Coast "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Cruise liner Carnival Spirit. File photo

A man has had to be winched from the deck of the cruise ship Carnival Spirit, off the North Coast, in a serious medical condition.

The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter reported around 4pm yesterday that it had hac successfully winch-recovered the 32y-year-old male passenger from the cruise liner Carnival Spirit 50 nautical miles off the coast of Wooli.

The helicopter flew the patient through to the Gold Coast University Hospital for further treatment.

According to the helicopter service the passenger had suffered a serious medical condition that required immediate medical evacuation.

The current condition of the patient is unknown

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08:11

PERTH Australian woman, 20, charged with murder of Irish 17-year-old teen "IndyWatch Feed National"

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A 20-year-old woman has been charged over the death of Irish teenager, Jacob Cummins. Aya Hishmeh, from Perth, Australia, was behind the the wheel of a car when it struck a group of people on Eucalyptus Boulevard, in Canning Vale, last Thursday afternoon. According to reports, the driver mounted

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