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Thursday, 14 December

22:35

Western Refugee Policies Are One Endless Evian Conference "IndyWatch Feed National"

By David Swanson, December 14, 2017, Lets Try Democracy.

Evian is not just a bottled water company. And the town of vian-les-Baines in France on the south shore of Lake Geneva is not just a location for luxury hotels. Its also the location where, in July 1938, the first international effort was ever made (or feigned) to alleviate a refugee crisis.

The crisis was the Nazi treatment of Jews. The representatives of 32 nations and 63 organizations (plus some 200 journalists covering the event) were well aware of the Nazis desire to expel all Jews from Germany and Austria, and somewhat aware that the fate that awaited them if not expelled was death. The decision of the conference was essentially to leave the Jews to their fate. (Only Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic increased their immigration quotas.) The decision to abandon the Jews was driven primarily by anti-Semitism, which was widespread among the diplomats in attendance and among the publics they represented.

These nations were represented at the vian Conference: Australia, the Argentine Republic, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, United Kingdom, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, France, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Ireland, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Sweden, Switzerland, the United States, Uruguay, and Venezuela. Italy refused to attend.

Australian delegate T. W. White said, without asking the native people of Australia: as we have no real racial problem, we are not desirous of importing one.

The dictator of the Dominican Republic viewed Jews as racially desirable, as bringing whiteness to a land with many people of African descent. Land was set aside for 100,000 Jews, but fewer than 1,000 ever arrived.

In The Jewish Trail of Tears The Evian Conference of July 1938, Dennis Ross Laffer concludes that the conference was set up to fail and put on for show. Certainly it was proposed by and chaired by a representative of U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt who chose not to make any seri...

21:55

Federal Reserve Chair: Fed Doesnt Really Play Any Regulatory Role in Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

Federal Reserve Chair: Fed Doesnt Really Play Any Regulatory Role in Bitcoin

Following her next-to-last Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting, outgoing Federal Reserve (Fed) Chairwoman Janet Yellen gave a final scheduled press conference 13 December 2017 in Washington, DC. In a growing sign of its influence, once again bitcoin was introduced as a topic for consideration at the highest levels of finance. No fewer than three times did cryptocurrencies make their way into the discussion: regulatory policy, prospects of a Fed Coin, and bitcoins threat to financial stability.

Also read: Only Big Broker Offering CME Bitcoin Futures Allows Whales to Short

Fed Chair Says Bitcoin Very Small

The first woman Chair of the globes most powerful central bank, Janet Yellen took what amounted to a gushing victory lap in her final scheduled press conference. Reporters paused in questions to thank her. Some even asked her about future efforts to diversify the field of economics to include more women and minorities. Its good to go out on top, for sure.

CNBCs Steve Liesman posed the expected, wanting to know the Chairs thoughts on equity valuations at historic highs. Before he allowed her to answer, he asked: Maybe as a sign as to whats been going on with valuations, this cryptocurrency called bitcoin keeps going up every day, um, wh...

21:34

Gunnedah: The Fluoride Action Network hosts an anti-fluoride information session "IndyWatch Feed National"

COMMUNITY members gathered at the Gunnedah Services and Bowling Club for an anti-fluoride workshop on Wednesday evening.

Fluoride Action Networks Meriyln Haines hosted the workshop, which followed a closed workshop given to Gunnedah Shire Council earlier that afternoon.

The community workshop comes on the back of a pro-fluoride council workshop hosted by the Australian Dental Association (ADA) late last month.

The workshops come in the lead up to the next council meeting next Wednesday.

At the meeting, councilors will hear a report complied by NSW health centered on the publics feedback regarding water fluoridation.

Mrs Haines said the workshops were well received.

We gave our views and we were asked some good questions, Mrs Haines said.

The questions from councilors were very considered in-depth questions.

Mrs Haines said there is still time for people against water fluoridation to lobby councillors.

I guess people can continue to put pressure on councillors, she said.

Its their community, if they dont want it they should have a say.

The Fluoride Action Network leader said she was not sure when council would make a final decision regarding water fluoridation.

Im not sure when the decision will come down, she said.

I feel like NSW Health are trying to push this forward and get council to reach a decision in December,  but council need to consider whos community is this and who is dictating the agenda.

Gunnedah Shire mayor Jamie Chaffey said he was glad Mrs Haines accepted councils invitation to host the workshop.

I am pleased the chair of the Fluoride Action Network accepted my invitation to adress councillors yesterday, Cr Chaffey said.

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21:22

Bega Valley Shire fluoride survey underway "IndyWatch Feed National"

Bega Valley Shire Council has confirmed a NSW Health-funded survey gauging the communitys views on the addition of fluoride to drinking water has begun.

Respondents are being asked if they agree with adding fluoride to the public drinking water supply to try to prevent tooth decay?

The survey, sent to residents above 18 years old, asks for either a yes, no, dont know and refused response to what Councillor Cathy Griff has called a loaded question lacking in balance.

After learning of the question being asked in the survey, fluoridation opponent Rob Slazenger of Bermagui said its an outrage and that anyone with an understanding of survey methodology could see an agenda in the phrasing.

Cr Griff, who raised the motion to hold the survey, said she felt the concern over fluoride safety and its presence in toothpaste should have been added to the survey question.

The survey is being conducted by the Australian National Universitys Social Research Centre, and also asks for the respondents postcode.

The phone survey began on Tuesday and runs for one week.

One respondent said they missed a call on Tuesday, and by Thursday had not received a callback despite leaving a voice message on the 1800 number provided.

*Original article online at http://www.begadistrictnews.com.au/story/5121721/shire-fluoride-survey-underway/

20:35

A Tale of Two Trials: Bundy Ranch and Pentagon Papers "IndyWatch Feed National"

Let us take a contemporaneous yet parallel walk through both trials.

 

A Tale of Two Trials: Bundy Ranch and Pentagon Papers

A Tale of Two Trials: Bundy Ranch and Pentagon Papers

by Elias Alias

(TMM) In following the Bundy trial in Las Vegas, I have revisited a story I first read in 2002. That story is about a trial which happened in 1973. That trial gained world-wide press coverage and shocked the powerful elite in the Nixon Administration. That trial seems to me today to be the perfect precedent to bring to the attention of Judge Navarro, who is presiding over the Bundy trial(s).

I noticed this past week, early in December 2017, that the defendants were finally allowed pre-trial release so they could be with their families during the remainder of the trial.  The defendants were granted pre-trial release only after it was revealed in court in early December 2017, that the FBI report on the defendants from well over a year ago had indicated that the defendants were not dangerous and were not a threat. That report had not been provided to Judge Navarro until just now.

The defendants had been held in prison for almost two years without bail, deprived of a speedy trial, and in some cases tormented while incarcerated. The prosecution had assured the court that these defendants were a threat to society and should not be allowed bail.  But that became exposed as false once the initial FBI report was discovered. In and of itself, that circumstance poses the question why would the prosecution knowingly deceive the courts? To answer that question I must ask the reader to indulge me as I lay in a bit more background.

It is my estimation that the prosecution is hell-bent on persecuting, as well as prosecuting, the defendants because the prosecution works for the government, and because the government is still reeling from its resounding defeat at Bundy Ranch in southern Nevada on April 12, 2014.  The prosecutions bias is obvious and abundant. Ill show below why I say that here.

The prosecution is under tremendous pressure to win convictions and long-term prison sentences for our cowboys because if the cowboys get away with standing up to authority, the U.S. government itself will be embarrassed by its...

20:29

Tasmanian Tigers Were in Trouble Even Before Humans Came to Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

A new study of the genes of a long-dead Tasmanian tiger suggest the animals numbers were dwindling since about 70,000 years ago. But this doesnt change the fact that humans drove it into extinction.

A thylacine with a distended pouch at Adelaide Zoo, 1889. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

A thylacine with a distended pouch at Adelaide Zoo, 1889. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

The Tasmanian tiger or thylacine looked like a dog, had stripes like a tiger and carried its young in a pouch like a kangaroo. This strange creature went extinct in the early 20th century. The last thylacine died in captivity at Hobart Zoo, Tasmania, in 1936, just a few years after humans had hunted it to extinction in the wild.

But now, researchers sequenced the DNA of a century-old preserved specimen and found the thylacines suffered from poor genetic diversity. This, it seems, left them vulnerable to many diseases long before humans even arrived in Australia.

The thylacine was a top marsupial predator found across Australia and Tasmania. Weighing about 30 kg, it looked very similar to a wolf or the Australian dingo. Populations started dwindling on mainland Australia and disappeared completely about 3,000 years ago, leaving thelast remaining group in Tasmania. In 1888, the Tasmanian government put a bounty on the thylacines head because it was believed to attack sheep, threatening farmers livelihoods. The thylacines were killed indiscriminately, with the last known animal in the wild murdered in 1930.

Its genetically closest living relative is deb...

20:24

Christmas cheer for RBA! "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Merry Christmas, Phil Lowe!

Well, that was a sensational Labour Force result, with employment up by a massive +61,600 in November, including +41,900 full time jobs, making for 14 gains on the bounce and the best monthly result in a couple of years. 


The trend growth in employment tore up to +3.1 per cent, or +371,000 jobs, which is the highest annual employment growth ever recorded on that measure - and better still this has overwhelmingly been driven by full time jobs (about four-fifths of the increase).


Total hours worked were a fairly punchy +4 per cent higher over the year, or +3.4 per cent higher over the year in trend terms. 


Full employment for NSW

There was a tremendous surge in total employment in New South Wales (+28,500) and Victoria (+32,900) in the month of November, with employment ballooning in those two states by +120,000 and +110,000 respectively over the year. 

Queensland also added more than +95,000 jobs too over the year, albeit only about half of those positions full-time. 

The trend emp...

20:04

Advance Australia Where? "IndyWatch Feed National"

An Australian speaker reveals the absurdity of same sex marriage.

Same-sex marriage what marriage is really about? Do we have the authority to define it anyway we want or does it define us? Read More

20:00

Israeli TV: Saudi Arabia, Egypt Gave Trump Green Light on Jerusalem "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tel Aviv (MEMO Israels News 10 said Saudi Arabia and Egypt gave US President Donald Trump the go-ahead to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to the occupied city.

The channel said the Arab parties reactions and condemnations are not genuine and are misleading.

us human rights resolution unOfficial White House Photo by Shealah Craighead

Israeli journalist and head of the Arab desk at the news channel, Zvi Yehezkeli stressed that the announcement could not have been made without coordination between Trump and his regional allies.

I am not sure about the Arab countries reactions to this resolution, Yehezkeli said, adding that the responses issued so far were not serious.

Related: Updated: The World Responds to Trumps Jerusalem Decision

On Wednesday, the US President Donald Trump announced his decision to formally recognize Jerusalem as Israels new capital adding that the American embassy would be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

World leaders, from Europe to the Middle East to Australia, slammed the decision as a unilate...

19:22

China summons Australian envoy over political meddling allegations Allegations full of prejudice against China could jeopardize bilateral trade "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Colin Packham

SYDNEY (Reuters) China summoned Australias ambassador to lodge a complaint last week over Canberras allegation that Beijing had sought to interfere in Australian politics, a source familiar with the diplomatic action told Reuters on Thursday.

Relations between Australia and China became strained in recent weeks after Canberra said it would ban foreign political donations as part of a crackdown aimed at preventing external influence in domestic politics, sharpening the focus on Chinas soft power.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull singled out China as he said foreign powers were making unprecedented and increasingly sophisticated attempts to influence the political process in Australia.

In response, China summoned Ambassador Jan Adams to a meeting at the Chinese Ministry for Foreign Affairs on December 8 to lodge a complaint, the source said.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang confirmed the ministry had an important discussion with the Australian ambassador.

The Australian side should be very clear about Chinas position on the relevant issue, Lu told a daily news briefing, without elaborating.

Chinas Foreign Ministry said last week Turnbulls allegations were full of prejudice against China, were baseless and poisoned the atmosphere of China-Australia relations.

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Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull unveiled new anti-interference laws on Dec 5 where he expressly referred to concerns about Chinas influence.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

Turnbulls allegations have been criticized by Australias opposition Labor Party as showing an anti-China bias that could jeopardize bilateral trade.

China, which is easily Australias biggest trading partner, bought A$93 billion ($70 b...

19:01

This space intentionally left blank. "IndyWatch Feed National"

This space has intentionally been left blank. If I could have stomached it - I would have placed GILLARD's self-serving ABC 730 interview re the selective Royal Commission into some but not other child abuse. I might also have reported GILLARD's 5 months on the board of CVS lane. But...

18:45

Australia adds to money laundering claims against Commonwealth Bank "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australias financial crimes watchdog has accused Commonwealth Bank of Australia of failing to comply with anti-money laundering laws. (Reuters)

MELBOURNE: Australias financial crimes watchdog has added more than 100 new claims against the Commonwealt...

18:00

Or It Didnt Happen "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

FICTION, IN SYDNEY

Or It Didnt Happen is all about fiction. And this season its all about Sydneys live fiction scene. Sydney has a range of live nights for non-fiction narratives, a bunch of huge poetry scenes, and a small but vibrant scene in live fiction nights.

This season, were bringing you three of them: starting Saturday, December 16th.

LISTEN NOW: STUDIO STORIES | LITTLE FICTIONS | READ TO ME

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Episode 1: Studio Stories

Studio Stories is a live story night in Parramatta, run by writer Felicity Castagna. It focuses on stories by western Sydney writers, including authors from Sweatshop, West Words and the Finishing School. In this episode, were going to be hearing from Studio Stories authors Tamar Chnorhokian, Chad Jared Modernel and Ben Muir.

Studio Stories is run every couple of months at Parramatta Artists Studios. Follow them on Facebook to keep up with their events in 2018.

Check back here on Saturday to hear the Studio Stories episode

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17:59

Australia became a British 'possession' on 28 April 1770 "IndyWatch Feed National"

From the book of the title:

NEW SOUTH WALES - The Mother State, issued by the Intelligence Department, 1906.

Captain Cook, accompanied by Joseph Banks and Dr. Solander landed at Kurnell ... and took possession (i.e. no treaty or barter, therefore 'stolen' or under occupation) of the country in the name of King George III.


The book is available for download (478p, 59MB) at:
https://ia801404.us.archive.org/0/items/newsouthwalesmot00news/newsouthwalesmot00news.pdf

17:28

TORA TAKE THE STAGE FOR A FREE SHOW! "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Tora at the Byron Bay Brewery, Saturday 22nd December, 8pm Free Entry

Byron born 4-piece electronic act Tora formed in 2013. With their fusing plush layered production and instrumentation, as well as their graceful vocals, they have won hearts all over the world!

Releasing their self-titled debut EP, and following in 2014 with another successful EP in Eat The Sun, Toras soulful electronic music has had them compared to seminal artists such as Radiohead and James Blake. Tora (Origin; Greek, meaning Now) have kept up a continual progression since their inception, dropping an array of singles and collabora-tions, all whilst building a rapidly growing global listenership.

Tora have performed at Glastonbury, Falls Festival, Splendour In The Grass, The Great Escape UK and Canadian Music Week. They have also toured both in Australia and inter-nationally with artists such as RUFUS, Miami Horror and SAFIA.

Tora will take the stage at Byron Bay Brewery this Saturday 22nd for an intimate and free show! Support on the night will be by Merryn Jeann and Keen Mak.

The post TORA TAKE THE STAGE FOR A FREE SHOW! appeared first on Byron Bay Blog.

17:12

7 Ways to Free Your Spirit and Rid Your Life of Negative Energy "IndyWatch Feed National"

Sure, we all feel down in the dumps from time to time, this is normal but if you are down more than you are up, something is wrong. If you dont know how to stay positive, it might be time for you to learn.

There are actually several different things you can do to neutralize negativity and turn it into something positive and useful. You see, by accepting and changing you can move forward much quicker. When you stop resisting everything begins to fall right into place.

7 Ways to Get Rid of Lingering Negative Energy:

1. Meditate

Meditation will always be the top of my list when it comes to ridding yourself of negative energy. Meditate for at least 20 minutes a day. Let go of anything that you have been holding onto that does not serve you anymore.

2. Walk away

Sometimes in life, we get ourselves in situations where walking away is the best answer. Although it will be hard to do so sometimes, it is for the best. Dont hold onto someone or something for too long.

3. Go outside and clear your mind

If you cannot clear your mind get outside and go for a walk. This works for me every single time. I feel the most at peace when I am outside barefoot watching the stars.

4. Focus on the positive

Think about all of the positive things in your life. Really let the happiness and gratefulness take over your mind. You have tons to be proud of.

5. Take a nap or a break

If you need a break take one, and if you need a nap take one. No one is stopping you. In this life, there are few things we have to actually do. Be true to yourself and dont let things become overwhelming.

6. Talk things out

If there are negative emotions between you and someone else then there is also negative energy following you around. When you can talk it out, it is best to do so. Dont just let things end on such a bad note that you cant even look one another in the eye.

7. Be creative

Creativity is something we all have whether we notice it or not. Find something you like to do and do it. Let this hobby bring a new sens...

17:03

How will Trump Admin policy rollbacks impact efforts to combat climate change? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Given that Donald Trump tweeted in 2012 that he believes concern about global warming is the result of a ploy by China to make American manufacturing less competitive, and then in a 2014 tweet explicitly called global warming a hoax, it was no surprise when his administration moved aggressively to undo the climate actions taken by former President Barack Obama. Trump began exploring ways to pull the United States out of the Paris Climate Agreement before he was even sworn into office, and announced on June 1, 2017 that he was officially pursuing withdrawal from the pact signed and ratified by Obama. The soonest any country can formally withdraw is four years after the Paris Agreement went into effect, or 2020 but Trump made it clear at the G20 summit in July that the US would immediately cease any effort to honor the emissions reduction plan (known as a nationally determined contribution or NDC) that the Obama Administration committed to in ratifying the accord. Under Trump, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking to repeal the Clean Power Plan, a key component of Obamas climate legacy that sets limits on greenhouse gas emissions from electricity generation, and has gutted numerous other rules and regulations aimed at drawing down emissions, reducing our use of fossil fuels, and otherwise protecting the environment. So what impact will this climate action rollback have? A new analysis from the World Resources Institute (WRI) seeks to answer that question by looking at seven different

16:01

Trading v Socrates "IndyWatch Feed National"

QUESTION: Marty; All of these Robo trading plans are simply a flat model. Socrates is forecasting short and long term rather than just trading a flat model. Am I correct?

PT, Canada

ANSWER: Correct. The approach to modeling is traditionally flat. It will take one market and attempt to create a buy/sell model on that market exclusively to the exclusion of all other markets. This is the reason these flat models will blow up even such things as the Black & Scholls, which won the Noble Prize before it created the Long-Term Capital Management collapse in 1998. That is the subject of the book titled  When Genius Failed.

The flat model approach is a disaster. They will work for a while and the blow up BECAUSE they are incapable of grasping the wildcard contagion. That is what happened in the LTCM collapse. The illiquidity in the collapse of the Russian market led to the selling of all other markets to raise cash. There are plenty of people who are soliciting money claiming they have mastered our model. That is absolute nonsense because they are interjecting their own OPINION and that will be a guaranteed loss down the road. This requires NO OPINION and the fact that someone will try to supplement by writing reports on markets shows they are basing their trading on opinion.

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16:00

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.00005 BTC
0.00010 BTC = 2.20 AUD
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15:42

Down and Out in the Future "IndyWatch Feed National"

Knightscope's crime-fighting robot already deployed in San Francisco to deter the homeless from forming tent cities.

15:28

A story of second-hand clothes "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Nice jacket, Dylan, I said to my first-year-university-student grandson as he picked me up in the first week of summer at Canberra Airport where the outside temperature was a sizzling 12.5 degrees. How much was it?

Dylan: I got it for five bucks at the Salvos.

Me: Well done.

Dylan: Mum is so jealous she is going there to see what she can find.

And then I recalled my own impoverished university days 47 years ago and needing a dinner suit to go to an up-coming ball.

As the son of an Anglican clergyman, I could not contemplate even hiring one, let alone buying. So I went to the Salvos and bought a dinner suit for 50 cents (about $5 in todays money).

Better than that, it was excellently tailored and in a middle-of-the-ground style, so as the lapels of new fashionable dinner suits got narrower and then double-breasted and then wider, mine never looked much out of place, so I kept wearing it for more than 30 years. What a bargain!

The charities do a splendid job recycling clothes. A lot are sent overseas, particularly to Third World countries which do not have their own textile industries, such a Papua New Guinea.

I recalled being in Mount Hagen in the New Guinea Highlands once and overhearing an Australian say to a local who was wearing, from memory, the T-shirt of a Sydney bowls club, Good on you, mate, Im a member there. Its a good club, isnt it?

He clearly did not realise that the T-shirt had been imported by a charity second-hand and that the local had never been to Australia, let alone his bowls club.

That was 2003, Later I went to the very remote Kosomary River, a tributary of Sepik River, where I asked if I could have a paddle on a dugout canoe. Only if you give us your T-shirt if you fall out, I was told.

Me: Okay.

(It was a Canberra Times Fun Run T-shirt, as it happens)

Now, a dugout with a wooden paddle is a very different proposition from my light-weight plastic kayak and carbon-fibre paddle in Australia. But never mind. Ill never know how I got the thing out into the current and safely back to shore. But I got some loud cheers from the locals, so and I gave the canoe owner the Canberra Times T-shirt anyway.

I hope no visiting Australian finds him and says something like, The Canberra Times event is a good fun run, isnt it? What was your time?

While I was recalling this, it suddenly dawned on me, about eight weeks too late. And I should have...

15:00

Chairman and Two VPs of TEPCO Will Stand Trial for the Death of 44 People in Fukushima Meltdowns "IndyWatch Feed National"

(EnviroNews World News) The Chairman, and two Vice Presidents of the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) will stand trial for the death of 44 people who were killed in the ensuing melee following the March 11, 2011 triple nuclear reactor meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant in eastern Japan.

The men will make their first appearance in court on June 30, 2017, answering for what are the only criminal charges so far, in an ongoing nightmare that has become arguably the worst manmade environmental catastrophe the world has ever seen.

Former TEPCO chairman, Tsunehisa Katsumata, 77, alongside former Vice Presidents Sakae Muto, 66, and Ichiro Takekuro, 71 were charged with professional negligence resulting in death and injury, in February of 2016. The trio will appear before the Tokyo District Court, after all three entered a plea of innocent at the arraignment.

We hope the trial will shed light on the responsibility for this accident. The accident hasnt been resolved. There is nuclear waste from the cleanup efforts everywhere in Fukushima, and there are still many unresolved problems, said Ruiko Muto, who leads the group that advocated for the trial, to The Japan Times.


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14:57

SSM MEANS WIDESPREAD AND COMPULSORY GAY SEX ED AND GENDER FLUID THEORY: ACADEMIC "IndyWatch Feed National"

Concerns that children would be taught radical LGBTIQ sex and gender fluid theory were dismissed as lies and red herrings during the marriage postal survey, but now a leading academic says same-sex marriage means it should be mandated. Read More

14:38

MACKAY Twists in investigation into Karen Ristevskis death "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY December 13, 2017 at 06:26PM ,

Twists in investigation into Karen Ristevskis death

December 13, 2017 at 06:26PM ,

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14:38

MACKAY Update: Armed robbery charge, Mackay "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY December 14, 2017 at 07:33AM ,

Update: Armed robbery charge, Mackay

December 14, 2017 at 07:33AM ,

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13:59

AG George Brandis's website promoting wedding stationery printer - and indeterminate/intersex/unspecified brides/grooms/partners "IndyWatch Feed National"

This is the marriage section of the website of Commonwealth Attorney General Senator The Honourable George Brandis QC. There you'll find a link to a heap of new marriage stationery and forms. https://www.ag.gov.au/FamiliesAndMarriage/Marriage/Pages/Forms.aspx This page has information on the following: Marriage equality Marriage forms Marriage forms consultation Forms for download...

13:50

Nervous Start to Christmas Party as Colleagues Wonder who has Cocaine "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

WhiteXmas

Its been a nerve-shattering start to an office Christmas party today as colleagues begin guessing and probing each other to discover who has a bag of white Christmas.

One staffer said he was living on an edge harder than anything Aerosmith ever sang about.

I had to have about 70 or so schoons of port before the event even started to sand down the corners a bit, he said. I started with joking-yet-deadly-serious quips about whose nose was thirsty, but I ended up just straight out asking do you have some cocaine for me to smell with my nose?.

Staffers who came packing bagged heat said the tension was even worse for them.

About 12 people followed every time I went to the bathroom attempting to get a nose bite, one man said. It was like when the fish are on, and you have to hide behind a rock to bait your hook.

Management of the company said it would try to avoid the tension next year by bumping the Kris Kringle limit to $300 and hoping everyone gets the idea of what to buy each other.


13:49

A Very Surry Hills Christmas "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Join us in celebrating a very Surry Hills Christmas!

The City of Sydney is organising an eventful day for all residents and people in the area. The Shannon Reserve is being taken over on Thursday 14th of December to initiate an outdoor Christmassy pop-up. Shannon Reserve is located in Crown Street, Surry Hills, between Foveaux and Collins Street. This iconic reserve dates back to 1793, when Joseph Foveaux of the NSW Corps named this land grant Surry Hills Farm.

 

This special day offers the opportunity for people to both have a fantastic Christmas celebration day-out with the family and a wide source of history. The City of Sydney has taken part in having workshops for everyone to use, to make their own very special personalised Christmas decorations to either give or show in their own home.

Another exciting tale is the chance to come down and bring your kids for a photo with Surry Hills Santa. You will also receive a complimentary gift wrapping for purchases made in the Surry Hills Village area on the day between 9am and 5pm. Last but not least, The City of Sydney Council has live entertainment and artwork from Jeff McCann.

This is a day that cannot be missed, for all family and friends. Hope to see you there!

For further information please visit sydneychristmas.com.au

What: Xmas in Surry Hills

When: Saturday 16 December from 9am to 5pm

Where: Shannon Reserve Crown St Surry Hill

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13:18

The bloodiest campfire story: reading The War Nerd Iliad "IndyWatch Feed National"

Translation is more than just carrying a text from language to language; its also a passage from audience to audience. To its Greek listeners, the Iliad didnt need footnotes or endnotes. It wasnt literature or a status marker for taste and education. It was popular entertainment, put on at boozy gatherings by MCs whose talent could get them free drinks. That mood is hard to recapture now, even if a translators philology is faultless.

13:11

Nimbin Holiday Club 2017/18 Summer Program "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Nimbin Holiday Club

        Summer Program

Dear friends,

We are operating from the Nimbin Community School, in the Community Centre and on excursion days please meet us in the Nimbin Central School car park at 9am.

Day runs between 9am and 3pm.  The program runs for children aged 5 12.  Please read the dates and venues below carefully and book to avoid disappointment.  To book phone NNIC on 66891692 (between 10 am and 4 pm) or you can text or call Kylie on 0487576281.  Please note that the basic fee is $12 per day and more on excursion days. Parents must sign consent forms for any excursions.

Please ensure that your child wears appropriate clothing, covered shoes, brings a hat, swimmers and a towel.  Please bring adequate food and drinks.

 

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Date

Program

Cost

Friday 22nd December

The Pitts family circus workshop

The Pitt family circus is coming to visit us and teach us some tricks

Circus Workshop

$20

Thursday 4th January

Nimbin Community School, Park and Pool

Art/Craft, DVDs, Games, Music and more

Library craft

$12

Friday 5th January

Excursion Lismore Tenpin Bowling and pool

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12:59

World Beyond War Hawkes Bay "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Hawkes Bay, New Zealand/Aotearoa, chapter of World Beyond War is being organized by Liz Remmerswaal Hughes, who wants your help.

Contact her below.

Liz Remmerswaal Hughes is a mother, journalist, environmentalist activist and former politician, having served six years on the Hawkes Bay Regional Council.

The daughter and granddaughter of soldiers, who fought other peoples wars in far flung places,she never got over wars stupidity and became a pacifist.Liz is an active Quaker and currently co Vice-President of the Womens International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) Aotearoa/New Zealand. She has strong links with the Australian peace movement and the Swords into Ploughshares group.

Liz prefers a creative and community approach to peacemaking, starting from within, and has enjoyed such activities as biking to the gates of the Pine Gap American military spy base in Alice Springs, Australia, planting an olive tree for peace in the Peace Palace in the Hague on the centenary of Anzac, singing peace songs outside military bases and making tea parties beside warships during the NZ Navys 75th birthday,

In 2017 she was awarded the Sonia Davies Peace Award which enabled her to study Peace Literacy with the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation in Santa Barbara , attend the Wilpf triennial Congress in Chicago, and a workshop on Peace and Conscience in Ann Arbor.

Liz lives lives with her husband on a wild and stony beach on the East Coast of the North Island.
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12:18

The New Social Order: Keaton Jones And The Viral Bullying Video "IndyWatch Feed National"

Social media is good for a lot of things, mob rule and destroying reputations chief among them writes Michael Brull.

A few days ago, a video of a crying boy in the United States went viral. The 11-year-old boy, Keaton Jones, had been bullied at school, and his mother recorded his tearful reaction. Why do they bully? Whats the point of it, he wondered. They poured milk on him, put ham down his clothes, and threw bread at him. He was deeply upset, and the video took off on the internet.

The first reactions on Twitter were of people saying how their hearts went out to Keaton. Then an endless series of GIFs, as people discussed rolling up to the school to confront the bullies. These included GIFs of women smiling and brandishing knives, and GIFs of Negan from Walking Dead walking around with his notorious baseball bat.

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Soon celebrities got in on the action. An endless array of big names publicly offered their sympathy and affection to Keaton, and offered various types of meet-ups. Professional footballers said theyd meet up, and their agents announced Keatons new bodyguards. A superhero actor invited him to the premiere of his movie, a celebrity actress invited him to be her date to the premiere of the new Pitch Perfect movie. Justin Bieber called Keaton a hero to his over 90 million followers on Instagram. Dana White, the owner of Ultimate Fighting Championship, invited Keaton to UFC headquarters to hang out.

Aside from all the celebrities reaching out, a person who didnt know the family started a crowd funder to support Keaton. It raised almost $60 000 in a few days.

The mother who filmed her son crying couldnt have anticipated the enormous reaction to her video. No-one can really predict what will go viral, and the fact that so many things do shouldnt obscure the fact that the vast majority of things never get any real traction. At the time of writing, her video has been viewed an estimated 20 million times. Tweets and Instagram posts in support of Keaton have been viewed, liked and retweeted mi...

11:04

Coastal sedimentary facies and foraminiferal biofacies of the st kilda formation at port gawler south australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Coastal sedimentary facies and foraminiferal biofacies of the st kilda formation at port gawler south australia

10:51

Child abuse inquiry sits for the last time "IndyWatch Feed National"

Supplied image of Justice Peter McClellan AM (left) addressing the public hearing into the nature, cause and impact of sexual abuse (Case Study 57) during the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual The commission has held private sessions with more than 6500 survivors and will hear from another 2000 people up until the time it hands over its final report in December. AAP Image/Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, Jeremy Piper

The thousands of abuse survivors who came forward to give evidence of their suffering are being acknowledged for their strength and courage ahead of the final hearing of a royal commission.

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will hold the half-hour sitting in Sydney on Thursday mark the end of the $500 million five-year inquiry set up under the Gillard Labor federal government.

The stories have been harrowing, the injustice has been shameful, Labor Opposition leader Bill Shorten in a statement.

We are committed to ensuring these brave men and women receive proper redress.

The commission is expected to call for widespread reforms to protect children from sexual abuse in the community.

The final report will be handed to Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove on Friday and is expected to be tabled in parliament before being publicly released.

The commission has already called for significant reforms in areas such as the criminal and civil justice systems, as well as measures to make institutions safer for children.

However, the final report is expected to field further recommendations.

Commission chair Justice Peter McClellan has warned the sexual abuse of children is not just a problem of the distant past.

Many cases presented to the inquiry occurred in a range of institutions in the last 10 to 15 years.

We heard in private sessions from children as young as seven years of age who had been recently abused, he said last month.

In some case studies into schools, the abuse was so recent that the abused children are still attending school.

The commission heard directly f...

10:48

Opioid use rising in rural areas: study "IndyWatch Feed National"

Use of the potentially-addictive painkillers oxycodone and fentanyl is rising in regional Australia, the latest analysis of drugs in the nations wastewater system shows.

The analysis of 54 wastewater sites by the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission found that while methylamphetamine, commonly known as ice, remains Australias most commonly used illegal drug, prescription opioid use in regional areas is outstripping that in capital cities.

Consumption of oxycodone in regional sites was well above capital city levels, with the regional national average being almost double that of the capital cities, the commission said in its third national wastewater drug monitoring program report released on Thursday.

Regional Queensland and parts of Tasmania and Victoria had the highest overall users of oxycodone, while in capital cities the highest usage rates were in South Australia and Tasmania.

Usage patterns for fentanyl, a synthetic opioid that is up to 100 times more potent than morphine, were similar, with regional centres in almost every state recording values well above the national average.

Except for a few sites, regional consumption was substantially higher than capital city areas, the report said.

Medical experts have expressed concern in recent months that more Australians are becoming addicted to pharmaceutical opioid painkillers, following in the footsteps of America which is in the grip of of an opioid epidemic that has caused tens of thousands of fatal overdoses.

The federal government announced last year that painkillers containing codeine will no longer be available over the counter from 2018, in response to growing concerns about addiction.

The commissions report noted that while oxycodone and fentanyl are legally prescribed by doctors for intense pain, they do have abuse potential.

In terms of illicit drugs, the report found ice usage has plateaued in the past year, while cocaine and ecstasy use appears to be on the decline, possibly thanks to big drug busts by police in 2017.

Ice remains the most common illegal drug in capital cities and regional sites, with South Australia and Western Australia having the highest usage rates, while NSW and the ACT recorded small overall increases in usage.

However, use of ice in Queensland and Western Australia has begun to fall from their historical highs in October 2016.NSW recorded the highest amounts of cocaine and ecstasy use.

Unlike methylamphetamine, capital city areas on average had higher cocaine use than regional centres, the report said.

Heroin was also included in the commissions analysis for the first time, with usage rates highest in Victoria and the ACT.

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10:38

Its not over yet! Stop Adani Tweed keep up pressure "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The sold out Regent Cinema launched the Stop Adani Tweed campaign in Murwillumbah on Sunday. Photo supplied.

The Stop Adani Tweed campaign launch at the Regent Cinema in Murwillumbah on Sunday hosted by the Caldera Environment Centre was sold out.

The crowd was filled with young and old who realise how important it is to keep the pressure up to stop the opening of the Adani coal mine.

The primary message was not to stop the pressure, local campaign supporter Janice Best told Echonetdaily.

It is really important to remember that even though the banks are pulling out we need to be vigilant because it is not over yet. Even though things appear to be moving in a positive direction.

There are now Stop Adani groups in Byron, Lismore and Tweed, whose aim is to gain community support for the Northern Rivers to be declared an Adani-free zone. They have joined over 2 million people worldwide to oppose one of the biggest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions which is driving climate change.

Keynote speakers Tony Barry and Mandy Nolan shared their insights into the the effects that the opening of the Adani cola mine would have on the Galilee Basin and the broader impacts on the Great Barrier Reef and climate change. Narrated by Queensland-born actor Michael Caton, the documentary Guarding the Galilee was screened to a packed house and shone a spotlight on the battle to stop the biggest coal mine in Australian history, Adanis Carmichael project.

10:30

#Australia: Song for #Elijah "IndyWatch Feed National"

This song was released on December 8 2017 and is a dedication to Elijah Doughty from Kalgoorlie, WA (Australian territory). Who is Elijah? Elijah was killed when a car struck the motorbike he was riding in August last year. The driver was going 67 km per hour when he hit Elijah who rolled or tumbled under the vehicle.

 

Originally published by Autonomous Action Radio.

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.

Australia: Song for Elijah

This song was released on December 8 2017 and is a dedication to Elijah Doughty from Kalgoorlie, WA (Australian territory). Who is Elijah? Elijah was killed when a car struck the motorbike he was riding in August last year. The driver was going 67 km per hour when he hit Elijah who rolled or tumbled under the vehicle.

The driver whose name has been suppressed probably for his own safety admitted to driving too closely to the boy but says he hit him because the motorbike veered in front of the car.

The chase began because the motorbike Elijah was riding was stolen from him the previous day. However, there is no evidence Elijah had stolen the bike.

Elijah died from multiple fatal injuries.

Racial tensions in Kalgoorlie erupted after the incident.

A day after the boy was killed a protest occurred outside the Kalgoorlie Courthouse.

Approximately 200 people, some armed with rocks and bottles, broke down the gates of the court and surrounded police; who used pepper spray and riot shields in response.

Twelve police officers were injured during the disorder, with one requiring stitches, while several demonstrators were arrested. Five police cars and a local business were damaged.

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10:28

Campaigners want drones to protect from sharks "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Dean Jefferys leads a paddle out near Lennox Head recently. (supplied)

Marine conservationists have welcomed a Senate inquiry recommendation to remove shark nets from NSW beaches.

They are also calling for an increased use of drones with alarm systems to provide real-time protection for beach users.

Marine campaigner, Dean Jefferys, who is skipper of the conservation yacht Migaloo 2, said the recommendation to remove nets, when implemented, would mean that thousands of marine creatures, many of them endangered, would not drown in ineffective shark nets.

It also means that more effective non lethal shark control measures will be put in place, making the oceans safer for everyone rather than people mistakenly thinking these short, shallow nets provide protection, he said.

Im glad this myth has finally been well and truly busted by deep inquiry at the top level.

Now it is up to Government to implement these recommendations and put in place real processes that will make people safer and at the same time ensure marine lives are protected.

The manipulation of statistics has also been exposed in this enquiry. The old story that the DPI and proponents of shark nets say there has only been one death at a netted beach from Newcastle to Wollongong.

What they dont tell you in their reckless and irresponsible use of statistics is that there have been 47 unwanted shark encounters at these netted beaches or that surf lifesavers also patrol and observe these beaches and give warnings.

The resent shark encounter at shark netted, Avoca beach in November however could have been avoided if the surf club had a drone in the air as the shark encounter happened right in front of the shark tower but the tower wasnt high enough to see the shark.

Every surf club in Australia should have a drone fitted with an alarm system, with their nippers getting the appropriate training to use them.

Live streaming of the flights could be sent live to the surf life saving websites in NSW and QLD.

This is real time protection that works and what the government should be spending its money on and not wasting money perpetuating the shark net fallacy.

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10:18

Is Dr Richard Days New System a Form of Cryptocurrency? "IndyWatch Feed National"

(L) Dr Richard Day

by Dee McLachlan

In 2014 we published an article in Gumshoe called, Everything Is In Place And Nobody Can Stop Us Now Dr Day 1969 Lecture. It was originally published on rense.com and is a transcript of Dr Lawrence Dunegans recollections of a lecture he attended on March 20, 1969 at a meeting of the Pittsburgh Pediatric Society. This is what Dunegan recalled of Dr Days comments on Financial Control:

One statement was, Inflation is infinite. You can put an infinite number of zeros after any number and put the decimals points wherever you want, as an indication that inflation is a tool of the controllers.

It w...

10:14

Jen Cloher is heading out on an Australian tour in 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

In conjunction with the legendary Australian songwriters jaunt at Golden Plains festival, Jen Cloher will be gracing the stages of venues around the country with a string of headline shows.

The tour is in support of Jens sublime self-titled album released this year, the won the coveted crown of The Brags album of the year.  Cloher announced that These will be some of my only band shows in 2018 so make snapping up tickets and heading out a priority to witness the masterful songcraft and somber lyricism in the flesh.

Check out the ticketing and dates below.

Friday, 16th March
Rosemount Hotel, Perth
Tickets: Official Website

Saturday, 17th March
The Zoo, Brisbane
Tickets: Official Website

Thursday, 22nd March
Theatre Royal, Castlemaine
Tickets: Official Website

Friday, 23rd March
Anglesea Memorial Hall, Anglesea
Tickets: Official Website

Saturday, 24th March
The Croxton, Melbourne
Tickets: Official Website

Thursday, 29th March
The Lansdowne, Sydney
Tickets: Official Website

10:05

Island Quarry death inquest winds up amid complaints "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The Island Quarry near Byron Bay.

By Jim Beatson

The inquest into the death of 20-year- old Melbourne man, Brendan Vickery, ended yesterday with a number of unresolved disputes, and complaints of delays raised by the deceaseds family and their legal counsel.

Seven are ofcritical importance.

First, the family legal counsel queried the tardiness of Island Quarry Reserve Trust to take precautionary measures such as fencing and signage.

In November 2011 by Dr Robert Davies, network director for emergency departments at four hospital sites across the Northern Rivers reported nine serious injuries including six spinal fractures, at least four were multiple
fractures.

Some two and half years passed before the 1.8 m safety fence was constructed along the Ewingsdale Road side of the dangerous quarry site. This was completed just three weeks after Brendan Vickerys death.

The Island Quarry Reserve Trusts Barrister, Mr Raeburn, insisted that the delay was outside the control of the IQ Quarry Trust President, Shane Rennie.

A discussion about the lack of more safety signage was left incomplete.

Medical staff mentioned an important deterrent: signs explicitly listing known injuries that occurred at the site.

A counter argument was put by several interviewees that such signs would instead be seen as an exciting challenge by young people visiting the site.

Supervision of the site was revealed to be irregular. Baz Laow, a self-described WOOFA, was given the role by Shane Rennie. Laow did not live at the site and was there only on average two days a week (Wednesdays and Thursdays).

He was not there on weekends, when the numbers of visitors in Byron Bay are often high.
The cause of death remains unverified. The pathologist, Dr Brian Beer performed the external examination on the body and said he based his decision, of death by drowning on the balance of probability.

Barrister David Evenden, representing Brendan Vickerys parents, challenged this pathology report, saying without a full autopsy, medical experience alone would suggest possible additional causes.

Despite a request by Brendans mother, Tracie McDew, for a full autopsy, her request was never passed on beyond the police officer in charge of the investigation....

10:01

Enhancing Your Connection to the Divine "IndyWatch Feed National"

December 14th, 2017 By Jeff Street Guest writer for Wake Up World Recently a reader of my blog asked me to talk more about how to strengthen ones connection to the Divine ones higher self, spirit guides, and spiritual family. Although I dont claim to have all the answers, I decided to share my thoughts on []

10:01

Dangerous Coolamon Scenic Dr finally sees action "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

New line markings on Coolamon Scenic Drive. Photo Athony Stante

Twenty-three crashes in five years, an average of 1,362 vehicles per day and an independent road safety audit that found various intolerable risks on the 11.3km stretch of road between Goonengerry Road and the Pacific Highway has finally seen some action.

Local resident Anthony Stante, who was a project manager on the Ballina Bypass upgrade from 2007-11, was relieved to wake up on Tuesday, December 12 and discover that the recommended line marking finally in having been carried out.

Mr Stante had put his concerns on the safety of Coolamon Scenic Drive to council three-and-a-half years ago in late 2014 and the local traffic committee had agreed to do things to make it safer, he said.

Increased traffic with no fix

In the mean-time Council agreed to signpost an extension of Tourist Route 28 from the old highway right the way along bringing even more tourists to our substandard local road making it even more dangerous.

However, the traffic committee stated that council may need to seek out further funding options, or advise of further funding options, for the review and changes to signage and line marking.

Mr Stante told Echonetdaily that he gained a copy of the independent road safety audit through an FOI enquiry to council that recently found various intolerable risks which must be addressed including line-marking, curve signage and guideposts.

09:53

How to Speed Up Healing Time to Get Rid of Scabs Faster "IndyWatch Feed National"

Scabs can form when the skins outer layer gets damaged by cuts or grazes and bleeds. Although scabs are unsightly, they are an important part of the healing process. Scabs form a hard crust over the wound to protect the wound from germs and infection and help speed up healing. You should not try to get rid of a scab too quickly by picking at it, as this can cause permanent scarring and damage to your skin. However, natural ingredients like coconut oil, tea tree oil, and honey can help to get rid of scabs faster.

The fastest way to heal a scab on your face, arms, legs, or another part of your body is to keep the area moist and well hydrated. For example, regularly applying a natural healing ointment like aloe vera can help to get rid of scabs on the face caused by acne or pimples. If a scab forms over a grazed elbow or knee then regularly applying coconut oil helps to quickly heal the scab and prevent the hardened crust from cracking.

In this article, you will find out how to heal a scab fast using natural home remedies. You will also learn about the best way to care for wounds to prevent scabs forming in the first place. This article also answers many frequently asked questions regarding the best ways of quickly getting rid of scabs.

How Scabs are Involved in Wound Healing

Scabs assist with wound healing by helping to prevent bleeding and infection in an open wound. Crusty scabs consist of blood and serum that harden over a wound.

According to the journal PLoS Biology, scabs help to repair damaged or injured skin. Within 15 minutes after a wound beginning to bleed, a dark clot or plug forms over the wound to prevent further bleeding and this hardens into a scab. The scab contains proteins and cells that help heal the skin and accelerate wound healing.1

This helps to explain why you shouldnt pick at a scab to try and remove it. Doctors say that removing a scab too early also removes important healing cells that are needed for the skin to heal properly.1

How to Get Rid of Scabs Faster and Speed Up Wound Healing

It will take time and patience to completely remove a scab without picking at it and damaging your skin. Here are some of the best home remedies to help speed up the healing time and say goodbye to unsightly scabs.

Warm chamomile compress to get rid of scabs faster

Regularly applying a warm chamomile compress can help to make a scab go away faster by keeping it moist.

Chamomile is a well-known herb that has both soothing and healing properties. The journal Molecular Medicine Reports reported on a study that...

09:50

Unaccompanied learner driver allegedly on a cocktail of drugs and alcohol "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A Learner driver was drunk and drug affected when pulled over by police.

An unaccompanied learner driver was allegedly under the influence of a cocktail of illegal drugs and alcohol when he was pulled over near Nimbin in April.

Offices patrolling Kyogle Road at Mount Burrell, about 8.10 am on April 12 spotted Ryan Squire allegedly driving erratically and he was pulled over.

When police approached and spoke to  Mr Squire, officers formed the opinion he was affected by drugs and possibly alcohol.

Enquiries by police revealed the 23 year-old was the holder of a learners permit and should have had a fully licensed supervising driver beside him.

A search of his car by police allegedly uncovered two small amounts of methamphetamine and heroin weighing less than one gram and a number of oxycodone tablets in the vehicle.

Mr Squire was arrested and taken to Nimbin police station where he underwent blood tests to determine what substances were in his system.

When test results were returned revealing Mr Squire had a cocktail of morphine, methamphetamine and diazepam, plus alcohol in his system, he was charged by police.

Mr Squire, who told police his address was the Nimbin Rocks Retreat at Goolmangar, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and other drugs, being a learner driver not accompanied by a licensed driver and three counts of possessing a prohibited drug.

He was granted conditional bail and appeared at Lismore Local Court on November 20, where he represented himself.

On that day, Mr Squire entered guilty pleas to the three counts of possessing a prohibited drug and being an unaccompanied learner driver.

On Monday, Mr Squire again appeared at Lismore Local Court and was represented by Legal Aid.

Magistrate David Heilpern ordered Mr Squire to be assessed for the Magistrates Early Referral into Treatment MERIT rehabilitation program.

He adjourned Mr Squires matters until January 15, when he is required to enter a plea to the charge of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

Mr Squire remains free on conditional bail until that date.

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09:46

Elderly Tweed man gets bond over fatal motorcycle crash at Numinbah "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

An elderly man from the Tweed Shire who pleaded not guilty to his involvement in a crash which killed a 22 year-old has been placed on a suspended jail sentence.

Edwin Patrick Jessop was driving his white 1994 Toyota Hilux ute home after renewing its registration about 10.15 am on October 24 when he came to the intersection of Numinbah Road and Couchy Creek Road.

Agreed police facts before the court stated Mr Jessop, who was 87 at the time of the crash, turned into the t-intersection, across the path of motorcyclist Dann Jenkins.

The 22 year-old, who was riding his red and black Suzuki GSXR motorcycle, with a number of other motorcyclists, swerved to the left of Mr Jessops ute but collided with the passenger door and the rear tray.

Mr Jenkins helmet struck the tray of the ute before he was thrown onto the road, witnesses told police.

Mr Jessop continued across the intersection and stopped immediately, then a number of motorcycle riders stopped and Mr Jenkins was found dead at the scene.

A post mortem examination confirmed Mr Jenkins cause of death was a closed head injury.

Blood tests conducted on Mr Jenkins revealed he had no alcohol or drugs in his blood at the time of the incident.

Following the crash, Mr Jessop was taken to Murwillumbah Hospital for mandatory testing, which returned negative results for both alcohol and drugs.

The court heard Mr Jessop underwent testing in July 2016 as a condition of continuing to hold a drivers licence.

The testing revealed Mr Jessops vision meets standards and he meets the medical criteria for an unconditional licence.

Hours after the crash, Mr Jessop told police he did not see the motorcycle at the intersection.

I got half way around and bang, Mr Jessop told police.

Mr Jessop was charged with dangerous driving occasioning death, negligent driving occasioning death and not giving way to a vehicle while turning right into a terminating road.

On September 19 in Lismore Local Court he entered a not guilty plea to the charge of dangerous driving occasioning death.

When his solicitor lodged a document with the court waiving his right to a committal hearing, Mr Jessops matters were adjourned for arraignment in the District Court on November 1.

At Lismore District Court in November, the charge of dangerous driving occasioning death against Mr Jessop was dropped by the prosecution and his remaining matters were adjourned to the Local Court for sentencing.

On Monday, Mr Benn appeared in Lismore Local Court where he was placed on a nine moth suspended sentence by Magistrate David Heilpern.

M...

09:42

"Mu" "IndyWatch Feed National"

"Mu"
by Stephen H. Segal

"A strange game. The only winning move is not to play." 
- Joshua, "War Games"

"There is a word, a concept, in Zen Buddhism that doesn't quite translate perfectly into the English language: Mu. Mu is the response given by a Zen monk to a question that cannot be meaningfully answered. It suggest that the question's premises are not real, that there is a state of emptiness that lies beyond yes and no, that the asker should unask the question - indeed, that anyone who would ask such a question in the first place might well to question his entire perspective on life.

Though the word was never uttered in the 1984's seminal teen-computer-hacker-political-thriller "War Games", the idea lies at the heart of the conflict that fuels the movie: a new Pentagon supercomputer that controls the nation's nuclear codes is caught up in a relentl...

09:24

Challenges to the Contemporary World Order "IndyWatch Feed National"

A guest post by Thomas Pepinsky, is Associate Professor of Government at Cornell University and Stefanie Walter,  Full Professor for International Relations and Political Economy at the Department of Political Science at the University of Zurich.

Many observers of contemporary global politics conclude that the present moment represents one of the most unsettled times in global politics since the fall of the Berlin Wall. Shock events such as the Brexit vote, the continued success of radical right populists in continental Europe, the continuing Eurozone crisis, and the unprecedented foreign relations of the Trump presidency all point to a global liberal order under stress. Scholars of comparative and international politics and political economy are now asking questions that would have seemed far-fetched only years ago: how durable is liberal internationalism and the North Atlantic alliance? Will mercantilism replace neoliberalism? Can central bank and supranational economic institutions perform the functions required of them? 

Ten leading political scientists who specialize in international and comparative political economy have written answers to these questions in essays (linked in the text below and available on the workshop blog site) that address the changing political and economic landscape in the contemporary era and its implications for political science and international relations. Taken together, they identify three broad themes regarding the challenges that face both our political world, and political scientists seeking to understand these challenges to the contemporary global order.

A first theme is that we are living in a world characterized by what we term a new complex interdependence. As a result, to understand domestic and often even local politics requires a greater appreciation of the interactions between local, national, and systemic forces. That such interdependence across scales and political units exists is an old theme in international and comparative political economy, but we need to renew our focus on the specific mechanisms that take politics across national borders, and the new forms of interdependence that have emerged in recent years. This is particularly important because rising interdependence on the one hand and domestic politicization of international cooperation on the other has put governments between a rock and a hard place.
Frank Schimmelfennig argues that these dilemmas are particularly pronounced in Europe, where integration has achieved unprecedented levels and where governments face calls to both integrate further and to reallocate EU compet...

09:15

How a Brand New Technology is Going to Change the World of Banking "IndyWatch Feed National"

In first world countries, it is natural to assume everyone has a bank account. The banks are omnipresent and can be found nearly everywhere there are consumers. Because of this, we dont really take the time to think about what a potential substitute for the banking system would be if they werent present in a certain space.

So whats the most likely alternative to going to a bank or ATM to do your banking? Using your mobile phones. The GSMA released a report in February of 2017 that forecasted the number of unique individuals subscribing to mobile services would reach 5 billion by the end of 2017. That represents more than 70% of the population and outlines a huge target market.

With the number of bank accounts that have active means of payment around 1.2 billion, there is a clear opportunity for mobile service providers who are capable of facilitating payments.

Matter of Necessity

Most people use banks because they need to, not because they want to. Banks are the socially acceptable way to store and invest money, and people naturally gravitate towards the easiest solutions.

Banks currently provide this easiest solution, but if someone figured out how to move this solution to be housed purely on mobile devices, a lot of users would follow. Most of Western civilization is tethered to their phones these days, and they are also resistant against going to the bank when there is an easier solution in the palm of their hands.

Banks know this and have tried to shift as much of their services to online banking and mobile banking as possible. This is a priority for them, but at the same time, it takes away their competitive advantage of having invested large quantities of money in their physical infrastructure. In short, the move to mobile creates an even playing field for future players.

Bringing New Users to Market

So if we only have 1.2 billion of the 5 billion current phone users able to use banking, how can we bring these new users to market? The answer is shockingly simple. Everyone already prefers to deal through their phones, and these people all have mobile phones.

The real trick is determining how to facilitate the payments made through phones. Right now there is no company people are willing t...

08:41

US State Dept.'s Nauert dodges questions on stripping of RT credentials "IndyWatch Feed National"

State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert has brushed off a question from RT about the withdrawal of its Congress credentials, and whether this contradicts her past vow that registration as a foreign agent would not impede the broadcaster's ability to report. Nauert fell short of providing a clear answer to RT's Sameera Khan on whether the State Department still stands by its word that forcing RT America to comply with the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) was a formality that would not create hurdles for RT's work in the US. "I think that press credentials might have been revoked by Congress, and not necessarily the members of Congress but rather the Association of Reporters that handles who gets to come and cover Congress," Nauert said, deflecting the question. Instead, she played the 'Russia card', dubbing the RT correspondent a "representative of the Russian government" whose mere presence at the briefing should serve as sufficient proof of Washington's utmost respect for the freedom of press. "They can get Russian 'news,' if you will," she generously conceded - complete with air quotes.

08:35

(Video) SGTReport -- We Must Expose These Horrors w/ BP Commentary "IndyWatch Feed National"

Source: STARSHIP EARTH: THE BIG PICTURE

We Must Expose These Horrors; SGT Report [video]

Were not pulling punches any more in the truth media. Even former CIA/NSA contractors are calling the situation on our planet for what it is for anyone who will listen. If you havent heard yet from Steven D. Kelley, you might want to listen to his revelations in the video below.

Many of the ostentatious sites across the planet are cover for the El-ites hidden sanctuaries for the imprisonment and perverse Satanic acts on Humans; places like the Getty Museum complex, Kelley tells us, as well as the Denver Airport, and many others. Lets not forget the naked young man scaling the wall of the stable at Buckingham Palace on a string of sheets to escape a few years ago.

Some have suggested that the California fires are an attack on the homes of elite pedophiles, and now grandson of oil tycoon JP Getty has died of rectal trauma. There have been two plane crashes at and near the Rothschild estate in the UK mere weeks apart. Are the White Hats/Resistance Movement doing these things, or is it vigilantes, or perhaps both?

OR, is it a case of the disgruntled cabal minions who have flipped and are now going after their own? We may never know.

Its open season on the Illuminati. We were told some time ago that the situation has become so acute that those who wish to go after the El-ites to remove them permanently will be neither discouraged nor stopped. Extraordinary situations call for extraordinary measures, and the fate of an entire planet hangs in the balance.

It can be challenging to interpret what were seeing unfold now, particularly with David Icke telling us Trump works for the other side, but then, David Icke hasnt been correct about everything so it would be unwise to assume he is. No one has all the answers or knows the truth about the convoluted plan unfolding. Its up to us to decide when the time is rightand right now Trump IS draining the swamp and working for us, but some would cut off their nose to spite their face.

When its all over, when all is said and done...

08:09

LIBERAL-NATIONAL PARLIAMENTARIANS AND COAL "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


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08:01

December 14 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed National"



1800 - A rebellion at Norfolk Island was suppressed. Lieut-Gov Joseph Foveaux hanged two Irish prisoners who led the insurgence.

1801 - Matthew Flinders and his crew first met some Noongar people; the people they met were shy but not afraid, Flinders wrote.


1807 - The master and crew of the Parramatta went ashore and were promptly arrested and charged with violating regulations. Judge-Advocate Richard Bowyer Atkins summoned Macarthur to come to Sydney to 'show cause' for his conduct in the Parramatta affair.

1827 Bold Jack Donohoe and his gang began lightening the load of carts travelling on the Sydney - Windsor Road.
The gang was caught shortly afterwards and all hanged - except for Bold Jack who, being the clever clogs of the whole outfit, took to the countryside.

1830 - Captain Thomas Barrister commenced an overland trek from Fremantle to King George Sound (Albany).

1832 - The Presbyterian Church was officially formed in Sydney.


1835 - The Bank of Australasia opened in Sydney.

1840 - Governor Gipps appointed the first Government Printer.

1854 - First sitting of the Gold Fields Commission (Vic).

1854 - An act for providing separate municipal boroughs throughout Port Phillip had been drafted and became law on this day.

1869 - Copper was discovered at Cobar, NSW, by C. Campbell, T. Hartman and and G. Gibb, surveyoring for water bores.

1880 - Today saw the grand Opening of Hallett to Terowie Railway line (South Oz).

1890 Oh, be still my beating heart; the Trades Hall opened in Geelong.

1893 - Eucalyptus oil was first manufactured in Australia by F.H. Faulding & Co.

1918 - The first Victorian Farmers Union member was elected to parliament as a result of the introduction of preferential voting.

1927 Needing to state the bleeding obvious - again - it was announced that throughout mainland Oz drought reigned supreme.


1929 Electric trams and buses did away with the poor old choo choo between Adelaide and Glenelg....

07:50

Commonwealth bank fraudster gets off lightly "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Ben Wilson

This story just about says it all. A financial planner at the Commonwealth Bank forges signatures and fleeces clients of more than $3 million, is found guilty in court and fined $3,000.

It shows the legal system in Australia does not really consider Australians being robbed through the financial system as a serious crime. It should be and there must be a major change to bring an end to this.

Of course, one cannot automatically equate the performance of one person to a whole industry. Nor do we know about the individual circumstances that led to the court decision. But there is enough here, to suggest something smells around here. This is only one of a string of cases concerning the Commonwealth Bank.

It would be wrong to suggest that this one bank stands out in this respect. Allegations of misconduct affect all the banks, and this extends through the whole finance industry and have  have fuelled demand for a proper inquiry. This is still waiting to happen and Turnbulls pretend inquiry into finance will not cut it.

In this case, Queensland based Ricky Gillespie, pleaded guilty to forgery involving 33 documents and 57 clients. The fraud had been uncovered during an investigation by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission into allegations about the banks operations.  The Gillespie case is only small part of the big picture and attention should not be taken away from this by one case.

Meanwhile, the Commonwealth Bank has finally provided the victims with some compensation after a long drawn out battle. They got $2.2 million of what had been taken. In other words, the banks still profited from the fraud and the law as it stands, suggests there is nothing wrong with this.

Commenting on the case, whistleblower Jeff Morris said that said he had represented a couple who were victims of Gillespie, who had ultimately received $235,000 in compensation from the bank after a drawn-out bid to get their money back.

Bearing in mind that he was in a fiduciary position when he forged those signatures, and the years of misery that ensued for so many people getting their money back, the penalty seems quite paltry, he added.

 

The post Commonwealth bank fraudster gets off lightly appeared first on The Pen.

07:45

How Kelloggs and Sanitarium infiltrated the medical profession "IndyWatch Feed National"

The following was written by Dr Maryanne Demasi, who is an investigative medical reporter with a PhD in Rheumatology. It was published by Michael West (12 December 2017) and deals with how the breakfast cereal giants have sought to manipulate doctors to gain credibility and use this to increase sales of their brands.

It is said that if you educate one General Practitioner (GP), you educate all their patients.  And nobody knows this better than the cereal industry.

Cereal giants, Kelloggs and Sanitarium, have infiltrated doctors clinics nationwide, using GPs to promulgate industry propaganda, disguised as dietary advice.  As part of an ongoing investigation into how the processed food industry influences public health policy, we reveal ways in which it has pervaded the medical system.

PR over science

Kelloggs enlisted the help of Australian PR firm Porter Novelli presumably to address declining sales after the global cereal giant posted a huge loss in earnings.

Kelloggs is brazen about its strategy to establish close ties with healthcare professionals. According to its own website, Kelloggs Nutrition went into full-on creative mode to develop information packages for GPs to disseminate to patients.

The cereal company boasted that 2,000 GPs across Australia requested the delivery of Kelloggs sponsored information kits.  The kits contain hundreds of fact sheets authored by the company, often citing its own studies as evidence.  The upshot? A push for a nationwide increase in the consumption of grain fibre.

This has provoked the ire of some doctors within the medical fraternity.  Its a worry that a breakfast cereal manufacturer is seen as some sort of authoritative figure when it comes to dietary advice says Perth-based GP, Joe Kosterich.  It is a form of advertising that gets credibility through the doctors clinic.

Propaganda hiding in plain sight

Food industry marketing directly to the medical profession can also be covert.  This investigation has uncovered patient education factsheets which are embedded within the computer software used by the majority of Australian GPs and they are authored by Sanitarium, whose products include Weetbix and Oat Clusters.

The purpose of this software (Best Practice Software) is to maintain quality electronic patient records securely, produce prescriptions and track appointments.  However, it also includes Sanitarium sponsored health information that doctors can disseminate to p...

07:33

Female Australian music industry members take a stand against sexual harassment "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed from Victoria
Australian female musicians have taken a stand together against harassment in their industry.
This has taken the form of an online letter under the hash tag #meNOmore.The signatories include Courtney Barnett, Tina Arena and Sarah Blasko, Missy Higgins, The Veronicas Jessica Origliasso, Isabella Manfredi, Jen Cloher and Clare Bowditch. In total 200 musicians, managers, lawyers, booking agents, records label employers and publicists have added their names.
Over 360 women who work in the Australian music industry, including musicians, managers, lawyers, booking agents, record label employees and publicists have added their names to the campaign, which came about after the #meToo campaign in the wider entertainment field.
The objective of the campaign is to create a safe haven for people to share their stories and seek support around sexual harassment in the music industry. Well be working with others in the Entertainment Industry to investigate claims of repeat offences and toxic workplaces. This will be done professionally and respectfully, and we will be taking our time to get this right. 
It is hoped that it will lead to the spotlighting of perpetrators and pushing for greater accountability in the industry.
This is the letter.

In recent weeks, as Hollywood carried the torch of Tarana Burkes #MeToo movement and stories started breaking around the world, we found ourselves offering strength to our friends and colleagues who had their own stories to share both publicly and in whispered circles. Its become clear that the magnitude of #MeToo extends to our own shores and to our own industry.

We are women who work in the Australian music industry. We are artists, musicians, managers, lawyers, booking agents, record label employees, publicists and more.

We all have our own stories, or know someone who does. We are not whingers or vibe-killers. We are passionate people dedicating our lives to music. In the face of uncountable discrimination, harassment, violence, and the general menace of sexist jargon, we have gritted our teeth and gotten on with the job. But today we say, no more.

Here are just some of the stories weve been able to share. They range from the tragic, to the horrific, to the every-day norm.

After winning awards at a national high school music competition I was recruited by an Australian musician to study with him. It turned out that I was to be groomed and sexually abused over many months. He told me that he selected girls for awards at the competition on the basis of their looks. The abuse triggered years of struggles with my mental he...

07:24

Scientists Prove Those Vaccinated for Shingles Can Infect Others with Chicken Pox "IndyWatch Feed National"

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by Claire Dwoskin
CMSRI

For many years, the US government and mainstream media have continued to blame the unvaccinated community for the spread of infectious disease. We are constantly being bombarded with statements like the one written by Philip Ross and published in the International Business Times, which stated:

The American classroom has become a battleground for parents who are threatened by the growing number of children not vaccinated against measles, one of the most highly contagious viruses in the world.

The ongoing measles outbreak in the U.S. that started at Disneyland and has spread to 14 states has raised concerns over the countrys rising anti-vaccination movement, including whether the decision to vaccinate against such a dangerous disease should be left to parents, and what constitutes responsible childrearing.

Should a child whose parents chose not to vaccinate be allowed to share the same pencils and playground as children whose parents did?

Although the International Business Times had attempted to present the public with a balanced review of the situation facing parents, it is questionable as to whether they presented any real evidence to support their claims and they left many readers with unanswered questions.

Shingles Vaccines Cause Chicken Pox in the Unvaccinated

In 2011, a team of scientists headed by Duane L. Pierson published the paper Varicella Zoster Virus DNA at Inoculation Sites and in Saliva After Zostavax Immunization.

Their paper discusses whether or not individuals vaccinated with the shingles vaccine can remain infectious with the chicken pox virus aft...

07:23

SOTT FOCUS: SOTT Earth Changes Summary - November 2017: Extreme Weather, Planetary Upheaval, Meteor Fireballs "IndyWatch Feed National"

From fireballs to floods to unseasonable snow in both hemispheres of our planet, this past November saw many meteorological records broken. After an unusually strong X-class solar flare and unusual solar activity back in September - possibly related to a series of powerful earthquakes above 7.0M in New Caledonia and Mexico - last month was marked by three powerful earthquakes that caused widespread damage - in Iraq/Iran, Chile and South Korea. Meanwhile, volcanic activity seems to have reached a seasonal peak (yes, soon we'll have to start talking about 'volcano season'). These increased geological phenomena, and the official predictions of an increase in earthquake activity in 2018 due to the slow-down of Earth's rotation, have left affected people with a feeling of dread. Droughts also worsened in Portugal and Spain last month, while sheets of rain fell in South America, Australia, and in most parts of Asia. All this at a time when meteorologists are finding themselves having to use the term 'atmospheric phenomena' because 'rainfall' just doesn't cut it anymore. Trumpet sounds and portents in the sky were seen as harbingers of changing times in the past, from the social and political arena, to significant cosmic events. So fasten your seat belts folks, because it seems that things are going to get rough. Check it out below, and watch it in full screen!

06:04

Welcoming Newest Members Of The DenCity Advisory Board "IndyWatch Feed National"

Were proud to announce the newest members to our advisory board, a cluster of individuals with expertise spanning blockchain, technology, banking, marketing, data analysis and entrepreneurship.

Their experience in Blockchain, VR and other prominent technologies over the last many years will be instrumental to us as we begin our journey of taking DenCity to masses. Each and everyone of our advisors have been one of the most prominent figures in their respective fields and we hope that our team at DenCity will be able to learn a lot from their expertise and experience over all these years.

Please meet the new board members below and give them a warm welcome.

Anshul Srivastav

Anshul is a global technology leader who has been instrumental in driving technology transformations for businesses in the range of multi-Billion USD as revenues. He has been a key player at organizations which have been on an average 30% growth year on year in a career spanning almost two decades . His experience has been around taking up strategic technology initiatives, architecting, delivering and managing it at an enterprise level.

He has several notable career accomplishments, wherein he has led, created and launched the key ecommerce, mobile and business intelligence initiatives for worlds #1 insurance brand AXA in the fastest growing emerging markets of Asia. Currently in a leadership role as Chief Information Officer, leading the IT Strategy, Technology Transformations, Analytics, software delivery, architecture and Cloud for Union Insurance (UAE and Oman) across all lines of Business (Life, General (P&C) and Health Insurance) Creating and Driving big strategic Initiatives aligning through IT transformation to deliver business value.

Simon Cocking

dencity

Simon Cocking is the founder of Irish Tech News, which boasts, which boasts, hundreds and thousands of visitors every month. It is often referred to as Irelands answer to TechCrunch. Irish Tech News was a winner at Irish Web Awards 2014 in best Science & Technology category and also a winner at 2016 Littlewoods Best Ireland Blog in Di...

05:56

SOTT FOCUS: The Tyranny of 'Experts': Cutting Carbs Will Make You Dead, Experts Say "IndyWatch Feed National"

Sometimes, when I'm cruising around social media, I'll take a look at what the MSM is saying in health and wellness news, just to get out of my bubble and take a look at what shape the mind-programming is taking lately. And even though I should know better, more often than not, I see something that just leaves me flabbergasted. And in this case, I'm not talking about yet another blunder from CNN. Last week, this tasty piece of propaganda came out, courtesy of the Sydney Morning Herald in Australia. The headline: Cutting carbs can increase risk of diabetes and other diseases, experts warn Ah experts. Where would we be without their anonymous guidance dictating dietary advice well over three decades old. So I guess it's time to find out from "experts" how exactly the actual mechanism for avoiding diabetes - by cutting carbs - is actually what causes it! I can't wait for the Sydney Morning Herald to set me straight!

05:40

Jim Stone Report: Hillary Body Count Keeps Ticking Along "IndyWatch Feed National"

Hillary body count keeps ticking along (and upward)

It has become such a mundane topic that I usually don't even mention when Hillary offs someone new (if she did not hang for Vince Foster, all the way back then) what good will talking do? Anyway, I figured I'd mention this new one.

Dr. Dean Lorich, an orthopedic surgeon who volunteered in Haiti and exposed Clinton Foundation corruption and malpractice on the island, has been found dead in New York. He was 54. Dr. Lorich was found by his 11-year-old daughter on the bathroom floor of his Upper East Side apartment with a knife in his chest at around 1pm on Monday.

The knife missed the surgeon's heart, leaving him to bleed out and be found by his daughter. Despite the fact police were called to the property regarding an "assault", they instantly registered the death as "suicide" and closed the case

Lorich was a famous doctor, who had celebrity clients. This was a high profile killing. Interesting it is how the police simply closed it rather than ask questions.

He was a surgeon, he could have simply offed himself with meds. Why answer an assault call with a suicide verdict?

Something very strange is happening online today

It is as if an enormous insidious artificial intelligence has been tasked to handle the election discussion everywhere.

It seems to be attempting to claim 95 percent of black voters turned out (and that's normal), that Moore got less than half of what Trump got, and that Jones was somehow able to match what Hillary got. It is attempting to make people believe that everyone thinks it is the Republicans fault, that Alabama hates Trump, and that this was the backlash.

It is dominating all discussion, out posting everyone on all venues by a rate of about 5:1. Only places that require registration are a little more what I would expect, but there is heavy damage going on in such places also. There is no conceivable way they could hire enough people to do this, an artificial intelligence has to be doing it.

I don't usually hit /pol,...

05:25

New pedophile law in Australia leads to man being detained at Sydney airport attempting to leave country "IndyWatch Feed National"

A convicted child molester has been detained at Sydney Airport while attempting to leave the country. The man was stopped under new laws aimed at preventing pedophiles convicted in Australia from traveling overseas, namely to Southeast Asia, for sex tourism. Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop told reporters at Sydney Airport that the man was being questioned by the Federal Police. It is not clear where the registered child offender was attempting to fly to. Up to 800 Australian child sex offenders traveled overseas last year. About 40 percent of them did so without informing the authorities of their travel plans, Bishop told reporters on Wednesday. "This will now stop," she promised.

04:48

Scientists Prove Those Vaccinated for Shingles Can Infect Others with Chicken Pox "IndyWatch Feed National"

zoztavax

by Claire Dwoskin
CMSRI

For many years, the US government and mainstream media have continued to blame the unvaccinated community for the spread of infectious disease. We are constantly being bombarded with statements like the one written by Philip Ross and published in the International Business Times, which stated:

The American classroom has become a battleground for parents who are threatened by the growing number of children not vaccinated against measles, one of the most highly contagious viruses in the world.

The ongoing measles outbreak in the U.S. that started at Disneyland and has spread to 14 states has raised concerns over the countrys rising anti-vaccination movement, including whether the decision to vaccinate against such a dangerous disease should be left to parents, and what constitutes responsible childrearing.

Should a child whose parents chose not to vaccinate be allowed to share the same pencils and playground as children whose parents did?

Although the International Business Times had attempted to present the public with a balanced review of the situation facing parents, it is questionable as to whether they presented any real evidence to support their claims and they left many readers with unanswered questions.

Shingles Vaccines Cause Chicken Pox in the Unvaccinated

In 2011, a team of scientists headed by Duane L. Pierson published the paper Varicella Zoster Virus DNA at Inoculation Sites and in Saliva After Zostavax Immunization.

Their paper discusses whether or not individuals vaccinated with the shingles vaccine can remain infectious with the chicken pox virus after....

04:48

Prayer and Meditation for Thursday, December 14, 2017 Fear not, I will help you. Whoever has ears ought to hear. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Memorial of Saint John of the Cross, Priest and Doctor of the Church
Lectionary: 184

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The dry ground into springs of water.

Reading 1  IS 41:13-20

I am the LORD, your God,
who grasp your right hand;
It is I who say to you, Fear not,
I will help you.
Fear not, O worm Jacob,
O maggot Israel;
I will help you, says the LORD;
your redeemer is the Holy One of Israel.
I will make of you a threshing sledge,
sharp, new, and double-edged,
To thresh the mountains and crush them,
to make the hills like chaff.
When you winnow them, the wind shall carry them off
and the storm shall scatter them.
But you shall rejoice in the LORD,
and glory in the Holy One of Israel.The afflicted and the needy seek water in vain,
their tongues are parched with thirst.
I, the LORD, will answer them;
I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them.
I will open up rivers on the bare heights,
and fountains in the broad valleys;
I will turn the desert into a marshland,
and the dry ground into springs of water.
I will plant in the desert the cedar,
acacia, myrtle, and olive;
I will set in the wasteland the cypress,
together with the plane tree and the pine,
That all may see and know,
observe and understand,
That the hand of the LORD has done this,
the Holy One of Israel has created it.

Responsorial Psalm  PS 145:1 AND 9, 10-11, 12-13AB

R. (8) The Lord is gracious and merciful; slow to anger, and of great kindness.
I will extol you, O my God and King,
and I will bless your name forever and ever.
The LORD is good to all
and compassionate toward all his works.
R...

04:42

LIVE: House Judiciary Committee Watch The House Judiciary Committee Hearing on Robert Muellers Russia Investigation Witch Hunt "IndyWatch Feed National"

Today, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosensteinthe official who appointed special counsel Robert Mueller to investigate alleged Trump/Russia collusion during the 2016 election, will answer questions about ongoing controversies within the FBI and DOJ. Judicial Watch => Investigation Into Robert Muellers Waste Of US Taxpayers Money On Witch Hunt

04:30

Microsoft is giving Bing more intelligenceand a dash of Reddit "IndyWatch Feed National"

At an event in San Francisco, Microsoft just unveiled a bunch of AI-related enhancements for its Bing search engine. Research honcho Harry Shum also welcomed Reddit cofounder Alexis Ohanian onstage to introduce a deal between the two companies which will integrate material from Reddits communities into Bing results. Among the new features: Better top-of-the-results answers

At an event in San Francisco, Microsoft just unveiled a bunch of AI-related enhancements for its Bing search engine. Research honcho Harry Shum also welcomed Reddit cofounder Alexis Ohanian onstage to introduce a deal between the two companies which will integrate material from Reddits communities into Bing results. Among the new features:

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04:30

Pedestrian Tickets Lead to Hundreds of Suspended Drivers Licenses "IndyWatch Feed National"

More than half the 2,000 people who received pedestrian tickets in Duval County, Florida, from 2012 to 2016 saw their drivers licenses suspended or their ability to obtain one limited, according to an analysis by the Florida Times-Union and ProPublica.

The tickets, which carry what can seem like a modest $65 fine, can have more significant consequences for those who get them and refuse to pay or are unable to do so.

Over five years, a total of 2,004 pedestrian tickets were issued in Duval County, which is comprised almost entirely by the city of Jacksonville. Of those tickets, 982 people who failed or were unable to pay the fine lost their drivers licenses or their ability to obtain one, according to the analysis.

The license suspensions help answer a question at the center of a Times-Union/ProPublica investigation of pedestrian tickets in Jacksonville: What are the consequences for individuals swept up in the Jacksonville Sheriff Offices aggressive enforcement of some two dozen often obscure pedestrian statutes?

Last month, the Times-Union/ProPublica investigation showed that 55 percent of the tickets given in recent years went to blacks despite the fact that they make up only 29 percent of the citys population. Blacks were similarly overrepresented in the 932 tickets that led to license suspensions 54 percent.

As of Tuesdays City Council meeting, three elected officials on the body have called on Sheriff Mike Williams to order his officers to stop writing pedestrian tickets. Council member Garrett Dennis asked the Office of General Counsel to review what authority the council had to compel him to do so. In addition to voicing her support for that measure, council member Katrina Brown asked for a noticed meeting focused on pedestrian infrastructure and enforcement.

The Jacksonville Sheriffs Office has insisted that blacks have not been targeted in the issuance of pedestrian tickets, and said it saw no reason to review the investigations findings of a disproportionate impact on African Americans. The office said those receiving tickets could contest them before a judge, and that it would address any erroneous or improper ticketing with additional training of officers.

Losing ones license in a sprawling city like Jacksonville can make aspects of daily life seem near impossible, whether youre a mother shuttling children to school or a trucker trying to secure your next job.

...

04:11

What a failed civil rights campaign can teach climate activists trying to stop Kinder Morgan "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Cam Fenton

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In early December, Canadas National Energy Board gave Texas pipeline company Kinder Morgan permission to ignore local laws and permits while starting construction on its Trans-Mountain pipeline. Scheduled to ship nearly 900,000 barrels of tar sands per day from Alberta to Burnaby, British Columbia by 2019, the project is a potential lightning rod for the climate movement.

As someone with more than a decade involved in campaigns to stop tar sands expansion, Ive been struggling with a simple question: How do we stop Kinder Morgan now that its been approved?

On the one hand, there is a newly minted provincial government in British Columbia that took power with a promise to use every tool at its disposal to stop the project. On the other, the federal government, in support of Alberta and Kinder Morgan, has argued the province has no real recourse for action.

The movement, especially indigenous peoples, have pledged fierce resistance. In the last few months of 2017, weve started seeing sparks of disobedience a mass flotilla shutting down Kinder Morgans terminal construction, a series of actions bird-dogging the same federal leaders who approved the pipeline and the launch of the Tiny House Warriors project, an indigenous-led strategy to construct tiny homes along the path of the pipeline.

As inspiring and important as these actions have been, we still dont have a clear answer to the question at hand: What is the end-game for stopping Kinder Morgan once and for all? Drawing from all my experiences from campaigns, both successful and failed, I see only two ways that the Kinder Morgan pipeline doesnt get built.

The first way is for the federal approval, and the permits that come with it, to be overturned or revoked. If one of the ongoing court challenges to Kinder Mor...

04:10

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...

02:47

Two Huge Current Vaccine Scandals The Press Isnt Covering "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Jon Rappoport

The old question about a tree falling in the forest is relevant here. Does the tree make a sound if no one is there to hear it?

If a scandal erupts and the press doesnt cover it, is it a scandal?

If this sounds strange, consider that, since the dawn of time, whatever has passed for mainstream news has substituted for the direct observation of events by humans. The press has functioned as the eyes and ears and even mouths of the public.

If someone tells you, I am your eyes, trust me, and then they fail, on purpose, to see something vital, where are you if you trust them? Youre blind.

Two giant vaccine scandals are in progress at the moment. The mainstream press is mentioning them, here and there, but without any intent to raise alarms, dig in, investigate, and get down to the core of what they mean.

The first scandal revolves around the flu vaccine for the current year. As I recently wrote, a new study has concluded the vaccine has a very low effectiveness rate. Why? Because the vaccine is produced using chicken eggs, and in that medium, the flu viruswhich is intentionally placed in the eggsmutates. Therefore, it isnt the same virus which is causing flu this year.

FiercePharma reports: Based on data from Australia, which already had its flu season, scientists warn that this seasons flu shot might be only 10% effective. And the reason for such a low level of protection might lie in the method by which the majority of flu vaccines are made: in eggs.

Te...

01:47

Two huge current vaccine scandals the press isnt covering by Jon Rappoport "IndyWatch Feed National"

December 13, 2017 NoMoreFakeNews.com

The old question about a tree falling in the forest is relevant here. Does the tree make a sound if no one is there to hear it?

If a scandal erupts and the press doesnt cover it, is it a scandal?

If this sounds strange, consider that, since the dawn of time, whatever has passed for mainstream news has substituted for the direct observation of events by humans. The press has functioned as the eyes and ears and even mouths of the public.

If someone tells you, I am your eyes, trust me, and then they fail, on purpose, to see something vital, where are you if you trust them? Youre blind.

Two giant vaccine scandals are in progress at the moment. The mainstream press is mentioning them, here and there, but without any intent to raise alarms, dig in, investigate, and get down to the core of what they mean.

The first scandal revolves around the flu vaccine for the current year.  As I recently wrote, a new study has concluded the vaccine has a very low effectiveness rate. Why? Because the vaccine is produced using chicken eggs, and in that medium, the flu viruswhich is intentionally placed in the eggsmutates. Therefore, it isnt the same virus which is causing flu this year.

FiercePharma reports:

Based on data from Australia, which already had its flu season, scientists warn that this seasons flu shot might be only 10% effective. And the reason for such a low level of protection might lie in the method by which the majority of flu vaccines are made: in eggs.

Ten percent effectiveness. Now thats ridiculous. And its assuming you accept the whole model of how vaccines workthat they actually do protect (safely) against disease, rather than, at best, repressing the visible symptoms of the disease.

Amidst their spotty coverage of this scandal, here is what the press is failing to mention: the problem with the flu vaccine isnt just a 2017 flaw.

Its been the same problem ever since chicken eggs have been used to manufact...

01:31

What's causing deafness in farmed salmon? "IndyWatch Feed National"

The odds are that every second farmed salmon we eat has lost much of its ability to hear. Although fish senses aren't usually a consideration when they're on a plate, researchers now know that deafness in farmed salmon is due to a deformity in the ear, caused by accelerated growth in aquaculture. The findings, published in the Journal of Experimental Biology, raise significant welfare issues and may also explain the poor survival of farmed hatchlings in conservation programs. Scientists from the University of Melbourne looked at salmon farmed in Norway, Chile, Scotland, Canada and Australia and found the deformity was widespread. The study's lead author, Ms Tormey Reimer, says when they went looking for the cause of the deformity they found that the fastest-growing fish were three times more likely to be afflicted than the slowest, even at the same age.

01:30

Reserve Bank of Australia Will not Issue its own Digital Currency "IndyWatch Feed National"

Cryptocurrency markets are still a problem for most regulators and governments. It is evident this new form of money becomes a very real threat to any financial institution on the market. Reserve Bank of Australia governor Philip Lowe is concerned over this speculative mania surrounding Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Such comments often fall on deaf ears, though, as everyone wants to strike it rich overnight.

Central banks all over the world would rather not see people invest in cryptocurrencies. These digital assets are too fickle and volatile. Moreover, they cant be controlled or supported by banks and governments in an official capacity. This situation has not caused too much friction until the year 2017 came around. The soaring value of all cryptocurrencies resembles a mass hysteria attack of sorts. Everyone is speculating on cryptocurrencies, as theres lots of money to be made. However, said money can be lost equally as quick, which is a far less favorable outcome.

Reserve Bank of Australia Sees Little Merit in Bitcoin

According to Reserve Bank of Australia governor Philip Lowe, these cryptocurrencies will not replace conventional money. It is highly doubtful anyone expected a different response at this time. Bitcoin has become a store of value rather than a currency these days. Its fees are too high and transaction delays are far too common. That said, the general public is still attracted to the allure of this virtual gold rush. It is a grave concern for the Reserve Bank of Australia.

How all of this will play out in Australia, remains to be seen. The local government recently amended its taxation guidelines regarding Bitcoin. By removing the double taxation, the ecosystem has been given a second chance to thrive. This was all before the current price hype became visible, mind you. No one can stop people from buying and using cryptocurrencies. Not even the Reserve Bank of Australia can do something like that. Nor is that in their best interest whatsoever.

Surprisingly, the Reserve Bank of Australia has no plans of issuing its own digital currency.....

01:24

Donald Trumps China Hawk Clown College Now in Session! "IndyWatch Feed National"

Donald Trumps China Hawk clown college is officially in session!  The China hawks are getting their way on Korea, Australia, and Taiwan.  But look for US China policy to overpromise, underdeliver, and screw up in what we now love to call the Indo-Pacific Region.

Its hard to push around the Peoples Republic of China.  Maybe thats why the US China hawk community has concentrated on whipping Australia into shape.  The Australian battle to combat PRC influence and ignore US influence passed an important milestone with Malcolm Turnbull taunting the Chinese in Mandarin and ASIO gearing up for stage two of its witch hunt against pro-PRC politicians.

Meanwhile, US Korean policy drifts into a frozen conflict.  Will Trump turn that aroundby flipping the switch on red hot radioactive Armageddon?

And China hawks want to do something bold and provocative on Taiwan.   But will China play ball?

Finally, the myth of Hambantota: the BS getting peddled about the PRC and the Sri Lankan debt trap.  Who really put Sri Lankas wallet in the wringer?  The answer will probably surprise you.

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US will take North Korea into its own hands if China doesnt do more -- Haley

North Korea: Urgent need to open channels, UN says after visit

The Sellout in Oz My China Watch special report on the most consequential and under-reported Asia story of the year: the coordinated US-Australian deep state campaign t...

01:00

Mexico: Reject Internal Security Law "IndyWatch Feed National"

 

(HRW) The Mexican Senate should reject legislation that would enshrine the role of the Mexican armed forces in law enforcement activities, Human Rights Watch said today.

On November 30, 2017, Mexicos Chamber of Deputies approved the Law of Internal Security, which authorizes military involvement in domestic law enforcement activities. But the bill does nothing to increase the transparency of the military operations or accountability for military personnel who commit abuses. The Senate could vote on the bill as early as this week.

Mexico has relied heavily on its armed forces to fight organized crime for more than a decade, and the results have been disastrous, said Daniel Wilkinson, Americas managing director at Human Rights Watch. The country desperately needs to improve its law enforcement capabilities, but turning the job over to a military with a terrible human rights record is not the answer.

Between 2006 and 2016, Mexicos National Human Rights Commission received almost 10,000 complaints of abuse by the militaryincluding more than 2,000 during the current administration. Human Rights Watch and other rights advocates have also documented numerous cases in which military personal ostensibly involved in law enforcement activities were implicated in extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances, torture, and sexual violence. Impunity remains the norm for these abuses.

Since Mexico launched its war on drugs in 2006with major deployments of the armed forces to fight organized crimemore than 100,000 people have been killed and more than 30,000 have gone missing. Homicide rates dropped in 2014 and 2015, but have climbed steadily since, with 2017 on track to be the deadliest year in Mexico in two decades.

The proposed law grants the Mexican military broad authority to engage in internal security, including in gathering intelligence by any legal means possible. The National Human Rights Commission has said that the laws vague definitions and lack of objective criteria for what constitutes internal security mean that the law can apply to any situation. For example, the military would be authorized to engage in crime prevention and investigation.

The proposed law does not include measures to strengthen civilian police institutions, nor an exit strategy for ending the use of the armed forces in law enforcement. The law also includes no measures to ensure independent civilian control and oversight of military operations, or to ensure that civilian authorities properly investigate and prosecute military abuses.

There needs to be a much more serious debate about security iss...

00:30

"UFO Technology Suppression & Government Drug Smuggling" Eliahi Priest "IndyWatch Feed National"

 

Hey beautiful people welcome back this weeks flow session I had Eliaih Priest on and he is a bloody beauty. A pioneer and visionary he is:

*Previous UK Director for Institute for Security & Cooperation in Outer Space 

*Speaker at 2008 World Peace Congress
*Senior Advisor to Lord David James of Blackheath

*Designate Honorary Consul for the Democratic Republic of Congo to Australia

Plus he has been doing major things here in Australia holding the government accountable for its actions and putting pressure on the many corrupt government organizations who are meant to be...

00:23

Two huge current vaccine scandals the press isnt covering "IndyWatch Feed National"

Two huge current vaccine scandals the press isnt covering

by Jon Rappoport

December 13, 2017

The old question about a tree falling in the forest is relevant here. Does the tree make a sound if no one is there to hear it?

If a scandal erupts and the press doesnt cover it, is it a scandal?

If this sounds strange, consider that, since the dawn of time, whatever has passed for mainstream news has substituted for the direct observation of events by humans. The press has functioned as the eyes and ears and even mouths of the public.

If someone tells you, I am your eyes, trust me, and then they fail, on purpose, to see something vital, where are you if you trust them? Youre blind.

Two giant vaccine scandals are in progress at the moment. The mainstream press is mentioning them, here and there, but without any intent to raise alarms, dig in, investigate, and get down to the core of what they mean.

The first scandal revolves around the flu vaccine for the current year. As I recently wrote, a new study has concluded the vaccine has a very low effectiveness rate. Why? Because the vaccine is produced using chicken eggs, and in that medium, the flu viruswhich is intentionally placed in the eggsmutates. Therefore, it isnt the same virus which is causing flu this year.

FiercePharma reports: Based on data from Australia, which already had its flu season, scientists warn that this seasons flu shot might be only 10% effective. And the reason for such a low level of protection might lie in the method by which the majority of flu vaccines are made: in eggs.

Ten percent effectiveness. Now thats ridiculous. And its assuming you accept the whole model of how vaccines workthat they actually do protect (safely) against disease, rather than, at best, repressing the visible symptoms of the disease.

Amidst their spotty coverage of this scandal, here is what the press is failing to mention: the problem with the flu vaccine isnt just a 2017 flaw.

Its been the same problem ever since chicken eggs have been used to manufacture the vaccine.

...

00:16

Effect of proposed company tax cuts according to Australian Prime Minister Malcom Bligh Turnbull - "All boats will rise" "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"



As households across the country began the count down to the holiday season, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Bligh Turnbull smugly informed an ABC interviewer that as a result of a proposed cut in the company tax rate* everyones income will increase All boats will rise.

This is another way of referring to that now legendary faux economic theory popular with right-wing politicians the Trickle Down Effect.

This assertion is tested in an Australian Treasury working paper ANALYSIS OF THE LONG TERM EFFECTS OF A COMPANY TAX CUT (May 2016) which modelled a tax cut reducing company tax from 30 per cent to 25 per cent presumably implemented over the 10 years to 2026-27 proposed by government.

Yes, this working paper estimates that for a static representative household calibrated to match the expenditure, income patterns, and taxes faced by aggregate Australian households real wages will rise if all other factors in the economy remain unchanged.

So it seems that Turnbull's claim is genuine - or is it?

What Turnbull fails to say is that this real wage rise will probably be a paltry est. 1.0-1.1% in total, will take at least 20 years to achieve and will only come about if the average individual also works longer hours.

Based on ABS May 2017 All Employees Average Weekly Total Earnings and an optimistically estimated average annual wages growth of 1.9 per cent; at the end of tho...

00:15

Australian Society 2017: age-old privilege remains strongly entrenched "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


The Turnbull Government is doing what all Coalition governments have done in the past 40 years - deliver special funding deals for private schools, especially for Independent schools in this case, to ensure their resource advantage and privileged position in the schools market place. As Tony Abbott said of the Liberal Partys long history of supporting Catholic and Independent schools: its in our DNA. [Trevor Cobbold, New Figures Confirm More Private Schools Will be Over-Funded Under Gonski 2.0, December 2017]

The Sydney Morning Herald, 10 December 2017:

Catholic and independent private schools are set to get more than 100 per cent of their needs from governments under the  new "Gonski 2.0" plan, official documents released under Freedom of Information show.

Obtained by the Australian Education Union and processed by the convenor of the Save Our Schools campaign, Trevor Cobbold, the Education Department documents spell out the amount of government funding expected for each school sector in each state in 2018.

In NSW, 110 private schools are expected to receive more than 100 per cent of the so-called schools resourcing standard from governments, up from 65 schools in 2017. By 2027, when the Gonski arrangements are fully implemented, 212 private schools will receive more than their total needs from governments.
...

00:00

Utterly awful: David Gorski weighs in on yet another paper linking vaccines and autism "IndyWatch Feed National"

Retraction Watch readers may be forgiven for thinking that there has been at least a small uptick in the papers that claim to link autism and vaccines, and yet tend to raise more questions than they answer. Sometimes, they are retracted. See here, here and here, for example. We talk to David Gorski, well known []

The post Utterly awful: David Gorski weighs in on yet another paper linking vaccines and autism appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Wednesday, 13 December

23:36

US Security Head Singles Out Brotherhood as Grave Threat "IndyWatch Feed National"

Muslim Brotherhood supporters in JordanMuslim Brotherhood supporters in Jordan (Photo: AWAD AWAD/AFP/Getty Images)

Declaring the ideology of radical Islam an obvious and grave threat to all civilized people, U.S. National Security Adviser General H.R. McMaster singled out the Muslim Brotherhood and its brand of political Islam as a specific threat.

McMaster made the remarks in a speech at Policy Exchange in Washington, D.C. where he spoke alongside his British counterpart Mark Sedwill.

While acknowledging not all Muslim Brotherhood groups are alike, McMaster mentioned two particularly dangerous branches of the Brotherhood those in Turkey and Egypt where the Brotherhood controls powerful political parties.

In Egypt, McMaster noted how the Brotherhood took advantage of the power vacuum created by the

National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster answers questions during a press briefing at the White HouseNational Security Advisor H.R. McMaster answers questions during a press briefing at the White House. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images...

23:18

Repealing The Mandate Doesnt Fix Obamacare. Its The Regulations, Stupid "IndyWatch Feed National"

As Congress considers repealing Obamacares individual mandate as part of tax reform, some conservatives believe doing so would fulfill [Republicans] promise to the American people by return[ing] personal decisions about health care choices to patients.

In reality, however, repealing only the mandate would accomplish little of the former, and virtually none of the latter. For this conservative, at least, the answer to what would fulfill Republicans promise echoes James Carville: At its core, an Obamacare repeal is about the regulations, stupid.

To be sure, repealing the individual mandate would alleviate a regressive tax on the poor, and create revenue to provide tax relief elsewhere. But, as a lawyer familiar with courtroom rules of evidence might say, repealing the mandate alone focuses solely on pruning back the fruit of the poisonous tree, rather than attacking that poisonous trees roots.

We Dont Want to Own the Consequences of Our Policies

In 2009, Democrats probably didnt want to subject themselves to attacks for spending trillions of dollars on new entitlements. They didnt want to take the political hit for raising taxes and reducing Medicare spending to pay for those entitlements. Also, Democratsnot least Barack Mandate to Buy a House Obama, who ran against the mandate in the 2008 presidential primariescertainly didnt want to require individuals to purchase government-mandated insurance.

But they realized that imposing unprecedented federal regulations on insurers would raise premiums, necessitating requirements on employers to offer, and individuals to purchase, that costlier coverage, higher spending on subsidies to make that more expensive coverage affordable, and new taxes to pay for that higher spending.

By contrast, repealing only the mandate would do nothing to restore health-care freedom, or return health care choices to patients. While Americans would not face taxes for not buying coverage they may not want, need, or afford, they would have no greater or lesser ability to buy coverage they do want and can afford than they did in the first place, because all of Obamacares regulations would remain in place.

Moreover, repealing the mandate alone could allow Republicans to walk away from their promise to repeal Obamacare root and branch, because many seemed disinclined to dismant...

23:18

"IndyWatch Feed National"

The investigation of Russias meddling in the U.S. election has been going on for almost a year now. Its scope and objectives seem to expand daily. It has consumed the majority of our attention and resources.

In the meantime, another country has more subtly and expensively wielded its soft power on U.S. soil. That country is China. Unlike Russia, the Chinese government has a different set of objectives: it wants to use its influence to quiet critics of its authoritarian regime and its policies on human rights and international affairs. By controlling discussions and shaping public opinion in America, China hopes to export its authoritarian ways globally with little resistance.

Fortunately, Chinas interference in the United States didnt go unnoticed. This Wednesday, the Congressional Executive Commission on China, chaired by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), will host a public hearing, titled The Long Arm of China: Exporting Authoritarianism with Chinese Characteristics. Such a hearing is long overdue, because Attempts by the Chinese government to guide, buy, or coerce political influence and control discussion of sensitive topics are pervasive, and pose serious challenges in the United States and globally.

Some Countries Have Fallen to Chinas Interference

Chinas interference on foreign soil usually involves several means. One is using technology to obtain political, economic, and even personal information to its advantage. For example, the German intelligence agency (BfV) disclosed  Monday morning that Chinese intelligence used fake profiles on LinkedIn, a networking site, to target at least 10,000 Germans, many government officials and politicians. According to BfV, the Chinese objective is to gather information on these Germans and even possibly turn some as informants.

Three years ago, two U.S. government databases, which contain personnel records and security-clearance files on about 22 million Americans, were hacked. It was one of the worst cyber intrusions in U.S. history, and officials said they traced the hack to the Chinese government.

No country has suffered more than Australia. Australias domestic spy chief Duncan Lewis alerted Parliament that Chinas interference in Australia was occurring on an unprecedented scale. The Sydney Morning Herald filed a...

23:17

7 Things To Know About The Supreme Courts Refusal To Consider Adding Sexual Politics To Employment Law "IndyWatch Feed National"

Monday, the Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal from the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals on whether sexual orientation discrimination is illegal under Title VII.

In a 2-1 decision, the appellate court held in Evans v. Georgia Regional Hospital that the plaintiff, Jameka Evans, a former security guard for the defendant hospital, could not sue her former employer for sexual orientation discrimination because sex as used in the federal civil rights law does not mean sexual orientation.

Here are seven quick take-aways from the case and the Supreme Courts denial of review.

1. We Dont Know the Facts Yet

Initially, it is important to recognize that the district court and appellate court dismissed Evans case early on, before any evidence was presented, and that in answering the legal question of whether sexual orientation discrimination is illegal under federal employment discrimination law, the courts assumed Evans allegations were true.

Thus, while Evans claims her employer discriminated against her and harassed her because of her sexual orientation, that may not be the case.

2. The Eleventh Circuit Already Decided the IssueIn 1979

Another preliminary, but significant, point: The appellate court rejected Evans claim of sexual orientation discrimination based solely on circuit precedent. The two-judge majority did not analyze the issue anew, but instead concluded [o]ur binding precedent forecloses such an action, based on the Eleventh Circuits prior precedent rule.

That rule requires the presiding panels (which consists of three judges) to follow prior circuit precedent unless and until it is overruled by this court en banc or by the Supreme Court. (En banc review occurs when all active judgesthere are 12 in the Eleventh Circuitdecide a case as a whole.) In this case, the Eleventh Circuit refused to consider the issue en banc, leaving the panel bound by the circuits prior holding in the 1979 decision of Blum v. Gulf Oil Corp., that [d]ischarge for homosexuality is not prohibited by Title VII . . . .

3. There Is a Split in the Circuits

In denying Evans petition for review, the Supreme Court let stand a disagreement between the federal circuit courts concerning the proper interpretation of Title VII. Until recently, every federal circuit court to have considered the question held that sexual orientation is not a protected class under Title VII.

However, earlier this year, while sitting en banc, the Seventh Circuit held in Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College that Title VII prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation. The meaning of federal law, thus, varies depending on where the parties live, with those suing in the federal cour...

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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22:39

What now? Five facts about Russian military pulling out from Syria "IndyWatch Feed National"

Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered the withdrawal of Russian forces from Syria, after completing their task to destroy Daesh. Sputnik provides details about the pullout and Russia's interactions with Syria in the future. During his first ever visit to the Hmeymim airbase in Syria, President Putin praised the work of the Russian Aerospace Forces as brilliant and said Russian forces were "returning home with a victory." As the Syrian conflict is gradually nearing its end questions inevitably arise about what this withdrawal will mean. Here are the answers to some of them.

22:32

In a World with A.I.-Powered Assistants, How Can You Trust a Bot? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Artificial intelligence is already permeating the workforce, changing the way businesses function. Today youll find A.I. software, like chatbots, completing administrative taskssuch as scheduling, booking, transcribing. They also conduct communication tasks, such as compiling and sharing information, answering questions, and more on behalf of humans. While the earliest examples followed very basic decision trees, advances in machine learning have opened the door for an expansive new workforce of competent, useful bots. However, better solutions for transparency and control are necessary to enable full deployment of this new category of software.

BotChain: Benefitting Developers and Their Customers

BotChain is a decentralized, Ethereum-based platform providing two major benefits designed to meet the needs of A.I. software developers and end users alike.

First, it is designed to help manage the trust of A.I. products, like bots, or other robotic process automation tools, by allowing bot registration, identification, audit and compliance to occur on the blockchain.

Second, with standardized protocols for bot-to-bot communication, it increases the speed at which developers can provide value to their end users, so that bots can coordinate workflows with other intelligent agents, or tap into knowledge sources in the BotChains open marketplace of skills.

An Example of the BotChain in Action

From end-to-end, an example of this process would be a conversational bot that books business travel for employees. Suppose that a sales manager needs to kick off travel booking for a large prospective deal the next week. First, she and the bot would need to verify the identity of one another. Once verified by the Botchain platform, she can let the bot know her travel details and preferences. If the bot needs additional information, it can check her schedule by communicating with another bot she uses to schedule her meetings. The BotChain supports standardized communication protocols between A.I. software, making this functionality not only feasible (today, no standards exist) but quick for developers to deploy. The details of these transactionsboth between the sales manager and her travel booking bot, and the travel booking bot and the meeting scheduling bot can be hashed using a digital certificate to the BotChain ledger. Suppose that the transactions need to be audited to uncover what payments have been authorized by different members of the sales team over the past several months. The immutable ledger of these transactions remains, providing trust needed to ensure that an accurate picture of what has occurred can be revealed.

BotCoin (BOT) Utility Token Sale

Developers on the network are required to possess some portion of a BotCoin to access and/or deploy bots a...

22:25

Countering False Vaccine Safety Claims "IndyWatch Feed National"

Vaccines can and do cause injuries, including autism

 

By The World Mercury Project Team

Were living in an age where parents increasingly report that their typically developing children declined cognitively and physically after receiving vaccines. Despite the sound science supporting these parent claims, government agencies and mainstream media continue issuing the now shopworn mantra that vaccines are safe and effective ignoring published research and even common sense that indicate otherwise.

World Mercury Project has put together a list of the most common misrepresentations in the vaccine safety debate and provided the facts and references that support the reality that vaccines can and do cause injuries including autism and many other adverse health outcomes.  

Claim 1. Vaccines save lives.

Claim 2. Vaccines dont cause autism.

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.

17:22

Goodbye from Whats Good "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

 

Ahead of their final Sunset show, hosts Sally Coleman and Erica Mallett look back on Whats Good:  on-air freestyles, hilarious interviews and silly on-air moments.

 

Two and a half years ago, we got this email from Caroline Gates:

 

Hi Sally & Erica
Im the Program Director at FBi Radio in Sydney. Just getting in touch as were currently hunting for a new hip hop specialist show. Im reaching out to a bunch of people and wanted to see if you might be interested in chatting about it?
Cheers,
Caroline

 

We had zero radio experience, and to this day, we arent 100% sure how this opportunity fell from the heavens into our laps, but in September 2015 we kicked off the first ever episode of Whats Good on FBi.

Since then its been an amazing journey and weve felt so privileged to be part of the FBi family. There have been plenty of highlights our first ever phone interview where we forgot to put the phone to air, B Wise dropping a freestyle over Dancing in the Moonlight, putting together shows with all-female, Indigenous or LGBTQI hip hop, Horrorshow performing live in the studio, dozens of great interviews and hundreds of very silly on-air moments.

 

 

But the most wonderful part of creating Whats Good has been the relationship that has blossomed with the hip hop community in Australia. Weve gone from an empty inbox to a constant stream of submissions. Sometimes were literally the first people to hear a song recorded a bedroom that day. Crews take it in turns to submit each others music, and more often than not FBi is the station that gives them their first ever airplay which feels great, because FBi is the station that gave us our first airplay: Joyride giving us a spin with our two minute Soundcloud demo at 10pm on a Monday night. The same time slot that we would go on to host.

Its been mind-blowing hearing the quality, quantity and diversity of hip hop coming out of this c...

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 ec...

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...

16:00

FISC Assurances on Spying Leave Too Many Questions Unanswered "IndyWatch Feed National"

Last week, FBI Director Christopher Wray faced questions from the House Judiciary Committee about how his department is implementing one of the governments most powerful surveillance tools. Despite repeated bipartisan requests, Director Wray refused to tell the Members of the Committee how many Americans have been impacted by Section 702, enacted as part of the FISA Amendments Act. This isnt the first time the FBI has refused to answer to Congress.

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.

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/western-australia/perth-taxi-drivers-foot-run-over-in-violent-belmont-carjacking-20171213-h03n8d.html&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNHr0lhx9VvGQN1OuqVSnNGxAvtnDw

https://ifttt.com/myrecipes/personal/23688280 .

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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.

13:57

The First History Of Australian Pop: An Outsiders Guide is live "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

THE JOHN PAUL YOUNG RETROPOPIC INTERVIEW marks the first piece in THE HISTORY OF AUSTRALIAN POP: AN OUTSIDERS GUIDE and is available to listen to on MIXCLOUD:
https://www.mixcloud.com/FrenchSpurs1/retropopic-33-john-paul-young-his-musical-journey-with-vanda-young/

Exclusive interview with Australian legend John Paul Young to coincide with his November 2017 NSW tour. John talks openly about his time growing up in Scotland, early days In Australia, how he became a singer, the sixties, his important meeting with Simon Napier Bell, Countdown, Molly Meldrum and of course his relationship with the songwriting team Vanda & Young. Songwriting details on his hit Pasadena and, the most played Australian pop song internationally, Love Is In The Air, are included. Stream into RETROPOPIC at 2100 (Sydney time) every Friday evening for great pop and artist interviews.

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/

...

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.


10:30

Native animals are calling all heroes "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


Everyday heroes come in many forms. Some people look out for our wildlife and call WIRES when they find an animal in need of help. Others are able to volunteer their time to become carers for orphaned, injured and displaced animals.

WIRES receives many calls about birds that need assistance but we wouldnt have such a great success rate in rescues if it wasnt for heroes like the members of the public and emergency services who regularly lend a hand.

In late October, in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales, some very observant council workers noticed the nest of a pair ofTawny Frogmouths at one of the citys depots.

After watching the pair tend to their young ones over the course of days, the men noticed that the parent birds had not returned to the nest after some wild weather. Despite daily checks, they have not been seen since and their fate is unknown.

Concerned for the welfare of the young chicks and with the threat from predatory birds growing, the council workers contacted WIRES and volunteer rescuer Marion attended the scene.

Council workers with rescued chicks

They decided to use a cherry picker to access the nest and bring the chicks to ground, after consulting with the councils work health and safety officer.

Thanks to Lismore City Council and employees Rod, Trent and Jeremy, the rescue operation went smoothly and the birds went into care with WIRES volunteer Julie. After four weeks regrettably, one of the chicks passed away, but the other one is doing well and has been housed with another young Tawny as a buddy.

They do not always make it when raising them from such a young age, said Julie, adding that they were probably only a week old when they were orphaned.

Having had more than 200 Tawny Frogmouths in her care over the past few years, Julie has a special bond with these birds.

The peak rescue season at WIRES started early this year due to unseasonally warm weather. Some species, like our iconic Australian Wood Duck, are now nesting for the second time and raising new batches of ducklings.

...

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"

Contributed by Ugly

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 [...]

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