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00:15

So Prime Minister Turnbull has been bitiching again about the ABC's reporting "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"



On 14 February 2018 ABC News economic journalist Emma Alberici wrote:

It's also disingenuous to talk about a 30 per cent rate when so few companies pay anything like that thanks to tax legislation that allows them to avoid paying corporate tax. Exclusive analysis released by ABC today reveals one in five of Australia's top companies has paid zero tax for the past three years.

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23:58

Sky News on Dave McAlpine and the AWU Scandal "IndyWatch Feed National"

.@JaneMarwick: Tomorrow's story on a fraud scandal within the AWU is a story that has been thoroughly researched and it is a compelling read.#headsup pic.twitter.com/Kkkat0Y93F Sky News Australia (@SkyNewsAust) February 21, 2018

23:34

It Has NEVER Been About Satanism or Devil Worship But Rather the Abuse and Rape of Children "IndyWatch Feed National"

Let me be clear- the issue is about abusing children and has little to do with devil worship although it is that aspect that is used to dismiss this evil practice with children.

Doug Misicko aka Doug Mesner aka Lucien Greaves aka John Kilrush aka whatever has spent his entire career discrediting victims of severe childhood abuse while forming the Satanic Temple. Of course all the while he claims he doesnt believe in the devil anymore than he does horrific child abuse.

But it IS about children for him- which is why he got a non for profit in 10 days for his Satanic after school daycare program. But if you say anything- his argument is the same as Michael Aquino- you are just biased about him because of his religious beliefs.

The abuse of children in the 80s was covered up by two phrases- Satanic panic and false memories but it was REALLY all about the fact that children were being raped and abused in their preschools and daycares. However- these two phrases made anyone who had problems with their children being abused into crazy liars in the eyes of society- showing once again that we are much more apt to believe the perpetrators than victims.

They claim it was a witch hunt- again using the devil as a way to prove their innocence. Which is why Mesner hides behind his Satanic Temple and Aquino hides behind his Satanic Temple of Set- because with our freedom of religion- anyone can believe anything they want. And if anyone has an issue with it- you can easily dismiss them as being discriminatory..

But it isnt the beliefs that are the problem but rather the practices. And both Aquino, Mesner, AND their followers spend an inordinant about of time trying to normalize and white wash the concepts of serving yourself and doing whatever evil thing they desire. But despite their blustering- have no doubt- hurting children- or anyone really- is evil.

The issue we are facing is the same now as it always was- it isnt about witches or devil lovers or any such nonsense- it is about child rapists whos appetites for causing pain and anguish have extinguished any humanity they had within themselves. And obviously they believe this abuse of children or they wouldnt have spent their entire careers desperately trying to discredit it.

They dont serve the devil- they serve themselves- and feel that they are entitled in doing anything they desire- no matter what harm it may bring to others.

They just use their beliefs as a shield in order to hide behind and justify themselves. But in the end it is about- and SOLELY about- the fact that they like to hurt children and they will use whatever is at their disposal to do so. And nothing more.

23:20

Melbourne, Australia: Community Blockades MITA Detention Centre in Desperate Bid to Stop Deportation to Danger of Tamil Asylum Seeker "IndyWatch Feed National"

MITA

Received on 21.02.18:

MEDIA RELEASE 
February 22, 2018.
For immediate release
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Community Blockades MITA Detention Centre in Desperate Bid to Stop Deportation to Danger of Tamil Asylum Seeker.

Community members have blockaded the gates of MITA detention centre in Broadmeadows this morning in a desperate bid to stop the deportation of Tamil asylum seeker, Santharuban. Grave fears are held for him should he be returned to Sri Lanka.

As a former member of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (Tamil Tigers), he faces plausible threat to his safety on return. Former Tiger members and returned Tamil refugees are routinely harassed, interrogated and some are subjected to torture by Sri Lankan security forces.

The UN Committee Against Torture (UNCAT) has asked the Australian government to stop Santharubans deportation until it is able to perform an investigation. The Home Affairs Department has issued a deportation notice for the 22nd of February in spite of the UNCAT request.  https://mailchi.mp/eb163a47cfa0/the-un-should-oppose-australias-deportation-of-sant...

22:45

22:42

Australian Watchdog Sees 1,289 Cryptocurrency Scam Complaints in 2017 "IndyWatch Feed National"

The post Australian Watchdog Sees 1,289 Cryptocurrency Scam Complaints in 2017 appeared first on CCN

Australias national consumer watchdog has reportedly received over 1,200 complaints related to cryptocurrency scams last year leading to estimated losses of AUD $1.2 million. According to figures revealed by Australian nightly TV program 7.30, aggregate data gathered from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commissions (ACCC) Scamwatch shows the watchdog receiving a total of 1,289 complaints Continued

The post Australian Watchdog Sees 1,289 Cryptocurrency Scam Complaints in 2017 appeared first on CCN

22:38

Ripple Expands its List of Partners With Five More "IndyWatch Feed National"

Not many other blockchain companies can boast new partners on a weekly basis. Ripple is one that can and, love it or hate it, the San Francisco based global payments provider has added to that list of over a hundred with five more this week.

In addition to banks in Brazil and India, Singaporean and Canadian money transfer service providers have also joined ranks with Ripple. According to reports Brazilian Bank Ita Unibanco and remittance provider BeeTech have joined RippleNet in order to facilitate faster and cheaper global funds transfers. Indian bank IndusInd is also onboard alongside Canadian company Zip Remit who are all seeking to benefit from blockchain based financial transactions at a fraction of the cost.

Emerging Markets to Benefit Most

Emerging markets such as Brazil, India and China are home to 85% of the global population with almost 90% of people under 30 residing within those markets. They are a huge draw for companies such as Ripple looking to expand product adoption for xCurrent and RippleNet financial transfer platforms and networks. Over $60 billion was transferred into both India and China in 2017 and Brazil saw $600 million arrive from the US.

Head of business development at Ripple, Patrick Griffin, is confident that blockchain solutions are the way forward to improving the lives of users in emerging markets.

The payments problem is a global problem, but its negative impact disproportionally affects emerging markets. Whether its a teacher in the U.S. sending money home to his family in Brazil or a small business owner in India trying to move money to open up a second store in another country, its imperative that we connect the worlds financial institutions into a payments system that works for their customers, not against them.

Singaporean Partners to Expand RippleNet

Southeast Asias leading digital cross-border money transfer service provider InstaReM is also joining RippleNet to facilitate faster payments to other members of the rapidly growing network. It currently consists of over a hundred banks and other financial institutions providing real-time messaging, clearing and settlement of financial transactions. InstaReMs partnership will allow their corporate and SME customers quick and hassle-free payouts to a number of destinations in the region.

Prajit Nanu, co-founder and CEO, stated; We are pleased with this new partnership with Ripple which will see RippleNet members utilizing InstaReMs unique payments mesh we have developed in Southeast Asia to further streamline payment processes.

The company processes over 50...

21:08

PERTH Perth court news "IndyWatch Feed National"

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February 21, 2018 at 07:13PM .

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21:08

PERTH Carnarvon magistrates court "IndyWatch Feed National"

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21:07

MACKAY Woman to take serious property crime charges to trial "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY February 21, 2018 at 04:11PM ,

Woman to take serious property crime charges to trial

February 21, 2018 at 04:11PM ,

However, Higgins indicated through defence solicitor Antoinette Morton that she will plead guilty to two counts of fraud, four counts of breaching bail, and one count each of receiving tainted property and unlicensed driving. Higgins faced Magistrate Mark Nolan in Mackay Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

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20:50

China deploys warships to East Indian Ocean amid rivalry with India "IndyWatch Feed National"

A Chinese news portal says 11 Chinese warships have entered the East Indian Ocean this month, in what seems to have been a show of strength amid a rivalry in the region with India and a crisis in the Maldives.

A fleet of Chinese destroyers and at least one frigate, a massive amphibious transport dock, and three support tankers sailed into the Indian Ocean in February, sina.com.cn reported on Sunday.

If you look at warships and other equipment, the gap between the Indian and Chinese navy is not large, it said.

The news portal did not say when exactly the fleet had been deployed or for how long, but Indian defense sources said on Tuesday that a Chinese flotilla of a destroyer, frigate, and tankers did enter the region around February 10 after conducting some drills in the South China Sea.

The flotilla, which according to the sources was well over 3,500 kilometers away from the Maldives, went back through the Lombok Strait after several days.

Indian satellites, warships, and long-range maritime surveillance aircraft like P-8I kept close tabs on the Chinese flotilla, which was in international waters towards Australia, The Times of India quoted a defense source as speaking on condition of anonymity.

The Chinese Defense Ministry did not respond to requests by Reuters for comment. But last week, the Peoples Liberation Army posted photos and a story on rescue training exercises taking place in the East Indian Ocean on its official Twitter-like Weibo account.

The under-construction China Maldives Friendship Bridge is pictured near the city of Male on February 8, 2018. (Photo by AFP)

Regional countries, including Australia and India, associate Chinas recent naval deployment with an ongoing constitutional crisis in the Maldives, with which New Delhi has had longstanding political and security ties.

The Maldives plunged into crisis when President Abdulla Yameen declared a state of emergency and ordered the arrest of judges who had ordered the release of his political opponents.

Maldivian opposition leaders have urged India to intervene in the crisis. Despite New Delhis calls for ending the state of emergency, the Maldives extended it by another 30 days on Tuesday.

China, however, said on Tuesday that the Maldives has the wisdom and capabilities to cope with the current situation independently.

Beijing signed a free trade agreement (FTA) with the Maldives last year. It has also been striking deals with countries in Asia and Africa in line with its Belt and Road initiative to improve imports of key c...

20:33

Trezor vs Ledger: The Battle for the Best Cryptocurrency Wallet Title "IndyWatch Feed National"

In the decade or so that bitcoin has existed for, improper security of one"s bitcoin and other cryptocurrency has resulted in billions of dollars worth of losses. After the Mt. Gox hack in 2013 when a large portion of the []

The post Trezor vs Ledger: The Battle for the Best Cryptocurrency Wallet Title appeared first on The Global Mail.

19:34

The Great Works Of Sharri Markson: Abbott Is Not Pig-Headed. The Greens Are Lunatics. Im not Biased. "IndyWatch Feed National"

As political reporting goes, it doesnt get much more lightweight than the Daily Telegraph. And so, appropriately the Daily Terrors chief political reporter is none other than, Sharri Markson. The flyweight of lightweights.

You might remember Sharri from such exposes as I went undercover as a uni student (while I still looked like a uni student) and took a selfie in a lift to expose how journalism lecturers at Sydney universities trash News Corporation.

Note to Sharri all university lecturers the world over trash News Corporation reporting. Because it can be pretty shite.

Markson is one of those News Corporation journalists whos drunk so much company Kool-Aid, its entirely possible she actually believes everything she says, and writes. Which explains this staggering exchange on the Daily Tele earlier today, where entertainment reporter Jonathon Moran engages in a lively discussion with Markson on politics in Canberra, in which Markson tries to school him on bias.

MORAN: Old mate (Tony Abbott), like whens he just going to quit politics?.

MARKSON (laughing): This is why you cant be a political reporter.

Markson then argues Abbott still has a very big following.

MORAN: This is a man who was there with the children overboard. This is a man whose been given so many chances and still just waffles on with his rubbish. He ripped public education to shreds, hes saying the cities are chockers, and that education needs to be improved, so improve education even though I scrapped it and ripped it to shreds and stuffed it all up.

MARKSON: Youre reading from Bill Shortens playbook. It seems like theyve sent you some talking points.

MORAN: Tony Abbott makes me feel sick.

MARKSON: Oh no, you cant say that.

MORAN: its not easy to interview someone as pig-headed as (Abbott).

MARKSON (feigning exasperation): JMO, you cant say these things about a former Prime Minister.

Sigh. Where to start?

Markson, as perhaps the most transparently partisan political reporter in the country, has a very long history of boosting the right, and trashing the left. Her last article for 2017, about the winners and los...

19:00

hunters Hill residents still waiting on government to clean up uranium contaminated land "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Hunters Hill residents wary of latest announcement on uranium contamination, ABC News, 20 Feb 18, By Jade Macmillan

Residents on Sydneys lower north shore have dismissed the Governments latest plans to clean up land contaminated by a uranium smelter more than hundred years ago as a hollow promise.

Property Minister Victor Dominello announced $30 million to remediate the waterfront land on Nelson Parade in Hunters Hill, the former site of the Radium Hill refinery, which closed in 1915.

The area was also occupied by a carbolic acid plant until the early 1900s and a tin smelter until the 1960s.

Residents have spent decades urging the Government to remove the affected soil, which the NSW Environment Protection Authority found it was contaminated with petroleum hydrocarbons, coal tar pitch, arsenic and lead.

Having this funding should give the community confidence that we are determined to remediate the site, Mr Dominello said, ahead of a public meeting of more than 200 residents on Tuesday night.

The Government is currently considering suitable disposal locations for the waste, and is in discussions with the Federal Government on the possibility of using the proposed National Radioactive Waste Management Facility earmarked for development in South Australia.

The minister did not provide a timeframe for the works and a site for the radioactive facility has not yet been selected.

Rosemary Manusu, 80, who has lived on Nelson Parade for more than 50 years, said she had little faith in the a...

17:05

Times up for blanket religious exemptions to discriminate "IndyWatch Feed National"

Outdated laws allowing religious organisations to discriminate against single mothers, pregnant women or LGBTI people should be repealed, the Human Rights Law Centre today told the Religious Freedom Reviews Expert Panel.

Australians fundamentally believe that we should be treated with fairness and equality when we apply for a job, when we study or go to a support service for help, said Anna Brown, Director of Legal Advocacy with the Human Rights Law Centre.

The Religious Freedom Review's Expert Panel is meeting around the country to investigate whether Australian law adequately protects religious freedom. The Human Rights Law Centre appeared with LGBTI advocates, health experts, frontline service providers and representatives from faith communities.

Today we provided evidence that publicly-funded religious organisations discriminate against trans and gender diverse people in hospitals and welfare services. We spoke about people being fired from schools because they are gay, and harm caused by LGBT people not being able to be their true selves at work or school. Australians voted last year to end discrimination against LGBTI people when it comes to marriage. We also need to end discrimination in other areas of public life, said Ms Brown.

Director of GLHV, Liam Leonard, presented data on the poorer mental health outcomes for LGBT people due to discrimination and the impact of staying closeted at work or school.

This is feeling paranoid, this is feeling like you are constantly under surveillance, this is being hypervigilant every minute in school hoping that nobody notices a word, a gesture, a comment or reference that might let them know you are LGBT. The conversations in the staff room, the innocent exchanges on the sports ground, the ones that most staff and students feel comfortable and at ease at are the ones that strike fear in many LGBT peoples heart, said Mr Leonard.

The groups recommended changes to the permanent religious exemptions from discrimination laws, and pointed to positive examples of faith based organisations embracing policies and training on LGBTI inclusion.

Religious exemptions should not be a blanket that hides the harms of discrimination. Greater transparency will benefit both faith based bodies and the community more broadly, said Rev Angus McLeay to the Expert Panel.

Its time to remove broad religious exemptions that act as a barrier to vulnerable people accessing critical family violence and housing services from faith-based organisations. The idea that religious service providers and schools receiving millions of dollars in taxpayer funding can impose their religious and moral beliefs on others in housing, h...

17:03

US Dept of Justice-FBI investigation of Russian links to Donald Trump's election campaign inexorably rolls on "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


On 17 May 2017 the probe into Russian influence on US political processes and collusion between the Russian Government and individuals associated with the election campaign of President Donald J Trump became an investigation which would inevitably lead to charges being laid.

To date both President Trump's former campaign manager and campaign deputy-director have been indicted, along with thirteen Russian nationals and three corporations.

Trump's former security adviser, along with a former member of his foreign policy advisory team and an individual who unlawfully supplied US bank accounts to Russians associated with the alleged political interference, have plead guilty to charges.

Current State of Play according to US Dept. of Justice


U.S. v. Internet Research Agency, et al (1:18-cr-32, District of Columbia)
A federal grand jury in the District of Columbia returned an indictment on Feb. 16, 2018, against 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities accused of violating U.S. criminal laws in order to interfere with U.S. elections and political processes. The indictment charges all of the defendants with conspiracy to defraud the United States, three defendants with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bank fraud, and five defendants with aggravated identity theft.

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16:19

Will the Victorian Socialists shake up Victorias election year? "IndyWatch Feed National"

In the Victorian state elections of December 1908, the Victorian Socialist Party (VSP) then the largest radical party in Australia threw down the electoral gauntlet to the Australian Labor Party by running candidates in two inner-city Melbourne seats.

16:18

Youth enterprise program about to be axed "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Byron Youth Services Di Mahoney and Deborah Pearse.

Paul Bibby

Byron Youth Service (BYS) is seeking help from the community to save a longstanding youth enterprise program that is about to have its government funding cut.

The Youth Enterprise Project (YEP) has helped thousands of local kids kick-start their small business ideas, access training, and connect with mentors since it commenced in 2005.

It has also supported the popular Byron Flea Market, which runs monthly at the Youth Activity Centre.

But all of these activities are facing closure owing to the imminent axing of a $100,000 grant from the NSW Department of Social Services.

The grant will expire in March and BYS is now asking the community to help it save the program by providing donations, sponsorships or volunteer hours.

Senior youth worker Deb Pearse said that more than 400 youth had participated in YEP initiatives in the past 12 months alone.

There are so many young people who have benefited from these programs and there are so many more who stand to benefit from them in the future, Ms Pearse said.

Its not only the knowledge and experience they get from training and mentoring.

The Flea Market is a really important space that local youth have made their own. Its become part of their sense of identity and part of their sense of belonging to Byron Shire.

Were turning to the community and seeking financial support to keep our programs running for the next generation.

Street Cruise

Ms Pearse said the services Street Cruise program was also at risk of termination without more funding.

Providing support and food to kids in need on the streets of Byron Bay since 2001, the program has fallen into financial deficit in recent months.

Ms Pearse said it was now more important than ever for the Street Cruise to continue their work given unfortunate recent incidents involving young people and police.

Were in a position where we can intervene by talking to kids and calming them down a bit so that things dont get out of hand, she said.

This is a time when we need to be expanding these types of programs not closing them down.

The youth service is pursuin...

16:00

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.00007 BTC
0.00010 BTC = 1.40 AUD
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15:25

One more day with Dave "IndyWatch Feed National"

We will have quite a bit to say tomorrow.

14:41

Beyond fees: a case for a waged education "IndyWatch Feed National"

In Australia, working- and middle-class students who cannot obtain financial familial support must both study and work a shitty part- or full-time job. Government youth allowance payments are deliberately difficult to obtain and excessively bureaucratic. Certainly, they are not provided on the presumption that to study is to perform valuable labour.

14:12

MACKAY Not something we want people running around with "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY February 21, 2018 at 06:21AM ,

Not something we want people running around with

February 21, 2018 at 06:21AM ,

A MACKAY butcher has faced court after attempting to board a plane while carrying a concealed credit card knife. Michael Edward Francis Daniel, 22, faced Mackay Magistrates Court on Tuesday, charged with possessing a category M weapon. Daniel was caught with the knife a thin seven centimetre

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14:12

MACKAY Robbery with violence, Cannonvale "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY February 21, 2018 at 11:52AM ,

Robbery with violence, Cannonvale

February 21, 2018 at 11:52AM ,

The man is due to appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court today. A 24-year-old Cannonvale man has also been arrested and is assisting police with their inquiries. If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day. You can report

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MACKAY Robbery with violence at Cannonvale, QLD "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY February 21, 2018 at 12:03PM ,

Robbery with violence at Cannonvale, QLD

February 21, 2018 at 12:03PM ,

Police have charged a man following the alleged robbery of a taxi driver at Cannonvale this morning, Queensland Police say. It is alleged around 1am two passengers who were travelling in a taxi assaulted the driver inside the vehicle before the driver pulled over at a service station on Shute Harbour

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13:30

Review: Sedition and the Quick Leap From Dissent to Deshdroh "IndyWatch Feed National"

Anushka Singhs Sedition in Liberal Democracies delves into the impact of being slapped with a sedition case, whether real or politically-motivated, and the stigma the taint of being anti-national that it carries with it.

Singh argues how the states use of the law through its mechanisms such as FIRs and chargesheets leads to overrated notions of what constitutes sedition. Credit: Shutterstock

Sedition may be an archaic law, but it is certainly not out of fashion. Anushka Singhs recently released book, Sedition in Liberal Democracies, has to be seen in the context of the continuing use of the sedition law in India to stifle free speech and different stripes of dissent. The book is an excellent addition to the existing material around sedition in India, bringing together legal, political, historical and anthropological perspectives on the theme, and includes a section dealing with comparative developments in the United Kingdom, United States and Australia.

Singhs detailed account helps us think through the narrower legal category of sedition as laid down in section 124A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and judicial interpretations of this law, in relation to a broader discursive category that has emerged that encompasses other laws such as waging war against the state, and anti-terror laws such as the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA), as well as popular understanding of deshdroh or those who are disloyal to the nation.

This wider category, according to Singh, who is an assistant professor at the School of La...

13:22

A marsupial in wolf's clothing - First 3D digital models reveal convergent evolution "IndyWatch Feed National"

Researchers from Museums Victoria and the University of Melbourne have CT scanned all 13 known Tasmanian tiger joey specimens to create 3D digital models which have allowed them to study their skeletons and internal organs, and reconstruct their growth and development. This has revealed important new information about how this unique extinct marsupial evolved to look so similar to the dingo, despite being very distantly related.

The digital scans show that when first born the Tasmanian tiger or thylacine (Thylacinus cynocephalus) looked like any other marsupial.

But three months later, when they left the pouch they had taken on the appearance of a puppy and continued to grow with a dog-like appearance.

The research, led by the University of Melbourne and Museums Victoria and in conjunction with an international team of scientists, is published today [Wednesday 21 February, 11:30AM AEST] in Royal Society Open Science.

It comes from the same team who successfully sequenced the thylacine genome in December 2017.

The Tasmanian tiger was a marsupial, which raised its young in a pouch.

Its resemblance to the dingo is one of the best examples of convergent evolution in mammals. This is where, two species, despite not being closely related, evolve to look very similar.

The Tasmanian tiger would have last shared a common ancestor with the canids (dogs and wolves) around 160 million years ago.

Dr Christy Hipsley, Research Associate at Museums Victoria and the University of Melbourne said after sequencing the Tasmanian tiger genome in 2017, this research fills one more piece of the puzzle on why they have evolved to look so similar to dogs.

This is the first digital development series of the Tasmanian tiger, Australias most iconic extinct marsupial predator. Using CT technology we have been able to garner new information on the biology of this iconic species, and its growth and development.

These scans show in incredible detail how the Tasmanian tiger started its journey in life as a joey that looked very much like any other marsupial, with robust forearms so that it could climb into its mother's pouch. But by the time...

12:58

New law so banks can steal your savings? "IndyWatch Feed National"


In Australia a new law has been put in place, a 'bail-in' law supportive of the banking businesses.

Some people may say that it has been 'snuck' through, while the peasants were distracted.

Some even say that this law will allow the banks to take 'your' cash, in plain and simple terms steal it.

Should you be interested in this topic, your own research and correct comprehension of the law is of paramount importance to the matter.

On the 14th day of February, you know, Valentines Day, the Senate passed the Financial Sector Legislation Amendment (Crisis Resolution Powers and Other Measures) Bill 2017.

Should you chose not to write a my will letter to your local federal MP, on this matter the people in government acknowledge, that your silence is acquiescence, where you are content with the actions of the people who apparently re-present you.

How many people have the capacity to pick this law apart to see whether it is in circulation lawfully?

12:55

Revised TPP-11 text is largely unchanged: independent assessment and Senate Inquiry needed "IndyWatch Feed National"

Media release, February 21 2018: The new text of the revised and rebranded Comprehensive Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership between Australia and 10 other countries without the US contains minor additional change since last November. Some other governments have demanded further changes, but the Australian government has not, Dr Patricia Ranald, AFTINET Convener said today.

The additional published text is only nine pages, with some changes from Canada to the non-binding preamble that mention cultural identity, indigenous rights and gender equity, but these are aspirational only, and will not affect the legally binding provisions in the rest of the agreement. There are also the 20 clauses which were suspended in November 2017 pending the US rejoining the deal.

The new text does not include new side letters between specific countries that were signaled when the text was finalised in January. It is not clear whether these will be released later.

Many of the most harmful clauses remain. The deal still includes special rights for foreign investors to bypass national courts and sue governments for millions of dollars in unfair international tribunals over changes to domestic laws, known as ISDS, said Dr Ranald.

The Australian government has not sought changes to provisions for more vulnerable temporary migrant workers, from Vietnam, Malaysia, Japan, Canada Mexico and Chile without testing if local workers are available. This is contrary to its own claims to have reintroduced such testing. There have been no changes to the chapters on trade in services and state-owned enterprises which could restrict future governments from re-regulating essential services like TAFE, energy and financial services, even if there are demonstrated market failures.

Dr Ranald explained that the 20 suspended clauses are mostly about medicine and copyright monopolies. Other governments had only reluctantly agreed to US propo...

12:52

The Mainstream Media and Their Analysis of the Time Travellers Photo "IndyWatch Feed National"

Noahs picture of a submerged Los Angeles in the year 5000

by Dee McLachlan

Several mainstream news organisations have been running with a story about a supposed time traveller. This, from The Sun, is a typical report:

A MAN who claims hes from the year 2030 reportedly passed a lie detector test and made a series of startling predictions for humanity. The self-styled time-traveller, who calls himself Noah, begged to stay anonymous claiming he could be assassinated for revealing what the future holds.

Noah, whose face is always blurred, goes on about what future looks like: a second term of Trump, and more robots, Google glasses, and self-driving cars. Yeah!

Okay, enough of that. Im going no further. This article is to comment on the mainstream medias INABILITY to analyse a simple photograph.

Now Noah is shown holding a picture taken in 5000 of Los Angeles underwater (seen above). You see the surface of the water, then a subme...

12:45

Tony Abbott's speech on something other than Barnaby "IndyWatch Feed National"

.@TonyAbbottMHR: recent polling shows around 40 per cent of Australians believe immigration is too high. MORE: https://t.co/ps1dk6X72c #theboltreport #auspol pic.twitter.com/J5n4iTbjdc Sky News Australia (@SkyNewsAust) February 20, 2018

12:45

Australian Preppers Forum. "IndyWatch Feed National"


Australia is unique, not quite like any other country. American forums can be okay, but their situation in regards to many things simply do not apply to Australia. If you live in Australia, here is a chance to learn & to share your knowledge. I have not been on this forum for very long, but so far is seems friendly. I am not a manager or moderator on this forum so my hands are tied to just participating & making suggestions, but this forum does need some new blood & more participation. Please check this forum out when you get time.
Thank you.
Keith.

12:40

Making Water From Whine: The Murray Darling Basins Magic Numbers Machine "IndyWatch Feed National"

So South Australians, youre pee-ed off about New South Wales and Queensland stealing all your water upstream? Solution, with a bit of biblical fish and loaves magic, we just change the numbers. Maryanne Slattery explains.

Last Wednesday was Judgement Day for the management of the Murray-Darling Basin. It was a win for the river to the tune of 70 billion litres of water, but it was a stunning rebuke for state and federal governments as well as the Murray-Darling Basin Authority.

Federal, NSW and Victorian Governments threatened fire, brimstone and the End of Days or at least the end of the Basin Plan if the Senate didnt approve the Murray-Darling Basin Authoritys (MDBA) plans to let corporate irrigators in NSW and Queensland use more water at the expense of downstream uses, outlined in its Northern Basin Review.

Like the Bible, many people talk about the Northern Basin Review, but very few have actually read it. If last weeks outraged politicians and lobbyists had actually studied the amendment, they might have seen the Senates rejection coming.

The Senate saw that there were huge problems with transparency and the standard of analysis in the Review. While the reporting of the Senates rejection has focused on the proposal to reduce water for the environment, critics of the Review have long focused on problems in its methodology, process and claims of political interference.

The Northern Basin Review was finalised in 2016 after four years of science and socio-economic analysis. It recommended allowing irrigators to take from northern rivers 70 gigalitres more than in the original Plan. Of course, 70 gigalitres more for irrigation in northern NSW and Queensland means less water for the environment and people in places like Broken Hill and South Australia.

But how much less? Evaporation, seepage and other uses mean the extra volume is reduced along the way.

Irrigation canals near Griffith, in western NSW. (IMAGE: Tim J Keegan, Flickr)

After four years of study, and just two weeks before the Northern Basin Review was released, the MDBA estimated 70 gigalitres more for northern irrigators meant 35 less for the Menindee Lakes near Broken Hill and 20 less for South Australia. This infuriated the South Aus...

12:15

Australian University Launches Nations First Blockchain Course "IndyWatch Feed National"

Recognising its importance as a revolutionary technology, an Australian university has today announced the countrys first course on blockchain technology. Its being hosted by Melbournes RMIT University and is scheduled to start in mid-March.

Blockchain Skills in High Demand

The eight-week short-course aims to address the current vacuum of young talent familiar with blockchain technology. Alan Tsen, a manager at one of the tech companies behind the new course, Stone and Chalk, told local news source 9news:

There is a real demand for blockchain training and a skills gap in the market that needs to be addressed.

Along with Stone and Chalk, the course has been developed by the universitys Blockchain Innovation Hub and graduate services provider, Accenture. Jason Potts of the former organisation told Business Insider about the technological complexities of blockchain and what the short course hopes to provide for students:

Its actually quite hard to understand a whole lot of different technologies have come together to contribute to it working Much of this course is designed to help executives and business leaders to understand not just how this new technology works, and understanding whats actually behind it, but also how it reflects business models and business strategy.

Without initiatives like the Melbourne university course, the lack of relevant skills issue is only set to get worse. The industry is rapidly expanding and according to tech think tank Gartner Research, will be worth over $176 billion by 2025.

Whilst the first practical application of the technology was cryptocurrency, there are various startups that are experimenting with it for a variety of different purposes. These include cybersecurity, resource management, healthcare, and the legal profession, to name but a few.

One company currently studying how blockchain technology can disrupt existing industries is Power Ledger. Also based in Australia, the startup hopes to provide a platform for sharing solar energy. They received substantial funding in late 2017 from a smart cities grant issued by the government. No doubt co-founder Jemma Green is as excited to hear about local educational institutions taking the technology seriously as sh...

11:52

Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize: the 2017 shortlist "IndyWatch Feed National"

The 2017 judges Nic Low, Ryan ONeill and Jennifer Mills have finished their blind judging and deliberation, and decided on a shortlist of thirteen brilliant stories that approach the theme in original ways.

11:15

Search for yachtsman missing off Yamba "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Part of the search area, off Yamba, viewed from the Westpac helicopter. Photo WHRS

An air and sea search is underway for 65-year-old solo yachtsmen Keith Jones, who is missing from his vessel, found at Yamba yesterday.

Yesterday Mr Jones 34-foot Manitou Ketch Wayfarer was found washed up on rocks at Yamba having sailed a distance of some 550km south of its starting point.

Mr Jones left Hervey Bay Marina last Wednesday (February 14) and has not been seen or heard from since.

He was reported missing to Queensland Police on Monday, February 19, and an extensive search was conducted, without success.

Police from Marine Area Command initiated a search via the Australian maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) of waters off the North Coast involving two helicopters and a fixed-wing aircraft, again without success.

Marine vessels were not able to be deployed due to dangerous conditions, and the air search was suspended following an AMSAs search.

The Marine Area Command are continuing to investigate with assistance from Queensland Water Police.

Police are calling for information in relation to any public sightings of the yacht Wayfarer between Tweed Heads and Illuka, on Monday 19 or Tuesday 20 February 2018, please call crime stoppers in 1800 333 000.

Police say Mr Jones behaviour, in not alerting anyone to his travel plans, was out of character.

The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter was tasked by Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) to conduct a search between Woody Head north of Yamba through to Angourie south of Yamba.

Nothing was located by the helicopter crew.

NSW Water Police are investigating the last known location of the sailor from the yacht.

The helicopter crew then dispatched a self-locating datum marker buoy which is designed to measure surface ocean currents. It will emit a signal every 30 minutes to allow search authorities to plot the potential search area for both Marine Rescue vessels and aircraft.

The yacht has been towed into Yamba harbour.

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11:02

Donald Trump: Making America Great or Keeping America Poor? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Twenty-six years ago the Soviet Union collapsed under the weight of its military commitments, its oppressive surveillance bureaucracy, and its regimes loss of legitimacy. That experience has lessons for Trumps America writes Ian McAuley.

The Cold War, an arms race set against the backdrop of Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD), started and ended in Berlin.

Its start was the Soviet Unions blockade of Berlin in 1948, followed a year later by the first successful Soviet test of a nuclear bomb. Its end, or at least the beginning of its end, was the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, followed two years later by Mikhail Gorbachevs announcement of the Soviet Unions dissolution.

Americas Republicans, and the political right throughout the world, portrayed the Soviet Unions collapse as a victory of capitalism over socialism. Francis Fukuyama even said it heralded the end of history.

But the Soviet Union had been socialist in name only. Socialist idealism had died with Stalins rise in 1929, and the country rapidly morphed into a class-stratified society, with a chasm between the privileged class enjoying the spoils of nomenklatura and the masses living in miserable conditions and under the oppression of a surveillance state.

A more compelling explanation for the Soviet Unions collapse is the economic burden of its military and security apparatus.

A file image of a Russian warship (IMAGE: Christopher Michel, Flickr).

The Soviet Union had been on the victorious side in Europes war of 1939 to 1945, but it paid a huge price. Hitlers Wehrmacht had laid waste to the countryside all the way to the edge of Moscow. In re-taking its territory, and pushing all the way into the German heartland, the Red Army did the heavy lifting in defeating Nazism. While America provided the armaments for the victory, the Soviet Union provided the infantry.

In that war the United States and Britain between them lost one million lives, while the Soviet Union lost 25 million lives. At the end of the war the Soviet Union still faced its enemies along long land borders, while America and Britain went...

10:57

ABC censors Albericis uncomfortable tax cuts truth after Turnbull complaint "IndyWatch Feed National"

Mr Denmore, author of The Failed Estate, writes about the extraordinary attack on  Emma Alberici, because of her analysis  of the Australian governments corporate tax cuts ambition, which she says would be detrimental to Australia.   After a complaint from the Prime Minister, her words were deleted from the ABC website, and this marks the ongoing curtailment of the press that is occurring in Australia. Denmore explains that this is a global trend. The story was published by The Independent Australia 20 February 2018).

Who would have thought an analysis of corporate tax policy would set so many pulses racing?

Perhaps it was a form of group therapy for the nation after weeks of seeking to shut out images of the Member for New England Barnaby Joyce indulging in country matters.

But ABC journalist Emma Albericianalysis piece criticising the need for corporate tax cuts in Australia when so few companies pay any has certainly provided a needed distraction from our recent diet of beetroot.

As economics journalist Greg Jericho has pointed out, Alberici is hardly alone in making the case against corporate tax cuts. Neither are her arguments a reflexive, innumerate and leftist simplification, as some of her critics at The Australian and the Financial Review have variously claimed.

The fact is there is a serious international debate about the effects on liberal democracies of the increasing pressure on governments to provide greater and greater tax relief to footloose global capital. None...

10:28

Missing teens found safe and well "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Missing North Coast teenagers Georgina Hills, Tyson Giles and Alex Cupitt.

Three teenagers who went missing from their homes on the North Coast earlier this month have all been found safe and well.

On Monday (February 19) police put a call out for anyone who had seen any of the three 13-year-old Tyson Giles and Alex Cuppitt and 14-year-old Georgina Hills to contact them.

Later that day, Tyson and Alex were found safe an well but Georgina was believed to still be in the Brunswick Heads area.

Then, yesterday evening, she was also found.

Thumbs up to the member of the public who recognised her photo and called police straight away! Richmond LAC said on its Facebook page.

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10:13

Push for more inspections of Ballina shark nets "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A Mobula Ray caught in a shark net off Shelly Beach. Photo contributed

A Ballina Shire councillor has accused the NSW Department of Primary Industries of failing to inspect shark nets for by-catch along the Ballina coastline, despite a commitment to do so.

Cr Jeff Johnson said the latest figures from the department showed that the nets were only inspected on 14 occasions during January, which was nowhere near the commitment of 50 to 60 inspections a month.

Cr Johnson said the DPI simply dont care about the commitments made when the trial was announced.

I have also seen footage of a ray that was entangled in the shark nets with the full knowledge of the DPI yet it wasnt released, he said.

The net wasnt inspected for two days. Im concerned that having marine life, such as rays or large fish species caught in the nets and not released within a short period of time could act as a shark attraction which would largely defeat the purpose of having the nets installed.

During January, 30 animals were caught and 25 released. That means that five animals died. Im sure that this number could be significantly reduced if the nets were inspected every morning and afternoon.

Cr Johnson has lodged a notice of motion for Thursdays meeting calling on the council to write to the NSW DPI and appropriate members of parliament asking that the DPI adhere to the commitments they have provided in respect to regular inspections of the North Coast Shark nets.

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10:05

Womens Rights in Syria - by Mark Taliano "IndyWatch Feed National"

Syrian women are helping to save Syria and all of humanity against the scourge of Western-supported terrorism. The Canadian government, [Candobetter.net editor: and others, including Australia's, supporting the US-NATO agenda] on the other hand, is destroying womens rights (and all human rights) in Syria and beyond.  If the truth were ever accepted by broad-based populations, then our government, led by those who project progressive fronts, would be exposed as the misogynist, life-hating rot that it is.

This article was first published at https://www.globalresearch.ca/womens-rights-in-syria/5629648

Canada's Sanctions Regime against Syria Undermines Women's Rights

Trudeau is destroying Syria through illegal sanctions, and through direct and indirect support of every single terrorist in Syria. Canada is a member of the NATO terror organization, which along with its allies, seeks to create regime change in Syria, the highest crime according to Nuremburg Principles.

All Syrians, but especially Syrian women, have much to lose if the Canadian governments diabolical ambitions are realized.

Amany Ashy[1] lives in a government-secured area of Syria where she is headmistress of a high school.  She explains that life for women in government-secured areas hasnt changed much. She explains that

The government supports womens right and liberty before and now. We have the liberty to choose our work , to wear whatever we like , to choose the type of education we want and even to fight side by side with the army. We have the safety to go at anytime during day or night.

She also explains that

men now are busy fighting with the army or trying hard to work double shift after the crazy raise of prices and after the sanctions. Womens life as the life of all Syrian has been affected badly by the sanctions. The prices of food and vegetables have become double. Medicine prices are very high and some are not available.

Life in terrorist-occupied areas, however, is entirely different, and alien to Syria and to most Syrians. Ashy explains that

...

10:00

THE FINAL BLUESFEST 2018 PLAYING SCHEDULE HAS ARRIVED! "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Bluesfest is proud to present the final playing schedule for whats going to be one of their most exciting and dynamic festivals yet. This years line up features a rich depth of talent, the likes of which have never been seen in Australia before.

Each of the five days at Bluesfest features some of the worlds greatest artists, performing just 10 minutes north of Byron Bay. For example, on Thursday Soul sensation Leon Bridges and Rock n Rollers Gomez will open the festival. Friday night brings the voice of Led Zeppelin Robert Plant, and RnB icon Ms. Lauryn Hill a truly incredible double bill. Saturday features Bluesfest fan favourite Michael Franti and Spearhead as well as beloved singer/songwriter Jackson Browne. Sunday at Bluesfest is truly jam packed with talent with Australian superstars Tash Sultana and John Butler Trio, as well as Sheryl Crow and Melissa Etheridge all playing on one not to be missed day! Monday finishes things off with the one and only Lionel Richie, Chic featuring Nile Rogers and Dan Sultan.

In total there are over 70 artists performing at Bluesfest 2018! Its no wonder they are the only Australian Music Festival to be nominated 6 times in a row for the Pollstar International Music Festival of the Year, and to win the NSW Tourism Award for Best Major Festival & Event three years in a row (giving Bluesfest entry into the illustrious NSW Tourism Hall of Fame).

Bluesfest Director Peter Noble OAM on the launch of the highly anticipated 2018 playing schedule:

It is always a great day in the rollout of Bluesfest, when we announce the playing schedule. Everyone can then use whatever method they use, from Apps through to smoke signals to traverse the wonderful beast that is Bluesfest.

With back to back performances for 12 hours a day on multiple stages, a gourmet variety of food stalls, markets, on site camping and parking, Bluesfest 2018 will be a haven for music lovers of all ages this Easter long weekend from Thursday 29 March to Monday 2 April. Tickets are selling fast so organisers warn music lovers to get theirs now to avoid disappointment.

Festival and Camping tickets are now on sale through bluesfest.com.au or by phoning the Bluesfest office on 02 6639 9800.

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09:56

Byron luxury estate agent goes into liquidation "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Luxury Byron Bay based real estate agent Unique Estates has gone to the wall owing staff wages.

Paul Bibby

Unique Estates was born from a single sale in the Byron Bay hinterland and grew into a prestige property agency with offices across Australia and Asia.

But the empire crumbled into the sea last week when it was announced that the company had gone into liquidation.

Employees at the companys Byron Bay office were among those who received an email from founder Nicolette Wijngaarden informing them that bank accounts are frozen and there are no funds.

It is with great sadness that I inform you that Unique Estates is going into liquidation today and you are to stop work straight away, Ms Winjgaarden said in the email, which was published on the property news website Property Observer.

Wages cannot be paid tomorrow.

I am so very sorry it has come to this. Please know I did everything I could to prevent it.

Unique Estates website was shut down within hours of the announcement to staff, and its seven offices across Australia and in Hong Kong quickly emptied.

Ms Wijngaarden did not return The Echos calls and the liquidator, McGrath Nicol, has instructed staff not to talk about the companys collapse. However, The Echo understands staff are shocked and upset by the announcement, which few saw coming.

Property Observer reported that Unique Estates also represented around 32 vendors at the time of the collapse.

Ms Wijngaarden founded Unique Estates in 2009 as a company specialising in luxury, high-end properties.

It began when she decided to help her partner sell his house in the Byron Bay hinterland and realised there was a niche that needed filling.

In the ensuing years, the agency expanded significantly, producing a luxury property publication distributed through Qantas lounges around the world and launching a yacht- and jet-charter business.

While little light has been shed on the reason for the collapse, it is understood that recent changes to foreign-ownership laws were a blow to the businesss bottom line.

Unique Estates was well known for finding rich foreign invest...

09:52

Report rules out buried bodies on Nth Lismore Plateau "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A view of the North Lismore Plateau. (Darren Coyne)

The Lismore City Council has announced that an exhumation of a grave-like feature on the North Lismore Plateau has failed to unearth any human remains.

The exhumation was carried out after an archeology report by Georadar Pty Ltd for the Everick Heritage Consultants , who are acting for the Winter Property Group developers on 18 January 2017.

The council announced this week that forensics specialists had examined the site and a report was expected soon.

But the initial findings were that the exhumation process had failed to identify any human remains in the location identified by ground-penetrating radar in the archaeological assessment.

Meanwhile, the council has placed on public exhibition two voluntary planning agreements related to biodiversity management and water and sewer infrastructure for the land being developed by the Winten Group.

The voluntary planning agreements outline terms for private developers to share the costs of internal water and sewer infrastructure to service their developments on the North Lismore Plateau.

The council announced it would  prepare a report following the public exhibition period, which would be presented to the Joint Regional Planning Panel (JRPP), which would make a final assessment on the development application.

At the end of the submission process, we will prepare an assessment report on the DA for the Winten Group land to address all of the relevant environmental issues, so that the independently appointed JRPP can properly assess and determine the DA on its own merit, Councils Manager of Development and Assessment Peter Jeuken said.

Meanwhile, the council is still negotiating with the second developer group, the Plateau North Group over whether they will sign up to voluntary planning agreements.

TPNG representative Andrew Purtle last week told the council meeting that the group was still waiting for reports to be finalised and was not in favour of the council compulsorily acquiring land for easements through the property to service land owned by the Winten Group, as had been suggested by staff.

TPNG solicitors had informed council staff that while the group was willing to continue negotiations over VPAs, it was not in a position to lodge a development application until mid Ap...

09:47

Broome hit by two years' worth of rain in two months, Western Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

The town of Broome in the Kimberley region of Western Australia has officially endured its wettest year on record after just two months in 2018. Although January and February are usually its wettest months, updated figures show Broome was hit more than two...... Read more

09:28

Calls for crisis team to address street violence "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Adaja Black (left) is among 20 people to March on Byron Bay Police Station last week to protest police brutality. Photo ABC

Paul Bibby

Disturbed, drug-affected people in our local streets and parks should be assisted by trained mental health professionals, not forcibly arrested by heavy-handed police, a local anti-violence campaigner said.

But a local police superintendent said it was police themselves who were at risk, stating that his officers had been assaulted more than 170 times in the past year.

As a second violent arrest in Byron Shire came to light last week, campaigner Adaja Black said the region needed a crisis team that could intervene in such situations.  

We need a whole new unit that comes in before the police trained drug and alcohol psychologists out there getting to the bottom of the issues, Ms Black said.

We need to look at how we can help these people in crisis situations, not just smack them across the head.

It really feels like it is their [the polices] intention to silence them like bad children instead of reaching out to help these people whom society has forgotten.

Ms Black was one of around 12 women who marched to Byron Police Station on February 14 to protest against violence by police.

The march followed the V-Day rally at Main Beach, but was not associated with that event.

Following the highly publicised arrest of a 16-year-old boy, which is now the subject of an independent investigation, the second arrest took place at Main Beach on February 12.

A video of the incident recorded by a passer-by shows an allegedly intoxicated 18-year-old woman being physically escorted up the stairs by a male and a female officer as the young womans boyfriend attempts to intervene.

There is a brief scuffle during which the...

09:25

Cardiologist: Millions of People Taking Statin Drugs Will Continue to Have Far Greater Chance of Harm than Benefit "IndyWatch Feed National"

Rita Redberg, MD

Rita Redberg, MD. Image source.

by Paul Fassa
Health Impact News

Two recent articles published in the UK mainstream hard copy and online newspaper Express revealed theres something wrong with cholesterol-lowering statin drug prescription policies, quoting several doctors who claim statins cause more harm than benefit.

Dr. Rita Redberg, a cardiologist professor at the San Francisco Medical Center, states:

Unfortunately, until all data is available and discussed with patients, millions of people taking these [statin] drugs will continue to have far greater chance of harm than benefit. (Source.)

Dr. Rita Redbergs name might be familiar to our readers, because she appeared in an Australian two-part TV news documentary that has often been featured in several Health Impact News articles. Both parts were connected thematically and produced by Dr. Maryanne Demasi, Ph.D.

And it was Dr. Demasis British Medical Journal (BMJ) article and study review that the Express article was reporting rather favorably with quotes from other doctors supporting her findings. The articles focus was on the controversy it had ignited regarding the widespread use of cholesterol-lowering statin drugs.

Dr. Demasis Determination to Expose the Harsh Realities of Statin Drugs Was Underestimated

dr-maryanne-demasi

A few years back around 2013/14, Dr. Demasi produced two Catalyst science show productions on the ABC Australia TV network. Its as mainstream as it gets down under.

Part one, Dietary Villains, of the two-part series, The Heart of the Matter, exposes th...

09:04

Liberation Larder needs help on The Farm "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Edwina the chook with Liberation Larder volunteers Eric Newberger, Steve Hord, Sandra Mondange, Isobella Reddel and the Larders co-ordinator Helen Hamilton. Photo Jeff Chooked Dawson

Liberation Larder has been growing fruit, vegetables and herbs at The Farm on Ewingsdale Road since October 2016 to help provide the produce they need to supply the 500-plus meals they provide for people in need in our community every week.

They are currently looking for some extra hands who would like to get involved volunteering to help grow more food for their kitchen.

The Farm has generously made a plot of very productive land available to Liberation Larder, said organiser Helen Hamilton.

Our crew started modestly with three rows each 57 metres in length. Johno the farm manager gradually increased the plot and now it is nineteen rows. Our crew harvest 2040 kilos each week from this land.

The Larder grow a range of seasonal vegetables, fruits and herbs to use in making their meals, growing everything from corn and eggplant to Asian and salad greens, turmeric and watermelon.

The land is donated by The Farm, continued Helen.

However it doesnt end there. They also provide water, equipment and expertise at no cost to Liberation Larder. Everyone involved with The Farm has assisted the Larder Crew in some way. Examples include the manager Johno ploughing the field, seeding carrots and harvesting sweet potato at various times.

The commercial growers have all helped with advice, sharing resources and donating excess produce. The kitchen has bought produce from the plot. The florists have given loads of cardboard for mulching and the Bread Social have regularly given excess bread to the Larder kitchen.

Dont be fooled; this work is not glamorous, continued Helen.

Our crew find the best time to work is early in the day. They come equipped with solid shoes, large sun hats, water and sunscreen. However, hours are flexible and people work the time that suits them.

If you would like to come and get your hands dirty, help make food for the most in need and take home a bit of the fresh produce youve helped grow then call Helen on 0439 409 655

The post...

09:03

Joyce clearly not going anywhere-Cormann "IndyWatch Feed National"

Finance minister Mathias Cormann. Image from econews.com

The Turnbull government needs to move on from the furore surrounding Barnaby Joyce, who clearly doesnt plan on going anywhere, cabinet minister Mathias Cormann says.

The soon-to-be acting prime minister was laying out the coalitions plans on Wednesday amid ongoing questions about the future of Mr Joyce, who is on personal leave after his extramarital affair with a former staffer was revealed.

When it was put to him that Mr Joyce was not going anywhere, Senator Cormann replied: That is clearly what he is saying.

We just keep doing the job that we were elected to do, do the best we can to secure more jobs and higher wages, he told Nine Network.

Mr Cormann said the nation needed to move on from the saga.

We must move on. The country wants us to move on, we must move on, we need to focus on the things we were elected to do, he said.

Our next priority is to get our business tax cuts through the Australian Senate so that Australian businesses can be globally competitive.

Mr Joyce is defying anyone suggesting he stand down as Nationals leader in the wake of the breakdown of his 24-year marriage and relationship with Vikki Campion who is having his baby.

WA Nationals state leader Mia Davies issued a statement on Tuesday telling Mr Joyce, who is also Deputy Prime Minister, to go.

Mr Joyces actions have caused pain for his family but it is the ongoing damage Mr Joyce is causing the Nationals organisation that is of greatest concern to me as WA leader, she said.

Mr Joyce pointing out that WA didnt have any federal MPs and that the eastern states, which had more skin in the game, supported him.

I find it surprising that a federal issue has so much momentum in the west, when people in the east in the National Party have, in the majority, a different view, he said.

While the WA branch does not have any federal MPs it was second only to the NSW branch in raising political donations last financial year, receiving $1.79 million.

The NSW and Victorian Nationals both say the federal leadership is a matter for federal MPs.

Further commentary on this issue in the public domain is unhelpful, the NSW branch said in a st...

08:59

Cops hunt Hawi hitmen as funeral plans set "IndyWatch Feed National"

Mahmoud Mick Hawi.

The body of slain bikie boss Mick Hawi is being returned to loved ones ahead of his funeral this week while detectives probe his criminal background as they hunt for the killers.

So far no suspects have been named as triggermen in the underworld execution.

Born in Beirut in the Lebanon, Mahmoud Mick Hawi moved to Australia with his parents, brother and three sisters as a young boy in 1985.

He rose to prominence for his role in the infamous bikie brawl at Sydney Airport in 2009 while he was the national president of the Comancheros.

Passengers in the terminal watched on in fear as the club clashed with rival Hells Angels members. Associate Anthony Zervas was bludgeoned to death with a bollard.

Hawi did time in prison for his role in the killing and, since his release in 2015, laid low in south Sydney.

But Hawis suburban life came to an end last Thursday when he was shot multiple times while he sat in his luxury Mercedes 4WD outside Rockdales Fitness First.

He died in St George Hospital that night, aged 37.

Tributes flowed online from club members and family friends while rumours swirled about bad blood between Hawi and the current club leadership.

AAP understands a service will be held for Hawi at the Al-Zahra mosque in Arncliffe on Thursday before his body is laid to rest in the Muslim section of Rookwood Cemetery.

A large police presence is expected at the event after NSW Police, last week, assured the public they would remain on high alert for retaliation attacks.

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08:57

Ex-ABC Heavyweights Weigh In Over Claims Emma Alberici Was Censored "IndyWatch Feed National"

The ABC, once again, is being accused of self-censorship to please government. Claire Connelly reports.

Three ABC journalists have criticised the ABC over the removal of a website article on Turnbull government corporate tax cuts by its chief economics correspondent Emma Alberici, claiming the incident conforms to a long history of pre-emptive buckling to government pressure.

And former ABC broadcaster Carol Duncan told New Matilda that a number of ABC journalists had been in touch with each other behind the scenes over the censoring of Albericis reporting, despairing over the public broadcasters dwindling independence.

The government of the day uses budget cuts to control the ABC and to force them to cower, she said.

The ABC will tell you this is not true, but I recall taking a local politics lead to my newsroom one day and being told the newsroom wouldnt touch it because they still had to work with the council next week.

Sunderlands (Alan Sunderland, director of ABC editorial policies) mealy-mouthed attempts at defending the Alberici decision are truly awful. How dare they not stand behind her. I am confident the truth will out, Carol Duncan said.

Duncan, made redundant in 2014, is now an elected ALP Councillor. Dempster, a former ABC presenter, was also made redundant in 2014 when the ABC Board axed state-based TV current affairs programs. He was staff elected director of the ABC for four years in the 1990s and is a well known advocate for public broadcasting.

Former ABC broadcaster, now contributing editor of New Daily, Quentin Dempster.

An experienced ABC journalist who has worked at the public broadcaster for more than a decade told New Matilda that over the last five years, managers stopped asking is it an important story and instead asked will it end up on the front page of the Australian?

It started in the Abbott era when conservative attacks on the ABC became consistent and unrelenting, they said.

I used to cover really risky and exciting stories, but after that, it was always abo...

08:55

New Byron bus terminal location announced "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Conceptual plans of the Byron Bay Bus Interchange as it would have looked on Butler Street reserve. Image Byron Bay Bus lnterchange memo.

The bus terminal slated for the Byron Bays Butler Street Reserve may now be built on the eastern side of the proposed Butler Street bypass, near the water tower.

A previous plan by Sydney bureaucrats for the market site, which is also a former tip site, was rejected by Byron Shire Councillors, and came without public consultation. Staff also requested that councillors make a decision within days of being given the plans.

Byron Mayor Simon Richardson said in a statement that the council held a meeting with the department and the ministers about how the relocation of the bus interchange to the eastern side of Butler Street might best work to meet our communitys expectations.

A more considered design will complement the bypass and will reflect what the community told us they wanted during the Byron Town Centre Masterplan process, he said.

Stallholder certainty

As a result, the mayor says local market operators and stallholders will now have certainty about the ongoing use of the site.

The councils acting general manager Mark Arnold said, Council will now be sitting down with the market operators and other stakeholders to work through what the future of the Butler Street Reserve might look like.

The footprint of the proposed interchange on Butler Street Reserve made the long-term ability for markets to be located on the site highly unlikely, but now apart from the interruption from the bypass construction the ongoing use of that area can once more be planned for.

The government changed its plans to build a bus interchange on the Butler Street Reserve, he said, after an environmental assessment of the site found it would not be suitable for that type of development.

Local state MP Tamara Smith told The Echo, Congratulations to the community once again for standing up to the bureaucrats in Sydney about what happens to our towns.

The Echo asked the council, What assurance are there that this former tip site is not posing a contamination risk to the public? and, Are there plans available that demonstrate that this location will be viable alongside the bypass? No reply was received by deadline.

The p...

08:53

UN officials warn Australia against imposing extreme penalties for Journalists "IndyWatch Feed National"

Paul Farrell  Senior Reporter at Buzzfeed Australia (19 February 2018) reports that United Nations rapporteurs are seriously concerned about the impact of the Turnbull governments new security law, and its effect on freedom of the press.

A powerful group of United Nations officials have called on the Australian government to reconsider proposed secrecy laws, warning that they risk chilling the work of journalists, deterring whistleblowers, and exposing journalists and human rights activists to prosecution.

The Australian prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, has announced a broad package of reforms aimed at curbing foreign interference from countries including China and Russia.

But the proposal also includes major reforms to Australias secrecy laws, which appear to be aimed at curbing whistleblowers like Edward Snowden and organisations such as WikiLeaks.

Under the proposed new regime, two existing secrecy offences will be repealed entirely and replaced by several new offences inserted into the Commonwealth Criminal Code.

While a seven-year jail sentence is the maximum available under the existing laws, this will be increased to 20 years.

The new laws will apply to anyone, not just government officials. They could easily apply to journalists and organisations, including WikiLeaks, that communicate or deal with information. They will also close a longstanding gap around contractors working on behalf of government agencies, who will also be subject to the new offences.

David Kaye, the United Nations special rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, Fionnuala D. N Aolin, the special rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights while countering terrorism, and Michel Forst, the special rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, sent a joint communique to the Australian government on Friday warning that the bill risked violating a number of rights guaranteed under international law.

We are gravely concerned that the Bill would impose draconian criminal penalties on expression and access to information that is central to public debate and accountability in a democratic society, they wrote.

They said the bill would not only penalise disclosures of government information in the public interest, but also expose journalists, activists...

08:17

Proposed Critical Mineral legislation undermines communities and clean water "IndyWatch Feed National"

Thank you Mr. Chairman, Ranking Member Lowenthal, and Members of the Subcommittee for the opportunity to testify before you in opposition to HR 520, the National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act. My name is Aaron Mintzes, and I am with Earthworks. We are a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting communities and the environment from the destructive impacts of mineral and energy development, while seeking sustainable solutions.

Our primary concern is that HR 520 undermines the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Under section 5(b)(1)(F), the lead agency can let any state or federal agency determine:

Whether public participation will occur during the decisionmaking process for authorizing actions under the permit.

So, a state could say no public participation allowed. I worry this may result in unintended consequences. If you shut the people out, it may invite litigation or create additional delays the lead agency could avoid if they listen to what the people say.  It may not deliver the regulatory certainty permit proponents seek.

NEPA ensures that Americans can take part in the review and development of projects affecting our social, economic, and environmental health. For nearly fifty years, NEPA has provided certainty and predictability through a transparent process well understood by federal regulators, permit applicants, and affected communities.

And it works. In 2016, the GAO reported that BLM and the Forest Service average two years to permit a mine plan of operations.  This period is competitive with Australia, Canada, and Chile. Especially controversial projects may take longer than average.  Yet, permitting delays primarily result from incomplete information provided by the project proponent. Sometimes for perfectly legitimate reasons like good faith changes in plans of operations or fluctuation in commodity prices.

The United States of America is one of the worlds best places to mine

America owes our mineral investment attractiveness to three factors:

  1. The strength and certainty of our democratic institutions (like NEPA)
  2. Our rich mineral endowment
  3. Our uniquely permissive mining laws and regulations

The 1872 Mining Law    

The General Mining Law of 1872 considers mining the highest and best use of public lands, even where our public lands may be better suited for oil an...

08:00

February 21 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed National"


1802 - HMS Investigator was misplaced (some say lost but I believe it will resurface down the back of someone's couch) whilst under the command of Matthew Flinders, who was stickybeaking about the coastline in the vicinity of present day Port  Lincoln. A water party, comprising two officers and a crew of six left the ship to land on the mainland and was not seen again.

1802 - Corio Bay, near Geelong, discovered John Murray poking about its shoreline.

1804 - Niberlooner was renamed Sullivan's Cove (Tassie) on this date when Lt David Collins cast his baby blues over the area.
Not to be confused with Sullivan Bay, Victoria, a settlement Lt David Collins named and abandoned after 7 months.

1840 - The cat was out of the bag when a particular gossip from Penwortham told the press of the vile events of this day when a shepherd promised a starving Indigenous woman a sheep in exchange for sex which he neglected to fulfill then, later forced to face the woman's rightly angry relatives, he killed her.

1842 - Dig out the feather boa and polish up that rhinestone garter-belt Mavis...the first play to be wrought in Melbourne was sprung upon the populace at the Theatre Royal, the title "Widow's Victim".


1848 - A hefty cutter named Psyche. Cutter was shop-lifted from Hobart by four convicts. Two survivors from her were picked up at Percy Island by the barque Freak, but the fate of their two companions was never discovered although some suspected cannibalism.

1881 - The Grey River Argus proclaimed that John Almao of Dunedin had been awarded a second order of merit, from the Melbourne Exhibition, for his model aerial tramway, while Reid and Duncan, civil engineers from Dunedin, received an Honourable Mention for their plain wire rope railway.
Well, I found it interesting...

1891 - Two Indigenous men were murdered by a policeman in Central Australia.

1894 - The Wanganui Herald whispered how Mr. Hindle, MLA of Lithgow, denounced Parliament for containing drunken blackguards.
One feels that Mr. Hindle was holding himself back, not really letting rip and tellin' like it was....

1899 - Sir George Bowen popped his clogs. Georgie-boy was a busy lad with fingers in political pies, being the Guv for Qld, the Guv for NZ and the Guv for Victoria where he didn't kiss the girls to make 'em cry but sacked 400 public servants and made 'em cry.

1907 - Tired of swimmers ignoring the SWIM BETWEEN THE DAMN FLAGS ALREADY message
The Bondi Surf Bathers Life Saving Club was established on this day at the Royal Hotel, Bondi Beach.

1927 - Radio station 3DB began broadcasting in Melbourne. It borrowed the initials of the Druleigh Business and Technology college and was launched upon the world with a Children...

07:49

ABCC heads paid off handsomely and others are made to go without "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed from Victoria

Freedom of information provisions have revealed that the top chiefs of the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) received generous pay increases of about 14 percent last year.

One of the commissioners found his take went up from $199,000 to $222,500 and another two from $185,000 to $210,000. Seven are now being paid more than $210,000.

These individuals are highly rewarded, because they are hired to carry out the dirty work of ensuring that that section of the workforce engaged in one of the most dangerous industries, has its own pay and working conditions undermined.

The ABCC is not an independent tribunal to deal with matters before it, in a balanced ad fair way. It is a political police force, operating with impunity, and denies the usual legal protections to those it hunts down.

This is why those who make the decisions are handsomely rewarded by a government hell bent on carrying out its class war against constrtuction workers across Australia. It needs to buy the loyalty of its principal henchmen.

A key function of theirs is to de-unionise the industry. They do this by employing provision that make it extremely hard for officials to communicate with their members. There is no right of entry onto the job. Delegates and rank and file members have little right to pursue matters of concern. Even minor breaches of the stringent conditions, risk being dragged before the ABCC.

There is little doubt that the construction industry is a test case. If successful here, the same will be applied to other industries. Fortunately, this has been held back by the ongoing resistance of the construction industry workforce and their unions.

One thing that has revealed the mercenary nature of the ABCC, is the departure of disgraced head Nigel Hadkiss, who eventually admitted breaching the law in the carrying out his role. The Commission handed out more than $418,000 for Hadkiss legal defence and he walked away without suffering any penalty at all.

Hadkiss new replacement, Stephen McBurney, is being paid $426,160 a year.

Overall, the ABCC spent almost a third of its last financial years budget, that is $11 million, on lawyers

The pay rise has shown the double standard of a government that is at the same time, actively imposing very limited pay increases for nearly all government employees. The only exception to the rule are the top executives. Their loyalty has to be paid for as well.

Australias public sector is being shaped as a weapon to wage the governments class war across the field. Through restrictions to service and ongoing privatisations, resources are being channeled upstairs, to the wealthiest individuals and everyo...

07:49

Activists step up to Stop Adani "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Elvis Pavarotti and Tahlia Shalimar. Photo Jeff Dawson

The local #StopAdani campaign is going from strength to strength as locals come together to raise money to keep up the good fight to stop the proposed Adani coal mine that will contribute to climate change and irreparably damage the Great Barrier Reef.

A Stop Adani song, written by Elvis Pavarotti and Tahlia Shalimar, was the result from the Stop Adani meeting in Murwillumbah at the end of last year. Known as the Sexy Vegans, they have been singing at the Mullumbimby Markets, which has turned out to be quite a hit.

Weve been encouraged to record it and give it away free or sell it for $1 as a fundraiser, said Thalia and Elvis.

They are also looking for other musicians who can sing or play well, who would like to get involved in recording the song.

They have a session booked at the SAE QANTM in Byron for 10am on Friday, March 2 to record the song.

If you would like to see the words and chords to the song please go to www.backpainbeatenin7minutes.com/stop-adani-song, they continued.

Then contact Elvis and Thalia on 6676 1759 to get involved.

Meanwhile in Mullumbimby, Lulus Cafe is putting on a #StopAdani fundraiser on Saturday 3 March from 6.30pm.

Local #StopAdani organiser Diane Hart said, A couple of months ago Linda Ruttledge from Lulus approached me and said, I want to do something for the local Stop Adani campaign.

The tongue-in-cheek Indian vegetarian feast fundraiser will host up to 60 people, who will also get to enjoy the delights of the Bollywood Sisters, who are also donating their time free. Linds will be donating the food, venue, preparation, cooking and clean up, while Lulus staff are volunteering their time.

This is also a celebration of the amazing community we live in, while raising much-needed funds for the ongoing Stop Adani campaign, continued Diane.

This will help fund the legal means to keep up the pressure and maintain the momentum that is vital. Together we can do this.

So shake out your sari and don your dhoti! BYO drinks and glasses, she said. Tickets are only for sale at Lulus.

The post...

07:45

ABC News Australia Raided by ASIO Officers; Secure Cabinets Seized "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Shem El-Jamal

On January 18, 2018, many Americans were pleasantly surprised to hear the news of the raids on the publisher, Newsweek, that took place just one day prior. These actions taken by New York law enforcement appeared to be largely justified, and in the eyes of many Americans, these raids were long overdue.

As the situation appears, the issues which promoted the swift confiscation of the servers at Newsweek stretch far beyond just one mere company in the U.S. We may see that due to the similar actions of law enforcement in Canberra and Brisbane, Australia, that Newsweek was not the only corporate source that was suspected of illegal activity.

For the longest time, thousands of Americans have grown increasingly impatient with a corporate media that has been long-divorced from accurate reporting and ethical integrity. Not only have corporate sources such as Newsweek been shown to be significantly dishonest in their reporting, but they have been long-suspected to be linked to criminal interests as well.

These and many other reasons may explain why many citizens were somewhat relieved to see these recent actions against provably compromised news sources.

For decades, the corporate media has gradually devolved into a politically bias, corporately compromised, puppet show for the ruling elite. According to multiple sources, there are numerous interests behind this media monopoly who intend to manipulate the public in any direction which they deem advantageous to elitist ideals.

Whether the goal involves starting useless wars in foreign countries, placing Cabal sponsored puppets in positions of power, censoring important information from being revealed, or disarming the general public for the sake of maintain social control, the general intent is the same.

It is a well-known fact that the CIA and other government agencies have significant control over corporate media. Companies such as CNN, ABC, CBS, and even NPR have been shown to be little more than extensions of the CIA and/or other manipulative government agencies. Though some may believe that past government programs such as Operation Mockingbird were discontinued, these programs a...

07:40

Celebrating leaders in abstract art "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Grace Crowley, Abstract painting, 1947, oil on cardboard. Photo supplied.

Women leading the charge in abstract art will be celebrated from March 2 at the Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre as part of the national touring group exhibition Abstraction.

Drawing from the extensive collection of the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra, Abstraction will take audiences on a journey from the early 20th Century through to the present day with masterworks from the NGAs collection that are rarely on display. 

 Curator Lara Nicholls said Abstraction celebrates women who have led the charge early on in this field showing confidence, curiosity and innovation as they engaged with one of the defining movements of the 20th Century.  

The most striking thing about this exhibition is that, despite the fact that many of the women who are represented were innovators and leaders, many of them have fallen into relative obscurity, Ms Nicholls said.

Their work was rarely exhibited or included in critical studies of Abstraction in this country and in this exhibition alone there are 26 works that have not been shown since their creation or premiere exhibition.

The exhibition reveals the remarkable contribution Australian women artists have made to abstract art through a wide range of media and whose influence still prevails today in contemporary art practice.

Abstraction features 74 works by 38 artists including Margaret Preston, Dorrit Black, Grace Crowley and Anne Dangar through to Inge King, Yvonne Audette, Margo Lewers and Janet Dawson.

It also features works from contemporary practioners such as Virginia Cuppaidge, Elizabeth Coats, Melinda Harper and Debra Dawes.  

This exhibition also traces the remarkable contribution Indigenous women have made to th...

07:11

The draft master plan for the Brunswick Heads Boat Harbour is on display "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Brunswick Heads Boat Harbour. Photo brunswickheads.org.au

The draft master plan for the Brunswick Heads Boat Harbour has finally been released. The NSW Department of Primary Industry Lands and Water (DPI) began working on the master plan process in April 2015 consulting with local land holders and residents to determine how to proceed with plans to rejuvenate the site.

According to the statement from Nationals MLC Ben Franklin Among the suggested improvements are an additional boat ramp, new car and trailer parking spaces, improved public spaces and picnic facilities, and new floating pontoons for mooring recreational and commercial vessels.

Backfill was laid filling in the old slipway at Brunswick Heads boat harbour in mid-January. Photo Jeff Dawson.

The backfilling of the defunct commercial slipway  in mid-January by the DPI drew criticism from the owner of the now closed Brunswick Fish Coop, William Silverman. Silverman questioned the DPIs motives in going ahead with filling in the slipway prior to the release fo the draft master plan. He stated that  the DPI are trying to sideline people like ourselves who have something really positive to contribute and that the DPI had excluded them from the masterplan process.

At that point a DPI spokesperson said Removal of the slipway is shown in a stakeholder-preferred l...

07:07

MACKAY Thats just dangerous: Mackay truckie flouts fatigue laws "IndyWatch Feed National"

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WE WILL NOT TAKE ACTION: ASIC too lazy to go after fallen queer Evo Media magnate & dentist harasser, Mark Christopher Anthony "IndyWatch Feed National"

EXCLUSIVE: The nation's financial and corporate regulator, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), is seemingly too lazy to go after disgraced queer media magnate and former Evo Media owner, Mark Christopher Anthony, despite pleas from other business owners still being harassed by the now officially declared dodgy businessman and evidence piling in against him. [READ MORE]

06:57

RMIT University Launches Australias First Blockchain Course "IndyWatch Feed National"

An Australian university has launched the countrys first Blockchain course online #NEWS

06:29

How not to teach "IndyWatch Feed National"

For a term paper in an online course, a student was asked to pick a country and compare some trend between that country and the US. The student chose to compare social media use, with Australia as the other country. But she got the paper back with an F grade, the adjunct professor writing on it that she was failing the student and that Australia is a continent not a country. The student appealed the grade to the professor and the university administration and sent in some evidence that Australia was unique in being both a continent and a country. Her grade was then revised to a B+ and the professor was fired.

What struck me about this news item was not that the instructor was unaware that Australia is a country but that, if the story is taken at face value, the professor seemed to be failing the student for what was a mistake of fact. These kinds of things happen when a professor gives an assignment and then looks at only the final product of the student, with no feedback in between. This is done routinely but is not the way to help students learn how to write.

This would never happen in my courses because of the way my courses are structured. While I do assign research term papers, what I do is have the student choose a topic very early on in the course, in consultation with me. The first writing assignment that is due about a third of the way through the course requires the student to write a paper that gives three different perspectives on the topic, written in as neutral a way as possible so that I would find it hard to discern what her preferred position was. The goal of this is to have the student realize that most issues have multiple ways of being seen and to research these alternatives.

The second writing assignment due about two-thirds of the way through the course requires them to take the perspective that they favor and then write two parts: one arguing forcefully and in a partisan way in favor of their preferred position, the other arguing forcefully against it. Again, both parts should be written in such a way that it would be hard for me to guess which side she is on. The point of this assignment is to make the student research the strongest case that can be made against their position.

The final assignment due at the end of the term is where they put this all together and make the case for their position while acknowledging that other points of view and opposing arguments exist and taking those into account when making their case.

For each paper, students are encouraged to submit their work and get feedback from their peers and from me before submitting the final versions. In this system, it can never happen that a studen...

06:00

EMF Readings After My Two Posts Today "IndyWatch Feed National"

Again- emf stands for electro magnetic frequentcy- and a safe level is under 50 and as you can those in my house are not even close

05:27

Australia: Ex-Muslim forced to wear niqab for years says I hate the niqab "IndyWatch Feed National"

Can she say that? Or will Australias smart set forthwith denounce her for Islamophobia? I hate the niqab: Ex-Muslim who runs an atheist blog says she ran away from home after her mother forced her to wear the dehumanising face covering, by Stephen Johnson, Daily Mail Australia, February 20, 2018: An ex-Muslim woman has described []

02:34

Just Discover Doug Mesner Somehow Put My YouTube Channel Back Up "IndyWatch Feed National"

I thought it was gone but I accidentally hit a button to find it was all back up.

So I manually deleted the videos except for a few.

This dude will stop at nothing to try and set me up. But good luck replacing them since I just manually deleted most all of the videos.

Doug Mesner also uses the name Jon Killrush as one of his myriad of aliases- as he gets a rush from killing. And the guy is OBSESSED with me

01:05

Does Barnaby Joyce actually deliver for regional Australia? "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The line being very strongly pushed by the Nationals is that Barnaby Joyce delivers for regional and rural Australia like nobody else. But is it true? After the 2013 election, Tony Windsor spoke to Barnaby Joyce about continuing the campaign for funding for Armidale Hospital.  Barnabys response was informative in showing who he cares about.

The post Does Barnaby Joyce actually deliver for regional Australia? appeared first on The AIM Network.

00:30

Beyond Comprehension! Supermassive Black Holes are Outgrowing Their Host Galaxies "IndyWatch Feed National"

By The Daily Galaxy

The growth of the biggest black holes in the Universe is outrunning the rate of formation of stars in the galaxies they inhabit, according to two new studies using data from NASAs Chandra X-ray Observatory and other telescopes and described in our latest press release.

In this graphic an image from the Chandra Deep Field-South is shown. The Chandra image (blue) is the deepest ever obtained in X-rays. It has been combined with an optical and infrared image from the Hubble Space Telescope (HST), colored red, green, and blue. Each Chandra source is produced by hot gas falling towards a supermassive black hole in the center of the host galaxy, as depicted in the artists illustration.One team of researchers, led by Guang Yang at Penn State, calculated the ratio between a supermassive black holes growth rate and the growth rate of stars in its host galaxy and found it is much higher for more massive galaxies. For galaxies containing about 100 billion solar masses worth of stars, the ratio is about ten times higher than it is for galaxies containing about 10 billion solar masses worth of stars.

Using large amounts of data from Chandra, HST and other observatories, Yang and his colleagues studied the growth rate of black holes in galaxies at distances of 4.3 to 12.2 billion light years from Earth. The X-ray data included the Chandra Deep Field-South and North surveys and the COSMOS-Legacy surveys.

Another group of scientists, led by Mar Mezcua of the Institute of Space Sciences in Spain, independently studied 72 galaxies located at the center of galaxy clusters at distances ranging up to about 3.5 billion light years from Earth and compared their properties in X-ray and radio waves. Their work indicates that the black hole masses were about ten times larger than masses estimated by another method using the assumption that the black holes and galaxies grew in tandem.

The Mezcua study used X-ray data from Chandra and radio data from the Australia Telescope Compact Array, the Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA) and Very Long Baseline Array. One object in their sample is the large galaxy in the center of the Hercules galaxy cluster. The image shown above includes Chandra data (purple), VLA data (blue) and HST optical data (appearing white).

The Daily Galaxy via Chandra X-ray Center...

00:16

George Christensen running a little distraction for his 'mate' Barnaby Joyce? "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


Far-right federal politicians tend to stick together in the face of negative media coverage and on 17 February 2018 thirty-nine year old George Robert Christensen, Liberal-Nationals MP for Dawson, apparently decided to give social media something else to talk about other than his 'mate' Nationals Leader Barnaby Joyce.

Unfortunately when picking a topic George showed all the maturity and sound judgement voters have come to expect from members of the Turnbull Coalition Government.




Cristensen's Facebook caption reads "You gotta ask yourself, do you feel lucky, greenie punks?"

Unfortunately for George at least one member of the public reported his Facebook post to the police and the prime minister. So it wasn't that long before he changed the captioning of this gun-totting image.

Some time later he also removed the image with a silly show of petulance.
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00:15

Speak Up for Battery Hens Before It's Too Late: NSW Government taking submissions on Model Code of Practice for Poultry until 26 February 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"



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15 Feb 2018 4:00 AM AEST - Australians Urged to Speak up for Battery Hens Before it's too Late

15 February, 2018

Australians Urged to Speak up for Battery Hens Before it's too Late

Australians are being encouraged take part in a once-in-a-generation opportunity to help end the cruel use of battery hen cages by making a submission to the poultry code review.

With polls indicating 8...

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23:37

Could the Fire at Legal Aid in Lincoln NE Be Connected to This Child Trafficking Mess? "IndyWatch Feed National"

https://www.google.com/amp/journalstar.com/news/local/911/legal-aid-of-nebraska-offices-suffer-considerable-damage-in-terminal/article_741bed50-aa90-5eb0-90b2-c2ad35a74fc7.amp.html

It COULD just be coinsidence- but the fact that a fire just took out the Legal Aid floor in Lincoln NE- and ONLY the 8th floor at a time when people are talking about what happened in Omaha in the 80s cant help but raise red flags for me.

The fact that the fire started only on the 8th floor- which where Legal Aid is located- and considering virtually all the victims of what happened in Omaha were low income individuals- makes me wonder if there isnt some attempt to stop and hide what happened in Omaha in the 80s. The fact that the building was closed- both because of the time of the fire AND because it was Presidents Day also makes me wonder.

And the fact that the fire itself was SOLEY on the 8th floor is enough to make a person go hmmmmmm.

Could this be an attempt to destroy evidence and cover things up? Maybe not- but considering everything that is happening right now- it just seems like to big of a coincidence to rule it out.

???

22:57

COAL SEAM GAS MINING AND THE RISK TO HEALTH "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


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22:33

The Music Of James Bond "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Rediscover The Music Of James Bond!

For over 50 years, the thrilling exploits of the worlds greatest spy have been accompanied by the worlds finest theme songs: Goldfinger, Live and Let Die, From Russia With Love, Diamonds Are Forever, Skyfall, You Only Live Twice, Thunderball, and so many more.

Now celebrate these timeless hits with The Music of James Bond in full live symphonic sound. Conducted by Mr 007 himself Guy Noble and sung with soulful power by Australias finest songstress, the multi-award winning Kate Ceberano, and musical theatre extraordinaire, Michael Falzon.

 

The remarkable music of James Bond has spanned decades and now the next generation can enjoy the sweeping themes and luscious pop classics that accompany each film. Says Michael

Falzon A couple of years ago, Kate and I had the honour of bringing that music to Australian audiences with a full live orchestra. Im so lucky to be sharing the stage again with the inimitable Ms. Ceberano and this time for Sydney audiences. Together we get to go down memory lane and I get to share the stage with one of the truly great voices of a generation. Im chuffed.

Kate Ceberano is one of Australias most loved performers. Her talent and popularity know no bounds. Her career spans three decades and various roles and incantations from the lead singer of Im Talking to an award-winning solo artist and performer, Artistic Director of the Adelaide Festival, author, actress and dancer. Kate has won multiple ARIA awards over her career and in 2014 became the first Australian woman to be inducted into the Australian Songwriters Association (ASA) Hall of Fame. Joining such luminaries as Don Walker, The Easybeats, LRB and The Angels. She was awarded an Order of Australia in 2016 for her charitable work and services...

20:51

Geoffrey Rush defamation case hears allegation he touched actress genitals "IndyWatch Feed National"

ABC News Australia

Geoffrey Rush defamation case hears allegation he touched actress genitals

20 February 2018

Geoffrey Rush

More details have emerged of the allegations against Geoffrey Rush after a judge lifted a suppression order on the Daily Telegraphs defence to a defamation action brought by the Oscar-winning actor.

In its defence filed in the Federal Court, the newspaper claims that Rush inappropriately touched actor Eryn Jean Norvill, who was playing his daughter during a production of King Lear at the Sydney Theatre Company in 2015.

The defence document alleges that Norvill complained to the Sydney Theatre Company that the actor had touched her genitals during the production of King Lear without her consent.

Rush has vehemently denied the claims and is seeking damages, claiming the article portrayed him as a pervert and a sexual predator.

The Daily Telegraph claims in its defence that the touching happened during the final scene of the play, when Rush in the role of King Lear walked onto the stage carrying the lifeless body of his daughter, Cordelia.

In a pre-trial hea...

20:44

MEDIA RELEASE: Government draft poultry standards fail to meet international standards "IndyWatch Feed National"

MEDIA RELEASE- 20 February 2018

Animal welfare advocates, farmers, academics and consumers are disappointed that the government department responsible for draft industry standards for poultry welfare released in late 2017 colluded with the industrial livestock industry before the release, and failed to meet expectations to phase out battery cages.

Consumers and animal welfare advocates are appalled by the Draft Standards. Already more than 100,000 submissions have been made, triple the number submitted for other livestock welfare reviews.[1]

The draft was widely expected to follow international moves to ban the battery cage. But in the face of this global trend, Australia has shied away from a once-in-a-generation chance to secure better welfare for poultry since the last review in 2001.

The integrity of the process undertaken by the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) was put into question after research by animal welfare scientists was distorted by the drafting group to appear in favour of conventional caged egg production. Industrial caged egg farmers were accused of engaging in systemic collusion with the DPI to thwart moves to outlaw battery hens.

One suggested alternative is furnished or colony cages, which are larger and provide perches, nests and litter for pecking and scratching. But the research on furnished cages was provided by an industry body and only done on 12 flocks, calling into question the independence and comprehensiveness of the studies accompanying the proposed standards.

The European Union announced a ban on battery cages in 1999 and witnessed the completion of that ban in 2012, 20 years after Switzerland became first to phase out battery cages.[2] Alongside them are Canada, New Zealand and the states of California, Michigan and Ohio in the US, where cage-free egg products are a requirement in many retail outlets.

In Australia, major retailers such as McDonalds, Coles & Woolies have agreed to phase out caged eggs. More than 40 IGA stores have stopped stocking cage eggs.[3] The proportion of caged eggs sold in supermarkets has fallen from 75% to 49% over the past decade and the RSPCA says that 84% of consumers do not want cage eggs.

Clearly consumer awareness and demand for cage-free products are on the rise, and Australian governments are wildly out of step with community sentiment.

AFSA President and free-range pig and cattle farmer Tammi Jonas said, Industrial farmers a...

20:41

Bernardi says Barnaby Joyce not only minister having sex with staff "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Guardian

Australian edition

Bernardi says Barnaby Joyce not only minister having sex with staff

Australian Conservatives leader Cory Bernardi suggests others are in breach of PMs code of conduct but doesnt name them

Australian Conservatives leader Cory Bernardi
Cory Bernardi says ministers other than Barnaby Joyce are in sexual relationships with staff. Photograph: Mike Bowers for the Guardian

Cory Bernardi has claimed that Turnbull government ministers other than Barnaby Joyce are having a sexual relationship with a person on their staff after the revelation of Joyces affair with his former media adviser Vikki Campion.

While Joyce refused to step down as Nationals leader over the controversy, the leader of the Australian Conservatives stirred trouble for the Coalition by suggesting that others were in breach of Malcolm Turnbulls code of conduct banning sex between ministers and their staff.

20:37

Barnaby Joyce hits back over leadership pressure: Im not going anywhere "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Guardian

Australian Edition

Barnaby Joyce hits back over leadership pressure: Im not going anywhere

Deputy PM says he is humbled by support and people are starting to see this as a witch-hunt

Barnaby Joyce
Barnaby Joyce played down a phone hook-up between officials from the National party on Monday. Photograph: Michael Masters/Getty Images

Barnaby Joyce says hes not going anywhere, blasting suggestions he should be ousted as Nationals leader by calling them a witch-hunt.

The deputy prime minister, who has taken personal leave after his relationship with a staffer was made public, also played down a phone hook-up on Monday afternoon betweens Nationals officials from four states and the federal party.

I am humbled by the support in my electorate and in the community, he told Fairfax Media in an intervie...

20:34

Geoffrey Rushs co-star visibly upset after confrontation, court told "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Guardian Australia

Geoffrey Rushs co-star visibly upset after confrontation, court told

Documents claim actor entered theatres female bathroom before being told to leave

Geoffrey Rush
Geoffrey Rush labelled the articles published by the Daily Telegraph as spurious claims with bombastic titles. Photograph: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

The Oscar-winning actor Geoffrey Rush was involved in a confrontation that left a female cast member visibly upset at a party following the 2015 Sydney Theatre Company production of King Lear, according to allegations in newly released court documents.

On Tuesday the federal court in Australia published a previously suppressed document filed by Nationwide News a subsidiary of News Corp in its defence of defamation proceedings brought by Rush against the newspaper publisher.

Rush strenuously denies the allegations made against him and has labelled the articles published by the Daily Telegraph in November and December last year as spurious claims with bombastic titles.

...

20:32

British police sexual spying on fox hunting opponents "IndyWatch Feed National"

Anti-foxhunting protesters gather outside the Houses of Parliament in London in 2015

Fox hunting is illegal in Britain. Now it seems that British secret police, instead of arresting ex-Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron and his illegally fox hunting cronies, has been spying on fox hunting opponents. And has used sexually abusive tactics in this, like also in spying on other peaceful activists.

By Conrad Landin in Britain:

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Female spycop still in relationship with anti-fox hunting activist she monitored

AN UNDERCOVER copper is still in a romantic relationship with an activist she was sent to monitor more than 15 years after her deployment ended.

The officer, who used the cover name Christine Green, has lived in remote parts of Cornwall and Scotland with anti-fox hunting campaigner Tom Frampton, the Guardian reported today. She became friends with Mr Frampton during her deployment.

Ms Green is the first female officer known to have had a long-term relationship with a campaigner. It is not known at what stage she revealed to her boyfriend that she was a police....

19:08

Australian University Launches Nations First Open Blockchain Course "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Australian public research university RMIT is launching the countrys first dedicated online short course on blockchain technology, the underlying innovation behind cryptocurrencies like bitcoin. The emergence of blockchain as a disruptive, game-changing technology has spurred Melbourne-based RMIT University to offer Australias first online course on the sector. The 8-week program, titled Developing Blockchain Strategy, will Continued

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18:30

Academic Investigating Chinese Influence Peddling in New Zealand Had Break-Ins at Home and Work "IndyWatch Feed National"

Via: New Zealand Herald: A New Zealand academic who made international waves researching Chinas international influence campaigns has linked a number of recent break-ins to her work. University of Canterbury professor Anne-Marie Brady, speaking today from Christchurch to the Australian Parliaments Intelligence and Security Committee in Canberra, outlined three recent events which caused her concern. []

17:34

Writers, we want your false documents! "IndyWatch Feed National"

Overland is seeking fiction submissions for a special online fiction edition themed around False documents  that is, fiction disguised as or in the guise of real textual artefacts  to be guest edited by Dave Drayton.

17:12

MACKAY Mackay man rang in fake suicide threat "IndyWatch Feed National"

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16:00

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.00007 BTC
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IKEA To Begin Selling "At-Cost" Home Solar Panel Systems For Under $10,000 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Swedish furniture manufacturer IKEA recently announced a plan to sell at-cost home solar panel systems that will range from $7,500 $10,000. The offer is slowly rolling out in different markets and is already available in different parts of Europe and Japan. This week, IKEA Australia boss Jan Gardberg announced that the solar panels will soon be sold in his region as well.

15:06

IKEA To Begin Selling At-Cost Home Solar Panel Systems For Under $10,000 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Swedish furniture manufacturer IKEA recently announced a plan to sell at-cost home solar panel systems that will range from $7,500 $10,000. The offer is slowly rolling out in different markets and is already available in different parts of Europe and Japan. This week, IKEA Australia boss Jan Gardberg announced that the solar panels will soon be sold in his region as well.

In an interview with 9 News, Gardberg said, We have already introduced (solar panels) into the UK market and in Poland and something similar in Japan, and I and the team would like to find a way to introduce that to the Australian market.

It would actually be cost-neutral because we believe this to be another positive way that we, as a big company, can contribute for the sustainable life at home for the many people in Australia, he added.

According to Canstar Blue, this is the price list that is currently being used for IKEA solar products in the UK:

a 3kW solar system for 4,412 ($A7,800);
a customisable solar system, starting at 3kW for 4,941 ($A8,700);
 and a customized solar system thats designed to integrate seamlessly with your roof, again starting at 3kW, this time costing 6,176 ($A10,900).

Hopefully, their solar panels are of a better quality and easier to put together than their furniture is.

The price of solar panels has continued to decrease with each passing year, making solar as a viable energy source a very real possibility.

2016 data from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) suggests that solar has actually already become the cheapest way to generate energy.

According to a recent estimate released by the International Energy Agency, solar will be the worlds primary source of energy by 2050. Recent breakthroughs in solar technology are making it more efficient and cheaper to extract energy from the sun, which in turn, is making this technology more available to the average person.

Solar power is unlike most other energy resources because there is a limitless supply. This limitless supply of power could actually cause energy prices to drop so low that anyone could afford it. Like all technology, the technology to harness electricity from the sun will continue to become cheaper as it is developed and perfected.


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14:54

Vacancy rates drop in January "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Rental vacancies tighten

I've noticed many rental properties letting much more quickly in Brisbane in recent weeks.

Whether or nor this is the beginning of a trend for 2018 remains to be seen. 

SQM Research reported that nationally vacancy rates tightened from 2.5 per cent to 2.3 per cent in January, partly due to the seasonal variation over the Christmas period. 

In Sydney the vacancy rate fell from 2.6 per cent to 2.3 per cent in the month of January.

However, that's still higher than the 1.9 per cent recorded a year earlier.

Indeed, smoothing the numbers on a 6mMA basis you can see that Sydney's rental conditions have been easing, and rental price growth may now moderate from here. 


Hobart's vacancy rate increased to 0.4 per cent in January, but a severe rental shortage in the Tasmanian capital is putting continued upwards pressure on rents. 

Canberra also recorded a tight vacancy rate of 0.9 per cent in January, with Adelaide at 1.5 per cent, and Melbourne at 1.8 per cent. 

The trend in Perth's vacancy rate, although still elevated, is also improving. 

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14:40

Culture Guide February 19 25: Pornoagogo, Club 4A, Koori Gras & more "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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13:55

There is no European citizen cultures and narratives diverge in the Eurozone "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

I have noted before that when someone asks me where I come from I immediately (and innately) respond Australia. If questioned further I might tell them I grew up in Melbourne, Victoria. Sure enough, I am a Victorian (with some of the cultural attachments that that denotes) but that affiliation is weak compared to my nationality. That doesnt make me a xenophobe or a nationalist. It just says I am culturally from that geographic area. If I ask my friends from Italy, Spain, France, the UK, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Finland, Norway, etc the same question, they will answer they are from those nations. They never immediately respond by saying they are European. I can get them to say they are European but that is not their innate cultural association. The point is that there is really no such thing as a European citizen. They are all citizens of their individual Member States with little shared culture and quite diverse histories (not to mention languages etc). An interesting study came out from European economics think tank Bruegel last week (February 15, 2018) Tales from a crisis: diverging narratives of the euro area highlights the consequences of these differences and concludes that it makes for an extremely challenging context within which to conduct a uniform monetary policy across different countries. I would add economic policy in general to that assessment.

The study investigates Who gets the blame for the crisis in the Eurozone. They also were interested in the question: How did narratives of the crisis develop since 2007?

Their approach fell within the area of research known as narrative-building in economics which Robert Schiller described in his January 2017 paper Narrative Economics as involving:

the study of the spread and dynamics of popular narratives, the stories, particularly those of human interest and emotion, and how these change through time, to understand economic fluctuations.

Recessions are obviously about people deciding to spend less, to make do for now with that old furniture instead of buying news, or to postpone starting a new business, to postpone hiring new help in an existing business, or to express support for fiscally conservative government.

These decisions are subject to feedback so as a recession deepens and confidence falters, people will decide to spend less.

But as Schiller notes: why did the recession even start in the first place?

There is a body of literature in the fields of marketing, journalism, education, health interventions and philanthropy that show the people respo...

13:54

State Funeral tomorrow for the late Sir Nicholas Shehadie AC OBE (1926 2018) "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian National Flag to fly at Half-Mast Wednesday, 21 February 2018 State Funeral Service Sir Nicholas Shehadie AC OBE (1926 2018) The New South Wales Department of the Premier and Cabinet advises that a State Funeral Service for Sir Nicholas Shehadie AC OBE will be held at 10.00am on...

13:28

Reflections on The Hegemony Narrative "IndyWatch Feed National"

(L) Image from the aerial view of the expoding mother of all bombs, and (R) guarding the opium fields (R photo Global Research)

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Recalling what I recently wrote of The Los Alamos Atlanta CAL Air Flight: False Flags of plausible denial are currently being sought by America, NATO, and Israel, to swerve Western herds, to allow for strikes on: Russian Assets, Syria and Iran.

Latakia of course would be well off target for the protagonists. Unless they are hoping that Ru...

13:21

AIRPORT FLIES HIGH WITH RECORD PASSENGERS "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The records keep coming at Gold Coast Airport, with the busiest day in history landing in January and toppling the previously highest day just 15 days after it was set.
On 7 January, 24,585 passengers arrived and departed the airport, which is a larger number than the population of Maryborough. The previous record of 24,076 was set on 23 December 2017.

The month of January was also the busiest in GCAs history, with more than 650,000 passengers passing through the terminal an increase of 4.2 per cent on January 2017.

Queensland Airports Limited CEO Chris Mills said it was a strong start to what would be a momentous year for the companys largest airport.

Both December and January were extremely busy for passenger movements and our ability to handle these peaks have put us in good stead for the thousands of people about to descend on the city for the Commonwealth Games, Mr Mills said.

In March the airport stands up for the arrival of Games athletes, officials, media and spectators, and we expect the arrival and departure periods for this event to be comparable to the usual peaks we see over Christmas and New Year.

The month of January was particularly strong from a domestic perspective, with growth on our core markets of Sydney and Melbourne, and a significant increase in passengers on the Canberra route thanks to re-timing of the service to better suit leisure travellers.
Internationally, Singapore and Tokyo were standout performers.

Mr Mills said delivery of the airports expansion plans were key to facilitating long-term passenger growth.

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13:15

Chincogan Lookout "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Mt Chincogan from the Chincogan Lookout.

The Byron Shire has some iconic views. One of the most memorable is the view of Mt Chincogan as you drive in to Mullumbimby from Uncle Toms, thanks to a visionary town planner and surveyor who insisted on the current alignment of the road. Michael Abboud is the owner of the new dwellings that have appeared on the north-facing slope near the intersection of Saddle Rd and Mullumbimby Rd, and hes creating a Chincogan Lookout on his property, including a mixture of short-and long-term accommodation. For more info Ph 0421 738 352.

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13:08

Arts Wednesday 21 February 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

At 10:40 am, Laila Ellmoos continues with Part 4 of Historic Events and How We Mark Them and this week she tells us about the Waratah Festival, forerunner of the Festival of Sydney.

At 11:00 am, my special guest is Christopher Lawrence, one of Australias favourite radio personalities. His latest book is Symphony of Seduction: Great Love Stories of Classical Composers. ABC has produced a 2-CD set to accompany the book and we listen to tracks from the recording to punctuate our conversation.

In other music , I play songs of love and seduction.

Please join me!

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13:08

PERTH Magistrates court act wa "IndyWatch Feed National"

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12:10

Raised by wolves: new survivalist heroines in fiction "IndyWatch Feed National"

In recent years there has been an increasingly apocalyptic flavour to literary fiction, an upsurge in narratives of radical self-reliance in the face of economic, environmental or civil collapse. Given the end-times polarisation of the political climate, the trend is perhaps unsurprising, but in 2017 three debut novels specifically featured teenage heroines schooled in survivalist practices by their fathers.

12:04

Puzzling change in Southern Ocean revealed by CSIRO "IndyWatch Feed National"

Researchers aboard an Australian ship undertaking pioneering work in the Southern Ocean have found the "first hint" of a shift in a decades-long trend towards fresher, less dense water off Antarctica. Teams of scientists on the RV Investigator have been profiling the salinity and temperature of water between Tasmania and Antarctica at 108 locations. They also released the first batch of deep Argot floats to measure conditions as deep as 4000 metres. But it is the early analysis of data on salinity in the so-called bottom waters near the seabed that may stir international debate. "Every time we've measured since the 1970s, [bottom water's] been becoming lighter and fresher," Steve Rintoul, the voyage chief scientist, told Fairfax Media on Monday as the ship took its final ocean profile. "We've got the first hint now that maybe things are shifting back to becoming saltier and denser in the deepest part of the ocean," said Dr Rintoul, who is a senior researcher at CSIRO and the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems (ACE) CRC. Dr Rintoul said "this increase in salinity still brings levels to nowhere near where they were in the 1970s ... nor even into the 1990s". The trend of warming of those waters has not changed.

11:59

SACOSS: Labors plan on digital a winner "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

The South Australian Council of Social Service applauds todays announcement by Premier Jay Weatherill that a re-elected Labor Government would take steps to bridge the digital divide in South Australia. It is good news for those people struggling with internet access and costs, and vital for ensuring that everyone can participate in the digital economy and society.

South Australia has lagged behind Australia with the second lowest score on the Australian Digital Inclusion Index, and with some 17% of households not accessing the internet (above the national average of 15%).

The SACOSS Cost of Living Report released last week showed that South Australians spend less than the national average on telecommunications and get less value for money meaning that South Australians are under-utilising telecommunications. Those on low incomes and those looking for work, people with disability, and those in regional areas are particularly disadvantaged in a digital world.

11:08

Raising funds for refugee friendship visits in Uki "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Locals and visitors have fun canoeing together as part of the refugee friendship visit. Photo supplied.

The Uki Refugee project is continuing to support refugees in Australia through their refugee friendship visits that they have been running for several years.

The next visit will take place on the weekend of March 24 and they will be having two fundraisers to generate the funds to support the project in early March.

A film night will take place at the Regent Cinema in Murwillumbah on Sunday, March 4 at 2pm with the special screening of Chauka, please tell us the time   this will be the first time it will be screened in regional Australia.

The documentary was shot by Kurdish-Iranian refugee and journalist Behrouz Boochani on his mobile phone from inside detention on Manus Island. The footage was sent to filmmaker Arash Kamali Sarvestani to be turned into a documentary.

This will be followed by a fundraising concert on Saturday, March 17 featuring  Kim Banffy and the Songbirds at the Uki Anglican Church. There are only 80 tickets available so organisers are recommending that you pre-purchase tickets. Tickets for both events are available through the try booking site. https://www.trybooking.com/

The friendship visits have been taking place since 2014 and have provided a great opportunity of connection between the local Uki community and refugees.

We had one Kurdish woman who was very depressed as several of her sons were lost in the fighting in Iran presumed dead, said one of the organisers Bryan McClellan.

She has two younger children here with her and her teenage daughter persuaded her to have a go on a flying fox at a playground we were visiting.  It was a real breakthrough moment for her and she began to smile as she flew on the flying...

11:00

No, no, no: Shortens message to Adani "IndyWatch Feed National"

ALP leader Bill Shorten. Photo AAP

BRISBANE, AAP Opposition Leader Bill Shorten says theres no way hell support government money going to Adani to help the Indian miner get its Queensland coal mine off the ground.

Adanis planned mine has dominated a community meeting Mr Shorten attended in Townsville on Monday night.

If they want to use EFIC (the Export Finance and Investment Corporation) or any other form of government funding body to get the money no, no, no, he told the crowd.

There were tense scenes outside the meeting at the Currajong State School when a man scuffled with anti-Adani protesters.

Police were called and a 53-year-old man was issued with a notice to front court on three counts of common assault.

The mine is a divisive issue in Townsville, which is one of two fly-in, fly-out bases for the Galilee basin coal mine.

Some want the jobs Adani has promised, but others view the mine as an environmental disaster.

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10:54

Lismores Tatts Hotel forced to the wall by insurance rejection "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The New Tattersalls Hotel in Lismore has been forced to close its doors. (picture Paul Connelly)

The heart of live music in Lismore has stopped beating for now.

The  devastated publicans of the New Tattersalls Hotel in Keen Street, Rod and Kim Bradbury, yesterday announced the sudden closure of their business via a Facebook post, citing last years flood, insurance problems and landlord issues.

What a bastard of a day.it is with broken hearts that we have had to close our doors today, they wrote.

After fighting the battle that was Debbie, we have been defeated by our insurance company and unforgiving landlords.

This was the hardest thing we have ever had to do. Our hearts go out to our staff for they are truly amazing.

To our patrons, whom are like family, we are sorry. We have tried our damndest to make it work but just cant. Watch this space though, we could be back with a vengeance.

Following the March floods,  the publicans and staff battled to get the hotel back running, and it was indeed the first hotel in the CBD to be be back serving meals and providing entertainment.

When a fundraiser was organised to help them get back on their feet following the flood, an amazing 50 acts offered to play. A one night event turned into a three day event, showing the love that the music industry and its patrons have for the pub.

But a fundraiser was never going to cover the high cost of keeping the pub running, and the publicans were banking on their insurance company to do the right thing and pay their $750,000 claim, or at least a good portion of it.

They explored options to sell the lease but each offer was rejected by the property owners.

So despite paying around $37,000 in insurance cover each year, they ran out of options when the insurance company, AssetInsure, declined their claim last week.

And although the publicans business model was based around live music and top class meals, Mrs Bradbury said the dozen or so poker machine entitlements had kept the ledger happy prior to the flood.

We have lost $180,000 in revenue because we have not had eight poker machines on the floor since the flood, she sai...

10:47

Highway upgrade one step closer as service road opens "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Aerial view of part of the Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway upgrade. Photo RMS

Federal Page MP Kevin Hogan (Naitonals) said a new service road opening on Thursday will give traffic a safe and efficient bypass of the Pacific Highway upgrade works between Woodburn and Broadwater for the next two years.

This is a significant day for the upgrade of the Pacific Highway, as moving traffic onto this service road will allow work to continue on the new highway. Separating traffic will help minimise the impact of work and improve safety for workers and highway motorists, Mr Hogan said.

The opening of the 3.5 kilometre service road represents a years worth of work and is a significant milestone for the overall upgrade, which is progressing well towards its planned 2020 completion, Mr Hogan said.

State MP for Clarence, Chris Gulaptis (Nationals), said the service road would remain as a local road between Woodburn and Broadwater following the completion of the Pacific Highway upgrade.

The new road will better connect locals in the area when the main upgrade opens to traffic in 2020, Mr Gulaptis said.

Fauna crossings

The service road also considers local wildlife, with six fauna crossings providing safe passage underneath the highway.

This is a key wildlife corridor, so six fauna crossings which support the migration and colonisation of native wildlife have been included in the design, Mr Gulaptis said.

 

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10:32

Tweed Council fined over Terranora sewage spill "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Terranora Inlet. Photo www.gusha.com.au

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has fined Tweed Shire Council $15,000 after it allowed partially treated sewage from Banora Point Wastewater Treatment Plant to spill into Terranora Creek last year.

The council holds an environmental protection licence that allows the release of treated wastewater into Terranora Creek.

But it discharged partially treated wastewater that exceeded the limits into the waterway between 5 8 November 2017.

The councils engineering director David Oxenham said that as soon as our staff became aware of this issue, they worked immediately to limit the release of effluent and implemented an emergency response.

The council also undertook significant operational works to ensure that all subsequent effluent released was compliant with licence requirements, he added.

He says that since the event the council has undertaken an incident cause analysis and has implemented key findings to reduce the risks of a similar event in the future.

We have made improvements to our mechanical and electrical controls at the site as well as delivered additional training to operational staff.

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10:07

MACKAY Woman says drug-drive test wrong, magistrate rejects claim "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY February 20, 2018 at 07:00AM ,

Woman says drug-drive test wrong, magistrate rejects claim

February 20, 2018 at 07:00AM ,

Whitty faced Mackay Magistrates Court on Monday, pleading guilty to driving while methamphetamines were present in her saliva, at Eton, on May 26, 2017. The 37-year-old, who was not represented by a lawyer, was applying for a work licence to be granted to allow her to drive while disqualified.

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MACKAY Mans jewellery draws attention of anti-bikie taskforce "IndyWatch Feed National"

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A MACKAY man has drawn the attention of Queenslands anti-bikie taskforce by wearing cool rings linked to outlaw motorcycle gangs. Alec Vincent Coulahan avoided the maximum penalty for wearing the prohibited jewellery adorned with the 1% insignia when he faced Mackay Magistrates Court.

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09:59

Cubby house ordered to be removed by Council "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Mellanie Coppins treehouse is considered a permanent installation by Council staff. Photo Jeff Dawson

What is public art? This is the question that local resident Mellanie Coppin is planning to ask Byron Shire Councils public art panel as she looks for a way to redefine the cubby house that was installed on the road reserve near her home in Massinger Street, Byron Bay. 

After being told by the council to remove the cubby house in August 2017, Mellanie has asked if there was a way to keep it there, as she says it is loved by both children and adults as well as locals and tourists. 

Virtually every day people stop in their tracks or in their cars to take photos of this treehouse. Neighbours have instagramed it, kids play in it and the positive feedback has been curiously overwhelming, said Mellanie.

Melanie has asked council if the cubby house could be considered amongst the public art features of our town rather than an encroachment?

However, the councils tourism and projects officer Joanne McMurtry said that while she was empathetic to the idea of the cubby house being art, a treehouse/cubby doesnt fit with our definition of public art and Mellanie has now been given 28 days to remove it. 

According to the vision of the councils own draft public art strategy, public art should be vibrant, contemporary public art that reflects and promotes the unique character and life-style of the region.

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09:56

Byron Council takes action against caf "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Habitat car park on a typical Saturday night. Photo David Dixon

Chris Dobney

Byron Shire Council is taking compliance action against the popular Barrio caf in Bayshore Drive after ongoing complaints from neighbours that it is noisy and operating outside the terms of its DA (development application).

Echonetdaily understands the venues owners have been served with a Penalty Infringement Notice.

Not a canteen

Barrio was approved as a canteen for workers and residents of the still incomplete Habitat development on Bayshore Drive but neighbour Dave Dixon says the number of cars parked outside the venue in the evenings belies this status.

Mr Dixon told Echonetdaily, Barrio was only approved as a low-key canteen but has been operating as a fully-fledged restaurant less than 50 metres from homes since they opened in December 2017.

Council officers met with Habitat developer Brandon Saul in January over excessive noise generated by Barrios exhaust fans, which engineers are still trying to determine how to fix.

Then, late last month, neighbours complained about patron noise at night and Barrio management responded by closing the doors to the caf at 10pm.

But neighbours said this did little to improve their situation, as there are large plate glass windows facing directly onto Bayshore Drive.

At the time Barrios owner/manager Dan Wyllie told Echonetdaily the caf averaged 120-150 patrons a night but Mr Dixon says this proves it is anything but a low key canteen for locals.

At present, there are only a dozen or so businesses operating at Habitat (and some of these are temporary, summer pop-up shops) and only about 20 completed dwellings.

This is an insufficient customer base to underpin such buoyant patron numbers and such an elaborate canteen, he said.

Out of area patrons

Mr Dixon said t...

09:55

NORTEC small business incubation site sold "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Jewellery maker Adelaide Friday, who moved onto the NORTEC site, with her business Pirates Dreaming. Photo Aslan Shand.

Aslan Shand

NORTECs small business incubation site in Byron Bay industrial estate has been bought by a local developer and builder who is keen to create a hub for successful local businesses.

Some of the businesses who were at the location and under the auspices of NORTEC will be remaining and Noel Cratchley is looking at upgrading the site to give it a new vibe and create a successful local business space. 

As previously reported, NORTEC have yet to comment publicly over their liquidation of their property assets, which has left many small businesses in the lurch. 

Noel Cratchley says he wants to create a shopping precinct for local businesses.

There is a lot of work to do the gutters dont work, the site floods and it is generally run down, Noel continued. 

Having built the trip-a-deal and surfboard agency buildings, among others, Noel is keen to keep things local and good quality. 

Im going to do a full renovation of the building block, then I will be looking at create a strata for a few of them, selling a few and keeping some.

Jewellery maker Adelaide Friday, who moved onto the NORTEC site, with her business Pirates Dreaming, as a small business looking to develop h...

09:45

Celebrating the new Waterlily Park in Ocean Shores "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Celebrating the opening of stage one was a huge success and everyone is invited back to celebrate stage two this Sunday. Photo supplied.

Waterlily Park in Ocean Shores is celebrating the completion of its second stage on Sunday 25 February from 3 till 6pm and are inviting everyone to come and join in the fun.

Ocean Shores Public School are planning games, a treasure hunt, stalls and live performances for everyone to enjoy.

To realise this stage, quite a few locals came together in a joint effort, said stage two coordinator Tina Petroff.

They have installed a shelter, new picnic area and a BBQ creating new spaces for families to enjoy a relaxing day at the park.

Volunteers are rarely acknowledged for their hard work and the value they add to a project and Waterlily Community Playscape could not continue to grow without these dedicated helpers. Many thanks to Yoram (Tiny), Stan, Fabricio, Jason, David, Orit, Omri, Helen and Tom.

In 2016 the Waterlily Playscape Committee received $50K funding from a successful grant to

community building partnership announced by Tamara Smith, MP for Ballina and they have worked hard to create an inclusive space with full wheelchair access BBQ and picnic area.

The committee co-funded a vivid mural with the Ocean Shores Tennis Clu drawn on the external Tennis clubhouse walls by Daniel Hend, a local artist, extending the nature theme of the park.They will also be continuing to develop the site with plantings of established trees, and park benches.

Unfortunately alongside new interest in the park, locals notice more bad behaviour onsite. The

Waterlily Playscape committee is calling for a community action, encouraging locals to report to the police observed inappropriate behaviour while at Waterlily Park on 131444 or 000.

For more details about the community celebration event see their Facebook page.

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08:46

Deniss Dreaming: Julian Assange And His Doppelganger "IndyWatch Feed National"

The only thing better than one Julian Assange, is two Julian Assanges. Denis A. Conroy takes up the story.

Walking along Hans Crescent every morning on my way to work, I stop briefly to look up at the balcony fronting the room which Julian Assange occupies in the Ecuadorian Embassy. Ive been passing his place of residence for five years now and Ive yet to catch a glimpse of him.

What I do see though, are some of Her Majesties compliant factotums doing their surveillance-best to keep tabs on the Ecuadorian Embassy and to monitor the founder of WikiLeaks now in situ compliments of the arse-licking British government doing-it for American imperialism.

Casting a second glance in the direction of Julian Assanges balcony, I wondered how the greying Julian, pallid from long confinement within a sunless space must feel, regarding the findings of the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention when it determined that the arbitrary detention of Julian Assange ought to be terminated. That his physical integrity and freedom of movement be respected, and that he should be entitled to an enforceable right to compensation.

As I proceed along Hans Crescent I become aware that I am moving towards the citys financial sector in the company of an army of well-dressed arse-lickers, insouciantly marching to the beat of a market ethos that had turned wine into water and morality into blandishments of the vulgar kind. In the land of the tiara, the bowler-hat, the umbrella and the well-fitting two-piece office outfit, an order of soft-power has evolved whereby tolerance of Americas iniquitous hard-power has blindsided the better instincts of the masses, thus allowing a culture of predation to continue.

An artists depiction of Hans Crescent, and the Ecuadorian Embassy (next door to Harrods). (IMAGE: James Hobbs, Flickr)

People seem content to go along with any shit if a pay-cheque is in the offing, I surmised.

The ubiquitous US empire, I realized, had become an omnipresent force capable of vacuuming up and silencing all who dared question the activities of a system promulgating political chicanery and it doesnt approve of unauthorized disclosure, as the Julian Assange case demonstrates. Particularly as the covert activities of the ever-expanding American Em...

08:35

Why retire when you could have an encore career? "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Older workers can be a significant asset in the workplace. Photo LinkedIn

Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when Im 64? wrote Paul McCartney all those years ago. Ironically, hes still working, well beyond that age.

And so will many Australians, either by choice, because pension ages have risen or because their superannuation doesnt match their needs in an area of rampant cost of living increases.

Were entering the era of the encore career.

Want to know how you can make the most of your later working years?

The IRT is holding a Career Check-Up Expo for Mature Workers in Ballina on 13 March.

The increase in minimum age eligibility for the pension, combined with increasing life expectancy, means mature age workforce participation is a growing issue for policymakers and people approaching retirement, said IRT Foundation Manager, Toby Dawson.

Many people will now need to continue working longer to survive financially, and the Career Check-Up Expo can help them plan their future careers, working into their 60s and beyond, Mr Dawson said.

The reality is that people who fail to plan for an encore career are more likely to end up jobless. Career planning is crucial, particularly for older workers.

This is where IRT Foundations Career Check-Up Expo for Mature Workers can help. The Expo is a one-stop-shop for people aged over 45 looking for advice on career planning, education and training, financial planning and job seeking services.

This new mature workforce is also creating opportunities for businesses, Mr Dawson said.

Older workers are creating new opportunities for training providers, increasing diversity in workplaces by sharing their experience with younger colleagues and the cohort is one of the strongest drivers of economic activity in the country.

IRT Foundation is putting the call out to businesses across the Northern Rivers region to promote their services to older workers, whether it be in financial planning, training, employment or HR related fields.

The Expo has received funding by the NSW Governments Liveable Communities Grants program in recognition of the importance of a thriving mature age workforce. Australias ageing population, and a declining number of people of traditional working age, mean we need to start thinking laterally about how best to use our e...

08:02

Aussie filmmaker protests innocence of spying charges "IndyWatch Feed National"

In this Jan. 17, 2018, photo, Australian filmmaker James Ricketson, 68, is escorted by prison guards at the Cambodian Supreme Court in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Photo AP Photo/Heng Sinith

PHNOM PENH, AAP An Australian filmmaker accused of espionage in Cambodia has appeared in court, continuing to protest his innocence saying there was no evidence at all of his alleged crime.

James Ricketson, 68, went before the court in Phnom Penh court on Monday before an investigating judge, saying Cambodian investigators still had not produced evidence to support claims he was spying after they seized his computer and trawled through thousands of emails.

They havent come up with any evidence. There is not one email suggestive of me being a spy, he said as he was being taken back to the notorious Prey Sar prison, where he has been incarcerated since June.

He faces five to 10 years behind bars if convicted.

Ricketson has lost about 10kg, his family says, and appeared in court dressed in prison orange overalls. The hearing was closed to the public.

The Australian government recently made representations to the Cambodian government on behalf of Ricketson after a petition with more than 68,000 names was taken up.

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08:00

February 20 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed National"

1804 - Charles Crump was Hanged in Sydney for the theft of 9 pieces of chintzes and printed calicoes from William Tough in Sydney Cove.

1809 - Poor old Billy Bligh boarded a boat after agreeing to go straight to England,not pop into any part of the colony for a cuppa or pass Go and collect $200.

1835 - Charles Norford was Hanged at Sydney for the attempted murder of Patrick Lynch. Norford was shaving Lynch when he suddenly cut his throat.


1863 - Hendrick Witnalder was Hanged at Campbell Street Gaolm Tassie, for sodomy.

1872 William Lygon, aka the 7th Earl Beachamp, popped into the world today. Willy-boy became Gov of NSW and was a patron to Henry Lawson for awhile. 
Shoved out of the closet by his brother-in-law in 1931, Willy quietly went into exile.

1879 - The Cape Bedford Massacre took place; Cooktown based Native Police Sub-inspector Stanhope O'Connor with his troopers, Barney, Jack, Corporal Hero, Johnny and Jimmy hunted down and "hemmed in" a group of Guugu-Yimidhirr Aborigines in "a narrow gorge", north of Cooktown on, "of which both outlets were secured by the troopers. There were twenty-eight men and thirteen gins thus enclosed, of whom none of the former escaped. Twenty-four were shot down on the beach, and four swam out to the sea" never to be seen again.

1880 - The Newcastle Morning Herald announced that a local Aboriginal woman known as Old Margaret , who was purported to be the last surviving Aboriginal people of Lake Macquarie (along with her children) would be formally offered a grant to the land on which they have resided for years.

1895 - The Timaru Herald declared that those on the Oz side of the ditch were claiming that sharing a treaty over a few bottles of plonk with those on the NZ side of the ditch would 'retard Federation".
Yeah.
How abouts we let those Kiwis piff a few of their apples at the silly Aussies in question...?
1900 - The Taranaki Herald reported that, while two men arguing over the war ended in the murder of one in Charters Towers on the other hand it wasn't Bubonic Plague like they'd suspected on a ship in port.
The Laboratory giveth and the war taketh away.....

1903 - The first design change to the original Australian national flags were made.
For civil use, the British Red ensign and six pointed federation star stayed, but the design of the Southern Cross was changed so that all but the smallest star had seven points, ostensibly to improve the ease of manufacture.
The exact date of this change is not known. The earliest known official use was from the belated Gazettal of the...

07:53

Its Ok to Say No to Fluoride in Gunnedahs Water administrator Wendy Carpenter challenges new fluoride legislation proposed by NSW Labor "IndyWatch Feed National"

MEMBERS of anti-fluoride groups have responded to new fluoride legislation proposed by NSW Labors shadow health minister Walt Secord.

Labors proposed legislation will bring laws into effect which will give the NSW health minister additional powers to direct local councils and water authorities to add fluoride to their drinking water supply.

The proposed changes follow Gunnedah Shire Councils (GSC) decision to fluoridate the towns water supply in December.

Administrator of the Its ok to say no to fluoride in Gunnedahs water Facebook group Wendy Carpenter said the proposed legislation is disappointing.

I thought Australia was a democratic country where we can make our health decisions, not a dictatorship, Mrs Carpenter said.

It is very disappointing that Mr Secord wants to force all NSW councils to be fluoridated and massively fine those councils that dont want to fluoridate.

STANDING FIRM: Members of the It's ok to say no to fluoride in Gunnedah's water Facebook group lead by group administrator Wendy Carpenter disagree with NSW Labor's proposed fluoride legislation. Photo: Billy Jupp

STANDING FIRM: Members of the Its ok to say no to fluoride in Gunnedahs water Facebook group lead by group administrator Wendy Carpenter disagree with NSW Labors proposed fluoride legislation. Photo: Billy Jupp

In a statement announcing the proposed legislation, Mr Secord took a stand against fluoride opponents.

Fluoride is one of the great public health achievements and it is mind boggling that any group would oppose its introduction, Mr Secord said.

The proposed new laws are sensible and give the health minister the power to direct a recalcitrant local water authority to put fl...

07:50

UK don jailed 32 years over abuse photos "IndyWatch Feed National"

Geophysicist Dr Matthew Falder, aged 28, of Edgbaston, UK.  Falder has been sentenced to 32 years in jail after admitting 137 charges including rape and blackmail, at Birmingham Crown Court, central England, on 19 February 2018. Photo National Crime Agency handout

LONDON, RAW Australian authorities took part in the global manhunt for a British academic who blackmailed more than 300 victims into sending him depraved images, that he shared on dark web forums.

Dr Matthew Falder, 29, a geophysicist employed as a researcher at Birmingham University in central England, has now been jailed for 32 years after admitting 137 offences, including encouraging the rape of a four-year-old boy.

He duped victims by masquerading as a depressed female artist on forums and mainstream online advertising websites.

He fooled them into sending him naked or partially clothed images of themselves before blackmailing them into sending more humiliating images by threatening to send the original pictures to their family, friends and employers.

Using the names evilmind and 666devil, he then distributed the images on hurt core websites, hidden forums devoted to discussing rape, murder, sadism, torture, pedophilia, blackmail and degradation.

Britains National Crime Agency said he approached more than 300 people worldwide, with 45 victims represented in the charges against him.

The NCA set up a global task force with law enforcement officials from the United States, Australia and Europol and enlisted the help of the UKs eavesdropping spy agency GCHQ during a four-year hunt to track down Falder, who had used specialist anonymising techniques to remain hidden.

He was finally arrested in June last year and in October pleaded guilty to 137 charges which included encouraging rape, inciting sexual exploitation, making indecent images of children and voyeurism.

It is a tale of ever-increasing depravity, Judge Philip Parker said as he sentenced Falder at Birmingham Crown Court on Monday.

The effects on the girls, women and men were devastating. The damage is ongoing for these individuals. It will never end. Time and again people begged you to stop. Time and again you ramped up th...

07:00

HE SAID BOOO-RETURNS! Gay man arrested at gay festival for booing right-wing gays to boo with others next year "IndyWatch Feed National"

EXCLUSIVE: A gay man recently arrested at a gay festival in Melbourne for "booing" right-wing gays says he is planning to do it all again next year and is now inviting others to join him in his peaceful protest. [READ MORE]

06:45

Why is Our Govt Lying About Earthquakes? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dutchsinse is a geologist who reports earthquakes and volcanoes around the world- but is claiming the USGS is failing to report earthquakes that are hitting off the West Coast. The question is why?

What is in scriptures is that in the end- we would hear of wars and rumors of wars- along with earthquakes and volcanoes.

The Shiveluch volcano in Siberia exploded in Dec- which is a super volcano- spewing ash 6 miles into the sky- and now an Indonesian volcano has just erupted yesterday. Seems the planet is incredibly active.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.express.co.uk/news/world/888840/Russia-super-volcano-eruption-erupts-Siberia-latest-news/amp

This is obviously a concern since the USGS is now lying about earthquakes.

Seems I may not be the only one thinking we may be at the end. Guess we will see how safe their lies keep everyone in the end.

Dutchsinse speaks about our govt lies 16 minutes into the video on this post. Our government lies about everything else so this isnt much of a surprise- but why are they lying about earthquakes? And how effective do they believe their lies will be when a big one hits? And obviously they think this might happen because why else would they need a reason to lie?

Not that they need one- but it still begs the question.

06:32

Tiny Graphene Membrane Creates Supercharged Water Purification In One Simple Step "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Kevin Samson

Fresh water supplies continue to be assaulted on multiple fronts. Front page news at the moment is the unfolding disaster in Cape Town, South Africa which could be completely without water by June. According to some, this is as much the result of politics as it is the result of a three-year drought.

At the same time, clearly man-made disasters like the corporate hoarding of fresh water is on the rise. At the heart of this initiative to make water a commodity has been Nestle, whose former CEO clearly stated that water supplies should be privatized and that the right to fresh, clean water is not an essential human right. One look at how this is manifesting in Mexico at the moment should make it clear who gets most severely penalized for this policy.

Moreover, it is estimated that nearly 1/3 of the planets population is directly threatened by unclean water. Finding a solution to this ongoing plague should be of paramount importance; it is for this reason that I have repeatedly focused on novel new ways that we can take back control over our water supply and ensure that it is as clean as possible (see here and here).

A new filtering technique might just hold the largest promise yet for being able to access even large bodies of water across the planet that have become terribly polluted. Australias Syndney Harbour is one such place. Comprising more than 10,000 acres at dept...

05:36

Market Talk- Feb 19, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Even though much of Asia remain on holidays celebrating the New Year, we did see the impressive broad based rally continue. The Nikkei rose another 2% and with commodities improving also, that helped the Australian ASX. The Yen drifted back to the mid 106s and that helped the exporters push the Nikkei. This has been a sigh of relief for exporters since we saw the low 105s rejected last week. Banks has also benefited with this rally with MUFG and Mizuho both adding just over 2% today. The Nikkei managed a close at the days highs, but we are seeing futures return some of those gains as western markets drift in US afternoon trading.
Volumes were extremely light all over, but that is to be expected with so many markets closed.

Core European indices tried to follow Asias lead but was soon to be rejected. In thin lacklustre trading the markets looked jittery with bids backing off rather than being hit. The auto sector saw the worst decline losing more than the averages by the end of the day (Daimler down 2.1% closing at 71.01). All core traded lower as the day progressed with most closing on their days lows on average down -0.6%. Next week we will hear more planned details surrounding BREXIT as Theresa May (UK Prime Minister) is likely to address the general public, after having agreed its content with her cabinet, from outside of London. There is much speculation surrounding planning and details as the EU continues to indicate that trade agreement will only be completed after the UK leaves. GBP direction will provide an indication on the success of the domestic progress and the likelihood of any delays.

US cash markets are closed but the futures continue to trade. In Asian trading hours the DOW futs were trading around +125 points higher, however, in afternoon trading have lost that gain and are now in negative territory at -75 points at time of writing.

Japan 0.06%, US 2s closed 2.19% (u/c), 10s 2.87% (+2bp), 30s 3.13% (+1bp), Bunds 0.73% (+2bp), France 0.99% (+4bp), Italy 2.04% (+6bp), Greece 4.18% (-1bp), Turkey 11.56% (-5bp), Portugal 1.99% (+1bp), Spain 1.49% (+4bp), Gilts 1.60% (+2bp).

05:04

Coral reef monitoring takes to the skies: drone-mounted hyperspectral cameras help scientists assess health of coral reefs "IndyWatch Feed National"

Why are scientists turning to aerial images to monitor the health of ecosystems found beneath the oceans surface? Coral reefs support millions of species ranging from single-celled algae to sharks and sea turtles. However, this diversity, coupled with the scattered and often remote (underwater) locations of reefs, makes it challenging to monitor these ecosystems effectively. To survey reefs, experts must spend time in the water, identifying and counting species. This approach requires substantial time and resources and may also lead to biased results that are difficult to compare over time. Scientists typically survey various reef habitats and species by getting in the water and counting. Photo credit: Greg Asner | divephoto.org Recently, scientists have begun surveying reefs using images captured from satellites. Analyzing images allows researchers to more accurately compare surveys from different time periods and to cover a larger area with each survey. However, the usefulness of these satellite images is limited by their low resolution. Researchers in Australia are now conducting surveys using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and hyperspectral cameras to gather more detailed images and data on the health of coral reefs. What is hyperspectral imaging? Receptors in the human eye detect a narrow range of wavelengths in the electromagnetic spectrumthe area we call visible light, consisting of three bands of energy that our eyes perceive as red, green and blue. The combination of these bands that an object reflects determines the colors we see. Similarly, a standard camera captures an image recorded in these three bands

03:47

Why an Iraq War Inquiry is More Necessary Than Ever "IndyWatch Feed National"

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There has been a flurry of activity caused by the comments made by Greens parliamentarians Adam Bandt and Richard di Natale over recently installed Liberal Senator Jim Molan. The facts relate to the Australian situation, but the issue has wider ramifications.

The ostensible reason for the attack on Molan was his sharing of two videos originating from a Neo Nazi far right group in the United Kingdom.

Bandt, who later withdrew his remarks, called Molan a coward and said that Molan should be prosecuted for his service in the Iraq war. In the Senate di Natale accused Molan of overseeing a humanitarian catastrophe nearly 15 years ago during the assault on Fallujah, Iraq.

Di Natale said that there was a question that needs to be answered, and the only way with answer that is through an enquiry.

Liberal politicians, from the Prime Minister downward, came to Molans defence, claiming that he was a great Australian soldier who stood up for freedom.

Lost among all the expostulations and threats of legal action were two key issues behind the remarks of both Bandt and Di Natale: were there war crimes committed in Iraq by Australian forces; and whether or not there should be an enquiry (as has happened in Canada, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom) into the precise circumstances surrounding Australias involvement in that disastrous war.

Instead we have seen sustained attempts two divert from legitimate questions surrounding this issue. It has been variously suggested that Molan is not racist; that it is somehow scurrilous to question the conduct of Australias servicemen; and that Bandt and Di Natale had a view that anyone who goes to war is a war criminal. That simply does not address the real issues.

To answer the first of those questions one needs to go no further then the assaults on Fallujah, the first of which occurred in April 2004 and the second, codenamed Operation Phantom Fury, in October 2004.

Before the second attack began, citizens were instructed to leave, but that did not extend to men aged 15-45 who were prohibited from leaving. Once the bombing began, all exits from the city were sealed off. According to the Washington Post, electricity and water were also cut off. The Red Cross and....

03:17

MACKAY Drink-driving courier, 62, living off Centrelink with a history of traffic offences KEEPS his license "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY February 19, 2018 at 08:52PM ,

Drink-driving courier, 62, living off Centrelink with a history of traffic offences KEEPS his license

February 19, 2018 at 08:52PM ,

A repeat drink driver has been spared his licence in a shock decision in a Queensland Court. Welfare recipient Gavin Keith Stephens kept his licence despite being caught drink driving in the Mackay Magistrates Court. Magistrate Damian Dwyer was concerned he would never be able to get another job

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03:04

I faced my Jewish racism an alumnuss call to Jewish students for Israeli Apartheid Week "IndyWatch Feed National"

A call to Jewish students for Israeli Apartheid Week 2018

We need to talk about Jewish racism.

I know what youre thinking. How dare I accuse us, a people whove suffered so greatly from prejudice, hatred and persecution, of holding racist attitudes ourselves?

But it turns out that our past experience provides no protection and our communal memories can hinder, not help us.

This particular conversation is about to become more urgent if youre a Jewish student on a campus in the U.K. or Western Europe, North America or Australia.

The 14th annual Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) takes place around the world from the end of February through mid-April. Therell be talks, film screenings, and mock West Bank security checkpoints and Separation Walls to highlight the daily indignities of Palestinian life in the Occupied Territories. Thirty years after I graduated, Ive been invited back to speak to students at Manchester University in the UK. It will be a homecoming of sorts. But Ive become a very different kind of Jew to the one who left there in 1988.

The intensity of this years IAW activities will be heightened by the 70th anniversaries this year of the Palestinian Nakba and the creation of the State of Israel. Once again, Jewish students will find themselves feeling distinctly uncomfortable as Zionism, and the Jewish State, are portrayed as racist endeavours.

But is it fair to brand you young Jews who support Israel of being promoters and defenders of racism?

Well, to be blunt, yes it is. But that simple answer doesnt quite capture why that is or how its happened.

I dont for one minute think young Jews who support Israel should be bunched together with members of the British National Party or White Supremacists. Thats lazy thinking. It makes no attempt to understand the origins of Zionism or the current place of Israel in individual or communal Jewish life.

Nonetheless, Jewish racism is a thing. I know it from my own experience, from my own past ways of thinking, from how I was as a student in Manchester in the mid 1980s. This Jewish strand of racism is an inevitable consequence of the success Zionism has had in shaping Jewish identity over the last 70 years. And if we dont face the racism that Zionism has created nothing will change when it comes to Israel/Palestine for another generation.

Less deserving

The truth is, all people are vulnerable to ways of thinking that leave others less deserving than themselves. That doesnt make all of us Adolf Hitler, it just makes us human. But that doesnt make it okay either. If any group should understand that...

02:32

Australian wombat news "IndyWatch Feed National"

This video from Australia says about itself:

George the Wombat Begins New Life in the Wild | Nat Geo Wild

11 February 2018

A famous orphaned wombat will move into new home where hell be closer to the wild.

02:21

A plea for Ahed Tamimis protection "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Irish artist Jim Fitzpatrick of Che Guevara black and red portrait fame has done it again: He has painted a minimalist poster of another iconic leader of her people and of a worldwide liberation movement, this time of an oppressed child who had slapped power with her bare  truth. When I read his rationale for painting the new portrait I cried. The mans pacifism, sincerity, and especially his concern for Ahed Tamimis life touched me.

Like Jim Fitzpatrick, I am apprehensive about the 17-year-old Aheds life. No one really denies the real reason for incarcerating her: to teach a lesson to other Palestinians, especially the children among them. Fitzpatrick is taking the essence of the lesson, regardless in which direction it will be resolved, to its ultimate conclusion. He is saying this is a model for every native and underclass oppressed child in the world. And he knows how meaningful and dangerous that can be:

Ahed Tamimi, to me, signifies nobility in the face of oppression. This is a kid, a child, said Fitzpatrick. I think I would have been petrified. Wherever shes getting her courage from, theres a resonance of it echoing across the world. Im just a part of it. There are organizations doing more than I could do, but I do think the penin my case, the brushis mightier than the sword.

Remember, Che Guevara didnt live to celebrate his portrait. Aheds arrest was in direct and clear response to the Israeli public outrage at seeing the iconic Palestinian teenager giving physical expression to her anger with occupation and the occupiers. They had shot at close range and severely injured her cousin and friend, Mohammed Tamimi, and then had come to physically stress their frightening infringement of the rights and freedom of all Palestinians right there at her familys front yard. She gave expression to her loathing of the occupation by attacking the soldiers with her bare hands.

What moves me most is the realization that right there and then, but for the grace of God, we could have lost Ahed. Members of the Israeli occupying armed forces have killed Palestinian children younger than Ahed for lesser offenses or for no offense at all. Tens, hundreds, if not thousands of times. It is not unknown, even in living memory, for settler colonialists, say in Australia, to have organized native-hunting...

00:39

Crypto Scams Have Affected Over 1.2k Australian Investors In 2017 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Vitalik Buterin angry as crypto scams see continued success throughout the world. #NEWS

00:33

Why Scientific Peer Review is a Sham "IndyWatch Feed National"

Brendan D. Murphy, Guest
Waking Times

Today Science is up on a pedestal. A new god has appeared; his high priests conduct the rituals, with nuclear reactors, moon-probing rocket ships, cathode tubes and laser beams. And their territory is sacrosanct; laymen are denied entry.  Bruce Cathie

In recent years the defects in the peer review system have been the subject of a profusion of critical editorials and studies in the literature. It is high time that the world took heed of what the critics are saying, not least of all because of the medical and health ramifications.

The notion of peer review has long occupied special territory in the world of science. However, investigation of suppressed innovations, inventions, treatments, cures, and so on, rapidly reveals that the peer review system is arguably better at one thing above all others: censorship. This can mean censorship of everything from contrarian viewpoints to innovations that render favored dogmas, products, or services obsolete (economic threats).

The problem is endemic, as many scientists have learned the hard way.

In truth, the systemic failure of peer review is one of sciences major, embarrassing open secrets.

As Dr David Kaplan tells us, [P]eer review is known to engender bias, incompetence, excessive expense, ineffectiveness, and corruption. A surfeit of publications has documented the deficiencies of this system.[1]

Australian physicist Brian Martin elaborates in his excellent article Strategies for Dissenting Scientists:

Certain sorts of innovation are welcome in science, when they fall within established frameworks and do not threaten vested interests. But aside from this sort of routine innovation, science has many similarities to systems of dogma. Dissenters are not welcome. They a...

00:15

So will the Turnbull Government come clean about ministers' VIP travel over the last eighteen months? "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"



It would appear that Australian federal politicians have a long history of using RAAF VIP jets in an extravagant manner.

Take current Deputy Prime Minister and Nationals MP for New England  Barnaby Joyce as an example. 

News Mail, 28  December 2012:

One Coalition heavyweight, Queensland Senator Barnaby Joyce, racked up one of the highest percentages of ghost flights among non-government parliamentarians.
Senator Joyces travel bill totalled some $47,955 for 10 taxpayer-funded flights, primarily between Melbourne or Canberra and St George.
But he was only on board for three of those flights, with the remaining seven costing nearly twice as much as the flights he was on board for - racking up $31,395 worth of ghost flights.

BuzzFeed, 28 July 2017:...

Monday, 19 February

22:47

PM Modis Hug for Nawaz Sharif in 2015 Cost India Rs 2.86 Lakh, RTI Reveals "IndyWatch Feed National"

At the request of then PM Nawaz Sharif, Modi had a brief stopover in Lahore in December 2015, for which Pakistan has billed India Rs 2.86 lakh as route navigation charges.

Narendra Modi Nawaz Sharif

The bills for the Prime Ministers visits are borne by the External Affairs Ministry. Credit: PTI

New Delhi: Pakistan has billed India Rs 2.86 lakh as route navigation charges for Indian Air Force aircraft used by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a stopover in Lahore and visits to Russia, Afghanistan, Iran and Qatar, an RTI response shows.

The data gathered by activist Commodore (Retd) Lokesh Batra through his RTI application, show that till June 2016, Indian Air Force aircraft were used for the Prime Ministers visits to 11 countries Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Qatar, Australia, Pakistan, Russia, Iran, Fiji and Singapore.

Batra gave a copy of the RTI responses, received from August last year to January 30, 2018, to PTI.

During one such visit on December 25, 2015, Modi had a brief stopover in Lahore at the request of then Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif.

The stopover took place when Modi was returning from Russia and Afghanistan.

For this, a bill of Rs 1.49 lakh has been issued as route navigation...

22:45

Australian Watchdog Received 1,200 Crypto Scam Complaints in 2017 "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission reportedly received over 1,200 complaints about cryptocurrency scams last year.

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