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Saturday, 07 July

01:16

Weekly Cryptocurrency Price Analysis: : Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, IOTA, and EOS "IndyWatch Feed National"

In the face of bears, buyers are struggling to judge from Bitcoin, Ethereum and Litecoin prices behavior in the last couple of days. They have been stagnant, to say the least with Litecoin especially stuck in some sort of consolidation []

The post Weekly Cryptocurrency Price Analysis: : Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, IOTA, and EOS appeared first on The Global Mail.

00:16

Quote of the Week "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"



The medias main concern is to sell us politics as entertainment Oh, the pollies had a terrible set-to this week; the side thats ahead the polls had a bad week, while the losers had a good one, its getting sooo exciting not to hold politicians to account when they make wrong or dubious claims. The medias main concern is to sell us politics as entertainment Oh, the pollies had a terrible set-to this week; the side thats ahead the polls had a bad week, while the losers had a good one, its getting sooo exciting not to hold politicians to account when they make wrong or dubious claims.  [SMH economics editor Ross Gittens, The Sydney Morning Herald, 1 July 2018]

00:15

Political Cartoon of the Week "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"



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Friday, 06 July

23:00

Who Will Investigate Fiona Barnetts Claims "IndyWatch Feed National"

Savile had friends in high places

by Dee McLachlan

A bomb was dropped onto Australia on Thursday the 5th of July.

Fiona Barnett accused Australias Human Rights Commissioner of the most terrible crimes, dating back to the 1980s. They are crimes that would get a person life imprisonment.

If, and I say if, these accusations (and other, related ones) are true, the political system, the legal and policing professions, the hierarchy of universities, and Australian society as we know it, should all be turned upside down.

The entire country, and especially Canberra, would need a re-boot. We would have to re-look at society and essentially start again.

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21:54

PERTH Perth man charged over bestiality images "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Perth man charged over bestiality images .

July 06, 2018 at 11:18AM .

The man has been charged with possess or copy an indecent or obscene article and was summonsed to appear before the Perth Magistrates Court on

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PERTH Man charged for possessing bestiality images "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Man charged for possessing bestiality images .

July 06, 2018 at 10:33AM .

Hes since been charged with possess or copy an indecent or obscene article and summonsed to appear before the Perth Magistrates Court today.

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PERTH Beverley pair charged over firearms, drugs "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Beverley pair charged over firearms, drugs .

July 06, 2018 at 12:37PM .

has been charged multiple firearms offences, possession of methylamphetamine and threats and is due to appear in Perth Magistrates Court today.

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21:54

PERTH Ex-finance broker dodges jail after fraud "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Ex-finance broker dodges jail after fraud .

July 06, 2018 at 12:03PM .

McDonald, who also made a financial gain with one of the applications by acting fraudulently, was sentenced in Perth Magistrates Court to 21 months

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PERTH Beverley couple charged over firearms and drugs "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Beverley couple charged over firearms and drugs .

July 06, 2018 at 12:37PM .

A Beverley couple has been charged after police allegedly found them in possession of a large quantity of ammunition, mechanisms consistent with

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20:40

Criminalising Dissent: Turnbulls Attack on Protesters and Journalists "IndyWatch Feed National"

READ MORE AT SYDNEY CRIMINAL LAWYERS 

Passed last Thursday, the Turnbull governments espionage and foreign interference bill has established a series of draconian laws that further erode Australians civil rights, whilst taking particular aim at the already endangered right to freedom of speech.

Read More

19:52

Will the FBI Come Clean? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Well find out if the FBI has been lying to the public.  Lawmakers demand the truth about the origin of the 2016 Trump investigation.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein holds up an Inspector General report as he answers questions during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, June 28.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein holds up an Inspector General report as he answers questions during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, June 28. PHOTO: ANDREW HARNIK/ASSOCIATED PRESS

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July 5, 2018 7:28 p.m. ET

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In the trench war between congressional Republicans and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, we have arrived at a crucial battle. A House resolution sets Friday as the deadline for the Justice Department to come clean on the beginning of its investigation into the Trump campaign. Well find out if the FBI has been lying to the public.

That is, if the department complies. It has flouted so many subpoenas, and played so many games with redactions and deadlines, that the entire House GOP unite...

17:14

Trumps Trade War Against China Is Officially Underway "IndyWatch Feed National"

Trump launches the opening salvo in US trade war with China as tariffs take effect

  • Geoff Raby, Australias former ambassador to China, told CNBC on Friday: It looks like the first shots to the trade war are about to be fired.
  • U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday that tariffs on $34 billion worth of Chinese goods will kick in at 12:01 a.m. EST on Friday morning. China said that its tariffs on U.S. goods would take effect immediately after the U.S. duties kick in.
  • Well probably see escalation upon escalation. China has made it absolutely clear, Raby said.

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If this trade fight escalates, China could fire back by selling a large chunk of the $1.17 trillion of U.S. treasury bonds it holds.

The U.S. tariffs on $34 billion worth of Chinese goods kicked in on Friday, taking the war of words between the nations into the real economic realm.

China implemented retaliatory tariffs on some imports from the U.S., state media reported about two hours later, after new U.S. duties had taken effect.

Its unlikely to stop there, according to experts. In fact, there will be probably be escalation upon escalation, warned Geoff Raby, Australias former ambassador to China.

Ahead of the Friday implementation of American and Chinese tariffs, Raby told CNBC that it looks like the first shots to the trade war are about to be fired.

China, for its part, was already calling the tariff threats between Beijing and Washington a...

16:59

Uranium: WA under threat "IndyWatch Feed National"

The WA anti nukes crew have collaborated to make an animation video about the four proposed uranium mines in WA. It will launch at SOS this week and then there will be an online launch August 4th. To prepare for the online launch weve set up a thunderclap so on the 4th of August there will be an automatic post to your social media page if you support.

All you need to do is follow this link and click support with facebook or support with twitter

https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/70766-uranium-wa-under-threat

This video shows the threat to vulnerable species and unique ecosystems at each of the four proposed uranium mines in West Australia. We want to get this video out to as many people as possible as a way of growing the campaign to keep WA nuclear free. We also want people to become familiar with the species that are at risk at each of the sites some on the brink of extinction.

There are no operating uranium mines in WA but there are four proposals we have the power to stop these areas from becoming toxic mines. There are many ways to get involved in the campaign and sharing this video is the first important step to bringing these places into your heart. Find out more ways to get involved at www.wanfa.org.au/action

16:54

Melanie Orman seems positively joyous about a nuclear waste dump for Kimba "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Melanie Orman Submission to Committee Secretariat, Senate Standing Committees on Economics Re Proposed National Radioactive Waste Management Facility From Melanie Orman (Submission no. 77)

I originally grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, but have been coming to Kimba for the past five years and officially moved in 2017. My partner is the fourth generation in the process of taking over the family cropping farm in Kimba, that has been operational for the past one-hundred years. I work at Wudinna hospital as a Registered nurse commuting between Wudinna and Kimba. It is my pleasure to be able to provide my personal opinion and relevant information to the inquiry on the process of the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility (NRWMF) site selection process in Kimba, South Australia. I give permission for this submission to be made public and would be willing to speak with the Senate committee to answer any further questions they may have in conjunction with Kimbas process through this nomination.

a) The financial compensation offered to applicants for the acquisition of land under the Nominations of Land Guidelines;

The financial compensation offered to the land owners of Kimba who put their land up for nomination is not an over-generous amount of money. It is only a small percentage of the money that cropping can bring into a business over many future years. The price offered is not going to impact the overall business, give the farmer an advantage or disadvantage or affect any surrounding neighbours.

In my opinion, I cannot see that the money offered was the main driving incentive for people to nominate their land. When the NRWMF approached people with the idea and compensation,...

16:24

Slimy Trudeau wouldn't have groped her if he'd known she worked for a national newspaper "IndyWatch Feed National"

There's your problem right there ladies, you don't work for a national newspaper. Message to journalists - you are safe from Bad Boy Trudeau. Lovely Justin doesn't remember any negative interactions from that day. And Justin Nice had a good time, it was a great day, so yeah.

16:02

Clarrie Hall Dam fish deaths were due to natural causes, council says "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The death of around 500 bass at Clarrie Hall Dam was a natural event according to Tweed Shire Council.

About 500 fish were found dead in the deepest part of the dam, near the spillway on Friday. The fish have been removed and disposed of.

Clarrie Hall Dam has undergone a seasonal overturn in the past two weeks, where the deeper de-oxygenated waters have upwelled to the top of the water column, the Councils Acting Manager for Water and Wastewater, Michael Wraight, said.

This is a natural process and happens annually around the beginning of winter as the top water layers cool and sink to the bottom forcing the bottom layers up.

Historically there have been overturn events at Clarrie Hall Dam, which have resulted in similar fish deaths.

Testing of water samples in the dam over the past two weeks shows very low oxygen levels in all levels of the dam near the spillway.

It is likely that these low dissolved oxygen levels have resulted in the death of the fish. We dont expect it to get any worse but will continue to monitor the situation, Mr Wraight said.

New South Wales Fisheries has been advised of the fish kill.

 

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16:00

The Weekend Quiz July 7-8, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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

1. Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) recognises that the unemployed live of the hard work of those that are employed.



2. The accumulated spending build-up of annual fiscal deficits does not pose an inflation threat.



3. Which scenario represents a more expansionary outcome: (a) A fiscal deficit equivalent to 5 per cent of GDP (including the impact of automatic stabilisers equivalent to 3 per cent of GDP). (b) A fiscal deficit equivalent to 3 per cent of GDP. (c) You cannot tell because you do not know the decomposition between the cyclical and structural components in Option (b)


15:53

'Wisdom of crowds' puts BusinessDay ahead of Treasury "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Women are much better forecasters than men, and a weighted average of forecasts in Fairfax Medias BusinessDay economic survey easily outperforms the Treasury, an analysis of 20 years of Australias longest-running economic survey has found.

Answers to the BusinessDay survey, when weighted by past performance, provide the most accurate macroeconomic forecast in the country, said researcher Warwick Smith. Treasury would do well to set up a system like it.

The BusinessDay survey has been running for almost 40 years. The first edition, published in The Age in January 1979, predicted economic growth of 3.4 per cent, inflation of 6.25 per cent, and an interest rate on government bonds of 8.25 per cent.

A year later BusinessDay reported that those first forecasts had been way off beam. Early in 1979 the Shah of Iran was toppled by Ayatollah Khomeini. By the end of that year 52 Americans had been taken hostage in Iran and the price of oil had doubled, pushing Australias inflation rate to 10 per cent, the government bond rate to more than 10 per cent, and economic growth to 4 per cent. Australia was an exporter of oil.

As has been the case in every BusinessDay survey since, the chief economists of each of the big four banks took part, as did 25 other economists from industry and academia including Professor Neville Norman of Melbourne University who took part in the first at the age of 32, who continues to take part today, aged 72.

Professor Norman attended the working lunch convened by former Age business editor Terry McCrann in 1978 to toss around ideas for the survey. He said in those days the Treasury published few forecasts and private consultants charged their clients and kept their forecasts secret.

I wanted people to know what was being forecast and why, and I wanted some of the forecasts to span more than a year ahead, he said. Terry doubted the readership would take forecasts more than a year ahead. I suggested dividing the forecasters into groups: bank economists, academics and and others, a distinction that prevails today. Terry later reported that a surprisingly high proportion of the people we recommended had agreed to join the panel.

An analysis of 10 years of the early survey results compiled by Professor Norman in 2003 showed that....

15:12

MACKAY Repeat shoplifter returns to court "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY July 05, 2018 at 03:12PM ,

Repeat shoplifter returns to court

July 05, 2018 at 03:12PM ,

Wise faced Mackay Magistrates Court yesterday by video link from prison. The 35-year-old pleaded guilty to stealing six boxes of perfume from a

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14:06

Cloning License Plates to Avoid Traffic Fines "IndyWatch Feed National"

If there is a possible scam, someone will always figure it out. In Australia, they hunt money with unbelievable audacity and hand out tickets to motorists for everything. Someone has figured out a way to beat the government at its own game. They are cloning valid license plates and then racking up the fines. A BMW owner got a ticket for speeding while his car was parked in the driveway. When he looked closely, he discovered the ticket was for speeding 1,000 miles away from his home. The scammers figured out a brilliant way to beat the cameras. Just clone a license plate and you can speed and go through all the tolls absolutely free.

14:01

Google Allows Third Party Access to Emails "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Google allows companies to read Gmail users' inboxes.

Gmail users' private messages are sometimes read by employees at software companies, it has emerged, when the user installs certain apps and grants permission to their Google account.

Though users have to specifically agree to having their emails read when they install the apps, a report from The Wall Street Journal shows that this goes beyond software scanning the contents of email, and includes in some cases human developers reading the messages.

Motherboard has an article on finding which apps have access to your email.


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Read more of this story at SoylentNews.

13:15

Daryl Koch has no concerns about nuclear waste dump for Kimba or for anywhere else "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Daryl Koch Kimba SA Committee Secretariat, Submission to Senate standing committees on Economics Re Selection process for a National Radioactive waste facility (Submission no. 75)

My name is Daryl Koch and I was born in and lived in Kimba all my life. I am a wheat and sheep farmer and three generations of my family have farmed in the Kimba district. I am on several committees in Kimba and volunteer with our local sporting clubs. I care deeply about my town and community remaining viable into the future for my children and grandchildren. I am pleased to be making a submission to the enquiry to address the terms of reference. I am comfortable with my submission to be made public.

To date the appropriateness and thoroughness of the site selection in search of a national radioactive waste management facility (NRWMF) has been thorough, transparent and fair. In February 2018 I visited ANSTO at Lucas Heights in NSW to see the nuclear medical reactor and to see firsthand the types of low and intermediate level waste that would be held at the NRWMF. I was very impressed by how professional and carefully the people of ANSTO operate this facility and how well-managed these radioactive waste streams are. I have actively taken part in the consultation process here in Kimba and I do not have any concerns for a radioactive waste facility being built either here in the Kimba district or elsewhere.

a) the financial compensation offered to applicants for the acquisition of land under the Nominations of Land Guidelines;

I actually d...

12:57

"Palestine etched on heart of feotus, proud martyr in mother's womb". These people are not like us. "IndyWatch Feed National"

This passes for culture and art in Palestine. What a bunch of fools are we to fund them. r6u

12:40

Gun Control & Public Safety. "IndyWatch Feed National"


Gun Control.
Intelligent people have difficulty in understanding Australias firearms laws. Such as why do 17th & 18th century pistols require an H class restricted licence for ownership & use? This is the same licence requirement for say a 9mm semi-automatic Glock handgun, there is a vast difference between a flintlock pistol & a breach-loading semi-auto pistol! Then there is the self defence issue, if you experience a home invasion & you & your family are at risk of harm or death, then you will just have to die, because it is illegal to use your gun to defend yourself! One would have thought this was a human right, but no, not in Australia it isnt!

Why is it that the gun is to blame when people, criminals, commit a firearms offence? Just for arguments sake lets assume there is a spate of killings where the tool used is a wood golf club. Now if the government suddenly decided to confiscate all wood golf clubs, golfers would be up in arms, why blame us for what someone else does with a wood golf club they would say, it is the killer you should blame, blaming a wood golf club is ridiculous! And of course they would be right (I wonder how many members of Gun Control Australia play golf?), blaming an inanimate object would be a downright stupid thing to do, & yet that is exactly what the government has done in regards to guns. The argument we often get thrown at us by people with no understa...

12:36

Their ABC's sarcastic dribble aimed at Miranda Devine and all men "IndyWatch Feed National"

This is how you bugger up a culture. And we are paying to have it done to us. Sarcasm is the lowest form of wit - only the ABC is lower. The ABC says "Men" murder one woman every week. I am a man. Thanks for nothing ABC.

12:28

Sarah Hanson-Young points the finger at "Middle-Aged White Guy" "IndyWatch Feed National"

I reckon I'd get jack of putting up with her at work every day too. This mature debate between Senators took place just over a year ago. How long would you last?

12:27

Action! Nimbin Youth Film Festival ready to roll following Council grant "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The 2018 Nimbin Youth Film Festival has received a timely boost in the form of a $4,950 grant from Lismore Council which will allow it to offer a bumper crop of cash and prizes to young entrants.

Drawn from the Councils annual community grant funding, the money is a big boost for the annual event, which is open to young people from across the region.

Smart devices have put the power of video into the hands of young people, said festival organiser Darmin Cameron.

They have important stories to tell, and there is no better way to have people listen to your story, than invite them to sit quietly in a darkened room with a big screen and big sound and this is what NYFF will deliver at the Screening and Awards Ceremony in December 2018 at the Nimbin Bush Theatre.

The 2018 event will have over $2,000 in cash and prizes to offer those who enter across its two age categories, 0 to 18-year-olds and 19 to 24-year-olds.

The 19-24 age section also has a $500 party safe award for the best film about partying safe with alcohol.

There is also a $400 prize  for the best film with a sustainability theme.

Entry is free.

Mr Cameron said the films could be made on any video device from an iPhone or DSLR camera to high-end
video cameras.

However, the judges are more interested in powerful stories than the latest technology and they understand that filmmaking is a team sport and encourage young
people to get support and guidance from teachers, parents, friends and professional filmmakers.

Collaboration is the key to successful filmmaking and as long as the films vision and idea comes from a young person and they are the directors, then the film can
be entered.

Entries close in November 2018.

For more info go to www.nimbinyouthfilmfestival.com.au or the Nimbin Youth Film Festivals Facebook
page.

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12:10

MACKAY Two down, one to go for AM Bar robbery "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY July 05, 2018 at 03:26PM ,

Two down, one to go for AM Bar robbery

July 05, 2018 at 03:26PM ,

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12:07

The VaccineAutism Controversy "IndyWatch Feed National"

Amish kids playing (Photo from aworldtotravel.com, Nerea Capon)

By Tony Ryan

This article does not seek to dissuade the reader from being vaccinated, but to provide frustrated truth-seekers with some information that is never permitted to appear in the public media. The authors attitude is that if people are gullible enough to believe the propaganda of the sickness industry, they thoroughly deserve the outcomes.

The author claims no qualifications or expertise other than a willingness to undertake the arduous research of those who are in fact qualified and who have also demonstrated intelligence, competence and integrity. This, in the authors opinion, disqualifies around 95% of health professionals and, most certainly, all politicians and health bureaucrats.

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12:06

No Trump in Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed from Victoria

The real possibility that Donald Trump will visit Australia later this year is beginning to cause a reaction. There is almost no public display in favour of the American president coming to Australia.

On the other hand, reaction against it, is starting to make itself felt on social media.  Chances are that as the details become a little clearer, this will start to build a momentum.

The visit is likely to be a side trip ,on the way to the December APEC summit in PNG.

Since Malcolm Turnbulls invitation last year, the Greens have shown their opposition, and attempted to amend migration laws to give federal parliament the power to stop the visit.

The disquiet is not limited to the Greens. It is widely shared across Australia and includes many Labor Party members, supporters and others. Trump is not exactly the most popular person in Australia.

A petition is already online through Megaphone.

It says the visit is not okay. Malcolm Turnbull must immediately rescind Trumps invitation. His horrific treatment of migrant children, his advocacy for the gun lobby, his treatment of women and his history of dangerously divisive political rhetoric is not welcome in Australia.

We can stop President Trump from coming here. In the United Kingdom, over 1 million people signed a petition calling on the British Government to prevent Trump from visiting. Under pressure and not wanting to be embarrassed, Trump cancelled his scheduled visit.

Why is this important?

While visiting Washington last year, PM Malcolm Turnbull warmly invited President Trump to Australia. Now it seems more likely than ever, with the November APEC summit being hosted in nearby PNG.

When questioned about the rumours of President Trump visiting in November, fellow Liberal Christopher Pyne said, We have 100 years of mateship with the United States this year, of course we would welcome him here.

We have to stop him. Trumps racism, sexism and homophobia have dangerously emboldened a violent far-right both in Australia and abroad.

Years ago, Australia made a peaceful, bipartisan decision to introduce gun controls, making our country safer for all. Trumps presence in Australia is anathema to our most cherished shared values and would only create unnecessary tension and hostility here. He should not be afforded or extended an official state visit.

 

 

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11:52

Light water nuclear reactors, new reactors, Amall Modular Nuclear Reactors (SMRs) none will combat climate change "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The vanishing nuclear industry, Science Daily,  July 2, 2018

Source:
College of Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University
Summary:
Could nuclear power make a significant contribution to decarbonizing the US energy system over the next three or four decades? Probably not.

Could nuclear power make a significant contribution to decarbonizing the U.S. energy system over the next three or four decades? That is the question asked by four current and former researchers from Carnegie Mellon Universitys Department of Engineering and Public Policy (EPP). Their answer: probably not.

In a paper, U.S. nuclear power: The vanishing low-carbon wedge, just published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (PNAS), the team examined the current U.S. nuclear fleet, which is made up of large light water nuclear reactors (LWRs). While for three decades, approximately 20% of U.S. power generation has come from these LWRs, these plants are ageing, and the cost of maintaining and updating them along with competition from low cost natural gas, makes them less and less competitive in todays power markets.

In place of these LWRs, the team...

11:49

Australian media reporting - "Muslims face mobs in mosques" "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Australian today has this sensational pointer on the front page of its website. Muslims face mobs? To face is "to be positioned with the face or front towards (someone or something)". According to the pointer, Muslims have actually been confronted by more than one mob inside more than one...

11:41

Gas bottle bandits strike again "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Coorabell Hall has fallen victim to gas bottle bandits for the third time in less than two years, as the practice continues to blight the Shire.

Organised and well-equipped thieves stole the halls gas supply along with its hot water heater and regulator on Thursday night, according to president Billy Wrencher.

The high tensile chains were cut, the steel cage [around the bottles] was removed and the security lock on the hot water heater was drilled and cut, Mr Wrencher said.

It was well-planned by some not community minded losers. Sadly we may not be coverd by insurance so this is potentially a big loss to our local communty and volunteers.

If anyone out there is offered a Rinnai Infinity 26 hot water heater and gas bottles cheap, you know where they came from.

It is less than seven months since the last gas bottle theft at the hall, and less than two years since the first theft in 2016.

Other local halls and businesses have also fallen victim to the gas bandits. including LuLus Cafe in Mullumbimby which had three gas bottles stolen during two separate incidents in 2016.

Mr Wrencher said police suggested he install video cameras at the hall to prevent future thefts.

Unfortunately thats another expense for the hall but we have to do something to prevent it happening again.

For those on the look out, the full details for the stolen water heaters are: HWS Gas Rinnai B16LTKEXT LPG 50D Serial No: B-16L50.

 

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11:35

Artists defy empire with spectacular exhibition "IndyWatch Feed National"

IDENTITY, racism, displacement, country, nuclear testing, sovereignty and the Stolen Generations are being explored in a survey of contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art at the University of Queensland Art Museum, from July 28. Touring from the National Gallery of Australia (NGA), Defying Empire: 3rd National Indigenous Art Triennial brings together 30 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists from across the nation. The exhibition features artworks of various media, from painting on canvas and bark, weaving and sculpture, to video, prints, photography, metalwork and glasswork. NGA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art curator Tina Baum said the exhibition marked the ongoing resistance, resilience and defiance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people against colonisation, from first contact through the 1967 Referendum and up until today. The exhibition runs until November 11. Entry is free.

11:03

Community rallies to support Biddy after serious health collapse "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A group of young locals are raising funds to support their beloved friend Biddy who had a near-fatal health collapse while travelling in Europe last week.

Bianca Zonneveld, 28, had only just arrived in Italy on June 28 when she suffered a severe bout of Metabolic Acidosis due to complications related to a diabetes medication she was taking.

The popular local hospitality worker from Brunswick Heads also went into respiratory failure due to an as-yet unidentified bacteria that went into her lungs.

After being shunted between different hospitals, the young woman ended up in the intensive care unit of San Raffaelle Hospital in Milan where she was in an induced coma and on a ventilator. She is now breathing on her own.

Biancas mother, Mon, her uncle and brother flew over to be with their loved one, and Mon is planning to stay until her daughter is well enough to travel home.

The young womans friends are now rallying together to raise funds so Mon can stay by her daughters side, and to support Bianca on her long recovery when she returns home.

They have organised a fundraiser on July 12 from 5pm at Yamis cafe in Brunswick Heads where Bianca was a well-loved staff member for much of the past year.

There will be an assortment of currys for $10, cakes for sale, hot drinks and live music.

Biancas friend, Aurore De-Campo said the 28-year-old had been a beautiful shining being within the Brunswick Heads community over the past year-and-a-half.

This event is to send our love and support to her from afar so that her recovery can be graceful and with ease, Ms De-Campo said.

Were calling the local community to come gather and send our prayers to her and her family. Bianca has a huge heart and is a friend you can count on for support so lets shine that light back to her 100 fold.

Another friend, Matilda Johnson, said The Shire was like a big sister who looked after all in a caring positive way.

Bianca and family we take you under our wing and bless you with support and love on this journey, we pray for your full recovery and your loving family to receive our gifts of support.

A crowdfunding page has also been set up at https://www.gofundme.com/biddys-recovery for those who wish to make a donation.

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10:59

IBM Wins AUD $1 Billion Contract to Develop Blockchain, Tech Initiatives for Australia Govt. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Computing giant IBM has been awarded a landmark contract to develop blockchain and other digital technology initiatives for the government of Australia. Announced on Thursday, the five-year, AUD $1 billion (~USD $740 million) contract is Australias latest attempt to make good on its goal to become one of the worlds top-three digital governments by 2025

The post IBM Wins AUD $1 Billion Contract to Develop Blockchain, Tech Initiatives for Australia Govt. appeared first on CCN

10:18

Call to shut down Nobbys Creek water mining plant "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A b-double water tanker attempting to navigate the tight intersection of Nobbys Creek Road and Bryens Road. Photo TWA

Chris Dobney

The Tweed Water Alliance (TWA) has called for one of the Shires water extraction permits to be cancelled after what the group alleges are multiple ongoing breaches.

Nobbys Creek landowner Gary Appleby has a permit from the Office of Water to extract 38 megalitres from his property for bottling.

But that amount was reduced on review by Tweed Shire Council to 12 megalitres, with an additional qualification that any bulk water removals should be transported in trucks of five tonnes or less, owing to the state of the access roads.

But Echonetdaily has been supplied with photographs depicting b-double tankers on the narrow approach to Mr Applebys property, which TWA spokesperson Jeremy Tager says are ripping up Bryens Road.

Unapproved works

Mr Tager estimates each tanker is 10 times the permissible size, adding they are a daily occurrence on the narrow, winding roads.

In addition, he says a bulk water supply valve accessed by the trucks and two large supply tanks on the site are unapproved works.

Even modifications to the driveway and the approach to the water supply valve do not appear to have approval, Mr Tager said.

Bottling plant closed?

He told Echonetdaily the operation had originally been established to bottle spring water onsite, but the group suspects this is no longer happening, with the owner relying on bulk water sales instead.

While the Tweed Water Alliance is aware that investigations of unlawful activity by water miners are underway by both Council and the new water regulator, these breaches are blatant, indisputable and ongoing. We have conclusive photographic evidence, he said.

No investigation is needed to determine that the size and frequency of trucks are not permitted; no investigation except a simple site visit is needed to show regulators that the infrastructure being used has never been permitted. These breaches cannot continue to be ignored.

Lawlessness rewarded

Mr Tager...

10:14

Jenny Macklin's pulling the pin - especially thanks World's Greatest Treasurer "IndyWatch Feed National"

Somethings cant be read without laughing at: I especially want to acknowledge Wayne Swan for his leadership as Treasurer through the Global Financial Crisis. Jenny Macklin is tribal Labor to the boot-straps. Everything in this statement involves bigger governments spending more of your money. If you were in the parliament...

10:10

Guy Comes Into Kitchen And Finds Someone Strange Eating His Pasta "IndyWatch Feed National"

Making fresh pasta from scratch isn't an easy task, but a man in Brisbane, Australia, had already managed the culinary challenge when he encountered another rather unexpected difficulty.

Jordan Cahill had wandered out of his kitchen for just a few moments, and when he returned he found an uninvited dinner guest who had seated himself at the counter.

The guest was a wild possum.

Credit: Jordan Cahill

The possum was particularly interested in the night's entree or at least the remnants remaining in the bowl where the fresh pasta had been mixed. 

And just because the possum was a wild animal didn't mean he had no sense of decorum the little guy used a utensil to sneakily steal a few tastes.

Credit: Jordan Cahill

"My initial reaction was, 'Oh my God, he's using a spoon!' followed by quickly grabbing my camera for evidence," Cahill told The Dodo. 

Credit: Jordan Cahill

"Thankfully we had already made the pasta and he was just finishing off the scraps," Cahill said. 

As Cahill filmed the possum, he couldn't stop laughing. Finally he gently suggested that the little guy put down the spoon and be on his way.

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10:06

College Services Manager "IndyWatch Feed National"

University of Southern Queensland

09:45

Huobi Launches Cryptocurrency Exchange in Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Chinese cryptocurrency exchange Huobi announced this week that trading has begun on its newly-launched platform in Australia. Huobis global push is no surprise, as most crypto exchanges have been pursuing untapped markets in a bid to grow their user bases. The exchange now based out of Singapore, with offices in Canada and Brazil  said trading

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09:43

U-turn time: two years to take action "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Professor Will Steffen getting ready for his talk at the Byron Theatre on 27 June. Photo Dr Mary Gardner.

Dr Mary Gardner

To avoid global catastrophe, our society has two years at most to start acting on plans to achieve zero carbon emissions in every workplace and home by 2025. With this statement, Professor Will Steffen launched his new global tour The Big U-Turn Ahead to a full house at Byron Theatre on 27 June. Professor Steffen, of Australian National University, is one of the worlds foremost specialists in Earth System science and a leader in international global change research. The event was hosted by Zero Emissions Byron (ZEB) and chaired by Mick ORegan.

Christobel Munson, spokesperson for ZEB, explained that with state and federal elections coming up in 2019, its time to start rattling the cage. Both levels of governments have not created action plans to reduce Australias emissions.

From the panel, Sue Higginson, environmental lawyer and Greens candidate for State seat of Lismore, described the international trade tours conducted by the current NSW government. Their objective is to sell more coal to be sourced from new coal mines which together will exceed the size of the Adani mine proposed in Queensland.

Tony Pfeiffer, chair of Enova, cited the ZEB calculation of yearly emissions in Byron Shire to be 8 tonnes per person. This is half of the Australian average but double the global average.

Carbon crunch explained.

Professor Steffen explained what this means in terms of the carbon crunch. If carbon emissions were to peak sometime during 2016-2020 and society is carbon neutral by 2040, there is almost a 70% chance that global temperatures would only rise by 2 degrees Celsius. Twenty years may be enough time for society to make that u-turn. If peak carbon is...

09:41

At last some improvements for Ballina Hospital ED "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A woman lying on concrete outside Ballina Hospital on New Years Day 2017, when the hospital waiting room was full. Photo Maralyn Sweeney

More than 18 months after Echonetdaily exposed the shambolic state of the Ballina Hospital emergency department, the state government has decided it is time to throw some money at it.

As we reported at the time, patient numbers at Ballina Hospital surged more than 50 per cent on New Years Day 2017, with a full waiting room, one woman lying on the floor on a blanket vomiting into a bag and another lying on concrete outside in the 38-degree heat.

While some improvements in seating arrangements were announced later that month, it has taken until now for the government to fund a serious make-over of the department.

$400,000 make-over

Announcing some $400,000 in additional works in a media release yesterday, Nationals parliamentary secretary for Northern NSW Ben Franklin said the upgrades will include painting and general repairs to the waiting area as well as enhancements in the treatment area to make a visit to the emergency department a little easier.

We know that a visit to the hospital can be a stressful experience, which is why were doing everything we can to make that time a little easier for patients and their families, Mr Franklin said.

Ballina District Hospital is currently undergoing a $7.35 million upgrade to various departments, including medical records, surgical and other services.

The physical environment in which doctors, nurses and other health professionals work has a major impact on the experience of patients and their families, Mr Franklin said.

Modern facilities are key to ensuring our clinicians and hospital staff can continue to provide the high-quality health care that our local communities deserve.

But the announcement still failed to address the issue of staffing and surging patient numbers, such as happened on New Years Day 2017.

 

 

The post At last some improvements for Ballina Hos...

09:10

Cancer sufferer cut off because he was too sick to contact Centrelink "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Joe Montero

Robert Laughlin is seriously ill, suffering from with stage 3 bowel cancer. He is lying in hospital, because of complications arising from his chemotherapy.  Surgery, where  a large part of the bowel was removed, has left him wearing a colostomy bag.

But what has grabbed serious social media attention, is the treatment he has received under the hands of Centrelink. His payments were cut off at the end of last month.

Robert Laughlin in hospital

Robert is a sole parent for two teenage sons. His wife  died in 22016 from breast cancer. Roberts illness and the treatment of him by Centrelink has an impact on the three of them.

The matter was raised on social media by Roberts sister Sarah, who had contacted Centrelink on his behalf on 29 June. Frustrated over the negative response, she sent the following message in writing:

Taker a good look and ask yourself. Do you think this man can call you every two weeks to maintain his Newstart allowance?

Do you think this man is in a position to apply for work?

Do you think anyone would employ this extremely hard worker with his present health issues?

I would suggest the answer to each of these questions would be NO. So then ask yourself why would you stop his Newstart payment because he hasnt called? Especially when one of your brains trust decided, knowing what condition Robert is suffering. Decided Newstart was the best option for him.

To be fair,  Centrelink staff are given no other option. Internal regulation and criteria for assessment are incredibly narrow and rigid.  Cancer is not regarded as a condition that deserves disability support, primarily because, it is not seen as a permanent condition. Centerelinks brief is not to consider whether someone is sick, or incapacitated, but whether they fit into the guidelines and its assessment table. The only option left for those who do not fir in is Newstart. If the person is too sick to report and carry out the mutual obligation activities set out, they are set up for automatic punishment.

I know this, because I went through similar treatment over the same disease.  The only significant difference, I was lucky enough not to end up with a colostomy bag.  In my battle, I unearthed much about how the decisions are made at Centrelink, and discovered that many others are in the same boat. Mistreatment like this is not limited to cancer sufferers. This is...

08:03

Decentring Australia in the History of Convict Transportation "IndyWatch Feed National"

When considering the history of the transportation of convicts we should de-centre Australia and consider Empire-wide transportation argued Professor Clare Anderson in her keynote talk yesterday morning. Anderson moved from the story of the Bussa Uprising in Barbados in 1816 Continue reading

08:00

Dutch Speed Trader to Enter the Crypto Space with ETNs Based on Bitcoin and Ether "IndyWatch Feed National"

Europes largest trader of exchange-traded funds, or ETFs, is taking steps into the cryptocurrency space in attempts to capitalize on the volatility of the current market. This is despite the fact that its regulator urges against buying and selling the coins.

Flow Traders Moves into Crypto

According to co-CEO Dennis Dijkstra, the Amsterdam-based speed trader Flow Traders will be the first to offer exchange-traded notes (ETNs) based on Bitcoin and Ether. Another firm, Sweden-based XBT Provider (an issuer of crypto ETNs) said that Flow Traders has dramatically increased the trading of its securities in the last few months.

Currently, several U.S. speed traders are making markets in cryptocurrency futures or the underlying currencies. Of note is that Flow Traders is the first firm Europe, U.S., or otherwise to disclose its buying and selling crypto notes listed on regulated stock exchanges, according to Bloomberg.

Moving forward, Dijkstra believes that publicly traded notes or funds will broaden the appeal of digital currencies as an asset class by providing a straightforward and cheaper way of investing in the the coins.

People underestimate crypto, Dijkstra said. Its big, and it is to be regulated very soon. The market participants are much more professional than people think. Institutional investors are interested we know they are because we get requests.

Dutch Authority for the Financial Markets

Despite this enthusiasm from investors, Flow Traders regulator, the Dutch Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM), is against the move into the crypto space, primarily because they dont regard digital currencies to be an asset class. That said, there isnt much the watchdog can do to stop a firm from trading regulated securities or derivatives on a regulated ex.........

07:57

Gouldian finches in Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

This video says about itself:

The Most Colorful Finch Did You Know Birding?

17 June 2018

Gouldian Finches are small birds that are very colorful. There used to be hundreds of thousands of these finches but today only roughly 2500 exist in the wild. Conservation efforts may help them though!

07:38

CDC vaccine science hides giant conflict of interest "IndyWatch Feed National"

Originally posted on Jon Rappoport's Blog:
by Jon Rappoport July 5, 2018 If you wanted to buy a product And the main safety-researcher of the product was the company selling it to you Would you automatically assume the product was safe and effective? But you see, that"s the just the beginning of the problem.

07:00

Celebrating NAIDOC week "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

NAIDOC celebration walk in Ballina in 2017. Photo supplied.

Join the annual NAIDOC Week celebrations throughout the region from July 8 to 11. 

In 2018 the theme is Because of her, we can which celebrates the essential role that women have played and continue to play as active and significant role models at a community, local, state and national level.

Byron Shire

Everyone is invited to mark the start of NAIDOC week on Monday 9 July at a flag-raising ceremony at the Council Chambers in Mullumbimby.

That evening the opening of the Aboriginal Art Exhibition will take place at 5.30pm at the Mullumbimby Civic Hall. The exhibition closes on July 15.

The theme for this year is Because of Her, We Can an acknowledgement of the role of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in communities around the country.

Its an honour for the council to work so closely with the Arakwal people, who are the traditional custodians of the land, and I am so proud of the work that has been done over the years to make Byron a centrepiece when it comes to recognition and reconciliation, mayor Simon Richardson said.

The Arakwal NAIDOC film night will be held on Tuesday 10 July from 6.30pm at the Byron Community Centre while the Mullum family fun day takes place on Wednesday 11 July from 10am at the Mullumbimby Neighbourhood Centre.

The Bundjalung of Byron family cultural day will be held on Thursday 12 July with a Railway Park march at 10am culminating at Dening Park, Byron Bay, for celebrations between 11am and 2pm.

I encourage everyone to reflect on the history of the Arakwal people in this area, and celebrate their culture, Mr Richardson said.

Lismore

The annual NAIDOC Celebration Day at the Lismore Showground is a chance for people from al...

06:28

A Woodsrunner's Diary: My Book. Primitive Fire Lighting. eBook. Written F... "IndyWatch Feed National"

A Woodsrunner's Diary: My Book. Primitive Fire Lighting. eBook. Written F...: Primitive Fire Lighting-Flint & Steel & Fire Bow. eBook. Title: Primitive Fire lighting. ID: 9784776 Category: History De...

05:53

A CERTAIN RMS ASPHALT BATCHING PLANT: Open Letter to NSW Premier & Liberal MP for Willoughby, Gladys Berejiklian, as well as Minister for Roads Maritime and Freight & Nationals MP for Oxley, Melinda Pavey "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


Dear Premier Berejiklian and Minister Pavey,

Communities in the Clarence River estuary are concerned about an aspect of the NSW Government's current Pacific Highway construction planning.

Below are some of those concerns expressed to local newspaper The Daily Examiner with regard to a Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) plan to install a temporary asphalt batching plant at Woombah on the Clarence River flood plain.

The build is scheduled to start this month and the plant will operate for the next two and a half years.

Please note the attitude local residents are not amused at the high-handed way in which the NSW Government and RMS went about a cursory declaration of intent.

What theyre not happy about is an asphalt batching plant being built right near their houses, using their only connecting road to the villages

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05:15

IBM Signs $740 Million Deal With Australian Govt to Use Blockchain for Data Security "IndyWatch Feed National"

IBM has signed a five-year $740 million deal with the Australian government to bring blockchain and other new technologies to many, many government agencies

04:29

Dead juvenile humpback whale found on beach in Byron Bay, Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

A juvenile humpback whale has been found dead on a beach in northern New South Wales. The body of the 8.8 metre humpback was discovered early this morning, wallowing in the shallows on Tallow Beach, about two kilometres south of Cape Byron. Marine animal rescue group ORRCA was alerted shortly before 8am, and National Parks and police arrived on scene. National Parks and Wildlife Services (NPWS) ranger Keely Markavino said they were in the process of figuring out the best way to remove the carcass and dispose of it elsewhere. "The main thing to note is that it won't be disposed of at the beach because that poses its own risk, so it will be disposed of in another safe, designated area," she said.

01:56

Breaking Ice with Footballs, and a US Response "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Americans would have had to watch the World Football Cup being disputed across Russia on France 24 to get an idea of the side benefits being reaped by that country. Over and over enthusiastic fans noted that they had been mislead by their national media, whether in Great Britain, Japan, or Australia. This remark may not be very original, but I guess the past week showed that to be a great statesman you not only have to know international law and have an ideology, you need to realize that for most people, in the end, evidence trumps propaganda.

After a first run in Sochi, in 2014, that coincided with the US-instigated coup against the legally-elected President of Ukraine, and which bore the brunt of anti-Russian propaganda, President Vladimir Putins all or nothing bet was to host the World Cup in eleven cities across Russia maybe to underscore the fact that Russia covers eleven time zones. The host cities were Moscow, St Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Nizhny-Novgorod, Samara, Rostov on Don, Volgograd, Kaliningrad and Sarans, and Ykaterinaberg, on the border with China.

What better way could there be to introduce sports fans to the big bad bear? With beer flowing and pretty girls out in force, what could there possibly be not to like? Even in Russia, it gets warm in summer. The thousands of fans who journeyed across the world to experience Russia for themselves will never respond to the latest news about the former KGB officer the way theyre supposed to again.

And I bet Western journalists are frantically digging around to try to prove that President Putin used compromat against the World Cup board in order to secure their vote to give Russia the games.

And yet, as the July 16 Summit between Presidents Trump and Putin grows closer, the US media frantically signals the danger of the two presidents meeting without translators i.e., witnesses fearful the naive American president will give away the store. To counter that danger, a former NATO Deputy Secretary General....

00:58

Reader John Greybeard eviscerates the Government of Turnbull's energy spruikers "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Government of Turnbull brings religious-zeal to cutting emissions. But it isn't trying to cut power bills. Keeping the lights on and cutting bills don't rate on Twitter. Chairman Mal has the social-media-data-led-insights to prove his strategy is right. Like he was right to roll Tony. Or sign the Paris...

00:15

Epidemiology Versus Biology: The REAL Statistical Difference In Vaccine Studies "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Catherine J. Frompovich

The CDC whistleblower regarding the fraudulent 2004 MMR DeStefano et al vaccine study that excluded pertinent epidemiological information regarding young black boys less than three years of age, epidemiologist Dr. William Thompson, PhD, apparently has gone out of his way to comment on a study performed by a student working on his Masters degree in Medicine in 2014, Luke E. Taylor, a Pediatric Registrar at the Childrens Hospital at Westmead in Sydney, Australia. [1]

Here is the link to Taylors paper as published in the journal VACCINE. That paper, published with co-authors, has morphed into an apparent evidence piece that vaccines do not cause autism! Thats not what Dr. Thompson found, tried telling CDC and then disclosed as a whistleblower!

What I want to point out is the Taylor et al paper was based in subjective epidemiology data rather than in actual scientific biology and scientific human physiology. Theres a HUGE...

00:15

The Lib-Nats class war continues apace and General Turnbull reminds us of another victory "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


On 1 July 2018 Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Bligh Turnbull proudly reminded his fellow Australians that the planned personal income tax cuts had started that day.




He was careful not to point out that to get that $530 tax refund next year this nurse or school teacher would have to earn above the average full-time wage in their respective professions.

Turnbull was also careful not to mention that these personal tax cuts excluded the lowest income earners - many of whom would be hit with the second tranche of penalty rate cuts which came into force on 1 July as well.

While the fact that on 1 July he just happens to get a 2 per cent parliamentary pay rise for the third year in a row, during a period of extremely low wage growth for ordinary workers, passes without mention as well.

It did not go unnoticed...........

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22:01

Huobi Launches Australian Exchange Ahead of Blockchain Investment Plans "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian traders can now trade ten crypto-fiat pairs on Huobis dedicated local platform

21:55

The Oldtime Variety Show! BBQ and Bluegrass Festival Friday 17th August, 6pm-10pm "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

On Friday night, the day before the Festival, once again were holding an oldtime music and comedy variety show at the A&I Hall. (MA15+)

This show was an absolute a hoot last year with rave reviews. Its not to be missed with over 70 artists entertaining you all evening long and great barbecue available for purchase.

All artists are volunteers and all proceeds go back into our Original Music Artists Bursaries.

With limited seating, its sure to sell out fast, so get your tickets soon.

For most punters, this was the highlight of the Festival last year.

A very special night out.

Variety Show Tickets $48

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17:57

South Korean workers fight for their rights "IndyWatch Feed National"

South Korean Hyundai workers vote to take strike action. They want a 5.3 per cent pay rise

From daily News Line in Britain:

Thursday, 5 July 2018

Hyundai workers vote for strike action

Korean workers are rising up in militant struggles, with unions at the motoring giant Hyundai voting overwhelmingly to strike for a 5.3% pay increase. The Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU) organised a national workers rally for the abolition of irregular jobs on Saturday 30th June.

Police spying on trade unions at the Samsung IT giant has also come under judicial investigation and the strike at Oracle Systems Korea, the Korean unit of the US-based IT giant Oracle Corp, is approaching its 50th day.

About 80,000 workers participated in last Saturdays rally under the banner of: The abrogation of the revised Minimum Wage Act and the declaration of a general strike and all-out struggle in the second half of the year. The rally was the biggest one since President Moon Jae-in took office in May 2017.

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17:06

Learning to understand "IndyWatch Feed National"

Learning to Understand. Lee Bevan writes for IndigenousX about his experiences as an Aboriginal man in the modern world. It is his connectedness to land and culture that helps me manoeuvre his way.

16:23

Why we need a human rights watchdog "IndyWatch Feed National"





Mining companies in West Papua behind the Australian governments
supporting genocide of West Papuans, our WW2 allies!!! Are you still proud to
call yourself an Australian???






15:08

FixedIt: he didnt sexually assault a tow path "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Irish News reported that a man was convicted of sexually assaulting a woman as she was walking home from work.

The woman was erased from the headline and replaced with the location of the sexual assault. Its a common trope in reporting on mens violence against women. Something from the violence is almost always removed. Often it is the perpetrator, sometimes its the violence, sometimes its the woman, but its almost always one of the three essential elements of the crime being reported.

This is not a trivial issue. It matters because headlines are supposed to be a short summary of the article and when the article is about violence men commit against women and when any of the elements of the crime are invisible, the headline is not telling the story, its erasing the story.

Also, most people dont consume news by reading a print newspaper from cover to cover. Only some people go directly to the home page of a news outlet. Most people get news links from social media, and the most likely source is Facebook. But regardless of the source, we see far more headlines than we click on.

Something like 80 percent of the headlines we see, we never click through to read the article. Were not necessarily thinking very much about the headlines we dont click on, but we see them. And without being consciously aware that its happening they are still describing something to us. When they fit our subconscious bias or when theyre underpinned myths about violence and repeat them over and over again, they reinforce them in our minds, but we dont really notice that its happening.

The things we dont notice are far more dangerous than the things we do notice.

Clarity in reporting and avoiding the passive voice and are among the first things journalists are taught. Which is why the constant use of passive voice and unclear reporting on violence against women stands out so much.

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

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

Headlines matter and this is why FixedIt exists.

FixedIt is an ongoing project to push back...

13:49

FixedIt: he wasnt convicted of covering up sex "IndyWatch Feed National"

News.com.au reported that Philip Wilson is planning to appeal his conviction for failing to report to police between 2004-2006 the repeated abuse of two altar boys, by paedophile priest James Patrick Fletcher, in the NSW Hunter Region in the 1970s.

He was not convicted of covering up sex. He was convicted of covering up sexual abuse of children. These are not the same things.

Children cannot have sex. It is ludicrous and abhorrent to describe any attempt to abuse a child so young as sex.

Sex requires consent, children cannot legally or morally give consent so it is not sex. Rape, sexual abuse and sex are not the same thing and they can not be used interchangeably in headlines.

Here are the reasons this matters, in every case, with every headline.

The victim impact statements from child abuse trials are harrowing, a testament to the lifelong injuries suffered by people who were sexually abused as children. They are the litany of drug addition, alcohol dependence, gambling problems, depression, crippling anxiety, relationship breakdowns, suicidal thoughts, shame, self-hatred, mistrust of others and long term emotional damage so common in survivors of child sexual abuse. Children who have been abused are also significantly more likely to suffer further abuse, both as children and as adults.

The effects of sexual abuse of children then lead to the cycle of horror where victims become unreliable witnesses to their own abuse.

When the media, as it so persistently does, labels sexual abuse of children as child sex, we are weakening the public understanding of the extent and effect of such abuse. This has serious effects. A study conducted for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse found that juries who have a better understanding of the facts of child sexual abuse are less likely to make mistakes in their assessment of evidence given in court.

Children cannot have sex with adults. Sex requires consent and children, by definition, cannot give consent, so its not sex. Its rape, its child abuse, its sexual abuse, its any number of terms that accurately describe a crime. An act perpetrated on an innocent victim, someone who was unable to defend themselves from the violence done to them, and who suffers for years, po...

12:20

Where does the artist reside? "IndyWatch Feed National"

It is not my intention to question the value of artists residencies there is absolutely no point in arguing against the clear advantage of offering time out from the demands of daily life to otherwise time-strapped writers only to raise the question lingering in Machados story: who is cut out for the artists residency, and what does it say about your artistry if you cannot hack the enforced solitude of such now-commonplace retreats?

12:02

The most appalling extension of Lewis Law yet "IndyWatch Feed National"

Eurydice Dixon was an Australian comedian who was raped and murdered as she walked home one night. The site where her body was found was spontaneously turned into a memorial, with people leaving flowers. She was only 22.

And then someone scrawled giant penises all over the football field where she was found.

The vandal was caught he claims he wanted to be caught and he was just making a statement. He was sending a message to feministsand about vaccinations?

I was upset, and I want to make this clear, this was not a personal attack at allthis was purely an attack on feminism, on mainstream media for hijacking a vaccine-causing issue and turning it into a men are bad, womens rights issue.

Yall remember Lewis Law: Comments on any article about feminism justify feminism. Apparently a woman can be raped and murdered and some toxic asshole will find a way to comment on it, and thereby justify feminism.

The logic behind the vandals action was remarkably twisted: the lawyer for the accused murderer says his client was autistic; the vandal interprets that to mean autism caused the killing; the killer was therefore not to blame; but we should blame vaccines for it instead. And somehow, feminists.

I dont think any individuals on the autistic spectrum actually want this guys support. Im kinda feeling, as a man, Id rather not have this scumbag sharing a sex with me, either. Hes all alone on this one.

12:00

MACKAY Update 2: Armed robbery, Mackay "IndyWatch Feed National"

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11:24

The Fiestas of San Fermin "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Running of the Bulls is what put the sleepy Spanish town of Pamplona on the map, but this pub dare gone way too far is merely the pointy end of a larger fiesta held there annually.

Ernest Hemingway, Pamplonas favourite backpacker, wrote of San Fermn in The Sun Also Rises. He said that by the end of the week-long party, it no longer makes sense to think about consequences.

I was in Spain on the trail of the famous expatriate hobo writer, wanting to experience at least a sliver of the rabbit-hole of hedonistic oblivion he described. And I was off to a good start.

I had touched down in the gothic quarter of Barcelona, in a humble abode of 20 vagabonds, the kind of place where youre still discovering new hidden nooks and corridors days after settling in, all of which are now converted into someones bedroom. My belongings never did find a permanent address within that place it was like my backpack was backpacking.

Alcohol was banned from the premises. When you find yourself in a dry zone, you know youre either in the company of either religious fundamentalists or party fundamentalists. People who ball so hard that to bring the fiesta home to the place of their post-balling convalescence would spell the end of their health and sanity. People who ball so hard that a panic room must be established, a brief recharging respite from the vicissitudes of the endless summer.

A few weeks later, sofas and bunk beds were traded for bus seats, and we headed to the Adelaide of Spain: a town where a year of partying is condensed into a week, during which the population spikes from 20 thousand Basque locals to 100 thousand professional party people.

In typical Spanish fashion, the festival began with a fight. The Spanish seem to love to throw things at each other (tomatoes, grapes, wine, bulls). The celebrations kicked off in Plaza Consistorial, a place built long before population density or fire safety were factors in town planning. Thousands of us were pressed into the worlds sweatiest cuddle puddle, all wearing the traditional white-with-red sash, like the most difficult page in Wheres Wally. Forget bulls the real risk of San Fermn is being trampled by a herd of humans.

I remembered a cautionary tale from a fellow traveller who had fallen over in the square, dehydrated and heat-exhausted, only to come to some time later to find most of her clothes had been torn off by foot traffic. Party, or die. I planted my feet and prayed t...

11:06

Mullumbimby household saved from fire by smoke alarm "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

NSW Fire & Rescue unit at the scene of last nights (July 4) fire in Mullumbimby. Photo NSW Fire & Rescue

It started out as a small fire in an ordinary electric stove cooking dinner at an Argyle Street residence at around 6.20pm last night (Wednesday, July 4).

And it could have got a whole lot worse.

Fortunately, the occupier was alerted by a smoke detector and quickly turned off the stove, cutting off the source of the flames.

A spokesperson from Fire & Rescue NSWs Mullumbimby station said, Upon arrival, we rapidly assessed that no one was injured and that the house was not on fire.

We checked the house and it was clear that the electric stove/oven had some issues.

He added it was a timely reminder to keep your smoke detectors charged and take the proper precautions for fire during the winter period.

Visit the NSW Fire & Rescues winter safety webpage for a complete checklist.

 

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10:39

Coral bleaching could happen every two years: report "IndyWatch Feed National"

Coral bleached by rising sea temperatures on the Great Barrier Reef. AAP Image/University of QLD/Ove Hoegh-Guldberg

The Great Barrier Reef could be hit with catastrophic bleaching every two years by 2034, under current greenhouse gas pollution levels, according to the latest report from the Climate Council.

The Lethal Consequences: Climate Change Impacts on the Great Barrier Reef report shows the future survival of coral reefs around the world, including the Great Barrier Reef, depends on how deeply and swiftly greenhouse gas pollution levels are slashed over the coming years and decades.

Climate Councillor and ecologist Professor Lesley Hughes said accelerating climate change has driven a 54 per cent increase in the number of marine heatwave days each year (between 1925-1954 and 1987-2016), placing global reefs at serious risk.

Intensifying marine heatwaves around the world are now occurring more often, lasting longer and are more intense than ever before, she said.

Now, coral reefs around the world are also in the firing line, with rising ocean temperatures and more frequent marine heatwaves placing them at increasing risk.

Professor Hughes said the unprecedented bleaching events on the Great Barrier Reef in 2016 and 2017 resulted in mass coral mortality, with the 2016 bleaching event at least 175 times more likely to occur due to intensifying climate change.

Unless drastic action is taken, extreme coral bleaching will be the new normal by the 2030s. We will see extreme ocean temperatures, similar to those that led to these bleaching events possibly occurring every two years, which will effectively sign the death certificate for the worlds largest natural living wonder that is the Great Barrier Reef, she said.

Report key findings include:

  • Unprecedented bleaching events on the Great Barrier Reef in 2016 and 2017 have resulted in mass coral mortality.
  • Rising sea surface temperatures over the past century have resulted in more frequent and prolonged global marine heatwaves.
  • By 2034, the extreme ocean temperatures that led to...

10:25

Man arrested over Kyogle assault and murder threat "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A man has turned himself in to police over the assault and threatened murder of an elderly landowner at Loadstone, north of Kyogle, more than 900 days after the event took place.

The now 47-year-old man was allegedly an accomplice to the actions of a 27-year-old man, who threatened to cut off the property owners head with a machete in January 2016.

The 27-year-old has since been arrested and convicted but the 47-year-old had been on the run until now.

The pair, who were living on the Loadstone property at the time, became involved in an argument with the elderly owner of the property.

As the fight escalated, the property owner was punched in the face multiple times, struck with a wooden stake and had his mobile phone smashed.

Now you cant call the police, the younger man told him.

The 27-year-old then forced the victims head onto a table and picked up a machete. He told the victim he was going to chop his head off.

The victim managed to escape and went to hospital where he was treated for significant injuries. When the victim returned to his property the next day he saw his car had been pushed down a gorge and a large amount of his property had been stolen.

Both alleged offenders fled interstate shortly after.

The now 29-year-old man was arrested in South Australia in January 2018 by South Australian and Casino detectives, and extradited back to NSW.

In April 2018 he was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment.

Yesterday the 47-year-old former Loadstone man now living in Helensvale Queensland surrendered himself to police at Tweed Heads. He had warrants for assault occasioning actual bodily harm in company of other, affray and intimidation executed on him.

He was refused bail to appear in Tweed Heads Local Court.

 

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10:17

I'll be offline most of today "IndyWatch Feed National"

Still in Western Australia - out and about so today's likely to be fairly light on posts.

10:10

Abbott exposes the serious division within the Liberal Party yet again "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed from Queensland

One more sign of the growing division within the Liberal Party has broken out now. In an interview on 2GB, Tony Abbott launched another attack on Malcolm Turnbull. This is not surprising. Abbott has a track record of sniping from the sidelines.

What is of note this time around, is the revelation of how the efforts of the leadership to maintain control and sell an illusion of unity has led to attempt to impose an internal gag. It is obviously not working.

Abbott told Chris Kenny that theres pressure to conform.

I got to say that there arent many opportunities for dissent in the party room these days. Party room procedure has changed under prime Minister Turnbull, he said.

This might be in part sour grapes by a deposed former leader, who is losing his personal support base among the party leadership. But to dismiss it as just this is to overlook that this is only one incident in a catalogue incidents and stumbles, which have given a clear picture of a party stuck in a groove and achieving very little.

Many others have commented on the disconnection between what is happening to most of Australian society and the world view of the government as a basic cause, and that this taking the form of  an ongoing battle for supremacy between the more flexible traditional conservatives and  the emergent radical right, to which Abbott belongs.

Neither side has been able to gain overwhelming dominance.  This has produced the twin effects of forcing the conservatives to take up some of the agenda of the radical right and keeping the prime minister hostage. The result is a government that comes across as incompetent and heading for a great fall.

Tightening the internal screws will not change this. Only by disengaging form their close entanglement with wealth and power would change the game. If they did this, they wouldnt be the Liberal Party.  Its not going to happen.

The differences are deeply ideological. They are also based on competing economic interests existing within the ranks of big business. One lot tends towards the powerful financial industry and its closely associated mining industry for example. The other is more closely associated with industries that are having a harder time or in a decline, such as manufacturing. The line separating the two groups is not always all that sharp. Both want to go in a similar direction. The differences are usually over the protection of sectional interests, or whether to use the velvet glove or the boot.

The first group tends to be bigger and largely foreign owned and pushes to remake the Australian politico-economic landscape more thoroughly that the other, which tends to be have a larger proportion of Australian ownership.

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10:08

Seaweed as Fertiliser Pt. 2 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Seaweed products are valuable sources of fertility for garden soil.  Click on the image below for a video which is the second part of a Sustainable Gardening Australia lecture for SGAs Green Gardening Professionals by Dr Colin Young from fairdinkumfertilizers.com

10:00

Seaweed as Fertiliser Pt. 1 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Seaweed is a valuable source of minerals which are necessary for plant growth.   Click on the image below for a video which is the first part of a Sustainable Gardening Australia lecture for SGAs Green Gardening Professionals by Dr Colin Young from fairdinkumfertilizers.com

09:23

Tweed trial turns dead trees into habitat for fauna "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Contractors from Habi-Tec build a high-rise habitat for lorikeets, gliders and rosellas in this forest red gum on Tree Street, Murwillumbah. The contractors created four hollows in the tree after removing the dead or dying limbs. Photo Tweed Shire Council

An innovative approach to managing the risk of dead trees on public land will be trialled in Tweed Shire starting this week. Rather than removing dead trees in parks, Council has engaged specialist contractors to turn the trees into wildlife habitat high-rises.

Council staff recently attended a workshop on the Gold Coast where this method has been successfully used to create more than 80 habitat trees.

The limbs that present a risk are safely trimmed back and then artificial tree hollows installed. The hollows closely resemble natural hollows, as they are constructed from the existing tree branches.

Monitoring of the hollows created on the Gold Coast has shown a high success rate to date.

More than 300 native wildlife species, including birds, reptiles and mammals are totally dependent on tree hollows for nesting or roosting, Councils senior biodiversity program leader, Scott Hetherington, said.

This approach not only prevents the loss of dead trees, which are critical for providing tree hollows, but fast-tracks the creation of hollows that otherwise take a minimum of 100 years to form naturally.

Council is this week creating new habitats in three trees to trial the method.

Yesterday (Tuesday July 3), a tree on Botanical Circuit at Banora Point was treated, followed today by a forest red gum on River Street, Murwillumbah. A third tree in the road reserve on Garden of Eden Road at Tomewin will be treated later this month after nearby powerlines are isolated to allow the work to go ahead.

The hollows created will target species most likely to occur in the area as all species have unique requirements with regard to the overall dimensions, position and size of entrance hole. The initial hollows will aim to provide habitat for lorikeets and other small parrots, owls and possums, said Mr Hetherington.

Council arborist Luke Page welcomed the trial.

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08:57

Student support key to success at Byron Community College "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Student support officer Lance Hopson with pre-employment student Leon Dawes. Photo Narelle Hobbs

Locals will be familiar with Byron Community College as the place to learn anything you have a passion for cooking, painting, Spanish, basket weaving but the Mullumbimby-based Byron Community College is also a key provider for Vocational Education and Training (VET).

For the past few years, Byron Community College VET course completion rates have stood at nearly twice the national average. Student support officer Lance Hopson credits this to the colleges ongoing student support.

We pride ourselves on working closely with students, he says. A student can come in any time of the day and Ill stop what Im doing and make time for them.

The college works proactively with students at the beginning of study to identify and sort out educational needs and life issues to minimise disruption to study.

Weekly drop-in sessions allow VET students access to help with assignments and study organisation, computers and printing. One-on-one tutoring is also available.

Lance understands that school is not for everyone and respects the courage it takes to attempt education again, especially if foundation skills are missing.

Adult education traditionally teaches these skills separately, but the college weaves foundation skills into their vocational coursework. Practical, real-world skills are core components of Certificate III and IV VET courses and work placements often lead to employment.

Fostering opportunities for local employment is a large part of the colleges community-based ethos.

Mullumbimby local Leon Dawes joined an employment pathways p...

08:28

Calls for Adelaides Archbishop Wilson to resign "IndyWatch Feed National"

Archbishop Philip Wilson leaves Newcastle Local Court, in Newcastle after sentencing, Tuesday, July 3, 2018. The Adelaide Archbishop has been found guilty of concealing historical child sexual abuse. (AAP Image/Darren Pateman)

ADELAIDE, AAP The Catholic Archbishop of Adelaide is facing unprecedented calls from across political arena to resign as he prepares to challenge his conviction for concealing child sexual abuse.

Philip Wilson, 67, is the most senior Catholic official in the world to be found guilty of such a crime and was earlier this week sentenced to 12 months in jail with a six-month non-parole period.

Hes now going to appeal his conviction for the offences committed in the Newcastle region between 2004 and 2006 and plans to resign only if that fails.

But South Australian Premier Steven Marshall has joined Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten in calling for Wilson to resign immediately.

Hes been convicted, hes been sentenced. I think its untenable to remain in that position, Mr Marshall The Advertiser on Thursday.

NSW Police Minister Troy Grant, a former police officer who was involved in investigations into child abuse in the Maitland-Newcastle area in 1995, said the sentence handed to Wilson was appalling.

This is no deterrent as a sentence, its appalling, the children deserve better, the victims deserve better, and the community do, Mr Grant told 2GB Radio.

Wilson is in line to potentially serve his sentence in home detention, pending the appeal proceedings.

Wilson was in May found guilty of failing to report to police the historical sexual abuse of two altar boys by a pedophile priest after a landmark magistrate-only trial in Newcastle Local Court.

Wilson confirmed on Wednesday he would lodge an appeal to the NSW District Court.

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08:28

Some Incomplete Thoughts on the Scale of History Part 1 "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Scale of History is the theme of this years Australian Historical Association conference which is taking place this week in Canberra. It was the theme of the conference which enticed me to take time off work to come to Continue reading

07:36

Deb's new sustainable garden at Brierfield "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Seen from below, Deb's new house is located in a bush fire 'flame' categorised area and thus requires  flame shutters and concrete decks. Her vegetable garden is located on top of the hill. Natives are planted below the house.




Deb (in the pink hat) and her partner have invested in terrace walls below the house.



A constructed pond serves for Deb's treasured fish and also as a mandatory emergency fire fighting resource.


07:34

Temporary Plant Fair Co-ordinator needed "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"



Stall at the Autumn Plant Fair
 
Temporary Plant Fair Co-ordinator needed
 
 
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07:30

Winter Solstice Visit to David's garden "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"



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07:13

Australian waters must not be opened to larger scale commercial fishing "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Ugly

Malcolm Turnbull and his crew in Canberra have a plan, and that is to 0pen up Australias waters to large scale commercial fishing.  They have been involved in under the counter talks with commercial fishing interests, to allow foreign ships to enter Australian waters, be re-flagged as Australian and use Australian ports.

This is a direct assault on the smaller scale local fishing industry, which will be unable to compete against bigger foreign vessels using cut price labour and operating on a huge scale. A fishing industry is legitimate, so long as it is properly managed and carried out sustainably, and this will not be the case here.

The sorry excuses that make up our government, are moving towards allowing fishing on a much bigger and unsustainable scale, when the evidence already shows that fishing stock in Australian waters have declined by about 30 percent over the last 10 years, and they werent in a particularly healthy state back then.

As if this is not enough, there is a plan to open existing marine park sanctuaries to exploitation. This would cause havoc to important breeding waters and the bycatch, will cause destruction to many other species, including protected turtles, sea birds, sharks and dolphins.

The intention is to open the waters for the expansion of transhipping, which is the practice where a fleet of smaller vessels transfer their catch to a much bigger carrier ship located nearby. This means more catches by each ship and not wasting time in going back to port and out again. It is also fishing on a large organised industrial scale.

The previous Abbott government did impose a 130 metre limit on ship length, in the wake of the Geelong Star case. It is meaningless, given that there are only three ships in existence that are longer than this.

Over fishing in other parts of this planet has already caused serious harm to the health of the oceans. We know that healthy oceans are essential to the health of the planet and a sustainable future.

The madness must stop.

Save our Marine Life, a coalition of 20 leading conservation groups has a petition that is worthwhile signing. It is still possible to make a submission to the government through the...

07:09

Australian tribes 10,000 year old tales of ancient sea rise are accurate "IndyWatch Feed National"

Melbourne, the southernmost state capital of the Australian mainland, was established by Europeans a couple hundred years ago at the juncture of a great river and a wind-whipped bay. Port Phillip Bay sprawls over 750 square miles, providing feeding grounds for whales and sheltering coastlines for brine-scented beach towns. But it's an exceptionally shallow waterway, less than 30 feet in most places. It's so shallow that 10,000 years ago, when ice sheets and glaciers held far more of the planet's water than is the case today, most of the bay floor was high and dry and grazed upon by kangaroos. To most of us, the rush of the oceans that followed the last ice age seems like a prehistoric epoch. But the historic occasion was dutifully recorded-coast to coast-by the original inhabitants of the land Down Under. Without using written languages, Australian tribes passed memories of life before, and during, post-glacial shoreline inundations through hundreds of generations as high-fidelity oral history. Some tribes can still point to islands that no longer exist-and provide their original names.

07:00

MACKAY Mackay Magistrates Court "IndyWatch Feed National"

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05:00

Report: 18% of People in Turkey Own Crypto Compared to 8% in the US "IndyWatch Feed National"

Eighteen percent of people in Turkey own crypto compared to eight percent in the United States, according to a study conducted by ING Bank.

ING Bank Poll Finds 35% Europeans Agree Bitcoin Is the Future of Spending Online

Cracking the Code on Cryptocurrency surveyed about a thousand respondents in each country to understand their attitudes on the rise of digital currencies such as Bitcoin and what they might mean for our money.

ING Bank, a Dutch banking and financial services corporation headquartered in Amsterdam, conducted the survey in 15 countries to a total of 14,828 participants in order to discover what each nation thinks about cryptocurrencies and what will their role be in consumer spending and investing.

Jessica Exton, behavioral scientist at INGs consumer economics team, concluded that about a third, thirty-five percent, in Europe agree that Bitcoin is the future of spending online, while 32 percent of respondents are of the opinion that cryptocurrency is the future of investing. A further 29 percent indicated they would never invest in cryptocurrency.

Regarding risk, while 30% find digital currencies riskier than shares, the other 70% would say otherwise. 46% of respondents see shares as less risky than cryptocurrencies, and 24% even say theyre equally risky.

This may be part of why cryptocurrencies seem to have less appeal for long-term personal finance activities, such as receiving pay or saving for university, than one-off transactions, the report said.

The ING Bank report concluded that a minority of Europeans would consider using digital assets as a means of payment for a cup of coffee (23%), international online purchases (30%), or childrens university fees (20%).

Interestingly, larger shares in lower per-capita income countries suggest they might consider investing or paying in cryptocurrency, Exton stated.

Turkey Leads the Way Amongst the 15 Countries Surveyed

As to whether Bitcoin is the future of online spending, the majority of....

04:52

Australia To Bankrupt Parents Who Dont Vaccinate "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia has begun imposing extreme financial sanctions on parents who refuse to vaccinate their children, taking out money from their bank accounts every 2 weeks. Parents will now lose $28 (16) every fortnight for each [...]

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03:29

PERTH Perth woman stabbed in Tuart Hill "IndyWatch Feed National"

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03:29

PERTH Man charged over stabbing of Tuart Hill woman "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Man charged over stabbing of Tuart Hill woman .

July 04, 2018 at 11:17AM .

The man, who is known to the woman, was arrested at the scene and will appear at Perth Magistrates Court today charged with aggravated wounding.

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02:37

Market Talk- July 4, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed National"

We expected a quiet day today with the US being out, but just didnt quite realise how quiet. In Asia the major talking point was the Yuan and the verbal intervention witnessed earlier today. This diod help the currency recover to the mid 6s (6.6313), having hit its one year low early yesterday. The Yuan decline is bound to start to impact peripheral Asia as you would expect. The core Shanghai index closed down almost 1%, along with the Hang Seng, as real estate, pharmaceuticals and energy stocks leading the way. The Australian index followed a similar pattern closing on the days lows, but were hit more from a currency perspective as the A$ adds additional losses. The Nikkei almost traded positive towards the close but sentiment took it lower in the final minutes of trade. Yen acts as the safe-haven bid again and we are back to mid 110s.

Europe was shocked by the Danske Bank reports and sees its shares drop around 3% on the day. Germans Angela Merkel in she headlines again, but then she is never out of them, after addressing trade issues and auto tariffs questioned. In the UK talk is that the BREXIT negotiations maybe softer than anticipated, which has helped GBP bounce a touch (+0.2%). However, we should hear more on Friday after May addresses members invited to Chequers where a possible final agreement maybe aired. UK had a bit of a lift earlier after the UK PMI released better than expected, implying the BOE could be in play by the end of the summer. This is helping confidence in the UK but they probably should look at what they wish to be part of before celebrating possible accomplishments.

Lots of talk also surrounding the ECBs twist operation it rumoured last week. Talk that the maturing proceeds will be reinvested at the long end of European markets is causing yet more curve flattening as liquidity dries even more. Draghi also mentioned last week that rates could remains low beyond summer of 2019 quite incidentally past his retirement date! Long end bonds remain bid as you would expect.

Japan 0.03%, Bunds 0.305% (+1.5bp), France 0.645% (+1.5bp), Italy 2.64% (+1bp), Greece 3.91% (+1bp), Turkey 16.89% (+20bp) 15% Inflation still racing faster than forecast, Portugal 1.73% (+1bp...

01:40

Riveting Thai cave story was missing one element Israel to the rescue! "IndyWatch Feed National"

The most gripping story in the world is of course the global effort to rescue the Thai boys soccer team who were found alive deep in a cave in that country after a week of going missing. The story affirms the very best of humanity, when people from many nations come together under extreme circumstances for a purely altruistic purpose, and ethnic and religious differences mean nothing.

But the story has been missing a key component for days: the Israeli contribution. For it is a truth universally acknowledged that whenever the world comes together to save people who arent Palestinian, the Israeli emergency teams are right there in masks and scrubs and wet suits.

Well not to worry. In the hours since a British diving team found the boys on July 2, Israeli news organizations have rushed to inform us, Israel is involved! In fact, two Israeli companies are claiming credit for supplying radio technology being used in the effort. Though the reports see beloware muddled so far, Israel is sure to assert a bigger role as time goes by.

I dont like being so cynical. But humanitarian rescue is an important part of Israels international marketing efforts at a time when its human rights record in Palestine is so miserable. The point is made most achingly by a Palestinian man in Gaza who speaks in ruins of his village in the new documentary Killing Gaza, by Max Blumenthal and Dan Cohen. You see Israel involved in all these rescues, he says; but look at what they are doing right here, slaughtering families and reducing communities to rubble.

Heres some of the time line on Israels involvement. On July 1, reports had it that seven outside countries were involved in the rescue effort. The U.S., Australia, Britain, China, Laos, Myanmar, and the Philippines.

The Times of Israel jumped in to say that Israel was in on the action. Though the rescuers werent that well informed.

Israeli rescuers have been part of an international effort to reach 12 boys and their soccer coach trapped for more than a week in a flooded cave in Thailand, and have told Israeli media that some divers involved in the operation are now feared dead.

Since the boys were found on July 2, two Israeli radio companies have issued claims that they are involved in the effort.

The Israeli business site Calcalist featured a radio company called Add-...

00:45

Sydney chill "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

England!

As soon as I confirmed my Sydney flight booking this week it occurred to me that England's World Cup knockout game would inevitably drift on towards stoppage time drama, and then extra time, and then penalties.

And it did all of the above, of course, leaving me to watch the agonising penalty shootout in the salubrious surrounds of Brisbane Domestic. 

But past results are no guarantee of future performance, and against all expectations, the Three Lions actually survived!

Get that man a Milton mango!


Not a great performance, but we live to fight another day, and are now into the final 8.

Onwards to face Sweden in the quarter finals at the weekend.

Thin ice

It was positively Baltic when I finally made it down to Sydney yesterday (well, 22 anyway). 

But the local economy has been running pretty hot for some time, with Sydney employment soaring from 2 million to 2 million since 2015. 

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00:28

Entreaty to Dismantle a Genocidal Empire "IndyWatch Feed National"

Celebrate July 4! Raise the colorful red, white and blue flag, the sight of which turns the stomachs of tens of millions of innocent people overseas, who lost loved ones, mass murdered in their own countries, often as not, in their very own homes, by American GIs serving the good old USA.

On the fourth, sing loudly the Stars and Stripes National Anthem, which sends chills down the spine of most families in Vietnam and Iraq who heard that melody as played by American military bands during the long bloody genocidal US occupation of their homelands.

On the 4th, sing proudly, God Bless America, and chuckle over Obamas family pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, who in 2007 was seen over and over again on TV crying out, No, no, God Damn America for her crimes against humanity!

On July 4th, 2018, keep your faith in the CIA and dont believe candidate Congressman Dr. Ron Paul MD, seen on prime time coverage of the 2012 GOP presidential debates stating calmly: All the invasions and bombings by the US overseas, beginning with Korea, were illegal, unconstitutional and a horrific loss of human lives.

While watching and cheering the men and women of the military parading on the Fourth of July, as they are expected to do, try to forget that a renegade former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark wrote and repeats: US foreign policy is the greatest crime since World War Two.

And now we turn away from Americans celebrating the birth of their nation and away from their fellow First Worlders in Europe, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. We turn instead to offer a cautionary to the six billion men, women and children of that Majority Humanity that is condescendingly labeled the Third World or Developing World a world still targeted for genocidal plunder by the banks, armies, secret services and media of the First World.

Majority humanity must not wait for Americans to free themselves from the deception, egoism, ignorance and violence that is seeded and psyoped into the minds of Americans as children to justify killing tens of millions of poor to protect US interests overseas, Wall Streets criminal interests, the predatory investments of the powerfully wealthy. All the genocides African Slaves, Native Americans, Mexicans, Filipinos and Chinese before 20th century were followed by US-bankrolled WWI and WWII genocides and has continued to engulf most nations previously under European or American military colonial occupation through todays US-NATO-UN genocide in the Middle East pale by comparison to the end of life on Earth, being anticipated as an unfortunate risk during a meticulously planned nuclear World War III.

Those of us in the belly of the beast so to speak, await with great anticipation the voices that will arise from the presently economically enchained and militarily threatened Maj...

00:16

Turnbull and Keenan botching digital transformation policy "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


The Australian Minister for Human Services, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Digital Transformation and Liberal MP for Stirling, 46 year-old Michael Fayat Keenan, is all gung-ho for digital transformation.

The problem is that he is just not good at being transformative rather like his prime minister.

One could almost see the trainwreck coming down the line from the moment of then Communications Minister Turnbull's initial joint announcement with then Prime Minister Tony Abbott in 2015.

Despite the obvious problems Michael Keenan will be commencing pre-rollout trials of a facial recognition program this year,

Yahoo News, 1 July 20118:

Welfare recipients will soon be asked to have their faces scanned before they can claim their benefits.

It is part of a new trial of biometric security measures the government will begin within months.

Similar to how SmartGates work at airp...

00:15

Life After Politics: where are they now? "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


Before Nicola Roxons resignation as attorney-general for family reasons in 2013, there were a record eight women in the Gillard Government ministry and five in the cabinet.



LR: Penny Wong, Tanya Plibersek, Jenny Macklin, Julia Gillard, Kate Lundy, Kate Ellis, Julie Collins. 

So what are they doing now?

THE FEMALE CABINET MEMBERS

Former Australian Prime Minister, Hon. Julia Eileen Gillard AC

Wednesday, 04 July

23:58

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed National"

A Shortcut to Testing for Ebola
July 4, 2018
by Shaun Cowe, Particle
Medical Express

Video on Ebola Transmission:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=70&v=XCrOde-JYs0

Viruses and poverty seem to go hand in hand, as we saw with the West African Ebola virus epidemic. But one researcher is fighting back by developing a testing kit that can tackle Ebola, even in the world's poorest places.

Viruses are an inescapable part of human existencefrom the mild inconvenience of the common cold to society-crushing pandemics. Viruses' ability to evolve and adapt to overcome our best defences makes them dangerous foes to humanity. When a particularly deadly virus grows in a world region without access to high-quality healthcare, the results can be disastrous.

Ameh James, a Ph.D. researcher in molecular biology from USC, is fighting the resurgence of one of the most deadly viruses in recent years, Ebola. To do this, he has developed a test that can detect the earliest stages of Ebola virus in just 30 minutes.

"It started in 2015 when I first arrived in Australia on my Ph.D. scholarship. I remember coming home after a day's work in the lab. I turned on the news, and Ebola virus was killing a lot of people in Africa. It was spreading to other countries. Everybody was scared," Ameh says.

"I asked myself how I could contribute. That's when I thought of developing a simple Ebola test."

Breaking down Ebola tests

A common way to test for viruses is to look for antigens.

Antigens are proteins on the surface of a viral cell that our antibodies use to find and kill the virus. Basically, the antigen is the target for the immune system to seek and destroy. It's also the target for many of our current Ebola tests.

But early detection is a problem in antigen tests. Most tests work by changing colour in the presence of Ebola antigens reacting with our antibodies. However, if the virus hasn't spread enough within a person, the reaction won't be big enough for the detector.

Beating the system

Another problem is a virus's antigen...

22:52

Regulated Australian Cryptocurrency Exchange to Launch Ripple (XRP) Trading "IndyWatch Feed National"

Independent Reserve, Australias first regulated cryptocurrency exchange, will add support for Ripples token currency XRP this week. Sydney-based cryptocurrency exchange Independent Reserve is reportedly enabling support for Ripple (XRP), the worlds third-largest cryptocurrency by market cap after Bitcoin and Ethereum. With launch of trading on July 7, the exchange is offering trading to both retail

The post Regulated Australian Cryptocurrency Exchange to Launch Ripple (XRP) Trading appeared first on CCN

20:55

NSW Police Minister Troy Grant lashes appalling sentence for Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The Australian

NSW Police Minister Troy Grant lashes appalling sentence

for Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson

NSW Police Minister Troy Grant. Picture: AAPNSW Police Minister Troy Grant. Picture: AAP

NSW Police Minister Troy Grant says it is appalling and not a deterrent that one of Australias most senior Catholic officials, who was found guilty of concealing horrific child sexual abuse, will likely spend less than a year in home detention.

In extraordinary comments this morning, Mr Grant, a former police officer, said yesterdays decision by magistrate Robert S...

20:11

The 2018 Sydney Vaccination Conference The Censorship of the Vaccination Debate in Australia "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Meryl Dorey speaks at the 2018 Sydney Vaccination Conference THE CENSORSHIP OF THE VACCINATION DEBATE IN AUSTRALIA TODAY! Meryl Dorey is the founder of the AVN The Australian Vaccination-Skeptics Network, 1994. Read More

20:00

Queensland now matches NSW with nine solar farms connected to grid RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Another 110MW solar farm joins the grid in Queensland, taking that states total to nine, and matching NSW and the ACT.

via Queensland now matches NSW with nine solar farms connected to grid RenewEconomy

07:47

Underground Hip-Hop Blog Stands With Madd Cold Against The Jewish Lobby "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Jonathan Madd Cold Azaziah

Striking Star Salute to the brave gentlemen at Underground Hip-Hop Blog, one of the most widely-read underground Hip-Hop sites on the entire web, for reprinting my dear brother Ali Salaams Insight Media statement on Bnai Briths failure to see me charged, extradited and thrown into one of the Canadian ZOGs dungeons. Im humbled beyond humbled that they would share my ordeal especially considering that the vast majority of rap-media outlets wont touch it out of fear of You-Know-Who cracking down on their sorry, pathetic asses. Thats the thing though, aint it? EveryONE and everyTHING is anti-Semitic for saying that Jews wield an unprecedented amount of influence on an industry as well as a culture that accompanies it which are overwhelmingly Black, Brown and Gentileand with a strong Islamic origin at thatbut its not a confirmation of that very influence were decrying when we get shut down for saying it??!?!?!?! Mental!!!

The Jews either run the music industry and do so with malicious, greedy intentions or they dont. And of course the truth of the matter is THEY ABSOLUTELY DO and this pernicious hegemony should be opposed totally, vociferously and fearlessly. This didnt start with me either. Professor Griff exposed Jewish infiltration into Hip-Hop over 30 years ago. And since then, Grand Daddy IU, Royce Da 59, Chino XL, Pusha T, Joe Budden, Canibus, Lupe Fiasco, Scarface and others have all mentioned this merely in passing or directly and strongly; in interviews and their music. They subsequently came under fire for it. Its the same in the UK ZOG, where BBC Top of the Pops presenter Reggie Yates simply said it was nice to see MCs and singers going independent instead of being managed by some random fat Jewish guy from NW London. Just for this, he lost his job. So apparently you can keep your gig if youre White and rape kids for a few decades like Jimmy Savile because he was connected with the upper echelons of British Zionism. But a young, talented Black man whose family is from Ghana cant jokingly refer to obvious truths because the Jews getting offended means he gets 86ed. Ive heard from comrades in the Australian ZOG who tell me that the power structure is the same there too.

Enough is enough. Hip-Hop doesnt belong to Shlomo and his alphabet soup of corporations. Hip-Hop belongs to the people; to the Moustazafeen (oppressed people) of any color, but Black and Brown folk especially. I never, ever play the as a card unless its absolutely necessary and he...

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