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Sunday, 08 July

00:19

Conspiracy theory: The CIA established German Intelligence Service "IndyWatch Feed National"


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00:15

Australia 2018: just when registered jobseekers thought it couldnt get any worse "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"



The Guardian, 2 July 2018:

All across the country unemployed Australians are today bracing themselves for more stress and suffering, as the Coalition unleashes its new needlessly cruel benefit sanctions regime.

Starting 1 July, the Turnbull government is granting job agencies new, unprecedented powers to punish Newstart recipients for failing to comply with gruelling compliance demands.

Under this new demerit point system, agencies will now impose payment suspensions if (they believe) jobseekers are behaving inappropriately, or failing to attend appointments and activities like Work for the Dole without areasonable excuse.

 Alarmingly, jobseekers currently battling drug or alcohol related illnesses are now no longer (reasonably) exempt from activities, nor safe from financial punishment.
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Saturday, 07 July

23:50

Coles starts Australian made honey war against Woolworths and Capilanos imported Chinese honey "IndyWatch Feed National"

Coles has stopped selling Capilanos polluted and poisonous Chinese Allowrie Honey while Woolworths will continue to sell it. Make no mistake this is the start of a Honey War between Australias 2 largest food retailers which may lead to a broader retail food fight focused on Australian made food and/or organic food. Coles should be []

21:31

Australia Now Issuing Fines to Citizens Who Refuse Vaccines for Their Kids "IndyWatch Feed National"

vaccines

Australia will now monetarily penalize parents who choose not to vaccinate their children and the advocates for mandatory vaccines in America are salivating over it.

The post Australia Now Issuing Fines to Citizens Who Refuse Vaccines for Their Kids appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

20:45

Stalemate "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Transactions smoked

Far fewer vendors are listing for auction now in Sydney and Melbourne.

And plenty of those campaigns are being withdrawn.

The sales that did make it under the hammer did so at a higher median price than a year ago, especially for units. 


Source: Domain

But glance if you will at the volume of transactions and the dollar value of real estate sold - obliterated.

Only around 4-5 auctions out of every 10 are now seeing a positive result at hammer time. 

And it's not just auction volumes that are down.

CoreLogic statistics show that new listings in Sydney on a rolling 28-days basis are tracking at the lowest level across their data series, spanning 7 years (and that's even before accounting for substantial population growth). 

Alas, all that stamp duty foregone! 

18:46

The Holtz Hotel Section Four "IndyWatch Feed National"

Shellie Morris writes about her experience of working with Aboriginal women and prison and while shell be celebrating this years NAIDOC theme #becauseofherwecan

18:42

Finding Love in Lisbon "IndyWatch Feed National"

Following a few blissful weeks of drinking more cheap spirit mixers than water and eating nothing but pastries from some of Europes finest bakeries and hostel breakfast tables, Ive come down with an inevitable bout of sore throat and laziness. Im sitting in the hostel common room playing Jenga while the sun beams onto Lisbons streets, when a soft-spoken voice tip-toes around the corner.

I can play with you?

Her hair is short and shaggy, the colour of coffee, and her skin a golden glow from hours beneath the Portuguese sun. Her name is Leena, and, after her asking her the only opener I know, she answers Israel.

Ive never met anyone from Israel, so my eyes are glued to hers while she tells of her travels. Shes got that smell flowing from her arm-pits that marks a true global hobo, but I dont mind. Her legs are hairy and her poncho drapes down to her kneecaps while she fidgets beneath it. She folds her feet up underneath herself, sitting on top of them to edge herself closer to the table.

I cant help but be in complete awe of her. Her smile is infectious, and I cant tell what shes saying between giggles during her stories, but I know that she is full of love: the kind that children have when they dont know how bad the world can be.

Leena tells us that shes been in Portugal for a while, and that she saw most of the south coast on foot; the colours of her soles further proving the tales.

I walked for about twomaybe threeweeks?

My eyes are wide and my mouth taut. I cant believe she just said weeks? But her huge brown eyes light up when she tells us more about her coastal walk: the beaches, the sun, the hippie communities, but most of all the people she met. She goes on to say that she also gets to and from places by hitchhiking. Standing on the side of the road with a 20-something kilo backpack, alone, waiting for a stranger to give her a ride to a new destination.

My heart skips a beat. Of course, the horror stories flood my mind. I think of the people back home in Australia that would shake her and tell her not to be so stupid. The countless newspaper headlines of solo women travellers being killed while hitchhiking and trusting strangers. But she doesnt seem to flinch at my less than excitable reaction. Her eyes remain fixed on mine, with a smile pasted onto her face and her shoulders shrugged up comfortably.

I envy her. She seems to effortlessly ooze freedom. The reason I started travelling in the first place was to feel an...

18:13

'Bureaucratic bastardry': DVA shafts veterans "IndyWatch Feed National"



If this is not an action that confirms that the people in the Australian Government despise the general population then who knows what is?

Sumarising:

Today, the well informed general population should comprehend that wars are started by the people in government for the benefit of the people in government, either at home or abroad at the expense of the general population using a disposable resource called cannon fodder.

People should also comprehend that the humans in the Australian Government are corrupt to the core with regards to administering the general population of the colony called Australia.

Today if you enrol into the military to go overseas to kill people you are supporting the corrupt activities of the people in the Australian Government.

It is your choice as to enrol or not, in order to kill people overseas.

In any event Australia's Department of Veteran Affairs changed the rules so that veterans cannot claim compensation, as a result of their injures obtained for the benefit of those in government.

See article from 18 Jun 2018 by abcnews.com.au of the headline:


'Bureaucratic bastardry': DVA secretly changed the rules to deny veteran's claim in 10-year battle


Photo: Martin Rollins during his time in the Army (Supplied: Martin Rollins)

The Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) secretly deleted an incapacity policy to prevent an injured veteran claiming compensation. And it never told the veteran or his lawyer.
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17:13

Australian asylum policies inspiring the globe "IndyWatch Feed National"

My investigation in US magazine The Nation:

Soon after President Trump assumed office in January 2017, he had a phone call with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. The transcript of the conversation, leaked in August, revealed that the new US president admired his Australian counterpart because Turnbull was worse than I am on asylum seekers. Turnbull had proudly stated, If you try to come to Australia by boat, even if we think you are the best person in the world, even if you are a Nobel Prizewinning genius, we will not let you in.

In their phone call, the prime minister begged the US leader to adhere to a deal struck by Turnbull and former President Barack Obama the year before, in which the United States had agreed take up to 1,250 refugees imprisoned by Australia for years on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea (PNG) and Nauru in the Pacific. In exchange, Australia would take refugees from Central America.

Trump didnt understand why Australia couldnt take the PNG and Nauru refugees in. Turnbull responded, It is not because [the refugees] are bad people. It is because in order to stop people smugglers we had to deprive them of the product. Trump liked what he heard. That is a good idea, he said. We should do that too.

Turnbull was proudly explaining the complex system established by Australia many years earlier: Refugees are imprisoned in privatized, remote detention centers on the Australian mainland and on Pacific islands. Trump isnt the only one who is impressed; many Western leaders have not only expressed admiration for Australias draconian refugee policies but have initiated ways to implement them in their own nations to contend with the recent surge of people fleeing Africa and the Middle East.

The mainstreaming of xenophobia regarding refugees was perfected by Australian politicians more than 20 years ago. Along with a media-savvy mix of dog-whistling against ethnic groups with little social power, refugees have been accused of being dirty, suspicious, lazy, welfare-hungry, and potential terroristsand theyve been accused of refusing to assimilate, despite the countrys largely successful multicultural reality.

Australia hasnt been shy in offering advice to European nations struggling with an influx o...

17:01

Getting past the drug addicted myths "IndyWatch Feed National"

My following book review appears in the Sydney Morning Herald/Melbourne Age today:

Addicted? How Addiction Affects Every One of Us and What We Can Do About It
Matt Noffs and Kieran Palmer
HarperCollins, $32.99

When the Australian Greens recently called for the legalisation and regulation of cannabis, following moves in countless US states, Uruguay and Canada, the response from the federal government was immediate. Health Minister Greg Hunt dismissed the idea as dangerous and argued marijuana was a gateway drug to harder substances such as ice and heroin.

The evidence for Hunts theory is highly contested, with countless, reputable studies showing that poverty and troubled social environment have far more influence on a persons drug intake than partaking in cannabis.

Hunts intervention followed a predictable route by opponents of serious drug reform (though hes pushing for Australia to become a global leader in medical marijuana). As similar debates have taken place across the world from opponents of Portugals successful decriminalisation of all drugs in 2001 to critics of heroin-assisted treatment in Switzerland many sensible ideas are shunned by prohibition advocates to maintain a law and order response to illicit substances. Decades of these policies have singularly failed to stem drug taking; the Global Drug Survey consistently finds that Australians are some of the highest users per capita of illegal drugs.

These are just some of the concerns eloquently expressed in this important book by two workers on the frontlines of the drug debate. Matt Noffs and Kieran Palmer work for the Noffs Foundation in Sydney, an organisation founded in 1970 by Reverend Ted Noffs and his wife Margaret. Its dedicated to assisting young people with drug and alcohol problems.

The message of Addicted? is largely about challenging the dangerous myths around drug use and advocating a more sensible approach: The causes of addiction are generalised: living in a rough area, being of lower-than-average intelligence, being of low socio-economic status, belonging to a particular culture, even having a certain skin colour. The inner qualities of addicts are also overgeneralised: they have no self-control, no willpower, no ambition, or have simply given up on lifeRarely, if ever, is substance dependence viewed as a health issue, affliction of the mind and body, perpetuated by poor or risky health-related b...

16:00

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

Here are the answers with discussion for this Weekends Quiz. The information provided should help you work out why you missed a question or three! If you havent already done the Quiz from yesterday then have a go at it before you read the answers. I hope this helps you develop an understanding of modern monetary theory (MMT) and its application to macroeconomic thinking. Comments as usual welcome, especially if I have made an error.

Question 1:

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

The answer is True.

Dispensing with the emotional trappings that this sort of claim might invoke (that is, judging individual motivation etc), this question explores the true relevance of the dependency ratio, which will rise as demographic changes age our populations. It also aims to disabuse the reader of the notion that the income support benefits are paid for by taxes that those in employment (and other income generating activities) might pay.

Initially, we have to be very clear as to what living off the hard work of those who pay taxes means. In this sense, it is not a focus on the income that the non-workers receive but the command over real good and services that that income provides them with. We will come back to the funds issue soon.

So the focus has to be on the real side of the economy because that is, ultimately, the only way our material living standards can be expressed. Nominal aggregates mean very little by themselves.

Income support recipients (who do not work for whatever reason) clearly command real resources that they have not themselves produced. These real goods and services are produced by those who do work (and the presumption is that most workers pay taxes of some sort or another).

The use of the emotive term living off the hard work was deliberate and designed, as a foil, to invoke the idea that governments have created welfare states which provide unsustainable benefits to the poor and marginalised at the expense of those who are materially successful the classic conservative argument against government welfare provision.

But it doesnt alter the truth of the statement.

A slight complicating factor is that the income support recipients also pay taxes if there are indirect tax systems in place but that doesnt alter the story about the provision of real goods and services.

Now the second part of the answer relates to the question of funding. In terms of where the funds come from to provide the income support for those who do not work the answer is simple: no-where......

15:58

Camdenville Paddock CG Management Plan "IndyWatch Feed National"

September 2011 This Plan of Management has been prepared by Newtown Sustainability Group for the Camdenville Paddock Community Garden site to: Provide information on the use of the community garden site by members of the group. Encourage a cooperative and positive relationship between community gardeners and Camdenville Public School. Minimise the risk to the health []

The post Camdenville Paddock CG Management Plan appeared first on ACFCGN.

14:18

Ballina: King tides on their way "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Ballina Shire Council is encouraging motorists to drive safely from 10 July with king tides leading to minor flooding of some local roads.

Where possible, motorists, motorcyclists, pedestrians and cyclists should avoid affected roadways. Motorists are reminded the tides will be occurring during the evenings, and that salt water may also affect maintenance of vehicle and bodywork.

Roads likely to be affected by king tides and saltwater flooding include:

*           Tamar Street, Ballina

*           Riverside Drive, West Ballina

*           River Street, West Ballina

*           Burns Point Ferry Road, West Ballina

*           North Creek Road, North Ballina

*           Southern Cross Drive, North Ballina

*           Uralba Road, Uralba

*           Old Bangalow Road, Tintenbar

*           Tamarind Dr, Cumbalum

For road information visit www.myroadinfo.com.au or telephone Ballina Shire Council on 1300 864 444.

The post Ballina: King tides on their way appeared first on Echonetdaily.

14:00

Australia Now Issuing Fines to Citizens Who Refuse Vaccines for Their Kids "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australias Minister for Social Service, Dan Tehan, announced July 1st, the Australian Government will monetarily penalize any citizen whose children are not up to date on their vaccinations. The penalty, in the form of a reduction of government payments, amounts to $56 (AUD) monthly.

12:31

Behind the Scenes at #OzHA2018 "IndyWatch Feed National"

This week I have given you some snippets from the fabulous program at this years Australian Historical Association conference, known on Twitter as #OzHA2018. But while it is important, it is not just the program that makes a conference enjoyable. Continue reading

12:30

CERES seeks Urban Farmer "IndyWatch Feed National"

Are you passionate about urban farming and community? Want to be a farmer with land to make your own while educating and inspiring others with your passion for sustainable food systems? CERES is seeking an Urban Farmer to manage two micro enterprises: Honey Lane Market Garden and Honey Lane Eggs. Working with volunteers and students []

The post CERES seeks Urban Farmer appeared first on ACFCGN.

11:51

Man charged with child grooming Lismore "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A man will appear in court today after being charged with grooming a child at Lismore.

Police attached to Richmond Police District, acting on information provided by Task Force Argos, commenced an investigation into allegations that a man had attempted to groom a child on line.

Police will allege that the man engaged in email conversations and images were exchanged.

Following further investigations about 9am yesterday (Friday 6 July 2018), a 27-year-old man attended Lismore Police Station.

The man was arrested and interviewed.

He was later charged with use carriage service to groom a child under 16 years.

The man was refused bail to appear at Lismore Bail Court today (Saturday 7 July 2018).

Detective Chief Inspector Cameron Lindsay said, The case highlights the dangers the internet presents to teenagers and we encourage all parents to monitor their childrens interaction online.

The post Man charged with child grooming Lismore  appeared first on Echonetdaily.

10:30

This Gold Truism Is Dangerous to Your Wealth "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Today we begin with a thought experiment.

Imagine you flip a coin 10 times in a row.

How many heads and tails do you roll?

Five and five?

Seven and three?

Nine and one?

All combinations are as equally possible as the others.

In terms of probability, the longer you flip a coin, the likelier it is that the amount of heads and tails you land on will be split down the line 50/50.

But theres an uncomfortable truth in this simple math.

If you flip a coin a thousand times, the first hundred attempts could easily land on heads.

The more times you flip a coin, the greater the likelihood that you can get a seemingly impossible chain of outcomes.

Its the same in the real world.

Its a big place. In which youll find some seven billion opinions.

Poll five economists and you may find a broad range of opinions on a variety of subjects. Yet, as unlikely as it may be, you could also find yourself polling the five economists in this world who think, talk and dress the same way.

That could be a problem if youre in the business of making money.

Youll have heard the saying a fool and his money are soon parted before.

It makes sense, doesnt it? Someone whos foolish and misinformed is more likely to see their wealth go up in smoke.

But how true is that?

Take Bernie Madoff, one of historys biggest conmen, as an example.

Did a billionaire like Madoff lose his fortune and freedom by scamming people of their wealth through a pyramid scheme? Was he a fool?

No, he was extremely clever. Otherwise he wouldnt have gotten away with what he did for as long as he did.

But what about the countless people that were scammed by Madoff into giving away their wealth? Were they fools?

Again, wed argue they werent.

Like Madoff, they wanted to get rich. People lose money through investments that dont work out, yes. But theyre not fools. Their motivation is to make money, not squander it.

That people lose money doesnt make them chumps. Its through risk-taking that most people build their wealth in the first place.

When youre seeking the opinion of others on financial matters, you always run the risk of not getting the full picture, and of parting with money despite your best intentions.

But its important to always keep in mind that there are many ideas in todays market that start and end with mistaken beliefs.

And thats exactly the......

10:25

China Round-Up: Scholar Advocates Permissive Regulations, 3 Million Estimated Chinese HODLers, Xiaolai Recording Leaks "IndyWatch Feed National"

China Round-Up: Scholar Advocates Permissive Regulations, 3 Million Estimated Chinese HODLers, Xiaolai Recording Leaks

In recent Chinese cryptocurrency news: a prominent scholar has advocated that China adopt a permissive regulatory apparatus, drawing influence from Japanese and U.S. legislation. Research conducted by the International Monetary Institute at Renmin University of China has estimated that the number of Chinese bitcoin investors exceeds 3 million, and an audio recording of famed bitcoin millionaire, Li Xiaolai, giving a scathing appraisal of several leading altcoins has been leaked.

Also Read: Huobi Launches in Australia Offering 10 AUD Pairs

Chinese Scholar Advocates Permissive Regulatory Framework

China Round-Up: Scholar Advocates Permissive Regulations, 3 Million Estimated Chinese HODLers, Xiaolai Recording Leaks The vice president of the Internet Finance Law Research Institute of the Beijing Law Society and professor of finance at the China University of Political S...

09:06

Australia is Now Fining Parents Twice Per Month For Not Vaccinating Their Children "IndyWatch Feed National"

In a world where vaccinations are a very controversial topic, Australia is making headlines. The Australian government recently re-upped their already strong vaccination laws and the changes are quite interesting.

Any parents who do not vaccinate will lose part of their biweekly support payments. It will be around 30 dollars per un-vaccinated child per each two week period. While this might not sound like much, it will really add up.

Referred to as the Tougher No Jap, No Pay rules the Ministers for the Department of Social Services released as follows:

Parents who dont vaccinate their children against disease will lose part of their fortnightly family support payment starting 1 July.

Family Tax Benefit Part A payments will be reduced by about $28 a fortnight for each child who does not meet immunization requirements, under tougher No Jab, No Pay rules.

The change to No Jab, No Pay provides a constant reminder for parents to keep their childrens immunization up to date.

Immunisation is the safest way to protect children from vaccine-preventable diseases.

Parents who dont immunize their children are putting their own kids at risk as well as the children of other people.

Since the Turnbull Government introduced No Jab, No Pay in 2016 about 246,000 children and their families have taken action to ensure they meet the immunization requirements.

The Turnbull Government provided more than $14 million in last years Budget for free, catch-up vaccinations for children, young adults, and newly arrived refugees.

It also provided $5.5 million over three years to encourage Australian parents and carers to vaccinate their children.

Exemptions apply for children who have medical contraindications or natural immunity and have been assessed by a general practitioner.

08:04

12 Amazing Events That Happened Only Once "IndyWatch Feed National"

As soon as you take a closer look at the familiar world around you, youll find a lot of new, interesting and sometimes wonderful things in it. Believe it or not, there are many once-in-a-lifetime events that happen all the time and continue to astonish us even years later. One of them, for example, was the laughter outbreak of 1962, when more than a thousand people couldnt stop laughing []

06:17

Scientists reveal yet another reason fig trees are titans of biodiversity "IndyWatch Feed National"

Biologist David Mackay got a surprise when he began studying the birds visiting fig trees in his native Australia: While he expected to see plenty of species coming to eat the figs, he didnt expect the insect eaters to outnumber them two-to-one. Mackay already knew that figs feed more bird species than any other fruit. His research, published in the journal Global Ecology and Conservation in June, would show that fig trees are disproportionately important for insect-eaters, too. It adds to growing evidence that fig trees are titans of biodiversity with important roles to play in conservation. What makes fig trees so crucial is their ancient relationship with tiny wasps. The trees depend on the wasps to pollinate their flowers, while the wasps can only breed and lay eggs inside their partners figs. Thanks to this partnership, figs are available year-round and have been called keystone resources for fruit eaters. Mackays study is the first to show that fig-wasps emerging from figs before they ripen are also valuable year-round resources for a diverse variety of insect-eating birds. Altogether, Mackay recorded 55 bird species visiting Ficus rubiginosa fig trees to feed on insects. They included ten species such as the superb fairy-wren and the shining bronze-cuckoo whose recent declines in numbers have concerned conservationists. Mackay and his colleagues say fig trees are very likely to be similarly important to insect-eating birds throughout tropical, subtropical, and temperate regions globally. Shining bronze-cuckoo (Chrysococcyx lucidus). Photo via Wikimedia Commons, licensed under CC

05:50

Huobi Launches in Australia Offering 10 AUD Pairs "IndyWatch Feed National"

Huobi Launches in Australia Offering 10 AUD Pairs

Crypto exchange Huobi has started trading in Australia with 10 pairs against the AUD, including bitcoin cash (BCH). More trading pairs will be added in the future. The platform also plans to partner with local startups through its investment fund and a subsidiary.

Also read: Switzerland Considers Granting Crypto Businesses Access to Banking Services

Huobi Starts Trading in Australia

Cryptocurrency exchange Huobi has announced it is launching in Australia. Ten pairs against the Australian dollar (AUD) are supported from Thursday, July 5. These include bitcoin core (BTC), bitcoin cash (BCH), ethereum (ETH), ethereum classic (ETC), and litecoin (LTC). More trading pairs will be made available to Australian traders in the future. Huobi Australia CEO Adrian Harrison commented:

Crypto traders in Australia are increasingly knowledgeable and sophisticated, matched by a receptive regulator with interest in safely developing the market.

The Singapore-based trading platform also plans to set up partnerships with the growing number of Australian startups working on a variety of blockchain-oriented projects. The cooperation is expected to be channeled through Huobis $200 million Global Ecosystem Fund and Huobi Capital, an investment subsidiary.

...

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.

01:12

FLASHBACK: Western Sovietism: Olympics hysteria shows that Britain has turned Communist "IndyWatch Feed National"

We used to ridicule the communists for using sport as a proxy for economic success. Now, with the vast sums thrown at Team GB and athletes declared 'heroes', we're copying them Australia's cycling star, Anna Meares, said of Britain's triumphant cyclists: "They've got it together ... but, to be honest, I'm not exactly sure what they've got together." The French and Germans were heard to murmur likewise. One interpretation could be that murky word "cheating", although Meares strongly denied that she had ever suggested this. Given the recent history of the Olympics and the fierce pressure on British athletes, the accusation is pardonable. I doubt if it is true. What Britain "got together" was the money. Is that cheating? Comment: The author, a British journalist, has insight, a rare pairing, but only so much of it. Yes of course British athletes are cheating, as we now know thanks to leaked WADA documents. And they're cheating with state and international support, if not outright sponsorship. I have intermittently enjoyed the Olympics on television. Mostly it is hours of flatulent BBC staff killing time by interviewing one another, interspersed with a few seconds of mostly baffling hysterics. Clare Balding appears in perpetual shriek: "Oh my God, I think our great British paint is drying faster than the Russian and the Colombian paint - but we must await a decision from the judges."

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

23:57

Palestinians say Australias decision to withhold funds over payments to jihad murderers is a declaration of war "IndyWatch Feed National"

Advanced victimhood posturing: finance our payments to the killers of Israeli civilians, or we will accuse you of going to war against us. Palestinians: Australian Decision to Withhold Funds Declaration of War,' by Chris Mitchell, CBN, July 6, 2018: JERUSALEM, Israel The Palestinian Authority accused Australia of making a declaration of war following its []

23:00

Who Will Investigate Fiona Barnetts Claims "IndyWatch Feed National"

Savile had friends in high places (insert photo  Photo: Srdja Djukanovic)

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 s...

22:59

Marine Protected Areas: IUCN Global Standards for Success "IndyWatch Feed National"

Last week I got to give a short speech in front of a room full of ocean conservation leaders attending the International Marine Conservation Congress in Kuching, Malaysia to launch the IUCN Global Standards for Success -- that's the International Union for Conservation of Nature. The Standards spell out what IUCN members have agreed needs to be in place for an area of ocean to be considered protected, and I was able to speak for two minutes on what they mean to the organization that employs me. A few other folks also gave speeches about what it means to their work: Seth Horstmeyer, Program Director, Oceans 5; Nina Bhola, Director, UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre; Christine Santora, Assistant Director for Policy and Outreach, Institute for Ocean Conservation Scienc; Jane Lubchenco, marine biologist, Oregon State University; and Lance Morgan, President, Marine Conservation Institute.

This is an issue my employer has let me work on for almost two years now. Many have noticed that there are some marine protected areas out there that shouldn't really be called marine protected areas (for a number of reasons). In my own career, the Trench Unit of the Mariana Trench Marine National Monument, which is also called the Mariana Trench National Wildlife Refuge, protects the benthic habitat in the deepest areas of the Mariana Trench -- but not the water column or the ecosystems and animals living above the sea floor. Since no marine habitat is protected, it shouldn't really be called a marine protected area. There are other marine protected areas, such as two thirds of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park in Australia, that allow industrial levels of commercial fishing. That shouldn't really be called a marine protected area either, it's more of a fisheries management area.

This creates a host of issues, from countries getting global recognition for protecting the ocean when they haven't actually done so, to citi...

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

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

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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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21:26

Spreading the benefits. Where have I heard that before? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

I had a sinking feeling in Sydneys Four Seasons Hotel listening to Treasurer Scott Morrison guarantee that he would be able to deliver permanent tax cuts and properly fund the National Disability Insurance Scheme in this years budget and beyond without any longer needing an extra levy.

Id heard it before, more or less, in the Great Hall of Parliament House in 2012. The speaker was Wayne Swan, Morrisons long-term Labor predecessor, who after years of bad luck including the global financial crisis was finding revenue turning up.

I am proud to announce a new Spreading the Benefits of the Boom package, he told us. It was time to share the proceeds of the mining boom with families and businesses, and the disabled.

In the budget he had funded the first stage of the National Disability Insurance Scheme - the first $1 billion over four years; he increased funding for dental services, aged care, hospitals, infrastructure and superannuation, all because for too many Australians this feels like someone elses mining boom''.

I wrote on my notepad that day that the boom would end when the demand for Australias minerals faded, but that the spending Swan had put in train to share the benefits would continue.

In retrospect Swan was unwise to be so generous with something that wouldnt last, but few in the room that day spoke up.

In The Age and Sydney Morning Herald

21:19

Swiss Stock Exchange to Tokenize Securities In New DLT Platform "IndyWatch Feed National"

Switzerlands principal stock exchange has announced its developing a blockchain based platform to tokenize traditional securities with further trading, settlement and custody services for these tokenized assets. In a statement on Friday, SIX Swiss Exchange said itll build the brand new initiative dubbed SIX Digital Exchange on a distributed book with its specialized experience in operating a large scale financial infrastructure. As regulated stock trading system, Swiss Exchange further stated the SDX may have the exact same standard of supervision and regulation upon completion and will be supervised by Korean financial regulators. In an e-mail response, a representative from SIX, a company that owns Swiss Exchange, told CoinDesk that the development process will be broken up into a number of phases with a preliminary plan for debut next year.

The very initial step is to build up a regulated exchange platform. In a second phase well give the support to tokenize existing bankable assets that will be followed closely by the tokenization of non bankable assets. Following a flexible approach to meet the needs of todays dynamic environment, the first solutions will be rolled out in mid-2019, the company said. On the other hand, the exchange mentioned that the aim of the platform isnt for trading cryptocurrencies, but rather a market where traditional investors may digitalize their assets using distributed ledger technology. Jos Dijsselhof, Managing Director of SIX, stated in the statement: This is the onset of a brand new era for capital markets infrastructures.

For us its abundantly obvious that a lot of whats going on in the digital space is here to remain and will specify the future of our business. The financial sector today wants to bridge the gap between traditional financial services and digital communities. The Swiss exchange isnt the only trading platform thats exploring how to integrate distributed ledger technology to its existing business operations. As previously reported by CoinDesk, the Australia Securities Exchange has started its own blockchain work since 2015 and eyes a 2020 roll out to replace its CHESS clearing and Settlement System. SIX picture via Shutterstock. The leader in blockchain information, CoinDesk is a media outlet that strives for the greatest journalistic standards and complies with a strict set of editorial policies. CoinDesk is an independent operating subsidiary of Digital Currency Group, which invests in cryptocurrencies and blockchain startups.

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21:04

Victoria's privatisation, population & property billions "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Where are the billions coming from? In part, from property. This financial year Treasurer Tim Pallas will get $6.6 billion from property stamp duty, up from $5.4 billion in 2015-16. He will get $2.4 billion from land tax, up from $1.7 billion in 2015.

The good news is that Victorian property values are staying high. Sydney prices slid 1.7 per cent in the three months to March whereas Melbourne prices slipped just 0.5 per cent.

Going forward, Tuesdays budget will forecast still high but lower income from stamp duty, a judgment that looks about right. Melbournes population growth is the strongest in Australia, which means Melbourne property prices are more likely than most to stay high.

Many more of the billions will come from asset sales. The Turnbull government will pay the Andrews government a touch over $2 billion for Victorias share of Snowy Hydro, and a private buyer will pay it an estimated $2 billion for the right to run the land titles registry.

Victoria will get $16.8 billion from the Commonwealth Grants Commission in goods and services tax collections, thats about $900 million more than it expected. Itll reflect both Victorias bigger than expected population, and its lower than expected share of Commonwealth infrastructure grants. The Grants Commissions formula requires it to compensate for Commonwealth stinginess after enough years have passed, and the Abbott and Turnbull governments have been stingy long enough for the compensation to kick in.

And the Commonwealth is at last becoming more generous. The $5 billion promised for a Melbourne Airport rail link and the $1.42 billion promised for regional rail are making things easier.

The economy itself is helping. One in every ten jobs in Victoria has been created in the past 3 years, since the election of the Andrews government. One in every seven dollars sloshing around in the economy wasnt there before Andrews was elected and (coincidentally) Victorias population growth took off.

Its impressive, but doesnt quite explain how Tim Pallas can promise to spend $10 billion a year on infrastructure for the next four years and still bring in a surplus.

The answer lies in a quaint state budget accounting convention. When the money is spent, it isnt spent as far as the budget is concerned. All that appears on the budget are the interest...

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

20:12

Here's my big dangerous tax idea: let us keep our money "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Suddenly weve wised up. As far back as any of us can remember, all the way back to the beginning of income tax, weve been easy to bribe.

Heres how it has worked in every election and in almost every budget: Youve been working hard and paying too much tax. We feel your pain. Weve magically found some money from somewhere. Were pulling a tax cut out of a hat. You can thank us later.

That the rabbit was our own money, taken from us in ever-increasing amounts through an automatic process known as bracket creep, and then only partly returned, was the trick we werent invited to dwell on.

Heres how it will work this time. In the year ahead wages will probably climb 2.1 per cent. Itll push a greater proportion of our pay into the highest rate of tax we pay. All by itself that will push up the total amount of tax we pay by around $6 billion, even though our actual buying power, our inflation-adjusted wages, might not much change. The budget tax cuts will give us back some of it: around $4.4 billion.

Hey presto. Were supposed to be awed.

Even after 10 years, after the third and most expensive phase of the Morrison tax cuts announced on budget night, middle earners will still find themselves paying 3 per cent more of their income in tax than they do right now: 18 per cent instead of 15 per cent, according to the Grattan Institute. Only the very highest earners - the top 10 per cent - will get their bracket creep back.

(We need to rely on organisations such as the Grattan Institute and the Parliamentary Budget Office for the calculations because the government wont provide them for us. It wants us to be in awe of the trick without seeing how it's done.)

It helps that bracket creep isnt widely understood, certainly not by shock jocks such as Sydneys Ray Hadley (it simply means that people who were formerly taxed at the lower income rate through no fault of their own go on to the next income rate), Nor, on the face of it, by the Treasurer himself, who on Monday said that the third and final stage of his plan that levelled the tax rate between $41,001 and $200,000 meant that for most Australians, who will earn over their lifetime somewhere between $40,000 and up to $200,000, they will ne...

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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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)


15:12

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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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;

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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

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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.

...

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 Continued

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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.

 

 

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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

...

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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Thursday, 05 July

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

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