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Sunday, 02 September

21:00

Beer & Burger for Father's Day "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.food"

Sunday 2nd Sep, 11.00am 5.00pm, Dromana Estate
Melbourne

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Sunday, 26 August

19:00

Retro Nostalgia & Collectables Fair "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.food"

Sunday 26th Aug, 9.00am 2.30pm, Box Hill Town Hall
Melbourne

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Friday, 20 July

05:57

Hyde Cafe Bellingen black-bans people: Jenni Bienefelt the owner an Australian Christian Churches Christian black-banned me 4 years ago for writing about their cult "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Jenni Bienefelt the owner of Hyde Cafe, Bellingen on left. Jenni Bienefelt of Hyde Cafe is a dysfunctional black banner, pretend Fake Christian, Cult member, and errant hypocrite.

 

Below is an article I wrote and published 4 years ago on this, my personal blog-site , the day Jenni Beinefelt owner of Hyde Cafe, Bellingen, where I live, black-banned me for explaining the errors and faults of the Christian cult the Australian Christian Churches group she is part of in Bellingen called House of Hope, formerly called Christian Life Centre located on Bellingens North Side.

 

Blog article 1 December 2014

It seems theres no end to the black-bans the cult churches of the Australian Christian Churches linked to Hillsong impose on those who dont agree with their view-point.

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Pastor John Woolhouse of Dorrigo Life Springs Church in Dorrigo NSW black-banned me from his Australian Christian Churches church in March this year.

 

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04:46

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

Is it time to make a toast and celebrate a crypto recovery? I don"t think we are quite there yet. Even as Bitcoin spearheads this resurgence, clearing key buy triggers and resistance lines, some as Ethereum, EOS, and IOTA are []

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

01:18

Australia Fines Parents Who Deviate From Vaccine Schedule "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia is further clamping down on vaccine choice by instituting a biweekly $20 fine for parents whose children are not up to date on their vaccinations.

Previously parents who didnt have their kids vaccinated lost an end of the year tax benefit worth around $500. The new fine costs parents about the same, but its now assessed throughout the year to serve as a reminder.

Other countries have begun similar policies. As weve noted in previous coverage, France has made eleven vaccines mandatory; Italy twelve; and Germany, fines parents $2,800 for failing to seek medical advice on vaccinating their children.

Meanwhile Californias persecution of Dr. Sears [ link} shows that they have non-legislatively removed the medical exemption provision from their vaccine mandate act.

Part of the reason countries and California can even consider such policies is because there is so much confusion and misinformation about vaccines. Here is what Australians were saying in a Libertarian thread on Reddit about the new Australian fine system.

  1. Mandatory vaccines are safe

This is demonstrably false. The U.S. Vaccine Court set up after Congress decided to shield vaccine makers from all liability for their productshas paid out $3.5 billion to 5,000 Americans for vaccine injuries. Also very few studies have been done comparing unvaccinated and vaccinated populations, which would be the real test of vaccine safety. What evidence there is suggests that unvaccinated children are generally healthier than vaccinated children. In fact the National Academy of Sciences, which advises the government on health matters, concluded in 2013 that key elements of the [vaccine]schedulethe number, frequency, timing, order, and age at administration of vaccineshave not been systematically examined in research studies.

  1. The scientific and medical case in favor of mandatory vaccinations is overwhelmingly in favor of their efficacy.

Also false. For example, the latest flu vaccine (for the 2017-18 flu season) was......

00:24

Australia Says No to Software Patents "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

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Summary: Rokt is now fighting the Australian patent office over its decision to reject software patents; Shelston IP, an Australian patent law firm (originally from Melbourne), already meddles a great deal in such policies/decisions, hoping to overturn them

LEAVING aside the EPO and USPTO, two of the worlds largest English-speaking patent offices, there has been some news from Australia, where IP Australia (the Australian patent office) told stakeholders that software isnt really patent-eligible anymore. Weve seen several articles about this lately (we mentioned some a week ago) and Lawyerly is the latest to spread the news and shed light on it. Rokts software innovative but not patentable, IP Australia tells court is the headline. Heres the key part: An invention that simply puts a business method or scheme into a computer is not patentable, the Commissioner of Patents told a court Wednesday on the first day of a highly anticipated trial over a rejected software patent application by marketing tech startup Rokt.

This was achieved in the face of great pressure and constant lobbying from law firms.Fantastic! Well done, Australia!

This was achieved in the face of great pressure and constant lobbying from law firms. We wrote about it dozens of times over the years and named some of the culprits. In Australia weve seen Shelston IP quite a lot recently, attacking the policy and smearing officials for doing the right thing. Shelston IP went further than this and attempted the same thing in New Zealand, where software patents have never been allowed.

Earlier this week we saw Shelston IP rearing its ugly head again...

00:07

Philippines to expel undesirable Australian nun who irked Duterte "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Philippines blacklisted and ordered the deportation on Thursday of an elderly Australian nun at odds with President Rodrigo Duterte, calling her an undesirable alien who broke terms of her missionary visa by engaging in political activism.

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FILE PHOTO: Australian missionary Patricia Fox waves to her supporters before filing a petition calling for the review of her deportation case at the Department of Justice, after the immigration bureau voided her visa following complaints from Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte about her participation in protest rallies, in Padre Faura, metro Manila, Philippines May 25, 2018. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco/File Photo

The resolution was the second time immigration chiefs have sought to deport Patricia Fox, 71, who two months ago had been granted a reprieve by the justice department.

Fox has worked in the Philippines since the early 1990s and is a coordinator of a congregation of Catholic nuns called Notre Dame de Sion.

The 10-page order said her continued presence in the country poses a risk to public interest and she would be barred from returning.

She is accused of taking part in news conferences, labor-related fact-finding missions and protests calling for political prisoners to be freed, for human rights and land rights to be respected and for martial law to be lifted on the southern island of Mindanao.

Duterte has made no secret of his annoyance at Fox and has said he personally ordered an investigation into her activities. He said he refuses to hear criticism from anyone who is not Filipino.

Thursdays order specifically referred to Dutertes admission that he had asked for Fox to be investigated.

Fox is the latest in a growing number of people who have challenged Duterte and found themselves investigated, detained, humiliated, and sanctioned for offences that his opponents say usually amount to technicalities or minor infringements.

Thats the law, presidential spokesman Harry Roque said of the order to send Fox back to Australia.

Local media quoted Fox as saying she was disappointed but would challenge the order.

Reporting by Martin Petty; editing by David Stamp

Reuters

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Thursday, 19 July

23:35

A Review of the Impacts, Causes, and Mitigation Efforts Towards Plastic Waste in Indonesian Coastal Environments "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.food"

This Report was written by Nikita Cronyn from La Trobe University who joined us on our Indonesia trip in April 2018 looking at the impacts of plastic waste. This report is based on her findings from that trip.

Indonesia is the second largest contributor to plastic pollution in the world, contributing an estimated 200,000 tons of plastic waste into the ocean and its connecting rivers (Lebreton et al., 2017). But where does the true cause of this pollution lie? Around 9.5 million tourists come to visit this popular destination each year, which suggests that their impact alone has the potential to be the major contributor to this pollution (Law, Lacy, Lipman, & Jiang, 2016). With plastic being inexpensive and durable, it is a commonly used material (Willoughby, Sangkoyo, & Lakaserus, 1997). However, the durable nature of plastic continues after we dispose of it, as it is extremely difficult to degrade through natural processes (Barrows, Cathey, & Petersen, 2018). The degrading process, even after thousands of years, leaves tiny microplastic particles that can be unseen to the human eye, but dramatic in its impact (Barrows, Cathey, & Petersen, 2018). This research essay aims to discuss these impacts of plastic waste specifically towards the highly populated Indonesian Archipelago. Furthermore, a comparison between Indonesian tourists and locals and their estimated contributions towards pollution will be considered, with the intention of investigating the chief cause of this issue. Finally, Indonesian mitigation efforts towards plastic waste will be reviewed with the consideration of what additional mitigation strategies could be put into place to further reduce the negative impacts of plastic waste and Indonesias contribution towards it.

Plastic pollution has a multitude of sources and origins (Willoughby, Sangkoyo, & Lakaserus, 1997). Packaging; bags; cigarette butts; food wrappers; foam cups and clothing fibres are just some of the many different items that not...

22:21

Oreo Christmas Tree Pops "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.food"

During the recent school holidays, I came home from work one day to find Sylvia had put sticks into Oreos and was about to dip them in chocolate.  She had seen it in a Youtube video.  As I am always up for some fun with food, I said these could be a test run for a batch for Christmas in July.

Sylvia choose some chocolate vanilla splits Oreos and when Christmas in July came around she put the sticks into the Oreos without any help.

It would seem easy enough to just poke a stick between the biscuits but chocolate holds much firmer than cream filling.  Sylvia split the Oreo, melted white chocolate to glue the stick on, and then put the lid on.

Covering the Oreos with white chocolate was much harder.  Sylvia had read about meltin...

21:44

Bird of the Day: Comb-crested Jacana "IndyWatch Feed National"

Comb-crested Jacana by James Zainaldin - La Paz Group

Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, Australia

20:09

Seaweed Discovery Challenges Theory on Antarctica "IndyWatch Feed National"

A foreign invader, a species of alien seaweed, has managed to cross the oceans to reach the frozen Antarctic shores. So scientists may have to give up a cherished belief: that Antarctica is inviolate.

For a century, researchers have assumed that the mix of ocean currents, distance and temperature have kept the Great White Continent shielded from invasion by Pacific or Atlantic flotsam.

But the discovery of strands of kelp on an Antarctic beach  seaweed that may have drifted for considerable periods and a distance of 20,000 kms before becoming stranded far from home brings an end to that belief. And the discovery suggests that global warming could bring serious changes to Antarctic ecosystems.

This finding shows us that living plants and animals can reach Antarctica across the ocean, with temperate and sub-Antarctic marine species probably bombarding Antarctic coastlines all the time, said Ceridwen Fraser, of the Australian National University.

We always thought Antarctic plants and animals were distinct because they were isolated, but this research now suggests these differences are almost entirely due to environmental extremes, not isolation.

Dr Fraser and her colleagues report in the journal Nature Climate Change that strands of southern bull kelp, Durvillaea antarctica, found by a Chilean scientist, must have floated 20,000 km from the Kerguelen Islands and South Georgia. The kelp was encrusted with barnacles, evidence of a long time adrift.

In fact, researchers believe, it may be evidence of the longest episode of biological rafting ever confirmed. The word raft is significant: such floating platforms could provide shelter and transport for other biological invaders.

Plastic Next?

Until now, the assumption has been that the pattern of surface currents and westerly winds tends to drive drifting material northwards from Antarctica. The discovery suggests that if kelp can get there, so can floating driftwood, or plastic debris, or any other unwelcome visitor.

The researchers think large waves driven by Southern Ocean storms may have steered the kelp rafts over what had been considered a natural ocean barrier. Glo...

19:56

20 Awesome Distributive Property Worksheets 5th Grade Images "IndyWatch Feed National"

identity property multiplication worksheets desiaustralia excellent lesson for kids worksheet a and an worksheets light algebra worksheet distributive property beautiful algebra worksheets simplifying expressions contemporary 1200 best kids and parent learning images on pinterest properties of multiplication math sorting activity identity zero free worksheets...

19:54

Greg Thomson, fmr Sky/Fox sports guy and grog-fuelled-fiascos-finalist resigns "IndyWatch Feed National"

I wanted to let you know Im resigning from @SkyNewsAust and @FOXSportsNews. A big thank you to the team at ANC. I sincerely apologise to Inala, the organisers, sponsors and those attending last weeks fundraiser. I deeply regret taking some of the shine off Inalas great work. Greg Thomson...

19:44

Great Barrier Reef coral recovery slows significantly over 18-year period "IndyWatch Feed National"

Over the last three decades the Great Barrier Reef has been hit by a series of intense cyclones, bleaching, crown of thorn starfish outbreaks and flood events that have caused well-documented, but reparable damage.

Scientists have hoped that an extended period of benign conditions would allow the natural processes of reef restoration to flourish, and many of the hardest-hit regions to return to a healthier, more colourful and biodiverse state.

But a new study of coral-recovery rates based on 18 years of data and published in Science Advances today, found the ability of many corals to bounce back after disturbance has significantly slowed down.

Although recovery rates were variable between different reef patches and coral types, the researchers found the overall recovery rate of corals across the Great Barrier Reef declined by an average of 84 per cent between 1992 and 2010.

Image result for branching Acropora, coral, Great barrier reef, photos

Following acute disturbance events like cyclones, coral recovery was hindered by poor water quality and high temperature, according to lead author Juan-Carlos Ortiz from the University of Queensland.

We noticed thatwater quality played a significant role in that reduction in recovery rate, Dr Ortiz said.

The study, supported by the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) and the Nature Conservancy, looked at data from more than 90 primarily mid-shelf and offshore reefs, comparing the rate of recovery following disturbance events.

We noticed for the first time a very large decline in the ability of the reef to recover from disturbances over those 18 years, he said.

The research team classified corals into six groups based on their growth forms. Although all groups showed an overall decline in recovery rate, two groups the Montipora and branching Acropora both went into negative.

What that means is they continued to decline even after the disturbance had ceased.

While increased disturbance events are expected as the impacts of climate change ramp up, the slowed recovery time is a concerning compounding factor.

It is exacerbating the problem. The assumption that we were working on was that naturally reefs recover fast, Dr Ortiz said.

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19:30

PR: trade.Io Appoints Banking Veteran David Hannigan to Run OTC Desk "IndyWatch Feed National"

trade.Io Appoints Banking Veteran David Hannigan to Run OTC Desk

This is a paid press release, which contains forward looking statements, and should be treated as advertising or promotional material. Bitcoin.com does not endorse nor support this product/service. Bitcoin.com is not responsible for or liable for any content, accuracy or quality within the press release.

Wednesday Lugano, Switzerland trade.io, a leading cryptocurrency exchange and innovator of the industrys leading liquidity pool, today announced that David Hannigan has joined the company as its Chief Dealer. David brings almost 30 years of trading and risk management experience, most notably his position as Senior VP at National Australia Bank, to his new role.

David will lead trade.ios risk management department, and will be responsible for building out its OTC Desk, allowing for both retail and institutional fiat-to-crypto exchange functionality. Up to 50% of all OTC Desk revenues will be allocated to the forthcoming liquidity pool, which can only be accessed by using trade.ios utility token, TIO.

trade.ios CEO Jim Preissler said, Were very lucky to have someone with Davids experience lead the risk management team and spearhead our OTC Desk. David has an impeccable track record in trading and risk management, which is invaluable when dealing with the size of deals in the crypto space. Its not uncommon to have a $10m deal come through the desk multiple times per day.

David Hannigan also commented, I see a lot of similarities in how trade.io runs its business to many of the large banks Ive worked for in the past. With my prior experience in the banking sector, I am cognizant on how profitable an OTC Desk can be. I am thrilled to hit the ground running to provide this service to the trade.io community.

David will also be providing daily commentary on the crypto markets which can be accessed by registered...

19:09

Pope, sack archbishop convicted in child abuse case "IndyWatch Feed National"

This video says about itself:

Archbishop Found Guilty Of Hiding Child Sex Abuse

22 May 2018

An Australian archbishop is facing up to two years in prison after being convicted of concealing child sex abuse by a fellow priest in the 1970s. Archbishop Philip Wilson is the highest ranking Catholic official to be convicted of covering up sexual abuse, part of a global scandal which has dogged the Vatican for decades. The 67-year-old archbishop of Adelaide was found guilty of having concealed the abuse of altar boys by a pedophile priest colleague, James Fletcher, in the 1970s, when he was an assistant parish priest in the state of New South Wales.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Australian prime minister: convicted archbishop must be fired

Australian Prime Minister Turnbull has urged Pope Francis to dismiss Australian archbishop Wilson. Wilson has been sentenced to a years imprisonment because he has concealed sexual abuse within the Catholic Church.

The 67-year-old Archbishop of Adelaide is the highest ranking church official convicted of an abuse scandal in Australi...

18:27

Malcolm Turnbull tells Pope to sack Archbishop Philip Wilson after court rulingBrian Houston of Hillsong- Tick Tick Tock TockBrian Houston of Hillsong is in line at the NSW Attorney Generals Office and NSW Police to face pedophile protection charges. "IndyWatch Feed National"

During his  trial, the Archbishop (Philip Wilson) said no-one had ever come forward to tell him of allegations of child sex abuse during his 40 years as a clergyman.

However, Magistrate Robert Stone cast that claim aside in a ruling that could have ramifications in courts around the country.

ABC News Australia article below.

Brian Houston of Hillsong is one of those affected by this ruling. In time, Brian Houston will be charged with pedophile protection crimes, for sheltering his old pedophile father Frank from NSW Police and Authorities from 1999 to November 2004, when Frank died.

18:24

PERTH You killed my daughter: Mother of woman, 21, killed by an L-plater screams in court as he is "IndyWatch Feed National"

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You killed my daughter: Mother of woman, 21, killed by an L-plater screams in court as he is .

July 19, 2018 at 02:27AM .

Che Curyer, 24, pleaded guilty to careless driving causing death in Perth Magistrates Court on Wednesday over the crash that occurred just after

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

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17:22

The case for introducing rhino to Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Well meant, but not a solution as far as I can see. Australia has massive problems with introduced species and also culls huge numbers of kangaroos to protect grazing. This is not an answer to poaching in Africa and Asia. It mentions white rhino (the least endangered of the species) but not black of the incredibly vulnerable Asian species for introduction and the latter would need forest not savanna envcironments. At the end says it is tongue-in-cheek, so is this all some sort of satire? KS

 

The Conversation

July 18, 2018 9.29pm SAST
Australia could sustain wild rhinos, but should it try? Renaud Fulconis/International Rhino Foundation

Rhinos in Australia might seem like an insane proposition after all, weve had...

17:17

Blind Justice? Not in our experience. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Indigenous people's lives are immaterial when they are inside, the risk of death is very real to us. The pursuit of justice is our greatest fight in history and one heavily resisted. Justice is not blind.

17:08

Australia - Oberon fluoride: council meeting approves addition to water supply "IndyWatch Feed National"

CROWDED: It was standing room only in the Oberon Council chambers as the community waited for a decision on whether fluoride would be added to Oberon's water supply.A DIVISIVE community debate has ended, for now, after Oberon Council voted to allow fluoride to be added to the towns water supply.


But the peace might not last long as fluoridation opponents are already warning that the battle isnt over.

Oberon councillors voted 5-3 in favour of fluoridation at their ordinary meeting on Tuesday night after a months-long debate in the town that had, at times, become personal.

Previous attempts to introduce the dental health measure had been unsuccessful, the most recent being in 2014, when councillors voted 5-3 against fluoridation.

The Oberon Council chambers were packed on Tuesday night for the ordinary meeting.

Councillor Mark Kellam, who moved the motion to allow the fluoridation to go ahead, said his decision was based on sound evidence.

"I've listened to all the pros and cons and all the objective evidence and I've made this decision to fluoridate, he said.

Oberon Council general manager Gary Wallace's report to the council said NSW Health commissioned the Social Research Centre to gauge the Oberon communitys views on fluoridation.

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16:42

Those Defense Intelligence Reference Documents "IndyWatch Feed National"


Eric W Davis interview

In a Coast to Coast radio interview on 28 January 2018, between journalist George Knapp and Eric W Davis, Davis outlined his sub-contractor role within the Bigelow Aerospace Advanced Space Studies (BAASS)  program for the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP.) At the Institute for Advanced Studies, based in Austin, Texas, his job was to provide broad scientific advice, and recommendations. He did not get into any data analysis, video analysis or witness interviews.

He was tasked with looking into the future - around 2050 - to set up a series of expert studies - and produce a series of Defense Intelligence Reference Documents (DIRDs.) To look at a variety of topics and get experts to write a DIRD on that subject. Authors were asked to imagine our earthly technology, extrapolate it to 2050 and compare what we might have by then against what we see of the phenomenon today. Davis stated that 38 such papers were produced, with two being classified.

Hal Puthoff interview

In another 28 January 2018 Coast to Coast interview by George Knapp, this time with Hal Puthoff, Puthoff stated that his role within the AATIP was mainly to look at the physics. He had had 38 papers written

Six DIRDs by Eric W Davis 

On the Earth Tech International Inc. website there is a list of six DIRDs prepared by Eric W Davis. These are:

1. Davis, E.W. (2010), "Laser Lightcraft Nanosatellites," Defense Intelligence Reference Document, Defense Futures, DIA-08-1011-001, Technology Warning Division (DWO-4), Defense Warning Office, Directorate for Analysis, Defense Intelligence Agency, Washington, DC.

2. Obousy, R.K. and Davis, E.W. (2010). "Warp Drive, Dark Energy, and the Manipulation of Extra Dimensions," Defense Intelligence Reference Document, Acquisition Threat Support, DIA-08-1004-001, Acquisition Support Division (DWO-3), Defense Warning Office, Directorate for Analysis, Defense Intelligence Agency, Washington, DC.

3. Davis, E.W. (2010), "Concepts for Extracting Energy from the Quantum Vacuum," Defense Intelligence Reference Document, Acquisition Threat Support, DIA-08-1004-007, Acquisition Support Division (DWO-3), Defense Warning office, Directorate for Analysis, Defense Intelligence Agency, Washington, DC.

4. Davis, E.W. (2010), "Antigravity for Aerospace Applications," Defense Intelligence Reference Document, Acquisition Threat Support, DIA-08-1003-018, Acquisition Support Division (DWO-3), Defense Warning Office...

15:42

My Health Record Opting out "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

People in this country have demonstrated the level of trust they have in government by crashing websites and call systems with 20 000 people opting out of #MyHealthRecord in the first day.

We are providing a round up for you to enable an informed decision. As we support and train advocates and activists we have become more aware of the huge issue of digital privacy and how little the average person seems aware of, let alone the activist community. We want to help improve literacy in this area, and encourage more discussion regarding the extensive surveillance and data harvesting undertaken by government and corporates.

You can check out the huge compilation of concerns we covered during the #CensusFail situation. Regarding MyHealthRecord, you can assume all of the privacy concerns apply but also throw in sexual activity and orientation, gender, stigmatised diseases, prescriptions which could identify your condition, life threatening and chronic health conditions, fertility and more to get a full picture of concerns.

Oh, and sections of this data is reportedly going to be accessible by NEARLY ONE MILLION PEOPLE. At the minimum all doctors (more than 70,000) and pharmacies (of which there are nearly 30,000) will have access to significant aspects.

TL, DR ~ huge privacy concerns have been raised you can opt out until 15th October 2018.

Here are some considerations:

  • The government is not capable of securing data. This has been proven time, and time again.
  • The government has used personal data for political reasons, giving private Centrelink information to a journalist.
  • The Department of Health last year commissioned the development of the framework for using My Health Record data for purposes other than its primary purpose of providing healthcare to an individual. This could include research and policy analysis (source).
  • The decisi...

15:32

Ugandan Social Media Tax Following a tradition of quelling dissent? "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

By Shardha Rajam and Mihika Poddar

On June 1st this year, the Parliament of Uganda imposed a tax on usage of social media and internet messaging platforms such as Whatsapp, Facebook and Twitter. The Ugandan Government, which on prior occasions has shut down and regularly censored digital media, claimed that the tax was imposed to raise revenue and to stop the spread of rumours. In a country with a per capita GDP of $615, a $19 tax on access of social media is prohibitive, increasing the digital divide and consequently stifling free speech. Given that Ugandas budgetary expenditure was almost double its revenues in 2016-17, the social media tax has been welcomed by some as a move to bridge the fiscal deficit. Here, we explore how the tax falls foul of some of the basic freedoms guaranteed in international instruments.

The tax was imposed by Ugandas Excise Duty (Amendment) Bill, 2018 as part of an overhaul of the excise duty law which is to take effect in July. The tax is levied on all over the top (OTT) services, which generally indicates communications services provided over the internet, that run on top of traditional telecommunications networks that are heavily regulated. The bill defines such services as transmission or receipt of voice of messages over the internet protocol network This would include all social media as well as internet-messaging platforms.

While a tax in and of itself may seem justifiable, as a levy on the use of a service, and as not hampering free speech as it is not a complete shutdown, an impact-based assessment would indicate otherwise. Users are already taxed for using airtime and data, and therefore, would in fact be subject to double taxation by the social media tax. The digital divide, especially in the developing world, is troubling, and is mostly attributable to economic barriers to data and services, as well as government policie...

14:53

Great news 4 ACTU & Labor - model most equal country found - Venezuela "IndyWatch Feed National"

Everyone lives like shit in a socialist shithole. Thanks to https://twitter.com/RobertSacco18 for the tip!

14:34

Canberra: its not the new Melbourne "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

The once-obscure bush capital, and its number plates, have been keen to adopt new hipster clothing; to present as something like that cool inland city that your best mate lives in. Yet like every trend that drapes itself in ironic sentiment, theres more than a kernel of serious intent here, as there is to the apparently outlandish claim that Canberra yes, Canberra is now the cultural capital of Australia.

14:04

Is This the Worlds Largest Robot? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Rio Tinto has employed the first fully autonomous train, which many are calling the worlds largest robot. Rio Tintos project has eliminated humans and that saves on pensions and salaries. This is the way of the future because of exponentially rising human costs. The train completed its first delivery of iron ore between the companys Australian Mount Tom Price mine and the port of Cape Lambert on the Western coast.

Rio Tinto spent $940 million to develop this project. The train consists of three locomotives and carries around 28,000 tonnes of iron ore making a journey of 280km with no human driver. The trip was monitored remotely by operators at Rios Operations Centre in Perth more than 1,500km away. Effectively, this is not so dissimilar from the drone used in the military that is also being monitored from a far away location.

The high cost of socialism is driving the field of robotics. The higher the costs of pensions and their lack of feasibility when central banks play with interest rates pretending to be managing the economy has driven the technology into the hands of automation. Governments are in a state of denial and they will continue to raise taxes to try to cover their costs. They fail to look at this crisis straight in the eyes. There is no hope of maintaining socialism and more than there was communism.

14:00

5 Awe-Inspiring Museums and Galleries to Visit When in Melbourne "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Melbourne, Australia

Published July 19, 2018

Known as the second biggest and most populated city in Australia, Melbourne is a must-visit travel destination in the whole world. With its enthralling arts scene, every visitor will surely be in awe. There are tons of awesome spots to check out here, especially for the art and culture lovers.

Melbourne is also called as the Cultural Capital of Australia. With its numerous museums and galleries, one can say that it deserves the title. So, here are a few of the top art buildings you can visit to understand deeper and explore more about Melbournes magic:

National Gallery of Victoria

Pay a visit to the oldest public art gallery in the Land Down Under. It is home to over 70,000 pieces of art in two locations. The Australian collection can be found at the Ian Potter Gallery in Federation Square, which features the history of Australian art. One of its highlights is The Pioneer, a huge triptych format by Frederick McCubbin. On the other hand, the international collection is in St. Kilda Road building. This building is known for The Great Hall where you can lie on the floor and see its colorful stained glass ceiling.

Scienceworks

Come by Scienceworks to enjoy first-hand science experiences. This interactive science and technology museum offers changing exhibits, demonstrations, and guided tours daily to all visitors. You can check out the Sportsworks exhibit and Planetarium for a more exciting activity. Not to mention, this museum is autism-friendly one with social maps and scripts showing high and low sensory spaces. It is going to be a fun-filled learning day at Scienceworks, for sure!

National Sports Museum

Melbourne is the sporting capital of Australia. This is why sports stadiums are one of the citys main tourist attractions. Take a trip down memory lane at the National Sports Museum and learn about the sporting history of the city. Once here, you can also see a lot of memorabilia that will make you remember the significant sporting moments that happened in Melbourne.

Immigration Museum

Head over Immigration Museum to see engaging and special exhibits of the people who call Melbourne their home. Situated in the Old Customs House, this museum tells the real stories of those wh...

14:00

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.00010 BTC
0.00010 BTC = 1.00 AUD
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13:24

Big Sing in a Big Shed under a Big Sky puts Murtoa on the Community Music Map and its happening all over again "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

James Rigby spent years driving past the mighty Murtoa Stick Shed in awe of its size and wondering how on earth the monolithic structure looming up out of the landscape could still be standing. He never imagined that one Spring day in 2017 together with Jane Thompson, he would lead around 300 community singers in a Big Sing under its cathedral-like roof of bush poles and corrugated iron.

The idea for a Stick Shed Sing was conceived by Judith Welsh, Chair of the Committee of Management which took over the running of the shed when it was gifted back to the community in 2016. The vision was to create an event to reflect the ambience and glory of the Heritage listed building and bring singing into the shed for the first time as part of Murtoas Big Weekend celebrations.

We wanted an event that anyone could join in on but which gave local choirs, the singers from the Wimmera, an opportunity to perform as part of a massed choir, as well.

As highly experienced community singing leaders, Jane Thompson and James Rigby expressed their interest in coordinating the event, working with Judith to decide a shape for the day, which included a massed singing workshop open to anyone keen to sing in the shed and a concert by any community choirs attending, who were happy to perform.

Jane and crowd

The first Stick Shed Sing was held i...

13:14

Cashless welfare card is part of the package to take support away from the poorest Australians. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed from Queensland

The Victorian government is so determined to press ahead with the cashless welfare card, that it hired a private company to carry out a review outside its own Department of Social Services. This is the sort of thing governments like to do, when they have already determined the result they want to have.

Consultancy firm Orina was awarded a lucrative 12-month contract to do the job.

The findings of the evaluation have been contradicted by the auditor generals report published on Tuesday. The main charge is the omitting of relevant data. The report found that the approach to monitoring has been inadequate, and that as a consequence, it is difficult to conclude whether there had been a reduction in social harm and whether the card was a lower cost welfare quarantining approach.

In other words, the finding that the card has resulted in the reduction of anti-social behaviour and reduced the cost of welfare at the trial at Ceduna in the Kimberly region in south Australia, as claimed by the commissioned firm, is not based on fact.

The cashless welfare card, otherwise known as the Indue card, takes control of 80 percent of the welfare payment of the individual, and restricts what it can be used for and where. A major criticism has been that the inability to make choices has forced recipients into having to spend more on needs, because one cannot shop around for the best prices. . But the most heated opposition, has been over the denial of a basic human right that we all expect for ourselves, and the classification of a whole community as undeserving.

Unperturbed, the government is planning further trials in the Western Australian gold fields, and there is a fear that this could eventually become the national norm for recipients of Centrelink payments.

The Card has been introduced in the context of a general assault on welfare payment in Australia, which extends from the unemployed to the disabled. Every day produces new stories of individuals falling victim to a harsh system and merciless punishment. Payments have been kept so low, that many Australians are finding it extremely difficult to survive.

Government welfare policies  govern a process of ongoing and step by step removal of the welfare system, and turning those in need towards private charity. In the view of the government, it should have the most minimal role, if any, because to do so distorts the operation of the market. This is based on a claim that if allowed to operate freely, the market will provide a place for all.

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12:49

Wayne Swan and the ACTU working out how to dismantle capitalism! "IndyWatch Feed National"

Im sure you will join me in saying neoliberalisms time is done. It is time for the failure to end and if it doesnt end itself we will end it - @NadineFloodCPSU chairing a panel on neoliberalism and trickledown economics at #ACTUCongress18 #ChangeTheRules pic.twitter.com/p3FrhRLIF0 CPSU (@CPSUnion) July 18, 2018...

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12:14

Once Again They Have Locked Me Out of My Gmail Account "IndyWatch Feed National"

It happened immediately after I posted that email exchange.

So until I get control back on that account- there will be no videos and dont trust anything that may come from that account. They want to silence me any way they can

12:06

Would or Wouldnt Who Made the President Buckle? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Who made the President buckle, and change his view?

The Cold War is OVER, so why the attack on Russia, when China most likely spies with greater intensity on the US?

Tucker Carlsons broadcast of the Pres-hostage crisis, here. To quote Carlson:

theyre demanding if you dont automatically accept the imprecise non-specific never fully explained findings of shadowy intelligence agencies, with long documented track records of making serious mistakes, youve somehow...

12:05

BE WARNED! Pedo actor Jeremy Kewley out of jail & free living it up in Victoria despite abuse of dozens of boys "IndyWatch Feed National"

EXCLUSIVE: The convicted paedophile actor Jeremy Kewley is free to roam amongst the public once again after being quietly released from prison following a stint of less than two years for the indecent assault of more than a dozen boys stretching back decades. True Crime News Weekly publisher, Serkan Ozturk, reports. [READ MORE]

11:31

start - [Talks] added Malcolm to 2018-06-25 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.food"

Next Meeting 30th July 2018 Address PlaceThe Great Northern HotelAddress 644 Rathdowne St (corner of Pigdon St), Carlton North VIC 3054 Pre-meeting 6pm dining function room Time for Talks 7:30pm in the dining function roomWebsite Phone (03) 9380 9569

11:24

Growing and Harvesting Turmeric "IndyWatch Feed National"

Are you interested in growing turmeric? It's all the buzz right now with Lattes and Hot brews for immunity which might all seem a bit cringe worthy but it really is an easy plant to grow and harvest. Here's a quick video with Robyn as she harvests her turmeric and talks about how she grew it.

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In the Pip Shop we have a range of specially curated gardening tools that will last a lifetime and save you adding more waste to landfill by buying cheap, mass made items. Check out the whole gardening tool range here:
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11:11

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10:17

RISE DEMANDS IMMEDIATE EVACUATION OF REFUGEES AND ASYLUM SEEKERS TRAFFICKED BY AUSTRALIA TO MANUS AND NAURU "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

RISE members including offshore and onshore eX-detainees strongly condemn successive Australian governments for holding hostage our community members in Manus and Nauru torture camps for more than five years now. RISE demands that the Australian government to immediately bring back all refugee survivors and provide them permanent protection and proper support services.

Asylum seeker and refugee detainees are among the most persecuted and oppressed people in the world. We endured abuse in our own countries, and upon seeking protection, are disenfranchised and suffer institutional abuse within detention systems. Immigration detention centres are arbitrary and nefarious forms of state violence; they function to subjugate asylum seekers and refugees by imprisonment.

Detention deaths are systemic murder not casual deaths of refugees, we should not normalise them at anytime

The re-opening in 2012 of so called regional processing centres in Manus Island and Nauru by then Prime Minister Julia Gillard and immigration minister Chris Bowen has resulted in 12 deaths so far. Hundreds of refugees and asylum seekers trafficked to Manus and Nauru by the Australian government have experienced abuse and neglect on these islands. This systemic abuse of our bodies and livelihood not only exist in detention but also long after we survived. We should not also forget those who are currently held hostage in both onshore and offshore detention camps, including some cases where people have been detained for 10 years without release date.

Former offshore and onshore detainee, Ramesh Fernandez says These camps cannot be called processing centres. Australian run offshore refugee camps are a modern form of concentration camps. How do you call this a processing centre when you get locked up 24/7, tortured and humiliated constantly. We should not forget that in November 2015 over 600 refugees and asylum seekers in Manus Island detention camp wrote to Australian PM and immigration minister Peter Dutton calling for mass assisted suicide. This is evidence that refugees and asylum seekers are unable to continue their lives in Manus.

We require support and protection, not incarceration. States have the obligation to uphold our human rights; not exploit us for political gain. We denounce the torture, deportation, abuse and bloodshed occurring in immigration detention centres. We condemn governments, private companies and nonprofit agencies who are part of the detention supply chain.

Furthermore, Ramesh Fernandez says, due to the lack of transparency in these Australian run detention camps, refugee cases have been mishandled, unfairly dismissed and processed without proper adherence to refugee rights protocol. Providing Manus and Nauru  detainees with the impossible ultimatum of settling in PNG or retu...

07:57

The African gangs issue is driven by a political agenda "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Contributed from Victoria

The good thing is that there is rising concern, especially in Melbourne, over the claim by certain politicians and sections of the media, that African gangs have made this city unsafe. It has been said  that that it is so bad, that people are too afraid to go out for a meal at night.

As someone who lives in Melbourne, gets about and knows a lot of people here, this is not our experience.

There have been some violent incidents. What city with a population of four and a half million doesnt have them? The trouble is, when it comes from the hand of an African, it is reported as African crime. When it comes form the hand of a non-African, it is just crime. No one has presented evidence that the rate of incidence between the two is any different. Why is this happening?

One problem for the Africans is that having a different colour skin makes them stand out from the crowd. And this can tap into latent discrimination. For instance, the It did not stop this from being used to portray an image of African violence.

shot of Channel 7 beat up story

There have been other armed robberies in Melbourne committed by people from other racial and ethnic backgrounds. They do not fit into the narrative and are therefore  not treated in the same way.

When an Anglo Australian commits the crime, it is never presented as proof for the need to impose law and order on the Anglo Australian community. The same applies when there is a brawl at a pub, or when a gang of young white skinned teenagers pounce on someone.

Despite the emotive and fraudulent and unethical nature of the reporting by Channel 7 and the usual News Corp cabal, and repeated by Channel 10, politicians lo...

06:58

Tommy Robinson to stay in jail until at least the end of July after contempt appeal hearing "IndyWatch Feed National"

Here's The Independent's report: Judges are considering an attempt by English Defence League (EDL) founder Tommy Robinson to be freed from prison. The far-right leader, who is appearing under his real name of Stephen Christopher Yaxley-Lennon, was jailed in May after he broke blanket reporting restrictions on an ongoing set...

06:32

UK legal precedent in the Tommy Robinson contempt appeal - [2004] EWCA Crim 1271 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Stephen Christopher Yaxley-Lennon (aka Tommy Robinson) is serving two separate terms of imprisonment for two separate contempts of UK courts. He was subject to a 3 month term of imprisonment, suspended for 18 months for filming defendants in a serious criminal trial with the Judge who sentenced him saying: There...

06:11

Pastor Neville Johnson. Liked blow jobs from his three young AOG church secretaries. Academy of Light Maleny, Queensland, Australia. Bobbie Houston of Hillsongs pastor in New Zealand. Former head pastor at Queen St Assemblies of God Church in Auckland New Zealand. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Neville Johnson

Pastor Neville Johnson today. Still an errant false prophet, liar and con-artist. Neville Johnson has conned many people out of large sums of money in Ponzi schemes in recent times. Angry victims are looking for his home address to recover their lost savings even asking me if I know where he lives. He lives in Maleny, Queensland. Its a small town so youll easily find him.

Neville Johnson

Pastor Neville Johnson. Academy of Light Ministries, Maleny, Queensland, Australia. Liked blow-jobs from his three young church secretaries while praying to the Lord and fasting in Auckland, New Zealand motel rooms with them.

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03:08

CRIME CULTURE: Border Politics "IndyWatch Feed National"

CRIME CULTURE: Is hate, fear and ignorance the new Australian way? Or, are present-day fears around asylum seekers and refugees an undying ember of an even darker past? True Crime News Weekly correspondent Gary Johnston takes a look at the new documentary film, Border Politics. [READ MORE]

02:05

Australia: Supreme Court judge bans wife of accused jihad terrorist from wearing niqab in court "IndyWatch Feed National"

Once there are multiple spectators in the public gallery wearing niqabs and traditional Islamic dress, working out who was who if something happened in court might not be a simple matter, especially as such dress tends to be very similar. I have previously indicated that, whilst all are welcome in my court, spectators in the []

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22:54

Daily Digest 7/18 - Health Insurers Collecting Personal Details, Detroit Reborn At A Cost "IndyWatch Feed National"

Daily Digest 7/18 - Health Insurers Collecting Personal Details, Detroit Reborn At A Cost
  • In the Worlds Most Dangerous Nation, Police Get a $3 Bonus
  • Health Insurers Are Vacuuming Up Details About You And It Could Raise Your Rates
  • In face of strike threat, Metro says finances are 'unsustainable'
  • U.S. warns African nations against Chinese debt, offers 'sustainable' alternative
  • Federal judge rules in favor of bondholders on Puerto Rico debt
  • Scammers target those with outstanding student loans
  • Interest on credit-card debt tops $100 billion
  • Australian Housing Costs Rival New Yorks, but Boom May Be Ending
  • Reserve Bank focuses on household debt risks (Australia)
  • 5 years after declaring bankruptcy, Detroit reborn at a cost

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22:48

The Story of a Professional Delusion: Do Psychiatrists Believe Their Own Words? "IndyWatch Feed National"

On February 24th of this year, a conference was held in Sydney, Australia which featured a number of prestigious local and overseas speakers as well as former psychiatric patients. Titled Mental Health in Crisis, it was intended to provide a forum for well-researched alternative views on the state of modern psychiatry. The next week, most of the speakers went to New Zealand for further seminars in five cities. During that week, a newspaper published an article quoting Prof. Peter Gotzsche, director of the Nordic Cochrane Centre in Copenhagen, whose research showed that antidepressants are a dangerous and relatively ineffective class of drugs, and who recommended they should be severely restricted. In his view, general practitioners should not be authorised to initiate them, and they should not be given to children or adolescents. On March 9th, the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) issued a press statement strongly criticising the article. In particular, it stated:

The prescription of antidepressant or antipsychotic medications is something that a psychiatrist only ever does in partnership with the patient and after due consideration of the risks and benefits (emphasis added).

As described on MIA, I lodged a lengthy complaint with the RANZCP, alleging that, as the responsible officials, the president and board had breached their own code of ethics at a number of points; in particular, the claim about prescribing habits was patently false. This has gone back and forth and, predictably, my complaints have been dismissed. On June 29th, the incoming president of the college wrote to me:

The (original press) statement also acknowledges the careful consideration given when prescribing medications.

That is, he essentially repeats the false claim that drugs are only ever prescribed after a friendly discussion between the caring doc and the grateful patient. Some months ago, I published the results of a pilot study on my 176 active files, which showed that psychiatrists hardly ever give information to patients regarding the risks of their drugs (I would have thought that any psychiatrist who was still breathing would know this: patients are routinely thrown to the ground and jabbed despite their furious objections or tearful pleading. Part of his defence was that psychiatrists have good intentions).

This reminds me of another rather fractious interchange I h...

22:46

US government exposed: for 30 years, it broke the law on vaccine safety "IndyWatch Feed National"

Originally posted on Jon Rappoport's Blog:
by Jon Rappoport July 16, 2018 (To join our email list, click here.) For 30 years, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) broke the law regarding vaccine safety, and no one noticed or cared. Then two men came along and discovered the scandal: Robert F

22:31

Thank God It's Yelling "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Stefan Molyneux and Lauren Southern are two extremely ordinary individuals who have tried to overcome their lack of talent and to the bone mediocrity by becoming full time haters. Lauren has a Stupid Person Deep Voice and Stefan is unattractive in the way of a creepy office worker with a secret life that is unfortunately jogging. Both of these almost humans make a living cranking out repellent theories so in need of correction I wonder if they're middle siblings, because the resentment that fucks out of their pores is wet to the touch even just watching them. He's a whiner, she's an oaf and together they're coming to Melbourne to speak from their ghastly word holes at the fucking unlucky fans tragically drawn into their web of dried dog shit.

I watched some of their video bullshit and edited that down into short snippets to make them look as stupid as possible, because no blow is too low to throw at these two scumbags. They are both extremely racist, he is extremely sexist and it's amazing she puts up with being around his tiny dick energy, but denial and neediness is how this nauseating world of wannabe fascists works. It's people who would normally avoid each other, but like the emotional lepers they are, all they have is each other. People like you and I will hang out with people who have different hobbies than us, but in this world ultra Zionists will work side by side with Nazis. Because they're all horrific specimens of moral decay, they all magically believe they've got the drop on each other so they're happy to hang out.

I could be wrong about some of this, but unlike these fuckwits I am a human who is allowed to make mistakes, while these people are dogs working desperately to bring evil into the world, an evil that will accept them because deep down they are actual demons. Maybe their fans can be deprogrammed but these people aren't just interested in bad ideas they don't understand won't help them, they are the peddlers of hate and long gone from human help.

We don't yet know the location of Friday's toxic speech event. Why? Because a publicised location would mean a a big effort to force the venue not to let it go ahead, an effort that would work.  They have to tell the punters eventually though, so on Friday we'll know at some point and people will descend on the joint to shut it down, or if there are too many cops, make it very uncomfortable with a lot of noise. I will be there as part of Yelling At Racist Dogs Bloc and we will heap abuse on the punters arriving for the show. The abuse will feel very real and like the dipshits they are they will make a show of laughing it off, but we will know, for we will feel their shame.

We don't give a fuck what any of these ticket buying turkeys have to say about literally anything. Our shared opinion is that these racist fuckheads need to be yelled at with full force. I must add that we find the usual...

21:20

Oberon becomes one of the last NSW towns to fluoridate its water "IndyWatch Feed National"

One of the last remaining towns in New South Wales without fluoridation has decided to add it to its drinking water.

The Oberon Council on the states central tablelands has voted five-to-three to add fluoride to the towns supply after several months of heated debate and campaigning.

It is one of eight local governments in NSW, out of more than 100 local councils in the state, that has been asked to consider fluoridation by Health Minister Brad Hazzard.

Oberon resident, Jenn Capel, said she was thrilled with the decision.

I think its an excellent result, Ms Capel said.

Its the people in the community who dont have that [oral] care, who dont have the dedication to teeth, theyre the ones who are going to suffer and the long-term effects are overwhelming.

The Oberon Council last discussed fluoridation in 2014 and resolved not to proceed.

Its taken a long time, Oberon resident Tina Slattery said.

The last time it went up the community didnt really appreciate what was going on, and so it could have been taken over by a very persuasive, small group.

The debate at Tuesdays council meeting sparked anger among those who opposed fluoridation, with several speakers claiming it would be a form of mass medication and could jeopardise peoples health.

Im mortified, I think theyve gone against the wishes of Oberon, mother-of-five Tracey Watson said.

My concern is that the pro people didnt really show any documented evidence, whereas the people against always did.

Sarah Raphael from the Australian Dental Association New South Wales made a presentation at the council meeting and quoted the 2007 Child Dental Survey.

It clearly showed more than double the amount of dental decay in the children of Oberon compared with Orange and Dubbo which have water fluoridation and have done for quite some time, Dr Raphael said.

The overwhelming evidence backs that water fluoridation is the most safe and equitable way to protect against dental decay in the community.

Anti-fluoride campaigner Veronika Cvitanovic has lived in Oberon for eight years.

She said she surveyed 684 people and 70 per cent were against fluoridation.

To me its clear that the council is not representing the communitys wishes, Ms Cvitanovic said...

21:18

AFSAs submission to the parliamentary inquiry into the price of fresh food in NSW "IndyWatch Feed National"

In April this year, the NSW Government established an Upper House inquiry to examine the price of fresh food in New South Wales, compared to trends in the domestic and international markets. The inquiry aimed to consider the financial relationships between producers, retailers and consumers, as well as state-based issues of food insecurity, market competition and environmental impacts of industry pricing. The committee for this inquiry asked interested stakeholders and community members to make submissions, after which public hearings were held.

AFSA's key recommendations from our submission (HERE) have a focus on people's right to food, increased research about and support of CSA models and the building of resilience within agricultural communities by reducing inputs, increasing on-farm diversity, protecting valuable farm land and mitigating vulnerability to climate change by targeting funding and support for more resilient systems such as regenerative agriculture.

Summary of Key Recommendations:

  1. Make it a New South Wales (NSW) state priority to lead Australias observance of our international obligation to ensure the Right to Food. The Committee should form a methodology for monitoring public policies and compliance with obligations under the right to adequate food.
  2. Research and report on direct sales models such as the Community Supported Agriculture model (CSA) and farmers markets by way of facilitating direct participation of producers in the process of conducting this Parliamentary Inquiry.
  3. Protect valuable agricultural land by fortifying the NSW planning system for horticulture production in urban, peri-urban, regional and rural areas.
  4. Reduce reliance on production inputs, especially chemical inputs such as pesticides and synthetic fertilisers, and facilitate farms and market gardens that increase resilience to climate fluctuation and strengthen the health and vitality of farming and communities.
  5. Explore ways to strengthen competition and consumer law protections for growers, for example the Horticulture Code of Conduct which came into effect on 1 April 2018.
  6. Facilitate nutritious and local fresh food procurement in social sectors and state institutions. The Committee should, for example, report on the NSW Health Departments milk supply contract with foreign-owned Dair...

21:11

Kastoria Music Club "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

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20:53

For Sale "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

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Ikea sofa bed with storage underneath.
Navy blue cover with some fading at back as per photos. 

Cushions not included. $50 ONO. 0408 522 908.




20:52

Japan stands beside Europe on free trade "IndyWatch Feed National"

The performance of the president of the United States in Europe over the past week left Europeans dumbfounded, shaken and at least on trade, rightfully anxious about the future. Donald Trump has once again threatened Europeans with tariffs in the one sector that hurts (Germans especially) the most the automotive industry. Since his election, Americas new protectionism certainly makes Europeans feel isolated on issues of trade and the defense of liberal values.

Yet what Europeans often forget is that this is not the case. Europe is not the last man standing. Japan, Australia, India and Canada are all still very much part of our community of shared values.

By Harry Nedelcu
Japan Times

Commentary

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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shakes hands with European Council President Donald Tusk as European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker looks on after the signing of a Japan-EU trade deal in Tokyo on Tuesday. | AFP-JIJI

How we strengthen this community, will depend on the way Europeans will capitalize on the visit of Jean-Claude Juncker and Donald Tusk to Tokyo this week. This visit can take two different paths. One is the path of diplomatic niceties, signing agreements, and smiling and posing for pictures. Following the storm caused by Trump in Brussels and London, that was a welcome respite, to be sure. The other path goes far beyond and can turn our relationship into something much more enduring and ambitious.

This means not just finalizing the trade agreement and strategic partnership, but seizing the moment and using it as a springboard for setting together global standards on a number of issues such as trade, climate change, security policy, rule-of-law, cyber and data flows as well as data protection.

At the same time, many Europeans, who seem to have resigned themselves to the fact that destiny shall be set by China, need to ask the question why not also by cooperation with like-minded countries like Japan?

Many in Europe look at Beijings Belt and Road initiative (BRI) both as an opportunity but also as a Trojan horse. Europeans are not sure how to handle it. On one hand they welcome Chinese investments. On the other, they realize that with these investments, China is pursuing a meticulous strategic goal, acquiring key infrastructure and technological know-how. Chinas investments in Europe has increased exponentially 10 times from 2008 to 2015 and another 70 percent the year after.

Over the past year, many have awoken to the dangers that Chinese foreign direct investment carri...

20:43

Community Talks Safe Space "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

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This special event 'Community Talks Safe Spaces  is an opportunity for conversation and reflection in our community re our concerns about violence and creating safer spaces.

This event has been created by one of the singers in the Trolls Carmen Lahiff-Jenkins together with her partner 

My son Quinn who is a teenager with autism, was beaten savagely outside a Melbourne High school in May by boys with spanners. There is something so sad and very wrong about young boys doing this, what would compel such fear and anger in them?  Everyone has the right to feel safe in the community, but the fact is we dont all feel safe. Women, people with disabilities, LGBTIQ communities, children and the elderly are the groups that are at highest risk of violence in public spaces, let alone in the home. And men are at highest risk of suicide. Is something broken in our communities?

Carmen has invited a panel of amazing speakers (see the link) to discuss these issues - it is a free event so even if you do not feel like singing please come and support the discussion.
 Please tell all your mates and share share share this link on Facebook or via email, help Carmen spread the word - thanks folks!

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20:40

Free "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

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Hello Newlands Community News. 


To give away -

1) Glass bottles and lids - clean, various sizes. 



2) Magazines - for electronics buffs. 
- Australian Electronics - 1986 editions 
- Silicon Chip (the new name) - editions from 1987 - 2017.
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20:34

Mums and Bubs Yoga "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

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Mums and Bubs Yoga in Preston.

Starting next Wednesday 25 June.

Mums and bubs yoga is a weekly space to fill your own well and re-center. The practice supports mother and baby bonding and is a way to spend time with other mums in your area. The practice focuses on strengthening and stabilising the core, the pelvic floor, and opening the shoulders and upper back. The sessions are held with the babies on the mother's mat. There are opportunities to playfully interact with your baby during the yoga positions. We may massage the babies, tickle them, chant, sing or rock them.




For any further information contact Melisa Chabierski.
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20:32

For Sale "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

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Desk in a cupboard!




Desk in great condition with lockable doors $95. Call 8528 2332. Pick up Newlands.

20:25

Inclusive Yoga "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

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Inclusive yoga classes!



Inclusive yoga is suitable for everyone - seniors, people with physical or intellectual disability, those suffering chronic physical illness or mental health conditions and people who prefer a gentle yoga class.

This soothing practice will assist with joint mobility, strength, balance and general health.

Inclusive yoga welcomes people with a disability and those who may find joining a regular yoga class difficult. It can be a useful compliment to ones ongoing medical care.

This is a gentle hatha yoga class for people experiencing chronic pain, disability, anxiety and other related health issues. It is a supportive, physical and mindful practice which can be done seated in a chair.

There are also options to participate in postures to assist balance and relaxation, including standing with a chair and laying supine on a mat.


How can inclusive yoga help you?

Youll learn controlled breathing techniques which help to balance the central nervous system and generate a calm and a mindful approach to self. By directing the blood flow with posture and breath, you will oxygenate your cells. Healthy cells promote health to the body-systems, in particular aiding digestion and circulation.

Realise enjoyment while energy flows through your body as you move.


Is this class right for you?

Initially Simone will privately and confidentially discuss any acute or chronic injury or health condition you may have, in order to offer you the safest and most appropriate yoga practice for your current level of fitness and health.

Elements of the class will be general to all participants and there will be some individual attention and instruction, as required.


About the teacher:

Simone Litchfield is a yoga synergy teacher who has been practicing yoga for 28 years and teaching for the last 8 years.

Simone also has a background in contemporary dance and she works with people of all ages and with various levels of physical and intellectual ability.


Important: Please wear comfortable, modest clothing.

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19:06

A Christian Walks Into a Strip Club "IndyWatch Feed National"

Bare breasts are in my face, the strippers top hanging loosely from the bar stool next to me.

I feel like Ive descended into hell.

The room is bathed in a red glow, like fire is enveloping the place, while disco balls spin delicately from above, illuminating men who watch the main stage with fervent eyes. The bartenders are idle in comparison, wiping down clean glasses to waste away the night, or ducking in and out of the shadows, serving drinks. I run a finger along our table sticky. I clear my throat and gear up for my first question.

Why stripping?

Candy picks up her glass of wine with her well-manicured fingers.

Money, she says.

No other reasons for why youre here? I ask her.

I then hear the hypocrisy in my own question. Why am I here?

I clutch the cross around my neck and wonder if I can hold my university tutor accountable for when God looks at me disapprovingly in heaven.

I inadvertently stare at Candys breasts again. Thirty minutes ago, I was in a prayer meeting, worshipping Jesus. Now, Im surrounded by nude women and drunk men. Is this really worth it for a single university assignment?

Im also here because this job is fun. Entertaining is a big part of the game when youre not teasing your client, Candy says. She looks me in the eyes before asking me her next question: But why are you here?

I ignore her accusatory tone and tell her Im writing a story on a program that seeks to transition strippers out of their industry and into safe and secure employment.

What I leave out is my meeting with my tutor from the day before, who read over the first draft of my feature article. With a look that implied Im inexperienced and committing a deadly journalistic sin, she said, Your story isnt objective. You need to go to a strip club if you want this story to pass.

Her words took me by surprise. Me? In a strip club? I wanted to shake my cross in her face and call her ill-informed. Doesnt she know Im a woman of faith?

I pictured a number of scenarios playing out in real life mistakenly walking into a brothel and not a strip club, fai...

17:09

Australia - Oberon becomes one of the last NSW towns to fluoridate its water "IndyWatch Feed National"

One of the last remaining towns in New South Wales without fluoridation has decided to add it to its drinking water.

The Oberon Council on the state's central tablelands has voted five-to-three to add fluoride to the town's supply after several months of heated debate and campaigning.

It is one of eight local governments in NSW, out of more than 100 local councils in the state, that has been asked to consider fluoridation by Health Minister Brad Hazzard..........
Two women standing outside the Oberon Council meeting.

Anti-fluoride campaigners in Oberon angry at a decision to introduce fluoride

Posted about 5 hours ago

Oberon residents Veronika Cvitanovic and Tracey Watson are disappointed by the council's support for fluoride.

17:00

Austrailian Indigenous historian Bruce Pascoe says weve got our story all wrong "IndyWatch Feed National"

Bruce Pascoe says we need to look closer at our history. Picture: Andy Rogers













This is huge of course.  We were all taught that Australia was completely out of contact until Europeans found the place.   That was a difficult sell at best as ample shipping existed in the Indonesian Archipelago to go there continuously.  I think that the real problem was that the northern parts where inhospitable Jungle like Papua New Guinea  and it was a long, even treacherou...

17:00

Controversial Australian study finds no evidence that cannabis helps chronic pain "IndyWatch Feed National"


A new Australian study is casting doubt over the efficacy of cannabis as a tool to...


It is hard to determine if they found any evidence when self reporting users actually high scaled the cannabis. The whole study is problematic and 1500 is not a great sample either.  Throw away five somehow and fine detail ends.  We now have a large body of reports that are generally uncovering a benefit for chronic pain.  Even they are far from conclusive though.  What most of this is saying is that the underlying problems require actual healing which CBDs do sometime confer.  If healing is not part of the equation it is hard to think that pain relief is ever enough and all reporting must naturally vary over time as sensitivity fluctuates.  ..
Controversial Australian study finds no evidence that cannabis helps chronic pain

Rich Haridy

July 3rd, 2018
A new Australian study is casting doubt over the efficacy of cannabis as a tool to treat chronic pain despite prior studies suggesting the contrary(Credit: yellow2j/Depositphotos)
 https://newatlas.com/australian-cannabis-chronic-pain-study/55298/
The results of one of the world's longest in-depth studies examining the relationship between cannabis use and chronic pain is raising doubts over whe...

17:00

Melbourne's #SaveOurABC rally: 'Keep your grubby mitts off' "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Melbourne's #SaveOurABC rally: 'Keep your grubby mitts off'The message at Melbourne's packed #SaveOurABC rally was clear: 'Keep your grubby mitts off OUR ABC'. read now...

16:38

Cruel anniversary for 1650 people including 124 children still imprisoned on Manus and Nauru "IndyWatch Feed National"

Today, Thursday 19 July marks five years of limbo and suffering for over 1650 men, women and children indefinitely imprisoned in the Turnbull Governments refugee camps on Manus Island and Nauru.

The group includes 124 children, 40 of whom have spent their entire lives warehoused in offshore detention.

Daniel Webb, Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre who has visited Manus Island three times, said that after five years of misery, suffering and death, it was well and truly time for the Turnbull Government to move every single person out of these offshore camps.

Five years is absolutely huge in the life of a child. These kids should be free and full of curiosity and hope. Instead, they are growing up surrounded by suffering and despair. Children as young as 10 are trying to kill themselves, said Mr Webb.

Whatever the question, continuing to wreck the lives of these 124 children is not the answer.

On 19 July 2013, the Rudd Government announced that anyone arriving by boat would be deported to indefinite offshore detention. Five years on, the Turnbull Government continues to detain over 870 men, women and children on Nauru and over 780 men are still languishing on Manus Island.

Its been five long, painful years. Women have been sexually assaulted. Children have been so traumatised that they have needed urgent psychiatric care. Twelve people have died. Such deliberate and sustained cruelty to innocent human beings is fundamentally wrong, said Mr Webb.

In November 2016 the Government announced its US resettlement deal with the Obama Administration agreeing to resettle a maximum of 1250 people detained on Manus and Nauru. However, almost two years after the agreement was announced only around 300 people have been resettled and Trump has made no secret of his disdain for the deal.

Mr Webb said that even if the US deal is eventually fully implemented there will still be around 800 people left behind on Manus and Nauru with no end or solution in sight.

When you...

16:08

Why the alt-right want to call Australia home "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

On Friday, Canadian alt-right YouTuber and activist Lauren Southern will host the Melbourne leg of her national speaking tour, alongside fellow alt-right YouTuber and compatriot Stefan Molyneux. Southerns video announcing her tour really tries to bring the drama: You guys are at a crossroads. Do you want to retain your culture your borders, family, identity? Or will the boats keep coming, the no-go zones keep growing and will you become another victim of multiculturalism?

15:59

Oceania Countries are Getting Drawn into anti-Chinese Games "IndyWatch Feed National"

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On 6 July the Associated Press (AP) Agency referred to official information sources from Australia and New Zealand in its announcement stating that during the upcoming Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) in September of this year, representatives from Australia and New Zealand are set to sign a new security agreement with other PIF members, with the agreement factoring in Chinas increasing influence in the region.

However, statements, made by ministers of foreign affairs of Australia and New Zealand, concerning this issue were expressed using fairly general and cautious language towards China and did not contain any concrete information about the future document.

It is worth reminding the readers that the Forum (given with its current name in 2000) was established in 1971 thanks to the efforts by two of its key members, Australia and New Zealand. At present, aside from the previously mentioned nations, it includes16 independent island nations of the Pacific Ocean.

Other than establishing cooperation means in the economic sphere, PIFs key function includes agreeing on joint security measures, whose core document was the so called Biketawa Declaration (named after one of the Kiribati islands), approved during a scheduled Pacific Islands Forum in 2000.

According to this Declaration, Australia and New Zealand, as guarantors of security of PIF members, have the right to base their military forces in any of the PI territories with the aim of ensuring internal political stability there.

PIF continues to bear the hallmarks of an organization established at times of the Cold War, when it was part of ANZUS (Australia+New Zealand+United States), one of the key military political alliances created by the USA in order to contain the spread of communism in the Indo-Pacific.

In 2000s the reasons for retaining the security aspects within PIFs functions were updated and included the need to combat the emerging issue of terrorism.

Notably, at that time Chinas transformation into the second super-power and key US geopolitical rival was in its infancy stages. There was still hope to incorporate China into the US-centered world order, which is why naming Beijing as the key reason for retaining the long-established military political structures in the Indo-Pacific....

15:24

When Doves Cry "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

An absolute vow to remain wrong at all times is at the floppy lukewarm core of US Liberalism, but it's a funny thing, because as fanatically pretentious and preposterously full of shit as they are, their extremely pompous fuckwittedness hasn't made me turn to the Right and become a fascist. Maybe it's Being Normal No Matter What that drives these people mad? I am fucked if I care. Fuck off.


The shallowest, psychologically inbred hothouse flowers in all civilisation are of course devastated to see Donald Trump- a man who definitely shits standing up- taking an endless series of leaning forward weirdly shits in the Oval Office. But you just know he could be jailed for multiple offences and that in their hearts his real crime would be that he has clearly never watched The West Wing.

These fucking people.

Obama was cool because he did not give a flying fuck about anyone but himself. Watching him stand by as people's hopes were crushed over and over was amazing. People wanted to believe he had hidden depths because he was cool and he was cool because he didn't give a shit. It's not fair to say he is the perfect American Liberal, he's on another level of self worship, but he to this day is what these fucking idiots believe in, because they believe in surfaces.

I tried watching the West Wing but could not hack it. Jesus Christ. People who believe in America should be shot in the throat and kicked down two flights of stairs so they choke to death on their own blood upside down in a tangle of broken limbs. And as they lock pleading eyes with a homeless person who lives next to the last rat shitted stair at the end of the alley and who lives there because of people who believe in America but know fuck all about society and care less about people? A white dove is released, splattering white shit onto the annoying haircut of the dying Hashtag Resistance terrorist. Don't ask me about the logistics of that, I'm about vision.

People who hero worship Obama and the Clintons were defeated by a fucking moron and they still don't get it. That sort of self absorption is not a mistake though, it's pumped into people's heads by a propaganda machine that has escaped into the wild. The propaganda machine roams the jungle at night, farting it's nightmares into the dreams of the gibbering sleep babies of America. There is no getting through to these people, they are glued to...

15:15

PERTH Woman charged with aggravated robbery over incident in Perth CBD "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Woman charged with aggravated robbery over incident in Perth CBD .

July 18, 2018 at 09:26AM .

She will appear in the Perth Magistrates Court today. The victim attended was treated for cuts and bruising to her head at Royal Perth Hospital.

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15:15

PERTH Manslaughter charge after ambulance crash "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Manslaughter charge after ambulance crash .

July 17, 2018 at 04:15PM .

A woman has been charged with manslaughter after she allegedly drove through a red light and was on the wrong side of the road when she crashed

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14:51

Plausible Deniability, Concocted Deceptions, and The Enemy Within "IndyWatch Feed National"

Peter Strzok faces questions (adapted photo from Evan Vucci and CSPAN)

by G5

There are interesting parallels between the Congressional Hearings of DC Swamp Dwellers from 2016 to the present, and those of Mafia characters following the Valachi Hearings of 1963 from bribing, blackmailing and owning the alleged Authority and the alleged upholders of Law and Order.

The Old Wild West were safer eras. At least at that time you could dispense with the enemy (individually or by civil uprising) before what evolved as The State protecting The Enemy of The People under the guise of Protecting...

14:50

Pauline Hanson has Bill Shorten sussed "IndyWatch Feed National"

TERRIBLE SHORTEN Bill Shorten wants you to think Labor won't destroy Aussie jobs But as Workplace Minister in the Gillard Government Shorten gave away more than 68,000 Australian jobs to foreigners It's time Bill Shorten's LIES were exposed#auspol #LongmanVotes #Longman pic.twitter.com/6SvfXiDqHr Pauline Hanson (@PaulineHansonOz) July 17, 2018

14:35

Best friends going through a tunnel: the art of Thom and Angelmouse "IndyWatch Feed National"

Collaborations are difficult beasts to navigate at the best of times. When collaborators are coming from very different worlds, from very different ways of experiencing and understanding and making, the dynamic becomes all that more complicated, and all that more compelling.

14:33

Bill "no-shame" Shorten in video on selling out workers and contractors "IndyWatch Feed National"

This bloke is shameless. Anyone care to help remind Bill of some of his more spectacular AWU efforts on the rates-of-pay / contractors front? Its an early start for the workers at Suez Waste Management - a business which pays labour hire workers the same rates as those directly employed....

14:30

Victoria Police "could" launch investigation into Andrews Govt taxpayer funding rorts "IndyWatch Feed National"

Woulda, coulda, shoulda. I think I might push a peanut with my nose from Bourke Street to the Sydney Opera House if this gets up. Here's The Australian with Sam Hutchinson's optimistic take on the Ashton sophistry. Victoria Labor could face criminal investigation over Red Shirt rorts Victorian Chief Police...

14:08

"What Causes Chest Pain When Feelings Are Hurt?" "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

"What Causes Chest Pain When Feelings Are Hurt?"
by Robert Emery and Jim Coan

"When people have their feelings hurt, what is actually happening inside the body to cause the physical pain in the chest?" - Josh Ceddia, Melbourne, Australia

"Robert Emery and Jim Coan, professors of psychology at the University of Virginia, reply: "Terms such as heartache and gut wrenching are more than mere metaphors: they describe the experience of both physical and emotional pain. When we feel heartache, for example, we are experiencing a blend of emotional stress and the stress-induced sensations in our chest- muscle tightness, increased heart rate, abnormal stomach activity and shortness of breath. In fact, emotional pain involves the same brain regions as physical pain, suggesting the two are inextricably connected.

But how do emotions trigger physical sensations? Scientists do not know, but recently pain researchers uncovered a possible pathway from mind to body. According to a study from the University of Arizona and the University of Maryland, activity in a brain region that regulates emotional reactions called the anterior cingulate cortex helps to explain how an emotional insult can trigger a biological cascade. During a particularly stressful experience, the anterior cingulate cortex may respond by increasing the activity of the vagus nerve- the nerve that starts in the brain stem and connects to the neck, chest and abdomen. When the vagus nerve is overstimulated, it can cause pain and nausea.

Heartache is not the only way emotional and physical pain intersect in our brain. Recent studies show that even experiencing emotional pain on behalf of another person- that is, empathy- can influence our pain perception. And this empathy effect is not restricted to humans. In 2006 a paper published in "Science" revealed that when a mouse observes its cage mate in agony, its sensitivity to phy...

12:22

Australias nuclear testing before the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne should be a red flag for Fukushima in 2020 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

 https://theconversation.com/australias-nuclear-testing-before-the-1956-olympics-in-melbourne-should-be-a-red-flag-for-fukushima-in-2020-85787 Sue Rabbitt Roff Part time tutor in Medical Education, University of Dundee October 19, 2017 

The scheduling of Tokyo 2020 Olympic events at Fukushima is being seen as a public relations exercise to dampen fears over continuing radioactivity from the reactor explosion that followed the massive earthquake six years ago.

It brings to mind the British atomic bomb tests in Australia that continued until a month before the opening of the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne  despite the known dangers of fallout travelling from the testing site at Maralinga to cities in the east. And it reminds us of the collusion between scientists and politicians British and Australian to cover up the flawed decision-making that led to continued testing until the eve of the Games.

Australias prime minister Robert Menzies agreed to atomic testing in December 1949. Ten months earlier, Melbourne had secured the 1956 Olympics even though the equestrian events would have to be held in Stockholm because of Australias strict horse quarantine regimes.

The equestrians were well out of it. Large areas of grazing land and therefore the food supplies of major cities such as Melbourne were covered with a light layer of radiation fallout from the...

11:43

Golden Mile burgers "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.food"

  Burgies, 226 Old Geelong Road, Hoppers Crossing. Phone: 8742 2792 Burgies in Hopper Crossing is a sibling to one in Campbellfield. The photos weve seen suggest an outdoor and rather rustic operation, so were not at all sure how were going to go on a sunny Sunday that is also windy and chilly.   []

11:28

Decentralised Capital Launches Australias First Cryptocurrency Vault "IndyWatch Feed National"

Blockchain and investment company Decentralised Capital has announced the launch of Australias first ever cold storage vault for digital assets. The vault was created in partnership with Custodian Vaults, a subsidiary of precious metals firm Pallion Group. According to Stephen Moss, founder and director of Decentralised Capital, the new crypto vault is expected to take

The post Decentralised Capital Launches Australias First Cryptocurrency Vault appeared first on CCN

10:49

Town in mourning "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

By Justin Flynn

An Ocean Grove woman who died in a house fire last week is being remembered as a dedicated mother who brightened the lives of everyone she met.

Dawn Webster died when flames engulfed her Arcturus Road home on Monday night.

Ms Websters 16-year-old son Xepheren described his mother as a mystical, marvellous and absolutely ace woman who will remain in the hearts and minds of those she loved and those who loved her.

The world is now a whole lot less glittery, Xepheren told the Voice.

Xepheren, a student at Bellarine Secondary Colleges Drysdale campus, posted a picture of his mother on his Facebook page as a tribute.

Always. RIP my dear sweet magical beautiful Dawn!, one poster replied.

She was an amazing woman, another wrote.

The Ocean Grove community is mourning the mother and grandmother, who was a drama and psychology teacher at Bellarine Secondary Colleges Drysdale campus.

Police are not treating the fire as suspicious, but are yet to determine the cause.

More than 20 firefighters were called to the property.

Mourners placed floral tributes to Ms Webster outside her Arcturus Road rental home.

One local decided to pay her own tribute to Ms Webster on her Facebook site by tying a yellow ribbon outside her home and business.

Yellow ribbons are a sign of remembrance, she wrote.

I will be tying a yellow ribbon at our home and business to let the family know that we are thinking of them.

I do not know the family, but I want to let the family know that we care, that we are sorry and we acknowledge someone has passed.

 

The post Town in mourning appeared first on Ocean Grove Voice.

09:50

Senator (sic) Kimberley Kitching loses more than half Twitter followers "IndyWatch Feed National"

Brad Norington in The Australian today: Senator Kitching loses more than half of followers after Twitter purge Labor senator Kimberley Kitching has lost more than half of her Twitter followers. Picture: AAP The Australian 12:00AM July 18, 2018 ASSOCIATE EDITOR @BradNorington Victorian Labor senator and close Bill Shorten ally Kimberley...

08:49

Video: Robert Reich on how to prevent future Trumps "IndyWatch Feed National"

 

Why did so many working class voters choose a selfish, thin-skinned, petulant, lying, narcissistic, boastful, megalomaniac for president? Its important to know, because we need to stop more Trumps in the future. The answer lies in the interplay between deep-seated racism and stagnant and declining wages. Both must be addressed.

Video from Class in Session

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How to Prevent Future Trumps

Why did so many working class voters choose a selfish, thin-skinned, petulant, lying, narcissistic, boastful, megalomaniac for president? Its important to know, because we need to stop more Trumps in the future. The answer lies in the interplay between deep-seated racism and stagnant and declining wages. Both must be addressed.

Posted by Class in Session on Monday, July 2, 2018

The post Video: Robert Reich on how to prevent future Trumps appeared first on The Pen.

08:18

Adani close to financing Qld mine rail line "IndyWatch Feed National"

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BRISBANE, AAP Adani is close to locking in the finance for a rail line to service its $16.5 billion proposed Queensland coal mine, the son of the companys owner says.

Karan Adani, who is the CEO of the Indian groups ports business, made the revelation during a video interview with The Economic Times of India.

We have completed the financing of the mine, the port is already operational. Now we are just closing on the financing on the rail part, he said on Tuesday.

So once that is done we will start.

Mr Adani stressed the company had all of the necessary government and environmental approvals related to the Carmichael coal mine in the Galilee Basin in central Queensland.

The rail financing for the project was almost $US1 billion, he said.

The rail line is needed to move coal from the mine to Abbot Point port, which is being expanded.

There had been questions over the rail financing after Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk last year vetoed a $1 billion federal government loan to Adani for the project.

Previously, Australias big four banks refused to put up money for the mine, forcing the company to look for funding overseas.

The state Labor government has imposed more than 240 conditions on the Carmichael coal mine project, 132 of which relate to water conditions.

A month ago, the government also insisted Adani find the source of local groundwater before it signs off on the water management plan for the mine.

The post Adani close to financing Qld mine rail line appeared first on Echonetdaily.

07:37

President Trump says he "misspoke" on Russian meddling in 2016 election "IndyWatch Feed National"

About 5 minutes or so in. "Full faith and support for America's intelligence agencies". "I accept our intelligence agencies' conclusion that Russian meddling in the 2016 election took place - there could be other people also". "There was no collusion at all". "I've reviewed the transcript of one answer that...

07:03

MACKAY Local News Headlines, 18th July 2018 "IndyWatch Feed National"

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07:00

Fmr US Senator gets 3.5 years gaol for $15K corrupt payments - Clintons took in $millions, why are we waiting? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Baltimore, Maryland U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett sentenced former Maryland State Senator Nathaniel Thomas Oaks, age 71, of Baltimore, Maryland, today to 42 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release for one count of wire fraud and one count of honest services wire fraud. Judge...

06:57

Whos Terrorism? The Politics of Terror and Those Terrorists We Label Friends "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Although terrorism has become a term our media, state officials, and politicians have grown accustomed to throw around an expression, more often than not, of their respective world views, the word has yet to be defined objectively, and more to the point under terms the international community as a whole could get behind.

Terrorism, because of its intrinsec subjective nature sits today a euphemism for political coercion the covert expression of political thoughts, powers seek to impose through violence and bloodshed while arguing impunity. A political label used to single out those deemed unfit, unworthy, or altogether unwelcomed, the word terrorism has been often grossly misused to reflect opinions as opposed to facts.

Just as beauty lies in the eye of the beholder, terrorism is tied up to ones subjectivity and political interests.

Admitting to such impartiality in judging what constitutes terrorism, or rather, what makes a group a terrorist entity, does not take away from its nature. Terrorism exists outside moral and ethic. It stands in a space of rationalised violence and crimes to serve hegemonic ambitions. Whomever wields it, stands indeed guilty particularly those hands which, from behind convenient curtains play patrons to Terror.

The real issue lies not so much in the existence of terrorism like war, it is a reality the world has had to contend with for as long as memory stretches, but in our inability to recognise Terror for what it is at its core today: a global political tool of oppression, a mean to distort truths, and a weapon used to malign designated enemies by rallying public opinion against them.

Professor Jonathan Matusitz from the Nicholson School of Communication in the United States defines terrorism as follow:

  • It serves ideological or social objectives.
  • It can be committed by governments, non-state actors, or undercover personnel serving on the behalf of their respective governments.
  • It reaches more than the immediate target victims and is also directed at targets consisting of a larger spectrum of society.
  • It is both mala prohibita (i.e., crime that is made illegal by legislation) and mala in se (i.e., crime that is inherently immoral or wrong).

There are man...

06:35

Russian interference hype buries the important issues at Trump-Putin meeting "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Jim Hayes

The Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin meeting in Helsinki attracted a hell of a lot of publicity for the wrong thing. All attention was on how Trump dealt with the alleged Russian interference in the American election. There were other and more important issues that deserved attention.

Before going on, it may be useful to explain something of the context of the interference issue. It is probable that the Russians did have a hand in the help along the result of the election that saw Trump into the White House. There is nothing strange or new in this.

The United states has interfered in Russia for many decades. Congress has been financing opposition political groups. The CIA run endowment for Democracy and other agencies have been sending their people in to train Russian politicians and direct political strategy. All this is documented, and it is not denied.

In comes Hilary Clinton. She has a history of being particularly hostile to Russia. The number one contributor to her election campaign was George Soros, and his core political activity is what is now generally termed as carrying out regime change in Russia. Backing Clinton was highly likely to involve an understanding that as President, she would give a helping hand.

Form this point of view, the Russians had a clear incentive to not want Clinton in the White House and to prefer Trump.

But at the end of the day, Trump got up, not because of the Russians, but because of the economic and political conditions, plus the fact that Hilary Clinton was not a good candidate. Voters preferred those who they thought were anti-establishment.  Most opponents of Trump went for Bernie Sanders. The way the Democrat leadership treated him turned many away  from Clinton.

The over exaggeration of Russian interference serves to bury these truths under the carpet and evade the important issues.

At Helsinki, talks involved important topics like nuclear arms control, Syria, Crimea and the Ukraine, global trade and China. All these issues are immeasurably more important than the alleged Russian interference, and the world sorely needs significant progress on all fronts.

At their joint press conference, the two leaders said very little about the results of their talk, and most of the mainstream media could not care less and failed to report on this.

The absence of a concrete agreement shows that the gulf between the two sides remains too big. The Russians have an interest in not being left in the cold and the removal of trade restrictions in place against them. From Trumps point of view, there is an interest in driving a wedge between Russia and China. Trump also seeks to break down barriers to American penetration into Europe, and this added an extra dime...

05:28

Christopher Pyne off script on "the gangs, the violence" in Melbourne "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

REPORTER: Are you afraid to go out to restaurants in Melbourne? PYNE: No, why? Should I be? REPORTER: Well the PM says colleagues have told him PYNE: Oh, because of the gangs, the violence pic.twitter.com/W41YggbM7N Henry Belot (@Henry_Belot) July 17, 2018

04:48

Fish scales, ancestors of hair, feathers "IndyWatch Feed National"

This music video from Europe says about itself:

Animal body coverings song

9 January 2016

Simple video used to teach students who are ELLs [Euroleague for Life Sciences] about different animal body coverings: feathers, skin, scales, or fur.

Music taken from Dommo107/Universal Music Corporation.

From the University of Virginia in the USA:

The ancient armor of fish scales provide clues to hair, feather development

July 17, 2018

Summary: How do scale patterns on fish provide understanding of the development of feathers, fur and even cancer? Biologists are investigating.

When sea creatures first began crawling and slithering onto land about 385 million years ago, they carried with them their body armor: scales. Fossil evidence shows that the earliest land animals retained scales as a protective feature as they evolved to flourish on terra firma.

But as time passed, and species diversified, animals began to shed the heavy scales from their ocean heritage and replace them with fur, hair and feathers.

Today the molecular mechanisms of scale development in fish remain remarkably similar to the mechanisms that also produce feathers on birds, fur on dogs and hair on humans suggesting a common evolutionary origin for countless vastly different skin appendages.

A new study, scheduled for online publication Tuesday in the journal eLife, examines the process as it occurs in a common laboratory genetics model, the zebrafish.

Weve found that the molecular pathways that underlie development of scales, hair...

Tuesday, 17 July

11:05

SCG appearance for Cobras "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

By Justin Flynn

A large group of local junior footballers and family members were lucky enough to step foot onto the hallowed turf of the Sydney Cricket Ground.

A total of 140 players and parents from Ocean Grove Collendina Cobras and Glebe Greyhounds got to do a lap of the SCG and then form a guard of honour for the Geelong Cats AFL players as they entered the playing field to take on the Sydney Swans.

The excursion was for local charity, Rivers Gift, which is the largest source of funding for sudden infant death syndrome research in Australia.

Glebe Greyhouds are based in the inner Sydney suburb of Glebe and came down to Ocean Grove last year for a match against the Cobras.

The Cobras returned the favour this year with two games against the Greyhounds.

The Greyhounds formed a guard of honour for the Swans players, while the Cobras enjoyed getting high-gives from the Cats players as they entered the SCG.

Rivers Gift general manager Karl Waddell says it will be massive to have the Greyhounds and Cobras bring in the Swans home game.

To have presence on the AFL stage is really big for us, Waddell said.

Weve built a charity from scratch and six and a half years on were going to have presence on a national football stage, which is just massive for us. Its great coverage and to have the young kids fundraising on our behalf and honouring our little man and our charity is really special.

The fundraising is the bread and butter. Its what keeps us driving our initiatives. Weve raised more than a million dollars in six and a half years and thats not with any government funding. Its all community-based charity-giving.

Rivers Gift was founded in 2011 after the passing of the son of Waddell and his wife Alex.

River Jak Adam was born in July of 2011 and passed away in his cot in November later that year.

His parents established Rivers Gift off their own bat and have since held a number of marquee fundraising events, invested in SIDS research and raised a wealth of awareness.

 

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In 2017 I spent some time working with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN-OCHA). While I developed a number of software tools in that role, what made me truly effective was the fact that I could develop everything open source. The amount of advice, pull requests, and feedback that I enthusiastically received from public experts was tremendous, and Im sure that this was helped in no small part by the fact that I was working for a high-profile humanitarian organisation.

Ever since then, Ive been thinking. What if I could do humanitarian open source outreach as a job?

Theres tremendous appeal to me for a paid outreach position; not only am I able to deliver more value than I could on my own, but theres also opportunities for me to learn, to teach, to further the careers of others, and to build communities. While Ive been privately offered positions as a developer evangelist at a number of companies, working in the humanitarian space is much more in line with my values.

Ive a lot that would qualify me for this role. Ive been writing and speaking about open source for decades. Ive launched and managed numerous successful open source projects in the past, the largest of whichthe Comprehensive Kerbal Archive Networkhas hundreds of contributors and hundreds of thousands of users. I thoroughly enjoy knowledge exchange of all sorts. And finally Im also a prominent public speaker, especially able to draw a large audience when it comes to technical and social matters. Alongside many technical talks, Ive also given presentations on open source and humanitarian efforts, mental health, and whether technology is making the world a better place.

Of course such a role would not be without its challenges. Structuring a project to maximise contributions and community growth often involves using different tools and methodologies than would be used for an internal project. My schedule tends to be choppy, as I travel a lot for conferences, but this also means Im able to do more outreach as I go. Im based in Australia, which can present its own time coordination challenges.

My ideal role would be be half to three-quarter time, based in Melbourne or remotely, and would have me developingand most importantly helping others developopen source tools in the humanitarian sector. Id be particularly happy with a system that involves scalable programmable voice, as Ive been working with that a lot recently, but Im well su...

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