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Saturday, 02 December

03:00

Maling Road Kristkindl "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.food"

Friday 1st Dec, 4.00pm 9.00pm, Maling Road Shopping Precinct
Melbourne

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Sunday, 26 November

22:00

Christmas Market and Family Day "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.food"

Sunday 26th Nov, 11.00am 2.00pm, Holy Trinity Kindergarten
Melbourne

20:00

Bumble Bee Baby and Children's Market "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.food"

Sunday 26th Nov, 9.00am 12.00pm, Berwick Fields Primary School
Melbourne

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Saturday, 25 November

22:00

Christmas Fair "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.food"

Saturday 25th Nov, 11.00am 4.00pm, St Aloysius Primary School Hall
Melbourne

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Friday, 24 November

04:00

Moonlit Markets "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.food"

Thursday 23rd Nov, 5.00pm Thursday 21st Dec, 9.00pm, Town Square
Melbourne

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Wednesday, 22 November

00:05

THE QUEEN VIC "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

The Queen Victoria Market (also known as the Queen Vic Markets or the Queen Vic, and locally as '"Vic Market"') is a major landmark in Melbourne, Australia, and at around seven hectares is the largest open air market in the Southern Hemisphere. The Market is significant to Melbourne's culture and heritage and has been listed on the Victorian Heritage Register.

The Market is named after Queen Victoria who ruled the British Empire, from 1837 to 1901. The Queen Victoria Market is the only surviving 19th century market in the Melbourne central business district. There were once three major markets in the Melbourne CBD, but two of them, the Eastern Market and Western Market, both opened before the Queen Victoria, closed in the 1960s. It also forms part of an important collection of surviving Victorian markets which includes the inner suburban Prahran Market and South Melbourne Market.

This post is part of the Our World Tuesday meme,
and also part of the Ruby Tuesday meme,
and also part of the Travel Tuesday meme,
and also part of the Wordless Wednesday meme.



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Tuesday, 21 November

23:04

Georges el Rif Killer Sentenced to Death "IndyWatch Feed National"

Beiruts Criminal Court issued the verdict in the case of George al-Rif killing, sentencing the accused Tareq Yateem to death and acquitting his friend Lynn Haidar. Yateem was arrested after stabbing George el Rif 15 times in broad daylight and in front of dozens of bystanders following a traffic dispute.

The whole thing was caught on tape yet Yateems lawyer withdrew from the case without prior notice, claiming that Justice Minister Salim Jreissati had interfered in the case. If anything, the victims family should worry of interference to let this scumbag get away with his crime.

Nevertheless, the death sentence is still not the answer here and theres nothing the authorities can do for justice to be served, not when corruption is all around us and these killers are almost always protected by some politician or party. The only thing to do, sadly enough, is running for your life instead of getting into a fight with these people and trying to avoid them as much as possible.

22:49

Benutzt hier jemand Intel-Prozessoren?This includes ... "IndyWatch Feed National"

Benutzt hier jemand Intel-Prozessoren?

This includes scenarios where a successful attacker could:

Impersonate the ME/SPS/TXE, thereby impacting local security feature attestation validity.
Load and execute arbitrary code outside the visibility of the user and operating system.

TXE ist die Trusted Execution Engine. Intel hatte einen Job. Einen. Und den haben sie so massiv verkackt, dass ich insgeheim ein bisschen hoffe, dass dieser ganze unvertrauenswrdige Rotz in Zukunft optional sein wird. Ich sehe jedenfalls nicht ein, die Komponente zu bezahlen, ber die mich die NSA ownt.

22:36

Australia: People Blockade Work on Adani Rail Line "IndyWatch Feed National"

from FLAC

UPDATE: 5 of the protestors were arrested for contravening police orders and blocking a road. They have been released on summons.

November 21st: A multi-faith group of six peaceful protestors are blocking work on the rail line from Abbot Point to the Galilee Basin to protest Adanis proposed mega-coal mine.  The protestors are all members of the Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC), a multi-faith organization that works with diverse faith communities to tackle global warming.

Among the protestors are a Uniting Church Minister, the Reverend Alex Sangster, and a member of the Triratna Buddhist Order, Tejopala Rawls. Other participants are from the Catholic and Quaker traditions.

ARRCC President, Thea Ormerod said Stopping Adanis mega-coal mine from being built is a moral issue. People around the world are already losing their lives and livelihoods, and species are going extinct because of the damage we are doing to the earths climate. Today we call on people of all faiths to join us in taking a stand for those already being impacted by climate change, for future generations and for the Great Barrier Reef.

Ms Ormerod said her organisation had decided to engage in civil resistance because other avenues were not working. For ten years, ARRCC has drawn this issue to the attention of elected representatives and business leaders. We have done everything we could within the law to prompt our leaders to take action to move Australia away from dependency on coal, oil and gas.

Non-violence is at the heart of all the major faiths. We will continue to use all legal options open to us to convince our leaders to act for climate justice. However, where necessary, people of faith must not shy away...

22:25

OnlyMelbourne Newsletter #569 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

Read Online Newsletter | #569 | What's On this WeekWelcome to Newsletter | #569 What's On this Week in marvellous Melbourne Tuesday 21st November 2017 to Monday 27th November 2017 Another week jam packed with markets, exhibitions and foodie events. Night Noodle Markets 9-26 November - Asian market feast served alongside roaming performers DJs and live music. Night Noodle Markets | Birrarung Marr Stitches & Craft Show .nobrtable br { display: none } 23-26 November 2017 | 3 days of amazing displays and get loads of inspiration to make gorgeous things for your family and home. Melbourne Stitches & Craft Show | Royal Exhibition Building The Strange and Spektakulr Lives of Otto & Astrid .nobrtable br { display: none } Circus Oz creates this strange and spektacular fantastical back story of the lives of Otto and Astrid, tracing the journey that catapulted them to become the Prince and Princess of art rock and Europop. Show | Meat Market | Buy Tickets The Melbourne Fair 2017 .nobrtable br { display: none } Over 60 of Australias best antique dealers will be at Caulfield Racecourse from the 23rd to 26th November The Melbourne Fair | Caulfield Racecourse Frankston's Christmas Festival of Lights 2017 .nobrtable br { display: none } Christmas tree lighting spectacular followed by a dazzling fireworks display to welcome in the festive season. Frankston's Christmas Festival of Lights 2017 Black Friday Sales .nobrtable br { display: none } Prepare for the biggest shopping day of the year. Friday 24th November 2017: Black Friday Sales Primrose Fair 2017 .nobrtable br { display: none } The ultimate designer market on the Mornington Peninsula at the historic Cloisters in Mount Eliza. Saturday, November 25, 2017: Primrose Fair | Toorak College Melbourne Ceramics Market .nobrtable br { display: none } Showcasing Melbournes finest and established ceramic makers on the weekend of the 25th & 26th November under one roof in Collingwood. Melbourne Ceramics Market Melbourne Pen Show .nobrtable br { display: none } Australia's only pen show featuring writing instruments, pens and writing ephemera at Malvern Town Hall - Sunday 26th November 2017. Melbourne Pen Show 2017 | Malvern Town Hall Coburg Night Market .nobrtable br { display: none } One of Melbournes favourite summertime events Coburg Night Market returns for an 8th season with Artisans street food and music. 4 Friday nights | 5.30pm-10pm | Bridges Reserve Coburg Night Market This Week .nobrtable br { display: none } Cigar Box Guitar Festival, Draughthorse & YesterYear Weekend, Feminist Festive Fair, Gippsland Antiques & Collectables Fair, Kids Fun Run with Thomas, Lancefield Megafauna Festival, Melbourne Music Week, Monster Fest, Riddells Creek Festival, Very Special Kids Fashion Sale, White Ribbon Day, Yea Show View Event...

22:15

A home of grass and spider webs "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

Taking a long slow walk around the Baldry Circuit at Greens Bush, I am still finding many birds hard at work building nests and feeding young. Some of the early starters like the Pardalotes, Rosellas and the Eastern Yellow Robins are just about done with many new juveniles now flitting amongst the branches waiting for a free feed from their parents. Another group are just starting their breeding duties. A pair of busy Grey Fantails were flying in and out of the lower branches of an Acacia. The material they were collecting was a mix of finely shredded dried grass and spider webs interwoven into a small goblet shape that the Fantail could barely sit in. A fantastic little structure fit for purpose for just a few months and then will disappear.

21:19

Hundreds of Palestinians on the brink of expulsion: We just want to live "IndyWatch Feed National"

Hundreds of Palestinians on the brink of expulsion: We just want to live Three hundred Palestinians have been ordered to leave their homes and take with them all their belongings within the next eight days. Where are they supposed to go? The military order provides no answers. In the meantime, they wait for the rain []

21:08

Free "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

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Hi there,

Clearing out garage thought I better check if anyone local wants these things before I get rid of them...

FREE:

Children's bike seat.



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21:05

Mulch - a - Rama! "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

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Hey there!

Community service announcement: just thought I should share that there is a heap of mulch up at the Reservoir recycle centre. You can load for free but they'all also load up a full cage trailer with their front-end loader for $25. Makes life a lot easier.



21:01

Netball "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

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NETBALL TRY-OUTS
for Individual Players looking to join a New or an existing Team in 2018.

WHERE:  Coburg Basketball Stadium, 25 Outlook Road, Coburg North
WHEN:  Wednesday evenings November 22nd and November 29th
TIME:  From 5.15pm - 6pm on both dates listed above.
COST:  $2 per Participant if you are not already a Coburg Netballer.
Arrive early to complete an "Expression of Interest" Form.

Coburg Kangaroos - Coburg Netball Association is welcoming.  We encourage good sportsmanship and behaviour at all times.  ...

21:00

Bitcoin Gold Price Doubles in Value Thanks to Bittrex Listing "IndyWatch Feed National"

A lot has been said about the launch of Bitcoin Gold so far. It was delayed by a few days initially and there are still some issues regarding the claiming process. Not enough wallets support BTG right now, yet exchanges are slowly coming around to supporting it. More specifically, Bittrex added this altcoin overnight, which promptly caused a surge in value. Right now, one BTG is valued at over $285.

While not too many may care about Bitcoin Gold, there is a very good reason to do exactly that. More specifically, the value of BTG has yet to be properly determined. If some exchanges are to be believed, this currency is worth over $285. An interesting price surge of 132.66% over the past 24 hours. This isnt a change anyone really expected, that much is certain. So far, the number of use cases for BTG, other than speculation, are still pretty much zero.

Bitcoin Gold Surge Reeks of a Pump

This makes the Bitcoin Gold price surge even stranger, for obvious reasons.  While speculation is a good indicator, more than doubling in value isnt exactly normal. At the same time, there is no reason why this altcoin shouldnt have any value whatsoever. Until we know the exact circulating supply of BTG, there are still a lot of questions that need to be answered. An interesting development well worth keeping an eye on, though.

Bittrex has been dominating the trading volume over the past 24 hours. They generate over half of the volume of this entire currency. HitBTC and Bitfinex are also showing some interesting momentum, but in far less spectacular fashion. It is certainly possible we will see some more price fluctuations moving forward. Especially when considering how the price hit over $325 on Bittrex already. The rest of the exchanges are almost $100 behind in this regard. A massive gap to take advantage of, as long as it lasts.

For now, the entire Bitcoin Gold debacle appears to be a massive pump-and-dump. Considering how this price is propped up by a handful of exchanges, it is evident speculation is dominating the landscape right now. We may see a very high BTG price in the future, though, as there arent too many coins available right now. It will be interesting to see how high Bitcoin Gold can go over the next few days.Another altcoin to keep an eye on for speculators, that much is evident

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20:55

Community Forum "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

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Moreland Council is reviewing the Statement of Commitment to Women to ensure that our actions continue to support the community.  Please join us for a forum on 12 December and an engaging debate supported by a panel of three guest speakers.  We will discuss what gender equality and inclusion mean today and how to break down barriers.

Guest speakers:

       Jenni Smith, CEO, Northern Community Legal Centre
...

20:47

Free music at Joe's Market Garden Farm Gate this Saturday "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.food"

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Free music at Joe's Market Garden Farm Gate this Saturday

34 Edna Grove, Coburg
10:30AM
Saturday 25th November

Our lovely Flick and Flanno Return to the farm gate




The last we saw this lot play tunes was when we hadn't met the little Noah! 

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20:24

Retired Brisbane magistrate William John Randall found guilty of child-sex charges "IndyWatch Feed National"

Randall, who retired just last year from his position as referee in the Small Claims Tribunal after years on the bench, continues to maintain his innocence.

He pleaded not guilty in the Brisbane District Court last week to 18 charges including maintaining a relationship with a child, indecent treatment and sexual assault.

His lawyers cross-examined the victim in the witness box about the allegations, accusing him of fabricating lies about being abused hundreds of times so he could later sue Randall.

However, the jury dismissed this and returned guilty verdicts.

Randall was on Tuesday sentenced to nine years jail, and will be eligible for parole after serving half of that time.

Judge Catherine Muir described Randalls behaviour as shocking and reprehensible.

Extract ABC Australia article on this matter

 

Queensland magistrate William Randall will get a very hard time in jail and will have to be in protective custody. Even in protective custody, he wont be safe. Every time he steps out of his cell, hell be a target.

4.5 to 9 years is a very long time to spend in jail under those circumstances.

William Randall is fortunate not to live in California, where hed be jailed for life, Indonesia, where hed be chemically castrated or worse, or ISIS areas of Syria, where hed be thrown off a building.

The Courier Mail

Retired Brisbane magistrate William John Randall found guilty of child-sex charges

William John Randall, 69, was in Brisbane District Court this afternoon, where Judge Catherine Muir told him his abuse of the child was cunning and calculating and an outrageous breach of trust.

Judge Muir se...

18:51

5:30pm Fri 24 Nov |Rally for Manus: End the Siege Bring Them Here "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

When: 5:30pm Friday 24th November Where: State Library of Victoria, 328 Swanston St, Melbourne. Facebook event here WEEKLY RALLY & SIT IN FOR MANUS REFUGEES End the Siege -Bring Them Here Recurring rally, every Friday from 5.30pm, State Library Followed by march and street sit in speakers include Aziz live from Manus, Adnan Abdulkarim, Ahwaz(...)

18:43

MACKAY Police shootout accused found dead in his cell "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY November 21, 2017 at 06:35AM ,

Police shootout accused found dead in his cell

November 21, 2017 at 06:35AM ,

The matter was heard yesterday in Mackay Magistrates Court. No evidence was offered by the prosecution and all the charges were dismissed, court

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18:43

MACKAY Tried to halt a hoon, ended up on wrong side of the law "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY November 21, 2017 at 06:26AM ,

Tried to halt a hoon, ended up on wrong side of the law

November 21, 2017 at 06:26AM ,

Nathan John Evans, 32, from Bucasia faced Mackay Magistrates Court on Monday, pleading guilty to dangerous operation on October 24.

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18:43

MACKAY She filmed arrests but refused to give police her phone "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY November 21, 2017 at 05:30AM ,

She filmed arrests but refused to give police her phone

November 21, 2017 at 05:30AM ,

Tyra Jane Elizabeth Hutchinson appeared in Mackay Magistrates Court on Monday, pleading guilty to obstructing police about 1.10pm on October 17

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18:24

The Propagandarer "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Last night I was watching The Punisher punish bad guys while also being a bad guy and I realised it's a lucky coincidence my favourite form of entertainment is American propaganda. It's Number 1! You could argue that all US entertainment is propaganda, but I'm talking about anything with at least one appearance by a flag, some guns and (ideally) a sad man who has to kill people but is good enough to be sad about it or at least frowning like the American sniper in American Sniper. (Actually I hated that movie, but we are playing with lies here so whatever).

The Sad Man must always be Punished(TM) with further sadness after he has done his sad duty that no one else will do because everyone else is corrupt, particularly anyone in a suit or a uniform because the CIA is full of evil men despite being a great organisation. Also the armed forces are constantly being forced to do horrible things but are also great organisations because they turn up every damn day and do the hard work while they wait for King Arthur to return or whatever it is they think is happening. He is the Sad Man who takes on all American Sadness so kids can be safe to grow up to be mass murderers, serial killers or any of the other career pathways available to those who join the armed forces, which are great organisations.

There's no way to write seriously about US propaganda that isn't the reader's cue to stare into the abyss and wonder how a fucking American flag got down there, does there absolutely have to be one in every fucking shot, scene and montage? Fuck up, fuckface! (That's me yelling at a flag, which is nowhere near as weird as crying about one.)

In The Punisher our hero LITERALLY takes his kids on a ferry ride to look at the Statue of Liberty. which is fine because Americans actually believe all that shit. They get emotional about every aspect of their country. Imagine caring deeply about your country. Is that like caring deeply about your boss? Yes. It is.

I am enjoying The Punisher.

I have to do other things now because it's not all about America. Goodbye.

18:00

Lenin's epic train trip from Zurich to St Petersburg, 1917 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

    
Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov (1870-1924} was born into a well educated, middle class family in Simbirsk, east of Moscow. The children grew up in comfort but with a strongly developed sense of justice. But when in 1887 the oldest sibling was hanged in St Petersburg for conspiring to assassinate Czar Alexander III, the family was horrified.

At university, Ulyanov absorbed the writings of Marx and Engels. On graduating law from St Petersburg University in 1891, Lenin became a leader of a Marxist group, distributing revolutionary pamphlets to workers. He was carefully watched by the police, arrested in 1895, convicted of distributing propaganda and sentenced to 3 years in Siberia. Nadezhda Krupskaya, a young fellow traveller, joined him there and they married. Now called Lenin, the couple returned from Siberia and in 1906 chose exile in Western Europe.

Moving between Prague, London and Bern, publishing a radical newspaper and trying to organise an international Marxist movement, Lenin wrote how to transform Russia from a feudal society into a modern workers paradise. He argued that revolution would come from a coalition of peasants and factory workers, the proletariat.

The longest, coldest route imaginable for travelling from Zurich to St. Petersburg 1917
Press map for details

Zurich By early WW1 in Aug 1914, Lenin & Krupskaya were in Zurich, living off family money. They had no children. 

The Altstadt is a cluster of medieval alleys that rise from the Limmat River. The Spiegelgasse, a narrow cobblestone lane, winds past the WW1 Cabaret Voltaire and enters a leafy square with a stone fountain. #14, a tall building with a gabled rooftop, has a commemorative German plaque saying that from Feb 1916 until Ap 1917, this was the home of Lenin, leader of the Russian Revolution.

When Lenin lived in the Altstad......

17:54

Slater and Gordon announced GILLARD's exit from the firm one week before her 11 September 1995 record of interview "IndyWatch Feed National"

To date, most of us have believed that GILLARD left Slater and Gordon after and perhaps as a result of her 11 September 1995 formally recorded interview with Peter Gordon and Geoff Shaw. http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/investigations/revealed-julia-gillard-lost-her-job-after-law-firms-secret-investigation/news-story/c59b5518bdc00c3987944bb715a4fc6d The TURC published highly selective extracts from Slater and Gordon partnership meetings, commencing with the firm's...

17:45

Going the distance to get the gold "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Ocean Grove Surf Life Saving Club has started its summer season in style, dominating at the recent Lifesaving Victoria Endurance Championships.
A searching test of athletes, events included a 2km open water swim, 4km open water board paddle and a 10km ski race.
The clubs young competitors started the day with gold, silver and bronze in the under-15 female swim, then four of the top six places in the under-15 board.
Success continued with gold and silver medals in all ski races, including another clean sweep by the under-19 men, led by Seamus Spanner, with his third successive gold at the event.
Overall the club brought home over 30 medals, to easily clinch this years title.

The post Going the distance to get the gold appeared first on Ocean Grove Voice.

17:41

Our top firies "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Barwon Heads Fire Brigade held its annual awards dinner with three of the four award recipients being female operational members.
The awards were presented to:
* Firefighter of the Year Eliza Carlon.
* Encouragement Award Colin Bridges.
* Captains Award Libby Burnett, community safety co-ordinator.
* Ocean Grove Barwon Heads RSL Sub-Branch Annual Award Helen Wood, captain.
Barwon Heads Fire Brigade captain Helen Wood said the annual dinner and awards night was a chance to recognise the effort made by members to help keep their beloved community safe.
Our members dont seek the limelight nor do they believe in the individual, as the true testament is how well we work as a team. However, we have had the tradition of annual brigade awards in place for many years as a way to thank members who go above and beyond, she said.
It is particularly thrilling to see the female members of the brigade recognised for their contribution, proving that diversity is integral to the success and longevity of our brigade and the CFA as a whole.

The post Our top firies appeared first on Ocean Grove Voice.

17:16

Post collapse, just what will we eat..? "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Further to my post where I explained how Australias poor soils are largely incapable of growing much more than meat, this article landed in my news feed

Heres a list of what Australian farmers produce:

  • Each year, on average each Australian farmer feeds 600 people.
  • Agriculture powers 1.6 million Australian jobs.
  • Australian farmers manage 48 per cent of the nations landmass.
  • Cattle, wheat and whole milk are our top three commodities by value.
  • More than 99% of Australias agricultural businesses are Australian owned.
  • Out of the $58.1 billion worth of food and fibre Australian farmers produced in 2015-16 77 per cent ($44.8 billion) was exported. 
  • 6.8 million hectares of agricultural land has been set aside by Australian farmers for conservation and protection purposes.
  • Australian farmers are among the most self-sufficient in the world, with government support for Australian farms representing just 1% of farming income. In Norway it is 62%, Korea 49%, China 21%, European Union 19% and United States 9%.

Farm facts by commodity

  • In total, Australian beef cattle farmers produce 2.5 million tonnes of beef and veal each year. Australians eat an average 26kg of beef per person, per year. 
  • Australians consume an average of 45.3kg of chicken meat per person, per year. This not only cements chickens position as Australian consumers favourite meat, but also makes Australia one of the largest consumers of chicken meat in the world!
  • In a normal year, Australias cotton growers produce enough cotton to clothe 500 million people.
  • Australia produces about 3 per cent of the worlds cotton but is the fifth largest exporter, behind the USA, India, Brazil, Uzbekistan.
  • Australian dairy farmers produce 9,539 million litres of whole milk per year with the farmgate value of milk production being $4.3 billion.
  • On average, each Australian eats 3.08kg of dried fruit per year. Total Australian dried fruit exports in 201516 totalled 5,000 tonnes and was...

17:03

MACKAY Mackay district court "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY November 21, 2017 at 11:02AM ,

Mackay district court

November 21, 2017 at 11:02AM ,

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16:20

"Just Passing Through..." "IndyWatch Feed National"

"We are all visitors to this time, this place. We are just passing through. 
Our purpose here is to observe, to learn, to grow, to loveand then we return home." 
- Australian Aboriginal Proverb, Author: A.B. Shepherd

16:13

Trumps Ultimate Deal Only offers Hard Choices for Abbas "IndyWatch Feed National"

The long wait appears to be coming to an end on Donald Trumps ultimate deal, one supposedly capable of unlocking the impasse between Israel and the Palestinians.

The United States peace initiative may be unveiled as soon as January, marking the first anniversary of Mr Trumps arrival in office. Other reports suggest it may be delayed until March. But all seem sure it will be upon us soon.

Neither Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu nor Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, appear keen to enter another round of fruitless dialogue.

But for good reason, Mr Abbas is far more reticent.

This month, in statements presumably directed at Washington, he insisted he would not agree to a Palestinian state without Gaza, or one restricted to Gaza. He also warned again that, in the absence of a two-state solution, Israel would face demands from Palestinians for equal rights in one state.

That was presumably the context for Mr Abbas being called to Riyadh earlier this month, doubtless after the White House urged Saudi Arabia to use its leverage with the Palestinian leader to bring him onside. According to Palestinian sources cited by Israeli reporter Ben Caspit, Mr Abbas was told in no uncertain terms that he had to respond positively to the coming peace initiative.

Strong-arming Mr Abbas was doubtless also the motive behind US threats at the weekend to shut down what is effectively the Palestinians embassy in Washington unless the Palestinian leader agrees to peace talks.

Outrage from Palestinian officials, who referred to the White House move as extortion, was an indication of their mounting exasperation.

Given that Mr Abbas is invested exclusively in diplomacy, his resistance to this round of US-led peacemaking should serve as warning enough of how bad a Trump peace is likely to prove.

At the weekend Israeli media offered the first substantive clues of what might be on offer.

The headline news is not entirely bad so long as one ignores the small print. Most significantly, if reports are accurate and Washington and Israel claim they are not the US is said to be ready to recognise a Palestinian state.

It is a move characterised by the kind of bullishness that is Mr Trumps trademark and has left Mr Netanyahu anxious. But everything else should reassure him.

The US will apparently agree that no one will be forcibly moved from their home. That may prove the answer to Israels prayers. It will finally have US blessing for all its illegal settlements, which have eaten into the bulk of the West Bank, turning it into a patchwork of Palestinian enclaves.

After five decades of Israel clearing most of the Palestinian population from t...

15:57

Ora Ora Shohei Otomo at Backwoods, Melbourne "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

Son of the legendary Katsuhiro Otomo Japanese author, illustrator and creator of cult classic Anime AKIRA Shohei Otomo is cut from the same cloth as his father. With intense concentration, he produces ballpoint drawings of semi-imagined figures and situations, blending the old guard sensibilities and pop-culture of Japan with his own dystopian take on life in the country and the seedy underbelly often hidden from the outside world.

With an impressive display of technical precision, incisive political critique and innovative style, Otomo effortlessly slides between the boundaries of graphic design, fine art, anime and raw punk power.

Featuring a larger-than-life-size hand-painted Sumo sculpture, amongst other visual treats, Otomos show opens to the public at Backwoods, Melbourne, this Friday, November 24rd and runs until December 10th.

Backwoods Director and stalwart of the Melbourne art scene, Alexander Mitchell, penned the following essay on Otomos work for the show:

Japanese culture is engaged in an ongoing battle against two opponents; its youth and the West. Like a colossal Sumo wrestler with expert cultural judo, by using its opponents own weight as a weapon, Japan somehow keeps the fight in equilibrium. It rolls with each blow, assimilates culture, pushes back with its own creations and always finds balance.

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15:21

What we talk about when we talk about editing "IndyWatch Feed National"

This is very resonant with fiction for me, and something I think many writers neglect to consider deeply: what shape is your story, and why is it made this way? I often reread Ursula Le Guins essay, The carrier bag theory of fiction, which talks about the issue of narrative form as a radical project and the idea of using the story as a container for something.

14:57

Roxanne Moore: Time to wake up Australia. Every child prison in this country is Don Dale "IndyWatch Feed National"

I wonder how quickly change would have happened if these abuses were mostly happening to white kids not that it should be happening to any child at all Photograph: Roxanne Moore I wonder how quickly change would have happened if these abuses were mostly happening to white kids not that it should be happening to any child at ...

14:49

More evidence from the Slater and Gordon files "IndyWatch Feed National"

Here are a few pieces of evidence that might assist authorities in investigating The AWU Scandal. In 1995 Andrew Taylor was Slater and Gordon's PR man. Here is the header for one of his invoices from the time. For July 1995 these line items appear. On 25 July 1995 Taylor...

14:19

Aboriginal funeral funds must be established by State and Territory Governments "IndyWatch Feed National"

On average each year there are 3,000 deaths of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, but many families cannot afford a funeral. The distress levels can damage families, displace anger, dishevelling people, condemning them to elevated risk to aberrant behaviours. Nationally, nearly half the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population lives below the poverty line, []

14:17

Is Australias Economy A House of Cards? "IndyWatch Feed National"

(L) Shanghai harbour, (R) Eiffel Tower

By Dee McLachlan

Is there really enough iron ore sitting in the ports of China to build 13,000 Eiffel Towers? And isnt iron ore, Australias biggest export, the countrys main driver of a trade surplus and GDP growth?

I have, in past articles, commented on manufacturing industries in Australia collapsing, and that we are becoming a nation of tour guides and baristas. The main business and wealth earning industry, it seems, is sitting on property and waiting for asset prices to rise.

I have little understanding of economics and had never heard of something called the...

14:14

Life expectancy. From 45 to 82 years, we've come a long way "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

One hundred and fifty years ago on Tuesday The Sydney Morning Herald broke news that these days would be considered shocking.

The first 'life table' prepared for the British colony put the expected lifespan of a newborn non-Aboriginal Australian at just 45.6 years.

The Bureau of Statistics now gives newborns a lifespan of 82.5 years; 80.4 for boys, and 84.6 for girls.

And that's almost certain to be an underestimate. Improvements in medical technologies throughout 80 years of life are likely to add an extra four years to those totals.

On November 7, 1867, the life table was good news. We were better off than England where newborns got only 40.9 years, and better off than Belgium where they got 32.2.

And things were even better than the raw figure of 45.6 years suggested. An extraordinary 10.6 per cent of newborns (10.6 per cent of boys, 9.8 per cent of girls) died before they reached the age of one. If you survived to the age of one, you were likely to make it to 51.

From today's vantage point it looks as if life expectancy has always increased, but it hasn't, for decades at a time. The 1960s were what Melbourne University demographer Alan Lopez refers to as the "tobacco years". Life expectancy increased not at all.

For older Australians life expectancy scarcely increased for 50 years, between 1920 and 1970. It was only after 1972 when the tobacco use was brought under control (it didn't finally peak until 1978 - 1980) and progress was made against heart attacks that it began to grow again.

In recent years, newborns have been gaining an extra year of life every two and a half years. Australian National University demographer Liz Allen can't see an upper limit, although she concedes it will be more difficult. Controlling tobacco, preventing heart disease and making driving safer were easier to do than it would be to extend the lifespan of the parts of our bodies with built in obsolescence. Our bodies weren't designed to last too many years beyond childbirth, she says.

Alan Lopez says we've already harvested most of the low-hanging fruit. "The gains in lung cancer, chronic heart disease and the tobacco causes will continue, but at a much slower rate," he says. The gains from road accidents will depend on whether we adopt strict road rules of the kind Sweden has where there is a zero tolerance for alcohol.

At a public lecture to be presented at Melbourne University next week, he will suggest that life expectancy will continue to climb for the next 25 years, but at half the rate of the previous 25 years.

The biggest ob...

14:06

Better economic days ahead? Sorry, not yet "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Why do people feel so rotten?

It's because they don't believe the federal Treasurer when he says there are "better days ahead".

He's said it 25 times, roughly once a week since April.

If things were really looking up, retailers wouldn't need to cut prices to maintain sales. During the June and September quarters, retail prices fell 0.2 and 0.4 per cent. Fell. It's rare for prices to fall across the entire retail sector for an entire quarter. It's even rarer for them to fall for two consecutive quarters, and rarer still for them to fall that much. It's the biggest wave of discounting this century.

What did the price dive deliver? An increase in spending of 1 per cent. In department stores, where prices slipped 0.3 per cent, spending slid 2.2 per cent.

ShopperTrak monitors retail traffic in real time. Store owners and shopping centre managers feed it video, Wi-Fi and the output of heat sensors to enable it to work out how many people are in participating stores at any given time and how long they stay. In September, foot traffic was down 6 per cent on the same period the previous year. In the first three weeks of October, it was down 7.5 per cent.

It's partly because we're switching to shopping online, where, for big items, we can get lower prices, often from overseas. But it's also because, even with low and sliding prices, we are less keen to shop.

Ask us whether we expect better or worse conditions in the year ahead, as the Melbourne Institute does every month, and only 21 per cent say "better". That's the average for the past 12 months. Back in the final year of the Gillard government and the last months of the mining boom, 30 per cent said better. Back further in the last year of the Howard government, 33 per cent picked better.

It's the same when you ask about the next five years: only 21 per cent of us expect better times; 26 per cent expect worse. Back in the final year of the Howard government 44 per cent of us expected better times, and only 22 per cent expected worse.

Like businesses reluctant to invest whatever the interest rate, households that are wary will be reluctant to spend whatever the price. Officially, inflation is just 1.8 per cent, keeping pace with record low private sector wage growth of 1.8 per cent. But 1.8 per cent is an overestimate.

The Bureau of Statistics conceded as much on Monday when it revamped the consumer price index to take into account changed buying patterns. The index measures the price of the basket of goods that is said to represent the purchases of a typical consumer. But what's typical changes over time.

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13:50

1,917 reasons to subscribe "IndyWatch Feed National"

Okay, we decided to narrow it down from 1,917 reasons to simply the top 17!

13:37

Pay your rates "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Here is an article from a Melbourne suburbs newspaper telling people to pay their 'rates' at the Municipal office.


13:31

Opera singer charged with historic child sex offences "IndyWatch Feed National"

Sydney Morning Herald

Opera singer charged with historic child sex offences

  • Kate McClymont and Debbie Cuthbertson
21 November 2017

A longstanding member of the nations principal opera company, Opera Australia, has been charged with historic child sex offences, some of which are alleged to have been committed at the Sydney Opera House.

David Edward Lewis, 58, is charged with four counts of aggravated indecent assault of a victim under the age of 16 and two counts of sexual intercourse with a person 14 or over and under 16.

David Lewis has been charged with historic child sex offences, some of which are alleged to have been committed at the ...David Lewis has been charged with historic child sex offences, some of which are alleged to have been committed at the Sydney Opera House. Photo: Facebook

It was Mr Lewiss starring role as Princess Turandots father, the Emperor, in the opera companys spectacular production of Puccinis Turandot on Sydney Harbour in March last year, which prompted the alleged victim to go to police.

In the mid-1990s the then 14-year-old girl was in the childrens chorus of an Opera Australia production when it is alleged Mr Lewis, a chorister in his mid-30s, commenced to sexually assault her.

David Lewis as Cousin Francois in Opera Australia's April 2017 Sydney production of Two Weddings, One Bride.David Lewis as Cousin Francois in Opera Australias April 2017 Sydney production of Two Weddings, One Bride. Photo: Prudence Upton

Sources have told Fairfax Media that one assault was witnessed by a cast member who reported the matter to senior figures within Opera Australia, who then appointed a chaperone for the children. No action was taken against Mr Lewis.

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13:17

Cory Bernardi and the Australian Christian Lobbys call arms "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Joe Montero

At last Saturdays (17 November 2017) national conference of the Australian Christian Lobby in Sydney, Senator Cory Bernardi told the delegates that the campaign against same-sex marriage in Australia was an extraordinary success, despite losing the national postal survey.

These were not the words of a deluded and frustrated individual. They were calculated and had a specific purpose. They were concerned with what to do in the period after the overwhelming victory of the Yes vote.

For Bernardi and those who agreed with him, the Conference was an occasion to get on with the next phase of bringing a collective view of the world that would propel Australia into the Middle Ages, where religion and politics were intertwined and any deviation from the prescribed format would not be tolerated.

The Senator had left the Liberal Party earlier this year, because in his view it had moved away from from conservative principle. He went on to form the Australian Conservative Party. The title is inaccurate because the Bernardi view of the world has nothing to do with conservatism and a lot more to do with with the reactionary radicalism that he shares with others in the Australian Christian Lobby and outside it.  The difference is important.  The radicals do not seek to keep the status quo, but to change it in their own direction.

The Australian Christian Lobby claims to represent Christianity in Australia. It does nothing of the sort. A significant of its leadership and support comes form a section of the Pentecostal tradition. Hillsong is intimately connected and jointly sponsored the Coalition for Marriage.  There are business money links. There are links to the Sydney based traditionalist leadership of the Methodist and Catholic churches. There is also a close connection with similarly minded factions in the Liberal and National parties.

The model and inspiration for the Australian Christian Lobby is what is often called the American Christian Right, which emerged in opposition to the ending of segregation and the schools and bussing in black children.

One of the two original founders is the retired Baptist minister and Queensland businessman,...

13:04

BATR: Saudi Arabia and Israeli Alliance Targets Iran "IndyWatch Feed National"

Saudi Arabia and Israeli Alliance Targets Iran

The consequences of the failed American foreign policy in the Middle East has seldom been more vivid with the defeat of ISIS; the U.S. surrogate in the Syrian conflict. ISIS, a blended creation of the CIA and the Mossad was the inevitable result of sanctioning the murder of Libya's Muammar Gaddafi. With the support of Russian involvement, Syria's President Bashar Hafez al-Assad was able to fend off the imperialist efforts of Israel to remove him from office and destroy his country. Defeating ISIS on the battlefield has never been the intention of the DC shadow government. The consistent policy under every US administration has been to protect the Zionist state above all else. Unfortunately, the Trump regime is no different and certainly does not follow a genuine America First foreign policy.

This background sets the stage for the next manipulation in the region. YeniSafak asks, What happened in the Mideast after Trump's Saudi visit? Their answer provides a list of developments.

May 20 - Trumps visit do Riyadh

June 5 Qatar crisis

June 21 New crown prince

July 30 Al-Sadr in Saudi Arabia

Sept. 25 Illegitimate referendum in the KRG

Oct. 12 Hamas and Fatah reconciliation

Oct. 13 Nuclear deal in Congress

Oct. 24 Saudi Arabia returns to moderate Islam

Nov. 2 Iran and al-Qaeda link in Bin Laden documents

Now the Daily Mail reports, Saudi Arabia king to step down and hand over the crown to his 32-year-old son. The palace putsch against rival princes has a nice ring to justify their removal from influence has less to do with their corruption than a st...

13:01

#SanctionAustralia What Actions can international activists take? "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

1. Contact human rights and civil society groups within your region. Ask them to publicly sanction Australia for torture of refugees.
2. Pressure the UN to sanction Australia for refugee rights violations and from participating in any refugee/humanitarian and human rights decision making process.
3. Consistent presence at Australian embassies carrying Sanction Australia banners visibly!
4. Banner/ brochure Sanction Australia banner drops in busy areas and brochure distribution at any events
5. Presence at sporting and other other events Australia participates in.
6. Boycott any events sponsored by security companies or private firms who ran detention centres in Australia such Serco, Wilson Security, Broadspectrum, Ferrovial Servicios etc.

NOTE:
RISE has to authorize any fundraising events for the #SanctionAustralia Campaign.
Respect eX-detainees running this campaign at RISE. Make sure you acknowledge our labour and leadership

RISE eX-detainee Team.

12:54

One Crown to Rule Them All: The real reasons for the Saudi 'corruption crackdown' "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Saudi clown prince Mohammad Bin Salman is an impulsive tyrant. But what accounts for the urge to purge the country of any potential competing power center Why does he run a such an activist foreign policy? The answer might be Iran. Not Iran the country, but Iran the system. Since the U.S. war on Iraq the sclerotic Saudi Arabia continuously lost standing in its region. The Iranian model gained ground. A decade later the authoritarian Arab systems were challenged by the so called "Arab spring". While the movements in the various countries -as far as their were genuine- have failed, they were a warning sign for things to come. Saudi Arabia reacted to the challenges by moving away from a sedate, consensual run family business towards a centrally controlled, supercharged tyranny. The move allows for more flexible and faster reactions to any future challenge. But it also increases the chance of making mistakes. To understand why this endeavor is likely to fail one needs look at the traditional economic and social system that is the fabric of the country. The fate of the Hariri dynasty is an example for it.

12:54

Will Facebooks new image abuse tool really work? "IndyWatch Feed National"

A couple of weeks back (with the help of Electronic Frontiers Australia & conference organisers), I attended the inaugural Safety on the Edge Conference hosted by the Office of the eSafety Commissioner. The eSafety Office falls under the Communications and Arts portfolio as it deals with regulation of internet content - an historically contentious topic for civil liberties groups.

The original scope of the eSafety Office was a focus on the welfare of children online, however after noting the prevalence of online abuse issues faced by adults, the agency was recently given funding to widen its scope.

This article is by and is the copyright of Rosie Williams, a citizen journalist who works on a range of issues, including data ethics and online safety. It was originally published on her The Little Bird blog and is republished here with permission. She the original article. Rosie is also very active on Twitter @Info_Aus.

Research used by the eSafety Office found image-based abuse has become a major issue facing internet users:

The research shows victims intimate images were most commonly shared without consent on popular social media sites. Facebook/Messenger accounted for 53%, followed by Snapchat at 11% and then Instagram at 4%. Text messaging and MMS were other common channels for distribution.

Earlier in the year, the office launched their online portal for reporting image-based abuse but used the more recent conference to announce the rollout of an additional tool aimed at pre-empting abuse.

The additional functionality is the result of a pilot partnership between Facebook and the eSafety office with Australia the first jurisdiction to trial the technology which offers assistance to people worried someone may be about to share their intimate images against their wishes.

In order to trigger the functionality, potential victims must first make a report through the...

12:47

Criminal Barrister Charles Waterstreet Lied About Porn Video Played To Young Jobseeker "IndyWatch Feed National"

If youre going to serve the Australian courts as a criminal barrister, professional standards dictate there are certain behaviours you shouldnt engage in. Playing a video of yourself getting a hand job to a young university student applying for a job in your chambers, and then lying to The Sydney Morning Herald about it, is probably one of them. Nina Funnell and Chris Graham bring you the latest chapter in New Matildas ongoing investigation into The Real Rake.

A naked sex worker sits astride prominent Sydney lawyer Charles Waterstreet as a second sex worker kneels by her side. The cameraphone focuses on the two womens faces and naked breasts, before panning down to reveal Mr Waterstreets penis being masturbated by one of the women.

Its the video at the centre of allegations levelled at Mr Waterstreet by Sydney University law student, Tina Huang, who says the criminal barrister showed her the footage on August 21, just 20 minutes into a job interview for a paralegal position at his chambers.

Immediately after leaving the job interview, Ms Huang sent a Facebook message to a friend detailing the events of the interview, and the contents of the video. She has also since signed two statutory declarations, one of them specifically describing the video.

Tina-FB-message

In a public statement published in the Sydney Morning Herald late last month, Mr Waterstreet disputed Ms Huangs account of the incident, claiming any nude imagery she might have seen during her job interview and subsequent brief employment (Ms Huang lasted just a few hours in the job) was in the context of his professional duties as a criminal barrister and writer.

However, a whistleblower has now provided a copy of the masturbation video which matches the description given by Ms Huang in both her Facebook correspondence, and again in her original statutory declaration, made in late October.

Ms Huang has viewed the new video evidence in the presence of Marque...

12:02

SACOSS end-of-year breakfast "IndyWatch Feed National"

Friday, 8 December 2017 - 7:30am

The SACOSS team would like to thank all our sector colleagues, members and supporters for your invaluable contributions over the last year, so come and celebrate on Friday 8 December with a scrumptious breakfast on us!

Please click here to RSVP

 

12:01

A Law Unto Himself: Barrister Charles Waterstreet Lied About Masturbation Video Played To Jobseeker "IndyWatch Feed National"

If youre going to serve the Australian courts as a criminal barrister, professional standards dictate there are certain behaviours you shouldnt engage in. Playing a video of yourself getting a hand job to a young university student applying for a job in your chambers, and then lying to The Sydney Morning Herald about it, is probably one of them. Nina Funnell and Chris Graham bring you the latest chapter in New Matildas ongoing investigation into The Real Rake.

A naked sex worker sits astride prominent Sydney lawyer Charles Waterstreet as a second sex worker kneels by her side. The cameraphone focuses on the two womens faces and naked breasts, before panning down to reveal Mr Waterstreets penis being masturbated by one of the women.

Its the video at the centre of allegations levelled at Mr Waterstreet by Sydney University law student, Tina Huang, who says the criminal barrister showed her the footage on August 21, just 20 minutes into a job interview for a paralegal position at his chambers.

Immediately after leaving the job interview, Ms Huang sent a Facebook message to a friend detailing the events of the interview, and the contents of the video. She has also since signed two statutory declarations, one of them specifically describing the video.

Tina-FB-message

In a public statement published in the Sydney Morning Herald late last month, Mr Waterstreet disputed Ms Huangs account of the incident, claiming any nude imagery she might have seen during her job interview and subsequent brief employment (Ms Huang lasted just a few hours in the job) was in the context of his professional duties as a criminal barrister and writer.

However, a whistleblower has now provided a copy of the masturbation video which matches the description given by Ms Huang in both her Facebook correspondence, and again in her original statutory declaration, made in late October.

Ms Huang has viewed the new video evidence in the presence of Marque...

10:41

AVN Founder and Vaccine-Activist promises to retire if Victorian Minister is vaccinated "IndyWatch Feed National"

Meryl Dorey, past-president and founder of the AVN, Australias national vaccine-safety consumer health lobby group, has called upon Jill Hennessy, Victorias Health Minister, to demonstrate that, There are no risks in vaccinating your children.

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10:32

Easter Island, Nauru and the Future-Eating Global Growth Economy "IndyWatch Feed National"

Expansive Economies and Limited Economies: Industrial capitalism is characterized by population growth, economic growth, expansion and intensification. [1] Although there was a short-lived case of industrial capitalism between about 1585 and 1622 in the Netherlands, [2] industrial capitalism as we know it today really originated in England, based on the apparently limitless fossil reserves of coal and the presence of many landless people who had to live by their labour. [3] These vast reservoirs of fuel gave rise to technologies that permitted mass production and facilitated the conquest and settlement of lands all over the globe. In the 20th century petroleum oil replaced coal as the fuel of industrial expansion, particularly where wheeled transport was concerned, although coal remained a mainstay for electricity production. [This article is an extract from Sheila Newman, Demography Territory Law: The Rules of Animal and Human Populations, Countershock Press, 2013, which is part of a four-book series, of which the first two have so far been published.]

Expansive Economies and Limited Economies: Industrial capitalism is characterized by population growth, economic growth, expansion and intensification. [1] Although there was a short-lived case of industrial capitalism between about 1585 and 1622 in the Netherlands, [2] industrial capitalism as we know it today really originated in England, based on the apparently limitless fossil reserves of coal and the presence of many landless people who had to live by their labour. [3] These vast reservoirs of fuel gave rise to technologies that permitted mass production and facilitated the conquest and settlement of lands all over the globe. In the 20th century petroleum oil replaced coal as the fuel of industrial expansion, particularly where wheeled transport was concerned, although coal remained a mainstay for electricity production. [This article is an extract from Sheila Newman, Demography Territory Law: The Rules of Animal and Human Populations, Countershock Press, 2013, which is part of a four-book series, of which the first two have so far been published.]
In contrast to Britain, America, Australia, Canada, with their larger landmasses, fuel reserves and well established trade links, small isolated islander societies had to learn to live within firmly fixed, immediate, territorial limits.

Any isolated island society which failed to do this...

10:13

Wilkie backs push against parliament delay "IndyWatch Feed National"

Independent MP for Dennison, Andrew Wilkie. Photo AAP

Independent MP for Dennison, Andrew Wilkie. Photo AAP

CANBERRA [AAP]

Crossbench MP Andrew Wilkie says the federal parliament has a moral imperative to sit next week as Turnbull government ministers line up to defend deferring the lower house session.

Labor has drafted a letter petitioning Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to reverse his decision to postpone the House of Representatives sitting to December 4.

Victorian independent Cathy McGowan has confirmed she will not take part in any protest sitting, but her four crossbench colleagues are expected to co-sign Labors letter.

Their support would mean 73 MPs support the push the same number the government has on the floor of the house with Barnaby Joyce and John Alexander off fighting by-elections.

With numbers being that close surely theres a moral imperative if not a legal imperative on the prime minister agreeing that the parliament would sit next week, Mr Wilkie told ABC Radio.

Leader of the House Christopher Pyne said the delay would give the Senate time to pass the same-sex marriage bill and allow parliament to sort out the dual citizenship mess.

However, the announcement came just hours after Queensland LNP senator Barry OSullivan said up to four coalition MPs were considering breaking coalition ranks to vote for an inquiry into the banks.

Mr Pyne insisted the decision to delay the return of parliament had nothing to do with thwarting Labor or rogue government backbenchers mustering the necessary votes to launch an investigation into the banks.

Theres no motion or bill to establish a banking royal commission either before the Senate or the House of Representatives, he told ABC radio.

Treasurer Scott Morrison also played down the link but Opposition Leader Bill Shorten grabbed it with both hands.

There is no doubt in my mind that one of the reasons why Mr Turnbull has cancelled parliament next week is because he knows a banking royal commission is inevitable, Mr Shorten said.

And he will do everything he can d...

09:25

Labors nose in front in Qld: poll "IndyWatch Feed National"

A nose in front: Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk AAP Image/Dan Peled

A nose in front: Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk AAP Image/Dan Peled

BRISBANE [AAP]

Queensland Labor has its nose in front of the LNP with just days left until the state vote.

A ReachTEL poll, for Sky News, has Labor ahead of the LNP 51 per cent to 49, after preferences.

Labor is also ahead on the primary vote, with 34 per cent of Queenslanders saying theyll vote for the incumbent party, to the LNPs 30 per cent. One Nation has 17 per cent support, while the Greens are on 10 per cent.

This is the first time that Labor has gained the lead in a two-party result, in a ReachTEL poll. So its certainly a move, ReachTELs James Stewart has told Sky News.

ReachTEL also polled voters in three marginal seats.

Labor and One Nation are neck and neck in the Labor-held seat of Thuringowa, with both parties on 50 per cent in the Townsville-based electorate.

The contest for the LNP-held seat of Whitsunday has One Nation on 50.5 per cent to Labors 49.5 per cent.

In Brisbanes western suburbs, Labors Local Government Minister Mark Furner is expected to hang on to the marginal seat of Ferny Grove, with the poll suggesting hell manage 54 per cent of the vote, to the LNPs 46 per cent.

Anning defection hits One Nation

But the defection of former One Nation senator Fraser Anning has hurt the partys prospects in the Queensland election, another poll suggests.

A statewide Galaxy poll for The Courier-Mail, conducted late last week, shows two out of five Queenslanders are now less likely to support Pauline Hansons party.

Senator Anning split with One Nation an hour after being sworn in in Canberra, claiming Senator Hanson forced him out, but the One Nation leader says he quit.

The Galaxy poll of more than 1000 Queenslanders showed 41 per cent are less likely to hand their vote to One Nation because of what happened in Canberra.

But it also found 46 per cent of poll respondents werent influenced by the defection, and seven per cent are now more likely to back the party.

Senator Hanson will hit the campaign trail in her battler bus again on Tuesday, after taking...

09:16

Mission creep in darkest Africa "IndyWatch Feed National"

https://orientalreview.org/2017/11/08/mission-creep-in-darkest-africa/

The British Empire, which at the end of the 19th century ruled one quarter of the earths land surface, is long gone. But its robust successor and heir, the United States, has set about enlarging it.

As I sought to explain in my last book American Raj How the US Rules the Muslim World, the US imperium exerts its power by controlling tame, compliant regimes around the world and their economies. They are called allies but, in fact, should be more accurately termed satrapies or vassal states. Many states are happy to be prosperous US vassals, others less so.

The US power system has successfully dominated much of the world, except of course for great powers China, Russia and India. Germany and much of Western Europe remains in thrall to post WWII US power. The same applies to Canada, Latin America, Australia, and parts of SE Asia.

...

09:10

How do We turn Olympia Stand into the Olympia Commune? "IndyWatch Feed National"

The post How do We turn Olympia Stand into the Olympia Commune? appeared first on It's Going Down.

This editorial from Puget Sound Anarchist, a counter-information site in the Pacific Northwest, writes about the ongoing anti-fracking blockade of #OlympiaStand, and how it could manifest into a growing epicenter of autonomous power.

Photo from @DemandUtopia

It is worthwhile to consider the desired goals of the blockade, in order to give some clarity and direction to our activity at the camp. Is the goal to stop fracking and military equipment from moving through the port? Is the goal to clog an artery of a global regime of resource extraction and exploitation? Is the goal to create an autonomous power base, to enable us to seize control over our own lives and communities? For those interested in truly stopping the world that needs fracking, the answer is: all of the above and more. And as the Earth is being murdered in the name of profit, nothing short of a fundamental transformation in how society is organized is worthy of being taken seriously.

And so how do we grow the blockade into a model for how we want to live, how we want to treat each other, and how we want society to be organized? To a large extent this work has already begun in the camp. In order to build our collective power to resist the exploitation and ecocide of this world, we have to build the alternatives to sustain us. This is why the blockade has largely been recognized to have taken on the form and function of a commune. It is the natural structure that arises from a zone of collective care, which departs from the laws and logic of capitalism and the state. If the commune is the form that our transformative social organizations take, then we should ask ourselves in earnest: how do we expand the commune?

The question of sustaining and expanding the commune inevitably leads us to the issue of dealing with those who would crush this project before it begins.

How should we interact with the police?

Dialog with the police is not desirable or possible. The police have institutional power and we do not. Within the structure of this relationship, there is an inherent threat of violence that maintains this power imbalance. To put it bluntly, it is state violence that keeps us powerless. When the police come to talk with us, it is always with the end goal of neutralizing our resistance, with deadly violence if necessary. There can be no dialog when one party is pointing guns at the other. What is actually taking place when conversation is opened with the police is the beginning of our surrender.......

08:34

Sydney mayor hits out at mural vigilantes "IndyWatch Feed National"

Local residents react to a mural that has been painted over with black paint in Newtown, Sydney, November 17, 2017. The mural, created by street artist Scott Marsh, depicted former prime minister Tony Abbott and Cardinal George Pell involved in a sex act celebrating the same-sex marriage survey 'yes' result. (AAP Image/Danny Casey)

Local residents react to a mural that has been painted over with black paint in Newtown, Sydney, November 17, 2017. The mural, created by street artist Scott Marsh, depicted former prime minister Tony Abbott and Cardinal George Pell involved in a sex act celebrating the same-sex marriage survey yes result. (AAP Image/Danny Casey)

SYDNEY   [AAP]

A Sydney mayor has accused Christian activists of vandalism and intimidation after two provocative murals were painted over in the days after Australia said yes to same-sex marriage.

The murals one featuring former prime minister Tony Abbott dressed as a bride with his hand down a shirtless Cardinal George Pells pants and the other depicting singer George Michael as a saint have been painted over in Newtown and Erskineville respectively.

Those behind the alleged vandalism said they were defending their religion, while Christian leaders said the murals were pernicious and intolerant.

Both incidents were filmed by onlookers and footage online of the latest in Erskineville shows the culprit was stopped by police.

NSW police on Monday said a 23-year-old man was arrested on Saturday and issued with a court attendance notice for graffiti.

Police last night arrested a 16-year-old youth with defacing two more murals in King Street, Newtown, and Bray Street, Erskineville.

Inner West Mayor Darcy Byrne has condemned the defacing of the murals and related homophobic and abusive comments online.

At a time of celebration about the big step forward we have made for human rights in this country, these attacks are the last thing we need, Mr Byrne wrote on Facebook on Monday.

The Labor mayor refused to take questions but said on Facebook he pl...

08:25

Thinking About Fostering? Heres Everything You Need To Know "IndyWatch Feed National"

Want to make the world a better place? Fostering a dog or cat is a great way to start.

Not only does becoming a foster parent get an animal out of a shelter and into a home, it frees up valuable space and resources, allowing the shelter to welcome even more animals in need.

While some may think they cant foster unless they are ready to adopt, thats not always the case, explains Brittany Feldman, president and cofounder of Shelter Chic, a nonprofit foster-based dog and cat rescue group in New York City.

Even if its just for a short time, fostering plays an important role in successfully re-homing dogs and cats. A lot of organizations, including us, really can only take in as many animals as we have fosters for, so opening your home is actually saving a life, Feldman tells The Dodo. Through fostering, homeless dogs and cats learn what its like to be a member of a family a vital step on the way to finding their forever home.

Its great for people to experience the benefits of having an animal in the home, without a long-term commitment, Feldman says. And, for the animal, not only is it saving their life, but it makes them more adoptable. Having the dog in a home gives you experience with them, so you know things about their personality that you wouldnt know in a shelter.

Something as simple as learning whether a dog likes to sleep late or is obsessed with squeaky toys allows for better matches with potential adopters and makes the adoptions a lot more successful, Feldman adds. Its a win-win for the human and animal!

So what do you need to know before fostering a pet? Check out these answers to some of the most frequently asked questions:

What are my responsibilities when fostering a pet?



Every animal is different, and depending on which shelter you work with, responsibilities may vary each time you foster a dog or cat. With dogs, its the foster mom or dads job to provide their pup with exercise, food, shelter and basic obedience training. Did we mention snuggles? Youll want to give him plenty of thos...

08:11

Market Talk- November 20, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Asia closed mixed in a fairly quiet session but ahead of what could be a wild week. The Nikkeis decline was very much reflected in the Yens strength. Financials again weighed on the index but this is a reflection of both low volume of shares traded and the shape of the yield curve (2s 10s in Japan at 22bp). In late Friday trading the Yen played around 112 but lost ground from the opening this morning, currently mid 112s. The Nikkei opened around unchanged and after the initial flash positive was under pressure for the balance of the day closing near its lows (-0.6%); additional share supplies did not help! The Australian dollar traded heavy all day, last seen near its days low (-0.25%) whilst the ASX index countered that weak opening by ending the day almost unchanged. China saw reasonable support for both the Shanghai A and B but also watched the Hang Seng return a positive +0.2% for Mondays trading. News from the Middle East has not helped the price of oil todays as investors are concerned the recent output cuts may be reconsidered in light of further rising tensions in the region.

Europe was buzzing with talk that Angela Merkel failed to find common ground with either of the two parties in-order to form a government. The Euro suffered as a result (-0.5%) and although the GBP initially found support on its back, that did not last more than 24 hours. European indices balanced the currencies weakness although sectors were influenced. Energy suffered both on underlying price action but also news that one large SWF was considering excluding oil and gas companies from its benchmark index. Both CAC and DAX closed around +0.5% with IBEX and UKs FTSE around +0.1%. After last weeks sell-off in credits we are seeing a little caution returning, but peripheral spreads remain in play unless credit is a real concern as evidenced by movements below. UK budget Wednesday with US holidays on Thursday.

The US session quickly forgot any negative thoughts it may have had at the opening and has spent the day rallying until drifting marginally at the close. Still, a good solid session to open the week for the US anyway. We saw assets and the currency appreciating especially supported as the treasury c...

07:54

Doctors, lawyers, experts unite in call to raise the age of criminal responsibility "IndyWatch Feed National"

Following Universal Childrens Day, doctors, lawyers, health and human rights experts from across Australia are calling for the age when children can be held criminally liable to be raised to at least 14 years so that primary school aged children are not entangled in the criminal justice system.

All Australian states and territories currently have laws that allow children as young as ten years to be charged, brought before the courts, sentenced and imprisoned. The United Nations has repeatedly rebuked Australia for maintaining such a low age of criminal responsibility.

Dr Mick Creati, International Child and Adolescent Health Specialist and Senior Fellow with the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, said that the medical evidence is clear developmentally, children are very different to adults.

Children of this age have relatively immature brain development when it comes to decision-making, organisation, impulse control and planning for their future. We shouldnt criminalise actions that may be developmentally normal for children of this age and they should not be incarcerated as a consequence, said Dr Creati.

Last Friday, the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory provided a number of recommendations for fixing broken youth justice systems. As part of this, the Royal Commission made the landmark recommendation to raise the age of criminal responsibility.

The Royal Commission has recommended raising the minimum age of criminal responsibility and this is a recommendation we fully support from a health perspective, said Dr Creati.

Each year across Australia, around 600 children under the age of 14 are locked away in prison cells and put in danger. Close to 70 per cent of these children are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander.

Wayne Muir, Co-Chair of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services, said that youth justice systems are failing all of us and must be overhauled and replaced with a system that is therapeutically and culturally responsive.  

Children are being labelled criminals when all of our efforts should be focussed on keeping children safe and supported within their communities. Removing children as young as ten from their families and forcing them into the criminal justice system takes away their basic rights as children to learn, grow and thrive, said Mr Muir.

Ruth Barson, Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, said that evidence shows that children who get drawn into the criminal justice system are much more likely to get trapped and face a future behind bars.

Now is the time for all states and territories to take action and raise the age of criminal responsibility. The Royal Commission has un...

07:47

Blockchain and cryptocurrency expert to meet with Cyprus entrepreneurs at Bitcoin & Blockchain Conference Cyprus "IndyWatch Feed National"

Leading players of the Cyprus cryptocurrency market will be brought together in Nicosia that will host the conference dedicated to digital currencies and blockchain Bitcoin & Blockchain Conference Cyprus. The event is aimed at providing the business community with answers related to decentralized technologies.   

Smile-Expo, the event organizer, has held more than 15 blockchain and bitcoin conferences in Russia, Europe, and Central Asia. The conference in Nicosia will be the first similar event organized in Cyprus. It will involve startups, investors, consulting companies, representatives of governmental structures, and experts from various European countries. The event will take place at the five-star Hilton Cyprus hotel.

Guests will be able to listen to presentations on relevant issues for the community and to attend the exhibition of innovative software based on the blockchain. The conference is expected to bring together the audience of over 300 people, and the exhibition will engage about 25 companies.

The Republic of Cyprus is one of countries with a positive attitude to the blockchain and cryptocurrencies. The local government has not stated about the necessity of bans or severe regulation in the sector. Cyprus citizens actively use digital currencies: many of them invest in bitcoins or focus on cryptocurrency trading. One of few worlds universities allowing to get a masters degree in digital currencies is located in Nicosia.

Despite such a beneficial environment, blockchain and cryptocurrency businesses cause a lot of questions in Cyprus: primarily, it refers to the legislative regulation of the industry and its nearest development prospects. Bitcoin & Blockchain Conference Cyprus is aimed at answering entrepreneurs and investors questions and providing them with the platform for the efficient business cooperation.

The event will be useful for those desiring to increase their cryptocurrency capital or invest profitably in blockchain startups.

Organizers offer students interested in this issue to attend the event at a special price. Moreover, each participant can save a significant sum, buying a ticket during presale until November 30.

Media Contact

Contact Name: Nick Besedin
Email: n.besedin@smileexpo.eu

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07:35

Brace for impact. "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

This piece is particularly interesting because its from someone who campaigns for the Scottish Greens. Hes also a scientist, so knows whats going on better than most politicians.

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ianbaxter

Ian Baxter

Politics will not save us from abrupt climate change because we dont want to be saved

Forty years ago I was studying for a Physics degree at Edinburgh University. I chose Edinburgh because it offered a course which included Meteorology and Atmospheric Physics, interests which have stayed with me since.

When I came across articles about the Greenhouse Effect, this intrigued me as a scientist, but also worried me as a human being, and although it was only a theory at the time, I felt the implications if true were so severe that at the very least, we should adopt the precautionary principle and take immediate action to prevent it.

It was this that led me to join the Ecology Party in 1979 and since then, politics for me has always been about climate change and the need to address it before it became unstoppable. In the seventies and eighties, the threat of an impending nuclear war was on everyones minds, but here was...

07:33

Final Straw: A Refugee on Manus Island & 2018 Certain Days Calendar "IndyWatch Feed National"

The post Final Straw: A Refugee on Manus Island & 2018 Certain Days Calendar appeared first on It's Going Down.

Listen and Download Here

Walid, an asylum seeker held at the Manus Regional Process Center, Papua New Guinea

First up, youll hear a conversation that Bursts had with a refugee seeking asylum in Australia. His name is Walid, he is 24 years old and from Afghanistan. Manus Regional Processing Centre, where Walid is being held alongside nearly 450 other men, is a facility on Papua New Guinea on the PNG Lombrum Naval Base. The processing center, from here out called Manus for short or MRPC, was run up until October 31st by the Spanish multinational company Grupo Ferrovial on behalf of the Australian Government as a way of off-shoring the housing of people seeking asylum. The center was closed October 31st after the Papuan Supreme Court determined the facility unconstitutional in breech of the promise of personal liberty.

So, the Australian government withdrew its medical workers, shut off electricity and water and food shipments. However, the residents of MRPC have refused to be resettled into other facilities in PNG due to fears of physical harm by members of the PNG Defence Forces, as is alleged to have happened in April of this year, as well as violence coming from local gangs wielding machetes and other weapons. The population of the island is just short of 6,000 people and locals have expressed concern that resettlement would affect their economy greatly. In the conversation, Walid mentions two fellows from the MRPC who were found recently hung by their necks in the jungle near the Processing Centre as a proof of danger the refugees face if they leave the premises.

The Obama administration had agreed in 2016 to resettle many of Australias asylum seekers. However, do you remember that first presidential phone call that Trump made, where he ended by saying it was a stupid deal and it was the worst conversation ever? That was #45 chatting with Australias Prime Minister Turnbull about the resettlement deal for refugees on Nauru and Manus Islands. Cancelling that at the time fed into the issues in PNG & Australias national politics with the refugees being caught in the middle as pawns. The U.S. has now apparently changed its tune about the Asylum seekers, having applied for whatever extreme vetting it was seeking and has taken....

07:32

A Woodsrunner's Diary: Group Forum Moving to a New Site. Please sign up f... "IndyWatch Feed National"

A Woodsrunner's Diary: Group Forum Moving to a New Site. Please sign up f...: As many of you may have realised by now our group forum was taken over by Tapatalk, since then I have had a lot of problems, & the HE...

07:23

Wild Rice Burgers "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.food"

It has been a week of burgers.  It has been such an intense few weeks that some simple burgers have been welcome meals.  We have had to deal with Sylvia's flu, medical appointments, school swimming lessons on consecutive days, neighbours' noise and my workplace gearing up for some big events, just to name a few of the challenges.  Sylvia has embraced Christmas (thanks major supermarkets and all your unseasonal displays) so I am now starting to worry about getting organised for festivities.

I had my eye on these Wild Rice Burgers from Pinch of Yum for some time and finally made them on the weekend.  I still had salad vegetable that I had bought the previous week in hope of making them.  Unfortunately it was more the sort of week when I was eating baked beans for tea because no energy to think about it, or eating a little tub of nuts and some stewed fruit found in my bag because I didn't have time to make lunch or go and buy it.  Thank goodness that I have well stocked pantry and bag even in busy times.

I decided to veganise the burgers.  Actually I had seen these burgers veganised on Yup It's Vegan but wanted to come at it from another angle.  There are so many ways to make any dish vegan!  I stuck a lot more closely to the recipe, using vegannaise instead of mayonnaise and substituting aquafaba (chickpea brine), chia seeds and flours for the 4 eggs.  I also changed around the flavours.

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07:17

When a Rookie Rents a Scooter "IndyWatch Feed National"

A couple of years ago now, Julia Gillards $1000 textbook allowance and continuous Centrelink payments bought me my flight to Bangkok and funded my Asian backpacking adventure. Sure, its not the most original of trip destinations for a 20-year-old university student, but the tropical climate, delicious street food, real Gucci handbags and low prices were just too appealing to resist.

My older sister had done a similar trip with her friends when she was my age. My parents had to pay for her to come home after shed spent all her money, got food poisoning and wound up in a Thai hospital with a broken arm after she drunkenly fell over a staircase railing. I should really have thanked her for this. In my parents eyes, as long as I came home to Australia with no broken bones, I could basically do whatever I wanted and still be seen as the golden child.

So one night in Krabi, when we met some Brazilian boys on the hostel rooftop where we were staying who suggested we hire scooters, I nodded with enthusiasm. By this stage, Id spent a couple of weeks in Thailand and still had all bones intact.

After spending the next couple of hours together, table dancing and sinking Changs, we finalised plans to rent the two-wheelers and explore the surrounding beach town the following day.

By the time we clambered out of our bunks the next morning and staggered to meet the boys at the rental shop across the road, it was nearly midday. This meant that although to us, the day was just beginning, plenty of keen tourists (who werent preoccupied with taking advantage of the low-cost alcohol) had already come and gone, so there were only four scooters left.  There were seven of us.

Carmen, the most uncoordinated, was first to be eliminated. Shed had her fair share of being ridden, but struggled to even command a bicycle. Laura was next. She wasnt keen on becoming part of the alarmingly high tourist killed in road accident statistics for Thailand and decided to accompany Carmen, opting to catch the public bus.  That left Hannah and I, who would ride alone, while the Brazilian boys fought over who got to double our gorgeous friend Rachel.

Within 15 minutes, we had met Shirlay the rental shop owner, organised bikes and helmets and were ready to go. We each paid around the equivalent of $20AUD for the day and agreed to return the bikes by nightfall.

The tanks were empty, so the first planned stop was the petrol station, 300m down the road. Shirlay was out the fro...

06:33

The Saudi System And Why Its Change May Fail "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Saudi clown prince Mohammad Bin Salman is an impulsive tyrant. But what accounts for his urge to purge the country of any potential competing power center Why does he run a such an activist foreign policy? The answer might...

06:29

Arizona Cops Omit Vital Details from Police Shooting Report of Daniel Shaver "IndyWatch Feed National"

In the moments before an Arizona police officer opened fire and killed Daniel Shaver, the unarmed man begged police not to kill him.

Please dont shoot me, Shaver pleaded as he crawled on his hands and knees towards the cops before one of them opened fire, killing him instantly.

Mesa police officer Philip Mitch Brailsford later claimed he was in fear for his life because Shaver had reached for his waistband.

However, not only does Brailsfords body cam video of the shooting does not show Shaver reaching for his waistband, according to his widow, Laney Sweet, who has watched the video multiple times during Brailsford trial on second-degree murder charges police omitted to report that he begged for his life prior to being shot and killed.

Five police officers. Five police reports. Five police narratives. And not one mention of the victim begging for his life.

In fact, one police officer investigating the shooting testified that he found this suspicious, according to the Arizona Republic.

On Wednesday, Mesa homicide Detective Paul Sipe gave testimony that appeared to be damaging to Brailsfords defense.

 

When a Mesa police officer shoots a person, the department investigates its own officer and forwards the investigation to the Maricopa County Attorneys Office, which then decides if the officer should be charged with a crime.

 

In this case, Sipe led the investigation into Brailsfords decision to shoot. Brailsford was charged by the County Attorneys Office in March 2016.

 

Sipe told the jury on Wednesday that he became suspicious of the officers reports when he noticed they omitted vital information. Sipe didnt specify what he was talking about and

Deputy County Attorney Susie Charbel didnt ask him to be specific.

 

But throughout the trial, Charbel has noted that of the five written reports from the officers on the scene, they left out that Shaver had cried and begged not to be shot. That information became public in Sipes supplemental report released two months after the shooting.

 

The judge instructed the jury to strike Sipes remark that he found the omission suspicious when the defense attorney objected. But Sipe essentially gave the same answer when the prosecutor asked him the same questio...

06:27

Elwood-based artist to exhibit at the 2017 Knox Immerse Festival "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

Elwood-based photographic printmaker Mat Hughes is one of 30 artists taking part  in this years Knox Immerse Festival exhibiting at 30 venues for 30 days. His print series titled In Flux is now on display at the Rowville library, until December 11, 2017.    Mat Hughes was born in Libya when the country had a []

06:11

Autonomous Antifa: From the Autonomen to Post-Antifa in Germany "IndyWatch Feed National"

The post Autonomous Antifa: From the Autonomen to Post-Antifa in Germany appeared first on It's Going Down.

An Interview with Bender, a German Comrade 
by Paul OBanion

Bender has been involved in the autonomous movement in Germany since the 1980s, and talks here about his experiences and observations from thirty years of organizing. He addresses the beginnings of the autonomen the autonomous movement how Antifa developed out of that in the late 80s and 90s, and has developed since.  He discusses where things are now, in a post-autonomous, post-antifa, German radical Left environment. He is familiar with the situation in the US, and offers lessons for organizing against fascism and all forms of domination. This interview was conducted via email, and Benders answers have been edited for clarity.

-Paul OBanion

Talk about the autonomen: who you are, what political traditions and perspectives are you building on, and what has been your practical and theoretical activity.

Bender: When we talk about the autonomen, we speak of the 80s in Germany where the autonomen first appeared and had the character of a movement. It is one outcome of the dynamics of the so-called New Social Movements or, as you call it in the US, the New Left.

As in many other countries, the beginnings of the New Social Movements, from which the autonomous movement of the 80s was one result, was the long year of 68, which in Germany is perhaps best characterised as an anti-authoritarian revolt. We have to remember, that the year 68 politically lasted much longer than one year.  The movement after 68 reached a kind of exhaustion, in which people asked themselves how to go on, which means: how to organize a movement in decline.

After 68 was the moment of the movement, then the 70s developed along the more Party-orientated trajectory. The 70s were the decade of the so-called K-groups. The K-Groups were various communist groups with, in some cases, a lot of members, and in all cases no matter how big they actually were the aim to become a mass party. It was like the last episode of the history of Communist Parties. But whereas the first episode ended in the tragedy of the Soviet Party-State, this time it ended as the farce of communist groups run by students with nearly no impact on the working-class. But what they did have was much influence on new forms of politics and new political issues, not only those based around labor and the working-class.

But just as the student movement in the end of the 60s...

05:55

Western allies actively hunt down their own foreign fighters but 'Canada does not engage in death squads' "IndyWatch Feed National"

Government estimates more than 200 Canadians have been 'terrorist travellers' Even the interviewer seemed surprised at the answer Rory Stewart, the U.K. minister of international development, gave about how Britain should deal with citizens who chose to leave the country to join ISIS. "I'm afraid we have to be serious about the fact these people are a serious danger to us, and unfortunately the only way of dealing with them will be, in almost every case, to kill them," Stewart told BBC Radio's John Pienaar last month. Stewart, a former diplomat, continued: "These are people who are executing people ... who have held women and children hostage, who are torturing and murdering, trying, by violence, to impose their will. Our response has to be, when somebody does that, I'm afraid, to deal with that." Those words may sound chilling, but they reflect a country that's suffered several brutal jihadi attacks in recent years, and sees jihadi returnees as a threat. Other countries have come to the same conclusion. But Canadians who join the militant group have so far had little to fear from their own government, either at home or abroad.

05:48

Russian-led UN resolution on combating glorification of Nazism passes with only US and Ukraine voting against "IndyWatch Feed National"

The UNGA Third Committee overwhelmingly passed a Russian-introduced resolution on combating the glorification of Nazism. The US did not break with its annual tradition of saying 'no' during the symbolic vote. Ukraine also voted against. The Moscow-drafted resolution against whitewashing and attempting to glorify Nazi ideology was approved by a majority in the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) human right committee on November 16. The resolution, introduced each year, was supported by 125 delegations, 51 states abstained, and the only countries opposed were the US and Ukraine. Introducing the resolution, Russian representative Anatoly Viktorov said that neo-Nazis events "clearly resembling similar rallies in Nazi Germany" still occur in some countries. The authors of the draft also condemned the whitewashing of former members of the SS and Waffen SS, and attempts to grant individuals who supported or collaborated with the Nazis the status of national hero, which has been seen in recent years in some former Soviet states. "Although Nazism was defeated over 70 years ago, and although the verdict of the Nuremberg International Military Tribunal once and for all answered the question as to who represented the forces of good and the forces of evil during World War II, some people continue to doubt those great gains," Viktorov said.

05:01

Magnitude 7.0 86km ENE of Tadine, New Caledonia November 19, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed National"

USGS Event Page
2017-11-19 22:43:29 UTC
Magnitude 7.0
86km ENE of Tadine, New Caledonia
-21.334S   168.683E

10.0 km depth

Seismotectonics of the Eastern Margin of the Australia Plate
USGS The eastern margin of the Australia plate is one of the most sesimically active areas of the world due to high rates of convergence between the Australia and Pacific plates.

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05:00

Traveling Illustrator Captures Londons Historic Pubs as Cut-Out Pen and Ink Drawings "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

London Pub Illustrations Maxwell Tilse

The Blackfriar. Blackfriars.
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Earlier this year, we introduced you to London-based illustrator Maxwell Tilse, who combines his love of drawing with his passion for traveling. Originally from Sydney, Australia, the 23-year-old travels Europe, documenting each city he visits with beautifully detailed pen and ink sketches. Now, as he prepares to leave London after living there for two years, he has released a new series of cut-out drawings that depict the citys oldest pubs.

London is a city packed to the brim with historical wonders that are so easy to miss or pass by, unnoticed, says Tilse. From the wedge-shaped Black Friar built in 1875, to the quaint Georgian architecture of the The Bricklayers Arms in Fitzrovia, Tilse captures the essence of Londons most quintessentially English watering holesthe oldest being The Old George, which has been in business since 1713.

Approximately 5cm in height, Tilses little pubs feature charming details, such as stain glass windows, ornamental balconies, and Tudor style chimneys. I do love the mock Tudor architecture that's nestled in between the grand Victorian hotels and galleries, the artist admits. He finishes his process by photographing his work, held up beside the original building.

If you love Tilses work you can purchase prints via his Etsy shop. Keep up to date with Tilses illustrated travel journal on Instagram.

Illustrator Maxwell Tilse Captures Londons oldest pubs in a series of cut-out pen and ink drawings.

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04:41

Why Saudi Arabia, Israel and the US Will Not Invade Iran "IndyWatch Feed National"

Members of the Arab League have met in Cairo at the behest of the Saudi regime, to discuss the supposed threat of Iran. The meeting featured all the crude, undiplomatic and nonfactual language about Iran that one has come to expect from American, Israeli and Saudi Arabian spokesmen.

Highlights from the meeting included a statement from the Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir who stated,

We will not stand idly by in the face of Irans aggression.Showing leniency toward Iran will not leave any Arab capital safe from those ballistic missiles.

Iran created agents in the region, such as the Houthi and Hezbollah militias, in total disregard for all international principles.

These meritless statements are almost identical to that which is frequently said by the US White House and Tel Aviv. In this sense, there was nothing novel about the meeting. What was remarkable was how hastily the meeting was organized as if to demonstrate Saudis commitment to its clear and present danger narrative about Iran.

Furthermore, a statement was released at the Arab League meeting, saying that there are no immediate plans to go to war with Iran but that at the same time, such plans have not been ruled out.

To quickly sum-up just how ridiculous the statements made during the Arab League meeting were

1. Irans missile programme is perfectly legal and is not covered by the JCPOA. The UN has said this many times.

2. Iran is currently at war with zero nations while Saudi is at war with Yemen causing one of the largest humanitarian disasters in the 21st century. Saudi Arabia has also been exposed as a major source of terrorist sponsorship, including in Iraq, Syria, Libya and beyond.

3. Iran has come to the legal assistance of Syria and Iraq in fighting terrorist groups including ISIS and al-Qaeda, while Saudi Arabia has known links to ISIS and al-Qaeda.

Of course, for the states with an obscene anti-Iranian agenda, none of this has ever mattered.

What does matter to the rest of the world though is whether the threats from the Arab league, indicates a short and/or medium-term readiness for war against Iran?

The short answer is, they almost certainly do not.

The Arab League today is a shadow of its former self. With the Syrian Arab Republics membership suspended, Qatar facing a boycott from proponent members, Iraq having better relations with Iran than most Arab states and Lebanon being deprived of its Prime Minister due to Saudi political meddling, the Arab League is hardly a united body of strong nations. It has decli...

04:27

As Zimbabwes Mugabe Refuses to Resign, Advocates Say Coup Is Not the Answer for Meaningful Reform | Democracy Now! "IndyWatch Feed National"

As Zimbabwes Mugabe Refuses to Resign, Advocates Say Coup Is Not the Answer for Meaningful Reform | Democracy Now!: In Zimbabwe, longtime leader Robert Mugabe is refusing to resign as president amid a growing political crisis. Last week Mugabe was placed under house arrest after Zimbabwes military seized parliament, courts, government offices, and the main airport in the capital, Harare. The apparent coup came a week after President Mugabe ousted his Vice President, Emmerson Mnangagwa, whos since been named by the military as interim president. Members of Zimbabwes ruling party are preparing to meet to discuss Mugabes impeachment, after the deadline for him to resign came and went this morning. On Sunday, Mugabe gave a televised address acknowledging the countrys problems, but did not mention stepping down. Zimbabwes ruling party, ZANU-PF, has expelled Mugabe and First Lady Grace Mugabe from the party. Impeachment proceedings against Mugabe may now begin as soon as Tuesday. For more were joined by Glen Mpani, Mason fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He is a democracy and governance practitioner who has worked for the last 15 years in Africa. His recent op-ed in the New York Times is titled, For Zimbabwe, a Coup Isnt the Answer.

04:25

Maddison Connaughton // Aboriginal Communities Are Crowdfunding to Expose Police Brutality - VICE "IndyWatch Feed National"

Aboriginal Communities Are Crowdfunding to Expose Police Brutality - VICE:

After Kalgoorlie, Newhouse says many people reached out to his organisation looking for a way to hold the police to account and expose the over-policing, harassment, and brutality Aboriginal frequently face in Australia.

What NCP came up with is Copwatch, a project to try and get Aboriginal communities filming and sharing their interactions with police out to the wider public. The not-for-profit is currently crowdfunding to send its lawyers into communities to educate Aboriginal people about their rights when it comes to the police.

Already, in less than a week, they've raised over $20,000.

"The police themselves admit that all the participants in a particular incident behave better when they know they are being filmed," Newhouse says. "Young people around Australia, and in particular Aboriginal youth, are being misled when they're told they have no right to film police or any other person in authority."

04:09

Is Trump Administration Planning A First Strike On North Korea? "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Gareth Porter for Truthout - Ever since the Trump administration began a few months ago to threaten a first strike against North Korea over its continued missile tests, the question of whether it is seriously ready to wage war has loomed over other crises in US foreign policy. The news media have avoided any serious effort to answer that question, for an obvious reason: The administration has an overriding interest in convincing the North Korean regime of Kim Jong-un that Trump would indeed order a first strike if the regime continues to test nuclear weapons and an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). Therefore, most media have shied away from digging too deeply into the distinction between an actual policy of a first strike and a political ruse intended to put pressure on Pyongyang. The use of military threat for "diplomatic coercion" is such a basic tool of US policy in dealing with weaker adversaries that it is almost taken for granted in Washington. Even diplomats who have been deeply involved in negotiating with North Korea are supportive of using that threat as part of a broader diplomatic strategy. Robert Gallucci, the State Department official who negotiated the "Agreed Framework" with North Korean officials in 1994, noted in an email to Truthout, "We do want the North to understand that their actions could lead the US to a preventive strike -- wise or not."

04:00

Behind The Mask Of The Moderates "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Chris Hedges for Truth Dig - TORONTOPity Canada. Its citizens watch the stages of U.S. decline and then, a few years later, inflict on themselves the same cruelties. It is as if the snuffing out of democracy across the globe and the rise of authoritarian regimes are a preordained Greek tragedy and all of us, in spite of our yearning for liberty, must ominously play an assigned part. Canada is currently in the Barack Obama phase of self-immolation. Its prime minister, Justin Trudeau, isas Obama wasa fresh face with no real political past or established beliefs, a brand. Trudeau excels, like Obama, French President Emmanuel Macron, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, in empty symbolism. These moderates spew progressive and inclusive rhetoric while facilitating social inequality, a loss of rights and the degradation of the environment by global corporations. They are actors in skillfully crafted corporate advertisements. Liberal democracy is bifurcating, giving rise to two new regime forms: illiberal democracy, or democracy without rights, and undemocratic liberalism, or rights without democracy, writes political theorist Yascha Mounk. The moderate politicians espouse undemocratic liberalism. Lifestyle choices and expressions of personal identity are respected, even championed, while we are politically disempowered. The focus on multiculturalism and identity politics is anti-politics.

03:04

Crazed ferret attacks woman in her sleep in Sydney, Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

A New South Wales woman has awoken to a crazed ferret attacking her face. The Baulkham Hills woman, in Sydney's northwest, told local newspaper Hills Shire Times, that she was jolted awake by a searing pain and something latching onto her cheek. "The second it bit my face I woke up and grabbed onto it," the woman said. "It didn't get to bite me too hard, because I grabbed its jaw pretty quickly."

03:00

Black Death Warning: The Plague Is Impossible To Eradicate "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Face masks are placed on children in Antananarivo, Madagascar (AP Photo/Alexander JOE)

Face masks are placed on children in Antananarivo, Madagascar (AP Photo/Alexander JOE)

An expert is warning the plague that has sickened over 2000 people in Madagascar since August is impossible to eradicate. Even though the number of those infected has dropped in recent weeks, the plague will never truly be gone.

Its not possible to eradicate plague, as it is widespread in wildlife rodents outside the sphere of human influence, Cheng wrote on The ConversationOutbreaks, generally, are managed reactively by firefighting teams, deployed to clear houses of fleas, identify and treat cases and give pre-emptive treatment to contacts at risk. A more preventative approach, such as the identification of areas at risk using climate models and animal surveys to focus flea and rat control efforts, would be better, he said. But, this requires a better understanding of transmission pathways in each region where disease persists.

The best way to stop the plague spreading was to focus on flea and rat control in the most at-risk areas, he said. Chengs comments came after at least 171 people died in Madagascar over an outbreak of plague. Nine countries were urged by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to prepare for a black death attack, at the end of October.

Its been reported that plague has been transmitted to humans by camels, goats, prairie dogs, rock squirrels and guinea pigs since the 1960s. There are only a few remaining hotspots for plague in th...

02:41

GMO Apples That Do Not Brown Have Hit Stores "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Heather CallaghanEditor

After much anticipation, consternation and hype the GMO Arctic Apples, genetically engineered not to brown are on their way to supermarkets across America.

Arctic Apples, made by Okanagan Specialty Fruits were specifically altered to not turn brown when exposed to the air. When non-GMO apples are cut or bruised, an enzyme in apples called polyphenol oxidase (PPO) readily oxidises to form o-quinones chemical precursors to the brown substance which, in turn, are formed after they react with proteins in the flesh of the apple.

The companys pre-sliced and packaged apples in granny smith, golden delicious and Fuji varieties will be sold in Midwestern grocery stores starting this month.

Part of the controversy of the apples, however, comes from the way that they were altered using a newer form of GE biotech called CRISPR.

IBTimes reports:

A team of scientists at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in Australia was able to simply delete the gene that...

02:28

The US Once Locked up White Australians Like Australia Does to Asylum Seekers Today "IndyWatch Feed National"

Lurking behind the debates about offshore processing lies a little-known historical irony: white Australians were once locked up in immigration centers that bore a striking resemblance to the Manus Island and Nauru detention centers, which were recently harshly criticised by the UN Human Rights Committee. And unsurprisingly, they were far from happy about it.

Back in 1921, the United States introduced immigration restrictions based on national quotas. The quotas were tightened in 1924, and again in 1929, and remained in place until 1965.

The restrictions were part of a racist program to close the borders to undesirable migrants, but they carried the pretense of being color-blind. As a result, these quotas affected even Australia a fellow white mans country that proudly advertised its own White Australia policy and boasted of a 98% British population.

Australians of that era violently protested their restriction and the traumatizing border detention that followed. Yet todays Australians have been more than willing to subject refugees and asylum seekers to similar (or worse) treatment. There is also one key difference: Australian immigrants detained and deported in 1920s America were not admissible under US law, whereas it is perfectly legal to seek asylum.

From July 1921 Australias quota for US immigration came out at a measly 279, later reduced to 100 far less than the tens of thousands allocated to more populous nations.

Prior to this point, white Australians had enjoyed a virtually unfettered right to roam the globe. As British subjects, who traveled on British passports, Anglo-Australians could move at will around the still vast British Empire. They also typically enjoyed a warm welcome in the States.

The situation was different for the small number of non-Anglo Australians, who faced many more restrictions on their mobility. Chinese-Australians, for example, had long been excluded from the US by virtue of their Chinese race.

Coming at a time when Anglo-Australians were used to crossing borders with ease, the US restrictions came as a shock. At first, they were effectively ignored, but it soon transpired that the quotas would be strictly enforced.

Within months, Australians who ventured to the States in excess of the quota were being detained and deported. In almost all cases, these were not shady underworld figures, but respectable citizens who had casually disregarded or misunderstood the new law. From late 1921, dozens of prosperous and even high-profile Australians would be locked up and expelled like hardened criminals.......

02:23

Mark Griffiths blockchain developer with Power Ledger on their partnership with City of Fremantle "IndyWatch Feed National"

Recently the Australian government announced they will provide millions in funding for a cutting edge project in the City of Fremantle featuring the use of blockchain-powered distributed energy and water systems. Karun Cowper speaks with Marc Griffiths blockchain developer with Power Ledger on this innovative project and on how blockchain technology can transform our society.

02:00

MCN: Big Organising with Becky Bond "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

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Do you want to build people power to win?

The big organising approach utilised in the Bernie Sanders campaign offers several valuable rules to scale up your efforts, empower members and supporters, and catch the fire of momentum.

Becky Bond is co-author of Rules for Revolutionaries: How Big Organizing Can Change Everything. She served as a senior adviser on the Bernie Sanders 2016 presidential campaign, and was an architect of the campaigns national, volunteer-driven grassroots campaign. After the 2016 presidential cycle, Becky founded the Big Organizing Project and is a pioneer in the use of distributed organising to win advocacy and electoral campaigns.

This is a Melbourne Campaigners Network event. MCN holds gatherings for campaigners, activists, and organisers to discuss ideas, exchange resources and discover new approaches to social change. Becky Bond is available to present at this event thanks to the generous support of Australian Progress and GetUp.

Location: Save the Children, 33 Lincoln Square S, Carlton VIC

Time: 6pm til 8pm

Date: Tuesday 28 November

Cost: Entry by donation, suggested donation $10-$20 (nobody turned away for lack of funds).

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01:54

Australia - Letters to the Editor || Warren Woodley Fluoride debate "IndyWatch Feed National"

I have read with interest the debate happening in Gunnedah regarding fluoride in the towns water supply. I find this subject very interesting, as many years ago now, I (as an alderman on the Tamworth City Council) was chosen by Council to be a representative on behalf of the Tamworth City Council to an appointment in Sydney Health Department regarding fluoridation in state-wide water supplies. That meant at the time, a trip to Sydney for a meeting once every few months for years.
Tamworth Council was, at the time, particularly chosen as one of several water supplies with fluoride as it had a long history of fluoride in the water in NSW, starting in the 1950s I think. History talks about the decision to put fluoride in the water supply came after talks with people, dentists and public figures in Tamworth.
I took particular interest in this, as it raised its head locally again, like it does in many towns, after some years of fluoridation use, to see what the public still thinks about the chemical which was chosen years before.
Although this is a long time ago, I particularly recall the meetings in Sydney, as the fluoridation people of the State Government were keen to get all towns using fluoride water. At the time, there was a financial benefit available to get started. What happens now, I dont know about that.
Like in Gunnedah today, there were many people not happy about the fluoride in the water supply in the 70s and 80s. The debate has not been raised in Tamworth for many years.
I was married with small children at the time and my wife, with some of her group of friends were not happy about the fluoride, because they themselves had carried out studies that did not look at it in a favourable light.
During those meetings in Sydney, I was a little bit alarmed about how they pushed and pushed to get towns on the scheme. I believed it was a purely personal thing and if people really didnt want it, you shouldnt make them have it. It was particularly interesting at the time, because we (my family) had moved out of town and we were not on Tamworth water supply. The advice to me was that we should take fluoride tablets, otherwise the children would grow up with teeth problems. As it turned out, my children grew up with absolutely beautiful teeth using tank and bore water and still have beautiful teeth today. I must say, my wife, Lorraine, was strict on our children with their teeth cleaning, which makes me think that its more about how the kids clean their teeth than it is about fluoride. Many of our friends had the same experience.
I have read information over the years about fluoride and where it comes from and it does make you wonder why it doesnt cause other health problems in life.
Warren Woodley OAM

01:31

SEASONAL FRUITS "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

As our weather warms up more and more, the fruiterers' shops begin to be filled with delectable fruits of the season: Berries of all sorts - strawberries, raspberries, blueberries; stone fruits - plums, apricots, peaches, nectarines; exotics -mangoes, kiwis, bananas, custard apples, pineapples... Forget the vitamin tablets, eat your fruit!

This post is part of the Mosaic Monday meme,
and also part of the Through my Lens meme,
and also part of the Seasons meme,
and also part of the Macro Monday meme.




01:21

Trump on the Verge of Completing His Axis of Evil "IndyWatch Feed National"

Crow Creek Sioux Chariman Brandon Sazue speaking at the U.S. Capitol

Published November 20, 2017

CALGARY, ALBERTA The Axis of Evil for us today is DAPL, the Keystone-XL Pipeline, and the delisting of the sacred grizzly bear, Chief Stanley Grier asserted at a historic tribal gathering in the Black Hills on July 4th. With Nebraskas Public Service Commission set to issue its decision today on whether or not to grant a permit for the highly controversial Keystone-XL Pipeline, Grier remains resolute.

I stand by those comments, the Chief of the Piikani Nation of the Blackfoot Confederacy confirmed. Oil is now pumping through DAPL beneath the Missouri. Secretary Zinke has delisted the grizzly from the Endangered Species Act so Wyoming, Montana and Idaho can open trophy hunts on the Great Bear that many tribes consider a grandparent, while simultaneously removing restrictions on land usage in Greater Yellowstone to enable extractive industry. Keystone-XL is the last of Trumps trifecta.

With our brothers and sisters from the Great Sioux Nation, from the Ponca Nations, and the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs, on May 17 we signed a declaration opposing K-XL and tar sands expansion. We did it on TransCanadas doorstep, in Calgary. With the Treaty Alliance Against Tar Sands Expansion, representatives of over 80 tribal nations then met in the Black Hills on July 4 to reinforce that declaration through solidarity and ceremony. Last week, the latest TransCanada oil spill on traditional Great Sioux Nation lands provided yet another example of why we are raising our voices in defense of the sacred, explained Grier.

The existing Keystone Pipeline spewed 210,000-gallons of crude from a rupture near Amherst, South Dakota last week, approximately twenty-miles from the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate. Chairman Dave Flute advised that the tribe needed to know more about the causes and impact. Conversely, Nebraskas Public Service Commission is not seeking any answers, and confirmed that the spill will have no impact on its decision, which will be based upon information imparted at previous public hearings. TransCanada, Keystone and Keystone-XLs owner and operator, has spent $925,224 on l...

01:13

MACKAY Mackay supreme court list "IndyWatch Feed National"

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23:46

The ECB Resorts to Omissions, Half-truths and Misrepresentations to Defend Draghis G30-Membership "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Norbert Hring and cross-posted from his blog

The ECB has answered questions posed by the European Ombudsman to president Mario Draghi regarding his membership and his participation in closed-door meetings of the Group of Thirty (G30), a Group in which the worlds most central bankers and commercial bankers comingle. The 17-page reply manages to evade several questions, is quite selective in the information given and even contains some false statements.

Reacting to a complaint by Corporate Europe Observatory the Ombudsman (which is a woman), started an investigation into Draghis membership, which culminated in 16 written questions to Mario Draghi dated 4 July 2017.

The ECB has answered Ombudsman Emily OReillys letter a few days ago. The reply starts with Preliminary observations which state that The Group of Thirty was established in 1978 as a forum for exchanging views on topical issues related to the functioning of the international economic system, forgetting to mention by whom. A look at the website of the G30 does not answer the question, either. Wikipedia does:

The Group of Thirty was founded in 1978 by Geoffrey Bell at the initiative of the Rockefeller Foundation, which also provided initial funding for the body.

In several instances, the ECB points to the fact that other central bank representatives, like those from the Bank of England, the Bank of Japan and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York are also members of the G30, implying that if they see fit to participate in this group, it should be okay for the ECB too. What they do not mention in this context, though, is the fact that it is only the New York Fed, a private institution owned and controlled by Wall Street banks, which sends a representative. No member of the Federal Reserve Board has become or remained a G30-member while holding this office, at least not during the last few decades. The reason is obviously that strict rules against conflicts of interest in the US do not allow a high-ranking public official to be in such an intransparent group together with high ranking private sector representatives

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23:26

Whats Inside DCs New $800 Million, Theme-Park-Influenced Museum Of The Bible "IndyWatch Feed National"

The professor of Jewish studies passes under an ornate archway, leading to another part of the sprawling History of the Bible floor. Keeping up with him isnt easy, as we dodge workers who continue to install museum panels before opening day.

Theres nothing false anywhere, Professor Lawrence Schiffman says over his shoulder, gesturing towards dozens of Torah scrolls carefully lit for preservation. Ive been walking around even today, reading more labels. We keep criticizing little picky things; thats our job as scholars.

Led by Schiffman, who sports a Brooklyn accent and traditional kippah head covering, the scene would fit more at a New York synagogue than a Bible museum founded by evangelical Christians. Director of Hebraic and Judaic studies at New York University, he has served as a Hebrew manuscripts consultant since early 2016 for Museum of the Bible, which opened last weekend in Washington DC.

This museum is not a hijacking of Jewish tradition to serve another religion, he says bluntly when asked about its mostly Christian funding. Its legit.

Proving legitimacy has been an uphill battle since its announcement in 2011. Brimming with technology and artifacts that illuminate the sacred text, Museum of the Bible has been hounded by various critiques. Theres either too much God or not enough Jesus, depending on the critic.

Yet even skeptics are wowed by the high-tech museum once they see it. Pulitzer Prize winner Philip Kennicott called Museum of the Bible rich in content [and] stocked with historic treasures. His front-page Washington Post story was effusive: It sets a new standard for how this countrys museums fuse entertainment and education.

Envisioned by Hobby Lobby craft chain owners Steve and Jackie Green, the Museum of the Bible reflects a kaleidoscope of faith traditions, story formats, and artistic approaches. A closer look at the multi-faceted museum offeringswith commentary from the Jewish, Catholic, and Protestant scholars at the heart of itilluminates the 430,000-square-foot experience.

A New Tour Through Ancient Stories

I grew up in Oklahoma, the Bible belt of the country, in a very small community, says Jackie Green. Everybody knew everybody. Its been such a delight for me to be able to rub shoulders, so to speak, with people who arent just like mebut they still have a great love for the Bible.

From the first floor, the variety at Museum of the Bible can be jarring. Ornate....

23:04

Australia, New Zealand officials discuss screening for Manus refugees "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Charlotte Greenfield

22:39

Perspective: The meaning of Governor Obianos reelection. By Chuks Iloegbunam "IndyWatch Feed National"

Anyone asked the impact of Governor Obianos victory in the November 18 gubernatorial ballot in Anambra State could answer with More

22:33

AEMO has not modelled a 50 percent renewable energy target for Qld #qldvotes #qldpol @Qldaah "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Courier Mail claims of Queensland power station closures and blackouts under question. NoFibs has received a statement from the Australian Energy Market Operator on claims made in todays The Courier Mail that, Research says ALPs renewable energy target will force closure of coal-fired power stations. Steven Wardill wrote that, Annastacia Palaszczuks renewable energy target will force the closure of coal-fired power stations, increase the risk of blackouts and cause dividends to dry up, new analysis has revealed. Research conducted for the Australian Institute of Progress warned the cascading closure of coal plants would begin from as early as next year under Labors plan for 50 per cent renewables use by 2030. The []

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22:30

Supreme Court Judgment in Medical College Bribery Case Will Remain Under a Cloud "IndyWatch Feed National"

The court has suggested that any complaint against a judge and investigation by the CBI should not be given publicity, ignoring the fact that public functionaries act under public scrutiny.

Justice Dipak Misra. Credit: Twitter

Justice Dipak Misra. Credit: Twitter

After the days of the Emergency, last week is perhaps the most the Supreme Court of India has been in the public gaze. While the propriety of the Chief Justice of India is being debated, the impropriety of the PIL litigants, Campaign for Judicial Accountability and Reforms (CJAR) and Kamini Jaiswal, has also been widely questioned. Now that the Supreme Court has delivered its judgment on the PIL filed by Jaiswal, one can assess the whole episode with equanimity.

The judgment, in paras 9 and 30, has given justification for the hurried constitution of the constitution bench on November 10. It states that there was variance between the orders passed by the two division benches, which necessitated settling of the law. In the CJAR case, the direction was passed requesting the CJI to constitute an appropriate bench for hearing the matter. The only question that was before the CJI on administrative side was what would be the appropriate bench when a similar case, in the PIL filed by Jaiswal, had been directed to a constitution bench. Had the CJI desired to respect the judicial order of Court No. 2 instead of asserting his administrative authority, there was no constitutional question that needed to be answered. The CJAR matter could have been listed before the bench hearing the similar matter.

It is worth noting that even after the settling of the law by the constitution bench, th...

22:14

Friends of Leadbeaters Possum Inc v VicForests November 17 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

The Possums Case

November 17 2017 Summary

Friends of Leadbeaters Possum Inc. v VicForests challenges whether the native forest logging industry can be held to account for its impact on federally listed species, when logging has not been conducted in accordance with the 20-year old Regional Forest Agreement (RFA) regime.

20 year Regional Forest Agreements across Australia

The case concerns the magnificent forests of Victorias Central Highlands which are home to the critically endangered Leadbeaters Possum and the Greater Glider, recently listed as vulnerable. It could have implications for other areas. At stake is native forest habitat on public land that is home to iconic wildlife.

Logging in public native forests is exempt from our national threatened species protection law, the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act, provided that the logging is carried out in accordance with an RFA, a commonwealth-state agreement. The RFA requires a performance review every five years.

We allege that failure to complete the required five-year reviews on time or at all, means that logging in certain areas which significantly impacts the Leadbeaters Possum and Greater Glider has not been and will not be in accordance with the RFA, and so is not exempt from the assessment and approval requirements of the EPBC Act that apply to such actions.

The Central Highlands RFA was signed on 27 March 1998 and the first 5-year review was due by 2003. However, the State and Federal governments say that they have only done one review, which they say looked at the period up to 2009 and concluded in 2015.

The first hearing in the case was held on Friday, 17th November before Justice Mortimer of the Federal Court.

Environmental Justic Australia

The outcome of Fridays hearing was orders from the Court for a hearing of a separate question relating to whether logging in the areas named in FLbPs claim which significantly impacts threatened species has not and will not be conducted in accordance with the RFA, and so is not exempt from the requirements of the EPBC Act, due to the failure to conduct the mandated 5 yearly reviews (the full text of the separate question can be read in the orders from Justice Mortimer see the link belo...

22:08

Rogue State "IndyWatch Feed National"

How the guardians of nationhood conspire in its destruction.

By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 18th November 2017

What is this country we are asked to love? This might once have been an easy question to answer. National identity was built around a range of institutions, considered to represent the national interest. Rebellion against them was characterised as treason. But one by one, these institutions have been subverted from within. Look to the top to see treachery at work.

The most obvious and most trivial example is the way in which the Crown has used investment vehicles based in offshore secrecy regimes to enhance its wealth. The Paradise Papers show that both the Queens investors (the Duchy of Lancaster) and Prince Charless private estate (the Duchy of Cornwall) have been conducting their affairs beyond the view of government. If the Crown mocks its own agencies in this way, why should anyone else respect them? But this, by comparison to other recent revelations, is froth.

Priti Patels engagements in Israel, which culminated in her professed intention to divert British aid money to the Israeli army in the occupied Golan Heights, raised the question of whose national interests she was representing, the United Kingdoms, or Israels? Its a question that could be directed at several British ministers and their departments. The governments of Saudi Arabia and the United States frequently appear to benefit from British decisions that seem more attuned to their interests than to ours. Brexit is likely to exacerbate this tendency.

We were promised that in leaving the European Union we would regain our sovereignty. But in abandoning an association based on equal standing, we expose ourselves to coercion by other nations. Our relationship with the United States, especially under the stewardship of the trade secretary Liam Fox, is likely to look like that of servant and master.

Fox, preposterously, is now the only official member of the UKs board of trade. The new trade bill......

22:04

Hundreds of Palestinians on the brink of expulsion: We just want to live "IndyWatch Feed National"

Three hundred Palestinians have been ordered to leave their homes and take with them all their belongings within the next eight days. Where are they supposed to go? The military order provides no answers. In the meantime, they wait for the rain that refuses to come.

By Keren Manor / Activestills.org

Members of the Daragma family stand next to a cinder block built outside their tent, which declares the area an open-fire zone, and this is forbidden for entry. (Keren Manor/Activestills.org)

Members of the Daragma family stand next to a cinder block built outside their tent, which declares the area an open-fire zone, and this is forbidden for entry. (Keren Manor/Activestills.org)

They are about to be expelled from their homes but every person I met on our visit to the community of Ein al-Hilweh in the Jordan Valley asked us if there was news of rain. The farmers and shepherds in Ein al-Hilweh and in the neighboring village of Umm Jamal are worried. It is the middle of November, and without water, their herds of cattle, sheep, chicken and other animals are beginning to die of hunger. There is no water to drink. The dry earth does not provide food for pasture. The small community, which is not connected to running water, depends on rain to grow the crops that provide the little food off of which they and their livestock survive....

22:01

Australian Government Grants $8 Million for Blockchain Energy Pilot "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Australian government has announced that it will provide over AU$8 million in grants for a blockchain-powered smart utilities project.

21:58

Financially stressed? Please don't blame high prices "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

When Tony Abbott first stood for prime minister, he complained about the price of bread.

He told the leaders debate it had shot up 12 per cent. It hadn't. The Bureau of Statistics found it hadn't increased at all it had been stuck for a year at $3.88.

Head to Woolworths online today and you'll see a variety of prices, for different kinds of loaves. I've averaged them. Today's price is $3.55.

We never seem to notice the prices that are going down, or at least we pay far less attention to them than the prices that are going up (or that we imagine are going up).

The inflation rate is 1.8 per cent. But when asked by the Melbourne Institute what we think it is, we typically say 5 to 6 per cent.

The Bureau of Statistics calculates the rate by going into shops and entering into scanners the prices of around 1000 items. It does it over and over again, all over each of Australia's eight capital cities. These days it augments those readings with scanner data from supermarkets and the prices advertised on websites.

But it gets it wrong. And not in the direction you would expect.

It systematically overestimates the inflation rate because it systematically underestimates our canniness.

Here's how it would work with two brands of baked beans. To start with they might each sell for the same price, and we might buy the same amount of each. Five years later the price of one brand might be 20 per cent higher and the other 5 per cent higher. The Bureau will record an average price increase of around 10 per cent. But the cost to us won't have increased that much. Over time, we will have shifted our purchases to the brand which has increased more slowly, by 5 per cent.

We do it with everything, switching between brands and between products in order to save money. It's how we shop.

It is why every few years the consumer price index gets seriously out of whack and needs to be recalibrated. The Bureau has just done it, re-surveying how we spend our money and readjusting the index to reflect updated spen...

21:55

Understanding Opioid Addiction "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Associated Press

It never really leaves you. Opioids haunt users recovery

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Its hard to say whether businessman Kyle Graves hit rock bottom when he shot himself in the ankle so emergency room doctors would feed his opioid habit or when he broke into a safe to steal his fathers cancer pain medicine.

For straight-talking ex-trucker Jeff McCoy, it was when he grabbed a gun and threatened to blow his brains out if his mother didnt hand over his fentanyl patches.

For newly minted lawyer Bianca Knight, it happened after hitting the street to find drugs when her opioid prescription ran out, as she envisioned her career dreams crumble.

Addiction to powerful painkillers sneaked up on Graves and McCoy and Knight, ordinary Americans who began taking the drugs legitimately for pain, but like millions of others, got caught up in the worst opioid epidemic in U.S. history.

Now theyre fighting the same tough, slippery battle for recovery, owing their lives, they say, to an anti-addiction medicine similar to pills that nearly led to their demise. They credit a Nashville doctor too, an addiction specialist who also works as a Vanderbilt University pain medicine physician sometimes recommending the same drugs to pain patients that brought the others to the brink.

Addiction sneaks up on pain patients in the worst opioid epidemic in U.S. history, and their shared battles for recovery are fraught with ironies, tragedies and sometimes shaky success. Meet three people vowing to beat the odds. (Nov. 20)

The ironies and tragedies of the crisis are not lost on Dr. Dan Lonergan, who faced his own dark abyss years ago in medical school, when his older brother died suddenly of a possible opioid overdose.

Hes heard criticism about doctors who get em hooked on drugs and then turn around and treat em for addiction. And hes seen the finger-pointing from those who think faith and willpower are the answer, who say prescribing opioid drugs to treat addiction is trading one vice for another.

Doctors have contributed to this problem. In the past three decades we have gotten a lot of patients on medications that can be very dangerous, he said. The pharmaceutical industry has contributed significantly to this problem. This is a problem that we all need to own.

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21:33

Brisbane activist Robin Taubenfeld on the #PineGapPeacePilgrims "IndyWatch Feed National"

Karun Cowper speaks with Brisbane peace activist Robin Taubenfeld about the #PineGapPeacePilgrims currently on trial for breaking the silence around Pine Gaps role in US drone attacks & nuclear warfare.

21:25

Video of Indian politician peeing in public goes viral (Hes a water conservation minister) "IndyWatch Feed National"

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AFP/File | India is notorious for its lack of toilets. Some 70 percent of Indian households do not have them while around 600 million people, nearly half the population, defecate in the open, according to UNICEF

MUMBAI (AFP)  An Indian ruling party politician has been left red-faced after a video of him urinating in public went viral on World Toilet Day, despite government efforts to stop people relieving themselves in the open.Ram Shinde, a minister for water conservation in the western state of Maharashtra, was filmed answering the call of nature in a field by the side of a road Saturday.

The clip spread online the following day. November 19 marks the United Nations official World Toilet Day, which aims to raise awareness about the health risks caused by a lack of lavatories.

Shinde a member of Indias ruling Bharatiya Janata Party defended his actions with an excuse familiar to many, effectively saying: When youve got to go, youve got to go.

I have been travelling continuously for the last one month reviewing the Jalyukta Shivar scheme, he told the Press Trust of India (PTI), referring to drought-prone Maharashtras water conservation programme.

Continuous travelling in high temperatures and dust made me ill. I was suffering from fever and when I couldnt find a toilet while travelling, I had to relieve myself in the open.

India is notorious for its lack of toilets. Some 70 percent of Indian households do not have them while around 600 million people, nearly half the population, defecate in the open, according to UNICEF.

Three years ago, Prime Minister Narendra Modi pledged to build toilets for everyone by 2019.

The government has so far helped install more than 50 million lavatories across the country of 1.25 billion people and has been encouraging citizens to break old habits and use them.

Calls by AFP to Shindes mobile phone went unanswered Monday.

PTI and other news outlets said the incident occurred on a stretch of road between the cities of Barshi and Solapur in the south west of Maharashtra, of which Mumbai is the state capital.


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21:18

Update from CCWA anti-nuclear campaigner KA "IndyWatch Feed National"

Karun Cowper speaks with anti-nuclear campaigner from the Conservation Council of WA KA.

19:46

Naarm / Melbourne, so-called Australia: Serco Compound Attacked in Solidarity with Refugees in Detention "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

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19.11.17: Tonight, a group of people in Naarm / Melbourne, responding to the call out for 8 Days of Solidarity for Refugees, undertook an action targeting Serco. Serco is a multinational corporation which is directly responsible for the inhumane incarceration conditions faced by refugees, asylum seekers, and detainees, in so-called Australia. Serco is also a major player in the international privatised prison complex.

The group gained access to a central Naarm / Melbourne, Serco compound and immobilised 7 vehicles. The group also left spray-painted messages on Serco compound property, including vehicles, reading Serco Psycho Scum, Serco, profiting from refugee detention- this is war, and Serco profits from misery, we hold YOU responsible.

Deaths in Detention Vengeance and Accountability Crew


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19:19

Why we are running for Breast Cancer Networks Fun Run "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.food"

Breast cancer is a huge issue for women in Australia. Some of them cannot afford treatment such as International students and the homeless. We are raising money to help the Breast cancer network find an affordable solution for all by doing this fun run.

The Carmens fun run is on the 3rd of December and its all about finding an affordable solution for breast cancer.

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Here they have a 5/10 and 21km run which is done in St Kilda at the iconic beach. The race is really fun albeit warm. At the end there are some freebies for runners from some of the amazing sponsors.

Although we are raising money for the homeless, we found that most of the homeless are women fleeing domestic violence. And then most of these...

19:00

From the Webmaster: A Bolingbrook Babbler Thanksgiving (Fiction) "IndyWatch Feed National"

From the Webmaster: A Babbler Thanksgiving (Fiction)

My brother Dale insisted that I repost this video he made for Thanksgiving.  He says hes still asking questions about the real origins of Thanksgiving.

I can answer his questions, but I thought I it would be more fun to let our readers try to answer these questions.

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at the Bolingbrook Babbler.

18:54

Announcing Overlands next resident writer "IndyWatch Feed National"

Overland is thrilled to announce the successful applicant of its second residency program, which this year was open to First Nations writers.

18:38

MACKAY Mackay magistrate labels handling of case a joke "IndyWatch Feed National"

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18:34

50 Shades of GDay "IndyWatch Feed National"

My friend Ryan took acid once. Thats not to say hed never taken acid previously. Nor was he my friend, actually. But if you knew Ryan well, which I didnt, youd be aware of his penchant for all things hallucinogenic. The kids call it tripping.

On this particular occasion, Ryan was tripping in a small town in Northern California. Sandwiched between giant redwood forests and a bitterly cold Pacific Ocean, Arcata attracts university students, hippies, marijuana farmers and a large transient population.

I sat on a porch in the middle of town drinking weak American beer. It could have been a Friday, it could have been a Tuesday, but it was a sunny afternoon. A few people I knew had decided to skip class for the day and, like any good exchange student worth their accent, I agreed to join. It may have been my idea.

Theres Ryan, said one of the boys, pointing down the street.

The rest of us turned to look. Ryan was darting between colourful, weatherboard houses at high speed. He was too far away to be audible, but he appeared to be having a great time. Id met him a few weeks back at a party.

As Ryan made his way up the street it became apparent he had either mistaken himself for Jack Sparrow or was having a stroke.

Arrrrr! he screamed, rolling past a letterbox and crouching behind a set of stairs.
Cannons at the ready! he cried, taking cover between a pastel yellow split-level and a manicured hedge.
What the fuck? we asked each other in unison as he ran past our porch.
Ryan likes acid, my mate explained. We took a sip of beer. California knows how to party.

Never tried acid myself. It seems a little removed from reality and, contrary to popular opinion, I quite like reality. On a global scale its completely fucked, I grant you that, but if you keep an eye out youll witness little moments every day that remind you just how great it can be. Like dropping an egg, only to realise you had actually boiled it that morning, or watching a commuter sprint for a train and jump through the doors at the last second.

Then again, I suppose thats the whole point of drugs. They can be used to either escape or enhance reality and the same goes for travelling. Maybe thats why its called tripping, and why every 19-year-old returning from their first summer in Europe has to publicly confirm that travel is my drug of choice. To them, I say try MDMA. Its chea...

18:22

Citizen Science "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

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Help online with a citizen science project on Aussie beaches.

On a hot day, why not use your computer or tablet to help clean Australian beaches by participating in a digital citizen science? Yes, it is also child-friendly with the usual parental guidance and may foster a sense of 'you can have fun while also doing good stuff'.

Check it out at https://www.zooniverse.org/projects/theplastictide/the-plastic-tide or if this project is not to your liking, check out any of the other citizen science projects (history, nature, llimate ...) going on at https://www.zooniverse.org/projects. There are usually many active at any given time and some on hold waiting for a new set of data.

How knows,  the Snow spotter may have a psychological cooling effect! https://www.zooniverse.org/projects/mozerm/snow-spotter

18:21

Free "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

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Takes mattress up to 38cm x 81cm.

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18:04

Big upset for Australias major parties, as Aboriginal Green candidate wins inner-city by-election "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Northcote by-election:  Greens win inner-city seat, Thorpe to become first female Aboriginal MP, By Richard Willingham, Sunday 19 November 2017
www.abc.net.au/news/2017-11-18/greens-win-northcote-by-election/9164644 The Greens Lidia Thorpe will become the first Aboriginal woman in Victorias Parliament,
defeating Labors Clare Burns on the back of a campaign that included a
pitch to voters that they could make history while not toppling a progressive government.

It is the first time Labor has lost a Victorian by-election since 1948.


17:55

Bob Kernohan never stood a chance. Michael Costa, Peter Reith and "The Old Mates Act" made sure of that. "IndyWatch Feed National"

This is an extract from the diary of now Commissioner Ian Cambridge. Ian was at the time the joint secretary of the AWU. He had called for a Royal Commission into the Gillard/Wilson etc allegations. He'd also called for - amongst other things - a pecuniary interest register for union...

17:50

Surge in wind farms in Australia, drop in complaints about them "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Desultory: Wind farm complaints arent keeping up with surging industry, The Age, Peter Hannam, 19 Nov 17,  The surge in new wind farm developments has failed to produce an upswing in complaints, with just nine of the 79 projects operating in Australia receiving any formal objections, Andrew Dyer, the National Wind Farm Commissioner, has said.

As of the end of October, the commission had received 54 complaints, for existing projects, with all but two resolved. Four people had relocated as part of the resolution process.

There are no complaints for recently completed wind farms, Mr Dyer told Fairfax Media.

Victorian wind farms have attracted the bulk of objections, accounting for 31 of the 54, while SA and NSW had 16 and seven complaints, respectively. Operating wind farms in other states have not triggered any complaints, Mr Dyer said.

The National Wind Farm Commissioners three-year term  which began in late 2015 with $2 million funding  followed a Senate inquiry prompted in part by efforts of a few anti-wind turbine groups.

Fears by supporters of renewable energy that the commission may have spurred an uptick in opposition to wind farms have largely been allayed, with the role now seen as helping developers understand and respond better to...

17:44

Same Sex Marriage law a con just like the Australian Constitution? "IndyWatch Feed National"


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17:43

Zero G - 20 November 2017 Episode 1160 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

ZERO-G #1160

Title: Punishing Justice

Podcast Title:  Steppenpod 1160

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Historical Radio with Rob Jan & Megan McKeough. This week: we hit the PUNISHER (and watch him get hit); and join the JUSTICE LEAGUE.

For playlists, show notes, and news see the 3RRR website at:

http://www.rrr.org.au/program/zero-g/playlists

Follow @zerogrobjan on Twitter and Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/ZeroGRadio

Zero G broadcasts live from Melbourne Australia on Mondays at 1pm AEST

16:47

Things are looking up "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Ocean Grove and Collendina are both in top four of the Bellarine Peninsula Cricket Association A Grade competition. Both sides have three wins. Collendina looks well poised to defend its premiership from last season as Andy Higgins and Ben Ricardo made a return to the Snake Pit. The two sides wont meet each other until Round 9 in the local derby, which will be played at Collendina on 3 and 10 February.

The post Things are looking up appeared first on Ocean Grove Voice.

16:47

Shane ready to host Rip to River Classic "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Ocean Grove Surf Lif Saving Club has appointed 3AW sports broadcaster Shane McInnes as the master of ceremonies for its iconic Rip to River Classic run this summer.
McInnes has close family who reside in Ocean Grove and links to Ocean Grove SLSC, his father Shane McInnes Snr was a long outstanding member of the club.
McInnes Snr, who passed away in November 2016, was a regular surf patrol member at the Ocean Grove SLSC until 2014.
His ashes were scattered in a moving tribute ceremony at nearby Raffs Beach in Ocean Grove last year which his son Shane attended and helped organise the day.
A sports commentator and sports reporter for Macquarie Media stations 3AW and 6PR since 2008, McInnes, 33, has worked on AFL, tennis, Formula One and covered Olympic Games and Commonwealth Games for the network.
He has worked alongside well-known media and radio personalities Rex Hunt and Robert Walls.
In other developments, Ocean Grove SLSCs biggest annual fundraiser the Rip to River Classic takes place on Saturday 6 January, 2018.
Adult prices for the 5km and 10km events are $50, while junior prices start from $20 for the 1.4km Ripper Nipper race.
To book online log on to www.registernow.com.au/secure/Register.aspx?E=25502 or check out the oceangroveslsc.asn.au website for more information.

The post Shane ready to host Rip to River Classic appeared first on Ocean Grove Voice.

16:38

Ducking Dark Times with Michael Leunig "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

Modern life can feel like an injury. Where do we turn for hope when all seems dark? Its times like these we need the consolation of art and ducks.

Michael Leunig is in Perth soon for his latest book, Ducks for Dark Times a glimpse into his twentieth collection of cartoons. Explore the mind of one of Australias most treasured artists and find the wisdom and resilience needed for anyone who is losing faith; whos becoming exhausted or fed up with the news, and for those of us who feel we could do well to laugh or weep a little more.

Michael Leunig has been drawing and writing for Australian newspapers since 1965. He was born in Melbourne and now lives on a farm in north-eastern Victoria. His work has been widely published overseas, and has been adapted in Australia for television, theatre and radio.

His many titles include The Penguin Leunig, The Travelling Leunig, Ramming the Shears, Everyday Devils and Angels, You and Me, Short Notes from the Long History of Happiness, Why Dogs Sniff Each Others Tails, Goatperson and Other Tales, The Curly Pyjama Letters, The Stick, Poems, Strange Creature and The Lot.

Play Michael Leunig

Hope in Dark Times: An Evening with Michael Leunig Thursday November 30, 6:30PM. Beaufort Street Books

To learn more about Hope in Dark Times: An Evening with Michael Leunig, click here

16:24

What Can We Learn From Zimbabwe "IndyWatch Feed National"

Robert Mugabe is the oldest statesmen in the world, born on February 21, 1924. Queen Elizabeth II was born on April 21, 1926 and is the longest serving monarch in the world.

By Dee McLachlan

It was in the 80s when I traveled up from South Africa to Zimbabwe to make a wildlife film. We shot in the bush for about two weeks with tame lions, managed by a movie animal wrangler. As we were about to leave, he looked down at the tires of our vehicle and said, Can I buy the tires off your van. We cant buy tires here. We swapped tires, and we drove back with his very well-worn tires.

Then my cousin married a Zimbabwe tobacco farmer and moved up there. I think they forfeited part of their farm in the early days, so were largely left alone in the compulsory white farmland acquisitions. They are still there, part of a small group of farmers that remained.

This week-end she wrote me an email saying, we need Mug to stand down graciously and off. Everyone is sick to death of his crap. She atten...

16:19

"Butterflies..." "IndyWatch Feed National"

"I think humans might be like butterflies; people die every day without many other people knowing about them, seeing their colors, hearing their stories... and when humans are broken, they're like broken butterfly wings; suddenly there are so many beauties that are seen in different ways, so many thoughts and visions and possibilities that form, which couldn't form when the person wasn't broken! So it is not a very sad thing to be broken, after all! It's during the times of being broken, that you have all the opportunities to become things unforgettable! Just like the broken butterfly wing that I found, which has given me so many thoughts, in so many ways, has shown me so many words, and imaginations! But butterflies need to know, that it doesn't matter at all if the whole world saw their colors or not! But what matters is that they flew, they glided, they hovered, they saw, they felt, and they knew! And they loved the ones whom they flew with! And that is an existence worthwhile!"
- C. JoyBell C.

16:08

ECB & the Coming Banking Crisis "IndyWatch Feed National"

 

QUESTION: Mr. Armstrong; Your post of November 16th where you state that the ECB is looking to freeze accounts in a banking crisis, does that mean they will no longer honour the claimed insurance of 100,000 per account?

PH

ANSWER: No. They will not pretend to eliminate that insurance, they just will suspend it as a bank holiday. But you gloss over another problem. The insurance of  100,000 will NOT be honoured per account, but PER PERSON. The US FDIC insurance is also per person when you dig deeper. Europe will also change that on a discretionary basis. So taking 1 million euro and spreading among 10 banks does not thereby provide insurance for the whole lot. The same is true in the USA. The ECB is proposing supplementing it with discretionary powers to suspend bank withdrawals. To say that the entire program will be terminated is an exaggeration. Nevertheless, it reflects the realization that the European banking system is in serious trouble. I recommend that Europeans should have a stash of cash, and if you have a lot of cash in your account, put some into dollars in the States before it is too late.

15:55

Kathy Jackson to stand trial in the Victorian County Court on 166 theft and fraud charges "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Kathy Jackson today appeared before the Melbourne Magistrates' Court for a committal hearing of 166 fraud and theft charges. A committal in Victoria's legal system is heard before a Magistrate who decides whether the prosecution has established a prima facie case against the defendant - in other words, would a...

15:42

Subscriberthon Day Four: Not a note wrong "IndyWatch Feed National"

In Overland you find ideas unpopular with the political classes, and stances not taken in other publications. Since 1954, we have been a place where the political and literary left meet because politics does not end where a book begins.

15:23

Free "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

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I'm looking to offload a Philips Avent bottle steriliser that's never been used. Still in the box. We live in Preston West.

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15:23

Will FBs new image abuse tool really work? "IndyWatch Feed National"

This article is also published by the EFA.

A couple of weeks back (with the help of Electronic Frontiers Australia & conference organisers), I attended the inaugural Safety on the Edge Conference hosted by the Office of the eSafety Commissioner. The eSafety Office falls under the Communications and Arts portfolio as it deals with regulation of internet content- an historically contentious topic for civil liberties groups.

The original scope of the eSafety Office was a focus on the welfare of children online, however after noting the prevalence of online abuse issues faced by adults, the agency was recently given funding to widen its scope.

Research used by the eSafety Office found image-based abuse has become a major issue facing internet users:

The research shows victims intimate images were most commonly shared without consent on popular social media sites. Facebook/Messenger accounted for 53%, followed by Snapchat at 11% and then Instagram at 4%. Text messaging and MMS were other common channels for distribution.

Earlier in the year, the office launched their online portal for reporting image-based abuse (that has already happened) but used the more recent conference to announce the rollout of an additional tool aimed at pre-empting abuse.

The additional functionality is the result of a pilot partnership between Facebook and the eSafety office with Australia the first jurisdiction to trial the technology which offers assistance to people worried someone may be about to share their intimate images against their wishes.

In order to trigger the functionality, potential victims must first make a report through the eSafety Office portal. The potential victim must then send images they are worried will be shared to themselves via FB messenger and Facebook will create a special code (called a hash) unique to each image that will be used to detect attempts to send it on Facebook and prevent unauthorised sharing.

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15:10

Free "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

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15:06

Recommendation Sought "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

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Lawn mowing and television aerial repairs/replacement.
 
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14:55

Women's Meditation Circle "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

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Are you interested in attending Rachel's final Women's Meditation Circle for the year? This is a chance to come along and also to see if it something you would like to explore for next year - the circle runs monthly during school terms in 2018.

When is it?  Monday, December 4th 10am - 11.30am
Where?  13 Meadow Street Coburg

What happens? - we meet, share tea, open with a short meditation, reflect on a topic for the day, do a nature walk and reflection - optional - by the creek near my place, and also close with a meditation/reflection.

Payment is by contribution for the session (anything $10 - $40  - you decide depending on your personal situation).

let me know if I can expect you and if you will come alone or bring a friend with you.
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14:40

MEDIA RELEASE 19/11 | URGENT SURGERY NEEDED FOR BRAIN-INJURED REFUGEE ON NAURU "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Refugee Action Coalition MEDIA RELEASE URGENT SURGERY NEEDED FOR BRAIN-INJURED REFUGEE ON NAURU A 28 year-old Rohingyan refugee injured in a motorbike accident on Nauru this morning around 7.00am has been unconscious in the RON hospital since this afternoon (Saturday 18 November). The accident between two motorbikes, happened on the Fly Camp Rd, the same(...)

14:39

MEDIA RELEASE 17/11 | EMERGENCY RALLY: STILL NO SAFE SETTLEMENT AS MANUS DEFIES THE SIEGE "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Refugee Action Coalition MEDIA RELEASE EMERGENCY RALLY: STILL NO SAFE SETTLEMENT AS MANUS DEFIES THE SIEGE Despite constant claims from the Prime Minister and Immigration Minister that new relocation areas are safe and ready, photos from West Lorengau on Manus Island show that the area is still a construction site. Duttons claim that he wants(...)

13:19

Thursday & Quicksand "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

Post-hardcore pioneers, THURSDAY announce theyre coming out of retirement with their first run of shows in Australia since 2012. Officially reforming in 2016, theyll bring the tour to Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Adelaide in March 2018. Joining them on all dates is influential New York City post-hardcore legends, QUICKSAND.

Tickets for all shows go on sale at 12pm this Friday, October 13.

My Live Nation members can secure tickets first during the exclusive pre-sale beginning tomorrow at 10am, October 11.

For complete tour and ticketing details, visit: livenation.com.au.

Revered for their anguished lyrics, chiming guitars and explosive stage presence, Thursday have been a house-hold name among punk and rock fans since their debut release, Waiting, 18 years ago. Coming out of New Jersey in 1999 at the precipice of the post-punk movement, Thursday were quick to gain the attention of fans and labels with their raw, emotive sound. However, it wasnt until their 2001 album, Full Collapse, that they fully defined a genre.

Over the course of their active years, Thursday produced six eclectic albums. None were more representative of their distinctive sound than 2003s War All The Time. Armed with the backing of major label, Island Records, the album continued to elevate them as one of the most complex and exciting bands of the decade. After pioneering the post-hardcore genre, the band officially disbanded in 2013.

Emerging from the New York City hardcore scene of the 90s, QUICKSAND delivered a masterclass over two albums on what would be a stylistic blueprint for many bands to follow. They will release Interiors this November, which many attribute as their best album to date. It arrives deliberately unannounced, two decades after the pioneering post-hardcore quartets last album. Made completely on the bands own terms, Interiors has a power, strength and subtlety that will likely stun you. There are no wasted notes, no flab, and no excess whatsoever. It is absolutely perfect.

Catch these two genre-defining acts together this March!.......................

12:42

Norfolk Island economy headed for disaster following Australian Government intervention, new report claims "IndyWatch Feed National"

An independent report on the economic situation on Norfolk Island following the Australian Government takeover of governance of the island last year, released today, warns the islands economy is heading for disaster as a result of spiralling costs and inappropriate regulation. Problems include the widespread imposition of Commonwealth and NSW regulatory regimes; the planned introduction of Australia's Modern Award System; the failure of the Australian Government to take up the responsibilities previously held by the Norfolk Island Government, such as for the promotion of tourism; the loss of direct passenger airline services between New Zealand and Norfolk Island; restrictions placed on primary producers and agricultural pursuits; and the removal of the general revenue raising powers of the Norfolk Island Government.


Written by economist and former scientist Dr Chris Nobbs, On the Brink of Disaster: The Impact of the Australian Government Reforms on Norfolk Island Businesses provides a detailed analysis of the impact of legislative and regulatory changes imposed on the island during the past 15 months.

Dr Nobbs concludes that the growing crisis is the direct result of flaws in the intervention by the Australian Government in Norfolk Island's governance and economy from 1 July 2016.

The report outlines the impact of substantial cost increases facing businesses, including double-digit price rises for incoming freight, a 15 per cent rise in telecommunications costs, a 12.7 per cent rise in regional council fees, along with regulatory changes that will see wage costs jump more than 35 per cent next year.

Based on a detailed examination of the current economic situation and the impact of significant legal and regulatory changes, it is projected that Norfolk Island will suffer a very large rise in prices, a steep downturn in tourism, a slump in business, a rise in unemployment, and widespread community distress, Dr Nobbs said.

By requiring both that Norfolk Island pay its own way and that Norfolk Islanders become like mainland Australians in terms of their obligati...

11:22

Abstract Paradigms Podcast - Interview 1 - Simon J Karis "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

http://podcast.abstractparadigms.com.au/e/interview1simonjkaris/

Abstract Paradigms is proud to present the first in a recurring series of interviews, slated for release every couple of Sundays. The first of these is with sound artist, labelhead at Nice Music, and owner at Polyester Records Simon J Karis. This interview, recorded at Polyester on August 29, 2017 covered Simon's history with making music, running the label, and Polyester records. Simon picked 5 tracks for us to listen to near the end.

Upcoming interviews include:
  • Nat Grant - Composer / Percussionist
  • Sam Eckhardt - Weirdo Mazic
  • Grace Kindellan - Hysterical Records / Wet Lips

Tracklist for Interview 1 - Simon J Karis:
Match Fixer - Attempts I [...

10:59

Capitalising on climate unity "IndyWatch Feed National"

Marshall Islands President Hilda Heine and former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd outline the opportunities on the horizon for countries worldwide to raise their level of climate ambition and lock in sustainable growth.

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