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Friday, 20 July

00:24

Australia Says No to Software Patents "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

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

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

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

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

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

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Thursday, 19 July

14:34

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

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

14:00

5 Awe-Inspiring Museums and Galleries to Visit When in Melbourne "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Melbourne, Australia

Published July 19, 2018

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

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

National Gallery of Victoria

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

Scienceworks

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

National Sports Museum

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

Immigration Museum

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

13:24

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

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

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

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

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

Jane and crowd

The first Stick Shed Sing was held i...

13:14

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

Contributed from Queensland

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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12:05

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

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

10:17

RISE DEMANDS IMMEDIATE EVACUATION OF REFUGEES AND ASYLUM SEEKERS TRAFFICKED BY AUSTRALIA TO MANUS AND NAURU RISE: Refugees Survivours and Ex-detainees

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

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

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

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

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

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

Furthermore, Ramesh Fernandez says, due to the lack of transparency in these Australian run detention camps, refugee cases have been mishandled, unfairly dismissed and processed without proper adherence to refugee rights protocol. Providing Manus and Nauru  detainees with the impossible ultimatum of settling in PNG or returning to their countries pushes unfairly rejected asylum seekers as well as those who...

07:57

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

Contributed from Victoria

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

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

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

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

shot of Channel 7 beat up story

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

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

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

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Wednesday, 18 July

16:08

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

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

14:30

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

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

14:08

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

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

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

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

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

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

12:22

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

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

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

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

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

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

09:50

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

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

Tuesday, 17 July

00:00

Seeking a humanitarian FOSS outreach position "IndyWatch Feed National"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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