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Wednesday, 22 November

15:25

Why The Interest in Barron Trump? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Barron and Melania (photo Daily Mail)

By Dee McLachlan

Why would ISIS suddenly be interested in Barron Trump?

Something doesnt ring quite true. On the surface, this sounds like a new ISIS strategy coming out of the blue. There were photographs of Melania and Barron unpacking the Christmas tree the other day, and it was back in 2016, that the MSM reported ISISs desire to assassinate the then presidential nominee, Donald Trump.

The Washington Beacon broke this news about Barron in their article, ISIS Calls for Assassination of Barron Trump, reported:

Pro-ISIS internet channels are calling for the assassination of President Donald Trumps son, Barron, and have shared personal details of the childs life on its social media networks, including the address of his school according to the Middle East Media Research Institute, or MEMRI.

They were using the hashtag handle the son of the mule...

15:23

BATTS Announces New EP 62 Moons "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Image Courtesy of BATTS Melbourne based singer-songwriter BATTS this week announced that shes signed to the newly announced THAA Records and will be releasing her new EP 62 Moons on the 29th November. The EP features BATTS 2017 singles For Now and Little White Lies and cements her new stripped back sound. The album was []

15:16

International Public Notice Commercial Lien in Tort by Wayne Kenneth Glew. "IndyWatch Feed National"

People from all walks of life now have the ability to publish information on a government carriageway called the interwebs.

Apparently not too long ago a person on social media of the name Wayne Glew had a lawful seizure of the Western Australia government.

When asked of him who had the 'keys' to joint a little while later, OBVIOUSLY giving him time to settle in, no tangible response followed.

Now readers can be graced with a document of the title; 

"INTERNATIONAL PUBLIC NOTICE" Common Law Commercial Lien In "Tort"

Suffice to say we love a good Australian tort.


P.S Anyone got a spare Nine Hundred and Ninety Nine Trillion Dollars to help out Western Australia??? 


Source: https://larryhannigan.com/constitution-2/wayne-glew-update/

WARNING: The following words must be read individually, and considered for their entertainment value only.



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15:03

Kanga: some get lucky "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

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Have you ever wondered why some animals get lucky and others do not? Its something we regularly toss about in our hearts and minds each day here at Edgars Mission. And the story of Kanga speaks poignantly of this.

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For some time, this once owned goat had roamed vacant land around an outer Melbourne industrial area. Minding her own business and keeping out of trouble, she had pretty much slipped under the radar. Slipped under, that is, until her cameo appearance on national news recently, mingling amid hapless and landlocked kangaroos. This fleeting moment of fame brought her existence to the thoughts of many. While animal activists lobbied hard to save the doomed kangaroos, calls began to come in for EM to step up and offer sanctuary to the sweet old goat. The taste of freedom and lack of human contact had boded well for dear Kanga, so she did not realise that she was now living on borrowed time. She refused to give up the good life easily and it was to take a dart-gun laden with sedation to rein her free spirits in.

Once in our care, it was sadly all too clear that making friends with humans was not high on Kangas agenda. As she refused to eat or drink during her quarantine days, we had to think fast to entice our new friend that an even better life lay ahead. Enlisting the help of dear Othello, an older sage of a goat, most admirably did the trick as now Kango bounces to the beat of a different pastureone filled lush green grass and kindness, and one where never again will her future look bleak. Some truly do get lucky.

While Kangas lot is now all good, the fate of her kangaroo buddies is uncertain, with a stay of execution in place with a direction hearing at the Supreme Court resulting in a full hearing date being set for June 2018.

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14:16

Catch the Overland rocket to Prizeville "IndyWatch Feed National"

By taking out, renewing or giving an Overland subscription today, you could win: todays Parental leave prize any of the three Major Prizes and/or one of our Regional Prizes a good feeling about yourself and the future of progressive literary culture

13:20

Westall research - this blog's contribution to the debate. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Introduction

From time to time, I receive comments from people, that they believe I have a negative approach to the subject of the 6 April 1966, mass sighting at Westall, Melbourne, Australia.

I inform such people that, like themselves, I have the right to my opinion as to the cause of the sighting that day. Unlike some individuals, I base my own opinion on having conducted research on the event. I was not there on the day, and ultimately, my opinion is based solely on what I have been able to find out, by communicating with Westall witnesses as long ago as the 1990's; by visiting the site, prior to the playground installation; by an examination of all the original source material I could locate; an examination of Australian government files; by looking for potential non-UFO explanations; by exploring topics such as memory recall in people; and applying all that I have learnt from many years of interviewing witnesses to sightings, all over Australia.

One of the few witness documents available from 1966 - image courtesy VFSRS

This blog's contribution to the Westall debate

Quite a few posts on this blog, have explored the Westall sighting. I have provided the following links for anyone who wishes to explore material relating to the event; much of which, you will not find anywhere else.

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12:49

Founder of Autism Non-Profit Found Dead in Canal "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Heather CallaghanEditor

We regret to report to you that a well-known advocate for autism people  Jeana Beck died approximately November 17th near an Oregon hotel room where she had been staying.

Beck was the founder of Unlocking Autism and was traveling with her 23-year-old autistic son for a work trip and staying at Rodeway Inn.

She reportedly went outside for a smoke break and never returned. She was reported missing. Tragically, her body was found the next night in a canal behind the hotel.

Strangely, police almost immediately ruled out foul play, according to health writer Erin Elizabeth of Healthnut News who has delved deeper in the strange string of deaths that has rocked the alternative health community in the last year or so.

We have touched on some of those stories on dead doctors but apparently the number has reached above 70 in less than a two year period.

Elizabeth notes another strange twist Beck was a supporter of Age of Autism, whose editor Dan Olmstead also died in an alleged suicide early this year.

The family, of course, wants answers and apparently isnt accepting the police explanation for Becks death. They rightfully want to know what happened t...

12:44

The model is broken.. "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

This amazing article was originally published here.

IS SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT A MYTH?

For a long time now, sustainable development has been the fashionable economic objective, the Holy Grail for anyone aiming to achieve economic growth without inducing catastrophic climate degradation. This has become the default position for two, very obvious reasons. First, no politician wants to tell his electorate that growth is over (even in countries where, very clearly, prosperity is now in decline). Second, policymakers prepared to invite ridicule by denying the reality of climate change are thin on the ground.

Accordingly, sustainable development has become a political article of faith. The approach seems to be to assume that sustainable development is achievable, and use selective data to prove it.

Where this comfortable assumption is concerned, this discussion is iconoclastic. Using the tools of Surplus Energy Economics, it concludes that the likelihood of achieving sustainable development is pretty low. Rather, it agrees with distinguished scientist James Lovelock in his observation that sustainable retreat might be the best we can expect.

This site is dedicated to the critical relationship between energy and economics, but this should never blind us to the huge threat posed by climate change. There seems no convincing reason to doubt either the reality of climate change science or the role that emissions (most obviously of CO) are playing in this process. As well as counselling sustainable retreat, James Lovelock might be right, too, in characterising the earth as a system capable of self-regeneration so long as its regenerative capabilities are not tested too far.

False comfort

Economics is central to this debate. Here, comparing 2016 with 2001, are some of the figures involved;

Real GDP, 2016 values in PPP dollars:

2001: $73 trillion. 2016: $120tn (+65%)

Energy consumption, tonnes of oil equivalent:

2001: 9.5bn toe. 2016: 13.3bn toe (+40%)

Emissions of CO, tonnes:

2001: 24.3bn t. 2016: 33.4bn t (+37%)

If we accept these figures as accurate, each tonne of CO emissions in 2001 was associated with $2,990 of GDP. By 2016, that number had risen to $3,595. Put another way, 17% less CO was emitted for each $1 of GDP. By the same token, the quantity of energy required for each dollar of GDP declined by 15% over the same period.

This is...

12:24

Study of 2000 Cardiac Arrest Patients Demonstrates Consciousness Exists Well Beyond Physical Death "IndyWatch Feed National"

Anna Hunt, Staff Writer
Waking Times

What makes us who we are? The psyche the self has been a mystery for ages. Now, an intensive care doctor and his team have found a way to start answering at least some of the countless questions surrounding the mystery of consciousness. Through their research, Dr. Sam Parnia and his colleagues have confirmed that consciousness continues to exist, even when the body and the brain die.

Dr. Parnia is the director of critical care and resuscitation research at NYU Langone School of Medicine in New York City. According to Parnia, brain function halts almost instantaneously after the heart stops. Despite this, his study of people who suffered cardiac arrest shows that human consciousness exists, even after the brain is dead.

In the video above, Parnia makes the following claim.

Human mind and consciousness that thing that makes us who we are, our self does not become annihilated, when weve gone beyond the biological threshold of death.

Parnia and his colleagues have been studying what happens to consciousness and the brain during the period between physical death and when a person is resuscitated. Being one of the largest studies of this type, their research includes more than 2000 people. These individuals all met the physical criteria for death and were resuscitated. Out of the study subjects that were successfully brought back to life:

  • 40% had a perception of having had awareness.
  • 10% had a very vivid mys...

11:53

Sydney magistrate Graeme Curran appears in court charged with child sex offences "IndyWatch Feed National"

Magistrate Graeme Curran

ABC News Australia

Sydney magistrate Graeme Curran appears in court charged with child sex offences

22 November 2017

A man walking.
A high-profile Sydney magistrate has appeared in court charged with alleged sex offences dating back to the 1980s.

Graeme Bryan Curran, 67, is facing nine c...

11:49

MI6s Secret Multi-Million Pound Cold War Slush Fund "IndyWatch Feed National"

Via: BBC: What was it for? Cs answer in 1952 is revealing. He thought it right to have a large sum to meet such contingencies as (a) a very large inducement to some person in an absolutely key position, or (b) the Vote for the Service being drastically cut in some political emergency in a []

11:42

OKeeffe takes top spot by just one vote "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

OKeeffe takes top spot by just one vote

ELECTED INTO NEW ROLES From left, Greater Shepparton City Council Mayor, Cr Kim OKeeffe and Deputy Mayor, Cr Seema Abdullah, who were elected into their new roles during last weeks special council meeting. Photo: Alicia Niglia.

IT was a close call at the election of Greater Shepparton City Councils mayor during last weeks special council meeting, but the votes fell the way of Cr Kim OKeeffe with five councillors swinging their vote her way, and the remaining four votes going to outgoing mayor, Cr Dinny Adem.

Joining Cr OKeeffe in the top spots on council will be Cr Seema Abdullah, who was elected deputy mayor.

Having been in the role of deputy mayor for the last term, Cr OKeeffe told The Adviser she is looking forward to working closely with councillors, the community and members of parliament to achieve better outcomes for Greater Shepparton.

Greater Shepparton City Council Mayor, Cr Kim OKeeffe said, I am very honoured to have been elected as the mayor for Greater Shepparton for the next 12 months.

I would like to thank my fellow councillors for their support in electing me as mayor, and also for their support the past 12 months in my role as deputy mayor.

Over the coming 12 months, I plan on focusing on the councils Ask of Government, and will be looking to strengthen the tendering process and look at how the timelines of projects are affecting the community with an aim to provide better outcomes.

I will be listening and focusing on what is happening in our community and how we as a council can learn from it.

There are many topics to continue to focus on such as continuing to lobby hard for better rail services, educational outcomes and further development for GV Health.

Were in an exciting time with a new council and new mayor. There are some great opportunities for us looking to the future.

I would also like to acknowledge and thank former mayor Cr Dinny Adem for the effort and dedication he has shown in the mayoral role for the past two years. He has been a great mentor and I would like to acknowledge the results we have achieved as a council during his term.

Deputy Mayor, Seema Abdullah said, I am very pleased and thankful to my fellow councillors for their support and faith in me.

As a...

11:41

Adviser wins inaugural social media award "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Adviser wins inaugural social media award

A SOCIAL WIN The Adviser social media manager, David Lee was pleased that The Adviser was presented with the inaugural Victorian Country Press Association (VCPA) Best Social Media Campaign Award at the VCPA Annual Conference and Awards on Friday night. Photo: Nicholise Garner.

ON Friday night at the Victorian Country Press Association (VCPA) Annual Conference and Awards night, The Adviser was pleased to take out first place in the inaugural VCPA Best Social Media Campaign Award.

The award, which was well contested, provided the opportunity for The Adviser to showcase the work that has been put into our social media platforms, together with press marketing, that are designed to offer a personal and daily connection with the local community.

The Adviser social media manager, David Lee said, The opportunity that Nitro Circus provided us when the crew announced they were coming to put on a show in Shepparton was something that we thought would best be done over our social media platforms, and the success rate we had on our posts proved that this was the right move to make.

We utilised a range of posts on Facebook, from the breaking news announcement that the show was coming to Shepparton, to a couple of competitions and even a video to get the community revved up prior to the arrival of the show.

Wed like to thank the crew at Nitro Circus for providing us with all we needed to make this such a successful campaign and we look forward to continuing the success of our social media platforms.

Judge, Francis Nicholls-Wunder said, Facebook was an excellent choice of medium considering the younger demographic of the target audience. Response to the competition was fantastic, and organic, seemingly without any paid advertising.

The use of video was important to grab the attention of Facebook users. The competition conditions were straightforward and encouraged audience interaction, leading to come impressive virality for certain integral posts.

11:40

Meet the committee "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Meet the committee

Anne McCamish shares her passion for new SAM

A PROUD COMMUNITY PROJECT SAM Foundation committee member, Anne McCamish says that the new SAM will be something that the whole community will be proud of and has the chance to contribute to. Photo: David Lee.

THERE are nine members that make up the SAM Foundation board committee, with each of them having their own rhyme and reason to wanting to see the new SAM built for the local community. The Adviser caught up with committee member, Anne McCamish for the first of a nine part series where we hear from those who perhaps have the deepest connection with the project.

Anne said, There are two main reasons I joined the committee, the first coming down to the fact that at the moment the young people and children of Shepparton are not getting the experience of art that they could be due to the lack of an adequate facility. We could provide that with a new SAM.

The second reason is that Shepparton doesnt feel like it has a heart, such as Federation Square provides in Melbournes CBD. A place like that provides a meeting place, a safe, open and secure space and we can have that with the new SAM and best of all it will be located in a beautiful and natural environment.

Incorporating the Indigenous gallery and the specific interest that will be on display on the immigration of the region will help to unite the city.

The time will come, hopefully next year, when we see a local launch that excites and inspires people. This will most likely be at the turning of the sod and in my opinion wed like to see a kick-off for a call out for the local community to contribute toward the donations.

Everyone who puts even one dollar into the new SAM will have an individual ownership of the museum and thats a wonderful thing to be a part of.

This has been a tremendously successful city and we should celebrate that. We can with the new SAM and it will show the world how successful we are.

11:39

Learn more about Kiallas newest school "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Learn more about Kiallas newest school

DISCOVER ST ANNES An artist impression of what the new St Annes College in Kialla will look like, which interested members of the community can find out all about at an upcoming information session. Image: Supplied.

IF you have any questions about one of the newest schools to open in Kialla, St Annes College, then dont miss out on your chance to find out more at the community information session next week.

Running on November 30 from 7:30pm to 8:30pm at St Mels Parish Hall, the community will hear about how the school came to be where it is, the schools Pedagogy that will lead to learning, the building design theory and how to enrol your child.

St Annes College principal, Dom Poppa said, The evening is a general information session open to the public so they can find out what St Annes is.

It will be an opportunity to find out about our learning intentions and to meet the director of Catholic Education office Sandhurst, Paul Desmond and the architect on the design brief and what the school will look like, so that parents can get an idea on when their child comes to school what they can expect and how that fits in with the learning and teaching.

We will welcome your questions and we begin our inquiry to create a learning community that will give our children a choice in their learning.

RSVP to sackialla@gmail.com

For further information, phone 0408 596 354.

11:39

Black Friday 50% OFF spreads at SimpleFX "IndyWatch Feed National"

As Black Friday frenzy is coming up, youll be happy to know that SimpleFX has prepared something special for the occasion. This year its not only about cheaper clothes and electronic equipment you will have the opportunity to trade at a 50% discount on the spread value, no matter if you choose forex, indices, commodities, precious metals or equities.

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11:39

3 Peaks third win "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

3 Peaks third win

A RACING VICTORY From left, locals, Robin Knaggs and Bill Parsons have just walked away victors of the 3 Peaks Rally for the third consecutive year. Photo: David Lee.

LOCAL racing enthusiasts, Robin Knaggs and Bill Parsons took to the rally track around the hills of Bright recently, taking out first place in the 3 Peaks Rally for the third consecutive year.

The three day motoring event saw the local duo come out on top, beating 31 entrants with their outright points adding to 1,148 in their Nissan GTR R35.

Robin and Bill said, We have been racing together in motoring events since 1996 including the Dutton Rally, Clipsal 500, Grand Prix and Indie Car Rally.

We enjoy the camaraderie and enjoy racing.

Were happy with the result. I think it came down to experience and the fact we got lucky. Theres a lot of navigation, which can be tedious.

There was a fair bit of competition, but you just see how you go at the end of the day.

Our next race will be the Adelaide Clipsal at the end of February next year.

11:38

140 years of nurturing communities "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

140 years of nurturing communities

HUGE MILESTONE Berry Street is celebrating 140 years providing support for families and the community, and celebrating almost 20 years assisting the local community. From left, Berry Street senior administration officer, Daniel Nardella, senior manager administrative operations, Julie Petts, Hume regional director, Patrice Jackson, receptionist, Elisha Rawlings, senior manager community, partnerships and support services, Helena Simmons and leader of Berry Street School campus operations, Rachael Coulbourn. Photo: Alicia Niglia.

THE meaning behind Berry Streets slogan of Were For Childhood couldnt be a more accurate representation of what the organisation has achieved over the last 140 years across Victoria, and even more so for what it has achieved for the Greater Shepparton community over almost 20 years.

The Berry Street family have worked tirelessly for the benefit of others and what they have done is definitely worth celebrating.

Over the years, Berry Street has been helping the community through various programs, some of which have been available from the organisations conception and some newly introduced models, but all have one goal; to see the people who make up the community thrive, succeed and contribute positively.

Berry Street Hume regional director, Patrice Jackson said, It is so exciting to be part of an organisation that has such a wonderful, rich history, yet is able to adapt to contemporary welfare issues and community needs.

Berry Street believes all children should have a good childhood, growing up feeling safe, nurtured and with hope for the future.

Berry Street has been an important part of the Goulburn Valley since 1998.  It has been my privilege to be part of Berry Street for almost that entire time.

During the last two decades, Berry Street has grown and developed in so many wonderful ways.

The highlights for me were the establishment of the Berry Street School campus in Shepparton, the delivery of Kinship Care support and services to grandparents and other family members caring for vulnerable children and, of course, the opening of our Education First Youth Foyer.

In the local area, Berry Street employs more than 100 dedicated and skilled staff. We have more than 50 committed, passionate foster carers (but could definitely do with some more!!) and we have th...

11:37

Child care relief around corner for Murray families "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

MORE than 4,000 families in Murray will be better off from the Federal Coalition Governments child care overhaul.

Federal Member for Murray, the Hon Damian Drum said the new child care package will provide the greatest hours of support to the families who work the longest hours, and the greatest subsidy and financial support to the families who earn the least.

The government knows the cost of living pressures many young families face every day. This is why we have taken action to overhaul the child care system to make it more affordable for mums and dads, Mr Drum said.

Many families throughout our electorate have both mum and dad at work; these families rely on child care, which can be often quite expensive. With these new changes families using child care in Murray should be reassured that relief is around the corner.

Minister for Education and Training, Simon Birmingham said the child care changes are focused on helping the families that need it most.

Almost one million families will benefit from our additional $2.5B investment and comprehensive changes to the subsidy system, our new hourly rate cap to put downward pressure on fee increases and the end of the $7,613 annual rebate cap, Minister Birmingham said.

With 1.15 million Australian families set to access child care next year its important families have the opportunity to plan for the changes.

Visit the child care estimator at www.education.gov.au/sites/education/files/sch/est/index.html top find out how you may benefit.

11:36

"If You're Busy, You're Doing Something Wrong: The Surprisingly Relaxed Lives of Elite Achievers" "IndyWatch Feed National"

"If You're Busy, You're Doing Something Wrong:
The Surprisingly Relaxed Lives of Elite Achievers"
by Cal Newport

"The Berlin Study: In the early 1990s, a trio of psychologists descended on the Universitt der Knste, a historic arts academy in the heart of West Berlin. They came to study the violinists. As described in their subsequent publication in Psychological Review, the researchers asked the academy's music professors to help them identify a set of stand out violin players - the students who the professors believed would go onto careers as professional performers. We'll call this group the elite players.

For a point of comparison, they also selected a group of students from the school's education department. These were students who were on track to become music teachers. They were serious about violin, but as their professors explained, their ability was not in the same league as the first group. We'll call this group the average players.

The three researchers subjected their subjects to a series of in-depth interviews. They then gave them diaries which divided each 24-hour period into 50 minute chunks, and sent them home to keep a careful log of how they spent their time. Flush with data, the researchers went to work trying to answer a fundamental question: Why are the elite players better than the average players? The obvious guess is that the elite players are more dedicated to their craft. That is, they're willing to put in the long,Tiger Mom-style hours required to get good, while the average players are off goofing around and enjoying life. The data, as it turns out, had a different story to tell...

Decoding the Patterns of the Elite: We can start by disproving the assumption that the elite players dedicate more hours to music. The time diaries revealed that both groups spent, on average, the same number of hours on...

11:27

Chet Raymo, Work Of The Heart "IndyWatch Feed National"

Work Of The Heart
by Chet Raymo

In 1914, at age 39, the poet Rainer Maria Rilke had a substantial body of published work behind him. "Work of sight is achieved," he wrote; "now for some heart work." That's more or less what I have been doing on this site for the past three years: heart work. For seventy years it was sight work: looking, reading, teaching, writing books. Now I'm more interested in trying to discern the contours of the journey, the shape of the landscape I have traversed. How did the things seen fit together? How did the fit determine what things were seen? Heart work.

It's a pleasant task, and these daily posts are part of it. It is, as you have suggested, the sort of work that takes place on the porch of life. I imagine a broad summer verandah, perhaps in the south, with cicadas singing and constellations of fireflies mimicking the stars. A pink moon rising in the east. From afar off, the flicker of heat lightnin'.

In Letters To A Young Poet, Rilke advises: "Don't search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer." Good advice, and I would like to think that now is that time far in the future when whatever answers might be found will reveal themselves. But they will come, I am sure - if they come at all - in solitude and silence and love. A meteor streaks the mirroring sky. An alignment of planets in the west. Listen! A whisper. A calling into the thick of things.
...

11:23

Australia votes Yes "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

57 percent of voters in Murray vote in favour of Same Sex Marriage

ON Wednesday last week, the results were released for the Same Sex Marriage vote and the people of Australia have shown their support, with 61.6 percent voting in favour, including 57 percent of voters in the Murray electorate.

Of the 150 Federal Electoral Divisions, 133 recorded a majority Yes response, and 17 Federal Electoral Divisions recorded a majority No response.

12,727,920 million people participated in the voluntary survey, representing 79.5 percent of the more than 16 million eligible Australians.

Following the release of the results, both sides of government have stated that they are hoping that a decision on the law change will be made by Christmas this year.

Local resident, and Goulburn Valley Pride Inc. committee member, Damien Stevens spoke with The Adviser, saying that he was very pleased, excited and happy with the result, and it means he will be able to marry his partner of 10 years in April next year to celebrate their decade being together.

This is wonderful for many LGBTI people who want to get married, Damien said.

Personally this was the result I expected having worked with the LGBTI+ community. There has been a gradual increase and swell of support for marriage equality from our broader community.

Although unnecessary, this survey has provided the clarity on paper that the government said it wanted surrounding marriage equality and Australia has spoken.

In Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbulls words, An overwhelming number of people responded to the survey and an overwhelming number voting in favour.

Both Turnbull and Bill Shorten want this sorted by Christmas. There are bills tabled right now.

There are hundreds of local LGBTI people that this affects and thousands more family members, friends and allies that this indirectly affects.

Marriage provides the loving, committed, safe and legally binding relationship on paper that people who want to enter into marriage can now do. But there is still work to do.

11:21

Community Connect "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

UPCOMING

FRIENDS OF THE AUSTRALIAN BOTANIC GARDENS SHEPPARTON will be celebrating building stronger communities together by Reaching for the Stars at the top of Honeysuckle Rise in the Australian Botanic Gardens Shepparton on Thursday, November 23 from 7:30pm.

 

THE BUNBARTHA TENNIS CLUB IS CELEBRATING 100 YEARS and is planning its next meeting to celebrate the occasion on Thursday, November 23 from 7:30pm at the Bunbartha Community Centre. Any past players and community members are welcome. For further information, contact Trish Moss on 0427 298 288.

 

GV HEALTH EXTENDED CARE AUXILIARY are holding an event at Fairley Downs Homestead on Sunday, November 26 at 5250 Barmah-Shepparton Road, Bunbartha from 5pm to 8pm. Tickets are $40. For further information, contact Lolene 5821 9182 or Margaret on 5821 4937.

 

SHEPPARTON SPIRITUALIST CENTRE will be holding their next meeting on November 26 with John and Leeanne Rollinson. Meditation will start at 12:30pm, followed by lunch. Please bring a plate to share. Service starts at 1:30pm. All welcome.

 

AN XMAS CONCERT FOR SENIORS will be held on Thursday, November 30 at 1:30pm and is the last concert of the year at the Shepparton Seniors Centre in Welsford Street, Shepparton. Guest artist is Just Us (two lady singers). Entry is $5, which includes afternoon tea. Everyone is welcome with bulk bookings on 5821 9580.

 

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH GREATER SHEPPARTON POLICE SERVICE AREA MEETING will be held on Tuesday, December 5 from 7:30pm at Shepparton Police Station, Welsford Street, Shepparton. Residents of all areas of Greater Shepparton are invited. For further information, contact Peter on 0427 701 705.

 

ONGOING

SHEPPARTON VIEW CLUB is part of the Smith Family and is a friendship club that meets on the first Friday of each month from 11:30am to 12 noon at the Terminus Hotel in Shepparton. There are guest speakers and activities on offer. For further information, phone Helen on 5821 7503.

 

THE SALVATION ARMY THRIFT SHOP is now open between 9:30am and 4:30pm every Saturday. Come in and see us for a friendly chat and find yourself some bargains at 3 Mill Street, Mooroopna.

 

MENTAL WELLBEING: DEPRESSED? ANXIOUS? ISOLATED? SUFFERING GRIEF OR LOSS? KNOW SOMEONE WHO IS? The Shepparton Grow group meets weekly to offer peer support and use a proven program for mental wellbeing on Wednesdays from 1pm at 11 Service...

11:18

Letter to the Editor "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

MOYORAL ELECTION

Dear Editor,

Greater Shepparton City Councils history is in the making.

Twenty years into the journey that commenced early in 1997 following the amalgamation, with an inaugural council of seven men, we now have two women councillors at the helm of the nine member council.

Congratulations to Mayor, Kim OKeeffe and Deputy Mayor, Seema Abdullah on their appointments. I wish you every success in your term of office and would like also to thank former Mayor, Dinny Adem for his excellent service to the community of Greater Shepparton.

Yours sincerely,

Patricia Moran

Shepparton

11:15

How rock gods think: the politics of Nick Cave and Thom Yorke "IndyWatch Feed National"

If rock music amplifies capitalisms misogyny, racism and male entitlement, its not surprising that rock star politics are often built out of those things.

11:04

Feeding ecology of five fishes from the mid-slope micronekton community off southern Tasmania, Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Feeding ecology of five fishes from the mid-slope micronekton community off southern Tasmania, Australia

10:19

Oh To Be in Another Gender, Now That Aprils There "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

Last week I attended an interesting lecture by psychotherapist Laura Jacobs and psychiatrist Laura Erickson-Schroth. The subject was transgenderism. They did not say ism I am saying transgenderism as Ive been trying to ponder the phenomenon of a sudden increase in the number of people in our society today who have switched to the opposite gender from the sex into which they were born.

But it would not be accurate to say that these persons have in mind to take on the thing that I am perceiving as transgenderism. Rather, they are simply individuals who dont have the traditional, or statistically normal accord between their birth sex and their gender. Most people, such as myself, take such accord for granted. I never had to figure out which gender I was just glance at my birth certificate and there you have it: female.

During...

10:16

Gov reneging on promise to fix our broken child protection system "IndyWatch Feed National"

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

An alliance of child protection advocates has criticised the government for failing to follow-through on its promise to put through a Bill to complement legislation passed in the wake of the Nyland Royal Commission.

Disappointingly, the government has prioritised the passage of the Childrens Protection Law Reform (Transitional Arrangements and Related Amendments) Bill 2017 during next weeks Parliamentary sittings rather than the new Prevention and Early Intervention for the Development and Wellbeing of Children and Young People Bill 2017. 

10:05

Notice of AFTINET AGM 2017 "IndyWatch Feed National"

AFTINET members and supporters are invited to our annual AGM to discuss what weve done over the past year and to make plans for next year.

Wednesday December 13 at 5.30pm
Finance Sector Union, Level 2, 321 Pitt St Sydney (near Bathurst St)
Followed by drinks and snacks

AFTINET Convener Dr Patricia Ranaldwill report on the TPP, RCEP and other trade deals.

Please RSVP for catering to campaign@aftinet.org.au

09:49

Woman Driving Home From Work Realizes She's Not Alone "IndyWatch Feed National"

Its been said that, at any given moment, youre probably no more than a few feet away from a spider the implication being that most are too small, well-hidden and harmless to ever actually be noticed.

But such was not the case for Australia native Bianca Merrick. Recently, the spider nearest her was pretty much unmissable.

Credit: YouTube/Storyful

Turns out, at some point a very large arachnid (reportedly a huntsman spider, who are actually pretty friendly and harmless) had managed to get inside Merrick's car where he then proceeded to make his presence be known as she drove down the freeway.

"I was on my way home from work when I looked up and saw it staring at me," Merrick told 7News. "I considered stopping but I didnt know how Id get it out of the car so I thought the best option for me was to keep driving and pretend it wasnt there for the longest 20 minutes of my life."

In other words, to her credit, Merrick took a live-and-let-live approach to the situation. It's clear from her video of the encounter, however, that she'd still prefer to have been elsewhere.

Once at home, Merrick said, she got out, locked the car and went to sleep, preferring to "pretend that it never happened." And sure enough, that cool-headed approach paid off.

By the next morning, the creature in her car had evidently moved on. Upon checking the vehicle, Merrick said, "there was no spide...

09:10

American General: US-Backed Rebels Detaining ISIS Supporters And Doctors "IndyWatch Feed National"

(TFC) In mid-October, US Army Major General James B Jarrard of a joint spec ops task force operating throughout Syria and Iraq attended a press conference. He made headlines for accidentally stating America has 4000 boots in Syria, not a publicly acknowledged 503. That, however, wasnt the only interesting admission the spec ops commander disclosed.

Clashes have been fierce throughout Syrias bloody war, and Raqqa is no different. Since the Islamic State entered the war, theyve held the city as a stronghold. The militants dug in and took on relentless air strikes followed by sieges by foreign-funded rebel grounds.

Once the battles ended, an undisclosed number of ISIS affiliates surrendered to the Syrian Defense Force (SDF). The group is a US-supported rebel conglomerate of Kurdish, Arab, and other ethnic groups. Various rebel battalions and militias comprise its ranks including the Kurdish YPG. Although Jarrard was fickle with ISIS numbers, but did have good estimates for SDF casualties.

Throughout the fight, Major General Jarrard explained, there have been over 1200 friendly KIA of SDF forces. So, specific to Raqqa, there are approximately 434. About 905 US-backed rebels were wounded in Raqqa alone. Major General Jarrard stated SDF fighters took prisoners they believe were affiliated with Daesh.

 

So some a lot of those are continue to be detained by the SDF in their facilities in northeast Syria.  There were a lot of ISIS that were considered ISIS because of their relationship with the ISIS the Daesh.  But a lot of them were not necessarily fighters.  They were in administrative positions, working in hospitals, helping feed the large number of Daesh on the battlefield. Major General James B. Jarrard

 

Most of these individuals, local Syrians, were turned over to their respective tribal leadership. All western forces did, according to Jarrard, was record their biometrics for future tracking. Its currently unclear what will happen to the unidentified people SDF captured during the Raqqa battle. As Jarrard implies, some of them were medical personnel who treated wounded ISIS fighters.

What should be done from an international human rights perspective? Major General Jarrard was asked if the American government had any jurisdiction over the captu...

08:46

North Korea defiant despite terror listing "IndyWatch Feed National"

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un waves during a military parade to celebrate the 105th birth anniversary of Kim Il Sung in Pyongyang, North Korea on Saturday, April 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un waves during a military parade to celebrate the 105th birth anniversary of Kim Il Sung in Pyongyang, North Korea on Saturday, April 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

Kim Jong-un has displayed trademark defiance after the United States declared Pyongyang a state sponsor of terrorism, saying sanctions make the spirit of North Korea stronger.

The hostile forces desperate efforts to block the advance of the DPRK make the indomitable spirit of the Korean workers stronger and make them produce a great miracle startling the world, the North Korean leader said, according to the state news agency KCNA.

The KCNA published the news just hours after US President Donald Trump announced his decision to reinclude North Korea on the list of state sponsors of terrorism.

The designation, announced on Monday, allows the US to impose more sanctions on Pyongyang, which is pursuing nuclear weapons and missile programs in defiance of UN Security Council sanctions.

The announcement has been welcomed by Japan and South Korea.

I welcome and support (the designation) as it raises the pressure on North Korea, Japans Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said, according to Kyodo news agency.

South Korea said it expected the listing to contribute to the peaceful denuclearisation of the North, adding it continued, along with the US, to seek to bring North Korea to the negotiating table.

Trumps relisting of North Korea as a sponsor of terrorism comes a week after he returned from a 12-day trip to Asia in which containing Pyongyangs nuclear ambitions was a centrepiece of discussions.

In addition to threatening the world by nuclear devastation, North Korea has repeatedly supported acts of international terrorism, including assassinations on foreign soil, Trump said at the White House.

This designation will impose further sanctions and penalties on North Korea and related persons and supports our maximum pressure campaign to isolate the murderous regime.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull also backed...

08:41

Aust responsible for Manus refugees: UN "IndyWatch Feed National"

Manus Island refugees.

Manus Island refugees.

The situation for hundreds of asylum seekers stranded on a Papua New Guinea island is getting worse every day, a UN refugee official says, urging Australia to resume its responsibility for them.

Australia closed the offshore detention centre on Manus Island at the end of October, but some 380 refugees and asylum seekers have refused to leave, citing safety fears outside the centres walls.

The situation on the ground is very serious and deteriorating day by day, said Nai Jit Lam, a regional representative of the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) on Tuesday.

Lam said medicines ran out last week, their health is suffering in the hot and humid weather, and they have started digging wells inside the centre to get water.

The 250 others who have moved out of the centre face an apprehensive local population and unfinished alternative housing on the island, Lam said, adding that the migrants do not speak the local language.

Australia must continue to take responsibility and play an active role in achieving solutions, Lam said.

The United Nations had long criticised the living conditions on Australias offshore migrant centres, while the government argued that they deter people smugglers.

Last year, Papua New Guineas Supreme Court ruled the Manus camp illegal and asked the government to close it.

The post Aust responsible for Manus refugees: UN appeared first on Echonetdaily.

08:40

Man Invents Special Bookcase For His Introvert Cat "IndyWatch Feed National"

Jeff Faye and his family live in Chicago with their 4-year-old rescue cat, Stanley, whom they adopted from the ASPCA

Life with a family in a big city can be noisy and hectic. Everyone, including Stanley, needs a place to get some me-time, sometimes. But city life can also be cramped there just isn't much physical room for me-time.

"With four kids, visiting pets and a busy house, he really needed some space of his own," Faye told The Dodo. That's why Faye came up with an idea that would satisfy humans and felines: a special bookcase made just for Stanley. He calls it the Cat Case.

Credit: Jeff Faye

"Stanley is very curious, athletic and enjoys heights. He'll regularly jump from the floor to the top of the cabinets, and come into a room with a face covered in dust or spiderwebs from who knows where," Faye said. "Though he answers to his name, my favorite way of getting his attention is to set an empty box on the floor. Give it five minutes and he'll be sitting in it."

Credit: Jeff Faye

Stanley was a key collaborator in Faye's invention of the Cat Case, telling his human, in so many words, exactly what he thought. 

"If Stanley were a human, he'd have some serious product development cred," Faye said. "I've not only had him test out every prototype of the Cat Case and other units, but he's weighed in on every form of carpeting and material. There were several carpeting samples that he clearly wasn't happy with, those did not make the cut. The samples that he fell asleep on were the ones we incorporated in the final product."

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08:36

Energy plan to slash $120 off power bills "IndyWatch Feed National"

Households are expected to save $120 a year on their power bills under the Turnbull governments energy plan, according to modelling released ahead of a meeting with the states and territories.

The expert analysis puts an extra $5 into the hip pockets of Australian households, compared to initial forecasts released when the national energy guarantee was announced in October.

The evidence is in, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Wednesday.

The national energy guarantee will generate significant savings for Australian families and businesses. The savings are greater than originally estimated.

Average household bills under the guarantee are tipped to be $120 lower between 2020 and 2030 compared to a business as usual approach, where the renewable energy target runs out as planned and is not replaced.

The Frontier Economics modelling, commissioned by the Energy Security Board, is being distributed to premiers and chief ministers ahead of a COAG Energy Council meeting in Hobart on Friday.

It expects wholesale power prices will be 23 per cent lower than business as usual between 2020 and 2030, including 30 per cent less in 2030.

The 78 pages of modelling also confirms initial advice that the guarantee would ensure Australias emissions target of 26 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030 would be met.

The independent experts have spoken: our plan will cut power bills and ensure the lights stay on, Mr Turnbull said.

The benefits will flow through the entire economy. Businesses will be able to hire more staff, pay their employees more and pass on the savings to consumers through cheaper products.

Mr Turnbull fresh from promising to put more money in the pockets of Australian families and businesses through income tax cuts said the advice showed household bill relief would be real, significant and ongoing.

The modelling is a wake-up call to Labor and the states. They should work with government to bring down prices, increase reliability and meet our international emission reduction commitments, he said.

The guarantee requires electricity retailers to make a certain amount of power available at all times to guarantee reliability, while also guaranteeing certain levels of emissions to help the government meet its Paris accord target.

Federal Labor and some states were critical of the initial modelling and lukewarm on the governments policy.

Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg is seeking to put to blowtorch on Opposition Leader Bill Shorten.Bill Shorten asked for modelling on the national energy guarantee.

Now he has run out of excuses because he has modelling from Frontier Economics, a mod...

08:32

Ruddock to look into religious freedom "IndyWatch Feed National"

Liberal Party stallwart Phillip Ruddock. Photo AAP Image/Mick Tsikas

Liberal Party stallwart Phillip Ruddock. Photo AAP Image/Mick Tsikas

Former immigration minister Philip Ruddock has been asked by the Turnbull government to assess Australias religious protection laws.

Mr Ruddock, who was recently Australias Special Envoy for Human Rights, and a panel will look into whether Australian law adequately protects the human right to religious freedom.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull wants their findings by the end of March.

Treasurer Scott Morrison strongly welcomed the review, noting the four million people who voted against same-sex marriage in the postal survey.

I think there are many more Australians who would want to be confident that Australias religious freedoms as expressed in our law are satisfactory in todays environment, he told reporters in Canberra.

But he insisted the review was separate to same-sex marriage legislation now before the Senate.

The treasurer wants to see parental rights protected for teaching of children in schools, and no organisation or person who supports traditional marriage penalised for their views.

I dont think any of those things open up the door to sharia law (or) religious extremism, Mr Morrison said.

I think theyre sensible things that I would be encouraging my colleagues in the parliament to support.

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08:29

Adani finance deal imminent: report "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Stop Adani rally at Byron Bay's Main Beach made a clear point. Photo Orion Sturch

The Stop Adani rally at Byron Bays Main Beach made a clear point. Photo Orion Sturch

The Adani Group is reportedly close to announcing it has the money to build its controversial Queensland coal mine and rail link, but there are concerns the involvement of Chinese cash could cost Australia jobs.

An unnamed director of Adani Mining has told industry figures that the company had secured Chinese funding for the Carmichael mine and associated rail line, the ABC says.

He reportedly said Adani wouldnt need a loan of up to $1 billion from the taxpayer-funded Northern Australian Infrastructure Facility for the rail line.

A formal announcement about the financing deal is imminent.

But the ABC reports that reliance on funds from Chinese enterprises and export credit agencies could cost Australia jobs associated with the project.

Such Chinese interests invariably require that materials for key infrastructure are sourced from China and that effective shifts work out of Australia, the ABC said.

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08:28

CAM Annual Report & Foundation Financials "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

The Board of Castlemaine Art Museum are pleased to provide members with the 2016/17 Annual Report, Financial Statements and Foundation Financial Statements.

cam annual report 2017

cam financial statements 30 june 2017

caghm foundation financial report june 2017 final

08:24

Real Neat Blog Award, congratulations to my sixteen nominees! "IndyWatch Feed National"

Real Neat Blog Award

Late in 2014, I made this new award: the Real Neat Blog Award. There are so many bloggers whose blogs deserve more attention. So, I will try to do something about that

It is the first award that I ever made. I did some computer graphics years ago, before I started blogging; but my computer drawing had become rusty

The rules of the Real Neat Blog Award are: (feel free not to act upon them if you dont have time; or dont accept awards; etc.):

1. Put the award logo on your blog.

2. Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.

3. Thank the people who nominated you, linking to their blogs.

4. Nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blogs.

5. Let them know you nominated...

08:16

Chin Chin employees hit back at wage theft "IndyWatch Feed National"

This account of working in one of Melbournes most iconic restaurants, draws attention to the need for urgent action put an end to this practice, which is widespread in the hospitality industry. The owner of Chin Chin operates nine restaurants and is in the process of opening another one. Go to Megaphone link to sign the petition. The following was written by Sorcha Harrop, one of the central figures in this story.

For almost a year I worked at Chin Chin, one of Melbournes hottest restaurants. I worked through breaks, battled stress, exhaustion and was underpaid at least $9,500.

My experience is just one of thousands of disgusting wage theft stories hospo workers are forced to regularly endure.

Ive had enough of being screwed over. Thats why I filmed this video calling on Malcolm Turnbull to take wage theft off the menu.

Chin Chin is famous for its no reservations policy, long queues down the street, fabulous food and outstanding service.

What you dont know about Chin Chin is that the people who make it such a hot destination are forced to do 14-hour long days and work up to 20 hours a week for free. And heres the kicker: while I was getting underpaid thousands of dollars, my boss, restaurant king Chris Lucas, was spending millions building his seventh restaurant.

This is textbook wage theft. And its happening to hospo workers everywhere: a new survey shows 76% of hospitality employers are stealing workers pay.

We are fed up, and enough is enough. If youve had enough of wage theft too, please watch and share this video.

Every year hundreds of thousands of hospo workers in Australia are robbed: paid below minimum wage, refused penalty rates, and forced to do free work.

We all know stealing is wrong. These rigged rules make wage theft so easy its now become a business model.

Stand with me and other hospo workers getting ripped off.

Hospo workers deserve respect just like everybody else its time to stand up and demand we are treated fairly and paid what were owed.

Video from United Voice

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08:05

Live Video Presentation: Grand Jury Resistance, Today @ 8 PM EST "IndyWatch Feed National"

The post Live Video Presentation: Grand Jury Resistance, Today @ 8 PM EST appeared first on It's Going Down.

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Grand Jury Resistance

On November 21, at 8 pm Eastern Time, we will broadcast our third live video presentation, in which an experienced legal support worker will explain what grand juries are, how they work, and how to resist themthen answer any questions you have. View the video here on this page or via facebook.com/CrimethIncDotCom.This follows up our earlier presentations, An Overview of the J20 Prosecution and The RNC 8, Standing Rock, and J20 Cases.Over the course of 2017, anarchists and radicals have actively resisted grand juries from Standing Rock to North Carolina. Its vital to learn what a grand jury is and what tools of resistance our communities have against them. This presentation is intended to demystify a legal process that relies on secrecy, paranoia, and suspicion as a means to tear apart communities and resistance movements. One of our strongest weapons against this particular tactic of state repression is knowledgealongside bold acts of solidarity!Tune in to learn about the grand jury process, its legacy of repression, and how you can support resistance to grand juries.

Posted by CrimethInc. on Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Tune in here to IGD for a livestreamed video from CrimethInc. about grand juries and how to resist them. 

On November 21, at 8 pm Eastern Time, we will broadcast our third live video presentation, in which an experienced legal support worker will explain what grand juries are, how they work, and how to resist themthen answer any questions you have. View the video here on this page or via facebook.com/CrimethIncDotCom.

This follows up our earlier presentations,...

08:02

Rare oarfish discovered on beach in Kingston, South Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

A rare discovery washed up on Kingston's shore last week. The remains of an Oarfish was discovered on the Kingston beach by Sharryn Tiller and her dog Hugo on November 11. Living in the deep sea, the fish is rarely seen and its behaviour not widely studied, and it is believed to have inspired tales of sea serpents. "I was taking Hugo for a walk along the beach and we came across this great big dead fish," said Sharryn. "I thought what on earth is it? I stood there thinking maybe it was an eel. "But eels don't have whiskers, this fish had great long hard whiskers. "I came home and my husband was chatting to our neighbour, Dan Watson and I mentioned what I had seen on the beach.

07:46

Scientists discover gold literally grows on trees "IndyWatch Feed National"

Money might not grow on trees, but scientists have confirmed that gold is found in the leaves of some plants. Scientists from Australia's national science agency, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), have proved that the leaves of certain eucalyptus trees contain minute amounts of the precious metal that have been naturally absorbed. Eucalypts in the Kalgoorlie region of Western Australia and the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia are drawing up water containing gold particles from the earth via their roots and depositing it in their leaves and branches. One of the authors of the paper, the CSIRO geochemist Dr Mel Lintern, said some eucalyptus root systems dived down deeper than 30m, through much of the sediment that sits on top of solid ore-bearing rock. The tree acts "as a hydraulic pump ... drawing up water containing the gold", he said. "As the gold is likely to be toxic to the plant, it is moved to the leaves and branches where it can be released or shed to the ground."

07:42

Pine Gap activists enter top secret facility to stop drone strikes "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Adam Carlton

Tomothy Webb, Andrew Paine, Margarert Petrorius and James Dowling have fronted up in the Northern Territory Supreme Court, to face charges of entering a prohibited area and filming within, namely the top secret Pine Gap military communications facility near Alice Springs.

They face a maximum of 7 years jail if found guilty.

All  admit jumping the  1.2 metre perimeter fence and entering the facility on 29 September 2016. But they had a right to do so under the circumstances.

Among other tasks, Pine Gap is used to communicate massages to operate drone strikes in in US led wars in the Middle East.  The base plays an important part in these actions and that the victims are mostly innocent civilians.

As Christians, the accused believe they had a duty to act.

Speaking in her own defence, Margaret Pestorious said that they had hoped to disrupt activities.

Theres a direct link to Pine Gap, because the signals come through Pine Gap and then directly out to US officers who direct drone strikes against real people, she told the court.

We went there to try to stop that information from getting from A, to B to C, which is some poor villager.

That week there was a drone strike which killed 15 people, 14 of which were not insurgents.

Australia is involved in the real-time sending of signals that result in killing.

She said that sources reveal there are up to three drone strikes a day.

That the protest was carried out to defend others and that this should be considered a justifiable defence.

Professor Richard Tanter, from the Nautilus Institute for Security and Sustainability, has written extensively about the secretive base and was called as a witness by the accused.

He told the court Pine Gap was perhaps the most important US intelligence facility outside the US.

The accused are part of a broader movement that has the aim of closing Pine Gap. Assisting drone attacks is one of its activities. It is also much more widely linked into the overall American military system.

This is not an Australian facility, but one under American command. It is questionable whether the existence of foreign bases on Australian soil is really in Australias interests. These interests  are rooted in acting as a responsible global citizen working for peace. Nor is it safe to have military activities being directed from Australia, without Australian control.

The case continues.

 

The post Pine Gap activists enter top secret facility to...

07:30

Voters think the Turnbull government is on its own highway to hell "IndyWatch Feed National"

Peter Lewis writes in the Guardian (21 November 2017) that Malcolm Turnbull and the whole political system in Australia is on the nose. Australians want change and not more of the usual political antics. Lewis starts off with Turnbulls disaster interview, where he cluelessly talked about Australian bands AC/DC and Mental as Anything and uses a tongue in cheek approach to underline a very serious matter.

You really have to be an 80s music nerd to fully appreciate the prime ministers faux pas on commercial radio yesterday when he botched an opportunity to pay tribute to Australias finest rocknroll export.

On a scale of one to 10, likening AC/DC to Mental as Anything hits 11 in lame. When asked to embrace power he opted for middle of the road: its enough to demand the leather jacket be handed back immediately.

Where AC/DC drove pulsating guitar rock to a new intensity, the Mentals delivered catchy ditties via synthesiser. Where AC/DC were a bunch of migrant kids who screeched hardship and defiance, the Mentals were a gang of art school grads who crooned smug whimsy.

AC/DC was fronted by an untamed, tattooed dude called Bon who died choking on his own vomit; the Mentals were fronted by a smart arse who wore a cardigan and called himself Greedy (maybe that explains the attraction).

What was so revealing about the moment wasnt that 40 years of rock history had passed our PM by, it wasnt that he hadnt been briefed on the obvious angle for his morning FM skate; it was that all he had in an unscripted moment, when he was caught short and the dead air was beginning to suffocate him, was: If you leave me, can I come too? **

And it wasnt the PMs only implosion in what was a high voltage* day of politics.

By lunchtime the prime minister had effectively closed the parliament in the face of growing fears that the berserk warriors** from the National party would detonate political TNT* by backing a commission of inquiry into the banking sectors litany of dirty deeds, done dirt cheap*.

By dinnertime, he was desperately reaching into the political bag of tricks, promising the Business Council to give the dog a bone* in the form of income tax cuts. Its a trick weve seen too many times** but one that politicians play when they are feeling the heat.

But rather than being thunderstruck* by the prime ministers political nimbleness, this weeks Guardian Essential Report shows most voters think the Turnbull government has embarked on its own highway to hell* 

How much trus...

07:19

The Queensland Government Is The Real Driver In Adanis Dirty Land Grab "IndyWatch Feed National"

A key issue in the upcoming Queensland election issue is the Adani coal mine, a massive project slated for development in the Carmichael basin north west of Brisbane. To ensure it happens, the Queensland Government is threatening to compulsory acquire land from the local Traditional Owners. In the second in a five part series, Kristen Lyons explains.

When Adani purchased the coal tenement for its proposed Carmichael mine in 2010, then Premier Anna Bligh declared the proposed mine and related infrastructure project could generate more than 11,000 jobs and lucrative economic returns for Queenslanders.

The rhetoric about the Adani Carmichael mine, coming in turn from the Newman, and later Palaszczuk Governments, however, has always been about more than simply more jobs and more growth.

The Galilee Basin has been lauded as Queenslands last coal frontier. The region has been described as the most prospective area outside that currently being mined and on this basis has seen successive Queensland Governments establish policy settings and financial breaks, as well as expedite approval processes and champion pro-mining rhetoric, to drive a state-led enclosure of Aboriginal and pastoral lands to open up the Galilee Basin for coal mining.

And for Adani, this constitutes a land grab of Wangan and Jagalingou Country. While Wangan and Jagalingou people are pulled in multiple directions by competing interests, the Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners Council (W&J) have asserted sustained opposition to Adanis proposed mine.

Despite their resistance, and a tireless campaign built around a defense of the right to say no, the Queensland Government has failed to even acknowledge W&Js opposition to the mine, a position simply incongruent with their coal extraction agenda for the region.

Instead, the Queensland Government has walked over Indigenous rights in its efforts to secure W&J country, and to open up the Galilee Basin for the final frontier in a long history of often violent extractivism.

Former Queensland Premier Anna Bligh. (IMAGE: David Jackmanson, Flickr)Former Queensland Premier Anna Bligh. (IMAGE: David Jackmanson, Flickr)

Our research exposes some of the direct and covert manoeuvres of the Queensland Government in sidelining the rights of Traditional Owners to make way for Adanis mines. And given the current elevation of the A...

07:05

Quietly, by the river bank "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

The Rainbow Bee-eaters have come to earth.

Watching a couple of pairs along the river the evening before last, I observed one female descend to the area in front of its nest site. A bout of digging in loose sand below the nest was followed by a rapid entry into the tunnel. Both pairs were seen huddling close together on nearby perches. I suspect egg-laying has commenced.

Rainbow Bee-eaters (female at left), Loddon River @ Newstead, 20th November 2017

06:59

Australia's weather bureau issues La Nina alert - Thomson Reuters Foundation "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia's weather bureau issues La Nina alertThomson Reuters FoundationWELLINGTON, Nov 22 (Reuters) - Australia's Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) issued an alert on Tuesday for a La Nina weather event next month, saying the chance it would take place was triple the normal likelihood. The bureau pegged the chance of a La ...and more 

06:26

Were Not Here to F**k Spiders, So Get On With It, And Other Things Jesus Might Say "IndyWatch Feed National"

The marriage equality debate has been settled. Oh wait, no it hasnt. Michael Bradley takes aim at the folks who dont like losing.

Blessed are the cheese makers, Jesus might have said, and why the hell arent we talking about their rights today? Why do the cake bakers get all the attention? If I was going to have a gay wedding, which Id definitely do out of spite if I wasnt not gay and already married, I would want a six tier cheese cake with a figurine coupling of Tony Abbott and George Pell on top. Id rewrite the lyrics to Endless Love to suit, and force a Christian rock band to play it on a key-tar.

Oh, ridiculous? We may as well all get down in the mosh-pit of nonsense being peddled by the silent majority/persecuted minority who are feeling the hurt according to Jacqui Lambie, and not stop until the dance floor resembles the aftermath of a (very heterosexual) B&S ball circa 1985, bits of cheese and cabanossi floating in the beer and vomit.

What am I saying? Im making as much sense as the po-faced defenders of the faith, whatever that now means, as they twist their hypocrisies ever more tightly around their choking throats, facing as they are into the abyss of what weve really been talking about all along but nobody is ever prepared to say: gay sex.

Yes, LGBTQI people have sex too, and they do it in ways which make 38% of the Australian voting population feel a bit ick.

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Thats ok, actually. It isnt even bigotry to not enjoy the thought of other peoples sexual proclivities. Bigotry is wanting to discriminate against them because of those proclivities or their sexual identity. We dont make laws allowing ourselves to treat each other differently because of our gender, race, ethnicity or, yes, religion. Since the passing of the Sex Discrimination Act in 1984, we have not allowed discrimination on the basis of sexuality.

This is the point constantly and consciously overlooked by the camp which was formerly No but has transformed into Oh Alright Yes But What About The Cheese Makers Help Help Im Being Oppressed.

Sorry, the point. Yes, the point is that, as at today while we still do not have marriage equality in Australia notwithstanding the $100m we just spent confirming that we want it like weve been saying all along, what happens if a Christian cheese cake maker is approached by a same sex couple seeking catering for their engagement party? What happens is that the supplier cannot, by the existing and longstanding anti-discrimination law of this country, refuse on the basis that h...

06:25

The Prosperity Gospel of Hillsong, Brian Houston and other Prosperity Gospel pastors is contrary to the teachings of the New Testament "IndyWatch Feed National"

Brian Houstons book You Need More Money

 

Hillsong Conference is held annually in Sydney Australia each July and runs for four days. It is an annual event that has been held for many decades.

Pastors Brian and Bobbie Houston, co-head pastors of Hillsong, are Prosperity Gospel and Word of Faith exponents. They are also compromised by accepting non-repentant gays and lesbians into their congregation, even in positions of top leadership. Josh Canfield, the long-time head worship leader of Hillsong New York City and previously Hillsong London, is an example. Josh was preparing to marry his live-in boyfriend Reed Kelly until they split up in March last year.

The errant heretical Prosperity Gospel of Hillsong, Brian Houston and other Prosperity Gospel pastors is contrary to the teachings of the New Testament.

All the speakers at Hillsong Conferences are Prosperity Gospel and Word of Faith adherents. Any speaker that speakers at a Hillsong Conference is aware of all, or many of,  Hillsongs heresies and is part of this heretical counterfeit Pentecostal movement world-wide. Which is not true Pentecostal at all. The leaders of the Welsh Revival, the Azusa Street Revival, John G Lake, Kathryn Kuhlmann, Smith Wigglesowrth, John Booth, John and Charles Wesley the founder of Methodism, John Knox and all the great leaders and general...

06:00

Physicist suggests looking to the cosmos to solve computational problems "IndyWatch Feed National"

Can a close look at the universe give us solutions to problems too difficult for a computer -- even if we built a computer larger than a planet? Physicist Stephen Jordan reflects on this question in a new video by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), along with a new scientific paper that considers one particular tough problem the universe might answer. In The Computational Power of the Universe, Jordan does not imagine what we could learn if humanity somehow converted the entire cosmos into a vast computing device (however marvelous a science-fiction premise that idea might make). Rather, he asks, now that the universe has undergone billions of years of change in accordance with the laws of nature, can we use what we see through our telescopes to gain insights into difficult computational problems? After all, computers crunch numbers to simulate complex change. What if we consider the cosmos to be the output of a 13.7-billion year computation?

05:08

Defense Secretary Mattis won't admit US military presence in Syria has no legal grounds "IndyWatch Feed National"

Although the US has many times stated that its target is IS only, it appears that its intentions may go beyond the stated objective. In fact, Washington is seeking to retain post-conflict zones of influence within the country, where the American presence is illegal. Asked at a press-conference on Nov. 13 if the US military will stay or leave Syria, US Defense Secretary James Mattis stated, "We're not just going to walk away right now before the Geneva process has cracked." He stressed the importance of the Geneva settlement process held under the auspices of the UN, saying "we got to get the UN-brokered effort in Geneva to take this thing forward." Answering a question about the legal grounds for the US presence in the country, the secretary explained "You know, the UN said that ISIS - basically we can go after ISIS. And we're there to take them out." The Syrian Foreign Ministry issued a firm warning to the US and other foreign forces in Syria on Nov. 14. According to it, "The presence of US forces or any foreign military presence in Syria without the consent of the Syrian government constitutes an act of aggression and an attack on the sovereignty of the Syrian Arab Republic as well as a gross violation of the charter and principles of the United Nations." In September, Deputy Foreign Minister of Syria Faisal Mekdad stated that the US "should withdraw its military; otherwise the Syrian army will consider them as a hostile force."

04:43

The Consequences of the Symbolic Recognition of Palestine "IndyWatch Feed National"

Seeking recognition of Palestine has been one of the Palestinian Authoritys diplomatic strategies which lose significance when juxtaposed against Mahmoud Abbass collaboration with the Israeli occupation. Behind statements of recognition lies silence and the tacit acceptance of Israels colonization of Palestinian land and forced displacement of the indigenous people. Other than the obsolete two-state paradigm, there has been little discussion of what such recognition actually means in practice, or whether it could generate a tangible outcome for Palestinians.

On Monday, during an official visit to Spain, Abbas urged the Spanish parliament to recognize Palestine, so that Palestine and Israel can live side-by-side in security, stability and good neighbourly relations, which will bring hope in a better future for Palestine and its people who have suffered from historical injustice when they were uprooted from their homeland in the 1948 Nakba and the occupation of the rest of our land in 1967.

According to Wafa news agency, Abbas also reiterated his support for international impositions, including efforts by [US] President [Donald] Trumps administration to achieve a historic peace deal. Presumably, Abbas is referring to the latest wheeze from Washington; according to Haaretz, the U.S. State Department has threatened to shut down the Palestinian diplomatic mission in the country if it does not embark upon negotiations with Israel and instead seeks recourse through the International Criminal Court for Israels war crimes. PLO Secretary-General Saeb Erekat stated that all communication with the U.S. would be halted if such a threat materializes.

However, with an entity that is bolstered by both the U.S. and Israel, continuing or halting diplomatic communication will ultimately continue to reveal the degree of collaboration that is ongoing, with the PA on the bottom rung and through which decisions detrimental to Palestinians continue to be imposed. Whether countries recognize Palestine or not, Israel and the U.S. continue a seamless plan to strip away Palestinians from their land. Clearly, symbolic recognition is neither helping nor hindering Palestines diplomatic efforts. It is merely a symbol of the PA purportedly attempting to take a stand for Palestinian rights.

Palestine has become many things, depending upon the interests of the actors involved. Colonialism constituted the first laceration between land and people. For the international community, it has been simplified into a question to be debated at regular intervals but never answered. Abbas, on the other hand, has followed the trajectory of exploiting Palestine after allowing Israel to continue its expansion. The ensuing question is, therefore, what recognition is Abbas demanding from governments? If there was no two-state imposition, what would constitute recognitio...

04:38

Carcinogenic Substances We Used Regularly "IndyWatch Feed National"

Carcinogenic Substances We Used Regularly | arsenic | Toxins

Would you drink wine which was sweetened with lead? If you have researched even a little bit about lead, your answer is probably somewhere in the vein of absolutely not, are you out of your mind. However, this was the exact thing that ancient Romans used to do.

Even after they learned that the lead in their drinks (and plumbing) was poisoning them, they had a hard time stopping using it. It is easy to feel high and mighty and laugh at them, but we actually do the same thing. There are substances which are very toxic to us and which cause cancer and other illnesses which we used well after we found out they are toxic.

Numerous cancers could have been prevented if only we had acted quicker. Companies like https://www.odonate.com/ which create cancer medications have some really astounding statistics and numbers. Fortunately, we did ban a lot of substances, too. Heres a list of some of those substances.

Asbestos

Probably the most famous carcinogenic substance which is now banned, asbestos used to be fairly ubiquitous. It had numerous uses due to its heat resistance. A lot of firefighters flame retardant suits were made of it. However, that is not where it caused (and continues to cause) the most problems.

It is the use as a house insulator that really caused the most problems. The crystalline structure of asbestos is responsible both for the usefulness and the hazard of this material. The tiny crystals which are separated from the material are light enough to be lifted into the air, which means that people would breathe it in all day long. The crystals would then make small cuts on the lungs which can become cancerous over time.

Food Preservatives

Our processed foods need to last for a long time. In order to do that, we use a lot of different chemicals. Over the years many of these chemicals have proven to be fairly toxic and cancerogenic. Despite the small quantities, these chemicals can cause a lot of harm to our organisms....

04:32

I Saw Death in Her Eyes. Chuck Norris Warns About a Common Medical Procedure That Almost Killed His Wife, yet Millions of Americans Undergo It Every Year "IndyWatch Feed National"

Source: I Saw Death in Her Eyes. Chuck Norris Warns About a Common Medical Procedure That Almost Killed His Wife, yet Millions of Americans Undergo It Every Year For more content like this visit REALfarmacy.com.

by Yelena Sukhoterina Some medical procedures are so common that few ever question their safety until it is too late. Chuck Norris, a famous American actor and martial artist, recently had to witness his wife go through agony feeling helpless as the doctors rushed to find an answer to why Gena Norris was dying []

Source: I Saw Death in Her Eyes. Chuck Norris Warns About a Common Medical Procedure That Almost Killed His Wife, yet Millions of Americans Undergo It Every Year Learn more at REALfarmacy.com - Healthy News and Information.

04:20

After the exposure, what comes next? "IndyWatch Feed National"

The pattern has become familiar. Day after day we get new names of well-known people accused of the behavior ranging from the gross to the illegal, almost always by men of power and influence and aimed at young women and men whose careers they could influence positively or negatively. Their targets felt intimidated from speaking out against them directly or complain to their superiors. What has become clear is that these men behaved with impunity because they felt that their position gave them immunity. Clearly, if things are to change, people must realize that whoever they are, if they abuse their power over people they will be exposed and suffer the consequences.

But now comes the hard part. What should be the consequences?

This is not going to be easy to answer. For one thing, there is a whole range of offenses ranging from the downright illegal to those that are not illegal but utterly gross. Even for those actions that are illegal, the statue of limitations has passed for many. Even when they are still prosecutable, the cases are going to be tough because many of these predators were savvy enough to commit their offenses when there were no witnesses around. The case against them will be largely circumstantial, based on the sheer numbers of accusers willing to come forward publicly, the similarities of their stories, and if they recounted the events to others contemporaneously.

Other cases may not be illegal. Take for example TV broadcaster Charlie Rose. In addition to lewd phone calls and groping, he would apparently ask people to his home or hotel room to work and then excuse himself to take a shower. He would then emerge naked and walk around, seemingly oblivious to the discomfort of the co-worker. Apparently this behavior was so well-known to the cognoscenti that it was referred to by them as Roses shower trick. While there are usually laws against public nudity, I think that it is not illegal to walk around naked in ones own home or hotel room even if others are present, though I may be wrong.

Should there be a graded scale where offenses are punished based on the severity of the offense? The problem with the latter is that judging severity is highly contextual. Under certain circumstances, depending on the situation and the victims age and degree of vulnerability, what others might consider a minor offense could be quite traumatic. And who gets to decide what the punishment should be? And what compensation should the victims who suffered psychologically in addition to having their careers hindered or even destroyed, get and who should pay it?

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02:39

The Last Clinton Scandal "IndyWatch Feed National"



The Last Clinton Scandal

Submitted to Operation Disclosure | By Patrick J. McShay

"If they send a signal that we're going to be like some dictatorship, like some authoritarian regime, where political opponents are going to be unfairly and fraudulently investigated, that rips at the fabric of the contract we have, that we can trust the justice system. It will be incredibly demoralizing to the people at the Justice Department, both Democrat, and Republican, but it will also send a terrible signal to our Country and the World that we have given up on the kind of values that we use to live by."
* Hillary Clinton explaining to Mother Jones why looking into her alleged criminality is a big waste of time.

"It's time for Jeff Sessions to name a Special Counsel and get answers for the American people. If not he should step down". -- Congressman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio)

"The Uranium One deal is not a national security scandal, it is a corruption scandal involving Clinton family self-dealing." -- Former Federal Prosecutor Andy McCarthy


The Trump Administration is pushing for a real investigation and the appointment of a special counsel to look into Bill and Hillary and Bill Clinton's involvement in the Uranium One deal that sold the rights of 20% of America's Uranium to the Russians. The funny thing is that all of the people involved are "never Trumpers" who have been trying to prove Trump colluded with Russia. They also want to know why the Clinton Foundation benefited to the tune of $145 million on the deal. Hillary, not pleased at all with this spotlight on another of her shady deals, told Mother Jones that this is "old news" and a new investigation would be a "disastrous step into politicizing the Justice Department."

Hillary whined that any further investigation into this obviously dirty deal would have devastating consequences for the justice system in America. The Clinton's decades of lies and complete disregard for decency and the rule of law make Hillary's pleas for justice laughable and extr...

02:30

Top Chicago Exchanges Release Bitcoin Futures Details "IndyWatch Feed National"

The big story that sent Bitcoin to the moon earlier this month has been updated this week with more good news. Both the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) have released details on upcoming futures contracts for the cryptocurrency.

These proposed trading contracts by major exchanges caused an upward surge in Bitcoin price earlier this month as it was seen as a sign of financial institution and mainstream adoption. The relentless uptrend continued and Bitcoin broke record after record the last high being a little over $8,200 just yesterday.

The CBOE released details of their BTC (or XBT) contracts on the exchange blog. There will be a 1BTC contract with the lowest price fluctuation (tick) of $10 released once regulatory reviews have been passed. A specific date was not mentioned though it is likely to be before the end of the year in line with CMEs announcement.

In response to questions CFA Russell Rhodes stated:

The question I am constantly hearing is, How will the futures prices relate to spot Bitcoin pricing, and the best (and most honest) answer I can give is, I dont know.  Ive done academic work on the launch of newly listed products in the past and prior assumptions about new markets often are off the mark.  Ive heard arguments for the futures trading at both a premium and a discount to the spot price, personally, I think the best strategy is to see what the market tells us when Bitcoin futures are available for trading.

Previously CME announced a mid-December date for its Bitcoin contracts however that was later changed according to Reuters. The CME website currently states that futures contracts will be available before the end of the year pending all relevant regulatory review periods.

The contract will be a 5BTC offering with a price tick of $5 for each coin in the contract or $25 for the total of five. There will be spot position limits set at a thousand contracts.

The news bolstered the price again as it is likely to when these contracts go live next month. Bitcoin seems pretty unstoppable at the moment and the expectation is that these futures would impart legitimacy to the asset class which could see institutional investors entering the Bitcoin market.

In a statement to US news media Chairman and CEO of CME said:

Today you cannot short Bitcoin. So theres only one way it can go. You eit...

01:54

The House of Saud Is Creating the Conditions for Its Own Downfall "IndyWatch Feed National"

Cross-posted from Moon of Alabama

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 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 they 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.

Since Salman climbed the throne he has moved to eliminate all competition to his rule. The religious establishment was purged of any opposition. Its police arm was reigned in. First crown prince Murqrin was removed and then crown prince Nayef. They were replaced with Salmans inexperienced son. Economic and military powers were concentrated in his hands. During the recent night of the long knivespowerful family members and business people were detained. The Wall Street Journal reports of a second arrest wave. More higher ups have been incarcerated. This round includes senior military commanders and very wealthy business people.

As the prison for the arrested VIPs, the Ritz-Carlton hotel, is fully booked, the next door Mariott is now put to use. Qualified staff was hired to handle the prisoners:

As many as 17 people detained in the anti-corruption campaign have required medical treatment for abuse by their captors, according to a doctor from the nearest hospital and an American official tracking the s...

01:50

BBC WS claims Israeli pressure and incentives led Jews to flee Iraq "IndyWatch Feed National"

The November 19th edition of the BBC World Service radio programme Weekend asked what happened to the Jews of Baghdad? but listeners hoping to get an accurate and full answer to that question would have been disappointed.

Presenter Julian Worricker introduced the item (from 43:47 here) as follows: [emphasis in italics in the original, emphasis in bold added]

Worricker: Now in 1917 a third of the people living in the Iraqi city of Baghdad were Jewish. A hundred years on, among the citys six and a half million people only a handful are Jews. There was more than one factor behind the exodus of Baghdads Jewish population and a new documentary that premiered in London last week has been exploring what happened to some of them, among them Edwin Shuker. In 1971 he left Baghdad as a child and came to Britain with his parents and he says he still want...

01:39

Why Are Police In The USA So Terrified? "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Robert J. Burrowes for TRANSCEND Media Service - 15 Nov 2017 In a recent incident in the United States, yet another unarmed man was shot dead by police after opening his front door in response to their knock. The police were going to serve an arrest warrant on a domestic violence suspect the mans neighbour but went to the wrong address. See Police kill innocent man while serving warrant at wrong address. For those who follow news in the United States, the routine killing of innocent civilians by the police has become a national crisis despite concerted attempts by political and legal authorities and the corporate media to obscure what is happening. See Killed by Police and The Counted: People killed by police in the US. So far this year, US police have killed 1,044 people. In contrast, from 1990 to 2016, police in England and Wales killed just 62 people. See Fatal police shootings. Of course, these murders by the police are just the tip of the iceberg of police violence as police continue to demonstrate that the freedoms guaranteed by the Fourth Amendment have been eviscerated. See What Country Is This? Forced Blood Draws, Cavity Searches and Colonoscopies. So why are the police so violent? you might ask. Well, several scholars have offered answers to this question and you can read a little about what they say in these articles reviewing recent books on the subject. See The Fraternal Order of Police Must Go and Our Ever-Deadlier Police State.

01:29

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

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.

01:14

Gay clubbing in 1918 "IndyWatch Feed National"

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1910s professional female impersonator, Julian Eltinge

What was it like to go to a gay club in 1918? To find out we need to follow an undercover reporter and his friend into one of the best Perth had to offer. At least he said he was undercover. Strangely, our hack seems to know almost everyone present. But well play along, and assume he was there strictly for journalistic reasons.

Back in the gold boom days, the best gay club in town was Flora Dora, which was so established it seems people didnt mind being seen there, but there were others. But just after World War I, only one club was up and running for men who wanted to hang around with other men, unless you count such places as the Weld Club. Which we wont.

In 1918, underground advertisements for The Misogynists Ball started circulating. We assume the event name was ironic, or perhaps a simple way of being able to not invite the wife. Darling, Id love you to come, but you would hate all those misogynists. The sale of tickets was kept very private, only available to those in the know, and almost everyone attending wore fancy dress and a mask to keep their identity secret. Or, at least, to pretend to keep their identity secret. The advert ran:

Almost all the social elements of a large city have their club or meeting placethe fat, the bald, the bachelors, the widowerswhy not the...

01:00

Say: "Stop the GOP war on America: (fill in the blanks). " "IndyWatch Feed National"

This article suggests ways we can frame the GOP assault on America, Americans, and American values by using variants of "Stop the GOP War on America:------." It also gives a rationale for using the "war on. . ." frame in this context, and answers other objections activists might have to this frame.

00:20

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed National"

International Law Prevents Recovery of Rosetta Stone from UK, Egypt's Antiquities Minister Tells MPs
Gamal Essam El-Din
Monday 20 Nov 2017

Minister Khaled El-Enany said the UNESCO agreement which Egypt signed in 1970 does not help in recovering the Rosetta Stone

In a question and answer session before parliament on Monday, Minister of Antiquities Khaled El-Enany said he regrets that the ministry has not so far been able to recover all Egyptian antiquities smuggled abroad.

"The UNESCO agreement which Egypt signed in 1970 stipulates that an ownership document is a prerequisite in order to be officially able to recover smuggled antiquities," said El-Enany, adding that "for this reason, we have not been able to recover the Rosetta Stone which was smuggled into England in the 19th century."

El-Enany, however, said that "Egypt was able to recover as many 1,100 antiquities from 20 countries across the world in 2016 and 2017."

"Some of these were recovered through bilateral negotiations and others through lawsuits," he said.

El-Enany deplored that "the smuggling and sale of Egyptian antiquities on world markets will not stop as long as Egypt does not have ownership documents of them."

"In England the sale of antiquities is a legalised practice and this also makes it difficult to recover our pieces there," said the minister, adding that "in 1983 Egypt decided to make sale of antiquities illegal, but this is just an Egyptian law."

He said some Egyptian antiquities smuggled into England were are always on show in exhibition halls there, with ownership documents of some pieces indicating that they were bought at EGP 2 per piece in 1932.

El-Enany said there are two kinds of Egyptian antiquities in Israel.

"While the first ones are the ones which were discovered in Israel itself as in old times the pharaohs occupied this land, the second are the ones which were smuggled from Sinai into Israel," said El-Enany, adding that "Egypt was able to recover many of its smuggled antiquities from Israel."

The minister revealed that a national committee including the ministries of antiquities, foreign affairs, the Administrative Control Authority, the National...

00:16

Lets talk about vaccines Event Taken Down After Massive Backlash "IndyWatch Feed National"

In Australia, freedom of speech is no longer something residents should take for granted, particularly when it comes to the vaccine movement. Australia has been reduced to draconian positions when it comes to diversities in...

The post Lets talk about vaccines Event Taken Down After Massive Backlash appeared first on Vaxxter.

00:00

Bitcoin, Bail Ins & Bullion Mike Maloney (Video) "IndyWatch Feed National"

Bitcoin, Bail Ins & Bullion Mike Maloney Video In this video Mike Maloney gives evidence of the looming disasters in Italy, China and Australia which of these fuses will ignite the next financial crisis? Video Source

The post Bitcoin, Bail Ins & Bullion Mike Maloney (Video) appeared first on The Daily Coin.

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.

22:57

Plan for Austinmer escarpment road "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

phillip street thirroul

The end of Phillip Street Will this become a new link road between Thirroul and Austinmer as an answer to a congested Lawrence Hargrave Drive? Photo: Google Streetview.

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22:53

Meet Donald Trump "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Recently a good friend in Tasmania sent a message urging me to read Understanding Trump by Newt Gingrich. Yesterday the book arrived and as she said it is hard to put down. Fortunately it was not my turn to cook.

Gingrich has enjoyed a long association with Trump and he wrote this book to explain what enabled Trump to pull off a political miracle. Gingrich has an inside view on Trump as a friend. He also has an intimate knowledge of the way things work in Washington and he can see how Trump can succeed given the kind of person he is, where he has come from, his capacity to learn fast and his experience as a builder, TV showman and negotiator.

Above all he is a man of the people. He achieved fame and fortune at the big end of town but he came from Queens, not Manhattan, he grew in a small family building business and he went to military prep school, not an exclusive private school. Even when he fronted crowds of ten or twenty thousand people his gestures and his shout-outs were directed to individuals. One on one he is totally engaged with the person, whoever they are, a carpenter or a CEO, not looking over their shoulder for the next conversation.

He is a builder not a bean-counting financier and he makes it his business to know the nuts and bolt of building and running the business. On the site he talks to the construction crew, the painters, tilers and electricians. He knows how to relate to them and he is open to suggestions about improving the work. He learned to do all the jobs in his hotel.
He is dedicated to bringing in projects on time and under budget. When he was contemplating a run at the candidacy he asked Gingrich what it would cost. The answer was 70 to 80 million. At the end he phoned Gingrich to say it was 30 million And I feel kinda bad.

He hates waste of all kinds including his own time and other peoples money. He was panned for absenting himself from the regular security briefings. He found it was the same thing almost every time and he decided he just wanted to know when something changed. He slashed the budget for the White House and Gingrich claims that he beat down the cost of the Lockheed F-35 fighter by seven percent. Last week while he was in China some $250 billion in deals for US companies were finalised although there would have been some symbolism in that, Xi probably wanted to make Trumpie feel welcome!

Gingrich explained that there are four sides to the Trump table: Anti-left, Anti-stupid, Anti-political correctness and Pro-America. He is anti-Left in his DNA although that does not necessarily play out in a small state approach which is part of the rhetoric of the Republican establishment. It does result in his aim to drain the swamp. His Anti-stupid prejudice is expressed in his impatience with the red and green tape generated in Washington and the blue states. He is....

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...

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 []

21:00

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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20:24

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 Vic"

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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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...

17:17

Arts Wednesday 22 November 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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At 10:40 am, we hear Part 5 of Sydney By Design for this series and Ed talks about infrastructure.

At 11:00 am, I look at a great new exhibition and website at the State Library of New South Wales, called Botanical Inspirations. It examines the work of natural history illustrator Ferdinand Bauer, who was the illustrator who sailed with Mathew Flinders in the Investigator. He developed an unusual techniques of marking colours on his sketches by numbers and his palette comprised some 1000 numbers, which he had committed to memory. Professor David Mabberley cracked the colour code and has just  published a book called Painting By Numbers. This is also the name of the very inventive website that goes with the exhibition. My guests in the studio are curator, Alison Wishart and head of the DXLab which developed the website, Paula Bray.

Music features songs about infrastructure and songs about Australian flora and fauna.

I look forward to your company.

The post Arts Wednesday 22 November 2017 appeared first on 89.7 Eastside FM.

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

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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.

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16:04

December Party: Armidale Community Garden "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

[ Thursday, 7 Dec; 6:30 pm; ] Lets celebrate members and volunteers for a great year of events and forums continuing our vision for Armidale to be a lovely sustainable town to live in. Its simple: bring a picnic blanket, some finger food and drink to share. The festivities will happen at the new time of 6.30pm Thursday 7th December at the Armidale Community Garden [...] full article 

16:00

Google exec says new algorithm will suppress RT and Sputnik, those kinds of sites "IndyWatch Feed National"

Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Googles parent company, Alphabet, announced Saturday that the company will engineer algorithms that will make it harder for articles from Sputnik News and RT to appear on the Google News service. We are working on detecting and de-ranking those kinds of sites its basically RT and Sputnik, Schmidt said during a question and answer session at the Halifax International Security Forum in Canada. We are well of aware of it, and we are trying to engineer the systems to prevent [the content being delivered to wide audiences]. But we dont want to ban the sites thats not how we operate.

15:57

Ora Ora Shohei Otomo at Backwoods, Melbourne "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

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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15:38

Annual Bird Count day for Castlemaine district 2&3 December 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

For many years, the Castlemaine Field Naturalists Club has participated in Birdlife Australias annual Challenge Count.  This always takes place across the country on the first weekend in December which is not a convenient time of the year with so many other competing end-of-year activities.  But it has also been the same weekend for decades, which allows a good comparison with the results from previous participations.  In 2017, this will allow us to record birds for a 24 hour period on or around the 2nd and 3rd December.

The aim is to document as many bird species as possible, and the also numbers of individuals, within a 25km radius of central Castlemaine within a single calendar day.  Whether a species is actively breeding (e.g. sitting on nest, feeding nestlings, taking food to a hollow) is also documented.  For a bird to be officially recorded on the team list, it must be accurately identified by at least two people by sight or by at least three people if it is heard only.

In 2016, Castlemaines overall team was made up of 5 separate groups which mostly ranged in size from three to five people, but with one group organised by Connecting Country containing more than 15.  There is no maximum group size, but having at least three is very helpful.  The five groups were dispersed in all directions across the district.  So far we have six groups prepared to go in 2017.

The results from the Castlemaine teams going back to 2011 are summarised below.  (Many earlier years are not recorded here).

You dont need to be a birding expert, as you can be paired with a group that has at least one specialist.  Its always a lot of fun, a chance to see some different local birding hotspots, add to the local knowledge and also learn a bit more about our feathered friends.  For more info or to express interest in being in a group, feel free to contact Chris before 30 November (castlemainefnc@hotmail.com).  We also have a few locations that are not currently being covered if you have a new group to be involved.  We can also accept records from counts undertaken during your morning walk or from your backyard (as long as the birds were seen by 2 or more people, or heard by 3 or more people).

 

Challenge Count results from the Castlemaine team over recent years

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Year # bird species # individual birds
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15:25

12 Dec 2017 Members Presentation Night Whats your story? "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

Its a tradition of the Castlemaine Field Naturalists Club that the December general meeting is set aside for club members to make a short presentation on a topic of their choice.  Of course there is no obligation to get up in front to tell a story, show some photos or even sing a song about some aspect of natural history from a local area or further afield.  But it is encouraged, and the audience is very supportive.

A projector and laptop will be available for those that want to show photos or a powerpoint display.  To allow as many people as possible the opportunity to give their presentation, there is a maximum of 7 minutes per person.  If you have a computer-based presentation, it is also preferable if you get there early to make sure that it all works OK.

If you dont wish to get up in front of everyone, all members and supporters are encouraged to come along to listen, and to join us for a chat over supper  afterwards.  Bring along a plate of food to share, and help us celebrate the conclusion of another successful year for the club.

The evening commences from 7.30pm on Friday 8th December 2017 in the Chapel behind the Uniting Church on Lyttleton St, Castlemaine (next door to the Castlemaine Art Gallery).  The UC Parish has a dinner in the hall that night, so we cannot use our usual venue.

If youve got a bigger story to tell, why not also consider being one of our guest presenters in 2017.  We are on the lookout for people to be a monthly speaker and are particularly encouraging of members and locals.  Contact the club at castlemainefnc@hotmail.com if you are interested or if you know someone else who might be interested.


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.

15:19

Muffy and Duffy: sometimes it seems the world just doesnt care "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

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There are few things in life that so remind us of the vulnerability of animals than those who arrive in our care in severe states of neglect. And few have arrived in a worse state than Muffy and her lamb, Duffy. That Muffy adored her baby was so evidentshe had put every ounce of her being into her baby, even at the expense of her own health. Blood tests soon revealed that this courageous and loyal mother was not long for this world, as she was in the final stages of liver failure. And little Duffy in all our years of rescue we have not seen a live lamb more emaciated than he.

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Yet despite their pitiful states, the two were inseparable, so strongly bonded were they. Caring for them daily broke our hearts, as the love, devotion and comfort between the two was palpable, yet it was evident it would only be a matter of time before we had to step in, when our veterinary intervention could no longer give Muffy that quality of life she deserved. Our only wish was that this would be long enough to pull little Duffy back to the right side of living, one where he would be strong enough and confident enough to face the world on his own.

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Seeing animals in such a pitiful state of neglect with no legal course of redress causes us to think sometimes the world just doesnt care, but then along comes a saviour like the human who secured the release of these hapless two into our careand we are buoyed by the thought that sometimes the world just does.

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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"

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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 Nsw"

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 Vic"

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 National"

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.

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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.

12:59

Teddies support camp program "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

TEDDY bears and Prep students alike enjoyed a teddy bears picnic at Wonthaggi Primary School recently.

The teddy bears picnic is part of the schools camp program, teaching students to become more comfortable in a camp environment.

The program requires students to stay at school a little bit longer, allowing them to adjust to spending more time in the company of teachers and peers.

During the picnic, the Preps enjoyed an afternoon tea. This was followed by group games and a teddy bear hunt.

Throughout the camp program, Grade 1 students enjoy a dinner at school and Grade 2 students take part in a school sleepover.

They are then prepared for their first formal camp, which takes place during Grade 3.

Wonthaggi Primary Schools camp program is well established, and has proven to be an ideal way to help students develop confidence and independence.

Fun and games: Prep students Kayla, Makinley and Ruby enjoyed a teddy bears picnic at Wonthaggi Primary School. The picnic is the first step in the schools camp program.

12:57

Jo farewells Woorayl Lodge "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

AFTER managing Leongatha aged care hostel Woorayl Lodge for the past seven years and nursing for more than 60, Jo White retired last Thursday.

She celebrated with a high tea with residents and staff.

Ms White said her time spent working at the lodge was the happiest time of her life, and that she thought of the staff and the residents as family.

Working at the lodge has been a wonderful experience. I know I made a lot of changes when I first arrived, but they were all for the best, she said.

We have an amazing team and I feel like I am among family when I am here with the residents.

Staff member Maggie Gruen said Ms White was an inspiration and a mentor.

It was an absolute pleasure working with her, she said.

Throughout her time at the lodge, Ms White worked to provide high quality care to all residents.

Ms Gruen said staff promised Ms White they would continue to maintain Woorayl Lodge to the same quality standard she would expect.

The new facility manager is Shane Jenkins.

Queen bee: Woorayl Lodge director of care Jo White retired last Thursday, after seven years in the position and 60 years in nursing. She was farewelled with a delicious high tea

12:56

Brigade unveils memorial rock "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

A MEMORIAL rock honouring all past members of the Leongatha South CFA was unveiled in front of 50 current members on Saturday night.

Long serving members Edwin Millett and Paul Norton shared the honour of cutting the ribbon to unveil the plaque and memorial rock.

Captain of the Leongatha South brigade Hilco Zuidema welcomed all to the unveiling and thanked operations manager for CFA District 9, Simon Bloink, for his attendance before running through some of the brigades history.

The first meeting to form the brigade was held on July 23, 1956. The station was built in 1982 by the members of the brigade and was opened by Les Lupton in July 1983. In 2010 a meeting room was added on. Previously members used the former Leongatha South school for meetings.

Just six captains have served the brigade in its 61 year history: Harold Vagg, Steve McAlpine, Don Landry, Gordon Vagg, Garry Williams and Hilco Zuidema.

Captain Zuidema thanked Stuart Landry for making and installing the plaque, managers at Holcim Quarry Ross Newton and Reece Morehu for the donation of the rock, and Brent Sinclair Catering for the wonderful job they did on Saturday night.

Social times: having a chat prior to the unveiling of the memorial rock were, from left, Rebekah Vagg, Janine Moscript, Sylvia Vagg and brigade secretary/treasurer Carly Hurst.

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

Sales for a cause "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

 

TWO Leongatha streets banded together to raise money for worthy causes on Saturday.

Residents of Trease Street and Allison Street held garage sales to raise funds for Water Aid and the Leongatha Mens Shed.

These garage sales are an annual event to help homeowners clear out their clutter and give back to others.

The day was instigated by Water Aid supporter Johanna Haasjes and Leongatha Mens Sheds David Brereton.

Ms Haasjes has been a long time campaigner of Make Poverty History, but decided to put weight behind Water Aid to help provide safe water, sanitation and hygiene to those who go without around the world.

There are many great organisations, but I have chosen Water Aid because it is totally dedicated to its goal of transforming lives by improving access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene in the worlds poorest communities, she said.

The garage sales coincided with World Toilet Day on Sunday.

Pieces in Ms Haasjes garage sale were donated by the public to support the cause.

Ms Haasjes said they had been blessed with both beautiful weather and generosity.

Mr Brereton sold pieces on behalf of a Leongatha Mens Shed member, with all proceeds going back to the Mens Shed.

Worthy causes: David Brereton and Johanna Haasjes organised the annual garage sale event in Leongathas Trease and Allison streets on Saturday. This event put money towards the Leongatha Mens Shed and Water Aid.

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...

12:51

Sculptures explore Australias history "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

AUSTRALIAN history man-made and natural is analysed by the latest exhibition at Gecko Studio Gallery at Fish Creek.

Travelling, works with wood and paper by Jan Learmonth of Inverloch is a collection of works that are material explorations of the controversial history and culture of land and water in Australia, the movement of people across sea and soil to occupy and exploit the land, the precarious state of river systems and natural environment.

I use natural and locally found materials, carved, bound, thatched, and recoated, to construct intricate sculptures. They take the form of boats or other vessels, rolling or floating through arid landscapes, she said.

I also map these altered landscapes by tracing tracks and topography with large flat works on paper. The work questions attitudes to country, interrogating tensions between land use and land care.

Learmonths work is held in the collections of Deakin University in Victoria, the Gold Coast Art Gallery in Queensland, Albury Regional Gallery in New South Wales, Latrobe University Arts Museum in Victoria, and private collections throughout Australia, New Zealand, Portugal and the USA.

Learmonth has exhibited widely, and was part of Geckos LOeuvre des Oufs exhibition in 2016 and Findings in 2015.

The exhibition opened on Friday and will continue to December 11.

Gecko Studio Gallery is at 15 Falls Road, Fish Creek, and is open Thursday to Monday from 9am to 4pm. Phone 5683 2481.

Thought provoking: Sixteen Standing, a wood and bone work by Jan Learmonth in her exhibition Travelling, works with wood and paper at Gecko Studio Gallery, Fish Creek.

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...

12:47

Hailstones pelt Dumbalk "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

DUMBALK copped a huge half hour hail storm on Friday afternoon.

Lachlan Vandermeer of Dumbalk sent The Star a video via Facebook of the enormous amount of hail he received on his property.

Dumbalk resident Peter Lamberts car and his sons car was dinted by large hailstones.

The hail was so heavy it put holes in Jason Rileys undercover area roof at his Dumbalk home.

At Michelle Kenneys Dumbalk home, all of her familys cars were damaged, the laser light of her dairy shed was smashed, her kitchen flooded and her vegie patch destroyed.

Her driveway had washed away and the hail also smashed her rain gauge.

Huge hail: large hail stones fell on Dumbalk last Friday afternoon, damaging residents cars, roofs and lights. Michelle Kenney took this photo.

12:45

Gays rejoice, but MP to vote no "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

SOUTH Gippslands gay community has welcomed the outcome of the Australian same sex marriage survey, which supported legalising marriage between people of the same sex.

Ryanston gay man Wayne Moloney was amazed by the result. As a young man, he fled from gay parties raided by police and now aged, 70, is closer to having his 48 year relationship with his partner Keith Ritchie recognised by the law as having equal value.

This is an outcome I could not have imagined when (in the past) police could break into your bedroom and put you away for five years, he said.

I am thrilled to think that the love and acceptance Keith and I enjoy in our community may be more widespread than previously thought.

And for my wonderful young friends, I am overjoyed that they can lead a life free of a legal and social shackle around their love.

Mr Moloney now called on Federal Parliament to immediately legislate for same sex marriage.

The peripheral issues should be debated later as they may impact on existing laws, that is anti-discrimination and the like, he said.

Marty Thomas runs the restaurant Moos at Meeniyan, and is openly gay and supportive of South Gippslands gay community.

Im so ecstatic about the yes vote. It feels wonderful to be a part of such a positive and accepting community, he said.

Lets move forward. Theres no looking back now. Legislation should be made quickly. I hope that a more tolerant society will evolve from this voting campaign and minority groups will feel more safe and above all, equal to all other human beings.

McMillan MP Russell Broadbent said he would vote against same sex marriage in Parliament, despite the majority of constituents in his electorate voting in favour.

Ive had a consistent position on this issue and Ive been consistent all the way through that Im against same sex marriage, and that we will have a conscience vote and I will vote according to my consistent position, he said.

Its my personal view on the matter and I understand that 35,000 people voted no in my electorate and I represent the whole of the electorate.

However Mr Broadbent said he expected same sex marriage would become a reality in Australia.

I expect the Parliament will reflect the national vote. I expect it will be fairly straightforward and the Parliament will make a decision before Christmas, he said.

I think the Australian people have made a decision and the Parliament will respect the 60-40 vote.

The result of the national survey held by the Australian Bureau of Statistics was announced last Wednesday.

Across Australia, 61.6 percent...

12:41

State award for Star "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

THE Great Southern Star has just won the 2017 Victorian Country Press Association award for Journalism- Best Community Campaign for newspaper 2000 to 6000 circulation for its Save Our Town campaign, launched on January 10 this year to help reinvigorate Leongatha.

The Stars general manager Tony Giles was thrilled to accept the award during the annual presentation night at the Pullman Hotel in Melbourne on Friday night.

The award was for a promotional initiative which creates or lifts the profile of an issue affecting all, or a specific section of a community.

Judge for this section Lynne Smith has been a journalist all her life and was the first female editor of the Latrobe Valley Express and in her comments she said, Who better to launch a campaign to save its town than the local newspaper. The Stars SOS Save Our Town campaign was created in a bid to stop businesses from closing and attract new ones.

I would have liked to see the paper settle on one tagline and continue it throughout the extensive coverage which was impressive.

In this campaign, not only did the paper keep the issue at the forefront for several months, it took the initiative and hosted a free marketing seminar for local businesses. This campaign is a great example of leading from the front to support its local

community.

A local newspaper is the community. It is the communitys voice. This is why when there is an issue or cause that is important to the community, its the papers role to raise it. Even more, it must be prepared to take up that cause and run with it. But is not enough to publish a series of stories. Papers need to launch these campaigns with a committed comment piece to show they are prepared to lead from the front.

After all, a newspaper is best placed to read the feeling of its community. To me, a newspaper can give sound to the voiceless, it can give hope to the marginalised and can help right wrongs. This is why community campaigns are so important. Dont be afraid to take a stand.

Star success: Brad Lester, editor of The Great Southern Star, was thrilled to win the prestigious state award for the Save Our Town campaign.

12:39

Heroic teenager awarded "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

 

A MIRBOO North teenager has been recognised as a Community Hero for his outstanding efforts to save his fathers life at their Mirboo North farm in July.

Paul Mancarella, and his son Douglas, 17, were moving sheep into a shearing shed on a Sunday afternoon, when the father-of-three suddenly collapsed.

Realising his dad had stopped breathing, Douglas worked quickly to lay Paul on his back, call Triple Zero (000) and begin cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

Douglas had learned some CPR at school and was grateful for the help of the Triple Zero (000) call taker to pace his chest compressions until paramedics arrived.

Mirboo North paramedic Mark Cooke nominated Douglas for a Community Hero Award for his quick response and maturity in what would have been a frightening situation.

Douglas was so calm, mature and just so effective in everything he did, Mr Cooke said.

He was doing an outstanding job of CPR, and that enabled us to do the best we could with our equipment and skills.

Paul, 52, was defibrillated six times and regained a pulse before being flown to Monash Medical Centre in a critical condition. He has since recovered.

Douglas brother Mark, 13, who was unaware their dad was unwell until he saw the ambulance pull up in their driveway, was proud of his big brother.

I ran up and straight away gave Dougie a huge hug just because of the amount of work he did to give Dad the best fighting chance that he could to survive, he said.

The Mancarella family was in the audience to see Victorian Minister for Ambulance Services Jill Hennessy and Ambulance Victoria CEO Tony Walker present Douglas with his Community Hero medal at a special Parliament House ceremony yesterday (Monday).

Mr Walker said Douglas actions showed the importance of knowing CPR to save lives.

Douglas made all the difference to his fathers chances of survival in those first critical minutes, by providing first aid while paramedics were on the way, he said.

With 75 percent of cardiac arrests happening at home, CPR is one of the most important skills you can ever learn.

12:38

Rail yards review plea "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council has been urged to modify its proposed design for the Leongatha rail yards.

Leongatha Rotary Club and Leongatha Chamber of Commerce and Industry have asked council to relocate a traffic school and also include more parking within the site.

Council is proposing to transform the disheveled land between Bair and Long streets into a park for the community to enjoy.

Council proposed to build the school near the Bair Street bridge, but Rotary wants it closer to the station area, closer to parking and toilets.

Rotarys Ross Garner told council last Wednesday, Our view is that this be done in undue haste.

Mr Garner said the traffic school would teach children road safety and pedestrian skills. The school was suggested by Rotary.

Chamber president Brenton Williams said an extra 80 carparks including six long vehicle bays could be created by removing the mound now used for parking next to Apex Park and lopping cypress trees near Long Street.

Cr Meg Edwards told council, We talk about working with our community and this is a once in a 20 year opportunity to get it right.

A final master plan for the site could come before council for possible adoption in December.

Fresh idea: from left, Leongatha Rotary Clubs Ross Garner and Leongatha Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Brenton Williams with their plan for the Leongatha rail yards.

12:36

Man Trapped in Health Food Store Overnight Forced to Eat Own Poo "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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A Sydney man was forced to eat his own poo to make it through a night trapped inside a local health food emporium when staff locked the store up for the night without realising he was still inside.

The mishap occurred after the man rushed into the store to use the gender-neutral toilet and fell into an LSD-like trance on the stool pool thanks to the mystic incense burning within the restroom.

The man said he would have used the pub toilet like a normal person, but he didnt feel like having the 50 or so guilt beers he was forced to down the last time a publican caught him popping in just to use the gents.
When I came to after smelling colours and seeing sounds Ive never tasted before, it was too late, and I was locked in the store with no phone charge, the man said. I tried to make it through the night with no food or water, but it was impossible. I had to do what anyone would do locked up in a place that only served loony health food, and dine on my own poo and wash it down with my own wee.

The man said that unlike the way most odd foods are described, it certainly didnt taste like chicken.


...

12:08

AGM 13th November 017 "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

A well attended AGM was held at SS&A Club Albury on 13th November 2017.
Elected Board Members.
John Elias (Chairman)
Ian Page (Deputy Chairman)
Gavin Dainton
Eileen Middleton.
Allan Wilson
Joy Middleton
Greg Ingham
Auditors report showed Albury Wodonga Community Radio is progressing very favorably.

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...

12:00

Tamworth Rally 26th November The Future of Our Food Bowl "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

[ Sunday, 26 Nov; 11:00 am; ] Hi Armidale folk, there will be a crew catching the train, attending the rally (which was moved back so you would make it on time) and then having lunch together :) Hear from experts about the effects of climate change on agriculture, the potential for renewable energy and candidates for the seat of New England. Train: Depart [...] full article 

11:47

Electric Vehicle Expo 2018 in Inverell "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

[ Friday, 4 May to Sunday, 6 May. ] "Gathering of the Geeks" Electric Vehicles Expo Where: National Transport Museum Inverell NSW 2360 When: 4th to 6th May 2018 [embed width="520"]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pY65V5uDEM8[/embed] Visit the New England in Autumn for the first Electric Vehicle Expo and Motor Show held over 3 days and 3 Shires. The National Transport Museum is the largest in New England (4000m2 under one [...] full article 

11:25

Invitation: Free Information Evening With Australian Wind Alliance "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

[ Thursday, 23 Nov; 6:30 pm; ] Making renewable energy projects work for the whole community. A free information forum for landholders and neighbours living near large scale renewable energy projects, with lessons from projects around Australia. Understand contracts you may be offered and how financial benefits are shared throughout the broader community Hear lessons from the National Wind Farm Commissioner, Andrew Dyer, [...] full article 

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.

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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...

08:29

Weight of numbers "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

This tiny bush pool in the Rise and Shine is the domain of Fuscous Honeyeaters at present. Even the larger and more aggressive Yellow-tufted Honeyeaters are well and truly outnumbered, while other species, such as the Red-rumped Parrots and Dusky Woodswallows (pictured yesterday) just have to queue up and hope for an opportunity.

Fuscous Honeyeater on Yellow Gum sapling, Rise and Shine, 19th November 2017

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...

08:04

NT Royal Commission recommendations could save the NT Govt $336 million within 10 years "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Just Reinvest NSW welcomes the release of The Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children (NTRC) in the Northern Territory Report, as well as the independent costing completed by Deloitte.

The clear theme in the over 300 submissions was that we need to reform the system and reduce the number of young people being incarcerated. Justice reinvestment makes this possible, Chair of Just Reinvest NSW Sarah Hopkins said.

Strategic community-driven investment into localised early intervention, prevention and diversionary solutions reduces crime and builds local capacity. It is a smarter approach to justice that builds stronger communities by diverting money that would be spent on prisons into community supports and services.

For Just Reinvest NSW, this means Aboriginal-led, community-driven initiatives to address the underlying causes of crime to prevent it from happening.

Rather than locking up some of the most vulnerable young people in our communities right across the country, and traumatising them further, we should be addressing the underlying causes of crime to make our communities safer.

Mick Gooda, Commissioner of the NTRC has highlighted the importance of community and early intervention. The goal for us all must be a system that is child focused, community involved, evidence based, locally tailored and providing support for children and families as early possible, he said in a 2017 speech to the NT Council of Social Services.

Sarah Hopkins additionally said The issues the NTRC highlight are not unique to the Northern Territory. We want to see all tiers of the government all over Australia, take action to end the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the justice system.

These cannot just remain recommendations. We need a holistic, community-led approach supported by all levels of the government to end the over representation of Aboriginal children and young people in the justice system.

Right across the country we have correctional systems in place that have proven to be largely ineffective at reducing crime, while having a devastating impact on Aboriginal communities, she said.

November 2017

 

More information:

The Royal Commissions report:

https://childdetentionnt.royalcommission.gov.au/Documents/Royal-Commission-NT-Final-Report-Volume-1.pdf

The speech by Mick Gooda:

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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...

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