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Sunday, 21 October

05:39

Gibt es eigentlich auch noch Hardware-Journalismus? ... "IndyWatch Feed National"

Gibt es eigentlich auch noch Hardware-Journalismus? Also im Sinne von: Reviews von Hardware?

Ich finde irgendwie nur noch so Affiliate-Link-Reindrck-Textfarm-Output, der ein paar Features (hufig auch noch falsch) listet. Selbst bei Heise findet man nur noch Affiliate-Bullshit und Preisvergleich.

Nicht dass Forenbeitrge weiterhelfen, aber selbst da sind jetzt die Hlfte so "Ich habe das Board zum Reviewen kostenlos zur Verfgung gestellt gekriegt"-Bullshit, und dann ergtzt sich der Autor daran, wie schnell das Board geliefert kam und dass die Verpackung toll aussieht. What the fuck?

01:53

Producers of Teen Sex Abuse Documentary An Open Secret Threaten to Sue Molestation Victim Over Criticism of Film (Exclusive) "IndyWatch Feed National"

This is what a fake survivor advocate looks like

https://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/8539354/amp

And Hoffman is now attacking me with the same BS arguments Doug Mesner aka Satanic Temples founder Lucien Greaves and his crew are attacking me with.

Like with a 10 min video I made speaking about what happened with my nephew when I was 13 that they edited to 1 minute.

01:27

Anna Von Reitz -- About Federal Code, For the General Staff About Nathan Rothschild, The Paperwork Debate "IndyWatch Feed National"

Saturday, October 20, 2018

About Federal Code....



Source: Paul Stramer | By Anna Von Reitz

The first thing every American has to know about Federal Code is that only about 10% of all the Federal Code--- only those General Session Laws posted in the Federal Register -- ever applied to us.

The rest is and always was just internal rules and rule-making for federal employees and dependents.

The second thing that every American needs to know is that the "Revised United States Statutes" that would have applied to us were never in fact adopted or "revised" because neither the Territorial Congress nor the Municipal Congress had authority to "revise" anything done by our actual Federal Congress prior to 1860. So the old "unrevised" Federal US Statutes-at-Large still stand.

The third thing every American needs to know is the organization that promoted and developed all the rest of the Federal Code structure from 1860 to 1999, went totally out of business when its bankruptcy settled November 7, 1999, and all those rules --- all fifty (50) "Titles" worth --- became "discretionary" -- that is, something that federal employees are taught as standards, but not obligatory.

The fourth thing that every American needs to know is that you look like complete idiots when you go around quoting these defunct federal rules and codes. Why? Because you are like Dutchmen lecturing Australian Aborigines about their own history, and they could care less.

Just stop.

These people are your employees and that is what you need to drum into their thick, thick, thick heads.

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Saturday, 20 October

22:30

Auctions fizzle "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Auctions fizzle out for 2018

Very cagey auction activity in Sydney, with a preliminary clearance rate of only 44.5 per cent (more like somewhere in the thirties come final). 

The median auction price of a sold house was well down from a year earlier at $1,285,000, reflecting reduced borrowing capacity (mainly for investors rather than homebuyers). 

For units the median price of property sold at auction was up from $900,000 a year earlier to $940,250.  

But still very muted activity levels overall. 

Melbourne's clearance rate is also now well under 50 per cent. 

ALP in the ascendancy

With the Coalition roundly punished by the electorate in the Wentworth by-election for their machinations and tanking to a minority government in the process, property market participants will need to weigh up the potential impacts of changes to negative gearing legislation.

I'll post an online workshop on this very subject this week, so keep an eye out for that. 

22:05

Invictus Games opening ceremony under way after weather delay "IndyWatch Feed National"

"Invictus Games opening ceremony kicks off after delays from severe storm" https://t.co/Kdv0xS9cZP Australian Army (@AustralianArmy) October 20, 2018

21:28

Lightning kills man in New South Wales, Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

A man has been killed by lightning at a racecourse in central western NSW as storms hit the state. Emergency services were called to Comobella Road at Guerie, near Dubbo, just after 2pm on Saturday following reports a man had been struck by lightning. Paramedics assessed the 53-year-old but he had died at the scene. "Unfortunately there wasn't much we could do," a NSW Ambulance spokeman told AAP. A report will be prepared for the coroner. The incident comes after the Bureau of Meteorology issued a warning for a severe thunderstorm that has pushed north from the ACT.

21:23

Hard to believe people could shoot and kill a standing elephant for "sport" "IndyWatch Feed National"

The elephants almost made a match of it. NEW: Elephants charge at hunters after they shoot and kill a member of the herd in Namibia.https://t.co/hKkucYMQNn pic.twitter.com/mYG7HE4O7d Yashar Ali (@yashar) October 18, 2018

20:10

$A500 Million for Consultants, and Government Destructions of the Domestic Economy "IndyWatch Feed National"

  

by G5

Apart from the economic lunacy of the horrendous cost not only of construction, but maintenance of the disused desalination plants in Melbourne and Sydney Australian state governments have many dark secrets.

AUD 500 Million

It slipped in early December 2017 that The New South Wales Government in Australia is paying the four big accounting firms an admitted AUD 500 million a year for Consultancy Services. Nothing has since been questioned on the matter. There being more compelling issues for the news cycles of Australian mainstream media (MSM).

The Government has apparently Lost its Expert Capacities. An issue that raises many more questions than answers. Whatever happened to the suicidal Doctrine of Keynesianism?

Now, if these four firms are being paid to advise Government, but at the same time represent the largest corporations playing in Australia, would that not at sometime be a conflict of interest. Or is that also covered by that peculiar mental gymnastic of ...

19:31

Liberals Lose Wentworth: We Now Have A Hung Federal Parliament "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Morrison Government has lost the eastern Sydney seat of Wentworth an electorate that has been held by the Liberals virtually since the Second World War meaning it has also lost its majority in the House of Representatives.

In a stunning result, a short time ago ABC election analyst Antony Green declared Dr Kerryn Phelps a high-profile Independent and the former head of the Australian Medical Association the victor in the by-election.

With about almost 90 per cent of the vote counted, Phelps was predicted to secure 54 per cent of the two-party preferred vote, over the Liberals Dave Sharma.

Sharma has so far polled about 39 per cent of the primary vote, not enough to hold Phelps off once the count moves to preferences.

He went into the contest with a huge 17 per cent margin.

Significantly, early booths reported by the AEC were Vaucluse and East Double Bay both showed massive swings against the Liberals, averaging around 25 per cent. Both booths are traditionally the heartland of the Liberal Party vote.

Independent, Dr Kerryn Phelps, pictured earlier today from ABC TV news coverage.

Virtually all of those votes appear to have gone directly to Ms Phelps.

The Greens and Labor both suffered significant swings against their primary vote 6.2 per cent and 7.8 percent. Combined, thats a 14 per cent swing against them, and when you add in the 21.66 per cent swing against the Liberals, it accounts pretty neatly for Phelps vote (33.09 per cent of first preferences).

The Liberals ham-fisted campaigning in the weeks leading up to the poll clearly didnt help. The ill-conceived announceme...

18:52

LIVE Wentworth By-Election Coverage: Huge Swing Against Liberals, ABCs Green Calls It For Phelps "IndyWatch Feed National"

UPDATE 7:18pm: ABCs election analyst Antony Green has called the Wentworth by-election for Independent Kerryn Phelps.


UPDATE 7:13pm: With six of 41 booths in, Independent Kerry Helps appears to be headed for a stunning destruction of the Liberal Party, leading Dave Sharma on first preference, 1648 votes to 1531.

Commentators had tipped Phelps may win the seat, but no=one predicted she would actually outpoll the Liberals, with expectations she would pass Sharma on preferences.

Two of the booths that came in early Vaucluse and East Double Day showed swings of above 25 per cent against the Liberals, and theyre traditionally strong booths for the government.


UPDATE 7:04pm: ABC election analyst Antony Green is potentially only minutes away from calling the Wentworth by-election for Independent Dr Kerry Phelps.

Four booths have so far been counted all of them show a massive swing against the Liberals, in the vicinity of almost 30 percent.


UPDATE 6:55pm: A second booth is in. The Liberal vote is down 23.4 percent at the Vaucluse, one of the best booths for the Government. It puts Sharma at around 40 per cent across two booths, which would make it almost impossible for the Liberals to retain the seat.


6:44pm:  Less than 400 votes have been counted in todays Wentworth by-election, but already, a huge swing appears to be on against the Liberals.

A few minutes ago, the Australian Electoral Commission posted the results for the first booth East Double Bay. It showed a 27.31 per cent swing against the Liberals.

Those votes went to independent Kerry Phelps, who picked up 29.48 per cent of the booth. In terms of raw votes, Dave Sharma won 165; Phelps picked up 102. Labors Tim Murray picked up 30 votes.

If that sort of swing translates across the electorate -Turnbull won the seat in 2016 with as 17 per cent margin Dave Sharma will lose the seat for the Liberals.

Wentworth has been in Liberal hands almost exclusively since 1944. It was held briefly in the early 2000s by Peter King, a Liberal dis-endorsed to make way for future Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

Turnbull held the seat since 2004, only to leave politics entirely two m...

18:49

Underutilisation falling... "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Tightening

Thanks for the thousand or so Tweets, messages, and pingbacks about record underutilisation and the like - a pleasure as always! 

Yes, it's a problem.

No, it's not been getting worse.

Volume measures - reported quarterly on an original basis - have consistently improved year-on-year since 2014...through 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 year-to-date.

All publicly available information from the ABS:


Yes, there is more work to be done (literally so in this case!).

The Reserve Bank has noted the same patterns, but still believes that the unemployment rate is the key measure, and that's at the lowest level since 2012.

No, this won't be reported in left-leaning media, nor for that matter whichever 'recession' blogs you may care to mention.

C'est tout. 

Cheers!

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Very low preliminary auction clearance rates this weekend, under 50 per cent for Melbourne, and just 44 per cent for Sydney.

It'll be a long, slow run into Christmas from here this year. 

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16:14

Drought Relief Donations Missing "IndyWatch Feed National"

READ MORE AT REAL NEWS AUSTRALIA 

 

The media finally listened to the pleas for help from our rural areas after years of drought.

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16:00

The Monsanto Papers "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Australian documentary, "The Monsanto Papers," reveals the secret tactics used by global chemical giant Monsanto (now owned by Bayer AG1,2), to protect its bestselling herbicide, Roundup.

The film starts out with a quick history of Roundup and how its now-clearly absurd safety claims (such as "it's biodegradable," "safe enough to drink," and "safer than table salt") made it into the worlds' most widely used weed killer, used by farmers and private gardeners alike. Indeed, it was at one time known as "the world's most trusted herbicide," but those days are now long gone.

Between 1974 the year glyphosate entered the U.S. market and 2014, glyphosate use increased more than 250fold in the U.S. Today, an estimated 300 million pounds are applied on U.S. farmland annually. Globally, nearly 5 billion pounds (over 2 billion kilograms) of glyphosate are applied to some 70 types of farm crops each year.3

Roundup Is Far From Harmless

Mounting evidence suggests Roundup is far from harmless, and evidence unearthed during legal discovery shows Monsanto has been well aware of its product's toxic nature, and has been covering it up.

As previously discussed in many articles, glyphosate and glyphosate-based weed killer formulations such as Roundup have in recent years been linked to a wide variety of human health consequences, including:

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Non-Hodgkin lymphoma4

Impairing your body's ability to produce fully functioning proteins5

Inhibiting the shikimate pathway (found in gut bacteria)

Interfering with the function of......

15:37

Microgrid funding to help Yackandandah reach 100% renewables RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Victorian government backs microgrid in Victorias north-east that will trial the use of solar, storage and smart controls at the grid edge. The post Microgrid funding to help Yackandandah reach 100% renewables appeared first on RenewEconomy.

via Microgrid funding to help Yackandandah reach 100% renewables RenewEconomy

15:11

Second wave of big batteries about to join Australias main grid RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

The second wave of big batteries two in Victoria and one in South Australia are going through the commissioning phase, and should be ready to join the main grid in time for the coming summer. The post Second wave of big batteries about to join Australias main grid appeared first on RenewEconomy.

via Second wave of big batteries about to join Australias main grid RenewEconomy

14:58

What was he thinking? Dave Sharma, "I see myself very much in the tradition of Malcolm Turnbull" "IndyWatch Feed National"

The last 5 seconds or so of this interview. No Liberal Party member in their right mind would want to be cast in the Malcolm Turnbull tradition!

14:29

Vaccination Choice: The Reasons why Governments are Suppressing the Science "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Australian government and mainstream journalists are going to extreme lengths to prevent the public from receiving the science that supports the publics right to choice in vaccination, with credibility. This includes providing false and misleading information about my qualifications in public health and the framing of the scientific arguments as anti-vaccination or a conspiracy theory.

It is important to remember that vaccines are injected into the human body and, like all drugs, it is necessary to know what is injected and what the long-term health effects are. It is also important to know if governments are using objective science or biased science in the development of these policies.

This bias can be a result of the industry funding of vaccine science combined with the financial conflicts of interest of government representatives and the donations/lobbying of politicians by pharmaceutical companies.

My PhD research found that governments are promoting vaccines on 3 main myths:

  1. The myth that vaccines reduced the risk from infectious diseases by creating herd immunity
  2. The myth that vaccine adverse health outcomes are rare
  3. The myth that vaccines are not causing the exponential rise in autism or the 5-fold increase in chronic illness, neurological and autoimmune diseases that we are observing in all developed countries. This significant increase is in a direct linear dose-response relationship an important criteria  for demonstrating cause and effect of associations. This has occurred since liability was removed from the pharmaceutical companies in the US in 1986 for any harm caused from vaccines.

Here is a 30 minute video presentation of the scientific evidence in my PhD that demonstrates that there is no valid reason to mandate any vaccine in any population. The mandating of vaccines is a serious risk to public health and it is most likely destroying the genetic fabric of the population. This video has been made for a scientific conference on vaccination and it is titled Vaccination against Multiple Diseases: Is this in the best interests of public health?

Please note that the control of infectious diseases is a discipline of public health (social medicine). It was not included in the field of medicine for general practitioners until the 1990s. Prior to this it was not a medical issue. This is because Infectious diseases were controlled by political and economic decisions that changed our lifestyle and environment with....

14:22

Scientists Believe the Moon May Reveal Incredible Secrets of the Universe "IndyWatch Feed National"

The question about how the universe came to be has long interested the scientific community, however, a team of scientists may have just unlocked some fascinating answers in an unlikely place it appears the moon may have something to tell us!

A team of astronomers used the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) radio telescope, a low-frequency radio array designed to operate in the frequency range of 80-300 MHz. This allows scientists to detect the radio signals that are given off by hydrogen atoms, providing for an opportunity to study space including the sun, the Earths ionosphere, and the heliosphere, among other things.

Using this technology, they began to seek a better understanding of how the universe came to be. The team led by Dr. Benjamin McKinley was able to observe the moon specifically, picking up radio signals from outer space, specifically those given off by hydrogen atoms. This data provided an interesting insight into what they referred to as the infant Universe.

Before there were stars and galaxies, the Universe was pretty much just hydrogen, floating around in space, explained Dr. McKinley. Since there are no sources of the optical light visible to our eyes, this early stage of the Universe is known as the cosmic dark ages.

To help those who are unfamiliar with how the technology works, Dr. McKinley provided a simplified explanation. The waves that the telescope was able to pick up were similar to the radio waves that we use to listen to our favourite stations every time we get into the vehicle. In the same way that you can adjust the car radio, tuning into a wide selection of channels, converting the available radio waves to sound, these same waves coming from space can also be converted, providing us with a great deal of valuable information.

The radio telescope, the Murchison Widefield Array which is located in the Western Australian desert far away from earth-based FM radio stations, takes the radio signals from space and which we can then convert into images of the sky, Dr. McKinley described.

What we need to understand is that everything in space gives off similar waves, however, the items that are closer to us, the bright objects in space like those in our own Milky Way galaxy are louder due to their proximity, and so most studies stop there. However, the waves discovered, the team states, were weak signals from the early Universe, new insight into its history.

While this is a great discovery and a big step towards understanding the origin of the Universe, it is not witho...

14:18

Drought Relief Donations Missing "IndyWatch Feed National"

The media finally listened to the pleas for help from our rural areas after years of drought. Australians coughed up the cash. But what happened to it? By General Maddox. Our rural brothers and sisters have been complaining about the drought conditions for over a decade. Conditions have worsened and finally the mainstream media decided []

13:48

Video: Join 23 October Melbourne rally and help change the rules "IndyWatch Feed National"

 

Its time to turn around record inequality and bring back the fair go.

We need everyone out on the streets.

Video from Australian Unions

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Largest ever union rally: Let's make it happen

It's time to turn around record inequality and bring back the fair go.We need everyone out on the streets.

Posted by Australian Unions on Thursday, October 18, 2018

The post Video: Join 23 October Melbourne rally and help change the rules appeared first on The Pen.

11:13

A Woodsrunner's Diary: Any signatures from S.S.A.A. members??? "IndyWatch Feed National"

A Woodsrunner's Diary: Any signatures from S.S.A.A. members???: https://www.change.org/p/to-the-honourable-the-speaker-and-members-of-the-legislative-assembly-of-new-south-wales-in-parliam-muzzle-loadi...

11:03

Hypersensitivity reactions to human papillomavirus vaccine in Australian schoolgirls: retrospective cohort study. "IndyWatch Feed National"

PMID:  BMJ. 2008 Dec 2 ;337:a2642. Epub 2008 Dec 2. PMID: 19050332 Abstract Title:  Hypersensitivity reactions to human papillomavirus vaccine in Australian schoolgirls: retrospective cohort study. Abstract:  OBJECTIVE: To describe the outcomes of clinical evaluation, skin testing, and vaccine challenge in adolescent schoolgirls with suspected hypersensitivity to the quadrivalent human papillomavirus vaccine introduced in Australian schools in 2007.DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study.SETTING: Two tertiary paediatric allergy centres in Victoria and South Australia, Australia.PARTICIPANTS: 35 schoolgirls aged 12 to 18.9 years with suspected hypersensitivity reactions to the quadrivalent human papillomavirus vaccine.MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Clinical review and skin prick and intradermal testing with the quadrivalent vaccine and subsequent challenge with the vaccine.RESULTS: 35 schoolgirls with suspected hypersensitivity to the quadrivalent human papillomavirus vaccine were notified to the specialised immunisation services in 2007, after more than 380 000 doses had been administered in schools. Of these 35 schoolgirls, 25 agreed to further evaluation. Twenty three (92%) experienced reactions after the first dose. Thirteen (52%) experienced urticaria or angio-oedema, and of these, two experienced anaphylaxis. Thirteen had generalised rash, one with angio-oedema. The median time to reaction was 90 minutes. Nineteen (76%) underwent skin testing with the quadrivalent vaccine: all were skin prick test negative and one was intradermal test positive. Eighteen (72%) were subsequently challenged with the quadrivalent vaccine and three (12%) elected to receive the bivalent vaccine. Seventeen tolerated the challenge and one reported limited urticaria four hours after the vaccine had been administered. Only three of the 25 schoolgirls were found to have probable hypersensitivity to the quadrivalent vaccine.CONCLUSION: True hypersensitivity to the quadrivalent human papillomavirus vaccine in Australian schoolgirls was uncommon and most tolerated subsequent doses.

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11:00

Australias riches are a giant punt on property "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

How you think about inequality could lead to the most important financial decision you ever make.

The key asset class thats driving inequality around the world is about to pull the rug out from under our nations extraordinary levels of wealth.

Australia is at the end of the property cycle.

Its property bubble is popping right now, in my view.

And the wealth statistics suggest this will be downright catastrophic, because property and its satellite industries form an enormously bloated share of our economy and wealth.

From 2010 to 2013, Credit Suisse calculated Australians to be the wealthiest people in the world.

Thats on a median basis, meaning the middle Australian in terms of wealth was compared to others around the world.

The average Australian came in second because we have fewer billionaires than Switzerland.

Thanks to exchange rate moves, weve been coming second to Switzerland on both the median and average measure ever since.

But its the concentration of wealth thats the key. Not in terms of inequality, but in terms of where that wealth comes from.

Credit Suisse explains: The composition of household wealth in Australia is heavily skewed towards non-financial assets, which average US$303,200 and form 60% of gross assets. The high level of real assets partly reflects a large endowment of land and natural resources relative to population, but also results from high property prices in the largest cities.

In other words, as The Sydney Morning Herald put it, Most of that rise has been in the value of assets, mainly the family home, after a property boom centred on Sydney and Melbourne.

This explains why the Productivity Commission found that income inequality hasnt really worsened in recent decades, but wealth inequality has.

According to research from management consulting firm Capgemini, rich Aussies had 30.8% of their wealth invested in property in 2015.

The global average was 18.2%.

Legg Mason, an asset management firm, estimated that Aussies invest 11% more in real estate than other investors: Property accounts for about 27% of Australian investors portfolios, but only 16% of the portfolios of global investors.

Of Australias 200 wealthiest people, the number who list property as their sole source of wealth has doubled since 2011.

The real winners of the property bubble

Its not just property itself thats the issue.

Other large chunks of the Australian economy are dependent on rising house prices too.......

10:03

MACKAY Drinking session ends in brazen theft of car and wallet "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY October 19, 2018 at 07:00PM ,

Drinking session ends in brazen theft of car and wallet

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09:19

Vanquishing the Republic: Harry and Meghan in Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

The establishment of a republic means insurrectionary war, it means the desolation of a thousand households.  When the question shall arise, it will be determined by balls from cannon and from musket, by grape and shrapnel, by bayonet and by the sword.

Sir Alfred Stephen, NSW Legislative Council, June 16, 1887

The republic has tended to be a dormant idea in Australian politics for decades.  The Peoples Advocate, a Sydney-based publication, was unduly optimistic in its June 17, 1854 note which spoke of, The independence of the Australian colonies being more than an abstract idea.  It is certainly approaching as it is the dawn of tomorrows sun.  Occasional flashes of republican sentiment can be found in the historical record, but these have been, in the main, suppressed in favour of a monarchy housed in residences ten thousand miles away.

In 1999, the Republic idea was essentially buried by vote, a feat not without some genius on the part of the then Prime Minister, John Howard. Sensing that more than a few Australians were keen to detach the British dominion from its monarchical moorings, Howard first initiated a peoples convention which, he sensed, would botch up any prospect of advancing a decent model to vote upon.  The Republican grouping, distant and smug, was (and here, history is instructive) led by the now deposed Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

Pro-monarchist groups such as Australians for Constitutional Monarchy pursue a line not merely paradoxical but absurd.  The British Crown is raised to the level of sacrosanct mother, protector, and unifier. How this squares with sovereignty is a baffling exercise of self-delusion, but one happily embraced by such individuals as Gregory R. Copley, President of the International Strategic Studies Association based in Washington, D.C.

As the globe is fractured by bursts of populist dissatisfaction, suggested Copley at the Annual Conference of Australians for Constitutional Monarchy held at the New South Wales Parliament earlier this month, monarchy was indispensable. It is an appropriate time, then to ask where Australia would be today, without the enduring presence of the Crown our most visible icon of sovereignty and unity in Australian life.  In a paean to monarchical systems of government, Copley goes dew-eyed at the fate of monarchies in the 20th century, whose collapse was the precursor of todays global framework. This unfortunate turn of events left a global strategic framework which was inherently fragile.

The visit by Prince Harry and his new wife...

08:46

Not happy': Australia must act on climate, says former Kiribati leader "IndyWatch Feed National"

Anote Tong, allegedly insulted by Australian minister, says inaction means Canberra risks losing its status in Pacific regionAnote Tong has had quite a week. The former president of Kiribati has been in Australia to advocate for more robust action on climate change, which threatens to wipe out his Pacific home within a matter of decades as sea levels rise.But on Wednesday he got caught up in controversy when reports emerged that Australia's environment minister, Melissa Price, allegedly [...]

07:55

Merkel: A Time To Heal? Open Letter from Elias Davidsson "IndyWatch Feed National"

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Canadas Prime Minister Justin Trudeau paid their respects at the site of the Berlin terror attack (Photo by H. Hanschle)

Open Letter to Mrs. Chancellor Angela Merkel From German citizen Elias Davidsson

Dear Chancellor Merkel,

I am writing to you regarding the fake terrorist attack that took place at a Christmas market in Berlin on 19 December 2016.

As we both know, you were forced by dark forces that reside outside Germany to authorize and cover up this act of public deception. I guess that this decision was hard on you.

The facts of this particular case are meanwhile seeping into public awareness. More and more citizens suspect that the official account on the Berlin attacks are contrived and that your government is covering up the facts. Such suspicions do not only undermine your credibility and that of your government, but also of the civilian institutions who participated in this act of deception, including the medical profession, firefighters, emergency workers and the police. When such institutions cannot anymore be trusted, the very rule of law is under threat. I doubt that this is your intention....

07:29

Live each day with gratitude to the Lord of Heaven, like its the last. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Life is fragile, and transient.

I know three people who are battling serious cancer. A friend aged in his 50s, who has been through a lot in his life, has lymphatic cancer, a lady aged 44 has ovarian cancer and Pastor Danny Guglielmucci, an ACC (Australian Christian Churches) pastor has lymphoma.

I read on Dannys tweet stream that he has just had his sixth chemotherapy treatment.

My friend aged in his 50s is currently having chemotherapy followed by bone marrow replacement surgery. a last ditch effort.

The lady I know is in stage 4 of her cancer and is in palliative care, meaning the doctors have said they cant treat her any more.

Robbie Gale, a Bellingen resident and Christian, survived leukaemia about 15 years ago. Hes run the City to Surf in about 65 minutes every year since he got better about 12 years ago.

My father Rev Reuben Donald Elley known as Rev Don Elley, an eminent New Zealand Presbyterian clergy, survived lymphatic cancer in his 70s, and lived another 15 years. He did chemotherapy and lost all his hair.

Cancer is either a genetic disease, degenerative (aging) disease, or caused by smoking, excessive alcohol, unhealthy foods (colon cancer) or causes like chemicals.

Robbie Gale thinks he contracted cancer by being exposed to an Agent Orange factory next door to where he grew up in New Plymouth, New Zealand. Hes almost certainly correct.

My mother had chronic lymphatic leukaemia from her 60s and is still alive aged 87. Thats a blood condition that can ease in old age. Mum has outlived the cancer. Mum and dad used to spray their vegetable garden with chemicals all their adult live.

So life and cancer is a bit of a lottery.

My friend in his 50s has always been very fit and healthy, not smoking etc.

The lady aged 44 has always been healthy and has ovarian cancer from genetic causes.

So we never know whats around the corner for us, and we should live each day with gratitude to the Lord of Heaven, like its the last.

07:08

Macrophagic myofasciitis associated with vaccine-derived aluminium. "IndyWatch Feed National"

PMID:  Med J Aust. 2005 Aug 1 ;183(3):145-6. PMID: 16053418 Abstract Title:  Macrophagic myofasciitis associated with vaccine-derived aluminium. Abstract:  Macrophagic myofasciitis is characterised by sheets of macrophages in striated muscle, a few lymphocytes and inconspicuous muscle fibre damage. It is due to aluminium contained in vaccines, and is localised to the inoculation site. We report the first Australian case, detected incidentally when investigating a raised serum creatine kinase level.

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05:33

In other news: Environmental stories from around the web, October 19, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tropical forests Insect numbers plummet in Puerto Rico, alarming scientists (The Independent, Gizmodo, Nature, The Scientist). Cameroonian authorities have approved the countrys first combined marine-terrestrial national park (Rainforest Trust). The expansion of oil palm in Indonesia could be threatening subsistence farming for 150 million people, a new study has found (CIFOR Forests News). Two tropical countries, Ghana and Ecuador, are working together to develop their forestry sectors (Peace FM). Food giant Nestl says it will publish evidence of deforestation that it has gathered on its website (Swiss Info). A new report from Global Witness finds that logging, driven largely by demand from China, is wiping out forests on the Solomon Islands (Radio New Zealand). Given a choice between reducing emissions and halting deforestation, scientists agree that we need to do both (The Guardian). The Rakhine crisis in Myanmar leads the U.K. to pull funding from an effort to reform the countrys timber industry (Frontier Myanmar). Scientists could miss the warning signs of the extinction of some species because of the compounding effects of the wildlife trade and deforestation (Science Daily). A unique skin disease could be adding to the decline of giraffes in Africa (Business Daily Africa/The Conversation). Beef is off the menu on select flights by Virgin, in a test that the companys founder says could reduce its climate footprint (The Australian Financial Review). Investors are increasingly valuing zero deforestation (Brink). Agriculture giant Wilmar pledges to be deforestation-free by 2020 amid criticism (Eco-Business). Other news U.S. President Donald Trump

03:48

Australian right-wing government embraces white supremacism "IndyWatch Feed National"

This Australian satiric video says about itself:

PAULINE HANSON Send Up Im a Very Caring Racist Skye Brooks

The Racist, Sexist Lying Hypocritical Bigot Mix By Skye Brooks. Performed 1999, The Comedy Club, North Melbourne.

By Mike Head in Australia:

Australian government backs far-right OK to be white motion in Senate

19 October 2018

Last Monday, Liberal-National Coalition senators voted unanimously for a resolution by Senator Pauline Hanson, the leader of the anti-immigrant One Nation Party, promoting a notorious white supremacist slogan. In a revealing political stand, they openly joined far-right senators in backing Hansons it is okay to be white motion, which was only narrowly defeated, by 28 votes to 31.

The vote caused widespread outrage, and attracted international media attention, because it so nakedly aligned the government with the type of far-right and fascistic elements emerging in Europe and the United States. With a crucial by-election in the Sydney electorate of Wentworth this Saturday, there was also evident nervousness that the line-up with Hanson could cost the Liberal Party votes.

Recently-installed Prime Minister Scott Morrison publicly back-tracked the next day, saying the Senate vote was regrettable. Cabinet ministers blamed an inexplicable administrative error. At the suggestion of the opposition Labor Party, the Senate vote was placed back on the notice paper so that Coalition senators could reverse their vote on Tuesday.

Whatever the short-term tactical calculations behind the about-face, the fact that the government embraced the slogan, long championed by alt-right and neo-Nazi gro...

01:51

Four years jail for police racism whistleblowing "IndyWatch Feed National"

This 14 April 2018 video from the USA says about itself:

How the FBI uses the Freedom of Information Act to track down whistleblowers

The FBI used a Freedom of Information Act request to track down a news organizations source. Late last month, the FBI arrested Terry James Albury, a longtime agent in its Minneapolis field office.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

A former FBI agent has been sentenced to 4 years imprisonment for leaking confidential documents to the press. During the trial he said that he wanted to focus attention on racism in the police service, but according to the court, that is no excuse.

39-year-old Terry James Albury leaked more than seventy documents to the press. Fifty of them were confidential. Eg, to a news site he gave a document describing how the FBI judges secret informants.

Ethnic profiling

According to his lawyers, the black man was acting according to his conscience because he felt that the FBI had profiled ethnically in the fight against terrorism. The lawyers therefore wanted him to get a suspended sentence only.

[Albury:] I wanted to do the right thing and never had the intention to endanger anyone.

National security

...

01:17

#ClimateStrikeAustralia: Students walk out of school "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

If you want to join us in striking, you could walk out of school, like us, in November and go and sit outside a politicians office with your own climate strike sign, writes Harriet and Milou, who inspired by the 15-year-old Swedish student Greta Thunberg and her #ClimateStrike which has spread in numerous European countries  now hope to see a similar youth movement rise on Australian grounds.


Hi everyone,

Our names are Milou and Harriet, and we are fourteen. We live in Castlemaine and are in Year 8 at school. And we care about our futures.

We have decided to go on strike from school to make our politicians do something about the climate emergency. Weve been inspired by Greta, a fifteen year old girl in Sweden, who has been striking from school in front of the Swedish parliament.

Climate change is one of the biggest problems facing the world and it isnt being addressed quickly enough. We are striking because in Australia, education is viewed as immensely important, and a key way to make a difference in the world. But just going to school isnt doing anything about climate change. And it doesnt seem that our politicians are doing anything, or at least not enough, about climate change either.

As people, we have a tendency to think only of the present impacts of our actions, and not the ones that follow after. We, the children and teenagers, are going to be living in this after and we dont like to look of the way this climate is heading. This has to change!

So, as our contribution to the changes we would like to see, we are organising a strike from school. We are temporarily sacrificing our education in order to save our futures.

If you feel the same way, find a way to join us. If you dont feel confident enough to come on strike, but still care, there are numerous other ways to help, like telling others about the climate emergency.

So, if you want to join us in striking, you could walk out of school, like us, in November and go and sit outside a politicians office with your own climate strike sign. The biggest day for walking out of school will be Friday 30th November, when we hope lots of kids will join us at the steps of Parliament House in Melbourne at midday.

Yours truly,

Harriet and Milou

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23:36

Dear Wentworth Voters: Heres 93 Things Our Government Did To Refugees "IndyWatch Feed National"

Yesterday, we brought you a list of 123 things the Liberal Government did to tackle climate change. The list, compiled by Liam McLoughlin, was sparked by a ReachTel poll commissioned by Greenpeace Australia which found that for the voters of Wentworth former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbulls old seat tackling climate change was their number one priority. The second priority for voters was immigration. As Wentworth voters head to the polls today, heres a list (which reads like an International Criminal Court charge sheet) of what the Liberal Government has done to asylum seekers over the past five years, and in many cases is still doing.

 

Former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott*

  1. Appoints Scott Morrison as Minister for Immigration and Border Protection 18 September 2013
  2. Launches Operation Sovereign Borders, a military-led plan to turn back all asylum seeker boats 18 September 2013
  3. Instructs public servants and detention centre staff to call asylum seekers illegals  20 October 2013
  4. Separates a refugee mother from her newborn baby  10 November 2013
  5. Hides information from the Parliament and the people about the Governments treatment of asylum seekers  13 November 2013
  6. Gifts two navy patrol boats to the Sri Lankan Government to stop asylum seekers fleeing the Sri Lankan Government  17 November 2013
  7. Disbands the independent Imm...

20:43

South American marsupials climb higher than thought "IndyWatch Feed National"

This February 2018 video from Chile is called Monito del monte (Dromiciops gliroides).

From the Ecological Society of America:

South American marsupials discovered to reach new heights

For the first time, scientists catch on camera a tiny marsupial climbing higher than previously thought in the forest canopy

October 18, 2018

In the Andean forests along the border of Chile and Argentina, there have long been speculations that the mouse-sized marsupial monito del monte (Dromiciops gliroides) climbs to lofty heights in the trees. Yet, due to the lack of knowledge about the regions biodiversity in the forest canopies, no previous records exist documenting such arboreal habits for this creature.

Some tree-climbing researchers are changing that.

Javier Godoy-Ginao and colleagues set motion-sensing camera traps in the tree canopy to capture photographic evidence confirming the high-climbing theories surrounding this miniature mammal. The findings are published in a new study in the Ecological Society of Americas journal Ecosphere.

The monito del monte (Spanish for little monkey of the bush, although not a monkey at all) is a small, inarguably cute marsupial that is found solely in the temperate rainforests of Argentina and Chile. It eats mostly insects with some fruit and seeds and nuts, and it also hibernates, which is unusual for marsupials. Females can carry up to five young in a pouch, and a prehensile tail makes it adept at climbing. It is listed as Near Threatened by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

Researchers thought this marsupial may live in the canopy because of its mobility in the vegetation above the forest floor, called the understory. However, Godoy-Ginao writes, all previous studies on D. gliroides have been conducted from the ground, with no documentation of this species ability to climb trees, or how high they may reach. Following the clues from reported sightings, he and his colleagues found the mystery intriguing and decided it worth finding out first hand just how high they climb.

Along with Ivan Daz, professor in charge of t...

19:11

Facebook introduces a new device to monitor your movements in the privacy of your own home "IndyWatch Feed National"

You should know that Facebook and privacy do not mix, as your 'privacy' is against the company's prime objective.

In any event the global data sharing selling corporation has a product to enhance its communications surveillance capabilities.



If there is a time where your vote counts it is now, where you vote with your wallet, keeping your cash inside it, ensuring you do not support your family being monitored by one of the world's greatest fraudulent corporations.

Will you support the creep's peepers monitoring your family?

18:19

Construction worker drowns in water filled trench "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed from Western Australia

A man fell into a 4-metre trench at Perths Mosman Park yesterday and died. He was stuck and drowned in the water rising about half way up.

This was called an accident. But it begs the questions, why was the water there in the first place, and why immediate action to prevent an accident apparently not taken.  Is this a case of a safety n breach on the job?

One man did not get the opportunity to return home to his wife and kids. and it is not a once off.

It happens again and again around Australia, and in most cases, it is easily preventable.

In this case, it took eight hours to retrieve the body. Imagine the trauma to his workmates. They tried to get him out, as he screamed that his leg was stuck.When the water rose over his head, others at the scene passed him hose, to breathe through, as he went under water. In the end they couldnt save him.

A report is being prepared for the coroner. A report is being prepared for the coroner. This is all very good. But how many accidents, how many Worksafe investigations and coroners reports are needed, before something serious is done about preventable deaths in the workplace.

It is already known that many, if not most deaths at work occur because of unsafe conditions provided by the employer, or inadequate training. There are safety laws that spell out the minimum required. But when these are flouted, the penalty is no more than a slap on the wrist. An employer found guilty is fined. This is not much of a disincentive.

A major reduction in workplace deaths will only come about, if when they are found to be the result of negligence, whoever is responsible is convicted under an industrial manslaughter charge. This would mean the possibility of a prison sentence.

Safety should always come first.

 

 

The post Construction worker drowns in water filled trench appeared first on The Pen.

17:13

The Liberals Made Political Projections A Thing. Now Theyre Paying For It "IndyWatch Feed National"

Only a fortnight ago, the state of NSW was embroiled in a grand moll hoo-hah over NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian caving into shock jock Alan Jones bullying, and directing the Sydney Opera House to project ads for a horse race onto the sails of the Opera House.

And now, having put projections well and truly onto the political landscape, the Liberals are having to pay for it in NSW and beyond.

With the Wentworth by-election soon to kick off, Greenpeace decided to do some polling of the seat to determine what really mattered to voters. As it turned out, tackling climate change was top of their list (40%).

But Greenpeace also decided to get a little creative with their own campaigning and so they went full guerilla projections on the side of Westfield Bondi Junction, one of the busiest spots in the Wentworth election.

Enjoy the fruits of Greenpeaces labour, with kind the assistance of the Liberal Party and its seemingly endless capacity to screw things up.

The post The Liberals Made Political Projections A Thing. Now Theyre Paying For It appeared first on New Matilda.

16:52

#BlockTheBill Media Release 19/10/2018 "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

On behalf of our members and governing staff from over 30 of the refugee and eX-detainee communities in Australia, RISE urges the Australian public to say NO to the Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrisons plan to introduce legislation to ban asylum seekers who arrive by boat from ever being allowed into Australia. In November 2016, former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and current Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton attempted to table the Life ban of refugees and asylum seekers Bill in parliament but it faded away after significant public backlash. Due to the current public outrage on Kids in detention in offshore camps, the Morrison government is reviving this bill yet again, using refugees as political pawns.

Scott Morrisons proposal to impose a life ban on refugees and asylum seekers who have arrived since 2013 July, as well as future refugees who will be arriving to seek protection, will be tied up with the No Advantage Policy, which was crafted and designed under the Australian Labor government.

Australia has a history of racism and genocide. Far right-wing sentiments are reappearing fast. It is up to us to not repeat the abhorrent acts that Australia was built on. If the majority of the Senate go ahead with the decision to support Prime Minister Morrisons proposal banning refugees and asylum seekers, it will be further evidence of Australias shocking discrimination against people fleeing from war, torture, rape and persecution Ramesh Fernandez (RISE founder and eX-detainee)

People who have fled war, trauma and torture need long term security in order to restore their lives. The proposed legislation will be extremely harmful to refugees and asylum seekers. It adds major uncertainty to the lives of asylum seekers who have fled persecution and in turn exacerbates the trauma they have endured and continue to live through.

If New Zealand agrees to take about 150 refugees & Australia imposes life ban;

  1. What about those remaining in offshore torture camps?
  2. What is the fate of refugees and asylum seekers in Australia who arrived after July 2013? They may face deportation.
  3. What about those refugees who have gone to the USA?
  4. What about those refugees who were forcibly deported to danger?
  5. This bill impacts the reunion of families. Some of our members still have families in offshore detention centres. If this bill goes through, they will never be able to see their families again.
  6. What about children of asylum seeker parents who arrived...

16:37

I said Im in labour but no one listened "IndyWatch Feed National"

As a lead on the Birthing on Country Project, I have a chance to ensure no woman experiences what I endured.

15:42

The Victorian Socialists fight for an alternative "IndyWatch Feed National"

An indication that something has gone awry for our rulers is the resurgence of interest in socialism, particularly among young people, that neoliberals worked so hard to make anathema. As with different leftist formations overseas, the Victorian Socialists are one attempt to respond to the world we now find ourselves in.

15:08

Charity advocacy laws still need improvement "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Human Rights Law Centre welcomed changes recommended by a Parliamentary Committee into proposed national electoral laws, which are a further step towards rolling back proposed legislation that would have stifled vital public advocacy by charities.

"Charities have enormous expertise to contribute, drawn from the work they do, whether its running a homeless shelter, addressing family violence or protecting the environment. When you sideline charities from public discussion, you silence the voices of marginalised people, undermine good law making and harm our democracy," said Hugh de Kretser, Executive Director of the Human Rights Law Centre Executive Director.

In December 2017, the Turnbull Government introduced a badly flawed bill, purportedly to address foreign influence in elections that would have stifled public advocacy by charities and other community groups. There was an outpouring of opposition to the reforms from charities, community groups, business groups, academics and more.

In September 2018, the Government proposed changes to address concerns. The Parliamentary Committee tasked with reviewing those changes released a report on Monday that accepts many of HRLCs recommendations regarding lingering problems with the bill. The worst aspects of the original bill will be avoided if these recommendations are adopted.

However there is still room for improvement. Significant ambiguity in the definition of what counts as election expenditure remains, leaving charities and community groups uncertain as to how to comply. HRLC is also concerned that the Bill seeks to override State electoral laws, which in many cases are more transparent than at Federal level.   

The Human Rights Law Centres submission on the original bill is here and our explainer on the original bill is here.

The HRLCs submission on the September changes is here.

For interviews and media enquiries please call:

Michelle Bennett, Director of Communications, Human Rights Law Centre, 0419 100 519

13:10

Hope, fear and Flight: telling stories that matter "IndyWatch Feed National"

Flight finishes in Melbourne on 21 October. But it is not the last time Australians will be presented with the lives, names, terrors and dreams of people seeking refuge. People like Aryan and Kabir, like Behrouz, like my family nearly 70 years ago.

13:05

Bring back man-sized Saladas, we can't handle man-sized Tissues. "IndyWatch Feed National"

I liked the world better when we had man-sized Saladas. Now we can't even handle man-sized Tissues to cry into. Kleenex is rebranding its 'mansize' tissues as 'extra large' after complaints of sexism (CNN)Kleenex is scrapping its range of "Mansize" tissues after 62 years, following complaints that the branding is...

11:56

Late Night Albo - now with some vintage Sir Les "IndyWatch Feed National"

They come and they go but I'm still here... pic.twitter.com/OHNcIRtQuv Anthony Albanese (@AlboMP) October 18, 2018 As tired and emotional as a newt. Here's some vintage Sir Les now that Albo's got us in the mood. Not for the delicate! We are reminded by Truth Will Out that...

11:45

Australia and its Israel Embassy: What are they Thinking? "IndyWatch Feed National"

By James ONeill | OffGuardian | October 18, 2018 According to recent media reports, the Liberal candidate in the Wentworth (Sydney) by-election, former diplomat David Sharma said he was open to the idea that Australias embassy in Israel could be shifted from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. In a separate tweet he went further and said []

10:58

Come on people, get behind this petition. Not everyone is a James Bond type!!! "IndyWatch Feed National"


More Attacks! What will it take to get more people to sign this petition?!



12-year-old girl slashed in the face 20 times
19 October 2018.
Hunt for attacker after 14-year-old schoolgirl dragged into bushland & sexually assaulted!
18 October 2018.
If these girls had been legally allowed to carry a pepper spray, they would have been able to protect themselves. 
The argument that pepper spray & tasers can be used against the vict...

10:34

Part 52: Australias irrelevant holocaust Ive called the cops:- the choice is arrest me for criminal defamation or investigate the Federal Parliament for genocidal crimes against humanity. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Commissioner Grant Stevens, the commander of South Australias police force should receive the following letter on Monday. Commissioner Stevens with have 2 basic options with this letter.

Stevens letter

NOTE: At the time of uploading this blog, the letter to Commissioner Stevens has not been posted. That will happen by 3.00PM local time today.

OPTION #1: Charge and prosecute me for Criminal Defamation for falsely accusing the Federal Parliament of committing genocide and crimes against Humanity on a holocaust scale.

OPTION #2: Investigate the complain and try and determine just how terrible are the secretly classified terrible human consequences that Senator Brandis mentioned during the ABCs #QandA broadcast on the 20th February 2017.

Note: the short-link URL for this posting is: https://wp.me/p1n8TZ-1ep

In addition to the text below and the appended documents mentioned in the text, the genocide complaint includes these 2 videos:

 

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09:07

Dear Wentworth Voters: Heres 123 Things Our Leaders Did To Confront Climate Change "IndyWatch Feed National"

A recent ReachTel poll commissioned by Greenpeace Australia found that for the voters of Wentworth former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbulls old seat tackling climate change was their number one priority. With the Wentworth by-election to be staged on Saturday, Liam McLoughlin thought it timely to help the good voters of the eastern suburbs focus their minds on the Liberal Partys action on climate change over the last five years. Its a long list actually, its a long Shitlist.

 

Tony Abbott eats an onion. Just because.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott*

  1. Abolishes key ministerial positions of climate change and science  16 September 2013
  2. Abolishes the Climate Commission  19 September 2013
  3. Denies there is a link between climate change and more severe bush fires and accuses a senior UN official of talking through their hat  23 October 2013
  4. Abolishes the Antarctic Animal Ethics Committee which ensured research on animals in the Antarctic complies with Australian standards  8 November 2013
  5. Cuts 600 jobs at the CSIRO  8 November 2013
  6. Abandons Australias emission reduction targets  12 November, 2013
  7. Downgrades national environment laws by giving approval powers to state premiers  9 December 2013...

08:53

Lefty Loon Rosie O'Donnell wants to send the military to get Trump "IndyWatch Feed National"

Leftist Rosie ODonnell says she wants to send the military to get Trump pic.twitter.com/c90lgN9oo4 Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) October 18, 2018

07:57

Rank cynicism: Australian government dangled Jerusalem embassy move because it needs Jewish votes in crucial by-election "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dearest subjects of Her Majesty's Crumbling English empire: be warned! One of your brethren realms - namely, the Federation of Australia - is sliding away from the beloved civilising influence of Westminster, and is headed for utter chaos! On saturday 20th October, a by-election in the Sydney electoral division of Wentworth, the seat of former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull, will decide the fate of current caretaker prime minister Scott Morrison (affectionately, and not-so-affectionately, known as 'ScoMo'), whose Liberal-National Party coalition government is barely hanging on. With a single-seat majority in the House of Representatives, a failure to retain this critical piece of furniture will see the current parliament well and truly hung, thus opening the door to a (gasp!) Labour government. But never fear; loyalists have mobilised all available reinforcements to prevent such a disastrous outcome! The by-election conveniently falls on the same day that English-American royal...

07:48

Dinosaur age predatory fish discovery "IndyWatch Feed National"

This image shows a new piranha-like fish from Jurassic seas with sharp, pointed teeth that probably fed on the fins of other fishes. From the time of dinosaurs and from the same deposits that contained Archaeopteryx, scientists recovered both this flesh-tearing fish and its scarred prey. Credit: M. Ebert and T. Nohl

From ScienceDaily:

150-million-year old, piranha-like specimen is earliest known flesh-eating fish

October 18, 2018

Researchers reporting in Current Biology on October 18 have described a remarkable new species of fish that lived in the sea about 150 million years ago in the time of the dinosaurs. The new species of bony fish had teeth like a piranha, which the researchers suggest they used as piranhas do: to bite off chunks of flesh from other fish.

As further support for that notion, the researchers also found the victims: other fish that had apparently been nibbled on in the same limestone deposits in South Germany (the quarry of Ettling in the Solnhofen region) where this piranha-like fish was found.

We have other fish from the same locality with chunks missing from their fins, says David Bellwood of James Cook University, Australia. This is an amazing parallel with modern piranhas, which feed predominantly not on flesh but the fins of other fishes. Its a remarkably smart move as fins regrow, a neat renewable resource. Feed on a fish and it is dead; nibble its fins and you have food for the future.

The newly described fish is part of the world famous collections in the Jura-Museum in Eichsttt. It comes from the same limestone deposits that contained Archaeopteryx.

Careful study of the fossilized specimens well-preserved jaws revealed long, pointed teeth on the....

07:46

Victoria's secret: jobs "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Victoria's secret: jobs

As promised, a quickie 45-second look under the hood at the latest jobs figures.

No wonder Melbourne's population has been booming, as its 'everything' construction boom saw the creation of 48,500 new employed persons on a net basis over the third quarter of the calendar year. 

So much for immigration limiting opportunity, Victoria is really firing it up (note to ScoMo's social media team: do not run with a Busta Rhymes gif).


This helped to keep trend annual employment growth at 290,600 or 2.4 per cent, well ahead of population growth at about 1.6pc per cent. 

Pleasingly, full-time jobs have accounted for about 7 in 10 of the new jobs, on a net basis. 


There has been a corresponding marked decline in the trend number of unemployed persons in Victoria of well over 40,000 over the past year as the labour market clicks into gear. 

Three decades earlier the population of Australia was 16.6 million, and today it is more than 50 per cent larger at a tick over 25.1 million.

The good news is that there aren't 50 per cent more....

07:03

The peculiar role of spectators in baseball "IndyWatch Feed National"

I have expressed before my dislike of the fact that cheating in baseball by tricking the umpires is not only not punished, but the players and media gloat over their success in duping on on-field officials. That strikes me as disgraceful. Another thing I dislike is not cheating but involves the fact that spectators can, in some instances, interfere with the action. This can happen because spectators can sit right behind the wall that designates the boundary. So if a ball is hit over the wall, you can have a situation where the fielder leaps to catch it before, or even after, it reaches the wall, while spectators, rather than moving away and giving the fielder room to make the play, also try to catch the ball and interfere.

Here is one such incident that happened in a high-stakes playoff game yesterday and may have cost one team the win.

The astounding this is that this kind of thing is considered perfectly acceptable. If I were running the game, I would put a gap between the wall and the first row of spectators.

I am trying to think of other games where spectators can and do interfere with the play. In cricket, there is a huge distance between the boundary line and the spectators. So too in football and tennis and rugby. The only sport where spectators are so close to the playing area is basketball but I am not aware of fans trying to interfere with the game, though they could easily do so if they wanted. I suspect that they would be ejected from the arena pronto.

Adding to this problem is that in baseball, there is a peculiar mystique attached to catching a ball that goes into the crowd, and people who catch one seem inexplicably proud of having done so, even though what they caught can be bought cheaply in any sports store. They dont do this just for (say) some record-breaking event but even for run-of-the-mill games. This has even resulted in ugly fights among fans over ownership of a ball that falls among them. Adults will even snatch a ball away from small children and then gloat over doing so, as this video clip compiled by an Australian shows. (Language advisory)

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06:58

PERTH Children hidden and their identities changed by parent abduction ring "IndyWatch Feed National"

snip .

Children hidden and their identities changed by parent abduction ring .

October 18, 2018 at 07:00PM .

A vigilante group that allegedly financed and assisted women in Australia to abduct their own children and keep them hidden in violation of family law

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://www.smh.com.au/national/children-hidden-and-their-identities-changed-by-parent-abduction-ring-20181018-p50ajl.html&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNFpPeGjjMpotztoTW4yf93K0keCkA

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

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05:37

What is the importance of the Wentworth by-election? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Editorial comment

The Wentworth by-election has been dominating the news for weeks, as if its the be all and end all of everything. In truth, it is far from this. It has attracted unusual attention, because this was the seat of recently deposed prime minister Malcolm Turnbull, and it may even be lost to the Liberal Party.

There is a certain importance in that the Morrison government may lose its one seat majority, and this will add to the considerable factional warfare and instability already existing.

From this point of view, the loss of the seat to the Liberal Party would be the best outcome for Australia. It will help pave the way for the downfall of the government, and this is something Australia seriously needs at this juncture.

Even this, is a short-term need. More important is where we are heading to.  In a way, all the attention over Wentworth, has mostly turned away from this and set within boundaries around personalities and relative trivialities. A vision to where Australia should be heading is missing.

The field of 16 candidates is a statement on the state of Australian politics today. Disillusionment with political institutions traditional parties and politicians in general continues to grow.

Australia needs an alternative answer to the neoliberal economics, the lack of compassion for others and erosion of democratic rights that have been the hallmarks of government for far too long. In this, there is a desire for something different.

A big part of the reason for the limitation of the coverage, is the narrow scope for debate provided by the highly monopolised media in Australia. In Murdoch land there is little scope for new progressive ideas. This is something that really needs to be sorted out.

Far too many politicians have been sucked into the game and are too afraid to stray from the script. When sticking to the script promises personal rewards, it provides little comfort for everyone else. This is not an environment that easily generates leadership with the courage to forge a new direction.

Australia needs to build a vision, which is of a society that strives to build equality and empowers people.

This means building democracy. Not merely in terms of everyone being allowed to cast a ballot every few years. But a society where everyone has a voice in every aspect of life.  It means an effective voice in the workplaces and  neighbourhoods in which we live and an inclusive media. The decisions are no longer left in the boardrooms of big corporations. This is a society where everyone is properly rewarded for their contribution and all have freedom from poverty, adequate housing, equal, affordable and first rate health and education, which are the means for a decent life and to participate in mee...

05:19

Midnight Oil- When The Generals Talk "IndyWatch Feed National"

One of Australias greatest rock band, Midnight Oil. In terms of thinking mans Australian rock bands it is the greatest. Nick Cage is another.

In terms of stadium popular rock, AC-DC is the greatest Australian rock band, and rated the top in the world in that genre.

Thursday, 18 October

12:14

Client Services Officer "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian Taxation Office Adelaide,  Brisbane & Gosford

12:11

Client Services Officer "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian Taxation Office Hobart, Melbourne & Sydney

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