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Wednesday, 18 July

22:46

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

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

21:18

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

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

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

Summary of Key Recommendations:

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

20:52

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

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

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

By Harry Nedelcu
Japan Times

Commentary

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

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

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

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

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

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

19:06

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

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

I feel like Ive descended into hell.

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

Why stripping?

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

Money, she says.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

17:09

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

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

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

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

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

Posted about 5 hours ago

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

17:00

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

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













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

17:00

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


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


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

Rich Haridy

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

16:38

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

When you look at the numbers its clear that the US deal is nowhere near enough. This dark chapter does not close until every single man, woman and child on Manus and Nauru is finally rebuilding their lives in safety, said Mr Webb.

Our Government cant just imprison people on remote islands forever. These men, women and children deserve a future. After five long years, enough is enough.

For interviews please call:

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

16:08

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

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

15:59

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

15:15

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

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Woman charged with aggravated robbery over incident in Perth CBD .

July 18, 2018 at 09:26AM .

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

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15:15

PERTH Manslaughter charge after ambulance crash "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Manslaughter charge after ambulance crash .

July 17, 2018 at 04:15PM .

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

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14:51

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

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

by G5

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

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

14:50

Pauline Hanson has Bill Shorten sussed "IndyWatch Feed National"

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

14:35

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

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

14:33

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

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

14:30

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

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

14:08

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

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

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

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

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

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

14:00

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.00010 BTC
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12:22

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

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

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

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

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

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

11:28

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

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

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

09:50

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

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

08:49

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

 

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

Video from Class in Session

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How to Prevent Future Trumps

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

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

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

08:18

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

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

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

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

So once that is done we will start.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

07:37

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

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

07:03

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

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07:00

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

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

06:57

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There are man...

06:52

Indigenous peoples control one-quarter of worlds land surface, two-thirds of that land is essentially natural "IndyWatch Feed National"

A new study makes a significant contribution to the growing body of research showing that recognizing the land rights of and partnering with indigenous peoples can greatly benefit conservation efforts. The dearth of reliable data on Indigenous Peoples lands in many parts of the world has implications not only for securing their rights but also for the conservation and management of a significant proportion of terrestrial global biodiversity, the authors of the study, led by Professor Stephen Garnett of Charles Darwin University in Australia, write in the journal Nature Sustainability. Garnett and team sought to address this knowledge gap by producing a map of the terrestrial lands managed or owned by indigenous peoples across the globe, which in turn allowed them to assess the extent to which Indigenous Peoples stewardship and global conservation values intersect and provide a first estimation of the overlap between Indigenous Peoples terrestrial lands and protected areas. While recognizing the rights of indigenous peoples to their traditional lands and waters is increasingly coming to be seen as an ethical obligation, the authors of the study say their results provide evidence that it is also essential to meeting local and global conservation goals and that more collaborative partnerships between indigenous peoples and governments would yield substantial benefits for efforts to conserve high-priority landscapes, ecosystems, and biodiversity. An indigenous woman and baobabs in a dry forest near Morondava, Madagascar. Photo by Joan de la Malla. About 370 million people around the world define themselves as Indigenous, are descended

06:44

I wear the "Australian Defence Medal" - here's what's on the back @SkyNewsRicho "IndyWatch Feed National"

I had to check to make sure I had the name of the medal I proudly wear correct - it's the "Australian Defence Medal", but as you see above, it says "FOR SERVICE" on the back. Trevor Ruthenberg's parliamentary bio said he had the "Australian Service Medal". He should have...

06:35

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

Contributed by Jim Hayes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

06:03

Comey - the FBI did not get access to the DNC (Democrat campaign) servers "IndyWatch Feed National"

How the hell could they miss that? Much media debunking of Trump DNC server comments. Politifact says 'False'; Politico says 'unmoored from reality.' But DNC did not, in fact, turn over server(s), no? Maybe that's unimportant; yes, there's other evidence. But did DNC hand over servers or not? From Comey...

05:58

Obama crapping on about equality etc like we're about to run out of it "IndyWatch Feed National"

Former President Obama: I believe in Nelson Mandelas vision. I believe in a vision shared by Gandhi and King and Abraham Lincoln. I believe in a vision... built on the premise that all people are created equal and theyre endowed by our creator with certain inalienable rights." pic.twitter.com/m8lnutnkCH CNN...

05:28

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

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

04:53

Woman Comes Home And Finds Stranger Getting Cozy On Her Couch "IndyWatch Feed National"

Last Sunday night, Oregon resident Lauren Taylor entered her living room and was met with quite the unusual surprise.

A pair of yellow-brown eyes was staring up at her from behind the couch.  

It was a mountain lion.

Credit: Facebook/Lauren Taylor

Apparently, someone had left the back door open, and the curious cat had wandered right in after drinking from a fountain in the yard. Taylors housemate noticed the animal first and shrieked, causing the lion to retreat behind the couch.

Taylor, who has previously worked in wildlife rescue and also practices energy healing, knew theyd have to give the cat a lot of space and remain calm to encourage her to leave safely. Taylor saw the lion lie down, so she quietly went outside to keep watch through the window.

To her surprise, the lion was fast asleep.

Credit: Facebook/Lauren Taylor

[Originally] the lion was frightened, agitated and determined to exit through a closed window, Taylor wrote on Facebook. Once the energy shifted, she calmed down.

As the minutes passed on, and Taylor remained outside, the lion continued to sleep. Eventually she woke up and noticed the human staring in at her. Taylor began blinking slowly at her which in feline body language signifies that you pose no threat.

I gazed lovingly, then blinked hard and then she did it back, Taylor said. Then, she went back to sleep....

04:48

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

This music video from Europe says about itself:

Animal body coverings song

9 January 2016

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

Music taken from Dommo107/Universal Music Corporation.

From the University of Virginia in the USA:

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

July 17, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

04:17

The ingredients of timely investigative journalism "IndyWatch Feed National"

Richard Keeble is one of Britains leading journalism academics and hes taught at the University of Lincoln for many years. Author of seminal books on reporting, his latest, just released work is co-edited with John Mair and its called, Investigative Journalism Today: Speaking Truth to Power. It features a range of writers exploring the importance of investigative work from the English and non-English speaking world:

Rumours of the death of investigative journalism have been greatly exaggerated. This book is proof enough of that. Examples from the corporate and alternative media across the globe highlight the many imaginative and courageous ways that reporters are still kicking at the right targets.

Im honoured that Keebles chapter positively interrogates my work, especially around disaster capitalism, and hes allowed me to post it here: keebleloewensteinchapter

From the introduction:

Antony Loewenstein is an Australian investigative reporter, freelance author, photographer, blogger and campaigner. He has written for a wide range of publications both mainstream and alternative such as the Guardian, New York Times, Washington Post, Green Left Weekly, New Matilda and Counterpunch. His books include My Israel Question (2006) and The Blogging Revolution (2008 and 2011). His 2010 ABC Radio National feature documentary, A Different Kind of Jew, was a finalist in the UN Media Peace Awards. And his book, Profits of Doom: How Vulture Capitalism Swallowing the World (2013) has been followed up with a documentary film, Disaster Capitalism, about aid, development and politics in Afghanistan, Haiti and Papua New Guinea.

Profits of Doom also serves as a useful case study to examine Loewensteins investigative strategy in more detail. As this chapter will argue, Loewenstein draws creatively from a wide range of genres peace journalism, investigative reporting, literary, long-form journalism, counter journalism and activist reporting making his reportage both important and original. In particular, the study will focus on his investigative techniques, his ideological/political attitude and his distinctive investigative writing style.

03:55

The importance of strong encryption "IndyWatch Feed National"

Today NGO Digital Rights Watch launched an important campaign that I was asked to support. Very happy to:

Today, a global coalition led by civil society and technology experts sent a letter asking the government of Australia to abandon plans to introduce legislation that would undermine strong encryption. The letter calls on government officials to become proponents of digital security and work collaboratively to help law enforcement adapt to the digital era.

In July 2017, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull held a press conference to announce that the government was drafting legislation that would compel device manufacturers to assist law enforcement in accessing encrypted information. In May of this year, Minister for Law Enforcement and Cybersecurity Angus Taylor restated the governments priority to introduce legislation and traveled to the United States to speak with companies based there.

Todays letter (download here) signed by 76 organisations, companies, and individuals, asks leaders in the government not to pursue legislation that would undermine tools, policies, and technologies critical to protecting individual rights, safeguarding the economy, and providing security both in Australia and around the world.

This is a really important issue for anyone who uses the internet to shop, bank or communicate so basically everyone. Strong encryption is essential to the modern Australian economy, and it would be a mistake to deliberately weaken it, said Tim Singleton Norton, chair of Digital Rights Watch.

02:57

MACKAY Mackay magistrate court "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY July 17, 2018 at 12:27PM ,

Mackay magistrate court

July 17, 2018 at 12:27PM ,

He was born in Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland on 11 May 1833. au Mackay Magistrates Court 12 Brisbane Street Mackay Magistrates Courts

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01:54

New species of venomous snake discovered by accident in Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

A team of biologists researching sea snakes in the mining town of Weipa in Australias remote Cape York Peninsula have accidentally discovered a venomous snake thats new to science. The black-and-white snake, now named Vermicella parscauda or the Cape York bandy-bandy, belongs to a group of snakes called bandy-bandies that live in burrows and feed on a specialized diet of blind snakes. So far, scientists know of only five species of bandy bandies, all found in Australia. The hoop snake (Vermicella annulata) is the most commonly encountered bandy-bandy, the researchers report in a study published in Zootaxa. Since bandy-bandies are burrowing snakes, the sight of a small one on a concrete block by the sea surprised Bryan Fry, an associate professor at the University of Queensland, and his colleague Freek Vonk from the Naturalis Biodiversity Center in the Netherlands. We later discovered that the snake had slithered over from a pile of bauxite rubble [that was] waiting to be loaded onto a ship, Fry said in a statement. Bryan Fry, an associate professor at the University of Queensland, searching for snakes near Weipa, Queensland. Image courtesy of Bryan Fry. Frys team found another snake of the same kind near Weipa, and spotted another dead individual that had been run over by a car near the bauxite mine. They found two more specimens of the snake in museum collections, resulting in five specimens from the same small area. On examination by my student, Chantelle Derez, the bandy-bandy turned out to be a new species, visually

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22:26

Big Four Giant PwC Director Quits, Joins Cryptocurrency Exchange as CEO in Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

A director at big four accounting giant PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC)  in Australia has quit the firm to join crypto exchange bitcoin.com.au as its newest CEO. Ben Ingram left PwC Australia back in March, where he was responsible for digital strategy, accounting and consulting, as its director before taking over the exchange as its chief executive, Business Continued

The post Big Four Giant PwC Director Quits, Joins Cryptocurrency Exchange as CEO in Australia appeared first on CCN

20:16

Bill Browder: British investor singled out by Putin at Trump summit says Russian leader rattled "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Bill Browder has described himself as Putins No 1 enemy. Now the Russian president had added weight to that claim by singling out the British investor at his controversial summit with Donald Trump on Monday.

The UK-based financier appeared to be part of what the US president called an incredible offer by Vladimir Putin to assist American investigators in their prosecution of 12 Russian intelligence officers accused of hacking crimes during the 2016 presidential election season.

He offered to have the people working on the case come and work with their investigators with respect to the 12 people, Mr Trump told reporters during a news conference in Helsinki following his joint summit with

Read the rest (Paywall):

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The man who helped blow the whistle on rampant corruption in Moscow and has been described as Vladimir Putins number one enemy has blasted Donald Trumps meeting with the Russian President, saying Mr Putin should be severely contained, not engaged.

Bill Browder who is the CEO of Hermitage Capital Management once ran Russias most successful investment fund, but in 2005 he was declared an enemy of the state for his part in exposing massive corruption to the tune of more than $300 million.

Now Mr Browder who is a lobbyist for the Magnitsky Act, a law that punishes Russian human rights violators  has found himself at the centre of negotiations between Mr Trump and Vladimir Putin...

19:07

Theyre Disappointed Because President Trump Did Not Shirtfront President Putin "IndyWatch Feed National"

(Photo The Economist)

by Dee McLachlan

Presidents Putin and Trump met for about two hours in Helsinki, Finland. It was a cordial and cooperative meeting. But the MSM and their followers wanted Trump to draw blood. With the World Cup over, they wanted a Shirtfronting as Tony Abbott had promised, but failed to deliver, back in 2014.

...

17:47

MACKAY Man allegedly caught with explosives in Beaconsfield "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY July 17, 2018 at 09:48AM ,

Man allegedly caught with explosives in Beaconsfield

July 17, 2018 at 09:48AM ,

a 24-year-old was charged with unlawfully possessing explosives and issued with a notice to appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court on August 7,

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17:47

MACKAY Man pulls knife on patrons at Mackay pub "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY July 17, 2018 at 07:22AM ,

Man pulls knife on patrons at Mackay pub

July 17, 2018 at 07:22AM ,

He plead guilty in Mackay Magistrates Court to charges of being drunk and disorderly, failing to leave licensed premises and possessing a knife in a

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MACKAY Car intercept leads to charges for possession of explosives, Beaconsfield "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY July 17, 2018 at 09:26AM ,

Car intercept leads to charges for possession of explosives, Beaconsfield

July 17, 2018 at 09:26AM ,

The fireworks were seized by police and the 24-year-old was issued with a notice to appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court on August 7, to have the

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MACKAY Drug enforcement Bowen "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY July 17, 2018 at 12:15AM ,

Drug enforcement Bowen

July 17, 2018 at 12:15AM ,

Both will appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court on August 8. The focus on drug related crime will not change. Enforcement action could be

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17:47

MACKAY Man found on CBD roof looking for money "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY July 16, 2018 at 08:07AM ,

Man found on CBD roof looking for money

July 16, 2018 at 08:07AM ,

AN ALLEGED trespasser found on the roof of a Mackay CBD business claimed he was up there looking for money. In a bizarre incident on Saturday

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17:01

Multiple opportunities at TEQSA "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian Government Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency

14:59

When is a record not a record? "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Its been  cold here in Brisbane for the last few days, at least by our subtropical standards, with overnight minimums of 6 degrees in the city, and negative temperatures in  towns like Stanthorpe in the nearby Granite Belt. That occasioned lots of news coverage, with the observation that this was the coldest temperature weve had since 2014 and one of the coldest since 2000. The same was true for much of Eastern Australia. Melbourne had its coldest morning in several years, and  a couple of towns in NSW had the lowest minimum for several decades.

All of these are records in the trivial sense that we record the temperature every day, but none of them are records in the commonly used sense of lowest (or highest) value in the relevant record. That didnt stop the usual denialist suspects claiming a RECORD (all caps in original) and evidence of global cooling. The Daily Mail  claimed Australias east coast shivers through its coldest EVER morning even though the sub-headlines made it clear this wasnt true.

Whats striking here is that the same people who are willing to claim that the Bureau of Meteorology is part of a world-wide warmist conspiracy to doctor climate records are eagerly credulous about any piece of data that suits their case. Next time we get record heat, the conspiracy theories will be wheeled out again, but for now the Bureau is an unquestionable source of scientific evidence.

To take this news a little more seriously, its important to remember that there are vast numbers of records that can potentially be broken on any given day highest and lowest maxima and minima, for a given month, in any location where weather is recorded. That means we need either to confine attention to a limited number of records most obviously mean global temperatures or look at statistical measures, such as the relative frequency of new records for cold and heat. Both of these measures give the answer that is by now obvious* from experience: the climate globally and Australia is getting warmer.

 

 

14:38

That classic 1957 Mt Stromlo observatory sighting - explained? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Astronomers and UAP

Those who haven't bothered to conduct any research, often state that astronomers never report seeing UAP. One of the sightings which is used to counter such arguments is from November 1957; by astronomers at the Mt Stromlo observatory, near Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia.

UAP periodicals as sources for the account

The APRO Bulletin, January 1958, page 3 carried the following:

'Canberra, Australia, 9 November. Four astronomers of the Commonwealth Observatory, Mount Stromlo, observed a bright pink object in the sky at about 3am. The object was observed for about 8 minutes as it moved across the western horizon, then disappeared. No aircraft in the sky at the time. Astronomers could not identity the object. Sputniks, meteors and the like were ruled out as possible explanations by the astronomers themselves.'



My comments:

1. The Bulletin cites no source for their information, and places the date of the sighting as 9 November, presumably 1957.
2. The time of observation is stated to have been about 3am. 

Flying Saucer Review, January/February 1958, page 3:

'Astronomers see pink UFO

The London Times , of November 7 reported that...hundreds of people at Bathurst, near Sydney, Australia...saw a metallic object over the town...on the previous day...However, on the same day, four astronomers at the Commonwealth Observatory, at Mt Stromlo, near Canberra, Australia on "sputnik watch" reported a strange object mo...

14:00

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.00010 BTC
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13:57

No Room At The Australian Inn For Gileads Handmaids "IndyWatch Feed National"

The promise of sanctuary offered to Gileads refugees on arrival across the border is a sad fiction for real women fleeing persecution in todays world, writes Katie Robertson.

This season of The Handmaids Tale has made for brutally compelling viewing. Edge of your seat, white knuckled, gut-wrenching viewing.

The attempts by the lead characters to flee Gilead throughout the series have been some of the most agonising and suspenseful plot lines to endure. Each time we thought a pregnant June might just make it weve been left shaken and deflated (not least when she divided viewers by refusing to get into the escape vehicle in last weeks season finale).

We share Emilys elated disbelief as she realises shes going to get out. We held our breath last season as Moira made the final sprint over the Canadian border and slumped down with exhausted relief in the snow.

These women endure unspeakable horror, violence and repression Under His Eye. But if theres one glimmer of hope that exists throughout the monotonous brutality of The Handmaids Tale, it is the characters ever-present assumption that sanctuary can be found in a fictionalised neighbouring Canada, if only they can make it across the border.

But what if this assumption was wrong? What if the Handmaids were prevented from crossing the border, not by the Guardians of Gilead but by the Canadian Border Force, mandated to push them back from where they came? Or if they did manage to make it across they were immediately imprisoned on their arrival, separated from their children or forcibly removed and indefinitely detained on a small desolate island in the middle of the ocean?

Asylum seekers on Nauru protest their indefinite incarceration.

Theres no doubting this adaption of Margaret Atwoods 1985 novel has resonated with huge audiences, particularly women, who have been both captured and horrified by the eerie dystopian world it so masterfully depicts. The show grips us so tightly because although Gilead seems alien at first glance, the gradual changes that we see evolving in pre-Gilead America are frighteningly recognisable....

13:56

Statistical Officers "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian Bureau of Statistics

13:19

Bishop's DFAT fails FOI re her "numerous representations" to North Korea on our MIA servicemen. "IndyWatch Feed National"

DFAT was due to respond to me by cob yesterday, 16 July. There's been nothing. Just crickets and tumbleweeds. Here's their 19 June 2018 email acknowledging my application and setting out the timeline for their response. Some of my articles on this matter are in the links at the tail...

13:16

Senior Project Officer, Data "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian Government Cancer Australia

13:14

Sexual Harassment In Hospitality: How Bad Is It? And How To Stop It! "IndyWatch Feed National"

You wont believe the rates of sexual harassment of hospitality workers in Australia. Cassandra Taylor breaks it down.

The pay packets of Australias hospitality workers took a hit last fortnight as a further drop in penalty rates came into effect on 1 July. For the second year in a row, these penalty rates will be reduced as a result of a controversial Fair Work Commission decision last year, which also impacted the pharmacy, fast food and retail industries. The practical impact of this change is that some of Australias most vulnerable workers will become more reliant on tips and, in turn, more likely at risk of workplace sexual harassment.

A recent survey by HospoVoice revealed that 89% of hospitality workers have been sexually harassed at work, and 19% have been sexually assaulted. For many who have worked in hospitality, including myself, it may even come as a shock that 11% were spared this humiliation.

Whilst at university, I worked in a shoe store, a caf, a restaurant, a bar, a bowling alley and a pub. I had my arse grabbed by my boss, received an unwelcome kiss from a customer and was subjected to more inappropriate comments than I can recall. I smiled and laughed it off, never complained, and received great tips.

The culture at one venue I worked at, on and off, for six years was particularly sexually hostile. We were told to only keep CVs handed in by attractive girls, and throw all others in the bin. Every December, we had to wear tight red t-shirts with Merry Christmas written across the bust in green. There were usually only sizes small and extra small to choose from, and the extra small ones were always left to the unlucky last picks.

Working in the gaming room, our job was to flirt with creepy old pokie addicts, bring them free food and do whatever we could to keep them playing. We always got the best tips in the gaming room and, at the time, this seemed enough to justify the wandering hands we were subjected to.

Looking back, I sometimes wonder why I put up with it. I think part of me didnt think it was serious enough to make a big deal of it happened almost every shift, and I witnessed my workmates experience far worse. But part of me kept quiet because I knew that if I spoke up, I would lose my shifts to someone who didnt. Besides, I knew that grinning and bearing it resulted in better tips and, as a uni student, every dollar counted.

The normalisation of sexual harassment in the workplace for the many men and women who start out their working lives in the hospitality industry has flow on effects for all Australian workplaces. There is a real misunderstanding of the types of behaviour that amount to sexual harassment in Australian workplaces, and this acts as a barrier to reporting.

The most recent telephone survey conducted by...

12:56

WO1 John Franklin (manages Honours and Awards Chapter in Army Dress Manual) on Longman LNP candidate "IndyWatch Feed National"

I joined the Army with John in 1978 and have been in constant contact with him since - he's a great soldier, a patriot and not at all political. John has been tireless in outing imposters - the last thing he'd do is downplay the misuse of honours or awards.

12:47

The Spiritual Evolution of Animals "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Article by Stuart Wilde. Have you wondered if an animal has a soul and an even afterlife? My old teacher said that animals have group souls, one for each species or subspecies.....

12:35

Mean mad white men: the allure of Jordan Peterson "IndyWatch Feed National"

Peterson is urbane and respectable, emblematic of what British writer Olivia Laing has called the endless malice of the polite right. Just crazy enough, in Jon Ronsons phrase, to ensure media interest, but sufficiently intellectual-sounding to attract an audience for whom a brazen bigot like Yiannopoulos would be on the nose.

11:59

Sydney vacancy rate jumps "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Sydney vacancies rising

The latest building activity figures confirmed that the record number of apartments under construction in Sydney is now morphing into a surge in completions.

June is always a seasonally soft month for rental markets, but the latest release from SQM Research recorded a vacancy rate jumping all the way to 2.8 per cent for Sydney.

That's well up from 2 per cent a year earlier.

Vacancies were very high in the Hills District at 4.9 per cent.

But the inner suburbs have by no means been immune as apartments complete across the city. 


There's a certain seasonal aspect to this.

Indeed, Australia's capitals are becoming more seasonal than ever with net overseas migration peaking in the warmer months, and hundreds of thousands of international students coming and going in recent years - but there's also high level of new supply for the city to deal with.

Around the traps

Melbourne's vacancy rate was just 1.6 per cent in the month of June 2018.

However, Melbourne now has more dwellings under construction than at any time in its history, as well as a range of transport, infrastructure, and commercial projects. 

Nationally, the vacancy rate declined from a year earlier from 2.5...

11:49

Putin - $400M was unlawfully sent from Russia to fund Hillary Clinton campaign "IndyWatch Feed National"

This is Bill Browder. "Vladimir Putin is effectively a war criminal - this is a guy who should be contained, not engaged" - watch the full interview with 'Putin's number one enemy' @Billbrowder tonight on The World's special coverage of the Donald Trump/Vladimir Putin Summit. @bevvo14 #ABCTheWorld pic.twitter.com/7HoeMkS1y8 ABC...

11:39

Warren Mundine's complaint to ABC MD Michelle Guthrie over Paul Bongiorno "IndyWatch Feed National"

15 July 2018 Dear Ms Guthrie Im writing about the conduct of RN Breakfasts weekly commentator, Paul Bongiorno. Mr Bongiorno is a regular contributor to ABC Radio National on the RN Breakfast program and promoted by the ABC as key talent on ABCs website: www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/breakfast/politics/9147810 On 8 July 2018, in...

11:15

Julian Assange wins a legal victory but for now remains holed up in the Ecuadoran Embassy "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Ben Wilson

Julian Assange has won a significant new victory in the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, based in Costa Rica. The Court handles cases relating to human rights relating to members of the Organisation of American States (OAS).

Assange benefits  from this. The Court determined that it is the duty of nations to allow the passage of successful asylum seekers from embassies to the mainland territory of the state.  That has granted the individual asylum.

It means that both Ecuador and Britain have a legal duty to allow Assange to leave the Embassy in London, without arrest, and be guarantee safe transit to Ecuador.

The decision is based on the American Convention on Human Rights and article XXVII of the American Declaration of Rights and Duties of Man. The Court concluded, that the right to seek and receive asylum and receive protection in a foreign country are human rights. Refugee status is defined under United Nations Instruments and corresponding national laws. The court rules that the conventions also apply to third states.

There is no guarantee that Britain will comply. Prior decisions made by international bodies over the Assange case have been ignored. the policy to arrest him and hand him over to the United States has remained, to be tried for treason remains. The fact that Assange is not an American Citizen has not made any difference. What might make some difference is that as government reeling form internal division, its mishandling of Brexit and immensely unpopular, does not need further international embarrassment. At the least, the case to pursue Assange has been weakened further.

But it might be important in regard to how Ecuador is going to react. When Julian Assange first entered the Embassy, the government of this country was sympathetic, allowed him refuge and gave him Ecuadoran citizenship. The current government is much less sympathetic, has a warmer relationship with the United states, and is being pressured by the United States, Britain and Spain to hand him over. A decision has been eminent.

The ruling by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights means that Ecuador is now pressured, to not hand over Assange. At the very least, the stalemate looks like continuing.

 

The post Julian Assange wins a legal victory but for now remains holed up in the Ecuadoran Embassy appeared first on The Pen.

10:57

Pay more attention to forests to avert global water crisis, researchers urge "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australias Murray Darling basin covers more than a million square kilometers, 14 percent of the countrys landmass. Its the site of tens of thousands of wetlands, but increasing demand for water has stretched its resources to the limit. Many of the basins wetlands and floodplain forests are declining several former wetlands and forests have even been consumed by bushfires, which are becoming more frequent every year. Yet when Australian officials sought to introduce strict water allocation rules, they met with fierce resistance from farmers in the region who depend on irrigation for their livelihood. This is just one example of the ongoing conflicts over ecological water allocations featured in a new report released by the Global Forest Expert Panel (GFEP) on Forests and Water, an initiative led by the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO). More than seven-and-a-half billion humans currently occupy planet Earth together with an estimated three trillion trees, and both of these populations require water. According to the GFEP report, the growing human population and climate change are exacerbating a looming global water crisis that has already hit home in places like the Murray Darling basin but the crisis could potentially be averted if humans paid more attention to the links between forests and water. This international effort to highlight the interlinkages between forests, water, people and climate is very timely, given the pressures we now face on both human society and natural ecosystems, Caroline Sullivan, an environmental economist at Australias Southern Cross University

10:36

Kite Line: Anti-Detention Occupations from Australia to America, Part Two "IndyWatch Feed National"

The post Kite Line: Anti-Detention Occupations from Australia to America, Part Two appeared first on It's Going Down.

Anti-prison radio and podcast show Kite Lines continues with coverage of ongoing occupations of deportation facilities.

Listen and Download HERE

Last week, Aren Aizura guided us through the history of colonialism in Australia, including racist measures to control non-white immigration, and later, in the 1980s, the implementation of mandatory detention for refugees. He focused on his experiences in an occupation outside the remote Woomera Detention Center, and the way that supporters on the outside grew in numbers, intensifying pressure on the authorities. Now, he walks us through the 2002 mass breakout of refugees there, all the way through the following standoff and its aftermath.

As we reflect on the inspiring actions at Woomera, we are also tracking the occupations underway across the US right now. Occupy ICE in Portland has been subjected to a brutal eviction, during which police shot occupiers with pepperballs at close range. Likewise, there was a mass arrest in San Francisco, following more than a week of occupation outside the ICE regional headquarters which halted all deportations in northern California. Occupations continue in Los Angeles, Tacoma, and Louisville, as well as many other cities.

09:39

Symmetry of sorts "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

These images were made last week in a nice patch of bush that I havent visited before, an area of public land just to the east of Green Gully. Birds were scarce Scarlet Robins and Varied Sittellas were the highlight but I suspect there is more to be discovered.

Eastern Grey Kangaroos, Green Gully, 12th July 2018

08:24

Fourth whale snaring prompts call to end Qld shark nets "IndyWatch Feed National"

Supplied photo of a ten meter humpback whale tangled in a shark net off Main Beach on the Gold Coast on Thursday, July 5, 2012. The Sea World rescue team, along with the DPI Boating and Fisheries Patrol, spent three hours cutting the sub adult female whale free from shark nets in rough seas. (AAP Image/Sea World)

A whale rescued from a shark net off the Gold Coast yesterday is the fourth humpback whale entangled in Queenslands shark nets this winter, prompting Humane Society International to call for their abolition.

Head of campaigns, Nicola Beynon, said the society was relieved to hear that the whale trapped on the Gold Coast has been freed, but extremely concerned by the distress it will have suffered.

Whale entanglements show the extreme folly of shark nets, because entangled whales can actually attract great white sharks to the area. Whale entanglements also pose a serious safety risk to the rescuers who work to free the animals, which defeats their purpose as a public safety measure, she said.

Commenting on the latest rescue, Sea Worlds curator of mammals and birds, Mitchell Leroy, said the rescue operations carried out by Sea World and the Department of Fisheries were incredibly dangerous.

The animal can panic and lash its tail out. They are massive heavy things and its very easy for them to destroy a boat and severely injure, if not kill people.

The society predicts more whales will be ensnared before the end of the migration season. After wintering in Queensland waters, the humpbacks are at even greater risk of shark net entanglement on their return journey when accompanied by their new-born calves and swimming closer to shore.

Last year there were eight humpback whales caught in Queensland shark nets, including a stillborn calf that was found after its mother was entangled in a net off Kurrawa Beach on the Gold Coast.

Ms Beynon said there are more effective ways to protect both marine and human life than lethal shark nets.

The Queensland government is stuck in the dark ages on this one, she added.

Whales are a star attraction for the Queensland tourism economy. The least the Queensland government could do is give them safe passage by removing these death traps, continued.

Humane...

08:19

Thoughts For The Week By Ron Owen of Owen Guns. "IndyWatch Feed National"


Thoughts For the Week By Ron Owen of Owen Guns.
This Newsletter is published by Owen Guns 24 McMahon Road, Gympie Ph: 07 5482 5070.

This week I became aware that our defence forces, from General Staff to infantry are now totally dependent on electrical power, mains to battery packs, yet without it, their rifle sights, Weapons systems, GPS, communication, information are non-existent. Without batteries our infantry will not know where they are themselves, or where the enemy is nor will they be able to be a fighting force. E-bombs (electromagnetic bomb) are not science fiction, small ones have been used since 2003, large ones are in other countries arsenals plus now they have the means to focus them to specific areas and different powers.
Modern Warfare, turn off the power and the people start...

08:03

Multiculturalism is a description of Australias reality and not a policy "IndyWatch Feed National"

 

Contributed by Joe Montero

The usual suspects are now chorusing that multiculturalism has failed Australia. It is curious that every horse in the Murdoch stable has come out with this one at the same time.

Perhaps its something to do with backing one of News Corps favourite sons, Tony Abbott, and his campaign to cut immigration and population growth. Or its to do with getting other issues of the headlines. Australia is heading to a series of by-elections that might prove to be bit of a defining moment.

There is a sound argument for limiting the growth of Australias population. This is the driest continent on the planet and most of the land is not particularly fertile. This means that our water and food security are not limitless. And there is the matter of our collective impact on the environment.

These are worthy topics. They deserve comment elsewhere. The focus here is on multiculturalism. To come out and boldly state that the campaign against multiculturalism is stupid, is a good way to start. It is stupid, because it pretends that multiculturalism is some sort of policy that has been forced on Australia. It was never a policy, but a description of the reality of Australian society.

Multiculturalism is a term that came into common usage during the movement that emerged in the 1970s among Australian born, or whose parents were born overseas. It sought to overcome barriers to full participation in society. For many, English was a second language. It was hard to negotiate the prevailing social norms, deal with institutions and discrimination coming from some quarters. They fought for a range of services to help level the playing field and recognition of their contribution to Australia. They fought for a more inclusive Australia. Most of the population was no longer of British heritage. This is the time when the word multiculturalism came into common usage.

This does not mean that the Anglo-Celtic tradition should disappear. It is also part of who we are as a people and should be valued. But it exists within a context, and this too must be recognised.

In fact, Australia has been a society of mixed cultures since the First Fleet arrived and made contact with those who were already living here. The first settlement was built in a multicultural setting. Even among the Indigenous people there were a range of tribal and language groups, with their own cultures and traditions.

Diversity continued to expand. By the time of the Eureka rebellion, the mix had become far more complex. Irish, Italians, Chinese, Northern Europeans, and even a group of African American former slaves were there.

Sometimes it is a challenge to accept difference and change. But looking over the sweep of history, it is not hard to see...

07:10

Australia's worst drought in 116 years is decimating animals and livestock "IndyWatch Feed National"

A severe drought gripping much of rural Australia has become so intense that even native animals - fully adapted to the harsh environment - are starving to death. It has been the worst drought in 116 years for parts of New South Wales, South Australia, Victoria and Queensland, leaving paddocks bare and drying up dams. And it isn't just the sheep and cows struggling to survive in the record dry - the Australian fauna which is supposed to thrive in Australia's dry climate is being hit hard. 'This is the worst drought I have seen in 40 years. Droughts come and go but this one is severe,' the farmer said. Tamworth has had 93.4mm of rain so far this year, which is a quarter of the average.

06:18

Weekly Cryptocurrency Price Analysis: Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, NEO, and XRP "IndyWatch Feed National"

The crypto market is back to green after months of registering reds, dipping from their all-time highs. In reality, Bitcoin, Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash, and Ripple did register decent register gains over the weekend. NEO also inched higher despite not getting []

The post Weekly Cryptocurrency Price Analysis: Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, NEO, and XRP appeared first on The Global Mail.

01:31

The problem of single-use plastic pollution "IndyWatch Feed National"

The problem of plastic pollution has come to the fore, thanks to the work of environmental groups who have highlighted the toll it is taking on the oceans and marine life. Much of the damage comes from the sheer volume of plastic items that are used just once and then thrown away. This website by a company called SLOActive that markets sustainable, eco-friendly swimwear has data on the harm that plastics are doing and what we can do to mitigate the damage. The numbers are staggering. About 1.15 to 2.41 million tons of plastic are said to annually enter the worlds oceans via rivers.

The problem of microplastics, the tiny plastic particles that are created near the end point of the plastic degradation process, is now coming to the fore. As the website says:

Scientific research surveys have revealed that microplastics are widespread throughout the worlds oceans, and are having a negative impact on marine life, as well as the health of humans who rely on seafood as a staple protein source. Polystyrene beads and plastic pellets are not easily digested so tend to accumulate in the digestive tract of marine animals who consume them. This can result in the animal feeling full, causing it to stop feeding, leading to emaciation and ultimately death from starvation, or it can cause an intestinal blockage that can also be fatal. When a predator feeds on a fish that has a gut full of undigested polystyrene or plastic, this is passed on to the predator who in most cases will also have problems digesting it.

In Australia , two major retailers have stopped issuing plastic bags and some states have banned them. An Australian senate committee has issued a report recommending that all single use plastics be banned by the year 2023. Some US states and cities are also taking steps towards the elimination of single-use plastics. In the US, Starbucks has made a big media splash by vowing to eliminate plastic straws from its stores by 2020.

The two targets currently in the news are disposable plastic bags and plastic straws. In the US, stores hand out these bags far too readily. If you buy even a single small item, the cashier will immediately slip it into a plastic bag and give it to you and I have to ask them to take it out again and just give me the item and keep the bag. If I know I will be buying....

00:47

Beyond NAIDOC 2018: Our responsibility to elevate and celebrate the voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women "IndyWatch Feed National"

Aboriginal women are strong and resilient. They have wisdom and they have the answers, when will policy makers realise that #BecauseOfHerWeCan?

00:07

You cannot Change the Mind of those Who Believe in Global Warming because it is their Religion "IndyWatch Feed National"

COMMENT: Mr. Armstrong; there are just people who refuse to believe that global warming is wrong. When there are cold spells like that here in Australia, they argue there are equally a number of warm spots. They are leading us down the tubes. They will not yield and even consider that they are wrong and if so, what is the consequence of such a mistake.

PG

ANSWER: Yes, when something is against Global Warming that rebuts saying cold spots are not science. Some of these cold snaps have been very strange indeed. Yet when it is warm, suddenly it is science. It even got warm in Siberia. There are places that are normally a dessert that have suddenly burst with life. They refuse to consider the historical evidence that there have even been ice ages which implies that had to have also been warming periods way before the Industrial Age. They completely ignore the science of how ice ages are even created which takes place WHEN the ice at the North Pole melts and that allows water to evaporate and return as snow. They portray that when the ice melts, the oceans will rise and New York and Miami will be under water. They spin that as science which is just sophistry. In essence, they refuse to believe in the cyclical nature of everything. I suppose they al...

00:00

Seeking a humanitarian FOSS outreach position "IndyWatch Feed National"

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, 16 July

18:38

This Train is Bound for Tomorrow "IndyWatch Feed National"

On a late-night train, there was a girl. I faintly recall a scarf, round cheeks and bangs long enough that they caught on her eyelashes. Her hands fluttered to the cadence of her voice. Her leg was warm against mine.

I dont remember her name.

One of the senior girls from Osaka Universitys karate club had approached me and a fellow exchange student after Friday practice, explaining in simple Japanese that she and her friends were going out for dinner, and would we like to join them? At two months, we were the freshest white belts. We fumbled through pre-practice greetings and stilted conversation in the changing rooms, slowly picking up on the rhythm of punches and kicks that marked warm-up period. The members had been patient, but distant it was the first time theyd reached out outside of practice, and we took the chance eagerly.

Dinner was filled with half-understood questions and clumsy replies, mutual curiosity mowing away at any lingering awkwardness. By the time the December cold chased us into the last train home, we were conquering the space around us in an easy sprawl.

The only light were flashes. Passing houses and glowing signboards left shadows of blurred people. The bright interior of the train struck my brain. It became a place where time was irrelevant and place arbitrary.

I sunk into the heated seats like falling into the haze of sleep. A shoulder breached the invisible bubble I wore around me as the awkward foreigner.

Tell me more about your experience in Osaka.

My first impression of her in our glancing interactions was that she was shy. Sometimes she would make eye contact and then abort the mission. It seemed inevitable then, that our dinner conversation opened tentatively and small.

What are you majoring in? she asked. She handed me a pair of chopsticks. I nodded politely.

Comparative Literature, I replied, thankful Id had this conversation many times. Her eyes widened in obvious question.

Im taking a class in modern Japanese literature.

Recognising the olive branch for what it was, she peppered me for more details, filling in with yes and no questions so I could answer easier.

Oh, is the class interesting? Yes. Is the text in Japanese?...

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