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Wednesday, 15 August


Bill Shorten lecturing on "Good Australians" and presumably "Bad Australians" "IndyWatch Feed National"

What makes a good Australian? Bill Shorten (@billshortenmp) August 15, 2018


ADF's report into the beheading and burial of Sergeant Leonard Siffleet - Lest We Forget "IndyWatch Feed National"

Lest We Forget our heroes. Aussie commando sergeant Leonard Siffleet and his fiancee Clarice - and below, 2 years later in the hands of the Japanese. ADF report on the execution and burial of Sergeant Leonard Siffleet by Michael Smith on Scribd


The final solution "IndyWatch Feed National"

There is no amount of legalese at ones disposal that could possibly obscure the coded messages that so often come rising to the surface in the Australian Parliament.


MSMs Fake War, Part 3: Corralled Journos and Hunting Packs at Port Arthur "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Dee McLachlan

This Part 3 of this Fake Media War series was inspired by comments from yesterdays article, and refers back to the reporting of the Port Arthur massacre. Ill assume that the reader has some familiarity with the case, but if not please see my short video below.

If we have fake news today, it must be because the media has been rehearsing for decades. Today, if journalists did what they did at Port Arthur, we would recognize it immediately as blatant fakery, but in those days 1996 Australians were innocent.

This article will mainly quote from sources that reflect on the reporting of the massacre, plus a personal reflection from ABCs Judy Tierney. As I rummaged through these sources I thought How could dozens of journalists have been herded through a tour of the crime...


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Stolen Generations and descendants: numbers, demographic characteristics and selected outcomes [AIHW] "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The AIHW has released  a new report in collaboration with The Healing Foundation.


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Stolen Generations and descendants: numbers, demographic characteristics and selected outcomes

 provides estimated numbers and demographic characteristics of the Stolen Generations and descendants using a series of ABS surveys.


It also presents a range of health and socioeconomic outcomes for the Stolen Generations and descendants, and differences with Indigenous and non-Indigenous comparison groups, to examine the effects of removal from families.


The findings in the report will be useful to assess the needs of the Stolen Generations and their families. 


'The data shows poorer health and social outcomes among this group of Indigenous Australians compared to those who were not removed from their families,' said AIHW spokesperson Dr Fadwa Al-Yaman.

'For example, Indigenous people who were removed from their families are more than 3 times as likely to have been incarcerated in the last 5 years, and 1.8 times as likely to rely on government payments as their main source of income and 1.7 times as likely to experience violence compared to those who were not removed.'   They are also more likely to have experienced discrimination, be unemployed or not own a home, and less likely to report good general health.   Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Stolen Generations and descendants: numbers, demographic characteristics and selected outcomes


Media release: New report shows long-term disadvantage for Australia's Stolen Generations




Join the Human Rights Law Centre team "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Human Rights Law Centre believes in a future where human rights are universally understood, upheld and protected. We secure law and policy change that eliminates inequality, abuse and injustice and builds a society grounded in decency, compassion and respect. We are currently recruiting for two people to join our diverse team who have a strong, shared commitment to creating a better, fairer Australia. 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply.

Lawyer, Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Peoples' Rights

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a dynamic and collaborative lawyer to work as part of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples rights team. Our vision is that Australias laws and policies uphold and affirm Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples fundamental rights to equality, dignity and self-determination. Advancing the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is one of our nine key focus areas and is essential to our mission.

This is a 12 month full-time, fixed term position based in Melbourne. (We will consider Sydney also.)

Download a recruitment pack here.

Lawyer, Democratic Freedoms

This position will play a vital role in contributing to all aspects of our democratic rights and freedom work. This work is both responsive and agenda-setting, working closely with Australian civil society to identify and address systemic issues. We are seeking a highly motivated and collaborative individual to join our dynamic team.  

This is a full-time, ongoing position based in Sydney.

Download a recruitment pack here.


Victoria Police keen to promote new series of The Bachelor "IndyWatch Feed National"

Don't forget to indicate when you're on the way home tonight to watch #Bachie. #DriveSafely #TheBachelorAu @TheBachelorAU Victoria Police (@VictoriaPolice) August 15, 2018


Turnbull, Shorten, Burke and others on behalf of Muslims against Senator Anning "IndyWatch Feed National"

Well said Alan. Scott Morrison (@ScottMorrisonMP) August 14, 2018 The disgraceful and divisive comments by Senator Anning yesterday were a low point for our parliament. But this morning's contribution from @SenatorWong is a reminder that there is plenty of good in this place. Bill Shorten (@billshortenmp) August...


Adani knew about pollution risk and the Queensland authorities were aware of it "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed from Queensland

Not too much of a surprise really, but the revelation that  both Adani and the Queensland government were aware in advance, that polluted water could be released from the companys Abbot Point coal terminal during cyclone Debbie in 2017, has still sent a little shock wave around the country.

When it came, the Caley Valley wetlands near the Abbot Point terminal, were polluted.

The Adani licence was amended after the, fact, to allow more pollution in other areas, which includes the Great Barrier Reef world heritage area.

As if this was not enough, Adani was caught breaching the new licence by more than 800 percent. It forced the authorities to issue a penalty notice.

All this was in emails obtained by the Mackay Conservation Group, under Queenslands right to information laws, and reported by the ABC last week. Adani unsuccessfully fought the release of the emails.

Particularly sinister, is that Adani knew that its contaminated water was well above the total suspended solids (TSS) normally allowed is 30mg/L and Adanis special conditions, which allowed up to 100 mg/L. The fact that the water contained in the range of 500 to 900 mg/L, was communicated to the department that administers the licence on 28 March.

There was a clear breech and Adani was fined the $12,190. For a multi-billion-dollar company this is nothing and makes a mockery of the law. At the very least, the licence should have been suspended.

Adani fought the fine and release of the emails, because of the fear that they would damage the companys reputation.

Peter McCallum, coordinator of the Mackay Conservation Group, said the emails show the company knew the pollution could occur.

These documents that Adani didnt want released to the public show they were fully aware there was a high concentration of pollutants in the water that would be released, he said.

A company proved to disregard the conditions of its licence is only encouraged, if allowed to effectively get away with it. The Queensland government promised safeg...


Malaysian insiders call for graceful exit from TPP-11 "IndyWatch Feed National"

August 15, 2018: Professor K S Jomo, a member of new Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamads Council of Eminent Persons, has publicly called for the new government to decline to ratify the TPP-11, officially titled the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Writing in The Star, Professor Jomo said, With negligible real trade gains from the original TPP, the US withdrawal has made benefits from the regional agreement even more trivial, with advocates becoming more desperate for US participation.

Thus, its current proponents are using the CPTPP to try to re-engage the US as hegemon in the region.

He argued that the TPP-11 has committed Malaysia to further trade liberalisation, accelerating de-industrialisation, besides constraining the growth of modern services, development finance and policy space.

Malaysia can eventually opt out of the CPTPP simply by not ratifying it. Such a diplomatic approach should not embarrass Japan, Australia, Singapore and others remaining for geo-strategic or other pretexts, Prof Jomo wrote.

On the same day, the Straits Times published a longer commentary on the TPP-11 by Martin Khor, adviser of the Third World Network, also arguing against Malaysias ratification of the TPP-11.

Khor explained that the TPP-11 obliges Malaysia to abide by many new rules that are not about trade, and would intrude into the freedom and space of the country to formulate and implement policies, laws and regulations. He highlighted the new rules on investment policy.

Conditions that are sometimes imposed on investments, such as technology transfer and use of local materials, are disallowed or restricted. The foreign investor must be treated at least equally as locals, Khor said.

The foreign investors can also sue the government in an international tribunal (usually the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes in Washington DC) if they feel they are not given fair treatment.

This covers claims that they would lose future revenue and profits if government policies are changed or if contracts are re-negotiated, or if the investor claims his bid for government projec...


New report highlights ripple effects of the Stolen Generations "IndyWatch Feed National"

Stolen Generations and their descendants have been telling us for many years about the extent of trauma caused by the forced removal of children from families. Today we publish statistical evidence of that lived experience and the pain our people have had to endure over a lifetime.


Does wild nature create activists? "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

The primary purpose of this website is to celebrate the mountains of south eastern Australia and Tasmania. This includes getting out and enjoying them walking, skiing, riding, climbing, paddling, or simply just taking it easy. I have a deep belief that getting people out into wild nature makes them more likely to feel engaged in protecting wild ecosystems.

There has been some interesting conversations of late about whether this assumption is actually correct.

With the Trump administration walking away from climate action and seeking to open up large sections of protected areas to mining and fossil fuel development, there has been solid and sustained opposition to these plans from the outdoor industry. Trumps extremist approach has mobilised people and individuals, possibly in an unprecedented way.

There has recently been a number of interesting pieces addressing the question of whether the outdoor community and industry are doing enough. The Colorado based  High Country News recently published an essay by Ethan Linck, Your Stoke Wont Save Us, which questioned whether outdoor recreationists and the outdoor industry were effective advocates for conservation.

In response, Louis Geltman wrote a counter piece titled Actually I think stoke will save us, which was also published in High Country News. The sub heading of the story sums up his perspective nicely: Passion for place matters, and outdoor recreationists are taking action every day.

He says:

Meaningful conservation is driven by action not sentiment; not vaguely defined environmental concern Its organizing to deliver political pressure and make change that make the difference, and by that measure, outdoor recreationists and the outdoor industry are delivering. And stoke genuine enthusiasm derived from visceral experience is the fuel thats driving action.



Chairman Mal says electricity industry want less revenue "IndyWatch Feed National"

Does anyone believe the electricity generation industry wants lower profits and less revenue? Listen carefully to what this lying ego-in-a-suit says.


Senator Fraser Anning's first speech - quotes Churchill - gets canned by almost everyone "IndyWatch Feed National"

It's not a bad indication of how far we've fallen. This appears to be the bit of his speech that has upset the usual suspects: In order for us to remain the nation that we are now, those who come here need to assimilate and integrate. Those who are most...


Authoritarian Revocations: Australia, Terrorism and Citizenship "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contrary to any popular perceptions of Australias legal system, a dislike of rights reigns with pious conviction on both sides of the political aisle.  Rights are the stuff of nonsense and nuisance, revocable for those deemed undesirable. The Australian constitution, a heavily dull document, remains silent on many important liberties; the common law is relied upon to fill in gaps (think of that conjuration known as the implied constitutional right to freedom of communication on political subjects). Parliament, mystically wise, is meant to be the grand guardian.

In terms of citizenship, Australias parliament has been rather cavalier on the idea of citizenship, exploiting the absence of any specific reference to the term in the arid document that grants it legislative powers.  In 2015, national security considerations became the basis for legislation stripping individuals of citizenship in certain instances where terrorism was an issue.  While citizenship can be lost in certain instances common to other countries, the arbitrary revocation of citizenship via executive fiat is possible under the Citizenship Act 2007 (Cth).

The relevant minister, goes the wording of s. 35A, may determine in writing that a person ceases to be an Australian citizen in various instances involving convictions for certain offences, including terrorism.  But convictions might not be necessary; the minister might deem it against the public interest for the person to remain an Australian citizen. This is all made ever vaguer on the issue of what constitutes recruitment and the status of foreign fighters.  We remain at the mercy of security considerations.

Parliament did stop short of rendering citizens stateless, making the provisions apply to dual nationals.  But it yielded two outcomes: that the relevant minister would be effectively governed by the consideration that the Australian citizen might have citizenship of another country, however tenuous that link would be, and that any powers to deprive that person of Australian citizenship could be exercised to limited review.

This curiously venal formulation was always problematic; for one, such laws are not, specifically, with respect to aliens or with respect to immigration, terminology that is to be found in the constitution.

Khaled Sharrouf became the debutant to lose his Australian citizenship under the amendments, his reputation marked by a spectacularly gruesome display of images sporting his son holding a severed head.......


Radioactive Sheep, an Anomalous Flash, and a Nuclear Mystery "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Brett Tingley

With as many nuclear weapons as there are out there in the world, its amazing there havent been more mishaps, accidents, or rogue detonations. While there have been a few close calls like the 1961 Goldsboro B-52 crash in my home state of North Carolina, so far weve been lucky not to have any major incidents. That we know of, that is.

Although its kind of hard to hide a mushroom cloud. Unless its underground or underwater

While a nuclear weapon detonation would be pretty difficult to conceal, unexplained clouds of radiation circling the globe over the last year or two might suggest that someone is testing weapons on the sly. While in this most recent case theres little to go on other than anomalous radiation detection, a still unexplained incident from 1979 came complete with an unidentified double flash of bright light. The American-operated Vela Hotel satellite detected two anomalous bright flashes of light near the Prince Edward Islands off the coast of Antarctica. It was determined at the time that the flashes likely came from a secret nuclear detonation yet the perpetrator remained unknown.

Now, new research conducted by scientists at the Otago University at Wellington add to the suspicion that the Vela incident was indeed a nuclear detonation. The researchers examined previously unpublished studies of sheep thyroid glands conducted by U.S. military researchers in Australia following the incident and discovered abnormally high levels of iodine-131, a byproduct of nuclear weapons. According to their publication, these findings support the theory t...


Federal integrity commission needed: Labor "IndyWatch Feed National"

Justine Elliot MP for Richmond, Mark Dreyfus QC MP and Craig Elliot, NSW Labor candidate for Tweed. Photo supplied

Shadow attorney-general Mark Dreyfus QC stopped by the region last week to spruik Labors plans to establish a National Integrity Commission (NIC).

While NSW has its own independent integrity commission ICAC the federal government does not.

Federal member for Richmond Justine Elliot said, In recent years there has been a loss of faith in the ability of politicians and the public service to properly represent and serve the public interest.

All Australians deserve to have confidence in the integrity of their government, their parliament, the public service and our public institutions.

While there is not substantial evidence of widespread corruption at a federal level, that is not a reason to do nothing.

A bipartisan Senate inquiry has shown that Australias current federal anti-corruption framework is uncoordinated, inconsistent and confusing. While many agencies have some partial responsibilities in this area, their work is haphazard and overlapping.

Its clear we need to strengthen and simplify our anti-corruption framework to weed out serious and systemic corruption, promote integrity, and restore the trust of the Australian people in their representatives and institutions.

Local residents can show their support for the National Integrity Commission by signing Labors petition at:

The post Federal integrity commission needed: Labor appeared first on Echonetdaily.


300 Pennsylvania, USA, priests abused at least 1,000 children "IndyWatch Feed National"

This 14 August 2018 CBS News video from the USA says about itself:

Live: Dioceses of Pennsylvania | Grand Jury Report on Catholic Church Priest Abuse Released

Pennsylvania officials have released a landmark grand jury report that identifies more than 300 predator priests who molested children in six dioceses. It also accuses church leaders of taking steps to cover up the abuse. The report emerged from one of the nations most exhaustive investigations of clergy sexual abuse. The report echoes the findings of many earlier investigations of the church around the country in its description of widespread sexual abuse by clergy and church officials concealment of it.

Read more here.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Report: 300 priests in Pennsylvania have abused over a thousand children

Authorities in Pennsylvania have published a court investigation revealing that 300 priests in six dioceses have abused more than a thousand children. Its about victims who have been proven to be abused by clergymen. Probably there are many more cases.

The report, over the period since the mid-1950s, also shows t...


McKnights stand out at the family club "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

STONY Creek, like many others in the country, proudly boasts that it is a family club.
Its is fortunate to have had so many families that have done so much to keep it ticking along in good times and bad.
One family though, stands out, and it was fitting that on Saturday the grandstand was named to honour the contribution of the
McKnight clan.
Club president Mark Le Page led the ceremony held between the reserves and seniors football matches and the B and A Grade netball games.
He said the McKnight family has provided the club with 80 years of continuous service.
Unofficially theyve played a combined 1500 games of netball and football for the club, but I think it would be probably closer to 2000.
Add the in-laws, Cindy Winkler and Brad Hutchinson, and were up around 2500.
Six members of the family are life members of the club soon therell be a seventh when Ryan McKnights name is added after he played his 300th game earlier this season.
There are two league life members, two league best and fairest award winners, eight club best and fairests the list goes on.
Theyve all served on the committee and done an enormous amount of work behind the scenes.
The McKnight name is synonymous with this club and its only fitting that they should have this honour, Mark said.

The post McKnights stand out at the family club appeared first on South Gippsland Sentinel-Times.


Some Gippsland Good News "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

Despite the tardiness shown by the National Party and our elected members to renewable energy the good news is the region of Gippsland is progressing rapidly with the adoption of solar energy. By exactly how much we are progressing is not known and may not be for some time. There are at least 2 solar farms on the drawing board at Wonthaggi and Maffra, with the former scheduled to come on line next year. As well there are solar bulk buy schemes operating across Gippsland shires the organisation and application of which will extend well into next year.

But it is the behind the meter installations which are making the biggest difference at the moment. The East Gippsland shire has been progressively installing solar panels on their libraries and other buildings. It is unfortunate that due to a Heritage ruling the main library in Bairnsdale is not part of that plan. Hopefully this will be resolved in the near future.

Publicity in the social media by leading Gippsland panel installers Gippsland Solar indicates that the behind the metre installation of solar PV is booming. They have just announced that 1.3 megawatts will be installed on 8 Hospitals and health centres across Gippsland. As well they recently installed 100 kilowatts on Dwyers Toyota in west Bairnsdale. It is behind the meter installations of this sort that are the big unknown and there can be little doubt that as business energy bills climb solar will become increasingly attractive. Solar production is a good match with daytime business.

Unfortunately wind has lagged well behind solar. The Star of the South offshore wind project is currently waiting for various approvals but on its own could offset the loss of one of the valley generators. The project plans at least in part to make use of the valley infrastructure. It seems that the wind projects in parts of western Victoria are being constrained by the carrying capacity of the mains power lines. Those in the valley are underutilised and this remains one of its advantages yet to be exploited. Why for instance couldnt the Hazlewood Pondage be turned into a floating solar farm along the lines advocated by engineer Chris Barfoot?

The solar revolution is happening now, and will happen quickly, regardless of op...


Real Unemployment accounts for over 18 percent of the workforce "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Joe Montero

According to the latest statistics from Roy Morgan, unemployment stood at `10 percent in July. The Morgan rate differs from the 5.4 stated by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) for June, because it considers all those who would work, if they had the opportunity, and does not consider one hour of work during the survey week as being employed. The Roy Morganram is therefore much more accurate.

Part of the reason, is that the size of the workforce has increased by 167,000. But Far more important, has been the growth of underemployment to 1,350,000 Australians. It accounts for 8.6 percent of the workforce. Ans uinderemployment at a given time is only a small part of the scale of precarious work existing today in Australia.

Roy Morgan considers part-time work separately. There are 4,256,000 working part-time. If this is included in the calculation, the real level of unemployment is even higher.  The real total number of people looking for work now stands at around 18.6 percent of the workforce, or 2.48 million Australians.

If all this is not considered and just the overall statistic is used, it is possible to claim that the number of real jobs has increased over the last year by 167,000; something that the Turnbull government has been quick to claim. The whole picture makes it clear. The claim is a lie.

Australia has a significant problem in finding enough work for those who need it, and that there should be a constructive approach to dealing with the problem.

This is not happening, because government policy is to leave it to the forces of the market. The markets response has been to not only fail to provide enough work, but to utilise the fact, to create precarious work. Unemployment pressures existing working conditions downward. This may suit employers in the short-run, but it is disastrous for the economy and society.

To boost its assistance to the market, the Turnbull government has been busy vilifying those who are out of work, blaming them for their situation, systematically punishing and cutting away services. In doing this, it is assisting the creation of a source of cheap labour.

This comes together with the reality of stagnant wages overall.

If Australia is going to move in the opposite direction, a real job creation program is required. Government intervention is needed,  through enough works programs, designed to build a better foundation for the economy. More infrastructure is called for. For instance, people could be put to work in building new clean energy sources, to help the growth of a new sustainable economy.

The government could grow new manufacturing industries. Greater attention could be paid to cutting down waste and improving the supply of water. Better t...


MACKAY Ordered to pay up for punching a pub door "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Ordered to pay up for punching a pub door

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MACKAY Two men charged with threatening residents in Sarina street "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Two men charged with threatening residents in Sarina street

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TWO men from southeast Queensland have been charged after allegedly brandishing weapons in Sarina on Sunday. Sarina police were callted to

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MACKAY Men allegedly bore knives and pickets on Sarina St "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Men allegedly bore knives and pickets on Sarina St

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MACKAY Triple the limit in drink-driving crackdown "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Triple the limit in drink-driving crackdown

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AN Eimeo man was found to be three times (0.169) the legal blood alcohol level while driving through Beaconsfield at the weekend. Kurtis William

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MACKAY Two men charged following serious street disturbance, Sarina "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Two men charged following serious street disturbance, Sarina

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Facebook Exec Threatens News Outlets in Private Meeting "IndyWatch Feed National"

During a closed-door and off-the-record meeting last week, top Facebook executive Campbell Brown reportedly warned news publishers that refusal to cooperate with the tech behemoths efforts to revitalize journalism will leave media outlets dying like in a hospice.

Reported first by The Australian under a headline which read Work With Facebook or Die: Zuckerberg, the social media giant has insisted the comments were taken out of context, even as five individuals who attended the four-hour meeting corroborated what Brown had stated.

Mark doesnt care about publishers but is giving me a lot of leeway and concessions to make these changes, Brown reportedly said, referring to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. We will help you revitalize journalism in a few years the reverse looks like Ill be holding hands with your dying business like in a hospice.

As The Guardian reported on Monday, Facebook is vehemently denying the veracity of the comments as reported by The Australian, referring to its own transcript of the meeting. However, Facebook is refusing to release its transcript and tape of the gathering.

Browns warning about the dire prospects for news outlets that dont get on board with a future in which corporate giants like Facebook are the arbiters of what is and isnt trustworthy news comes as progressives are raising alarm that Facebooks entrance into the world of journalism poses a major threat to non-corporate and left-wing news outlets.

As Common Dreams reported in July, progressives fears were partly confirmed after F...


In Private Meeting, Facebook Exec Warns News Outlets To Cooperate Or End Up Dying In Hospice "IndyWatch Feed National"

During a closed-door and off-the-record meeting last week, top Facebook executive Campbell Brown reportedly warned news publishers that refusal to cooperate with the tech behemoth's efforts to "revitalize journalism" will leave media outlets dying "like in a hospice." "We desperately need to develop alternative delivery mechanisms to Facebook."  Judd Legum, ThinkProgress. Reported first by The Australian under a headline which read "Work With Facebook or Die: Zuckerberg," the social media giant has insisted the comments were taken out of context, even as five individuals who attended the four-hour meeting corroborated what Brown had stated. "Mark doesn't care about publishers but is giving me a lot of leeway and concessions to make these changes," Brown reportedly said, referring to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.


Cooperate Or Die: In Private Meeting, Top Facebook Exec Threatened News Outlets "IndyWatch Feed National"

Facebook executive Campbell Brown reportedly warned news publishers that refusal to cooperate with the tech behemoths efforts to revitalize journalism will leave media outlets dying like in a hospice.

By Jake Johnson and cross-posted from Common Dreams


During a closed-door and off-the-record meeting last week, top Facebook executive Campbell Brown reportedly warned news publishers that refusal to cooperate with the tech behemoths efforts to revitalize journalism will leave media outlets dying like in a hospice.

Reported first by The Australian under a headline which read Work With Facebook or Die: Zuckerbergthe social media giant has insisted the comments were taken out of context, even as five individuals who attended the four-hour meeting corroborated what Brown had stated.

Mark doesnt care about publishers but is giving me a lot of leeway and concessions to make these changes, Brown reportedly said, referring to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. We will help you revitalize journalism in a few years the reverse looks like Ill be holding hands with your dying business like in a hospice.

As The Guardian reported on Monday, Facebook is vehemently denying the veracity of the comments as reported by The Australian, referring to its own transcript of the meeting. However, Facebook is refusing to release its transcript and tape of the gathering.

Browns warning about the dire prospects for news outlets that dont get on board with a future in which corporate giants like Facebook are the arbiters of what is and isnt trustworthy news comes as progressives are raising alarm that Facebooks entrance into the world of journalism poses a major threat to non-corporate and left-wing news outlets..........


With their cultural center bombed, Gazas artists are now picking up the pieces "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Amjad Yaghi

For the past 15 years, famed Gaza director Ali Abu Yassin has headed dozens of theater productions at Al-Meshal Cultural Center. Among them were classics such as Anton Chekovs The Bear, while others focused on childrens rights, womens rights, and the right to education.

All that came to a halt last Thursday, when the Israeli Air Force bombed Al-Meshal, one of the Gaza Strips most important cultural facilities. They claim that the building  which comprises of two theaters, three large halls, and a department serving the Egyptian community living in the Strip was being used by Hamas internal security services. The attack was condemned by various Palestinian NGOs operating in Gaza.

Upon seeing Al-Meshals destruction, Abu Yassin was crushed. This center has been our home for years. We have lost the only home for artists in Gaza, he said.

Gaza director Ali Abu Yassin sits among the ruins of Gaza's Al-Meshal Cultural Center, which was bombed by Israel on August 8, 2018. (Mohamed Al Hajjar)

Gaza director Ali Abu Yassin sits among the ruins of Gazas Al-Meshal Cultural Center, which was bombed by Israel on August 8, 2018. (Mohamed Al Hajjar)

Since its establishment in 2004, Al-Meshal served as a home for hundreds of plays, ceremonies, exhibits, musical performances, and national ceremonies. The idea for a cultural center began in 1996 with Said Al-Meshal, a Palestinian businessman living in Australia, who sought to bolster culture and science in Gaza. The cen...


Platypus rescue and release "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

George was seen at a riverside holiday park struggling to climb the bank of the river, and those watching knew he was in trouble so they immediately called WIRES. 

WIRES volunteer, Tracy says the first priority was to get him warm and dry, as saturation of the thick pelt can be very detrimental to a platypuss health. He was very thin, lethargic and with almost no body fat and he was infested with ticks.

The development stage of his spurs indicated he was a young male. He was offered fluids and luckily he took to this quite well after some initial reluctance. He was kept warm and monitored overnight and although he was more alert and had definitely improved a little by the morning Tracy says he was clearly still in very poor health. She knew his survival was uncertain, and that the best chance for him would be to be in a specialist facility, so she contacted Taronga Zoo wildlife hospital and was able to take him there for long-term care, rehabilitation and ultimate release.

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The beautiful image of 'George' was taken after his release by Kaleb Amos

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In Private Meeting, Facebook Exec Warns News Outlets to Cooperate or Die "IndyWatch Feed National"

During a closed-door and off-the-record meeting last week, top Facebook executive Campbell Brown reportedly warned news publishers that refusal to cooperate with the tech behemoths efforts to revitalize journalism will leave media outlets dying like in a hospice.

Reported first by The Australian under a headline which read Work With Facebook or Die: Zuckerberg, the social media giant has insisted the comments were taken out of context, even as five individuals who attended the four-hour meeting corroborated what Brown had stated.

Mark doesnt care about publishers but is giving me a lot of leeway and concessions to make these changes, Brown reportedly said, referring to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. We will help you revitalize journalism in a few years the reverse looks like Ill be holding hands with your dying business like in a hospice.

As The Guardian reported on Monday, Facebook is vehemently denying the veracity of the comments as reported by The Australian, referring to its own transcript of the meeting. However, Facebook is refusing to release its transcript and tape of the gathering.

Browns warning about the dire prospects for news outlets that dont get on board with a future in which corporate giants like Facebook are the arbiters of what is and isnt trustworthy news comes as progressives are raising alarm that Facebooks entrance into the world of journalism poses a major threat to non-corporate and left-wing news outlets.

As Common Dreams reported in July, progressives fears were part...


Incoming (again) "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

The snow looks great for the next few days. Lower avalanche risk (remember to check the Mountain Sports Collective website before heading out) and a good freshen up is expected, so the weekend should be awesome.

The Mountainwatch 7 day forecast is for 54 cm at Perisher, 46cm at Hotham and 45 cm at Mt Stirling. Yes, forecasts at 7 days are very unreliable and the expected snowfall tends to trail off as you get closer to the actual day. But it does look healthy. Stay safe and enjoy.


Good to see Australia's senior infantry soldiers celebrate being soldiers "IndyWatch Feed National"

Served with Shane Caughey at the beginning of his career 30 odd years ago in 2/4 RAR. He was good to his men,good at his job and we had no doubt he would go all the way to the top. Hope Shane goes into public life. Australian asset. Good luck...


Daniel James: Put your dog whistles away, the final solution is here "IndyWatch Feed National"

Fraser Anning's speech is the latest step in a downward spiral towards blatant racism and intolerance in Australian politics.


Their Game is to Present People and Situations That Can be Discredited to Discredit Everything as a Whole "IndyWatch Feed National"

It isnt a new game as it has been used extensively and has worked very effectively in the past.

In the 80s, in the US, it was McMartin- which, at the time, was the longest and most costly court trial in US history. Resulting in zero convictions- it was the case that shut everything down.

Along with FBIs Kenneth Lannings report stating there was no evidence of Satanic Ritual abuse.

Now, in the UK- the Hampstead case is being used the same way. It even has a website connected to it called Hoaxtead Research which is solely based to close down whistle-blowers of this mess like Melanie Shaw and Hollie Gregg- whose claims preceeded Hampstead.

Of course they avoid cases like the childrens group home Shirley Oaks as it is hard to attack and dismiss 100s of survivors who have come together:

But the game has always been to prevent exposure by offering up people who make outrageous claims that end up getting discredited in order to completely discredit the situation as a whole.

Like Hamstead- where I am on record saying the ONLY thing real about that case were the children. But they needed this case when it came out that the UK covered up its allegations that came out in the 80s (at the same time the same allegations came out in the US and Australia).

History doesnt so much repeat itself but rather echoes itself and what is different this time is that we have the Internet. Pizzagate was the US attempt to curtail these allegations as well, in the belief that it would be discredited and that people would throw the baby out with the bathwater and turn away as they have historically always done.

But, for a large part, that didnt happen. In fact- it seems just the opposite has occurred.

Now they are throwing out fake advocates and sometimes victims to try and achieve what they have failed to do so far- who throw out accusations they realize will be able to be dismissed. Their game is to discombobulate and confuse the issues to such a degree that people will lose interest.

However, this time it is feeding the situation- peaking more and more peoples interest.

Thus Q anon and rumors of 45,000 pending indictments are being used in hope of placating people. But something tells me this is not going to be all that effective.

It is my opinion that God is fulfilling Heavens promise that all that has been hidden is being brought out into the light.

And it makes no difference how bad one believes themself to be- how much money they have- or how much perceived power they believe they have- NO ONE not man nor angel- has the ability to thwart the Will of God.



Finland just might have the answer to our growing homeless crisis "IndyWatch Feed National"


An article by Isabelle Lane (The New Daily 11August 20108), looks at the experience of Finland, which found an answer to a serious problem of homelessness, and this is to provide people with a permanent home, so that they can get on with the task of building their lives and contribute to society. Maybe this is something other countries should take on.

Australias homelessness and affordable housing crisis is worsening. But there may be a solution from a rather unlikely place.

Finland has the distinction of being the only European country where homelessness has decreased in recent years, and the rest of the world is starting to take notice.

Between 2008 and 2016, long-term homelessness in Finland was slashed by a staggering 35 per cent.

By contrast, homelessness in Australia rose 13.7 per cent over the five years to 2016, according to census data.

A decade ago, Finland decided to tackle chronic homelessness by providing permanent housing individual apartments rather than temporary shelter accommodation to rough sleepers and others in the grip of long-term homelessness. Its success has been remarkable.

The model is known as Housing First.

One of Finlands biggest advocates of Housing First is Juha Kaakinen, CEO of Y-Foundation, a social housing organisation which has provided more than 6000 homes to former rough sleepers, and 10,000 homes to low-income families and individuals.

Housing is the foundation for solving other issues. That was the change in thinking, Mr Kaakinen said.

You dont need to be housing ready, its not a reward after youve solved your issues. Its the basis for solving them.

The program has been both a social and economic success.

Providing a homeless person with permanent housing in a supported housing unit saves the government approximately 15,000 ($23,400) per person per year, according to an evaluation of the program by the Technical University of Tampere, with savings mainly coming from reduced use of health services and institutional care.

 Could Housing First work in Australia?

In Australia, funding for social housing has failed to keep pace with the countrys growing population.

Just 3.3 per cent of the population was accommodated in social housing in 2016, compared wit...


Keefers the air apparent "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

Australian skating legend Tas Pappas tried out some new jumps last week at the Megaranch. N043318

Keefer gets some good air during a training session last week. N033318

HES ONLY 11, but Nyoras Keefer Wilson has been selected to represent Australia and compete against the worlds best big air skaters at the X Games in Sydney in October. This isnt a junior team either. Hes in the Aussie Big Air team of three wholl all be training together at Keefers place at Nyora in the weeks leading up. Thats because Keefers dad Peter built the Megaramp in the backyard of their Megaranch property. N013318

APART from the mind-blowing moment 11-year-old Keefer Wilson from Nyora found out he was going to compete for Australia at the X Games, hes kept a cool head about it all.
Hes not phased at all about taking on his heroes from the United States in Sydney in October with Australias Big Air team.
I dont expect to win. Ill just chill and have fun. It will be my first games so Im not going to kill myself!
The moment he received the invitation to compete was recorded on a smartphone. Yep, he did lose it for a bit, but it would have been weird if he didnt.
Hell be by far the youngest competitor at the games, but hes training harder than most can, due to the fact that he has a Megaramp in his backyard.
Thats right, his dad Peter, a professional golfer, built...


The Travellers Sacrifice "IndyWatch Feed National"

I just missed another friends wedding. A friend I have known since the age of 10. She sent me the invite months ago.

Absolutely no pressure if youre not, but do you think youll be in Australia in June? We have booked the date and I would love you to be there.

When she asked, I didnt even know where I was spending the next two weeks, let alone what country I would be in six months from now. So I had no choice but to decline.

This is a pretty regular occurrence when you are often jumping from one country to the next. Weddings, birthdays, baby showers. But as I dive shipwrecks in Egypt and hike mountains in New Zealand, I look around and, Ill be honest, I am not thinking of Kellies 25th that I clicked cant attend on the Facebook invite.

Sometimes though, constantly being on the road can be a bit of a lonely existence.

Dont get me wrong. I have made friends all over the world. There are many people whom I spent just a few days with in some foreign country that I still consider close friends today thanks to that wonderful thing called the internet coupled with the relative ease of international travel when you come from a country of first-world privilege.

But when you are not there for event after event, there is only so much that Skype and Facebook messages can do. The distance and time definitely taking a toll on the strong bond you once shared with travel friends and high school friends alike.

 Romantic relationships are difficult for the same reason. When youre doing long distance, eventually, all that chemistry is forgotten. I speak from experience. And when you dont know your own future plans, how do you add another persons into the mix? You meet someone you like. You end up dating. You stay long enough to build a routine a life with the person. Then you get restless. Your feet begin to again tingle with that familiar travel itch. So you eventually tell them it is goodbye. Because you choose travel every single time.

While your friends from your hometown progress in their career and save for houses, you work three-month contracts until youve saved enough for your next plane ticket. The idea of me ever owning a home is currently laughable. Sometimes, I find myself tempted by cute trinkets but then reality kicks in. Where am I going to put a lamp?

These things can get to a person sometimes. As I prepare to a...


Sustained decline in Brisbane rental vacancies "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Vacancies decline

Despite the high rates of apartment construction, strong population growth continues to absorb the rental stock.

The total number of rental vacancies in Australia has declined over the past year from 75,733 to 72,748, according to the latest figures from SQM Research.

This represents a decline from in the national vacancy rate from 2.4 per cent to 2.2 per cent - while construction is now set to slow.

SQM reported that Brisbane continues to experience a sustained 2018 decline in vacancy rates from 3.6 per cent in December to 2.9 per cent by July.

And this will likely continue as apartment construction falls away and migration from interstate picks up. 

Perth is also now through the worst with vacancy rates trending down (from 5.2 per cent to 4 per cent over the past year) and the oversupply of rentals easing a bit, after several years of rental price declines.

Meanwhile Adelaide tightened again into just 1.3 per cent - getting pretty tight down there now! - and Canberra...well, Canberra is heading for zero at this rate.

Sydney indigestion

In Sydney number of vacancies was down from 19,572 to 19,114 in the month - a tight rental market would be represented by more like 12,000 vacancies or fewer - but year-on-year the vacancy rate is considerably higher at 2.8 per cent. 

Sydney tends to be a much busier place in summer these days, so this trend will be one to watch with interest.


The fight for womens refuge "IndyWatch Feed National"

The first womens refuge in Melbourne opened in 1974. According to the Womens Liberation Halfway House Collective (WLHHC), the need for a Halfway House had been discussed for a long time in the Womens Liberation Movement, as the Womens Liberation Centre constantly received calls from women needing somewhere to stay for awhile, often in desperate circumstances. In April 1974, a meeting was called to discuss the setting up of a halfway house a halfway point for women between their old lives and new ones.


Asian Markets Steady, Oil Up Turkeys financial crisis causes traders to remain nervous "IndyWatch Feed National"

Turkeys lira remained under pressure in Asian trade Tuesday but markets in the region enjoyed a little more stability after the previous days turmoil.

Nervous investors are keeping an eye on developments in Ankara after Mondays bloodletting that saw the lira hit record lows against the dollar and euro, and equity markets go into freefall on concerns Turkeys financial crisis could spread globally.

In early Asian trade the Turkish unit was at 6.91 to the dollar and 7.89 to the euro, well off the 7.24 to the dollar and 8.12 to the euro seen Monday but still uncomfortably high. The unit is down about a fifth against the greenback since Friday.

AFP | The lira continues to face pressure as central bank measures were met with disappointment

The crisis has been sparked by a series of issues including a faltering economy the central bank has defied market calls for rate hikes and tensions with the United States, which has hit Turkey with sanctions over its detention of an American pastor.

There was some optimism from news that Donald Trumps national security advisor John Bolton met Turkish Ambassador Serdar Kilic to discuss the detention of the pastor.

Traders remain nervous, though, and the central banks announcement that it would provide lenders with liquidity and lower the amount of cash they needed to keep in reserve largely disappointed as it made no clear promise of rate hikes, which is what most economists say is needed.

Still, Ray Attrill, head of foreign-exchange strategy at National Australia Bank, was hopeful the crisis will not spread.

Its a large local difficulty, but so far the contagion has been relatively limited, he told Bloomberg Television.

Were seeing a little bit of signs of contagion within the eurozone, within the spreads of those government bonds in countries where the banking sector appears to have the biggest exposure as far as Turkey is concerned. Youd have to say that Turkey is relatively contained.

Combative mood

On equity markets Tokyo ended the morning 1.2 percent higher as the safe haven yen eased against the dollar, providing some support to exporters.

Sydney added 0.8 percent and Seoul was 0.1 percent higher, with Wellington and Taipei also up.

Shanghai was flat but Hong Kong slipped 0.6 percent.

Emerging market currencies, which took...


Prison watch dog finds WA Government likely in breach of Torture Convention "IndyWatch Feed National"

Human rights lawyers are calling on WA Corrective Services Minister, Francis Logan, to categorically prohibit solitary confinement for children, in the wake of a report by the Independent Inspector of Custodial Services into alleged ill-treatment at the notorious Banksia Hill Youth Detention Centre.

While the Inspector found that not all allegations of ill-treatment were proven, he found that two of the young men who were subjects of the inquiry were probably held in solitary confinement and if so the Department was in breach of the Convention against Torture. The Inspector described conditions amounting to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment. For around ten days in 2017, the boys:

  • Did not get even one hour out of their cells every 24 hours;
  • Had extremely limited contact with peers and other people; and
  • Had virtually no access to television, radio, or reading and writing material.

Minister Logan earlier this year denied that children had been held in solitary confinement.

The Inspector concluded that the laws governing isolation practices are obsolete, outdated and inconsistent and that they fail to meet international minimum standards.

Shahleena Musk, senior lawyer at the Human Rights Law Centre, who has been a youth justice lawyer for children in both Banksia Hill and Don Dale youth jails, said that solitary confinement has absolutely no place in a fair and humane youth justice system.

Children should never be exposed to abuse or the trauma of solitary confinement. Todays report should act as a wake-up call for Minister Logan. It is clear that Western Australias laws are perilously broad and put children at risk of harm. The Minister must immediately heed the Inspectors calls to tighten the laws so that this mistreatment never happens again, said Ms Musk.

In calling for legislative reform to isolation practices, the Inspector found that improved legislation, that is anchored in international standards, will improve legality, clarity and consistency and that without [reforms], it will be hard to distinguish the lawful application of separation practices from abuse.

International law prohibits the use of solitary confinement on children because of the proven psychological, emotional and physical risks. International law defines solitary confinement as a person being locked alone in a cell for 22 hours or more a day without any meaningful human contact.

In the wake of the horrors exposed at Don Dale and the recommendations of the Northern Territory Royal Commission, the NT Government earlier this year passed new, landmark laws explicitly prohibiting solitary confinement and strictly regulating the use of separation.

Ms Musk said th...


Nuclear fallout detected in Australian sheep in 1979 has been attributed to a covert nuclear test "IndyWatch Feed National"

A RADIOACTIVE dust cloud swept over Western and South Australia. It wasnt the British. Nor the US or French. A new study says it was probably a covert test by Israel. IN 1979, a strange double flash was observed by a satellite as coming from between South Africa and Antarctica. It was a telltale cue. That kind of flash was usually a nuclear explosion. Almost 39 years later, there appears to be fresh evidence thats exactly what it was.


Arrest turmoil "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

AN INTERNAL police investigation is underway into the arrest of a man in Wonthaggi that left the man and police with injuries.
Police have been accused by a witness in other media reports of using excessive force during the arrest of the man, who became aggressive after an epileptic seizure.
The Star has been told the man was placed in an induced coma at Wonthaggi Hospital due to a medical condition before being airlifted to St Vincents Hospital in Melbourne.
The police unit responsible for investigating police, the Professional Standards Command, is now overseeing an investigation into how police conducted the arrest.
The Star has been told the Wonthaggi man experienced a seizure in Graham Street, Wonthaggi at 3.25pm on Monday, August 6 and became aggressive towards a motorist and punched the vehicles window.
He was then reportedly aggressive towards police who attempted to subdue him with capsicum spray, which did little to calm him. More police became involved and police eventually brought the man to the ground. He sustained a head injury during the arrest and the hands of police were bitten during the ordeal.
The man was taken to Wonthaggi Hospital by ambulance and later flown to St Vincents. He was discharged on Tuesday, August 7.
The Star has been told the man is known to police.
Police Media issued this statement, Police in Wonthaggi were called to a collision between a car and pedestrian on August 6 in Graham Street. On arrival they found a male acting aggressively, pounding on the car windscreen.
Police attempted to subdue the male and capsicum spray was deployed. The male was later conveyed to Wonthaggi Hospital. Professional Standards Command will oversee the investigation.
Bass Coast Shire Council deputy mayor Cr Brett Tessari became involved after initially thinking someone had been hit by a car. He described the incident as tragic.
I ran to see if he needed help, and there were four or five other people around as well, he said.
As it turned out, the man was having an epileptic seizure. I dialled triple zero.
His mother was there and said her son could become quite aggressive when he came out of these episodes. When he came to, he was agitated and disoriented. He got to his feet and became quite angry. He started punching cars, yelling and walking up the street.
The problem was it was pick up time from the schools. There were a lot of school children around walking home and some of them did become quite distressed.
The police arrived and had to detain him. They wrestled him to the ground, but I didnt see anymore. Thats as far as I followed the incident because I went back to work. I didnt find out until later that he was severely injured.
It was an unfortunate situation and I dont know if there was any other way the police couldve handled it; I wa...


Council eyes future of Coal Creek "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

THE vexed question of what to do with Coal Creek Community Park and Museum at Korumburra returned to the council chamber last Wednesday.
South Gippsland Shire councillors took part in a workshop to discuss ideas for the future direction of the park, which people tend to either adore or believe costs council too much money, mayor Cr Lorraine Brunt said.
Council will spend $412,994 on Coal Creek during 2018-19, towards keeping the park operating.
The park is a replica village of life in South Gippsland from the 1870s to 1920s, and is run by council staff and volunteers, used by community groups and houses a significant collection of artefacts.
In recent years, Coal Creek, through park coordinator Rowena Ashley, has held successful and unique events that have drawn visitors from across South Gippsland and beyond. The most recent such event, a heritage craft day on August 5, was well attended and featured rides on the steam train, Count Strzelecki.
Councillors are expected to receive a report about possible opportunities for Coal Creek from council officers at a future meeting.
Cr Brunt said while the current events and activities at the park were supported, she hinted at the prospect of change at the park.
When you stay stagnant, these places, they lose their appeal, she said.
Cr Brunt said the council officers report would put some options on the table.
Should we be doing more events or less events, or should we be looking at whether we back it up with more money or put in less money, she said.
The prospect of a school camp in the lower section of the park has been discussed for many years, but has not progressed further.
That is something Cr Don Hill would like to change.
It is possible to develop a school camp in conjunction with private industry and raise a sizable sum for ratepayers without cutting services, he said.
I believe there is support to investigate this proposal.
Cr Brunt said while Coal Creek was a service council provided, it was not a money making feature and volunteers, who run such attractions as a general store at the park, were stretched.
Its deciding what Coal Creek is, whether it is a park or a museum, she said.
A lot of our community uses it and it is a pleasant place. Its kept in such a pristine condition.
We have to get it known more as a community asset right across the shire and encourage people from across the shire to use it.
But with things like swimming pools, it does cost money.
As for the amount of funding council gives to Coal Creek, the mayor said, Weve pulled it back as far as we can without impacting the safety of the facility and keeping with occupational health and safety standards.


Virtual reality helps fight fires "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

VIRTUAL reality screens and equipment was set up at the Leongatha Fire Station on Sunday, to give volunteers the opportunity to try out the new training technology.
The equipment gave volunteers the opportunity to experience what it is like to combat fires in a range of scenarios, particularly beneficial to smaller, isolated brigades.
CFA computer simulation specialist Aaron Stockton said the virtual reality training tools gave volunteers an opportunity to experience training scenarios that werent easily replicated in a live environment.
Using virtual reality, we are able to replicate a scenario and put the volunteers into it and then use that as a discussion point, he said.
It really immerses the user in the scenario, which can be a more effective way of learning.
Mr Stockton said the technology allowed volunteers to be put in situations that cant be replicated in a live environment easily.
The other benefit is the training tools are portable. We can bring them to brigades, which you cant do with a live environment, he said.
Training officer from Yanakie CFA Mark Wrigley said having access to new technology like virtual reality could be a way to encourage more people to join the organisation.
South Gippsland Group of Brigades group officer Walter Aich said the virtual reality scenarios gave a level of realism to training.
He said the virtual reality training provided a safe way for volunteers to get a feel of what would normally be a more dangerous situation.
It is certainly a good way to introduce people to training, he said.
Mr Aich said the upcoming fire season could be impacted by relatively low levels of soil moisture.
He said East Gippsland fire restrictions could come in as early as September 1.
While the grass looks green, there is a very serious soil moisture deficit, particularly in forested areas and the northern slopes are likely to dry out quickly, he said.
Having said that, the last two seasons have been ordinary and we managed to get away without too many serious incidents.

Great tool: CFA operations manager Mick Harris and South Gippsland Group of Brigades group officer Walter Aich tried out the virtual reality training system, Flaim, at the Leongatha CFA Station on Sunday.


Respect women, demands MP "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

BASS MLA Brian Paynter is shining a spotlight on mens violence against women.
Bass Coasts family violence incident rate is 50 percent higher than the state average.
Following the murder of Cowes mother of three Samantha Fraser, Mr Paynter spoke about the prevention of family violence in parliament. Ms Fraser was farewelled by 400 people at a funeral on Friday.
Mr Paynter said whilst he wholly endorsed the establishment of agencies like Respect Victoria and more safe houses for women, the conversation about respectful relationships needs to start much early.
Its 2018, and here we are talking about mens violence against women, he said.
It saddens me that we are still needing to talk about basic respect for everyone in the community, and that we are still needing to talk about mens need for self control and their tendency to take out their frustration against women.
Mr Paynter said he has had to give his daughters unfair warnings to protect their safety.
I am a father in a society where I have to warn my daughters to be careful where they park, to be careful catching taxis, and be careful when out at night so they dont get their drinks spiked. We advised our youngest daughter not to go for an early morning jog; its too dangerous, he said.
I speak to my friends, and ask the ones who have sons if they have given them the same precautions. Of course, the answer is no.
Im actually tired of hearing it referred to as family violence. I think it covers up the real issue.
Mr Paynter said there are small things the community could do now, but only a change of attitude will end the problem.
We could put CCTV on the (San Remo) bridge. That could help police with tracking, but its not going to play a significant role in ending violence, he said.
A womens refuge would be greatly beneficial in emergency situations, but most would prefer to be in their own homes.
We need to find a new approach to address mens attitudes and behaviours. At a young age, they reach a point in their development where they learn a sense of entitlement, which can turn into violent perpetration over time. We need to develop ways to promote a sense of equality in men.
Bass Coast Shire Council mayor Cr Pamela Rothfield and Mr Paynter would like to see the Together We Can initiative implemented in Bass Coast. This initiative is already used by Cardinia Shire Council.
From what we can see from Cardinia shire, there have been some pretty good results. It is a multi faceted approach, and wed need to do a bit more research, but it includes things like an education program, Cr Rothfield said.
Cr Rothfield said council is encouraging more local businesses to become White Ribbon accredited. She is also working with the Phillip Island/San Remo Rotary Club to develop community initiatives to help prevent f...


Cooperate or Die: In Private Meeting, Top Facebook Exec Threatened News Outlets "IndyWatch Feed National"

Facebook(CD)  During a closed-door and off-the-record meeting last week, top Facebook executive Campbell Brown reportedly warned news publishers that refusal to cooperate with the tech behemoths efforts to revitalize journalism will leave media outlets dying like in a hospice. Reported first by The Australian under a headline which read Work With Facebook or Die: Zuckerberg, the social media giant has []


America on trial "IndyWatch Feed National"

Originally posted on Jon Rappoport's Blog:
by Jon Rappoport August 13, 2018 (To join our email list, click here.) These wordsSocialism and Globalismare a mystery to most people. What do they mean? Why do they matter? They matter because, behind the mask, they indicate massive centralized power at the top of the food chain.


AATIP documents found on US website "IndyWatch Feed National"


On the morning of 7 August 2018 my attention was drawn to the existence of a number of documents, and videos about the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP.) The story broke when Twitter user @Jay09784691 posted several tweets about them, thus placing them in the public domain.

The items

Below, I present a summary of the items. I have chosen not to post any of the images in this post, as some provide personal information about certain individuals. I will however use the names of individuals who have self identified themselves as members of the To The Stars Academy. 

An image of a package

There is an image of a white padded bag with on it. It has 'To: L. Elizondo handwritten on it in blue and 'Department/Mail Station.' It is 'From: [handwritten name I choose not to type here]'in blue ink,  then 'Date/time' printed on it. Below all of this is handwritten 'Chris Mellon 1600 9/7/17.'

Comment: This is suggestive of an internal DoD security package delivering items from [Unnamed] to Luis Elizondo, which then was delivered to Chris Mellon at 1600hrs on 7 September 2017.

An image of four coloured compact discs

There is an image of four green coloured compact discs. These are labelled 'Disc 1 of 4;' "Disc 2 of 4;' 'Disc 3 of 4;' Disc 4 of 4.' All of the CDs have printed on them 'This medium is Unclassified US Government Property.' By the printed word 'Date' appears the characters 9/5 handwritten.

Comment: If 9/5 is a date, meaning 5 September (2017?) then this fits in with the white package date shown as 7 September 2017.

AATIP brief

There are seven jpeg files, each labelled as aatip-brief-pdf-orig, numbered 1-4, then 6-8. Missing is a jpeg file number page5. When opened, the files appear as a series of briefing slide, labelled 1-4, then 7-9. Slides numbered 5 and 6 are missing. The contents of the slides are as follows:

Slide 1 - 'Advanced Aerospace Threat and Identification Program.'

Slide 2 - 'Purpose'

* Inform the Deputy Secretary of Defense of ongoing activities relating to AATIP

* Request establishment of a Restricted Special-Access-Program with a Bigoted Access list for specific portions of AATIP

* Re-assign billets, resources, and recommended personnel to a dedicated DoD AATIP support office



'A Call to the Stars" by Beatriz Copello "IndyWatch Feed National"


Recently my attention was drawn, by an overseas researcher, to a 2016 ebook titled 'A Call to the Stars' by Australian author Beatriz Copello. Up until that point, I must admit, I had not heard of the book.

The Smashwords website, carried the following synposis of the book.

'A Call to the Stars tells the fascinating experiences of Alicia (Nor her real name), a woman, who established a relationship with aliens. The experiences are told through a serious of interviews with a fictitious psychologist. Alicia studied psychology to assure herself that she was not mad, that she really had been abducted by extra-terrestrial beings who also communicated with her telepathically.

Alice (sic) after many years of studying became a psychologist and built a successful career. Having worked closely with other psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers and other professionals no one ever doubted her sanity.

Alicia tells us about the nature of the aliens and their concerns about the way in which we treat our planet. Our destruction will, become a reality if we do not stop our wars and the causes of climate change. This (sic) messages commenced in 1967.

Alicia underwent a series of hypnosis regressions by the well known but sadly now deceased Leslie Bullock. He said: "I will always remember the first interview I had with a very charming, well dressed, obviously very intelligent woman who came along with an amazing story of a lifetime of having been contacted by extra-terrestrial beings. She had obviously come to the wrong person. I was a complete cynic about such things and had never read a book about the subject. I had been using hypnosis for over 50 years, and had been in full time practice as a professional hypnotist for more than 30 years. During 40,00 hours spent in personal consultations with clients with a wide range of problems, I had never encountered anything like this."

Who is Beatriz Copello?

The same Smashwords website has the following:

'Dr Betariz Copello is a psychologist, a poet and a fiction writer. Copello's poetry has been published in many journals and literary magazines. Her book of lesbian poetry Women Souls and Shadows, Bemac Publishing, 1992 was highly commended in the Wild and Wooley, 1993 awards. In November 1997 she received from the Australia Council, Literature Fund, and Emerging Writers Grant for Poetry. Her book of poetry Meditations At the Edge of a Dream was published by Interactive Publications - Glasshouse books, 2001, receiving excellent reviews. In 2003 she was awarded a Doctor of Creative Arts Degree (Creat...


Columbia University study finds ISDS costs outweigh benefits for many governments "IndyWatch Feed National"

August 14, 2018: A recent study published by the Columbia University Centre for Sustainable Investment evaluates the costs and benefits for states of investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) provisions in trade and investment agreements. It concludes that expected benefits in terms of increased levels of foreign investment have not clearly materialized, whereas the costs have been unexpectedly high.

ISDS claims brought under international investment treaties have risen steeply to over 800 known cases, with a broadening set of claims against public interest laws, and often seeking millions or even billions of dollars in damages for alleged breaches of fairly open-ended treaty standards.

The study shows that many governments around the world are thinking critically about their international investment treaties and international investment policy. States are considering whether any potential benefits in terms of investment flows outweigh the costs of these treaties in terms of litigation expenses, potential liability, reduced policy space, or other considerations; and whether there are other policies that are better tailored to meet their investment attraction and development objectives.

South Africa, India and Indonesia have cancelled many existing investment treaties. Brazil, which has attracted high levels of foreign investment without investment treaties, has developed an investment promotion strategy which does not include ISDS.


Driver avoids injury "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

AN 81 year old Berrys Creek woman was transported to Leongatha Hospital for observation after her car left the road and hit a tree last Wednesday.
Leading Senior Constable Ian Bruhn from Wonthaggi Police said it appeared the driver lost control of her car on a right hand bend, while travelling along Holmes Road near Berrys Creek.
He said the driver didnt suffer apparent injuries, but was taken by ambulance to Leongatha Hospital as a precaution.
The driver said she had no recollection of the incident, however did manage to phone 000 after the incident.
The vehicle was extensively damaged and was towed from the scene.
Dumbalk CFA and Mirboo North Road Rescue Unit crews also attended the scene.

Lucky escape: the driver of this car was lucky to escape serious injury last Wednesday. The 81 year old woman from Berrys Creek lost control on Holmes Road in Berrys Creek and hit a tree after going over an embankment.


Gatha cash chase "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

LEONGATHAS peak business group would welcome secretariat support from South Gippsland Shire Council, similar to the service council now provides to the Korumburra Round Table.

The newly rebadged Leongatha Business Association, formerly the Leongatha Chamber of Commerce and Industry, has rejected a process now underway by council to gauge the communitys interest in forming a round table type network in Leongatha, like the Korumburra Round Table.

Business association president Brenton Williams said, If they (council) gave us the secretariat support that the Korumburra Round Table receives, then we could do heaps more.

Council provides approximately one day per month of officer time to the role, equating to approximately $3600 over a year.

The business association was not represented at a council meeting held last Thursday night to consult the public about its interest in a new Leongatha network.

However its not just the association that is not interested, with just three members of the public attending, outnumbered by the five councillors and council staff present.

Mr Williams said a new network was not needed in Leongatha as the business association was already working with many groups and was integral to the Leongatha Daffodil and Dairy Street Festival on Saturday, September 1.

At the moment the daffodil festival is dealing with 20 different groups and the business association liaises with Rotary, Lions and all the other service groups as well, so it is pointless to do what we are doing, but with shire funding, he said.

Mr Williams pondered if a new network would erect Christmas decorations in Leongatha each year and run the daffodil festival roles now undertaken by business association and other volunteers. He said association secretary Jodie Clarkson dedicates at least three hours a week to her volunteer role.

The business association is going really strong at the moment. We are having our first networking meeting next month where we will invite people and put on food and drinks, and a guest speaker, Mr Williams said.

We are kicking a few goals at the moment.

Councils community strengthening coordinator Ned Dennis said council has provided secretariat support for the Korumburra Round Table since its inception more than three years ago.

This assistance has been provided as the round table was initiated by council, with the express advice to the groups invited to form the round table that council would provide this support, he said.

The expectation has been that the round table would take over this function once well established, and whilst the time required from a council officer to play this role has reduced significantly ov...


AGL, with its record $1.58 billion dollar profit, received $225 million in government grants in the last year "IndyWatch Feed National"

The grant came from Turnbull's Powering Australian Renewables Fund (PARF). Isn't it lovely for some?


ABS Field Interviewers "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian Bureau of Statistics


Benjamin Netanyahu condemns Jeremy Corbyn over Palestinian terrorist wreath "IndyWatch Feed National"

The laying of a wreath by Jeremy Corbyn on the graves of the terrorist who perpetrated the Munich massacre and his comparison of Israel to the Nazis deserves unequivocal condemnation from everyone left, right and everything in between Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu) August 13, 2018


Good night nurse, hello Jesus. God bless our nurses. "IndyWatch Feed National"

A now viral video of a Nashville nurse singing to a dying patient has touched the hearts of millions. Remember: Nurses, Doctors, Law Enforcement, EMT's, Dispatchers, and others. Michael Moates (@freedom_moates) August 12, 2018


Police state laws, a long time in the planning "IndyWatch Feed National"

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World Bank appoints CBA for first bond deal on blockchain "IndyWatch Feed National"

The World Bank has turned to Commonwealth Bank of Australia to issue a bond using blockchain technology, in a deal that suggests a more transparent and lower-cost process for debt capital issuance is just around the corner.

Reflecting its antipodean roots, the innovative security is being referred to as a bond-i (blockchain offered new debt instrument). The World Bank says it is a world first for using blockchain to create, allocate, transfer ownership and manage a live bond deal.

Commonwealth Bank has been appointed sole lead arranger for the Kangaroo bond offer, which will launch on Friday and could raise around $50 million, part of the World Banks global funding program. It will mostly be marketed to Australian-based investors who have been working with CBA to understand the system, also referred to as distributed ledger technology (DLT).

The banks have created an automated processes for buying and transferring securit...


Audio reveals creepy details of UFO mystery "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Ally Foster

In 1966, over 300 children and staff from a Melbourne school reportedly witnessed multiple UFOs silently flying through the sky before landing in a nearby field.

It is the largest mass UFO sighting in Australia, yet hardly anything was reported on it at the time.

Over the years, there have been differing reports about the details of what happened on April 6 at Westall High School, such as people claiming there were three saucerlike objects, while some thought there was just one.

In the 52 years since, there has been wide speculation about what people saw, with some believing it was an alien encounter and others pointing the finger at the government testing new technology.

Throughout all the years of speculation, however, one particularly interesting piece of audio has been greatly overlooked.

An American physicist known for his research into UFOs, Dr. James E. McDonald, conducted an interview with a science teacher from the Westall school, Andrew Greenwood, who witnessed the event.

He then recorded himself describing their meeting and the creepy details Mr. Greenwood gave about his experience. Greenwood told me the UFO was first brought to his attention by a hysterical child who ran into his classroom and told him theres a flying saucer outside, Dr. McDonald said.

He thought this child had become deranged or something so he didnt take any notice, but when the child insisted that this object was in the sky he decided to go out and have a look for himself.

When he went outside, he noticed a group of children looking toward the northeast area of the school grounds and as he approached them he claims he saw a UFO hovering close to the powerline.

Mr. Greenwood described it as a round, silver object about the size of a car with a metal rod sticking up in the air.

According to Dr. McDonald, the teacher then told him five planes came and surrounded the object as more people began gathering to watch the scene before them.

He called it the most amazing flying he had ever seen in his life, Dr. McDonald said.

The planes were doing everything possible to approach the object and he said how they all avoided collision he will never know.

Every time they got too close to the object it would slowly accelerate, then rapidly accelerate and then move away from them and stop. Then they would take off after it again a...


MSMs Fake War, Part 2: Pullitzers, Walkleys, Ankle-Biters, and Foot-Shooters "IndyWatch Feed National"

A Russian soldier guards the fake news factory, the Boston Globe (photo manipulation by DM)

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

Editors note: This article continues the series that I began yesterday as a counterattack on the proposed national effort scheduled for August 16, 2018 in the US. There, the mighty powers of the press will turn their guns on the president for having accused them of creating fake news.

In a Comment, yesterday, to Dee McLachlans article, I stated that the press...


Peter Nathan: Self-determination is community control "IndyWatch Feed National"

Pita Pita man and Save the Childrens Domestic Campaigns Co-ordinator writes, many Aboriginal organisations are raising the bar (and their voices) to ensure community-controlled services are not just a pipe dream, but rather the preferred model. This is self-determination.


One in seven students are literally starving to study "IndyWatch Feed National"

One in seven university students are going without food to complete their study. File photo

One in seven university students regularly go without food and other necessities because they cannot afford them, the latest national financial survey of Australian university students has found.

This rises to one in four Indigenous students and almost one in five students from the poorest quarter of Australian households, including those who are also shouldering the costs of raising children.

The Universities Australia Student Finances Survey 2017 released today surveyed more than 18,500 university students about their cost of living and day-to-day financial reality.

While the financial circumstances of students overall appear to have improved slightly since the last survey in 2012, this is because students are spending less while their incomes have stalled.

A significant proportion are still doing it tough with students from poorer backgrounds, Indigenous and regional students hardest hit.

Universities Australia Chief Executive Catriona Jackson said financial hardship is hurting students education, with many students deferring studies or reducing their course load for financial reasons.

Students studying full-time are only living on $18,000 a year thats well below the poverty line, Ms Jackson said.

Education is meant to come first when you are studying, but we know that for some groups of students who live life on the financial edge, thats just not their reality, she said.

Many students are trying to get rent and bills paid, and some are trying to keep food on the table for their own children, while juggling paid jobs and their studies.

Our students should have the basic financial security and stability to perform at their best. Yet thats simply not the case for many students from disadvantaged groups.

National Union of Students President Mark Pace said there were countless students who forfeit food or experience homelessness while they study.

One in a million students choosing between food on the table and their education is too many, let alone one in seven, Mr Pace said.

There hasnt been an increase to Newstart in real terms for 24 years. The single rate of Newstart is $278...


Man awarded $289 million after court found Roundup caused his cancer "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dewayne Johnson in court. (Josh Edelson/Pool Photo via AP, File)

A California jury has awarded former school groundsman Dewayne Johnson $289 million for his terminal non-Hodgkins lymphoma.

The jury found, on all the scientific evidence uncovered during the month-long trial, that his exposure to Roundup (glyphosate) weedkiller caused Mr Johnsons cancer.

Roundup manufacturer Monsanto, the defendant in the case, has said it will appeal the ruling.

But if the jurys decision is upheld, thousands of other victims of Roundup are waiting to have their cases heard.

Another case already in the US courts alleges that adverts for Roundup falsely claimed the mixture does not impact human health but glyphosate residues harm human gut bacteria on which our health depends.

The UNs International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) found in 2015 that Roundups active ingredient glyphosate is a probable human carcinogen. But Monsanto sought to discredit the committees members and their findings about the worlds most used agricultural chemical.

Bob Phelps, the director of Australian anti-GM group Gene Ethics, said the Johnson judgement raises thorny questions for Australians too.

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) rejected IARCs findings and judged Roundup to be safe, if the label guide is followed. Yet Roundups label says nothing about safe use, health impacts, or the need for safety protection, Mr Phelps said.

After the IARC report, the insurance and work safe industries issued warnings that employers using Roundup, such as farm owners, local councils, LandCare etc. may be liable if the health of workers, volunteers or the public is affected. These organisations should now cease their weedkiller use or risk being sued for breach of care to workers and citizens.

There are safe alternatives to kill weeds.

Roundup is available from most hardware shops and supermarkets. Retailers should review their liability for selling an unsafe product and take it off their shelves.

Farmers, land managers, gardeners or citizens exposed to Roundup or its residues who now suffer non-Hodgkins lymphoma may also have a strong case for compensation.

Farm use of Roundup, especially as a pre-harvest crop spra...


Great Barrier reef money and the stink of corruption "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Adam Carlton

The Turnbull government has handed over $444 million to a shonky outfit, which falsely claims that it works for the preservation of the Great Barrier Reef, and this has bounced back to hit the government in the teeth.

The longer this saga goes on, the more is exposed. The Great Barrier Reef Foundation did not even have to go through a tender process to get the money. It turns out that it is a private organisation employing only six people and is supported by major mining corporations like BHP and Rio Tinto, as well as Orica, and Google.

The government has  defended the money was provided and has  the method used, because this organisation was in line with government policy. This is corrupt, because money was handed over in the expectation of procuring an advantage.

Malcolm Turnbull first rubbed shoulders with the corruption industry as a young 29-year old lawyer, shutting down the Costigan royal Commission for media tycoon Kerry Packer, after it had turned its investigation towards corporate crime and Packers role in it.

This was not to be the end of the story. Todays Australian prime minister has something of a track record. A few examples can be mentioned. We will stick to the more recent ones.

Arrangements between the Turnbull and Murdoch families have seen millions of dollars passing hands.

Earlier this year, the Export and Finance Industry Corporation got a taxpayer increase in funding, to the tune of 400 percent. This is $3.5 billion, to use for funding the creation of a weapons industry. The argument is not that government money went into building industry , just who it went to and for what type of industry.

There is the implication that deals have been made here. This is a world dominated by a handful of well-resourced companies operating from a very few rich countries, with far reaching connections. To get into the game of arms exporting, Australia would have to get into bed with them, and second to none, they are up to their necks, in using corruption to grease the wheels of doing business. Something smells here.

Then Turnbulls association with Andrew Goodwin, who is among those alleged to have been involved in international graft and the payment of bribes, while working on the Snowy 2.0 project, has thrown up questions that have still not been answered. The...


US Supplying Massive Amounts of LNG Gas to Europe is More Hot Air than Reality "IndyWatch Feed National"


In his latest effort to present himself as bigger than better than all other presidents combined, in stark contrast to the likes of George Washington, Donald Trump has announced that the US will build more than 10 liquid gas ports in the EU. The trouble is, even if he did this, it would not be possible to sustain such a program.

What escapes critical attention is that the US does not have a large enough fleet of special ships to provide liquid gas to Europe. Even under the best scenarios, by the end of the decade the US will have not more than five major LNG export projects operational. Trumps claims are merely political rhetoric designed to keep the uninformed, and thus deprive them of the informed choice which is the fundamental component of democracy.

The LNG export market to Europe is dominated by Qatar and Australia, who are still serving their existing clients. The US needs long term contracts and economies-of-scale which will match price with continuity of supplyto deliver on Trumps promises. Those customers with real interests are already locked into long-term deals, and either currently have the necessary facilities for unloading and storage or are building them to meet price and real demand.

Yes, Europes consumption of natural gas is increasing, and domestic production is falling. Its imports have risen sharply in recent years, and will most likely continue to do so. But supplying gas from the US is easier said than done, and despite Trump saying that America has plenty of it to, the sea has lots of water, but can you drink it?

And where is the money coming from? Too many names are already in the hat for large-scale energy and port projects in the region. Ukraine is interested in maintaining and modernizing its own gas transport system and needs approximately 80 billion USD for reconstruction. This is small potatoes compared to what the US would need to spend to construct an alternative network, and Trump wont pay for that for ideological reasons. So which project would those with the cash rather invest in?

The US does know that all of this is just political promise and counter promise. Others are playing the game too: Jean-Claude Juncker has promised Trump that the EU will buy significant amounts of US gas as part of an....


Stone tools provide new clues to Easter Island's statue builders "IndyWatch Feed National"

The remote Easter Island, known locally as Rapa Nui, lies 2,300 miles off Chile's Pacific coast, a mysterious place best known for its giant stone statues. The common narrative states that the enormous heads were built by Polynesian seafarers who, the story goes, then brought about the demise of their own society through internal squabbles and draining of the island's natural resources. However, a new study published in the Journal of Pacific Archaeology suggests the true story of early civilisation on Polynesia's easternmost outpost is more complex. Archaeologists found evidence of a sophisticated society where the people shared information and collaborated, by analysing the chemical make-up of the tools used to build the sculptures. "For a long time, people wondered about the culture behind these very important statues," says Laure Dussubieux, one of the study's authors and a scientist at Chicago's Field Museum of Natural History. "This study shows how people were interacting, it's helping to revise the theory." "The idea of competition and collapse on Easter Island might be overstated," adds lead author Dale Simpson, Jr., an archaeologist from the University of Queensland. "To me, the stone carving industry is solid evidence that there was cooperation among families and craft groups."

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The niqab is a form of torture "IndyWatch Feed National"

Yesterday I spoke with a young, 21-year-old Australian man called Joey. He was disgusted by any number of things his generations constant whining and hurt feelings, the educational system being one-sided, people not integrating into society, and the niqab, among others. Joey We have an effeminate culture where people feel that everyones feelings []



Having a river in your backyard is a lovely idea, not always so pleasant in reality, as fences and dead animals go swirling past in a flood, or when you find out that a city upstream is putting something in the water that shouldnt be there.

Waterwatch has been a great way to find out what actually is swimming or floating under the rivers surface.   Previously we could only guess, but now I know the phosphate, nitrate and dissolved oxygen levels, turbidity, electrical conductivity and ph.Murrumbidgee view from AdnamiraDuring the first year I was collecting data it rained a lot, the river levels were high and the readings were very clean.  Since last year however, the river has been mostly low, and the nitrate levels are generally off the charts high.

I talked to Waterwatch and sent emails to the New South Wales Environment Protection Authority.   The problem is that our section of the Murrumbidgee is downstream from the city of Canberra, including the Molonglo river that makes up Lake Burley Griffin.   That means not just storm water and dog poo, but water processed through the...


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Who are Antipodean Resistance? (August 2018 Update) "IndyWatch Feed National"

If youre not outraged, youre not paying attention. ~ Heather Heyer (19852017) Briefly: Antipodean Resistance are a neo-Nazi grouplet which emerged out of the United Patriots Front swamp in 2016. I wrote about the group in September 2017 and again Continue reading


Gov agencies to use new data on who's using your phone "IndyWatch Feed National"

Data is the new gold / crude [oil], where you are the product.


Since the early days of Australia, the administration keeps fairly detailed documents on the inhabitants of the colony, where promissory notes were born, but that's another story altogether.

The major difference being that in the early days the paper trail was very costly and slow for the administration. 

The first era of computing, while still costly (not that it actually mattered, as the tax slaves were paying for their own surveillance), enabled central databases to be used and accessed by the authorities, speeding up the information flow throughout the agencies.

As technology progressed so did the data storage capacity on each individual.

With the entry of GSM technology into the public arena, a new level of surveillance was reached where the phone user could be tracked to within a reasonably accurate area, something that the general population was blissfully unaware of  where this data was originally stored exclusively within the telecommunications community, available to law enforcement upon request.

As mobile phone technology matured more and more electronics were crammed into the humble mobile communicating device where today the following censors are installed as seen in graphic below.

With the new sensors in place such as proximity, accelerometer, gyroscope and light sensor new logarithms are being used to identify individuals (front camera, biometric login aside) from the behaviour logged by the user's phone.



Baird unleashes on her audience, revealing right wing bias "IndyWatch Feed National"

For the last two weeks Ive been busily building a couple of datasets and developing a site to track ABC panellists, their affiliations and number of appearances.

Show Panellist Current/Past Position Date
QandA Simon Breheny Current Director of Policy 19th Feb
The Drum Daniel Wild Current Research Fellow 13th Apr
The Drum Chris Berg Current Adjunct Fellow 23rd Apr
QandA John Roskam ...


Poverty rate twice as high in regional SA "IndyWatch Feed National"

Monday, 13 August 2018

SACOSS is today releasing a substantial piece of research into poverty in SA.  This includes the calculation of a brand new and more accurate poverty line specific to SA. This is the first time SA-specific data has been used in this way.


PERTH Man Awoken By Tumbling Bricks As Car Hits House "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Man Awoken By Tumbling Bricks As Car Hits House .

August 13, 2018 at 12:14PM .

failing to comply with a direction to stop; and reckless driving to escape pursuit by police. She is due to appear before the Perth Magistrates Court on .




PERTH One dead, two injured after ute ploughs into group of teens "IndyWatch Feed National"

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One dead, two injured after ute ploughs into group of teens .

August 12, 2018 at 02:52PM .

an incident occasioning death or grievous bodily harm. The 19-year-old Nulsen man was due to appear in Perth Magistrates Court later today. .


PERTH Car crashes into Carlisle home, WA "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Car crashes into Carlisle home, WA .

August 13, 2018 at 08:30AM .

Around 2.20am this morning (13 August 2018), Cannington Police were on patrol when they sighted a white Mazda vehicle travelling at speed along .



PERTH Teen driver charged over death of girl near Esperance "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Teen driver charged over death of girl near Esperance .

August 12, 2018 at 09:48AM .

an incident occasioning death and failing to report an incident occasioning death. He is due to appear before the Perth Magistrates Court today. .


PERTH Esperance man charged following fatal crash "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Esperance man charged following fatal crash .

August 12, 2018 at 10:00AM .

Major Crash officers have charged a 19 year-old Nulsen man as a result of their investigation into a fatal crash that occurred in Monjingup near .



Inner city apartment construction halves "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Apartment construction drops

Handy stuff from the Bliebster at the AFR today, citing JLL's latest market report on apartment construction. 

In Sydney the number of inner city apartments under construction more than halved from 16,143 by the end of the June 2018 quarter from 39,621 a year earlier, he reports. 

In Brisbane the equivalent drop has been from 11,048 inner city apartments under construction to 6,877, which also comes as little surprise to readers here. 

This was always going to happen, but in the event it came about a few months later than I'd expected...c'est la vie.

As I noted in a recent free market report, only Melbourne of the eastern seaboard capitals has the requisite dynamics to sustain high levels of apartment construction at the present time.

In fact, Melbourne apartments under construction jumped 23 per cent in the June quarter according to the JLL figures, underscoring the point.

The latest ABS available figures relate all the way back to the beginning of the calendar year, so given that we're now in mid-August these are very dated, although they did confirm that the glut of unit completions was beginning to rain in for Sydney and Brisbane early in the year. 

Temporary spike in rental vacancies......


Racists on speaking tour: rethinking our response "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

A couple of weeks back, I went to hear Stefan Molyneux and Lauren Southern, two right-wing nationalist speakers who recently finished a tour of Australia and New Zealand, speak at Sydneys International Convention Centre. My attendance was part study, part curiosity about their audience and influence.


Killing in the Name Of "IndyWatch Feed National"

The reactions are diverse when you tell someone youve decapitated a live chicken in Vietnam: Ive been laughed at for my inept bravery, labelled as a bloodlust sicko and given a pat on the back. One things for sure: it peels open a fresh can of controversial worms.

Nearly all of us kill animals every day. If its not for Fridays steak night, its sporting trendy fur coats, leather boots or placing a bet on a lucky horse. Whether you like it or not, animals are being killed for our convenience. Thats a dry weetbix or two kinda breakfast. Fucked.

Killing something has always been on the agenda for me. Not in a murderous, cult-killing compulsive kind of way. I dont idealise butchery and youll still see me sobbing through the scene where the horse drowns in Never Ending Story. But as a sucker for self-sustainment and self-growth, I had always wanted to see how capable I was of killing my own food, with my own hands, as opposed to conveniently allowing someone else to do it for me.

It was almost comedic that I found a place called Pub with Cold Beer in the peaceful Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park, where tourists are offered the violent opportunity to select and kill a chicken for their lunch. The ride out there was scenic and tranquil, and despite my spine feeling like it may be permanently hunched after 20 minutes of navigating potholes on a scooter, we passed farmers tending to their crops with a backdrop of limestone mountains.



PROPERTY TYCOON SON SEES RED AND HITS & RUNS! James Malouf, son of Sydney real estate agent Bill Malouf, guilty of running over woman but media was all silent "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

EXCLUSIVE: Six years ago, the son of one of Sydney's most wealthy and powerful real estate agents ran a red light without slowing down and then almost killed an innocent woman crossing the road, before attempting to flee. It's an incident which would usually be reported on by many journalists. But in a city addicted to real estate speculation and property development, there are suggestions the media helped shut down the story. True Crime News Weekly publisher, Serkan Ozturk, reports. [READ MORE]

Sunday, 12 August


Gippslands Shifting Climate Belts "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

The effect of the earths climate belts migrating pole-wards as a result of climate change was outlined recently in a publication of this on Australian wheat production. More specifically it has been mentioned by Barrie Pittock in his blog on the Gippsland coast and the entrance to the lakes. The general thesis is that as the earth warms the tropical and subtropical belts expand pushing the temperate zones and in particular the westerly winds further south. We note however there are a number of complicating factors such as El Nino or La Nina events, or our mountain range, that may alter or disturb this.

Barrie Pittock noted In short it is that the mid-latitude westerlies are moving further South with global warming, and thus the prevailing westerly winds across Bass Strait are weakening and there are more frequent easterly winds there, and waves from the east also. In terms of rainfall it is the westerly and south westerly winds that provide the regular rainfall in the region although some parts of the district are in rain-shadow. So that we would expect, and probably are already experiencing, longer and more frequent dry spells with this aspect of climate change. This will affect the whole of southern Australia including the west.

Barrie also noted that an increase in the easterly winds and it is from the winds in this quarter, usually as part of a blocking low pressure system, that Gippsland receives it heaviest rainfall and is often the cause of flooding. To this can be added the fact that our ocean is warming, and quite probably being increasingly influenced by the East Australian Current. As well with each degree of warming, roughly what Gippsland has experienced in the last 50 years, a further 7% of moisture can be held in the atmosphere, leading to heavy rainfall.

Thus we are left with the apparent paradox that with our westerlies drifting to the south we will experience more, and more severe, droughts and at the same time experience more frequent and heavier floods. Anecdotally a combination of the two, as occurred in the upper Tambo River in 1998 where floods followed a short sharp drought, can be most devastating. A reverse of this with the heavy rain followed by the long dry will make the district most prone to bushfires.

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