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Tuesday, 18 December

21:07

The Demands of the Yellow Vest Movement Are Growing Into Rea Systemic Change "IndyWatch Feed National"

Originally posted on Waking Times Phillip J. Watt, Contributor Long story short; French citizens have revolted for the fourth week in a row calling for changes in governmental and corporate design. Even though UN Military and thousands of French police have been deployed in response, the police have actually been filmed removing their helmets in solidarity with the French []

20:07

Criminalising Dissent: Turnbulls Attack on Protesters and Journalists "IndyWatch Feed National"

Originally published by Paul Gregoire at Sydney Criminal Lawyers on July 5th 2018 but given the recent uprising in France its about time I shared this. Its as though our so-called leaders got wind of what was in the works in France with the yellow vest movement as it was started back in may! This []

18:30

Wildlife, ecotourism industry at stake in Madagascars election, says scientist "IndyWatch Feed National"

Madagascars election on Wednesday could have major implications for the future of the islands environment and wildlife and by extension, its rising ecotourism sector says a prominent conservation scientist. In an op-ed published this week in Al Jazeera, William F. Laurance, a researcher at James Cook University in Australia, warns that if Madagascar elects former president Andry Rajoelina, the countrys dwindling natural resources could face renewed assault. Under Rajoelinas previous reign, which followed a 2009 coup, Madagascars forests, wildlife, and coastal waters were pillaged. Rajoelina himself was linked to trafficking in rosewood timber: Upon his removal, a stash of rosewood logs was found in the presidential palace, writes Laurance. A critically endangered indri lemur (Indri indri), the largest lemur species. Photo by Rhett A. Butler. The environmental devastation under Rajoelina continued through his successors Hery Rajaonarimampianinas rule, with a surge in deforestation and an auctioning off of community-managed fishing areas to foreign industrial fleets. With 95 percent of Madagascars lemurs classified as as either endangered or critically endangered, there is a real risk that a Rajoelina presidency could diminish some of the islands biggest attractions for nature tourists. We can see Rajoelinas predatory attitude to the environment as demonstrated by his track record, writes Laurance. One must only look to the appalling state of the Malagasy rainforests to witness his rapaciousness. Appallingly, one of Rajoelinas first acts was to legalize the felling of precious hardwoods by executive decree, he continues. The illicit trade flourished: after a year of

16:01

A Blue Carbon Sink In Australias Midst "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Researchers studied the carbon storage of deep-water seagrasses living at Lizard Island, Australia. Education Images/UIG via Getty Images

Thanks to National Public Radio for this:

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16:00

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

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15:55

2018 Top 10 TV ads complained about by sundry whingers, whiners and wowsers "IndyWatch Feed National"

1. 0116/18 Sportsbet TV Free-to-air A man is seen naked from the waist up and appears to be manscaping. Upheld Number of complaints: 793 Issues of concern: 2.1 Discrimination or vilification, 2.2 Exploitative or degrading, 2.3 Violence and 2.4 Sex/sexuality/nudity 2. 0113/18 ...

15:45

Boosting renewables and cutting energy costs RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

The Andrews Labor Government has announced $1.1 million worth of grants to support renewable energy projects in local communities across Victoria. The post Boosting renewables and cutting energy costs appeared first on RenewEconomy.

via Boosting renewables and cutting energy costs RenewEconomy

15:39

Australias Shameful Gift to Netanyahu "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Jeremy Salt Source Australia and Israel are white settler states, established violently over the heads of the indigenous people, without the benefit of any treaty arrangement. A land without people for a people without land was the Zionist lie. Terra nullius was the Australian white settler equivalent. Australian aboriginal ownership was collective and traditional. []

15:23

"IndyWatch Feed National"

Support and wellbeing of survivors is, and always should be, at the heart of this issue, said Anna Brown, incoming CEO of Equality Australia and Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre.

It is imperative that there are stronger laws and support for survivors, and also education about the harm caused by the cultural ideas and messaging prevalent within faith communities.

Its fantastic that the ALP has listened to survivors and researchers. Changing their policy to reflect that gay conversion is broader than therapeutic practices and acknowledging that the ideology behind gay conversion is also harmful, is an important step toward protecting the community, said Mr Csabs.

The changes in the ALP platform reflect a key recommendation of the Human Rights Law Centre and La Trobe University Report ...

15:07

Impact of FIFO work arrangements on the mental health and well-being of FIFO workers "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

This research from the Centre for Transformative Work Design brings together findings from a literature review with a comprehensive analysis of 59 FIFO studies, a survey of more than 3000 FIFO workers, in-depth interviews, surveys of FIFO partners and former FIFO workers, and a study that tracks how workers experiences vary across five points of a swing.

The findings across all of these sources of evidence are remarkably consistent. The research shows that, even when taking account of associated risk factors such as age and education, there is a greater risk of mental ill health amongst those workers operating under FIFO work arrangements. Indeed, one third of the 3000 FIFO workers surveyed experience high or very high levels of psychological distress, as measured on an extensively validated scale.

Crucially, poorer mental health and riskier alcohol and other drug use are risk factors for suicide, and both of these risk factors are present in the FIFO sample. In addition, FIFO workers have a demographic profile (gender, age, education, job role) in which suicide likelihood is greater, while also reporting feelings of loneliness, stigma, bullying and perceived lack of autonomy. Altogether, this pattern of findings suggests that FIFO workers are likely to be at greater risk of suicide.

Impact of FIFO work arrangements on the mental health and well-being of FIFO workers

15:03

Strategic Framework for Suicide Prevention in NSW 2018-2023 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The   Strategic Framework for Suicide Prevention in NSW 2018-2023  was developed by the NSW Mental Health Commission and the NSW Ministry of Health in collaboration with people with lived experience of suicide attempts or losing a loved one to suicide, government agencies, mental health organisations and experts in suicide prevention.

The Framework identifies 5 priority action areas to reduce suicide in NSW:

  • Building individual and community resilience and wellbeing 
    To help people cope with tough times 
  • Strengthening the community response to suicide and suicidal behaviour
    To help people recognise those who are at risk of suicide, and take steps to support them
  • Supporting excellence in clinical services and care 
    To ensure people have access to appropriate, high quality clinical services and care, including broader supports and services 
  • Promoting a collaborative, coordinated and integrated approach 
    To reduce duplication and gaps
  • Innovating for a stronger evidence base 
    To know and use interventions that work to prevent suicide.  

About the Framework

Strategic Framework for Suiciode Prevention in NSW 2015-2023

14:59

Tsarnaev Case: A Fodder Person in the Watertown Shoot-out? "IndyWatch Feed National"

(L) Ed Deveau, and (R) Ric Donohue

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

Dear Dr Mindy Hull, Massachusetts Medical Examiner

I mailed you a letter (copy enclosed) back in August of this year, 2018, in which I requested an Inquest into the April 19, 2013 death of Tamerlan Tsarnaev. I am writing to you now to demand an inquest into the death of another person whom we will have to call John Doe.

At famous shootout took place on Laurel St, Watertown, in the wee hours of April 19, 2013, allegedly in connection with the Boston Marathon bombing that occurred four days earlier.

Officer Ric Donohue was injured in that sho...

14:31

MACKAY Child grooming accused to spend Christmas behind bars "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY December 18, 2018 at 04:56AM ,

Child grooming accused to spend Christmas behind bars

December 18, 2018 at 04:56AM ,

The 24-year-old man fronted Mackay Magistrates Court over videolink from prison on December 12, appearing relatively cheerful in the circumstances

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14:31

MACKAY Man capsicum sprayed after kicking police officer in face "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY December 18, 2018 at 05:52AM ,

Man capsicum sprayed after kicking police officer in face

December 18, 2018 at 05:52AM ,

Facing Mackay Magistrates Court, Bridger pleaded guilty to two counts each of assaulting and obstructing police on November 24. Prosecutor Josh

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14:31

MACKAY Alleged prison escapee to learn fate in higher court "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY December 17, 2018 at 06:03AM ,

Alleged prison escapee to learn fate in higher court

December 17, 2018 at 06:03AM ,

In Mackay Magistrates Court on Friday, Magistrate Mark Nolan noted Brown would be required to serve time related to the escape lawful custody

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14:30

Bass Coast heroes in Bali Hope Swimrun "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

Nina and Kara in action in Bali.
Puja and Nina made a poster on recycling.

TWENTY heroes racing to save one small island are the words etched into the back of the medals Kara Landells and Nina Barry-Macaulay recently received for being the first amateur team to cross the finish line in South East Asias first ever Swimrun on Saturday, December 8.
The Bali Hope Swimrun was an event aimed to raise funds towards improved recycling infrastructure for the Island of Nusa Lembongan and improved waste management education, as well as raising awareness on the global issue of plastic pollution.
Unlike triathlon or duathlon, Swimrun is completed as a team of two and comprises multiple legs of swimming and running at various distances.
The Nusa Lembongan event involved 3km of swimming and 18km of running. It started with a boat dropping teams off 500m from land to begin the first swim leg and ended with a 2km uphill run.
Team Bass Coast (Nina and Kara) raised more than $10,000 which will go towards buying recycling equipment and implementing education in the local schools.
Nina and Kara visited one of the schools during their visit and worked with the children to make recycling posters.
They also visited the recycling plant to see how basic the facilities are and how important the new equipment will be.
On the last day, the Bali Hope teams joined forces with 60 students from the local school for a clean-up.
They sorted and collected rubbish and recyclables from an open space which is currently being used as an informal dump site.
Key stakeholders, including the Mayor of Nusa Lembongan and the landowner, attended the event.
Kara and Nina said the clean-up lead to a formal agreement between the landowner and recycling plant.
The landowner agreed to donate a small part of his land for the recycling plant to build an enclosed waste disposal point, which will be emptied daily by the recycling plant, Kara said.
Locals can continue to deposit their waste at this location, but in an organised and sustainable way, where rubbish cant be easily swept into the ocean.
This will be a great example for other landowners t...

14:29

Can We Love Enough To Leave Alone? "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

It's interesting to arrive at the end of a year and look back. The theme for our planet of talking heads seemed to be people wanting others to behave in acceptable ways and have opinions like their own...

14:23

Nine's Kate McClymont reports NSW ICAC raid on Labor HQ in Sussex St "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Independent Commission Against Corruption has raided the NSW Labor Party headquarters in Sydney on Tuesday morning. The Herald understands investigators arrived at the Sussex Street offices, looking for records as part of an ongoing investigation. Senior union and Labor Party officials are in Adelaide for the ALP National Conference...

13:50

Put a little love into the world with something beautiful for Ruby at Christmas "IndyWatch Feed National"

In August 2012 Mr and Mrs Ralph and Ruby Blewitt had a difficult conversation. Ralph explained to his wife that he'd been involved in union corruption in Australia during the 1990s. And he said he was going to go back to Australia to fess up. Ruby comes from a lovely...

13:09

Signal App to Australia: Good Luck with That Crypto Ban "IndyWatch Feed National"

Via: Ars Technica: Signal, one of the most secure messaging apps, essentially told Australia this week that its attempts to thwart strong crypto are rather cute. By design, Signal does not have a record of your contacts, social graph, conversation list, location, user avatar, user profile name, group memberships, group titles, or group avatars, Joshua []

11:59

Fences to stop erosion eating road "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

THE impact of soil erosion on the Inverloch coastline has spurred an inter-agency group to construct fencing on the beach.
At a drop-in information session recently, the community heard from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Parks Victoria, Regional Roads Victoria, West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority and Bass Coast Shire Council.
As the lead agency, DELWP has been coordinating a plan for the pinch points of coastal erosion at the Cape Paterson-Inverloch Road where it intersects with Surf Parade and also at the Inverloch Surf Life Saving Club.
The eroding edge is almost six metres from the road intersection, where the coastline has retreated 35.6 metres since 2012.
The foreshore next to the surf life saving club has seen 33.5 metres of coastline retreat since 2012, leading to the clubs patrol house to be moved to higher ground earlier this year.
To prevent and ideally grow the sand coastline, the multi-agency working group has decided to build two rows of 1.2m high fencing installed at the two pinch points.
The area will be renourished with sand reconstructing the fore-dune to 1.5m above the current beach level and five metres wide.
Funded by the Bass Coast Shire Council and the Victorian Government, detailed design of the fencing is currently underway with on-ground works to commence in either February or March.
Wet sand fencing was successfully used at a coastal erosion site at Port Fairy in 2014 and has successfully retained sand in the area to allow for revegetation.
South Gippsland Conservation Society president Dave Sutton, who attended the drop-in, said the wet sand fencing was a short term measure that would protect the existing infrastructure, the surf club patrol house and the road.
The society has received funding from the Lord Mayors Charitable fund to undertake a Bass Coast Climate Resilience project which melds in with what is proposed by DELWP, he said.
The societys project is expected to further inform coastline planning to include soft engineering, whether it is revegetation options, and look at the natural value that the dunes provide.

Collaboration: Bass MLA Jordan Crugnale (left) dropped into a recent multi-agency information session about Inverloch coastal soil erosion hosted by Depart...

11:44

Life savers plea for more time "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

NEW clubrooms for Venus Bay Surf Life Saving Club are still proposed only just later than planned.
Club president Craig Watson last Wednesday asked South Gippsland Shire Council for more time to build the new complex.
Council promised the club it would allocate $150,000 to the new clubrooms, but the club has not been able to source $2.5 million from the State Government in the mean time.
Councils funding pledge was conditional on the club obtaining the required funding by June 30, 2019.
Mr Watson asked council to rollover the funds for a further 12 months. Council will consider the request in 2019.
Mr Watson is confident of securing state funding, saying the process of seeking funds had taken longer than he expected as the club was lower on funding priority lists than other clubs.
The building itself is in very good condition and we are being punished for how well we have maintained it, he told council.
The new clubrooms will not only service the club but also provide a larger venue for the community to use. Cr Jeremy Rich felt any caf at the clubrooms could be an ideal venue for selling local produce.
Mr Watson said more Tarwin Lower and Venus Bay residents had joined the club, which continues to set new records for patrol hours, number of beach users and fewer first aid cases.
The club now has a record 546 members who in 2018 patrolled for 3335 hours and serviced 14,197 beach users.
The club welcomed a record 181 Nippers in 2018, won a record 34 medals at Victorian championships and also received 216 new lifesaving awards.
The current life saving season started on December 1 and will continue until Easter. Nippers starts on December 27 and the clubs Tarwin River Marathon to raise awareness of river safety is on December 28.
A local business owner is set to join the clubs board and take responsibility for fundraising.

 

Forward thinking: an artists impression of how the new Venus Bay Surf Life Saving Clubs clubrooms may look.

11:43

Mayor holds out hope on supermarket "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council mayor Cr Don Hill said the door is still open for council to resume negotiations with Michaels IGA to buy council land and develop an $18 million supermarket in Korumburra.
Cr Hill said, He (Michaels IGA owner Michael Lorenz) can come along at any time and sign a contract.
Michaels IGA recently revealed it had abandoned plans for now to build the new supermarket at the corner of Commercial and King streets, Korumburra, after negotiations with council to buy council-owned buildings on the site broke down.
Councils final offer was a bank guarantee of $400,000 and a six percent deposit to ensure Michaels IGA delivered the supermarket in a timely manner. Michaels IGAs offer was $300,000 to be held in trust and a 10 percent deposit.
Cr Jeremy Rich has also defended his role in bringing Michaels IGAs latest offer to a closed special council meeting on December 5.
That meeting followed a meeting on December 2 of Mr Lorenz, Crs Hill and Rich, and councils development services director Bryan Sword, after discussions between Cr Rich and Mr Lorenz at the recent Christmas function of Melbourne law firm, Wisewould Mahony.
Both men were at the function as they are clients of the firm. Cr Richs brother Adam Rich is a partner in the firm.
As a result of his brothers involvement with the firm, Cr Rich said he was absent from the December 5 meeting where councillors rejected the latest proposal from Mr Lorenz, which came about at the December 2 meeting.
As for the conversation between himself and Mr Lorenz at the Christmas function, Cr Rich said, We said hello and we talked about regional produce as we always do.
Cr Rich also said, I have the best interests of South Gippsland in mind, as Im sure that Michael (Lorenz) and the shire do too, and I hope everyone can find a path forward that works for all.
Michaels IGA general/operations manager Len Morabito said the men discussed Mr Lorenzs frustrations with the state of negotiations. Mr Morabito did not believe the discussion between them was inappropriate because of Cr Richs brother being a partner in the law firm.
You cannot ignore the guy (Cr Rich). He is a councillor in one of the places where we have our stores, Mr Morabito said.
The Star understands Cr Rich urged Cr Hill to simply resume negotiations about the sale of the land and therefore ensure Korumburra received a new supermarket.
That resulted in the meeting of December 2 and the subsequent closed meeting on December 5.
Mr Morabito said the company still did not propose to develop a new supermarket on the corner of King and Commercial streets.
He said many Korumburra people and customers had expressed unrest on social media about the news and were holding the shire responsible for in-action again.
Korumburra Business Association pr...

11:41

Students celebrate ATARs "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

TUDENTS from across the region received their ATAR scores from 7am onwards on Friday, December 14.
Leongatha Secondary Colleges 64 Year 12 students were congratulated for their VCE efforts this year by principal Wayne Chester.
From everybody here at the college, we are very proud of this years Year 12 group. They received excellent scores, all their hard work paid off and it is very pleasing to note they now have plenty of options going forward into the future, Mr Chester said.
Dux of Year 12 was awarded to Grace Thorson who attended Leongatha from years 7-12.
She attained an ATAR score of 94.5, completing English, specialist mathematics, chemistry, biology and history of revolutions.
Year 11 student Maddi Brew attained a perfect score of 50 this year for outdoor education. She looks forward to studying English, further mathematics, health and human development, biology and physical education next year.
Mary Mackillop College celebrated Year 12 results, with all 53 students satisfactorily completing VCE exams.
The top three scores were all above 90, with dux awarded to Molly Clark with a score of 93.9.
Ellie Homes and Emma Carlisle scored 91.25 and 90.0 respectively. The top five scores were 93.9, 91.25, 90.0, 86.1 and 85.05.
The highest individual study score was obtained by Tomei Dal Pozzo scoring 48 for health and human development.
The college reported initial calculations indicated 19 percent of ATAR scores above 80, 23 percent were in the top quarter, 34 percent were above 70, 3.3 percent of study scores were above 40 and 11 percent of students attained a study score of 40 or above.
A very big thank you to the teachers who have worked so well to get the most out of their students this year. A particular feature is the depth of performance with a solid spread of scores in the 70s and 80s, principal David Leslie said.
We are proud of our 22 Applied Learners too. Six are in apprenticeships, 10 have places in their preferred TAFE, 6 are already employed, all successfully placed.
Congratulations to all students and teachers on your results for 2018. Mary MacKillop College is proud of you and of your achievements.
The depth of the 2018 Mirboo North Secondary College cohort was highlighted with 93 percent of year Year 12 students attaining an ATAR above 50 and all students satisfactorily completing their VCE.
64 percent attained an ATAR above 70, with 29 percent above 80.
Dux was awarded to Lucy Palmer whose ATAR score of 97.7 placed her in the top three percent.
The hard work and dedication of our students has been rewarded with excellent results, senior school coordinator Marina Bruzzese said.
Seven students will additionally receive the VCE Baccalaureate award as a result of achieving scores above 30 in English whilst successfully completing Ma...

11:39

Operation safe plate success "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

OPERATION safe plate took place on Sunday in the car park of Bunnings in Wonthaggi.
Operation coordinator, Senior Constable Dengerink stated that the event was a huge success with over 150 vehicles fitted with anti-theft number plate screws.
He thanked local SES and Bunnings Wonthaggi for assisting on the day.
For those who missed out, stay tuned for details of another Safe Plate Operation in the New Year

11:37

Video: 15-year-old climate activist calls out world leaders for inaction "IndyWatch Feed National"

You say you love your children above all else, yet you are stealing their futures right before their very eyes. This 15-year-old activist just called out world leaders for their global inaction on climate change.

Video from U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders

The post Video: 15-year-old climate activist calls out world leaders for inaction appeared first on The Pen.

11:35

Traffic fix "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

WITH car parking at a premium as Christmas shoppers flock into Leongatha, a plan for a traffic overhaul of the CBD to improve public safety and the towns economy and vibrancy is being put forward.

The plan is being devised by a visiting environmental consultant surprised by the dangers motorists and pedestrians now face in town.

The consultant, James Hickey, has what he says are solutions for Leongathas traffic woes after working in town for several months.

He called for heavy vehicles to be removed from McCartin and Bair streets, reverse parking to be created in McCartin Street, and the confusing intersection near the courthouse addressed by directing the heavy vehicle alternate route down Turner and Hughes streets an idea already supported by many locals.

In the long term, McCartin Street could be a cul de sac ending at Bair Street or a 25km/h speed limit imposed, Mr Hickey said.

A vast improvement will be felt once the vibrations from B-Doubles no longer tumble lattes off coffee tables, he said.

Mr Hickey said reverse 60 degree parking would reduce the incidences of cars reversing out of parking bays and into other vehicles, with such parking used in other regional towns.

Ironically, soon after Mr Hickey shared this idea with The Star, a driver reversed into a car behind.

South Gippsland Shire Councils manager infrastructure delivery John Moylan said, The standard practice for angle parking in the state of Victoria is based on reversing out of parking spots. To change this practice in one town or municipality would create confusion.

Mr Hickey also called for zebra crossings in McCartin Street between Bair and Peart streets to increase safety and entice more shoppers.

The greatest risk is at the corners of Peart and McCartin streets, where drivers tear around onto McCartin Street and give pedestrians crossing the road at these points very little time to reach the relative safety of the small median strip, he said.

Mr Hickey said McCartin and Bair streets are the heart of Leongatha and tankers, cattle trucks and tractors should be barred from them.

This is an extremely dangerous situation and it also degrades the amenity and customer experience, he said, suggesting

alternate routes north and south of Leongatha.

The north route would redirect heavy vehicles along Turner Street and then to Hughes or Roughead streets, depending on where traffic needed to go.

The south route would be along an extension of Parr Street from South Gippsland Highway to Bass Highway.

Mr Moylan said heavy vehicles cannot be removed from Bair Street as truck access is required for...

11:29

This is Home For Now "IndyWatch Feed National"

Fresh off the plane, a trail across the world left on the maps, I walk through the picturesque German town I have chosen as the location for my future stories. Ill walk these streets past bright coloured houses with wooden shutters as I fight to earn that expensive piece of paper in endless hours of studies.

I enter the administration office, one of the many cornerstones of bureaucratic Germany. A thick line on the floor warns me to not take another step. Good citizen that I am, I halt right in front and maintain discretion as requested. The room smells like a stuffy office that has never heard laughter. Three clerks sit behind their narrow desks and stare at flickering screens from the early 2000s.

One of them raises her voice to explain a line of incomprehensible instructions in the type of administrative German even natives have trouble understanding. Her client stares back in confusion. I sigh and stare at the shiny literature given out by the government to make sense of the many hoops and never-ending forms that frame German life. This is the third time Im here, waiting for another form to fill out for my landlord amidst snarky comments from the staff regarding my incomplete pile of documents.

As her last client passes me by, a document smelling of fresh ink in hand, a clerk waves me over. I sit down as her fingers dig into the keyboard. She doesnt look up.

What can I help you with? she says in a monotone voice.

Id like to register my residence, I reply.

Do you have the certificate of tenement provision filled out?

 Yup, I say. Now were talking.

Your identification papers?

I hand her my folder of documents and wait in silence as she examines them.

Please be patient for a moment, Miss, she says and starts punching the keys again, asking questions occasionally.

As I endure the procedure, I observe the clerk at work, wondering what she might do in her free time.

Before I know what is happening, she draws a long ruler out of nowhere, places it over the name of my birthplace on my passport and crosses it out with a fat marker. I lose my breath. What did she just do?!

There is no chance to ask whats going...

10:19

COP24 summit finishes and produces joint statement committing to lifting response to climate change by 2020 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Ben Wilson and Joe Montero

The COP24 summit in Poland has finally come out with an agreement.  The Unites States and Australia celebrated coal. Brazils new Jair Bolsonaro regime showed its climate warming skepticism. Oil producing countries Russia, Saudi and Kuwait, argued to slow things down. Despite this, some progress was made.

Measures were supposed to be adopted to step up the implementation of 2015 Paris Agreement. But a compromise was made to delay this till 2020, when the next summit takes place in Chile. The agreement says that commitments already entered into must have been met by then.

Time is running short, however. The intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warned just two months ago, that the global temperature rising above 1.5 Celsius will have grave consequences, and that there is little more than a decade to turn the situation around, by halving all carbon emissions.

The current path could result in the temperature rising by up to 3-4 degrees Celsius, according to the science. This suggests that the global political establishment is not yet aligning with the science.

Discussion in Poland concentrated on standardising reporting and improving transparency. Both of these are needed. But this should not delay stepping up action.

It is understandable that countries want to minimise the negative impacts of making a transition. This is best achieved through cooperation between nations and mutual assistance. The longer it takes to do enough, the higher the cost will be.

Failure to act on a sufficient scale will destroy many species, and upset the life cycle, on which human beings are also dependent.

Changing weather patterns will mean that not enough food will be available to feed the human population. Rising sea levels will mean small countries disappearing and many cities being inundated. Economic collapse, the failure of political institutions and social turmoil will be inevitable.

What is clear, is that reliance on the political elite is not enough. Only when there is sufficient pressure coming up from below, is  movement on the political stage possible. The little progress that has been made has come about this way. It is only the beginning, and  much more  is needed to lift the game.

There must be a turning away from unrestricted capitalism that always puts the private bot...

10:05

Animal rights protesters crash sick children with Santa's reindeer at Children's Hospital "IndyWatch Feed National"

"Protester Daniel Heggie said the reindeer were being exploited". By sick children and their families at the Brisbane Children's Hospital. Charming people. Animals rights protesters fronted a group of sick children and their families who were meeting a pair of Santa's reindeer on Monday afternoon. Police were called to remove...

08:34

PERTH Perth woman avoids jail over Tinder date fraud "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Perth woman avoids jail over Tinder date fraud .

December 17, 2018 at 03:47PM .

In Perth Magistrates Court today, Gray received an eight month prison term, suspended for a year after being told she would have gone to prison if she

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08:22

Victoria 2018 Greens vote, mapped "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

Todays maps focus on the performance of the Greens, who went backwards in terms of votes, yet managed to win a record number of lower house seats at a general election.

This first map shows the primary vote swing for the Greens in the 88 electorates.

Seats coloured dark green or bright green mostly swung to the Greens. Pale green seats had a small negative swing, with the brown seats doing worst.

In the recent past weve seen the Greens gain swings in the inner city while losing ground in regional parts of Victoria, but the picture from this election isnt quite as clear.

Yes there was a big increase in the Greens vote in Northcote, Prahran and Richmond (the last helped by the absence of a Liberal candidate), but the Greens vote went slightly backwards in Melbourne and Albert Park, and barely increased in Brunswick.

This second map shows the two-candidate-preferred vote by booth in non-classic seats. This includes five Labor vs Greens races, one Labor vs independent race and one Liberal vs Greens race, all in a contiguous area in the inner city stretching from Prahran to Pascoe Vale.

The map also shows the map data for Mildura, Morwell, Shepparton and Geelong, but you have to zoom out to see those areas.

You can also toggle the map to see the swing by booth, but only for four inner-city Labor vs Greens races for some obscure technical reasons.

Thats about it for today. Ill have more maps tomorrow.

07:57

Market Talk- December 17, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Both the Hang Seng and the Shanghai indices recovered from last weeks poor data and the DOWs late Fridays decline. Volumes continue thin and that appears to be spreading to many markets. It is not uncommon to see markets drier ahead of the holiday season, but this year it seems to gets more attention probably because prices are in decline. Once the bounce back to unchanged was over, both played in a narrow range to close fairly neutral. Japan on the other hand, traded well following the open and managed a +0.65% gain on the day. We are seeing renewed weakness in the Yen, in Asian trading, but looks to have found the safe-haven bid again for the moment anyway. A ray of hope was also displayed in Australia and India, as both markets finished around 1% higher. Overall a fairly quiet session awaiting China, the FED and Germanys IFO report.

Europe attempted to hold just slightly lower levels Monday, but once the US markets opened that proved just too much of an ask! Growing fears of a global slowdown continue to spread and recent data tend to support that sentiment. China numbers Friday, followed by further BREXIT and European uncertainty are all in the mix ahead of the Federal Reserve and a devastatingly slow retail sector. Talk this evening is that Jeremy Corbyn (Labour Leader) apparently intended to propose a no-confidence motion in Theresa May, but then decided he didnt need to after Theresa May tabled a date for the Parliamentary vote ( Week of January 14th, 2019). If this vote were to happen, it is in her and not the government. BREXIT and all its shenanigans will continue for at least another three months, so buckle in it could get wild! GBP however, has traded higher against the USD as speculation that the FED holds after this weeks move. Most core European bourses closed around 1% lower.

US markets have been heavy all day and are looking to close at their lowest levels for the year. Having retreated from close to 15% from their highs, markets are trading nervous as we await the FED and data starts to slow again. Housing numbers today were their slowest in three years, but there was a pick-up in business activity. Although volumes are better than their 20day average, the 20day average is still way down...

06:43

What we must know about 1400 years of the religion of peace "IndyWatch Feed National"

Get The History of Jihad From Muhammad to ISIS here. What better gift can you give than the truth that the political and media elites are working indefatigably to obscure? What we must know about 1400 years of the religion of peace, by Bill Muehlenberg, Spectator Australia, December 16, 2018: The Communists relished having hordes []

05:49

Benjamin Fulford Report (Exerpt): "Big Changes Coming" -- December 17, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Weekly Geo-political News and Analysis

Secret head of world finance, Cardinal Pell, fired and big changes coming

By Benjamin Fulford, White Dragon Society
2018-12-17



Last week Cardinal George Pell was found guilty of sexually abusing children by an Australian court and was subsequently fired by Pope Francis because he was elderly.

https://www.americamagazine.org/faith/2018/12/12/cardinal-pell-top-advisor-pope-francis-found-guilty-historical-sexual-offenses

This is huge news in the secret world of finance, because Pell was the person in charge of financial matters at the Vatican and thus was a secret controller of most world government leaders, P2 Freemason and CIA sources say. This is because when most world rulers take power, they get a visit from an official of the Vatican Bank who hands them a bank book with an astronomical number written in it (a billion dollars or more for big countries; less for smaller countries). They are then told, Welcome to the world of the rich, and are gently reminded that if they refuse to accept the money they will be removed.

This is the choice of silver or lead that has allowed the Vatican P2 Freemason Lodge, run by descendants of the Caesars, to secretly rule most world governments. The 200 leaders who last week affirmed the fraudulent carbon causes global warming agreement are all slaves of this system, P2 Freemason and CIA sources agree.

https://www.vox.com/energy-and-environment/2018/12/14/18139402/cop24-climate-change-katowice-pol...

05:33

Arrivals hit the highest level on record "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Record high arrivals

The ABS reported last week that births in Australia remained very high in 2017 at 309,142, just below the record high of 311,104 recorded for the preceding year. 

Yesterday morning the bureau also reported that permanent and long-term arrivals hit another record high of +825,480 over the year to October 2018.

This represented a strong +6.1 per cent increase from a year earlier, and was a world away from the +709,110 for the year to October 2015.

Substantial numbers, indeed.  


Education arrivals were also tracking at levels suggesting that international student enrolments will remain an ongoing force for demographic trends. 


There were also 9.2 million short-term arrivals over the year, comfortably up from 8.8 million a year earlier, as the tourism boom powers on.

Rental market lags

Record high arrivals into a period where it's rarely been tougher to get an investment loan across the line, then.

My admittedly somewhat flaky models suggest that housing markets could swing towards a rental shortage at the national level ex-Sydney by the time of the election next year, once the seasonally soft Xmas period has passed.

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05:30

Israel never satisfied: Israeli minister slams Australia for Jerusalem 'division' "IndyWatch Feed National"

On December 15 the Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced that Australia recognizes West Jerusalem as a capital of Israel, adding that Canberra "acknowledges the aspirations of the Palestinian people for a future state with its capital in East Jerusalem," thus abiding by the so-called two-state solution. Tzachi Hanegbi, the Israeli minister for regional cooperation, noted that Israel is not satisfied with the Australian decision to recognize West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in conjunction with the acceptance of East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine, according to the Guardian. "Australia is a deep and intimate friend of many years of Israel. We were happy to hear that it has an interest to clarify its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. But to our regret, within this positive news they made a mistake. There is no division between the east of the city and the west of the city. Jerusalem is one whole, united. Israel's control over it is eternal," said...

01:56

Oh No! I Just Got Snoped! (Laugh Here) "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Kent Heckenlively, JD After having my talk at the Commonwealth Club of California cancelled because of protests, being thrown out of Age of Autism for daring to pen a few articles for BolenReport, and being BANNED from speaking in Australia for three years, I have a new honor. Ive been Snoped! If you dont Continue reading Oh No! I Just Got Snoped! (Laugh Here)

The post Oh No! I Just Got Snoped! (Laugh Here) appeared first on BolenReport.

01:54

Five Eyes spy chiefs warned Trudeau twice about Huawei national-security risk "IndyWatch Feed National"

Spy chiefs from the Five Eyes intelligence network briefed Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on two occasions this year about the national-security risk from Chinese high-tech giant Huawei meetings that took place months before Canadas arrest of a top Huawei executive severely strained relations with Beijing.

Sources say Mr. Trudeau met the spy directors at a Five Eyes meeting in mid-July in Nova Scotia and at secret intelligence talks on the sidelines of the Commonwealth summit in London in April, where Huawei and its ties to the Chinese government dominated discussion.

By ROBERT FIFE AND STEVEN CHASE
The Globe and Mail

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Justin Trudeau

The Five Eyes network is made up of Canada, the United States, Britain, Australia and New Zealand, which co-operate to combat espionage, terrorism and global crime.

During the discussions in Halifax and London, sources said the spy chiefs stressed that their countries cannot become dependent upon Huaweis 5G technology because they view the Shenzen-based company as beholden to the Chinese state. Under Chinese law, the countrys companies must work with Chinas intelligence agencies if requested.

Senior federal officials, including the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, would not discuss the Five Eyes deliberations on Huawei.

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CSIS will not comment on the nature or substance of meetings held with its Five Eyes partners. Canadas relationship with these partners remains strong and is focused on keeping Canada safe from a variety of threats, CSIS chief information officer Tahera Mufti said in a statement.

Mr. Trudeau is facing a difficult decision on whether to join the majority of his Five Eyes allies and bar Huawei equipment from being used in next-generation 5G mobile networks.

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00:31

Bahraini FM Defends Australias Decision on Al-Quds, Slams AL Statement "IndyWatch Feed National"

December 16, 2018 The foreign minister of Bahrain has defended Australias formal recognition of the so-called West Al-Quds (Jerusalem) as Israeli capital, saying the move would not affect a future Palestinian state with East Al-Quds as its capital. Australias government announced the decision on Saturday, reversing decades of Middle East policy, but said it would []

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22:30

Orange Is the New Black actress Yael Stone accuses Geoffrey Rush of sexual harassment "IndyWatch Feed National"

A New York Times report on Stones allegations against Rush parses the difficulties of coming forward in the #MeToo eraespecially in Australia.

As many strides as the #MeToo and Times Up movements have made in a short time, they still have a long way to go. Exhibit A is the latest allegations against a well-known actor.

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21:39

Belgium: Thousands try to storm UN to protest migration pact "IndyWatch Feed National"

Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel's stubborn endorsement of the UN Global Migration Pact has brought his government to its knees and caused massive demonstrations against the Pact in Belgium. Charles Michel now governs with a minority, because the center-right Flemish N-VA has walked out over the PM's move to have Belgium support a UN migration pact. The Prime Minister is now trying to govern with assorted and reshuffled Liberals and Christian Democrats. The upcoming Migration Pact has divided international alliances: Austria, Hungary, the US, Israel, Australia and several other states rejecting the accord. [1]Belgium's migration minister, Theo Francken, commented on Thursday, "It's way too pro-migration. It doesn't have the nuance that it needs to have to also comfort European citizens." He said that, although it was not legally binding, it was also not without legal risks. He said that wide interpretation of human rights laws in EU courts were "tying the hands of migration policy-makers." [2]

The Belgian government has split apart after Prime Minister Charles Michel ignored the objections of his ruling coalitions biggest party and insisted he would sign the UN migration pact.

The Flemish nationalist New Flemish Alliance (N-VA) party quit the government following crisis talks over the weekend, prompting Michel to announce he would travel to Marrakesh to sign the controversial compact representing a minority government.

Stepping down as interior minister on Sunday, the N-VAs Jan Jambon told local media I think that, formally speaking, we are stepping down. We said that if the coalition goes to Marrakesh, it will be without us.

The patriotic party had previously produced a list of 30 objections to signing the so-called Global Compact on Safe and Orderly Migration including a lack of differentiation between illegal and legal flows, and questions over whether the agreement, which declares mass immigration to be inevitable, desirable and necessary, could have a chilling effect on objective journalism.

Vice Prime Minister Alexander De Croo rebuffed the N-VA for branding the parties set to sign Belgium up to the UN document as a Marrakesh coalition, asserting that ministers will continue to have firm but humane migration policies because no one in this government want....

21:26

The Portal: Cobra's Update -- Yellow Vests and the Vortex of Paris "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Portal

The Intelligence Hub for the Victory of Light

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Yellow Vests and the Vortex of Paris

On November 10th, 1793, there was an activation of Goddess of Reason and Liberty in the Notre Dame church in Paris:

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/monkeymind/2017/11/goddess-reason-enthroned.html



That church was the location of the temple of Isis in Roman times:

https://gnosticwarrior.com/the-parisii-of-isis.html

Where initiates into the Goddess mysteries still meet today:

http://secretebase.free.fr/complots/edifices/paris/paris.htm

Exactly 225 years after the activation of Goddess of Reason, certain Goddess priestesses of the Resistance Movement came to the surface in Paris and did a special planetary kundalini activation.

The activation was taking place from November 8th to November 11th, 2018, during the meeting of the world leaders in Paris. The second basement DOES exist, although the waitress denied it.

This activation served as a trigger for planetary kundalini awakening where people will finally rise up against the oppression of the Dark forces.

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21:15

Hotels and apartments for illegal boat people medical treatment cost $1.4BN "IndyWatch Feed National"

This comes courtesy of the Daily Mail - the photos from Christmas Island came to us from Shaz of CI and were first published here on this website. I can think of at least one Australian war veteran who lives overseas but has to return for medical treatment who will...

20:51

Support for our website "IndyWatch Feed National"

As we move towards the end of 2018 - the 7th year I've been at this - I need your help to keep going more than ever. I wouldn't do it if I didn't think is was worthwhile. I wouldn't do it if I thought someone else would. And I...

20:37

Our post on CFMEU Hanna at the TURC - includes covert audio recording. "IndyWatch Feed National"

TURC hearing into CFMEU officials and their apparent destruction of evidence subject to TURC's Notices to Produce Monday, 21 September 2015 AT 2PM the Commission commenced its hearing, former National President of the CFMEU Dave Hanna in the witness box. Ms McNaughton opened by having Mr Hanna confirm the names...

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20:15

CFMEU's Hanna guilty of destroying tonnes of evidentiary documents - walks free on bond "IndyWatch Feed National"

Unbelievable. Covered up the video cameras. Destroyed tonnes of documents as they were being called by the Royal Commission. Fought the charges, didn't cooperate, plea of not guilty. And walks free on a bond. An ex-union boss has avoided jail after being found guilty of dumping and burning tonnes of...

19:23

Geoffrey Rush and #MeToo, Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Why Yael Stone is terrified to talk about Geoffrey Rush.

By Bari Weiss

Ms. Weiss is a writer and editor for the Opinion section.

Yael Stone is scared.

We are in New York City, at a ramen place near her apartment in Astoria, Queens, and Ms. Stone, who stars in Orange Is the New Black, has barely touched her soup. She tells me she hasnt been sleeping for the better part of a year.

Its not just her 6-month-old baby whos keeping her up, but her decision to come forward for the first time and speak to me about her experiences with Geoffrey Rush, one of the most powerful actors in her native Australia.

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Geoffrey Rush

Most women who go public with #MeToo stories are fearful for obvious reasons. There is the pain of reliving traumatic experiences. There is the rage of not being believed. And there is sometimes the discomfort of admitting, as Ms. Stone readily does, that she didnt say no and at times even encouraged some of his behavior. She did so, she says, out of fear of offending a mentor and friend.

But Ms. Stone isnt just afraid of the emotional consequences of talking about her allegations against Mr. Rush, her onetime hero, including that he danced naked in front of her in their dressing room, used a mirror to watch her while she showered and sent her occasionally erotic text messages while she was 25 years old and starring opposite Mr. Rush, then 59, on stage in The Diary of a Madman in 2010 and 2011.

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19:04

Talking to Poland on aid, disaster capitalism and giving with purpose "IndyWatch Feed National"

I was recently interviewed by Polands biggest media organisation about my work around disaster capitalism (both the book and film). The conversation covered Afghanistan, Haiti, aid, US foreign policy, Trump and what journalism should be (hint: challenging those in power).

It was great to engage with an audience that in the West is increasingly viewed as conservative and intolerant. The Polish journalist told me that this view is inaccurate and public opinion is far more diverse on matters of immigration and refugees.

Heres the story (readers will have to use Google Translate): polishinterviewdisastercapitalism

19:00

Early Scottish immigrants . . . the joke is on me! "IndyWatch Feed National"

Early Scottish immigrants . . . the joke is on me!


All this powerfully supports our primary contention that the Bronze Age sea route in the Atlantic took the Gulf Stream from the latitude of Bimini/Georgia to the Latitude of the Isle of Lewis. Thus the populations of northern Ireland and Western Scotland in particular has to intermingle with populations in the SE USA.

The Atlantean fleet sailed every year for well over a thousand years at the height of the Bronze Age and the circle route sustained traffic after 1159 BC right past the Roman era into the Northern Iron Age in Europe.  Plenty of folks made that trip and it is reasonable to understand the populating of Eastern North America and plausibly into Mexico and the Andes in pursuit of metal as well as driven by this copper trade feeding Europe and the Mediterranean.  

Thus we have DNA identifiers of Northern Europe and the Levant but nothing unique to Eastern North America.   It is thus highly plausible that this human traffic has always been the big picture.

The actual transit before 1159 BC was close and obvious as well.  Even today it is a summer time trip westward in a large row boat as has been done.  Then you had Lyonese to get you half way there and the Azores as well and the Bahama Bank all above water.  These all were on the circle route as well.

Thus traffic starting over ten thousand years ago is completely reasonable and even likely as it was easy enough in the summer time.  The same held true for Australia and other supposed sea barriers.
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18:42

Cash being demonised for greater control of the serfs in the colony called Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Governments and corporations are now demonising cash, under whatever pretext the corporations think of this month, in order to gain full access to the tax slaves movements, which then can be used to control their lives.

Apparently now, if you save money for a 'rainy day' (plenty of those in Melbourne), then you're branded with a negative connotation that being of a hoarder.

Many humans from the herd population love the (digital) slavery they're in, i.e. being a 'product' that gives data way to corporations for very little reward, like $2 for every 50 litres of fuel purchased, for surrendering their docket, which contains the purchaser's history within that docket.

The forcing of people to go cashless is not for the benefit to those people, but rather government and corporations, although there are many arguments put forward, where convenience is pushed as the main selling point.

Forget about the farcical excuse of security.

Going cashless gives rise to more credit card fraud as mentioned in mainstream media news articles;

You are demonised for hoarding cash, where you are told that it's fine being in the bank, but 'fine' for who?

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18:19

In which BBC Radio 4 re-divides Jerusalem "IndyWatch Feed National"

Listeners to BBC Radio 4s Today programme on December 15th heard the following (from 05:06 here) in a news bulletin presented by Alan Smith. [emphasis in italics in the original, emphasis in bold added]

Smith: Australia says it now recognises West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel but it wont be moving its embassy from Tel Aviv at this stage. The prime minister Scott Morrison has also acknowledged the aspirations of Palestinians for a future state with its capital in East Jerusalem. The divided city, where the Israeli parliament is located, is not internationally recognised as the countrys capital. Phil Mercer reports from Sydney.

Apparently BBC Radio 4 along with the BBCs correspondent in Sydney is so used to using the politically partisan term East Jerusalem that it has forgotten that although Jerusalem was indeed divided during the nineteen-year period of the unrecognised Jordanian occupation that began in 1948, it was ...

18:03

Scientist Accidentally Discovers How to Make Coral Grow 40x Faster "IndyWatch Feed National"

The news would have its readers believe that were in the end times that climate change has reached the point of no return and the world is on the brink of nuclear wear. Unfortunately the hopeful and inspiring stories tend to pass by far too quickly, but if you look for them, theyre always there. Some are the result of years worth of work, research and investments, while others come about simply by accident.

Take the Great Barrier Reef, for instance. Coral reefs account for a measly 1% of the entire ocean on planet Earth. Despite the miniscule amount of surface area they cover, coral reefs provide food and shelter to one quarter of all marine life. Reefs also support marine life that ends up in the human food chain, feeding a whopping one billion of us.

Thanks to a little thing called bleaching, about two thirds of the Great Barrier Reef in Australia has been killed off due to a rise in temperature, thought to have been brought on by global warming. The statistics are alarming.

Thankfully, and completely by accident, Dr. David Vaughan from the Mote Marine Laboratory in Florida, may have found a way to reverse that devastating loss.

Coral ordinarily takes 25 to 75 years to reach sexual maturity, meaning it can take up to six years to plant 600 coral. This fact alone is one reason the bleaching of the Great Barrier Reef is so alarming. But thanks to Dr. Vaughan, we may be able to help coral grow forty times faster!

The Good News Network describes Dr. Vaughans accidental discovery:

He had been trying to remove a coral from the bottom of a tank when it broke into a dozen pieces. To his shock, all of the pieces regrew to the same size in just three short weeks, as opposed to the three years it had taken to grow the original coral.

The process of fragmenting coral to encourage regrowth is nothing new. In fact, the pro...

17:35

Support for conservative investigative journalism "IndyWatch Feed National"

This month the ACCC released a long-overdue report into the way Facebook and Google have changed the media in Australia and the world. Here are a few quotes: ...the impact of digital platforms (ie Facebook and Google) on the supply of news and journalism is particularly significant. News and journalism...

16:29

Solar farms getting smaller, cheaper and smarter to overcome grid hurdles RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Kanowna solar farm near Moree believed to be first to use both DC optimisers and centralised DC-coupled inverters to cater for battery storage and get around network connection hurdles. The post Solar farms getting smaller, cheaper and smarter to overcome grid hurdles appeared first on RenewEconomy.

via Solar farms getting smaller, cheaper and smarter to overcome grid hurdles RenewEconomy

16:21

Measures of cultural distance "IndyWatch Feed National"

A new paper with many authors  most prominently Joseph Henrich tries to measure the cultural gaps between different countries.  I am reproducing a few of their results (see pp.36-37 for more), noting that higher numbers represent higher gaps:

Distance from the U.S.

Algeria: 0.15

Australia: 0.03

Brazil: 0.07

Canada: 0.02

China: 0.17

Ecuador: 0.12

Egypt: 0.24

Ethiopia: 0.14

Georgia [the country]: 0.15

Hong Kong: 0.09

Indonesia: 0.19

Japan: 0.11

Malaysia: 0.12

Nigeria: 0.15

Switzerland: 0.06

Egypt is the most distant, then Yemen, with Canada as the closest.

As for cultural distance from China, we have:

Great Britain: 0.20

Hong Kong: 0.09

Japan: 0.14

Russia: 0.09 (not *so* far away)

Taiwan: 0.10

Vietnam: 0.06

Overall the numbers show much greater cultural distance of other nations from China than from the United States, a significant and under-discussed problem for China.  For instance, the United States is about as culturally close to Hong Kong as China is.

The post Measures of cultural distance appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

16:08

What I Learned From My Shower Sex Injury "IndyWatch Feed National"

In hindsight, there were probably smarter places I could have travelled to escape my addictive personality than Eastern Europe. Especially when a recovering junkie can get given a script no questions asked for morphine.

I could see the sun beginning to rise on the horizon of the abandoned Templehof Airport in Berlin from the window of our Airbnb. It was a nice change from the dirty backpackers I had been staying in for weeks, which reeked of desperation and Lynx Africa.

I had just polished off my second bottle of cheap Merlot, and was having a shower with a male acquaintance I had picked up at my hostel two nights prior. The bathroom was thick with steam hovering above the polished tiles.

As we soon discovered, shower sex is not as comfortable or convenient as it appears in porn; we were both struggling to find a position without a plug or a tap poking into one of our backs.

I had the great idea to pop a leg out of the shower to give myself more wriggle room, only to glide along the wet floor and smack my foot into the glass screen. Feeling a shrapnel-like pain ricocheting through my leg, I looked down to realise that while two toes remained in place, three were dislocated and hanging sideways like limp biscuits.

In a state of shock and thankfully numbness from the amount of red wine I had consumed I let out a loud, Fuuuuuuuuck! and decided to Skype my mother for some free medical advice.

Youre going to have to crack them back in, and then go to the hospital, she said with panic in her voice.

My friends, both supportive and utterly disgusted, rolled me a joint for the pain and tried to convince me to go to the doctor for a proper examination. However, being a naive 18-year-old with pre-existing addiction problems, I figured shell be right and instead took a Valium and went to sleep.

Boarding a train to Prague the following morning, the weight of my 65L pack and relapse hanging heavy on my shoulders, I tried to disregard the internal throb that filled me when the crevices of plastic baggies had been licked clean.

After climbing 287 steps to the top of the Prague Castle, the external pain from the night prior had begun to sink in. This was quickly eradicated by a trip to the Absinthe Bar, where we sampled some Green Fairy, and the bud they sold us from behind the counter.

Three caps, two...

15:59

A youth activist on the climate crisis: politicians wont save us "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

 https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/dec/14/climate-change-young-people-cop24-conferenceAt the COP24 conference, leaders lack the urgency felt by communities on the frontlines of a global threat

As wildfires burn, as temperatures rise, as the last remaining old-growth forests in Poland are logged, world leaders are in Katowiceto negotiate the implementation of the Paris climate agreement. To outsiders, UN climate talks may seem like a positive step. Unfortunately, this is COP24.

For 24 years, world leaders have annually talked at each other instead of to one another in hopes of reaching an agreement on how to mitigate the climate crisis. In all that time, they have barely scratched the surface of an issue that the worlds top climate scientists say we now have 12 years to stop and that is an optimistic estimate.

Theres an urgency in my heart being...

15:56

From decorated war hero to Defendant in a murder trial over battlefield actions "IndyWatch Feed National"

At the request of many, I will be reviewing the case of a U.S. Military hero, Major Matt Golsteyn, who is charged with murder. He could face the death penalty from our own government after he admitted to killing a Terrorist bomb maker while overseas. @PeteHegseth @FoxNews Donald J....

14:19

(Video) X22 Report -- Episode 1742: Bringing the Fed Down with Gold | MSM Prepping for the Falling Hammer "IndyWatch Feed National"



Published on Dec 16, 2018

European auto resignations plunge, this is not a good sign, we are seeing auto sales in the US and Europe decline. Home prices in Australia, Canada and Europe are declining, the housing prices in the US are also dropping, bubble is deflating. Q posted how the Fed is going to be taken down by gold, Trump confirms this by his past comments on gold. The timing will be everything but the build up to contradict and bring the Fed down is in the works.



Published on Dec 16, 2018

Texas Judge rules Obamacare is unconstitutional. Robert Mueller gives the 302's to the Judge. Clinton answers questions under oath and can't remember 20 of them. The MSM is preparing for video and other news by telling everyone do not believe what you see or hear. Anons explains whats coming up.

13:34

Labor National Conference has raised some very important matters "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Jim Hayes

As Australia goes to the dogs under the Morrison government, the Australian Labor Party had its national conference in Adelaide this last weekend.

Many were looking forward to this marking, not only a decisive break from the policies of the Coalition, but the bipartisanship of the past that has brought to Australia neoliberal economics and crueler government.

Some welcome policies were announced. Among them promises to take on more refugees, impose greater penalties on employers who steal super from their employees, talk with first Nation Australians about constitutional recognition and build 250,000 new affordable homes over ten years and something was said about reducing negative gearing. The conference adopted a policy that will stop selling arms to Israel.

But on many big ticket items, little or nothing was said. This conference had the air of a stage managed affair, with unity built on saying as little as possible. It held onto a strategy of keeping low and allowing Scott Morrison to hang himself.

Critics have pointed out that this strategy risks failing to inspire people. The risk is real.  Although the polls suggest Labor will rock in next year, they also show that Labor leader Bill Shorten is not particularly trusted.

Australia shares the worldwide phenomenon of a growing part of the population not trusting politicians of the major parties. It has its own particular causes here. The Coalition is suffering the most, and  it also is affecting Labor. Unless it can show that it is sufficiently different, Labor stands to suffer extensively when it government. We have seen this happen to social democratic governments in Europe. It will happen here too.

We are no longer in times where business as usual is good enough.  There must be an acknowledgement that most are becoming worse off, our rights are going, the First Nations are moving towards Treaty as the road to equality and self-determination. Public opinion has shifted is calling calling for decisive action on tackling carbon emissions and an end to offshore detention. Australia wants greed of the banks taken on in earnest, corruption seriously tackled.

This is what is being called for. We saw groups make a noise about certain issues that we important to them at the Conference. They are not alone.

These are the issues where a clear stance is needed, to mobilise popular enthusiasm and ensure a solid base of support for changing Australias direction. Getting people on side depends on building trust  and not merely slanging off at the other side.

No commitment was given to basic matters such as, raising reversing the fall in the wages share of national income, the minimum wage, putting into place a new an...

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4:30pm Dec 19 | Save Hakeem Urgent Protest "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

When: 4:30pm 19th December 2018 Where: Australian Federal Police, 383 LaTrobe St, West Melbourne, VIC Facebook event here Bahraini refugee Hakeem Al-Araibi, a permanent Australian resident living in Melbourne, is being held in Thailand and faces deportation back to the threat of torture in Bahrian. He fled Bahrain because of persecution and torture due to(...)

12:53

The legal clause which could allow Adani to sue Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

17 December 2018: AFTINET convener Dr Patricia Ranald writes in the Guardian on the risk that Adani could sue our government for millions through Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS), should their mining licence be cancelled by a future government. 

Yet another example of why Labor should implement its policy against ISDS in all trade agreements, and remove it from current deals like the TPP.

12:01

What our readers, contributors & editors loved (or didnt love) in 2018 "IndyWatch Feed National"

We asked Overland contributors, volunteers, staff and editors to share their highs and lows of 2018.

09:51

Hundreds protest ALPs support for fossil fuel industry "IndyWatch Feed National"

Sundays (December 16) protest outside the ALP National Conference. Photo supplied

A coalition of environment, unions and faith groups protested outside the Labor Partys national conference in Adelaide on Sunday, calling for the party to stop the expansion of the fossil fuel industry.

On the plus side, EDO NSW has endorsed the partys commitment to create a national Environment Protection Authority.

Protesters demanded a stop to oil drilling in the Great Australian Bight, preventing Adani and other coal mines in Queenslands Galilee Basin and an end to fracking and gas exploration, in the Northern Territory, Western Australias stunning Kimberley and the Pilliga Forest in NSW.

The Wilderness Societys South Australia director, Peter Owen, said it was, insane Australia is opening up new oil, gas and coal frontiers when we know we need to stop burning fossil fuels.

Height of irresponsibility

Expanding the fossil fuel industry is the height of irresponsibility and not an option if we are to have any chance of providing our children with a liveable climate

Its also concerning that many of these fossil fuel frontiers are in pristine areas such as the Great Australian Bight, Western Australias stunning Kimberley and NSWs biggest inland forest, the Pilliga. The Great Australian Bight whale nursery is a completely inappropriate place for risky deep-sea oil drilling, especially as we hurtle towards catastrophic climate change.

We now know we must act immediately to avoid locking in catastrophic climate change. Allowing the fossil fuel industry to expand would negate Labors good work in promoting renewable energy. Its time for the Labor Party to show national leadership and commit to stopping the expansion of the fossil fuel industry when it sets its election platform at this national conference.

Philippa Rowland, president of Multifaith SA, said, people of faith in Australia feel the urgent need for an ethical response to threats posed to vulnerable communities from escalating climate impacts across our region all climate policies must include a rapid transition away from fossil fuels.

Youth fired up

Australian Youth Climate Coalition Campaign...

09:48

Frances Yellow Vests rebellion has gone on for more than four weeks and shows no sign of ending "IndyWatch Feed National"


Contributed by Joe Montero

Yellow vests protest continued throughout France for the fifth week over the weekend. This is despite some concessions made by President Macron. This has not been enough. They want him to resign.

This movement has evolved into much more than a protest against a tax on fuel, to become a force calling for a major change. Perhaps this is best summed up in that there is a call for an end to government for the rich, to government for the majority. Ordinary people are seeing their living standards declining and dont want this to continue

French President Emmanuel Macron announces a series of financial measures including a rise in minimum wage to appease the Yellow Vest protesters after four weeks of nationwide demonstrations.

Video from TRT World

A new feature is that the Yellow shirts have inspired similar movements through Europe Belgium and as far away as Canada and Israel.

Video from the BBC News

Back in France, police have continued try to break up demonstrations with tear gas, water cannon, rubber bullets and flash bombs. Side street approaches, Metro rail stations and freeways leading into Paris were blocked, in order to prevent protesters from joining the main group.

The following shows protesters kneeling with hands over their heads last week, being suddenly attacked by police. This adds credence to the allegations that the riots have been sparked off by the police.

Video from the South China Morning Post

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09:19

Climate change impacts on ski resorts in the USA "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

Climate science makes it abundantly clear that winter as we know it is coming to an end. Despite the evidence, the global community as a whole continues as if everything is fine. The climate change negotiations that have been underway in Poland had progress blocked by key oil producing nations and those led by climate deniers, like Saudi Arabia, the USA and Russia. Yet there was barely any reaction from the community as vested interests put their profits ahead of the planet.

Denial does not make the problem go away. The evidence keeps building up, like this recent work looking at climate change impacts on ski resorts in the USA.

Writing for the Snowbrains website, Sydney Stephens looks at likely impacts of climate change on resorts in the USA. She says:

Ski season is going to be shorter everywhere. Higher elevations will be especially important as trends continue, but all resorts will likely have to increase their reliance on snowmaking machines: but even these require certain conditions to make snow.

With higher elevations and a drier climate, ski resorts in the Rocky Mountains will be the least affected by these changes while resorts in lower elevations, the northwest, and east US will take the biggest hits from warming annual temperatures and more severe and frequent spells of warm/cold fronts.  Some resorts may have to close all together.

She uses data that was released in 2017 that shows that resorts will need to do more snow making earlier. The image above shows the average projected date from opening of the ski season to reach 450 hrs of snowmaking Credit Wobus et al. 2017

As always, action is the antidote to despair: She says we still have the ability to make a big difference in minimizing the negative effects of our climate in the near future.

Here are some simple ideas on taking action on climate change.

 

 

09:12

Israel signals displeasure at Australia's mistaken West Jerusalem move "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Australia reaffirmed support for Palestinian capital in East Jerusalem under two-state peace deal

08:59

Liberty Links 12/16/18 Johnson & Johnson Knew for Decades That Asbestos Lurked in Its Baby Powder "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Johnson & Johnson Knew for Decades That Asbestos Lurked in Its Baby Powder (Reuters)

Every Moment of Every Day, Mobile Phone Apps Collect Detailed Location Data. (Totally out of control, The New York Times)

Australias Horrific New Encryption Law Likely to Obliterate Its Tech Scene (The Next Web)

Amazons Disturbing Plan to Add Face Surveillance to Your Front Door (ALCU)

Bitcoin is a Decentralized Organism (Mycelium)(This is one of the most enjoyable and informative articles I've read all year, by Brandon Quittem)

Joe Rogan Experience #1035 - Paul Stamets (If you liked the above article, you'll love this, YouTube)

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08:17

Charles Ortel explains the US Congressional hearing on The Clinton Foundation "IndyWatch Feed National"

A very personal message from Charles before today's show. My ex-wife resolutely said frequently: "The Show MUST Go On", whatever the adversity. Yesterday, she succumbed to rampaging cancers, losing a battle begun in June 2012. The title of this presentation certainly does not refer to her. But I will share...

07:46

Israelis, Palestinians upset by Aussi recognition of only W. Jerusalem: 'We expected more' "IndyWatch Feed National"

Palestinian and Israeli officials were oddly united in expressing bitter disappointment in Australia's 'half-way' decision to recognize West Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish state, and the move also faced criticism at home. Canberra is to open a defense and trade office in Jerusalem after it formally recognized West Jerusalem as Israel's capital, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced on Saturday. Relocating the country's embassy, however, will only take place after a two-state solution is reached. Until then, Australia will hold off on its decision to recognize East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine. The Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister immediately rejected and condemned the decision, accusing Morrison of a "total bias" towards Israel and seeking to "appease the Zionist lobby" in Australia. "The recognition of West Jerusalem as Israel's capital must be accompanied by recognition of East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine," Riad al-Maliki said. The same...

06:56

467 ways to die on a warming planet "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

A new study published in Nature has found evidence for 467 ways in which climate hazards due to global warming are making life on the planet harder for humans. It confirms that we are witnessing a shift in the functioning of the Earth system as a whole, a shift to a new state that is unsympathetic to the continued flourishing of human life.

A changing climate is only one feature of a warming globe. Human activity has bounced the Earth into a state that has no equivalent in its 4.5 billion year history.

Clive Hamilton

The Earths new trajectory as it spins into the future has led scientists to tell us we have entered a new geological epoch, the Anthropocene. We have crossed a threshold and the geological clock cannot be turned back. The disruption we have caused is increasingly unpredictable and uncontrollable, and it has no endpoint.

There are, therefore, two questions humankind must face. What must we do to prevent serial disasters becoming existential catastrophe? And how can we make our social and economic systems flexible enough to cope with the new dispensation?

There are several reasons an international agreement has proven so hard. The leading one is sabotage by climate science deniers. Ca...

04:43

Bitcoin Bomb Threats, Romanian Fraud Arrests, Bitcoin Cash Continues to Plummet, Coinbase Integrates Paypal and More: This Week in Crypto "IndyWatch Feed National"

Several Notches Above Ransomware An extortion scheme which sought to terrorize people into paying over BTC made global headlines over the course of the week. The threats happened worldwide, at a minimum being reported in the US, New Zealand, and Australia. The bomb threats demanded $20,000 in BTC in exchange for the terrorists to give

The post Bitcoin Bomb Threats, Romanian Fraud Arrests, Bitcoin Cash Continues to Plummet, Coinbase Integrates Paypal and More: This Week in Crypto appeared first on CCN

04:34

Muslim cleric calls for murder of reformist imam, says those who insult Muhammads companions must be killed "IndyWatch Feed National"

Here is yet another installment in our ongoing series, Why We Dont See More Sincere Islamic Reformers. A death Fatwa was issued against me: Australian imam of peace goes into hiding after Islamic preacher from Pakistan calls for him to be killed, Daily Mail Australia, December 16, 2018: A fake Australian imam has claimed an []

04:05

Magnitude 5.6 earthquake strikes off the coast of Western Australia, no threat of a tsunami "IndyWatch Feed National"

A magnitude 5.6 earthquake struck 203 kilometres north-west of Carnarvon in the state's north-west on Sunday night, according to the US Geological Survey. The quake occurred at a depth of 10 kilometres and struck at 10.26pm local time.

03:53

Having It All Ways: Australias Prime Minister Scott Morrisons Jerusalem Compromise "IndyWatch Feed National"

The pieces were already put in place during the Wentworth federal by-election, a hopeless, needless gambit that reduced the Coalition governments majority whilst giving the outgoing Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull a crack at some vengeance.  His successor, Scott Morrison,

The post Having It All Ways: Australias Prime Minister Scott Morrisons Jerusalem Compromise appeared first on Global Research.

03:29

No-brainer: German cyber watchdog BSI says no evidence that Huawei spies "IndyWatch Feed National"

Germany's cyber security authority says claims that Huawei is spying on customers are not backed up by evidence and has urged caution before boycotting the Chinese telecommunications giant. "For such serious decisions like a ban, you need proof," head of Germany's Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) Arne Schoenbohm told Spiegel. Comment: Actually, you don't. Just ask America... or the UK. Proof is an out-of-date concept for these people. All you need is allegation. Huawei is accused of having ties to Chinese intelligence, and countries like the US, Australia and New Zealand have recently blocked it from being part of building their 5G internet networks. According to Der Spiegel, the US is pressuring other countries like Germany to do the same. In March, Schoenbohm told telecommunications company Telekom there were "currently no reliable findings" to back up US security agencies' warnings about Huawei. Germany's main mobile network operators, Vodafone, Telekom and...

02:49

Australias Prime Minister announces move of embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem "IndyWatch Feed National"

Malaysia and Indonesia tried to strong-arm Australia into calling this off. So it is good of Morrison to stand up to this intimidation and not give in to it, as all establishment counterterror analysts would have recommended. After months of conjecture Scott Morrison makes announcement on embassy in Israel, News.com.au, December 15, 2018: Prime Minister []

02:38

Snow in Amsterdam zoo "IndyWatch Feed National"

In Artis zoo in Amsterdam in the Netherlands, animals can choose themselves whether they want to stay inside or go outside on wintry days.

This 16 December 2018 video shows four animal species going outside: Hudson Bay wolves from Arctic Canada; Eurasian cranes; Bennetts wallabies from Australia; and scimitar oryxes, originally from North Africa.

02:38

Another tool in the trade war: China to introduce low glyphosate residue limits in food imports "IndyWatch Feed National"

China is set to introduce maximum residue limits (MRLs) of 200 parts per billion (ppb) or lower for glyphosate in all imported final food products and raw materials including grains, soybeans and other legumes before the end of 2019, according to Sustainable Pulse sources. The Chinese introduction of low MRLs, which are officially based on health concerns following the classification of glyphosate as a probable human carcinogen in 2015 by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, has been expected by both U.S. and Australian farming organizations for some time. China's action would likely decrease the global use of glyphosate as a desiccant. The practice, known as desiccating, pre-harvest spraying or crop topping, is favored by many 'conventional' farmers as a way to hasten the even ripening of grains, such as wheat, oats and barley, as well as legumes and other crops such as sunflowers and potatoes, even though it is not a recommended use of the increasingly controversial...

02:37

Parents at their wits end trying to stop sons gaming "IndyWatch Feed National"

For parents enduring daily fights with their sons about video games, the chilling video of Western Sydney man Luke Munday allegedly hitting his partner as she begged him to stop playing Fortnite was a manifestation of their worst fears this week.

Violent and aggressive reactions in children as young as eight when they are asked to stop playing are not uncommon, said Game Quitters founder Cam Adair.

Addiction to video games is forcing thousands of people into rehab clinics.
Addiction to video games is forcing thousands of people into rehab clinics.

Its unfortunately not uncommon, violence and aggression are quite frequent reactions of people who are made to stop, he said from the Chang Mai outpost of Sydney addiction centre The Cabin.

We speak to a lot of parents who are at their wits ends, they dont know how to make their sons stop.

Mr Adair estimates that there are 10 to 50 million gaming addicts across the globe, with that number set to rise.

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The volume of people seeking help is double or triple what it was a year ago, and I think itll keep going up. Australia is a really significant market for gaming companies, and thus fertile ground for a video game addiction. Lots of people are suffering.

Beginning in childhood, an addiction to video games can have devastating consequences.

Last month, Sydney man Daniel Chapman, 22, was convicted of fatally stabbing his father Steven Chapman with a 14cm blade when the pair began arguing about Daniels refusal to stop playing computer games and come to the dinner table in October 2016.

Luke Munday live-streamed the alleged assault of his pregnant partner.
Luke Munday live-streamed the alleged assault of his pregnant partner. CREDIT:AAP

A harrowing video of Luke Munday, 26,...

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01:07

Australian bettongs and fungi "IndyWatch Feed National"

This video from Australia says about itself:

Endangered northern bettong crucial to the survival of Queenslands tropical ecosystem

6/12/2018 The five-year WWF-Australia-funded project which tracked the northern bettong found there had been a 70 per cent decline in the marsupials population in the past 30 years.

Read more here.

By Laurel Hamers, 1:21pm, December 14, 2018:

Endangered northern bettongs arent picky truffle eaters

The marsupials varied diet could help safeguard some of Australias fungi and forests

A small endangered marsupial with a taste for truffles may be a linchpin in one kind of Australian forest and the evidence is in the animals poop.

Northern bettongs feast on truffles, the meaty, spore-producing parts of certain fungi. Plenty of animals eat a selection of these subterranean orbs from time to time. But analyses of the scat from northern bettongs (Bettongia tropica) reveal that the marsupials eat truffles from a wider diversity of fungi species than other critters, including some that no other animals appear to favor, researchers report November 22 in Molecular Ecology.

Thats an important role because these truffle-producing fungi form beneficial relationships with tree roots, helping trees pull nutrients and moisture from soil. Theres been a whole raft of published studies showing that those fungi give plants an edge, says Andrew Claridge, an ecologist for the New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service in Queanbeyan who wasnt part of the study.

Australias eucalyptus forests host hundreds, or possibly even thousands, of truffle fungi species, says study coauthor Susan Nuske, an ecologist at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Ume. Different species seem to be specialized to associate with particular trees or perform certain roles, so maintaining that diversity is key. By spreading truffles spores via scat, bettongs help keep the fungal community diverse and, by extension, the forest healthy, say Nuske and her colleagues.

But...

00:40

After YouTuber Successfully Completes Flat-Earthers $100,000 Challenge, Flat-Earther Refuses to Pay "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Mandy Froelich / Truth Theory

Science may confirm that the Earth is, in fact, a sphere and not flat, but there are still hundreds of thousands of people who believe otherwise. For this exact reason, Australian YouTuber Wolfie6020 started his channel.

Though Wolfie6020 has created many videos explaining why the flat Earth movement is nonsensical, there are some Flat-Earthers who believe they can convince him otherwise. Recently, fellow YouTuber Flat Out Hero presented Wolfie6020 with a $100,000 challenge. Because he had nothing to lose, Wolfie6020 accepted it.

As can be viewed in the video below, Flat Out Hero explains that the challenge is to fly from point A to point B to point C, and then back to point A, with the distance between each point being the same. A 90-degree turn must also be taken at every point. The bet was worth $100,000. Boasted Flat Out Hero, Its impossible, but dont tell the globetards that! This is the final nail in the ball Earth coffin, and I am happy to be the one to hammer it in!!!

As IFLScience reports, the described shape is impossible on a flat plane because an equilateral triangle would not have angles bigger (or smaller) than 60 degrees. But on the surface of a sphere, it is perfectly feasible.

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Wolfie6020 shared his flight plan in a...

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23:50

A victory for common sense? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Dj vu...all over again

A story popped up in the news once again this week, about loans being written to investors in China without appropriate checking of documentation between 2013 and 2016. 

Nothing new, here, however - in fact it was a well-known issue that was shut down some years back.


The media is absolutely loving the Royal Commission tidbits, and I guess it's pretty easy to believe that there are systemic issues when the same story keeps getting rehashed over and over again.


Conversely, today it's not at all straightforward to get a mortgage in Australia.

Borrowers must be able to pass serviceability at mortgage rates of a minimum 7 per cent, which is the equivalent of up to 14 (fourteen) interest rate hikes away for many borrowers. 

Meanwhile living expenses are being queried, corroborated, and re-checked...and to an absurd degree in some cases.

There was even a story in this weekend's Sydney Morning Herald about a borrower being pulled up for spending on a takeaway kebab.

I wish I could say this was a beat-up, but it accords with...

20:37

Are Huaweis Global Ambitions Seriously Damaged? Is Made in China 2025 On Hold? "IndyWatch Feed National"

While a Huawei executive faces possible U.S. charges over trade with Iran, the Chinese tech giants ambition to be a leader in next-generation telecoms is colliding with security worries abroad.

Australia and New Zealand have barred Huawei Technologies Ltd. as a supplier for fifth-generation networks. They joined the United States and Taiwan, which limit use of technology from the biggest global supplier of network switching gear. This week, Japans cybersecurity agency said Huawei and other vendors deemed risky will be off-limits for government purchases.

None has released evidence of wrongdoing by Huawei, which denies it is a risk and has operated a laboratory with Britains government since 2010 to conduct security examinations of its products. But the accusations, amid rising tension over Chinese technology ambitions and spying, threaten its ability to compete in a sensitive field as carriers prepare to invest billions of dollars.

Huawei (Reuters/H. Hanschke)

This is something thats definitely concerning Huawei at this stage, because there is a political angle to it and a business angle, said Nikhil Bhatra, a senior researcher for IDC.

Huawei is no ordinary electronics supplier. The company founded in 1987 by a former military engineer is Chinas first global tech brand and a national champion at the head of an industry Beijing is promoting as part of efforts to transform this country into a technology creator. It has Chinas biggest corporate research-and-development budget at 89.7 billion yuan ($13 billion) in 2017 10 percent more than Apple Inc.s and foreign customers can draw on a multibillion-dollar line of credit from the official China Development Bank.

That puts Huawei at the heart of strains over the ruling Communist Partys technology aspirations, competition with Western economies and ties between companies and government, including possibly spying.

A European Union official, Andrus Ansip, expressed concern that Chinese rules requiring telecom equipment suppliers to cooperate with intelligence services would involve possible mandatory backdoors in computer or telecom systems.

Do we have to be worried about Huawei and other Chinese companies? Yes, I think we have to be worried, said Ansip, the trade blocs vice president for a digital single market.

The company says it is employee-owned and operates independently. It denies it designs equipment to allow eavesdropping or that it is controlled by the Communist Party a stance critics including some U.S. senators say is doubtful in Chinas state-dominated system. The company notes it uses the same global components suppliers as Western manufacturers.

Not a single shred of evide...

19:34

Bahrain defends Australias recognition of West Jerusalem as Israeli capital "IndyWatch Feed National"

After Arab League lashes out at Canberra, Manamas FM says its comments are irresponsible and asserts move does not hurt Palestinians

 

Bahraini Foreign Minister Sheik Khalid bin Ahmed al-Khalifa speaking with journalists at a conference focused on combating international terror financing in Manama, Bahrain, on November 9, 2014. (photo credit: AP/Hasan Jamali)
Bahraini Foreign Minister Sheik Khalid bin Ahmed al-Khalifa speaking with journalists at a conference focused on combating international terror financing in Manama, Bahrain, on November 9, 2014. (photo credit: AP/Hasan Jamali)

As Palestinians and the Arab League on Saturday condemned Australias recognition of West Jerusalem as Israels capital, the move was somewhat surprisingly defended by one Arab nation Bahrain.

The Arab League in a statement said it strongly condemns Australias move which it called irresponsible and biased and contrary to international law. It warned that the decision would only encourage the occupation to continue its aggression, arrogance, settlement and defiance of international resolutions and added that the move could have serious ramifications for Arab-Australian relations.

But Bahrains Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa took issue with the statement, saying in a tweet: These are irresponsible statements. Australias position does not hamper the legitimate demands of the Palestinians and first and foremost East Jerusalem as the Palestinian capital. It also does not contradict the Arab Peace Initiative.

Israel and Bahrain do not have diplomatic relations, but are said to have solid clandestine ties. Both countries see in Iran a strategic threat.

Earlier this month Al Khalifa tweeted support for Israels operation to expose and destroy Hezbollahs cross-border tunnels and in May said the Jewish state...

18:18

Murder Of A Holocaust Survivor "IndyWatch Feed National"

Related Videos Palestine news March for Right of Return: 120 civilians injured in this weeks demonstration Palestinian Think Tank receives 2018 Liberty Award from the Atlas Network Ashrawi and Erekat condemn Australia policy change on Jerusalem IOF blow up family home in Amari camp in Ramallah Palestinian teen killed by Israeli forces during Ramallah protest []

12:23

Mistletoe Bird "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

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07:38

Six years of Gippsland Climate Blogging "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

After a few initial mishaps I have been regularly posting twice a week on this blog since December 2012. It was conceived as a commentary on climate change related as closely as possible to Gippsland. The first posts, without images, were made by my sister in Canada who presented me with the website (and a twitter account) as a Xmas present in 2012. The first couple of posts were made by her from brief articles from a climate change newsletter I was producing at that time and done before I was aware the website or blog existed. It was a most pleasant surprise and the newsletter was quickly superseded.

Although concentrating on local content occasionally some of the more general posts have attracted international interest. One of these was a post I wrote almost two years ago on the threatening effects of high wet bulb temperatures basically a measurement of both humidity and temperature. Many people are still surprised to know that wet bulb temperatures over 30 degrees are life threatening and at human body temperature will cause death in a short time. This post still has occasional visitors six in the last month. Generally in a popular post the interest is overwhelming Australian with unique website visits over 80% of visits. Usually the Australian visitors figure hovers around the 60% mark with the remaining visitors from around the globe and all continents. It is an audience I have never had before.

Statistically the web site visits have grown and currently sits between 500 and just under 1000 unique visits per month with 971 visits a recent high.* So far there have been about 600 posts of 400 to 450 words on average more than 250,000 words in total. Somewhere between 10 and 20% of the posts are from guest bloggers and others are republished online articles of local interest. This year Paul Treasures post on a pumped hydro proposal on the Thompson River was a high for guest posts which was also republished elsewhere and quite controversial.

As works of journalism the posts are sometimes hastily written for a deadline, so occasionally an inaccuracy or small error creeps in, though they are generally as accurate as possible. Where they are basically an opinion piece or some future projection no doubt there will be discrepancies sometimes large which will eventually become obvious...

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