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Wednesday, 14 November

04:56

Total recall: the people who never forget "IndyWatch Feed National"

If you ask Jill Price to remember any day of her life, she can come up with an answer in a heartbeat. She had always had a talent for remembering. Price was the first person ever to be diagnosed with what is now known as highly superior autobiographical memory, or HSAM, a condition she shares with around 60 other known people. She can remember most of the days of her life as clearly as the rest of us remember the recent past, with a mixture of broad strokes and sharp detail. Now 51, Price remembers the day of the week for every date since 1980; she remembers what she was doing, who she was with, where she was on each of these days. She can actively recall a memory of 20 years ago as easily as a memory of two days ago, but her memories are also triggered involuntarily. It is, she says, like living with a split screen: on the left side is the present, on the right is a constantly rolling reel of memories, each one sparked by the appearance of present-day stimuli. In order to figure out how HSAM worked, researchers first needed to understand what it was and was not. HSAM subjects turned out to be far better than people with average memories at recalling long-past autobiographical data; in memories that could be verified, they were correct 87% of the time. It is still unclear whether HSAM will turn out to be a fascinating curiosity, or a key that unlocks the deepest mysteries about how memory works.

Note: Explore another major media article on this unusual woman. And watch an excellent 14-minute segment from Australia's 60 Minutes on numerous individuals with the gift of perfect memory. How is this possible?

The Gift of Endless Memory "IndyWatch Feed National"

There has been a discovery in the field of memory recently, so new you won't find it in any textbook. For the moment, the scientists studying it are simply calling it "superior autobiographical memory." Dr. James McGaugh, a professor of neurobiology at the University of California Irvine, and a renowned expert on memory ... is the first to discover and study superior autobiographical memory, and he is quizzing [violinist Louise] Owen - his fifth subject - to find out. "Let's move back in time now to 1990. It rained on several days in January and February, can you name the dates on which it rained?" McGaugh asked. Believe it or not, she could. "Let's see. It was slightly rainy and cloudy on January 14th, 15th. It was very hot the weekend of the 27th, 28th, no rain," she replied. We checked the official weather records and she was right. McGaugh says this type of memory is completely new to science. So he and his colleagues have had to devise their own tests. "These people remember things that you and I couldn't possibly remember," McGaugh [said]. Beyond the fun of asking what happened on a specific date and knowing you'll actually get an answer, there is a lot at stake here. The discovery of people with instant access to virtually every day of their lives could recast our whole understanding of how human memory works, and what is possible. Could understanding these remarkable people someday help with Alzheimer's and other memory disorders? The potential is enormous, but the inquiry is just beginning.

Note: Watch an excellent 14-minute segment from Australia's 60 Minutes on numerous individuals with the gift of perfect memory. How is this possible?

02:18

The Weekly Times TWT 14th November 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

The Weekly Times - TWT - is a campaigning, crusading, truth-seeking, death defying, Aussie battler-aligned, one-eyed-Tiger-led news organisation dedicated to Sydney's north west. This flip book - or digital edition/replica - is the 14th November 2018 edition of TWT. #TWT141118

The post The Weekly Times TWT 14th November 2018 appeared first on The Weekly Times.

00:15

Does the Nine-Fairfax merger mean the writing is on the wall for Alan Jones? "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"


With an ageing listener demographic, big brand unhappiness with 77 year-old wannabee politician Alan Belford Jones bitter, angry, bigoted, biased on-air persona, a string of defamation payouts by 2GB on his behalf and, his radio contract coming up for renewal in June 2019, has Alan Jones finally reached his use-by date?

The Australian, 12 November 2018:

Alan Jones has been sensationally disciplined by the board and management of Macquarie Media, which refuses to confirm or deny if it has forced its star breakfast presenter to pay some of the costs of the multi-million defamation action brought against the company by the Wagner brothers.

And the 2GB breakfast announcers infamous interview with Sydney Opera House boss Louise Herron was unbecoming and inappropriate, bosses say.

Diary is told the board is unhappy with the top-rating veteran broadcaster over three incidents: the Wagner defamation c...

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Tuesday, 13 November

23:28

MACKAY Singing in the shower Trespass, South Mackay "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY November 12, 2018 at 02:18PM ,

Singing in the shower Trespass, South Mackay

November 12, 2018 at 02:18PM ,

He has been charged with with a trespass offence and he will appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court on November 28 to have the matter heard.

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23:28

MACKAY Woman tried to run down husband in her car "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY November 13, 2018 at 03:03PM ,

Woman tried to run down husband in her car

November 13, 2018 at 03:03PM ,

driving without due care and attention on Whitehaven Drive at Blacks Beach on October 21 when she faced Mackay Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

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MACKAY Unlawful use of the motor vehicle charges, Mackay "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY November 12, 2018 at 11:18AM ,

Unlawful use of the motor vehicle charges, Mackay

November 12, 2018 at 11:18AM ,

He is scheduled to appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court today. A 15-year-old Slade Point boy was charged with a total of 13 offences including

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MACKAY Mackay man extradited over alleged child sex assaults "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY November 12, 2018 at 08:41AM ,

Mackay man extradited over alleged child sex assaults

November 12, 2018 at 08:41AM ,

man was arrested about 7am Thursday in his Andergrove home and was extradited on Friday after a brief appearance in Mackay Magistrates Court.

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MACKAY Unlawful use of the motor vehicle charges in Mackay, QLD "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY November 12, 2018 at 11:18AM ,

Unlawful use of the motor vehicle charges in Mackay, QLD

November 12, 2018 at 11:18AM ,

Mackay police have charged a man and two teenage boys following their investigations into a number of property related offences in Mackay over the

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22:42

Australian community campaign to rid regional city of pornography keeps growing "IndyWatch Feed National"

A unique campaign to make Toowoomba a porn-free city is spreading across the country and has sparked international interest. Toowoomba is preparing for its third annual public rally next month during which the city's mayor stands shoulder-to-shoulder with men from all walks of life and together they pledge not to watch pornography. "There is overwhelming research out now that reveals the damage that porn does to an individual, to relationships, families and society," Toowoomba resident Letitia Shelton, the chief executive officer of local organising group City Women, said.

22:39

Here Come The Cenobites "IndyWatch Feed National"

join Adam for the crazz files podcast to discuss & break down the system around us.
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22:17

Mining to lead wages up "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Wages set to grow

Some thumping lending to the mining sector has ramped up over the past seven months, as  solid commodity prices encourage new investment (and some existing projects require renewed investment).

With all the infrastructure projects around New South Wales and Victoria underway right now, who in their right mining is going to be putting their hand up to go and work FIFO in the mining industry?

The answer is no-one, unless big dollars are on offer.


The NAB survey also confirmed that Aussie businesses are finding it harder to find appropriately skilled workers again. 

And with nominal GDP rising again, wages growth should follow in time. 

The other thing that stood out from the lending finance figures was that land sales are now falling. 


13-month low for land sales, as it's become incrementally harder to get a mortgage. 

22:13

Ministers defer agreement on RCEP trade deal to 2019 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Asia-Pacific pact risks bogging down as some member nations go to polls

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However, the deal lacks the protections for labor, human rights and the environment set by the TPP.

SINGAPORE Economic ministers representing members of the proposed Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership on Monday postponed the year-end target for reaching a substantial conclusion to the free trade deal, throwing its prospects into doubt.

The ministers on Monday gathered in Singapore hoping to resolve sensitive issues, including lowering tariffs, but they failed to reach an agreement. RCEP members are expected to continue the talks next year, but it is now unclear whether a deal can be reached.

We made significant progress [but] not the final conclusion, New Zealand agriculture minister Damien OConnor told reporters after Mondays meeting, adding that he hoped a conclusion would come next year.

Leaders of the RCEP countries will hold a summit on Wednesday in Singapore, where they are expected to commit to continuing the talks.

Japans trade minister, Hiroshige Seko, told reporters that the members closed some of the chapters at the meeting, saying that the discussions had gone as far as they could at the ministerial level.

Separately, Indian Commerce Minister Suresh Prabhu told reporters: We are very happy that Indias concerns have been taken on board, and we feel that we should conclude in a way that will be long-term sustainable so that every country will benefit from it.

RCEP is envisioned as a huge framework for e...

22:01

I Truly Wish I Never Went to a Mental Health Service "IndyWatch Feed National"

From The Age: [Victoria, Australia] Premier Daniel Andrews on Wednesday pledged to hold a royal commission into the states mental health system, in a surprise move he said would address early intervention and better support for families. []

We are so far away from a system that the most vulnerable in our community need and theyre right to demand that of us. []

Indigo Daya, the human rights adviser with the Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council, said it was vital a future royal commission also consider the harm and abuse that happened to people while in care.

She said a decade spent in and out of psychiatric wards did her more harm than good, as she had electroconvulsive therapy and medication forced on her, but received no counselling.

It was only after she went to a sexual assault centre that she got the help needed to deal with her experience being sexually abused as a child.

I truly wish I never went to a mental health service, which is a real indictment on a huge big system that is meant to help people, Ms Daya said.

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22:00

Islamic Scholars Approve Swiss-Based Value Preservation Payment Token X8X "IndyWatch Feed National"

X8 AG, a Switzerland-based blockchain technology company and creator of value preservation payment token X8X, has obtained the approval from Islamic scholars in order to be marketed as a Sharia-compliant digital currency. The certification will allow the business to expand in the Middle East as regulators and financial exchange in the region increasingly attempt to encourage innovation in the field of finance.

X8 Currency to Expand In Middle East Amid Halal Certification, Talks of Cryptocurrency Exchange

X8 Currency is a blockchain based digital currency with an artificial intelligence wealth value preservation solution. The startup uses AI to manage funds combining AAA grade fiat currencies and gold. Dedicated to preserve value and create price stability in order to prevent from the risk of currency devaluation, its automatic reserve management and AI-driven portfolios were able to obtain a certification for Sharia compliance by Shariyah Review Bureau.

The basket of fiat currencies is composed of US Dollar, Swiss Franc, Euro, Pound Sterling, Japanese Yen, Australian, New Zealand and Canadian Dollar. The eight fiat currencies and gold compose the portfolio of the X8Currency, an Ethereum Token which is represented with assets deposited on bank accounts. X8C can only be issued or exchanged for fiat with X8X Utility Tokens.

X8 AG has assigned Shariyah Review Bureau, an Islamic advisory firm licensed by Bahrains central bank, as an independent Sharia Advisor. The bureau helped the investment company comply with the critical procedures of Sharia compliance in order to start its strategic expansion in the Middle East, according to Francesca Greco, Director and Co-Founder of X8 AG.

With the changing environment of banking and asset management primarily due to fintech-driven shifts, the market for wealth preservation in Islamic finance is poised to see disruption and it is for this reason that we are seeing an increasing demand for our Product in the Islamic markets.

Greco told Reuters that the firm will open a regional office in the Middle East later this month. X8 has been in talks with stock exchanges in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Bahrain, to fulfill its plan on launching a Sharia-compliant cryptocurrency exchange. Regulators in the region...

20:44

Aussie ICOs Beware The ASIC Has A Reputation to Rebuild "IndyWatch Feed National"

In a bit of news that is tinged with irony, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) has been denied in court its record $35 million AUD fine against Westpac Bank. Irony because the reason the court rejected the fine, in addition to the Commissions failure to prove that Westpac was guilty of any wrongdoing, Continued

The post Aussie ICOs Beware The ASIC Has A Reputation to Rebuild appeared first on CCN

20:34

Chinas Liu and Mnuchin Talk Trade for the First Time in Months "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Trump administration has said that it wanted a substantive response to a long list of demands for what it calls structural changes in Chinese industrial policy But there is no sign that China will move in that direction.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He have resumed talks on trade, and a potential Washington visit by Liu is being considered before the nations top leaders meet later this month.

The two officials spoke by phone on Friday, according to people briefed on the matter, who asked not to be named due to the sensitivity of the topic. The conversation didnt yield any concrete results, the people said. The Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post reported Tuesday that Liu was expected to visit Washington shortly. The Wall Street Journal first reported the phone call Monday.

Liu He  Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

The phone discussion followed a call between President Donald Trump and Chinas Xi Jinping two weeks ago the first publicly disclosed call in six months. The two leaders are slated to meet at the Group of 20 nations summit in Argentina, which is scheduled to take place from Nov. 30 to Dec. 1.

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20:00

Australias CSIRO, CommBank Complete Smart Money Blockchain Trial "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia's federal science agency CSIRO and CommBank have trialed a blockchain payments prototype they say could save "hundreds of millions" a year.

18:57

PERTH Further two people charged over alleged Greenfields deli attack "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Further two people charged over alleged Greenfields deli attack .

November 13, 2018 at 08:41AM .

grievous bodily harm and assault occasioning bodily harm. The pair will appear before the Perth Childrens Court and Perth Magistrates Court today

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18:57

PERTH Perth: Mandurah man (22) denies UWA toilet sex attack in court "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Perth: Mandurah man (22) denies UWA toilet sex attack in court .

November 12, 2018 at 06:37PM .

counts of aggravated sexual penetration without consent over the September 22 incident. He appeared in Perth Magistrates Court on Monday and is

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PERTH Man denies WA uni toilet sex attack "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Man denies WA uni toilet sex attack .

November 12, 2018 at 02:27PM .

A man accused of sexually assaulting a woman in a toilet block at the University of Western Australia has pleaded not guilty. Wayne Christ Adeline, 22,

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PERTH Charges relating to Greenfields armed robbery, WA "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Charges relating to Greenfields armed robbery, WA .

November 13, 2018 at 08:41AM .

Assault Occasioning Bodily Harm. The will appear before the Perth Childrens Court and Perth Magistrates Court respectively today, 13 November

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17:32

Australian Celebrities See Fallout of ICO Boom: Cricket Captain Michael Clarke "IndyWatch Feed National"

A recent article by Colin Kruger in the Sydney Morning Herald profiles the story of Michael Clarke, a renowned cricket captain, and a failed ICO called Global Tech Exchange (https://gttrade.io). Global Tech was to be a cryptocurrency trading platform which had some elements of artificial intelligence and machine learning embedded in it. They were trying Continued

The post Australian Celebrities See Fallout of ICO Boom: Cricket Captain Michael Clarke appeared first on CCN

17:25

Why Veterans Day is really Palestinian Genocide Day By Kevin Barrett VT "IndyWatch Feed National"

What we call Veterans Day in the USA is known as Remembrance Day in Australia. Whatever theyre remembering, weve apparently forgotten. The end of the war to end all wars ?  Maybe. The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 was supposed to usher in permanent peacebut somehow instead it []

16:35

Little Wattlebirds "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Not just Little Wattlebirds (Anthochaera chrysoptera) but teeny-tiny Little Wattlebirds are living in my backyard. For a while now Ive noticed a pair of Little Wattlebirds hanging around a particular area of the backyard. Unfortunately my dog Shelby often chases and barks at them when they fly low over the clothesline area. I assumed there Continue reading Little Wattlebirds

15:54

Bali 9 Drug Smuggler Due for Release "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim The only female member of the infamous Bali 9, who was originally sentenced to life imprisonment in Indonesia for attempting to smuggle more than 2.6 kilograms of heroin to Australia, is due for release on 21 November, after spending more than 12 years in Indonesian prisons. 41-year old Renae

The post Bali 9 Drug Smuggler Due for Release appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.

15:51

ACT Police release images of suspects but pixellate them to protect their identity "IndyWatch Feed National"

Another triumph for ACT Policing. They've issued an urgent appeal for help to identify the offenders who vandalised a Jewish building but their identity is suppressed to protect their identity. Do you know these four people? You can find the media release here https://policenews.act.gov.au/news/media-releases/police-release-images-suspected-giralang-jewish-centre-vandals And the four suspects are...

15:25

To Whip or not to whip! Is this the question? - Article by Barrie Tapp "IndyWatch Feed National"

A no whip rule would place all jockeys on equal terms in their efforts to win races, whilst avoiding suffering to the horses.

A horse's reaction to a whip has been compared glibly to their reaction to a fly landing on their coat: "When a fly lands on a horse, it flinches," we are told. Thus we are supposed to infer that when a horse flinches under the whip, they are not experiencing any more pain than they would with the landing of a tiny insect. But this is a false analogy with the effect on a horse that is being whipped or flogged for the purpose of making it go faster. Furthermore, some horses reject whips being used and at times jack up and refuse to run.

The fly episode landing on a horse has little effect at all. It annoys the horse and the horse flinches, BUT the whip certainly inflicts a certain amount of pain/suffering.

The experts tell us that jockeys carry the whip for safety reasons, but according to 'research' that doesnt stack up either. We have witnessed many jockeys not having to use the whip at all.

At times riders are charged and fined for overuse of the whip - but exactly what does this mean?

If the stewards in their own minds OR within the rules of racing come to the conclusion that any horse in any race has been subjected to overuse" or that a rule has been broken, then, in the opinion of the community, it means only one thing: that a rider has inflicted pain/suffering to the horse under their control to make it go faster!!

If there is an alleged act of cruelty, this offence must be prosecuted by the independent authority (RSPCA OR DEPI) with the power to lay charges under the Prevention of Cruelty To Animals Act (POCTA). Naturally there should first be an investigation, but not by Racing Victoria Limited (RVL) or the stewards. That would be too much like Dracula in charge of the blood bank!

In my opinion, RSPCA OR DEPI must investigate any alleged infringements by any organisation when it comes to an allegation of cruelty to any creature, great or small, irrespective whether or not there is an Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in place. Some think that MOU really means, 'You dont investigate any cruelty on our turf. Stay away. We will do our own investigating.' RSPCA have an MOU with GRV a...

15:14

Gardening the New Health App "IndyWatch Feed National"

At the combined 2018 SGA Annual General Meeting and the October meeting of SGAs Green Gardening Professionals, Paul West, well-known from the SBS TV program River Cottage gave an inspiring talk about gardening and how it can make us, and keep us, healthy.

15:13

Cover Your Cam! Hackers are Demanding Money for Intimate Images "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim Internet crimes such as accessing computers without authorisation and downloading personal information are on the rise in Australia. They now represent a multi-billion dollar industry, facilitating financial crimes such as credit card fraud and identity theft and enabling domestic violence offences such as cyber-stalking. But one particularly insidious form

The post Cover Your Cam! Hackers are Demanding Money for Intimate Images appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.

15:05

The Transcript: Greens MP Jenny Leong Slams Colleague Jeremy Buckingham Over Sexual Assault Allegations "IndyWatch Feed National"

A complete transcript of the speech delivered earlier today by NSW Greens MP Jenny Leong, calling for colleague Jeremy Buckingham to stand down after allegations he sexually assaulted a former Greens staffer in 2011.

Up front let me apologise for not saying any of this until now. I cannot stay silent anymore.

The Greens are respected by many people as a party of principle, a party that holds ourselves to high ethical standards our response to recent allegations about one of our own MPS has to date been completely unsatisfactory.

It is for this reason that I am calling today in this place for Jeremy Buckingham MLC to resign from his position as a member of parliament, and take himself off the ticket for the 2019 state election.

If he doesnt do this then I am urging the party to act so that he is no longer a representative or member of the Greens, because we cannot advance our agenda for a more just, more sustainable or more equitable world when so much energy, effort, time, resources and pain has been exhausted trying to manage one man and his unacceptable behaviour.

There is a need for decisive action to bring this to an end, which is why NSW Greens Senator Mehreen Faruqi and I have now issued a joint statement calling for Jeremy Buckingham to step aside and to not contest the next election.

This morning we informed our parliamentary colleagues of our intentions and urged them to support us or for Jeremy to step aside. I hope they do that, and hope he does that.

To Ella Buckland who has shown strength by speaking out publicly about Jeremys act of sexual violence towards her, and his subsequent disgusting behaviour she has endured, let me say on the record that I believe you.

Let me acknowledge that while I know there have been some good people trying to work in good faith with the best intentions to resolve this, it is true that we need to do better and our party has failed you.

I also wish to apologise for my silence and inaction until now. This has been my first opportunity to speak out with the protection of parliamentary privilege, and I wish to acknowledge that I do have that privilege.

The fact that I felt compelled to wait is a clear indication of the urgent need for defamation law reform in this state and country, something that I support.

While we must continue to respect the presumption of innocence, this cannot be used as a shield to protect male violence against women. Despite the risks, brave women are standing up and speaking out. But brave women are also hurting, hurting because we know that almost always, and right now in this situation, no matter how it plays...

15:02

Parliament Cannot Be a Protection Racket For Badly Behaved Men: Greens MP Jenny Leong Unloads On Colleague Jeremy Buckingham "IndyWatch Feed National"

NSW Greens MP Jenny Leong has used parliamentary privilege to unload on embattled colleague Jeremy Buckingham in a searing speech in which she called for the renowned anti-coal gas campaigner to resign from parliament, branded him a bully, and described his behaviour towards women as unacceptable.

I am no longer going to be part of a system that runs a protection racket for badly behaved men in this place, or in society, Ms Leong told parliament shortly after midday. It has to stop. You can read a complete transcript of Ms Leongs speech here.

Mr Buckingham has come under increasing pressure to stand down from parliament since ABCs 7:30 program broadcast allegations by ex-Greens staffer Ella Buckland, that he sexually assaulted her after drinks at the NSW parliamentary bar in 2011.

In a written statement, available here, Ms Buckland alleges that while heavily intoxicated, Mr Buckingham walked up behind her, grabbed her roughly on the vagina and kissed her on the neck.

Mr Buckingham has steadfastly denied the allegations.

Greens NSW MP Jeremy Buckingham. (IMAGE: Kate Aubusson, Flickr)

An internal Greens investigation did not substantiate the allegations on the grounds of insufficient evidence, however Ms Buckland found herself having to defend her own character after she was falsely described to investigators as a promiscuous, intravenous drug user.

Ms Leong has remained silent on the issue but spoke out publicly last week against Labor leader Luke Foley, who resigned from parliament within 24 hours of being accused of sexually assaulting ABC journalist Ashleigh Raper while drunk at 2016 parliamentary Christmas party.

Ms Leong and other Greens members including Cate Faehrmann and federal Senator Sarah Hanson-Young were lambasted on social media for their silence around the allegations levelled by Ella Buckland.

Today, Ms Leong apologised for the delay, and set to right that wrong.

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14:26

Former SASR Trooper John Anon - frontline police not ready for counter-terrorism "IndyWatch Feed National"

The writer wants to remain anonymous, the way the SAS likes things. He served 14 years in the ADF, 9 years as a Royal Australian Regiment infantryman and 5 years with the Special Air Service Regiment. When I served in Australias Special Air Service Regiment one of our main roles...

13:43

What we talk about when we talk about solidarity: an interview with Bini Adamczak "IndyWatch Feed National"

In contrast to other core concepts of emancipation such as freedom or equality, solidarity is quite difficult to grasp. This is because it is even more clearly a relationship, a doing, one difficult to fix down by an external standard. Solidarity happens between us. This is exactly what makes it so attractive: it creates connections.

13:23

RIP Privacy: Mass Surveillance to be Ramped Up in NSW "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

This week, the NSW government is set to open up access to all NSW citizens driver licence photos and associated personal information, so that it can be utilised by law enforcement agencies across the country and matched with images from CCTV footage in real time. Expected to be passed with bipartisan support, the Road Transport Amendment

The post RIP Privacy: Mass Surveillance to be Ramped Up in NSW appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.

12:57

Flamenqueando "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Flamenqueandos new production features award winning Madrid trained flamenco dancer Rosalie Cocchiaro; Brilliant flamenco guitarist Paco Lara (SPAIN), Aria nominated guitarist Damian Wright; Jessica Statham (outstanding dancer Dance magazine Australia 2013); Chachy Penalver (Amor de Dios dance scholarship winner 2013) and brilliant jazz percussionist James Hauptmann (Vince Jones, James Morrison).

Winners Fringe Dance Award 2014 and Finalist 2016 and 2018.

Flamenqueando Productions

Seductive, graceful, vehement, amusing and always superbly controlled Alan Brissenden

Adelaide Dancer Rosalie Cocchiaros company Flamenqueando Productions was formed in 2014 after she returned from living and performing in Spain for 10 years. Their first show Flamenqueando won the Adelaide Fringe Dance Award that year. In 2015 Tablao was selected by Beijing 707N- Theatre through the Honeypot Program to perform in Hangzhou China. Tablao won the Adelaide Fringe weekly dance award in 2016 and was one of three finalists for the overall award. Flamenqueando Productions returned to China in June 2016 as invited artists for the inaugural Shanghai Fringe Festival. Rosalie has performed in many of Madrids well known tablaos and has worked with artists and performers such as Bernard Fanning (Civil Dusk), Bandaluzia (Adelaide Guitar Festival) and Cirque de Soleil (Totem). Their most recent show in March 2018, Cafe Cantante received 5 star reviews and won the weekly Adelaide Fringe Dance Award.

What: Flamenqueando

When: 24 November

Where: Venue 505 280 Cleveland Street

Surry Hills NSW 2010

For More Informations And Buy Tickets Click Here

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12:47

Lowest vacancies since early 2014 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Rentals tighten

It's still early days, but the first indications that the dramatic clampdown on lending to investors is leading to tightening rental markets are surfacing.

Nationally the vacancy rate for residential properties fell to just 2 per cent in October, the lowest level in more than 4 years, according to SQM Research. 

Since many apartments were bought off the plan in Sydney and Melbourne many of the most impacted markets will initially include the smaller capital cities and regional centres. 

While Sydney's vacancies remained at 2.8 per cent or ~19,450 rentals in October, Hobart has crashed to just 0.3 per cent or 78 rentals, which is a full blown rental crisis playing out in real time.

Canberra isn't too far behind on that curve, declining from 2 per cent in 2014 to just 0.6 per cent, with vacancies declining again to 387 rental properties (remember many prominent commentators said that land tax 'in theory' would have no impact on the ACT rental market):


Interestingly, now many commentators are saying that the proposed negative gearing changes will have 'no impact' on rental markets too...but that's a whole other story. 

Adel...

12:45

BREAKING NEWS: Greens NSW MP Breaks Ranks, Calls For Buckingham To Stand Down From 2019 Election "IndyWatch Feed National"

Greens NSW MP Jenny Leong has broken ranks with her party and issued a joint call with federal Senator Mehreen Faruqi calling for colleague Jeremy Buckingham to resign from parliament and not contest the upcoming March 2019 state election.

Ms Leong stood to make the speech in the NSW Legislative Assembly shortly after midday.

Our response to recent allegations about one of our own MPS has to date been completely unsatisfactory. It is for this reason that I am calling for Jeremy Buckingham to resign from his position as a member of parliament, and take himself off the ticket for the 2019 state election.

If he doesnt do this then I am urging the party to act so that he is no longer a representative or member of the Greens because we cannot advance our agenda for a more just, more sustainable and more equitable world when so much energy, effort time, resources and pain has been exhausted trying to manage one man and his unacceptable behaviour.

There is a need for decisive action to bring this to an end, which is why NSW Greens Senator Mehreen Faruqi and I have now issued a joint statement calling for Jeremy Buckingham to step aside and to not contest the next election.

It follows allegations in August that Mr Buckingham sexually assaulted Greens staffer Ella Buckland in 2011.

Ms Buckland alleged that a drunken Mr Buckingham grabbed her roughly on the vagina and kissed her neck outside his inner-west home in Sydney, following drinks at the NSW parliamentary bar.

Mr Buckingham continues to strongly deny the claims, and an internal Greens investigation found insufficient evidence to substantiate the allegations. That same investigation heard false allegations Ms Buckland was a promiscuous intravenous drug user.

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It also follows last weeks resignation of Labor leader Luke Foley, over allegations he sexually assaulted ABC journalist Ashleigh Raper in December 2016, at a parliamentary Christmas Party.

Mr Foley resigned within hours of Ms Raper issuing a statement on the matter, mounting pressure on the Greens NSW to deal with the growing internal and external anger at how it handled the allegations around Mr Buckingham.

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12:37

Mesothelioma in Australia 2017 [AIHW] "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Mesothelioma in Australia 2017 presents the latest available information on the incidence of mesothelioma in Australia, along with mortality and information on previous asbestos exposure, using data from the Australian Mesothelioma Registry (AMR), the National Mortality Database (NMD) and the Australian Cancer Database (ACD). On average, two people are diagnosed with mesothelioma in Australia each day.

Two new cases of mesothelioma diagnosed every day in Australia, with one of the poorest survival rate of any cancer (Media release)

12:10

2001 ways in which Overland will save you from the AI apocalypse "IndyWatch Feed National"

1. Our fiction and poetry readers are humans. And in fact, were looking for more (to help us read through submissions and select the work that Overland goes on to publish. Interested? Read on.)

12:00

BLOODLINES: Musical Offspring "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

BLOODLINES: Musical Offspring Does music run in ones blood? Can the spirit and verve of an accomplished songwriter be passed down from one generation to another? Theres probably a case for both nature and nurture playing their part but over the decades there have been some strong examples of artists whose offspring have also forged their Continue reading

11:42

Matters of Sociological Pathology and Psychology -- The End of the Western World "IndyWatch Feed National"

Matters of Sociological Pathology and - Psychology and the End of the Western World as we know it!

Sociology and Social Science are studies about the origin, development, organisation, structure and functioning of society and the fundamental laws of social relations. In these studies we can measure how well these studies operate in a society. Like in Pathology and Psychology you make diagnoses about the state of a society by using measurements in those above-name studies.

Pathology is a medical specialty that determines the cause and nature of diseases, by examining the human body!

Psychology is the study of human behaviour and the process associated with how people think and feel, conduct research and provide treatment and counselling in order to reduce distress and behavioural and psychological problems.

And if the doctor is not doing the right diagnosis, the patient, in this case the society will not heal.

What is done in Pathology and Psychology at a human body, can also be done on a whole Society.

If the certain studies of a Society show bad results, then you can be sure that there is something wrong with the Society and we speak in general of a sick society. In particular in the structure of a society you find in these days a lot of people who contribute to the dis-function of society and create a financial burden to society. Money which should be put into a positive development of a society are wasted on people who deliberately engage in a life-style which makes them sick. For example drug-users and people who engage in Sex-, Drugs & Rockn Roll.

Almost half of the total population (45,5 %) experienced mental disorders at some point in their life-time. That was in 2009. In addition to this, 20 % of Australians experience mental illness in any year up to now, aggravating the situation of 2009.

http://www.health.gov.au/internet/publications/publishing.nsf/Content/mental-pubs-m-mhaust2-toc~mental-pubs-m-mhaust2-hig~mental-pubs-m-mhaust2-hig-pre

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11:31

Tell the Trade Minister your concerns about the RCEP "IndyWatch Feed National"

Send a message here to Trade Minister Senator Simon Birmingham telling him you oppose increased corporate rights in the proposed RCEP, and support enforceable workers' rights and environmental standards.

Link to RCEP flyer for distribution here.

11:28

Governments intention to cut Foodbank funding was based on a wrong view on how to achieve progress "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed from Victoria

The Morrison governments $323,000 a year intended cut to the Foodbank has drawn widespread condemnation. So it should, especially as we enter the Christmas season. It means that families and individuals are going to do it hard.

The backlash has been so severe that Scott Morrison has been forced to appear in public and reverse the decision.

It does not diminish the stinginess of the intent. It came about, because the politicians who make up the government dont get it and they dont care. This is not part of the world in which they exist. No one they know, is forced to go out and get some help to eat the next day. After all, their people are doing just great.

Their world stands in stark contrast to what the rest of Australia is facing. Here the day to day reality is that is that life is getting tougher. Poverty is on the rise and there are more homeless in our streets every day.

Never mind all the pep talk telling us how things are getting better. The economy is floundering. Proper jobs are diminishing, and wages get further and further behind the cost of making ends meet. The cost of housing has become, a nightmare. Even people with jobs are struggling.

The crusade against those who depend on Centrelink payments  has made it all the worse.

Just about everyone knows that this is the real world for most. Even those politicians in the government have some sense of it, even if it is short of a full appreciation.

Given this, the announced cut came as a shock to many people.

It makes sense though, at least in terms of the governments economic ideology. Its rule of thumb is cut back on as much expenditure as possible and hand it over to the major investors. They believe that if this is done, these investors will put their money in Australia, develop the economy, create jobs and bring a rise to everyones standard of living.

This of course has not been the result.

It is a short step from believing that the big investors are the cream of society, to regard those who are furthest away as the burdens on society. This makes it easier to see them as parasites, and their poverty is the result of a lifestyle choice, and not beccause of the economy and government policies.

Thus, the use of resources on these people is a waste. The cut is justified on the grounds that by helping the poor, a bad lifestyle is being encouraged.

This is a vision of society that considers individual greed as the builder of prosperity. There is an alternative vision that sees the best way to build prosperity is by working together and caring for each other. It accepts that we depend on each other and taking care of the collective interests is the way t...

11:02

Its Never The Crime, Its Always The Cover-Up: Greens Set To Implode Over Sexual Assault Allegations "IndyWatch Feed National"

Lets re-imagine, just for a minute, last weeks furore around the alleged sexual assault of ABC journalist Ashleigh Raper by former NSW Labor leader Luke Foley.

Lets imagine that instead of resigning from the leadership within 24 hours, that Foley and the Labor Party instead branded Ms Raper a drug-using slut. Deeply offensive, I know, but stick with me.

Lets imagine that after levelling those allegations, Foley refused to stand down and the Labor Party refused to even debate internally whether or not he should.

Now lets try and imagine the public and media response to Ms Raper having her character assassinated for having the audacity to speak out against a politician in a position of power who sexually assaulted her.

The fact is, you dont actually have to try particularly hard to imagine it. You only need to know the story of Ella Buckland, a former Greens NSW staffer who earlier this year levelled startlingly similar allegations against Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham.

Like Ms Raper, Ms Buckland alleges that after a work function, she was sexually assaulted by a drunken politician.

Like Ms Raper, Ms Buckland alleges that following the alleged assault, she received a phone call from her alleged attacker.

Like Ms Raper, Ms Buckland waited a considerable period of time to air those allegations.

Like Ms Raper, Ms Buckland was the subject of defamation threats when the issue became public.

Those are the commonalities. The differences, however, are stark.

Former NSW Labor leader, Luke Foley. (IMAGE: Kate Ausburn, Flickr)

In Ms Rapers case, Luke Foley allegedly slipped his hand down her dress and between her underpants, resting his hand on her bare buttocks. In Ms Bucklands case, Mr Buckingham allegedly approached her from behind, grabbed her roughly on the vagina and kissed her neck.

In Ms Rapers case, she was dragged into the public fray by a Coalition politician seeking to exploit a political advantage. In Ms Bucklands case, her motivation in coming forward was publicly and falsely ascribed to her being involved in a factional move against Mr Buckingham. Ms Buckland has not been a member of the Greens for several years and has no day-to-day involvement in politics.

In Ms Rapers case, s...

11:02

Arts Wednesday 14 November 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Ed Lippmann once again joins us at 10:40 am with Part 5 of Technology and Architecture and this week the topic is the twentieth century.

With summer now upon us, I am taking the opportunity to replay and interview I recorded some years ago with entomologist, Bryce Peters, from UTS, talking about the creepy crawlies set to try us in the hot weather: cockroaches, flies and mosquitos.

Music start s and finishes with architecture, with bugs in between.

Do join me.

BROWN COC

The post Arts Wednesday 14 November 2018 appeared first on 89.7 Eastside FM.

10:22

Troubling and regressive: Indigenous peak bodies condemn changes to NSW Adoption Act "IndyWatch Feed National"

In a deeply troubling and regressive move, the NSW government will this week consider legislation that would allow for the forced adoption of Aboriginal children.

10:07

On this day in 1965 WO2 Kevin "Dasher" Wheatley VC - killed in action in Vietnam "IndyWatch Feed National"

Every Australian should know this story! What an inspirational man. In 1965 Kevin Wheatley was serving with the Australian Army Training Team, Vietnam. On 13 November he was killed in action after refusing to abandon a dying mate. His valour was recognised with the posthumous award of the Victoria Cross...

09:49

Wafi-Golpu project expected in June 2019 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Cedric Patjole | Loop PNG | November 11, 2018

Newcrest Limited expect the awarding of the Special Mining Lease for the Wafi-Golpu Project in June next year.

Speaking at the Companys Investor Conference, Executive General Manager, Craig Jetson, said the project has a wonderful ore body and is project of national significance to PNG.

The Investor Conference was held ion Sydney, Australia, on October 26th .

Jetson said following the submission of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) in June this year, the company are working with the PNG Government to finalize the necessary agreements to be required to enable them to approve the Special Mining Lease (SML).

One thing for sure is that Wafi-Golpu is project of national significance to PNG, so there is a lot of excitement in PNG about this project, and they see it as a big part of the economic development of the nation, said Jetson.

Right at the outset when we started working through the process of the permitt...

09:37

Gun Control. "IndyWatch Feed National"

These primitive guns are on a restricted license & it is against the law to use them anywhere but on an approved pistol range!

When this incident happened did we blame the driver or the vehicle? Thats right; we blamed the driver, the criminal. We did not blame other car owners & drivers & we did not blame the car. BUT, when someone uses a gun to kill people, the anti-gun lobby blames law abiding gun owners & they blame the guns!!! The anti-gun lobby calls for stricter gun control laws even though they know that criminals DO NOT ABIDE BY THE LAWS! They call for an immediate restriction on guns, first they call for a ban on specific guns, then they try to ban all guns.
Did anyone call for a restriction on certain cars? Have any specific types of cars been banned? Have any of those vehicles been banned for use in racing in racing sports? No of course not, that would be seen as being ridiculous, why inconvenience other licensed vehicle owners because one criminal mowed down a heap of pedestrians, why interfere with motor sports when it had nothing to do with motor sports!
But gun owners are inconvenienced, we are blamed for crimes committed by others, we have had our guns confiscated & the shooting sports have been seriously affected by the banning of specific types of guns; NOT assault rifles no, but ordinary semi-automatic .22 rifles & 12 gauge shotguns. These types were also confiscated from farmers, people who NEEDED these guns as part of their employment/work!!!
None of these gun types were ever used in a mass shooting, assault rifles were banned years before the John Howard government decided on a knee jerk decision to confiscate rabbit rifles & shotguns, & of course the ignorant general public applauded Jon Howard for this act of stupidity, because they are totally ignorant & dont know any...

09:32

Medical Specialist Access Framework a guide to equitable access to Specialist Care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) has developed the Medical Specialist Access Framework a guide to equitable access to Specialist Care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people' (the Framework). The Framework is the RACP's principal contribution to Strategy 1B of the Implementation Plan for the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan 2013-2023.

The Framework was developed by the RACP Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Committee. It aims to increase access by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People across Australia to medical specialists. The Framework consist of principles, enablers of specialist access, tools and resources, as well as case studies showcasing successful models that are enabling greater access by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to medical specialists. The RACP welcomes the opportunity to discuss this further with interested stakeholders.

The Framework and associated documents can be found online at: https://www.racp.edu.au/msaf

Additional rural and urban case studies at :  https://www.racp.edu.au/advocacy/policy-and-advocacy-priorities/medical-specialist-access-framework/medical-specialist-access-framework-case-studies

09:24

Defining the Indefinable: Descriptors of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Cultures and their Links to Health and Wellbeing "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

This report was funded by the Lowitja Institute and is part of the development of Mayi Kuwayu: The National Study of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Wellbeing; a national longitudinal study exploring the relationship between Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander wellbeing and culture. This review was conducted to explore what cultural factors are important to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and gain an understanding of how these factors relate to health and wellbeing.

We examined the Australian literature as well as publications from countries that have experienced similar colonisation events; primarily Aotearoa (New Zealand), Canada and the United States. Our main findings from this synthesis determined 6 main domains used to describe culture for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. These domains were: Connection to Country; Cultural Beliefs and Knowledge; Language; Family, Kinship and Community; Expression and Cultural Continuity; and Self-determination and Leadership.

Defining the Indefinable: Descriptors of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples' Cultures and their Links to Health and Wellbeing

09:06

Islamic terrorism has nothing to do with Islam according to our Islamic brethren. "IndyWatch Feed National"

These are Australia's Islamic leaders, the national council of Imams. The Imams Council is sure the Burke St terrorist was a deranged individual who had nothing to do with Islam. They also reckon that they're at the forefront of countering terrorism. Who knew? The OnePath Network, a Muslim broadcasting operation...

09:00

Negative emissions: Scientists meet in Australia to discuss removing CO2 from air "IndyWatch Feed National"

A conference was held in the continent this month where researchers discussed geoengineering schemes to counteract the effects of global warming.

08:33

Messiah Mahdi Maitreya -- Response and Advice to BF's WDS Article on November 12th, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Response and Advice to BF WDS article on November 12th 2018

https://benjaminfulford.net/2018/11/12/jesus-christ-to-marry-asian-goddess-as-east-west-secret-societies-agree-to-save-planet/

Even though I do not have access and read full article, but it is seem a good public content.

- At present there are several competing plans being presented at the highest levels of world power

=> plans by who? How can they even know & contact to the highest level of Earth world power?

Have any online platform of that Earth world power?

- The problem of Earth is humanity mind-set not money, so I highly recommend do not release GESARA, NESRA and Global Currency Reset at the moment, it only bring more chaos.

- About future planning agencies

Sound great, but why only 2? Why not 8?

Australia, South America, North America, Africa, CIS, Europe, Asia, Arab Middle East.

The HQ locations I suggest a quite place, do not have history Earthquake, Tsunami and more importantly must be ready to work in a case of Mega Natural Catastrophe happen like some prophecies in many religions & books.

- Fighting to subdue the remaining Khazarian satanists continues in the U.S., the EU, Israel, and Japan.

When the battle end? Do not tell that you do not have the extract date, it seem you guys fight more than 12 months already.

Do fighting stop the root problems? No, only giving out working real life solution and policy.

Frankly If I was a US leader, I would easily win at least 90% of people vote. What the US Patri...

08:31

Callout: ongoing fiction, poetry and nonfiction readers "IndyWatch Feed National"

Overland is looking to expand its team of fiction and poetry readers, and to start a team of nonfiction readers. These volunteer positions only require a time commitment of a few hours per month.

08:29

Gumshoes Survey To Expose Criminality in The Family Court "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Dee McLachlan 

The more I hear, the more terrible are the accounts of how the court has acted with malice against children. In many instances evidence was deliberately destroyed.

The Prime Minister, in his October 2018 Apology, said,

too many were told; they just didnt listen. Too many did know; they just didnt act.

But they are NOT listening to the children and their protective parents NOW. Countless Ministers and Attorney-Generals have been told, but they remain silent. (We will expose their silence in another article.)

I have put together a SURVEY, with the support of a few readers our own Royale Commission to disclose the failures and CRIMINALITY in the Family Court system in AUSTRALIA. And to disclose who is not listening to, and protecting children.

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08:26

They Made Mince Meat of Shakespeare "IndyWatch Feed National"

Pakistani TV star in a Shakespeare play.   Photo: dawn.com

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

Not to worry about the 17-year-olds they are in great shape.

On Friday, November 9, 2018, drama students at New Hampshires Concord High School put on The Complete Works of Shakespeare in 90 Minutes.

You never saw such jumping around.  A hockey game would look tame compared to the physical energy on display on this Elizabethan stage.  In fact, the boy who played Juliet (you didnt think theyd let a girl play Juliet did you?) threw himself on the floor so many times I could see an orthopaedics bill in the offing.

Juliets name is Myles Luongo and he had extraordinary self-confidence and ability to interact with the audience.

The complete works did not...

08:23

NSW government unveils plan to bring grid into age of renewables RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

New South Wales Coalition govt unveils grid upgrade plan, to accommodate the flood of new renewable energy capacity in the states development pipeline. The post NSW government unveils plan to bring grid into age of renewables appeared first on RenewEconomy.

via NSW government unveils plan to bring grid into age of renewables RenewEconomy

08:11

Callout: guest fiction editor "IndyWatch Feed National"

Every year, Overland publishes several online editions showcasing fiction by new and emerging writers, or specially curated themed fiction editions. An opportunity exists for an emerging editor to work on one of these online fiction editions, to be published in April or May 2019.

07:26

Majority Of Men In US & Europe Will Be Infertile By 2060 Study "IndyWatch Feed National"

Sperm count in men from North America, Europe and Australia is declining so quickly that most men in these countries will be infertile by the year 2060, according to disturbing new research from the Hebrew [...]

The post Majority Of Men In US & Europe Will Be Infertile By 2060 Study appeared first on News Punch.

07:03

Russia moves to dump American dollar "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Joe Montero

As Washington moves towards implementing tougher new sanctions against Russia, including the denial of access to international banks and trade in American dollars, Moscow is considering its options.

President Vladimir Putin has slammed US efforts to maintain dominance on the world stage and seriously considering dumping American currency reserves and using alternatives for international trade.

To do this, concrete steps are being taken to use other currencies. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said. We will certainly be moving in this direction. This follows Putins observation last month that the move is not because we want to undermine the dollar but because we want to ensure our security, because they are constantly slapping sanctions against us and are simply denying us an opportunity to use the dollar.

If the shift is carried through successfully, it may undermine the American dollar, by making it less relevant as the international standard.

It could turn out that Washingtons sanctions, as well as sanctions against China, could help to bring aa bigger shift about. The two countries have been building their trading ties and form the basis for the creation of a new trading block. China already accounts for 60 percent of Russias trade. Europe could be drawn into this partnership.

Speculation is that trading could shift to the use of euros. yuan and roubles.

According to the Russian central banks data, the share of dollar payments in exports of goods and services declined to 68 percent from 80 percent between 2013 and 2017. At the same time, the share of transactions in euros increased to 16 percent from nine percent and those in roubles rose to 14 percent from 10 percent. Payment for imports in dollars declined 36 percent from 41 percent. Russian holdings of US government debt fell by around $80 billion this year.

Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping has consistently expressed sympathy to the idea of shifting from the American dollar and India has begun to trade with Russia in roubles.

India has also began to trade wit...

06:00

Yes: one year on "IndyWatch Feed National"

This week marks one year since Australians overwhelmingly voted Yes to the question of whether LGBTI Australians can marry the person they love.

Anna Brown, Co-Chair of the Equality Campaign and Director of Legal Advocacy with the Human Rights Law Centre said it was incredible seeing the majority of the nation back marriage equality and a fair go for all LGBTI Australians last year on November 15.

A year ago the nation celebrated with LGBTI Australians, their friends and families. Since then weve had a year where all Australians have had the same opportunities for love, commitment and to be treated equally.

Its been a wonderful year of cake and rainbow flags with LGBTI couples finally being able to say I do. Marriage equality has taken from no one and given absolute joy to LGBTI Australians, their families and friends, Anna Brown said.

Earlier this year, following leaks of the 20 recommendations from the Religious Freedom Review many Australians were outraged to learn that under current anti-discrimination laws, schools and other services run by religious bodies are legally able to discriminate against LGBTI children, clients and workers. The inquiry was called following the deeply flawed idea that marriage equality for LGBTIQ people would somehow pose a threat to religious freedom.

We reject this utterly, and remain concerned that conservative religious forces within the Coalition will be extracting their price for marriage equality. There should be no price paid for equality, Anna Brown said.

Australians voted for fairness and equality this time last year, not discrimination against LGBT people. Kids in schools should be worrying about classes and their homework, not living in fear of mistreatment because of who they are. Teachers should be able to do their job without having to hide who they are, Anna Brown said.

Michelle and Rhondas story

It was ironic that we were apart on the day that Australia voted that we could be together, legally. I was in Sydney and Rhonda was in Melbourne. Thanks to Facetime we were virtually together as we watched the results announcement for the Marriage Equality survey. After 6 months of never daring to dream that our love and relationship was going to be legally recognised, we were beautifully, joyfully and tearfully surprised at the result.

We said in our joint wedding speech (only 4 months later!) our two reasons to get married were firstly, because we adore one another and secondly, to salute and honour all of the campaigners who have given their lives, time, tears and energy for our right to be considered equal.

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05:45

Melbourne, Australia: Mural in memory of Mikhail Zhlobitsky "IndyWatch Feed National"

Received on 10/11/2018; for the case of Mikhail Zhlobitsky check here and here:Narrm / Melbourne so-called Australia: Graffiti mural in memory of 17 year old Russian Anarchist-Communist Mikhail Zhlobitsky who died while carrying out an explosive attack against the FSB (Federal Security Service) Regional Headquarters in Arkhangelsk, Russia on October 31st.

Never Forget Our Fallen Comrades!

Portuguese

05:16

Filming in the Most Depressing City on Earth: Jakarta "IndyWatch Feed National"

It stinks, it is the most polluted city on earth, but that is not the most terrible thing about it.

You can drive for ten or even twenty kilometers through it, and see only ugliness, fences and broken pavements. But there are many miserable cities on this planet, and I have worked in almost all of them, in 160 countries.

So why is Jakarta killing me?  Why am I overwhelmed by depression whenever I decide to film here, or to write about the state in which its citizens are forced to live? Why, really, do I feel so desperate, so hopeless?

I am tough. I hardly succumb to depression even in such places like the war-torn Afghanistan, Iraq, or in the middle of the toughest slums of Africa.

So, what is it, really, about Jakarta?

Here, I often speak about immorality, but again, what do I mean by this term? I am not a moralist, far from it. I have no religion, and I very rarely pass moral judgments, unless something truly outrageous unveils in front of my eyes.

So why, as so many others, do I land in this city in good spirits, and leave one or two weeks sick, broken, literally shitting my pants, full of wrath, despair?

Why? The Western mass media and local servile sheets are constantly bombarding the world, describing Jakarta as a sprawling metropolis, or to use the terminology of the Australian National University, as a normal city.

But it is not. In fact, it is the most immoral place on earth that I know. It is one enormous monument to fascism, intellectual collapse, Western neo-colonialism and turbo-capitalism.

This time, right here, I will explain, briefly and determinately, why!

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You can actually avoid feeling this way, if you decide to land in Jakarta, work for a week or two surrounded by local elites (usually shameless thugs), sail through life here with half-closed eyes. Or if you get paid well not to see. You can also be a Western journo who lives in one of high-rise condominiums, gets himself local bimbo for a girlfriend, and collects his news from official briefings and press conferences.

Such foreign visitors are warmly welcomed in Jakarta, and they get incorporated into the life of local tsars, of feudal cream, of bandits who double as business people or politicians.

It is not so difficult! You land at that lavish Terminal 3 of Soekarno-Hatta International Airport (half of things do not work here, already, or yet, but the terminal does look lavish), you can take a luxury limo to one of so many 5-star hotels, have meetings at a steel-and-glass office tower, dine in a posh mall where nobody shops (a money laundering concept), but where those with unlimited budgets, often dine. After all....

05:05

Bhanged Up Abroad "IndyWatch Feed National"

Ive never been a huge fan of the term developing. This is especially true when its used as a euphemism most often to describe countries struggling to restabilise after being systematically dismantled by colonising nations.

When it comes to describing railway systems, however, I can think of no better adjective to qualify Queensland Rail.

Pay $10 for a train in my home state of Queensland, and youll be sitting in graffiti-stained seats getting fined $261 for sneaking a bite of an apple. Pay $10 for a train in India, and you get to kick back in an actual bed and dine on a selection of curry whilst your phone charges alongside you.

My friend Paige and I were feeling a little shell-shocked after several days of Diwali celebrations in Udaipur an exuberant Hindu festival of light renowned for its 24-hour firecracker displays. Our plan was to take a train 300km north-west to Ajmer, then get a ride to the lakeside city of Pushkar and chill the fuck out.

In pursuit of this desire, before leaving Udaipur, we filled our flasks with some bhang chai from a local vendor: a surprisingly tasty combination of masala tea, milk and cannabis. Bhang, a ground paste made from marijuana leaves and stems, has been approved for sale by the Rajasthani government and is even said to have the blessing of Lord Shiva.

Not one to argue with politics or religion, we figured it would make our five-and-a-half-hour train journey even more pleasant than usual.

Snuggled into freshly washed sheets in top bunk beds opposite each other, Paige and I were very much at ease, and coming into the peak of our high.

Dinner?

A small frame stretched up and peered into my bed with inquisitive eyes as the Aravalli Range whipped by through the window behind him. He was a dabbawala a lunchbox delivery man and he couldnt have come at a better time. Behind her turquoise-rimmed glasses, Paiges pupils had pooled as large as mine.

Two vegetarian, I slowly replied.

From the bunk beneath me came a voice.

Do you girls want Dominos instead?

I beg your pardon?

If you would prefer western food, I can order you a pizza, offered my bunkmate, an Indian man in his 40s, as he...

04:56

Pamela Anderson says #MeToo movement is 'a bore,' urges 'common sense' "IndyWatch Feed National"

Pamela Anderson is not a supporter of the #MeToo movement. In a new interview with Australia's "60 Minutes" on Sunday, the former Playboy model slammed #MeToo, claiming it has gone "too far." "I think this feminism can go too far," Anderson said. "I'm a feminist, but I think that this third wave of feminism is a bore." She added, "I think it paralyzes men, I think this #MeToo movement is a bit too much for me. I'm sorry, I'll probably get killed for saying that." Anderson, 51, brought up the allegations against Harvey Weinstein and said it was "common sense" to avoid those types of "business meetings."

04:04

Remembering the Peace Makers: What the Armistice Commemorations Forgot "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Binoy Kampmark | Dissident Voice | November 11, 2018 Those in the war industry and the business of commemorating the dead have little time for peace, even as they supposedly celebrate it. For them, peace is the enemy as much as armed opposing combatants, if not more so. Dr Brendan Nelson of the Australian []

02:37

50-year-old woman arrested over Australia's strawberry needle scare [Update] "IndyWatch Feed National"

Police in Australia have arrested a woman in the state of Queensland as part of their investigation into a food contamination crisis that has left the nation's fruit-lovers in a panic since September. Queensland Police Service said the 50-year-old woman was arrested on Sunday afternoon "following a complex... and extensive investigation," which was spearheaded by the force and involved "multiple government, law enforcement and intelligence agencies" across Australia. Australians have been in a panic over tainted fruit since authorities warned on September 12 of the potential risk of finding needles and pins in punnets of tampered fruit, in particular strawberries.

02:12

HPV vaccines: My daughters lost years "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Fiona Mackenzie, Cromdale, Grantown on Spey, Highlands of Scotland, SaneVax.org The Happy-go-Lucky Girl I had Pre-HPV Vaccine is Gone Forever Chelsea had 2 injections of Cervarix in the fall of 2012 before we went to Australia. A few months after we returned, we took her in for the third jab. The GP practice stated that []

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01:52

Australia: Imam of jihad terror-tied mosque that jihad murderer attended says PM should blame policenot us "IndyWatch Feed National"

We see it all over the free world, after every jihad attack: instead of vowing to clean house and root out imams who preach the violent teachings of the Quran and Sunnah, Islamic leaders claim victim status, complain that they and the entire Muslim community is being blamed and scapegoated, and point fingers at others. []

01:28

Deadliest wildfires in the United States since the 1990s "IndyWatch Feed National"

Wildfires raging in California are among the deadliest recorded in the United States, with at least 31 people killed in the state as 250,000 flee their homes.

The largest and most destructive of the blazes is the Camp Fire in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, which started on November 9 and has claimed 29 lives.

This death toll matches the highest previously recorded for a single wildfire in the United States, when 29 people died fighting a blaze at Griffith Park in Los Angeles County in 1933.

The United States is regularly struck by wildfires in its dry late summer months. Here is a look back at some of the most deadly since the 1990s:

2018: 10 die in two blazes

AFP | A power line catches fire as the Woolsey fire burns on both sides of Pacific Coast Highway (Highway 1) in Malibu, California, as night falls on November 9, 2018

A fire that starts late July near the city of Redding in northern California rages for six weeks and claims the lives of eight people, three of them firefighters.

Called the Carr Fire, it razes more than 1,000 homes, forcing the evacuation of 40,000 people.

The Mendocino Complex that starts days later southwest of the city is on August 7 declared to be the largest fire in Californias recorded history. It eventually burns through nearly 460,000 acres (186,000 hectares), according to local authorities, and claims two lives.

2017: 42 dead in California

California is ravaged by around 20 wildfires from early October that go on to claim 42 lives over the month, most of them in wine-producing Sonoma County, just north of San Francisco, where 22 die.

As many as 11,000 firefighters some from as far away as Australia are involved in battling the blazes which burn through more than 245,000 acres, force the evacuation of 100,000 people and destroy about 10,000 buildings.

2016: 13 killed in tourist area

A fire breaks out late November in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, a popular tourist area straddling the border of southeastern US states Tennessee and North Carolina, and rapidly spreads, pushed by strong winds and tornadoes.

Thirteen people are killed, 12 directly related to the blaze and one of a heart attack while fleeing, authorities say.

2013: 19...

01:24

Australian PM dismisses mental illness as an excuse for dangerous ideology of extremist Islam after jihad attack "IndyWatch Feed National"

Shire Ali was known to ASIO and had his passport cancelled in 2015, it is understood to prevent him travelling to Syria to join Islamic State. Mental illness? Come on. The familys claims might carry more weight if they could produce any evidence that Shire Ali was actually being treated for mental illness; so far []

01:08

Prehistoric giant Australian Megalania lizards "IndyWatch Feed National"

This 11 November 2018 video says about itself:

When Giant Lizards Ruled Australia Megalania

Monitor Lizards are a fantastic group of animals, as they include the largest lizards alive today, but at one point in time they got even bigger

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23:17

This Child Trafficking is NOT Being Investigated "IndyWatch Feed National"

Survivors and their advocates wouldnt be under such attack if it was.

Many people are content just to stay online and read Q posts- which breeds apathy by telling people to trust the plan when it is obvious the plan is to keep people from doing anything.

Qanon is nothing more than controlled opposition pretending to be heroes but in reality is just a psych op to keep people placated. Not that is hasnt attracted a myriad of concerned people but it has all but hog tied them into doing nothing.

Survivors and our advocates are facing prison or death. If this was truly being dealt with- this would not be the case.

Max Spiers, Jenny Moore, Lori King- all dead. They are trying to murder me with their directed energy weapons. And people like the VOP and Timothy Holmseth are facing jail for fighting to expose this child trafficking mess.

The lies that are being perpetrated are keeping people from doing anything meaningful to try and stop these evil practices of touring and murder children.

And Trump is NOT secretly organizing forces to take these groups down. This is obvious since NOTHING has happened thus far.

But still we are told to KEEP WAITING and trust in the plan. But in truth- the only plan is to wait this all out so this mess can continue unbated- as it ALWAYS has.

While anyone who tries to do anything meaningful to help stop this are murdered or imprisoned.

Who loses? Society- and ESP our children.

22:10

Turkey claims Greece tries to misappropriate Libyas Exclusive Economic Zone "IndyWatch Feed National"

Turkey claims that Greece is trying to steal part of the Exclusive Economic Zone of Libya. Defense Minister and retired Army General Hulusi Akar presented maps to convince about his claim.

According to Akar, Greece is trying to misappropriate Libyas rights to Exclusive Economic Zone bu seizing 39,000 square kilometers south of Crete.

Of, course, Turkeys problem is not Libyas EEZ and the countrys rights but its own aspirations in the area and in hydrocarbon resources.

According to another map, Turkeys Exclusive Economic Zone in the South allegedly borders to Libyas EEZ with no Greek EEZ in-between.

Last month Akar presented another deliberately drawn map that showed an extension of Turkeys EEZ.

We shouldnt be surprised if Ankara claims one day that its EEZ reaches to Gibraltar and why not, also New York and even Australia. In order to build fronts against Greece, it apparently tries to win Libya on its side.

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21:13

Vietnam ratifies Pacific trade pact "IndyWatch Feed National"

Vietnam on Monday became the seventh country to ratify a sprawling Pacific trade pact set to come into effect later this year, despite US President Donald Trumps pullout from a deal he decried as a job killer.

Australia last month became the sixth country to ratify the deal, paving the way for the pact to come into force at the end of December with more than half of its members officially signed on.

AFP/File | Vietnam has become the seventh country to enter the landmark Pacific trade deal, which will take effect at the end of the year

Vietnam followed suit on Monday with a unanimous vote to approve the deal by lawmakers in the countrys rubber stamp parliament.

This is an important political decision, affirming our countrys active role in international integration, said Nguyen Van Giau, head of the National Assemblys external relations department.

Vietnams fast-growing export economy stood to gain enormously from open access to US markets, a key outlet for cheap manufactured goods like Adidas shoes, Gap T-shirts and Samsung phones, before Trump pulled the plug on Washingtons participation.

The protectionist president called the deal a death blow for American manufacturing and singled out Vietnam for taking jobs he would rather see on his home turf.

The trade pact was spearheaded by former US president Barack Obama who dubbed the comprehensive deal a gold standard for 21st century trade rules and a crucial counter to Chinas rising global economic might.

The deal will bind members into a tougher legal framework for trade, lower tariffs and open markets.

It will also introduce new labour standards a sticking point for communist Vietnam, where all labour unions are controlled by the one-party state.

The establishment of independent labour unions may bring about some challenges Giau said Monday, but added the government was open to making the necessary reforms.

Even without the US in the mix, the now-renamed Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) has been described as a game changer.

It covers many rapidly growing economies that account...

21:04

The Coathanger from Milsons Point Station "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"


Milsons Point station is built into the northside approach to Sydney Harbour Bridge  The view is from the very end of the platform closest to it. I started a few months ago on warm days in winter. Then I got sick which delayed things for a bit, and when I recovered and had done a little more it then rained incessantly for weeks.

Now its getting close to summer I've been worried it would be too hot to get back, as there's no shade at all. Today it was reasonably cool so I went there toand got much closer to finishing, who knows, maybe finished. Perhaps I'll go back once more, perhaps not.Everyone there has been really cool, except one officious bloke at the start who worried I might worry the train drivers into thinking I might leap in front of them. None of the drivers or guards (who stop right next to me where I'm painting), have complained, some have been very appreciative. The attendant today came and looked a few times and said it made her day, which is mad

Some earlier versions of the painting are here


21:00

Speeding driver nabbed at Otford "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

police 5A DISQUALIFIED driver will face court next month after being detected travelling more than 60kmh above the sign-posted speed limit in the Royal National Park at the weekend.

Sutherland Traffic and Highway Patrol Command were conducting speed enforcement duties on Lady Wakehurst Drive, Otford, about 2pm on Saturday when they detected a VW Golf hatch allegedly travelling at 145kmh in an 80kmh zone.

Police spoke to the driver, a 24-year-old woman, who produced an international drivers licence. The womans breath test was negative; however, checks revealed the womans NSW Learners Licence was disqualified until 2021.

The Chinese National was issued a Field Court Attendance Notice for drive while disqualified and she is due to appear at Sutherland Local Court on Thursday December 13.

The woman was also issued an infringement notice for exceeding the speed limit by more than 45kmh, which carries a penalty of $2435 and six demerit points.

20:45

Stablecoins Are a Game Changer, Says Aussie Crypto Exchange Founder "IndyWatch Feed National"

Co-founder of Australian based cryptocurrency exchange CoinJar has stated that stablecoin is a game changer for the industry and that the potential use cases are much more than we know, The Australian Financial Review reports. Stablecoins are cryptocurrencies created to combat the volatility of the market by creating a token that can be converted into

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19:01

Crucifying Julian Assange "IndyWatch Feed National"

Julian Assanges sanctuary in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London has been transformed into a little shop of horrors. He has been largely cut off from communicating with the outside world for the last seven months. His Ecuadorian citizenship, granted to him as an asylum seeker, is in the process of being revoked. His health is failing. He is being denied medical care. His efforts for legal redress have been crippled by the gag rules, including Ecuadorian orders that he cannot make public his conditions inside the embassy in fighting revocation of his Ecuadorian citizenship.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has refused to intercede on behalf of Assange, an Australian citizen, even though the new government in Ecuador, led by Lenn Morenowho calls Assange an inherited problem and an impediment to better relations with Washingtonis making the WikiLeaks founders life in the embassy unbearable. Almost daily, the embassy is imposing harsher conditions for Assange, including making him pay his medical bills, imposing arcane rules about how he must care for his cat and demanding that he perform a variety of demeaning housekeeping chores.

The Ecuadorians, reluctant to expel Assange after granting him political asylum and granting him citizenship, intend to make his existence so unpleasant he will agree to leave the embassy to be arrested by the British and extradited to the United States. The former president of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, whose government granted the publisher political asylum, describes Assanges current living conditions as torture.

His mother, Christine Assange, said in a recent video appeal, Despite Julian being a multi-award-winning journalist, much loved and respected for courageously exposing serious, high-level crimes and corruption in the public interest, he is right now alone, sick, in painsilenced in solitary confinement, cut off from all contact and being tortured in the heart of London. The modern-day cage of political prisoners is no longer the Tower of London. Its the Ecuadorian Embassy.

Here are the facts, she went on. Julian has been detained nearly eight years without charge. Thats right. Without charge. For the past six years, the U.K. government has refused his request for access to basic health needs, fresh air, exercise, sunshine for vitamin D and access to proper dental and medical care. As a result, his health has seriously deteriorated. His examining doctors warned his detention conditions are life-threatening. A slow and cruel assassination is taking place before our very eyes in the embassy in London.

In 2016, after an in-depth investigation, the United Nations ruled that Julians....

17:41

Remembering the Peace Makers: What the Armistice Commemorations Forgot "IndyWatch Feed National"

Those in the war industry and the business of commemorating the dead have little time for peace, even as they supposedly celebrate it. For them, peace is the enemy as much as armed opposing combatants, if not more so. Dr Brendan Nelson of the Australian War Memorial is every bit the propagandist in this regard, encased in armour of permanent reminder: Do not forget the sacrifice; do not forget the slaughter.  The issue is how war, not peace, is commemorated.

That theme was repeated, for the most part, in Paris on November 11.  US President Donald Trump spoke of our sacred obligation to memorialise our fallen heroes.  French President Emmanuel Macron marked the 100th anniversary of the Great War by having a dig at nationalism, calling it a betrayal of patriotism (is there a difference?).  The nationalists, he warned, were getting busy, these old demons coming back to wreak chaos and death.  The intellectuals (and here, he alluded to Julien Bendas 1927 classic, La trahison des clercs) were at risk of capitulating.

But Macron, rather slyly, was hoping that the French obsession with universal values would somehow render his message less parochial: to be French was to be an internationalist, not a tunnel-visioned, rabid nationalist.  The soldiers who perished in the Great War did so in the defence of Frances universal values in order to repudiate the selfishness of nationals only looking after their own interests.  Much room for disagreement on that score, and Marine Le Pen would have been a suitable corrective.

The peace activities of the Great War, asphyxiated, smothered and derided in texts and official narratives, are rarely discussed in the mass marketed solemnity of commemorations.  The writings of those prophets who warned that any adventurism such as what transpired in 1914 would be met with immeasurable suffering are also conspicuously absent.  Jean de Bloc, whose magisterial multi-volume The Future of War appeared in 1898 in Russian, found it impossible that Europes leaders would embark on a conflict against each other; to do so would cause humanity a great moral evil civil order will be threatened by new theories of social revolution. The end would be catastrophic.  How many flourishing countries will be turned into wilderness and rich cities into ruins! How many tears will be shed, how many will be left in beggary!

These sceptics were the enlightened ones, scorned for not having the sense of fun that comes with joining battle and being butchered in the name of some vague patriotic sentiment.  If human beings are animals at play, then play to the deat...

17:08

Compare & contrast- Vic Govt case study on Pellegrinis cafe - Islamic terrorist Hassan Khalif Shire Ali "IndyWatch Feed National"

Exhibit One - from the Victorian Government's business development department. This is a Case Study in decency, customer service, and building something great that makes money, employs people and delights customers. The way Sisto gives of himself so freely in this piece speaks volumes about his generosity of spirit and...

16:43

Tony Thomas's review of Anne Summers's memoir. Magnificent Tony, magnificent. "IndyWatch Feed National"

I love Tony Thomas's writing - which you can find regularly at The Spectator! Tony has been kind enough to share with us his take on Anne Summers' biography - Unfettered and Alive: A Memoir. Anne Summers Allen & Unwin, pp.496, $39.99

16:09

We are taking a huge leap "IndyWatch Feed National"

We are feeling the fear and doing it anyway!

We are flying free from charity status as of this week we want to support civil disobedience and all types of non-violent resistance loudly and proudly. When all else fails, it is our moral duty to act and there are a whole heap of people out there who want to act on climate, on issues of racial and social justice but lack the resources, training, infrstructure, pathways or experience to do it safely.

We also increasingly are asked to collaborate with folks outside the environmental sector, and whilst we think all things are related the government is a bit more uptight about such things. So weve left the good folk of Friends of the Earth, and are stepping out on our own we did some great work collaborating, and we wish them the best, but its time for our own adventures.

We will have more to come, and a new look which will be simply faaaahbulous, but we are getting input from you our supporters and allies first. I know. Were weird. But that is why you love us right?

So we are going to have an awesome launch party on Wednesday 14th November you can RSVP here. There will be no shiny new logos, but lots of fun, and awesome people. We will be celebrating successes over the last five years, and getting input into our project ideas for the next couple.

We are going to be working on more resources, more webinars, and work that will connect people who cant turn out to actions. Weve got big plans for supporting legal teams, continuing support for Frontline Action on Coal and extractivist work, and being able to respond and support emerging movements such as Extinction Rebellion and the Climate School Strike.

Come and join us and give us feedback we want to know what we do well, and how to do things better an online survey will then circulate based on the face to face event launch.

You can also DONATE here we need regular CounterActivators our monthly supporters, now more than ever we are still ironing out the kinks, so if you have any issue at all, get in touch. No tax receipt anymore, but a heck of a lot more freedom. Join us on the adventure!

Got ideas and projects for us to take on let us know.

 

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15:53

Community Billboard 12th November -19th November "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

This weekly community billboard is proudly sponsored by the City of Sydneys Plan for the future  Sydney 2030  making our city more green, global and connected.

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15:00

Finding Voice- a new documentary about writers who are refugees and asylum seekers "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Finding Voice is a 25 minute documentary produced by Eastsides Mick Paddon together with Bangladeshi poet, writer and journalist Humayun Reza

When I first met Humayun Reza, all I knew about him was that he was from Bangladesh and was seeking asylum in Australia with his wife and two daughters. He is a quiet and reflective man, and I knew the last thing to ask an asylum seeker, straight out, is why? The experiences are too personal and often too raw for that. So it has taken conversations over months for me to get to know him. I found out he is a published poet and very experienced print and digital journalist. His exposures of genocide in the 1971 war for Bangladeshi independence, led to him seeking asylum following serious and repeated death threats. He and his family now have refugee status in Australia, but he has yet to recover his voice as a poet and writer.
He is not alone. Many people seeking asylum or who are refugees have been writers. Most of them, like him, have, in effect, been silenced. They face the same challenge: if the written word and language are part of your identity and how make your living, how do you express yourself in another place where the language is different and the words have no context?
In Finding Voice you will hear from Humayun and from another journalist and novelist, Behrouz Bouchani, a Kurdish writer incarcerated on Manus Island who has just published a 400 page book, No Friend But the Mountains, in English, written as text messages and sent by phone. You will also hear from three Australian writers who have worked with refugees, Janet Galbraith, Mark Isaacs and Debra Adelaide.
Humayun dreams of being a writer in the English language, but his final thoughts are that a writer has no specific nationality, his or her identity is a writer.
Mick Paddon

You can listen to the documentary at by pasting this link into your browser https://player.whooshkaa.com/player/episode/id/284497?visual=true&sharing=true

Credits

The original music in Finding Voice is from Fathers, Sons and Brothers by Three Seas, courtesy of Matt Keegan.

This piece was made for the CBAAs National Features & Documentary Series 2018, a showcase of work by new and emerging Australian community radio producers, with training and mentoring provided by the Community and Media Training Organisation. Produced with the assistance of the Department of Communications and the Arts via the Community...

14:20

MACKAY Peak Downs miner goes from big-time to broke amidst domestic violence convictions "IndyWatch Feed National"

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14:15

The threat is not Islam but those who seek to undermine our rights "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Jim Hayes

The Coalition remains bent on promoting division and diversions to push through its political agenda. One method is to continue fanning the Islam scare and the other one is to build a law and order campaign.

This is why young Africans in Melbourne have been targeted, and why the terrible attack Bourke Street in Melbourne has been tied to the so-called Islamic terrorist threat. In its typical fashion of putting out the big lie to make a story, Murdocks Herald-Sun mirrored this in its front-page heading. The tycoon and his empire have a lot to answer for.

No evidence has been put forward that connects the attack by Hassan Khalif Shire Ali to political or religious motivation. But why let this get in the way of good story? Could it be that the man has mental health issues? Those who know him have said this and some have mentioned that he has had substance abuse problems. He is not a practicing Muslim. He is of African appearance and vulnerable to be set up as a target, by those who wish to whip up racial hatred.

The state of his metal health was explained in a letter sen to Channel 9 by Alis family. It was a plea to stop the incident being used for political purposes. Cafe owner Sisto Malaspina died and two others were injured by knife wounds. Hassan died from a gunshot wound.

Family letter sent to Channel 9

Still, News Corp and much of the other major news outlets persisted on peddling rumours and hearsay, showing no regard for finding the truth. It reveals just how far the quality of our media has descended.

This locks in very well with the election campaign going on in Victoria. Liberal Party leader is Matthew Guy is putting himself forward and the champion of law and order. He falls in with the Murdoch claim that crime is running rife. No matter that this is not true and police data shows that overall crime is on the decrease. But again, why let the facts get in the way of the story?

Over it all, is the assertion that our society needs more policing, and those making it, hope that enough people will buy it, at least until its put in place.

All fair-minded people must call pout the lie for what it is.

This is not a Victoria only development. Scott Morrison is hitting the stumps and has joined in with his attack on radical, violent, extremist Is...

14:03

Literature and culture for all! And other reasons to love Overland "IndyWatch Feed National"

Its never been an easy choice to be a writer, and its never easy to get published. But we try strive to make Overland a series of spaces where you can have a voice in our print magazine, our daily only magazine, our special fiction and poetry editions (which publish primarily emerging writers, and are produced by emerging editors), our residencies for under-represented writers, our literary competitions and countless other opportunities.

14:02

NEW MUSIC: Benjamin Folke Thomas  Tasteless and Complacent "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Benjamin Folk Thomas has just released his new album Modern Man on Aveline Records and one of the finest moments on the records is this track, Tasteless and Complacement. Its a song that rides along with effortless momentum, wordless melodies cascading around the Swedish songwriter as he sings of dark clouds, acid rain, missing inspiration Continue reading

13:29

Opioid harm in Australia: and comparisons between Australia and Canada [AIHW] "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Opioid use and its associated harms is an issue of great public health interest, both within Australia and internationally. This report shows that opioid harms are an issue in both Australia and Canada. Rates of opioid deaths and opioid poisoning hospitalisations in Australia increased in the last 10 years. In 2016, pharmaceutical opioids were involved in more opioid deaths and opioid poisoning hospitalisations than heroin.

Opioid harm in Australia: and comparisons between Australia and Canada

Media release: Report sheds new light on opioid harm in Australia and draws global comparisons.

13:20

Australian Loneliness Report (Australian Psychological Society) "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Loneliness is a growing concern globally, because of its reported impact on health and wellbeing.

The Australian Psychological Society and Swinburne University have produced the Australian Loneliness Report, based on a national survey of adults. This examines the prevalence of loneliness and how it affects the physical and mental health of Australians. It is the most comprehensive study of loneliness completed in Australia.

Survey highlights:

One in four Australian adults are lonely.

One in two (50.5%) Australians feel lonely for at least one day in a week, while one in four (27.6%) feel lonely for three or more days.

#8226; One in four Australians experience high levels of social interaction anxiety

Lonely Australians have significantly worse health status (both physical and mental) than connected Australians.

Lonely Australians are 15.2% more likely to be depressed and 13.1% more likely to be anxious about social interactions than those not lonely.

Australians over 65 years are least lonely; other age groups experience similar levels of loneliness.

Australians over 65 years also report better physical and mental health, lower levels of social interaction anxiety, fewer depression symptoms and greater social interaction than younger Australians.

Younger adults report significantly more social interaction anxiety than older Australians.

13:13

Chronic conditions and disability 2015 [AIHW] "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Chronic conditions and disability 2015

This report explores the association between 8 selected chronic conditions and disability in Australia: coronary heart disease, stroke, diabetes, arthritis and related disorders, back pain and problems, osteoporosis, asthma and emphysema. These conditions are generally long term and persistent, and can lead to gradual deterioration of health, and disability. This report examines disability prevalence and severity; and the types of impairments, limitations and restrictions experienced by those with the selected conditions.

12:56

Legal experts say proposed discrimination law amendments will fail to protect LGBT children at religious schools "IndyWatch Feed National"

In an open letter to Attorney-General Christian Porter, leading legal academics and antidiscrimination law practitioners have strongly criticised aspects of the proposed amendments to the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 (SDA) designed to deal with discrimination by religious schools against LGBT students.

We need changes to protect LGBT students from discrimination by religious schools, but this proposal fails to do that. Instead of simply removing existing exemptions for religious schools, these changes introduce unnecessary complexity and confusion and undermine the protection provided by the Sex Discrimination Act, said PIAC CEO, Jonathon Hunyor.

Kids in schools should be focused on classes and their homework, not living in fear of mistreatment because of who they are. All children should be accepted for who they are at school. Every school should be inclusive of all types of families, said Anna Brown, co-chair of the Equality Campaign and Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre.

We understand there is concern to ensure religious schools can maintain a religious ethos. But we dont need to complicate the law or provide special rules for religious schools to allow this. The current law already allows for schools to impose conditions on students to promote the schools values, provided such conditions are reasonable, said Mr Hunyor.

The proposed amendments add unnecessary complexity to an already complicated area of law and add religious susceptibilities as a special matter to be considered to justify discrimination against kids. This drafting fails to deliver on the governments commitment to protect LGBT students from discrimination, said Ms Brown.

 

The test for indirect discrimination is already very broad and allows a school to demonstrate their conduct is reasonable in the circumstances. Adding religious sensitivities as a further matter to be considered distorts this test in a dangerous way and fails to keep students safe, added Ms Brown.

The proposals come in the context of a broader debate about religious exemptions and discrimination law, PIAC and the Human Rights Law Centre have urged the Government to wind back exemptions for religious organisations that allow them to discriminate against LGBTI people in education, employment and providing goods and services.

Discrimination law is notoriously complex. The proposed changes add another level of unnecessary complexity. Anything more than a simple repeal of the exemptions for religious schools should be rejected, said Mr Hunyor.

The letter proposes an alternative, simpler way to...

12:32

Police Officer Who Endangered Victim Refuses to Testify "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim The Queensland Police officer who was found to have illegally accessed the police database and leaked a domestic violence victims address to her abusive former partner a man who is reported to be his mate- has relied upon the privilege against self-incrimination to avoid answering questions about the conduct. Yet,

The post Police Officer Who Endangered Victim Refuses to Testify appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.

12:19

International agencies have disrupted attempts to transport almost 300 asylum seekers to Australia by boat "IndyWatch Feed National"

International authorities, with the assistance of Australia, have disrupted at least 10 alleged attempts to transport almost 300 asylum seekers to Australia by boat in the past 14 months, documents obtained under freedom of information reveal.

The documents, from the federal home affairs department, record the number of foreign law enforcement agency (Flea) disruptions since 2013.

Flea disruptions were set up as one of three components of the Abbott governments border policy alongside boat turnbacks and offshore detention and processing.

Since the establishment of the new policy there have been 78 disruption operations involving 2,525 potential illegal immigrants the terms used in the documents referencing suspected passengers.

In the year to August there were 10 disruptions involving 297 people, the majority occurring in Indonesia but also in Sri Lanka and Malaysia.

Flea disruptions are operated by a multi-agency taskforce led by Australian federal police and reporting to the head of Australias border enforcement operation, air vice marshal Stephen Osborne, and seek to prevent vessels carrying asylum seekers from leaving international ports including Indonesia.

 

11:42

Country fans rejoice! Theres a huge new festival coming your way in 2019 "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Just like the Christmas decorations in the shops, it seems that festival lineups are getting announced earlier and earlier every year.

This rings especially true for the newly announced Country to Country music festival(C2C), a European based country music event that is set to touch down in Brisbane and Sydney next September.

Headlining the inaugural Australian event will be country superstar Tim McGrawbringing with him an extensive back-catalog that includes a cool 50 million record sales and three Grammys.

Also featuring on the first lineup announcement is pop-country fusion queen Kelsea Ballerini & American act Midland (not the Perth suburb).

With the event making its world debut at the O2 arena in the UK in 2013, and expanding throughout Europe in 2015 expect this to be one of the biggest new festivals on the calendar, offering a companion event to the likes of Tamworth Country Music Festival, Sounds From The Vines and CMC Rocks.

The event is set to host 10 hours of some of the finest international and local acts, spread across multiple stages, bringing the sounds of the traditionally rural music scene into the heart of Brisbane and Sydney.

While admittedly only taking in two cities and bypassing a vast majority of the country music market in Australia, itll only be a matter of time before the event expands out to more territories.

Check out Tim McGraws latest single Neon Church

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While many purists might scoff at the idea of a country music festival establishing itself on the seemingly unending Aussie festival  summer circuit, expect to see C2C bringing a refreshing change to the beat-ridden, glitter-dominated festival grounds, as well as a whole crop of new Aussie acts stepping up alongside some of the worlds best.

More acts are expected to be announced soon but for now, check out the details below.

Country to Country Music Festival, 2019

Saturday, September 28th 2019
Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney, NSW

Sunday, September 29th, 2019
Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane, QLD

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11:01

NEW MUSIC: Johnathan Rice Meet The Mother "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Johnathan Rice recently released this new single, Meet The Mother, that came from a conversation he had with Bill Murray. The song ebbs and flows and slowly build up with elements of Dylan-esque phrasing and power pop melodies. Rice is one half of Jenny and Jonny with Jenny Lewis and has toured with bands such Continue reading

10:40

ALBUM REVIEW: Jim Lauderdale Time Flies "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Jim Lauderdale is now 30 albums deep into his career and his latest is indeed a pearl of a record, blending his customary mix of country, soul and swing with sweet and subtle ease.  The title track opens the album on a high with an aching sway that blossoms into a soaring chorus reminiscent of Continue reading

10:12

Sydney Criminal Lawyers Weekly Rundown Articles from 5 to 11 November 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

In case youve missed any of them, heres a rundown of the past weeks articles: Only Half of the Serious Injuries on Our Roads are Recorded The NSW government has been allocating funds for roads based on inaccurate data, neglecting many of the areas that need it most. Click here to read the article Re-Radicalising

The post Sydney Criminal Lawyers Weekly Rundown Articles from 5 to 11 November 2018 appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.

09:07

PERTH Former AFL player Chris Yarran charged after bizarre crime rampage "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Yarran, 27, who was arrested outside the Pan Pacific hotel on Adelaide Terrace on Friday night, was granted bail in Perth Magistrates Court yesterday,

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08:51

RFK Jr. and ICAN Win Case Against US Government For Vaccine Safety Violations "IndyWatch Feed National"

[Editors note: Extracts from three articles.]

In January 2017, Scientific American, in an article entitled, How Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Distorted Vaccine Science, they wrote:

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. said Tuesday that he will head up a panel on vaccine safety for Donald Trump Lets hope Trump drops any idea of a vaccine panel headed by Kennedy. For more than a decade, Kennedy has promoted anti-vaccine propaganda completely unconnected to reality.

Kennedy made his name in the anti-vaccine movement in 2005, when he published a story alleging a massive conspiracy regarding thimerosal, a mercury-based preservative that had been removed from all child...

08:42

Pricing meat out of reach for low income Australians "IndyWatch Feed National"


The signs of austerity are already upon the people of Australia.

While this may not be clearly evident to the average 'Joe' in the more populous cities of Australia, the people in other places around the nation see or rather feel it quite clearly from the hip pocket.

The photo below has a caption at the bottom of it commenting on the contents of the mixed grill pack being family size at 1.79kg being sold for $54.33, or at $30.35 per kilogram of mixed meat.


(Source: supplied)

The origin of the package is from Coconut Grove in the Northern Territory.

Don't forget there's always a great excuse reading in the wings to justify the price.

08:03

NSW Premier promoting the Photios fraudster Felicity "Duplicity" Wilson "IndyWatch Feed National"

Julia Gillard got to be PM because people who knew her didn't call out her dishonesty. Australia is still paying for their weakness. Right now Australian politics is promoting another fraudster. This time the cancer is in the NSW Liberal Party. Her name is Felicity - aka "Duplicity" Wilson. Ms...

07:06

Australian Drag Queen Story Hour Brings Erotic Performers to Childrens Bookstore "IndyWatch Feed National"

 

READ MORE AT THE ACTIVIST MOMMY

If you think the drag queen story hours here in the US are bad, theyre going far overboard in Australia. Read More

06:29

Remembrance of World War One must be about ensuring we dont go down that road again "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Joe Montero

Sunday 11 November was Armistice Day, marked the hundredth anniversary of the end of World War One, and it was observed around the world, including Australia.

This was supposed to be the war to ends all wars. It didnt work out this way. Rather than learn the lesson, certain myths got in the way. The chief one was that this was a battle for freedom. It was not. This was a war over colonies in the world of empires, to see who was going to be top dog. Millions of lives were lost to enrich those who sat at the top.

This does not mean that the soldiers who fought and died on the battlefield should not be remembered and honoured. On the contrary. At the same time, it is essential to acknowledge what really happened. Their sacrifice means something, when it contributes to building the conditions for an enduring peace. Lest we forget, is an appropriate slogan.

The war came to a sudden end in 1918, because it contributed to revolution in Russia and had lost the support of the people in the home turf of the empires. Germany was heading for revolution and its economy was in ruins.  its leaders were forced to surrender. The Irish Easter uprising had an impact on Britain. Soldiers in all the armies were increasingly refusing to fight, and sometimes turning their guns on their own officers.

Hostilities between governments did not end with the coming of the peace. The setting up of the short-lived League of Nations and the Treaty of Versailles, worked to enable the winners grab the spoils and punish Germany. This was an important factor that set the conditions for the next global conflict.

Australia became involved to fight on behalf of the British Empire. After the shooting started, due to a diplomat and member of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy, the Archduke Ferdinand, was assassinated in Serbia, war broke out, and young Australians were sent to Gallipoli, Egypt and Europe to die, so that Britain could be top dog.

 

The landing at Gallipoli is the most celebrated, and somehow officially described as some sort of heroic act.  It was not. Turkey was not invading anyone.  Australia took part in the invasi...

06:17

Trump says Macron "very insulting" over defence comments "IndyWatch Feed National"

President Macron of France has just suggested that Europe build its own military in order to protect itself from the U.S., China and Russia. Very insulting, but perhaps Europe should first pay its fair share of NATO, which the U.S. subsidizes greatly! Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 9, 2018...

05:52

Victorian Labor's "relentless efforts to cooperate with China" "IndyWatch Feed National"

Andrews agreed on Shi's opinions about developing China-Victoria relations, expressed that Labor Party of Victoria attaches great significance to cooperating and communicating with China and is willing to make relentless efforts to this end. On 27 March 2012 the Chinese Consulate-General in Melbourne posted this report. Shi made positive remarks...

05:30

Independent Artist of the Week: Bachelor Pad "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Photo: Jake Delaney 

According to Wikipedia, Bachelor Pad is an elimination-style American reality television game show, but allow us to disambiguate for you its also a wild-eyed Sydney garage punk band that wed much rather get behind.

Over the past 8 years Huw, Tim, Grace & Billy have more or less been churning away with their lo-fi recordings as Bachelor Pad, running the gamut from garage surf rock to garage rock classic and now a little spicier punk rock. Reliably, theyve given us fun, sharp, guitar-heavy jams, with a blend of brash percussion, synth undercurrents and instantly likeable lyrics.

In the three years since they released their second album, Bachelor Pad is for the People, Bachie have gone down another route. This years seen the arrival of the first bunch of jams since BPIFTP, with the decision to cut songs to two minutes and under getting the point across quicker and more effectively. Rather than LPs, theyve also gone for EPs probs keeping in line with their short & sweet ethos, amirite?

With gems like Im an Adult and Living for the Weekend on Augusts nifty-named BPEP17, its follow up is already on the horizon. Easy Living is the first taste of BPEP18, comically addressing the modern-day dilemmas that come with having a lot going on, cos were too busy living. Although its apparently not the case for Bachelor Pad, as BPEP18s due v. soon

Easy Living by Bachelor Pad
Tune into Up For It every Monday morning to meet your new independent artist of the week!

The post Independent Artist of the Week: Bachelor Pad appeared first on FBi Radio.

05:06

The Horrors Humans Have Inflicted on the Planets Wilderness "IndyWatch Feed National"

Only 23% of the planets habitable terrestrial surface now remains as undisturbed wilderness, thanks to the spread of the human horde.

A century ago, as the human population explosion began, 85% of the world was undisturbed living space for all the other species. Yet between 1993 and 2009 in the years that followed hard on the first global summit to consider the state of the planetary environment  an aggregation of areas of wilderness larger than India was delivered over to human exploitation, scientists warn in the journal Nature.

These results are nothing short of a horror story for the planets last wild places, said James Watson, a scientist at the University of Queensland and with the Wildlife Conservation Society.

The loss of wilderness must be treated in the same way we treat extinction. There is no reversing, once the first cut enters. The decision is forever.

Ocean impact

Professor Watson and colleagues argued in August that humans had in some way poisoned, polluted, exploited or disturbed almost all the planets oceans: only 13% could now be classified as undisturbed.

Now he and others have addressed the state of the wild terrestrial soils and rocks. Take Antarctica essentially uninhabited, and with no terrestrial wildlife out of the equation, and the scale of planetary devastation becomes more stark: humans have now left their mark on 77% of the worlds living space.

And the remaining wilderness is unevenly distributed: just 20 nations hold or govern 94% of the remaining marine and terrestrial wilderness areas. Russia, Canada, Australia, the US and Brazil host 70% of these unspoiled spaces.

Professor Watson and many others have repeatedly argued that humankind continues to put the worlds wildlife at risk. A new study by the World Wide Fund for Nature highlights the scale of destruction, but repeated surveys by teams of researchers on all continents have pointed up the same danger.

The combination of human intrusion into the wilderness and the spectre of climate change i...

04:27

(Video) UFO Sighting Over South Melbourne, Australia 11/8/18 "IndyWatch Feed National"



Published on Nov 8, 2018

Date: 8/11/18. TIME OF SIGHTING: 7:29pm Taken next to Kings way, south melbourne

02:30

Why Veterans Day is really Palestinian Genocide Day "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Kevin Barrett, Veterans Today Editor What we call Veterans Day in the USA is known as Remembrance Day in Australia. Whatever theyre remembering, weve apparently forgotten. The end of the war to end all wars ?  Maybe. The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 was supposed to usher []

01:31

Australia: Jihad murderers family is well known and respected within the Somali community in Melbourne "IndyWatch Feed National"

Police say his family is well known and respected within the Somali community in Melbourne. They attended the Virgin Mary Mosque in Hoppers Crossing, west of Melbourne. Shire Ali most commonly attended prayer in Melbournes northern suburbs. Are these mosques being investigated? If not, they should be. The tendency among law enforcement officials in the []

01:14

50-year-old woman arrested over Australia's strawberry needle scare "IndyWatch Feed National"

Police in Australia have arrested a woman in the state of Queensland as part of their investigation into a food contamination crisis that has left the nation's fruit-lovers in a panic since September. Queensland Police Service said the 50-year-old woman was arrested on Sunday afternoon "following a complex... and extensive investigation," which was spearheaded by the force and involved "multiple government, law enforcement and intelligence agencies" across Australia. Australians have been in a panic over tainted fruit since authorities warned on September 12 of the potential risk of finding needles and pins in punnets of tampered fruit, in particular strawberries.

00:35

Australia: Muslims outraged, demand apology over PMs calling out radical, violent Islam after jihad attack "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Muslim community will not be scapegoated and we will endeavour to keep Australia safe where we can, but the actions of a mentally ill person suffering from a psychotic episode, is not the fault of a whole religious community. Now wait a minute. He was screaming Allahu akbar during his attack, and not only []

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22:13

November verse 4: "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Verse 4: Our new home, soon Friday: day to take possession (under licence) of our flat. We got the key and in procession took two chairs there. That was that or so we thought. About 12.30 emails from the lawyers Continue reading

17:39

Robots will soon match humans in creativity, emotional intelligence "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

As if we didnt already have enough to worry about when it comes to artificially intelligent machines being able to perform many tasks faster and better than humans can, potentially stealing our jobs in the future and presenting what some technologists worry is an existential threat to humanity, now it appears AI will soon be able to match humans at being, well, human, too.

An Australian AI expert, Toby Walsh, said during the Festival of Dangerous Ideas in Sydney recently that he thinks AI will learn and possibly match human traits like creativity, emotional intelligence and adaptability in less than 50 years. And Walsh a Scientia Professor of Artificial Intelligence at UNSW Sydney predicts robots will be as smart as humans by the year 2062.

But dont worry about them ultimately presenting some sort of threat or something as drastic as potentially wiping out mankind, he adds. Weve been rather mislead by this idea that the robots are going to take over, Walsh told Time Out. The robots have no desires of their own, they do exactly what we tell them to. Im much more worried about incompetence than malevolence that well get the machines to do something and we havent thought carefully about how its going to interact with our complex world Healthcare, transport, how we manufacture things, how we educate ourselves, how we go out and play its going to touch almost every aspect of our lives.

Its interesting to think about this other side of increasingly smarter machines and to ask questions about the fundamental nature of consciousness and emotion. These right-brain characteristics of being human, things like creativity and emotion and the like we like to think they will save us or somehow set us apart from machines that are radically smarter, faster and better at us in other things. But if they eventually get to be as creative as us to complement their already stellar analytical capabilities, what then?

When Walsh says hes worried, though, its not about what the machines will do. Its us hes worried about. Mankind, he says, needs to do a better job of creating machines and AI systems that are aligned with our values now.

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