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Monday, 20 November

17:50

Surge in wind farms in Australia, drop in complaints about them "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Desultory: Wind farm complaints arent keeping up with surging industry, The Age, Peter Hannam, 19 Nov 17,  The surge in new wind farm developments has failed to produce an upswing in complaints, with just nine of the 79 projects operating in Australia receiving any formal objections, Andrew Dyer, the National Wind Farm Commissioner, has said.

As of the end of October, the commission had received 54 complaints, for existing projects, with all but two resolved. Four people had relocated as part of the resolution process.

There are no complaints for recently completed wind farms, Mr Dyer told Fairfax Media.

Victorian wind farms have attracted the bulk of objections, accounting for 31 of the 54, while SA and NSW had 16 and seven complaints, respectively. Operating wind farms in other states have not triggered any complaints, Mr Dyer said.

The National Wind Farm Commissioners three-year term  which began in late 2015 with $2 million funding  followed a Senate inquiry prompted in part by efforts of a few anti-wind turbine groups.

Fears by supporters of renewable energy that the commission may have spurred an uptick in opposition to wind farms have largely been allayed, with the role now seen as helping developers understand and respond better to...

16:14

How to survive the festive season with small kids Practising Simplicity

Exhaustion, anticipation and a change of routine its a recipe for disaster!

If you have a kindergarten kid in your midst, youre probably dealing with exactly the same level of exhaustion that I am. I remarked on our flailing energy levels on instagram last night and received a flood of comments from mothers who are in the same tired boat.

While chatting to one of the school teachers last week, she mentioned that the kids never really recovered from the busyness of Term 3. It was a jam-packed term brimming with activities. We also welcomed Marigold and made our way through a month of viruses that went round and round and round again, leaving us all weary.

Were on the countdown to holidays now  only four weeks to go! Im not really sure where this year has gone. How is it that Poet has finished her first year of school? Ive been walking her to her classroom every morning because Ive been so absent from school life for the past few months and she needs a little hand-holding at the moment. Its difficult to evenly distribute your time when youve got four children to care for but I find that when one is particularly needy, the others make space. Ebb and flow, rise and fall.

And now the imminent festive season; the rehearsals and concerts and the calendar that says my weekends are full for the next short while. And the tired children who cant concentrate and arent really that interested in getting ready for school in the morning (every morning). And the baby who is rolling about and the toddler who shares my pillow and gives me zero personal space.

Its time to be proactive and create a new rhythm for the next few weeks. I know its up to me to make it happen for the benefit of my stress levels and the whole familys happiness. Heres what Im doing and prioritising:

  • writing a daily to-do list : Ive got a notepad on my fridge and every evening I write my to-do list for the following day. Even the most mundane, everyday tasks go on there: washing, shopping, emails to write and appointments to make. Theres also blog posts to write, photos to take, ham to order and bills to pay. It saves me because my memory is a sieve at the moment and disorganisation leads to mental overwhelm.
  • prioritising downtime : every chance we get Im making space for downtime. If our busy days are peppered with snippets of free play, stories, quiet craft time and movies, well make it through.
  • organising early nights : now, more than ever, the (small) children need to be in bed before 7. Its difficult with daylight savings but if I can serve dinner by 6 and have them in their PJs shortly after, the evening is much smoother and their sleep much deeper. Stories and cuddles are accompanied by lavender oil on their...

16:08

ECB & the Coming Banking Crisis "IndyWatch Feed National"

 

QUESTION: Mr. Armstrong; Your post of November 16th where you state that the ECB is looking to freeze accounts in a banking crisis, does that mean they will no longer honour the claimed insurance of 100,000 per account?

PH

ANSWER: No. They will not pretend to eliminate that insurance, they just will suspend it as a bank holiday. But you gloss over another problem. The insurance of  100,000 is NOT per account, but PER PERSON. So taking 1 million euro and spreading among 10 banks does not thereby provide insurance for the whole lot. The same is true in the USA. The ECB is proposing supplementing it with discretionary powers to suspend bank withdrawals. To say that the entire program will be terminated is an exaggeration. Nevertheless, it reflects the realization that the European banking system is in serious trouble. I recommend that Europeans should have a stash of cash, and if you have a lot of cash in your account, put some into dollars in the States before it is too late.

13:19

Thursday & Quicksand "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Post-hardcore pioneers, THURSDAY announce theyre coming out of retirement with their first run of shows in Australia since 2012. Officially reforming in 2016, theyll bring the tour to Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Adelaide in March 2018. Joining them on all dates is influential New York City post-hardcore legends, QUICKSAND.

Tickets for all shows go on sale at 12pm this Friday, October 13.

My Live Nation members can secure tickets first during the exclusive pre-sale beginning tomorrow at 10am, October 11.

For complete tour and ticketing details, visit: livenation.com.au.

Revered for their anguished lyrics, chiming guitars and explosive stage presence, Thursday have been a house-hold name among punk and rock fans since their debut release, Waiting, 18 years ago. Coming out of New Jersey in 1999 at the precipice of the post-punk movement, Thursday were quick to gain the attention of fans and labels with their raw, emotive sound. However, it wasnt until their 2001 album, Full Collapse, that they fully defined a genre.

Over the course of their active years, Thursday produced six eclectic albums. None were more representative of their distinctive sound than 2003s War All The Time. Armed with the backing of major label, Island Records, the album continued to elevate them as one of the most complex and exciting bands of the decade. After pioneering the post-hardcore genre, the band officially disbanded in 2013.

Emerging from the New York City hardcore scene of the 90s, QUICKSAND delivered a masterclass over two albums on what would be a stylistic blueprint for many bands to follow. They will release Interiors this November, which many attribute as their best album to date. It arrives deliberately unannounced, two decades after the pioneering post-hardcore quartets last album. Made completely on the bands own terms, Interiors has a power, strength and subtlety that will likely stun you. There are no wasted notes, no flab, and no excess whatsoever. It is absolutely perfect.

Catch these two genre-defining acts together this March!......

13:15

Spatial variation in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women's access to 4 types of maternal health services Western NSW & Far West Health Libraries Blog

This report presents the findings of a project which assessed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women's access to hospitals with public birthing services and 3 other types of maternal health services across Australia, then investigated possible high-level associations between access, maternal risk factors and birth outcomes.
Access to services

The study examined the geographic access of Indigenous women of child-bearing age (1544) to 4 types of on-the-ground maternal health services: hospitals with a public birthing unit; Indigenous-specific primary health-care services (ISPHCSs); Royal Flying Doctor Service clinics; and general practitioners (GPs). Using 1 hour drive time boundaries around these locations and population counts from the 2011 Census at a range of geographic levels (SA2, remoteness, jurisdiction), the study found:

* approximately one-fifth (25,600 or 21%) of Indigenous women of child-bearing age lived outside a 1 hour drive time from the nearest hospital with a public birthing unit
* nearly all (97%) Indigenous women of child-bearing age had access to at least 1 type of maternal health service within a 1 hour drive time. The lowest levels of access were for women in Very remote and Remote areas, where 84% and 93%, respectively, had access to at least 1 type of service.
* Indigenous women of child-bearing age in Major cities, Inner regional and Outer regional areas had more types of services available to them within a 1 hour drive time than did women in more remote areas. Thus, they had more choice in which service they use.

Association with area-level maternal risk factor and birth outcomes

Examining possible associations between geographic accessibility to services, maternal risk factors and birth outcomes at the Indigenous Region level, the study found that poorer access to:

* GPs was associated with higher rates of pre-term birth and low birthweight

* ISPHCSs with maternal/antenatal services was associated with higher rates of smoking and low birthweight
* hospitals with public birthing units was associated with higher rates of smoking, pre-term birth and low birthweight
* at least 1 service was associated with higher smoking rates and higher rates of pre-term delivery and low birthweight.



Download report: Spatial variation in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women's access to 4 types of maternal health services<https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/indigenous-health-welfare-services/spatial-variation-4-types-maternal-health-services/contents/table-of-contents>

12:42

Norfolk Island economy headed for disaster following Australian Government intervention, new report claims "IndyWatch Feed National"

An independent report on the economic situation on Norfolk Island following the Australian Government takeover of governance of the island last year, released today, warns the islands economy is heading for disaster as a result of spiralling costs and inappropriate regulation. Problems include the widespread imposition of Commonwealth and NSW regulatory regimes; the planned introduction of Australia's Modern Award System; the failure of the Australian Government to take up the responsibilities previously held by the Norfolk Island Government, such as for the promotion of tourism; the loss of direct passenger airline services between New Zealand and Norfolk Island; restrictions placed on primary producers and agricultural pursuits; and the removal of the general revenue raising powers of the Norfolk Island Government.


Written by economist and former scientist Dr Chris Nobbs, On the Brink of Disaster: The Impact of the Australian Government Reforms on Norfolk Island Businesses provides a detailed analysis of the impact of legislative and regulatory changes imposed on the island during the past 15 months.

Dr Nobbs concludes that the growing crisis is the direct result of flaws in the intervention by the Australian Government in Norfolk Island's governance and economy from 1 July 2016.

The report outlines the impact of substantial cost increases facing businesses, including double-digit price rises for incoming freight, a 15 per cent rise in telecommunications costs, a 12.7 per cent rise in regional council fees, along with regulatory changes that will see wage costs jump more than 35 per cent next year.

Based on a detailed examination of the current economic situation and the impact of significant legal and regulatory changes, it is projected that Norfolk Island will suffer a very large rise in prices, a steep downturn in tourism, a slump in business, a rise in unemployment, and widespread community distress, Dr Nobbs said.

By requiring both that Norfolk Island pay its own way and that Norfolk Islanders become like mainland Australians in terms of their obligati...

10:59

Protesters occupy Adani Headquarters in Townsville "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Townsville, 20th November: Twenty people are occupying the Adani Headquarters in Townsville, including three people who have locked themselves together in front of the entrance to prevent Adani workers accessing their office.

Donna, Will and Tully, who are locked on, are taking this action today to send a clear message that Adani should not be given $1 billion of taxpayer money and that the Carmichael coal mine should not go ahead.

Will Hamilton, 66, currently locked on and a former property developer from Brisbane, says With all its negative consequences on our environment, Australians all over the country are expressing their total rejection of the Adani Coal mine proposal. We take this action in the belief that others will become more aware of these issues and join us in raising their voices against the Adani coal mine proposal.

Protest against Adani has been amplifying across Australia, including on the ground at the construction site and at their headquaters in Townsville. In recent weeks several people from Frontline Action on Coal have been arrested occupying the Adani offices and disrupting construction of the Adani-owned railway.

Adani is a key focus of the Queensland election, with Palaszczuk earlier this month promising to veto the $1 billion loan to Adani to build the railway. Recent polls have shown that two thirds of Queenslanders oppose taxpayer money funding the Adani railway. Despite this, the LNP have not ruled out providing $1 billion of taxpayer money to Adani.

Donna Smit, 48, a systems analyst from Queensland who is also currently locked on, says I am here today because our Governments and corporations are failing us. Ordinary people taking extraordinary action is the corner they have painted us into, and I am prepared to do whatever it takes to stop Adanis catastrophic mine from being built.

Tully Doole, 22, is from the south coast of NSW and is worried about the future. She says I dont want to be responsible for the extreme weather, the bush fires, the floods, the droughts and the death of the great barrier reef.

Location: Townsville Adani Headquarters

Photos are being uploaded here: https://flic.kr/s/aHsm8bjNUR

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10:42

11 Signs You Are Going Through A Spiritual Transformation "IndyWatch Feed National"

In life, we go through a lot of major changes. That being said, we dont always realize we are going through them.

When I experience things like this, I do my best to pay attention to the signs and where these changes are taking me. These changes come about for many reasons but oftentimes are the result of an energetic shift of some kind. If you are experiencing any of the following things then you are most likely going through a major life change and may want to see where that change is leading you.

11 Signs You Are Going Through a Spiritual Transformation:

1. You become more sensitive.

You find yourself being more emotional and sensitive to the energies of others during this time. Since everything is changing this is normal. You are becoming more in-tune with the things around you and it can be a bit overwhelming to your senses in general.

2. You feel like you are changing.

You may have noticed that you are no longer the person you once were. You feel a bit odd and out of place. This will pass.

3. You are more curious.

You are asking more questions and looking harder for answers. You want to know things and understand on a deeper level. Nothing makes sense anymore.

4. You begin losing interest in certain things.

Hobbies and such that you used to obsess over may not hold a place in your life anymore. Because you are changing your interests might be changing as well. Sometimes we find new things that we like better and there is nothing wrong with that.

5. You find a new passion.

Sometimes in life, our passions change. This does not mean you cannot still be passionate about something from your past. We are constantly finding new passions in life.

6. You spend more time with others.

7. You spend more time alone.

As mentioned above, it can go both ways, which means for some you will become more introverted. Sometimes we just need to be alone or want to spend time working on ourselves. This doesnt mean we are unhappy just that we are being true to who we are.

8. You feel more excited in general.

You can sense that something interesting is coming and it excites you. You are finding more and more things to be happy about and life is really looking up.

9. You daydream more often.......

09:39

Daily Inspiration --- Your life mission "IndyWatch Feed National"

Ask first: where is the core of my passion? When you have an answer in which you feel some confidence, cultivate the creation that evolves from your inspiration. Put your all into realizing your vision, knowing all the while that it will not take shape as in the purity of your imagination, but will be transformed, in small ways or perhaps profoundly, by your own growth and by the world into which it seeks its place.

09:27

(U//FOUO) U.S. Army Intelligence Analysis Manual "GroovUs Feed Anews"

ATP 2-33.4 provides information on how intelligence personnel conduct intelligence analysis in support of unified land operations. It describes approaches used to conduct intelligence analysis and describes how intelligence analysis assists commanders with understanding the complex environments in which Army forces conduct operations. This manual emphasizes the act of intelligence analysis as a collaborative networked activity. This manual complements doctrinal guidance provided in ADP 2-0 and ADRP 2-0.

ATP 2-33.4 provides direction for intelligence personnel at all echelons. The principal audience for ATP 2-33.4 is Army intelligence officers, noncommissioned officers, Soldiers, and civilians. This publication provides guidelines for the conduct of intelligence analysis to commanders and staffs of Army units and is recommended for incorporation into institutional programs of instruction and unit training. Commanders and staffs of Army headquarters serving as joint task force or multinational headquarters should also refer to applicable joint or multinational doctrine concerning the range of military operations and joint or multinational forces. Trainers and educators throughout the Army will also use this manual.

1-1. Analysis is the examination of information in detail in order to understand it better and evaluate data in order to develop knowledge or conclusions. Information is processed data of every description which may be used when conducting analysis; information generally provides some of the answers to who, what, where, and when questions. Knowledge is the fact or condition of knowing something with familiarity gained through experience or association derived from information, facts, and descriptions. Knowledge helps ascribe meaning and value to the conditions or events within an operation. Analysis performed by intelligence personnel helps create knowledge in support of decisionmaking.

1-2. Commanders make decisions based on their understanding of the environment in which they are operating; intelligence analysis aids the commander in gaining the situational understanding necessary to decisionmaking. Forming a coherent intelligence picture during the decisionmaking process is difficult. In addition to determining how the physical environment may affect operations, intelligence personnel must assess how the presence and actions of thinking threats and civilian populations can influence situations and affect desired outcomes. Intelligence personnel must often assess extremely complex situations.

1-3. Intelligence personnel must accept and embrace ambiguity in conducting analysis. Training, knowledge, and experience are all critical parts of dealing with uncertainty. Intelligence personnel never have all the information necessary to make an intelligence assessment. To be effective, intelligence personnel must have....

09:19

Before Their Beginning: New Unknown Hominids Found in Australia "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Before Their Beginning: New Unknown Hominids Found in Australia

By Steven & Evan Strong

Two years ago two extremely unusual skulls along with their complete skeletons were unearthed when leveling land on a farm. The exact location will remain a secret, all that needs to be known is that it is located in South East Australia in the wheat/sheep belt and was originally buried in dry sandy soil. There is no need to be an expert in archaeology or any science, both skulls looked so beyond the embrace of any normal" skull and once exposed the farmer did the right thing in reporting this to the relevant authorities.

Two government appointed anthropologists came, excavated and literally threw them back into the ground without a skerrick of care or respect. Originally both bodies were seated upright, with two arms and knees pressed against their chests facing the east. What we witnessed was totally absent in care and respect with no intention shown to meticulously return as interred, which really is the very least that could be done. Sadly the collateral damage was huge with bones out of order, place and sequence. Knowing both skulls and their associated bones are without parallel, precedent or comparison, that may explain why the official anthropologists behaved so poorly on site and never got back to the farmer. Well nearly no-one made further contact, two representatives of a different government department did pop in for a quick visit soon after and threatened the farmer with talk of a hefty fine and rumours of time in jail if news of this discovery did spread.

Most would do as threatened and say no more, but not this farmer. He kept looking for the truth. And that desire for an answer finally led to our expedition onto his country plunging heads deep" into a past of which even I was unprepared.

Digging up the Past and Future

Proving once again how deceptive two-dimensional photographs can be, the first photograph we have presented was taken before the damage two years ago from a position and perspective that reveals so much, yet is equally misleading. As it is from above looking down this skull has the look" of an Original robust skull which always have large sloping foreheads and brains, a thick ridge above the eyes and large eyes, never as big as this, but the robust skulls do have larger eye sockets than the gracile thinner-boned Original strand. One of our anonymous academics, Professor X, called the skull Smassive,(1) with one equivocation, he had no scale or comparison.

...

09:04

Salim Mehajer arrested for breaching AVO "IndyWatch Feed National"

Controversial Sydney businessman Salim Mehajer is expected to be charged for allegedly breaching an apprehended violence order taken out by his estranged wife.

The 31-year-old is being questioned at Campsie Police Station after being involved in a car crash in Kingsgrove in Sydneys south in the early hours of Monday, a NSW Police spokeswoman told AAP.

Hes expected to be charged with two counts of breaching an AVO and is due to face Burwood Local Court later on Monday.

The former deputy mayor of Auburn first came to wider public attention in August 2015 when he closed a street in the suburb of Lidcombe for his glitzy nuptials, which included a fighter jet flyover, $50 million worth of luxury cars and an ARIA-award-winning wedding singer.Since then controversy has followed.

Hes been accused of threatening the father of Lindt Cafe siege survivor Joel Herat, and faced civil cases over a lavish staircase at his home, a cleaning bill and a Ferrari crash that injured two women.

Mr Mehajer also lost his position as Auburn deputy mayor and the council sacked him in early 2016 amid a public inquiry into allegations some councillors had made planning and development decisions that benefited themselves and family members.

After less than a year of marriage, police sought an apprehended violence order against Mr Mehajer to protect his wife Aysha, named in court records under her maiden name of Learmonth.

Mondays incident follows a weekend wedding between the Mehajer family and another notorious family that hit the headlines after a bodyguard was shot in the back.

Semi Tongan Sam Ngata, a long-term enforcer for the family of Kings Cross identity John Ibrahim, was found with a gunshot wound at a Merrylands house on Friday night.

It came as the family was preparing for the wedding of Mr Ibrahims nephew and Mr Mehajers sister.

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09:01

The Greens win in Northcote brings important consequences "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Contributed by Jim Hayes

The victory by Greens Candidate Linda Thorpe in the Northcote by-election is important, not so much because the win went to the Greens, or even by making history with the first indigenous woman elected into Victorias parliament, as much as because this has provided a litmus test, for the level of disenchantment that is rising around Australia.

As well as in the immediate sense, this has longer-term implications for the whole nation.

Closer to home, Victorias Andrews Labor government faces an election next year. In Northcote and other inner Melbourne electorates, Labor has been seeing the erosion of its heartland over some years. But rather than going to the Coalition, the drift is mainly towards the Greens.Labour has to contend with this reality. It is in the inner suburbs, where this is most likely to be at this time, converted into seats.

As well as the big picture, there are local issues. Sometimes too much weight is given to gentrification, that is, the coming in of a more professional, educated and better heeled population. There is some of this. But changing political attitudes are also being seen among Labors traditional working class heartland.

The Andrews Government is  vulnerable because to its intention to turn over public housing land to a mix of public, broader social and private housing, increasingly seen as privatisation through the back door.

Inner Melbourne faces a housing affordability crisis, where average homes are now, routinely priced on the wrong side of $1 million. People are hurting. Although there is a promise for more resources to be committed in this direction, it is not enough to turn the tide.

Another key local issue is the escalating traffic congestion that is turning the city into a commuting nightmare. There is more public transport. The down side is that the growth has not been enough to

meet the pace of increasing demand and trains and trams have become overcrowded.

The Coalition parties have nothing to smile about. Their position is worse. The biggest burden they have in Victoria is the unpopular Turnbull government in Canberra. Even without this, they are a non-show in Melbournes inner suburbs.

The disenchanted are turning away from traditional political institutions and the two party system, although this takes different forms in different places. Northcote is no exception.

In the century of its existence, the seat has always been held by Labor. Once by a big margin. In recent years this has dwindled, and it has now gone.

In the short-term, Labor faces a serious threat in Richmond and Brunswick and this has the potential of eroding the governments majority and putting the Greens in a bargaining po...

08:50

Irony can be so Ironic Trumps solution to AGW: Drill, Baby, Drill! "IndyWatch Feed National"

Guest commentary by David Middleton Daily Comment In Bonn, Trumps Answer to Global Warming? Drill, Baby, Drill! By Elizabeth Kolbert November 15, 2017 Every year around this time, negotiators from across the globe meet in one city or anotherMontreal, Marrakech, Copenhagen, Paristo resolve that the world really ought come up with a plan to do something about

08:40

The Andrew Marr Show (featuring Rob Burley) - a Percy Grainger-style Ramble "IndyWatch Feed National"


You!

As you know, there's nothing I love more on a Sunday...
...even more than my family and friends, Sunday dinner, not being at work, getting a lie-in, cats, Countryfile'Wine, Women and Song', Rod Liddle's Sunday Times column, Bells on Sundayand (above all) it not being Monday...
...than reading The Andrew Marr Show editor Rob Burley's Twitter exchanges with his viewing public. 

I'd like to do a Rufus Norris and turn them into a National Theatre play. (I'd supply the rhymes though, not Carol Ann Duffy).

Now there's no doubt that Rob is very loyal to the BBC and, yes, he can leave the odd tricky question hanging in the air which deserves an answer (such as this one, regarding a dodgy but allegedly explosive IPSOS Mori poll), but, to his continuing great credit, he does engage at length with many of his critics and tries to meet their criticisms - as befits the fact that he's also the editor of Samira Ahmed's Newswatch - and he does so with no little panache and plenty of good humour.

(And I know that some of you get as much of a laugh out of reading his Adam West-era Batman Zap! Pow! Bam!...

08:13

"Taking A Break From What You Are Doing: A New Approach" "GroovUs Feed Anews"

"Taking A Break From What You Are Doing: A New Approach"
by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM

"Sometimes finding the answer is as easy as taking a break and stepping back from the situation. Sometimes we can get so wrapped up in our thoughts that we wind up going round in round in circles, finding it difficult to concentrate on things and, because we are so distracted, not really accomplishing much. There may be signals--mental, emotional, and physical--that tell us we need to slow down and relax. Since we are so involved in things that are external to us, however, we may easily overlook what is really going on inside of us. It is during these times that we need to step back from the things that occupy our minds and take time out to connect with our inner self, giving our minds, bodies, and spirits the time they need to reenergize and heal.

At first it may seem that by taking a break we may not be as productive as we would initially like. In reality, a healthy period of rest is something that gives us a real sense of the unlimited nature of our true potential. Spending a couple of minutes walking outside, doing a few yoga poses, meditating, or simply becoming attuned to the rising and falling of our breath enables us to let go of our worries. This act brings our focus back to the things that are truly essential for us, such as our sense of oneness with the universe and our inner peace and well-being. As we begin to get in touch with this part of ourselves, we will find that our usual everyday troubles and worries become less critical and that we not only have much more room in our lives to really reflect on the issues that mean the mos...

07:15

Misrepresentation, lies, deception and fraud ... "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Despite the expense neither the Department nor their collaborators the Invasive Animals CRC were able to confirm the existence of any live foxes in Tasmania. Beginning in 2014 independent peer-reviewed research demonstrated that the physical evidence gathered in Tasmania was unsound and to date neither organisation has chosen to vouch for their data or justify the expenditure of tens of millions of taxpayer dollars trying to eradicate an animal they could not locate Premier Bacon literally head-hunted journalists he wanted from the local newspapers, commercial TV and the ABC and paid them far more than they could ever earn in the private sector. In this way local media was tamed to play along with Government policy. Twenty years on and arguably there are more journalists now employed inside government to fend off the public interest than exist outside to defend it. Moulding public perception is now a bog-standard skill of government with little regard for truth Jack Jolly in Comments: Deception is the way this is done. Thats how High Rise Harry gets to turn Sydney and Melbourne into Hong Kong. Hes given a licence by the state government to do so, and to hell with what the people who live there want. Did anyone ask the people of Sydney and Melbourne? Nope. Oddly, governing the state would be a hell of a lot easier if it was done on the basis of finding out what the public wanted done and what public values require If you can chase something that does not exist for 15 years and spend $50 million on it, then claim that it has been an outstanding success, then there are no limits to the bullshit you will project. Anything is possible. Isnt that the lesson of the fox fiasco - that government has no shame and no fear of the public whatsoever? They can look us in the eye and lie time and time again. There are no consequences David Obendorf in Comments: Perhaps it is a bitter pill. That this expensive eradication program was based on some unconscionable lying and the use of imported hoaxed evidence calculated to deceive. The presentation of false, unsubstantiated allegations to Tasmania Police was bad enough, but lying to a fox ecologist compounds the offence. To falsify physical evidence using dead fox exhibits adds to the gravity Jack in Comments: Of course, the government in the lower house can always cancel parliament when things get too hot as Do-Nothing Malcolm (Member for Goldman Sachs) has just done: HERE

06:50

Police Action in East Palo Alto Displaces RV Dwellers "IndyWatch Feed National"

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75 protesters blocked a street in East Palo Alto to protect families at a police action at 8 am on November 15th. A tow truck pulled up to haul away a dozen RVs occupied mostly by working people, some with children. The RV residents received less than 24 hours notice of an emergency eviction ordinance put in place by the city.

by R. Robertson 
Photo from @Hermit_Hwarang

That same evening many of the protesters and about 200 residents showed up to a Public Works and Transportation Commission meeting to face off with city staff and commissioners. On the agenda: a potential long term or permanent ordinance on RV parking on Weeks Street and a ban on all oversized vehicles on city streets. Many in attendance at the meeting said it is the citys responsibility to fix the housing cost problem that gentrification created. They made the point that there is nowhere to live but in RVs and cars since rents are rising beyond affordability. The meeting ran late with more than 40 speakers airing grievances.

City staff and members of the Public Works and Transportation Committee said that they commandeered peoples homes and closed the street because of health and safety concerns. They feared human waste dumped by RV residents would clog drains and said that they acted in advance of a San Francisco Bay Area wide rainstorm predicted for the morning of November 16.

06:19

Essenes may have authored Dead Sea Scrolls - Israeli anthropologist "IndyWatch Feed National"

Since the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls over 70 years ago, numerous theories have abounded about who wrote the ancient manuscripts. Now over 30 newly-excavated skeletons may finally provide an answer. The first of the scrolls were found by Bedouin goat herders in the Qumran area of the West Bank in 1946 and, over the course of the following decade, scrolls were found in 11 different caves in the area. A 12th cave yielded another find as recently as February this year. Throughout this time, archaeologists have struggled to find conclusive proof to determine who wrote or protected the scrolls. This failure has paved the way for seemingly endless theories about the inhabitants of Qumran including that they were craftsmen, Iron Age people, Bedouins and Roman soldiers. However the excavation of the skeletons has added great weight to the view that the manuscripts were watched over by a Jewish sect of celibate men called the Essenes.

06:18

Culture Guide November 20 26: Scum Ballet, Homeground, Splinter Orchestra & more "GroovUs Feed Anews"

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06:11

More Drone Repellent "IndyWatch Feed National"

Nammos 40mm Anti-Drone Programmable Airburst Ammunition Norwegian ammunition company Nammo has come up with a solution to the anti-drone predicament. The companys answer is to develop 40x53mm high-velocity grenades using programmable components that allow soldiers to lase the distance to an enemy UAV, transmit that data into the grenade, which then programs that grenade to airburst at that []

06:05

Securing a favorable IT on-call schedule "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Securing a favorable IT on-call schedule | information-technology-laptop-computer-online | News And Opinions

Having an IT team on-call is very important to ensuring your companys end product retains its high level of quality. Without this component, it would be considerably harder for the IT team to get the information they need when issues do arise. Additionally, it would also be a lot harder for the IT team to accurately trace and respond to occurrences regarding the products development.

But now that weve settled how having an IT-on call schedule is important, we need to be realistic about how inconvenient IT on-call can be at times. Many IT professionals lament their on-call experiences. Here, however,  we will give you some insight into how you can put together an on-call schedule that helps your business.

Answering the call

One of the biggest problems with on-call is that alerts are poorly reported due to the lack of a competent alerting system. If the alert is reported, it fails to go to the  correct engineer who could  actually answer the call. The alert gets passed from one department to another. So when it finally reaches the correct on-call individual, its nowhere near as riveting.

The answer to this problem is to implement a messaging system that competently picks up alerts and makes sure problems are adequately handled from the get-go. A platform like OnPage for Secure Messaging which provides an app and console can help an IT business answer on-call alerts thoroughly and act with much greater efficiency.

The advantages of uses an app

A mobile app eliminates the necessity of a physical pager for alerts. Its a much cleaner approach that is not only more convenient but also more efficient because planning and scheduling are improved. A mobile app presents the opportunity to respond promptly and correctly assign issues to the most qualifie...

06:00

Independent Artist Of The Week: ARSE "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Sydney band ARSE make horrifying, brutally honest punk music the kind thatll knock you right off your feet and pull you right back up again.

Made up of members Dan (guitar), Jono (bass) and Tim (drums), the bands forthcoming EP Primitive Species has been dubbed the soundtrack to Dans existential crisis. Recorded and co-written by Jono(than Boulet), the local trio bring edginess and grit to their whopper of a debut.

Immerse yourself in the chaos of ARSE, below:

Tune into Up For It every Monday morning to meet your new independent artist of the week!

The post Independent Artist Of The Week: ARSE appeared first on FBi Radio.

05:49

Whats Really Going On "IndyWatch Feed National"

it is A big in Consideration of future FREEDOM here in AMERICA or will We be Treated Like those in the Other OCCUPIED Countries across the WORLD..

This Question came to me from Africa.
Why have I been at the US Federal Court in Las Vegas at the Bundy Ranch Trial?
Thank you Adeyeye

To really answer this question you have to read between the lines.
What really powers how the World System works and how it shapes the Future.
(I put a little #BETWEENtheLINES in my message here too)

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05:46

Huge hole opens up in Brazilian soybean field; depth unknown "IndyWatch Feed National"

Residents of a farm in Coromandel in Alto Paranaba were surprised by a geological phenomenon last week. A giant hole, which would have been about 20 meters in diameter, appeared on a soybean plantation. Scientists from the Federal University of Uberlndia (UFU) were there and said that it might be a sinkhole. Fazenda Santa Cruz is 30 kilometers from the city. According to the owner, Diogo Tudela, the hole opened between 5 and 6 November and was discovered by a resident. "You can not imagine the size of the hole," he said. The land was recently planted with soybeans. The phenomenon had never occurred on the property before. "That's why we sought out experts to answer our questions. Then we learned that there are already records in the region of this event, "he explained. The farm owner hired a photographer with a drone to take the images. They believe that the diameter is 15 or 20 meters, and they Could not calculate depth yet.

05:10

Answers to Concerns of Whether to Vaccinate or Not - Veterans Today "IndyWatch Feed National"

Editors note:  Gutting the hoaxters who prey on fearful parents with vaccine scare stories is a must for any responsible publication.  Let me prove my case in only one sentencenow wait for it: Thermisol, touted to be the evil additive to vaccines was always in antibiotics.  For those too friggin stupid to understand, I will []

05:01

SBC: Big Brothers Disappearing Emails "GroovUs Feed Anews"

SBC: Big Brothers Disappearing Emails

  • an In My View article by NIGEL WARD, highlighting the moral bankruptcy of Scarborough Borough Councils Legal & Democratic Services department.

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Regular readers may recall the following video-clip extract from the Scarborough Borough Council meeting held on 6th November 2017:

Briefly, Councillors Tony RANDERSON [Lab.] and Janet JEFFERSON [Ind.] had raised concerns regarding the interception (re-characterised as redirection by SBC Legal Officers) of emails from members of the public to elected Councillors.

In the absence of Mrs Lisa DIXON, Director of Legal & Democratic Services and Monitoring Officer (who left the meeting early with award-winning Finance Director Nick EDWARS), it fell to Solicitor and Deputy Monitoring Officer David P. KITSON to defend Officers actions.

I have transcribed Mr KITSONs remarks for convenience of reference:

Thank you, Mr Mayor. Yes. Erm. What Ill do what I propose to do is to send you all a detailed response to the issue thats been raised. But what I can say very briefly is that it is lawful to do what we are doing, under the Regulation of Inves Investigatory Powers Act, and the various regulations made under that. 

I will explain it, as I say, thethepurpose behind all of this is for the protection of staff who have received abusive content and other inappropriate content from certain individuals.

What happens is, an email address, the person is warned about their behaviour, erm, and if it continues and there is a potential for their emails to be redirected . 

What happens if they do continue that behaviour, and a decision is made to do so, in terms of under the policy because we do have a policy about this erm, theyre then told and IT are asked to put a re-direct in place so that any emails   from that particular email address goes to that holding mailbox, if you like. 

I appreciate that you dont like the practice but, you know, as a responsible employer we need to protect staff and members, too and it is lawful and I will explain that in further detail.

David KITSONs commitment to providing a written explanation in further detail has now, at last, been fulfilled after a fashion  and it answers very little.

But now I must report on a simple test of the veracity of Mr KITSONs assertions, performed by NYE editor Tim TH...

04:45

[WATCH] Sacramento Deputies Shot Man For Holding His Wallet Now Family Demand Answers "IndyWatch Feed National"

On the one-year anniversary of the day their father was shot and killed by two Sacramento sheriffs deputies, sisters Bobbi Attaway and Sierra Rivera returned to the suburban street where

The post [WATCH] Sacramento Deputies Shot Man For Holding His Wallet Now Family Demand Answers appeared first on Filming Cops.

04:15

Misrepresentation, lies, deception and fraud "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Despite the expense neither the Department nor their collaborators the Invasive Animals CRC were able to confirm the existence of any live foxes in Tasmania. Beginning in 2014 independent peer-reviewed research demonstrated that the physical evidence gathered in Tasmania was unsound and to date neither organisation has chosen to vouch for their data or justify the expenditure of tens of millions of taxpayer dollars trying to eradicate an animal they could not locate Premier Bacon literally head-hunted journalists he wanted from the local newspapers, commercial TV and the ABC and paid them far more than they could ever earn in the private sector. In this way local media was tamed to play along with Government policy. Twenty years on and arguably there are more journalists now employed inside government to fend off the public interest than exist outside to defend it. Moulding public perception is now a bog-standard skill of government with little regard for truth Jack Jolly in Comments: Deception is the way this is done. Thats how High Rise Harry gets to turn Sydney and Melbourne into Hong Kong. Hes given a licence by the state government to do so, and to hell with what the people who live there want. Did anyone ask the people of Sydney and Melbourne? Nope. Oddly, governing the state would be a hell of a lot easier if it was done on the basis of finding out what the public wanted done and what public values require If you can chase something that does not exist for 15 years and spend $50 million on it, then claim that it has been an outstanding success, then there are no limits to the bullshit you will project. Anything is possible. Isnt that the lesson of the fox fiasco - that government has no shame and no fear of the public whatsoever? They can look us in the eye and lie time and time again. There are no consequences David Obendorf in Comments: Perhaps it is a bitter pill. That this expensive eradication program was based on some unconscionable lying and the use of imported hoaxed evidence calculated to deceive. The presentation of false, unsubstantiated allegations to Tasmania Police was bad enough, but lying to a fox ecologist compounds the offence. To falsify physical evidence using dead fox exhibits adds to the gravity

04:11

The Menendez trial has revealed everything wrong with US bribery law "IndyWatch Feed National"

With the jury hopelessly deadlocked, a federal judge was forced to declare a mistrial in the bribery trial of US Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ). Who can blame the jury? Its members had been asked to answer some of the hardest questions in modern anti-corruption law. Is it criminal bribery when a $600,000 donor to a Super PAC asks for, and gets, help pushing a policy change that benefits him - from the candidate the Super PAC supported? How explicit do agreements to trade favors have to be for a charge of criminal bribery to stick? How do we tell the difference between a gift as a sign of friendship and a gift as a bribe? Does it matter that everyone else is doing the same thing?

04:00

Book Review: JFK and the Unspeakable How he died and why it matters "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Edward Curtin This review was first published on November 28th 2009 and originally appeared on globalresearch.ca, lewrockwell.com and ratical.org. We are republishing it now to mark the our JFK Week, as well as announce our new Book Review section, coming soon. Despite a treasure-trove of new information having emerged over the last forty-six years, there are many people who still think who killed President John Fitzgerald Kennedy and why are unanswerable questions. There are others who cling to the Lee Harvey Oswald lone-nut explanation proffered by the Warren Commission. Both groups agree, however, that whatever the truth, it has no contemporary relevance but is old-hat, history, stuff for conspiracy-obsessed people with nothing better to do. The general thinking is that the assassination occurred almost a half-century ago, so lets move on. Nothing could be further from the truth, as James Douglass shows in his extraordinary book, JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters (Orbis Books, 2008). It is clearly one of the best books ever written on the Kennedy assassination

03:19

Scientific Study Concludes That Jesus Christ Didnt Exist "IndyWatch Feed National"

Group of historical researchers and scientists claim the bible is fake news

By: Jay Greenberg
A study by a group of world-renowned scientists, historical researchers, and religious scholars has concluded that Jesus Christ never existed, branding the Christian Bible as fake news. With the support of various nob-biased and noteworthy academics, the research was carried out to answer the extremely controversial question as to whether the so-called Historical Jesus actually existed. The report concluded that Jesus Christ did not exist as a historical figure, but only as a fabricated character in fables and storybooks. The researchers did state that, although the tales of Jesus were fake, they were most likely meant to be fictional rather than lies, but have been misinterpreted over time. This misinterpretation, according to the study, has left many people seeing the Bible as a historical document rather than an analogy to demonstrate moral code by adding magic and wonder. According to Raphael Lataster, one of the scholars behind the study; Scholarly responses to the increasingly popular activity of questioning Jesus existence have been quite telling. We can overlook the Christian scholars, as they are not invited to the debate over the mundane Historical Jesus; to this debate among atheists. Mainstream secular scholars purporting the Historical Jesus have largely remained silent as if they are hoping that this will all blow over.

 


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21:00

EP 228: The Scientists "GroovUs Feed Anews"

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Photo: Mark Louttit

The Scientists

Recorded and mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at The Triffid, Brisbane, 4th November 2017

The Scientists first formed in Perth as The Exterminators and then The Invaders in 1977. Once they became The Scientists in 1978, they then released their first single Frantic Romantic/Shake (Together Tonight) in June 1979 on the D.N.A. Records label. After a debut LP (commonly referred to as The Pink Album) and a number of lineup changes, the band relocated to Sydney in 1982.

This change in scenery and lineup also saw The Scientists change musical direction. Pop-infused punk rock was traded in for a more psychedelic style of swampy, blues rock n roll. The band was signed by Au Go Go Records who released two singles as well as the influential Blood Red River LP in the space of a year, making them one of Australias most popular independent bands at the time. But another move was soon on the cards.

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20:08

Maybe we no longer want long lives "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

So you'd like to live forever.

I'm going to deliver some bad news, straight from this week's conference on the future of Australian lifespans: you probably won't even make 100.

Worse still, your children probably won't make 100, and maybe not even their children.

The massive and unprecedented progress we've made since our first estimates were published in 1867 has blinded us to the fact that  just like regularly squeezing more speed out of computer chips is becoming harder it's becoming harder to squeeze more years out of life.

No one is yet signing off on an upper limit. Some people are talking about 125 years; others 600 years, which is the age by which, even if we could medically live forever, we would be as good as certain to have a life-ending accident.

Getting even a handful of those extra years would require herculean efforts of the kinds at which we once excelled but now find daunting.

Australia's first life table, published in The Sydney Morning Herald a century and a half ago, gave a newborn colonist just 45.6 years. One published today would give that newborn boy 80.4 years and a newborn girl 84.6.

The figures are midpoints, derived from adding up the death rates at each year of life. Some newborns will live longer. In Melbourne's inner east and Sydney's north shore the typical newborn girl can expect 87 years. Indigenous Australians can expect much less, about 70 for a boy and 75 for a girl.

Higher education is associated with an extra four years, according to Melbourne University's Philip Clarke, although it may not be education itself that buys the years, but something that goes with it. Higher income buys an extra five to six years. Perhaps because of that it matters which electorate you are in. People in Labor and National Party electorates get fewer years than th...

16:45

beeswax a story from hive to candle Practising Simplicity

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Most nights, once the children are in bed and the house is quiet, I light a beeswax candle. Its a little ritual Ive had for the past few years and one I look forward to every evening. It signals the end of the day a time to settle in and take rest.

I choose beeswax candles because the alternatives are brimming with chemicals that I dont want in my home. Even natural soy wax? Yes! Its actually chemically bleached, heavy metal hydrogenated (they use nickel) soybean oil a process that is environmentally disastrous. And because it has such an awful aroma, natural soy wax candles are always heavily fragranced. I choose not to wear perfume or burn artificial fragrance because the side effects are awful. This article explains it very succinctly.

But beeswaxbeeswax is a sweet, subtle honey-scented option that iodises the air as it burns. Thats right it purifies the air of dust, germs, particulate matter and viruses. Isnt nature clever!  If you live near a main road or any building works, the air is full of particulate matter burn a large beeswax candle you can actually see the dirt in the pool of wax dirt that could have ended up in your lungs.

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16:30

"There Is Nothing I Can tell You..." "GroovUs Feed Anews"

"There is nothing I can tell you that you do not already know.
There is no question that you can ask me that you yourself cannot answer.
You have just forgotten."
~ David Littlewood

16:07

The Dow v S&P500 v NASDAQ Whats the Difference? "GroovUs Feed Anews"

QUESTION: Dear Mr. Armstrong

Why do you always use the Dow Jones Index? It seems to have the least logical construction of the major indices. Why not use the S&P500?

Many thanks for your informative and thought-provoking blog,

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ANSWER: Each index offers a completely different perspective. The Dow Jones Industrials is the big money. You will notice that this index leads the way. It is the first out of a key low because it is typically the foreign capital that comes in based on currency. You will also notice it tend to top out first because the big money tends to start to pull out first also...

16:05

How to Define a Statesman "IndyWatch Feed National"

QUESTION: You have said that all we have are politicians, not statesmen. What is your definition of a statesman?

GD

ANSWER: A statesman is one who admits when he has made a mistake and has the wisdom to correct it before it does any more harm. This is the same quality required to be a successful hedge fund manager. If you cannot quickly realize when you are wrong and get out of a bad trade, you will lose your shirt, pants, wife, kids, and the dog.

15:42

Video: Angry Mob Of Hillary Clinton Supporters Attack Female Reporter, Attempt To Silence Free Speech "GroovUs Feed Anews"

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Recently released footage taken during a Hillary Clinton event in Austin, Texas shows a vicious group of women Clinton supporters attacking independent reporter Millie Weaver after she asked them a question they did not like.

Weaver, covering the event for Infowars.com, attempted to ask multiple different liberal women what their take was on Bill Clintons documented history of sexual violence against women.

For a group and party supposedly dedicated to womens rights, the response Weaver was given was startling to say the least.

From having her microphone pushed out of her hand to being flipped off directly in her face, the hoard of Clinton zombies showed their true colors, all because Weaver dared to ask them a question that they have purposefully chosen to ignore for years.

Weaver began her report by explaining the planned Clinton event and noting that she had chosen to wear a t-shirt that exposed Bill Clintons long history of sexual violence in the hopes that the female Hillary supporters would be interested in discussing these alleged crimes but perhaps knowing that they would most likely be triggered by the mere mention of them.

Weaver then encountered a security guard who claimed that he worked for the property owner but had actually been filmed doing security for the Clinton motorcade. In other words, a Clinton crony was sent to bother Weaver almost immediately.

Clinton fans then laughably claimed that the documented fact that Clinton helped sell off some of our uranium to the Russians is fake news.

The same women who claimed that a verified fact is fake news also refused to answer a question about how she feels about all the women accusing Bill Clinton of sexual assault by turning her answer into a question itself about disinformation she heard from the mainstream media regarding Alex Jones.

Another Clinton zombie was so triggered that she actually grabbed Weavers microphone in a clear attempt at squashing both free speech and the rights of the press.

Perhaps the most shocking part of the entire exchange between Weaver and the Clinton zombies came when employees of the book store where Clinton was signing her excuses filled book actually came up to Weaver and demanded that she leave under the threat of violence.

Im sorry I need for you to go because you are upsetting people, one of the liberal store employees laughably claimed. (Keep in mind they were on a public sidewalk)

After Weaver replied that she needed them to get o...

15:00

Bossladies Nest 28: Homeless landlady "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Tuesday looked so promising and Adele was very happy. The only dark spot was the fact that Jay hadnt answered her calls or called back, neither did he respond to her text messages. It wasnt the first time such would happen but she just wasnt feeling too cool about it anymore. By midday, she got really worried. Why wasnt he answering her calls? Could something be wrong? An icy hand grabbed her chest and her heart raced. Jay detested her getting family involved whenever he didnt return home. The last...

The post Bossladies Nest 28: Homeless landlady appeared first on Newtelegraph.

14:57

Man Charged With Painting Over Sydneys George Michael Mural "GroovUs Feed Anews"

A man caught on camera painting over Sydneys George Michael mural has reportedly been slapped with a graffiti charge. The artwork, depicted the singer and gay icon as Saint George Michael, was painted by artist Scott Marsh on a building in Sydneys inner-west in the weeks after Michaels death on Christmas Day last year. Video ...

The post Man Charged With Painting Over Sydneys George Michael Mural appeared first on QNEWS.

12:01

Gross State Product. Victoria top, but NSW the real winner "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Victoria has Australia's top-performing state economy, but the real prizes have gone to NSW and South Australia.

The annual Bureau of Statistics measure of state domestic product puts Victoria's economic growth at 3.3 per cent throughout 2016-17. NSW recorded weaker growth of 2.9 per cent, South Australia 2.2 per cent, Queensland 1.8 per cent and Tasmania 1.1 per cent. Western Australia's economy shrank 2.7 per cent.

But the league table takes no account of population growth.

Victoria had by far the strongest population growth during 2016-17. NSW and Queensland were well behind, and the other states even further behind. When adjusted for population, gross state product per resident grew fastest in South Australia (1.6 per cent) and NSW (1.3 per cent). Victoria's gross state product per resident grew just 0.9 per cent.

 

The Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory did better than the states on all measures. The ACT recorded economic growth of 4.6 per cent and growth per resident of 2.9 per cent and the Northern Territory recording growth of 4 per cent and 3.7 per cent.

Victorian Treasurer Tim Pallas brushed aside the per capita measure to declare that the overall 3.3 per cent result was higher than at any point during the previous term of the Liberal National Party government.

"This data once again shows the strength of Victoria's economy, and reinforces the direction we've steered our economy across three successive budgets with a focus on the infrastructure and services Victorians need," he said.

In both big states the growth was broadly based with the production of "professional, scientific and technical services" the biggest contributor.

"For the past five years professional, sc...

10:05

Blessed Are The Christian Rock Cakes: The Great Tweets Of Marque Lawyers "IndyWatch Feed National"

Admittedly, they help keep us out of jail, so were a little biased. But thats not the only reason we love Marque Lawyers.

If you follow the Sydney law firms Twitter account, youll understand that not only do they do law differently, but that they have a somewhat acerbic wit. Nothing is sacred well almost nothing they posted a rather nice tweet recently about banning the climb at Uluru.

From celebrating Mark Latham falling off a chair and accusing The Australian of running ads by Satan, to blessed are the Christian rock cakes for they will be protected from hungry gay mouths , a Sunday morning scanning Marques tweets is a thing to behold.

So, for your sabbath entertainment, here are some of the Great Tweets Of Marque Lawyers (you can follow them on Twitter here, by the way and we should also note, we also love our in-house pro bono lawyer Geoff Holland. But Geoff doesnt tweet. Wake up Geoff).

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09:47

Unsmashed Avo Tipped to be Sydneys Next Big Food Trend "GroovUs Feed Anews"

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A Bondi caf has been awarded five chefs hats and hailed as fucking genius for serving customers whole, unpeeled avocados on toast, a bold departure from smashed avo, which dominated global headlines throughout the year.

The chef said the new creation aligns beautifully with his philosophy of making whole foods whole again.

Smashed avo was really just part of that ridiculous deconstructed food trend, which is so 2017, he said. We wanted to ditch the fads and get back to basics for 2018. Our food is so wholesomely whole we dont even peel off the little sticker that comes naturally from the tree.

Sunday brunch fans have been lining up for the dish since 4am Wednesday morning, with many saying theyre willing to spend all the deposit their parents gave them for their first home on this culinary marvel.


09:43

When the right to be forgotten becomes possible on the Ethereum blockchain "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Storing diplomas or data on the blockchain will certainly infringe regulations on personal datas protection. Lexing Alain Bensoussans Legal Opinion analyses compliance of the BCDiploma solution with the GDPR.

The general regulation on personal data (GDPR) will be the new reference text on the protection of personal data, defined as all information related to a physical person. It will take effect on May 25th, 2018. As a new standard in terms of privacy protection, we especially find among its contributions the granting of new rights for individuals whose data are undergoing treatment:

    The right to erasure (i.e. the right to be forgotten).
    The right to portability;
    The right of rectification.

The GDPR has a worldwide scope and applies to all companies having or processing data of EU residents. The regulation gives to the regulator the power to inflict financial sanctions up to 4% of a companys global turnover. As a consequence, one can figure out that the conformity with this new regulation is a major stake for companies, CIOs and lawyers.

Blockchain and the GDPR: An inevitable conflict?

The GDPR also provides EU citizens with a right to erasure: to be able to require that businesses holding their data irrevocably erase the data upon request (also known as the right to be forgotten). (..) This may end up putting the GDPR on a collision course with blockchain technologies in unexpected ways. Luther Martin

New services based on blockchain technologies are created every day, in various domains: finance, insurance, logistic, healthcare, but also education, with diploma certification. However, due to the unalterable character of the blockchain, a data is impossible to erase once it has been written on it. At first glance, blockchain and right to be forgotten dont seem compatible. Inalterability and decentralization not only imply that the register is made of indelible data, but also imply that this register is shared with all user in the network In case of application of the right to be forgotten, we might expect to go against the very principle of inalterability, which lies at the core of the blockchain technology. In order to comply with the blockchain principles, it would be necessary to erase the data from each and every node of the network, and its records, which is technically impossible. For stakeholders and users of the blockchain technology, it becomes urgent to find answers to this issue in order to not slow down the adoption of this technology. All the more since the material and territorial application field of the GDPR is extremely broad.

CRYPTOGRAPHY AND SECURED ALGORITHM: THE LEXING ALAIN BENSOUSSAN LAW FIRM ENVISAGES COMPLIANCE WITH THE GDPR/

The cryptographic perspective s...

09:01

Could you distinguish a dead person from a mannequin? "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Caitlin Doughty writes about two recent cases where people came across the bodies of dead people but then dumped them, thinking that they were mannequins put out as pranks. She is the owner of a funeral home and she says that part of the problem is that too few people spend any time at all with their deceased loved ones, thinking that they must quickly shunt them off to funeral homes, and thus have little idea of what a dead person looks like.

How could this happen twice in the span of two years? The answer lies in our strained, often non-existent relationship to the dead body. In the Western world, Halloween mannequins are more of a reality than a real dead body. The misidentification of a corpse by civilians is not a surprising outcome, it is the only outcome.

I opened my latest book with the story of a daughter who wanted to keep her mother at home after she died. The hospice nurse, well intentioned though she may have been, erroneously told the daughter that to do this would be illegal, that the funeral home had to come take away the body immediately. The daughter feared that something she desperately wanted for her own healing was morbid and wrong.

Meeting our dead, in their natural state, is something Americans practiced for hundreds of years before the rise of the modern funeral industry (and the chemical preservation and makeup that came with it). Anyone who has cared for their own dead knows it is a simple transition back to that time past. Our dead have almost magic powersan outsized, powerful, and unexpectedly profound effect on the grieving individual. Even if we fear them, we must see them for what they aretreasure, not trash.

If you had asked me before whether I could tell the difference between a dead person and a mannequin, I would have said of course. But after reading this, I am not so sure. When I have been to open-casket funerals of people I have known, they do not look quite like what they did when alive. Given the increasing life-like appearance of mannequins these days, maybe I could get confused too.

05:13

"Thucydides in the Underworld" "IndyWatch Feed National"

"Thucydides in the Underworld"
by J. R. Nyquist
"Master, what gnaws at them so hideously their lamentation stuns the very air?" 
"They have no hope of death," he answered me..." 
- Dante Alighieri, "The Inferno"

"The shade of Thucydides, formerly an Athenian general and historian, languished in Hades for 24 centuries; and having intercourse with other spirits, was perturbed by an influx into the underworld of self-described historians professing to admire his History of the Peloponnesian War. They burdened him with their writings, priding themselves on the imitation of his method, tracing the various patterns of human nature in politics and war. He was, they said, the greatest historian; and his approval of their works held the promise that their purgatory was no prologue to oblivion.

As the centuries rolled on, the flow...

04:45

CAMBRIDGE ANALYTICA, TRUMP & BREXIT "IndyWatch Feed National"

Speaking at a Sydney Politics in the Pub event last month, Cathy Vogan, founder of THING2THING.COM and author of The Wikileaks Tapes, offered a comprehensive view of how the use of behavioural micro-targeting, big data and psychometrics by Cambridge Analytica got Donald Trump elected, and led to a vote for Brexit.

Cambridge Analytica: how big data-assisted behavioural micro-targeting facilitated the Trump & Brexit victories

Vogan opened by addressing some of the claims made by Hillary Clinton in a recent ABC interview. It was to point to the content of the Podesta emails, as resumed by Julian Assange in an interview with John Pilger; and to somewhat ridicule Clintons suggestions that Wikileaks had been involved in the spread of fake news.

In light of subsequent revelations by The Atlantic; recriminations by Barrett Brown; and these observations by The Intercept, regarding Assanges possible Nazi-Soviet Pact moment with the Trump campaign, what can one say?

An organization with a sterling reputation for providing the public with accurate information about secret government and corporate activities was used t...

04:14

Ajao Estate Anglicans celebrate harvest "IndyWatch Feed National"

  The Vicar in-Charge of the Archbishop Abiodun Adetiloye Memorial Anglican Church, Ajao Estate, Lagos, Venerable Michael Odumuyiwa, has said that human being cannot but experience hardship in one way or the other. The Vicar, who was answering questions from our correspondent at the Adult Harvest celebration of the church, encouraged Nigerians to take their focus from the present hardship in the country and rather get connected to God in order to enjoy divine satisfaction with even the little God has blessed them with. He said: Today we are celebrating...

The post Ajao Estate Anglicans celebrate harvest appeared first on Newtelegraph.

03:59

FBI report on black extremists raises new monitoring fears "GroovUs Feed Anews"

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Jeff Sessions

WASHINGTON (AP) An FBI report on the rise of black extremists is stirring fears of a return to practices used during the civil rights movement, when the bureau spied on activist groups without evidence they had broken any laws.

The FBI said it doesnt target specific groups, and the report is one of many its intelligence analysts produce to make law enforcement aware of what they see as emerging trends. A similar bulletin on white supremacists, for example, came out about the same time.

The 12-page report, issued in August, says black identity extremists are increasingly targeting law enforcement after police killings of black men, especially since the shooting of Michael Brown roiled Ferguson, Missouri, in 2014. The report describes cases in which extremists had acted in retaliation for perceived past police brutality incidents. It warned that such violence was likely to continue.

Black leaders and activists were outraged after Foreign Policy revealed the existence of the report last month. The Congressional Black Caucus, in a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray, said the report conflates black political activists with dangerous domestic terrorist organizations and would further erode the frayed relationship between police and minority communities.

I have never met a black extremist. I dont know what the FBI is talking about, said Chris Phillips, a filmma...

03:46

Why are Police in the USA so Terrified? "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Why are Police in the USA so Terrified? | police | Special Interests Tyranny & Police State US News

In a recent incident in the United States, yet another unarmed man was shot dead by police after opening his front door in response to their knock. The police were going to serve an arrest warrant on a domestic violence suspect the mans neighbour but went to the wrong address. See Police kill innocent man while serving warrant at wrong address.

For those who follow news in the United States, the routine killing of innocent civilians by the police has become a national crisis despite concerted attempts by political and legal authorities and the corporate media to obscure what is happening. See Killed by Police and The Counted: People killed by police in the US.

So far this year, US police have killed 1,044 people. In contrast, from 1990 to 2016, police in England and Wales killed just 62 people. See Fatal police shootings.

Of course, these murders by the police are just the tip of the iceberg of police violence as police continue to demonstrate that the freedoms guaranteed by the Fourth Amendment have been eviscerated. See What Country Is This? Forced Blood Draws, Cavity Searches and Colonoscopies.

So why are the police so violent? you might ask. Well, several scholars have offered answers to this question and you can read a little about what they say in these articles reviewing recent books on the subject. See The Fraternal Order of Police Must Go and Our Ever-Deadlier Police State.

Whi...

02:02

Washingtons War On Poor Grad Students "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Jill Richardson for Other Words - The Republican tax plan winding its way through Congress includes a special middle finger to the nations graduate students. Its a little bit wonky, so stay with me here. Ill explain how it affects me, since Im an actual graduate student. Going to grad school wouldve been entirely out of reach for me if I had to pay full tuition for my education. Getting a PhD takes at least five years and often more. I dont have a spouse, trust fund, or parents to cover my cost of living or my tuition. If I had to pay for my own education, it wouldve been simply out of the question. This is hardly uncommon. How many adults do you know can forego five or more years of income while simultaneously paying thousands of dollars in college tuition each year? Since the answer to that question is not many, universities employ graduate students as poorly paid labor in exchange for an education, health insurance, and a very low wage. In my case, Ive worked as a teaching assistant for the past three years while also attending classes at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Other students worked as research assistants. A lucky few got funding that allowed them to pursue their own research. The rest of us had to work. Forbes mentions some magical places where graduate students are given stipends up to $50,000 per year. At Wisconsin, we werent so lucky.

02:02

A delicate exercise "GroovUs Feed Anews"

It must be tricky to critique flat Earth stories, which are risibly goofy and in defiance of the evidence, when you personally believe in young Earth stories, which are just as idiotic, but Danny Faulkner of Answers in Genesis tries. He attended a flat earth conference, and whats remarkable about his essay is how gingerly he treads. Make no mistake, Faulkner does not believe in this flat earth crap, he gives a few specific criticisms of some of their rationalizations, and it is not currently the policy of Answers in Genesis to support flat earth claims (they say the Bible does not claim the Earth is flat), but give them time if flat-earthers become numerous enough to be fleeced, expect even more niceness from AiG.

Its just the irony of it all. Faulkner was getting a little taste of how loony these fringe Bible kooks look to the rest of us, with their weird claims that flout all the evidence, but are fervently held solely because they connect them to their religious beliefs. No, the Bible doesnt flat out state that the Earth is flat, but it is a reasonably inferred part of the mythology, and there are all kinds of hints that the ancient authors modeled the world that way; it also doesnt come right out and say that the Earth is only 6000 years old, but it is also clear that the ancient authors had no concept of deep time, and so AiG has inferred and imposed a set of interpretations on the Bible that bolster their preferred preconceptions. There is no difference between flat-earthers and young-earthers in their methodology or their biases or their abuse of science.

Theres also the lack of perspective. Ive attended creationist events, and this is exactly what they sound like: disappointingly vague, reliant entirely on religious testimonies and that damnable Christian persecution complex.

I was a bit disappointed by the content of the conference. I had expected that I would hear and see information about flat-earth that I hadnt encountered already, but that wasnt the case. Many of the presentations largely were personal testimonies of how people had come to believe in flat earth. Hence, I didnt learn much about the flat-earth model that I didnt already know. However, I did learn much about the flat-earth movement itself. In conversations and in the presentations, I learned how people came to lose jobs, friends, and even family members once they, in their own words, came out of the closet about flat earth. Therefore, many of the people in attendance clearly viewed the meeting as a safe refuge where they could meet ostracized people like themselves. This clearly brought joy to many attendees, and I suppose the last thing these people would do would....

01:49

Prosperity Through Keystrokes: Understanding Federal Spending "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Steve Grumbine. It has long been known that our electoral system and methods of voting are corrupt, untrustworthy, and easily manipulated by less than savvy politicians, state actors, and hackers alike. The answers to many of these issues is the same answer that we would need to push for any progressive reforms to take place in the United States: namely, we need enlightened, fiery, peaceful, and committed activists to propel a movement and ensure that the people rise, face their oppressors, and unify to demand that their needs be met. What is not as well-known, however, is how a movement, the government, and taxes work together to bring about massive changes in programs, new spending, and the always scary National Debt .

01:27

AC/DC co-founder and guitarist Malcolm Young dies aged 64 "GroovUs Feed Anews"

ABC News Australia

AC/DC co-founder and guitarist Malcolm Young dies aged 64

19 November 2017

 

A young Malcolm Young holds a guitar as he poses, sitting on an amp

Legendary Australian guitarist and AC/DC co-founder Malcolm Young has died aged 64.

Known for the powerhouse riffs and rhythm guitar that propelled the Sydney group to superstardom, Young had been suffering from dementia for the past three years.

Young started AC/DC in 1973 with his brother, fellow guitarist Angus.

Their other brother George Young, a member of The Easybeats and a producer for AC/DC, died in October aged 70.

Malcolm Young died peacefully on Saturday with his family by his bedside, a statement on AC/DCs Facebook page said.

As his brother it is hard to express in words what he has meant to me during my life, the bond we had was unique and very special, Angus Young said.

He leaves behind an enormous legacy that will live on forever.

Malcolm, job well done.

Young told band to keep making music after diagnosis

Youngs family confirmed he was suffering from dementia in 2014.

In an interview with the ABCs 7.30, AC/DC lead singer Brian Johnson said Young had told the band to keep making music.

Without any of that sympathy stuff, you know, there was none of that stuff around.

And he just said to keep doing it. Thats the way he talked [he was a] straight shooter.

So we did, and it was great.

Angus You...

Saturday, 18 November

22:45

Will AI scarecrows warn off elephants? "GroovUs Feed Anews"

New Scientist

An African forest elephant in a woodland setting in Loango National Park, Gabon. Hes on your farm, eating your crops

Michael Nichols/National Geographic/Getty

When you think of agricultural pests, elephants are probably near the bottom of the list. But they do an enormous amount of damage to nut and banana plantations precisely because they are too big, tough and smart to scare off once they start eating. Now, Australian researchers have developed an AI scarecrow that can do the job. It has been so successful that they are looking to adapt it to other smart pests the long term goal is a scarecrow that understands the type of pest approaching and can tailor its scaring strategy.

Scarecrow technology has a long history of ignominious failure, and not just for elephants  animals quickly learn to tune out a deterrent if it becomes apparent that there is no threat. Many growers have described birds perching and even roosting on devices that were designed to scare them off. So researchers from CSIRO, Australias national research organization, decided the answer was artificial intelligence.

Their AI scarecrow bears little resemblance to what you may be picturing. It has three elements: sensors that detect what kind of pest is approaching, a processing brain to identify them and decide how best to respond, and deterrent devices that can respond intelligently with the right combination of sound or light. These can be scattered widely to encompass any area that needs protection, even if its the size of a plantation.

Then it is loaded with a library of predator sounds, animal alarm calls and irritating tones, as well as its own self-generated noises anything we would consider as scary or startling, says senior researcher Ashley Tews. What constitutes a scary sound is an ongoing area of species-dependent research. However, previous work indicates that leopard and tiger growls can make elephants depart the scene. Its als...

22:09

Horrifying New Study Shows People Willing to Hurt Complete Strangers Just to Obey Authority "GroovUs Feed Anews"

TFTP| For the state to make war, it must convince the populace that killing other people is just and necessary. Many different rationalizations have cropped up over the millennia from controlling resources to exterminating races to fighting terrorism but murdering strangers requires a particular obedience to authority.

Fifty years ago, psychologist Stanley Milgram conducted the Milgram experiment, which measured the willingness of study participants to hurt others, even when it conflicts with their personal conscience, in the interest of obeying authority. The results, published in 1963, showed that a very high percentage of participants were willing to follow orders and cause serious injury to others.

The researchers recruited 80 participants (40 men and 40 women), with an age range from 18 to 69, for the study. Participants had up to 10 buttons to press, each a higher shock level. The results show that the level of participants obedience towards instructions is similarly high to that of the original Milgram studies.

They found that 90% of the people were willing to go to the highest level in the experiment.

Study co-author Tomasz Grzyb noted that the vast majority of people claimed they would never behave in such a man...

20:26

What's About to Happen "IndyWatch Feed National"

 



"The illusion of freedom will continue for as long as it's profitable to continue the illusion. At the point where the illusion becomes too expensive to maintain, they will take down the scenery, move the tables and chairs out of the way, then they will pull back the curtains and you will see the brick wall at the back of the theater." - Frank Zappa

"Who controls the past controls the future, who controls the present controls the past." - George Orwell

When the tyrant has disposed of foreign enemies by conquest or treaty and there is nothing to fear from them, then he is always stirring up some war or other, in order that the people may require a leader. - Plato

"I would rather have questions that can't be answered than answers that can't be questioned. - Richard Feynman
...

18:50

Gautum Adani has Indias government under control, now Australias, too? "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Carmichael coal mine magnate Gautam Adani: from school dropout to $12bn empire, The Age 18 Nov 17 
Adanis push to build a mega coal mine in Queensland has polarised opinions nationwide. It should come as no surprise: the billionaire behind the project has long been a focus of controversy in his native India.
Tim Elliott
According to the Bloomberg Billionaire Index, the 55-year-old has a net worth of $US9.9 billion ($12.9 billion), placing him among the 10 richest people in India. As chairman of Adani Group, which he founded three decades ago, he presides over an empire with interests in mining, ports, power plants, real estate, renewable energy, food, and even defence
To Australians, however, he is best known for his proposed $16.5 billion Carmichael coal mine, to be built in central Queenslands Galilee Basin. Construction was scheduled to start in October, but has been delayed due to political and financing issues. Should the mine proceed, it will be one of the largest in the world roughly five times the size of Sydney Harbour and produce up to 60 million tonnes of coal per year for anywhere between 50 and 60 years, all of which will be exported, the bulk of it to India.
Adani has also been willing to operate at the very limits of Indias notoriously murky business world. His companies have been implicated in multiple instances of alleged corruption, including tax evasion, bribery, money laundering and large-scale illegal exports. In 2007, India&#821...

17:00

The Weekend Quiz November 18-19, 2017 answers and discussion "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Here are the answers with discussion for this Weekends Quiz. The information provided should help you work out why you missed a question or three! If you havent already done the Quiz from yesterday then have a go at it before you read the answers. I hope this helps you develop an understanding of modern monetary theory (MMT) and its application to macroeconomic thinking. Comments as usual welcome, especially if I have made an error.

Question 1:

Larger fiscal deficits as a percentage of GDP typically mean that there are less real resources available for other productive uses.

The answer is True.

It is clear that at any point in time, there are finite real resources available for production. New resources can be discovered, produced and the old stock spread better via education and productivity growth. The aim of production is to use these real resources to produce goods and services that people want either via private or public provision.

So by definition any sectoral claim (via spending) on the real resources reduces the availability for other users. There is always an opportunity cost involved in real terms when one component of spending increases relative to another.

Unless you subscribe to the extreme end of mainstream economics which espouses concepts such as 100 per cent crowding out via financial markets and/or Ricardian equivalence consumption effects, you will conclude that rising net public spending as percentage of GDP will add to aggregate demand and as long as the economy can produce more real goods and services in response, this increase in public demand will be met with increased public access to real goods and services.

You might also wonder whether it matters if the economy is already at full capacity. Under these conditions a rising public share of GDP must squeeze real usage by the non-government sector which might also drive inflation as the economy tries to siphon of the incompatible nominal demands on final real output.

You might say that the deficits might rise as a percentage of GDP as a result of a decline in private spending triggering the automatic stabilisers which would suggest many idle resources. That is clearly possible but doesnt alter the fact that the public claims on the total resources available have risen.

Under these circumstances the opportunity costs involved are very low because of the excess capacity.
The question really seeks to detect whether you have been able to distinguish between the financial crowding out myth that is found in all the mainstream macroeconomics textbooks and concepts of real crowding out.

The normal presentation of th...

16:30

Man Pulls Out at $290 on the Pokies to Avoid Compulsory Nose Bag Shout "GroovUs Feed Anews"

SpringCarnival

A Sydney man enjoying a purple patch on the sentimental favourite pokie he grew up with, Spring Carnival, decided to call it quits and cash out at $290 so his spectating pals didnt enforce the compulsory rule of shouting everyone a nose bag if your winnings exceed $300.

The man said hitting collect was one of the hardest things hes ever had to do, as he was certain things were far from finished on the race track.

Winning more than $300 when your mates are watching is basically a loss, the man said. So instead of shouting a bag, I grabbed everyone a schooner of rum or two, then snuck off to look for the only sort of bags Im interested in the bookie bags belonging to W.Winbig.

The man ended up returning all his winnings, credit card cash advances, and a Nimble loan to Spring Carnival. He will be not be seen for the rest of the weekend and will be taking his lunch to work every day next week.


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