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Monday, 22 January

16:30

The real fake news: Trump's cognitive tests revealed "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

The real fake news: Trump's cognitive tests revealedContributing editor-at-large Tess Lawrence has managed to get a copy of Donald Trump's cognitive exam questions. Take the Trump test! read now...

14:07

MACKAY Man assaulted pair at servo, followed them in his car "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY January 22, 2018 at 05:30AM ,

Man assaulted pair at servo, followed them in his car

January 22, 2018 at 05:30AM ,

Justin Dean Jones appeared in Mackay Magistrates Court from the dock, after being brought up from Mackay Watch-house. The 26-year-old, who had no address listed with Mackay Courthouse, pleaded guilty to five charges dated to Wednesday, January 17. That included two counts of common assault

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MACKAY Charges follow aviation incident, Mackay "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY January 22, 2018 at 09:37AM ,

Charges follow aviation incident, Mackay

January 22, 2018 at 09:37AM ,

He is due to appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court on February 5. If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day. You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community

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MACKAY Man allegedly shone laser in eyes of pilot landing in Mackay "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY January 22, 2018 at 09:48AM ,

Man allegedly shone laser in eyes of pilot landing in Mackay

January 22, 2018 at 09:48AM ,

A MOUNT Pleasant teenager has been charged with threatening the safety of persons on board an aircraft after allegedly pointing a laser light in the eyes of a pilot landing at Mackay Airport. Police allege at 8.20pm on Friday, the pilot of a plane carrying 80 passengers was in the process of landing when

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MACKAY West Mackay garage ransacked as resident was gardening "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY January 22, 2018 at 08:30AM ,

West Mackay garage ransacked as resident was gardening

January 22, 2018 at 08:30AM ,

police officer in the performance of their duty, unlawfully possessing dangerous drugs, unlawful possession of a knife in a public place, possess tainted property and failing to take reasonable care and precautions in respect of a syringe. He will appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court later this morning

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14:07

MACKAY Multiple charges follow investigation into West Mackay burglary "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY January 22, 2018 at 08:07AM ,

Multiple charges follow investigation into West Mackay burglary

January 22, 2018 at 08:07AM ,

He will appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court later this morning to have the charges heard. If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day. You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered

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14:00

For a redeeming view of history "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Part Two of a history of European occupation, rule, and brutal imperialism of Indigenous Australia, by Dr George Venturini. The end of transportation That had been the law for a long time. But transportation to North America became impossible after 1776 and the Declaration of Independence. Finding another suitable place, away from England, became urgent

The post For a redeeming view of history appeared first on The AIM Network.

13:00

In which the onion muncher is on a final warning ... "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

  

As the pond's favourites return from their holydays, the pond is beginning to feel the heat.

Where only a few days ago the pond had to scrabble around for essence of loonery, this week looks like producing a superabundance, a glut the pond is incapable of handling...

Who could imagine that the Terrorists would head into a frenzy about the latest threat to schools, while over at the lizard Oz, the reptiles were in a state of electric shock at those newfangled monstrosities sending the Tories into a spiral of despair and doubt ...

Having fucked up the NBN, what else was there for them to do? The reptiles even stuck it at the top of the digital page, just to emphasise the irony ...





Sparks showdown? Oh the firing on one cylinder wit of it all ...

Meanwhile, in another world, global sales of EVs soared 63% compared to the same period last year and looking ahead to 2040, China is forecast to capture more than 40% of the EV market ...(Business Insider, December 2017, with graphs too!)

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12:24

Analysis of electricity costs for 18 and 19 January heat wave "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

This cost of the self-induced energy shortage in southern Australia over the 18-19 January was in the vicinity of $400 million.

12:00

STUDY: Long-term health risks of Monsanto's Roundup revealed "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

STUDY: Long-term health risks of Monsanto's Roundup revealedNew research suggests Monsanto's Roundup weedkiller may alter the human microbiome, leaving us vulnerable to disease. read now...

11:54

Yodelayheehoo "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Switzerland has changed the way changing the way persons can become citizens.  From 1 January 2018, a number of changes took effect.  Consider this:

  • It takes 10 years of residency to be eligible, and this includes being physically in Switzerland for 3 of the immediate 5 years prior to application.
  • Applicants must be well integrated into Swiss society.  Integration can be demonstrated through among other things, proving that the applicant respects public order and security, poses no threat to internal or external security, supports the integration of family members and possesses good written and oral command of one of the official languages.
  • If an applicant was dependent upon social welfare anytime during the three years prior to application, then the requirements for Swiss citizenship are not met. Previous dependency on social welfare does not pose an obstacle if the applicant has completely repaid the amount of welfare assistance received before the naturalization application.

In Switzerland, citizenship seems to be a privilege and not a right.  Hence successful applicants need to demonstrate more than the ability to breath.

Consider this also.  A Dutch vegan who applied for a Swiss passport has had her application rejected because the locals found her too annoying.  The applicant:

a vegan and animal rights activist, has campaigned against the use of cowbells in the village and her actions have annoyed the locals.

The residents committee argued that if she does not accept Swiss traditions and the Swiss way of life, she should not be able to become an official national.

Too annoying.

If only there was a similar test for eligibility to the Australian Parliament.

Follow I Am Spartacus on Twitter at @Ey_am_Spartacus

11:15

Cost and performance in public schools "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

From Dan Mitchell, the picture is worth a thousand words. Same here no doubt.

A bit more to read.

So perhaps the problem is the way the money is getting spent, not the amount.

Thats why the moral of the story is that we need to break up government school monopolies and harness the power of the market by giving parents and students genuine school choice. For what its worth, theres strong evidence that choice produces good outcomes in the limited instances where it is allowed in the United States.

P.S. Theres also strong evidence for school choice from nations such as Sweden, Chile, and the Netherlands.

P.P.S. Needless to say, eliminating the Department of Education is part of the solution.

11:07

Media Release: Prime Minister Must Show Greater Leadership on Great Barrier Reef "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

The Great Barrier Reef is in grave danger from climate change and local threats and the Prime Ministers funding announcement today is nowhere near enough to recognise the scale of the threats it faces. 

The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) is responding to the PMs announcement today of $60 million to tackle the current severe outbreak of Crown-of-Thorns Starfish (COTS), agricultural runoff to the Reef and coral bleaching.

To seriously tackle the grave threat of climate change to the Reef, the federal government needs to make an urgent transition to renewable energy and rule out Adanis Carmichael mine and all new coal mines, Imogen Zethoven, Fight for our Reef campaign director of AMCS said.
Funding research is necessary, but it will be a classic case of rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic unless the federal government moves quickly away from coal and other fossil fuels.

The Prime Minister needs to exert leadership on climate change and the Reef. He is well aware of the problem but his solutions are so far woefully disproportionate to the problem.

The government also needs to dramatically scale up its response to poor water quality. Fertiliser runoff is leading to plagues of coral-eating COTS. It is not enough to continue to fund COTS removal while not seriously tackling the root cause of the problem.

A Queensland government report found that an $800 million investment each year for 10 years would make a dramatic improvement to the Reef. The government must get serious and make investment in this order of magnitude.

The Reef is suffering. If it were a patient, it would be crying out for more help. As our most loved and famous natural asset, worth over $6 billion to the economy every year, Australians must be left wondering why the federal government is not showing leadership in protecting it.

To arrange interviews: Ingrid Neilson, AMCS Communications Manager: 0421 972 731

For comment: Imogen Zethoven AO, Fight for our Reef Campaign Director: 0431 565 495

The post Media Release: Prime Minister Must Show Greater Leadership on Great Barrier Reef appeared first on Fight For Our Reef.

11:03

Dentistry - Admission Statistics and Selection Process "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Response by Charles Sturt University to James Brooke on January 22, 2018.
Awaiting classification.
  [1]Charles Sturt University     [2][IMG]   Don't miss the CSU Get Your Questions Answered webinar series   Hi James, Thinking about study a...

10:56

Sandpit "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

A new sandpit for long side discussions, conspiracy theories, idees fixes and so on.

10:55

Monday Message Board "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Another Monday Message Board. Post comments on any topic. Civil discussion and no coarse language please. Side discussions and idees fixes to the sandpits, please.

10:20

Cairns is car stealing capital of Australia; 767 stolen in 2017 and police powerless to stop it "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Police and Civil Liberties Council at a loss in how to deal with rampant indigenous youth crime:

Petford Farm program should be reinstated, demands Federal Member Warren Entsch

by Casey Briggs, ABC and Cairns News

A police operation to photograph and question unsupervised children on the streets of Mount Isa is illegal and should be stopped, according to civil libertarians.

Mt Isa has an enormous problem with young indigenous youths wandering the streets late at night. The Labor Government has no idea how to handle the vandalism and car stealing. In 2017, 767 cars were stolen in Cairns largely by out-of-control indigenous youths, some as young as 12. The Labor State Government is brushing the problem under the carpet and its new MP for Cairns Michael Healy has been told to shut his mouth by the Premier about voicing any sensible solution.

Queenslands Civil Liberties Council will ask the states privacy commissioner to investigate the operation, as politicians suggest the initiative could be expanded to other regional cities.

As part of Operation Tucson,...

09:45

Three claims used to justify pulling codeine from sale without a prescription, and why theyre wrong "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Codeine Banned In Australia: Why The Arguments Dont Add Up

Three claims used to justify pulling codeine from sale without a prescription, and why theyre wrong

Peter Carroll, University of Sydney

From February 1, 2018 all products that contain codeine will only be available for sale in pharmacies with a prescription. This means you wont be able to buy brands like Nurofen Plus, Panadeine or Panadeine Extra over the counter at your local pharmacy without a prescription from your doctor.

The decision was made by Australias drug regulator the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). It was based mainly on the fact that codeine can cause dependence, and its misuse has led to addiction and even death. These facts are not in dispute.

But claims withdrawing such products from sale without a prescription will reduce codeine use are misleading. Nor is it correct to say, as some do in applauding the TGAs decision, there is no evidence painkillers combined with lower doses of codeine arent any more effective in providing pain relief than the painkillers alone. Here are three common claims made about codeine-containing products that are untrue.

1. Low-dose codeine doesnt improve pain relief

Painkillers such as codeine, ibuprofen and paracetamol act in different ways to reduce pain, and they are sometimes combined into the one tablet to produce greater pain relief...

09:30

The end of Innocence "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

By Cally Jetta Any parent can relate to the desire to protect their children from hurt and bullying and understand the pain it causes to see your child upset. As parents of Aboriginal children there is an understanding that sooner or later they will encounter racism and come to understand that some will judge them

The post The end of Innocence appeared first on The AIM Network.

09:27

Dont believe Abbott and Kelly Electric cars are part of the battery revolution "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Dont believe the bullshit being peddled by the Abbott camp today on EVs. Its inaccurate, deliberately misleading, and nothing more than another attempt to wedge Turnbull on renewable energy.

08:52

PM to give $60m to save Great Barrier Reef "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is to unveil a multi-million-dollar plan to protect the Great Barrier Reef against mass bleaching.

The plan, to cost about $60 million over the next 18 months, will include funding farmers to reduce sediment run-off and innovative research, The Courier-Mail says.

Mr Turnbull is expected to announce the plan in Townsville on Monday, supported by leading scientists.

Last week, the federal and Queensland governments issued an open call to the worlds top scientific minds to help save the reef.

The governments have launched a $2 million challenge to find novel ways to restore reefs and lift coral abundance.

This is an open invitation to our greatest scientific minds, industry and business leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs to develop innovative solutions which will protect corals and encourage the recovery of damaged reefs, said Federal Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg.

The reef is the planets greatest living wonder. The scale of the problem is big and big thinking is needed, but its important to remember that solutions can come from anywhere.

The Great Barrier Reef is still reeling from back-to-back coral bleaching events in 2016 and 2017, while authorities are also dealing with a crown-of-thorns starfish outbreak in southern parts of the reef.

The post PM to give $60m to save Great Barrier Reef appeared first on Echonetdaily.

08:01

January 22 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"



1787 - Oh how simply marvelous old chap, a spiffing good idea for the British Parliament to start a penal colony in that far off land Or-stray-lia.

1809 - Lieutenant William Lawson proceeded to Newcastle on the Estramina to take over the settlement as Commandant. He was accompanied by Charles Throsby.

1836 - A town began to grow, throwing out its tendrils of commerce, when the first land sales were held at Singleton in NSW.

1836 - The South Australian Company was constituted.

1848 - It cost over 2,000 pounds and took a year to complete but they built a powder magazine in the side of Batman's Hill. I'm guessing it's no longer there...

1853 - The Act to establish our own University of Melbourne, for all our clever clogs born in the colony, was passed along with the prunes by the Victorian Legislative Council and Queen Vicky gave it the royal nod.

1866 - James Martin (Premier) and Henry Parkes formed a coalition in NSW.

1870 - The Central Market in Adelaide was officially opened on this day At the early hour of seven in the morning the Mayor and Councillors were at the market when, after a short speech by the Mayor to the assembled crowd of growers, stall holders and citizens, the market was declared open for the sale of produce, marketable commodities, hay and wood. After the formalities the representatives of the Corporation adjourned to the Metropolitan Hotel nearby for breakfast where several toasts were proposed. The Artillery Band provided entertainment throughout the proceedings.

1882 - Royal Commission on employees in shops (Vic) was established.
To ask questions like,
 "Shop employees, can we eat them on Fridays?"
"Do these employees come in other colours to match my haberdashery?
"Can we sell them in pet shops?"

1889 - Louisa Collins was Hanged at Darlinghurst Gaol for the poisoning of her husband at Botany.She was the last woman hanged in New South Wales.

1891 - St Paul's Cathedral in Melbourne was officially consecrated.

1899 Leaders of six Australian colonies met in Melbourne to discuss confederation.

1900 - The Rozelle - Darling Harbour Goods Rail Line (NSW) was opened.

1907 - Cooktown, Qld, was devastated by a tropical cyclone.

1910 - Flinders Street Station that we know and love was officially opened.

1919 -The state of Victoria was declared infected by Spanish Influenza and placed in quarantine. Public meetings were prohibited, travel in long-distance trains was restricted, the NSW government closed the border with Victoria and public buildings were shut. Around 12,500 Australians mostly young, healthy adults died from the highly infectious virus....

08:00

Frydenberg: Demoting science, ignoring data but singing own praises on climate "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Frydenberg: Demoting science, ignoring data but singing own praises on climateJosh Frydenberg protests that the Turnbull Government is on track to achieve climate goals. Unfortunately, thats not the same as cutting emissions. read now...

07:36

In which the pond enjoys its ritual Monday white fudge Oreo ... "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"


Talk about mixed messages. One day it's talk of clowns and panem et circenses, and all that results ...


... and the next day it's the Oreo and the lizard editorialist getting all excited by it all ...




Every so often the pond would like to take a reptile and give them a sound thrashing with a copy of the lizard Oz, preferably if it had one of their stories featured on the front page.

Well there has to be a good use for the tree killer edition, and besides, as everyone knows, there's a Presidential precedent for this sort of behaviour, though perhaps the pond should have thought of using Forbes magazine ...

It might sound a little kinky and weird when it comes to an Oreo, perhaps better dunked in a tepid cup of tea, but why should she escape, especially when she goes into full apocalyptic preacher mode ...

02:38

On the Turning Away "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

The dog blog has become much more straightforward. I have taken the course of least resistance, now that U discover I can put almost all the photos I have taken and it it not too long. Furthermore, the photos are a self indulgence.

This week compared to last week the volume of the decibel capcophony of the cicadas has fallen dramatically. The birds could be heard so much more easily.

It was a bird week. Dexter discovered the Dollar bird, which was sitting on a log. It was still there when we came back. I dont know anything about handling birds, other than not to pick it up directly. I put it in my hat and brought it home. Then it was taken to the vets. Apparently,  they x-rayed it and was not able to fly because of critical damage to its wing muslces. So they gave it a last feed and drink, and put it down.

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The name is of some interest the species is probably known by a different name in SE Asia. Graeme Chapman observes that the name goes back to 18th Century  when the Spanish Dollar was legal tender in early NSW. The alternative name is the Broad-billed Roller.

If I am to permit Dexter and Hannah their tangential diversions part of their immersion in their environments, with some human advant...

00:16

This is what happens when you read news reports generated by right-wing politicians "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"


Victorians are scared to go out to restaurants because of African gang violence, Peter Dutton has said, in an interview attacking the supposed lack of deterrence of crime in Victoria. The home affairs minister told 2GB on Wednesday that Victorians were bemused when they looked at the jokes of sentences being handed down due to political correctness thats taken hold. Theres no deterrence there at the moment, he said. The federal Coalition government and Victorian opposition have stepped up rhetorical attacks on the Andrews Labor government using a string of high-profile incidents to claim that African street gangs are on the rise because certain nationalities such as Sudanese are over-represented in statistics although crime overall is in decline. The Victorian deputy police commissioner, Shane Patton, has reassured the public the police are taking youth crime seriously and said that networked criminal offenders are not technically gangs because they lack any organised structure. [The Guardian, 3 January 2018]

The reality is, people are scared to go out to restaurants of a night-time because theyre followed home by these gangs.
We just need to call it for what it is African gang violence.
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00:15

Domestic Violence and the Turnbull Government's Cashless Welfare Card "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"


The Guardian, 11 January 2018:

Domestic violence has increased significantly in the East Kimberley since the introduction of the cashless welfare card, casting doubt on the governments claims of its success.

Police data obtained under freedom of information law shows domestic-related assaults and police-attended domestic violence reports increased in the Kimberley communities of Wyndham and Kununurra since trials began in April 2016.


Melbourne University researcher Elise Klein, who has studied the cards impact in the Kimberley, said the data showed there was no clear evidence to support making the card permanent.

Klein lodged the freedom of information request for the police data. She said the information had taken too long to be made public.

She believes there is a link between the card, financial hardship, and family violence..
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Sunday, 21 January

22:08

CARTOON: Trump tales "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

CARTOON: Trump tales(Surely he won't be alive in 2040 not with his diet.) read now...

19:08

Government induced power crisis averted, for now "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

At 12 PM on 19 January the electricity market manager, AEMO, to its own and everybodys great relief announced VIC AND SA ENERGY SUPPLY REMAINS SECURE.

It had been a knife edged couple of days with hot weather bringing high electricity demand (even though much of Australian industry remained on vacation).  As often occurs on hot days, wind velocity was low and this, the fabled modern source of electricity, was feeding in less than half its capacity.   On the spot market, prices reached $14,000, once, as often happens during periods of excess strain on generators, one of the Loy Yang B generating units had to close down.  Here is a graphic of the prices.

The January 18/19 prices averaged over $1,000 per megawatt hour compared to the regular price of under $50 in the days before government subsidies forced the closure of two major power stations, Hazelwood in Victoria and the Northern in South Australia.  In the past, the loss of one generator unit, as occurred with Loy Yang B, would have opened the way for another but we are now at the bottom of the barrel. Even on hot January days, if the closed the coal generators were still operating, prices would likely have averaged less than $100 per megawatt hour.  (Jo Nova saw this coming, had been tracking the summer peak electricity prices as they hit the peak, asked what the cost of the hot spikes would be,and explains why  a few coal failures are not to blame. She discusses the fallout on industry in SA, and calculates that this is a loss of about $45 per head in Victoria, and $80 each in SA. All in two days!)

Paul Misk...

18:58

Through the looking glass with Trump and Barnaby. "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Now that Donald Trump, Leader of the Free-with-the-truth World, has got a dodgy clean bill of health and a thumbs-up from The Drum for keeping almost all his campaign threats, nifty neo-colony, Australia, can breathe again before it blindly follows America into further military misadventure, or a disastrous war with North Korea. We have already

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17:35

A taxonomy of never-Trumpers "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Im a sucker for taxonomies, and Ross Douthat has quite a good one in the New York Times

Like any strange and quarrelsome sect, the church of anti-Trump conservatism has divided and subdivided since Donald Trumps election. Some members have apostatized and joined the ranks of Trumpists; others have marched leftward, with anti-Trumpism as a gateway drug to wokeness. There is a faction that is notionally skeptical of Trump but functionally anti-anti-Trump, a faction that insists its just calling balls and strikes and a faction screaming that the president rigged the game and needs to be thrown out.

Whats interesting is that, from my observation, he has the factions about right in order of size. The group who have gone left is probably smaller than its ranking suggests, but contains most of what was left of serious thought on the conservative/libertarian side of politics. The smallest group, and the one treated most dismissively, consists of those who have remained politicaly conservative while being unremittingly hostile to Trump. Its members are either out of active politics already (like the Bushes) or are kicking Trump on the way out (like Corker and Flake). By 2020, it will probably be an empty set. That obviously raises the question of what will remain of the conservative movement when and if Trump is defeated.

A point of purely sporting interest is to classify Douthat himself. Id say, some mixture of anti-anti-Trump and balls and strikes. The main part of his column, arguing that Trump is more of a joke than a menace, is consistent with this, I think.

16:04

Dan Mitchells report card for Trump year 1 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

A nuanced score with A for deregulation. That is great, I love deregulation and the sweet aroma of CO2. Lets have cheap power and more plant food!

Fiscal policy B
Trade D
Regulation A
Monetary policy C
Rule of law B

14:49

Australias Kobayashi Maru Moment "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

The Kobayashi Maru was test used in the Star Trek universe where officer candidates at the Starfleet Academy were subjected to a no-win simulation designed to test character.

In the most recent Star Trek movie, James Tiberius Kirk (then candidate, later captain) failed his first two attempts at the Kobayashi Maru simulation, but for his third attempt, re-framed the challenge by reprogramming the simulation to allow him to win the otherwise no-win challenge.

Within the next 12-18 months, Australians will face their own Kobayashi Maru moment. And as for Starfleet Academy officer candidates, Australians will be faced with a no-win situation; to vote for a formal coalition of the Liberal and National Parties or to vote for an informal coalition of the Labor and Greens Parties. Whichever of these two coalitions win, Australians will almost certainly lose.

  • Both coalitions will bring bi-partisanship to fiscal profligacy, they will just disagree on the margin where to pork barrel.
  • Both coalitions will bring bi-partisanship to to energy policy, they will just disagree on the margin about whether Australia should have the most expensive electricity in the world or just the second most expensive.
  • Both coalitions will bring bi-partisanship to the perpetual expansion of government, they will just disagree on whether to have a French size state or a Venezuelan size state.

The bipartisanship on policy but disagreement on degree of implementation will also cover education funding, health funding, industrial relations, foreign policy, parliamentary remuneration and benefits, increasing regulation, increasing taxes and general deindustrialization.

It is entirely unclear where the Liberal-National and Labor-Green coalitions will disagree on principle or policy at all.

Australians seem to recognize their coming Kobayashi Maru no-win choice as evidenced by the approval ratings of the parliamentary leaders.  But given Australias preferential voting system that protects the majors, one of these groups is certain to win a majority of seats in the parliament and thus form government.

Will Australians re-frame the situation and reprogram the simulation so as to extract a win from an otherwise certain loss?  Perhaps, but it will be a major challenge.

Will Australians be able to re-frame the game.  Lets hope so.

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13:30

Millennials: The mainstream media's favourite punching bag "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Millennials: The mainstream media's favourite punching bagYouth and youth issues are badly misrepresented by the mainstream media and politicians, writes Caitlin Mary Neate. read now...

13:02

Poker machine reform "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Wow!  Just like that, the next Tasmanian election became important.  The Tasmanian Liberal Party have been nowhere near as incompetent, corrupt or divisive as their federal counterparts.  Add to that some comparatively progressive positions on refugees and Marriage Equality and they are closer to their Labor opposition than the federal government.  Well they were close. 

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13:00

In which the pond trills along with our Gracie in lieu of a Sunday meditation ... "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"



The pond has absolutely no explanation as to why our Gracie should be front and centre of the digital lizard Oz on a Sunday ...

Is it a way of distracting punters wanting to settle down for a solid Sunday of Speccie reading? What with Andrew L. Urban and Flinty out and about that's a power of distraction required ...

But it's a fair call, because our Gracie is rarely promoted to the top of the page and yet she trills in a delightful way ...

 

In spectra-sonic sound no less, the ultimate in high fidelity ... and how do the lyrics go?


Big government?

Ah, we all know where that leads us, that sort of cheap, idle rhetoric ... a field day of fun for ca...

09:17

Why Scott Morrison Is Interesting And Other Lies You Dont Believe "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Ok, this isnt so much about Scott Morrison as the whole problem of using an analogy to explain a complex economic concept. Sometimes using an analogy is as ridiculous as Cory Bernardi and his Hottest 100 kerfuffle. For those of you who havent caught up. Bernardi has released his own list because Triple J decided

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07:38

In which the pond settles for the company of racists and bigots ... "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"


If the pond may be so bold, what a silly question. 

Of course it's right, because CIS has determined everything is for the best in the best of all possible worlds ...


But enough of your average reptile proclaiming the end of separatism, because what the pond and the world needs is a decent dose of separtism.

On a Sunday, the pond used to spend time with the Pellists and the Jensenists, sadly long gone, and now for a meditation, it frequently finds itself in the company of racists and bigots ... and not just the Donald. 

Come on down Akker Dakker ... and regale the pond with yarns of the stone age ...




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06:39

Indias Pink City gears up to host the worlds largest free literary festival "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

The 11th edition of Indias renowned Jaipur Literature Festival will get underway in the Pink City next week, with more than 350 speakers on the programme and nearly 200 sessions spanning a extremely diverse range of topics and genres.

The five-day event, which is held at the Diggi Palace Hotel, and this year runs from January 25 to 29, is the largest free literary festival in the world. This year the speakers hail from more than 35 different countries.

Novelists, poets, playwrights, screenplay writers, translators, and filmmakers will be taking the stage along with environmentalists, politicians, journalists, academics and popular cultural icons.

...

06:30

Bigger and worse than Watergage: FISA Abuse by Senior DOJ and FBI Officials revealed "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Breitbart reports on the unfolding scandal that is likely to bring down big name Democrats: Members of the House on Thursday said they viewed a shocking classified memo allegedly detailing abuse of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) by senior Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigations officials in relation to the investigation of the Trump []

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06:00

Robbo goes full Muldoon and threatens landlords "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Grant Robertson has gone full Muldoon, threatening landlords and promising to name and shame them over rent increases. Wellington Central MP Grant Robertson says he will make an example of any landlords found to be illegally raising their rents to exploit students. From 1 January, the cap on student allowance and living cost loans rose by []

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06:00

Those PNG colonial conflicts: a short examination of killing "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Rabaul press clipCHRIS OVERLAND

ADELAIDE - Mathias Kin has written about the killing of Simbu warriors by kiaps in the period from around 1935 to the mid-1950s. He has put forward the claims of various informants about the numbers who died in these clashes - and I have expressed reservations about the scale of the killing in a comment attached to the same article.

Perhaps the minds of some readers, this has left the impression that I am bent on preserving the reputations of the kiaps involved in the pacification of the Papua New Guinea highlands. This is not true, but I have to accept that it is what some people will think.

As it happens, I think the work that Mathias is doing in compiling his History of Simbu, is important. It will give a voice to those who were hitherto voiceless and, most importantly, it is history as understood by the powerless, not the powerful. So what he is doing is commendable.

That said, it is fair and reasonable to subject the claims he makes to close scrutiny. The powerless are no more or less capable of distorting history to meet their needs than the powerful, although the latter have most of the opportunities to do so.

So, I thought I might write something on the history and logistics of killing because it will, I think, shed some light upon both Mathias's claims and my and others responses to those claims.

Human beings have a long and lamentable history of killing one another. It is a talent that we have honed to near perfection over the years. Huge resources have been and continue to be devoted to the design, construction and use of devices solely intended for killing other people.

In the course of many centuries of warfare, we humans have also become adept at the use of killing as a political tool. Having a reputation as a merciless killer is a really useful way to terrify people into submission to your will without the necessity of actually killing anyone.

This form of terror was a tool of trade for Genghis Khan or Julius Caesar. If it failed them, then they unleashed their armies and inflicted mass murder upon those who had the temerity to resist them. In this way both almost certainly killed many hundreds of thousands of people, if n...

05:30

Daily Crossword "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Welcome to our Daily Crossword. Readers have requested a daily crossword and stated that the only reason they maintained a subscription to the NZ Herald or other newspapers was for a daily crossword. We have now sourced a quality crossword provider, the same provider who provides many crosswords to media outlets for print. It is []

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05:00

Whaleoil General Debate "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Morning everyone, and welcome to Whaleoils daily General Debate post (another one called Backchat will start at 6pm). To participate youll need to register a free Disqus account. There are some rules, and if there is one thing about Whaleoil that you need to know is that these rules are dispassionately and strictly enforced.  (No []

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05:00

Duchesses & overlords: an outdated view of China & the Pacific "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Samoas prime minister Tuilaepa Sailele (Mick Tsikas AAP)
Samoas prime minister Tuilaepa Sailele

GRAEME SMITH | Inside Story

CANBERRA - Australias international development minister, Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, found herself in a fix recently after she claimed that Chinas aid in the Pacific produced useless buildings and roads to nowhere while duchessing politicians.

Australias relations with China, already at their lowest ebb in years, took another blow, and Xinhua Newss Canberra correspondent bestowed on Australia the title of arrogant overlord of the Pacific.

In the region itself, Samoan prime minister Tuilaepa Sailele suggested that the ministers remarks could destroy Australias relationship with island nations. He zeroed in on Chinas willingness to provide aid to deal with the impact of climate change.

The media director of the Vanuatu Daily Post noted that while we are right to question the design, implementation and price of some of these projects these roads are not roads to nowhere. They lead to our homes.

Where did the senators remarks come from? What is fuelling the differences opening up between the Coalition and Labor on our relationship with China, quite at odds with the Liberal Partys traditionally pro-business ethos?

A hint came in an opinion piece by Maurice Newman, former chair of the ABC, the ASX, the AustraliaTaiwan Business Council and the governments now-defunct Business Advisory Council.

Writing in The Australian earlier this month, Newman revealed that his expertise extends beyond his well-known conspiracy theories about the Bureau of Meteorology, and takes in Chinas engagement with the Pacific. The title of the piece China Emerges as All-Powerful New Deity in Pacific Cargo Cult gave an inkling of what was to follow.

Newman may not have chosen the headline or the accompanying cartoon, which features a huge panda ready to devour an uninhabited Pacific island bu...

04:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The word for today is instauration (noun) 1. Renovation; restoration. 2. The institution or establishment of something. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : English instauration comes directly from the Latin noun instaurtin- (stem of instaurti) renewal, repetition, a derivative of instaurre to renew, repeat, originally to set up stakes or poles (in building), []

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04:07

Silent killer chemicals: How to reduce your exposure to hormone-disrupting chemicals "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Our government won't protect us from these harmful chemicals, so we have to protect ourselves. What keeps you up at night? Sick kids, restless pets, the latest tragedy on the evening news, politics, wars, earthquakes, hurricanes, fires, money troubles, job stress, and family health and wellbeing? There is no shortage of concerns that make us all toss and turn. But what keeps the chemical industry up at night? A couple of decades ago a senior Shell executive was asked this very question. The answer? Endocrine disruption. If you can even pronounce "endocrine disruption," you're doing well. What is it? Why should we care? And why is it keeping chemical bigshots up at night?

04:02

Nashik Court Awards Death Sentence to Six Men in 2013 Sonai Honour Killing Case "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The mutilated bodies of three Dalit men were found dumped in a septic tank in Sonai village on January 1, 2013.

Public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam. Credit: PTI

A little over five years after the gory death of three Dalit men in a small, nondescript village in Ahmednagar district in western Maharashtra, the sessions court in Nashik on January 20 pronounced the death sentence on the six persons.

One of the three victims, 22- year old Sachin Gharu, had been involved in a romantic relationship with the prime accused Popat Dharandales 19- year old daughter. Dharandale, a Maratha landlord, opposed to his daughters choice, hatched a criminal conspiracy along with his relatives and killed the three men. The victims mutilated bodies were found dumped in the septic tank behind Dharandales house in Sonai village on January 1, 2013.

The district sessions judge V V Vaishnav, accepting the prosecutions argument, awarded capital punishment to six and also slapped a fine of Rs 20,000 on each. The six convicts include Dharandale, his 23- year old son Ganesh Dharandale (23), his three relatives Ramesh Darandale, Prakash Darandale and Sandeep Kurhe. One more person Ashok Navgire, who worked at on Trimurti Pawan Education Society, a college where the girl used to study, was also awarded death for aiding and abetting the crime. Except Navgire, who belonged to Dalit community, all other accused belonged to Maratha community. All six were residents of Ahmednagar district.

The court found them guilty under vario...

04:00

Daily Proverb "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Proverbs 21 18 The wicked are punished in place of the godly, and traitors in place of the honest.

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04:00

Security continues to impair Japanese tourism in PNG "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Satoshi Nakajima
HE Satoshi Nakajima

STAFF REPORTER | PNG Today

PORT MORESBY - Japanese Ambassador Satoshi Nakajima says safety continues to be a major issue affecting the number of Japanese tourists arriving in Papua New Guinea.

Despite this, Mr Nakajima described the countrys tourism potential as huge and said Japan had 16.4 million outbound tourists in 2017.

In his first year in PNG, Mr Nakajima visited the four regions of the country and expressed how impressed he was with what the country has to offer Japanese tourists.

Regrettably the number of Japanese tourists coming here is not so much, he said.

I travelled to Wewak, Kokopo, Kimbe, Mt Hagen, Lae and Pomio. When I travelled to Kokopo and the others I saw the huge potential in promoting tourism.

Some locations like Kokopo that are safe to stay, but places like Port Moresby are is not so safe.

Mr Nakajima said numbers were increasing in safer destinations around the country and Japanese citizens are travelling to them.

03:33

What MLK's 'letter from Birmingham jail' tells us about 16y/o jailed Ahed Tamimi "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

In recent weeks, several people have said that the liberal indifference to Ahed Tamimi's detention in an Israeli prison for slapping an occupying soldier on December 15 is reminiscent of the white liberals in Martin Luther King's Letter from a Birmingham Jail, written in 1963. Today, you can give yourself no better political lesson than rereading that inspiring document of the American movement for freedom. King's letter is an explanation of the need for "direct political action." King addresses a group of white liberal ministers and rabbis who have said they're against segregation but times are changing, so why do "extremist" black clergy have to risk a backlash with provocative demonstrations? King answers that time is neutral and won't do anything on its own; blacks have waited for hundreds of years for some modicum of justice and learned that the privileged will never give up privilege without pressure. White businesses promised to remove humiliating signs directing blacks to segregated water coolers and bathrooms and never followed through, and meantime anti-colonial struggles in other countries have outpaced American change, and inspired blacks to dream of an equal future.

03:32

Baltimore police commissioner fired as city struggles with record murder rate "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis has been fired after the city's mayor grew "impatient" with his inability to stop the record pace of killings in the city. A replacement has already been named. Mayor Catherine Pugh named Deputy Commissioner Darryl D. De Sousa, 53, to replace Davis, with his appointment effective immediately. Pugh said she would ask the City Council to make the posting permanent, the Baltimore Sun reported. De Sousa told reporters Friday morning that he "has a lot of respect" for Davis, but also said residents are "frustrated and they want answers and they want change," according to the Sun. The new commissioner promised to deploy "waves" of officers to stamp out the violence in well-known "hot spots" and key corridors throughout the city.

03:04

Continuity of Agenda: US Encirclement of China Continues Under Trump "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

January 20, 2018 (Ulson Gunnar - NEO) - The United States has pursued a decades-long policy of encircling, containing and if possible, undermining China as part of a larger strategy of achieving and maintaining what US policy papers call "primacy" over Asia.


US policy has led to deeply-rooted networks operating within China's borders and along China's geopolitical peripheries to divide and destabilize the immense and increasingly powerful Asian state. These networks are funded and supported regardless of who occupies the White House. While the rhetoric shifts from president to president regarding "why" the US is providing so-called "activists" and "opposition" fronts aid, the aid and the agenda it serves continues.

Under current US President Donald Trump's predecessor President Barack Obama, this ongoing policy was marketed to the American and international public as the "Pivot to Asia." It was spun as a means for the US to reengage with Asia but in reality constituted an overt attempt to co-opt the governments of China's neighbors and break up the region's growing ties with Beijing.

Obama's "Pivot" was a failure, but one within the greater context of a general decline in US primacy both in the Asia Pacific region and around the world.

Under Trump, this policy of encircling and containing China continues. It is now marketed to the public as an "Indo-Pacific" strategy, with the US forced to court India, Australia and Japan on the fringes of Asia Pacific after failing to make progress within Asia Pacific itself.

It is important to understand just how long-term these polices are so that when Trump announces them to the public, the public understands that it is not "Trump's" policy, but simply Trump continuing to carry out the agenda of the very special interests (the so-called "Deep State") he vowed to resist upon taking office.

Understanding that these policies serve special interests and at the cost of the American public helps inoculate the public to rhetoric claiming that confronting China and destabilizing Asia is somehow part of "making America great again."

Tibet

Tibet is one of the oldest and most clear-cut examples of a political controversy used by Washington to target and undermin...

03:04

US Desperation Expected as Syrian Forces Move into Idlib "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

January 20, 2018 (Tony Cartalucci - NEO) - The Syrian government with support from its Russian, Iranian, and Lebanese allies has embarked on a major military operation to retake parts of Syria's northern governorate of Idlib. As it does so, the US and its regional allies are rushing to position themselves to ensure the permanent partition of Syria is achieved.



As Syrian forces push deeper into Idlib they have come up against a large amount of foreign-provided weaponry including US anti-tank missiles and even fleets of armored vehicles including Panthera F9 armored personnel carriers - joint-developed by the UAE and Ukraine and manufactured in Turkey.

Despite the formidable arsenal provided to militants - the majority of which fight under the banner of Al Qaeda and its affiliates - Syria and its allies maintain air superiority. The US tried - and failed - to establish what US policymakers have called a "safe haven" or "buffer zone" in northern Syria where US military might could provide shelter for militants from Syrian and Russian airpower.

While the US has successfully established such a zone in eastern Syria - the closest it came to doing so in northern Syria is NATO-member Turkey's "Euphrates Shield" occupation zone and the smaller "Idlib Shield" zone which both border territory held by hostile Kurdish militants.

Recently announced plans by the US to create a 30,000-strong "border defense force" comprised of US-armed and funded Kurdish militants may be intentionally designed to grant Turkey a pretext to begin widening its occupation zones to provide cover for the remnants of militants likely to be evicted from much of southern Idlib.

Reports that Turkey is preparing an offensive to widen its occupation westward into Idlib are already circulating in the media.

The BBC in its article, "Syria crisis: Why Turkey is poised to attack Kurdish enclave Afrin," would report:
Turkish television channels have been reporting from the Syrian border every top of the hour with pictures showing the deployment of troops, tanks and armoured vehicles. 

"The countdown has begun for Turkey's operation against Afrin," said one pro-government channel. 

Its cor......

03:03

Continuity of Agenda: US Encirclement of China Continues Under Trump "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

January 20, 2018 (Ulson Gunnar - NEO) - The United States has pursued a decades-long policy of encircling, containing and if possible, undermining China as part of a larger strategy of achieving and maintaining what US policy papers call "primacy" over Asia.


US policy has led to deeply-rooted networks operating within China's borders and along China's geopolitical peripheries to divide and destabilize the immense and increasingly powerful Asian state. These networks are funded and supported regardless of who occupies the White House. While the rhetoric shifts from president to president regarding "why" the US is providing so-called "activists" and "opposition" fronts aid, the aid and the agenda it serves continues.

Under current US President Donald Trump's predecessor President Barack Obama, this ongoing policy was marketed to the American and international public as the "Pivot to Asia." It was spun as a means for the US to reengage with Asia but in reality constituted an overt attempt to co-opt the governments of China's neighbors and break up the region's growing ties with Beijing.

Obama's "Pivot" was a failure, but one within the greater context of a general decline in US primacy both in the Asia Pacific region and around the world.

Under Trump, this policy of encircling and containing China continues. It is now marketed to the public as an "Indo-Pacific" strategy, with the US forced to court India, Australia and Japan on the fringes of Asia Pacific after failing to make progress within Asia Pacific itself.

It is important to understand just how long-term these polices are so that when Trump announces them to the public, the public understands that it is not "Trump's" policy, but simply Trump continuing to carry out the agenda of the very special interests (the so-called "Deep State") he vowed to resist upon taking office.

Understanding that these policies serve special interests and at the cost of the American public helps inoculate the public to rhetoric claiming that confronting China and destabilizing Asia is somehow part of "making America great again."

Tibet

Tibet is one of the oldest and most clear-cut examples of a political controversy used by Washington to target and undermin...

02:52

No, Penal Substitutionary Atonement is Not the Heart of the Gospel. "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

I wrote a blog piece earlier this week in which I suggested that the good news of the gospel cannot and should not be reduced to the declaration that Jesus died to pay the penalty for our sins. In the process I questioned whether the doctrine of penal substitutionary atonement (PSA), which is a fairly detailed elaboration of how it is Christs death saves us from the consequences of sin, is in fact an accurate representation of the teaching of the New Testament. My piece was denounced by a few of my fellow Baptist pastors, who boldly declared that not only is PSA the correct way to interpret the New Testament statements about Christs death, but that it constitutes the heart of the Christian gospel.

Really? Somebody had better tell that to the apostle Paul. Given he is the writer most closely associated with PSA, it would be reasonable to assume that if PSA is the heart of the gospel it would stand out boldly in his summaries of the gospel. Likewise, one might expect it would feature heavily in his evangelistic preaching. Now he discusses dimensions of the gospel right throughout his letters, but on three occasions he pauses to define the content of his gospel: in Romans 1, in 1 Corinthians 15, and in 2 Timothy 2. I have reproduced the texts below (NRSV translation). I also tracked down and include below the two sermons of Pauls that are recorded in the book of Acts.  Not a single one comes close to describing the gospel in terms of PSA. Theres no discussion of propitiation or expiation, no mention of Christ bearing the wrath of God upon the cross, no elaboration of how it is that his death serves to save.

Did Paul understand that PSA is the mechanism by which God saves us? Thats a debate for another day. Even if I for the moment grant that is, surely Pauls own summaries of the gospel and his preaching of the gospel should relieve us of the notion that PSA is the heart of gospel.  For Paul the gospel seems to focus on the glorious news that God raised Jesus from the dead,  with a myriad of spin-off implications. That we are deeply and truly loved.  That even the deepest pits of despair cannot extinguish the possibilities of hope.   That life has purpose and meaning.  That death, disease, violence, and all those things that plague our lives and our world are not the final word, That injustice will finally be overturned. And on and on it goes.

From Romans 1
Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, 2 which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy scriptures, 3 the gospel concerning his Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh 4 and was declared to be Son of God with power according to the spirit of holiness by resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord, 5 through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedien...

02:17

ONGC to Buy Govts Entire 51.11% Stake in HPCL for Rs 36,915 Crore "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The transaction will help the government cross its annual disinvestment target for the first time ever.

With its stake sale in HPCL, the governments disinvestment receipt will work out to be Rs 91,252.6 crore. Credit: PTI

New Delhi: The government is all set to cross annual disinvestment target this fiscal with Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC) buying the Centres entire 51% stake in Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) for Rs 36,915 crore.

Total disinvestment proceeds during the current financial year 2017-18 stood at Rs 54,337.60 crore (as on January 11, 2018).

With its stake sale in HPCL, the governments disinvestment receipt will work out to be Rs 91,252.6 crore.

The higher receipt from disinvestment will help the government in sticking to its fiscal deficit target of 3.2% of the GDP this financial year, which may see lower collections from the newly introduced Goods and Services Tax.

In the Union Budget presented on February 1 last year, finance minister Arun Jaitley had set the target of disinvestment in public sector units at Rs 72,500 crore.

This include Rs 46,500 crore as disinvestment of CPSEs, Rs 15,000 crore from strategic disinvestment and Rs 11,000 crore from listing of insurance companies.

The government reduced its stake in several PSUs this year, including HUDCO, EIL, NTPC, NALCO and OIL. Two state- owned insurance companies, GIC and New India Ass...

02:04

Tony Birch: A change of date will do nothing to shake Australia from its colonial-settler triumphalism "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Share this Post Least anyone become overly concerned, the date chosen to mark Australia Day has historically been a movable feast. For instance, July 15 was once the favoured date. While many believe that the current date January 26 commemorates the landing of the so-called First Fleet (which itself is historically inaccurate), I would expect that the date ...

02:01

Wacky Nuclear Politics About to Blow Up the US and with its Own Rhetoric "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

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One does not need to have grown up in the age of duck and cover to understand that the nuclear scare that we are now experiencing could have been inspired from the script of Dr. Strangelove, written by of Stanley Kubrick as a black comedy that reflected the reality of nuclear weapons, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. Released 1964, the films plot caused a good deal of controversy because it was too close to what could have been reality.

Fifty years later, and after the demise of the USSR, much is now being said about the nuclear programmes of Iran and South Korea. Iran insists activities are peaceful and civilian, rather than military, in character. North Korea openly flaunts its weapons programme and claims its nuclear technology is so advanced that it can send an ICBM to strike the United States whenever it wants.

In order to manufacture nuclear weapons you need two things: uranium and the means of enriching it. According to those in the mining and defence industries, North Korea and Iran do not have the expertise to enrich uranium. So they are not capable of producing nuclear weapons at present, but we are still told that they are a constant threat to the West in spite of this.

There is one obvious way to address this threat by preventing Iran, North Korea or any other rogue state getting hold of uranium. If countries which cant enrich uranium are still threats despite this, possession of the uranium must be the root of the problem. Clearly therefore measures must be taken to stop the supply of uranium to Iran and North Korea, or anyone else who might use it to create nuclear weapons, the ones invented by the West and promoted as guarantors of peace since 1945.

Who supplies uranium? There used to be two main countries: Canada and Australia. Both these countries are impeccably Western, with no significant enemies. Consequently they are obliged, whether they like it or not, to advocate unrestricted free trade. If anyone tries to tell them they cant sell their uranium to any other country, when unenriched uranium cant be used for offensive purposes, they will let out screams heard round the world, and rightly so.

But now these countries hav...

01:41

'Great surprise': Houthi general says turning point in Yemen conflict close at hand "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

The armed forces of the Houthi-controlled government in the Yemeni capital Sana'a have boosted their air defenses to a point where they no longer need to fear airstrikes by Saudi-led coalition forces, army spokesman Sharaf Luqman said, in an interview with Sputnik. Brigadier-General Luqman said that the army now has all it needs to repel "enemy aggression" at sea, on the ground and in the air. "The Yemeni army has taken over many enemy strongholds, which has changed the situation on the battlefield," the general said. "These are depots with arms for the Air Force, night-vision cameras, ballistic missiles and launchers. This answers questions about where we are getting weapons amid the current blockade; who is helping us; and whether Iran is supplying us with ballistic missiles and military advisors," he added.

01:32

Julian Assange warns of 'political propaganda' as Amazon's Alexa becomes feminist "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Amazon's virtual assistant Alexa has just received an enhanced personality: now, not only can she give you the correct answers, but can even offer a response in case of insults and personal attacks. Creators also expect that she could potentially express her own opinions on certain political issues, a move that has prompted criticism. Anyone who calls Alexa a "slut" now gets a negative response, German newspaper Die Zeit reported. Amazon has adapted the machine's character and how it responds in various situations. Now Alexa, who identifies herself as a woman and a feminist, will react to sexually charged insults with answers like "This is not for me," "This is not nice of you" or "I don't know what you expect." In addition, Alexa supports the Black Lives Matter movement and might potentially express her opinion on other important political issues in the future.

00:41

Shutdown showdown "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

This is the deal. The Democrats wont allow the Federal Government to pay its bills unless the Republicans allow in enough illegal migrants so that Republicans can never again win a presidential election. If it werent for PDT you know how it would go. But there is PDT so we shall see. From Gateway Pundit.

As previously reported, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders released a blistering statement late Friday night on the Senate Democrats blocking funding the federal government in favor of amnesty for illegal alien DACA recipients.

The Trump administration is putting America first and the Senate Democrats dug in their heels Friday night, shutting down the government in favor of illegal aliens.The House budget resolution failed a cloture vote in the Senate on a largely party line vote, 50 to 49.

The Schumer Shutdown went in to effect shortly after midnight Saturday.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) went on a tweetstorm then released a full statement on the government shutdown.

Pelosi gave President Trump an F for failure:

......

00:30

Do We Really Believe in Everything We Say? "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

 Are you always trying to establish the truth when you argue, or might there be other motives at work?

Portrait of a Man with a Quilted Sleeve, Titian, c1509. Courtesy Wikimedia Commons/National Gallery, London

Most of us have views on politics, current events, religion, society, morality and sport, and we spend a lot of time expressing these views, whether in conversation or on social media. We argue for our positions, and get annoyed if they are challenged. Why do we do this? The obvious answer is that we believe the views we express (ie, we think they are true), and we want to get others to believe them too, because they are true. We want the truth to prevail. Thats how it seems. But do we really believe everything we say? Are you always trying to establish the truth when you argue, or might there be other motives at work?

These questions might seem strange, offensive even. Am I suggesting that you are insincere or hypocritical in your views? No at least Im not suggesting that you are...

00:28

Wellington Albert granted UK VISA "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


Widnes Vikings have announced that PNG International and Vikings recruit Albert Wellington has been granted a UK VISA to work and live in the United Kingdom.  "We are delighted to confirm that Wellington Albert was yesterday granted his visa to work in the UK, officially beginning his time at the Vikings",the club stated via their website. 


Wellington had his final immigration meeting with the Home Office, where he secured his permit to work with the Vikings. He will proudly wear the squad number 36 this season.

Stanton Albert is scheduled to have his visa meeting in the coming week, and Stronghold Members and supporters will be updated in due course.

Widnes Vikings would like to thank Jeannie's Away Travel, 2018 Player Sponsor of Wellington Albert.

Wellington Albert Fact File

Albert, who was one of the stars of the 2017 Rugby League World quarter-finalists, joins the Vikings from PNG Hunters. At six foot four and eighteen stone, the 23 year old is known for his pace, power and physicality.

In 2014, he rose to prominence when he became the first Papua New Guinean to score an NRL contract directly from PNG, when he joined the Penrith Panthers, amid interest from Wests Tigers and South Sydney Rabbitohs. Albert represented the Panthers at National Youth Cup level and in the Intrust Super Premiership, before joining PNG Hunters this year.

Wellington has impressed both domestically and internationally this season. Playing 20 league games, he was a constant presence in the side that secured the Hunters their first ever Intrust Super Cup premiership. With 37 tackle breaks and an impressive 679 post-contact metres in 2017, as well as 13 off...

00:16

United Nations spokesperson calls US President Donald J Trump a racist "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"


Rupert Colville, spokesperson for UN's High Commissioner for Human Rights:

"These are shocking and shameful comments from the President of the United States. I'm sorry, but there's no other word one can use but 'racist'.

"You cannot dismiss entire countries and continents as 'shitholes', whose entire populations are not white are therefore not welcome. 

"The positive comment on Norway makes the underlying sentiment very clear.

"Like the earlier comments made vilifying Mexicans and Muslims, the policy proposals targeting entire groups on grounds of nationality or religion, and the reluctance to clearly condemn the antisemitic and racist actions of the white supremacists in Charlottesville, all of these go against the universal values the world has been striving so...

00:15

U.S. Political Retrospective: those first investigations into presidential candidate Donald J Trump "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"


Sometime in September or October 2015 Glenn Simpson of Fusion GPS began a broad investigation of then Republican presidential candidate nominee Donald J Trump under contact for an unspecified client and later commenced another investigation of Trump as official Republican presidential candidate for a different client in the first half of 2016.

Simpson later confirmed the clients to be in the first instance The Washington Free Beacon, a conservative website funded by a major Republican donor and in the second instance the Democratic National Committee and Clinton presidential campaign.

Excerpts from Christopher Steeles 35-page dossier created under contract for research company Fusion GPS:

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Saturday, 20 January

23:10

Chicago West: Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West name daughter "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West have named their new-born daughter, delivered by surrogate on Monday, Chicago West.

Kardashian West said that not carrying the child herself was "so hard", but that the couple had an instant connection with her.

West was raised in the US city Chicago.

Kardashian West carried and gave birth to her older children but was advised against getting pregnant again because of possible medical complications.

Her daughter North is now four years old and her son Saint is two.

But she suffered from pre-eclampsia and placenta accreta on those occasions.

Pre-eclampsia is a condition that usually occurs in the second half of pregnancy and can cause serious complications including seizures and death if not monitored and treated.

Placenta accreta is when the placenta attaches itself too deeply into the wall of the uterus and remains attached after childbirth.

Kardashian West, a reality TV star, said in a post on her app that "doctors said that it wasn't safe for my, or the baby's, health to carry my own".

The 37-year-old said she and her rapper husband decided to use a "gestational carrier", meaning the baby is "biologically mine and Kanye's".

She wrote: "Having a gestational carrier is definitely different, but anyone who says or thinks it's the easy way out is completely wrong.

"People assume it's better because you don't have to deal with the physical changes, pain or complications with delivery, but for me it was so hard to not carry my own child, especially after I carried North and Saint."

Kardashian West's surrogate was discussed on her reality show Keeping up with the Kardashians, but her identity was not revealed.

   
Source: BBC

23:02

Continuity of Agenda: US Encirclement of China Continues Under Trump "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

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The United States has pursued a decades-long policy of encircling, containing and if possible, undermining China as part of a larger strategy of achieving and maintaining what US policy papers call primacy over Asia.

US policy has led to deeply-rooted networks operating within Chinas borders and along Chinas geopolitical peripheries to divide and destabilize the immense and increasingly powerful Asian state. These networks are funded and supported regardless of who occupies the White House. While the rhetoric shifts from president to president regarding why the US is providing so-called activists and opposition fronts aid, the aid and the agenda it serves continues.

Under current US President Donald Trumps predecessor President Barack Obama, this ongoing policy was marketed to the American and international public as the Pivot to Asia. It was spun as a means for the US to reengage with Asia but in reality constituted an overt attempt to co-opt the governments of Chinas neighbors and break up the regions growing ties with Beijing.

Obamas Pivot was a failure, but one within the greater context of a general decline in US primacy both in the Asia Pacific region and around the world.

Under Trump, this policy of encircling and containing China continues. It is now marketed to the public as an Indo-Pacific strategy, with the US forced to court India, Australia and Japan on the fringes of Asia Pacific after failing to make progress within Asia Pacific itself.

It is important to understand just how long-term these polices are so that when Trump announces them to the public, the public understands that it is not Trumps policy, but simply Trump continuing to carry out the agenda of the very special interests (the so-called Deep State) he vowed to resist upon taking office.

Understanding that these policies serve special interests and at the cost of the American public helps inoculate the public to rhetoric claiming that confronting China and destabilizing Asia is somehow part of making America great again.

Tibet

Tibet is one of the oldest and most clear-cut e...

22:59

UK urges Tonga to sign human rights treaties "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The United Kingdom Mission to the United Nations has urged Tonga to sign core human rights conventions.

In a statement issued to coincide with the United Nations review of Tongas human rights record, the UK encouraged Tonga to establish a National Human Rights Institution in compliance with the Paris Principles.

It said Tonga should take the following steps:

  • Ratify key International Labour Organisation conventions
  • Ratify the International Labour Organizations Worst Forms of Child Labour Convention, 1999.
  • Ratify and implement the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
  • Adopt an open, merit-based process when selecting national candidates for UN Treaty Body elections.

The UK welcomes the positive steps taken by Tonga since the last review, particularly the implementation of reforms to advance democracy, the statement said.

We also welcome Tongas national efforts to promote female candidates in national elections and subsequent increase in female MPs. However, female participation in Tongan politics remains low and we encourage Tonga to further promote the inclusion of women in politics.

The UK remains concerned that Tongan legislation continues to criminalise consensual same sex-conduct. It is encouraging that there have been no recent prosecutions under this legislation, however, we would urge Tonga to repeal all such provisions and ensure anti-discrimination laws also cover sexual orientation.

As Kaniva News reported recently, Tongas human rights record is being examined in Geneva this week.

All UN member states are subject to periodic review.

This will be third time the kingdoms human rights record has been studied since 2008.

Tonga is being represented at the review by the Solicitor General, Sione Sisifa.

     Source: Kaniva News

22:52

Solomon Islands Police records criminal stats for 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Crime Records Office of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force has recorded 5,457 criminal cases throughout the country in 2017.

The record highlights various categories of crimes and in which the highest number of cases recorded was crime against person 1,812; statute offences 1,683; crime against property 1,430; public morality 120 cases and crime against lawful authority 412.

2017 has been a challenging year for the RSIPF organisation due to the high number of reported cases in and around the provinces compared to limited resources available to support the delivery of policing, says Assistant Commissioner Crime, Ian Vaevaso.

AC Vaevaso explains, There are good number of detection, and still there is a good number of cases which are still under investigations, and not to mention cases reconciled or addressed outside of court process.

The Crime portfolio is working hard to improve the capability of investigation in the RSIPF to ensure that cases are properly investigated to standards required by law.

Crime is an ongoing issue in the country, and only if we share the responsibility and working together, we can curb criminal activities from having adverse impact in our country, says AC Vaevaso. 


22:30

CARTOONS: A Day for reminiscing "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

CARTOONS: A Day for reminiscingHave a few laughs with the boys in blue ties. read now...

22:22

Zionist quotes reveal genocidal racism "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Zionist quotes reveal genocidal racism By Gideon Polya The Anglosphere countries (the UK, US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand) are variously based on genocide of the Indigenous inhabitants but in the post-WW2 era these countries variously came to terms with this genocidal racist past. Indeed Donald Trump and the lunatic right aside, it is now []

22:03

Latest Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Airbus A330-200 / KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) A39-006 First Visit to CQ with Missed Approach at Rockhampton Airport "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

A nice surprise visitor to Central Queensland during the afternoon on Friday 19 January with the latest to be delivered Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Airbus A330-200 / KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) A39-006 spotted completing a missed approach at Rockhampton Airport.  It was flying as "Dragon 10".






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21:33

Melbourne Water about to de-tree Koala corridor in Frankston "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Melbourne Water is about to de-tree Frankston koala corridor by removing mature trees from banks of a huge park with a water retarding basin in it at Lee Street Frankston 3199. They are claiming that the trees are 'destabilising' the banks. But of course the trees are holding the banks together and keeping the water-table down. Who is accountable for these kinds of decisions that are based on what sound like lies that make no sense? Frankston Council is apparently going along with this. It seems totally insane and anti-life and nature. Inside is a video alerting us to the details.

This is a link to a facebook video: https://www.facebook.com/Michellekoalasaver/videos/1831105523600205/.

The person speaking in the video is Michele Thomas, of Animalia, who is a well-respected wildlife carer, who knows what she is talking about regarding koalas. See "Animalia's Michelle Thomas gives koala mouth to mouth in night rescue".

Mad tree removal excuses

This tree removal with barmy excuses seems to be a new trend. Recently they machine-ripped out trees all along the sides and median strips of a shady Mornington Peninsula highway, one of few relatively pleasant highways to travel on, due to the shade and green. See http://candobetter.net/node/5304. The reasons given were that cars might run into them and that they were for eliminating all risks. (Not risks of depression leading to suicide in those who were revolted and felt powerless, of course.) AWPC managed to stop them from ripping them out quite so fast, but the kept on with a different machine at a different pace and they paid for a few possum boxes (not enough for all the possums and other wildlife that were and continue to be displaced.)

The overpopulation link

We know that trees are being ripped out for more houses and more roads to squeeze in the invited economic immigrants that make up over 60% of population growth in Australia. This is obvious with the road widening in Hoddle Street and in the destruction of Melbourne...

20:30

Review: Why Education Alone May Not Change the Skewed Global Order "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

In New Wealth of Nations, Surjit Bhalla offers compelling support for education as the foundation of individual, national and global advance. But is this the only way to reduce inequality?

Democratisation of education is perhaps the most important change in the human condition. Credit: DFID - UK Department for International Development/ Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

The democratisation of education is perhaps the most important change in the human condition. Credit: DFID UK Department for International Development/ Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

My father and his four brothers were born into a wealthy landowning family in rural Gujarat and all five could have lived comfortably on this inheritance. Yet, my granduncle, who managed the familys assets, decided to send all five to Mumbai for higher studies and to secure professional competence in law, medicine or accountancy. Intrigued by this, I once asked an older relative why he had chosen to do this. The answer was truly enlightening.

My father and his brothers were born rather late in the life of my granduncle and he was afraid that he would not be around to settle them in the management of the properties. He consulted a local Parsi friend who advised: Convert your fungible wealth into educat...

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