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Thursday, 14 September

01:12

Rich get richer "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

KISS

The ABS released its household incomes and wealth figures for the 2016 financial year.

I'm going to keep this post very simple today - you could spend hours torturing these numbers to fit a preconceived viewpoint, and, alas, I've got better things to do.

Instead, just three observations.

Firstly, mean gross household incomes, after surging very hard through the mining boom, pulled back a bit last year. 

This has become a bit of a familiar theme in recent Aussie data. 


Income inequality generally trended a little higher through the mining boom too, but also fell last financial year, as higher income earners took a hit. 


And thirdly, mean household net worth, having been obliterated by the share market crash, has surged to a record high of just over $929,000.

If people are feeling that inequality is rising, it is - for wealth - if only marginally since 2009-10.

Household net worth increased by $94,000 since the 2014 financial year, with property and financial assets up by $78,000 an...

00:46

Are banks and insurance companies misusing personal health information and medical files? "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"


After an insured has made a claim against their policy, the insurer obtains access to and reviews the insureds medical records. PIAC has seen instances of insurers obtaining an insureds complete medical history, including from doctors that treated the insured during childhood, before deciding a claim.

PIAC has found that insurers often rely on matters discovered during the review of the insureds medical records to allege that the insured has breached their duty of disclosure.

Often the conclusions drawn by the insurer from the insureds medical record about their experiences of mental health are inconsistent with the insureds medical record and the opinions of their treating medical practitioners.

PIAC has represented individuals who have had a policy avoided because the insurer has relied on medical records to impute a medical condition that either did not exist or that the insured did not know existed at the time of applying for insurance.

In PIACs experience, it appears that consumers are being disadvantaged by the reforms to the remedies available to insurers (as set out above), or at the very least, are not seeing any benefits flowing from the increased flexibility. [Public Interest Advocacy Centre, 18 November 2016]


On 14 September 2016, the Senate referred an inquiry into the life insurance industry to the Joint...

00:45

Turnbull Government's Australian Building and Construction Commissioner resigns ahead of court sentancing contravening the Fair Work Act "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"


It appears that the Abbott and Turnbull federal governments chosen anti-union attack dog has feet of clay.
This is what the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) has to say about its agency head as late as 12 September 2017:
Nigel Hadgkiss, APM, became the Australian Building and Construction Commissioner on 2 December 2016 with the re-establishment of the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC).  Nigel has held a number of high-profile roles in both state and federal government agencies with a focus on both law enforcement and construction industry regulation, including:
Director Fair Work Building & Construction (FWBC);
Director, Construction Code Compliance, Victorian Department of Treasury and Finance;
Executive Director, Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions NSW;
Deputy Commissioner, ABCC;
Director, Building Industry Taskforce;
National Director of Intelligence, Australian Crime Commission; and
...

00:31

Washington State PROTECTS Pedophiles- Just Look at Seattles Mayor "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Washington State PROTECTS Pedophiles- Just Look At Seattle Mayor Ed Murray

5 counts of pedophilia abuse- and the ONLY reason he is stepping down is NOT because of police but because NOW HE IS EMBARRASSED. No wonder the Emery brothers were able to hurt as many little girls as they did. ALSO in Seattle

http://us.cnn.com/2017/09/12/us/seattle-mayor-ed-murray-resigns/index.html

Wednesday, 13 September

22:16

Diabolical hypocrisy & discrimination by the Commonwealth "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

I have written often about the discrimination accorded to people with disabilities and health conditions in our Migration system. In addition to the prohibition in the Act in relation to these applicants for residency visas, we also have a health waiver that is assessed by the Commonwealth Medical Officer (CMO). It is this process of []

22:16

Congress-Backed NSUI Wins Two Top Posts in Delhi University Elections "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The ABVP, students wing of the BJP, won two panel posts as well secretary and joint secretary.

Delhi University students lining up to vote on Tuesday. Credit: PTI

Delhi University students lining up to vote on Tuesday. Credit: PTI

New Delhi: The National Students Union of India (NSUI), the students wing of the Congress, has won the two top posts in the Delhi University Students Union (DUSU) election. The Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), students wing of the BJP, won the other panel posts secretary and joint secretary.

The elections were held on Tuesday, with a 43% voter turnout.

22:10

Mohsin Hamid in Man Booker Shortlist, Arundhati Roy Out of Race "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The winner of the Man Booker Prize will be announced on October 17 in Londons Guildhall.

Exit West, 4321

Mohsin Hamids Exit West and Paul Austers 4321. Credit: Amazon

The shortlist for the 2017 Man Booker Prize was announced earlier today, with Paul Austers 4321, Emily Fridlunds History of Wolves, Pakistani-UK writer Mohsin Hamids Exit West, Fiona Mozleys Elmet, George Saunders Lincoln in the Bardo and Ali Smiths Autumn making the cut. The winner will be announced on October 17.

The competition is judged by chair Baroness Lola Young, Lila Azam Zanganeh, Sarah Hall, Tom Phillips and Colin Thubron.

Arundhati Roy, who had been longlisted for the prize in July for her latest novel, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, failed to find a place in the shortlist.

21:59

World Nuclear Industry Status Report shows drop in new bui "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Nuclear newbuild projects at decade low report http://www.euronews.com/2017/09/12/nuclear-newbuild-projects-at-decade-low-report, By REUTERS, 2/09/2017 By Geert De Clercq PARIS  The number of nuclear newbuild projects worldwide has dropped to a decade low in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima disaster and due to the rising cost of atomic energy, an industry report showed.

From a high of 15 in 2010, the number of construction starts of nuclear reactors worldwide dropped to 10 in 2013, eight in 2015, three in 2016, and just one in the first half of 2017, according to the World Nuclear Industry Status Report (WNISR).

China, the most active builder of nuclear plants in the past decade, saw its newbuild activity slow from 10 in 2010 to six in 2015 and just two last year. This may be the end of the Chinese exception, lead author Mycle Schneider told reporters in Paris.

The 2010 construction peak marked the end of a brief nuclear renaissance when several countries started building reactors again after a nearly 20-year hiatus following the 1986 Chernobyl disaster. Schneider said he would not be surprised to see more nuclear projects under construction being dropped, following the abandonment of a high-profile one in the United States.

After the bankruptcy of reactor builder Westinghouse early this year, two South Carolina utilities in July abandoned the V.C. Summer project for two new Westinghouse reactors, which were 40 percent complete after more than $9 billion had been spent on construction. WNISR data shows that worldwide between 1977 and mid-2017, at least 91 one in eight of all nuclear reactor construction sites had been abandoned or suspended in various stages of advancement.

The nuclear species is going extinct, Schneider said. The nuclear industry which has its annual meeting in London this week says nuclear will keep playing a major role in low-carbon electricity generation and points at major newbuild programmes in China, India, Britain and South Africa. The share of nuclear energy in global electricity production has fallen from a high of 17.5 percent in 1996 to 10.5 percent last year, when nuclear output increased 1.4 percent, WNISR data showed. The United Arab Emirates is expected to start up the first of four South Korea-built reactors next year. Vietnam decided in late 2016 to abandon plans to build its first reactors, citing construction costs and safety concerns. In the first half of 2017, India was the only country to start building a....

21:56

The Virginia Governors Race May Decide The 2020 Presidential Election "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Ed Gillespie is the Republican nominee for Virginias 2018 governor race. Gillespie narrowly lost his race for senator in 2014 by 0.14 percent, and was tied with Democrat Ralph Northam in a recent Washington Post poll.

As the GOP currently has a record 34 governors in office, the outcome of Virginias raceapart from bragging rights for the winners partywould not upset the balance of power. The most important political development would be a major swing against the GOP in the concomitant congressional elections and the governors races in New Jersey and Virginia.

But history informs us that in mid-terms, the party that won the presidency nearly always has a substantial swing against it. It seems a result of the inevitably disappointed hopes of some voters, and perhaps a reluctance to give too much power to the party in office.

Its also been true in the past that such setbacks for a president may have no effect on their second-term prospects: President Obama suffered massive congressional setbacks, but achieved a comfortable second-term election win.

Taking all of that into consideration, how could Virginias race for the governors mansion to have a crucial effect on the 2020 presidential election?

The Bill To End Virginias Winner Take All System

The answer is in a bill that was put forward in the Virginia House of Representatives, one that would end Virginias winner take all electoral vote system:

A bill to end Virginias winner take all system of awarding Electoral College votes was approved by a House subcommittee.

The electoral votes should be divided among presidential candidates based on how many of Virginias 11 congressional districts they win, the subcommittee of the House Privileges and Elections Committee decided on a 5-2, party-line vote.

HB 1425, sponsored by Del. Mark Cole, R-Fredericksburg, would give Virginias remaining two electoral votes to the winner of the states popular vote.

This system is used in Maine and Nebraska and is known as the congressional district system. Under the system, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump would have received six of Virginias 13 Electoral College votes, even though Democrat Hillary Clinton carried the state last fall.

As this map from 270toWins Gaming The Electoral College article shows, such a change in Virginias Electoral College votes would, on 2016 voting, have produced a Dem 7 GOP 6 split.

...

21:55

16 Years Later, Why Are We So Uneasy About 9/11? "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

I didnt plan to write anything for the anniversary of 9/11 this year, because I figure were at the point where we save the extended analysis for round-number anniversaries. Its something I care about deeply, as longtime readers know, but they will also know that I have written a great deal about that attack and about the War on Terror over the years. Unfortunately, I didnt think there was much new to say about it this year. But maybe thatthe lack of any real closure or any progress toward itis news in itself, and people are beginning to notice it.

So I was a bit surprised to see how many other people seemed compelled to write and talk about 9/11 on its 16th anniversary, and how unsettled everyone seems to feel about itmore so than I expected. Tom Nichols, for example, asks if we are defeating ourselves. Hint: if were still asking that question 16 years later, the answer is probably Yes.

Maybe this sense of increased unease is just subjective; I dont know any rigorous way of measuring it. But I suspect that part of the reason is because this is the first anniversary of September 11 to fall in the era of Donald Trump. No, I dont mean this as a reflexive dig at his competence as a leader. There is a much deeper meaning to it, which has two parts.

The first is what David Harsanyi has pointed out: after an astonishingly brief period of national unity and bipartisanship after September 11, were at each others throats more than ever. The political debate got vicious, bitter, and personal in the later Bush years, it got worse under Obama, and Trumps electionfrom the chest-thumping arrogance of his supporters to the hysterical resistance fantasies of his detractorshas somehow managed to make it much, much worse.

More deeply, however, I suspect people are beginning to sense that this is the first 9/11 anniversary where neither political party really cares all that much about its meaning and legacynot enough to do any serious thinking about the long-term answer to the threat of Islamic terrorism.

Obama tended to define his approach to the War on Terror by a desire to be the opposite of George W. Bush. He clearly wanted to wash his hands of everything Bush did, but in practice he mostly ended up halfheartedly ratifying Bush-era policies: we stayed in Afghanistan, we kept on using drones, the Guantanamo prison camp was never closed. I used to call his policy Bush without conviction. His only major depar............

21:55

Designated Survivor Argues Right-Wingers Are More Dangerous Than Islamists. Preposterous "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

What Does ABCs Designated Survivor have in common with the Anti-Defamation Leagues recent report on right-wing terror groups? Answer: both go to extreme lengths to minimize the threat of Islamist violence and magnify what the ADL calls right-wing terrorism.

Last May, as DS wrapped up its first season, ADL issued a new report on right-wing terrorism. Entitled A Dark & Constant Rage, the report explores the danger these extremists have posed since 1993. The result makes a compelling case that extremist ideologues are a grave threat to the American public. In focusing attention on this danger, the ADL has performed a valuable public service.

Yet the report goes off the rails in its tendentious comparison of the danger posed by right-wingerscomprising adherents of several distinct ideologies, including white supremacist, anti-government, anti-abortion, and anti-Muslim extremiststo that posed by radical Islamic terror, and assertion that right-wing extremists pose an equally serious threat of terror compared to homegrown Islamist terror.

Watch Out for Those Limited-Government Types

DS offers a similar vision of how many people in America today view threats of political violence from right-wing and Islamist extremists. The shows main character, Tom Kirkman, succeeds from Housing and Urban Development secretary to the presidency after the U.S. government is decapitated by an attack on the capitol.

As Kirkman begins assembling a new government, the nations intelligence apparatus fingers an Arab terrorist group for the attack. Kirkman naturally feels pressure to retaliate, but resists until receiving proof in a taped admission by the groups leader. He fires the new chairman of the joint-chiefs-of-staff for insubordinately ordering a retaliatory strike before Kirkman had authorized it.

It gets worse for the military. Eventually, Kirkman learns the Arab terrorist had nothing to do with the attack besides being paid to take the fall. The real conspirators are right-wingers led by former military personnel. They will stop at nothing to put one of their own in the White House.

Michigans National Guard defies Kirkmans federalization order, insisting his presidency is illegitimate. The show repeatedly depicts the police negatively, whereas American Muslims are portrayed only as innocent victims. In Washington, police stop Kirkmans Muslim speechwriter on the street and question him, apparently for the crime of looking Muslim. In Michigan, the governor orders police to arbitrarily detain Muslims for questioning, without warrants, and a...

21:55

New Study Highlights Why At-Home Abortions Are Dangerous To Women "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

The last year saw a new trend in abortion advocacy: Promoting DIY abortions. Several womens (and fashion!) magazines hyped illegal black-market chemical abortionsa dangerous fad, as I have detailed.

Regardless, abortion experts also took up the mantle, with one of the leaders in the field, Dr. Grossman, co-authoring an article in the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology laying out a research agenda to move the sale of abortion pills (Mifeprex and misoprostol) over-the-counter. In an op-ed for The Guardian, Grossman explained his research explores Whether the drugs used in medication abortion meet the criteria of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for over-the-counter sale? His conclusion? The answer is a qualified yes, although more research is needed.

In promoting DIY abortions, both the fashionistas and the physicians stress the supposed safety of chemical abortions and the presumption that women are smart, sentient beings who can follow directions, take medication as prescribed, and seek care when needed. Of course, the first assumptionthat a chemical abortion is safeignores the life-destroying impact of the drugs on the baby in utero. But now a just-published study in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology refutes, albeit inadvertently, the second proposition, establishing instead that nearly 20 percent of women undergoing a chemical abortion ignore the explicit directions their abortion provider gave.

I say inadvertently because that was neither the objective nor the intent of the research study. Rather, authors Ushama D. Upadhyay and Karen R. Meckstroth sought to examine the relationship between the distance traveled for an abortion and whether women who sought follow-up care returned to the original abortion provider or to an emergency room.

Many Women Dont Follow Doctors Orders

In this study, the team culled California Medicaid records and discovered that of the women who sought medical treatment following an abortion, those who traveled 100 miles or more for an abortion had higher odds of seeking follow-up care at an em...

21:25

Greece, the Chinese Bridgehead in Europe "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

7764 Journal NEO Collage

As is well known, the Hellenic Republic is a member of the European Union (EU), but is not among its economic and political leaders. The periodic disagreements between the Greek authorities and the EU leadership sometimes compel to think of the possibility of Greece withdrawing from this organization. The Greece debt crisis that has been continuing since 2010 has exacerbated the financial disputes of Greece with the leading EU countries, especially Germany. However, for a number of reasons, EU needs Greece. The EU is unwilling to allow it to exit from its membership. This gives Greece the possibility of a small influence within the European Union, which can be greatly strengthened by the economic support of states from other regions which wish to make Greece the conducter of their interests in the EU. This is particularly true for China.

Greece has not always harmoniously fitted into the European system, as evidenced, for example, by the events of 2015, when a coalition of radical leftists came to power in the country, and the government was headed by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. Immediately thereafter, Greece stated that it wanted part of its external debt to the EU countries be written off. In the summer of 2015, Greece refused to make another payment to the IMF. In July 2015, a referendum was held in which the Greek people refused a series of budgetary reforms that would have enabled Greece to begin paying off its foreign debt. After that, Greece has finally had to adopt reforms aimed at saving budgetary resources, which has resulted in the recession of the Greek economy and a decline in the standard of living of the population.

However, against the backdrop of the special attitude of the European Union and, in particular, Germany, towards Athens, the debt crisis has significantly contributed to the development of the relationship between Greece and China. It is a well-known fact that one of the main tasks for the Peoples Republic of China is the implementation of the One Belt One Road Initiative (OBOR), which is set to create a unified transport system for Eurasia and Africa, which can then spread to other continents. OBOR has a subproject, the 21st Century Maritime Silk Route, for the implementation of which Greece is of considerable interest. In 2015, the Government of Alexis Tsipras stated that it was preparing to sell most of the shares of the managing company of the main foreign trade port of Greece Piraeus....

21:15

Why War with North Korea Could Cost Trillions of Dollars "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

War with North Korea could result in the death of fifty thousand or more Americans and more than two million Korean casualties. However, the economic cost would be massive, too, running into potentially trillions of dollars for the United States, while damaging Asias biggest economies.

21:05

South African Courts Election Ruling a Setback to Zuma, Allies "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

South African President Jacob Zuma attends the 'Dialogue of Emerging Market and Developing Countries' on the sideline of the 2017 BRICS Summit in Xiamen, Fujian province, China, 05 September 2017. Credit: : Reuters

South African President Jacob Zuma attends the Dialogue of Emerging Market and Developing Countries on the sideline of the 2017 BRICS Summit in Xiamen, Fujian province, China, 05 September 2017. Credit: Reuters

Cape Town: South Africas President Jacob Zuma suffered a setback on Tuesday when a court ruled that the election of a faction loyal to him in his home province two years ago was invalid.

The high court ruling highlights growing rifts within Zumas ruling African National Congress (ANC) and could hamper his efforts to ensure his ex-wife Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma replaces him as party leader and eventually as president.

KwaZulu Natal province, situated on the east coast of South Africa, is the ancestral home of the scandal-prone president and will also command most votes at the ANCs national conference in December, when Zuma will step down as party chief.

Zuma loyalists took control of the province in November 2015 at a party conference after ousting...

21:04

The GST Is Taking Away Ragpickers Already-Meagre Income "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Recyclable plastic, an item commonly sold by ragpickers, was taxed 5.5% before but is now in the 18% bracket.

One kg of empty milk packets could be sold by ragpickers for Rs 20; now the price has halved to Rs 10. Credit: Reuters

One kg of empty milk packets could be sold by ragpickers for Rs 20; now the price has halved to Rs 10. Credit: Reuters

New Delhi: The goods and services tax (GST) is creating a range of new problems for a group already living difficult, marginalised lives ragpickers. The tax rates on the items they sell have gone up immensely; recyclable plastic, for instance, taxed at 5.5% before, is now in the 18% bracket.

Reports from across the country have talked about how this has made the occupation unviable, eating away at the little income it was providing. Vijay Kumar, a 37-year-old ragpicker living near Chennais Kodungaiyur dump yard, told the New Indian Express that his earnings of close to Rs 10,000 a month (after working 12-hour days) is now down to Rs 4,000. One kg of empty milk packets could be sold by ragpickers for Rs 20, the newspaper reported; now the price has halved to Rs 10.

Plastic recyclers faced with the new tax are protecting their margins by slashing the prices at which...

21:02

After Australian Energy Market Operators initiatives, South Australia defers energy security target "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

S.A. puts energy security target on back-burner after AEMO steps in http://reneweconomy.com.au/s-a-puts-energy-security-target-on-back-burner-after-aemo-steps-in-86049/ By Giles Parkinson on 11 September 2017 South Australia has abandoned plans to have its state-based energy security target in place this summer after conceding is could have little impact given the new initiatives by the Australian Energy Market Operator and the lack of competition in the local grid.

Officially, South Australia has decided to defer the start date of the EST until 2020, having already deferred it from a July 1 start to a January 1, 2018 start. But given the state poll in 2018, and the new initiatives taking place in the broader market, it seems unlikely to ever see the light of day.

The EST was a key component of the $550 million Energy Security Plan the S.A, government unveiled earlier this year following its dismay at the forced load shedding in February and other incidents.

But it seems likely that the only two components to have a lasting impact will be the Tesla big battery, which is due to come into service on December 1, and the 150MW solar tower and molten salt storage facility in Port Augusta, which will contract to supply the governments own electricity needs.

 The government has also committed to an emergency gas plant, and will install emergency generators this summer and next, but has kept its options open about the future. These may not be needed if demand management initiatives and other schemes take effect.

The EST was to be one of the centerpieces of the plan, aiming to ensure that 50 per cent of demand was met by S.A.-based dispatchable generation by 2025.

...

20:53

Journalists Group Condemns Continued Detention of Kashmiri Photojournalist By NIA "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Kamran Yusuf was held in Kashmir on September 4 for allegedly instigating stone pelting, but has not been formally charged.

Kamran Yusuf. Credit: Twitter

Kamran Yusuf. Credit: Twitter

New Delhi: Expressing serious concern over the continued detention of freelance photojournalist Kamran Yusuf by the National Investigation Agency (NIA), the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has termed the move by the central agency an attempt to intimidate the journalist community. Yusuf was held in Kashmir on September 4 for allegedly instigating stone pelting, but has not been formally charged.

Stating that photojournalists are required as part of their professional duty to be present at the places of protests and sit-ins and take photographs of these incidents, and such presence cannot be termed as participation in the incidents, the IFJ said, the arrest and detainment of freelance photojournalist Kamran Yusuf by the National Investigation Agency in Kashmir, India without formal charges is an attempt to intimidate the journalist community.

Seeking Yusufs immediate release, the journalists body further urged the Centre to ensure that the power granted to agencies, such as the NIA, is not misused against journalists.

Yusuf, a 23-year-old native of Pulwama in South Kashmir, contributes photographs to several local newspapers, including Greater Kashmir. After being arrested by the NIA, he was transferred to New Delhi for interrogation the following day and was subsequently sent to custody for ten days. However, IFJ insisted that he is yet to...

20:48

What the Australian Energy Market Operator actually did advise the government "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

AEMO: Our advice was pretty straight forward, we need dispatchability http://reneweconomy.com.au/aemo-advice-pretty-straight-forward-need-dispatchability-13353/

We need flexible capacity that can be switched on and off, and we need to transition to a new generation of Australias principal energy market institutions, and the newly-formed Energy Security Board.

Our advice was fairly pragmatic, Zibelman said. We are concerned that on a 45C day if we lose a generator (which AEMO has said is quite likely) we want reserves in the system to be able to respond.

In our report we identified the fact that with amount of variability (from solar and wind energy and elect...

20:43

Plutonium and reprocessing a dud technology "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

the separation and use of plutonium as a fuel is not economically competitive with simply storing the spent fuel until its radioactive heat generation has declined and a deep underground repository has been constructed for its final disposal. In this once-through fuel cycle, the plutonium remains mixed with the radioactive fission products in the intact spent fuel and therefore is relatively inaccessible for use in weapons.
the volume of an underground repository for highly radioactive waste is determined not by the volume of the waste but by its heat output; the waste has to be spread out to limit the temperature increase of the surrounding buffer clay and rock . Reprocessing waste would contain all the heat-generating fission products in the original spent fuel, and the heat generated by the plutonium in one ton of spent MOX fuel would be about the same as the heat generated by the plutonium in the approximately seven tons of spent low-enriched uranium fuel from which the plutonium used to manufacture the fresh MOX fuel had been recovered.
Forty years later, Japans breeder program, the original justification for its reprocessing program, is virtually dead.
Forty years of impasse: The United States, Japan, and the plutonium problem http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00963402.2017.1364007 ...

20:42

Is the Brain Really Necessary? The Answer Seems to be a No-Brainer "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

August 30, 2017 By 

CAT scan image (left side) of the water filled skull of a French civil servant. Despite the lack of brain matter, this man is able to function in life.

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20:23

EUs Juncker to seek powers to screen foreign takeovers Protectionism? "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

AFP

AFP | European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker delivers his State of the Union speech at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, on September 13, 2017

STRASBOURG (FRANCE) (AFP)  European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Wednesday said he would seek powers to screen foreign takeovers in Europes strategic sectors, amid concern about investment by China.

We are not naive free traders. Europe will defend its strategic interests with an EU framework for investment screening, Juncker said in his annual State of the Union speech to the European Parliament in Strasbourg.

If a foreign, state-owned company wants to buy a strategic port, or part of our energy infrastructure this must be done transparently, with scrutiny and debate, Juncker said.

It is our responsibility to know what is happening inside our countries so that we are in a position to ensure our collective security, he said.

The plan fulfils a request by French President Emmanuel Macron, backed by Germany and Italy, that Brussels draw up a strategy to counter a wave of takeovers by Chinese companies in Europe.

German concerns were sparked by recent acquisitions in the tech sector, most notably household goods maker Mideas takeover of industrial robotics firm Kuka last year.

German leaders were alarmed to see valuable knowhow being transferred abroad, especially as robots become increasingly critical in the countrys crucial manufacturing centre.

Macron has blamed Europe for forgetting EU citizens who are worried about the effects of globalisation, so helping stoke the populist sentiment that brought on Brexit.

Reports said that Junckers plan would however be non-binding, amid concern in smaller EU nations about losing Beijing investments in their economies.

Juncker however insisted that Europe remained open for business and would seek to complete trade deals with Australia and New Zealand by the end of his mandate.


20:15

Has the NYT Gone Collectively Mad? "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Crossing a line from recklessness into madness, The New York Times published a front-page opus suggesting that Russia was behind social media criticism of Hillary Clinton, reports Robert Parry.

20:01

Why I am voting Yes in the SSM postal survey (but wont be telling anyone else how to vote) "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

It probably wont surprise anyone who knows me well that Ill be voting Yes in the Same Sex Marriage postal survey. After all, Im a small-l liberal, non-religious legal academic with many friends in same-sex relationships. Im the stereotypical Yes voter. But I have become increasingly concerned that the Yes vote will not win, despite the fact that the majority of my friends on Facebook have rainbow profile pictures. It seems my instinct is correct, according to an article earlier this week in the Canberra Times:

Support for same-sex marriage has crashed ahead of the Turnbull governments postal survey, and only two-thirds of voters are inclined to take part, according to the latest polling from same-sex marriage advocates.

At the start of a two-month campaign, the confidential research provided to Fairfax Media shows support for a no vote has risen, as has the number of people who say they dont know how they will vote.

And alarmingly for yes campaigners, turnout could be very low, with just 65 per cent of voters rating themselves as very likely to participate  falling to 58 per cent among those aged 18 to 34.

On the other hand, my pessimism may be unwarranted, according to a later poll:

The yes side on same-sex marriage is headed for a resounding victory with seven out of 10 definite voters backing a change to the law, a Fairfax/Ipsos poll has found.

Some 65 per cent of respondents rated themselves certain to take part in the voluntary postal survey, and of those 70 per cent said they would vote yes.

If youre not Australian, you may be wondering why we have a postal survey on same-sex marriage at all: the short answer is that it was an election promise by the Coalition, and after they couldnt get a Bill for a compulsory plebiscite vote past the Senate, they opted for a survey by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. I think its been, from start to finish, a derogation of Parliamentary authority the whole point of representative democracy is that our representatives vote for us. As my two older kids said, If we can vote on this issue, why cant we vote on other issues? Why do they need our opinion on this? Good question, kids.

In this post, Ill outline why I am voting Yes. However, I dont intend to tell others how they should vote thats a matter for them...

19:50

Interview: Former AG Mukul Rohatgi Says He Never Intended to Contest Indias Right to Privacy "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Former attorney general Mukul Rohatgi talks about the recent right to privacy judgment, his objections to it, the concerns surrounding the Aadhaar and more.

Mukul Rohatgi

Aadhaar cards (left), Former attorney general Mukul Rohatgi. Credit: PTI

As attorney general, Mukul Rohatgi represented the government on a number of important cases triple talaq, fake encounters in Manipur, criminal defamation and the National Judicial Appointments Commission case.

He also defended the government on the challenges to the Aadhaar case. The Supreme Court had been hearing about 21 challenges to the use of the Aadhaar technology when Rohatgi told the court that privacy was in fact not guaranteed by the Indian constitution. Aadhaar was being challenged on the grounds that it was excluding Indians from accessing government entitlements and also that it infringes on privacy. The matter of privacy then had to be referred to a nine-judge bench who in August ruled that privacy is a fundamental right.

Now in an interview with The Wire, Rohatgi says he never intended for privacy to be contested and that it had not been his strategy to change the course of the case. He says that the way in which privacy was created as a fundamental right in court, was unsatisfactory as it dealt wi...

19:50

How Mukul Rohatgi Set the Cat Among Pigeons on Privacy, and Now Says He Didnt Intend To "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

I did not mean that, that privacy is nothing. I only placed the position of the Supreme Court judgements.

Former AG Mukul Rohatgi. Credit: PTI

Former AG Mukul Rohatgi. Credit: PTI

New Delhi: On July 22, 2015, Mukul Rohatgi stood up in the Supreme Court with an interruption. It was 10:30am and he was before Justice J. Chelameswar. Shyam Divan, counsel for the petitioners against the Aadhaar technology, had come prepared to continue his arguments from the previous day.

Instead, the court records that Rohatgi, the previous attorney general (AG), interrupted with objections and, from 10:30 am to 12:15 pm, surprised the country with his proposition. He told the court that the right to privacy, which had all this while been taken for granted in India, was in fact not guaranteed under the Indian constitution.

Rohatgis single statement stopped 21 other cases which, since 2012, were challenging the linking of Aadhaar to government schemes and its potential infringements on privacy. His statement then changed the course of the case completely; the single issue of whether Indians have a right to privacy would need to be r...

19:33

13 September More REneweconomy news "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

RenewEconomy
  • Networks push back on more small-scale solar. But why?
    Culture wars: It may explain the continued efforts of some network operators to push back against the installation of more rooftop solar.

19:32

Pope Francis urges climate change sceptics to consult scientists "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Pope Francis On Climate Change Denial: Man Is Stupid Huff Post, WASHINGTON, 12 Sept 17 Climate change denials amid catastrophic hurricanes are a reminder that humans are not a particularly smart species, Pope Francis said Sunday while flying over areas in the Caribbean decimated by Hurricane Irma.

 Man is stupid, he said, referencing a passage in the Old Testament, according to the The New York Times and The Associated Press. When you dont want to see, you dont see.

A correspondent for Crux Now had a slightly different translation of the pontiffs comments: Man is a stupid and hard-headed being who doesnt see.

The pope who has sparred with President Donald Trump on several issues, including climate change also urged the climate skeptics of the world to consult with a scientist.

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19:29

13 September REneweconomy news "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

    RenewEconomy
AGL calls Coalition bluff on Liddell, focuses on solar, wind and storage

19:23

The Student Movement in Chile : From Dictatorship to Democracy, the Flame of Revolt "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Students outside a blockaded school in Chile.

Forty-four years ago today, on September 11, 1973, a military dictatorship seized power in Chile via a CIA-sponsored coup. They murdered thousands of people without trial, tortured tens of thousands, and forced hundreds of thousands into exile in a series of atrocities that some Trump supporters openly fantasize about carrying out in the US. Today, the legacy of the dictatorship persists in the laws it passed and the cutthroat neoliberal policies it introduced, but also in the repressive policing apparatus that serves democracy the same way it served a dictator. And something else persists: a powerful resistance movement. In the latest installment of our series on student organizing, we interviewed an anarchist participant in the Chilean student movement, in hopes of offering a little perspective on what student struggles look like outside the US.

Answers courtesy of Samuel Cactus. Photos courtesy of Frente Fotogrfico.

Chilean youth in revolt.

Attitude.

Students winning against militarized riot police.

Please trace the origins of anarchist participation in the contemporary student movement in Chile.

Anarchism boomed in Chile during the first two decades of the 20th century. In large part, the workers movement spread this ideological current through strikes such as the longshoremens strike in 1903, the meatpackers strike in 1905, and the famous miners strike of 1907 in Iquique. Anarchism began to decline during the 1930s due to the rise of Marxism on one hand and the rise of fascism on the other, while parts of the Left became more and more institutionalized and integrated into the bourgeois electoral system. Over the following decades, anarchism diminished in the workers movement until, by the time of the dictatorship (1973-1990), it had become a minority position, more readily found in small circles of intellectuals.

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19:19

African conservation revenue ntourism alone is not the answer; Calvin Cottar on leasing land and NGO revenue "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

The Conservation Imperative

 

Thank you Calvin Harold Cottar for your insight. (cut and paste below)

Ah. Tourism is being proposed as the solution to Botswana neighbors to let elephants stay in those countries instead of squeezing into Botswana thereby causing human wildlife conflicts which presumably can only end inwhat ? ..killing people, eating crops, human wildlife conflict, political agitation, compromise etc etc.

The tricky thing with tourism is that (1) the tourism industry already has an existing set of beneficiaries (state tax, selling chain etc etc) who will not be keen to suddenly share their dividends /profits, and that (2) tourism always naturally uses only tiny proportion of any ecosystem / protected areas they invest in They have no interest in being far from the best big name areas, to have massive transport costs and head aches, or indeed getting involved in communities. They exist only to make profit for their shareholders.

Unless the tourism industry is willing to relocate to the harsher , drier, tsetse fly ridden hinterlands that elephants love but tourists dont ; then Mike is in my humble opinion barking up the wrong tree with this hope that tourism is the solution.

We have to think out of the box to secure elephant habitat in Bots let alone the other countries, and it can only come from the wildlife itself having value and for the landowners to be able to access this value for it to become their primary resource for improved livelihood incomes.

Without this happening, it is inevitable that Botswanas elephants will further compress, destroy their habitat and exact increasingly high costs on the poor rural people, and the government will eventually have no choice but remove elephant numbers. When this time of crisis arrives, the question will be : will the Botswana government be brave enough to admit they are going to have to remove elephants? or will they let this removal go covert and hidden so they dont have to lose face from their hard current position and risk losing goodwill and donor support from the non african urban populations of the western world who are increasingly intolerant of the facts of life (that the death of every animal is inevitable?)

Because there is another narrative with elephants you should know much of the poaching of elephant in the countries surrounding Bots as well as in east africa is by poor rural people taking matters into their own hands exactly because government policies dont meet their development needs (wildlife costs are just too high to sustain); local government officers almost have no choice but look away. And sometimes, they say screw it and get involved themselves to feed t...

19:17

Are Elite Controllers a fantasy? Read this. "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

  by Jon Rappoport September 11, 2017   We rarely get a chance to see a smoking gun that proves elite controllers are running the show from behind the curtain. Thats why there is a curtain. So Im republishing a conversation between two members of the Rockefeller Trilateral Commission (TC) and a US reporter. First, []

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19:16

Ardern has failed the left, apparently "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Ive seen comment in various places along the lines of how Jacinda Ardern could have embraced Metiria Tureis sacrifice and led the revolution that would rescue new Zealand from a calamitous era of neo-liberalism. Much of this is encapsulated here: For there really was a window. An opportunity. Instead of playing her part in the []

19:15

Sweden: Giving Up Neutrality Against People"s Will "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Sweden, a non-NATO nation, has launched its largest military exercise in over 20 years. The drills are being conducted at Russias doorstep amid rising military activity in the Baltic Sea region. The timing (Sept. 11-29) is outright provocative as Aurora 2017 is taking place at about the same time (Sept. 14-20) as Zapad 2017, a major Russian exercise in Belarus.

19:14

Northeast States Yet to Implement SC Order Declaring Parliamentary Secretaries Unconstitutional "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The highest number of parliamentary secretaries is in BJP-ruled Arunachal Pradesh, followed by Nagaland where the party is in alliance with Naga Peoples Front.

At 31, the BJP government in Arunachal Pradesh led by chief minister Pema Khandu appointed the highest number of parliamentary secretaries in the Northeast. Credit: PTI

At 31, the BJP government in Arunachal Pradesh led by chief minister Pema Khandu appointed the highest number of parliamentary secretaries in the Northeast. Credit: PTI

New Delhi: On July 26, the Supreme Court struck down the post of parliamentary secretaries by declaring it unconstitutional.

The apex courts judgement was in response to a writ petition filed in 2006 by one Bimalangshu Roy against the passage of Assam Parliamentary Secretaries (Appointment, Salaries, Allowances, and Miscellaneous Provisions) Act by the then Congress government in the state. The court had cited...

18:58

President Trump Open to DACA Relief Legislation Without Wall Funding, Says Aide "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Alliance San Diego and other Pro-DACA supporters hold a protest rally, following U.S. President Donald Trump's DACA announcement, in front of San Diego County Administration Center in San Diego, California, U.S., September 5, 2017. Credit: Reuters/John Gastaldo

Alliance San Diego and other Pro-DACA supporters hold a protest rally, following US President Donald Trumps DACA announcement, in f...

18:58

RSS Will Accept Supreme Courts Ayodhya Verdict: Mohan Bhagwat "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The RSS chief also said that his organisation does not support trolling on social media as it amounts to hitting below the belt.

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, speaking to a group of diplomats, said that he had good contact with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and had independent discussions on a range of issues. Credit: Twitter/India Foundation

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat at the India Foundation event. Credit: Twitter/India Foundation

New Delhi: Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat on Tuesday said that his organisation would be bound by the Supreme Courts verdict on the Ram Temple-Babri Masjid issue in Ayodhya. Bhagwat was speaking at an event organised by India Foundation, where ambassadors and diplomatic officials from about 50 countries were in attendance. Union minister of state for civil aviation Jayant Sinha moderated the interaction.

The Supreme Court is...

18:56

Top Scientist Tells CBS, HAARP Responsible For Recent Hurricanes "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Published on Sep 9, 2017 World renowned physicist Dr. Michio Kaku made a shocking confession on live TV when he admitted that HAARP is responsible for the recent spate of hurricanes. Source: http://yournewswire.com/scientist-haa SEE ALSO: Texas Flooding: Has Weather Modification Played A Part? SMOKING GUN UPDATE 1/9/17!

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18:54

'Nest-building flying saucers found in land down under.' "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Background

At about 9:00 am. local time, banana grower, George Pedley, aged 28, was driving a tractor about one half mile from a farm house owned by Albert Pennisi. Pedley's attention was drawn by a 'hissing' sound, clearly heard over the noise from the tractor's engine. He looked about for the source of the noise, and saw an unusual object some 25 yards away. He described it as  about 30 feet in the air, rising vertically. Its shape was that of 'two saucers face to face.' It was light grey in color, being dull, non-reflective. Its size was estimated as 25 feet long by eight to nine feet deep. No structured features were visible. The loud 'hissing' noise seemed to diminish as the object rose. It rose to a height of 60 feet, then departed, climbing at about an angle of forty-five degrees, extremely fast, to the South-west. For the duration of his observation, which was only 5-6 seconds, it appeared to be always rotating.

After the object's departure, Pedley found a clearly defined, near circular area of water in the lagoon. He left the area, and returned at around noon that day. At this time, the cleared area of water had been replaced by a floating mass of reeds, at the point where the object had first been seen. This mass was about 32 feet long by 25 feet wide. The grass on the surface of the water, was flattened in a clockwise direction. (Sources: (1) RAAF file series J63, control symbol 5/40/Air Part 1. pp 167-178; 184-185. (2) RAAF file series A703, control symbol 580/1/1 part 5. pp 56-62; 164-169; 175-176; 182-183. (3) 'The Tully Report, saucer nests 1966 and 1969.' UFO Research Queensland, pp 1-31.)

Australian media attention

The local paper, the 'Tully Times,' carried an account.



This was quickly followed by articles in newspapers in the capital cities of Brisban...

18:39

Kamal Haasan Likely to Float Political Party by September End "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The actors plans of launching a new party instead of joining an alliance is being viewed as a direct threat to the DMK.

Kamal Haasan. Credit: PTI

New Delhi: Veteran actor Kamal Haasan is set to take the plunge into politics with the likely launch of a political outfit by the end of September. According to Indian Express, Hasaan who over the last couple months has made his views known about the deteriorating state of politics in Tamil Nadu has set his eyes on the local body elections, with over 4,000 candidates, which are expected to be held in November.

While an official announcement hasnt been made yet, a close aide to the actor told Indian Express that the upcoming local body elections have made it a necessity for him to step in, and that the announcement of the political party is likely to come in a few days.

Another source close to Hassan said that the 62-year-old actor believes that there is a political vacuum in the state and that it is crucial for him to make his entry at this point before any major alliances are forged by the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) or the warring factions of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam.

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18:38

US Supreme Court Backs Broad Trump Refugee Ban "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

 

The building of the U.S. Supreme Court is seen after it granted parts of the Trump administration's emergency request to put his travel ban into effect immediately while the legal battle continues, in Washington, U.S., June 26, 2017. Credit:Reuters/Yuri Gripas/Files

The building of the U.S. Supreme Court is seen after it granted parts of the Trump administrations emergency request to put his travel ban into effect imm...

18:34

Mercury Mal vs Electricity Bill "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Thinking aloud, who was the Minister who made light globes with mercury mandatory in Australia? Of course, our current PM. What is the latest on the costs and benefits of the different globes, in case it matters? Still it shows which way the wind was blowing for Mercury Mal. Apparently he wanted to double our power bills while the leader of the Opposition wants to triple them or thereabouts.

Mercury Mal vs Electricity Bill, how lucky can a country get?

18:32

Galaxy Poll finds overwhelming support for Dick Smith on population "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Dick Smith commissioned a Galaxy poll to assess both the impact of his $1 million TV ad campaign based on the Grim Reaper AIDS ad of the 1980s, and community attitudes towards Australias developed-world-leading immigration-fueled rapid population growth. The sample comprised 1,005 respondents, distributed throughout Australia including both capital city and non-capital city areas the report is attached. The main findings of the poll were:

The majority of Australians (83%) believe that population growth is of such significant consequence that every major political party should have a population plan.
There is an overwhelming belief that politicians should be doing something about population growth (82%).
Population growth is an issue of concern for the majority of supporters of both the Coalition (62%) and the Labor Party (62%).
Among those that have seen the TV ad 91% are convinced that every major political party should have a population plan.

Poll confirms that Smith understands what ordinary Australians want

Dicks Smith said This just confirms that what Ive found from the conversations Ive had with ordinary Australians: 8/10 are concerned that the major political parties have no population plan. Dick Smith said Aussie families can have up to 20 kids during their lifetime, but none do. This is because parents have a population plan for the number of children they can give a decent life to. Yet our politicians have no similar plan for our country. Its time for a population plan that involves stabilising Australias population below 30 million by reducing the net overseas migration program down from the current 200,000 back to the long-term average of 70,000 per annum.

Is Dick Smith the last good rich man in Australia?

Or will some other wealthy people come out in support of democracy too? It is admirable that Dick Smith really seems to be on a truth-seeking mission. He has refused to be put down by the ABC propaganda dogs at The Drum and Media Watch and he has financed a proper survey which has shown his support base is very high. His detractors have greatly underestimated him. Is Dick Smith the last good rich man in Australia, a country run by wealthy men and women politicians, CEOs, property developers, transnational corporations and media owners, entirely for their own enrichment, at great cost to the rest of us.

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18:30

Time to Stop Playing the Politics of Outrage After Gauri Lankeshs Murder "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Each killing  whether of an RSS man or of someone of an opposite ideology  is condemnable and the condemnation should be unqualified.

Members from the FACT (The forum against communist terror) protest against attacks on RSS/BJP followers in Kerala in Mumbai. Credit: PTI

Members from the FACT (The forum against communist terror) protest against attacks on RSS/BJP followers in Kerala in Mumbai. Credit: PTI

I strongly condemn & deplore the messages on social media expressing happiness on the dastardly murder of #Gaurilankesh. All of us agreed with the letters and spirit behind this statement by BJP leader and minister Ravi Shankar Prasad. It could be the only instinctive response to the barrage of tweets and messages celebrating the murder of Gauri Lankesh and abusing her. It was also a much-needed governmental response. One expected that this firm stance would bring out some sanity and sobriety in the public discourse. Unfortunately, it did not last very long.

It did not take even two days for Prasad to be forced back to the press to launch a virulent attack on those blaming this murder on the atmosphere of hate and violence that his party, the BJP and its parent body, the RSS, with its multiple visible and invisible han...

18:20

Your Brain on Fear "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Yoda, from the Star Wars movies Yoda, from the Star Wars movies (Photo: Ron Wurzer / Getty Images)

 

Islamophobia is an interesting word because it doesnt mean hatred of Muslims, it means fear of Muslims. Fear and hatred are of course closely interlinked, with Yoda himself succinctly explaining:

Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering.

Fear of Muslims in general, rather than justified fear of political Islamism, can lead to discriminatory behavior. It also shuts down the ability to see nuanced answers to complex problems. This is why is it is so important to draw the distinction between criticism of political Islam and animus against Muslims in general.

But Islamophobia as a threat in itself has also been a bogeyman. The idea that non-Muslims hate Muslims and are out to get them is consistently pushed by Islamist-linked organizations like the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and their non-Muslim supporters like the Southern Poverty Law Center. These groups and others like them encourage Muslims in the West to see all criticism of Islamist ideas, or attempts to meaningfully engage with issues of extremism, as tainted with bigotry and as a personal attack.

Fear shuts down the ability of different groups to talk practically about solutions to our problems.

So what is fear and how does it impact the debate on Islamism?

 

The Biological Response

When a person encounters something they regard as a threat the body responds physically by flooding the system with the stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline. Psychologist Daniel Goleman termed this an amygdala hijack, referring to the part of the...

18:20

A Free Speech Problem With Marriage Law Survey Safeguards "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Advance Summary

1. This article raises concerns about specific "hate speech" prohibitions in the Government's Marriage Law Survey (Additional Safeguards) Bill 2017.

2. This article argues that Sections 15(1)(a) and (b) place unreasonable constraints on free speech by making political opinions attributes that are protected from "vilification", contrary to the normal practice of anti-vilification laws.

3.The ability to express strong criticism of people who present offensive or unfactual opinions serves as an important deterrent against expressing such opinions in the first place.

4. Many aspects of the proposed Sections and the limited exemptions available are insufficiently clear to a lay reader and involve a novel area of Australian anti-discrimination law.

5. Sections 15(1)(a) and (b) should be amended so that they apply only to intimidation and threats and not to "vilification". 

6. If this does not occur, then the debate surrounding the postal survey is not an adequately and clearly free and fair environment for the frank exchange of opinions and criticism.

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Over the past few weeks there has been a lot of discussion about possible safeguards surrounding the conduct of the postal survey on same-sex marriage which is now starting.  I covered this in detail in a previous article Will "Hate Speech" Be Illegal In The "Plebiscite"?

The process of introducing these safeguards has come very late, partly because the pro-same-sex-marriage parties were unwilling to support legislation until the High Court challenges against the postal survey were completed.  As a result we have had weeks of unregulated campaigning, involving large quantities of often unauthorised and offensive material.

The good news is that, with a lot of the campaigning already over, the major parties have found belated common ground on a need to provide election-like protections (authorisation, misleading material surrounding the mechanics of "voting" etc) around the survey.  Moreover, they have managed to put tactical games aside and reach in-principle agreement on a need to go further than normal electoral law allows, and provide for some special short-term protections from intimidation, vilification and threats.  These protections are vaguely similar to those in anti-vilification laws in some states as discussed in the above-linked article.  The Bill to be introduced is here:...

18:18

Defying Iraqi Parliament, Barzani Vows to Press on With Kurdish Referendum "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi looks on during a joint news conference with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi at the end of a meeting at Chigi Palace in Rome, Italy February 10, 2016. Credit: Reuters

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi looks on during a joint news conference with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi at the end of a meeting at Chigi Palace in Rome, Italy February 10, 2016. Credit: Reuters

Baghdad, Iraq: Iraqs Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani vowed on Tuesday to press ahead with a referendum on Kurdish independence on September 25 despite a vote by Iraqs parliament to reject the move.

Earlier the parliament in Baghdad authorised the prime minister to take all measures to preserve Iraq...

18:14

Paradigm shift not from the CORE Econ Project as mainstream as you will get "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Next Friday (September 22, 2017), I will be presenting at a panel on developments associated with the proposed MMT University and our new MMT Macroeconomics textbook, which will be published by Macmillan in April 2018. The panel will present during the First International MMT Conference, to be held in Kansas City. In part, my contribution will be to discuss the general pedagogical concerns that we (Randy Wray, Martin Watts and myself) had as we wrote the textbook over what turned out to be several years. We were confronted with the situation that we want our textbook to be used as widely as possible in the first and second years of a typical undergraduate program, but also didnt want to fall into the trap of compromising what we considered to be a unified body of theory based upon Modern Monetary Theory (MMMT) for what other colleagues (particularly, mainstream academics) would claim to be necessary material to prepare a student for the labour market. We now have what we believe is a very strong two-year sequence in macroeconomics, firmly founded on MMT principles, with a good balance between discursive narrative, historical context, empirical challenge, and formal (mathematical) reasoning. When one compares it to other post-GFC developments in the pedagogy of macroeconomics, some of which have received the headlines in the past week, I think the curriculum embodied in our text is progressive, consistent, and doesnt fall into the typical neoliberal default regarding governments and the monetary system.

A few years ago, I was invited to speak at a iNET (Institute for New Economic Thinking) in Toronto, Canada. iNET was a George Soros-funded initiative aimed at stimulating changes in the economic debate following the GFC, which left no reasonable person in doubt that the mainstream macroeconomic theory and practice was defunct (putting it mildly).

At the conference, one of the sessions focused on a new project designed to revise the introductory economics curriculum to incorporate new insights (allegedly) that were missing in the standard first-year programs at universities all around the world.

The Times article (September 12, 2017) The financial crisis demands a new type of economics writes that:

CORE promises to be the biggest shake-up since Paul Samuelsons Economics became the standard bearer for i...

18:12

National Geographic Uses Gaza Footage in Hell on Earth Syria Hoax "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

21st Century Wire says

Delusions, carefully implanted, are difficult to correct. Joost Merloo, The Rape of the Mind. Few nations have had such a depth and variety of propaganda constructs lined up against them, as Syria. As each lie is exposed, another one is brought forth by the deep state Machiavellis. The imprinting of public perception with each new lie is achieved by a series of fake narratives that are never retracted, but allowed to remain embedded in the individuals subconscious..to be exhumed by the next nonchalant falsehood. 

On April 5, 2017, National Geographic released a preview of its film, Hell on Earth: The Fall Of Syria And The Rise of ISIS, by filmmaker Sebastian Junger and producing partner Nick Quested. WATCH: 

The following article was written by Paul Larudee for TruePublica: 

The film itself debuted on April 26, 2017, at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York and on the National Geographic channel on June 11.  Junger and Quested persuaded NG to release the preview early, following the suspected chemical attacks in Syria on April 4.

There are, unfortunately, several problems with the footage in both the preview and the film, as well as with the claims made by the filmmakers and National Geographic.  The most glaring of these is that the opening scene of the trailer is a total fraud.

The scene shows a missile destroying a residential building with a thunderous explosion.  Imposed over the footage are the words, ALEPPO, SYRIA.  The clear implication is that the missile is part of a Russian or Syrian Air Force attack in the battle for Aleppo.

But how would the videographer have known where to position the camera in preparation for such an attack?  Surprisingly, there is a logical answer to this question, because there are in fact circumstances where victims are told in advance the location and time of a missile strike

Such a location is Gaza, and the time is when Israeli soldiers call the...

18:09

Indians Evacuated From Irma-hit Sint Maarten "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

View of the aftermath of Hurricane Irma on Sint Maarten Dutch part of Saint Martin island in the Caribbean September 6, 2017 Credit:Reuters

View of the aftermath of Hurricane Irma on Sint Maarten Dutch part of Saint Martin island in the Caribbean, September 6, 2017 Credit:Reuters

New Delhi: Over 100 Indian and Indian-origin people were today evacuated from the hurricane Irma-hit Sint Maarten and brought to the Caribbean island of Curacao on a special flight chartered by the Indian government.

The special flight chartered by the government of India just arrived in Curacao with 110 Indian and Indian-origin evacuees from Sint Maarten, external affairs ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted.

External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj had said yesterday that the evacuation of Indian nationals from Sint Maarten was a priority.

Sint Maarten, that is jointly administered by France and the Netherlands, was directly in hurricane Irmas path. The island suffered widespread destruction after the storm made landfall last week and wreaked havoc on the Caribbean islands.

(PTI)

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18:08

Brazil: Supreme Court Approves New Graft Probe of President Temer "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Brazil's President Michel Temer reacts during a meeting with government leaders of the Brazilian federal senate, at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil May 9, 2017. Credit: Reuters

Brazils President Michel Temer reacts during a meeting with government leaders of the Brazilian federal senate, at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil May 9, 2017. Credit: Reuters

Brasilia: A Brazilian Supreme Court judge on Tuesday authorised an investigation of President Michel Temer for suspected corruption involving a decree regulating ports, adding to graft allegations the president has so far parried with backing from Congress.

The new investigation is based on a wiretapped conversation of a former Temer aide, Rodrigo Rocha Loures, who, according to court documents, discusse...

18:00

Bhagat Singh Is Not the Man the Right Wants You to Think He Is "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

An excerpt from Revolutionary Passions shows that Bhagat Singh who the Hindu Right tends to project as an antidote to the Congress and Gandhi  not only had close relations with Congress leaders, but was also critical of Hinduism.

Bhagat Singh. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

In the mid 1920s, the Kakori Conspiracy Case left the revolutionary movement headless, as all its front-ranking leaders were arrested and sent to the gallows or to jail. The following generation of militants who were to revive the movement was of a different kind. The strongest personality in this group, Bhagat Singh, is proof of this. Born in Lyallpur, Punjab, to a Sikh family that came under the influence of the Arya Samaj and the Ghadr Party his uncle Ajit Singh had been deported to Mandalay along with Lajpat Rai when he was a child Bhagat Singh was trained at the National College of Lahore. He was particularly shocked by the Jallianwallah Bagh massacre in Amritsar in 1919, where General Dyer killed hundreds of people. He then took part in the non-cooperation movement and like many others, joined the revolutionary movement after Mahatma Gandhi suspended the non-cooperation struggle. In 1926,...

18:00

Philippine Congress Backs Annual Budget of Just $20 for Agency Probing Drugs War "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Mourners display a streamer during a funeral march for Kian delos Santos, a 17-year-old student who was shot during anti-drug operations in Caloocan, Metro Manila, Philippines August 26, 2017. Credit: FReuters/Erik De Castro

Mourners display a streamer during a funeral march for Kian delos Santos, a 17-year-old student who was shot during anti-drug operations in Caloocan, Metro Manila, Philippines August 26, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Erik De Castro

Manila:  Philippine lawmakers allied with President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday voted to allocate an annual budget of just 1,000 pesos ($20) to the Commission on Human Rights, a public body that has clashed repeatedly with Duterte over his bloody war on drugs.

About four-fifths of lower house members present supported the move to cut the budget to almost nil, in what critics of the anti-drugs campaign call retaliation for the agencys efforts to investigate thousands of killings over the past 15 months.

The CHR deserved a low budget for being a useless body and defending criminals rights, house speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, a close ally of Duterte, said in a television interview.

If you want to protect the rights of criminals, get your budget from the criminals, he said. Its that sim...

18:00

Iran Prepares for U.S. To Pull Out of Iran Nuclear Deal "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

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TEHRAN (FNA)- Geopolitical analyst James ONeill says Washington will kill the nuclear agreement with Iran as part of its hawkish policy of threat to the country that is a heavy weight actor at the center stage of political equations and developments in the Middle East.

Iran is uniquely placed to be a significant force for good in a volatile and rapidly changing region. It is this unique role that is a major reason why the US continues to make threats, uses proxy forces such as the Mojahedin-e Khalq (MEK) to destabilize Iran, and will undoubtedly resile from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), ONeill said in an exclusive interview with FNA.

The analyst further added that the US animosity towards Iran has pushed the latter towards stronger ties with other world powers. Irans growing links with China and Russia are its best defenses against US aggression, he said.

James ONeill is a geopolitical analyst and a former academic who since 1984 has practiced as a barrister, first in New Zealand and since 2002 in Australia. He has appeared on international media outlets such as RT and Press TV. He is also a regular contributor to New Eastern Outlook, an online expert opinion journal.

FNA has conducted an interview with James ONeill to discuss Syria and its allies in the war on terrorist groups, the possible geopolitical implications for regional and trans-regional players and the geopolitical trends in the Middle-East.

Below you will find the full text of the interview.

Q: From time to time we have been hearing about the so-called US-led coalition and Israel coming to help the terrorist groups operating inside Syria, the financial support coming from the US and its allies and the ideological support from the Wahhabi regime in Saudi Arabia. Why do you think with all that support, these days we keep hearing about their proxy forces failing and losing ground in Syria?

A: The US, Israel and Saudi Arabia will continue to support terrorist groups in Syria while pretending to be fighting terrorism.  This is because they are pursuing disparate goals, not....

18:00

Indias Corporate Debt Hits Seven-Year-High in March 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

More than a fifth of large companies did not earn enough to pay interest on their loans and the pace of new loans fell to the lowest in more than six decades.

The new Rs 2000 note

The new Rs 2000 note post demonetisation. Credit: Reuters

Mumbai: Indias cash crunch and confusion over the introduction of a national sales tax were initially blamed for pulling economic growth down to its weakest pace in more than three years. But that is masking a more debilitating factor affecting the economy corporate debt.

Thomson Reuters data, based on the latest annual earnings reports, shows Indias corporate debt rose to a seven-year high at the end of March. More than a fifth of large companies did not earn enough to pay interest on their loans and the pace of new loans fell to the lowest in more than six decades.

The Indian government reported on August 31 that annual GDP growth in the quarter ended June dropped to 5.7%, an envious pace for many countries but Indias weakest since early 2014.

It was blamed on attempts by the government to flush out money hidden from the tax man, which caused a cash crunch, and the introduction of a general sales tax (GST), which prompted businesses and consumers to hit the pause button.

But Indian business executives say they are more concerned about the impact of soured loans on bank balance sheets, which prevent them from getting the full benefit of central bank rate...

17:51

Lending finance picks up "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Having a lend

Lending finance was shaping higher again by July, back up to $71.6 billion in trend terms, to be +6.7 per cent higher than a year ago, and getting pretty close to the highs of 2015.


Commercial lending to businesses picked up, which is generally seen to be a good sign, while housing lending to owner-occupiers hit a record high. 


Personal lending commitments are tracking back down at levels not seen since 2002.

This was mirrored by data elsewhere, with the Reserve Bank's statistical tables showing average credit card balances at their lowest level in nearly a decade. 


This does not fit the stretched household budgets theme.

Investor juggernaut slowed

Property investment loans are being successfully slowed by regulatory measures, and this is now filtering through into the rolling annual data at the state level. 

Interestingly the credit squeeze may be impacting the state...

17:43

South-East Oz Pt 1: Stanthorpe to Lake Cargelligo "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"


Shy Hylacola

We left home on September 6 for a lengthy road trip through NSW and Victoria. First stop was Glen Alpin near Stanthorpe, staying by the Severn River at the Country Style Caravan Park. There were plenty of Dusky Woodswallows here. It's always nice to be in the Granite Belt but we could do without the weather down to -2 on our first morning.

Dusky Woodswallow
We moved on to Armidale the next day, calling in on the excellent birding area along Old Wallangarra Road, where a Yellow-footed Antechinus was of interest in the short time available. A couple of Little Eagles were seen on the way south for a 2-night stay in the Armidale Tourist Park. I spent a full morning in the ironbark woodlands of the Yarrowyck area west of Armidale, along Gwydir Park Road and Gwydir River Road.


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17:30

Trump Says Tougher Steps Needed as North Korea Stays Defiant Over UN Sanctions "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during his meeting with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, U.S. September 12, 2017. From left are Vice President Mike Pence, Trump, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Trump adviser Jared Kushner. Credit: Reuters

US President Donald Trump speaks during his meeting with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, US September 12, 2017. From left are Vice President Mike Pence, Trump, Secretary of State...

17:13

For Modis Birthday, BJP Yuva Morcha Member Distributes Wont Criticise Government Pledge "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The pledge also says, from today, I will throw garbage and dirt in the dustbin, will not dirty my country and not let anyone dirty the country.

Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi outside parliament. Credit: PTI

New Delhi: In the run-up to Prime Minister Narendra Modis birthday on Sunday, September 17, the BJP and supporters of the prime minister are going all out to come up with ways to mark  and force others to celebrate  the occasion.

Primary school students in Uttar Pradesh were originally asked to attend celebratory events on Modis birthday (a school holiday), but the state government has since clarified that the events will be held the day before his birthday. A lecture by BJP leaders and MLAs on the governments public welfare schemes and achievements is being organised in nearly 130 government schools in Varanasi, Modis Lok Sabha constituency. The party will also celebrate Modis birthday as sewa diwas ac...

17:06

Reclassification Of Firearms In Australia! "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"



One of our legal minds has been looking at the appearance provisions of the Victorian Firearms Act 1996.
The offending provisions are found in sections 3A and 3B of the Act which give the Chief Commissioner broad powers to either temporarily or permanently recategorise Cat A or B firearms on the basis of appearance. 
In fact, if you read what he has to say carefully, youll see its worse than that. The Chief Commissioner can recategorise firearms for reasons which go beyond appearance or for no reason at all.
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17:04

BBC WS acknowledges inaccurate claim in history show "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Last month we noted that listeners to an edition of the BBC World Service programme The History Hour had been told by its presenter Max Pearson that:

Just the phrase tension in the Middle East has become shorthand for referencing the decades of mistrust between Jews and Arabs following the creation of the State of Israel, carved as it was out of land which had belonged to the Palestinians. Giving the Jewish people of the world a homeland was supposed to be the answer to one problem but it created another. [emphasis added]

Along with a member of the public, BBC Watch submitted a complaint regarding that inaccurate and materially misleading statement and has now received the following reply:

Thank you for getting in touch and your complaint about an edition of History in which you claim that the presenter m...

17:00

Traces of Radioactive Gas From North Koreas Nuclear Test, Confirms South Korea "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

North Korea conducted its sixth nuclear test on September 3. Credit: Reuters

Seoul:  South Korea said on Wednesday traces of radioactive xenon gas were confirmed to be from a North Korean nuclear test earlier this month, but it was unable to conclude whether the test had been for a hydrogen bomb as Pyongyang claimed.

North Korea conducted its sixth nuclear test on September 3, prompting the UN Security Council to step up sanctions with a ban on the reclusive regimes textile exports and a cap on fuel supplies.

The Nuclear Safety and Security Commission said its land-based xenon detector in the northeastern part of the country found traces of xenon-133 isotope on nine occasions, while its mobile equipment off the countrys east coast detected traces of the isotope four times.

It was difficult to find out how powerful the nuclear test was with the amount of xenon detected, but we can say the xenon was from North...

16:56

The Final Three Nails in the Out-of-Africa Coffin "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

The Final Three Nails in the Out-of-Africa" Coffin

By Steven & Evan Strong

For some time we have been presenting genetic and archaeological evidence which contradicts fundamental assumptions that underpin the foundations of the Out-of-Africa theory and accompanying interpretations of human origin and evolution. What never ceases to amaze is that despite the sheer quantity and undeniably quality of the opposing science being published, the great majority of academics and appointed spokespeople refuse to listen or reconsider.

According to the prevailing bias everything begins in Africa. Whether it be the very first hominid, Homo habilis, Homo erectus or the still unfound common ancestor of both apes and hominins, everything is sourced in Africa. The rationale has been constant over the past fifty years, if the place of genesis for all monkeys, apes and hominins is African, so too does that apply to what is claimed to be the crowning glory of the hominid tree: Homo sapiens sapien. No matter how many papers on genes, Y Chromosomes, skull morphology or archaeology suggesting that Australia is the more likely birthplace of modern humans, mainstream science refuses to step down from the African pedestal. Their defense is predictable, as there is nothing else left, if the oldest hominin yet found is African, then this is where it all began.

The mantle of our most ancient African ancestor was originally awarded to Lucy" (Australopithecus Afarensis-3,200,000 years) who resided in Ethiopia, then recently marginally repositioned within that country in response to the discovery of another hominin called Ardi (Ardipithecus Ramidus-4,400,000 years), which has since been supplemented by rumours of dates touching six million years for a very crude hominin found in Kenya. The problem with drawing absolute definitive African lines in the sand is that at any moment the wind can blow in from an unexpected direction, and because of this the remaining African first has been delegated to a distant second place.  Together Bulgaria and Greece, not Africa, is now officially agreed to be the two locations where the oldest hominin yet found anywhere on the planet first walked.

A mandible from Greece and tooth from Bulgaria of a hominin named Graecopithecus was analysed using the latest advances in dating and returned dates of 7,175,000 and 7,240,000 years. Both remains were separated by some distance and are distinctly European, but most importantly, they show Sfeatures that point to a possible phylogenetic affinity with hominins.(1) Until now the entire cast of early hominins was assumed to be African, now there are at least two lineages in reproduction and the Eastern European hominin has the lead role of Adam."

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16:48

EC Refuses to Take Cognizance of Yadavs Claim Over JD(U) Symbol "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Credit:ANI

Credit:ANI

New Delhi: The Election Commission today refused to take cognizance of the Sharad Yadav factions claim of being the real JD(U), citing lack of documents filed by its leaders to back it, an EC official said.

The ECs decision is a setback to Yadav, who had claimed that the partys rank and file was with him even though an overwhelming numbers of its elected leaders and office bearers sided with party chief and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

EC sources said the Yadav faction is free to file another application with documents to effectively buttress its claim, a task that would be difficult for the veteran leader given the kind of support Kumar enjoys in the party.

The Yadav faction had approached the EC on August 25, staking its claim over the partys election symbol and insisting that a majority of its national council members were with it.

In response, a group of party leaders, including Rajya Sabha MP R C P Singh and JD(U) secretary general K C Tyagi, met the EC last week and submitted affidavits of its leaders and office bearers reposing faith in Kumars leadership.

They had also demanded that the Yadav factions application be rejected.

Tyagi said they had submitted the affidavits of all the 71 party MLAs and 30 MLCs, two Lok Sabha members and seven of the 10 Rajya Sabha lawmakers of the party, besides office bearers in their support.

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16:48

Trapped by Landmines and a Creek, Rohingya Languish in No-Mans Land "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

New Rohingya refugee people look on as they hold a fence near the Kutupalang makeshift refugee camp, in Coxs Bazar, Bangladesh, August 29, 2017. Credit: Reuters

New Rohingya refugee people look on as they hold a fence near the Kutupalang makeshift refugee camp, in Coxs Bazar, Bangladesh, August 29, 2017. Credit: Reuters

Coxs Bazar, Bangladesh: Until late last month, Syed Karim grew rice and sugarcane on a strip of unclaimed land along the international border where Myanmar ends and Bangladesh begins.

On August 25, the 26-year-old Rohingya Muslim man abandoned his home in a nearby Myanmar village and moved to the no-mans land, fleeing a crackdown by the military against his community in response to militant attacks.

An estimated 370,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh since that day. But Karim and thousands of his neighbours from Rohingya villages near the border face a unique predicament.

They have fled to the safe...

16:45

Suu Kyi to Skip UN General Assembly Amid Rohingya Crisis "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

 

Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi talks during a news conference with India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Naypyitaw, Myanmar September 6, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Soe Zeya Tun

Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi talks during a news conference with Indias Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, September 6, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Soe Zeya Tun

Yangon: Myanmars national leader Aung San Suu Kyi, facing outrage over ethnic violence that has forced about 370,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee to Bangladesh, will not attend the upcoming UN General Assembly because of the crisis, her office said on Wednesday.

The exodus of refugees, sparked by security forces fierce response to a series of Rohingya militant attacks, is the biggest problem Suu Kyi has faced since becoming Myanmars leader last year. Critics have called for her to be stripped of her Nobel peace prize for failing to do more to halt the strife.

In her first address to the UN General Assembly as national leader in September last year, Suu Kyi defended her governments efforts to resolve the crisis over treatment of the Muslim minority.

This year, her office said she would not be attending because of the security threats posed by the insurgents and her efforts to...

16:30

Labour v National on income tax "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Labour and National are making claims and counter claims on income tax. They are both sort of right, but its not something that Labour probably want a lot of publicity about. National have already put in place legislation that will bring in tax cuts of up to about a thousand dollars a year for anyone []

16:30

Whaleoil Backchat "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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16:29

Gold Oil Dollars Russia and China "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

45232342342The 1944 Bretton Woods international monetary system as it has developed to the present is become, honestly said, the greatest hindrance to world peace and prosperity. Now China, increasingly backed by Russiathe two great Eurasian nationsare taking decisive steps to create a very viable alternative to the tyranny of the US dollar over the world trade and finance. Wall Street and Washington are not amused, but they are powerless to stop it.

Shortly before the end of the Second World War, the US Government, advised by the major international banks of Wall Street, drafted what many mistakenly believe was a new gold standard. In truth, it was a dollar standard in which every other member currency of the International Monetary Fund countries fixed the value of their currency to the dollar. In turn, the US dollar was fixed then to gold at a value equal to 1/35th of an ounce of gold. At the time Washington and Wall Street could impose such a system as the Federal Reserve held some 75% of all world monetary gold as a consequence of the war and related developments. Bretton Woods established the dollar which then became the reserve currency of world trade held by central banks.

Death Agony of a Defective Dollar Standard

By the end of the 1960s with soaring US Federal budget deficits from costs of the Vietnam War and other foolish spending, the dollar standard began to show its deep structural flaws. A recovered Western Europe and Japan no longer needed billions of US dollars for financing reconstruction. Germany and Japan had become world class export economies with higher efficiency than US manufacturing owing to a growing obsolescence of US basic industry from steel to autos and basic infrastructure. Washington should then have significantly devalued the dollar against gold in order to correct the growing world trade imbalance. Such a dollar devaluation would have boosted US manufacturing export earnings and reduced the trade imbalances. It would have been a huge pus for the real US economy. However for Wall Street banks it spelled huge losses. So instead, the Johnson and then Nixon administrations printed more dollars and in effect exported inflation to the world.

The central banks of especially France and Germany reacted to the deafness in Washington by demanding US Federal Reserve gold for their US dollar reserves at $35 per unce s in the Bretton Woods 1944 agreement. By August 1971 the redemp...

16:20

The End of the Plastic Bag "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

On Tuesday, Environment Minister Stephen Dawson announced that WA will ban retailers from distributing single-use plastic bans, effective from July 1st, 2018.

WA will join South Australia, Tasmania, the Northern Territory and the ACT in introducing the  state wide bag bans.

The announcement has occurred after several local councils, and many businesses, have independently decided to stop or limit single-use bags.

Fremantle Council, which has been proactive for banning the bag since 2012, Mayor of Fremantle Brad Pettitt joined Simon Beaton on The Mag to talk about this announcement.

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16:20

Six Months Cooling Off Period for Granting Divorce Can Be Waived: SC "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The aim is to guard against a hurried decision if there is otherwise a possibility of reconciliation.

Credit: PTI

The Supreme Court on Tuesday held that the minimum cooling period of six months for granting the decree of divorce under the Hindu law can be waived by a trial court if there was no possibility of cohabitation between an estranged couple.

The 1955 Hindu Marriage Act provides for a statutory cooling period of six months between the first and the last motion for seeking divorce by mutual consent to explore the possibility of settlement and cohabitation. We are of the view that the period mentioned in section 13B(2) is not mandatory but directory; it will be open to the court to exercise its discretion in the facts and circumstances of each case where there is no possibility of parties resuming cohabitation and there are chances of alternative rehabilitation, a bench comprising Justices A K Goel and U U Lalit said.

The apex court said the minimum period of six months can be relaxed by the trial court in certain situations and the estranged couple, who are seeking divorce with mutual consent, can file waiver application after a week of filing the first motion.

The top court also said that in conducting such proceedings, the trial court can also use the medium of video conferencing and permit genuine representation of the parties through close relations, such as parents or siblings, where the parties are unable to appear in person for any just and valid reason as may satisfy the court, to advance the interest of justice.

The court noted...

16:11

Government to Grant Citizenship to Chakmas "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The move came following an order of the Supreme Court, which in 2015 had directed the Central government to grant citizenship to the Chakma and Hajong refugees, mostly staying in Arunachal Pradesh.

Chakma refugees attending a Buddha puja in Arunachal. Credit: Special Arrangement

New Delhi: Amidst the uproar over Rohingya Muslims, nearly one lakh Chakma and Hajong refugees, who came from the erstwhile East Pakistan five decades ago and currently living in camps in the Northeast, are set to get Indian citizenship.

The move came following an order of the Supreme Court, which in 2015 ha...

16:08

MACKAY Finch Hatton cop leaps into fray solo, defuses drunken brawl "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

MACKAY September 13, 2017 at 06:03AM ,

Finch Hatton cop leaps into fray solo, defuses drunken brawl

September 13, 2017 at 06:03AM ,

Bunns behaviour landed him in Mackay Magistrates Court on Tuesday, where he pleaded guilty to obstructing police, public nuisance, stealing and

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16:08

MACKAY Woman blames pill mix-up for abusing hospital workers "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

MACKAY September 13, 2017 at 05:07AM ,

Woman blames pill mix-up for abusing hospital workers

September 13, 2017 at 05:07AM ,

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16:08

MACKAY Di Carlo fed info from CCC: Police "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

MACKAY September 12, 2017 at 05:18PM ,

Di Carlo fed info from CCC: Police

September 12, 2017 at 05:18PM ,

HIGH-profile Brisbane lawyer Sam Di Carlo arranged for people involved in a corruption watchdog investigation to feed him information via legal

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16:00

Guess who dont like the idea of free doctors visits? Doctors "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Cheaper or free GP visits sound like a great idea, but some doctors in Marlborough fear the pre-election promises could put extra demand on already strained practices. Marlborough has long suffered from a lack of GPs, with some clinics having to turn away new enrolments while others have struggled to hire new doctors. And just []

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15:39

Global Warming & Storms "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

While some of the news coverage was interjecting global warming as the cause of the storm, in fact it tends to work in the opposite direction. This has been a sharply declining period of temperature. I wrote about how this was the year without an Arctic Summer.  This has been the coldest summer in Europe and even in the States on the East Coast during August to early September. I went to visit family in August and had to buy a coat in New Jersey. In Australia there has been the coldest night on record in New South Wales. The warm water colliding with cooler air tends to make for bigger storms.

One of the major news stations was attributing Miami sinking into the water to Global Warming claiming this was PROOF of rising sea levels.  Pictured here is Wildwood New Jersey which was famous in the 60s with Bobby Rydells song. I use to go there as a kid. The piers were once upon a time actually in the water. You could go on a pier and fish.

The beach has risen so much it is well beyond the piers today. Is this PROOF that sea levels are falling? No! So the fact that Miami is sinking is by NO MEANS PROOF of Global Warming. The sea coast rises and falls with the storms, which change the under water topography offshore. Ever since Sandy hitting New Jersey, there are parts of Long Beach Island that now flood in a rain storm.

It is NOT Global Warming that is to blame for Miami sinking. It is the simple fact that the beaches always change. I have lived on the beach for probably 30 years. It is like watching a movie. It is constantly changing. The sand rises and falls. It does not remain unchanged. Welcome to mother nature.

 

 

15:35

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Twizzle to spin, twirl or twist; cause to spin around;  form by twisting; a maneuver in which a skater performs rapid, continuous rotations on one foot while skating forward or backward over the ice.


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15:34

Compare and Contrast "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Adelaide Hospital:

  • construction announced June 2007.
  • officially opened September 2017.

Announcement to opening 10 plus years.

Sydney Light Rail CBD and South East Extention:

Mini Sky City Tower in China:

  • Construction of 21st floor commenced January 31  2015
  • Construction of 57th floor completed February 17 2015

Construction of 37 floors of skyscraper 3 weeks.

Sanyuan Bridge Overpass Replacement in Beijing China:

From removal of old overpass to opening of new overpass 43 hours!

Jobs and growth.  Jobs and growth.  Jobs and growth.

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15:32

The Coming One World Currency "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

QUESTION: Dear Marty,

I sure would appreciate any thoughts you have on rumors making the rounds that the International Monetary Fund has tipped its hand, in part via its June 2017 Fintech and Financial Services: Initial Considerations IMF Discussion Note, and intends to replace the US Dollar as the global reserve currency as early as January 2018 (probably later) with its decades-old Special Drawing Rights by converting the foreign-exchange reserve assets into a global currency using Distributed Ledger (Blockchain) technology.

It is only a matter of time until US hegemony built upon its reserve currency status (as well as other factors) goes the way of T. Rex. And, I have long believed that, while DLT (Distributed Ledger technology) is not going away, that it will be the IMF/Central Banks/Sovereigns who will end up creating their own horse in this reserve currency race that will win based upon global legislation and regulation but 2018 is right around the corner.

GH

ANSWER: No. This is really rubbish. I cant believe how many people are writing in asking about this subject matter. What makes the dollar the reserve currency is the...

15:30

Morrinsville farmers to protest the Traitor in their midst "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Waikato farming leaders are rallying their rural reserves for a protest against what they call continued attacks on rural New Zealand in Labour leader Jacinda Arderns home town of Morrinsville. The protest on September 18 is being organised by Federated Farmers Waikato provincial president Andrew McGiven and Morrinsville farmer Lloyd Downing. McGiven said farmers were []

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15:30

Google Apocalypse Looms Large "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

By Dr. Mercola

I've written about the dangers of monopolies within the drug and agricultural industries on numerous occasions, but Google is perhaps one of the greatest  monopolies that ever existed on the planet. The reason why I've decided to address Google here is because the technology giant is injecting itself ever deeper into our day-to-day lives, from childhood education to patented meat substitutes1,2 and health care, and with its internet monopoly and personal information tracking and sharing,

Google poses a very unique threat. Anyone concerned about their health and food and their ability to obtain truthful information about both needs to understand the role Google plays, and whose side Google is really on.

Starting with the issue of health care, the company recently partnered with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and is getting deeper into the drug promotion business with its launch of a depression self-assessment quiz.3,4 Just like WebMD before it, this test funnels you toward a drug solution. No matter how you answered WebMD's questions, you were diagnosed as being at risk for major depression and urged to discuss treatment with your doctor.

That test, it turns out, was sponsored by drugmaker Eli Lilly, maker of the antidepressant Cymbalta. Now, any time you use the search term "clinical depression" in the Google mobile search engine, you will find a link to a page to "check if you're clinically depressed." The quiz is part of the Patient Health Questionnaire-9 (PHG-9), "a clinically validated screening questionnaire" according to MedicalXpress.5

Beware of 'Patient's Rights Groups' Working on Behalf of Drug Makers

While it may se...

15:14

Papua New Guinea Investment Conference a resounding success "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Business Advantage Papua New Guinea Investment Conference was held last week in Sydney, successfully showcasing the nations potential as an investment destination and canvassing different views from the business community about the opportunities and challenges. A clear picture of the countrysand the Pacific regionsgreat untapped potential emerged.

Futurist Mark Pesce addresses the 2017 Papua New Guinea Investment Conference

The conference, held at Sydneys Shangri-la Hotel, opened with an insightful perspective from futurist Mark Pesce, who explored the possibilities of twenty-first century technologyespecially mobile phone and blockchain technology, drones and roboticsfor PNGs long-term economic future.

He described how PNG could use these technologies to leapfrog the industrial era and move effectively into the post-industrial world. In particular, he explored a possible convergence between banking and telecommunications, based on the use of mobile phones.

Pesces keynote really set the tone for the conference. Not only did he take a long-term viewwhich all investors must dobut he identified clear trends that, if pursued, could benefit PNG in particular, observed MC Andrew Wilkins of conference organisers Business Advantage International.

What is encouraging is that work is already underway in PNG in several of these areas. The central bank is actively looking at Blockchain, Oil Search is already using drones to inspect its pipelines, while the near-completion of the National Transmission Network, and a likely new underseas cable connecting PNG to the world wide web are signs of progress in connectivity.

Focus on growth sectors

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15:12

Listen to the New TinPan Orange Single Wanderers "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Image Courtesy of TinPan Orange Melbourne indie-folk trio TinPan Orange have returned with their brand new single Wanderers. The track is their first single single 2016s See You In The Water and was co-written by TinPan Orange front-woman Emily Lubitz and Harry James Angus (The Cat Empire). As always with TinPan Orange, Wanderers soars with []

15:02

Madagascar Farmers Confront Canadian Junior Mining Company "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

The owner of this land asked DNI not to use his land but the company ignored his request and has continued to exploit his property.

Mine Watch Canada | 12 September, 2017

Farmers from Vohitsara in eastern Madagascar are demanding that DNI Metals Inc. cease operations on their land and compensate them for damage to their lands, crops, trees, and fish ponds that the company has acknowledged destroying without their consent and fair compensation.

Malagasy civil society organisations and media reports have confirmed that DNI Metals has undertaken drilling and trenching on the villagers land in some cases without their agreement, while other farmers have signed agreements that provide vague and inadequate commitments from the company and do not meet basic standards of fairness.

The company had begun to undertake an inventory of damages jointly with Vohitsara villagers in July, but it was never completed. The company had previously done its own inventory, without the presence of the la...

15:00

Jacinda Ardern says that Neoliberalism has failed: Time for a history lesson "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

[] Neoliberalism traditionally describes the political shift in the 1980s towards privatisation of government services, a focus on individual freedoms over collective good, and a general glorification of market principles. [] New Zealand has been served well by interventionist governments. That actually its about making sure that your market serves your people its a poor []

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14:56

Maru says Papua New Guinea must aim at import replacement in agriculture "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

In an exclusive interview, Richard Maru, the new Minister for National Planning and Monitoring tells Business Advantage PNG that replacing food imports with domestic production is a priority for the new ONeill Government. State-owned investment vehicle Kumul Agriculture looks set to play a key role.

Minister Maru addressing the 2017 PNG investment Conference in Sydney

The intent to create a state-owned investment vehicle for agriculture was first flagged in 2015. Maru says the entity will soon start to receive funds to invest in the sector.

We will be parking equity funds in our own agricultural investment company to partner [with] local and international investors, he tells Business Advantage PNG at the Papua New Guinea Investment Conference in Sydney last week.

Maru says the state-owned enterprise, Kumul Agriculture, will hold all the states equity investments in commercial agriculture.

This is something we have not done in the past. We will be parking investment funds, starting this year through the Supplementary Budget.

Imports

The motivation is primarily to reduce PNGs reliance on food imports.

Maru says that each year PNG imports K34 billion in food that it could produce itself. The biggest item is rice, followed by dairy products from New Zealand and chicken feed from Australia.

Both human and animal feed is a big issue for us, he says. We have very fertile land: great agronomic conditions, good weather and we dont have too many pests.

The focus will be on serving the PNG domestic market.

All the conditions lend themselves to agricultureunlike countries like Israel, where you have basically a desert.

We have water and very fertile land. What we have to do now is to mobilise the land and then find investors who have the technology and the capital to partner us to start investi...

14:52

BenzoBookReview.com "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

BenzoBookReview.com provides a list of books on benzodiazepine withdrawal, including both memoirs and guide books, along with reviews and summaries of each book. All of the books are available for purchase on the site. The site is intended for benzodiazepine sufferers and their families, doctors, psychologists, psychotherapists, drug counselors, and all professionals seeking answers to the epidemic of tranquilizer addiction.

14:49

Governor of Bank of PNG tells conference higher food production critical "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Diversification of the Papua New Guinea economy is critical to maintaining economic growth, according to Loi Bakani, the Governor of the Bank of Papua New Guinea. He told Business Advantage Internationals Papua New Guinea Investment Conference in Sydney that a particular area of concern is the high level of food imports.

Bank of PNG Governor Loi Bakani addresses the 2017 Papua New Guinea Investment Conference

Bakani said the PNG LNG project, from 2010-2014, created a structural change in the PNG economy. But the resultant surplus in the current account did not translate into increased revenue for the Government, or sufficient foreign exchange inflows.

In particular, I am concerned about food imports, because it constitutes the highest demand for foreign exchange and it is not matched by any foreign exchange revenue from food exports.

This is an area of great potential for investment given the land mass and suitable land conditions we have, which can contribute to replacement of food imports and exports of the surpluses.

Middle income

Bakani said the PNG LNG project changed the country from a low-income country to a middle-income country. This affected habits of consumption in PNG.

Given the narrow export base and reliance on mineral projects and exports, the country has not reached a point of being resilient.

We know it will take a long time to change the consumption behaviour of our population, but some change needs to happen to move away from high consumption of imported food to locally-produced food.

I guess, this is one consequence of the change in the economy structure from low-income to middle-income country.

Narrow export base

Bakani told delegates the concentration of PNGs exports in the resources sector makes the economy vulnerable.

Given the narrow export base and reliance on mineral projects and exports, the country has not reac...

14:43

Not just about Says Law but also why almost the whole of modern economic theory is useless "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

You may think such a thing is impossible, and certainly impossible to prove, and even more certainly impossible for me to prove, but before you say that first you have to watch the presentation yourself. The venue is Los Angeles.

I also replied to the fellow who had invited me and sent the video because he wrote that I suggest the phrase Supply Creates the Means to Demand which is his own way of explaining Says Law to himself. And this is the way someone brought up in a Keynesian environment will understand these issues because it has become second nature to think in relation to demand. But unless you can break the habit that thinking an economy is driven by demand and not supply, it becomes impossible to understand classical theory, and in my view impossible to understand how a market economy works. So I wrote back with this:

Your note does remind me how difficult it is to understand since the issue of spending never seems to go away, which a supply-side economist, like Mill and myself, see as about as irrelevant to aggregate economic outcomes as it is possible to be. If you tell me that in a recession there is some kind of panic and credit freezes up and business ventures are not commenced at the same rate as in good times, I will say of course, but so too did JSM.

Thinking in money flows and in relation to spending will stop you from understanding Mill and thus, in my view, from understanding how an economy adjusts. Once you are thinking about whether people will spend their money and not whether entrepreneurs will try to open new businesses and expand old ones, you fall into the Keynesian trap from which economic theory has been unable to emerge for more than eighty years. A financial crisis stops the flow of credit but does not stop the desire of business people to set up new firms or expand the ones they already run, nor does it stop wage earners from trying to find jobs. A really bad downturn can take 2-3 years to get back to normal but things do re-arrange themselves. Having a government stimulus on top of all of the other disruptions in the flow of capital and labour into their most productive forms of contribution can extend the recession outwards for a much longer period of time, and like the situation right now everywhere round the world, it can prevent a serious recovery from ever gathering pace. The Japanese lost decade of the 1990s is now 25 years long! The notion that buyers will stop buying for years on end and businesses will stop trying to find ways to earn profits because there has been a downturn is not just incoherent but contrary to every historical situation in which...

14:39

The third edition of New Zealands only Mori literary journal Ora Nui goes on sale this week "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

 

The third edition of New Zealands only Mori literary journal Ora Nui goes on sale this week, after an Auckland launch at the Tim Melville Gallery on 19 August.  Ora Nui 3, Going Global takes Mori literature into an international space by including literature, art and photography from not only Mori writers and artists, but contributors from Asia and Europe.

Ora Nui continues to evolve as a space for experimental Mori literature, says editor Anton Blank.

What we see in this edition is an increasing diversity of Mori voices from Aotearoa New Zealand and abroad. There is no template for the Mori identity anymore. These writers are all influenced by traditional cultural markers like tikanga and te reo Mori. But there are also new forces at play.

Many come from multi-cultural backgrounds, and the influence of travel is very present. They are also digital natives so social media and the internet are very present. Mori writing feels very layered. Culture is more complex, nuanced and shifting.

By juxtaposing Mori prose with Asian and European writing, similar...

14:37

NZ poet Sam Sampson writes about the great American poet John Ashbery "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"



NZ poet Sam Sampson writes: The great American poet John Ashbery died on September 3, 2017. I really liked his work. He was a touchstone poet for me and someone I always headed to for inspiration. I know he wasn't for everyone (I'm thinking of C.K.Stead's 1992 review in the London Review Of Books'O Harashbery!') but it was mesmerising how he made the world strange and exciting through poetry. I had the opportunity to read a new work A Question of Brightness in homage to John Ashbery, on the BFM Saturday morning show: 7am Swim with Sperber Dan (September 9).


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14:34

Kids/Artists/Ng Manu Combine "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

HE KKANO (SEED) BOOK LAUNCH RAUMATI SOUTH SCHOOL He Kkano (Seed), the book produced as a result of two terms work between Mahara Gallery, Ng Manu Nature Reserve and Raumati South School has been launched at the school. The book highlights over 100 students artworks and poetry, as a reflection of their experience []

14:30

Labour insults Maori with Jacindas republic plans. "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

  Maori are upset with Jacinda Ardern floating her republic ideas out loud. Labour leader Jacinda Ardern has upset the Maori Party by saying shes a republican and there should be a debate about New Zealands status. Britains The Times newspaper, four days ago, reported Ms Ardern as saying she would seek to encourage a []

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14:30

Gatekeeper of DC society Sally Quinn comes out as occultist, used hex to kill people "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

You and I, meaning Normal People, we look at our Thought Leaders, our Media and Cultural Overlords, our Ruling Class, and oftentimes wonder how they can be so venal and dishonest in pursuit of what they want - and what they want most of all is control over the lives of us Normal People, those of us who do not want to control anyone. We just want to be left alone. How many times have we asked, How do they live with themselves? All the lies they tell, the innocent people they destroy, the fake news they publish, the character assassination, the stoking of racial conflict, the hate campaigns, the advocating of violence, the unending cultural bigotry against those of us just minding our own business... How do they sleep at night? Maybe, thanks to the dribs and drabs that have bubbled up over the past year, we are starting to have that question answered. The latest revelation surrounds Sally Quinn, the surviving widow of Ben Bradlee, the Washington Post's powerful executive editor from 1968 to 1991, who then served as the paper's vice president until his death in 2014.

14:30

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

1.00 AUD = 0.0002 BTC
0.0010 BTC = 4.85 AUD
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14:21

I Can't Work Out......... "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

........ how Jacinda Arden thought she could win an election by taxing the shit out of middle NZ.

Can any student of political history point to the last time a western democracy elected a leader on a platform of a vast array of new taxes, the amount of which would all be decided after the election?

Yes, I know the election is still a couple of weeks away and the writing on the wall so far is 'only one poll' but the riddle remains unanswered.

I have a theory.

I reckon it's the poofter coward deputy up to his old tricks.  Remember how he was in like Flash Gordon to nominate the filly as Labour leader?  After she lost the election, he was going to slide effortlessly into the leadership and be assured of an easy win in 2020.

Of course, never in a million years did he think her popularity would take off the way it did, so he suddenly needed to knock her down a peg or two.  What better way than to persuade her that his taxation policies are election winners?     Aaaaaaaaah.   All he has to do now is sit back and wait for the post election caucus meeting at which he can move for a spill on account of her losing the unloseable election.

Mind you, the unions might have something to say about that mightn't they?

Hell, with any luck they'll reinstall Little.

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

14:14

Your disco needs you "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

As we brace ourselves for the endurance test of what is set to be another shocking chapter for the LGBTQI community, we need people of influence to stand with us in solidarity, unflinchingly. We need the support, love and bravery of allies, not through tokenistic messages and throwaway hash tags (#lovers), but through heartfelt compassionate declarations and grandiose gestures.

14:10

Nursery Open Day and Plant Sale "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

In celebration of national Fair Food week, Shellharbour City Councils plant nursery is having a special open day and plant sale on Saturday the 11th of October from 8:30am 1:30pm.

14:10

Nursery Open Day and Plant Sale "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

In celebration of national Fair Food week, Shellharbour City Councils plant nursery is having a special open day and plant sale on Saturday the 11th of October from 8:30am 1:30pm.

14:07

Toxic politics "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

So, apparently National MP Jian Yang is a Chinese spy. Or went to university in China. Or is Chinese. Or something. Apparently, this is something we should all Care Deeply About because National Security and Agent of Influence and Yellow Peril and so on. Except I can't, because raising it during an election campaign just makes it seem like a nasty smear of an MP based on their national origin, designed to whip up fear of the Other.

I have no idea if the allegations are true or not. I'd be uncomfortable if they were, in the same way I'd be uncomfortable if a former member of the CIA or MI6 were a member of our government, because our MP's should work for us, not for other people (also, spying is an inherently unethical profession, so anyone who has ever worked for a spy agency fails the sniff test). But the problem is that we can never know one way or another. Calling someone a spy is pretty much irrefutable. It's like calling someone a meat-suit-wearing demon or a witch: any evidence to the contrary can (and will) just be viewed as another layer of deception. There's just no way of ever overcoming it.

(And on the flip side: if the SIS called a press conference tonight and announced that they'd been investigating Yang for years and were planning on arresting and charging him with espionage, given their past record of paranoia, delusion, and outright fantasy, I don't think we could take that as any evidence whatsoever. If the SIS said the Prime Minister had once defrauded the NZ taxpayer of $32,000 by lying about where he lived, I'd have to check, because they probably just read it on the internet somewhere, put the worst possible slant on it, then presented it as irrefutable truth. In fact, they're probably going "Jian Yang is a spy" right now, based solely on these media reports...)

But while I'd be uncomfortable if the allegation was true, what makes me even more uncomfortable is that it is being made at all, and especially during an election campaign. It's a sort of toxic, paranoid politics seen in xenophobic places like Australia and the US who are obsessed with Foreign Enemies (you know, things NZ doesn't have, because we want to get along with everyone). We've been here before with Muldoon calling people "communists", smearing people as foreign agents based on their political beliefs. Here, we're invited to do it on the colour of someone's skin, with an implicit premise that any kiwi born in a foreign country (or at least, a foreign country blighted with a repressive government) is untrustworthy and Not A Real Kiwi. But if the cost of "national security" is accepting premises like that, then I'd rather disband NZDF, SIS, GCSB and the rest of their corrupting apparatus, an...

14:00

Modi May Have Repackaged 23 UPA Schemes, But Most Are Working Better Now "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The Narendra Modi government has addressed systemic issues that have traditionally plagued development schemes in India.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing the Indian community event at Yangon, Myanmar on September 06, 2017. Credit: PIB

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing the Indian community event at Yangon, Myanmar on September 06, 2017. Credit: PIB

As the Narendra Modi government enters the fourth year of its mandate, the opposition has accused it of usurping as many as 23 legacy schemes of the UPA and rebranding them as its own. However, there is more to government schemes than names. It is probably simplistic to say that some of these schemes have been copied when they have undergone transformative changes in key features and have seen a holistic refashioning of the ecosystem in which they operate.

In a departure from the policymaking of earlier years, the Modi government has addressed systemic issues that have traditionally plagued development schemes in India. The shift to a sector-wide approach as opposed to creating schemes in silos, uniting similar schemes and a greater role for states in implementation has enhanced the efficacy of schemes. Bottlenecks in delivery have also...

14:00

Is the baby boomer generation truly the happy generation? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Guest Post:  From The Social Report 2016 Te prongo oranga tangata These graphs are from a report published by the Ministry of Social Development. The first graph shows that suicide rates peaked around 2000. In both relative (suicides per 100 000 people) and absolute terms, the total number of suicides are lower than 2000. Figure []

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13:45

Poems in Saffron Ink: It Must Be Gods Will That You Have Died "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

On September 28, 2015, 50-year-old Mohammad Akhlaq was lynched and his 22-year-old son Danish was brutally beaten for allegedly storing beef.

Citizens hold placards during a silent protest Not in My Name against the targeted lynching, at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi. Credit: PTI

This is the fifth in the five-part Poems in Saffron Ink series. Read the firstsecondthird and fourth parts.

The Wire presents the Poems Written in Saffron Ink series that capture the present environment of divisive politics, with threats to freedom of expression, where minorities feel unsafe and incidents of mob lynching have become common.

Prayer. Dadri. 2015....

13:40

Dashville Skyline Announces Additional Artists for Sunday Wind Down "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Image Courtesy of Dashville Skyline If you thought the Dashville Skyline lineup was already huge then you aint seen nothin yet. The folks behind the Hunter Valley based cosmic country festival have just announced plans to finish up the event for the Sunday Wind Down party, complete with a bunch of new artists. Headlining the []

13:33

The Tormented Bull Trade Were In Now "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Bitcoin is showing some remarkable resilience right about now. Weve just come over the news that China is going to ban initial coin offerings.

Now comes the rumour that the head honchos in Beijing are going to ban crypto exchanges completely inside China.

In theory, this should be like a kick between the legs for the price. A lot of demand comes from here. Except bitcoin is holding up. Its still over US$4,000.

The news both good and bad just keeps flowing here. Major US bank chief Jamie Dimon, who heads up JP Morgan Chase, has come out and said bitcoin is a fraud and worse than tulips.

Then we have another report saying a Swiss town will accept bitcoin for tax payments.
Bitcoin is not for the unopinionated!

The developments in China might be overhyped.

As weve discussed before, China banned bitcoin in 2013 and the price tanked then. It came back. Some say the Chinese are merely giving themselves time to evaluate whats happening so they can put some rules down.

Can they even stop it? Im not sure.

Well see! But you have to agree the bitcoin story is not over yet by a long shot.

That reminds me

Crypto debate obscures trillion-dollar economy

Back in July, your Daily Reckoning service pointed out the hot market for Italian debt from private equity. We came to the conclusion: The EU is on the mend as we speak. Invest with this in mind.

The Financial Times reports that Italian banks are recovering. Italy is beginning to rev up.

Ive made the case that this was one of the biggest things holding back Europe. Thats because Italys previous problems has restricted the banks ability to extend credit to the private sector. The more this improves, the better!

Italy is a major economy. Its GDP is now growing at the fastest rate since 2011.

While bitcoin and cryptos hog the headlines, what happens to Italy matters more. Italys economy is over 10 times the size of the crypto market.

Thats another thing. Weve also been tracking how low energy prices, stemming from US shale, could benefit Europe.

We can add a little more to this, but closer to home. The Australian reported yesterday that ExxonMobil will cut the price of the LNG its selling to Indian energy company Petronet. This is gas that comes from the Gorgon project in Western Australia.

In 2009, Petronet signed a 20-year agreement to buy 1.4 million tonnes of the st...

13:30

Mental Health Break "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Wanderlust:Plose from FilmSpektakel on Vimeo.

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13:30

In Suu Kyis Silence, Evidence of Growing Absence of Moral Conscience in Politics "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Politicians around the world must concretely acknowledge the life of those minorities who are excluded on a daily basis from our social lives and our modes of thinking.

In todays world, is ethics no more relevant to politics? Credit: Reuters

In todays world, is ethics no more relevant to politics? Credit: Reuters

When Aung San Suu Kyi was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991 while under house arrest in Myanmar, the Norwegian Nobel Committee described their choice as the recognition that the oppressed and the isolated in Burma were also a part of the world, they were recognising the oneness of humanity. As for Suu Kyi, she added that the prize had made [her] real once again; it had drawn [her] back into the wider human community, because to be forgotten is to die a little.

It is ironical that 26 years later, the same Suu Kyi who asked the world not to forget her sufferings and that of other prisoners of conscience in Myanmar, is now turning a blind eye to the suffering of the Rohingya Muslims in her own country. To make things worse, just few mo...

13:30

In Cambodia, Violent Politics and the Disintegration of Democracy "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The treason charges against Cambodias opposition leader Kem Sokha are another step towards autocracy in the kingdom of wonder.

Policemen stand guard in front of the Correctional Center N.3, where according to local media Cambodia's opposition leader and President of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) Kem Sokha was moved to, in Tbong Khmum province, Cambodia, September 6, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Samrang Pring - RC17AB7B5420

Policemen stand guard in front of the Correctional Center N.3, where according to local media Cambodias opposition leader and President of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) Kem Sokha was moved to, in Tbong Khmum province, Cambodia, September 6, 2017....

13:30

In which somehow SSM and coal and nattering "Ned" and Dame Slap end up in a fine old cartoon lather ... "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"


Fear is everywhere. Panic in the streets. SSM beasts stalk the streets, unnerving green creatures howl their bloodlust for clean energy ...

Fear, fear stalks the reptiles not just in their sturdy tree-killer editions, but in every digital page ...



The pond is frequently overwhelmed by the wealth of reptile fear on offer.

Look at yesterday's digital splash - saucy doubts and fears about batteries, and about SSM, and the need to reform the media so that Chairman Rupert will never have another bauble snatched away, as CBS has so cruelly attempted ...

And then today, just look at the parade of fearful, tear-stained obsessions ...


Coal, coal, coal, jihadis, batteries, SSM, all over again ...oh and a nice plug for Apple ...

Is it any wonder that with this wealth of fear material the pond should play it safe and go with old fear-mongering favourites?

Sure it'd be great if SSM had been s...

13:17

Ruling Party denies extending invitation to Pangu Pati MPs "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The ruling  People's National Congress has denied suggestions they invited members of the Opposition to join the government ranks.

In denying suggestions from the National Alliance party, PNC said: The people of the country made their will clear when the People's National Congress was returned by a large margin to continue our work of providing free education, better health outcomes and a stronger economy that serves us all.

We are happy to work with mature leaders willing to put their differences aside for the good of the country.

The National Alliance party have not proven themselves to be that.

On Monday (Sept 11), Pangu Party Leader, Sam Basil, officially switched seats, joining the PNC-led Government.

Basil moved with all the PANGU MPs from Morobe Province, including Central Province, Sohe and Lufa.

The MPs that made the switch:

Sam Basil PANGU Party Leader and Bulolo MP

William Samb Goilala MP

Capt Lekwa Gure Rigo MP

Robert Agarobe Central Governor

Henry Amuli Sohe MP

Kennedy Wenge Nawaeb MP

Ginson Saonu Morobe Governor

John Rosso Lae MP

Thomas Pelike - Menyamya MP

Kobby Bamareu Tewai Siasi MP

Chris Yer Sumkar MP

Moriape Karori Lufa MP

The four PANGU MPs who did not move are Madang Open MP Brian Kramer, Moresby North-West MP Sir Mekere Morauta, Finschhafen MP Rainbo Paita and Wabag MP Dr Lino Tom.

Press Release

13:13

Workshop to help develop possible digital channels for the future of saving groups "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Honiara, Solomon Islands A two-day ideation workshop is being held in Honiara, Solomon Islands
this week to help shape and develop linkages between savings groups to formal financial services
through digital channels.
Ideation is the creative process of generating, developing, and communicating new ideas. It is at the
core of innovation that PFIP has been pursuing through its workstream and setting up of Innovation Labs
that are aimed at encouraging the adoption and usage of mass market financial services by rural and
low-income households in the Pacific. Through hands-on design activities, the workshop aims to engage
the participants to collaborate to imagine appropriate services by following a human-centered design
process.
In the Solomon Islands, remote rural households, especially women (80%) form savings groups where
there are limited to no financial services available. Savings groups offer a convenient place for saving,
withdrawals, small loans besides opportunities to improve financial literacy, peer support for small
business owners, and building social capital and cohesion within the communities.
Despite the popularity and proliferation of savings groups in rural and peri-urban Solomon Islands,
members often face issues that cannot be met by traditional savings groups models alone. Savings
group members have limited access to a broader range of financial services. PFIP is exploring
opportunities for linkages through digital channels to appropriate and affordable formal financial
services.
30 participants from Saving clubs promoters - World Vision, Live & Learn, Ministry of Women, GELCA,
WARA and commercial banks, financial institutions like ANZ, BSP, POB, SPBD and SINPF will be
participating in the two-day activities.
In opening the workshop, Dr Jasmine Cernovs, Counsellor Economics, Australian High Commission noted
the Australian Government, through its support to the Pacific Financial Inclusion Programme (PFIP), is
happy to see the progress of financial inclusion in the country targeting rural Solomon Islanders,
especially women.
We are aware that initial work including a study of the savings groups in the country followed by a
grant project with World vision Solomon Islands covering remote communities in South Malaita reaching
nearly 2000 people has been successfully implemented by PFIP. We support the extension of this work in
assessing the feasibility of appropriate linkages with the private sector that will widen access to and
usage of formal financial services like banking, micro-savings, micro-credit, pensions by those in the
informal sector. These are steps in the right direction to include more Solomon Islanders into th...

13:04

The Housing Guy "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

No housing crisis, just a housing boom Nathan Guy Labours Otaki candidate Rob McCann says he was shocked and disappointed when Otaki National MP Nathan Guy reportedly told a packed public meeting that there wasnt a housing crisis, it was a housing boom. I was astounded, so were the audience and the other candidates, says []

13:01

His and Hers, wedding rings flying to Italy to bind two hearts "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Lovely hearts, lovely friends, lovely outcome . . .

HERS: Bh Commission L. P. Wedding ring Oval saddle style ring with oval 22x16mm aligned along finger and tapering slim band approx. 5mm wide. Oval top is flush set with x3 Rubies marquise cut, x11 Diamonds. Ring constructed in 18ct palladium white gold. Matt and burnished finish. Size S1/2.

HIS:  Bh Commission W. A. Wedding ring Cut Out Squares design low half-rounded profile band 8.5mm wide has 9 square cut out sections each 4.5mm. Ring constructed in 925 Silver has fitted inside sleeve of 18ct yellow gold. Recut Sapphire from family ring and rub over setting. Size Y. Matt and burnished finish.


13:00

Is Religion the Only Reason Rohingya Are Being Forced out of Myanmar? "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Alongside the present horrors being inflicted against the Rohingya in Myanmar, we must consider the broader political and economic context that continues to marginalise minority groups.

Rohingya refugees have a dinner at a makeshift shelter near Gundum in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, September 3, 2017. Credit: Reuters

Rohingya refugees have a dinner at a makeshift shelter near Gundum in Coxs Bazar, Bangladesh, September 3, 2017. Credit: Reuters

Recent weeks have seen an escalation of violence against the Rohingya in Rakhine, the poorest state of Myanmar. A tide of displaced people are seeking refuge from atrocities they are fleeing both on foot and by boat to Bangladesh. It is...

13:00

Is it possible to decimate the Greens? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

While many of you would have been popping the bubbly after the latest poll thinking that you are out of the woods now and National will get in, I was more excited about the possibility of the Greens getting below 5%. When you look at the poll you have to ask yourself where the support []

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13:00

We Are Right in Mourning Gorakhpur but We Must Learn From It Too "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

When we address the question of reform in public systems, can we not also address the question of reform in human nature?

State governments have to invest in setting up more nursing and medical colleges if the requirements of a growing health system have to be even reasonably met. Credit: Reuters

Gorakhpur has, yet again, sent out a warning. The death of a child anywhere, anytime, is a matter for grief and the news that an unusually large number of children, mainly newborns had died at the BRD Gorakhpur Medical College in eastern Uttar Pradesh has truly shocked the nation. All the reports, whether from the press or of at least five enquiries set up by various local, state and national authorities point only in one direction; poor people will get only poor public health systems. And for this reason, we will see Gorakhpur happening again. Indeed, as this piece is being written, there are news reports of 52 babies having died over 30 days in a Jharkhand hospital due to malnutrition. And in the same public hospital in Gorakhpur,...

12:52

Poem of the Week "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

  The Other Guy By Judith Bryers Holloway There is a Guy Not Fawkesbut who? I cant recall Help me, please, can you?   Hes a country boy. He wears a grin To show hes rather kindly, Deep inside his skin.   Farmer he is, born and bred. As he knows from days of []

12:49

ALBUM REVIEW: John Moreland  Big Bad Luv "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

John Moreland has been one of those best-kept secrets for a while now, slowly emerging as a highly respected songwriter on the alt-country/Americana scene. Hes never had a breakout single or any landmark moment, rather hes slowly refined and improved his craft, garnering increasing critical acclaim and a growing fanbase. Big Bad Luv finds him Continue reading

12:44

Labor Abandon Globally Significant Aboriginal and Natural Values in Tarkine "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

The Bob Brown Foundation says most Tasmanians will be bitterly disappointed by the Tasmanian Opposition Leaders statement this morning on Hobarts ABC radio that she will support the decision of the Federal Environment Minister if he allows the tracks on takayna / Tarkine coast to be accessed by off-road vehicles. This comes after Federal Labor Senators voted against protecting Aboriginal heritage on takayna / Tarkine coast in the Senate yesterday.

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12:40

ALBUM REVIEW: Davidson Brothers All You Need Is Music "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

The brothers are back with another album of bluegrass, folk and country music in their laconic, easy-going style. At times the songs themselves dip into bland and cliched lyrical territory but if you can get past that, take a long drive or kick back on a sunny afternoon and relish the exceptional musicianship on display. Continue reading

12:30

Map of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Map of the Alpha and Beta quadrants from Star Trek Click here for larger view

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12:30

The terror archives "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

By Dr George Venturini Heinz Alfred Henry Kissinger obtained a Ph.D. at Harvard University in 1954. His interest was on Castelreagh and Metternich two empire builders. He devoted his life to sublimate them. In an incendiary, studiedly defamatory book the late Christopher Hitchens described him as a mediocre and opportunist academic [intent on] becoming

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12:21

Spammers now appealing to the existentia "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Spammers now appealing to the existential crisis-ridden http://ow.ly/i/yzFxp


12:21

For Dicks Sake, Lets Call Out The ABCs Right-Wing Bias "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Bias is in the eye of the beholder, unless the beholder is just trying to win a political argument. Kath Wilson pens an open letter.

Dear Dick Smith,

There are people who, with a straight face, accuse the ABC of left-wing bias. Not just the usual reactionary bigots, but good-hearted people like you, who have campaigned for social and environmental justice.

There are also people who gleefully ridicule your muddled politics, but I dont want to do that. I think youre a decent bloke whos fallen in with the wrong crowd.

Recently, you teamed up with shock-jock Alan Jones to protest left-wing bias at the ABC. On your website, you attributed the ABCs failure to cover your anti-population-growth campaign to its left-wing bias.

Kath WIlson

Your current campaign conflating immigration rates with the growth fetish at the root of our environmental problems is evidence-averse and plays into white supremacist agendas. Thats sickening, and its how the black arts of populism operate, but this isnt what Im writing to you about.

Politicians, you say, have told you they would lower immigration rates, but are too scared of the ABC to do so.

Mate, youve been played. All the evidence suggests that since the Howard era, poor Aunty has been more scared of politicians than the other way around, and data accrued in recent years debunks every claim of ABC bias.

Audits from varied sources Newspoll, Essential poll, ABC Committee Review Panels have found ABC coverage even-handed. According to a Gans and Leigh study: The only statistically significant slant was ABC2s bias towards Coalition-favoured intellectuals in their reporting. This suggests the ABC news has a right...

12:15

Food in schools? A possible solution "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Guest Post I was listening to Red Radio on my way home from work and heard John Campbell referring to an interview which aired earlier in the day about the charity Kidscan and children being fed at school. Mr C read out the feedback of one listener who said that it shouldnt be left to []

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12:09

Governments should work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to reverse growing imprisonment rates "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Australia should remove all barriers to fair and equal justice, the Human Rights Law Centre has told the Australian Law Reform Commission Inquiry into Incarceration Rates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.

Adrianne Walters, Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, said that state and territory criminal justice systems are out of balance and that governments around Australia have a responsibility to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities to stem the number of people being sent to prison.

Australia is cramming more and more people into dead-end prisons. Governments must act now to scrap unfair laws that discriminate against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. We should be investing in community-run programs that ensure people to stop offending and that help create harmonious and healthier communities, said Ms Walters.

The Human Rights Law Centres submission focused on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in the criminal justice system. Womens imprisonment rates across Australia have soared in recent years and authorities are locking up Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women at 21 times the rate of non-Indigenous women. The majority are survivors of family and sexual violence and 80% are mothers.

Locking up women destroys communities and causes long term upheaval broken families, children moved into child protection, housing and employment loss. We should be helping not harming vulnerable women, said Ms Walters.

The tragic and preventable death of Ms Dhu is a devastating example of what happens when our governments permit unjust laws. Ms Dhu was put in police custody under laws that see Aboriginal women in WA unfairly locked up for fines they cannot pay. She was treated inhumanely by police and died in their care. At a time when she most needed help, the justice system punished her, said Ms Walters.

The HRLCs submission calls for a range of measures, including:

  • The introduction of a Human Rights Act to prevent injustices occurring in the first place;
  • Amending bail laws to reduce the number of people held on remand who have not yet been found guilty;
  • Ensuring sentencing is fairer by allowing courts to consider unique systemic and background factors when sentencing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander offenders;
  • Government accountability through the inclusion of justice targets as part of the Closing the Gap framework;
  • Developing tailored responses to the unique needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in prison; and
  • Abolishing unjust laws such as...

12:06

Mash Up Of Every Insult The Hound Says on GoT Is F*&king Mint! "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

We all know that Sandor f***ing Clegane, aka the Hound, has got some of the sickest burns in Game of Thrones. And no, were not talking about the gnarly scars on the chewed up piece of leather he calls a face; were talking about the brutal roasts he dishes out on a regular basis.

Clegane doesnt hold back on anyone he feels worthy of a solid sledge. His banter game is off the charts and he swears like a proper f***ing Strayan. In fact, the way he throws the C-bomb around, we could even consider him an honorary Ozzy.

A new video collecting the hounds best insults has surfaced online and it contains a comprehensive collection of Cleganes roasts, burns and verbal sprays.

Credit: HBO

Credit: HBO

It starts off by going right back to season 1 when the Hound was yet to embark on a character arc that would see him transition from one of the most feared characters in the series to one of th...

12:03

Political activist Adam Kokesh bids his farewell to YouTube "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Its been a good run

(INTELLIHUB) Political activist Adam Kokesh bid his farewell to YouTube on Monday when he told his subscribers that YouTube is not what it used to be.

The outspoken Californian said that it is sad to see what YouTube has turned into and said that its not the free spirited platform that it once was.

The AdamKokesh channel officially has over 65 million views and over 70 million unofficially, according to Kokesh, who said some of his videos were taken down or deleted.

It went from being the Internets answer to mainstream media that was an open platform that anybody could get on and could compete and youve ruined that, he said. But then Google bought YouTube.

Kokesh is best known his show Adam vs. the Man and for racking a shell into the chamber of a shotgun on a public street in the District of Columbia.

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12:00

Mardi Langwich week: Te Ray-Oh Mowe-re Orah "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Guest post  CONTROVERSY ALERT! ITS MAORI LANGUAGE WEEK and Im a supporter of Maori language. I always have been; ever since a Ngai Tahu kaumatua took an interest in my interest in ancient Maori culture sitting there at the Canterbury museum drawing intricate Maori carvings hour after hour into a sketch book on my lap. []

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11:53

Energy Chaos in Australia: Closing the Liddell Power Station "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Australia is having an energy crisis. A country with such abundant resources is incapable it seems, of handling matters of reliable supply, either in terms of affordability, or in terms of delivery. The situation has been further muddied by the

11:42

Exercise Wallaby 2017 - Singapore Airlines B777-200 9V-SVF Back at Rockhampton Airport on Passenger Charter Flight "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

On Tuesday 12 September, Singapore Airlines Boeing B777-200 9V-SVF was back at Rockhampton Airport on what we are led believe is a 'one-off' passenger charter flight in support of the Singapore Armed Force's Exercise Wallaby 2017.


Like its previous two visits just over a week ago as a part of the first 'wave' of heavy jet passenger charter flights, 9V-SVF touched down at Rocky directly from Singapore's Changi Airport as SIA8931.




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11:41

RACQ LifeFlight Aero Medical Bizjets Pop into Central Queensland Airports "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Over the last couple of days, a pair of RACQ LifeFlight aero medical bizjets have been noted calling into various CQ Airports on different medical evacuation flights.

Late on Tuesday 5 September, LifeFlight's LearJet 45 bizjet VH-CXJ "Ambulance 452" was noted visiting Mackay Airport on a med-evac flight from and back to Townsville.

Also very late on Tuesday 5 September, LifeFlight's Cessna 680 Citation Sovereign bizjet VH-VPL "Ambulance 680" was noted calling into Rockhampton Airport, arriving from the Gold Coast.

VH-VPL at Rockhampton Airport recently  (File photo)

In the wee small hours of Wednesday 6 September, VH-VPL then departed Rocky for Brisbane.

Then late on Thursday 7 September, VH-CXJ was back in CQ arriving into Rockhampton Airport from Townsville.  It then departed to Moranbah Airport before departing there to Brisbane, touching down very early on Friday 8 September.  It then returned to Townsville.

Of interest, fellow LifeFlight LearJet 45 VH-VVI "Ambulance 451" is presently at Sydney (possibly) undertaking planned maintenance.

Photo taken by Kayanne Hardsman  

11:31

This is why were #backingbill "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Yet again Ele summarises key issues in this campaign. Concern over Labours wedge political strategy and their attacks on key drivers of our economy and the rural sector may well explain last nights TV3 result, which while devastating for Paddy Gower was good news for others.

Those of us who live in the real world and talk to people who work very hard for their living and own small businesses know just how they are worried by Labours tax plans which appoint to confiscation of effort and of negating aspirations to get ahead.

Labour seeks to increase inequality not to reduce it. Many of their measures are based on envy of effort and of success.

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Prime Minister Bill English had a very clear message in Ashburton yesterday:

. . .We want to achieve higher environmental standards and apparently no ones thought of this until about six weeks ago. Its all new, apparently, lifting the quality of water in our rivers  brand new idea, he said.

All that tells you is they [opposition parties] take no notice of you. They have no idea what you do, how you do it or why youre so good at it.

Were backing you.

Farmers were being lectured by people who did not understand the regions and National was committed to both raising productivity and environmental standards.

Any politician who does not know about the intensive, difficult, critical, collaborative work thats gone on around water quality must be living on another planet, he said.

It will be cash sucked out of your business, taken out of this region, sent off to Wellington and people

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11:30

Gower on Labours bad poll result "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Patrick Gower is spot on with his analysis: It is official: Labour has been swallowed up by a tax vortex of its own making. The latest Newshub-Reid Research poll showing a rise by National shows its relentless attacks are beating Labours relentless vagueness. Nationals scare tactics are working. Labours vagueness on tax is not working. []

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11:27

Less Plastic is Good for All "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

When in Vietnam recently we stayed in a fabulous little shack on the beach and every morning we would go for a walk. It was lovely except for the []

11:20

Not Just A Raving Socialist Lunatic....... "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

....... but a poofter kiddy fiddler as well.   Not bad for a Democrat.

This is the genius who introduced an income tax for the citizens and companies of Seattle, only to see his city's largest employer, Amazon, immediately relocate its head quarters to another state where such folly does not prevail..

What is it about socialists that makes them think people who create wealth are a golden goose which can be raped at will to buy votes from the ignorant masses who wouldn't know a day's work if it bit them on the arse?

As we speak, one of them is trying to gain access to the ninth floor in the Beehive.

To be charitable, Mayor Murray of Seattle showed a thousand times more class than did Mayor Brown of Auckland.  One is left to wonder why Brown failed to introduce an Auckland City income tax.

11:12

Union Heavyweight Sally McManus Backs Hritier Lumumba In His Stand Against AFL Racism "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

The nations most prominent union official has weighed into the racism scandal that has engulfed the AFL, warning Australias richest sporting code that its not immune from workplace health and safety laws.

Former Collingwood AFL star Hritier Lumumba who played 199 games for the Magpies under the name Harry OBrien was the subject of a recent documentary aired on SBS called Fair Game, in which he revealed that throughout his career, he was subjected to frequent racist taunts and jokes by players and officials.

Sally McManus, the head of the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) told New Matilda in a written statement that all workplaces, even major sporting codes, were not immune from workplace health and safety laws.

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The AFL has the same responsibilities to players as any other employer would to workers in their workplace. They have a responsibility to ensure that players are safe, preventing racial abuse from fans or anyone else is a part of that responsibility, McManus said.

The ACTU congress has made clear its opposition to all forms of racial abuse, wherever it occurs and all Australian unions stand with Hritier Lumumba and support him for speaking out.

The AFL is a powerful cultural institution, and clear leadership on this issue from them would make a real difference in workplaces across Australia.

This issue has dogged the AFL for weeks. The sporting body has been caught lying about how it dealt with the scandal, and accused of a campaign of smear, with CEO of the AFL, Gillon McLachlan claiming the issue was not about racism, rather Lumumbas state of mind.

CEO of the AFL, Gillon McLachlan, in a screencap from a video of a recent appearance on Radio 3AW.CEO of the AFL, Gillon McLachlan, in a screencap from a video of a recent appearance on Radio 3AW.

Lumumba told film-makers that during his time at Collingwood, he was nicknamed Chimp by some players, and subjected to consistent racial abuse and jokes through his time in the AFL.

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11:10

Supporting students "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

A fortnight ago, Labour announced its bid for the student vote, with a plan to boost student allowances by $50 a week and gradually make tertiary study free. Today the Greens have responded with their own student support package which builds on Labour's. They're suggesting a smaller overall boost to allowances - 20% (so about $40) rather than a flat $50. But the counter to that is the introduction of a universal (and higher) student allowance for post-graduate students. They'd also remove National's unfair lifetime borrowing and allowance limits, which prevent people from continuing study at a time when qualification inflation and rapid changes in employment have made it necessary.

The policy is definitely compatible with Labour's, and the differences are primarily a matter of which problem gets addressed first. Meanwhile, all National is offering students is poverty and debt and workplace exploitation. I guess they just don't want the votes of any students whose parents aren't already filthy rich.

11:09

Cookies & Cream "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

 

Vincent & Jules presents the September installation of Cookies & Cream at the zoo. The series focuses on all the obscure concoctions and derivatives of Brisbanes underground pop, rock, and indie scene.

Treat yourself!

Set times:
Doors 7:30pm
8:00pm 8:40pm Lunchtime
9:00pm 9:40pm Beddy Rays
10:00pm 10:40pm Age Champion
11:00pm 11:50pm Dangerpenny (Happy Place Single Launch)

Dangerpenny
Rampant with blistering live energy the band vocalises free speech, rebellion, passion, rage and individuality through music. The quartet is quickly gaining a local reputation as an alternative powerhouse delivering quality music and quality live shows to fans whilst subconsciously provoking the human experience with deeper motives intertwined in their songs.

Age Champion
Hard rock/alt rock power trio. Just a few rambunctious younger gentlemen enquire within.

Beddy Rays
4 young apprentices living week to week on the slog.

Lunchtime
Lunchtime brings the musicality of grunge and the attitude of Punk together in an all-explosive fusion of genres.

Photo ID required for entry, 18+ only.

 

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11:07

People moves: Kina Group, KPMG "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Kina appoints a new brand ambassador, new KPMG partner appointed

Kina Group has appointed Sydney-based professional tennis player Abigail Tere-Apisah as its new brand ambassador.

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KPMG audit partner, Peter Zabaks, is returning to the KPMG Sydney office. Herbert Maguma is his replacement in Port Moresby.

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11:00

Quote of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Steve Joyce comes good: To believe it wouldnt be any higher than that youd have to believe firstly that a Labour Government would spend less than a National Government, youd have to believe that Labour would deliver two $0 budgets and youd have to believe that all these proposed taxes would have no impact []

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10:55

In brief: Highlands Highway re-opens after a month-long blockade, and other business stories "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Normal services along the Highlands Highways resume, coffee exports steady but expected to fall next year, and China approves loan for Pacific Marine Industrial Zone. Your weekly digest of the latest business news.

Two sections of the Highlands Highway which were blocked by relatives of two policemen killed during last months elections have re-opened, allowing normal services to flow. The highway was blocked off for a month, affecting the entire Highlands region.  Lae Chamber of Commerce and Industry President, Alan McLay, said the blockade had been devastating for business, adding that trucking companies were struggling, and on the verge of layoffs.

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Coffee Industry Corporation CEO, Charles Dambui, reportedly says coffee exports are steady, despite the coffee berry borer (CBB) affecting production eight months ago. Dambui said 2016 was a record year, with 1.12 million bags exported, worth K649 million. He said the effects of the CBB would be felt in 2018.

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The Womens Micro Banks Ricky Mitio. Credit: Loop PNG

Chinas Exim Bank has agreed to fund the new plan for the Pacific Marine Industrial Zone project in Madang, with a US$152million (K350million) loan,  says Trade Minister Wera Mori.

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The Womens Micro Bank is releasing seven million shares at K1 per share to mem...

10:33

Baru: Malaysia Day has always been celebrated in Ba Kelalan "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Malaysians in Ba Kelalan have been celebrating Malaysia Day annually since 2012 and this year, they are holding the festivities at Long Sukang, said Ba Kelalan assemblyman Baru Bian. He recalled that when he was a schoolboy, Sept 16 was celebrated on a large scale in Ba Kelalan but for some reason it was called []

10:32

Sarawak keeps close watch on students for drug abuse despite clean record "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Schools in Sarawak are relatively free of the drug scourge but the authorities are still keeping a close eye on students to prevent potential substance abuse. A total of 247 students tested positive for drug abuse over the past years, state Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said today. Although the []

10:32

Sarawak alarmed over rise of incest "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The increasing cases of incest in Sarawak have set off alarm bells on the effectiveness of the states awareness programmes. According to Sarawak Minister of Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah, incest cases in the state this year had increased to 15 up to this September from 13 cases []

10:30

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Election stunt doomed to fail Pam Tipa:

The Greens proposed nitrogen tax is a vote catching policy which is highly unlikely to see the light of day, says Federated Farmers vice-president and dairy farmer Andrew Hoggard.

However the problem with such an election stunt is that it perpetrates misconceptions, he says.

The best way of improving waterways where they need to be improved is by a catchment focus basis, he told Dairy News.

With the Greens policy, they are focusing on just nitrogen and only from one source. If a catchment has an issue with nitrogen you need to focus on it from all sources.

Nitrogen is not the issue in all catchments; if swimmability is what people are after then its E.coli they need to be looking at; sediment may be a big factor. . . 

Penalize abusers not users of water Tim Cadogan:

Before I write another word, I need to make two very clear points.

Firstly; I am outraged that New Zealands waterways have been degraded over the last decade or two to the point that many are unswimmable and/or devoid of wildlife. This should never have happened and, as a nation, we must work together to fix this.

Secondly; I am apolitical. Any comments I make here in relation to Labours proposed irrigation tax/royalty would be made by me whether the idea was coming from Labour, National, Greens or whoever. My job is to stand up, as I see best, for Central Otago, no matter who is on the other side.

On that basis; I wrote a letter to Jacinda Ardern pointing out what I saw as the unfairness of the irrigation tax/royalty as proposed by Labour, but set in a tone of something needs done. I stand by the comments I made in that letter. . .

Lamb prices reach record highs  Jemma Brackebush:

Farmers say its been a fantastic season for lamb, as a global shortage of the meat is pushing up the prices.

Ewes are being sold with new season lambs, fetching up to $170 at sales.

Chilled export lamb prices have reached histori...

10:30

Photo of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

This is Not a Love Surgery  Warning this story may make you feel uncomfortable. James Caird Burt is a former American gynaecologist who was sometimes nicknamed the Love Surgeon. One of his patients recalled: after he delivered my baby, I did not wake up for 2 days, and he kept me hospitalized for a week. []

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10:30

Risky Business #469 -- More like EquiHAX. AMIRITE?? "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

On this weeks show, of course, well be using the news segment to take a look at the dumpster fire that is the Equifax breach. Weve got suspicious short trades, executive share sales and an absolutely shambolic response. This ones got the lot; something for everyone.

Well also take a look at these latest Bluetooth bugs and of course well recap the rest of the weeks security news.

In this weeks feature interview were chatting with Emily Crose. After cutting her teeth at CIA, NSA and US Cyber Command, these days Emily works in the private sector, and her hobby at the moment is using machine learning-based image processing to identify problematic social media images.

Some social media companies say its too hard to identify, for example, ze Nazis. Emily says nope.

I would say this weeks show is brought to you by Tenable Network Security, but now Im just going to say Tenable because these days thats what theyre calling themselves. And it makes sense. Vulnerability management isnt really just about whats on your network anymore.

With that in mind, theyve really changed the messaging of the company. Theyre not calling it continuous monitoring anymore, theyre calling it cyber exposure measurement. Corey Bodzin, VP of product operations at Tenable joins the show to walk us through the rationale behind the new messaging.

Adam Boileau is this weeks news guest.

See links to show notes below, and follow Patrick or Adam on Twitter if thats your thing!

10:24

Do the right thing for Rohingya refugees "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Sam Neill has called on the government to immediately take in Rohingya refugees fleeing Myanma ethnic cleansing:

Actor Sam Neill has called on Bill English to immediately take in Rohingya refugees who are fleeing worsening bloodshed in Myanmar.

Neill has tweeted English urging him to take in "many" refugees from "the most desperate circumstances", adding, "do the right thing Bill".

That plea comes after the Green Party in Australia called on the Turnbull government to take in 20,000 Rohingya refugees in an emergency intake similar to that set up after the violence in Syria.


Neill is right. What's happening in Myanmar is terrible, a classic case of ethnic cleansing. There's very little we at the bottom of the world can do to directly help, beyond supporting UN sanctions, peacekeepers, and an eventual criminal process against the perpetrators (including Nobel peace prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi). But one thing we can do is help the victims, by giving some of them a new home here. Its the least we can do.

When National refused to increase the refugee quota to 1500 a year, their excuse was that they needed spare capacity to handle an emergency influx in a crisis. Well, that crisis is here now, so its time for that emergency influx. Or was National lying to us all along?

10:23

Cartoons about the rivalry between Jacinda Ardern and Bill English "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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10:16

Bluegrass @ Yullis for September 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Image Courtesy of Golden Whistler This month bluegrass and old time duo Golden Whistler return to Bluegrass @ Yullis stage, bringing their wonderful music to Sydneys most intimate performance space. Bluegrass @ Yullis will take place at Yullis in Sydney next Wednesday 20th September. As always the night kicks off at 6pm with an all-in []

10:12

Direct flights to Townsville from Port Moresby "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Air Niugini is now flying to Townsville directly from Port Moresby. Return flights to Townsville are starting from PGK 1,020* and flights are operating on Mondays and Fridays.

Begin your exploration in the blooming city of Townsville. Townsville City combines federation architecture with classy restaurants, accommodation and shopping like no other regional Queensland city. Townsville is a nature lovers paradise. The Great Barrier Reef, tropical islands, wetlands, wet tropics rainforests and a glorious beachfront are few major attractions. Townsville offers you a diverse range of historical, military, island, active and relaxing experiences. Townsville is packed with activities to excite every travel style!

So book your trip to Townsville with Air Niugini. Visit www.airniugini.com.pg to book online now.

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