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Tuesday, 09 October


[Student] Cost of Living in Cairns "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Hi r/Cairns!

I had posted in r/personalfinance about the cost of living in Cairns. Although I haven't made anything official yet, I've been in discussion with some advisers here in Canada about doing a year abroad, at JCU. I'm trying to put together a rough cost of what'll cost me once I'm here (Eg: What I should expect to pay).

I have the basics covered. Health Insurance (AU$514.00), Flights (~$2,000CAD) and Tuition (~$3,500CAD - [paid to my University, rather than JCU]). I've looked at on-campus accommodations in Cairns, which range from AU$185 - $290 / week.. However, I'm not against renting a single bedroom apartment or getting a larger apartment and having roommates/flatmates/housemates.

What I'm looking for in terms of Average Pricing (per month):

Rent (Furnished):

Utilities (Hydro/Internet/Heating):

Food/Groceries (fruits/vegetables/meat):

(I'll have to have an Australian show me how to eat Vegemite...)

Anything else that I may not know about in the Australian culture, financially? Thank you guys! (I have many more meetings with the Program Adviser before I can start the paperwork.)

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4 cents a day "IndyWatch Feed"

Former Chairman of the ABC Board, Justin Milne fell on his sword after sacking the Managing Director, Michelle Guthrie, recently. The discussion around this will continue for quite a while, especially if the ex-MD follows through on her threat to sue for wrongful dismissal. Where that particular saga ends up is anyones guess and hopefully,

The post 4 cents a day appeared first on The AIM Network.


"North Coast Voices" Turns 11 Today! "IndyWatch Feed"

On Tuesday 9 October 2007 North Coast Voices published its first blog post titled "A genuine Howard hugger".

Eleven years and over 10,102 posts later it is another Tuesday and this blog is still publishing.

For that, heartfelt thanks are due to all our readers.


Assistant Treasurer Stuart Robert follows unofficial Liberal Party guideline: Don't get caught but if you do pay it back "IndyWatch Feed"

Image: The Sydney Morning Herald 2017
Assistant Treasurer and Liberal MP for Fadden Stuart Rowland Robert (right) is in the news once more.

This time over the excessive costs associated with his taxpayer-funded 4G home Internet connection.

He has been charging taxpayers more than a $1,000 a month for Internet access since 2016 and by 2018 the cost had risen to over $2,000 a month.

Monday, 08 October


Surviving "IndyWatch Feed"

BOB Daily Telegraph 04102018


In recent days British cartoonists have had a lot of fun with Theresa Mays dancing when she came on stage to deliver her leaders speech.


October 6, 2018 : International Freedom of Speech Day : LOLWUT "IndyWatch Feed"

Blink and you might have missed it, but Saturday, October 6 was International Freedom of Speech Day, with International having the operative meaning of Wiley Park in Sydney and Docklands in Melbourne and Freedom of Speech whining about Facebook and Continue reading


US-Saudi Relations Enter Unchartered Waters "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Khashoggi affair threatens to open a Pandoras box. What is absolutely certain is that Washington wont let go Saudi Arabia without an all-out effort to keep that trophy in geopolitics in its sole possession.


China, Japan, and Trump"s America "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Japan's anxieties about Donald Trump's "America First" orientation and protectionist policies are not surprising. When two allies defense capacities are not symmetrical, the more dependent party is bound to worry more about the partnership.


World watch Tuesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Monday GMT For posting on events, news, opinions and anything of interest from around the world.


October 9 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

768  Carloman I and Charlemagne were crowned Kings of The Franks.

1201 Robert de Sorbon, French theologian and founder of the Sorbonne, was born (d. 1274).

1238  James I of Aragon conquered Valencia and founded the Kingdom of Valencia.

1264   The Kingdom of Castile conquered the city of Jerez that was under Muslim occupation since 711.

1446  The hangul alphabet was published in Korea.

1514  Marriage of Louis XII of France and Mary Tudor.

1604  Supernova 1604, the most recent supernova to be observed in the Milky Way.

1635  Founder of Rhode Island Roger Williams was banished from theMassachusetts Bay Colony as a religious dissident after he speaks out against punishments for religious offenses and giving away Native American land.

1701  The Collegiate School of Connecticut (later renamed Yale University) was chartered in Old Saybrook.

1771  The Dutch merchant ship Vrouw Maria sank near the coast of Finland.

1776  Father Francisco Palou founded Mission San Francisco de Asis in what is now San Francisco, California.

1799  Sinking of HMS Lutine, with the loss of 240 men and a cargo worth 1,200,000.

1804  Hobart, capital of Tasmania, was founded.

1812  War of 1812: In a naval engagement on Lake Erie, American forces captured two British ships: HMS Detroit and HMS Caledoni...


International Team of Researchers Concerned Over US Efforts to Create Bio-Weapons "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

If the United States so flagrantly violates the BWC, can it be trusted with other international arms-control treaties? Russia appears to be trying to draw public attention to this issue.


ANZ sees unemployment falling, but... "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"


ANZ reports that it still sees unemployment heading lower over time.

However, there was a blip in their most recent job ads figures, with advertisements now up by just +4.7 per cent from a year earlier. 

This latest reading puts the ANZ indicator well behind the ABS (and SEEK) jobs vacancies figures. 

Adding some weight to these figures, Roy Morgan Research estimates that employment grew by around 200,000 or 1.6 per cent over the year to September (or +1.7 per cent on a 3m/YoY basis) which may be enough to keep unemployment falling...but only just. 

The ABS previously reported job vacancies in New South Wales and Victoria at their highest ever level

One to watch... 


Stealth F-22s, F-35s and B-2s vs. North Korea: Who Wins in a War? "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Any sort of attack on North Korea would be a gamble with the lives of thousands if not millions of South Korean and Japanese lives. As such, a diplomatic solution is far more preferable to a war than might end poorly.


Queensland Government (QGAir) Rescue Agusta AW139 Helicopter VH-ESH Flys North via Rockhampton Airport "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

On Monday 8 October, Queensland Government (QGAir) Rescue (State of Queensland) Agusta AW139 helicopter VH-ESH was noted passing through Rockhampton Airport which on a ferry flight North to Cairns from Archerfield.

VH-ESH at Rockhampton Airport earlier this year  (File photo)

After taking on fuel, VH-ESH continued to Townsville and then Cairns.

Of interest, VH-ESH has been operating around Brisbane and the South-East corner of Queensland in recent days as "Rescue 500".

I presume it has ferried into Cairns to replace the current QGAir Rescue AW139 chopper VH-ESZ which is currently operating as "Rescue 510".  VH-ESZ should ferry South in the coming days as a part of their maintenance 'rotational system'.

This is reportedly designed to ensure the even distribution of flying hours on each of the QGAir Rescue helicopters, thus avoiding the need to have multiple helicopters offline for simultaneous scheduled maintenance.

Photo taken by Scott Harris 


What is it with Heaven and Millennials? "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

The promise of an afterlife to meet departed family and friends appeals to many; but especially for younger Australians. Why do they dismiss the evidence of physics? Against all odds, it seems the concept of going to heaven holds far greater significance for the young than for those who are closer numerically

The post What is it with Heaven and Millennials? appeared first on The AIM Network.


Cessna Citation Bizjets VH-ZLT and VH-ZEK Depart Hamilton Island Airport "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

The two visiting Cessna Citation bizjets that have been parked at Hamilton Island Airport finally departed and went their separate ways on Monday 8 October.

Revesco Aviation (of Western Australia) Cessna 550 Citation Bravo VH-ZLT was noted making an early morning departure to Brisbane, Ceduna (South Australia) and Perth.  It had arrived at Hamo last Thursday 4 October from Ayers Rock.

VH-ZLT at Adelaide Airport last year  (File photo)

While Silver Linings Aviation Cessna 680 Citation Sovereign VH-ZEK was noted departing to Port Macquarie and Bankstown.  It had arrived at Hamo last Tuesday 2 October from Bankstown.

Meanwhile, also on Monday 8 October, the Queensland Police Service (Airwing) (State of Queensland) Cessna 560 Citation Ultra bizjet VH-PSU was back in CQ, noted visiting Mackay, Townsville, Cairns and Rockhampton Airports while on a busy day flying out of and back to Brisbane.

Photo taken by Tony Haynes 


Trump To Saudi King: Pay Up For US Military Protection! "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Annoyed that the Saudis refuse to increase oil production, President Trump on Oct. 2 threatened Saudi Arabia that US military protection could be withdrawn and that the Saudi regime wouldn't last without it. Is the US military a mercenary force? And what's really behind spiking oil prices?


How Many More Lives Does Angela Merkel Have Left? "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

A weakened Merkel will not be in a position to assist in maintaining the status quo. How can she present a united front to Italy if a wave of nationalism is gripping Germany?


Fugro LADS / Royal Australia Navy (RAN) Hydrography Dash-8-200 VH-LCL Back at Mackay Airport "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Noted arriving into Mackay Airport from Cairns on Monday 8 October to presumably take up operations in the area is the Fugro LADS Corporation / Surveillance Australia / Royal Australian Navy (RAN) LADS Hydrography Institute Dash-8-200 VH-LCL.

VH-LCL at Mackay Airport in April  (File photo)

The heavily modified Dash-8-200 is usually based at Cairns Airport with Cobham Aviation.  At the time of writing, it is planned to complete a seven-hour flight out of and back to Mackay Airport on Tuesday 9 October with it planning to return to Mackay Airport after the sun has set.

VH-LCL is operated by Surveillance Australia for Fugro LADS Corporation on a multi-year lease to the Royal Australia Navy LADS Hydrography Institute. The 'LADS' (Laser Airborne Depth Sounding) system is an aircraft based hydrographic surveying system that measures the difference between the sea surface and the sea floor as calculated from the aircraft's altitude to generate hydrographic data. After operating overseas since it was delivered in late 1997, VH-LCL commenced operations with the RAN LADS Hydrography Institute in late 2009.

Photo taken by 'JM' 


Keeping Up Appearances S02 E05 "IndyWatch Feed"

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Keeping Up Appearances is a British sitcom created and written by Roy Clarke. It aired on BBC One from 1990 to 1995. The central character is eccentric and snobbish middle class social climber Hyacinth Bucket(Patricia Routledge), who insists that her surname is pronounced Bouquet.[2]The sitcom follows Hyacinth in her attempts to prove her social superiority, and to gain standing with those she considers upper class. Her attempts are constantly hampered by her lower class extended family, whom she is desperate to hide. Much of the humour comes from the conflict between Hyacinths vision of herself, and the reality of her underclass background. In each episode, she lands in a farcical situation as she battles to protect her social credibility.

The show comprised five series and 44 episodes, four of which are Christmas specials. Production ended when star Patricia Routledge moved on to other projects


Laframboise exposes the IPCC "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Prepare for a tsunami of alarmism from the IPCC, actually it has started already. This is a summary of Donna Laframboises devastating analysis of the governance of the IPCC.

Donna Laframboise comes with a first-rate track record in human rights, non-conformism and feminism (she supports fathers rights). The book contains 36 short chapters plus extensive documentation to ensure that her claims can be checked.

Chapter 1 is A closer look at the worlds leading climate body. It is essential to realise that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is a political body, created by that most political organization, the United Nations to do the work of two of their subsidiary bodies, one concerned with weather and the other with the environment.

And so on, chapter by chapter. Essential reading to understand how so much bias can occur in a supposedly scientific organization.

How many times have we been told that all the thousands of legitimate climate scientists have reached a consensus and the only dissenters are unqualified outsiders, ideologues, cranks, or doing it for money from Big Oil?

So what do we find when we examine the processes which convert data and the raw material of science into IPCC papers? Who are the key people who control the process? What the the checks on the quality of the input to the reports? How are the thousands of legitimate climate scientists used in this process, especially if they have concerns about the quality of the data or the processes involved in writing and reviewing the papers?

And what do we find about the background and qualifications of the insiders who turn out to have far more influence on the final reports than the most eminent and experienced scientists in the relevant fields if they are not key figures on the report-writing teams?


Treasurer on negative gearing "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Treasurer Frydenberg cites our research on negative gearing in The Oz today (paywall).

Basically agree.


Macabre Saudi Disappearance Shatters Western Media"s Illusion of "Reforming" Crown Prince "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Western media lies about Saudi Arabia have not just been shattered. Those lies make them complicit in the latest Saudi crime, as they also have been complicit in so many others before.


UK would be welcomed to TPP with open arms, says Japans Abe "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Japanese prime minister talks Trump, trade and North Korea in FT interview

Image result for shinzo abe, photos, Tokuyuki Matsubuchi/FT

Tokuyuki Matsubuchi/FT

By Lionel Barber and Robin Harding in Tokyo

Japan would welcome Britain to the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal with open arms, said prime minister Shinzo Abe, as he urged compromise to avoid a no-deal Brexit. Speaking in an interview with the Financial Times at his official residence in Tokyo, Mr Abe said the UK would lose its role as a gateway to Europe after Brexit, but would still be a country equipped with global strength.

His remarks will encourage Brexit supporters in the UK who see new opportunities for free trade outside the EU while turning up the pressure on Brussels and London to strike a timely exit deal. The TPP is a wide-ranging trade agreement between 11 Pacific countries, including Japan, Vietnam, Malaysia, Canada, Mexico and Australia.

It originally included the US, but one of Donald Trumps first acts as president was to withdraw from the pact. Joining would be a way for Britain to strike new free-trade deals with a large and fast-growing chunk of the world economy. However, it would only be possible if the UK were to leave the EUs customs union, and gains the power to set its own tariffs.

I hope that both sides can contribute their wisdom and at least avoid a so-called disorderly Brexit, said Mr Abe, arguing that a transition period was essential for Japanese business.

Manufacturers such as Toyota and Nissan helped to revive the UK economy in the 1980s by using the country as their base in Europe. But they have grown frustrated by the lack of clarity on Brexit.

Several banks are shifting operations to the EU while Panasonic has cited Brexit as a reason for moving its European headquarters from the UK to the Netherlands. I truly hope that the negative impact of Brexit to the global economy, including Japanese businesses, will be minimised, said Mr Abe.


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Mr Abe also hailed a very fruitful summit with Mr Trump 12 days ago where the two men agreed to negotiate a new trade agreement on goods.

He said the US had promised not to increase car tariffs while the talks were in progress, nor ask for greater agricultural access than Japan had given in other trade deals. But in a sign of Japans vulnerability, Mr Abe conceded he was not asking the US for reciprocal tariff reductions.



365 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

My phone rang as I walked into a book shop.

The caller was a friend who had seen me as she drove past and wondered if I had time for a cup-of and catch-up.

I did and enjoyed it.

In conversation I said that her noticing me was a reminder that in a small town it always pays to be aware that someone you know or who knows someone you know might well see you.

Some people prefer the way you can go about your business unnoticed in bigger centres. But I think the benefits of chance encounters when youre somewhere where people know you are fair compensation for lack of anonymity and Im grateful for that.


Classic TV Drama: Upstairs Downstairs S04 E03 The Beastly Hun "IndyWatch Feed"

Blocked in some locations

Upstairs, Downstairs is a British television drama series produced by London Weekend Television (LWT) for ITV.It ran for 68 episodes divided into five series on ITV from 1971 to 1975.

A BBC Wales and Masterpiece produced continuation also called Upstairs Downstairs was broadcast by BBC One in 2010.

Set in a large townhouse in Belgravia in West London, the series depicts the servants downstairs and their mastersthe family upstairsbetween the years 1903 and 1930, and shows the slow decline of the British aristocracy. Great events feature prominently in the episode but minor or gradual changes are also noted. The series stands as a document of the social and technological changes that occurred between those 27 years, including the Edwardian period, the Suffragettes, First World War, the Roaring Twenties and the Wall Street Crash.

The show was a ratings success for ITV, and received outstanding acclaim worldwide winning multiple awards.

Series had an excellent cast with many well known actors appearing over the life of the series. Some are still active to this day.


Monday nightcap "IndyWatch Feed"

Part 2: Academics expose corruption in Grievance Studies The post Monday nightcap appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


The First International and the September 1871 #London Conference: #Marx versus #Bakunin "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Originally published by Robert Graham.

Note: Enough is Enough is not organizing any of these events, we are publishing this text for people across the US and Europe to be able to see what is going on and for documentation only.


More and more Americans believe socialism will boost equity "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Has Americas perception of Socialism changed since the McCarthy era? The answer may surprise you:   Published: October 6, 2018 Source: fast company The last time the polling company Gallup asked Americans about their understanding of the word socialism was in 1949. At that point, around one-third couldnt define it, another one-third associated it with []

The post More and more Americans believe socialism will boost equity appeared first on Uncensored Publications.


Australia - Letter "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Fluoride issues

Re Editorial in the North West Star (Sep 25) arguing for water fluoridation. 
I work in Geelong, Victoria that was fluoridated in 2009. Many patients became badly affected by the fluoride after it went in. 
When fluoride was taken by tablet if someone got a reaction, one could stop the then tablet and toothpaste treatments and they would recover. 


Australia - NWHHS support fluoridation of water supplies "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

NWHHS Board Chair Paul Woodhouse has welcomed the growing support for the fluoridation. NWHHS Board Chair Paul Woodhouse has welcomed the growing support for the fluoridation. North West Hospital and Health Board Chair Paul Woodhouse has welcomed the growing support for the fluoridation of town water supplies.  Mr Woohouse said the lack of fluoridation in local water was initially raise...


Darwin...oof "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Economic outlook for the NT

Last week the building approvals figures showed the value of jobs in the Northern Territory continuing to slide.

On a rolling annual basis the value of residential jobs for new dwellings has only been lower in one quarter over the past quarter of a century, as measured in chain volume measures terms. 

The NT Treasury highlights the cyclical nature of the local economy and therefore population flows, being a resources economy heavily influenced by major projects. 

But even accounting for this, the economic outlook for the next year or two makes for bleak reading.

Negative employment growth, negative population growth...with state final demand contracting by 8 per cent in this financial year, followed by another 4.4 per cent in FY2020. 

Source: NT Government

Net interstate migration over the year to March 2018 was negative 3,500.

Strewth, not good.



Nauruan police have arrested a 36 year-old Iranian refugees after he attempted suicide on Nauru today, Monday 9 October. The refugee swallowed washing powder at the Anibare camp, around 4.30pm (Nauru time).  Although the man was in obvious distress, and struggled to strand, instead of an ambulance being called, police arrived and placed him under(...)


What Is The Best Solution To The Ukrainian Crisis? "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

If Kiev continues its anti-Russian and pro-NATO/USA/EUs political-military course, the joint republic of Luhansk and Donetsk regions (or more) will be declared as an independent state with a real possibility to join the Russian Federation as Crimea already did it in 2014.

The post What Is The Best Solution To The Ukrainian Crisis? appeared first on


So, you really want to compete with men? "IndyWatch Feed"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to Video about how 4 women managed to move a fridge up 3 flights of stairs. At about 3.30 in the video, it shows a skinny man carrying a similar fridge and riding a bike. The post So, you really want to compete with men? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Head of US Marines in Darwin stood down over drink-driving "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

The head of US Marines in Australias tropical north has been stood down due to a loss of trust and confidence after being charged with drink-driving, the military confirmed Monday.

Colonel James Schnelle was relieved of his command after telling his superiors he was pulled over by the Northern Territory Police for suspected driving under the influence in the city of Darwin last month, a US Marine Corps spokesman told AFP.

Darwin Local Court was told Monday that Schnelle failed a random breath test in the early hours of September 30.

AUSTRALIAN DEPARTMENT OF DEFENCE/AFP/File | Some 1,587 US Marines are currently serving a six-month deployment in Darwin in an annual arrangement between long-time defence allies Washington and Canberra

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported that Schnelle was driving home from a restaurant and bar in Darwin at the time.

This is a man of very high character, he has no convictions anywhere in the world and has contributed immensely to society, the national broadcaster quoted Schnelles lawyer as telling the court.

The US Marines are going to deal with him very harshly, he said.

The decorated officer was fined Aus$500 (US$353) for medium-range drink-driving and had his driving licence suspended for six months, a court official told AFP.

No conviction was recorded, she said.

Some 1,587 Marines are currently serving a six-month deployment in Darwin in an annual arrangement between long-time defence allies Washington and Canberra.

The deployments, part of Washingtons strategic rebalance to the Asia-Pacific, come as Beijing flexes its economic and military muscles in the region.

The Marine Corp spokesman said an investigation into Schnelles case was initiated, and Lieutenant Colonel Jeramy Brady was appointed the new officer-in-charge for the duration of the current rotation.



The Coal Truth "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Last week, I spoke at a forum on Adani and indigenous rights organized by the UQ Human Rights Consortium. It was an excellent line-up, with

Murrawah Johnson Youth Spokesperson Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners Council, Activist of the Year (Ngara Institute) and on the 50 Grist list acknowledging her place amongst the worlds best and brightest fighting for the planet.

Dr Michelle Maloney Co-founder and National Convenor, Australian Earth Laws Alliance

David Ritter Chief Executive Greenpeace Australia Pacific, and author of The Coal Truth: The Fight to Stop Adani, Defeat the Big Polluters and Reclaim Our Democracy which is well worth buying and reading.

Having contributed to The Coal Truth I was very interested to meet David Ritter. I was particularly impressed that he took the time to respond personally to this long-ago post, attacking Greenpeace for the sabotage of a CSIRO experiment on GM crops. David assured me that Greenpeace had repudiated this action and re-established a good relationship with CSIRO.  Theres plenty of room for legitimate dispute about the issue of GM crops (Im dubious, thought not opposed outright) but none about the kind of tactics used in that case.



Manly Monday "IndyWatch Feed"

The post Manly Monday appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


How to Take Care of Your Mind and Soul According to Your Zodiac "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Self-care is more than just taking care of your body. Simple activities you can do to nourish your mind and soul according to your zodiac sign.

The post How to Take Care of Your Mind and Soul According to Your Zodiac appeared first on Thrive On News Spiritual Magazine.


Classic Aussie Crime Drama: Water Rats S04 E05 In The Family Way "IndyWatch Feed"

Season 3 Episode 5 appears to be missing

Water Rats is an Australian TV police procedural broadcast on the Nine Network from 1996 to 2001. The series was based on work of the men and women of the Sydney Water Police who fight crime around Sydney Harbour and surrounding locales. The show was set on and around Goat Island in Sydney Harbour.

Water Rats premiered on 12 February 1996, and ran for six seasons and 177 episodes. Colin Friels and Catherine McClements were the original stars of the series and were instrumental in the shows early success. They both departed the show in 1999. In later seasons, Steve Bisley, Aaron Pedersen and Dee Smart became the shows main stars.

For the sixth and final season in 2001, the show concentrated more on the cops personal lives rather than just focusing on the crimes committed. The Nine Network cancelled the show after six seasons. Executive Producer Kris Noble blamed escalating costs for the cancellation. However, Bisley and Smart had also just quit the show, and the series had already been suffering a ratings battle following the departure of Friels and McClements in 1999. 


A chilling story on abortion "IndyWatch Feed"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to The post A chilling story on abortion appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


The spurious promise of JOBs for burdening a community with a stranded nuclear waste dump "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Paul Waldon  Fight To Stop Nuclear Waste Dump In Flinders Ranges SA, 7 Oct 18  Conversation Starter  The birth of a nuclear program more than just a few years young will burden not one but two ...


The Patrons of Imagination, by Jon Rappoport "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

You say want a revolution? Rappoport has a plan! by Jon Rappoport October 3, 2018 Every significant breakthrough in human history has been enabled through imagination. Its the leap. Its the vision unfettered by imposed restrictions. Its the future as yet unrealized, glimpsed in the mind. Given that this is the case, one wonders why []

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The Nauru government has ended the role of  Mdecins Sans Frontires /Doctors Without Borders on the island.   MSF emailed various clients today Saturday, 6 October informing them that all MSF services fininsh today email pasted below.   According to the MSF web site, the humanitarian association has only operated on the island since late(...)


Australias Prime Minister Scott Morrison joins the pro nuclear bandwagon "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Whatever it takes: ScoMo prepared to go nuclear if it cuts power prices GREG BROWN, OCTOBER 8, 2018   Scott Morrison says he would overturn the ban on building nuclear reactors in Australia if he believed it would put downward pressure on power prices.

The Prime Minister said he would do whatever it takes to make electricity cheaper, and he would have no issues allowing nuclear reactors to be built if it would make lower household bills.

But warned the investment case to build a nuclear reactor did not stack up.

Youve got to make the investment stack up, Mr Morrison told 2GB radio.

Last month, former PM...


Earths climate monsters could be unleashed as temperatures rise "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Even at the current level of warming of about 1C above pre-industrial, we may have already crossed a tipping point for one of the feedback processes (Arctic summer sea ice), and we see instabilities in others permafrost melting, Amazon forest dieback, boreal forest dieback and weakening of land and ocean physiological carbon sinks.

And we emphasise that these processes are not linear and often have built-in feedback processes that generate tipping point behaviour. For example, for melting permafrost, the chemical process that decomposes the peat generates heat itself, which leads to further melting and so on.

Guardian As a UN panel prepares a report on 1.5C global warming, researchers warn of the risks of ignoring...


New political party Stop Selling Australia party "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Mike Barclay shared his first post.Fight To Stop Nuclear Waste Dump In Flinders Ranges SA, 8 Oct 18
I am registering a new political party for the next Federal election in the senate.

Stop Selling Australia party.

We mainly focus on the prevention of our assets and essential services being sold off to foreign countries, we also care about the long term future of Australia.

This includes the dumping of nuclear waste in Australia which is not in the interest of our kids.



Pilbara wind and solar plans jump to 11GW as Macquarie provides capital RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Plans for a huge wind solar hybrid project in the Pilbara region in north-western Australia have jumped from 9GW to 11GW, with Macquarie Group jumping on board to provide development capital. The post Pilbara wind and solar plans jump to 11GW as Macquarie provides capital appeared first on RenewEconomy.

via Pilbara wind and solar plans jump to 11GW as Macquarie provides capital RenewEconomy


U.N. Panel Warns on Climate Change: Its Life or Death "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

WASHINGTON Preventing an extra single degree of heat could make a life-or-death difference in the next few decades for multitudes of people and ecosystems on this fast-warming planet, an international panel of scientists reported Sunday. But they provide little hope the world will rise to the challenge.

The Nobel Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued its gloomy report at a meeting in Incheon, South Korea.

In the 728-page document, the U.N. organization detailed how Earths weather, health and ecosystems would be in better shape if the worlds leaders could somehow limit future human-caused warming to just 0.9 degrees Fahrenheit (a half degree Celsius) from now, instead of the globally agreed-upon goal of 1.8 degrees F (1 degree C). Among other things:

Half as many people would suffer from lack of water.

There would be fewer deaths and illnesses from heat, smog and infectious diseases.

Seas would rise nearly 4 inches (0.1 meters) less.

Half as many animals with back bones and plants would lose the majority of their habitats.

There would be substantially fewer heat waves, downpours and droughts.

The West Antarctic ice sheet might not kick into irreversible melting.

And it just may be enough to save most of the worlds coral reefs from dying.

For some people this is a life-or-death situation without a doubt, said Cornell University climate scientist Natalie Mahowald, a lead author on the report.

Limiting warming to 0.9 degrees from now means the world can keep a semblance of the ecosystems we have. Adding another 0.9 degrees on top of that the looser global goal essentially means a different and more challenging Earth for people and species, said another of the reports lead authors, Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, director of the Global Change Institute at the University of Queensland, Australia.

But meeting the more ambitious goal of slightly less warming would require immediate, draconian cuts in emissions of heat-trapping gases and dramatic changes in the energy field. While the U.N. panel says technically thats possible, it saw little chance of the needed adjustments happening.

In 2010, international negotiators adopted a goal of limiting warming to 2 degrees C (3.6 degrees F) since pre-industrial times. Its called the 2-degree goal. In 2015, when the nations of the world agreed to the historic Paris climate agreement, they set dual goals: 2 degrees C and a more demanding target of 1.5 degrees C from pre-industrial times. The 1.5 was at the urging of vulnerable countries that called 2 degrees a death sentence.

The world has already warmed 1 degree C since pre-industrial times, so....


Victoria approves 30MW Shepparton project, smooths way for big solar rush RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

State govt approves 30MW solar farm near Shepparton, releases draft guidelines to help councils, developers and communities negotiate the states boom in large-scale solar proposals. The post Victoria approves 30MW Shepparton project, smooths way for big solar rush appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Get up close and personal with renewable energy at Wind Farm Open Day RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Ten wind farms will open their gates to the public when the Clean Energy Council celebrates Wind Farm Open Day with the Australian Wind Alliance on Sunday 21 October. The post Get up close and personal with renewable energy at Wind Farm Open Day appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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GOSNELL: The trial of Americas biggest Serial killer (Official trailer) "IndyWatch Feed"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to The post GOSNELL: The trial of Americas biggest Serial killer (Official trailer) appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Classic Comedy: Open All Hours Ronnie Barker and David Jason S03 E03 Duet For Solo Bicycle "IndyWatch Feed"

From Wikipedia

Open All Hours is a British sitcom created and written by Roy Clarke for the BBC. It ran for 26 episodes in four series, which premiered in 1976, 1981, 1982 and 1985. The programme developed from a television pilot broadcast in Ronnie Barkers comedy anthology series, Seven of One (1973). Open All Hours ranked eighth in the 2004 Britains Best Sitcom poll

The setting is a small grocers shop in Balby, a suburb of Doncaster in South Yorkshire. The owner, Arkwright (Ronnie Barker), is a middle-aged miser with a stammer and a knack for selling. His nephew Granville (David Jason) is his put-upon errand boy, who blames his work schedule for his lacklustre social life.

Across the road lives Nurse Gladys Emmanuel (Lynda Baron), occupied by her professional rounds, and her elderly mother. Arkwright longs to marry her, but she resists his persistent pressures. In later episodes, it is explained that the two have actually been engaged for many years but have been unable to go through with a wedding due to the advanced age of Nurse Gladyss mother, for whom she cares at home. Though short-tempered with Arkwright, she is concerned for his and Granvilles welfare.


Daily roundup "IndyWatch Feed"

Just a brief note to those readers who like to add their own contributions to Daily roundup in the comments. PLEASE remember that politically incorrect and offensive (but funny) jokes are only to be enjoyed on Mondays in the Comedy corner post which is specifically for that kind of humour. Do not post that kind of humour here. The post Daily roundup appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


MUNGO MACCALLUM: Mental health on Nauru not our problem, says PM "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

MUNGO MACCALLUM: Mental health on Nauru not our problem, says PMThe Morrison Government is unperturbed that Medecins Sans Frontieres has been ordered to cease treating Australias refugees on Nauru. read now...


Trump administration to weaken radiation safeguards, embracing quack hormesis science "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

CAN SMALL DOSES OF RADIATION HARM YOU? THE EPA ISNT CONVINCED. A new rule might open the door for regulation rollbacks on radiation and harmful chemicals. Pacific Standard, EMMA SARAPPO, OCT 3, 2018

On Tuesday, the Associated Press reported that the Trump administration was quietly seeking to roll back the Environmental Protection Agencys regulations on radiation exposure. The story took a closer look at a rule the EPA proposed back in April called Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science. When it was released, most coverage focused on the proposals potential limitation of what studies the EPA could and could not use in decision-makingit essentially demanded the EPA not use any studies based on data that isnt publicly available.

Ironically, the transparency rule is hiding another agenda. Paragraphs scattered throughout the document make it clear that the proposed rule is meant to re-evaluate the science behind the dose response data and models that underlie what we are calling pivotal regulatory science.' That jargon means the EPA wants to challenge the assumptions that underlie its current guidelines on toxic exposure.

The so-called transparency rule is an insidious dodge, said Rush D. Holt, a former congressman and current president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, before a Senate subcommittee on October 3rd. It apparently is about reducing regulation. And though the actual rule is vague, comments in the press release and a July update to the EPA guidelines on radiation exposure make it seem that nuclear regulation is on the chopping block.

Currently, the nuclear industry, the EPA, and other groups operate on the assumption that there is no safe dose of radiation, no matter how sm...


An Affectacious Ocker Pom "IndyWatch Feed"

A couple of weeks ago someone or other, David possibly, was singing the praises of the ABC's Mike Carlton who had some snide remarks to make about an es ABC employee Geoffry Luck.

Here's a typical example of the less than mediocre tripe put out by the pommy accent affecting Ocker cringer and big noting name dropper, Mike Carlton

These fellows just make stuff up.   What a dickhead.

"Kerry seemed to have a direct line to the Australia dressing room at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Australia was in the field.

Every so often he would pick up the phone and snap an order: Put (fast-bowler Craig) McDermott on ... Give Waugh a few overs.
A few minutes later the bowlers would obediently change.
There may be a small problem here. So far as I can tell, Steve Waugh and Craig McDermott only played one Test together at the SCG. It was the Bicentenary Test of 1988.
At the time, Nine was owned by Alan Bond."



Private School Daze: What Is It With Heaven And Millennials? "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

The promise of an afterlife to meet departed family and friends appeals to many, but especially younger Australians. Are private religious schools playing a part? And why do they dismiss the evidence of physics, asks Brian Morris.

Against all odds, it seems the concept of going to heaven holds far greater significance for the young than for those who are closer numerically to death! We need to confront the D word itself, but lets first get a handle on why the idea of paradise has gripped contemporary youth more so than pensioners.

A national Essential poll shows 40% of all Australians believe in heaven. But the crucial figure is that a staggering 51% of those aged 18-34 hold such a belief! This compares to just 29% of the public who are over 55 years old. The young are almost twice as fixated with an afterlife than those closer to pension age! Why is that?

Is it insecurity or religiosity? One suggestion points to the fact that 40% of secondary students now attend private religious schools a rate far higher than all other Western nations. There has been an exponential growth in government funding for private Catholic and Anglican schools since the 1960s from a base of almost zero.

Others suggest that a similar rise in Special Religious Instruction (SRI) and chaplains in public schools has led to the Christianisation of education across the nation. These government-funded programs are run by evangelical Christian organisations in each state with Catholic and Anglican private schools proselytising their own religions. And do millennials then stay at home too long, with a childhood faith, instead of getting out into the real world?

(IMAGE: Ben Salter, Flickr).

Since colonisation, Christianity instilled belief in an afterlife. Its reflected on a daily basis in mainstream media, in film and on television and in our obsession with sport. No game passes without players pointing skyward when scoring a goal, or honouring a deceased team or family member with hands reaching towards heaven.

But the biggest problem is that we dont talk about death!

Society needs to get over...


2018 IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5C "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

A new IPCC assessment warns that urgent action is needed to limit global warming to 1.5C, and this would require rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society. Global Warming of 1.5C, an IPCC special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission []


Discord server "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Anyone interested in one? Ive just moved here from Adelaide and their server was pretty active.

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Nuclear Waste Shipments Expose Populations to Toxic Radiation "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"
 06.10.2018 Pregnant women in the United States could be exposed to ionizing radioactivity from nuclear waste shipped around the nation, a radioactive waste watchdog told Radio Sputniks Loud & Clear this week.

Given the number of shipments of nuclear waste traveling around the country, Pregnant women and the fetus and the womb should not be exposed to any ionizing radioactivity if it can be avoided. This is going to happen. Given these kinds of shipment numbers  many thousands  theres going to be exposures to pregnant women in this country, says Kevin Kamps, radioactive waste specialist at Beyond Nuclear.

Nuclear waste is shipped past Americans all the time without many of us knowing it. Even waste passing by on a train is emitting radioactive particulates, and some of those can have negative consequences over time.

Its like an X-ray...


Australia lagging behind in electric cars, though they save lives and cut costs "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Electric cars would save lives and cut costs, but Australians risk being left behind, SMH, By Nicole Hasham
6 October 2018 Deaths from air pollution would be prevented and the Morrison government would meet its pledge to make electricity more reliable and affordable if more Australians drove electric cars, but a lack of political will is holding back the benefits.That is the widespread view expressed to a Senate probe into electric vehicles in Australia. Electric car maker Tesla, headed by controversial entrepreneur Elon Musk, is among those who assert that government leadership is the main barrier to increasing electric vehicle uptake in Australia, while the governments own infrastructure adviser warned that Australians risk being left behind in the global transition.

Australia trails the world in the adoption of electric vehicles. Just 2284 were sold last year 0.2 per cent of total vehicle sales. This is largely attributed to a lack of vehicle choice, fears about limited driving range and higher upfront costs than traditional cars.

In contrast, electric vehicles make up about 20 per cent of new sales in Norway, and are expected to reach 30 per cent of sales in China by 2030.

The Senate inquiry, chaired by independent South Australian senator Tim Storer, is investigating the benefits and opportunities of electric vehicles in Australia.

It is broadly acknowledged that electric vehicles improve air quality, help address climate change, boost public health and are cheaper to run than conventional vehicles.

The Morrison government said these two outcomes making electricity more reliable and affordable would be its unrelenting focus following the demise of the National Energy Guarantee. However the government provided only limited support for electric-vehicle adoption.

Tesla told the inquiry that thousands of Australians had placed deposits for its model 3 sedan and research showed 50 per cent of Australians would consider an electric vehicle for their next purchase.

But it said governments must help ensure Australians could access charging infrastructure and a wide range of vehicle models, and reduce fin...


Surprise New Marathon Bombing Evidence from Heather Frizzell "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

 The media wait outside The Moakley Courthouse. Right: Court exhibit 3226: a photo of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, Viskhan Vakhabov, and Abubakr Turshaev 

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

One did not expect that anything new could come from FBIs records of cell phone calls in the Tsarnaev trial. One did not even know there was any reason to go searching. But Heather Frizzell, who has been doing a layperson-investigation for years, had a niggling feeling about it.  I think it niggled her into an important find in the case. Actually, two important finds.

Heathers blog is bold...


Pakistan can benefit from U.S. China trade tiff "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

The ongoing trade war between China and the United States can boost the prospects of Pakistani exports to the American market and encourage Chinese producers to relocate to Pakistan to avoid punitive tariffs on their US shipments and take advantage of cheaper labour.

On top of that, business leaders say it may afford Islamabad an opportunity to renegotiate the terms of Chinas future investments in and trade with Pakistan.

Abdul Razzak Dawood, adviser to the prime minister on trade, industry and investment, was quoted last week to have told a gathering of textile manufacturers in Karachi that the trade war between the worlds two largest economies could be beneficial for Pakistan.

See: Whats on everyones mind in China-US trade war

The trade war between China and the United States is getting bigger and bigger by the day and the demand for goods is not declining (in the US market). Pakistan needs to explore ways so that it can benefit from this war.

Chinese manufacturers can ward off punitive tariffs on their exports to the United States by relocating their labour-intensive industries to Pakistan, according to PBC CEO Ehsan Malik

Pakistan is already seeking the same market access for its exports that Beijing has given to the Association of South East Asian Nations (Asean), New Zealand and Australia under the 2006 Free Trade Agreement (FTA) that is responsible for heavily tilting the trade balance in favour of China.

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Islamabad has also asked China to share complete information of its exports, both under and outside the FTA, with Islamabad in order to help it eliminate under-invoicing by Pakistani importers.

Moreover, efforts are on to convince Beijing to encourage its manufacturers to relocate their industry to Pakistan.

The adviser had also told a Senate panel on industries and production that China-US tensions over trade tariffs was a good sign for Pakistan as it would place the country in a better negotiating position (with China).

The China-US trade war has put Pakistan in an advantageous position and we have become more competitive than China in some areas like textiles. It offers an opportunity for Pakistan to boost its exports to the United States as well as revive the closed manufacturing capacity (mostly in Punjab), Pakistan Business Council CEO Ehsan Malik told this correspondent.

He says Chinese manufacturers can also ward off punitive tariffs on their exports to the United States by...


Foreign Correspondent: Exposing Chinas Dystopian Digital Dictatorship "IndyWatch Feed"

China is marrying Big Brother to Big Data. Every citizen will be watched and their behaviour scored in the most ambitious and sophisticated system of social control in history. Matthew Carney reports.


Whaleoil backchat "IndyWatch Feed"

Good evening, welcome to Whaleoil Backchat. On Backchat, you are free to share your own stories, discuss other news or catch up with friends. To participate youll need to sign up for a Disqus account which is free, quick, and easy. On posts that are not articles like this one, you do not have to stay on topic [] The post Whaleoil backchat appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Today in rock history "IndyWatch Feed"

Today in Rock History: Born today in 1945, Ray Royer guitarist with  Procol Harum and Freedom, he recorded A Whiter Shade Of Pale with Procol Harum before being kicked out along with Bobby Harrison with who he formed Freedom. Born today in 1948, Johnny Ramone (John Cummings) songwriter and guitarist with The Ramones. Born today in [] The post Today in rock history appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Atlantic podcast on the role of the Fourth Estate in todays world "IndyWatch Feed"

Radio Atlantic looks at how media is fulfilling the role of the Fourth Estate in these times. Very interesting, US centric, but there are lessons for NZ here.

After a news week thats felt more like a news month, Matt Thompson sits down with two experienced editors to ask how people manage to make and consume news in todays environment. Adrienne LaFrance is the editor of Franklin Foer is a national correspondent for The Atlantic and the author of World Without Mind.


 The Death of the Public Square (Franklin Foer, July 6, 2018)
 The Most Powerful Publishers in the World Dont Give a Damn (Adrienne LaFrance, August 8, 2018)
 Mark Zuckerberg Doesnt Understand Journalism (Adrienne LaFrance, May 1, 2018)
 The Era of Fake Video Begins (Franklin Foer, May 2018 Issue)
 When Silicon Valley Took Over Journalism (Franklin Foer, September 2017 Issue)
 Its Time to Regulate the Internet (Franklin Foer, March 21, 2018)
 Social Media in 1857 (Adrienne LaFrance, November 1, 2017)


Tweet of the day "IndyWatch Feed"

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Weapons Expo 2018: details on actions, accommodation & more "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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RESIST THE WEAPONS EXPO 2018: Actions, accommodation, transport & another action towards victory

Get Ready to join in the actions against the 2018 Weapons Expo! Were gearing up for road trip to Palmerston North and were keen as to have a big Auckla...


We should be trying to raise petrol prices, not lower them "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Today the IPCC released a devastating report showing that we have only a decade or less to deal with climate change, and that we need to cut emissions to zero by 2050 if we want to avoid catastrophe. Meanwhile, at the PM's post-cabinet press conference this afternoon, the focus was firmly on... petrol prices. Apparently they're too high, so our political establishment wants to lower them. Labour wants to take it out of the petrol companies' end, by cutting their margins. National meanwhile wants to take it out on us, by cutting fuel taxes (which means less money to pay for roads and crash victims. So National wants us either to not have those things, or they believe there is a magic money tree they can use to pay for them). But by focusing on cutting prices, both are effectively saying they want to increase the use of petrol, increase emissions, and increase global temperatures. Or to put it another way: both parties want to destroy the world.

From a climate change perspective, high petrol prices are good, insofar as they discourage inefficient transport use, push people to alternatives, and reduce emissions (and past evidence is that they do). So rather than trying to lower petrol prices, a government which actually cared about climate change would be welcome this - and be planning to make them higher. Obviously, this has social impacts, so they'd need policies to deal with that: cheaper and more efficient public transport, low-cost loans to get people into more efficient cars, subsidies for certain users utterly reliant on vehicles. Obviously, it would be better if they had planned to put those policies in place beforehand, rather than being hit by a sudden market shift. But in general, they should treat high prices as what they are: a market signal to burn less petrol, and stop destroying the world.


Audit of Global Warming Data "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Just ahead of a new report from the IPCC, dubbed SR#15 about to be released today, we have this bombshell- a detailed audit shows the surface temperature data is unfit for purpose. The first ever audit of the worlds most important temperature data set (HadCRUT4) has found it to be so riddled with errors and freakishly improbable data  that it is effectively useless.

From the IPCC:

Global Warming of 1.5 C, an IPCC special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5 C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways, in the context of strengthening the global response to the threat of climate change, sustainable development, and efforts to eradicate poverty.

This is what consensus science brings you groupthink with no quality control.

HadCRUT4 is the primary global temperature dataset used by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to make its dramatic claims about man-made global warming.  Its also the dataset at the center of ClimateGate from 2009, managed by the Climate Research Unit (CRU) at East Anglia University.

The audit finds more than 70 areas of concern about data quality and accuracy.

But according to an analysis by Australian researcher John McLean its far too sloppy to be taken seriously even by climate scientists, let alone a body as influential as the IPCC or by the governments of the world.

Main points:

  • The Hadley data is one of the most cited, most important databases for climate modeling, and thus for policies involving billions of dollars.
  • McLean found freakishly improbable data, and systematic adjustment errors , large gaps where there is no data, location errors, Fahrenheit temperatures reported as Celsius, and spelling errors.
  • Almost no quality control checks have been done: outliers that are obvious mistakes have not been corrected one town in Columbia spent three months in 1978 at an average daily temperature of over 80 degrees C.  One town in Romania stepped out from summer in 1953 straight into a month of Spring at minus 46C. These are supposedly average temperatures for a full month at a time. St Kitts, a Caribbean island, was recorded at 0C for a whole month, and twice!
  • Temperatures for the entire Southern Hemisphere in 1850 and for the next three years are calculated from just one site in Indonesia and some random ships.
  • Sea surface temperatures represent 70% of the Earths surface, but some measurements come from ships which are logged at locations 100km inland. Others are in harbors which are hardly representative of...


Columbus Discovery "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Sherri Mitchell

Sherri Mitchell

Guest Commentary

Editors Note: This guest commentary was originally published on October 10, 2016 on Native News Online.

Columbus discovered America like a meteorite discovered the dinosaurs.

Matthew Inman

There is no shortage of opinions regarding Columbus Day. It has been the cause of lengthy and heated debate for decades. Opponents of Columbus Day believe that the celebration of Columbus discovery memorializes a reprehensible history of entitlement, conquest and genocide. Proponents claim that the day is not set aside to honor the specific actions of one man, but to celebrate the triumph of discovery itself. If this is true, perhaps it would be beneficial for us to take a serious look at the principles of discovery that Columbus was operating under when he arrived in the new world.

The principles of discovery come out of the Roman Catholic Church. In 1452, Pope Nicholas V declared war on all non-Christians. He provided King Alfonso of Portugal a papal bull known as Romanus Pontifex. In this papal bull, Nicholas directed King Alfonso to capture, vanquish, and subdue the saracens, pagans, and all other enemies of Christ, to put them into perpetual slavery, and to take all their possessions and property. Pope Nicholas claimed that those who were not Christian did not have the right to be viewed as human beings. To emphasize this point, Pope Nicholas also issued the papal bull Dum Diversas, which legalized slavery as an act of a just war. Under the authority of these two papal bulls, King Alfonso traveled up and down the western coast of Africa claiming all the lands that he discovered, and enslaving the people. This gave rise to a monumental expansion in the African slave trade, which followed Columbus to this country.

Forty years after King Alfonso pillaged the West African coastline, Columbus set off to find Asia. By that time, a well-known tradition of Christian discovery had been established in Europe. This gave Columbus the express authority to take possession of any lands that he discovered that were not already under Christian rule. Following his accidental discovery of the Americas, Columbus returned to Europe where Pope Alexander VI ratified Spains claim to the lands that he had discovered, by issuing the papal bull Inter Cetera. Inter...


Comedy corner: Non-PC jokes guaranteed to offend "IndyWatch Feed"

Welcome to politically incorrect Comedy corner: the one place on Whaleoil where you are allowed to read and share naughty and offensive jokes that make us all laugh even though we are not supposed to. If you are offended by these kinds of jokes then please do not read this post Vegan orgy The post Comedy corner: Non-PC jokes guaranteed to offend appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Shorten's Fair Go Action Plan - supported by Ms Gillard in today's press "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

and right on cue in today's Australian Teachers hold the key to keeping minds in top shape By JULIA GILLARD 11:00PM OCTOBER 7, 2018 105 COMMENTS Which career would I have chosen if not the law, followed by politics? Ive been asked that many times over the years, and the...


Monday Message Board "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

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Does Russophobia Draw Us Closer to Our Doom? "IndyWatch Feed Asia"


In a number of articles penned by yours truly for New Eastern Outlook there was a handful of points related to a possible war between the US and Russia.

However, as tensions between the two states continue flaring up due to the mindless anti-Russian stance of the Trump administration, this topic remains just as relevant, despite the apparent absurdity of the notion that either of the two major nuclear powers can hope to win anything in what can be easily described as a nuclear Armageddon. In spite of the first few modest steps towards deescalation made by  US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Helsinki summit, theres no clear way of defusing the situation due to ongoing Russophobic hysteria among Western elites, notes Counter Punch. Washington is in desperate need of an enemy to cry wolf over, as this approach has proven to be extremely profitable for American arms manufacturers.

Its been...

New US-Mexico-Canada trade deal alarming for global trends in consumer privacy "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

8 October 2018: The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), a remodelling of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), has serious implications for data privacy and usage for consumers in those countries and around the world according to Michael Geist in a Washington Post article.

Free trade agreements aim to increase the flow of trade and investment across borders and often restrict governments ability to regulate for social and environmental good. We are now seeing these agreements encourage free-flow of consumer data across borders as well, restricting governments ability to regulate to protect privacy.

The digital trade chapter of USMCA imposes rules that constrain privacy safeguards and impede the creation of much needed regulation in the digital world of Cambridge Analytica and other data-mining companies. It goes further than the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP-11), which has weak privacy protections.

Many countries have data localisation regulations, like those recently brought in by the European Union or the Canadian provinces of British Columbia and Nova Scotia. These require companies who obtain valuable personalised data about people online such as health records, to store that data securely within that jurisdiction to ensure there is adequate legal protection. USMCA provisions prohibits such laws about localisation regulation, and also prohibits governments limiting data flow between countries.

Geist argues that the USMCA digital provisions have potential to seriously erode current privacy standards and inhibit much-needed improvement in data security. There are implications for users in US, Mexico and Canada but also globally, as it will likely be used as a blueprint for future data provisions in trade agreements, including multilateral agreements through the World Trade Organization (involving almost every country worldwide).

Geist argues that before future agreements adopt these e-commerce and digital trade chapters of the TPP-11 and USMCA, there needs to be a drastic reworking to ensure governments can legislate for democratic, consumer-centred, safe and fair trade....


Theres no such thing as a free speech "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Free speech no longer emerges, in the words of Jacques Rancire, in a time and in a place youre not supposed to speak, exercised by those who arent allowed to speak. Free speech is now a weapon in the rights arsenal: by invoking free speech, they simultaneously bludgeon an intolerant left who dare disagree with them.


Shining Bronze-Cuckoo (NZ race lucidus) at nr Railway St, Dayboro reported by Tom Tarrant, Brian and Dell Coates, Richard and Linda Noske on 07-10-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Bird ID'd as race lucidus due to green crown and whitish-face. Lower mandible base grey. Feeding on small insects in emergent jacaranda flowers.



Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Revenant one who has returned after a long absence or death; a visible spirit, ghost or animated corpse.


Hadith for the day "IndyWatch Feed"

Narrated AbuSaid al-Khudri: The people asked the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him): Can we perform ablution out of the well of Budaah, which is a well into which menstrual clothes, dead dogs and stinking things were thrown? He replied: Water is pure and is not defiled by anything.  Sunan Abu Dawud 1:66, See Also Sunan [] The post Hadith for the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Pip Permaculture Podcast #15: Milkwood Permaculture "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Were up to our fifteenth Pip Permaculture Podcast, and this episode features Pip Editor Robyn Rosenfeldt in conversation with Kirsten Bradley of Milkwood Permaculture.

Milkwood Permaculture was founded 10 years ago, in Mudgee NSW. In the podcast Kirsten talks in depth about her new book Milkwood: Real Skills For Down to Earth Living. She covers the chapter on tomatoes and her passion for this fruit! Kirsten shares some great tips for growing tomatoes as well as preserving them for year-round eating.

We also learn about her familys journey to David Holmgrens Melliodora property and their life there. Kirsten also shares the motivations behind this journey, and her mission to inspire others to live a better life.

She also shares the process of creating the book, and future plans for a whole series.

We hope you enjoy!

To read more from Kirsten on tomatoes check out Issue 12 of Pip Magazine, due out mid-October.

Kirsten and Nicks book Milkwood: Real Skills For Down to Earth Living is available from the Pip Shop now.

The post Pip Permaculture Podcast #15: Milkwood Permaculture appeared first on Pip Magazine - Australian Permaculture.


Sarah Dawes County Court judge subverting the Constitution "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

As people should realise, Australia is a constitutional monarchy, where inherent law (e.g. Bill of Rights 1688) from the motherland is still current today.

Aussie television buffoons will know that shows aired will reference American people's rights with regards to the (US) constitution and amendments, but all is quiet on the western front with regards to the Australian people being taught our founding legal document commonly referred to as the 'Australian Constitution' or rather the Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act 1900 (UK), which every law and action by those in government must be adhered to, no exceptions.

A recent article from a publication in the motherland, describes an Australian judge from the County Court of Victoria, Sarah Dawes, as maybe some sort of hero(?), or straight down the line "no-nonsense" approach to crime, or so you are led to believe.

What the public are not told about is that Sarah Dawes was a magistrate in the Melbourne suburb of Heidelberg, in 2011, where she subverted any constitutional argument brought before her, a legal requirement (commonly referred to as a 'Section 78B') of a magistrate if the accused should choose to do so.

How can you really trust a judge who threw away your constitutional rights, the founding law of the Commonwealth of Australia, in the lower court?

Realistically the good judge should be a resident of the same premises the persons are being sentenced to.

See article from 6 Oct 2018 by

No more soft sentences: 'Cowardly' Somalian asylum seekers who hacked a man to shreds with a machete for no reason gasp in shock as a no-nonsense judge locks them up for 10 years
  • Abdirizak Mohamed Scek and Said Abdirahman hacked a stranger to bits
  • The brutes will spend more than 10 years between them behind bars
  • Victim sustained a fractured skull and almost had his finger cut off
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Homeless man dies on Auckland street "IndyWatch Feed"

TVNZ reports: quote: A homeless man who died alone on the streets of Auckland is understood to have been kicked out of Australia just months before his death. The Australian Border Force will not confirm his deportation for privacy reasons and New Zealand immigration authorities said they did not hold any information. But those who [] The post Homeless man dies on Auckland street appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Nine To Noon: Political Commentary with Mills and Morten "IndyWatch Feed"

Nine To Noon on Politics

Stephen Mills and Brigitte Morten talk politics with Kathryn Ryan. Billed as focusing on Bridges and potential MMP changes. Why no look at the omnishambles thats the government


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IPCC report shows urgent action needed to save the Great Barrier Reef "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Immediate divestment from fossil fuels is needed to help save the Great Barrier Reef, warns the Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS), following the release of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report by the worlds top climate scientists.

Coral reef expert and AMCS advisor Dr Scott Heron said: The worlds top climate scientists have spoken and confirmed we are on a trajectory to lose the Great Barrier Reef unless we do better.

The report shows at 2C warming, we would lose virtually all the worlds coral reefs from 2050 onwards. The loss of the Great Barrier Reef and marine life, not to mention the more than 60,000 jobs it supports, is unfathomable.

The stark reality is that most of the worlds coral reefs, from which over half a billion people benefit, will be lost in the next 30 years even if we limit global warming to 1.5C under the Paris Agreement. But in a 1.5C world, we wont lose them all.

The latest information tells us that to protect half of the worlds coral reefs, we need to limit global temperature rise to 1.2C. This is worth fighting for.

AMCS Reef Campaign Director Imogen Zethoven said: We know our own Great Barrier Reef the worlds largest and most spectacular Reef has suffered a lot lately and will suffer more. But we cannot and we will not give up.

We all share a moral obligation to leave a legacy for future generations, but our current political leaders are blinded by an addiction to fossil fuels.

We must all remind our politicians that their job is to serve us and protect the Great Barrier Reef. Inaction on climate change is stealing from future generations.

Our politicians must rule out new coal mines, rapidly phase out coal and other dirty fossil fuels and fully transition to clean renewable energy. This is the pathway to avoid a world without the Great Barrier Reef.


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Poets To The People Newsletter "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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US one step closer to recession "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

As you know by now, the Federal Reserve raised interest rates again in September, its eighth increase since the rate hike cycle began in 2015.

In his post-announcement press conference, Jerome Powell cited a strong economy, low unemployment, solid growth, etc. He said that Its a particularly bright moment for the economy.

Barring significant developments, the Fed may raise rates again in December and perhaps three times next year.

Meanwhile, the Commerce Department announced last week that second quarter US GDP expanded at a 4.2% annualised rate, confirming the earlier estimate.

On the surface it might look everything is great, that it is a particularly bright moment for the economy. But if you take a hard look behind the numbers, a different picture emerges.

A lot of the cheerleaders say Trumps programs of tax cuts and deregulation will produce persistent trend growth of 34% or higher.

Such growth would break decisively with the weak growth of the Obama years.

It would also make the US debt burden, currently at 105% of GDP, more sustainable if GDP were to grow faster than the national debt.

Theres one problem with the happy talk about 34% growth. Weve seen it all before.

One step forward, two steps back

In 2009, almost every economic forecaster and commentator was talking about green shoots. In 2010, then-Secretary of the Treasury Tim Geithner forecast the recovery summer.

In 2017, the global monetary elites were praising the arrival (at last) of synchronised global growth.

None of this wishful thinking panned out. The green shoots turned brown, the recovery summer never came and the synchronised global growth was over almost as soon as it began.

Any signs of trend growth have been strictly temporary (basically moving growth from one quarter to another through inventory and accounting quirks) and are quickly followed by weaker growth.

In the first quarter of 2015, growth was 3.2%, but by the fourth quarter that year growth had fallen to a near-recession level of 0.5%.

In the third quarter of 2016 growth was 2.8%, but it fell quickly to 1.2% by the first quarter of 2017.

In the third quarter of 2017 growth was 3.2% but then returned to 2.0% by the first quarter of 2018, about the average for the past nine years.

This pattern of temporarily strong growth followed by weak growth has been characteristic of the entire recovery that began in June 2009 and entered its 10th year a few months ago.

In fact, weve seen even more extreme reversals in the recent past.



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Baedeker bombing "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

It seems the cultural vandals of the left have picked up where Hitler left off with his attack on Western civilization. When the tide of war turned he launched his bombers at the great cities of England with their heritage of architecture, especially cathedrals.

We shall go out and bomb every building in Britain marked with three stars in the Baedeker guide.


Climate change: A line in the sand for our species "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has released its special report on limiting warming to 1.5 degrees, and argued strongly that the current two degree target is too dangerous:

At 1.5C the proportion of the global population exposed to water stress could be 50% lower than at 2C, it notes. Food scarcity would be less of a problem and hundreds of millions fewer people, particularly in poor countries, would be at risk of climate-related poverty.

At 2C extremely hot days, such as those experienced in the northern hemisphere this summer, would become more severe and common, increasing heat-related deaths and causing more forest fires.

But the greatest difference would be to nature. Insects, which are vital for pollination of crops, and plants are almost twice as likely to lose half their habitat at 2C compared with 1.5C. Corals would be 99% lost at the higher of the two temperatures, but more than 10% have a chance of surviving if the lower target is reached.

Sea-level rise would affect 10 million more people by 2100 if the half-degree extra warming brought a forecast 10cm additional pressure on coastlines. The number affected would increase substantially in the following centuries due to locked-in ice melt.

Oceans are already suffering from elevated acidity and lower levels of oxygen as a result of climate change. One model shows marine fisheries would lose 3m tonnes at 2C, twice the decline at 1.5C.

Or, to put this in very small words so politicians can understand it: a lot of people are going to die or have their lives made miserable unless you sort this out. The insect result is the worst, and they're basicly saying that two degrees commits us to global famine, and all the instability that brings. Sea-level rise means involuntary migration, and more instability. This is not a pretty future the Olds are building for us, and we need to fight for a better one.

How do we stop it? The report is clear: we need a 45% cut in emissions by 2030, and a reduction to zero by 2050. Which puts James Shaw's wibbling about everyone being "equally unhappy" with his climate change targets on Saturday in perspective: we can't afford his bullshit. Anything other than a target of net zero across all gases is committing to burning the planet. And if a Green climate minister commits to that, he and his party can kiss their jobs goodbye at the next election. I will not vote for any party which promises to destroy the world, and I strongly suspect that feeling will be shared by a significant number of Green supporters.



The hypocrisy of Jacinda Ardern "IndyWatch Feed"

It is a terrible shame that many politicians will not sign up to good policies because they dislike the people championing them. The latest example of this is one that our prime minister should be deeply ashamed of, but ideology always trumps policy (pun absolutely intended) with this shambles of a government. Stuff  has published [] The post The hypocrisy of Jacinda Ardern appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


On the nose Brett Kavanaugh squeezed through as U.S. Supreme Court judge "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

On the nose Brett Kavanaugh squeezed through as U.S. Supreme Court judgeThe clearance by the U.S. Senate of Brett Kavanaugh as a Supreme Court judge has further shown up angry divisions in American society.  read now...


SBS Go back to where you came from: Outrageous war propaganda in Jaqui Lambi episode "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

This article comments on the Australian war propaganda that was used in a recent episode, involving Jaqui Lambi, of "Go back to where you came from" on SBS. It responds to a recent article (republished here) by Vanessa Beeley about very recent massacres conducted by IS, close to a US Army base, which has allowed IS convoys to pass through open desert, unhindered. On 2 October 2018, Mrs Thoraya Um Ammaar was executed on video by IS over two months after she and about 25 other women and children were kidnapped from the Sweida countryside, south of Damascus on July 25th 2018. US Coalition forces remain camped in Al Tanf, 330km to the East. It is simply intolerable that IS can occupy that part of Syrian territory while aggressively threatening anyone who comes near it.
Report by Vanessa Beeley

What makes me particularly angry about this, and the killing of the hostage on October 2nd, is that this week in Australia there has been a huge fuss about a live TV program called Go Back to Where you Came From where numbers of celebrities have gone to some of the most dangerous places in the world to see what it feels like for refugees (those ones who try to escape to Australia)

So where in Syria do you think that two women, one a former anti-Muslim immigration independent Senator, would be taken? Raqqa. And in an event which I begin to think was staged, two days before the program started, an IS sleeper cell started shooting in the area near to where the TV crew was, so they had to be evacuated to Kobane - in Syria!(just under the Turkish border).

This sleeper cell purportedly raised the IS flag from a building not far from the centre of Raqqa, in mid afternoon. How likely is that, or even possible?

At no point in the introduction where we saw the identities being rushed under cover, was....


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The uncivil Mr Jones "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

View from The Hill: The uncivil Mr Jones

Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra

The row over shock jock Alan Jones and what will be displayed on the Sydney Opera House sails about The Everest horse race involves two sets of issues.

One is around whether it is appropriate to use this Sydney icon as an advertising hoarding.

The other is the appalling, but typical, behaviour of Jones and the weak, but probably not surprising, capitulation of NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian to the pressure of the racing industry, which had its arm strengthened by this bullying presenter from 2GB.

The details of the row are now familiar. Racing NSW wanted a full ad for The Everests Tuesday barrier draw on the lit-up sails; the Opera House resisted, saying it would only show the jockeys colours; Jones abused Opera House CEO Louise Herron on air on Friday; the Premier later that day overrode Herron and gave Racing NSW and Jones most of what was being demanded.

The broad question of ads on the Opera House seems to me less important than Jones behaviour and the state governments abject falling into line with the demands made by Racing NSW.

Some people have no problem with the Opera House being used for advertising. They dont subscribe to the view that its low rent to turn this World Heritage structure to commercial purposes, nor do they comprehend the fuss about having it as part of the promotion of a particular (mega rich) horse race as distinct, say, from an Australian national team.

Labor frontbencher Anthony Albanese said on Friday that people should chill out a bit. The fact is that this race is beamed around the world. People do associate Sydney with the Sydney Opera House.

On a unity tic...



Anti-Abortionists Head To High Court For Right To Harass, Abuse Patients and Staff "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Over the weekend, conservatives in America appointed a judge accused of sexual assault to the Supreme Court. Chief on their hit-list is overturning legal precedents like Roe vs Wade, which enshrines the right of women to have access to safe abortions. Meanwhile, in Australia, our anti-abortionists are trying their own legal manoeuvres launching a High Court bid to overturn laws which restrict their ability to abuse and harass women seeking the procedure.

The High Court will tomorrow hear three days of arguments over Victorias safe access zone laws, which were introduced following a Supreme Court challenge by the East Melbourne-based Fertility Control Clinic (FCC) to end decades of harassment by anti-abortionists outside the Melbourne clinic.

That harassment included the murder of security guard Steven Rogers in 2001 by Peter James Knight, who arrived with a high powered rifle to the clinic, intending to massacre the 15 staff and 26 patients. Knight a Christian extremist who was ultimately sentenced to life in prison was disarmed by two bystanders after shooting Rogers in the chest.

The anti-abortionist behind the High Court challenge Melbourne resident and mum of 13, Kathleen Clubb was convicted in 2016 for communicating about abortion to a couple in a manner reasonably likely to cause distress or anxiety outside the Fertility Control Clinic. She was fined $5000. The full bench of the High Court will also consider the case of John Graham Preston, who breached similar laws in Tasmania.

Clubb and Prestons convictions followed the introduction of laws which made it an offence to harass, film or intimidate patients or staff within 150 metres of an abortion clinic. The High Court has been asked to determine whether one part of the laws, which prohibits communications reasonably likely to cause distress or anxiety, is constitutional.

The Fertility Control Clinic, represented pro bono by Maurice Blackburn Lawyers and the Human Rights Law Centre, have both intervened in the case to defend laws that ensure women and staff can access reproductive health services free from abuse. Currently, NSW, the ACT, Northern Territory and Tasmania and Victoria have safe access zone laws. A Bill is currently before the Queensland Parliament to achieve the same laws.

Dr Susie Allanson, who worked as a clinical psychologist at the clinic for 26 years, said the laws had ended decades of harmful abuse and intimidation directed at women and staff outside the clinic.

Before safe access zones, our patients and staff would have to run a gauntlet of anti-abortionists to enter the clinic. Women would turn up scared and noticeably shaken. In some cases, they were too intimidated to attend their follow-up appointments, which had dangerous implications for their health, Dr Allanso...


New Editor In Chief for The Australian "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

This is good news for The Australian. Here's the way The Australian saw it today. Paul Whittaker appointed CEO of Australian News Channel Paul Whittaker has been appointed chief executive officer of Australian News Channel. Picture: John Feder. DARREN DAVIDSON MEDIA EDITOR AN HOUR AGO OCTOBER 8, 2018 NO COMMENTS...


The exception that proves the rule "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

On Friday, the police announced they were charging the secretary of the People's Party with failing to declare donations on time. Great! Parliament has made it clear that they regard this as a crime, and its good to see the police finally enforcing electoral law for once. At the same time, you have to ask: why only the People's Party?

In case anyone has forgotten, the secretary of ACT, Garry Mallett, committed exactly the same offence in 2014, and was duly referred to the police over it. Who then did... nothing. Its as if they have one standard for cimes by people who are in power, and one for people who aren't.

(In case anyone was wondering, its too late to prosecute Mallett now, because politicians wrote themselves a self-serving little time-limit. if the normal rules applied, then it would be a category 2 offence with a 5 year limit for filing charges. its almost as if politicians don't want to be subject to the law like the rest of us dirty peasants...)


Glove Box Guide to Mental Health 2018. "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

The Land and the Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health (CRRMH) have launched the 7th edition of the Glove Box Guide to Mental Health this morning, encouraging rural communities to work together and support each other during tough times.

This year the theme is Let's Work Together and the centre is inviting members of the Orange community to participate in a joint activity showcasing how they work together with their communities to build good mental wellbeing.

RAMHP program manager Tessa Caton said that one of the key aims of the launch is to demonstrate collaboration and lift the community spirit during tough times.

"Community members will have the chance to share their ideas on a large banner about how they work together with their community to build good mental wellbeing," she said. "Following on from the launch, the banner will be displayed in the Orange City Library during Mental Health Month as a reminder to the community about the good things people are doing to support each other and how they intend to support each other in the future."

This year's Guide provides practical information and education including online therapies and information on mental well-being tools and apps, as well as tips and strategies on how to stay mentally healthy. Readers can also find relevant stories and information on topics relating to youth, workplaces and communities.Personal stories throughout the Guide touch on what it feels like to struggle with a mental illness and why seeking help is so important.

Glove-Box guide to Mental Health launches today (The Land)

Launch Press Release


Governments honeymoon just about over "IndyWatch Feed"

In the 2018 Herald Mood of the Boardroom survey, business leaders have had their chance to rate the new government, and in spite of some in the media trying to put a positive spin on it, the results are not spectacular at all. A newspaper  reports: quote: The Coalition has worked to expectations according to [] The post Governments honeymoon just about over appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Australia wants refugees to die "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Australia is currently detaining hundreds of refugees in a concentration camp on Nauru. Being detained indefinitely without hope pretty obviously causes mental health issues, and self-harm and attempts at suicide are regular occurances. To some extent, this problem is mitigated by NGO Mdecins Sans Frontires, which provides counselling to Australia's gulag victims. But now, the Nauruan regime has ordered them to leave:

Naurus government has ordered Mdecins Sans Frontires (MSF) to stop work there immediately, despite a physical and mental health crisis in the country.

The medical NGO has been providing psychological and psychiatric services to residents, asylum seekers and refugees on the island since late 2017.

MSF staff wrote to its clients on Saturday to tell them it could no longer offer them treatment because of an order from Naurus health minister, who said the its services were no longer required on the island.

MSF said in its letter that the order meant its mental health activities in Nauru must stop, effective today, Saturday, 6th of October.

The Nauruan regime has not given a reason for this decision, but its pretty obvious: because Australia wants them to. MSF referrals are key to refugees winning cases in Australian courts to be transferred there for urgent medical care (which cannot be provided by Nauru's inadequate medical system). No more doctors means no more referrals, and no more refugees entering Australia. As with "Nauru's" decision to ban the media, we will no doubt find Australia's sticky fingers all over this.

Of course, kicking out MSF effectively means prohibiting refugees from receiving proper medical care, a decision which will inevitably cost lives. But Australia and its puppet regime in Nauru don't care about that. They want refugees to kill themselves, or die miserable deaths due to inadequate care, pour encourager les autres.

This decision is pure, unmitigated evil. And both the Australian and Nauruan governments should go to The Hague for it.


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The Warmists Are Starting to Sweat "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Over the next week the report being finalised at a United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), meeting in Korea, will see an outpouring of alarmist material.  Doom-laden factoids and forecasts will be released, all designed to head off an impending collapse in the consensus that reached its apogee in the Obama era.

Culminating in the 2015 Paris Agreement, an EU-US axis led policy development on regulatory measures to bear down on the use of coal and other fossil fuels to the electricity supply industry and replacing these sources with wind and solar.

Theres not the slightest evidence any of the claimed adverse outcomes will occur anywhere but in their advocates imaginations. Indeed, over the past 40 years, during which time greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere have increased 30%, we have seen the planet greening by 11%, with all this implies for agricultural productivity, Meanwhile, hurricane activity has actually fallen, contrary to what the climate careerists would have us believe.

There has been no increase in drought or warming-induced fires.  Slogans about permanently lower rainfall were promoted by the icons of the left. You know the shtick: the dams will never again fill, the Murray Darling will never again flow as it once did ad nauseam. Professor Ross Garnaut even said the Murray Basin would not support irrigated agriculture 50 years on.  All of these are shown, as events unfold, to be just so much hype, but the warmista warriors barely pause for breath before alighting upon the latest weather anomaly, whatever it might be, as being the precursor of a deadly new trend.

If Australia fully abandons the Paris Agreement and the subsidies and regulatory restraints that it encompasses, this would staunch the flow of Australian investment to the US and encourage investment from other countries to these shores. Perhaps of more importance as an electoral play, abandoning all subsidies to all renewables will allow Australia to reclaim the position of the worlds cheapest household electricity supply a position we held 15 years ago before the renewable energy poison pushed us into becoming the worlds dearest.

Such a strategy is quite possibly the main chance of the Morrison government getting itself re-elected.

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Kavanaugh Post Script "IndyWatch Feed"

Now that the dust is starting to settle I had expected to see some commentary predicting what the Democrats' next move might be in the lead up to the mid term election is less than a month.

To my surprise, there has been precious little such commentary.  It's as though both sides for the time being have gone home for a rest.  For what it's worth, I doubt the Democrats will learn much from this major defeat at the hand of their nemesis President.  While some are muttering dark words about the grubby lawyer who brought in the late claims of gang rape it seems that the Democrats will continue with more of the same.

An indication of this is this morning's lunatic article at Real Clear Politics in which the author blames the Kavanaugh confirmation AND the 2016 election result on Russian interference.

When I saw the headline, I thought it was satire.

"Russians Helped GOP Steal 2016 Election & the Supreme Court"

Turns out it is not satire but the dopey author ran out of steam before he had completed even half a page.

The next two weeks of opinion polls should be interesting.


A sign will fix it "IndyWatch Feed"

Our work offices recently moved to a new building, and we now have unisex toilets. Separate cubicles that are shared by men and women. Can you guess where this is going? It wasnt long before the complaints started about the sharing of said facilities. Skid marks in the bowl, wet toilet seats, and puddles on [] The post A sign will fix it appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Shaw will be happy when we are all miserable "IndyWatch Feed"

Climate Change Minister James Shaw says that he will be happy if  the rest of us are equally unhappy with the final state of the Zero Carbon Bill.  That is so comforting to know. Newshub reports: Quote. More than 15,000 submissions were made on the proposed Bill. More than 90 percent [mostly from Greenpeace] said [] The post Shaw will be happy when we are all miserable appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Classic Radio Comedy: Im sorry Ill read that again Canterbury Tales "IndyWatch Feed"

Classic BBC Radio comedy with John Cleese,Tim Brooke-Taylor,Bill Oddie, Graeme Garden

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