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Tuesday, 13 November

08:31

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

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

08:29

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

by Dee McLachlan 

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

The Prime Minister in his Apology, said,

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

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

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

THE SURVEY...

08:26

They Made Mince Meat of Shakespeare "IndyWatch Feed National"

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

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

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

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

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

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

The complete works did not...

08:11

Callout: guest fiction editor "IndyWatch Feed National"

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

06:00

Yes: one year on "IndyWatch Feed National"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Michelle and Rhondas story

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

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

...

04:04

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

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

02:37

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

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

02:12

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

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

The post HPV vaccines: My daughters lost years appeared first on Health Nut News.

01:52

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

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

01:28

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

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

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

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

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

2018: 10 die in two blazes

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

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

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

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

2017: 42 dead in California

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

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

2016: 13 killed in tourist area

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

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

2013: 19...

01:24

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

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

01:08

Prehistoric giant Australian Megalania lizards "IndyWatch Feed National"

This 11 November 2018 video says about itself:

When Giant Lizards Ruled Australia Megalania

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

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Monday, 12 November

23:17

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Who loses? Society- and ESP our children.

22:10

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The post Turkey claims Greece tries to misappropriate Libyas Exclusive Economic Zone appeared first on Keep Talking Greece.

21:13

Vietnam ratifies Pacific trade pact "IndyWatch Feed National"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It covers many rapidly growing economies that account...

20:45

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

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

The post Stablecoins Are a Game Changer, Says Aussie Crypto Exchange Founder appeared first on CCN

19:39

Zero hour "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

I hopped off the ferry in New Farm today to take a look at what's going down on the new wharves.


Howard Smith Wharves are set to open imminently which is a cool addition for the area.


Just one of several projects boosting the inner suburbs of Brisbane over the next few years.

19:01

Crucifying Julian Assange "IndyWatch Feed National"

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

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

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

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

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

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

18:43

Labor Pushes For Senate Inquiry Into LGBTIQ Discrimination In Schools "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Federal Labor are moving a Senate inquiry to scrutinise the federal governments draft bill to ban discrimination against gay students in religious schools, as advocates call on the LGBTIQ community to give their views on the issue. Following the leaking of parts of the Ruddock religious freedom review last month, it emerged a little-known legal ...

The post Labor Pushes For Senate Inquiry Into LGBTIQ Discrimination In Schools appeared first on QNews Magazine.

17:41

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

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

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

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

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

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

17:08

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

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

17:00

Sunshine Coast Pelagic November 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Providence Petrel

We departed Mooloolaba Marina at 6.25am on Sunday November 11, 2018 under sunny skies with an unusually cool south-easterly (for this time of year) that kept up for the rest of the day at 10-15 knots. As we headed east we encountered a few small groups of migrating Short-tailed Shearwaters heading south and several Wedge-tailed Shearwaters before coming across an unusual congregation of four Pomarine Jaegers over the Barwon Banks.

Pomarine Jaeger flock
We stopped over the shelf at 9am in 600m, 32 nautical miles offshore (26.42.645 S; 153.42.689E), where we began laying a berley trail. A mild swell of about a metre and a small chop in the sea with steady winds made for pleasant conditions. We saw our first Providence Petrel shortly before stopping and quite a few were about out there, although it is getting late in the year for this species.

...

16:43

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

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

16:09

We are taking a huge leap "IndyWatch Feed National"

We are feeling the fear and doing it anyway!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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14:20

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

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14:15

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

Contributed by Jim Hayes

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

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

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

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

Family letter sent to Channel 9

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

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

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

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

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

14:03

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

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

12:56

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

12:45

Dreamtime Divas And Comedian Steven Oliver Headlining Brown Sugar Dance Party "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

The Dreamtime Divas Lasey Dunaman and Nova Gina are set to electrify Brisbane as the headline act at this years Brown Sugar dance party on November 30. The annual event, organised by the garbandjeelum network and IndigiLez, brings together the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and LGBTIQ+ Sistergirl and Brotherboy communities in a ...

The post Dreamtime Divas And Comedian Steven Oliver Headlining Brown Sugar Dance Party appeared first on QNews Magazine.

12:35

PFLAG Toowoomba Hosting Special Event For Families And Allies Of LGBTIQ Youth "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Peer support group PFLAG Toowoomba is hosting a free information evening next week to benefit parents, families and supporters of LGBTIQ+ young people. The seminar, Supporting LGBTIQ+ youth: keeping our children safe and well, will focus on youth mental health and will hear from two experienced psychologists from the Lady Cilento Childrens Hospital, Olivia Donaghy and ...

The post PFLAG Toowoomba Hosting Special Event For Families And Allies Of LGBTIQ Youth appeared first on QNews Magazine.

12:23

The Young Dancer is Dead "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

In the early evening of November 7th, 1993 (25 years ago last Wednesday); a group of aboriginal teenagers were hanging out in Musgrave Park. One of them was Daniel Boonie Yock, an 18 year old who performed around Brisbane with the Wakka Wakka dance troupe.

The boys in the park did something to attract the attention of a police car according to the police behaving in a disorderly manner. The car approached them and the boys ran.

Why did they run? We dont know. Maybe they were carrying yarndi or alcohol. A later report indicated Daniel had both in his system. Maybe it was just adrenaline. Maybe it was because of a long-standing and well-documented history of police violence against aboriginal people in Queensland.

Whatever reason it was, they took off in the direction of Boundary Street. Even for fit young dancers though its hard to outrun a police car; and on the corner of Brereton and Boundary Streets (near where the Coles supermarket is now), the cops caught up with the boys. Two were arrested, but Daniel Yock in particular came in for rough treatment.

Exactly what happened is disputed by different sources. Police claimed Daniel picked a stake out of the ground and threatened them, though the Criminal Justice Commission later concluded it is more probable than not that Yock did not have a free stake in his hand. He was definitely tackled to the ground and handcuffed by a police officer. One of the boys present told the Commission his face hit a rock as he went down. Two said they saw a female police officer kick Daniel in the head while he was held down.

Most of the boys kept running, but Daniel and ...

12:19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

11:37

La Boites 2019 Season Is A Beautiful Collision Of Incredible History And Future Vision "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Isnt there something extraordinary about going to the theatre? When the lights dim, the audience hush, and then suddenly being transported to another world? Well, Brisbane we have a little hidden gem right here. At 94 years young, La Boite is Australias longest continuously running theatre. From humble beginnings as the Brisbane Repertory Theatre ...

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10:12

Love, Simon Director Greg Berlanti To Helm Rock Hudson Biopic "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Gay Hollywood heartthrob Rock Hudson is getting a big-screen biopic. Universal Pictures has picked up the rights to Mark Griffins biography of the actor, All That Heaven Allows: A Biography of Rock Hudson, and are planning to adapt the book into a film directed by Greg Berlanti, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Hudson was a ...

The post Love, Simon Director Greg Berlanti To Helm Rock Hudson Biopic appeared first on QNews Magazine.

09:35

Tis the season for resurfacing roadworks "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Riders should be aware that spring and summer is the season for resurfacing roadworks in most southern areas because the warmer weather makes asphalt more stable and easier to compact.

NSW alone has more than 175km of road resurfacing scheduled over the next few months. However, asphalt resurfacing occurs all year round in Queensland, north NSW and northern parts of South Australia and Western Australia.

Roads and Maritime Service Regional Maintenance Director John Dinan says asphalting work starting this month includes the Ballina Bypass (Pacific Highway), the Bruxner Highway near Alstonville, Pacific Highway where to intersects with the Oxley Highway, and at Coffs Harbour.

Oxley crashes

Oxley Highway campaigner Ken Healey says lazy road crew left heaps of gravel on six corners with no warning, causing five riders to crash over the weekend.

10 reasons you should ride to Save the Oxley temporary repairs resurfacingKen Healey

Lazy bastards think its funny, Ken says.

Caused five riders to come down on the weekend. Three on Saturday and two on Sunday.

One needed the helicopter due to a broken leg.

Ken warned riders recently of the roadwork angers.

You should always ride to the conditions, but be particularly cautious if you see any evidence of recent roadworks activity, whether there is a sign or not.

Dangers for ridersRoadworks etiquette Resurfacing Roadworks

Poor roads, inferior roadworks and...

09:07

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

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Former AFL player Chris Yarran charged after bizarre crime rampage .

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

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08:51

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

[Editors note: Extracts from three articles.]

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

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

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

08:42

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


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

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

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


(Source: supplied)

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

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

08:03

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

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

07:06

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

 

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

06:29

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

Contributed by Joe Montero

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

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

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

The war came to a sudden end in 1918, because it contributed to revolution in Russia and had lost the support of the people i9n the home turf of the empires. Germany was heading for revolution and its economy was in ruins.  its leaders were forced to surrender. The Irish Easter uprising had an impact on Britain. Soldiers in all the armies were increasingly refusing to fight, and sometimes turning their guns on their own officers.

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

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

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

06:17

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

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

05:52

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

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

05:06

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

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

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

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

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

Ocean impact

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

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

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

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

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

04:27

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



Published on Nov 8, 2018

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

02:30

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

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

01:31

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

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

01:14

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

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

00:35

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

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

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23:04

The Indicted and the Dead "IndyWatch Feed National"

To be law-abiding and breathing: These are, generally speaking, two commendable qualifications for a candidate to meet when seeking public office. But, as our republic occasionally reminds us, they are not requirements.

For the indicted and the dead have been elected before, and likely will be again. This past election was no different, providing several notable examples of criminal defendants being elected to office, as well as a congressman who sued an elderly constituent for defamation. And, of course, this list would not be complete without the dead pimp who won a race in Nevada.

While it is unusual for such candidates to win elections, it is not unheard of, particularly in Congress. Analysis found that at least 25 sitting congressmen since 1987 have been elected despite being under indictment.

Rep. Chris Collins (R), 27th District of New York: Indicted

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Despite being under indictment on federal insider trading charges, incumbent Republican Chris Collins narrowly defeated his Democratic opponent Nate McMurray by 2,910 votes, or 1.1 percent of the vote.

According to prosecutors, Collins learned of failed drug trials involving Innate, an Australian biotech firm, then immediately called his son to tell him to sell $1.4 million in company stock. Collins was captured on video making the call during a June 22 congressional picnic on the White House lawn. At the time, Collins was already the subject of an ethics investigation because of his dealings with Innate.

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22:50

Full Moon November 2018 Meaning "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

The Full Moon November 2018 Astrology and spiritual meaning, known as the full beaver moon or frost moon. from psychic medium Ian Scott

The post Full Moon November 2018 Meaning appeared first on Thrive On News Spiritual Magazine.

22:41

World leaders gather in Paris a century after WWI armistice "IndyWatch Feed National"

Netanyahu one of around 70 leaders attending French commemoration to mark 100 years since the end of the conflict

Times of Israel and AFP

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, and his wife Sara, second right, are greeted by French President Emmanuel Macron, left, and his wife Brigitte Macron as they arrive at the Elysee Palace in Paris to participate in a World War I Commemoration Ceremony, November 11, 2018 (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, and his wife Sara, second right, are greeted by French President Emmanuel Macron, left, and his wife Brigitte Macron as they arrive at the Elysee Palace in Paris to participate in a World War I Commemoration Ceremony, November 11, 2018 (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

World leaders gathered in Paris led global commemorations on Sunday to mark 100 years since the end of World War I at a time of growing nationalism and diplomatic tensions.

Around 70 leaders including US and Russian presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin were marking the centenary of the 1918 Armistice in the French capital starting at 11 a.m. local time (1000 GMT).

Ceremonies in New Zealand, Australia, India, Hong Kong and Myanmar marked the start of the memorial events worldwide for a conflict that involved millions of troops from colonized countries in Asia and Africa.

The leaders of Commonwealth nations whose forces were deployed under British command 100 years ago also sounded a message of peace and hope for the world in the new century.

This was a war in which India was not directly involved yet our soldiers fought world over, just for the cause of peace, said Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Twitter on Sunday.

For our tomorrows, they gave their today, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison told people gathered at the Remembrance Day national ceremony in Canberra.

The Paris commemorations, centered on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier beneath the Arc de T...

20:26

Camille Paglia: It's time for a new map of the gender world "IndyWatch Feed National"

I discovered Camille Paglia's work when I was pursuing my undergraduate arts education at The University of Adelaide, South Australia, in the early 2000s. I was deeply disillusioned with the courses in my arts degree and their monomaniacal focus on social constructionism, and was looking for criticism of Michel Foucault on the internet. I stumbled across a 1991 op-ed written by Paglia for The New York Times, in which she described the followers of Lacan, Derrida and Foucault, as "fossilized reactionaries," and "the perfect prophets for the weak, anxious academic personality." I was hooked. It wasn't long before I discovered that my university's library contained each of her books, including the essay collections Vamps and Tramps and Sex, Art and American Culture. For the final year of my arts degree, (before pursuing my studies in psychology) I spent the bulk of my time at the university reading Paglia in the library. She was like a revelation. Her work was subversive but erudite,...

19:52

The Moon Completely Flipped on the Other Side of the World, And Everyone Is Freaking Out "IndyWatch Feed National"

Sure, there are a lot of small interesting things about the universe we call home but a lot of them go overlooked. For instance, did you ever stop to think about the moon and how its flipped on the other side of the world?

If you live in the Northern Hemisphere youre used to the way the moon looks for you so if you were to travel anywhere in the Southern hemisphere you would notice quite the difference. For instance, you might feel quite odd about the moon if you were looking at it from Australia as it would not look the same. The moon would literally be upside down in comparison to what youre used to seeing.

The constellations also do this but are not as dramatic of a change. If you were somehow able to walk from one hemisphere to the other you could even see the moon changing and rotating from one way to the next. Basically, this happens because the Southern hemisphere of our planet is upside down compared to the Northern hemisphere.

Jake Clark an astronomer from the University of Southern Queensland in Australia told Science Alert as follows on this topic:

From our perspective, the Moon and the night sky, is actually rotated 180 degrees compared to our Northern Hemispherical friends,

In the south we see the Moons dark Oceanus Procellarum sea in the south-east corner compared to in the north-west corner for a northern observer.

Next time youre planning a holiday travel to a country near the equator during a crescent moon, when the Moon sets it will look like a smiling face,

It depends upon where youre located on Earth but generally the constellations we see in the Southern Hemisphere are rotated again by 180 degrees compared to the Northern Hemisphere,

In Australia, Orions leg and belt is commonly known as The Saucepan, at it looks like a big old cooking pot!

This might not sound like much but if youve never stopped to think about it, it might be quite mind-blowing. What do you think about things like this? I for one find them to be quite fascinating.

 

19:38

Leaders meet in Dubai as World Economic Forums prelude to Davos begins "IndyWatch Feed National"

The World Economic Forums (WEF) Annual Meeting of the global future councils began in Dubai on Sunday, with the UAEs Minister of Cabinet Affairs Mohammed Al Gergawi gave the opening remarks at the

The WEF conference is attended by more than 600 members from government, academia, civil society and business, as well as other fields. The conference will address global, regional and geopolitical issues and explore topics related to the fourth industrial revolution.

Most of the forums sessions will be off-record and not attended by the media, with talks targeting globalization and preparing for the future.

The speakers at the sessions will include Former Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, and Norwegian Diplomat Terje Roed-Larsen.

The WEF event is a warm up to the WEF Annual Meeting in Davos in 2019, where it will shape its agenda based on the outcome and talks at the sessions.

Arab News

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1402861/middle-east

17:39

Robots will soon match humans in creativity, emotional intelligence "IndyWatch Feed National"

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

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

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

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

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

The on...

17:24

How to fight the toxic culture wars and win "IndyWatch Feed National"

My book review appears in the Weekend Australian newspaper with the great headline: What did you do in the culture wars, daddy-o?:

As soon as Donald Trump unexpectedly won the White House in 2016, commentators and instant experts claimed it was because of economic anxiety. White, working-class Americans voted for the Republican candidate in greater numbers than Hillary Clinton, and the narrative was set: ignorant and insecure voters reportedly had backed the reality TV star because they feared losing their jobs and being discarded by globalisation and free trade. This thesis was only partly true.

In April, Stanford University political scientist Diana Mutz published a study that debunked the myth. In this election, she concluded, education represented group status threat rather than being left behind economically. Those who felt that the hierarchy was being upended with whites discriminated against more than blacks, Christians discriminated against more than Muslims, and men discriminated against more than women were most likely to support Trump.

Australian writer Jeff Sparrow succinctly explains in Trigger Warnings how Trump cleverly skewered his political enemies by appealing to their anger at the elite political and media classes (despite being a member of the elite himself). By damning political correctness without ever describing what it meant, Sparrow explains, Trump convinced his opponents into calling for decorum, at a time when his supporters wanted to scream their rage. Trump and his advisers read the mood of the country well and rode it to victory.

Trigger Warnings is a rare book that takes a necessary scalpel to the leftist political persuasion of its author as much as, if not more than, the right-wing agenda he opposes. Near the beginning, Sparrow outlines the bald facts of 21st-century life. With the worlds eight richest billionaires controlling as much as the poorest half of the planets population a historian of the future might assume that the Left was ascendant: that the injustice under which the planet groaned would be fuelling radical ideas and egalitarian alternatives to the status quo. Such a historian would be wrong.

What follows is a potted history of how phrases such as political correctness and culture wars originated and how they have been weaponised today by the Right in ways that largely have trapped the Left, unsure how to respond. Sparrow writes that although right-winge...

16:54

Indigenous science goes far beyond boomerangs and spears "IndyWatch Feed National"

How did the Dyirabal People learn to detoxify cycads? How did the Mithaka People learn to detoxify nardoo?

16:30

Automatic Medical Data Transfer For 17 Million Australians, A Dangerous Game "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Tacit Agreement is what is being manipulated with this agenda. They force the opt-out knowing most will not, but when it comes to your medical data, you need to pay attention to the following move by the body corporate to have all your data transferred from the protection offered by the realm, into the hands of the private corporations.
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15:31

Pastor Brian Houston of Hillsongs love of money "IndyWatch Feed National"

 

Pastor Brian Houston sure loves money as this funny satirical video from The Chaser, an Australian comedy show, portrays.

Brian has even written a book about money entitled, You Need More Money.

Pastor Brian Houston. The riches of Egypt havent made him happy. Hes on medication and an inner mess.

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14:56

Jo Nova on the impending power price tsunami. "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Tsunamis can start small, a barely perceptible ripple offshore, then they break on land and all hell breaks out. One of the ripples of the power price tsunami came a few months ago when a small recycling firm in Adelaide closed with 40 jobs. There were other signs of course and bigger ones but this one got a bit of news cover and it had human scale.

The silence of the business community is surprising, or have I missed it? I dont mean the firms that are making money out of the scam, but the myriad of places with ovens and freezers like the baker who Judith met in Queensland. The one whose power bill went from 30K to 120K.

At last it seems that a leader in small business has roused from his torpor and said something.

This is the biggest business crisis Ive seen in my lifetime, said Peter Strong, chief executive of the Council of Small Business Australia. The GFC was managed and it affected everybody, but this is only Australia and we cannot see a solution.

What were hearing is terrible. Were seeing closures have already started, I fully expect there will be more closures and staff put off. When youre running a small supermarket, where do you find an extra $70,000?
Well said Peter Strong. But be careful what you wish for. He seems to admire the Finkel proposals. And he blames Tony Abbott and the pesky backbenchers for the painful and protracted paralysis of power policy. Better to blame the RET Peter!

Reflexively abusing Tony Abbott is a bit like blaming Trump or GW Bush or John Howard every time something goes wrong.

But wait, who launched the RET?

PS. Some other things that I cant allow to pass without comment. He seems to think that the GFC was managed, is he referring to the needless plunge into serious debt that Kevin and Ken engineered? Does he really think it is only Australia with power price problems. Has he never heard of Germany and all the other places with RETs?

Be strong Peter, be prepared to mobilise your membership and their employees to generate serious concern and political clout and above all be prepared to find out what is the real root of the problem.

PPS. Tell them that Daniel Andrews deliberately closed Hazelwood and tell them before they vote in the Victorian election!

UPDATE. Calling out Clive Palmer, a nice comment by a Jo Nova threadster.

Ted OBrien November 11, 2018 at 2:19 pm

John, from this site we saw the AGW world wide propaganda machine double its effort after Abbotts landslide election win in 2013. But a protest vote had...

10:28

And The Wheels Of The Bus Go Round And Round, But Scottie Morrison Doesnt Notice "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

The wheels on the bus go round and round, round and round, round and round. The wheels on the bus go round and round, all through the town. Scott Morrison has been doing his best to help Victorian Liberal Leader in the election campaign by spending his time travelling round Queensland on a bus and avoiding

The post And The Wheels Of The Bus Go Round And Round, But Scottie Morrison Doesnt Notice appeared first on The AIM Network.

10:14

100 years ago today the guns went silent. Lest We Forget "IndyWatch Feed National"

100 years ago today the St George's Cross was proudly flown in England. What have we done? What did they die for? Lest We Forget.

09:55

The importance of ethics in Indigenous research "IndyWatch Feed National"

Research ethics are part of the swag of outputs I am required complete in my day to day job of being a researcher.

09:03

Interview: Power Ledgers Jemma Green on Using Blockchain to Power the World "IndyWatch Feed National"

Power Ledger, whose mission is to deliver peer-to-peer electricity to people through the blockchain, has been knocking it out of the park this year in terms of global recognition. The Australia-based company has thrust the blockchain into the spotlight, scoring a recent win in Sir Richard Bransons Extreme Tech Challenge (XTC) on Necker Island. In

The post Interview: Power Ledgers Jemma Green on Using Blockchain to Power the World appeared first on CCN

07:00

Fusion Whisky and Adelphi Distillery Launch Whisky on the Blockchain "IndyWatch Feed National"

Fusion Whisky and the Adelphi Distillery have announced the launch of The Winter Queen their latest product to use blockchain technology to track its provenance.

The Winter Queen Marries 17th Century Royalty with 21st Century Tech

It is not only finance that blockchain technology has the potential to disrupt. Other industries are rapidly making moves to explore the innovations implications. One of these is the whisky distillation and distribution sector.

Fusion Whisky have joined forces with the Adelphi Distillery to launch a special blend called The Winter Queen. Each bottle of the special edition whisky will be registered on the blockchain. This will allow buyers to be sure that the product they receive is exactly what the makers claim it to be.

The Winter Queen is the second whisky from either firm to use such a distribution method. The previous one was an Australian blend by Fusion Whisky called The Brisbane. It was released in March of this year. Adelphi has also launched two editions of its own AD spirit on the blockchain.

The blend launched today is also the second time The Winter Queen has been released. The previous occasion was in February of this year. This edition is to celebrate the coronation of Elizabeth Stuart, a Scottish princess crowned Queen of Bohemia in the seventeenth century. The whisky itself is said to have echoes of Parma Violets (a popular U.K. candy) and highland toffee, whilst retaining a smokey finish.

Master blender and managing director of Adelphi Distillery, Alex Bruce, spoke to BQ Live about the decision to use blockchain technology to distribute the second release of the spirit:

Such was the success of and acclaim for The Winter Queen, we were very keen to bring out another edition. This is our most complex fusion to date, with more than six different malt whiskies going into the blend.

The idea behind releasing whisky using blockchain technology is to allow its drinker to check the provenance of their liquor for themselves. It is supposed to let them see the whiskys journey from field to bottle. Further details about the history of Elizabeth Stuart are also provided on the entry to the distributed ledger....

Saturday, 10 November

17:15

ADVISORY-Court order on media coverage of Melbourne knife attacker story - Thomson Reuters Foundation "IndyWatch Feed National"

ADVISORY-Court order on media coverage of Melbourne knife attacker storyThomson Reuters FoundationNov 10 (Reuters) - The following stories are now subject to a media suppression and take down order by an Australian court. The stories will be reissued with the statements subject to the order removed. An alert and urgent timed at 05:06:41. USN ...and more 

13:41

Melbourne knife attacker inspired by Islamic State, police say - Thomson Reuters Foundation "IndyWatch Feed National"

Melbourne knife attacker inspired by Islamic State, police sayThomson Reuters FoundationMELBOURNE, Nov 10 (Reuters) - A Somali-born man who set fire to a truck laden with gas cylinders in the centre of Melbourne and fatally stabbed one person was inspired by Islamic State but did not have direct links with the group, Australian police ...November 9, 2018 - TwitterTwitterall 2,756 news articles 

12:32

Melbourne attacker inspired by Islamic State - Australian police - Thomson Reuters Foundation "IndyWatch Feed National"

Melbourne attacker inspired by Islamic State - Australian policeThomson Reuters FoundationMELBOURNE, Nov 10 (Reuters) - A man who set fire to a gas-laden truck in the centre of Melbourne and fatally stabbed one person before he was shot by police was inspired by Islamic State but did not have direct links with the group, Australian police ...and more 

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Melbourne attacker's brother arrested last year - police - Thomson Reuters Foundation "IndyWatch Feed National"

Melbourne attacker's brother arrested last year - policeThomson Reuters FoundationSYDNEY, Nov 10 (Reuters) - A man who killed one person in a terrorist attack in the Australian city of Melbourne was known to police and was the brother of a man arrested on terror charges last year, Australian police said on Saturday. The Somali-born ...and more 

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