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Sunday, 22 July


Freedom Flotilla Update: Sicilian Mayor Famous For Taking Down Mafia Renames Port In Honour Of Yasser Arafat "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Mayor of Palermo, a town in Southern Italy, has this week renamed a section of the sea front in honour of famed Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat to mark the arrival of the Freedom Flotilla in Sicily, a global movement aimed at breaking Israels decade long naval blockade of the Palestinian sea port of Gaza.

The Freedom Flotilla Coalition which includes New Matilda editor Chris Graham, on board as a journalist covering the mission arrived in Palermo on Monday July 16, to prepare for the final leg of a two month voyage across Europe, to Gaza.

Mayor Leoluca Orlando famous for taking on the Sicilian mafia, and winning made the announcement this week at a function at the Biblioteca comunale di Palermo, in the presence of Ambassador of the State of Palestine in Italy and Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Dr Mai Alkaila.

Mayor Orlando said the international communitys silence on the oppression of Palestinians was a time of terrible shame.

Ive decided to dedicate the sea front of Palermo to Yasser Arafat, he said.

More than three-dozen Palestinian supporters from countries all over the world including New Zealand, Malaysia, Canada, America, France, Germany, Italy Denmark and Sweden will leave over the weekend to make the final voyage from Palermo to Gaza.

The journey is expected to take up to 10 days.

There are four boats participating Al Awda, Freedom To Gaza, Falestine and Mairead. Three of them will attempt to break the naval blockade of Gaza in the next week, amid renewed violence in the region.

In eight years from 2008 through 2016, international activists have sailed 31 boats to challenge the Israeli naval blockade of Gaza.

Mayor Orlando formally invited the Freedom Flotilla Coalition to base itself in Palermo in future years to prepare for the final leg of the sail to Gaza.

The post Freedom Flotilla Update: Sicilian Mayor Famous For Taking Down Mafia Renames Port In Honour Of Yasser Arafat appeared first on New Matilda.

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Saturday, 21 July


Writers Block: The Way Is Closed, Because Youre Not Like Me "IndyWatch Feed National"

Prevention is not always better than the cure, particularly if it limits what people can say and, more importantly, write. Doug Ross explains.

Writing competitions in Australia are a relatively unknown and unconsidered part of the national culture, despite their role as a conduit for ideas and discussions relating to the Australian experience.

Whether they celebrate fiction, non-fiction, essays or poetry, writing competitions also play a vital role in giving writers of all ages an incentive to write. There is only one thing that stops a writer from doing what they love, and that is insecurity in all its forms.

A fear of the blank page is a fear every writer knows well. Nothing spurs them on like an authority telling them what to write about and in how many words to write it. It takes them back to the security of the exam room, when the rules were clear, the time limit verbalised by the examiner, and the way forward signposted.

It is sometimes the case that a writing competition paves the way towards a book deal, and like a tug boat, guides writers sluggish hides into the exclusive port that is the world of publishers that they oh so want to be a part of but are too scared (or lack the connections) to enter.

The Horne Prize is an increasingly illustrious essay competition, named after acclaimed writer Donald Horne, who was known for his deep explorations of the Australian experience. The competition is run through Schwartz Media (The Monthly, Black Inc., The Saturday Paper) and is sponsored by Aesop, hence the hefty and catalysing $15,000 first prize.

The judging table is also surrounded by notables of Australias media and literary scenes (apart from the obligatory corporate inclusion of an Aesop executive).

Each year The Horne Prize provides a space for the exploration of a single theme: Australian life a vast, generic but inclusive theme that immediately calls to mind a great expanse of Australian desert or the many folds of sand along an expansive coastline. The manifestations of thought made possible by the theme continue to attract large numbers of submissions, all guided by a call for contemplation, self-reflection (self in all its constructions) and empathetic exploration.

But this year is different for writers interested in The Horne Prize. Three guidelines, singular to this years competition, have officially popped up as stern warnings painted on the wall to those about to explore their caves of thought. The competition will not consider:

  • Essays by non-Indigenous writers about the experiences of First Nations Australians;
  • Essays by cis writers about the experiences of those in the LGBTQI community;
  • Any other writing that purports to...


Time for Bill Shorten to stop lying about the Emma Husar bullying fraud investigation "IndyWatch Feed National"

Federal Labor leader Bill Shorten is in a lot of trouble with his claim that he was only made aware of the bullying and fraud allegations against federal MP Emma Husar when he was approached recently by BuzzFeed News journalist Alice Workman. It is totally unbelievable, and it has already been reported he knew last []


MACKAY He asked for jail to get away from wife "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Malay House - Underwood "IndyWatch Feed"

Been seeing quite a few photos on insta about the newly opened Malay House, over in the increasingly bustling shopping hub that is Underwood Marketplace. Having read Brisvegustation's detailed post about the restaurant, I decided to go for an early lunch while their opening specials were still on.

Arriving just past 11.30am on a Saturday, I was pleased to get a table without waiting, especially as a queue formed roughly 15 minutes after we were seated. Having said that, the restaurant was definitely quite small and could probably not accommodate more than 30~40 people.



Undue Affluence: The Free Riders Who Benefit From Union Bargaining Without Paying Fees "IndyWatch Feed National"

In Australia, unions routinely negotiate better worker wages and conditions, while those who benefit avoid paying for the service, write Giri Sivaraman and Jim Stanford.

Free market ideology dictates that you rarely get something for nothing in the private sector. That is, it seems, unless youre the beneficiary of improved working rights and conditions secured by a union, the only private sector entities forced to provide their services to those that dont pay their way.

Self-professed free market evangelist and US president Donald Trump perfectly illustrated the double standard in his tweeted response to the US Supreme Court Janus union case ruling in June this year. That decision overturned 41 years of settled law allowing public sector unions to collect agency fees from non-union members who benefit from union-negotiated collective agreements

Trump seems oblivious to the irony of forcing unions to act in a manner contrary to other free market players. Where else in the private sector are organisations prevented from charging for services they provide that benefit others?

This week at its annual congress, the ACTU vigorously debated this and other issues as it looks to the future of enterprise bargaining and how to deal with this and other bizarre and unsustainable restrictions on unions.

In most cases law and law-makers generally recognise that the viability of any entity depends on being able to charge for the goods and services it provides. Yet unions in Australia have for most of recent history been legally compelled to carry all free riders.

In the early 2000s a number of Australian unions successfully negotiated bargaining fees into collective agreements. However the High Court soon put a stop to that in the Electrolux decision in 2004, upholding a Howard government measure prohibiting such fees as being somehow outside of the employment relationship.

Such judgments pay little regard to the immense resources unions put into bargaining an enterprise agreement. The results speak for themselves: ABS data confirms that union negotiated collective agreements consistently provide better terms and conditions than non-union collective agreements.

It seems difficult to think that getting a pay rise from someone elses efforts negotiating with your employer somehow doesnt pertain to your employment relationship. As noted by Justice Kirby in 2004 in his sole dissent, employees who didnt join the union still stood to gain from the collective bargaining by the union.

While it is well understood that union membership has been in decline in Australia, what has been unclear until relatively recently is the effect of unlimited free ridership on the resource base and growth of unions.

Academic research has now ident...


South China Sea: Philippines Government Says It Has Isolated China "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contrary to popular notion, the dispute in the West Philippine Sea involves two issues: territorial and economic. The Hague arbitral ruling addressed the economic dispute by defining our maritime entitlements over features that we claim and at the same time quashing Chinas sweeping historical claims over the entire South China Sea. The ruling, however, did not resolve the dispute over the overlapping territorial claims we have with Vietnam, Malaysia, Chinese Taipei and Brunei.

That was just part of a long online chat I had the other day with my journalist-diplomat friend, Elmer Cato who is now the Acting Assistant Secretary for Public Diplomacy of the Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila. Elmer is a personal friend from way back, when we both were working for local newspapers, before he joined the foreign service.

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Chinese bomber over Scarborough Shoal

Weve kept in touch through the years and I wasnt surprised when he messaged me after reading my column on my concerns about China. Elmer said he reached out to make some factual clarifications that would hopefully help us arrive at an informed decision about the current approach of the Philippine government to address the dispute in the South China Sea. I do appreciate the fact that he reached out to share a perspective that most of us have not seen. I may not necessarily agree with some of what he said which I am sure Elmer respects, but if only to prove I could, at the very least, tolerate a contrary view and present the other side of the story, I am sharing parts of our exchange.

Elmer started by saying there was nothing to worry about the visit of the Chinese vessel and aircraft as these were covered by the necessary diplomatic clearances. All foreign aircraft or vessels must first secure and be granted permission before they could be allowed to enter Philippine territory, he said. Our own military aircraft or vessels also have to ask permission before they could land or dock in other countries. So far, China has requested and been given three diplomatic clearances. The United States has been given almost 250. Also given landing clearances were Australia, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia and Thailand, he said.

I told Elmer I wasnt worried about protocols; what I was worried about was the heightening presence, if not creeping invasion of China in the country. China cant just invade us, he said, explaining that our dispute with China is limited to the West Philippine Sea. We are trying to isolate that particular dispute so that it would not affect other aspects of our relationship, he said, which is the same approach we have with Malaysia d...


Calamity Jill: Off-Grid Living Inspiration "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Dr. Mercola

Jill Redwood is sometimes referred to as Calamity Jill, a reference to Martha Jane Canary, better known as Calamity Jane. An American frontierswoman and professional scout, Calamity Jane was an acquaintance of Wild Bill Hickok and appeared in the Buffalo Bill Wild West show later in her life.1

But this is where the comparison ends. While Calamity Jane2 was known to be an itinerant alcoholic with no formal education, Redwood is a writer and environmental activist who spent her early adult life working in Melbourne, Australia, as a lab technician. Redwood has since been entered into the Encyclopedia of Women and Leadership in 20th Century Australia.3

In this short video, Redwood walks through her home and gardens, showing how she has successfully lived relatively independent of supermarkets, manufacturing and electricity for the past 30 years. Although a radical choice for most, Redwood has enjoyed her years living off the grid, is rarely sick and looks forward to remaining on her small farm for years to come.

Jill Redwood Off-Grid Motivation for Clean Living

If you have ever dreamt about selling everything you own and living off the grid, being completely self-sufficient and in harmony with nature, you're not alone. Redwood, a pioneer of this lifestyle, has been happily living for over 30 years on the edge of a forest in East Gippsland in Victoria, Australia. In these years she's had no main power supply, main water supply, mobile reception or television.4

As an environmentalist, she works to protect the forests where she lives. Redwood hates supermarkets and only eats the foods she has grown in her backyard, or makes herself on her 15-acre property. She lived on a number of different properties before settling in 1983 on the land she now owns.

Redwood built the home herself, which she said took eight years.5 During that time she lived in a small dirt-floored bark hut on the property. With no building experience, she researched the type of houses early settlers had built and claims,...


Ecuadors Agenda: Squeezing and Surrendering Assange "IndyWatch Feed National"

It is perhaps typical in a time where a star of the fleshy celluloid wonder Baywatch, heavy in bust and known for her sexual adventures, should feature as a political voice.  Pamela Andersons views are treated with judicious seriousness at least in some quarters.  Her association with Julian Assange has given needless room for columns on what, exactly, their relationship constitutes.

Having such defenders as Anderson has added to his conspicuous support base, but it will not move those bureaucrats who are chewing pens in anticipation and pondering options as to how best to eject him from the Ecuadorean embassy (compound would be more fitting) in London.  Easily missed amidst the titter of celebrity gossip is the plight of an ailing Assange, who is facing the next critical stage of his stay at the Ecuadorean embassy.

Since the changing of the guard in Ecuador, President Lenn Moreno has shown a warmer feeling towards the United States, and a desire to raise the issue of Assanges stay in the embassy with US Vice President Mike Pence with the urgency of man desiring to be rid of a problem.  The UK government has also been brought into the mix.  The forces against Assange are marshalling themselves with a renewed impatience.

A squeeze evidently designed to break the will of WikiLeaks publisher-in-chief was commenced in March, with a change of the embassys Wi-Fi password effectively blocking his use of the Internet.  Phone calls and visitations have also been curtailed.  The bill of Ecuadorean hospitality, if it can be termed that, also became a subject of discussion some $5 million expended on security and Assanges various activities.  Attitudes to a troublesome guest have hardened.

The press circuit has increasingly thickened in recent days with speculation about a round of high-tier discussions being conducted by Ecuador and the UK government on Assange.  The Ecuadorean paper El Comercio has remarked upon the talks.  It was a turn that was unsurprising, with Moreno unimpressed by Assanges feats and credentials, the Australian being viewed back in January as an inherited problem who had created more than a nuisance for his government.

According to Glenn Greenwald, the report that those discussions did more than touch on the matter of handing Assange over to UK authorities appears to be true. This might trigger an indictment from US authorities and possible extradition proceedings, a point made acute by the promise of US Attorney-General Jef...


Safety problems at Lucas Heights nuclear reactor "IndyWatch Feed Seq"




Nuclear radiation spills spur Lucas Heights review, THE AUSTRALIAN, SIAN POWELL, Higher Education & Science Writer, Sydney SEAN PARNELL-Health Editor, Brisbane @seanparnell

Australias nuclear safety agency has ordered a review of Sydneys Lucas Heights nuclear medicine facility after two radiation spills, and a separate investigation is under way into a mechanical failure that has caused delays in diagnostic tests across the country.

The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation has had four safety breaches in 10 months and in recent weeks has had to call on US.

Distribution of the replacement nuclear medicine supplies was also disrupted this month after airline delays from the US prevented the medicine reaching clinics and hospitals for some days.

The supply problems caused by the mechanical failure have come as a review was ordered by the independent regulator, the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency and its chief executive Carl-Magnus Larsson, who issued the organisation with a direction under the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Act.

The agency said the independent review it had directed would focus on quality control of molybdenum-99 (Mo-99), the radioactive agent used in diagnostic imaging.

After the first safety breach when a staff members hands were contaminated on August 22...


Southern comfort "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

I of course only went along in support of my fellow Canadians, but a fun night was had by all, at least for those inside and among those who were not carted out. You can read about the events of the night here and if you are thinking about going along yourself, you can still book tickets for Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and Auckland here.

As for the various disturbances, they were fun moments, but only because they were so efficiently handled by the organisers. You really do put your life on the line to stand up among a conservative audience. And the necessary arrangements to protect those of us going along, nothing went wrong but it is frightening that, as usual, our left is in copycat mode of what is done in the US. Free speech is the last thing on the minds of the protesters who live in the only societies where protests are allowed while trying to change things so that no protest will ever again be permitted.

And whatever may be the issue over the costs, the police did an excellent job outside the venue to clear a path for us who were interested in hearing what others had to say.


Longest lunar eclipse of the century is coming: What you need to know "IndyWatch Feed National"

The longest lunar eclipse of the 21st century and the chance to see Mars up close is almost upon us, heres everything you need to know to catch the mesmerizing event.

By RT News

On Friday July 27 the lunar eclipse will stretch across most of Europe and Asia, Australia, Africa and part of South America. North and central Americans wont be able to see the eclipse in their skies, but truly-committed astronomers can catch the livestream online from 6pm UTC.

This will be the second total lunar eclipse of 2018, the first took place on January 31st and lasted three hours and 23 minutes. However the time span in which there was a total eclipse was one hour and 16 minutes. This new total lunar eclipse is projected to last one hour and 43 minutes four hours all together for the overall eclipse making it the longest lunar eclipse of this century.

A total eclipse is a rare occurrence which happens when the moon, Earth and sun align and the full moon passes behind our planet, falling into its shadow. Large swathes of the planet will be cast in complete darkness as the moon makes its way across the continents. The upcoming eclipse is also known as a Blood Moon because while the moon is in the shadow, it appears to turn a shade of red.

Making the milestone even more special, Earth is passing between the sun and Mars throughout July and September, but on July 27 the red planet will be in the best opposition in our sky since 2003. This means observers on Earth will also have their closest and brightest view of the planet in 15 years.

This article (Longest lunar eclipse of the century is coming: What you need to know) was originally published on RT News and syndicated by The Event Chronicle


Past Life Regression Creating Healing by Experiencing Past Lives "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

What is Past life regression? Past life regression is a therapeutic service meant to provide insight and healing for the clients current life.

The post Past Life Regression Creating Healing by Experiencing Past Lives appeared first on Thrive On News Spiritual Magazine.


Woman On Vacation Finds Dogs Who'd Been Chained Up For Years "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tired of life in busy Barcelona, Sara Ortn Len traveled into the mountains in northern Spain to spend a couple relaxing months at her familys home in La Rioja. She took her three rescue dogs with her, including Ginger, whom Len had rescued in Zambia a couple years ago but little did Len know that shed soon be rescuing more dogs.

During her stay in La Rioja, Len was doing a lot of hiking, and one trail led her to an old sheep barn with two skinny Australian shepherd mixes chained outside of it.

The dogs didnt have any food or water available for them, and their chains were so tight around their necks, they seemed to have trouble breathing. The chains were also about 3 feet long, which didnt give them much movement.

At first, Len assumed that they belonged to someone, and they probably werent kept like this all the time. But when she returned to the shed the next day, the dogs were still there without food and water. She visited the next day, too, and the dogs remained in the same position.

Credit: Sara Ortn Len

I thought, OK, this is weird, Len told The Dodo. If they would be off [the chain] at some point, they shouldnt be there all the time.

At that point, Len wasnt sure who owned the dogs, but a local friend of hers was familiar with the dogs situation.

Credit: Sara Ortn Len

He said, They dont get [much] food and sometimes they dont even have water. What they sometimes get [are] vegetables and tomatoes and beans and things like that. And they are chained 24/7.

Len knew she...


Gulf Coast Aviation Cessna 510 Citation Mustang Bizjet VH-KXM Calls into Longreach Airport Yet Again! "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

On Wednesday 18 July, Gulf Coast Aviation Cessna 510 Citation Mustang bizjet VH-KXM was noted arriving into Longreach Airport.  Once again, it was flying North from Bankstown to Vanrook Station near Normanton.

VH-KXM at Longreach Airport during a previous visit  (File photo)

I note with interest that as this post is being written, VH-KXM is due to return to Bankstown via Longreach Airport again on Thursday 19 July.

UPDATE!  VH-KXM ended up flying into Townsville from Vanrook Station before it then continued to Bankstown.

Meanwhile, also on Wednesday 18 July the Queensland Government Airwing (State of Queensland) Raytheon B300 Super King Air VH-SGQ was noted arriving into Longreach Airport from Brisbane.  It then departed to Barcaldine Airport where it was due to spend the night before returning to the capital later on Thursday 19 July.

Of interest, on Tuesday 17 July, the Queensland Police Service (Airwing) Cessna 208 Caravan VH-PSY was noted visiting Longreach Airport.  It arrived from Brisbane and then departed to Mount Isa.

Finally, after making an emergency landing into Longreach Airport on Monday 16 July, Alliance Airlines Fokker F-100 VH-UQC remains parked on the Airport apron undergoing maintenance checks on what is believed to be the starboard engine.

Photo taken by 'AC'  


Brisbane-based Cessna 525A CitationJet2 Bizjet VH-MOR Back at Various CQ Airports "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Once again this week, Brisbane-based Cessna 525A CitationJet2 bizjet VH-MOR has been back in CQ, and on Tuesday 17 July, it had a particularly busy day, calling into several CQ Airports while on what appeared to be a training flight.

File photo

It initially departed its Archerfield for Kingaroy Airport before landing briefly at Biloela / Thangool Airport.  VH-MOR then continued to Gladstone and Bundaberg Airports where it again landed for a short period of time.

VH-MOR then returned to Archerfield.

I also note that VH-MOR visited Roma Airport on late Monday 16 July.

Finally, one other familiar bizjet visitor in the form of LifeFlight (Aeromed) LearJet 45 bizjet VH-CXJ "Ambulance 452" is at Mackay Airport as this post is written on Tuesday 17 July.  It has arrived from Townsville and Brisbane and is due to return to Brisbane shortly.

Photo taken by the Col B 


Graham Aviation Cessna 510 Citation Mustang Bizjet VH-FNI Pops into Rockhampton Airport - Plus More! "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

It's been pretty quiet in terms of corporate bizjet movements of late (that we are aware of anyway!) but on Sunday 15 July, Graham Aviation Cessna 510 Citation Mustang bizjet VH-FNI was noted visiting Rockhampton AIrport.  It looked to arrive from Cairns and then later depart to Bankstown.

File photo

The smart little Mustang is usually hangared at Mareeba but has spent some time in the air over recent days.

Meanwhile, also on Sunday 15 July, Bundaberg-based Aero Optics Aero Commander 500-S VH-JAJ continues to operate daily aerial survey flights out of Rockhampton Airport.

It had arrived into Rocky from Bundaberg Airport last weekend - see Blog post below.

Finally, a couple of other corporate bizjet and turboprop movements in CQ, BPW Aviation of Scone, New South Wales, Cessna 441 VH-EQU was noted arriving into Mackay Airport from Tamworth via Scone on Saturday 14 July.  It departed back to Tamworth direct on Sunday 15 July.

While the LifeFlight (Aeromed) LearJet 45 bizjet VH-CXJ "Ambulance 452" has had a busy day on Sunday 15 July, departing Townsville for Moranbah Airport before continuing to Brisbane.  It then departed Brisbane for Bundaberg and Gladstone Airports before returning to Townsville.

Photo taken by The FNQ Skies Blog 


Separating ALL Mothers and Babies Should be a Last Resort "IndyWatch Feed National"

I saw a bumper sticker that said abortion is the worst form of child abuse. I disagree. I think the worst form of child abuse is separating a child from her mother.

Anne Heffron, Writer, Photographer

The outrage against Trumps zero-tolerance immigration policy which separated families was swift and loud. The condemnation came from far and wide: Its inhumane to separate children from parents!  The world is aghast, shocked, horrified, and incensed at the separation of thousands of immigrant children from their parents.

Millions of Americans marched in protest all over the country.

Worldwide, children have been taken as part of warfare in:

  • Poland as many as 200,000 children with blue eyes and blond hair were abducted from orphanages or taken from their parents to be Germanized during World War II.  Another 250,000 Jewish children were kidnapped during the war and subjected to Nazi propaganda in an attempt to cleanse them of their Jewish heritage.
  • Argentinas Disappeared are well known as a result of the mothers and grandmothers who have never given up searching for them. As many as thirty thousand people, mostly young Argentines, were disappeared during the military juntas Dirty Wars that went on from 1976 to 1983.
  • El Salvador has documented 323 instances of children who were taken by army troops or separated from their families during the civil war from October 1979 to January 1992. At least another 500 are suspected to have been victims with no way of knowing for sure the origins of some 2,300 Salvadoran children adopted by Americans during the war.
  • In Britain, after WWII, ministers aided by respected charities, including the Salvation Army and the Catholic Church, filled orphanages with a generation of children, some as young as four, who were shipped to Australia, Canada and other outposts of the empire.  The chil...



Councils fret about population decline "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

THE SOUTHWEST local government association is researching ways to arrest population decline. Representatives from Balonne, Bulloo, Maranoa, Murweh, Paroo and Quilpie councils met in Charleville...


Police preach Mick Doohans Sixth Sense theories "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Queensland Police will this morning (21 July, 2018) preach the road-craft theories of five-time world motorcycle champion Mick Doohan which he calls riders sixth sense.

His theories are presented in a 2016 series of Queensland Government videos teaching riders to recognise and exercise their sixth sense when riding.

The sixth sense is the instinct motorcycle riders develop to read the road and conditions, stay focused and be aware of potential hazards when they ride.

Motorcycle riders from the Springwood Road Policing Unit will be at Springwood Suzuki, 112 Kingston Road, Underwood, Logan City from 9am to 2pm today to preach the sixth sense to riders.DayGlo Queensland Police witnesses mick

In a police press release, Senior Sergeant Michael Carige says they will discuss the potential risks of riding in urban streets, hinterland and rural roads, and the factors that can impact rider safety.

Police will be happy to answer questions you might have about motorcycle safety, the release says.

Representatives from the Department of Transport and Main Roads and Logan City Council will also attend.

Sixth sense videos

The five videos in the Sixth Sense series represent Micks theories on riding on the road, even though we believe Mick rarely does.

In fact, Mick isnt featured in any of the videos riding sequences which are performed on some of the most scenic and challenging roads in South East Queensland.

Controversially, Mick also doesnt recommend advanced rider training with professionals.

Instead, he suggests riders already have an innate sixth sense; that unique instinct all riders share that helps us read the road, the conditions, the potential hazards and stay focused and in control.



The U.S.-China fight could spill over to Australia, Brazil, Guinea, Iran, Japan, and Ukraine, to name a few. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Get Ready for the Unintended Consequences of Trumps Trade War

By threatening a tariff war with China, Donald Trump has essentially thrown a deck of cards into the air. We dont know yet where each will land. While it appears that both the U.S. and China would suffer in a trade war, the pattern of loss is going to be very difficult to predict, says Jamie Murray, Bloomberg Economics chief European economist.

One of the most powerful laws in economics is the law of unintended consequences. As formulated by the American sociologist Robert Merton in a 1936 paper called The Unanticipated Consequences of Purposive Social Action, it says that consequences are occasioned by the interplay of forces and circumstances which are so complex and numerous that prediction of them is quite beyond our reach.



Rothschild Bank Caught in Money Laundering Scandal by Swiss Regulator "IndyWatch Feed National"

Authorities have accused Rothschild Bank AG and its subsidiary Rothschild Trust AG of not only failing to reveal the source of the assets of dubious customers but also of expanding their business dealings with them.

By Sputnik International

Switzerlands Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) has concluded an investigation into suspected money laundering operations involving Rothschild Bank and Malaysian state investment fund 1MDB. The regulator concluded that Rothschild Bank was in serious breach of due diligence, reporting and documentation requirements.

The case involving the Rothschild Bank was one of seven enforcement proceedings launched by the FINMA against 1MDB amid suspicions of a serious breach of Swiss banking laws.

In the case of Rothschild, the FINMA accused the bank of not only establishing business dealings with dubious customers suspected of money laundering activities, but considerably expand[ing] their business dealings with them and reporting suspicions only after a substantial delay, thereby breaching the banks reporting requirements. Rothschild Bank AG was also said to have failed to adequately document high-risk transactions.

The regulator has appointed an audit agent to oversee an internal overhaul of the banks business practices. A Rothschild spokesperson told Reuters that the bank regretted the breaches and said that it was constantly strengthening its procedures to identify and combat the increasingly sophisticated financial crime faced in the industry.

1MBD became the center of a financial scandal involving billions of dollars in 2011 after authorities started an investigation into alleged illegal practices. The FBI joined the case in 2015, with investigators from Hong Kong, Singapore, Luxembourg, the UAE, the Seychelles and Australia also involved. The 1MBD scandal saw vast sums of money siphoned from Malaysias sovereign wealth fund into the hands of corrupt officials. The scandal led to the arrest of former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak earlier this year. Najib was charged with criminal breach of trust and abuse of funds in connection with the affair.

Switzerlands attorney general is engaged in a criminal probe of two other Swiss banks, as well as six individuals. Sev...


Gems from My FBI Dossier A New Letter to Jeff Sessions "IndyWatch Feed National"

An innocent man tortured and killed by FBI in federal prison. Kenneth Trentadue, RIP

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

July 17, 2018

Dear United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions,

I am having big problems with the FBI, and I bet you are, too. It is time to fix their wagon. The whole nation will support you, and so will the whole world.

To show you, briefly, what Ive got in my FBI dossier (I mean mine of them, not theirs of me), I now send you a copy of what I wrote to a predecessor of yours.  Granted, it is dated eight years ago, but is still unfortunat...


Trump blimp, its Moluccan Dutch roots "IndyWatch Feed National"

This music video says about itself:

Baby Trump Blimp Song

13 July 2018

The Baby Trump Blimp flies over London today protesting the American presidents racism, xenophobia, and climate change denial. Fly Fly Baby Trump Blimp!

Dutch daily Algemeen Dagblad of 18 July 2018 reports about the Trump blimp.

They interviewed Ms Nona Hurkmans. She is of Moluccan Dutch ancestry (Nona is a Moluccan name). She is the spokeswoman of the Trump blimp campaign.

She says (translated):

We have already made contact with Australia to fly the baby blimp there in November when Trump will come.

We sincerely believe that Donald Trump and the rightward movement of politics are very dangerous.

The successful Trump Baby project, conceived in March, has a downside. We get threats, are treated in a racist way, says Hurkmans, who for that reason can not be found with a personal account on social media. Opponents go very far, she notes. We have received requests to bring the balloon to the USA. Only, then they will have to take into account that it may be shot from the air. That is serious, not a joke.

Hurkmans nevertheless looks back with satisfaction on an extremely...

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Stefan Molyneux & Lauren Southern @ La Mirage, Somerton : Friday, July 20, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Briefly: Stefan Molyneux and Lauren Southern spoke at La Mirage in Somerton (210 Hume Highway) this evening. You may remember La Mirage from when they hosted a similar event starring Geert Wilders back in February 2013. Ticket-holders were instructed to Continue reading


RAAF Canadair Challenger 604 Bizjet A37-003 Completes Airwork at Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airport - Plus RAAF King Airs Now on Civil Register (perhaps retired?) "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

On Friday 13 July, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet A37-003 was noted completing airwork at Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airport while on a flight North from Port Macquarie (in New South Wales) to Townsville.

A37-003 at Rockhampton Airport recently  (File photo)

A37-003 was noted flying as "Envoy 22".

Meanwhile, the fantastic AustAirData - Historical Civil Aircraft Registers of The Pacific - website ( lists three (perhaps now) former RAAF Beech B350 Super King Air aircraft has being (re-)registered on the Australian civil register to Hawker Pacific in New South Wales.

A32-351 at Rockhampton Airport last year  (File photo)

During June, A32-343 (msn FL-343) was registered VH-YZG, A32-349 (msn FL-349) was registered VH-YZJ and A32-351 (msn FL-351) was registered VH-YZL.

All three Super King Airs have been in service with the RAAF since 2003.

Photos taken by 'IAD' and Kayanne Hardsman 


Tiny Puppy Playing With Family Suddenly Disappears Down Hole "IndyWatch Feed National"

It had been raining all day in Huntsville, Alabama. When the sun finally came out in the evening, Karen Smith opened the door to let out her four foster puppies Toffee, Snickerdoodle, Brickle and Cotton Candy, who were all siblings so they could play in her yard. But Smith never expected what happened next.

A friend of mine and I were out there with them, and we were just walking around, Smith, a foster carer for A New Leash on Life, a local dog rescue group, told The Dodo. Toffee came running towards us, and she just went straight down.

Credit: A New Leash on Life

But where did she go? Smith and her friend hurried over to investigate, and were shocked to discover that Toffee had disappeared into a hole between some rocks. Smith had never seen this hole before it looked like the opening of a cave.

It had just appeared, Smith said. Wed gotten so much rain recently and its possible it had eroded that little spot away where she happened to fall in.

Smith could hear Toffee whining down below, although she knew Toffee couldnt hear her. The Australian shepherd mix puppy was fully deaf.

Credit: Karen Smith

At first, I thought Id be able to move a rock away and reach down and get her, Smith said. I thought that she couldnt have fallen very far.

But when Smith and her friend moved a big rock, they realized Toffee was further down than they thought.

About 4 or 5 feet down, there was a ledge, but she wasnt there, Smith said. There was a smaller hole that went way further down. I got a flashlight, and thats when I could see that she was really far down, and how deep it was....


Mom Sheep Fought Off Attackers To Save Her Baby Lamb "IndyWatch Feed National"

Its said that nothing is stronger than a mothers love  and a sheep named Elmina recently proved this to be true.

Earlier this week, the team at Victorian Lamb Rescue got a call about a badly injured sheep. Roaming dogs had entered a sheep farm in Victoria, Australia, killing several members of a flock. When the dogs turned on Elmina and her young lamb, Razili, Elmina did everything in her power to protect her baby.

Credit: Victorian Lamb Rescue

In an attempt to save her baby from being fatally attacked she hid her behind and tried to fend them off, Victorian Lamb Rescue wrote in an Instagram post. She stood her ground and fought, but she was outnumbered, and her stomping and charging was no match for their gnashing teeth. She was viciously mauled ... but she had succeeded. Her baby was untouched.

When the farmer found Elmina, the ewe was barely alive  she was covered in bite marks, punctures and lacerations, and he considered putting her down. But the farmers neighbor, who works as a sheep shearer, suggested calling Victorian Lamb Rescue to see if the group could help.

Credit: Victorian Lamb Rescue

When we arrived she was lying near a fence with her lamb nearby, Jay Smythe, a volunteer at Victorian Lamb Rescue, told The Dodo. There were tufts of wool all over the yard. She had patches [of] wool missing, blood all over.

The team at Victorian Lamb Rescue rushed Elmina to the vet for emergency surgery, and the vet team managed to close up Elminas largest wounds.



The Bigger Picture of US VS Russia "IndyWatch Feed National"

We here in America have a tendency to discredit the world view regarding America. We are number one- and so we foolishly believe no ones opinions about us matter.

I believe Putin is using us as a means to an end by exploiting our greatest weaknesses. He is helping to show the rest of the world that we are greedy, have a great sense of entitlement, and are disloyal to our core.

He is making us out to be the worlds foe.

Then he simply needs to attack us. We will be vanquished the world will cheer- and PUTIN becomes the hero.

The world is not just watching our President as he breaks every promise we have ever made- but also the people who are complicit and supportive of his actions.

And why are we doing this? Because we believe our economy is thriving as a result.

The world is judging us right now. Harshly. And we can agree with it or not- but no matter what we think or how we feel- it is happening- and it is my opinion that, in the end, America and its people are not going to like the results. And no one will care. At least with regards to the rest of the world.

We are being played and the results are going to be beyond terrible. And in the end we will only have ourselves to blame.


96-year-old Holocaust survivor sings heavy metal rock "IndyWatch Feed National"

This music video says about itself:

93-year-old Metal Grandma Holocaust Survivor Spy! Totenkpfchen (Laugh at Death) -Swiss Eurovision 2015

31 October 2014

Inge & the TritoneKings Totenkpfchen

Inge Ginsberg survived the Holocaust and became a spy for the Americans during WWII, smuggling arms to fight the Nazis. She married a composer and they wrote songs together in the 1940s and 50s that were sung by Nat King Cole, Dean Martin, Doris Day, and Rosemary Clooney, among others. 60 years later, she got back into music and fell in love with Heavy Metal, which she now performs with world-renowned classical musicians Lucia Caruso and Pedro da Silva a.k.a. the TritoneKings.

By Haley Cohen in the USA:

WATCH: Holocaust Survivor Known As Death Metal Grandma Rocks The Stage

18 July 2018

Many decades after fleeing the Holocaust, a 96-year-old grandmother found her passion in fronting a death metal band, The New York Times reported.

Inge Ginsberg, originally from Austria, and her husband Otto Kollman ended up in Hollywood after spending some time in a Swiss refugee camp. Their new life included composing for some of the most well-known singers of their generation, including Nat King Cole and Doris Day.

As she continued to write song lyrics over the years, Ginsberg felt she had to make a change to stand out in a society where older women are silenced which brought her to death metal, a...


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Asian Markets Fall as China, US Ready for More Tariffs "IndyWatch Feed National"

Asian markets wobbled Friday on signs that China and the U.S. were preparing to impose more tariffs on each others products.

KEEPING SCORE: Japans Nikkei 225 lost 0.5 percent to 22,652.42 and South Koreas Kospi dropped less than 0.1 percent to 2,281.69. Hong Kongs Hang Seng slipped 0.6 percent to 27,858.02. The Shanghai Composite Index edged 0.1 percent lower to 2,769.06. Australias S&P-ASX 200 bucked the regional trend, adding 0.4 percent to 6,286.00.

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People cross the road in front of an electronic board showing Hong Kong share index outside a bank in Hong Kong, Friday, July 20, 2018. Asian markets wobbled on Friday on signs that China and the U.S. were readying for the imposition of more tariffs on one another. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

WALL STREET: U.S. indexes finished mostly lower. The S&P 500 index lost 0.4 percent to 2,804.49 on Thursday. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gave up 0.5 percent to 25,064.50. The Nasdaq composite dipped 0.4 percent to close at 7,825.30. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks gained 0.6 percent to 1,701.31. Smaller companies tend to do better than larger ones when trade tensions flare up because they do a greater proportion of their sales in the U.S.

YUAN DECLINES: The Peoples Bank of China set the Chinese currencys central parity rate to 0.9 percent weaker against the dollar on Friday. This sent ripples through Asian markets. If the yuan continues to depreciate, goods exported to China will become more expensive to consumers there. Chinese exports would also be relatively cheaper, possibly balancing out suggested increases in tariffs by the Trump Administration.

ANALYSTS TAKE: One theory is that the PBOC is depreciating the yuan because it has not enough ammunition to fight a dollar-for-dollar increase in tariffs. The markets are very risk-off. There is a loss in confidence right now, said Francis Tan, an economist at UOB Bank.

AUTO TARIFFS REJECTED: The U.S. Commerce Department sought feedback on President Donald Trumps plans to consider taxing auto imports on Thursday. Critics lined up to urge the administration to reject auto tariffs. They argued that the taxes would raise car prices, squeeze automakers by increasing the cost of imported components and invite retaliation from....


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Vice President of the MEAA (journalists union) Van Badham must be in running for a Walkley "IndyWatch Feed National"

This is the kind of journalism favoured by the journalists union, the MEAA which has made Ms Badham its Victorian vice-president and member of its national council. Ms Badham also features regularly on the ABC, particularly The Drum. I apologise in advance for Ms Badham's language.


eBay Conducting a 'Mass Layoff' in the San Francisco Bay Area "IndyWatch Feed Qld"


In a notice to the California Employment Development Department, eBay said that it plans to slash nearly 300 jobs from Bay Area locations by July 20. The company, which called the cuts a mass layoff, said that it informed those being laid off at the end of June, according to The Mercury News, which obtained a copy of the notice. The layoffs will span eBays locations in San Jose, San Francisco, and Brisbane, according to the report. The San Jose office has been affected most by the layoffs, with 224 of the cuts coming to that location.

The online auction sites decision comes after eBay has been experiencing some problems in its business. While the companys revenue was up to $9.6 billion last year from $9 billion in the prior year, it took a loss of $1 billion. In the first quarter of this year, eBays profits slipped 60.7% year over year to $407 million.

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Raw video - Las Vegas cop shoots through own windscreen in gun battle & car chase "IndyWatch Feed National"

That's one technique we weren't taught - thanks to Underminder for the tip!


Recipe Round-Up: Naturally Lean "IndyWatch Feed"

Thanks for all the kind words and thoughts for my dad. After two and a half weeks, he is out of hospital and on the mend!

Naturally Lean by Allyson Kramer is a fun little book. It is divided up into chapters based on ingredients (such as nuts, grains, fruits, legumes, etc), rather than traditional chapters. You will notice that I talk often about how the serving sizes were far too small for me. This book is designed to have 300 calories or less for each serve, which I suspect is why some of them seem small. I don't count calories, so I just eat what makes me feel satisfied. Just bare that in mind if you are cooking for a crowd from this book. You can see what else I have made from this book here.

Popcorn Tofu with Beyond Good BBQ Sauce and Cucumber, Mango, and Radish Salad: This was a fun little dinner. The tofu is frozen and thawed, coated, and then baked. I found the chickpea-flour based dipping liquid very thick, so when I then rolled them in almond meal it got pretty sludgy. They baked quite nicely, but I had to increase the heat in my oven to get them to go golden. I The BBQ sauce was fairly easy to make, though initially had too strong a tomato taste for BBQ sauce, I added some extra brown sugar, and once it had time to sit a little the flavours melded better. I also left out the chili, used garlic powder instead of fresh garlic, and I didn't have any celery salt. The sauce also has some jam in it, and I used strawberry jam. The salad made a lovely side - it was so sweet and refreshing! My radishes were very little, so I cut the cucumber slices into quarters to make the sizes more equal.
Rating: Popcorn Tofu :), BBQ Sauce :), Salad: :)

Strawberry Banana Green Smoothie: It is cute when smoothie recipes say they serve 2, when they clearly only serve 1. Or is that just me and my big smoothie appetite? This is a lovely, pleasant smoothie. I used frozen strawberries to make it extra thick (along with the frozen banana), and I only used 1 date (rather than 2) so it wasn't super sweet. The recipe recommends almond milk, but I used oat. I used baby spinach as my greens.
Rating: :)



Queensland Suicide Prevention Trial To Increase LGBTIQ Community Access To Support Services "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

A community-led suicide prevention trial in the North Brisbane and Moreton Bay region will provide free support to LGBTIQ community members in a bid to reduce suicide rates. The trial will see psychologists and case managers provide free face-to-face, phone or online support to people facing a suicide crisis or bereaved members of the community. ...

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New laws will allow the use of military to break protests "IndyWatch Feed National"

The following is by Paul Gregoire and published by  Sydney Criminal Lawyers (19 July 2018). It deals with new legislation introduced into parliament, which will make it easier to involve the military to control the Australian population

The Turnbull government recently introduced legislation into parliament designed to lower the threshold for calling out the Australian Defence Force (ADF) to assist state police forces with public incidents.

The Defence Amendment (Call Out of the Australian Defence Force) Bill 2018 revises Part IIIAAA of the Defence Act 1903, which was inserted into the Act in the lead up to the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

Currently, the military can only be called upon by state and territory authorities when theyve exhausted all other options. The new bill would allow for a call out request to be actioned, when its decided that ADF personnel can enhance the ability of state police in dealing with an incident.

The new legislation also allows the PM and other authorised ministers to send in the troops when state authorities havent requested assistance, but Commonwealth interests are at stake. And it provides ADF members with enhanced search capabilities and limited shoot-to-kill powers.

A much broader scope

Australian attorney general Christian Porter told journalists that the Lindt Caf siege, along with the potential for a Paris terrorist attack-style incident being carried out in Australia, make streamlining the process of calling out SAS or commando regiments necessary.

However, the call out powers dont just apply to terrorism. They target domestic violence. This is a broad term set out under section 119 of the Australian Constitution, which provides that the federal government should protect states and territories against invasion and rebellion.

Indeed, Mr Porter has stated that the ADF could be sent in to quell widespread rioting. While civil liberties advocates stress that these new powers...


Study Finds HIV Treatment Prevents Transmission Between Partners "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

An Australian study has found that successful daily antiretroviral therapy (ART) effectively stops the transmission of HIV between gay and bisexual men. The research supports the findings of previous studies showing that men on treatment for HIV with an undetectable viral load cannot pass it on to other people. The latest study, called Opposites Attract, ...

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Business as usual? "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

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It's 'business as usual' for the mortgage broking industry reported AFG, the country's largest mortgage aggregator, in its media release yesterday.

Or is it?

Certainly there has been no noticeable impact from tighter lending standards on the average mortgage size, which increased to a record $504,900, up 4.3 per cent from a year earlier (and up from $360,000 at the beginning of the data series in March 2010). 

The main strength here was driven by Victoria and Queensland, and this generally mirrors the monthly housing finance figures reported by the ABS

Volumes have eased, however.

Although lodgement volumes increased seasonally to $14.6 billion in the June 2018 quarter, this was only a moderate increase on the equivalent figure from a year earlier (and indeed, AFG's rapid volume growth now appears to have a slowed since 2015). 

New normal

The composition of lending has changed significantly, too.

Investors now comprise 28 per cent of lodgement volumes, well down from 40 per cent at the 2015 peak. 

And interest-only loans comprise less than a fifth of new loans, way down from 59 (fifty-nine!) per cent at peak popularity in 2015. 

Thus some 81 per cent of new borrowers through AFG brokers are now taking advantage of...


Cold Case: A Deeper Look At The Unsolved Murder Of Brisbane Man Gary Venamore "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Persons unknown brutally bashed local socialite Gary Venamore after a night out, throwing him unconscious into the Brisbane River to drown in 1968. Was Gary bashed to death in an attempted robbery? Was it a poofter bashing? Did his gaydar fail him that night and he ended up dead because of an unappreciated advance? In ...

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Decentralized Recruitment Marketplace to Protect Workers From Inflation "IndyWatch Feed National"

An Australian startup has launched the beta of its decentralized marketplace for labor hiring. The company aims to protect workers from inflation and enhance transparency in wages #SPONSORED


Friends Crowdfund Money For Funeral Of Transgender Man Disowned By Parents "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Friends of a transgender man who was disowned by his parents have crowdfunded more than $20,000 to make sure he receives the final dignity of a proper burial. Daine Grey, a student at City College of San Francisco, died by suicide on July 2, and for more than a week the 22-year-olds body went unclaimed, ...

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Euro designer arrives for custom Sportster build "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

The chief designer of Europes oldest Harley-Davidson dealership is heading to Australias oldest Harley dealership to work on a custom build.

Charlie Stockwell of Warrs Harley-Davidson, in London, will help Nikki Brown-Shepherd, one half of the Brisbane Iron Sisters, to customise her Iron 883 at Morgan & Wacker, the oldest Harley dealership outside the US.

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Charlie has more than 110,000 Instagram followers and was this year invited by Harley to compete in a four-way bike build-off in Milwaukee, customising a Sportster in just two days. His custom build is featured at the top of this page.

Charlie and Nikki will work on the bike alongside Morgan & Wacker techs who will also be completing their custom build for the worldwide Battle of the Kings custom Harley competition.

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Build reveal

The two custom bikes, together with another custom project being developed at the dealership, w...


Letter From Jesus Threatens Storms If Same-Sex Marriage Isnt Banned "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

A letter claiming to be written by a servant of Jesus has threatened to inflict killer storms on Tasmania if same-sex marriage isnt repealed. The note, which some Facebook users reported discovering in their letterboxes around the city of Hobart, warns locals to repent. Tasmanian LGBTIQ advocate Rodney Croome shared an image of a similar ...

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A Visit to Taipeis Former Red Light District "IndyWatch Feed National"

Congee? For your late-night bite? You serious? said my partner, May. Shed just returned with a bag of barbecued squids from a few stalls away. I was still standing where wed parted, staring across the crowded street at a gloomy congee stall in front of a seedy coin-op game shop in the night market.

Of course not. Dont you see something interesting over there?

They have old Street Fighter machines?

I do have a bit of a fetish for this classic video game, and May knows it well, but at that moment, what was captivating me was another kind of old street game.

Havent you noticed those mini-skirted aunties next to that game shop, right in front of that dodgy entrance? I asked.

The night market is within Qingshan Village, which is more famous for its now-obsolete name, Baodou Village. This is where the development of Taipei City started. 300 years ago, immigrants from China travelled across the Taiwan Strait, settled and started trading with inland Aboriginal people from the upper Tamsui River. Business led to prosperity and was followed by the construction of Taipeis very first street and one of its most important temples, both neighboring the night market.

It also paved the way for one of the most primitive trades of humankind: the sex trade, for which this area has been well known across three regimes.

In 1945, when the current  Republic of China government took over, it saw the then-legal prostitution system as an ungraceful remnant from Japans former regime, so ceased it. Then in 1956, the government issued its first prostitution license, which led to Baodou Villages heyday in the1970s. By that time, there were over 100 licensed brothels in a small designated area, let alone all the unlicensed ones scattered across the village. From then on, the government gradually increased the value-add tax and limited the licenses issued until 2001, when prostitution was officially outlawed and the name of the area was changed to Qingshan Village, which, for many locals in Taipei, sounds too innocent to carry its history.

But though the villages name was shaken from the map, the prostitutes licenses invalidated and the licensed brothels closed, the people living on this business didnt disappear. Most of them either stayed underground or earned their livings on the streets.

Sitting at a table under the overhangs of the front of the game shop, May and I ord...


Hey @VictoriaPolice - how much have you charged the CFMEU? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Victoria Police has announced it will send a $68,000 invoice to a young Canadian woman who's scheduled to deliver a speech in Melbourne tonight. I've asked Victoria Police to tell us how much they've billed the CFMEU over performances like these.


Destroying the romance of treaty: Victoria vs the Djab Wurrung Embassy "IndyWatch Feed National"

On 21 June 2018, less than four hours before the passage of Australias first treaty legislation through the Victorian Parliament, the only Aboriginal member stood to draw attention to the hypocrisy and disrespect being shown by the Daniel Andrews Government.


Urgent request for heritage listing on these threatened Wayne Swan videos "IndyWatch Feed National"

(World's Greatest Treasurer Wayne Swan features on Low IQ magazine's cover - source Twitter) Do you have the smarts to extract video from YouTube and repost it? Your country needs you! These magnificent examples of The World's Greatest Treasurer's economic expertise at work are threatened with removal - by The...


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Enquiries of Melbourne's youth as to killing Lauren Southern "IndyWatch Feed National"

Ms Southern's schtick is very popular - this video of her excursion in Melbourne a day or so ago has been watched 207,000 times. She appears to have avoided the "far-right" tag in the press reports I've read and is most often referred to as a professional provocateur. It's quite...


The CFMEU/Labor Party's police force in Victoria now targeting free speech "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tim Andrews and the Australian Taxpayers' Alliance are running an important campaign against the CFMEU/Labor Party's police force in Victoria. TAKE URGENT ACTION TO SUPPORT FREE SPEECH: CONTACT THE MINISTER TODAY! Victorian Police have just announced that they will charge Canadian speaker Lauren Southern a staggering $68,000 after violent thugs...


Expert study condemns secrecy as RCEP talks resume in Bangkok "IndyWatch Feed National"

July 20, 2018: The Jakarta Post reports that an expert study by the Trans National Institute has found that the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership trade talks between 16 Asia-Pacific countries* since 2012 have failed transparency and public participation tests.  The international assessment finds there has been a failure to release draft texts, no independent social economic and environmental impact assessments and corporate interests have had privileged access to influence negotiations while members of Parliament and the public do not have such access.

Civil society groups from the region are meeting in Bangkok on the weekend, and have been allowed only a brief meeting with some negotiators on Monday, with no access to draft texts.

The authors argue that, with a global trade war looming and public faith in corporate globalization at an all-time low, secrecy in trade deals cannot be accepted. People have a right to know what is being negotiated in their name.

They contrast the secrecy of trade negotiations with the transparency of other international institutions. The United Nations climate negotiations, The World Health Organizations negotiations on tobacco control and the World Intellectual Property Organization all make submissions from negotiating parties publicly available, with regular meetings open to the public or stakeholders. Even the World Trade Organization publishes most negotiating texts, and reports by committee chairs are available on their websites.

The RCEP potentially covers half of the worlds population, and the authors argue that public opposition to secretive free trade deals is growing. Parliamentarians and the public should have full access to the contents of the negotiations, which potentially impact peoples lives and the environment.

*The RCEP negotiations includeAustralia, New Zealand, Japan,China, India, South Korea, and the 10 ASEAN countries.


Judith Sloans Swan and ACTU tirade was a response to a threat to her view of the world "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Joe Montero

Judith Sloans article in the Australia (19 July 2018) deserves a response. The piece in question, titled Wayne Swans bizarre speech to a largely irrelevant ACTU, was not only condescending but downright wrong.

It was condescending because, she takes up the high brow label of an economist to tell us that Swan doesnt know what he is talking about. She says any sensible economist would not use the term trickle down economics.

Time here for some basic truths. The term was first used in the United States in 1896, by presidential candidate William Jennings Bryan, who in a speech suggested: There are those who believe that you just legislate to make the well to do prosperous, that their prosperity will leak through to those below

The theme was later taken up by David Stockman, who was Ronald Reagans budget director and a champion of Reaganomics. With the rise of what became known as neoiliberalism, economists and politicians of this school began to use the term, which meant that if you look after the investors interests, they will put their money in the economy, make it grow, provide jobs and everyone is better off.

Stockman himself later observed that its kind of hard to sell trickle down, so the supply-side formula was used to get tax policy that was really trickle down. Supply side is really trickle down.

Over the years since the Reagan tax cuts at the top end, and the continuing application of a generally similar  economic regimes the term  neoliberalism also came into fashion, not only in the United States, but in other countries, including Australia. As this direction began to bite, both terms became increasingly unpopular, and taken up by opponents to point the finger at those ho brought it about.

There is a simple reason for this. The trickle down didnt happen.

Judith Sloan wearing the title of economics professor at Flinders University, with qualifications from Melbourne University and the London School of Economics does not change this. Although I merely have economics qualifications form La Trobe and Melbourne universities, I know that in terms of the claim of benefiting everyone, her supply side school of economic theory has been a dismal failure in practice.

She uses the name of Thomas Sowell, to claim authority that sensible economists do not use the term Trickle Down Effect. Well he di...


Just Wanted to Point Out the Games Being Waged Against Me "IndyWatch Feed National"

I still havent gotten control of my Gmail account- but again they are doing whatever they can to shut me down and prevent me from getting my family involved with serious crimes that cross the line of terrorism, investigated.

You can see- from the last email exchange- who I believe is Doug Meaner aka John Kilrush aka Satanic Temples founder Lucien Greaves who I have battled extensively online and in real life- is ALWAYS anonymous and lies without abandon. Perfect example is him accusing me of molesting a child I have never once met.

When up against the wall with his lies- he simply changes course- presenting another lie. And so on and so on. This tactic has a name- it is called the Woo Woo tactic- which you can simply Google to find the definition and explanation. It originates from some sort of troll Bible in my opinion.

I am rude to Mesner for myriads of reasons- and I have absolutely no respect for him. His lies and constant attacks are old- and as I have told him repeatedly- I believe his biggest issue is that he wants to be me.

None of them- ESP. Mesner and his hero Michael Aquino (who Mesner constantly brags he is in contact with) could endure what they have forced me to endure- and I have never needed to be anonymous as they ALWAYS are. Also- they work as a rabid pack of wolves- where I have stood my ground openly and mostly by myself throughout the years.

I feel no need to hide- however, considering my Gmail got screwed up immediately after publishing mine and Mesners exchange- lies and all- he definitely doesnt seem to feel the same. Again- it is just another example why I despise him and his weakness.

Poking at others- hurting them from the shadows in secret- is neither respectable nor strong. And needless to say- he is NO savior- neither mine nor anyone elses. Hell, he cant even seem to save himself.

Mesner and his group will use any lie they can- including lies from the very family members I have been trying to get investigated, (more obvious when you realize all of Mesners accusations ONLY come from them), in order to try and prevent anyone from looking into my familys crimes.

But I will never stop- esp not because of Mesner, his group, and their antics.

I am no where near as weak as they obviously seem to be. And that includes his cohort Michael Aquino.


Elections: More than Half of Americans Believe Fairy Tales are Real "IndyWatch Feed National"

(Garrison) According to a new poll conducted by Ipsos  in partnership with the University of Virginia Center for Politics, 51% of respondents agree (15% strongly and 36% somewhat) with the statement American elections are fair and open.

The Ipsos headline characterizes that percentage as only half. Thats akin to noting that only half of Americans believe the Earth is a flat disc of provolone cheese, balanced atop the fingertips of seven celestial belly dancers. Only half?

Republicans, males, people over 55, people making more than $50,000 a year, and whites are more likely to believe this bizarre claim than Democrats, females, younger voters, the under-$50k crowd, and non-whites, but even among the latter buy-in is disturbingly high.

That over-55 demographic is plenty old enough to remember that after Ross Perot made it onto the presidential debate stage in 1992 (as an independent) and 1996 (as the Reform Partys nominee), the Commission on Presidential Debates added a 15% polling bar to its rules to ensure that only Republicans and Democrats need apply.

Every four years, the CPD established after the National Commission on Elections recommended  [t]urning over the sponsorship of Presidential debates to the two major parties makes millions in illegal in-kind campaign contributions to Republican and Democratic presidential and vice-presidential candidates, and no others, in the form of joint campaign commercials falsely advertised as debates.

Most disturbing: 49% of self-described independent voters voters deprived of choice by a tangled web of ballot access laws expressly designed to keep third party and independent candidates off the ballot and campaign finance laws that keep them marginalized if they get over those ballot access hurdles still believe in the Fair and Open Election Fairy.

American elections started becoming less fair and less open in the late 19th century when state governments started printing Australian ballots and controlling access to those ballots. Before that, American voters hand-wrote their ballots, orally dictated their ballots to election officials if they couldnt write, or used pre-printed ballots provided to them by their parties or candidates of choice.

While movements for more fair and more open elections have made some advances since then for example,  constitutional amendment to provide for female suffrage, and partial gains versus attempts to suppress the African-American vote weve still got a long way to go.

As champions of addiction recovery like to say, the first step is admitting we have a problem. Fairies arent real. And American elections arent fair an...


MACKAY Drug production, Mackay "IndyWatch Feed National"

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SOTT FOCUS: What The Left's New Poster Child For Victimhood Is Really About - And It's Not Immigration "IndyWatch Feed National"

Ever since pictures surfaced of children being held at immigration detention centers, the mainstream media, social media, celebrities and world leaders have had harsh words and condemnation. To say Trump and his administration have experienced a firestorm of criticism may be an understatement. Actor Peter Fonda recently deleted his tweet where he said he wanted to 'rip Barron Trump from his mother' and put him in a 'cage with pedophiles'. Meanwhile, north of the border, a member of the Liberal party called Trump supporter's subhuman and said they should be rounded up and have their children taken away from them. British PM Theresa May said: "On the very important issue that he's raised, of what we have seen in the United States, the pictures of children being held in what appear to be cages are deeply disturbing. This is wrong. This is not something we agree with. This is not the United Kingdom's approach." Meanwhile, the UK has its fair share of deplorable conditions and treatments of immigrants and asylum seekers which sees people held for indefinite periods of time in what essentially amounts to prisons, before anything is done about it. And let's not forget that the UK also separates children. As for the rest of the world? Well, Canada is not exactly the most liberal when it comes to detaining families and/or separating children. Same goes for Australia and Germany. The blatant hypocrisy is even more apparent seeing as Western countries in particular are often the cause of refugee crises to begin with, fomenting destabilization and regime change across the Middle East and around the world.


The Planned Trespass -- Will Corrective Action be Taken? "IndyWatch Feed National"


It really is time to put away the false narrative and live in the fullness, joy, and glory that is awaiting US!

The problems we are facing as a global society is systemic? It is all started with the creation of the Registration of Birth and their creation of the BIRTH CERTIFICATE. We are all registered in their Satanic Cult known as the LAW SOCIETY! Those knowingly cooperating in this system are a disgrace to the human race. The men and women taking an oath of office have/has unwittingly and in some cases knowingly joined them in their plan to enslave mankind. The individuals that created this system are psychopaths, they are clearly insane and their psychopathy has become a pandemic.Perhaps, it would do the world a world of good if people would have a look at how the United States, Canada, Australia, and all colonized lands have been created. The history of a nation speaks for itself, yet people have ignored the violence used to establish these properties and create the CORPORATIONS. Invading a land and forcing the inhabitants into a society without integrity does NOT make for a stable and/or healthy society. For proof look at what is happening on our streets, there is nothing normal an/or healthy about what I am seeing. There are very few people that actually know the truth.

Light is information and the dark is the suppression of it. We have been held in a shadow of darkness. The downfall of mankind it the inability to speak the truth. We are the Anti-Christ when we are expressing in a violent way. The "Christ" is a state of being. The imbalanced emotional body does not allow for the alignment to express in this state. My head was spinning after reading Krishnamurti saying "It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society. For me waking up was very difficult as I had allowed my CNS to become so out of balance that I ended up with a nervous breakdown. Now 17 years later my body is still recovering as the medical system does not support well being. There is nothing healthy about our Health Care System. It would serve the world for each of us to show up with our light and shine a light on that which has been concealed in darkness. While we raise our frequency, we are still subjected to the world we wake up to in the morning. This world has been built on lies and deceit from our mental projection now it is time to move into the heart...


Hyde Cafe Bellingen black-bans people: Jenni Bienefelt the owner an Australian Christian Churches Christian black-banned me 4 years ago for writing about their cult "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Jenni Bienefelt the owner of Hyde Cafe, Bellingen on left. Jenni Bienefelt of Hyde Cafe is a dysfunctional black banner, pretend Fake Christian, Cult member, and errant hypocrite.


Below is an article I wrote and published 4 years ago on this, my personal blog-site , the day Jenni Beinefelt owner of Hyde Cafe, Bellingen, where I live, black-banned me for explaining the errors and faults of the Christian cult the Australian Christian Churches group she is part of in Bellingen called House of Hope, formerly called Christian Life Centre located on Bellingens North Side.


Blog article 1 December 2014

It seems theres no end to the black-bans the cult churches of the Australian Christian Churches linked to Hillsong impose on those who dont agree with their view-point.

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Pastor John Woolhouse of Dorrigo Life Springs Church in Dorrigo NSW black-banned me from his Australian Christian Churches church in March this year.




Weekly Cryptocurrency Price Analysis: Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, EOS, and IOTA "IndyWatch Feed National"

Is it time to make a toast and celebrate a crypto recovery? I don"t think we are quite there yet. Even as Bitcoin spearheads this resurgence, clearing key buy triggers and resistance lines, some as Ethereum, EOS, and IOTA are []

The post Weekly Cryptocurrency Price Analysis: Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, EOS, and IOTA appeared first on The Global Mail.


Australia Fines Parents Who Deviate From Vaccine Schedule "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia is further clamping down on vaccine choice by instituting a biweekly $20 fine for parents whose children are not up to date on their vaccinations.

Previously parents who didnt have their kids vaccinated lost an end of the year tax benefit worth around $500. The new fine costs parents about the same, but its now assessed throughout the year to serve as a reminder.

Other countries have begun similar policies. As weve noted in previous coverage, France has made eleven vaccines mandatory; Italy twelve; and Germany, fines parents $2,800 for failing to seek medical advice on vaccinating their children.

Meanwhile Californias persecution of Dr. Sears [ link} shows that they have non-legislatively removed the medical exemption provision from their vaccine mandate act.

Part of the reason countries and California can even consider such policies is because there is so much confusion and misinformation about vaccines. Here is what Australians were saying in a Libertarian thread on Reddit about the new Australian fine system.

  1. Mandatory vaccines are safe

This is demonstrably false. The U.S. Vaccine Court set up after Congress decided to shield vaccine makers from all liability for their productshas paid out $3.5 billion to 5,000 Americans for vaccine injuries. Also very few studies have been done comparing unvaccinated and vaccinated populations, which would be the real test of vaccine safety. What evidence there is suggests that unvaccinated children are generally healthier than vaccinated children. In fact the National Academy of Sciences, which advises the government on health matters, concluded in 2013 that key elements of the [vaccine]schedulethe number, frequency, timing, order, and age at administration of vaccineshave not been systematically examined in research studies.

  1. The scientific and medical case in favor of mandatory vaccinations is overwhelmingly in favor of their efficacy.

Also false. For example, the latest flu vaccine (for the 2017-18 flu season) was......


Philippines to expel undesirable Australian nun who irked Duterte "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Philippines blacklisted and ordered the deportation on Thursday of an elderly Australian nun at odds with President Rodrigo Duterte, calling her an undesirable alien who broke terms of her missionary visa by engaging in political activism.

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FILE PHOTO: Australian missionary Patricia Fox waves to her supporters before filing a petition calling for the review of her deportation case at the Department of Justice, after the immigration bureau voided her visa following complaints from Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte about her participation in protest rallies, in Padre Faura, metro Manila, Philippines May 25, 2018. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco/File Photo

The resolution was the second time immigration chiefs have sought to deport Patricia Fox, 71, who two months ago had been granted a reprieve by the justice department.

Fox has worked in the Philippines since the early 1990s and is a coordinator of a congregation of Catholic nuns called Notre Dame de Sion.

The 10-page order said her continued presence in the country poses a risk to public interest and she would be barred from returning.

She is accused of taking part in news conferences, labor-related fact-finding missions and protests calling for political prisoners to be freed, for human rights and land rights to be respected and for martial law to be lifted on the southern island of Mindanao.

Duterte has made no secret of his annoyance at Fox and has said he personally ordered an investigation into her activities. He said he refuses to hear criticism from anyone who is not Filipino.

Thursdays order specifically referred to Dutertes admission that he had asked for Fox to be investigated.

Fox is the latest in a growing number of people who have challenged Duterte and found themselves investigated, detained, humiliated, and sanctioned for offences that his opponents say usually amount to technicalities or minor infringements.

Thats the law, presidential spokesman Harry Roque said of the order to send Fox back to Australia.

Local media quoted Fox as saying she was disappointed but would challenge the order.

Reporting by Martin Petty; editing by David Stamp



Thursday, 19 July


Seaweed Discovery Challenges Theory on Antarctica "IndyWatch Feed National"

A foreign invader, a species of alien seaweed, has managed to cross the oceans to reach the frozen Antarctic shores. So scientists may have to give up a cherished belief: that Antarctica is inviolate.

For a century, researchers have assumed that the mix of ocean currents, distance and temperature have kept the Great White Continent shielded from invasion by Pacific or Atlantic flotsam.

But the discovery of strands of kelp on an Antarctic beach  seaweed that may have drifted for considerable periods and a distance of 20,000 kms before becoming stranded far from home brings an end to that belief. And the discovery suggests that global warming could bring serious changes to Antarctic ecosystems.

This finding shows us that living plants and animals can reach Antarctica across the ocean, with temperate and sub-Antarctic marine species probably bombarding Antarctic coastlines all the time, said Ceridwen Fraser, of the Australian National University.

We always thought Antarctic plants and animals were distinct because they were isolated, but this research now suggests these differences are almost entirely due to environmental extremes, not isolation.

Dr Fraser and her colleagues report in the journal Nature Climate Change that strands of southern bull kelp, Durvillaea antarctica, found by a Chilean scientist, must have floated 20,000 km from the Kerguelen Islands and South Georgia. The kelp was encrusted with barnacles, evidence of a long time adrift.

In fact, researchers believe, it may be evidence of the longest episode of biological rafting ever confirmed. The word raft is significant: such floating platforms could provide shelter and transport for other biological invaders.

Plastic Next?

Until now, the assumption has been that the pattern of surface currents and westerly winds tends to drive drifting material northwards from Antarctica. The discovery suggests that if kelp can get there, so can floating driftwood, or plastic debris, or any other unwelcome visitor.

The researchers think large waves driven by Southern Ocean storms may have steered the kelp rafts over what had been considered a natural ocean barrier. Glo...


Great Barrier Reef coral recovery slows significantly over 18-year period "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Over the last three decades the Great Barrier Reef has been hit by a series of intense cyclones, bleaching, crown of thorn starfish outbreaks and flood events that have caused well-documented, but reparable damage.

Scientists have hoped that an extended period of benign conditions would allow the natural processes of reef restoration to flourish, and many of the hardest-hit regions to return to a healthier, more colourful and biodiverse state.

But a new study of coral-recovery rates based on 18 years of data and published in Science Advances today, found the ability of many corals to bounce back after disturbance has significantly slowed down.

Although recovery rates were variable between different reef patches and coral types, the researchers found the overall recovery rate of corals across the Great Barrier Reef declined by an average of 84 per cent between 1992 and 2010.

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Following acute disturbance events like cyclones, coral recovery was hindered by poor water quality and high temperature, according to lead author Juan-Carlos Ortiz from the University of Queensland.

We noticed thatwater quality played a significant role in that reduction in recovery rate, Dr Ortiz said.

The study, supported by the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) and the Nature Conservancy, looked at data from more than 90 primarily mid-shelf and offshore reefs, comparing the rate of recovery following disturbance events.

We noticed for the first time a very large decline in the ability of the reef to recover from disturbances over those 18 years, he said.

The research team classified corals into six groups based on their growth forms. Although all groups showed an overall decline in recovery rate, two groups the Montipora and branching Acropora both went into negative.

What that means is they continued to decline even after the disturbance had ceased.

While increased disturbance events are expected as the impacts of climate change ramp up, the slowed recovery time is a concerning compounding factor.

It is exacerbating the problem. The assumption that we were working on was that naturally reefs recover fast, Dr Ortiz said.


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