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Wednesday, 23 August


Will the Real Donald Trump Please Stand Up-You Cant Make Deals with the Mentally Ill Left "IndyWatch Feed National"



America has become a sick nation, a nation characterized by mass hysteria and widespread mental illness. Donald Trumps campaign promised to restore some of the sanity lost to the Neocon George Bush and Marxist/Communist former President Obama.

How is America doing? We have to look no further than ESPN and their mentally ill, Deep State philosophies to answer that question.

ESPN Has Lost Their Mind

I interviewed former all-star pitcher, Curt Schilling, on my radio show after Schilling was fired by ESPN for declaring that America was in danger due to the radical terrorism, many of whom were Muslim. Schilling was correct. We sacrificed the 1st, 4th and 5th Amendments to the Constitution due to Bushs promise to keep us safe from radical Muslim terrorists after 9/11.

Curt Schilling stands as a symbol that the lunatic leftist media who would not let one of their employees stand up to one of the most dire threats to the peace and security of this nation, namely ISIS and the Muslim Brotherhood.

If you thought ESPNs attack upon Curt Schilling was bad wait until you hear about what they did to one of their play by play announcers who was scheduled to broadcast the Virginia University football game.

Whites are White, Blacks are Black, Latinos are Latino, but at ESPN Asians are NOT Asian. They are white supremacists. The Deep State network of ESPN confirmed last night (August 22) that it had decided to pull an announcer from calling a University of Virginia football game because his presence behind the microphone could prove offensive to certain groups. The announcer that was pulled is Asian. His name happens to be, Robert Lee, Robert Lee is Asian, but in the eyes of ESPN he is a white supremacist. Lee is an Asian name. ESPN needs a quick and accurate history lesson. How many slaves did Asians own in 1861? But dont confuse ESPN with the truth and a sportscaster, because he bears an Asian...


Terrorism Starts in the Classroom: Lessons from Romania "IndyWatch Feed National"


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The real answer is very intricate, but we can grasp part of it if by knowing more about Arab communities and their educational systems in non-Arabic countries.

Unlicensed institutions, centers and imams in Europe ruin the future of the immigrants. They teach in isolation. Bodies grow in Romania and minds grow in strange lands! Unlicensed institutions become social and religious extremism-generating environments, says Mazen Rifai, a Syrian journalist naturalized in Romania in 1990. Rifai also serves as secretary of the League of Syrians in Romania, and is generally very well informed about the situation of immigrants across Europe.

He believes he has found the essence of a failed approach to integration in non-Arab countries. His basic idea is that part of the immigrants failure to find their place in Europe is the educational system implemented by Arabs in non-Arabic countries. A schizoid manner of teaching them about their identity and purpose in life results into breaking their personality, instead of making them strong and genuinely proud to live in their new country.

Mazen Rifai performs a critical X-ray of this Arabic educational system in non-Arabic countries: The Arabic educational system is isolated from the surrounding community. It happens also in Romania, schools with Arabic educational curricula!

Mr Rifai explains that students in those schools mentally belong to socially, politically, and economically underdeveloped countries and intellectually, they are forced to understand the mindset of other countries, so they learn curricula that are unrelated to the society which they actually live in, and unrelated to science. Their brains are stuffed with information that doesnt interest them and they wont use.

Unlicensed institutions, centers, and imams in Romania build walls separating their students from the society in which they live and develop a schizophrenia inside their students, forcing them to live in two different and contradictory societies, says Mr Rifai. To compensate for the emptiness caused by these discrepancies between two societies and two cultures, Arabic schools educate on a nervous tendency and imaginary superiority over their community. Their thoughts and beliefs contribute in building hatred and seclusion tendencies and a sense of injustice and oppression among their students, so that their loyalty is aimed at a state outside their state, and a community outside their community. They look with a contemptuous eye and sometimes with hatred at their surroundings.

This educational curricula and method leads to loneliness, isolation, fear, anxiety, and social contradictions, foste...


A Comment on Dual Citizenship and Obedience, or Adherence to a Foreign Power "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Dee McLachlan The list of politicians holding dual citizenship has been growing. The first casualties were the Greens. Scott Ludlam quit after realising he had citizenship of New Zealand, then Larissa Waters, born in Canada, did not check the Canadian changes in the law and thus did not renounce her dual citizenship when running for office. []


The Italian Bowl, Newtown, Sydney "IndyWatch Feed"

Newtown, a place I rarely go when in Sydney but since we were in the area walking around and having a wander, we thought we'd find a place to have dinner. Walking past a very crowded Italian restaurant and M did say that she has heard that it was a treat here, we thought, well, we don't have anything to lose other than the queue, why not? A casual spot for a big pasta bowl filled with goodness, warmth and where you can even sit at the counter watching your dish being cooked right in front of you. Having a concept similar to a fast food restaurant, customers place their orders at the counter and pay first before being served on the table.

'Garlic Bread' (AUD$3)  , a thick slice of bread smeared with garlic butter.


Meet The Conservative Trying To Unseat Joe Manchin And Redden The Senate In 2018 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Its a remarkable quirk of our federal republic that U.S. policy often hinges on local races. Regional personalities and issues, emerging from places coastal elites have never visited, will play a significant role in next years midterm electionsmost crucially, the battle for the U.S. Senate.

At stake is not just which party controls the upper chamberthe rough number of blues versus redsbut how faithful senators will be to their governing philosophies. As the dust settles from 2018, will Washington be more conservative? More liberal? More functional? Local politics will determine many of these answers.

In tiny Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, around 100 local Republicans recently gathered for one small episode in that larger drama. Most people arrived from work, still in business attire, but a few were more expressively dressed: T-shirts emblazoned with Dont Tread on Me or West Virginia Citizens Defense League. As volunteers scrambled to bring in additional chairs, and the air conditioning struggled to keep the temperature comfortable, West Virginia attorney general Patrick Morrisey entered the room. Attendees held signs declaring the reason for the gathering: Patrick Morrisey for U.S. Senate.

It was the official kickoff for a campaign that has long been expected in West Virginia. Incumbent Sen. Joe Manchin, one of the few remaining moderate Democrats in the upper house, is widely viewed as vulnerable in the 2018 election. While Manchin walks a tightrope in a state that grows more Republican every year, he has often angered both West Virginians on the one side, and national Democrats on the other. Hes even drawn enough ire to attract a long-shot primary opponent to his Left.

On the GOP side, the field for Manchins seat is even more crowded. While Politico reports that national GOP recruitment for the Senate is slow-going, West Virginiathe reddest state on the electoral map last yearappears to be the exception. Donald Trump won every county here in 2016, trouncing Hillary Clinton by a 42-point margin. Trump is such a dominant figure on West Virginias political landscape that the newly elected Democrat governor put his finger in the wind and announced he was switching parties.

In this promising climate, three Republicans to date have cast their hats into the ring: Morrisey, Rep. Evan Jenkins, and Bo Copley, a political newcomer.

A Record of Fighting Hard Battles

Of these three, only Morrisey has been elected statewide. He first won the attorney general spot in 2012, then was reelected last year. His initial run was something of a David-and-Goliath story: not only was he the first Republican elected attorney general since 1933, he also unseated a 20-year incumb...


Sushi Show, QVB, Sydney "IndyWatch Feed"

A cute corner nook to satisfy your quick sushi needs with only a few tables and seats available out the front. May not be a convenient spot for some with all the traffic rush of people walking past, but the various options of sushi may just allow you to quickly grab a bite before heading back to work or even fill in the grumbling tummy.

'California' (AUD$3.5) and Salmon and Avocado' (AUD$3.5), both individually wrapped in a thin plastic paper to help seal the freshness and avoid from sticking to each other. Not bad overall, nothing special but would have been better if it had more fillings.

Sushi Show Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


The State (episode 3) "IndyWatch Feed National"

Isnt it odd that as soon as you realise that someone who youve admired is a run-of-the-mill antisemite your admiration instantly slams into reverse?
For example I used to like Brian Sewells acerbic critiques of pretentious art until he said something about Manchesters greedy Jews. I mean how many of Manchesters greedy Jews would a self-regarding old queen who makes a living out of sneering actually know? See what I mean? One minute you like, next you dont.

Anyway, this might apply to me and Peter Kosmisnsky. I have to admit his films have their good points. Like Ken Loach, perhaps. But having seem the third episode of The State Im wondering if Ive been over-estimating him.

Yesterday I gave the film credit for aiming beyond the superficial message, its so awful no-ones gonna want to run away and join Isis. I put forward the hypothesis that he was sending a more ambitious and perhaps subliminal signal, i.e., ISIS has got (the real) Islam all wrong; true Islam is peaceful.

Maybe, after all, he is only saying is that joining Islamic State is less romantic than running away to join the Foreign Legion, (isnt that what the disenfranchised used to do?) so dont do it. 

Anyway the drama slid into farce during last nights episode. Two scenes in particular were positively cartoonish. Number one was a slave market where the histrionic sobbing and cowering reminded me of a rather sophisticated sixth-form production of Les Mis.

Number two. The prize for the most implausible scene showed our feisty female heroine, the doctor (no, not that doctor) risking death by making a clandestine, unchaperoned visit to the only nice man shed come across since she arrived, a doctor colleague at the hospital. She had a cunning plan. To avoid becoming the second wife of a horrid scary man, she proposed marriage to her  unmarried colleague, only to deduce from his momentary hesitation a deadly secret that no-one else had ever spotted. Are you gay? (He was.) I cant be the only one who found that scenario particularly laughable. 

There are several other unanswered questions, too numerous to list, though I would quite like to know what happened to the defiant...


MACKAY Woman accused of dealing ice in the Mackay region "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Bob Katter to meet with Tony Abbott when parliament returns "IndyWatch Feed National"

It would appear to be, as they say in the political genre, on. Katter seeks meeting with Abbott Updated: 7:50 pm, Wednesday, 23 August 2017 Crossbench MP Bob Katter says he will seek a meeting with Tony Abbott when parliament returns. Key crossbench MP Bob Katter has thrown a political...


North Korea Wont Negotiate Nuclear Deal With Hostile US "IndyWatch Feed National"

Pyongyang (TLS) Pyongyang said as long as the hostile U.S. policy and nuclear threat remains unchallenged, it wont eliminate its nuclear deterrent arsenal.

North Korea, or the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea, DPRK, will not take its self-defensive nuclear deterrent arsenal to the negotiating table, a Pyongyang envoy has said.

The measures taken by the DPRK to strengthen its nuclear deterrence and develop inter-continental rockets is a justifiable and legitimate option for self-defense in the face of such apparent and real threats, Ju Yong Chol, a DPRK diplomat, said at a U.N.-sponsored Conference on Disarmament in Geneva.

As long as the hostile U.S. policy and nuclear threat remains unchallenged, the DPRK will never place its self-defensive nuclear deterrence on the negotiating table.

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RELATED: Why the DPRK Needs a Nuclear Deterrent

Jus comment comes after U.S. disarmament ambassador Robert Wood told the same forum that U.S. President Donald Trumps top priority was to protect the United States and its allies against the growing threat presented by the DPRK.

The path to dialogue still remains an option for Pyongyang, Ju added.

Delegations from about 20 countries spoke at the four-hour U.N. session, including the United Kingdom, France, Australia, Japan and South Korea.

The DPRK has pursued its defensive weapons programs in defiance of U.N. Security Council sanctions and successfully tested two intercontinental ballistic missiles in July. It also threatened to fire...


Philippine Police do house-to-house drug testing, but no law allows it Government coercion Poverty is root of drug problem "IndyWatch Feed National"

Police officers from QCPD Station 6 knock on a makeshift gate in Lupang Pangako, Payatas as they conduct drug testing operations. VERA Files/Luz Rimban

MANILA, Philippines (First published Aug. 22 at 3:31 p.m.)  What would you do if a group of policemen showed up at your doorstep and asked you to pee into a plastic cup for an on-the-spot drug test that could reveal whether or not you had taken shabu or marijuana in the last seven days?

That is the question residents of Lupang Pangako in Barangay Payatas have been grappling with since June when groups of policemen started going house-to-house, armed with do-it-yourself drug testing kits that show, within seconds, that a person is either positive or negative for the use of those banned substances.

Answering the question is not easy, even if you were clean and had nothing at all to fear.

One 19-year-old man who was asked to take the drug test in place of his brother who was the person the police were actually looking for, had no choice but agree to do it.

Yet he could not get himself to pee, possibly out of fear, despite two tries and the police telling him to drink water.

In another home, the police went looking for a woman, but also did not find her there.

Instead, it was her grandmother who opened the makes...


Traditional Owners fighting Adani undeterred by Qld Court outcome "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Where theres mining there is no justice

Responding to a Supreme Court decision in Brisbane today, Traditional Owners fighting Adanis proposed Carmichael coal mine  say that yet again the Queensland Government and Adani  have benefited from laws designed to suppress Aboriginal peoples rights.

The Queensland Court of Appeal today upheld an earlier decision that the Queensland Minister for Mines did not have to afford Wangan and Jagalingou people natural justice when he issued the mining leases for Adanis Carmichael Mine.  The Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners Council
is now seeking legal advice on grounds to appeal to the High Court.

Senior spokesperson for the W&J Traditional Owners Council, Adrian Burragubba, says,

Where theres mining theres no justice for Traditional Owners. The mineral resources regime so often puts massive barriers in the way of Traditional Owners and the wider community which opposes coal mining in Queensland.

We appealed the decision of Queensland Mines Minister, Anthony Lynham MP,  to issue leases over our country to Adani, only to find our common law right to natural justice is of little worth.  We have always aimed higher than this in pursuit of our rights. We are not deterred by todays outcome.

The Court decision has let the Minister get away with sacrificing  our heritage and sacred places to promote his own political interests.

Instead of standing up for our rights in the lands and water of our ancestors, in April 2016 the Queensland Government preferred not to wait for our fight to be resolved in the Federal Court court and instead issued leases to Adani.

As Traditional Owners we wait more than a decade for our native title claim to be dealt with, while Adani can get a lease quickly, without our consent and with no money for its project.

We have clearly and unambiguously rejected a land use deal with this shyster company, yet they push on.  We are not done yet. We will exhaust all legal avenues in our fight to for our rights and to protect our country.  We have further litigation challenging their fake land use agreement in the Court, with a hearing date set for March 2018.

There will be no surrender. , Mr Burragubba concluded.

Continue reading W&Js statement here:


End of Financial Year Coffee Tour in June 2017 "IndyWatch Feed"

The Brisbane End of Financial Year Coffee Tour in June 2017 showcased Woolloongabba as a hub for specialty coffee. We watched green bean transform to brown at Coffee Supreme, appreciated espresso at Blue Sky and learnt the art of cupping coffee at Black Sheep.


James Clapper: I Question Trumps Fitness For Office, Wonder If He Is Looking For A Way Out "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Clapper on Screen with Don Lemon

CNN contributor James Clapper, former Director of National Intelligence, said after watching President Trumps Tuesday night rally in Phoenix he questions his fitness for office. Clapper said Trump seems to be looking for a way out of the presidency.

I really question his ability, his fitness to be in this office and I also am beginning to wonder about his motivation for it, Clapper said. Maybe he is looking for a way out.

I do wonder, as well about the people that attracted to this to this rally as others. You know, what are they thinking? Or why am I so far off base? Because I dont understand the adulation. Of course, thats why I think he gravitated to having this rally as ill-timed as it is, Clapper said.

You said you questioned his fitness. Is he a threat to national security? The president? Lemon asked.

Well, he certainly could be. Again, having some understanding of the levers that a president can exercise, I worry about, frankly, you know, the access to the nuclear codes, Clapper answered.


Wordless Wednesday 23082017 "IndyWatch Feed"

Cityscape      Filed under: Architecture, Australia, Photography, Travel Tagged: Australia, Brisbane City, Cityscape, Edits, Filter, Photo Art, Wordless Wednesday


10 ways to make great use of Canna "IndyWatch Feed"

Perennial Canna (Canna edulis) is an abundant permaculture plant in the subtropics, also known as Queensland Arrowroot. I can't imagine how I would have got my garden to this stage without it's help. 

Fabulously quick growing plant that has large leaves which hold a lot of water. They provide so much organic matter and look really luscious in the garden. Their height and form adds so much structure to a new permaculture garden.

It is an amazingly useful plant that I have used it extensively in the establishment phase of my garden to:

  1. create a super fast growing in-garden windbreak;
  2. create a super fast growing in-garden sun shade for sensitive plants in summer;
  3. develop a vegetative terrace to stop soil, water and mulch slipping down the slope;
  4. establish a weed barrier along with comfrey and lemongrass around new garden areas;
  5. make a living fence. I plant Canna beside a little chickenwire fence . I find the wild animals and chooks are less likely to jump/fly over the fence if they cannot see what is on the other side;...


The US Has Shown Its Teeth With Trumps Afghanistan Policy, but Can It Bite? "IndyWatch Feed National"

If implemented, the new policy will likely lead to confrontation with nuclear-armed Pakistan, but that does not mean the US should shy away from holding Islamabads feet to the fire.

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US President Donald Trump announces His Afghanistan Policy. Credit: Reuters

Donald Trump, the 45th US president and the third one to preside over its war in Afghanistan, has finally outlined his much-awaited Afghan policy. The wounded giant has bared its teeth but will it bite? At least thats the question the Pakistani military planners are trying to answer in the immediate aftermath of Trumps speech, which has put that country on notice. In a calculated departure from his predecessor Barrack Obamas Afghan policy speech at the West Point Military Academy in 2009, Trump has vowed to score a military victory in Afghanistan. The words victory or win were conspicuously absent from Obamas address. Trump also underscored that what stands between the US and victory in Afghanistan, inter alia, is the Pakistani support to the Afghan Taliban. And he is spot-on.

There is no way that the Taliban could have waged a relentless war against the Afghan state and people without its leadership enjoying sanctuary in Pakistan. The demise of the Taliban emir Mullah Omar, killing of his successor Mullah Akhtar Mansoor and the selection of his replacement Mawlawi Haibatullah Akhunzada, all inside Pakistan, show that while the Talibans tentacles may be in Afghanistan, its nerve centre remains on Pakistani soil. The Talibans sword arm, the so-called Haqqani Network (HQN), remains the Pakistani Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate, the ISIs veritable arm. The HQNs key financial lynchpin,...


Father bashed unconscious while daughters hid in bathroom during Melbourne home invasion "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Australian Government has banned the right to obtain, carry & use anything for the sole purpose of self defence, & this is the result. Australian homes & law abiding citizens are left defenseless. NO guns, NO pepper spray, NO tasers, NO anything!!! One would have thought that it was a human right to defend oneself & ones family!!! NOT IN AUSTRALIA IT ISN'T!


It's time for Queensland to shine "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Queensland picking up

Hot on the heels of the SEEK survey, comes another positive set of job ads figures.

Total job advertisements are now +26 per cent higher than at the 2013 nadir, according to the Department of Employment. 

After a torrid time since 2013, Queensland is now leading the way forward, with the strongest annual increase from around the states. 


Many of the finest opportunities over the decade ahead will be found in the Sunshine State.

Townsville is set for an economic lift following a torrid few years, while Cairns, Gold Coast, and the Sunshine Coast will continue to benefit from the Chinese tourism boom.

Then there is the Commonwealth Games coming up in 2018, which will be another welcome boost for Brisbane and the Gold Coast. 

Of course, the above figures are only one measure of what's going down (or up) in the Queensland economy.

ANZ's 'Stateometer' covers a considerably broader set of measures, and showed Queensland accelerating back to life in the June quarter.....


More Firearms Restrictions! Further Licensing Issues Police Policy "IndyWatch Feed National"

Property Letters
We are encountering issues regarding property letter sizes.  Specifically, a change in policy within Police Licensing Services (PLS) on what are adequate property sizes for certain calibre firearms.  A client recently had a firearms license application refused for a shotgun on 6 acres.

The PLS maintain they have a duty of care and responsibility to ensure license applicants have access to a property to safely shoot a firearm on.  Property size has a large part to do with this.  They do this by applying arbitrary rules, that do not exist in legislation, to decide whether or not a certain license application should be granted.  PLS will not officially release these figures.  Subsequently, acceptable property sizes change periodically without consultation with the industry or even a warning.

These changes make it particularly hard for firearm dealers to advise clients on suitable firearms for their requirements.  While a certain caliber would be needed to humanely kill certain pests or to engage in a certain style of recreational shooting, there is no certainty that PLS will approve that caliber.  This results in license applications being refused, when similar applications were granted only weeks prior.  Firearm Dealers and license applicants lose money and considerable time is needlessly wasted.  The Police Licensing Services claim to assess applications individually and consider other factors we do not accept this.  Our experience is that little other than property size is considered by assessors in the application process.  License applicants are usually forced to fight to get applications approved, often explaining relatively simple realities of pest eradication to assessors with seemingly little training.



Profit over people "IndyWatch Feed National"

Debt amount: 
Date debt issued: 
Wednesday, 1 March 2017
Period debt occurred: 
July 2014
Has your case been referred to a collection agency?: 
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Newstart Allowance
Appealing Debt?: 
Yes & I won
Tell us about your debt and how has this affected you? e.g. anxiety levels, financial and accommodation stress: 

In November 2015 I made a very serious attempt on my life and ended up in hospital for a period of time.
This wasn't the first attempt. It was simply the most serious.

It was by the doctor's recommendation that I spend a couple of months on a hiatus with my family where I could be monitored, seek counseling and eventually, when ready, move back into normal life.
I was working a casual job in Sydney at the time, living alone in a studio apartment and my family lived 7 hours away.
I did as the doctor suggested (I would not have been allowed out of hospital if I hadn't) and I stayed at my family's house for 3 months - du...


Don't try to revive the zombie TPP "IndyWatch Feed National"

Don't revive the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Use our online form to send a message to the Trade Minister now!



When are we Australians? Xenophon, Australian born and bred "IndyWatch Feed National"

Racism is a beast that threatens those whom it stares downs and regularly mauls its prey. This beast remains at all times as a firmament in the institutions of this so-called Australian nation. Racism has many veils and layers, institutional and structural and copiously pollutes the overarching documents that define this nation. The citizenship crisis []


Job ads not too shabby "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Jobs market firing up

Job ads are now a very solid +12.6 per cent higher than a year ago according to SEEK.

Aside from a brief 14-month period in 2007/8, the index has never been higher - although there are more part time jobs advertised today. 

Ads continued to accelerate in New South Wales (+7.3 per cent) and Victoria (+14.1 per cent).

But it was heartening to see that the southern states are now contributing, with a scorching +22 per cent increase in Tasmania in particular. 

The strongest performing industry was mining, and this was reflected by improving numbers in Western Australia (+16.8 per cent), South Australia, and the Northern Territory. 

Queensland also produced a vastly improved result, up by +20.2 per cent over the year, the best result since 2011. 

Advertised salaries are also rising solidly, while the number of applicants per advertised position is also in a pleasing decline. 

Lovely jubbly.


Divorce and long ride inspires Naz Bags "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

An Aussie woman has started the Naz Bags canvas motorcycle luggage company after being inspired by the Long Way Round and a year-long motorbike adventure following her divorce.

Narelle Naz Lyons, of Aratula in Queenslands Scenic Rim, says she has been riding since she was 16, but only started riding seriously about eight years ago.

I started off with a Virago, but after watching Long Way Round I knew I had to get an adventure bike, Naz says.

It was a Suzuki DR650 and when my husband suddenly left me a year later I sold up and travelled Australia on it. It was mostly just me and my tent. I loved it.

As I had spent a year travelling on a bike I had a lot of ideas about luggage.

So the marketing and design graduate started Naz Bags about a year ago, making affordable, high-quality canvas motorcycle luggage and tool bags from tough Australian canvas.Narelle

I was working with my sister-in-law, Janine, doing horse rug repairs, she says.

I had sewn most of my life but not so industrially. Janine is a professional machinist who makes horse float covers and she offered me machines to work on and some scrap canvas to see what I could develop.

Naz says her tool rolls are her best seller.

I designed these because when I travelled Oz on my bike it frustrated me digging around in a tool bag to find what I needed, especially in Central Australia in the heat, she says.

They have a strap at the back so they can be attached in lots of different places on a bike. Mine is attached so that I can open it to roll down my seat....


Google has been recording you without your knowledge "IndyWatch Feed National"


Blindman Death Stare "IndyWatch Feed"

Sat Sept 9 THE ZOO
ENTRY: $12

Fresh off the back of their shows with Night Birds, Melbourne punks Blind Man Death Stare will be tearing Sonnys a new fire exit alongside supports Kill Dirty Youth, Shut Up Shut Up Shut Up & Hound.

By September, theyll be in the midst of an extensive national tour to promote the release of their first full-length album titled ITLL GROW ON YA, released July 26th on Arrest Records.

The tour starts at the Dead of Winter Festival in Brisbane, on July 29th alongside The Meanies, The Bennies, The Porkers and many more.
They will then be joined by Melbourne ratbags Kill Dirty Youth for the remainder of the tour, playing over 20 dates spanning most of Australia and New Zealand.

Check out the video for the first single off the record, Spike My Drink But Dont Take My Kidneys.

Tickets on sale now via oztix. For more info head to

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As 19 Pro-Dhinakaran AIADMK Leaders Meet TN Governor, DMK Demands a Trust Vote "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Dhinakaran faction in the AIADMK has made it clear that they intend to remove chief minister Palanswami from his post and put forth their own candidate.

T.T.V. Dhinakaran being greeted by supporters. Credit: PTI/Files

T.T.V. Dhinakaran being greeted by supporters. Credit: PTI/Files

New Delhi: As political turmoil within the AIADMK in Tamil Nadu continues, 19 pro-T.T.V. Dhinakaran MLAs reportedly met with the states governor on Tuesday and asked that he take action against chief minister E. Palanaswami (known popularly as EPS) for abuse of power, corruption and favouritism.

..the present situation has arisen that the governance of the state cannot be carried on in accordance with provisions of the constitutionI request you Excellency Governor of Tamil Nadu to intervene and institute the constitutional process as constitutional head of the state the document submitted by the MLAs to governor Vidyasagar Rao was quoted by India Today as saying.

Speaking to a television channel, Sasikala-Dhinakaran loyalist Thangathamizh Chelvan said, We have told the governor that we will be taking steps to change chief minister Palaniswami.

According to an...


Yes, I know I should be ashamed of myself. But I'm not "IndyWatch Feed"

Because nobody else was brave enough to tell the truth about cannibal sea lice. In less than one week. With no editing. Or cover artist.

Available where all good books are sold, even though, you know, it really shouldn't be.


Spring Equinox Members Only Dinner "IndyWatch Feed"

Northey Street City Farm Spring Equinox Members Only Dinner This event is for Northey Street City Farm Members Only and for those wanting to become members. It will be a great opportunity to: Meet members of The Farm See what The Farm has acheived in the last year Give Feedback about The Farms future Cost: []

The post Spring Equinox Members Only Dinner appeared first on Northey Street City Farm.


The Rising Trend of Civil Unrest "IndyWatch Feed National"


QUESTION: Mr. Armstrong; You said that this civil unrest will continue to escalate and that the left is attempting to just suspend government until 2020. It does seem that every possible issue is always turned into an anti-Trump issue from vocal threats against North Korea that seems to have worked and protests against any company trying to work with the White House because they claim Trump is now a White Supremacist.  It seems to me that there have been a lot more leftist protests than alt-right. I think Charlottesville was the first. It is very strange how the left burn cities but thats ok and it is not attributed to Democrats. Is this the root cause of the escalation in civil unrest ahead?

Thank you for really offering a fair vie of things.


ANSWER: Correct. The list of leftists protests far outnumber anything of the alt-right has dome so far. This is why the violence will continue and escalate into some very bloody events going into 2020. Here are the list of the leftist protests:

  • 2009 Oakland, Akron, Pittsburgh
  • 2010 Santa Cruz, Oakland, Los Angeles,
  • 2011 Oakland
  • 2012 Chicago, Anaheim
  • 2013 Brooklyn
  • 2014 Ferguson, New York City
  • 2015 Baltimore
  • 2016 Anaheim, Chicago, St Paul, Milwaukee, Charlotte, Standing Rock, Oakland, Portland
  • 2017 Washington DC, Berkeley, Anaheim, Berkeley (again), Berkeley (again), Olympia, Portland, New York City, Boston, Hot Springs, Ark., Portland, Houston, Memphis, New Orleans

You can see that there has been a stark increase with the Trump election.


Chairman Mal's bollard video "IndyWatch Feed National"

Hi XXXXXXXX Yesterday I released Australias Strategy for Protecting Crowded Places from Terrorism and I wanted to briefly tell you why this strategy is such an important part of our plan to keep Australia safe. This strategy was developed in close partnership with the states and territories, local government, police...


New Research Reveals Why Avoiding Tuna Is Still a Good Idea "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Dr. Mercola

Fish has always been the best dietary source of the animal-based omega-3 fats EPA and DHA. While your body may be able to produce some of these fats, the process is relatively inefficient, so they are considered conditionally essential.1 This means to acquire sufficient amounts for optimal health, you need to consume the omega-3 fats EPA and DHA from your food.

Unfortunately, as the levels of pollution in the oceans have increased, so have the toxins you consume. If you arent choosy about where your fish is harvested, the pollutants in the fish may outweigh the benefits of the healthy fats. At the same time, many fish species have been overfished and dangerously depleted. Orange roughy is one example. A slow growing, deep water fish, they dont usually reproduce until age 20 and may live up to 149 years.2

In the 1980s the popularity of orange roughy exploded and led to driving it almost to extinction. In some areas, fishing for roughy has been restricted and scientists expect it to take many years for the population to recover, if it ever does. Farm-raised fish are also not the answer as they present problems for both the environment and the consumer.3

Raising fish in a confined area results in the same kind of waste pollution problems as land-based factory animal farms struggle with. Fish farms also reduce biodiversity, spread disease and sea lice, and contaminate water with pesticides. It is important to consider not only your health but also the impact on the environment when choosing seafood for your family.

Why Tuna Is Best Avoided

Historically, tuna has been a very popular fish, and among the most widely consumed. They are known for a distinctive flavor and versatility in the kitchen. There are at least 15 different species,4 but only five are commonly fished and eaten. Depending upon the species, the adults can weigh from 10 pounds up to 500 pounds. The largest is the Atlantic bluefin tuna that is migratory and can travel at great speeds o...


Peace Pilgrims a Pine Gap tour diary "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Friday September 16 2016 was a busy day for me. I began it preparing a radio show about Pine Gap, the secretive US military base near Alice Springs in central Australia. I had interviewed an academic who has studied Pine Gap and what it does; an activist who has opposed it; and an Arrernte traditional owner who says it has no right to be there. Then I rushed off to Griffith University, where I gave a guest talk to an ethics class about civil disobedience the practice of intentionally and openly breaking unjust laws.

But I am not purely a journalist who reports on whats happening, nor an academic who explains theories. So after completing these two tasks, I got into a car and headed for Alice Springs to attempt to resist Pine Gap and the US wars it facilitates.

So I guess before we go on, a quick primer about Pine Gap and what it does. Theres a lot more information out there if youre interested, but basically Pine Gap is one of three satelite communication bases the US has planted strategically around the globe to enable it to spy on the whole world. The lease for it was signed in 1966, the base built in 1970. At first, it was never publicly admitted that it was a military facility it was described as a space research station until academic Des Ball uncovered what it actually did. Rumours abound that the sacking of Prime Minister Gough Whitlam had something to do with his wanting more control over the base and getting on the wrong side of the CIA.

For most of its life, while Pine Gap has always attracted porotests from anti-war activists, its purpose has been just basic surveillance. In the last ten years though, this purpose has changed. These days the mobile phone and radio signals that Pine Gap recieves via satelite are used for drone strikes or other targetted bombings enabling the US to kill people in the Middle East without the risk of having a soldier killed or the risk of the empathy that comes from interacting with an actual human being.

As I said, Pine Gap has been the subject of numerous protests over the years. This one was to mark the 50th anniversary of the signing of the lease though for what exact purpose everyone was going out to the desert wasnt quite made clear. More on that later.

The trip to Alice was in my friend Jims van. Jim is a veteran of numerous actions and court cases out at Alice he was well acquainted with the route. The van runs off the biodeisel Jim makes out of used fish and chip oil; so all available car space was taken up with drums full of fuel. Other travel companions were my housemates Franz and Tim. Franz is Jims son so grew up going to protests though he is still a teenager. Tim is from New Zealand; his previous act of anti-war civil disobedience in Australia led to him being assaulted, stripped naked and threatened by SAS soldiers at Swan Island in Victoria. Undet...


Framing Commonwealth offences - including guidelines on when criminal charges should be preferred "IndyWatch Feed National" The guide can be downloaded through the links below: A Guide to Framing Commonwealth Offences, Infringement Notices and Enforcement Powers [DOC 7543B] A Guide to Framing Commonwealth Offences, Infringement Notices and Enforcement Powers [PDF 1.32MB] Principle in relation to criminal charges A criminal offence is the ultimate sanction for...


Something linear "IndyWatch Feed National"

The first time I fall in love it is with a girl. She tells me if you were a boy you would be my perfect person. You, as a boy. I smile and nod. I say, Ill keep a lookout for a boy like me, for you. I work early mornings at a caf. On the bus home at 11.30am I think about this and lean my head against the white-lit windowpane and cry because I know shes not wrong, but shes not right either. I get breast cancer. They cut off my breast and immediately make moves to replace it.


Notes from focus group and strategy discussion pro-gay marriage activists in Sydney "IndyWatch Feed National"

One of our readers was sitting next to a group of gay marriage activists in an inner-Sydney cafe. They were talking strategy and focus group outcomes and our reader made some notes: Campaign needs to: - inject more guilt - "guilt will win this for us" - push polling -...


Earth Kids Programs "IndyWatch Feed"

Monthly Program for homeschoolers: One-off sessions. Second Friday of the month: September November Spring School Holiday Program:  September 25th to 29th NSCF Earth Kids programs are about supporting kids to become nature smart to have the knowledge, understandings and skills to engage in creating a more sustainable world in a fun and interactive way. []

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Danya Pigeon crowned 2017-18 Junior Miss Cherokee "IndyWatch Feed National"

2017-18 Junior Miss Cherokee Danya Pigeon receiving her crown from 2016-17 Junior Miss Cherokee Lauryn Skye McCoy.

Published August 23, 2017

TAHLEQUAH Sequoyah High School senior Danya Pigeon, of Hulbert, was crowned the 2017-18 Junior Miss Cherokee during the 26th annual leadership competition on Saturday.

For the next year, Pigeon will act as a goodwill ambassador for the tribe, promoting the government, language, history and traditions of the Cherokee people.

Cherokee Nation Deputy S. Joe Crittenden, 2017-18 Junior Miss Cherokee Danya Pigeon and Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker.

Three teens competed for the honor at the Tahlequah Armory Municipal Center in three categories: a cultural presentation, an impromptu question-and-answer, and a speech on their respective platform. Pigeon, 18, earned her crown and sash after giving a special presentation on Sequoyah and the Cherokee syllabary, giving her opinion on connecting citizens inside and outside of tribal jurisdiction, and speaking on her platform, alcohol abuse.

It has been a dream of mine to be Junior Miss Cherokee, and I would like to thank God for giving me this opportunity to serve the Cherokee Nation, Pigeon said.

Pigeon is the daughter of Tammy West and Walter Pigeon. She previously served in the Cherokee National Youth Choir and is currently a member of the Harvest Time Tabernacle youth group.

The Junior Miss Cherokee competition is held each year in conjunction with the Cherokee National Holiday. The 2017-18 Miss Cherokee competition is slated for 6 p.m....


Former U.S. Attorney On Awan Indictment: "There Is Something Very Strange Going On Here" "IndyWatch Feed National"

We've written frequently over the past couple of months about the litany of unanswered questions surrounding the mysterious case of Debbie Wasserman Schultz's (DWS) IT staffers.  Why did DWS seemingly threaten the chief of the U.S. Capitol Police with consequences for holding equipment that was confiscated as part of an ongoing legal investigation?  Why did DWS keep Awan on her taxpayer funded payroll all the way up until the day he was arrested by the FBI at Dulles airport while trying to flee the country to Pakistan?  What, if anything, does the Awan family know about the DNC hacks that may have caused DWS to act in this way?



Stallholder Profile for Grandpa's Toys

Your name:  David Burrage
Your business name and facebook/website name and link:
The suburb/town you live in now: Alton Downs Qld (we have a workshop in Marian also which we share with Blacklist Prints)
What is it that you make and what skills do you use?: Handmade wooden toys for toddlers through to 80 year old. I use carpentry and furniture making skills to create my toys


The Benefit Of The Doubt: Try It Some Time, My Fellow Facebookers "IndyWatch Feed National"

Passion is a good thing. Flogging someone to death (virtually) online probably isnt. Nelly Thomas wishes for a gentler conversation.

For those of you who are politically inclined (Im looking at you New Matilda readers) passions run deep. Most of us actually do sincerely care about the issues we fight and agitate about, and for many of us, the issues are personal.

This is both an asset and strength.

If you dont care about an issue, whats the point thats just ego or grandstanding (and yes, we all know people for whom this is true).

If you do care, youre likely easily triggered by the issues and passionate discussion can quickly lead to no discussion at all.

I had one of those experiences recently on Facebook where I was accused of a prejudice I dont believe I hold. Nothing unusual there Ive only been on Facebook for about a month but Ive been in public life for 15 years and know its par for the course to be misunderstood and/or misrepresented.


And I can tell this is even more likely on Facebook where tone and nuance are lost and where theres no conch to pass to piggy. No benefit of the doubt is given and theres little room for good intentions or mistakes. But nonetheless, it made me think.

The world feels like it has gone mad.

I know every generation has said that, and Ive always thought there were mostly wack-a-doodles running the joint, but at the moment I feel genuinely scared. We are facing deep and serious problems and the debate seems to be getting ever more polarised.

Lots of people are talking, not many seem to be listening.

And when I say listening, I mean being fully present with two ears open and one mouth closed. When I think of this particular moment in history, I think of children shouting into the wind.

A few things for us, as activists, to consider. One is that being an activist is bloody tiring. Theres the necessary thinking, reading, volunteer work and the like, but theres also the energy it takes to live your principles day-to-day and, to remain civil in the face of what can feel like incomprehensible stupidity.

It also absolutely necessary.

Yes, theres a time and place for fighting extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures, but this must be the last resort. Wherever possible, I do believe opposing points of view should be debated respectfully if we want a better world. In short, pick your battles...


Bullying on the Australian Independent Media Network "AIM" "IndyWatch Feed National"

Michael Taylor, co-owner of The AIM Network, and his on-line associate, Kate Lee, have wrongly and publicly accused me of promoting on the AIM Network site the argument that Martin Bryant was unfairly convicted of the 1996 Port Arthur Massacre, using this to characterise me as a 'conspiracy theorist'. My commenting ability was terminated as Taylor was publicly accusing me of lying and insisting on a response. To me, this was clearly an attempt to shout down views that were against their preferred argument and, when that failed, they cut me off. Even if I had written a piece about Martin Bryant and even if it it had been proven to be rubbish, this should not come into an argument about something entirely unrelated - population numbers. For this reason I am publishing this abreviated record of our exchanges, and commenting on the behaviour others have also encountered on this so-called 'alternative media' site. I think it is important to warn people of how they may be treated on the AIM Network, because of the importance of providing respectful true alternatives to the Mainstream Media (msm). The AIM Network purports to be independent media, but many of its articles seem to mirror the propaganda attitudes of the mainstream news. The AIM site seems to be dominated by a socialist alliance brigade that has attempted to take over every indymedia site in Australia.

Other examples of the bullying behaviour include the treatment of an excellent AIM author, Sean Stinson, whose work can be read at His article, "Aleppo has been liberated, so why isnt anyone talking about it?"(December 15, 2016). This was the article that first attracted me to the site. I made comments on it, but the aggressive trolling drove me away. There were over 200 comments on that article, but Stinson's latest article, July 1st, "When Governments Lie: Humanitarian intervention from Serbia to Syria and beyond," has only 21 comments, and similar trolling. Have the trolls destroyed Stinson's readership? To one of the trolls, Sean says, "Honestly, the level of petty tribalism I see here does my head in some times." And, you will see in the extracts of comments from my own recent experience of the AIM Network, that the co-owner of the site, Michael Taylor, and his on-line-associate, Kaye Lee, blithely malign Stinson with the description of 'conspiracy theorist', which is such a gratuitous insult....


The ACTU - the harder you fight us, the more you teach us "IndyWatch Feed National"

A few weeks ago the ACTU boss Sally McManus gave this speech to commemorate the anniversary of the great strike by trade unions in Sydney during the height of World War one. You can never crush a belief - the right to be treated equally & fairly - the act...


Baby Boomers Bingeing at an Alarming Rate "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Experts from Flinders University have found baby boomers to be the biggest consumers of drugs and alcohol, while binge drinking among younger people is on the decline. (Image: Joint Base Langley-Eustis)

Drug and alcohol consumption has decreased in every other demographic, according to joint research between Flinders University and the South London NHS Foundation.

The researchers warn alcohol misuse may increase further as boomers continue to get older.

Professor Steve Allsop from the National Drug Research Institute says alcohol and drug related problems among the older generation will become a critical public health challenge in years to come.

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Ting sues Sarawak minister, publisher over bankrupt claim "IndyWatch Feed National"

Pujut assemblyman Dr Ting Tiong Choon is suing Sarawak International Trade and E-Commerce Minister Wong Soon Koh and the publisher of the Borneo Post over allegations that he was a bankrupt in Australia. According to The Malay Mail Online, Tings lawyer Wong King Wei said the DAP representative had filed a defamation suit over Soon []


Pujut rep sues Sarawak minister, publisher over bankrupt claim "IndyWatch Feed National"

Pujut assemblyman Dr Ting Tiong Choon has filed a defamation lawsuit against Sarawak International Trade and E-Commerce Minister Datuk Sri Wong Soon Koh and the publisher of a regional newspaper over allegations he was made a bankrupt in Australia. Dr Ting, whom the High Court reinstated as lawmaker following his disqualification by the state assembly, []


Everybodys Got a Marathon Story "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Mary W Maxwell My beautiful book, Marathon Bombing: Indicting the Players, is not yet mentioned on  It does sell at Amazon for $9.95, but Im unable to buy a copy to send to Library of Congress as I have no fixed address to tell to Amazon. Near the Texaco Station on Interstate 65 []


Afghan decision may increase US air power "IndyWatch Feed National"

A file image of Special Operations Task Group (SOTG) members in Afghanistan. AAP Image/Corporal Chris Moore

A file image of Special Operations Task Group (SOTG) members in Afghanistan. AAP Image/Corporal Chris Moore

The US Air Force may intensify its strikes in Afghanistan and expand training of the Afghan air force following President Donald Trumps decision to forge ahead with the 16-year-old war, its top general says.

Air Force Chief of Staff General David Goldfein told Reuters, however, he was still examining the matter, as the US militarys top brass had only begun the process of translating Trumps war strategy into action.

Asked whether the Air Force would dedicate more assets to Afghanistan, where the United States has been engaged in its longest military conflict, Goldfein said only: Possibly.

Its actually too early to tell what this will mean in terms of plus-ups and reductions, he said in a joint interview with Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson.

Still, he acknowledged that the Air Force was absolutely examining the possibility of increasing air power, including to support US ground forces, following Trumps promise of a stepped-up campaign against Taliban insurgents, who have gained ground against US-backed Afghan government forces.

In a speech on Monday night, Trump appeared to answer a call for thousands of more troops to break a stalemate with Taliban insurgents, on top of the roughly 8400 now deployed in Afghanistan.

Trump said the United States would not disclose troop numbers, but one US official told Reuters they could start moving quickly.

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Tuesday he would set troop levels following the review by military chiefs.

During the administration of Trumps predecessor, Barack Obama, US military officials privately expressed frustration about their inability to strike at many Taliban targets including training camps unless they could show a direct threat to US forces or major impact on the Afghan state.

Wilson said Trump appeared to be giving greater flexibility to strike insurgents.

Obviously the Joint Chiefs will work through their plans and make proposals, but I think the guidance was pretty clear from the preside...


Chris Hemsworth is Austs $31 million man "IndyWatch Feed National"

Chris Hemsworth as Thor. (AAP)

Chris Hemsworth as Thor. (AAP)

Donning a cape and saving the universe continues to be good for Chris Hemsworths bank account.

The former Home and Away TV soap star turned Marvel superhero Thor earned $US31.5 million the past year, although he almost looks poor next to another Hollywood action star, Mark Wahlberg, who was the highest paid actor with $US68 million.

Wahlberg proved you can collect big bank by making critically panned films like maligned sequels Transformers: The Last Knight and Daddys Home 2.

Markie Mark is officially Richie Rich, Forbes announced on Tuesday with the release of its annual Hollywoods highest-paid leading man list.

The Boston-born former rapper edged out last years king Dwayne The Rock Johnson, who came in second with $US65 million for Baywatch, the Ballers TV series and upcoming re-make Jumanji.Melbourne-born Hemsworth was the 12th highest paid actor.

Vin Diesel, on the back of the Fast and Furious and Guardians of the Galaxy franchises, took third with $US54.5 million.

Notable Aussie leading men who didnt make the top 20 include Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Hemsworths little brother, Liam.

Forbes tally does reflect the major upheaval underway in Hollywood, with the growing dominance of the Chinese and Indian film markets and the move away from the big screen to the small screen and online streaming by the likes of Netflix.

It also confirms it literally pays to be a Marvel superhero.

Joining Hemsworth on the list are other Marvel mates including Iron Mans Robert Downey Jr (6th with $US48 million), Deadpools Ryan Reynolds (15th $US21.5 million), Jeremy Renner (17th $US19 million), Chris Evans (18th $US18 million), Chris Pratt (19th $US17 million) and Mark Ruffalo (20th $US13 million).

The Chinese box office powered Jackie Chan to fifth place with $US49 million while Bollywood trio 8th Shah Rukh Khan $US38 million, 9th Salman King $US37 million and 10th Akshay Kumar $US35.5 million pushed most of Hollywoods biggest names out of the top 10.

Adam Sandler may have stunk up the box office in recent years but Netflixs gamble to sign the comedian up to a multi-movie deal landed him in the fifth position with $US50.5 mill...


Audio: A rare earth mine in Madagascar triggers concerns for locals and lemurs "IndyWatch Feed National"

On this episode of the Mongabay Newscast we discuss a proposed rare earth mining project in Madagascar that worries both lemurs and locals, and we also speak with a researcher who uses acoustic ecology techniques to assess the success of wetland rewetting programs in Australia and shares with us recordings of some of the rare visitors shes documented, listen here: Our first guest is Eddie Carver, a Mongabay contributor based in Madagascar who recently wrote a report about a foreign-owned company called Tantalum Rare Earth Malagasy (TREM) that is hoping to mine rare earth elements in Madagascars Ampasindava peninsula, a highly biodiverse region that is home to numerous iconic lemur species. Rare earth elements are used in a range of electronic devices and computers, and the deposit in Madagascars Ampasindava peninsula is expected to be worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Part of the Ampasindava peninsula was granted protected status in 2015 but only after TREM successfully lobbied to reduce the size of the protected area in order to safeguard the boundaries of its mining concession. We speak with Carver about the risks of mining for rare earth elements, how the mine might impact wildlife like the endemic lemur species that are found in Madagascar and nowhere else on Earth, the complicated history of TREM and its ownership of the mine, and how villagers in communities that have already been impacted by TREMs exploratory efforts view the mining project. Our second guest is Jo Wood, an Environmental Water Project


Warm ocean takes toll on undersea forests "IndyWatch Feed National"

When diving in the Gulf of Maine a few years back, Jennifer Dijkstra expected to be swimming through a flowing kelp forest that had long served as a nursery and food for juvenile fish and lobster.

But Dijkstra, a University of New Hampshire marine biologist, saw only a patchy seafloor before her. The sugar kelp had declined dramatically and been replaced by invasive, shrub-like seaweed that looked like a giant shag rug.

I remember going to some dive sites and honestly being shocked at how few kelp blades we saw, she said.

The Gulf of Maine, stretching from Cape Cod to Nova Scotia, is the latest in a growing list of global hotspots losing their kelp, including hundreds of miles in the Mediterranean Sea, off southern Japan and Australia, and parts of the California coast.

Among the worlds most diverse marine ecosystems, kelp forests are found on all continental coastlines except for Antarctica and provide critical food and shelter to myriad fish and other creatures.

Kelp also is critical to coastal economies, providing billions of dollars in tourism and fishing.

The likely culprit for the loss of kelp, according to several scientific studies, is warming oceans from climate change, coupled with the arrival of invasive species.In Maine, the invaders are other seaweeds.

In Australia, the Mediterranean and Japan, tropical fish are feasting on the kelp.

Most kelp are replaced by small, tightly packed, bushy seaweeds that collect sediment and prevent kelp from growing back, said the University of Western Australias Thomas Wernberg.

Collectively these changes are part of a recent and increasing global trend of flattening of the worlds kelp forests, said Wernberg, co-author of a 2016 study which found that 38 per cent of kelp forest declined over the past 50 years in regions that had data.

Kelp losses on Australias Great Southern Reef threaten tourism and fishing industries worth $US10 billion ($A13 billion).

Die-offs contributed to a 60 per cent drop in species richness in the Mediterranean and were blamed for the collapse of the abalone fishery in Japan.

You are losing habitat. You are losing food. You are losing shoreline protection, said University of Massachusetts Bostons Jarrett Byrnes, who leads a working group on kelp and climate change.

Kelp is incredibly resilient and has been known to bounce back from storms and heat waves.

But in Maine, it has struggled to recover following an explosion of voracious sea urchins in the 1980s that wiped out many kelp beds.

Now, it must survive in waters that are warming faster than the vast majority of the worlds oceans most likely forcing kelp to mi...


Facebook, Google put on spot over revenue "IndyWatch Feed National"

Facebook and other tech companies will be grilled about their tax. Photo EPA/Luong Thai Linh

Facebook and other tech companies will be grilled about their tax.
Photo EPA/Luong Thai Linh

Internet giants Facebook and Google have been grilled about how much they really earn in Australia during a parliamentary inquiry into corporate tax avoidance, amid concerns about an extraordinary discrepancy.

Representatives from both companies gave evidence on Tuesday that they had restructured their operations in order to comply with multinational tax avoidance laws recently passed by the Australian parliament.

But crossbench senator Nick Xenophon said evidence to a separate Senate committee in Sydney on Tuesday into the future of journalism from academics at the Melbourne Business School suggested an extraordinary discrepancy between what Facebook and Google say their revenues are in Australia.

The evidence suggested half of Australias $18 billion advertising market was digital, with Facebook and Google accounting for 75 per cent, putting their revenues in Australia around $6 or $7 billion.

Asked by Senator Xenophon whether Facebooks numbers accurately reflected the advertising revenue received in Australia, the companys vice president of tax and treasury Ted Price insisted the figures were very credible.

He said advertising on Facebook processed by the companys Sydney or Melbourne offices generated revenue of $327 million in 2016, with the company paying $3.3 million in tax.

That compared to a revenue of $33.6 million before the new tax avoidance laws came into effect, with tax payable of just $815,000.

Google said its Australian advertising revenue was $1.14 billion in 2016, with director of international tax, Damon Richardson, insisting that figure was audited by an external firm.

Were paying the appropriate amount of tax that we believe is correct here in Australia, he told the committee.

Both companies are currently being audited by the Australian Taxation Office.

Meanwhile, Apple told the committee its tax arrangements in Australia had been given the tick of approval by authorities following a long-running audit.

The companys managin...


Maths and science courses hit in uni cuts "IndyWatch Feed National"

Science contributes $145 billion to the Australian economy. (file pic)

Science contributes $145 billion to the Australian economy. (file pic)

Australias future engineers, scientists and tech experts will be hardest hit by the federal governments planned changes to university funding.

Universities Australia has a new analysis of where proposed cuts will fall and says science, technology, engineering and maths courses will bear more than a third of the brunt.

The peak body says this runs counter to the governments own science and innovation agenda, which recognises the need to boost the number of people with maths and science skills.

The government wants to cut university teaching funding by 2.5 per cent a year in 2018 and 2019, tie a portion of university funding to performance, increase student fees by up to $3600 over a four-year degree, and lower the loan repayment threshold.

Its labelled the funding cut an efficiency dividend, with Education Minister Simon Birmingham arguing that with more students than ever, universities should be able to teach more efficiently.

He says theres been a river of gold flowing into higher education in recent years.

The Universities Australia analysis finds the cut would reduce funding to STEM courses typically among the more expensive to teach by $405 million over the next four years.

All up, it says the cut will take $1.16 billion out of universities.

If we want Australia to be a STEM powerhouse, we cant afford to cut public funding to train future scientists while also making science students pay more, chief executive Belinda Robinson said.

She pointed to a government-commissioned report that estimated maths and science graduates delivered strong spillover benefits to the economy, including paying more taxes and boosting wider productivity.

Health courses would lose $191 million, behavioural science and social studies $165 million and law, accounting, economics and commerce $138 million.

Senator Birmingham has said the governments package gets the funding balance right between students, universities and taxpayers.

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ADF says determined to stamp out abuse "IndyWatch Feed National"

Counsel Assisting Angus Stewart delivering the opening remarks at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse public hearing into the Australian Defence Force in Sydney. AAP Image/Jeremy Piper

Counsel Assisting Angus Stewart delivering the opening remarks at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse public hearing into the Australian Defence Force in Sydney. AAP Image/Jeremy Piper

The Australian Defence Force will not forget its past failures in its determination to stamp out abuse, its vice chief says.

The child abuse royal commission has found the Navy and Army failed in their duty of care to junior recruits and apprentices, who were sexually and physically abused decades ago.

The commission also said Defence has not been entirely successful in preventing child sexual abuse within the ADF Cadets despite a number of reviews since at least 2000.

Vice Admiral Ray Griggs, who apologised to victims during the commissions public hearing, said the courage of the abuse survivors and their families has been an important catalyst for change in the ADF.

What happened to them was wrong, Vice Admiral Griggs said after the commission released its findings on Tuesday.

However, their stories of personal suffering have helped change the ADF and strengthened the resolve of the senior leadership to stamp out abuse in Defence.

Vice Admiral Griggs said the victims who had come forward to the royal commission, the Defence Abuse Response Taskforce and Defence more generally were owed a debt of gratitude.

The failures of the past will not be forgotten; but it is reassuring that the royal commission has acknowledged the significant work that has been undertaken by Defence to create uniformed child safety procedures and protocols.

He said that did not mean Defence could relax its commitment.

The safety and wellbeing of children involved with, or working within, Defence is paramount, which is why significant resources have been committed to embedding an enduring youth safety culture within the organisation.

The commission found the management systems at HMAS Leeuwin in Western...


Do you want to be a patron of FixedIt? "IndyWatch Feed National"

So this feels very weird, asking for money for a project I wish didnt have to exist. But FixedIt just keeps getting bigger, not smaller. Too many headlines go by that I dont have time to fix because I have to put paid work first.

But it needs to get bigger. It needs to be world wide publications, not just Australia. It needs to be every day and done properly. Unfortunately my landlord wont accept anger in lieu of rent.

I know times are tough and no one should feel any obligation, but if you want to, and if you can, help me have more time to give to this. I also know any support I get is because you believe this matters and I take that responsibility very seriously.

Every little bit helps, please dont feel you have to give big. Even one dollar a month adds up.

Theres a lot more I can do with this project if I can get the time to do it properly, thank you so much to everyone who supports it.

You can have find my Patron page here



New laws following Dreamworld disaster "IndyWatch Feed National"

Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk pays her respects, laying a wreath outside the Dreamworld Theme Park on Thursday. AAP Image/Dave Hunt

Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk pays her respects, laying a wreath outside the Dreamworld Theme Park on Thursday. AAP Image/Dave Hunt

Industrial manslaughter laws will be introduced in Queensland following the Dreamworld ride accident that killed four people.

Safety around amusement rides will also be tightened, including increased inspections and record keeping by operators, and possible licensing of people operating rides.

Older rides may also be closed down if they dont meet standards.

The changes follow the recommendations of a best practice review, commissioned after last years Dreamworld Thunder River Rapids ride disaster and a fatal workplace accident at Eagle Farm racecourse last year.

Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace says the government will introduce new maintenance, operation and competency requirements for the inspection and operation of park rides, and the industrial manslaughter law.

She says the the Work Health and Safety and Other Legislation Amendment Bill seeks to implement the 58 recommendations in the Best Practice Review.

Under our proposed laws, the maximum penalty for industrial manslaughter will be 20 years imprisonment for an individual, with a maximum fine of $10 million for a corporate offender, she said in a statement.

Importantly, companies wont be able to hide behind elaborate corporate structures to evade their responsibilities.

She said families affected by workplace deaths could take heart that individuals or companies responsible will be held to account under our laws.

Our harsher penalties will serve as a deterrent to employers who are tempted to cut corners when it comes to safety in the workplace.

Cindy Low, Kate Goodchild, Luke Dorsett and Roozi Araghi were killed last October 25 when the Thunder River Rapids ride malfunctioned.

The ride has been decommissioned.

On October 6, Ashley Morris, 34, and Humberto Leite, 55, were killed when a 10-tonne concrete slab fell on them in a pit...


Julian Assange Confirms Bernie Sanders Was Threatened To Drop Out "IndyWatch Feed National"

During a recent interview with Australian journalist John Pilger, Assange said that Bernie Sanders was forced to drop out of the race due to threats from the Clinton campaign.

Assanges admission appears to substantiate claims by the Kremlin who revealed they had evidence that Jane Sanders was physically threatened in order to get Bernie on board with Hillarys campaign. reports:

Pilger, who is working on a documentary about Assange, asked:

Julian, we cut you off earlier when you were talking about what you felt were the most significant emails that you have released. Is there any last one that youd like to mention? And also, do you have any thoughts on Bernie Sanders? I mean what is your opinion why Bernie Sanders drop out of the race?

Assange responded:

Look, I thinkyou know, we know how politics works in the United States. Whoeverwhatever political party gets into government is going to merge with the bureaucracy pretty damn fast. It will be in a position where it has some levers in its hand. And Bernie Sanders was independent candidate trying to get the nomination trough the Democratic Party and if you ask me he did get the nomination, but he was threatened to drop out.

Again, Assange has promised to release incriminating emails which are sure to result in Clintons indictment. He says he has evidence that Hillary made deals with an alleged Islamic state sponsor, as well as damning information about the Clinton Foundation.

The Clinton campaign knows hes on to her, too, which is why a strategist called for an assassination of Assange on TV.

Of course, were very interested in revealing the truth about any candidate and yes we have some material about Bernie Sanders that will be published, Assange added.

Source: True Activist


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FixedIt: Women. They are women. Not just sex workers "IndyWatch Feed National"

Yes, you can rape a woman if she is a sex worker. Because she is a woman and a person before she is her job. Dehumanising rape victims is abhorrent.

Mohammad and Khalid Alibassi raped three women. Their crimes are not diminished by the profession of their victims. The ABC should know better, but yet again, it appears that they dont.

Sex work is dangerous, but not because they are working with toxic chemicals or high risk machinery, its because they are working with men. The men who put sex workers in danger are the ones who believe they are easy prey, theyre bad women and they are therefore acceptable vessels for male violence. The belief is utterly false and should not be given any credence.

No one can buy the right to rape someone.


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Australian National Security. Terrorism. "IndyWatch Feed National"

I did a quick search on the net this morning to see if there were any disaster preparedness surveys or government advice sheets. I found nothing to date. I find this quite amazing. In & post WW2 there was advice on needed supplies, how to preserve foods, how to save money when purchasing food, growing your own food etc etc. The world has changed. My advice, Be Prepared!


Update: Why is My Post Moderated or Filtered? "IndyWatch Feed National"

THE EXACT REASON: The short answer is that we don't know.  It isn't necessarily a swear word. Comment moderation is a very complex and

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The National have just announced an Aussie tour for 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

For the first time since 2014, The National are heading back to Australia for a series of what are bound to be amazing headline performances.

The US indie-rockers have announced a series of Aussie dates for February and March next year, with the group set to bring their live shows to Sydney, Brisbane, and Melbourne audiences.

The Nationals 2018 Aussie tour will follow the release of their long-awaited seventh recordSleep Well Beast, which is due for release on September 8th. So of course, this means that this will be the first time Aussie audiences get to sample the groups new record in a live setting.

The National were last in the country back in 2016 for a one-off performance at Byron Bays Bluesfest, but Aussie fans have had to wait since 2014 for a headline tour. Now, with tour dates announced, and a new record only weeks away, things are looking pretty good.

Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, September 1st. For more information in regards to dates, ticketing, and pre-sales, check the details below.

While we wait for The National to touch down on Aussie shores, check out their newest single The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness.

The National Australian Tour 2018

Wednesday, February 21st, 2018
Sydney Opera House Forecourt, Sydney, NSW

Tuesday, February 27th, 2018
Riverstage, Brisbane, QLD

Thursday, March 1st, 2018
Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne, VIC

Tickets on sale 9am, Friday, September 1st.

For tickets and pre-sale info, visit Handsome Tours website.


If You Mail The Australian Christian Lobby An Envelope Full Of Glitter, Theyll Pay For the Stamp! "IndyWatch Feed National"

In fact you can mail the Australian Christian Lobby just about anything you like (although keep it classy folks), and theyll pay for it, because as it turns out the ACL  chief opponents of marriage equality in Australia has a reply paid service with Australia Post. Honestly, wont someone please think of the children.?

You might be asking, how do we know about their super secret tell no-one reply paid service?

Late last night, Shelton tweeted out a picture which was supposed to portray him and his organisation as the victims in the marriage equality debate (ironically, that might just end up coming true). He included the original envelope in the photo and right there on the front, in all its heavenly glory, is a reply paid address for all to see.

Heres the tweet and note, weve had to blur a section of the photo out for reasons that youre definitely going to want to know (read to the end of the article).


For those unfamiliar with a reply paid service, it means you dont have to a put a stamp on your envelope. You just address your letter, pop it in the mail and the muppet at the other end will pick up the tab.

Speaking of which, this is what a muppet looks like. And sounds like.

As chief of staff and then CEO of the ACL, Shelton has led the push against marriage equality in Australia for almost decade, earning him the international Daniel of the Year award from US Christian group World Magazine last year (yes, its a real award, no we couldnt be arsed looking up what a Daniel of the Year Award actually is because it were worried the collective IQ of the New Matilda office will actually drop if were exposed to it).

But heres how World Magazine described the shocking oppression that Shelton and his flock suffer every day.

As the marriage debate Down Under grew more intense in 2016, so did attacks on religious liberty. Gay activists took an archbishop to court for distributing a booklet, Dont Mess with Marriage. A printing company refused to print a doctors book about marriage just before the books scheduled launch. A Christian groups reservation of a hotel meeting room led to threats of violence against hotel staff members. A major accounting firm forced one of its senior executives to resign from the board of a Christian organization. A state Anti-Discrimination Commission treated a marriage-defending newspaper column as hate speech.

Oh, the humanity.



Fight Marriage Equality Hate With Goats Doing Parkour And Then Enrol To Vote "IndyWatch Feed National"

If youre a supporter of marriage equality, and youve accepted that you may have to participate in the upcoming postal plebiscite, whether you like it or not, then you may be a bit anxious about whether or not the untapped voting power of the millennials will be realized.

Well, one grassroots Australian organisation Democracy in Colour has taken steps to tackle that issue head on, launching a website where younger voters can watch goats doing parkour, before heading on over to the Australian Electoral Commission to join the roll, or update their details. And by the way theres now less than 24 hours to do that before the rolls close. Chop chop.

The whole process takes just a few minutes not counting the amount of time you invest watching the goats do parkour which is likely to be substantial, because theyre pretty damn awesome.

In a related note, the whole postal plebiscite issue is increasingly posing a potentially curious problem for the Liberal-Nationals. With an influx of young voters onto the roll, presumably overwhelmingly so they can vote yes, theyll also be able to vote in the next federal election.

Seems highly unlikely theyll be voting yes to Malcolm Turnbull and his colleagues, however.

So even if we dont get marriage equality in the life of this parliament, the postal plebiscite will probably (and ironically) help ensure we get it in the next. Malcolm Turnbull will probably cop the blame from conservatives, but lets not forget the postal plebiscite was actually Peter Duttons idea.

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Australia, you have a problem with Islamophobia | Middle East Eye "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia, you have a problem with Islamophobia | Middle East Eye:

While Brandis strong condemnation of Hanson is to be commended, it does leave one question: where do the vast majority of Australians stand on the spectrum that spans the gamut between multicultural tolerance and extreme anti-Muslim bigotry?

Alarmingly, a slew of data points to a conclusion that Australia is one of the most Islamophobic countries on the planet.

Consider: while only 41 percent of Americans support a temporary ban on immigrants from a handful of Muslim majority nation states, a plurality of Australians (49 percent) support a permanent block on Muslims entering the country.


"Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish" "IndyWatch Feed National"

"Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish."
- Steve Jobs, 
Commencement Speech, Stanford University, 2005

"When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: "If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you'll most certainly be right." It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: "If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?" And whenever the answer has been "No" for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.

Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything - all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure - these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.


Former U.S. Attorney On Awan Indictment: There Is Something Very Strange Going On Here "IndyWatch Feed National"

Weve written frequently over the past couple of months about the litany of unanswered questions surrounding the mysterious case of Debbie Wasserman Schultzs (DWS) IT staffers.  Why did DWS seemingly threaten the chief of the U.S. Capitol Police with consequences for holding equipment that was confiscated as part of an ongoing legal investigation?  Why did DWS []

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Video: Huge turnout for anti-racism rally in Vancouver "IndyWatch Feed National"

Canada has also seen a rise in hate politics and the presence of fascist groups in the streets and the tide of opinion is definitely going the other way. In Vancouver, an anti-immigrant rally, attended by members of Nazi type groups, is overwhelmed by the opposition.

Video from Freddie Pritchard DaWeedKing


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Consciousness is the Key to World Change "IndyWatch Feed National"

Paul A. Philips, Guest
Waking Times

Those craftily manipulating and enslaving us are caring less and less about whether or not we buy into their carefully cultivated 5-sense, 3D reality, played out in the world theatre of illusion.

The enslavers are caring less and less about the fact that in this theatre of illusion, we the audience, increasing in numbers, are detecting the gaps in the falling apart scenery once believed to be real, as the brick wall behind is exposed. Then theres more and more of us in the audience detecting the strings attached to the stage puppets, such as the puppeteered politicians: Many of us can now see their strings getting pulled by the puppet masters who are no longer hidden in the shadows

To an extent, our enslavers dont care that the theatre of illusion that has deceived us since time-immemorial with all its fallacies of freedom is being exposed and falling apart: The whole false pretence, the set-up, both the stage and the auditorium has been energy draining and costly for them to maintain. Now, in their arrogance, the enslavers consider themselves to be in such a position that our increasing resistance is futile: Is it only a matter of time before the theatre of illusion will be redundant as they are becoming more and more confident that they will achieve their planned complete world takeover?

-Having found out about their planned world takeover, there inevitably follows the questionwhat can we do about it?

Sure, from a left brain point of view; through analyzing, rationalizing and reasoning theres been quite a lot of talk in terms of possible answers on how to deal with this situation. There have indeed been some good responses with many practical insights

-However, this alone is not the real solution. The bottom line of bottom lines is that the real solution lies in a shift in consciousness.

Our overwhelming uncontrollable mass awakening is what the worlds ruling elite fear the most. Since we greatly outnumber them and their associates...


FixedIt: Desire does not cause murder "IndyWatch Feed National"

The horrific details of Michael Cardamones crimes against Karen Chetcuti-Verbunt might be tempting to sensationalise, but it should only take a moment to remember that she was a real person not a meaningless cypher from a cheap thriller.

Its beyond imaging what her family and friends have had to live through but we can make some small effort to do so and not add to their suffering with salacious headlines or by making implicit excuses for the man who murdered her.

Michael Cardamone did not murder Karen because of a sexual interest and the unspoken suggestion that she rejected his interest and thereby played any part in his choice to murder her is vile.

Rape and murder are not caused by desire, they are about power and control, and the belief common to violent men that they are entitled to violate women because women are objects to posses or dispose of, not people.

Reporting like this implicitly endorses that belief. When the media confirms that desire is a reason for murder it tells violent men that they are right to think their desire excuses and explains their choices.

It doesnt.

Some cases seem to just send the media into a frenzy. Journalists and editors who do actually know better get caught up in the sensationalism and lose their minds. Michael Cardamones savage murder of Karen Chetcuti-Verbunt is one of those cases.

The headline above was from the ABC but they werent the only ones who failed in their reporting of this case. The Age, which almost never makes an appearance in FixedIt, produced this clanger as the lead in their report of Cardamones trial.

This murder absolutely should have been reported. It is very much in the public interest to know that Cardamone was on parole for raping a 15 year old girl and had already violated the conditions of his parole when he murdered Karen Chetcuti-Verbunt. Theres a good argument to be made that the savagery of the murder should be public knowled...


Is a leather seat better than vinyl? "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Is leather better than vinyl when it comes to choosing the best seat for your motorcycle?

We asked longtime motorcycle seat upholsterer John Moorhouse of Ergo Seats in Brisbane for his advice when we dropped off our Ducati GT1000 seat for a new cover and comfortable foam.

Is a leather seat better than vinyl? John Moorhouse Ergo SeatsJohn with our Ducati GT1000

The seat will be ready in five days and it will apparently take about 1000km to bed in, so we will give you a full review of the performance level in a few weeks.

Meanwhile, theres that issue of whether to go for leather or vinyl.

John talked us into leather, although he says customers are split about 50/50 on the choice.

Leather looks great and, if you look after it, I wont see you back, he says.

Thats not good business but they last 30 years or more if looked after.

He suggests dressing the leather with lanolin or a special crocodile oil mixture.

That makes sense as Ive never seen a croc with old-age wrinkles!

Crocodile seat Is a leather seat better than vinyl? John Moorhouse Ergo SeatsCroc skin seat

John says he mainly works with cow leather, but he gets requests for croc skin, kangaroo, emu, snake and even stingray which has an unusual finish.

I havent used stingray yet as you need special...


Turnbull government moves to slash chemical safety testing regulations "IndyWatch Feed National"

The following article by Nicole Hasham (The Sydney Morning Herald 20 August 2017), about the proposed relaxation of assessment of toxic chemicals for public threat is extremely worrying, when even the existing laws have meant that we are forced to love in an environment that is compromising the health of the population. Further relaxation is bound to impact further into the health risks face by Australians. The bill is being examined in the Senate and as more people become aware of its existence, the opposition to it is growing.

A Turnbull government move to slash industrial chemical regulation could create toxic chemical disasters and leave the public and officials oblivious to the risks, critics have warned.

Cancer Council Australia, unions and public health advocates have expressed alarm over the proposed changes, which mean more than 99 per cent of new industrial chemicals will not be officially assessed for threats to public health and the environment before being introduced to the public.

Industrial chemicals pervade our daily lives they are present in cosmetics, fragrances, paint, petrol, cleaners, dyes and plastics, and are used in mining, construction and manufacturing.

Under a bill introduced by Assistant Health Minister David Gillespie, industry would be allowed to self-assess whether a chemical new to Australia was low-risk and therefore exempt, meaning it could be brought to market without being reported to the regulator or having its safety assessed.

About 10,500 new chemicals were reported to the regulator, the National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS), last financial year.

Under the proposed regime NICNAS would assess just 0.75 per cent of new chemicals before they are used by industry down from the current rate of 3.3 per cent.

The government said the proposal would reduce red tape and save industry about $23 million a year. It said cuts to the assessment of low-risk chemicals before use by industry would be balanced by increased post-market monitoring, to ensure that health and environmental protections are maintained.

But chairman of the Cancer Councils occupational and environmental cancers committee, Terry Slevin, said while a chemical might be considered safe today, in 10 years time we might have evidence to suggest we were mistaken.

He pointed to toxic compounds used for decades in some firefighting foam, and tattoo inks, one in five of which have been found to contain carcinogenic chemicals.

If a chemical did become problematic, under the new regime the regulator may have no mechanism to identify where that chemical has been in use, where it might currently be in use and the quantity of that chemical in Australia, Mr Slevin...


Cops brutalize elderly man trying to intervene in a domestic dispute "IndyWatch Feed National"

Critics are saying police have reached a new behavioral low with the way they dealt with a 72-year-old man who is now suing the White Plains Police Department for unnecessary and excessive force, and has the injuries to prove it. Charles Pateman was trying to intervene in a domestic dispute between his fiance' and her daughter. The residential surveillance camera shows the elderly man attempting to get into the elevator to go up to his apartment when police grabbed the well-known businessman and developer, slamming him into the wall and then the floor. After several moments of rough handling, they then placed him in handcuffs. The officers involved demanded Pateman "stand up or we'll drag you out," a command which arguably could be difficult for a person over the age of 70 to comply with. After he got to his feet, and was taken to the squad car, Mr. Pateman asked the arresting officer to loosen his handcuffs. The reasonable request was answered rather sarcastically as the officer replied, "they're not built for comfort, sir."


Mysterious microbe discovered in Antarctic may hold keys to puzzle of evolution "IndyWatch Feed National"

Until now it has remained one of the biggest mysteries in evolution. For decades the best biological brains have been left puzzled over the exact origin of viruses. Now biologists from the University of New South Wales in Australia believe they have found the answer - and it is all down to a peculiar Antarctic microbe. Are they an older, simpler form of life - or are they parasites that arose only once cells had evolved? It is thought this microorganism is host to a fragment of DNA that can build a capsule around itself, thus answering that elusive question of how viruses first arose. According to Ricardo Cavichioli and his team from the University of New South Wales, they found a microorganism in the lakes of the Rauer Islands off the coast of Antarctica that might shed some light on the question.


Edison Police Officer Pleads Guilty to Firebombing his Supervisors House "IndyWatch Feed National"

NEW BRUNSWICK A former Edison officer struck a deal with the prosecutors office Monday resolving two arson cases and a host of charges, including multiple counts of attempted murder

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Fossil baleen whale discovery in Japan "IndyWatch Feed National"

This video says about itself:

22 August 2017

Fossil of whale of 15 million years old reveals ancient hatcheries

A second close look at a fossil has revealed a hatchery previously unknown of an extinct whale, and potentially sheds light on how species respond to changing weather conditions. They report a careful reexamination of several fossils of an extinct whale, Parietobalaena yamaokai, which existed around 15 million years ago. Fossils had been collected over the last century from around Hiroshima, and were held at Hiwa City Museum of Natural History. When examining one of the exhibits, part of a skull, Tsai noticed that two of the bones had not completely woven, indicating that the animal must have been less than six months old when he died.

Identification of a possible breeding place of the Miocene for whales in the northern hemisphere also raises some interesting questions, he concludes. When, where and what species of whales initiated the long, annual migration between feeding and childbirth. Answers to these questions could help provide clues about the breeding grounds of modern whales whose locations are largely unknown. This, in turn, will have direct application for conservation strategies.

From ScienceDaily:

A potential breeding site of a Miocene era baleen whale

Researcher identifies evidence of a calf whale from the Miocene of Hiroshima, Japan suggesting the earliest known site for baleen whale breeding in the northern hemisphere

August 22, 2017

Baleen whales are amongst the largest animals to have ever lived and yet very little is known about their breeding habits. One researchers second look at previously found baleen whale fossils from Japan provides new evidence of a now long-gone breeding ground of the extinct baleen whale Parietobalaena yamaokai dating back over 15 million years.

The research published in the open-access journal PeerJ elaborates on the evidence of the presence...


Dont feed the trolls how to combat the alt-right "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Kazu Haga

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Nazism and white supremacy are forms of violence. Lets start there.

The constitution does not protect violence, and Im happy to see that the California chapter of the ACLU has taken a stand against protecting the free speech of hate groups.

But with or without marching permits, it is clear that public displays of hatred are a growing trend in the United States. And as much as I dont want to give these groups more attention, it is also clear that simply ignoring them is not going to make them go away.

So what do we do?

Many communities seem to have embraced the militant tactics of Antifa, so much so that it seems like its already an expectation that every alt-right rally will turn into a violent battlefield.

Yet I cant help but wonder if these tactics are giving the alt-right exactly what they want. Is it possible that we could be winning small battles while losing the war? Is it possible that as we celebrate Nazis getting punched, their numbers are growing as a direct result of it?

I dont pretend to have all the answers. I would even admit that a portion of the blame for the rise in violence has to go to those of us committed to nonviolence for our failure to come up with the type of assertive response necessary in these urgent times.

And I do give a lot of credit to Antifa activists, for as much as I have major disagreements in strategy, they have had the courage to put their bodies on the line. When the levels of hatred are as extreme as they are, our responses to it nonviolent or otherwise has to match its intensity, and Antifa has done that.

But as these battles rage on (the alt-right has planned rallies this weekend in San Francisco and Berkeley), its critical that we not get dogmatic and are able to evaluate our strategies.

Violence has a simple dynamic that Rev. James Lawson once described as, I make you suffer more than I suffer. If we think that punching Nazis and pepper spraying them will make them suffer so much that they go away, Im afraid that we...


Need Car-Charging Infrastructure? How About Peer-To-Peer And On The Blockchain "IndyWatch Feed National"

Theres already a fairly robust start to a charging system for EVs, but most of its privately owned. A new plan wants to open it up.

To meet the needs of the millions of electric vehicles that may be on the roads over the next decade or two, were going to need a lot more places to plug in. The current facilities are limited to desultory stops in supermarket parking lots (and such places), and offer nothing approaching the peace of mind of the gas station network. There are currently about 44,000 EV charging stations in the U.S, according to U.S. government figures, compared to 168,000 nationwide that sell fuel.

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MACKAY Naked violent crim on rooftop a waste of time "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY August 22, 2017 at 01:56PM ,

Naked violent crim on rooftop a waste of time

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MACKAY Drunk man licked stranger, then punched a hero "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY August 22, 2017 at 11:52AM ,

Drunk man licked stranger, then punched a hero

August 22, 2017 at 11:52AM ,

been in a bar with a friend and the defendant walked up and licked her on the cheek, prosecutor Shelby Larcombe told Mackay Magistrates Court.

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Prayer and Meditation for Wednesday, August 23, 2017 The Parable of the Laborers in the Vineyard "IndyWatch Feed National"

Wednesday of the Twentieth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 421

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Art: Parable of the Laborers in the Vineyard By Rembrandt

Reading 1  JGS 9:6-15

All the citizens of Shechem and all Beth-millo came together
and proceeded to make Abimelech king
by the terebinth at the memorial pillar in Shechem.

When this was reported to him,
Jotham went to the top of Mount Gerizim and, standing there,
cried out to them in a loud voice:
Hear me, citizens of Shechem, that God may then hear you!
Once the trees went to anoint a king over themselves.
So they said to the olive tree, Reign over us.
But the olive tree answered them, Must I give up my rich oil,
whereby men and gods are honored,
and go to wave over the trees?
Then the trees said to the fig tree, Come; you reign over us!
But the fig tree answered them,
Must I give up my sweetness and my good fruit,
and go to wave over the trees?
Then the trees said to the vine, Come you, and reign over us.
But the vine answered them,
Must I give up my wine that cheers gods and men,
and go to wave over the trees?
Then all the trees said to the buckthorn, Come; you reign over us!
But the buckthorn replied to the trees,
If you wish to anoint me king over you in good faith,
come and take refuge in my shadow.
Otherwise, let fire come from the buckthorn
and devour the cedars of Lebanon.'

Responsorial Psalm  PS 21:2-3, 4-5, 6-7

R. (2a) Lord, in your strength the king is glad.
O LORD, in your strength the king is glad;
in your victory how greatly he rejoices!


When Will The United States Transcend White Supremacy? "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Robert Jensen for Dissident Voice - Now that the violence in Charlottesville has forced white supremacy into our political vocabulary, lets ask an uncomfortable question: When will the United States transcend white supremacy? My question isnt, What should we do about the overt white supremacists who, emboldened by Trumpisms success, have pushed their way back into mainstream politics? I want to go beyond easy targets to ask, When will U.S. societynot just neo-Nazis and the Klan, but the whole countryreject all aspects of white supremacist ideology and take serious steps toward rectifying the material inequality justified by that ideology? The answer is obvious: Never. Theres no evidence the dominant culture is interested. The wealthin fact, the very existenceof the United States is so entwined in the two foundational racialized holocausts in our history that transcending white supremacy requires not only treating people of color differently, but understanding ourselves in new and painful ways. To transcend white supremacy, white America would have to come to terms with the barbarism of our history and our ongoing moral failures. If that seems harsh, heartless, or hopeless, lets start with history.


4 Questions to Ask About how Your Kids get to School "IndyWatch Feed National"

It's Back to School season and for most people, that doesn't just mean picking up notebooks and pencils at the store or figuring out class schedules. It also means determining how your kids will get to school. Where is the bus stop and how early do the kids need to get up to make it on time? Which parent will drive the children to their respective schools? How does the drop-off area function?

But here are four questions you may not have thought about yet as you prepare for the school year. They cover issues that we've written extensively about at Strong Towns and we think they'll invite important reflection on the state of school transportation for kids like yours and kids across the country.


1. In your town, is it safe for children to walk or bike to school?

1. In your town, is it safe for children to walk or bike to school without adult supervision? 

That's a key question on the Strong Towns Strength Test, a simple method for figuring out how strong your town is. Take a second to consider this question seriously. Ask yourself, would you allow your child (or grandchild, or nephew, or cousin) to walk to school by himself? Would you feel good about that decision and know that he was going to have a safe path, free from the risk of getting hit by a driver? If you're like most Americans, the answer is No.

This simple fact tells us a lot about our towns. After all, if it's unsafe for a child to walk or bike, chances are it's not much safer for an adult, not to mention a senior or someone with a mobility impairment. That means your transportation options are limited to cars (and perhaps buses) and that your whole community is likely designed around this mode of transportation (with big parking lots, wide roads, etc.).

Picture, for a moment, what a bike- and walk-friendly town would look like. Would it have more substantial sidewalks? Safer intersections? Drivers who travel slowly and look out for children instead of speeding through neighborhoods streets? Perhaps all of these things...

And yet, we have become used to a life where dri...


Palestinians Seek Answers From US Envoy Kushner "IndyWatch Feed National"

RAMALLAH, West Bank A top Palestinian official says the Palestinians are hoping for some clear answers from the U.S. when White House envoy Jared Kushner returns to the region this week.

Ahmad Majdalani, a top aide to President Mahmoud Abbas, said the Palestinians asked Kushner for the U.S. position on two key issues Israeli settlements and support for Palestinian independence during his last visit to the region in June.

Since then we didnt hear from them, he said Tuesday. We hope they bring clear answers this time.

Majdalani says the peace process cannot resume from scratch.

Kushner, who is President Donald Trumps son-in-law, is expected to meet with Israeli and Palestinian officials on Thursday as he tries to restart talks. The last round broke down over three years ago.


2017 Deadliest On Record For Killings By Police "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Rachel Blevins for Mint Press News - In 2017 alone, police have killed 746 people in the U.S., according to the Killed By Police database, which puts this year on pace to become the deadliest year on record. In contrast, in the first seven months of 2016, police killed 714 people; the number was slightly higher in 2015 with 725 killed, and it was noticeably lower in 2014 with 663 killed and in 2013 with 353 killed. One case from this year that received a host of media attention occurred on July 15 when Justine Damond, a 40-year-old Australian woman was shot and killed by police in Minneapolis, after she called 911 to report a disturbance in her neighborhood. As The Free Thought Project reported, while audio was released from the shooting, neither one of the two officers on the scene chose to turn on their body cameras, and the officer who shot and killed Damond had several complaints on his record. In addition to the increase in police shootings, the U.S. is also under a new administration, which has expressed overwhelming support for all of the characteristics that lead to an empowered police state. In an address to the National District Attorneys Association conference on July 17, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions promised to increase the federal governments civil asset forfeiture programs. In addition, we hope to issue this week a new directive on asset forfeitureespecially for drug traffickers, Sessions said. With care and professionalism, we plan to develop policies to increase forfeitures. No criminal should be allowed to keep the proceeds of their crime.


Parthenolide is a potential novel therapeutic agent for aggressive colorectal cancer treatment. "IndyWatch Feed National"

PMID:  Intest Res. 2017 Apr ;15(2):174-181. Epub 2017 Apr 27. PMID: 28522946 Abstract Title:  Parthenolide promotes apoptotic cell death and inhibits the migration and invasion of SW620 cells. Abstract:  BACKGROUND/AIMS: Parthenolide (PT), a principle component derived from feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium), is a promising anticancer agent and has been shown to promote apoptotic cell death in various cancer cells. In this study, we focused on its functional role in apoptosis, migration, and invasion of human colorectal cancer (CRC) cells.METHODS: SW620 cells were employed as representative human CRC cells. We performed the MTT assay and cell cycle analysis to measure apoptotic cell death. The wound healing, Transwell migration, and Matrigel invasion assays were performed to investigate the effect of PT on cell migration/invasion. Western blotting was used to establish the signaling pathway of apoptosis and cell migration/invasion.RESULTS: PT exerts antiproliferative effect and induces apoptotic cell death of SW620 cells. In addition, PT prevents cell migration and invasion in a dose-dependent manner. Moreover, PT markedly suppressed migration/invasion-related protein expression, including E-cadherin,-catenin, vimentin, Snail, cyclooxygenase-2, matrix metalloproteinase-2 (MMP-2), and MMP-9 in SW620 cells. PT also inhibited the expression of antiapoptotic proteins (Bcl-2 and Bcl-xL) and activated apoptosis terminal factor (caspase-3) in a dose-dependent manner.CONCLUSIONS: Our results suggest that PT is a potential novel therapeutic agent for aggressive CRC treatment.

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Ron Paul: Oppose Fascism of the Right and the Left "IndyWatch Feed National"

(Photo courtesy of Ron Paul)

OPINION Following the recent clashes between the alt-right and the group antifa, some libertarians have debated which group they should support. The answer is simple: neither. The alt-right and its leftist opponents are two sides of the same authoritarian coin.

The alt-right elevates racial identity over individual identity. The obsession with race leads them to support massive government interference in the economy in order to benefit members of the favored race. They also favor massive welfare and entitlement spending, as long as it functions as a racial spoils system. Some prominent alt-right leaders even support abortion as a way of limiting the minority population. No one who sincerely supports individual liberty, property rights, or the right to life can have any sympathy for this type of racial collectivism.

Antifa, like all Marxists, elevates class identity over individual identity. Antifa supporters believe government must run the economy because otherwise workers will be exploited by greedy capitalists. This faith in central planning ignores economic reality, as well as the reality that in a free market employers and workers voluntarily work together for their mutual benefit. It is only when government intervenes in the economy that crony capitalists have the opportunity to exploit workers, consumers, and taxpayers. Sadly, many on the left confuse the results of the mixed economy Alt RightAntifwith free markets.

Ironically, the failure of the Keynesian model of economic authoritarianism, promoted by establishment economists like Paul Krugman, is responsible for the rise of the alt-right and antifa. Despite a recent (and likely short-lived) upturn in some sectors of the economy, many Americans continue to struggle with unemployment and a Federal Reserve-caused eroding standard of living. History shows that economic hardship causes many to follow demagogues offering easy solutions and convenient scapegoats.

Left-wing demagogues scapegoat businesses and the one percent, ignoring the distinction between those who made their fortunes serving consumers and those who enriched themselves by manipulating the political process. Right-wing demagogues scapegoat immigrants and minorities, ignoring how these groups suffer under the current system and how they are disproportionally impacted by policies like the war on drugs and police militarization.

As the Keynesian-Krugman empire...


Australia, you have a problem with Islamophobia "IndyWatch Feed National"

One MP's stunt points to a wider problem in Australian society's attitude towards Muslims


The Emerging Sperm Count Crisis "IndyWatch Feed National"

If sperm counts continue declining at the current rate, humans could become extinct.

Analyzing nearly 200 studies, researchers have found that the sperm counts in men across North America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand have halved in less than forty years. The study found that the decline in mens sperm counts may also be accelerating.

Although the study didnt investigate the potential causes of this sharp decline, prior research has implicated exposures to man-made chemicals, especially endocrine disruptors that are plentiful in many consumer products and the pesticides sprayed on our food.

Weve previously reported the evidence that GMOs could also be culprits in declining sperm counts. In a Russian study on hamsters, scientists observed that consumption of GM soybeans tended to slow their sexual maturation, and completely eliminating their ability to reproduce. This can take several generations to unfold. Another study uncovered similar infertility in third-generation mice that consumed GM corn.

There are natural ways to improve male fertility in addition to protecting oneself from exposure to endocrine disruptors, which can be found in unexpected places, such as dental offices or checkout receipts. Natural medicine specialists can also help with more sophisticated tests as well as the right food, supplements, and exercise. Something as simple as enough Vitamin D can make all the difference in restoring fertility.



Barbie doll bomb was set to bring down airliner with 400 passengers aboard: Plot foiled "IndyWatch Feed National"

A plot to bring an airliner down using an IED was foiled after airport security caught a barbie doll and a meat grinder packed with explosives

(INTELLIHUB) A piece of luggage containing two improvised explosive devices (IEDs) which were disguised as a Barbie doll and a meat grinder were found by airport security before making it aboard an UAE-bound flight on Monday.

The luggage was 15-pounds over the allotted airline weight limit which prompted a security screening of the bag.

Australias Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk told reporters that four Lebanese-Australian brothers were behind the diabolical plot to destroy the airliner which was carrying around 400 passengers.

Sky News reports:

One brother, Amer Khayyat, has been detained in Lebanon while Khaled and Mahmoud Khayyat were arrested in Australia, the minister added.

The fourth, Tarek Khayyat, is claimed to be a senior Islamic State (IS) member living in the terror groups de facto capital Raqqa, northern Syria.

The suspects were arrested on July 29 and are set to appear in court later in the year.

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A Power of Nurturing Love is Before Us Now that the Explise is Over "IndyWatch Feed National"

I often focus on the devil lovers- but this video is for all of us. Have hope- live your faith- and lets love all that you are able.

What you need to know about the ILLUMINATI CARD GAMEabsolute MADNESS!

Spiritual Ramblings After the Eclipse With Special Message for Michael Aquino At the End

Tuesday, 22 August


PERTH Man charged over obscene acts in front of teenagers "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Man charged over obscene acts in front of teenagers .

August 22, 2017 at 11:07AM .

Police have charged a man after he allegedly committed several obscene acts in front of teenagers in Perths northern suburbs on Monday. See your .


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PERTH Perth tradie fined 27k for ripping off patio customers "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Perth tradie fined 27k for ripping off patio customers .

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Nicholas Charles Gudden, from Wangara, pleaded guilty in the Perth Magistrates Court on Friday to taking payments from customers to his Exclusive .


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The Defenders Substitutes Politics For Storytelling, And The Result Is Boring "IndyWatch Feed National"

With The Defenders, the Marvel-Netflix enterprise comes to intersectionality. This was inevitable, because Marvel brought to Netflix a dramatization of the closing of the liberal mind: stories all about race, class, and gender. But up to now, their stories were simply not sufficiently woke.

There was always the possibility that good storytelling might win out; but instead, series sold the idea that binge-watching prestige television was the same thing as social justice.

This is as good a time as any to look back on what Marvel-Netflix has accomplished so far, so lets review how we got here. This all started with a show about social class, Daredevil, still Marvels only real dramatic success in any medium. I dont think that was an accident, because Daredevil is Marvels only really astounding hero: he is unique for his overt Christianity, but also because the source of his power is in a weaknessblindness. He has the rare humanity of focusing on his neighborhood, where things like poverty and crime are real, as well as the political exploitation of housing. And to top it off, he was a lawyer with a commitment to fighting off corruption in the name of the rule of law.

In short, this was Marvels amazing answer to Christopher Nolans Dark Knight trilogy. Not only is Daredevil an answer to Batmanaside from striking similarities of look, there is this commitment to the installation of the rule of lawbut Daredevil is American in ways Batman cannot be. He has a Christian commitment to human equality, and therefore to not killing people, even if they deserve it. Vengeance is mine, saith the Lord! That, of course, could be a guide for people who want to understand why use of force is so problematic in America.

What Made Daredevil Unique And Exciting

But this all went to hell because the story abandoned Hells kitchen. Daredevil had to be turned into some silly fantasy about fighting an evil ninja-devil organization. Im unfortunately not joking. This is what passes for sophistication in prestige television, even beyond Game of Thrones. The first seasons seriousness about the lower classes was abandoned. Partly, thats because it would have been hard to keep up. After all, prestige television is almost always dedicated to ignoring the lower classes, even when it sells fantasies of violence and non-middle class living. Had the writers taken their setting and their hero seriously, they would have had to reflect on the changes New York has undergone since the days of horrifying crime rates. Far easier to tell a foolish story about cartoonish devils. Im not saying the abstract fight between West and East is not an interesting topicmore on this laterbut it sacrificed Daredevil to fake mysteries and devil-slaying adventures that are as cheap as they are fake.

Then Marvel went with a show abo...


Volga-Dnepr Antonov AN-124 RA-82077 Arrives at Rockhampton Airport with Two RSAF Boeing CH-47SD Chinook Helicopters "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Before dawn on Tuesday 22 August, Volga-Dnepr Antonov AN-124-100 RA-82077 made a spectacular arrival into Rockhampton Airport, touching down direct from Paya Lebar Air Base in Singapore as VDA4962.

It parked on Gate 6 at the Southern end of the Rockhampton Airport apron and after Customs and Border Force duties were finalised, the Antonov commenced unloading with the its front landing gear being raised and the aircraft placed into its unique 'kneeling' position to allow the unloading of its cargo.  On this flight, a pair of Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Boeing CH-47SD Chinook helicopters - believed to be serials '88190' and '88192' - were unloaded.  It was interesting to note that 88192 still wears its commemorative tail flash for the Chinook's 20th anniversary with the RSAF!



Trip Report - Esk Weekend Away "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Black Falcon [Steve Popple pic]
Another successful weekend away for our group with good company and good birds and wildlife.

Blue billed Duck [poor pic by Ken Cross]
The weekend started at 5-30pm on the friday afternoon or it was going to start then however one of our number was delayed by a massive fire which caused a chaos that in turn caused massive traffic delays. It was soon forgotten though as we drove up over the Blackall Range through Mapleton and Maleny before dropping down west of Peachester enroute to Kilcoy and our evening meal. Next stop was our digs for a two night stay - Esk Caravan Park.


"Tell Me, And Tell The Truth..." "IndyWatch Feed National"

"Tell me yourself, I challenge you answer. Imagine that you are creating a fabric of human destiny with the object of making men happy in the end, giving them peace and rest at last, but that it was essential and inevitable to torture to death only one tiny creature... and to found that edifice on its unavenged tears: would you consent to be the architect on those conditions? Tell me, and tell the truth.
- Dostoevsky, "The Brothers Karamazov"


How To Turn Your Five-Figure Freelance Career Into A Six-Figure Startup "IndyWatch Feed National"

Heres your guide to going from solopreneur to CEO.

Whatever you call yourselffreelancer, consultant, or solopreneuryoure getting by just fine as your own boss. Youre regularly pulling in a comfortable five-figure income, and it feels good answering to nobody but yourself. But now youre ready to think bigger. You want to build your solo operation into a proper company by making a few key hires and expanding your customer base beyond the handful of clients that just you yourself can personally manage. Heres what it takes to make that happen.

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antifa notes (august 22, 2017) : Charlottesville +++ "IndyWatch Feed National"

Yeesh. Its been almost a month since my last post (July 25), so the following is just a few brief notes re some of the events that have transpired in the intervening period Charlottesville Not surprisingly, the Unite The Continue reading


It's a digital world - Australian periodicals "IndyWatch Feed National"


I have written a few posts in recent times, about the need to digitise old Australian UAP periodicals; and the ability of blog readers to upload digital copies of old TUFOIC and UFOIC Newsletters. I am currently working on on making more Australian UAP periodicals available, stay tuned to this blog.

Long term blog readers, will also recall that I am a great believer in going back to original source material when reviewing cases. Old periodicals are an excellent source of such original material.

I have received a number of requests from both Australian and overseas researchers, to provide a list of the available digital Australian periodicals. Here it is.

If any blog readers have digital issues which are not listed, I would appreciate a scanned PDF copy being sent to me at If you have hard copies of no...


Fake evidence used in the Oklahoma Bombing "IndyWatch Feed National"

Fake evidence used in the Oklahoma Bombing
How official science is deployed to advance a political agenda

by Jon Rappoport

The public wants to buy every official scientific claim the mainstream press pounds into their brainswhether the issue is vaccine safetyglobal warmingthe overwhelming success of medical drugs, the Big Bang theory of the universes origin

The notion that a political agenda underlies such scientific pronouncements is unthinkable. Read More


Stat News Runs Incomplete Interview with Robert Kennedy Jr: Read Full Transcript "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Anne Dachel Below is a link to an interview by Helen Branswell of StatNews with Robert Kennedy, Jr. This interviewer was argumentative and out to discredit Kennedy. The narrow scope of the questions showed that. A legitimate journalist would...


Four Australian Army NH Industries MRH-90 Multi-Role Helicopters Also at Rockhampton Airport "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Also popping into Rockhampton Airport on Tuesday 22 August was four Australian Army NH Industries MRH-90 Multi-Role Helicopters.  They looked to fly in together from the North and were heard to be using the one radio callsign of "Apocalypse".

They four MRH-90s are believed to be flown by 'A Squadron' of the 5th Aviation Regiment based at Townsville.  They were identified as A40-009, A40-013, A40-019 and A40-035.


Further Research into Artificial Wombs Brings Us Closer to a Future Where Babies Grow Outside the Body "IndyWatch Feed National"

Innovative artificial womb technology successfully incubated lambs for one week and might soon be helping preterm babies to fully develop. The device and its accompanying unique method was developed by a collaboration of scientists from Australia, Japan, and elsewhere.
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Nobody will answer if you talk: research on trafficking in emergencies "IndyWatch Feed National"

Human trafficking is often misunderstood or unaddressed in emergencies. It is usually viewed as a problem better left to law enforcement or social welfare services to address.


SYRIZA In Power: 940 Days, And Still No Democratic Structures In The Birthplace Of Democracy "IndyWatch Feed National"

The left wing party that rose spectacularly to power in Greece in 2015 has delivered none of the promise so many were hoping for, writes Professor Vrasidas Karalis.

When it was elected we all felt relief. No more austerity, no more fiscal restrictions, no insecurity these were the months of thinking magically. A new hope had emerged, promising policies different to the neoliberal market priorities and inviting the people to protect national sovereignty from being taken over by external forces.

The magic was dispelled some weeks later leaving behind confusion, anger and embarrassment.

Certainly, SYRIZA is not a black and white case: it emerged as a considerable political force when previous policies and institutional practices of the dominant political order reached their most disastrous dead-end, sometime in 2014. It offered optimism and promised change at the moment when the systemic parties were reacting with vulgar populism or alarmist rhetoric of gloom and doom.

When SYRIZA was elected on January 25th, 2015, everything looked promising and optimistic not simply for Greece, but for the whole left-wing movement in Europe. Its election offered an example of how to rekindle interest in politics and how to mobilise citizens in active participation. Or at least, so it seemed in the beginning.


Many intellectuals from all over Europe and the US, both liberal and Marxist, supported it because they found the arrogant way that the EU treated a whole country undemocratic and somehow colonialist. The SYRIZA affair was from its inception a highly imaginative case: it fulfilled an expectation and a premonition. Its main goal was to smash the EU bureaucracy and even proceed with the dissolution of the Eurozone, giving back to nation-states their splendid sovereignty, independence and uniqueness.

It was, however, conveniently overlooked that SYRIZA was the product of the corrupt political order which supposedly came to abolish. A considerable 40% of its elected members belonged to the traditional parties of power, both the Socialist and Conservative. Furthermore it never gained a convincing large majority and opted to share government with a fascist and ultra-nationalistic party, the Independent Greeks.

In Australia that would mean a coalition between Pauline Hanson and Labor, or in Britain a government shared by UKIP and the Labour party. The strange bedfellows, a radical left and radical fascist party together, meant that power was inevitably going to be administered along bureaucratic lines, with party off...


The Limits of Semantic Ambiguity: A response to Steve Fuller "IndyWatch Feed National"

Your beliefs become your thoughts,
Your thoughts become your words,
Your words become your actions,
Your actions become your habits,
Your habits become your values,
Your values become your destiny

Mahatma Gandhi

Academics in general are such emotional creatures. We might speak, in fact, of academic feminisation. Theyre so invested in their work, and the good ones are so committed to their students: they nurture, they foster talent and possibility, they provide guidance and professional socialisation. They act like women. They respond irrationally to criticisms of work, or the complaint that a concept is being misappropriated; or they focus on some perceived injustice rather than take an argument at face value and use logic to refute it. Hysterical responses are not uncommon

It is clear, I hope, that the above paragraphs are deliberately ridiculous. In no scholarly outlet, one would hope, would such a flagrantly reductive and offensive set of gender stereotypes find a platform. And yet Steve Fuller was able to publish an article recently on the multi-author blog Sociological Imagination that used flagrantly reductive and offensive stereotypes about autism to support an argument about semantic ambiguity in sociology. I want to respond here to both Fullers blog post, and his defence of said post both in the comments and on Twitter in which he essentially doubles down on his original position.



Why Are All those Racists So Terrified? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Human Wrongs Watch

By Robert J. Burrowes*

DAYLESFORD, Australia, 22 August, 2017  Racism is not a new phenomenon and while it is an ongoing daily reality for vast numbers of people, it also often bursts from the shadows to remind us that just because we can keep ignoring the endless sequence of minor racist incidents, racism has not gone away despite supposedly significant efforts to eliminate it.


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I say supposedly because these past efforts, whatever personnel, resources and strategies have been devoted to them, have done nothing to address the underlying cause of racism and so their impact must be superficial and temporary. As the record demonstrates.

I say this not to denounce the effort made and, in limited contexts, the progress achieved, but if we want to eliminate racism, rather than confine it to the shadows for it to burst out periodically, then we must have the courage to understand what drives racism and design responses that address this cause.

Otherwise, all of the best ideas in the world can do no more than repeat past efforts at dialogue, education, nonviolent action and the implementation of legislation designed to protect civil rights or even outlaw violence, which doesnt work, of course, as the pervasive violence in our society demonstrates and was again graphically illustrated by the recent outbreak of white nationalist violence in Charlottesville in the United States.

Racism directed against indigenous peoples and people of color has been a significant factor driving key aspects of domestic politics and foreign policy in many countries for centuries. This outcome is inevitable given the psychological imperatives that drive racist violence.

Racism fear of, and hatred for, those of another race coupled with the beliefs that the other race is inferior and should be dominated (by your race) is now highly visible among European populations impacted by refugee flows from the Middle East and North Africa.

In addition, racism is ongoingly and highly evident among sectors of the US population but also in countries like South Africa as well as Australia and throughout Central and South Amer...


Nominations for the EFA Board are open "IndyWatch Feed National"

EFA's 2017 AGM is to be held on 1st October. As required by EFA's Rules of Incorporation, there will be five vacant Board seats at the 2017 AGM.

EFA Members are therefore invited to nominate for election to the Board.

Self-nomination is acceptable.

Nominations from new members (that join before the close of nominations) are also acceptable, and nominations from people from groups that are currently under-represented on the Board are particularly encouraged.

Please see our 2017 AGM page for more information on the nomination process.

Nominations close at 15:00 AEST on Sunday 3rd September 2017.




At the September meeting (Thursday 7 September) come along for a very special evening where BOGI will host Dr Don Huber, professor emeritus of plant pathology at Purdue University. He received B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Idaho, Ph. D. from Michigan State University and is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and Industrial College of the armed Forces. He was cereal pathologist at the University of Idaho for eight years before joining the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology at Purdue University in 1971.

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Sussan Ley another MP sitting in office unlawfully "IndyWatch Feed National"

Looks like this is a fair dinkum "Nigerian Scammer",
scamming from the Australian Tax payers for a life / job she is not lawfully entitled to.

But don't worry they are 'protected' from criminal prosecution.



By Cori marshall

Clean drinking water is essential to human survival. People have the right, not only to know what is being added to the water that enters their homes and businesses they have the right to understand in very clear terms what the additive is doing to and for their bodies. It is with this in mind, that we are looking into water fluoridation. 

Fluoridated water is said to have many benefits in preventing tooth decay. Yet the issue remains highly polarized and hotly debated. Is adding fluoride to our water supplies a marvel of mass medication, or a human health risk? 

According to a University of Toronto Faculty of Dentistry, Water Fluoridation: Questions and Answers, 42.6% of Canada's population, on public water supplies, is receiving water fluoridation." In fact, health Canada endorses the process, stating that"fluorides protect tooth enamel against the acids," that cause cavities. At the federal level, the use of the additive is encouraged. 

Water quality policy is under the jurisdiction of the provinces and territories, and the decision to fluoridate or not usually rests in the hands of the...


Whale Shark Found Dead, Plastic Spoon Stuck in Digestive System "IndyWatch Feed National"

Lorraine Chow, EcoWatch
Waking Times

An 18-foot long whale shark washed up dead on Pamban South Beach in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu on Tuesday.

The cause of death is found to be heavy internal injuries it has suffered when it either hit a rock or a big vessel, local wildlife ranger S Sathish told the Times of India.

Whale sharks are considered endangered under the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species. Its global population has shrank more than 50 percent over the last 75 years. Its greatest current threats include fisheries catches, bycatch in nets and vessel strikes, according to the IUCN.

Whale sharks are the the biggest fish and shark of the seas. The gentle giants are filter feeders that dine on plankton with its massively wide mouth.

But during a necropsy, wildlife officials also uncovered a plastic spoon stuck in the dead sharks digestive system. The plastic spoon was likely sucked into the animals digestive system while it was eating, the officials explained.

It is a stark revelation how plastic waste is getting into the marine eco-system. The marine species cant distinguish between a floating plastic and prey. We should avoid dumping plastic waste inside sea, Sathish added.

Its clear from this story and many others that plastic trash is a major threat to aquatic life. Australian scientists published a paper in July suggesting that plastic pollution is spread throughout the marine environment. An of-citied 2016 study also found that by 2050 there will be...


Interview With Jo Penn "IndyWatch Feed"

I've been doing a few podcast interviews recently. This one, with Joanna Penn, was a good un.


Racism As Performance Art: Pauline Hanson And The Great Australian Bigotry Binge "IndyWatch Feed National"

Confronting imported Australian bigotry now is about creating a better society for later, writes Alice Aslan.

Like many things in this country, Australian Islamophobia is an import from Europe and America.

For more than a decade some of the racist members of our parliament and media have followed the international news very closely, copying all the recent racist trends in from overseas. For instance, when in France some politicians demanded ban the burqa, or when Trump declared a ban on Muslim immigration in America, they chanted these same racist slogans word by word to the Australian public.

Our leaders are basically plagiarising racism.

But recently, Pauline Hanson has done something unique; she donned the burqa in Parliament to promote its ban, combining racism with performance art. Even French politicians, a strictly secular country with popular Islamophobia, or a clownish Trump administration has never imagined such a publicity stunt to mock Muslims. So we should all give Hanson credit for it: she is very unique, not just a plain racist, but a creative performance racist.

American president Donald Trump. (IMAGE: Gage Skidmore, Flickr)American president Donald Trump. (IMAGE: Gage Skidmore, Flickr)

Hanson got little support with her parliamentary stunt, but plenty of attention. Maybe she is quietly hoping to start a new trend performance art plus racism inspiring many copycats or to become an internet star and revive her popularity. Fortunately, the wind of change is blowing.

Following the murder of anti-fascist protester Heather Heyer at a recent savage Neo-Nazi white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, even some of the most fervent supporters of Trump are coming to realise the destructive force of racism in America.

Hopefully Hanson and her ilk will soon find themselves on the wrong side of history, just like Trump. After all, the emperor has no clothes.

Racist, charlatan politicians have nothing to offer society. They only want to maintain their own power and boost their egos by playing the politics of resentment, and exploiting that resentment among ordinary white people, which is caused largely by inhumane neoliberal policies.

By constantly promoting racism and prejudice, they divide society and communities; they revitalize Neo-Nazi and white supremacist groups and cause violent, racist terror. They waste valuable time and resources that should be focussed on essential issues, such as housing, employment, education, health, social cohesion and climate change.

Unfortunately, Islamophobia and other bigotries are likely to stay around for a long time...


Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.0002 BTC
0.0010 BTC = 5.20 AUD


Discrimination in WA Childcare and Preschools if No Jab No Play Policy is Adopted "IndyWatch Feed National"

Open Letter Perth Journalists

22 August 2017

Dear Journalists in Perth,

The Child Support (Adoption of Laws) Amendment Bill 2017 is listed as an item of business in the Western Australian Legislative Council (LC) today.

This bill includes the adoption of the federal governments Australian Immunisation Register Act 2015, including, the Australian School Vaccination Register. This is a bill that significantly affects the WA community if it contains the No Jab No Play policy.

Hundreds of parents in WA are opposing the introduction of the federal governments No Jab No Play vaccination policy that will prevent parents from choosing how many vaccines they use in their children if they need to use childcare and preschool centres.

Religious, philosophical and conscientious objection to vaccines were removed from federal social welfare policies in 2015 without debate or justification

It should be noted that coercive and mandatory vaccination policies have been rejected in Sweden because of the serious health risks associated with vaccines in genetically diverse populations. This is a danger to population heath and some doctors are calling it a crime against humanity.

If the WA government is going to discriminate against children who do not use all the 16+ (~36 injections) recommended vaccines, then what will the WA government be providing for these children to enable them to access early childhood education a prime time in their development?

These policies are being introduced into Australia without public debate. They will also be extended to adults in the future. Recently a parent of an autistic child was banned from Australia under the terrorism laws for discussing the science from the US CDC that shows vaccines are a cause of autism.

WA parents have a petition with hundreds of signatures opposing this policy but no politician has agreed to present our petition in parliament. This is because of the lobbying and donations provided by corporations to political parties/politicians.

Our petition ensures that the Geneva Convention (and the Nuremberg Code) remain the fundamental principle of vaccination a medical intervention. These international codes prevent experimentation on the population.



Meat The Double-Edged Sword That Might One Day Eliminate Animals From Our Diet "IndyWatch Feed National"

Theres good GMO, and then theres bad GMO. And theres natural GMO as well. Geoff Russell gives you a simple guide to one of the really good ones which might one day remove meat from our diet.

CRISPR-cas9 is the name of a simple, cheap, highly precise set of tools for making all manner of changes to a cells DNA. It dominates the scientific press in much the same way that Donald Trump is occupying the popular media. But, unless Trump drops a bomb on North Korea, CRISPR will be transforming the world long after people have forgotten the Donald.

Whats it for?

Want to make mosquitoes that cant carry malaria? Want to rid the planet entirely of one or more species of mosquito? A number of critically important species of food plants are under constant threat from pathogens. Bananas are a staple in parts of Africa but most of the worlds bananas are genetically identical and under constant threat from a soil fungus. Another decade could see them lose the battle and disappear from global diets.

Wouldnt it be great to make bananas immune from that fungus? But why stop with bananas? Why not make humans resistant to HIV? Scientists now know the reason that some people are strongly resistant to HIV. They lack a particular small piece of DNA in a particular gene. Cut this out of other people and they too will be resistant.

Want to correct a gene defect in a child with Duchenne muscular dystrophy who would otherwise live a short life in considerable pain? There are tens of thousands of such diseases; none are common but the aggregate suffering is huge.


These are just a few of the possibilities of CRISPR-cas9 being touted by scientists developing this new technology.

Ive followed the hype surrounding genetic manipulation for decades and seen the noise rise to a crescendo and then invariably drop away to a low rumbling whimper. There are always a few grand and genuinely useful successes, but they never match the hype. But CRISPR-cas9 looks decidedly different; a technology which might just do what it promises.

In comparison, almost all previous GM techniques have been like trying to play a piano with a watermelon. The...


August 2017 Bits & Pieces "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Little Wattlebird & young

Winter is almost at an end and for the second year running, the resident Little Wattlebirds have raised a single youngster at what should be the wrong time the year. The birds have taken a liking to the porch hanging baskets, having nested in three different baskets. Like last year, they laid in July. The young bird successfully left the nest three weeks ago and although it appears fully grown, it continues to be fed by the parents. They are expected to soon begin nesting for the second time this year.



A Brisbane venue refuses entry to Denmarks Prince Frederik over his I.D. "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Many Brisbane venues havent exactly been stoked about the mandatory introduction of the I.D. scanners that are apparently intended to keep the city safe, and one venue has just had a particularly embarrassing issue as a result of the new tech, causing them to turn away Denmarks Crown Prince (and husband of former Aussie Princess Mary) because of his I.D.

As Fairfax reports, the 49 year old royal was declined entry to the Eagle St Piers Jade Buddha bar just before midnight on Friday, as he didnt have any sort of identification compatible with the scanners an issue that is causing problems for many tourists as well.

The understandably shocked prince and his group left the area, but came back 15 minutes later with the 7 Queensland police officers assigned to his dignitary protection unit, who explained to the venue manager that the I.D. requirements didnt apply to foreign royals, as theyd been granted the authority of the Office of Liquor and Gaming to let the poor bloke in.

Brisbane I.D. laws a nightmare

Venue co-owner Phil Hogan eventually made his way to the front of the venue to try to save everyone from further embarrassment summed up how a lot of locals feel about the scanners, which cost $8000 each to install, and became mandatory for anyone operating within the citys Safe Night precincts after 10pm, with the only alternative an option to shift closing time from 2am or 3am to midnight.

Its a stupid law. We always thought it was going to be a nightmare, Mr Hogan said. Its happening all the time and the whole thing has been a nightmare from a tourist point of view. Its just a nonsense. Its a real over-reaction.

This is just the tip of the iceberg with the Prince, he continued. Its happening all the time with normal people.

The introduction of I.D. scanners has been on the table for years, with many arguing that their introduction would create a nightmare in terms of logistics and privacy, and as Fairfax notes, Brisbane venues have reported having to turn away everyone from respected foreign business people to backpackers and tourists often in large numbers and causing significant losses to the venue owners.

While anyone with a less conventional form of I.D. is at risk of being turned away, Fairfax reports that Attorney-General Yvette DAth has described the issues following the July 1 introduction as teething problems, and will be consulting with venues as the rollout continues.

Perhaps theyd best ask the Crown Prince of Denmark for his thoughts on the matter....


My fave eclipse shot "IndyWatch Feed"

The 82nd Airborne scheduled a jump for today. You'd almost imagine they did so on purpose.

It'd make a great book cover.


Teenagers believe in marriage equality and we deserve a vote "IndyWatch Feed National"

How can it be that a person of sixteen or seventeen old enough to determine their own sexual identity, to marry (at times), to decide on a career, even to serve in the military or possibly be tried as an adult in criminal court can find themselves without a voice in a national debate?


Eating Out: Greenhouse Canteen and Bar "IndyWatch Feed"

At the end of last year, my friend Elizabeth was up for the Animal Activist Forum. After it was over, we spent some time eating some food! At the end of the final day, we went for dinner at the Greenhouse Canteen & Bar. I had eaten at their previous location before, but they had since moved (a little closer to Brisbane, handily) and I had heard good things. So off we went!

We started with a shared plate of Stuffed Zucchini Flowers, which had almond feta, basil and hummus in them. I haven't had many stuffed zucchini flowers before, and these were very nice and delicate, though at one per person they were a very light start to the meal!

Stuffed Zucchini Flowers from Greenhouse

I couldn't go past the Adzuki Bean Gourmet Hotdawg - a homemade adzuki bean sausage in a bun topped with caramelised onions, sauerkraut, slaw and mustard. The sausage on its own was kind of mushy, but all together it worked really well and was very tasty. Just kind of small for a main meal (if only it came with a side!).

Adzuka Bean Gourmet Hotdawg from Greenhouse

Elizabeth had the Savoury Socca, a chickpea pancake topped with lots of vegetables and sauces (sorry, I can't quite remember and the menu has changed since then). It was very large, though she remarked that the pancake was a bit sludgy and the flavour wasn't all there.

Savoury Socca from Greenhouse

Still kind of peckish after our food, we decided to order the Antipasto Platter, which was an excellent decision! Nut cheeses, dips, crackers, pickles, antipasto and fruit, it was an amazing end to the meal and so much fun to work out way through all the different options!



Big Brother Called On To Ban Kent Heckenlively From Visiting Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Note: This is beyond ridiculous but hopefully, will make more people question the creepy pro-vaccination cult here in OZ. Its now painfully obvious that this is all being tightly controlled by big Pharmaceutical who seem to be steering our government & media. Read More


The Poet: Ella Wheeler Wilcox, Solitude "IndyWatch Feed National"


Laugh, and the world laughs with you;
Weep, and you weep alone.
For this brave old earth must borrow its mirth,
But has trouble enough of its own.
Sing, and the hills will answer;
Sigh, it is lost on the air.
The echoes bound to a joyful sound,
But shrink from voicing care.

Rejoice, and men will seek you;
Grieve, and they turn and go.
They want full measure of all your pleasure,
But they do not need your woe.
Be glad, and your friends are many;
Be sad, and you lose them all.
There are none to decline your nectared wine,
But alone you must drink life's gall.

Feast, and your halls are crowded.
Fast, and the world goes by.
Succeed and give, and it helps you live,
But no man can help you die.
There is room in the halls of pleasure
For a long and lordly train,
But one by one we must all file on
Through the narrow aisles of pain.

~ Ella Wheeler Wilcox


Character Creation Idea "IndyWatch Feed National"

I was thinking on the way players in some of my games have fallen into tropes during character creation that were a bit embarrassing. For example, in one game, there was a space on the character sheet for grade the characters were in high school. Like, four people initially wrote that their characters had skipped a grade. Much weirder, two separate players came up with an idea of an uncaring father owning an expensive stringed instrument that their character stole during the course of the game. Violin boy ended up breaking the instrument in a teenage rage. Guitar girl just strolled and strummed, as one will. Those players had practically no interaction and came up with that stuff wholly independently. Wild.

So I had a two part idea for how to escape some of these tropes, or at least make characters less baroque and more dramatically resonant: One, come up with everything you think is distinctive about your character without looking at a character sheet at all. Two, when its time to fill out the character sheet, intentionally fill in any information you hadnt thought of (character age, family, eye color, whatever) with something boring and bland.

Your characters bastard son of the duke detail becomes less interesting the more bizarre details you add, and I think character sheets are where people go wrong. This is about RPGs, but the same could be true of fiction writing, if youre using a questionnaire during character development.

The theory is that no one would have thought to have their character skip a grade if there had not been a question about which grade they were in on the sheet. As soon as you ask a question, there is a temptation to come up with an interesting answer. Make a character stand out by having fewer important traits. Hold off on the questionnaire, and round that thing out with bland. Thats the idea.


North Korea's James and Ted Dresnock threaten to blow the US off the face of the earth "IndyWatch Feed National"

One last day with Ralph Blewitt - tomorrow I'll be back to a more normal schedule. I thought you might be interested in this video of the only known caucasian members of North Korea's military, the sons of a US defector.


Why I Pity Pauline Hanson "IndyWatch Feed National"

Pauline Hanson may have imposed her populism on us all, but Tim Deane-Freeman wonders what Pauline herself is missing out on.

Plutarch has it that the ancient Egyptian city of Sais was home to a veiled statue of that other Isis; mother of Horus and Goddess of magic and fertility. At the base of the statue was an inscription, said to have read, I am all that has been and is and shall be; and no mortal has ever lifted my mantle.

17th century German philosopher Immanuel Kant claimed: Perhaps no-one has said anything more sublime, or expressed a thought more sublimely, than in that inscription

A persistent myth held that a young boy, ablaze with curiosity, lifted the veil one night and variously either went mad, saw himself there, or died. Friedrich Nietzsche posed this myth as an allegory for modern theoretical man, who had lifted the veil covering natures secrets, peered too deeply into existence, and evacuated all meaning from his world.

Im fairly confident Pauline Hanson hadnt spent much time meditating on this tradition of thought prior to entering the Federal Senate last week wearing a burqa, which she had apparently purchased on eBay.

I know next to nothing about the burqa. This, if recent history is anything to go by, puts me squarely in the demographic who feel entitled to comment, criticise, castigate and even legislate upon them. I can only write about what I know, and as destined as it makes me for a continued career in hospitality, that happens to be the history of Western philosophy.

An ABC News screengrab of Pauline Hanson, shortly after removing a burqa during her parliamentary stunt last week.An ABC News screengrab of Pauline Hanson, shortly after removing a burqa during her parliamentary stunt last week.

And its worth noting that even this phallocentric, Eurocentric, middle-class tradition, with which no doubt the likes of Malcolm Roberts, if perhaps not Pauline herself, imagine themselves associated, is pretty ambivalent about the question of veils.

Kants concept of the sublime for instance that strange admixture of awe, terror and pleasure we feel at seeing immense natural phenomena (a raging sea, a vast mountain, a sky alive with lighting) is predicated on what he feels is a profoundly valuable encounter with the unknown. We see something simply too huge, too powerful, too foreign, for our senses to assimilate it.

Kant, ever the rationalistic European, claimed that at this point, our uniquely human faculty of reason enters the fray, assuring us that we are safe, that our capacity for logic can make sense of anything, and leaving us w...


AGM Wednesday, 23 Aug List of Nominees "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Congratulations to the 2017/2018 Executive Committee who were nominated unopposed. They are - President: Cesare Callioni; Vice President, Peter Carey; Treasurer, Carol Sendall; Secretary, Desley Dixon.

<p>Financial Members attending the AGM will hear the 2016/2017 Annual Report and vote on the five Management Committee positions for 2017/2018. </p>
<p>Nominees for the five management committee positions, in alphabetical order, are: BettJoy Alley, Barry Barwick, Trevor Franklin, Ann Hopwell, Ross McLean, Linda Nemith and Beate Tayler. </p>
<p>There will be a short biography on each nominee handed out, to read before the meeting commences, and a 2-minute speech from each nominee.</p>


Lebanon helped foil Australia plane bomb plot: Minister "IndyWatch Feed National"


Suspect in Sydney planned to smuggle bomb in meat grinder into UAE-bound plane


3 months & still waiting for response from APRA on #CashlessWelfare "IndyWatch Feed National"

I wrote to APRA back in May to clarify whether the Indues cashless welfare cards are pre-paid cards due to Indue being an Authorised Deposit-taking Institution (as opposed to a bank) or whether Indues cashless welfare card can operate like a normal bank card but are restricted from operating that way by legislation.

It is of interest here that Indue is planning to use the funds provided to them by the welfare recipients forced onto income management under Commonwealth legislation to raise themselves from an ADA to a bank and despite what Andrew McCutcheon has stated below, Indue is listed as an ADA with APRA.

Here is APRAs correspondence to date- notably, I have received no clarification of my initial reply after 3 months:

From: Communications 17 May 2017 11:47 AM
To Rosie@ATCRA
CC Info

Ms Williams,

Thank you we have received your email and will be in touch with you again shortly.

Andrew McCutcheon

From: Rosie@ATCRA [] Sent: Tuesday, 16 May 2017 5:08 PMTo: Communications Subject: RE: Information Enquiry: Enquiries on ADIs [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]

I would like to follow up to the reply I received but was unable to do so at the address from which I received the email so have sent it to instead. I would appreciate it if you could clarify the answer for me or pass along to the appropriate staff member who can.

Rosie Williams

Dear Mr McCutcheon,

Thank you for confirming that Indue is issuing Visa debit cards to welfare recipients. I am trying to clarify whether the following restrictions apply as a result of Indues ADA status (and the products and services they are authorised to carry out) or whether these restrictions are simply decisions imposed on welfare recipients by the government (and can therefore in theory be removed by the government):

Restrictions that are documented on Indues Conditions of use:
-no interest payable on amounts held on the card
-no joint accounts
-no Direct Debit other than by using the number on the card itself



Genetically modified crops included in latest Queensland climate change plans and more Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Genetically modified crops could be used by Queensland farmers to combat the effects of climate change (Image credit: John Coppi).

These crops would be able to withstand higher temperatures and worsening climatic conditions, where Southern Queensland could see more droughts with increasing emissions.  

Farmers would be one of the hardest hit groups from climate change says Environment Minister Steven Miles, the government has proposed a strategy which would help farmers protect their properties, livestock and crops.


Brisbane students win big at World Robot Summit

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Power Structures Do As I Say, Not As I Do "IndyWatch Feed National"

by G5 Sexual Abuses and Perversions are at the top of the Power Structure of the UK, the US, Canada, and Australia at the very least. Blackmail is the method of maintaining the focus and behaviour of government and Authority Actors. The herds are used as their own worst enemies which brings in []


Albany, NY: Community Mobilizes After Dahmeek McDonald Shot by Troy PD "IndyWatch Feed National"

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ALBANY  A large group of community members supported by a smaller contingent of Wobblies, anarchists, socialists, and other local activists gathered yesterday at the corner of 9th and Rensselaer in Troy in response to the shooting of Dahmeek McDonald during a traffic stop at the location. McDonald was shot twicein the head and armbut at the time of writing is receiving medical treatment at Albany Medical Center Hospital and expected to make a full recovery.

While details are still emerging, the Troy Police Department has yet to confirm that Dahmeek was armed. The shooting further delegitimizes a department whose entire Firearms Interdiction and Narcotics Suppression unit was placed on leave and is under investigation concerning accusations they illegally entered an apartment without a warrant and then covered it up. This follows a history of corruption for the Troy PD and ongoing accusations of racism and bias toward people and communities of color.

The crowd that showed up was diverse in affinity, however it was predominated and led by those from the local neighborhood. As someone taking part in the action said, The folks who turned up from the community were not Sean Spicers professional protestors, these were people from the neighborhood standing up and demanding answers in the way they knew how to.

Dahmeeks uncle, Messiah Cooper, was the most vocal of those demanding answers and started off the action, declaring, There will be change or we will change the way they regularly do business. One participant characterized the crowds energy as, Angry, determined for answers, but controlled.

After Coopers initial words the group proceeded to march to City Hall flagged by police cruisers in the front and rear. The overly heavy police presence carried over from the night before and continued to be a theme throughout the day. As described by someone on the ground, I was surprised to see the riot shields come out that day, especially after the incredibly bad optics at the scene of the shooting where police with riot shields blocked off the street where Dahmeek was shot.



Socialism vs. Charity: Was Jesus A Socialist Hippie? "IndyWatch Feed National"

In this day in age where we live in a world that has confused good for evil and evil for good, what can we know as truth? We humans living in the 21st century have many different "opinions" of what Jesus Christ was in the political sense. Why does it matter? We can't be critics for the rest of our lives devoid of knowledge and research. If something is important to you, find the answer. So I come to this question that conservatives and liberals can not agree to one answer. Was Jesus a socialist? Would he be on the right or on the left side on major issues?

Jesus' Healings

Jesus Christ was a man that had healing powers that would make the lame walk and give sight to the blind. And multiply food to feed a multitude of people. He helped the needy; a stance that democrats abide to(so they say). They say we must help the needy just like Jesus did. We need to feed the poor, just like Jesus. So with their understanding, we must expand government so it can take care of EVERYONE. Free healthcare is one regulation they want to push. And it's truly a damnable thing. Would Jesus approve of this?



Sorry liberals but he would have NOT approved of anything that is considered "big government". Jesus did not rely on government or Caesar or anyone else to fix the problems of man. He was and still is the son of God manifested in the flesh. He tells us to love our God and love our neighbors. Love everyone. That would include taking care of others and offering hospitality. But God is very clear about those needy ones that could take advantage of that.

For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat. 2 Thessalonians 3:10

God can certainly help yo...


Identifying the worlds top biodiversity investment returns "IndyWatch Feed National"

Weve all been there: youre driving along a road lined with trees, when all of a sudden a squirrel or some such animal runs out in front of your vehicle. If its a happy day, you steer clear of the forest dweller. Whatever the outcome of that particular encounter, it was a first-hand lesson on the dilemma species face when their habitat is lost because it was divided up. For the familiar tree squirrel, of which there are several species they are accustomed to a home range of trees between 0.5-10 acres in natural forests. Those that live in parks have a range of 0.5 acres. Birds and other animals can have a much larger need for range. When the natural habitat is cut up, that squirrel and countless other creatures of the forest have to figure out if they can cross expanses like roads and other development or habitat-bare areas. For a team of international scientists, there is a simple answer: reconnect fragmented forest habitat and see species thrive. The international team of researchers notes that it can be done in two of the worlds most important biodiversity hotspots in just a few years. The cost, they say, would be less than $70 million total. Buffalo live in the Eastern Arc Mountains, Tanzania. Photo by Rhett A. Butler. The team studied two biodiversity hotpsots, one in South America and one in Africa, and determined that regenerating forests in those locales is highly feasible. Estimated conservation costs would be less


Traditional Owners fighting Adani undeterred by Qld Court outcome "IndyWatch Feed National"

Where theres mining there is no justice

Responding to a Supreme Court decision in Brisbane today, Traditional Owners fighting Adanis proposed Carmichael coal mine say that yet again the Queensland Government and Adani have benefited from laws designed to suppress Aboriginal peoples rights.

The Queensland Court of Appeal today upheld an earlier decision that the Queensland Minister for Mines did not have to afford Wangan and Jagalingou people natural justice when he issued the mining leases for Adanis Carmichael Mine. The Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners Council is now seeking legal advice on grounds to appeal to the High Court.

Senior spokesperson for the W&J Traditional Owners Council, Adrian Burragubba, says, Where theres mining there is no justice for Traditional Owners. The mineral resources regime so often puts massive barriers in the way of Traditional Owners and the wider community which opposes coal mining in Queensland.

We appealed the decision of Queensland Mines Minister, Anthony Lynham MP,  to issue leases over our country to Adani, only to find our common law right to natural justice is of little worth. We have always aimed higher than this in pursuit of our rights. We are not deterred by todays outcome.

The Court decision has let the Minister get away with sacrificing our heritage and sacred places to promote his own political interests.

Instead of standing up for our rights in the lands and water of our ancestors, in April 2016 the Queensland Government preferred not to wait for our fight to be resolved in the Federal Court court and instead issued leases to Adani.

Adani is a company that has no money, is subject to investigations for multi-million dollar corruption and fraud in its own country, and doesnt have an economically viable project.

As Traditional Owners we wait more than a decade for our native title claim to be dealt with, while Adani can get a lease quickly, without our consent and with no money for its project.

We have clearly and unambiguously rejected a land use deal with this shyster company, yet they push on.

The Minister had no business issuing those mining leases. Granting the leases is proof that the...


Brisbane car ownership going downhill + more zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Car ownership in the river city is predicted to decline following an RACQ report showing Brisbane has the most expensive off-street 30 minute and 1 hour parking in Australia. (Image credit: Simon Forsyth)

More car sharing options need to be available according to RACQ head of technical and safety policy Steve Spalding, where multiple people in a small radius own a single car instead of multiple.

The council approved Brisbanes first council enforced car sharing scheme in Toowong, similar schemes have yet to be rolled out to other suburbs.


NSW welfare recipients to face prospective random drug tests

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Police shoot dead Barcelona attacker "IndyWatch Feed National"

Younes Abouyaaqoub

Younes Abouyaaqoub

Spanish police have shot dead an Islamist militant who killed 13 people with a van in Barcelona last week, ending a five-day manhunt for the perpetrator of Spains deadliest attack in over a decade.

Police on Monday tracked 22-year-old Younes Abouyaaqoub to a rural area near Barcelona and shot him after he held up what looked like an explosives belt and shouted Allahu Akbar.

Abouyaaqoub had been on the run since he drove into crowds along Barcelonas most famous avenue, Las Ramblas, killing more than a dozen people including seven-year-old NSW boy Julian Cadman.

Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack, which police believe was planned by 12 accomplices.

The Moroccan-born Abouyaaqoub had been the only one still at large.

His mother, Hannou Ghanimi, had appealed for him to surrender, saying she would rather see him in jail than dead.

Of the other 11 in the militant cell, five were shot dead by police hours after the van attack, two were killed and one injured the day before in a blast in a house where they were apparently making explosives, and three were arrested elsewhere.

Shortly before 5pm, the police shot down Younes Abouyaaqoub, the driver of the van in the attack that killed 14 people in Barcelona, Carles Puigdemont, head of the Catalonia regional government, told a news conference.

He said the bomb belt turned out to be a fake one.

An employee at a petrol station, along an empty stretch of road between the towns of Subirats and Sant Sadurni dAnoi, spotted a man resembling Abouyaaqoub and called the police.

Police found Abouyaaqoub hiding in vineyards and shot him dead a kilometre down the road next to a sewage treatment plant.

Police said Abouyaaqoub had first fled Las Ramblas on foot amid the chaos of the attack, then commandeered the car, stabbing the driver to death before smashing his way through a police checkpoint and ditching the car in the nearby town of Sant Just Desvern.

The four people arrested so far in connection with the attacks are three Moroccans and a citizen of Spains North African enclave of Melilla.

They were taken on Monday to the high court in Madrid, which has jurisdiction over terrorism matters.

Abouyaaqoub lived in Ripoll, a town in the Pyrenees mountains n...


MP called British-Australian in 1966 form "IndyWatch Feed National"

Linda Sudmalis

Linda Sudmalis

Its been revealed that Liberal MP Linda Sudmalis was described as a British-Australian citizen on an entry card when she was 10.

The Guardian reported Ms Sudmalis was listed as a British-Australian citizen on the incoming passenger card from July 25, 1966 found in the National Archives.

Ms Sudmalis, who was born in Australia and maintains she has never held British citizenship, said in a statement released from the prime ministers office that her father filled out the incoming passenger card on her behalf in 1966, Fairfax Media said.

He labelled my nationality as British-Australian because my mother is British. I did not travel on a passport of any sort for that trip to Australia.

Ms Sudmalis holds the marginal seat of Gilmore in NSW.

The citizenship crisis has caught out seven MPs and senators, including Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce, and left Malcolm Turnbulls one-seat majority hanging in the balance.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten on Monday said he had renounced his British ties in 2006.

The opposition leader, whose father was born in England, has been accused by the government of not being forthright in relation to the citizenship issue.

Crossbench senator Nick Xenophon will refer himself to the High Court after finding out hes a British Overseas Citizen.

The High Court will hold a directions hearing on Thursday in the cases of Mr Joyce, Matt Canavan, One Nation senator Malcolm Roberts and Greens senators Scott Ludlam and Larissa Waters

.The government believes the court may not hand down any decisions until October.

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Darebin snubs Canberras Oz Day warning "IndyWatch Feed National"

Canberras message to local government not to mess with Australia Day has fallen on deaf ears at a second Melbourne council.

City of Darebin councillors overnight voted in favour of moving January 26 events to an agreed date more inclusive of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander residents.

We formally recognised that January 26 is not an inclusive date for our national celebration, Mayor Kim Le Cerf said after Monday nights majority result.

January 26 is indelibly tied to the dispossession and subsequent oppression of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and our council cannot ignore the exclusion this entails and the impact it has on the health and wellbeing of our indigenous community.

The motion includes an end to citizenship ceremonies on January 26, instead offering new Australians the opportunity in a positive and timely way throughout the year.

The changes come just a week after Melbournes City of Yarra became Australias first council to announce changes to January 26.

It felt a swift rebuke from the federal government which threatened to withdraw the councils authority to host citizenship ceremonies in a stand-off which continues between Mayor Amanda Stone and Assistant Minister for Immigration Alex Hawke.

The move didnt prevent Darebin taking action with plans now in motion for the inner-northern local government area to hold a community celebration on a date other than January 26.

It will include awards recognising community service and the contribution of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander residents.

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Senators assess anti-gay posters "IndyWatch Feed National"

One of the offensive posters being circulated by groups opposed to gay marriage. (Facebook)

One of the offensive posters being circulated by groups opposed to gay marriage. (Facebook)

A Senate committee has offered to receive reports of offensive campaign material relating to the same-sex marriage survey.

Neo-Nazis have been distributing posters across cities depicting a child cowering below two people brandishing rainbow belts, citing research linking same-sex relationships to higher levels of abuse.

Because the marriage survey is being run by the Australian Bureau of Statistics it is not covered by many of the rules which normally govern election campaign material.

As well, the Advertising Standards Board says it wont consider complaints about ads relating to the poll because it considers them to be political advertising not covered by its ambit.

Labor senator Jenny McAllister, who is chairing an inquiry into the survey, says shes already seeing hateful examples of campaign material that does not meet the standard of respectful debate.

She says any concerned individuals or organisations should get in touch with the Senate finance and public administration committee at Parliament House to report any offensive, misleading or intimidating campaign material or behaviour.

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Sydney Anti-Fascist Action Solidarity With Charlottesville "IndyWatch Feed National"

The post Sydney Anti-Fascist Action Solidarity With Charlottesville appeared first on It's Going Down.

On the 19th of August 2017 Anti Fascist Action Sydney in collaboration with others, held an event in Martin Place, Sydney in a show of Solidarity to the victims of the white supremacist rally held in Charlottesville, Virginia.
This event was a stand against white supremacy, colonization, racism and blatant genocide that is unfortunately prevalent not only in American society but in so called Australian society today.
The support shown from attendees was amazing as well as the powerful, emotional and motivational speeches, there was a feeling of true strength and resistance against hate and bigotry.
Anti-Fascist Action Sydney

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Welfare drug tests for Sydneys southwest "IndyWatch Feed National"

Federal Minister for Social Services Christian Porter at a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra. AAP Image/Mick Tsikas

Federal Minister for Social Services Christian Porter at a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra. AAP Image/Mick Tsikas

Welfare recipients in Sydneys southwest could be randomly tested for drugs from the start of next year.

The Turnbull government is poised to announce Canterbury-Bankstown as the first of three locations for a controversial drug testing trial of new job seekers.

The selection has been driven by a high number of new welfare entrants and increasing ice-fuelled hospitalisations in the area.

Social Services Minister Christian Porter says the trial is focused on helping jobseekers overcome drug problems and secure work.

It is not about penalising or stigmatising people who have a barrier to employment which is as serious as drug abuse, Mr Porter said.

We want to help people in this situation. Failure to do so simply leaves people at risk of a cycle of welfare dependency.

The government plans to roll out the two-year trial across three sites from January, with about 5000 people affected including roughly 1750 from Canterbury-Bankstown.

Labor and the Greens are opposed to the trials, so the government will need support from the Senate crossbench to get the program off the ground.

The plan, which has been widely criticised by welfare advocates and medical groups since it was announced in the May budget, will test new Centrelink entrants for illicit substances including ice, ecstasy and marijuana.

Anyone who tests positive will be shunted on to cashless welfare cards with their payments quarantined, while those who fail more than once will be referred to medical professionals for assessment and treatment.

Up to $10 million will be set aside to support job seekers who test positive to drug tests more than once.

Depending on the type of test a person is selected for, it will either take place at a local Centrelink centre or a nearby facility.

The government says all tests will be conducted in private by a suitably qualified representative from a contracted drug testing provider and the results will not be shared with police.

There are roughly 12,000 people on Newstart and Youth Allowance in Canterbury...


Aboriginal Health Conference coming to Brisbane and more Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker Association (NATSIHWA) will hold a workshop in Brisbane on September 6 (Image credit: Diac Images)

The Australian and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG) and the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet are providing support and waiving fees for public leaders and servants travelling to the conferences from remote areas.  

Other Aboriginal health conferences on mental health, mens health and more will be held around Australia from August 21.


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Another Melbourne council votes to change Australia Day "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Joe Montero

Despite warnings from the Turnbull government of being stripped from holding future citizenship ceremonies, Melbournes City of Darebin has joined nearby Yarra Council and voted to crap holding the event on 26 January.

The City of Derebin covers an area that includes the suburbs of Northcote, Thornbury, Preston and Reservoir.

Two other councils, Moreland and Hepburn Shire, are considering making the same move.

at the Darebin council meeting, emotional Indigenous community members held up an Aboriginal flag and gave councilors a standing ovation, as the decision was handed down to the packed Preston City Hall, the venue where the council meetings are held.

As it had in Yarra, the move came after a process of public discussion that was open to all residents.

Unfortunately, some misguided people have jumped on the misleading bandwagon that has been created by sections of the big media and politicians. The councilors have been accused of trying to get rid of Australia Day. This is not true. All they have done is to take up the call, which is growing in the Australian community, to shift our recognition as a nation to a more appropriate day.

the present Australia Day commemorates the arrival of the First fleet in  1788 and the planting of the British flag on soil that later came to be known as Australia.

For those who were already here, this could only be called an invasion that led to dispossession and the near total destruction of their society. It was a disaster and nothing to celebrate. To mark this event as the foundation of Australia, is offensive to a section of the Australian community.

Australia was not created by a British sea captain, but through the blood ,sweat and tears of those who have lived on this land. Warts and all, this is what Australia is. There are more suitable dates to recognise and value who we are. Two that come to mind are the Eureka rebellion (3 December 1854) and Federation (1 January 1901).

Recognition of our true history, would signal that as a nation we have finally grown up, are comfortable with and value being Australian. Not in a jingoistic way that devalues others. Instead of this, in a way that we recognise that our diversity is our strength and we respect those who are a little different.

Moving away from 26 January is linked up with the ongoing process of recognising the truth of history, not as an academic exercise, but to gain understanding, reconcile and move together towards the future.

The action taken by the councils is not bowing to an active minority, as some would misrepresent the situation. It is about healing the hurt of the past and about ending the hurt and moving forward together....


It seemed like love at first sight or maybe her intuition kicking in with the realization that Tracey needed a little more care and attention. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Last week, Nicole Celeban and her therapy dog, Lady Darci, went into Nepean Hospital in New South Wales, Australia, to visit a particular patient.

I came to the hospital on special visit to see a patient who had very little time left he passed away later that night, Celeban, president of Nepean Therapy Dogs, told The Dodo. After visiting with him, we still had some energy left, so we visited the other patients on the ward.

This is how Celeban and Lady Darci met Tracey Price, a woman who, as it turned out, really needed a visit with a furry friend.

Credit: Nepean Therapy Dogs

Price had just gotten out of the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) after getting brain surgery for a life-threatening condition. The operation had brought about a few complications, and Price was feeling emotional and a little scared. She was also missing her family and friends, who lived in a town seven hours away from the hospital.

But everything changed when Lady Darci bounded into Prices hospital room.

It was a surprise, Price told The Dodo. It was a very exciting surprise.

Credit: Nepean Therapy Dogs

With Prices permission, Lady Darci hopped up on Prices bed and snuggled up against her and this was exactly what Price seemed to need.

It was also a major mood changer, like a switch moved from negative back into positive mode, Price said. Thats all I needed to reset the brain. It just changed me.

Credit: Nepean Therapy Dogs

I think my favorite part was when [Lady Darci] really looked at me, Price added. She wasnt just laying on a bed with a patient she actually connected with me personally.

Celeban, who trained Lady Darci to be a therapy dog four years ago, wasnt surprised by her dogs ability to connect with Price.

Lady Darci is a very skilled dog, very intuitive and seems to know what any patient needs, Celeban said. Most often when shes placed on the bed, shell reach up to the patient, touch nose to nose, without licking. Once shes said hello in her way, shell lie down next to the patient and snooze....


This is why we unrecognised Australia Day "IndyWatch Feed National"

Following is the response by Yarra councilor Amanda Stone, to the attacks made on the inner Melbourne council by Murdoch media and the Turnbull government, for daring to move to shift naturalisation ceremonies form 26 January, a date that many Australians find is unsuitable, because it marks the British invasion of the land and dispossession of the original inhabitants and should not be celebrated as our national day. Now that the nearby City of Darebin, has voted to do the same, the issue has become more topical than ever.

This week it seems that everyone from the Prime Minister down has been happy to lash out at Yarra City Council for voting unanimously last Monday night to no longer recognise the 26th of January as an appropriate date for our national day. We did this because of the depth of feeling about what that day means for so many of our residents.

We do not believe it is the right day for our national celebration and certainly not the right day to be welcoming our newest citizens to our nation in a citizenship ceremony. This day can only commemorate the British invasion of Aboriginal and Torres Straits Islander lands.

Instead we will, from 2018 onwards, hold a small-scale event featuring a Smoking Ceremony on January 26 that acknowledges the loss of culture, language and identity felt by Aboriginal community.

Our decision caused a political and media storm that, I admit, we hadnt quite anticipated. We certainly didnt anticipate that the Commonwealth would punish us by taking away our role to performing citizenship ceremonies altogether

We made this decision not as a calculated attempt to make our mark on the national political agenda but because it matters to our community.

Even if the Victorian Local Government Act didnt stipulate that councils should, as a key responsibility, advocate on behalf of their communities about issues of importance, we would have done this anyway.


Some in the commentariat have suggested we should butt out because there arent many indigenous people living in Yarra these days. As if this issue only matters to Aboriginal Australians.

Granted, rising house prices have forced many of the Aboriginal people that have lived in our suburbs for many decades to leave in recent years.

Yarra mayor Amanda Stone: Our decision caused a political and media storm that, I admit, we hadnt quite anticipated. Photo: Paul Jeffers

That, of course, is not the point.

Aboriginal Australians often talk about connection to land. Not only does the City of Yarra contain many ancient connections for the Wurundjeri people around the Yarra River itself, but our urban landscape is the birthplace of many modern Aboriginal political organisa...


FixedIt: Tinder didnt repeatedly stab a woman and try to kill her, Paul Lambert did "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Daily Telegraph is just one of many publications that refer to Paul Lamberts vicious assault and attempted murder of Angela Jay as the Tinder stabbing.

Lambert broke into Angela Jays home, waited for her to come in, then he stabbed her repeatedly and soaked her in petrol. Police believe he intended to rape her, murder her and burn down her house.

Before the attack Angela Jay had taken out an AVO against him because he was stalking her, threatening her life and she was quite justifiably scared of him.

All of these facts are relevant to her story, how she met him is not.

It wasnt an app that hid in her cupboard and tried to kill her, it was a man. A savagely violent man who believed he was entitled to end a womans life because she chose to live that life without him.

Dubbing it the Tinder stabbing renders him invisible and subtly blames the victim, she was on Tinder (as millions of people are) hoping to meet someone (again, as most of us are) and have some fun (which she was entirely right to do).

Women are never to blame for the violence men do to them. A woman looking for sex, a relationship or just a bit of fun is not asking for a man to stalk or attack her, and women should not be shamed or frightened into thinking it is their fault when men are violent.

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Renewables and the damage done: cross post from the Spectator "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Here is a concluding extract from a piece of mine published yesterday in the Spectator

However, the demonisation of coal and threats by a future government to destroy the value of any new coal power station means a return to an autonomous market-based new investment regime is impossible.  It may be that the Commonwealth is preparing to commission new non-intermittent power stations - inevitably coal based to shore up reliability.  While providing a patch-up, this would complete the dismantling of a national electricity market and place us on the path to the high-cost electricity regime that prevailed prior to the market reforms under Hawke, Kennett and Howard.   

A preferable outcome would be for the Canberra to guarantee that a future federal government would not adopt policies that expropriate any new investment (as governments already do with roads, ports and other long-lived infrastructure) and: 

  • Abolish the commonwealths Renewable Energy Target (RET) and the subsidies, presently about $75 per MWh, it creates for wind and large-scale solar;  
  • Eliminate the Small-Scale Renewable Energy Scheme (SRES) under which electricity users in general are forced to provide a subsidy of $40 per MWh to roof-top photovoltaic installations.  
  • Cease all government subsidies through the budget including guarantees to bodies like the Clean Energy Regulator and the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC).  

In addition, state government should remove subsidies like the Queensland Solar Bonus scheme and preferential feed-in-tariffs for PV generated electricity.  

With such policies, Australia would once again benefit from the cheap electricity that government market interventions have caused.   

The whole piece is here

The issue also got an airing on the Bolt Report last night.  Here is a clip.


An open letter from Guam to America "IndyWatch Feed National"

This letter appeared in the Boston Review (11 August 2017) and penned by Guam resident, Victoria-Lola Leon Guerrero. It Questions the Islands incorporation into the U.S. and the use of its territory for a major military base. Two things that make Guam vulnerable to attack. The idea that American protection is needed is countered by the experience of history.  During the Japanese occupation, the people were abandoned and left to fend for themselves.

Dear America,

I am glad that you are finally paying attention to what is happening in Guam. Many of you, as I am reading online, are asking for the first time, What is Guam? Every day growing up here, we have been told all about you. I am sorry that it is only when we are the subject of bombs that you even attempt to say the word Guam; there are so many more interesting things I wish you would want to know about us. We, on the other hand, are not as surprised by the latest bomb threat. We are quite used to hearing Guam and bomb in the same sentence. Every month or so, when another missile is tested, or rhetoric fired, we hear how North Korea, or China, or Russia could bomb Guam.

I have even saved pictures of Chinas infamous Guam Killer bombs on my computer so our Independence group can use it in Independence 101 presentations as an example of why we need to get free NOW. Yes, there are people in Guam who want independence from you. But there are also people in Guam who hear these threats of bombs and cower to the hype. They start to believe that we need your mighty military bases and beg for more, because then we would not be bombed, right? But you have been the source of all our bomb problems.

The worst bombs that have ever been dropped on Guam were yours near the end of World War II. At the beginning of the war, you left us defenseless to the Japanese, knowing full well that they were planning to invade Guam all along. You safely boarded your white military wives on ships and sent them home months before the attack, but did nothing to protect us.

Thats right, the last time an invading nation that you said you would protect us from attacked, you surrendered in 2 days and left 20,000 people to suffer, many falling victim to the most atrocious of war crimes. But we are strong and we survived not just that ugly war but also the losses that came after. When you returned in 1944, you leveled our island with your bombs, leaving most families without a home to return to. We were scattered and displaced so you could build your enormous bases. And we were so grateful to you that our people served and continue to serve your military and die for your freedom in higher numbers per capita than you.

The worst bombs that have ever been dropped on Guam were yours.

Today you occupy nearly o...


Fake evidence used in the Oklahoma Bombing by Jon Rappoport "IndyWatch Feed National"

How official science is deployed to advance a political agenda

August 21, 2017

The public wants to buy every official scientific claim the mainstream press pounds into their brainswhether the issue is vaccine safety, global warming, the overwhelming success of medical drugs, the Big Bang theory of the universes origin

The notion that a political agenda underlies such scientific pronouncements is unthinkable.

So as an example, a very specific example of fake science, lets look back at the attack on Oklahoma City.

On April 19, 1995, one-third of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City blew up, killing 169 people and wounding 680 others.

Three men were arrested and convicted: Tim McVeigh, Terry Nichols, and Michael Fortier. McVeigh was put to death on June 11, 2001, Nichols is currently serving multiple life sentences without the possibility of parole, and Fortier was sentenced to 12 years (he served that term and was released).

The official narrative of the bombing stated: A Ryder truck parked at the curb outside the Murrah Building contained barrels of ammonium nitrate plus fuel oil (ANFO bombs), and their coordinated explosion occurred shortly after 9AM on the morning of April 19th.

In addition to the deaths and the woundings, the explosion impacted 324 buildings and 86 cars in the area.

(In my 1995, book, The Oklahoma City Bombing, the Suppressed Truth, I laid to rest the claim that ANFO bombs could have caused that much damage; and more importantly, I showed that an explosion coming out of a Ryder truck at the curb could not have caused the particular profile of damage sustained by the Murrah Building.)

The vaunted FBI lab decided that, indeed, all the damage and death HAD been caused by ANFO bombs in the Ryder truck.

But wait.

Buckle up.

Two years after the bombing, on March 22, 1997,...


Market Talk- August 21st, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed National"

The news of Steve Bannons departure on Friday came too late for Asia and so cash markets readjusted in this mornings session. We did see a little move back into the JPY again, but much of that move was Friday evening and so today was a combination of the remnants of this and the concerns surrounding military exercises. The Nikkei cash ended the day down around -0.4% but we are seeing the currency trade below the 109 handle and into the 108s. It was only Chinas Shanghai and the Hang Seng of the core that saw positive days, having seen help from the Utilities, Real-estate and Natural Resource exploration (CNOOC). The Australian ASX lost a little ground but not too concerning. Closing down -0.4% on the day the currency drifting towards mid 0.79s it was again resources and steel that creates the doubt in the index. A pretty mixed open for Asia to start the week but as we have Jackson Hole and we hear twice from Mario Draghi, the fun and games are yet to begin.

Again, it is the DAX that leads core European sentiment lower but markets were drifting even before the US markets opened. The Italian FTSE MIB that led markets lower but it was the DAX that continues to command most of the talk. Industrials, Energy companies and banks that weighed on the DAX; with still a lot of talk surrounding the car manufactures not helping confidence. The overhang and the lack of conviction are seeing European stocks rollover just as US investors take to their desks. Few dealers were commenting that money was taken off the table having seen almost a year of great returns. Banks were a weak sector again today with large names (Deutsche Bank, Soc. Gen, BNP Paribas) all losing a little over 1%. The UKs FTSE bounced into the close to finish little off whilst the other core closed -0.3% to the DAX -0.8%. The UK produced five new papers with talks of shifting terms surrounding BREXIT and the markets seemed to take the news favourably with both GBP seeing a few buyers and FTSE regaining earlier lost ground.

US markets really were a game of two halves today with initial weakness soon after the opening, being turned to a positive close for the day. Banks continue to suffer and with today move were around 5% lower on the m...


I Hope You Catch Yellow Fever and Die "IndyWatch Feed National"

Im not your fetish. Im not easy for you to obtain, and Im not an object of your affections.

I am a Chinese girl with a dark complexion, green hair and a loud mouth. I am a Chinese girl who has spent most of her life living in the city of Brisbane, a predominantly white populated city in Australia. Ive tackled bullying and ignorance and ostracisation, and Ive been hated because of the pigment of my skin. But Ive also tackled with the other extreme Ive been loved because of my brown complexion; Ive been completely adored.

Ive spent the last few weeks living in Japan, and Ive seen millions of faces perpetually pass me by, sometimes animated and sometimes still. These faces share physical features similar to mine. This is a rare few weeks where I no longer look like the token, no longer look the minority. It is liberating to see billboards and advertisements where I see beauty products that cater to the tough Asian hair and makeup that flatters my almond shaped eyes.

Nah Im not going to thank you. Its not a compliment. This double edged sword really only has one side to it. Its sharpness seems dulled, but really, it cuts through you like a knife. By coming up to me, a complete stranger, and making such a broad statement, I am being sliced open by the concept of interchangeability. I am being dehumanised in a way that I am seen through rose-tinted glasses that make me blend into the next flower in sight. I am one of the same, and the fetishiser is the person who gazes at me lovingly because I fit into this pool of women that they have decided to invent and drown in.

Have you ever been greeted with I love Asian women the first time you met somebody? Have you ever been greeted with a sentence so general, so broad, that it goes over your head? You hear said statement and youre thrown into a mode where you wonder, Is that a compliment? You do a double take. How do you respond? Thank you?

In a society where my looks are no longer considered exotic, where my eyes arent made fun of and my features are not other-ed, I still see non-Asian people making it a point to become involved with locals. I see mediocrity and low self-esteem rear its head and lurch itself at me: they think Im going be ena...


San Francisco Dockers Call Strike to Confront White Nationalist Rally "IndyWatch Feed National"

The post San Francisco Dockers Call Strike to Confront White Nationalist Rally appeared first on It's Going Down.

Members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 10 in San Francisco have passed a motion to stop work and march on the site of a white nationalist gathering later this week.

The rally has been organised by the far-right Patriot Prayer group, whose leader Joey Gibson has a history of organising rallies attended by white nationalists and violent racists such as Jeremy Christian, the man who stabbed two men to death on a Portland MAX train as they intervened to stop him racially abusing and threatening two teenage girls.

Gibson has made pains to distance himself from more explicit neo-nazis in the fallout following the Charlottesville protests, where a white nationalist drove his car into a group of anti-racist demonstrators.

However, Gibsons sincerity has been questioned particularly has it has come to light that the Oath Keepers, a heavily-armed far-right militia composed largely of ex-military and ex-law enforcement personnel, will be providing security for the event.

To combat this, a rank-and-file union meeting of ILWU Local 10 has resolved to stop work on Saturday 26th August, the day of the rally, and march to Crissy Fields, where the rally is due to take place.

In a statement, the ILWU Local 10 declares that:

far from a matter of free speech, the racist and fascist provocations are a deadly menace as shown in Portland on May 26 when a Nazi murdered two men and almost killed a third for defending two young African American women he was menacing; and our sisters and brothers in the Portland labor movement answered racist terror with the power of workers solidarity, mobilizing members of 14 unions against the fascist/racist rally there on June 4.

The statement goes on to cite ILWU Local 10s long and proud history of standing up against racism, fascism and bigotry and using our union power to do so, citing their May Day 2015 shut down of Bay Area ports and march to Oscar Grant Plaza against racist police violence.



The Location of Flight 370 may be Uncovered, based on New Satellite Image Analysis "IndyWatch Feed National"

Recently analyzed satellite images produced in late March 2014 by the French military appear to show man-made objects floating in the ocean, in one of the areas suspected to be where Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 may have crashed after running out of fuel. The location of the suspected debris has allowed researchers to narrow a new search location down to a 5,000 square kilometer area off of the west coast of Australia.

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Exchanges Might Not Meet All AML & KYC Requirements But Neither Do Banks "IndyWatch Feed National"

An investigation led by Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC) to one of Australias major banks, Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA), has revealed the deficiencies of the countrys banks in terms of compliance with the know-your-customer (KYC) and anti-money laundering (AML) requirements of the law.


Asheville, NC: Crowd Answers Call to Tear Down Confederate Monuments "IndyWatch Feed National"

The post Asheville, NC: Crowd Answers Call to Tear Down Confederate Monuments appeared first on It's Going Down.

On Friday Aug. 19th a crowd of Asheville residents descended on the Robert E Lee memorial downtown with crowbars and power tools in order to do what the politicians refuse to, take down the monuments to the Confederacy. According to eyewitnesses four people attempted to remove the plaque to Lee as a crowd with large banners surrounded them effectively hiding them, allowing them to go at it for 30 minutes.

From the press statement on behalf of those arrested:

Today at 7:43am, four community activists were arrested in downtown Asheville while attempting to remove the controversial Robert E. Lee Monument that sits in front of the Vance Monument. Organizers released the following statement to contextualize their action:

Saturday will mark a week since Heather Heyer was murdered in Charlottesville while resisting white supremacists who came to defend the Robert E. Lee monument. Heathers death comes after years of black people being slaughtered by the police and white silence in the face of institutionalized violence.

One of the calls to action made by Charlottesville organizers was to remove all confederate monuments. Today, organizers in Asheville made the decision to answer that call by attempting to remove our Robert E. Lee monument.

We understand that the removal of this monument would be symbolic of removing white supremacy from the very center of our City. We know that this must be connected to the deep work of ending systemic racism and white supremacy culture here.

Those arrested included Hillary Brown, Rev. Amy Cantrell, Adrienne Sigmon and Nicole Townsend. As of 9am, all four were freed.



Leid StoriesIndictment of Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultzs Ex-Tech Aide Opens Many Cans of Worms08.21.17 "IndyWatch Feed National"

George Webb, a citizen journalist with Crowdsource the Truth, who was the first to raise pointed questions about Imran Awan, returns with more answers about the Pakistan-born IT engineer who owned and operated his own private business while managing to add several dozen high-level congressional accounts, most of them from Democrats serving on committees handling classified information. On July 24, ...

The post Leid StoriesIndictment of Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultzs Ex-Tech Aide Opens Many Cans of Worms08.21.17 appeared first on Progressive Radio Network.


Oppose Fascism of the Right and the Left "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Following the recent clashes between the alt-right and the group antifa, some libertarians have debated which group they should support. The answer is simple: neither. The alt-right and its leftist opponents are two sides of the same authoritarian coin.

The alt-right elevates racial identity over individual identity. The obsession with race leads them to support massive government interference in the economy in order to benefit members of the favored race. They also favor massive welfare and entitlement spending, as long as it functions as a racial spoils system. Some prominent alt-right leaders even support abortion as a way of limiting the minority population. No one who sincerely supports individual liberty, property rights, or the right to life can have any sympathy for this type of racial collectivism.

Antifa, like all Marxists, elevates class identity over individual identity. Antifa supporters believe government must run the economy because otherwise workers will be exploited by greedy capitalists. This faith in central planning ignores economic reality, as well as the reality that in a free market employers and workers voluntarily work together for their mutual benefit. It is only when government intervenes in the economy that crony capitalists have the opportunity to exploit workers, consumers, and taxpayers. Sadly, many on the left confuse the results of the mixed economy with free markets.

Ironically, the failure of the Keynesian model of economic authoritarianism, promoted by establishment economists like Paul Krugman, is responsible for the rise of the alt-right and antifa. Despite a recent (and likely short-lived) upturn in some sectors of the economy, many Americans continue to struggle with unemployment and a Federal Reserve-caused eroding standard of living. History shows that economic hardship causes many to follow demagogues offering easy solutions and convenient scapegoats.

Left-wing demagogues scapegoat businesses and the one percent, ignoring the distinction between those who made their fortunes serving consumers and those who enriched themselves by manipulating the political process. Right-wing demagogues scapegoat immigrants and minorities, ignoring how these groups suffer under the current system and how they are disproportionally impacted by policies like the war on drugs and police militarization.

As the Keynesian-Krugman empire of big government and fiat currency collapses, more people will be attracted to au...


Pechanga Tribe Provides Support for Successful Back to School Shopping Spree "IndyWatch Feed National"

Young girl & Pechanga volunteer shop for new school clothes at JC Penney in Temecula

Published August 21, 2017

TEMECULA, Calif.  (Aug. 21, 2017) Most of the time, its just the rich and famous for whom a store will close down so they may shop in private. On a recent Saturday morning, 205 deserving Temecula, Murrieta and Menifee children received a shopping spree all their own at the Temecula JC Penney before the doors opened to the public.The ChildSpree program, coordinated through the local chapter of the Salvation Army, set kids ages 5 through 18 up with backpacks, school supplies, a $125 JC Penney Gift Card and volunteer personal shoppers.

Working in pairs, the child and his or her volunteer made their way through the abundance of neatly stacked shirts, rows of shoes and socks, and round clothing racks of pants and skirts. Volunteers helped select correct sizes and items to match the needs on the childs list, and the kids got to give their input without the influence of their parents.

Pechanga provided 120 of the 205 volunteers needed to chaperone the kids, in addition to $7,000 toward a shopping spree for 56 kids. The Pechanga Fire Department also brought out a ladder truck and firemen answered questions as the children climbed through the truck.

To see the smiles on the kids faces when they hold up a new pair of shoes or a jacket they wouldnt have otherwise been able to have, its incredibly heartwarming, said Heather Holmes, Pechangas Community Relations Manager. Pechanga does a lot in the community for worthy programs such as this, but when you get to experience firsthand the impact it makes on families and their children, its very touching.

The families we help most often cannot afford to send their children back to school with new clothes or shoes, said Lt. John Birks, Corps Officer of the Murrieta Salvation Army. The generosity of Pechanga and other companies in our region is humbling. These kids perform better and will do better in school because theyre confident about their clothes. Its all about setting them up for success.

Statistics from ed-dat...


The Geopolitics of Memewar "IndyWatch Feed National"

Excerpt from Narrative Machines. B&W 1st edition Available Now on Amazon, $13.95  What is French? This question cannot be answered by sounding out empty shells: Charles Martel, Joan of Arc, etc. On the subject... The post The Geopolitics of Memewar appeared first on disinformation.

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Target Finding for the Empire: The Pine Gap Joint Defense Facility, Americas Spy Hub in the Heart of Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

The tasking we get at Pine Gap is look for this particular signal coming out of this particular location. If you find it, report it, and if you find anything else of interest, report that as well. David Rosenberg,

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