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Saturday, 25 November

19:00

Brisbane Fair Trade Christmas Market 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Seq.eat"

Saturday 25th Nov, 8.00am Sunday 26th Nov, 3.00pm, Queensland Sports and Athletics Centre
Brisbane

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Sunday, 29 October

22:00

Suitcase Rummage in West End "IndyWatch Feed Seq.eat"

Sunday 29th Oct, 11.00am 4.00pm, Rumpus Room
Brisbane

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Thursday, 14 September

00:31

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

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

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

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

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Wednesday, 13 September

23:02

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

Background

At about 9:00 am. local time, on 19 January, 1966, banana grower, George Pedley, aged 28, was driving a tractor about one half mile from a farm house owned by Albert Pennisi. Pedley's attention was drawn by a 'hissing' sound, clearly heard over the noise from the tractor's engine. He looked about for the source of the noise, and saw an unusual object some 25 yards away. He described it as  about 30 feet in the air, rising vertically. Its shape was that of 'two saucers face to face.' It was light grey in color, being dull, non-reflective. Its size was estimated as 25 feet long by eight to nine feet deep. No structured features were visible. The loud 'hissing' noise seemed to diminish as the object rose. It rose to a height of 60 feet, then departed, climbing at about an angle of forty-five degrees, extremely fast, to the South-west. For the duration of his observation, which was only 5-6 seconds, it appeared to be always rotating.

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 At this time, the cleared area of water had been replaced by a floating mass of reeds, at the point where the object had first been seen.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

Australian media attention

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



This was quickly followed by articles in newspapers in the capi...

22:16

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

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

22:13

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

Students outside a blockaded school in Chile.

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

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

Chilean youth in revolt.

Attitude.

Students winning against militarized riot police.

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

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

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21:56

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Bill To End Virginias Winner Take All System

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

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

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

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

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

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

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21:55

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

21:55

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

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

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

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

Watch Out for Those Limited-Government Types

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

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

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

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

21:55

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

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

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

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

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

Many Women Dont Follow Doctors Orders

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

20:42

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

August 30, 2017 By 

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

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20:23

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

AFP

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


20:01

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

19:19

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

The Conservation Imperative

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

18:32

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

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

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

Poll confirms that Smith understands what ordinary Australians want

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

Is Dick Smith the last good rich man in Australia?

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

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18:20

Your Brain on Fear "IndyWatch Feed National"

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

The Biological Response

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

18:12

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

21st Century Wire says

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

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

The following article was written by Paul Larudee for TruePublica: 

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

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

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

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

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

18:00

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

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

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

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

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

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

Below you will find the full text of the interview.

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

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

17:43

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


Shy Hylacola

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

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


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17:06

Reclassification Of Firearms In Australia! "IndyWatch Feed National"



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

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

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

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

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

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

16:56

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

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

By Steven & Evan Strong

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

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

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

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

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16:08

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

MACKAY September 13, 2017 at 06:03AM ,

Finch Hatton cop leaps into fray solo, defuses drunken brawl

September 13, 2017 at 06:03AM ,

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

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16:08

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

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Woman blames pill mix-up for abusing hospital workers

September 13, 2017 at 05:07AM ,

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16:08

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

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Di Carlo fed info from CCC: Police

September 12, 2017 at 05:18PM ,

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

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15:39

Global Warming & Storms "IndyWatch Feed National"

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

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

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

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

 

 

15:32

The Coming One World Currency "IndyWatch Feed National"

QUESTION: Dear Marty,

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

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

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

15:30

Google Apocalypse Looms Large "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Dr. Mercola

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

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

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

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

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

While it may se...

14:52

BenzoBookReview.com "IndyWatch Feed National"

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

14:30

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

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

14:30

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

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14:14

Your disco needs you "IndyWatch Feed National"

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

14:10

Nursery Open Day and Plant Sale "IndyWatch Feed National"

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

14:10

Nursery Open Day and Plant Sale "IndyWatch Feed National"

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

13:01

His and Hers, wedding rings flying to Italy to bind two hearts "IndyWatch Feed Seq.art"

Lovely hearts, lovely friends, lovely outcome . . .

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

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


12:21

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

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

Dear Dick Smith,

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

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

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

Kath WIlson

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

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

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

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

12:09

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

12:03

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

Its been a good run

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

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

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

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

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

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12:00

Council Making Millions from Littering Fines in the Valley and More Zedlines... "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Over two thirds of all Brisbane littering fines issued last year were from the Fortitude Valley nightclub district, according to the latest figures. (Image source: Wikimedia Commons)

In total, these fines have made $1.5 million for Brisbane City Council, but the fines certainly arent great for punters.

Simon Turner from the Fortitude Valley Safe Night Out Precinct said people are being fined as much as $250 for dropping cigarette butts on the footpath.

Mr Turner also said the council were hiring police officers to work with ticket inspectors who targeted customers lined up outside of clubs.

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11:53

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

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

11:42

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

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


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




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11:41

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

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

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

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

VH-VPL at Rockhampton Airport recently  (File photo)

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

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

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

Photo taken by Kayanne Hardsman  

11:12

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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11:09

Cookies & Cream "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

 

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

Treat yourself!

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

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

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

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

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

Photo ID required for entry, 18+ only.

 

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10:10

The Criminal Injustice System: Beyond Platitudes and Bleeding Hearts | On Genocide "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Criminal Injustice System: Beyond Platitudes and Bleeding Hearts | On Genocide: Recent decades have been an affront to our sovereignty and our progressive and socialist history. We were the first country with a 40 hour working week, the first to allow women to vote, the second to have a comprehensive public health system, and the first welfare state. It cuts against the grain, therefore, that in 30 years we have gone from a country with no poverty or unemployment and near the worst income inequality in the OECD (7th worst in 2014). With relatively low wages and one of the highest costs of living in the world, neoliberalism is ripping apart our social fabric. We have a housing crisis that is worse than those hitting the US, UK, Australia and Canada, but it is even more of a shock because 30 years ago the idea of homelessness and of people begging in the streets was simply alien to us.

Make no mistake, neoliberalism has fucked this country, and I do blame the US and the UK along with those traitor scum politicians who serve the empire and not their own people. But in one key respect, neoliberalism was pushing against an open door. Neoliberalism seeks to shrink the social support offered by the state but it also seeks to grow the coercive powers of the state the police and the prisons. The latter harmonises much more easily with traditional Aotearoan values. We are a punitive people. We are not ruled by fear of malefactors to the extent that the US seems to be, but we still have a strong attraction to law-and-order.

09:36

Dangerous conditions spark NSW fire bans "IndyWatch Feed National"

Photo Flickr/bertknot

Photo Flickr/bertknot

Total fire bans are in place across large swathes of northern and eastern NSW as hot and windy conditions keep firefighters on alert.

The Rural Fire Service (RFS) has declared four regions as having a severe fire danger on Wednesday including Greater Sydney Region, Greater Hunter, North Coast and North Western regions.

Temperatures in the mid-30s combined with strong north-westerly winds mean conditions will be challenging, RFS Inspector Ben Shepherd told AAP.

Winds are forecast to reach 40-50km/h with gusts up to 70km/h.

More than 70 fires are burning across the state, with 20 of them uncontained, and we will be monitoring all of them, Insp Shepherd said.

More than 100 firefighters fought a fire in Sydneys northern suburb of Beacon Hill on Tuesday afternoon and hope to strengthen containment lines ahead of Wednesday.

The fire threatened dozens of properties but crews managed to keep it at bay with the help of water-bombing aircraft.

As the fire season kicks into gear, all NSW residents are being urged to clean up and maintain their properties and have a fire plan in place.

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09:32

Govt told back off, let power market work "IndyWatch Feed National"

Liddell Power Station

Liddell Power Station

The best thing the Turnbull government could do to prevent energy shortages is to get out of markets way and let the regulator do its job.

Thats the view of Oliver Yates, who headed the governments green bank for more than four years until May.

The government has been contemplating how to make energy giant AGL keep open the ageing Liddell coal-fired power station beyond its planned 2022 closure.

But Mr Yates says its actually AGL who has given the market certainty by announcing two years ago its intentions to close the Hunter Valley plant.

Even under the Finkel review theyre only requiring that a coal-fired power station give three years notice; AGL gave about seven, he told ABC radio on Wednesday.

That meant the industry was working to replace the capacity based on a certain projected closure date.

Thats very difficult if a prime minister walks into the room and basically says, Well I know youve been investing on that basis but I think I might just decide to legislate in some way and keep these clunkers open, Mr Yates said.

That doesnt help the market at all, it puts us into a position of paralysis all over again.

Energy policy in Australia isnt broken but it is highly polarised and thats a problem, Mr Yates said.

The governments latest action was sparked by a report from the Australian Energy Market Operator which warned there would need to be an extra 1000 megawatts of dispatchable power which is able to be sent when its needed in the system before Liddell closed.

What they said is the same thing I say to my kid when they want to borrow the car: If you want to borrow the car and you dont fill it up with petrol, youll run out of petrol, Mr Yates said.

If the policy paralysis continued and AEMO didnt get the powers it needed to deal with preventing blackouts, as recommended in the Finkel review, then there likely would be shortages.

Mr Yates warned that any kind of coal-fired power station even the newest technology, so-called clean coal didn&#8217...

09:30

Refugee Camp Receives Football Pitch and More Zedlines... "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Syrian refugees in Jordans largest refugee camp now have a football pitch, which was built as part of efforts to normalise life for the displaced people living in the camp. (Image source: Pixabay)

Funded by FIFA and the Union of European Football Associations, the football pitch will become a place of relief for those who are currently living in caravans in Jordans al-Zaatari camp.

Syrias civil war is now in its seventh year, and infrastructure in improving in the camp in an effort to normalise the lives of the 8000 Syrians who have fled to al-Zaatari.

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09:29

Hillary Clinton just accused Trump  over collusion with Russia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Hillary Clinton has made little secret that she blames lots and lots of things not named Hillary Clinton for her 2016 loss. And amid a publicity tour for her just-released book in which she re-litigates many of them she just made her most serious claim to date.

USA Todays Susan Page, in an interview published late Monday night, asked Clinton whether she thought Trump associates colluded with Russia. And Clinton broke with many in her party by offering a pretty unvarnished answer in the affirmative.

There certainly was communication, and there certainly was an understanding of some sort, Clinton says at first, choosing her words carefully.

Page writes that she pressed further, asking directly about whether Trump associates colluded with Russia.

Im convinced of it, Clinton said.

Witch hunt, fake news, phony: Trumps defenses against the Russia probe
President Trump has repeatedly lashed out with insults to defend himself as the Russia investigation unfolds. Here are some of his go-to attacks. (Video: Jenny Starrs/Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)

As is often the case with Clinton, she seemed to want to not-quite-say what she was actually saying. She talked about Trumps ties to Russian money and the fact that Vladimir Putin wanted Trump to win. She talked about ho...

09:26

Printed Age, SMH to go within year: Hinch "IndyWatch Feed National"

Justice Party Senator Derryn Hinch at a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra, Tuesday, March 21, 2017. AAP Image/Mick Tsikas

Justice Party Senator Derryn Hinch at a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra, Tuesday, March 21, 2017. AAP Image/Mick Tsikas

Journalist-turned-senator Derryn Hinch believes a package of media ownership changes wont save the print editions of two of Australias oldest daily newspapers.

But that wont stop him backing the governments overhaul of pre-internet age laws that could clear parliament as early as Wednesday.

I think the print editions of the SMH and The Age could be gone by this time next year, Senator Hinch told ABC radio.

The senator argues the planned changes will increase media ownership diversity, not reduce it as some critics have claimed.

Under the changes a single proprietor would no longer be constrained by the so-called two-out-of-three rule that limits them owning radio, television and print assets in one licensed market.

When these laws were brought in, we didnt have the internet, we didnt have smartphones and people no longer go home to watch the six oclock news, Senator Hinch said.

News is 24/7, people are on their phones all the time and diversification is amazing.

Senator Hinch said the CBS buyout of Network Ten had made the need for ownership law changes more urgent because it had blocked Australian buyers from competing.

Im thrilled (independent) Nick Xenophon and the government have made a deal, Senator Hinch said.I hope we get it through today.

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09:25

China banks fear US North Korea sanctions "IndyWatch Feed National"

Chinas big banks have been quietly but surely weaning themselves off North Korean money.

This is not particularly about their troublesome neighbour. It is because of a fear of US repercussions.

Bank branches near the North Korean border have told the BBC theyve been instructed not to open any new accounts for that countrys citizens and businesses.

This is not part of any United Nations sanctions regime.

It is an attempt to head off further US measures targeting Chinese banks which are accused of doing sanctions-busting business with North Korea.

Quite apart from the UN, the US Treasury has its own sanctions regime blacklisting companies and people who are said to have assisted Pyongyang in developing nuclear weapons.

Once a person or a company is placed on the American list of prohibited entities, US (and even foreign) companies can face strict penalties within the US for having dealings with them.

Conduit

Chinas financial institutions have been accused of laundering funds used to facilitate North Korean intercontinental ballistic missile and nuclear warhead development.

The government in Pyongyang is said to use front companies to move money around the world via Chinese banks.

For this reason, officials in Washington DC have been threatening to place major Chinese banks on the black list: international sanctions against these enormous institutions could cause global economic shockwaves.

So the US fired a warning shot.

In recent months, the relatively small Bank of Dandong was blacklisted.

Announcing that Americans would be barred from doing business with it, the US Treasury said: The Bank of Dandong acts as a conduit for North Korea to access the US and international financial systems, including by facilitating millions of dollars of transactions for companies involved in North Koreas WMD and ballistic missile programs.

Central bank order

Chinas big banks could not afford to face similar moves.

Staff from at least seven branches from the Bank of China and the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China have confirmed to the BBC that new North Korean bank accounts will not be opened.

They said this process had started months ago.

One ICBC bank worker said that this had followed an order from the countrys central bank, the Peoples Bank Of China.

Telephone and faxed requests for information on this to the PBOC went unanswered.

Bag of money

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09:05

FixedIt: This woman wasnt attacked by a broom she was attacked by a man "IndyWatch Feed National"

Another invisible perpetrator, this time on The West Australian.

Ronald Michael Martin hit his ex partner in the chest with his hand then hit in the face with a broom. The force was so strong that it ruptured her eyeball.

Martin had previously been jailed for assaulting the woman and there was a restraining order against him.

All these facts are reported in the article and almost none of them are even hinted at in the headline.

Men who commit violence against their partners and the facts of domestic violence should not be invisible.

Words matter and small changes to the headline make a big difference.

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09:03

If Ever There Were Deplorables . . . . "IndyWatch Feed National"

They those Clintonistas-Kissingeristas-Friedmanistas-Obamaistas-Romneyistas-Adelsonistas-Sorosistas-Trumpistas-Zbigniew Brzezinskistas are the deplorables. Really, for 60 years on this planet, in this precarious walkabout, I have trudged through the sooty rain of capitalism plaguing the land, as the rich and the generals call to duty the soldiers of pain, yearning to be enforcers, witnesses to the dystopia of their dreams. Money changers, bureaucrats, oh they are Eichmanns. Israeli Jews, many Little Eichmanns all encapsulated in post-pre-future chrysalis of genocide. The leeches and the lechers, USA-EU-Canada-Japan-Australia, fat-cats in bankers suits, their armor forced arbitration clauses, decapitating mortgages, foreclosures on both physical minds and the civic body. Is it a flash mob shock we have many connotations for the money changers in Houston, as they might like to see themselves, landlords, or the lords of penury? They have been calling in next months rent for the laid to waste humanity after Harvey. It doesnt matter if the child is on chemo or the grandmother is freshly buried, these debt bond holders extract each microgram of fungible fleck from the newborn or vegetative.

These masters of the bank-roll call in the chips, with SWAT teams at their beck and call. One week after Harveys Houston devastation, the plague of predatory capital comes in like syphilis ($99 for bottled water, arresting poor for breaking into stores for water and food, etc.) threatening to call in the debt police, chiding the homeless now with bad credit reputations. The money-mongers are calling in IOUs, rents and debts one week after the plague of rain-wind-petrochemicals, all natural, with the Anthropocene pushing headwinds heavily. All those 40,000 Homo Sapiens Sapiens annually coming to Baghdad on the Bayou, Houston, nomads with no home roots, looking for scratch and mortgages in the land of oil, plastic, hardened polymers, tints, paints, glues, resins the magic of better living through carcinogenic chemistry.

How many now in Portland or Boise or Santa Fe recriminate the misbegotten wanderers for settling into the black heart of evangelical Texas? Ive heard, Its their fault for living on a floodplain . . . their fault for living in hurricane alley . . . their fault for . . . . How many boast of their little and big cities/suburbs being oh so clean and green and planned and resilient (not-not-not-not!)? The lunacy of the controllers and money grabbers is we are now all the same, all living in unplanned, poorly planned, money interest planned Houstons/variations on a theme. We are all Haiti and plastic tarp habitation; we are all the mother of all dead zones Gulf of Mexico; we are glacierless, desiccating Peru; and we are all barrier reef bleaching Australia and burning Greenland.......

07:12

ABCC chief admits to lies and misrepresentation "IndyWatch Feed National"

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So the chief of the Australian Building and Construction Commission director Nigel Hadgkiss has come out and admitted, to have recklessly misrepresented union rights to employers for more than two years.

This should be enough to put the nail in the coffin of the governments vendetta against construction unions. But it wont, because it remains at the centre of its push to downgrade working conditions across the board. The offensive is not just directed against one group of unions in one industry. The ultimate target is all unions in all industries.

Hadkiss made the admission when the Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) produced documents in the Federal Court, revealing his personal involvement in ensuring false information was not corrected despite staff concerns, from January 2014 to July 2016.

Uncovered internal emails show that staff knowingly maintained wrong and improper information on the Australian Building and Construction Commission website.

In a January 2014 internal email, ABCC executive director Jeff Radisch warned the agency was running something of a political and industrial risk by withholding info on the law as it currently stands.

The CFMEU accused the agency of misleading employers on key rights that stopped workers from being intimidated by being forced to hold discussions with a union representative in clear view of their employer.

CFMEU national secretary Dave Noonan said Mr Hadgkiss position as a regulator is compromised and untenable, and he should resign immediately.

He has taken great care to bring multiple prosecutions against unions and workers over right of entry breaches, but has failed to conduct himself with reasonable care in relation to these same laws, and those parts of the laws which extend some benefit or protection to workers.

The Federal Court will hold a penalty hearing over Hadgkiss misrepresentation this Friday, with maximum fines for individual breaches at $12,600. If there is real justice, they will throw the book at him.

 

 

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07:04

Palm Island Mayor compares Australia Day with the Jewish Holocaust | Welcome To Country "IndyWatch Feed National"

Palm Island Mayor compares Australia Day with the Jewish Holocaust | Welcome To Country: The final question asked by Councillor Lacey was, Do the Jewish celebrate the Holocaust? To which he answered, No, they remember the sad part of it. This was published in the Courier Mail almost four weeks ago in an article titled: Australia Day date: Brisbane has no plans to change, says Graham Quirk.

Do you see what is happening here? This is yet another case of mainstream media trying to manipulate the national conversation. When an Indigenous person says what the Palm Island mayor said, the story stops dead in its tracks. The media only want to portray the Australia Day debate as coming solely from lefties and green groups etc.

The media also loves to find the odd blackfulla who loves Australia day as well. Im sure you would have heard about those stories right? Well if you want to throw a spanner in the works of mainstream media manipulation, you can help us out by sharing this story. Lets keep the true conversation going from the original source.

06:48

Real Neat Blog Award, congratulations to 14 nominees! "IndyWatch Feed National"

Real Neat Blog Award

Late in 2014, I made this new award: the Real Neat Blog Award. There are so many bloggers whose blogs deserve more attention. So, I will try to do something about that

It is the first award that I ever made. I did some computer graphics years ago, before I started blogging; but my computer drawing had become rusty

The rules of the Real Neat Blog Award are: (feel free not to act upon them if you dont have time; or dont accept awards; etc.):

1. Put the award logo on your blog.

2. Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.

3. Thank the people who nominated you, linking to their b...

06:26

Gas Cartel pushes for fracking in the Northern Territory "IndyWatch Feed National"

 
Contributed by Joe Montero

As opponents of coal seam gas (fracking) in the Northern Territory step up the fight against the possibility of resumption at the end of this year, the industry is claiming that it is necessary to do so, to counter the high price people are paying for the resource.

Eying the remote Beetaloo Basin, south of Mataranka, Gas companies have resurfaced the claim that the high price is determined by a shortage of supply. The two biggest players here are Santos and Origin Energy.

Bruce Robertson, an analyst from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, suggests the main reason why Northern Territorians pay more is that most of the gas is committed to being sold overseas under long term contracts.

The companies have a problem in that global prices have fallen because of over-supply in the market. Long term contracts, means that the companies are locked into lower returns and are seeking cheaper gas to increase their margins.

Gas companies are also being accused of acting as a cartel to increase prices so that Australians effectively subsidise the fall of returns from exports.

The industry has hit back by insisting that driving up the price is a supply shortage and that expanding the coal seam gas industry will fill the gap and lower the price.

Critics point out that the shortage has been deliberately created by diverting a large portion of the supply to the export market and there is no good reason to expect that an increased supply would not go the same way.

By forming a cartel, the companies have been able to extract more out of Australians, precisely by minimising supply. The problem is not market derived, but the result of monopoly power leading to monopoly prices.

To lower the price in these conditions, it is necessary for the government to step in and outlaw cartel behavior, impose a roof on monopoly prices and compel the redirection of existing gas production for the use of Australian consumers. Only when the needed domestic supply is secured, should consideration to exporting be given.

Bruce Robertson adds that the high cost of production in the territory, brought about by its isolation and the the high cost of transportation to bring the resource to the necessary East Coast market, makes production in the Territory uneconomical, unless Australians are made to subsidise it. There are simply not enough consumers in the Territory itself.

 

Producing high cost Northern Territory gas, which is very high cost gas, about $7.50 a gigajoule, is no way to bring down the cost of gas on the east coast of Australia, he said.

He adds that the pu...

06:23

Hillsong. What is wrong with Hillsong? Part 7. Hillsongs founder the pedophile Frank Houston Why Frank Houston was able so easily to sexually abuse hundreds of little boys in New Zealand in the 1940s to 1970s "IndyWatch Feed National"

Frank Houston the founder of Hillsong a lifelong secret child sex abuser with his son Brian the current head pastor of Hillsong not a real pastor both wolf pastors

 

In a previous article in this series, I mentioned that the first time I saw Frank Houston, the pedophile founder of Hillsong, was in 1976 at Don Cosbys Christian Life Centre in Wellington, New Zealand.

And Ive outlined how, in the 1960s to 1970s, Frank Houston went on a secret pedophile spree in Australia, New Zealand and other parts of the world, like Chile and Sri Lanka, where he travelled as a leading Assemblies of God (AOG) Christian pastor and evangelist doing evangelistic crossed and taking Christian meetings. From the 1960s, Frank Houston established himself as a lauded Assemblies of God evangelist with miracles of healing- faith, positivity, and talk of healings and miracles were Frank Houstons signatures.

Yet all this time from the 1960s to 1970s, and earlier from the 1930s, and later in Sydney Australia from 1977, the secret pedophile Frank Houston continued his secret homosexual and pedophile activities.

It is frightening to think of the number of little boys Frank Houston sexually abused in Australia, New Zealand, and in vulnerable Third World countries like Chile and Sri Lanka in the 1960s to 1970s.

From 1965 to 1977, Frank...

05:54

Antarctic Caves Found to be Home to New World of Plants and Animals, Heated by Volcano "IndyWatch Feed National"

In Antarctic ice, cave systems exist underneath the Ross Island volcano Mount Erebus. Recently, it was discovered that the ice could be the breeding ground for an exciting new world, according to scientists from Australia National University.

They analyzed DNA obtained from the cave system, and found samples they couldnt fully identify. Apparently being unable to identify such a specimen is an anomaly, and it indicates that unidentified species are living in the unique environment. Moss, algae, and other life was found to thrive there.

The caves in close proximity to volcanic Mount Erebus are among the hottest locations on the continent of Antarctica, along with other geothermally heated areas. Heat from the volcano has created vents in the ice, causing volcanic steam to hollow out ice and form extensive and interconnected cave systems, according to Newsweek.

It can be really warm inside the cavesup to 25 degrees Celsius [77 degrees Fahrenheit] in some caves, the lead researcher on the effort Ceidwen Fraser said. You could wear a T-shirt in there and be pretty comfortable. Theres light near the cave mouths, and light filters deeper into some caves where the overlying ice is thin.

The study was published in a journal titled Polar Biology. In it, a team obtained soil samples from 3 volcanoes in Victoria Land, Antarctica, and from Mount Erebus subglacial caves.

The study found many different types of moss, arthropods, nematodes, and algae at every single site. The findings suggest that geothermal areas (heated by volcanic activity) can support life even when it is like an island, far detached from survivable conditions for miles outside the geothermal region.

(Im...

05:46

Civil Liberties March of 67 remembered 50 years on "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

On September 8, 1967, 4000 students marched from University of Queenslands St. Lucia campus to the centre of Brisbane, to protest for rights to free speech and public protesting. Upon being obstructed by police, the students staged a mass sit-down protest in Roma Street. By the end of the day, over 120 student protestors had been []

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05:45

Ancient history on Brisbanes doorstep "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

A project led by the University of Adelaide has discovered a number of North Stradbroke Islands wetlands reach back as far as 200,000 years. Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation (DSITI) Principal Scientist Dr Jonathan Marshall said the investigation conducted on North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah) revealed that the local environment has remained moist for []

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05:39

Kommersant reports Putin to make November announcement of his participation in 2018 presidential race "IndyWatch Feed National"

Russian leader Vladimir Putin will announce his participation in the 2018 presidential race in November of this year, becoming a technically independent candidate in late December or early January, according to Kommersant. The influential business daily quoted two unnamed sources close to the Russian presidential administration and one inside source as saying that several special meetings dedicated to the upcoming presidential polls were held last week and it was decided that Vladimir Putin's nomination as presidential candidate will be spread over two stages. Starting in November the first stage will, according to the sources, involve Putin agreeing to run for a new term. The announcement will be made during a televised event similar to the annual one at which the president answers various questions from the public.

05:39

Brian Houston Instagram: I loved this opportunity on a Tuesday night to speak into the Heart and Soul of our church. This is one of 80 services in 30 locations in Australia. Those who are the heart and soul of our church are why the church is prospering and in good health as its soul prospers. 3 John 2. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Frank Houston the founder of Hillsong a lifelong secret child sex abuser with his son Brian the current head pastor of Hillsong not a real pastor both wolf pastors. Brian Houston on Instagram today: I loved this opportunity on a Tuesday night to speak into the Heart and Soul of our church. This is one of 80 services in 30 locations in Australia. Those who are the heart and soul of our church are why the church is prospering and in good health as its soul prospers. 3 John 2.

I loved this opportunity on a Tuesday night to speak into the Heart and Soul of our church. This is one of 80 services in 30 locations in Australia. Those who are the heart and soul of our church are why the church is prospering and in good health as it's soul prospers. 3 John 2.

05:30

I Dont Have the Pussy for Little Lanterns "IndyWatch Feed National"

Theres a fantastic idiom in Spanish used to express exasperation, employed mainly by women: No tengo el coo para farolillos. In English: I dont have the pussy for little lanterns.

If someones nagging you, the boss hounding you for results  use it. Irritating customers got you down use it. Youve had it up to here with misguided misogynist behaviour  let it rip.

One afternoon in Essaouira, a vibrant fortress city on the Atlantic coast of Morocco, my travel companion Amy didnt have nothin for little lanterns.

No sooner had we left the hostel did two young local guys, leaning nonchalantly on the laneway wall opposite, comment on Amys physique: Hey, I like your ass.

Clumsy, offensive flattery at best, sexual harassment at worst, in a second Amys fury, cumulated over some weeks in Morocco, propelled her to spit in the mans face. The next second, I grabbed her arm and hurried us toward town.

Amy was as shocked as I; I didnt expect to do that, I just lost my shit. But instead of going on about the danger it couldve caused those guys mightve flared up against her brash retaliation, plus they knew where we were staying  I began to think: when are woman excused for fiery behaviour?

Im not endorsing a face-spit; in any case, this only aggravated said males disrespect for the female he already sought to degrade. Even a firm Fuck off mightve been pushing it in a country where women need their husbands permission for divorce and there are no laws prohibiting domestic violence.

But the ass-comment guy had sexually harassed her, eroding her dignity and sense of security right at the hostel, where she should feel safest. What did he expect? In fact, what does any man of such behaviour expect?

Post-face-spit, I began to acknowledge that we women, on the whole, command ourselves with exceptional composure despite the deluge of harassment and frustration that plagues us every day, home and abroad.

Consider this: Amys response was a once off in my year-long trip, during which I observed disturbing interactions between local me...

05:18

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05:13

Iraqi Parliament Preemptively Declares Kurdish Referendum Invalid "IndyWatch Feed National"

Baghdad (GPA The Iraqi parliament voted today to preemptively declare the planned Kurdish independence referendum as invalid.

The referendum which would create an independent Kurdish state in northern Iraq is slated for the 25th of this month. The claimed legitimacy of the referendum has been a growing source of confusion as the date approaches but now it seems the Iraqi parliament has decided to answer these questions by preemptively rejecting any vote.

The resolution passed by a majority vote in parliament listed the Kurdish referendum as a threat to the civil peace and regional security. The parliamentary bill also stated that the referendum lacks a constitutional basis and thus it is considered unconstitutional.

Iraqi Kurd border crossing
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The resolution also allows the Iraqi Prime Minister to use any means necessary to uphold the official borders of Iraq and maintain order. Kurdish Members of Parliament left the session but whether they voted or not wouldnt have made a difference.

The vote is opposed by all of Iraqs neighbors who also deal with Kurdish separatists (Turkey, Iran, and Syria), but even western powers led by the US have urged the Iraqi Kurds to at least postpone the vote. The largest worry of every group is that, should the Kurds vote to secede, a new war could start between Baghdad and Erbil.

Even some Kurds in the region oppose independence, worrying that the referendum is an attempted power grab by the current government in Kurdistan. These Kurds worry about a war imposed on them by the current leaders and also already face internal...

04:55

Irony: JP Morgans Jamie Dimon Calls Bitcoin A Fraud "IndyWatch Feed National"

Surprised by the sudden air pocket below bitcoin? Curious if this was caused by some new, unconfirmed Chinese crackdown on bitcoin traders, exchanges, and other money laundered? No, the answer is Jamie Dimon, who in a angry outburst during the same conference in which he preannounced JPMs 20% trading revenue drop, lashed  out at the crypto currency, calling it a fraud, worse than tulip bulbs, says it wont end well and will eventually blow up, and that any trader trading bitcoin will be fired for being stupid.

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04:48

Australia Aboriginal activist Pryor calls PM disrespectful - BBC News "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia Aboriginal activist Pryor calls PM disrespectful - BBC News: In a statement released on Twitter, the activist said: "Mr Turnbull refused to walk even a few steps outside of Parliament to meet in the Parliamentary Forecourt - despite Clinton having walked over 7 million steps to be here."

A spokesperson for Mr Pryor had attempted to read a list of demands about Aboriginal rights to the Australian leader.

"Both the Prime Minister and the Minister for Indigenous Affairs were disrespectful - speaking over the top of the Aboriginal Elders to defend unfair policies - rather than listening respectfully," the statement said.

Mr Pryor said he then turned his back and walked away from the prime minister.

04:32

Homeschool Mom Receives Visit from the State Over Field Trip "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Great Solar Eclipse of 2017 was met with a variety of responses by schools across the country. Some announced they would close for the day for fear that the children under their care would accidentally look at the sun and encounter eye damage. Others remained open out of fear that children would not be safe at home by themselves during the great event.

Either way, educators of all types saw the eclipse as a great learning opportunity, and many encouraged families to go out and view it together if the children were not in school.

One family from Kentucky did just that and got in trouble with the local school district for their action.

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04:19

Just go away already! Former president Obama keeps stirring the political pot "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Obama rapid response team quickly swung into action against the latest Republican move on immigration last week. The new policy was "wrong." It was "self-defeating." It was "cruel." It wasn't "required legally," but was "a political decision." Only two things were unusual about this strong Democratic pushback: Barack Obama was no longer in office at the time - and yet all the above responses came from the former president himself. If the 2016 presidential election seems like a never-ending contest, with vanquished Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton constantly relitigating the campaign and criticizing the man who ultimately bested her, the tug-of-war between President Trump and his immediate predecessor has been just as intense. "He is like our president-in-exile," joked a Democratic operative who requested anonymity to speak candidly about the former president. "His profile makes sense, because while we Democrats and really the whole country owe President Obama a lot, he does have some things to answer for in terms of our current situation" with Republicans controlling both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue.

03:28

Producer of Vaxxed film banned from Australia - and how the Australian press is lying about it "IndyWatch Feed National"

Polly Tommey, producer of the famous documentary, Vaxxed (trailer), has been banned from Australia. If that sounds quite insane-it is. Vaxxed has been screening across the world. It is an explosive revelation about egregious fraud at the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The film focuses on the 2014 public confession of a long-time researcher at the CDC, William Thompson. Thompson admits that he and his colleagues committed a crime, by manipulating data to give the MMR vaccine a free pass, "proving" it had no connection to autism - when in fact, as Thompson states, the vaccine does raise the risk of autism in children. Here are a few statements from the The Sydney Morning Herald's report, headlined: "Anti-vaccination advocate 'banned from Australia' after documentary tour." "The producer Polly Tommey behind a controversial anti-vaccination film which has been touring Australia has been banned from returning to the country for three years, she claims."

03:02

Big Ag nightmare: The many ways that factory farming contaminates our land and water "IndyWatch Feed National"

Water pollution is a growing problem, and nonorganic farming activities - both on land and in water - are significant contributors. In addition to farming chemicals such as nitrates, which pose a serious threat to water quality, there's the issue of drug-resistant bacteria. As reported by the Center for Public Integrity,1 water testing in Kewaunee County, Wisconsin, has revealed coliform bacteria "at levels too dangerous to drink." Drug-resistant bacteria are a direct result of antibiotic overuse, especially in livestock, and recent investigations reveal antibiotic-resistant genes are being spread across the globe via animal feed - especially feed made from fish meal. Turns out aquaculture, which has been touted as a sustainable alternative to overfishing, is just as environmentally devastating as land-based farms. The answer to these serious and interconnected dilemmas is to transition over to regenerative and biodynamic farming, both of which go above and beyond organic methods. We also need to come up with more sustainable solutions for fish, as fish farms are turning out to be no less of an environmental nightmare than land-based factory farms. The recent escape of hundreds of thousands of non-native Atlantic salmon into the Pacific is just the latest testament to the environmental harm aquafarms do.

02:33

Yes, Hillary, The Media Did Help Trump Win. So Did You "IndyWatch Feed National"

Former Democratic Party presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is back doing what she does best: selling books. What Happened, her newest, doesnt feature a question mark. It has answers. Hillary blames the FBI. She blames sexism and fake news. She blames the godforsaken Electoral College and the deep currents of resentment running through society.

She also, ironically, blames Bernie Sanders for out-promising her at every turn. She probably blames clandestine Russian mind-control laser beams for persuading tens of millions of Americans that she was nothing more than a calculating, deceptive, and insipid career politician.

And she blames the media. Political journalists, writes Hillary, cant bear to face their own role in helping elect Trump. Now, hearing a Democrat argue that the institutional media wasnt accommodating enough in helping her win an election is, I admit, a bit jarring. Support from journalists is so embedded in the Democratic Partys strategy that any negative coverage even something as unavoidable as writing about an unprecedented FBI investigation into a leading presidential candidate must be quashed.

Yet Clintons claim happens to contain a morsel of truth, if not in the way she intended. When supporting Trump seemed advantageous, the media not only left-leaning outlets like CNN or the Washington Post, but ratings-chasers like Joe Scarborough did much help lift the fortunes of the soon-to-be president. This was obvious to anyone observing coverage of the primaries, but for those who need confirmation, The Kennedy Schools Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy conducted a study that found that during the year 2015, major news outlets covered Donald Trump in a way that was unusual given his low initial polling numbers a high volume of media coverage preceded Trumps rise in the polls.

A big chunk of this coverage, the report found, was positive in tone. Of course, as soon as Trump won, that tone would drastically change. It was curious happenstance, but somehow the preponderance of ugly stories regarding Trumps past only began pouring forth after he captured the nomination. The man hadnt changed at all. The coverage did.

While all this is true, the problem is that Hillary and her advisers were part of the same effort. The variety of candidates is a positive here, and many of the lesser known can serve as a cudgel to move the more established candidates further to the right, one Clinton campaign agenda item noted. ...

02:30

This Startup Adds Digital Citizenship To School Curriculums "IndyWatch Feed National"

Now that every kid is on social media, maybe its time schools start teaching how to treat others on those services.

One day last year, about 30 fifth graders at Seldens Landing Elementary School in Virginia were issued tablets and asked to answer questions about cyber-bullying. They started with the statement: Sticks and stones may break your bones, but words will never hurt you. Next, the kids had to take a poll: Is that really true or false?

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02:09

A Primer on Spoiling Granddaughters "IndyWatch Feed National"

I've been known to spoil my grandchildren. To that I plea guilty as charged. I didn't spoil their mothers (I have four girls) as much as I spoil them, but I didn't have parents to hand my children off to once they'd been filled with sugar.

Saturday was my four year-old granddaughter, Savannah's day with grandpa. Savannah lives in Arizona, but was visiting with her mother/my daughter and her two sisters - one older and one younger.

By way of full disclosure, I have never been in this mall before. I usually avoid malls (temples of greed), but they can be entertaining to a four year old girl.

This is a riding toy that you can rent and the kids ride
around the mall on them. Savy really liked it.


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01:56

16th anniversary of 9/11 brings new development on WTC Building 7 collapse "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dr. Leroy Hulsey, a distinguished engineering authority presented his team's preliminary report report on the collapse of World Trade Center Building 7. The report is preliminary in the sense that it awaits peer-review, that is, examination by other experts. The team's research is more extensive than the modeling provided by NIST and includes a thorough examination of NIST's approach. Dr. Hulsey's team concludes that Building 7 did not come down due to fire. Here is the link to his presentation: Collapse of World Trade Center Building 7 - presentation by Leroy Hulsey (lecture starts at 3:40) Being a Georgia Tech graduate I can follow the gist of Dr. Hulsey's presentation. It is a difficult explanation to follow as engineering science is challenging to explain. Moreover, engineers are accustomed to talking to other engineers, not to the general public. At the Georgia Tech of my day, and perhaps still, the administration was determined to produce articulate engineers. Our English courses were writing courses. The English Department took the position that just as one engineering mistake could cause a bridge or building to fail, one spelling or grammatical mistake produced the grade of F on the assignment. (Yes, I know, with all of my typos how did I pass? The answer is that our papers were hand written.) We were also encouraged to join Toastmasters so that we would be capable of standing up before an audience and making a presentation. What I am saying is that Dr. Hulsey is in the difficult position of having to address an audience consisting of professionals and non-professionals, and he probably has limited experience in addressing non-professionals.

01:36

Australians advised to hunt and eat kangaroos as population outnumbers humans by two to one "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australians have been told to hunt and eat kangaroos after the population of the marsupial reached double that of humans. New data shows the kangaroo population in Australia is close to hitting 50 million, while the human population stands at 24 million. Experts are now warning Australians to hunt, eat and cull the native animal or face being overrun by it. The kangaroo population has boomed in recent years, rising to 45 million last year from 27 million in 2010, news.com.au reported. The huge rise in kangaroo numbers is thought to be due to an abundance of food after high rainfall. David Paton, Associate Professor from the University of Adelaide, said communities needed to support kangaroo culling programmes and eat their meat to avoid wasting carcasses.

01:27

The hidden abilities of plants: They form memories "IndyWatch Feed National"

Monica Gagliano began to study plant behavior because she was tired of killing animals. Now an evolutionary ecologist at the University of Western Australia in Perth, when she was a student and postdoc, she had been offing her research subjects at the end of experiments, the standard protocol for many animals studies. If she was to work on plants, she could just sample a leaf or a piece of root. When she switched her professional allegiance to plants, though, she brought with her some ideas from the animal world and soon began exploring questions few plant specialists probe-the possibilities of plant behavior, learning, and memory. "You start a project, and as you open up the box there are lots of other questions inside it, so then you follow the trail," Gagliano says. "Sometimes if you track the trail, you end up in places like Pavlovian plants." In her first experiments with plant learning, Gagliano decided to test her new subjects the same way she would animals. She started with habituation, the simplest form of learning. If the plants encountered the same innocuous stimulus over and over again, would their response to it change?

01:22

The Dark Side to Positive Thinking, According to a Brazilian Shaman "IndyWatch Feed National"

Some of the greatest minds in personal growth and the world of self-help have built their empire on the power of positive thinking. In his book How to Win Friends and Influence People, Dale Carnegie shares this well known and accepted concept. The idea is that you can change your life and influence your future simply by changing the way that you are thinking. Think positive, invite positive energies, focus on the negative and invite the negative into your life.

While the concept isnt entirely poorly aimed, as it does help those who practice this technique to stay positive and motivated, Ruda Iande, a naturopathic therapist and shaman points out that it isnt the all encompassing solution that many of these programs paint it to be. You can think nothing but positive thoughts for days on end, however, the universe will not somehow materialize a future that you are not actively working towards achieving. It is not a realistic approach.

Source: Primal Source

 

As Iande states, There are just two problems here: 1) its exhausting and 2) its ineffective.

The question is, does the problem really lie with the concept of positive thinking, or the way in which people choose to apply this technique to their lives. Iande believes that there are 3 important points to keep in mind when applying the power of positive thinking in your life:

 

  1. Dont Ignore Your True Feelings

While you may believe that positive thinking is the answer, it is important not to get caught up in a tunnel vision, forgetting about your true feelings in life. In order to maintain your emotional and mental health, you need to have a plan in place to handle the negative emotions that come up throughout your experience. Living in a world where you focus solely on positive feelings can actually be harmful.

Iande explained, Living inside this bubble might feel good in the short-term, but in time the bubble will burst. Thats because every time you force yourself to be positive, negativity grows within. You can deny or repress the negative thoughts and emotions, but they dont go way. ...

01:09

Jemele Hills Tweets Are Bad, But Her ESPN Show Is Even Worse "IndyWatch Feed National"

Last night ESPNs 6 PM Sportscenter host Jemele Hill chose the 16thAnniversary of 9/11 to go off on the fitness of Donald Trumps white supremacy in a series of tweets responding to randos on the internet. Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists. Trump is the most ignorant offensive president of my lifetime. His rise is a direct result of white supremacy. Period. The height of white privilege is to be able to ignore his white supremacy because its of no threat to you. Well, its a threat to me. Donald Trump is a bigot. Glad you could live with voting for him. I couldnt, because I care about more than just myself. He is unqualified and unfit to be president. He is not a leader. And if he were not white, he never would have been elected. You can see the full roster of tweets here.  Apparently it was inspired by an argument about Kid Rock, connected to a protest of his performance at the Red Wings new arena. Surely that will stop him.

I asked Jemele to show her work and name the white supremacists Trumps surrounded himself with.  She didnt answer but her followers did, citing Steve Bannon, Seb Gorka, Stephen Miller, Jeff Sessions, Kris Kobach, and the Trump family themselves. So thats two guys who are gone, the top Jewish staffer working in the White House, a former Republican Senator, a former Republican Secretary of State in Kansas, and a family of wealthy lifelong New York Democrats. Thats your indication of deep-seated white supremacy at the White House? These are the guys in white hoods carrying torches? And how exactly are they a threat to you?

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Tuesday, 12 September

22:03

Amazon reviews of Hillary Clintons book show American polarization in one handy chart "IndyWatch Feed National"

Hillary Clintons new book What Happened looks back at the 2016 presidential election and tries to answer, er, what happened. In the bookwhich is already selling like crazy on AmazonClinton talks about the impact of Bernie Sanderss grassroots campaign, Donald Trumps creepy debate behavior, and what she considers to be her biggest mistake during the election. The Continue reading Amazon reviews of Hillary Clintons book show American polarization in one handy chart

Hillary Clintons new book What Happened looks back at the 2016 presidential election and tries to answer, er, what happened. In the bookwhich is already selling like crazy on AmazonClinton talks about the impact of Bernie Sanderss grassroots campaign, Donald Trumps creepy debate behavior, and what she considers to be her biggest mistake during the election.

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21:54

Farm update - September 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Seq.eat"

One more post on this blog and then I think I'm going to be ready to launch the new site!  I can't wait to share it with you.

Well it hasn't rained for a few weeks and I always find this time of year tough because all the grass is dead from the cold weather and lack of rain, so its all just brown and dry and I start to worry about bushfires.  We are just waiting for rain.  Which is a shame really because apart from that its quite a nice temperature and the days are getting longer, so I should be enjoying the weather instead of wishing for rain.  Also the dogs get very dirty and static from playing in the dust!






Food and cooking
Did you see my post about growing mushrooms?  That was quite fun :)




Land and farming
We've been looking at getting a bigger tractor because we really want to try a yeoman's plough to improve our pasture.  And we finally bought a firefighting rig for the back of the ute.


Chickens
Barastock sent me some chicken food in exchange for social media images featuring my chooks eating their food.  The black and white one was in the photos, but...

21:37

They Serve Gay Clients All The Time. So Why Wont They Cater A Same-Sex Wedding? "IndyWatch Feed National"

On Wednesday, Colorado baker and businessman Jack Phillips spoke publicly in detail for the first time about his upcoming case at the U.S. Supreme Court.

In 2012, the Colorado Civil Rights Commission fined Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Co. He had declined to design, bake, and sell a wedding cake for a same-sex wedding. Five years later, on June 26, 2017, the Supreme Court granted his appeal of a lower court decision.

Phillips answered questions at a policy forum hosted by The Heritage Foundation in Washington, DC. The Commission ruled that I am required now to make cakes for same-sex weddings, he stated. In order to comply with that ruling and obey the law, we decided we wouldnt make wedding cakes at all. It was 40 percent of our business and we lost that. Before the two men came into our shop, I had ten employees. Now I have four.

Speech Compulsions Are As Unconstitutional As Speech Restrictions

Phillips legal battle centered on alleged discrimination, and free speech is expected to become a topic of national discussion when the Supreme Court hears his case later this year. The high courts ruling in the 2015 case Obergefell v. Hodges legalized same-sex marriages across the United States.

On Thursday at a Capitol Hill press conference, Congresswoman Vicki Hartzler (R-Missouri) and Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) announced that 86 members of Congress have signed on to an amicus brief in support of Phillips rights to free expression.

The Cato Institute, a leading libertarian think tank which supports same-sex marriage, also filed an amicus brief in his support. Speech compulsions are just as unconstitutional as speech restrictions, states an excerpt from their brief.

Most surprising to those opposing him, the Trump administrations Justice Department also filed a brief supporting Phillips. I find this nothing short of shocking, said Louise Melling, deputy legal counsel of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

At the policy forum, Phillips appeared alongside other Americans whose work has been threatened by lawsuits. The legal battles stemmed from the artists reticence to utilize their creative talents and services in affirming same-sex marriage....

21:36

Why You Should Stop Trying To Change Peoples Minds "IndyWatch Feed National"

Recently I posted the following question on my Facebook page: Are you actually interested in opinions you disagree with? The answers began to pop up and, given the bipartisan nature of my Facebook page, they were from a mix of friends on the Left and the Right.

Every answer started with Yes, but almost all, from both sides, contained caveats. Some said the person they disagree with must accept facts and science, some said he must be open to new ideas, some said he must not offend.

After a few dozen of these responses, my friend Jess chimed in with a very important point. She noticed that what tied these Yes, but, answers together was a requirement that the person offering the opinion be persuadable. She suggested this is a poor standard upon which to limit ones discourse, and it seems to me she is exactly right.

An Old Debate

A major problem with valuing discourse on the basis of persuadability is that it makes all of our conversations and consumption of ideas transactional. We are only listening with the intent of finding flaws we can use to prove the truth of our own perspective. But this assumes discourse is a zero-sum game, that eventually one idea will win and one will lose. While sometimes this is truethe earth is round, for examplethe vast majority of the time it is not.

In a sense, this demand for efficacy and admission of error from my Facebook buddies stretches back to Plato. Socratic dialogue establishes a dialectic in which the great philosopher does indeed correct and change the minds of his interlocutors. But much more recently, in the late eighteenth century, G.W.F. Hegel discovered a fundamental flaw in Platos approach. In most discourse, he argued, one idea doesnt banish its opposite, but together they form a new idea.

Hegel described his new dialectic in terms of a thesis (original idea), antithesis (argument against that idea), and finally a synthesis (a new idea that emerges). Today on our televisions, radios, and social media Platos winner-take-all approach dominates. There is very little room for synthesis, a moment that requires intellectual clarity, rather than emotional bombast.

Just Listen

For discourse to achieve synthesis, we must listen to the arguments those we disagree with make, not with the intent to knock them down, but to understand them. Too often, the first arrow we pull from our rhetorical quiver targets the reasons the idea is wrong based on our own understanding. A better, though much more difficult, approach is to use our questions to determine if the argument is intellectually consistent, given the worldview of the person we are listening to.

A tremendous example of such a dialogue can be found in our nations early history. John Adams and Thomas Jefferson founded a country to...

21:36

How Online Marketers Use Facebook Quizzes To Exploit Your Narcissism For Easy Bucks "IndyWatch Feed National"

I have a tip for you. Those Facebook intelligence quizzes that claim only 5% of the population will get all these answers right are not actual intelligence quizzes. I hope you already knew that. If not, youre welcome.

Those quizzes are either rigged, disingenuous (almost everyone can see the difference between these little colored squares) or are outright scams designed to get your personal information. Even at their best, quizzes shared on Facebook are marketing tools, either used for ad revenue, cookies, or brand engagement. They are, indeed, the ultimate clickbait.

Using Your Narcissism To Make Money

The one secret marketing companies dont want you to know? They prey on the narcissism inherent in social media use to get clicks. A University of Michigan study shows that social media reflects and amplifies our cultures growing levels of narcissism and attract individuals most in need of an ego boost. (The jury is out on whether social media is more about making a connection versus a venue for preening and self-promotion, but at least theres a quiz to help you figure it out).

A high score on an intelligence-measuring test, for example, is one way to signal to your friends what youve known along: that you are very, very smart. With some tests that truly go viral, it is a way to one-up others. Take, for example, a vocabulary quiz that in June 2016 was shared more than 78,000 times and liked over 51,000 times.

As always, the results of this quiz should be taken with a grain of salt, not in this case because it is rigged but because the questions start off relatively simple then throw in some very obscure words. Thus, almost anyone choosing to take such a test will likely do well...

21:34

No, A Classical Education Is Not Impossible To Revive In Americas Degenerate Society "IndyWatch Feed National"

Several months ago, a colleague handed me David Hicks classic work of conservative pedagogy, Norms and Nobility. First published in 1981, Hicks book argues that the ancient Greeks embedded in their literature and history the goal of forming (through paideia, education) young men into an Ideal Type. From that premise, Hicks constructs a specific argument about the value of a Great Books-centered education and how that approach summons the student to develop his heart and soul into pursuing the Good, the True, and the Beautiful.

I appreciated Hicks analysis, in part because he brought out some excellent observations about ancient literature. Yet I find flawed the presupposition that education should lead a student to fit into an Ideal Type. I also doubt that the Greeks, who for all their universal humane vision struggled with basic ethical categories, unveiled the Ideal Type of humanity.

This last school year, Hicks wrote an essay, Is Classical Education Still Possible? To my shock, he answered no. Hicks denied the possibility (not the practice, but the very possibility) of conducting truly classical education in twenty-first-century America. Here I respond to and propose a definition of classical education that provides hope in place of Hickss pedagogical despair.

Classical Ed Is Not Strong Enough Medicine for Our Disease

Hicks tone is one of dismay. Reflecting on his 50 years in education, he writes, Its hard to make this backward glance without cynicism or to look ahead without despair. Hicks sees educators divided into two groups: those who believe that in technology, brain-research, mega-data, or some research-based breakthrough we will discover new tools and approaches that will revolutionize the way we learn and teach, and those who believe that recovering the lost tools of learning will spark another Renaissance and turn those trend lines around. Hicks then distinguishes those who attempt to follow some sort of classical method within the second group.

Classical education lacks a clear definition, in Hicks view. The term classical education does not so much describe a specific and well understood approach to learning and teaching as something that feels good and appeals to this second group of reformers and to those, mostly parents, who no longer trust the first group and are looking around for alternatives to their failing local school systems. Rather than a diverse, contemporary educational movement like that described by Andrew Kern and Gene Veith in Classical Education: The Movement Sweeping America, Hicks posits classical education as a feel-good movement comprised of those dissatisfied with public education offerings.

He goes on to claim that classical education as practice...

21:33

Monuments To Robert E. Lee Should Stay Because They Mark Our Growth As A Nation "IndyWatch Feed National"

To our collective horror, a vandal recently desecrated the Lincoln Memorial, and wed feel no better were someone to harm the Martin Luther King Jr. or Iwo Jima Memorials. The moral principle that monuments are out of boundsbecause all are sacred to someone, and we all have to get along like grown-upsis quite sound. It also brakes calls for the destruction of Confederate monuments.

The iconoclasts who wish to get around this have devised some superficial talking points: a good example is an attack on Robert E. Lee for having been a traitor unworthy of commemoration, and on his commemorators for having been racially motivated and thus undeserving to leave monuments behind them. Lee was a traitor if the Southern states had no right to secede in 1861, yet many Americans have admired Lee nonetheless, and even raised statues to him. How could this be?

To answer such a question, we tend to fall into the trap of asking ourselves why someone would raise such a statue today. Hard experience from the civil rights era up to the recent march in Charlottesville has prepared us to find racist intent. Then when we ask ourselves why people of a more distant past erected statues to Lee, we project racist intent onto them, as though our thought processes were interchangeable with theirs, their motives deducible from ours.

Despite Racism, Commemoration Had Other Motivations

Noting the presentist fallacy does not give the statue erectors a pass. There is much objective evidence for the astonishingly offensive opinions whites took for granted about blacks in the Civil War commemoration era. In the South, powerful whites from governors down to policemen in the street enforced black subordination. Vigilante action and lynchings illegally enforced the same. The fortress of Jim Crow stood strong until federal intervention bypassed locally entrenched systems of repression.

Yet the claim that statues of Lee were intended as buttresses of this repressive social order before the desegregation era is dubious. It lacks support beyond mere plausibility and the circumstantial argument that Jim Crow caused commemoration of Lee because it correlated with it in time. Why would whites, safe within the fortress of Jim Crow, have wasted money building bastions within its walls?

There is an alternative explanation with more convincing plausibility and circumstantial arguments: Whites competed against one another socially by supporting and paying for those statues, thus signaling their civic virtue. They put the statues to Lee where they performed socially, at civic center and in their up-and-coming neighborhoods like Monument Avenue. I am unaware of any monumental statue of Lee erected in what was a black neighborhood at the time, which is where I would look for at least some of them if they were social weapons aimed at blacks. A rece...

21:32

Democrats Keep Their Mouths Shut As Menendez Trial Gets Weirder "IndyWatch Feed National"

In 2008, Sen. Bob Menendez sent a letter of support to the State Department to get two women from the Dominican Republic a U.S. visa, and one of these women happened to be the girlfriend of a wealthy eye doctor who prosecutors say bribed the Democratic senator with gifts and luxury vacations in exchange for favors. At least, thats what Menendezs former staffer, Mark Lopes, said while testifying against his old boss in court on Monday.

Today, Menendez and his wealthy friend, Dr. Salomon Melgen, face 18 counts of bribery and fraud. Both say theyre innocent of wrongdoing. Melgen was convicted of Medicaid fraud earlier this year and was the single largest Medicaid recipient in 2012 snagging a cool $21 million that year. At the heart of the case against the eye doctor is a $8.9 million billing dispute, which is when prosecutors say Melgen asked Menendez to intervene with the government on his behalf.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican, may chose another Republican to replace Menendez if his seat becomes vacant, which would affect the political makeup of the U.S. Senate. Yet Democrats are busy pretending like everything is fine.

Should a convicted felon be allowed to serve in the Senate? a Republican operative recently asked Sen. Kamala Harris, over and over again, in the video below. Her response? Silence.

Shes not the only Democrat whos being tight-lipped about the trial. Last week, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said Menendez was issuing a spirited defense and refused to speculate about the potential outcomes of the trial or subsequent political consequences. Sen. Joe Manchin and a Democratic gubernatorial candidate in New Jersey also kept quiet when asked about Menendezs case.

21:19

Brisbane Walls Graffiti and Street Art "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

The Art of Graffiti Writing

This is the final draft of the forward I was invited to write for a new book by Brisbane photojournalist, Toks Ojo. Toks has photographed and collated a vast amount of current graffiti/street art in Brisbane into Brisbane Walls, Graffiti and Street Art. The book is due for release later this year. 

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2018 will mark 20 years since I began an alchemists experiment with graffiti. I invited graffiti writers into a conservative enclave to publicly demonstrate their art. It was a bold and maybe nave move but it was the beginning of Jugglers, at that time a bi-monthly celebration of fine art, music, graffiti, comedy, poetry reading and coffee in, of all things, a north Brisbane suburban church context.

I was the minister of a large protestant congregation and I had begun feeling deeply frustrated with its sterile and utilitarian approach to the arts. Not only that church but the whole religious paradigm and its dualistic approach to life, spirituality and subsequently, art had become stuck. I needed a push through the door that was opening.

Jugglers effectively became my wide open door out of the restrictions of that paradigm into a new life where graffiti would feature as the writing on the wall and the metaphor for a new l...

21:07

Australian Assemblies of God Secret Special Executive Meeting 22nd December 1999 at Qantas Lounge Sydney Airport re Frank Houston the founder of Hillsongs pedophilia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Frank Houston the founder of Hillsong a lifelong secret child sex abuser with his son Brian the current head pastor of Hillsong not a real pastor both wolf pastors

 

The minutes below are from the secret meeting the Australian AOG Executive had on 22 December 1999 at Qantas Lounge Sydney Airport.

Those familiar with the facts of this whole sorry saga from beginning to end will see how much of a whitewash and coverup these Australian AOG mafia conspired together in.

 

Assemblies of God in Australia

Special Executive Meeting

22nd December 1999, Sydney Airport

John Lewis (Chairman) B. Houston, D. Cartledge, P. Hills, S. Penny, A. Davies, D.
Gugliehnucci, W. Alcorn, K. Ainge.

1. It was agreed that the minutes of this meeting be kept confidential and in a special
file.
2. It was noted that an allegation has been made against Rev. Frank Houston, of a single
act of sexual abuse more than 30 years ago. The complainant does not wish to be
identified and does not wish to make a formal complaint, but Frank Houston has
confessed to the act.
3. It was agreed that the president of the AGG (Brian Houston) has acted appropriately
in suspending the credential of F. Houston, standing him down from ministry and
calling this...

19:57

Israel prime minister Netanyahus son under fire for anti-Semitic post "IndyWatch Feed National"

The following article by Josie Ensor, Middle East Correspondent for the Daily Telegraph, published on 1o September 2017, deals with the latest scandal to hit the family of Israels prime minister Netanyahu. A scandal that come in the shape of a social media post against his fathers critics, taking on an anti-Semitic colour.

Yair Netanyahu, the Israeli prime ministers son, is under fire for posting an anti-Semitic caricature aimed at his fathers critics on social media.

Mr Netanyahu, 26, shared a meme on Facebook captioned the food chain, which featured a photo of Jewish billionaire George Soros dangling the world in front of a reptilian creature, who in turn dangles an alchemy symbol in front of the pejorative happy merchant image.

The other figures in the chain are former Prime Minister Ehud Barak, who has led weekly protests calling on Benjamin Netanyahu to step down over growing corruption allegations.

Mr Soros, a Hungarian-born Jewish American businessman, has spent part of his fortune funding left-wing groups and Human Rights Watch, a frequent critic of Israels occupation of the West Bank and its policies toward the Palestinians.

The images of Mr Soros and the reptile evoke anti-Semitic conspiracy theories claiming that Jews control the world.

The post was shared by David Duke, former Ku Klux Klan leader, and other anti-Semites.

Avi Gabbay, Israels Labor Party chairman, said on Sunday the post crossed every line imaginable and was a very sad day for Israel.

The Israel office of the Anti-Defamation League denounced the cartoon on Twitter, writing: The caricature posted by Yair Netanyahu includes explicit anti-Semitic elements. One cannot belittle the danger inherent in an anti-Semitic discourse.

In further Facebook posts following criticism for posting the cartoon, Yair Netanyahu, who is a university student, condemned the Israeli left for being two-faced in trying to silence him.

A family spokesman said the younger Netanyahu would not be making any other comment.

The prime minister refused to ask questions from reporters about the post on Sunday morning at the start of his weekly cabinet meeting.

Last month, the son made another headline-grabbing post after a protester was killed during a white nationalist rally in the US state of Virginia.

It appeared to suggest that hard-left organisations now pose more of a danger than neo-Nazi groups, which he wrote are a dying breed.

Some critics in Israel suggested Netanyahu juniors online activities were meant to deflect attention from his parents legal troubles.

The Netany...

19:35

Tens of thousands marched in Sydney and Melbourne for marriage equality "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed from New South Wales

Rather than have the courage to come out and make a decision, the government has opted for a postal vote that is non-binding, even though prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has now declared himself as supporting the yes case.

It goes to show, yet again, how much he and the government are in control of the fundamentalist radical faction, working on a top down imposition of its view of the world.

They are joined by sections of the media that relies on promoting falsehoods and insults that accuse supporters of the yes case of  being bullies. More than one headline has labelled  the LGBT community of being the new fascism  that is denying others from having a voice.

Loudest are the complaints coming from those who have open access to the tabloids and similar television and radio networks. They have a voice like no-one else has and to suggest that they and their views are being denied is laughable.

Claiming to be silenced is a tool used to promote fear and hatred of another significant section of the Australian community. Not for one second, do they consider the disadvantage faced by those who face discrimination because of their sexual or gender orientation. No. They would rather give space to those who insist that homosexuality puts children at risk of pedophilia, although there is not a single speck of evidence to back the allegation.

Just who are the real bullies?

Not all who are not in favour of same sex marriage are in the same boat. There are those who have  a genuine reason for thew way they feel.  But this is different from waging an  orchestrated campaign to use the issue to promote a political ideology, based on a narrow view of the world that excludes others. It should be no surprise that many of the most vocal and insulting groups against marriage equality are the same ones that have been waging a campaign against Muslims.

Tony Abbot and his faction have been holding the No torch within the Liberal Party,  under the guise of  family values and the rights of children. The underlying assumption is that a same sex couple cannot create a loving family atmosphere and that children within this sort of family are missing out on not having a parent of the opposite sex around.

Others have taken up the same torch.

The suggestion being made is that only a family a family with both a mother and father can properly bring up children. What is conveniently forgotten is that many both sex parent families are dysfunctional and that a sizable proportion of all families are single parent ones. They do not fit within the tidy parcel and it suggests the motive is not protection of the family, but rejection of the LGBT community.

Take the...

19:32

Extremely Confidential letter to all Australian AOG pastors in 2000 about Frank Houstons serious moral failure AOG cover-up code for child sex abuse of little boys "IndyWatch Feed National"

Frank Houston the founder of Hillsong a lifelong secret child sex abuser with his son Brian the current head pastor of Hillsong not a real pastor both wolf pastors

 

Below is a letter sent to all Australian AOG pastors by Brian Houston in 2001, which is amongst the evidence on the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse website.

Brian was designated by the Australian Christian Churches (formerly called Australian AOG) Executive to be a spokesman about, and to oversee, his pedophile father Franks restoration to Christian ministry.

The Royal Commission said this role of Brians was a conflict of interest.

Brian didnt understand what the Royal Commission meant by the term conflict of interest, possibly because he was on PTSD medication, due to his inability to cope with the fall-out from finding out his father Frank was a lifelong secret pedophile.

Brian was also probably trying to remember if his dad had sexually abused him as a little boy, which is highly likely.

Out of a fog of medication, stress and nerves, Brian responded to the Royal Commissions allegation of a conflict of interest by talking about his inner emotional and psychological conflicts about his father Frank and his sexual abuse...

19:25

Hannah McGlade: Talking about Race "IndyWatch Feed National"

Share this Post On September 13 the United Nations will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Australia was initially opposed to the Declaration, but now supports it. Bidding for seat on the UN Human Rights Council, our government also promotes itself as a model human rights citizen. However, the recently released report of ...

19:05

Overloading Australia author, Mark O'Connor, complains Media Watch bias, attack on Dick Smith "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tonight (11 September 2017) the ABCs Media Watch program contained a section in which presenter (Paul Barry) attacked Dick Smiths views on population and specifically Dick Smiths complaints about the ABCs refusal to cover the issue of Australias rampant population growth. Yet for much of the time he did not defend the ABC. He did not answer points Dick Smith makes at https://www.dicksmithfairgo.com.au/abc-tv-news-current-affairs-bias-growth/or that William Lines and I have made at https://www.dicksmithfairgo.com.au/abc-bias-chapter-overloading-australia/ about ABC bias. Instead, Paul Barry seemed more interested in attacking Dick Smith. [Mark O'Connor is a well known Australian poet and co-author with Bill Lines of Overloading Australia.]

Abandoning the standards Barry and Media Watch normally hold other journalists to, Barry made no attempt to deal with the relevant issues. He did not, for instance, attempt to argue that the amount of space that ABC TV news programs devote to Australias extraordinary rate of population growth (we are growing at a rate that would be high even in the Third World) is in proportion with this issues importance. Much less did Barry offer evidence or statistics to show that the ABC gives fair or equal space to critics of these very high population growth rates or of the very high immigration rates that drive this growth.

He made no attempt to compare the space and time given to population with that given to other major drivers of contemporary historys problems, such as the economy, or climate change. Nor did he answer the points so powerfully made by Ross Gittins and others about the need to stop pretending that high immigration is any clear benefit to Australia. See for instance https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2017/09/bob-brown-laura-tingle-and-ross-gittins-back-dick-smith/

Instead Barry launched an ad hominem attack on Dick Smith, presenting him as an attention seeker. Perhaps Barry thought attack was the ABCs best method of defence.

He claimed Dick was unreasonably aggrieved at not having his....

19:02

Rohingya Crisis: George Soros, Oil & Lessons for India "IndyWatch Feed National"



Source: Covert Geopolitics

When George Soros comes to this or that country he looks for religious, ethnic or social contradictions, chooses the model of action for one of these options or their combination and tries to 'warm them up'.

The ongoing crisis in Myanmar including tensions between Buddhist and Muslim communities and the military crackdown by Myanmar Army and police seems to be a multidimensional crisis with major geopolitical players involved according to a report by Sputnik International.

As per the report Dmitry Mosyakov, director of the Centre for Southeast Asia, Australia and Oceania at the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, told RT that the conflict "was apparently fanned by external global players" and "has at least three dimensions".

"First, this is a game against China, as China has very large investments in Arakan [Rakhine]," Mosyakov told RT. "Second, it is aimed at fuelling Muslim extremism in Southeast Asia. Third, it's the attempt to sow discord within ASEAN [between Myanmar and Muslim-dominated Indonesia and Malaysia]."

The conflict is mostly concentrated in the country's northwestern region in the Rakhine State which consists of vast reserves of hydrocarbons located offshore. This vast reserve of hydrocarbon is the major reason why external players are using the conflict to undermine Southeast Asian stability, according to Mosyakov.

"There's a huge gas field named Than Shwe after the general who had long ruled Burma," Mosyakov said.

In 2004 this massive Rakhine energy reserves were discovered and by 2013 China had connected Myanmar's port of Kyaukphyu with the Chinese city of Kunming in Yunnan province with oil and natural gas pipelines. Through this oil pipeline China can bypass the world's most congested ship...

19:01

Putin: There will be No New Korean War "IndyWatch Feed National"



Source: Covert Geopolitics


At the plenary session of the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok last week, Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed confidence that there would not be another large-scale military conflict on the Korean peninsula. Russian political observer Anatoly Wasserman explains what it is that the Russian president knows that many observers don't.

Addressing participants of the forum on Thursday, Putin said he believed all the parties involved in the standoff in the Korean peninsula are likely to "have enough common sense and understanding that they bear responsibility to the people in the region, and [that] we could solve this problem by diplomatic means."

"Like my South Korean counterpart, I am sure that there will not be a large-scale conflict, especially one involving the use of weapons of mass destruction," the Russian leader added.

Putin also recalled that in 2005, the parties to the conflict were on the verge of reaching an agreement on Pyongyang's nuclear program. "Agreements were reached under which North Korea assumed responsibility to curtail its nuclear and missile programs. All other parties in this process promised to contribute to this. But then, someone started demanding from North Korea what it did not promise, and gradually the situation deteriorated to the present state," he said.

Analyzing the Russian president's remarks in an article for RIA Novosti, Anatoly Wasserman took note of the fact that "first of all, Putin diplomatically avoided naming this 'someone'. It's like in the famous anecdote about a group of woodland critters including a fox sitting down in the woods to play cards, one of them saying 'if someone cheats, they'll get a slap in the face their sneaky orange face.'"

"In the conflict we're discussing here, it's equally obvious just who it was that may have demanded from North Korea something that Pyongyang never promised," the political observer wrote.

"Factually," Wasserman suggested, "among all the potential parties in the conflict on the Korean peninsula, only one is known for its inadequacy. Specifically, it was the same one that the Russian president was referring to a few days earlier at a press conference following the BRICS summit, when he said that these were the people who would...

18:59

Google is Now Watching your Every Political Move "IndyWatch Feed National"



Source: Covert Geopolitics

Google has taken the unprecedented step of burying material, mostly from websites on the political right, that it has deemed to be inappropriate. The problem, however, is that the world's largest search engine is a left-leaning company with an ax to grind.

Let's face it, deep down in our heart of hearts we knew the honeymoon wouldn't last forever. Our willingness to place eternal faith in an earth-straddling company that oversees the largest collection of information ever assembled was doomed to end in a bitter divorce from the start. After all, each corporation, just like humans, has their own political proclivities, and Google is certainly no exception. But we aren't talking about your average car company here.

The first sign Google would eventually become more of a political liability than a public utility was revealed in 2005 when CEO Eric Schmidt (who is now executive chairman of Alphabet, Inc, Google's parent company) sat down with interviewer Charlie Rose, who asked Schmidt to explain "where the future of search is going."

Schmidt's response should have triggered alarm bells across the free world.

"Well, when you use Google, do you get more than one answer," Schmidt asked rhetorically, before answering deceptively. "Of course you do. Well, that's a bug. We have more bugs per second in the world. We should be able to give you the right answer just once and we should never be wrong."

Really?

Think about that for a moment. Schmidt believes, counter-intuitively, that getting multiple possible choices for any one Google query is not the desirable prospect it should be (aren't consumers always in search of more variety?), but rather a "bug" that should be duly squashed underfoot. Silly mortal, you should not expect more than one answer for every question because the almighty Google, our modern-day Oz, "should never be wrong!" This is the epitome of corporate hubris. And it doesn't require much imagination to see that such a master plan will only lead to a colossal whitewashing of the historic record.

For example, if a Google user performs a search request for oh, I don't know 'what caused the Iraq War 2003,' he or she would be given, according to Schmidt's algorithmic wet dream, exactly one canned answer. Any guesses on what that answer would be? I think it's safe to say the only acceptable answer would be the state-sanctioned conspiracy theory that Saddam Hussei...

18:36

Secret Assemblies of God Australia Special Executive Meeting 22 November 2000 Hillsong Church, Castle Hill in relation to the pedophile founder of Hillsong Frank Houston "IndyWatch Feed National"

Frank Houston the founder of Hillsong a lifelong secret child sex abuser with his son Brian the current head pastor of Hillsong not a real pastor both wolf pastors

 

Assemblies of God in Australia Special Executive Meeting 22d November 2000 Hillsong Church, Castle Hill.

Present: J. Lewis (Chairman), B. Houston, P. Hills, D. Cartledge, A. Davies, S. Penny, D. Guglielmucci, W. Alco~ K Ainge.

1. Opening and Prayer
A meeting was called, at short notice to discuss accusations that have been raised against Frank Houston.

After a brief introduction from Brian Houston, David Cartledge opened in prayer

2. Introduction.

Brian Houston outlined the accusations that have been raised against Frank Houston, in relation to inappropriate sexual behaviour with boys around 33 years ago.

He outlined how a man from New Zealand has met with him, outlining an event that allegedly took place 33years ago. The complainant indicated that he has no desire to be a part of any action against Frank Houston but he is requesting a personal meeting with him, a seminar with Brian Houstons pastors...

17:57

Western Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

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17:55

If Your Email Address Is On This List, Change Your Password Right Now "IndyWatch Feed National"

This article by Deneb Verdad was originally published by Anonymous Group.

A gigantic spam list with over 710 million email addresses and personal info linked to them was found by computer security experts. The emails were stolen by Onliner, a spambot.

A Paris security researcher named Benkow first discovered the list.

It contains two separate vaults of data: one containing email addresses alone, with the second actually containing passwords and addresses.

The email breach is the largest spambot dump in the history of the world, experts say.

With the constantly evolving and changing climate of Internet privacy, it continues to become more complicated for cyber security experts and their ilk. Government entities, institutional entities, corporate powers, and cyber criminals have also stepped up efforts to steal personal information online or spy on people.

One could look at this and say were on the precipice of a lot of personal information going to a lot of different places: this is the inevitable consequence of surveillance.

Image Credit: RT

To check and see if your email is on the list, visit haveibeenpwned.com: an anti-hacker site run by Troy Hunt, an Australian computer security expert. His site has the details of violated email addresses and leaked passwords.

If your email is on the list, you should probably change your password, if not completely stop using it. It would also be wise to...

17:33

Laura Murphy Oates: Reporting on racism as a light-skinned Koori "IndyWatch Feed National"

In Kalgoorlie, I sat silently as a young mother told me its time for the government to intervene again, because shes seen how bad Indigenous people are at being parents. Photograph: The Feed, SBS Viceland Share this Post As a light skinned Koori, when you first meet me you probably wont realise Im Indigenous. Throughout my life thats led to ...

17:23

MACKAY Man accused of running down dog skips court "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY September 12, 2017 at 09:47AM ,

Man accused of running down dog skips court

September 12, 2017 at 09:47AM ,

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17:23

MACKAY Security guard strike went beyond self-defence "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY September 12, 2017 at 05:07AM ,

Security guard strike went beyond self-defence

September 12, 2017 at 05:07AM ,

HIT BACK: Long-time security guard Eddie George Marsh, 28, from Andergrove faced Mackay Magistrates Court, pleading guilty to common assault.

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MACKAY Ice addict admits stealing crimes "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY September 12, 2017 at 03:03AM ,

Ice addict admits stealing crimes

September 12, 2017 at 03:03AM ,

Karen Patricia Wise, 34, fronted Mackay Magistrates Court on Monday, via videolink from prison for sentencing. Represented by barrister Phillip Moore

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MACKAY Pleystowe woman alleged to have defrauded her work "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY September 12, 2017 at 05:07AM ,

Pleystowe woman alleged to have defrauded her work

September 12, 2017 at 05:07AM ,

Ms Sarons defence solicitor, Catherine Luck, of Taylors Solicitors, appeared briefly in Mackay Magistrates Court on her clients behalf on Monday.

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17:14

Australia Postal Ballot Vote to Decide on Legalising Same-Sex Marriage Begins "IndyWatch Feed National"

People march for marriage equality of same-sex couples in Sydney, Australia, September 10, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Steven Saphore

People march for marriage equality of same-sex couples in Sydney, Australia, September 10, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Steven Saphore

Sydney: Australia on Tuesday launched a postal vote on whether to legalise same-sex marriage as a widely watched poll indicated the country would overwhelmingly support such unions.

The non-compulsory ballot, which runs until the end of October, will determine if Australia becomes the 25th country to legalise same-sex marriage, while also healing a rift in the government.

Despite securing 70 percent public support in an Ipsos/Fairfax poll on Tuesday, the issue of same-sex marriage had faced a political deadlock, only broken last week when the Australian High Court gave the all-clear for the vote.

The poll illustrates why parliament should simply vote to approve same-sex marriage without holding the national ballot, said opposition Labor leader Bill Shorten, though he urg...

16:50

Hillsong Safe Church Office is led by pedophile protector Keith Ainge who the Royal Commission exposed as a pedophile protector of Hillsong Founder Frank Houston "IndyWatch Feed National"

Pastor Keith Ainge- Frank Houston lover. Pastor Keith Ainge- pedophile protector rewarded by the ACC with the cushy job of protecting pedophiles. Theres no difference between the Roman Catholic Church and the Australian AOG (now called Australian Christian Churches). Corrupt pastors and priests looking after their own.

 

Keith Ainge the new leader of Hillsong Safe Church Office since March 2016 was exposed as a pedophile protector by the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in its Findings of October 2015 on Hillsong and the Australian Christian Churches Movement (ACC).

The Australian Christian Churches Movement was called the Australian Assemblies of God (AOG) until 2007. Brian Houston the current head pastor of Hillsong Global Church, who headed the Australian AOG from 1996 to 2009, was accused by the Royal Commission of reincorporating and renaming the Australian Assemblies of God to escape making pay-outs to the boy and male teen victims of Brians father Frank Houston, the founder of Hillsong.

Frank Houston confessed to being a secret lifelong pedophile in 1999.

The Australian Royal Commission found that pedophile protectors Brian Houston, Keith Ainge, John McMartin, Ian Wood, George Aghajanian and...

16:24

You dont need a lawyer to sue Equifaxuse this chatbot instead "IndyWatch Feed National"

The DoNotPay chatbot has been helping people settle their parking tickets for a while now, but now its moved on to bigger things: helping people sue Equifax for its epic security breach, reports the Verge. The bot will take you through a series of questions youll need to answer and then help you fill in Continue reading You dont need a lawyer to sue Equifaxuse this chatbot instead

The DoNotPay chatbot has been helping people settle their parking tickets for a while now, but now its moved on to bigger things: helping people sue Equifax for its epic security breach, reports the Verge. The bot will take you through a series of questions youll need to answer and then help you fill in a small claims court application to sue Equifax for negligence. Maximum damages depend on the state you live in, but they can be for up to $25,000. Keep in mind, however, the bot cant show up to court for you, so there are still things youll need to do on your own if you actually want to win in small claims court.

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15:33

Legal Tender Money v Fiat "IndyWatch Feed National"

US$-Oh-No

QUESTION: 

I wonder if you would care in a future blogpost to cast some light on the following?

The sole legal tender money in the final analysis is the FRN (Federal Reserve Note coins aside) collateralized by the Feds assets.All other money is private bank credit money or suchlike,including Money Market Funds and other said-to-be money-like instruments.Despite the aspersions that surround Fiat money it is in toto a small number around $1.6 bn. However there are promises to pay in FRN on demand.

Does that last fact account for the talk about banning cash ( ie the FRN) ?

Like the promise to pay in Gold it seems impossible to pay in the FRN were that ever to be demanded in size. De Gaulle ended the gold-on -demand offer so could something similar could happen to the FRN ? Back then Gold rose against all assets ditto the FRN ?

I hope you are reading this in some comfortable place, given the atrocious weather in Florida.

Best Rgrds

Bill

Aquinas

ANSWER: Most money is actually created by the private sector through leverage and bank loans today. This is why when there is a crash, the contraction takes down banks for it is the leverage that collapses. When you have a debt based system, then the monetary system becomes leveraged. With the fall of Rome, the Catholic Church adopted the Sin of Usury thanks to Saint Thomas Aquinas and his 20 volume work, Summa Theologica.

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15:33

Am I Certain About the Strong Dollar? "IndyWatch Feed National"

QUESTION: Dear Mr. Armstrong,

I have been reading your blog for over a year now. Your posts are a superb read and one of the first things I check every morning before leaving for work! Although I admire your work and writings a great deal, Im sometimes surprised by the level of certainty you seem to have about how things will unfold in the future. You stated multiple times now that only a rising dollar will break the world monetary system, but with more and more countries trying to bypass the dollar system, how will the dollar ever get to the strength that is needed to do so? Will the world monetary system break for sure, or is there an alternative softer transition possible on a global scale?

Thank you for your insights!

B (from Belgium)

ANSWER:

All the governments of the entire world can try their best to create some new currency to dethrone the dollar. They will fail just as Europe has failed with the Euro, You can denominate oil to peanuts in some other currency but that still will never put a dent in the dollar. Why? It is capital flows than count and trade is minimal. When you cash out of your commodity, where do you put your profits? Oh back into dollar denominated instruments?

The failure of Europe was to create a single debt. Instead, capital must still pick and choose between the Eurozone members and who do they trust more to buy their bonds. Just look at the interest rate differentials. They are all denominating their debt in Euros, but their credit ratings differ just as they do among the States that compose the USA. Germany wanted a single currency for trade, but they did not want to consolidate all the debts in Europe. Hence, we ended up with a single currency that could never become a major currency with no central core....

15:32

Correspondence with Government: Ceduna Council "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dear Katrina,

 
My request for information on the local housing market in Ceduna does not imply that the council has any role in the operation of the Cashless Debit Card so is not a reason for you not to answer my question.
 
I will assume that council is aware that Ceduna is participating in a trial of the Cashless Debit Card and I reiterate my request for information which I would expect the council to be able to proffer:
 
To this end, I am seeking statistical information on the proportion of welfare recipients in the trial areas in the private rental market and wondering if you can provide any information or estimation of what this figure might be?
 
Given your lack of cooperation I will limit the enquiry to the local housing market in the Ceduna LGA. Please do not insult the intelligence of the public who are likely to end up reading this correspondence by suggesting that your council has no information on your local housing market.
 
thank you
Rosie Williams
 
On 12 Sep 2017, at 2:33 pm, Council wrote:
Dear Rosie
 
Council is in receipt of your email dated 10 September 2017 in relation to the operation of the Cashless Debit Card Trial.
 
The District Council of Ceduna has no role in the operation of the Cashless Debit Card, including collection of data pertaining to utilisation of the Card which you seek.
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15:30

Factory Farming Contaminates Water in More Ways Than One "IndyWatch Feed National"

Cypress Island Atlantic Salmon Spill from Liam Gallagher on Vimeo.

By Dr. Mercola

Water pollution is a growing problem, and nonorganic farming activities both on land and in water are significant contributors. In addition to farming chemicals such as nitrates, which pose a serious threat to water quality, theres the issue of drug-resistant bacteria. As reported by the Center for Public Integrity,1 water testing in Kewaunee County, Wisconsin, has revealed coliform bacteria at levels too dangerous to drink.

Drug-resistant bacteria are a direct result of antibiotic overuse, especially in livestock, and recent investigations reveal antibiotic-resistant genes are being spread across the globe via animal feed especially feed made from fish meal. Turns out aquaculture, which has been touted as a sustainable alternative to overfishing, is just as environmentally devastating as land-based farms.

The answer to these serious and interconnected dilemmas is to transition over to regenerative and biodynamic farming, both of which go above and beyond organic methods.

We also need to come up with more sustainable solutions for fish, as fish farms are turning out to be no less of an environmental nightmare than land-based factory farms. The recent escape of hundreds of thousands of non-native Atlantic salmon into the Pacific is just the latest testament to the environmental harm aquafarms do.

Drug-Resistant Bacteria Contaminate Many Water Sources

Coliform are bacteria present in the digestive tracts of animals and humans and are a sign of fecal contamination. Casco, Wisconsin, resident Lynda Cochart contracted methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) from her well water, which turned out to be contaminated with MRSA-infected cow manure. Cocharts home well is situated between two dairy farms that house over 1,000 cows each.

U.S. Department of Agriculture microbiologist Mark Borchardt, who conducted the water testing, told Cochart that What I found in your well is what I expect to find in a Third World country.

Not only was she told to stop drinking the water immediately, she was also told to keep your eyes closed and mouth shut wh.........

15:09

KitKatClub is Berlins Best Sex Party "IndyWatch Feed National"

Two things are essential for a Berliner night out: electro and sex. Put the two of them together and you have KitKatClub. This inconspicuous party place is home to some of the most notorious white-powdered benders in not only Berlin, but the world. KitKat is first and foremost a sex club, but if youre not super keen on the fondling, that doesnt mean you have to miss out. Just dress the part and dont be put off by sleazy assumptions. Sex parties are pretty much the norm in Berlin. Its good enough for R-Patz so its obviously THE place to be.

The dress code is extremely strict and, like many clubs in Berlin, you actually only have a 50% chance of getting let in for no reason other than the fact you are a foreigner. Have anything leather? Wear it. If not, try whatever remotely kinky outfit you can put together. If youre not quite the kink connoisseur, try handcuffs, black party masks or not wearing any clothes at all. Just so you know, youll be surrounded by people in gimp masks and chains, so feel free to experiment. Slave or master? You decide.

The entrance is extremely discreet and looks more like a brothel than a raging night party. Perhaps try Google street viewing before arriving to avoid confusion. Do not get entirely inebriated at home; this is way too un-Berliner and youll look like a fool, but more importantly youll instantly be denied entry no matter how cock-hungry you look.

Avoid speaking too much: clubs in Berlin have a very locals-only vibe going on. These types of places are supposedly secrets and the last thing they want is a Contiki bus full of disgraceful puking foreign patriots pulling up outside. On approach to the bouncers, just act like you are way too cool for everything, but also a bit like you are a bitch on heat. Then you should be good to go. Dont lose your cool after passing through the first checkpoint though those kink police are only the beginning. Once inside, the heavy black doors (in place to screen that horrible thing called the sun), you arrive at the cloakroom. More judging means more shutting that little mouth of yours.

Down the ultra-violet lit hall and several fluorescent psychogenic artworks and there you are: KitKat in all its glory. The club itself consists of three dance floors, an outdoor area with a pool and numerous relaxation...

14:30

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.0002 BTC
0.0010 BTC = 5.10 AUD
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14:01

Parrtjima to light up Alice Springs with artworks by Ampilatwatja artists "IndyWatch Feed National"

A NEW installation and expanded program of events has been announced for Parrtjima A Festival in Light, the celebration of central Australian art and culture illuminating Alice Springs from Friday, September 22, to Sunday, October 1. The festival hub Apurte-irretyeke (Getting Together) will come to life with live talks, events and music. In addition to the installations and illumination of the MacDonnell Ranges, Medicine Space (Awelya-akerte Apmere [Medicine Country]) is a new installation featuring artwork by Artists of Ampilatwatja that will transform Alice Springs Desert Park into a mesmerising outdoor gallery of light and sound. Medicine Space projects a series of artworks by Ampilatwatja artists Michelle Pula Holmes, Julieanne Ngwarraye Morton and Kathleen Nanima Rambler onto hanging semi-transparent fabric, suspended in the desert and moving freely in the breeze, as images appear and disappear.

13:55

Now its too late "IndyWatch Feed National"

In the last few weeks, a mass exodus of more than a quarter of a million Rohingya, terrorised and starving, have fled towards the Bangladeshi border a frontier that the Burmese military, known as the Tatmadaw, have booby trapped with land mines. This unfolding tragedy is a reminder that some people are considered superfluous. Its a reminder that some lives matter less than others and that some people are sacrificed to serve the political and economic ends of others.

13:45

Margot Robbie Oscar buzz over Tonya Harding role "IndyWatch Feed National"

ustralian actress Margot Robbie arrives for the Time 100 Gala at Frederick P. Rose Hall in New York, New York, USA, 25 April 2017. The event is a celebration of Time Magazine's annual issue recognizing 100 of the world's most influential people. EPA/JUSTIN LANE

ustralian actress Margot Robbie arrives for the Time 100 Gala at Frederick P. Rose Hall in New York, New York, USA, 25 April 2017. The event is a celebration of Time Magazines annual issue recognizing 100 of the worlds most influential people. EPA/JUSTIN LANE

TORONTO   [AP]

Australian actress Margot Robbie is generating Oscar buzz after the premiere of the compelling I, Tonya at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Robbie surprisingly finds comedy and humanity in Tonya Harding, the notorious Olympic US skater whose famous rivalry with Nancy Kerrigan ended with the latter being attacked with a hammer.

The film is the biggest acquisition of the film festival, selling for $US5 million.

Director Craig Gillespies film was the hottest property in Toronto, with many predicting Oscar nominations for Robbie and co-star Allison Janney, who plays Hardings mother, LaVona Golden.

The movie introduces itself as based on irony free, wildly contradictory, totally true interviews with Harding and Jeff Gillooly, Hardings scheming ex-husband. Gillooly and Hardings bodyguard, Shawn Eckhardt, became tabloid regulars after they were arrested for hiring an attacker to break the leg of Hardings top competition, Kerrigan, in 1994.

No release date has been announced, but the film is expected to be put into US theatres later this year in time for awards season.

The post Margot Robbie Oscar buzz over Tonya Harding role appeared first on Echonetdaily.

13:39

When Your Ultimate Spa Package is Ultimately Shit "IndyWatch Feed National"

As I scooted to Ubud for the first time, a lush village tucked away in Balis mountains, visions of green smoothies, monkey forests, rice paddies and serene pleasure spas filled my mind. These spas, I hoped, would set me on the path to finally finding myself whatever that means.

But losing my Ubud virginity was, well, a lot like losing my actual virginity. That is to say, it was disappointing and shame inducing, with a lingering feeling of dirtiness that wouldnt scrub off. That last part isnt a metaphor.

With wrinkly feet from a day of trekking through monsoonal jungle, I could think of nothing better than a fresh coat of shellac and a cheeky foot rub followed by a traditional flower bath overlooking the rice fields, and, to top it all off, a crisp flute of Moet.

The words Ultimate Spa Package had twinkled in the reflection of my friend Maddys eyes as we arrived in the village. At first glance, 230 000 IDR ($23 AUD) for a full body aromatherapy massage, coconut body scrub, therapeutic facial and flower bath felt like we had won the bloody lotto. Maddy and I couldnt wipe the grins off our faces, and she had her kit off like a prom dress before I could blink twice about the deal.

I entered a mildewed room through a cotton curtain hanging from a pole and was greeted by a stench of either burning hair or a three-day-old pile of spew. My stomach began to turn.

Four beds lined a shoebox-sized room and their paisley patterned sheets barely disguised scraps of what I think were dead skin remains as I proceeded to nervously remove all of my clothes and slip on the disposable underwear provided, which was big enough for a sumo wrestler. Two men and a lady acknowledged me with intense stares as I got changed.

I lay down on the table face first and shrieked as my head went straight through the tattered hole. Without warning, the masseuse straddled me like Steve Irwin taming a croc in an Aussie zoo.

When my full-body belting came to a halt, Maddy and I glanced over at each other through hair-covered faces. My vision was blurry, as my contacts had rolled to the back of my head from the force. A bead of sweat dripped from Maddys forehead and a guilty wave of relief rushed through me knowing that shed endured a similar beating.

Okay, time for coconut scrub! the petite Balinese woman exclaimed. Oh god, I thought. I was already prepared to retire to my Moet, but hoped the...

13:27

New Project Details: Handmade Plush Drive in Support of Backpacks for Refugee Kids at Christmas Brisbane "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

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Calling all crafters!

This year Teddy Bears Without Borders is joining forces with Backpacks for Refugee Kids at Christmas Brisbane to supply 100 + handmade cuddly toys to Brisbane kids of refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds.

Last year, people from all over Brisbane joined together to provide over 200 backpacks filled with necessities and toys to kids from refugee backgrounds and families seeking asylum.  You can read all about the success of the Backpack project, which began in 2016 as the brainwave of Brisbane mum Alison Reynolds, here, and join the Facebook group here.

Below are the details of the project and how YOU can get involved!  Please share the project with your networks, friends and family and help us reach our goal!

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13:15

I Eat Duck Foetus and Thats Okay "IndyWatch Feed National"

It was another languid night in the Philippines when my cousins decided to treat me to a local delicacy. We convened around the family dinner table, gathering plates and salt to prepare for our feast.

We tapped the top of the egg on the table, forging light cracks.

First, you drink the broth, my cousins instructed. I followed suit and brought the shell to my lips. The flavour was inviting and warm, reminiscent of the many broths mum would serve on the table in Melbourne. I drank from the egg like I would a shot of liquor, and the liquid cleared to reveal a hodgepodge of yolk, egg white and the crown jewel: a duck foetus.

Its better if you swallow it whole, said my cousin it being the duck foetus lodged in the egg, cooked alongside the yolk and white.

I sunk my teeth in and passed the contents of my mouth down my throat without incident. They were right, it was better. I quickly finished the rest of it, which was basically the same as your standard hard-boiled egg sans foetus.

I put my empty shell on the table and my cousins and I giggled. I was filled with this satisfaction that despite living so far away, I was still able to share these moments with them.

Youre really a Filipino, huh? my eldest cousin said, bemused and slightly surprised. I flashed him a proud smirk.

Yep.

*

When I told this story in Australia it was received very differently. Id get the most devious look on my face, as if I was going to rock my friends worlds.

I ate a duck foetus LOL!
Whaaaaaat?
I revelled in their disgusted exclamations. A foetus? How crazy!

I used to whip it out whenever I wanted to draw attention to myself. It was like my own little party trick, made at my cultures expense. Being non-white in a Western country basically commodifies your cultural experience for the entertainment of the masses, and for the longest time I would cash in hard. It was exploitative, sensationalist and downright disrespectful.

Theres something so insidious about recoiling at a cultures food at face value. Food is such a fundamental piece of the human experience that it almost feels personal when its ridiculed. You are what you eat, after all....

13:13

China to Shut Bitcoin Exchanges "IndyWatch Feed National"

BEIJINGChinese authorities are preparing to shut down the countrys bitcoin exchanges, according to people familiar with the matter, reflecting a growing unease with the virtual currency and its recent surge in value.

The policy shift in the worlds No. 2 economy shows how nations are wrestling with bitcoin and its place in the financial system. In China, specifically, the governments attack on bitcoin comes amid a focus on


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12:48

Darwin tour operator filmed spraying hose towards Aboriginal man | NITV "IndyWatch Feed National"

Darwin tour operator filmed spraying hose towards Aboriginal man | NITV: The sign displayed outside the shop reads Darwin Fishing Office.

A NITV reporter was asked to leave the shop and ushered outside when attempting to ask staff about the incident.

Go and talk to the police we were hosing really far away from him, a man in the store told NITV before closing the shop door.

There was widespread condemnation on Facebook after the video was published.

"This is disgraceful!! I have always planned to go for a trip up to Darwin and I would much rather sit with this beautiful Aboriginal elder and ask him for stories about the land and where are the best places to visit and stay, share a cold drink with him maybe have a meal with him and ask him to be our tour guide but certainly not spray him with a f*****g hose!!, wrote Jody M Shaw on the Facebook page of Welcome to Country.

Another commenter, Marion Pepping-nee Payne Wow said: "I can't believe that something this shameful happened in Australia in 2017. I feel so horrified and ashamed to be an Australian. "

12:08

Di Carlo faces Qld court on perjury charges "IndyWatch Feed National"

Queensland barrister Sam Di Carlo arrives at the Brisbane Magistrates Court in Brisbane, Tuesday, September 12, 2017. (AAP Image/Darren England)

Queensland barrister Sam Di Carlo arrives at the Brisbane Magistrates Court in Brisbane, Tuesday, September 12, 2017. (AAP Image/Darren England)

BRISBANE   [AAP]

High-profile Brisbane lawyer Sam Di Carlo has appeared briefly in court on charges of perjury, drug and ammunition offences after allegedly lying to Queenslands corruption watchdog.

The 60-year-old was arrested earlier this month over allegations by the Crime and Corruption Commission that he lied to an investigative hearing.

Di Carlo, who has been in the headlines since claiming that the $50,000 in cash carried by former Ipswich mayor Paul Pisasale at the Melbourne Airport belonged to a client of his, will apply in Brisbane Magistrates Court later on Tuesday to vary his bail so he can have contact with a solicitor.

The post Di Carlo faces Qld court on perjury charges appeared first on Echonetdaily.

11:24

The colouring-in book that should kill Tim Wilson's career with the Liberal Party "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tim Wilson used his taxpayer funded printing allowance to get 10,000 copies of his colouring-in book printed and - get this - delivered to schools to be handed to the kids in his electorate. Every page features him and the Liberal Party logo. It also features his homosexual lover Ryan....

11:15

THIRSTY MERC "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

15 years ago, Thirsty Merc bounded onto the music scene with their Summertime sounds, making their mark on radio and TV over the ensuing years and to celebrate this milestone, the band are heading back out on the road on their Take Me Back Tour kicking off in Brisbane on 2 November.

 

Thirsty Merc formed in Sydney in 2002 releasing their debut EP, First Work, in September, 2003, before being signed to Warner Music.  The bands big break came in 2004 with the release of their debut, self titled, album which included the hits, Someday Someday and In The Summertime (the theme for Bondi Rescue since 2006).

 

Two more studio albums followed Slideshows in 2007 (#4 ARIA Album) and Mousetrap Heart in 2010 (#14 on the ARIA Album chart) which included radio staples, 20 Good Reasons, Mousetrap Heart and Tommy and Krista

 

Fast forward to 2015 Thirsty Merc released Shifting Gears, their first wholly independent and first new material in five years and spent the next few months crossing the country; running up thousands of Frequent Flyer points and sold out shows.

 

Besides the hits, the Take Me Back Tour is a celebration of all the music along the way and fans can expect to hear songs theyve never heard the band perform live before.

Lead singer, Rai Thistlethwayte, said today: Its thanks to the fans that were still here, loving life and music, 15 years later and this tour is a big thank you to everyone whos sung along with us over the years, as well as a great opportunity to dust off some songs weve never included in our shows.

Tickets for Thirsty Mercs Take Me Back Tour shows are on sale NOW.

Shifting Gears is out now through MGM Distribution

 TAKE ME BACK TOUR

 Thursday, 2 November 2017

The Zoo, Brisbane, QLD

 Friday, 3 November 2017

Casino RSM Club, Casino, NSW

Friday, 10 November 2017

Prince of Wales, Bunbury, WA

Sunday, 12 November 2017

96FM Kickstart Summer Concert

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11:09

The Australian Government has a website defining "Australian Humour" - it screams for a Sir Les intro "IndyWatch Feed National"

Thanks to reader DBP for the tip. http://www.australia.gov.au/about-australia/australian-story/austn-humour Australian humour Australian humour has a long history that can be traced back to our origins as convict colonies. It is therefore no surprise that a national sense of humour quickly developed that responded to those conditions. This unique sense of humour...

10:35

Expressions of Interest are invited: to join our small Programming Committee "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

A new Programming Committee is being formed and we seek expressions of interest from existing and new volunteers who have a good understanding of the diverse needs of the Fraser Coast Community, an appreciation of many types of music and can contribute approximately ten hours a month for a period of up to two years.   For more information, download the following: Programming Committee Member Position Statement and Programming Committee Policy and Guidelines.  Send the completed Application Form to info@frasercoast.fm or drop it into the station any weekday morning. Expressions of Interest will close Friday 22 September, 2017.

10:32

Vandalising statues could soon get you more time behinds bars than for killing an Aboriginal | Welcome To Country "IndyWatch Feed National"

Vandalising statues could soon get you more time behinds bars than for killing an Aboriginal | Welcome To Country: The proposed laws could see statue vandals being sent to jail for between three to five times longer than people who murder Aboriginal people. Under the new laws proposed by the Turnbull government, monuments over 100 years old would be registered under the heritage act and acts of vandalism would be punishable by prison terms of up to 7 years and fines up to $87,000.

These punishments dwindle in comparison to the 6 month home detention order that was given to a meth user who ran over and killed 8 year old Jack Sultan Page. Punishment would also be worse than the 2-3 year jail term handed out to Elijah Doughtys killer. When comparing these new punishments to those responsible for black deaths in custody, there is no comparison at all. There has never been a single police officer or prison officer charged and sentenced for the murder of an Indigenous man or woman in Australia.

10:30

Chlamydia: Breaking The Stigma "IndyWatch Feed National"

My pelvis shifted uncomfortably on the papery lining of the bed. My legs desperately wanted to snap shut.

It will just take a few minutes longer, offered the soft-spoken doctor, noting the obvious distress on my face.

Arguably, theres nothing more invasive than having a doctor in a foreign country who resembles the embodiment of purity insert a plastic clamp inside of you then proceed to scrape the lining of your vagina until an appropriate swab sample is collected. Four long days later, I was called back into the clinic by a receptionist in clipped tones to confirm every Catholic private school girls worst fear: my sexually transmitted infection test had come back positive.

It wasnt the clap or HIV or even herpes. Id gotten myself a cute little case of chlamydia  which I have since affectionately nicknamed chlamyds.

As STIs go, its definitely the best one to contract. Chlamydia is to STIs what Kendall Jenner is to the Kardashians the best of a bad bunch. Treatment is a single dose of oral antibiotics and, before you know it, you are once again free to have irresponsible, unprotected (usually shitty) sex with a stranger you met at a hostel pub-crawl.

Fun fact: Canadian medical practitioners will ask you for the name and contact details of the person who gave you the STI to urge them to also be tested and seek treatment.

Unfortunately for my doctor, the long-haired drummer who had passed it on was residing in Greece. Id banged him while backpacking through Europe en route to my semester abroad, and could feel the inevitable regret seeping in. What a ripper start to my exchange program in Toronto.

I consider myself pretty liberal when it comes to sex. I try my best to avoid judging people based on their sexual habits and am a self-professed feminist who naturally loathes the word slut.

Slut is widely defined as a woman who has loose sexual morals, a woman with many casual sex partners or a woman with low standards of cleanliness. It baffles me how gender-specific these definitions are. How many people does a girl have to sleep with before being formally recognised as a slut? And why isnt there a word for the male equivalent?

Once it sunk in that I had been given chlamydia from a boy whose name I sometimes momentarily forget, I found myself identifying with the word.

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10:30

Are Elite Controllers a fantasy? Read this. by Jon Rappoport "IndyWatch Feed National"

September 11, 2017 NoMoreFakeNews.com

We rarely get a chance to see a smoking gun that proves elite controllers are running the show from behind the curtain.

Thats why there is a curtain.

So Im republishing a conversation between two members of the Rockefeller Trilateral Commission (TC) and a US reporter.

First, a bit of background:

In 1969, four years before birthing the TC with David Rockefeller, Zbigniew Brzezinski wrote: [The] nation state as a fundamental unit of mans organized life has ceased to be the principal creative force. International banks and multinational corporations are acting and planning in terms that are far in advance of the political concepts of the nation state.

Goodbye, separate nations.

Any doubt on the question of TC goals is answered by David Rockefeller himself, the founder of the TC, in his Memoirs (2003): Some even believe we are part of a secret cabal working against the best interests of the United States, characterizing my family and me as internationalists and of conspiring with others around the world to build a more integrated global political and economic structureone world, if you will. If that is the charge, I stand guilty, and I am proud of it.

Who is in charge of destroying national economies, in order to create a new international order?

Who keeps pushing new economy-destroying trade treaties?

Who demands that these treaties must be ratified?

Who is in the business of killing jobs and hope?

Who demands that more US jobs disappear overseas and never come back?

The Trilateral Commission (TC).

The original stated goal of the TC was to create a new international economic order.

Here is a stunning piece of forgotten history, a 1978 conversation between a US reporter and two members of the Trilateral Commission. (Source: Trilateralism: The Trilateral Commission and Elite Planning for World Management, ed. by Holly Sklar, 1980, South End Press, Pages 192-3).

The conversation was public knowledge at the time.

Anyone who was anyone in Washington politics, in media, in think-tanks, had access to it. Understood its meaning.

But no one shouted from the rooftops. No one used the conversation to force a scandal. No one protested loudly.

The con...

10:18

The British Red Cross says being British and Christian is holding it back "IndyWatch Feed National"

"The Decline and Fall of Western Civilisation" will surely feature a chapter on "What the British Red Cross learned from the Grenfell Disaster". It's not yet 3 months since 80 people were killed and 70 injured at the Grenfell Tower. 70 fire engines and 250 firefighters took 60 hours to...

10:12

16th anniversary of the Islamic terror attacks that started Australia's longest war. Lest We Forget. "IndyWatch Feed National"

I'm writing at the 16th anniversary of the Islamist attacks on us at the World Trade Centre, New York. Since 11 September 2001 a further 31,714 terror attacks have been committed in Islam's name.

10:12

FixedIt: Death threats are not horrid texts from an invisible person "IndyWatch Feed National"

Horrid texts New Mail? He sent 180 text messages to his ex partner over two days. He threatened to kill her, abused her and scared her to the point that she had to go to police for protection. Its not some Enid Blyton picnic gone wrong its sustained and frightening abuse by a man who has already done enough to get a domestic violence order taken out against him.

Calling it horrid texts is an appalling reduction of the crimes he committed and the nature of domestic violence and stalking, behaviour that is designed to render the victim powerless and afraid.

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10:07

So Where Does the Money Go that Mexico Borrows? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Answers emerge. Including offshore private accounts.

Mexicos public debt-to-GDP of 50% may seem modest by todays inflated standards, but when it comes to debt, everything is relative, especially if you dont enjoy the benefits that come from having a reserve-currency-denominated printing press, and if you borrow in a foreign currency that you dont control.

As the debt load grows, more and more of the States financial resources must be used to service it. As El Financiero reports, the cost of servicing Mexicos debt, despite super-low interest rates globally, has almost doubled in the last five years, and is now higher than it has been at any time since 1990. In fact, according to the Governments own figures, more state funds will be spent this year on servicing the debt than on all public infrastructure projects put together.

Yet as the government scrimps and saves in areas that might actually help to boost economic growth, its more than happy to dig deep to fill its own pockets.

A joint investigation by the news website Animal Politico and the NGO Mexicans Against Corruption and Impunity has revealed that, amidst all the budget cuts, the Pea Nieto Government has been using a complex web of shell companies to make hundreds of millions of dollars of public funds, originally intended for public causes such as combating poverty or financing public education, completely vanish.

In other words, much of the money that was meant to alleviate the crippling poverty affecting Mexico is now sitting in offshore private bank accounts

Continue reading the article


Filed under: Mexico and South America, War on Drugs, White Collar Grime

09:42

6 Ways to Consume Less, and Enjoy Life More "IndyWatch Feed National"

We are like fish, and consumption is our water, we dont even realize how much it surrounds us and becomes a part of us. Were swimming in the idea that if you have more, then you can be happy.

  • Greg McKeown, author of Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

 

The organization World Population Balance states that Americans make up 4.5% of the overall world population, however, the United States is responsible for nearly 20% of the worlds energy consumption. Even more frightening is the fact that the United States produces more waste than any other country in the world!

Source: Rodales Organic Life

 

We live in a world where blind consumption has become the norm. We go through our lives with very little awareness of just how many products our daily routine requires, or how much waste each household is churning out. To add to this mentality, the media further pushes this consumption by working to convince us that we cant start our mornings properly without that specific brand of coffee, or that a new beauty product will make us look younger and more beautiful than anyone else. In fact, as Annie Leonard explains, The average person now consumes twice as much as 50 years ago.

We continue to purchase new, bigger, better and more in an attempt to reach the vision of happiness portrayed in these advertisements, hoping that these products will make us smarter, thinner, more attractive and more popular. The 2016 World Happiness Report paints a different picture, revealing that despite our attempts, the United States only ranked 13th for overall happiness in the world, falling behind Denmark, Switzerland, Canada, Australia and several others.

This realization has triggered a shift in the thinking of many, acknowledging that the answer doesnt lie in consumption and the search for the right product to bring happiness and joy into our lives, but rather in discovering a different way of living. In an attempt to simplify their lives, many Americans are consciously pairing down their belongings, lowering their level of consumption and minimizing their foot print with the waste that they are producing.

One group of Americans have been embracin........

09:41

PACER-Plus barely mentioned at Pacific Island Forum Meeting "IndyWatch Feed National"

September 10, 2017: Vanuatu signed PACER-plus at the Pacific island forum meeting of leaders in Apia. Samoa. PNG and Fiji , the two largest PI economics, have still not signed. The leaders statement from the forum, which deals with a wide range of issues like climate change, security  and fisheries, as well as trade issues, barely mentioned PACER plus. The agreement has still not been tabled in the Australian Parliament, but this could take place soon.

At the forum Prime Minister Turnbull announced renewed engagement with the Pacific islands. He signed agreements for temporary workers from Kiribati, Tuvalu and Nauru to work in in rural and remote towns for up to three years to cover shortages in low and semi-skilled jobs, claiming this would be subject to labour market testing. Australia will also conduct aerial surveillance missions to patrol Pacific fisheries and Tonga, Nauru and Tuvalu are to receive help from the Therapeutic Goods Administration to assess the safety of new medicines. His statement only briefly mentioned PACER-plus.

09:38

RCEP negotiations to continue into 2017 "IndyWatch Feed National"

September 12, 2017: RCEP Ministers met last week in Manila to assess progress in the negotiations. Filipino community groups met with negotiators and organised forums and protests.

There are still major differences about tariff levels, intellectual property on medicines, services and ISDS. There have been media reports that the negotiations will not be completed by the deadline of the end of this year. The Filipino Trade undersecretary said that RCEP participating countries have abandoned the target of concluding the negotiations within this year due to differences in tariff reduction or elimination targets, as well as services to be opened up. Instead, they aim to achieve a "substantial conclusion" or "a significant breakthrough" when the leaders of ASEAN and their dialogue partners meet in November.

09:31

One of the Islamist Rohingya atrocities that led to Burmese response "IndyWatch Feed National"

This young lady was interviewed 5 years ago about one of countless attacks by Rohingya Islamists. She's a school teacher. And a Muslim. Islamists the world over are trying to paint the Rohingya as victims of Islamophobia. Here's the other side of the story, told by someone who was there.

09:31

Australian Institute of Criminology Misperceptions about child sex offenders "IndyWatch Feed National"

Select extracts from the article below:

1. Indeed, research shows that the majority of victims of child sexual abuse do not become perpetrators of child sexual abuse later in life (Salter et al. 2003)

2. Salter (2003: 1314), a psychologist and expert on sexual offending, claims that

in all the interviews I have done, I cannot remember one offender who did not admit privately to more victims than those for whom he had been caught. On the contrary, most offenders had been charged with and/or convicted of [offences against] from one to three victims. In the interviews I have done, they have admitted to roughly 10 to 1,250 victims.

3. Salter (2003: 11) goes on to cite research by Abel et al. (1987), which she claims found that

men who molest out-of-home female children averaged twenty victims.[and].men who molested out-of-home male children were even more activeaveraging 150 victims each.

Strictly speaking, this is correct; a self-report study by Abel et al. (1987) of non-incarcerated paraphiliacs (ie those with a range of sexually deviant fantasies and/or behaviours, including paedophiles) did find that paedophiles who committed non-incest offences against female victims averaged 20 victims each and that paedophiles who commit non-incest offences against male victims averaged 150 victims each.

4. Undoubtedly, there are some child sex offenders who victimise very large numbers of children. For example, in a recent case in the Netherlands, a man confessed to sexually abusing 83 children during his employment at two crches and as a babysitter (Dutch creche worker abused 83 children 9 News 12 January 2011. http://news.ninemsn.com.au/world/8195429/dutch-creche-worker-admits-abusing-83-children). In another case documented by Salter (2003), a school athletics director abused children over a period of nearly 20 years. This man estimated he had abused 1,250 children.

5. As these examples suggest, this type of perpetrator usually has access to large numbers of children over an extended period of time. Many are professional perpetrators; that is, those who use the institutions or organizations within which they work to target and abuse children (Sullivan & Beech 2004: 39). Sullivan and Beechs (2004) study of professional perpetrators (n=41) found that 15 percent chose their occupation (eg clergy, teaching, child care) exclusively so they could sexually abuse children and a further 41.5 percent admitted that this was part of their motivation. In addition, Sullivan...

09:30

Discovery of new known life forms by UQ researchers and more Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Research by the University of Queensland has uncovered over 8,000 new life forms, representing a near 10 per cent increase in known genomes (Image credits: Herney).

Researchers have stated the discovery means they are much closer to fully representing the microbial world.

 

A.C.E Co-researcher Dr Donovan Parks believes fully understanding the microbial world lays the foundation for critical biogeochemical and industrial processes in the future.

 

Study shows Australian Consumers more Pessimistic and Queensland construction struggling  

 

Deloittes latest Access Economics report says people are spending more but are feeling more pessimistic, with consumer sentiment shifting downwards.

09:14

Dan Sinykin: The Apocalyptic Baldwin | Dissent Magazine "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Apocalyptic Baldwin | Dissent Magazine: In the 1970s, James Baldwin offered the same answer. Raoul Pecks Academy Awardnominated documentary I Am Not Your Negro sheds light on what prompted him to abandon his earlier hope for racial harmony. We might also ask why this refusal so resonates today. I Am Not Your Negro and Get Out come five years after the death of Trayvon Martin and the subsequent acquittal of his killer, a period during which movements like Black Lives Matter have propelled racism to the forefront of American public discourse. It is against this backdrop that Baldwin has increasingly become the subject of renewed interestand it is his later, more radical critiques of racism that offer the most insight into contemporary struggles.
Peck composed the script for I Am Not Your Negro entirely from Baldwins words, drawn mainly from three 1970s projects: No Name in the Street (1972); The Devil Finds Work (1976), an essay on Hollywood; and an unfinished manuscript that Baldwin began late in his career, in 1979, Remember This House. The script is read by Samuel L. Jackson and paired on screen with images from the civil rights movement, clips from popular films, and footage of Baldwin himself speaking in various settings.

09:02

Hillsong. What is wrong with Hillsong? Part Six. Hillsongs founder the pedophile Frank Houston When Frank Houston started sexually abusing little boys "IndyWatch Feed National"

Frank Houston the founder of Hillsong a lifelong secret child sex abuser with his son Brian the current head pastor of Hillsong not a real pastor both wolf pastors

 

In the last article in this series, I mentioned that the first time I saw Frank Houston, the pedophile founder of Hillsong, was in 1976 at Don Cosbys Christian Life Centre in Wellington, New Zealand. And I mentioned how Frank Houston went on a pedophile spree in Australia, New Zealand and other parts of the world, like Chile and Sri Lanka, where he travelled as a leading Assemblies of God (AOG) Christian pastor and evangelist in the 1960s to 1970s.

It is frightening to think of the number of little boys Frank Houston sexually abused in vulnerable Third World countries like Chile and Sri Lanka in the 1960s to 1970s.

These countries have improved a lot socially and economically since the 1960s to 1970s. In those days, they were very much Third World countries, and very poor. When I travelled in Chile in 1990 there was a lot of rural poverty.

From 1965 to 1977, Frank Houston was Superintendent (head pastor) of the New Zealand Assemblies of God. He was well-known and lauded as a great AOG evangelist. Yet, all that time he was sexually abusing little children.

After twelve years at Hillsong from 1981, with a close association with Frank Houston as a lay pastor much of...

08:52

Coldest night in 45 years as temperatures plummet in New South Wales "IndyWatch Feed National"

IF you thought winter was over, you might want to think again because spring isn't quite ready to officially take over just yet. Temperatures across NSW plummeted yesterday with residents in the inland town of Goulburn shivering through the coldest September night in 45 years, with a chilly -5C recorded. The good news is the cold snap isn't hanging around for too much longer. Sky News weather meteorologist Tristan Meyer told news.com.au the cold snap was the result of a high pressure system. "This high pressure system will also lead to predominantly sunny skies and a warm day over the southeast," he said.

08:45

Liberal MP hits out at forked tongue AGL "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Liddell power station near Muswellbrook, NSW.

The Liddell power station near Muswellbrook, NSW.

CANBERRA   AM [AAP]

A Turnbull government MP has hit out at energy giant AGL after its chief executive appeared to rule out keeping one of its power stations open longer.

Andy Veseys admission followed a meeting with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in which he pledged to take a proposal to his board to consider extending the life of the Liddell plant or selling the NSW facility.

Mr Vesey later told the ABC he believes his company could find the best solution for the energy market while still closing the power station.

I think that we are committed to finding the best solution for the market; we believe we can deliver that without having to consider the extension or sell the plant and thats what were going to work on, he said.

Liberal MP Craig Kelly hit out at Mr Vesey, saying his later claim was completely contrary to what he told Mr Turnbull.

I think it appears AGL speaks with forked tongue, he told ABC radio.

Labors agriculture spokesman Joel Fitzgibbon, whose Hunter Valley electorate includes Liddell, said of course when Mr Turnbull stares you down and asks for board consideration you say yes.

I think Andy Vesey was bullied into taking the proposal to his board and I believe his board will say no, he told ABC radio.

Mr Fitzgibbon supports the companys strategy to transition the Hunter Valleys energy sector from coal to gas and renewables.

The government expects to hear back from AGL within 90 days.

The meeting came after the Australian Energy Market Operator identified a potential shortfall of 1000 megawatts of power in the eastern grid after 2022.

Treasurer Scott Morrison insists he wasnt expecting a concrete agreement, and rejected claims Liddell is too old and unreliable to keep open.

Im older than it and so are you and I think were still doing alright, Mr Morrison told the Seven Networks David Koch.

Greens cl...

08:32

Surprise artefact discovery for workers on Queens Wharf and more Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

As part of the Queens Wharf developments, a number of workers have uncovered pieces of kerb believed to be originating from the 1830s (image credit: orderinchaos).

The Kerb stones are believed to have been part of the original convict-hewn kerb of William Street.

The Brisbane City Council has a policy in place which requires stones such as this to be permanently removed, and surrendered to the council for future use.

State Development Minister Anthony Lynham has promised the stones will be preserved, with more artefacts expected to be uncovered during the construction.

Surprise discovery on the North Stradbroke Island

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08:32

Empowerment Strategies in the State Electorate of Maiwar in Brisbanes Inner-West "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Denis Bright invites discussion on the prospects for political engagement with constituents on the negative side of the income divide in Brisbanes Inner Western Suburbs. Attitudes to political engagement were tested through targeted interviews with residents in lower rental shared accommodation in the Toowong-Auchenflower precinct of the new marginal state electorate of Maiwar. Many properties

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08:15

Lie Detector Tests: Latest Example Of How Trump May Further Entrench Obamas War On Leaks "IndyWatch Feed National"

Attorney General Jeff Sessions reportedly suggested members of the National Security Council be subject to polygraph exams in order to root out leakers in President Donald Trumps administration. It is widely perceived as an extraordinary and alarming recommendation, however, if tests are administered, it will be a natural progression of an institutional crackdown on leaks, which former President Barack Obamas administration bolstered.

According to Axios, Sessions idea is to do a one-time, one-issue, polygraph test of everyone on the [National Security Council] staff. Interrogators would sit down with every single NSC staffer (theres more than 100 of them), and ask them, individually, what they know about the leaks of transcripts of the presidents phone calls with foreign leaders.

Sessions suspects those leaks came from within the NSC, and thinks that a polygraph testat the very leastwould scare them out of leaking again.

The report, picked up by several prominent media outlets, does not mention anything about the source of this scoop. As FiveThirtyEight.com previously highlighted, Axios is a publication targeted at political junkies that will often float scoops predicting that something will happen that never does.

What Axios reported is certainly plausible. In August, Sessions, who was already known as an aggressive supporter of anti-leaks policies, announced more leak cases would be referred to the Justice Department. The Justice Department would investigate and prosecute more leakers.

But while it may seem like a dramatic overreach for Sessions to reportedly talk about using lie detector tests, it is a rather dull and uninspired idea. The Obama administration considered such exams in its crackdown on leaks.

In 2012, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper announced intelligence employees would be required during their counterespionage polygraph examination to answer a question on whether they leaked restricted information to journalists or the news media. Investigators would also be able to call in anyone for a polygraph test about a particular leak, apart from a criminal leak investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

A major McClatchy News investigation exposed in 2013 how federal agencies pushed legal a...

07:26

Market Talk- September 11, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed National"

With no missile test Saturday or new geopolitical news over the weekend, Asian stocks opened on a positive note. The Chinese central bank loosened some financial restrictions which also added to the positivity for both domestic and regional markets, combined to support all markets. The central bank move opens the market slightly, returning responsibility to players rather than being tied by regulation. This is a positive step in opening domestic and on a day when producer prices improved way above consensus at 6.3% while estimates were at 5.6%. Shanghai closed +0.35% and Hang Seng +1.05%. The Nikkei performed best at +1.4% but did see the yen lose -1.4% now in the mid 109s. So, as long as you are long the Nikkei currency hedged, you had a good day! The Australian ASX gained +0.7% benefiting o the back of the euphoria throughout the region and sees the A$ slightly weaker (-0.3%) but still above the psychological 0.80 level. SENSEX closed +0.6% but we do have plenty of data Tuesday to get the market excited.

European rallied benefited both on the back of the stronger Asian session but also as a result of hurricane Irma being downgraded to a tropical storm. Insurance companies led the rally with banks also joining the surge as bond markets watched curve start to steepen and the possible likelihood of less write-downs. The light relief came for insurers in the knowledge that because claims may not be that high there is less risk the insurance companies will be forced to liquidate stock. Also, given the damaged is, hopefully, not that extensive that may continue to put the FED on the side-lines for the balance of this year. Interesting that the US Dollar found a little strength today gaining against the yen, euro and GBP. The DXY was last seen close to the 92 handle an improvement of near +0.6% on the day. GBP could have a busy week with the BOE meeting on Thursday but also key economic data CPI and Average Earnings also.

The US markets finish a great day all around for stock markets. The DOW rallied over 250 points with the S+P gaining over 1% and the NASDAQ 1.2% better to complete a great day. However, worth noting that we are still below the intraday highs which is a warning to not get over...

07:02

Nations Top Aboriginal Health Boss Calls For AFL CEO To Resign Over Racism-Mental Health Smears "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Chairman of the nations most powerful Aboriginal Medical Service has called on the Chief Executive Officer of the AFL to resign after suggesting that racism allegations levelled against the sport by retired star Hritier Lumumba were because his mental health was fragile.

Sol Bellear AM, one of the nations longest serving and most respected Aboriginal health professionals, said the smearing of Lumumba by AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan was disgraceful and made his position at the head of the nations richest sporting code untenable.

A fortnight ago, Lumumba, a former star player for Collingwood of Brazilian and Conoglese heritage, publicly revealed in a documentary on SBS that his nickname among some players in the early days of his time at the Collingwood Football Club was Chimp.

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Lumumba also revealed that after he spoke out publicly about club president Eddie McGuires racial slur of Adam Goodes (McGuire suggested in 2013 that Goodes should be used to promote the film King Kong) he was targeted by senior officials within Collingwood, and eventually forced out after a decade playing for the club.

The AFL had remained largely on the silent issue, until last week when McLachlan told media the issue was related to mental health, not racism.

With respect to [Lumumba] this issue is really about where hes at and his state of mind and his welfare, McLachlan was quoted in the Herald Sun.

McLachlans claim has been in lock step with the spin emanating from the Collingwood Football Club numerous journalists have been backgrounded that Lumumba is unwell, and Collingwood captain Nathan Buckley repeatedly questioned Lumumbas health during a recent press conference.

For his part, in a scathing piece published in The Guardian yesterday, Lumumba says his mental health is fine, and is not the issue.

I find it worrying that both Collingwood and AFL officials have continually cast direct and indirect aspersions on my mental health and wellbeing. I have been upfront about my struggles w...

07:02

Vaxxed bus tour one man trolling against anti-vaccine lies "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Skeptical Raptor, stalking pseudoscience in the internet jungle.

I havent written much about the Vaxxed bus tour, except in the context of how Australia has banned entry of a couple of the anti-vaccine participants from re-entering the country in the future. In case the Vaxxed bus tour isnt at the top of your daily reading material,  it is a gang of anti-vaccine radicals have

Skeptical Raptor

06:30

Why Even a Super Hallucinogen Might Not Break You Out of Your Cultural Imprinting: This Week on The Disinfocast "IndyWatch Feed National"

You ever notice how some people can pull out of a transcendent visionary experience and be all like: You know, maybe more materialism is in fact the answer? Its pretty common in... The post Why Even a Super Hallucinogen Might Not Break You Out of Your Cultural Imprinting: This Week on The Disinfocast appeared first on disinformation.

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06:23

What Happened to 9/11 Truth? Here Is the Answer (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed National"

What Happened to 9/11 Truth? Here Is the Answer (VIDEO) | 911 | 911 Truth False Flags Multimedia Propaganda Sleuth Journal Special Interests US News

September 10, 2017 Painting the Big Picture -Truth & Art Radio Podcast #9 with host Bernie Suarez of Truthandarttv.com.

This week I set aside the usual format of this podcast to discuss the September 11th 2001 false flag attack on America and what you need to know. Though I didnt specifically discuss it in this podcast it is worth noting that not long ago former CIA agent Malcolm Howard delivered an explosive 9/11 death bed confession that most people simply ignored. Howard admitted he was involved in wiring WTC 7 for controlled demolition. This testimony of course matches the observable evidence perfectly. Additionally, given what we know today, we shouldnt need a death bed confession to convince us more about what happened on 9/11. Science and empirical research guided by the scientific method which most truth seekers and activists simply dont understand should be all you need to arrive at a sound conclusion about what really happened on that day. As I discuss in this 9th podcast of Truth and Art Radio, this single anomaly and inability of people to clearly understand the science, the scientific method and to reason logically and soundly is the single most important factor keeping people in the dark confused and divided debating unproven theories and blaming nation states for the event.

Watch on Youtube by clicking here.

The post What Happened to 9/11 Truth? Here Is the Answer (VIDEO) appeared first on The Sleuth Journal.

05:50

Meteor shower stuns residents of Townsville, Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dozens of people have reported seeing an impressive meteor shower over Townsville tonight. The celestial event occurs when a number of meteors are seen to radiate from one point in the night sky. Joe Martin saw the event from Bushland Beach at 7.06pm. "I saw four or five lights that looked just like shooting stars or fireworks heading towards the ground,'' he said. "Three of them got very bright, then I saw a flash. Then they were gone.

05:42

Ooops! Australian BoM climate readings may be invalid due to lack of calibration "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dr Jennifer Marohasy writes by email: There is evidence to suggest that the last 20 years of temperature readings taken by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, from hundreds of automatic weather stations spread across Australia, may be invalid. Why?  Because they have not been recorded consistent with calibration. Somewhat desperate to prove me wrong, late yesterday

05:23

Man bitten by shark in Western Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

An unknown species of shark has bitten a man while he was swimming in Western Australia's Pilbara region. A shark warning has been issued for Sams Creek following the incident at 3pm on Sunday. The man was treated at Roebourne District Hospital for minor injuries but the incident was not reported until Monday. Meanwhile, a shark warning remains in place near Admiralty Crescent at Halls Head in Mandurah, south of Perth, after a whale carcass washed ashore. Beaches are closed between Falcon Bay and Doddies Beach. "It is possible the carcass will act as an attractant that could lead to sharks coming close into shore along this stretch of coast," the Primary Industries and Regional Development Department warns. Source: AAP

04:11

Washington DCs role behind the scenes in Hollywood goes deeper than you think "IndyWatch Feed National"

On television, we found more than 1,100 titles received Pentagon backing 900 of them since 2005, from Flight 93 to Ice Road Truckers and Army Wives

By  Matthew Alford, September  3, 2017 , Independent.

Federal agencies in the US have sponsored thousands of hours worth of entertainment time, including individual episodes of 24 Getty

The US government and Hollywood have always been close. Washington DC has long been a source of intriguing plots for filmmakers and LA has been a generous provider of glamour and glitz to the political class.

But just how dependant are these two centres of American influence? Scrutiny of previously hidden documents reveals that the answer is: very.

We can now show that the relationship between US national security and Hollywood is much deeper and more political than anyone has ever acknowledged.

It is a matter of public record that the Pentagon has had an entertainment liaison office si...

03:59

Clean out used nest boxes or not? "IndyWatch Feed National"

This beautiful Eastern Bluebird nest is located in our OOEF Nestbox #7 on our Old Oak Estate Farm Bolden Bluebird Trail. The nest features some horsetail hair from our black horse. Photo by Gisela Borawski-Hayes, Belleville, IL, United States

This photo of an eastern bluebird nest is from Belleville, Illinois in the USA.

From the Cornell Lab of Ornithologys NestWatch eNewsletter in the USA, September 2017:

Cleaning Houseor Not

With the nesting season drawing to a close, our once bustling nest boxes are now quiet and filled with leftover nesting materials. What should be done with old nests? Do cavity-nesting birds prefer to reuse nests, or do they like a fresh start?

Unfortunately, the answer is not clear-cut, and a lot depends on the species and the geographic location. Find out more about whether or not to clean your nest boxes on the NestWatch Blog.

03:36

Strange Sounds and mysterious booms rattle Virginia, Illinois, New Jersey, UK and Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Within the last few days, mystery booms and strange sounds were reported across wide portions of the US and the UK.

By Strange Sounds

Here a compilation of some of the latest unexplained events.

The first video was captured in Norfolk, Virginia:

 

 

Then on September 5, 2017, the sky started to ring like sirens:

A mysterious explosion rattled homes in Garfield, New Jersey on September 8, 2017. The cause remains unknown.

Houses were shaken by a still mysterious boom in UK. Witnesses report a loud noise as if something collapsing and hitting the ground or going boom. The mysterious bang was heard in Burslem, Tunstall, Sneyd Green, Middleport, Etruria, Ball Green, Chell and some parts of Hanley over more than 30 miles.

The strange sounds from the sky continue.

Finally a mysterious explosion shook homes at 10:49 PM in...

03:15

Warm Antarctic Caves Harbour Secret Life & 91 NEW Volcanoes Beneath Antarcticas Ice "IndyWatch Feed National"

Phys.org
Link
https://phys.org/news/2017-09-antarctic-caves-harbour-secret-life.html

Warm Antarctic Caves...



I simply had to cover this news, because the main stream media very nearly completely ignored it! Doesnt jibe with the agenda...

 The caves have not been created due to so called man made global warming aka human forced aka whatever other rubbish meme has been created to push the AGW/Carbon psyop. Rather the caves have been hollowed out by warm steam from active volcanoes under Antarctic ice.
"A secret world of animals and plantsincluding unknown speciesmay live in warm caves under Antarctica's glaciers, scientists said Friday.

The caves, hollowed out by steam from active volcanoes, are light and could reach temperatures of 25 degrees Celsius (77 Fahrenheit), researchers said, raising the possibility of a whole ecosystem of flora and fauna deep beneath the frozen surface.

A study led by the Australian National University around Mount Erebus, an active volcano on Ross Island in Antarctica, showed extensive cave systems.

Lead researcher Ceridwen Fraser said forensic analyses of soil samples from the caves had revealed intriguing traces of DNA from algae, mosses and small animals.

While most of the DNA was similar to mosses, algae and invertebrates found elsewhere in Antarctica, not all sequences could be fully identified.
"The results from this study give us a tantalising glimpse of what might live beneath the ice in Antarctica - there might even be new species of animals and plants," she said.

"The next step is to go and have a really good look and see if we can find communities living beneath the ice in Antarctica."

Despite the continent's freezing temperatures, Fraser said heat emanating from the volcanoes could make the caves quite hospitable, warm enough "to wear a t-shirt and be comfortable",...

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