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Sunday, 04 June


Planeload of passengers spontaneously break out in laughter at farce of Welcome to Country "IndyWatch Feed National"

From a proud mum, Shazzie James:


Stan, you've changed. "IndyWatch Feed National"

This it the video SBS/ABC dont want you to see. Michael Sanchez (@MickSanchezAU) June 4, 2023


Joe Taking Directions, and Fight Over Freedoms "IndyWatch Feed National"

Introduction by DM

Joes Earpiece

Sunday entertainment Joes audio earpiece revealed, thanks to John.

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Chatham House reviews The Palestine Laboratory "IndyWatch Feed National"

Chatham House is one of Britains leading policy institutes.

Its monthly magazine, The World Today, has published a review of my new book, The Palestine Laboratory, by the International Crisis Group Senior Analyst on Israel/Palestine, Mairav Zonszein.

Its a largely positive review with some pointed criticisms. It feels like 8 out of 10.

Heres an excerpt:

Loewenstein wants to expose Israel as a hostile regime on a par with Russia and China. He conveys a palpable frustration with the fact that Israel has managed to excel at developing tools to maintain ethnonationalist rule and export them to dozens of countries, and at both a financial and diplomatic gain.

He also writes at length about private Israeli companies, staffed by former Israeli intelligence officers and often operating with a government licence, that have, for instance, provided surveillance drones to Russia which were used in the Syrian civil war. These private companies, Loewenstein shows, often do the bidding of the Israeli government, blurring the line between public and private sector, between defence and commerce.

The West is complicit in this network, too. Surveillance technology developed in Israel has also been sold to the United States, in the form of watch towers on the Mexican border, and to the European Union, whose own border agency Frontex has used Israeli drone technology to monitor refugees.

Loewenstein also argues convincingly that growing numbers of regimes globally [are] learning how Israel gets away with politicide, citing the definition by Israeli academic Baruch Kimmerling as the dissolution of the Palestinian peoples existence as a legitimate social, political, and economic entity. This is a serious concern, considering explicit calls from senior members of the current Israeli government for the expulsion of Palestinians.

Read the whole thing: Review: Why Israel tests its spyware on Palestinians | Chatham House International Affairs Think T

The post Chatham House reviews The Palestine Laboratory appeared first on Antony Loewenstein.


The Government of Egypt Denounces Netflixs Rewriting of History. "IndyWatch Feed National"

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J.G. Olsen / Financial Expositor

Netflix has decided that Cleopatra shall henceforth be black when in reality she was from the Ptolemaic dynasty. Ptolemy was a Macedonian General in the service of Alexander the Great. These Pharaohs had red hair, which is seen on the mummified remains.

The Egyptian Government says Statues of Queen Cleopatra confirm that she had Hellenistic (Greek) features, distinguished by light skin, a drawn-out nose and thin lips.

We have seen with the African slaves stories that history has been rewritten to add more resentment and c...


What Australian Unions declared to be "the largest increase to minimum and Award wages in Australias history" occurred on Thursday 1 June 2023 - effective 1 July "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


This was Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) Secretary Sally McManus writing on the Australian Unions website, 2 June 2023:

Today the Fair Work Commission announced that workers on the national minimum wage will receive a pay rise of 8.6 per cent. Workers on Award wages will have their pay increased by 5.75 per cent. Both of those increases will come into effect in the first pay period after 1 July 2023.

The union movement fought hard for this pay increase. Up against us were the big business lobby who argued for a real-wage cut.

All union members should be proud of this pay rise. Its the largest increase to minimum and Award wages in Australias history.

Its what unions do we use our strength in numbers to ensure that working peoples pay gets moving again.

Increasing pay is the most important step to reducing the impact of the cost-of-living crisis.

Come July 2023 the approx. 20.5 per cent of Australian employees (est. 2.75 million individuals) who are paid in accordance with minimum wage rates in modern awards and the...

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Saturday, 03 June


Quant Hype Spikes As Price Surges 15% Is This A Top Signal? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Quant (QNT), an Ethereum-based token, has experienced a 15.15% increase in its price over the past seven days. QNT plays a vital role in Quant Networks Overledger, a suite of enterprise software solutions designed to connect public blockchains and private networks seamlessly. By enabling the creation of multi-chain decentralized applications (mDapps), Quant Network empowers developers to build and operate applications that span across multiple blockchains simultaneously.

With its focus on interoperability, Quant Networks Overledger solution provides a framework for bridging different blockchain networks, fostering connectivity and facilitating efficient data exchange between disparate systems. The use of QNT within the Overledger ecosystem not only powers these interoperability capabilities but also plays a crucial role in securing and incentivizing participants within the network.

Quant Weekly Movement Has been positive

As the price of Quant (QNT) continues its upward trajectory, the growing interest in the token reflects the recognition of its importance in enabling the seamless operation of mDapps and facilitating cross-chain communication. With Quant Networks innovative approach to interoperability, the future holds promising possibilities for enhanced collaboration and integration across various blockchain platforms.

Related Reading: Injective Protocol (INJ) Tallies 23% Price Surge In Past 7 Days Heres Why

Whys There A Strong Bullish Sentiment For QNT? 

The recent price surge of Quant (QNT) can be attributed to the transformative power of distributed ledger technology (DLT) and the unique features offered by the Quant platform. DLT, surpassing the limitations of traditional blockchain, provides solutions to unanswered questions, enabling secure and cost-effective asset exchange while driving value, opening new markets, and increasing efficiency for enterprises, governments, and individuals worldwide.



Alleged Corruption: EFCC Declares Manhunt For Isoko Rep-Elect, Ukodhike, Seals Property In Delta, Abuja, Rivers "IndyWatch Feed National"


LAGOS JUNE 3RD (URHOBOTODAY)-The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has launched a manhunt for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) House of Representatives member-elect for Isoko federal constituency, Delta State, Jonathan Ukodhiko over alleged corruption and related issues, SaharaReporters has learnt.

Ukodhiko, who is currently being investigated by the anti-graft agency, it was reliably gathered, has been on the run for several weeks now and has refused to honour several invitations to him by the commission to answer questions bothering on alleged corruption involving his oil and gas conglomerate companies, Joeny Holdings Limited in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

SaharaReporters reliably gathered that the commission after approaching the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, got an order to seal off Ukodhikos office in Port Harcourt and in his Isoko country home at Erawah-Owhe, Isoko North Local Government Area of Delta and other properties across the country.

Confiding in SaharaReporters, an operative of the commission who is involved in the investigation of the fugitive member-elect, confirmed the story, saying that Yes, the member-elect, Jonathan Ukodhiko is on the run, we have extended series of invitations to him to appear in our Port Harcourt office in Rivers State for questioning on issues bothering on corruption related matters.

But he has vehemently refused to honour all invitations extended to him so far. As a result of that we approached the court for an order to seal off his properties pending his arrest or surrounding himself to our office.

Following the court order in suit No: FHC/PH/CS/88/2023, we sealed off his Port Harcourt office, Rivers state few weeks ago and on Friday we went to his Isoko residence to seal it off as well as other properties identified to have been owned by him across the country.

Why is he on the run for several weeks now? Why is he evading arrest and interrogation? If you are running a genuine business; why hiding, why on the run, why refusing to honour invitation extended to you, why evading arrest? Any moment from now we shall declare him wanted and place a bounty on him. We learnt he travelled abroad and may not be back until the proclamation of the National Assembly by President Bola Tinubu.

On Friday when SaharaReporters visi...


Father of Gonzalo Lira, American jailed in Ukraine, speaks out against "political imprisonment" "IndyWatch Feed National"

US citizen Gonzalo Lira faces a long prison term in Ukraine for criticizing the country's government. Shunned by the US government, his father is fighting to stop the "slow death of a son." When US media have demonstrated any interest in the arrest of an American citizen, Gonzalo Lira, it has been primarily to celebrate his prosecution on the grounds that he has been "shilling for Putin." The US State Department, meanwhile, refuses to answer questions about the disappearance of an American at the hands of a government substantially funded by Washington. The Grayzone spoke to Lira's father, 80-year-old Gonzalo Lira Sr., about his son's arrest. "I can only say that this episode has marked my life because it is living a slow death of a son," Lira Sr. said. He fretted that the Ukrainian government was preparing a "kangaroo court" for his son, and lamented that it could lock him up for over a decade for his political speech. Lira is an American and Chilean citizen who has been living in...


Draconian: South Australia just topped NSW, Tas, Victoria, Queensland with new laws penalising peaceful protesters "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Michael West Media, by Wendy Bacon | Jun 3, 2023 

A bill introducing harsh penalties and extending the scope of a law applying to those who obstruct public places has been passed after an all-night sitting by the South Australian Legislative Council this week. Veteran investigative journalist (herself twice imprisoned for free speech) Wendy Bacon reports.

South Australia now joins New South Wales, Tasmania, Victoria and Queensland, states which have already passed anti-protest laws imposing severe penalties on people who engage in peaceful civil disobedience. South Australias new law carries the harshest financial penalties in Australia.

Thirteen Upper House Labor and Liberal MPs voted for the Bill, opposed by two Greens MPs and two SABest MPs. The government faced down the cross bench moves to hold an inquiry into the bill, to review it in a year or add a defence of reasonableness.

The Summary Offences (Obstruction of Public Places) Amendment Bill 2023 was introduced into the House Assembly by Premier Peter Malinauskas the day after Extinction Rebellion protests were staged around the Australian Petroleum and  Exploration Association (APPEA) annual conference on May 17. The most dramatic of these protests was staged by 69 year old Meme Thorne who abseiled off a city bridge causing delays and traffic to be diverted.

Meanwhile the gas lobby APPEA which is financed by foreign fossil fuel companies has stopped publishing its (public) financial statements. Questions put for this story were ignored but we will append a response should one be available

The new law introduces maximum penalties of $50,000 (66 times the previous maximum fine) or a prison sentence of three months. The maximum fine was previously $750, and there was no prison penalty. If emergency services (police, fire, ambulance) are called to a protest, those convicted can also be required to pay emergency service costs. The scope of the law has also been widened to include indirect obstruction of a public place.

This means that if you stage a protest and the police use 20 emergency vehicles to divert traffic, you could be found guilty under the new section and be liable for the costs. Even people handing out pamphlets about vaping harm in front of a shop, or workers gathering on a footpath to demand better pay, could fall foul of the laws. An SABest amendment to the original bill removing the word reckless restricts its scope to intentional acts.

Peter Malinauskus tol...


EDITORIAL: Government turns a blind eye to lessons from nuclear disaster "IndyWatch Feed Nsw" June 2, 2023 

It appears that the lessons learned from the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster have been taken so lightly.

The government and a majority of the Diet are heavily responsible for pushing through a reversal of the nations nuclear policies without careful deliberation, shifting from a reduction of dependence on nuclear power and heading to its maximum utilization.

We must keep asking ourselves whether we can solve the many difficult problems plaguing nuclear power plants and whether they could end up haunting future generations.

This week, a bill related to promoting nuclear plants was passed by the Diet.

The governments responsibilities and measures aimed at the active utilization are stipulated in the Atomic Energy Basic Law.

The new law also relaxed restrictions on nuclear reactors operational periods introduced after the catastrophic disaster at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, opening a path to allowing reactors to operate beyond 60 years if certain conditions are met.

The Asahi Shimbun in its editorials has opposed the bill and called for its reconsideration.

That is because nuclear plants are plagued with a mountain of issues such as the ever-growing nuclear waste and Japans nuclear fuel cycle that has reached an impasse, not to mention safety and economic concerns.

And it is unacceptable for the government to reverse its stance to restarting nuclear plants without showing a path to solving the problems.

Now is the time to speed up reforms to make renewable energy a primary power source from the standpoint of the overall energy policy.

Returning to dependence on nuclear plants could lead to going down the wrong path.

The bill was also rushed along as the government adopted the new policy last year after only several months of debate.

The Diet was supposed to do everything in its power to scrutinize the bill from multiple perspectives, but no deep discussions ensued.

We cant help but be disappointed.

Reasons cited for the about-face were the need for a stable supply of energy and the decarbonization of energy sources.

But how much of a role do nuclear plants actually play in these goals? And why is it necessary to treat them differently?

The government shied away from answering these questions head-on and repeatedly said it was important to pursue all possible options, including nuc...


What we know about the Australian Department of Defence's (lack of) interest in UAP "IndyWatch Feed National"

Freedom of Information Act requests 

From Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests by Melbourne researcher Grant Lavac, and myself; correspondence between Grant Lavac and the Office of the Australian Minister for Defence; and other reporting, it can be stated that:

1. "Defence does not have a protocol that covers recording or reporting of UFO sightings." [June 2019.]

2. "Defence does not have a protocol that covers recording or reporting of unidentified aerial phenomena..." [June 2019.]

3. DOD has no internal emails, generated between 1 January 2021 and 16 June 2021, which refer to keywords "Unidentified drone;" "Unidentified aircraft;" "Unidentified object;" or "Unidentified Aerial Phenomena." [July 2021.]

4. The former Chief of Air Force Air Marshall Mel Hupfield said "...he had not seen any reports of Unidentified Aerial Phenomena or UAPs - in Australian airspace." [October 2021.]

Former Chief Of Air Force - Mel Hupfield

5. In early 2022, the DOD prepared an internal briefing paper on UAP, for possible use in responding to UAP related questions in Senate Estimates Committee Hearings. Included in this briefing paper were the following:

a. The RAAF ceased handling UFO reports in 1996.

b. "Defence Safety flight incidents, including those posed by UAP are handled by the Defence Aviation Safety Authority." [Note: Grant Lavac was advised by the DOD in an FOIA response, that no DASA reports between 2017 and 31 March 2022 referred to UAP.]

c. "...the United States nor any other nation or ally has requested or offered to collaborate on any...


Establishment of the US Department of Defence All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office "IndyWatch Feed National"

Media release

On 20 July 2022, the U.S. Department of Defense published a media release titled "DoD Announces the Establishment of the All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office." The text of the release reads:

"On July 15, 2022, Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks, in coordination with the Director of National Intelligence [DNI], amended her original direction to the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security by renaming and expanding the scope of the Airborne Object Identification and Management Synchronization Group [AOIMSG] to the All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office [AARO], due to the enactment of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal 2022, which included a provision to establish an office, in coordination with DNI, with responsibilities that were broader than those originally assigned to the AOIMSG.

Today, USD (I&S) Hon Ronald S.  Moultrie informed the department of the establishment of AARO within the office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security, and named Dr. Sean M. Kirkpatrick, most recently the Chief Scientist at the Defense Intelligence Agency's Missile and Space Intelligence Center, as the Director of AARO.

The mission of the AARO will be to synchronize efforts across the Department of Defense, and with other US federal departments and agencies, to detect, identify and attribute objects of interest in, on or near military installations, operating areas, training areas, special use airspace and other areas of interest, and, as necessary, to mitigate any associated threats to safety of operations and national security. This includes anomalous, unidentified space,...


NASA's Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Study "IndyWatch Feed National"


My 12 July 2021 blog article titled "NASA and UAP: an updated official statement is available," drew attention to a 10 June 2021 interview with NASA Administrator Bill Nelson, by U.S. media outlet "Politico."

In the "Politico" article, Nelson revealed that, as a member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee, he was briefed, on observations of UAP by Naval aviators. So, he had later, once he joined NASA, directed a senior member of staff, Dr. Thomas Zurbuchen, to look into the topic.

In my own article, I described then recent statements by NASA personnel about UAP; and the contents of part of NASA's own website, which presented a then current statement about UAP. 

NASA study of UAP

On 9 June 2022 a NASA media release came out titled "NASA to Set Up Independent Study on Unidentified Aerial Phenomena." It read:

"NASA is commissioning a study team to start early in the fall to examine Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAPs) - that is, observations of events in the sky that cannot be identified as aircraft or known natural phenomena - from a scientific perspective. The study will focus on identifying available data, how best to collect future data, and how NASA can use that data to move the scientific understanding of UAPs forward.

The limited number of observations of UAPs currently makes it difficult to draw scientific conclusions about the nature of such events. Unidentified Aerial Phenome...


Limp-lettuce-leaf tee-totaller CDF driving members to drink "IndyWatch Feed National"

From the magnificent Ross Eastgate. Limp lettuce leaf enough to drive old Digger to drink MICK Benson recalled the exact date and time Australians involved in the 1941, 241-day Siege of Tobruk were each issued two warm bottles of Fosters Lager. In a military career spanning four and a bit...


Climate Surprise: Frost Season Growing Longer Across Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Introduction by Dee McLachlan 

Frost How does it affect Australians? From the Australian Bureau of Meteorology

The occurrence of frost can have a devastating effect on vegetation and crops  Frost is a localis...


The Butt Light Story The Damage From Woke Companies "IndyWatch Feed National"

by G5

The Butt Light Story is not going away. The damage is far deeper and fully intentional. More than is initially Understood

In 2008 Belgian INBEV bought Anheuser-Busch for $52 billion. That puchase delivered ABI which among other investments owns Butt Light.

Its history and what is termed Stake Holder Capitalism; attempting to dictatorially force ideologies onto consumers, rather than acting as a genuine commercial enterprise of meeting consumer demands; has cornered INBEV-ABI which is not only facing consumer rejection; beyond boycott; over The Mulvaney Curse; but now has banks as HSBC downgrading the viability as an investment of the sewered stock of the holding company itself.

The toxicity of Davos WEF is at the centre of the Woke insanity that has infected a number of corporations. All o...


Central Bankers Beer Goggles are Masking an Ugly Crisis, Again "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

This week, my Blues-supporting close personal acquaintance Greg Canavan tweeted a cryptic message about the impact of central banks recent interest rate hikes:

The lagged impact of rate rises starting to hit. Six months ago, the spread between Aussie 10-year and 2-year govt yields was around 40bpsnow its 9bps. Bond market says Aussie economy slowing fast.

No doubt the slowing Aussie economy is of interest to investors. But I want to focus on the first bit instead. Because the lagged impact of rate rises could unleash economic chaos which will make any recession look boring.

You see, monetary policy doesnt work as fast as you might think. In fact, although theres plenty of debate on the matter, estimates are that it takes between one and two years for higher interest rates to kick in.

The Reserve Bank of Australias rate hikes began you guessed it a year ago. This means those rate hikes have only just begun to have their intended effect.

And over the next twelve months, a thirty-eight-and-a-half-fold increase in interest rates is going to smack into the economy, even if inflation were to slow to zero and the economy to slow down in the next six months. Which, you might argue, could be problematic in a long list of ways

Should, for example, the RBA have only needed to hike rates to, say, 2% in order to bring down inflation, then theyve rather dramatically overdone the tightening by now. Which would imply they are going to cause a recession, or worse. And, no matter what they do now, that future is baked into the cake for twelve months at least.

Before we explore the implications of this lag a bit more, I better mention what youre probably thinking: why has inflation already turned the corner if it takes so long for monetary policy to work?

The answer is that monetary policy is not the only factor driving prices. A lot of the inflation was from an energy and lockdown price shock. Indeed, the fact that it took inflation so long to spike in the wake of COVID reveals the inherent delay in how these issues unfold.

US house prices peaked in 2006, financial trouble began in 2007, and all hell broke loose in 2008 if I remember correctly. These issues take years to play out, from cause to effect.

This creates a rather challenging situation for policymakers. Imagine having to set todays monetary policy based on what the economy will be like in a years time

Its no surprise they get it so wrong and constantly seem behind the times.

There are plenty of real-world analogies thatll help explain the phenomenon at play here.

Anyone who has driven a narrowboat will be familiar with the delayed reaction on the tiller. It causes beginners to overcorrect back and forth, leaving an embarrassing wake that spells out I dont know what Im doing.......


Tanshinone IIA inhibits triple-negative breast cancer cells MDA-MB-231. "IndyWatch Feed National"

PMID:  Dis Markers. 2023 ;2023:8371623. Epub 2023 Jan 27. PMID: 36741908 Abstract Title:  Tanshinone IIA Inhibits Triple-Negative Breast Cancer Cells MDA-MB-231 via G Protein-Coupled Estrogen Receptor- (GPER-) Dependent Signaling Pathway. Abstract:  Due to the lack of classic estrogen receptors, there has been a shortage of targeted therapy for triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC), resulting in a poor prognosis. However, the newly discovered G protein-coupled estrogen receptor (GPER) has been found to be expressed in TNBC cells.(Danshen) is an essential Chinese medicine for gynecological disorders, and its component tanshinone IIA (Tan IIA) exerts an anticancer effect. Therefore, this study attempted to investigate whether GPER is involved in the inhibitory effect of Tan IIA on TNBC. We applied various databases and GO pathway analysis to predict the possible mechanism of Tan IIA. We identified 39 overlapping targets, including c-Jun, c-Fos, and caspase-3, and enriched cell cycle-related pathways. Next, we demonstrated the strong binding ability of Tan IIA to GPER by molecular docking assay. In the subsequent validation tests, Cell Counting Kit-8 (CCK8) assay showed that Tan IIA inhibited proliferation of MDA-MB-231 cells time and dose dependently without affecting normal cells. Using Transwell plate, flow cytometry, and Western blot assays, we showed that Tan IIA inhibited migration and induced apoptosis of MDA-MB-231 dose dependently. Importantly, protein expressions of GPER, epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR), extracellular regulated protein kinases (ERK), c-Fos, and c-Jun were all decreased by Tan IIA dose dependently. Administration of GPER inhibitor partly abolished these effects. Furthermore, nuclear translocation of c-Fos and c-Jun as well as cell cycle-related proteins was downregulated by Tan IIA dose dependently. In summary, Tan IIA could inhibit the proliferation and migration of MDA-MB-231 cells and induce apoptosis, and the possible mechanism may be the regulation of GPER-mediated pathways, suggesting that GPER could be a therapeutic target for TNBC.

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Dore Destroys Krystal Balls Interview With RFK Jr. "IndyWatch Feed National"

April 19, 2023, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. formally announced his 2024 Democratic presidential campaign.1 Early polls show hes got nearly 20% of the Democratic vote. Unfortunately, Democrat Party officials are doing everything they can to avoid public debates, and their media allies seem hellbent on not giving Kennedy the opportunity to share his views either.

May 17, 2023, Krystal Ball, cohost of the online show Breaking Point, interviewed Kennedy,2,3 or perhaps more accurately, debated him herself. Ball told Kennedy she disagrees with his views on vaccines, and claimed Democratic voters by and large share her opposition. According to Ball, Kennedys vaccine skepticism and antivaccine advocacy is a red line that disqualifies him from holding the highest office.

Antiscientific Shilling for Big Pharma

In the video playlist above, comedian Jimmy Dore of The Jimmy Dore Show dissects Balls hatchet job of an interview, pointing out Balls poor journalism, rudeness and irresponsible, antiscientific shilling for corporate interests.

She repeatedly interrupted Kennedy with Big Pharma talking points putting her own ignorance on public display and didnt allow him to answer her questions. Kennedy asked her to show him where he got things wrong many times, and she deflected with broad generalities.

When Kennedy pointed out that countries with the lowest COVID jab rates had far lower COVID cases and mortality, Ball insisted that there were many other factors that played into that, such as the high rate of obesity in America, and the fact that we dont spend as much time outside in the sun as people in Africa.

Never mind the fact that obesity and sun exposure recommendations were never part of the COVID response. Not only did U.S. health authorities not offer any guidance on reducing obesity, but they closed parks and beaches and told everyone to spend as little time outdoors as possible.

The only solution they provided was the vaccine. If it worked, we ought to have far better outcomes than countries like Africa that didnt follow our COVID response guidelines, like staying indoors and getting jabbed multiple times. But we didnt.

Basically, Ball is admitting seemingly without realizing it that factors such as obesity and sun exposure were more important than the jab, because places with lower obesity rates and greater sun exposure fared better e...

It's Been Three Years. Can You Hear Me Now? "IndyWatch Feed National"

This story is about how to get through to the ones who are still under the "COVID spell." I would also like to poke the most inconvenient elephant in the room, and I would like to do so with love.

"How Do We Get Through to Them?"

In the past three years we have been on a very dramatic roller coaster ride. It is fair to say that we've been through hell. And the most traumatizing and maddening part has been seeing our loved ones succumb to the spell of the "COVID response" and behave like their souls have been stolen off.

For that reason, in our circles, it is very common to ask, "How do we get through to the ones who have acted out of character and who are still under the COVID spell?" First, I am going to answer this question in earnest and then, I am going to go to into the ideological "permafrost" and poke the giant elephant (or a wooly mammoth, rather) hiding there.

Patience Is a Virtue, Alas

There are no magical formulas. We in America are somewhat used to magical formulas, psychological "systems," and impressive consultants riding in on a white horse with a solution and an invoice.

But perhaps, the past three years showed up to strip us of that delusion and to demonstrate to us in the most visceral way that here we are, human beings between the earth and the sky, with a deep longing in our hearts and a clumsy prayer on our lips. And perhaps, that longing in our heart and that imperfect prayer on our lips are all we have and it's a start.

Getting through to ideological addicts is a time-consuming and difficult feat, and we get through by being patient, by not despairing, and by respecting their free will which I think can only be done if there is a total and massive self-love in us, a massive love for them, and a total spiritual confidence in good things.

It is also important to make honest assessments in real time as to when to talk to them and when to let them be, perhaps for a while. Also, prayer helps, and it doesn't have to be an institutional prayer. Prayer is prayer. The Creator is intelligent enough to understand our hearts.

Personally, I believe with passion that the lesson of the past three years is not about how to be better at marketing and arm-twisting than the ones on the dark side. In fact, I think it's not possible to compete in the dark art of bending free will and arm twisting with the ones on the dark side without joining their team.

That's the end of that story, really. If one does not have one's eyes and one's heart on honest healing and free will, and if one is not prepared to do the work but also relax and trust the universe (God, higher powers, however we think about those things) to make things right, one is just merely torturing himself or herself over what he or she cannot very quickly change.

And, if we are on t...


Tanshinone IIA represses the progression of non-small cell lung cancer. "IndyWatch Feed National"

PMID:  Mol Cell Biochem. 2022 Dec 31. Epub 2022 Dec 31. PMID: 36586093 Abstract Title:  Tanshinone IIA (TSIIA) represses the progression of non-small cell lung cancer by the circ_0020123/miR-1299/HMGB3 pathway. Abstract:  Tanshinone IIA (TSIIA), a multi-pharmaceutical compound, has been demonstrated to have anti-tumor properties. This study explores the potential regulatory mechanism of TSIIA on non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) progression. The cytotoxicity of TSIIA was evaluated by MTT (3-(4,5-Dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-Diphenyltetrazolium Bromide) and LDH (lactate dehydrogenase) assays. Expression levels of circ_0020123 (hsa_circ_0020123) and microRNA-1299 (miR-1299) were assessed by quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR). Cell proliferation, migration, invasion, and apoptosis were analyzed by MTT, colony formation, transwell, wound-healing, or flow cytometry assays. The relationship between miR-1299 and circ_0020123 or HMGB3 (high mobility group box 3) was verified by the dual-luciferase reporter and/or RNA immunoprecipitation (RIP) assays. Protein level of HMGB3 was measured by western blotting. The relationship between TSIIA and circ_0020123 was confirmed by xenograft assay. TSIIA reduced xenograft tumor growth in vivo and repressed proliferation, migration, invasion, and facilitated apoptosis of NSCLC cells in vitro. TSIIA reduced circ_0020123 and HMGB3 expression, whereas elevated miR-1299 expression in NSCLC cells. Circ_0020123 knockdown enhanced the repressive influence of TSIIA treatment on the malignancy of NSCLC cells in vitro and in vivo. Circ_0020123 sponged miR-1299 to regulate HMGB3 expression under TSIIA treatment. MiR-1299 inhibitor reversed circ_0020123 knockdown-mediated influence on malignant behaviors of NSCLC cells under TSIIA treatment. HMGB3 elevation offset the suppressive impact of miR-1299 mimic on the malignancy of NSCLC cells under TSIIA treatment. TSIIA curbed NSCLC progression by the circ_0020123/miR-1299/HMGB3 axis, manifesting that the TSIIA/circ_0020123/miR-1299/HMG regulatory network might be a potential treatment strategy for NSCLC.

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Tanshinone IIA improves acute gouty arthritis. "IndyWatch Feed National"

PMID:  Dis Markers. 2022 ;2022:5851412. Epub 2022 Dec 19. PMID: 36578443 Abstract Title:  Tanshinone IIA Improves Acute Gouty Arthritis in Rats through Regulating Neutrophil Activation and the NLRP3 Inflammasome. Abstract:  OBJECTIVES: To investigate the prevention and treatment effect of tanshinone IIA (TIIA) on acute gouty arthritis (AGA) and its mechanism.METHODS: The anti-AGA effect of TIIA was observedand. Neutrophils were isolated from the abdominal cavity of mice, and the anti-AGA effect of TIIA was investigated in a rat model of MSU-induced AGA. The pathological changes of the ankle joint tissues were assessed by H&E. Cytokine and chemokine expression were determined by ELISA and RT-qPCR. The NLRP3 inflammasome pathway protein levels in the ankle joint tissues were evaluated via western blotting. Neutrophil migration was evaluated in air pouch and transwell assays. Immunohistochemistry and immunofluorescence analysis evaluate the release of myeloperoxidase (MPO), neutrophil elastase (NE), and citrullination of histone H3 (CitH3). Beclin-1 and LC3B expressions were determined using western blotting and immunofluorescence.. Treatment with TIIA alleviated synovial hyperplasia and neutrophil infiltration, regulated cytokine and chemokine expressions, and inhibited NLRP3 activation in AGA rats, neutrophil migration, MPO, NE, and CitH3 expression, and LC3B and Beclin-1 protein expression.CONCLUSIONS: These results demonstrate that TIIA can effectively enhance AGA by focusing on the neutrophils and NLRP3 inflammasome, demonstrating that TIIA may act as a potential helpful agent for AGA.

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Salvianolic acid B attenuates hypertrophic scar formation. "IndyWatch Feed National"

PMID:  Aesthetic Plast Surg. 2023 Feb 21. Epub 2023 Feb 21. PMID: 36810832 Abstract Title:  Salvianolic Acid B Attenuates Hypertrophic Scar Formation In Vivo and In Vitro. Abstract:  BACKGROUND: Hypertrophic scars (HTSs) are a fibroproliferative disorder that occur following skin injuries. Salvianolic acid B (Sal-B) is an extractant from Salvia miltiorrhiza that has been reported to ameliorate fibrosis in multiple organs. However, the antifibrotic effect on HTSs remains unclear. This study aimed to determine the antifibrotic effect of Sal-B in vitro and in vivo.METHODS: In vitro, hypertrophic scar-derived fibroblasts (HSFs) were isolated from human HTSs and cultured. HSFs were treated with (0, 10, 50, 100mol/L) Sal-B. Cell proliferation and migration were evaluated by EdU, wound healing, and transwell assays. The protein and mRNA levels of TGFI, Smad2, Smad3,-SMA, COL1, and COL3 were detected by Western blots and real-time PCR. In vivo, tension stretching devices were fixed on incisions for HTS formation. The induced scars were treated with 100L of Sal-B/PBS per day according to the concentration of the group and followed up for 7 or 14 days. The scar condition, collagen deposition, and-SMA expression were analyzed by gross visual examination, H&E, Masson, picrosirius red staining, and immunofluorescence.RESULTS: In vitro, Sal-B inhibited HSF proliferation, migration, and downregulated the expression of TGFI, Smad2, Smad3,-SMA, COL1, and COL3 in HSFs. In vivo, 50 and 100mol/L Sal-B significantly reduced scar size in gross and cross-sectional observations, with decreased-SMA expression and collagen deposition in the tension-induced HTS model.CONCLUSIONS: Our study demonstrated that Sal-B inhibits HSFs proliferation, migration, fibrotic marker expression and attenuates HTS formation in a tension-induced HTS model in vivo.NO LEVEL ASSIGNED: This journal requires that authors assign a level of evidence to each submission to which Evidence-Based Medicine rankings are applicable. This excludes Review Articles, Book Reviews, and manuscripts that concern Basic Science, Animal Studies, Cadaver Studies, and Experimental Studies. For a full description of these Evidence-Based Medicine ratings, please refer to the Table of Contents or the online Instructions to Authors .

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Aussies slam RBA boss Philip Lowes solution to rent and housing crisis "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Trump sends a big Congratulations to Kim Jong Un in Truth Social post "IndyWatch Feed National"

The recent addition of North Korea to the World Health Organization (WHO) executive board has sparked a wave of criticism. Other countries joining the executive board are Australia, Barbados, Cameroon, Comoros, Lesotho, Qatar, Switzerland, Togo and Ukraine. As one of the worlds worst violators of human rights at war with its own population, North Korea is []


From Matt Walsh, the magnificent documentary 'What Is A Woman?' "IndyWatch Feed National"

Thanks to Bill Thompson for the tip, Bill writes: One of the most horrifying videos Ive ever seen Its the movie they really dont want you to see: #WhatIsAWoman? Watch the explosive documentary starring @MattWalshBlog FREE on Twitter for 24 hrs. Daily Wire (@realDailyWire) June 2, 2023 I...


Ben Roberts-Smith undoing was Kerry Stokes failed legal strategy and his own witnesses colluding "IndyWatch Feed National"

When some of the SAS witnesses Nine Entertainment subpoenaed refused to give evidence about alleged war crimes on the grounds of self-incrimination it was game, set and match as far as proving []


Market Talk June 2, 2023 "IndyWatch Feed National"



The major Asian stock markets had a green day today:

  • NIKKEI 225 increased 376.21 points or 1.21% to 31,524.22
  • Shanghai increased 25.43 points or 0.79% to 3,230.07
  • Hang Seng increased 733.03 points or 4.02% to 18,949.94
  • ASX 200 increased 34.30 points or 0.48% to 7,145.10
  • Kospi increased 32.19 points or 1.25% to 2,601.36
  • SENSEX increased 118.57 points or 0.19% to 62,547.11
  • Nifty50 increased 46.35 points or 0.25% to 18,534.10



The major Asian currency markets had a mixed day today:

  • AUDUSD increased 0.0046 or 0.70% to 0.66160
  • NZDUSD increased 0.00014 or 0.02% to 0.60714
  • USDJPY increased 0.978 or 0.70% to 139.768
  • USDCNY decreased 0.00209 or -0.03% to 7.10151


Precious Metals:

  • Gold decreased 20.9 USD/t oz. or -1.06% to 1,956.98
  • Silver decreased 0.224 USD/t. oz or -0.94% to 23.681


Some economic news from last night:


Home Loans (MoM) decreased from 5.5% to -3.8%

South Korea:

CPI (YoY) (May) decreased from 3.7% to 3.3%


Some economic news from today:


Bank Loan Growth decreased from 15.5% to 15.4%

Deposit Growth increased from 10.4% to 10.9%

FX Reserves, USD decreased from 593.48B to 589.14B





The major Europe stock markets had a green day today:

  • CAC 40 increased 133.26 points or 1.87% to 7,270.69
  • FTSE 100 increased 117.01 points or 1.56% to 7,607.28
  • DAX 30 increased 197.57 points or 1.25% to 16,051.23


The major Europe currency markets had a mixed day today:

  • EURUSD decreased 0.00454 or -0.42% to 1.07156
  • GBPUSD decreased 0.00662 or -0.53% to 1.24588
  • USDCHF increased 0.00315 or 0.35% to 0.90845



Some economic news from Europe today:


Spanish Unemployment Change increased from -73.9K to -49.3K



The US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that in May 2023, total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 339,000, and the unemployment r...


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Australias Ben Roberts-Smith: The Breaking of a Plaster Saint "IndyWatch Feed National"

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The triumph of form over content "IndyWatch Feed National"

Thats all ChatGPT is. Emily Bender explains.

When you read the output of ChatGPT, its important to remember that despite its apparent fluency and despite its ability to create confident sounding strings that are on topic and seem like answers to your questions, its only manipulating linguistic form. Its not understanding what you asked nor what its answering, let alone reasoning from your question + its knowledge to come up with the answer. The only knowledge it has is knowledge of distribution of linguistic form.

It doesnt matter how intelligent it is it cant get to meaning if all it has access to is form. But also: its not intelligent. Our only evidence for its intelligence is the apparent coherence of its output. But were the ones doing all the meaning making there, as we make sense of it.

I think we know this from how we learn language ourselves. Babies dont lie there with their eyes closed processing sounds without context they are associating and integrating sounds with a complex environment, and also with internal states that are responsive to external cues. Clearly what we need to do is imbed ChatGPT in a device that gets hungry and craps itself and needs constant attention from a human.

Oh nosomeone, somewhere is about to wrap a diaper around a server.


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In this episode of the Patrick Henningsen Show on TNT Radio which aired on May 30, 2023, Patrick talks with 21WIRE writer and commentator Blake Lovewell, about the recent Bilderberg Meeting in Lisbon, Portugal, where the global elites and captains of industry gathered to decide their secretive agenda for managing the masses over the coming year. Microsofts CEO was promoted to top Bilderberger this year, as the CBDC agenda goes into high gear. Will they be able to pull it off? Republican Presidential candidate Ron DeSantis has passed a law in Florida banning CBDCs and supporting crypto instead. Will others follow suit? All this and more. Listen:

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7 Rekomendasi Wisata Terbaik di Indonesia yang Mendunia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Indonesia memiliki banyak sekali objek wisata yang memukau. Rasanya akan sulit memilih mana yang terbaik dari semua tempat wisata di tanah air ini. Namun, mengunjungi semua tempat pun sepertinya juga tidak mungkin, apalagi jika waktu untuk berlibur hanya sebentar.

Nah, untuk memudahkan kamu memilih destinasi liburan, kami telah merangkumkan tujuh tempat wisata yang bisa dikunjungi. Penasaran? Berikut 7 rekomendasi tempat wisata terbaik di Indonesia:

1. Candi Borobudur, Jawa Tengah

Wisata Indonesia Candi Borobudur Jawa Tengah
Candi Borobudur, Jawa Tengah (foto:
Lokasi Jl. Badrawati, Kw. Candi Borobudur, Borobudur, Kec. Borobudur, Kabupaten Magelang, Jawa Tengah (Cek di Google Maps)
Jam buka Setiap hari, 06.30-16.30
Harga tiket masuk (HTM) Umum (10 tahun ke atas): Rp50.000/orang
Anak-anak (3-10 tahun): Rp25.000/orang
Rombongan pelajar: Rp20.000
Rating objek wisata 4,7/5.0 86.742 ulasan Google

Siapa yang tidak familier dengan objek wisata satu ini? Ya, tempat yang merupakan candi Buddha terbesar di dunia ini merupakan destinasi wisata sejarah yang sangat populer di kalangan wisatawan. Tak hanya di tanah air saja, nama Borobudur juga sangat populer di mancanegara. Tak heran jika ketika berkunjung ke sini, kamu akan menemukan banyak turis dari berbagai negara.

Candi Borobudur merupakan sebuah puzzle raksasa yang tersusun dari kurang lebih 2 juta balok batu vulkanik. Berbatuan itu kemudian dipahat sedemikian rupa sehingga bisa saling mengunci satu sama lain.

Salah satu yang menjadi daya tarik dari candi ini adalah reliefnya. Setidaknya, candi Borobudur memiliki 2.672 panel relief. Jika panel-panel tersebut disusun bisa mencapai panjang hingga 6 km. UNESCO sendiri sampai memberikan pujian relief Buddha di sini adalah yang terbesar dan paling lengkap di dunia. Dalam hal seni, relief ini sungguh tak tertandingi, setiap adegannya merupakan mahakarya yang utuh.

Kalau ingin mengikuti cerita d...


An insight into what a P.O.S. Dan Andrews really is. "IndyWatch Feed National"

3AW reports, A mans car registration is in jeopardy, after his personalised number plate DANOUT was deemed inappropriate by VicRoads. The 'inappropriate' personalised number plate which VicRoads wants recalled Is Andrews such a weasel that he cares about this? If the public service in Victoria so perverted that this...


America Has a Political Assassination Problem "IndyWatch Feed National"

Kevin Barrett The Unz Review May 27, 2023

Dr. Lucy Morgan Edwards has impeccable establishment credentials (Ph.D International Relations, Exeter; former political advisor to the EU Ambassador in Kabul). Shes calm, sensible, down-to-earth, and blessed with uncommonly good judgment. If the invaders and occupiers of Afghanistan had listened to her, things might have turned out differently. (See her book The Afghan Solution for details).

So why, her establishment ex-colleagues must wonder, does Dr. Morgan-Edwards suspect that Dr. Rashid Buttar, the famous COVID dissident physician, may have been assassinated? Does she really take seriously Dr. Buttars ravings about a COVID vaccine depopulation plot? What could have led her to wander so far off the reservation?

The answer, of course, is that Lucy Morgan-Edwards has experienced the extreme untrustworthiness of todays Western elites first-hand. Given the outrageous mendaciousness and utter corruption of the Western oligarchy and its propaganda-pumping mainstream media, the notion that a faction of Big Pharma biowarriors may have simultaneously developed COVID and mRNA vaccines for nefarious purposes is hardly implausible. Indeed, a fair bit of evidence points in that direction. And when one of the most prominent voices warning of such possibilities, Dr. Rashid Buttar, claimed he was poisoned during an appearance on CNN, and then dropped dead a few months later at age 57, you dont have to be paranoid to wonder whether they might have been out to get him.

It is an article of faith in mainstream media that only crazy people worry about politically suspicious deathsat least in the USA. If an enemy of Putin or Xi or Assad or the Iranian government or any other hostile regime dies suspiciously, we are supposed to automatically assume the worst. But as we all know, politically-motivated assassinations by insiders could never occur in America. Or as Frank Zappa memorably put it, It cant happen here.

How do we know that it cant happen here? Because the CIA told us so! In CIA Document 1035-960, Countering Criticism of the Warren Report, distributed in January 1967 to Agency moles illegally infiltrating the media, we learn that only crazy conspiracy theorists harbor suspicions about such events as the murder of President John F. Kennedy. And since only a conspiracy theorist would care that the CIA invented the wh...


Voir Dire, Part 6: Witness Tampering Killed My Friends Bro "IndyWatch Feed National"

(L) Martina Correia with Dublin nuns (C) the back of the famous tee-shirt (R) Troy Davis (1968-2011)(L) Martina Correia with Dublin nuns (C) the back of the famous tee-shirt (R) Troy Davis (1968-2011)

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

Everybody knows that the late Troy Anthony Davis was innocent. Here are two ways you could know it. First, a worldwide group of justice warriors took up his case and gathered two-thirds of a million signatures, requesting clemency.  Among the requesters were Bishop Tutu, former president Jimmy Carter, and 3,000 clergypersons.

Clemency only means reduce his sentence form death to life imprisonment. There was no reason, no reason at all, for the 3 members of Georgias Pardon Bord to vote against the request. So that is Red Flag #1.

The other Red Flag is the fact that another man was suspected of having been the person who actually committed the crime.  Even his cousin blames him. But the police, to this day, never charged that man or investigated him in any way. So it is obvious they did not want to solve the crime (the fatal shooting of security guard Mark McPhail).

The subject of this article is witness t...


Three Chaingrass poems "IndyWatch Feed National"

Three visual poems from Catherine Vidler's Chaingrass series.

The post Three Chaingrass poems appeared first on Overland literary journal.


WOKE = Director Using Other Peoples Money for Personal Beliefs "IndyWatch Feed National"

COMMENT: Mr. Armstrong; reading your piece on the unconstitutionality of this Woke Agenda, I must say as a legal expert that you are very accomplished in the law. You would have made one heck of a lawyer.


ANSWER: Thank you. I think we could take it one step further. You might want to consider a class action against the boards of directors PERSONALLY. This is no different than taking other peoples money for personal use. If they put their home gardening on the books and had the company pay those personal expenses on the side, that would be theft. Here they are also violating their fiduciary duty as a board member and using company money to further their own PERSONAL political agenda.

So while hiring people less qualified to fill spots to be able to check a box violates that persons civil rights by engaging now in reverse discrimination, there is also a claim against the directors for using other peoples money for their personal political beliefs. A lawsuit should be brought against them to compel them to refund all the money they have spent on this WOKE agenda.

What if a board suddenly converts to some religion and decides to hand 10% of all profits to that church? Wouldnt that violate their Fiduciary Duty? Where is the SEC when they really should be defending shareholders? There should be a Congressional hearing calling in these people from the SEC. Are they protecting corporate officers like the FBI is protecting Biden?

Write to your Congressman and demand an investigation into the SEC.



Poilievre Reminds Trudeau of His School Sex Scandal "IndyWatch Feed National"

Pierre Poilievre may have momentarily humbled Justin Trudeau after knocking him off his high horse. Poilievre demanded answers regarding inflation in Canada, specifically the growing costs of groceries. Trudeau wants to increase the carbon tax by over C$0.40 cents per liter to C$0.61 cents, guaranteed to increase the costs of essential items at a time when Canadians are already struggling with the increased cost of goods.

Justin Trudeau stated that he began his career as a teacher before entering politics as if he were in tune with the average Canadian citizen and not a nepotism baby with no real qualifications. Poilievre reminded Trudeau that he was clearly not a math teacher and then took it a step further by reminding Trudeau that he was forced to leave his teaching position in the middle of the semester. I am having trouble remembering why, Poilievre stated, receiving a roaring applause.

All Canadians know the scandal. In 2001, the West Point Grey Academy fired Trudeau after he was accused of having numerous relationships with students and potentially a students mother. Trudeau had deep connections due to his last name and was able to conceal the story, claiming he left mid-semester to take up a different career path. They claim there is no evidence against Trudeau, but would anyone want to be in the national spotlight and have their name dragged through the mud? Trudeau groomed his students and then received grooming by Klaus Schwab to become a Young Leader of the WEF. Now this man walks around telling other nations about ethics and morals.

The post Poilievre Reminds Trudeau of His School Sex Scandal first appeared on Armstrong Economics.


Defence HQ that leaks against its soldiers, is now covering its arse. "IndyWatch Feed National"

The amazing irony of the Australian Defence Force upper commands trying to look like they care. They are the ones prosecuting and leaking against veterans giving the media the ability to report against returned soldiers in the first place. Defence HQ needs a hose out. From Campbell down. Subject: Request...


Fun community connection for Japanese community "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Japanese Childrens Day in Byron on Saturday 6 May. Photo supplied

The local Japanese community came together in early May at the Cavanbah center to celebrate Japanese Childrens Day. 



Tragic death of two men in Yamba "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

NSW Police have today spoken to the media after the body of a man and a teenage boy were located inside a home at Yamba yesterday.

At about 1.10pm yesterday Thursday 1 June police were called to a property on Kookaburra Circuit, Yamba, after reports two bodies had been found.

The bodies of a 58-year-old man and 15-year-old boy were located inside the property, both suffering gunshot wounds.

While the investigation by officers from Coffs Clarence Police District is in its infancy, police dont believe a third party was involved with few details being released this tragedy appears to be a murdersuicide with a strong possibility that the older man held the weapon.



The post Tragic death of two men in Yamba appeared first on The Echo.


Expect saltwater on Ballina roads during king tides "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Water almost reached the top of this walkers gumboots in Tamar Street Ballina during a recent King tide. Photo Tree Faerie

Ballina Shire Council is encouraging motorists to drive safely over the coming days with king tides leading to minor flooding of some local roads.

Where possible, motorists, motorcyclists, pedestrians and cyclists should avoid affected roadways. Salt water may affect maintenance of vehicle and bodywork.

The king tides will be occurring during the evenings from Saturday 3 June through to Wednesday 7 June 2023.

Roads likely to be affected by king tides and saltwater flooding include:

  • Tamar Street, Ballina
  • Riverside Drive, West Ballina
  • River Street, West Ballina
  • Burns Point Ferry Road, West Ballina
  • North Creek Road, North Ballina
  • Southern Cross Drive, North Ballina
  • Uralba Road, Uralba
  • Old Bangalow Road, Tintenbar
  • Tamarind Dr, Cumbalum

For road information visit or telephone Ballina Shire Council on 1300 864 444.

The post...


Warming winter for Tweed Shires homeless "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The Space Cowboy. Photo supplied.

Its no secret that the Far North Coast has some of the highest homelessness figures in the country and Dharma Care is determined to reduce those figures as the days get colder.

Dharma Care, which is an Australian charity dedicated to creating life-changing opportunities for the destitute and disadvantaged, is hosting a Winter Warmer Homelessness Relief Campaign to provide essential support and comfort to people experiencing, or at risk of homelessness, in the Tweed Shire during the cold winter months.



10 Rekomendasi Wisata Terbaik di Jawa Barat (2023) "IndyWatch Feed National"

Berbicara mengenai tempat wisata di Jawa Barat sepertinya memang tidak ada habisnya. Ada banyak sekali destinasi menarik yang wajib dikunjungi yang rasanya akan butuh waktu panjang jika harus dibahas satu per satu.

Namun, kamu tidak perlu khawatir karena di sini, kami akan merangkumkan 10 tempat wisata terbaik yang ada di Jawa Barat supaya tidak bingung. Tertarik? Berikut 10 rekomendasi tempat wisata terbaik di Jawa Barat:

1. Pantai Santolo, Garut

Wisata Jawa Barat Pantai Santolo Garut
Pantai Santolo, Jawa Barat (foto:
Lokasi Pamalayan, Kec. Cikelet, Kabupaten Garut, Jawa Barat (Cek di Google Maps)
Jam buka Setiap hari, 24 jam
Harga tiket masuk (HTM) Rp3.000/orang
Rating objek wisata 4,3/5.0 10.669 ulasan Google

Ingin berlibur ke pantai pasir putih di Jawa Barat? Datang saja ke Pantai Santolo yang berada di bagian selatan Garut, tepatnya di Pamalayan, Kecamatan Cikelet, Kabupaten Garut. Di tempat yang memiliki garis pantai panjang ini, kamu bisa menemukan sebuah pulau kecil bernama Santolo.

Pulau ini bisa dikunjungi wisatawan, lho. Kalau ingin ke sana, kamu bisa menyewa perahu nelayan. Sebenarnya ada jembatan yang menghubungkan pantai ke pulau ini, tetapi sayangnya kondisinya sudah tidak layak dan berbahaya jika digunakan.

Ada satu hal yang unik dari Pantai Santolo ini. Ketika air laut sedang pasang, air akan mengalir menuju ke sungai. Padahal biasanya air sungai yang mengalir ke laut, ya. Bukan mistis atau bagaimana, fenomena alam ini wajar terjadi karena posisi hilir sungai lebih rendah dibandingkan dengan bibir pantai.

Pantai ini sangat populer di kalangan wisatawan. Buktinya, saat hari libur, Pantai Santolo selalu ramai pengunjung. Ada banyak faktor mengapa pantai ini jadi favorit, selain karena harga tiket masuknya yang terjangkau, pesona Pantai Santolo juga tidak bisa diabaikan begi...


Ben Roberts-Smith: The Breaking of a Plaster Saint "IndyWatch Feed National"

It was an ugly case lasting five years with a host of ugly revelations. But what could be surprising about the murderous antics of a special arm of the military, in this case, the Australian Special Air Service Regiment, which was repeatedly deployed on missions in an open-ended war which eventually led to defeat and withdrawal?

Ben Roberts-Smith was meant to be a poster boy of the regiment, the muscular noble representative who served in Afghanistan, a war with sketchy justifications. Along the way, he became Australias most decorated soldier, raking in the Medal of Gallantry in 2006, the Victoria Cross in 2010, and a Commendation for Distinguished Services for outstanding leadership in over 50 high-risk operations in 2012. He came to be lionised in the popular press, even being named Father of the Year in 2013.

A number of his colleagues, keen to take him down a peg or two, saw through the sheen. As did journalists at The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, and The Canberra Times. The deployments by the special forces to Afghanistan had not, as the narrative would have it, been paved with heroic engagements of military valour. Roberts-Smith, it seemed, was less plaster saint than ruthless executioner and bully.

Some of the transgressions reported on by the papers were very much of the same type investigated by the Inspector-General of the Australian Defence Force. The findings were eventually made available in the stomach churning Brereton Report, released in 2020.

But even prior to that, a 2016 report by sociologist Samantha Crompvoets, commissioned by the Special Operations Commander of Australia (SOCAUST), noted body count competitions and the use of the Joint Priority Effects List (JPEL) among special force personnel sent to Afghanistan. The JPEL became what effectively amounted to a sanctioned kill list.
Unsurprisingly, the numbers that were put forth were cooked, often featuring the gratuitous torture and killing of unarmed villagers.

Roberts-Smith, incensed by the reporting, commenced defamation proceedings against the three papers in question, and the journalists Nick McKenzie, Chris Masters and David Wroe. The use of such a civil weapon is often odious, a measure designed to intimidate scribblers and reporters from publishing material that might enlighten. While the defamation laws have been mildly improved since the trials commencement, featuring a public interest defence, the publishers here could only really avail themselves of t...


SAVE ATLAS Campaign "IndyWatch Feed National"

     About Friends of ATLAS   Back in 2014 at the start of spring in the Blue Mountains (Australia), Katoomba residents Maureen and Peter Toy from their home at 57 Megalong Street observed a man inspecting this magnificent tree on the verge out front.  They approached the man, who then told them that he []

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Biden has another big fall at US Air Force graduation "IndyWatch Feed National"

BREAKING: Biden takes a big fall on stage just now at the U.S. Air Force Academy graduation Jake Schneider (@jacobkschneider) June 1, 2023


A deer in the headlights "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Feral deer are a problem in Queensland and could potentially establish in the Northern Rivers if prompt action isnt taken. Photo supplied.

The Tweed Shire, Byron Shire, and Kyogle councils have joined forces to find out just what is happening with feral deer in the region.

The councils have launched a survey to understand the communitys perception of feral deer, the impacts of feral deer, the presence or absence of feral deer in the Northern Rivers, and the need to control them.

Local feral deer management expert Rachel Hughes, who is managing the survey on behalf of the councils, said feral deer were spreading and it could potentially be a big problem if we dont take action now.

Feral deer are in all states and territories of Australia but they are in largest numbers in the eastern parts of Victoria and NSW, where they are spreading quickly, said Ms Hughes.

For example, in NSW, the 6 species of feral deer now inhabit 22 per cent of the State, where their distribution has spread by 35 per cent since 2016.

Just over the border in Queensland, feral deer are a significant problem and have recently been spotted in front yards, along roads and in suburbia. If we dont act now, it wont be long before they potentially establish in the Northern Rivers too.

Residents asked to fill out survey 

Council is urging residents to fill out the new survey with results to be used to formulate integrated management programs to stop the spread and prevent the establishment of feral deer in the Northern Rivers.

Our challenge is to stop the...


Brett Deacon: Antidepressants Arent the Answer, the Truth About the DSM, and the Power of Exposure Therapy "IndyWatch Feed National"

From Psychlings Podcast: Brett Deacon is a clinical psychologist and distinguished academic who has been at the forefront of academia for over 15 years in the U.S. and Australia. He has published over 100 articles and book chapters on topics ranging from critiques of the biomedical model to co-authoring the book Exposure Therapy for Anxiety: Principles and Practice . . . Please enjoy the knowledge, insight, and strong opinions from Brett covering: Why psychiatric medication isnt the solution to mental health challenges The background to the DSMs evolution Why more psychologists should use exposure therapy.



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Alleged war criminal Ben Roberts-Smith and others should be charged with murder "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Ben Wilson

The failure of Ben Roberts-smith to win his defamation case is making big news. For anyone who doesnt know what this is about, Roberts-Smith is the alleged bully and murderer behind the execution unarmed civilians, while serving in Australias armed forces on Afghanistan.

He murders were made pubic by an investigation reported by three newspapers the Sydney Morning Herald, the Age, and the Canberra Times in 2018. Ben Roberts-Smith sued, and the 100 day case ended yesterday (1 June 2023). The judgement went against him.

Roberts-Smith was an officer in the Special Air Service (SAS).

Justice Anthony Besanko found that on a mission to the southern Afghan village of Darwan in 2012, he marched a handcuffed man named Ali Jan to stand above a 10-metre-high cliff that dropped down to a dry riverbed below. The court heard that Roberts-Smith then walked forward and kicked the individual in the chest, and then ordered a subordinate soldier to shoot the man dead.

Photo from the Department of Defence: Australian troops on an operation near Darwan

Another allegation was that on another mission an elderly man and second and younger man with a prosthetic leg, were executed.

It was ruled that on the probability of balance, based on the evidence, the newspapers had established the truth.

There are allegations of further murders and multiple assaults.

An immediate fallout has been the calls to have his uniform removed from the Australian War Memorial. It is there because Ben Roberts-Smith is Australias highest decorated war veteran.

There is no sign yet however, that he is going to be charged and made to face court for murder or anything else. There is not even the promise of a proper investigation. It adds to years of cover up by the military authorities.

Release of the Brereton report in 2020, which found credible evidence that implicated 25 current or former special forces personnel in the alleged unlawful killing of...


Sustainable fashion course on offer "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Sustainable fashion student, Gabriel Shine, designer and guest tutor, Jenny Bannister with course co-ordinator, Cate Coorey. Photo supplied.

Born in Byron, bred in a sweatshop, made from earth-destroying parts and brought back to you with copious carbon miles its fast fashion, but its not a good look.

Australians, it seems, must choose between going naked or wearing clothes that never quite fit their increasingly informed ethical standards.

While Byronites are known to enjoy baring all, winter is upon us and the Byron Community College (BCC) is offering another path: a six-week course in sustainable fashion.

Cate Coorey, known to many for her work as an independent Byron Shire councillor, is also a long-time tutor at BCC, and has coordinated the course, featuring guest experts and leading sustainable fashion practitioners.

Learn how to live more consciously

Emerging designers and anyone who wants to learn how to live more consciously is expected to benefit, Ms Coorey says. 

Each day has got a different aspect to sustainable and ethical fashion, Ms Coorey told The Echo, reducing the amount o...


Bayside Residents Association formed "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Bayside Bruns locals are stepping up to make sure their community has an adequate voice, given the predicted increase in population in coming years. Photo Tree Faerie.

A new residents association has emerged in what residents say is one of Byron Shires forgotten suburbs Bayside Brunswick Heads. 

The Bayside Residents Association (BRA) say the suburb is on the verge of a massive population increase from five separate developments.

BRA President, Peter Tanner, told The Echo they aim to make the suburb a true community, rather than a drive-in, drive-out housing development on the southern end of Brunswick Heads.

Ballooning population

Tanner said, Baysides current population of abou...


Market Talk June 1, 2023 "IndyWatch Feed National"



Chinas factory activity contracted at a faster rate than expected in May, signaling weakening demand and adding pressure on policymakers to support the countrys uneven economic recovery. The official manufacturing purchasing managers index (PMI) fell to a five-month low of 48.8, below the 50-point threshold that indicates expansion, and lower than the forecasted increase to 49.4. Additionally, the service sector activity expanded at a slower pace in May, with the official non-manufacturing PMI declining to 54.5 from 56.4. These disappointing readings caused Asian financial markets to decline, with the yuan, Australian dollar, and New Zealand dollar weakening, and regional stocks experiencing sharp falls. The PMI subindexes for May highlighted a contraction in factory output and a decline in new orders, including new exports, for the second consecutive month.


The major Asian stock markets had a mixed day today:

  • NIKKEI 225 increased 260.13 points or 0.84% to 31,148.01
  • Shanghai increased 0.07 points or 0.00% to 3,204.63
  • Hang Seng decreased 17.36 points or -0.10% to 18,216.91
  • ASX 200 increased 19.50 points or 0.27% to 7,110.80
  • Kospi decreased 7.95 points or -0.31% to 2,569.17
  • SENSEX decreased 193.70 points or -0.31% to 62,428.54
  • Nifty50 decreased 46.65 points or -0.25% to 18,487.75



The major Asian currency markets had a mixed day today:

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There Is No Such Thing as Unrealized Potential "IndyWatch Feed National"

Recently, I asked myself a question:


Am I hopeful that we will reinvent our civilization to handle the existential threats facing us?


This is difficult to answer! I feel extremely hopeful, spry, super inspired by something these days but somehow it isnt connected to our likelihood of surviving the coming catastrophes, individually or as a species. I am not sure that is still a useful way to think about our circumstance, in any case.


I find hope often irritates me. When I think of hope, I recall the 2008 Obama campaign based on hope and change. Once in office, he quickly betrayed the hopes of his progressive base. He pandered to Wall Street, accelerated fracking, and perpetuated various horrific military adventures. Without a firm deadline, hope often seems a selling technique, a postponement device. A way to kick the can down the road.


Hope reminds me of should, another word I find suspect. Whenever someone tells me they should do something, I cringe a bit. Should is the word we use for anything we dont want to do while feeling some vague guilty compulsion to do it anyway. If you feel you should do something, you probably shouldnt, and most likely you wont.


Hope forfeits the present for the future. We gaze toward something better up ahead, via our deeply distorted concept of linear time, for which we should sacrifice not do what we really want now.


Equally problematic, for me, is the word charity. When some wealthy person chooses to donate some of their loot to charity, I cant help but wonder about the rest of their fortune. This, presumably, was amassed with uncharitable, in other words, selfish or greedy intentions. Why didnt they act with good intentions and purposes all along, from the get-go? If they did if everybody did there wouldnt be any need for charity, no reason to give some money away to assuage a bad conscience.


One idea I find clarifying was originally attributed to Hegel (not sure if he actually wrote or even implied this, but if he did, it could be his pithiest one-liner):


There is no such thing as unrealized potential.


This simple idea saves me a great deal of time, energy, and stress. It pushes me to be more present, more complete, with whatever task is at hand. If there is no unrealized p...


What will Binance Australia services look like after debanking? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Binance suspended fiat on- and off-ramps by bank transfers in Australia, as well as trading for Australian dollar (AUD) pairs.


Turn Off, Dont Automate, the Killing Machine "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Laurie Calhoun | The Libertarian Institute | May 30, 2023

The quest to develop and refine technologically advanced means to commit mass homicide continues on, with Pentagon tacticians ever eager to make the military leaner and more lethal. Drone swarms already exist, and as insect-facsimile drones are marketed and produced, we can expect bug drone swarms to appear soon in the skies above places where suspected bad guys are said to residealong with their families and neighbors. Following the usual trajectory, it is only a matter of time before surveillance bug drones are upgraded for combat, making it easier than ever to kill human beings by whoever wishes to do so, whether military personnel, factional terrorists, or apolitical criminals. The development of increasingly lethal and creative means to commit homicide forges ahead not because anyone needs it but because it is generously funded by the U.S. Congress under the assumption that anything labeled a tool of national defense is, by definition, good.

To some there may seem to be merits to the argument from necessity for drones, given the ongoing military recruitment crisis. There are many good reasons why people wish not to enlist in the military anymore, but rather than review the missteps taken and counterproductive measures implemented in the name of defense throughout the twenty-first century, administrators ignore the most obvious answer to the question why young people are less enthusiastic than ever before to sign their lives away. Why did the Global War on Terror spread from Afghanistan and Iraq to engulf other countries as well? Critics have offered persuasive answers to this question, above all, that killing, torturing, maiming, and terrorizing innocent people led to an outpouring of sympathy for groups willing to resist the invaders of their lands. As a direct consequence of U.S. military intervention, Al Qaeda franchises such as ISIS emerged, proliferated, and spread. Yet the military plows ahead undeterred in its professed mission to eliminate the bad guys, with the killers either oblivious or somehow unaware that they are the primary creators of the bad guys.

Meanwhile, the logic of automation has been openly and enthusiastically embraced as the way of the future for the military, as in so many other realms. Who needs soldiers anyway, given that they can and will be replaced by machines? Just as grocery stores today often have more self-checkout stations than human cashiers, the military has been replacing combat pilots with drone operators for years. Taking human beings altogether out of the killing loop is the inevitable next step, because war architects focus on lethality, as though it were the only meas...


Drivers of environmental degradation in the Amazon "IndyWatch Feed National"

Why do people clear forest? To anybody who has lived on the forest frontier, the answer is as simple as it is obvious: it is essential to the livelihoods of the regions inhabitants. In some cases, it may be to grow food to feed a family but, more often, people clear forest to generate wealth by selling timber, cultivating a crop or raising livestock. The flow of goods between rural and urban societies is as old as civilization, but in todays global economy the connection between the producer and the consumer is mediated by a supply chain that is complex and not particularly transparent. Santa Cruz, Bolivia. Credit: Rhett Butler. For the last several decades, increases in demand for food and fibre have been met by the expansion of agricultural supply chains into tropical forest wilderness. Producers operating on these landscapes are responding to global demand for the goods they produce; they are acting in their own self-interest to create wealth for their families and jobs for their communities. Many are fully aware that deforestation is a global problem but maintain that they should not bear the cost of conserving biodiversity or fighting global warming, especially when wealthy nations have sacrificed their own forest and polluted the atmosphere in pursuit of economic growth. A common refrain, voiced across economic spectra, is that wealthy nations should assume the cost of forest conservation. Many consumers in wealthy nations are concerned about tropical deforestation, and some express a willingness to pay for conservationThis article was originally published on Mongabay


Indigenous land rights key to curbing deforestation and restoring lands: Study "IndyWatch Feed National"

Indigenous territories with secure land rights not only reduce deforestation inside their lands in the Brazilian Amazon, but also lead to higher secondary forest growth on previously deforested areas, says a new study. This new report, published in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, is off the back of multiple studies in recent years pointing to the efficiency of Indigenous forest conservation in Brazils Amazon once their territories gain full recognition by the government. According to the report, these territories support higher rates of secondary forest growth than the privately owned and unincorporated lands around them. The secondary forests that grow back after clearing of original old-growth help revive biodiversity and capture carbon, combating climate change. Regenerated forests, also known as secondary forests, attempt to mimic the old-growth forest that was once there and act as carbon sinks, explains environmental and natural resource economist Nilesh Shinde, a postdoc at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a co-author on the paper. Granting tenure to these Indigenous lands in Brazil is not only a really good human rights policy, but its actually a great environmental policy as well, says political scientist Kathryn Baragwanath, now at the Australian Catholic University in Melbourne, Australia, and lead author of the study. Land tenure prevents outsiders from entering territories for logging, mining, setting up crop pastures and land-grabbing, and it protects Indigenous traditional ways of life largely based on forest stewardship. Studies show this form of land protection contains some of the most healthy forestsThis article was originally published on Mongabay


FLASHBACK: Gaunt and ghostly, Georgia's jailed ex-president nears death in hospital "IndyWatch Feed National"

Comment: Tthe Guardian puts out a puff piece attempting to rehabilitate a war criminal who among other things, fanned the flames of Ukraine's neonazi coup. While a person's imminent death is tragic, it does not warrant whitewashing his past or abetting his lies. Mikheil Saakashvili warned of Putin's ambitions 15 years ago. Now he tells of torture by a regime that panders to Moscow Locked up in a Tbilisi hospital, Mikheil Saakashvili is slowly wasting away. "I am asking to be transferred to Poland, as it is crystal clear that in Georgian hospital I will die," Georgia's former president wrote in response to questions from the Observer last week. His answers were scrawled in blue ballpoint pen on sheets of paper, passed to his lawyers. Photographs and video of Saakashvili in hospital show him gaunt and confused. A recent report from independent experts suggested his health has deteriorated severely and he will soon face irreversible organ damage. Since his arrest, he says, his weight...


INTERVIEW: Basil Valentine BBC Defames Roger Waters + Trudeau Drives Canada Off the Woke Cliff "IndyWatch Feed National"

How woke is too woke? What on earth does 2SLGBTQI+ even mean?

In this episode of the Patrick Henningsen Show on TNT Radio which aired on May 29, 2023, Patrick talks with our roving correspondent for culture & sport, Basil Valentine, about the BBCs latest debacle where the British establishments propaganda arm was caught lying in order to get Roger Waters UK concerts cancelled under the increasingly bogus charge of antisemitism. Also, Canadian PM Justin Trudeau attempts to leapfrog the whole of wokery by extending the former LGBTQ acronym to the new upgraded 2SLGBTQI+ but what on earth does this even mean? All this and more. Listen:

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INTERVIEW: Markus Kraus Is NATOs Air Defender Drill a Trigger for War? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Will NATO attempt another stunt as they did last summer when they set explosives to blow up the Nord Stream pipelines?

In this episode of the Patrick Henningsen Show on TNT Radio which aired on May 30, 2023, Patrick talks with former German and NATO military member, Markus Kraus, about the disturbing signs surrounding NATOs upcoming Air Defender 2023 drill which will feature hundreds of military aircraft, and will even close down German airspace. Will NATO attempt another stunt as they did last summer when they set the explosives to blow up the Nord Stream pipelines? Also, NATO members like Germany are now forming special police forces to put down demonstrations against their proxy war against Russia, and the mainstream media have blacked-out any coverage of anti-war demonstrations in countries like Germany. Listen:

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TETRIARY EDUCATION STATE OF PLAY 2023: Australia took 121 years to finally establish national free university education and less than 33 years to totally destroy the idea that tertiary education should be fee free "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


In 1974 the Whitlam Labor Government gave the Commonwealth full control over higher education funding and made a university education free for those who met the educational entrance requirements of tertiary institutions.

In 1976 the Fraser Coalition Government tried to re-introduced tuition fees for post-graduate and second degrees as well as for tuition fees for foreign students with limited success.

However by 1983 the international and national economic climate began to test the resolve of the incoming Hawke Labor Government and in the August 1988 Budget it announced that it would introduce university tuition fees via the Higher Education Funding Act 1988 (HECS).

The scheme was to have only one rate of contribution ($1,800 in 1989) and an up-front payment discount of 15 per cent on tuition fees. Repayment of the HECS debt was to begin once the university graduate began to earn a wage over the compulsory repayment threshold and, any unpaid HECS debts would be discharged on the death of the graduate.

In the following years the Hawke and Keating Labor Governments tinkered with repayment schedules and introduced new schemes based on HECS repayment arrangements for specific groups of students.

However it was during the years of the Howard Coalition Government that the floodgates were fully opened allowing the user pays rationale to begin flooding across higher education. The debt repayment threshold kicked in at a lower annual income and universities were given greater licence to use market forces as a tool in setting course fees, amongst other measures.


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The G7 countries demonstrated a Cold War mentality in their attacks on China "IndyWatch Feed National"

The G7 countries demonstrated a Cold War mentality in their attacks on China

The Chinese Foreign Ministry protested to Tokyo over the G7 summits vilification of Beijing and interference in Chinese internal affairs.

The G7 summit, which took place in Hiroshima, Japan, from May 19 to 21, was not without controversy. The leaders of the so-called most industrialized countries have once again demonstrated their exclusivity and pretention to judge everyone and everything. The communiqu produced at the summit drew much attention to China; in particular, the G7 countries expressed worry over Taiwan, the South China Sea, human rights, and the non-market practices of the PRC.

This cavalier attitude on the part of the leaders of the collective West could not have gone unanswered by China. Chinese Deputy Foreign Minister Sun Weidong protested to the Japanese ambassador in Beijing over the inflated issues related to China at the G7 summit in Hiroshima. According to a Chinese foreign ministry statement, Japan, which holds the G7 presidency this year, attacked and vilified China along with other countries during the G7 events in Hiroshima as well as in the joint G7 statement. Such gross interference in Chinas internal affairs violates basic principles of international law and harms Chinas sovereignty, security and development interests. In this regard, Beijing expresses its acute discontent and strong protest, the statement stressed.

The Chinese diplomat also noted that the G7 has a confrontational and Cold War camp mentality and its actions violate historical trends, objective facts and international morality. Sun Weidong pointed out that the issues related to Hong Kong, Xinjiang and Tibet are exclusively internal Chinese affairs, and no outside forces will be allowed to interfere in any way. Accusations of economic coercion of other countries and creating a debt trap c...


Voice referendum "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

It's Reconciliation Week and as we move towards the referendum on the Voice to Parliament, it's disheartening to see the level of misinformation being distributed

One theme has been sovreignty and seems to me this will be one of the first topics the Voice will discuss and it's clear the referendum does not diminish that issue in promoting a treaty being established with Australia's First Nations:

"All members of the Expert Group agreed that the draft provision would not affect the sovereignty of any group or body."


Encounters "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Last year I joined a project writing about regional museums

I thought it'd be easy to put together 800 words about Pioneer Park, then worked through a few ideas before settling on one and also applying for the job of curator!

Orana Arts ran this project and the mentorship stimulating, then they asked if I'd design a cover and I thought the image of a telephone switchboard worked as a metaphor for the connections being formed.

Anyway, it was fun to take the book into work this week and share my piece about Bagtown -- which is a temporary town that now exists as a recreation at Griffith's museum.


Scott Morrison issues blanket denial on nuclear submarine questions "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The former PM answered with an emphatic No when asked if he knew of links between powerful lobbyists and the AUKUS deal.

Crikey, 31 May 23
Former prime minister Scott Morrison has denied knowing of links between conservative lobbyists the Crosby Textor group (C|T Group) and the giant US company General Dynamics, which builds nuclear-powered submarines.He has also denied knowing that General Dynamics was the lead constructor for the US Navys fleet of nuclear-powered submarines as he pondered cancelling Australias contract for conventional submarines in favour of nuclear-powered submarines.

And he denied speaking about the nuclear-powered submarine option with his principal private secretary Yaron Finkelstein , who left C|Ts Australian operations to join Morrisons staff in 2018. ...


Australian submariners test positive for drugs "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Andrew Tillett, 29 May 23,

The rumours of drug use saw officials take hair samples and conduct 24 tests of crew members to try to get to the bottom of the claims. A Collins class submarine carries a minimum of 48 officers and sailors, plus additional trainees.

The drug investigation offers a rare window into Australias submarine fleet, traditionally known as the silent service because of the secrecy attached to operations and deployment.

The revelations also come as the navys submarine operations head towards an eventual transformation from the ageing Collins class submarines to nuclear-powered submarines under AUKUS.

Submariners traditionally are among the highest paid of Australias military personnel in recognition of the demands of the job, including being isolated at sea and cut off from contact with family for weeks, and the specialist skills required to keep a submarine safe while operating in an inherently risky environment hundreds of metres below the oceans surface.

The Defence Department did not answer a series of detailed questions about the incident, but said in a statement a small number of navy personnel returned positive tests for prohibited substances in July 2022.

Administrative action

Defence takes all incidents of this nature very seriously and has a zero-tolerance policy regarding the use of prohibited substances, the statement said.

The personnel were provided access to, and informed of, the full range of support services available to all Australian Defence Force personnel.

Administrative action has been taken against the personnel involved. Broader investigations ruled out wider use of prohibited substances.

The FOI documents do not reveal what submarine, ports or drugs were involved, and Defence did not provide those answers. The Financial Review has been told the submarine was HMAS Collins.

The documents show that several crew members were alleged to have used drugs during port visits in April and May last year. Commanders learnt of the claims on May 29 and initiated a fact-finding mission.

The informant indicated that they became aware of this information during conversations with somebody, who heard it from somebody else, who heard it from somebody else and so on. In other words it was potentially 5th hand in...


The Talking Cure "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

It was exciting to get a parcel today

Even more excited to discover one of my Junto videos was part of an exhibition in France!



This is how AI is going to be your entry-level job coach "IndyWatch Feed National"

The interview simulator, named Boris, assesses everything from the content of your answer to your eye contact and posture.

As Hallo CEO Vern Howard shares his Zoom screen with me, Im immediately transported back to the AOL era, with a window that pops up in the typical typewriter font of the instant messaging application. But this demo is far from the technology of AOLits an AI-powered career coach named Boris designed to assist Gen Z students land a dream job as part of Hallos digital events and recruiting platform.

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Australia asks if high-risk AI should be banned in surprise consultation "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Australian government suddenly announced a new eight-week consultation to ask how heavily it should police the AI sector.


George Soros son has visited the White House at least 17 times since Biden took office, records show "IndyWatch Feed National"

Joe Schoffstall, Cameron Cawthorne Fox News May 31, 2023

Alex Soros, son of liberal billionaire George Soros, has maintained access to the upper echelons of President Bidens White House and has frequently taken advantage of those channels.

The younger Soros, who chairs the board of directors for his fathers Open Society Foundations network, has now visited the White House at least 17 times since 2021, according to a Fox News Digital review of visitor logs.

Alexs most recent visits include three meetings between February 8th and 10th, records released Tuesday show. The visitor logs list Jon Finer, the principal deputy national security adviser; Jordan Finkelstein, special assistant to the president and the chief of staff for senior Biden adviser Anita Dunn; and Mariana Adame, the adviser to the counselor of the president, as the individuals who greeted Alex.

It remains unclear precisely who Alex may have met with for the sessions, as the records can contain White House staff who book appointments, meet the guests and take them to other personnel.

For example, a White House official confirmed to Fox News Digital in January that two of Alexs past visits were with Ron Klain, Bidens former chief of staff, who was not listed in the records. OSF did not answer questions on the nature of his most recent meetings, and the White House did not respond to an inquiry.

The three most recent visits come on the heels of his 14 prior visits to the White House. And while the younger Soros has taken advantage of the Biden connections, hes also maintained close contact with Democratic lawmakers, which he often boasts about and posts on social media.

George Soros (left), Nancy Pelosi (centre) and Alexander Soros. Click to enlarge

Alexs Instagram shows d...


The Role and Importance of Process Servers "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

In the realm of legal proceedings, the efficient and fair delivery of legal documents is crucial for upholding the principles of due process and ensuring justice is served.

This responsibility falls upon legal/process servers, individuals who play a vital role in the legal system by delivering legal documents, such as subpoenas, summonses, and complaints, to the intended recipients.

In this article, we will explore the significance of legal/process servers, their responsibilities, and their contribution to the administration of justice.

Understanding the Role of Process Servers:

Definition and Function

process servers or legal servers play a crucial role in the legal system by serving legal documents to the parties involved in a legal case. Their main function is to ensure that all individuals receive proper notice of legal proceedings, which is essential for them to exercise their rights and actively participate in the legal process.

Process servers act as impartial messengers and intermediaries between the court and the parties involved in a legal matter. They are responsible for delivering legal documents, such as summonses, complaints, subpoenas, and other court orders, to the individuals or entities to whom they are addressed. This process is carried out in strict adherence to legal requirements and regulations, ensuring that the delivery of these documents is accurate, timely, and lawful.

Legal Requirements

Becoming a process server involves meeting certain qualifications and legal requirements, which may vary depending on the jurisdiction in which one intends to practice. While these requirements are subject to variation, there are generally common criteria that aspiring process servers must fulfil.

Firstly, age requirements must be met, typically requiring individuals to be at least 18...


The Burden of Riches "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

We watched an interview last week with Robert Kennedy Jr, now a candidate for president.

His answers were good. But on one subject, he seemed to be caught off guard.

Youre from one of the richest families in the US, began the examiner. What do you think of Senator Elizabeth Warrens proposal of a wealth tax to reduce inequality?

I dont knowId have to look at that, said Kennedy.

In the next few words, well do some looking too.

Primary trends

For the benefit of new readers, we take a much broader view than most investment research firms. We look for the deep currents in markets and history that help to explain the curious things we see on the surface. As far as your wealth is concerned, it is being in the right place at the right time not being smart that really matters. Had you been born in the US after the Second World War, for example, you would have lived through the most remarkably cushy period in human history. And had you caught what we call the Primary Trend in the US stock market, after 1982, you could have put your investment portfolio on autopilot and enjoyed 40 years of growth.

And yeslike the smell of turmeric in an Indian restaurant, theres a whiff of fatalism hanging over our pense. Because, once you discover the primary trend, you see that it is part of a larger pattern a chapter in a longer storya piece of a bigger puzzle. The story, of course, has a beginning and an end it doesnt matter what you think or what you want. The puzzlewellit is what it is.

Which is why all those opinion pieces you read in The New York Times and elsewhere are nonsense. We need to do thisyou need to do thatBiden should do thisPutin should do that as far as we know no significant Primary Trend has ever been interrupted by the conscious efforts of well-intentioned meddlers. The deep currents ignore the surface chop.

Army talks

But lets begin looking at the issue from the perspective of a series of 1943 War Department pamphlets entitled Army Talks. It was propaganda, of course, designed to help soldiers see things the way the Pentagon wanted:

Were the good guys, because we favour democracy.

Theyre bad guys. They are fascists.  

Got it?

For the benefit of soldiers who may not get it immediately, the thought shapers at the Pentagon went on to describe fascism as government by the few and for the fewthe people run democratic governments, but fascist governments run people.

A regular theme of ours has been the way in which the US Government has degenerated since the Second World War, especially after 1971. It has become an Empire of Debt, as we put it on one of our book covers. As we will see, debt favours the f...


Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.00002 BTC
0.00010 BTC = 4.15 AUD


Tweed Council to start nappy rebate scheme but defer Cudgen Creek Masterplan "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The last Tweed Shire Council meeting (18 May, 2023) saw the Reusable Nappy Rebate Scheme adopted by councillors, the rail trail impacts were discussed while a decision on the motion to go ahead with the Cudgen Creek Masterplan was deferred.

1.5 billion plastic containing nappies go into landfill each year in Australia.

Nappy rebates

Councillor Dr Noala Firth moved the motion to adopt the Reusable Nappy Rebate Scheme in Tweed which encourages parents to use reusable nappies rather than disposables.

Non-disposable rebate has been taken on by many councils already. The funding for this initiative is from the resource recovery budget which is separate from rates revenue, she was clear to point out.

There are 3.7 million disposable nappies used a day in NZ and Australia. It is one of the biggest contributors to plastic waste as well as ordinary waste and it takes hundreds of years for these nappies to disappear. There is about one cup of crude oil per nappy. 

There are 1.5 billion disposable nappies used worldwide a year. They are all still sitting somewhere. This will reduce plastic and landfill. This is something we can do here at th...


60% of Ballina Council investments in fossil fuel aligned companies "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Local governments on the Northern Rivers have declared climate emergencies and pledged net zero goals but are still investing massively with banks that support fossil fuel projects

The Ballina Shire Council had more than $60 million invested in fossil fuel aligned companies on behalf of ratepayers as of the end of April 2023.

Of $107.3 million in various investments, mostly with fossil fuel aligned banks, the largest share at 14.9% was with Westpac, followed by 14% with the Commonwealth Bank (CBA)and 13% in the National Australia Bank (NAB).

Together the three major banks represented nearly 42% of the total council investment portfolio.

A detailed staff graph showed none of the three were classified as fossil fuel free or green.

Greens councillor depressed over fossil fuel support

A further 6.5% of investment funds were allocated to each of the Bank of Queensland and ME Bank and 4.8% to AMP Bank, with none of those three classified as fossil fuel free or Green.

Greens Councillor Kiri Dicker said at a recent council meeting she just got depressed about fossil fuel investment all the time.

I actually, like, how many times can they release an IPCC report that says in some other wording that, you know, were doomed effectively? Cr Dicker asked rhetorically at the May ordinary council meeting, referring to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

And like, part of me thinks its too late, Cr Dicker said, to be honest, I think were probably on a pathway to extinction anyway.

Anything thats going to starve the fossil fuel industry of money that it needs to operate I would obviously support.

Time for the public to have their say



Flood trauma? Free womens mindful healing workshops available "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

WORTH staff including an art therapist, nurse, counsellor, and psychologist in front of the outreach van and their premises in Goonellabah. Photo supplied

It has been a tough run in the Northern Rivers from drought to fire to pandemic to flood so there is quite a bit to deal with for many of us. 

WORTH (Womens Outreach Trauma Health Service) are reaching out to women over 16 who have been impacted by the 2022 floods who would like to participate in a free Mindful Healing in times of trauma course.

The workshop will be delivered by a qualified psychologist in partnership with Safe Haven Lismore, The Buttery.

Its a skills-based workshop looking at the nervous systems, emotions, what trauma is and how it affects bodies and minds, said psychologist and acting project manager Sonja H.

We look at emotion regulation, self care, mindfulness and self compassion as part of the six week course.



Grant for innovative Birthing on Country program "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Professor Gilliam Gould and Dr Marilyn Clarke are part of the iSISTAQUIT program.

Birthing on Country can be very important for many Aboriginal women, but many face the challenge of leaving Country to access medical care when their babies come. 

Imagine being 38 weeks pregnant and having to leave your family and community behind to travel hundreds of kilometres to get the care you and your baby will need for the birth. Though far from ideal, this is the reality many Aboriginal women in remote communities face when its time to have their babies and its something Southern Cross University and its partner organisations are committed to changing, said a SCU spokesperson. 

Southern Cross University has secured a $3.558 million grant from the federal Department of Health and Aged Care to collaboratively scope and design an innovative program for Birthing on Country with three Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations.

The program will...


Corporate America has launched a religious war: It's time to choose your side "IndyWatch Feed National"

Bud Light enlists a trans ladyface minstrel to sell beer. Target hires a trans Satanist to design LGBT clothes for kids and starts selling "binding" and "tucking" swimwear. North Face launches a marketing campaign featuring a creepy drag performer hocking LGBT gear to children ages 2 to 7. The Los Angeles Dodgers gives an award to a demonic hate group whose sole purpose is to blaspheme and profane the Catholic faith. All this, and June "pride month" hasn't even begun. What's happening? Why did so many major corporate brands decide to go all-in on promoting an aggressive, radical LGBT agenda that just a few years ago would have been considered totally unacceptable in civil society? Is this a psy-op? Is it real? What happens next? The short answer to these questions is that we've entered a new phase of the culture war, and in some ways have transcended "the culture war" completely. What we're in now is better described as a religious war one that's been launched by corporate...


The Dark and Surreptitious Agenda Driving The Transgender Movement "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Lets explore Byron Councils secret meetings! "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Has Byron Shire Council improved with its transparency with regards to confidential motions?

Should councillors try and be as transparent as possible when dealing with assets that are publicly owned?

In last weeks meeting, all councillors didnt bat an eyelid as they moved again into confidential session over two motions, one relating to land that Council owns in the highly valuable Belongil suburb (Item 9.5), and another that was just called a boundary adjustment for another parcel of Belongil property. 

No information was provided on the motion, so the public were left without any knowledge of what went on behind closed doors.

When delving into the reasons around the secrecy, Mayor Michael Lyon at first defended the secrecy as entirely prudent and appropriate, and, We are trying to solve a building encroachment on Council-land issue and we wanted to ensure that all ideas could be discussed without fear of litigation.

He said general reasons to close the doors on the public, would be matters where legislation prohibits us doing so, for commercial in-confidence matters regarding contracts and tender selection, appointment of members to panels and committees and finally, matters that are likely to be able to leave us open to being sued.

When pressed, he said, The default position is that if something is of concern to staff, and raises an issue under the legislation, then they mark it as confidential. 

We have had the discussion quite a few times regarding whether to move away from this on a particular item, but it is rare that we disagree with staffs assessment, though it has happened in the past. 

I agree that the original motions, as proposed, should have been in the public agenda, and the background redacted if it contained problematic content, however, staff chose a different view, and they are responsible for production of the agenda.

So, should councillors be more engaged with what is confidential, and take the lead, instead of mostly relying on staff with such matters?  

Former Byron Mayor and NSW Upper House MP, Jan Barham, told The Echo, In accordance with the Local Government Act 1993 and the NSW Office of Local Government advice, the onus is on councillors to determine if confidentiality is required and maintain open processes to keep the community informed.



The overall confidence in the evidence for a positive association between long-term exposure to TRAP and non-accidental mortality was high. "IndyWatch Feed National"

PMID:  Environ Int. 2023 Apr 7 ;176:107916. Epub 2023 Apr 7. PMID: 37210806 Abstract Title:  Long-term exposure to traffic-related air pollution and non-accidental mortality: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Abstract:  BACKGROUND: The health effects of traffic-related air pollution (TRAP) continue to be of important public health interest across the globe. Following its 2010 review, the Health Effects Institute appointed a new expert Panel to systematically evaluate the epidemiological evidence regarding the associations between long-term exposure to TRAP and selected health outcomes. This paper describes the main findings of the systematic review on non-accidental mortality.METHODS: The Panel used a systematic approach to conduct the review. An extensive search was conducted of literature published between 1980 and 2019. A new exposure framework was developed to determine whether a study was sufficiently specific to TRAP, which included studies beyond the near-roadway environment. We performed random-effects meta-analysis when at least three estimates were available of an association between a specific exposure and outcome. We evaluated confidence in the evidence using a modified Office of Health Assessment and Translation (OHAT) approach, supplemented with a broader narrative synthesis.RESULTS: Thirty-six cohort studies were included. Virtually all studies adjusted for a large number of individual and area-level covariates-including smoking, body mass index, and individual and area-level socioeconomic status-and were judged at a low or moderate risk for bias. Most studies were conducted in North America and Europe, and a few were based in Asia and Australia. The meta-analytic summary estimates for nitrogen dioxide, elemental carbon and fine particulate matter-pollutants with more than 10 studies-were 1.04 (95% CI 1.01, 1.06), 1.02 (1.00, 1.04) and 1.03 (1.01, 1.05) per 10, 1 and 5 g/m, respectively. Effect estimates are interpreted as the relative risk of mortality when the exposure differs with the selected increment. The confidence in the evidence for these pollutants was judged as high, because of upgrades for monotonic exposure-response and consistency across populations. The consistent findings across geographical regions, exposure assessment methods and confounder adjustment resulted in a high confidence rating using a narrative approach as well.CONCLUSIONS: The overall confidence in the evidence for a positive association between long-term exposure to TRAP and non-accidental mortality was high.

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Byron Council compliance staff bolstered "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Byron council estimates up to 160 camper vans are parked illegally each night. (file pic)

Are the van campers of Brunswick Heads thoughtless travellers with no respect for the town and its inhabitants, or are many in fact local homeless folk looking for a safe space with toilets and running water?

That was a key theme during a passionate Council meeting last week, which ultimately saw councillors vote to close down the van camping hub on South Beach Lane, and to spend $250,000 on bolstering Councils compliance team.

South Beach Lane is located next to open parkland, a bridge and runs along the river, near Torakina car park.

A group of local residents living in the highly-sought-after strip of houses adjacent to the lane slammed the van campers who have set up a community in the car park there.

I speak on behalf of my family, residents of South Beach Lane and beyond, when I say that the relentless camping and loitering has reached an unbearable limit, said resident Sam Boulton, whose family has lived on the lane since 1968.

Theres no reprieve and weve reached breaking point.

Mr Boulton said there was continuous noise from engines, doors slamming, and music, and that campers dumped rubbish, gear and food waste in the nearby park and sometimes into peoples backyards.

The current circumstances mean that it is not a pleasant place for raising a child, study, working from home or simply enjoying home time, he said.

The attitude if asked to be quiet? We can be here till 1am.

Other residents spoke of campers defecating in the park next to the river, having loud parties, dealing drugs, and swearing and spitting at local residents.

The principal of the primary school has to call the police to do a sweep before theres a cros...


Will NSW Labor pay on-call emergency service volunteers? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Flooding on Tamarind Avenue, Bogangar. Photo from the Select Committee on the response to Major Flooding across NSW in 2022

The newly elected NSW Labor government have stopped short of committing to paying volunteers who attend emergencies such as fires and floods, but say there is investment and initiatives underway to support those who volunteer as emergency service members. 

The Echo asked NSW Emergency Minister, Jihad Dib, During the 2022 floods, emergency services were clearly under-prepared, and it was the community, not the government or Council, who were on the ground immediately helping/saving each other from life threatening situations. It took around a week for any government assistance to arrive. 

Given this, will NSW Labor commit to appropriately fund emergency services, so volunteers are paid for being on call, so they are prepared for future events?

The minister replied, The NSW government remains committed to delivering world-class emergency services, and doing everything possible to keep communities safe from natural disasters.



Traffic interruptions around Lismore Base Hospital Sunday "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Some streets will be blocked off and others reduced to one lane on Sunday 4 June around Lismore Base Hospital and Lismore Shopping Square for significant electricity maintenance work.

The maintenance work has been scheduled by Essential Energy and traffic flow will be affected between the hours of 7am and 4pm, conditions permitting.

The work will involve the replacement of power poles and cross-arms, along with general maintenance on the electricity network, said Essential Energy in a press release. 

Operations Manager Ranges, Paul McWilliam said, To keep the community and Essential Energy crews safe during the work, full and partial road closures will unfortunately be necessary.

Professional traffic management will be in place to assist with traffic flow including access by emergency services. Parts of Uralba and Diadem Streets will be fully closed, while Laurel Avenue, Diadem and Magellan Streets will be reduced to one lane.

We are bringing crews in on a Sunday to minimise impacts on the community and recommend people allow additional travel time or avoid the area where possible, Mr McWilliam added.

We are sorry for the inconvenience and thank the community for their cooperation and understanding while our crews complete this important maintenance work.

The post Traffic interruptions around Lismore Base Hospital Sunday appeared first on The Echo.


Today is the day! Byrons epic new skate park now open "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Byron Bays brand new and totally epic 10 foot skate bowl and ramps are primed and ready to ride.

After nine months of construction, Council is excited to welcome the community to Jarjumirr Park its brand new and fully-awesome, competition-level skate park in Byron Bays Sandhills Estate.

Skaters have been waiting for many, many years for this skate park and we are very grateful to the NSW Government for supporting this project, Byron Shire Mayor, Michael Lyon, said.

This skate park has been designed by CONVIC, recognised as a world leader in the design and delivery of skate parks, Mayor Lyon said.

While we have an official ribbon cutting ceremony scheduled for mid-year, we know our skaters and their families cant wait so in the meantime, we are inviting everyone to come down and try it out your skate park is open!!

Best of all is that this an all abilities facility that is available to people of all ages to enjoy.

Its important for our community to recognise the critical role the Bundjalung of Byron Bay Arakwal people and Tweed Byron Local Aboriginal Land Council played in enabling this project to be delivered for Byron Shire on this land, Mayor Lyon said.

To everyone in our community, some who have been campaigning for this for more than 30 years, and to former Mayor Simon Richardson, thank you for your patience this is everyones place so enjoy it and look after it, he said.

I am not a skater but my kids will love this and to me it looks like a top-notch facility, the Mayor said.

Not only will this be an area for our kids and young people to be active and connect with their community, it will be an important place for learning about cultural heritage too, the Mayor said.

Jarjumirr Park Byron Skate Park has received $2.05 million from the NSW Government in funding support with an additional $600,000 from Byron Shire Council.

Council wishes to thank the residents and business stakeholders for their patience and cooperation during construction.

Skate park activation including skate etiquette, skate safe workshops, and Friday night Jam sessions will be running over the next three months.

The post Today is the day! Byrons epic new skate park now open appeared first on Byron Bay Blog.


It was always only about power with the left "IndyWatch Feed National"

Why do so many liberal climate-activist grandees fly on private jets? Or why do those who profited from Black Lives Matter have a propensity for estate living? Or why do the community-activist Obamas prefer to live in not one, but three mansions? The answer is that calls for radical equity, "power for the people," and mandated equality are usually mostly sloganeering for those who enjoy power and the lucre it brings, and their wish is to augment both for themselves. The result is that the issue du jour of mandated equality often becomes secondary if not irrelevant. There is neither fear of inconstancy nor hypocrisy, given the central theme that governs a leftist party line is political utility or the ends of power always more than justify the hypocritical means used to obtain it. Spout racialist nonsense for 40 years? Harass women and young girls by blowing in their hair and squeezing them too tightly? Create a family grifting syndicate to leverage foreign cash in quid pro quo...


Market Talk May 31, 2023 "IndyWatch Feed National"


Indias economic growth in the March quarter reached 6.1%, according to government data. This growth was driven by increased government and private capital spending, although private consumption remained sluggish. India continues to be one of the fastest growing emerging economies, particularly as Chinas recovery falters. Despite the risks posed by a global slowdown, the government anticipates growth to remain around 6.5% in the current fiscal year. The economy outperformed economists expectations, with a growth rate of 5.0% forecasted in a Reuters poll for the last quarter of the 2022/23 fiscal year. The full-year growth estimate was revised from 7% to 7.2%. In the previous fiscal year, Indias economy grew by 9.1%.

The major Asian stock markets had a negative day today:

  • NIKKEI 225 decreased 440.28 points or -1.41% to 30,887.88
  • Shanghai decreased 19.65 points or -0.61% to 3,204.56
  • Hang Seng decreased 361.51 points or -1.94% to 18,234.27
  • ASX 200 decreased 118.00 points or -1.64% to 7,091.30
  • Kospi decreased 8.40 points or -0.32% to 2,577.12
  • SENSEX decreased 346.89 points or -0.55% to 62,622.24
  • Nifty50 decreased 99.45 points or -0.53% to 18,534.40



The major Asian currency markets had a mixed day today:

  • AUDUSD decreased 0.00552 or -0.85% to 0.64618
  • NZDUSD decreased 0.00455 or -0.75% to 0.59905
  • USDJPY decreased 0.04 or -0.03% to 139.750
  • USDCNY increased 0.03877 or 0.55% to 7.12947


Precious Metals:

  • Gold increased 5.81 USD/t oz. or 0.30% to 1,964.95
  • Silver increased 0.265 USD/t. oz or 1.14% to 23.480


Some economic news from last night:


Chinese Composite PMI (May) decreased from 54.4 to 52.9

Manufacturing PMI (May) decreased from 49.2 to 48.8

Non-Manufacturing PMI (May) decreased from 56.4 to 54.5


Industrial Production (MoM) (Apr) decreased from 1.1% to -0.4%

Retail Sales (YoY) (Apr) decreased from 6.9% to 5.0%


Construction Work Done (QoQ) (Q1) increased from 1.0% to 1.8%

CPI (YoY) decreased from 7.0% to 6.8%

Private Sector Credit (MoM) (Apr) i...


We hunted the rabbit "IndyWatch Feed National"

I know its not as impressive as the mammoth, but it gives AMAB people an edge in rugby, therefore trans athletes should be banned. So saith Sean Ingle, chief sportswriter for the increasingly transphobic Guardian.

As he repeated many lies about trans women in sport, whether through ignorance or malice, Ingle said, And going back to the start with the science is to have a separate, exclusive, preserved category for natal females with trans women and trans men then going into an open, universal category. And those that support this approach point to the recent science that suggests that even when testosterone is reduced, strength in transgender women only goes down 5%.

Most of that advantage for male puberty is retained. They also point out, and I hear this a lot, that women are not men with lower testosterone. They point out there are thousands of physical differences between males and females, and they arent always obvious.

Females tend to have better peripheral vision than males. Males, in contrast, are quite as fast[sic?] at accurately detecting the trajectory of a moving object. That is, how fast its moving, in which direction its moving, and where its going to be 1 second from now.

Thats helpful when youre trying to chuck a spear at a rabbit. If youre going back to evolutionary biology times, its also helpful when youre trying to intercept a rugby ball. My general view here is that The Guardian should be at the heart of all this and that we should write about the subject fearlessly.

Ah, even sportswriters have absorbed the biases of evolutionary psychology. Now men, not women, have evolved to be better at throwing spears.

These glib comparisons always make me wonder what was being compared in these studies. All women tend to have better peripheral vision than men? What if you compared men, in general, to women tennis players? Is it still true? Isnt it quite likely that peripheral vision, and the ability to calculate trajectories, are plastic and responsive to practice?

Also, how large is the variation within men, and within women? Arent we really dealing with selected subsets of populations, making blanket claims about the aggregate abilities of diverse populations rather problematic?

The whole premise is flawed. It assumes that men of the paleolithic were specifically and exclusively selected for spear chucking, that women of that time had no use for that tal...


Australian Garlic Kills COVID-19, Says Doherty Institute "IndyWatch Feed National"

The variety of garlic was not named, of course. Via: ABC: An Australian variety of garlic could reduce COVID and flu-related infections, according to new medical research. A study by the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity (the Doherty Institute) and farming company Australian Garlic Producers has found that extracts of an as-yet-to-be-named garlic, []


Mike Stone Theyre Serious About Making You Eat Insects "IndyWatch Feed National" May 30, 2023

You dont think people who hid behind face diapers and face shields are going to say no to a dinner of grasshoppers and cockroaches?

by Mike Stone (

Forbes recently ran a piece called Eat Bugs! Its What for Dinner.

Why is a so-called financial magazine promoting bugs for dinner? The answer is conditioning. Its how every organic movement begins. Grass roots is really astro turf.

Conditioning is how the whole tranny movement started. In 2007, Barbara Walters interviewed Jaron Bloshinsky, a ten-year-old boy who claimed to be a girl. That was the first step in getting the public to accept tranny mania. It was followed by a subtle increase in news stories about transsexuals and how they were accidentally born into the wrong bodies. Total nonsense, yet look at where we are today.

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Thats how these agendas are pushed. They begin with what looks like a harmless question or an enlightened news story thats put forth by the media in order to gauge public perception. Gradually those stories increase in number until the public is fully conditioned, then the push begins.

Bugs for dinner is the latest thing. Its being heavily promoted by the World Economic Forum, and when Klaus Schwab of the World Economic Forum says, Jump, the presidents of major countries ask, How high?

Under pressure from the WEF, the European Union has declared meat carcinogenic. Their recommended replacement? Bugs.

Bill Gates has his hands all over eat bugs. Hes a major investor in Beyond Beef, a fake meat company. The more people he can convince to stop eating meat, the more money he will make.

Replacing meat with bugs is an issue that very few people are currently aware of. Mention it, and the average person will laugh out loud and not take you seriously. How blind they are. Like trannyism, they wont see it until a plate of fried cockroaches is staring them right the face.

The Smart City Connection




What are ATACMS Missiles and Why is US Threatening to Give Them to Kiev? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

By Ilya Tsukanov Sputnik 30.05.2023

President Joe Biden has confirmed the US is still mulling over whether to send MGM-140 Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) ballistic missiles to Ukraine. What are these weapons? What are their characteristics? And why has Russia warned that their delivery to Kiev might drag Washington into a direct confrontation with Moscow? Sputnik explains.

Thats still in play was Joe Bidens four-word answer to a reporter outside the White House on Monday after being asked whether the US plans to deliver ATACMS to Ukraine. He did not elaborate.

Made to be used by the M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System road-mobile multiple rocket launchers which the US began to send to Ukraine last summer, and older M270 Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (M270s) sent by Germany, Italy, Norway, and the UK, ATACMS have been touted by US media and politicians as one of the most fearsome conventional weapons in Americas arsenal.

What are ATACMS Used For, What is Their Range, How Fast Can They Fly, and How Accurate are They?

Created in the mid-1980s at the twilight of the Cold War and entering into service with the US Army in early 1991, just in time for a US-led war against Saddam Husseins Iraq, ATACMS are a solid-fuel, surface-to-surface ballistic missile with an effective firing range of up to 300 km, and a maximum velocity during boost phase of up to Mach 3, or 1 km/second, making them difficult to intercept using older air defense systems.

ATACMS characteristics vary wildly depending on model, block number, and configuration. For example, while they can be armed with 500 pound (230 kg) penetrating high explosive blast fragmentation warheads, they can also be fitted with other explosives weighing anywhere from 160 and 560 kg, including anti-personnel and material cluster bomblets.

There are also notable differences in the weapons guidance systems, with older variants relying on inertial guidance, while newer missiles include built-in GPS.

Where Have ATACMS Been Used Before and What Countries Have Them?

Along with the 1991 Gulf War, ATACMS were used extensively during the US-led wars in Afghanistan and Iraq in the 2000s.

Besides the US military, the missiles are operated by just a handful of US partners and clients, including NATO allies Greece, Turkiye, Poland, and Romania, as well as South Korea, Bahrain, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates. Australia, Taiwan, Lithuania, Estonia, and Morocco have either signed contracts on the purchase of the weapons, or submitted formal requests to do so.

How Much Do ATACMS Co...

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