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Monday, 21 August

01:22

Why Are Drug Prices So High? These Politicians Might Have The Answer "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Why do Americans continue to pay the highest prices for medicine in the world? Lawmakers have sculpted specific policies, often not found in many other nations, that boost pharmaceutical industry profits. Meanwhile, the drug industry has spent $61 million on state elections and nearly $67 million on federal elections since 2010. Both parties have made pivotal decisions ... that have kept drug prices high. Insurance companies and pharmacy benefit managers, or PBMs, across the U.S., face at least nine class-action lawsuits alleging they attached arbitrary premiums to the prices of often less-expensive, generic prescription drugs. The plaintiffs also accuse the PBMs and insurers of imposing so-called gag clauses on pharmacies to keep pharmacists from telling consumers that they could save money by paying out of pocket. The system could be denying customers $120 billion in discounts and rebates. Should drugs developed at taxpayer expense be sold to Americans at sky high prices? In the past, the federal government passed a rule saying no ' but that rule was rescinded in 1995. If Americans were allowed to import lower-priced drugs from places like Canada, it would save government agencies alone $6 billion. But ... Americans are still prohibited from engaging in such importation. The federal government could [also] save billions of dollars a year by having Medicare use its huge market power to negotiate - or require - lower drug prices for the program's beneficiaries.

Note: For more along these lines, see concise summaries of deeply revealing news articles on Big Pharma profiteering and health.

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Sunday, 20 August

23:09

On Faith and Culture: Breathing New Life Into American Religion "IndyWatch Feed National"

(TFC)  Few forces in recorded history can match organized religion when it comes to sheer influence. Over the last couple of thousand years, the Christian faith has seen empires rise and fall, helped shape the western world and established itself as the unofficial state religion of the United States of America.

At a time when the nation is more polarized than ever, the increasingly progressive ideas shared by many Americans place them squarely at odds with the Churchs scripture-informed worldview.

Many who are unable to reconcile their beliefs with Conservative Christian ideals have chosen to disassociate themselves with the ageless organization. Faced with the prospect of losing its place at the core of American culture, the church must now reinvent itself in the eyes of the younger generations.

It wont necessarily be easy.

Down but Not Out

While things might not look so promising for the Church at the moment, dont expect an institution that has remained relevant for thousands of years to wilt at the first sign of danger. The Christian following is a sweeping survey of American society and while many who follow the church are reluctant to change their views, thought leaders are coming forward to challenge the status quo.

One of them is 30-time best-selling Christian author Eugene Peterson, who recently published a book he says could be his last. In an interview with Religionnews.com, Peterson pulled no punches in expressing his distaste for Donald Trump and frustration with the current direction of the Church in America.

Peterson Believes the Church Can Do Better

Peterson chose the recent rise of megachurches as an example of how he feels Christianity has gone astray. How, he asks, can an institution based on community operate on a scale so grand? The author and pastor is quick to point out that in his congregation, he knew each member by name. How can the pastor of a 5,000-member megachurch hope to know his disciples well?

On the topic of homosexuality, Peterson displayed openness and recounted stories of gay and lesbian members of his own church. I wouldnt have said this 20 years ago, but now I know a lot of people who are gay and lesbian and they seem to have as good a spiritual life as I do, he says.

When asked if he would be willing to minister a gay marriage, his answer was an uncomplicated yes.

If a voice so esteemed in Christianity can promote these new-age ideas, there is hope for the Christian church. Remember that, at its best, the church can be a resto...

22:46

mayi wunba owning kuranda at naidoc march kuranda 2017 "IndyWatch Feed National"

mayi wunba, local dancers from kuranda/monamona community, brought home the shield as highest points winners at laura dance festival 2017, and owning the town here as they lead the naidoc march from nyuwarri park to the kuranda amphitheatreto the sounds of black yellow red by bertie riley and gudju gudju


Filed under: Culture Tagged: Australia, Culture, Kuranda

21:57

Genetically Modified Foods: Saviour or Satan? "IndyWatch Feed National"

This article by Global Freedom Movement.

Dr. Patrick Gentempo, Jeff Hays and Dr. Beau Pierce have teamed up again. They are the force behind the ground-breaking series Vaccines Revealed. Theyve gathered an impressive team of experts to uncover and share the disturbing truths about a serious threat lurking in so much of what we eat. GMOs Revealed delves deep into the []

The article Genetically Modified Foods: Saviour or Satan? appeared first on Global Freedom Movement.

20:47

Kuranda Little People documented in 2300 year old Chinese Book "IndyWatch Feed National"

It is ironic that the current inhabitants of Kuranda are fighting a proposed threat from a somewhat dubious Chinese businessman and casino owner, who has illegally cleared his land and has been bribing local councillors to promote his dystopian nightmare known as Kur-World.

It is interesting to learn that the Chinese have had a long term interest in Northern Australia, as evidenced by their ancient writings. For example, Confucius in his Spring and Autumn Annals {481 B.C.} records two solar eclipses having been observed by Chinese astronomers, possibly in Arnhem Land-one {by modern calculation}on April 17, 592 B.C.; and the other on August 11, 553 B.C.

Another record, Atlas of Foreign Countries, written between 265 and 316 A.D., describes the far north coast of the mysterious great south land as being inhabited by a race of one-metre tall pygmies-an obvious reference to the pygmy-sized Aboriginals identified by Australian anthropologist Norman B. Tindale in the mountains above Cairns, Queensland. See my earlier post on the Little People of Kuranda for more details on these findings

In 338 B.C., Shih Tzu wrote of the presence of apparent kangaroos kept in the Imperial Zoo in Peking, and further similar reports continued in several later dynasties. Emperor Chao about this time dispatched a fleet of junks with orders to return with marsupials from the southern land of Chui Hiao, and a Chinese book The Classics of Shan Hai, written some time before 338 B.C., describes our Aboriginals and thier use of the boomerang.

The Chinese appear to have been wary when having to navigate through Torres Strait. Many ancient Chinese expeditions through the Strait came to grief due to the dreaded Torres Strait Islanders who, until early in the 1900s, were head-hunting cannibals. In fact, the islanders regarded Chinese as being just about No1 for flavour, as they found them nowhere as salty as white men.

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20:36

The Perfect Man - The Beautiful Life - we must call him out. "IndyWatch Feed National"

pic.twitter.com/LWDfVqPhLe Geert Wilders (@geertwilderspvv) August 11, 2017

20:03

ID Politics, Diversity and Biological Determinism? "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Introduction by Gilad Atzmon: The following is a segment taken from my new book Being in Time - A Post Political Manifesto. The book offers a crude attack on ID politics.  This mini chapter examines the exclusive nature of the New Left discourse and its detachment from working people and their politics.  It points at the divisive apparatus that drives the Identitarian philosophy. By adhering to such an ideology, New Left  has managed to adopt the most problematic chapter in Hitlerian ideology namely biological determinism.  

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United Against Unity  (Being in Time pg. 46) 

What does it take, in an era dominated by progressive identity politics, to be accepted as a fully qualified member of the New Left or to be considered a liberal?

Jane is a well-off London lawyer who identifies politically as a woman, and marches enthusiastically for human rights. Can she join? I think the answer is yes, she can.

George is a medical doctor who also happens to be a black man and identifies as Black middle class. Can he subscribe to a progressive email group and contribute to the discussion? I hope and suspect that he can.

And what about Julie? She runs a real estate agency on the posh side of town but she also identifies politically as a gay lesbian, can she join the parade? What a question! Of course she can.

Abe is an accountant and very attached to hi...

19:18

RAWA AUSTRALIAN TOUR "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

RAWAs Amena Shams was in Australia, speaking at many forums across the country. For all those who were fortunate enough to attend one of Amenas many events, it was a great opportunity to reconnect directly with RAWA, to be inspired by news of RAWAs ongoing work and to receive accurate, current information of the situation for Afghan women. For this 2005 tour events were organised in Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Lismore and Brisbane by a wide range of organisations including the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission, the Boite, the International Womens Development Agency, Immigrant Womens Support Service, Melbourne University, Flinders University, Amnesty International, the Australian Peace Committee, WILPF, Darebin City Council, several private and government schools as well as many RAWA supporter groups and individuals.

Mammal numbers high in logged tropical forests, study finds "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Logged tropical forests have a bit of a bad reputation in the conservation community. Theyre often seen as sub-standard habitats for animals, especially when compared with the robust and varied ecosystem in an old-growth forest. But a new study published this month in the journal Biological Conservation adds to the evidence demonstrating that these degraded forests are worth protecting from further damage. As ecologists, weve known for a long time that these areas, despite being ugly to look at, actually have the potential to sustain large populations of lots of different mammal species, as long as hunting levels are low, said Oliver Wearn of the Zoological Society of London in an email. Pigs and deer find more food, small mammals might find more insects and fruit, and the predators of all of these species find a moving buffet. A long-tailed macaque (Macaca fascicularis) in Malaysian Borneo. Photo by John C. Cannon / Mongabay Some of Wearns earlier work had shown that the diversity of mammal species in logged forests was similar to whats present in old-growth forests. He and his colleagues then wondered how changes by humans to those forests would affect the numbers of each of those species. To answer that question, they set up camera and live traps in a variety of landscapes in Malaysian Borneo, including pristine old-growth forests, reserves that have been logged multiple times, and oil palm plantations. They recorded 57 different mammal species in these areas, and based on the frequencies that each one appeared, they

Oh wow! Faszinierendes Zeitdokument: Die ACLU 1934 ... "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Oh wow! Faszinierendes Zeitdokument: Die ACLU 1934 zu der Frage, ob man die Grundrechte von Nazis verteidigen solle. Also echte Nazis damals.

SOME of our members have sharply criticized the Union for championing the right of German-American Nazis to hold meetings and to conduct their propaganda.
Die ACLU argumentiert in dem Pamphlet dann, dass dieselben Leute kein Problem damit htten, wenn sich Mussolini-Anhnger trfen, oder wenn die ACLU das Recht des KKK verteidigt, sich zu treffen.

Das war mir nicht bewusst, dass die ACLU den KKK verteidigt hat. Leider liegt das da als gescannte Bitmaps vor. Vielleicht findet sich ja jemand, der das nach Text wandelt. [Update: Oben gibt es einen Reiter dafr, "Text"] Einen Auszug und ein bisschen Kontext findet man auf dieser Libertarismus-Webseite, die ich mal zitieren will, weil das so bemerkenswert ist:

In being consistently libertarian the Liberties Union has never hesitated to take action involving its principles when that action was to the benefit of suppressive, intolerant, demagogic, and generally anti-libertarian elements. In 1934, for example, it sent its general counsel to aid the Friends of New Germany, a Nazi organization, in court proceedings to break down a lawless prohibition of their meeting in New Jersey.

This logical gesture was a shock to the howling enemies of the Union, who continually accuse it of being pro-Communist because so many of the men and women defended from illegal attacks are workers. It was even criticized by members who would except the German Fascists from their tolerance for the rather good reason that since the Nazis in Germany suppress all civil liberties, their agents should be permitted none in America. Moreover, there was the knowledge that free speech and assemblage would be denied us if these same German Nazis got control of local, city or state government anywhere in America.

Also GENAU DIE Argumente, die jetzt auch kommen. 1934.

Und hier ist, wie die ACLU damals argumentiert hat.

Some years ago, when the Ku Klux Klan was invading the north, Mayor Curley of Boston, a Catholic, denied this terroristic body the right to hold a meeting and have speeches, but here again the Union protested, not because it had any love for the sheeted and dangerous yokels, but because it knew that if the Mayor suppressed the Klan he would lawlessly stop others he disliked birth control advocates, union organizers, pacifists, etc. And, continues the report, he did. Our protest began when his lawless suppression began. We do not choose our client...

Renowned Psychic Medium Matt Fraser "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Matthew Fraser is an Internationally renowned psychic/medium and author of The Secrets to Unlocking Your Psychic Ability. He has conducted thousands of readings around the world, reconnecting friends & family with the spirits of those who are no longer with us. His messages of hope, comfort and reassurance have touched the lives of all who meet him, making Matt one of the most gifted and genuine psychics living today. He was no different than any other child although he was born with The Sight. As a child this extraordinary gift frightened him. He had kept his gift a secret for years, fearing that he would not be accepted. It wasnt until Matt looked deeper into his abilities, that he understood being a medium was his calling and lifes mission. In the years that followed, Matt would become one of the worlds most respected Psychics. Now, as an adult, Matt is doing just that. Through his sold out live events, to the his one-on-one sessions and books, Matt is on a personal mission to reconnect as many people as possible with their loved ones in Heaven. He has answered questions for thousands of people with his incredible psychic gift and has been a highly sought after guest appearing on major media outlets across the nation ... due to his uncanny abilities. Today Matt continues his mission not only to share his gift with others, but also to provide assistance within the community through various fundraisers and benefits.

Note: Don't miss the incredibly touching video at the link above of Matt convincing two CBS News anchors that what he is doing is quite real.

18:54

Kahlil Gibran, "The Prophet: On Giving" "IndyWatch Feed National"

"On Giving"

"Then said a rich man, "Speak to us of Giving."
And he answered: "You give but little when you give of your possessions.
It is when you give of yourself that you truly give. For what are your possessions
 but things you keep and guard for fear you may need them tomorrow?
And tomorrow, what shall tomorrow bring to the over-prudent dog 
burying bones in the trackless sand as he follows the pilgrims to the holy city?
And what is fear of need but need itself?
Is not dread of thirst when your well is full, thirst that is unquenchable?

Th...

18:46

Do Philippine Police Have a Blank Check From Congress To Kill People? Who decides suspicion of being a drug personality? Senate will act on the deaths of minors in the war on drugs in the future "IndyWatch Feed National"

PNP Director General Ronald dela Rosa answers questions from senators during a Senate hearing on drug killings in August 2016. GEREMY PINTOLO, file
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MANILA, Philippines Congress should use budget hearings to have the Philippine National Police explain how it will use a proposed P900-million budget for Oplan Double Barrel Reloaded, the campaign against illegal drugs, Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto said Sunday.

In a statement Sunday, Recto said that Congress needs to find out how the program will be implemented. It should not write a blank check, Recto, a member of the Senate majority bloc, said.
PNP will also get a P20-billion increase in its budget next year, to P131.5 billion, from P111.8 billion this year. Para saan ba ang budget na ito? Ano ang mga targets na kakamtin? he also said.
He said both the Senate and the House of Representatives should look into whether the budget is enough to curb crime like shootings by motorcycle gunmen, and whether the money should be spent on crime deterrence instead.
Hindi ba mas mainam ang triple patrols kesa dun sa double barrel? he said.
The statement comes after public outrage over the death of 17-year-old Kian Lloyd delos Santos, who was shot by police in Caloocan City last Wednesday on suspicion of being a drug personality. Police said he resisted arrest but video of the incident belied police reports.
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18:15

Some unsolicited advice on equal marriage "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Ive seen quite a number of church leaders making statements in support of a No response to the Turnbull governments ABS survey on equal marriage. In nearly every case, there isnt much of an argument on the merits of why the state should enforce their views about marriage. Rather, they express concerns that, if equal marriage is allowed, they will be forced to conduct marriages, or to employ members of same-sex married couples.

This seems like a nonsense to me. If that is the real concern, the obvious answer is to support a bill in the current Parliament that allows equal marriage but entrenches the right of the churches to discriminate in this way. Thats a compromise that would almost certainly be accepted, and once in place, would be hard to change. What government, having reached a compromise that more-or-less satisfies everyone would want to reopen the can of worms?

On the other hand, suppose that the survey yields a No response thanks to the advocacy of the churches, or even worse, theres a Yes majority in the survey but the LNP right blocks legislation? Then, when Labor gets in, theres no obvious reason to make concessions to a group whove shown themselves to be implacable opponents in any case.

Speaking more generally, its obvious that (nominal) Christians are going to be a minority of the Australian population quite soon, and, quite possibly, a small minority in a few decades. So, it would make good sense for the churches to dissociate themselves from people like Kevin Donnelly and Lyle Shelton who argue that the majority (currently Christian) should be able to impose their views on the minority. A whole-hearted commitment to strict governmental neutrality in matters of religion would make much more strategic sense.

Update I just saw that George Brandis made the same point. Not sure what I think about that.

17:23

Some UFOIC publications now digitised "IndyWatch Feed National"

Introduction

Following on from the digitisation of 90% of issues of the Newsletter of the Tasmanian UFO Investigation Centre (TUFOIC), I have worked with Sydney researcher Bill Chalker, and the Swedish Archives for the Unexplained (AFU) to digitise 34 copies of the Newsletter of the UFO Investigation Centre (UFOIC) which was based in Sydney, New South Wales.



I uploaded these issue to a Drop Box account. If you click on, or copy and paste into a web browser, the following link, it will  take you to the Newsletters. If you click on any one and open it, then click on the ... symbol you will be able to download that issue. Feel free to download all issues. If you are unable to download, please contact me at the email provided below and I can arrange to WeTransfer the issue to you.

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/2qyoeaa2t0h30d7/AADeDvjj8PvJ9YpDgdD1G74Ua?dl=0




We are currently missing issues 1-14; 19; 20; and 51 on wards (if indeed there were any issues beyond number 50.) If any blog reader has copies of all or any of these missing issues, I would appreciate a scanned copy being sent to my email address provided below.

In addition, if anyone can tell me the number of the last issue ever published, that would be very useful.

Email me at keithbasterfield@yahoo.com.au

14:56

An Ode to Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Theres nothing like the sweet relief of a road sign advertising Peters ice cream five kilometres away when youve spent the last 600 surrounded by red dirt. The Gibb River Road is relentless. As the car ambles closer over the endless road, the continual signs shine brighter like little beacons of hope. The appearance of the small roadside caravan with the Peters logo emblazoned proudly on its side feels like Ive manifested an oasis in real life. It almost glitters, but its hard to tell if its the glare from midday sun or just sweat coating my eyelashes.

I make for the servery created by the side of the caravan and am greeted with the back of disheveled looking man, a smoking durry still in hand. He turns around with a toothy smile and says with a typical Australian drawl Hey-a kids, how ya doing? while holding a fist to the stoma in his neck. The Frosty Fruit is so close and I hand over my two dollars almost maniacally. Nothing Ive had since has ever tasted as satisfying.

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Theres a certain air of specialness I feel about the country I call home. Unfortunately, that soft spot is tarnished by certain government policies and societal inclinations, but its unfair to put the whole country down purely because those who live in it arent always stellar. You cant be mad at a tree for the way it grows, but you can detest those that scratch racial tirades into its bark. Basically, its not the people that give me the warm fuzzies when I think of Australia.

At midnight on New Years Eve, I sat with my closest friend and a thousand other strangers on the side of a hill overlooking the beach, listening to the waves roll in one after the other. Sure, the view of the fireworks was a bit shit, but at least we could see them flicker in a dotted line of celebration for kilometres up the coastline. We sat for hours, sipping goon from plastic cups slowly crusting with salt from the sea breeze and straining to hear the music playing off my tinny speakers.

I started to consider the year ahead of me. I have seven months abroad looming on the horizon. Alone. A Euro Trip is almost a rite of passage to young Australians who are privileged with the time and money to flitter it away, and 2017 was going to be my moment, dammit. The buzz from my friends and family has been growing and they all ask the exact same question.

What are you most excited about?

As someone whos never been to Europe, there are endless possibilities to look...

14:55

Chairman Mal's Judgement Deficit Disorder - now doing GetUp's ads "IndyWatch Feed National"

I am still in the company of Ralph Blewitt - it turns out things are going to take quite a bit longer than we had thought. I had thought it impossible to add to the hilarity and bizarreness of the last week in politics - how silly, young and naive...

14:47

Paedophiles should get child sex dolls on the NHS, says charity "IndyWatch Feed National"

A charity has been criticised after suggesting paedophiles should be given life-like child sex dolls on prescription. The controversial comments ... came after a judge ruled that sex dolls made in Asia to look like young children were "obscene". The landmark ruling related to former primary school governor David Turner, who tried to import a 3ft child doll into the UK one of more than 100 seized at the border by UK law enforcement. But the charity StopSo, which offers therapy to sex offenders, said the dolls could help those attracted to children manage their behaviour safely. The organisation's chairman, Juliet Grayson, [said]: "If someone comes forward and says, 'I am attracted to young children, and I want help to ensure that I never act on that attraction, so that I never harm a child,' then maybe society should consider the use of dolls in a carefully regulated way. "Society needs to reach a point where a teenager can say to his mum, 'I am a paedophile', and she will get him the right kind of help to manage his behaviours in pro-social ways." The unorthodox approach to reducing child sex offences was not shared by the NSPCC ... however. A spokesman for the NCA said: "We believe that these dolls could normalise a sexual interest in children. "As is often the case, importers of dolls have been prosecuted for associated offending such as possession of indecent images of children. "The dolls are a flag of interest in children. If they hadn't been discovered we would not have been able to prosecute for other aggravating offences."

Note: Watch an excellent segment by Australia's "60-Minutes" team "Spies, Lords and Predators" on a pedophile ring in the UK which leads directly to the highest levels of government. A second suppressed documentary, "Conspiracy of Silence," goes even deeper into this topic in the US. For more, see concise summaries of sexual abuse scandal news articles.

The Killing Fields of Australia: how we failed Elijah Doughty, and countless others (Chris Graham) "IndyWatch Feed National"

14/08/2017 - Its official. Mowing down a 14-year-old boy is worth three years in jail. Almost. Chris Graham looks at the outcome in the trial of the man who killed Elijah Doughty, and the litany of  ...

14:41

Verdant town of trees "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

This week saw the fourth haiku in the Crossing Streams collaboration between Naviar Records and Western Riverina Arts.

It was written by Narrandera Library manager Sue Killham, who has supported workshops I've run at that venue and is the chair of Western Riverina Arts board.

Verdant town of trees
Poised upon the rivers edge
Waiting for one day


My response is a jazzy track that hopefully conveys how the town is surrounded by motion, from the wide Murrumbidgee River to the two highways that meet there.

14:32

Biological Health Hazard Hendra Virus(HeV): Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

HENDRA VIRUS AUSTRALIA: (EASTERN) INCREASED RISK, HUMAN INTRUSION ON FRUIT BAT HABITATS ************* Published Date: 2017-08-19 12:37:11 Subject: PRO/AH/EDR> Hendra virus Australia: (eastern) incr. risk, intrusion on fruit bat habitats Archive Number: 20170819.5260496 Date: Tue 15 Aug 2017 Source: Phys.org [edited] There is a rising risk of human and domestic animal exposure to []

14:30

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.0002 BTC
0.0010 BTC = 5.25 AUD
Converter

12:59

Accuweather sends your location and router data to revealmobile "IndyWatch Feed National"

There are many traps in the IT world that con people into giving their private and confidential data to deliberately undisclosed sources.

Some of these traps can be spotted a mile away whereas others can be hidden in apps.

The U.S. company called Accuweather (which apparently has 450 employees) has encoded into its Apple operating system weather app actions that take the physical location of your phone/device and the Wi-Fi router it connects to, and passes it on to another company called revealmobile.com.

Now, was the user made aware of this?


The mind truly does boggle why users need (weather) apps, given that there are only a few sources where the weather data comes from.

For Australians weather data comes from a government resource called the Bureau of Meteorology.

So, the mindless app consumer may say;

"is there an app for that?"

In this case there is no need to have the added expenditure of making apps for the various mobile operating system out there, only jut one set of code that automatically adjusts to your device's screen dimensions;






Apps ARE bad... mmmmmmkaaay.



12:52

FixedIt: Violent abuse of women and children is more important than property damage "IndyWatch Feed National"

This one from New Zealand, where a violent man tried to kill a woman, his ex-partner, and put the lives of her two children in serious danger.

Hes an arsonist apparently.

Under New Zealand law, arson is defined as damage to property. Its considered more serious when the property damage could endanger human lives, but the basic offence is about property not people.

Shiva Lachman Anand, 33, pushed her against a wall, put her in a stranglhold, yelled Youre going to die bitch and then he poured petrol over his ex partner, while she was holding their three month old baby. Her nine year old daughter was in the room as well.

Luckily the woman managed to get herself and her two children out of the house, but she suffered serious bruising in the attack and lost her house and all her possessions in the fire.

So, yes, he is an arsonist, in that he caused property damage by deliberately starting a fire, but how is that his most serious crime? He tried to kill a woman, even the judge described it as an extreme example of domestic violence, why is he described by the damage he did to property, not the damage he did to this woman and her children?

Its the ever present minimising of mens violence against women. Its wrong, its incredibly damaging, its exhausting, its traumatising for victims and its well past time it stopped.


New Zealand Crisis services:

Australian crisis services:

1800 RESPECT
Sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling and support.
24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 
Ph: 1800 737 732
www.1800respect.org.au 

Suicide Call Back Service
24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Ph: 1300 6...

12:15

Hillsong On Marriage Equality: How To Dog Whistle Hate Without Even Really Trying "IndyWatch Feed National"

They put the happy back in clapper, the cash back in Christian, and now the Hillsong Church is trying to put the kybosh on marriage equality. Chris Graham explains.

Hillsong Churchs senior pastor, Brian Houston has recently issued a public plea to Christians everywhere to vote in the upcoming marriage equality postal plebiscite. That is, if it actually goes ahead. A High Court case is yet to be determined on the legality of Malcolm Turnbull blowing $122 million of taxpayers money on an entirely unscientific non-compulsory postal poll.

Anyhoo, Pastor Brian is not telling you how to vote, hes just telling you how Jesus would. You remember Jesus a Jewish man of Middle Eastern extraction who lived 2,000 years ago in abject poverty. as opposed to Brian and his wife Bobbie, and their Church, which raked in $131 million tax free in 2016.

Houstons statement is by some margin one of the more passive-aggressive interventions into the marriage equality debate, so Ive reprinted it below, with some reading between the lines explanations on what I think hes really trying to say.

Over to Brian.

I urge all Christians to be a part of the upcoming postal plebiscite on same sex marriage. Whatever your view on this issue, it is undeniably one that is important to the fabric of our social structure. Changing the definition of marriage has wide-reaching ramifications and should not be taken lightly by any society. All Australians should be a part of this process, not just a select few.

Vote no.

For Christians, the issue is also a matter of faith and biblical teaching, something that should never be mocked or downplayed by those with opposing views.

No really, vote no even though were being oppressed.

I believe Gods Word is clear that marriage is between a man and a woman. The writings of the apostle Paul in scripture on the subject of homosexuality are also clear, as I have mentioned in previous public statements.

God also thinks you should vote no. Gays and Lesbians are going to hell. How many times do I have to say that?

Throughout this entire debate, some on both sides of the argument have failed to understand and respect the views of others.

Cough. Lyle Shelton. Dont be so damned obvious.

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11:48

The Burka Comes to Parliament: Pauline Hansons Panto "IndyWatch Feed National"

In few environments could this work. A member of Parliament (barely breathing, but still a parliament) running within a Muslim minority country (a small minority, at that) with mocking intent, dons a burka, sits in the stands, and receives appropriate mind bending outrage when she strips it off.

One thing can be said: Australias Pauline Hanson of her self-described One Nation Party was, in the basest way, impressive.  She donned the religious garb of a religion she detests, whose injunctions and mores she barely knows how to enunciate.  Her ignorance is profoundly encyclopaedic, and she is proud of it.

Her command of the various types of Islamic religious costume also leaves something to be desired, not to mention her awareness of the formalities that attend it. To that end, she is the textbook example of one terrified by the hidden, the unknown, even the invisible. What are they hiding underneath all that, this dress called the burka?  Many Australians are very much in fear of it.

Never mind the point made by the speaker of the Senate that she was checked, ahead of this display, that she was, in fact, a One Nation Senator, a security screening process that has been in place for years and requires no revision, let alone updating.

And with each attack, each series of inflicted apocalyptic murders by van, gun, and knife, supposedly perpetrated in the name of Islam, she gets more enthused, determined to wind back what she sees as the aspirations of a caliphate in Australia, a dangerous blooming that must be stomped and severed.

The response from various spokespeople of the Islamic faith was one of vigorous head-shaking, more in sorrow than anger.  Nail Aykan, executive director of the Islamic Council of Victoria had to look twice, thinking is this real? Then came the dismissive judgment: The quote that you can never underestimate the predictability of stupidity, it came to my mind.  But this is a new low.

The theme of foolishness, idiocy, a clown in a hurry, was also expressed by Kazim Ates.  Australians dont believe the burka, the wearing of the burka by a handful of women, is jeopardising the security of Australia.  By wearing it in Parliament, Hanson had merely made a fool of herself.

In a world rapidly spinning on the motifs of the next Trump sensation, the next news propulsion of smacking reality (or fake news), the next tweet, this was sensational and less inappropriate than it would have otherwise been.  Its foolishness can only be understood in Trumplands new code of reality television and the visual stunt.

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11:29

This Is What Australian Media Rats Call A Vaccination Debate "IndyWatch Feed National"

This is what the Australian media call a vaccination debate

If you follow the money trail, it puts their agenda into perspective. Read More

11:15

When will the United States transcend White Supremacy? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Now that the violence in Charlottesville has forced white supremacy into our political vocabulary, lets ask an uncomfortable question: When will the United States transcend white supremacy?

My question isnt, What should we do about the overt white supremacists who, emboldened by Trumpisms success, have pushed their way back into mainstream politics? I want to go beyond easy targets to ask, When will U.S. societynot just neo-Nazis and the Klan, but the whole countryreject all aspects of white supremacist ideology and take serious steps toward rectifying the material inequality justified by that ideology?

The answer is obvious: Never.

Theres no evidence the dominant culture is interested. The wealthin fact, the very existenceof the United States is so entwined in the two foundational racialized holocausts in our history that transcending white supremacy requires not only treating people of color differently, but understanding ourselves in new and painful ways. To transcend white supremacy, white America would have to come to terms with the barbarism of our history and our ongoing moral failures.

If that seems harsh, heartless, or hopeless, lets start with history.

The United States is the wealthiest nation in the world. The acquisition of the land base of the country and our path to industrialization and that wealth are inextricably tied to the genocide of indigenous people and African slavery. Those processes and practices, driven by dreams of domination and the nightmare of unchecked greed, were justified by white supremacist ideology. The result: millions dead, the lives of millions more impoverished, and entire cultures ravaged and sometimes destroyed.

Yes, the story of the United States also includes the quest for freedom and perseverance in the face of adversity, hard work and ingenuity. We love to tell those stories, while the barbarism typically is treated as a footnote. But there would be no United States as we know it without the genocide of indigenous people that cleared the land of the merciless Indian Savages, as the Declaration of Independence described the native population standing in the way of a new nation. Slave-grown cotton provided a crucial raw material and equally crucial export earnings that aided U.S. economic expansion and spurred industrial development in the North.

White supremacy defines not just the states of the Confederacy, but the whole country. I was born and raised in North Dakota, and Ive lived the past 25 years in Texas. Which is more virulent, the overt anti-Indian racism I grew up with or the overt anti-black racism I live around today? Theyre about the same. What about the unspoken sense of superiority of polite white society? About the same in both places, whether its conservative Fargo, ND, or progressive Austin, TX.....

10:47

WATCH: Hilarious 2-Minute Monkey Video Explaining Capitalism, Why The Gender Pay Gap Makes Women Angry, And Why Politicians Abuse Their Allowances "IndyWatch Feed National"

Humans are supposed to be the higher primate. As climate change and capitalism slowly strangle our planet, thats obviously going to be a matter of ongoing debate, but one thing that beyond arguing is that other primates share many of our emotions and world views.

Particularly, as it turns, anger and frustation at being treated unfairly.

Eneter capitalism and this video, which is a short excerpt of a Ted talk, by Frans De Waal, a renowned Dutch primatologist and ethologist (a fancy way of saying he studies the behavior of monkeys).

Its probably the simplest explanation (in two minutes and 43 seconds) about what happens when some people get less than others for the same work.

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10:38

FixedIt: another invisible murderer, another blameable dead woman "IndyWatch Feed National"

This headline was from the Newcastle Herald in May 2016.

The man accused of murdering Amanda Carter was completely erased from the headline, but her choices were the subject of it.

I held on to this until after the trial was over. Not because the headline couldnt have been fixed at the time it could but so I could write about the evidence given at the trial and how the invisible murderer and implicit vicim blaming in the headline is so wrong and does so much damage to how we understand mens violence against women.

Last week Ricardo Francis Herman Dasilva was found guilty of murdering Amanda Carter.

On the rare occasions that journalists and editors engage with the FixedIt project they almost always cite legal restrictions as the reason for their appalling headlines.

Sub judice contempt is a serious issue. You cant say someone committed murder if it hasnt yet been proven in court. It could well be grounds for a mistrial if the defence can show it may have influenced a jury. Apart from the obvious miscarriage of justice, it also means everyone involved has to go through the trauma of a trial all over again. No one wins, everyone suffers. Its not worth risking all that for one headline.

In Dasilvas case it would have been entirely wrong for any media outlet to report that he had murdered Amanda Carter before he had been found guilty.

They could, however, have reported that he had been charged with murder. They could have reported that he was on trial for murder. They could and should have reported the evidence given to the court where it was not under a suppression order.

It is entirely relevant in reporting on domestic violence homicides to describe the excuses made by a murderer for the crime he committed. Ending a relationship with a violent or controlling man is dangerous. Men who think of women as property, a thing they must own and control, believe they have the right to commit the ultimate violation taking her life because she is his. She has no right to leave or even criticise him. No matter what he does to her she must accept it and remain within his control. Anything he does to maintain that control is justified in his mind because losing control over his woman is perceived as a threat. Something dangerous she did to him and therefore anything he does is her fault, she made him do it.

These are the patterns of domestic violenc...

10:09

Sorry Mum, Were All Gay* "IndyWatch Feed National"

Marriage is about love, and love is about family. Daniela Marina wonders out loud how hers will be impacted by the marriage equality plebiscite, and the broader Australia attitudes to same-sex attraction.

My siblings and I are all gay.

I dont know what the odds of that are, but I certainly dont need to enlist the Australian Bureau of Statistics to provide me with some vague, gratuitous and costly survey results.

Correction. Two of my adult brothers and I are gay. We also have a 3-year-old half brother weve never met. Lets call him Jason**. Hes currently being raised on the other side of Australia, far enough away from his fathers other children to perhaps never meet us.

Luckily for Jason, he might never be faced with the decision of whether to announce his sexuality to every person hell ever meet and then wait, somewhat apprehensively, for their response each time.

While I do sometimes wonder what Jason will come to think of his fathers gay children from Sydney, I think more often about the type of divisive rhetoric children of his generation are growing up listening to.

Jason will certainly go on to meet many people who dont fit the nuclear family mould. However, the way that he treats them will be greatly influenced by how we decide to treat each other at this moment in time.

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Theres very little I can mention here that you havent already heard. I reactivated my Facebook account just recently (after a very peaceful hiatus), just to confirm what I already knew I would find a rehashing of what weve all heard time and time again:

Just last week former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said that marriage should protect women and children, and he would be very reluctant to change its definition.

In 2016 Lyle Shelton from the Australian Christian Lobby compared children of same-sex partners conceived via surrogacy to the stolen gene...

08:30

Collusion and Ridicule Who Is STUPID and WRONG? "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Dee McLachlan Gumshoe Commenters Gary and Eddy contributed to my August 19 article, which drew a comparison between 2001 and 2017 vehicular attacks and called attention to the 9-11 False Flag. Gary wrote that NONE of them [mainstream medias supposed opposition] ever question these obvious False Flags. And Eddy came in with, the []

07:00

IGD Durham: Community Quickly Mobilizes to Defeat Klan "IndyWatch Feed National"

The post IGD Durham: Community Quickly Mobilizes to Defeat Klan appeared first on It's Going Down.

Between five hundred and a thousand people answered a last minute call to respond to a planned KKK march to the old Durham courthouse, where five days earlier a large crowd of anti-fascists tore down a confederate monument in solidarity with Charlottesville. Led by banners in front, the crowd was loud, diverse, and feisty as it initially snaked its way through downtown, around a police line, past the jail, and back around to the courthouse.

With no Klan in sight, the crowd milled about, chanting, drumming, burning a confederate flag, sharing ice cream and lemonade (thank you to whoever brought that!), and tagging the base of the recently destroyed monument. At one point a couple men sporting confederate insignias were surrounded and chased into the basement of the courthouse; later on when those same men left they were escorted out by peace police who physically held back black youth trying to reach them.

06:41

The World Remembers 64th Anniversary of the West-Sponsored Coup in Iran "IndyWatch Feed National"

After WWII, the West had one huge problem on its hands: all three most populous Muslim countries on Earth Egypt, Iran and Indonesia were clearly moving in one similar direction, joining a group of patriotic, peaceful and tolerant nations. They were deeply concerned about the welfare of their citizens, and by no means were they willing to allow foreign colonialist powers to plunder their resources, or enslave their people.

In the 1950s, the world was rapidly changing, and there was suddenly hope that the countries which were oppressed and pillaged for decades and centuries by first the European and then North American geopolitical and business interests, would finally break their shackles and stand proudly on their own feet.

Several Communist countries in Eastern Europe, but also newly liberated China, were actively helping with a rapid de-colonizing process in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and other parts of the world.

Those developments were exactly what the West in general and both the U.K. and the U.S. in particular, were not ready or willing to accept. Ancient belief in some sort of inherited right to colonize, to loot and to control entire the non-white world, was deeply engraved in the psyche of the rulers in both Europe and North America.

Peaceful, tolerant and socially oriented Islam was seen as a tremendous threat, at least in London, Washington, and Paris. It had to be stopped, even destroyed resolutely and by all available means. Only the pre-approved Wahhabism, which was collaborative with the West and from the onset at least partially co-produced by the British Empire, was singled-out and allowed to bloom and succeed.

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Iran fell first, in 1953.

Actually, it did not fall; it was brutally destroyed.

According to the logic of the Empire, Iran had to be derailed and ruined, in order to prevent a so-called domino effect.

As written by Irfan Ahmad, an Associate Professor of Political Anthropology at Australian Catholic University, Melbourne and author of Islamism and Democracy in India:

Major theatre of de-democratization was Iran, whose elected government was overthrown, in 1953, by a US-UK alliance. Mohammad Mosaddeq was Irans elected prime minister. He enjoyed the approval of Irans parliament for his nationalization program. The US and UK organized a CIA-led coup to oust Mosaddeq because Iran refused make oil concessions to the West. During World War II, the UK had taken control of Iran to prevent oil from being passed to its ally, the Soviet Union. Through the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company, the UK continued to control Irans oil after the war. The French-educated Mosaddeq was highly critical of Irans draining of resources to...

03:54

In Under a Minute, this Cop Shows Exactly Why People are Losing Faith in Police "IndyWatch Feed National"

From: The Free Thought Project  By: Matt Agorist

Wichita, KS A deputy has been suspended after he was captured on video, in a sickening display of authoritarianism. Deputy Vance Williams is now apologizing to the community after this video was posted to YouTube.

According to KSN news, the deputy was called out to the town of Harper to investigate a dispute over property, between several people.

Jeff Jacobs, who recorded the video, simply tried to ask Williams a question, when Williams completely blew a fuse. Upon being asked a question the deputy begins a full on assault.

I dont need anything from you. This is not my f**king jurisdiction. You understand that, said Williams.

Jacobs responds, No, I dont. I dont have a clue. I dont know what is going on.

At this point, the public servant begins flexing his authoritie and demands Jacobs give him his ID. He then tells him to take off his sunglasses, his hat, and demands he sit down.

Say something else to me, and we will see where this goes. Open your f**king mouth and say something else. This is not my, take your f**king sunglasses off now. Hat off. Give me your identification, said Williams.

You want to spend your night in the f**king poke (jail) because you cant shut your f**king mouth. Walk! Enjoy your walk, barks this tyrant cop.

Both Jacobs and Williams say that this video does not show the entire picture, however, Williams admits that Jacobs never antagonized him.

All I did was ask him a simple question. I expected an answer, or a hey man, its really none of your business, said Jacobs.

The department is standing by their officer in regards to his mistreatment of Jacobs, but they are...

03:44

PERTH A woman has allegedly tried to smuggle 6kg of cocaine into WA "IndyWatch Feed National"

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A woman has allegedly tried to smuggle 6kg of cocaine into WA .

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of a border controlled drug. The maximum penalty of this offence is life imprisonment. The woman is set to face Perth Magistrates Court on Saturday.

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03:00

Russias Foreign Ministry answer to anti-Russia statements by CIA Director Mike Pompeo "IndyWatch Feed National"

Briefing by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova, Moscow, August 17, 2017 , pic.twitter.com/SAOMkMmExT (@Current_policy) August 18, 2017 It is strange

02:04

Government hiding coming extinction level event deriving from Yellowstone, NASA prepares dangerous plan to save mankind from supervolcanic eruption "IndyWatch Feed National"

(INTELLIHUB) U.S. government and emergency management higher-ups already know that the Yellowstone supervolcano is set to erupt by 2024 and are making preparations to breach the supervolcanos massive magma chamber which some experts fear could trigger a nuclear winter of sorts killing off mankind altogether.

Former NASA Advisory Council on Planetary Defense member Brian Wilcox said that NASAs risky plan to drill the supervolcanos magma chamber are dangerous and may result in a catastrophe of great proportions.

If you drill into the top of the magma chamber and try and cool it from there, this would be very risky, said Wilcox. This could make the cap over the magma chamber more brittle and prone to fracture. And you might trigger the release of harmful volatile gases in the magma at the top of the chamber which would otherwise not be released.

According to a report by Popular Mechanics: NASAs plan is to drill a hole into the side of the volcano and pump water through it. When the water comes back out, itll be heated to over 600 degrees, slowly cooling the volcano. The team hopes that given enough time, this process will take enough heat from the volcano to prevent it from ever erupting.

Wilcox feels that Yellowstone poses a far greater threat to humanity than any asteroid.

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00:46

This isn't the first time Coalition MPs have lied about costings "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


FEDERAL Opposition Leader Bill Shorten's populist "tax grabs" would cost Australians an eye-watering $150 billion over 10 years, the Federal Government will reveal todayIndependent modelling by the Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO) and Treasury shows that under a Shorten government small business, mum and dad investors, older Australians and higher-income earners would be slapped with higher taxes. [The Northern Star, 14 August 2017]

The Parliamentary Budget Office exposes the lie


This is not the first time a Coalition MP has uttered political lies about costings. Tony Abbott, Joe Hockey and Andrew Robb became rather famous for it.

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00:46

Millionaire mining magnate Andrew 'Twiggy' Forrest's cashless welfare card adopted by the Turnbull Coalition Government is not the answer "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


NITV, 14 August 2017:

The income management trial was set up in the east Kimberley in April 2016 to help curb problem drinking, gambling and domestic violence - elements that were present in the lives of 13 young Indigenous people who killed themselves over a three-and-a-half year period.

University of Melbourne development studies lecturer, Dr Elise Klein is researching the policy and told the inquest the compulsory program was rolled out without proper community consultation, silencing many Aboriginal voices and causing tension and frustration amongst a diverse population.

Dr Klein told the inquest via video link from Melbourne the scheme represents neo-colonialism and government overreach.

"It's explained as the 'white card'," she said.

"The card has been a symbol of disempowerment, a symbol of state intervention, punitive intervention over someone's life."

Dr Klein said the system was chaotically introduced with design flaws, including a balance-checking mobile app for people who "didn't know how to use the internet let alone own a mobile phone"

Many of the children who claimed their own lives were inadequately fed, but Dr Klein said it was "naive at best" to think controlling parents' consumption would effectively combat this, insisting the card made money management "much harder" for people already living below the poverty line.

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00:31

Poetry by E. Antony Gray: The Death Song of Brother Jonathan "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Perish, shining republic taller than the sky;
You are a white-washed tomb, In you dead men lie;
You had ate the world from your seven-hilled home;
You have eaten the world and now you stand alone!

Creeping round the corners of your consciousness;
Two come crawling out from your cosmic mess;
You made all men equal by the power of a right:
But none of it will stand in absence of your might.

Everywhere is America if men should come or go;
That was your belief to now from long ago;
Perish, shining republic, red with fratercide;
Slick with undried blood, creased of tears that dried.

Vulgar you are sith you heeded the words of Locke;
You were honorable Englishmen, you were of Aelfreds stock;
Tear down your memory and hope the wight will fade;
But by the curse upon you forgetting was forbade.

We are caught in ecstasy a world-dream before death;
Sith the Revolutions caught and ended living breath;
Seventeen eighty nine and sith then its not enough;
We have fallen in a nightmare and no one can wake up;

Perish, shining republic! And break this darksome spell;
Of equality, liberty and fraternity as well;
Perish, shining republic, as from your death is born;
The empire that is coming The dawning of the morn.

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23:50

Flu Shots Are New Australian Government Target "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian Doctors are beginning to raise the idea that too little flu shots means too much flu. And for Australian citizens already embroiled in a conflict between themselves and the government over mandatory vaccine legislation...

The post Flu Shots Are New Australian Government Target appeared first on Vaxxter.

23:34

The Burka Comes to Australias Parliament: Pauline Hansons Panto "IndyWatch Feed National"

Featured image: Senator Pauline Hanson wears a burqa during question time at Parliament House in Canberra on Thursday 17 August 2017. Fedpol. (Photo: Andrew Meares / Great Lakes Advocate)

In few environments could this work. A member of Parliament

23:32

The last remaining Jew in Afghanistan "IndyWatch Feed National"

During my 2012 visit to Afghanistan, researching the book and film, Disaster Capitalism, I spent time with the countrys reportedly last remaining Jew, Zablon Simintov, and filmed an interview with him. Living in the centre of Kabul, his house was a tiny apartment with a Christmas tree in the corner. Remarkably, he had remained safe during the civil war, Taliban years and post-US invasion period. He was a grumpy man. He managed a synagogue near his home, attended by Jewish, Western diplomats and aid workers based in the country. He said that these people brought him Jewish food such as matzoh on Passover. He lived a simple and poor life. This video shows Simintov praying in his small, one room apartment:

22:39

Bellingen Youth Orchestra Bellingen Music Festival "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The Bellingen Youth Orchestra (BYO) was formed after a visit from Richard Tognetti and the Australian Chamber Orchestra in 2007 and has continued its relationship with the ACO since then. The BYO is a unique group, whose significant achievements can be attributed to the work of Bellingens outstanding music teachers, whose enthusiasm continue to make this highly popular orchestra possible.The Bellingen Youth Orchestras varied repertoire includes standard orchestral pieces and popular film music scores. Some of the highlights have been their performances of Griegs Piano Concerto, George Gershwins Rhapsody in Blue, The Warsaw Concerto with local pianist David Helfgott and last years world premiere performance of Wuuban Barri, a work by local composer Paul Jarman, specially commissioned by the Bellingen Music Festival as part of the Music- By-Youth project.

Source: Bellingen Youth Orchestra Bellingen Music Festival


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22:38

Bella Vista Bellingen Accomodation | BOOK DIRECT NOW "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Comfortable, Private and Self-Contained Accommodation with Pool Sleeps 1 9  (Extra mattresses can be added to accommodate up to 12)Bella Vista is situated just up the hill from beautiful Bellingen amongst lush rainforest gardens.  The house is available as a four, three, two or one bedroom private home, without the need to share your living space with strangers.Fully self-contained and eco-friendlyPeaceful and quiet location on the edge of townAir-conditioned queen bedrooms with full sized ensuites & flat screen TVsComplimentary breakfastLarge balcony with outdoor dining areaMountain viewsAmazing bird life with special feeding platformRelaxing spa bathBook the whole house for large family gatherings or weekend workshopsA short walk to 15 cafes, award winning restaurants, boutiques, markets, art galleries and craft shopsShort drive to beach, mountains and riversHandicapped accommodation available

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20:16

#Berkeley August 27: Counter Protests Against White Supremacist No to Marxism in America Rally "IndyWatch Feed National"

Fascists are planning a rally in Berkeley, California on August 27. First counter protests are announced.

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Note: Enough is Enough is not organizing any of  these events, we are publishing this text for people across the US and Europe to be able to see what is going on and for documentation only.

Read all our reports about antifa; here.

Berkeley: Counter protests against the white supremacist No to Marxism in America rally

Sunday August 27, 12:00 PM 04:00 PM (On the image above the time is 10:00am)

Location: Berkeley, California, Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park.
Gather at corner of Martin Luther King, Jr Way and Allston Way.

The bigotry, racism and violence that far-right organizers are bringing to Berkeley on August 27 cannot be allowed to go unanswered. Their event will be a magnet for white supremacists, Nazi enthusiasts, anti-Muslims and anti-Semites, feminist bashers, homo/transphobes, anti-communists, and immigrant-haters, all gathered under the theme No to Marx...

18:33

From Richard Spencer to Otto Weininger "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Gilad Atzmon

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Richard Spencer is correct (video above), there is no categorical difference between the skin-colour oriented Alt Right and the Jewish State - a state guided by the delusional concept of 'Jewish Race.  Worse, there is also no real difference between Spencers white-centric views and Jewish anti Zionists Judeo-centrism. Jewish anti Zionists such as JVP, like Zionists, claim racially oriented political identities. Neither Spencer nor Mustafa from Gaza can become JVP board members primarily because they aren't racially qualified.

This leaves open the question why, if Richard Spencer and Jewish ID politics both adhere to biologically oriented factions, then what is the basis of the Jewish orchestrated attacks on Spencer and his views? If the Jewish political discourse is exceptionalist by nature, why are Jewish political institutions so quick to denounce other people celebrating their own cultures?

One possible answer was provided by the great Otto Weininger who gathered in the early 20th century that we only hate in others what we do not wish to be, and what notwithstanding we are partly. The Jews who savagely criticise Spencer and white nationalism, probably do so because it is their own racial supremacy which they find impossible to deal with. When JVP and the ADL are brave enough to reflect upon their own exclusive exceptionalism, they may find the appropriate intellectual and political means to deal with White nationalism.

Once we internalise Weininger's crucial insight, we may be ready to grasp the extent of the violence we saw in Virginia last week. Both the Soros funded front (Antifa, Black lives Matter, LGBTIAP groups etc.) and white Nationalists are identitarian groups whose members identify with their biology: skin colour, gender, sex orientation. They may well despise in each other that which they hate in themselves. The outcome is vile and repugnant violence on a spectacular scale. 

Yet, ii is crucial to mention that while left identitarian politics is always biologically orientated on the verge of biological determinism (something that may result in a clear cognitive dissonance), a number of white nationalist intellectuals define whiteness; in cultural, spiritual and metaphysical terms rather than by biology. They refer to the European heritage of: science, philosophy, literature, music and so on. They often say, if Jews can celebrate their heritage, we should also be able celeb...

18:07

Nick Xenophon the illegal alien "IndyWatch Feed National"

We here at the blog called "Corporate Australia" are not fans of memes.

We believe this meme's message is 100% factual, accurate and real.






A message on social media accompanying the meme was as follows:


ILLEGAL Aliens Hidden in Plain Sight 101 - Nick Xenophon
(his name says it all !!!)

From the Greek - Xeno = foreigner + phon = short for phone ().

In other words; foreigner, phone (home) !!!


Go back to where you came from you unlawfully sitting (in office) mutt !!! !!!

Oops, hang on a minute, the media will now accuse us of ....
 
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16:30

The Weekend Quiz August 19-20, 2017 answers and discussion "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Here are the answers with discussion for this Weekends Quiz. The information provided should help you work out why you missed a question or three! If you havent already done the Quiz from yesterday then have a go at it before you read the answers. I hope this helps you develop an understanding of modern monetary theory (MMT) and its application to macroeconomic thinking. Comments as usual welcome, especially if I have made an error.

Question 1:

A sovereign national government requires taxation revenue in order to spend.

The answer is True.

First, to clear the ground we state clearly that a sovereign government is the monopoly issuer of the currency and is never revenue-constrained. So it never has to obey the constraints that the private sector always has to obey.

The foundation of many mainstream macroeconomic arguments is the fallacious analogy they draw between the budget of a household/corporation and the government fiscal outcome. However, there is no parallel between the household (for example) which is clearly revenue-constrained because it uses the currency in issue and the national government, which is the issuer of that same currency.

The choice (and constraint) sets facing a household and a sovereign government are not alike in any way, except that both can only buy what is available for sale. After that point, there is no similarity or analogy that can be exploited.

Of-course, the evolution in the 1960s of the literature on the so-called government budget constraint (GBC), was part of a deliberate strategy to argue that the microeconomic constraint facing the individual applied to a national government as well. Accordingly, they claimed that while the individual had to finance its spending and choose between competing spending opportunities, the same constraints applied to the national government. This provided the conservatives who hated public activity and were advocating small government, with the ammunition it needed.

So the government can always spend if there are goods and services available for purchase, which may include idle labour resources. This is not the same thing as saying the government can always spend without concern for other dimensions in the aggregate economy.

For example, if the economy was at full capacity and the government tried to undertake a major nation building exercise then it might hit inflationary problems it would have to compete at market prices for resources and bid them away from their existing uses.

In those circumstances, the government may if it thought it was politically reasonable to build the infrastructure quell demand for tho...

16:03

Sydney Soul Weekender "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The Sydney Soul Weekender is back in August this year, bringing you what you love three days of beautiful soul music spun on original vinyl by Australias best Northern Soul and Modern Soul DJs.

This year were sharing the love across three different venues, all close to the city, to maximise your experience of the best dance floors and sound systems Sydney has to offer.

Northern Soul is the original underground dance music scene. Sparked into life in clubs in northern England in the late 1960s, it now enjoys a global following, with everyone from Pharrell to Gucci using Northern Soul as the inspiration for their work.

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Northern Souls legacy is undisputed, and its values remain unchanged its simply about having a good time dancing the night away to records made by lesser known American Soul artists whose records are now coveted for their rarity.

Northern Soul has a significant and loyal following in Australia and Sydney, and the Sydney Soul Weekender will continue to showcase and celebrate Northern Souls legacy. In only 10 years the Sydney Soul Weekender has grown into a nationally and globally recognised event, attracting the best rare soul DJs from all over Australia, New Zealand and the UK.

This year were taking over 3 fantastic venues, all close to Sydney CBD.

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14:55

Restored Republic via a GCR as of Aug. 19, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Restored Republic via a GCR Update as of Aug. 19 2017

Compiled 12:18 am EDT 19 Aug. 2017 by Judy Byington, MSW, LCSW, ret, CEO, Child Abuse Recovery www.ChildAbuseRecovery.com; Author, "Twenty Two Faces," www.22faces.com

Source: Dinar Chronicles

A. Aug. 18 2017 8:44 pm EDT TNT Update RayRen98: Friday Update from TNT RayRen98 8-18-17

1. On Mon. Aug. 14 Iraqi PM Abadi spoke publically indicating that Aug. 21 is still the targeted date for full ATM loading of the Dinar lower denoms (meaning lower denominations of the Dinar in ATM machines indicated the RV has taken place).

2. Abadi also stated that all of the citizen Qi cards would be mailed out by Aug. 20 (so that citizens could be paid their oil credits utilizing the new Dinar rate on their Qi cards).

3. Reports have come in regarding Iraqi contractors receiving their pay at the new Dinar rate, though that rate has not yet been disclosed.

B. Aug. 18 2017 8:43 pm EDT TNT: "Confirmation Today" - Fri. PM TNT Intel/Thoughts

Red: There was a confirmation today that Okie's news was 100% correct and we should see the 800 numbers out before Mon evening Aug. 21 PST.

C. Aug. 18 2017 3:06 pm EDT GESARA Update: "20 Answers" - GESARA Update - Thursday - November 3, 2016

1. GESARA (the Global Economic Security and Reformation Act) has been implemented by all 209 sovereign nations of the world, and is the most ground breaking reformation act to sweep the planet.

2. The single act does away with the Federal Reserve Bank, IRS and USA, Inc. shadow government, plus so much more.

3. When it is publicly announced at the United Nations in New York City, GESARA will be implementing the following changes:

a. Cancels all credit card, mortgage, and other bank debt due to illegal banking and government activities. Many refer to this as a jubilee or complete forgiveness of debt.

b. Abolishes income tax.

c. Abolishes the IRS, with employees of the IRS transferred into the US Treasury national sales tax area.

d. Creates a 17% flat rate non-essential new items only sales tax revenue for the government. In other words, food...

14:45

The Art Of Self-Harm, By Donald J Trump "IndyWatch Feed National"

The United States president has cruelled any chance of winning friends, influencing people and Making America Great Again. So how does a great nation recover and what comes next, wonders Stephen Scher.

The narrative describing Donald Trumps his first half year as president is well known and, except among his strong supporters, a matter of consensus.

Though perhaps not intentionally, Trump has done everything in his power to make America weak. He has embraced isolationism and, in general, policies that proved to be self-destructive for the nation, both domestically and internationally.

There is no longer any question as to Trump possibly growing into his role as president. He has not, and presumably will not. And his decisions and policies have already worked to alter America and to alter, and potentially undercut, the relatively stable geopolitical arrangements that have structured international politics since the end of World War II.

The question, instead, is what this newly structured world order is going to look like. Most prominently, Trumps isolationism has effectively invited China to inaugurate the Chinese Century, much earlier and with much less competition than expected.

Both economically (via its trillion dollar One Belt, One Road project;) and politically (by moving to take a leadership role regarding climate change), China has been losing no time.

Chinese president Xi Jinping, with wife Peng Liyuan. (IMAGE: APEC 2013, Flickr)Chinese president Xi Jinping, with wife Peng Liyuan. (IMAGE: APEC 2013, Flickr)

The European Union is also rethinking its international posture in the wake of Trumps isolationism and Britains exit from the EU. As Angela Merkel noted after the G-7 meeting at the end of May, the era in which we could rely on others is over; Europe needs to take our fate into our own hands. Merkel herself and more broadly, Germany seems poised to take on the leadership of the West, filling the void created by Trump.

Australia has been surprisingly missing from this equation, likely because its own internal politics have continued to be messy, pre-empting attention to international affairs.

For the last couple of months, Trumps blustering and political inexperience have created a potentially nuclear confrontation with the equally blustering and inexperienced though in his own way, savvy political leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-un.

Not surprisingly, both domestic and international polls show confidence in Trump and in the United States to be at all-time lows. The actions of Trump, as President of the United States, have been see...

14:30

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

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14:24

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed National"

Meeting Marks Publication Anniversary of Kim Jong Ils Work
A Pyongyang municipal meeting took place at the Central Hall of Workers on August 3 to mark the 20th anniversary of the publication of Chairman Kim Jong Ils work Let Us Carry Out the Great Leader Comrade Kim Il Sung's Instructions for National Reunification.

Chairman Kim Jong Il published the immortal work on August 4 1997 to provide guidelines for accomplishing the cause of national reunification, said Ri Son Gwon, chairman of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Country.

In the work the Chairman formulated President Kim Il Sungs three principles of national reunification, the 10-point programme for overall national unity and the proposal for founding a Democratic Federal Republic of Koryo as the Three Charters of National Reunification and clarified tasks, ways and principled matters to complete the cause of national reunification, he stated in his keynote speech.

He described the work as a library which gives scientific answers to all the problems arising in crystallizing the Presidents idea and line of independent reunification and great exploits in an all-round way and accomplishing the long-cherished cause of national reunification.

The Chairman wisely led the effort to carry out the Presidents instructions to the letter, consistently holding fast to the Juche-oriented reunification line and policy, he said.

Thanks to the Chairmans noble yet patriotic will and courageous decision to reunify the country, he noted, the June 15 2000 Joint Declaration whose gist is the By-Our-Nation-Itself idea and the October 4 2007 Declaration, its action programme, were adopted, setting up a historic milestone for independent reunification in the new century.

Today the great leaders Juche-based reunification ideas and lines and their undying feats are successfully being carried forward by Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un, he added.

He called for working harder to complete the cause of the Juche revolution and achieve the independent reunification following the Supreme Leader, the lodestar of national reunification.

KCNA

13:15

Vehicular Weapons (2001 vs 2017) But Whats Next? "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Dee McLachlan Cars have been used as weapons for some time in places like Iraq (for example).  It is only a recent trend in the West and this method of attack is on the rise. Some of these ramming events have had suspicious false flag signs, but now, it seems, these events could []

12:35

Fair Meadow man Cataract crash "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Police carA FAIRY Meadow man has been charged with high-range drink driving after crashing his car and returning a breath analysis reading of 0.304 on Picton Road on Thursday.

Police were called to Picton Road, Cataract, about 11am following reports of a single vehicle crash. It appears a Toyota Hilux utility vehicle was being driven west on Picton Road when it hit the centre barrier, veered back across the road and up an embankment, then rolled back onto the roadway blocking the westbound lanes.

The 52-year-old driver was not injured but was unable to undertake a roadside breath test. He was placed under arrest and taken to Wollongong Police Station where he returned a breath analysis reading of 0.304.

The mans licence was suspended and he was issued a court attendance notice for the offence of high range PCA to appear at Wollongong Local Court on Tuesday September 26.

 


11:51

Chemists are running out of flu drugs as outbreak worsens "IndyWatch Feed National"

This is one of the major survival scenarios that preppers have been aware of for a long time. Not only the lack of medications, but the possibility that available medications may not work on new flu viruses. Take precautions, flu can kill you.

11:00

Scott Morrison Doesnt Understand Wage Growth, Or The System Trashing It (Ahem Capitalism) "IndyWatch Feed National"

If you have a good job but find your income is stagnating or falling, your experience is backed by official data, writes Ian McAuley.

On Wednesday the ABS released its survey on wages, showing that over the year to June average hourly wages rose by only 1.9 per cent. Over the same period consumer prices also rose by 1.9 per cent, confirming that there was no real wage rise over 2016-17.

This is not what the government had us believe would happen when it presented the 2016-17 budget in May last year. Wages were forecast to rise by 2.5 per cent, while inflation was forecast to be 2.0 per cent, implying a real wage rise of 0.5 per cent, with increasing rates of real wage growth over the following three years.

Undaunted by what was obviously going to be a flat outcome for the year just past, the Treasurer included the same optimistic forecast in the 2017-18 budget, presented just three months ago. Real wages are forecast to rise by 0.5 per cent this year, and to rise steadily to 1.25 per cent by 2020-21. Not an exciting figure by Australias historical standards but at least positive.

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The trouble with this forecast is that there is no reason, under present policy settings, to expect any change from the present situation of stagnation.

The official spin is that thanks to the Coalitions sound economic management, economic growth will see a rebound in wages: Australia is simply going through a short-term cyclical slump in wages. Healthy corporate profits will see firms investing, taking on more labour and paying higher wages and this engine of growth would be strengthened if only the Senate would pass the governments corporate tax cuts.

The present company reporting season is certainly showing impressive profit results, particularly in the finance sector. But there is no reason to expect profits to pass through to higher investment: the pattern has been for firms to pay higher dividends, higher executive salaries and to return funds to shareholders as capital buybacks. Even if firms do invest and take on more workers, there is no reason to expect them to pay higher wages.

Although the media tend to focus only on quarterly and annual data, our sluggish wage growth is not some short-term phenomenon. Over the 21st century so far, wage growth has been falling. Over the...

10:58

BATR: Corporatism Stifles Innovation "IndyWatch Feed National"

Corporatism Stifles Innovation

For an economy to grow and create actual wealth, innovation is a bedrock component in the development of enhanced prosperity. Prosperity is an intriguing concept. Simply making and accumulating money falls short of establishing a successful economic model. This recent report illustrates a prime example. Facebook stock soars, as company briefly passes IBM in market value. "By most measures, Facebook is dwarfed by IBM: With about 7,000 employees, ten-year-old Facebook is on track to garner $12 billion in sales this year. The 103-year-old IBM has more than 400,000 workers and sold almost $100 billion of computer hardware and software in 2013."

Is Facebook a shining star of innovation? Or is it the product of a society, which has given up on working towards a successful economy, whereby a prosperous middle class partakes in the engine of continued and shared affluence? Conversely, is IBM an innovated inventor, or is it a dinosaur of a previous era?

However, you answer such questions, Edmund Phelps in an opinion article, Corporatism not capitalism is to blame for inequality argues that tangible innovation is in decline.

"Innovation tailed off between 1940 and about 1970, while the top deciles share of wealth and income began rising in the 1970s.

The causation runs the other way: losses of dynamism have tended to sharpen wealth inequality because it hits workers of modest means more than it hurts the wealthy. Developing new products is labour-intensive. So is producing the capital goods needed to make them. These jobs disappear when innovation stalls."

An explanation of The Rise and Fall of Western Innovation, addresses the plight of economic reality. "It is undeniable that the U.S. economy is not delivering the steadily improving wages and living standards the nations residents expect."

"Mass Flourishing is meant to be Edmund Phelpss chef doeuvre, the capstone to a half century of research into the sources of national wealth.

A decline in the pace of innovation threatens prosperity, in the U.S. and everywhere else.

The main cause of this decline, according to Phelps, is corporatismthe inevitable tendency of businesses, workers, and other interests to band together to protect what they have. In modern economies, he says, corporations, unions, and...

09:54

PERTH Perth dad admits attempt to import two mail-order child sex dolls "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Perth dad admits attempt to import two mail-order child sex dolls .

August 19, 2017 at 06:15AM .

Hayden Cole, 40, entered his plea at Perth Magistrates Court conceding to two attempts to import prohibited goods last June and November.

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=http://expressnewsline.com/2017/08/18/perth-dad-admits-attempt-to-import-two-mail-order-child-sex.html&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNEyhwLTyBbIVCM_mRBo7Lmb4xUMWQ

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PERTH Perth pedophile Dragon charged again "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Perth pedophile Dragon charged again .

August 18, 2017 at 02:27PM .

Dragon, who previously spent 13 years in a Thai jail for abusing children, appeared in Perth Magistrates Court on Friday and will return to court on

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https://ifttt.com/myrecipes/personal/23688280 .

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PERTH Father, 40, admits trying to import child sex dolls that look like girls as young as SIX into Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Father, 40, admits trying to import child sex dolls that look like girls as young as SIX into Australia .

August 18, 2017 at 09:25PM .

Hayden Cole, 40, from Dianella appeared in Perth Magistrates Court on Friday. He pleaded guilty to two counts of importing prohibited Tier Two goods

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https://ifttt.com/myrecipes/personal/23688280 .

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09:54

PERTH Violent offender back in jail "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Violent offender back in jail .

August 19, 2017 at 02:41AM .

He was arrested and charged, and yesterday made a brief appearance in Perth Magistrates Court where he made no application for bail.

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https://ifttt.com/myrecipes/personal/23688280 .

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08:19

Gender neutral pronouns "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

There's a need for gender neutral pronouns in our society.

I write this as someone who works in fields often dominated by females.

For example, I've decades of experience working in communications and it's common to be one of a handful of men when I attend conferences.

While working with the Murrumbidgee CMA I was in a communications team with three women. It was somewhat confronting when the general manager called his "media tarts" to the stage during a meeting of the entire organisation.

A couple of weeks ago I was the only male at a meeting and was surprised when the group was collectively addressed as "girls" -- but mostly because I similarly reject being addressed as a "boy" for the inherent infantalising in that term also.

While I'm not convinced that "comrade" is the best word to take forward, it is one of the options that seems to connote a sense that we are all equals.

06:45

World Mercury Project Pays Tribute to Long Time Autism Advocate Nancy Cale "IndyWatch Feed National"

The autism community has lost a wonderful advocate, counselor and friend. Nancy Cale died peacefully surrounded by her family, and the news of her death rocked our world. If you knew Nancy then you understand our feelings of shock, grief and loss. If you didnt know her, we wish you could have. And not because your child or grandchild has autism but because of the wonderful person she was.

Nancy was a member of the autism community for around 20 years. After her grandson was diagnosed, she rolled up her sleeves and got to work. And not just for Wynn. But for all children with autism. Nancy became so proficient at helping parents of newly diagnosed children that she began answering a hot line, first for Unlocking Autism, then for many other organizations. Day and night her kind voice would answer the phone. Thousands of parents and children were helped by her guidance over the years. The trajectory of their lives, first altered by autism, was forever pushed in a positive direction because of her assistance, which was immeasurable.

To know Nancy was to love Nancy. Most of us met her online at first, as so many of us meet any fellow autism parents and grandparents for the first time. But encounters with Nancy were different.  There was an immediate bond of friendship. Her warmth spread to everyone and was infectious.

Many of our first recollections of Nancy was when she and Shelley Reynolds contacted us to be the state representatives for Unlocking Autism the communitys first attempts at serious, organized advocacy at the federal and state levels back in the late 90s. If we were lucky, we finally got to meet her face to face at a conference, convention or rally. And what a face and person! Always smiling, always genuine, always comforting, always caring, always the optimist. And usually, she had a funny anecdote to share about autism, or about life. It was easy to have a good time whenever she was around.

The autism community is profoundly indebted to Nancy for helping so many. And our lives are infinitely richer because of her.

The World Mercury Project Team

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06:05

TAS Serious Assault at Talina Place New Norfolk "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tuesday, 15 December 2015 11:37 am.

At approximately 12.10am on 15 December 2015, Police and Ambulance services were called to Talina Place, New Norfolk to a report that a man had been seriously assaulted in the street outside his house.

The 48 year old man has been conveyed to the Royal Hobart Hospital where he is in a critical condition.

As a result of police investigations, a 20 year old man from New Norfolk is assisting police with their investigation.

Police have spoken with a number of witnesses to the incident.

Anyone who feels they have information relative to this investigation is asked to contact Bridgewater CIB on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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05:27

The Beauty Of Black Market Animals Explored In 10+ Majestic Photographs "IndyWatch Feed National"

Because exotic animals, such as the African serval, the South American capuchin monkeys, and the Australian kangaroo, are considered to be cute, theres a black market trade from which humans can collect them as pets. Unfortunately, when this happens, they lose more than their freedom. Sometimes, the animals also lose their lives due to negligence as well as living in conditions which are less than ideal.

Fortunately, the sanctuary Animal Tracks, which is located in Agua Dulce, California, specializes in procuring and caring for the black market pets. And recently, they teamed up with a Los Angeles-based photographer Natasha Wilson of De Anastacia Photography to showcase the creatures diverse beauty and strengths. 

Entitled Where the Wild Things Are, the collection is both stunning and educational. It features models wearing color-coordinated outfits and incorporates vivacious nature-inspired backdrops that remind one of the habitats from which the animals were cruelly plucked

Though many of the animals endured various forms of cruelty, they appear completely dignified and at peace in the series. Scroll through the captivating images below and explore each of their stories. 

If you would like to support Animal Tracks, visit the organizations website. Learn more: De Anastacia PhotographyFacebookInstagram

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05:26

TAS 12 year old child detected driving at 122kmh "IndyWatch Feed National"

Monday, 14 December 2015 9:42 am.

A 12 year old girl has been detected driving at 122kmh on Illawarra Main Road in the States north.

On Saturday night at 10.37pm, police detected a speeding vehicle travelling at 122km/h on Illawarra Road.
The vehicle was intercepted on Youl Road, Perth, and police were shocked to discover the driver was a 12 year old girl.

A 21 year old man and a 16 year old girl were passengers in the vehicle.

The girl was charged and bailed for false name and driving offences.

Sgt Phil Summers, of Deloraine Police, said that more than half of all fatalities occur on country roads.

This is a terrible example of a flagrant disregard for safety not only of the driver, but all other road users. This incident could very well have ended in tragedy, Sgt Summers said.

This is a timely reminder to the public on the dangers of speed over the Christmas period and the manner in which instances such as this will be treated by Tasmania Police who will be out in force over the festive period.

http://www.police.tas.gov.au/?p=19896

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05:16

TAS Ravenswood man charged with multiple burglaries "IndyWatch Feed National"

Thursday, 10 December 2015 9:38 am.

A 28-year-old Ravenswood man has been charged with multiple burglaries following his arrest by Northern detectives last night.

Northern CIB detectives arrested the man in a Ravenswood unit, where stolen property and cash was recovered from overnight burglaries in the Launceston area.

The man has been charged with 24 counts of burglary (business), 12 counts of stealing, one count of attempted burglary, two counts of evading police, breach of bail and receiving stolen property.

He was remanded in custody to appear in the Launceston Magistrates Court later today.

http://www.police.tas.gov.au/?p=19876

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05:08

TAS Police Vehicle rammed by stolen car "IndyWatch Feed National"

Monday, 7 December 2015 11:28 am.

About 2.35am on Sunday 6 December 2015 a Toyota Hilux was reported stolen from an address in Ravenswood. Within 25 minutes of the vehicle being reported stolen, responding police located the vehicle travelling east on the Tasman Highway at Waverley.

Police attempted to intercept the vehicle but it failed to stop for them and continued travelling away from Launceston. Police followed the vehicle, out past Myrtle Park and onto a narrow track.

As the track narrowed, the Hilux suddenly reversed at speed towards the police vehicle, ramming it twice, and allowing the offender the opportunity to escape into the bush.

The police vehicle was extensively damaged and will be off the road while repairs are undertaken.

It has been the second ramming of a police vehicle in less than two weeks.

Importantly no police officers were injured during the incident.

Policing is by its very nature, a high risk occupation, but actions like this increase that risk level substantially, said Inspector Michael Johnston.

Anyone with any information as to the identity and location of the offender should call Tasmania Police on 131444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

http://www.police.tas.gov.au/?p=19858

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04:59

Burqa stunt failed to stir anti-Muslim sentiments in Australian Senate "IndyWatch Feed National"

Perhaps taking cue from the Trump-fomented rising tide of ultra-rightists, Neo-Nazis and white supremacists, Australia's right-wing One Nation party leader Pauline Hanson Thursday staged a burqa stunt to stir anti-Muslim sentiments.

04:58

House fire at Grices Road, Tea Tree Tasmania Police @TAZZTMP19843 @19843 @DROP "IndyWatch Feed National"

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House fire at Grices Road, Tea Tree Tasmania Police

Thursday, 3 December 2015 1:34 pm.

On Thursday 3 December shortly after 6:30am Tasmania Fire Service and Tasmania Police were called to a report of a house fire at Grices Road, Tea Tree.

On arrival, a two storey sandstone structure was found to be completely destroyed. The house is heritage listed and believed to have been constructed in the 1860s.

Damage to the residence is estimated at over $400,000.

Forensic investigators and members of Bridgewater CIB are continuing their investigations. At this stage the cause of the fire is undetermined.

Police are appealing for witnesses if you saw any people or vehicles in the vicinity of Grices Road during the early hours of 3 December, please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.


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04:54

TAS Indecent assault at Waverly Flora Park Mornington "IndyWatch Feed National"

Police are seeking information in relation to an alleged indecent assault that occurred around 5pm on Monday 30th November 2015 on the Waverley Flora Park. The area of interest is the Charles Darwin walking track which is located behind Irandi Street, Mornington.

A female victim was allegedly assaulted by a man aged approximately mid 20s, medium build wearing a black peaked cap with a white M on the front. He was also described as wearing a yellow fluorescent shirt, blue working trousers and lace up boots.

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Police would like to hear from members of the public who may have knowledge of the assault or can assist in identifying a man fitting the description.

Any information can be forwarded to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or contact Detective Constable Fiona Howard at Bellerive C.I.B on 61732318.

http://www.police.tas.gov.au/?p=19830

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04:39

TAS Ulverstone Returned Servicemens Club Fraud Charges "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tuesday, 24 November 2015 1:48 pm.

As a result of a 13 month Investigation conducted by the Devonport Criminal Investigation Branch and the Ulverstone Returned Servicemens Club (URSC), a 49yr old Miandetta man, has today been charged with numerous fraud related offences.

The charges include stealing by agent, fraudulent false accounting, damaging computer data, forgery and uttering, and false statements by an officer of a company.

It will be alleged that the offences involve the theft of in excess of $470,000. He has been bailed to appear in the Devonport Magistrates Court on 9th February 2016.

A police investigation commenced into the matter after a member of the club detected anomalies in the clubs financial figures presented at the 2014 Annual General Meeting.

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04:26

TAS Man detained on Multiple Charges "IndyWatch Feed National"

Monday, 23 November 2015 9:55 pm.

A 34 year old male from Irishtown has been charged with a range of serious offences including aggravated assault, aggravated burglary, stealing, firearms and driving offences.

He appeared in an out of hours court sitting at Devonport at 8.00pm on 23/11/15 and was remanded in custody.

He will re-appear by video link at 2.15pm on 24/11/15.

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04:09

TAS Aggravated burglary at Lebrina "IndyWatch Feed National"

Monday, 23 November 2015 3:59 pm.

Launceston CIB detectives are seeking public assistance with their enquiries into an aggravated robbery at Lebrina.

Just before 4am on 20 November, three men entered a property at Taylors Road, Lebrina and demanded the resident hand them the keys to his firearms safe. When the resident refused to give them the key, he was struck on the arm with a metal bar.

The offenders accessed the safe and stole 15 firearms. The firearms were stored correctly. Its believed the men left the property in two or three vehicles.

Theres only a limited description of the offenders; the three men are believed to be average height and slim build.

The 82 year old man was not seriously injured, and was treated at the LGH.

Police have conducted extensive searches of the surrounding areas and are continuing to undertake enquiries to determine the identity of the offenders.

If anyone has any information about this incident or the identity of the offenders, they are asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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04:07

TAS Man charged with Grievous Bodily Harm "IndyWatch Feed National"

Monday, 23 November 2015 3:55 pm.

A 21-year-old Invermay man has been charged with one count of grievous bodily harm following an alleged assault yesterday afternoon.

The man will appear in the Launceston Magistrates Court later this afternoon.

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Anyone who witnessed the alleged assault outside the Park Hotel in Invermay who hasnt already come forward should call Northern CIB on 67773911 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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04:02

TAS Attempted Burglary at Albert Road Store "IndyWatch Feed National"

Sunday, 22 November 2015 5:35 am.

Just after midnight on Sunday 22 November, Tasmania Police and Tasmania Fire Service, responded to a report of an attempted burglary of the Albert Road Store at 68 Albert Road, Moonah.

Witnesses were alerted to the incident after a white Holden Commodore was driven into the front of the store in an apparent attempt to gain entry. As a result, the Commodore and the front faade of the store caught alight.

The attempt to enter the store was unsuccessful and no property was stolen. Only minor damage was caused to some signage at the front of the store and no persons were injured.

Two people were seen to flee the scene and leave the area in a black Toyota Van.

As a result, two men from Launceston, were later taken into custody and are currently assisting police with inquiries in relation to the matter.

Glenorchy CIB would like to hear from any persons who may have observed the black van, acting suspiciously in and around the Moonah area on Saturday 21 November and Sunday 22 November 2015.

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03:59

TAS Vehicle fire at Drake Street Devonport "IndyWatch Feed National"

Sunday, 22 November 2015 5:25 am.

Devonport Police attended the scene of a vehicle fire, near 81 Drake Street, Devonport at approx. 1am this morning.

Tasmania Fire Service were also in attendance and quickly extinguished the fire.

It appears at this stage that the fire was caused by some type of explosion within the vehicle.

The vehicle has been destroyed, however nil persons were injured as a result, and only minor damage to a nearby house has been reported.

The fire/explosion has been deemed suspicious and investigations are continuing.

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03:56

TAS Burglary at Albert Road Store Update "IndyWatch Feed National"

Sunday, 22 November 2015 3:14 pm.

Police have charged two men in relation to the burglary of the Albert Road Store at 68 Albert Road, Moonah overnight.

The men aged 44 and 23 from the Launceston area were charged with Motor vehicle Stealing, Burglary and Unlawfully Setting Fire to Property.

They have been bailed to appear in court at a later date.

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Police would like to speak to anyone that was in the Moonah area and may have seen a silver Holden Commodore or a Black Toyota Van acting suspiciously on Saturday 21 November or Sunday 22 November 2015.

Glenorchy CIB can be contacted on 61732881 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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03:51

America Asleep "IndyWatch Feed National"

The summer of 1919, called The Red Summer by James Weldon Johnson, ushered in the greatest period of interracial violence the nation had ever witnessed. During that summer there were twenty-six race riots in such cities as Chicago, Illinois; Washington, D.C.; Elaine, Arkansas; Charleston, South Carolina; Knoxville and Nashville, Tennessee; Longview, Texas; and Omaha, Nebraska. More than one hundred Blacks were killed in these riots, and thousands were wounded and left homeless. The seven most serious race riots were those which occurred in Wilmington, N. C. (1898), Atlanta, Ga. (1906), Springfield, Ill. (1908), East St. Louis) Ill. (1917), Chicago, Ill. (1919), Tulsa, Okla. (1921) and Detroit, Mich. (1943).
Robert A. Gibson, The Negro Holocaust: Lynching and Race Riots in the United States,1880-1950

A war of extermination will continue to be waged between the two races until the Indian race becomes extinct.
California Governor Peter H. Burnett, 1851

At the time, Executive Order 9066 was justified as a military necessity to protect against domestic espionage and sabotage. However, it was later documented that our government had in its possession proof that not one Japanese American, citizen or not, had engaged in espionage, not one had committed any act of sabotage. These Japanese Americans, half of whom were children, were incarcerated for up to 4 years, without due process of law or any factual basis, in bleak, remote camps surrounded by barbed wire and armed guards.
Michi Weglyn, Years of Infamy: The Untold Story of Americas Concentration Camps, March 1, 1978

The recent attack in Charlottsville hardly stands out as in any way unique in American history. But there are several very telling aspects to this display of organized white supremacist values. First, how is it the police allowed it to happen? Well, ok, we know the answer. That was rhetorical. The next question would be perhaps the media coverage of this. Third would be the President and his response.

In a sense, the media coverage actually encloses the other issues. For the narrative being manufactured by the NY Times and Washington Post and all the rest, CNN and MSNBC is pretty much the same, with only variations that are designed to target specific demographics. The story of U.S. racism and colonial plunder, of a settler mentality and the reality of Manifest Destiny and genocide is simply erased. In its place is the fairy tale of white American goodness that I and millions of others were taught in school. Charlottsville is thus not a result of Trump, of his personality, of his friends such as St...

03:47

TAS Vehicle Fire at Drake Street Devonport "IndyWatch Feed National"

Sunday, 22 November 2015 6:10 pm.

About 1.10am on Sunday 22nd of November 2015, Police were contacted by the Tasmania Fire Service in relation to a vehicle fire on Drake Street, Devonport.

The vehicle was deliberately set on fire and a loud explosion occurred prior to it being extinguished. The vehicle did not contain explosives; rather, evidence suggests the loud explosion was the result of the windows being forced out due to the rapid expansion of air within the confined space of the vehicle when on fire.

The vehicle was destroyed by the fire and a nearby residence was damaged by flying debris from the explosion. No one was injured.

Police would like to speak to anyone who has information in relation to the fire; or specifically, observed a grey or silver SUV parked facing East on the Bass Highway about 1.15am this morning; or observed anything suspicious in the area of the intersection of Drake and Elizabeth Streets, Devonport.

Any person with information is urged to contact Devonport CIB or Crime stoppers on 1800 333 000 or the police assistance line on 131444.

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03:45

TAS Serious Assault outside Park Hotel Invermay "IndyWatch Feed National"

Monday, 23 November 2015 9:58 am.

About 4.40pm on Sunday 22 November 2015 a serious assault occurred outside the Park Hotel, Invermay.

A group of people had been on a bus trip during the day and exited the bus outside the Park Hotel upon its return from the outing. Shortly after departing the bus a 30 year old Launceston man was assaulted and received a critical head injury.

Assistance was given by people in the immediate vicinity, and Tas ambulance attended. The man was transported to the Launceston General Hospital before being transferred to the Royal Hobart Hospital where he is currently undergoing emergency surgery.

A 21year old Invermay man was arrested shortly after the incident at a nearby address. He is assisting police with their enquiries.

Any person with information who witnessed the incident is encouraged to contact Tasmania Police on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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03:41

TAS Graham John Enniss Police Operation "IndyWatch Feed National"

Monday, 23 November 2015 11:56 am.

A 34 year old man from Irishtown was arrested on Mawbanna Road, just south of the Bass Highway yesterday following a police operation.

Graham John Enniss was wanted by Police in relation to a spate of property related crime in the Circular Head area and the theft of firearms from the Black River area.

At approximately 6.30pm police received information that a vehicle which was believed stolen the night before was being driven by Mr Enniss on Mawbanna Road, just south of Bass Highway.

Police engaged in the operation to locate Mr Enniss, observed the vehicle enter a dairy. They followed at a safe distance and observed the vehicle drive into and cross a private paddock.

It will be alleged that the offender exited the vehicle, took aim and fired one shot in the direction of the police vehicles.

The offender then got back in the vehicle and continued through the paddock fence towards the highway.

The vehicle was disabled when its tyres were punctured, and the driver was arrested without further incident.

Commander Lauchland Avery said:

Police would like to thank the residents of Circular Head who provided assistance to responding police.

Mr Enniss is currently in police custody and officers will progress with interviews and charges, when he is able to be interviewed.

The community may have observed police in the area over recent days and we thank them for the assistance and information they have provided to officers, to date.

Investigations continue and anyone with information they believe is relevant to this incident is asked to contact police on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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03:32

TAS Police charge woman with alleged sex offence "IndyWatch Feed National"

Friday, 20 November 2015 5:08 pm.

As a result of the investigation referred by the Department of Education, a 32 year old woman from Southern Tasmania has this afternoon been charged with an alleged sexual offence.

The woman was charged with one count of sexual intercourse with a young person under the age of 17 years.

The woman was bailed to appear at the Hobart Magistrates Court at a later date.

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03:28

TAS Graham John Enniss sought by Police "IndyWatch Feed National"

Friday, 20 November 2015 3:20 pm.

Police wish to speak to 29 year old Circular Head man Graham John Enniss.

Detectives wish to speak to Mr Enniss as they believe he can assist with investigations into property related crime which has occurred in the Circular Head area over recent weeks.

Police also believe he may be able to assist them with their inquiries concerning a motor vehicle which stolen from the Bass Highway in the vicinity of the Irish Town turn off, Smithton early Thursday evening.

The vehicle we are searching for is a late model white Falcon XR6 sedan. The vehicle, Tasmanian registration D81CZ, was stolen from that area shortly before dark, said Detective Acting Inspector Richard Chugg.

We would ask local residents of Circular Head to make extra efforts to secure their residence, sheds and vehicles and report any suspicious activity they observe to police immediately, he said.

The community may have observed police in the area over recent days and we thank them for the assistance they have provided to officers, to date.

Mr Enniss is described as being 176cm (510) tall, medium build of olive complexion, blue eyes and heavily tattooed. He has a tattoo which spells THUG in large letters around his neck.

His hair is dark brown in colour and although 29, his weathered complexion suggests a more senior age.

Members of the public should not approach Mr Enniss. Anyone that may have information in relation to the current whereabouts of Mr Enniss or anyone who may have seen the outstanding vehicle is asked to contact Police on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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02:00

Australia Weighs Jail Time for Cryptocurrency Exchange Offenders "IndyWatch Feed National"

New details have emerged about Australia's cryptocurrency exchange bill.

01:48

Concerning Fiona Barnett, the Murder of Lori King, and the PP Squad "IndyWatch Feed National"

Coming Clean With My Investigation into the Murder of Lori King

Original EXTENDED Version of Rabbit Hole- Under the Name Confessions of an Antichrist

and the video that started this all for mei need help in solving a murder/murders https://youtu.be/U8uf_5Tv8I0

Fiona Barnetts website https://pedophilesdownunder.com/

00:59

The veil in anxious times "IndyWatch Feed National"

An Australian MP's burqa-wearing stunt this week won't be last time this issue will come up. But under the veil of the Western preoccupation with head covering, what is this really about?

00:55

CIA Torture Architects Settle With Survivors Avoiding Publicity Of Trial "IndyWatch Feed National"

Two psychologists, James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen, who were contracted by the CIA to develop torture techniques, agreed to a confidential settlement with torture survivors.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) sued Mitchell and Jessen on behalf of Suleiman Abdullah Salim, Mohamed Ahmed Ben Soud, and the family of Gul Rahman. The lawsuit alleged the CIA contractors committed crimes that included water torture, forcing prisoners into boxes, and chaining prisoners in painful stress positions to walls.

We brought this case seeking accountability and to help ensure that no one else has to endure torture and abuse, and we feel that we have achieved our goals, the plaintiffs said in a joint statement posted by the ACLU.

They added, We were able to tell the world about horrific torture, the CIA had to release secret records, and the psychologists and high-level CIA officials were forced to answer our lawyers questions. It has been a long, difficult road, but we are very pleased with the results.

Mitchell and Jessen refused to concede that they committed acts of torture, but as evidenced by the settlement, the contractors did not want to face trial in September.

James Mitchell, pictured left, and Bruce Jensen, supervisors of the CIA's

James Mitchell, pictured left, and Bruce Jensen, supervisors of the CIAs conditioning program.

Mitchell, Jessen, and plaintiffs agreed to release the following joint statement:

Drs. Mitchell and Jessen acknowledge that they worked with the CIA to develop a program for the CIA that contemplated the use of specific coercive methods to interrogate certain detainees.

Plaintiff Gul Rahman was subjected to abuses in the CIA program that resulted in his death and in pain and suffering for his family. Plaintiffs Suleiman Abdullah Salim and Mohamed Ahmed Ben Soud were also subjected to coercive methods in the CIA program, which resulted in pain and suffering for them and their families.

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00:45

Quotes of the Week "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


I am the worlds greatest person
[US President Donald J. Trump28 January 2017]

Common sense tells you that when you have an industry that pays less than others, employs more young people than others, and has a much higher level of underemployment than others, it is not really in need of policy that will have 10,000 young people working for less than the minimum wage and for which the employer will not only not have to pay them, but will be given $1,000 from the government.  [Greg Jericho writing in The Guardian, 6 August 2017]

That the era of deregulation is exhausted should no longer be an issue. Free market fundamentalists rebounded from the global financial crisis with a remarkable ease, treating it like a mere flesh wound. But almost a decade later, the game is up. The twin business strategies of suppressing wages and side-stepping taxation obligations to benefit those at the top of the wealth distribution curve is no longer acceptable. The economic and political damage is too great. The other 90% are joining the dots. They are many and they are angry. [Lawyer Josh Bornstein writing in The Guardian, 27 July 2017]
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00:36

Government concealing Domestic Violence by Police? "IndyWatch Feed National"


You don't have to even be a constitutional lawyer to know that 'domestic violence' is not on, as it's even mentioned in our founding document called the Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act, or the 'Constitution' for short, right?

All you have to do is look at Section 119:

COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA CONSTITUTION ACT - SECT 119

Protection of States from invasion and violence
                   The Commonwealth shall protect every State against invasion and, on the application of the Executive Government of the State, against domestic violence.

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00:27

Atzmon: Who Keeps Americans in the Dark? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Who Keeps Americans in the Dark?

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By Gilad Atzmon

Earlier this week, senior Tablet magazine writer Yair Rosenberg pointed out in a Washington Post article that the White nationalists who gathered in Charlottesville, Virginia targeted the Jews.

They (the White Nationalists) immediately went after the Jews, Rosenberg writes. They chanted anti-Semitic and Nazi slogans, including blood and soil and Jews will not replace us all crafted to cast Jews as foreign interlopers who need to be expunged. The attendees proudly displayed giant swastikas and wore shirts emblazoned with quotes from Adolf Hitler. One banner read, Jews are Satans children.

This is an important and genuine observation by Rosenberg. He suggests that the white nationalists are fully aware that that they are in a battle with the Jews. The Jews also seem to acknowledge that they are at war with the White Nationalists and that this broad category includes the American President* who according to the Jewish press took side with the Nazis.

It seems that the American people are the only ones who are kept in the dark. They seem baffled by this spectacle of hatred that threatens to escalate into a new civil war. The Americans are told by their media that this is a race war: White vs. Black, slavery apologists vs. peace loving liberals, White Lives Matters vs. Black Lives Matter and so on. But if Rosenberg is right and this is a war between the Jews and the White Nationalists, why do the American media attempts to conceal it?

If you hate racism, as you should, but also brave enough to look for an answer, you may grasp how volatile the situation is. Those who read Jewish history arent surprised by the current developments. It has all been building for quite a while.

This article was originally published at Gilad Atzmons blog

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00:06

Blame foreigners for disasters like the 1953 coup, yes, but Iranians must look at their own failings "IndyWatch Feed National"

The idea of looking into the mirror in search of answers to political weakness does not exist in Iranian political culture. That's no clearer example than the 1953 coup against Mohammed Mossadeq

00:02

The Black Dog Blues "IndyWatch Feed National"

Its time for the Black Dog Institute to front up to its own misnomer and change its name, writes Dean Frenkel.

You wouldnt want to be born a black dog in South Korea.

President Moon Jae-in is addressing his cultures antipathy to black dogs by adopting a back mongrel and appointing him the new first dog of Korea.

At first glance, most people wont realise how offensive the phrase black dog is. Black describes the dark, heavy and formless emotion and dog lightens it up a bit. Apparently the one thing that dogs have in common with depression is that both are hard to shake off.

When the Black Dog Institute was established in Australia 2002, the committee of mental health professionals and academics intended for the phrase to de-stigmatise depression.

Black-dog-puppy-stick

Just as nicknames have a purpose, black dog was a more pleasant way to describe depression and deflect some of the heavy weight, just as it is euphemistic to say beef rather than cow-meat.

Famous English writer Samuel Johnson had used black dog to describe depression in the 18th century and the worlds most famous depressive, Winston Churchill, popularised it to describe his own alcohol-related challenges.

But if those mental health pioneers had demonstrated due diligence, they would have decided on a name not bound by superstition, a racist history, and persecution.

The phrase black dog had a seedy beginning many centuries ago in medieval England when witch-burning was common mere sightings of a black dog would lead to panic and over-reaction. Black dog was associated with the devil and regarded as a portent of death. Though it would be reasonable to expect such superstitious nonsense to be discarded, it actually never died. The stigmas associated with the phrase live on.

Black dog has an even more sinister history as a phrase of racist intimidation. In the early 1900s US singing legend Paul Robeson was confronted by a white supremacist during a college football game, who targeted him with the following sledge:

Sparkke-Shop-Say-I-Do-New

Dont you so much as touch me, you black dog, or Ill cut your heart out.

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23:54

DEATH OF A GIANT "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

When trees attack they often do so without warning.

A few months ago, a massive old eucalypt (I thought possibly a Blakelys red gum, but my identification skills are poor)  in the crop paddock near the house suddenly turned into a crushing giant squid-shaped thing, demolishing fences and flattening my hopes of helping it live into another century.a mess of branches

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23:01

Plebiscites statistical time-bomb "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

THERE is a strong possibility of a major debacle over the result of the marriage-equality plebiscite in November. The possibility is stronger than most people suspect.

My colleague Peter Martin explained this week that the Australian Statistician has injected some statistical rigour into the process.

The Statistician, David Kalisch, argues that the ABS is within the normal process of gathering statistical information, in the words of the Census and Statistics Act, to inform public policy.

The ABS is going to engage in a unique process. Never before has information on the age, gender and geographical location of voters been gathered and counted so it can be compared with that of the general population (as known through the census) and hence that of people who did not vote.

In the counting process, the actual Yes or No vote will be stripped away and anonymously counted with all the other votes in that electorate, but the envelope containing the ballot with a bar code that contains information about age, gender and electorate will be kept and collated.

This process is different from that of the Australian Electoral Commission. The electoral commission process is solely to determine who is elected who got a majority of votes cast after distribution of preferences. The electoral commission does not consider whether a whole lot of people spoilt their ballot papers or did not turn up to vote and try to estimate that opinion to give a more accurate overall picture.

The ABS, however, has been commissioned to obtain statistical information about the opinion of the Australian adult public on the matter of same-sex marriage. It has not been commissioned to conduct a vote.

So it will not treat this like an election where you add up the votes and declare a winner. In effect, the ABS will be treating the votes or, more correctly, survey answers, as a great big sample of the whole population which must be corrected for sampling error, as all good statisticians do.

Usually, samples are quite a small. So for unemployment figures or household spending the ABS asks a few thousand and deduces the total picture from the sample. The ABS, like all pollsters, asks demographic questions like age, gender and address. And if the sample does not match the general population (say the sample is 80 per cent male and 20 per cent female when in the whole population it is 50-50) it makes adjustments.

You might ask: Should children get pocket money? and get an overall result of 55 per cent No and 45 per cent Yes. However, if all of the 20 per cent female response was Yes and 55 percentage points of the 80 per cent male response was No (68 per cent of males answering No), the No victory is clearly suspect.

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22:47

Near Unanimous Public Rejection of Genetically Engineered Trees in the US "IndyWatch Feed National"

Statement from BiofuelwatchGlobal Justice Ecology Project and Indigenous Environmental Network

 

New York (US)New Zealand-owned tree biotechnology company ArborGen faces near unanimous opposition to commercial deregulation of their genetically engineered eucalyptus treesOn 5 July, the US Department of Agriculture received an astounding 280,000 individual comments, as well as 500 organizations representing millions of people around the world, all opposing this deregulation. Only 3 comments were submitted in favor. This avalanche of comments came a mere 75 days after the USDA publicly released their draft Environmental Impact Statement on ArborGens request for deregulation.

Such overwhelming opposition sends a clear message to USDA that GE eucalyptus trees must be rejecteda message the agency can no longer ignore.

ArborGens eucalyptus are engineered for cold tolerance with the intent of extending their range into the Southern US, from South Carolina to Texas. Eucalyptus trees are native only to Australia. Eucalyptus plantations are invasive, notorious for depleting waterways and highly flammableas demonstrated by recent wildfires in Chile and Portugal. Their introduction to Southern US states, where droughts, heatwaves and wildfires are already escalating, would be foolhardy.

ArborGen claims their GE eucalyptus will meet expanding market demands for pulp and paper, as well as the fast-growing demand for wood pellets for biomass. Currently, EU greenhouse...

22:34

Episode-2068- Expert Council Q&A for 8-18-17 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tweet Today its Friday so its time for expert council show. To ask a question for a show like this, just send an email to me at jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com with TSPC Expert in the subject line. Today the expert council answers questions on farming, first aid, bitcoin, home school, health share programs, wild edibles and more. In the body of your email first tell me the council member your question is for. Second ask your question concisely in one to two sentences maximum. Third any and all details after that. This is the formula to give you the best chance of getting on the air. I do what I can to get as many of your questions as possible on the air but cant always get to all of them. Our council is made of a wide variety of experts in everything from the tactical to the practical and everything in between. To get more information on our Expert Council visit our Meet the Expert Council Page to learn more about them and their specific areas of expertise. Join Me Today As Our Experts Discuss Dealing with thistles Darby Simpson A FAK for motorcycle riders Nurse Amy From Paper Wallet back to coin base Brandon Todd Why tax vouchers are bad news for home school Mike and Sue Laprise How health share programs work John Pugliano Cooking and using stinging nettles Nicole Sauce If culinary intuition is a thing, what is is a thing Jack Resources for todays show Join the Members Brigade Join Our Forum The Year 48 Walking To Freedom TSP Gear PermaEthos.com TspAz.com support TSP when you shop on Online Grandaddys Gun Club Bullhead Fishing Information The Illuminatus! Trilogy Grand Illusion Styx Sponsors of the Day Safecastle Royal Bob Well Nursery Websites of the Expert Council Members CryptoSkim.com Humble Mechanic Living Free in Tennessee Harvest Eating Old Grouch Military Surplus Steven1234.com Permaculture Classroom A Bee Friendly Company Investable Wealth NW Edible Permies.com Primal Power GeoffLawton.com DarbySimpson.com Whole Systems Design Doom and Bloom HaloBySue.com Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one mans opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK (866-658-4465) and you might hear yourself on the air. Join the MSB Today Want Every Episode of TSP Ever Produced? Remember in addition to discounts to over 40 vendors who supply stuff you are likely buying anyway, tons of free ebooks and video content, MSB Members also get every edition of The Survival Podcast ever produced in convenient zip files in blocks of 24. More info on the MSB can be found here. ` Nicole Sauces nettle recipies. Presto Nettle Pesto 6 cups nettle 8 large garlic cloves, smashed 1/2 cup toasted pine nuts 1/2 teaspoon salt Freshly ground pepper 1 1/4 cups extra virgin olive oil 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese Boil nettles in pot of salted wat.........

22:09

Whoopi Goldberg Has No Idea What Shes Talking About "IndyWatch Feed National"

Christians find themselves a target yet again in the aftermath of hate speech and incited violence, this time in Charlottesville. Actress Whoopi Goldberg tweeted,

Whoopis assertion is unequivocally false. Many Christian leaders have spoken out against this weekends racism, violence, and hatred. These are tweets from various Christian leaders following the events in Charlottesville. These leaders span various vocations, ethnicities, denominations, and sexes and do much more to encourage equality than tweet.

Dr. Piper regularly speaks out against racism in his ministry and personal life. After struggling with the issue in his family for many years, he authored a book on the topic, Bloodlines. Years ago, he and his wife adopted an African-American girl named Talitha.

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22:06

CIA Man Knows Who the Real President of the US Is! "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Mary W Maxwell Picture me sitting in the Brekkie room of a nice motel here in the US. So what was on the big screen in the Brekkie room? Why, CNN of course. ( Ill bet motel owners are not allowed to change to another channel.) While others around me made pancakes and spooned []

22:06

Charlottesville: black and white conflict in America "IndyWatch Feed National"

Charlottesville: black and white conflict in America

And the solution that almost no one appears to wantwhy are people allergic to solutions that work?

by Jon Rappoport

August 18, 2017

My tech partner and producer, Theo Wesson, has made several notes on the latest episode of black-white conflict in America, Charlottesville:

Classic two-pronged Maoist tactic. (a) shock troops on the ground causing violence and then (b) a sophisticated and coordinatedpropaganda push by the parallel rogue state complex of Media, Academia, Hollywood and sold-out politicians. Historically huge. The Police standing down as the [third] element.

The violence puts the [television news] viewer in an altered state to receive the propaganda.

Black vs. white. Nazis vs. liberals. Antifa vs. Alt-Right. Cut the dividing line any way you want to, factor in covert funding by people like George Soros, and you have a formula for escalating conflict between various sectors of society. Thus, driving more chaos.

Present the sides in the conflict as somehow representing the entire population of America. Thats the key.

This op is as old as the hills.

As for solutions, lets start with a revelation about government funding for inner-city programs in St, Petersburg, Florida. The Tampa Bay Times reports:

the Tampa Bay Times set out to assess the regions progress since the turn of the century, analyzing two decades worth of data on income, housing, demographics and crime.

Though the city has helped steer hundreds of millions of dollars into the neighborhoods around Midtown since 1999, they remain stuck in poverty.

Adjusted for inflation, the average households income has gone down.

Property values in the neighborhoods have dropped. Only 43 percent of homes in Midtown and Childs Park are owner-occupied, a rate thats steadily declined since it was 60 percent in 2002.

Today, almost half of the regions renters spend the majority of their income keeping a roof over their heads nearly twice as many as in 1999.

In 2002, the crime rate was four times higher in Midtown and Childs Park [inner-city neighborhoods] than in the rest of the city. In 2014, it was more than five times higher.

And then, the capper: From 1999 to 2015, St. Petersburg helped steer over $210 million in private and public investments toward trying to improve life in the Midtown area, city documents show.

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20:40

Mulgrave By-Election: LABOUR Challenges Tory SBC Majority "IndyWatch Feed National"

Mulgrave By-Election: LABOUR Challenges Tory SBC Majority

Scarborough & Whitby Labour Party have a very strong candidate in the forthcoming by-election for the Mulgrave ward of Scarborough Borough Council HUGO FEARNLEY in support of whom the party has issued the following Press Release.

Success for Labour would topple the long-standing Conservative majority at Scarborough Borough Council and could herald a change of Leader and a new Cabinet.

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Labour on track to upset cosy complacency at SBC

Labour is campaigning hard to win the Mulgrave by-election and end Tory control of Scarborough Borough Council.

Scarborough and Whitby Labour Party is seeking to join the growing list of recent Labour victories in previously unwinnable council seats, such as those in West Worthing, Eden and Staffordshire Moorlands.

Says Hugo Fearnley, the partys candidate for Mulgrave:

With just a small swing, this seat will be won by Labour, and the Conservatives will lose overall control of Scarborough council. Mulgrave voters have an opportunity to make a real impact on stopping the councils brutal cuts to public services.

Hugo fought the seat in Mays county council elections: I knocked on scores of doors in Mulgrave ward, and listened hard to local concerns.

There is a strong view that Mulgraves villages to the north of Whitby have been forgotten by Scarborough BC. Rural areas have been hard hit by slashes to local services. These have left local residents vulnerable, and often struggling to manage. The council isnt listening.

The issues which come up most on the doorstep, says Hugo, are housing, employment, social care and transport. Labour, he added, sees the seat as very winnable. An active councillor makes a huge difference to how these villages are represented on Scarborough Council. We have a great chance to make the council listen to rural concerns, and to stand up for local peoples interests. We are for the many, not the few.

A Labour victory for Hugo in Mulgrave would wipe out the Conservative majority on the council. Hugo will be joining 13 Labour councillors who, together with members from other parties and independents, will equal the number of Tory seats. Theres a real opportunity for change. Labour is looking for investment, not austerity.

Hugo has set up a Question and Answer session at The Old School, Hinderwell, on Wednesday 23 August at 7 pm. All are welcome, and every election candidate has been asked along.

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19:04

Shotgun - Point Blank Pig Charge "IndyWatch Feed National"





This is why we need to be able to legally carry a handgun when working outdoors. You can't work with a shotgun slung over your shoulder, & even if you could, you would have to unsling it before you could use it! These firearms restrictions put people at risk for no sensible or just reason!

18:45

FixedIt: Sexual abuse, not sexual relationship "IndyWatch Feed National"

Ok, so it is the Daily Mail, but even so, what kind of person thinks years of sexual abuse can be described as a sexual relationship?

The child was 15 years old when it started, she was an adult, his teacher and in a parental role, its not a sexual relationship its rape, its child abuse, its sexual abuse, it is a crime and it must be described as what it is abhorrent, abusive, traumatic and criminal.

Here are the reasons this matters, in every case, with every headline.

The victim impact statements from child abuse trials are harrowing, a testament to the lifelong injuries suffered by people who were sexually abused as children. They are the litany of drug addition, alcohol dependence, gambling problems, depression, crippling anxiety, relationship breakdowns, suicidal thoughts, shame, self-hatred, mistrust of others and long term emotional damage so common in survivors of child sexual abuse. Children who have been abused are also significantly more likely to suffer further abuse, both as children and as adults.

The effects of sexual abuse of children then lead to the cycle of horror where victims become unreliable witnesses to their own abuse.

When the media, as it so persistently does, labels sexual abuse of children as child sex, we are weakening the public understanding of the extent and effect of such abuse. This has serious effects. A study conducted for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse found that juries who have a better understanding of the facts of child sexual abuse are less likely to make mistakes in their assessment of evidence given in court.

Children cannot have sex with adults. Sex requires consent and children, by definition, cannot give consent, so its not sex. Its rape, its child abuse, its sexual abuse, its any number of terms that accurately describe a crime. An act perpetrated on an innocent victim, someone who was unable to defend themselves from the violence done to them, and who suffers for years, possibly decades, from the trauma caused by an adults choice to commit that violence.

That word choice is the key. Sex is a choice made by every person involved. Rape and abuse are a choice made only by the perpetrator. The victim has no choice.

No child has ever chosen to be abused. No child has ever done...

18:26

Richard Di Natale (Greens) and John Cunningham and the Removal of Medical Freedoms in Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Open Letter University of Wollongong Academics

18 August 2017

Copied to UOW Vice-Chancellor, Paul Wellings

Dear Professors Yeatman and Jones,

Your promotion of immunisation on the University of Wollongong website violates the academic and political process because you and your colleagues have never researched vaccination science or policy. This violation is resulting in the removal of medical freedoms in Australia because you have not supported your claims about vaccines with evidence.

The false assumptions that you have based your claims on i.e. that vaccine adverse events are rare and that all the recommended vaccines are effective and necessary, are proven to be false in my PhD thesis that you have chosen to ignore. Vaccines are also being promoted by politicians on the false claims made by Richard Di Natale and John Cunningham neither of whom have specialist knowledge in immunology, vaccination science or policy.

Dr. John Cunningham is an activist for the industry-associated SAVN lobby group and he has participated in inappropriate behaviour in debating my UOW academic research on vaccines.  He has promoted his false and derogatory claims about my research in the mainstream media and on social media, and these same claims are now published on Wikipedia. He received an Order of Australia Medal for Immunisation and Science one week after he published his false and derogatory comments about my academic research in the Australian newspaper (26 January 2016).

The Australian Skeptics Inc. is the lobby group that promotes John Cunninghams information and this organisation has significant influence in the Australian media on scientific topics yet they are not a scientific organisation. They are deceptively named and they promote industry interests in government vaccination policies.

The abusive attacks by the SAVN lobby group have been...

17:59

PERTH Notorious Perth pedophile arrested again "IndyWatch Feed National"

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PERTH Perth man admits importing child sex dolls "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Perth man admits importing child sex dolls .

August 18, 2017 at 04:22PM .

Hayden Cole, 40, appeared in Perth Magistrates Court on Friday where he pleaded guilty to two counts of importing prohibited Tier Two goods without

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16:30

The Weekend Quiz August 19-20, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Welcome to The Weekend Quiz. The quiz tests whether you have been paying attention or not to the blogs I post. See how you go with the following questions. Your results are only known to you and no records are retained.

1. A sovereign national government requires taxation revenue in order to spend



2. The posting of a fiscal surplus indicates that the national government has sought to reduce aggregate spending in the economy.



3. To redistribute national income back to workers from capital, wages have to grow faster than the inflation rate.





16:16

9/11 Mystery Passengers Exposed!!! "IndyWatch Feed National"

After watching the posted video, one cannot help but come to the conclusion that these phone calls were not coming from the location they said they were (the plane) and that is also the reason why the sound quality was so clear.

Given the cell phone technology available in 2001, cell phone calls from airliners at altitudes of more than a few thousand feet, especially calls lasting more than a few seconds, were virtually and perhaps completely impossible.

And yet many of the reported cell phone calls occurred when the planes were above 25,000 or even 40,000 feet24 and also lasted a minute or MORE (watch the video for more on this subject).

Such calls would become possible only several years later. In 2004, Qualcomm announced a successful demonstration of a fundamentally new kind of cell phone technology, involving a picocell, that would allow passengers to place and receive calls as if they were on the ground. American Airlines announced that this new technology was expected to be commercially available in 2006.

This technology, in fact, first became available on commercial flights in March 2008. (source)

In light of the fact that the 9/11 attacks occurred MANY years before this technology was available, the FBI faces a serious problem and we demand an explanation.

But there were other anomalies on that frightful day in September 2001 to which have never been answered, and the 9/11 Truth community will continue to press forward until we all get the accountability we deserve.

In less than 5 minutes, this video analysis, via videographer, ron johnson, will leave you questioning the official narrative of 9/11 and questioning .just where those cell phone calls from the passengers on those supposedly hijacked airplanes actually coming from? Many

This video is an excerpt from the documentary Septemb...

16:06

Thank Folk Its Friday 18th August "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

This Week in Folk All the News From The Week That Was Irish singer-songwriter Wallis Bird returns to Australia for a tour this November. Details here Sydney duo Peasant Moon released their new single Our Timing Was Wrong. Details here Alt-country singer-songwriter Jed Rowe released a live video for his new single []

15:36

DISQUALIFIED! SameSame & SX Magazine owner Mark Anthony banned by ASIC as queer media implodes with crimes & cover-ups "IndyWatch Feed National"

With corrupt LGBTIQ media group, Evo Media, coming to its demise and its under-fire director now "disqualified" by the corporate watchdog, the remainder of Australia's queer media is imploding with allegations of serious crimes and cover-ups having taken place for years.

15:20

Vaccination Information in a Big Series Starts August 17 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Candidate in the comfortable voting booth (at a church in Montgomery). Paper ballots are then read by machine. by Mary Maxwell, PhD, LLB, ex-candidate for US Senate Yes, I lost the election in Alabama. Veni, vidi, non vici.  But I learned a lot! One thing I learned is that people who have seen the movie []

15:18

Chance The Rapper Donates 30K Backpacks With School Supplies To Chicago Kids "IndyWatch Feed National"

Credit: @chancetherapper, @ver.visuals/ @nicosirridge

When it comes to philanthropy in Chicago, one of the icons now known for such giving in the city is Chance the Rapper, who grew up in Chicagos South Side. This area is notorious for gangs, violence, drugs, and a slew of other criminal activities, but perhaps the most damaging effect these activities has is that of the impact it has on children living in the region. Not only are they exposed to violence and recruited to gangs at a young age, but they are also drawn to these things as a way to escape living poverty, as approximately 13.3% of Chicagos entire population did in 2015.

The rapper struck again in the city this past weekend, when he first served as Grand Marshal in Chicagos annual Bud Billiken parade, which is an African American parade that celebrates and encourages students returning to school each fall. The parade is second in size only to the Rose Parade in the U.S., and this year Chance wanted to make the event even more special.

While sitting atop a white convertible car throughout the parade, Chance had 30,000 backpacks filled with school supplies waiting to be handed out to kids in the crowd. Volunteers from SocialWorks, Chances youth empowerment charity, and the charity STATE worked together to distribute the backpacks.

For many living in the city, the financial burden of buying school supplies for kids on top of other necessities, like food, can be too demanding. Although the Chicago Public School system has a program called Kits for Kidz that sell supplies at affordable prices, Chance wanted to do something more to alleviate the demands to provide supplies and essentials for students returning to school. This act was done independently from the governments efforts, as the rapper said that he was unable to get through to officials.

The governor gave me a lot of vague answers in our meeting, and since has called me over the weekend. Our talks were unsuccessful,...

15:16

Drones Are Now Protecting Elephants In Africa Thanks This To American Businessman "IndyWatch Feed National"

By: GoodNewsNetwork  Amongst the many initiatives that have been taken to save the dwindling elephant population, these drones might be the most impressive.

Elephants are notorious for wandering away from protected spaces and national parks in search of newly-grown crops. One hungry mammal can be devastating for a farmers crop, leading some to throw stones or attack the elephants. Some have even allowed poacher intervention in order to eliminate the threat of crop damage.

The Air Shepherd drone program, however, has found that the employment of remote-controlled drones has had 100% success rate in effectively herding elephants away from local farms.

WATCHElephant Stranded 5 Miles Out to Sea Rescued by Navy

The Air Shepherd drones can be flown at night which is when poachers are the most active or during the day. In some areas where human-elephant conflict is prevalent, Air Shepherd utilizes quadcopter drones that sound like bees. Since elephants hate bees, one small drone can scare an entire herd of elephants away from villages where people might shoot the animals in order to protect their crops.

While drones alone are not the answer, the drones can give rangers eyes in the sky by feeding thermal images to operators on the ground. Air Shepherd is currently working with USCs artificial intelligence department to develop software that will assist in spotting poacher activity so the responsibility does not fall completely on the operator monitoring the screen.

Despite the success of Air Shepherd, however, they lacked valuable funding  until now.

Scott Struthers, a Southern California businessman and co-founder of Sonance, first visited Africa with his biologist father when he was just 15 years old. Decades later, when he brought his own teenage daughter to the magica...

15:04

MACKAY Mother guilty of gun dealing "IndyWatch Feed National"

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14:39

AFTINET slams zombie TPP Sydney talks next week "IndyWatch Feed National"

Trade Minister Ciobo should not be leading the charge to revive the Trans-Pacific Partnership, when there is strong community opposition and the Australian Parliament has not endorsed it, AFTINET Convenor Dr Patricia Ranald said today. 

Trade negotiators from 11 of the original 12 TPP countries are meeting in a secret location in Sydney from August 20 for their fourth set of talks to see if the TPP can be revived without the US. They aim to complete talks by November this year. The 11 countries are Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Peru, Chile, Singapore, Brunei, Malaysia and Vietnam.

Dr Ranald said that strong community opposition to the TPP in the US meant the U.S. Congress did not support it before the 2016 election and both main presidential candidates opposed it. Donald Trump only dealt the final blow by withdrawing after the election. Opposition from a broad range of Australian community groups meant an Australian Senate inquiry refused to endorse the TPP, and the Australian Parliament has not passed the implementing legislation.

Community groups oppose the TPP because it gives pharmaceutical companies stronger monopolies on costly biologic medicines, delaying the availability of cheaper forms of those medicines. It gives special rights to foreign investors to bypass national courts and sue governments for millions of dollars in unfair international tribunals over changes to domestic laws.

Many of the 11 governments only agreed to this agenda because the US demanded it in return for access to US markets. Malaysia and Vietnam have said that, without that US market access, the terms of the TPP need to be renegotiated. They will not give a free ride to the US, and nor should Australia, said Dr Ranald.

Australia already has free trade agreements with the US and all but three of the other ten TPP countries, so the TPP delivers minimal extra market access. Studies showed the TPP with the US would deliver...

13:37

Monuments that Offend: To remove, or not? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Perhaps the obvious choices of retaining, removing or destroying these statues might not be the only possibilities. As a visual artist, I do consider the context of art history as well as political history when observing these issues. The best answer might be something that hasn't been considered yet.

13:24

NEWS: Out On The Weekend sideshows announced "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The Out On The Weekend Americana music festival is happening on October 14th at Seaworks, Williamstown in Melbourne. The good news for those who cant make it down there is that the international acts will also be playing a bunch of headline shows in Melbourne, Sydney Brisbane, Hobart, Fremantle and Adelaide. JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE October 13 Continue reading

13:23

NT repeals punitive alcohol laws but unjust paperless arrest laws remain "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Human Rights Law Centre today welcomed the repeal of Northern Territory alcohol laws that unfairly and disproportionately impact Aboriginal people, but urged the Government to follow through on its promise to remove draconian paperless arrest laws.

Shahleena Musk, Senior Lawyer at the Human Rights Law Centre, said the new laws, which abolish alcohol protection orders and alcohol mandatory treatment, were a step in the right direction.

The Northern Territory locks up people at a rate like no other jurisdiction in Australia, and overwhelmingly, it locks up Aboriginal people. The reforms are a positive step towards turning the tide on the NTs shocking imprisonment rates and tackling problem drinking through sensible evidence-based approaches, said Ms Musk.

The Alcohol Harm Reduction Bill 2017 removes alcohol protection orders, which criminalise drinking for those subject to an order, and alcohol mandatory treatment orders, which force people against their will into rehabilitation centres.

These laws have been used overwhelmingly against vulnerable and disadvantaged people, the vast majority of whom are Aboriginal, added Ms Musk.

The North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency and the Human Rights Law Centre challenged the racially discriminatory impact of the alcohol protection order laws in the Northern Territory Supreme Court in 2016. A decision is yet to be handed down.

Alcohol misuse is a problem for many towns and communities across the Territory. Individual alcohol misuse is best tackled for what it is a health problem, requiring holistic and culturally appropriate health responses. Laws that unfairly criminalise Aboriginal people for drinking dont help, said Ms Musk.

The Bill does not address paperless arrest laws, which allow police to arrest people on the belief that they may commit a minor offence, such as making undue noise or singing an obscene song. The Northern Territory Government had promised to abolish the laws but they are still in operation. Excessive protective custody laws also remain, which allow police to lock someone up if they are drunk in a public place and police think they are likely to commit an offence, however trivial.

If the Government is serious about reducing the over-imprisonment of Aboriginal people, and reducing the risk of deaths in custody, it must remove draconian paperless arrest laws and wind back alcohol lock-up powers, said Ms Musk.

The Bill brings back the Banned Drinker Register and creates a framework for encouraging people to access treatment and support, however there is a lack of detail about how the effectiveness of the scheme will be evaluated. The Bill also introduces an offence of knowin...

13:10

Hunting Clicks: Some Uncomfortable Truths, While You Mourn The Dead In Barcelona "IndyWatch Feed National"

All men are created equal, but some men and some women and children are created much more equal than others, and their grief is especially more newsworthy, writes Chris Graham.

I write the same story every year or so. Terrorists target innocent civilians in a western country. People are killed. Mainstream media scramble to activate live blogs. Social media lights up with fear and loathing. And on it goes until the Next Big Slaughter.

Without fail, on either side of those terrorist attacks on innocent Westerners are and will be terrorist attacks on not-so-innocent non-Westerners, brown people from countries weve either never heard of, or attacked in recent weeks, months or years.

Heres a few cases in point.

This morning (AEST), in Spain, terrorists have killed at least 16 people (and injured an estimated 100, at the time of press) by driving a van through a crowded plaza (Las Ramblas) in the centre of Barcelona. Islamic State claimed shortly after.

Late last week, in Charlottesville, Virginia, a neo-Nazi also drove his car into a crowd of peaceful protestors, killing one and injuring at least 33 people.

These two attacks have a few things in common. The perpetrators were all terrorists. The victims were innocent bystanders. The results were tragic. And western media was very, very interested.

Meanwhile, in the brown world.

On August 1, a mosque in Herat, Afghanistan was targeted. We dont know the actual death toll from mainstream media reporting dead Aghans are apparently much harder, and less important, to count. But about three dozen people were killed, and at least 60 injured.

Since then, theres been at least another 11 attacks in Afghanistan. But, its a country at war, so why should we be surprised?

Well, we helped start that war, and after more than a decade and a half, you might think our humanitarian mission with bombs and tanks and drones is largely complete. In fact, 2017 represents the highest number of civilian casualties in Afghanistan since we and other western nations started bombing it in 2001.

As far as slaughter goes, we havent made things better in Afghanistan. Weve made them demonstrably worse. Theres been a steady rise almost every year in the number of civilian deaths.

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12:43

Colonial (Still) Life: Robyn Stacey and Sydney Living Museums houses "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Join me, Jane Raffan, for a program exploring Sydneys colonial life and the hidden messages in beautiful Still Life photographs and tableaus by Robyn Stacey featuring objects from Sydney Living Museums properties Elizabeth Bay House, Vaucluse House, and Rouse Hill House & Farm.

My interviews are with curator Dr Scott Hill (Sydney Living Museums property portfolio), about the book House, which was the result of a four-year collaboration between photographer Robyn Stacey and curators.

The still life genre presents a new way of looking at and interpreting the houses unique collections and, by extension, the social history of 19th century colonial Sydney. Youll be hearing about Sydneys lost gardens and our changing rural landscapes, colonial practices such as the Grand Tour, and other important pursuits, such as the business of eating and drinking and the role of women in the scientific arts.

The photographs also give us clues about the families themselves: the Wentworths, the Macleays and the Rouses, all of whom came from vastly different backgrounds and were major contributors to Sydneys success as a colony.

The programs music will be a mix of instrumental soundscapes and jazz taking cues from the imagery in the photographs and the stories about the families.

I look forward to your company.

Jane

www.ArtiFacts.net.au

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12:35

SB18 Bill Will Allow Authorities To Enter Unvaccinated Kids Homes "IndyWatch Feed National"

Healing Oracle| California has passed the controversial SB18 bill, allowing state authorities to enter un-vaccinated childrens homes in order to assess the childs safety.

SB18 is a law that forces parents to adhere to and comply with the governments definition of what is appropriate practice when it comes to raising children.

Failure to comply with appropriate practices, including going against evidence-based medical recommendations, can put parents at risk of losing their children.

Healthimpactnews.com reports:

At first blush, the amendments defining details of SB18 which is being pushed by Big Pharma whipping boy Sen. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) appear altruistic in nature, utilizing language that attempts to swaddle political overreach in soothing terms like child bill of rights.

However when taking a closer look, the amendments contain strangely redundant policy that seems to be seeking laws for innocuous rights that already exist, which begs the question, what is the real purpose for this legislation?

For example, section 1 defines the right for a childs parents to obtain employment opportunities that promote healthy balance between work and life. While an obvious statement, are laws currently on the books that do NOT allow parents to promote healthy balance between work and life? Do we really need a law that says this, and does it mean that the state of California will have the right to decide if your job is acceptable enough for you to parent your children?

Moreover, the repeated use of the term evidence-based guidelines suggest if parents dont follow their guidelines they will fall under scrutiny via home visitation programs.

While the amendments use the term voluntary to describe participation in these said visitation programs, what happens if you dont agree to do so?

Why is Jim Steyer to decide the standards which will take away the rights of parents to make decisions about their lives and the lives of their children?  These are the very serious questions that are going unanswered.

The rights of a childs parents to access evidence-based, voluntary home visitation programs such as comprehensive, coordinated....

12:34

Six theses on fascism after Charlottesville "IndyWatch Feed National"

With Donald Trump all but endorsing the recent fascist rally in Charlottesville, and liberals in the US and Australia suddenly coming around to the importance and legitimacy of antifascism, its worth taking a step back to look at what fascism is, where it comes from, and how to stop it.

12:01

Winds and wildlife "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The strong winds across NSW today are creating problems for wildlife and our rescue line is taking many calls.Today there are even reports of a Tawny Frogmouth being blown into the path of a car!

The high winds can bring down trees and nests and separate young and vulnerable chicks and joeys from their parents.

They can also bring exhausted seabirds to our beaches and coastlines.

Parent birds have very strong instincts to protect and feed their young. Wherever possible the best outcome for most birds is to reunite them.

Often young birds will be found on the ground after falling from nests. It is normal for fledgling magpies to fall out of the nest and spend a couple of days on the ground, with parents feeding them whilst they master the tricky art of flying. 

However, the winds may have brought many to the ground far too early, and they may need another couple of weeks to develop to full fledgling stage before they have any chance of flying. You may be able to reunite older chicks (with some feathers) with their parents.

If the nest is too high up to get the chick back in it you can put a post in the ground, and attached a basket to it as a pretend nest. Or secure a basket or ox in the tree the chick came from or one nearby. Sometimes a landing perch may be needed for the parents to access the artificial "nest".

If you then move well away from the nest, the parents may well come back and start to feed their little one....

11:50

Get these snacks India "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Recently a new grocer opened in Griffith and I guess the owners are Indian because of the usual identifiers like appearance and accent but also because they stock these Indian snacks.

I've written elsewhere that I'd like to see more curry-flavoured snacks, noting an opportunity for rice crackers.

So I was intrigued when I saw these Kurkure brand snacks and bought the green chutney, chilli chatka and masala flavours.

They're made from rice and corn flour and the result is a lot like Twisties snacks in shape and texture but with much more flavour.

The flavours vary from the fragrant yet spicy chilli one, to the saltier and also spicier chutney. The latter has almost twice the sodium content of the former, then the masala was sorta in-between with a bit more of a tomato-sorta flavour.

I'm really taken with them for being spicier and more complex than the flavours of snacks usually found in Australia. Most of the local products seem to be variations on salt in comparison.

I like that Griffith has a growing community from the subcontinent, including a Sikh temple built on the Hanwood side of the city.

Another thing that I like about the city is that it still promotes multiculturalism as a benefit for Australian society and an easy way to encourage people to explore different cultures is with their tastebuds.

In fact, I was pleasantly surprised when I attended a meeting of the Griffith Multicultural Council that it included a shared supper.

11:21

Tweeds river festival and home expo to be merged "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The Tweed River Festival's lantern parade last year. Photo Tweed Shire Council

The Tweed River Festivals lantern parade last year. Photo Tweed Shire Council

By Luis Feliu

Two annual council-run events in Tweed shire are set to be merged, with the savings aimed at attracting families to the one festival and boosting environmental education.

Tweed councillors last night approved combining the budgets for Tweed River Festival and the 2017 Living for the Future Home Expo.

Staff said the merger would provide a good opportunity to attract a bigger audience to the Home Expo, and reinvigorate the environmental engagement and education outcomes of the Tweed River Festival.

The Home Expo will return to Seagulls club this year from Saturday 16 September.

The Tweed River Festival currently operates on a budget of $41,000, with $9,000 of that for the lantern parades, while the Home Expos budget is $6,000, with an extra $4,000 in stallholder fees and sponsorship.

Staff say efficiencies gained in merging the two events would also enable the reallocation of $10,000 towards implementation of the Tweed Coast Koala Plan of Management

The Tweed River Festival (TRF) has been held annually since 2002, attracting thousands of people each year for an afternoon of entertainment at a key riverside location, culminating in a night time lantern parade led by children from local schools.

Staff say that since 2013, the annual Home Expo event has provided information and inspiration for local residents about how to improve the cost, comfort and environmental impacts of their homes and lifestyles.

The event has grown from 350 visitors in 2013, to more than a 1,000 visitors in 2016, with 70 per cent of visitors new to the event each year.

The staff report says the river festival is the only festival run by council, using predominantly staff resources, and established to promote awareness on the importance of the Tweed River to locals lives.

While the festival has become a reasonably important community social event, the value of this event in providing environmental benefit has never been quantified, the report said.

It is time to reconsider the use of the Tweed River Festival budget which may be better used for direct education and awaren...

11:18

Details of the Downtown Folk Festival in Sydney "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Image Courtesy of Gypsyheart Live This October the folks behind boutique music events company Gypsyheart Live will be bringing together some of Australias favourite singer-songwriters and roots artists for the first ever Downtown Folk Festival. Taking place at the Factory Theatre in Sydney on the 21st October, the Downtown Folk Festival have announced an amazing []

11:06

Evans group blasts airport development approval "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The proposed development near the airport at Evans Head.

The proposed development near the airport at Evans Head.

An Evans Head group has blasted the approval of a 199-lot manufactured homes estate adjacent to runways at the Evans Head Memorial Airport.

Dr Richard Gates, president of the Evans Head Memorial Aerodrome Committee, said the state governments Northern Regional Planning Panel chaired by Garry West yesterday approved the development despite serious concerns raised by the committee.

The JRPP was just ticking the box for public consultation and in my view gave no real attention to the very serious concerns raised in our objections, Dr Gates said.

In particular they gave no attention whatsoever to the public safety issue created by putting a very dense residential development so close to active runways, a classic land use planning conflict.

My Committees comment to the community about this development is Caveat Emptor, buyer beware.  There is no defined public safety zone between the active airfield and this development and in our view the public is potentially being put at risk.

While they had no current legal obligation to do so, they had a clear moral obligation to do so because the public is put at risk and the State government knows that there is a  problem with development being too close to active airfields.

Dr Gates accused the state government of catering to greedy developers who couldnt care less about public safety.

The State government has been dragging its feet about Public Safety Zones as it panders to the big developer lobby and our airfield infrastructure is being chewed up by greedy developers who could care less about public safety.

The Federal and State governments are particularly keen to avoid public safety zones because of the implications they would have for the Badgerys Creek Airport.

He also accused the Richmond Valley Council of going out of its way to ensure that information about the development was kept from the public.

Council had no notices about the JRPP hearing on its website, and its DA tracker not only hadnt been updated for months but had no information at all about important matters relating to the development, he said.

We were kept in the dark and it is our view that this was deliberate.  It seems to us that council is failing in its duty...

10:42

FixedIt: Another day, another violent man made invisible in the headlines "IndyWatch Feed National"

Another report on an alleged vicious domestic violence attack, another invisible man.

The North West Star reported on a man who allegedly attacked a woman in public, the article quoted police as saying the attack was the subject of a domestic violence investigation.

But again, the attacker didnt rate a mention in the headline, nor did the ongoing presence of domestic violence.

Violent men should not be erased from the headlines, they should be the subject of the article, not the object, and certainly not the invisible factor.

Its worth revisiting Jackson Katz excellent TED talk on how and why this matters.

John beat Mary  Active voice: John is the subject, beat is the verb, Mary is the object

Mary was beated by John  Passive voice: Mary is now the focus, not John, hes dropped back to the end of the sentence.

Mary was beaten  John has disappeared completely, all thats left is Mary. She is the subject and the focus, so instead of thinking about his actions and his choices, we are left to wonder about hers. Its implicit victim blaming.

Victims are never the cause of domestic violence. They can be the focus of the story if we are talking about the effects or the services needed to help them.

But when the article is about the facts of domestic violence, the focus is the source and the cause, which is always the perpetrators.

Victims are never to blame for the violence committed against them. there is only one thing that causes violence and that is the choice to do it and the person who made that choice.

Words matter.


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10:42

Lismore flood review describes response as chaotic and grossly negligent "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A flooded Lismore received a drenching from the tail end of Tropical Cyclone Debbie. AAP Image/Dave Hunt

A flooded Lismore received a drenching from the tail end of Tropical Cyclone Debbie. AAP Image/Dave Hunt

A South Lismore trucking business  lost three fully loaded trucks during the March flood because a policeman refused to remove a barrier blocking their escape from rising flood-waters, despite the road to higher ground being clear.

The drivers of the three trucks had earlier spent hours on the Thursday helping various businesses move their stock and equipment out of the flood waters to safety, at no cost.

Their story is highlighted in a review of the flood response prepared by Lismore citizens, including former mayor Ros Irwin, Keith Alcock, who headed the SES during the 1974 flood, Tony Madden, a former regional emergency welfare coordinator, Peter Thorpe, an engineer who constructed sections of the Lismore levee and Beth Trevan, a South Lismore business woman.

The story of the trucking firm recounts how as evening approached the truck drivers returned to their own business and loaded the three trucks with produce and equipment and proceeded to drive the trucks out of their South Lismore premises to higher ground.

But with the road to Caniaba blocked, they tried to escape over the Ballina Street bridge to higher ground through the CBD.

Their escape was blocked by a barrier, and a police officer told them they would be fined if they parked the trucks on the bridge.

Meanwhile, SES and police were still patrolling the CBD in vehicles, and it was hours before the levee was overtopped.

The drivers were forced to park their trucks near Heritage Park where there was no water at the time.

It was around midnight and SES personnel were still patrolling the CBD in vehicles at that time and it was more than three hours before the levee overtopped and still possible to safely exit to higher ground via Molesworth, Conway, Keen, Orion and Leycester Streets.

Presumably the policeman drove from the bridge to safety that way, the report says.

All that was required was for the barrier to be moved aside whilst the trucks moved through and replaced again .. but as the water rose the parked fully loaded trucks all went under at a cost of hundreds of thousands of dollars to the...

10:38

Black Sky FEMA drill exposed coming Aug. 27 "IndyWatch Feed National"

(INTELLIHUB) YouTuber DAHBOO77, a.k.a. Justin Knight, posted a video Thursday warning people of the semi-secret Black Sky drill set to take place on August 27, just two days after the solar eclipse.

FEMA and other alphabet gangs are all sponsoring this drill dubbed EarthEx2017, Knight said. Theyre going to wargame the effect and responses to the aftermath of a Carrington-like event or rather an incident thats going to take America back to the stone age.

One part of the drill has been labeled a black sky event.

Knight says he thinks that an EMP (electromagnetic pulse) is most likely what the drills literature covers, however, others, like myself, speculate the drill could be based on the eruption of the Yellowstone supervolcano which, according to top scientists and theoretical physicists, is already long overdue.

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10:27

Push for electric-vehicle fast-charge stations in region "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Coming to a place near you: fast-charge stations for electric vehicles. Image iStock

Coming to a place near you: fast-charge stations for electric vehicles. Image iStock

By Luis Feliu

Tweed and Byron shires are set to pave the way for the future of electric vehicles in the region, looking into ways of facilitating them by setting up a regional network of fast-charge stations.

Tweed councillors last night accepted a staff report recommending partnering with Byron Shire Council in a strategy to explore opportunities to support low-emissions vehicle use in the region.

The Power Up Northern Rivers Electric Vehicle Strategy recommends establishing a network of publicly available fast-charge stations in the region to enable electric vehicle (EV) drivers full access throughout the region.

The plan is a guide to help attract more fast-charge stations in the northern rivers and guide future advocacy, policy and operational opportunities for the fast-growing electric-vehicle EV market.

Tweed council will also look the feasibility of adding electric vehicles to its fleet once existing flood response demands have been met.

Staff say the strategy outlines options for government and business to encourage EV use as part of a sustainable transport future, and is not a detailed analysis of the business case for EVs or EV charge stations for council.

In their report staff gave an overview of the impact of carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuel combustion vehicles, which make up more than half of all transport greenhouse gas emissions.

Opportunities to reduce the carbon-intensity of transport in our region will help tackle a significant source of emissions, reduce our contribution to climate change and protect our natural, human and business communities from the impacts of climate change, the report says.

Sustainability staff from both Tweed and Byron shire councils compiled the Power Up strategy to help businesses, our communities and councils consider the emergence of EVs in Australia and implications for the region.

Renewable energy-powered EVs are considered the best low-impact form of motorised passenger vehicle available. Green power would cos...

09:54

Pauline Hansons Burqa Stunt Are We Asking The Right Questions? "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Dee McLachlan One Nation leader Pauline Hanson arrived in the Senate question yesterday wearing a burqa. It was a stunt by Hanson a prelude before asking her question about when Australia is going to ban the burqa. She insists that banning the burqa is a national security issue and is not compatible in []

09:27

Police allege Casino business involved in car rebirthing "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Police have applied to the court to have a business near Casino which they allege is involved in car rebirthing and stolen property shut down.

In November 2016, State Crime Command Property Squad officers and Richmond Target Action Group police conducted a business inspection of a Leeville property, south-west of Casino, under the provisions of the Motor Vehicle Dealers and Repairers Act.

During the inspection, owner Jerome Burston said he was aware of new laws under the Scrap Metal Industry Act that would come into effect on March 1, 2017, court documents stated.

Strike Force Coquette was formed in January 2017 to investigate stolen property and motor vehicle rebirthing offences at a Clearfield property, south-west of Casino, owned by Mr Burston.

Jim Williams was identified as a business partner of Mr Burston during the investigation in which police used covert methods to obtain evidence, before Mr Burston was charged with serious property offences including knowingly dealing with the proceeds of crime and facilitating car rebirthing on an organised basis.

Mr Burston was released on conditional bail not to attend the Clearfield property.

Richmond Target Action Group officers inspected the Clearfield property on July 20, under the provisions of the Scrap Metal Industry Act of 2016 and spoke to an excavator driver.

While police were at the property, Mr Williams arrived wanting to know why officers were there.

Officers requested Mr Williams supply a copy of his scrap metal licence and he allegedly stated that he applied for one , then shortly after he disclosed he had not applied for any licence.

Checks by police via the Security Licensing and Enforcement Directorate showed Mr Burston and Mr Williams had not applied for, or were issued, any licences required by the act.

Mr Williams was issued with an infringement notice by police for deal in scrap metal business not registered.

Police then applied for and were granted an interim closure order under section 17(1) of the Scrap Metal Industry Act of 2016, which was in place for 72 hours.

Police are of the belief that Burston and Williams are profiting from the sale of scrap metal, namely scrapped motor vehicles, without any licence or business registration, court documents said.

Police respectively request a long-term closure order for the property.

On Monday at Lismore Local Court, Magistrate R Dene adjourned the matters until September 18.

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09:22

Cabinet citizenship trio face High Court "IndyWatch Feed National"

Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce and deputy leader Fiona Nash are in Lismore today (Thursday). AAP Image/Mick Tsikas

Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce and deputy leader Fiona Nash are in Lismore today (Thursday). AAP Image/Mick Tsikas

The federal governments woes are deepening with a third cabinet minister to be referred to the High Court over dual citizenship.

Deputy Nationals leader Fiona Nash has received advice from the UK Home Office that she may be a British citizen by descent through her Scottish-born father.

She joins the queue at the High Court behind Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce, who earlier this week renounced his New Zealand citizenship, and Matt Canavan, who stood aside as resources minister in July after learning he has Italian citizenship.

Senator Nash said based on the advice of the solicitor-general, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull had advised, that like Mr Joyce, there is no need for her to step down from her leadership role or resign from cabinet.

The Senate will be asked to refer Senator Nashs case to the High Court when parliament returns on September 4.

Federal Labor is expected to have a field day over the latest revelation.

And the frenzy will be compounded by Mr Turnbull heading overseas and Mr Joyce acting in his role running the country while there are still question marks over his eligibility to be in parliament.

If the deputy prime minister doesnt abstain from voting in parliaments lower house when MPs return to Canberra in a fortnights time, Labor will seek to have all votes deferred until the High Court rules on his eligibility, which could take months.

I dont believe we can be in a situation where bills are being sponsored by somebody where we dont know whether hes even allowed to legally be a member of parliament, opposition frontbencher Tony Burke told MPs on Thursday.

The prime minister told parliament his deputy was entitled to be a minister of state under the constitution for as long he was an MP.

The reference to the High Court was not done for any reason other than to give the court the opportunity to clarify this area of the law which has been the subject of so much controversy recently,&...

09:18

Hanson scorned for Senate burqa stunt "IndyWatch Feed National"

Pauline Hanson has drawn a stinging rebuke from the attorney-general and wide condemnation from the Senate after entering federal parliament wearing a burqa.

The One Nation leader took her seat during question time on Thursday wearing the Islamic veil, before removing it to ask Attorney-General George Brandis whether the government would consider banning the burqa.

The full-length garment, which covers the entire body and face, has been banned in several European countries including France, the Netherlands and Belgium as well as African nations Chad and Congo-Brazzaville.

German chancellor Angela Merkel has also called for a ban.

An angry Senator Brandis said the government would not consider such a ban.

I would caution and counsel you with respect to be very, very careful of the offence you may do to the religious sensibilities of other Australians, he said.

The vast majority of Muslims in Australia were law-abiding, he said.

To mock its religious garments is an appalling thing to do, Senator Brandis said.

Senator Hanson said she had been planning the stunt for months to expose security risks in parliament.

She said security staff did not ask to see her face but relied on the word of One Nation senator Brian Burston.

Its been an idea of mine to actually expose the burqa, she told Sydney radio station 2GB.

Im very much against the burqa. I think its confronting. I think its un-Australian.

She said it was an uncomfortable experience wearing the burqa.It is not a religious requirement. This is brought in by men who want to cover up their women. It is oppressing women, she said.

She received no support in the senate, with Senator Brandis receiving a standing ovation from Labor and Greens senators while coalition senators also applauded following his admonishment.

Senator Hanson then left the chamber with her full-face covering in hand.

The Senate later rejected her motion calling for a burqa ban, following a debate in which she insisted the stunt was about proving the need for tighter security in parliament.

The stunt drew anger from the opposition and crossbench, with Derryn Hinch questioning whether Senator Hanson could remain in the chamber.

Senate President Stephen Parry said her identity was confirmed before she entered, and he would not dictate dress standards for senators.

Senators from all sides of politics condemned the stunt, including crossbencher Jacqui Lambie who has her own private bill before parliament to ban the burqa from public places.

Labor senator Sam Dastyari, a non-practis...

09:14

Kimberley kids trade sex for booze, drugs "IndyWatch Feed National"

Children from remote West Australian Aboriginal communities are prostituting themselves to score drugs and alcohol, a police officer has told an inquest.

Detective Sergeant Tania McKenzie, who has worked in Kununurra since 2015, gave evidence to a coronial investigation into a cluster of suicides by 13 young indigenous people in the Kimberley.

The officer told the inquest that kids in the region are having sex at a very young age, which becomes a massive issue when they become addicted to illicit substances.

It is accepted in a lot of places you will get paid for sex, she told WA Coroner Ros Fogliani.

People are learning from others that a good way to get your drugs or a good way to get your alcohol is providing sex or sexual favours.

Det Sgt McKenzie said the practice has become normalised, as has sexual assault in some areas, and she called for better education to stamp it out.

She says the region has extreme rates of domestic violence but its difficult to get indigenous women to testify against their perpetrators in court amid family pressure to drop the charges.

Det Sgt McKenzie says community support is largely behind the offender, not the victim, and even immediate relatives often turn a blind eye and refuse to give statements to police.

Time and time again I hear families say she put him in jail not he put himself in jail by offending, she said.

Det Sgt McKenzie wants mandatory reporting of family violence, initial police video interviews to be admissible as evidence in court and more restraining orders so offenders cant stand over their victims and get away with it.

The court had previously heard 80 per cent of crime in Kununurra is booze-related, and the detective said its disgraceful that a town with such epidemic alcohol issues has no rehabilitation centre.

On Thursday the court also heard a 21-year-old man who took his own life in 2015 after a drinking bender hadnt received counselling despite making previous self-harm threats while drunk.

Senior Sergeant Steve Principe, whos been Officer in Charge of Kununurra since 2015, told the inquest current liquor laws restrict daily bottle shop purchases to two cartons of full strength beer or six bottles of wine, which he calls excessive.

Wed like to see it halved, he said.

Sen Sgt Principe also wants to see higher penalties for sly groggers who bootleg booze at inflated prices to vulnerable communities.

He says the federal governments cashless welfare card has contributed to a reduction in alcohol-related offences, and Kununurra has gone 12 months without a suicide.

As a community, were star...

08:50

United We Fall, Divided We Stand: The Unfortunate Realities Of The Marriage Equality Debate "IndyWatch Feed National"

We might be getting a postal plebiscite on same sex marriage, whether we like it or not. Richard King suggests we just get on it with.

Well, its happened. Australia is united. Its only taken 230 years, and it may not last beyond September, but for now a kind of consensus reigns. Everyone, it seems, from the hairiest leftist to the drippiest liberal to the hoariest Tory, agrees that the same-sex marriage survey is a crock. A laughingstock. A schemozzle.

Sure, they express it in different terms This process is a joke The survey wasnt our first choice It was Bill Shortens fault Look over there! but the underlying sentiment is the same. This political process is the comedic equivalent of Laurel and Hardy trying to deliver a piano. Its a tunnel-boring machine to crack a nut. A waste of money. An offence against reason.

But, here we are; its the process were stuck with, and so far most supporters of marriage equality appear to be able to combine their contempt for it with a determination to win the bloody thing. Early suggestions of a boycott have faded, partly because the SSM movement lacks the internal organisation to make such an approach effective and meaningful.

Theres still the High Court challenge, of course. But my feeling is that the majority of Australians are reconciled to this survey occurring, even if theyre unhappy about it.

That leaves us with the issue itself, and on this as predicted our sunburnt country is rather less united than it is on the question of the vote/survey/serving suggestion devised by its adamantine leader. Indeed there have been angry noises from both the yes and no campaigns, with each side accusing the other of intolerance, bigotry and general shittiness.

Sparkke-Shop-Say-I-Do-New

Kevin Andrews tried to lighten the mood by comparing same-sex relationships to the rapport he has with his cycling chums. And Tim Minchin added a touch of humour. But really its been a bad-tempered affair. Perhaps Specsavers ambassador Ian Thorpe can bind the nations wounds. Well see.

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08:21

What Happens On Manus Shouldnt Stay On Manus "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian Border Forces culture of secrecy is harming more than just refugees. Its also damaging our democracy, writes Lexi Lachal from Liberty Victorias Rights Advocacy Project.

In the midst of a High Court challenge to the Border Force Act, the federal government has backed down over its controversial secrecy provisions. Last week it introduced changes to substantially water down provisions that threaten two-year jail terms to workers in offshore detention centres who speak out about abuses they witness.

When introduced in 2015, the Border Force Act made it an offence for workers in offshore detention centres to disclose any information whatsoever that they obtained as a consequence of their job.

The proposed changes will narrow the offence so workers are only prosecuted if they disclose specific types of information, for example, if the disclosure could prejudice national security. The government says the new scope of the definition is based on the harm that could be caused by disclosure of the information.

The proposed changes represent a dramatic weakening of the provisions and provide much needed clarity to those affected. It is clear however, these changes have only been offered up by the government in the face of scrutiny from the High Court.

These changes are welcome, but they are not the panacea for this insidious culture of secrecy.

Minister for Immigration, Peter Dutton.Minister for Immigration, Peter Dutton.

Last year Liberty Victorias Rights Advocacy Project released an in-depth report which found that those wanting to speak out about abuses within the immigration system not only faced insurmountable legal barriers, such as the Border Force Act, but cultural and practical barriers too.

Policy decisions over the last few years which have seen the militarisation of border protection and restriction of the dissemination of information have created a pervasive culture of secrecy. The fact that the government has outsourced the operation of our processing facilities to remote countries and restricted access by the media has only worked to perpetuate this.

Seven people have died since 2014 under Australias care on Manus Island or Nauru, according to the Australian Border Deaths Database maintained by Monash University.

Countless more have been injured or sexually assaulted.

This is happening in our name. When Reza Barati was killed during a riot on Manus Island in 2014, the Immigration Department claimed that Barati had brought his death upon himself by trying to escape. This was untrue.

...

07:57

Herald Sun slings mud at Yarra City Council "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Joe Montero

The vicious headlining attack on the Yarra City Council in Melbourne, through the pages of Murdochs Herald Sun, cannot be justified in any way and one cannot escape the conclusion that there is a sinister purpose behind it.

Led by scribes like Andrew Bolt, Rita Panahi, there is a pretend campaign against rorts. Pretend is the word, because if was genuine, those involving in lining their own pockets, whether in public office or in private enterprise would be the target. This is not happening.

Instead, the target is those considered political enemies and these so-called purveyors of the truth, have no qualms over about deliberate distortion of the facts and peddling outright lies.

For instance, the Yarra council has been pilloried for including bicycles in its fleet. Imagine that! Perhaps our crusaders for decency would prefers that the council should have purchased a fleet of Mercedes than use a cheaper and environmentally friendly alternative?  This would bring them in line with the federal and state government, as well as directors and senior executives of major companies, including News Corp, the owners of the Herald Sun.

True, the council also has a fleet of cars and other vehicles. Here too it is important to note that vehicles are necessary to carry out the councils functions and whether the size of the fleet is excessive or not depends on how this matches up with the need. But why let this inconvenient fact get in the way of a good mud slinging story? Our scribes can paint a much darker picture by simply ignoring it.

One cannot help but observe that the lynch mob at the Herald Sun express a view that some should be treated less equally than others.

There is the claim that those working for the council are paid too much and that executive salaries are over the top. There may be some argument here, but how do executive salaries at Yarra compare to the equivalent at the Herald Sun? While at it, how much are the likes of Andrew Bolt and Rita Panahi paid?

They also go on about the disgrace of providing more jobs, when some other councils have gone the other way. On...

07:57

Grants for the northern rivers opening soon "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Migrant refugee swimming program in Lismore. Photo supplied.

Migrant refugee swimming program in Lismore. Photo supplied.

Its time for not-for-profit organisations to get their applications ready for the 2018 Small Grants Program with Northern Rivers Community Foundation (NRCF). One of the big winners last year was Byron Bay Nursery who received the big amount of $25K last year. From Grafton through to Tweed Heads, passionate groups and organisations striving to improve their communities are encouraged to apply.

Applications open on Tuesday August 22 and close on or before September 19.

We are looking for organisations who are making a difference in their communities said NRCF Chair John Callanan.

Last years program awarded grants from $1,000 upwards with an average of $6,000 per grant, and attracted an extraordinary variety of wonderful people striving to aid their communities.

In its thirteen year history, NRCF has distributed over $1.1 million to 227 projects & 87 organisations.

Each year there is a major grant of $25,000  last year that was awarded  to the Katia Native Bee Youth Employment Project from the Byron Bay Herb Nursery. Katia has established a native bee keeping business that provides employment opportunities for local indigenous youth and youth at disadvantage. 

Applicants must be registered charitable organisations in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales, with Item 1 DGR status. Groups may also apply provided they have an auspicing arrangement with an eligible organisation.

For further information click here or phone 0414250790. 

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