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Thursday, 05 July


Preservation of Food - from Garden to Kitchen "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Southern Australias unique environment enables us to grow plant varieties which provide long seasons of fresh food from almost any  species we choose but even the best planned garden or orchard produces the occasional glut. And anyway there are so many types of food that we would love to have out of season; pickled olives, dried fruit, frozen sweetcorn and delicious nuts sound pretty inviting in the middle of winter.

Preserving is the answer and this course will teach you the secrets of small scale, natural food preparation, preservation and storage.

Learn about when to harvest, freezing, drying, storing successfully, combating pests, keeping the vitality in stored food, pickling, fermenting, home milling, food hygiene, packaging, small scale marketing and self sufficiency.

This one day intensive course will involve food quality tasting, the hands-on operation of small scale food processing equipment and the sharing of treasured recipes and techniques from different countries.

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Thursday, 26 October


I think this is clickbait "IndyWatch Feed National"

Asking this simple question out loud could boost your chances of speaking to the dead, say experts, according to the Manchester Evening News. I marveled at that headline. Its very impressive. It stirs up so many questions that I had to actually read the article. Who are these experts at speaking to the dead? (It doesnt name any.) Do the dead ever answer? (No.) And mostly, what is the magic question? Ill spare you the need to waste a click on them.

They explained: You might consider talking to the spirit world whilst youre investigating, encouraging the ghost to reveal its presence.

Try to ask questions such as, What is your name?, instead of saying, Is there anyone there? A lot of people might make this mistake.

By asking What is your name? youre acting as though you know the spirits are there and this will increase your chances of making contact.

The they referenced above are not dead people if they were I might consider them credible but instead, are flacks for a TV channel called Really that is putting on a week of shows about the paranormal.

Im not impressed with their choice of a question. Ive found shouting, Your fly is unzipped is far more effective at getting the dead to react.

(via Ally Fogg)


Georgia election server wiped after suit filed Deletion of the server data was insidious and highly suspicious Were recent elections compromised by malicious hackers? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Image result for Georgia, election day, polling stations, photos

By Frank Bajak
The Associated Press


A computer server crucial to a lawsuit against Georgia election officials was quietly wiped clean by its custodians just after the suit was filed, The Associated Press has learned.

The servers data was destroyed July 7 by technicians at the Center for Elections Systems at Kennesaw State University, which runs the states election system. The data wipe was revealed in an email sent last week from an assistant state attorney general to plaintiffs in the case that was obtained by the AP. More emails obtained in a public records request confirmed the wipe.

The lawsuit, filed by a diverse group of election reform advocates, aims to force Georgia to retire its antiquated and heavily criticized election technology. The server in question, which served as a statewide staging location for key election-related data, made national headlines in June after a security expert disclosed a gaping security hole that wasnt fixed six months after he reported it to election authorities.


Its not clear who ordered the servers data irretrievably erased.

The Kennesaw election center answers to Georgias secretary of state, Brian Kemp, a Republican who is running for governor in 2018 and is the main defendant in the suit. A spokeswoman for the secretary of states office said Wednesday that we did not have anything to do with this decision, adding that the office also had no advance warning of the move.

The centers director, Michael Barnes, referred questions to the universitys press office, which declined comment.

Plaintiffs in the lawsuit, who are mostly Georgia voters, want to scrap...


Mandalay Bay security guard Jesus Campos drove rental car into California from Mexico one week after shooting "IndyWatch Feed National"

Why would authorities let Jesus Campos travel out of the country in the days immediately following the shooting?

(INTELLIHUB)  A leaked U.S. Customs and Border Protection form obtained by Fox News contributor Tucker Carlson shows that Mandalay Bay security guard Jesus Campos reentered the United States, from Mexico, in a rental car almost one week to the hour after Campos was purportedly shot in the leg by 64-year-old gunman Stephen Paddock on the 32st-floor. However, Tuckers report raises more questions than answers about this so-called security guard.

Why would authorities allow Campos to leave the country so early on in the investigation? And, who paid for the rental?

Dont forget, ABC News reportedly spoke to Campos on Oct. 4 which is when he would have been in Mexico. Was ABC News aware that Campos was in Mexico at the time?

Moreover, Tucker confirms what Intellihub has already reported which is that Campos is not registered as private investigator or registered as a security guard in the State of Nevada.

Tucker said that Campos had previously entered the U.S. in January with his own vehicle which is registered in the State of Nevada.

The rental car Campos was driving had California plates.

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Thunderstorms with hail the size of golf balls hit areas in and around Newcastle, Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Thunderstorms and hail the size of golf balls have lashed parts of the Hunter, with the severe weather not expected to ease until Friday. The hail fell in Newcastle shortly before 4.30pm and lasted about 15 minutes. The western reaches of the Hunter experienced hail about 4pm. In Gresford, there were reports of hail about five centimetres in diameter, which is classified by meteorologists as "huge" hail. Weatherzone meteorologist Craig McIntosh said the storm was "widespread" across the Hunter.


Australia: Study to help fight tooth decay in children "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dental Health Services Victoria (DHSV) has announced its Australian-first study investigating the use of silver diamine fluoride to fight tooth decay and reduce dental hospitalisations in Victorian children.

Silver diamine fluoride is a topical medicament used to control cavities. The liquid can be applied to a cavity to stop tooth decay and, in some cases, replace the need for a filling or crown.

DHSV will conduct a study with over 400 children aged between two and 10 who have dental cavities and are unable to cope with treatment in the dental clinic. Many of these children are from vulnerable communities and referred to The Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne for surgery under dental general anaesthetic.

Led by paediatric dentist, Dr Rana Yawary, the trial will involve a groundbreaking protocol involving the application of silver diamine fluoride, a liquid cavity cleanser and desensitiser, twice yearly to fight decay. It will be accompanied with oral health education, encouraging children to brush with fluoride toothpaste twice a day and to eat a healthy diet.

This is a non-invasive and preventive approach that can be provided to communities most in need, and is a great alternative to general anaesthetic. Even the youngest children will be more cooperative because they learn that dental visits dont have to be painful, Dr Yawary said.

Tooth decay is the highest cause of preventable hospitalisations for children.

About 4,500 Victorians aged 0 to 14 years old are hospitalised every year due to dental conditions. More than half of Victorian children aged three to five have signs of tooth decay, and this figure is much worse for children of healthcare card holders, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and those from non-English speaking backgrounds.

Dr Yawary said researchers will treat and monitor children over a year to study how the approach impacts on dental cavities.

They will also measure oral health-related quality of life and treatment satisfaction and acceptance.

These results will be compared to those of children who are referred for general anaesthesia.

If the trial is successful, it will change the way we manage tooth decay in young children and reduce oral health inequity for those that are in most need, Dr Yawary said.

*Original article online at



US defense chiefs Philippines visit overshadowed as Duterte trumpets China, Russia ties Time to End The Mutual Defense Treaty? "IndyWatch Feed National"

US Defense Secretary James Mattis attends the 11th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Defense Ministers (ADMM) and 4th ADMM-Plus in Clark, east of Manila on October 24, 2017. Noel Celis/AFP

MANILA, Philippines US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis departed the Philippines on Wednesday, after having praised its military for defeatingwith Washingtons helpIslamic State-inspired extremists in Marawi City.

Mattis arrival earlier this week for the ASEAN meetings was on time for the conclusion of the months-long insurgency, but his visit to the US oldest ally in Asia shared the spotlight with grand gestures by geopolitical rivals.

China turned over heavy construction equipment for the rehabilitation of the decimated city. Russia also turned over trucks and firearms after its warships docked at Subic Bay, a former American facility.

Even as the coinciding of events involves China and Russia, both of whom President Rodrigo Duterte has warmed up to, Mattis insisted that he does not put a lot of significance to it.

I know some trucks [from Russia] are done being dropped off to help the country thats fighting terrorists right now Its a sovereign decision by the Philippines,...


Magnetic north "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Unemployment ticks down

There's been no shortage of people on hand to announce that the end of the world is nigh for Sydney. 

No-one seems to have gotten around to telling the Greater Sydney economy just yet, though, as employment growth continues to surge and the city's annual average unemployment rate just keeps on falling, and falling, and falling towards historic lows. 

The median duration of job search in Sydney has fallen to 13 weeks in September 2017, down from 18 weeks a year earlier.

There have also been notable improvements in the unemployment rate in Adelaide and Hobart lately.

Magnetic north

Perhaps the standout statistic from the detailed labour force figures, though, has been the synchronised upswing in Queensland employment. 

Now the monthly numbers are noisy, there's no question about that, but even when plotting the figures on an annual average basis you can't help but notice the rebound. 

Brisbane's recent employment growth has evidently been punctuated mainly by part-time jobs. 

But one pleasing thing to see is that the state's full-time employment rebound has been spread widely across the state, from the Gold Coast to Toowomba, and up to the Sunshine Coast, Mackay, Townsville, and Cairns in the far north. 

Queensland's regional employment growth is now tracking at levels not seen in a decade. 



Why Congress Needs To Reinforce Donald Trumps Reign Of Benign Regulatory Neglect "IndyWatch Feed National"

Are President Trumps constant Twitter fights a distraction from his failures, or from his successes?

The answer is a little of both. While everyone is preoccupied with the latest culture war skirmish started or inflamed on the presidents Twitter feed, their rage and concern is being directed away from some notable failures to achieve his promised agenda. Yet this also makes people less likely to notice the part of his agenda that succeeds best when no one is paying much attention: the Trump administrations crackdown on runaway regulation.

I would almost say this strategy is deliberate, if not for the random and uncalculated way it is carried out. Trump starts fights that are smart (standing up for the national anthem against the NFL) and not so smart (repeatedly picking fights with a Gold Star widow). He does it compulsively, or, to be more exact, he does it because this is what he has done for decades, using petty feuds in the media to make himself the center of attention. Before it was Twitter, it was the tabloids. Hes done it for so long and with such successsuccess at being the center of attention, if nothing elsethat he sees no reason to stop now.

But for all the negative effects this approach has on his administration, it has one beneficial effect. In a few areas, the president has a lot of power to act unilaterallytoo much, in most casesso long as the public isnt paying all that much attention. Those areas are primarily foreign policy and managing the regulatory agencies.

The Regulation Game Is Definitely On

On foreign policy, the Trump administrations record has been mixed. While no one has been paying all that much attention, we have successfully backed rebels who have retaken key territory from ISIS in Syria, but with no clear wider strategy, as shown by the way the defeat of ISIS in Iraq led immediately to a new civil war with the Kurds. The president has the authority to accomplish a lot in foreign policy, if he is focused and providing clear leadershipwhich Trump shows little interest in doing, particularly in the Middle East.

But on regulation, Trump does appear to be focused and engaged, and he has chosen cabinet officials who share that focus. Trump is not an ideological person, and I wouldnt expect him to begin quoting the arguments of free-market economists. But for him this issue is not abstract or i...


Dear Pro-Choicers: Human Life Begins At Conception. Deal With It "IndyWatch Feed National"

At FiveThirtyEight, Christine Aschwanden writes: The GOPs Abortion Ban Is About Politics, Not Science. Shes half-right, though not in the way she thinks.

Before we get to that, it is worth reflecting on this simple fact: the progressive contribution to the modern abortion debate is, on average, the most science-free political discourse youre apt to find. The Left is given to declaring that conservatives are generally anti-science, because some fundamentalist Christians dont believe in evolution and many conservatives dont believe we can accurately predict what the global average temperature will be in 200 years compared to a 1965 baseline.

Science Is Real, a popular liberal yard sign declares. Yet there is no more anti-science position than that of the mainstream liberal stance on abortion. It is textbook intellectual Luddism dressed up as informed political dialogue.

Were Interested in Fantasy, Not Religion

Consider Cecile Richards, the Grand Master of American abortion rights herself. When asked when life begins, she replied: For me, life [for my children] began when I delivered them. Hillary Clinton, a former senator and presidential candidate who came very close to inhabiting the Oval Office, declared several years ago: I believe the potential for life begins at conception.

A few years ago, a reporter asked House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi: Is an unborn baby with a human heart and a human liver a human being? Pelosi explicitly refused to answer this simple tautological question, telling the reporter: I think I know more about this subject than you, with all due respect.

These answers are wrong, and demonstrably so, as well see below. But if it were Republicans and conservatives opining so evasively and illiterately about basic scientific matters, then the media coverage would be wall-to-wall and gleefully destructive, as it was with Todd Akins legitimate rape comments. Yet liberals tend to get a pass on their anti-science abortion positions.

When Does Human Life Begin, Again?

That brings us to the current abortion ban working its way through Congress. At FiveThirtyEight, Aschwanden points out that the science underpinning the debatethat unborn humans can feel pain as early as 20 weeksis disputed. Th...


Australian Employment Minister Michaelia Cash misleads parliament and the media "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

She could not make eye contact with Doug Cameron when responding to his questions. She was as twitchy as a cockatoo on coke. - @MSMWatchdog2013

BuzzFeed News, 25 October 2017:

Cash denied five times her office leaked the information, telling Senate Estimates her office was not informed about the raids until they had begun.

"I found out as it unfolded on the television after I returned from a meeting yesterday about 4.45pm on the ABC," Cash said on Wednesday morning.

"My understanding was that a phone call was made to my office once the search warrant was issued just before I saw it on the television ... 4.30, 4.45pm," she said.

When asked if she or her office advised any other person about the raid, Cash said: "No, as I said I literally watched it on the television unfold myself".

When asked again if anyone in her office had tipped-off the media, Cash said: "I said my office received a phone call from the Registered Organisation Commission notifying them that search warrants were being executed as the phone call was being made."

When asked a third time, Cash said her office fielded media calls for her to respond after the raids, but denied it had tipped-off the media....


The Rise of The Authoritarian Right And Left In Modern America "IndyWatch Feed National"

The following is a selection from the book Manifesto of the Free Humans by John Vibes and Derrick Broze. The book is currently available in paperback and free PDF at

There are several different examples of political spectrums in use today. Most people in the U.S. measure the political parties and philosophies across a horizontal line, from liberal to conservative. Others see the political spectrum as a square with totalitarianism in the top corner and freedom in the opposing corner. We tend to disagree with most political spectrums because they misunderstand the eternal struggle of freedom versus tyranny and mistakenly believe that either the right or left side is closer to freedom, or that one is better than the other. This tyranny manifests itself as non-voluntary communism, statism, fascism, imperialism, and any other form of authoritarianism. The opposite of all these power schemes is Anarchism.

In the realm of politics, economics, and religion there exists many false dichotomies in which there seems to be a narrow field of two options to choose from. In reality, there is actually a larger set of possibilities beyond the pre-approved guidelines. In other words, you are asked to choose between black and white, leaving you to think that the only colors in existence are black, white and maybe gray, when in reality there is a whole palette of different shades and tints that are completely left out of the discussion. The statement, If youre not with us, then youre against us is a classic false dichotomy, because it only presents two options, both of which amount to violence, while completely neglecting the possibility of remaining neutral. Likewise, the traditional left/right paradigm is also a false dichotomy which forces people to choose between two seemingly different, but equally authoritarian sides.

Anarchists should not make the mistake of believing that they are a part of the left or the right. These terms are skewed beyond repair and have different meanings in different nations and at different points in history. Alliances with right and left have failed every time because ultimately the followers of the corporate political parties are still playing into the mainstream paradigm. This leaves them open to manipulation and adopting what Konkin called anti-principles. The mainstream left and right will always sell out the principled, but misguided anarchists who seek alliances with one side over the other. We should absolutely reach out to both the right and the left and attempt to bring our message to them as much as possible, but we must be careful not to sacrifice our principles. We should work to bring them towards our principled stance.....



A war between Israel and the Iran-backed Hezbollah terrorist group is inevitable, though not necessarily imminent, and will be unavoidably bloody for both sides, according to an assessment by a number of former generals from around the world, known collectively as the High Level Military Group.

In an extensive report, published Wednesday, the organization details both the IDFs and Hezbollahs reorganization in the 11 years following the Second Lebanon War, the last time the sides engaged in all-out combat with one another. The High Level Military Group (HLMG) also describes the strategies each side will use in the apparently approaching war, as well as the potential pratfalls of those plans.

Hezbollah doesnt want a conflict to break out at present, given it is still seeking to consolidate its gains in Syria and continue preparations in Lebanon. However, its actions and propaganda suggest that it considers its ability to fight a war with Israel as a given, according to the report.

The timing of such a conflict is likely to be determined by miscalculation as much as decision-making in Iran and Lebanon.

The group said that should such a war break out, it will likely be more violent and destructive than the previous ones, due to the improvements that both sides have made to their respective military capabilities in the interim.

The report, Hezbollahs terror army: How to prevent a third Lebanon war, offers limited recommendations for avoiding such a conflict, instead painting it as a war waiting to happen.

The retired generals and defense officials from the United States, Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Colombia, India, and Australia who make up the HLMG also express significant criticism of the United Nations for its evident severe failure to fully implement UN Security Council Resolution 1701, which ended the 2006 Second Lebanon War, a dereliction that they credit with exacerbating the situation.

The former military leaders found that the UN Interim Force in Lebanon peacekeeping mission is not enforcing the aspects of Resolution 1701 that are meant to keep armed non-state actors like Hezbollah out of southern Lebanon.

The 76-page report, which is based on interviews solely with Israeli representatives during a fact-finding mission, comes to many of the same conclusions as those of Israeli defense officials. In preparing the assessment, the HLMG did not meet with Lebanese, Hezbollah, or UN officials.



7 Signs You Are Receiving Cosmic Information That You Shouldnt Ignore "IndyWatch Feed National"

Your brain is not only a producer of thoughts, but a receiver too. Depending on what you tune it into, it will receive such information.

By Dylan Harper

Cosmic information is all around us. We are, in a way, pieces of this Cosmic information. Everything is connected with everything else, and everything comes from the same source, you, The Earth, The Galaxy, everything!

The way we live our lives can steer us away from the Cosmic purpose we hold in our hearts. Thats why, sometimes, the Cosmic Intelligence can send us messages and updates to steer us back towards our hearts purpose.

Sometimes these Cosmic messages can lead us to revolutionary ideas and inventions the world hasnt seen yet.

Anyway, we all get Cosmic Information from time to time. However, not many people are aware when these messages show up in their lives and most of them get ignored.

Here is how to know when you are receiving Cosmic Information:

7 Signs You are Receiving Cosmic Information

1. Sudden Inspiration

Inspiration is a mental stimulation to do something, create something.

It usually comes when you start scratching a subject you are passionate about.

Sudden inspiration is a sure sign that you are receiving Cosmic Information as you are being mentally stimulated to do something that will lead you back to your purpose.

2. Dreams

According to some legends, a part of your soul goes into another world while you dream. This is the dream world, a world between your unconscious mind and reality.

In there you can receive important messages from your own subconsciousness, and from the Cosmic Intelligence.

Having dreams where you get new ideas, insights and advices about things you cant possibly know, are a sure sign of receiving Cosmic Information.

3. Subconscious Signal

Watching a movie where you suddenly hear something that answers a question youve been recently wondering about. Hearing a song that tells a message you feel you needed to hear. Reading a sign on the street that resonates so much with something youve been asking yourself.

All those examples are ways the Cosmic Intelligence is steering...


The 2004 'tic - tac' UAP "IndyWatch Feed National"


Much has been written on the Internet recently, about an incident which reportedly happened in November 2004; which resulted in an encounter between US Navy aviators and a 'tic - tac' shaped UAP. The story which has emerged, has a lengthy history, which many of the current Internet accounts don't cover. For my blog readers, I will attempt to provide as much information as is currently available.

Back in 2007

On 3 February 2007, on the Above Top Secret website, someone using the username 'thefinaltheory' (which I will abbreviate to TFT), on a thread titled 'Observations of an Actual UFO' posted about what seemed to be an intriguing incident.

TFT stated that an incident had occurred in 2005 when they were on board an aircraft carrier, based on the West coast of the USA, off the coast of Mexico. TFT mentioned that they worked in 'the computer field' and had access to 'the top secret network onboard.'

The incident was described as follows - at 2300 the ship went into 'security alert' and TFT asked others what was happening? The response was that there was a UFO above the ship. TFT then said they had logged on to the ship's network and that they found 'many videos and powerpoint briefs' written reports and message traffic about the incident. TFT burned these to disk which was subsequently misplaced. TFT referred to the video as being taken from a cockpit camera, was black and white, and showed altitude, pilot's 'nickname' and other data. The UAP was floating stationary at 30,000 feet. It was disk shaped. The pilot tried to get a lock on it but couldn't. The UAP moved in a half circle upward and paused. There was a bright flash and it disappeared from sight.

Discussion then ensued in subsequent posts, questioning the veracity of TFT and the details which had been provided.

On 4 February 2007 TFT announced that 'I have the video and documents as I have previously described,' but asked that the ATS thread be erased before he proceeded further. TFT was apparently concerned over the possibility of being tracked down.

An ATS moderator entered the picture and 'trashed' the thread, but revealed that the initial two posts of this thread, allegedly from TFT and another individual came from the same IP address. Later this moderator 'untrashed' the thread, which can still be read in 2017. However, they did close the thread at that point.

Later on 4 February 2007, another ATS thread was commenced, titled 'Fighter jet UFO Footage: The Real Deal.' TFT posted the first piece and announced that 'The video you are about to see...' There is a click 'here' to view the video but today if you click the link you are advised that is not to be found on the...


Solving the Marathon Bomb Mystery, Part 9: What Is the Role of a Library? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Michele McPhees book. Imagine using a tender family photo in such a way.

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

Dear Mr David Leonard, President of the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116


From my youth I recall the ground floor of the BPL as a quiet, uneventful place. Today (October 23, 2017) it was all hells-a-poppin, especially thanks to the WGBH newsfeed, and activities for readers. Anyone would be uplifted just being there. Congratulations to you and your staff.

I walked over to the bibliographical assistance desk and asked the very helpful librarian four questions. First, Do you have a special section of books that deal with Nine Eleven,? and...


Sebastian Gorka: Lock Up!, 1861 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Good morning, Im still reporting on: Sebastian Gorka: Lock Up!, 1861 Synopsis: Like most conspiracies, the big lie is defended to the end and seems impregnable: [insert Hillary] Then, suddenly it all falls apart in this case, in a single day. The truth is starting to explode into the MSM, with even the New York Times claiming they were lied to. Washington DC insider now believe that the Republican donor that initially financed the specious Trump dossier while the Republican candidates fought it out over the Republican nomination for president was former Florida governor Jeb Bush. That would explain why George W. Bush came out harshly against Trump in Houston at what was supposed to be only a fundraiser for flood victims because they knew this was about to come out into the open, and so he was lashing out attacking Trump as though that would soften the blow his brother was about to take later this week. Former presidential national security advisor, Dr. Sebastian Gorka and Fox News attorney Greg Jarrett tick off the crimes Hillary Clinton will probably spend the rest of her life answering for in one legal proceeding or another. [insert Fox] [insert Hillary giff} Support Our Sponsors: - Nobel Gold & Silver: Protect Your Money With Gold - Click Here- Or Call - 888-596-7916 - Jeevy Computers: Move up to business-level cyber protection. - Learn How To Generate Passive Income Using Bitcoins At: Protect Your Information From Big Data - Click Here! Use Promo Code: bill still for 20% OFF SeaShell Diamond Galleries, 808-338-9988, email: website: Still Report BTC address: 18Ky2c3CgPY3eu5N7ySoM3X6NjgEAN2w4v Connect with me; Bill Still: newspaper editor/publisher, economics reporter - top US publications, authored 22 books, 4 documentary videos & daily host of this Y/T channel, THE STILL REPORT: Get the word Out: Please LIKE, COMMENT & SHARE! Our website: Considered by informed insiders as the ultimate resource for surviving economic or financial collapse/crash and attaining the unvarnished truth about the latest US and world news, current events in Washington, and todays United States political climate. Please Like, Comment & Share. Bill Still is a former newspaper editor and publisher. He has written for USA Today, The Saturday Evening Post, the Los Angeles Times Syndicate, OMNI magazine, and has also produced the syndicated radio program, Health News. He has written 22 books and two documentary videos and is the host of his wildly popular daily YouTube Channel the Still Report, the quintessential report on the economy and Washington. Connect with Bill Still: http://billstil...


Ex-wife of paedophile reveals anguish of finding child exploitation images, slow police response "IndyWatch Feed National"

If you know anyone who is a pedophile, you should report them to the police.

There are police sex offenders hotlines or see detectives at any police station

ABC News Australia

Ex-wife of paedophile reveals anguish of finding child exploitation images, slow police response

25 October 2017
Desley Lodwick was living the high life. She was married to a man she loved and travelled the world with him as they ran a $7 million IT business together.

That all changed with the click of a mouse.

It was while staying in a Montreal hotel in June 2003 that Dr Lodwick innocently used her husbands laptop to check her email and uncovered a side to her then partner that she never expected.

I saw the history of what he had been visiting, she told 7.30.

There were some weird names and a website for RSVP, but RSVP for children in Russia and he was about to go to Russia.

I was in shock. I was numb.

Three weeks later, Dr Lodwick copied everything she could from the offending laptop to a hard drive and stored it in a bank safety deposit box.

She had uncovered thousands of illegal child exploitation images, which she went through to ensure none of her friends or familys children were in the photos.

It was horrendous, she said.

I dont tell people much about what I saw because if I did they would have to deal with it. It would change people.

I lost everything


According to CERN, Our Universe Shouldnt Even Exist "IndyWatch Feed National"

Perhaps the biggest mystery of all is our entire universe itself. Humans have been baffled and curious about the creation of the universe since the beginning of time, and even now scientists are amazed we even exist!

The more we discover about the creation of the universe and the genetic code of our cosmic existence, the more we discover that we are not even close to figuring anything out. The answer to one question leads to ten more questions! All in all, the universe we are apart of is amazing and were lucky to be here, according to nuclear scientists

Life is much more than luck of the draw and scientists researching the creation of the universe are amazed that we are even here. Why? Well, from everything we know about the actual creation of the universe and the way things work in space, scientists believe we should have ultimately destroyed ourselves in the process! According to the standard model of the universe, there are equal amounts of matter and antimatter, making scientists believe the two shouldve canceled each other out.

As reported by Cosmos Magazine, Christian Smorra, the author behind the study, said:

All of our observations find a complete symmetry between matter and antimatter, which is why the universe should not actually exist.

An asymmetry must exist here somewhere but we simply do not understand where the difference is. What is the source of the symmetry break?

Researchers set out to find some answers about how we ever made it out of the creation of the universe in a groundbreaking study! Researchers from the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)  tested out different possibilities such as mass and electric charge when looking into the possibility that there was a difference in magnetism even though the matter and antimatter were thought to be identical. CERN uses the worlds largest and most complex scientific instruments to study the basic constituents of matter the fundamental particles. The research revealed that the two are actually much more symmetrical than we thought! 

CERN spokesperson Stefan Ulmer said:.....


NSW Bar Association Urges Victims Of Sexual Harassment To Come Forward "IndyWatch Feed National"

Victims of sexual harassment by members of the NSW Bar are being urged to come forward in the wake of explosive allegations levelled against prominent Sydney barrister Charles Waterstreet earlier this week.

President of the New South Wales Bar Association, Arthur Moses SC told New Matilda his organisation urged any victims of sexual harassment by members of the NSW Bar to make a complaint to the Office of the Legal Services Commissioner so that it can be investigated and in appropriate cases report the behaviour to Police.

Mr Moses has also warned that barristers in NSW who engage in sexual harassment can be struck off and may face criminal charges.

Sexual harassment is not condoned in any manner by the NSW Bar nor is standing by and not intervening, he said.

Tough sanctions are in place regarding sexual harassment by legal practitioners. Rule 123 of the Legal Profession Uniform Conduct (Barristers) Rules 2015 provides that a barrister must not engage in conduct which constitutes discrimination and sexual harassment in the course of practice.

The NSW Bar Association has the power to intervene and investigate any complaints of sexual harassment. If a barristers conduct is found to constitute sexual harassment, they face serious consequences, including the loss of their profession.

The breach of Rule 123 can result in findings of unsatisfactory professional conduct or professional misconduct and an order that a barrister be struck off, Mr Moses said.

Conduct of this kind may also amount to a criminal offence, a complaint to the Australian Human Rights Commission or the NSW Anti-Discrimination Board.


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Police Inquire Into Waterstreet Allegations, While University Bans His Job Ads "IndyWatch Feed National"

Pressure continues to mount on Charles Waterstreet the inspiration behind the popular ABC television drama Rake. Nina Funnell reports.

NSW Police began making inquiries this morning into allegations prominent Sydney barrister Charles Waterstreet sexually harassed a young woman during a job interview at his Elizabeth Street offices in August this year.

On Tuesday New Matilda revealed explosive claims made by third year Sydney University law student, Tina Huang, alleging that Mr Waterstreet showed her nude images of women and a masturbation video during the one-hour job interview.

Ms Huang also alleged that Mr Waterstreet described how he liked to go to sex parties and enjoyed having women snort cocaine off his body, before revealing he preferred to hire pretty young things to work with him.

Today, Ms Huang was contacted by NSW Police. Her lawyer Michael Bradley, managing partner at Marque Lawyers said it took a lot of courage for my client to come forward publicly and I hope that other women will feel empowered to tell their stories too.

Ms Huang, 21, applied for the paralegal position after seeing the job advertised in Sydney Universitys CareersHub website.

Approximately 80 students gathered in a snap protest outside the new law faculty building at Sydney University at lunch time to demand Mr Waterstreets job ads are no longer promoted to students.

Protestors at Sydney University earlier today, in which they successfully demanded job ads from Charles Waterstreet be banned from the Sydney University online jobs forum.Protestors at Sydney University earlier today, in which they successfully demanded job ads from Charles Waterstreet be banned from the Sydney University online jobs forum.

A spokesperson for the university has confirmed the ban on job ads from Mr Waterstreet.

The personal safety of our students is of primary concern, a university spokesperson told Honi Soit.

The protest was organised by Sydney University Womens Collective.

It is incredibly brave for Tina to speak out about a situation where the power differential between Waterstreet and herself was staggering, a member of the Collective was reported as saying.

It is rare that a harasser is publicly accused. Powerful men like Waterstreet usually get to harass women with impunity, no matter how many people in their industry know about it, the Collective said.

In other developments, television and news media...


Researchers probe 'never-before-seen' influx of tropical pyrosomes off Alaska "IndyWatch Feed National"

Researchers at NOAA's Alaska Fisheries Science Center are reporting a never-before-seen phenomenon in Alaska waters-an influx of strange organisms that resemble flattened, translucent sea pickles. It may sound like dj vu. A similar story made headlines along the West Coast last summer, but this is a new situation for Alaska. Scientists call these jelly-like organisms pyrosomes. The creatures typically live in tropical waters around the world, occasionally emerging a little farther north in sub-tropical waters. But no one has ever recorded pyrosomes as far north as Alaska. Pyrosomes were encountered in NOAA acoustic, surface, and bottom trawl surveys throughout the year from Kodiak to the offshore waters of southeastern Alaska. "Fishermen first observed pyrosomes in Alaska in early February in such high densities that the organisms clogged their fishing gear," said Jim Murphy, fisheries research biologist, Alaska Fisheries Science Center. "I was contacted by biologists at Alaska Department of Fish and Game who shared specimens with me and I identified the species." The big question is: Was this just an unusual year - a unique phenomenon - or does this reflect a lasting change that could have food web implications? Scientists across the surveys witnessed rockfish species and sablefish eating pyrosomes. Pyrosomes filter and ingest tiny plant and animal cells from the plankton and may compete with other small grazers that represent more preferable or more nutritious fish prey. At this point, there are more questions than answers.


#PizzaGate and #PedoGate Articles, News Updates for October 2017 "IndyWatch Feed National"

#PizzaGate #PedoGate Articles and News Updates for October 2017

Source: Ascension With Earth

October 25, 2017

Here are a compilation of news articles that are flooding the alternative news networks exposing the pedophile problem in Hollywood, USA. After this exposure we should see more disclosures and arrests taking place in other parts of the world. It is time to expose the pedophile and satanic ritual abuse which are supported by elite politicians, celebrities, and media personalities from around the world such as the UK, Australia, & Vatican.

The Next Big Hollywood Sex Scandal Is Already BreakingAt NickelodeonThe Harvey Weinstein scandal may have opened up a whole can of worms for Hollywood, but (to employ another metaphor) that is just the tip of the iceberg. The scandal is due to crack wide open any day now, and its not another Weinstein tale. Its worse.

Hollywood is overcrowded with pedophiles and predators
When Corey Feldman declared in 2011 that The No. 1 problem in Hollywood was and isand always will bepedophilia, some people in the media didnt pay much attention to him because Feldman sounded like a conspiracy theorist. But as the years went by, Feldman was shown to be absolutely right.

#PizzaGate #Pedogate Update - Corey Feldman Requests Support To Expose A Major Hollywood Pedophilia Ring


Did Ethereum ICO? Founder Joe Lubin Gives Uncertain Answer "IndyWatch Feed National"

A Quartz event on Tuesday saw a founding developer of the ethereum protocol answer high-level questions about the state of blockchain technology.


WATCH: Florida Deputy Breaks Into Elderly Mans Home and Robs Him "IndyWatch Feed National"

(Sputnik)  A Florida sheriffs deputy was recently arrested after home surveillance video showed him burglarizing the home of an elderly man who died after falling and gravely injuring himself during Hurricane Irma.

Deputy Jason Cooke was arrested last week on charges of burglary and grand theft with a firearm for allegedly stealing from 85-year-old Moe Rosoff.

The Palm Beach County sheriffs deputy reportedly found Rosoffs garage code in a dispatch log and used it to enter Rosoffs home 90 minutes after paramedics took the elderly man, who had fallen and hurt himself, to the hospital, where he died.

Rosoffs son turned in a video recorded by the homes motion detection system showing Cooke taking items from the home. According to Rosoffs family, Cooke stole money, jewelry and medications.

The family also accuses the Palm Beach police of dragging out the case and withholding important documents pertinent to Cookes arrest. The family reported the sheriffs deputy to the police eight days after he broke into the home, but Cooke was only arrested five weeks later.

Rosoffs relatives also claim that Cooke took a pill as he left the home. Medications were found in Cookes patrol car by investigators, but these were not Rosoffs medications, they claim. Rather, they say, this shows Cooke is on duty while impaired.

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If Officer Cooke was operating in his official capacity under these medications, the family said in a statement, it is our belief that he may have posed a significant threat to the publics safety since just a few of the noted side effects of these medications include confusion, impaired thinking, impaired reactions, abnormal behavior, tremors, drowsiness, altered state of consciousness and anger.

In our opinion, had we not had this video, this cop would still be out there posing a threat of danger to the community he swore to protect and committing more crimes.



China Moving to Take the Lead in Technology "IndyWatch Feed National"

China is moving rapidly to advance and take the lead in technology from the United States and they will accomplish that in the years ahead. China is moving very fast on every front. China is moving faster on quantum communications and computing and they are embracing real Artificial Intelligence that is being ignored by the powers that be in the US government.

We were granted our business license in China BECAUSE of our technology while the USA keeps trying to suppress technology advancement in our field. That means the government even had to review the conflicts with the USA and dismissed them as all other nations as being stitched up as one put it in Europe.

The regulators in the USA have one policy if the big boys do it its OK. They are Too Big to Fail, Too Big to Jail, but big enough to hire government employees. Anyone else has to be regulated when the regulators do not even understand what they are doing. The bottom-line policy at the US regulators if they do not understand it, regulate it out of existence. You are not allowed to compete against New York City.

In the United States, there remains overregulation because the government is clueless about technology. The next crisis will be really worse than 2007-2009 because they have chased so many from the marketplace with fines and regulations that make no sense. The SEC has had to announce strengthing rules for their own people in trading on inside information. The more regulators we have the more corruption that exists. I have stated before, when I was managing positions for the Onassis estate in commodities, I had the larges physical position in Platinum. It took six months to get permission to trade at that level way beyond exchange limits and when I picked up the phone the first time, everyone already knew the size of my position. So much for regulators. Today, positions of managers over $100 million in assets must be reported to the SEC. You can bet that i8nfo is handed out under the table.


In quick succession, China in recent months has utilized a...


Byrons clothing optional beach gets a reprieve "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Attendees at Byron's inaugural Nude Olympics on Saturday, October 7, 'blowing the whistle on sexual assault.' Photo supplied

Attendees at Byrons inaugural Nude Olympics on Saturday, October 7, blowing the whistle on sexual assault. Photo supplied

In a move that has given hope to both Tyagarah residents and naturists, Byron Shire Council today (Thursday, October 25) resolved to continue to allow nude bathing on a reduced stretch of Tyagarah Beach, starting 200 metres south of Grays Lane and ending well north of Elements Resort.

The amendment by Cr Basil Cameron, to Cr Paul Spooners original motion to close the beach to naturists completely, was carried with the support of Greeens councillors Michael Lyon, Jeanette Martin and Sarah Ndiyae, together with independent Cate Coorey.

The motion commits council, after four years of inaction, to erect signage on the beach within two weeks indicating exactly where the clothing optional section is, and also requires council to review the situation again in three months.

In the meantime, council will liaise with police, naturists and the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) in an attempt to establish whether there is a more suitable alternative for a less remote clothing optional beach in the shire.

Original motion withdrawn

At the outset of debate, which lasted more than an hour, Cr Spooner announced that he had withdrawn his original motion and posted a new motion that would have allowed nude bathing at an increased number of beaches in the shire (including the whole length of Tyagarah from the existing beach to just short of Brunswick Heads).

But it would have specifically excised popular, if unofficial, clothing optional beaches along Seven Mile Beach Road, including Kings, Brays and Whites.

In a somewhat remarkable turn of events, this move was supported by National Party aligned Cr Alan Hunter, who joked, my family are going to think Ive turned into a hippy.

ALP aligned Cr Jan Hackett, who lives in Sunrise and says she has seen naked bathers straying that far south, also supported Cr Spooners motion.

Police crackdown

The move follows reports of exhibitionism and sexual harassment of women at the beach, which appear to have increased foll...


Stabbed, beaten, and robbed: refugees on Manus to be abandoned in danger "IndyWatch Feed National"

Todays report from Human Rights Watch lays bare the fear, cruelty and danger the refugees and people seeking asylum face on Manus Island.

Human Rights Watch visited Manus in September and spoke to dozens of men about their fears, including those who have been stabbed, beaten, and robbed when theyve left the guarded centre. Some men were too scared to leave the centre to meet with the HRW team. The Australian Government intends to push a further 600 men towards this danger when the guarded centre is closed in six days.

Daniel Webb, Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, who has been to Manus three times to speak with the men there, said:

"Today Human Rights Watch calls Manus a dangerous failure. Last week the UN called it a humanitarian disaster. These men have had four years of their lives ripped away from them. Theyve been beaten. Theyve been shot. And theyve suffered the sheer torment of not knowing if or when their ordeal would ever end.

"After four years of fear, violence and suffering, these men deserve a future. But instead our Government is trying to bludgeon them into returning to persecution or moving from one dead end camp to another. Its the height of cruelty," said Mr Webb.

A notice posted inside the Manus Island detention centre last week warned refugees that from the 31 October 2017, all food, water and electricity will be disconnected, protective fences will be removed and the facility will be handed over to the PNG Defence Forces.

On Good Friday this year, drunk soldiers from the PNG Defence Forces attacked the centre, ramming the centre fence with a vehicle to try to gain entry and firing over 100 shots, including from an M-16 Assault Rifle, into the centre where hundreds of refugees feared for their lives.

"It beggars belief. PNG military personnel have attacked these men before. Now our Government is tearing down the fences and putting them in charge. Peter Dutton and Malcolm Turnbull can't just sit back and wait for further bloodshed. Every single man on Manus must be immediately evacuated to safety in Australia," said Mr Webb....


Building conservations brain trust in Madagascar "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar Nothing says patience quite like tromping around wet woods in the middle of the night to collar bats and track them back to their daytime roosts. And creativity certainly played a role in a recent study tracking the bushmeat trade by scouring urban dumps for tortoise shells. Julie Hanta Razafimanahaka was a co-author of each of those efforts. But ask her what it takes to become a field biologist in Madagascar and youll get a different answer altogether. Well, Razafimanahaka said, you have to be very lucky: thats the first thing. And it helps to be friendly too. That doesnt mean theres no chance, it means you really have to talk with many people, she added especially researchers with foreign passports. Razafimanahaka got involved in the research project that led to her masters thesis not because she was particularly interested in bats, she recalled, but because she was able to finagle a meeting with a Welsh researcher doing fieldwork in her favorite part of Madagascar the castle-like limestone formations of Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park. Nearly fifteen years later, she can trace the arc of her career back to that first meeting. The fieldwork in Tsingy de Bemaraha was part of a series of projects run by scholars at the University of Aberdeen with backing from the British government aimed at building up the CVs and skill sets of a new generation of Malagasy biologists to work on bat conservation. Yet when the fieldwork wrapped


2017 Chinese Australian Hometown Heritage Tour "IndyWatch Feed National"

In March 2017, we Kate Bagnall and Sophie Couchman hosted our inaugural Chinese Australian Hometown Heritage Tour to Hong Kong and Guangdong. The tour ran for ten days, from 22 March to 31 March 2017, and visited Hong Kong, Jiangmen, Kaiping, Taishan, Xinhui, Zhongshan and Zhuhai. We were joined on the tour by sixteen


LIVE REVIEW: Son Volt @ Factory Theatre, Sydney "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Son Volt,  Jason Walker, Fallon Cush @ Factory Theatre, Oct 18th, 2017 Locals Fallon Cush had a short opening slot but they made the most of it, showcasing songs from their brand new album Morning and making a strong case for them being the most in-form country-rock band in Sydney at the moment. Cascading melodies and harmonies Continue reading


Freedom is relative "IndyWatch Feed National"

The demolition of the Manus Island centre is set to begin in one week, which means the water supplies are steadily decreasing, resources are diminishing, and power is being progressively shut off. The men are being smoked out, but they dont plan on leaving. As Aziz (Abdul Aziz Muhamat) said in a recent mini-episode of The Messenger, we are determined to go ahead with our resistance and we are not going to give up.


The AWU WA Branch paid for Bruce Wilson's rented love-shack in inner-city Melbourne - where'd the bond go Bruce? "IndyWatch Feed National"

This episode doesn't involve a great deal of money - but it does give us an insight into Bruce Morton Wilson and the way he operated. On Monday 29 June 1992 Bruce Wilson was appointed acting Victoria Branch Secretary. On Friday 3 July he was back in Perth to get...


Trends in injury deaths, Australia 1999-00 to 2011-12 [AIHW] "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Trends in injury deaths, Australia 1999-00 to 2011-12

This report focuses on trends in deaths due to injury and poisoning that occurred over the period 1999-00 to 2011-12.

The age-standardised rate of injury deaths decreased from 55.4 to 47.2 deaths per 100,000 between 1999-00 and 2004-05 and changed little after that. Rates of injury deaths involving transport injury and homicide declined from 1999-00 to 2009-10, while rates for most other external cause groups fluctuated over this period. Rates for suicide deaths declined from 1999-00 until 2004-05 and remained relatively steady thereafter.

Rates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were generally at least twice as high as rates for non-Indigenous Australians over the period from 2001-02 to 2011-12.

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Trends in hospitalisations due to falls by older people [AIHW] "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Trends in hospitalisations due to falls by older people, Australia 2002-03 to 2012-13

This report presents trends in fall related hospital care for people aged 65 and older from 2002-03 to 2012-13. There was a decrease in the rate of hip fractures due to falls (-2% per year) between 2002-03 and 2012-13. In contrast, falls resulting in head injuries increased at a particularly high rate (7% per year).

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Amokachi backs Unsworth for Everton permanent job "IndyWatch Feed National"

Former Everton striker Daniel Amokachi has called on the club to appoint David Unsworth as permanent manager. Unsworth who is the clubs Under-23 manager was placed in temporary charge on Tuesday, a day after Ronald Koemans dismissal. He is somebody who is willing to die for the team, Amokachi told BBC World Service. Once a blue, always a blue. I would love to see him appointed. He has all the qualities to take Everton to the next level. Amokachi, who featured for Nigeria at the 1994 and 1998...

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Resolution 50: War Is Not the Answer "IndyWatch Feed National"

October 25, 2017

WHEREAS, in 2005, the AFL-CIO Convention passed a historic resolution calling for the rapid withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq, and an end to the countrys occupation; and

WHEREAS, in 2011, the AFL-CIO Executive Council declared that American troops must be brought home from Iraq and Afghanistan, and that the militarization of our foreign policy has proven to be a costly mistake; it is time to invest at home; and

WHEREAS, now 75% of Americans believe the result of the war in Iraq was not worth the loss of American lives and other costs; and

WHEREAS, the eventual cost to taxpayers for the Afghanistan and Iraq wars will top $4 trillion; and

WHEREAS, since 2001 the United States has used military force in numerous countries, leading to the death of an untold number of civilians, the destruction of infrastructure, a massive number of refugees and the destabilizing of sovereign nationsthere are now military threats directed against Iran and North Korea, with a potential death toll in either country in the millions and which, in the case of North Korea in particular, involve the threat of nuclear war; and

WHEREAS, while the United States ranks first by far in military spending, it ranks 7th in literacy, 20th in education, 25th in infrastructure quality, 37th in quality of health care, 31st in life expectancy, and 56th in infant mortality; and

WHEREAS, 6,831 United States military personnel have died in wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and about one million have been injured. There are over 39,000 homeless military veterans; on any night, more than 1.4 million are at high risk of homelessness, of which 9% are women, and 20 military veterans/active duty military take their own lives each day; and

WHEREAS, it is vital that the workers and our unions promote a foreign policy independent of the political interests and foreign policy of Wall Street and corporate America;



Researchers Study the Best Way to Induce Lucid Dreaming "IndyWatch Feed National"

To many of us, being the masters of our own dreams is of great interest, and numerous techniques have been devised to enable individual dreamers to induce a state of lucid dreaming, wherein the dreamer realizes that they're in a dream-state, and can thus take control. But, as it is with many other phenomena, different lucid dreaming techniques will deliver varying levels of effectiveness, so what technique will produce the most consistent results? A new study on the subject pitted a number of these different methods against one another in an attempt to answer that question.

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What No One Tells You About Treating Your Mental Illness With Pharmaceuticals "IndyWatch Feed National"

You know, there are so many things that we hear these days about taking pharmaceuticals for mental illness. We hear how it works, how there is no way that it could work, how its only meant to be a crutch, etc., etc. However, I can assure you that what I am going to say is not something you hear often.

I have battled with depression, anxiety, borderline personality disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder for quite some time. Depression came first, though, which led to me being an expert guinea pig for my doctors to experiment on with their medications. And while I have let them intermittently pump me full of drugs, it never lasts very long.

The first time, I was around seventeen. And all I can remember thinking as the doctor changed my prescription each week, is that it didnt seem like the doctor took anything very seriously. Especially my health. I mean, I am not an expert by no means, but it cant be healthy for a teenager to be taking a new anti-depressant each week. The last straw for that stint was wanting to commit suicide more strongly than I ever had after that very same doctor gave me the maximum dosage of Zoloft.

After that, for years I just stayed away from the stuff. Yet, I continued to suffer through my symptoms with no help. By 21 I was ready for round two, and by the time I was 24 I was on eight different medications. Unfortunately, where that landed me was to a state of medically induced mania that almost ruined my life.

Now, dont get me wrong. Im not saying that drugs dont help. What I am saying, is that I couldnt agree more with the actor Jim Carrey when he commented on his Prozac use.

It feels like a low level of despair you live in where youre not getting any answers but your living ok and you can smile at the office, but its a low level of despair. Jim Carrey said regarding Prozac.

Carrey put it like a true pharmaceutical veteran. And it really got my wheels turning. Especially, now that I am on Prozac. And it helps, but its more of a crutch. Its something that pushes me out of the bed each day, but only so I can make it through. I had to wonder to myself, how on Earth did Carrey find the courage to get off the drugs for good? What pushed him to that point?

In his own words, I realized that everything was just okay.

At first glance, or upon hearing this for the first time, I was outraged. How dare he. The Prozac and Abilify cocktail I take each night saved my life. But did it really? Or will it eventually ruin my life, when the health repercussions finally catch up to the rest of my aging body?

Who knows?

With that being said, I truly thought about his words. What a madman. I thought.

However, after thinking about it for some time, and considering...


Anger at Byron Councils treatment of the BEC "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Volunteers outside the Byron Environment Centre rotunda that was fenced of yesterday, with no notice, by Byron Council. Photo supplied.

Volunteers outside the Byron Environment Centre rotunda that was fenced of yesterday, with no notice, by Byron Council. Photo supplied.



Byron Shire mayor Simon Richardson has apologised on behalf of Council to the Byron Bay Town Centre Masterplan Leadership Group, the Byron Environment Centre and the Byron Bay Artisan Market Managers-and in fact the wider community for our failure to communicate over the eviction of the Byron Environment Centre and the general maintenance of Railway Park that led to the erection of wire fencing around the BEC.  He told Echonetdaily that the wire fencing will be removed by tomorrow.

The mayor has asked for a meeting with the BEC saying that For many years it was a vibrant, powerful, organised and extremely active organisation and I am really keen to see how it can be assisted to be so again, including working out the best space it needs and the best location.

Our ongoing communication break downs are  too regular when easily solvable and I am very frustrated at the lack of  simple, proactive engagement that could be done to allay fears, respectfully discuss issues with stakeholders and restore faith in the organisation by the community it is auspiced to represent. We can and must communicate with our community better.

Echonetdaily is waiting for further responses regarding the removal of a 25m gum.

Original report: Confusion and anger are being expressed at the treatment of the Byron Environment Centre (BEC), the community members of the Byron Bay master plan team (BBMPT) and councillors after the Byron Shire Council sent a letter to the BEC on October 16, saying ...


MACKAY Shoal Point teen faces court on long list of charges "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY October 26, 2017 at 07:22AM ,

Shoal Point teen faces court on long list of charges

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Caitlin Schimke, 17, fronted Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday on the charges which also include stealing, shoplifting, possessing tainted

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MACKAY Former truck driver faces four charges "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY October 26, 2017 at 05:52AM ,

Former truck driver faces four charges

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Hodgetts case was mentioned by defence solicitor Antoinette Morton, Fisher Dore Lawyers, in Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday. Ms Morton

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MACKAY Crocodile was spotted at Harbour Beach yesterday "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY October 26, 2017 at 05:41AM ,

Crocodile was spotted at Harbour Beach yesterday

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Mackay residents are calling on the Council to install swimming enclosures after a 2 and a half metre long crocodile was spotted at Harbour Beach

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MACKAY News Headlines for Mackay & the Whitsundays, 26th October 2017 "IndyWatch Feed National"

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News Headlines for Mackay & the Whitsundays, 26th October 2017

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The local man appeared in Mackay Magistrates Court charged with grievous bodily harm. A new map has been released that combines all the rules

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QLD federal redistribution draft released "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Ive been quite busy recently and hadnt had time to deal with the recent draft released for the Queensland federal redistribution.

To be honest its the least interesting redistribution Ive encountered in the nine years I have written for this blog. Queensland is maintaining its 30 federal electorates after a series of rapid redistributions which repeatedly increased its seat numbers. Twelve electorates were left entirely untouched, and most of the others underwent very minor changes.

Antony Green has analysed the boundaries and made estimates for the electoral boundaries. No seat flipped party, although a few have a changed margin.

You can now download my boundary map for this draft proposal.

I have also recently updated a number of other maps: the final Tasmanian federal map, the final NSW local government boundaries as of 2017, and the New Zealand electoral map updated to reflect the results of the 2017 election. You can download them all from the maps page.


Stop Adani campaigners to converge on Tweed council "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The national day of action against Adani at Cabarita. (supplied)

The national day of action against Adani at Cabarita. (supplied)

Stop Adani campaigners from across the region will be converging on the Tweed Shire Council meeting tonight in support of a motion from mayor Katie Milne.

Cr Milne has lodged a notice of motion that includes calling for a report on whether the council can restrict dealings with companies associated with the proposed Adani coal mine.

A nationwide campaign is currently under way to stop Adanis Carmichael coal mine in the Galilee Basin in Queensland.

Cr Milnes motion notes that an event was held at Cabarita and other places around Australia on 7 October in support of farmers directly affected and the wider communities concerns over the proposed mine.

The motion also notes that the plan to extract 2.3 billion tonnes of coal from Adanis planned mine, which would result in 4.6 billion tonnes of CO2 emissions, along with the extraction of billions of tonnes of groundwater from the Galilee Basin, and the potential for pollution of this groundwater source.

Sophia Fletcher will perform a song during the public access session. (supplied)

Sophia Fletcher will perform a song during the public access session. (supplied)

She wants the council to write to the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk to express in the most respectful terms our extreme concern for the Adani mine.

Opponents of the Adani project will be gathering in the public gallery of the council chambers for the community access session at 4.30pm. The council meeting begins at 5.15pm.

Organisers expect that the public gallery will be filled with a sea of red-clad supporters of the notice of motion  being put up by Cr Milne.

As part of the action, local singer/songwriter Sophia Fletcher will be giving a performance during the public access session.



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We are being lied to about poverty its grim "IndyWatch Feed National"

A TRAGIC INDICATOR of increasing poverty and unemployment is the suicide toll. Another indicator is an increasing prison population. Another indicator is the widening gap between the average worker and the top one per cent of earners. Another indicator is the many more hours people have to work to make ends meet. Another indicator is []


Attack on GetUp and the Australian Workers Union is a set up "IndyWatch Feed National"

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The raid on the Melbourne and Sydney of the Australian Workers Union is a disgrace that has the stink of a hatched government plot, to use a strong arm to deflect attention from its own failures.

Thanks to an error made by someone in the minister Michaelia Cashs office, it is known that the raid was known about before it took place and it looks like the media was deliberately notified for the purposes of a photo shoot.

The error was not in doing it, but in admitting that it has happened.

It is a direct violation of what is supposed to be a separation between government and the forces of the law and some serious questions need to be answered. If these answers are not forthcoming, the minister and her government must be held to account for what can only be described as a gross violation of democratic rights.

As it is, the targeted union is being tried by media. This is not the first time this has occurred, and it is a sad commentary on the degeneration of the Australian political process in recent times.

Senator Cash has been exposed as a liar, after having denied any prior knowledge, before undeniable proof that this is unlikely was put before her.

She had to back down by saying:  I have just been advised that, without my knowledge, one staff member in my office in the course of discussions with journalists indicated that he had received information that a raid may take place.

This is not good enough. The incident deserves a thorough public investigation. Without this, people are going to rightly consider that a cover up is taking place.

Whether one is for them or not, it doesnt take all that much to realise that a desperate attempt to smear Bill Shorten and the Labor Party is taking place.

It also throws into relief the effort being made to destroy GetUp, by creating a picture that ties in the accusation that the organisation is a political tool being used by Shorten and Labor, not on the back of evidence, but by creating a media.

The second violation of democratic rights that has occurred is that the charge is made first and then action is taken to make sure it sticks. It is a reversal of just and fair legal process that created a very dangerous precedent.

The Australian Workers Union was selected because Bill Shorten was once its secretary.

GetUp is being attacked and had its office raided as well, because of its campaigns have proved to be a thorn in the governments side. To run these campaigns, it receives donations from many places. This does not compromise its independence.

To suggest otherwise is to target all organisations that rely on public donations.

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NSP Live Ep 39 Gotta Role-play to Prep for Court "IndyWatch Feed National"

Spoke with Moses in Colorado and Andreas from Adelaide, Australia.  Prepping for court requires role-playing, Andreas didnt and is going to court right after the show.

Infamous Witt from Gilbert, Arizona called about the good things governments do, such as the Hoover Dam.

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Dr Paul wins Rhodes scholarship to study at Oxford in England "IndyWatch Feed National"

WIRADJURI woman Dr Claudia Paul has become the third Australian Indigenous person to be awarded a Rhodes Scholarship, having been named the 2018 Rhodes Scholar for South Australia. Dr Paul, 24, an Adelaide University medical graduate from Broken Hill, will use her scholarship to undertake a Masters of International Health and Tropical Medicine at the University of Oxford, England, next year. One of the worlds most prestigious scholarships, the Rhodes recognises outstanding academic achievement, character, leadership, and a commitment to community service. I had a dream to study overseas but I didnt think it would ever happen, Dr Paul said. The Rhodes is something I never imagined applying for until fairly recently. Right now, its a little overwhelming, but exciting.


When Government Wanted To Prosecute Tribune Reporter For LeakBut Feared Public Just Wouldnt Get It "IndyWatch Feed National"

Newly published documents by the National Security Archive reveal why a grand jury refused to prosecute a Chicago Tribune reporter during World War II for a leak.

Correspondent Stanley Johnston was accused of revealing the United States cracked a Japanese code, which alerted the military to Japanese war plans before the Battle of Midway. A Tribune editor attributed the source of information to naval intelligence.

A prosecution was contemplated under the Espionage Act, but the government backed off because they feared what may happen if a trial publicized that the U.S. compromised the Japanese code.

The Justice Department under President Barack Obama fought against a lawsuit filed by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. It lost when a district court ruled in 2015 that disclosure would result in a more complete public record of this historic event and affirm the government is open, in all respects, to scrutiny by the people.

Yet, the government appealed, and it was not until September 2016, when the appeals court ruled against the governments claim that a federal court had no jurisdiction to order the release of transcripts, that an effort to keep 75 year-old documents secret came to an end.

During World War II, the U.S. military expected journalists accredited as war correspondents to submit stories prior to publication for censorshipor what the Pentagon may now refer to as prepublication review. Johnston was accredited by the Navy at Pearl Harbor.

In grand jury testimony from August 18, 1942, Johnston indicated that he knew he was to submit for the purpose of censorship all written or photographic material, either private correspondence, or anything for publication, released with the Navy or after my return. Letters or dispatches were even to be subjected to censorship like any person in the military forces.

Johnston, who was Australian but recently obtained U.S. citizenship, also testified, I have a son twenty years of age. The last word I had from my mother was that he had gone with the Australian Army to the war front. He is probably somewhere up there now where they are fighting.

If you think that I would do anything that would hurt the men in the United States Navy, or my son, there is nothing that I can do about it, Johnston added. If I am indicted in this case here, I know I havent done anythingthere has been no intent, and they tell me there has to be intent. And if there is anything I have done, and I am indicted on this, it will wreck me forever. I know that in court it will be....


Top US trade official says no to ISDS in NAFTA as ISDS critics grow across the political spectrum "IndyWatch Feed National"

October 26, 2017: US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said publicly last week that the US wants to opt out of ISDS in NAFTA, because of the risk and costs of US governments being sued by foreign corporations, and despite corporate lobby groups pushing to retain ISDS.

Speaking in a press conference, he said Ive had people come in and say, literally, to me: Oh, but you cant do this: you cant change ISDS. You cant do that because we wouldnt have made the investment otherwise. Im thinking, Well, then why is it a good policy of the United States government to encourage investment in Mexico?  The bottom line is, business says: We want to make decisions and have markets decide. But! We would like to have political risk insurance paid for by the United States government. And to me thats absurd. You either are in the market, or youre not in the market.

This week rejection of ISDS was reinforced across the political spectrum from  the US  National Conference of State Legislatures and state attorneys general to small business organizations and unions to  hundreds of the nations leading legal and economics professors, who released a letter calling on the administration to remove ISDS from NAFTA. Stark criticism of ISDS has come from voices as disparate as U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts and pro-free trade think tanks such as the Cato Institute to U.S. Sena...


Nationals dinosaurs need to be booted from Lismore: Greens "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The Stop Adani rally at Byron Bay's Main Beach made a clear point. Photo Orion Sturch

The Stop Adani rally at Byron Bays Main Beach made a clear point. Photo Orion Sturch

The NSW National Partys support for the controversial Adani coal-mine in Queensland and rejection of renewable energy could cost it the seat of Lismore at the next state election, according to the NSW Greens.

NSW Greens resources spokesman Jeremy Buckingham has launched a stinging attack on the Nationals after NSW Roads Minister Melinda Pavey yesterday criticised the Lismore City Council for considering a ban on contractors that work on the Adani mine.

Ms Paveys Lismore visit followed a poll commissioned by the Nature Conservation Council that found if the Nationals wanted to retain Lismore at the next election they should put forward a candidate wholl put climate change high on the agenda and push the rapid shift to renewables.

The poll, published in the Sydney Morning Herald this week,  showed the Nationals primary vote at 32.8 per cent, Labor on 23.9 per cent and the Greens on 22 per cent. One Nation is on 6.8 per cent, others on 5.6 per cent and nine per cent are undecided.

The Nationals primary vote is significantly lower than the 42.4 per cent secured by current MP Thomas George at the 2015 election, in which he nudged out Greens hopeful Adam Guise with a margin of just 0.2 per cent.

On a two-party preferred basis, the poll has Labor leading the Nationals by 57 per cent to 43 per cent, based on preferences stated by the 753 residents surveyed earlier this month.

Mr Buckingham said the National Party was out of touch with the community of Lismore and the Northern Rivers, and wrong on the Adani coal mine issue

Lismore Council should be congratulated for considering a ban on contractors that work with the Adani company on their climate destroying coal mine, Mr Buckingham said.

The Adani mine is a national issue that represents a line in the sand on climate change.  It is entirely appropriate for a local council, representing a community that cares about the environment and wants to protect the climate, to take real and meaningful action.

Melinda Pav...


Its Time for Politicians to Implement Sensible Policies: An Interview with Nevena Spirovska "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The ACT government made a forward thinking move in September by approving the countrys first pill testing trial at a music festival. But a few weeks later, organisers of the Spilt Milk festival said they were unable to continue with the trial because those running the pill testing service hadnt provided the correct documentation. The

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Crossbow, cannabis and fireworks found in Whian Whian search "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A 28-year-old Whian Whian man will appear in the Lismore Local Court today after police found cannabis, a crossbow and fireworks during a search yesterday.

During the search of the Whian Whian address police allegedly located ten 30 gram bags of cannabis and a set of scales.

Police from the Richmond Target Action Group then found a hydroponic cannabis grow room and a locked and secret part of the house.

A crossbow and six bolts were also located.

In a downstairs area police found more cannabis growing, a bucket full of cannabis and fireworks, and another ten cannabis plants growing outside.

Police said they seized 67 cannabis plants and 3.5 kilos of cannabis.

The man was taken to the Lismore Police Station where he was refused bail after being charged with enhanced indoor cultivation of cannabis for commercial purposes, cultivating a prohibited plant, supply, possession and two counts of possessing a prohibited weapon.

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Why GumshoeNews Does Not Advocate Fair and Balanced Reporting "IndyWatch Feed National"

The media are waiting when the plainclothes Australian Federal Police arrive (photo AAP, Julian Smith)

by Dee McLachlan

Mainstream media personnel are no more than political lackeys and this includes, of course, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). In my young days in South Africa, during the apartheid regime (which ended in 1990), the press was censored and dictated to by government. How is that different from Oz today?

The Media Henchmen

We can refer to some journalists as media henchmen. Workplace Relations Minister, Senator Michaelia Cash, has admitted that her staff tipped off journalists ahead of raids by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) on the Australian Workers Union (AWU) headquarters in Sydney and Melbourne.

Huffpost writes,

The revelation has fueled Labor...


MORE QUESTIONS THAN ANSWERS: Was Sandy Hook Shooter Known to FBI Prior to School Massacre? "IndyWatch Feed National"

21st Century wire says

The FBI recently released new documents regarding the bizarre and still forensically critiqued Sandy Hook elementary school shooting tragedy.

SANDY HOOK Many questions still remain in this perplexing case.  (Photo Illustration 21WIREs Shawn Helton)

KEY POINT: Its important to remember that even though the events at Sandy Hook were said to have been carried out by that of a deranged lone gunman named Adam Lanza, initial reports on several CBS and ABC affiliates following the Sandy Hook mass shooting stated there was a second shooter who was apprehended at the scene.

We should also be reminded that mainstream media reportage of the Sandy Hook tragedy took audiences down several rabbit holes of their own making, eventually implicating an unlikely suspect (left photo) with Aspergers syndrome, in an apparently motiveless crime.

Not since the forensically questionable Columbine High School ...


Methodologist "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Communities have their say on flood response "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

Communities across the Northern Rivers have had their say on the management of the flood that devastated the region in March and most of it was not good.

A report released yesterday details the responses from residents who turned up to community forums organised by the NSW SES Richmond Tweed region.

The most significant and constant theme from all forums was the need for specific local knowledge to be integrated into an accurate picture, in combination with agency and BOM data and communicated back to community members, the report, which was prepared by independent facilitators, said.

Many people were critical that information shared on ABC radio and by the SES on television, radio and social media channels was often too general to be useful in terms of decision-making.

Other concerns included the impacts of the built environment, insurance coverage and definitions of flood, storm, and deluge, concerns regarding accuracy and timeliness of flood gauge readings, and maintenance of waterways, culverts etc to decrease risk.

In findings similar to those reached by the Lismore Citizens Review, a concern repeated across the region was that official information being used by the SES and the Bureau of Meteorology was sometimes less accurate than local assessments.

People complained of warnings being issued too late, not reaching some communities and not giving specific information about risks and evacuation centres.

There was also a concern that the wording of warnings was too extreme, forceful or causing panic.

Another concern expressed at every forum was the trauma caused by rubber-neckers as the flood receded.

Every community expressed concern that people coming to look at the damage rather than help, got in the way and further traumatised the community, the report said.

On a positive note, residents who turned out to forums showed a great deal of interest in creating community and neighbourhood groups to work with the SES to plan readiness, warning and response actions at a n...


"Dont Worry, Everybody Else is Crazy Too" "IndyWatch Feed National"

"Dont Worry, Everybody Else is Crazy Too" 
by David Cain

"Human beings make a big deal about being normal. Were probably the only species for which its normal to think youre not normal. Every society operates under thousands of unspoken rules, and when you break them people get nervous. There are acceptable and unacceptable ways to stand in line at the bank, order at restaurants, and answer the phone. There are appropriate and inappropriate birthday gifts, wedding toasts, and hugging styles.

Every type of social situation has its own subsection of laws and procedures. You can make everyone around you instantly uncomfortable just by facing the back wall while riding an elevator, or asking a fellow bus passenger if they want to hear a story.

Miraculously, most of us have learned most of these rules by the time we become adults, at least enough to fulfill our basic responsibilities without causing a scene. The moment kid...


First Jurassic ichthyosaur discovery in India "IndyWatch Feed National"

This video about ichthyosaurs is called Sea Reptile Birth Walking with Dinosaurs in HQ BBC.


First Jurassic ichthyosaur fossil found in India

The fish-like reptile was over five-meter long, likely ate ammonites and other crunchy prey

October 25, 2017

A new near-complete fossilized skeleton is thought to represent the first Jurassic ichthyosaur found in India, according to a study published October 25, 2017 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Guntupalli Prasad from the University of Delhi, India, and colleagues.

Ichthyosaurs, literally fish lizards in Greek, were large marine reptiles which lived alongside dinosaurs in the Mesozoic Era. While many ichthyosaur fossils have been found in North American and Europe, in the Southern Hemisphere, their fossil record has mostly been limited to South America and Australia.

Now, the authors of the present study report what they believe to be the first Jurassic ichthyosaur found in India, from the Kachchh area in Gujarat. The near-complete skeleton, nearly 5.5m long, is thought to belong to the Ophthalmosauridae family, which likely lived between around 165 and 90 million years ago. It was found among fossils of ammonites and squid-like belemnites, and its tooth wear patterns suggest it predated such hard, abrasive animals.

While the authors have not yet been able to pinpoint the ichthyosaurs species, they believe that a full identification could inform on possible ophthalmosaurid dispersal between India and South America. They hope that unearthing more Jurassic vertebrates in this region could provide further insights into the evolution of marine reptiles in this part of the globe.

Lead author Guntupalli Prasad notes: This is a remarkable discovery not only because it is the first Jurassic ichthyosaur record from India, but also it thr...


Morrisons Corporate tax cut drive is wrong "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Joe Montero

Treasurer Scott Morrison is calling for the company tax rate cut to be fast tracked, claiming that this is the only way to get the Australian economy moving.

Scott Morrison is dead wrong about this.

It is important to get past the hype that this tax will encourage investment and that Australia needs to follow company tax cuts in the United states and Great Britain to be competitive.

While it is true that the amount of investment in Australia is currently going down and that this is important, this should not blind one from realising that the forms that this investment takes is just as important, if not more so. Failure of the government to take this into accoun,t can only lead to improper policy.  And this is exactly what is happening.

The best explanation for the failure is that sectional interests of some of the biggest backers of the Coalition parties are writing the policy and the politicians are following the script.

Jim Miinifie, in his report for the Grattan Institute, Stagnation Nation: Australian investment in a low growth world (2017), suggests that a major factor is that investment in mining has fallen 15 percent since 2015 and 12 percent in the last year alone, and occurring within the context of a sluggish global economy and changing demand and price patterns. It makes intuitive sense and is also backed up with evidence.

Past over-investment in the industry is also a problem, because sooner or later, later a crunch was bound to come to pull down the excess.

Even more important. is that the structure of investment is changing, and this change is already pronounced. According to information from the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA), non-mining investment has risen 5 percent in the last year. This is not as much as it looks, because it has risen from a low base. Nevertheless, it is a rise.

Much of it has been taken by investment in telecommunications and most of what is left over is accounted for by the growth in in the selling of goods and services, continuing the shift away from traditional industries.

A marked characteristic of the services sector, in the periods following the introduction of computerisation, is that it is much less capital intensive than mining and manufacturing. What this means is that starting up, operating and expanding economic activity requires less investment in technology and processes and is much more labour intensive. A higher labour intensity  is a big reason why this is the major growth area for new jobs, whether full time or casualised and from where the biggest pressure for cutting the cost of labour is coming from....


Genius art guy "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

I should do a little gallery one day of all the art work I've had done for me by Will Heavey. I found him via 99 Designs and was so pleased with the early stuff he did for me that I just kept commissioning him. I should really get a few fallback designers for when he gets too busy and famous for me, but the whole process is so easy with Will that I can never quite bring myself to send the work anywhere else.

His latest cover is a great example.

A couple of years ago I wrote a novella for Steve Stirling's anthology The Change. Took Fifi, Jules and Pete, moved them out of the Disappearance storyline, and into Steve's Emberverse. It worked really well.

Decent fellow that he is, Lord Stirling had no probs with me eventually self publishing the story as a standalone. The question of cover art arose and I asked Will if he could give me something that spoke in the design language of Steve's series, while being something all of its own.

I think he did well.

Behold, Fifi, Pete and Jules in the cannibal realm of Sydney.

Most of you will have had the email about the book's release. But if you haven't, it's on sale for 99c for a couple of days.


Students To Protest Sydney Uni Funnelling Young Women Into Charlies Web "IndyWatch Feed National"

Sydney University students have launched a petition and have called a snap rally for 1pm today on the lawns outside the new law school to demand the University stop promoting jobs at prominent barrister Charles Waterstreets chambers in Sydney. It follows explosive revelations published by New Matilda on Tuesday, that Sydney University law student, Tina Huang had experienced serious sexual harassment by Waterstreet, who allegedly showed her images of nude women and a masturbation video during a job interview. Waterstreet denies the allegations. Anna Hush, Sydney Universitys 2016 Womens Officer explains why students are angry.

Charles Waterstreet is the flamboyant darling of the Sydney criminal law scene. Hes also an old boy of Sydney University, with a storied history from his time at college.

In the 1960s he attended St Johns College at Sydney University for one year, after which he was reportedly expelled and excommunicated by Cardinal Gilroy. Reflecting on his time at Johns in The Age, he wrote: When men are gathered together in living quarters as boys, when their hormones are raging against the night, fuelled by Fosters and unlimited liquor, in an atmosphere that winks at shows of bravado and rebellion, then the consequences are predictable. Someone is bound to go too far because the boundaries are so blurred.

Ah, those familiar blurred lines.

For what else is a boy to do, when his hormones are raging and the beer is freely flowing?

In his memoir, he writes jovially about spying on nurses at the adjacent hospital as they undressed after their shifts (calling it a vital part of a freshers duty). Waterstreet also fondly recalls having kissed the bottom of every girl at Womens [College, a female dormitory], running from room to room flinging the bedclothes off and lifting their nightdresses up and plastering a wet one.


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And what better way to show off your bravado and rebellion than by entering womens rooms during the night and removing their clothes without their consent?

Waterstreet refers to this incident as a mere stunt. For the college women, however, this would be a terrifying invasion of privacy. One also wonders how safe they would f...


Watch the New Matt Boylan-Smith Video We Can Be Together "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Image Courtesy of Matt Boylan-Smith Sydney-based singer-songwriter Matt Boylan-Smith launched his brand new single We Can Be Together earlier this month, and now it has a video to go along with it. The track was produced by Jeff Martin (The Tea Party) and is written about Boylan-Smiths experiences growing up in the Blue Mountains. Check []


Michael Martin guilty of murdering his father "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Michael Martin Jnr (pictured) has been found guilty of his father's murder. Photo Nine News

Michael Martin Jnr (pictured) has been found guilty of his fathers murder. Photo Nine News

Michael Phillip Martin has been found guilty of the attempted murder and subsequent brutal death of his father with a samurai sword at Murwillumbah in 2014 to cash in on more than $2.5 million in life insurance.

During an eight week trial before the Lismore Supreme Court the 12 person jury heard the then 25-year-old took out three life insurance policies in his fathers name in 2014, shortly after rekindling their relationship.

The jury heard how Martin jnr suffered an abusive and traumatic upbringing at the hands of his father Michael Anthony Martin.

A key piece of evidence in the crown case against the 28-year-old was a nine page confession letter Martin jnr had written to his wife Candace, which was found by police in his desk at Somerset Regional Council.

Crown prosecutor Brendan Campbell argued that Martin jnr was referring to killing his father to get the life insurance when he wrote of a bright idea in the letter.

Money got tighter and we had another bright idea to free our lives up more, Martin jnr wrote.

You and I would finally be able to have the things in life we ever wanted.

25 years of torture from these people led me to do the unthinkable.

I let myself lose control and it scared me.

Not at what I did but the mere fact that the animal side got the better of me.

Under cross examination by Mr Campbell, Martin jnr told the court the letter was how psychologists had advised him to express his thoughts on paper.

Another piece of evidence that tied Martin jnr to the crime was a Bunnings receipt for all the murder equipment, including disinfectant, gloves and cloth tape, purchased the day before the murder.

The jury found Martin jnr guilty of attempted murder and inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent, over the attack on Mr Martin snr and his friend Edmund Manning, at his Quarry Road unit on the night of April 6.

Mr Martin snr spent almost two months in hospital recovering from the April attack, only to pay the ultimate price.

Preparing to help his father move from the East Murwillumbah unit, Martin jnr told police he was woken at 3a...


India responds to calls to resist medicine monopolies in RCEP "IndyWatch Feed National"

October 26, 2017: MSF (Doctors without Borders) has called for India and other countries to block RCEP proposals from Japan and South Korea that would allow pharmaceutical companies to have stronger monopolies, prevent competition and keep medicine prices high. They added that it was time to end the push for ever-higher levels of monopoly control of medicines through free trade agreements . RCEP negotiators are meeting in Incheon, South Korea this week.

The Wire reports that a spokesperson for the Indian government has responded that this is a 'red line' for India and some other countries, and they would not agree to any proposals that would prevent competition and threaten Indias ability to continue to be a supplier of cheap generic medicines.

Other major disagreements are reported on tariff levels, investor rights to sue governments, electronic commerce, trade in services and government procurement.


Manus Island refugees fear for lives "IndyWatch Feed National"

A trip to the supermarket can be an exercise in dicing with death on Manus Island, according to a new report.

An Iranian asylum seeker claims to have been attacked by local men who left him unconscious after fracturing his skull with a metal rod as they robbed him of his mobile phone and money.

He was flown to Brisbane for treatment.

The incident is highlighted in a report by Human Rights Watch, which interviewed 40 refugees and asylum seekers who live at the Manus Island immigration detention centre or in the community.

The detention centre is slated for closure on Tuesday and more than 600 people are refusing to leave over safety fears.

The report claims young intoxicated local men have been robbing and attacking refugees and asylum seekers using sticks, machetes, rocks, knives and screwdrivers.

A Bangladeshi asylum seeker claimed a man put a knife to his throat when he went to the nearby Lorengau township to buy a chicken.

He required medical evacuation to Port Moresby.

A Rohingya refugee from Burma told the rights group he was too scared to leave the detention centre compound.

The locals have no understanding of people from other countries, he said.

We are walking around in nice clean clothes with mobile phones. The locals dont know what it means to be a refugee. They only know we are prisoners. They were told we are bad people.

The report says refugees have stopped informing police because incidents are not investigated or they are arrested for disturbing local people.

The Australian government insists arrangements are in place to accommodate all refugees and asylum seekers at nearby Lorengau after Tuesday.

Services including mental health services will continue to be provided at the alternative accommodation.
The immigration department has previously insisted any allegations of refugees and asylum seekers being victims of crime on Manus Island are a matter for the PNG police and government.

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Medicinal cannabis forum set for Brisbane "IndyWatch Feed National"

A workshop in Brisbane on Thursday will update people on medicinal cannabis. (file pic)

A workshop in Brisbane on Thursday will update people on medicinal cannabis.
(file pic)

A Queensland mother whose ill son became the first person in the state to be given the right to medicinal cannabis will address a forum on drugs policy.

Lanai Carters son Lindsay, 19, has a brain tumour and suffers from epilepsy.

He was recommended cannabis oil and dried flowers as part of his treatment by doctors in the US, but the family has not been able to obtain the same product in Australia.

Thats due to the complexities of importation laws, production licences and the availability of supplies and it has left Ms Carter worried about the treatment available for her son.

At Lady Cilento Childrens Hospital a trial using CBD cannabinoid products is underway, but research from Israel shows oils containing THC work better for people with epilepsy and brain tumours, Ms Carter said.

Theyre already starting to narrow what can be prescribed, she told AAP.

Its very frustrating.

Ms Carter said some states in the US had an effective, tailored approach to medicinal cannabis and fears Australian regulators will create a less effective pharmaceutical method with a limited range of products.

The compassionate access available to a very limited number of pediatric epilepsy patients, 30 in this state, which has cost taxpayers $6 million, is only supplying a single-molecule product, she said.

(It) has had limited success compared with full plant extracts, which include the full spectrum of cannabinoids.

Ms Carter and Dr Alex Wodak are due to speak on the issue at a forum in Brisbane on Thursday evening.

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Ministers standing by embattled Cash "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Turnbull government is resisting Labor calls for the resignation of cabinet minister Michaelia Cash after she admitted to misleading a Senate committee.

Instead the government is blaming a serious lapse of judgement by her senior media adviser for the minister wrongly telling the committee none of her staff informed journalists about federal police raids on the Sydney and Melbourne offices of the Australian Workers Union on Tuesday.

Labor says Senator Cashs later explanation, in which she continued to deny prior knowledge of the raids, defied belief.

The government on Thursday sent out senior ministers Christopher Pyne and Christian Porter to defend their cabinet colleague and dismiss calls for her resignation.

We are not going to be lectured by the Labor Party about the Westminster system of government, Mr Pyne told reporters in Canberra.

The reality is Michaelia Cash told the Senate the truth and as soon as she found out shed been misled, she corrected the record.

Mr Porter said Senator Cash did not knowingly mislead parliament.

Michaelia Cash says that she did not know about the actions of her staff, she is absolutely to be believed, he told ABC TV.

Labor is not convinced.

Michaelia Cash has to go and the prime minister is up to his neck in this, opposition frontbencher Tony Burke told Sky News on Thursday.

He said Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull either didnt ask or knew not to quiz Senator Cash and adviser David de Garis about the tip-off when he met with them on Wednesday.

Michaelia Cash misled the Senate five times on what she herself said was a very serious allegation that she was offended to hear, Mr Burke said.

Were meant to believe her office watched her do that and didnt tell her what happened.

Crossbench senator Nick Xenophon is prepared to take Senator Cash at her word.

In my dealings with Senator Cash shes always been pretty straight up and down with me, he told ABC radio, adding the Labor call for her resignation was not reasonable.

But he said an independent inquiry was needed to determine how information about the raids was leaked.

The Australian Federal Police raided the AWU offices after the Registered Organisations Commission gaineda warrant from a magistrate amid concerns documents could be destroyed.

Following a referral by Senator Cash, the commission has been investigating the legitimacy of the AWUs $100,000 donation to activist group GetUp! in 2005 when Labor leader Bill Shorten ran the union.

The post...


Das Freihandelsabkommen zwischen Kanada und den USA ... "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Das Freihandelsabkommen zwischen Kanada und den USA hat auch Schiedsgerichte, und das hat sich bisher richtig gelohnt fr die USA!

Mehr als 215 Millionen US-Dollar an Schadenersatz habe die Regierung bereits an klagende Unternehmen ausgezahlt, allein etwa 80 Millionen US-Dollar seien an Rechtskosten angefallen, berichtet CCPA. Acht Klagen habe der kanadische Staat verloren oder sie in einem Vergleich abgeschlossen, neun Verfahren wurden gewonnen.

Dagegen htten die USA bisher keinen einzigen von 20 gefhrten Fllen verloren, schreibt CCPA weiter. Kritiker monieren, das knne daran liegen, dass der Sitz des Schiedsgerichts in den USA liege. "Es ist zumindest aus statistischer Sicht uerst merkwrdig und wahrscheinlich, dass die Politik hier Einfluss nimmt. Fr die USA scheinen andere Regeln zu gelten", sagt Trew.

Ach nee! Na das ist ja mal ein bemerkenswerter Zufall!

Update: Der Kurier schrieb letztes Jahr sogar, dass die USA noch nie vor ihrem Schiedsgericht verloren haben.


Brits heading to US face questioning BEFORE flying out , Trump introduces tougher security measures tomorrow "IndyWatch Feed National"


How NOT to get into your brains work? yes or no?

n-400shotHas the applicant ever been involved in, supported or encouraged terrorist activities in any country?

Thoughts of the public re Uncle Sam

In order to become a U.S. citizen, one has to complete the Immigration and Naturalization Services Form N-400.

How long do you think it has been since someone answered yes to question 12(c) in part 10(b):

Between March 23, 1933, and May 8, 1945, did you work for or associate in any way (either directly or indirectly) with any German, Nazi, or S.S. military unit, paramilitary unit, self-defense unit, vigilante unit, citizen unit, police unit, government agency or office, extermination camp, concentration camp, prisoner of war camp, prison, labor camp, or transit camp?

This has gotta be the stupidest, most idiot question on earth

Did you work for Hitler youth in a flak battery or panzerfaust unit?

Do you indulge in Bratwurst or visit the Munich bierfest. if so be pr...


Surgeon Comforts Orphaned Wombat In The Middle Of The Night "IndyWatch Feed National"

A little wombat lost everything along a road in Australia after her mother was hit and killed by a car but now she's getting the love and comfort she needs. 

"That is a common reason for wombats and other species coming into care," Dr. Howard Ralph, a veterinary surgeon who founded Southern Cross Wildlife Care (SCWC), told The Dodo. "Rosie came to us because she had been hiding in her dead mothers pouch for several days and the carer rightly felt that Rosie was very unwell and was not interested in drinking a bottle."

Credit: Howard Ralph

It was the early hours of the morning when Dr. Ralph comforted Rosie, giving her treatment for severe dehydration and pneumonia. This is often the life of a wildlife veterinarian so devoted his patients.

"We often are involved in late night care of patients," Dr. Ralph said. "The need is enormous ... The days are usually consumed by the urgent matters that often continue into the night and early morning with intensive care." 

Credit: Howard Ralph

Credit: Howard Ralph

Dr. Ralph has been helping wildlife for many years even as a kid he was fascinated by wild animals. Later, he knew he wanted to become a veterinarian.

"During my time at university studying veterinary medicine, it became apparent to me that wildlife generally did not receive the degree of respect that was due and that existed for other species such as domestic patients," Dr. Ralph said. "During my childhood and later as a teacher in Papua New Guinea I had regular contact with wild creatures so that a certain rapport became established early. After graduation the contact with wild patients gradually increased until eventually I undertook post graduate study in wildlife medicine."

Now that he founded and runs SCWC, he gets to spend much of his time helping all kinds of animals who live...


Marc Faber, Freedom of Speech & Capitalism "IndyWatch Feed National"

Marc Faber, Freedom of Speech & Capitalism Author Jayant Bhandari  Acting Man Political Correctness Hampers Honest Debate What would the world be like today had Europeans never colonized Americas, Africa, the Middle East, Australia, New Zealand, and South Asia?  ...

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Bangalow the latest town to oppose paid parking "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Parking meters are soon to be installed in Byron Street, Bangalow. File photo

Parking meters are soon to be installed in Byron Street, Bangalow. File photo

With Bangalow paid parking to be rolled out at the beginning of 2018, the towns chamber of commerce says it vehemently opposes the plan as it will have a negative impact on local businesses.

President Joanna Millar has echoed the concerns of the Brunswick Heads chamber, claiming that in an effort to raise revenue, the council ignored its own traffic report recommendations that time restrictions be the first option, not paid parking.

Millar says the report by consultants MR Cagney acknowledged that there were no appreciable congestion issues in Bangalow and that people hadnt been denied access to the village by car.

Even the RMS, within its paid-parking guidelines, talks about paid parking as a final option. It says it is necessary to ensure that paid parking is not introduced solely as a revenue-raising device.

Ms Millar said while revenue for a cash-strapped council seems to be a major motivation for rushing in paid parking, the negative impact on businesses has not been considered.

Shoppers who dont have permits will be forced to front money, and the right change, for paid parking. We believe this will have a detrimental effect on trade and put even more pressure on businesses that are already under the strain of sky-high rents and a difficult retail period.

Adding a $4 fee to the cost of a cup of coffee or a haircut will make many think twice about patronising our businesses. Studies elsewhere show a 40 per cent downturn in trade when paid parking was introduced.

Millar added that there was little confidence that the council would honour its promise to divert money from paid parking into local projects such as pavement repair.

She also questioned why ratepayers should have to front even more money for a parking permit for basic infrastructure such as roads and footpaths. She added the chamber, local businesses and the Bangalow Community Action Alliance, which consists of 15 community groups, w...


Minutes of the Victorian Branch AWU Executive meeting that appointed Bruce Wilson - with Bill Ludwig's "help" "IndyWatch Feed National"

On 29 June, 1992 - just five days after the AWU Workplace Reform Association Inc was incorporated - Bruce Wilson was installed as acting state secretary of the Victorian Branch of the AWU. Just prior to that meeting a standard branch executive meeting took place. The minutes show that AWU...


It is not Illegal for NYPD Cops to have Sex with Handcuffed Women they Arrest. One Politician is Trying to Change that "IndyWatch Feed National"

A New York City politician is trying to make it illegal for cops to have sex with citizens they arrest, insisting that a citizen in custody is incapable of consenting.

Currently, it is only a violation of departmental policy, which means if a cop rapes a woman in handcuffs, then claims it was consensual, he may end up suspended with pay.

Or at worst, charged with a misdemeanor of official misconduct, which can mean anything and everything.

Councilman Mark Treyger (D-Brooklyn) is drafting the legislation after two NYPD cops were accused of raping a handcuffed 18-year-old woman last month, then claiming it was consensual.

New York City police officers Edward Martins and Richard Hall have been stripped of their badges and guns, but they are still getting paid for working desk duty.

While that might seem like a slap on the wrist, cops tend to view it as prison, according to a 2008 New York Times article.

Some monitor surveillance cameras in housing projects. Others escort prisoners to court or check in patrol cars. And some, true to the police lingo, really do sit behind a desk, shuffling papers and answering phones.


These jobs are known as desk duty, a generic phrase in the Police Department for a range of jobs to which hundreds of officers have been reassigned over the years.


Pulled off the streets, stripped of guns and badges, kept inside four walls and away as much as possible from the public, officers who are put on desk duty because their conduct is under investigation find themselves far from the enforcement activities they signed up to do.


We like to call it the cellblock because it is like you are in prison, said an officer who spent more than 18 months watching surveillance video while authorities investigated an accusation that he had struck a suspect.

Treyger, who represents the district where the woman said she was raped, was outraged to learn there is no law stating there is no consent between a police officer and a person they arrested considering the power dynamics of the interaction, writing the following on...


Why "Centrists" Will Sink the Democrats, If They Haven't Already "IndyWatch Feed National"

The bipartisan, centrist political consensus is breaking down. That's not an accident, and it's not an injustice. It's the result of repeated failures, both abroad and at home. The question is, what will replace it: something better, or something worse? If Democrats continue to follow the losing ways of the past, we probably won't like the answer.


Australia: Millionaire Muslima ripped off taxpayers for 18 years, finally kicked out of government-funded home "IndyWatch Feed National"

Rebecca Khodragha no doubt considered these welfare benefits to be her due, in lieu of the jizya that the Quran says that Muslims should collect from subjugated non-Muslim People of the Book. In Islamic law, it is the place of non-Muslims to turn over their funds to the Muslims. Fight those who believe not in []


Ten People Face Court Over Efforts to Stop Adanis Dangerous Coal Mine "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Bowen, 24th October: Ten people will face court in Bowen and Townsville today for participating in peaceful civil disobedience to stop mining giant Adani building their mega coal mine in Central Queensland.

Three people are facing charges of failure to move on after they peacefully occupied Adanis Townsville Headquarters, five people are facing trespass charges for blockading the road into Adanis Abbot Point coal port and two women are facing railway interference charges after they blocked the rail line into the port.

Speaking about why he occupied Adanis offices, grandfather and former business-man Garry Kelly said:

I must do whatever I can to ensure my children and grandchildren arent forced to endure a future that has been wrecked by the corporate greed of the fossil fuel industry.

Joel Rosenzveig who occupied Adanis headquarters said:

The approval of and taxpayer loan to the Adani mine speaks to a corrupt, impotent and irrelevant political class wholly compromised by the fossil fuel lobby. I stand by my actions in Townsville, but regret that they seem the only avenue left in helping to protect our national interest. I hope that history will reveal who are the real criminals in this struggle.

Emma Briggs, who blocked the rail line into Abbot Point, said:

Australia and the world cannot afford to allow Adanis coal mine to go ahead and it has been left to the ordinary citizens of this country to show our leaders the way forward to a sustainable existence on this planet.

John Ross, a nurseryman from Coramba, near Coffs Harbour, said:

India and the world do not need or want Adanis coal and the majority of Australians do not want this disastrous mine. I am...


The Universe Is Steadily Deteriorating And So Is The Human Race Why Is This Happening? (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Universe Is Steadily Deteriorating And So Is The Human Race Why Is This Happening? (VIDEO) | milky-way-universe-human-race | Multimedia Science & Technology Sleuth Journal Society Special Interests

Did you know that scientists have come to the conclusion that the universe is slowly dying?  In fact, they have found that the universe is only producing about half as much energy as it once did, and they have also found that the level of energy is continuing to fade.  Not only that, our sun also appears to be dying.  Solar activity has slowed down to a level not seen for about 100 years, and scientists are not quite sure what to make of it.  Pretty much all scientists agree that the sun will die one day, but could it be possible that it is happening faster than any of them ever imagined?  In addition, in this article I will include information about how the human race itself is deteriorating.  There is a common misconception that humanity has been constantly improving and getting better, but scientists have discovered that the exact opposite is actually true.  So why is this happening?  Why is everything steadily decaying and deteriorating?

These are questions that our scientists dont really have quality answers for.  But what they can see is that things are slowing down all around us.  Just this week, there were headlines in mainstream news sources all over the planet that were proclaiming that the universe is dying.  Here is one example



Mother seeks answers after discovering her newborn baby's coffin was empty 40 years after his death "IndyWatch Feed National"

A mum is demanding new DNA tests after she discovered her son's coffin was empty when it was exhumed decades after the tot died. Lydia Reid has been pushing for answers for more than 40 years and is now demanding that tissue taken from her son, Gary Paton, shortly after he died be analysed to confirm they really were his remains in the first place. Lydia Reid gave birth to her son in July 1975, with the tot dying seven days later. But the distressed mum said she believed she had been handed the wrong baby at Scotmid Co-operative Funeral. The mystery deepened when she successfully campaigned to have his body exhumed decades later - only to find in September this year that the coffin had been buried with no body. She said: "My son wasn't there. Someone stole the body of my son. I had buried my empty coffin."


Migrant drug activity turns part of Cologne into a 'no-go zone'; mayor says police have given up "IndyWatch Feed National"

German quality newspaper "Die Welt" published an article about a "no go-zone" in the centre of Cologne. Is it really that bad? When Cologne's mayor says "police have given up on the area", the answer is probably yes. We're talking about the "Ebertplatz" here, an inner city square at the heart of Cologne that connects several streets. According to German newspaper "Express" the place is a popular location for African migrants who live nearby to deal drugs. The police call it a hotbed of crime as several police interventions didn't change a thing. Some of Cologne's inhabitants even call it an "angstraum", a fearful place. A week ago a young African man was stabbed to death at the place by fellow Africans. Earlier a TV-production had to be cancelled because the crew was threatened by drug dealers. One of Sony's producers said that "young girls were especially scared and serious threats were disrupting the scenes".


If the occupation is permanent, is an ethical Jewish future possible? "IndyWatch Feed National"

The following lecture was given on October 24, 2017 at the Tantur Ecumenical Institute on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of Marc Elliss book Toward a Jewish Theology of Liberation. To read Elliss Exile and the Prophetic feature for Mondoweiss visit the archive page.

For the last week, I have been teaching and touring in the Old City of Jerusalem. Much has changed in the forty plus years since I first arrived in Jerusalem. It was 1973, six years after the 1967 Arab-Israeli war in October; the 1973 war began while I was here. In the ensuing years, I traveled here many times and written many words that emerged from experiences in Israel-Palestine. During this time I have pursued a vision that came to me early on that the future of the Jewish people is bound up with the fate of Palestine and Palestinians.  On this, the 30th anniversary of my book, Toward a Jewish Theology of Liberation, I offer the following fifteen short meditations on where we have arrived and where we are heading, Jews and Palestinians together.

1. Thirty years ago, in Jerusalem, at the Shalom Hartman Institute and the Tantur Ecumenical Institute, and in my book Toward a Jewish Theology of Liberation, I raised an unprecedented challenge to Jewish theologians, Jews interested in spirituality broadly speaking and Jewish seekers of justice from any perspective, whether articulated or not: What does it mean, after the Holocaust, for empowered Jews in America, for empowered Jews in the state of Israel, for empowered Jews in the United Kingdom, in Argentina and wherever Jews live, to come into solidarity with the Palestinian people in their struggle to be free in their own homeland? It has been many years, truly a lifetime it seems, and the answer did not arrive.Now I ask a second, related challenge, thirty years later, again in Jerusalem, at Tantur and now at the Jerusalem School of Theology where I am teaching these weeks, to Jewish theologians, Jews interested in spirituality broadly speaking and to Jewish seekers of justice from any perspective, articulated or not: What does it mean after the Holocaust and after Israel, meaning by that after what Israel has done and is doing to the Palestinian people, for empowered Jews in America, for empowered Jews in the state of Israel and wherever empowered Jews live around the world, to understand that the occupation of Palestinians and Palestine is permanent and that, therefore the possibility of an ethical Jewish future is foreclosed?

2. I will return to the challenge of solidarity and a permanent occupation in a moment.  First, though, a rehearsal of what has occurred between the time I spoke in Jerusalem thirty years ago and this evening, again in Jerusalem, as I speak. There are many, many details and more than a few seminal events to....


America Dashes for Its China Dead EndWill the World Follow? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Hot takes on the 19th Congress of the Chinese Communist Party.  Takes so hot theyre probably melting throughto Chinaas we speak.  Also the maybe most important and consequential story of not just of the week but of the year: the United States officially climbs into bed with India as a key strategic partner.  And China is listening anxiously for the creaking bedsprings, not just in Beijing but also down in Pakistan on the China Pakistan Economic Corridor.  And China is now officially an enemy of the liberal international order.  Is that good?  Is that smart?  Well

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MACKAY Multiple charges, Mackay "IndyWatch Feed National"

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MACKAY Man to face court on charge linked to serious assault "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Man to face court on charge linked to serious assault

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A man is expected to face Mackay Magistrates Court this afternoon on a charge linked to an alleged assault at a South Mackay unit complex.

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MACKAY Mackay top cops make an unexpected arrest "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Mackay top cops make an unexpected arrest

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A 24-year-old Mackay man was then arrested by City Insp Haughton and was due to appear in Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday. It would be

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MACKAY Update: Assault, South Mackay "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Update: Assault, South Mackay

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A 22-year-old South Mackay man has been charged with grievous bodily harm and is due to appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court this afternoon.

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Woman killed by her own pit bull terrier in Canberra, Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

The dog that horrifically mauled its owner to death in Canberra early on Wednesday morning was known to the authorities and had attacked before, it has been revealed. Tania Klemke was reportedly killed by her dog, while trying to save a male visitor the animal was attacking, around 4am in the suburb of Watson in the city's north. Police were forced to shoot and kill the dog after it attacked them when they were working to save the life of the woman aged in her 40s. A man who was visiting the house is being treated in hospital for bite wounds sustained in the rampage. ACT City Services Minister, Meeghan Fitzharris, told the ABC the dog was known to the Territory Government. "On one previous occasion (Domestic Animal Services) did attend that household at the request of ACT police," Ms Fitzharris said. The previous attack reportedly happened in August.


Australia: Muslim accused of using disability pension to fund the Islamic State "IndyWatch Feed National"

Mr Beveredige revealed the suspect receives a disability pension, which could possibly have been used to fund his donations. Non-Muslims paying for the upkeep of Muslims is a Quranic dictate: Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor []


A clear example of political prostitution - with Malcolm Turnbull acting as 'the john' and One Nation playing 'the tom' "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

 The Courier Mail, 19 October 2017:

BARNABY Joyce has warned Malcolm Turnbull to stop gifting Pauline Hanson cash to make Government announcements.

The warning came during a face-to-face meeting sparked by ropeable Queensland Coalition backbenchers.

The frank discussion, held on Monday at 8am in the Prime Ministers office during a scheduled meeting, was in part dominated by the decision to give the One Nation leader $15 million for projects Coalition MPs wanted to announce themselves.

Mr Joyce, who has a good relationship with the PM, laid bare his fury after he was bombarded with complaints from the Queensland backbench.

It is also understood Mr Turnbulls office received complaints but the PM did not know intimate details of the deals with Senator Hanson.


Wednesday, 25 October


How My Four-Year-Old Helped Me Appreciate Good Music "IndyWatch Feed National"

Those who parent or spend much time around little children know that they are capable of teaching their elders valuable lessons. Its now clich. The Internet is full of reflections on how kids can teach us to be fearless, to be lighthearted, and to live in the moment, among many other exhortations stemming from the innocent, active characters and imaginations of youth.

This is all well and good, though usually a bit fluffy. A question my four-year-old often asks me suggests the lessons of youth can be far more intellectually stimulating and penetrating.

What is this song about, daddy? My daughter routinely asks me this when we listen to music driving in the car, while cooking dinner, or while relaxing on Sunday afternoons. If it is pop music, or any music with words that tell a story, the answer is pretty easy. Its about love. Its about a break-up. Its about something silly. Those three answers probably encapsulate the entirety of Taylor Swifts musical repertoire.

Yet when were listening to classical music, or other instrumental music like jazz or blues, the answer is a bit more complicated. What are J.S. Bachs violin concertos about? Or Ludwig von Beethovens Ninth Symphony? Or Frederic Chopins Polonaise N6 lheroique? Sometimes there is an answer. Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovskys Nutcracker Ballet tells a story, as does other instrumental music. In most cases, however, there is no simple answer as to what the composer or even the musician(s) playing the music is thinking or seeking to communicate.

Breadth Versus Narrowness In Music

What is music about? The very nature of the vast majority of popular music, with its lyrics, stories, and brevity, reduces songs to a fairly limited horizon. A pop musicians songs are fundamentally about him: his love life, his break-ups, his efforts to redefine himself. We can often relate to these things. Who hasnt been in love, had a bad break-up, and subsequently sought to revise ones image? But thats about the extent of it. One may connect such music to a particular location or moment in ones life, but it is still that place or time I connected with that pop song about _____.

Composers like Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Joseph Haydn, and Johannes Brahms created music that speaks much deeper to our souls, capable of elevating them to a million different vistas. This has been borne out by the research: studies have suggested that classical music expands the brain...


Botanical garden autumn leaves, flowers "IndyWatch Feed National"

Oriental sweetgum, 22 October 2017

On 22 October 2017, to the botanical garden. Close to the entrance were these autumn leaves of an oriental sweetgum tree.

A ring-necked parakeet in a tree. Jays.

In the tropical hothouse, both adult and young giant prickly stick insects from Australia were still present. They lay many eggs here.



Russian Resurrection Film Festival Coming To Sydney "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The program for Russian Resurrection Film Festival 2017 is shaping up to be bigger and better than ever with a fantastic line up of new films confirmed for this year. The largest and most respected festival of Russian film outside of Russia will be screening  across Australia and New Zealand throughout October and November.
We have carefully selected films which represent the range and breadth of quality Russian films, so whether youre looking to immerse yourself in Russian culture, undertake a historical journey, succumb to an entertaining romance or something to take the kids to, this years program will satisfy all tastes! Festival Director, Nicholas Maksymow.
New adventure film Spacewalkers (2017) is confirmed for the festival this year. Starring renowned Russian actors Mironov, Khabenskiy and Ilyin Spacewalkers is based on a true story. The film is set during the heat of the Space Race where USSR and the USA competed for supremacy in space. Both superpowers aim to be the first to have a man walk in outer space and its up to the unlikely duo of a seasoned war veteran and a hot-headed test-pilot to fulfil the mission.
Directed by Boris Khlebnikov Arrhythmia (2017) took home the major prize for Best Film at Russias Kinotavr in June this year. The arthouse drama went on to make its international debut at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, where its male lead Alexander Yatsenko won the best actor prize. The film follows the lives of Oleg, a gifted and opinionated paramedic and his wife Katya who works at the hospital emergency department. Caught between emergency calls, alcohol-fuelled sessions and the search for a meaning in life, Oleg and Katya need to find the binding force that keeps them together.
The Kitchen: World Chef Battle (2017) is the highly anticipated witty follow-up to the hit Kitchen in Paris. Before meeting Anna, a beautiful French woman, all Ivan was interested in was digital codes and hacker programs. Anna and Ivan both fly to Sochi to compete in the World Championship for Chefs: Anna will represent France and Ivan will cook for Russia. Ivan must earn the trust of his culinary super-team and sort out his relationship with his father, well-known chef Victor Barinov. If only Ivan would stick to the recipes he may avoid trouble, chaos and prison, all whilst helping television personality and host for the World Championship for Chefs, Dmitri Nagiev, escape a forced marriage.


Holypeak Pty Ltd Challenger 604 Bizjet N360SL at CQ Airports - Plus More! "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Over the course of this week, Holypeak Pty Ltd Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet N360SL has looked to complete a 'tour' of Queensland and was noted visiting several Central Queensland Airports.

On Tuesday 24 October, N360SL was noted arriving into Mackay Airport from Townsville.  After spending the night, N360SL was then noted visiting Rockhampton, Gladstone, Bundaberg and Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airports during a busy day of flying on Wednesday 25 October.  And at the time of writing, it appears to be flying towards Sydney from Hervey Bay.

Of interest, N360SL was spotted at Darwin Airport (pictured above) on Monday 23 October.

As well as the Challenger, there has been a few other local corporate bizjets that have been noted visiting Central Queensland Airports over the last couple of days.

Also on Wednesday 25 October, the Queensland Government (State of Queensland) Raytheon Hawker 850XP bizjet VH-SGY was noted making an early morning visit to Bundaberg Airport from Brisbane.  And while not quite a bizjet, Bontrail (Strahman Farms) Cessna 208 Caravan VH-SJJ was also noted departing Bundy also on Wednesday 25 October heading to Archerfield and Toowoomba.  It had arrived into Bundaberg Airport from these places the previous day.

Noted completing airwork at Gladstone Airport also on Wednesday 25 October was the Queensland Police Service (Airwing) Cessna 560 Citation Ultra bizjet VH-PSU which also flew up from Brisbane but via the Sunshine Coast.

On Monday 23 October, the Mackay Airport-based Embraer EMB-550 Legacy 500 bizjet N142GZ was noted returning home to Mackay after flying South back on Thursday 19 October - see Blog post below.

Up the road at Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) Airport, on Monday 23 October, Jetstream Aviation (Emprja P/L) Cessna 550 Citation II bizjet VH-VDF was noted departing to the Sunshine Coast after earlier arriving from Coen.  It originally arrived into Prosie back on Friday 20 October from the Sunny Coast and had departed to Coen on Saturday 21 October.

And also over the course of the weekend, LifeFlight (Aeromed) LearJet 45 bizjet VH-VVI "Ambulance 451" was noted visiting parts of CQ.  Late on Friday 20 October, it v...


Are you an atheist who used to believe in God? Take this survey! (Out of character) "IndyWatch Feed National"

If you used to believe in God, and have about 30 minutes to spare, you might want to take this survey by the Atheist Research Collaborative:

The study is open to those who are at least 18 years of age, and those who once believed in god(s) but do not now; this means you are not eligible to participate if you have always been an atheist/nonbeliever. The survey is a maximum of 76 questions, and a minimum of 64 questions.  On average, the survey should take 20 to 30 minutes to complete, although individuals may find that it takes them more or less time than this, depending on their answers. The survey can be found here.

Joseph Langston ARC Affiliate/Web Admin

its not hard, but remember to keep an eye out for the trick questions.


antifa notes (october 25, 2017) : #lulz w Shayne Hunter + "IndyWatch Feed National"

Briefly: 1) In a BiZaRR0 interview with news dot com dot au, local comic Shayne Hunter has announced his retirement as CEO of ANTIFA (I established a terror movement in Australia, and I quit, Shayne Hunter, as told to Corrine Continue reading


CECs Explanation on Not Giving Up Gujarat Govt Accommodation Doesnt Match the Paper Trail "IndyWatch Feed National"

A.K. Joti has said that he vacated the Ahmedabad house in October 2016, but his clarifications still leave many questions unanswered about his own actions and those of the Gujarat government.

Chief election commissioner A.K. Joti. Credit: PTI

Chief election commissioner A.K. Joti. Credit: PTI

New Delhi: The explanation that chief election commissioner A.K. Joti has provided to the Times of India in response to The Wires story on the retention of Gujarat government accommodation by him in Ahmedabad even after he had moved to the Election Commission in Delhi does not square with the official paper trail.

The Wire story noted the possible conflict of interest involved in an individual holding a critical constitutional position being obliged to a state government or political party for his personal accommodation.

I was allocated a house in Delhi only after one year of being appointed in the EC. I requested the Gujarat government to allow me to keep possession of the house in the Dafnala area of Ahmedabad as I could not have lived with my wife for a year in Delhis Gujarat Bhavan. I have paid the rent as per Gujarat government norms, he...


This Former Tesla Recruiters Most Revealing Interview Question "IndyWatch Feed National"

One candidates answer involved a motorcycle hed converted to be 100% electric. Anothers involved a plastic pen cap. Guess who did better.

In my five years as a recruiter at Tesla Motors, I interviewed over a thousand job candidates, many of them for competitive technical roles. But no matter what the position, there was always one simple question that would trip them up more than any other:

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Lebanon Faces France in Rugby League World Cup Debut "IndyWatch Feed National"

The 2017 Rugby League World Cup kicks off on October 27 and Lebanon will kick off his campaign against France at Canberra Stadium. The final game in the group stage will be against Australia, which marks the first time since the Cronulla riots that Lebanon and Australia have played one another in a major competitive match in Sydney.

Knowing that most of the players on the team are Australian-Lebanese, this is a historic opportunity to represent Lebanon and play together one last time, especially Robby Farah and Chris Saab. Heres an article by [TheGuardian] on the Lebanese team and the important of this World Cup to all the players.

Our current sporting systems are all politically based, he said. In soccer, all the teams are linked to political groups and sects, whereas Lebanese rugby league isnt. We are 100% sport we dont care what politics or religion you come from. Our president is a Muslim, our general secretary is an Armenian. All our players are mixed. Our motto is basically the best players should represent our country, regardless of what their background is. We want the strongest possible team out there to play for us.

I have no idea if BeIN or one of our local channels will be covering the games but heres the schedule for those interested.


Blockchain Explained: Bitcoin, Smart Contracts, Smarter Contracts "IndyWatch Feed National"

blockchain explained

If you have heard about Bitcoin, youll most likely have heard about Blockchain technology. In fact, every investor or trader worthy of the name would have heard about Bitcoin and its underlying Blockchain technology. You cant claim to be an investor/trader and be oblivious to the fact that Bitcoin has delivered more than 500% gain in the year-to-date period. However, the fact that people have heard about Bitcoin doesnt necessarily mean they understand how the underlying Blockchain technology works.

In fact, someone could have profited from the 500% gains in Bitcoin just because they were comfortable with taking speculative risk without necessarily being an adopter of Bitcoin and Blockchain technology. This piece provides straightforward explainer on how Blockchain works. Ill also provide insights on the simplified everyday uses of Blockchain technology.

Blockchain explained

Query What is Blockchain? on Google and youll get at least 31.8 million hits explaining Blockchain technology. The problem however is that the answer to your query is buried in a maze of technical jargon that doesnt mean much to a guy that wants to beat the returns from the S&P 500 on Wall Street. Youll begin to see words like decentralized, distributed, retroactive, alteration and collusion of the network among others.

In simple terms, Blockchain is technology that you can use to maintain agreements automatically and without the efforts of a central authority. Now, lets assume that Peter, James, and John pledge $250, $150, and $100 respectively in a common purse for TGIF hangouts. They can have a ledger in which the amount deposited by each individual is recorded, Peter can be in charge of keeping the accounts.

If on Friday the three friends spend $253 on beer, Peter will need to note all the beer...


10 chores for school kids "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Heres a little something Ive gleaned over the past few years; toddlers and pre-schoolers love to help with chores around the home. School-aged kids? Not so much.

And yet generally its the school kids who have the skill and independence to do chores without a parent looking over their shoulder. Ironic that its when they have the ability to complete a task they no longer have the interest to start it in the first place.

Teaching my kids to do chores and encouraging them to complete them has never been my strong point as a parent.  But now that theres two kids very capable of contributing to the running of the house, Ive stepped up my parenting game.

For the past few months Ive spent a lot of time sitting on the lounge while I breastfeed. And its given me the perfect opportunity to encourage, direct and monitor the completion of chores, so much so that weve established some really strong expectations for the big kids.

Of course, when we suggest that perhaps its time to set to work, were often met with indignation. Its in these moments that we reinforce the fact that we all need to be responsible for the running of the house; theres six of us now, its essential that we all chip in.

Personally, I find it incredibly easy to forget what Ive asked of them and move onto something else. Ive learnt the hard way that the key to chores being completed is consistent checking-in and following-up.

So what do we expect from our big two? Heres 10 chores that can easily be completed by school-age children (even if they do need to be reminded and encouraged). Most of these are also great options to use with toddlers and pre-schoolers who are learning as they go:

  • recycling : make sure all lids are off bottles (and put into the regular rubbish) and carry the load to the recycling bin outside.
  • bin night : garbage/recycling/garden waste are wheeled out and brought back in the next morning.
  • washing : taken off the line and sorted into piles.
  • water plants : any water left in cups or water bottles goes straight into the plant pots.
  • set + clear the table : this is a great way to focus their attention during witching hour.
  • dishes : they usually dry and put away after Ive washed (we havent had a dishwasher for three yearson some days it does my head in). This doesnt work on weeknights but its a great one for weekends.
  • school lunch : its their responsibility to take their lunchboxes out of their bag and put them on the kitchen bench ready to be washed and packed for the following day.
  • beds : theyre encouraged to make them every morning although this doesnt always eventuate (working on it).
  • ...


Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed National"

A Europe We Can Believe In? Unbelievable
By Sun Keqin
Global Times
2017/10/24 21:47:03

The Paris Statement recently attracted attention inside and outside Europe. Written by 10 European conservative scholars and intellectuals, "A Europe We Can Believe In" demonstrated that some conservative members of the European elite and their Euroskeptic partners revel in populism. Beset by crises, Europe faces challenges of belief and theory. Debate over European integration has entered a crucial stage.

Though contradictory, opinions in the statement come from a clear basic standpoint. They negate two things: first, the achievement of European integration. They argue that "a false Europe threatens us," "it will confiscate our home." "The false Europe praises itself as the forerunner of a universal community that is neither universal nor a community," the statement reads.

Second, multiculturalism. "Multiculturalism is unworkable. They ignore, even repudiate the Christian roots of Europe. At the same time they take great care not to offend Muslims, who they imagine will cheerfully adopt their secular, multicultural outlook," these scholars state.

Next they put forward their own propositions for Europe: the hope of returning to the nation state, emphasizing a Christian spirit, opposing Muslim immigrants and showing sympathy for populism.

Europe's dilemma revealed in the Paris Statement has foundations. Globalization, the continuous extension of the EU, multicultural policies and the neoliberal governance pattern have challenged Europe. Western diplomacy aggravated these challenges. Populist Euroskepticism has gorged on the 2009 European debt crisis, the Ukraine crisis, the refugee crisis, terrorism, fragmentation of society, Brexit and the internal contradictions of EU members. Disagreement and arguments raged among European elites. In this context, the statement hardly surprises anyone at all.

It is easy to complain and rake up faults. To get out of a predicament and predict the way forward takes courage, tolerance and boldness of vision. The 10 intellectuals hoped to find answers in the old world, the nation state and the Christian order. This is their fatal flaw.

Europe can never go back, nor is it necessary.



Jen Shyu Song of Silver Geese "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Jen Shyu is a new kind of improviser-composer-ethnomusicologist hybrid: ground-breaking multilingual vocalist, composer, producer, multi-instrumentalist, dancer, 2016 Doris Duke Artist, and 2017 Downbeat Critics Poll Rising Star Female Vocalist. Jen will be performing at the Sydney International Womens Jazz Festival on Thursday, November 9, from 8 P.M. at the Seymour Centre.
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Born in Illinois, USA to Taiwanese and East Timorese parents, Jen has performed her own uncategorisable art music on prestigious world stages such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Blue Note, National Theathre of Korea and festivals worldwide.

She has performed with 2014 MacArthur Fellow saxophonist Steve Coleman since 2003 and collaborated with Anthony Braxton, Wadada Leo Smith, Vijay Iyer and Bobby Previte. A Stanford University graduate in opera with classical violin and ballet training, Jen has studied traditional music and dance in Cuba, Taiwan, Brazil, China, South Korea, East Timor and Indonesia. Currently based in New York City, Jen has produced six albums as a leader and will release her seventh, Song of Silver Geese, this November.

WHO: Jen Shyu 
WHAT: Sydney International Womens Jazz Festival
WHEN: 8pm November 9th 
WHERE: Seymour Centre


Emma Pask at Town Hall "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The talented Australian Jazz vocalist, Emma Pask  will be performing at Town Hall on the Friday 17th November. She is well known for her work with Big Bands and her continuing collaboration with the multi instrumentalist James Morrison.

Award winning vocalist Emma Pask has firmly established herself as one of Australias favourite voices in Jazz. Recently nominated for an ARIA award for Best Jazz Album of the year Emma has toured to sell out shows nationally and internationally throughout 2016.

She learned to love jazz through her parents who played Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and Carmen McRae, among others and her performances are reminiscent of the classic era of jazz, when swing was top of the charts. Her phrasing is supple and sophisticated, her dynamic variation astute and her diction exceptional.


Emma will delight with her storytelling, swinging jazz standards, upbeat Latin rhythms and original material all wrapped up with some raucous grooving blues. Dont miss this amazing talent!

Who: Emma Pask

When: 7pm, Friday 17 NOVEMBER 2017

Where: Randwick Town Hall, 90 Avoca Street, Randwick

To Find Out More & To Book Online Click Here

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Hillarys What Happened She Lost & It Was Her Fault! "IndyWatch Feed National"

Hillary is running around pitching her book What Happened. Of course, we all know the answer she lost. The problem is that she takes no blame for that and like a fool who buys the market at the top, they come up with conspiracy theories to blame everyone else for their failed investment.

The four people she is blaming all have to do with the leaked emails, none of which has she EVER claimed they were fake or altered. So her whole argument is that someone leaked the truth. Her own staff said she set up a private server so she could be free from a FOIA request. If she did not do that, Comey would not have had to investigate.

The last on the list is Richard Murdock. One member of the press who was against her when she had everyone else in her pocket from the New York Times to CNN, seems a bit absurd. The press was biased in her favor not Trumpss.



Saudi Arabia in Search of Cash "IndyWatch Feed National"

QUESTION: I read your blog about the Saudis potentially selling a large private equity position from China in Aramco rather than accessing the public markets. You have pointed out the need for the Saudis to modernize their economy to be less dependent on oil income and to monetize that resource for capital improvements/diversification, but how do they do that without giving away to much control over their oil resources to China?  Wouldnt a single significant stake by a private investor (country in this case) give up to much control over their single greatest resource (at least for the immediate future)?  Im thinking of the disaster that is Venezuela as an example of the poor employment of foreign investment.


ANSWER: I fully understand your point. However, the Saudis need money. They spent too much money expecting oil to be $200 forever. They are now starting to issue bonds. Saudi Arabia has peaked economically and looks at UAE and sees the diversification. Here is a picture I took on the beach in Abu Dhabi. They are tolerant of Western Culture. You cannot create a world economy without separation of church and state.

Saudi Arabia is introducing a free zone like UAE. They are introducing an Industrial section by the Red Sea. So they are trying to move forward away from just oil.

Venezuela has always been a ruthless dictatorship. The wealth from oil never made it to the people.


Northwest Weather Believe It o Not! "IndyWatch Feed National"

There has been a lot of precipitation during the past two weeks and the impacts may surprise you.

Question 1:  The cumulative precipitation at Seattle Tacoma Airport over the past six months has been:

1.  Way below normal
2.  Normal
3. Way above normal

The answer, shown by the plot of cumulative precipitation, is ALMOST EXACTLY NORMAL.  Our spring was wetter than normal, then almost no precipitation in July and August, followed by roughly five inches since mid-October.

Question 2:  The cumulative precipitation at Yakima, WA for the past six months was:

1.  Way below normal
2.  Normal
3. Way above normal

Question 3:  The precipitation for the past year at Seattle-Tacoma Airport was

1.  Way below normal
2.  Normal
3. Way above normal
4.  Slightly above normal
5.  Moderately below normal

The answer:  slightly above normal.
The lesson in all this is that one can get drier and wetter than normal periods, but often it all comes out in the wash if one considers a long enough period.

Now you want want to see something that is really amazing?  Here is the upper level (500 hPa) map forecast for Thursday at 11 PM.  A HUGE ridge of high height (or pressure).  Expect temperatures i...


Bodies in Trouble: on sexual violence and the problem with hashtags "IndyWatch Feed National"

Earlier this year I was part of a process that detailed three incidents of sexual harassment perpetrated by a fellow poet. The incidents involved three women writers who all experienced similar harassment on the same night by the same man at a literary event. Had these incidents occurred in isolation and the four of us not spoken and mobilised, these incidents would not have been reported.


So-called Australia: First Edition of Anti-Prison Zine Paper Chained Now Available Online "IndyWatch Feed National"


Note from Insurrection News: The first edition of Paper Chained is now available online to read or download, paper copies are also available upon request. Paper Chained is a journal of writings and artistic expressions from individuals who are facing or have faced incarceration.Paper Chained is compiled by the Running Wild anarchist collective from So-called Australia. Check it out!

25.10.17:  Its finally here! Click HERE to read the first Issue of Paper Chained online, or read below for other access options.


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Apparently you're a nutter if you think you're being watched by government "IndyWatch Feed National"

So it looks like the corporate media are on a government propaganda binge where anything outside of sanitised information  is a 'conspiracy theory' or even a character assassination on you where you're a tin foil hat wearer or nut case.

On the topic of surveillance, according to the mainstream media mutts, you've got some sort of newly classified (keeping psychiatrists in the job) e-Personality disorder.

So, according to there were approximately  4 - 6 million CCTV cameras in 2015, in the United Kingdom alone.

The Australian government has been keeping all your (meta)data for a period of time, where it has been doing this since day dot, but only now it's been enshrined in statute law.

The Snowden leaks have exposed government policy of global mass surveillance, literally unfathomable to the layperson.

Every person's smartphone has data harvested  from it, unbeknown to the user.

Smart meters installed forcibly in people's homes monitor their movements

Smart air conditioners are now supported by government so that the electricity companies can switch off your appliance whenever it suits them under whatever pretext, e.g. not enough electricity supply.

It has been confirmed that Samsung's Smart TVs 'listen in' to you in the privacy of your own home.

So when one talks about "they're watching us" is that really paranoia or just being a realist?


Gardner fires in Ashes opener to help Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

ITS been a big month for Indigenous cricketer Ashleigh Gardner, with the allrounder starring for Australia in the opening Womens Ashes match against England and being named One to Watch award in the Health Women in Sport Awards. A thrilling cameo from Gardner carried Australia to an exciting win over England in the first one-day Ashes match at Allan Border Field, Brisbane. Gardner struck two thrilling sixes in her 18-ball innings of 27. Australia won with five balls to spare.


SHOCKING! Australias Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce alleged to have stalked & molested teen girl and young woman "IndyWatch Feed National"

EXCLUSIVE: Fresh from revelations that Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce has been hypocritically conducting a sexual affair with a junior employee for close to a year despite being married and claiming to uphold 'traditional family values', True Crime News Weekly can now reveal that Mr Joyce is at the centre of serious sexual harassment and molestation claims dating back to 2012 and involving multiple women, including a 17-year-old teenage girl.


Teen Reports Chilis Manager For Sexual Harassment And Receives Horrible Response "IndyWatch Feed National"

Emily Houser was 16 when she started working at the Chilis restaurant in Whitehall, Pennsylvania. Her manager, Josh Davidson, 24 at the time, immediately took interest in her. During the years that followed, Davidson relentlessly pursued Houser, refusing to take no for an answer.

Over a two-year period, it just kind of escalated into him providing me with gifts of significance and money and flowers and cards and things that I wasnt really accepting of, things that made me extremely uncomfortable because I was not sure what he expected of me from these gifts, Houser told Buzzfeed News.

His abuse hit a peak on her 18th birthday, when he showed up at her school and asked her to officially be his girlfriend, in front of a group of students.  I said no, and he replied in a very pompous way, saying he didnt care if he got fired if we were together, and he didnt care if he lost his job because he just wanted to be with me.

In the months that followed, Davidson reportedly switched his focus to another new young Chilis employee. It was at this point that Houser decided to put in her two weeks notice and report Davidson officially, to prevent another teen girl from suffering his abuse. Considering her report, Chilis upper management decided to transfer Davidson to a restaurant in another city.



Premiere: Georgia June drop Broke, a powerful ode to finances "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Georgia June have been enjoying plenty of success lately in the wake of their debut single Cool. Now, the Sydney-based quintet can prepare for even more critical acclaim as they release their punchy new single, Broke.

Having spent lived in New York City for a period of time last year, frontwoman Georgia spent this time crafting an array of tracks under the mentorship of Billboard Magazine, allowing her to fully embrace the professional songwriting experience. After having returned to Sydney and forming a band, Georgia June began to kick off their career in a big way.

The bands second single, Broke, is a witty, resonant tale about the struggles of being money-poor in todays society. Delivered in a punked-up manner, resembling the likes of Joan Jett and Blondie, with an affable style of storytelling, reminiscent of bands such as the Talking Heads, Broke is easily one of the most relatable tracks youll hear all year.

I feel as though the song really speaks for itself in this one, Georgia says of the tune. It was written when I literally had no money, wandering aimlessly around New York, and I just wrote it as a joke on how broke I was.

It was comical, I remember going in stores and trying things on and not being able to afford it, but still wanting it and telling my rents I was fine because I was in denial. Its a song which I feel a lot of people can relate to at some point and just laugh about it.

With Broke set for release on Friday, October 27th, the group are also heading out to play some shows in support of the new tune as well. With a performance at the Oxford Art Gallery for the Rare Finds single launch this Friday night, and a spot during the Australian Music Week celebrations, Georgia June are set to officially launch Broke at Marrickvilles Red Rattler on Friday, November 10th.

With the group showing off a brand new style of storytelling and a raucous style of performing, these will definitely be some shows you wont want to miss.

Check out Georgia Junes Broke, below.

Georgia June Aussie Tour

Friday, October 27th


I Was Workplace Bullied at an Australian Radio Station "IndyWatch Feed National"

I want you to fuck off and never come back.

These were my male superiors last words to me.

I always knew workplace bullying existed, but I assumed adults would not resemble those bigger kids who pick on the small kids in the school garden. Turns out I was wrong. It was exactly the same, except without the swings and slides.

It was the day I finished university, and I can still remember the jitters of hearing the words: Youre hired! Flying from Melbourne to a country town in a different state did not seem like a varied transition in the beginning, but I left the job feeling mentally and emotionally broken in just three months from workplace bullying.

When I touched down in what was to be my new home, it was freezing, mid-June; the air was frosty, but clearer than home. The first few weeks as a radio producer seemed like a dream: calling the Prime Minister for interviews, speaking to media advisors and getting to know the locals.

Six weeks in, I made my first error, which would be the beginning of my downfall. Footsteps pounded down the hallway and stopped right outside my studio door.

Meeting! Now! my boss shouted, pointing at me.

There I found myself facing a jury of three stern, middle-aged males shaking their heads at me. I had made a spelling mistake in a social media story headline, which sparked some online controversy. My hostthe one harassing mewas the eldest of the three; he had squinty eyes that were magnified through his clear-rimmed glasses and his wrinkly skin was a nasty shade of yellow. He puffed at his beloved e-cigarette and looked at me.

What do you have to say for yourself? my host snapped.

Im sorry I had to get the story out quickly and I missed that error. It wont happen again.

You know my reputation is on the line and you are fucking it up big time, was the response.

I nodded, but my lip trembled uncontrollably and I could feel my emotions rising to the surface.

Dont nod at me, he spat, saliva frothing at the creases of his mouth. You must think its easy not having your name plastered on the brand!

The power of his intimidation quickly ruptured my already...


Premiere: Sydneys Bad Pony deliver the soulful party-starter Half Blood "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Sydneys Bad Pony have been doing the round for a few years now, but now as we get closer and closer to the new year, the group have decided to gift fans with a brand new single, the exhilarating Half Blood.

Bad Pony have had a pretty stellar year so far, with showcases at Canadian Music Week, and shows in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and New York City. Now with a brand new single behind them, the group are all set to head in 2018 with a bang, with Bad Pony already set to represent Australia at South By Southwest next year.

Bad Ponys new single, Half Blood, is another banger from the group. Filled with soulful vocals, tasty riffs, pounding drums, and a brilliant chorus that will definitely see the track quickly become a fan favourite at upcoming shows.

The tracks accompanying video manages to perfectly capture the sort of artists that Bad Pony are. Showing the group performing the track live, the video provides a snapshot of the ferocity, energy, and dedication that every single member of the band puts into their craft.

The way we play live is pretty unique and we have a shitload of fun doing it, said Jarred Young, the bands vocalist and drummer. We wanted to make sure that came across with Half Blood.

To add to the news of the brilliant single and video, the group have also just been named as recipients of the Australian Music Weeks 301 Music Prize. This of course means big things for Bad Pony, who are set to record a brand new single at Studios 301 as part of the prize.

Were really, really stoked, said Jarred excitedly. As a band that usually self-produces it will be a great experience to get into 301 with a producer for our next single too.

Bad Pony are set to head out on an east coast tour soon, giving fans a chance to devour their new single. Kicking things off at the Australian Music Week festivities next week, the band will hit up Tasmania, Victoria, and revisit New South Wales before the tour wraps up.

With the bands reputation for delivering an absolutely stunning live show, this is going to be one you wont want to miss.

Check out Bad Ponys brand new single, Half Blood, below.

Bad Pony Half Blood Tour

Thursday, November 2nd
Australian Music Week, Cronulla, NSW

Saturday, November 11th
Band Meeting Festi...


States foreclose more borrowing "IndyWatch Feed National"

FG, states, LGs share N558.082bn State governments yesterday, ruled out the option of seeking external borrowing to meet their pressing financial obligations. Instead, they elected to step up their Internally Generated Revenue ( IGR) and other sources at various states disposal to bridge their funding gaps. Chairman, States Commissioners of Finance Forum, who doubles as Adamawa State Commissioner of Finance, Mr Mahmood Yunusa, disclosed this to journalists yesterday during the question and answer session at the plenary session of monthly Federation Account Allocation Committee Meeting (FAAC) meeting. Responding to question...

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Mama Kin Spender Announce November Tour Dates "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Image Courtesy of Mama Kin Spender Mama Kin Spender, the collaboration between roots singer-songwriter Mama Kin and multi-instrumentalist/producer Spender, have announced plans to hit the road this November with a series of festival dates plus headline shows in Sydney and Melbourne. The project debuted at this years Bello Winter Festival and they have an album, []


Forever French with a Queen Kaf Touch + French Market + Rugby + Montreal 25/10/2017 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"


Forever French QK Show 005 || Wednesday 25 October 2017 || (8-9:30pm)

Bonjour, Bonsoir, Good Day, Good Evening Eastside Listerners, Its Stphanie Denizard from Queen Kaf. I will be hosting and producing Forever French today, Wednesday 25th of October 2017 from 8pm to 9h30pm. On the menu, French Market at Killarney Heights, Rugby League les Chanticleers, French Aussie Drinks, French Concert in Sydney and be prepared to listen to new and old French classics. We will have a quick trip in Montreal and discover audio visual singer songwriter Denique, the new album of Pierre Lapointe, Matt Holubowski and Sarah Bourdon. Special happy birthday to Bob, Norah, Mireille and Marie-Claire! Thats all tonight on Forever French! Tune in or stream us and to listen to all previous shows, click here:



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BABY & LULU: Friday 4 November at Camelot Lounge Marrickville from 19:3023:30. Enjoy the second last show of the year! Joining them at this show will be Ross Harrington, Michael Walder, Julian Curwin and Chris Cody! FB EVENT:



MACKAY Smashed into business on parole, gets community service "IndyWatch Feed National"

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November In Your Patch "IndyWatch Feed National"

Were always being told to eat more fruit and veggies and get more exercise with this diet or that exercise program. If the thought of donning the Lycra and heading to the gym has you reaching for the chocolate cake, what about green gym? Get out into your sustainable garden for your daily workout. Sustainable gardening is not only good for the planet; its good for your health. There are more and more people using their gardens and growing fruit and veggies to help manage chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes. Think about all the weeding, digging, mulching, planting, and raking you can do in your garden. Wow, what a workout. Not only that, your sustainable garden is a great mood booster, so its good for your mental health as well.

Make November your month to start your green gym in your patch!

Warm Areas

Frost free or occasional light frosts (North from about Coffs Harbour and all the way across to the west to Geraldton)

  • Herbs are not only great to grow, theyre great for you! Get out and plant some basil, parsley, coriander, thyme and rosemary. Dont forget to mulch them well. Good for your plants and helps you to burn some extra calories.
  • Get into the veggie patch and plant lettuce, silver beet, tatsoi, climbing beans, zucchini, pumpkin, carrot and beetroot. Dont forget theres still time to get your tomatoes in.
  • Garlic should be ready to harvest by now look for leaves yellowing and beginning to die off.
  • Need to eat more fruit? Plant passionfruit, pawpaw, pineapples and for a potassium hit, some bananas.
  • How about adding some pretties to the garden: marigolds, verbena, petunias, cosmos, sunflowers and dianthus. Theyll not only add colour and interest to your patch, the beneficial insects will love them.
  • Your patch looking a bit tired and worn out? A green manure crop could be the lift it needs. At this time of year, try millet, lablab, or cow pea. Your soil will be alive and nutritious, next seasons veggies will love you.
  • Another great job to give you and your patch a good workout, top up the mulch on all of your garden beds. Make sure you choose sustainable, low environmental impact mulch, thatll enrich your soil as it breaks down.
  • How about making some shade cloth tents. They dont have to elaborate, just a simple, moveable structure that you can pop over the top of some of the sun sensitive veggies as it gets hotter. Think of it as slip, slop, slap fo...


Growing Little Learners The Benefits of Gardening with Children "IndyWatch Feed National"

We sometimes think of gardening as an adult activity, and sometimes especially for older people This can get reinforced when we give in to our childrens wishes to watch screens of some sort instead of being outdoors. But gardening is actually a wonderful way for children to have fun and, at the same time, gain important knowledge and skills.

Renowned Russian psychologist, Lev Vygotsky, introduced the theory of unstructured, open-ended play based learning to the educational and social world. He promised that it held untold benefits for children, including:

The development of confidence and independence
The development of resilience
The development of problem-solving and critical thinking skills

Its often difficult to find space in education to allow children the freedom to truly play. We face a very structured curriculum that leads our children, often quite quickly, through a series of skills that dont often reflect their actual interests.

Offering children the chance to be involved in nature play, particularly in their own backyards, provides an opportunity for parents and caregivers to allow time and space for this wonderful learning to take place.

How can my Garden become a Classroom?

Any outdoor space that you have be it a big backyard or an apartment balcony is the perfect breeding ground for learning.

Children are born curious. They love to learn about new concepts and approach the natural world with wonder and awe. Allowing them space in your home to garden, care for plants, learn about sustainability and take on new projects will both tap into this natural sense of wonder and instil in them the importance of caring for their environment.

Applying Vygotskian theory means that you will provide the parameters for learning and then allow children to take over. They will become so immersed in their project, and so full of spontaneous joy at creating and exploring, that their little minds will happily forge connections to extend their learning beyond the school classroom.

What are some Garden Projects I can do with my Child?

These ideas will depend, of course, on the age of your children, the amount of space you have and your budget.

You could


7 Ideas for Designing and Landscaping a Backyard Naturescape Playground "IndyWatch Feed National"

The concepts of sustainability and providing a better future for our younger generations are intertwined with physical and mental health. We can design and landscape our gardens to be both sustainable and engaging for our children by creating a backyard naturescape playground. This can encourage your children to value, learn about and engage with their natural environment in their garden naturescape wonderland.
Article written by Dan Nitsche

1. Child Friendly Design

The first step is getting your child involved in the design. Whether you hire a landscaper to do the work or you do it yourself, this is an opportunity to talk about the importance of sustainable concepts and how these can be incorporated into your design. You may like to have an overall vision of how the finished garden will look, but it is important to get your little ones to also give you ideas of how they want to use this outside space. They may like to have quiet areas for building an outdoor cubby house or a messy mud kitchen for creating some culinary master pieces. Part of the design is to also ensure that all aspects are accessible but that there is also an element of adventure. This means considering the height and depth of any raised garden beds and also ensuring that the design is flexible enough to let your childs imagination run wild. One day they could pretend they are captaining a tall ship, the next creating culinary masterpieces in their own outdoor kitchen. Letting your childs imagination run wild will show them that they can have even more fun engaging in unstructured play with natural elements than simply playing on plastic playground equipment. By including your childs design ideas they will be more likely to be intrinsically motivated to spend time playing, exploring and learning from the natural world. Fostering an appreciation of the natural world from an early age will lay the foundation for sustainable practices throughout your childs life.

2. Construct with the Kids

Once a design developed, its time to get constructing. Getting your children involved in this will give them greater understanding of sustainable building materials such as recycled timbers, straw bales, recycled and repurposed plastics as well as fallen branches and leaves from already established plants and tree...


Lawn Alternatives "IndyWatch Feed National"

Escape the mundane uniformity of an artificial vegetative mat and enjoy some of the visual and aromatic delights the natural world has on offer!

Less maintenance

Mowing, edging, fertilising and weeding of a lawn requires more time and maintenance than well chosen ground covers or garden beds / pavers.

A well selected group of ground covers are less prone to pest attack and diseases than a single lawn species.

Less water

A mulched garden bed with well chosen plants requires less water to look good year round than even the toughest lawn species.

Increase biodiversity

Larger garden beds allow for tiered plantings of increasing heights, which in turn creates a greater sense of depth and space to a garden.

Attract native wildlife into your garden with many butterfly, bird and insect attracting varieties available.

Reasons you may not need a lawn at all

  • Shady dry areas under trees
  • Areas unlikely to be walked over
  • Small or awkward areas
  • Areas with significant slopes

Lawn Alternatives

If you like the open feel of a lawn but dont want the maintenance or water requirements. Consider the following options

No Traffic

No traffic open spaces allow for some of the greatest flexibility in style and plant choices. Areas that are traditionally difficult to establish lawn perform well with many alternatives. Regions such as under large trees of near eves can be given a new lease of life with the addition of low water and light requiring lawn alternatives.

Light Traffic

In areas of light traffic it is necessary to choose plants that are tolerant of small levels of disturbance. Plants that are used should be flexible low lying. This will allow them to bounce back when trodden on. For Heavy Traffic use the same varieties as those for areas with light traffic, but with the addition of stepping stones.

Meadow Lawn areas

A mixture of grass, lilies, wildflowers and ground covers. Dont mow often. To encourage flowering and growth of the meadow it is recommended that the area be cut twice a year using a brush cutter. The optimal times to cut the meadow is in early summer after spring flowering and late autumn. The cut material should then be removed and composted.

No Traffic



"Very Few Beings..." "IndyWatch Feed National"

 "Very few beings really seek knowledge in this world. Mortal or immortal, 
few really ASK. On the contrary, they try to wring from the unknown the 
answers they have already shaped in their own minds."
- Anne Rice


Dont Call the Cops If Youre Autistic, Deaf, Mentally Ill, Disabled or Old "IndyWatch Feed National"

Anyone who cares for someone with a developmental disability, as well as for disabled people themselves [lives] every day in fear that their behavior will be misconstrued as suspicious, intoxicated or hostile by law enforcement.

Steve Silberman, The New York Times

Life in the American police state is an endless series of donts delivered at the end of a loaded gun: dont talk back to police officers, dont even think about defending yourself against a SWAT team raid (of which there are 80,000 every year), dont run when a cop is nearby lest you be mistaken for a fleeing criminal, dont carry a cane lest it be mistaken for a gun, dont expect privacy in public, dont let your kids walk to the playground alone, dont engage in nonviolent protest near where a government official might pass, dont try to grow vegetables in your front yard, dont play music for tips in a metro station, dont feed whales, and on and on.

Heres another dont to the add the growing list of things that could get you or a loved one tasered, shot or killed, especially if you are autistic, hearing impaired, mentally ill, elderly, suffer from dementia, disabled or have any other condition that might hinder your ability to understand, communicate or immediately comply with an order: dont call the cops.

Sometimes its dangerous enough calling the cops when youre not contending with a disability.

For instance, Justine Damond called 911 to report a disturbance and ended up dead after police dispatched to investigate instead shot the 40-year-old yoga instructor. Likewise, Carl Williams called 911 to report a robbery and ended up being shot by police, who mistook him for a robber in his own home.

Unfortunately, the risks just skyrocket when a disability is involved.

Nancy Schrock called 911 for help after her husband, Tom, who suffered with mental health issues, started stalking around the backyard, upending chairs and screaming about demons. Several times before, police had transported Tom to the hospital, where he was medicated and sent home after 72 hours. This time, Tom was tasered twice. He collapsed, lost consciousness and died.

The Schrocks are not alone in this experience.

Indeed, disab...


Todd Fernando: As Indigenous people we exist outside of sporting arenas and welfare dependency "IndyWatch Feed National"

Most Australians, and our international visitors, first learn about Indigenous people through conversations that are often grounded in disadvantage Photograph: IndigenousX Most Australians, and our international visitors, first learn about Indigenous people through conversations that are often grounded in disadvantage Photograph: IndigenousX Share this Post Indigenous and mainstream Australians often have very different ideas about the concept of success. For ...


Australia Looking to Impose Strict Regulations on Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia Looking to Impose Strict Regulations on Bitcoin from Schiff Gold Australia is moving toward regulating cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum under new anti-money laundering legislation. According to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), Parliament will vote on the measure this week....

The post Australia Looking to Impose Strict Regulations on Bitcoin appeared first on The Daily Coin.


Bitcoin Digits Coming Under Strict Regulation In Australia: Getting Off The Ship While You Still Can "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia is moving toward regulating cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum under new anti-money laundering legislation. According to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), Parliament will vote on the measure this week. If it passes, it will place Bitcoin and other cryptos under the auspices of Australias financial regulatory agency. If the new laws are passed, the financial []


Group critical of SES bosss Lismore flood response "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 group formed to evaluate the response to the flood that inundated Lismore has criticised the response to its review by the NSW SES Commissioner Mark Smethurst.

The Lismore Citizens Review group has accused Commissioner Smethurst of making fictitious claims and shooting the messenger.

The group was made up of 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.

Group coordinator Beth Trevan said the review had proposed a zero-cost solution that had been effective in the early warning and prevention (of floods) over more than 50 years but inclusion of local information in early warning is now considered by the Commissioner to be outdated practice.

Everything we have heard out of Wollongong convinces us that NSW SES headquarters have learnt nothing from their experience, Mrs Trevan wrote in her response to the Commissioners comments.

The Commissioner admits to making some mistakes, all of which were made at Regional and State level and cost Lismore businesses tens of millions of dollars in avoidable damage.

And the salaried members of the NSW SES organisation who made the damaging decisions have allowed the volunteer local Lismore City SES Unit members to bear the brunt of public anger and disgust at the way the event was managed.

Mrs Trevan said the Commissioners own statement that  NSW SES received 11,579 calls from the public generating 3,412 Requests for Assistance demonstrates a massive failure in the area of information and communication.

She said the critical issue raised by the Group, and the community, was that the earliest possible warning needed to be given and followed by regular updates, preferably hourly, so that residents and businesses are giving the maximum time to possible to pack up.

This issue has not been resolved and never will be whilst the NSW SES continues...


Byron market stallholders call for location certainty "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Byron Bay market at Butler Street Reserve. Photo contributed

The future of Byron Bay markets at Butler Street Reserve is under a cloud after the council has announced a plan to build a bus interchange there. Photo contributed

Butler Street bus interchange to be built in 2018

Byron market stallholders are up in arms over what they say is a lack of engagement or articulated plans for Butler Street Reserve after Byron Shire Council announced on behalf of the state government that a bus interchange will be built on the location.

A press release on Monday from council GM Ken Gainger says it will be significant for the community, because it will take large passenger buses out of Jonson Street, a key target in the Byron Bay Masterplan, which is aimed at progressively making the town centre more pedestrian and cycle friendly.

While no plans or costings were provided, Gainger says the project will be undertaken by Transport for NSW, who are developing plans which will be shared with the community when they are completed.

Gainger says the Masterplan identified improved pedestrian access and movement as priorities, and this involves getting traffic out of the central business area and reclaiming it for locals and visitors.

He says, Council sees the markets as valuable contributors to the economic and social fabric of the Byron Shire and is committed to finding alternative venues for them while the bus interchange is being built.

Meetings with market operators and stallholders have been held, he says, and we are working together to activate the rail corridor and surrounding areas as potential interim market venues.

But stallholder representative Gyan Moyes is yet to be convinced; he said, the only proposal from council is spreading the market over the area of the disused railway tracks, adjacent car park, Railway Park, the carpark behind The Railway Hotel and more unspecified areas on the main streets of Byron.

He said, The proposal lacks any permanence, as most of the area will remain a transport corridor and as such it can be reclaime...


Cocaine vying with cannabis as the drug of choice in Byron "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Byron had the fifth-highest rate of cocaine convictions in NSW last financial year, according to BOCSAR.

Byron had the fifth-highest rate of cocaine convictions in NSW last financial year, according to BOCSAR.

Paul Bibby

Convictions for cocaine possession in the Byron Shire reached a 22-year high last financial year, in what some see as a reflection of the regions changing drug habits.

The latest figures from the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) show that the cocaine conviction rate for the region reached 94.7 (per 100,000 people) in the 12 months to July.

This is the highest conviction rate for cocaine since the BOCSAR began recording convictions for different drugs by local government area back in 1995.

The figures show that Byron had the fifth-highest rate of cocaine convictions in NSW last financial year. 

The conviction rate was triple the state average and puts the shire up with some of the traditional cocaine hotspots in Sydneys eastern suburbs.

And the figures are not an anomaly the region has seen a significant increase in cocaine convictions over the past five years.

The head of the Butterys INTRA community outreach program, Krystian Gruft, said cocaine was a substance of concern for a significant number of locals presenting to his program.

Cocaine is often peoples second drug of concern, Gruft said.

I think there are some people in the community who have the money to buy, so its market driven.

And from what Ive heard, it is around at the moment.

Coke rivals meth

The conviction rate for cocaine possession among locals is now getting close to that for methamphetamine, casting doubt on media claims that the region is in the grip of an ice epidemic.

The conviction rate of 110 (per 100,000 people) for meth is well outside the ten wo...


Trade for the People a new video "IndyWatch Feed National"

October 25, 2017: IBON International has released a powerful new video, Trade for the People, which looks at how the neoliberal trade regime has delivered for transnational corporations at the expense of the global South. From agreements brokered at the World Trade Organisation to free trade agreements (FTAs) like the TPP and RCEP, industrialised countries and global corporations have pursued their interests at the expense of human rights and genuine development. 

'What is important is to make sure that trade is for the benefit of the people and their development Antonio Tujan Jr, Director IBON International



Grocons construction licence cancelled in Queensland "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Jim Hayes

Melbourne based developer, Grocon, has just taken a hit in Queensland, with its licence suspended by the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC), as an investigation into its finances continues.

It seems that the company has made a big loss on the Commonwealth Games Athletes Village and apparently, they are $16.7 million in the red over two other projects, valued at more than $1 billion. The QBCC is not satisfied that the business is viable enough to merit taking on more jobs.

The political establishment has reacted to this with a wall of silence. If it had been anyone else, especially unions in the industry, the resulting condemnations would have driven many of them  hoarse within hours. In this case, the apparent laryngitis, comes from the habit of harbouring this and some other similar construction companies as allies.

Construction companies donate significant amounts to political parties and have therefore established useful political links. Grocon has relied quit a lot on building its links through a war against construction unions., which has germinated into a cosy alliance with the federal and state governments. Canberras industry code brought benefits, in terms of legal assistance to push down wages and conditions, punish workers and unions acting on this and providing government contract rewards, through the building industry code measures that a that bars employers reaching better agreements with their own workforce.  Industry  safety conditions  and public safety have been  major casualties.

Grocon has a track record in cutting corners and this has more than once exacted a heavy price on others. In August this year VicRoads sued for damage caused in Elizabeth Street in Melbourne. In 2013 there was the Swanston Street wall collapse that killed three young pedestrians, over which it faced criminal charges.

These are two examples of cases of a long list of cases that have attracted a slap on the wrist at most.  Will it be the same for the Elizabeth Street incident? This was...


Motorbike recovered, 30 cannabis plants discovered in Lismore "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Police searching for a stolen motorbike also found 30 cannabis plants growing under lights when they raided a Lismore Heights address yesterday.

As a result, a 29-year-old Lismore man will appear in court today charged with Break enter and Steal, Goods In Custody, Cultivate Prohibited Drug, two counts of Possess Prohibited Drug, Possess Prohibited Weapon and Possess Housebreaking Implements.

Police allege the motorbike was stolen from a Lismore Heights address on 7 October 2013.

A search warrant was executed yesterday at  a Pendara Crescent Lismore Heights address.

Police located cannabis, knuckle dusters, lock picking tools and items related to the cultivation of cannabis. In a bedroom police located 30 cannabis plants growing under two lights. In the garage police located the stolen motorbike.

Police then attended an address on Wyrallah road Lismore and arrested a 29 year old Lismore Heights man.

He was taken to Lismore Police station to be charged and was refused bail to appear today.

The post Motorbike recovered, 30 cannabis plants discovered in Lismore appeared first on Echonetdaily.


BREAKING: FBI Releases Docs On Sandy Hook Showing Feds Visited Shooter BEFORE Massacre "IndyWatch Feed National"

sandy hook

On December 14, 2012, the world watched the news with horror as they heard the story of 20-year-old Adam Lanza fatally shooting 20 children between six and seven years old, as well as six staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Since that fateful day, conspiracy theories have abounded from whether or not the shooting actually took place to what Lanzas motive was.

Adam Lanza is believed to have shot his mother, Nancy Lanza, in the head at her home in Newtown, Connecticut, around 9 a.m. on December 14, before taking her car and driving approximately five miles to the Sandy Hook Elementary School, where he would slaughter the children and teachers.

According to reports, most of the shooting occurred in two of the schools first-grade classrooms; 14 students in one classroom, and six in the other, were murdered. Only two of the victims who were shot by Lanzaboth teacherssurvived the attack.

Now, the documents which could lay to rest many of these conspiracy theories have been released by the FBI. At 10:00 AM EST, on Tuesday, the FBI, without any notice, took to Twitter to post the link to over 1,500 pages of documents from their investigation and subsequent findings.

In general, the FBI does not comment on the content of the files released through [Freedom of Information Act], and lets the information contained in the files speak for itself, said Charles Grady, a community outreach specialist for the FBI based in New Haven. This is a routine FOIA release nothing more, nothing less.

While we would expect that the names, addresses, and contact information be redacted throughout the documents, it appears that entire pages were wiped out.

Just as Americans thought they may be getting some answers as to why this 20-year-old went on a shooting rampage, killing innocent children, it appears we may now have more questions than answers.

One such question that arises from our brief combing of the documents is how Lanza, who only weighed 85 lbs, according to the report, was able to carry such heavy weaponry and ammo and shoot with such deadly accuracy.



Trust ignoring measures to protect 400-year-old trees in Brunswick Heads "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Terrace Reserve camping which, residents say has contributed to the protected trees dying off. Photo Sean OMeara

Terrace Reserve camping which, residents say has contributed to the protected trees dying off. Photo Sean OMeara

Recommendations by an ecologist to save deteriorating trees in a Brunswick Heads holiday park some thought to be 400 years old are unlikely to be adopted by managers NSW Crown Holiday Parks Trust (NSWCHPT).

The Byron Shire Council-commissioned report by Dr Robert Kooyman will be tabled at this Thursdays council meeting and supports what residents have said over many years about the Coastal Cypress pine trees in the southern end of the Terrace Reserve Holiday Park: specifically, that camping in the area degrades the vulnerable species and they should be left alone to recover.

Dr Kooyman says to ensure the long-term survival of the trees and protection of their heritage values, all camping should cease and infrastructure be removed.

But a Greens-led decision at councils September meeting supported the NSWCHPTs intention to allow existing camping and developing the area for further camping.

Council staff have recommended in the upcoming agenda that council discuss the report with NSWCHPT with a view to achieving their agreement to implement [the recommendation]. Yet that appears unlikely; when asked by The Echo, NSWCHPT CEO Steve Edmonds only referred to their vegetation-management plan that prescribes the required actions which the Trust have implemented and continue[s] to do so.

One of the cypress tree's lower branches recently removed, making more tent room in the process.

One of the cypress trees lower branches recently removed, making more tent room in the process.



Message to Mr Wolfgang Schuble "IndyWatch Feed National"


Dear Wolfgang,

I read carefully and listened your recent statements in response to journalistic questions emanating from my recent book Adults in the Room relating to our conversations during the first half of 2015.

I have a proposal for you. Instead of vague statements and personal put down lines, I invite you to point out specific pages and paragraphs in my book where I misrepresented something that you told me during that period (e.g. your expressed view that the 3rd Greek Loan and accompanying Memorandum of Understanding that I refused to sign, and which was signed after my resignation, would be bad for Greece; or, even more strongly, your view that, had I signed it, I would have to answer to my people).


Yanis Varoufakis


Letters to the Editor: National gun amnesty By Ian Walmsley Glen Innes NSW. "IndyWatch Feed National"

The types of guns handed in with the National Amnesty shows what happens when honest citizens are declared criminals overnight by Politicians with knee-jerk reactions.

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