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Sunday, 27 August


Fiona Barnetts Complaint to Alaskan Authorities After Several Murder Attempts Where Made on Her When She Came to Speak in America "IndyWatch Feed National"

And OF COURSE- what have the police done? ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. They are ALLOWING survivors to be picked off while they sit back and squash any investigations into what the horribly abused victims are telling them. THEY- like the pedophile protection squad- led by Doug Mesner- are PROTECTING AND SERVING child rapists and killers- and THEN expect to be hailed as heroes.

Aug 27

Alison Miller helped set me up in Alaska

Numerous people expressed concern at my traveling to the USA, fearing I would be bumped off. Well, they did try. This was one of three attempts on my life in the USA.

I think one year is sufficient time for a health board to finalise an investigation. Ive lost patience; so, here is the complaint Ive sat on for 11 months.

To the Alaskan Board of Social Work Examiners,

I am writing to lodge a formal complaint regarding Kimber Olson, a board certified licensed clinical social worker. Ms Olsons work address is 2600 Denali, Suite 606, Anchorage, 907-903-7880.
On 9th October, 2016, I was attending a Seattle conference as an international guest presenter. A social worker who works for Tacoma police, Beth Cook Adams, approached my associate Nicky Davis and asked to speak privately with me. Ms Cook spoke with Nicky and I, and told me she was impressed with my conference presentation.
Beth told Nicky and I that she was due to travel to Anchorage, Alaska the following weekend to assist with a two-week intensive intervention with an alleged DID client named Sarah, which had been organised by Kimber Olson. Beth indicated that there was a severe shortage of volunteers to assist with baby-sitting the client of a night time at her accommodation in hotels and a remote cottage in Eagle River Valley. Beth also indicated that she was nervous about assisting with a DID client.
Nicky and I offered to travel to Anchorage at our own expense and volunteer, if the organisers were interested.
Beth said that Kimber was desperate for volunteers as there were gaps in the roster.
I made it clear that Nicky and I were not licensed health professionals.
Beth made a call to Kimber who immediately agreed to our assisting.
Nicky and I flew to Alaska on Monday 10th October.
We were collected from the airport by Kimber Olson who had the client in the car. We drove to Kimbers office. Kimber then loaned us her car while she had a lengthy therapy session with the client. After this, Kimber drove Nicky, the client and I to a shopping centre where Nicky and I purchased groceries that the client requested. Kimber then drove us to the remote cottage in Eagle River Valley.
Nicky and I were not briefed prior to being left at the cottage with the client. We were never given a chance to sp...


Downsizing cost trap awaits retirees five reasons to be wary "IndyWatch Feed National"

Add up all the neglected costs of downsizing and retirees have good reason to be wary of making the move. Its time to debunk the myth of zero housing costs in retirement if we want to understand why retirees resist downsizing. Retirees have at least five reasons to be wary of the costs of downsizing. [Article first published at on 31 July 2017.]

Retirees living in middle-ring suburbs face frequent calls to downsize into apartments to free up larger allotments in these suburbs for redevelopment. Retirees who fail to downsize into smaller units and apartments are viewed as being a greedy, baby-boomer elite, stealing financial security from younger generations.

It also makes sense to policymakers for retirees to move into less spacious accommodation and make way for high-density housing. Housing think-tank AHURI fosters this view. Yet seniors remain resistant to moving, in part because of the ongoing costs they would face.

The concept of zero housing costs in retirement is based on a 1940s view of a well-maintained, single dwelling on a single allotment of land where the mortgage has been paid off. This concept is incompatible with medium- and high-density housing and refusing to acknowledge ongoing housing costs may cause significant poverty for retirees.

Reason 1 upfront moving costs are high

When a house is sold the owner receives the sale funds minus the real estate and legal fees. When the same person then buys a different property to live in, they pay legal fees plus stamp duty.

For cities such as Melbourne and Sydney, these costs are likely to exceed A$70,000.

These high transfer costs may mean it is not cost-effective for the person to move.



The Sport of Kings "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Back in the late seventies, Bob Marley wrote a song that recalled the black U.S. cavalry regiments, known as Buffalo Soldiers which fought in the Indian Wars after 1866. Marley likened their fight to a struggle for survival, and recasts it as a symbol of black resistance: If you know your history then you would know where you coming from. Then you wouldnt have to ask me Who the heck do I think I am?

Allmon Shaughnessy, one of the principal characters of American author CE Morgans The Sport of Kings echoes this when he asks another, Rueben Bedford Walker III, who the fuck do you think you are?

The Sport of Kings is not a history book nor is it an historical novel. But it is most certainly about history. And about identity. As Morgan puts it: You would never escape the category of your birth. It is also about memory and myth: Repeated long enough, stories become memory and memory becomes fact.



Strong and shallow M6.4 earthquake hits Admiralty Islands, Papua New Guinea "IndyWatch Feed National"

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.4 hit Admiralty Islands archipelago, Papua New Guinea at 04:17 UTC on August 27, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 8.1 km (5 miles). Geoscience Australia is reporting M6.3 at a depth of 0 km....... Read more


Ian Buruma en 'het betrekkelijk goedaardige imperialisme uit Washington' 12 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Het is een moeilijke tijd voor de westerse mainstream-opiniemakers, nu, na de val van de Sovjet Unie, ook de Pax Americana haar einde [nadert], zoals op vrijdag 9 juni 2017 de kop luidde boven een NRC-artikel van de journalist Ian Buruma. Voor hem, als overtuigd Atlanticus, is het problematisch, zo niet onmogelijk, te verklaren hoe het betrekkelijk goedaardige imperialisme uit Washington toch schijnbaar plotseling zijn langste tijd heeft gehad. Weliswaar probeerde Buruma zich alvast tegen kritiek in te dekken door de toevoeging betrekkelijk, maar dat was niet meer dan een vormkwestie, immers, alles op aarde is betrekkelijk. Het weerhield hem ook niet om te voorspellen dat we, te weten het merendeels witte lezerspubliek, ons [zullen] moeten voorbereiden op een tijd waarin we met weemoed terugkijken op het betrekkelijk goedaardige imperialisme uit Washington. Voor Buruma staat onomstotelijk vast dat Amerikaanse beleidsbepalers een grote bijdrage hebben geleverd aan het scheppen van 'vrede' op aarde. Zo benadrukte hij in juli 2002 in The Guardian dat it was an American president, Woodrow Wilson, who fathered the League of Nations in a wildly idealistic attempt to secure world peace. Dat de werkelijkheid in strijd is met zijn zienswijze heb ik aan de hand van de feiten hier al eerder proberen aan te tonen. Onder de veelzeggende kop Why we must share America's dirty work tracht Buruma aan te tonen dat het Amerikaans imperialisme een zegen is voor de wereld, in elk geval voor het deel dat tot het domein van het vrije Westen behoort. Maar aan elke droom komt een eind, en dus werd het na 11 september 2001 zelfs voor de mainstream-opiniemakers onhoudbaar vol te houden dat de Amerikaanse terreur elders een manifestatie is van met dank aan Ian a wildly idealistic attempt to secure world peace. Daarom zag  mijn oude kennis Buruma zich uiteindelijk gedwongen de vraag te stellen: So what the hell went wrong? In n adem door beantwoordde hij die vra...


If You Have Any of These 12 Traits You Belong to the Worlds Rarest Personality Type "IndyWatch Feed National"

INFJ personality is a personality type that only 2 percent of the population across the globe have. People with this personality type are mysterious and highly emotionally intelligent.

INFJ is for those who do not know one of the 16 Myers and Briggs personality types. This personality type is one that does not like to bring much attention to themselves and they can be a little hard to spot because they have some pretty conflicting personality traits. Below you will find a list of traits most INFJs have, are you an INFJ?

1. They always see the big picture and invest in long-term.

They always weigh out their options before making a move. If something is not good enough they will figure out a better way.

2. They are hardworking.

They work hard and will always do the job correctly even if they have to plan out all the tiny little details.

3. They trust their gut feelings.

They are deep thinkers who are highly intuitive. While they do go over all the possible outcomes of everything in their minds they also know when their gut tells them to do something that they should do it.

4. They are truth seekers.

INFJs seek a deeper meaning for everything happening in this universe.

5. They do not like to work with people who disagree with them.

They prefer small groups of people instead of large ones. If you dont agree with them and cannot come to some sort of common ground they will up and cut you out of everything.

6. They are good at comforting people.

They are great at providing the shoulder you need to cry on.

7. They can read people.

They can see people for who they truly are if you have bad intentions chances are they can tell.

8. They are often lonely.

Even in a room full of people they still feel like the odd man out. This is because they are so different.

9. They are either all or nothing.

They value quality over quantity and if you are not putting in your best efforts they want nothing to do with you.

10. They are full of contradictions.

They are always going from one end of the spectrum to the other. This sometimes makes them hard to follow.

11. They are great at connecting the...



Theres a growing movement to build a statue of Flume on Manly Wharf "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Flume is arguably one of Australias biggest musical exports in recent times. In addition to topping the worlds largest musical poll, the Sydney muso has also amassed a huge fanbase around the world, well and truly putting Aussie talent on the map. But now, theres a petition to ensure that Flumes legendary status is cemented by way of a life-size statue, because of course there is.

As The Fader reports, Joseph Smith recently took to the website to begin a petition with the intent of a statue of Flume being erected on Manly Wharf. Petitioning the Northern Beaches Council, and Warringah Council, the campaign states its goal rather clearly. Manly is home to Australias finest electronic music export, Flume. It just makes sense that the GRAMMY winning artist is immortalised on the wharf, right, the petition begins. Flume has released two studio albums and numerous EPs since bursting onto the electronic music scene, and has become an ambassador of Aus dance music.

If anyone deserves to be sculptured, its Flume!

Five days on from the petitions creation, its already managed to score close to 300 signatures, but it still has quite a way to go before it reaches its goal of 500 signatures. Of course, knowing how dedicated Aussie music fans are, it probably wont be too long before it reaches that goal.

This wouldnt be the first time that Aussie musicians have had statues made to commemorate their influence and legacy, so its not like this idea is exactly out of the question. However, if you consider the other artists that statues have been proposed for, including AC/DCs Bon Scott, INXS Michael Hutchence, and now Soundgardens Chris Cornell, these artists all have one thing in common theyre no longer with us. So hopefully we may see a new trend of commemorating the legacy of our still-living musos so that they can be around to appreciate it.

Check out and maybe sign the petition to get a statue of Flume on Manly Wharf here, but in the meantime, check out Flumes Hottest 100...


BBC WS Newsdays one-sided peace process reporting part one "IndyWatch Feed National"

For reasons best known to themselves the production team of the BBC World Service radio programme Newsday decided that their lead story on August 24th should be a US delegations visit to the Middle East. The item (from 00:38 here) was introduced by presenters Lawrence Pollard and Nomia Iqbal as follows:

[emphasis in italics in the original, emphasis in bold added]

Pollard: So can the Trump administration pull the rabbit out of the hat and broker a peace deal between the Israelis and the Palestinians?

Iqbal: Huge question, isnt it? But its what the US team on Mid-East tour is hoping to provide the answer to. Led by President Trumps son-in-law Jared Kushner, theyve been to Egypt, Jordan and now Israel for talks with the Israeli prime minister and the head of the Palestinian Authority.



UPDATED WITH FULL INTERVIEW - at ABC only Same Sex Marriage supporters authorised to cheer gay sportspeople "IndyWatch Feed National"

UPDATED - THIS IS THE FULL INTERVIEW WITH THIS COMMENT FROM JILL JACKS I am uploading the whole interview & will let you know when done. I only used part of the interview. The part that made me shake my head. The message was not changed to fit any agenda....


Support our Australia-First Project to Help Make Safer Garden Product Choices "IndyWatch Feed National"

Get on board with those who have already donated and are helping us reach our target!  But there is still a way to go!

Read more or donate (even $5) to SGAs Australia-first project to help all Australians make safer choices for people and nature when they buy garden chemical products


SGA wants to turn its independent database of 1000+ chemical garden products into an App which shows their safety for all Australians and their environment including beneficial insects, birds, aquatic life, pets and other non-target organisms.  The database has been developed by volunteer chemists, biochemists and toxicologists.  NO FUNDS HAVE BEEN ASKED FOR OR ACCEPTED FROM PRODUCT MANUFACTURERS!

The world is awash with over 80,000 chemicals that humans manufactured!

In Australia many of the sprays and other products to control garden pests, weeds and diseases are potentially harmful some e.g. glyphosate the popular weed-killer, have been linked with diseases including cancer.

Chemical pollution is believed to play a significant role in the increase of species extinction rates.  Pyrethrum, a popular insecticide, harms many beneficial insects and widely sold neonicotinoid insecticides are believed to be responsible for declining honey bee populations.

Even many fertilisers are harmful through pollution of waterways and failure to improve soil structure.

The average gardener does not know how safe or risky these garden products are!

Limited information on product labels is hard to interpret and doesnt allow easy comparison with other products and we dont know how many chemicals have been rigorously tested and received detailed assessment.  Even worse, we know little about effects of accumulation of small amounts of a large number of chemicals.

At SGA we are going to make that information readily available so everyone can see which products are safe and which are risky.


To spread the word about this project, check out these links:

Articles in the Syd......


Green Manure "IndyWatch Feed National"

If you have a bit of space in your garden, growing green manures or cover crops is a great way to improve soil fertility and add organic matter to your soil. They can also be used as weed suppressants, and assist in the control of pest and diseases. So what are they, and where and when can you use them?

What is green manure?

Green manures or cover crops describe a range of temporary, fast growing leafy plants which are sown from seed generally in autumn or spring, grown through the next few weeks or months (depending on the season), and then, just before they begin to flower and set seed, they are slashed and turned in to the soil, or used as mulch for whatevers to be planted next.

Why is it grown?

You might consider growing a green manure crop in a new garden area to supress weeds, improve drainage, reduce compaction, stabilise the area to limit erosion, and improve the soil before you put in permanent plantings. Green manure crops are often used in vegetable gardens, in beds, or parts of beds which are given a break from vegetable production for a season to improve the soil and set the bed up for the next crop.

Vegetable gardeners might have some space to spare after the summer harvest, and if you have a crop rotation system, you could think of incorporating a green manure crop into the rotation check out our guide to crop rotation incorporating green manure crops here.

When to plant

There are different green manure crops that will thrive in different climates and different seasons.
If you want to plant a cool/cold season crop and you live in
an area with cool/cold winters (Tasmania, Victoria and southern New South Wales, southern South Australia and southern Western Australia), the best sowing time is early autumn. If its been very dry, wait for a bit of autumn rain before sowing. You can also sow cool/cold season crops in these areas in early spring;
a warmer area (northern New South Wales and southern Queensland, warmer parts of South Australia and Western Australia) plant cool/cold season crops a little later in April or May;
in a frost free area, cool/cold season crops can be planted from autumn until the end of winter.

If you want to plant a warm season crop, and you live in a colder area, plant in spring, once theres no risk of frost. In warmer areas, plant in summer whenever you can rely on rainfall, or are able to irrigate. If you live in a tropical area, you can plant warm season crops throughout the yea...


The Dark Price That a Seasnake Paid to Live in a Polluted World "IndyWatch Feed National"

This is the first and only evidence of a snake changing its colour in response to industrial contamination.

A black turtle-headed seasnake sloughing its skin. Credit: Claire Goiran

A black turtle-headed seasnake sloughing its skin. Credit: Claire Goiran

Animals do the most amazing things. Read about them in this series by Janaki Lenin.

Turtle-headed seasnakes (Emydocephalus annulatus) in polluted waters are changing colour. Creatures of the Indo-Pacific coast, they usually have high contrast black and white bands or blotches encircling their bodies from head to tail.

While snorkeling in the shallow Nouma lagoon of Grande Terre Island, New Caledonia, more than 1,000 km east of Australia, evolutionary biologist Rick Shine of the University of Sydney and his family observed unusually black turtle-headed seasnakes. Back then, in 2003, males, the smaller of the sexes, seemed more prone to melanism (80%) than females (54%). These waters are polluted by runoff from nickel mining, the largest employer in this French protectorate. Besides the bl...


Me 5 years ago on union officials & why they don't go to police when union money is stolen "IndyWatch Feed National"

Nothing Turnbull has put in place changes this. Union officials with the numbers can spend union money as they wish. A corporate officer has an obligation to report fraud or stolen company cash or property. A union official feels no such obligation. Breaking the link between unions and the Labor...


Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.0002 BTC
0.0010 BTC = 5.50 AUD


Oklahoma Police Chief Busted For Owning Racist Website and White Supremacist Record Label "IndyWatch Feed National"

A Texas television station, KXII, was investigating white supremacist hate in their area, when they came across some shocking information about the newly appointed Colbert Police Chief, Bart Alsbrook.

After the violence in Charlottesville, VA, the Southern Poverty Law Centers Hate Map became a popular resource for those curious about hate in America.

Reporter Rachel Knapp of KXII noticed a single hate group in the Texoma region and began investigating. The website  ISD Records  had filed paperwork in 2004 with the signature of Bart Alsbrook, according to Raw Story.

Bart Alsbrook, the third Chief hired so far this year,  was hired as Colberts interim Police Chief  just last week.

We called Alsbrook about that application last week. He denied he was the Bart Alsbrook behind, KXII reported.

We searched for another Bart Alsbrook and couldnt find another person with that name in the United States.

Alsbrooks initial denial seemed extremely fishy considering the site was taken offline within hours of the reporters questioning.

When the news station contacted him about the site being taken offline, he gave a hilarious answer that is a clear fabrication and didnt explain anything.

When we called him back to ask him about it, Alsbrook claimed a group of skinheads stole his wallet and began using his name after a fight at a heavy metal concert in the 1990s, KXII...


Poor Lyndas Sapling "IndyWatch Feed National"

Lynda loved Nature Lynda Jacqueline lived by herself In a small flat with a small garden bed Lynda was never poor wearing her straw trilby Lyndas tradition was young, young gorgeous young men Who would steal a kiss Lynda took lifes chances Lynda would smile a sad smile Lynda planted a sampling in her garden []


Who Killed Cock Robin?  A Book Review of 9/11 Exposed and the Myth of the War on Terror "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB The author (or authors?) of this book: 9/11 Exposed, the Myth of the War on Terror, says the September 11, 2001 attacks were entirely done by persons connected to Israel. Readers of GumshoeNews know how strenuously I have opposed the blaming of Israel (actually the blaming of Jews or the []


PERTH Watch: WA Polices newest recruit make impressive arrest "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Watch: WA Polices newest recruit make impressive arrest .

August 26, 2017 at 06:27PM .

The Kinross man was charged with aggravated home burglary and stealing. He was refused bail and was due to appear in the Perth Magistrates Court .


Filed under: Uncategorized Tagged: australia, crime, perth


NSP 26 August 2017 "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Joe Arpaio pardon by Trump.  Joe never showed any concern for those who were wronged by the court system, hes never had a problem jailing those raped by the legal system.  But when he gets caught in it, hes screaming witch-hunt and needs a pardon.  What a despicable human being.

Matt in Brisbane, Australia, my vegan facebook thread.  Same responses from non-vegans as we get from bureaucrats.  I ask a question, they claim Im making a stupid argument.  Were not being preachy or forcing our views on anyone, were pointing out morally inconsistencies.

We are not omnivores and even if we are, there is still a moral choice.  We dont need to eat animals.

Jeremy in Colorado is prepping for court in a week.  Do we need to stick the exact questions when cross-examining a cop?  Yes, dont change the context of the questions as we are trying to get certain admissions from the witness.

Will from Minnesota called about his money being stolen from the IRS.  The company is forced to be accomplices to the IRSs robbery and we need to contact the IRS and the company and get statements/admissions to get the money back.  We need an admission from the company they blindly gave the IRS the money because they are forced to, that they did not make any determinations of federal law against us.  We also need IRS admissions there is no evidence supporting their claim their la...


Predictions of earthquakes following last eclipse "IndyWatch Feed National"

Shakeel Ahmad, a well known cloud reader from Varanasi, has predicted powerful to medium earthquakes and strong tidal waves in several countries, including North and South America, Turkey Japan, China, Taiwan, Philippines, Indonesia, Australia and New Zealand. This, he says, will be in the aftermath of the solar eclipse that took place on Monday night. Shakeel Ahmad, who has predicted several earthquakes by studying formations and patterns of clouds, says that on Monday he observed cloud patterns that are known to signify earthquakes on land and in sea. "I have, once again, observed the earthquake predicting clouds indicating the first warning signal. A disturbance was noticed in the ionosphere which was due to the condensation of clouds in S E-140 to E N-45 direction. By the magnetic compass from Varanasi, these clouds began to move towards this direction EN-45 to NW-310 and SE-150 to SW-240 and SE-140 to EN-45 direction too," he says. Ahmad says that on this basis, he predicts powerful and medium earthquakes, tsunami and tidal waves.


Lesbian activist Masha Gessen tells Sydney Writers Festival gay-marriage is about destroying marriage "IndyWatch Feed National"

This is Masha Gessen speaking in Sydney in 2012.,com_events/Itemid,124/agid,2966/task,view_detail/


Victorian Govt Roads Corporation homosexual activism not authorised by Transport Integration Act 2010 "IndyWatch Feed National"

VicRoads Overview: VicRoads supports Victorias liveability and economic prosperity by planning, developing and managing the freeway and arterial road network and delivering registration and licensing services. Our key role is to help provide Victorians with safe and easy connections to the people and places that matter most to them. For...


Brian Houston Twitter: I still call Australia home "IndyWatch Feed National"


Michael Gannon (AMA President) and the Suppression of Vaccination Science in Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Recently the film Vaxxed; From Cover-up to Catastrophe has been touring Australia to sell out crowds as parents discover the fraudulent science that the Australian Medical Association (AMA) is using to claim that the link between vaccines and autism is discredited.

In addition, Michael Gannon, the AMA president, stated in the media (channel 10) on 21 May 2017 that:
the Health Department was spending a lot of time disproving the quack theories about the risks of vaccines.

This statement is untrue and it is disrespectful to parents because the Health Department is ignoring the skyrocketing autism in Australian children that correlates directly with the MMR vaccine and the expanding vaccination schedule  a schedule that is not designed by the Australian government.

In my No Jab No Play rally speech in WA on 28 May 2017 I call for Michael Gannon to step down from his position with the AMA (at 31.41 mins in the speech). This is because he is dismissing parents valid concerns about vaccines as quack theories. This is contrary to evidence-based medicine and his role in promoting public health in the community.

My PhD thesis is published on the University of Wollongong (UOW) website and it describes the undone science in government vaccination policies. This lack of hard evidence is allowing governments to claim that vaccines are safe and effective instead of using definitive proof.

When Australian Doctors speak up in support of the medical literature that shows the risks of vaccines they are threatened with de-registration from their professional body. Recently Dr. John Piesse publicly supported parents who do not want to vaccinate their children. He stated:

This is a matter of principle. You have got a public health policy which is causing harm.

This doctor is now under investigation by the Australian Health Practitioners Regulatory Authority (AHPRA) instead of being allowed to debate the science. The AMA is dismissing the science as anti-vaccination instead of encouraging debate. How can public health be protected if the science showing the risk of vaccines is ignored and not included in the debate?

This is a crime against humanity if the AMA is...


UPDATED WITH MORE POETIC JUSTICE. It may not be the justice he wanted. But it's the justice he deserved. And Celine Dion completed it. "IndyWatch Feed National"

I never thought I'd say this - but this scene wouldn't be complete without Celine Dion. UPDATE Finally some good news! Trump protester @JoshuaCobin hit in the groin with gas canister now facing assault on police charges. Tennessee (@realTEN_GOP) August 25, 2017


Venezuela launches massive war games in response to Trump's threats "IndyWatch Feed National"

Venezuela has begun massive wargames to show Donald Trump that it is capable of defending itself against US aggression. The drills will involve 200,000 troops and thousands of civilian volunteers, the military said. The number of participants in the exercise starting Saturday will exceed 900,000 people, Remigio Ceballos, head of the Venezuelan Strategic Operational Command, told the media. There'll be around 200,000 servicemen taking part, with the rest of those drilling being members of the Venezuelan civilian militia, Ceballos said. The National Bolivarian Militia was created by the late Venezuelan leader, Hugo Chavez, in 2009. The force, which allows every citizen to enlist, answers directly to the country's president.


Best-selling author and renowned philosopher A.C. Grayling returns to Byron Theatre "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Back by popular demand, A.C. Grayling takes centre stage at Byron Theatre on Wednesday 6 September for Byron Writers Festival to tackle Democracy and Its Crisis. This talk will provide an urgent exploration of the challenges facing democracy today from one of our most trusted voices.

Were thrilled to be welcoming A.C. Grayling back to Byron for this special out of season event, said Festival Director Edwina Johnson A.C. Grayling is a brilliant modern thinker as well as speaker who eloquently and clearly explores the big issues facing us.

No constitutional system should allow a partisan group to hijack the interests of the whole: this is happening in the UK and the US as these words are being writtenIt is therefore a matter of urgency to return our advanced polities to their democratic roots, says A.C. Grayling.

Prompted principally by events in recent years in the UK and the USA, but also in Russia and the Middle East, A.C. Grayling investigates why the institutions of representative democracy seem unable to sustain themselves against forces they were designed to manage, and why it matters.

He considers moments in history in which the challenges we face today were first encountered, how they were overcome or not and with what consequences. He then lays bare the specific problems of democracy in the twenty-first century and maps out a set of urgently needed solutions.

With the advent of authoritarian leaders and the simultaneous rise of populism, representative democracy appears to be caught between a rock and a hard place, yet it is this space that it must occupy, argues Grayling, if a civilized society, that looks after all its people, is to flourish.

A.C. Grayling at Byron Theatre
Presented by Byron Writers Festival in association with Bloomsbury
When: Wednesday 6 September, 6:00pm 7.00pm
Where: Byron Theatre, 69 Jonson St, Byron Bay
Tickets: $30 Members / $35 General
Bookings: or call (02) 6685 5115

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68,000 doctors bribed by Big Pharma with $47 million to prescribe dangerous painkiller drugs, analysis finds "IndyWatch Feed National"

As America grapples with alleviating the opioid addiction crisis that killed more than 30,000 people in the country in 2015, the debate rages on over the best way to tackle the issue. One aspect many people can agree on, however, is the fact that doctors are overprescribing these dangerous drugs, spurring addictions that can eventually send patients to the street to get their next high once their prescription runs out.

Why are so many doctors prescribing these pills despite the dangers? The answer is simple: money. A study out of the Boston Medical Centers Grayken Center for Addiction Medicine that was published in the American Journal of Public Health revealed that one out of every 12 American doctors has received at least one payment from an opioid pharmaceutical company. It was the first national, wide-scale study that focused specifically on opioid-related industry payments.

They reached their conclusions after analyzing the database for the Open Payments program from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. In the U.S., drug companies are required to report every payment they make to doctors under the Physician Payment Sunshine Act. The researchers honed in on opioid-related payments that were made from August 2013 to December 2015. These included not only direct payments but also meals, consulting fees, travel reimbursement, and speaking fees.

More than 375,000 non-research payments related to opioids were shelled out to 68,177 doctors during the period studied, to the tune of $46,158,388. The average payment might have been just $15, but the top one percent of physicians 681 doctors in total received more than $38 million combined. Food and drink payments were the most common type of reimbursement, accounting for 94 percent of all payments, but speaking fees accounted for the most money overall.

Payments influence prescribing habits regardless of amount

Even when payments are small, past research has shown that drug company payments lead to increased prescriptions from doctors. One study last year found that doctors who accepted just one meal that was sponsored by a pharmaceutical company were significantly more likely to prescribe name-brand drugs to patients afterward.

The researchers of the current study believe that inappropriate prescriptions are playing a big role in the nations opioid-related deaths, and they suggest that policy makers place a cap on opioid-associated payments given to doctors by drug companies. They also believe that mandatory prescriber education might be needed to counteract the influence Big Pharma has on prescribing beha...


Modern day health propaganda revealed "IndyWatch Feed National"

Health propaganda is pervasive. There are many misconceptions, omissions, distortions and lies surrounding the issue of health and medicine. Many are propagated by those who own Big Pharma (i.e. the Rockefellers and their ilk) who set the platform for Allopathy or Western Medicine to assume a monopoly and dominate healthcare - or more accurately "health management" - at the start of the 20th century. (This article reveals how they did it.) Unfortunately, much of this disinformation is unwittingly propagated by well-meaning parents who want their children to be healthy but simply don't know how to see through all the propaganda. The result is a population that has been trained to look outside of itself for healing, to depend on Government and Big Pharma to take care of its health, and to unquestioningly accept the opinion of their (Western) Doctor. Meanwhile, epidemics of cancer, diabetes and neurodegenerative diseases (such as Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and dementia) rage throughout the US, Australia and many other Western nations.


African American 20th century art exhibition "IndyWatch Feed National"

This video is called Emory Douglas: The Art of the Black Panthers.

By Christine Lindey in Britain:

Black, proud, powerful

Saturday 26th August 2017

The radical intent of an exhibition of Afro-American art from the 1960s and 1970s impresses CHRISTINE LINDEY

Soul of the Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power

Tate Modern London SE1

FEW will associate US art of the 1960s and 1970s with Wadsworth and Jae Jarrell, Emory Douglas, Roy DeCarava or other black artists. But Tate Moderns exhibition, with its dominant themes of accusation, affirmation and agitation, changes that perception.

By subverting mass representations of African-Americans as eye-rolling, obsequious servants with watermelon smiles, Betye Saars assemblages confront racist stereotypes with gut-wrenching wit. Her Liberation of Aunt Jemima transforms a kitchen notepad in the form of a broom-wielding, inanely grinning black maid into a powerful activist, by arming her with a bayonet and a black-power fist.

Sambos Banjo attracts with the cheery patterned lining of its opened banjo case but repels when we spot the tiny, shocking photograph of a lynched man within.

Romare Beardens collages and DeCaravas black-and-white photographs of urban decay and angry or disappointed black faces cry out against oppression and poverty as soulfully as a steel-guitar riff. Yet the photographs also assert the intelligence and creativity of Afro-American musicians and thinkers such as Malcolm X and Ornette Coleman.

Other artists, including Chicagos AfriCOBRA collective, also encouraged self-confidence and self-regard in fellow Afro-Americans. Influenced by the Black Panther Partys community programmes, they created positive imagery by black people for black people with celebra...


Witness the Power of Remaining SilentWoman Gets $30K After Cops Ignore the Constitution "IndyWatch Feed National"

Source: The Free Thought Project By: Matt Agorist

Trenton, NJ Rebecca Musarra was pulled over by two New Jersey state troopers after they suspected her of speeding in 2015. However, because the troopers were ignorant of the Constitution, and Musarras right to remain silent, the traffic stop took a turn for the worse and now the taxpayers are being held liable.

The troopers careless disregard for the law was subsequently captured on dashcam showing them arrest this woman for the sole act of practicing her constitutional right to remain silent.

Now, according to court records, Musarra has been awarded $30,000 in a settlement with the state.

According to, 

Musarra, a Philadelphia attorney, put her right to remain silent to the test after she was pulled over for allegedly speeding on Route 519 in Warren County and ended up in a holding cell for it.

In a recent interview, Musarra said she hoped the case, which drew national attention after it became public, would become a civil liberties lesson for police and members of the public.

Hopefully this gives average citizens a little more courage to assert their rights, she said.

Troopers Matthew Stazzone and Demetric Gosa had apparently never cared enough to read the 5th Amendment to the Constitution which states:

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in actual service in time of war o...


PERTH Accused hit-run driver to face Perth court "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Accused hit-run driver to face Perth court .

August 26, 2017 at 01:57PM .

The 34-year-old Belmont man will face Perth Magistrates Court on Saturday charged over a collision between a motorcycle and a car in Appeal for .


Filed under: Uncategorized Tagged: australia, crime, perth


Lying About Citizenship: Australian Politicians Before the High Court "IndyWatch Feed National"

Featured image: Australian Sen. Matthew Canavan (Source: @mattjcan / Twitter)

It was nothing short of fabulous. Before the public, the political lie is deemed an imperative, instinctively cultured to repel anything that might appear, let alone resemble, truth. Never, whatever


Comments on the Connollys Atmospheric Physics Papers "IndyWatch Feed National"

My links to comments did not survive, so I added more information to help find the original comments in the original post. The following comments are from Dr. Ronan Connolly and Dr. Michael Connolly. They are in answer to comments made on my review (see here) of their atmospheric physics papers. Ive promoted the comments


Holy Spirituality with Pine Cone: Sweet Relief "IndyWatch Feed National"

John Lennon - Working Class Hero (Letra Ingls/Espaol)

What a relief to experience the center of Well Being deep within me, and then to realize there wasnt, isnt and, never will be any Well Being here in this Mirror separation Matrix Karmic suffering cellular paradigm. I can let go of trying to make anything here better, and better than this, I dont have to, ever look outside myself for Love, Well Being, nurturing, or anything of any real value ever again.

Everything I have, ever projected comes from unconscious fear co-creating more compulsive Karmic harm, and this is the same for everyone else here in this physical-habit Karma-addicted Stockholm Syndrome sick-loyal harm-filled Paradigm. I can now expect to accept a continual flow of disappointments, without a need to fix anything, any more than I will continue to look outside, for what appears to only come from Immortal Love Absolute unborn infinite Well Being Central right deep down deep inside where, nothing harmful has, even been Karmic-borne yet.

Lets hope everything changes when everything Ascension-paradigm changes, because I think we, all are tired of the way someone is aways wrong here, just so another can pretend to be right. Since Well Being inside is the total lack of Mortal motives, then that pretty much leaves Immortal Love up to total surrender to Sweet Beloved, deep inside absolute unborn infinity, it happily seems to awe-humbling mean to sweet me-less-mumbling relief, from any more need to compulsively ID Karmic unconscious-better judge in Mirror Harm Matrix, all my, own personal me/me/me exclusive-motive ID-mios.

When I ask a question to control the one I fear, and that Mortal Patsy imagines an answer can come to play emotional hostage, its better to assume no one has the answer for anyone else, that still hasnt directly experienced Well Being Central deeper inside their, own need to stop looking outside themselves for any real Immortal Love answer. Can I see everything that upsets me with tranquility, and acceptance, without letting Well Being Envy get the best of me? Is posting outside myself another sign, I still need to stop looking outside too, or is it OK to musically inquire tirelessly, as if I am feeling what others continually feel, without anyone realizing how much I like to play, all our parts on this World-stage?

Lets all face it for Once, that we are all so full of Bull/Cow Harm
Where Karmic apples, never fall far from, all we humans mete out

OSHO: My Hands Are Empty



Afghanistan facing major health crisis "IndyWatch Feed National"

National Nine News (Australia), April 27, 2006: Afghanistan is facing a health crisis larger than that experienced by Asian countries after the 2004 tsunami, an Adelaide forum has heard. Mariam Rawi, a member of the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA), has told the forum that despite Afghanistan receiving billions of dollars in aid, little has been done to address the country's lack of health services.


Dealing with the Accusations Against Me "IndyWatch Feed National"

And THIS came in my email 5 minutes after posting this video


Many butterflies feeding, video "IndyWatch Feed National"

This video from North Carolina in the USA says about itself:

22 August 2017

Tiger Swallowtail and Spice Bush Swallowtail butterflies go into a feeding frenzy as the first thistle of the season blooms. Filmed in 4K UHD in the Great Smoky Mountains.


Newsbud Exclusive- Agents of Terror on Government Payroll- Part I: Anwar Al-Awlaki. "IndyWatch Feed National"

MSM: 2 + 2 + 2 + 2 + more 2s = 0

From quasi investigative reports to legitimate leaks, whistleblowers and numerous court documents, several key 9/11 operatives have been identified and confirmed as assets and or informants of the United States government. All details of these operatives positions, functions and employment records have been sealed and protected as beyond and above top secret classified. Further, despite the established facts and undeniable trail of evidentiary crumbs, the mainstream and pseudo-alternative tentacles of the establishment continue to downplay or plainly disregard these cases, and parrot the long ago debunked official narrative. According to them the sum of two plus two plus more twos equals well, a solid zero.

Whether it is Anwar al-Awlaki, a man who was born and highly educated in the United States, who fought on our side against our competitors interests, who was a regular figure at the Pentagon and the brass dinner companion, who was on the FBIs payroll and highly valued by the US Congress; or Ali Mohameds employment with the United States Armys Green Barret and the CIA, and his connections with the FBI; or the landlord of two 9/11 hijackers in San Diego, who happened to be a highly valued long-term FBI informant, we find ourselves staring at black holes of incomplete profiles and missing crucial information. In each of these cases we are dealing with a government engaged in an extraordinary level of secrecy, protection and cover-up. And with every single case we are faced with the crucial why question.

While each case, individually, on its own, paints an extremely troubling picture with serious implications, we must delve into the cases as a whole in order to see the larger theme and an even more telling story. Putting these established cases together, documented in one place, is a sound starting point towards needed answers- the truth; on 9/11.

Anwar Awlaki- An Established FBI Informant & Pentagon Insider

On October 4, 2013, lawyers for Ali Al-Timimi, a Virginia man and Muslim scholar serving a life sentence for supporting jihad against the U.S., pushed to obtain more information from the federal government on evidence pertaining to the cleric Anwar Al-Aw...


Leaked documents reveal shocking attempt to force refugees living in the community back to danger "IndyWatch Feed National"


Who: Hugh de Kretser, Executive Director, Human Rights Law Centre - who represent most of the affected people, Amy Frew, Lawyer, Human Rights Law Centre, Natasha Blucher, Detention Advocacy Manager, Asylum Seeker Resource Centre
Date: Sunday 27 August 2017
Time: 11:00AM (AEST)
Location: HRLC, Level 17, 461 Bourke St, Melbourne
Note: Call 0419 100 519 for entry


Leaked Government documents have revealed that Immigration Minister Peter Dutton is planning to throw up to a hundred refugees and people seeking asylum and living in the community out onto the street in a move designed to force them back to danger.  

The documents, revealed overnight, show that starting Monday the Department of Immigration and Border Protection will issue dozens of refugees and people seeking asylum who were transferred to Australia from offshore detention for medical reasons with a final departure Bridging E Visa. The visa will give them three weeks to find their own accommodation while at the same time cutting their entire financial support and directing them to make arrangements to leave Australia.

Hugh de Kretser, Executive Director at the Human Rights Law Centre, said:

This is a shocking act of cruelty. We are talking about people who have been in Australia, some for several years. They have endured unimaginable suffering but are finally starting to rebuild their lives in freedom and safety in our communities. Then now, out of the blue, Dutton is trying to force them back to danger by making them destitute.

The policy comes more than a year after the successful Let Them Stay campaign that prevented Minister Duttons first attempt at deporting this same group - including babies born in Australia - back to Nauru and Manus Island.

We're talking about people who have been part of our communities for years. The sensible and compassionate thing to do is to let them stay. Instead, Dutton is trying to make them destitute and coerce them back to harm.

For further information please call:...


Mysterious 3,700 Year Old Tablet Reveals Ancient Babylonian Trigonometry "IndyWatch Feed National"

The mystery of a numerically-coded Babylonian tablet has been cracked, with scientists in Australia revealing the 3,700-year-old clay artifact is the worlds oldest trigonometry table. Discovered by 20th century archaeologist Edgar Banks, the ancient clay fragment, known as Plimpton 322, has puzzled scientists for decades. Now researchers from University of New South Wales, Australia, say []


George Soros AND Bill Ayers Want You Re-educated or Dead "IndyWatch Feed National"



high treason

soros and ayers

Bill Ayers and George Soros are teammates that have one thing in common. They want people like you to die.

Some, and I mean only some Americans are aware of the George Soros groups who are pushing this country towards extreme violence that will manipulate America into a civil war that will subsequently be crushed and a new globalist, dictataorial regime will be installed. The goal of Soros and his globalist colleagues is to eliminate the last real bastion of representative government and install a brutal, dictatorial global socialist government where individual liberties are eliminated.

As was pointed out in Part One, the Soros-led movement against America is merely a continuation of the radical communist subversive groups  from the 1960s from which the most prominent group was the Weathermen Underground.

What Do These Subversive Want?

The short answer to the question of what do they want, what is their final objective, can be answered very succinctly. They want you are your type dead. They plan to murder you and people like you and have stated so in the past.

In Part One of this series, I detailed the history of treasonous subversive groups who are alll dedicated to the destruction of the United States. These groups have been led by communist agitators and murderers such as Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn. As I also pointed out in Part One, Ayers, the former head of the Weathermen Underground, gave Obama his start in politics.

There is a critical area of special interest that needs to be highlighted when it comes to Ayers.

Former FBI informan...


The question of marriage equality needs to be resolved "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Over a two week period from 12 September 2017 an Australian Marriage Law Survey Form will be sent by post to every Australian registered to vote. It will be sent to the address given on the Commonwealth Electoral Roll.
This voluntary survey form needs to be returned before 6pm on 27 October 2017. If it is received by the Australian Bureau of Statistics after the deadline it will not be counted.
The survey form asks one straightforward question: Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?


Trump the Demagogue "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

US President Donald J. Trump holds a rally at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, AZ, on 22 August 2017


Brit ex-spook behind Trump dossier ordered to give deposition in BuzzFeed lawsuit "IndyWatch Feed National"

Man behind Trump dossier meets with Senate investigators The former British spy who put together an unverified dossier of explosive allegations about President Trump during last year's campaign has been ordered to give a deposition in a multi-million-dollar libel case brought against a media outlet that published the document. Former MI-6 British Intelligence Officer Christopher Steele is fighting the decision by U.S. District Court Judge Ursula Ungaro, of the Southern District of Florida that he must answer questions in the suit against BuzzFeed. A lawyer directly involved in the case said the issue will likely be argued before the British courts where a similar libel case is being heard. Steele's London-based company, Orbis Business Intelligence, authored the 35-page dossier while working for American-based Fusion GPS and its founder Glenn Simpson. The document, which was crafted as opposition research for unknown political rivals of Trump, contained salacious charges involving Trump and Russian prostitutes, but none of the claims have been corroborated and most media outlets steered clear of the dossier. In January, BuzzFeed set off an international firestorm when it chose to publish the entire dossier, which also included seamy allegations involving Russian technology guru Aleksej Gubarev and his companies, XBT Holdings and Webzilla.

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Hovering black object and other UFOs seen in skies of Bradbury, Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

It appears UFOs could be roaming our Macarthur skies, with a Bradbury resident appealing for support after sighting three unidentified flying objects on Sunday night. The UFO spotter, who did not wish to be named, said he saw the UFOs through his kitchen window as he was cooking dinner. "It was a very weird, black object," he said. "It wasn't very high up, probably between 500 to 1000 metres." "The object came from a south to north direction and was four to eight metres high. "My father thought it was eight feet wide and it hovered for close to 30 seconds."


Worlds #1 Anti-Vaxxer Calls for US Naval Blockade of Australia to Restore Democracy "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Kent Heckenlively, JD If being an American means anything, it means being able to go anywhere in the world and telling people right to their face that what theyre doing is wrong. Yes, I know it can sometimes be messy, but thats democracy. Which is why the apparent decision of Australia to ban me Continue reading Worlds #1 Anti-Vaxxer Calls for US Naval Blockade of Australia to Restore Democracy

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Get Out! A message for the atheist movement "IndyWatch Feed National"

A couple have a major disagreement. A metaphorical story.

Spouse #1: I want a divorce.

Spouse #2: But no! You cant! Marriage is so, so important, and we have to stick together no matter what!

S#1: Im a feminist, and you put a pic of Milo Yiannopoulis with a word ballon saying Feminism is Cancer as the background on your cell phone.

S#2: You can change! Or you can learn to tolerate my little quirks. I have to be me, you know.

S#1: You marched in a white nationalist parade!

S#2: Oh, you and your trivial, petty concerns. Our bond is more important. We have to stick together, for the sake of the marriage. We still have things in common: you think Black Lives Matter, but we can still agree that cops have really tough jobs. Why are you tearing us apart?

I ask, whos side do you take here? Some of you will say that both sides are talking past each other, and that is correct. Some might then follow through and declare that therefore Both Sides Are Wrong, glossing over the misogyny and racism that one side takes for granted.

But some of us say instead, Oh no, Spouse #1! Get out! #2 is an asshole with bad ideas! It seems to me the only rational response: thats a marriage that needs to end.

But a lot of atheists disagree. At least, thats what I have to conclude from the last 6 years of abusive behavior by atheists against atheists, who then try to silence disagreement by declaring the inviolable importance of sticking together in the name of the precious Atheist Movement.

In 2016, David Smalley asked, Whats killing the atheist movement?. His answer: public disagreement about social justice. Reading between the lines, it was clear that it was all the fault of people who criticized other people within the movement. Were supposed to be quiet, show a unified front, and call each other up on the phone before we dare to disagree publicly. He was completely oblivious to the fact that silence favors the status quo, and that he was taking a side when he demands obedience to the nebulous leadership of the atheist movement.

I slammed him on it. I had a...


Victoria Police on duty at homosexual rally in Melbourne and their bosses must be charged with offences over uniforms "IndyWatch Feed National"

This is a genuine photo of the uniform of a Victoria Police sworn member at a homosexual rally in Melbourne today. It doesn't matter if you're pro same sex marriage, or against it. It's entirely irrelevant to this matter. The rainbow "POLICE" on the reflective vest is partisan. Some people...


London Notting Hill Carnival after Grenfell fire "IndyWatch Feed National"

This video says about itself:

19 March 2010

Claudia Jones, Trinidadian was an outstanding leader in the Black British struggle for equal rights. Deported from the States for her anti racist activities she landed in London and began campaigning for equal rights for the West Indian communities. She fought injustice, police brutality, housing and education discrimination. She set up the West Indian Gazette and created what is now known as the Notting Hill Carnival.

This video is the sequel.

By Zita Holbourne in London, England:

Marking carnival in the spirit of respect for the victims of the Grenfell fire

Saturday 26th August 2017

This years Notting Hill celebrations will be a more sombre affair as we remember those who lost their lives in the Grenfell tragedy, says ZITA HOLBOURNE

NOTTING HILL CARNIVAL has existed throughout my life and is part of the fabric of London society.

Renowned internationally, it is one of the biggest outdoor carnivals in the world, but the roots of carnival sometimes seem forgotten or perhaps not known at all by the thousands of people who attend each year.

Growing up it was about mas, the costumes, floats, steel pan, sou...


Russian Federation SITREP 24 August 2017 "IndyWatch Feed National"

THE NEW NWO AND RUSSIA. This is very much worth reading. The authors argue that in the coming (well, already here) rivalry between the American maritime power and the Chinese land power, Russia is the swing player that can hand victory to one or the other: "So logic says that the US should be very nice to Russia and seek to establish some kind of military alliance". Well, logic's voice isn't loud enough for the US Congress to hear. Also interesting is their discussion of Germany's choices and the important role Saudi Arabia could play if it changes protectors again. (I too wondered this two years ago.) PUTIN'S POPULARITY. Some Western academics asked "But is his popularity real, or are respondents lying to pollsters?" and concluded "Putin's approval ratings largely reflect the attitudes of Russian citizens." I didn't bother to read their paper because I know - as does any serious observer - the answer already. Of course he's popular: he is the leader of a team which has achieved a tremendous turnaround in Russia's situation. Since 2000 all indicators are up. I wish we could say the same in our part of the world. RUSSIA INC. GDP grew 2.5% year-on-year in the second quarter; this is the highest growth since 2013. PMI is up to 52.7. Inflation is the lowest in five years.


Weekend reads - must see articles of the week "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Summarised for you here at Property Update (or click on the image below).

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Lying about Citizenship: Australian Politicians before the High Court "IndyWatch Feed National"

It was nothing short of fabulous.  Before the public, the political lie is deemed an imperative, instinctively cultured to repel anything that might appear, let alone resemble, truth.  Never, whatever you do in political garb, reveal the game, convey the reality, even if power is only held on trust.  Those idiots (the voters, that is) wont know.

Before the judicial bench, however, the same figures find themselves on the horns of a dilemma.  Pull the wig over those judicial eyes or risk perjuring yourself?  With that in mind, the story about how the Nationals Senator Matt Canavan became an Italian citizen, making him ineligible as a sitting member of Parliament according to the Australian Constitution, was instructive.

Even then, cracks started to appear in the fabricated story.  Discussions about his citizenship and maternal suggestions in that direction, were being had around the family table prior to the sneaky visit to the Italian consulate in Brisbane.

The directions hearing in the High Court saw a change of heart. Mum was left out of it.  Legal counsel representing Senator Canavan argued that he had been an Italian citizen since 1983 (not 2006, as Canavan had claimed, courtesy of his mothers intervention), due to a change in Italian law. This rendered Canavan a citizen by descent, rather than birth.

This could only have one meaning, claimed legal counsel representing Canavan: section 44 of the Australian constitution would not apply.  To read the section any other way, claimed David Bennett, QC, would result in a ridiculous interpretation, one that would also disqualify up to half the population from sitting in Parliament. A grim, and truly undemocratic prospect indeed.

Left with the mountainous task of defending Roberts, a post-truth peddler who insists that the Murdoch empire offers papers of unimpeachable balance, Senior Counsel Robert Newlinds was knotted and bound.  He duly submitted to Chief Justice Susan Kiefel that the British authorities were the ones who had been con...


Babylonian Tablet May Contain Oldest Evidence of Trigonometry "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

A reexamination of a Babylonian tablet has found what may be the first appearance of trigonometry:

Consisting of four columns and 15 rows of numbers inscribed in cuneiform, the famous P322 tablet was discovered in the early 1900s in what is now southern Iraq by archaeologist, antiquities dealer, and diplomat Edgar Banks, the inspiration for the fictional character Indiana Jones.

Now stored at Columbia University, the tablet first garnered attention in the 1940s, when historians recognized that its cuneiform inscriptions contain a series of numbers echoing the Pythagorean theorem, which explains the relationship of the lengths of the sides of a right triangle. (The theorem: The square of the hypotenuse equals the sum of the square of the other two sides.) But why ancient scribes generated and sorted these numbers in the first place has been debated for decades.

Mathematician Daniel Mansfield of the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney was developing a course for high school math teachers in Australia when he came across an image of P322. Intrigued, he teamed up with UNSW mathematician Norman Wildberger to study it. "It took me 2 years of looking at this [tablet] and saying 'I'm sure it's trig, I'm sure it's trig, but how?'" Mansfield says. The familiar sines, cosines, and angles used by Greek astronomers and modern-day high schoolers were completely missing. Instead, each entry includes information on two sides of a right triangle: the ratio of the short side to the long side and the ratio of the short side to the diagonal, or hypotenuse.

Mansfield realized that the information he needed was in missing pieces of P322 that had been reconstructed by other researchers. "Those two ratios from the reconstruction really made P322 into a clean and easy-to-use trigonometric table," he says. He and Wildberger concluded that the Babylonians expressed trigonometry in terms of exact ratios of the lengths of the sides of right triangles [open, DOI: 10.1016/] [DX], rather than by angles, using their base 60 form of mathematics, they report today in Historia Mathematica. "This is a whole different way of looking at trigonometry," Mansfield says. "We prefer sines and cosines ... but we have to really get outside our own culture to see from their perspective to be able to understand it."

Also at the...


Iranians up in arms as Apple removes top apps "IndyWatch Feed National"


AFP/File | This file picture taken on July 09, 2017 shows employees at an e-commerce sites offices in the Iranian capital Tehran
TEHRAN (AFP)  Iranians have been joined by a minister in protest after Apple removed popular apps from its store, which the American company says has been done to comply with US sanctions.Today, respecting consumers rights is a basic principle which Apple has not followed, Information and Communication Technology Minister Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi tweeted, promising to legally pursue the case.

IT should be used for making human life better and comfortable not a tool for discrimination between countries, he wrote.

The hashtag #StopRemovingIranianApps has been trending on Iranian social media in the past few days, after Apple removed at least 10 of the countrys most popular apps from its online store.

Those now missing include Amazon-style shopping apps Digikala and Bamilo, ride-hailing apps Snapp and Tap30, discount store Takhfifan and a brunch delivery service called Delion.

We are unable to include your app on the App Store, a message sent to some of those companies reportedly said.

Under the US sanctions regulations, the App Store cannot host, distribute, or do business with apps or developers connected to certain US embargoed countries.

The US lifted some sanctions on Iran, particularly in the aviation sector, under a 2015 nuclear deal that saw Tehran limit its atomic programme.

But American individuals and companies are still barred from doing any business with Iranians because of much older and non-nuclear related sanctions on the Islamic republic.

There are removed apps which did not have financial transactions, and due to sanctions, some of them were registered in countries other than Iran too, the minister, Azari Jahromi, said on Twitter.

Some Iranian apps in the same category of the removed ones are still available on the app store.

Irans youthful and well-connected population own some 40 million smart phones, six million of them iPhones, the government-owned Iran Daily newspaper reported.

Apple has not provided any clear answers to our messages, the daily on Saturday quoted Mehdi Taghizadeh, vice chairman at Delion, as saying.

More than 4,500 Iranian netizens have signed an online petition urging Apple chief executive Tim Cook to recognise our rights as Apple custom...


Qatar Says Five Suspects in News Agency Hacking Detained in Turkey "IndyWatch Feed National"

DOHA Qatars attorney general said Turkey has detained five suspects in connection with the hacking of Qatars state news agency in May.

The hacking helped precipitate the diplomatic rift that has since opened up between Qatar and some of its powerful Arab neighbors.

Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates severed ties with Qatar in June over comments briefly posted on the Qatar News Agency attributed to its ruler in which he allegedly praised their arch-foe Iran.

Qatar said Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani did not make the statements and that hackers had posted a false story on QNA.

In comments published by QNA on Saturday, Qatars Attorney General Ali Bin Fetais al-Marri said the suspects were being interrogated, without specifying their nationalities or any other details.

Our friends in Turkey answered us a short time ago. Five people were detained and they are being investigated. Qatari prosecutors are working with Turkish authorities to follow this case, he was quoted as saying by Qatari media.

Marri has said Qatar has evidence that the hack was linked to countries that have severed ties with Doha for allegedly supporting Islamist militant groups and advancing the agenda of their arch-rival Iran in the region charges Doha denies.

The dispute has defied mediation attempts by the United States and Kuwait.

(Writing by Stephen Kalin Editing by Jeremy Gaunt)



Dr Michael J Duggin and Jacques Vallee "IndyWatch Feed National"

Duggin writes to Vallee

In a blog post dated 4 January 2017, I reported on the passing on, of Australian Dr. Michael J Duggin. Between at least 1966 and 1973, Duggin took an active interest in UAP. Inter alia, I reported upon a meeting between Duggin and Jacques Vallee in the US, in 1966.

Dr Michael J Duggin
Recently, I was fortunate enough to come across copies of a letter from Dr Duggin to Jacques Vallee, in the digital collection of US researcher Dr. Michael Swords. There was also a copy of a response letter to Duggin from one William T. Powers, an associate of both Jacques Vallee, and Dr J Allen Hynek. I will image the letters below, and provide a typed copy of their contents.

'Dept of Physics


AUGUST UKE NIGHT KEEP CALM & UKE ON from 6:30pm Thursday 31 August "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

KEEP CALM & UKE ON from 6:30pm Thursday 31 August Club Mullum

In these troubling times with mad men in the drivers seat its important to remember to stay calm and you may as well play ukulele. Miss Amber & Stukulele present two sets of Anti War songs and songs of togetherness to unify the people and balance the energies that threaten our chance of peace. Special guests are Tim Stokes and Lady Boho (Vesuda Harte).

Strummin starts from 6:30pm at Club Mullum Thursday 31 August. Join the mailing list at for the link to the songbook.

Entry Adults $12.50 kids under 16 $2.50


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Mates taking care of mates. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Thanks to reader KM for the tip on this story from Fairfax media today. A law unto himself: How a lawyer was left free to steal $1.5 million from clients August 25 2017 - 11:45PM The solicitor in this story, John James Kotsifas of Northcote law firm J Kotsifas &...


Stuck on the Island of Introversion "IndyWatch Feed National"

Your mind opens. Another day; another full-on day. People, trains, lights, noise, chaos. Your head is about to explode: headaches, sore eyes, lethargic body. Your mind closes, deciding to only work a half day, but hey, At least its better than the whole day off, you unconvincingly whisper to yourself.

Its the fear of going home regretting not doing more things or meeting more people which spirals you into a state of worry and further mental exhaustion.

A pretty messed up contradiction, right? Many people didnt understand it, including me.

It was during my gap year that I really felt the challenge of being an introvert. In an attempt to combat this personality trait, I booked two group tours. A week in Ireland and another for 18 days throughout Europe. I was hoping at this point I would be heading towards extroversion, as though it were a destination.

Each tour started with awkward hellos, earphones in and firecrackers in my head. After a day or two, I would then gravitate towards the loud crowd and the class clowns. I craved to have that energy.

The tours were closely linked with alcohol, so it became my personal assistant. Every time the social lubricant kicked in, I suddenly became an extrovert. Loud, funny, wanting to be in the spotlight, and most of all, able to interact with a large group of people. What a feel good experience that was, my mind was buzzing and stimulated for the whole night.

Of course, every high has its lows. The day after a night like that was always awful. Drained to the point I couldnt be around anyone, I didnt really talk or do much. I used b...


Temperatures Plunge after Technical fix "IndyWatch Feed National"

Fortunately this has not gone on for years and it got caught early and was then fixed.  What were they thinking?  This is not data for which an artificial floor is inconsequential.  It could even be dangerous in the wrong place as anyone who has experienced minus sixty is well aware.  The margins become real narrow there.

It is really odd considering just how controversial real measurements have become with heat island effects.

Yet it does remind us that we are vulnerable to real error at the programing level conducted by non specialists in most cases in most fields.

Date: 04/08/17 

Graham Lloyd, The Australian 

Recorded temperatures at the Bureau of Meteorologys Thredbo Top automatic weather station have dropped below -10C in the past week, after action was taken to make the facility fit for purpose.

A record of the Thredbo Top station for 3am on Wednesday shows a temperature reading of -10.6C. This compares with the BoMs monthly highlights for June and July, both showing a low of -9.6C.

The BoM said it had taken immediate action to replace the Thredbo station after concerns were raised that very low temperatures were not making it onto the official record. Controversy...



PERTH Olympic silver medalist arrested as part of police drug operation "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Olympic silver medalist arrested as part of police drug operation .

August 25, 2017 at 05:07PM .

Bobridge, who retired from professional cycling due to rheumatoid arthritis after last years Rio Olympics, appeared at Perth magistrates court on .


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PERTH Olympics medallist charged with drug offences "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Olympics medallist charged with drug offences .

August 25, 2017 at 04:45PM .

The 28-year-old South Australian appeared in Perth Magistrates Court on Thursday charged with five counts of drug possession and another count of .


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The Weekend Quiz August 26-27, 2017 answers and discussion "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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

Question 1:

If the external sector overall is in deficit, it is still possible for the private domestic sector and government sector to run surpluses as long as GDP growth is fast enough (the technical condition is that the rate of GDP growth has to be faster than the real interest rate).

The answer is False.

Once again it is a test of ones basic understanding of the sectoral balances that can be derived from the National Accounts. Some people write to me in an incredulous way about the balances.

The least polite ones accuse me of making all this stuff about balances up. They say that there are no such constraints. They then rehearse an elaborate discussion (read: rave) about how all official national statistics office data is fraudulent constructed by governments aiming to control us with information censorship. I sometimes wonder why people waste their time with such personalised attacks on me when they must have spent 20 or more minutes typing all the stuff they add into the invective. Time is too short.

The more polite(but equally erroneous) enquiries sometimes argue that the national accounts data leaves things out which negate the balances approach. Yes, the national accounting system leaves lots of things out which are important indicators of well-being and activity (such as, unpaid home care and child-rearing services typically supplied productively by females). That is clear but doesnt alter the veracity of the sectoral balances approach.

While I have lots of opinions it is crucial to understand that the sectoral balances derivation (which I repeat below) is not one of those opinions it is an artefact of accounting rules and some algebra (which maintains all equalities no matter how much transformation of the original relationship eventuates).

How I interpret those balances can lead us into opinion which has to be reinforced with empirical support. But the framework itself is just an accounting structure albeit a very useful one.

The answer is false because if the external sector overall is in deficit, then it is impossible for both the private domestic sector and government sector to run surpluses. One of those two has to also be in deficit to satisfy th...


Australias coastal communities already vulnerable to climate change "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Flooding proved how vulnerable Coast is to climate change, Sunshine Coast Daily, Bill Hoffman | 26th Aug 2017 THE Sunshine Coast received a taste Monday night of the future normal for low-lying coastal communities everywhere when, in the middle of a drought-like winter, water flooded through storm water outlets and over the top of revetment walls and onto key streets across the region.


15 Hidden Signs You Had a Toxic Parent Growing Up "IndyWatch Feed National"

While most parents do their best to provide the best lives for their children that they can, they sometimes do not realize they are doing more harm than good. Yes, even the best parents can be toxic if they are going it in the wrong way.

Whether your parent or parents were aware of their toxicity doesnt really matter since things still came out the same. There are actually a lot of things that can and will cause a child to grow up damaged. Below you will find a list of the most common, but least known signs that a parent is toxic.

1. They make you feel responsible for their unhappiness.

If this person goes on and on about how happy they would be if you were not in the picture they are not only making you feel bad, but also putting unhealthy expectations on you. They are acting as if you need to make up for having been born in the first place, but that is not really your fault now is it? No child should ever be made to feel as if they are the reason for their parents unhappiness. We are responsible for our own happiness and no one elses.

2. They give you the silent treatment.

While it is hard to talk when you are mad without saying the wrong thing, shutting out your children will only make the situation worse. Giving them the silent treatment is immature and can hurt your relationship with them big time. In situations like this, the parent should excuse his or herself to cool down, ignoring your child is never the answer.

3. They do not set healthy boundaries.

There are two different scenarios in which this type of situation can pan out:

1. The parent sets too many boundaries, and smothers their children in-turn not allowing the child to have a healthy childhood. While you should keep a close eye on your children these parents go overboard with it. They override all boundaries and when it comes to personal space their children have none.


2. They do not set any boundaries and allow their children to run the house. I have seen this in too many different situations! Your child should never have control over you, and if you are allowing your child to control you, you are setting them up for failure later on in life.

4. They do not provide you with security.

They make you take care of yourself at too young of an age. While they may believe this is helping you prepare for life, it is only making you feel as if you have no one to turn to. Sure, tough love is necessary sometimes, but not all the....


Lance Boyle of the ACU*T lives on "IndyWatch Feed National"

Lance Boyle, former General Secretary of the NSW Branch of the ACU*T. Mentor to a new generation of union leaders. Thursday, 26 June 2014 It's well worth the effort to find a copy of this collection of Barry Humphries scripts and sketches: It was published by Currency Press in 1981....


Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.0002 BTC
0.0010 BTC = 5.50 AUD

Former Australian PM Admits He Was Passed Out Drunk During Crucial Financial Crisis Vote "IndyWatch Feed National"

After years of lies and deflections, Australias former prime minister Tony Abbott has admitted on a local television program that he missed a crucial 2009 vote on a $42 billion stimulus package intended to shore up the countrys banking system during the financial crisis because he was passed out drunk.


Anti Adani coal project movement continues, despite Court setback "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Court setback for anti-Adani campaign  Margaret Gleeson, August 25, 2017

While further legal challenges in the High Court are still awaiting decision,  the movement in opposition to Adani is growing.  Protests have been held in recent weeks in Townsville and Brisbane  targetting Adanis offices and those of likely contractor Downer.  Arrests were made.

The campaign is currently organising a series of summits in  Queensland regional centres, Brisbane and Sydney  to plan the next steps in the campaign.  The focus so far has been on direct action.
This has successfully prevented Adani from securing financial support from the Big Four Banks.

as Adani continues to have the support of both the Coalition and Labor,  to defeat Adani and put an end to all new coalmines in Australia,  mass demonstrations will be needed along with  the lobbyingdirect action and legal tactics.


Interview: Folk Artiste Prashanna Gogoi on His Relationship With Assams Bihu Dance "IndyWatch Feed National"

In conversation with ethnomusicologist Prashanna Gogoi on his experiments with the Bihu.

Artiste Prashanna Gogoi playing the juria pepa at his studio in Guwahati. Credit: Sangeeta Barooah Pisharoty

Artiste Prashanna Gogoi playing the juria pepa at his studio in Guwahati. Credit: Sangeeta Barooah Pisharoty

Guwahati (Assam): As I waited for the door to be answered, my gaze fell upon the several identical-sized coconut shells left to dry in the courtyard of Prashanna Gogois house in Guwahatis Maligaon railway colony. It is to make the base for the been, he told me.

An advisor to Sangeet Natak Akademi on tribal and folk arts, 47-year-old Gogoi is known across Assam not only for modernising the been (Assams traditional string instrument that is also considered as one of the oldest traditional kinds in the region), but also for ach...


MACKAY Mackay man accused of car theft will stay behind bars "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Andrew Lawrence Eyre, 26, from Mackay faced Mackay Magistrates Court accused of car theft, alongside four other charges. Facebook

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MACKAY Busted with meth, police claim "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY August 26, 2017 at 04:56AM ,

Busted with meth, police claim

August 26, 2017 at 04:56AM ,

Jacob Dean Cavanagh, 23, from South Mackay faced Mackay Magistrates Court on Thursday. Brought up from the Mackay Watch-house, he faced five

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Congresss Hearing on Pat Tillmans Death "IndyWatch Feed National"

Pat, a Ranger, on left with brother Kevin Tillman, in Afghanistan [Editors note: The possibility of sending more US troops into Afghanistan is a talking point this week, so we bring you Marys article on Pat Tillman] by Mary Maxwell This soldier died of two close-together bullet wounds in the forehead that were fired at []


Lamborghini rebrands phones and sell them 6x their original price without a charger "IndyWatch Feed National"

Some people may think that when they are purchasing a 'luxury' phone from a 'brand' name they are getting the best.

The reality is that the 'luxury' brand is getting a cheap phone and putting their name on it, with some of their own coverings.

Looks like it's one company hiding another company manufactured product.

Lamborghini's $2450 re-birthed $400 ZTE does not even have a charger.

Capitalistic (tight arse) pigs..

Al least BlackBerry's "Porsche Design" phones have 4 chargers.

Lamborghini Mobile has launched the Alpha-One Android smartphone for $2450. It will be available at Harrod's in the UK and multiple retailers in the UAE. It is also available on the company's website.

The Alpha-One is a reasonably straightforward high-end Android smartphone, with a 5.5-inch QHD AMOLED display and a 20 megapixel camera. Powering it is the Snapdragon 820 processor with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of expandable storage. It even has a set of stereo speakers as well as a dedicated DAC and AMP, along with Dolby Atmos audio. The phone runs on a 3,250mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0, although a charger is not provided with the phone. Lastly, it comes with Android 7.0 Nougat.

To somewhat justify the cost, the Alpha-One has an Italian leather back and liquid metal for the side frame. An Italian leather case is also provided with the phone.

For all intents and purposes, the Alpha-One is a rebranded Axon 7 with the same specifications and same overall structure, just in a different set of materials. Except that the ZTE phone costs $400 and comes with a charger.


CIA Director Mike Pompeo, Donald Trump, and NAMBLA "IndyWatch Feed National"

CIA Director Mike Pompeo, Donald Trump, and NAMBLA

Published on Aug 25, 2017
People have to watch him: The CIA reportedly suspects its director could try to shield Trump from the Russia probe

Right before I was served the protection order- I had the guy screaming at me out on the street in front of my neighbors Im NOT CIA- Im not CIA before he almost physically attacked me. Well- I am not a purple unicorn- but you dont see me screaming it at people out on the road. THEN he demanded I get in his truck with him and go to the police station- AFTER he screamed at me and came at me when I turned my back on him. You need to read the protection orders to get the whole story

Protection Order Info:

No. 174-00303
No. 174-00304

MRJC Courthouse
401 4th Ave N
Kent, WA 98032
Phone: 206-205-9200

Proof These Directed Energy Weapons Exist


Letter from Pamela Noblitt- Wife of Randy Noblitt

Just wanted to update you on some issues that are impacting on us subsequent to Randys role in the Keller Day Care (Frans Day Care) case in Travis County, Texas in the early 1990s.

My husband, Randy Noblitt, is a veteran of the USAF. He earned a PhD in clinical psychology as a recipient of an Air Force Institute of Psychology scholarship. He is a clinical psychologist and since 2004, he has been a full-time professor of psychology. He has been on the core faculty of the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University since 2006.

In 1992 while we resided in Dallas, Texas, the district attorney and the assistant district attorney of Travis County (Austin) Texas reached out to Randy to provide consultation and guidance in their prosecution of Fran and Dan Keller, operators of a daycare in Travis County accused of several charges related to the sexual assault of the children in their care. Randy had become known for his advocacy for survivors of child sexual abuse and those who alleged their abuse included ritually based trauma. Our research would lead to the publication...


Where the hell is Taralga? (Latitude -34.4048, Longitude 149.8197; BoM ID 94735) "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dr. Bill Johnston. (Former NSW natural resources research scientist.) Once a staging post on the track to Oberon and Bathurst, the delightful little village of Taralga is 44 km (27 miles) north of Goulburn New South Wales and 135 km (84 miles) from Canberra. The post office (Figure 1) is in the news recently because


Medical Witch Hunt Kicks off in Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Medical Witch Hunt

Soulless, automaton-like officials such as Health Minister Greg Hunt are perfect examples of why the title of Honourable should be dropped from politics altogether. Read More


Recognizing Controlled Opposition With Titus Frost: Rebel Media, David Seaman, Alex Jones And More "IndyWatch Feed National"

Trust. A word that, in modern American media, has all but lost its meaning. Which outlet do you trust, what organization do you blindly follow? Today, the answer should be no one. Now, that is not to imply that we should trust no one, or hold nothing sacred, as that is a recipe for an []

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The politics of Shakespeares Julius Caesar "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

In the wake of controversial production of Shakespeares play in New Yorks Central Park,  here is an excellent exposition of the politics of this play by American screenwriter, novelist and producer Joseph Suglia. One forgets just how politically sophisticated and daring William Shakespeare was potentially dangerous and, indeed, deadly during the unsettled and bloody times of the Tudor monarchs.

Selected Essays and Squibs by Joseph Suglia

Caesar Anti-Trump

by Joseph Suglia

Nackt kann die Wahrheit vor dem Volke nicht erscheinen.

Arthur Schopenhauer, Die Welt als Wille und Vorstellung, Zweiter Band, Kapitel 17

The election of Donald Trump to the presidency of the United States of America gives further evidence, if needed, that Americans wish to be led by cartoon characters.  It was not Trump the human being who acceded to the presidency.  It was his screen double, which is all the American electorate has ever known of him.  It was Trump the Rich Man of Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992).  It was Trump the Boss of The Apprentice (2004-2015).  It was Trump the Billionaire of Wrestlemania 23 (2007).  Donald Trump is every bit as unreal as Flo the Progressive Insurance Girl or Colonel Sandersall three of these characters are strategic unrealities.  All are holograms, shadows of living beings rather than living



"Mu" "IndyWatch Feed National"


"A strange game. The only winning move is not to play." 
- Joshua, "War Games"

"There is a word, a concept, in Zen Buddhism that doesn't quite translate perfectly into the English language: Mu. Mu is the response given by a Zen monk to a question that cannot be meaningfully answered. It suggest that the question's premises are not real, that there is a state of emptiness that lies beyond yes and no, that the asker should unask the question - indeed, that anyone who would ask such a question in the first place might well to question his entire perspective on life.

Though the word was never uttered in the 1984's seminal teen-computer-hacker-political-thriller "War Games", the idea lies at the heart of the conflict that fuels the movie: a new Pentagon supercomputer that controls the nation's nuclear codes is caught up in a relentless war-game simulation trying to answer the question, "How...


PNG says it won't let Australian Government abandon refugees on Manus Island "IndyWatch Feed National"

Overnight the Papua New Guinea Government announced that it will not allow the Australian Government to close down the Manus Island detention centre until it first finds somewhere safe and viable for the men trapped inside it to go.

The PNG Attorney General, Davis Steven, reportedly told Australias High Commissioner that the PNG Government had not agreed to the slated 31 October 2017 closure and that PNG would not allow the Australian Government to just walk away and abandon people in PNG.

Amir Taghinia, a refugee held on Manus Island for four years said:

This proves that the Australian Government does not have any plan. They are just playing a game and people are very desperate. After 4 years, we just want a chance to build a life in safety."

Behrouz Boochani, an Iranian journalist currently held on Manus Island, said:

This comment from the PNG Government proves that the Australian Government has no plan and has lost control of its own policy. The people in the Manus detention centre are tired from this kind of political games. We just want freedom and a chance to rebuild our lives.

The PNG announcement comes at a dangerous and tense time on Manus Island. The Australian government is closing the Manus RPC facility around the men it has detained there for the last four years - recently cutting water and electricity to the major compounds - but the men have nowhere safe to go.

Ahead of the slated October 31 closure the Australian Government is currently attempting to force the men to the East Lorengau facility on the outskirts of the main town on Manus. The facility currently holds about 60 men but at a Senate hearing in May the Australian Government revealed plans to double-bunk the facility and increase its capacity to 440.

However, a series of recent violent attacks against refugees near the centre and the surrounding town - including three attacks in one night last month - have left the men terrified.

Daniel Webb, Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, who has visited Manus Island three times to inspect conditions and meet with the men held there, said:

After four years of fear, violence, chaos and uncertainty, enough is enough. These 900 i...


FixedIt: domestic violence is not romantic "IndyWatch Feed National"

That we expect this kind of tripe from The Mirror does not make it ok.

On average, two women every week are murdered in domestic violence homicides in England and Wales. Domestic violence will affect 1 in 4 women in the UK at some point in their life. It is a deadly serious and widespread problem. The media has a significant role to play in changing public attitude to mens violence against women and children.

Headlines like this are part of the problem, not part of the solution.

Intimate partner violence has nothing to do with romance or rejection. Its a choice made by the perpetrator based on their need for power and control, and the underlying belief that anything they do to maintain control over a woman they see as a possession is justified and excused by her actions.

When journalists make implicit excuses for violent men by blaming victims they are confirming those beliefs. They are colluding with violent men in excusing their violence and blaming their victims.

Andrei Pavel is not a spurned lover, hes a violent man who chose to stalk and assault his ex-girlfriend. He was convicted of assault and ordered to stay away from his victim for 12 months.

He didnt punch her because she rejected him, he punched her because he decided he had the right to assault a woman who refused to do what he wanted her to do.

Nothing a victim does is the cause of violence committed against them, there is only one thing that causes violence and that is the choice to do it.

Reporting this any other way is not journalism, its a dangerous deception.

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One Map With All the Countries the US Has Invaded Will Make You Question Everything "IndyWatch Feed National"

(ANTIMEDIA)   For those who have ever wanted a clearer picture of the true reach of the United States military both historically and currently but shied away due to the sheer volume of research required to find an answer, a crew at the Independent just made things a whole lot simpler.

Using data compiled by a Geography and Native Studies professor from Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, the indy100 team created an interactive map of U.S. military incursions outside its own borders from Argentina in 1890 to Syria in 2014.

To avoid confusion, indy100 laid out its prerequisites for what constitutes an invasion:

Deployment of the military to evacuate American citizens, covert military actions by US intelligence, providing military support to an internal opposition group, providing military support in one side of a conflict, use of the army in drug enforcement actions.

But indy100 didnt stop there. To put all that history into context, using data from the Department of Defense (DOD), the team also put together a map to display all the countries in which nearly 200,000 active members of the U.S. military are now stationed.

For more details, click on the country:

The three countries with the biggest U.S. presence, according to DOD numbers, are Japan at 39,623, Germany at 34,399 and South Korea at 23,297.

The publication of the maps comes just after President Donald Trump announced the military would not be pulling out of its 16-year engagement in Afghanistan a reversal of his previous stance and that the U.S. would seek stronger ties with India to combat terrorism in South and Central Asia.

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The Science of Composting "IndyWatch Feed National"

Many well-intentioned composters keep adding kitchen scraps to the compost bin and then wonder why they are left with a smelly rotting mess.

The science of composting is all about getting the carbon/nitrogen ratio of the contents correct. Follow the correct principles and you will create superb compost suitable for enriching soil.

What is the Carbon/Nitrogen Ratio?

Good compost is a balance of different ingredients, but essentially it comes down to the all important, but often misunderstood, carbon/nitrogen ratio. So, whats it all about? Well, lets call carbon Brown, and nitrogen Green. We need a good balance of brown to green, generally 30 brown to 1 green. Sounds complicated I know but its not.

Brown materials include things like paper (the shredded Sunday paper minus the super glossy magazine bit is perfect), sawdust (from untreated timber only), dried leaves and oaten hay.  Green materials are things high in nitrogen, including lawn clippings, fresh manures (cow, sheep and chook only!), vegetable scraps and (shudder) urine.

The best way to get this right is to add one bucket of Browns for every bucket of Greens. So, when adding a bucket of silverbeet add in a bucket of shredded newspaper.  Because of the different make up of these products, it gets the C/N ratio just right!

If there is too much Brown the nitrogen in Greens will be locked up by microorganisms and be unavailable for subsequent plant growth.

Potassium is also an important constituent of compost.  Although it is much more available to plants than either the carbon or nitrogen, its content can be reduced if the compost heap is open and subject to a lot of rain.  This problem can be overcome by covering the heap as it approaches maturity.

What ingredients go into good compost?

All compost bins, or heaps need a balance of materials that:

  • are high in nitrogen, such as blood & bone or chook manure,
  • contain carbon, such as dried leaves or shredded newspapers, and
  • contain both carbon & nitrogen, such as kitchen scraps, pea straw and green garden prunings.

What else helps the composting process?

In addition, the compost heap/bin needs:

  • water, but only enough so that the contents are moist but not wet
  • oxygen, from air, added by regularly turning over the conten...


Cosmic Queries: TV Sci-Fi with Bill Nye "IndyWatch Feed National"

Who better to answer fan-submitted questions about science fiction on TV and in the movies than Bill Nye? Bill and Chuck Nice flip channels between Star Trek, Star Wars, Lost in Space, Gilligans Island, Back to the Future, and more. (Adult Language.) NOTE: StarTalk All-Access subscribers can watch or listen to this entire episode commercial-free. Find out more at


Market Talk- August 25, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Main talking point out of Asia this morning were the continued strong earnings reports and the subsequent buying conviction. In Hong Kong the Hang Seng gained over 1.2% whilst the domestic Shanghai index rallied near 2% after earnings beat expectations to finish the week well bid. We saw solid gains in Financials, energy, communications and even retailers even before waiting for central bankers at Jackson Hole. The Nikkei added a little positivity to the region (+0.5%) but is obviously still wary as the currency remains clued to the 109 level, even after we saw the Jly CPI data rise +0.5%. Australias ASX was unable to join the party, closing small down whilst the Indian SENSEX was closed for holidays.

Europe tended to drift in lifeless trade while waiting all the headlines expected from Jackson Hole. All indices closed small down so lets jus jump ahead to the US session and check some details. Janet Yellen was first to speak and was clear to keep things by the book. Unlike last year when a few headlines were thrown-in to provide some direction, this year she remained on topic (unfortunately). US stocks were strong into Mario Draghis speech and remains so until he finished. However, it was his comment on the Euro that traders focused on and took the currency 140 points (+1.1%) higher. Saying the global recovery is underway will probably have its effect on European government paper on Monday (although much of the market will be closed due to the UK holidays). The euro made ground against most other currencies but was better by +0.6% against sterling. DXY -10% YTD. Draghi commented also on global trade and that openness is essential and even warned of protectionism and risks associated. A couple of remarks alluding to the quality difference between US and European banks and also warnings about returning to over stretched conditions too soon. Interesting that the European inflation swaps are still lower than where we were three years ago and the spread between US and core European bonds remains distorted, especially as Draghi reiterated that a significant amount of accommodation is still necessary. Guess we have to wait for September 7th for the conclusion of those remarks.
US core indices lost much...



Queensland Airports Limited (QAL) has started the new financial year strongly, with growth in passenger numbers across its four airports.

QALs ports on the Gold Coast and in Townsville, Mount Isa and Longreach achieved total growth of 2.3 per cent in July 2017, compared to the same month in the prior year.

Townsville Airport was the star performer, with its biggest month on record for passenger movements.

More than 158,000 people travelled through the terminal, representing growth of over six per cent.

Monthly results are summarised in the below table:


QAL CEO Chris Mills said the results were pleasing across the board.

Gold Coast Airports growth has steadied to a modest rate after strong numbers last year, and until completion of our terminal expansion program it will be challenging to grow significantly due to constraints around capacity of the current facility, he said.

Gold Coast Airports growth of 1.3 per cent was driven by strong performance on domestic routes. JetGo also operated its first full month of Gold Coast Albury services for the ski season.

Townsville Airport saw growth across domestic, regional and international services, with the domestic market particularly boosted by the first full month of Tigerairs Townsville Melbourne services.

With all market sectors showing signs of growth and Townsville being the logical hub for FIFO activity in the region, we are positive about the year ahead and look forward to delivering our terminal expansion to cater for this, Mr Mills said.

Mount Isa Airport has recorded its sixth consecutive month of growth, at three per cent. Longreach Airport is showing decline due to a change in the way its transit passengers are recorded, which if adjusted would actually reflect growth of 3.5 per cent.

While these airports are still well below their peaks of several years ago, we are encouraged by these positive signs, Mr Mills said.

QAL is an Australian owned, Queensland based regional airport specialist group with a...


Episode-2073- Expert Council Q&A for 8-25-17 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tweet Today its Friday so its time for expert council show. To ask a question for a show like this, just send an email to me at jack at with TSPC Expert in the subject line. Today the expert council answers questions on bugging out, first aid, plant propagation, civil unrest, cb radios, cryptocurrency and more. In the body of your email first tell me the council member your question is for. Second ask your question concisely in one to two sentences maximum. Third any and all details after that. This is the formula to give you the best chance of getting on the air. I do what I can to get as many of your questions as possible on the air but cant always get to all of them. Our council is made of a wide variety of experts in everything from the tactical to the practical and everything in between. To get more information on our Expert Council visit our Meet the Expert Council Page to learn more about them and their specific areas of expertise. Join Me Today As Our Experts Discuss Get Out, Get Out, Get Out Jack A FAK for the fisherman Doc Bones Rooting willow cuttings Nick Ferguson A LEOs take on Charlottesville Dan Orhman CB Radios for hunting in remote areas Tim Glance Determining time to profit with mining crypto Brandon Todd Why people actually make the case that taxes are voluntary Jack Resources for todays show Join the Members Brigade Join Our Forum The Year 51 Walking To Freedom TSP Gear support TSP when you shop on Online Grandaddys Gun Club Bullhead Fishing Information The Illuminatus! Trilogy NEBO Larry Light Foreathers Dan Fogelberg Websites of the Expert Council Members Humble Mechanic Living Free in Tennessee Harvest Eating Old Grouch Military Surplus Permaculture Classroom A Bee Friendly Company Investable Wealth NW Edible Primal Power Whole Systems Design Doom and Bloom Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one mans opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK (866-658-4465) and you might hear yourself on the air. Join the MSB Today Want Every Episode of TSP Ever Produced? Remember in addition to discounts to over 40 vendors who supply stuff you are likely buying anyway, tons of free ebooks and video content, MSB Members also get every edition of The Survival Podcast ever produced in convenient zip files in blocks of 24. More info on the MSB can be found here. `


Brian Houston Twitter Every person who is a pedophile protector should be arrested. This is 2017 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Pope Brain Houston of Hillsong: Every person who is a pedophile protector should be arrested

Brian Houston Retweeted BBC Breaking News

Every person who is a pedophile protector should be arrested. This is 2017.

Brian Houston added,



Pastor Brian Houston of Hillsong comes out at the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras 2017 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Happy Australian lesbians. Penny Wong (right) Australian Federal political with her partner and their IVF baby



North Korea Threatens UK, Australia With Miserable End "IndyWatch Feed National"

North Korea has threatened Britain and Australia with a miserable end if they join US-led military drills. Annual joint US-South Korea military drills started this week in the region amid tensions over Pyongyangs latest testing [...]


Leid StoriesHeed This Warning! FREE YOUR MIND!08.25.17 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Another week in Bizarro Land. Another week of peddling fast but going nowhere. Were still looking for answers in all the wrong places and from all the wrong people. Its Free Your Mind Friday, our weekly open forum, on Leid Stories. Let your light dispel the darkness that surrounds us. Call 888-874-4888. Download this episode (right click and save)

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Trump chastises former spymaster Clapper for lying to Congress "IndyWatch Feed National"

US President Donald Trump has fired back at former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, bringing up his testimony before Congress, after Clapper told CNN that Trump was unfit to be president and should resign. "James Clapper, who famously got caught lying to Congress, is now an authority on Donald Trump. Will he show you his beautiful letter to me?" the president tweeted Thursday morning. It was not immediately clear which letter he was referring to. The "lying to Congress" part was apparently a reference to the 2013 Congressional hearing, where Senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) asked Clapper if the National Security Agency collected data on millions of Americans. "No, sir ... not wittingly," Clapper answered. Soon thereafter, Edward Snowden's revelations showed that the NSA did, in fact, collect data on millions of Americans.


The Next Doctor You Consult Could Be a Robot: Healthcare Meets AI and the Blockchain "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Next Doctor You Consult Could Be a Robot

Startup company has been working with university researchers to create a platform on the blockchain where patients can discuss their medical data with an advanced artificial intelligence doctor.

On August 24, announced that their advanced natural language processing technology platform, based on the blockchain, would timestamp datasets and decentralize artificial intelligence. The startup stated that the platform was envisioned and built by researchers from Stanford and Cambridge Universities.

The objective of the company is to help healthcare companies improve patient care and  experience through an advanced natural dialogue system which will be able to generate insights from combined medical data.

According to the World Health Organization, there is a shortage of seven million healthcare professionals globally, and that number is on the rise. There is increasing pressure on doctors who are faced with meeting the challenging needs of the population and keeping up with the latest developments in healthcare and medicine. Furthermore, the training of healthcare professionals takes years of education and experience. With the help of AI, aims to address such challenges while improving the patient care and providing a better healthcare experience.

"We are making it possible for lab tests to converse directly with patients by leveraging advanced artificial intelligence, medical data forensics, and the decentralized blockchain. We envision extensive possibilities for the use of this technology by doctors, patients, and medical institutions," Walter De Brouwer, founder and chief executive officer of, said in a statement.

Deloitte Life Sciences and Healthcare is working with to test the companys Robo-hematology solution, which was developed recently at the Deloitte University in Dallas, Texas.

"'s AI-based doctors provide answers to health questions using an AI-powered platform. Platforms like these open new possibilities for patients and medical organizations by providing more personalized, intelligent healthcare. We are excited to collaborate with and to be at the forefront of this technology, said Rajeev Ronanki, Principal of Life Sciences and Health Care at Deloitte Consulting LLP.

The platform operates as a Software as a Service (SaaS), providing service to medical co...


Safe spaces and 'ze' badges: My bewildering year at New York University "IndyWatch Feed National"

As a child in Glasgow, I learned that sticks and stones might break my bones but words didn't really hurt. I'm now at New York University studying journalism, where a different mantra seems to apply. Words, it turns out, might cause life-ruining emotional trauma. During my 'Welcome Week', for example, I was presented with a choice of badges indicating my preferred gender pronouns: 'he', 'she', 'they' or 'ze'? The student in front of me, an Australian, found this hilarious: 'Last time I checked, I was a girl.' Her joke was met with stony silence. Later I realised why: expressing bewilderment at the obsession with pronouns might count as a 'micro-aggression'. Next stop, 'transphobia'. It was soon obvious to my fellow students that I was not quite with the programme. In a class discussion early in my first semester, I made the mistake of mentioning that I believed in objective standards in art. Some art is great, some isn't, I said; not all artists are equally talented. This was deemed an undemocratic opinion and I was given a nickname: the cultural fascist. I've tried to take it affectionately.


[WATCH] N.J. State Troopers Arrested Her for Staying Silent, Now The State Will Pay 30K "IndyWatch Feed National"

TRENTON A woman arrested by two New Jersey state troopers for refusing to answer questions during a 2015 traffic stop will receive $30,000 under a settlement with the state,

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Babylonians, worlds oldest trigonometrists discovery "IndyWatch Feed National"

This video says about itself:

Ancient Babylonian tablet worlds first trig table

24 August 2017

UNSW Sydney scientists have discovered the purpose of a famous 3700-year old Babylonian clay tablet, revealing it is the worlds oldest and most accurate trigonometric table, most likely used by ancient mathematical scribes to calculate how to construct palaces, temples and stepped pyramids.

Read more here.

Plimpton 322, the most famous of Old Babylonian tablets (1900-1600 BC), is the worlds oldest trigonometric table, possibly used by Babylonian scholars to calculate how to construct stepped pyramids, palaces and temples, according to a duo of researchers from the School of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney, Australia: here.



Trump and Tillerson: Bomb the Taliban to the negotiating table "IndyWatch Feed National"

Following the lengthy discussions in Camp David which I discussed in my previous article, US President Trump and Secretary of State Tillerson published on Monday separate statements about the war in Afghanistan. The focus of attention, understandably enough, has been on President Trump's statement, though it is Secretary of State Tillerson's statement and his subsequent answers to the media which is actually more interesting. Firstly, there is a clear difference between Trump and Tillerson. Though after lengthy discussions a consensus has clearly been reached, there is no disguising the difference in their views both about the course of the war and about the role of the Taliban in a future Afghanistan.


Prayer and Meditation for Sunday, August 27, 2017 Upon this rock I will build my church. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 121

Reading 1  IS 22:19-23

Thus says the LORD to Shebna, master of the palace:
I will thrust you from your office
and pull you down from your station.
On that day I will summon my servant
Eliakim, son of Hilkiah;
I will clothe him with your robe,
and gird him with your sash,
and give over to him your authority.
He shall be a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem,
and to the house of Judah.
I will place the key of the House of David on Eliakims shoulder;
when he opens, no one shall shut
when he shuts, no one shall open.
I will fix him like a peg in a sure spot,
to be a place of honor for his family.

Responsorial Psalm  PS 138:1-2, 2-3, 6, 8

R. (8bc) Lord, your love is eternal; do not forsake the work of your hands.
I will give thanks to you, O LORD, with all my heart,
for you have heard the words of my mouth;
in the presence of the angels I will sing your praise;
I will worship at your holy temple.
R. Lord, your love is eternal; do not forsake the work of your hands.
I will give thanks to your name,
because of your kindness and your truth:
When I called, you answered me;
you built up strength within me.
R. Lord, your love is eternal; do not forsake the work of your hands.
The LORD is exalted, yet the lowly he sees,
and the proud he knows from afar.
Your kindness, O LORD, endures forever;
forsake not the work of your hands.
R. Lord, your love is eternal; do not forsake the work of your hands.

Reading 2  ROM 11:33-36......


Black-footed tree rat rediscovery in Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Black-footed tree rat, by John Gould

From the Australian Broadcasting Corporation today:

Black-footed tree rat rediscovered in Kimberley after three-decade absence

The black-footed tree rat has been rediscovered in Western Australias north 30 years after it was last seen.

Parks and Wildlife staff on a monitoring expedition to the Bachsten Creek in the remote north-west Kimberley caught a glimpse of what appeared to be one of the native rats last year.

To confirm its existence, they installed a dozen remote cameras in the bushland over the wet season.

Parks and Wildlife Service ecologist Ben Corey said the cameras were collected after eight months in the field.

Many species, such as the endangered northern quoll and golden-backed tree rat, as well as sugar gliders and scaly-tailed possums were recorded, he said.

However, the biggest surprise was photographic evidence of the black-footed tree rat.

We were a bit unsure at first, we tried to explain it away and said no, it cant be, it cant be, its got to be this or its got to be that but the images speak for themselves which was really exciting.

It had not been seen in the Kimberley since 1987, despite considerable survey efforts during this period.



PERTH World Olympic Silver Medalist Bobridge Arrested For Drug Possession "IndyWatch Feed National"

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World Olympic Silver Medalist Bobridge Arrested For Drug Possession .

August 25, 2017 at 10:45PM .

He is set to appear at a Perth magistrates court to face the charges in September, ABC reports. In a highly successful career, Bobridge rode in four .


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PERTH Australian Olympic cyclist Jack Bobridge charged with drug offences "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Australian Olympic cyclist Jack Bobridge charged with drug offences .

August 25, 2017 at 07:11PM .

Bobridge, who retired from cycling because of rheumatoid arthritis following last years Rio Olympic Games, appeared at Perth Magistrates court on .


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PERTH Cycling-Olympic silver medallist Bobridge arrested for drug dealing "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Cycling-Olympic silver medallist Bobridge arrested for drug dealing .

August 25, 2017 at 03:26PM .

Bobridge was bailed to appear at a Perth magistrates court to face the charges next month, ABC added. In a highly successful career, Bobridge rode in .


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PERTH Aussie Olympic Silver Medallist Charged With Drug Dealing In Perth "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Aussie Olympic Silver Medallist Charged With Drug Dealing In Perth .

August 25, 2017 at 11:41AM .

Dual Olympic silver medalist and former world champion Jack Bobridge has appeared in Perth Magistrates court on several drug charges. Bobridge .


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How 'trauma bonding' leads people to stay in abusive relationships "IndyWatch Feed National"

Those who have never been in an abusive relationship struggle to understand how people remain in one for so long. If somebody was mistreating you, "why did you stick around?" they ask. For survivors, this can be a really tough question to answer. The lucky ones escape, and stumble upon articles or books that give them the terms to be able to understand what happened to them, and thus describe their experience. Other times, though, this doesn't happen, and people might not even be aware they were in a relationship that could be classed as "abusive." This is because we are conditioned to believe abuse is always physical. On TV and in films, we see characters who are obviously evil. They are violent to their partners, shout at them aggressively, or even murder them in a fit of rage. While this does happen, it's not a true representation of the abuse many others experience. According to therapist Shannon Thomas, author of "Healing from Hidden Abuse," psychological abuse is insidious, and it occurs a over time like an IV drip of poison entering your veins.


Publisher flags paper on same-sex parenting after neo-Nazi group cites it "IndyWatch Feed National"

A publisher has issued an expression of concern (EoC) about a study that claimed children with same-sex parents were at greater risk of depression and abuse, after posters using statistics from the paper to support a homophobic message appeared in Australia and the US. On Aug. 21, several news websites reported that these posters were []

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Fluoride in drinking water is not the answer to tooth decay "IndyWatch Feed National"

Three health professionals will add their weight to a move to keep fluoride out of Waipas drinking water.

Dentists Dr Lawrie Brett, Dr John Jukes and Te Awamutu doctor Janion Heywood will present to a public forum hosted by Fluoride Free NZ in Te Awamutu on Saturday.

Backed by medical facts, they will discuss their own observations why Waipas drinking water shouldnt be fluoridated.

After 40 years of working in an oral practice, Brett an active advocate for fluoride-free drinking water, remains unconvinced of any benefits of intervention.

Not only was water fluoridation not reducing tooth decay, but that it also carried general health risks, said Brett

In 2014 Local Government New Zealand urged the Government to amend the appropriate legislation so that the addition of fluoride to drinking water supplies is a decision made by the Director General of Health rather than a council.

The Health Amendment Bill is progressing through parliament and is at the second reading stage.

Once passed it will transfer the decision making process regarding fluoridation to the district health boards.

Any thoughts of DHBs having the only say without public consultation is hard to swallow for groups opposing fluoridation.

Fluoride Free NZ spokesman Kane Titchener recently presented evidence to the Waipa District Council outlining the proposed process was fundamentally flawed.

There would be a 10-person board making the decisions and it would include four government appointees and six members elected from the community, he said

Their level of understanding of fluoridation would be no greater than local councillors making the decisions.

Council continues to ignore the call to consult with the community on the issue.

Under DHB control, fluoridation wont be stopped and soon it will be added to areas like Waipa who have never seen it before.

Titchener is disappointed with the council.

They failed to understand they have not given their community an opportunity learn more about fluoridation and allow consultation.

The talk will be held from 4-6 pm on Saturday, September 2 at the Community Room, Te Awamutu Library, Selwyn Lane, Te Awamutu.

*Original article online at


Rare buff-breasted sandpiper, brown booby in the Netherlands "IndyWatch Feed National"

This 20 October 2014 video is about a buff-breasted sandpiper, attracting bird photographers, on the Maasvlakte in the Netherlands.

Today, 20 August 2017, a buff-breasted sandpiper is present in nature reserve De Zandkes on Texel island in the Netherlands. This North American species is rare in the Netherlands.

This video is called Unbelievably Tame Brown Booby Bird On Christmas Island [near Australia].

On 20 August 2017, a brown booby, a species which one would expect near Australia or in the Caribbean, was seen near Lopik in the Netherlands, and later in Germany. The first brown booby ever for both countries.



Quotes of the Week "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

TRUMPS USE OF DECEPTION and untruthful affidavits, as well as the hiding or improper destruction of documents, dates back to at least 1973, when the Republican nominee, his father and their real estate company battled the federal government over civil charges that they refused to rent apartments to African-Americans. The Trump strategy was simple: deny, impede and delay, while destroying documents the court had ordered them to hand over. [Kurt Eichenwald writing in Newsweek, 31 October 2016]


About the best way you can sum up Scott Morrisons week is that he began it by accusing the ALP of raising taxes and he ended it by introducing a bill to raise taxes.  [Greg Jericho writing in The Guardian, 20 August 2017]


The problem is that Kim Jon-un is largely the same personality type as Trump both are paranoid, narcissistic and have huge egos..Weve never really had leaders like that on both sides before. [Dr Genevieve Hohnen, Lecturer in Politics, Edith Cowan University, quoted at, 15 August 2017]



Versteht eigentlich jemand, wieso die FDP gerade die ... "IndyWatch Feed National"

Versteht eigentlich jemand, wieso die FDP gerade die Innenstdte mit Fotos tapeziert, auf denen ihr Spitzenkandidat so aussieht, als habe er keine Zeit fr Politik (oder seine potentiellen Whler), weil er gerade auf seinem Handy Candy Crush oder so spielt?

Was genau, haben die sich gedacht, ist da die Botschaft?


Prayer and Meditation for Saturday, August 26, 2017 Do not go to glean in anyone elses field. Blessed is the LORD who has not failed to provide for you. Whoever humbles himself will be exalted. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Saturday of the Twentieth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 424

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Reading 1 RU 2:1-3, 8-11; 4:13-17

Naomi had a prominent kinsman named Boaz,
of the clan of her husband Elimelech.
Ruth the Moabite said to Naomi,
Let me go and glean ears of grain in the field
of anyone who will allow me that favor.
Naomi said to her, Go, my daughter, and she went.
The field she entered to glean after the harvesters
happened to be the section belonging to Boaz
of the clan of Elimelech.

Boaz said to Ruth, Listen, my daughter!
Do not go to glean in anyone elses field;
you are not to leave here.
Stay here with my women servants.
Watch to see which field is to be harvested, and follow them;
I have commanded the young men to do you no harm.
When you are thirsty, you may go and drink from the vessels
the young men have filled.
Casting herself prostrate upon the ground, Ruth said to him,
Why should I, a foreigner, be favored with your notice?
Boaz answered her:
I have had a complete account of what you have done
for your mother-in-law after your husbands death;
you have left your father and your mother and the land of your birth,
and have come to a people whom you did not know previously.

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Boaz took Ruth.
When they came together as man and wife,
the LORD enabled her to conceive and she bore a son.
Then the women said to Naomi,
Blessed is the LORD who has not failed
to provide you today with an heir!
May he become famous in Israel!
He will be your comfort and the su...

Friday, 25 August


Australia's complicity in war crimes "IndyWatch Feed National"

"Emily Howie, the director of advocacy and research at the Human Rights Law Centre, believes Pine Gap's potential role in drone strikes may leave Australians open to prosecution. "The legal problem that's created by drone strikes is that there may very well be violations of the laws of armed conflict, or war crimes as it's called colloquially, and that Australia may be involved in those potential war crimes through the facility at Pine Gap," she says." "What we have here are credible and really serious allegations made against the personnel at Pine Gap that they could be involved in assisting international crimes war crimes and we have absolutely zero transparency around what's happened," she says."


Bellingen and Urunga Museums Welcome to Gumbaynggirr Country! "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The Bellinger Valley Historical Society & Museums are a community based non profit organisation run by volunteers. It is dedicated to preserving and displaying the Aboriginal and European history of the Bellinger Valley and surrounding areas on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales

Source: Bellingen and Urunga Museums Welcome to Gumbaynggirr Country!



French President Macron spent $40,000 AUD on make-up in first 3 months in office "IndyWatch Feed National"

Emmanuel Macron spent 26,000 (24,000) on makeup during his first three months as president of France, it has emerged. In potentially damaging news for the 39-year old centrist leader, whose popularity is waning, Le Point reported that his personal makeup artist - referred to only as Natacha M - put...


Is AI Real or Is It All Hype? Convince Me. "IndyWatch Feed National"

We've all seen the breathless stories about the latest sign of the coming Artificial Intelligence apocalypse, and we've all seen the fine print revealing those stories to be empty hype. So is there anything at all to the AI phenomenon, or is it all just another boogeyman designed to scare us into line? If you think you have the answer then marshal up the data and prove it to us one way or the other! I'm all ears.


Trump and Afghanistan: A Hidden Agenda "IndyWatch Feed National"

If you not sad to see Bannon leave, you must answer yourself a question: Is there any reasonable people left on the team?

If you not sad to see Bannon leave, you must answer yourself a question: Is there any reasonable people left on the team?

On Monday 21 August 2017 US President Trump made his long awaited statement on future US policy in Afghanistan. There was considerable speculation beforehand that as to whether Trump might announce a US withdrawal. The basis for that speculation appeared to be various statements that Trump had made both before and during his candidacy for the presidency.

Even closer to the time of the speech there was further speculation that he would announce an increase of 4000 US troops. The basis for that speculation appeared to be leaks from unspecified sources.

In the event the speech was an anticlimax. Although Trump conceded that his views had changed, there was essentially no change to US policy. Any change would have been a surprise as there are long established continuities as to US foreign policy generally, and in this case to Afghanistan.

The only voice in the administration making a different case was Steve Bannon, and his departure the previous week confirmed not only that there would be no change in policy, but that the takeover of the administration by the generals was now complete. Trumps three closest advisers on national security matters, Kelly, McMaster and Mattis have never shown the least interest in a reduced American military footprint anywhere in the world, much less in Afghanistan.

The figure of 4000 extra troops, although not specified by Trump, nonetheless remains the favoured figure by most commentators. Quite why this number would make any significant difference has never been explained. It is significantly fewer troops than the more than 100,000 the Americans had at the height of their troop engagement, and that number was conspicuously unable to defeat the Taliban or even exercise effective control over more than a small percentage of the country.

Trumps statement and the mainstream commentaries that have followed have barely mentioned if at all the more than 100,000 mercenaries that are operating in Afghani...


Today in OpenGov: Applied ethics "IndyWatch Feed National"

Today, we're thinking about how to boost flagging citizen confidence in public institutions. In the Pacific Standard, Hollie Russon-Gilman and Tiago Carneiro Peixoto explore the growing move towards participatory budgeting programs across the globe. The research shows that "when governments listen, citizens reward them both politically and financially" through increased electoral support and decreased tax delinquency. 

Read on for the rest of the day's open government news, including a trip to Durham to talk open data, the USDA's ethics app, the latest on the Trump administration's attempt to obtain data on anti-inauguration protesters, and more

states and cities

Noel Isama at Durham's Civic Spark Day.
  • Building a community with open data in Durham, NC. Sunlight's Noel Isama took a trip down to Durham, North Carolina for a conference bringing "together Durhams residents, local technologists, city and county staff to discuss how the citys open data can be used to meet the communitys needs. The event was the latest element of the citys work using open data to make Durham a great place to live, work and play." Read his report on the Sunlight Blog.
  • How to implement an open data policy? Jackie Snow looks to answer that question by digging into work from What Works Cities and Sunlight. She highlights our Open Data Policy Guidelines focusing on the big questions, including what data should be public, how to make the data public, and how to implement policy. (SmartCitiesDive)


5 Surprisingly Clean And Actually Funny Comedies Streaming Now On Netflix "IndyWatch Feed National"

At the end of a long day, theres nothing better than a good laugh. (Okay, there are better things, but the goal is to keep this rated PG.) Experts at the Mayo Clinic note many benefits of what they call humor therapy, including stimulating many organs, so maybe in any event laughter is good medicine.

The trouble comes in choosing a film both you and your significant other wont find repulsive or unexciting. With Hollywood producing an endless variety of crude comedies, stopping a Netflix movie youve started is more common even than having Wi-Fi issues (curse you, Comcast).

Yet as comedian and star of The Middle Patricia Heaton says in interviews: There is a way to be real and a way to do quality that people can appreciate without feeling offended. My wife and I have found, after some trial-and-error-and-restarting-and-wincing-and-choosing-another-flick, that smart, surprising comedies do still exist.

Because Netflix availability frequently changes, theres no guarantee these five films will be around long. Or you can always rent on iTunes later, if youre made of cash.

1. The Matchbreaker (2016, rated PG, 94 minutes)

In this indie comedy, an entrepreneur realizes his talent as a matchbreaker mothers hire him to randomly befriend their daughters, dish dirt, and keep their girls from choosing the wrong guy. Getting paid to be snarky: a millennial fantasy!

Produced for less than the cost of a Marvel trailer, The Matchbreaker infuses common rom-com tropes with humanity revealed in hilarity. Whyd you break up with her? a guy asks his male friend scared of commitment. Seven reasons actually, the protagonist answers in nerdy deadpan akin to The Big Bang Theory. Number one, she doesnt vote.

For those who know the backstory, the film is also bittersweet, as it co-stars the late Christina Grimmie, a singer and actress who rose to fame on The Voice and was tragically shot by a troubled fan at a June 2016 concert. Her family has said that, as a laugh-out-loud comedy, The Matchbreaker is how shed want to be remembered.

2. Turner & Hooch (1989, rated PG, 93 minutes)



Baseball bat attack by student at Australian National University A statistics lecture turned violent "IndyWatch Feed National"

A statistics lecture turned violent after a student started attacking others with a baseball bat. The lecturer and several students were seriously injured before the man was stopped.

Australian university attack

A student has been arrested after assaulting three fellow students and a lecturer in an unprovoked attack during a statistics lecture at the Australian National University in the capital Canberra.

According to the Australian Federal Police, shortly after the lecture began the man stood up in his seat armed with a baseball bat and approached the lecturer at the front of the room. Three students rushed to intervene and restrain him. He assaulted four people, including the lecturer, leaving them with serious injuries, including broken bones.

Police Detective Superintendent Ben Cartwright praised the incredible bravery on behalf of those students to protect the lecturer. During the assault, one student succeeded in taking the bat away from the attacker and running away with it, he said.

Max Claessens, an 18-year-old student whose friend was inside the classroom, said his friend told him that the attacker had waited until the class had settled in before he suddenly pulled out a baseball bat and began hurting people.

Australian university attackMax Claessens spoke with reporters

One of the students just randomly, out of the blue, got up with a bat, struck out at two or three students, before apparently going for the teacher. And obviously people were in a bit of shock so they ran out to get help before the guy who wasnt coming down and was going a bit crazy, to be honest was restrained, Claessens said.

Another student, Jolene Lavery, was walking past the room shortly after the attack. She described the situation, saying, There was a man on a stretcher who was being offered morphine, so obviously in a lot of pain, with a lot of blood coming from his head. And a lot of people in shock as well. A lot of people getting blankets put over them and being looked after by the staff and emergency services......


Late Night Library Special Welcome to the Studio "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Join us at Late Night Library for a feast of comedy and melodrama taking you back to the hey-day of radio drama of the 1930s and 40s. Weaving contemporary humor with local history, Merran Winchester and her team will transport the audience back in time, using live sound effects, old news transcripts, music and more. Learn a little about Sydney history, and make a little Sydney history while youre at it.

More than one Sydney library has links to a wireless history. Kings Cross Library has its own wireless history, sitting on the site of the old ABC building, making it the perfect location for this trip back in time.


For NSW History Week, join a group of local actors and community broadcasters as they explore the history of Sydney and its life on the wireless.

Late Night Library Special: Welcome to the Studio is produced by City of Sydney and presented in collaboration with Maeve Marsden.

In its seventh year, City of Sydneys Late Night Library is kicking goals creatively and continues to provide emerging creative producers an opportunity to explore and develop new work.

In 2015 and 2016, Maeve Marsden developed work for Late Night Library that has gone on to receive 5 star reviews at Sydney Festival. She has played to packed houses at festivals round the country and internationally. Her storytelling project, Queerstories, won Best Spoken Word at Sydney Fringe and is now a monthly event at Giant Dwarf. For our 2017 Late Night Library Specials series, weve brought Maeve back to present four compelling performances across the year.

What: Late Night Library presents Welcome to the Studio 

Where: Kings Cross Library

When: 8pm on Wednesday 6 September 2017 

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Little hope for humanity with Trump at the wheel in USA "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

What hope is there for humanity? The answer must be: none, Canberra Times, Julian Cribb, 25 Aug 17,  The day foreseen by US journalist HL Mencken when the White House is adorned by a downright moron seems, on the face of the accumulating evidence, to have dawned. Regrettably this person has his finger on a certain button.

Why Americans are not more alarmed about this can only be attributed to the very poor level of scientific literacy in what is, to all intents and purposes, the worlds foremost scientific society. How Americans can be so great at science yet, in aggregate, understand so little about it, is a question for the Ages. Unfortunately, the Ages will probably not have the leisure to debate it.

The missing bit of information is that a nuclear war, even a small one, could eliminate most of civilisation, Americans (even those with well-stocked fallout shelters) included.

It is still an obscure historical detail that all-out nuclear Armageddon between the USSR and USA was avoided, in the 1980s, by some rather brave scientists sticking out their necks to warn Reagan and Gorbachev that their calculations had revealed that a nuclear war cannot be won and should never be fought, as Reagan summarised it in his Address to the Nation (1984).

These scientists had worked out that regardless of fireball, blast and radiation the amount of dust and smoke thrown into the atmosphere by the unleashing of multiple nuclear warheads would chill the planet by several degrees for several years, causing massive crop-killing frosts which would destroy the food supply for just about everyone worldwide.



NZ - Fluoride in drinking water is not the answer to tooth decay "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Dr Lawrie Brent hasn't seen any evidence to convince him fluoride added to water is the answer to reducing toothe decay.Three health professionals will add their weight to a move to keep fluoride out of Waipa's drinking water.
Dentists Dr Lawrie Brett, Dr John Jukes and Te Awamutu doctor Janion Heywood will present to a public forum hosted by Fluoride Free NZ in Te Awamutu on Saturday.
Backed by medical facts, they will discuss their own observations why Waipa's drinking water shouldn't be fluoridated.
After 40 years of working in an oral practice, Brett an active advocate for fluoride-free drinking water, remains unconvinced of any benefits of intervention.
"Not only was water fluoridation not reducing tooth decay, but that it also carried general health risks," said Brett

In 2014 Local Government New Zealand urged the Government to amend the appropriate legislation so that the addition of fluoride to drinking water supplies is a decision made by the Director - General of Health rather than a council.
The Health Amendment Bill is progressing through parliament and is at the second reading stage.
Once passed it will transfer the decision making process regarding fluoridation to the district health boards.
Any thoughts of DHBs having the only say without public consultation is hard to swallow for groups opposing fluoridation.
Fluoride Free NZ spokesman Kane Titchener recently presented evidence to the Waipa District Council outlining the proposed process was "fundamentally flawed".
"There would be a 10-person board making the decisions and it would include four government appointees and six members elected from the community," he said
"Their level of understanding of fluoridation would be no greater than local councillors making the decisions.
"Council continues to ignore the call to consult with the community on the issue.
"Under DHB control, fluoridation won't be stopped and soon it will be added to areas like Waipa who have never seen it before."
Titchener is disappointed with the council.

"They failed to understand they have not given their community an opportunity learn more about fluoridation and allow consultation."
The talk will be held from 4-6 pm on Saturday, September 2 at the Community Room, Te Awamutu Library, Selwyn Lane, Te Awamutu.


Secret Agent Of Love - Fake News "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Sydney band Fake News with the song Secret Agent of Love, live at Marrickville Bowling Club, May 2017


Know your product - Fake News "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Sydney band Fake News with their cover of The Saints' song, Know Your Product, live at Marrickville Bowling Club, May 2017


Rock Anna Roll - Fake News "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Sydney band Fake News with their song about going out in the Sydney live music scene in 1978, 1979 and 1980, live at Marrickville Bowling Club, 6 May 2017


Azaria - Mutant Death "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Mid-80s Sydney punk band Mutant Death live at Marrickville Bowling Club, May 2017 with their cover of the Black Assassins' song about baby Azaria Chamberlain being taken by a dingo.

Police Verbals - Mutant Death "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Mid-80s Sydney punk band Mutant Death back together after 30 years playing their 1984 single, Police Verbals, live at Marrickville Bowling Club, May 2017


This State must pass & I Fought The Law Live - Mutant Death "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

After a 30 year break, mid-'80s Sydney punk band back together again for one show at live at Marrickville Bowling Club. Here's their covers "I Fought The Law" and The Black Assassins song, This State Must Pass.

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