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Monday, 12 February

00:15

AUSTRALIA CARD MARK II: no national digital ID number will mean no access to any Australian federal government services "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"



When signing up to the platform for the first time, users will be asked to provide their name, email address, and phone number, and verify their details via email or SMS. They will then be asked to provide information from three identity documents, which goes through the exchange to the identity provider for verification. The exchange receives encrypted details back which it passes on to the government service the user wants to reach, which then grants the user access.  [IT News, 20 March 2015]

IT News, 8 February 2018:

The Department of Human Services looks set to become the federal government's exclusive manager of digital identities after being selected to build the identity provider solution that will be used for the Govpass platform....

00:13

Monique Grbec: Letter to my mum "IndyWatch Feed National"

Share this Post I want you to know why finding out where we are from, where our country is, is so important to me.  I believe that all the beauty of the Australian landscape, the stillness and the tidal lapping, the food to be foraged, and the fresh morning air is where our beauty is.  I believe that finding our ...

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Sunday, 11 February

22:54

antifa notes (february 11, 2018) : The Radical Right in Australia / Aryan Nations On Trial in Perth &tc "IndyWatch Feed National"

1) The Radical Right in Australia OUP has published an essay on The Radical Right in Australia by myself and Aurelien Mondon which you you can read online or download for free here. The article is one of many in Continue reading

22:02

Child Trafficking Is Real Despite What Some Would Claim "IndyWatch Feed National"

It is an ugly truth_ one that is not all that hard to figure out if one could only be honest with themselves.

The fact that a group of parents who were accused of child molestation and horrible abuse got together and formed The False Memory Syndrome Foundation and gave us the two phrases false memories and satanic panic shows this.

Unless you believe all of the people who came forward were liars and the only ones telling the truth were the accused. And there were A LOT of parents coming forward in the 80s claiming their children were being abused in their daycares- thus the word PANIC. It was everywhere in the 80s.

In the US- in Australia- and in the UK- who, incidentally- got busted for covering THEIR allegations up. If the claims were so bogus- why spend the time, money, and effort to cover them up?

Our rich elite feel they are entitled to anything and everything they want. This includes the buying and selling of your children. It is a scary thought but none the less truth.

And they will murder anyone who tries to stand in their way. And the question shouldnt be if our governments lie to us but rather do they ever tell us the truth?

And dont for a moment think you are immune. I am a nobody and LOOK at the campaign they have going against me. It tells you anyone who falls within their sites is expendable. Is this activity- and those who engage in it- really the ones you want to put your allegiances with?

They serve themselves- and ONLY themselves. To protect them is to put your own children in danger. Is that how any of you truly want to lead your lives? REALLY?

Because I belive we are all better than that personally.

20:57

What goes on tour needn't stay on tour - as this American engineer discovered in his Kentucky hotel this week "IndyWatch Feed National"

This is Mr and Mrs Garrett and Haley Mager. Garrett's an engineer and he travels a bit for business. A couple of days ago he was staying at a hotel in Kentucky when this happened! To quote Neil Diamond - what a beautiful noise! Thank you Garrett for capturing the...

20:00

Mass surveillance and security on the Internet "IndyWatch Feed National"

Not five years ago, as Edward Snowden unveiled thousands of classified and secret documents, the world became shockingly aware of a covert, suspicion-independent and global mass-surveillance of the Internet and telecommunication networks, which had been operated by the so-called Five Eyes (Australia, Canada, New Zeeland, UK and the USA) at least since 2007. This surveillance relied on monitoring programs such as PRISM (with the more or less voluntary participation of Microsoft, Yahoo!, Google, Facebook, Paltalk, YouTube, AOL, Skype und Apple), XKeyscore (a system to perform virtually unlimited monitoring of anyone around the world using metadata and content), and Tempora (skimming and caching almost all Internet traffic directly from the network hubs and transatlantic data links). While the public outrage after Snowdens revelations was unprecedented, this has since largely subsided, and Intelligence Services enjoy once again nearly unhindered ability to siphon off, evaluate and store data on a large scale. With all probability, the methods of the Five Eyes a...

16:03

Important update on the promised GILLARD prosecution over The AWU Scandal "IndyWatch Feed National"

In the past few days there's been a major development in The AWU Scandal investigation. A very senior official who was as close as anyone could be to the centre of the scandal in the mid-90s has now retired from public service. An intermediary contacted me last week to explain...

16:00

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.00010 BTC
0.00010 BTC = 1.05 AUD
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15:18

Update on the prosecution of Ralph Edwin Blewitt in The AWU Scandal "IndyWatch Feed National"

In late 2012 Victoria Police set up a task force with up to a dozen detectives to investigate The AWU Scandal. Over the next few years they executed at least a dozen search warrants, spoke to scores of witnesses and seized a large volume of evidence. Five years down the...

12:58

Former BCITF chief Raymond Ernest Crake's conviction for false invoicing training scam "IndyWatch Feed National"

This is from the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions website. Wayne Edward COMBO and Raymond Ernest CRAKE Year: 2014-2015 Category: Fraud Location: Western Australia Two men, 57-year-old Wayne Edward Combo and 56-year-old Raymond Ernest Crake agreed to engage in dishonest conduct with the intention of obtaining financial benefit through positions...

12:53

WA taxpayers paid $500K to help get the Gillard AWU slush fund over the line "IndyWatch Feed National"

The future looked bright for Julia and Bruce in the summer of 1991. Within days of Bruce being confirmed as AWU WA Branch Secretary he and Julia signed contracts to purchase real estate. Bruce put his secretary in as tenant on his new investment property, increasing her salary by $200...

12:45

Is Flying Tigerair Worth The Lower Price? A Reader Crunches The Numbers "IndyWatch Feed National"

Flights occasionally get delayed and cancelled all the time. But for one reader, Tigerairs troubles and the way they handled them proved too much. But what do the actual statistics say? Vicky Moss weighs in.

After my most recent experience with Tigerair I decided that I would never fly them again! However, once I calmed down, I decided to analyse some data to see if I am just making an emotional decision, rather than one based on facts.

Over the last 4 years I have flown Qantas, Virgin, Jetstar & Tigerair depending on several factors such as the purpose of the trip, price, date/time, frequent flyer points available etc. No surprises, I find Qantas and Virgin more comfortable and they both have more flight options than the cheaper airlines, but I guess that is what you are paying for. However, I fly Tigerair most often because I am flying for personal reasons and they are usually the cheapest. My flights with Tigerair over the last 12 months are detailed below:

... ...
Booking Ref. Departure Date Departure Time Flight No. Departing From Arriving Rescheduled Delayed Cancelled
Q63HXS 19/02/2017 2:30PM TT373 Brisbane Sydney
R9LMUW 11/03/2017 2:40PM TT372 Sydney Brisbane
R47WJI 2/04/2017

12:12

Scott Morrisons Job Creation Fantasy Is Just That Fantasy "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Turnbull Government brags about strong employment growth. Ian McAuley points out that it will not be sustained unless we properly fund education, health care and other government services.

Like a Kommissar for Employment in a Stalinist centrally-planned economy, Treasurer Scott Morrison prattles on about the jobs the Coalition Government has created.

Since the Turnbull Government scraped into office, employment has indeed risen. Over the 15 months from August 2016 to November 2017 (the latest available data) employment has risen by 380,000 in seasonally-adjusted terms. Thats an annualised growth rate of 2.9 per cent, well clear of the 1.6 per cent annual growth of the working-age population.

But that doesnt give Morrison bragging rights.

For a start, it follows miserable employment growth over the previous three years. Over that period as the mining boom ran out of puff, employment growth struggled to keep up with population growth.

Second, and more fundamentally, there is little a government can do in the short term to create jobs. Government policy does influence economic growth and therefore it influences employment, but only with a lag. The new jobs emerging in 2017 or 2018 are more influenced by government policies stretching back decades, rather than anything done by the incumbent government.

Also there are strong international forces influencing the performance of the Australian economy, particularly the fluctuating demand for commodities. Morrison may have been too busy protecting Australia from same-sex marriage or from refugees coming by boat to have noticed that in 2017, the world growth rate, particularly in developed countries, picked up sharply.

Third, we learn a bit about the drivers of employment growth when we look at the composition of those 380,000 jobs.

The strongest growth has been in three sectors construction, health care and education. These sectors account for three quarters of the net employment growth over the 15-month period.

Rises and falls in employment by sector are shown in the graph below.

In view of the extraordinary breaks the Coalition has given to housing speculators, the construction boom is hardly surprising. A glance at the building skylines of our capital cities confirms that sectors strong activity. Also, in Sydne...

12:08

Why Scientific Peer Review is a Sham "IndyWatch Feed National"

This article by Global Freedom Movement.

Peer review censorship exemplifies the neophobia in the world of science which serves to protect the status quo rather than improve knowledge by weeding out dubious epistemologies and results, as it is meant to. This supposed mechanism of quality control has resulted not only in the dismissal of much important and credible research, but it has also let fraudulent research and lots of it!be published at the same time. Papers that appear to support fashionable ideas or entrenched dogmas are likely to fare well, even if they are badly flawedor outright rubbish!

The article Why Scientific Peer Review is a Sham appeared first on Global Freedom Movement.

11:40

TROPPO MAGIC "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Troppo Bob, The Ultranormalist, has performed all over Australia and the world now the one-man comedy magic act, Troppo Bob from Troppo Magic, will again delight young and old alike at Scotts Head food, wine, music & art festival. Troppo Bob delivers a refreshing mix of verbal and visual comedy along with friendly good-humoured []

11:37

EMMA SAUNDERS DANCING WITH MYSELF. "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

NORPA Associate Artist Emma Saunders is in residence in the NORPA Studio developing a new solo dance work Dancing With Myself. As part of her research she is inviting guests into the space, including NORPA Associate Director Kirk Page, Josephine Saunders (her mum), and Kimberley McIntryre.

DANCING WITH MYSELF one womans journey through space and time, where she has no space, and is completely out of time with whats around her. This includes an extended abstract solo sequence where she is attempting to choreograph her instinct, and to explore further how movement can reveal its own narrative.

She is warm and welcoming, she dances, she shows off a little, she is out of time with others, she is left behind, she is lost, she is alone. She is manipulated, she is shown tenderness, she is free, she is pushed around, she pushes back, she fights, she is in time, she is in time with others, she is lifted and she has found herself again.

If youd like to see Emmas work in development you can go to a free work-in-progress showing on Friday 16 February, 3pm at NORPA Studio, Lismore City Hall.

If you wish to join Emma in her dance practice she is running free warm up classes for the public in the NORPA Studio WED 14 Feb, 10-11am; THU 15 Feb, 10-11am; FRI 16 Feb, 10-11am.

Emma Saunders
Dancing with Myself
A work-in-progress showing
Friday 16 February, 3pm
NORPA Studio at Lismore City Hall Free

Warm-up classes with Emma Saunders
WED 14 Feb, 10-11am
THU 15 Feb, 10-11am
FRI 16 Feb, 10-11am
NORPA Studio at Lismore City Hall Free

For more information email Valley Lipcer at creativeprograms@norpa.org.au

The post EMMA SAUNDERS DANCING WITH MYSELF. appeared first on Byron Bay Blog.

10:32

Spicy snacks "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The other day I was telling my grocer how much I've enjoyed eating the snacks he's imported from India

I've posted on here about the Kurkure Mango Achaari Triangles and Chilli Chatka, which are both hot in a way that discourages most of my kids from asking for some and gives me a nice buzz.

More recently I tried these chilli and lemon flavoured potato chips, which was a combination that hadn't occurred to me but can be found in many stir-fries.

Once again it was tasty and spicy in a way not normally found in the chips sold at Australian supermarkets.

Even though we've adopted many culinary influences in this country, there is a clear segregation at work in the "international' sections of the shops.

Sure, there are some chilli and sour cream flavours available but they are, as the expression goes, weak as piss.

Or so I thought until my last visit.

While buying Pringles for a child's birthday party I spotted this promising Chilli Sambal flavour alongside the "Aussie" varieties of chicken salt and meat pie -- the latter reminds me of gravy, so it could be a Sunday roast.

Pringles Chilli Sambal has a nice amount of spice and a vinegar finish that is a bit similar to the Lays shown above for a heat and acidity combination.

I'm still hoping that the manufacturers of rice snacks will incorporate curry flavours but it's great to see increasing spice and variety in the snack section at the supermarket.

09:35

Why must gun owners be punished for the actions of crooks? "IndyWatch Feed National"

But yet again, no mention of why flintlock muzzle-loading pistols are on a restrictive H class licence?!!! Crooks don't use these at all!!!
Firearms associations have failed Australian gun owners! We don't ask much, we just want a fair go & sensible gun laws that DO NOT punish/penalise law abiding gun owners.

https://www.gympietimes.com.au/news/why-must-gun-owners-be-punished-for-the-actions-of/3331954/

08:00

February 11 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed National"

1788 - Having had a rough sleep the night before, the first court was convened at Sydney Cove.
Presiding was Judge Advocate Collins with 3 Naval Officers & 3 Marine Officers as members. A convict was sentenced to 200 lashes for hitting a marine with an adze. Another to 50 lashes for stealing some wood (later remitted ). A third convict who stole some bread was put in irons and marooned for 1 week ( on bread & water) on a small island in the harbour, Pinchgut.

1797 - That big pond of water between Victoria and Tassie was tripped over and named Bass Strait.

1799 - Left scratching their heads and asking "why?" the gaol at Sydney was *gasp* deliberately burnt down.

1822 - Macquarie introduced Bungaree to Governor Brisbane at Georges Head.
I gave him an old Suit of Generals uniforms to dress him out as Chief,writes Macquarie.
Governor Brisbane promised Bungaree and his people a new boat and fishing net.

1823 - George Brown was granted 500 acres at Illawarra.

1830 - Michael Best was Hanged at Hobart for murdering Richard Garner

1830 - After an epic journey which began on the Murrumbidgee River in November 1829, Charles Sturt and a small party, consisting of his deputy George McLeay, two soldiers and four convicts, reached the Southern Ocean.

1833 - Patrick Brady was Hanged at Sydney for the murder of Daniel Stewart at Webb's Creek, Windsor.

1833 - John Walsh was  Hanged at Sydney for the murder of Henry Kenyon at Bathurst.

1833 - James Dwyer was Hanged at Sydney for the murder of Henry Dawkins at Bathurst.

1840 - Charlie Bennet (Charles to his familiars) was not feeling the serenity when he was admitted to the Newcastle gaol, then sentenced to the Maitland Stockade iron gang for 12 months for absconding.

1847 - Having a REALLY rough night's sleep the Governor of Westralia, Andrew Clarke popped his clogs.

1849 - The first of several groups of German immigrants stepped ashore at Melbourne.

1851 - The first intercolonial cricket match between Tassie and Vic was a huge sell-out although security had to remove several louts for throwing horse shoes for good luck.

1856 - Books for the peasants ?! Extraordinary!
The Melbourne Public Library opened its doors.

1861 - Burke and Wills plonked their bums down at the Gulf of Carpentaria .

1867 - The three masted barque Zanoni sailed from Port Wakefield for London,  loaded with 15 tons of bark and 4025 bags of wheat. The weather was fine during the morning, but early in the afternoon a sudden squall from the westward 'came down with terrific violence; in fact a perfect cyclone' as it was later reported. The ship was struck so suddenly...

07:15

Apartheid State: Compensation For Sexual Abuse Victims, Betrayal For Stolen Generations "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Turnbull Government has responded swiftly and justly to the final report into the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses To Child Sexual Abuse. And then theres the response to the Bringing Them Home report, and the stolen wages scandal across two decades, and successive governments. The double standard is there in black and white, for anyone who cares to look. Chris Graham reports.

One of the really useful things about the #changethedate campaign is that it serves as an effective litmus test for our maturity as a nation. For how we see ourselves, for our capacity to honestly face our past, and our ability to empathise with a people who were brutalized in our names, for our benefit.

That we even have to debate celebrating a day which marks the dispossession and slaughter of another people speaks volumes about our national maturity. That we have a Prime Minister who then sees the political capital in assuring his base nothing will change while hes in charge; and that we have an Opposition leader who falls over himself to get in step quickly, adds to that sad picture.

But you dont have to look a whole two weeks back for the results of the national litmus test. You only have to go back to Thursday, when news broke that Malcolm Turnbulls Government has upped the pressure on the states and territories to get behind a Commonwealth scheme that will compensate child victims who were sexually assaulted while in government care.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. (IMAGE: Dept. of Defence photo by Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Dominique A. Pineiro/Flickr)

It follows the handing down in December last year of the final report from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. There are 189 recommendations.

Turnbulls scheme was actually...

06:43

US to send 1,000s of troops to the East Pacific to counter Russia and China "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Pentagon reportedly plans a "major muscle movement" from the Middle East to East China, with thousands of extra Marines to be deployed. The goal is to "persuade Pacific nations to stand with the US" and not China. According to a Wall Street Journal report, the US plans to boost its military presence in the East Pacific with rotating deployment of Marine Expeditionary Units, or MEUs. An MEU is a group of about 2,200 Marines who operate from amphibious assault ships and have their own aircraft, tanks, heavy weapons, and other resources. A typical deployment lasts for seven months and may involve missions on the shore like patrols or military-to-military training. The report, citing military officials, does not say how many MEUs will be sent to the region. The US already has about 50,000 service members in Japan, almost 30,000 in South Korea, and 7,000 more in Guam. In a related move, the Pentagon will expand the number of Marines deployed in Darwin, Australia. At the moment, 1,250 troops are stationed there in rotating training assignments lasting six months each year. The WSJ said it was not yet clear how large the number of additional troops in Australia will be. The deployments will be made at the expense of the US military presence in the Middle East, and are in line with the new National Defense Strategy published earlier by the Trump administration, which sets countering Russia and China as a priority for the military. According to the report, the MEUs in East Asia will help the US "persuade Pacific nations to stand with the US."

06:08

Why so many voters are annoyed by Barnaby Joyce's statement* that his private life is a private matter "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


When it influences staff positions and even contributes to winners and losers in a reshuffle, Barnaby's affair with a younger staffer is not a private matter [Stephen Mayne on Twitter, 9 February 2018]

During the lengthy extramarital relationship with a member of his staff Australian Deputy Prime Minister and Nationals MP for New England Barnaby Joyce:

* arranged for a change of employment for the staffer in this relationship. She was employed at taxpayers expense by another federal minister, in a senior position specifically created for her with a six-figure annual salary;

* successfully sought a second staff position for his former staffer when that federal minister was forced to resign from the front bench while a dual citizenship claim was resolved. This second position was with the Nationals Chief Whip - resulting in him having two people in his office doing the same job at taxpayers' expense;

...

05:53

Poverty: American Style "IndyWatch Feed National"

In December last year, United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Professor Philip Alston, issued a statement on his 15-day fact-finding mission of some of the U.S.s poorest neighborhoods.   Alston, the author of the quoted phrase in the excerpt, is an Australian who is a professor of law at New York University.  During his mission, he visited Alabama, California, West Virginia, Texas, Washington DC, and Puerto Rico. Alstons statement on American poverty and inequality has been overlooked by most of the mainstream media. Alston has a record of consistent impartiality, which makes his statement on American poverty all the more credible. He was critical of China in his report on that country (the Chinese government later accused him of meddling in its judicial system).

03:13

How to Use Critical Thinking to Spot False Climate Claims "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Peter Ellerton, The University of Queensland Much of the public discussion about climate science consists of a stream of assertions. The climate is changing or it isn't; carbon dioxide causes global warming or it doesn't; humans are partly responsible or they are not; scientists have a rigorous process of peer review or they don't, and so on. Despite scientists' best efforts at communicating with the public, not everyone knows enough about the underlying science to make a call one [...]

02:59

The Holy Spirit what the Holy Spirit means to me part 55 The Holy Spirit and the Truth about Hillsong and the ACC (Australian Assemblies of God) "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Lord Jesus

I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.

John 14:18

The Lord Jesus (God incarnate) when He was on earth said that when He left the planet earth, the Father (God the Father) would send the Holy Spirit (God the Spirit of Christ) to earth to be our (Christians) Helper.

John 14: 15-31

15 If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.

16 I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; 17 that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you.

18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19 After a little while the world will no longer see Me, but you will see Me; because I live, you will live also.20 In that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you.21 He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me; and he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will disclose Myself to him. 22 Judas (not Iscariot) *said to Him, Lord, what then has happened that You are going to disclose Yourself to us and not to the world? 23 Jesus answered and said to him, If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him. 24 He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine, but the Fathers who sent Me.

25 These things I have spoken to you while abiding with you....

00:34

Democracy Zindabad! A Day In The Life Of Anti-Coal Resistance In Indias Energy Capital "IndyWatch Feed National"

The controversial Adani mine has brought India strongly into Australias focus. Two countries could not be more different than Australia and India, one rich and industrialised, another rapidly industrialising but with high inequality. Australia with the worlds highest per capita emissions and India where the converse is true. Yet both are democracies and both rely on coal for energy. Needless to say, in two societies as disparate, the human and ecological impacts of coal-mining differ significantly. How do communities, if ever, win a struggle to stop coal-mining against powerful corporations and vested interests of governments in India? Against all odds! This is an account of one such rarely successful struggle from the heartland of coalmining, in Singrauli district of the Central India state of Madhya Pradesh. Ruchira Talukdar had the opportunity to visit the forested Mahan area in Singrauli with Greenpeace activists Priya Pillai and Akshay Gupta in April 2017. The time of her visit marked exactly two years since the controversial Mahan coalblock had been declared off limits for mining. It was a massive milestone for the Mahan Sangharsh Samiti (MSS); the Greenpeace facilitated local resistance, which had united people from the surrounding villages. Strengthened by its success, the movement was preparing to take on future challenges.

Its the 31st of March, and we are driving to Amelia village for a public meeting. As we approach, three little boys in oversized shirts run after our SUV shouting Zindabad, punching the air with their little fists. The Hindi word that literally means long live is commonly used at political gatherings as a shout of encouragement.

It is mid morning and the summer loo has already started blowing. We see dust blowing across the empty fields, and spot the billowing tent top, the setting for the days programme, in its midst.

Late spring is peak Mahua gathering season for forest dependent communities in Central India. This yellow flower with a clammy fragrance, growing on spreading branches of the Mahua tree, is the economic, cultural and spiritual nerve centre for various indigenous communities in Central India. Every year during the Mahua season in early summer, forest-dependent families in these parts leave home to camp in the forests for weeks on end. They collect, dry and sell the yellow Mahua flowers, needed for various herbal and medicinal products.

Priya is rightly anxious about the turnout. But her fears are allayed when the big top fills up with men, women and children numbering over 1,000 from the neighbouring villages fringing the Mahan forests.

It is the second anniversary of the peoples victory over coalmining in the Mahan forests, commemorating a resistance that spanned four years and forged an unusual allia...

00:15

In the same week Wall Street was finally spooked by the sheer weight of Donald Trump's inadequacies as the 45th US President..... "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


.....and the Dow Jones Index indicated that financiers and big business might be seriously worried about possibly higher than expected interest ratesrising national debt and the size of the US federal budget deficit Trump created in his first twelve months in office - he also rather unwisely performed in front of the cameras on the subject of treason.

YouTube, Time, 5 February 2018:




CNN, 5 February 2018:

 (CNN)President Donald Trump wasn't -- and, apparently, still isn't -- happy that Democrats in Congress didn't stand to applaud him in his State of the Union address last week.

"They were like death and un-American. Un-American. Somebody said, 'treasonous.' I mean, Yeah, I guess why not? Can we call that treason? Why not? I mean they certainly didn't...

00:02

#Apology10: Gavin Moor & Chris Dunk "IndyWatch Feed National"

IndigenousX examines #Apology10 from IndigenousX on Vimeo.

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22:48

Capilano Honey CEO Ben McKee caught on video talking about sex with a staff member to opposing party "IndyWatch Feed National"

Below is the video that Capilano Honey, Ben McKee and their lawyers are desperately trying to have destroyed to help them win a defamation case against me (Shane Dowling). In the video Ben McKee talks about sex with a staff member to Simon Mulvany, who is an opposing party to Capilano and Ben McKee in []

22:43

Positions Vacant in the Office of Deputy Prime Minister "IndyWatch Feed National"


Apparently Barnaby Joyce is hiring;


To those who have no idea of who they're applying to, apparently he's a national party animal:


21:22

Trump picks U.S. Pacific Command chief Harry Harris to be ambassador to Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

BY 

STAFF WRITER
The Japan Times
February 10, 2018

U.S. President Donald Trump has chosen Pacific Command chief Adm. Harry Harris known for his strident views on Chinas military expansion and nuclear-armed North Korea to be the United States next ambassador to Australia.

The White House announced the move in a statement Friday, calling Harris a highly decorated, combat proven Naval officer with extensive knowledge, leadership and geo-political expertise in the Indo-Pacific region and 39 years of experience in the U.S. Navy.

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Adm. Harry Harris shakes hands with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a courtesy visit to Tokyo in November. AFP-JIJI

Harris, who was the first Asian-American to achieve the rank of admiral in the U.S. Navy, could play a key role in promoting the Trump administrations strategy for a free and open Indo-Pacific region and ensuring a rules-based regional order in partnership with Japan, India and Australia.

Currently in the final year of his three-year tour as head of Pacific Command, Harris is due to retire soon. He has been known as an outspoken backer of a strong response to Chinas aggressive moves in the East and South China seas, coining the term Great Wall of Sand to describe Beijings strategy of building up and militarizing disputed features in the South China Sea.

He has echoed Trumps maximum pressure strategy for dealing with Pyongyang, saying in November that military-backed diplomacy is needed to deal with North Korea.

Appointing Harris as envoy to Australia will be seen as reassuring a key ally and strengthening the administrations Asia team, which remains full of vacancies more than a year into Trumps first term.

The admiral is known to have strong ties with military and political leaders in the country, having visited several times as head of Pacific Command.

Media reports have painted the Australian government as growing more and more concerned over the 16-month failure to appoint an ambassador after the previous U.S. envoy, John Berry, left the post in September 2016. Although the job has been filled by Charge....

17:59

Keeping an Eye on Australia: Admiral Harry Harris Goes to Canberra "IndyWatch Feed National"

Imperial arrangements require decent overseer of subjects.  In the Pax Americana, which is, in fact, rather violent, Australia is indispensable in the Pacific theatre.  It offers land, facilities, and the means to eye future enemies and keep allies in check.  Wedged between China and the United States, Australia could focus on smoothing rocky roads and building bridges.  But this is something Washington is very keen on preventing.  Those in the business of empire want to monitor the level of satrap loyalty.

As General Joe Dunford, chairman of the US Joint Chief of Staff, explained, with measured gravity, We have enduring interests here, and we have an enduring commitment and we have an enduring presence here. Enduring being the operative word here.

That Admiral Harry B. Harris Jr. will be making his way across to Canberra as ambassador to Australia (or, as the official appointment goes, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary) is significant in one fundamental respect.  Harris is a man with a digest of distinct hawkishness where it counts.  US power must be preserved; rivals must be contained.  His motivations to that end are simple enough.  He also fits, in many ways, the profile of an appropriate governor of a distant province that might, should the time come, prove useful in war.

During his 39-year career, goes the press release from the White House, he served in every geographic combatant command and has held seven command assignments, including the US Pacific Fleet, the US Sixth Fleet, and VP-46.

The Australian Prime Minister was quick to express his relief at the appointment of this new watchdog, this keen manager of US interests.  Great to see Admiral Harry Harris nominated by [Donald Trump] as US Ambassador to Australia, tweeted Malcolm Turnbull with stomach turning reverence.  Look forward to seeing you in Canberra, Harry! Tribute must be paid.

If you are going to have an officer of empire watching you, go for quality, the man with appropriate breeding and achievement.  This is the view of The Australian, a paper very much given to an uncritical stance on the issue of the US-Australian relationship.

The move is likely to anger Beijing, given Admiral Harriss hawkish views on China, but it will be seen as a coup by the Turnbull government to have such a well qualified and senior former US mi...

17:00

The Weekend Quiz February 10-11, 2018 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:

In the endogenous money system that exists today, a central bank cannot simultaneously reduce bank lending and maintain a given positive target interest rate by increasing the rate that it provides reserves on demand to the commercial banks.

The answer is True.

The facts are as follows. First, central banks will always provided enough reserve balances to the commercial banks at a price it sets using a combination of overdraft/discounting facilities and open market operations.

Second, if the central bank didnt provide the reserves necessary to match the growth in deposits in the commercial banking system then the payments system would grind to a halt and there would be significant hikes in the interbank rate of interest and a wedge between it and the policy (target) rate meaning the central banks policy stance becomes compromised.

Third, any reserve requirements within this context while legally enforceable (via fines etc) do not constrain the commercial bank credit creation capacity. Central bank reserves (the accounts the commercial banks keep with the central bank) are not used to make loans. They only function to facilitate the payments system (apart from satisfying any reserve requirements).

Fourth, banks make loans to credit-worthy borrowers and these loans create deposits. If the commercial bank in question is unable to get the reserves necessary to meet the requirements from other sources (other banks) then the central bank has to provide them. But the process of gaining the necessary reserves is a separate and subsequent bank operation to the deposit creation (via the loan).

Fifth, if there were too many reserves in the system (relative to the banks desired levels to facilitate the payments system and the required reserves then competition in the interbank (overnight) market would drive the interest rate down. This competition would be driven by banks holding surplus reserves (to their requirements) trying to lend them overnight. The opposite would happen if there were too few reserves supplied by the central bank. Then the chase for overnight funds would drive rates up.

In both cases the central bank would lose control of its current policy rate as the divergen...

16:09

Australia: Muslima on student visa stabs sleeping man in neck in house where she was renting a room "IndyWatch Feed National"

When you meet the unbelievers, strike the necks (Quran 47:4) A Bangladeshi woman who recently moved to Australia and held a student visa has been charged after an alleged Islamic State-inspired stabbing on a sleeping man who was with his young daughter. The Islamic State issued this call in September 2014: So O muwahhid, do not []

16:00

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.00009 BTC
0.00010 BTC = 1.05 AUD
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15:42

Add my name: Save UNE habitat trees "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

[ Friday, 16 Feb; 5:00 pm; ] This statement of concern was drafted by 30 members of the UNE community at a recent meeting to discuss habitat tree removal on the UNE campus. If you care about native wildlife and the beauty of the UNE campus, please add your name to this statement. This statement will be delivered to the Chief Operating [...] full article 

15:25

Local Australian Government Murders 50,000 Bees Over One Complaint "IndyWatch Feed National"

 

By Brandon TurbevilleNatural Blaze

Has there ever been a situation in which calling government authorities has worked out well for innocent people or animals?

Paddington residents may be asking themselves that question today after officials from the Sydney suburb murdered 50,000 European honey bees because a resident complained.

Locals who had become accustomed to seeing the massive bee hive were horrified to find thousands of dead bees beneath the hive and across the road. Residents say that the hive was no threat to anyone and that most residents enjoyed its presence and liked to watch the hive grown. Residents say that there was no need to kill the bees when they could have been relocated which is common practice in Australia.

A spokesperson for the Woollahara Municipal Council stated tha...

15:11

Man Abandons Racing Greyhound Even Though She Saved His Life "IndyWatch Feed National"

So many people came together to help save a greyhound named Rita but not one of them was the person who owned her.

Credit: Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds

Rita, like many other greyhounds, was used by the racing industry in Australia. After Rita became too old to run races, she was put away in a kennel and bred over and over, just the way her mother had been Rita's mother had died of internal bleeding because her body was so exhausted. 

And it seemed that Rita's fate wouldn't be much different. 

Sadly, Rita's story isn't so unique. The racing industry is known for confining racing dogs for long periods of time, racing dogs until they injure themselves beyond repair and ultimately euthanizing them. That's why many places around the world have already phased out dog racing.

Credit: Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds

One day, Rita was in the kennel with her new litter of puppies when she noticed her owner was in trouble. Rita saw him suddenly collapse and no one else was around.

"The man was unconscious and Rita left her puppies and stood over him, barking incessantly until someone checked on her alarm," Victoria Sublette, a member of the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds, said. "The man was found, an ambulance was called, and this mans life was saved by this very special greyhound, Rita."

But two more years passed, and Rita's life didn't change. 

Finally, last year, her owner decided he was done with Rita so he dumped her at a vet's office. And that's when Lorraine Ramsay stepped in. Ramsay is a greyhound advocate who runs the Rescued Greyhounds NSW Central Coast Facebook group. She tries to help get these d...

14:51

The Mainstream Media Now Is The Winter Of Our Discontent "IndyWatch Feed National"

(L) Rupert Murdoch and (R) Robert Thompson News Corp CEO

by Dee McLachlan

News Corp CEO is grumbling.

Criticizing Lap-dogs in 2010

This is what Robert Thompson wrote in his article (published in The Australian), entitled, End of the world as we know it in January 23, 2010 (when he was managing editor of the Wall Street Journal):

If banks and car companies are now virtually arms of the US government, why not extend the principle to journalism, where some practitioners are already virtually an arm of government...

13:16

PERTH Magistrates Court results for the Eastbourne area "IndyWatch Feed National"

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13:07

Politicians defrauding Aussie taxpayers in falsified 'Money for Mates' jobs "IndyWatch Feed National"


It is no wonder that the 'building' did not want to air out its dirty laundry with regards to Barnaby Joyce's (you know the person who is Australia's PM when the real PM is away) affair against his wife where what also would be revealed is that the staffer (Ms. Campion) got a high paid job from a made up role.



Ms. Campion is not a 'victim' in this matter but rather a person who is defrauding Australian taxpayers by accepting the (falsely made) job she is in.


This action is defrauding the Australian taxpayers of their hard earned cash, where in reality there should be an inquiry across the whole board into positions that are not realistically necessary.

If you support this action then there is no need to write a my will letter to your federal MP into an inquiry into the 'Money for Mates' jobs scam created by Australia's MPs.

12:33

Fairfax says Jim Molan backed down from Adam Bandt after what Fairfax called their "feud" this week "IndyWatch Feed National"

This was the headline on Fairfax websites this morning (thanks to Jason Morrison for pointing it out). After Adam Bandt's disgraceful slur against Jim Molan this week, Jim said he'd sue unless Bandt apologised. After Bandt's petulant, smart-alec first "apology", Jim phoned Bandt (like a man!!!) to make clear precisely...

12:25

Greg Sheridan's treatise on courage & Jim Molan - compared to The Greens and their divisive, spiteful & cowardly ways "IndyWatch Feed National"

Jim Molan offers lesson in courage for gutless Greens Major-General Jim Molan on duty in 2001. Picture: Corporal Jason Weeding. The Australian 12:00AM February 10, 2018 GREG SHERIDAN Foreign Editor Melbourne What a spiteful, divisive, unethical and prejudiced political force the Greens are in Australian politics. This is evident from...

12:21

New South Wales Liberal Premier Berejiklian is approving a solar energy revolution "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The Berejiklian government has approved 11 large-scale solar energy plants in the past 12 months, clearing the way for NSW to join a tsunami of new renewable energy capacity across the nation.

The 170-megawatt Finley Solar Project in the Riverina, which will include half a million solar panels, is the first to get approval in 2018.

The 10 to get the go-ahead in 2017 doubled the number in the previous year, and alone supported 1800 construction jobs, Planning Minister Anthony Roberts said.

Those 10 collectively reduce carbon emissions by over 2.5 million tonnes, which is equivalent to taking around 800,000 cars off the road, he said.

NSW had more renewable generation capacity under construction than any other state, Energy Minister Don Harwin said.

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12:10

MACKAY Serial thief handed suspended sentence "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Serial thief handed suspended sentence

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A SERIAL thief who stole a generator from a Mackay business and committed other crimes, including driving while disqualified, while on probation is back in the community after he was handed a suspended four-month prison sentence in Mackay Magistrates Court yesterday. Benjamin James Ostwald

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11:36

Byron Bay Surf Festival RETURN OF THE TRIMMERS! "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The trim is a unique surfing event whereby the longest distance surfed is the goal for each of the 18 invited trimmers. Surfboards must be over 10 feet in length, requiring a significant amount of skill and panache to surf.

Trimmers released Thomas Bexon, Kassia Meador, Ari Browne, Roisin Carolan, Alex Knost, Hannah Magnall

Thats right guys, for the 2nd consecutive year, the legend himself, Bob McTavish, will be holding his famed event right here in his own backyard! BBSF is once again super stoked to be hosting the McTavish Trim at the 2018 Freestyle & Stoke surf sessions.

Last years event saw surfers compete on boards 10ft+, with the winner determined by whoever slides their craft furthest up the beach, and only in the finest trimming style, of course.

Heres what event founder, and local Byron Bay surfing pioneer had to say about last years event;

What an unbelievable day. Being here at the festival reminds us all just how much fun surfing together can be. We are all larking about in the waves laughing, sliding, cheering and catching up with friends from far and wide. We are so thrilled to be a part of the Byron Bay Surf Festival. Its bringing together the surf community, old and new and its just fantastic! Bob McTavish, 2017.

Sunday February 25th
9:00 10:00 am: McTavish Trim
presented by McTavish Surfboards

Full program and festival info available at www.byronbaysurffestival.com.au.

The post Byron Bay Surf Festival RETURN OF THE TRIMMERS! appeared first on Byron Bay Blog.

11:04

Workplace Organiser Training "IndyWatch Feed National"

Date and Time: 
Saturday, February 24, 2018 -
2:30pm to 4:30pm

Jura is pleased to be hosting this event organised by the Sydney Wobblies.

"Ever wanted to organise in your workplace and unionise your co-workers, but have no idea how? Well, this is for you! This participatory workshop will offer a brief introduction to some of the practical skills we can use to organise and fight for our rights at work. Whether there's a recognised union present or not, we can all learn how to unite with our co-workers and organise for change.

All are welcome, and no prior experience or background in union organising is required!"

https://www.facebook.com/events/286059271923370/

 

10:31

Anarcha-Feminist Discussion: Mammies, Matriarchs and other Controlling Images "IndyWatch Feed National"

Date and Time: 
Sunday, February 18, 2018 -
2:00pm to 4:00pm

The Anarcha Feminist Reading and Discussion Group will be having a discussion on Sunday 18th February at 2pm at Jura.

The reading for the discussion is 'Mammies, Matriarchs and other Controlling Images' from Black Feminist Thought By Patricia Hill. The reading can be found here.

https://www.facebook.com/events/140480453429602/

09:58

Scientists discover 18 new spider-hunting spiders from Madagascar "IndyWatch Feed National"

With their long necks and sharp, fang-like mouthparts, assassin spiders hunt a strange prey other spiders. Now, thanks to a study published recently in ZooKeys, there are 18 more known species in the world. Researchers think even more lie in wait in Madagascars unique, isolated forests, but are worried the countrys rampant deforestation will claim the spiders before theyre discovered. Assassin spiders, also called pelican spiders, are native to Madagascar, South Africa and Australia. Theyre nocturnal, hunting other spiders under the cover of darkness by following the silk lines of their unsuspecting prey. Once an assassin spider is close, it dispatches its victim by stabbing it with its fangs; its protracted neck keeps the hunter at a safe distance in case the other spider puts up a fight. Known as living fossils because those that are alive today have scarcely changed from their forebears preserved in amber 50 million years ago, assassin spiders have been little studied since the first was discovered in Madagascar in the late 1800s. Pelican spiders are beautiful and iconic Madagascan spiders. They have a bizarre appearance, with a long neck and chelicerae (jaws) that are used to prey on other spiders from a distance. This pelican spider (pictured above, top) is dangling its spider prey (bottom) upside-down using its chelicerae after capturing it. These spiders also occur in Australia and South Africa; however, the species with the longest necks occur in Madagascar. All of the pelican spiders that Wood described live only in Madagascar,

09:48

Betrium, The First Partly-Decentralized Global Betting Exchange Platform Witnesses High Demand as Crowdsale Enters Final Stage "IndyWatch Feed National"

The pre-sale ICO campaign of Betrium, the worlds first decentralized betting exchange platform, is live now, with 9,198,555 Betrium tokens (BTRM) already sold out. The pre-ICO started on January 30, 2018, will end on February 18, 2018. Hence, if you want to participate in the pre-ICO, its the high time to go for it.

About Betrium

Betrium is the platform developed by an intellectual group of entrepreneurs belonging to MIT and MIPT. It is the first partly-decentralized global betting service, including betting exchange and Sportsbook, with zero commission, acceptance of cryptocurrencies and offering a platform for developers, event organizers, franchisee and third-party betting service providers who can create and manage their custom events and earn income from betting.

Leveraging Upon the Industry-Growth Opportunity

Betrium holds the credit for developing the first global sports betting platform operating in the industry that is generating at least $0.5 trillion of revenue on an annual basis. By 2017, the worldwide regulated gambling market generated around $533 billion of revenue. The betting market accounts for $70 billion in total gross yield globally. In addition, the unregulated sector is way larger, with more than 100 million users regularly betting on sports every month.

How it Works?

The bets over Betrium platform take place off-chain and just added when the event takes place so that the outcome cannot be denied. Nevertheless, the bets are broadcasted all over the network immediately for the odds to be addressed. It implies that unlike other similar platforms, Betrium offers higher-speed betting service developed on a decentralized IT architecture.

In view of the volatility stabilization goals, the professional betting cannot be executed without fixed USD amounts. The company is in the process of preparing for Curacao online gambling license.

The Core Features

  • Profit Sharing

Betrium distributes 50% of the annual profits among BTRM token holders. Each token holder will get a 50% of the Betriums profit on a regular basis. The BTRM tokens are backed by Betrium financial success and its increasing worth.

  • No Volatility

The platform offers cryptocurrencies volatility stabilization for the token holders. The platform fixes the balances with virtual USD/EUR so as to protect users from losing in the regular dumps. It will be achieved by integration of exchange functionality and partnerships with local and global exchanges.

  • Leg...

08:50

Kevin Rudd and "My National Apology Foundation". Not quite in the Clinton league Kev. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Kevin Rudd has been playing dress-ups and getting all prime-ministerial again. Why? On Friday The Rudd explained: Next Tuesday will be ten years since the #NationalApology. If your school or community organisation would like a copy of the Apology, please fill out the form on the website of my National...

08:50

How Down Syndrome Model Madeline Stuart Made It to the Catwalk "IndyWatch Feed National"

On November 13, 1996, a tiny Australian baby named Madeline Stuart was born. Doctors told her mother Rosanne that Madeline had Down syndrome which came as quite a shock. Surprisingly, Rosanne had never known anyone with a disability, so not only was she a first-time mother but one with a whole new set of challenges.... View Article

The post How Down Syndrome Model Madeline Stuart Made It to the Catwalk appeared first on Healthy Holistic Living.

08:00

February 10 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed National"

1788 - Five convict couples got hitched by Rev Johnson, including William Bryant to Mary Broad while the colony was a grand 15 days old on the corner of Bligh and Hunter Streets in Sydney.

1801 - Governor King, using the grey matter between his ears, introduced the ticket-of-leave system which allowed convicts to *gasp* work for wages and (horrors) choose their own master !!!

1828 - The Cape Grim Massacre.
The Cape Grim massacre occurred where a group of Aboriginal Tasmanians gathering food at a beach in the north-west of Tasmania were ambushed and shot by four Van Diemen's Land Company workers, with bodies of the victims then thrown from a 60-metre cliff. Thirty men were killed in the attack, as a  part of an escalating spiral of violence which included the abduction and rape of Aboriginal women in the area.

1842 - The Moreton Bay district, what was once a penal colony, was open to all free settlers according to Gov Gipps. 
Pfft, who'd live where convicts had been?!

1849 - The Australian Agricultural Company was all a'quiver with excitement when they imported 12 rams from the best flocks in Saxony on the 'Thomas Henry'.

1852 - The Supreme Court of Victoria was open for business today and hasn't stopped working since.

1859 - The Victorian Royal Commission on the best methods for removing the sludge from the goldfields presented its report to Parliament. 
Good Lord, did they even try to use Windex ?

1859 - Lashings of lamingtons were consumed and loud, raucous toasts were proclaimed to celebrate the opening of the railway line from Melbourne to Sunbury (Vic).

1861 - Lieutenant Rudolph Morisset led a Native Police squad which shot dead 6-8 Aboriginals including old men at Manumba, QLD.

1862 - Paddy Crick, the Wild Man of Sydney, was sprung into life in the corn field. Paddy was a hard drinking newspaper owner, solicitor and politician.

1876 - Trooper 3/C Henry WILKINSON died whilst on duty as a NT police officer.

1879 - Having a bit of a blank spot on their dance cards, the Kelly Gang held up the Bank of NSW at Jerilderie. Proving it was up here for thinking and down there for dancing, the Gang had cut the telegraph wires and locked up the 2 constables before waltzing into the bank in police uniforms and do-se-do-ing out again with 2,000 po...

07:47

Kurds in Conflict-Ridden Northeastern Syria Turn to Kidnapping, Conscription, ISIS-like Tactics "IndyWatch Feed National"

Sarah Abed is an independent journalist and political commentator.  She covers a broad range of issues relating to the Syrian war, Kurdish issues in Iraq and Syria, as well as U.S policy in the Middle East.  The following is an account of Sarahs conversations with Assyrian Christians living under Kurdish rule in occupied northern Syria, as well as her personal take on the issues surrounding those conversations.  MintPress News could not independently verify the information given by Sarahs sources.  

AL QAMISHLI, SYRIA (War Report) Over the past few weeks, multiple independent on-the-ground sources have provided and corroborated information regarding disturbing events taking place in and around the Al Hassakah governorate in northeastern Syria.

One of the most startling allegations made is that the Peoples Protection Units (YPG) and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have been arresting and kidnapping men aged 18 to 40 in the Al Hassakah governorate, which includes Al Qamishli and other towns under their control. They are taking these men against their will to Kurdish militia training camps, where they will stay for some time and receive training before being forced to fight in the so-called New Syrian Army or North Syrian Army. I was told that some of these men are being taken to the front lines to fight in Afrin as well.

According to RT, in late December:

Russias Reconciliation Center for Syria issued a statement accusing the U.S.-led coalition of creating the so-called New Syrian Army. The group comprises remnants of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS), the Al-Nusra Front and others, and is based at a refugee camp in north-east Syria, which is located 20 kilometers from Al-Shaddadah town. Local refugees, returning to areas freed from IS, say the refugee camp has been used by the coalition as a training ground for militants for over six months.

 

Surge in kidnapping by Kurdish YPG and Asayesh

Eddie Gaboro Hanna founder of Patriarchal Relief Care Australia, a group that provides aid to Christian families impacted by wars in Syria and Iraq stated on January 20th, that a few days prior:

The Kurds started a new operation [whereby] they are taking young Christian boys by force to sign them up for the Kurdish military & send them to the front line at Afrin wher...

07:37

Tree-dwelling animals can climb away from climate change, study finds "IndyWatch Feed National"

Animals that live in trees in the tropics are likely to be better at crossing mountains and dealing with climate change compared to ground-dwelling animals, a new study published in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment suggests. In the tropics, mountains are typically considered to be barriers for lowland animals. According to a popular hypothesis put forward by ecologist Daniel H. Janzen in 1967, this is because the tropics have a relatively steady climate, with temperatures never getting too hot or too cold. Tropical organisms there tend to be adapted to very narrow ranges of temperatures. So an animal adapted to warm temperatures living at the bottom of a mountain might not be able to tolerate the colder temperatures it encounters as it moves higher up. Think about a layered cake, Brett Scheffers, an assistant professor in the department of wildlife, ecology and conservation at the University of Florida, Gainesville, U.S., told Mongabay. One band represents a range of temperatures, the next band represents another range of temperatures and so on. Theres not a lot of overlap between those bands. What this means is that animals living on the bottom of a mountain will likely never have experienced temperatures at the top of the mountain and vice versa. This suggests that tropical animals could have a harder time escaping from a changing climate because of the temperature constraints that mountains impose. Trees within Mossman Gorge, a lush rainforest in Queensland, Australia. Photo by Rhett A. Butler. However, temperatures within a

07:25

Blessed are They Who Are Persecuted for the Sake of Righteousness- For Theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven "IndyWatch Feed National"

If they take me down- cry no tears for me- as I feel as if I have lived a life worth living.

The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the one- which is the belief that compelled me to get into this mess in the first place and has fueled my actions throughout.

The ONLY THING that matters in this life is the Word- and that Word is Love.

I gave myself by standing up because of my love- for mankind AS WELL as Heaven. I care- and I believe children matter as do we all. We ALL matter. Even the lowest who has nothing.

So cry no tears- but if I may- let me stand as an example that allows you to exemplify the courage, compassion, and love that beats within your OWN heart- and may it compel you also to live a life worth living and find the strength to ALSO take a stand.

The time to make a choice is here as you can only serve one master- and there are only two to choose from. So believe in yourself enough to make the right choice. The ONLY THING that matters is the Word if that helps you decide

It is the only thing that will save any of us.

07:16

Jehovahs Witnesses refuse to hand over child abuse files "IndyWatch Feed National"

This video says about itself:

Jehovahs Witnesses Child Abuse Shocking Testimony by Jehovahs Witness Elder

29 July 2015

Testimony from Australias Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Dutch NOS TV reports today that the Jehovahs Witnesses church refuses to hand over files about child abuse, including confessions of abuse by church members to internal religious courts, to the police and justice department. Abuse survivors are scared that the Jehovahs Witnesses will destroy that abuse evidence.

05:29

U.S. Considers Boosting Asia Forces With Special Marine Units New strategy emphasizing China and Russia, cutbacks in the Mideast "IndyWatch Feed National"

Shift would promote new strategy emphasizing China and Russia, with cutbacks in the Mideast

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U.S. amphibious assault vehicles of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit prepare to return to a waiting ship near Pohang, South Korea during a joint military exercise in March 2016.Photo: ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images

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Updated Feb. 9, 2018 11:57 a.m. ET

The Pentagon is considering plans to send heavily armed, versatile Marine Corps Expeditionary Units to East Asia, curtailing some deployments in the Middle East as it repositions forces in response to growing Chinese influence, military officials said.

The move would be among the first tangible steps by the Trump administration to expand the U.S. military presence in Asia after announcing its National Defense Strategy last month.

The new strategy and a parallel national-security plan released in December set a goal of getting the U.S. military out of the Mideast and realigned to counter China and Russia as strategic competitors.

 

 

While the strategy comes amid tensions over North Koreas nuclear-weapons program, it isnt intended as a buildup for war, officials said, but as an approach to how the U.S. military positions itself over at least the next four years based on the threats it sees.

These major muscle movements, as the Pentagon calls hardware and personnel redeployments, are aimed at a global resetting of forces, officials said.

We have enduring interests here, and we have an enduring commitment and we have an enduring presence here, Gen. Joe Dunford, chairman of the Pentagons Joint Chiefs of Staff, sa...

04:40

I Tried to Start a New Life But the Attacks Wont Stop "IndyWatch Feed National"

I moved states away in an attempt to start a new life but the attacks wont stop. Here are some examples

So they claim to have already been in my back yard- and funny enough the light was on in my garage and wouldnt shut off suddenly. And their directed energy weapon still is on me- although where it is coming from I dont know. Nor at this point- nor do I care.

The Air Force claimed they had these directed energy weapons in 2006 and that they were going to use them on American citizens to show the rest of the world they were safe and yet it is 2018 and they are still considered conspiracy...

02:46

Cardinal George Pells lawyers seek access to complainants medical records "IndyWatch Feed National"

This George Pell child-sex abuse case is going to be a very big fight.

George Pell is being funded by The Vatican. Despite The Vaticans pious utterances against child sex abuse, the Roman Catholics, like all self-serving dishonest corrupt churches, always look after their own.

I have faith in the Australian justice system, and Australian police and courts are very good at putting pedophiles behind bars. The sentences in Australia for pedophiles are mild compared to America.

If George Pell is found guilty of multiple child sex crimes hell get 10-12 years in jail.

Australian courts have no qualms about sending high profile offenders, even church pastors and priests, to jail for substantive terms.

ABC News Australia

Cardinal George Pells lawyers seek access to complainants medical records

10 February 2018

Lawyers for Cardinal George Pell are seeking access to the medical records of complainants in the case against him.

Cardinal Pell, 76, is set to face a four-week committal hearing in the Melbourne Magistrates Court next month as he fights historical sexual offence charges involving multiple complainants.

No other details of the case against him can be reported for legal reasons.

One of Cardinal Pells defence barristers, Ruth Shann, made what she described as a responsible and considered application to access the medial records of complainants in the case.

Ms Shann told the court the records would have substantial probative value, meaning they would contain important evidence to the case.

She said a complainant may not be in the best position to descr...

02:15

The Australian Millionaire lets Joyce and lover live rent-free "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Australian

Millionaire lets Joyce and lover live rent-free

The Armidale townhouses where Barnaby Joyce is living.The Armidale townhouses where Barnaby Joyce is living.

01:58

ABC expanding its digital operations - in London "IndyWatch Feed National"

Digital Producer Vacancy @ Australian Broadcasting Corporation (London) Journalism Jobs Online & Social Media Jobs England Jobs Deadline: 24 February 2018 Salary: 40,000 per annum, dependent on experience Contract: Permanent, full-time Location: London with travel in Europe The ABC is looking for someone to lead the digital treatment of content...

01:49

Have A Go - Australian television commercial from the 1970s - the past was a different country! "IndyWatch Feed National"

Thanks to former Senator Malcolm Roberts who posted this video on his Facebook page. What a great place this was!

01:21

Hillsong founder the child rapist Pastor Frank Houston. Part One. Frank Houstons pedophile activities. "IndyWatch Feed National"

 

Rev William Francis Frank Houston.  Founder of Hillsong Church. Over 400 boy sex abuse victims of Frank Houston. Self-confessed pedophile. Confessed to lifelong secret child sexual abuse of little boys, male preteens and male teenagers. But mainly little boys aged 7 to 11. Frank Houston The worst Pentecostal pastor since the day of Pentecost 2000 years ago. A Son of Lucifer. Frank Houstons eyes are black like Lucifers.

Note of 27 October 2017

Pastor Brian Houston, the current head pastor of Hillsong Global Church is to face pedophile protection charges some time in the future from the Australian Police and Authorities.

Ive edited the article below reflecting current up to date information.

This article and its updates

This article outlines the history of Pastor Frank Houston, the founder of Hillsong, and his secret sexual abuse of hundreds of little boys, male pre-teens and male teens over five or more decades possibly for 70 years if you include his grandchildren and rent boys (underage male prostitutes).

This site is the most authoritative and comprehensive site on Hillsong corruption, Houston corruption and Hillsong pedophilia.

This article was first published on this site on 9 September 2012 prior to the Aus...

01:19

Hillsong 20 ways Hillsong is an End-Time Apostate Church "IndyWatch Feed National"

 

Hillsong Head Pastor Brian Houston about to embark on a 26 American city tour with Hillsong band to promote his new book, There is More.

Satan is inside Hillsong and having a ball. Why would Satan attack Satan?

Satan and his minions have already visited Hillsong Church decades ago and tied it all up spiritually and placed an evil satanic anointing over Hillsongs two large main Sydney churches in Baulkham Hills and Waterloo in Sydney, Australia and on every Hillsong Church throughout the planet.

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00:39

The Inordinate Pleasures of the Ehime Onsen (Sponsored Post) "IndyWatch Feed National"

Bathing is a primal pleasure that Western culture has greatly overlooked. Eating right and exercising right have all come to the forefront of our daily goals, while showering and bathing remain relegated to intermediaries, things to do between other stuff.

Though we are not to blame. In days of climate change and drought, sometimes even a five-minute shower can feel decadent. Which could be to the detriment of our wellbeing.

If you have ever enjoyed sitting down in the shower, either on the floor or with a chair, and letting the days stresses wash through you or lying in a bath for hours, gradually adjusting the temperature in short bursts of hot or cold, until your fingers and toes swell up and prune then Japan is for you.

Enter the onsen. Onsens are traditional Japanese public bathhouses, usually centred around a hot spring (see sento for tap water). The apparatus generally involves a combination of showers, tier temperature baths, both indoor and outdoor, hot tubs, saunas, and electrified water pools (apparently its good for your back). Blissfully spending hours transitioning between different baths and showers promises to rejuvenate the weariest traveller.

And if you a really dedicated to the cause, which you will be, in Ehime prefecture lies the Giza of onsens, the Dogo onsen. Over 1000 years old, this three-level hot spring has granted pleasure to the naked bodies of princes and emperors, and thousands of others from all walks of life through the epochs of time. It is traditional and ornate, and once you go, a quick dip under the shower before work will never feel the same again.

This post has been presented by Tokyo Metropolitan Government, but all thoughts and opinions are the authors own.

00:16

Now that's a bad hair moment! "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"



Makeup line exposed along with a considerable amount of bald pate....

00:15

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23:38

Bermuda outlaws gay marriage - less than one year after it became legal "IndyWatch Feed National"

This from the New York Times Bermuda Outlaws Gay Marriage, Less Than a Year After It Became Legal By MEGAN SPECIAFEB. 8, 2018 Tourists in St. Georges, Bermuda, in 2015. CreditTony Cenicola/The New York Times Bermuda has forbidden same-sex marriage, only nine months after legalizing it, in what advocates for...

22:49

More Propaganda: White Helmets Go Global "IndyWatch Feed National"

Syrias White Helmets have been boosted by the West as a trusted humanitarian organization, but their origins and motives remain murky. Now, the White Helmets effort appears to be spreading to other countries, Caitlin Johnstone notes. I sat down with my coffee this beautiful Australian morning to watch two of my favorite independent media figures jam together in a Corbett Report interview of renowned independent investigative journalist Vanessa Beeley. About two-thirds of the way through, I nearly fell out of my chair. At 24:30 of the clip, the following bone-chilling conversation takes place about the nature of the establishment medias aggressive protection of the highly publicized Syrian Civil Defense, also known as the White Helmets.

22:26

Trump Declares Solar War: Syria Installs Solar Systems "IndyWatch Feed National"

In November 2017 war-torn Syria became the last country, other than the U.S., to sign Paris 15 the worldwide effort to curb global warming. In the eyes of the world, America must be as mad as a hatter.

Actually, the madness runs much deeper than failure to acknowledge Paris 15. Not only that, the Mad Hatter of Alices Adventures in Wonderland fame has unique personality traits and keeps company same as Trump, terse personal remarks directed at adversaries whilst exchanging unanswerable riddles with his Tea Party friends.

The Trump Administrations Tea Party brand of eagerness enhanced with unvarnished Libertarianism (destroy the Social Contract) proposes dramatically slashing funds for a Department of Energy program supporting research and development of clean energy technologies by 70%; Trumps latest attempt to stall renewable energy sources like wind and solar to the benefit of fossil fuels. According to Fortune magazine and Bloomberg News, Trumps solar tariffs are a big blow to renewables, as it raises costs for new domestic solar power installations. The Solar Energy Industries Association warned the tariffs delay and kill billions of dollars of solar investments.

Not only, Trump has launched a multi-pronged effort to stop growth of renewable energy while propping up dirty coal, knocking back rules that regulate the industry. In the final analysis, Trumps dangerous gamesmanship with tariffs causes irreparable damage to the biosphere, which is/wouldve been preventable, if only he were not in the WH.

In stark contrast to Trumps draconian efforts to kill renewable energy, Syria has a brighter approach. Six months ago, Syria opened its first solar-powered hospital. By adopting solar power and skirting use of fossil fuels, which are the lifeblood of Middle Eastern economies, Syria makes the United States look backwards and nonsensical, kinda like a Mad Hatter with cockamamie hard to decipher rhetoric.

Syria plans to open five more solar-powered hospitals with funding from foundations, government agencies, and philanthropists. Its a life and death matter of survival for the war-torn country. Solar powers intensive care units, operating rooms, and emergency rooms for 24 hours on end without needing diesel generators. Thus, lives are saved in Syria as Trump whacks solar across the knees.

And meanwhile, the state of South Australia is currently in the process of launching the worlds largest virtual power plant, using Tesla batteries and solar for home power systems, ultimately 50,000.

At the same time, the Mad Hatter White House is wildly in love with coal. Trump refers to it as beautiful coal and clean coal. Assuming he lasts long enough after playing footsie with Russian thugs and cleansing dirty oligarch money for so many years, his legacy will go....

22:15

Goldilocks "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Just right?

An interesting SOMP from the Reserve Bank, with GDP growth expected to rise to 3 per cent by 2018/19, and repeating the trick in 2019/20. 

Despite this rather optimistic outlook the unemployment rate is expected to meander only slowly towards 5  per cent over the next few years through to 2020.

That seems a pretty unusual combination of numbers, but anyway, here's the fan chart.  


As for inflation, well that's still nowhere to be seen.

In fact, it's not projected to get up to 2 until June 2020!


So much for imminent rate hikes - you can forget that.

Interestingly the monetary policy stance has been stimulatory for Sydney's economy, where the unemployment rate has already fallen to only 4.4 per cent.

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22:14

MACKAY Mackay man flags guilty plea on car theft, burglary charges "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Mackay man flags guilty plea on car theft, burglary charges

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Levi James Browns lawyer said his client will soon plead guilty to all matters when Brown faced Mackay Magistrates Court via videolink from prison on Thursday. Brown seemed set to take the matters to trial when he faced the court in late January, but the indication before Magistrate Damien Dwyer will

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17:25

The week that has been in Australian nuclear news "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Same old same old, but new, angst about being close to the nuclear brinkRussia is upset at Americas new Nuclear Posture Review. Many commentators are alarmed as it escalates the arms race. No doubt, weapons companies are salivating at the thought of it, and Americas tax-payers ought to be concerned at its beyond  $1.2 trillion cost.

I know that this newsletter is now supposed to be leaving out climate stories. But its hard. Here we are, worrying about nuclear bombs, while climate change is bringing us its own weather bombs.

AUSTRALIA

Peace Boat with nuclear bomb survivors arrives in Sydney. ICAN founder Tilman Ruff calls USs new nuclear policy a blueprint for war 

Australias new weapons export industry secret mens business.

Most Austr...

17:00

The Weekend Quiz February 10-11, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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

1. In the endogenous money system that exists today, a central bank cannot simultaneously reduce bank lending and maintain a given positive target interest rate by increasing the rate that it provides reserves on demand to the commercial banks.



2. The fact that a sovereign government is never financially constrained means that it will always be able to provide first-class health care to an ageing population should it have the political will to do so.



3. Whether the government records a fiscal deficit when the domestic private sector is spending less than it earns depends on the size of the external deficit.


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10:45

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