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Sunday, 13 May

21:30

South China Sea: The Philippines Sees A Growing Reality: We are the ones who are being left behind here. "IndyWatch Feed National"

China holds on to the Islands the Philippines claims it owns. Who is the winner?
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The Philippines says it owns Subi Reef But a huge Chinese military base there might make the Filipinos just dreamers.

 / 05:14 AM May 13, 2018

Malacaang has taken strong exception to a report in this paper, quoting observations by local officials and international experts alike, that the Philippines appears to have been left behind by rival claimant-countries in developing territories it occupies in the South China Sea

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The Philippines says it owns Mischief Reef, but there is not one known Filipinos living there. China has militarized the South China Sea even though they have no legal claim. This is Mischief Reef, now an extensive Chinese military base one of seven Chinese military bases near the Philippines

Carlyle Thayer, a Southeast Asia security expert and professor emeritus at the University of New South Wales Australian Defense Force Academy, for instance, noted that the Philippines appears to exercise a form of self-restraint in allowing some of its facilities to fall into disrepair and in not undertaking new construction to keep China from exerting diplomatic pressure.

President Dutertes spokesperson Harry Roque was quick...

20:29

Australian MP Danielle Green caught out using hate speech against health freedom activist "IndyWatch Feed National"

 

Labor MP Danielle Green has been caught out using hate speech against her constituents. Activist Prue Neiberding was appalled when merely voicing her opinion on the Facebook post of the MP flu shot promotion resulted in abuse from the personal Facebook account of the MP Danielle Green. Read More

19:24

Her Majesty The Queen's consent to Prince Harry's marriage to Ms Markle "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Instrument of Consent is drafted by the Crown Office and is, in the case of Prince Harry's marriage, hand-written and illuminated on vellum by one of a panel of scrivener artists retained by the Crown Office. Vellum is used only for important State documents. The design to the left...

19:10

Australia on brink of prescription painkiller epidemic, doctors say "IndyWatch Feed National"

Fentanyl made headlines in 2016 when popstar Prince was one of 64,000 people in the United States who died from a drug overdose, with opioids largely to blame.

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Pain specialist Jennifer Stevens is among some doctors who fear Australia is on the verge of an epidemic of its own.

We are not quite there yet but we are about four or five years behind the situation in the United States, she said.

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Tony is HIV positive and takes opioid medication, like fentanyl, for chronic pain relief.

Opioid usage in Australia

  • Fentanyl is 100 times stronger than morphine
  • It is prescribed for cancer and acute pain
  • Just 0.25 milligrams of fentanyl can kill......

18:36

17:48

Pete Evans wants to turn your pet paleo too "IndyWatch Feed National"

Pete Evans has come under fire from nutritionists for his claims about the so-called paleo diet and other health advice. "How do you know someone is paleo? They'll tell you," and Australia's paleo king, Pete Evans, can certainly attest to that.
Not content in his bid to inspire the nation to turn against grains, legumes, refined sugars and dairy, the My Kitchen Rules favourite and healthy living advocate, 45, is now on a mission to transform the eating habits of our furry little friends too.
Pete Evans with his dog Shikoba promoting his new range of cat and dog food, called Healthy Everyday Pets with Pete Evans.
Pete Evans with his dog Shikoba promoting his new range of cat and dog food, called Healthy Everyday Pets with Pete Evans.

Evans has launched a new range of cat and dog food called Healthy Everyday Pets with Pete Evans in the hopes that the extended members of our family lead healthier, balanced lifestyles by eating paleo diets specific to their species.
A keen animal lover, Evans lives on his north NSW farm with a dog Shikoba, a cat Anais, over a dozen chickens, 20,000 bees, and horses and said he has had the idea to enter the pet food world for "many years".
"So many pets are suffering the diseases of modern day humans cancer, diabetes, joint issues, skin issues and a lot of that can be taken back into what we feed our pets," Evans told Fairfax Media this week.

He continued: "If you look at what's out there on the market, so many are filled with these really dodgy fillers, such as grains and legumes and other things, it's completely crazy."
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17:32

Queensland, unconstitutional since 1922? "IndyWatch Feed National"

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16:57

How to cheat Centrelink and not go to prison "IndyWatch Feed National"


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16:34

Whale-watching season gets off to early start as humpback whale population soars in east coast Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Whale-watching season gets off to early start as humpback whale population soars

13 May 2018

The phenomenal growth in the humpback whale population has resulted in some of the giant beasts of the ocean beginning their migration north almost a month early.

Whale-watching season for tourism operators such as the Sunshine Coasts Whale One traditionally begins on the first weekend in June.

But a number of sightings off Caloundra and Alexandra Headland in the past two weeks has prompted Whale One owner John Matterson to bring his season forward by a week.

The whales have come up very early this year, Mr Matterson said.

There have been quite a few reports and particularly ones in close from Caloundra to Point Cartwright and Alexandra Headland. It is very unusual.

Southern Cross University Marine Ecology Research Centre founding director Peter Harrison said whales were moving earlier because their numbers had grown so large.

Whale numbers were decimated between 1959 and 1961, mostly by illegal whaling, until there were only a couple of hundred left.

This season, about 33,000 whales are expected to make the 5,000km migration north from the Antarctic to Queenslands warm tropical waters.

Whale population grows to highest level

Professor Harrison said the humpback whale population had grown so large, it was now the biggest it had ever been.

As far as we know, the population is now larger than it was prior to whaling, he said.

Researchers have gone back to look at catch records and our best estimates are the whale population [pre-whaling] was hovering around 26,000 for the natural population size.

That was al...

15:32

PERTH Ellenbrook man arrested after high-speed chase "IndyWatch Feed National"

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AN Ellenbrook man was arrested on Saturday night after a high-speed chase through several Perth suburbs. It is alleged the driver of the Holden

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15:22

Suicide bomber rides into Indonesian Catholic Church on Mothers' Day "IndyWatch Feed National"

Earlier today, Sunday the Catholic Sabbath in Surabaya, Indonesia's 2nd largest city.

15:00

Important Facts on Appendicitis: Types, Symptoms and Treatment "IndyWatch Feed National"

Of all the organs inside the human body, the most misunderstood one is probably the appendix. Its often described to be useless and unimportant, and is thought to be a remnant of human evolution. Charles Darwin concluded that it may be an organ that cavemen used to digest tree bark and other fibrous plant materials.1

Today, when talk of the appendix arises, most people tend to think of it as a good for nothing body part that may potentially lead to painful inflammation. But theres actually more to this organ than what most people think.

What Is the Appendix and What Does It Do?

The appendix is found in the lower right portion of your abdomen. This slimy, finger-shaped organ is attached to the cecum, a small pouch thats part of the intestines (the cecum is considered to be the beginning of the large intestine) and is part of your gastrointestinal tract.2

The appendix is thin and small, measuring only 2 to 4 inches (5 to 10 centimeters) long.3 For a long time, the appendix has been regarded as an organ that does not serve any function, and that removing it will not harm a person. But now, research has made it clear that it may be useful after all.

According to scientists in France and Australia, the appendix may actually play a role in your immunity, as it has an important function for your gut bacteria.

Published in Nature Immunology, their study showed that the appendix with the help of white blood cells known as innate lymphoid cells (ILCs) works as a reservoir for good bacteria, which are essential for good gut health and healing from infections.4 When certain diseases eliminate the healthy bacteria in your gut, the appendix works as a safe house for some of these probiotics.

The researchers say that these findings should make people rethink whether the appendix is irrelevant to their health.Once the bodys immune system has gotten rid of the infection, the bacteria will emerge from the biofilm of the appendix, and then recolonize your gut, bringing it back to its healthy state.5 According to Gabrielle Belz, a professor at Melbournes Walter and Eliza Hall Institute:

"We've found that ILCs....

14:10

9 killed, 40 wounded in triple Indonesian suicide bombings targeting Christian Churches today "IndyWatch Feed National"

3 locations in the Eastern Javanese city of Surabaya - 2 Christian Churches and one busy street. Click on the youtube link below for rolling live coverage (in Indonesian) I happen to be in Bali for meetings with my Australian lawyer. The triple bombing is in Surabaya, about 300 kilometres...

14:00

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

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13:40

The Old Courthouse, Frankenstein and Ancient Greece "IndyWatch Feed National"

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What connects Frankenstein to Perths Old Courthouse? What links the columns at the entrance to Ancient Athens? And why hasnt the courthouse been turned into a small bar like every other old building in the city? Answers to two of these three questions will follow.

Acclaimed feminist Mary Wollstonecraft died shortly after giving birth to a daughter. Her grieving partner didnt feel able to cope with a new baby, so she was brought up for several years by friends, who had a young boy named Henry Reveley. This led to a life-long friendship between the young girl and Henry. She would grow up to become Mary Shelley and write the classic Frankenstein.

Henry became an engineer, inventor and entrepreneur, and comrade of Marys partner, the poet Percy Shelley, whom he even saved from drowning on one occasion. Unfortunately, Henry also persuaded Percy to invest in an expensive engineering project which came to nothing, and this must have put some strain on the friendship.

After a brief stay in Cape Town as colonial engineer, Henry was recruited by James Stirling and travelled with him on the Parmelia to help found a new colony in Western Australia. He was now responsible for all public works, under which circumstances he had to be less engineer and more architect. One of his buildings which still survives is the Old Courthouse.

Opening in 1837, this building was controversial from the start. Due to a lack of funds, Henry was instructed to erect something which could serve as both court and church. In America this would have been a clear violation of...

12:40

New Matildas Response To Brian Walters QC on Cate Faehrmann "IndyWatch Feed National"

Yesterday morning, we published a reply to Brian Walters QC, who took up the case for Greens NSW pre-selection candidate Cate Faehrmann. Editor Chris Graham promised a reply to Mr Walters article. This is it.

Contrary to popular opinion, the key job of a lawyer is not to get to the facts. Its to construct a convincing argument around a set of facts which might be open to different interpretations. As you might expect, Mr Walters has done exactly that. He is, after all, a very competent, very well respected QC.

New Matildas brief, however, is quite different. Ours is to get to the facts. Its also to provide political opinion and analysis. Thats what we did in the three-part series recently written by Michael Brull, which has been the subject of ongoing outrage among supporters of Greens NSW member Cate Faehrmann (and later Jeremy Buckingham).

Walters article is laced with hyperbole. Indeed it was submitted with the headline Michael Brull spits the dummy. Its not the considered response I would ordinarily expect from a Queens Counsel, but then this whole saga has provided a series of responses that I wouldnt ordinarily expect from Greens politicians, or their supporters. So I guess we live in a brave new world.

Well let the hyperbole fly through to the keeper for now, because the main charge by Walters is that Michael Brull bases his farrago on a bizarre series of falsehoods. To put not too fine a point on it, no, he does not.

Walters writes: In the middle of an internal Greens pre-selection, Michael Brull, a Greens member, has written for New Matilda a series of articles attacking a candidate Cate Faehrmann. As he must know, candidates for pre-selection are not permitted to speak to journalists, and therefore have no right of reply. It is an archetypal act of cowardice to attack a person who is unable to defend herself.

Thats very chivalrous of Mr Walters, and also nonsense. Cate Faehrmann is and was more than capable of defending herself, and did so in a private Facebook group with 800 Greens members (printed in part below), albeit muddying the waters and misleading as she did.

But that aside, the Greens NSW policies are the Greens NSW policies. They can do with them what they will. What I wont do with those policies is allow them to prevent New Matilda from publishing on matters of public interest when they occur, and particularly when those matters of public interest occur at crucial times, such as party pre-selections to nominate people to receive taxpayer funded positions of substantial influence. That is precisely the time when additional scrutiny should be applied.

Constructing a cowardly attack on a defenceless woman narrative, while colourful, does Mr Walters no credit whatsoever.

Regardless, Cate Faeh...

12:18

Happy Mothers Day to Special Needs Mums "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Mary W Maxwell

Anne Dachel, at AgeofAutism.com, gave new statistics on May 10, 2018. I have abridged that list here to show rates of special education children in US schools and in some other countries. I am posting it today for Mothers Day, as every mother of a special needs child has to work twice as hard as normal mums who are already working hard enough!

SPECIAL ED [sped] PERCENTAGE

National official average is 13 percent.

Hazelton, PA: 15 percent of students are sped.

Sioux Falls, SD: 15 percent of students are sped.

Baltimore, MD: 15 percent of students are sped.

New Haven, CT: 15 percent of students are sped.

New Bedford, MA: 15 percent of students are sped.

New Hampshire Public Schools: 15 percent of students are sped.

Spokane, WA: 16 percent of students are sped.

West Virginia: 16 percent of students are sped.

Montclair, NJ: 17 percent of students are sped.

Duluth, MN: 17 percent of students are sped.

Fort Fairfield, ME: 18 percent of students are sped.

Red Wing, MN: 18 percent of students are sped.

Juneau, AK: 18 perce...

09:45

Australian Government want you to work for them for free "IndyWatch Feed National"

How very 'unAustralian'


SO, let's get a couple of things out of the way;

1). People should comprehend that the television is quite simply an advertising medium, where in between entertainment programming, a show case of products is shown for people to purchase, i.e. to commit to an action in commerce,  and not a 'public service announcement' message board, where that would be better left to SMS alerts from the president or official warning bureau. 


2). If it's 'advertised' on (Australian) television you should  know / feel / comprehend it's dodgy.

Current spate of television commercials include messages from all the junk food giants for you to purchase their carcinogenic products.

Surely that's not 'good' for you is it?

At other times of the day the air waves are littered with messages for you to purchase life insurance from some dodgy company whose first goal is not to pay your 'loved ones' out, due to some microscopically written clause or some terms and conditions that you may have allegedly agreed to 'online' where you have no access to this thing called 'online'.

For some time now, the corporation conglomerate known as the Australian Government is in the busi...

07:28

May 13 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed National"

1756 - The Dutch were having a bit of a Captain Cook around the place, with one ship, the Rijder , having hung about Wednesday Island for a bit waiting to catch up with the ship, Buijs, but which then put out to sea on this day.

1787 The First Fleet choofed off from Portsmouth, England, for New South Wales, with the intention of establishing the first European settlement in Australia.

1789 - John Caesar aka Black Caesar, a convict who obviously didn't like the table service, did a runner into the bush with arms and ammunition.

1811 - Thomas Clough was hanged at Sydney for the murder of Thomas Cooney. After being executed his body was handed over to surgeons for dissection and anatomisation.

1819 - Margaret Catchpole, the infamous female convict who had a few well chronicled adventures, passed into the great beyond.

1837 -   Joseph Bradbury, John Newman, Soloman Wakefield, John Hewitt and David Williams admitted to Newcastle gaol from Merton. To be sent for trial before the Supreme court for robbery.

1837 - Judge Sir John William Jeffcot held the first criminal sessions in the province of South Oz.

1839 - In letters to General Secretaries of the Wesleyan Methodist Mission Society Joseph Orton stressed that Aborigines around Geelong had been reduced to pilfering starving obtrusive mendicants, a tax upon the [European] inhabitants.

1845 - The Portland Bay Examiner fishwrapper ceased to exist after a whopping 4 months.

1855 - The immigrant ship Nashwauk, only 18 months old, and carrying some 300 Irish girls, crashed ashore south of the mouth of the Onkaparinga at about 3 a.m. The passengers were able to be taken off the stricken ship and were cared for by local people. The following morning the steamer Melbourne and Government schooner Yatala were sent from Port Adelaide to pick up the stranded passengers. However, some of the immigrants were reluctant to board ship again and were taken to Adelaide in bullock wagons.

1857 - St Kilda Junction to St. Kilda Railway Line (Vic) opened.

1861 John Tebbutt, of Windsor, New South Wales, tripped over what would become known as the "Great Comet of 1861".

1867 - The first South Sea Islanders arrived aboard the ship "Prima Donna". 70 arrived to start work as indentured labourers on plantations around Mackay.

1870 - Ohhhh the humanity....the Port Adelaide Footy Club was founded in South Oz.

1872 - Alberto Zelman first conducted opera in Melbourne at the Princess Theatre for the performance of Lucia di Lammermoor in the Cagli-Lyster Italian opera season.

1873 -  Customs Officers fired upon Kaiadilt people fishing at Sweers Island.The officers kidnapped a young Aboriginal boy during th...

07:11

Federated Colonies of Australia A Failed State | Sovereign Union - First Nations Asserting Sovereignty "IndyWatch Feed National"

Federated Colonies of Australia A Failed State | Sovereign Union - First Nations Asserting Sovereignty: 'Australia is not a nation formed under the customary international law. The Aboriginal Nations, however, were formed properly under that ancient system. Australia is an administratively formed country by the United Nations, designed to give Britain more votes in the General Assembly. In the light of Australias non-conformance with UN Human Rights Treaties and Conventions, it is reasonable to hold that this administrative creation of the Nation of Australia is a failure, and Australia is a true failed state.

05:24

Crooked Hillary: Clinton attends another event with massive scarf to cover up what seems to be a back brace "IndyWatch Feed National"

Hillary Clinton has donned yet another massive scarf during an appearance in Australia after earlier photos indicated she might be trying to hide a back brace. The 70-year-old draped the $1,100 patterned Hermes cashmere blend shawl around her shoulders when she met with Australian former Prime Minister Julia Gillard in Melbourne on Thursday. Her scarf was tied high around her neck and covered the top of her navy blue jacket. It comes after social media users pointed out earlier in the week that Clinton was mostly likely opting for the style choice to hide a possible back brace. She was photographed coming out of her daughter Chelsea's apartment in New York last week with a strange protrusion coming from underneath her jacket.

05:18

Horrific Mass Shooting In Australia Proves Gun Bans Dont Work "IndyWatch Feed National"

Seven people have been found dead with gunshot wounds at a rural property in what is reported to be Australias worst mass shooting for decades, proving that gun bans do not magically stop all gun [...]

04:29

78-foot wave is the largest ever recorded in Southern Hemisphere "IndyWatch Feed National"

An eight-story monster wave that crashed down in the Southern Ocean off the coast of New Zealand has set a record. It's the largest known wave to ever hit the Southern Hemisphere, according to New Zealand scientists. Nobody actually saw the 78-foot-tall (23.8 meters) wave crash down, but a buoy moored by New Zealand's Campbell Island managed to log the amazing wonder on May 8, according to MetOcean Solutions, a subsidiary of the Meteorological Service of New Zealand. The colossal wave eclipsed its record-breaking predecessor by nearly 6 feet (1.77 m). That wave - a 72.2-foot (22.03 m) swell recorded by an Australian buoy, reared up just south of Tasmania in 2012, MetOcean Solutions said. "This [new wave] is a very exciting event and to our knowledge it is [the] largest wave ever recorded in the Southern Hemisphere," Tom Durrant, a senior oceanographer with MetOcean Solutions, said in a statement. "This is a very important storm to capture, and it will add greatly to our understanding of the wave physics under extreme conditions in the Southern Ocean." In this case, a deep, low-pressure system and high winds exceeding 74 mph (65 knots or 120 km/h) helped to create the perfect conditions for the enormous wave. "What is interesting about [Tuesday's] event is the storm speed appears to match the wave speed, allowing wave heights to grow dramatically as the system tracks eastward," Durrant said.

03:50

Hawaii Volcano Has Scientists Looking to Mainlands West Coast "IndyWatch Feed National"

SPOKANE, Wash.The eruption of a Hawaii volcano in the Pacific Ring of Fire has experts warily eyeing volcanic peaks on Americas West Coast that are also part of the geologically active region.

The West Coast is home to an 800-mile (1,300-kilometer) chain of 13 volcanoes, from Washington states Mount Baker to Californias Lassen Peak. They include Mount St. Helens, whose spectacular 1980 eruption in the Pacific Northwest killed dozens of people and sent volcanic ash across the country, and massive Mount Rainier, which towers above the Seattle metro area.

Theres lots of anxiety out there, said Liz Westby, geologist at the U.S. Geological Survey Cascades Volcano Observatory in Vancouver, Washington, in the shadow of Mount St. Helens. They see destruction, and people get nervous.

Kilauea, on Hawaiis Big Island, is threatening to blow its top in coming days or weeks after sputtering lava for a week, forcing about 2,000 people to evacuate, destroying two dozen homes and threatening a geothermal plant. Experts fear the volcano could hurl ash and boulders the size of refrigerators miles into the air.

Here are some key things to know:

What Is the Ring of Fire?

Roughly 450 volcanoes make up this horseshoe-shaped belt with Kilauea situated in the middle. The belt follows the coasts of South America, North America, eastern Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Its known for frequent volcanic and seismic activity caused by the colliding of crustal plates.

Americas most dangerous volcanoes are all part of the Ring of Fire, and most are on the West Coast, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Besides Kilauea, they include: Mount St. Helens and Mount Rainier in Washington; Mount Hood and South Sister in Oregon; and Mount Shasta and Lassen Volcanic Center in California.

Images of lava flowing from the ground and homes going up in flames in Hawaii have stoked unease among residents elsewhere along the Ring of Fire. But experts say an eruption on one section of the arc doesnt necessarily signal danger in other parts.

These are isolated systems, Westby said.

When Will the West Coast Volcanoes Erupt?

No eruption seems imminent, experts say.

The Cascades Volcano Observatory monitors volcanoes in the Pacific Northwest and posts weekly status reports. All currently register normal.

But the situation can change fast.

All our mountains are considered active and, geologically speaking, things seem to happen in the Northwest about every 100 years, said John Ufford, preparedness manager for the Washington Emergency Management Division. Its an inexact timeline.

Some geo...

02:37

War On Cash Goes into Full Effect Purchases Over $10,000 ILLEGAL in Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Jay Syrmopoulos Canberra, Australia The Australian government announced that it will soon be illegal to use more than $10,000 cash to purchase anything,...

01:45

Seven people found dead in Australia's worst mass shooting in two decades "IndyWatch Feed National"

Mass shootings are not common in Australia, which has strict gun laws. However, guns still make their way into the country through organized crime rings. Seven people, including four children, have been found dead at a home near Margaret River in Western Australia in the worst mass shooting in more than two decades. The bodies of two adults with gunshot wounds were found outside and five others inside the house in the small town of Osmington, ABC News reported. Police are treating the incident as a murder-suicide and have confirmed they are not looking for any suspects. They are also trying to get in touch with the victims' relatives.

01:28

'They're trying to kill him': Pamela Anderson calls on Kanye to help free Assange "IndyWatch Feed National"

Actress-turned-activist Pamela Anderson has become one of the most vocal allies for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, and now she wants Kanye West's help in setting him free. Cooped up in the confines of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, the WikiLeaks founder has not set foot outside out of fear that he could be extradited to the US. Amidst all this, the UN has found that Assange's years inside the embassy amount to arbitrary detention. Former Baywatch star Pamela Anderson has been an unlikely ally for the Australian recently, and, in an open letter published online, the Canadian actress pleaded with fellow celebrity Kanye West for help in bringing Assange to freedom.

00:16

Growing older in Australia is becoming fraught with financial risk "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"



The Guardian, 4 May 2018:

Half of the 51,300 older Australians affected by an increase in the age pension age would move on to Newstart or the disability support pension in the first year alone, new figures suggest.

The Coalition has long proposed increasing the age pension age from 67 to 70, kicking in from 2025-26. The change is likely to make Australias pension age the highest in the developed world.

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00:15

Safer Pathway program becomes third government-led domestic violence initiative to be found ineffective by BOCSAR "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"



The NSW Government domestic violence program rolled out between September 2014 and July 2015......


The safety and protection of victims and their children lies at the heart of It Stops Here: Standing Together to End Domestic and Family Violence, the NSW Governments Domestic and Family Violence Framework for Reform.

Safer Pathway proposes a fundamental change in how agencies and organisations support victims safety in NSW. Through Safer Pathway, the right services are provided to victims when they need them, in a coordinated way.

The key components of Safer Pathway build on the existing service response. These are:

* a Domestic Violence Safety Assessment Tool (DVSAT) to better and consistently...

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23:29

Australian Ritual Abuse Victim Fiona Barnett, Cardinal George Pell, Barack Obama, and Hillary Clinton "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian victim Fiona Barnett just posted a new article on her site pedophilesdownunder.com detailing her fight to get her case investigated as she seems to be facing the same opposition that I am here in the US.

There are two things to consider in Australia right now. 1). Cardinal George Pell has been ordered to face criminal charges concerning child abuse. He is 3rd in control of the Catholic Church and is responsible for their financial affairs.

And 2). Both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have just recently been to Australia to meet with the Australian Prime Minister. Could these events be related? Considering how hard the powers that be are trying to clamp down on any talk about elite run child trafficking rings it certainly cant be ruled out.

Esp. considering what victims are going through right now in their fight to seek justice

Demand NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller opens Fiona Barnetts VIP pedo case

Demand NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller opens Fiona Barnetts VIP pedo case

by Fiona Barnett on May 12, 2018

Sutherland Detective Belinda Abdy was in charge of the investigation into my complaints of a VIP child trafficking network based in Sydney. Police took 4 days of witness statements from me in 2014 and 2015, and promised to take at least 5 more days of statements in 2016. However, in between the last two days of witness statement making, I was pursued by four military looking thugs, and defamed by a British Intelligence agent on ABC Media Watch. Despite these attempts to silence me, I showed up to the 4th day of statement making but Belinda Abdy did not. In fact, I never heard from Abdy again.

Sinead Harper took the 3rd and 4th day of statements, and she was awesome. She believed me and responded appropriately to everything that transpired. Harper commenced an investigation into my allegations, went door knocking throughout McAlister Ave, Engadine, and attended my pedophile grandfathers house at 14 McAlister Ave with cadaver dogs and multiple officers. Neighbours told Harper that my account of the Engadine pedophiles was consistent with their childhood memories of various characters and incidents. However, Harper answers to a chain of command starting with Belinda Abdy.

Following my 4 days of witness statement making, NSW Police subsequently stonewalled me, ignored my emails and calls, and eventually told Victim Services that they never found any evidence supporting my case when they did. I know because the people she interviewed contacted me.

I am the first victim in Australian history who was child trafficked at the level I was, to come forward a...

23:21

Serial rapist and alleged sexual predator protected with suppression orders by Justice Ian Harrison and Lucy McCallum "IndyWatch Feed National"

A couple of weeks ago serial rapist Graham Kay was put back behind bars for attacking a 16-year-old girl working at Woolworths. What was not reported is that last year Justice Ian Harrison issued a temporary suppression order at Graham Kays request banning the media from reporting on Graham Kay further. Only one question needs to []

22:54

Beijing winning the great South China Sea game "IndyWatch Feed National"

The security temperature in the South China Sea has ratcheted upward precipitously in recent weeks. On May 2, news outlet CNBC reported U.S. intelligence that China has installed anti-ship cruise missiles and surface-to-air missiles on three fortified outposts in the Spratly Islands.

By Jansen Tham

This deployment follows the installation in April of jamming equipment that disrupts military communications and radar systems also on outposts in the Spratlys.

 

This continued militarization of South China Sea features that Beijing controls comes on the back of extensive land reclamation activities to the tune of 1,295 hectares of land since 2013; the contravention of a 2015 verbal agreement between Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Barack Obama not to militarize Chinese-occupied features; and Beijings blatant rejection of the Permanent Court of Arbitrations ruling in 2016 in favor of the Philippines.

Most worryingly, the deployment of missiles for the first time provides China with offensive power projection capabilities, augmenting its existing anti-access, area-denial (A2/AD) naval strategy against its primary rival, the United States.

All these developments, coupled with the lack of any concerted or robust response from the U.S. and its allies and partners in the region, point to the inevitable conclusion that the sovereignty dispute in the South China Sea has irreversibly become a foregone conclusion. Three compelling reasons justify this assertion.

First, China sees the South China Sea issue as a security matter of paramount importance, according it the status of a core interest on par with resolution of the Taiwan question. From Beijings perspective, the greatest threat to its national security stems from the U.S. and its naval dominance in the Western Pacific strengthened by the military capabilities of its Japanese and Australian allies.

Surveillance and control over the South China Sea allows Beijing to detect and deter Washingtons maritime coercion, should the latter choose to do so. The recent deployment of offensive missiles perpetuates the A2/AD strategy of preventing the U.S. Navys access to regional waters, while also permitting power projection far from Chinese shores. This safeguards Chinas security.

Seen through this lens, there is no chance of Beijing acknowledging the sovereignty claims of Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia or Brunei. It is also wishful thinking to hope that it eventually dismantles the military facilities already constructed in those waters. The reality today is China possesses de facto control of the South China Sea and claimant states have little way to combat this fait accompli.

Second, the sovereignty of South China Sea wa...

22:15

Yoda: Judge Anna von Reitz Greatest Alt Reform Law Mind on the Planet? "IndyWatch Feed National"

From Australia, this is.  Validated by experts on natural and common law that is above state organizational law.

Mr Steele, I am a very concerned Australian, which is why I am forwarding you these links. Each article has a piece of the puzzle.   Much has been discovered by Judge Anna and the Living Law Firm. They have in their possession documentary evidence of every crime committed by the Globalists / Satanists against the American People , the processes used and the People and Organisations involved.

They followed the money back to Buckingham Palace, The International Bar Association, Jacob Rothschild and the Vatican ( this could be the Holy See or the Roman Curia or the Vatican Chancery Court AKA Vatican Bank I am not 100% sure on this last point ). These are not all the people involved and the Pope has taken steps to reform the Vatican. I am not just asking you to read the articles I am providing links for I am begging you to read them because they are very important.  Whether or not you understand and accept them is up to you.

The articles are as follows

No 965 http://annavonreitz.com/mostimportantpart.pdf ,

No 966 http://annavonreitz.com/lettertotrump3318.pdf ,

No 970 http://annavonreitz.com/trumpmacron.pdf          ,

No 971  http://annavonreitz.com...

21:23

Australian government's deliberate education fail "IndyWatch Feed National"

In this day and age education is a privilege and not a right.

Government's are not in the business to provide top quality education for the children of the herd population, and least of all for the residents of a (penal) colony called Australia.

Why would the people in the Australian government want to teach the children of the cannon fodder for example;

- the 'Constitution' (Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act 1900 (UK),
- Australia was taken from a people already 'occupying' the land, suggesting that the 'crown' is not as honourable as written,
- The Sheriff of Victoria cannot produce warrants, emanating from fines, as required by law,
- many Acts are in circulation unlawfully,
-  Today's 'city councils' across Australia are not the lawful department of the state as they are supposed to be, as defined within the 'Constitution',

just to name a few.

It's easier to teach the children of the cannon fodder to;

- focus on social media to get as many followers as possible,
- 'consume' Apple or Samsung products,
- become data providers for Au Gov Co, Google, Facebook, Amazon et al,
- be subservient to authorities without asking questions,
- live by the 'nothing to hide, nothing to fear' government propaganda,

and so many more examples that may create a blog that mere mortal man may not be able to finish reading within his lifetime.

See how the Australian government has deliberately failed the general population.



20:47

US fed up with unfair, unprincipled behaviour by China, former ambassador warns "IndyWatch Feed National"

Barack Obamas former top envoy in Australia has backed Donald Trumps tough approach to China, vowing the days of Beijing pursuing unfair, unbalanced, unprincipled rules of the road are over.

John Berry, the former US Ambassador in Canberra, told Fairfax Media that China could expect straightforward competition from the US on trade and strategic affairs.

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John Berry, the former US Ambassador in Canberra.

He was speaking after giving an address in Canberra on Thursday night in which he warned that the dreams are now over that as China grows richer it will become freer, more democratic and fairer in its trade deals and sovereignty disputes.

Instead, Communist Party rule under strongman Xi Jinping was more powerfully ensconced than ever, he told the Australian Naval Institute.

Mr Berry, who now heads the American Australian Association, said President Trump had pressured Beijing into finally talking about reducing its unfairly high tariffs.

Expanding his views to Fairfax Media on Friday, he said this was the way the US would deal with China now that it was clearly determined to compete with the US while refusing to play by international rules.

For years, China wanted it both ways. They wanted to be a world power and be treated equally as a world power and then whenever you wanted a level playing field, or you wanted to reverse and apply the same rules to them, they would suddenly cry, Oh no, no, no, were a developing power. Were so poor. We have so far to go.

Its a new world The way to be at the big boy table, they need to play fairly. Its going to be straightforward competition. The United States is going to demand that level playing field and the days of looking the other way because of the economic challenges they faced as they rose are now over.

He said the US would continue to co-operate with China where it could, but it will not be used as an excuse to continue unfair, unbalanced, unprincipled rules of the road that benefit them to the pain of democracies.

Mr Berry also pointed to Mr Xis vow during a visit to the US in 2015 that China would not militarise its artificial islands in the South China Sea.

President Xi said in black and white, in front of the world, th...

18:44

Wild winds, record rainfall and cold temperatures hit Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Extreme weather events have broken historic rainfall records, caused wild winds and prompted unusually cold conditions across most of Australia on Friday, with more yet to come. Parts of Gippsland in eastern Victoria are bracing for a month's rain - as much as 100mm - on Saturday as the low pressure system that made Friday a sodden, wind-lashed taste of winter does its worst. New South Wales and the ACT are also beginning to feel the effects of the complex system, as it brings damaging westerly winds to the NSW ranges and the Illawarra. Tasmania The island state's capital was brought to a standstill on Friday as record-breaking rainfall caused schools to shut down, legal proceedings to halt and businesses to be evacuated. In the 24 hours leading up to 9am on Friday, Hobart experienced its wettest day since 1960 with the CBD and surrounding suburbs receiving more than 120 millimetres of rain. Sarah Sitton, extreme weather meteorologist from the Bureau of Meteorology, told The New Daily that by Friday morning, Mount Wellington had recorded 236 millimetres. "That was the second-highest-ever May rainfall in a single day for Tasmania. It was the highest rainfall that's ever been recorded at Mount Wellington," Ms Sitton said.

18:12

Is this Perths greatest building? "IndyWatch Feed National"

newspaper house

Welcome to the Stripped Classical, our favourite architectural style named after our favourite way of not wearing clothing. You are certainly familiar with Newspaper House on St Georges Terrace, but probably only because it now leads to a range of different drinking establishments behind. But before you drop into Print Hall for a glass of Shiraz, take a moment to study the faade.

If the building looks almost perfectly proportioned, thats because it is. Designed by warrior-architect J. J. Talbot Hobbs and opened in 1933, every ratio, every line, every window is exactly (and we mean exactly) according to the rules laid down by architects from the Renaissance onwards. To see what we mean, look at the building below.

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16:00

The Weekend Quiz May 12-13, 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:

If a nation has an external deficit and household saving increases as a proportion of disposable income then the government cannot run a fiscal surplus without output falling.

The answer is False.

This question tests ones basic understanding of the sectoral balances that can be derived from the National Accounts. The secret to getting the correct answer is to realise that the household saving ratio is not the overall sectoral balance for the private domestic sector.

In other words, if you just compared the household saving ratio with the external deficit and the fiscal balance you would be leaving an essential component of the private domestic balance out private capital formation (investment).

To refresh your memory the balances are derived as follows. The basic income-expenditure model in macroeconomics can be viewed in (at least) two ways: (a) from the perspective of the sources of spending; and (b) from the perspective of the uses of the income produced. Bringing these two perspectives (of the same thing) together generates the sectoral balances.

From the sources perspective we write:

(1) GDP = C + I + G + (X M)

which says that total national income (GDP) is the sum of total final consumption spending (C), total private investment (I), total government spending (G) and net exports (X M).

Expression (1) tells us that total income in the economy per period will be exactly equal to total spending from all sources of expenditure.

We also have to acknowledge that financial balances of the sectors are impacted by net government taxes (T) which includes all tax revenue minus total transfer and interest payments (the latter are not counted independently in the expenditure Expression (1)).

Further, as noted above the trade account is only one aspect of the financial flows between the domestic economy and the external sector. we have to include net external income flows (FNI).

Adding in the net external income flows (FNI) to Expression (2) for GDP we get the familiar gross national product or gross national income me...

15:21

The Endless Clinton Campaign "IndyWatch Feed National"

The former secretary of State offers more criticism of U.S. leadership from overseas.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Sydney, Australia.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Sydney, Australia. PHOTO: DAVID MOIR/EPA-EFE/REX/SHUTTERST/EPA/SHUTTERSTOCK

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clintons 2018 global grievance tour touched down in Australia this week. The Democratic nominee for President in 2016 has been selling tickets to provocative events in which she explores the alleged shortcomings of her compatriots. Meanwhile back home, her team is once again tapping some of the very wealthiest of her compatriots to support the family enterprise.

Mrs. Clintons remarks to foreign audiences are not limited to gripes about the most recent U.S. presidential campaign. Shes also willing to offer unkind words about current U.S. policies.

...

14:19

Julie Bishop puts the Clintons and their Foundation first - Australia second "IndyWatch Feed National"

https://twitter.com/JulieBishopMP/status/995108854911221761 http://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2018/02/recent-australian-government-data-direct-clinton-foundation-taxpayer-donations-total-130m.html

14:00

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.00009 BTC
0.00010 BTC = 1.10 AUD
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13:17

War on cash: Australian gov kicks tyranny up a notch - makes purchases using currency over $10k ILLEGAL "IndyWatch Feed National"

As government attempts to track every purchase to increase their power, Australia is spearheading this war on cash by outlawing any purchases in cash over $10,000. The Australian government announced that it will soon be illegal to use more than $10,000 cash to purchase anything, forcing individuals that wish to buy more expensive items to use a cashier's check or electronic transfer, ostensibly in the name of fighting organized crime and money laundering. The move reportedly comes in response to the government's Black Economy Standing Taskforce. In addition to the cash purchase ban, the government has allocated a $319 million package to the Tax Office to develop new strategies to target the black economy. Treasurer Scott Morrison said the Black Economy Standing Taskforce will include a rigorous identification system and "mobile strike teams," in an effort to detect people making suspicious cash transactions, as well as a black economy hotline for citizens to report anyone suspected of engaging in illegal transactions.

13:09

No One Knows These Adorable 'Flying Teddy Bears' Even Exist "IndyWatch Feed National"

They might look like fluffy teddy bears, but these little guys can soar an impressive 300 feet in the air from tree to tree in their forest homes.

Meet the greater glider, an undoubtedly adorable marsupial who lives in the eucalyptus forests of eastern Australia. These nocturnal creatures are the largest flying possum out there but most people dont even know they exist.

Which is turning out to be bad news.

Credit: Queensland Glider Network

The gliders commonly live in old, hollowed-out trees, which have recently been getting cut down to make room for development projects or logging operations. The vegetation they rely on for food is also wiped out during development.

Greater gliders are dependent on tree hollows, which only exist in eucalypts of 100 years or older, Matt Cecil, projects manager for Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland, told The Dodo. Where bushland has been cleared for agriculture, timber production, urban sprawl or linear infrastructure, the availability of tree hollows is much reduced.

Credit: Queensland Glider Network

Fewer trees means more trouble for the species, which has already seen an 80-percent population drop in recent years. For Cecil, who is part of a coalition called the Queensland Glider Network, which specifically works to help glider species, the largest struggle has been simply getting people to recognize that these animals exist and need help.

This is such a magnificent animal that most of the Australian public wouldnt even know existed, and wouldnt know what it was if it glided into their face, Cecil said. That is the sad part. Its hard to fight to protect animals that the greater population doesnt even know about.
...

12:20

Teslas Giant Battery in Australia Reduced Grid Service Cost by 90% "IndyWatch Feed National"

Via: Electrek: Teslas giant Powerpack battery in Australia has been in operation for about 6 months now and we are just starting to discover the magnitude of its impact on the local energy market. A new report now shows that it reduced the cost of the grid service that it performs by 90% and it []

12:09

Against stupidity, the gods themselves contend in vain "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The series of absurd rulings from our High Court has now reached the point where the majority of Australians are debarred from standing for election to Parliament, unless some foreign government chooses to help them. The latest ruling means that even renouncing a citizenship you never sought and have never exercised is not enough. Unless you start the process well before an election is even called, possibly years before, you are ineligible if you were born overseas, have an overseas-born parent and (probably) if you belong to an ethnic group which has a right of return to a national homeland. We have yet to explore the possible limits of other exclusion clauses.

There is some poetic justice in the embarrassment now being faced by Labor and Bill Shorten, who wrongly assumed they had prepared for the worst possible cases of High Court idiocy, and gloated over the misfortune of others. But thats small comfort for anyone who would wish the outcome of democratic elections to be respected.

Until now, the line taken by the supporters of the High Court has been its just a matter of following the rules. Its now been made clear that following the rules is impossible. An Australian citizen, even one who has never left Australia, can be ineligible simply because of the dilatoriness, incompetence, or even malice, of a foreign government. And, according to the High Court, theres nothing they can do about it except wait.

The stupidity and bloody-mindedness of the High Court in this matter is matched by most of the political commentariat, and a large proportion of the Australian public, who will no doubt be represented in comments here.

From experience, I know that lots of readers will not be convinced. So, I will offer a question and answer another.

First a question, for those who still want to defend the High Court. Suppose that, after nominations have closed for the next election, a mischief-making foreign government (say, Russia, which has form for this kind of thing) confers citizenship on all the candidates for one or both of the major parties. What should the High Court do?
(a) Disqualify them, and say Say, sorry, thats the rules
(b) Discover that the words of the Constitution actually allow for a reading exactly opposite to the one that they have just announced, and that a simple renunciation is all that is needed to free oneself of an unwanted citizenship.
(c) Something else (if so, what)

Second, an answer to those who seem to think that the Court had no alternative but to rule as it has done. The Constitution guarantees (or at least has been taken by the Court in the past to guarantee) a democratic government, and the Courts rulings are clearly at odds with that, having effectively cancelled many of the outcomes of the last el...

11:00

Corporations Masquerading as Government in Australia & World Wide "IndyWatch Feed National"

Would you be surprised to find a company with the same name as your country registered with the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) in Washington DC?

by  Andy Whiteley, guest writer

Well, guess what?! Among those listed as corporate entities by the United States SEC are Israel, Turkey, Italy, Hungary, Sweden, Finland, Argentina, Colombia, Brazil, The Philippines, South Korea, Japan, Jamaica, South Africa,...

10:39

Out of Range "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Out of Range are a quirky Cabaret, Swing, Gypsy, Roots and Balkan, influenced band from the Northern Rivers. They have been gathering momentum with their, irreverent, happy, upbeat, foot-stomping shenanigans, securing a spot at the Mullumbimby Festival last year and receiving 3 nominations in the NCEIA Dolphin Awards.

You could sit down to watch this treat but as you recline, beware  because you may find that your feet start tapping and your hands start clapping and before you know it you may even find yourself participating at a moments notice, swaying, swinging, swooning, swaggering

STOP THE PRESS! This genre-fluid music may contain traces of piano, accordion, violin, double bass, guitar, vocals, harmonies and megaphone.

10:34

MACKAY Homemade handgun excuse rejected "IndyWatch Feed National"

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10:16

Ichimoku buy signals for ADA, HSR, BTC, WAVES "IndyWatch Feed National"

One of the most powerful trading systems in the world is also one of the oldest: Ichimoku Kinko Hyo. Roughly translated to mean, the market at a glance." Oddly enough, the Ichimoku system is often listed as an indicator in []

The post Ichimoku buy signals for ADA, HSR, BTC, WAVES appeared first on The Global Mail.

09:59

Greens Lawyer Weighs In On New Matilda reporting On Cate Faehrmann "IndyWatch Feed National"

A fortnight ago, New Matilda published a three-part series by Michael Brull on a pre-selection battle within the Greens NSW. One of the lawyers who advised on that battle, Brian Walters, responds.

In the middle of an internal Greens pre-selection, Michael Brull, a Greens member, has written for New Matilda a series of articles attacking a candidate Cate Faehrmann.

As he must know, candidates for pre-selection are not permitted to speak to journalists, and therefore have no right of reply. It is an archetypal act of cowardice to attack a person who is unable to defend herself. Brull bases his farrago on a bizarre series of falsehoods.

The articles arise from proceedings in the Supreme Court of New South Wales seeking an urgent interpretation of the NSW Greens constitution. The case is reported here.

On 5 February 2018, Cate Faehrmann transferred her Victorian Greens membership to New South Wales. She wanted to stand for pre-selection for the Legislative Council.

She was a paid up member of the Greens in Victoria. She had previously been a member of the Greens in NSW and served there as a Greens Legislative Councillor from 2010 to 2013.

Astonishingly, Alex van Vucht, the membership officer of the Greens in NSW, treated Cate Faehrmanns transferred membership as merely provisional for three months, thus denying her the right to nominate for pre-selection before the close of nominations on 9 April 2018. This was contrary to the constitution of the NSW Greens and the constitution of the Australian Greens.

To break the impasse, Cate Faehrmann sought legal advice.

I was one of those who advised, in a written advice provided to the Greens NSW, that there was no basis for treating her membership as provisional. Similar advice was rendered by a senior solicitor in New South Wales.

Neither the membership officer nor the Greens NSW obtained any contrary advice.

Ultimately, Cate Faehrmann sought a ruling on the correct interpretation of the constitution from the NSW Supreme Court (I was not involved in that proceeding). The court ruled comprehensively in her favour.

Mr Brull repeatedly asserts that Cate Faehrmann was attempting to change the constitution. That is patently false. Cate Faehrmann was seeking to have the terms of the constitution obeyed. That was the whole point of the advice and of the subsequent legal proceeding.

The matter was taken to the Greens NSW State Delegates Council (SDC). Mr Brull writes that the SDC was was able to have a say about whether the rules sh...

09:53

"IndyWatch Feed National"

Background

I previously reported that I had located a copy of the 2008 Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) Advanced Aerospace Weapon System Applications (AAWSA) program "solicitation" which called for bids to undertake the work in this area for the DIA. My blog post reported some of the details contained in this "solicitation." Since then, I have continued to look for further "solicitation" documents. I can now report that I have located a fuller version.

Fuller version

This 32 page document titled "Solicitation/Contract/Order for Commercial Items" is a 32 page document calling for bids for the AAWSA program work, and was issued by the Virginia Contracting Activity, the contract arm of the DIA, on 18 August 2008. Later, in this post, I will provide a link to the document so that blog readers may examine it, in its entirety. Others may well pick up important points that I have so far missed.

The front page

Security requirement section

LasVegasNow story

On 4 May 2018, KLAS TV Channel 8, posted a story to the...

09:29

The Daily "Near You?" "IndyWatch Feed National"

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Thanks for stopping by!

09:23

Harvard said to seek sale of South American timber holdings "IndyWatch Feed National"

11 May 2018 | BloombergHarvard's portfolio is still vast, including farms in Australia, South Africa and Brazil, as well as vineyards in California and timberland in Eastern Europe and throughout Central and South America, according to tax documents and other filings.

09:15

Time to show support for the ABC "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


The situation in 2018.......

The Guardian, 8 May 2018:

Dear colleagues,

The government has tonight announced it will freeze the ABCs annual funding indexation for three years from July 2019, which will cost the organisation $84m. This will be compounded by the decision to cease a further $43m in funding to support quality news and current affairs services and follows the cumulative $254m in cuts imposed since 2014.

This decision comes at a critical time for us. As you are all aware from our conversations following this years annual public meeting, we are at a watershed moment as a public broadcaster as we continue to strive to deliver the high standards of programming Australian audiences expect, despite escalating global competition and rising production costs.

...

09:00

Federated Colonies of Australia A Failed State | Sovereign Union - First Nations Asserting Sovereignty "IndyWatch Feed National"

Federated Colonies of Australia A Failed State | Sovereign Union - First Nations Asserting Sovereignty: For all our non-Aboriginal and First Nations sceptics, the conflict of superior laws is indeed a very real issue, because, as Mabo pointed out, if the country was not truly terra nullius there were only two other ways in which the colonisers could acquire our lands legitimately: by conquest or cession, neither of which happened. Any other way is a true invasion.

The rules of the conflict of laws provide that foreign statutes have no effect in overseas jurisdictions. There can be no British Charter 'accepting English law in Australia. An ancient Law has operated in Australia, and still operates, and has stood the test of time, for millennia, from long before the existence of the British people who colonised our Sovereign Nations.

08:00

May 12 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tis International Nurses Day, so say thanks to the next nurse who looks after you...coz they've got the Power of The Enema just waiting to be used!!!

1792 - Things were crook with the flour ration being reduced again....bet they needed something more than castor oil.

1802 - Lord Pelham to the Treasury, - My Lords, Whitehall, 12th May, 1802. - It being judged expedient to send forthwith from this country four hundred convicts to New South Wales (viz't, 270 male, and 130 female), I am to desire that your Lordships will be pleased to cause the necessary directions to be given to the Victualling Board for providing a sufficient and proper quantity of provisions for their subsistence during the voyage, and salted beef or pork only for nine months for them after their arrival at New South Wales. I am also to desire that your Lordships will cause the necessary directions to be given for providing the 270 male convicts the particulars of clothing as undermentioned, to be consigned to the Governor for the use of such convicts on their arrival at that settlement, and that the said provisions and clothing may be put on board His Majesty's ship Glatton, which is now fitting at Sheerness for the conveyance of those convicts. It being also intended to allow about forty persons to embark on board the said ship who are going as settlers to that colony, I am to desire that directions may be given for providing the usual quantity of provisions for such number during their voyage thither. I am, &c., Pelham

1805 - The Sydney Gazette reported that ;
Yesterday sennight (a week) two characters of almost equal notoriety were shipped for Newcastle by the Resource, viz, Christopher Griffin alias Wooden Joe, as a petty receiver of stolen property, and encourager of petty larceny ; and Thomas Desmond whose unaccountable hardihood we have already had repeated occasion to notice for absconding from Kings Town and travelling in on foot through the bush.

1810 - Bligh sailed off into the sunset for Old Blighty, with witnesses for the court martial of George Johnston who dared deprive the rum-soaked colony of Bligh's leadership....

1810 -  George Caley and his Aboriginal guide and plant collector Daniel Moowattin from Parramatta sailed for England aboard the frigate HMS Hindostan.
Another passenger was the deposed governor William Bligh.

1812 - Daniel Moowattin returned to Sydney from London. Within two weeks he sold a fowling piece given to him by botanist Robert Brown, bought a jug of peach cider and ran  into the bush.

1823 - Servant Samuel Coleman per 'Morley' was permitted to pass to Pennington's farm on first branch of the Hunter's River.

1824 - Sir George Arthur rocked up to Tassie on board the Adrian (that's a ship, not a bawdy game with his valet) to pluck up his appointment a...

06:34

A mystery in the cosmic dawn: What's been eating the first starlight? "IndyWatch Feed National"

A shoestring experiment in the Australian outback has seen the signal of the very first stars - and a weird effect astronomers are struggling to explain In the dusty, dry outback of Western Australia there is nothing for miles around but red dirt, unpaved roads and the occasional kangaroo. A journey across this alien landscape is a lesson in solitude - just you and the road, a 44 as essential as a sense of adventure. Astronomer Judd Bowman at Arizona State University has been coming here for nearly a decade to visit the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory, an old sheep and cattle station repurposed as a place to listen to the universe. It hardly seems the stage for a scientific revolution, meagre compared with the cathedral-like majesty of machines like the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. Yet what Bowman and his colleagues have discovered here, using a telescope half the size of a ping-pong table, spells trouble for our picture of the early universe.

06:21

Scientists find ground zero of deadly frog pandemic "IndyWatch Feed National"

Scientists started to get worried in the 1970s when frogs in Australia and Central and South America began disappearing. The culprit seemed to be a chytrid fungus that colonized frogs skin and impaired their ability to absorb water and electrolytes. The fungus soon spread to other parts of the world North America and the Caribbean in the 1980s, Europe in the 1990s leaving behind a wake of devastated frog populations. The fungus was formally described in 1999 and named Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd for short). By 2007, Bd infection had led to the decline or extinction of around 200 species of frogs, and today is considered one of the biggest single threats to amphibians around the world. So far its been something of a mystery as to where Bd came from and how it spread so quickly around the world. A hypothesis favored by many scientists is that it emerged in Africa and traveled with the trade in African clawed frogs (Xenopus laevis), which were used for decades in human pregnancy tests and remain popular lab animals. The African clawed frog (Xenopus laevis) is an aquatic frog species popular in research. For decades it was also used to test for human pregnancy. Female frogs would be injected with urine from a women if there were pregnancy hormones present in the urine, the frog would respond by laying eggs. Photo by H. Krisp via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY 3.0) American bullfrogs can carry chytrid without succumbing to it. Scientists

06:17

Famous at Pew "IndyWatch Feed National"

We get weekly e-mail updates at work about the cool things our organization does.  This year they started doing little interviews to help get to know the staff better.  Each week they highlight someone from the different programs.  This is a few months old now (you'd only know that if you worked at Pew), but thought I'd share it.  The photo was taken inside the Kirimati Island Lagoon last year while I was attending the Association of Pacific Island Legislatures meeting.

Before you were at Pew, what did you do? I ran an NGO on Saipan called the Mariana Islands Nature Alliance and a community environmental coalition called Beautify CNMI (short for Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands).  Mostly I organized beach cleanups, tree plantings, and other environmentally themed community events. 

What would be the most amazing adventure to go on? Id like to visit Africa (climb Kilimanjaro) and Antarctica, so I can say Ive been to all 7 continents.

Whats the farthest youve ever been from home? Maug Lagoon in the Mariana Trench Marine National Monument and Kirimati Island in the Line Islands are the most isolated places Ive ever been, but measured by distance its probably Australia, New Zealand, or Chile. In addition to Saipan and DC, Ive lived in Florida, Massachusetts, Japan, and the UK, so I call several places home.

What book impacted you the most? I read Stupid White Men by Michael Moore on an airplane between the UK and USA, the week before the United States invaded Iraq in 2003.  I was already an activist at heart, but that book ins...

05:00

Australians Look to Bitcoin As Government Bans A$10,000 Cash Payments "IndyWatch Feed National"

The government of Australia plans to set up a Black Economy Standing Taskforce that aims to reduce the weight of illegal economic activity in the country.

To this end, the commission is introducing an economy-wide cash payment limit of A$10,000 to businesses. The public authorities intentions may be confronted with a rush towards cryptocurrencies as many Australians wont take these newly added controls lightly.

Australian Government May Trigger Rush to Bitcoin Amid Ban on A$10,000 Cash Payments

At the announcement of the Black Economy Standing Taskforce, Australias government Treasurer Scott Morrison explained that the commission is preparing a rigorous identification system and mobile strike teams in order to better detect illegal cash transactions. Additionally, the task force will establish a black economy hotline for people to denounce suspicious cash transactions.

The Government will introduce a cash payment limit of A$10,000 on payments made to businesses. This will not cover individual-to-individual transactions. The cash limit is aimed at reducing opportunities for criminals to launder the proceeds of crime into goods and services or for businesses to hide transactions to reduce their tax liabilities.

The official document added that the task force will be consulting the community and industry on the most effective way to implement this limit and to consider whether exemptions are warranted. The recommendation to strengthen anti-money laundering laws includes cracking down on unregulated money exchanges. 

Cash provides an easy, anonymous and largely untraceable mechanism for conducting black economy activity. Cash payments make it easier to under-report income and avoid tax obligations. This allows businesses transacting in cash to undercut competitors and gain a competitive advantage.

In order to extinguish the $50 billion black economy, the Aussie government proposes to ban all cash payments over A$10,000 made to businesses for goods and services from July 1, 2019. Treasurer Morrison explained the effort in his Budget speech.

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03:57

Record rainfall, strong winds and cold blast as extreme weather hits parts of Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Extreme weather events have broken historic rainfall records, bringing strong winds and unusually cold conditions across Australia on May 11, 2018. Tasmanias capital Hobart experienced a record-breaking rainfall, which caused road closures, schools to shut...... Read more

Latam Eco Review: Colombias last nomadic tribe faces extinction "IndyWatch Feed National"

Below are summaries of the most popular stories by our Spanish language service, Mongabay Latam, from the week of April 30 May 6. Among the top articles: more than 20 families of the last nomadic indigenous peoples of Colombia face a serious food crisis. In other news, a new app allows fisherfolk and others in ports and markets to monitor fish in the Amazon river basin. The image above of an elephant weevil (Orthorhinus cylindrirostris) from the vast Mongabay archive was the most popular on Latams social networks. Colombias last nomadic tribe faces extinction The Nukak Mak often need to share a chicken among more than 70 people. Image by Alberto Castao for Mongabay. The Nukak Mak, the last nomadic indigenous, contacted peoples of Colombia, are on the brink of disappearance. Deforestation, invasions into their ancestral territories, displacement, along with a cultural and environmental degradation from bureaucracy, are making it impossible for the Nukak to manage their lands or feed themselves. Underwater spiders: the strange lives of intertidal spiders A male Bob Marley spider (Desis bobmarley) discovered in Port Douglas in Queensland, Australia. Image courtesy of Robert Raven A spider named for reggae legend Bob Marley is a new member of 15 species of intertidal spiders. At this point, scientists have registered intertidal spiders along the coasts of Australia, New Zealand, the south of Africa, the Pacific islands and India. The spider can stay under water for up to 24 hours due to a notable adaptation: small water

Deepbrain Chain and its DBC coin: A starters guide "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Deepbrain Chain project has a highly complex end goal, which basically facilitates the bootstrapping of a blockchain based artificial intelligence computing platform for the industry. The massive amounts of computing power needed will be provided via a decentralized cloud []

The post Deepbrain Chain and its DBC coin: A starter"s guide appeared first on The Global Mail.

02:46

Chlamydia is killing off Australia's koala bears "IndyWatch Feed National"

One of the leading killers of Australia's endearing koalas is a debilitating bacterial infection: chlamydia. The idea of koalas with chlamydia - a common sexually transmitted infection in people - recently drew chuckles on HBO's "Last Week Tonight," but the disease, which is affecting koalas in epidemic proportions, is hardly a laughing matter. Chlamydia-infected koalas made the news on Sunday (May 6) when the show's host, John Oliver, mentioned the dedication of a new koala ward at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital, called the John Oliver Koala Chlamydia Ward, to treat the sick marsupials. But chlamydia is no joke to koalas. Surveys have shown that some wild populations demonstrate a 100 percent rate of infection, which frequently leads to blindness, severe bladder inflammation, infertility and death. And treatment with antibiotics could create further problems for the marsupials, upsetting their gut microbes and making it difficult for them to digest the eucalyptus leaves that are a staple of their diet, researchers recently discovered.

02:01

Free press "IndyWatch Feed National"

A statesman. The freedom of the Press is a precious jewel. pic.twitter.com/bnCK6dpaad Jacob Rees-Mogg (@Jacob_Rees_Mogg) May 11, 2018 Two threats to a free press, fawned over by the turkeys for thanksgiving.

02:00

SparkLabs Launches Its Smart Planet Fund as the First Startup Accelerator Security Token Offering "IndyWatch Feed National"

SparkLabs Group , which has the largest accelerator network in Asia and operates global venture capital funds, has launched the first startup accelerator security token offering through their Smart City & Smart Planet Fund.  SparkLabs has engaged with Argon Group, a leading digital finance advisory firm, to launch this new offering.

Individual and institutional investors across the globe will be able to invest into this new fund offering that will equally invest into SparkLabs IoT & Smart City accelerator fund and SparkLabs Cultiv8 fund, which is an agtech, food tech and sustainability accelerator.

SparkLabs IoT & Smart City accelerator is a primary innovation partner for Songdo, South Koreas $35 billion smart city built from the ground up. SparkLabs Cultiv8 accelerator is a primary partner with the Government of New South Wales Department of Primary Industries for an agtech, foodtech and sustainability accelerator. The local government has given access to over 13,000 hectares (32,123 acres) of experimental farmland and 25 world-class research stations (i.e. fisheries, water, biosecurity, food safety) in Australia.

SparkLabs has been very conservative in our approach and viewpoints on the cryptocurrency space and token offerings.  We have been concerned that many utility tokens are in fact securities and have viewed this space with some trepidation.  After meticulous diligence, we have now decided to jump into the pool a bit with a security token offering that we believe is conservative and provides a better understanding for venture capitalists on how this can affect our industry in the years to come, stated Jimmy Kim, Co-founder of SparkLabs Group and former CFO of Nexon (South Koreas largest online gaming company).  Additionally, Mr. Kims most recent startup, N3N, was Ciscos first IoT investment.

The SparkLabs token is not a utility token and is simply a smart contract that represents an investors (Limited Partners) equity into its fund vehicle that will have equal holdings in start-up companies that are associated with SparkLabs IoT & Smart City Accelerator in Songdo, South Korea and SparkLabs Cultiv8 Accelerator in Orange, Australia.

We believe our Smart City & Smart Planet Fund allows people across the globe to invest into two accelerator funds that can truly change the world in terms of urban innovation, innovation in agriculture, and how we interact with our planet. Both accelerators have excellent partners, such as Australias Government of....

01:38

Former rifleman Bill Shorten removes headphones after talking to ABC Radio "IndyWatch Feed National"

Steely-eyed-missile-man. Bill Shorten removes his headphones after talking to @RNBreakfast this morning. #auspol pic.twitter.com/zRF17pD23Q ABCcameramatt (@ABCcameramatt) May 10, 2018

01:33

More libtard lunacy: 'Sex expert' claims parents need consent for diaper changing "IndyWatch Feed National"

Claims by a 'sexuality expert' that parents should ask their babies for permission to change their diaper has sparked a flood of reaction with political parties criticizing the Australian news channel which interviewed the woman. Deanne Carson, who works with Body Safe Australia, made the comments on ABC News as part of a segment on establishing a "culture of consent" in the home. She explained that she works with children from birth and, when asked to give examples of how children can learn about consent at such an early age, she said parents should ask questions such as "I'm going to change your nappy now, is that okay?" "Of course the baby is not going to respond 'yes mum, that's awesome. I'd love to have my nappy changed.' But if you leave a space, and wait for body language and wait to make eye contact, then you're letting that child know that their response matters," she continued.

Friday, 11 May

23:58

The Waiting Period "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Jonathan Spyer, The Australian,  May 11, 2018 It is spring in Israel. On the face of it, all appears normal. Yet underlying the everyday is the hint of tension. The low buzz that presages violent events. We know it well Continue reading

23:57

Australia Weighs the Cost of Resisting Chinas Meddling "IndyWatch Feed National"

Via: Bloomberg: When Chinese Premier Li Keqiang visited Australia in March 2017, he had a clear message for policy makers: Theres no need to pick sides between Washington and Beijing. More than a year later, thats becoming ever harder for Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. A slew of recent media reports showed that Chinas Communist Party []

18:05

They are claiming that I am the fraud. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Debt amount: 
$4090
Date debt issued: 
Saturday, 7 April 2018
Has your case been referred to a collection agency?: 
Yes
Payment Type: 
Youth Allowance
Appealing Debt?: 
Yes in process
Tell us about your debt and how has this affected you? e.g. anxiety levels, financial and accommodation stress: 

This is my 4th year on Youth Allowance as I am studying in Melbourne and moved 2 hours to be closer to uni.

Two months ago I was asked to provide an audit, which I did straight away dating back to the 2015-2016 financial year.
The system glitched and deleted my audit, which leads me to sit on the phone trying to call the hotline which fails to have an answering system in place, so I was faced with having to redial and look at the 'user busy' screen for the entire morning, only to call over 100 times to be left on hold for hours.

Finally, once I was re-directed to different people because I had dialled the wrong number (the number they provided on the request for the audit) I had to do the audit over the phone.
Throughout this, the man was able to tell me that my audit aligned with the ATO.

Thinking all was well, I was faced with a $4090 debt!
This is when I became incredibly u...

17:16

Brachiopod fossils, clue to Cambrian climate "IndyWatch Feed National"

This 2008 video says about itself:

Invertebrate Fossils Lesson 16 Part 2 of 7

Horn coral
Brachiopod shells with external spines
Seasonal growth of coral
Cambrian fauna
Precambrian Ediacara fauna Australia First fossils formed with many cells

From the University of Leicester in England:

Tiny fossils unlock clues to Earths climate half a billion years ago

May 9, 2018

An international collaboration of scientists, led by the University of Leicester, has investigated Earths climate over half a billion years ago by combining climate models and chemical analyses of fossil shells about 1mm long.

The research, published in Science Advances, suggests that early animals diversified within a climate similar to that in which the dinosaurs lived.

This interval in time is known for the Cambrian explosion, the time during which representatives of most of the major animal groups first appear in the fossil record. These include the first animals to produce shells, and it is these shelly fossils that the scientists used.

Scientists have long thought that the early Cambrian Period was probably a greenhouse interval in Earths climate history, a time when there were no p

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