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Tuesday, 17 July

13:19

Bishop's DFAT fails FOI re her "numerous representations" to North Korea on our MIA servicemen. Michael Smith News

DFAT was due to respond to me by cob yesterday, 16 July. There's been nothing. Just crickets and tumbleweeds. Here's their 19 June 2018 email acknowledging my application and setting out the timeline for their response. Some of my articles on this matter are in the links at the tail...

13:14

Sexual Harassment In Hospitality: How Bad Is It? And How To Stop It! New Matilda

You wont believe the rates of sexual harassment of hospitality workers in Australia. Cassandra Taylor breaks it down.

The pay packets of Australias hospitality workers took a hit last fortnight as a further drop in penalty rates came into effect on 1 July. For the second year in a row, these penalty rates will be reduced as a result of a controversial Fair Work Commission decision last year, which also impacted the pharmacy, fast food and retail industries. The practical impact of this change is that some of Australias most vulnerable workers will become more reliant on tips and, in turn, more likely at risk of workplace sexual harassment.

A recent survey by HospoVoice revealed that 89% of hospitality workers have been sexually harassed at work, and 19% have been sexually assaulted. For many who have worked in hospitality, including myself, it may even come as a shock that 11% were spared this humiliation.

Whilst at university, I worked in a shoe store, a caf, a restaurant, a bar, a bowling alley and a pub. I had my arse grabbed by my boss, received an unwelcome kiss from a customer and was subjected to more inappropriate comments than I can recall. I smiled and laughed it off, never complained, and received great tips.

The culture at one venue I worked at, on and off, for six years was particularly sexually hostile. We were told to only keep CVs handed in by attractive girls, and throw all others in the bin. Every December, we had to wear tight red t-shirts with Merry Christmas written across the bust in green. There were usually only sizes small and extra small to choose from, and the extra small ones were always left to the unlucky last picks.

Working in the gaming room, our job was to flirt with creepy old pokie addicts, bring them free food and do whatever we could to keep them playing. We always got the best tips in the gaming room and, at the time, this seemed enough to justify the wandering hands we were subjected to.

Looking back, I sometimes wonder why I put up with it. I think part of me didnt think it was serious enough to make a big deal of it happened almost every shift, and I witnessed my workmates experience far worse. But part of me kept quiet because I knew that if I spoke up, I would lose my shifts to someone who didnt. Besides, I knew that grinning and bearing it resulted in better tips and, as a uni student, every dollar counted.

The normalisation of sexual harassment in the workplace for the many men and women who start out their working lives in the hospitality industry has flow on effects for all Australian workplaces. There is a real misunderstanding of the types of behaviour that amount to sexual harassment in Australian workplaces, and this acts as a barrier to reporting.

The most recent telephone survey conducted by the Australian Human Rights Commission about sexual harassment demonstrated that 18% of respondents who said they had not been se...

12:56

WO1 John Franklin (manages Honours and Awards Chapter in Army Dress Manual) on Longman LNP candidate Michael Smith News

I joined the Army with John in 1978 and have been in constant contact with him since - he's a great soldier, a patriot and not at all political. John has been tireless in outing imposters - the last thing he'd do is downplay the misuse of honours or awards.

12:35

Mean mad white men: the allure of Jordan Peterson Overland literary journal

Peterson is urbane and respectable, emblematic of what British writer Olivia Laing has called the endless malice of the polite right. Just crazy enough, in Jon Ronsons phrase, to ensure media interest, but sufficiently intellectual-sounding to attract an audience for whom a brazen bigot like Yianoppolous would be on the nose.

11:58

That classic 1957 Mt Stromlo observatory sighting - explained? Unidentified Aerial Phenomena - scientific research

Astronomers and UAP

Those who haven't bothered to conduct any research, often state that astronomers never report seeing UAP. One of the sightings which is used to counter such arguments is from November 1957; by astronomers at the Mt Stromlo observatory, near Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia.

UAP periodicals as sources for the account

The APRO Bulletin, January 1958, page 3 carried the following:

'Canberra, Australia, 9 November. Four astronomers of the Commonwealth Observatory, Mount Stromlo, observed a bright pink object in the sky at about 3am. The object was observed for about 8 minutes as it moved across the western horizon, then disappeared. No aircraft in the sky at the time. Astronomers could not identity the object. Sputniks, meteors and the like were ruled out as possible explanations by the astronomers themselves.'



My comments:

1. The Bulletin cites no source for their information, and places the date of the sighting as 9 November, presumably 1957.
2. The time of observation is stated to have been about 3am. 

Flying Saucer Review, January/February 1958, page 3:

'Astronomers see pink UFO

The London Times , of November 7 reported that...hundreds of people at Bathurst, near Sydney, Australia...saw a metallic object over the town...on the previous day...However, on the same day, four astronomers at the Commonwealth Observatory, at Mt Stromlo, near Canberra, Australia on "sputnik watch" reported a strange object moving across the sky which was neither a meteorite nor one of the Soviet space satellites. The object was a vivid pink and unlike anything seen before, it was stated. It remained in view for about two minutes and disappeared under the Moon. "The st...

11:49

Putin - $400M was unlawfully sent from Russia to fund Hillary Clinton campaign Michael Smith News

This is Bill Browder. "Vladimir Putin is effectively a war criminal - this is a guy who should be contained, not engaged" - watch the full interview with 'Putin's number one enemy' @Billbrowder tonight on The World's special coverage of the Donald Trump/Vladimir Putin Summit. @bevvo14 #ABCTheWorld pic.twitter.com/7HoeMkS1y8 ABC...

11:39

Warren Mundine's complaint to ABC MD Michelle Guthrie over Paul Bongiorno Michael Smith News

15 July 2018 Dear Ms Guthrie Im writing about the conduct of RN Breakfasts weekly commentator, Paul Bongiorno. Mr Bongiorno is a regular contributor to ABC Radio National on the RN Breakfast program and promoted by the ABC as key talent on ABCs website: www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/breakfast/politics/9147810 On 8 July 2018, in...

11:15

Julian Assange wins a legal victory but for now remains holed up in the Ecuadoran Embassy The Pen

Contributed by Ben Wilson

Julian Assange has won a significant new victory in the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, based in Costa Rica. The Court handles cases relating to human rights relating to members of the Organisation of American States (OAS).

Assange benefits  from this. The Court determined that it is the duty of nations to allow the passage of successful asylum seekers from embassies to the mainland territory of the state.  That has granted the individual asylum.

It means that both Ecuador and Britain have a legal duty to allow Assange to leave the Embassy in London, without arrest, and be guarantee safe transit to Ecuador.

The decision is based on the American Convention on Human Rights and article XXVII of the American Declaration of Rights and Duties of Man. The Court concluded, that the right to seek and receive asylum and receive protection in a foreign country are human rights. Refugee status is defined under United Nations Instruments and corresponding national laws. The court rules that the conventions also apply to third states.

There is no guarantee that Britain will comply. Prior decisions made by international bodies over the Assange case have been ignored. the policy to arrest him and hand him over to the United States has remained, to be tried for treason remains. The fact that Assange is not an American Citizen has not made any difference. What might make some difference is that as government reeling form internal division, its mishandling of Brexit and immensely unpopular, does not need further international embarrassment. At the least, the case to pursue Assange has been weakened further.

But it might be important in regard to how Ecuador is going to react. When Julian Assange first entered the Embassy, the government of this country was sympathetic, allowed him refuge and gave him Ecuadoran citizenship. The current government is much less sympathetic, has a warmer relationship with the United states, and is being pressured by the United States, Britain and Spain to hand him over. A decision has been eminent.

The ruling by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights means that Ecuador is now pressured, to not hand over Assange. At the very least, the stalemate looks like continuing.

 

The post Julian Assange wins a legal victory but for now remains holed up in the Ecuadoran Embassy appeared first on The Pen.

10:44

Pay more attention to forests to avert global water crisis, researchers urge "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Australias Murray Darling basin covers more than a million square kilometers, 14 percent of the countrys landmass. Its the site of tens of thousands of wetlands, but increasing demand for water has stretched its resources to the limit. Many of the basins wetlands and floodplain forests are declining several former wetlands and forests have even been consumed by bushfires, which are becoming more frequent every year. Yet when Australian officials sought to introduce strict water allocation rules, they met with fierce resistance from farmers in the region who depend on irrigation for their livelihood. This is just one example of the ongoing conflicts over ecological water allocations featured in a new report released by the Global Forest Expert Panel (GFEP) on Forests and Water, an initiative led by the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO). More than seven-and-a-half billion humans currently occupy planet Earth together with an estimated three trillion trees, and both of these populations require water. According to the GFEP report, the growing human population and climate change are exacerbating a looming global water crisis that has already hit home in places like the Murray Darling basin but the crisis could potentially be averted if humans paid more attention to the links between forests and water. This international effort to highlight the interlinkages between forests, water, people and climate is very timely, given the pressures we now face on both human society and natural ecosystems, Caroline Sullivan, an environmental economist at Australias Southern Cross University

10:36

Kite Line: Anti-Detention Occupations from Australia to America, Part Two "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The post Kite Line: Anti-Detention Occupations from Australia to America, Part Two appeared first on It's Going Down.

Anti-prison radio and podcast show Kite Lines continues with coverage of ongoing occupations of deportation facilities.

Listen and Download HERE

Last week, Aren Aizura guided us through the history of colonialism in Australia, including racist measures to control non-white immigration, and later, in the 1980s, the implementation of mandatory detention for refugees. He focused on his experiences in an occupation outside the remote Woomera Detention Center, and the way that supporters on the outside grew in numbers, intensifying pressure on the authorities. Now, he walks us through the 2002 mass breakout of refugees there, all the way through the following standoff and its aftermath.

As we reflect on the inspiring actions at Woomera, we are also tracking the occupations underway across the US right now. Occupy ICE in Portland has been subjected to a brutal eviction, during which police shot occupiers with pepperballs at close range. Likewise, there was a mass arrest in San Francisco, following more than a week of occupation outside the ICE regional headquarters which halted all deportations in northern California. Occupations continue in Los Angeles, Tacoma, and Louisville, as well as many other cities.

08:24

Fourth whale snaring prompts call to end Qld shark nets National News Echonetdaily

Supplied photo of a ten meter humpback whale tangled in a shark net off Main Beach on the Gold Coast on Thursday, July 5, 2012. The Sea World rescue team, along with the DPI Boating and Fisheries Patrol, spent three hours cutting the sub adult female whale free from shark nets in rough seas. (AAP Image/Sea World)

A whale rescued from a shark net off the Gold Coast yesterday is the fourth humpback whale entangled in Queenslands shark nets this winter, prompting Humane Society International to call for their abolition.

Head of campaigns, Nicola Beynon, said the society was relieved to hear that the whale trapped on the Gold Coast has been freed, but extremely concerned by the distress it will have suffered.

Whale entanglements show the extreme folly of shark nets, because entangled whales can actually attract great white sharks to the area. Whale entanglements also pose a serious safety risk to the rescuers who work to free the animals, which defeats their purpose as a public safety measure, she said.

Commenting on the latest rescue, Sea Worlds curator of mammals and birds, Mitchell Leroy, said the rescue operations carried out by Sea World and the Department of Fisheries were incredibly dangerous.

The animal can panic and lash its tail out. They are massive heavy things and its very easy for them to destroy a boat and severely injure, if not kill people.

The society predicts more whales will be ensnared before the end of the migration season. After wintering in Queensland waters, the humpbacks are at even greater risk of shark net entanglement on their return journey when accompanied by their new-born calves and swimming closer to shore.

Last year there were eight humpback whales caught in Queensland shark nets, including a stillborn calf that was found after its mother was entangled in a net off Kurrawa Beach on the Gold Coast.

Ms Beynon said there are more effective ways to protect both marine and human life than lethal shark nets.

The Queensland government is stuck in the dark ages on this one, she added.

Whales are a star attraction for the Queensland tourism economy. The least the Queensland government could do is give them safe passage by removing these death traps, continued.

Humane...

08:19

Thoughts For The Week By Ron Owen of Owen Guns. Australian Survival and Preppers..


Thoughts For the Week By Ron Owen of Owen Guns.
This Newsletter is published by Owen Guns 24 McMahon Road, Gympie Ph: 07 5482 5070.

This week I became aware that our defence forces, from General Staff to infantry are now totally dependent on electrical power, mains to battery packs, yet without it, their rifle sights, Weapons systems, GPS, communication, information are non-existent. Without batteries our infantry will not know where they are themselves, or where the enemy is nor will they be able to be a fighting force. E-bombs (electromagnetic bomb) are not science fiction, small ones have been used since 2003, large ones are in other countries arsenals plus now they have the means to focus them to specific areas and different powers.
Modern Warfare, turn off the power and the people start...

08:03

Multiculturalism is a description of Australias reality and not a policy The Pen

 

Contributed by Joe Montero

The usual suspects are now chorusing that multiculturalism has failed Australia. It is curious that every horse in the Murdoch stable has come out with this one at the same time.

Perhaps its something to do with backing one of News Corps favourite sons, Tony Abbott, and his campaign to cut immigration and population growth. Or its to do with getting other issues of the headlines. Australia is heading to a series of by-elections that might prove to be bit of a defining moment.

There is a sound argument for limiting the growth of Australias population. This is the driest continent on the planet and most of the land is not particularly fertile. This means that our water and food security are not limitless. And there is the matter of our collective impact on the environment.

These are worthy topics. They deserve comment elsewhere. The focus here is on multiculturalism. To come out and boldly state that the campaign against multiculturalism is stupid, is a good way to start. It is stupid, because it pretends that multiculturalism is some sort of policy that has been forced on Australia. It was never a policy, but a description of the reality of Australian society.

Multiculturalism is a term that came into common usage during the movement that emerged in the 1970s among Australian born, or whose parents were born overseas. It sought to overcome barriers to full participation in society. For many, English was a second language. It was hard to negotiate the prevailing social norms, deal with institutions and discrimination coming from some quarters. They fought for a range of services to help level the playing field and recognition of their contribution to Australia. They fought for a more inclusive Australia. Most of the population was no longer of British heritage. This is the time when the word multiculturalism came into common usage.

This does not mean that the Anglo-Celtic tradition should disappear. It is also part of who we are as a people and should be valued. But it exists within a context, and this too must be recognised.

In fact, Australia has been a society of mixed cultures since the First Fleet arrived and made contact with those who were already living here. The first settlement was built in a multicultural setting. Even among the Indigenous people there were a range of tribal and language groups, with their own cultures and traditions.

Diversity continued to expand. By the time of the Eureka rebellion, the mix had become far more complex. Irish, Italians, Chinese, Northern Europeans, and even a group of African American former slaves were there.

Sometimes it is a challenge to accept difference and change. But looking over the sweep of history, it is not hard to see that we are all the richer for it. I have not met too many complainers ready to knock back a pizza, kebab, or refuse to go out for a bit of Chinese. M...

07:10

Australia's worst drought in 116 years is decimating animals and livestock "IndyWatch Feed World"

A severe drought gripping much of rural Australia has become so intense that even native animals - fully adapted to the harsh environment - are starving to death. It has been the worst drought in 116 years for parts of New South Wales, South Australia, Victoria and Queensland, leaving paddocks bare and drying up dams. And it isn't just the sheep and cows struggling to survive in the record dry - the Australian fauna which is supposed to thrive in Australia's dry climate is being hit hard. 'This is the worst drought I have seen in 40 years. Droughts come and go but this one is severe,' the farmer said. Tamworth has had 93.4mm of rain so far this year, which is a quarter of the average.

06:05

Weekly Cryptocurrency Price Analysis: Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, NEO, and XRP The Global Mail

The crypto market is back to green after months of registering reds, dipping from their all-time highs. In reality, Bitcoin, Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash, and Ripple did register decent register gains over the weekend. NEO also inched higher despite not getting []

The post Weekly Cryptocurrency Price Analysis: Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, NEO, and XRP appeared first on The Global Mail.

01:31

The problem of single-use plastic pollution "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The problem of plastic pollution has come to the fore, thanks to the work of environmental groups who have highlighted the toll it is taking on the oceans and marine life. Much of the damage comes from the sheer volume of plastic items that are used just once and then thrown away. This website by a company called SLOActive that markets sustainable, eco-friendly swimwear has data on the harm that plastics are doing and what we can do to mitigate the damage. The numbers are staggering. About 1.15 to 2.41 million tons of plastic are said to annually enter the worlds oceans via rivers.

The problem of microplastics, the tiny plastic particles that are created near the end point of the plastic degradation process, is now coming to the fore. As the website says:

Scientific research surveys have revealed that microplastics are widespread throughout the worlds oceans, and are having a negative impact on marine life, as well as the health of humans who rely on seafood as a staple protein source. Polystyrene beads and plastic pellets are not easily digested so tend to accumulate in the digestive tract of marine animals who consume them. This can result in the animal feeling full, causing it to stop feeding, leading to emaciation and ultimately death from starvation, or it can cause an intestinal blockage that can also be fatal. When a predator feeds on a fish that has a gut full of undigested polystyrene or plastic, this is passed on to the predator who in most cases will also have problems digesting it.

In Australia , two major retailers have stopped issuing plastic bags and some states have banned them. An Australian senate committee has issued a report recommending that all single use plastics be banned by the year 2023. Some US states and cities are also taking steps towards the elimination of single-use plastics. In the US, Starbucks has made a big media splash by vowing to eliminate plastic straws from its stores by 2020.

The two targets currently in the news are disposable plastic bags and plastic straws. In the US, stores hand out these bags far too readily. If you buy even a single small item, the cashier will immediately slip it into a plastic bag and give it to you and I have to ask them to take it out again and just give me the item and keep the bag. If I know I will be buying...

00:47

Beyond NAIDOC 2018: Our responsibility to elevate and celebrate the voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women IndigenousX

Aboriginal women are strong and resilient. They have wisdom and they have the answers, when will policy makers realise that #BecauseOfHerWeCan?

00:07

You cannot Change the Mind of those Who Believe in Global Warming because it is their Religion "IndyWatch Feed World"

COMMENT: Mr. Armstrong; there are just people who refuse to believe that global warming is wrong. When there are cold spells like that here in Australia, they argue there are equally a number of warm spots. They are leading us down the tubes. They will not yield and even consider that they are wrong and if so, what is the consequence of such a mistake.

PG

ANSWER: Yes, when something is against Global Warming that rebuts saying cold spots are not science. Some of these cold snaps have been very strange indeed. Yet when it is warm, suddenly it is science. It even got warm in Siberia. There are places that are normally a dessert that have suddenly burst with life. They refuse to consider the historical evidence that there have even been ice ages which implies that had to have also been warming periods way before the Industrial Age. They completely ignore the science of how ice ages are even created which takes place WHEN the ice at the North Pole melts and that allows water to evaporate and return as snow. They portray that when the ice melts, the oceans will rise and New York and Miami will be under water. They spin that as science which is just sophistry. In essence, they refuse to believe in the cyclical nature of everything. I suppose they al...

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Monday, 16 July

23:44

Stefan Molyneux & Lauren Southerns hate-speech tour kicks off in Cairns (with a little help from the AFL) slackbastard

Yeesh. The Australian Football League (AFL) has been combating allegations of racism for some time now. Recent headlines include : Racist slur on footy field still hurts former Freo Docker Scott Chisholm, Steve Butler, The West Australian, July 13, 2018 Continue reading

23:36

PERTH Woman left fighting for her life after a collision in Dianella has passed CrimeView

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Woman left fighting for her life after a collision in Dianella has passed .

July 16, 2018 at 09:15AM .

A 24-year-old female passenger in the Hyundai also sustained serious injuries. The woman is next due to appear in the Perth Magistrates Court on

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

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23:36

PERTH Man further charged with historical child sexual offences, WA CrimeView

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Man further charged with historical child sexual offences, WA .

July 13, 2018 at 08:30PM .

He is next due to appear before the Perth Magistrates Court today, 13 July 2018. The investigation is ongoing and detectives urge anyone with any

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23:36

PERTH Teen charged over Ellenbrook triple murder CrimeView

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Teen charged over Ellenbrook triple murder .

July 16, 2018 at 08:16AM .

A 19-year-old man has been charged with the murders of a mother and her two children in Ellenbrook. Police attended a home on The Broadway in

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23:18

Whistle blowing for the tax office for free? Corporate Australia

So, let's get a few fundamentals out of the way;

1). To pay or receive payment from the ATO (Australian Tax Office) in a personal capacity is a voluntary transaction.

2). Documents suggest that the ATO is not a legal entity.

3). The people in government, screw whistleblowers over with zero protection.

Due to the incompetency of the ATO, or maybe not so legal foundation, the buffoons at the office now want the people to work for them for free, with alleged protection within something called 'national privacy laws'.


The privacy of the general population within the colony called Australia is a joke, at the expense of the people's privacy.

Information is fairly easily obtainable on a person, if one knows where to look or who to ask.

Did you comprehend what happened to whistle-blower Queensland police officer Rick Flori when he reported criminal activity?

Did you read the documents whistle-blower Edward Snowden released?

So, the ATO allows multi-billion dollar corporations to pay negligible tax, while at the same time harassing  hard working Australians, where now they want you to work for them for free.

In what mind altering psychotic state, would one have to be to agree to this lunacy?
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21:58

80 Amazing Uses of Tea Tree Oil "IndyWatch Feed World"

The Miracle of Tea Tree Oil: 80 Amazing Uses for Survival

May 21, 2013
By Gaye Levy

Essential oils have been used for healing and medicinal purposes for centuries and most certainly long before we had pills, capsules and big pharma to take care of our medical and first aid woes. And while there is a place for manufactured pharmaceuticals in our survival medicine kit, there exists the possibility that none will be available or that they will be in such scarce supply that they should be reserved for only the most dire of circumstances.

For that reason, many preppers and individuals seeking self-reliance are learning to use essential oils to manage the both routine and not-so-routine maladies that occur in daily life.



There are about a dozen or so essential oils that belong in every survival kit including Melaleuca (commonly known as tea tree), peppermint, lavender, clove, rosemary and lemon among others. All of these essential oils have healing properties but today I would like to focus on just one, tea tree oil.

A BRIEF HISTORY OF TEA TREE OIL

It is believed that the Aborigines of Australia have been using the leaves of the indigenous Melaleuca Tree (whose leaves are used to make tea tree oil) in their medications for centuries. They inhaled the oils from the crushed leaves to treat coughs and colds, sprinkled crushed leaves on their wounds and used an infusion of soaked leaves to treat sore throats or skin ailments.

Use of the oil itself, as opposed to the un-extracted plant material, did not become common practice until researcher Arthur Penfold published the first reports of its antimicrobial activity in a series of papers in the 1920s and 1930s. In evaluating the antimicrobial activity, he found that tea tree oil was 11 times more active than...

21:46

New snake species discovery in Australia "IndyWatch Feed World"

Vermicella parscauda. Derez, Arbuckle, Ruan, Xie, Huang, et al., 2018

From Zootaxa today:

A new species of bandy-bandy (Vermicella: Serpentes: Elapidae) from the Weipa region, Cape York, Australia

CHANTELLE M. DEREZ, KEVIN ARBUCKLE, ZHIQIANG RUAN, BING XIE, YU HUANG, LAUREN DIBBEN, QIONG SHI, FREEK J. VONK, BRYAN G. FRY

Abstract

Bandy-bandies (genus Vermicella) are small (50100cm) black and white burrowing elapids with a highly specialised diet of blindsnakes (Typhlopidae). There are currently 5 recognized species in the genus, all located in Australia, with Vermicella annulata the most encountered species with the largest distribution.

Morphological and mitochondrial analyses of specimens collected from the Weipa area, Cape York, Queensland reveal the existence of a new species, which we describe as Vermicella parscauda sp. nov.

Mitochondrial DNA analysis (16S and ND4) and external morphological characteristics indicate that the closest relatives of the new species are not V. annulata, which also occurs on Cape York, but rather species from Western Australia and the Northern Territory (V. intermedia and V. multifasciata) which, like V. parscauda, occupy monsoon habitats.

Internasal scales are present in V. parscauda sp. nov., similar to V. annulata, but V. intermedia and V. multifasciata do not have nasal scales. V. parscauda sp. nov. has 5594 black dorsal bands and mottled or black ventral scales terminating approximately 2/3rds of the body into formed black rings, suggesting that hyper-banding is a characteristic of the tropical monsoon snakes (V. intermedia, V. multifasciata and V. parscauda). The confined locality, potential habitat disruption due to mining activities, and scarcity of specimens indicates an urgent conservation concern for this specie...

21:45

BEST OF THE WEB: Assange RT interview: 'WikiLeaks did not receive Clinton emails from Russian govt' "IndyWatch Feed World"

In a John Pilger Special, to be exclusively broadcast by RT on Saturday courtesy of Dartmouth Films, whistleblower Julian Assange categorically denied that the troves of US Democratic Party and Clinton work and staff emails released this year have come from the Russian government. "The Clinton camp has been able to project a neo-McCarthyist hysteria that Russia is responsible for everything. Hillary Clinton has stated multiple times, falsely, that 17 US intelligence agencies had assessed that Russia was the source of our publications. That's false - we can say that the Russian government is not the source," Assange told the veteran Australian broadcaster as part of a 25-minute John Pilger Special, courtesy of Dartmouth Films. Assange, who spoke with Pilger at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where he has been for four years, also accused the US presidential candidate of being a pawn of behind-the-scenes interests, and voiced doubts about her physical fitness to take charge of the White House. "Hillary Clinton is just one person. I actually feel quite sorry for Hillary Clinton as a person, because I see someone who is eaten alive by their ambitions, tormented literally to the point where they become sick - for example faint - as a result of going on, and going with their ambitions. But she represents a whole network of people, and a whole network of relationships with particular states."

18:55

NOW NAIDOC WEEK IS OVER ITS TIME TO ACT IndigenousX

Now that NAIDOC Week is over Rachael Hocking lists some of the actions you can take until next NAIDOC.

18:38

This Train is Bound for Tomorrow Global Hobo

On a late-night train, there was a girl. I faintly recall a scarf, round cheeks and bangs long enough that they caught on her eyelashes. Her hands fluttered to the cadence of her voice. Her leg was warm against mine.

I dont remember her name.

One of the senior girls from Osaka Universitys karate club had approached me and a fellow exchange student after Friday practice, explaining in simple Japanese that she and her friends were going out for dinner, and would we like to join them? At two months, we were the freshest white belts. We fumbled through pre-practice greetings and stilted conversation in the changing rooms, slowly picking up on the rhythm of punches and kicks that marked warm-up period. The members had been patient, but distant it was the first time theyd reached out outside of practice, and we took the chance eagerly.

Dinner was filled with half-understood questions and clumsy replies, mutual curiosity mowing away at any lingering awkwardness. By the time the December cold chased us into the last train home, we were conquering the space around us in an easy sprawl.

The only light were flashes. Passing houses and glowing signboards left shadows of blurred people. The bright interior of the train struck my brain. It became a place where time was irrelevant and place arbitrary.

I sunk into the heated seats like falling into the haze of sleep. A shoulder breached the invisible bubble I wore around me as the awkward foreigner.

Tell me more about your experience in Osaka.

My first impression of her in our glancing interactions was that she was shy. Sometimes she would make eye contact and then abort the mission. It seemed inevitable then, that our dinner conversation opened tentatively and small.

What are you majoring in? she asked. She handed me a pair of chopsticks. I nodded politely.

Comparative Literature, I replied, thankful Id had this conversation many times. Her eyes widened in obvious question.

Im taking a class in modern Japanese literature.

Recognising the olive branch for what it was, she peppered me for more details, filling in with yes and no questions so I could answer easier.

Oh, is the class interesting? Yes. Is the text in Japanese? No, no. Do you find Japanese writing different from what youve studied before? Very unique.

Hours later, we graduated to cosying up on the train.

I heard Hong Kong is also a busy city.

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17:06

Poets, we want your writing about the internet! Overland literary journal

Overland is seeking poetry submissions for a special online edition Tribulations of the digital frontier to be guest edited by long-time Overland volunteer, Mitchell Welch.

16:39

Queensland set to decriminalise abortion News | Human Rights Law Centre

Queensland has the historic opportunity to bring its woefully outdated abortion laws into the 21st Century with the Queensland Premier today proposing welcome new laws to remove abortion from the criminal code.

Adrianne Walters, a Senior Lawyer at the Human Rights Law Centre, congratulated the Palaszczuk Government and said now was the time for all political parties to work together to ensure every person has the right to decide what happens to their bodies and lives.

The values of 1899 should not limit a womans right to access the healthcare they need in 2018. The Queensland Parliament is being handed a historic opportunity to finally bring the states abortion laws into line with contemporary medical standards, modern community values and common sense.

This is a once in a century opportunity that must be seized by the Queensland Parliament, said Ms Walters.

The Premiers announcement comes after the Queensland Law Reform Commission reviewed the states abortion laws and recommended removing abortion from Queenslands 1899 Criminal Code.

Polling in Queensland in 2017 showed that over 80 per cent of people support a woman having the right to decide to terminate her pregnancy in consultation with a medical professional. The draft laws would give women this right up to 22 weeks pregnancy. Thereafter, two doctors would need to agree that an abortion is appropriate in all the circumstances.

"The overwhelming majority of the Queensland community have said they want to see the laws change. The medical profession want to see the laws changed. Its time for the Queensland Parliament to listen and respect the right of every person to decide what is right for their body and life," said Ms Walters.

Queensland is one of four states in Australia that still criminalises abortion in a range of circumstances, despite overwhelming evidence that criminalising abortion is bad for womens health.

"Its absolutely shameful that in 2018, a woman and her doctor can still be imprisoned for seeking a safe medical procedure. Criminalising abortion just causes confusion and fear. It forces women to travel interstate or risk unsafe clandestine abortions. The law should support all people to make the best possible medical decision for their health," said Ms Walters.

The proposed new laws would also impose an obligation on doctors who conscientiously object to abortion to refer patients to doctors without such an objection, and create safe access zones to protect women from intimidation and abuse outside abortion clinics.

"No one should have to jump through hoops or run a gauntlet of abuse and harassment just to see a doctor that can help them. Queensland must ensure that all people can access non-judgmental health services privately and safely, said Ms Walters.

The Human Rights Law Centre submission to the Queens...

15:28

Time to Invite Russian Diplomats Back with an Apology "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

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On 4th of March 2018 former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were discovered on a park bench in Salisbury England in a distressed state. They were treated by passers-by, including a doctor, before being taken to Salisbury General Hospital.

The hospital initially treated the Skripals for a suspected drug overdose as the symptoms they exhibited were consistent with poisoning by fentanyl, a substance 10 times stronger than heroin, and with which the hospital had prior experience. The hospitals initial diagnosis was confirmed in an article that appeared in the Clinical Services Journal on 27 April 2018. After the journals online article was publicized on social media, references to fentanyl were changed to a substance.

It was not the first or last time that the official story about what happened to the Skripals was changed.

Three days after the Skripals were found, the British government issued a D Notice. The Notice, officially a request but in effect a demand, forbade mention of Mr Skripals friend Pablo Miller. Why publicity about Mr Miller was to be suppressed is one of the features of this case, and apart from the initial report in the UK newspaper the Daily Telegraph, which led to the D Notice, he has not been referred to again in the mainstream media.

On 12 March 2018 the British Prime Minister Theresa May made her first statement to the House of Commons in which she alleged that the Skripals had been poisoned with a nerve agent of a type developed by Russia, and that it was highly likely Russia was responsible.

The British government subsequently circulated a memorandum and power point presentation to 80 embassies setting out the argument that Russia was responsible for what happened to the Skripals, and seeking support for their intention to expel Russian diplomats as a punishment. The various allegations made in the PowerPoint presentation were at best contentious and some were demonstrably untrue. It is suffice for present purposes however to focus only on the claims of alleged Russian responsibility for the Skripal attacks.

A number of countries, including Australia, acceeded to the British demand and expelled diplomats. The statement made by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announcing that two Russian diplomats would be expelled made no attempt to establish the truth of the matter or...

15:18

(Video) Dr. Michael Salla -- Deep State Wants Antarctica Aliens to be your New God "IndyWatch Feed World"





Published on Jun 19, 2018

Who are the Deep State and are they really hiding ancient beings in Antarctica? Join Ben N Rob as we present our 3rd and final interview with Dr. Michael Salla at Contact in the Desert in Indian Wells, California, as we talk about the Deep State, who is Qanon and is he more than just a man behind a computer?

Dr. Michael Salla is an internationally recognized scholar in international politics, conflict resolution and US foreign policy, and is the author/editor of an additional four books. He has a Ph.D in Government from the University of Queensland, Australia, and an M.A. in Philosophy from the University of Melbourne, Australia. He has conducted research and fieldwork in the ethnic conflicts in East Timor, Kosovo, Macedonia, and Sri Lanka, and organized peacemaking initiatives involving mid to high level participants from these conflicts.

14:18

POC reading groups as an act of resistance Overland literary journal

I feel more at home reading about the quintessential British experience than in books by writers of colour. Perhaps this is, in part, because of the continuing influence of the British Empire. I am Sri Lankan and, in Sri Lanka, the roots of colonialism run deep, so much so that those roots are still very visible in the education system.

14:08

Australia Hit With Coldest Spell in 26 Years "IndyWatch Feed World"

The winter Downunder has already been the coldest in 26 years. Temperatures plummeted on the East Coast at Marangaroo to a low of -11.1C. It is amazing that the amount of money on the table to justify global warming which is all about raising taxes for carbon emissions is placing us at a greater risk for it is distracting everyone from the real threat global cooling. Meanwhile, ski fans are rejoicing calling it an Epic Winter in New Zealand.

Meanwhile, between volcanoes erupting in the Pacific, extreme cold in the southern hemisphere, we also have Typhoon Prapiroon devastating Japan, which is more prepared for earthquakes than typhoons. Most people do not know in the West why they even called pilots during World War II a Kamikaze pilot. The word Kamikaze really means Divine Wind and it was the attempt by the Mongols who conquered China to invaded Japan TWICE when a typhoon destroyed their fleets. It was then said that Japan was protected by the Divine Wind and that is why the pilots were named Kamikaze. Right now, the typhoons are hitting Japan killing at what may be more than 200 people while forcing millions to evacuate. This has been the WORST disaster from a typhoon is 36 years.

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14:07

Up to a quarter of a million people oppose Trumps visit in London The Pen

 

The numbers that turned out to protest Donald Trumps visit to England on 13 July were well above all expectations. Up to 250,000 took part in the biggest turnout in memory.

Video form Woke Folks

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[WATCH] Giant anti-Trump protest happening in London now

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The BBC does not put the numbers as high, but nevertheless admits the turnout is huge.

Video from BBC News

So does much of the4 American media

Video from TIME

 

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13:20

Don't forget Karel Dubsky's treatment at the hands of AOTY David Morrison Michael Smith News

This man is disgraceful - how can a great country like Australia have a grub like Morrison as its person of the year? Please take a moment to watch this excellent report from Channel 7's Today Tonight program. The National Australia Day Council is responsible for the Australian of the...

13:18

ISDS in the Canada-EU FTA (CETA) still an obstacle AFTINET

AFTINET has previously reported on decisions in 2017 and 2018 by the European Court of Justice which found that foreign investor rights to sue governments in international tribunals (ISDS) was incompatible with national sovereignty and EU law. This means the European Parliament cannot decided to ratify agreements containing ISDS, and that each national government has to vote on ratification of agreements if they contain ISDS. These decisions followed strong European public opposition to ISDS.

Since these decisions, fearing that national parliaments will oppose ISDS, the EU has decided not to include ISDS in its recently-begun negotiations with Australia and New Zealand.

The CETA between Canada and the EU was finalised in 2016, before the European Court decisions, and included ISDS, but had not been ratified. In order to attempt to prevent rejection of the whole agreement by national parliaments, the European Council took a decision to apply the non-ISDS parts of the agreement provisionally from September 21, 2017. Canada has also agreed to this arrangement. This means that tariff reductions and other chapters of the agreement have been applied from that date. However, all EU national parliaments must ratify the whole agreement, including ISDS, before CETA with can be formally concluded by the European Council.

According to the official EU website, as of 20 June 2018, only 10 of the 27 EU states had ratified CETA with ISDS, and the Italian government has recently announced that its majority in the Parliament will oppose ratification.

If any states fail to ratify, only the non-ISDS parts of the agreement will continue to apply on a provisional basis. This is yet another demonstration of the growing opposition to ISDS in trade agreements.

13:03

Project Blue Book; Roswell, UK government files and more Unidentified Aerial Phenomena - scientific research

Introduction

From time to time, documentation turns up "out of the blue," which assists us with aspects of the subject. Although we may have known or suspected the existence of such documents, when they turn up in this manner, it is very much unexpected.  Three recent examples come to mind.

Project Blue Book documentation

In late 2013, UFO researcher Rob Mercer, who lives in Springfield, Ohio, came across an advert offering Project Blue Book documents. It turned out that a former USAF officer, assigned to Project Blue Book, named Lt Carmon Marano, had kept some material. Mercer eventually located Marano and then spoke to him. Ultimately, Mercer was able to obtain boxes of files; photographs; films and documents. Some of this was the original material, some copies. Mercer has now made scans of this material available.

Roswell

In July 2018, an announcement was made that the family of the late Major Jesse Marcel, of Roswell fame, had gathered together "...historical documents, military records, photos and a personal journal" of the former Intelligence Officer. This material is now being processed before being publicly revealed. Whether or not it will provide some corroboration of details already know is yet to be determined. However, without the family's efforts this new material would not have become available for UFO researchers.

UK government files

Over several years, the UK government has released thousands of pages of documents relating to the British government's investigation into UFOs in that country. However, though the efforts of US researcher, and Rendlesham Forest 1980 incident witness, John Burroughs, more was revealed.

In 2015, the Openminds website stated:

"Burroughs has submitted several Freedom of Information Act Requests in the UK and US. He has already been able to get the UK government to admit that they have more UFO files to release, even though they had previously claimed to have released all of the UFO files."

This ultimately led to the release of 15 such files in 2017. These 2017 files contained for example, information on the UFO interests of the Italian Department of Defence; a 1982 observation from a U...

12:23

The War on Assange Is a War on Press Freedom "IndyWatch Feed World"

The failure on the part of establishment media to defend Julian Assange, who has been trapped in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London since 2012, has been denied communication with the outside world since March and appears to be facing imminent expulsion and arrest, is astonishing. The extradition of the publisherthe maniacal goal of the U.S. governmentwould set a legal precedent that would criminalize any journalistic oversight or investigation of the corporate state. It would turn leaks and whistleblowing into treason. It would shroud in total secrecy the actions of the ruling global elites. If Assange is extradited to the United States and sentenced, The New York Times, The Washington Post and every other media organization, no matter how tepid their coverage of the corporate state, would be subject to the same draconian censorship. Under the precedent set, Donald Trumps Supreme Court would enthusiastically uphold the arrest and imprisonment of any publisher, editor or reporter in the name of national security.

There are growing signs that the Ecuadorean government of Lenn Moreno is preparing to evict Assange and turn him over to British police. Moreno and his foreign minister, Jos Valencia, have confirmed they are in negotiations with the British government to resolve the fate of Assange. Moreno, who will visit Britain in a few weeks, calls Assange an inherited problem and a stone in the shoe and has referred to him as a hacker. It appears that under a Moreno government Assange is no longer welcome in Ecuador. His only hope now is safe passage to his native Australia or another country willing to give him asylum.

Ecuador has been looking for a solution to this problem, Valencia commented on television. The refuge is not forever, you cannot expect it to last for years without us reviewing this situation, including because this violates the rights of the refugee.

Morenos predecessor as president, Rafael Correa, who granted Assange asylum in the embassy and made him an Ecuadorean citizen last year, warned that Assanges days were numbered. He charged that Morenowho cut off Assanges communications the day after Moreno welcomed a delegation from the U.S. Southern Commandwould throw him out of the embassy at the first pressure from the United States.

Assange, who reportedly is in ill health, took asylum in the embassy to avoid extradition to Sweden to answer questions about sexual offense charges. He feared that once in Swedish custody for these charges, which he said were false, he would be extradited to the United States. The Swedish prosecutors offi...

11:50

Melbourne's Sudanese Ring-leader sticking it to Channel 7 over Sudanese gangs Michael Smith News

Here's their logo: Apparently it's the Sudanese way to gang up when you want to have a go at someone. Here's the video - thanks to Seeker of Truth for the tip!

11:34

Another finalist in the grog-fuelled fiascos file. Michael Smith News

That's Sky News (possibly former) sports guy Greg Thomson proving the wisdom of the Confucian saying "If you drink and mike you're a bloody idiot". Mr Thomson must have tied a ripper on - he was hosting a lunchtime event. The unfortunate organisation on whose behalf Thomson was MCing was...

11:02

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Great to see Bulwai Tours finally gaining ground after all the setbacks. Well done Willie and the boys ! http://bulwaicollective.org/kuranda-davies-creek-cultural-tours/

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10:52

It Is Wrong To Let Government Continue Like This Gumshoe News

by Mary W Maxwell

In a stunning flash of poultry insight, Gumshoe editor Dee McLachlan concocted the above photo.  I think we should take the day off from writing articles and let that picture sink in.

Please comment along the lines of what can be done about the fact that our MPs dont work for us.  A friend of mine showed me a list of 24 MPs to whom she recently sent notice of an urgent national matter, yet got no replies. (Compare Mal Return-to-Sender Hughes. He received at least an occasional reply in past years.)

It is an untenable situation. Please be as creative as you wish. Show that Gumshoers arent about to chicken out.

Thanks!

10:24

Media and trashed home-owners to blame says Sudanese Ring-leader Michael Smith News

From The Australian And here is the tally of crimes committed - according to Melbourne's leading South Sudanese figure - by the media and the owners of trashed houses.

10:09

NSW premier puts pressure on disgraced Liberal MP National News Echonetdaily

Shady dealings: Disgraced Liberal MP Daryl Maguire. Photo AAP

SYDNEY, AAP The NSW premier is urging disgraced state MP Daryl Maguire to consider quitting politics after he was caught discussing the size of his cut from the multi-million dollar sale of a Sydney property.

Gladys Berejiklian said she felt deep disappointment after learning about phone recordings played at a corruption inquiry on Friday of the Wagga Wagga MP trying to strike a deal in 2016 with then-Canterbury City councillor Michael Hawatt.

Mr Maguire quit the Liberal party on Friday night after the Independent Commission Against Corruption heard the recordings.

The conversation revolved around the MP trying to arrange with Mr Hawatt the dividend theyd get for helping arrange the sale to a Chinese developer.

Mr Maquire also quit as the governments parliamentary secretary for counter-terrorism, corrections, veterans and the Centenary of ANZAC but currently plans to remain in parliament as an independent.

Hes denied ever receiving or sharing commissions from brokering property deals with Mr Hawatt.

The premier on Sunday said she would bring forward Liberal party nominations for the seat of Wagga Wagga so an appropriate new candidate could be preselected.

While it was up to Mr Maguire to decide if he would stay on until the March state election, she encouraged him to think carefully about whether he could effectively represent the people of Wagga Wagga in the meantime.

Wagga Wagga mayor Greg Conkey has also called on Mr Maquire to seriously consider quitting parliament.

Acting NSW Labor opposition leader Michael Daley said Mr Maguire shouldnt be allowed to remain on the crossbench as a lame duck wrongdoer until the state election.

Mr Maguire, who has held the safe Liberal seat since 1999, has apologised for causing distress and embarrassment to the party.

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10:02

Big public meeting in Melbourne defends the ABC The Pen

Contributed by members of the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA)

Yesterday afternoon (Sunday 15 July), two thousand people came to a public meeting organised by the Friends of the ABC at Melbourne Town Hall. They came to voice their opposition to the defunding of the public broadcaster and the threat of its privatisation.

The level of passion that compelled so many to take part, is best summed up in a series of polls over the last few years, which show the public broadcaster is trusted more than any other institution in Australia. The ABC is trusted far more than any other media (80 percent), and its services to the community are valued (80 percent again).

A small part of thew crowd at the Melbourne
Town Hall meeting

The meeting was chaired by Professor Peter Greste, whose freedom from Egyptian detention for reporting on events there, was won through an international campaign. A range of celebrities spoke to the audience, in person, or through video or written message.  The Greens and Labor expressed support and objectives of the Friends of the ABC.

While many do have their criticisms of the ABC, few would deny that it at least does provide some capacity for other points of view, plays a keys role in the promotion of Australian culture and the training of talent, and its role in providing communications and information in times of great need.

These are precisely the reasons why there are those who have taken on the mission to get rid of it. And the defenders understand this clearly. This was shown at the Town Hall, where special attention was given to the Institute for Public Affairs (API), which has been at the head of the drive against the ABC, to Rupert Murdoch, who seeks to complete his hold over Australian media.

A relentless war is being waged on the back of arguing that government should not be involved in media and that public funding gets in the way of market competition. Neither argument hold water. The control of the government on what the ABC broadcasts is limited. Otherwise governments would have silenced it long ago. Although there ids control over the budget,...

09:53

US lawmakers taken in by Sacha Baron Cohen "IndyWatch Feed World"

Sacha Baron Cohen in Who Is America? Photo supplied

LOS ANGELES, RAW In Sacha Baron Cohens provocative new comedy show, American politicians are filmed backing a fictitious program to teach kindergartners how to use guns to defend themselves in school shootings.

In a seven-episode series launching on cable channel Showtime on Sunday, the British prankster takes on four different personas as he satirises the political and cultural life of the United States in the era of President Donald Trump.

In the first episode of Who is America?, previewed for media by Showtime, Baron Cohen poses as an Israeli anti-terror expert who gets two US congressmen to voice support for his fake Kinderguardians scheme for children as young as three.

The scheme includes a fake instructional video featuring childrens songs and gunimals weapons adorned with soft toys that would purportedly help kids confront the school shootings that have plagued the US for the past decade.

Republican congressmen Dana Rohrabacher of California and Joe Wilson of South Carolina, along with former Senate Republican leader Trent Lott, who is now a lobbyist at a Washington law firm, are shown enthusiastically backing the idea, alongside gun rights advocates and a former congressman-turned-talk radio host, Joe Walsh.

Rohrabacher, Wilson and Lott did not immediately reply to requests for comment late on Saturday.

Walsh told CNN on Saturday that he was tricked into reading the words off a teleprompter.

Ill probably laugh at myself when the episode airs, Walsh told CNN, adding that he is a fan of Baron Cohen. Hes a funny guy because he gets people to say stupid things.

The show marks Baron Cohens first television project in a decade after he launched his comedy career as subversive white English rapper Ali G., whose interviewees included Donald Trump and Newt Gingrich.

His 2006 faux documentary film Borat ridiculed Kazakhstan and Middle Americans.

In Who is America?, Baron Cohen also takes aim at the media and political correctness, with the comedian posing as a pony-tailed liberal radio reporter on a post-2016 election cycling tour, and a man in a disability scooter who purports to investigate fake news.

Who is America will air on Stan in Australia...

09:22

Is Australias Vaccine Policy A Nightmare Or A Pogrom? "IndyWatch Feed Health"

By Catherine J. Frompovich

The term pogrom has multiple meanings, ascribed most often to the deliberate persecution of an ethnic or religious group either approved or condoned by the local authorities. (Source)

The people of Australia are being denied by law one of the most important inalienable rights of human existence, the ability to choose how to take care of ones children and their bodies, plus the exercise of their basic human right to freedom of choice in healthcare invoking the heretofore scientific-acknowledgement to cope with possible risks where scientific understanding is yet incomplete, such as the risks of nano technology, genetically modified organisms and systemic insecticides [1], aka the Precautionary Principle, to avoid damage from neurotoxic vaccines. Nano technology and genetically modified organisms are IN vaccines! I hereby challenge Big Pharma and vaccine makers to prove me wrong!

The Australian government seemingly has gone off the rails relative to the punitive measures it has instituted against citizens who elect not to have their children or themsel...

06:31

Trumps NATO attack is part of a preparation for war The Pen

Contributed by Joe Montero

As far as the role of the United States in international politics is concerned, Last week finished up on an ominous note And the catalyst was Donald Trumps jaunt abroad, where he gave the one finger salute to just about everyone he came across.

Trump is heading an administration that is preparing for war. There can be no doubt about this now.

In Brussels, He threw a metaphoric hand grenade inWednesdays NATO leaders gathering, where he accused the Europeans of being too soft on Russia. Germany got a special serve, and he had a go at them for having Russian gas pumped in, when they were supposed to be applying sanctions.

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Europe was ordered to take on a greater burden for NATO and increase military expenditure, from 2 percent to 4 percent of GDP. He then walked out.

The show of blatant disrespect and bullying cannot be passed off as merely the action of an unstable leader. It has purpose. American ruling circles see that they are preparing for war. What happened at NATO is not a one off. There is a pattern. The walkouts on the Paris Climate Agreement and the Human Rights Council, are part of the same pattern.

This pattern is about the United States striving to re-assert the global political dominance that it has been losing in recent times, and through this, achieve decisive influence over Europe and create an alliance against  China and Russia.

One driver is the ongoing weakness of the economy of the United States and the incentive to find new sources of profit. Crucial to this, is to open the European economy to the penetration of American investment and trade. Europe Has been and continues to be the key to global dominance. Pursuing it, inevitably brings about political and diplomatic consequences.

Ambitions are one thing. What happens on the ground is another. Europe is not accepting the role of playing second fiddle. A somewhat fractured European Union finds it difficult to respond decisively and with one voice. Even so, there is considerable resistance to coming under the American wing. Europe faces its own economic and political problems, and its ruling circles seek to re-assert their own sources for new avenues for profit and their political ambitions.

Even during the hugely unpopular Trump visit to the United Kingdom, no time was wasted in creating incidents that showed disdain for protocol aimed at driving home a lesson of who is in charge.

There is also a high level of resistance to the drive towards war within the European population. This is a factor that the political leaders...

06:25

Australian Firms Partner to Provide Crypto Custody Services "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Australian Firms Partner to Provide Crypto Custody Services

Decentralised Capital, an Australian advisory firm specializing in blockchain assets and asset management services, has announced a partnership with Custodian Vaults, an Australian private vaulting company, to offer insured cryptocurrency custody services to the Australasian market.

Also Read: Have You Tried Blockchain 5.0 Yet? Nobody Else Has Either

Decentralised Capital and Custodian Vaults Partner to Provide Cryptocurrency Custody Services

Australian Firms Partner to Provide Crypto Custody ServicesIt has been announced that Decentralised Capital and Custodian Vaults are teaming up to provide insured cryptocurrency custody services in the form of what the companies are describing as Australias first insured cryptocurrency vault

According to According to Australian Fina...

06:23

Australian supermarkets work to prevent "bag rage" as plastics ban takes effect "IndyWatch Feed World"

Australia's biggest supermarket chains are scrambling to combat "bag rage" as frustrated shoppers vent their anger over the removal of single-use plastic bags. One man put his hands around a supermarket worker's throat, the West Australian newspaper reported, while grocery stores are putting on more staff to help customers get used to the change. The removal of single-use plastics is part of a national push to reduce waste. As of July 1, major retailers in all but two Australian states will be fined if they supply single-use plastic bags. National supermarket chain Coles, owned by Wesfarmers, on Sunday removed single-use plastic bags from its stores, shortly after rival Woolworths banned the bags on June 20. Consumer complaints forced Woolworths to backflip on charging customers 15 Australian cents (11 U.S. cents) for a reusable plastic bag, with the retailer now offering them free until July 8.

04:21

Is Australias Vaccine Policy A Nightmare Or A Pogrom? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Catherine J. Frompovich The term pogrom has multiple meanings, ascribed most often to the deliberate persecution of an ethnic or religious group either approved...

02:47

The best World Cup in decades "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Russians can be proud of hosting one of the most crucial World Cup tournaments in recent memory.

The official World Cup Russia 2018 ball handed over to Qatar

 

This one is for the record books having seen a number of firsts title holders Germany ousted from the first round for the first time in 80 years; the introduction of the Video Assistant Referee (VAR), through which many penalties were awarded including in the France-Croatia final; the first own goal in a final game; the fewest red cards since 1970 the list goes on.

And what an exhilarating final France takes the trophy for the second time in 20 years.

In the decades I have avidly watched the World Cup from the time Mario Kempes dazzled on the pitch and helped Argentina win its first trophy in 1978 to Germanys ouster in 2018 the tournament in Russia 2018 has been the most exciting.

And the most revolutionary.

Every thing we knew about international football has been turned upside down.

Germany is no longer the Teutonic terror it once was, striking fear in other teams just by taking to the field. The title holder was ousted in the preliminary stage thanks to some brilliant football from South Korea.

Brazil no longer sambas with brilliant footwork and team precision. In this tournament, Belgium and France did more of that than the now deposed Latin American giants.

And despite all of Maradonas praying for Argentina, that team resembled more a broken and spent race horse in need of retiring to less competitive pastures.

Instead, teams like Morocco, Senegal and Nigeria captured our attention for going up against more experienced teams and holding their own.

Lowest-ranked Russia showed us what spirit against the odds could do. Black horse Belgium sent people back to the drawing board as its neat football had us readjusting our bets. Japan proved there was a new powerhouse in Asia, despite Australias lackluster performance in the early stage.

And, of course, cracking Croatia. With utmost nationalistic pride this team proved why it was the wild card of the tournament reaching all the way to the final game.

VAR catches it

This tournament is revolutionary also because of its application of the video assistant referee (VAR), which depended on 35 field cameras picking up even the slightest infraction betwee...

00:41

64 South African telescopes create epic new image of Galactic center "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

You're looking at the center of our galactic home, the Milky Way, as imaged by 64 radio telescopes in the South African wilderness. Scientists released this image today to inaugurate the completed MeerKAT radio telescope. But these scopes form part of an even more ambitious project: the Square Kilometer Array, a joint effort to build the world's largest telescope, spanning the continents of Africa and Australia. This image shows filaments of particles, structures that seem to exist in alignment with the galaxy's central black hole. It's unclear what causes these filaments. Maybe they are particles ejected by the spinning black hole; maybe they are hypothesized "cosmic strings;" and maybe they're not unique, and there are other, similar structures waiting to be found, according to a 2017 release from Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

Epic new image of Galactic center created with help of 64 South African telescopes "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

You're looking at the center of our galactic home, the Milky Way, as imaged by 64 radio telescopes in the South African wilderness. Scientists released this image today to inaugurate the completed MeerKAT radio telescope. But these scopes form part of an even more ambitious project: the Square Kilometer Array, a joint effort to build the world's largest telescope, spanning the continents of Africa and Australia. This image shows filaments of particles, structures that seem to exist in alignment with the galaxy's central black hole. It's unclear what causes these filaments. Maybe they are particles ejected by the spinning black hole; maybe they are hypothesized "cosmic strings;" and maybe they're not unique, and there are other, similar structures waiting to be found, according to a 2017 release from Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

Sunday, 15 July

23:31

Julian Assange Could Soon be Evicted from London Embassy "IndyWatch Feed World"

Assange could soon be evicted from London embassy

July 14, 2018 | 4:36pm

Source: NY Post | By Mary Kay Linge



Julian Assange | Getty Images

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange may soon be evicted from the London embassy that has sheltered him for the last six years.

Ecuador, which has played host to the political provocateur since 2012, and Britain are in high-level discussions over Assanges fate, the Sunday Times of London reported.

New Ecuadorean president Lenin Moreno who has called Assange a stone in the shoe dismisses him as a problem he inherited from his predecessor.

The South American nations former president granted Assange political asylum shortly after the Australian was accused of sexual assault and rape in Sweden.

Assange claimed the charges were part of a U.S. plot to discredit him for WikiLeaks disclosures that embarrassed the Obama administration.

Bur Ecuadors new government, which has cut off his Internet access and banned most visitors, isnt buying the story.

Assange believes he will be extradited to the United States if he leaves the London embassy a fear that may have been heightened by indi...

23:20

This Is The Email Exchange Between Myself and IEATBABIES Who I Believe Is Doug Mesner aka John Kilrush aka Satanic Temples founder Lucien Greaves DavidShurter.com

Just a few things- my 1/2 sister, who I call Chris- is Christina. I DID attack my nephew when I was 13- which I have been quite open about. He was NOT, however, part of the Hester household. Af the time of that attack- I also, directly after, tried to kill myself so at the same time the police came- so did an ambulance. It was determined I was having a psychotic break, which being forced to light a man on fire when I was 10 contributed too, so social workers were ordered into my fathers house. Two months later I tried to kill myself again- believing the only way to prevent me from becoming the AntiChrist was for me to kill myself- so a week after my 14th birthday I was directed to sign myself into Cherokee Mental Health Institute- where I spent 5 months.

But you can see- through this exchange- how sick this IEATBABIES is- and how he constantly just throws shit at the walls- hoping something will stick.

You can also see his claims that he is directly connect to Michael Aquino but then, as they say, birds of a feather flock together.

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17:16

Oberon review - Australia - Letter | Truth will prevail on fluoride and its use "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

THEY say the first victim in war is the truth. Is this a war? Its certainly a war of words, and a war for the truth. When I first realised that everything Id heard and seen about fluoride from the government, dentists and television wasnt entirely kosher it was 2014, and Id been living in this little town of ours for about four years. Although Ive lived many places, Oberon was the first place Id landed where I felt a strong sense of community.  
What got me out of my chair about fluoride in 2014 (the last time it reared its scaly head) was that deep sense of community among the people standing against it. They were and still are a very sincere and well-focused group of concerned local people who have spent an inordinate amount of time researching and understanding as much of the information available about sodium fluoride as they can. Their company and encouragement in the last four years has been deeply inspiring and helped me see the truth about many big issues we all collectively face in this troubled world of ours. Sodium fluoride and its uses are but one. Getting this type of fluoride (unnatural) exposed and revealed for all to see how dangerous it is to human health and, more importantly, how much were consuming already, is the challenge ahead and together it can be done.  
Out of convenience and profit, fluoride has penetrated our industrial, pharmaceutical and manufacturing sectors over the last 60 years via slick marketing and good engineering. It happens to be very useful in medicine, machinery, cookware, lighting, food, beverages and welding&...

15:14

Matika Little // Queer, Female and Aboriginal: Surviving And Thriving As A Minority "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

pedestrian.tv // Queer, Female and Aboriginal: Surviving And Thriving As A Minority: Growing up in regional New South Wales, finding other queer people much less Indigenous queer people felt almost impossible. I didnt look like the stereotype of either community. I have pale skin, blue eyes and brown hair so I definitely didnt look like representations of Aboriginal women I saw in the media. As for the queer community, all I had to look up to was a dancing Ellen DeGeneres on daytime TV. While I loved Ellen, I was again faced with no true representation. I was an outcast in my own community at times those who I had hoped would be educated about Indigenous Australians or queer-identifying people consistently let me down, deepening my feelings of isolation and loneliness.

15:10

If Theyre Raiding a House, Expect a Gift Gumshoe News

(L) Geoff Hoon, UK Defense Secretary,  (C) Paul Bremer, Governor of Occupied Iraq, and (R) Mia Bloom, Professor

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

On October 6, 2016, The Independent, UK, had this headline:

US government spent over $500m on fake Al-Qaeda propaganda videos that tracked location of viewers.

The article, by Feliks Garcia, was about a PR firm in the UK that helped the war effort during the 2003 Iraq war. I will show in a moment that there is good news here for the Boston Marathon non-bomber, Jahar Tsarnaev.

But first, I hope every parent of a US soldier is reading this.

The PR firm in questio...

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14:26

PERTH Burglary and evade police arrest, WA CrimeView

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Burglary and evade police arrest, WA .

July 14, 2018 at 09:37AM .

Midland Detectives have charged two 18 year old men and they are due to appear in the Perth Magistrates Court this morning (14 July 2018) as a

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14:01

Future Of Media: Every Time You Share A Daily Mail Story, An Independent Journalist Somewhere Dies New Matilda

Over the weekend, New Matilda editor Chris Graham spoke on a panel at the Adelaide Festival of Ideas with Amanda Pepe (from the Adelaide Review) and Professor Peter Fray, Co-director of the Centre for Media Transition, University of Technology Sydney. The topic was Future of Media, and specifically asked these questions: Given the 24/7 news cycle and even faster social media platforms, how can we control information? Is this development the ultimate democratisation of what used to be strictly-controlled offerings of the powerful few? Whos making sure were not being duped? Below is a speech Chris Graham prepared, but never delivered (the group just chatted instead).

One of the key questions in todays discussion is given our new, fast-paced media world, how can we control information?

I think the short answer is we cant. And to be honest, I dont think we really should anyway. I think government believes its job is to control information, and I can see some cases where thats obviously necessary national security, commercial in confidence etc etc. But in this day and age I think theres a lot of overreach by government in the control of information. The current prosecution of Witness K in the East Timor oil and gas scandal is a disgraceful, outrageous example of that.

I think traditional media has also felt a strong desire to and indeed has a long history of controlling information. I think theres a lot of overreach in that area as well. Ill give you an example.

Tomorrow, Im getting on a plane to fly to Italy. From there I board a boat in Sicily to sail to Gaza, in Palestine. Im there to report on the Freedom Flotilla Coalition, an international group (with representation in Australia) which, every year or so, organizes a few boats from across the world to try and break the Israeli imposed naval blockade on Gaza.

Now, wherever your politics reside on the question of Israel and Palestine, its undeniably a news story. Its undeniably information in the public interest. In the past, Australian media coverage has either tended to ignore the Flotillas entirely, or tended towards mockery and criticism. And yet, its basically universally accepted save for a few countries that Israels blockade of Gaza is illegal under international law. The Human Rights Council of the United Nations says it is, for example.

Gaza is the worlds largest outdoor prison a jail to almost 2 million people. And yet most of the time, we only see it in the news when Israel is slaughtering people. And even then our media strives for balance as though theres a balanced way to report the deaths of hundreds, sometimes thousands of unarmed Palestinians at the hands of one of the worlds most powerful armies.

Ironically, the only way I can see Australian media taking an interest in next weeks Flotilla is if the Israeli Defence Force storms the boat and kills a few activists and theyv...

13:42

Two bits of Sunday inspiration Michael Smith News

People are awesome. ....that's why we should never give up.

13:39

Happy Bastille Day - except for the motorbike cops. And the blue-smoke wingman. Michael Smith News

Mon dieu! #BastilleDay went off with a bang - for these police motorcyclistshttps://t.co/jh88YrDQA4 #14juillet pic.twitter.com/X3NjItolZL BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) July 14, 2018

13:28

Sara Tomevska // Domestic violence prevention brings together Indigenous men and women in outback community - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Domestic violence prevention brings together Indigenous men and women in outback community - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation): Domestic violence is not an issue unique to Indigenous communities. On average, an Australian woman dies every week at the hands of a current or previous partner.

So far this year, 34 women have been killed.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women are 34 times more likely to be hospitalised as a result of domestic violence than any other group of women in Australia.

Domestic Violence Statistics

  • On average at least one woman a week is killed by a partner or former partner in Australia.
  • On average, police receive a domestic violence call every two minutes.
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women are 34 times more likely to be hospitalised as a result of domestic violence than any other group of women in Australia.
  • One in 10 men have witnessed violence towards their mother by a partner before the age of 15.
Source: Australian Institute of Criminology, Australian Bureau of Statistics and Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision

12:55

Perth Radio: Should Australia's migrant intake increase or decrease? "IndyWatch Feed World"

Australias annual permanent migrant intake has fallen to its lowest level in more than a decade after a Federal Government crackdown on dodgy claims. Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton said the government had restored integrity to the migration program to make sure the best possible migrants were brought into the country through tougher vetting. William Burke from the Sustainable Australia Party spoke to Tim McMillan about the new figures.

Should Australias migrant intake increase or decrease?

Australias annual permanent migrant intake has fallen to its lowest level in more than a decade after a Federal Government crackdown on dodgy claims.

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton said the government had restored integrity to the migration program to make sure the best possible migrants were brought into the country through tougher vetting.

William Burke from Sustainable Australia spoke to Tim McMillan about the new figures.

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Tim McMillan

09:49

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