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Saturday, 09 December


Same Sex Marriage law a win for ex PM's Corporate Australia

Australian politicians the biggest assholes in the world ??? !!! ???

So homosexual Australians can now rejoice that they can now be legally wedded.

People like Australia's ex prime minister Paul Keating, who is for the republic
(how VERY UN-Australian):

or our first lesbian (who's STILL in the closet) ex prime minister Ju-Liar Gillard:

oops sorry wrong picture:

that's better!

Please note:

No referendum was needed, as this was not changing the Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act 1900

- The Government Company gave $122 million to their arsehole mates for this BS 'survey'.

Changing of a 'Commonwealth' law can be made WITH...

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Friday, 08 December


PERTH Canning Vale brawl: One dead, three seriously injured CrimeView

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Canning Vale brawl: One dead, three seriously injured .

December 08, 2017 at 09:09AM .

Homicide Squad have also charged the 20-year-old woman with four counts of attempted unlawfully to kill relating to a 17-year-old Byford male, a 16-year-old male from Lakelands, a 16-year-old male of Wellard and a 16-year-old male of Beckenham. She is expected to appear at Perth Magistrates Court .


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PERTH Mother reveals shocking details of deadly Canning Vale youth brawl CrimeView

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Mother reveals shocking details of deadly Canning Vale youth brawl .

December 08, 2017 at 09:40AM .

on Eucalyptus Boulevard in Canning Vale killing one boy, 17, and injuring several others. A 20-year-old woman from Canning Vale the alleged driver of the vehicle has been charged with murder and four counts of attempting to unlawfully kill and will appear in Perth Magistrates Court on Saturday. .


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PERTH Canning Vale street brawl leaves woman accused of murdering teenager CrimeView

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Canning Vale street brawl leaves woman accused of murdering teenager .

December 08, 2017 at 04:15PM .

She will appear in Perth Magistrates Court tomorrow. Police said detectives were continuing to investigate earlier incidents at a local park in Canning Vale and a nearby McDonalds fast food outlet. Two youths were stabbed during the fighting, but neither received fatal injuries. A group of women lay .


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PERTH Woman charged with murder of 17 year old from Baldivis CrimeView

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Woman charged with murder of 17 year old from Baldivis .

December 08, 2017 at 04:22PM .

year old male of Baldivis. The woman also been charged with four counts Attempted Unlawfully to Kill relating to a 17 year old male of Byford, a 16 year old male of Lakelands, a 16 year old male of Wellard and a 16 year old male of Beckenham. She will appear in the Perth Magistrates Court tomorrow. .


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PERTH Forever in our hearts: Tributes flow for 17yo boy killed in Canning Vale CrimeView

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Forever in our hearts: Tributes flow for 17yo boy killed in Canning Vale .

December 08, 2017 at 07:00PM .

were injured in the incident, and Jacob later died as a result of his injuries. A 20-year-old woman from Canning Vale the alleged driver of the vehicle was later charged with murder and four counts of attempting to unlawfully kill and will appear in Perth Magistrates Court on Saturday. Advertisement .


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PERTH Lakelands teen targeted in horror Canning Vale attack CrimeView

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Lakelands teen targeted in horror Canning Vale attack .

December 08, 2017 at 04:33PM .

She will appear in the Perth Magistrates Court on December 9. Read more: Teen dead, several injured in violent street chaos in Canning Vale. The attack happened about 4.15pm December 7 on Eucalyptus Boulevard, Canning Vale. Earlier that day, about 3.15pm, Police were called to Ranford Road .


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PERTH Mandurah police officer to plead not guilty to child sex-related allegations CrimeView

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Mandurah police officer to plead not guilty to child sex-related allegations .

December 08, 2017 at 04:56PM .

A Mandurah police officer accused of using Facebook to send a child an indecent video and then encouraging the child to do an indecent act is expected to plead not guilty in Perth Magistrates Court on Friday. The man cannot be named because of a previous court order suppressing his identity, .


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Prayer and Meditation for Saturday, December 9, 2017 This is the way; walk in it. Without cost you have received; without cost you are to give. "IndyWatch Feed War"

Saturday of the First Week of Advent
Lectionary: 180

Reading 1 IS 30:19-21, 23-26

Thus says the Lord GOD,
the Holy One of Israel:
O people of Zion, who dwell in Jerusalem,
no more will you weep;
He will be gracious to you when you cry out,
as soon as he hears he will answer you.
The Lord will give you the bread you need
and the water for which you thirst.
No longer will your Teacher hide himself,
but with your own eyes you shall see your Teacher,
While from behind, a voice shall sound in your ears:
This is the way; walk in it,
when you would turn to the right or to the left.He will give rain for the seed
that you sow in the ground,
And the wheat that the soil produces
will be rich and abundant.
Image result for the lamb will graze in spacious meadows, photos
On that day your flock will be given pasture
and the lamb will graze in spacious meadows;
The oxen and the asses that till the ground
will eat silage tossed to them
with shovel and pitchfork.
Upon every high mountain and lofty hill
there will be streams of running water.
On the day of the great slaughter,
when the towers fall,
The light of the moon will be like that of the sun
and the light of the sun will be seven times greater
like the light of seven days.
On the day the LORD binds up the wounds of his people,
he will heal the bruises left by his blows.

Responsorial Psalm  PS 147:1-2, 3-4, 5-6

R. (see Isaiah 30:18d) Blessed are all who wait for the Lord.


Strong and shallow M6.2 earthquake hits Kermadec Islands "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.2 hit the Kermadec Islands, New Zealand at 02:09 UTC on December 8, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). Geoscience Australia is reporting M6.3 at a depth of 0 km. EMSC is reporting...... Read more


Set up a Time-Bound Public Enquiry Commission to Probe Judge Loyas Death, Demand Group of Citizens "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

It would not be inaccurate to say that one of our most powerful and respected institutions is not keen or able to look after its own its judges.

Loya was a CBI judge probing Amit Shahs involvement in the Sohrabuddin Shaikh encounter case. Credit: The Caravan

New Delhi: A group of concerned citizens has released a statement demanding a time-bound public enquiry commission to get to the truth of the allegedly suspicious death of Judge Brijgopal Harkishan Loya.

The statement, signed by academic and writer Apoorvanand, poet Ashok Vajpeyi, novelist Githa Hariharan, writers Natasha Badhwar and Priya Ramani, and historian Rajmohan Gandhi, has raised concern about the fact that despite calls for a judicial enquiry, no action has been taken to probe Judge Loyas death. It points out that there has been no attempt on the part of the judiciary to take up the matter as a suo-moto affair.

The pleas seeking a probe have followed two reports published in the Caravan magazine quoting immediate members of Loyas family, who...


Ian Buruma en 'het betrekkelijk goedaardige imperialisme uit Washington' 33 "IndyWatch Feed War"

European populism historically almost always was anti-American,

aldus opiniemaker Ian Buruma in de weekend-editie van de Financial Times van 9 januari 2004, nog geen jaar nadat miljoenen Europese burgers de straat op waren gegaan om te demonstreren tegen de illegale inval in Irak onder aanvoering van de VS. Wikipedia meldt dat Europa destijds saw the biggest mobilization of protesters, including a rally of three million people in Rome, which is listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the largest ever anti-war rally. Ook Buruma's formulering is kenmerkend voor zijn stijl van beweren, namelijk halfslachtig. Op die manier kan hij telkens weer weg glippen. Desondanks suggereert hij dat het Europese populisme en anti-Amerikanisme wat dit laatste ook moge betekenen met elkaar te maken hebben. Oprechte kritiek op de Amerikaanse schendingen van het internationaal recht komen zodoende onmiddellijk in een verdacht licht te staan. En juist dat is de bedoeling van mijn oude vriend. Door zijn gebrek aan empathie met de ontelbare slachtoffers van het beleid dat de elite in Washington, in overleg met de elite op Wall Street, voert, kan hij zonder enige gewetenswroeging de terreur negeren van de zwaarst bewapende grootmacht in de geschiedenis van de mensheid. In zijn boek Creating Freedom. Power, Control And The Fight For Our Future (2017) wijst de Britse beeldend kunstenaar Raoul Martinez in he...


Japan Eyes Tax Cuts To Enourage Corporate Pay Hikes for Employees and Capital Investment "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Yomiuri Shimbun

7:30 pm, December 08, 2017

The government and ruling parties are considering cutting corporate tax in two phases for companies that take such measures as giving high pay raises, it has been learned.

The change is aimed at encouraging companies to use their internal reserves savings accumulated through profits earned for pay hikes for employees and capital investment.

Companies that raise wages 3 percent or more or that boost capital investment can be eligible for a reduction of their effective rate of corporate tax to around 25 percent. Under the plan, the rate will be decreased to around 20 percent for companies that improve their productivity by investing in advanced technologies including software designed to realize the internet of things (IoT).

The Liberal Democratic Party and Komeito will iron out the details at their respective research commissions on the tax system, with the aim of including these changes in the tax revision package for fiscal 2018.

Japans effective corporate tax rate the rate at which companies profits are taxed is currently 29.97 percent. The figure will be trimmed to 29.74 percent from fiscal 2018.

Under the new two-phase tax reduction scheme, rates will not officially change, but corporate tax will be reduced for companies that meet the requirements.

Specifically, stricter requirements will be introduced for companies to be eligible for an existing tax relief system which encourages wage hikes for their employees as the mandatory rate of wage hikes will be raised from the current 2 percent or more to 3 percent or more.

Expanding investment in domestic plants will also be added as a new requirement.

These will be a higher hurdle for firms to become eligible for tax reductions, but if firms clear these requirements, they will enjoy a larger tax cut.

The changes also cover additional tax relief for businesses that are active in human resource development efforts, such as employee training. If companies meet the requirements, the effective corporate tax rate for them will decrease to around 25 percent.

Preferential consideration for tax cuts will start for firms that invest in IoT and other advanced technologies. Companies that meet all those requirements can see their rate of corporate tax reduced to about 20 percent.



Jerusalem - President Trump delivers unfulfilled promises from Bush, Clinton and Obama Michael Smith News

I fulfilled my campaign promise - others didnt! Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 8, 2017


Meet the Seven Reporters Joining Us on ProPublicas Local Reporting Network "GroovUs Feed Npodcasts"

There are two types of police reporters, Christian Sheckler recalls his executive editor telling him not too long ago: Those who try to make friends with officers and get rewarded with juicy tips about crimes, and those who press for answers on such thorny topics as civil rights, misconduct and accountability.

In his four years covering criminal justice at the South Bend Tribune, Sheckler said hes chosen the second approach.

That hasnt gotten me invited to any barbecues, he wrote in an application to be part of ProPublicas new Local Reporting Network, but I believe Ive better served my readers with aggressive reporting on issues such as excessive force, the imperfect protective order system for domestic battery victims and policies on deadly high-speed police chases.

Sheckler and the South Bend Tribune are among seven applicants we selected to be part of our inaugural local reporting project. With support from a new three-year grant, were covering the salary and benefits of a reporter at each of these news organizations. The reporters will spend next year working on an investigative project in their home newsrooms and they will receive extensive guidance and support from ProPublica. Their work will be co-published by their home newsroom and by ProPublica.

They were selected from a pool of 239 applications and will cover a diverse array of topics, including conflicts of interest, housing, workplace safety, mental health and criminal justice.

The other reporters and newsrooms chosen to take part in the reporting network include:

  • Abe Aboraya, a health reporter at WMFE, an NPR affiliate in Orlando. Aboraya has covered the deadly shooting at the Pulse nightclub and produced an hour-long documentary and podcast on the health care workers who responded to the massacre. Aboraya has also looked at HIVs impact in Florida and how state budget cuts have reduced access to prenatal care.

  • Rebekah Allen, a reporter at The Advocate, based in Baton Rouge, La. She is a member of the papers small team of reporters focused on investigative projects and enterprise stories. Last year, she produced a three-pa...


Strong and shallow M6.5 earthquake hit State of Yap, Micronesia "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.5 hit the State of Yap, Federated States of Micronesia at 00:22 UTC on December 8, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 13.7 km (8.5 miles). Geoscience Australia is reporting M6.5 at a depth of 15 km...... Read more


The Tigers Mouth

Mary Rapley from Shipley, Sussex, arrived in Sydney at the end of August 1838. A nursery girl by calling, she had been convicted of shoplifting at the Sussex Quarter Sessions on 7 January and sentenced to seven years. Mary was one of 172 female convicts to arrive on the John Renwick, having left the Downs, off the


Lynette Daley death: Adrian Attwater and Paul Maris jailed for brutal attack donaldelley

ABC News Australia

Lynette Daley death: Adrian Attwater and Paul Maris jailed for brutal attack

8 December 2017


Lynette Daleys friends cheered in court as two men, who brutally raped the mother of seven and did not intervene as she bled to death, were sentenced.

In September a jury of 11 took just 32 minutes to decide that the men were guilty of the drunken attack on Ms Daley, her death and the ensuing cover up.

Adrian Attwater, 43, received a 19-year sentence, with a non-parole period of 15 years and three months, for the manslaughter and aggravated sexual assault of his girlfriend during a camping trip near Iluka on the New South Wales north coast.

An old photo of Lynette Daley with a pet dog.

Paul Maris, who was found guilty of aggravated sexual assault and hindering the collection of evidence, was handed a nine-year sentence, with a non-parole period of six years...


Geoffrey Rush files defamation suit against Daily Telegraph over inappropriate behaviour claims donaldelley

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ABC News Australia

Geoffrey Rush files defamation suit against Daily Telegraph over inappropriate behaviour claims

Geoffrey Rush has filed defamation proceedings against The Daily Telegraph, which published allegations the actor behaved inappropriately towards a female cast member in a Sydney Theatre Company (STC) play.

It is an action I am taking in order to redress the slurs, innuendo and hyperbole that they have created around my standing in the entertainment industry and in the greater community, he said.

The Daily Telegraph has made false, pejorative and demeaning claims, splattering...


Human Rights Law Centres Annual Report for 2017 News | Human Rights Law Centre

A message from the chair of the Human Rights Law Centre's board, Cathy Branson.

Dear friends,

As we celebrate Human Rights Day, Im delighted to launch the Human Rights Law Centres Annual Report for 2017 during our annual match-funding appeal.

This report outlines the concrete steps we have taken towards realising our vision of an Australia where the human rights that belong to every single one of us are universally upheld, promoted and enforced.

<< Download your copy of our 2017 Annual Report here >>

From the triumph of marriage equality, to stopping harm to children in prison, to highlighting the ongoing cruelty of Australias refugee policies, to defending protest rights, to action to tackle Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples over-imprisonment and much more, we have played a important role in defending hard won gains and securing genuine progress.

We simply cant achieve this success without the support of our partners and people like you.


I am proud to support the Human Rights Law Centre as a donor. Together with my fellow board members and sponsor organisations, I have committed to matching donations made during our Human Rights Week Appeal which ends today.

If you havent yet donated, I encourage you take advantage of this opportunity to have your impact doubled. 
If you have donated, thank you. The impact outlined in our Annual Report is not possible without you.
Cathy Branson
Chair of the Board
Human Rights Law Centre


Turnbull's video from Government House on gay marriage Michael Smith News

Turnbull has gleefully, joyously allowed this issue to dominate over the past few months. What a peanut. I think he'll find the warmth he's luxuriating in is as transitory as wee in a wetsuit. And the company he's kept, the agendas he's advanced have ripped his party to pieces. When...


Gandhi the philosopher "IndyWatch Feed World"

His doctrine of non violence was the culmination of a healthy intellectual life.  It was also revolutionary and it has worked over and over again because it produces resistance that cannot be answered properly with force.

He also has much to teach, not least in his progress because he was truly challenged by the world at large and not by an academe. 

Far too many try to forget his existence but they are lesser souls.

Gandhi the philosopher

Better known as the face of non-violent protest, Gandhi was also a surprising, subtle philosopher in the Stoic tradition

Was Mahatma Gandhi a philosopher? He would not have thought so himself. But I want to show that he was a model for philosophy in the philosophical subtlety of his accounts of non-violence and in his thinking on a vital kind of freedom. Gandhi was full of surprises: in his defence of concrete particularity in ethics when exceptionless rules cannot guide conduct; in his openness to views from other cultures; and in his exemplary response to criticism, which was welcomed, promulgated without being distorted, treated with disconcerting wit, and used to lead to a radical re-thinking of his own views.

Of course, Gandhi (1869-1948) is known for his belief in non-violence, which included, but was by no means confined to, non-v...


Here's Where the Aluminum from Vaccines Accumulates in the Body "IndyWatch Feed World"

Understand that our biology excludes aluminum as a matter of course, while it absorbs and uses many other elements.  It certainly does not tolerate it at all.  So why do be even considering injection? And how was mercury ever part of any such regime?

Slowly but surely the bad news is coming out and at the same time the whole vaccine meme is been more rigorously approached, but not before we have a gross gold rush that will surely maximize the number of actual victims.

The profound corruption in the pharmaceutical industry is ripe for massive reform surely coming..
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Here's Where the Aluminum from Vaccines Accumulates in the Body

When it comes to the most widely used adjuvant ingredient found within vaccines, aluminum, many questions have yet to be answered, particularly when it comes to where the aluminum goes after injection, an issue known as biopersistence.

One reason this question arises is because a causative role has been established in whats known as macrophagic myofasciitis (MMF) lesion in patients who have myalgic encephalomyelitis, or brain inflammation. 

Myalgia, arthralgia, chronic fatigue, cognitive dysfunc...


NNTT registration of contested Adani land deal to be fought hard in Court by W&J "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Media Release

Brisbane, 8 December 2017. Traditional Owners of the Wangan and Jagalingou (W&J) Traditional Owners Family Council say they are troubled by the decision of the National Native Title Tribunal (NNTT) to register an Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) for Adani before a legal challenge to the ILUA scheduled for March 2018 can be heard in the Federal Court.

W&J representatives say they have never given consent or signed the ILUA and are not bound by it. The ILUA was rejected by W&J again at a claim group meeting only days ago.

Representatives of the native title claim group have filed an application in the Federal Court for an injunction against Adani and the Queensland Government, to restrain them should they attempt to use the registration of the ILUA to extinguish their native title, under its terms, before their challenge is resolved in the courts.

Wangan and Jagalingou (W&J) Traditional Owners Council Spokesperson Adrian Burragubba said, We expected the Native Title Tribunal to tick the boxes and register Adanis sham land use agreement. It is still subject to a legal challenge in March 2018 and we will pursue this and seek to reverse any decisions that are made in the meantime.

Our lawyers are immediately writing to the state government and are urgently pursuing an injunction. Our legal team have prepared for the eventuality that the tribunal would place the ILUA on the register.

The tribunal knew th...


New JFK Files Inadvertently Reveal Smoking Gun "IndyWatch Feed World"

New JFK Files Inadvertently Reveal Smoking Gun | jfk_files | CIA Sleuth Journal Special Interests US News


By George Cassidy Payne | 

If the American intelligence community intended to suppress any file that would appear as a smoking gun to JFK assassination researchers, they made a blunder when they released a curious memo from the CIA to FBI that says a senior reporter at Cambridge Evening News was told to call the American embassy for some big news. The call was placed anonymously and came 25 minutes before the murder of JFK. Apparently the memo regarding this call came from CIA Director of Plans, Richard Helms, and was presumably sent directly to J. Edgar Hoover. The British Secret Service, or MI-5, had determined that the tip was made.

Why was this document kept secret for 54 years? If it was a routine memo about an oddly timed phone call, then just release it to the public during the Warren Commission. What has changed to make this document less of a national security risk? The answer: nothing.

Could it be that the document is dangerous to the CIA and FBI because it establishes foreknowledge of the assassination? Who made the call?

This story sounds familiar. Remember Jane Standleys live report on BBC Worldnews when she started reporting that 7 World Trade Center had collapsed about 23 minutes before the building actually came down? As video of the news network s live broadcast on September 11 reached the world, the skyscraper (also known as the Salomon Brothers Building) was still standing and clearly visible over the shoulder of the reporter.

Considering that this building was not hit by any plane, the governments explanation that it collapsed due to structural damage is implausible. Since 2001, thousands of architects and engineers across the world have said that it was unquestionably brought down by a controlled demolition.

Why did a news reporter announce the fall of a 47 story skyscraper 23 minutes before it actually came down? To this day, WTC Building 7 has never received an adequate explanation, and this mishap turned out to...


Andrew O'Keefe leaves 7's Sunrise "to spend more quality time with family". Michael Pell "Australians have woken up to his style". Michael Smith News

Channel 7 needed a separate media release to carry O'Keefe's fawning, self-serving "spending more time with the family" paragraph. The one that comes after "Andrew made the decision to step away" and "focus on other projects". Sunrise Executive Producer Michael Pell - perhaps with tongue firmly in cheek - put...


NSW Liberals light up the Sydney Opera House over same sex marriage Michael Smith News

It's now "marriage equality law", even to a Liberal Party minister. A tiny minority of people will benefit. A significant minority of people are staunchly opposed. But that's not the party line. Turnbull, Shorten and others have dropped their promises of protection for religious freedom now that they have what...



Last year, a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that people working in agriculture including farmers, farm laborers, ranchers, fishers, and lumber harvesters take their lives at a rate higher than any other occupation.

The data suggested that the suicide rate for agricultural workers in 17 states was nearly five times higher compared with that in the general population.

After the study was released, Newsweek reported that the suicide death rate for farmers was more than double that of military veterans. This, however, could be an underestimate, as the data collected skipped several major agricultural states, including Iowa.

Rosmann and other experts add that the farmer suicide rate might be higher, because an unknown number of farmers disguise their suicides as farm accidents.

READ MORE: Doctor Speaks Out: The Link Between Factory Farming & Out Of Control Diseases In The US 

The US farmer suicide crisis echoes a much larger farmer suicide crisis happening globally: an Australian farmer dies by suicide every four days; in the UK, one farmer a week takes his or her own life; in France, one farmer dies by suicide every two days; in India, more than 270,000 farmers have died by suicide since 1995.


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Thatcher Warned that the Euro was the Backdoor to Federalization of Europe "IndyWatch Feed World"


QUESTION: Hi Team Armstrong,
I read your fascinating blog regularly since watching The Forecaster in early 2015.
In todays posting Soros Throws In The Towel there must be a unfortunate misprint?
That was the coup against Margaret Thatcher who really wanted to take Britain into the euro ? (Illustrated with a picture of PM at the time, John Major)
I have always been under the impression that Mrs T was fiercely against the joining the ERM which would facilitate adopting the eventually.

However John Major have always been, and still is a keen EU/ supporter.
I hope you dont find my pondering over this annoying in any way.
All the best and keep up the good work !


ANSWER: Terribly sorry, the wording is not clear. It was the coup against Maggie who wanted to give up the pound and adopt the euro, not Maggie.


The Shifting Trends in Germany "IndyWatch Feed World"

QUESTION: Hello Martin,
Thank you very much for opening my eyes to what is going on in the world. As you well know the public here in Germany is not informed about any problems concerning pensions, banks, economy or trade whatsoever, so most of the people I have spoken to are convinced that we have never done better. Everyday news report on the forming government since the elections.

My first question is: will the Eurozone be in worse trouble than the European countries not belonging to it if I understood right they can debase their currencies & thus make their goods cheaper. Or shall the worldwide distrust in banks ruin any trade advantages?

My second question concerns my great WORRY, as Im not a German native, that when the things get worse the foreigners might not be as welcome as they are now. Would it then be better to leave the EU & go back to ones home country (in the Balkans) or is this idea completely nuts?

Thank you in advance. I hope Im not taking up too much of your time. Do keep informing those who are ready to listen what to do & when YOU ARE THE CONSCIENCE OF THE WORLD!!!!

All the best

ANSWER: Yes I am well aware of what is going on. I appeared on a TV show there and the most curious thing took place. There was a girl who came in dressed in jeans. She appeared to be part of the camera crew, but she was just listening to me. She was not actually working. When I was done, she walked out of the high-security facility, hopped on a scooter, and drove off. She was there to monitor what I would say about government. The same in France. I have been in Europe this week for meetings, both public and private. I have probably spent at least 1/3rd of my life in Europe.

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2017 UK UAP files release - the 1990 Tornado incident Unidentified Aerial Phenomena - scientific research


This is the fifth in a series of posts, drawn from material to be found in the 2017 release of UAP files by the United Kingdom government. As previously mentioned, I am not intending to provide a comprehensive catalogue of the contents of the files, I will leave UK researchers to do that. There are particular aspects of the files, namely certain documents, which have caught my attention, and this is what I am writing about. This post concerns a sighting by the pilot of a RAF Tornado aircraft on 5 November 1990, which at first glance, appears highly intriguing.

The report

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An 'unclassified' telex/teletype dated 6 November 1990 is to be found on file DEFE 24/3127/1 page 182. It is from RAF West Drayton to MODUK AIR, subject 'Aerial Phenomena.' It reads:

'A. 5 Nov 1990
B. One large aeroplane (shape). 5 to 6 white steady lights. 1 blue steady light. Contrails from blue area.
C. In the air. M.C. 6 area. Fl270 YPENBURG
D. Naked eye
E. Heading 100 degrees same alt Fl270
F. Into our 12 o'clock
G. One quarter mile ahead
H. Steady
J. N/k
K. N/k
L. Working Dutch Mill radar
M. [Redacted} 2 AC SQN
N. Nil
O. 2 others from Laarbruch
P. Other info. Aircraft was under Dutch mil control. UFO appeared in our right hand side same level. We were travelling at Mach point 8. It went into our 12 o'clock and accelerated away. Another 2 Tornadoes seen it and possible identified it as a stealth aircraft.'

More detail

On pages 171-174 of the same file, there is an expanded, more easy to understand summary of the sighting. This is included as part of a 'Loose Minute' dated 30 October 2000 to DAS4a1(Sec), responding to D/Sec(AS) 64/3/5 dated 25 Sep 00, titled 'Information on Air Defence matters.'

'3. A Tornado aircraft, probably one of a formation of 3GR1s, (1) was conducting a routine eastbound transit from an airfield in UK to Laarbr...


Piperlongumine might have therapeutic potential for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Inflamm Res. 2017 Nov 8. Epub 2017 Nov 8. PMID: 29119225 Abstract Title:  Piperlongumine inhibits the proliferation, migration and invasion of fibroblast-like synoviocytes from patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Abstract:  OBJECTIVES: Recent studies have indicated that piperlongumine (PLM) may exert anti-inflammatory effects. In the present study, we determined the effect of PLM on the proliferation, apoptosis, migration and invasion of fibroblast-like synoviocytes (FLS) from patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) (referred to herein as RA FLS). We further explored the mechanisms by which the studied compound inhibits the functions of RA FLS.METHODS: RA FLS viability and apoptosis were tested using MTT and Annexin V/PI assays, respectively. We performed an EDU assay to examine the proliferation of RA FLS. The migration and invasion of these cells were measured using a transwell chamber method and wound closure assay. The MMP-1, MMP-3, and MMP-13 levels in the culture supernatants of RA FLS were detected using a Luminex Assay kit. The intracellular ROS levels were detected using DCFH-DA. The expression levels of signal transduction proteins were measured using western blot.RESULTS: We found that PLM induced apoptosis in RA FLS at concentrations of 15 and 20 M. The proliferation of RA FLS was downregulated by PLM at concentrations of 1, 5 and 10 M. Migration and invasion of RA FLS were reduced by PLM at concentrations of 1, 5 and 10 M. PLM also inhibited cytoskeletal reorganization in migrating RA FLS and decreased TNF--induced intracellular ROS production. Moreover, we demonstrated the inhibitory effect of PLM on activation of the p38, JNK, NF-B and STAT3 pathways.CONCLUSIONS: Our findings suggest that PLM can inhibit proliferation, migration and invasion of RA FLS. Moreover, these data suggests that PLM might have therapeutic potential for the treatment of RA.

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MACKAY West Mackay woman admits to defrauding employer CrimeView

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Ana Rebecca Bola, 29, faced Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday, pleading guilty to fraud by an employee. She ripped off Money3 Mackay to the tune of $8820 between January 31 and September 27. Bolas barrister Phillip Moore, of the Australian Torres Strait Islander Legal Service, asked for an

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MACKAY Man hit road four times legal limit to buy cigarettes CrimeView

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Man hit road four times legal limit to buy cigarettes

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Shannon Craig Ryan faced Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday pleading guilty to his fourth time drink driving, on November 18. Ryan also pleaded guilty to driving his new Husqvarna trail bike without a motorbike licence, registration or insurance. Magistrate Mark Nolan said it was extraordinary

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MACKAY Armed robbery accused to stay behind bars CrimeView

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Armed robbery accused to stay behind bars

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A SLADE Point man has been accused of robbing two businesses with weapons in the Mackay region last week. Joshua Lucas Muller, 26, faced Mackay Magistrates Court in custody on Thursday, charged with armed robbery on November 30 at Mackay and December 1 at Farleigh. Its alleged he fled

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These results suggest eugenol as a potential chemotherapeutic agent against human lung cancer. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Thorac Cancer. 2017 Oct 12. Epub 2017 Oct 12. PMID: 29024500 Abstract Title:  Tumor suppressive roles of eugenol in human lung cancer cells. Abstract:  BACKGROUND: Eugenol, a natural compound available in Syzigium aromaticum (cloves), is exploited for various medicinal applications. Eugenol induces apoptosis and functions as an anti-cancer drug in several types of tumors. We investigated the tumor suppressive role and potential mechanisms of eugenol in human lung cancer cells.METHODS: Human embryonic lung fibroblast MRC-5 and lung cancer adenocarcinoma A549 cells were incubated with or without various concentrations of eugenol for 24hours. Cell counting kit 8 and crystal violet staining assays were performed to detect cell viability. The cell migration and invasion abilities were also determined by wound healing and transwell assays. Finally, Western blotting assay was performed to examine the changes in lung cancer cell viability and invasion of downstream targets after treatment with eugenol.RESULTS: Eugenol could inhibit cell viability in lung cancer cells. Furthermore, eugenol obviously impaired cell migration and invasion. Finally, the expression levels of phosphate-Akt and MMP-2 in lung cancer cells were reduced after treatment with eugenol.CONCLUSION: Our results demonstrated the tumor suppressive roles of eugenol on lung cancer cell proliferation, migration, and invasion partially through the PI3K/Akt pathway and MMP activity in vitro. These results suggest eugenol as a potential chemotherapeutic agent against human lung cancer.

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Australian Stock Exchange Will Become Worlds First to Adopt Blockchain "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

As the worlds financial institutions experiment with Blockchain tech, Australias leading stock exchange is first to announce they will implement the technology.


Men jailed over Lynette Daley rape, death National News Echonetdaily

Lynette Daley, who died on a beach near Iluka after a violent sex scene with two men the DPP refused to prosecute. Photo supplied

A man who was found guilty of the sexual assault and death of Lynette Daley on a remote NSW beach has been jailed for at least 14 years and three months while his friend, who joined in on the sex act, will spend at least six years and nine months behind bars.

Ms Daley, 33, died from injuries sustained in the violent sex act with her boyfriend Adrian Attwater, 43, and his friend, Paul Maris, 47, on a drunken 2011 Australia Day camping trip to Ten Mile Beach near Iluka.

A jury in September found Attwater guilty of manslaughter and aggravated sexual assault and Maris guilty of aggravated sexual assault and hindering the discovery of evidence.

At the NSW Supreme Court in Coffs Harbour on Friday, Justice Elizabeth Fullerton sentenced Attwater to 19 years in jail with a non-parole period of 14 years and three months.

Maris was sentenced to nine years jail with a non-parole period of six years and nine months.

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The Wire interview on Trump moving US embassy to Jerusalem Antony Loewenstein

US President Donald Trumps decision to move the US embassy to Jerusalem is unsurprising and clarifying. It proves, once and for all, that Washington will only do the bidding of the Jewish state.

I was interviewed on Australian news program The Wire about the move:

Access and ownership of Jerusalem have been a hot issue for decades after its occupation by Israel. Peace talks have stalled multiple times and Donald Trump has thrown a spanner in the works once more.

The US President recently announced his intentions to move the US Embassy into Jerusalem from Tel Aviv. Which has caused condemnation from other political leaders and protests in the streets.  The consequences of his actions could be felt for years.

W&J make demands of new Labor Govt on Adani "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

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Traditional Owners fighting Adani make demands of new Labor Govt

New Queensland polling released showing support for mine delay


Brisbane, 8 December 2017. With the announcement of a new majority Qld Labor government, and with the National Native Title Tribunal set to decide today whether to register Adanis sham Indigenous Land Use Agreement, the Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners Council have presented a clear set of demands.

Wangan and Jagalingou (W&J) Traditional Owners Council Spokesperson Adrian Burragubba said, Our fight to protect our country and heritage will continue until Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk acknowledges that we are the people from that land, and Adani does not have the consent it requires from us for this destructive mine.

We call on the Palaszczuk Government to stand up for our rights and not the interests of Adani. We have written to our more than 100,000 supporters in the wider community this morning, asking them to press the Premier and Deputy Premier to demand that the returned Palaszczuk Government

  • acknowledge that Adani and the Queensland Government do not have the consent of W&J Traditional Owners for the Carmichael mine
  • remove Queenslands signature from Adanis contested Indigenous Land Use Agreement
  • rule out extinguishing Native Title to allow Adani to proceed, even if the ILUA is registered by...


Giant ocean fans to protect the Great Barrier Reef! "IndyWatch Feed World"

"Air-conditioning" of The Great Barrier Reef begins soon To calm a few panicking people, the Australian Government will pay for large fans to circulate water on a minuscule portion of the 2,300 kilometer long Great Barrier Reef. The reef creatures, which have been coping with higher temperatures and bleaching for two hundred million years, will hopefully avoid the moving parts. Marine life adapts to heatwaves by chucking out the symbionts that don't thrive in higher temperatures and replacing them up new inhabitants that do. If the fans achieve anything, it may stop this natural process (called Symbiont Shuffling) thus possibly making small sections of the reef more vulnerable to future heatwaves and El Ninos. Who knows? Mark this one up as a pagan symbolic idol that symbolizes our grandiose delusions of weather-control.


Pastor Murray Averill of Nexus Church, Everton Park, Brisbane (formerly Northside Christian Church) has been sacked by his church donaldelley


A reader made this comment on this, my personal blog-site today.

I know nothing of Murray Averill, his father Lloyd or Nexus Church.

If you can enlighten me and my readers further, please could you provide feedback in the comments box at the bottom of any article on this site

Readers comment of today:

Heres a scoop for you Don. Pastor Murray Averill (Nexus Church, Everton Park, Brisbane (formerly Northside Christian Church) has been sacked by the church. Last sunday was his final service. He was sacked for being a bully, autocratic, and he appears to have upset the wrong people for too long. The church recently offered Murray the role of pastor with no administrative powers, but he refused. He wants the power. He was a bully and tyrant both as the principal of the school (Northside Christian College) and the church. He is best buddies with Brian Houston (best men at each others weddings), so naturally Brian stepped in to try to help save the job, to no avail. Murray is the son of the equally power hungry and corrupt Lloyd Averill.
I would prefer my name etc be kept from this, these people are dangerous, I have experienced their corrupt nasty tactics in the past, and have no energy to deal with their campaign to crush the little people. But thanks to sites like yours we have a voice.



WP Editor Makes Admission About Trump "IndyWatch Feed World"

Washington Post Editor Makes Stunning Admission About Trump

December 05, 2017

Source: Total Conservative

The Obama White House famously promised to become the most transparent administration in history, but over the next eight years, it turned that promise in its head, obfuscating the (adoring) media to the point where the Associated Press was running articles about the unprecedented restrictions. In 2013, the APs Nancy Benac slammed the Obama administration for obsessively promoting only the best, most perfectly-produced photos and videos in an unseemly effort to paint the First Family in shimmering tones of golden beauty at all times.

At the same time, she wrote, it is limiting press access in ways that past administrations wouldnt have dared, and the president is answering to the public in more controlled settings than his predecessors. Its raising new questions about whats lost when the White House tries to make an end run around the media, functioning, in effect, as its own news agency.

Though most in the Washington media felt this way about the Obama administration, they nonetheless treated it as a freedom-shattering turn of events when President Trump exercised much the same level of control over his messaging. Indeed, Trump did take it a step further, preferring to go straight to Twitter with the majority of his public messages rather than see them filtered through the DC establishment media.

On the other hand, Trump has pulled back much of the access curtain that Obama had drawn across the White House, and thats something that rarely gets the attention it deserves from the mainstream media.

This week, it didif only briefly. At the Poynter Ethics Summit, a figure no less than Washington Post editor Marty Baron admitted that press access had actually improved under the Trump administration.

Its not like we had a love-fest with the Obama administration, Baron said. We tried for two years to get an interview. We do better with the current president in terms of access than the last one.



Qld LNP concedes defeat, Nicholls resigns National News Echonetdaily

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk is expected to visit Governor Paul De Jersey to declare she can form a government this afternoon. Photo AAP Image/Dave Hunt

Tim Nicholls has finally conceded defeat in the Queensland election and stood down as Liberal National Party leader, nearly a fortnight after polls closed.

Mr Nicholls called Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk on Friday morning to officially concede defeat.

The Premier is expected to visit Governor Paul De Jersey to declare she can form a government this afternoon.

However, a spokesman for the premier said Ms Palaszczuk will wait until the Electoral Commission of Queensland officially declared Labor has won the 47 seats needed to form a majority before making the trip.

With the vote count tight across most of the state, the LNP said it would only concede once it had no chance of claiming victory.

But with the ECQ set to declare the winners of the final handful of seats in state parliament today, the LNP now admits it has no path to victory.

Its on track to pick up 39 seats to Labors 48, which would give Labor a slim two-seat majority.

Mr Nicholls will also stand down as LNP leader, with a party room meeting to be held next Tuesday to determine who will lead the LNP into the future.

In a statement released on Friday, Mr Nicholls said he was proud of the campaign his team had run, but it hadnt got them over the line.

While the result is disappointing for the thousands of LNP supporters, the MPs who did not hold their seats and the candidates who were not elected, everybody should be proud of the campaign we ran, Mr Nicholls wrote.

I pay homage to each and every volunteer who helped our campaign and to those who stood on polling booths, delivering our positive message until the end.

Its not known whether Mr Nicholls will resign from parliament entirely, although in the statement he thanked the people of his electorate of Clayfield for re-electing me for my fifth term.



The New York Times Admits That Harvey Weinstein Was A Member Of An Elite Group That The Mainstream Media Wouldnt Touch "IndyWatch Feed World"


Harvey Weinstein is a sexual predator who was among an elite group protected by both Hollywood and the mainstream media because of his connections.

It is no secret that success in life can often stem from who you knowbut while the connections you make may be willing to vouch for your character in some instances, would they continually work to protect your reputation by suppressing the truth and ignoring dozens of allegations of sexual assault?

In the case of elite moguls like Harvey Weinstein, the answer is yes.

The women who have come forward about their encounters with Weinstein have told stories of a sex-obsessed Hollywood producer who used his ability to give them a role in a movie that would launch their career as an excuse to sexually assault them. But it was not just Weinsteinhe had an entire team behind him, enabling his behavior.

In a lawsuit accusing Weinstein of violating sex-trafficking laws, British actress Kadian Noble claimed Weinstein enticed her to come up to his hotel room to discuss a possible role in a movie.

When Weinstein began touching Noble, and she indicated that she was uncomfortable, she said he put her on the phone with a producer from his company. The producer told Noble that she needed to be a good girl and do whatever he wished, and if she did, then they would work with her further.

However, Harveys protection extended beyond The Weinstein Company. According to a report from The New York Times, Weinstein held the coveted title of F.O.P or Friend of Pecker, which signaled his close friendship with David Pecker, the chief executive of American Media Inc. who is responsible for publications such as the National Enquirer, Star, Sun, Weekly World News and Globe.

In addition to avoiding negative press from the magazines and tabloids owned by his friends, the Times also claimed that many of the journalists who covered stories about Weinstein sought his approval, and they often negotiated book and movie deals with him in the process of covering stories about him.

Weinstein held off press scrutiny with a mix of threats and enticements, drawing reporters close with the lure of access to star...


Australian Gun Laws & Anti-Self defence laws leave Citizens At Risk! Australian Survival and Preppers..

Humane Right to Armed Self defence???
The right of self-defense (also called, when it applies to the defense of another, alter ego defense, defense of others, defense of a third person) is the right for people to use reasonable force or defensive force, for the purpose of defending one's own life or the lives of others, including, in certain circumstances, the use of deadly force.[1]
If a defendant uses defensive force because of a threat of deadly or grievous harm by the other person, or a reasonable perception of such harm, the defendant is said to have a "perfect self-defensejustification.[2] If defendant uses defensive force because of such a perception, and the perception is not reasonable, the defendant may have an "...


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Studies Show Husbands Stress Women Out More Than Their Kids "IndyWatch Feed World"

Its a pretty common joke shared among couples with children when asked how many children a mother has to take care of, she often includes her husband, the biggest child in the family. Is this just a fun-loving joke, or is there some truth behind this statement?

A recent survey conducted by TODAY reveals that not only can most husbands be considered another child in the family, they are statistically MORE stressful than their children!

The TODAY Moms survey included responses from more than 7000 mothers across the United States, asking them to answer questions about their stress level and the causes of stress that they face on a daily basis. Their answers provided an interesting insight into the lives of Moms across the country.

Photo by Jenn Evelyn-Ann on Unsplash


It is no surprise that American mothers reported a high-stress level on average. Required to wear many hats throughout the course of their day, these superwomen manage to act as a wife, mother, teacher, doctor, taxi driver, maid, chef and more. Their days are filled with making sure their kids get to school on time, packing lunches, checking homework, laundry, shuttling their children to after-school activities, fixing owies and scaring away the monsters from under the bed. At the end of the day, the average American mother rates her stress level to be at 8.5/10.

The most surprising part of the study is where, exactly, the stress in a mothers life comes from. Approximately 46% of the mothers questioned reported that it wasnt their children   it was their husband!

Thats right, when the data was collected and the comparison made, it was the husbands that were found responsible for the stress that moms across the country were facing. This begs the question what is it that husbands are doing to stress out their wives?

The biggest complaint that mothers had was the lack of responsibility their partner was taking on in the household. This includes the lit...


Belarus greater spotted eagle migration online "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

This video is called Juvenile Greater Spotted Eagle in Qatari Farm, February 2016.

From BirdLife:

4 Dec 2017

Fly with Greater spotted eagles!

By Anna Trofimtchouk

Eight Greater spotted eagles tagged in southern Belarus started their autumn migration in September. Now you can watch them online!

Where do birds go in winter? as children, all of us probably asked our parents this question. Now, thanks to the wonders of modern technology, the answer is but a click away. This year, APB-BirdLife Belarus invites you to fly alongside not one, not twobut eight Greater spotted eagles throughout their autumn migration.

This is part of a new Estonian-Belarusian project to fill the knowledge gap in the ecology and protection of this globally threatened species.[1] The project has two main objectives: firstly, to investigate migration routes, wintering areas, and both per-day and per-season activity information (with the help of satellite transmitters); and secondly, to establish how often hybrid couples of Greater spotted eagle and Lesser spotted eagle can be found in Belarus, using genetic methods.

All over the map

Belarus, after Russia, is the second most important country in the world for Greater spotted eagles with some 120-160 pairs. This summer, a group of Estonian and Belarusian ornithologists caught and tagged eight adult Greater spotted eagles with GPS-GSM satellite tags in several Belarusian IBAs (Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas), including the Mid Prypiac reserve and Belavezhskaia Puschcha national park.[2] The data for all eight birds is now available on APBs website which is regularly updated with the most recent movements. We can see now that our feathered friends have already reached their wintering grounds in Greece, Turkey, Egypt and Sudan.

Picking favourites

Each bird has a name and i...


Australia catches up with history, legalizes same-sex marriage "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The Australian parliament voted overwhelmingly yesterday to legalize same-sex marriages, becoming the 25th country to do so. This reverses an atrocious decision in 2004, at the same time as the height of anti-gay sentiment in the US, to specifically say that marriage was only between a man and a woman.

The lower house passed marriage equality with almost all members of the governing Liberal-National Coalition joining Labor, the Greens, and crossbench MPs in a free vote to pass the bill which cleared the Senate last week without amendment.

The only no votes were Coalition MPs Russell Broadbent, Keith Pitt, David Littleproud and independent MP Bob Katter.

The speaker of the House of Representatives, Tony Smith, declared the vote carried, since fewer than five MPs opposed it, triggering a standing ovation from the parliamentarians and public gallery.

For thousands of same-sex couples who have already married in countries including New Zealand, Canada, Britain and the Netherlands, their marriages will be recognised automatically when the bill gets royal assent from the governor general in mid-December.

An amusing footnote is what will happen to a married couple, devout Christians of course, who said in 2015 that they would get divorced if same-sex marriage was legalized because well, they had reasons which I cannot be bothered trying to understand but presumably is rooted in the idea that their god does not like it. It seems that they are now hedging their bets and refusing to answer questions. They have clearly not heard of that famous piece of advice that one should never make a threat that one is not willing and able to carry out.


A Pizza Problem: Why Those Third Party Polls Dont Pan Out "IndyWatch Feed World"

(Garrison)  According to a recent survey conducted by NBC News and GenForward, 71% of millennials believe America needs a third political party. That sentiment varies with race, sex, and current party affiliation, but  holds strong majorities in every demographic.

Theres nothing particularly new here. In every presidential election, pluralities or majorities say theyre willing to vote for or interested in seeing a third party candidate. In between, pluralities or majorities proclaim the need for a third party.

That excites third party activists like me (Im a long-time Libertarian). But in election after election, the actual voting returns Republicans and Democrats to Congress and  the White House.

Why? For part of the answer, consider pizza toppings.

According to a 2011 Point of Sale survey by Brian Roemmele, pepperoni accounts for 36% of topping orders. That leaves 64% as a different topping market which could presumably out-sell pepperoni.

But theres a problem: Customers dont agree on what that different topping should be.  14% order sausage, 11% prefer mushrooms, 8% just want cheese. Tomatoes, peppers, and anchovies account for 2% each. 64% of customers want something other than pepperoni on their pizzas. But they dont want the SAME something.

Think of the Republicans and Democrats as the pepperoni of politics and consider the fact that in politics, when a bunch of people put in their various orders (that is, vote in an election), only the pizza with the most popular topping actually gets made. Everyone else goes hungry.

Many, maybe most, Americans want a third political party. But some of them want it to be a party of the left and some of the right, while still others want a centrist party or are obsessed with different sides of single issues (like abortion or guns or drugs).

Plurality or majority support for a generic third party in principle is not the same thing as plurality or majority support for a specific third party in the voting booth.

In practice, most voters who say they want a third party end up voting Republican or Democrat, or just not voting. Why?

Perhaps they cant find a third party they agree with any more than they agree with the Democrats or Republicans.

Or maybe they find a third party they like, but  fear-mongering supporters of the lesser evil variety of pepperoni convince them that their preferred party cant win and that the greater evil p...


23 Surprising Uses for Baking Soda that Everyone Should Know "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Are you looking for a safe, natural alternative for your household cleaning? Good news, the answer is incredibly cost-effective and likely sitting in your pantry right now. Baking soda, or sodium bicarbonate, is made from soda ash, otherwise known as sodium carbonate. This naturally occurring powder contains chemical and physical properties that make it incredibly effective around the house for cleaning, deodorizing, buffering, baking and even putting out fires.

Using Baking Soda as a cleaning agent isnt a new trick. In fact, it has been found to date back to the Ancient Egyptians in 3500 BCE who used it both in their cleaning efforts as well as to help dry out bodies for mummification. It wasnt until 1846 that the well-known brand Arm & Hammer was created.

There are some tips that have been widely accepted here in the United States. For example, since 1872 Americans have been told to store a box of baking soda in the refrigerators in order to keep food looking and smelling fresh, however, there are many more uses for this miracle substance.


Source: Return of Kings

Try these 23 household uses for baking soda:

#1 Clean Dentures, Retainers and Mouthpieces

Create an oral appliance soak by mixing 2 teaspoons of baking soda into a glass or bowl of warm. This will loosen any food particle and neutralize odors from use.

#2 Soothe Bug Bites

We have all experienced it at one time or another, bug bites can be incredibly itchy and uncomfortable. Baking soda, when applied directly to the bite, can help to soothe the spot and relieve these effects.

#3 Deodorant

There has been growing awareness the dangerous list of chemicals in commercial deodorants, many of...


Newcastle Anglican Diocese had do-nothing approach to child sex abuse claims, royal commission finds donaldelley

There are interesting and challenging video interviews in this ABC Australia article on-line

ABC News Australia

Newcastle Anglican Diocese had do-nothing approach to child sex abuse claims, royal commission finds

8 December 2017

The royal commission into child sexual abuse has found powerful paedophiles in the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle were operating under weak church leadership.

Thursdays report follows another into the national Anglican Church which found that every church diocese in the country, bar one, had received complaints of child sexual abuse in the past 35 years.

The commission looked at alleged child abuse, bullying and cover-ups within the Newcastle diocese, producing a report of more than 400 pages just on the Newcastle Anglicans.

It has found former Newcastle Anglican Bishop Roger Herfts response to abuse was weak, ineffectual and noted a failure of leadership.

It added that there was a do-nothing approach in the diocese in response to child sexual abuse allegations.

Former Bishop Herft quit as the Anglican Archbishop of Perth in December last year after damning evidence about his leadership came to light.



Go and get married, PM celebrates gay win National News Echonetdaily

Same-sex couples will be able to marry from early January once the governor-general signs off on new marriage equality laws.

Sir Peter Cosgrove will give the laws royal assent on Friday morning when he is visited by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in Canberra.

Before that an elated Mr Turnbull has been encouraging his fellow Australians to start making wedding preparations.

It is a big Australian hug for all same-sex couples, saying we love and respect you, now go out there and get married, he told the Seven Network.

Mr Turnbull described the postal survey as a game-changer for the issue, now resolved after years of debate.

He criticised Labor for not progressing the matter when in office but said the victory now belongs to the whole parliament.

The passage of the laws would not put religious freedoms at risk or traditional marriage, he insisted.

People that think gay people making a commitment is is a threat to her marriage fails to realise that the real threat is lack of commitment, Mr Turnbull said.

A clearly emotional attorney-general shared a drink with Labor senator Penny Wong after the vote to celebrate.

To see the galleries of the House of Representatives just explode spontaneously was something that was unforgettable, Senator George Brandis told ABC radio.

Of all the things Ive done since Ive been in parliament I think this is the one that will be most consequential.

The new laws cleared parliament unchanged on Thursday evening after a marathon debate lasting 56 hours and despite a push from conservative MPs for additional religious protections.

Only four MPs in the House of Representatives voted against the private bill, a week after the legislation was agreed to by the Senate.

Labor leader Bill Shorten said the new law spoke for a modern, inclusive and fair Australia.

Same-sex couples will be able to lodge formal intentions to wed from Saturday allowing them to marry from January 9.

Gay couples who tied the knot overseas will have their unions officially recognised as soon as the laws gain royal assent.

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Ursula Haverbecks Fate and Why Aussies Should Freely Discuss Holocaust Revisionism Gumshoe News

Ursula Haverbeck (photo renegade tribune)

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

Ursula Haverbeck, age 89, lost her appeal last week and is expecting to be jailed for her demand that Germans be provided with specific information about the 1940s Holocaust. Germany, France, and other nations have a law forbidding citizens to miminize the Holocaust as it insults the dead and/or incites racial violence.

In 2009, Adelaides Dr Fredrick Toben was held in contempt of court for refusing to delete offensive things from his website. I submitted an amicus curiae brief. It was rejected by the judge on the grounds that Tobens counsel could have said the same things. I print it here as public domain in case anyone wants to use it in a similar case.

My brief has nothing to do with Auschwitz and does not mention the content of the case a...


Scott Morrisons economic pep talk hides the truth about Australias economy The Pen

Contributed by Joe Montero

The latest National Accounts released November provided Australias treasurer Scott Morrison with an opportunity to hype up the economy, himself and his government.

It has long been par for the course for treasurers to tell us everything is going great guns. In this vein, Morrison crowed that Australias economic growth has accelerated, risen from 1.9 percent to 2.8 percent through this year, suggesting that Australia is back up towards the top of the pack for major advanced economies.

Besides the claim that Australia is one of the major advanced economies is over stating it, by a long shot, the assertion of economic growth is fundamentally wrong. Critics, including myself, may have for some time been lampooning the notion that Australias economy is performing well. This is not merely a bad mouthing exercise. There is good reason for it. Something systemically wrong and this is not changing.

A distinction must be made between economic growth on paper and real economic growth. Economic growth on paper measures the change in the level of investment or economic activity overall. Real economic growth measures the coming into being of value that had not existed before. There is a tremendous difference between the two.

Secondly, where the investment is going is important. The National Accounts say that 18 percent of new investment has gone into non-residential construction. The accuracy of this is questionable. Even if this was not the case, there is no boom in manufacturing. New construction has bot involved much in the way of building new factories. Perhaps this is about building new shopping centres. But retail sales have been stagnant for some time. This leaves offices. For what? Is this about speculative activity, lifting the quantity of unused offices? There may be some economic growth in this, but is it good?

These points are made to highlight that everything may not be as it seems and to point out that the quality of investment is vitally important. When investment is based on what is not good for the economy or society, it should be distinguished from positive growth. Damage or the environment should be factored in. These impose costs that should be subtracted form the overall gains. Another factor that should be considered  is that changing ownership of existing assets does not contribute to real economic growth. It only does so when it contributes to an increase of new value.

What do we mean by value? This is important too. Basically, this measures an increase in the quantity and usefulness of those things that we use up to give us our lifestyle. If there is no increase in these, there is no real economic growth.

Of course, Scott Morrison does not make this distinction.

Another claim made by the treasurer is that profits are up. Again, this is a paper claim. This is not qu...


Parents Charged and Arrested for Walking Their Kids to School "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Our years in elementary school brings back memories for all of us. Vivid memories of the first day of school, holding our parents hand and wondering if the other kids will like us, or fretting about the correct answer to the homework that was assigned to us. Through it all, our parents were there to... View Article

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Embracing the Winter Solstice As A Bridge to New Beginnings "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

As you all may know the winter solstice is well on its way. For the Northern Hemisphere, it is on Thursday, December 21st.

For anyone who did not know the winter solstice marks the first day of winter according to the astronomical calendar. That being said, the meteorological winter has already been underway since December 1st. The winter solstice will mark the longest night and shortest day of 2017.

To be a little more exact the day of the winter solstice will be about 5 hours and 50 minutes shorter than the summer solstice. According to the NOAAIn the Northern Hemisphere, it occurs when the sun is directly over the tropic of Capricorn, which is located at 23.5 degrees south of the equator and runs through Australia, Chile, southern Brazil, and northern South Africa. The Northern Hemisphere is tipped at its furthest point away from the sun when the winter solstice takes place.



Chances are you wont really notice much of a difference in general but the sun will be at its lowest. It will seem as if the day flew by considering how dark it gets so quickly. During this solstice, there will be some new energies coming about but I dont think they are anything to be too worried about. If anything they are a bridge to something spectacular. Allow this time to shift your perspective to something new.

December is full of the beauty of Light and love we can bring into our life.You can chose to be stressed or you can choose to let the small stuff go and be peaceful this Holiday season.

It really is a choice you make. 
 Eileen Anglin

Some may not even notice a change in energy, while others could be extremely affected by it.  If you notice this energy becoming too much for you remember to stay grounded and protect your own personal energy. During this time you will want to leave behind any and all emotional baggage that has been weighing you down.

I find that smudging white sage during this time is so much more intense and fulfilling. The winter solstice is something to celebrate and embrace not something to hide...


PERTH WA Police uncover counterfeiting operation making faking $50 notes CrimeView

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charged with one count each of making counterfeit money, possessing instruments for counterfeiting; possessing materials used for counterfeiting and knowingly utter. A woman also found at the South Perth address was released without charge. The man appeared in the Perth Magistrates Court today .


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PERTH Alleged counterfeiter charged in Perth CrimeView

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the man and a woman with equipment allegedly used to counterfeit money. Officers seized 100 partly complete $50 notes worth $5000 along with a laptop, printer and tools along with templates, dyes and paper. The 36-year-old Thornlie man will next appear in Perth Magistrates Court on January 12. .


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PERTH South Perth: man charged with counterfeit money offences after police search CrimeView

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South Perth: man charged with counterfeit money offences after police search .

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A 36-year-old man has been charged with counterfeit money offences after a police search of a residence in South Perth. Detectives had identified and linked a number of incidents in the Perth metropolitan area involving counterfeit Australian $50 notes. Police conducted a search on the South Perth .


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Protests Planned Nationwide as Vote on FCCs Catastrophic Plan to Kill Net Neutrality Looms "IndyWatch Feed War"

by Jake Johnson, from With the FCC set to vote on chairman Ajit Pais plan to kill neutrality in just over a week, a diverse coalition ranging from consumer protection organizations to progressive lawmakers to Harvard professors is denouncing the FCCs proposals and scheduling nationwide protests to combat the agencys move to let massive telecom companies cash in on the internet at the expense of consumers. Ajit Pai may be owned by Verizon, but he has to answer to Congress, and lawmakers have to answer to us, their constituents.Evan Greer, Fight for the Future This is the free speech fight of our generation and internet users are pissed off and paying attention, Evan Greer, campaign director of Fight for the Future, said in a statement. Ajit Pai may be owned by Verizon, but he has to answer to Congress, and lawmakers have to answer to us, their constituents. Since Pai revealed his plan to gut net neutrality rules just before Thanksgiving, public outrage has continued to groweven as corporate media outlets have


Decemmber 8 On This Day in Australian History Our Great Southern Land

1789 James Ruse was a chuffed chappie when he reaped the first harvest on Government Farm at Parramatta.

1801 Flinders explored and charts King George's Sound (later Albany) in Western Australia.

1838 During the Myall Creek trials The Australian newspaper reported that one of the jurors remarked:
I look on the blacks as a set of monkeys, and the earlier they are exterminated from the face of the earth the better. I would never consent to hang a white man for a black one. I knew well (the settlers) were guilty of the murder, but I for one would never see a white man suffer for shooting a black.

1839 Rev. James Gunther wrote in his journal;
We had 14 Young men & elderly boys at Church, also, many Natives, besides about the Establishment. It is pleasing, after all, that however much they wander, they again & again come back to the Mission and seem to consider it their home. - Mr W. being poorly I officiated both times. A certain neighbouring Gentleman, who bears J.P. behind his name, sent, to day, a Black woman to attend Church, dressed in a theatrical & ridiculous style, mens clothes, and with his own, handsomely, bound, Bible & Prayer-book in the hand. Had she come into the Church door, it would, no doubt, have caused laughter with some & thus a disturbance. But fortunately Mrs G. saw her before she had proceeded so far, and kept her in her room, as she was obliged to stay at home. When I came from Church Mrs G. pointed her out to me, and, happily, another Magistrate who had been at Church, just called in, so when we presented the theatrical figure. He was shocked, and said, he would give the Gent a strong reprimand, and I requested him to tell him, if he did so again, I should certainly take some steps against him.

1855 Ballarat was proclaimed a Municipality.

1888 Mr J.T Williams leapt from a hot air balloon over Sydney....and proceeded to demonstrate the amazing powers of the parachute.
At least....we hope the chap remembered to sling one on his back...

1888 The village of Gilgandra (NSW) was proclaimed on this day.

1899 George St in Sydney was beside itself with the comings and goings of the new electric tramway sliding its length.

1909 Lady Dudley got on the blower and called a meeting at Govt House in Melbourne from which lead the formation of the legendary Bush Nursing Service.

1910 Geelong, Victoria was declared a city.

1934 Imperial Airways extended its airmail service to Australia.

1941 The Kiwis and Aussies declared war on Japan.

1941 War returned to Broome the day after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbour. Australia instantly joined America in declaring war on the Japanese and almost immediately, all pearling ac...


Ten years of failed Northern Territory Intervention The Pen

Cathy Gill wrote the following for the Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney. As the opening line says, the Collective will be holding a public forum to today, concerning the injustice of the governments intervention First Nations communities in the Northern Territory. The purpose is to highlight highlighting the harms that this has caused and the need to address them.  The Forum is taking place at the Redfern Community Centre, 29-53 Hugo Street and beginning at 5.30pm.

On Friday 8th December in Redfern, Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney (STICS) will host a public forum Human Rights: Where are they? Ten years of failed Intervention featuring two strong First Nations voices from the Northern Territory and other speakers from the eastern states.

Ten years ago, the Howard Government imposed the Northern Territory Intervention on thousands of Aboriginal people. In the absence of prior consultation, the Commonwealth imposed income management, seized control of Aboriginal lands and suspended the Racial Discrimination Act. On this week of International Human Rights Day it is timely for all Australians to reflect on our brothers and sisters in the Northern Territory.

Yolngu Nations Assembly Spokesperson, Yingiya Mark Guyula, Member for Nhulunbuy NT Legislative Assembly, tabled a statement by a large number of Eminent Australians in the NT Parliament during this years Anti Poverty Week.

The statement demands the repeal of the intervention policies, some of which became harsher with its extension of the Stronger Futures Legislation in 2012.   It calls for an end to the 10 years of severe control measures, which it says, are a stain on the Australian nation. Controls, it states, have accelerated child removal, suicide, and ...


Mysterious 'skyquakes' continue around the world with few answers to their origins "IndyWatch Feed World"

Across the world, the sky is quaking with mysterious, explosive booms leaving residents rattled and baffling experts trying to determine their origins. More than 64 different incidents involving loud, unexplained booms worldwide have been reported in 2017, according to a recent NY Post report. The most recently reported skyquake in the U.S. occurred near Daytona Beach, Florida, on Dec. 3, prompting nearby residents to search for answers on social media. Birmingham, Alabama, residents experienced a similar event last month, which local media dubbed the "Bama Boom." The "Bama Boom" occurred on Tuesday, Nov. 14, around 1:30 p.m. local time, according to Fox News.


Tropical Pacific reaches La Nia levels "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The Australian Bureau of Meteorology has raised its ENSO Outlook to La Nia, indicating that the tropical Pacific has reached La Nia levels. Climate models suggest this La Nia will be weak and short-lived, persisting until early southern...... Read more


NY Times report reveals Weinstein backroom deals with journalists to avoid negative press "IndyWatch Feed World"

It is no secret that success in life can often stem from who you know-but while the connections you make may be willing to vouch for your character in some instances, would they continually work to protect your reputation by suppressing the truth and ignoring dozens of allegations of sexual assault? In the case of elite moguls like Harvey Weinstein, the answer is yes. The women who have come forward about their encounters with Weinstein have told stories of a sex-obsessed Hollywood producer who used his ability to give them a role in a movie that would launch their career as an excuse to sexually assault them. But it was not just Weinstein-he had an entire team behind him, enabling his behavior. In a lawsuit accusing Weinstein of violating sex-trafficking laws, British actress Kadian Noble claimed Weinstein enticed her to come up to his hotel room to discuss a possible role in a movie. When Weinstein began touching Noble, and she indicated that she was uncomfortable, she said he put her on the phone with a producer from his company. The producer told Noble that "she needed to be 'a good girl and do whatever he wished,' and if she did, then 'they would work' with her further." However, Harvey's protection extended beyond The Weinstein Company. According to a report from The New York Times, Weinstein held the coveted title of "F.O.P" or "Friend of Pecker," which signaled his close friendship with David Pecker, the chief executive of American Media Inc. who is responsible for publications such as the National Enquirer, Star, Sun, Weekly World News and Globe.


Prayer and Meditation for Friday, December 8, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed War"

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Lectionary: 689

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Peter Paul Rubens with Jan Breughel I, The Fall of Man (Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden) Flemish, c. 1615. The Hague, Mauritshaus Museum

Reading 1 GN 3:9-15, 20

After the man, Adam, had eaten of the tree,
the LORD God called to the man and asked him, Where are you?
He answered, I heard you in the garden;
but I was afraid, because I was naked,
so I hid myself.
Then he asked, Who told you that you were naked?
You have eaten, then,
from the tree of which I had forbidden you to eat!
The man replied, The woman whom you put here with meC
she gave me fruit from the tree, and so I ate it.
The LORD God then asked the woman,
Why did you do such a thing?
The woman answered, The serpent tricked me into it, so I ate it.
 Artist Nicholas Burdykin
Then the LORD God said to the serpent:
Because you have done this, you shall be banned
from all the animals
and from all the wild creatures;
on your belly shall you crawl,
and dirt shall you eat
all the days of your life.
I will put enmity between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and hers;
he will strike at your head,
while you strike at his heel.The man called his wife Eve,
because she became the mother of all the living.

Responsorial Psalm  PS 98:1, 2-3AB, 3CD-4

R. (1) Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelo...


US incapable of shooting down North Korean nuclear weapons "IndyWatch Feed World"

At a Nov. 6 press conference with US President Donald Trump, Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe was asked if Japan would respond to North Korean missile launches by shooting them down. "I could just take a piece of the Prime Minister's answer," Trump interjected, "He will shoot them out of the sky when he completes the purchase of lots of additional military equipment from the United States. He will easily shoot them out of the sky, just like we shot something out of the sky the other day in Saudi Arabia." But Trump was wrong: The US can't easily shoot down missiles like the one North Korea tested yesterday, which are designed to launch nuclear weapons. The Saudi military did intercept a missile using a US-made Patriot missile defense system, but it was a medium-range missile moving at far slower speeds than a nuclear warhead launched by an inter-continental ballistic missile. Stopping a nuclear ICBM is a much more difficult challenge, one that the US has struggled with since the Cold War, spending hundreds of billions of dollars to come up with a system of sensors and missiles called GMD, or Ground-based Midcourse Defense. The premise is simple: Once the US detects a missile launch with a variety of radar systems, it will shoot its own interceptor into the sky. After the enemy nuclear warhead separates from its rocket booster, a defensive interceptor, or "kill vehicle," separates from its own booster and attempts to crash into the warhead. Executing this maneuver during a roughly twenty minute window against a warhead moving faster than the speed of sound is extremely difficult in practice.


Flesh-eating ancient 'marsupial lion' species discovered in Queensland, Australia "IndyWatch Feed World"

Scientists have discovered a strange new species of marsupial lion in northern Australia. The fearsome predator has been extinct for at least 18 million years. The animal was uncovered by a team of Australian scientists who analyzed fossilized remains of its skull, teeth and upper arm bone, all found in the Riversleigh World Heritage Area of remote north-western Queensland. The team, from the University of New South Wales, published their findings in the Journal of Systematic Palaeontology and named the strange creature 'Wakaleo schouteni' in honor of palaeo-artist Peter Schouten. Wakaleo schouteni was a meat-eating, marsupial, predator that roamed Australia's rainforests some 18 to 26 million years ago. It's estimated to be as big as a medium-sized dog, weighing about 23kg (51lb), according to the study.


So far in 2017, 20 Gaza medical patients have died waiting for Israeli exit permits "IndyWatch Feed War"

Haaretz: 20 Gaza patients died waiting for Israeli exit permits
MEMO 4 Dec Since the start of this year, 20 Palestinian patients from the Gaza Strip died due to an Israeli ban on their travel, Israeli newspaper Haaretz has revealed.  The Israeli newspaper cited rights groups reports noting the unjustified increase of the Israeli trend to prevent issuing exit permits for patients. Haaretz reported the case of four-year-old Yara Bakheet who vomited frequently for an entire week and became dehydrated. After a series of tests in the European Hospital in Gaza, doctors told her mother that she suffers from a heart disease. She was granted a medical transition report to Al-Maqasid Hospital in East Jerusalem where she should have been treated. The family prepared the needed documents and applied for an Israeli permit to leave the Strip, they were told that Israeli intelligence agency Shin Bet would need to approve the application. This it did, however only for the child and not for her mother. As a result, the family applied for her grandmother to apply and have her application approved. Yara travelled to Jerusalem, received the first part of her treatment then returned to Gaza. Israeli occupation forces did not allow her to leave the Strip again to continue her treatment and she later died as a result.
WHO report  According to the World Health Organisation, in June 1,920 applications were made for exit permits by patients. The international body says 951 of those applications were approved, 20 were refused and 949 (49.4 per cent) went unanswered by the date of the hospitalisation or treatment. The number, according to WHO, included 222 children and 113 elderly people According to Haaretz, the international medical body said that since start of 2017 until September, 43.7 per cent of 20,000 applications did not receive responses, 2.9 per cent were rejected for security reasons and 53 per cent were approved with 75 per cent travelling to the West Bank and East Jerusalem. It said that 20 per cent of the applications which did not receive responses were for children and eight per cent for elderly persons.

Gazas isolation takes a toll on medical patients
GAZA (CNN) 4 Dec by Ian Lee...


Big Brother isn't just watching at work, surveillance software can track your every move "IndyWatch Feed World"

How can an employer make sure its remote workers aren't slacking off? In the case of talent management company Crossover, the answer is to take photos of them every 10 minutes through their webcam. The pictures are taken by Crossover's productivity tool, WorkSmart, and combine with screenshots of their workstations along with other data - including app use and keystrokes - to come up with a "focus score" and an "intensity score" that can be used to assess the value of freelancers. Today's workplace surveillance software is a digital panopticon that began with email and phone monitoring but now includes keeping track of web-browsing patterns, text messages, screenshots, keystrokes, social media posts, private messaging apps like WhatsApp and even face-to-face interactions with co-workers.


Today in OpenGov: Im not a lawyer, but "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

In today's edition, Donald Trump Jr. cites attorney-client privilege, more than half the Senate supports e-filing their campaign finance reports, France asks for feedback on open source software use by government, and more. 


Donald Trump Jr. Image credit: Gage Skidmore.
  • Donald Trump Jr. refuses to answer House Intelligence Committee questions, citing attorney client privilege. "Donald Trump Jr. on Wednesday cited attorney-client privilege to avoid telling lawmakers about a conversation he had with his father, President Donald Trump, after news broke this summer that the younger Trump and top campaign brass had met with Russia-connected individuals in Trump Tower during the 2016 campaign. Though neither Trump Jr. nor the president is an attorney, Trump Jr. told the House Intelligence Committee that there was a lawyer in the room during the discussion.." (POLITICO)
  • Congressional investigations probe 2016 European travel by Trump team for Russian links. "Congressional investigators are scrutinizing trips to Europe taken last year by several associates of President Donald Trump, amid concern they may have met with Kremlin-linked operatives as part of Russias interference in the 2016 presidential election." (POLITICO
  • Mueller Deutsche Bank subpoenas target Trump associates, but not Trump family. "Deutsche Bank AG provided records to special prosecutor Robert Muellers investigation after receiving a subpoena several weeks ago, according to a person briefed on the matter. Those records pertain to people affiliated with President ...


A Life in the Day Sunday Times, 26th November 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

On the occasion of the publication of Talking To My Daughter about the Economy: A brief history of capitalism, the Sunday Times published this interview, in the context of their series A Day in the Life of Apologies for the lifestyle-like style and content

  • Best advice I was given A statistics professor told me: Say what will happen or when it will happen. Never predict both as youll end up with egg on your face
  • Advice Id give To be moderate, you have to constantly subvert the dominant paradigm
  • What I wish Id known That the worst enemy lies within your own camp

Born in 1961 in Athens, Varoufakis, 56, served in Greeces government as the minister of finance during the 2015 bailout crisis, before resigning in protest over austerity measures. He has a flat in Athens and a villa on the island of Aegina, which he shares with his wife, Danae Stratou, an artist, and her two children. Varoufakis has a daughter with his first wife. He is the author of several books on the global economy.

Rising early is the only way I can work. I wake at 5.30am and put the coffee machine on. By the time its ready, Ive finished my press-ups: three sets of 80. Ive been doing them for 50 years.

Before I get to my desk, my Labrador, Mowgli, and I have a big hug. I bite him, he bites me.

Then, for two or three hours, Ill write intensively, the equivalent of a whole days work. In my most recent book, I wrote to my 12-year-old daughter about capitalism. My personal tragedy is Ive never lived with Xenia. She lives in Australia with her mother, and so the clocks always ticking: counting down when were together, or until were together. As a child, she would fall asleep as I read her bedtime stories on Skype, but this book brought me closer to her without a ticking clock.

After I...


CNN Glorifies White Allies Who Want To Police Your Insensitive Facebook Comments "IndyWatch Feed World"


CNN published a glowing and totally uncritical article Wednesday on a group that aims to be your white allies on Facebook.

White Nonsense Roundup is composed of 100 self-declared white allies who rush to relieve people of color from the emotional labor of engaging with a persons racist or racially insensitive thoughts, according to CNNs puff piece.

CNN described the group as roadside assistance for social media debates youre tired of having.

A person of color can request the assistance of White Nonsense Roundup simply by tagging the group in heated debates and letting one of the white allies interject themselves into the social media quarrel.

The group apparently has some really big fans. Its inspiring. I really appreciate the work that theyre doing and I steadily promote them, Kevin Tillman, an educator in Oakland, California, told CNN. Tillman says he uses the services of these white allies on an almost daily basis.

When I saw the (White Nonsense Roundup) post, thats when I was like, Phew, finally somebody white who gets it someone willing to carry the burden of racism, raved violinist Chenoa Alamu.

The inspiration for the group came from the public debate surrounding the police shooting of Philando Castile in 2016, according to one of its founders.

I think, as white people, we are taught that intentions are all that matters, White Nonsense Roundup co-founder Terri Kempton told CNN. We think that if our hearts are in the right places and we consciously doubt racism, were good to go. So that was a light-bulb moment to me, where I didnt think intentions are enough.

Kempton works as a college instructor.

The volunteers for the social media police force say they often see the same kind of problematic statements when arguing with other white people. These include: Im not racist because I dont see color, Cultural appropriation isnt real, I dont have white privilege because of [x], Why is it always about race? and All Lives Matter.

CNN described the last statement as particularly thorny.

If you are hoping to join White Nonsense Roundup, you have to go through a pretty rigorous screening process. There are no training wheels for potential volunteers, CNN reports.

In order to become a certified white ally, you have to submit your social media history and answer four problematic comments in a firm but......


NSA Security Breach "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Overnight, Australias Parliament Legalized Same-Sex Marriage (Trevin)

After passing in the Senate last week (43 votes to 12) and being endorsed by 62 percent of the population as recorded by a government-commissioned postal ballot the bill passed in the House of Representatives Thursday with a majority that wasnt challenged, although five lawmakers registered their opposition.

Tensions Are Rising, Not Falling, in Catalonia (Dan)

Coverage of Catalonias separatist movement has dwindled. Yet things are heating up as a Spanish judge has withdrawn an international arrest warrant for separatist leader Carlos Puigdemont. But dont mistake this move as a calming of tensions. Rather, the judge wants to make sure separatist leaders are punished strictly for their actions, something Brussels cannot ensure.

Social Security Fraudster Caught in Honduras (Reader Steve)

Kentucky lawyer Eric Conn, whose social security scheme would have cost taxpayers $550 million, was caught in Honduras last week. Heres the story of the capture.

Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st Century Economist (Jimmy)

The author writes, No one can deny it: economics matters. Its theories are the mother tongue of public policy, the rationale for multi-billion-dollar investments, and the tools used to tackle global poverty and manage our planetary home. Pity then that its fundamental ideas are centuries out of date yet still dominate decision-making for the future.

Brexits Next Hurdle (Dan)

Prime Minister Theresa May recently made headlines by agreeing to a cash payment to the European Union for Brexit. Many in the UK viewed this as embarrassing and, possibly, reason not to leave the EU. Then the stance of the remainers was strengthened by yet another hurdle for Brexit: conflict over the Irish border.

Republican Tax Bill is an Act of Violence (Jimmy)

The authors......


As Potential Funding Troubles Mount, Adani Meets Chinese Ambassador "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Although its unclear what was discussed, the meeting comes days after Chinas two top banks said they would not fund the companys controversial coal mine in Australia.

Luo Zhaohui, Chinese ambassador to India, with Adani Group chairman Gautam Adani (left). Credit: Chinese embassy.

Luo Zhaohui, Chinese ambassador to India, with Adani Group chairman Gautam Adani (left). Credit: Chinese embassy.

New Delhi: Adani group chairman Gautam Adani on December 6 met with Chinese ambassador to India Luo Zhaohui, days after it was reported that Chinas two top banks said they had no plans to finance the companys controversial coal mine in Australia.

Although its unclear what was discussed, the Chinese embassys website stated that they exchanged views on strengthening economic and trade cooperation between both countries.


Congratulations Australia! "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

In these times of bad news, it is great to some time hear good news and there is good news out of Australia.

Australia has become the 25th country to recognize  and legalize same-sex marriage.

Thursday, 07 December


Denzel Washingtons Latest Presents Two Choices For Race Relations And Life: Revenge Or Reconciliation "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

This review includes major plot spoilers.

To protest or not to protestthat is the question of Denzel Washingtons latest project, Roman J. Israel, Esq. The film challenges us with whether it is nobler to sufferand to forgive real and perceived injusticeor to take up arms at possible racism at every turn. Israel (Denzel Washington), as a hapless, overweight, savant defense attorney puts this question to us all.

The film opens focused a document that reads, Roman J. Israel, Esq. vs. Himself in the Universal Court of All Humanity. Only at the end do we fully understand what is afoot. The question put simply: Is the answer to our racial woes an overwhelming protest of oppressed over the oppressor, or is it forgiveness and genuine reconciliation?

From this question, the film can be apprehended in two manners. One, it could indeed be true that to correct the sins of our history the once-oppressor may simply have to submit and become the subject of the once-oppressed. It may be true that the system in place must be destroyed so genuine justice can prevail. On the other hand, the picture presents its audience with a weighty and lingering question: had Israel simply played by the rules in a few key instances, the justice he sought his entire life could have begun to come to fruition.

Is It Better to Take Up Arms, O Israel?

This question avails itself to the audience throughout the film. For instance, is George Pierce (Colin Farrell), the lawyer who hires Israel after he falls on hard times, simply trying to exploit this black legal genius, or is Pierce trying to give Israel a real chance in the legal world, perhaps a chance of fulfilling his ultimate dream? Are Israels constant protests warranted, or is his persistent consternation actually harming his cause?

The film continues in this way and culminates in one of Israels ultimate protests of the system. After improperly plea-bargaining on behalf of one of the firms clients and being reprimanded by Pierce, Israel does the unthinkable in objection to Pierces reprimand. He exchanges privileged information on another of the firms clients for a $100,000 reward leading to an arrest in a murder case from local law enforcement.

Again, there are two ways to understand this. One is to say that Pierce was being unfair to Israel by limiting his power within the firm. Furthermore, it demonstrates that a black man cannot make it in the white, privileged system, so the only answer is to subvert the system and begin operating outside of it.

On the other hand, it could be equally argued that Israel is looking a gift horse in the mouth. In Pierces law firm, Israel earned a solid salary as a junior man. He was given the opportunity t...


What Supreme Court Justices Wanted To Know In Masterpiece Cakeshop Oral Arguments "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

As the arguments in the Supreme Court developed Tuesday, U.S. Solicitor General Noel Francisco and the attorney for Masterpiece Cakeshop owner Jack Phillips concentrated on the free speech issue. The U.S. Department of Justices brief in support of Phillips argued that Phillips position should be vindicated under free speech law and, for that reason, a ruling on free exercise was not necessary.

Justices Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor peppered Phillips attorney about how many artists are involved in weddings. Are hair stylists, cosmeticians, jewelers, and tailors all expressive artists? The attorney replied that only speech and something that is being communicated should be protected by the Free Speech Clause, to which Justice Stephen Breyer answered that all of the mentioned providers of wedding services think they are communicating something.

Francisco remarked that the law should allow some breathing space for a small group of individuals and not compel them to engage in speech at events to which they are deeply opposed. Otherwise, if the state of Colorado was going to be absolutist in its laws prohibiting discrimination in public accommodations, then there was no way to avoid forcing, for example, an African-American sculptor to sculpt a cross for an event of the Klu Klux Klan. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wondered how it was possible to keep any permitted breathing space narrow.

As for Points on Free Exercise of Religion

Arguing the free exercise issue was left to the attorney representing the state of Colorado and the attorney for the gay couple. The two attorneys were asked again and again to consider and respond to comparisons and hypotheticals. Justice Samuel Alito asked why the Colorado Civil Rights Commission had allowed other bakers to reject cake orders that criticized homosexuality but had disallowed Phillips refusal based on his religion.

Chief Justice John Roberts asked whether a Catholic organization that provides legal services to the poor could be forced to sue Masterpiece Cakeshop if so asked, and Colorados attorney said that if an organization is open to all comers and operating like a retail store, it could be forced to accept such clients. Alito said he had learned that some businesses write both vows and speeches for weddings. Could such a business be forced to provide such written expressions for a same-sex marriage? The couples attorney avoided answering the question.

The attorney for Colorado answered in the negative to a question concerning whether Masterpiece could affiliate with and refer customers to another cakeshop that provided cakes for same-sex weddings. Justice Neil Gorsuch wondered whether the comprehensive staff training the commission imposed on Phillips requires Phillips to speak in ways that maybe offend his religion and certainly co...


Ellen Pao warns: History will repeat itselfuntil all those responsible are held accountable "IndyWatch Feed World"

To mark the end of the year, Medium asked top politicians, tech leaders, entertainers, scientists, and writers to answer the question: What was the single word that mattered most this year in your field, and why? Ellen Pao, investment partner at Kapor Capital, chose Crossroads to highlight this defining moment, when brave women are sharing

To mark the end of the year, Medium asked top politicians, tech leaders, entertainers, scientists, and writers to answer the question: What was the single word that mattered most this year in your field, and why?

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British taxpayers money to terrorism in Syria "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

This video says about itself:


29 January 2017

Funded by UK Government, loyal to Erdogan, embedded in areas held by Nusra Front and ISIS, trained in Turkey.

By Lamiat Sabin in Britain:

Corbyn demands answers about aid reaching terrorists

Thursday 7th December 2017

JEREMY CORBYN has written to Theresa May demanding answers as to how foreign aid money ended up in the hands of sectarian armed groups in Syria.

The government has suspended the billion-pound Conflict, Stability and Security Fund (CSSF) after Mondays BBC Panorama programme reported allegations about money paid to contractor Adam Smith International (ASI).

The Labour leaders letter asks the Prime Minister why the Department for International Development awarded ASI this work after freezing other contracts earlier this year.

He asks when Foreign Office ministers became aware of problems and why no action was taken and whether funds were channelled to Egypt and the Myanmar mil...


Germany: SPD set to tackle grand coalition conundrum at party conference "IndyWatch Feed War"

Germanys Social Democrats face a dilemma. Should they form another grand coalition with Chancellor Angela Merkels conservatives? Many in the party are skeptical. A conference in Berlin is supposed to provide answers.

Sign for the SPD (Getty Images/M. Hitij)

The center-left Social Democrats (SPD) had been eagerly settling into their new role as Germanys largest opposition party. They had suffered a bitter defeat at the polls in Septembers national elections, and party leaders wanted to regroup outside of government. But the failure of exploratory coalition talks between Chancellor Angela Merkels conservative Christian Democrats (CDU), their Bavarian sister party the Christian Social Union (CSU), the business-friendly Free Democrats (FDP) and the Greens have thrust the SPD back into the spotlight.

Will they once again join Merkel as junior partners in a so-called grand coalition? It is the question SPD members are set to address Thursday at their party conference in Berlin. If they did, they would have a stable parliamentary majority, but many fear that it could also be the beginning of the end of the party.

Coalition conundrum

The SPD has already swallowed that bitter pill twice: They governed with the CDU/CSU from 2005 until 2009 and subsequently lost a huge number of votes during the next national election. Nevertheless, the Social Democrats tried their luck again in 2013, and voters were unforgiving: In this Septembers national elections, the SPD won 20.5 percent of the vote, the worst electoral showing in the partys 154-year history. It was a shock for the once-proud peoples party, which will now be meeting for the first time since the election.


MACKAY Update: Armed robbery charges, Coningsby and Beaconsfield CrimeView

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A 26-year-old Slade Point man has since been arrested and charged with two counts of armed robbery and is due to appear in Mackay Magistrates Court today (December 7). If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.

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Marsupial lion fossil discovery in Australia "IndyWatch Feed World"

Wakaleo schouteni, the new species of marsupial lion lived in Australia around 19 million years ago. Peter Schouten, Journal of Systematic Palaeontology

From daily The Independent in Britain:

Extinct kangaroo-like lion discovered in Australia

Fossil of dog-sized 19 million year-old marsupial reveals new insights into family tree of these ancient creatures

Josh Gabbatiss, Science Correspondent

Thursday 7 December 2017 01:14 GMT

The fossilised remains of a new species of marsupial lion have been found in Australia.

The predatory creature, named Wakaleo schouteni, is a relative of modern marsupials mammals like kangaroos and koalas that keep their young in pouches.

It is also closely related to the last surviving species of marsupial lion, Thylacoleo carnifex, which had enormous dagger-like fangs and the strongest bite of any known mammal species.

Though that species survived until around 30,000 years ago, it is thought that the arrival of humans in Australia may be linked to its demise.

This new lion is considerably more ancient. The scientists who discovered it estimate that it has been extinct for at least 19 million years.

It is also considerably smaller. While at 130 kg the larger marsupial lions could have been a real threat to our ancestors, this new species is around the size of a dog, weighing around 23 kg.



Australian Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce confirms marriage split donaldelley

Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce confirms marriage split

BARNABY Joyce has confirmed he has separated from his wife after rumours contributed to a dirty election campaign in New England.

Claire Bickers
News Corp Australia Network
DECEMBER 7, 2017

Barnaby Joyce confirms his separation in Parliament

BARNABY Joyce has confirmed he has separated from his wife after rumours surrounding the split contributed to a dirty election campaign in New England.

It was an almost casual mention when the Deputy Prime Minister today confirmed the rumours.

I acknowledge that Im currently separated, so thats on the record, Mr Joyce told Parliament.

He was joining the same-sex marriage debate and touching on the special relationship of wedlock.

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce has told Parliament he and wife Natalie have separated.

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce has told Parliament he and wife Natalie have separated.Source:Supplied

It seemed he felt he had to explain his own broken relationship in the process.

I didnt come to this debate pretending to be a saint, he said.

The rumours had been around for months and were unofficially highlighted during the New England by-election he won.

Mr Joyces wife Natalie was nowhere to be seen when he voted with his mother, when he claimed victory, or when he was sworn back into Parliament.

Barnaby Joyce after last weeks New England victory. Picture: Lyndon Mechielsen/The Australian

Barnaby Jo...


Barnaby Joyce Australian Deputy Prime Minister- details of his office affair that have led to his marriage demise donaldelley

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EXCLUSIVE: Embattled Deputy Prime Minister, Barnaby Joyce, has been conducting a clandestine sexual affair with a female staffer for up to 10 months this year while at the same time grandiosely lecturing the Australian public about how gay people wanting to get married threatens the institution of marriage.

Mr Joyce who is the leader of the Nationals party and has been Deputy PM since February 2016 has been loudly vocal throughout his political career about supporting traditional family values and hasnt been shy about foisting his conservative...



Juanita Broaddrick's comments on being excluded from Time Magazine's #MeToo piece Michael Smith News

Time magazine asked to interview me re: #metoo movement. The comments I gave were deemed of no value. I'd like to know why. Could it be I didn't fit in their liberal victim mold. @TIME Juanita Broaddrick (@atensnut) December 7, 2017 Juanita Broaddrick (born c. 1943) birth name...


Sheik Shady, The Mufti, Australia's Imams and the entire Muslim community (it's in the press release) condemn Trump, the US and recognition of Jerusalem Michael Smith News

This is a bit rich from the Muhammad-come-lately boys. Jerusalem has been run as The Jews HQ for about 3000 years. Muhammad came on the scene almost 2,000 years later. President Trump is only recognising a historical truth. As always in the Israel v Islam Survivor series - if the...


Barnaby Joyce confirms his separation from wife Natalie Michael Smith News

You'd not meet a lovelier person than Natalie Joyce. I'm very sorry and sad for the Joyce family. Barnaby Joyce separates from wife Natalie Claire Bickers, News Corp Australia Network 2-3 minutes BARNABY Joyce has confirmed he has separated from his wife after rumours surrounding the split contributed to a...


Another BBC report on Iraqi Jews omits the Farhud "IndyWatch Feed War"

The December 3rd edition of the BBC Radio 4 religious affairs programme Sunday included an item (from 16:05 here) described as follows in the synopsis:

The story of what happened to the last Jews of Iraq is the subject of a new documentary Remember Baghdad. Edward talks to David Dangoor about his great grandfather who was a former Chief Rabbi of Baghdad.

However, as was the case in a previous BBC World Service radio item on the same topic, listeners expecting to get an answer to the question of what happened to the ancient Iraqi Jewish community would have been disappointed. Presenter Edward Stourton introduced the item:

Stourton: The story of the last Jews of Baghdad is told in the documentary which is being screened in selected cinemas from tomorrow to mark the 100th anniversary of Britains seizing control of the city. It was one of the great world centres of Judaism from the days of Nebuchadnezzar right up to the 1940s and 50s. The f...


Centre Wants to Curb Peoples Power to Seek Information, Allege RTI Activists "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Union minister Jitendra Singhs suggestion that only those linked with an issue should be allowed to file an RTI application on it is being seen as an attempt to stifle the transparency movement.

Union minister Jitendra Singh. Credit: PTI

Union minister Jitendra Singh. Credit: PTI

New Delhi: Union minister Jitendra Singhs suggestion at the annual convention of the Central Information Commission on Wednesday (December 6) that a person who files an application under the Right to Information Act must have a connection with the issue has not gone down well with activists, who see the move as another attempt by the Centre to muzzle the information and transparency movement.

Speaking at the event held at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi, Singh suggested several ways of reducing the number of pending cases in the commission. To reduce pendency we can also devise a mechanism. Most of our information is already available on public domain, then why file an RTI. Many a times even Appointments Committee of the Cabinet orders have been put on the website even before they have reached the officer. Secondly, we can reduce at least those RTIs for which the answers have already been furnished. A former CIC said there are 36,000 RTIs that were pending, I said there were 36,003 as three had been filed about his appointment.

But what has irked the activists is his attempt at toying with the central theme of the RTI. Singh said in his speech that we should try to respect the spirit with which this law has been brought in instead of making it a nuisance. Maybe we should have a mechanism that if an RTI is filed, the person filing it should have something to do with the...


History is made as Australia says YES to marriage equality News | Human Rights Law Centre

The Australian Parliament has today made marriage equality a reality for all Australians. The Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Bill has passed the Lower House following a week of debate.

Anna Brown, Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre and Co-Chair of the Equality Campaign, said this was a great win for equality.

This is a historic day for the LGBTI community. A day where we saw equality, fairness and love win. A day when LGBTI couples in Australia were finally treated with the same dignity and respect when it comes to who they love. There will be joy and celebration in the new year as LGBTI couples all over Australia stand in front of their friends and families and say I do, said Ms Brown.

The Human Rights Law Centre were proud to play a pivotal role in ensuring the passage of the legislation to deliver marriage equality.

Lee Carnie, Lawyer with the Human Rights Law Centre, said it was a day of celebration for all who worked towards removing this discrimination against LGBTI Australians.

This victory is the culmination of more than a decades work by supporters of equality. Each and every person who has campaigned for equality, each Australian that stood up and voted yes, and, today, every member of Parliament from every major political party that voted in favour of equality, fairness and love, said Lee Carnie.

During the debate in the House of Representatives a raft of amendments were proposed which would have wound back existing discrimination protections for LGBTI Australians. The Bill passed unchanged.

LGBTI members from all major parties lead the charge on this debate. Our supporters in Parliament stared down efforts by religious conservatives to introduce new forms of discrimination against LGBTI people. When Australia voted yes, it was a yes for true equality for all Australians and not a licence to increase discrimination, said Ms Brown.

The world was watching our Parliament closely today. This day will be remembered as the day when Parliament said to LGBTI people that their love and relationships are not lesser than anyone else's. The LGBTI community has a long history of asserting and protecting our rights with resilience, and pride. From Stonewall, to Mardi Gras, today can now be added to the list of times when our community changed history, said Ms Brown.

For interviews or further information please call:

Michelle Bennett, Director of Communications, Human Rights Law Centre, 0419 100 519


MACKAY BREAKING: Detectives arrest man over Mackay armed robberies CrimeView

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No one was physically injured during either incident. A 26-year-old Slade Point man has since been arrested and charged with two counts of armed robbery and is due to appear in Mackay Magistrates Court today. Topics: armed robbery mackay court mackay crime mackay police screwdriver.

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Fair Australia literary prize Antony Loewenstein

In the last months, Ive been a judge on a great literary prize, Fair Australia, organised by Overland magazine:

What does a fairer world look like, and how do we get there? The Fair Australia Prize asks writers and artists to engage with these questions and imagine a new political agenda for Australia through fiction, essays, poetry, cartoons and art.

Many thanks to the 2017 judges Michalia Arathimos, Jennifer Down, Emma Kerin, Antony Loewenstein, Godfrey Moase, Jacinda Woodhead, Ellen van Neerven, Toby Fitch, Carina Garland, Sam Wallman, Cathy Wilcox and Sam Davis and to all the writers and artists who submitted entries this year. Note: the competition will reopen in 2018.

Overland, the National Union of Workers, the Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance, and the National Tertiary Education Union (VIC) are very pleased to announce the winning entries of this years prize, which will be published in Overlands final edition of the year, to be launched Monday 11 December in Melbourne.

The fine winner of the essay section that I co-judged:

Aussie Albert

A snapshot of Albert Namatjira is a window into the injustices befalling Indigenous Australians, who are still denied a voice in determining their destiny in contemporary Australia.

Julian Bull studied natural resources management and landscape architecture at the Universities of Adelaide and Melbourne. His numerous articles on landscape architecture, urban design and art have been published in Australia and overseas.


ABC puts Benjamin "hate-f*ck Andrew Hastie" Law on Radio National for a "sophisticated analysis of our culture" Michael Smith News

Radio National yesterday announced its lineup for next year. It includes Benjamin Law who'll be doing this: On Fridays, The Hub will present Stop Everything!, Beverley Wang, Benjamin Law and Dr Lauren Rosewarnes savvy, critical take on popular culture. Their conversations will be a sophisticated analysis of what our cultural...


Does the Push for Mass Vaccination Point Toward a Staged Bioterror Event? "IndyWatch Feed World"

Weve seen the signs. Ive been highlighting them. The infamous childhood mandatory vaccination law in California. Other states that are considering similar bills.

The lunatic push in Australia to outlaw medical exemptions from vaccination. The all-out campaign in the press, in various countries, to stigmatize people who defect from official truth about the safety and efficacy of vaccines.

On a larger stage, over the past 20 years, weve seen the promotion of fake pandemics demanding universal vaccination to ward off millions of deaths: SARS, West Nile, Swine Flu, smallpox, etc. All duds.

Now we have the boggling case of the University of Massachusetts, where two supposed instances of meningitis have triggered an immediate campaign (video 1, video 2) to vaccinate all 20,000 students against meningococcal B meningitis.

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Is Cognitive Training the Answer for Dementia? "IndyWatch Feed Health"

By Dr. Mercola

Could computer-based cognitive training reduce your risk for dementia? According to recent research, it might. The study, said to be the first-ever randomized controlled trial to demonstrate an intervention effective at reducing dementia risk, found a specially developed brain exercise program lowered the risk by 29 percent over the course of 10 years.1,2,3,4,5

The research was led by Dr. Michael Merzenich, professor emeritus at the University of California, who has pioneered research in brain plasticity for more than 30 years. I've included my previous interview with him, in which he discusses these principles, for your convenience. With regard to this latest study, The Guardian writes:6

"The training was designed to speed up people's visual information processing, for example by having them spot a car on a screen, and a truck on the periphery of their vision, at the same time. Those who are claimed to have benefited trained for an hour, twice a week, for five weeks, and some went on to have booster sessions at the end of the first and third years."

Too Early to Tell if Brain Training Is Effective Form of Prevention

The participants' cognitive ability was evaluated after the first six weeks, and again one, two, three, five and 10 years later. Participants who received memory training or reasoning training did not experience the same beneficial results. The benefit really appears to be limited to training that targets processing speed.

As noted by lead researcher, psychiatrist Jerri Edwards, "We need to further delineate what makes some computerized cognitive training effective, while other types are not." While the results are encouraging, the study does have its limitations. Science Alert explains:7  

"First off, t...


"Still And All..." "IndyWatch Feed World"

"Still and all, why bother? Heres my answer. Many people need 
desperately to receive this message: 'I feel and think much as you do, 
care about many of the things you care about, 
although most people do not care about them. 
You are not alone.
 - Kurt Vonnegut


Open the Door to the Universe With Cycles "IndyWatch Feed World"

QUESTION: You wrote: Once you begin to see the entire universe is governed by the 8.6 frequency, the doors to a hidden order spring wide open. What do you mean?

ANSWER: The journey of our solar system around the center which revolves as the earth does around our sun annually, takes 25,800 years which is three times 8.6. Now, one solar day is 24 hours. If we take that 24 hours times 60 minutes, we end up with 1440 minutes. Now multiply that by 60 seconds in a minute and we arrive at 86.400 seconds in a day. There is a lot more hidden order in this 8.6 frequency than meets the eye. The key to moving forward in our knowledge is to understand the significance of cycle frequency when absolutely everything has a frequency.

You can kill people with sound. The military has been developing weapons simply using sound waves. This video demonstrates that they can also repel mobs with simply a sound cannon. There were the sound weapons used in Cuba to attack US and Canadian diplomats and their families. This is a...


Prosecutor & Media Abuse of Power "IndyWatch Feed World"


COMMENT: Mr. Armstrong; I am sure you are aware of the sudden correction to the hyped stories by ABC and CNN that a confidant of Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn said that Flynn was prepared to testify that then-candidate Donald Trump instructed him to contact Russian officials. Of course, they twisted that directive when Trump had only instructed him to open a dialog with Russia to repair the damage of the Obama administration and not to interfere with the elections.

I purchased the DVD of the Forecaster from Amazon. OMG, what an eye-opener. The review of LA Weekly was amazing stating that your film is an espionage and duplicity thriller as serpentine and fascinating as a John le Carr novel. What you put out there how the United States interfered in the Russian election that resulted in Boris Yeltsin stepping down and how this put Putin into power exposes the hypocrisy of the Deep State. I bought 10 movies for Xmas gifts.

Thank you for surviving. I was told by another client of yours that everyone else around was killed.


ANSWER: Oh yes. Everyone surrounding this case was killed on the Safra side. Putin knew I refused to join that crowd. That is why they would never go to a trial. Can you imagine if this was ever to have been in a real open court that was honest? They were scared to death if I took the stand and exposed what was going on Behind the Curtain.

This is a standard operational procedure of always criminalizing anyone who is a threat to the powers that be. It is by no means limited to the United States. Germany is going after the former head of the AfD, Frauke Petry, to eliminate her from politics. France was doing the same to LePen. The EU was behind the coup to criminally charge Prime Minister Berlusconi to bar him from politics because he wanted...


Trump & Taxes "IndyWatch Feed World"

QUESTION: Do you support Trump increasing the debt by a trillion dollars? I thought you were conservative?


ANSWER: Well the first thing you have to do is get a grip on what is a reality. Governments around the globe borrow every single year with absolutely no intention of ever paying off their national debts. So what is the difference? If you think giving the money back to the people is wrong and it is better going out the back door for political contributions, then sorry, I oppose that.

There is no conservative v liberal when it comes to the debt. They all spend more than they take in and nobody cares about paying off the debts. So I do not care what political persuasion you are, we will end up at the same place when the dice stop rolling. BROKE!

I support cutting income taxes to ZERO. The government should just create the money it needs to cover its expenses. Lets get real here! All national debts, including Germany, show that on average 70% of the debt is just accumulative interest. So that is money out the back-door.

Rome never had a national debt and the first 500 years they existed by creating...


Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

1.00 AUD = 0.00004 BTC
0.00010 BTC = 2.45 AUD


Enough with the same old stories on jail rates how about improving the lot of the marginalised? The Stringer

The child prison population which is generally tagged as the youth or juvenile detention population will double by 2025. Nearly 1,000 children are incarcerated every night in Australia but by 2025 it will be 2,000 and the trajectory will increasingly steepen thereafter. Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territory will continue to incarcerate children []


A federation of white anxiety Overland literary journal

The Immigration Restriction Act of 1901 was designed to keep Australia white via the administration of a dictation test in any European language. Because no prior notice of the chosen language was given, the test was impossible to pass. Duttons test was not quite so blatant in its discriminatory intent, but the level of English it required (IELTS level 6) would nevertheless have excluded almost everyone other than native speakers.


Better than Santa, your IoT device will know whos naughty and nice Salinger Privacy

Best to peek carefully into your Christmas stocking this year, for Santa may have brought you more surveillance and security risks than you bargained for.

With the booming market for voice-controlled virtual personal assistant devices like Googles Home and Amazons Echo, and warnings from the former head of MI5 about hackable smart toilets (which, frankly, doesnt scare me quite as much as a hackable Boeing 757), the attention of regulators is finally turning to the impact of the Internet of Things (IoT) on our privacy and security.

When every little device can be connect to the internet, the questions include:

  • Will the device stop working if it needs a security patch? When I want a cup of tea, I want it now, not when my kettle has finished updating its software.
  • Will it be up to the consumer to check for, find and install security patches? A worldwide study of community attitudes towards the IoT found one third of people thought it was the consumers responsibility, while about the same number felt it is the responsibility of the manufacturer or retailer.
  • But what if the manufacturer doesnt even issue security patches will my smart fridge stop working if the manufacturer goes broke?
  • Can the device be remotely controlled by the manufacturer? What will prevent your garage door opener from being remotely disabled by the manufacturer because you left them a bad product review?  If Tesla can update your car wirelessly, can it also prevent you from driving somewhere you shouldnt be?  (And who gets to decide where a car should or should not be?)
  • Can your data be monetised by the manufacturer? Are you OK with your smart vacuum cleaner hoovering up your data along with your dirt, or your TV watching you?
  • In fact, were you even told about how your data might be used? A global sweep by Privacy Commissioners around the world found that...


Post a photo of Yassmin Abdel Magied without her head scarf and you could be fined $105,000 Michael Smith News

Publish a photo of Yassmin Abdel Magied without her head scarf and you could be fined $105,000 under new legislation Turnbull introduced yesterday. Yesterday communications minister Mitch Fifield and minister for women Michaelia Cash made this announcement: The Turnbull Government today introduced landmark legislation to prevent the sharing of intimate...


New report explains why European Commissions ISDS model is a wolf in sheeps clothing AFTINET

7 December, 2017: A new report titled A World Court For Corporations, published by European community and environment organisations, cautions that the Multilateral Investment Court (MIC) model being proposed by the European Commission will entrench corporate power, without changing the unfair power inequality in the investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) scheme.

ISDS is controversial, and widely opposed. The European Commissions own public consultation on ISDS showed 97% of respondents did not support ISDS. The MIC model is the European Commissions attempt to address this widespread dissent, through improving the system of arbitration. But despite procedural adjustments, the reports authors say the European Commissions MIC model does not change the rights of corporations to bypass domestic legal systems and use international tribunals to sue governments over domestic laws even if those laws are in the public interest.

The ECs MIC model does not change the investment law framework which places corporate rights above both domestic and international human rights laws. It would still undermine the ability of governments to regulate in the public interest, further entrenching the enormous market power of global corporations.  Put simply, institutionalizing ISDS on a global level will legitimize and entrench a parallel legal system designed to empower transnational corporations (p. 36).

The authors of the report set out an alternative solution for the EU (p. 37). Existing ISDS agreements should be cancelled and ISDS should be excluded from future trade and investment agreements. They say governments should instead prioritise the current negotiations for a legally binding United Nations treaty to regulate transnational corporations and other business enterprises.


What do we live for? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

What, then, are our values. And, were we completely honest about their provenance, how would we confess to having arrived at these values? I've tried your patience too often with my answers in this web space, so I'll leave the questions for your comments and discussion.


An Ivory Tower Plan To Build Ivory Tower Stadiums For The Big End Of Town New Matilda

The Berejiklian Governments plan to tear down and rebuild two major sports stadiums in Sydney at a cost of $2 billion has hit a nerve across NSW, writes Justin Field.

The decision has become a symbol of a State Government that has its priorities all wrong and the public are strongly expressing their displeasure.

A public petition calling on the Premier to revisit the decision and direct at least half the money into community sport or essential public services has attracted more than 100,000 signatures in less than two days and there is no sign of the public mood shifting.

Put aside the almost unfathomable question of why these stadiums, both less than 30-years-old, and one built less than two decades ago for the Sydney Olympics, already need replacing; the public response isnt just about the need, the value for money or whether or not we should have new modern sports and big event infrastructure. It has struck a nerve that runs much deeper in the NSW community, a frustration that the NSW Coalition Government is serving someones needs, but it just isnt ours.

Could it be that the budget surplus being squandered on these new stadiums has come off the back of electricity privatisations and the sale of our world class land titles office, and people are wondering why they are copping higher electricity prices and service cuts for some comfier seats at a stadium they can barely afford to go to?

Could it be that they are watching the Government throw billions in public money at the big sporting codes with multi-million dollar TV rights deals and alcohol and gambling sponsorships and they are wondering why they have to pay huge fees for local kids sport and run the sausage sizzle every weekend to raise money for new jerseys?

Could it be that they are seeing the Liberal Party boys club on the SCG Stadium Trust who are boasting about the new fancy VIP boxes they are going to get out of this deal and have realised once again that the vested interests, and the political connections that still run this state and the average person barely gets a look in?

The Government can run their bread and circuses strategy all they like but the public wont be conned that easily. They wont be bought off by a spectacle. They actually want the things broken in the city fixed, and they want the regions and rural NSW to stop being ignored when it comes to essential services and infrastructure.

The decision may have been made but the stadiums are still standing and the public campaign has given the Premier cover from the special interests, the big sporting code chiefs and media barons, and from Alan Jones (SCG Trust board member), to rethink the plan and to put that money to far better use.

If she doesnt there is going to be a couple of pretty big ongoing reminders for the people of NSW of how this Government once again put vested interests that run the Li...


Victorian Government told to stop routinely strip searching women in prison News | Human Rights Law Centre

Women in Victorian prisons are being regularly and routinely subjected to degrading strip-searches, a new report from the Human Rights Law Centre has found. 

The report, released today, calls on the Victorian Government to end the practice of routinely strip searching women, and includes:

  • Interviews with women who were previously imprisoned.
  • Data obtained through freedom of information laws showing that in one year around 12,400 strip searches were conducted on women, producing only 14 items of contraband, mostly tobacco.
  • Examples of jurisdictions, like the ACT and the UK, which only use strip searches as a last resort and when absolutely necessary, and rather employ modern technology, such as scanners and x-rays, to check for contraband.  

Ruth Barson, Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, said that the report shows that strip-searches are being used excessively, indiscriminately and harmfully.

The Government should end the practice of routinely and regularly strip searching every single woman in prison. It causes needless suffering. There are far more effective and less intrusive ways of checking for contraband. Being forced to remove every last item of clothing again and again, strips women of dignity and of hope. Wherever and whenever possible, women should be spared this trauma, said Ms Barson.

Women in prisons are currently strip searched on a routine basis: upon entry to the prison, when having a contact visit with family, support people or friends, when leaving the prison, such as to see a doctor, or when undertaking community work or attending court.

Vickie Roach, an Aboriginal woman and activist, who is a survivor of family violence and was previously imprisoned, said forcing women to strip-naked in front of two guards undermines womens sense of self-worth the very thing they need to rebuild their lives.

There is no evidence-base for strip searches. They only serve to degrade and humiliate and assert control over our bodies, our naked bodies. We should be helping women to heal, not harming them further, said Ms Roach.



Oakey residents are fighting toxic pollutants and for compensation The Pen

Contributed by Ugly

Residents at Oakey have been fighting an ongoing battle for recognition of the health damage, caused by contamination coming from the nearby air force base.

Oakey is a small town in Queensland 100 Kilometres west of Brisbane.

Government official have acted like heartless bastards, by failing to act to stop the threat and reusing to compensating those who have been affected, not only in regard to their health, but also because of the impact on incomes, due to the effect of contaminated land.

In response, locals have come together to stand up for themselves. One outcome is a class action of about 480, who are fighting or up to $200 million in compensation.  They have expert evidence that their water is not fit for human consumption and that it has contaminated local food sources.

At a local meeting last night, a Defence Department official claimed that the large-scale spraying of PFAS poses no health risk, completely ignoring a commissioned environmental impact statement from an independent company called AECOM. This official made the crass suggestion that they should not be eating local food.

Amanda Lee, A technical officer from the company, said that home-grown meat, vegetables, fish from Oakey Creek and eggs laid on local properties should not be eaten by residents living close to the contamination zone, where high PFAS levels have been detected.

The environmental report showed PFAS had been found in underground water up to 4 kilometres from the base.

Oakey resident Bernie Earsman, who attended the meeting and has not joined the class action at this point, said the Defence Department had destroyed his dream of retiring on his small rural property with his wife Margorie.

Mr Earsman said the value of his land had fallen from $270,000 to $120,000 and the Federal Government needed to compensate affected residents.

He told the meeting that his ambition was to die one day bringing up a bucket of fruit and vegetables to Margorie and then came along their Department of Defence and all their rot.

Another technical officer from the dame company, officer Paul McCabe, said the contamination zone was still growing and authorities were still learning about the chemical.

PFAS is an unusual contaminant compared to most of the things we normally deal with, because it does affect soil, it affects groundwater.

It migrates very easily in surface and groundwater and its taken up by plants and animals there arent many other contaminants that do all of those things.

So why isnt the government cleaning up the act and doing the right thing by the residents? One would suspect that something is being covered up.

There is absolutely no excuse. This story needs to get out and the people of Oakey support given for their battle for justice.



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Dameyon Bonson: Our LGBQTI mob are killing themselves. Isnt it time we were shown a little love? IndigenousX

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How Old is Too Old and How Old is Too Young When it Comes to Dating? "IndyWatch Feed World"

As we grow up and enter the world of dating it can be difficult to navigate. There are a number of unwritten rules that we must familiarize ourselves with in order to avoid offending someone or making a fool out of ourselves. Of these, one rule that can cause a significant amount of controversy is the determination of who is considered to be too old or too young for you to date.

Sure, some say age is just a number but is that really true? Consider for a moment, you have a friend who is 30 years old, single, and looking to find that someone special. How would you feel if they showed up to your next big function with a 19-year-old hand in hand? What if that partner was 50? Confusing things even further, does that reaction change with the gender of your friend?

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Over the years there have been a number of different rules developed attempting to solve this question. One such rule states that you can determine the acceptable minimum age for a partner by dividing your own age in half and adding 7. Looking back at that 30-year-old friend, half their age is 15 + 7 means that it would be acceptable to date as young as 22. Therefore, that 19-year-old would be too young. Looking at the other end of the spectrum, considering a maximum age, on accepted rule involves taking your age, subtracting 7 and doubling it. This would suggest your 30-year-old friend could date as old as 46 before it would be considered inappropriate. So, their appropriate age range would span 22-46.

If you try to google the subject, you will find that the internet is very divided on what the answers to this question would be. Interested in comparing this estimation to what is actually happening out in the world, Researchers Buunk and colleagues took to the streets to survey random people. They asked them to picture themselves in a romantic relationship with an attractive partner from the opposite sex and then proceeded to present them with a list of different scenarios, recording their answers. Respondents were asked to consider the minimum and maximum ages they would be...


Episode-2126- Geoff Lawton on Permacultures Future "GroovUs Feed Npodcasts"

Tweet Geoff Lawton is a Permaculture consultant, designer and teacher. He first took his Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course in 1983. He holds a Diploma in Permaculture Education, Design, Implementation, System Establishment, Administration and Community Development. Both of these were awarded by the founder of Permaculture, Bill Mollison. Geoff has undertaken thousands of jobs teaching, consulting, designing, administrating and implementing, in 6 continents and close to 50 countries around the world. Clients have included private individuals, groups, communities, governments, aid organizations, non-government organizations and multinational companies. He has currently educated over 15,000 students in Permaculture worldwide. These include graduates of the Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course and courses focused on the practical design of sustainable soil, water, plant, animal, energy, structures, legal and economic systems. Geoff has embraced the technology age. Not only is he the driving force behind the World Wide Permaculture Network (created in 2011), he also has an online training and education website named Geoff established in 2013 with the aim of educating as many people as possible in Permaculture and environmental sustainability. He has released Permaculture educational and inspirational films to his members regularly throughout each year and holds one Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course event per calendar year. In 1996 he was accredited with the Permaculture Community Services Award by the Permaculture movement for services in Australia and around the world. In October 1996 Bill Mollison, upon his retirement, asked Geoff to establish and direct a new Permaculture Research Institute of Australia (PRI Australia) on the 147-acre Tagari Farm. The Institute was a global networking centre for Permaculture projects. It is currently located at Zaytuna Farm at The Channon in Northern NSW, Australia. Geoff is the Managing Director. The institute is a self funded non-profit company limited by guarantee. The institute has since founded PRI USA, PRI Jordan, PRI Sunshine Coast. Other Permaculture Research Institutes that have been launched or are in the process of being launched including: PRI Canada, PRI Chile, PRI Turkey, PRI Greece and PRI Afghanistan. PRI Australia won the Humanitarian Water & Food Award for 2010 for their initiative Greening the Desert. Resources for todays show Join the Members Brigade Join Our Forum The Year 77 Walking To Freedom The Granddaddys Gun Club Bullhead Fishing Forum A new little site I started Get Your Liberty Forum Tickets Use Code TSP10 for 10% off all tickets. Home of the Permaculture Circle and More That Aint Country Aaron Lewis Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one mans opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and...


Wisconsin may be the Florida of the Midwest, but this looks like fake news "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

#NotAllWisconsinites, OK? But it does have a reputation for housing some weird and unsavory characters. Sometimes, though, the stories are hard to believe. Like this one, about a Milwaukee funeral home owner making a sex doll out of body parts. I read it and found the details kept piling up and seemed increasingly bizarre and unlikely. But its on the ABC News site! I looked around, and the rest of the site mostly seems to be legitimate and kind of boring news stories. ExceptABC News is on; this was When you look more closely at the sections of the site, theyre screwy: theres a Sport* section with no stories in it. Something else that was off: it has an about page, on which it claims a rich history dating back to 1898, which cant be true. I checked the domain registry; its registered in Melbourne, Australia? Then I checked some of the details, and there is no Adams Sons Funeral Home in Milwaukee.

Its just weird. Its got a fairly elaborate framework of seemingly authentic news stories built as a wrapper around at least this one ludicrously bogus tale. Why? It looks like someone has gone to the trouble of trying to create a superficially credible web news site in order to promote this goofy storyor more likely, some other less stupid but more damaging story. How many of these elaborate fake news sites are around?

Someone ought to tell the real ABC News that this site has stolen their logo and other identifying marks, at least.

*Another small detail: American news would call this section Sports, not Sport.


Regulation and the Future of Cryptocurrency at Token Summit II "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Token Summit 17

On December 5th, 2017, the Mission Bay Conference Center in San Francisco hosted cryptocurrency enthusiasts in suits, hoodies and everything in between. Token Summit II, presented by William Mougayar, author of The Business Blockchain, and Nick Tomaino, founder of 1confirmation, was a hub for cohesion and problem-solving in the blockchain space. Experts gathered from every corner of the industry to discuss government regulation, cryptocurrency initiatives and the future of blockchain technology.

Here are some of the highlights from the conference.

Regulation Trials and Tribulations

Nancy Wojtas, partner at Cooley; Kathryn Haun, board member at Coinbase; Stan Miroshnik, CEO and managing director at Element; and Lowell Ness, partner at Perkins Coie, demystified and further debated looming government regulation (and lack thereof).

Common questions that echoed throughout the panel: Which regulatory agency should investors focus on? Are tokens securities? Will there be new regulation or does existing regulation suffice?

Haun believes that people in the ICO space are myopically focused on the SEC. Although the SEC has already issued guidance and issued emergency action, there is an alphabet soup of other agencies that could issue further regulation. Federal and state regulatory agencies such as the DOJ could also intervene which could involve prison time for breaking the law.

Wojtas, on the other hand, explained her perception that because the SEC is leading the charge, other agencies are taking a backseat. She speculated that [people] are free to continue to do what we are doing, while being sensitive to all regulations.



Liquid thrown at McCormack outside court National News Echonetdaily

Disgraced Nine Network reporter Ben McCormack had a cup of liquid thrown at him while leaving a Sydney court after receiving a good behaviour bond for child pornography offences.

McCormack, 43, previously pleaded guilty to two counts of using a carriage service to transmit, publish or promote child pornography after police raided his home and workplace in April.

On Wednesday he was convicted in the Downing Centre District Court and released on a $1000 good behaviour bond for three years.As he left the court, a man approached the former A Current Affair journalist, yelling f***ing filthy maggot before throwing the contents of the cup, into which hed reportedly spat.

The court heard McCormack had numerous online conversations with another man between April 2015 and February 2017 that involved fantasising about young male persons.

Images of child pornography were not transmitted.

In handing down his finding, Judge Paul Conlon found McCormack has shown genuine contrition and remorse and a willingness to accept personal responsibility.

McCormack first saw a doctor in January 2015 because he was suffering long-term anxiety and using alcohol excessively in an attempt to manage it.

In their reports for court, his two treating psychiatrists said McCormack does not pose a risk to young people.

The court heard after his arrest McCormack had written a 17-page suicide letter outlining his shame and guilt and was admitted to hospital.

When sentencing McCormack the judge took into consideration the extra-curial punishment of having suffered public humiliation from extensive and explosive media coverage.

Judge Conlon said McCormack has positive prospects of rehabilitation if he continues to be treated by mental health professionals.

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Church put interests first: abuse inquiry National News Echonetdaily

The lives of dozens of children and their families have been devastated by the Catholic Churchs catastrophic and inexcusable failure to deal with pedophile clergy in a Victorian diocese, an inquiry has found.

Protecting the churchs reputation and avoiding scandal drove the Diocese of Ballarats handling of abuse complaints over at least three decades, the child abuse royal commission concluded.

That failure led to the suffering and often irreparable harm to children, their families and the wider community, the commission said.

That harm could have been avoided if the church had acted in the interests of children rather than its own interests.

The findings echo the royal commissions conclusions about the handling of child abuse complaints in the Melbourne archdiocese under its 1974-1996 archbishop Frank Little, when a culture of secrecy prevailed in a bid to protect the churchs reputation.

Ballarat abuse survivor Phil Nagle said the commissions findings validated what victims have been saying all along that the church hierarchy covered up abuse and protected pedophile clergy.

Its just a horrible, horrible thing that the Catholic hierarchy did trying to protect their brand, Mr Nagle said.

Protecting a brand is no reason to create more victims and to move your pedophile clergy and members around to let them sexually abuse more kids. Thats as evil as doing the crime yourself.

Mr Nagle, who was abused by a Christian Brother at Ballarats St Alipius primary school in 1974, hopes those involved in concealing abuse are prosecuted.

Ballarat Bishop Paul Bird said the mishandling of allegations against priests and church personnel and a lack of response to complaints led to unnecessary suffering for many victims and their families.

He said it also brought distress to communities throughout the Ballarat diocese, which covers the western third of Victoria.

Where the failures of my predecessors allowed abuse to occur, I offer my heartfelt apology, Bishop Bird said.

The commission also found the Christian Brothers leaderships response to abuse complaints and widespread rumours of brothers sexual misconduct at St Alipius and Ballarats St Patricks College was grossly inadequate.

The Christian Brothers Oceania Province again apologised and said it remained committed to working with those affected to bring some healing.

It is a matter of profound regret that these events, which have had a devastating impact on individuals and on the community, ever took place, it said.

Other commission findings into the Catholic and Anglican churches in Newcastle may be released in coming days, ahead of the five-year inquirys final report being made public on December 15.

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Final vote on same-sex marriage bill nears National News Echonetdaily

A final parliamentary vote on a bill to legalise same-sex marriage could come as early as Thursday.

The bulk of speeches wrapped up in the lower house late on Wednesday night, after sitting hours were extended for a second day to allow extra debate.MPs, around 120 of whom spoke on the issue, will now get the chance to propose and consider amendments before voting on the legislation itself.

Several government MPs, including Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, have said they will support or at least consider changes to be put forward by their conservative colleagues namely Andrew Hastie and Michael Sukkar.

The Greens have also indicated they will propose amendments.

Labor will oppose any change, as will cabinet minister Christopher Pyne who branded some of them superfluous

.If the bill passes unchanged from the one that cleared the Senate last week, it will become law.

If changes are successful, the bill will have to return to the Senate for approval.

Liberal backbencher Kevin Andrews, who is against same-sex marriage, believes the bill contains very little protection for religion and belief.

The former cabinet minister told parliament marriage was a natural arrangement between a man and a woman and pre-dated politics.

To claim that there will not be a range of adverse consequences for the freedom of speech, religion and parental rights is wrong, Mr Andrews said.

A significant concern that millions of Australians have about these proposed changes to marriage laws is the manner in which the freedom of speech and religion is threatened.

Liberal colleague Sarah Henderson, however, is backing the change.In an emotional speech, she recalled the struggles one of her closest friends John Parker, a gay man before his death earlier this year.

He really wanted to see this change in the law, she said through tears.

One of the last conversations I had with him, he just said to me: Hendo, just bloody well get on with it, OK? I say to my dear beloved friend who I miss dearly: JP, thats what we are doing.

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Trump has recognised Jerusalem as Israels capital The Pen

Contributed from Victoria

US President Donald Trump has recognised Jerusalem as Israels capital and in doing so, defied overwhelming world opinion. This holds that the citys future should be part of an agreement, coming at the end of a out of a peace process between  Israelis and Palestinians.

Contrary to the alternative claim, the Trump position runs counter to resolving one of the worlds bitterest and most long running conflicts. Instead of encourging dialogue, the tilt is towards increasing the level of conflict. Trumps message is the the United States of America is now openly playing the role as the backer of stepped aggression by one party and is therefore squarely against the other side.

With this, the White Houses self-proclaimed role as peacemaker is no longer tenable.

Moving the embassy has isolated the United States from the global community to the extent that not one nation has backed it. A growing number are coming out and either condemning or criticising it.

There is one exception, and not surprisingly, this is Israel. Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, was on television almost immediately after Trumps announcement, saying thank you. He has very a good personal reason to do so. His good friends efforts and  timing  have created a welcome opportunity to create a distraction from serious corruption allegations. Netanahu has been preoccupied with finding ways to delay and put an end to pending legal proceedings.

Jerusalem has long been supposed to be under international jurisdiction, because of the conflict and because it is the epicentre of the Christian and Muslim faiths, as well as Judaism.  Israeli governments have never respected this significance and argued that it must be the capital of the Jewish state.

Much of Jerusalem was annexed in 1948, in defiance of the international agreement. During the 1967 Middle East War, East Jerusalem was occupied and taken from Jordan and is currently a major flash point over Jewish illegal settlements and the dispossession of Palestinians.

Many leaders around the world, including close allies, had been cautioning Trump against going down this road. He has not listened.

The White Houses closest allies in the Middle East,  face a new wave of discontent from their populations and have therefore been presented with a new dilemma. They can support the move and be seen as the play things of the Israelis. Or they can distance themselves, risk losing the patronage of the superpower and become more vulnerable to domestic and regional rivals. Two countries that fit into this scenario are Saudi Arabia and Egypt.

Saudi and Egypt have, joined Turkey, Jordan, Iran and Lebanon in condemning the embassy shift. More are expected to respond similarly.

Russia and China have made their dissatisfaction clear. Germanys leader Angela Merkel had already warned against it. The French pre...


Cities should prepare for terror attacks "IndyWatch Feed World"

London has been hit by five terror attacks in nine months and the head of its police force says the spike is something Australia and other nations should prepare for.

This is not a small spike, this is a shift and that shift is actually not unique to us, Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said on Wednesday in a London briefing.

Youve had several issues in Australia recently and some ghastly things as well. This is a problem for many, many countries and cities around the world.

Given London residents diverse makeup, something Ms Dick says makes it the global city, the number of foreign nationals caught up in the attacks is unsurprising.

Queenslander Sara Zelenak, 21, and South Australian Kirsty Boden, 28, were among eight people killed in the van and knife attack on London Bridge in June.

Any police commissioner would have found policing a city hit by five terror events in a year trying but the newly minted boss, eight months into the role, appears to be taking it in her stride.

Ms Dick took on the job in April just weeks after the deadly car and knife attack at Westminster that left police officer Keith Palmer, the attacker and four others dead.

The British capital would then endure what Prime Minister Theresa May has described as a summer like no other, with two more deadly attacks, including on London Bridge and on a west London mosque.

All up the UK has been hit by six terror attacks in 2017, the others being the deadly Manchester bombing; a blast in a train carriage at west Londons Parsons Green station; and a failed sword attack on police at the gates of Buckingham Police.

It has been a ghastly set of events, Ms Dick said.

The UKs terror threat level remains at severe, meaning an attack is highly likely, and was lifted to the highest critical level twice over the summer, meaning a threat was expected imminently.

Ms Dick and the Met are keen to stress that it is a city safe for the 9 million who call it home and its millions of annual visitors, with nine serious plots disrupted since March.

In November, panic swept through one of the citys busiest streets with police responding to reports of shots fired on Oxford Street.

It was a false alarm but the panicked response from those on the street and online highlighted a city on edge.

Social media can get things going very fast, Ms Dick said.

We are sober professionals and know nine out of 10 things either wont have happened, or theyre not linked.

We are regarded as a world leader in the way we deal with terrorism.

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The Law of One, Pineal Glands & Meditation: Awakening Collective Consciousness "IndyWatch Feed World"

The Law of One, Pineal Glands & Meditation: Awakening Collective Consciousness

If you truly want to see positive change in the world, then youll want to seriously consider using meditation as one of your biggest avenues.

Meditation helps to shift your conscious awareness into the present Now. It also assists your connection to your all-knowing higher self which holds all of the answers to your questions while offering guidance to serve your highest good.

When we make this direct connection we begin to expand our perception of ourselves and in turn, our world. We see the direct connection between Self and all that is. So if this is true, then any positive change we make within ourselves will positively influence those and the world outside of us. This is the Law of One that Unity Consciousness is based upon.

Awakening from the slumber of unconscious living is usually followed by some red pill moment. These moments are usually wake up calls to the compromise of our individual sovereignty. When this happens we take measures to reclaim this sovereignty and in doing so want to scream to the world to take theirs back as well.

Although this feels like the most intuitive method to wake others up, this is not the most effective way of awakening our collective consciousness. In fact, awakening only needs to happen within you. This will kick off into motion the most effective domino chain.

In todays video Ill explain why this is and how we can use our pineal glands in our meditation to awaken and unify the collective consciousness based on the Law of One.

Much love to you all,


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