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Tuesday, 17 October

23:30

Adanis Australia Story: Whats the Fuss All About? "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

A massive $16.4 billion proposed coal mine has sparked protests and a heated debate. As the Adani project becomes a symbol of Australias future, The Wire examines the issues at stake.

Stop Adani billboard in Brisbane. Credit: Kabir Agarwal

Note: This is the first in a three-part series that will examine how the Adani and Carmichael coal mine has divided the Australian public and in the process, sparked fierce debate on issues such as coal-based energy, energy financing, jobs and the rights of indigenous people.

On October 7, 2017, an estimated 16,000 people at 45 different locations across Australia came together to stage the biggest protest yet against the Carmichael coal mine.

The protesters, who had gathered at several strategic locations around Australia, such as the iconic Bondi beach in Sydney, organised into formations to spell out their demand, literally STOP ADANI.

The Carmichael coal mine, proposed by the multi-billion-dollar Adani group, has seen protests across Australia for the last few years. The protests particularly gathering momentum in the last one year. Most of the...

23:23

Your power in a decaying world "IndyWatch Feed World"

Your power in a decaying world

 

By Jon Rappoport

 

These are notes from an ongoing project, The Underground:

 

Solutions to private problems and public problems require the ability to think things through, logically, and to reject what is unworkable or biasedbut above and beyond that, a person needs to be able to imagine solutions that havent been tried before.  He cant keep asking other people to invent solutions for him.  This is the hardest lesson.  The habit of demanding that others come up with answers, that others find a way out of the tunnelthis habit is based on the assumption that ones own power of imagination is grossly limited, which is a lie.  You might say it is the central lie.

 

The world says defect from your own power.  Never find out what it is.  Assume it isnt there.  The world says all life is about the species, not about the individual.

 

When propagandists find a good thing, a message that works, they pound on it, they keep hammering away.  Family, group, family, group, community.  On and on.  They never promote the message called The Individual with the same intensity.  That would be counter-productive to what they are trying to accomplish: group identity; and amnesia about being an individual.

 

Civilization continues to erode and decay, as individual power is put on the back burner.  But that doesnt give the individual a license to surrender.  If others want to give up, thats their business.  The individual, instead, finds new frontiers for his power, for his capacity to invent reality.

 

A confession of helplessness doesnt earn you a gold star on the blackboard.  There is no gold star or blackboard.  There is you, there is your own power.  And what is that power?  It comes in two forms or venues.  First, there is the ability to apply logic to events and information; to think rationally from A to B to C; to analyze.  And second, there is imagination, the capacity to conceive and then invent realities that would never otherwise exist in the world.

 

Individual power doesnt need to make rigid distinctions between what is done for self vs. what is done for others.  Social engineers and propagandists make those separations.  You exercise your creative power to fulfill what you deeply desire; and that process will, in fact, spill over and affect others in a positive way.  It will lift them up.  It will remind them that they, too, have power.

 

Logic and analysis keeps you from being sent down wrong roads, keeps you from buying official reality.  Logic also reminds you that you have a min...

22:52

Sydney Ideas talk on Israel/Palestine and realities in the West Bank and Gaza Antony Loewenstein

In September, I spoke at Sydney University alongside US academic Mark LeVine and Palestinian academic Lana Tatour on the realities in todays Palestine/Israel. Many interesting comments and my thoughts (after living in East Jerusalem for the last 1.5 years) start at 1:00:26:

22:24

The United States World Cup Failure: Victims Of Our Own Success "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Theories abound as to why the United States failed to reach its eighth consecutive World Cup. Among them are poor coaching, poor players, the wrong players, Sunil Gulati, Major League Soccer, a pay-to-play development system, the lack of promotion and relegation, the best athletes playing elsewhere, the collegiate system, and presumably Torsten Frings handball. These reasons had or have a part to play. Ive said as much about a few of them.

But I wonder if the answer for the immediate problem isnt a bit simpler, if more existential. And our fiercest soccer rival can help explain it.

Several years ago I read an article about the rivalry between the United States and Mexico. For decades, Mexico dominated the United States. The tide began to turn in the 1990s and the United States took control in the 2000s, most famously in a 2-0 win to knock Mexico out of the 2002 World Cup. During the aughts this already fierce rivalry took an even more rancorous turn. This often involved some Marquez-related shenanigans, but included a bizarre slap and that famous stare-down (Mexico fans also chanted Osama during a 2004 Olympic qualifier). The games seemed to get dirtier, especially once Mexico fell behind.

The premise of the article was that Mexicos veterans simply could not accept nor cope with a superior U.S. side. They had grown soft mentally, lulled by a generation or more of a one-sided rivalry. The rivalry has found more balance this decade, in part because a new generation of Mexican players grew up watching a more competitive, talented U.S. team. These younger players respected their rival and could still function if things didnt go their way initially.

I think something similar has happened to the United States. I wonder if this team failed because no one on this team knew how to handle failure. Of course, the current crop has dealt with some sort of professional failure or even missing out on international youth tournaments. But few have experienced a national embarrassment like in 1998. Few even existed the last time the country failed to make a World Cup. All theyve known is a dominant United States in the region and World Cup qualifying certainty.

Over the last three or four decades, the U.S. national team has typically been greater than the sum of its parts. Its a team so often defined by grit and dogged determination...

22:06

Airbus Sends a Thank You Card to Donald Trump "IndyWatch Feed War"

Bloomberg

By Chris Bryant

Opinion

Theres chutzpah and then theres the deal that Airbus SE just struck with Bombardier Inc. By acquiring a 50 percent stake in Bombardiers struggling C Series commercial jet program for free Airbus has handed Boeing Co., its U.S. nemesis, a whopping black eye.

Fearing the C Series could let Bombardier become another Airbus, Boeing successfully persuaded the Trump administration to slap massive duties on the aircraft, even though it doesnt really offer a similar product. But if Boeing thought Bombardier was going to fall on its sword, boy was it wrong.

Image result for news for airbus, c series, photos

Airbus can now bring to bear the full weight of its international sales, supply chain and maintenance capabilities to the C Series. And by adding a final assembly for the aircraft in Alabama, Airbus might make the Americans think twice about those punitive tariffs (jobs for U.S. workers!).

For the European aerospace giant, this deal feels like a slam dunk. Unlike two years ago, when it first toyed with making a C Series investment, the aircraft is now a much less risky proposition. Its been certified by regulators and the first customers seem very pleased with it. True, the programs still consuming cash, but Bombardier is promising to absorb another $700 million in losses after closing.

Airbus cant really lose here. Indeed, by acquiring warrants over 5 percent of Bombardiers stock at the current price, theres potential for considerable upside. Bombardier has lost two-thirds of its value since 2011 amid fears over the future of the C Series.

Its sad that after taking a big risk and sinking $6 billion into an innovative new plane, Bombardier wasnt ultimately able to deliver it on its own. It has about 350 orders for the C Series, but thinks the market could have appetite for 6,000 small planes of its ilk over 20 years.

But Bombardier chief executive Alain Bellemare had a simple question to answer: Is it better to own a larger majority stake in an aircraft program valued at just $2 billion, which hasnt secured a major order for 18 months; or a minority stake in one with much better prospects? After closing, Bombardier will own 31 percent of the C Series partnership, while Quebec...

21:59

Kennedy Assassination: Evidence Seen by JFKs Doctor Suppressed "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The highly anticipated release of long-withheld US government documents related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy is scheduled for October 26. In the runup to this event, the media have devoted more attention to this history-altering political murder than at any time since the Oliver Stone film JFK came out in 1991.

As one of the outlets digging deep into the tragedy, WhoWhatWhy has pointed out that many questions remain unanswered and many key issues are yet unresolved. Accordingly, we are dedicating more articles to the topic leading up to the highly-anticipated data dump , and we are putting together a crack team to analyze the documents once they are released.

WhoWhatWhy Staff


The story of Captain James Young, a Navy doctor who said he found a bullet in President John F. Kennedys limousine on the day of his assassination, could have been corroborated by the presidents own physician. However, for unknown reasons, JFKs doctor Rear Admiral George G. Burkley, who was present in the trauma room in Dallas, and also at Kennedys autopsy never got a chance to talk about the events of that day.

Below is proof that Burkley wanted to testify, and that what he had to say was suppressed at several levels. What survives is a memo concerning Burkleys belief that other people participated in Kennedys assassination. Whether this opinion is based on the discovery of the bullet described in our earlier story, or something else, we will never know.

Although Kennedy was shot in the back, indicating the presence of a shooter behind him, there was also a suggestion of a shooter in front, according to some of the doctors at Parkland Hospital in Dallas, including the chief of Neurosurgery: Because of the condition of the skull and brain, he had the impression JFK was struck from the front or from the side, as opposed to the official conclusion of all shots from behind. Did Burkley have the same impression?

1964

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The year of the Warren Commission hearings. Thousands of people were called to testify, but Burkley was not.

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20:42

Australia Retreats on Renewable Power "IndyWatch Feed War"

Government junks plans to encourage use of low-emission sources for electricity

Oct. 17, 2017 2:56 a.m. ET

CANBERRA, AustraliaThe Australian government returned coal to the heart of its energy policy, after blaming blackouts and rising power bills on a too-aggressive rollout of renewable sources and a surge in gas exports.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Tuesday junked a plan promoted by the countrys chief scientist, Alan Finkel, to require power producers to generate a minimum portion of their energy from low-emission sources by 2020.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/australia-retreats-on-renewable-power-1508223374?mod=e2fb

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Wheres the coal-fired power plant, Abbott asks

Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott enters the chamber, late for Question Time today. Picture: Gary RamageFormer Prime Minister Tony Abbott enters the chamber, late for Question Time today. Picture: Gary Ramage
  • The Australian

3:25PM October 17, 2017

20:00

FITZGERALD TO GET NEW RADAR "IndyWatch Feed War"

Mr. T.M. found this one, and it raises more questions than it answers about the recent incident of the ramming of the USS Fitzgerald

The post FITZGERALD TO GET NEW RADAR appeared first on Giza Death Star.

19:08

High Court to rule on Bob Browns challenge to Tasmanias anti-protest laws News | Human Rights Law Centre

MEDIA ALERT

At 10:15am Wednesday 18 October the High Court of Australia will hand down its decision in a landmark case which argued that Tasmanias excessive anti-protest laws violate the implied freedom of political communication in the Australian Constitution.

The case centres around the arrest of Dr Bob Brown on a public road while he was trying to film a video about a controversial logging project in Tasmanias native Lapoinya forest. A second plaintiff, Ms Jessica Hoyt, was separately arrested in the Lapoinya Forest in similar circumstances.

The Executive Director of the Human Rights Law Centre, Hugh de Kretser, said the decision would be important for Australias democracy.

Free political communication and expression and the right to protest are absolutely essential for a healthy, vibrant democracy. Tasmanias laws go too far in shutting down important debate and criminalising peaceful protests. These laws need to be scrapped or significantly wound back, said Mr de Kretser

The Human Rights Law Centre was granted permission from the High Court to provide its expertise on human rights law and filed submissions that support the challenge to the validity of the Tasmanian laws.

For further comment once the decision has been handed down, please contact Hugh de Kretser on 0403 965 340.

The Bob Brown Foundation will hold a press conference with Jessica Hoyt at 12 noon Wednesday 18 October at Level 4, 116 Bathurst St, Hobart. Contact Jenny Weber on 0427 366 929 for further information.

18:02

Study: Some faiths may turn to religion for science answers "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

From RICE UNIVERSITY Some faiths more likely to turn to religion for answers to science When it comes to seeking answers to questions about science, evangelical and black Protestants and Mormons are more likely than the general population to turn to religion, according to a new study by researchers from Rice Universitys Religion and Public

17:36

Australia's 'justice' system lets killers walk free again and again. Corporate Australia


Remember the "good ol' days" on this penal colony of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland?

You know in the 1780's when the British authorities dumped criminals onto the Indigenous peoples of Australia under firearms and force?
(Such 'honourable' people in the Monarchy in doing a treaty with the Indigenous Australians)

Well it seems that the policies of the late 1700's are upon us again, where this time the so called 'justice' system lets out criminals / killers onto the general population.

(illustration: Convicted killer Philip Bracken)

Some people may erroneously state that the system is 'broken' whereas in reality
it is functioning exactly the way the people in government intend it to.

The action of letting killers out into the general community is literally a 'terrorist' action by those who let the criminals out, as the 'criminals' are then allowed to terrorise the good people of Australia.

How are those actions for "peace order and good government*"

*- whatever that really means.

17:15

Compare Thiess's AWU maintenance workers EBA with Serco's - Thiess workers sold because of the GILLARD/WILSON slush fund Michael Smith News

In early 1993 the Kennett Government let tenders to outsource Melbourne Water maintenance work. The process was competitive and amongst other requirements, tenderers had to demonstrate their plans to reform work practices. Thiess was one of the successful tenderers along with Serco (each for a geographic region of Melbourne). The...

17:01

Catalan independence leaders arrested as Madrid chest beats again The Pen

Contributed by Joe Montero

After Catalonias president Carles Puigdemont failed to refute the bid for independence by yesterdays deadline, the Spanish court ordered two community leaders to be arrested for sedition.

Jordi Snchez, who heads the Catalan National Assembly (ANC), and Jordi Cuixart, leader of Omnium Cultural, organisations that have been central to organising street rallies and other actions around the events surrounding the 1 October referendum, have been arrested and are in custody without bail.

Puigdemont has been given till Thursday to publicly declare an end to the bid for independence, or he too will face arrest and charged be with the same crime.

Chief of the Catalan regional police (Mossos dEsquadra), Josep Lluis Trapero, is also under threat of arrest. He has been accused of failing to help the Civil Guard and National Police in their crackdown on referendum and around day and of not moving to rescue Civil Guard officers holed up in a government building, by the huge crowd outside. Prosecutors have already called for his arrest.

He and his police force have been elevated to hero status in Catalonia.

There is no sign that the Catalan independence movement is in a mood to surrender. It will go on resisting and this will draw its various parts closer together in a common battle. The weakness on the Spanish side is that they are creating martyrs for the cause, and if there is one thing that should be learned from the example of history, is that martyrs are as potent force for change that spurs others on by example.

Mariano Rajoys and his governments response is based on a mixture of panic and an old way of thinking, ignoring the undeniable fact that the independence movement is popular amongst the Catalans and it is in the ascendency.  Many want to take the movement further than Puigdemont wants to. It is the actions of Madrid that are pushing him in this direction.

The show of force does not win hearts and minds. Catalonia has a deep memory of brutality under the hand of Spain. It suffered military occupation, and during the Franco years that came to an end in the 1970s, the language and culture of Catalonia had been banned, and every aspect of life was heavily policed and brutalised.

Rajoys handling of the referendum opened old wounds and drove a large portion of the undecided into the independence camp.

Hitting out at the arrests and threats, Puigdemont wrote that Spain jails Catalonias civil society leaders for organising peaceful demonstrations. Sadly, we have political prisoners again.

In a video clip recorded before his arrest and released on Twitter, Jordi Cuixart called on his people to never lose hope because the people of Catalonia have earned their future.

This is a crisis for Spain that is having repercussions elsewhere. In the Basque country fighting for its own independe...

16:46

Facebook buys anonymous teen compliment app tbh "IndyWatch Feed World"

Facebook has scooped up the popular app after it saw 5 million downloads and 2.5 million active daily users in just nine weeks, reports TechCrunch. The app allows users to receive poll results as compliments based on questions their friends have answered about them. The social media giant reportedly paid less than $100 million for

Facebook has scooped up the popular app after it saw 5 million downloads and 2.5 million active daily users in just nine weeks, reports TechCrunch. The app allows users to receive poll results as compliments based on questions their friends have answered about them. The social media giant reportedly paid less than $100 million for tbh and the deal will see its four founders become direct Facebook employees despite the fact that Facebook will let the tbh app operate as its own brand for the foreseeable future. In a note to users on its website, tbh wrote:

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16:07

Europes Economic Death Spiral "IndyWatch Feed World"

QUESTION: Mr. Armstrong, you said when you were here in Berlin that the EU Commission is about as incompetent as the US Congress. You also said Macron is trying to federalize Europe as the solution Could you elaborate on that comment?

ANSWER: The EU Commission at present is composed of 28 Commissioners, who must always ensure that they are dependent on the nomination from the home country mush as American congressmen who are supposed to represent their state. Every member of the Commission, therefore, has a personal self-interest in staying in office. The complexity of regulations and initiatives often have hidden agendas that are often far too difficult to identify. One of the proposals of Macron is to reduce the Commission to just 15 eliminating state representation and the priority would then, in theory, be given to the professional competence of the candidates rather than representing member states. This would be the FEDERALIZATION of Europe and totally eliminate and democratic process. The people would have no say in changing the direction of Europe.

Macron is proposing to create European politicians. To deal with the end of a democratic process, he has suggested that these 15 commissioners be elected by all EU citizens in the longer term. He has said that with BREXIT, the British vacancies should be the first to be open to elections of all remaining Europeans in the EU. When commissioners are elected by their own politicians, then Macron argues they are not being elected by a European choice of citizens.

...

16:07

The GDP Decline Post-2015.75 "IndyWatch Feed World"

The economic decline that we are now in moving into really 2036, is significantly different than pre-2015.75. The confidence shifted and 2015.75 was the peak in confidence in government. This is the rising discontent which produced Trump, BREXIT, and the rising separatist movements around the globe. The old way of running the economy is what has been declining and even when the GDP growth rate is being reported as up, the levels of growth are substantially in a bear market.

Likewise, unemployment has decline the the USA while rising outside, but even this is misleading. The quality of jobs has declined and much of the rise is attributed to part-time employment while more than 60% of college graduates cannot find employment in the field in which they paid a lot of money for. The student loans imposed upon them by the Clinton saddle the youth with such burdens for worthless degrees they are forced to live at home with their parents into their 30s. It has been the drop-outs who are the real innovators. Ernst & Young has been one of the top graduate recruiters in the UK and USA. They have announced the firm will be removing the degree classification from its entry criteria, saying there is no evidence that success at university correlates with achievement in later life. The best education has ALWAYS been an apprenticeship not some university course taught by someone who has never practiced what they teach.

15:50

When a rhino calls in the forest, this guy hears it: Q&A with a Javan rhino researcher "GroovUs Feed Npodcasts"

How much can we learn about a species that is rarely ever spotted by humans? The Javan rhinoceros (Rhinoceros sondaicus) is among the rarest and most cryptic of mammal species. Although its entire remaining population is now confined to a single park in Indonesia, many aspects of these elusive animals lives remain almost completely unknown to science: how do they communicate, how do they find mates, what sort of social hierarchies do they observe? Modern research tools like camera traps are starting to give some clues to these mysteries. You cant beat direct observation, says Steve Wilson, a doctoral student at the University of Queensland who is currently working on a dissertation about Javan rhinos. Still, he explains, images and audio clips are already giving researchers tantalizing new glimpses of the day-to-day lives of the parks rhinos. Ujung Kulon National Park the Javan rhinos final stronghold is equipped with 120 cameras capable of recording both sound and imagery. As part of his research, Wilson has been able to conduct audio and visual analysis of 45 clips provided by park authorities. Following in the footsteps of pioneering researchers like the Schenkel family, Wilson is working to catalogue and understand the noises made by a species generally considered to be the least vocal of all rhinos. Wilson recently stopped by the Mongabay Podcast to share his thoughts on how insights from camera traps as well as other research currently being undertaken in Ujung Kulon are helping scientists understand

15:13

Fish Depression No Joke Dolphins Gossip, Whales Talk In Dialects "IndyWatch Feed World"

Fish Depression No Joke 
Dolphins Gossip, Whales Talk In Dialects
by IWB 

"Can a fish be depressed? This question has been floating around my head ever since I spent a night in a hotel across from an excruciatingly sad-looking Siamese fighting fish. His name was Bruce Lee, according to a sign beneath his little bowl. There we were trying to enjoy a complimentary bloody mary on the last day of our honeymoon and there was Bruce Lee, totally still, his lower fin grazing the clear faux rocks on the bottom of his home. When he did finally move, just slightly, I got the sense that he would prefer to be dead. The pleasant woman at the front desk assured me that he was well taken care of. Was I simply anthropomorphizing Bruce Lee, incorrectly assuming his lethargy was a sign of mental distress?

When I sought answers from scientists, I assumed that they would find the question preposterous. But they did not. Not at all. It turns out that not only can our gilled friends become depressed, but some scientists consider fish to be a promising animal model for developing anti-depressants. New research, I would learn, has been radically shifting the way that scientists think about fish cognition, building a case that pet and owner are not nearly as different as many assume. ...

14:25

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Iraq Army in 'Full Control' of Central Kirkuk: Government
Iraqi army's Joint Operations Command says it has established 'total control' over Kirkuk city center

KIRKUK, Iraq
Anadolu News Agency

Iraqi government forces have assumed "full control" over Kirkuk's city center, according to a statement issued late Monday by the army's Joint Operations Command.

The statement listed facilities in Kirkuk that the army had appropriated from Kurdish Peshmerga forces (loyal to northern Iraq's Kurdish Regional Government), who reportedly withdrew from the city and its outskirts before the Iraqi army advance.

These facilities include Kirkuk's main airport, the Northern Petroleum Company, the K1 military base, the Mulla Abdullah oil refinery and the Tikrit Bridge, among others.

Earlier Monday, Iraqi forces reportedly assumed control over central Kirkuk's main government headquarters, according to a local police source.

"A large contingent of Iraqi Federal Police has entered the government headquarters [in Kirkuk] over which they have raised the Iraqi flag," Kirkuk Police Captain Hamed al-Obaidi told Anadolu Agency.

The Iraqi authorities have also reportedly imposed a citywide curfew in Kirkuk, set to expire at 7.00 a.m. (0400GMT) Tuesday morning.

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, meanwhile, has also ordered Iraqi security forces to secure the majority-Turkmen district of Tuz Khurmatu in Iraq's Saladin province north of Baghdad, according to a statement released by al-Abadis office.

Late Sunday, Iraqi forces -- including army troops, Federal Police units and Hashd al-Shaabi fighters -- began their advance towards ethnically-diverse Kirkuk with a view to seizing strategic sites and facilities.

Since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, oil-rich Kirkuk has remained the subject of dispute between the central government in Baghdad and the Erbil-based Kurdish Regional Government (KRG).

Answerable to KRG President Masoud Barzani, the Peshmerga took control of Kirkuk after the Iraqi army fled before the Daesh terrorist groups onslaught in 2014.

Tension has mounted steadily between Baghdad and the KRG since S...

14:17

PM claims he can cut power bills and emissions without CET National News Echonetdaily

Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull believes the government can reduce power prices and meet its emissions obligations without introducing a clean energy target. Photo AAP Image/Richard Wainwright

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull believes the government can reduce power prices and meet its emissions obligations without introducing a clean energy target. Photo AAP Image/Richard Wainwright

CANBERRA [AAP]

The Turnbull government is set to release an energy policy it says would meet Australias Paris agreement emissions target and save households more than $90 a year without implementing a clean energy target (CET).

Coalition MPs have been briefed on the scheme at a meeting in Canberra  following cabinets decision to reject a clean energy target as recommended by Chief Scientist Alan Finkel.

Instead, the government has backed an idea from the new independent Energy Security Board.

The head of the coalitions backbench energy committee, Craig Kelly, was briefed on the new approach after Monday nights meeting, welcoming the focus on dispatchable (switch on/switch-off) power.

The problem with solar and wind, as wonderful technologies as they are, when there is no wind you get no electricity generation and as soon as the sun sets you also get zero electricity generation as well, he told ABC radio on Tuesday.

So as good as technologies as they are, youve got to have them backed up in some way and thats either got to be a coal-fired power station, a gas generator or some form of battery.

He defended the idea to ditch the clean energy target, as recommended by Dr Finkel.

The Finkel report contained 50 recommendations. If weve recommended 49 thats a 98 per cent strike rate, he said.

It is understood economic modelling of the alternative to the clean energy target expected to be called the National Energy Guarantee delivered price cuts deeper than under Finkels mechanism.

The annual benefit from the CET came in at $90 a year for households, while large industrial users were expected to pay about 20 per cent less a year.

At the same time, the modelling showed the new mechanism would enable Australia to achieve its commitment of a 26-28 per cent reduction in 2005 emissions by 2030.

Blackouts...

14:00

Google And Levis Stitch Up A Connected Jacket "IndyWatch Feed World"

The new Commuter Trucker denim jacket, powered by Googles smart textiles, can answer your phone and turn up your music.

Aside from a couple of visual tellssubtle patches of raised stitches and a plastic button on its cuffthe Levis Commuter Trucker looks exactly like what youd expect from the 144-year-old brand: a timeless jean jacket that keeps you warm while looking cool. But appearances deceive. The jacket is actually an interface between you and your phone. Brush, tap, or cover the right spot and you can answer or ignore calls, switch up your music, or get travel-time updates, all without looking at a screen.

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13:46

Panel discussion Kerosene Tins & Love Hearts Stolen Generations photo exhibition Perth Indymedia

This weekend just gone, the Dumbartung Aboriginal Corportation, with the support of the CFMEU, presented a panel discussion and photo exhibition Kerosene Tins and Love Hearts on the past policies and legislation of the 1905 Native Welfare Act primarily focused on the Stolen Generations and the ingrained trauma associated with the after effects of these []

13:42

Vengeful in Defeat: Hillary Clinton Fantasises about WikiLeaks "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Hillary Clinton mope tour, which should have reached a high water mark, has gone global. It entails drumming up her credentials (immaculate, we are told, but unnoticed), and pouring upon the man who beat her to the White house (a danger to the world).  The latter is the fundamental point: Donald Trump would not have won, not because of Clintons flaws but because of what others did.

One of those big others remains WikiLeaks.  The other, supposedly, is its Russian ally no, employer, sponsor, even, there one say it peering into that dark mind of hers, director-in-chief.  Forget Assange, claims Clinton the Kremlin is running the operation.

On the Australian Broadcasting Corporations Four Corners programme, Clinton reiterated a range of views that have become dangerously presumed, mirrors, in fact, of the very man she detests, the world view she supposedly eschews.  In a post-truth world, anything goes, including Clintonian mendacity and delusion.  Blended with US patriotism and sour grapes, she becomes the ultimate embittered narcissist who cannot admit to deficiency.

According to Clinton, Assange had become a kind of nihilistic opportunist who does the bidding of a dictator.  Even more to the point, and here, the facts start to become puffs and fluffs, WikiLeaks is unfortunately now practically a fully owned subsidiary of Russian intelligence.

No evidence is offered. For Clinton, nothing needs to be tested, her defeat obviously the result, not of an appalling election team (remember that slave to the algorithm, Robby Mook?) and her own woes as a candidate, but to the role played by information marshalled against her.

There was a concerted operation between WikiLeaks and Russia and most likely people in the United States to, as I say, weaponize information, to make up stories, outlandish, often terrible stories that had no basis in fact, no basis even in the emails themselves, but which were used to denigrate me, my campaign people who supported me, and to help (Donald) Trump.

Furthermore, Clinton, with a sense of supreme self-worth, insisted that she had been a direct target of the Kremlin.  I think their intention, coming from the very top with Putin, was to hurt me and to help Trump.

These observations beggar belief.  Bricks cannot be made without straw, and there was ample straw in the Podesta emails, not to mention the general trove of DNC material that revealed the tactics, methods and philosophies of the entitled.

Clintons method is one of permanent deflection and, when necessary, denial. What the emails revealed on her approach to...

13:39

Robyn McLEOD - you forgot to tell the IR Commission about the slush fund when you sold Melb Water workers out Michael Smith News

Remember Robyn McLeod - Julia Gillard's bestie? In 1993, Robyn got a job working for Julia's guy Bruce as an organiser in the AWU. On paper, Robyn's job was to act in the interests of the workers. In reality, Robyn was in charge of helping Thiess. In August 1993 Robyn...

13:26

A Look At What Sustainable Survival Means. Or, Learning From History. Australian Survival and Preppers..


A Look At What Sustainable Survival Means. Or, Learning From History.
The fur trade in Americas west lasted just 15 years, from 1825 to 1840. Why do I choose to use this place for this article? Because this event in this time period better explains the point I am trying to make.
These Rocky Mountain trappers did not travel on foot unless for some reason they had no choice. They needed a horse to get around & they needed more horses to carry the beaver pelts that they trapped & the steel traps themselves. The Rocky Mountains were & probably still are a formidable place. The biggest danger to the trappers survival was unfriendly Indians such as the Blackfoot, & the grizzly bear.

In this period of time the percussion gun became available, but the Mountain Men refused to use these more efficient guns because in the wilderness situation they were in, they were not reliable. Once a year traders would travel to the Rocky Mountains with supplies to trade for beaver skins, but they could not sell the percussion gun, there were simply too many things that could go wrong with this newer gun, & they were isolated for 12 months at a time. The flintlock however was reliable; it was one way or another sustainable. That flintlock was the only gun or rifle they carr...

13:18

No coronial recommendations over North Coast PTSD officers death National News Echonetdaily

Detective Sergent Ashley Bryant (pictured here in 2007) wanted his death investigated, a coronial inquiry has heard.. (AAP Image/Mick Tsikas)

Detective Sergent Ashley Bryant (pictured here in 2007) wanted his death investigated, a coronial inquiry has heard.. (AAP Image/Mick Tsikas)

SYDNEY   [AAP]

The wife of a former police officer who was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder when he took his own life is dismayed the NSW coroner hasnt made any recommendations following an inquest into his death.

Ashley Bryant, 44, made a triple-zero call requesting an inquest before he fell to his death at Minyon Falls in Nightcap National Park in December 2013 after battling for several years with a multitude of mental health problems brought on by exposure to traumatic events at work.

Magistrate Michael Barnes said in his inquest findings there was a causal connection between Mr Bryants psychological disorders and his service in the police force.

He found NSW Police Force (NSWPF) is actively and effectively engaging with the issues brought into focus by the death of Ashley Bryant, he said on Tuesday.

More still needs to be done but I accept the NSWPF has identified the difficulties in ensuring the psychological safety of officers and is committed to addressing them.

For that reason, he didnt make redundant or duplicative recommendations.

Mr Bryant had suffered from PTSD, alcoholism and anxiety for several years and was medically discharged from the police in 2012.

His condition was managed by the NSWPF Death and Disability Scheme, with insurers making entitlement determinations based on their investigations.

Mr Bryant had to repeatedly recall incidents that exacerbated his PTSD, and his willingness to undertake study was misconstrued as a capacity for work, Magistrate Barnes said.

These processes added to the stress Ashley was already undergoing, he said.

He acknowledged the difficulties the scheme caused Mr Bryant and his famil...

13:14

MACKAY Back pain excuse doesnt pass muster in court CrimeView

MACKAY October 17, 2017 at 04:22AM ,

Back pain excuse doesnt pass muster in court

October 17, 2017 at 04:22AM ,

That excuse wasnt accepted in Mackay Magistrates Court on Monday though. Magistrate Damien Dwyer questioned how Damien Andrew Nicholi

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MACKAY Violent outbursts blamed on brain injury from king hit CrimeView

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Violent outbursts blamed on brain injury from king hit

October 17, 2017 at 06:03AM ,

to his brain injury and psychiatric conditions influenced by amphetamine and alcohol abuse was aired in Mackay Magistrates Court on Monday.

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Australia: jail young children without charges; they wouldnt do that; oh yes they would "IndyWatch Feed World"

Australia: jail young children without charges; they wouldnt do that; oh yes they would

And its a perfect bait and switch

by Jon Rappoport

October 16, 2017

Its still labeled a proposal, but it has widespread support among Australias political leaders. Read More

13:00

Holistic Doctor Who Spoke Out Against Big Pharma Killed by Police (Body Cams Were Turned Off) "GroovUs Feed Npodcasts"

The Australian doctor had called 911 to report a potential sexual assault. After they arrived, however, she was shot and killed. Audio has finally been released by the police station.

by Amanda Froelich, guest author

After calling 911 to report a potential sexual assault, well-known holistic doctor and former veterinarian Justine Damond was shot and killed by the very individuals she thought might improve the situation.

Reportedly, Damond was on the phone speaking to officer Matthew Harrity, describing noises that caused her to believe someone nearby was being raped. In her pajamas and holding only a mobile phone, she was then shot by Officer Mohamed Noor through the driver-side window of the cop car and was hit in the abdomen.

Left: Officer Mohamed Noor / Right: Justine Damond
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12:47

Florida of the Day: Congressional candidate says shes been on an alien spaceship "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

In any sane time and place, it would be political suicide for a candidate to ever claim that theyve had an encounter with aliens. But hey, this is the age of Orange Julius Caesar and were in Florida!

And so Bettina Rodriguez Aguilera, a Republican (why am I not surprised?) is running for Congress to replace outgoing Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) despite having said in a TV interview that she was brought aboard an alien spaceship.

In that interview, she reported that the aliens told her many things, including:

  • There are 30,000 skulls different from humans in a cave in the Mediterranean island of Malta.
  • The worlds energy center is in Africa.
  • The Coral Castle, a limestone tourist attraction South Miami-Dade, is actually an ancient Egyptian pyramid.
  • God is a universal energy.

Heres the TV interview, which is in Spanish:

The Miami Herald asked her about her reported alien experiences, and her answer which includes one of the more out-of-place invocations of being a God-fearing Christian Ive heard might just be enough for Floridian voters to give her a chance:

For years people, including Presidents like Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter and astronauts have publicly claimed to have seen unidentified flying objects and scientists like Stephen Hawking and institutions like the Vatican have stated that there are billions of galaxies in the universe and we are probably not alone, she said. I personally am a Christian and have a strong belief in God, I join the majority of Americans who believe that there must be intelligent life in the billions of planets and galaxies in the un...

12:21

New winners for Korea, Nigeria quiz competition "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

In its effort to motivate Nigerian students to aspire for greater heights educationally, South Korea, in collaboration with the Nigerian government, just concluded a quiz competition for students within Abuja. REGINA OTOKPA reports It was a lively atmosphere at the Korean Cultural Centre Nigeria (KCCN), as students from seven secondary schools within Abuja battled intellectually to win the grand prize at the final round of the 7th Korea/Nigeria quiz competition. After three rounds of 21 questions answered within 20 seconds, School for the Gifted, Gwagwalada, emerged winners of the competition...

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12:20

SWAT Team Raids Autonomous Relief Efforts in Puerto Rico "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The post SWAT Team Raids Autonomous Relief Efforts in Puerto Rico appeared first on It's Going Down.

Several police vehicles, an armored tactical vehicle, and law enforcement personnel including swat team pointed their guns at relief workers while surrounding and then entering our base of operations in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico in the early hours before dawn of October 16th, 2017. Law enforcement communicated that they were acting from a call that Mutual Aid Disaster Relief volunteers were engaged in kidnapping. After checking everybodys belongings without consent, they forced volunteers out of what was the Mutual Aid Disaster Relief Puerto Rico hub at gunpoint and the threat of arrest.

Law enforcement intimidation also included aggressive questioning of our purpose there and whether or not we were protestors or Antifa, had we ever used the raised fist, if we were distributing propaganda, and if we were planning to overthrow the government.

 

The state used similar intimidation and disruption tactics against revolutionary disaster relief workers in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, Brandon Darby being just one example.

We know that repression from the state intensifies when our organizing is perceived by those in power as effective. Rather than be intimidated into silence and passivity, this just furthers our resolve to continue organizing from below to support peoples survival and self-determination.

And to answer the question, no. We are not planning on seizing state power and overthrowing the government. W...

11:36

PERTH The wife of Gold Coast Olympian accused of $1.95m fraud CrimeView

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The wife of Gold Coast Olympian accused of $1.95m fraud .

October 17, 2017 at 07:22AM .

The 45-year-old faced Perth Magistrates Court on Friday in relation to the alleged $1.95 million fraud offence. Crimes of this nature are serious, and

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PERTH Olympian Neil Brooks wanted for questioning in relation to fraud charge CrimeView

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Queensland police confirmed in a statement that detectives from the states Financial and Cyber Crime Group attended the Perth Magistrates Court

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11:36

BATR: The Creed of Sleaze has a Warm Spot in Hell "IndyWatch Feed World"

The Creed of Sleaze has a Warm Spot in Hell

In today's popular culture, there is no hell. Well; by most historic standards, the dread of eternal punishment was a modifier for eons. Now, the aspiration for reaching a cosmic consciousness, among the empyrean utopians seeks a merger of their personality, experiences and identity into an artificial intelligence that will liberate the constraints of the mortal body. Death would be conquered. Without the fear of oblivion, there could be no condemnation into the bowels of Hades. As the predator ethos expands into every corner and crevice of society, the pervaders of filth dominate the mentally disturbed minds that have emerged as the new measure of public amorality. The easiest way to destroy a country is to eliminate the moral fiber of her people. With the absence of afterlife agony, the hell that remains is the hip lifestyle that idolizes degenerates and denounces the remnant of traditional values.

David J. Stewart argues in Hollywood's Evil Agenda, the following.

"It is clear to me from the type of movies that Hollywood has produced over the past couple decades that increasingly they are pushing agendas, and they have agendas which are evil to the core. It is no secret that Hollywood is Jewish owned and controlled. Hollywood is very much Jewish, which is why hundreds of Jewish actors have changed their names. Most Jews reject Jesus as the Messiah. Do a web search under Jewish actor's real names in Hollywood and you'll be surprised to learn how Jewish Hollywood really is. Don't get angry at me, I'm just telling you the truth. It's the Jewish Talmud that promotes child molesting."

Now for all those who admonish that EVERYONE should never mention the unmentionable, answer the question. When will the "PC" matrix allow a serious and constructive dialogue about the role played by the most disgusting pedophiles, which promote and perpetuate sodomy against the most innocent of future generations? There are no consenting adults in these practices. Only abuse and permanent damage of emotional stability comes from ignoring this curse upon decency and propriety.

T...

11:35

Another normal Overland literary journal

The Vietnamese have an epithet for people like me: Vit Kiu, for a Vietnamese person who lives overseas. It can be used derisively, ironically, or endearingly. I first heard it from my aunt, who found it enormously funny, on a trip back to Vietnam in 1996. At the time I thought I was returning home, a chance to complete the broken loop of myself, but this label made it clear it wasnt going to happen there either.

11:04

Philippines thinks TPP not 'too hot' without US and won't join AFTINET

The Finance Secretary of the Philippines, Carlos Dominguez, has stated that the Philippines will not join the TPP without the US. The US withdrew from the TPP agreement on January 24, 2017. Manila Bulletin reports that Mr Dominguez recently told a leaders' forum in Washington DC, Without the US I dont think its going to be too hot Without the US, it doesnt make sense.

Both the American Chamber of Commerce and the European Chamber of Commerce have previously expressed hope that the Philippines will consider joining the TPP agreement.

However Mr Dominguez said the Philippines is working very hard on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), a free trade agreement between the ASEAN countries and China, Australia, India, Japan, South Korea and New Zealand. Is the RCEP just the TPP by another name? Read our explainer here.

10:19

Aussie scientists there when stars collide National News Echonetdaily

An artist's impression of two tiny but very dense neutron stars at the point at which they merge and explode as a kilonova. EPA/ESO/L. Calcada/M. Kornmesser/ HANDOUT

An artists impression of two tiny but very dense neutron stars at the point at which they merge and explode as a kilonova. Photo EPA/ESO/L. Calcada/M. Kornmesser/ HANDOUT

CANBERRA   [AAP]

After nine months of searching the skies, scientists were preparing to pack up their equipment when they found something that set their world and universe alight.

The Australian National University team, working with others around the world, has seen for the very first time two neutron stars colliding and it has them extremely excited.

The discovery has the potential to revolutionise our understanding of the universe and how elements are formed.

The ANUs Susan Scott, chief investigator with the Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery (OzGrav), says astronomers have been waiting for decades to see neutron stars colliding, but until now had to rely on more or less pointing their telescopes at the sky at random.

Her gravitational wave detectors which look for the faint ripples in the universe theorised by Einstein but not observed until 2015 just sit there and wait for something to come in.

We were very, very blessed because eight days before we concluded that nine-month observing run, we got this signal and it was the two neutron stars, Professor Scott told AAP.

Once Prof Scotts team knew the patch of sky the waves were coming from, they sent an alert out to astronomy projects around the world including ANUs own SkyMapper telescope.

That was unprecedented too because we had just about every astronomy project around the world scrambling to re-point their telescopes and satellites, to try to find the actual source in that bit of sky, she said.

Weve never seen an effort like this in science.

That alert came through to ANU astronomer Christian Wolfs phone in the middle of the night and he missed it until woken by a junior team member banging on his front door at...

10:04

Fungi associated with hair roots of Rhododendron lochiae (Ericaceae) in an Australian tropical cloud forest revealed by culturing and culture-independent molecular methods "IndyWatch Feed World"

Fungi associated with hair roots of Rhododendron lochiae (Ericaceae) in an Australian tropical cloud forest revealed by culturing and culture-independent molecular methods

09:11

Queen linked to sacking Whitlam government The Pen

Contributed by Jim Hayes

According to Professor Jenny Hocking, who is a historian and researcher at Melbournes Monash University, the British Queen was involved in the events that led to the coup against Australias Whitlam government in 1975.

Uncovered documents show that Elizabeth II sent an envoy, who flew to Canberra to meet the then Governor General, Sir John Kerr, one month before one of the most significant acts in Australian history took place on 11 November. British High Commissioner Sir Morrice James was also participated in the discussion.

Documents also disclose secret communication between the Queens private secretary Sir Martin Charteris and the Governor General.

The discovery presents a smoking gun that proves that the British head of state meddled in Australian politics and against the elected government.

Relevant documents are currently held in the British archives. Some of the details contained in them remain censored however, meaning that the full extent of the involvement is not yet known.

But what is revealed is that during the visit, there was discussion about intervention.

Professor Hocking says,

Theyre discussing the prospect of intervention in Australian politics, theyre discussing how serious it is, how egregious it is.

Theres no doubt of their intervention The documents point consistently to British involvement.

This is why were calling for an inquiry into British intervention in Australian politics at this time. We need to know, we need to have access to all the documents.

The findings are included in the latest edition of her book, The Dismissal Dossier.

These revelations show a parallel between the role of the British Crown and American Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) involvement and lend credibility to the notion that Britain and the United states colluded in interfering in Australias domestic political affairs and conducted what would later be termed a regime change operation.

As the evidence mounts, it raises serious questions about the nature of Australias relationship with the two countries and the lengths they are prepared to go to ensure that their political will is imposed on Australia.

There are two plausible explanations as to why this occurred. There was concern at the highest levels, over Australias bid to disentangle from he power of wall and fleets streets, in order to buy back the farm,  to build new industries and achieve greater economic independence.Both countries have formidable corporate assets in this country.

And there was a plan to close the Pine Gap foreign military base, during a time when the Cold War still raging and this would have had an adverse effect on the Anglo-American global strategy.

 

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09:00

Episode 1, Justice In The Lucky Country The Port Arthur Massacre Gumshoe News

By Dee McLachlan

The 10 minute video above is the start of a series from Gumshoe News on false flags and other crimes. This one is on Port Arthur. [Much of the video is sourced from Channel 7s Mike Willesee series that damned Bryant]

When I immigrated to Australia in the late 1990s I made the assumption, as had most Australians, that Martin Bryant was the shooter in Tasmania. But as soon as I looked beyond the official narrative, I realized that something was terribly wrong. The entire case is a diabolic miscarriage of justice. For starters, it seems the defence, John Avery, was working for the prosecution.

In the video, I only concentrate on the case and not on the actual perpetrators. There are many articles on Port Arthur on Gumshoe, and in Mary Maxwells recent arti...

08:50

Australia to use UN seat to push womens rights "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon hopes a longterm Gaza ceasefire will lead to a final Israeli-Palestinian peace deal. (file pic)

Australia says it will use its seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council to push for the empowerment of women, indigenous rights and abolition of the death penalty. (file pic)

CANBERRA   [AAP]

Australia says it will use its seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council to push for the empowerment of women, indigenous rights and abolition of the death penalty.

It will also push for reform of the controversial body.

Australia was elected unopposed to the council on Tuesday (AEDT), joining Spain as a Western European and other States representative for a three-year term, replacing the Netherlands and Portugal.

Angola, Congo, Senegal, Slovakia, Ukraine, Chile, Mexico, Peru, Afghanistan, Nepal, Pakistan, and Spain were also elected to the council, while Nigeria and Qatar won second terms.

Its the first time Australia has had a seat on the council.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop nominated the empowerment of women around the globe, indigenous rights, abolition of the death penalty and crises in North Korea and Syria as the issues Australia would pursue during its tenure.

Australia will bring a very principled and pragmatic approach, she told reporters in Canberra.

It will also push for reforms to the council which includes representatives from nations with a poor record on human rights.

I believe it is an opportunity for other countries to scrutinise their record and hold them to account, Ms Bishop said.

Australias bid to serve on the council has attracted criticism, most recently from World Vision Australia boss Tim Costello.

He called on the government to close its inhumane offshore detention centres which were a blight on Australias international reputation.

If we are to play a credible role in promoting human rights internationally, we need to look to our own behaviour, he said in a statement.

We need to do more than talk the talk on human rights, we need to walk the wa...

08:46

Hillary Clintons attack on Assange is to cover up what she really stands for The Pen

Contributed by Joe Montero

In an exclusive interview with Four Corners, Hilary Clinton continued her relentless and vicious attack on Julian Assange, the founder and public face of WikiLeaks.

She accuses him of being a tool of the Russians, of colluding with an intelligence operation to disrupt the 2016 US election and damage her candidacy for president.

Assange has become a kind of nihilistic opportunist who does the bidding of a dictator, she said and added that WikiLeaks is unfortunately now practically a fully owned subsidiary of Russian intelligence.

Julian Assange has hit back on Twitter by suggesting that Theres something wrong with Hillary Clinton .

It is not just her constant lying. It is not just that she throws off menacing glares and seethes thwarted entitlement. Watch closely. Something much darker rides along with it. A cold creepiness rarely seen, he pointed out.

The bottom line is that Clinton has relied on claims an innuendo and has not presented a shred of evidence to back her claim. Why not?  The simple answer is that there isnt any.

WikiLeaks revelations had an impact, because they were primary sources, much of it in the form of emails, that showed conclusively that Hilary Clinton was lying and continued to lie about key issues. If not for this, the impact would have been minimal.

Even now, she fails to own up to what cannot be denied and this means that she needs to put up a screen between the events of the past and now. Raising the Russian bogeyman does the trick.

Not only was Hilarys dishonesty paraded for everyone to see, the exposures brought out that she was the Darling of Wall Street big money. This is a bad look for a candidate that was supposed to stand for the Democrats. And lets not forget the shameful treatment of contender Bernie Sanders by her camp and the disenfranchisement of the grass roots during the primaries. Blaming the Russians is a way to re-write history.

Hilary Clinton did not win the election, because she was a rotten candidate full stop. A candidate who turned out to be even more unpopular than Donald Trump. And that took some doing.

In both words and action, Hilary Clinton showed little fundamental difference to Trump. Both represented big money. Both backed economic policies that hurt those in the weakest position and favoured those with wealth and privilege. Both played out the politics of division. Both stood for aggressive foreign policy, based on the notion of American superiority and dominance of world affairs.

So long as the Clinton camp and the leadership of the Democrats fail to deal with these issues and provide credible alternatives, they will continue to suffer the consequences.

In her Four Corners interview, Clinton went no further than to insist that Putin is out to destroy democracy around the world and the United S...

08:35

Man missing as car swept away in Qld floods National News Echonetdaily

 BRISBANE   [AAP]

A 67-year-old Queensland man is missing after his car was swept away in floodwaters near Gympie.

The man and his wife got out of their car when they encountered a flooded causeway on Marys Creek Road on Monday evening.

The man then got back into the car in a bid to move it but the vehicle was swept away by the rushing water.

Police and swift water rescue personnel have resumed the search for the man after having to stop because of poor conditions.

We had several swift water crews out here operating for over six hours, walking the banks under really difficult conditions, an SES spokesman told Nine.

We are back here in better light today, it was getting dangerous last night, and ineffective to do it thoroughly.

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08:30

Chinas Alien Hunting Radio Telescope Has Made Its First Discovery "GroovUs Feed Nradio"

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The five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST) in China was turned on in September of 2016.  Since then, the Chinese have made a few discoveries and revealed them to the public.

FAST is the largest single-dish radio telescope in the world, spanning 500 meters (1,640 feet) and eclipsing the Arecibo radio observatory in Puerto Rico. It is positioned in a vast karst depression in southwest Chinas Guizhou Province. The telescope is being used to study the origin and evolution of the universe, and it has already found some intriguing signals. Now it is the first Chinese radio telescope to detect pulsars, and it could become the first telescope ever to find a pulsar outside our galaxy as early as next year, which would be a huge finding.

According to China Daily, the telescope has spotted dozens of pulsar candidates, several of which have since been confirmed by the Parkes radio telescope in Australia. Pulsars are neutron stars that spin incredibly rapidly, completing a rotation in a second or less, and that give off notable flashes of radiation.

We know of about 2,700 pulsars inside our Milky Way so far, with the first discovered back in 1967. FAST is expected to double that number, and may also aid in the study of gravitational waves. It is truly encouraging to have achieved such results within just one year, Peng Bo, deputy director of FAST, told China Daily.

FAST has not been without controversy, however. When it was constructed, it was reported that thousands of people had to be relocated to make room for it. In August of this year, various reports said they were...

07:45

An Australian University Is Giving Out Ether to Students "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

The University of New South Wales' consumer loyalty research effort will pay students in ether for making purchases at on-campus retailers.

07:22

Is the Fall of Kirkuk Irans Answer to Trump? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

In a lightning advance, Iraqi forces captured the oil-rich city of Kirkuk from Kurdish forces on Monday, sending thousands of civilians fleeing.

The fighting between two US-trained and -equipped forces that have been central to the war against the Islamic State was a slap in the face to US foreign policy.

We are very concerned by reports of violence in Kirkuk and deplore any loss of life, the US embassy in Baghdad said in a statement. ISIS remains the true enemy of Iraq, and we urge all parties to remain focused on finishing the liberation of their country from this menace.

The attack came weeks after Kurdish-controlled territories in northern Iraq voted to break off from Iraqs central government. This infuriated Baghdad, as well as neighbors Iran and Turkey, both of which have restive Kurdish minorities. The referendum included Kirkuk, which is not officially part of the autonomous Kurdish administration, but which the Kurds captured in 2014 after Islamic State routed the government army nearby.

Some observers immediately saw the offensive as Irans answer to President Donald Trumps decision last week to decertify Tehrans compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal. This view was partially backed by reports that the Iraqi government offensive was spearheaded by Iranian-backed militias. Indeed, it seems that Iran, alongside the US, now enjoys a strong influence in Baghdad.

07:16

Spain Ramps Up Tensions With Catalonia by Jailing Two Pro-Independence Leaders "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Spains government just tightened the screw on the countrys richest region, Catalonia. After Catalonias President Carles Puigdemont refused to clarify whether his speech last Tuesday represented a genuine declaration of independence or not, Madrid has hit back in time-honoured fashion, by having the two leaders of the two main civic organisations behind Catalonias (so far) non-violent independence movement, the fittingly named ANC and mnium Cultura, arrested and imprisoned without bail.

Heres more from El Diario (translated from Spanish):

National Court Judge Carmen Lamela has agreed to send the leaders of the ANC, Jordi Snchez, and mnium Cultura, Jordi Cuixart, to prison, without bail, according to Spains prosecution service. Snchez has only answered questions from his lawyer, while Cuixart, who has already denied the courts jurisdiction to try him for sedition, refused to speak.

Lamela gave Snchez and Cuixart an essential role in sedition. She accused them of collaborating in a complex strategy that sought the execution of the road map designed to achieve the independence of Catalonia. Both, said Lamela, are part of a strategic committee with specific functions to execute.

Forty-two years after Francisco Francos death, Spain has prominent political prisoners back in its jails. Their crime is sedition. They helped mobilise up to half the population of a region of 7.5 million behind a completely peaceful (at least for now) movement for national independence. Their imprisonment sends a clear signal to Catalonias two main political leaders, President Carles Puigdemont and Vice President Oriol Junqueras: if they refuse to submit to Madrid by 10 a.m. Thursday and return within the folds of Spanish law, they, too, will be behind bars very shortly. Even if they do surrender, there are no guarantees that they will not go to jail.

Madrids latest proportional act should also serve as a message to all Europeans or at least all Europeans living in countries belonging to the EU: democracy is a fragile thing in todays united Europe. Everything Madrid has done so far, it has done with Brussels tacit and at times explicit blessing.


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07:12

Assange describes Clinton as 'cold creepiness' after she dubs Wikileaks a 'Russian intel subsidiary' "IndyWatch Feed World"

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has accused Hillary Clinton of "constant lying," after the former US presidential candidate told Australia's ABC TV that his organization was just a "subsidiary of Russian intelligence." There is "something wrong with Hillary Clinton," Assange tweeted. "It is not just her constant lying," he wrote on Monday. "It is not just that she throws off menacing glares and seethes thwarted entitlement. "Something much darker rides along with it. A cold creepiness rarely seen." Hillary Clinton claimed in an interview with the ABC's Four Corners program that Assange colluded with the Russian government in the lead-up to the 2016 US presidential election. "Assange has become a kind of nihilistic opportunist who does the bidding of a dictator," she said. "WikiLeaks is unfortunately now practically a fully owned subsidiary of Russian intelligence." Clinton claimed that in a bid to disrupt the election and derail her presidential campaign, Assange teamed up with none other than Russian President Vladimir Putin. "I think that their intention, coming from the very top with Putin, was to hurt me and to help [then-presidential hopeful Donald] Trump," she said. "Our intelligence community and other observers of Russia and Putin have said he held a grudge against me because as secretary of state, I stood up against some of his actions, his authoritarianism," Clinton said. "If he's such a martyr of free speech, why doesn't WikiLeaks ever publish anything coming out of Russia? You don't see damaging, negative information coming out about the Kremlin on WikiLeaks," she added.

06:45

Illegal Military Research and Development in Antarctica "IndyWatch Feed World"

By Michael Salla, Ph.D. and Corey Goode

The U.S. military industrial complex has been conducting military research and development in Antarctica that grossly violates the 1961 Antarctic Treaty, according to secret space program insider Corey Goode. In previous updates he has described his two visits to Antarctica and the secret excavations occurring with an ancient civilization buried under the ice sheets.

Recently, scientists have confirmed the existence of networks of thermally heated caverns under the West Antarctic ice sheets and have speculated on the kind of life that could be supported there. These scientific announcements help corroborate Coreys claims of extensive underground facilities that contain space ports, and are conducting military research and development there.

In this latest series of questions and answers, Corey describes the history of these Antarctica Treaty violations and how it began with a merging of the US military industrial complex with a German secret space program established in Antarctica during WWII.

Significantly, he refers for the first time to secret space ports and elite facilities built in Argentina and Brazil, which were first established as part of the German space program. These are now part of a corporate run space program he describes as the Interplanetary Corporate Conglomerate (ICC).

Most disturbing is Coreys reference to the human rights abuses occurring in Antarctica under the illegal military research and development there by the U.S. military industrial complex, which is controlled by the ICC. He identifies Argentina and Mexico as additional locations where such abuses are occurring.

Key

MS Michael Salla

CG Corey Goode

Questions for Corey Goode on Antarctica

MS You say that Project Iceworm was a means for the US military to secretly place weapons systems in Antarctica. Were nuclear weapons included among the weapons eventually taken to Antarctica?

CG Project Iceworm was originally developed to house ICBM bases in strategic regions across the Arctic and Antarctic. This project was also coopted to build research and development bases in the Antarctic for both military and military in...

06:02

New fears Bali's Mount Agung could erupt at any moment as volcanic activity soars and magma rises to the surface "IndyWatch Feed World"

There are fresh fears that Bali's Mount Agung could erupt after the volcano reached peak earthquake activity today. Up to 1,000 tremors have been recorded in the area each day, with the frequent movements indicating a flow of magma towards the surface, Perth Now reports. It comes as Indonesia's Mount Sinabung erupted on Sunday, causing evacuations and spewing ash half a kilometre into the air. The activity at Mount Agung is being closely monitored by airlines, with travel to Bali expected to be severely affected should an eruption occur. An emergency operations centre has been set up at Bali's International Airport, with travel insurance companies also imposing restrictions on policies in the wake of the warnings.

05:48

Experts say some Dead Sea Scrolls displayed at DC Museum of the Bible are fakes "IndyWatch Feed World"

Are the Dead Sea Scrolls historical documents or collectible items? How you answer that question may determine how you feel about new revelations that fragments of scrolls in private collections that their owners have paid millions for are probably fakes ... well-made forgeries, but fakes nonetheless. One of the victims of these frauds is the Museum of the Bible, which is scheduled to open in Washington DC in November 2017. In a new article in Dead Sea Discoveries by paleographer and Dead Sea Scrolls expert, Dr. Kipp Davis, many of the "scrolls" to be displayed in that facility are questionable at best, fakes at worst. Forgeries have been a problem with the Dead Sea Scrolls since the first ones were found in 1947 by Bedouin shepherds in a cave near what is now known as the Qumran site. Eventually, 11 (some say 12) caves were found housing some 900 manuscripts and up to 50,000 fragments in forms ranging from full scrolls to minute pieces. As they contain the contents of the Hebrew Bible, competition between scholars and collectors to possess the scrolls was immediately fierce, costly and fraught with frauds. Eventually, carbon dating of the leather they were written on eliminated fakes that weren't around 2,000 years old.

05:40

Australia: jail young children without charges; they wouldnt do that; oh yes they would By Jon Rappoport "GroovUs Feed Npodcasts"

And its a perfect bait and switch

October 16, 2017 NoMoreFakeNews.com

Its still labeled a proposal, but it has widespread support among Australias political leaders.

The BBC: proposals that could see children as young as 10 held for two weeks without charge under new terror legislation.

State and territorial leaders approved the plans with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at a Coalition of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting

The public hasnt seen any details of the plan.

Its obviously aimed at children who are suspected of preparing to commit terrorist acts, or children who are suspected of already committing those acts. Evidence would be lacking, formal charges wouldnt be filed, but the children would still be arrested and held.

Lets cut to the bottom lines. There are already laws which cover arresting children-terrorists. Yes, there needs to be evidence of some kind, but why is that a problem? For example, if federal police found a compound where children were being trained to handle weapons, and it was clear the intention was terrorism, those children could be taken into custody and investigated.

To understand the deeper point, however, you need to recognize that a new law restricting freedom for one reason can and will be expanded to include more reasonsall in the name of public safety and protection, of course. What creeps along the ground today stands up and runs wild tomorrow.

In this case, simply refer to the merciless Australian crackdown on parents and doctors who question the wisdom of vaccination and offer proof that vaccines are harmful, who are willing the buck the tide of official liars who insist that vaccines are miracles.

A year from now, two years from now, someone in government circles will come up with the bright idea that unvaccinated children, innocent victims of their parents madness, should be taken in, quarantined, held, because they are little walking time-bombs of contagionand they must receive treatment. Which will be vaccination. Which will be psychological intervention, to liberate them from their parents delusions.

Well you see, when we arrest little children on suspicion of being terrorists, were not really blaming the children. Theyre victims. We need to sequester them away from the general population...

04:58

What Caused the Measles Outbreak? "IndyWatch Feed Health"

A recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) claims to have the answers, but the analysis is deceptive.

From The Washington Post:

People who dont get vaccinated are the most likely reason for the steady increase in the rate of measles and major outbreaks in the United States, according to an analysis released Tuesday.

The findings, published in JAMA, add to the body of evidence linking failure to vaccinate with the spread of the highly infectious and potentially fatal disease. Once common in the United States, measles was eliminated nationally in 2000 but has made a return in recent years largely because of people who reject vaccinating their children, experts say.

Comment: This is the same propaganda we heard as the outbreak was happening. It was wrong then, and its wrong now. The study looked at 1,789 measles cases reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) between 2001 and 2015, reporting that 70% were unvaccinatedbut the authors admit that there was lack of verifiable immunization on nearly half of the adult cases. Even if we accept the studys numbers at face value, it means that 30% of measles cases occurred in those who were vaccinated. An earlier JAMA study estimated that the vaccination rate among individuals that were exposed to measles during the 2015 outbreak at Disneyland was as high as 86%. There have even been cases where measles was transmitted in a school with a documented immunization level of 100%. What this tells us is that vaccination is not as effective at preventing disease as the public is often led to believe.

The study, and the media eagerly reporting on it, also fail to point out the fact that multiple studies have shown that vaccinated kids, especially those recently vaccinated, ca...

04:20

Alphabet X drones are delivering dinner and drugs to Australians "IndyWatch Feed World"

It may be years before Amazon drones start dropping off items at Americans front doors. But down under in Australia, dinner and medications are already arriving from the skies above. Thats thanks to a trial from Project Wing, which is part of Alphabets X. In a blog post today, Google parent Alphabets experimental projects division

It may be years before Amazon drones start dropping off items at Americans front doors. But down under in Australia, dinner and medications are already arriving from the skies above.

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04:17

Family Never Would Have Guessed Who Ended Up In Their Toilet Bowl "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

People tend to assume they're far away from the natural world when they're inside their houses. But a recent incident in a family's bathroom in Australia deeply challenges this assumption. 

Credit: Nigel's Animal Rescue and Pest Control

"This little guy has gotten himself in a position," a rescuer from Nigel's Animal Rescue and Pest Control remarked at a residence in Melbourne, Australia, after receiving an early morning call for help. 

In the 30 years the rescue organization has been operating, the team had never heard of a situation like this. Beneath the lid of the the toilet bowl was a tiny brushtail possum who, for some reason, was very determined to get into the house.

"This little fella found himself exhausted after traveling up through the plumbing and into the toilet bowl," the rescue organization wrote. 

Credit: Nigel's Animal Rescue and Pest Control

Luckily, rescuers came just in time to get the exhausted possum some help. "We'll get him nice and dry and off to the vet," the rescuer said. 

They took the possum to Pascoe Vale Wildlife Shelter, where all kinds of displaced animals get the help they need to return to the wild. 

At the wildlife shelter, the little possum was examined and discovered to be a girl. "The possum is recovering well," Ebony Cody, of Nigel's Animal Rescue, told The Dodo. "She has no illness or health complications from her ordeal."
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03:44

15 Questions That Will Help You Discover Your True Life Purpose "IndyWatch Feed World"

Life can be so confusing sometimes. There is just so much going on here that it can be hard to even imagine what our true purpose is. If youre feeling lost in life, these 15 questions can get you a bit closer to your self-discovery.

Life is different for each and every one of us. Perception is reality and we refer to that as life. Well, each of us has our own individual life. We each have different goals, ambitions, aspirations, morals, standards, etc. We are each essentially an entirely different universe.

When it comes to self-discovery these days, things are a bit more complicated than they should be. Because we are all so connected through social media and the internet we are all way too involved in each others lives. We try to make other people into who we want them to be and try and obtain different benefits from different people. Certain groups of people are oppressed, people follow each other, and try to essentially be each other. Everyone is the same person. In this crazy world, the only true purpose is to express and research your own uniqueness. We are connected to a higher self and we are the perfect representation of that! We all try so hard to be something were not and that is materialistic; at least were not supposed to be.

Society has such bold and mandatory standards set for each and every one of us and it can be extremely difficult to break away from. Its hard not to apply yourself to the world of trying to fit in. However, once you are able to stop caring about the way society wants you to be and love who you really are, youll never be happier. It shows you a whole new life youve never seen before.

Because of the way society wants us to be, it can be hard to truly identify who we want to be because it has been engraved in our developing minds to want to be like someone else. If youre struggling with finding yourself and expressing your individuality, these 15 questions will reopen your eyes to what life is all about.

Revitalize your priorities in life! Answer these questions!

1. What makes you smile?

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03:26

The US Cannot Go It Alone on Iran- Richard Haas "IndyWatch Feed War"

Yes, that would be Richard Haas: President of the Council on Foreign Relations

Flashback : CFR President Richard Haass:Gap Growing Between Allies and Turkey

Flashback: Ground Zero: Meme Spirited/Neural Programming/CFR- w Jay Dyer

Of course the US IS NOT going it alone on Iran- The US already has Israel in its pocket (or vise versa)  Making Haass argument of going alone not credible. Bibi has also informed us all via his Fox news interview that other Arab states are hunky dory with the Trump announcement. So there is no going it alone.
Yesterday: Netanyahu Praises Trump for "Bold Decision" on Iran- Fix it or Nix it

From the Australian Strategic Policy Institute
US President Donald Trump has announced what was long anticipated: that he will not certify that Iran is complying with the July 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) signed by the United States, China, Russia, France, Germany, the United Kingdom and Iran. Nor will he certify that the suspension of sanctions undertaken by the US as part of the agreement is justified and in the vital national interest of the US.

To be clear, such certifications are not required by the JCPOA. Rather, they are required every 90 days by a law enacted by the US Congress soon after the accord was signed. It is also essential to underscore that Trump did not withdraw from the JCPOA itself. What he chose was a compromise: to make clear his disdain for the agreement without leaving it or reintroducing sanctions that were removed as part of it (a step that would be tantamount to US withdrawal).
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02:50

Australia: jail young children without charges; they wouldnt do that; oh yes they would "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Australia: jail young children without charges; they wouldnt do that; oh yes they would

And its a perfect bait and switch

by Jon Rappoport

October 16, 2017

Its still labeled a proposal, but it has widespread support among Australias political leaders.

The BBC: proposals that could see children as young as 10 held for two weeks without charge under new terror legislation.

State and territorial leaders approved the plans with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at a Coalition of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting

The public hasnt seen any details of the plan.

Its obviously aimed at children who are suspected of preparing to commit terrorist acts, or children who are suspected of already committing those acts. Evidence would be lacking, formal charges wouldnt be filed, but the children would still be arrested and held.

Lets cut to the bottom lines. There are already laws which cover arresting children-terrorists. Yes, there needs to be evidence of some kind, but why is that a problem? For example, if federal police found a compound where children were being trained to handle weapons, and it was clear the intention was terrorism, those children could be taken into custody and investigated.

To understand the deeper point, however, you need to recognize that a new law restricting freedom for one reason can and will be expanded to include more reasonsall in the name of public safety and protection, of course. What creeps along the ground today stands up and runs wild tomorrow.

In this case, simply refer to the merciless Australian crackdown on parents and doctors who question the wisdom of vaccination and offer proof that vaccines are harmful, who are willing the buck the tide of official liars who insist that vaccines are miracles.

A year from now, two years from now, someone in government circles will come up with the bright idea that unvaccinated children, innocent victims of their parents madness, should be taken in, quarantined, held, because they are little walking time-bombs of contagionand they must receive treatment. Which will be vaccination. Which will be psychological intervention, to liberate them from their parents delusions.

Well you see, when we arrest little children on suspicion of being terrorists, were not really blaming the children. Theyre victims. We need to sequester them away from the general population and find a way to re-educate them. In a similar fashion, when unvaccinated children are allowed to roam the streets and shops and s...

02:00

Extinct fanged kangaroos, new research "IndyWatch Feed World"

This video says about itself:

The Fossil Record and Evolution of Kangaroos

28 February 2016

I would first like to give visual credit to BBC Earth, which they have some epic shots on kangaroos.

From the University of Queensland in Australia:

Fanged kangaroo research could shed light on extinction

October 16, 2017

Fanged kangaroos an extinct family of small fanged Australian kangaroos might have survived at least five million years longer than previously thought.

A University of Queensland-led study has found the species might have competed for resources with ancestors of modern kangaroos.

Research into species diversity, body size and the timing of extinction found that fanged kangaroos, previously thought to have become extinct about 15 million years ago, persisted to at least 10 million years ago.

The fanged kangaroos, including the species Balbaroo fangaroo, were about the size of a small wallaby.

UQ School of Earth and Environmental Sciences PhD student Kaylene Butler said the research involved Queensland Museum holdings of ancient fossil deposits from the Riversleigh World Heritage Area, where kangaroo fossil evidence goes back as far as 25 million years.

Fanged kangaroos and the potential ancestors of modern kangaroos are both browsers meaning they ate leaves and they scurried, but did not hop, Ms Butler said.

Northern Queensland was predominantly covered in rainforest when these fanged kangaroos first appear in the fossil record.

There is a lot of research to be done before we can be sure what their canine teeth were u...

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01:44

Whale carcass washes up at Wurtulla, Australia "IndyWatch Feed World"

Boardriders clubs and residents are fearful a whale carcass buried at Wurtulla on the weekend has the potential to attract sharks onto one of the region's most popular surfing beaches. The whale appeared to have already attracted a lot of attention from sharks, and was missing large portions of its bulk by the time it washed ashore at Wurtulla. Surfers this morning have reported large chunks of whale flesh had also washed ashore at Kawana Pocket on the southern side of Point Cartwright. A petition launched by Windansea Boardriders with support from Kawana Boardriders had attracted more than 500 signatures within a couple of hours of it being launched with State MP Jarrod Bleijie saying his office had also been inundated with calls.

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01:21

Judge Tackles the Question: Is Taking A Knee Protected Speech? (Video) "IndyWatch Feed World"

NFL players taking a knee during the national anthem at football games has been the subject of much controversy lately.

But are those players protected by the Constitution?

The answer is quite complicated. Judge Andrew Napolitano recently provided some clarification, and what he said may surprise you.

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Source: Judge Andrew Napolitano: Is Taking a Knee Protected Speech?

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01:13

N. Korea Threatens Australia With Disaster For Engagement In US War Preparations "IndyWatch Feed World"

Pyongyang has threatened Australia with disaster unless the island nation abandons its allegiance with the US interests. Canberra however said it will not be cowed by threats and will continue to do everything to protect and help its allies. Should Australia continue to follow the US in imposing military, economic and diplomatic pressure upon the []

00:24

FEMAs Embarrassing Puerto Rico Response "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Koch Brothers: Deficits Dont Matter (Jimmy)

The author writes, Now that Republicans control all levers of power in Washington and the Koch brothers are poised to reap a windfall of billions of dollars through tax cuts, they have a new message: Dont worry about the deficit.

Japan Gets Revenge Over TPP (Dan)

Japan was a big player in the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade talks during the Obama years. Trump campaigned against the deal and halted negotiations after coming into office. Now Japan is getting revenge with high tariffs on American goods.

Trumps Hidden Abortion Ban (Reader Steve)

A secret was revealed in a San Francisco courtroom last week. Since March, the Trump administration has prevented ICE detainees from the constitutional right to abortion. The case of Jane Doe quickly received the support of the ACLU.

Money Doesnt Matter Anymore, Says Bannon (Dan)

And he may have a point. Trumps largely self-funded campaign, at least relative to Clintons, proved that more money didnt determine the victor. Bannons war against Republicans, like Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell, hopes the success of this model will continue.

Death of the Gotcha Question (Reader Steve)

This article asks: Do scandals even matter in the age of Trump? The answer seems to be a resounding no.

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22:04

Well Water Disappears on Marshall County Farm; Whats the Cause? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Farm family looking for answers after well runs dry

From an Article by Anthony Conn, WTOV News 9, October 12, 2017

MARSHALL COUNTY, W.Va. A familys well suddenly dries up overnight, leaving them to search for the cause. Water is a key part of everyday life. Unfortunately for one Moundsville family, theyre learning the hard way now that theirs is gone.

Rich Forshey bought his Moundsville farm in 2003 with more than 200 acres of rolling Marshall County countryside. On his property, a well, estimated to be more than 170 years old and still used every day. That changed two weeks ago.

I checked the faucet and there was no water coming out, so I shut the pump off and came out here and opened my well cover, Forshey said. When I opened it, a well that was normally filled up to the top, which is generally within two feet of the surface, was down 26 feet.

The well is 28 feet under ground. After the sudden drainage, the Forsheys have been forced to get water from other places.

Weve lost our water now, Forshey said. Were carrying drinking water in one-gallon jugs now. Then were bringing out drums of water for cleaning and flushing the toilet, which really makes it really inconvenient and a pain, but its better than not having the water at all.

Without a clear reason why this happened, Forshey turned to the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection. The increasing amount of mining and drilling in his area, along with heavy truck traffic served as a possible cause.

I was under the impression that even though I had heard that when they fracked the well that its far below the water table, and I believed that, and I actually still believe that. But when my well disappeared, I had second thoughts about that, Forshey said.

The WV-DEP said there is drilling and mining near the farm, but none of it is close enough to affect the Forsheys well. The nearest gas well is more than 4,000 feet away, and the closest coal mine, more than 10,000 feet.

But the bottom line is, the well has run dry, and the answer is yet to be found. It just drained overnight, Forshey said. The water had to go somewhere.

Forshey says that hes open to any suggestions as far as where to go from here. Until then, theyll be getting their water from elsewhere.

22:01

Skippy's got plenty of back-up - roos check in at School of Infantry today - courtesy OC Depot Coy MAJ Brendon Taylor Michael Smith News

What's that Skip? Trouble brewing in the Middle East. Better let the boys know. Duty First.

22:01

Will Spiraling Debt Produce Another Financial Meltdown? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Debt is back in the news. Last month, with the US close to exhausting the $19.8 trillion limit on what it could borrow, Congress voted to raise the debt ceiling. But that was just a short-term fix. Lawmakers will have to tackle debt and federal spending again in December.

Government debt isnt our only problem. The Federal Reserve Bank of New York reported that the nations total household debt has reached a new peak, at $12.8 trillion. And German finance minister Wolfgang Schaeuble recently warned that escalating worldwide debt levels could trigger a global financial crisis.

Such news naturally conjures memories of the financial meltdown a decade ago, when a similarly debt-laden economy collapsed. So are we doomed to reprise the Great Recession of 2007-8?

The answer is certainly Yes, if we have to rely on reining in government debt in order to avert a new meltdown. Federal government debt mostly in the form of Treasury bonds sold to individuals, institutions, and other nations has been growing out of control for 30 years.

In 1985, the debt ceiling was less than $3 trillion. Although our population increased by only a third since then, from about 240 million to 325 million, government debt in the same period rose more than six times.

As Mr. Micawber advised David Copperfield in the Dickens novel: Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen and six [pence], result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds ought and six, result misery.

By the end of 2007, when the Great Recession hit, government debt had already risen to $9 trillion. It has now more than doubled in the ten years since. And it continues to worsen daily. On September 8, for the first time in US history, government debt exceeded $20 trillion, and by October 5, it was $20.4 trillion. That innocent-looking .4 means that the government borrowed an additional $400 billion in less than a month.

To put the $20.4 trillion...

21:15

Catalan leader ignores Madrid "IndyWatch Feed World"

Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont has not answered the Spanish governments question on whether he declared independence last week.

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In a letter sent to Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy on Monday (16 October), Puigdemont called for dialogue, but did not shed light on a confusing declaration last Tuesday (10 October).

  • Tensions between the Catalan and Spanish governments have been high since a 1 October independence referendum, declared illegal by the Spanish constitutional court 

Puigdemont had said the north-western Spanish region has won the right to be independent at the 1 October referendum, but immediately suspended the independence declaration.

The vote had been declared illegal by Spains constitutional court, but Catalonia went ahead with it anyway.

While less than half of the Catalan voters showed up, those who did supported independence en masse.

Following Puigdemonts speech, Rajoy said the Catalan regional government should clarify if independence has been declared.

If it confirmed it had, that...

21:00

Australian Bitcoin Adoption Increases Following Regulatory Amendments "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

In recent months, the Australian government has sought to amend its bitcoin regulations which were previously notoriously unfavorable to businesses and individuals seeking to use and adopt cryptocurrency. The Australian cryptocurrency industries have since shown signs of significant growth, with many industry insiders attributing the improving investor confidence to amendments made to federal legislation pertaining to bitcoin in Australia.

Also Read: Julian Assange Thanks U.S. Government for 50,000% Gains on Wikileaks Bitcoin Holdings

Australian Bitcoin Adoption Is Increasing

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19:03

Catalonia Suspends Independence To Allow talks With Spain Carles Puigdemont requested that Spanish authorities halt all repression in Catalonia "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Associated Press

AFP archive | Catalonias separatist leader requested that Spanish authorities halt all repression in Catalonia

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2017-10-16

Responding to a Monday morning deadline set by Madrid, Catalonias separatist leader Carles Puigdemont said he wanted to suspend taking any steps towards Catalan independence for two months to allow time for talks with Spains central government.

Catalonias leader hasnt clarified whether he declared independence from Spain in a letter to the central government and has renewed a call for dialogue.

Last week, Spain had set a Monday deadline for Carles Puigdemont to explicitly say whether or not he proclaimed that Catalonia was breaking away from Spain.

Puigdemont held a banned independence referendum on Oct. 1 and then made an ambiguous declaration of independence last week. He then immediately suspended the declaration to allow time for talks and mediation.

In Mondays letter, Puigdemont didnt answer yes or no to the question have you declared independence in Catalonia as demanded by the Spanish government. He called for two months of dialogue and requested that Spanish authorities halt all repression in Catalonia.


18:54

Catalonia: Leader Puigdemont fails to clarify independence "IndyWatch Feed War"

Carles Puigdemont calls for meeting with Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy as soon as possible

Catalan Leader Doesnt Answer Madrids Demand to Clarify Independence Bid

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Puigdemont has so far failed to clarify whether or not he is declaring secession from Spain [Ivan Alvarado Reuters]

Oct. 16, 2017 3:15 a.m. ET

MADRIDCatalonias leader failed to say whether he declared the region independent from Spain last week, maintaining the separatists defiance of Madrid and raising the possibility of a reprisal in the coming days by the central government.

Carles Puigdemonts statement Monday was in response to a demand from Spains central government that the Catalan leader clarify whether he declared the wealthy Spanish region an independent republic during a speech last week.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/catalan-leader-doesnt-answer-madrids-demand-to-clarify-independence-bid-1508138144

17:36

Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup #287 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Brought to You by SEPP (www.SEPP.org) The Science and Environmental Policy Project Quote of the Week. Were it not rational behaviour based on irrational government policy, this deliberate elimination of an essential service could only be described as a form of economic self-harm. Tony Abbott, former Prime Minister of Australia Number of the Week: $160

17:36

Independence decision day looms for Catalan leader "IndyWatch Feed War"

AFP

AFP/File | Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont has until Monday morning to clarify whether or not he declared independence

BARCELONA (AFP)  Spain watched nervously Monday as the clock ticked down on a deadline for Catalonias separatist president to decide if he wants to push ahead with independence despite international pleas for unity and dire economic warnings.Carles Puigdemont last week said he was ready for Catalonia to become an independent state following an independence referendum on October 1 that went ahead despite a court ban.

But he immediately said he was suspending secession to allow time for negotiations with Madrid.

His ambiguous announcement fell far short of satisfying Puigdemonts separatist allies, who are agitating for an immediate break from Spain, and received short shrift in Madrid.

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy gave Puigdemont until 10am (0800 GMT) Monday morning to clarify whether or not he declared independence, and said the central government was ready to take direct control of the region unless he backs down.

If he pushes ahead, Puigdemont will have a three-day grace period, until Thursday, to change his mind.

Anything less than a full climb-down will likely see Madrid start to suspend Catalan autonomy an untested move many fear could lead to unrest.

European Union officials are keeping a close eye on developments amid fears that Catalan independence could put further strain on the bloc as it grapples with Britains shock decision to leave.

Catalan regional television TV3 reported that Puigdemont would not give a yes or no answer on independence on Monday and would instead give Madrid a more elaborate response.

That is likely to prolong Spains worst political crisis in decades and deepen uncertainty that has already led more than 500 firms to start leaving the region since the beginning of October.

Economy fears

Catalonia, home to 7.5 million people, has its own language and distinct culture, but is deeply divided over independence.

Separatists argue the prosperous region is helping to prop Spain up, saying it pays more in taxes than it gets back and that a break from the rest of the country would allow it to prosper.

The Spanish government says growing uncertainty over Catalonia, which is deeply indebted to Madrid and which cannot borr...

17:30

Privatix- The Blockchain Solution to Internet Censorship. "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

The problem of the internet today is the growing efficiency of governments eavesdropping and censorship capabilities across most of the world wide web. The denial of the basic principle of network neutrality has been ruthlessly defended (even denied) by the Chinese, Iranian, Australian, German, and American people among others. The government firewalls are growing increasingly Continue reading Privatix- The Blockchain Solution to Internet Censorship.

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17:03

MEDIA RELEASE: Annual Food Sovereignty Convergence to be held in Canberra October 23-24 Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance

Date of release: 16 October 2017

The Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance (AFSA) will host the annual Food Sovereignty Convergence in Canberra on the 23rd and 24th of October 2017 at the Burrungiri Cultural Centre.

The convergence will provide an opportunity for attendees to debate, share stories, analyse, strategise and plan towards building a fair food system for all Australians.

Held as an extension of Fair Food Week 2017, the Food Sovereignty Convergence will attract farmers, consumer advocates, right to food activists, urban agriculturalists, educators, communicators & innovators, and is open to anyone who sees themselves as part of Australia's food sovereignty movement.

The Food Sovereignty Convergence is run as an un-conference, allowing sessions to be determined democratically on each day and to encourage participation from attendees, as well as broad and inclusive discussions around the measures needed to promote Fair Food.

Topics up for discussion this year include issues around genetically modified (GM) technologies in agriculture, the impact of regulation and planning schemes on small-scale farmers, hunger activism and the 'right to food', and food sovereignty at a global level.

In addition to the un-conference agenda, the closing of the first day of the convergence will see Bruce Pascoe discuss reconciliation of First People's land management with the new movement of regenerative farming. Following this, a potluck dinner, for which separate tickets can be purchased, will be held on the Monday night at Canberra City Farm.

Penny Kothe of Caroola Farm, the Southern Harvest Association and AFSA Secretary, has said "Food Sovereignty should be important to all Australians. It represents ones ability to choose who and where they buy their food from and in the case of farmers, to produce food that is a reflection of our deep understanding of how the l...

16:01

Theresa May Needs to Go to Vegas to Learn Poker "IndyWatch Feed World"

QUESTION: Mr. Armstrong; I know you use to live here in London and in Berlin, you said you still had your British drivers license. Everyone knows you were friends with Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and that you are the one they called when Britain had to face its disaster in joining the ERM. If you were to advise Prime Minister Theresa May, what would you tell her right now?

Thank you for your guidance in Britain

PH

ANSWER: Well the first thing, Theresa May should run to Las Vegas and take a course on playing poker and observe the game. You can win with a losing hand if you know how to project confidence and look like you have a winning hand, which is what the EU is doing to her.

In law, I could get you on the witness stand and then ask when was the last time you beat your spouse. You will now have to deal with that agenda. You will swear you never beat anyone and you will want to call your spouse to say you never beat them. I will say thats irrelevant because they will lie fearing you will beat them again. I have just set the agenda and you will be on defense the whole time. Forget everything else. You will leave the stand and people will think, where there is smoke there is fire, or surely I would have never asked that question without a reason.

This is what Brussels is doing to Britain. They have ABSOLUTELY no interest in actually negotiating any so...

15:52

EFA elects first female leadership team Electronic Frontiers Australia

Electronic Frontiers Australia, the countrys leading digital rights organisation, is proud to announce that its Board has elected its first female leadership team.

Lyndsey Jackson was elected unopposed as the new Chair of EFA at a Board meeting held on Sunday 15th October. Katherine Phelps was elected as the new vice-Chair.

Lachlan Simpson was also elected as Secretary and Shaun Haddrill continues in the Treasurers position to which he was appointed in July 2017.

Ms Jackson said, It is an honour, and it marks a significant point in the history of EFA to be the first woman to be elected to this role. To be supported in this role by new Vice-Chair Katherine Phelps is particularly gratifying, as we are both passionate about encouraging and supporting women to take on leadership roles in civil society.

I look forward to working with the board and the EFA membership to ensure that EFA remains a champion of digital rights in our communities, both here in Australia and throughout the world.

I would also like to note the significant contribution over many years of our outgoing Chair David Cake, as well as our other outgoing Board members and look forward to their continuing contribution to the organisation in a variety of contexts.

 
 
 

14:46

It is a pity. Too late for Singapore to ever be a real democracy "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I think it may be too late. Singapore may never be a real democracy. And its people may never enjoy the freedoms that one would naturally expect in  America or Western Europe.

First of all we have to agree that democracy is a good thing. I do. It is a system which as far as possible leave people alone to develop your full potential. The state only interferes if you harm others unlike in a dictatorship like Singapore where the state punishes you if you espouse ideas not to their liking. Democracies believe that the engine for change and betterment is the people while in dictatorships like Singapore it is the dictator who decides how you live.

For a country to be a real democracy, its government must accept that democracy is a good thing and consequently the State should create the necessary institutions to enable it. Take USA as an example. USA from its inception embraced democracy as the best form of government, created a constitution to enable it, and actively ensured that its provisions are obeyed, through the deliberate setting up of civil society, the rule of law, a free press and fundamental human rights. This is the case too in Western Europe, Canada Australia and New Zealand.

In Singapore on the other hand, since its inception more than 50 years ago, the government has deliberately and progressively sustained its policy of denying a free society. The rule of law is maligned with corrupt judges beholden to the government and used as tool to silence dissent, the papers are state controlled and have become an instrument of state propaganda, all freedoms are denied and anyone criticizing openly is liable to arrest and imprisonment. Although Singapore derived its political system from England, it deliberately suppressed any part of it that relates to democracy.

Under such circumstances unless the people are themselves aware of the need for democracy and are willing to stand up to this dictatorial government, there is no way that the system will ever change, mainly because people in a place such as Singapore, over years of behavior training by the government, are not even aware of what democracy means. And if they don't know what democracy is, how does anyone expect the people to fight for it or the society to become democratic?

Those who did not wish to live in a society like this Singaporean dictatorship have mostly left the island for settlement in the West. I too did not want to be a "digit" under Lee Kuan Yew's Singapore, as he once called the ordinary Singaporean. So I left. As a result over the years, the island has been depleted of people who know what it is to live in freedom. The education system in the island makes sure that students are never taught anything of Constitutional law or democracy. As a result they go through an entire school life not knowing anything about democracy...

13:44

Over 100,000 People in Green Energy South Australia Now Receive Food Donations "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Guest essay by Eric Worrall Power prices in the Australian Renewable Energy Paradise of South Australia have driven 102,000 South Australians to beg for help from food charities, according to a major South Australian Newspaper. More than 102,000 South Australians seeking food donations, forced to skip meals to pay bills Liz Walsh, Sheradyn Holderhead, The

13:36

Climate Change Insurgent: Tony Abbotts Crusade "IndyWatch Feed War"

He is the inimitable, true political ugliness, the bad boy with a mistimed punch.  While not quite professorial in his lunacy (that honour will have to go to Pauline Hanson of One Nation, whose sincere bigotry remains pungent), he aspires to it with a greater sense of reason.

This Exocet missile of Australian politics continues to direct his power and magic into the vessels of the Turnbull government, hoping that his relevance will resume form.  His victories, gained from the right wing of the Liberal-National coalition, have been significant, effectively trimming the efforts of the government.

Tonys never so immaculate releases always tend to rumble.  Before an audience at the Global Warming Policy Foundation in London this week, Abbott was very clear: Primitive people once killed goats to appease the volcano gods.

The societies of now were certainly more sophisticated but for all that progress humans were still characteristically delusional, a superstitious lot sacrificing our industries and our living standards to the climate gods to little effect.

Environmentalism had become a dangerous dogma rather than an indispensable pursuit for a healthier earth. Environmentalism has managed to combine a post-socialistic instinct for big government with a post-Christian nostalgia for making sacrifices in a good cause.

This was not all.  A heated earth was something to relish not abhor. In most countries, far more people die in cold snaps than in heatwaves, so a gradual lift in global temperatures, especially if its accompanied by more prosperity and more capacity to adapt to change, might even be beneficial.

In this calculus of death, Abbotts point is distorting.  True, cold is a natural killer of the infirm and elderly, and generally, more effective on current figures.  But then again, excessive heat is set to catch up in its reaping potency.

According to the World Health Organisation, the middle of the century will see malaria, diarrhoea, heat stress and malnutrition gathering up an extra 250,000 people a year. Areas with weak health infrastructure mostly in developing countries will be the least able to cope without assistance to prepare and respond.

Abbott, in the true spirit of a climate insurgent, adopts a two pronged approach. Even if climate change was happening (which its not, being the science of absolute crap in his charming terms), it could hardly be a bad thing even if it was. Having looked at photographs of Manly beach over a century, he saw no signs of rising sea levels.  (Such a scientifically inquiring mind!) But surely, a heat...

12:59

An Open Letter to a Friend I Lost While Travelling Global Hobo

Dear (ex-)best friend,

Things just arent the way they used to be. In fact, they were pretty hostile there for a while. Weve all read stories of how people have found their besties while travelling, or had some bullshit epiphany about who their true friends are. But travel just drove a wedge between us, and almost destroyed one of the greatest friendships Ive ever had.

Weve been close our entire lives, sharing a beautiful and largely uncomplicated comradeship based on a mutual love of Harry Potter and disdain for sports. Weve seen each other through all our awkward phases: the pre-teen fangirl, the side-fringe faux-emo and the trying-embarrassingly-hard-to-be-alternative. You were there from my first birthday to my first drink, and finally for my first independent travel experience.

And then, within six short weeks, all that was gone, and Im left wondering how the hell I managed to fuck up so badly.

Actually, Im wrong. I do know how. My mistake was deluding myself into thinking that travelling with my best friend and boyfriend could ever work out.

Our plan was to go on tour for a couple of weeks, then stay in London for a couple more. We had hung out together many times in Australia, and everything had been fine. Fine enough, at least, for us to agree that planning a six-week-long trip to the opposite end of the globe would be a great success. I mean, we were all adults, right? Surely we could handle ourselves.

On tour, everything seemed to be going great. You found new friends in our tour group, among them a beautiful and funny Sydneysider. Boyfriend, on the other hand, was finding it harder to socialise, so we mostly stuck together as a quartet; you, the Sydneysider, Boyfriend and myself. We had some pretty good times together: stacking on the slopes in Germany, drinking Butterbeer in an underground Polish caf and laughing hysterically at our tour mates as they danced tipsily to an Austrian string trio.

Still, there were moments when I felt I wasnt doing enough to make sure everyone was having fun. Id assumed that our group dynamic would translate exactly to the new setting, and it was a shock to find out that Id actually have to try harder, as the common link between you and Boyfriend, to make everyone feel included. It started to really weigh on my shoulders, at a time when I thought my biggest worry should have been about whether or not to buy a keyring of a miniature Dutch clog. To be honest (and this is painful to admit, even now), towards the end, I was feeling a little too sorry for myself to even notice what you were going through.

You must have felt fuckin...

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12:43

October in fiction Overland literary journal

There is much to like in this retelling. Medea, a figure who enacts vengeance on her husband, comes to life on the page as a woman struggling not just to voice herself, but to have any agency at all. We meet her on the deck of the Argo, as she tears parts off the brother she has just murdered, scattering them into the sea. This aspect of the book dances right on the line between justified and gratuitous violence. But despite the rugged brutality, it is Vanns language that is the true innovation.

12:23

At Government-Backed Chinese Conference, Bitcoin is Called Disaster "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Is China going to issue its own digital currency? Recent government-sponsored conference leads to questions, few answers.

12:01

Intellihub Exclusive: On scene investigator banned from Mandalay Bay, MGM, for life AFTER HE DISCOVERED THIS! "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

A comprehensive investigation with pictures from inside the Mandalay Bay after the Las Vegas shooting

LAS VEGAS (INTELLIHUB) An independent investigator working on the Las Vegas shooting case was staying at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino when he was abruptly and formally trespassed from all MGM Resorts International Properties within 24 hours of his check-in.

The investigator, who likes his anonymity, goes by @Nick_Falco on Twitter and has posted a series of tweets confirming his claims that he was indeed banned from the property for life by MGM management around 7:30 p.m. Saturday evening.

Falco told Intellihub exclusively that he received a phone call from the front desk of Mandalay Bay shortly before 7:30 p.m. in which a female operator instructed him to answer his hotel room door where four men (two armed guards, a security guy, and an FBI agent) simultaneously met him. Falco was then told to pack up his belongings before the FBI agent conducted a subsequent inspection of his room.

Soon after the independent investigator says that he was then escorted over to the main entrance of the Mandalay Bay where a security guard stood him in front of a camera and verbally read him the trespass.

lobby.The lobby inside of the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Resort Las Vegas. (Prayinto/Flickr)

11:48

Benefits of Sheep Milk Compared with Other Types of Dairy "IndyWatch Feed Health"

sheep milk benefitsWhen people ask me what type of dairy milk I prefer, they are usually surprised when my answer is sheep milk! I particularly adore sheep milk cheese and when it is seasonally available locally, I stock up.

In my travels across parts of Europe last summer, I was pleasantly surprised to see that sheep milk is readily available in some places that I visited. Its even available at some farmers markets in the larger cities! This is in contrast to North America, where fresh sheep milk is extremely hard to find, and sheep dairies are few and far between.

On the other hand, quality sheep milk yogurt is becoming more commercially available in the United States. More on this trend below. (...)
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11:10

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10:59

Universal Basic Income, or Basic Universal Alternative? "IndyWatch Feed War"

UBI/CI proposes that everyone should receive a guaranteed regular income whether they need it or not. Im a relative newcomer to the idea, learning about it for the first time when I first joined the Greens about three years ago. I couldnt believe they were serious. Having ploughed through most of the Greens considerable number of policies, and agreed with just about every one of them, (CI) struck me as too ridiculous for words the sort of thing some evil conspirator might plant like a bomb, waiting for the right moment to detonate it.

But perhaps it was me; perhaps I should find out more about it.

Whilst the intentions of CI are unquestionably right and good and humane an attempt to eradicate poverty the proposed solution of CI is full of flaws. Nevertheless, the concept of UBI/CI appears to be gaining a lot of traction all around the world. It has been tested in India and is currently being tried out in Brazil, Finland, and parts of Scotland. There are plans to trial it in Spain and the Netherlands. So could Guy Standing, a leading academic guru for UBI, reveal to me its virtues and eliminate my doubts?

Mr Standing is an impressive speaker. Clearly very used to speaking to large audiences, hes articulate and confident, like a good salesman. Although he must have spoken for twenty minutes or so, he didnt say anything that answered my concerns. But what he did say actually increased my reservations, and set alarm bells ringing loudly in my ears.

Leaving aside the rather tacky plugging of his newest book, something he did over and over throughout his talk, and afterwards with nearly every response he gave to questions from the audience, what really alarmed me was his apparent delight in the support UBI is supposedly attracting from the establishment.

Supping with the devil

Mr Standing informed us that he had recently been invited to speak about UBI in Davos. He seemed to think this was a fantastic achievement. Being welcomed into the arms of the worlds most powerful oppressors of humanity and despoilers of the planet was sold to us by Mr Standing as something we should admire and respect instead of being horrified by (which was my reaction). Then Mr Standing told us that even Hill...

10:42

The European Commissions flawed Multilateral Investment Court System AFTINET

Friends of the Earth Europe trade campaigner Fabian Flues has written a persuasive article about The European Commissions plans for a Multilateral Investment Court system.

As an alternative to the widely criticised ad-hoc investor-state dispute settlement (or ISDS) tribunals, the European Commission is proposing a permanent Multilateral Investment Court, through which foreign investors could sue governments over trade and investment agreements. However as Flues notes, this new model, while attempting to address procedural flaws, actually entrenches a fundamentally unjust system that privileges investors over everyone else:

It gives those special rights to corporations without requiring them to respect national law, human rights or refrain from polluting the environment. No one else is able to submit a claim to this institution, not even domestic investors.

Instead of establishing a permanent global VIP court for corporations and preserving the worst features of the ISDS system, the European Commission should dismantle the harmful global investment arbitration system. 

10:34

The 1998 search warrant on Slater and Gordon that was pulled before police could execute it Michael Smith News

I'll start with the bad news first. The 1998 WA Extra-Territorial Search Warrants referred to in the Affidavit and letter below were apparently not executed. Just days before the issuing of the writs for the 1998 Federal Election (that saw Julia Gillard elected to the seat of Lalor) the WA...

10:19

Being Poor Costs More SACOSS - Justice, Opportunity and Shared Wealth for all South Australians

SACOSS Anti-Poverty Week Statement highlights 10 poverty premiums for low income South Australians

SACOSS is today releasing its 2017 Anti-Poverty Week Statement which highlights the poverty premiums paid by South Australians on the lowest incomes. These are the extra costs on those living in poverty that others with higher income or more resources can buy their way out of, avoid or minimise. 

The SACOSS Statement gives examples of 10 poverty premiums in energy, telecommunications, banking, government charges, and in ordinary shopping. The premiums can be extensive with examples of poverty purchases being 30% to 50% more than the cost for those with more money to spend, while other items have more than 5 times the impact on the household budget of those living in poverty.

10:09

Hamas and Fatah sign new Palestinian agreement The Pen

Contributed from Victoria

Palestinian organisations Hamas and Fatah have signed a reconciliation agreement that will nad over control over the Israeli occupied Gaza to joint administration.

Representatives of each had been involved in talks in Cairo, due to involvement of Egypt as mediator.

According to the terms, Fatah, under the leadership of Mahmoud Abbas will take responsibility of the Rafah crossing on November 1, through Fatahs  presidential guard and the administration of Gaza will pass to a unity government of both organisations.

The aim is to bridge over differences between the two and work together for the revival of peace talks, based on a two state compromise that will add pressure on Israel to move towards an acceptable resolution and desist from the increasingly hard line stance and stepped up settler occupations on Palestinian territory.

For the Palestinians and particularly Hamas, this is a significant compromise, shifting away from its previous one state and destruction of Israel position.

Catalyst for the change is a recognized need to strengthen international recognition and the context of Israels growing diplomatic difficulties, despite ongoing support from Washington, under the Trump administration.

There is also a wish to mitigate the economic and social impact on the residents of Gaza, caused by the imposition of a severe trade blockade by Israel that has been devastating the economy, including causing severe restrictions to basic services and the availability of medicines.

Israel has reacted to the agreement negatively, suggesting that by working together, the Palestinians would make the prospect of peace harder.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Twitter, Reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas makes peace much harder to achieve.

On hearing the news, thousands of Palestinians took to the streets across Gaza in celebration.

Although previous agreements broke down, the level of cooperation is greater this time around and the prospect that this agreement will hold is goods.

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10:03

Solving the Marathon Bomb Mystery, Part 2: Jahar Tsarnaevs Blue Jeans Gumshoe News

Next to the boat. Photographer Sean Murphy

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

Much needs to be said about Jahar (Dzhokhar) Tsarnaev, one of the most incommunicado persons in the world today. He probably never imagined he would end up in a Supermax prison, unable to talk to anyone. Worse, no one is allowed to talk to him.

Jahar is under the post-9/11 SAMs Special Administrative Measures. These came about when it was said that a Muslim terrorist involved in the 1993 (not 2001) bombing of the World Trade Center was trying to pass plans to his buddies in Egypt, or wherever....

09:27

Commonwealth Bank and Turnbull expose Australians to serious ongoing financial crime The Pen

This article was written by Michael Clanchy (The Independent Australian 14 October 2017), details why the Commonwealth Bank needs to be put under investigation. A long list of controversies that demand answers.  Michael Clanchy is a management and policy development consultant and has authored books including Good Bosses, Bad Bosses: Surviving at Work. Publishers of his feature articles include BRW, The Age, The Brisbane Courier Mail and The West Australian.

Just how many chances will the Commonwealth Bank be given to comply with its statutory responsibilities and social obligations? Just how long will the LNP Government resist widespread calls for a full judicial inquiry or Royal Commission into this privatised giant, which exercises such economic power within Australia and over millions of individual Australians?

The litany of Commonwealth Bank behaviour receiving adverse media publicity over recent years has been long, including:

  1. Commonwealth Bank insurance

In 2016, CommInsures Chief Medical Officer blew the whistle on unethical practice, alleging the denial of payout entitlements to sick and dying policy-holders, corporate pressure on doctors to change their medical opinions and the use of outdated medical definitions.

  1. Commonwealth financial planning and advice

After years of customer complaints and staff whistleblowing, alleging fraud, forgery and shoddy financial advice, resulting in significant customer loss and excessive staff commissions, a 2014 Senate Inquiry Committee report recommended a Royal Commission into the operations and behaviour of the Commonwealth Banks financial planning arm.

The Government declined to act on this Committee recommendation.

  1. An aggressive profit before people mentality

Like the other major banks in Australia, the Commonwealth has received its share of customer and consumer advocate criticism. This included criticism about excessive fees and charges, especially high interest charges on credit card debt, record bank operating profits and shareholder dividends, delays in passing on cuts in the Reserve Bank cash rate, and its concerted promotion of bank product sales.

The Commonwealth Banks record profits over recent years have particularly hurt its image, as have the nostalgic memories of many older people, who recall when the now pri...

09:12

The Regulation Diaries (7): Planning for Industrial Intensive Animal Agriculture by Tammi Jonas Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance

This blog post was originally posted on AFSA President Tammi Jonas' personal blog, Tammi Jonas: Food Ethics, as part of 'The Regulation Diaries' series. 

 

In October 2015, I visited Jo Stritch of Happy Valley Free Range, Livestock Farmer of the Year in 2014.

Jo had just been ordered to remove all her pigs from her farm after losing a case in VCAT trying to prove that her farm wasnt intensive.

One of these is not intensive.

According to the Victorian Planning Provisions (VPP), intensive animal husbandry refers to importing most food from outside the enclosures. In Happy Valley Piggery v Yarra Ranges SC, VCAT [2015] determined that most food meant most nutrition. This had the effect of making a free-range piggery fall under the definition of Intensive animal husbandry. This classification was counterintuitive to some people as a free range piggery was not seen as intensive. (AIAC 2015)

In late 2015, an independent body (the Animal Industries Advisory Committee (AIAC)) was appointed by the Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford and the Minister for Planning Richard Wynne to address concerns that the planning provisions were no longer sufficiently meeting the needs and expectations of farmers nor the community.

I will here quote extensively from both the consultation paper and the final report of the Animal Industries Advisory Committee (AIAC).

The VPP Advisory Committee of 1997 that reviewed the implementation of the VPP said: It does not matter where the food is sourced from because it is the concentration of the animals whic...

09:00

The Exploited Workers of Thailands Tourism Industry Global Hobo

Sometimes when you travel, you meet people whose impact on you far outweighs the time you spend with them. For me, Luke was one of those people.

Luke was a short, caramel-skinned Burmese man, 25 years old, who worked as a tour guide in a Myanmar harbour town called Myeik. Our relationship started out as business a backpacker meeting a tourism operator but it quickly became clear that we got on really, really well.

He took me to a candlelit, nighttime Buddhist festival on an island near his village, where I was introduced to the presiding military officer. We drank awful homebrewed rice wine in a thrown-together backyard speakeasy, wandered through rubber plantations and chain-smoked as we drifted on a passenger boat down the Tanintharyi River. I met his friends, and over endless bowls of tangy Burmese food in noisy open-air restaurants, he told me about his life.

Luke was born in a small village near Myeik. He started working regularly on his familys fishing boat when he was in grade four, about eight years old. He has a scar on his chest from his flesh scraping against barnacle-covered rocks when he was 12. Growing up, he adored his younger sister, and still keeps his nails long on one hand because she thinks it suits him. He finished school as a teenager and went to university in Myanmars biggest city, Yangon, where he was for the 2007 monk-led protests that saw the military open fire on the crowd. 

After that, he went to Thailand to find work. This is a necessity for millions of poverty-stricken Myanmar nationals, since the domestic factories and companies are largely foreign-owned, and staffed with Chinese or Thai workers. He lived in the coastal city of Chumphon where tourists catch ferries to the nearby islands of Koh Samui, the diving-mecca Koh Tao, and Koh Phangan, famed for its Full Moon Party for four years.   

One day, over a bowl of hot noodles, I asked him if he liked Thailand.

I will never forget the depth of emotion in his voice when he replied, slowly and evenly and with absolute certainty, I hate it.

I looked at him, surprised. I was just making conversation, not expecting such a serious...

08:50

FixedIt: Police arrest an invisible being Jane Gilmore

The Townsville Bulletins report on a man who appeared in court after he allegedly stabbed, choked, kicked and punched his partner was a comprehensive article that detailed the alleged crimes and quoted police on the context of increasingly severe domestic violence in the region.

But, yet again, the headline completely erases the alleged perpetrator from the story. Hes invisible. He hasnt yet been tried so editors do have to be careful about not assuming guilt, but they can and should report that he was arrested and in court. They can and should be clear that police do not think this woman assaulted herself or that some indiscernible entity is accused of committing the assault.

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08:48

Turnbull slips as preferred PM: Newspoll National News Echonetdaily

Malcolm Turnbull enters a new parliamentary fortnight with his government slipping in the Newspoll for the 21st time in a row.

Its set to be a critical week for the prime minister as a protracted debate over energy policy comes to a head while the citizenship fiasco could yet see him lose his deputy.

The latest Newspoll, published in The Australia, will put Mr Turnbull under more pressure inside the federal Liberal Party.He cited Tony Abbotts loss in 30 consecutive Newspolls as the reason for rolling him as prime minister two years ago.

Labor leads the coalition 54 per cent to 46 on a two-party preferred basis despite major government decisions in the past three weeks on private health insurance, domestic gas supply and funding for critical medications.

Mr Turnbulls standing as preferred prime minister has also dipped one percentage point to 41 per cent while Opposition Leader Bill Shorten moved up two points to 33 per cent.

The primary vote figures shows Labor dropping a percentage point drop to 37 per cent, while the coalition has firm at 36 per cent six points below its result at last years election.

Cabinet minister Darren Chester rejected suggestions the government was in a death spiral.

I think its a ridiculous proposition, he told ABC TV.

Unlike oppositions, the government has to make tough decisions.

Its a great privilege to be in government, he said.

But also within the culture of politics right now, I think the Australian people are quite happy to give their members of parliament a clip behind the ears to make sure we stay on our toes.

The minor parties continue to gain ground. The Greens are up one percentage point to 10 per cent, helping Labor to keep its lead on the coalition after preferences are distributed.Pauline Hansons One Nation Party has increased its support from 8 to 9 per cent in the same period.

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08:46

Queensland government stands by Adani mine National News Echonetdaily

The Queensland government is standing by the controversial Adani coal mine project, as Greens leader Richard Di Natale warns he will join protests on the ground to shut it down.

Indian company Adani, which has approval to build the massive Carmichael coal mine in Queenslands Galilee basin, says it will break ground on construction of a rail link for the multibillion-dollar project within days.

But Senator Di Natale is adamant the project wont go ahead, and says hes prepared to be arrested to stop it.

If we cant stop it in the parliament, well stop it by standing in front of those bulldozers, he told Sky News on Sunday.

Senator Di Natale said the mine would be an environmental disaster that would destroy tourism jobs in Queensland.

But a spokesman for Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the $21.7 billion coal mine and rail project has more than 200 conditions attached to protect the environment.

We have protected the Caley Valley wetlands and the Reef by not allowing dredge spoil to be dumped there, he told AAP on Sunday.

No dredging would be allowed at Abbot Point until the company demonstrates financial closure, he said.

Turnbull government frontbencher Dan Tehan also backed the project and said it was not surprising stopping the mine was going to be a key focus for the single issue party.

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08:43

Energy sector lacks competition: watchdog National News Echonetdaily

A huge increase in electricity prices over the past decade is putting unacceptable pressure on Australian households and businesses, the consumer watchdog has declared.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has delivered its preliminary report examining retail electricity prices to the Turnbull government, providing yet more evidence of the woes besetting the energy sector.

But ACCC boss Rod Sims says the government will have to work out if its focus is on lowering prices, boosting reliability or reducing emissions because the problems dont necessarily have the same solution.

Residential prices increased 63 per cent since 2007 and the average bill was about $1524 plus GST.

The ACCC found many households could not absorb these increases, with some people forced to cut spending on food and health to cover their power bills.

Similarly, businesses that couldnt pass on higher costs told the watchdog they were considering cutting staff or moving overseas and some have closed.

Mr Sims said there was almost a penalty for loyalty with the major energy retailers.

If you havent phoned your energy retailer in a couple of years, phone them up, demand a better deal and threaten to switch Id be surprised if you dont save a lot of money, he told Sky News.

The main driver behind higher prices was network costs the poles and wires with retailer costs and green schemes contributing to a lesser extent.

Mr Sims cautioned the clean energy target was designed to cut emissions but it was hard to say whether it would also bring down prices.

While it may bring forward extra investment, it also involves a subsidy smeared across all electricity users, so its a hard one to call, he said.

If our focus is on meeting the Paris (emissions) targets, thats a good thing to look at but if our focus is on affordability we should keep the focus on the network tariffs, retails costs, how to get generation prices down and so forth.

It was important to understand the trade-offs between the various objectives if the nation was to have an effective energy policy.

Finance Minister Mathias Cormann repeatedly insisted the government was focused on bringing down prices, delivering a reliable system and meeting Australias emissions reduction targets.

But weve always got to ensure that we dont impose disproportionate costs on families and business when it comes to environmental objectives, he told ABC radio.

The ACCC will make its final report to government in June 2018.

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08:31

Gillard's Greek bullshit artist Bill Telikostiglou had a bigger role in The AWU Scandal than we thought Michael Smith News

More on Bill soon - for now I'd love your help with any tips on Debbie Lawn from Zagoras solicitors - who was also apparently on the AWU payroll.

08:15

As America Searches For Answers, Internet Notes Saudi Royals Own Hotel Rooms Above Vegas Shooter "IndyWatch Feed World"

Nearly two weeks after the Las Vegas shooting, Americans are still searching for answers as to what happened on that tragic night. In the midst of a range of theories, the internet noted the proximity between a U.S. allys government during both this terrorist attack and the 9/11 attacks. Saudi Arabia is considered a close []

07:46

Observatory in Argentina detects extragalactic cosmic rays reaching Earth, and will help in locating their source "IndyWatch Feed World"

Fifty years ago, scientists discovered that the Earth is occasionally hit by cosmic rays of enormous energies. Since then, they have argued about the source of those ultra-high energy cosmic rays - whether they came from our galaxy or outside the Milky Way. The answer is a galaxy or galaxies far, far away, according to a report published Sept. 22 in Science by the Pierre Auger Collaboration. The internationally run observatory in Argentina, co-founded by the late University of Chicago Nobel laureate James Cronin, has been collecting data on such cosmic rays for a more than a decade. The collaboration found that the rate of such cosmic particles, whose energies are a million times greater than that of the protons accelerated in the Large Hadron Collider, is about six percent greater from one side of the sky than the other, in a direction where the distribution of galaxies is relatively high.

07:44

Centrelink outsources calling system to Serco The Pen

Contributed by Adam Carlton

Centerlinks call services were outsourced to British multinational services company Serco last week, on a three-year pilot contract worth $51.7 million.

The Community and Public Sector Union condemned it immediately and called the privatisation an absolute disaster.

National secretary, Nadine Flood said:

This deal hatched by the Turnbull Government is an absolute disaster for Centrelink and the thousands of vulnerable Australians who rely on the agency. Serco is a tax-avoiding multinational parasite, plain and simple, that profits from downgrading public services and underpaying the people who provide them. Everything they touch sees services suffer.

Trusting the highly sensitive needs and information handled by Centrelink staff to a private operator is scary in itself and this situation is even worse. Were deeply concerned at the prospect of Centrelink clients being dealt with by a company that runs private prisons and Australias immigration detention centres.

Centrelink services have already been run into the ground as the Turnbull Government has slashed more than 5,000 permanent jobs from the Department of Human Services. The number of unanswered call has climbed rapidly as the Government has continued cutting, with more than 42 million calls going unanswered just last financial year alone.

There is serious concern about the lack of transparency in the tendering process that has landed a lucrative contract into the hands of a company that already has business arrangements with the government and this has added to speculation about handing over government resources to mates.

Serco has a history of connection to corporate donations to the Liberal Party.

The Turnbull government has been accused of deliberately setting up a process do discourage people from going to Centrelink and if this is the case, privatisation is not going to change much at all.

A price has been paid by the Turnbull government in terms of its reputation and there is sense about that the Turnbull government is keen to create a buffer  that can be used to redirect criticism.

By bringing in Serco, the Turnbull government has set itself up to be accused of a cynical move to set a buffer between itself and Centrelink services. If this is the case, the only difference that can be expected is for the minister and his colleagues to deny responsibility for what has been called in some quarters a human rights abuse.

Last weeks claim by  Human Services minister Alan Tudge that handing over the task to Serco will resolve the problems is unconvincing.

Serco staff are not likely to have the expertise to handle callers n...

06:50

5 Key Las Vegas Shooting Witnesses Reported Dead Or Missing Since Attacks "IndyWatch Feed World"

5 key witnesses in the Las Vegas shooting attack have either died or gone missing. Two weeks on from the devastating attacks in Las Vegas, that left 59 dead and hundreds more injured, and the world is still left waiting for answers as to why it happened, yet 5 key witnesses in the investigation have []

06:46

Idlib Province: Turkish troops deployment joint decision by Astana Guarantors "IndyWatch Feed World"

The deployment of Turkish troops to the northern Syrian Idlib province was a joint decision by the Astana process guarantor states, taken as a follow-up to the peace talks, Ismail Kahraman, a speaker of the Turkish Grand National Assembly, told Sputnik on Sunday. "Yes, this move was coordinated with other states. That is a move that was taken as a follow-up to the Astana process. This is a joint decision," Kahraman said answering a question about the coordination of the deployment of troops with other countries. "Turkey, Russia and Iran have come together in Astana and have made a joint decision in their capacity as guarantor states for Syria. They have made a common plan in order to de-escalate the situation through the creation of de-escalation zones in Syria and to ensure territorial integrity. The conflict in Syria has been going on for seven years. It is important to de-escalate this conflict and to put an end to this conflict. To this end measures are taken to make this possible and which are, in fact, normal measures and they will continue," the Turkish official said on the sidelines of the 137th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) in St. Petersburg. The deployment of the Turkish troops has been criticized by the Syrian side. Earlier in the day, Hammoudeh Sabbagh, a speaker of the Syrian Parliament, said that the legislative body condemned the Turkish invasion of Idlib and considered Ankara's move as a threat to the safety of the country's nationals and to Syria's sovereignty. According to him, the Turkish operation wasn't discussed during the Astana talks and violates international law.

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