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Friday, 08 December


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

Saturday of the First Week of Advent
Lectionary: 180

Reading 1 IS 30:19-21, 23-26

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

European populism historically almost always was anti-American,

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


Meet the Seven Reporters Joining Us on ProPublicas Local Reporting Network "IndyWatch Feed National"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


Physicists Just Invented an Essential Component Needed For Quantum Computers "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

In 2016, the Nobel Prize in Physics went to three British scientists for their work on superconductors and superfluids, which included the explanation of a rather odd phase of matter.

Now, for the first time, their discovery has a practical application shrinking an electrical component to a size that will help quantum computers reach a scale that just might make them useful.

In a collaboration with Stanford University in the US, a team of scientists from the University of Sydney and Microsoft have used the newly found phase of matter topological insulator in shrinking an electrical component called a circulator 1,000 times smaller.


Lynette Daley death: Adrian Attwater and Paul Maris jailed for brutal attack "IndyWatch Feed National"

ABC News Australia

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

8 December 2017


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

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

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

An old photo of Lynette Daley with a pet dog.


Geoffrey Rush files defamation suit against Daily Telegraph over inappropriate behaviour claims "GroovUs Feed Anews"

There are some videos in this article on-line

ABC News Australia

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

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

It is an action I am taking in ord...


Gandhi the philosopher "GroovUs Feed Anews"

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

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

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

Gandhi the philosopher

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

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

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


Here's Where the Aluminum from Vaccines Accumulates in the Body "GroovUs Feed Anews"

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

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

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

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

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

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


New JFK Files Inadvertently Reveal Smoking Gun "GroovUs Feed Anews"

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


By George Cassidy Payne | 

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

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

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

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

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

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


NSW Liberals light up the Sydney Opera House over same sex marriage "GroovUs Feed Anews"

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


From UTS and SBS - We have marriage equality, now we need LGBTQI+-inclusive sexuality education in schools "IndyWatch Feed National"

The very next day! SBS carries this rather demanding log of claims from Melissa Kang, an Associate Professor at the University of Technology, Sydney. You'd think polite society might ask a few day's reprieve from ceding territory. But The Left abides no stay, let or hindrance. Gay marriage is the...


Mueller's investigation: Has the fake Russia-gate morphed into real Israel-gate? "IndyWatch Feed National"

As one fake scandal fades, a real one emerges Life is full of surprises. Like that time you were counting on a new bike for Christmas, and were totally certain your parents were going to come through, and then - lo and behold! - on Christmas morning there it was: a spanking brand-new Segway! The final evidence that, despite your best efforts, you'd always be a nerdy little dork. (And yes, a pocket calculator turned up in your stocking,) That's just what happened to #TheResistance this holiday season. For months they've been salivating heavily in anticipation of the turning of Michael Flynn, the former National Security Advisor now charged with lying to the FBI. Flynn has admitted doing so on at least two occasions, both involving his answers to questions about his conversations with Russian ambassador Sergey Kisylak. During the transition - after Trump's election but before he took office - Flynn was talking to the Russians about two subjects: the possible blowback from the Obama administration's decision to impose more sanctions and close the Russian compound in Maryland, and the Russian position on the controversial UN resolution condemning Israel for building yet more "settlements" on Palestinian land.


The Weekend Quiz December 9-10, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed"

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

1. A fiscal surplus indicates that the national government is:

2. Excessive real wage demands by workers can cause such mass unemployment.

3. The Australian National Accounts data came out this week and showed that annual real GDP growth was running at 2.8 per cent per annum. Labour productivity growth over the last few years is around 1.3 per cent per annum, while the labour force has on average grown at 1.65 per cent per annum over the last two years. If the current GDP grow...


Who do the White Helmets answer to? "IndyWatch Feed National"

The BBC Panorama programme, Jihadis You Pay For, revealed that the 'Free Syrian Police' (FSP) could not operate except by the leave of the terrorist brigades that together have a de facto monopoly of force within the areas they occupy. The BBC's inquiry found that UK Government funding for the FSP has been making its way to the terrorists too. There is obviously a public interest in knowing why the UK Government has been allowing funds to go to terrorists. Kate Osamor MP has sent ten urgent questions in this matter to Boris Johnson, Secretary of State at the Foreign Office.


Gallery: FBi Presents Mitski at Oxford Art Factory "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Shining bright in front of a sold out crowd, our best American girl took Oxford Art Factory on an emotional journey during her debut Sydney show. Exploring soaring highs and crushing lows, Mitski broke our hearts over and over, ending the night super intimately in solo mode.




EGCG may be useful as an adjuvant therapy for bronchial asthma. "GroovUs Feed Anews"

PMID:  Int J Mol Med. 2017 Nov 28. Epub 2017 Nov 28. PMID: 29207033 Abstract Title:  Epigallocatechin-3-gallate inhibits inflammation and epithelialmesenchymal transition through the PI3K/AKT pathway via upregulation of PTEN in asthma. Abstract:  Asthma is a chronic disease associated with hyperresponsiveness, obstruction and remodeling of the airways. Epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) has an important role in these alterations and may account for the accumulation of subepithelial mesenchymal cells, thus contributing to airway hyperresponsiveness and remodeling. Epigallo-catechin3gallate (EGCG), which is a type of polyphenol, is the most potent ingredient in green tea, and exhibits antibacterial, antiviral, antioxidative, anticancer and chemopreventive activities. Recently, numerous studies have investigated the protective effects of EGCG against asthma and other lung diseases. In the present study, the role of EGCG in ovalbumin (OVA)challenged asthmatic mice was determined. In addition, the inhibitory effects of EGCG against transforming growth factor (TGF)1induced EMT and migration of 16HBE cells, and the underlying mechanisms of the phosphatidylinositol 3kinase/protein kinase B (PI3K/Akt) signaling pathway, were investigated by immunouorescence, Transwell, wound healing assay and western blot analysis, respectively. The results indicated that EGCG may suppress inflammation and inflammatory cell infiltration into the lungs of OVAchallenged asthmatic mice, and may also inhibit EMT via the PI3K/Akt signaling pathway throughupregulating the expression of phosphatase and tensin homolog (PTEN) in vivo and in vitro. The present study also revealed the antimigratory effects of EGCG in TGF1induced 16HBE cells, thus suggesting it may reduce airway remodeling. The present study provides a novel insight into understanding the protective effects of EGCG on airway remodeling in asthma, and indicates that EGCG may be useful as an adjuvant therapy for bronchial asthma.

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


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

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


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


The Shifting Trends in Germany "GroovUs Feed Anews"

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

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

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

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

All the best

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

The problem with the single currency is that the policy of austerity creates deflation, causing higher unemployment, and lower economic growth. The idea is that money should retain a store of value quality, which historically has NEVER been the case. This conflicts with the debt issued in...


Piperlongumine might have therapeutic potential for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. "GroovUs Feed Anews"

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

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

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

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Greens Members of Parliament arrested at anti Adani coal mine protest "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Greens MPs arrested and fined at Adani protest, as Indian miner is referred to consumer watchdog, The New Daily 6 Nov 17,  Two NSW Greens MPs have been arrested and fined for protesting against the proposed Adani Carmichael coalmine, while another front was opened in the long-running battle against the development.

Jeremy Buckingham and Dawn Walker were among 17 people arrested on Wednesday morning for trespassing at the controversial site, 270 kilometres west of Bowen in Queensland.

Mr Buckingham and Ms Walker were fined $250 each after being issued with a police infringement notice for trespassing unlawfully at a place of business.

Im proud to stand with activists in defence of climate and country, and respect all those people around Australia and internationally who want to stop the Adani coal project, Mr Buckingham said in a statement on Wednesday.

Although we are MPs from NSW this is an issue of national and international significance. Adani represents a line in the sand for all those concerned about climate change who do not want to see a new coal precinct opened up in Australia.

Ms Walker said the proposal was tearing Indigenous communities apart and was offering a sub standard agreement to traditional owners for their land.

About 5am on Wednesday, Queensland Police were alerted that 35 people were blockading the railway construction site near the proposed mine.

Fourteen protesters entered the site and climbed onto vehicles and machinery about 6am, a police spokesman told The New Daily.

A woman in her 60s locked herself to a boundary gate with a metal bike lock around her neck. Police were working to remove her.

Seventeen people were arrested for trespass and failure to comply with direction. Nine of those people were issued with infringement notices after moving on.

Eight people continued to fail to comply and they remained under arrest on Wednesday afternoon 


Men jailed over Lynette Daley rape, death "IndyWatch Feed National"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Diary of Death : 9 December 2017 16 December 2017 "GroovUs Feed Anews"


A life threatening list of imminent events happening in Sydney and surrounds, selected weekly by Jack Shit.


Finders Keepers: The Vegetable Plot, Jack Shit, Lisa Caruso, Ollie Brown, DJ Dylabolical The Cutaway, Barangaroo 10.30AM til 7PM, Jack plays from midday til 2PM
Fairgrounds Festival: Aldous Harding (NZ), Client Liaison, D.D. Dumbo, Hockey Dad, Holly Throsby, Jen Cloher, Jess Locke, Marlon Williams (NZ), Press Club, The Shins, Shogun, Spiral Stairs (US), You Am I, Adam Gibson & The Ark-ark Birds, Stella Donnelly Berry Showgrounds
Alt J (UK), Warpaint (US) ICC Theatre
  Wonderland Scarehouse Project: Alison Wonderland, A$AP Ferg (US), Antony & Cleopatra, Brownies & Lemonade (US), Carmouflage Rose, Danger, Haiku Hands, Lido, Lunice, Manilla Killa, Manu Crooks and Party Favor, Quix, Sachi, Sports, DJ Taco (US), Young Franco Secret farm location
Klsch (GER) Greenwood Hotel 6PM
The Church, Jack Shit Factory Theatre 7.30PM SOLD OUT
  DJ Soup, Jack Shit Miss Peaches 7PM til midnight
  Mallrat Lansdowne 8PM SOLD OUT
  PARTY LORDS: Rae Begley, Dusty Fingers, Smart Casual Fredas Free before 9PM
Happy Mag 6 Launch: Aela Kae, Tuppaware Party, Moody Beach, Neighborhood Void, Hunch, Hedge Fund, secret headliner; Happy DJ Lady Hampshire FREE


WP Editor Makes Admission About Trump "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Washington Post Editor Makes Stunning Admission About Trump

December 05, 2017

Source: Total Conservative

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

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

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

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

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

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



Norway says "Deprivation of Liberty and Nothing Else" Welcome to the home of JusticeAction - Justice Action

'Chalk and Cheese' compares the development of the prison system in Norway with the current system in this country. The Community Justice Coalition launched the book on the 24th of November 2017. It demonstrates how the Norwegian experience can be used as a model for the transformation of prison systems to deliver more positive results and a safer community. 

The Norwegian prison system in the 1980s closely resembled that of Australias, narrowly focused on retributive justice. Following a number of incidents, Norway introduced significant reforms prioritising prisoner rehabilitation. These reforms have proved successful and have significantly reduced the recidivism rate to one of the lowest in the world at 20%. We believe Australia is capable of doing the same.

The book explains that Norwegian prisons between the 1980s and early 1990s relied on incarceration and harsh punishment as a deterrent. This model propagated psychiatric problems, heightened recidivism rates, and resulted in several riots, a record-high number of escapees, and the deaths of two prison officers. In 2008, the Norwegian government formed an Inquiry and published a White Paper emphasising rehabilitation and community-based sentences. Since then, Norways prisons have radically transformed to ensure prisoners have the skills they require to adapt to society upon release. 



To view the book click below: 

 Chalk and Cheese: Australian vs. Norwegian Prisons


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Studies Show Husbands Stress Women Out More Than Their Kids "GroovUs Feed Anews"

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

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

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

Photo by Jenn Evelyn-Ann on Unsplash


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

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

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

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


Belarus greater spotted eagle migration online "GroovUs Feed Anews"

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

From BirdLife:

4 Dec 2017

Fly with Greater spotted eagles!

By Anna Trofimtchouk

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

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

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

All over the map

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

Picking favourites

Each bird has a name and i...


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


A Pizza Problem: Why Those Third Party Polls Dont Pan Out "GroovUs Feed Anews"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Limp Bizkit are playing Sydney and Brissy shows, yall "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Limp Bizkits music really chronicled that feeling of unspecified anger, where you just wanna breakstuff.

You know the feeling? So you can get that cookie? Motherfucking chainsaw, what? All that stuff?

Limp Bizkit were absolute massive during that turn-of-the-century time when riffs were huge, cargo shorts were loose, and every band had a DJ. They sold over 40 million albums within a few years! Fred Durst is a singular frontman, too: oddly charismatic, cartoonish, odd-looking, a ball of anger and energy.

Limp Bizkit have announced Sydney and Brisbane shows, after being first announced on the Download Festival lineup, in Mebourne last month. Mice And Men & Ocean Grove will be supporting both shows.

Tickets go on sale at midday, Thursday December 14, with Live Nation presale beginning Tuesday December 12 at 2pm.

Check the dates below.




23 Surprising Uses for Baking Soda that Everyone Should Know "GroovUs Feed Anews"

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

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

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


Source: Return of Kings

Try these 23 household uses for baking soda:

#1 Clean Dentures, Retainers and Mouthpieces

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

#2 Soothe Bug Bites

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

#3 Deodorant

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


Parents Charged and Arrested for Walking Their Kids to School "GroovUs Feed Anews"

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

The post Parents Charged and Arrested for Walking Their Kids to School appeared first on Healthy Holistic Living.


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

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


Decemmber 8 On This Day in Australian History "GroovUs Feed Anews"

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

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

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

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

1855 Ballarat was proclaimed a Municipality.

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

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

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

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

1910 Geelong, Victoria was declared a city.



Ten years of failed Northern Territory Intervention "GroovUs Feed Anews"

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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


Prayer and Meditation for Friday, December 8, 2017 "GroovUs Feed Anews"

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

Image result for The serpent tricked me into it, so I ate it, garden of eden, art

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

Reading 1 GN 3:9-15, 20

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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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

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


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

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


Today in OpenGov: Im not a lawyer, but "GroovUs Feed Anews"

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


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


CNN Glorifies White Allies Who Want To Police Your Insensitive Facebook Comments "GroovUs Feed Anews"


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kempton works as a college instructor.

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

CNN described the last statement as particularly thorny.

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

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

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

This review includes major plot spoilers.

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

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

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

Is It Better to Take Up Arms, O Israel?

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

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

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

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


What Supreme Court Justices Wanted To Know In Masterpiece Cakeshop Oral Arguments "GroovUs Feed Anews"

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

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

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

As for Points on Free Exercise of Religion

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

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

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


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

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

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

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British taxpayers money to terrorism in Syria "GroovUs Feed Anews"

This video says about itself:


29 January 2017

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

By Lamiat Sabin in Britain:

Corbyn demands answers about aid reaching terrorists

Thursday 7th December 2017

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

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

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

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


Germany: SPD set to tackle grand coalition conundrum at party conference "GroovUs Feed Anews"

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

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

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

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

Coalition conundrum

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


Ships passing "GroovUs Feed Anews"


Analysis by SQM Research reported that nationally stock listings in November 2017 were about 4 per cent lower than a year ago at 334,594. 

In Sydney, however, following nearly five years of depressed listing numbers, the market has tilted back into the balance. 

At 33,046, listings were some 20 per cent higher than a year earlier in the harbour city.

Melbourne, on the other hand, continued to tighten, with listings falling another 10 per cent in the other direction over the past year, to a near-identical figure of 33,070.

Ships passing in the night, you might say. 

Continuing the nautical theme, though it might have the proverbial turning turning circle of the QE2, slowly but surely the storm clouds are clearing in Perth, and listings are about 5 per cent lower than a year earlier.

Not exactly full steam ahead; showers ahoy, maybe.

Hobart saw a fair monthly increase in listings to back above 2,450.

But the Tasmanian capital remains an extraordinarily tight market, with stock listings a punishing 28 per cent lower than a year earlier, being down from 3,402 in November 2016, and this has been reflected in sharply rising house prices.

A mixed picture overall,....


5 of the best cheap gigs to see in Sydney this month "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Hey, you like music right? What about seeing live music? Well, what about cheap live music? Yeah, we know, it almost sounds too good to be true, but bear with us as we tell you that its not just some impossible dream, its actually a very real possibility that we can help you realise.

With the phantom of Christmas shopping looming ever closer and money tight, heres a quick list of some of the best Sydney gigs this month that wont break the bank.

Bec Sandridge

Free at the Clovelly Hotel, Sunday December 10

One of finest musicians in Australia right now, Bec Sandridge has been turning heads wherever she goes thanks to her gorgeous voice, and penchant for writing some downright brilliant songs. Having just returned from a European tour and released her cracking new single Ill Never Want A BF, nows the perfect time to catch her and for free, too!

This Sunday, Bec is heading to the Clovelly Hotel as part of their She Sessions series. Having recently featured the likes of Asta, Ali Barter, and Tigertown, these gigs have been one of the best ways to spend a lazy Sunday arvo.

The best part is it wont cost you a cent to get in, so make sure you head along to the Clovelly Hotel this weekend for one of the biggest bargains youll find anywhere this summer.

Boo Seeka

$17 at Manning Bar, Thursday December 17

Boo Seeka have been capturing the hearts and minds of Aussie music fans for a couple of years now with their slick, sweet sounds. Now, with a debut album under their belt, the band have been hitting the road and showing fans what theyre all about. Thursday, December 14th sees Boo Seeka hitting up the Manning Bar for what is sure to be one night you wont forget.


$12 at Factory Floor, Friday December 15

Having formed five years ago, Oslow have spent the last few years making a name for themselves as one of the hardest-working, most intense punk bands that youll ever see.

Amazingly, despite their reputation among indie circles as one of the finest bands on the circuit, you can still sneak your way into an Oslow show for a tenner and some change that...


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Union minister Jitendra Singh. Credit: PTI

Union minister Jitendra Singh. Credit: PTI

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

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

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


Is Cognitive Training the Answer for Dementia? "GroovUs Feed Anews"

By Dr. Mercola

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

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

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

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

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

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

"First off, t...


"Still And All..." "IndyWatch Feed National"

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


SAY ANYTHING "GroovUs Feed Anews"



The day Australian pop-punk fans have been yearning for has finally arrived, as heroes and defenders of the genre SAY ANYTHING announce the Australian leg of their In Defense Anniversary Tour, celebrating 10 years of their seminal album In Defense Of The Genre. It will be the Los Angeles based outfits first visit to Australian shores in 4 years, and this time around theyre pulling no punches.
The band have locked in two nights in each Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane, playing three classic albums across the nights. The first night will see the band perform  Is A Real Boy and In Defense Of The Genre Disc 1, while on the second, they will be performing Self Titled and In Defense Of The Genre Disc 2.

Relive classics like Shiksa (Girlfriend) from Say Anythings In Defense Of The Genre

On the upcoming tour, vocalist Max Bemis says, Well, this should be the most epic series of shows weve ever put on in terms of the legacy of our early work. I predict all-out catharsis in these intimate settings and an awesome experience losing myself in the narrative of each of these albums played in their entirety.

Sing along to all the words of Hate Everyone from Self Titled



SUNDAY 25 FEB  Max Watts, Melbourne (Performing Is A Real Boy + In Defense Disc 1) 18+
MONDAY 26 FEB Max Watts, Melbourne (Performing Self Titled + In Defense Disc 2) 18+
WEDNESDAY 28 FEB Factory Theatre, Sydney (Performing Is A Real Boy + In Defense Disc 1) 18+
THURSDAY 1 MAR Factory Theatre, Sydney (Performing Self Titled + In Defense Disc 2) 18+


Open the Door to the Universe With Cycles "GroovUs Feed Anews"

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

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

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


Prosecutor & Media Abuse of Power "IndyWatch Feed National"


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

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

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


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

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


Trump & Taxes "IndyWatch Feed National"

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


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

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

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

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


How sustainable is this? "GroovUs Feed Anews"

A news article caught my attention; it shows that with fossil fuels you can do anything, but you have to ask yourself, just how long will it take for these wind turbines to repay their embodied energy?  Furthermore, as I keep saying over and over, none of the carbon emitted in these exercises is ever removed by the wind turbines. Emissions are cumulative. That is, for those who do not, or refuse to understand, they add up. The fact that these turbines do not emit CO2 (much) in their operation, does not negate the fact that their installation already has increased the atmospheres CO2 content. As George Monbiot said, everything Must Go.  and that includes these monsters.

turbineblades 1The 65m long (2/3 the length of a football field) blades were individually trucked 530km from Port Adelaide in South Australia to Silverton, NSW, near Broken Hill.  thats three trips adding up to nearly 1600km or a thousand miles for you American readers. and I bet they werent cruising at normal highway speed either, almost certainly worsening fuel consumption.

Worse, a new road was built to bypass Broken Hill and avoid some roundabouts now I...


Travelling all day today up hill and down dale "GroovUs Feed Anews"

I am travelling a lot today and do not have enough time write a blog other than to tell you that. Last Thursday, work took me to remote destinations where the wind blows strong and rain is always expected. This Thursday, I am pursuing my craft and spreading the Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) word up hill and down dale. I have also been reading various new reform proposals for the Eurozone they seem to be coming out at a rate of one a day or so it seems. They all fail to get to the nub of the problem it is essentially so flawed with so many historical and cultural constraints that it needs to be abandoned. One lame idea tells us to fix the roof while the sun shines. I will comment on that next week. The problem as my recent tweet notes is that the roof is the least of the problems. It is falling in for sure but only because the foundations are rotten to the core. I also wouldnt actually characterise the current situation in the monetary union as being sunny. If it is, then spare the thought of what cloudy much less rainy might be. The quiz will be back tomorrow as usual. For the moment I am listening to

Music while you wait for me to post again

This is the Duke Ellington song In a Mellow Tone written in 1939. It has been covered by many of the greatest jazz players around.

It is recommended listening if you like this sort of stuff. Very mellow when travelling long distances.

Kenny Burrells tone and Ron Walkers walking bass lines (sorry) are beautiful. At least to my ears.

Here is a photo close to where I have been today.



What do we live for? "IndyWatch Feed National"

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


An Ivory Tower Plan To Build Ivory Tower Stadiums For The Big End Of Town "GroovUs Feed Anews"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

If she doesnt there is going to be a couple of pretty...


Mountain Goat Valley Crawl "GroovUs Feed Anews"

The Mountain Goat Valley Crawl is back at it again, for a third annual take over of Brisbanes Fortitude Valley on Saturday February 17. The team behind the free event have planned one hell of a party stacked with an expanded lineup including 35 huge interstate and local artists spread across seven favourite local haunts.

The Crawl is expanding the free event in 2018, pulling new venues Barbara, The Flying Cock andCrowbar into the fold. Theyll join old hands The Foundry, Black Bear Lodge, the zoo and The Brightside promising Brisbanes best free-for-all is only getting bigger and better.

The huge 2018 line up boasts headlining spots from Sydney indie juggernauts Philadelphia Grand Jury, Gooch Palms, beat-maker Ninajirachi and Melbourne singer-songwriting legend Jess Locke. Brisbanes vibrant music scene is well represented too, with Carmouflage Rose and Midas.Gold bringing the heat for the local hip hop community. While acoustic folk kings Hollow Coves and indie pop darling Hatchie are primed to keep the hometown hero vibes flowing well after the sun sets.

Joined by some of their closest friends: Bugs, BOAT SHOWZapd, Ayla, Pink Matter and Jouk Mistrow the 2018 installment is less of a crawl and more of a sprint. Strap on those sneakers, put the wallet away, map the quickest route between stages and crack a tinnie; The Mountain Goat Valley Crawl is back, baby!

The post Mountain Goat Valley Crawl appeared first on The Zoo.


How Old is Too Old and How Old is Too Young When it Comes to Dating? "GroovUs Feed Anews"

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

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

Photo by Ariel Lustre on Unsplash


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

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


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

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


Mona Lisa remix by Neve Thoughts are like fishes///

From the school work Neve has brought home at the end of the year


Liquid thrown at McCormack outside court "IndyWatch Feed National"

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

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

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

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

Images of child pornography were not transmitted.

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

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

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

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

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

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

The post Liquid thrown at McCormack outside court appeared first on Echonetdaily.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Much love to you all,


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December 7 On This Day in Australian History "GroovUs Feed Anews"

1800 Lt James Grant eyeballed and named Cape Otway, in Victoria, to honour a captain in the Royal Navy.
And they say sailors aren't romantic...!

1812 The ship Windsor from Shoalhaven arrived at Illawarra with 27 logs of cedar

1817 The great navigator and rum stirrer this side of the Black Stump aka Gov William Bligh, passed away.

1839 Due to misfortune and mismanagement the Rosetta Cove whaling station at Encounter Bay was advertised as for sale in the South Australian Gazette and Colonial Register.

1839 Rev. James Gunther, Wesleyan Missionary at Mudgee wrote in his diary on this day of how Aborigines undertook a variety of jobs, including ploughing and harvesting crops, growing vegetables, chopping wood, fetching water, clearing land, hutkeeping, fencing, driving bullock trains, looking after livestock, doing laundry, domestic service, cooking, and building huts.
"They Natives were principally, engaged in the harvest this week; about 8 of them did reap well. The harvest is a very poor one, by far the greater part having been destroyed by the Caterpillars; and hot & dry weather, immediately, following."

1840 Rev. James Gunther wrote;
" I was informed this evening that Harry, one of the Aboriginal youths that has frequently been at the Mission but long suffered from consumption was scarcely expected to live over the night, I hastened to see him at the Camp near Nannima, 2 miles from here & on the road received a letter from Dr Curtis desiring me to visit the poor Sufferer, who he supposed had some desire for spiritual comfort. "

1842 The first sale of Crown Lands in St Kilda (Vic) was held.

1846 Leichhardt waltzed off from Jimbour Station on his second but unsuccessful expedition.

1887 The Bombola Railway Line (NSW) was opened.

1914 The Mungindi Railway line (NSW) was opened.

1915 The careful evacuation of the ANZAC Forces from Gallipoli was begun.

1916 The Main North Railway Line (NSW) was opened.

1941 The 3rd chemical field laboratory company, aboard a Pacific convoy carrying units to the Philippines, was ordered by the War Department to divert to Australia.

1941 Australian bombers landed on Timor and Ambon.

1943 George Lamb, the Victorian sitt...


"Nothing Pains Some People More..." "GroovUs Feed Anews"

 "Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. 
There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. 
Nothing pains some people more than having to think."
- Martin Luther King, Jr.


This Republican deserves respect for this but scorn for something else "GroovUs Feed Anews"

It is easy to have courage when one no longer has to answer to a sect within one's party that has lost all sense of morality and decency. Republican Jeff Flake's symbolic act required little coverage but may convince a few Republicans to stop for a second to see if their moral compass will reset and not vote a pedophile into office.


Corey Feldman To Hold Live Question And Answer Event Today! "IndyWatch Feed National"

We Are Change

In this video, Luke Rudkowski of WeAreChange gives you the latest breaking news on empathy and the ability to empathize which has been decreasing drastically in the West. We go over scientific studies regarding happiness and delve into the science of empathy. We explore emotional intelligence, especially in this social media day and age.

You can watch this video on DTube here.

Speaking of empathy, this is a good time to get an update on Corey Feldmans TRUTH Campaign!

TRUTH Campaign Update

Lets take a look at how the donations for Feldmans Indiegogo campaign are coming along. Here is how they stood on November 17th 2017, at $242,710.

Lets have a quick look-in now too. It is creeping up.

Yen Yen from Singapore comments that Hollywood celebrities have millions of dollars and they dont appear to want to help, monetarily speaking.



Four Things That Could Explain Trumps Jerusalem Embassy Decision "GroovUs Feed Anews"

US President Donald Trumps expected announcement of plans to move the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem has quickly whipped up a furor, with pundits and foreign leaders warning of intifada-style upheaval and the collapse of Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts.

Which begs the simple question: why announce the move? Trump has spoken of a desire to strike the ultimate deal between Israelis and Palestinians relocating the embassy would likely render Washington unable to play an honest broker in future talks.

Meanwhile, Trump has heard warnings from Arab and European leaders, UN boss Antonio Guterres and even his own State Department pen pushers. The message is clear: an embassy shift would break with decades of US policy and risk fuelling further unrest in the Middle East.

Even the US public rejects the idea. A recent survey from the Brookings Institution, a think-tank, shows that 63 percent of Americans oppose the move, against 31 percent who back it. Democrats more strongly oppose relocation, while Republicans are almost evenly split.

To answer the conundrum of Trumps much-anticipated policy shift, which was expected on Wednesday, Middle East Eye asked experts from across the political spectrum for their theories on what is motivating the 45th president.


1. The Trump is acting presidential theory

First, MEE turned to Benny Avni, a pro-Israel hawk and New York Post columnist. In Avnis charitable interpretation, Trump is finally coming good on what the American public wants and what its lawmakers decreed 22 years ago.

Congress passed a law in 1995 calling for the US embassy to be moved to Jerusalem. To keep it in Tel Aviv, its current location, presidents must sign waivers every six months, as Trump did in June and was due to review again this month.

It is US law to move the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Avni told MEE. A host of American presidents, after promising during their election campaigns to do this, deferred it for six months at a time.

Jerusalem, or at least the western part of the city, has long been home to Israels governing institutions and it is way past time for Washington and others to recognize it as a functioning capital city by posting envoys there, Avni said.

Avni questions the results of the Brookings opinion survey. The real poll is the US election, he said. Americans consistently elect lawmakers who vote for bills that support Israel militarily and diplomatically.

It remains unclear what Trump will announce on Wednesday, but top US officials...


Brown snake like algae washed up on Russian coast "IndyWatch Feed National"

The invasion of huge serpent-like "monsters," reaching more than 20 meters in length, left villagers on to the Chukotski Peninsula puzzled and scared. However, when specialists studied these "sci-fi horror movie creatures" to find out their origin, the answer turned out to be terribly trivial. After local residents reported that mysterious "water snakes" had washed up on the coast of Chukotka, which were allegedly unknown to science, experts from the Beringia National Park studied the samples to find out what exactly these "creatures" were. Brown 'heads' and 'bodies,' which were showing up from the water, attracted attention of sailors from cargo ships passing along the north of the Bering Sea. According to some of them, those creatures were most likely large worms or the sea snakes unknown to science. Others thought those objects were of anthropogenic origin. Several people were sure those were some kind of 'mutants'," the Beringia National Park wrote in a press release.


China Scolds Australia Over Its Fears of Foreign Influence "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull of Australia with Chinas president, Xi Jinping, in the Chinese city of Hangzhou last year. Mr. Turnbull proposed laws this week aimed at curbing foreign influence in Australian politics. Credit Pool photo by Wang Zhao

SYDNEY, Australia The Chinese Embassy in Australia accused Australian officials on Wednesday of making irresponsible remarks and damaging mutual trust, a day after Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull unveiled a series of proposed laws to curb foreign influence in Australian politics.

The new legislation, modeled on American laws that ban foreign campaign donations and require registration of foreign agents, had been widely expected after a drumbeat of stories in the Australian news media about the perceived threat of Chinese interference.

It was not the legislation that the Chinese statement directly condemned, but rather the media accounts that prompted it, as well as the public debate around the issue. Both have zeroed in on China as a threat, accusing the country of trying to exert influence through political donations and pressure applied to Chinese students at Australian universities.

We categorically reject those allegations, the embassy said in its statement, adding: China has no intention to interfere in Australias internal affairs or exert influence on its political process through political donations. We urge the Australian side to look at China and China-Australia relations in an objective, fair and rational manner.

The statement pointed to strong discon...


80-Year-Old Wooden Escalators Repurposed as Interlooping Ceiling Sculptures "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Sculptures Made From Recycled Materials by Chris Fox

As time goes on and technology grows more advanced, things from our past slowly become obsolete. Such is the case with wooden escalators; Sydneys Wynyard Station first installed a pair of them in 1931, but the Australian locale has since replaced them with their modern counterparts. Doing so begged the question: What happens to the oldand now historicstairways? Instead of discarding them, artist Chris Fox repurposed them by creating two interlocking sculptures made from recycled materials. Together, they form the spectacular site-specific installation known as Interloop.

Suspended from the ceiling, Interloop features the stairs stretched like an accordion and wrapped around one another. A seemingly shape-shifting form, it changes depending on the angle in which its viewedbut from every vantage point, its impressive. Fox simultaneously achieved a tranquility in the form with the distinct feeling that Interloop is in the midst of motion. Considering the size, this was no small featthe two pieces measure more than 50 meters (~164 feet) in length, weigh over five tons, and display 244 wooden treads from the original escalators.

The moving staircases served Sydney's commuters for 80 yearsa fact that Fox was acutely aware of as he designed the piece; Interloop celebrates the past while allowing the city to look forward to its future. This same idea is applied to its citizens. The artwork explores the idea that people are stationary on an escalator whilst also traveling, allowing for a moment of pause that occurs mid-motion, Fox writes. The sculpture resonates with people in this state, referencing all those journeys that have passed and are now interlooping back.

Artist Chris Fox has repurposed a historic wooden escalator set into a pair of spectacular sculptures made from recycled materials.



F.A.N. Newsletter "IndyWatch Feed National"

**Annual Teleconference: Please join members of the Fluoride Action Network team this Saturday, December 9, at 5pm (eastern time) for a year-in-review of the fluoride issue, a fluoride Q&A session for supporters, and an opportunity to interact with the amazing people that make up this movement.
Last year, we asked this question of our FAN network of staff, volunteers, and supporters: 
Would you all be kind enough to write a short piece on why you spend so many hours on this issue (fighting fluoridation) and in some cases so much of your own money - what is the reward for so much hard work? And why do you do this when you often become a lightning rod for abuse by the media, pro-fluoridation zealots and government spokespersons. Just what is it that keeps you going? I think singly and in total your answers will make splendid reading and a wonderful bulletin(s) for us.
Below are some of the powerful statements from the FAN management team. But first a quick update on our annual fundraiser.
Fundraising Update
Our current totals for the 2017 FAN Fundraiser are $23,438 from 79 donors.
You can watch these numbers grow over the next few days via our webpage ( -see the first revolving masthead. It is urgent that these totals continue to grow because our ambitious goals by midnight Dec 31 are $200,000 from 1000 donors.

Our mini-goal is $120,000 by midnight Christmas Eve. This a tough challenge but we are determined to have a lot of fun doing it.
See all of the exciting gifts we have available (with photos) here.



Prayer and Meditation for Thursday, December 7, 2017 Who will enter the Kingdom of God? Only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Memorial of Saint Ambrose, Bishop and Doctor of the Church
Lectionary: 178

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The promise of the Savior by Yongsung Kim

Reading 1  IS 26:1-6

On that day they will sing this song in the land of Judah:

A strong city have we;
he sets up walls and ramparts to protect us.
Open up the gates
to let in a nation that is just,
one that keeps faith.
A nation of firm purpose you keep in peace;
in peace, for its trust in you.

Trust in the LORD forever!
For the LORD is an eternal Rock.
He humbles those in high places,
and the lofty city he brings down;
He tumbles it to the ground,
levels it with the dust.
It is trampled underfoot by the needy,
by the footsteps of the poor.

Responsorial Psalm PS 118:1 AND 8-9, 19-21, 25-27A

R. (26a) Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
R. Alleluia.
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good,
for his mercy endures forever.
It is better to take refuge in the LORD
than to trust in man.
It is better to take refuge in the LORD
than to trust in princes.
R. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
R. Alleluia.
Open to me the gates of justice;
I will enter them and give thanks to the LORD.
This gate is the LORDs;
the just shall enter it.
I will give thanks to you, for you have answered me
and have been my savior.
R. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.


Pan-African News Wire "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Disgraceful South Korean Authorities

The answer can be found in the recent meeting of the Joint Committee on "Status of Forces Agreement" (SOFA) between the US and south Korea.

At the meeting on SOFA which stipulated the status of the brigandish US imperialist aggression forces in south Korea, the US refused to meet south Korea's demands at all over the discussed issues.

The US denied opening the contents of the meeting under the pretence of "military secrets" and turned down the issues of reparation for the victims of crimes committed by GIs and sharing burden for de-pollution of the US imperialist aggression forces' bases in south Korea, talking about "intensifying preventive effort" against GI crimes and "constructive discussion".

In a word, the meeting, which was run through with pressure and submission, proved that the relations between the US and south Korea are master-servant relationship from A to Z.

South Koreans from all walks of life are strongly denouncing the humiliating behaviour of the authorities who kept mum about the US arbitrary practices at the meeting.

Now the US forces are present in not a few countries and regions and there are agreements on the status of forces. However, such slavery document can hardly be found in the world as the US-south Korea SOFA.

Under this humiliating "agreement", the GIs present in south Korea have enjoyed extraterritorial privileges beyond imagination for more than half a century and the sufferings of south Koreans from it are untold.

Typical is the death of Sin Hyo Sun and Sim Mi Son, two schoolgirls of south Korea who were run over by an armoured car of the US imperialist aggressor forces.

Under the pretence of "military need" the US have installed in different parts of south Korea military bases and facilities at its will, turning the areas into a barren land. Furthermore, it has deprived south Korea of money running into astronomical figures every year, under the name of "defence cost sharing".

South Korea is suffering all sorts of humiliation and sacrifice under the slavery "agreement" in the present era of independence...


Ethereum app Developers may Face Licensing Issues Later on "GroovUs Feed Anews"

The Ethereum ecosystem, mainly caters to coders and app developers. Over the past few years, many different applications have been built on top of this protocol. It now seems there may be some licensing issues regarding these apps. Using Ethereum as a foundation for apps is a double-edged sword. Since Ethereum has no official final open-source license, things may get pretty ugly in the future.

It is always interesting to see how these systems work. Ethereum is open source, first and foremost. The Ethereum Foundation uses different open-source licenses for particular aspects of the ecosystem and protocol. However, this also poses big risks to anyone developing on top of this platform right now. While no immediate repercussions are expected, things can always change in the future. The last thing anyone wants is a legal battle for building an Ethereum application.

Ethereum App Development Licensing Concerns

One could argue issues like these exist for Bitcoin as well. That is not entirely true, though. It is far more difficult to build apps on top of Bitcoin. An unfortunate situation, but that is how the cookie crumbles right now. In the case of Ethereum, its open-source licensing is far less straightforward than one would expect. Without a proper license in place for the building blocks of this protocol, anyone building an application on top of it may be in violation. A very disturbing situation, to say the very least.

Most app developers will not bother with this licensing issue. After all, open source is the one thing most people read. However,  things are a bit different in the case of Ethereum. For now, all of this is subject to interpretation and the good graces of the Ethereum Foundation. This lack of clarity should be addressed sooner or later, though. There are a lot of questions which need to be answered in this regard. When and if that will happen, remains to be determined.

The big question is whether or not app developers need to be concerned. For now, the answer is negative, but its well worth keeping these matters in mind. It is well worth the time building applications on top of Ethereum. it is a great platform with many different features developers can enjoy. Commercial devel...


How I Became A Peace Activist "IndyWatch Feed National"

by David Swanson, December 4, 2017

From Notizie Senza Frontiere

When I was teaching myself how to write, when I was about 20 to 25, I churned out (and threw out) all kinds of autobiographies. I wrote glorified diaries. I fictionalized my friends and acquaintances. I still write columns all the time in the first person. I did write a childrens book in recent years that was fiction but included my oldest son and my niece and nephew as characters. But I havent touched autobiography in more years than Id been alive when I used to engage in it.

Ive been asked a number of times to write chapters for books on how I became a peace activist. In some cases, Ive just apologized and said I couldnt. For one book called Why Peace, edited by Marc Guttman, I wrote a very short chapter called Why Am I a Peace Activist? Why Arent You? My point was basically to express my outrage that one would have to explain working to end the worst thing in the world, while millions of people not working to end it need offer no explanation for their reprehensible behavior.

I often speak at peace groups and colleges and conferences about working for peace, and Im often asked how I became a peace activist, and I always politely dodge the question, not because the answer is too long but because it is too short. Im a peace activist because mass-murder is horrible. What the hell do you mean why am I a peace activist?

This position of mine is odd for a number of reasons. For one thing, Im a strong believer in the need for many more peace activists. If we can learn anything about how people have become peace activists, we damn well ought to learn it and apply those lessons. My nightmare for how the peace movement ends, other than the nuclear apocalypse ending, is that the peace movement ends when the last peace activist acquires Alzheimers. And of course I fear being that peace activist. And of course thats crazy as there are peace activists much younger than I am, especially activists against Israeli wars who havent necessarily focused on U.S. wars yet. But I still not infrequently find myself among the youngest in the room. The U.S. peace movement is still dominated by people who became active during the U.S. war on Vietnam. I became a p...


Sellout in Oz: Local Collaborators Betray Australia to Team Trump and the Deep State "IndyWatch Feed National"

This week on China Watch: Rocket Man! Big Rocket Man!  A big launch by North Korea elicits big posturing but no solutions from US pundits concerning North Koreas nuclear weapons capabilities.  Nobody asks what Kim Jong Un wantsexcept China Watch.  Ill tell you in this weeks episode.  Spoiler: The answer is a peace treaty plus a number with zeroslots and lots of zeros.

And a special report: While you werent watching, the US national security state executed a takeover of Australia, with a lot of help from its local collaborators in the Australian security service and stenography assets at Fairfax Media and Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Being pro-PRC is hazardous to your career and maybe even your freedom, thanks to a smear machine of leaks, media steno, and political hatchet-work, and a pretty scary new law coming down the pipe in Australia.  Sucks to be you Straya, but soon it will suck to be America.  The China influence witch hunt show is wowing audiences and nailing victims during its out of town tryout in Australia, so get ready for the premiere in the United States.  China Watch takes you behind the scenes at the Sellout in Oz!

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Shame in San Francisco: Americas Betrayal of Korea A Newsbud exclusive video by Peter Lee on the sham of the San Francisco Peace Treaty with Japan and the injustice and anger driving North Asian diplomacy to this day

Sam Dastyari defended Chinas policy in South China Sea in defiance of Labor policy, secret recording reveals



Putin announces 2018 presidential run: The upcoming election will be the fourth in his political career "IndyWatch Feed National"

Vladimir Putin has confirmed that he will seek another term in office in next year's presidential election. "Yes, I will run as a candidate for the Russian presidency," Putin said while meeting with workers at the country's historic manufacturer, GAZ (Gorkovsky Avtomobilny Zavod), in Russia's Nizhny Novgorod on Wednesday. The upcoming election will be the fourth in Putin's political career. He held the office of president for two terms from 2000 to 2008, and served as prime minister from 2008 to 2012. Putin then won a third term as president in 2012. Vladimir Putin had, until now, refused to give a direct answer regarding his plans for the 2018 race. Earlier, Russian media reported that he may run as an independent candidate. The Russian president enjoys a high approval rating, with over 82 percent of Russians supporting him according to a poll conducted by state-run VTSIOM in late September.


DEA Claims Synthetic THC Made by a Group of Criminals is Safer Than Actual Weed. Seriously. "GroovUs Feed Anews"

DEA synthetic THC

The DEA recently announced through the federal register that the synthetic THC made by Insys, sold under the brand name Syndros, will be listed as a schedule II drug, meaning it can now be prescribed by doctors. In the meantime, actual THCcontaining the exact same properties, but able to be grown in your backyardremains on the same scheduling list as heroin, noting that it has no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.

Insys has become notorious over the last two years after six former executives and managers were arrested on charges that they engaged in a nationwide scheme to bribe doctors to prescribe a drug containing the opioid fentanyl. Now this same group of dangerous drug peddlers is being given a partial national monopoly on the sale of legal THC, by the group who claims to protect Americans from drugs.

Along with the executives, Michael Baich, the former CEO, was also charged in an indictment filed in federal court. Even the companys billionaire founder, John Kapoor was arrested in October for his role in the bribery scheme. He was freed on a $1 million bail after pleading not guilty.

When asked about this overt conflict of interest and unscrupulous handout to Big Pharma, the DEA answered with a typical bureaucratic reply.

As VICE reported, the DEA noted in its announcement on Wednesday that it received public comments from people opposed to making synthetic THC products Sch...


Astronomers discover new stellar stream in Milky Way galaxy "IndyWatch Feed National"

An international team of astronomers has detected a new thin stellar stream in the halo of the Milky Way galaxy. The newly discovered feature, named "jet stream," could help researchers answer fundamental questions about the mass distribution of the Milky Way's dark matter halo. The finding was presented November 24 in a paper published on the arXiv pre-print server. Stellar streams are remnants of dwarf galaxies or globular clusters that once orbited a galaxy but have been disrupted and stretched out along their orbits by tidal forces of their hosts. So far, nearly 20 stellar streams have been identified in the Milky Way, just a few in the Andromeda galaxy, and about 10 outside the Local Group. Astronomers are interested in finding new stellar streams in the Milky Way, as they hope that such features could answer some crucial questions about the the galaxy. For instance, stellar streams could help us understand the large-scale mass distribution of the galactic dark matter halo. Moreover, they could confirm whether or not our galaxy contains low-mass dark matter subhalos.


MILO SHAKEN BUT NOT STIRRED! Why Hate Incitement is Australias Easiest Gig "GroovUs Feed Anews"

True Crime News Weekly was on the ground in both Melbourne and Sydney for the violence that greeted alt-right British-American blogger, Milo Yiannopoulos, during his speaking tour events in Australia this week.

Wednesday, 06 December


No, John Conyers Retirement Does Not Absolve Democrats "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Over the past several weeks, as titans of industry, entertainment, and journalism have been fired left and right for sexual misconduct, politicians ability to weather such allegations has been a subject of no little chatter. When TV personalities Charlie Rose and Matt Lauer leave spinning office chairs in the wake of their immediate dismissals, why have politicians facing serious accusations been spared?

On Tuesday, one of the first political casualties of this sexual harassment wave turned out to be Rep. John Conyers. The 88-year-old congressman and civil rights leader from Detroit has been dogged by charges that he sexually harassed women on his staff and covered up. His Democratic colleagues were slow and stumbling in addressing his conduct, but eventually many, including Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, stated that he should resign.

Conyers resignation, which he refers to as his retirement, raises a question. Does this move give the Democratic Party moral high ground in the firestorm of sexual harassment charges? The answer must decidedly be no. There are several reasons this is true, and even beyond that a deeper question that Americans must decide.

John Conyers Admits Nothing, and Loses Little

The first and most basic reason Conyers resig-tirement doesnt absolve the Democratic Party of any sins is that he isnt admitting to anything. In his own words, during a sympathetic radio interview, Conyers had this to say about the allegations against him: They are not accurate, theyre not true and I think that theyre something that I cant explain where they came from. This is delicate, political speech, to be sure, but lets be clear: he is calling his accusers liars.

Another problem Democrats face in claiming that Conyers decision to leave the House is some great moral victory is Sen. Al Franken. Franken not only faces multiple allegations of sexual abuse, there is even a photo of him groping a woman that he sent her as a way of throwing his failed sexual harassment in her face. The fact that an accused black leader is leaving Congress while the white Saturday Night Live star Franken stays snugly in his seat speaks volumes to Democrats supposed progressive values.

But perhaps the most revealing moment in the Conyers saga came in late November when Pelosi called Conyers an icon. This apparently was meant to mitigate the possibility that he had reached up staffers dresses. What benefit of the doubt was Pelosi suggesting his iconic status gave him? Maybe if youre an icon, they just let you do it.

This raises an interesting question that my colleague Mary Katharine Ham addressed on Twitter not long ago.


Stop Shoehorning Suburbia into Walkable Places "GroovUs Feed Anews"

As we revisit some of the best articles from 2017 (see them all here), this essay stood out to me. When it was published in May, it generated a wave of responses from other people who shared Sarah's frustrations and experience with this very issue in their own cities.

At Strong Towns, we are often asked "If suburban development is bad for our communities, what should we do with all of the suburban areas that have already been built?" In truth, there is no easy answer and attempts at turning auto-oriented suburbs into walkable urban neighborhoods are incredibly costly, often falling prey to the same flawed financial models that built the suburbs in the first place.  Sarah's essay makes a simple request: At least stop bulldozing good quality historic buildings and streets in order to build yet more suburban-style development. Hold onto these treasures and take small steps to make them better. That's where we have to start if we want to build strong towns. - Rachel Quednau

Culs-de-sac, drive-thrus and surface parking lots are NOT what this neighborhood needs. (Photo: Google Maps)

Culs-de-sac, drive-thrus and surface parking lots are NOT what this neighborhood needs. (Photo: Google Maps)

Its pretty easy to destroy a walkable place. Weve been doing it for so long, its almost second nature.  Step 1: Prioritize auto travel.  Require every new building to be surrounded by lots of parking and require every new street to be designed for high-volume, fast-moving traffic. Step 2: Designate separate areas for people to live, work and shop, and dont allow any of these uses to mingle. Step 3. Well, actually, the first two will do it.

I could go on.  We could talk about over-zealous fire marshals, outdated subdivision regulations that recommend cul-de-sacs instead of connected streets, federal policies that prioritize single-family suburban homes over mixed-use buildings, and inade...


Raising the Profile of Women Futurists "GroovUs Feed Anews"

An Interview with Jennifer Gidley

by Tracey Follows, Founder/Director of the Female Futures Bureau

Jennifer Gidley is a former President of the World Futures Studies Federation (20092017), a UNESCO and UN partner and global peak body for futures studies scholarship, she led a network of hundreds of world leading futures scholars and researchers from around the globe. An adjunct Professor at the Institute for Sustainable Futures, UTS in Sydney, futurist, author, psychologist and educator, Jennifer is a prolific author of dozens of academic papers, serves on several academic boards, and most recently authored Postformal Education: A Philosophy for Complex Futures (Springer, 2016) & The Future: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford, 2017). 

Tracey: I spoke to Jennifer about her perspective on Female Futures.

One of the issues we discuss a lot at The Female Futures Bureau is why more female futurists dont have a higher profile.  And Jennifer agrees that its not because they arent around:

I actually believe there are a large number of female futurists globally, and probably always have been. I would suggest that there are as many women involved in futures studies and foresight work as there are men

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Fluoride supporters and opponents reach out to Gunnedah Shire Council ahead of final decision "GroovUs Feed Anews"

SUPPORTERS on both sides of the Gunnedah water fluoridation debate are putting their case forward to Gunnedah Shire Council (GSC) ahead of the December meeting.

A coalition of 13 leading health organisations and professional bodies, including the Australian Dental Association NSW, and the National Rural Health Alliance, have submitted an open letter to GSC. The letter composed by the organisations urged council to support water fluoridation.

We write today to express our support for water fluoridation as a safe, cost-effective and equitable public health measure, the letter read.

The signatories to this letter are expert health organisations and peak and professional bodies committed to improving the health of all Australians.

Fluoride Action Network Australia chair Merilyn Haines said she had been invited to speak to councillors before a decision is made.

I have accepted an invitation from the mayor to give a presentation to councillors on Wednesday, December 13, Mrs Haines said.

This will be before NSW Health provide their report to council so am at a bit of a disadvantage.

AMA NSW president Professor Brad Frankum said water fluoridation is an important and safe public health initiative that helps prevent tooth decay.

Its OK to Say NO to fluoride in Gunnedahs water co-ordinator Wendy Carpenter said it was important to hear both sides of the debate.

We just want to be considered, Mrs Carpenter said.

Hopefully our feelings will be considered at the council meeting.

NSW Health will report its public consultation findings at Gunnedah council meeting on December 20.

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Archbishop Philip Wilson alleged to have paid hush money "GroovUs Feed Anews"

The significance of this case is that Australian Archbishop Philip Wilson is the highest ranking Roman Catholic in the world to be charged with pedophile protection crimes.

Australian Cardinal George Pell, the second-equal Roman Catholic in the world as Head of Vatican Finances, has been charged with actual pedophile crimes. He could readily have been charged with pedophile protection crimes, but Victorian police opted to charge him with the far more serious crimes of multiple child sex offences.

It has been a great effort to get Archbishop Philip Wilson into court, and he has tried every trick in the book in the past few years to try to avoid standing trial.

The Australian

Archbishop Philip Wilson alleged to have paid hush money

undefinedCatholic Archbishop Philip Wilson will face trial in Newcastle over allegedly covering up sexual abuse. Picture: Bianca De Marchi


Australia - Fluoride supporters and opponents reach out to Gunnedah Shire Council ahead of final decision "IndyWatch Feed"

OPPONENTS: Members of the 'It's OK to Say NO to fluoride in Gunnedah's Water' Facebook group that are against water fluoridiation. Photo: Billy Jupp
OPPONENTS: Members of the 'It's OK to Say NO to fluoride in Gunnedah's Water' Facebook group that are against water fluoridiation. Photo: Billy Jupp
SUPPORTERS on both sides of the Gunnedah water fluoridation debate are putting their case forward to Gunnedah Shire Council (GSC) ahead of the December meeting.
It was resolved at the October ordinary council meeting that NSW Health would canvas local opinion regarding water fluoridation through mail drops and a feedback website. Following the October meeting, a Fairfax Media poll revealed more than 64 per cent of voters are against adding fluoride to the water supply. Of the 355 votes cast, 228 were against adding fluoride to the water supply, while 112 voters are in favor of water fluoridation. 
A coalition of 13 leading health org...


8 December: Australian Federal government intervention into Northern Territory (NT) Aboriginal communities "GroovUs Feed Anews"

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


Aunty Elaine Kngwarraye Peckham, Apmereke-artweye of Mparntwe, NT

Laura Lyons, Wiradjuri Woman: Instrumental in assisting to form FIRE (Fighting In Resistance Equally) and was involved in setting up GMAR Sydney Branch (Grand Mothers Against Removals)

Sylvia Purrurle Neale, Eastern Arrernte

Greg Marks, International human rights law expert, specialising in Indigenous rights. Policy analyst, researcher and writer. Centre Associate, Indigenous Law Centre UNSW

Facilitator:  Jeff McMullen, journalist and film maker

Friday, 8 December 2017, 5.30 pm for 6 pm start

Redfern Community Centre, 29-53 Hugo Street Redfern



The significance of Antarctica as the world warms "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Why remote Antarctica is so important in a warming world  The Conversation.December 4, 2017 Chris Fogwill, Professor of Glaciology and Palaeoclimatology, Keele UniversityChris Turney, Professor of Earth Sciences and Climate Change, UNSWZoe Robinson, Reader in Physical Geography and Sustainability/Director of Education for Sustainability, Keele University

..What was once thought to be a largely unchanging mass of snow and ice is anything but. Antarctica holds a staggering amount of water. The three ice sheets that cover the continent contain around...


Aeromil Pacific / Flight Options (Australia) Cessna Citation Bizjet VH-SPJ at Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) and Rockhampton Airports "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Noted arriving into Rockhampton Airport on Wednesday 6 December was Aeromil Pacific / Flight Options (Australia) Cessna Citation bizjet VH-SPJ.  It arrived from Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) Airport where it arrived on Tuesday 5 December from Cairns.

The sleek Citation is back in CQ after passing through Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) and Emerald Airports while heading North to Cairns.

After a short time on the ground, VH-SPJ was noted departing Rocky for Bankstown.

Meanwhile, on Tuesday 5 December, Avcair (Norris Aviation) LearJet 60 bizjet VH-XPN touched down at Gladstone Airport for a very short period of time possibly on a training flight.  It looked to fly up from and then return to its Brisbane base.

Finally, also on Wednesday 6 December, the Queensland Police Service (Airwing) Cessna 560 Citation Ultra bizjet VH-PSU was back in CQ possibly operating their three-times-a-week prisoner transfer flights.  During a busy morning of flying, VH-PSU was noted visiting Rockhampton Airport, arriving from Cairns and Townsville, before later departing for Brisbane.

Sincere thanks to local plane spotter Kayanne H for taking the time to capture and send through this great photo of VH-SPJ!

Photo taken by Kayanne Hardsman 

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