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Thursday, 18 January

19:30

Father Follows Intuition, Hires Helicopter and Finds Injured Son in Crash "IndyWatch Feed National"


When an Australian father went to the police about his missing son, they assured him that he was simply overreacting but it's a good thing that he didn't listen to them, because he turned out to be correct.

19:00

Fox launches 7 part series "Scandalous" - on Monica Lewinsky and Bill Clinton's impeachment and disbarment for perjury "IndyWatch Feed National"

NEW SERIES: Fox News Channel launches Scandalous." The first seven-episode installment chronicles the events that ultimately led to the impeachment of President Bill Clinton during the 1990s. Don't miss the premiere Sunday, January 21st at 8p ET! https://t.co/old3jcPyDY pic.twitter.com/HMF8rGxc3W Fox News (@FoxNews) January 18, 2018

19:00

The Hanseatic League: An "Empire" of Commerce "IndyWatch Feed National"






This took honor of place from around 1250 through the sixteenth century.  Now add in the additional great circle route between North America, originally out of Bimini and then out of Georgia and anchored in Scotland and the Mediterranean and you have a vast sea operation all operated by independent merchants mostly never disclosed.

As you are aware we have been digging this all up and the scale of the Georgia mining operation both Bronze Age and surely through Contact as well.

 I do think that the Knights Templar operated the Great Atlantic circle Route and transitioning into the Hanse when the Order was attacked makes perfect sense...

The Hanseatic League: An "Empire" of Commerce

01/05/2018

Marcia Christoff-Kurapovna

https://mises.org/wire/hanseatic-league-empire-commerce

Once upon a time there was a northern, medieval phenomenon as much the subject of universal myth and curiosity as that of the enchantress city-republics flourishing down south: the Hanseatic League of the mid-13th to 16th centuries. The Hansa (old German for associations) or The League, as it was known, began as a treaty between Lbeck and Hamburg to clear the road of pirates and robbers between the Elbe and the Trave [a river in northern Germany with its delta at the Baltic sea]. It gradually increased to add Cologne and Bremen, later expanding to Gdansk, Riga and Novgorod, finally incorporating Bruges, Brunswick, and many satellite-cities throughout Scandinavia. The main goal of this expansion was to keep the herring fisheries of the Baltic in the hands of the merchant-princes of Lbeck and decidedly out of the hands of Frederick II Hohenstaufen, stupor mundi extraordinaire, who, in 1226, decreed that lovely, gothic-gabled town an Imperial City. Then, too, routes to capture the salt trade to Cyprus were critical. Soon, The League was dominating commercial relations with the Levant, Venice, Spain, France and England in timber, fur, grain, honey, Scandinavian copper and iron, in return for spices, medicine, fruit and wine and cotton. Such is how this loose coalition of.....

18:37

The Twilight of the Equine Gods "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

No hour of life is lost that is spent in the saddle. Young men have often been ruined by owning horses, or through backing horses, but never through riding them, unless, of course, they break their necks, which, taken at a gallop, is a very good way to die.
Winston S Churchill, My Early Life

Hey and away we go
Through the grass, across the snow,
Big brown beastie, big brown face,
Id rather be with you than flying through space.
Mike Oldfield, On Horseback

Pastorale

Oh the world is sweet
The world is wide
And shes there where
The light and the darkness divide
And the steams coming off her
Shes huge and shes shy
And she steps on the moon
When she paws at the sky
Leonard Cohen, The Ballad of the Absent Mare

What is there not to love about a horse?

Its big, brown, doe eyes; its earthy, sweaty aroma from a land somewhere between babies and barnyards; the warmth of its neck on your palm; the rough feel of its mane in your fingers; the smell and the squeak of saddle leather; the jingle-bells of the bridle. The strength you sense through your thighs; an exhilaration that is close to fear as you kick his flanks into a trot, a canter, a gallop, and whoa! and youre never one hundred percent sure she will obey you. And then, when its over, the radiated heat, the damp hide, the glow of sweat, almost a mist of equine energy as you dismount after the ride. You feel wired, alive, and at one with the horse, with the land, with nature.

I first rode a horse in the late seventies, on my first visit to Australia with my first wife. Her old man was a doctor on locum in Coolah, beyond of the Black Stump, which is to say, the back of beyond (and there really WAS a black stump on the outskirts of town, for the infrequent tourist to be photographed by in pre-selfie days). A local farmer had invited us out to ride his large property, and so we rode, in the heat haze of high summer, through wide, dry, open, paddocks, mobs of roos scattering as we approached, flocks of cockatoos roosting riotously in the branches of dead trees, and flies. Yes, I learned about the Aussie salute that summer. I fell in love with the Australian bush then and...

18:02

blue camo legging Surf Tank, Hoodies and more Localish Surf Apparel "IndyWatch Feed National"

Localish offers wide range of surf apparel including surf leggings, womens surf t-shirts, mens surfing t shirts, mens surf apparel, womens surf apparel, mens sweatshirt hoodie, surf tank tops for men, surf tank tops for women, and many more.

17:28

FBI Investigating Millions Of Mishandled Dollars Funneled From Australian Govt To Clinton Foundation "IndyWatch Feed National"

TheLastAmericanVagabond.com

The FBI has asked retired Australian policeman-turned investigative journalist, Michael Smith, to provide information he has gathered detailing multiple allegations of the Clinton Foundation receiving tens of millions of mishandled taxpayer funds, according to LifeZette.  I have been asked to provide the FBI with further and better particulars about allegations regarding improper donations to the CF funded by []

The post FBI Investigating Millions Of Mishandled Dollars Funneled From Australian Govt To Clinton Foundation appeared first on The Last American Vagabond.

16:47

Commercial Kitchens Shopsteel Sheet Metal & Stainless Steel Fabrication "IndyWatch Feed National"

Shopsteel is a sheet metal and stainless steel fabrication company with years of extensive experience in the metal fabrication industry.

16:41

Fluoride-related question slated for Parry Sound voters ballot "IndyWatch Feed National"

Upgrades to the plant needed for fluoride to come back

PARRY SOUND The fluoride topic is back in Parry Sound.

This time its a question on the fall municipal election ballot.

Nearly two years ago, the Town of Parry Sound overturned its June 2015 resolution for improvements to the Tony Agnello Water Treatment Pant; the upgrades were necessary to continue fluoridating the municipal water supply.

When the original report came to council in 2015, upgrades to the plant were in the neighbourhood of $250,000. The Town had been fluoridating its water since the 1960s.

After a lengthy period of debate that included a campaign by a group of concerned citizens, Parry Sounders for Progressive Water Management, fluoridation of the towns water ended temporarily on March 18, 2016, under the condition that the question be posed on the 2018 municipal election ballot, asking Parry Sound ratepayers whether they want the town to continue to fluoridate their water.

A resolution was passed to put the question on the ballot during a January 2016 council meeting.

On Monday, Jan. 15, the town announced the date for the legislated public meeting that needs to be held prior to the passing of the bylaw.

The question slated for the ballot that falls under the Fluoridation Act, the question is already in the act, we dont get to figure out what (the question) is, they tell you what to ask. And that question will be answered and binding based on more than 50 per cent of the people who voted, depending on what the outcome is for that, said town clerk Jackie Boggs during the Jan. 16 council meeting.

The question is, Are you in favour of the discontinuance of the fluoridation of the public water supply of this municipality?

If it turns out that more than 50 per cent of voters are not in favour of the discontinuation of fluoride, there is a chance it could be put back into the water supply, but not before the necessary upgrades are made to the water treatment plant.

Peter Brown, town director of public works, said today the costs are likely significantly more than the original $250,000 estimate.

I suspect it will (cost) considerably more than that because the piping has sat stagnant for a couple of years and prices are always changing and going up as far as equipment goes. The cost of fluoride may have gone up, I dont know, Brown said. We havent really invested any time and energy into the consideration of bringing it back, because there was no indication that there was. Fast forward to 2018 and we have an election coming up I guess were going to have to sta...

16:24

The death of a child by suicide "IndyWatch Feed National"

The death of a child is always heartbreaking but when it is by suicide it is as devastating as it gets, with long term psychosocial effects. There is a whole different level of anguish and grief. However the majority of child suicides can be avoided. Each year, I support and am in contact with hundreds []

16:09

Does the Govt Seek to keep the public Blind, Deaf, and Dumb? "IndyWatch Feed National"

COMMENT: I watched the Forecaster after ordering the DVD from Amazon. Aside from the fact that it brought tears to my and my wifes eyes, your forecasts on this year being exceptionally cold, your forecast of Brexit, Trump, the Dow and countless other things, it is not hard to see why the government wanted your model. My heating bills have almost doubled this year. How can your computer forecast such a trend years in advance when they cant do more than 10 days?

Quite frankly, they do not want a system that can do all these things public. Thats why the New York Times or Bloomberg will never even mention what you have accomplished. It is all about keeping the public blind, deaf, and dumb.

God be with you and your family

HN

ANSWER: I do have to admit many people have expressed that view. It has been unbelievably cold. Even airports in Houston and Atlanta have been impacted by snow they do not have equipment for. If people really did listen, it would change politics. You cant keep up the same nonsense of simply voting for someone and they will change everything. It just cannot be done. They always blame the rich and seek to raise taxes, but it miraculously never manages to lower anyone elses taxes. It always just lines the pockets of the politicians.

16:05

The Cycle of Disease Its Just our Time "IndyWatch Feed National"

COMMENT: Sir,

     Its interesting, since your post on Madagascar and the pneumonic plague, I have Surveilled a site dealing with medical news once a week. Whats really interesting is the resurgence of older well-known entities such as cholera
      Zambia has been hard hit with over 2000 cases of cholera with close to 50 deaths. The university is closed as well as other institutions. It has migrated from the urban areas to the suburban areas. The armed forces have been called out to help. Tanzania has shut its borders with Zambia due to this. Kenya has had 4 kid cases of hospitalization.
Influenza strains are hitting geographic regions. The H3n2 is has hit Australia very hard and is currently hitting the UK. The US is also being infected. India has the H1N1 variant hitting them hard.

ProMED-mail post

The avian flu has led to the culling of birds in the Middle East particularly Egypt and Iran. Saudia Arabia just had 6 new cases. Russia and Swiss poultry also have cases.
China has Influenza B hitting them hard but cannot confirm type nor number of cases and comparison numbers.

When it rains. it pours.

Keep up the good work

DK

REPLY: The influenza virus changes its genetic makeup every year and complies with guess what cyclical analysis! This constantly changing virus presents a cyclical challenge to medical science, and consequently, this makes it impossible to create a single vaccine to prevent the disease for life. The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Co...

16:01

FDLTCC Hosts Third Annual Beekeeping Workshop "IndyWatch Feed National"

Published January 18, 2018

CLOQUET, MINNESOTA  Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, in partnership with the Northeast Minnesota Beekeepers Association, is hosting a day-long workshop called Beekeeping and More! on Saturday, February 17, 2018, for anyone interested in learning about beekeeping as a hobby or as a commercial enterprise. The Symposium will open at 8:30 a.m. and classes run from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. starting in the college commons. Pre-registration is encouraged. The first Beekeeping and More workshop held in 2016 drew in more than 150 beekeepers and the event has kept growing, making it one of the largest beekeeping workshops in northern Minnesota.

Session topics include equipment, general troubleshooting, queen biology, risks to native pollinators, varroa mites, gentle beekeeping, and the challenges of overwintering honeybees in northern climates. Hands-on activities are also a part of the program, during which attendees can learn practical applications for products from the hive.

Experts from the University of Minnesota Bee Lab, the Northeastern Minnesota Beekeepers Association, and the Xerces Society will present the sessions and answer questions throughout the workshop. Informational displays, vendors, and door prize drawings will also be a part of the third annual event.

This will be a great day of learning and information sharing for both novice and experienced beekeepers, said Courtney Kowalczak, Director of the Environmental Institute at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College. There will be plenty of time to meet other beekeepers, ask for advice, get questions answered, and share ideas.

Opening speaker Roy Ober of the Northeastern Minnesota Beekeepers Association will introduce...

16:00

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.00007 BTC
0.00010 BTC = 1.40 AUD
Converter

15:53

Microsoft demands your mobile number for Windows 10 setup "IndyWatch Feed National"

Microsoft wants your phone number when you set up their Windows 10 (build 17063) Operating System.

(illustration:phonearena.com)

A part of the global surveillance policies in 'force'.

Your phone number is a piece of data that is tied in to your 'person's' name.

Your person's name is the most important piece of information in a legal matter for without that there can be no 'accused'.

Is this a step towards where every 'person' on the internet is 'guilty' until proven otherwise, with their alleged actions?

We do not recommend the purchase of products that contain Microsoft's Operating System

15:39

Getting Naked With Japanese Businessmen "IndyWatch Feed National"

A sea of flaccid penises seemed to stare at me as I undressed before the parade of predominantly middle-aged men. Its not often someone gains my admiration while emerging naked in a locker room, but there I was, commending their courage to let it all hang and not give a shit. Perhaps its a little easier for the Japanese to be comfortable in their own skin given their culture is based on mutual respect and their country has an obesity rate a quarter that of Australias.

As a westerner, the level of nudity definitely caused some discomfort; even years of being in the swim team didnt prepare me for the onsen changing room during peak hour. The Japanese are, however, courteous, meaning fortunately, there was no towel slapping from testosterone-fuelled teens.

For the uninitiated like myself, an onsen is a Japanese hot spring bath, often public. Onsen are believed to host a number of medical properties, including assisting with fatigue, digestion and muscular pain. They are an integral part of Japanese culture, and are often associated with peacefulness and purity. Japan is steeped in tradition, and its onsen are no exception.

Against my self-consciousness, I removed my yukata and placed all but my modest towel into my basket. I awkwardly danced to the public showering area in an attempt to prevent unnecessary flashing and avoid locking eyes with anyone longer than necessary. This was not the time to be asserting dominance.

My ass cheeks were greeting by a pleasantly (yet equally disturbingly) warm stool as I sat in the corner of the traditional open-plan Japanese shower room. Never in my life has a feeling of inadequacy crossed my mind over my ability to shower, but in a city of high-tech toilets and non-existent body odour, there was valid reason to believe the Japanese held superiority over ones cleanliness. If Japan has instructions on how to sit on a toilet, why dont they have one on how to take a shower? The absurdity of that thought didnt take long to become apparent. I did my best to follow suit with the other men without appearing like a pervert, dried myself off and prepared myself for the grand finale.

Much like trains of Tokyo, the idea of personal space in the onsen appeared to differ greatly from my own. A quick exchange of nods confirmed my acceptance, with two kind men making room for a boy about to undergo his rite of passage. From the moment my foot broke the water, a feeling similar to the pain of grabbing a nuked frozen meal from the microwave engulfed my foot.

I was faced with quite the dil...

15:19

From Central Cell-Block to Guantanamo "IndyWatch Feed National"

On Thursday, January 11, the sixteenth anniversary of the opening of the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba was marked by a coalition of 15 human rights organizations gathered in Lafayette Park, across Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House in Washington, DC. An interfaith prayer service was followed by a rally featuring song []

15:11

Rereading The River Ophelia in the era of #MeToo "IndyWatch Feed National"

When published in 1995, Justine Ettlers debut novel The River Ophelia received a lively critical reception. For some, the book exemplified a genre of gritty, in-ya-face writing then known as grunge lit, named after the contemporaneous music movement from Seattle (think Nirvana, Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam).

15:05

Letter accompanying my 1st criminal complaint to the FBI re Clinton Foundation and Australian taxpayer funded donations "IndyWatch Feed National"

Director Christopher Wray Director - FBI FBI Headquarters 935 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, D.C. 20535-0001 Dear Director Wray, I write to report apparently serious criminal offences committed by US nationals and others involving the Clinton Foundation. Since 2006 the Clinton Foundation has directly solicited more than AUD $88 Million in...

14:33

A Break-Up Letter to Booze "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dear Alcohol,

Ive been thinking a lot about our relationship lately. Im not very happy, and no its not me; its you.

Most of the time, I am an interesting, composed young adult. But all it takes is a small dose of you, and my hidden feelings are aired out for display. I then look like a blubbering idiot, and wake up choking on my regret.

This happened more than once throughout my 18th year, but I was buoyed by the support of my fellow binge-drinkers, convinced that having fun meant playing Kings Cup before waltzing up to a bouncer to advise him that I was sober and he should indeed let my friends and me in. You were also a critical element to my job in hospitality, and I invested much of what should have been my life savings on your liquid form. I found myself at countless bars across Brisbane, and even at a beach party in Thailand under a full moon, convinced that this was definitely living, Barry.

At 20, I decided I needed to focus on other goals. My relationship with you deteriorated as I realised I didnt really need you. I became stronger on my own and could talk to other humans without needing the warm sedation you provided. I went about my daily hobbies and found my sober interactions far more fulfilling than the half-remembered conversations with Steve or Nick or whatever his name was. You fell by the wayside, but every month or so, Id allow you to make a casual appearance.

Soon enough, my appetite for you increased once more, and I began party-hopping for the Year of the 21st. I still pursued my hobbies, however, and you were my second choice: waking up for swimming training in the mornings did not leave room for any trace of a hangover. I focused on my sporting goals, and this satisfied me more than any night dancing to Kanye and telling boys I was too good for them (though that was pretty fun).

But your presence was never obsolete. The after-parties to any sporting event were based on the...

14:15

MACKAY Repeat drink-driver ignored alcohol interlock condition "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY January 18, 2018 at 06:03AM ,

Repeat drink-driver ignored alcohol interlock condition

January 18, 2018 at 06:03AM ,

Clifford Paul Giblett, 41, faced Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday, and pleaded guilty to driving a vehicle without a prescribed interlock device. Police were patrolling the Bruce Highway near Rockhampton on November 26, 2017 when they pulled Giblett over, prosecutor Shelby Larcombe told the

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MACKAY Sick and tired of this violence: Guilty of pub attack "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY January 18, 2018 at 05:06AM ,

Sick and tired of this violence: Guilty of pub attack

January 18, 2018 at 05:06AM ,

A DRUNK machine fitter launched an unprovoked attack on a bouncer who escorted him from a Dysart pub, headbutting and punching the man. Scott Lesley Williams ambush on the security guard landed him in Mackay Magistrates Court on Tuesday. He pleaded guilty to assault occasioning bodily

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14:13

MACKAY Under the influence and in charge of a motor vehicle, Mackay "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY January 18, 2018 at 09:15AM ,

Under the influence and in charge of a motor vehicle, Mackay

January 18, 2018 at 09:15AM ,

The driver was arrested and charged with being under the influence of liquor and in charge of a motor vehicle. The woman will attend to the Mackay Magistrates Court on February 6 to have the matter heard. If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the

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14:09

Adanis coal mine shut down for second time this week "IndyWatch Feed National"

Adani protestor who has chained themselves to coal loading infrastructure at the Adanis Abbot Point coal terminal north of Bowen. Photo supplied.

Adanis coal mine has been shut down for second time this week by five peaceful activists chaining themselves to safely to coal loading infrastructure.

The Galilee Basin defenders put their bodies on the line in a continued effort to put pressure on both Adani and the ALP in the lead up to the first sitting of Queensland Parliament on Monday where the Labor government will decide on funding for a billion dollar loan towards infrastructure in support of low quality thermal coal expansion in the Galilee Basin.

Protester Megan Armstrong, a 47 year old Townsville resident, stated she was here to represent all the people who are against monstrous new open cut thermal coal projects and tell ALP that they need to stick to their word by vetoing a NAIF loan to Aurizon and any other interested parties. 

Mother of two, Liisa Rusanen, said,  Im taking action for my children, who face the collapse of water, food and climate systems in their lifetime.

Queensland Labor initially vetoed Adanis application for the loan however, the government has not ruled out allowing other companies, such as rail company Aurizon, the loan required to make Adanis mine and the opening of the Galilee coal basin financially viable. 

John Ross, a 68-year-old Nurseryman from Coramba, expressed concern saying We are facing a climate emergency with catastrophic disruption to human societies and our planets ecosystems to open up massive new Galilee Basin coal is an unconscionable betrayal of future generations. The ALP need make it clear that NAIF loans to any party that will further the Adani coal mine project, including Aurizon, will be ruled out.

 According to Frontline Action on Coal following the protests that shut down the coal port last Thursday Adani promised to increase security and made unsubstantiated accusations of violen...

12:09

Why Wait? Wikipedia and Google Accidentally Declare Putin the Winner of March 2018 Presidential Elections "IndyWatch Feed National"

Putin accidentally declared winner of the 2018 presidential elections by Google // Screenshot by Christopher Moldes

(GV) Russias presidential elections are two months away, and while there are multiple contenders, the expectation is that Vladimir Putin will secure a fourth term handily.

On January 15, in what looked like an effort to save time or skip the nail-biting drama of counting votes on election night, Google declared Putin the winner of the March 2018 election.

A Russian-language Google search of elections 2018 resulted in the usual snapshot of the analogous Wikipedia article. Under winner there appeared a portrait of Vladimir Putin, as seen above.

This curious error came about thanks to Googles search result technology, which sometimes features information that is intended to help answer the users query. With searches like this, such information typically comes from either Wikipedia or official state government websites that Google deems to be reliable.

But in this case, the Russian Wikipedia article on the 2018 elections was anything but.

Stanislav Kozlovsky, the director for the Russian department of Wikimedia, Wikipedias parent company, explained the error in a comment to RBC, a Russian business news website:

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Someone added Putins name to the preamble of the article on the elections, after which the search engine indexed it and reflected the new variant in its results.

Wikipedia is known for its crowd-sourcing model, through which volunteer users can make substantive contributions after completing a vetting process. While they can vary from language to language, all Wikipedia sites have standard procedures in place to prevent inaccuracies like this one. But it appears that these procedures were not followed for the Russian version of the page. Whether the error was intended as a joke, or as a political move,....

11:50

What is Lorem Ipsum? Test 1 No sidebar "IndyWatch Feed National"

What is Lorem Ipsum?

Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry. Lorem Ipsum has been the industrys standard dummy text ever since the 1500s, when an unknown printer took a galley of type and scrambled it to make a type specimen book. It has survived not only five centuries, but also the leap into electronic typesetting, remaining essentially unchanged. It was popularised in the 1960s with the release of Letraset sheets containing Lorem Ipsum passages, and more recently with desktop publishing software like Aldus PageMaker including versions of Lorem Ipsum.

Why do we use it?

It is a long established fact that a reader will be distracted by the readable content of a page when looking at its layout. The point of using Lorem Ipsum is that it has a more-or-less normal distribution of letters, as opposed to using Content here, content here, making it look like readable English. Many desktop publishing packages and web page editors now use Lorem Ipsum as their default model text, and a search for lorem ipsum will uncover many web sites still in their infancy. Various versions have evolved over the years, sometimes by accident, sometimes on purpose (injected humour and the like).

Where does it come from?

Contrary to popular belief, Lorem Ipsum is not simply random text. It has roots in a piece of classical Latin literature from 45 BC, making it over 2000 years old. Richard McClintock, a Latin professor at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia, looked up one of the more obscure Latin words, consectetur, from a Lorem Ipsum passage, and going through the cites of the word in classical literature, discovered the undoubtable source. Lorem Ipsum comes from sections 1.10.32 and 1.10.33 of de Finibus Bonorum et Malorum (The Extremes of Good and Evil) by Cicero, written in 45 BC. This book is a treatise on the theory of ethics, very popular during the Renaissance. The first line of Lorem Ipsum, Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet.., comes from a line in section 1.10.32.

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11:43

Extreme heat prompts calls for bill relief "IndyWatch Feed National"

Thursday, 18 January 2018
As South Australia braces for two days of extreme heat, SACOSS (the South Australian Council of Social Service) is today calling on all parties to commit to urgent reform of the energy concession to help with the high cost of electricity and so that households can afford to pay the cost of running air-conditioners when needed.
 

11:21

Councils caught up in allegations over Carmichael airport "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed from Queensland

The Adani controversy has thrown up another scandal. This time it involves allegations for new corruption and publicity that are engulfing to regional Queensland councils.

Townsville and Rockhampton Councils have put up more than $34 million, for the building of an airport hundreds of kilometres away, at the Carmichael mine in the Galilee Basin.

It is part of the funding deal made with the mining company. The given justification for this is that the airport will provide for thousands of jobs by making the two cities hubs for a fly in fly out (FIFO) workforce at the mine. Critics have long suggested that the project would create relatively few jobs, in an operation that will be highly capital intensive. Critics have also challenged the claim that the project will be a boon for the local economies.

And it has also now come to light that that the Queensland Crime and Corruption Commission is looking into the matter for alleged corrupt conduct. It seems that the tendering process for a contractor has been somewhat less than proper.

A Toowoomba based company,  called Wagners, got the contract for the airport and this was not declared in the public list. Both had councils had said that the airport would be owned by the councils. But when Townsville businessman Philip Batty made the complaint before the Commission, the councils turned around and said that the land and  airport project were owned by Adani will not own the land and airport, which have been handed over to Adani.

The complaint was dismissed on this technicality. By not being the owners, the councils are not responsible for
contracting and the procurement process.

trhisd ruling does not mean that proper process was not followed, and it looks like there could be even more going on below the surface.

The Adani companies have a long history of corrupt practices in the countries in which they operate and there is a list of gifts and other inducements provided in Australia to decision makers. The affair over the airport certainly needs further investigation. So do Adanis other activities. Corruption is a poison that needs to be weeded out.

The post Councils caught up in allegations over Carmichael airport appeared first on The Pen.

10:43

Tenants Demand Nuspor Investments drop Rent Increases "IndyWatch Feed National"

The post Tenants Demand Nuspor Investments drop Rent Increases appeared first on It's Going Down.

This morning a group of our neighbours from 1251 King, along with members of Parkdale Organize, travelled together from Parkdale to the uptown offices of the landlord, Nuspor Investments. We came to demand Nuspor drop the above guideline rent increase at the building. We also brought a stack of requests for repairs that have gone long neglected in tenants units.

On a Wednesday morning during business hours we arrived to find the office door locked. Our calls to the Nuspor office phone extensions went unanswered. Rather than hear from their tenants, Nuspor decided to close their office altogether.

In the lobby of Nuspors office we met and discussed next steps for escalating action against the landlord. If recent organizing by working class people in Parkdale is any indication, Nuspor will not be able to evade its tenants for long.

10:38

Handbrake fail "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Mobile phone user forgot to put on the handbrake at Cabarita Beach car park yesterday. Photo Phil Harris.

Mobile phone users are being reminded to pay attention to their handbrakes when they hop out of their cars for a quick chat. 

A man  parked his car at the Cabarita Beach car park yesterday morning, jumped out and was nonchalantly talking on his phone when his car rolled away and down to the rocks below the embankment.

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10:27

NSW government is helping parents pay for sport "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The pool at the Goonellabah Sports and Aquatic Centre. (file pic)

Do you have kids? Would you like a $100 towards the costs of sports activities this year? From  January 31 parents, guardians and carers of children residing and participating in sport and other approved physical activities in NSW can apply for the voucher online through their MyServiceNSW account. They can be   redeemed at local sporting clubs or approved providers.

Whether your child participates in summer or winter sports or activities, Active Kids vouchers can be used until 31 December so there is no rush to claim.

With household budgets continually stretched, we want to ensure every child has access to sports and active participation for their health and wellbeing, said a spokesperson for NSW sports.

To apply for the NSW Governments new Active Kids voucher to help with the costs visit sport NSW or phone Service NSW on 13 77 88.

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10:14

Apply for disaster relief for Cyclone Debbie today "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Were you affected by Cyclone Debbie? One day left to submit relief applications.

Were you affected by Cyclone Debbie? If you are eligible for the Disaster Recovery Payment or Disaster Recovery Allowance you need to get your application in by tomorrow January 19.

Department of Human Services General Manager Hank Jongen is reminding all eligible residents to submit a claim by tomorrow.

Anyone who believes they may qualify for a payment needs to lodge their claim by the cut-off date to avoid missing out, said Mr Jongen.

The Disaster Recovery Payment is a one-off payment of $1000 per eligible adult and $400 per eligible child aged under 16.

The Disaster Recovery Allowance is a short term payment, equivalent to the rate of Newstart or Youth Allowance, for a maximum of 13 weeks for eligible individuals including employees, primary producers and sole traders who experienced a loss of income as a direct result of the cyclone.

Claimants must meet a range of additional criteria to be eligible for each payment and should check the full details on the Human Services website before applying.

Mr Jongen said the period for claiming in other Local Government Areas affected by Tropical Cyclone Debbie closed late last year.

Claims can be submitted by calling the Australian Government Emergency Information line on 180 22 66, by post or in person at a Department of Human Services Service Centre.

For more details about eligibility criteria and how to claim click here.

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Circus Phoenix wows Lismore audience at opening "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Stunt rider Jack Field lands his one-wheeled bike deftly between the legs of the MC, popping the balloon in the process. (Paul Connelly)

Circus Phoenix opened its run in Lismore last night with a full audience, and by the reaction of the crowd the show is sure to be a hit.

With not an animal in sight, the performers displayed an amazing range of talent and skills during the two hour show.

Rosebank stunt rider Jack Field made a triumphant return to the region with a dazzling display on both his motorbike and his BMX, while illusionist Cassandra had the audience spell-bound with her displays of trickery.

The clowns were a big hit with the little kids, and the big kids, in the audience, ensuring that everyone was well and truly involved in the show.

Dubbed as a new-generation circus, the show melds traditional performance such as acrobatics and performance, the thrilling wheel of steel and high energy extreme sports.

The evening culminated with two motorbike riders racing around the wheel of death, just centimetres from the head of Cassandra.

Circus owner Phoenix Harrison said he was absolutely over the moon with the reaction of last nights crowd to the show.

We are a new circus and weve only been going about eight months. Weve started our Australian tour which should take about three years to get around the country, he said.

Its a very physical show for the performers but theres also the logisitics which go along with putting up the tent and moving it from place to place.

Were a very family-orientated group and weve got our backstage crew working hard, as well as our performers doing their bit to make it all happen.

The circus will be at the Lismore Showgrounds until 28 January, with up to two performances a day. Once the Lismore shows are completed, the circus will be moving on to Grafton.

For information and tickets visit http://circusphoenix.com.au

09:51

Are You As Smart As A President? "IndyWatch Feed National"

During his annual physical, Trump petitioned for, and got, a test of his mental abilities. The doc says he got a perfect mark. Lets set aside that he also makes some questionable claims about Trumps shape, and accept that part as accurate. The president himself is glowing about the high marks he got.

With North Korea persisting as the major global challenge facing Trump this year, the president cast doubt on whether talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un would be useful. In the past he has not ruled out direct talks with Kim. Id sit down, but Im not sure that sitting down will solve the problem, he said, noting that past negotiations with the North Koreans by his predecessors had failed to rein in North Koreas nuclear and missile programs.

He blamed his three immediate predecessors, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, for failing to resolve the crisis and, a day after his doctor gave him a perfect score on a cognitive test, suggested he had the mental acuity to solve it.

I guess they all realized they were going to have to leave it to a president that scored the highest on tests, he said.

As luck would have it, the test Trump took has both a work sheet and instructions available online. I recommend you spare a moment for it, but as a teaser Ill share a few questions.

  • Indicate the right third of the space and give the following instructions: Draw a clock. Put in all the numbers and set the time to 10 past 11.
  • The examiner gives the following instructions: Tell me the date today. If the subject does not give a complete answer, then prompt accordingly by saying: Tell me the [year, month, exact date, and day of the week]. Then say: Now, tell me the name of this place, and which city it is in.
  • Beginning on the left, point to each figure and say: Tell me the name of this animal.
  • The examiner gives the following instructions: I am going to read you a sentence. Repeat it after me, exactly as I say it [pause]: I only k...

09:45

An insight into why no charges have been laid in Victoria over the Gillard AWU Scandal. Yet. "IndyWatch Feed National"

These pages are from the most recent annual report of Victoria's Office of Public Prosecutions. Yes John Cain Jr - now the man responsible for deciding what cases go to court and what crooks can walk away. With their 90% conviction metric it's now apparently the OPP rather than juries...

09:30

Quarry developer accused of threatening to bury endangered frogs "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A No Sand Mines for Lennox protest at the McGrearys site. Photo supplied

A group opposing the further development of sand mines in Lennox Head is accusing the developer of one of the mines of threatening to make extinct a colony of endangered frogs if its application to substantially expand its mine is not approved.

McGrearys Quarries has a development application before Ballina Shire Council that would see up to 1.9 million tonnes of sand excavated over a 30-year period.

The environmental impact statement (EIS) for the McGearys Quarry proposal states that, if the new quarry is not approved, rehabilitation works under the existing rehabilitation plan or plan of management approved in 1995 will be completed but result in the extinction of threatened frog species and loss of high conservation value vegetation.

Under the terms of the rehab plan, the applicant would be required to fill the existing pond at the quarry, where the endangered frogs have taken up residence back to farm land, according to the applicants planner Steve Connelly of Planners North, effectively making the frogs homeless.

Mr Connelly told Echonetdaily it was really very perverse for objectors to the McGearys Quarry proposal to say that the EIS threatens to make two frogs extinct if their new sand mine is refused.

The EIS is a document that sets out facts, he said.

Fact 1: We have found threatened frog species on the site. They live in the shallows near excavations.

Fact 2: The current DA approval requires rehabilitation of the site back to farm land.

Fact 3. With an expanded quarry, the extent of shallows will increase and we anticipate that the threatened frog species population will increase

There is no threat, real or implicit, in any of the EIS facts, Mr Connelly said.

Clearly a threat

But No Sand Mine for Lennox spokesperson Amelia Hicks says the claim contained within the EIS is very clearly a threat and in the way it is written it certainly appears one is at least implied.

Clause 6.1 on page 66...

09:30

Charles Ortel with Utrice Leid on radio PRN in New York - indictments brewing in the Clinton Foundation crimes "IndyWatch Feed National"

Today with the GREAT @Utrice_Leid @csthetruth https://t.co/txDj230nQn Charles Ortel (@CharlesOrtel) January 17, 2018

09:07

Ballina MP urges people to support new bus service "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Blanchs is running a six month trial of buses between Lismore and Byron Bay. (Blanchs Bus Company).

Ballina MP Tamara Smith is urging north coast residents to support new bus services that connect Byron Bay to Lismore.

The 640x service travels from Byron Bay to Lismore via Lennox Head and Ballina and the 641X route is from Byron Bay to Lismore via Bangalow, Clunes and Bexhill, Monday to Friday.

The routes are being run as a six-month trial by Blanchs Bus Service, however Ms Smith is urging the company to extend the trial to 12 months.

I congratulate Blanchs Bus Company, Social Futures, Lismore Sustainable Transport Group and the NSW Government for getting this bus service up and running, Ms Smith said.

We need more public transport on the North Coast and an affordable direct service like this is what a lot of commuters want.

I would like people to support it by using it and telling others about it. But I would also like to see the current six month trial extended to 12 months so that we can get a complete picture of usage and passenger movement across a whole year.

More public transport on the North Coast is sorely needed and the NSW Government should give us a decent amount of time to raise public awareness about this service and the new 641X route from Byron Bay to Lismore via Bangalow, Clunes and Bexhill.

Our region deserves its share of public transport funding and a six month trial that started on 4 December and includes January and February, when many people are on holiday from work and study, wont give as accurate a picture of usage as a 12 month trial would.

I left Ballina at 8am and was in downtown Lismore by 8.30 today. The bus ride was clean, efficient and on time. It was a truly country bus journey the driver was friendly and helped elderly passengers to get on, there was none of the stress of city buses. There were 12 people on the bus by the end of the journey and I hope the service will take off, especially once students are back at Southern Cross University.

Looking to the future, I think this route would be perfect to trial electric...

09:03

What it really means to be Australian "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Joe Montero

As 26 January approaches each year, the argument over whether this day is the appropriate occasion to commemorate Australias nationhood rises. This year is no exception

Over recent times, the number of Australians calling for debate and questioning official ceremonies has been growing. There are those who feel threatened by this and dismiss any questioning as un-Australian and divisive. There is reason behind this and I will dome to this presently.

The bottom line is that if there was no problem there would be no argument.Being unprepared to accept that there is a problem is to silence a significant part of Australia. It is inherently undemocratic and divisive.

One does not have to be a dyed in the wool supporter of the Greens, to realise that the vendetta being waged against Adam Band, is part of this silencing of opinion. Last year the Yarra City Council in Melbourne got a beating for transferring its citizen ship ceremony to another date. Two other councils did the same and got similar treatment.

By standing up and breaking the orthodoxy, Bandt and the councils have spoken for many who tre being denied a voice. Throwing mud at them has been a way to avoid mentioning the real issues. It is sad that in the vindictive atmosphere, so many of our political leaders are either joining in the name calling or hiding under the nearest rock.

By the same token, those who dismiss the other important part of Australia, which is at present uncomfortable with the debate, are also wrong. We are in this together. Arriving at a solution requires the answering legitimate concerns.

What is needed is discussion on what it means to be Australian. We nee to talk about a concept of  Australian nationhood that brings ordinary Australians together and we need a vision of where we are heading to.Through resolving these issues, we will gain together, a better understanding about the appropriateness of  26 January as Australias national day.

However the date is of secondary importance. It is important because it is symbolic. Attention must be paid to what is being symbolised.

Some things need to be appreciated. The present day Australian population is made up of many parts. Even if some are challenged by the notion, the reality is that this is a land of peoples originating from many parts of the world bringing in their own cultures and traditions into the mix. Australia is...

09:00

R&BS BRIGHTEST STAR MS. LAURYN HILL ANNOUNCED FOR EXCLUSIVE BLUESFEST PERFORMANCE "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Bluesfest is thrilled to announce that Ms. Lauryn Hill, one of the most influential artists in the history of R&B will play an exclusive set at their 2018 festival, on Easter Friday in Byron Bay.

Ms. Hill established her reputation in the music world as the lone female member of The Fugees, whose record sales would make them the second biggest selling R&B act worldwide since Michael Jackson.

After leaving the band she released her iconic solo album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill which changed the face of popular music when it was released in 1998. The albums innovative mix of traditional soul, hip-hop beats and politically charged rap was a revelation. It won 5 Grammys the year it was released and has gone on to be included in dozens of Greatest Albums Ever lists such as Mojos 100 Greatest Albums of Our Lifetime, Qs Top 100 Albums Ever, Rolling Stones 500 Greatest Albums of All Time and it came in at number 2 on NPRs 150 Greatest Albums Made By Women.

Ms. Hill joins Robert Plant, Lionel Richie, Kesha, John Butler Trio, Tash Sultana, Seal, Jackson Browne, Sheryl Crowe, Melissa Etheridge as well as dozens of other talented artists on Bluesfests massive 2018 line up.

Organisers warn fans not to wait to buy their tickets as they are selling fast and fans could miss out on seeing their favourite artists if they dont secure their place at the festival soon.

Music lovers from across Australia will visit the beautiful Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, just outside Byron Bay over the Easter long weekend (Thursday 29th March to Monday 4th April 2018) for the 29th Annual Bluesfest. During the Festival they will enjoy 12 hours of music each day on multiple stages, incredible food and market stalls and on site camping in a range of accommodation options.

Ms. Lauryn Hill joins the following artists on the Bluesfest 2018 line up

LIONEL RICHIE ROBERT PLANT
AND THE SENSATIONAL SPACE SHIFTERS
KESHA
JOHN BUTLER TRIO | TASH SULTANA
SEAL | JACKSON BROWNE
MICHAEL FRANTI & SPEARHEAD
SHERYL CROW | MELISSA ETHERIDGE
YOUSSOU NDOUR
JASON ISBELL AND THE 400 UNIT
GOMEZ | RAGNBONE MAN | ZIGGY ALBERTS
JOS GONZLEZ | FIRST AID KIT | SGEIR
MORCHEEBA | GOVT MULE
THE NEW POWER GENERATION
THE ORIGINAL BLUES BROTHERS BAND
SEU JORGE | JUANES
CHIC FEATURING NILE RODGERS
JIMMY CLIFF | THE WAILERS
NEWTON FAULKNER
CANNED HEAT | WALTER TROUT
LUKAS NELSON & PROMISE OF THE REAL
JOE LOUIS WALKER | BOBBY RUSH
HURRAY FOR THE RIFF RAFF | BENJAMIN BOOKER
HOLY HOLY | WILLIAM CRIGHTON | HARTS
AFRO CELT SOUND SYSTEM | ELEPHANT SESSIONS
ERI...

08:47

Article: The dilemma of being sexy over the age of 45 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Maybe the Search for a Silver Fox show will challenge the young, slim, white, pretty conventional idea of beauty.

The dilemma in it is that it both challenges that idea and conforms to it by collecting people who largely fit all those requirements but with a single noticeable difference. They are predominantly white, slim, conventionally attractive and the marketing hook is that theyre older than traditional models. It could be a challenge to convention or it could just be what first year marketing students are taught to call a Point of Difference. A selling point aimed at the grey dollar.

Then we have to decide whether a clever marketing ploy cancels out the genuine benefit of making invisible people visible.

Full article here

08:43

In reclaiming our history of resistance, we can also revitalise decimated languages "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia callum indigenous xOn the bicentenary of the colonisation of New England, IndigenousX host Callum Clayton-Dixon reassesses the frontier wars

08:34

Govt slammed for NSW coal mine approval "IndyWatch Feed National"

Community groups have slammed the governments decision to approve the controversial Wallarah 2 coal mine on the NSW Central Coast, claiming they wont cease fighting to stop its development.

The underground coal mine, to be developed near Wyong, plans to extract up to five million tonnes of thermal coal a year under the Wyong River catchment which feeds the Central Coast water supply.

In its approval of the proposal, the NSW Planning Assessment Commission said the environmental impacts, including subsidence and decreased water levels, could be managed and minimised to an acceptable level.

The coal mine was first proposed in 2006 but was refused in 2011 by the then NSW planning minister Tony Kelly because of its possible effects on water quality in the region.

Anti-mining group Lock the Gate spokesman Steve Phillips says the approval proves the system is broken and has called for changes to the mining laws.

This is a risky, unwanted coal mine that threatens the safe drinking water supply for hundreds of thousands of people, Mr Phillips said in a statement on Wednesday.

The mine has been knocked back by a previous state government for those very reasons. How is it possible that the mine is now approved?

Community group Australian Coal Alliance said it would consider every option available to stop the project going ahead, including going to court.

Since 2011 the application has undergone several reviews and modifications with the approved proposal including an agreement from the mine operator to provide at least 300ml of treated water annually into the catchment as compensation for any drops in water levels.

Despite saying the mine will economically benefit the community, the commission acknowledged the future of thermal coal was uncertain and unplanned early mine closure would have socio-economic and possible environmental impacts.

The commission has conceded subsidence will occur above the extraction area and the change in ground level has the potential to flood property and emergency access routes and impact built structures.But, the commission is satisfied the impacts on the surface and groundwater resources can be acceptably managed.

In addition to potential subsidence and water effects, the mine requires the clearing of 43.4 hectares of potential habitat for the vulnerable spotted-tail quoll.

NSW Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham called the decision a disgrace and said the Greens would stand with the community in opposing it.

NSW should not be approving any new coal mines, let alone coal mines that threaten vital water catchments, Mr Buckingham said in a statement.

The post...

08:30

Japan, Australia to ramp up defence ties "IndyWatch Feed National"

Malcolm Turnbull and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe are set to bond over blast-resistant military vehicles made in country Victoria as the pair forge ahead with closer defence ties between Canberra and Tokyo.

The prime minister flew into Tokyo on Thursday morning for the annual leaders talks.Mr Turnbull is expected to visit a Japanese Self Defence Forces base outside of Tokyo, where hell inspect Bushmaster vehicles, made by Thales in Bendigo, Victoria.

Japan has already purchased four Bushmasters and four more have been ordered representing Canberras biggest defence export to Tokyo.

During the visit, Mr Turnbull and Mr Abe are likely to make progress on finalising a visiting forces agreement which will be signed later this year.

The agreement sets out the legal status for military personnel visits, moving equipment and weapons.Under the deal Japanese troops could conduct military exercises out of Darwin almost 76 years after Japans air force bombed the city in World War II.

North Koreas nuclear weapons program is also expected to be canvassed during the bilateral meeting.North Korea fired two ballistic missiles over Japan last year.

Mr Turnbull is adamant economic sanctions remain the best prospect for a peaceful resolution of tension on the Korean peninsula in the near term.

Those economic sanctions are starting to bite, Mr Turnbull told reporters in Geelong on Wednesday ahead of the visit.

Trade and investment are also a key focus of the trip.Mr Turnbull and Mr Abe have been champions of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, which was thrust into limbo when President Donald Trump withdrew the US.

There were hopes the agreement could be revived at the Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation summit in Vietnam last year, without the US.

However, Canada threw a spanner in the works at the last moment when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau failed to show up to a critical meeting.

Im hopeful that the work that our officials are doing, that we can get Canada to the finish line, in the not too distant future, Trade Minister Steve Ciobo told

ABC Radio on Wednesday.

But getting Canada to return to the TPP party just got more difficult as Canberra uncorks a wine war with Ottawa.

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08:29

Bannon under subpoena, refuses to talk in Russia probe "IndyWatch Feed National"

U.S. President Donald Trump's former chief strategist Steve Bannon has refused to comply with a subpoena ordering him to answer questions from a congressional committee investigating alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. After Bannon initially refused to answer questions at an hours-long private meeting with the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee on January 16, legislators said the committee's chairman Devin Nunes authorized a subpoena during the meeting to force Bannon to respond. Even then, Bannon refused to answer questions after his lawyer conferred with the White House and was told to refuse to answer questions about the transition period after Trump was elected in November 2016 and before he took office in January 2017, or about Bannon's time at the White House, according to Representative Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the committee. "This was effectively a gag order by the White House," Schiff said. A spokeswoman for Bannon did not respond to requests for comment.

Bannon under subpoena, refuses to talk in Russia probe "IndyWatch Feed National"

U.S. President Donald Trump's former chief strategist Steve Bannon has refused to comply with a subpoena ordering him to answer questions from a congressional committee investigating alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. After Bannon initially refused to answer questions at an hours-long private meeting with the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee on January 16, legislators said the committee's chairman Devin Nunes authorized a subpoena during the meeting to force Bannon to respond. Even then, Bannon refused to answer questions after his lawyer conferred with the White House and was told to refuse to answer questions about the transition period after Trump was elected in November 2016 and before he took office in January 2017, or about Bannon's time at the White House, according to Representative Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the committee. "This was effectively a gag order by the White House," Schiff said. A spokeswoman for Bannon did not respond to requests for comment.

08:23

Palestinian-American businessman, 57, is arrested by ICE in Cleveland, shocking supporters "IndyWatch Feed National"

When Amer Othman Al Adi arrived at Clevelands federal immigration offices on Tuesday morning for what he thought to be a routine check-in, agents with the Immigration, Customs and Enforcement (ICE) agency immediately detained him, wrenching him from the arms of Fidaa, his wife of 29 years.

Today, the 57-year-old Palestinian-American business owner sits in the Geauga County jail awaiting deportation the first time Adi has seen the inside of a jail cell in his three decades living in the United States.

[ICE] arrested him like he was a criminal. Usually criminals have to do something wrong, Lina Adi, the second oldest of the familys four children told me.

No charges have been filed to warrant his arrest and Khaalid H. Walls, ICE spokesperson for the Northeastern region, which includes Ohio, would not say on what grounds he was detained nor the anticipated length of Adis incarceration.

Less than two weeks ago, Amer and Fidaa had been preparing to voluntarily leave the country for Jordan, cooperating with a January 7 deadline issued by immigration authorities in September. As we reported, Adi received a last minute stay of deportation much to the relief of his family and community.

In the following days, the Mayor of Youngstown declared January 6th Amer Al Adi Othman Day in recognition of his years of dedicated service to the city; Congressman Tim Ryan, who has supported Adis fight to remain in the country by introducing a private bill into Congress on his behalf every year since 2013, celebrated what appeared a victory along with friends and family at Adis Downtown Circle Hookah Bar.

Since Adis arrest, his family and supporters have scrambled for answers and fervently advocated for his release.

Speaking to reporters outside the immigration facility, immigrant rights lawyer David Leopold said he could hardly believe what had just happened.

This is a man who has played by the rules ever since he arrived in the United States. In the last several years, he has jumped through every hoop that ICE asked him to jump through. He came voluntarily to the ICE office today, accompanied by Rep. Ryan and myself, for what was supposed to be a routine check-in, only to be thrown into a jail cell and told he would be deported by force, Leopold said.

...

08:12

Former Twitter Engineer: Twitter Colludes With Foreign Governments To Ban Users "IndyWatch Feed National"

A former Twitter engineer suggested Twitter works with foreign governments to ban users in their country, shows undercover footage from Project Veritas released Wednesday.

The man identified as former engineer Conrado Miranda tells an undercover journalist working for James OKeefe the company is bombarded by requests from the Chinese government, in particular, to ban users for one reason or another. He stopped short of explicitly saying Twitter complies with these requests, but the totality of the footage released makes this pretty clear.

Does the Chinese government or anybody, like, do you think they call Twitter and be, like, You need to ban anyone thats on Twitter thats from China? the journalist asks in one of two snippets of conversation released. Do they do that?

Miranda is coy, but strongly hints the answer is yes.

I cannot disclose that information, he replies.

What? Why? she asks.

I cannot disclose that information, he repeats.

Thats crazy, she says. So, that means yes?

Smiling, he replies: I did not say that.

In a second bit of conversation, Miranda appears to say outright that Twitter bans users who violate the terms of agreement, if the government puts up enough of a fuss. The terms are different in every country in which Twitter operates, he adds.

Normally does Twitter, like, say if someone in Iran calls and is, like, Hey, in our country we need these people banned so that theyre not seen,' the journalist says.

Yeah, Miranda replies.

That happens? she asks.

Yeah. We do that a lot for China, he says, adding: We are actually under constant attack from the Chinese. Like, both Chinese hackers, like, good guys and from Chinese government.

Wow, the journalist remarks.

Because sometimes they ask us to take down an account, and we dont take it down, because were, like, at the end of all it, like, anybody say, he says. And then the Chinese government, like, starts to try and hack us, and sometimes they point someone, or like yeah, we actually violated blah, blah, blah. And then, the good guys from China start attacking us. Its a mess.

Remarking on the varying terms of agreement in each country, the journalist asks, So, Twitter doesnt necessarily offer free speech around the world?

No,&#822...

08:00

January 18 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed National"

1788 - The first English settlers arrived in Australia's Botany Bay to establish a penal colony. They found the location unsuitable and Capt. Arthur Philip moved on to Sydney Cove. England sent the first sheep along with convicts to Australia.
Yep, somewhere between today and the 20th them wot wasn't invited rocked up and crashed the party.
NOT on the 'precious' 26th.

1794 - Members of the NSW Corps rioted on Norfolk Island following a play held for the Queen's Birthday.

1815 - A residential school for Aboriginal children was opened at Parramatta with six boys
and six girls.

1816 - The ship Fanny arrived at Port Jackson with 171 convicts and news of the Battle of Waterloo.

1818 - The Great Western Road between Parramatta and Emu Ford (Plains) opened.

1825 - Hume and Hovell returned from their successful exploration overland to Port Phillip.

1830 - James, James, Morrison, Morrison commonly known as Jim...er, James Knight got hitched to 'is swee'heart called May Smith, going down in Oz History as the first married Europeans in the Colony of Westralia.
Aww, bless.
With or without the golden gown at the other end of the town.

1849 - Australia's first Prime Minister, Edmund Barton, was dropped off by the stork in Glebe, Sydney.

1863 -The Sydney to Parramatta railway extended to Penrith.

1878 - Get your backs into it boys! The Ghan Railway construction was begun.

1883 - William Burns was Hanged at Adelaide Gaol for the murder of Henry Loton at sea.

1901 - Jimmy Governor was Hanged at Darlinghurst Gaol for the murder of Helen Josephine Kerz at Breelong, on 20 July 1900. In the same incident he and Jackie Underwood also killed Mrs. Sarah Mawbey, Grace Mawbey, Percival Mawbey and Hilda Mawbey. Jimmy and his brother Joe also killed Alexander McKay near Ulan on 23 July, Elizabeth O'Brien and her baby son at Poggie, near Merriwa, on 24 July, and Keiran Fitzpatrick near Wollar, on 26 July.

1911 - A worldwide competition to design the national capital was announced.

1933 - The Aussie Cricket Board of Control was feeling slightly out of spin when they cabled the MCC to protest at the unsportsmanlike head-hunting bodyline bowling that "was likely to upset friendly relations existing between Australia and England".


1934 - Qantas Empire Airways was formed.
 QANTAS Limited and Britain's Imperial Airways (a forerunner of British Airways) formed a new company, Qantas Empire Airways Limited (QEA).

1947 - Former war artist William Dargie won his fourth Archibald Prize for a portrait painting.

1963 - A 5.4 earthquake occurred...

07:39

Company to probe for minerals close to Mekong River dolphin habitat "IndyWatch Feed National"

An Australian mining company aims to begin searching for minerals, as well as oil and gas, next to part of the Mekong River in Cambodia where the endangered Irrawaddy river dolphin (Orcaella brevirostris) lives. The Phnom Penh Post reported the venture today. An Irrawaddy dolphin in the Mekong River by Dan Koehl (Own work) [CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons. Medusa Mining is wrapping up terms of a partnership agreement with several Southeast Asian companies to invest $3 million over the next four years to explore for gold, copper, oil, natural gas and precious stones, according to a Jan. 10 statement from the company. The plan is for crews to set up in tributaries in the Prek Kampi commune of the province of Kratie, about 35 kilometers (22 miles) from the Mekong, the Phnom Penh Post reported. These small little streams are nowhere near the river, Medusas managing director, Boyd Timler, told the Post. We are aware of dolphins in that area of the river, Timler added. A dolphin in Cambodia. Photo by Stefan Brending via Wikimedia Commons. Only about 80 Irrawaddy river dolphins survive in the 4,350-kilometer (2,700-mile) Mekong River, according to WWF-Cambodia, but thats still the largest subpopulation of the species. Four other discrete groups live in river systems throughout South and Southeast Asia. Recent surveys by WWF have shown that Irrawaddy dolphin numbers in the Mekong have increased since 2010, and deaths are down in the past several years. However, gillnets for fishing, dams and boat traffic

07:21

Market Talk- January 17, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed National"

 

Given yesterdays sudden reversal in US and the accompanying 20% decline in BITCOIN, Asian markets traded nervously as one would expect. Most core opened lower but that proved to be the days lows. The Hang Seng spent 95% of the day in negative territory but then in the final minutes managed a +0.25% positive close. The Shanghai index displayed a better performance intraday but also closed up +0.25%. The Nikkei could not get away from the negative sentiment even with better Machinery Orders data (+5.7%) and eventually closing -0.4%. Commodities markets but namely energy weighed on the Australian ASX forcing both a -0.55% decline in stocks but also a near +0.2% depreciation in the currency.

European markets struggled across the board. Briefly we saw a small positive print in the CAC intraday but if you had blinked you probably missed it. One common theme did emerge in that the final few minutes of cash trading, all markets declined under selling pressure. FTSE and CAC ended around -0.5% lower, whilst the DAX lost -0.65% on the day. Media and banks stocks were some of the largest decliners as many start to ponder next weeks ECB meeting in Frankfurt. Concerns surround that chances of the ECB withdrawing from their bond purchases, or at least cutting them once again by September, but looking at todays demand for Greek paper the fears look a long way off. Consumer inflation data dropped slightly (1.4% from 1.5%) has helped demand from fixed-income.

The US markets were strong already but the Beige Book highlighting almost every sector and region are pulling their weight. The concern rumoured is what the FED is hearing about inflation. There are market rumours we may see a hike this month if the stocks market continue at their current rate. Goldman was a disappointment at the open and we saw the stock down 3% at one stage. Tomorrow we will start to see some earnings report from the Technology which after Apples announcement of share offers for staff, many expect some very encouraging numbers. Apple also said they would be bringing overseas money ($245bn) back onshore ($38bn tax payment) together with adding additional jobs. Stock loved this announcement and added an additional 100 points to the already 20...

07:18

Solar Power Plant Being Built in Chernobyl "IndyWatch Feed National"



Source: Truth Theory | by Fattima Mahdi

What was once a fallout zone, after the catastrophic explosion had plagued the Ukrainian atmosphere, has now become the site for an Ukrainian-German renewable energy project called Solar Chernobyl. It will be a 1MW (megawatt) plant, with 3,800 photovoltaic panels. The structure spans two football pitches in size,"This solar power plant can cover the needs of a medium-sized village", said Yevgen Varyagin, head of Solar Chernobyl.

The company already has a 4.2MW plant in the Republic of Belarus, a neighbouring country, however, their latest Chernobyl project is one of 60 proposals recognised by the Ukrainian government since the land around the destroyed nuclear power plant was made safe for such developments. A steel shelter was constructed around the infamous nuclear plant in 2016 to contain further fall-out. In fact, Solar Chernobyl's panels had to be installed on concrete slabs as the soil is still contaminated, making drilling and digging into the ground forbidden. Despite the extra measures, building at the site proved convenient for Solar Chernobyl, as they were able to utilise the nuclear power plant's already established connection to the power grid following completion of their structure. "Bit by bit we want to optimise the Chernobyl zone," Said Yevgen Varyagin. "It shouldn't be a black hole in the middle of Ukraine."

Other companies and authorities in the Ukraine are also looking to take advantage of the wide expanse of land that was once quarantined.

Read More: South Australia Is Building The World's Largest Thermal Plant

Image Credit: Wikimedia

07:00

Folks, There is Some Effed Up Stuff Going on Right Now "IndyWatch Feed National"

These were also called meteors by the Pentagon. Folks, THIS IS F*****ING Independence day stuff.

By Jim Stone

January 17, 2018

Too many meteors

There is something going on in space. This morning there was a video of what the Pentagon declared to be a meteor, and it was obviously spacecraft flying back and forth. It was caught on a security camera a woman had set up at her house. I dont know why I did not save it, and now the video is gone from Youtube.

All I can do is describe it. There were five different spacecraft that appeared to be friendly to each other flying back and forth at about the same altitude. They appeared to be above the atmosphere at night, with the sun reflecting off of them brightly. They faded in and out, which would indicate that they were doing manouevers in space with the craft reflecting more or less sunlight depending on which way they were turned. It was OBVIOUS UFO activity. I did not think the video would be banned, but it got banned. I did not save it. Too bad.

The bottom line is that all the reports of meteors, where everything, no matter how much it cant be a meteor being called one, have to be B.S. There is something going on in space right now, and Id bet it is related to the missile alarm in Hawaii. That particular event is too well documented to have been anything other than a sub based missile launch, my question is, how exactly did the missile (or missiles) actually get destroyed?

Due to the fact that I dont have an answer for exactly how the missiles were shot down, Im not going to make any statements, but I will say there is without question open and active UFO activity going on right now that needs to be looked into. They could be ours. We all know a lot of tech is hidden but the behavior of the UFO&#821...

06:58

Sheriff Lombardo plans to encrypt all LVMPD radio traffic to block public monitoring "IndyWatch Feed National"

Laura Loomer has learned that Las Vegas Sheriff Joe Lombardo is planning to encrypt the radio communications for LVMPD in an effort to block the public from monitoring and recording transmissions

According to a source within the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD), Sheriff Lombardo discussed his plans to encrypt LVMPD police radio transmissions during a recent meeting with top Metro law enforcement officials, noting the need for Metro to change their radio transmission system in the aftermath of the Las Vegas shooting on October 1st, 2017.

During the Las Vegas shooting, recordings of police transmissions uploaded online were essential to the publics independent investigation and understanding of the attack, as well as the corroboration of information being reported by city officials in the few press conferences held by LVMPD and FBI in the days following the shooting.

On the night of the Las Vegas shooting, people from all around the world tuned into Broadcastify, the worlds largest source of public safety, aircraft, rail, and marine radio live audio streams to listen to the horror unfold live as police and emergency services responded to the scene of the Route 91 country music festival. By listening to the Broadcastify transmissions of the LVMPD police radio, citizens and journalists were able to post live updates of the shooting on social media when authorities could not give immediate answers to the public about what was taking place inside the concert grounds and the Mandalay Bay Resort. Hundreds of videos on YouTube have since been posted by MSM news outlets, independent journalists, and intuitive citizens that document and examine the police scanner audio from the night of the shooting.

The motive behind Lombardos recent interest in encrypting Metros radio transmissions is questionable since these discussions come only three months following the worst mass shooting in U.S.history.

I wouldnt be surprised if the Las Vegas casinos are pressuring Lombardo to encrypt the radio systems since on the night of the Las Vegas shooting, the public heard officers on the scanners saying there were multiple shooters at other casinos. This is now impacting the publics perception of the Las Vegas shooting investigation and the reputation of some Las.........

05:57

That 'very stable genius' in Washington DC has a few health issues "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


Well Donald John Trump had an official medical exam on 12 January 2018 and the spin began almost immediately.

First for media consumption he grew one inch taller reaching 6ft 3in in height and he became yugely healthy.

A more honest assessment is found in the written medical summary prepared by the senior naval doctor who examined him, Rear-Admiral Ronny L. Jackson.

This reveals that at 71 years of age, 75 inches or 6 foot 2 inches (190.5cm) tall and weighing 239 pounds or 17.07 stone (108.4kg) Trump has a body mass index of 30.9 BMI (29.9 metric), which means he is at least 3 stone (19kg) over a healthy weight level.

Or to put it more baldly he is obese.

His cholesterol level is too high even though he is taking medication, Crestor 10mg daily. 

He also takes Aspirin 81mg daily as a blood thinner and uses an invermectin cream for acne rosacea.

The medication, Propecia 1mg daily, he takes for prevention of male pattern baldness is known to have a side effect of impotence or other sexual dysfunction in some individuals.

While the medication, Ambien, his doctor states he occasionally takes to help him sleep can lead to episodes of confusion, loss of coordination, balance problems, mood change, nasal irritation, dry mouth, sore throat and other possible side effects.

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05:05

Steve Bannon hat anscheinend die Aussage verweigert ... "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Steve Bannon hat anscheinend die Aussage verweigert bei seiner Befragung. Das ist bemerkenswert, weil das keine Anklage ist, eher eine Zeugenbefragung. Da ist nicht vorgesehen, dass man die Aussage verweigert. Und er verweigerte sie auch nicht, um sich nicht selbst zu belasten, sondern weil das Weie Haus ihm angeblich die Aussage verboten hat.

Das ist aus meiner Sicht eine offene Kriegserklrung des Weien Hauses an das Mueller-Team. Die Subpoena gegen Bannon bleibt bestehen.

Update: Das war ein parlamentarischer Ausschuss, der hatte nichts mit der Mueller-Befragung zu tun. Die kommt noch.

05:00

New study reduces uncertainty for climate sensitivity "IndyWatch Feed National"

Scientists have presented a new, narrower estimate of the climate sensitivity   a measure of how much the climate could warm in response to the release of greenhouse gases.

The latest assessment report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) estimates that climate sensitivity is close to 3C, with a likely range of 1.5 to 4.5C.

The new study, published in Nature, refines this estimate to 2.8C, with a corresponding range of 2.2 to 3.4C. If correct, the new estimates could reduce the uncertainty surrounding climate sensitivity by 60%.

The narrower range suggests that global temperature rise is going to shoot over 1.5C above pre-industrial levels, the lead author tells Carbon Brief, but we might be able to avoid 2C. Meeting either limit will likely require negative emissions technologies that can remove CO2 from the atmosphere, he says.

The new estimate is another brick in the wall of scientists understanding of climate sensitivity, another scientist tells Carbon Brief, and the best-informed views will be reached by multiple lines of evidence.

Sensitive matter

Climate sensitivity is the amount of warming that can be expected in response to the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere reaching double the level observed in pre-industrial times.

The research makes a new estimate of the equilibrium climate sensitivity (ECS)  that is, the amount of warming expected to occur once the full impact of the extra greenhouse gases release has played out. This measure includes the impact of warming on long-term climate feedback loops, which can take decades, or even centuries, to materialise.

The value of ECS is one of the big climate change questions that scientists are still trying to address.

It is important because understanding how sensitive the Earth is to CO2 could help us to estimate how much the planet could warm in response to greenhouse gases, explains Prof Peter Cox, lead author of the new paper and a climate scientist at the University of Exeter. He tells Carbon Brief:

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04:47

Australian Detective: Clinton Foundation Stole Millions Of Aussie Tax Money "IndyWatch Feed National"

The FBI is investigating details involving multiple allegations against the Clinton Foundation corruption and mishandling tens of millions of dollars of Australian tax payers money, according to an investigative journalist who is a retired police [...]

04:30

Black Ops Agent Claims He Was Paid To Bomb OKC in the 1990s By Deep State; Hours Later Has A Car Crash "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Aaron Kesel

Former independent Black Ops Contractor Robert Cody Snodgres took to the airwaves early last month to allege he was offered a massive $1 million dollar paycheck from the CIA to bomb the Alfred P. Murrah Building in Oklahoma City prior to the mysterious deadly explosion in the 1990s, hours later he was in a serious car accident according to reports.

The 1990s 9/11, so to speak, where evidence doesnt add up was originally and officially blamed on fertilizer bombs perpetrated by Timothy McVeigh and his accomplice Terry L. Nichols.  Its a weaved web of deceit; the investigation was a cover-up in every sense of the word, and may finally get wings for exposure.

The question is why if there is nothing to hide? That question may finally be answered with Snodgres, a career Independent Contractor.

Further false flag attacks may be prevented with his stepping forward to blow the whistle on how ICs are approached to carry out these heinous acts against the American people in exchange for large sums of cash. According to Snodgres, he believes McVeigh and Nichols were patsies. (And as you will see later evidence collaborates this assertion.) Snodgres told Jeff Rense:

For over 20 years, I was an Independent Contractor (IC), specializing in sensitive, covert assignments, as well as bodyguard work. In 1994 I was given the task to blow up the Alfred P. Murrah building in Oklahoma City.

This job came from an x-US military man, who told me he worked covertly for CIA. I refused on moral grounds. My strong opposition to attacking U.S. citizens on our own soil changed my status from a CIA asset into a liability, a private, Independent Contractor who knew too much,

Snodgres appeared on Jeff Renses radio show on December 4th and 5th, giving his shocking testimony stating he refused the offer to blow up the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building.

Ironically, hours after Snodgres did the December 5th interview he was in a near-fatal car accident.
Snodgres left an audio message after the crash with further details on the incident.

Further, Snodgres discussed both the Clintons and Bushes involvement in drug trafficking, Iran Contra, and numerous other corruption by the fe...

04:26

WATCH: President Trump Explains Why He Doesnt Get the Flu Shot "IndyWatch Feed National"

Alex Pietrowski, Staff Writer
Waking Times

They are calling this the worst flu season in 13 plus years and hospitals around the country are reportedly overloaded. At the same time, this years flu vaccine is said to be only 10-30% effective, depending on who you ask, and, right about half of American adults get flu shots, and around 60% of children take the annual jab.

There is international hysteria about the flu at the moment, and major news sources are reporting that more strains are the way, as the death toll rises.

If theres one thing media is good at, its creating hysteria.

Investigative journalist Jon Rappoport asks some important questions about this years flu season. Firstly, how do we know that people with the set of symptoms were calling flu, really have an influenza virus in their body? Next, is the media hype surrounding the flu more of a PR campaign than a legitimate public health warning?

when health officials begin waving red flags and raising alarms about a current viral flu outbreak, it would be more than reasonable to demand they answer questions about their past lies and deceptions. ~Jon Rappoport

Unless youre totally committed to the flu hyste...

04:15

White House official: House intel panel broke an agreement on limiting scope of questions for Bannon "IndyWatch Feed National"

  • The White House believed it had an agreement with the House Intelligence Committee to limit questions for Steve Bannon only to events on the presidential campaign, a White House official told CNBC.
  • According to the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, staffers for the committee and the White House on Friday discussed the parameters of Bannons testimony.
  • Asked if negotiations over Bannons testimony are ongoing as of Wednesday morning, the official said: Theres no negotiation now, they havent engaged with us.
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Former White House strategist Steve Bannon leaves a House Intelligence Committee meeting where he was interviewed behind closed doors on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, in Washington.

The White House believed it had an agreement with the House Intelligence Committee to limit questions for Steve Bannon only to events on the presidential campaign, and not during the ousted former chief strategists time in the Trump administration, a White House official told CNBC.

According to the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, staffers for the committee and the White House on Friday discussed the parameters of Bannons testimony. The White House emerged from that conversation believing it had an agreement to limit the questioning of Bannon just to events during the campaign, and not during the transition period or his time in the White House.

Then, hours into Bannons closed door testimony, Bannons lawyers informed the White House from Capitol Hill that the questions would extend be...

03:56

Documentary Just Released Online Blows Lid Off Hollywood Pedophilia: This is the Tip of the Iceberg "IndyWatch Feed National"

The documentary delves into the firsthand accounts of former Hollywood child actors to show the systemic grooming that lets pedophilia run rampant.

As people try to wrap their minds around the horrid nature of rampant sex abuse in Hollywood, the accusations continue to flow but we are still left with little answers. However, Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker Amy Berg has named names and delves into the systemic grooming of child actors in an eye-opening exposwhich includes a shocking on-camera confession of molestation.

With the Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse scandal blowing the doors off the open secret of Hollywood pedophilia, a documentary titled, An Open Secret, which premiered a few years ago to mass publicity but failed to gain digital distribution, has been officially posted online for the first time by the producer in the wake of recent events.

Its so funny to keep seeing headlines about how Harveys abuse was an open secret in Hollywood, and thats the name of our film, producer Gabe Hoffman told The Hollywood Reporter.

Harvey Weinstein, by the way, is not the only one who has used confidentiality settlements. Thats why more of Hollywoods behavior hasnt been exposed. This is the tip of the iceberg,Hoffman said.

Since putting the film online for free, An Open Secret has become a viral internet sensation.

The meat of the hard-hitting documentary are the personal testimonies of five former child actors/models, as they recall in vivid detail the terror and horror of being victimized by trusted confidantsincluding managers, agents, and publicists. The victims voice the confusion they felt after unknowingly being groomed for years, by the men guiding their careers, in an effort to gain the trust of the children and their parents.

The familiar face of Corey Feldman appears in archival footage speaking out against the Hollywood pedophiles who molested him and the late Corey Haim, as detailed in his 2013 memoir.

As The Free Thought Project reported, Feldman has spent years attempting to blow the whistle on pedophilia and child abuse in Hollywood, much of which has fallen on deaf ears. Finally, the statements Feldman has made in the past are being viewed in a different light.

The Number one problem in Hollywood was and always will be pedophilia, Feldman said.

READ MORE:  Veterans Wounded in the Line of Duty Find New Mission Hunting Pedophiles
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03:38

Rare iridescent rainbow cloud spotted above Darwin, Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

We've heard of clouds having silver linings, but Northern Territory locals have been treated to the sight of clouds with a stunning rainbow lining. On Sunday, just before a storm hit Darwin, several clouds began to shimmer with a multicoloured glow. Those who saw it took to social media to try and describe the phenomenon. One called it an "ice prism," another a "cloud bow" due to its resemblance to a rainbow. "It's incredible," said an Instagram user. "I'm totally not doing this justice".

02:50

Steve Bannon Subpoenaed by Mueller and House Committee "IndyWatch Feed National"

Mr. Bannon goes back to Washington. President Donald Trumps disgraced former chief strategist has been subpoenaed by special counsel Robert Mueller to testify before a grand jury on links between the Trump campaign and Russia. Its the first time Muellers gone after a close associate of Trump with a grand jury subpoena. On Tuesday Bannon testified before the House Intelligence Committee, but refused to answer questions under instructions from the White House. That spurred the committee to issue a subpoena, but Bannon, apparently invoking executive privilege, says hell stay mum.

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02:40

Police Interrogation Backfires: Joey Carbstrong From Criminal To Vegan Activist "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Fattima Mahdi Truth Theory

Our past doesnt matter. All that matters is the life we choose to lead in the present.

Joey Carbstrong is a 29 year old Australian Activist for the rights of animals everywhere, including those slaughtered for human consumption. His mission is to educate the masses on our own hypocrisy regarding the irrational difference between ours views towards the animals we keep as pets and the animals were fed.

Just four years ago this man was living his life in a criminal gang, consuming copious amounts of drugs and alcohol. Hed even served time in prison. However, sobriety opened his eyes to the world hed created for himself, at which moment he chose to embark on a journey toward delivering a true service to society. I was sober, having this massive realization about all of the things that Ive done., he said in an interview with internet magazine LIVEKINDLY. His time in prison allowed him to reflect on his past actions and his introspection gave birth to a new mindset.

Today, he runs a YouTube channel with a series called Joey vs the Public. Inspired by raw foodist Dan McDonalds preachings, that eating death manifests itself in ones body as disease, in the Youtube series, Joey heads to the streets to hold constructive discussions with members of the general public on meat consumption. Occasionally, hes been met with resistance (or, at the very least, cynicism) but his calm, laid back and diplomatic appr...

02:23

New Details Emerge in Statue of Liberty Bomb Plot "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Statue of Liberty in New YorkThe Statue of Liberty in New York (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

New details emerged about the ISIS plot to blow up the Statue of Liberty from recently-filed court documents.

The perpetrators of the foiled attack, Munther Omar Saleh, 21, and Fareed Mumuni, 22, both from New York, pleaded guilty to conspiring to support ISIS and plotting the bombing in February 2017.

Ahead of Salehs sentencing, scheduled for February 8, 2018, court filings show that the pair received instructions on how to build the pressure bomb they had planned to use from Junaid Hussain, a top ISIS recruiter and hacker from the UK.

Hussain, who was killed by a U.S. drone strike in Raqqa, Syria in 2015, directed fellow ISIS militants in the U.S. to behead counter-jihad activist Pamela Geller and was linked to the attack on her in Garland, Texas. Hussain was also thought to be responsible for publicizing a list of addresses and photos of U.S. military personnel.

Hussain, 21 at the time of his death, was listed as number three on the U.S. Islamic State hit list and was linked to 30 jihadi plots around the world.

Another key jihadi involved in the plot was Australian ISIS kingpin Neil Prakash, considered one of the most dangerous ISIS terrorists. Prakash, 26, is currently in Turkish custody awaiting possible extradition to Australia.

Saleh was in contact with Prakash (also known as...

02:19

Whats wrong with colonialism? "IndyWatch Feed National"

I remember many years ago sitting through a seminar at Macquarie University in Sydney during my Honours studies in Politics. That particular seminar focused on Western colonialism in the South Pacific, and modern Western imperialism in general. I remember one thing vividly from that class that remained etched into my mind. It was a question that the lecturer asked us repeatedly and insistently. Why is it so important for indigenous people to maintain their identity? What is so bad with a particular way of life or culture disappearing?

At the time I could not think of an answer. In fact none of us was able to answer it. I remember feeling like a rabbit in the headlights. Every bit of me told me this was very wrong, but I couldnt explain why. It was the mid-nineties, and only four years after I had moved to Australia from Israel. I was ignorant about what colonialism or settler-colonialism are, and their legacy. I was still blind to the Zionist settler-colonialism in which I grew up, and did not register the fact that by virtue of being white, I automatically embraced the settler-colonial power structure in Australia too.

The entire topic was taught in a sanitised way, and in what I now recognise as an apologist Western attitude with a strong white Western bias. That lecturer did not ask his question to get us to think critically about colonialism. He really meant for us to consider that there is nothing wrong with cultures disappearing and being replaced with other cultures, not by a natural, organic process of social and cultural evolution, but by force and coercion employed by someone coming in from elsewhere.

I didnt understand at the time that the disappearance of a culture by force is always in the context of psychopathic control, that it is in effect a rape, an exercise of pure power; that it is always in the service of, and for the benefit of the colonisers ruling classes. Colonialism is never for the benefit of the colonised, and it is always carried out in the context of a system of violence, control, and domination.

Colonisers do not knock on the door of the colonised, and ask politely if it is OK to borrow a cup of sugar and a couple of eggs. There is no equality of power, and the colonised cannot respond politely that they have nothing to give, or alternatively choose to offer the cup of sugar and two eggs. The key factor here is choice. The colonisers step in with superior weaponry, efficient bureaucracy and organisation, all supported by an ideology of superiority and entitlement, and they take. Its theft of land, resources, culture. It is rape on every level. It is taking what isnt theirs without asking permission, and without concern for the impact that this has on the ones from whom they are taking.

Colonisation is an exercise in objectification. Others exist only as a resource for the coloniser, not....

02:09

PERTH Ex-teacher indecently assaulted boys at school camps, police say "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Ex-teacher indecently assaulted boys at school camps, police say .

January 17, 2018 at 10:56PM .

Arthur Frank Mowle was due to face the Perth Magistrates Court on eight child sex charges yesterday but he was in hospital. He was not required to enter a plea and the case will resume on February 22. Mr Mowles two alleged victims, now 43 and 51, were both 13 at the time he is alleged to have

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02:09

PERTH Police win extra time to prepare $1bn meth case "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Police win extra time to prepare $1bn meth case .

January 17, 2018 at 06:37PM .

Perth Magistrates Court heard that prosecutors needed 10 more weeks to prepare a brief on the case, which allegedly involved a 16m fishing charter vessel collecting 1.2 tonnes of methamphetamine from a mother ship. Eight men were arrested and charged over the operation, which culminated in a

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01:18

Donald Trumps Greatest Gift Is His Enemies "IndyWatch Feed National"

Every morning, it seems, Donald Trumps most determined opponents awake to find out what sort of obnoxious, fact-challenged, puerile, norm-breaking thing the president has offered that day, and say to themselves, Oh, thats nothing. We can do something dumber than that!

So the nation wades from one bizarre and nonsensical controversy to another. As I write this, I cant even recall what topic we were debating last week, but Im certain it was idiotic. Part of the problem is that those who drive coverage of Trump are obsessed with the president in unhealthy ways; ways that have absolutely nothing to do with policy or governance.

For a couple of weeks now, our self-styled guardians of democracy have engaged in a concocted controversy about the presidents mental state. It wasnt only liberal columnists plying their readers with this wishful thinking, but the entire city of Washington, according to Politico, was consumed with using the Twenty-Fifth Amendment to remove the president. It was a major topic of conversation on the Sunday shows. Former Trump-booster Joe Scarborough squeezed a week of coverage out of it.

So when the presidents physician, Ronny Jackson a man who has been the White House doctor for six years  explained yesterday that Trump was, in fact, very healthy and has incredibly good genes and excellent cognitive health, the White House press corps was in disbelief. I mean, Michael Wolff had told us the opposite was true. One reporter asked why Trump appeared to slur his words at a recent press conference. Another reporter asked why Trump had the sniffles. Everyone was worried about his insalubrious meal plans. Is he limited to one scoop of ice cream now? a real reporter asked the presidential doctor.

Jonathan Karl of ABC asked, and I kid you not, Can you explain to me how a guy that eats McDonalds and Kentucky Fried Chicken and all those Diet Cokes, and who never exercises, is in as good of shape as you say hes in? Jackson, confirming what everyone in the world who eats right and exercises daily and still struggles to keep his weight down already knows, answered: Its called genetics.

More importantly, the doctor also said Trump had passed an extensive cognitive exam that tests for all those...

00:33

Scotts answer to an email from a Grid Dymanics employee "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Scott Humor After my research Grid Dynamics connects wars in Ukraine and Syria with Soros Open Russia, Sobchak and snipers in Saratov was published, I received a reply from

00:16

Reef 2050 plan to restore outstanding universal values of the Great Barrier Reef decade by decade questioned in the wake of back to-back bleaching events "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


On 8 December 2017 the Australian Academy of Science made a submission to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority consultation on the Coastal Ecosystems Position Statement.

This submission made the following points:

* The federal government Reef 2050 Long-term Sustainability Plan to restore the Outstanding Universal Values of the Great Barrier Reef decade by decade is no longer tenable following back to-back bleaching events.

* Climate change is a clear and present challenge to the ongoing health of the Great Barrier Reef.

* Almost all historic and legacy stressors to the Great Barrier Reef remain today, and most of them continue to escalate for example, land clearing, maintenance dredging, ship anchoring, and coastal recreational fishing pressure.

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00:15

'Made in America': El Salvador's mass graves are the worst "shitholes" "IndyWatch Feed National"

My journalist's hiking boots still have leftover feces and dirt from the ultimate shitholes of El Salvador: its mass graves. Many of the thousands of graves that my sources there have mapped were dug by U.S.-trained and funded security forces in the 80s. Most of the rest were dug more recently by L.A.based-gangs steadily deported to El Salvador by U.S. immigration authorities since the 90s. President Trump's characterization of Africa, Haiti and El Salvador as "shitholes" disturbed me, but I wasn't sure why. The comments were made during a discussion about the temporary protected status for hundreds of thousands of Salvadoran, Haitian and other immigrants Trump had just rescinded. In search for an answer, I went home and pulled out and studied my boots , which were tattered after too many visits to mass graves, mass graves with the remains of Salvadorans-in El Salvador, in Mexico and in the deserts of south Texas. Wearing my hiking boots during visits to numerous sites along this chain of devalued life led me to the conclusion that mass graves were the ultimate shitholes.

00:15

So what does Australia's public debt look like in January 2018? "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


As of 5 January 2018 Australian Government public debt stood at an est. $515.6 billion at face value. Six months earlier this debt had stood at est. $500.9 billion. So government debt continues to grow.

This early January 2018 public debt breaks down as:

$477,278m
$34,897m
$3,500m
Other Securities
$6m

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Wednesday, 17 January

23:09

Democrats Dont Actually Want A DACA Compromise "IndyWatch Feed National"

According to Democrats, they want nothing more than to fix the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which President Donald Trump rescinded in early September due to it being unconstitutional. The registration program was a temporary fix to one of the countrys many significant immigration problems. It supposedly deferred immigration actions against people brought into the country illegally as minors but who have been here for quite some some time.

But it was a bad fix because of how it was done via executive action instead of the legislature. Courts had already determined similar program for different classes of immigrants to be unconstitutional. According to the U.S. Constitution, presidents are to execute the laws passed by the legislative branch.

When Trump rescinded the program and told Congress to do its job of passing legislation to address the problem, Democrats screamed. President Obama wrote a dramatic Facebook post that didnt address the little problem that his supposed temporary fix wasnt a great solution. Months later, there is still no resolution.

Democrats claim to want amnesty for DACA recipients. At least some Republicans claim to want to fix the problems that lead to never-ending streams of non-citizens clamoring for amnesty, such as a porous border and irregular enforcement of the law. The Trump administration and some Republicans seek to end an incoherent immigration policy that is unbound to the needs of the country, particularly the needs of the non-elite portions of the country. All of these competing desires make now seem like a prime opportunity for an immigration compromise.

Early last week, President Trump hosted a cordial negotiation that made the compromise seem possible. But is it true that Democrats are willing to work toward a DACA compromise? They were unwilling to offer any concessions to get it no wall, no drawdown of random visa lotteries, no de-emphasis on chain migration, no move to a Canadian- or Australian-style merit immigration system. In fact, one of their proposals would actually expand chain migration, by which family members can get an easier path to U.S. residency and citizenship than other applicants.

Also, that refusal to make concessions was before Sen. Dick Durbin blew up negotiations by leaking an out-of-context mean word about countries from which the United States brings in winners of random visa lotteries. If Democrats truly wanted to fix the problem of adults who arrived in the country illegally as minors, they probably would have passed something early in the Obama presidency when they also controlled the House and Senate. They had from 2008 to....

23:08

10 Of The Dumbest Questions Reporters Asked During Trumps Health Press Conference "IndyWatch Feed National"

White House physician Dr. Ronny Jackson told reporters on Tuesday that President Trump is in excellent health and has no cognitive or mental issues whatsoever. But that didnt stop the press corps from asking a lot of really stupid questions. Heres a sampling.

1. One reporter asked the White House physician how Trump can become as fit as Obama who struggled to kick a smoking habit. He then proceeded to whine that the press office doesnt keep a tally of how much time Trump spends on the golf course and asked if Jackson could help them with that.

2. CNNs Jim Acosta asked Jackson if a cognitive exam is the same as a psychiatric one. The answer is no.

The Washington Posts Jennifer Rubin is on the case!

3. At one point a reporter asked about Trumps dietary habits citing the oft-reported anecdotes of the presidents Diet Coke addiction and frequent trips to McDonalds and demanded an explanation for how a man who likes fast food so much could be in good health.

Its called genetics, Jackson replied.

4. Another asked about Trum...

23:01

Yet More Subby Stuff "IndyWatch Feed National"

Researching a bit about the Mizar, I stumbled across an account of the NR-1, written by one of its officers. [nr-1] If youre interested in cold war exploration stories, and going to sea in very awkward ships stories, its pretty good.

NR-1 docked

I had heard of Trieste and Alvin, naturally, they appear from time to time in National Geographic. The NR-1 doesnt its existence was mostly classified. For one thing, it was a highly unusual ship while most deep sea exploration ships were small and cramped, NR-1 had a 145+ foot-long hull for a crew of 11, and was powered by a small nuclear reactor. NR-1 was a special project started by Admiral Hyman Rickover, the brains behind the US nuclear navy a spec sheet for the NR-1 is on the Federation of American Scientists site [fas] like everything Rickover built, it was amazing.

Most of the deep sea exploration and recovery ships in the 60s and 70s depended on a surface tender; theyd dive down in the morning and come back up for air and resupply in the evening. That meant that they couldnt go far from the tender, and they had to head to port in bad weather. The NR-1 didnt have that problem it could stay under for 45 days, if necessary. Apparently the main constraint on its dive-time was the size of the brown mountain in the sanitary tank. The author reports one encounter at sea:

The subs crew members who had gone aboard the tow ship took turns dropping their empty beer bottles into the churning wake so the glass containers would drift back and knock against the bobbing submarine, irritating whoever was standing watch on the bridge.  But having been kept in the Azores until it was too late to avoid the North Atlantic storm season, the Mizar was soon barely able to make headway in the strong seas with the NR-1 in tow, so the ocean tug USS Kiowa was summoned to take over.  The Kiowa was used to rescuing huge vessels like battleships and messaged her first question, How much diesel fuel do you have?

None, came the answer from the NR-1.

Well, how long can you keep your power on?

Twenty years.......

22:11

DC high school grads all got diplomas without meeting basic requirements, Mayor investigates "IndyWatch Feed National"

Residents in Washington, D.C. are still baffled over how every single student at Ballou High School got their diploma, despite many of them not even showing up to class. It wasn't just one school. Students across the city graduated despite having missed more than 30 days of school in a single course, findings from the D.C. Office of the State Superintendent investigation found. The investigation is still ongoing, but parents' demand for answers prompted city officials to share some initial findings. The city wide audit came after an initial investigation by WAMU and NPR at Ballou, in which they discovered a high rate of unexcused absences. An investigation by WAMU and NPR has found that Ballou High School's administration graduated dozens of students despite high rates of unexcused absences. We reviewed hundreds of pages of Ballou's attendance records, class rosters and emails after a district employee shared the private documents. Half of the graduates missed more than three months of school last year, unexcused. One in five students was absent more than present - missing more than 90 days of school.

21:55

Net neutrality "IndyWatch Feed National"

Net neutrality is the principle that Internet service providers must treat all data on the Internet the same, and not discriminate or charge differently by user, content, website, platform, application, type of attached equipment, or method of communication.[4] For instance, under these principles, internet service providers are unable to intentionally block, slow down or charge money for specific websites and online content.

This is what's really happening;

21:31

The Antitrust Case Against Facebook, Google and Amazon "IndyWatch Feed National"

Facebook, Google and Amazon dominate their worlds just as Standard Oil and AT&T once did. Critics say they should get the same treatment. The answer to the antitrust question depends on a narrow test:

By Greg Ip
The Wall Street Journal
Jan. 16, 2018 11:52 a.m. ET

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Standard Oil Co. and American Telephone and Telegraph Co. were the technological titans of their day, commanding more than 80% of their markets.

Todays tech giants are just as dominant: In the U.S., Alphabet Inc.s Google drives 89% of internet search; 95% of young adults on the internet use a Facebook Inc. product; and Amazon.com Inc. now accounts for 75% of electronic book sales. Those firms that arent monopolists are duopolists: Google and Facebook absorbed 63% of online ad spending last year; Google and Apple Inc. provide 99% of mobile phone operating systems; while Apple and Microsoft Corp. supply 95% of desktop operating systems.

A growing number of critics think these tech giants need to be broken up or regulated as Standard Oil and AT&T once were. Their alleged sins run the gamut from disseminating fake news and fostering addiction to laying waste to small towns shopping districts. But antitrust regulators have a narrow test: Does their size leave consumers worse off?

By that standard, there isnt a clear case for going after big techat least for now. They are driving down prices and rolling out new and often improved products and services every week.

That may not be true in the future: If market dominance means fewer competitors and less innovation, consumers will be worse off than if those companies had been restrained. The impact on innovation can be the most important competitive effect in an antitrust case, says Fiona Scott Morton, a Yale University economist who served in the Justice Departments antitrust division under Barack Obama.

Google which has spent the past eight years in the sights of European and American antitrust authorities, is hardly a price gouger. Most of its products are free to consumers and the price advertisers pay Google per click has fallen by a third the past three years. The company remains an innovation powerhouse, investing in new products such as its voice-activated assistant Google Home.

Googles booth at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.Photo: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News

Yet Googles monopoly means some features and prices that competitors offered never made it in front of customers. Yelp Inc., which in 2004 began aggregating detailed inform...

21:00

DoorDash Is Now Using Its Algorithm To Deliver Extra Food From Restaurants To Food Banks "IndyWatch Feed National"

When youre already delivering food, an extra stop to bring leftovers to the needy isnt that difficult.

Its the end of the day at Bodhi Bowl, a vegan restaurant in downtown L.A., and the chef has eight pounds of leftover rice. By law, it cant be served again the next day in the cafe. When the restaurant first opened in 2017, that extra rice would have been thrown outowner Alison Cruddas couldnt find a place to donate it. Now, however, she can use an app to contact the meal delivery company DoorDash whenever food is ready. A driver shows up and takes the food to the nearby shelter, Midnight Mission, to feed the homeless.

Read Full Story

20:00

Listen: Geopolitics Alert Editor Jim Carey on The Anti-Media Radio "IndyWatch Feed National"

Detroit (GPA Listen to Geopolitics Alert editor Jim Careys appearance on January 15ths episode of The Anti-Media Radio.

In the January 15th episode of The Anti-Media Radio, Geopolitics Alert editor Jim Carey calls in to talk to The Anti-Medias Nick Bernabe about several key events of the past few weeks.

Jim and Nick touch on subjects ranging from the accidental emergency alert received by everyone in Hawaii of an impending nuclear holocaust to the failure of the Western-led global financial system and its impending death. The conversation begins in Hawaii and then moves on to the potential war with North Korea and the role China is playing, not just in the Korean conflict but in the greater world.

Below are some links to read as a primer relating to the topics discussed in the show and a youtube link to listen to the episode

From The Anti-Media:

Hawaiians Just Received Inbound Ballistic Missile Threat Emergency Alert

The Whole World Is Sick and Tired of US Foreign Policy

Tillerson and Mattis Holding Trump Back From Launching Attack on North Korea

From Geopolitics Alert: 

Pakistan Ditches Dollar for Yuan Following Trumps Abusive Rhetoric

The Forgotten War: The US Destruction of The DPRK

China isnt Cheating: The Difference Between US and Chinese Investment

Also by Jim Carey relating to the topic:

Who and What Will AI Serve? US and China Give Very Different Answers


SUBSCRIBE TO THE GEOPOLITICS ALERT NEWSLETTER

19:15

Novotel construction coincides with skyrocketing Spectacled Flying fox casualties in Cairns Library Colony "IndyWatch Feed National"

Wildlife rescuer and carer, Rebecca Koller, has observed an unprecedented number of Spectacled flying fox casualties in a traditional breeding site located near a new hotel construction in Cairnes. The spectacled flying fox is a threatened species.[1] Despite many attempts to get the Australian government to investigate and or intervene, the government has failed to get back to her. This is even though the problem has received extensive publicity and the species is about to have its threatened status upgraded from vulnerable to endangered. The source of this article is correspondence between Ms Koller and The Australian Wildlife Protection Council.

On Wed, 3 Jan 2018 at 11:51 AM, Rebecca Koller wrote to Craig Thomson, the president of the Australian Wildlife Protection Council (AWPC), asking for his advice and or assistance based on his knowledge of our government and wildlife protection.

Ms Koller is a flying fox carer from Far North Queensland and the Wildlife advisor of the Cairns Flying Fox advisory board.

Here is the website she posts to: https://www.ouranimalsourearth.com/

She has been documenting the Spectacled flying fox deaths and orphans at the Cairns Library flying fox colony. Despite numerous attempts, she had received no communication from the Australian federal government regarding her requests for it to intervene or investigate the unprecedented number of pups from this breeding season found dead or orphaned.

The camp referred to carries about 4000 flying foxes. Ms Koller says that this is a huge reduction on previous seasons. Since September 15th 2017, there were 898 flying foxes dead or orphaned from this one camp, compared with 366 last season. In her opinion and that of other wildlife carers, the increased casualties are attributable to the construction work directly across from the roost trees.

Listen to a really informative ABC FM interview with Rebecca Koller on the flying foxes:

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19:00

How The CIA Used Feminism To Destabilize Society "IndyWatch Feed National"


 The CIA has a lot to answer for.  I personally never guessed that this is part of the CIA Gestalt.  It makes me extremely angry.

Let me tell you why.  Deleterious social changes have been ongoing during my entire lifetime.  I had presumed rather naturally that they were driven by natural causes that simply were not been addressed.   Unfortunate but then we live in an age of rapidly changing data flow and experimentation.




How The CIA Used Feminism To Destabilize Society

http://humansarefree.com/2018/01/how-cia-used-feminism-to-destabilize.html#more


"In the 1960s, the elite media invented second-wave feminism as part of the elite agenda to dismantle civilization and create a New World Order."

Since writing these words last week, I have discovered that before she became a feminist leader, Gloria Steinem worked for the CIA spying on Marxist students in Europe and disrupting their meetings.

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18:20

The Peace Boat is on its way to Australia "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

 

 

Right now, the Peace Boat is on its way to Australia. The Making Waves speaking tour will feature second-generation nuclear test survivor Karina Lester, ICAN Ambassador Scott Ludlam, hibakusha from Hiroshima and Nagasaki and former dairy farmers from Fukushima, all travelling aboard the floating international peace village. Join the tour and help us amplify the call for Australia and Japan to join the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

FREMANTLE

Thursday 25 January 12-2pm

Foley Hall, Mouat St (between High St and Croke St) at Notre Dame University

Register here.

ADELAIDE

Monday 29 January 6-7:30pm

Gallery Yampu, 1 Jenkins St, Birkenhead

Register here.

MELBOURNE

Thursday 1 February 6-8pm

The Cube, ACMI

Register here.

HOBART

Friday 2 February 12:30-2pm

Parliament Lawns, Salamanca Place. In the event of wet weather, we will move the event into Parliament House.

Free event. Register here.

SYDNEY

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17:03

STONE & WOOD RELEASE 2018 SUMMER SEASONAL! "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

With the return of balmy evenings filled with the sound of cicadas calling out, its time for Byrons local, independent brewery to release their summer seasonal, The Gatherer.

Inspired by their brewing ancestors slower lifestyle, who would experiment with locally sourced produce in their beer, The Gatherer is brewed with seasonal ingredients and the recipe is changed up each year.

Similar to their winter release, Stone Beer (available in June), both seasonal releases pay homage to ancient brewing techniques, and a time when things were slower and simpler

The Gatherer 2018 is a thirst quenching American Wheat Beer. Dry hopped with Galaxy, The Gatherer has zesty ripe fruit aromas and a fresh tartness from the addition of sour cherries, native Northern Rivers finger limes and river mint. The pinkish hue, hinting at its subtle sweetness is balanced with malt and wheat, finishing smooth and dry.

Head Brewer Caolan Vaughan is super excited to see how it is received, particularly as the peak of summer hits.

The Gatherers crisp and refreshing tartness from the addition of sour cherry makes it an incredibly refreshing beer he said.

A remedy for the blistering hot days of summer, The Gatherer will be hitting shelves and going on tap at select venues across the country this week.

For where to find The Gatherer check out the venue listing on Stone & Woods website, or purchase a carton via their Online Store.

The post STONE & WOOD RELEASE 2018 SUMMER SEASONAL! appeared first on Byron Bay Blog.

16:32

Australian university is world's first to go fully solar-powered "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

In a move that will make the Sydney institution the world's first university to be energy carbon neutral, the University of New South Wales has inked a deal to meet all its electricity needs with solar energy from next year onwards.

16:17

Richmond River dredging finally funded "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

L to R: Parliamentary Secretary for Northern NSW Ben Franklin, Ballina Mayor David Wright and Minister for Lands and Forestry Paul Toole inspecting dredging sites at North Creek. Photo supplied

The long-awaited dredging of the Richmond River mouth at Ballina and nearby North Creek will go ahead after the state government and Ballina Shire Council each lobbed in around a quarter of a million dollars towards the project.

Lands minister Paul Toole and Northern NSW parliamentary secretary Ben Franklin were joined by Ballina Mayor David Wright at North Creek on Wednesday (January 18) to announce the funding.

Mr Franklin said the dredging project will be funded to the tune of $230,700 under the NSW Liberal & Nationals Governments Rescuing Our Waterways program.

Ballina Shire Council will also contribute $230,700 to this important work, he said

This funding will help improve the accessibility, health and safety of North Creek, which is enjoyed by recreational and commercial users throughout the year.

Ballina Shire Council will use the grant to assess any environmental impacts for large scale dredging along the waterway to improve navigation for vessels and increase tidal flushing for improved water quality, Mr Franklin said.

Mr Toole said more than $1 million has been allocated to councils across the state for essential dredging projects in the latest round of funding.

The inlets, lakes, rivers and creeks along the coast are the lifeblood of many communities and the NSW Government is pleased to fund this work to improve waterway safety and access.

All coastal councils are eligible to apply for up to 50 per cent of the cost of dredging projects under the Rescuing Our Waterways program, Mr Toole said.

The post Richmond River dredging finally funded appeared first on Echonetdaily.

16:05

Euro Capital Flows or Speculation? "IndyWatch Feed National"

QUESTION: Is the euro really going up on capital inflows or speculation leverage?

ANSWER: We are not picking up any real net capital outflows from the USA to Europe. It appears to be speculation on the currency markets in anticipation of higher interest rates coming down the line. But real capital has not begun to move and will not seriously move in until there are higher positive rates.

More concerning has been net outflows from the USA to emerging market debt. This has been a trend led by pension funds trying to earn higher yields. They need higher returns to try to cover net losses in interest income because of the lower rates. This is very dangerous for when the dollar reverses and rises into 2021, that emerging market debt will go into default. This will only further the Monetary Crisis we see coming in the 2020-2021 time period. Meanwhile, Excess Reserves at the Fed rose during 2017 up from the low in 2016. European banks have been parking cash at the Fed since 2016 to avoid the negative rates at the ECB. We need to see that rate rise a...

16:01

To Trade anything You Must Understand What is Happening "IndyWatch Feed National"

QUESTION: Martin,

I took your advice back in November about a potential January DJ high and it has paid off for me well.
I am a small-time personal investor and am wondering about the content of the Vertical Market Report is this something tailor made for the Professional / Hedge fund trader?
I am considering purchasing but given the price, I would like it to be beneficial given my situation.
Appreciate any further advice you can give,
Rgds
PR

 

ANSWER: That Report is NOT for in-and-out trading. It covers position investing so you do not have to be in and out. You are not trying to sell the precise high. You position trade this type of market and it tells you when to get out. However, the most important aspect is the report explains what is unfolding. You have to have CONFIDENCE in order to trade a market. If you understand what is unfolding, then you can trade it. If you lack the understanding, you will not be able to invest or trade.

16:00

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.00007 BTC
0.00010 BTC = 1.45 AUD
Converter

15:56

PERTH Australias biggest drug bust: eight accused of $1 billion meth haul face court "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Australias biggest drug bust: eight accused of $1 billion meth haul face court .

January 17, 2018 at 02:07PM .

Perth Magistrates Court was told that a mini-brief of evidence was being prepared by the Commonwealth prosecutors, which it is hoped will be handed to various defence lawyers in the coming weeks. The cases of all eight men were transferred to the Supreme Court and adjourned until March.

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PERTH A Former Perth High School Teacher Is Facing Child Sex Abuse Charges "IndyWatch Feed National"

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A Former Perth High School Teacher Is Facing Child Sex Abuse Charges .

January 17, 2018 at 11:07AM .

A former Perth Catholic School teacher has been charged with multiple accounts of child sex charges, dating as far back as 1979. The unnamed man was a teacher at Catholic schools in Bedford and Tuart Hill where Police alleged he assaulted boys and a man. The Royal Commission allege the man

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PERTH Forrestfield slingshot accused to appear in court next month "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Forrestfield slingshot accused to appear in court next month .

January 17, 2018 at 02:18PM .

He was scheduled to appear in Perth Magistrates Court today over the charges, however he failed to appear. The case was adjourned until February 28. Police officers also arrested and charged Charles Edward Richard Ducker with 18 criminal offences on November 14, 2017 in relation to the attacks.

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

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PERTH Former Perth Catholic school teacher on historic child sex abuse charges "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Former Perth Catholic school teacher on historic child sex abuse charges .

January 17, 2018 at 09:37AM .

occurred when the man was a teacher at a Catholic College in Tuart Hill. He will appear before the Perth Magistrates Court on Wednesday. The investigation is ongoing and detectives urge anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online at http://www.crimestopperswa.com.au.

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15:18

Gold & Silver: The Once and Future Money "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

With so much talk about bitcoin lately, I want to talk about another traditional form of money that most people have completely forgotten about

If youre a regular Daily Reckoning reader, you know I write and speak frequently on the role of gold in the monetary system.

But when I speak in public about gold, I inevitably get one question from the audience: What about silver?

Heres my answer to that question:

I love silver!

Some assume I dislike silver as a hard asset for your portfolio because I usually focus on gold. But thats simply not true. I own silver and recommend it to investors.

Do you have a torch, spare batteries and some duct tape stashed away for home emergencies, like power outages or cyclones? Of course you do.

How about 100 ounces of silver coins? If not, you should.

Silver and gold are both precious metals.

From an investment standpoint, silver is more difficult to analyse than gold because gold has almost no uses except as money.

(Gold is widely used in jewellery, but I consider gold jewellery a hard asset; what I call wearable wealth.)

Silver, on the other hand, has many industrial applications.

This means that the price of silver may rise or fall based on industrial utilisation and the business cycle, independent of monetary factors such as inflation, deflation and interest rates.

More importantly, silver, like gold, is a form of money.

Why its actually silver that has
a wider use throughout world history

Gold may have a higher valuation by weight and be scarcer than silver, but silver has seen much wider usage as money throughout world history.

And in an extreme social or infrastructure breakdown in which banks, ATMs and store scanners are offline silver coins might be the only way to buy groceries for your family.

A gold coin is too valuable to exchange for a basket of groceries, but a silver coin or two is just about right.

Bitcoin, which depends upon a normally functioning grid, certainly wont get you anything you need when theres no electricity. Good luck trying.

If a failure happens and dont believe for a second that it couldnt shortages will appear and the price of silver could soar to $60 per ounce or higher, a roughly 250% gain from current levels of about $17.50 per ounce.

Beyond the real possibility of emergencies, my expectation is that as savers and investors lose confidence in central bank money, they will increasingly turn to physical money (gold and silver) as stores o...

14:53

"How Is One To Live?" "IndyWatch Feed National"

How is one to live a moral and compassionate existence when one is fully aware of the blood, the horror inherent in life, when one finds darkness not only in ones culture but within oneself? If there is a stage at which an individual life becomes truly adult, it must be when one grasps the irony in its unfolding and accepts responsibility for a life lived in the midst of such paradox. One must live in the middle of contradiction, because if all contradiction were eliminated at once life would collapse. There are simply no answers to some of the great pressing questions. You continue to live them out, making your life a worthy expression of leaning into the light.
- Barry Lopez

14:08

MACKAY Woman pleads guilty to 21 charges "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY January 17, 2018 at 06:03AM ,

Woman pleads guilty to 21 charges

January 17, 2018 at 06:03AM ,

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14:08

MACKAY Woman, 27, punches and bites a police officer when she was caught nearly four times over the "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY January 17, 2018 at 12:48PM ,

Woman, 27, punches and bites a police officer when she was caught nearly four times over the

January 17, 2018 at 12:48PM ,

A 27-year-old woman has pleaded guilty to punching and biting a police officer after she was arrested for drunk driving. Tiffany Justine Sara Courtenay was stopped by police last year in Mackay, north of Brisbane, after an officer watched her park her car unevenly, according to the Tweed Daily News.

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MACKAY She bit a police officer on her way to the watch-house "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY January 17, 2018 at 04:11AM ,

She bit a police officer on her way to the watch-house

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MACKAY Fingerprint on keys could determine vehicle theft case "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Fingerprint on keys could determine vehicle theft case

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13:41

Talk Nation Radio: Jackson Lears on the Russiagate Religion "IndyWatch Feed National"

Jackson Lears is the Board of Governors Professor of History at Rutgers University. Lears is the editor of the journal Raritan: A Quarterly Review. His books include: Something for Nothing: Luck in America and Fables of Abundance: A Cultural History of Advertising in America. He recently wrote an article called What We Dont Talk about When We Talk about Russian Hacking for the London Review of Books.

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13:36

Aussie complaints headed to FBI on Clinton Foundation's dealings Down Under "IndyWatch Feed National"

Retired Australian police detective Michael Smith has accumulated startling evidence of millions of dollars mishandled An Australian investigative journalist who is a retired police detective said Tuesday he has been asked to provide the FBI with details about multiple allegations of mishandling millions of dollars contributed to the Clinton Foundation by the Aussie government. "I have been asked to provide the FBI with further and better particulars about allegations regarding improper donations to the CF funded by Australian taxpayers," Michael Smith told LifeZette.

12:56

How do you solve a problem like the African Gang Crisis? "IndyWatch Feed National"

There is no doubt that the formation of racist street patrols is newsworthy, however we may never know why Channel Seven felt the need to woo these neo-Fascists with such soft balls. Possibly it was in the interests of keeping them sweet to guarantee that next exclusive interview, maybe it was to keep things interesting for their next awful Underbelly knock-off.

12:51

Rethinking our National Holiday "IndyWatch Feed National"

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11:57

Lets work towards an inclusive Australia Day for all "IndyWatch Feed National"

Momentum for changing the date of Australia Day from January 26 has made its way to Canberra this week. Just yesterday, the Greens committed to campaign on the issue both at a Federal and local government level.

ANTaR has been campaigning for changing the date for a number of years now, and heres why.

For anyone familiar with Australian history, the arrival of the British in Sydney Cove on January 26, 1788 did not set off a peaceful 200 years of coexistence based on agreement to hand over land, resources and the system of law/lore.

For the Gadigal People of the Eora Nation, whose land it is that the British took that day, a foreign people had arrived and proceeded to steal their land in Sydney Cove. The colonists planted a flag, cut down trees, and took what space they needed to establish their camp.

Please help Australia come to terms with what January 26 represents to First People, please sign our Sea of Hands Pledge.


Thinking of how to mark the day? We've collated some of the events and rallies led by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people that are being held on the 26 January. View the list here.
Interested in volunteering with ANTaR on Survival Day at Yabun Festival in Sydney? Find out more here.

Not long after, there was armed conflict, commencing years of frontier conflict, massacres, forcibly stealing other First Nations land, moving them off it, stealing vital food resources, and smashing the way of life that had been lived for thousands of years in those places.

The uninvited British arrival and encampment in Sydney Cove January 26 1788, was both a staging post, and the start, of a long invasion of First Peoples land.

An invasion of a continent that was home to 250+ nations of Australias First Peoples, inter-connected by trade, sharing knowled...

11:53

Actor Jessica Falkholt dies in hospital "IndyWatch Feed National"

Jessica Falkholt. Pic Fox News

Home and Away actor Jessica Falkholt has died in hospital a week after a funeral was held in Sydney for her sister and parents following a horror Boxing Day car crash.

The 29-year-old had been in a critical condition in St George Hospital after being pulled from the wreckage on December 26 the NSW South Coast along with her 21-year-old sister Annabelle, who later died.

Jessica died in hospital at 10.20am on Wednesday, the hospital says.

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11:42

Bannon refused to answer House panel's questions about time in White House "IndyWatch Feed National"

Bannon refused to answer House panel's questions about time in White House | 16 Jan 2018 | President Donald Trump's former adviser Steve Bannon refused to answer questions Tuesday from the House intelligence committee about his time in the White House, prompting panel members to subpoena him on the spot, according to a person familiar with the interview. Bannon appeared before the committee as part of its investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, speaking just weeks after a falling-out with Trump over comments he made in an explosive new book. Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) confirmed Tuesday that he issued a subpoena for Bannon.

11:20

A Global Problem of NOISE From Social Media to Missile Alarms "IndyWatch Feed National"

Missile alert in Hawaii created panic.

by Dee McLachlan

Society is being constantly bombarded and distracted.

The short term dopamine driven feedback loops that we have created are destroying how society works: no civil discourse; no cooperation; misinformation; miss-truth. And its not an American problem. This is not about Russian ads. This is a global problem. So w

11:11

Cunning Stunts reach milestone & break donation record with more than $100,000 donated to local charities in the NSW Northern Rivers Region! "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

January 7th Nudge Nudge Wink Wink event has resulted in the Cunning Stunts breaking two donation records they hadnt conceived of when starting their venture in December 2015.

Just announced, they will be donating to the January NFP recipient Cabarita Youth Service, $12,000 raised from their January 2018 event. In addition to this record breaking donation their largest to date their January event also has them reaching a major milestone they will have donated over $100,000 across 22 events since their inception, $107,885 to be exact!

The Cunning Stunts team Darren & Sarah Sutton, Laura Peck & Dale Stephen tirelessly devote themselves to putting on their Nudge Nudge Wink Wink fundraising events each month as a charitable endeavor, held at the iconic Billinudgel Hotel. Assisted by guest DJs, sponsors, supporting businesses and the Nudgers their amazing event patrons, this party with a conscience is a delight for dancers, music enthusiasts, and all who attend.

From an initial donation of $525 in December 2015, to a $12,000 donation from their January 2018 event, the Cunning Stunts and its community are contributing to locally based underfunded charities and making a difference for us all!

The Nudge Nudge Wink Wink is a TICKETED monthly event running from September June that brings the community together in an all-inclusive way, whilst raising much needed funding for beloved and deserving local charities that help improve the lives of Northern NSW residents. Food, entertainment, an outside bar and amazing raffle prizes all contribute to this special event the first Sunday of the month has become.

Fundraising at their events is raised through ticket sales, vendor and attendees donations, sponsors, merchandise sales and the selling of raffle tickets. 100% of profits donated to local well deserving charities. To ensure you get advance notification of ticket sales, sign up to their e-newsletter here www.cunningstunts.com.au/subscribe/.

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10:59

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed National"

Uhuru Meets Kenyan-born Australian Senator Gichuhi
TUESDAY JANUARY 16 2018
 Kenya Daily Nation
   
President Uhuru Kenyatta with Kenyan-born Australian Senator Lucy Gichuhi, who paid him a courtesy call at State House, Nairobi on January 16, 2018. PHOTO | PSCU

In Summary
He said the exchange of ideas should also apply at the professional and cultural levels.
Right from her campaign, the senator said she wanted to set an example for her children.

By JOSEPH WANGUI

When her family left for Australia at a time when they and the country were facing a difficult period, not much had prepared Lucy Gichuhi for her life right now.

At, 55, she is the first senator of African descent in the Australian Senate.

Ms Gichuhis story is that of a foreign country that opened its arms to her raw dream, and consistent effort at getting involved in politics and wanting the best for herself and her children.

PRESIDENT

On Tuesday, Ms Gichuhi was hosted by President Kenyatta at State House, Nairobi, and was given the honour of a foreign dignitary something she could not have imagined when her family left for Australia in 1999.

During the meeting, President Kenyatta said he was particularly keen to see a regular exchange programme that would facilitate sharing of ideas between Kenyan and Australian people.

He said the exchange of ideas should also apply at the professional and cultural levels among other areas of mutual benefit.

The Head of State said Kenya could learn a lot from Australia which has been a democracy for 200 years.

The meeting was also attended by Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed, Principal Secretary Monica Juma and High Commissioner to Australia Isaiya Kabira.

SENATOR

Speaking on he journey to becoming a senator, Ms Gichuhi in an interview last week at her home in Hiriga Nyeri County said: My toughest moment was getting to the point where I would have lost going to the Senate.

Not because I am not competent, experienc...

10:32

DPI targeting private forests to make up public shortfalls "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The North East Forest Alliance (NEFA) considers the intent of the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) $750,000 project assessing the North Coast private native forest north from Newcastle appears to be to identify private forests for loggers to target for sawlogs as supplies from public lands continue to rapidly decline.

DPI surveys of both millers and logging contractors attest to the degraded nature of north-east NSWs public and private forests due to over-logging, with supplies of high quality sawlogs rapidly declining across the forest estate, according to Dailan Pugh, spokesperson for NEFA.

"Regrettably 80% of private landowners are reported as having little understanding or interest in the logging rules, with 67% of contractors believing most landowners are only interested in maximising short term income.

"The Government needs to do more than just help loggers identify and flog the best stands remaining, they have a responsibility to identify and protect oldgrowth forests, the habitat of threatened species, endangered ecological communities and other special values. These too need to be mapped.

"This time the NSW Government is targeting the best Koala habitat left on private land for intensified logging, with the promised Koala strategy nowhere to be seen.

"There is nothing sustainable about forestry as currently practiced, and the Government's current proposals to increase logging intensity while slashing the few protections for threatened species and stream buffers on both public and private lands will just increase its unsustainability.

"For those landholders who want to do the right thing the Government should be providing incentive payments for management of forests to protect threatened species, improve stream quality, enhance rainfall, and store ever increasing volumes of atmospheric carbon as they age. This is to the benefit of all of us.

"For those landholders that don't care the Government needs to ensure that the logging rules for private lands are improved to limit the ongoing degradation, introduce meaningful protection for threatened species and improve protection for streams." Mr. Pugh said.

 

10:25

Mountain bike park attracts $207,000 funding "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The Northern Rivers Dirty Wheels Mountain Bike Club with Minister Paul Toole and Ben Franklin celebrating NSW Liberal & Nationals Government funding for the park. (supplied)

The NSW Government has today announced $207,000 to complete the construction of  the Duck Creek Mountain Bike Park at Alstonville.

The new park will include eight kilometres of world-class cross country and all mountain-style trails, and a skills park.

Northern Rivers Dirty Wheels Mountain Bike Club secretary Sheryn Da-Re said once the park was completed it would cater to the 180 members of the club, as well as the general public.

The park, which is five kilometres east of Alstonville on the northern side of the Bruxner Highway, with the access driveway approximately 500m west of Gap Road.

Today, NSW Minister for Racing Paul Toole and Parliamentary Secretary for Northern NSW Ben Franklin MLC  announced the $207,000.

Im delighted the NSW Government has partnered with Ballina Shire Council and the Northern Rivers Dirty Wheels Mountain Bike Club to deliver this great new sport and recreation facility, Mr Franklin said.

Once completed, the park will be available to local riders who want to practise their skills and boost their fitness. It will also be a drawcard for mountain bike enthusiasts and competitors from further afield, boosting tourism opportunities.

Todays funding announcement followed a visit by Greens MP Tamara Smith to park this week to see progress from an $8,000 grant she facilitated. Those funds have been used to construct stage two of the park, which is one kilometre long.

Northern Rivers Dirty Wheels Mountain Bike Club Secretary Sheryn Da-Re (left) with Member for Ballina, Tamara Smith at the Duck Creek Mountain Bike Park near Alstonville. (supplied)

This recreational park will be open to the public later this year and will be a much-needed place for mountain bikers to co...

10:09

Private landowners encouraged to make up logging shortfall "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Logging in proximity to endangered species on private land at Whian Whian in 2013 caused widespread protests from environmentalists and locals, resulting in a police guard. File photo

The North East Forest Alliance (NEFA) has hit out at calls from the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) for up to 18,000 North Coast farmers to consider logging their properties.

Last weeks call from the DPI followed a $750,000 project that surveyed more than 600 landholders, wood processors and contractors, and mapped more than five million hectares of North Coast forests.

According to a department media release, three quarters of the private native forests (PNF) on the North Coast are commercial forest types that can be sustainably managed for timber, but it added that forest productivity is well below what it could be.

The project team has developed a model that rates larger blocks of forested land according to their forestry importance. The model takes account of forest size, type and productivity, terrain roughness and distance to wood processing facilities.

Prime sites identified

On the far north coast the principal areas targeted for logging are: in Byron Shire Upper Main Arm, Goonengerry and Broken Head; in Ballina Shire the high quality koala habitat near Wardell and Coolgardie; in Lismore LGA the Mackellar and Koonorigan Ranges; and in Tweed Shire around Mount Warning and Doon Doon.

NEFA argues the motivation for the project appears to be to identify private forests for loggers to target for sawlogs as supplies from public lands continue to rapidly decline.

According to NEFA spokesperson Dailan Pugh, DPI surveys of both millers and logging contractors attest to the degraded nature of north-east NSWs public and private forests due to over-logging, with supplies of high quality sawlogs rapidly declining across the forest estate.

Regrettably 80 per cent of private landowners are reported as having little understanding or interest in the logging rules, with 67 per cent of contractors believing most landowners are only interested in maximising short term income, he said.

The government needs to do more than just help loggers identify and flog the best stands remaining, they have a responsibility to identify and protect old-growth forests, the habitat of threatened species, endangered ecological communities and othe...

10:05

Kennt ihr den schon? Die Weltbank reagiert auf die ... "IndyWatch Feed National"

Kennt ihr den schon? Die Weltbank reagiert auf die neue linke Regierung in Chile mit Abwertung im Ranking? Weil, das wei doch jeder, Linke haben keine Ahnung von Wirtschaft!1!! Die machen immer nur alles kaputt, indem sie ganz viel neue Schulden aufnehmen! (Ich erwhne das deshalb, weil Trump gerade ber eine Billion Dollar neue Schulden gemacht hat).

Nun, das war nicht diese Tage, die Regierung regiert schon eine Weile in Chile, und mit der Wirtschaft ging es trotz der Sabotage durch die Weltbank nicht schlechter als vorher.

Der Weltbank-Chef zeigt daher heute ein bisschen Reue. Wie? Nein, nicht, dass er das getan hat. Er bereut, wie das jetzt aussieht. Bedauerliches Misverstndnis!1!

09:56

Ira Magaziner, Chair CF CHAI, "We can't deal with risk averse donors. We can't honestly say we're not going to waste some money". "IndyWatch Feed National"

We cant deal with risk-averse (donors). We cant honestly tell people were going to succeed and not going to waste some money. Ira Magaziner, Chairman, Clinton Foundation HIV/Aids Initiative Inc - May/June 2005 You are right to wonder why we needed the Clinton Foundation when Australian governments are so good...

09:27

Former Kyogle man caught after six years on the run "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A former Kyogle man who allegedly threatened to chop an elderly mans head off with a machete has been caught in South Australia after six years on the run from police.

Richmond Local Area Command police said the 29-year-old man had several outstanding warrants for traffic and domestic violence offences in Kyogle dating back to 2012 and warrants in for Assault Police in Queensland from 2014.

Police allege the man was living at a property at Loadstone, NSW, two years ago when he became involved in an argument with the elderly property owner. A 46-year-old man was also present at the time, but is yet to be captured by police.

Police said the elderly man was punched in the face a number of times before the then 27-year-old forced his head onto a table and threatened to chop his head off with a machete.

The elderly man was also hit with a wooden stake, and his mobile phone was smashed, with the 27-year-old man saying now you cant call the police.

The victim managed to escape and went to hospital where he was treated for significant injuries.

When the victim returned to his property the next day he saw his car had been pushed down a gorge and a large amount of his property had been stolen.

Warrants were issued for the 27-year-old and the 46-year-old after it was discovered they had fled interstate.

Police followed the trail of the 27 year old via several means from Loadstone to South Australia, Western Australia, various towns in the Northern Territory and back to South Australia.

On January 9 detectives from the Richmond LAC and Murray Bridge (South Australia) arrested a now 29-year-old Murray Bridge man for the Loadstone incident and for eight traffic and domestic violence offences committed in Kyogle in 2012.

He has been extradited back to NSW and charged with being armed with intent to commit indictable offence, assault occasioning actual bodily harm in company, destroying property, intimidation and affray.

He has been refused bail and will appear in Lismore Local Court next week.

Investigations are continuing into the second alleged offender.

Following the arrest, police have issued a warning to anyone thinking they can escape justice by fleeing to another state.

Police can and do extradite interstate and overseas warrant offenders, Richmond LAC has posted on Facebook.

If you have a NSW warrant and live interstate you can hand yourself in at any NSW police station and have the warrant finalised. The alternative is to wait for a knock on your door by NSW police and be extradited.

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09:19

Broken Head quarry disputes rehabilitation order "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Broken Head Quarry. Photo supplied

Owners of the Broken Head quarry are fighting an order by NSW Department of Planning and Environment to rehabilitate the site, with a conciliation set for this Thursday (January 19).

In mid-2017 the department issued an order under the Environment Planning and Assessment Act 1979 to Leadshine Pty Ltd, the operator of the quarry.

A spokesperson for the department told The Echo, The Department of Planning and Environment has been investigating whether or not development at Broken Head Quarry has been carried out in compliance with the quarrys development consent.

The department has been working with other agencies, including Byron Shire Council, the NSW Environment Protection Authority, National Parks and Wildlife Service and the Office of Environment and Heritage in the investigation.

The spokesperson said the 2017 order required Leadshine to rehabilitate the site in accordance with the Environmental Impact Statement, submitted with the development application in 1997.

Leadshine has appealed against the order in the Land and Environment Court.

The appeal is listed for a conciliation conference on 19 January 2018. As this matter is still subject to court processes, the department will make no further comment.

Rehabilitation

According to the August 2017 Planning and Environment Compliance Report, The order specifies dates by which Leadshine must rehabilitate both the east and west pits at the Broken Head quarry.

Broken Head quarry was acquired by Leadshine in early 2003 from the Batson family, says the Broken Head quarry website, and they have managed the day-to- day activity on site since that time. 

The quarry was contacted in relation to this story.

Other compliance

Other...

09:08

Holden misleads customers over dealership changes "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Tony Carsburgs dealership is one of more than thirty dealerships across the country to have been dumped by Holden as the company focuses on bigger dealerships. Photo Jeff Dawson.

Tony Carsburg customers have been left incensed at the letter they received from Holden claiming that Tony Carsburg Holden recently closed its Holden franchise

It then directs customers to Tweed saying that Tweed Holden in Tweed Heads is now your new local Holden dealer.

Tony Carsburg didnt close the Holden dealership; Holden didnt renew the franchise sales agreement, said Carsburg Motors manager Steve Harris.

The letter was sent to all Carsburgs clients who have either bought a car or received servicing through Carsburg Motors.

Whoever wrote that letter was wrong and misleading in what they were saying, said Tony Carsburg.

It is disappointing how this has been handled by Holden.

None of us would dispute it if we werent performing, but we were all performing pretty well.

Other local dealerships who have been dumped by Holden include Kyogle, Maclean and Glen Innes.

They wrote to us and said that, We didnt fit into their footprint any more, continued Steve.

They just want the big dealers.

Tony was informed that his franchise agreement would end on December 31, and even though a group formed by Holden dealers to work with Holden tried to fight the closure of more than 30 dealerships across the country, they were unable to stop the process.

It was just so badly done, continued Tony.

The concept appears to be that in the country areas if you have to drive an hour to get your vehicle serviced then they think thats okay.

But Carsburg Motors arent planning on going anywhere; there has been a car service and repair business on that...

08:45

Cranberries singers death not suspicious "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dolores ORiordan of The Cranberries performs live in concert at F1 Rocks at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl in Melbourne, Australia. (AOL.com)

The death in London of Cranberries lead singer Dolores ORiordan is not being treated as suspicious, police say, as tributes flow for one of Irelands most successful artists.

ORiordan, 46, was found dead in a London hotel on Monday morning during a recording trip to London ahead of a planned tour, her publicist said. No cause of death has been given.

London police said in a statement that a 46-year-old woman was discovered at a hotel in Londons Park Lane early on Monday and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The death is not being treated as suspicious, the statement said.

ORiordan was catapulted to fame as a shy 22-year-old in 1993 when songs from her debut album were picked up by MTV. The band, whose hits included Linger and Zombie went on to sell over 40 million records to become Irelands second-best-selling rock band after U2.

She struggled at times with the bands success, dropping out of a tour in 1996 citing exhaustion and disillusionment and later leaving her native Ireland for several years to avoid the spotlight.

After she pleaded guilty to headbutting and spitting at an Irish police officer in 2014, she told an interviewer that she had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and was struggling with the breakdown of her marriage.

Irelands Prime Minister joined a chorus of praise for ORiordans work, describing her as the voice of her generation.

U2 said in a tweet that they were floored by the news of her death.

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08:38

Nudge Nudge funraisers celebrate major milestone "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Performing Cunning Stunts for charity: From left: Sarah Sutton, Darren Sutton, Dale Stephen and Laura Peck. Photo Matt Leedham. Photo supplied

A local group of four local funraisers have celebrated a major milestone with $100,000 donated from more than 22 events to not-for-profits (NFPs) in the northern rivers.

Cunning Stunts two of whom are a married couple and two of whom are professional DJs say they have been hosting parties with a conscience since 2015.

They donate 100 per cent of their time involved and services towards raising money for underfunded NFPs that provide services to those people in the local community who are in need.

The DJs who play, and some of the businesses and volunteers involved, also donate their time and/or services.

Some $12,000 raised from their January event will go towards NFP recipient Cabarita Youth Service. It was their largest to date, they say; they have raised $107,885 in just two years.

The group said, Were honoured to share that our ticketed events are now selling out at record speed the January event sold out in 15 hours.

Darren and Sarah Sutton, Laura Peck and Dale Stephen say they tirelessly devote themselves to putting on their Nudge Nudge Wink Wink fundraising events each month as a charitable endeavour.

Held at the Billinudgel Hotel, they are assisted by guest DJs, sponsors, supporting businesses and the Nudgers.

Darren told The Echo, Its been a pleasure building it up and creating awareness and funding for charities that are doing amazing work in the northern rivers.

The next funraiser will be at the Billinudgel Hotel on Sunday February 4.

For more info visit www.cunningstunts.com.au.

 

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08:36

Kids newspaper cant afford to stay open "IndyWatch Feed National"

A national Childrens newspaper is set to fold because of a lack of funds.

National paper for children Crinkling News says its being forced to fold eight months after a crowd-funding campaign to keep it publishing.

The weekly newspaper says its made the $212,303 raised in May stretch as far as it possibly could and doesnt have the resources to continue.

It was obviously a really, really tough decision and were obviously devastated, editor Saffron Howden told AAP on Tuesday.

The paper began nearly two years ago. It was written by adults, and children contributed opinion pieces, reviews and acted as junior reporters.

Weve done a new type of journalism at a very high standard where were involving our readers and helping them understand how news and journalism works, Ms Howden said.

We hope that we have got some momentum going in this space are there other people with deeper pockets who can continue it?

Crinkling News said it would refund readers the remainder of their subscriptions.

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08:33

Appropriated culture: a closer look "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Local Aboriginal Arakwal custodian Delta Kay says the wearing of Native American headdresses is appalling whether they be at bucks and hens parties or at festivals. Each feather is a symbol of honour and respect that a First Nations man has earned through great deeds.
Photo from www.ebay.com.au

Hans Lovejoy

When is it okay to adopt traditional cultural practices for your own? Are there physical and psychic dangers?

Does cultural appropriation improve or dilute the powers of both the ceremony and the traditional leaders who have held them for perhaps thousands, if not hundred of thousands, of years?

While there are no easy answers, its a topic worthy of exploration given Byron Shire draws so many who are both looking for, and want to provide, a spiritual/cultural experience or enlightenment.

Cultural appropriation takes many forms; it could be wearing traditional facial symbols, First Nations headdresses or costumes, as well as taking part in ceremonies and ritual dances which are led by unauthorised indigenous and non-indigenous people. Money exchanged for taking part in ceremonies can also be considered cultural appropriation, whether paid to indigenous or non-indigenous people.

While some traditional ceremonies are conducted privately in homes for example public events are also held, such as the Spirit Festival. Ceremonies of all kinds can be found throughout online social media too, all for a cost. 

Custodian speaks

Local Aboriginal Arakwal custodian Delta Kay said that cultural appropriation makes my blood boil.

I wouldnt wear a diggers uniform for Anzac Day, for example. Their uniforms and badges were earned and have a high rank. 

The wearing of Native American headdresses is appalling whether they be at bucks and hens parties or at festivals. 

Each feather is a symbol of honour and respect that a First Nations man has earned through great deeds.

Earning money or a...

08:32

NSW hazardous surf, hot weather warning "IndyWatch Feed National"

Rock fishermen are being urged to stay safe, with hazardous surf predicted for today. Photo Shutterstock

Beachgoers in NSW have been warned to be aware of hazardous surf conditions across the states coastline.

While there wont be a repeat of the damaging surf conditions which closed most of the patrolled beaches on Tuesday, the surf will still be large and powerful on Wednesday, the Bureau of Meteorology says.

Hazardous surf is large and powerful and dangerous for typical coastal activities especially rock fishing, duty forecaster Andrew Haigh told AAP.

Temperatures across NSW are also forecast to start heating up with parts of the state expected to reach 40C on Thursday.

Wentworth in the states far south west is forecast to reach 42C and Broken Hill in the far west of NSW is expected to reach 40C on Thursday.

The high temperatures will continue into the weekend as Penrith is forecast to reach 42C on Friday and Saturday and the mercury is set to reach 44C in Ivanhoe in central NSW on Saturday.

The NSW Rural Fire Service has warned residents to prepare for the high temperatures and increased fire danger.

Temperatures will reach the mid-40s in a number of areas and the Bureau of Meteorology forecast indicates there is little relief in sight, with little to no rain forecast during the coming hot spell, NSW RFS commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said in a statement.

The forecast heatwave will elevate the risk of fire and total fire bans are likely to be declared for some areas, so I urge landholders, homeowners, businesses and holidaymakers to consider how they will be impacted and begin making their preparations today.

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08:13

The Ocean City Lawsuit Explained, a Bit. "IndyWatch Feed National"

OC Blog photo 2018Ocean City, Maryland, Spring 2017. This photo was taken just before the Town of Ocean City passed the emergency ordinance addressing the panic officials claim bare-chested women would create on the beach.

 

So after a summer of patient deliberation turned into an autumn of patient deliberation, we have finally filed our civil rights complaint against the Town of Ocean Citys unconstitutional ordinance banning female, but not male, bare-chestedness.

Rather than rehash the story, which is easy enough to find on this blog and through a simple Google search, I thought I would instead do an FAQ about topfreedom and what parts of this lawsuit I can speak to for the benefit of supporters and detractors checking in here as a result of the recent news coverage regarding our lawsuit.

Please understand that I cannot answer certain questions, mostly the ones that require me to make legal arguments.  Lawyers are involved now finally.  Thank goodness.  So with that said, welcome, or welcome back.  Im excited to have this underway.

Q:  There are so many bigger concerns in the...

08:00

January 17 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed National"



1810 - William Bligh arrived at Port Jackson from Hobart in HMS Porpoise.

1839 - NSW minimum price of Crown Land increased from 5 shillings to 12 shillings minimum an acre.

1843 - John Clements Wickham arrived in Brisbane as police magistrate. He was appointed Government Resident on 1st January 1853.

1852 - Sturt Light (Cape Willoughby Lighthouse), SA, first exhibited.

1852 - William Swan Urquhart completed his survey of the town of Ballarat, Victoria.

1859 - The railway line from Footscray to Williamstown Pier (Vic) opened.

1889 - A heatwave hit western New South Wales and pre-empted destructive bushfires.

1895 - Moolooloorun (Aboriginal male, no given surname) was Hanged on gallows constructed at Crescent Lagoon, NT in the presence of other members of his aboriginal community for the murder of an unnamed Chinese man near the Roper River.

1899 - A six foot tidal wave was noted at Charles Point, NT, origins unknown.

1900 - Lolli Kayser Singh was Hanged at Adelaide Gaol for the murder of Sunda Singh at Denial Bay.

1902 - The Richmond Vale Railway Line (NSW) was opened.

1902 - The Stanford Merthyr Branch Railway line (NSW) was opened.

1911 - On this day Melbourne became the first district branch of the Australian Journalists Association ( AJA) to be approved.


1916 - The Linton to Skipton Railway line (Vic) opened.

1922 - Splashing a bit of paint around was profitable for William Beckwith McInnes who took home the very first Archibald Prize for portraiture.

1929 - 800 striking waterside workers rioted, attacking the non-union labour that was brought in to break the strike, with at least one (later) fatality arising from the conflict that of Mounted Constable Evans.

1930 - Australia signed an agreement with Germany regarding the liquidation of German property in Australia.

1941 - The religious group, Jehovah's Witnesses, were banned as a pacifist sect.

1944 - Meat rationing was imposed, allowing the purchase of meat with coupons within a weekly ration per person of up to 680g of high quality meat and 1.8 kg of lower quality meat.

1945 - A fire on the wharves of Fremantle, WA, destroyed many buildings and ships.

1959 - Tasmania's first shark attack in over a century took place at Port Arthur.

1962 - Bushfires surrounding Melbourne caused the loss of 8 lives and extensive property damage.
The media reported that bushfires had spread to the suburbs, coming within 19kms of the Melbourne CBD.

1968 - The rockin', rollin' riding group on the Mornin...

07:45

A day in the life of Byron local court "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Paul Bibby

Its a great day to be at the beach one of those melting mornings when lolling in the waves is the only sensible course of action.

But Im not at the beach.

Im in Byron Bay Local Court.

With the The Echos usual court reporter away, Ive been dispatched to chase an animal-cruelty story.

After plonking down on a government-issued plastic chair, theres every chance Ill be waiting all day for my guy to have his turn.

Yet despite feeling mildly resentful about the direction my day has taken, Im gradually drawn in by the tales that unfold in the vault-like courtroom.

Its the not-so-shiny side of the Byron Shire drug use, petty theft, drink driving, and the seemingly endless cycle of violence taking place behind closed doors.

Yet behind every case is a personal story that reveals the human condition in a far more profound way than people-watching at Main Beach ever could.

As I assemble myself for the day, the court is hearing a case I quickly dub Fallen Football Star.

Facing charges of drug possession, the powerfully built youth walks to the chair in the middle of the courtroom with his head down.

Fallen Star has struggled to find direction ever since his representative rugby league career was ended by a catastrophic knee injury.

Hed managed to avoid any major run-ins with the cops until they caught him with 20 tablets of MDMA (MethyleneDioxyMethAmphetamine) at the Falls Festival.

They initially charged him with supply, but this was later reduced to possession and the jittery giants solicitor tells the court the pills were for personal use.

Magistrate Geoff Dunlevy looks at Fallen Star over his thick-rimmed glasses and declares that 20 pills is a ridiculously large amount of psychoactive drugs for a single person to use.

Nevertheless, he seems to accept that Fallen Star is no dealer.

The most precious words anyone who has committed a crime can hear are no conviction recorded.

It means that, despite plea...

07:37

4 months' worth of rain in just 24 hours hit Perth, Western Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Remnants of Tropical Cyclone "Joyce" brought record-breaking rain to parts of SW Western Australia on Monday, January 15 and Tuesday, January 16, 2018. The storm produced wind gusts up to 90 km/h (56 mph) and dumped more than 4 months' worth of rain in...... Read more

07:35

Seen enjoying Hello Sunday Morning last Saturday "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Feather and Tommy Franklin at Byrons Hello Sunday Morning, last Saturday. Photo Jeff Dawson.

Byron Bays Hello Sunday Morning, in fact held last Saturday at Apex Park, was a great success with about 500 people enjoying the morning.

Feather, Tommy Franklin and Sergio Naranjarte took part in the event that aims to raise awareness around excessive alcohol consumption.

The vibe was great, the community really got involved and no one was afraid to join in and dance, said one of the organisers Grace Enright.

Tommy helped set the tone as he is so infectious when he dances, you cant wipe the smile off your face when you watch him. It was great to see people of all ages and both men and women join in!

There are four more Hello Sunday Morning dance parties coming up, the next one is in Melbourne this Sunday and then the Sunday after they will be in Hobart and then Fremantle and ending the campaign in Sydney. 

Because Hello Sunday Morning offers digital support and we have a large network of people all over the world, having these physical events locally is a great way for us to spread awareness for our mission, to change Australias drinking culture, one Sunday at a time! Empowering people to find a great relationship with alcohol, whether that means cutting back or quitting altogether, finished grace.

For more information on Hello Sunday Morning look them up online here

07:30

The State with the Sickest Children has the Highest Vaccination Rates "IndyWatch Feed National"

Mississippi-Infant-Motality-last-US

The Unhealthiest State in America Has the Best Vaccination Rate: Offits Orwellian Logic Fails to Connect the Dots

by the World Mercury Project Team

In a Daily Beast opinion piece on December 15, Paul Offitone of the vaccine industrys most strident ambassadorspuzzles over a seeming contradiction.

How, Offit wonders, could the state of Mississippi, which has the worst overall health in the nation, have used standout efficiency to achieve over 99.4% vaccine coverage in kindergartners?

Rather than seriously investigate this apparent enigma, Offit presents his ready-made answer and reveals his articles true purpose. According to Paul Offit, Mississippis high vaccination rates are due to the states 1979 decision to make the governmentrather than parentsthe primary vaccine decision-maker for children.

Reflecting on the Mississippi Supreme Courts 1979 elimination of that states religious exemption to vaccination, Offit applauds the Courts position, stating,

If a parent harbors a religious belief that contradicts a basic tenant [sic] of modern medicinethe state has a right to protect the child from the irresponsible acts of the parent.

Offitthough a parent himselftells readers that the state-determined duty to vaccinate supersedes other parental rights.

In short, Offit appears to believe that coercion is the name of the game, openly admitting that he disapproves of the 47 states that still allow parents in the U.S. to take religious, moral or personal beliefs into account when making vaccine decisions on behalf of their children.

The worst health in the nation

According to the comprehensive state-by-state...

07:23

The US Coalition-Financed Siege of East Ghouta Supported by BBC Propaganda "IndyWatch Feed National"

Jeremy Salt
AHT

Lies, deceit and forgeries have always been part of war, truth being the first casualty. But in the past two decades the falsifications of war have reached unparalleled heights, thanks to technology. The lies told by the American, British, Australian and allied governments ahead and during the attack on Iraq in 2003 reached heights which one would have thought could not be surpassed. 

But then came Libya and the black mercenaries, the soldiers fed Viagra, all lies. Topping this, for the past seven years, we have had Syria and its revolution, photo-shopped, faked and staged from beginning to end with the connivance of the mainstream media.

With isolated exceptions in the Anglo-American media (the US, Britain, France, Australia and Canada) there has been no reporting of the Syria crisis as such. There has only been propaganda, surging forward in wave after wave.  It is not enough to say that the credibility of the media has never been lower.  Insofar as these wars in the Middle East are concerned, with the exception of a tiny handful of correspondents who occasionally correct the imbalance, it has no credibility at all.

Relying on rebels and activists and refusing to air the perspective of the Syrian government the media has spun a web of deceit designed to justify and perpetuate western aggression against yet another Arab country, this time not through an open military attack, as in Iraq or Libya, but through armed terrorist proxies who have carried out a campaign of murder and mayhem across the country.

There are no moderates amongst these groups, not by any reasonable standards. The US Vice President Joe Biden let the cat out of the bag in 2014 when he said there were no moderates in their ranks. They might fight among themselves over territory, arms, money and control but they have the same ideology as the official enemy, of themselves and western governments, the Islamic State: extirpation of the Shia and the Alawi and the establishment of a takfirist Islamic regim...

07:13

Why Did Americans Pay Billions for a Drug Deemed Worthless in Other Countries "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Natural Blaze

Disease awareness campaignsare an effective way for companies to sell a disease to sell a drug.

Why did Americans pay more than $1.5 billion a year in 2016 alone for a drug that potentially does so little, and to treat a condition that many would not even consider to be a disease?

Why are Americans both as patients and taxpayers paying billions of dollars for a drug whose efficacy is so questionable that its not approved in the European Union, Australia or New Zealand?

Restasis is a blockbuster drug sold by Allergan to treat chronic dry eye. It has done $8.8 billion in U.S. sales between 2009 and 2015, including over $2.9 billion in public monies through Medicare Part D, according to a Dartmouth Institute.

Restasis and Allergan have been in the news lately due to the companys novel legal strategy of transferring their patents on the drug to the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe in order to stave off competition posed by generic drugs. Patents for Restasis were also recently expired so one wonders whether the door is now open for ineffective generics. Lets explain.

In a recently published article in JAMA IM, A Clear-Eyed View of Restasis and Chronic Dry Eye Disease, Lisa Schwartz and Steven Woloshin, physician-researc...

07:11

After-school and vacation care settles into new digs "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Are we art now? Enjoying the art at the Tweed Art Gallery. Photo supplied.

Mullumbimby after-school care (ASC) and vacation program are celebrating moving into a lovely, dedicated ASC space at Mullumbimby Primary School and have averted closure, which was looming late last year.

It is a lovely, fresh and clean room with elevated views so that you almost feel like you are in the trees, said program co-ordinator Jamie Wilson.

The new room means that students accessing ASC and holiday programs can enjoy the opportunity to relax in a space that is cool in summer and warm in winter a big difference from the previous space.

We are currently looking to increase our numbers for both ASC and the holiday program and have been developing a great program for the kids, continued Jamie.

Last year, they had the BANG performing arts weekly program that the kids absolutely loved, and this year they will be looking at the possibility of dance, performing arts and a kids comedy workshops.

We also have Bundjalung women come into the holiday program to do the basket weaving two to three times a year.

Busses from surrounding schools

Children from all the surrounding schools are welcome to take part in the program, and buses that run from most schools can drop children at the after-school program.

The kids are like one big happy family and they have access to all the school grounds and we have some fun sports programs as well.

Currently the program can take both immunised and non-immunised children.

The program has a year to build up the numbers of children using the program to ensure that the service can continue to operate out of Mullumbimby.

...

07:10

The State with the Sickest Children has the Highest Vaccination Rates "IndyWatch Feed National"

Mississippi-Infant-Motality-last-US

The Unhealthiest State in America Has the Best Vaccination Rate: Offits Orwellian Logic Fails to Connect the Dots

by  the World Mercury Project Team

In a Daily Beast opinion piece on December 15, Paul Offitone of the vaccine industrys most strident ambassadorspuzzles over a seeming contradiction.

How, Offit wonders, could the state of Mississippi, which has the worst overall health in the nation, have used standout efficiency to achieve over 99.4% vaccine coverage in kindergartners?

Rather than seriously investigate this apparent enigma, Offit presents his ready-made answer and reveals his articles true purpose. According to Paul Offit, Mississippis high vaccination rates are due to the states 1979 decision to make the governmentrather than parentsthe primary vaccine decision-maker for children.

Reflecting on the Mississippi Supreme Courts 1979 elimination of that states religious exemption to vaccination, Offit applauds the Courts position, stating,

If a parent harbors a religious belief that contradicts a basic tenant [sic] of modern medicinethe state has a right to protect the child from the irresponsible acts of the parent.

Offitthough a parent himselftells readers that the state-determined duty to vaccinate supersedes other parental rights.

In short, Offit appears to believe that coercion is the name of the game, openly admitting that he disapproves of the 47 states that still allow parents in the U.S. to take religious, moral or personal beliefs into account when making vaccine decisions on behalf of their children.

The worst health in the nation

According to the comprehensive state-by-state...

06:59

Vacancies down in 2017; but not everywhere... "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Seasonal vacancies

As usual vacancy rates were higher in the month of December at 2.5 per cent or 80,092 vacancies.

Despite the record high level of building, vacancies were considerably lower than a year earlier, when there were 89,721 vacancies according to SQM Research figures.

The year-on-year decrease reflects a combination of strong population growth and a very high volume of higher-density apartments still under construction, there being a lag in the completion of this dwelling type. 

Hobart has a record low vacancy rate for any capital city of an extremely tight 0.3 per cent, while Canberra (1.3 per cent) and Adelaide (1.5 per cent) remain tight rental markets. 

Asking rents have increased strongly in Hobart and Canberra accordingly over 2017. 

Perth and Darwin also seem to have turned a corner, with vacancy rates well down from a year earlier, while Melbourne's 2.1 per cent vacancy rate was also well down from 2.4 per cent in December 2016.

This downtrend wasn't the case everywhere however, with Sydney recording a multi-year high reading of 2.6 per cent in December, up from 2.3 per cent last year. 

The numbers can jag around a bit, but smoothing the figures on a 6mMA basis gives a sense of the relative condition of the rental market in each city and the prevailing trends. 


At the end of the 2017 financial year, New South Wales had a record 64,470 attached dwellings under construction, with the overdue flood of completions doubtless accounting for the jump in December. 

...

06:45

No joke! President John Tyler, born 1790, has two living grandsons "IndyWatch Feed National"

Okay, we know you aren't going to believe this, but it's true: John Tyler, the 10th President of the United States, has two grandchildren that are still living today. IT'S TRUE, WE SWEAR. Tyler served as President from 1841 to 1845 and has two grandchildren who are still alive some 173 years later. Matt Smethurst tweeted the fun fact on Tuesday: But how could this be possible? Well, it turns out the answer is simpler than you think. President Tyler just never stopped having children. When he died in 1862, he had 15 children. The youngest of those 15 kids remarried and had children late in their lives, which resulted in our current situation.

06:28

The Only Real Way To Deal With A Narcissist "IndyWatch Feed National"

Narcissists are not people we can merely avoid. There are plenty of them in this world and they are not just going to disappear.

Narcissism seems to be quite the epidemic in current times. We come across them almost daily whether they are our bosses, partners, or even people on the streets. While some believe there would be narcissists no matter what others blame our modern culture on the rise. That being said, the reason behind the rise does not matter as much as knowing how to deal with the narcissists in your life.

Well, to begin with, we need to be able to spot narcissists. They are good liars and are able to hide quite well behind their masks. The number one best way to deal with a narcissist once you have identified him or her is to cut ties. Completely refuse to engage. Do not try to fight fire with fire and do not try to win them over, those things will never work. The narcissist is not someone who can be swayed so easily and he or she is not someone who cares about other people.

When it comes to doing what is best for YOU, moving on is your literal BEST option. While this may not be the answer you were hoping for it is the best one I can offer to you. This is the only way to ensure you are one hundred percent out of their clutches and not dealing with their bullshit.

Narcissists feed off of us and when we cut the supply off we are allowing ourselves to become whole again. When I say cut ties I mean literally completely cut ties, NO CONTACT WHATSOEVER! Once the narcissist realizes you are not coming back he or she will seek their supply elsewhere.

They will move on quickly, whether you think they will or not. If you are dealing with a true narcissist they will find someone else to benefit from right off the bat. You have to be very strict with not speaking to or having anything to do with the narcissist as if he or she wants you bad enough they will try to draw you back in.

Narcissists are charming and kind at first but once they get you in their grasp they become manipulative and cause a lot of stress on us. Because of how their brains work it is almost impossible to make a narcissist truly aware that they are the problem within the relationship and while I hate to say it, it is pretty much impossible for them to change.

You may fall for the narcissists mask but once the mask comes off, everything will go to complete shit. You cannot fix this person and this person does not love you. Narcissists only care about themselves. Do what is best for you and cut ties with the narcissist....

06:03

Solar train sees impressive passenger numbers "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Byron Bay Railroad Company Development director Jeremy Holmes takes a ride on the Shires latest transport. Photo Jeff Trains, Planes and Automobiles Dawson

The Byron Bay Railroad Company says it has clocked up its 10,000th passenger in just 19 days of operation.

Development director Jeremy Holmes said, We anticipated a slower start, even when factoring in summer trading..

The reaction from passengers has been so uplifting according to Holmes. It makes it all worthwhile to see the look on the faces of passengers, particularly the children, he said. And to see locals using the train to get from A to B is seriously rewarding for our team.

The train runs between the North Beach platform at the end of Bayshore Drive, and the Byron Beach platform in town, behind Simmos Caltex Service Station. The service runs  from 10am till 5pm daily, excluding Sundays. This timetable is set to expand, say organisers, when the remaining new drivers and passenger attendants receive their accreditation.

For more information visit www.byronbaytrain.com.au.

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05:18

4 months' worth of rain in just 24 hours saturates Perth, Western Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

The remains of ex-tropical Cyclone Joyce has dumped more than four months' worth of rain on Perth in less than 24 hours, leading to power blackouts, flooding and causing havoc for planes trying to land at the city's airport. The conditions were caused by the remnants of ex-tropical Cyclone Joyce, which pummelled Perth with heavy rain for much of Monday. The Department of Fire and Emergency Services received more than 330 calls for help, and Western Power said on Tuesday morning blackouts had affected about 1300 homes, with crews working throughout the night to repair damage to its network. A spokesman for RAC said the insurer had already received more than 670 claims as a result of the weather event. The city officially recorded 96 millimetres of rain - the wettest January day since 104mm fell on the city on January 22, 2000. The total is equal to the average rainfall for the city for December, January, February and March combined. It was also the the second-highest January daily rainfall ever recorded.

04:09

Our Modest Contribution to Sh*thole Theory "IndyWatch Feed National"

Our Modest Contribution to Sh*thole Theory
by Bill Bonner

"We recently had our DNA checked. Unsurprisingly, it showed that we are what we thought we were - Irish, English, and Scottish. But we are something more. In addition to the Irish riffraff, English aristocracy and Scottish bagpipers nesting in our family tree, there are, apparently, some Moors in there, too. North African is how Ancestry.com describes it. Where did that come from? we asked no one in particular. Some sh*thole country! came the answer. Here, developing like a photo in a darkroom tray, is our modest contribution to Sh*thole Theory.

All over the place: When we first caught wind of President Trumps sh*thole comment, we were outraged. We thought he was talking about our hometown. A family friend came to Baltimore for a visit last week: ...

04:08

MACKAY Ford Mustang theft accused flags guilty pleas "IndyWatch Feed National"

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02:20

The Unhealthiest State in America Has the Best Vaccination Rate: Offits Orwellian Logic Fails to Connect the Dots "IndyWatch Feed National"

By  the World Mercury Project Team

 

In a Daily Beast opinion piece on December 15, Paul Offitone of the vaccine industrys most strident ambassadorspuzzles over a seeming contradiction. How, Offit wonders, could the state of Mississippi, which has the worst overall health in the nation, have used standout efficiency to achieve over 99.4% vaccine coverage in kindergartners? Rather than seriously investigate this apparent enigma, Offit presents his ready-made answer and reveals his articles true purpose. According to Paul Offit, Mississippis high vaccination rates are due to the states 1979 decision to make the governmentrather than parentsthe primary vaccine decision-maker for children.

Reflecting on the Mississippi Supreme Courts 1979 elimination of that states religious exemption to vaccination, Offit applauds the Courts position, stating, If a parent harbors a religious belief that contradicts a basic tenant [sic] of modern medicinethe state has a right to protect the child from the irresponsible acts of the parent. Offitthough a parent himselftells readers that the state-determined duty to vaccinate supersedes other parental rights. In short, Offit appears to believe that coercion is the name of the game, openly admitting that he disapproves of the 47 states that still allow parents in the U.S. to take religious, moral or personal beliefs into account when making vaccine decisions on behalf of their children.

 

 

The worst health in the nation

According to the comprehensive state-by-state health rankings that Offit cites, Mississippi has remained squarely at the bottom of the nations overall health rankings for decades (Figure 1). The low ranking correlates, in part, with the states poverty statistics: one-third of Mississippis children live in poverty (the highest percentage of any state), and 87% of the states Medicaid enrollees are children. But from birth on, scattered health statistics suggest that Mississippis children and adolescents face other phys...

02:00

Claim: Aboriginals Torched the Australian Landscape Because of Sea Level Rise "IndyWatch Feed National"

Guest essay by Eric Worrall Ship of Fools expedition leader Chris Turney shares more of his climate wisdom. Australias coastal living is at risk from sea level rise, but its happened before January 16, 2018 6.06am AEDT With global sea levels expected to rise by up to a metre by 2100 we can learn much

01:42

Nuclear-capable B-52 bombers join B-2s, B-1Bs on Guam amid tensions with North Korea "IndyWatch Feed National"

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U.S. Air Force B-52 bomber lands at Andersen Air Force Base on Guam on Tuesday. U.S. AIR FORCE photo

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STAFF WRITER

JAN 16, 2018

The U.S. Air Force announced Tuesday that it has deployed six of its powerful B-52 strategic bombers to Guam amid tensions with nuclear-armed North Korea.

The six planes, accompanied by 300 airmen, join three of the air forces B-2 stealth bombers that were also recently dispatched to the U.S. island territory, home to Andersen Air Force Base, a key American outpost in the Pacific.

The base is also currently hosting several B-1B heavy bombers. While both the B-52 and B-2 are capable of carrying nuclear payloads, the B-1B has been modified to carry conventional ordinance only.

The deployment, conducted in support of U.S. Pacific Commands (PACOM) Continuous Bomber Presence mission, according to a U.S. Pacific Air Forces statement, is likely to raise eyebrows in North Korea, which last year threatened to fire missiles near Guam.

The B-52s were last deployed to the region in July 2016, during which they conducted a variety of joint and bilateral training missions with the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, Air Self-Defense Force, South Korean Air Force and Royal Australian Air Force.

The move, widely seen as a show of American military muscle, was likely intended to reassure Asian allies nervous amid the North Korean nuclear crisis.

The B-52Hs return to the Pacific will provide U.S. PACOM and its regional allies and partners with a credible, strategic power projection platform, while bringing years of repeated operational experience, the U.S. Pacific Air Forces said in its statement.

This forward deployed presence demonstrates the U.S. continued commitment to allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific region, it added.

It was unclear how long the base, some 3,400 km from North Korea, would play host to all three bombers.

Overflights of the Korean Peninsula by heavy bombers such as the B-52, B-2 and B-1B have incensed Pyongyang. The North sees the flights by what it ca...

00:50

Prayer and Meditation for Wednesday, January 17, 2018 I come against you in the name of the Lord of hosts. With God All Things Are Possible "IndyWatch Feed National"

Memorial of Saint Anthony, Abbot
Lectionary: 313

Image may contain: one or more people and people standing

Reading 1  1 SM 17:32-33, 37, 40-51

David spoke to Saul:
Let your majesty not lose courage.
I am at your service to go and fight this Philistine.
But Saul answered David,
You cannot go up against this Philistine and fight with him,
for you are only a youth, while he has been a warrior from his youth.David continued:
The LORD, who delivered me from the claws of the lion and the bear,
will also keep me safe from the clutches of this Philistine.
Saul answered David, Go! the LORD will be with you.

Then, staff in hand, David selected five smooth stones from the wadi
and put them in the pocket of his shepherds bag.
With his sling also ready to hand, he approached the Philistine.

With his shield bearer marching before him,
the Philistine also advanced closer and closer to David.
When he had sized David up,
and seen that he was youthful, and ruddy, and handsome in appearance,
the Philistine held David in contempt.
The Philistine said to David,
Am I a dog that you come against me with a staff?
Then the Philistine cursed David by his gods
and said to him, Come here to me,
and I will leave your flesh for the birds of the air
and the beasts of the field.
David answered him:
You come against me with sword and spear and scimitar,
but I come against you in the name of the LORD of hosts,
the God of the armies of Israel that you have insulted.
Today the LORD shall deliver you into my hand;
I will strike you down and cut off your head.
This very day I will leave your corpse
and the corpses of the Philistine army for the birds of the air
and the beasts of the field;
thus the whole land shall le...

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