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Monday, 19 February


Surprise, Surprise. Nationals appear to be telling pork pies to voters on the NSW North Coast yet again "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Echo NetDaily, 15 Februaty 2018:

An animal activist has accused two National Party MPs of 'misleading the public' over claims the RMS has revegetated more than a hundred hectares of land along the Pacific Highway Ballina upgrade route with tens of thousands of koala feed trees.
In recent weeks both roads minister Melinda Pavey and north coast MLC Ben Franklin have made public statements regarding the re-vegetation of koala habitat at Meerschaum Vale to compensate for the damage caused by the highway upgrade construction.
On February 3, Minister Pavey said in a press release that 'the government had re-vegetated 130 hectares of land with 95,000 koala feed trees.'


Global fires affect Earth's methane emission levels "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

National Aeronautics and Space Administration(NASA), 4 January 2018:

A reduction in global burned area in the 2000s had an unexpectedly large impact on methane emissions.

A new NASA-led study has solved a puzzle involving the recent rise in atmospheric methane, a potent greenhouse gas, with a new calculation of emissions from global fires. The new study resolves what looked like irreconcilable differences in explanations for the increase.

Methane emissions have been rising sharply since 2006. Different research teams have produced viable estimates for two known sources of the increase: emissions from the oil and gas industry, and microbial production in wet tropical environments like marshes and rice paddies. But when these estimates were added to estimates of other sources, the sum was considerably more than the observed increase. In fact, each new estimate was large enough to explain the whole increase by itself.

Scientist John Worden of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, and colleagues focused on fires because they're also changing globally. The area burned each year decreased about 12 percent between the early 2000s and the more recent period of 2007 to 2014, according to a new study using observations by NASA's Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectrometer satellite instrument....

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Sunday, 18 February


About The EMF in My House and the Reason Why "IndyWatch Feed National"

EMF stands for electro magnetic frequency which is what these DEW weapons (Directed energy weapons) that the Air Force told Congress about- affect and control. A normal safe level is under 50 but, as you can see, the levels in my house FAR exceed that.

These are the same weapons that were used in our Cuban embassy- although our media pretends not to know what they are even though again our Air Force went in front of Congress in 2006 and not only talked about these weapons but said they were going to use them on Americans citizens to show the rest of the world they were safe.

Considering that was in 2006 and it is now 2018- and they are still secret- obviously they are NOT safe. And they are using them to quietly and secretly kill anyone they feel is a threat.

Im a threat to them because I am telling the truth about my family being involved with a group that was abducting, trafficking, and slaughtering children in Omaha in the 80s- which is why Mesner and his band of rabid wolves have spent years trying to discredit me. This group- according to our national media at the time- went straight to the George Bush Sr. White House and included many members of the GOP as well as a slew of Democrats.

It also included the rich of Omaha- like Warren Buffet- Willie Theison (the founder of Godfathers pizza), PJ Morgan (Omahas real estate dude), Peter Keiwit (top building cons...


Admiral Harris Issues Disturbing Warning About Chinas Military Intentions "IndyWatch Feed National"

The esteemed Admiral Harry Harris, recently nominated for the ambassadors position in Australia, has issued a strong warning about Chinese military intentions. This is the stuff that World War III is based upon.

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Florida school massacre survivor against Trump, NRA "IndyWatch Feed National"

This 17 February 2018 video from the USA says about itself:

Emma Gonzalez, a senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School who survived Wednesdays mass shooting, gave a blistering speech at an anti-gun rally on Saturday about the politicians complicit in the murder of her classmates.

It was yet another reminder that the teenagers and children who grew up in the shadow of school shootings (and the 150,000 who survived one) are more practicaland less tolerant of empty rhetoricthan the adults who are supposed to protect them.

Gonzalez had no use for crocodile tears from President Trump, who was in Florida on Friday to offer his condolences (and, reportedly, to drop by a Studio 54 theme party at Mar-a-Lago):

If the president wants to come up to me and tell me to my face that it was a terrible tragedy, and how it should never have happened, and maintain telling us how nothing is going to be done about it, Im going to happily ask him how much money he received from the National Rifle Association. But hey, you want to know something? It doesnt matter, because I already know: $30 million. To every politician who is taking donations from the NRA, shame on you!

The first funerals were held Thursday and Friday for several of the 17 students and staff killed in the horrific massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in...


Polygamous pizza "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Tonight I married two of my loves 

Kimchi and purslane on pizza


PERTH Perth woman suffers critical head injuries "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Perth woman suffers critical head injuries .

February 17, 2018 at 09:18PM .

5.15pm on Saturday, where they found the woman with severe head injuries. The woman remains in Fiona Stanley Hospital in a stable condition. The man has been charged with committing an act intended to cause grievous bodily harm and will appear before the Perth Magistrates Court today. .



Become a Travel Writer in Japan With Global Hobo "IndyWatch Feed National"

Are you a wannabe travel writer or an aspiring journalist with itchy feet? Do you want to spend a month in the Land of the Rising Sun learning a language, studying with media industry pros and getting real-world writing experience?

Were on the hunt for a team of hobos who want to live, work and study in Tokyo one of the worlds coolest capitals. Over the course of four weeks, youll be living and breathing all of Tokyos quirks, attending daily writing workshops taught by passionate young people from the media industry and studying Japanese with a top language school. In your spare time, youll will be writing their butts off, preparing two pieces to be pitched and published online and putting together a comprehensive city guidebook in teams.

The course has been expertly designed to be a bridge between studying and entering the workforce as a freelance writer, starting a publication or transforming your own blog into a workable commodity. If youre a high-school leaver, its the perfect mini escape before you hit the books again next year. If youre already in the throes of university and studying journ...


Working in Asia: Real Life on Easy Mode? "IndyWatch Feed National"

14-hour work week, why would I ever want to leave this glorious life? *crying laughing emoji*

I met this guy on Tinder, and this is how he described his job as an English teacher in Shanghai. Because, spoiler alert: basically every white guy living in China is teaching English in some capacity.

Know why? The salary is enough to cover living expenses, and the exchange rate makes money from home all-the-more useful.

And while Mr. English Teacher is living his luxury 14-hour work week, the Chinese kids he teaches are in for years of stringent study, desperate to rise to the top of an overwhelming population pool.

The university entrance exam, or (GaoKao) is a grueling two-day exam that covers a range of subjects, and is known for being one of the hardest tests in the world. These exams are lauded over kids from primary school, and the stress and pressure of performing well means ambulances are parked outside of exam halls in case students collapse.

I cant help but feel like something is off when a white man can waltz into China with no relevant qualifications (he graduated with a mathematics degree) and find a fairly comfortable life off the merit of his native English, white skin and maybe a TEFL certificate. Meanwhile, migrants venture into the West only to work twice as hard to get half as far.

Well, something is off: its called colonialism.

Dont get me wrong. Theres nothing wrong with wanting to live in another country. I mean, obviously: Im a second-gen migrant. And the fact the country you move to has a lower GDP than your native one isnt inherently insidious.

But I have a sneaking suspicion that this guy wouldnt have moved to China if there wasnt a red carpet rolled out for him.

The whole idea that life in Asian or developing countries is real life on easy mode really rubs me the wrong way. Its like those men who only date Asian women because feminism ruined white women, as if were the second choice when our Western counterparts dont work out.

It reinforces the very colonial idea that Asia exists purely for the West to invade, exploit and profit off. News flash: Asia doesnt exist so white people can play millionaire for a day.



Tourists on Scooters: Why So Many Dickheads? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Terima kasih. Terima kasih, I repeat over and over, till my throat goes dry and the Indonesian words of gratitude become a meaningless, Australian-flavoured gibberish.

I wince. And fiddle with the label of the plastic water bottle that Ketut pressed gently into my hands. Made chucks me a toothy grin and tells me to breathe as he treats my left leg with Betadine. His hands, baked golden by years of sun with deep ridges of age, dance softly along my calf, imploring my body to express where it hurts. Through salty, wobbly vision, the faces of concerned onlookers swim in and out of focus.

A cat smelling of something rotten, with sticky, sweat-saturated fur, stares at me through a nearby bush. He cocks his head and twitches his nose as I squeeze my eyes shut. Taking off my grit-stained glasses, I rest my head in my hands.

This scene is the result of 19 years of unawareness, and borderline carelessness, of my own mortality. Well, thats not entirely true. In fact, as a rule, I refuse to eat anything past its use-by-date and never leave home without a thick sheen of SPF50+. Yet, somehow, last month I found myself crumpled on the edge of a T-junction with my ankle wedged tightly beneath a freshly-rented scooter.

Its a common enough story for young travellers.

Let go of your inhibitions! they say. Be free, wild and adventurous!

Sure. Fuck yeah! I can do that.

It seems that most Westerners become well acquainted with the hot sting of gravel-grated flesh when scooter-venturing through Southeast Asia. Particularly in Bali, where a culture of helmetless, Aussie Bintang fiends thrives despite the barrage of figures released by the Department of Foreign Affairs each year.

An Australian dies in Bali every nine days.

For me, upon arrival on this beautifully balmy island, and with my parents more concerned about angry Mount Agung, the volcano, than the mortality rate of scooter-loving tourists, the statistics faded into white noise and felt about as sobering as Melbournes Dumb Ways to Die campaign. Like thousands of other Western travellers, I felt as if death from misadventure just wasnt me.

As night falls, illuminated by the ever-faithful florescent glow of 24/7 convenience stores, the main streets of Kuta come alive with the shouts of young travellers. Men and women with fre...


George Brandis, the Rule of Law and Populism "IndyWatch Feed National"

Nothing stimulates frankness like an imminent departure from politics.  From the deceptions, dissimulations and general obtuseness offered by the political craft, a person appointed to a diplomatic position can be reassured to lie in a different way.  Mendacity is less taxing and always more civil, away from the dirt and dust of political tussling.  Views can be expressed with more sophistication and, even occasionally, candour.

Senator George Brandis, Australias conservative Attorney-General, was one such creature.  A political beast given to punching holes in the law, he has been given a chance to pursue the Sylvan fields in London as Australian High Commissioner.  He will be suitable for this station, a period of easy living in London lubricated by the Australian tax payer.  As an ideological hard knocker in the Liberal Party, he has earned his stripes.

His valedictory speech to fellow parliamentarians should have created more waves than it did.  Australian journalists and commentators tend to nod off on such occasions.  A man without glamour, a product of the law, will never stir the heart.  But his words were worth noting on several levels.

Brandis has witnessed, during his tenure, a greater centralisation of security matters in the form of a Home Affairs ministry overseen by Peter Dutton, a ruffian immune to the finer points of jurisprudence.  In his farewell speech, thinly veiled swipes were taken against various figures of his own side of politics, notably those to the Right. Interestingly enough, Brandis was leaving as a self-described moderate, a champion of some holy middle ground.

Brandis noted what should be a common place assumption: that the attorney-generals duty is to defend the rule of law, even from political colleagues who fail to understand it, or are impatient of the limitations it may impose on upon executive power.  The senator had not disguised his concern at attacks upon the institutions of the law the courts and those who practice them.  To attack those institutions is to attack the rule of law itself.

His own awkward positioning as defender of the law and doyen of propriety, doesnt survive closer scrutiny.  He cites several robust occasions where he supposedly took issue with recalcitrant colleagues.  One such occasion was the stance taken on stripping those convicted of terrorism charges of sole Australian citizenship.  That decision would lie with the Immigration minister, a certain Dutton.

Despite backing the authoritarian suggestion, then Prime Minister Tony Abbott met resistance from cabinet colleagues.  Brandis is reputed to have said at one meeting concerning the draconian proposal that, as attorney-general, it was his job to stand for the rule of law.  But in all fairness, he was hardly a voice in the wilderness, keeping company with a host of other c...


The website of Victorian UFO Action "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dear readers,

The family is out for the day, so it's now my time to indulge in my hobby - UFOlogy. 

Today's post is continuing my look at websites of Australian UFO groups. After several years away from the topic of UFOs, this is one way to re-acquaint myself with today's UFOlogy. So after looking at New South Wales and Queensland it is time for my home state of Victoria, and the sole UFO group website I could find, that of Victorian UFO Action.

A few general observations

Interestingly unlike UFO Research (NSW) Inc. and UFO Research (Qld) Inc. VUFOA does not have the word 'research' in their name. I was therefore interested to see just what it is that the group does?

I mentioned in previous posts that I don't usually bother about the appearance of a site, being more interested in the content. However I am going to make an exception for the VUFOA website. It is cluttered; and visually overwhelming to my eyes. It scrolls down and down and down, unlike most website home pages which are short and to the point. Coloured letters and lots of icons don't make for a good first impression with me.


There are nine tabs along the top of the home page,  'Home;' 'About us;' 'donations;' 'members pages;' 'search VUFOA;' 'guestbook;' 'report a sighting;'seek support' and 'more.'

'Home' of course is the home page.

'About us' opens up into 'contact us;' 'team members' and 'media releases.' 

'Contact us' brings up a preformatted form which asks for your name, and email address and allows you to send an inquiry to VUFOA.

'Team members' fi...


Uncomfortable Truths "IndyWatch Feed National"

Who would have thought an analysis of corporate tax policy would set so many pulses racing? Perhaps it was a form of group therapy for the nation after weeks of seeking to shut out images Read more


Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.00008 BTC
0.00010 BTC = 1.30 AUD


BEHIND BARS PART 2: Australias Shocking Cruelty To Aboriginal People With Disabilities; In Their Own Words "IndyWatch Feed National"

The abuse of Aboriginal prisoners with disabilities in Australian jails is confronting, and ongoing. In Part 2 of this special three part series for New Matilda, Michael Brull gives voice to the victims detailed in a report written by Human Rights Watch.

In my first report on Human Rights Watchs report on Aboriginal people with disabilities in prison, I summarised some of the findings, particularly relating to abuse and bullying. In this article, I want to provide some of the testimonials provided in the report by those incarcerated. Warning: many of the reports are distressing. HRW protected the anonymity of all of those mentioned.


Sexual abuse

I was going in to take a shower, and I saw three male prisoners. I sensed trouble and I started backing out. But one of them ran towards me. The other two held me down and they made me kiss his penis. I tried to run away. [Tried] to get help and shout out to the prison guards. But they were too far. I could not do anything because I would be labeled a dog [traitor].

When I finally managed to find someone to tell and the guards found out, they put me in the punishment unit. I was told it was for my safety. And there was nowhere else they could put me. And then the guards on call taunted me. All night I could not sleep. I could just hear the guards giggling outside. I had to wait for a couple of days before I was transferred to another prison. I am suffering from depression. I get no support.

Man with cognitive disability


I got hit on sexually by officers quite regularly, even though Im old. Male predators work in that jail [a womens prison]next to young vulnerable girls. They catch you when youre working by yourself and touch your boobs, bum, or put a hand around your waist. Or they make stupid comments like, Youve been here a while, you must be horny.

Woman with psycho-social disability


[I] was sexually assaulted. It happened in my room. He [the perpetrator]was my cellie. Afterwards, he told me to kill myself. So I cut myself.

Prisoner with a cognitive disability


It was a few guys. I know at least one of them raped me, but I kind of blacked out. I was bleeding, I still bleed sometimes. I reported it the same day to two of the superintendents, I filled out the medical request form. They told me if I report it, I would go to the DU [detention unit]for...


PERTH Magistrates court perth "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Magistrates court perth .

February 18, 2018 at 11:15AM .

For more information about how to contact the various courts and the State Administrative Tribunal, see the The Perth Drug Court operates in the Perth Magistrates Court, and is aimed at breaking the cycle of drug related offences. The Magistrates Court < Back to list. wa. Courts in Perth Amboy on YP. .



Letter | We should be looking closer at fluoride facts "IndyWatch Feed National"

FELLOW residents, Im a little worried. Having waded through the National Health and Medical Research Councils (NHMRC) much-touted cornerstone documentation into fluoridation, Ive gone on to research a highly critical review of that reporting prepared by Merilyn Haines of Fluoride Action Network (FAN) Australia. Her review, written in August last year, has identified over 20 major issues that bear greater scrutiny if this 2017 reporting by the NHMRC is be taken seriously by decision-makers. FAN is publicly calling for a Royal Commission into the NHMRC as a result. Dont shoot the messenger.

If these NHMRC products are what state health, the Oberon Health Council and other parties are relying on to push the fluoridation agenda, then I feel there is good reason to worry.  Ignoring established and new scientific data because it fails to pass obviously restrictive entry criteria only fuels the counter-narrative and adds to suspicion; particularly when it is irrefutable data that does not support the official agenda. Theres something definitely not right about this whole affair and decision-makers should carefully consider their next move. The legal repercussions alone should cause concern. If you can chew through it, Mr Mills, and find me a reason not to worry, Ill buy the first two rounds.

The old paradigm of innocuously adding a heavily propagandised industrial waste product to the water supply to medically treat the unwitting population has clearly run its course; as it already has for arsenic, mercury, barium and lead (all of which comes with industrial grade fluoride). The official product S6 Fluorocilic Acid [H2SiF6] and DiSodium Hexafluorosilicate [Na2SiF6] should not be in our bodies at any level. Its useful on the teeth as pharmaceutical grade fluoride only, then spat out! Thats it! (Hint: Poison warning on tube.) Trace amounts, dear people. It accumulates. Nothing nutritious or good about any of these waste products in the body. Time for us all to collectively face the music. Arent we sick enough? When we dwell in truth things only get better.

Chris Freeman

*Original letter published online at


The Russian Probe: Mueller Oversees a Grand Jurys Indictment of 13 Ham Sandwiches "IndyWatch Feed National"

(L) Hilary and (R) the Kremlin

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

When I ran for US Senate in 2017, I did not seek, or receive, any donations. When I ran for US House of Representatives in 2006, I did receive donations but was not allowed, by law, to accept any from foreigners. At that time it did not occur to me that the potential foreign donor would also be breaking the law. Like what law? If he is a citizen of, say, Uganda, how can he be subject to American law? Maybe I do not understand extra-territorial jurisdiction. In any case, lets go through the indictment of February 16, 2018.

I have mercifully abridged it by about a third, where it was repetitive, and bolded whatever looks interesting.  There are...


The Scientific Reason You Keep Finding Spiders In Your Car "IndyWatch Feed National"

WHEN buying a new car people usually take into account certain factors like price, kilometres and fuel economy but it turns out there is one crucial element that is being overlooked and could leave you constantly fighting off swarms of spiders. A Queensland researcher has found that the vibrations given off by certain cars can []



Edge Bookings & Bassic Records are very excited to bring Byron Bay one of
the most talented and popular techno acts on the planet, Victor Ruiz. Its the
Brazilian superstars maiden NSW appearance and exclusive show in the

Victor will be performing on Thursday Feb 22 at Byron Bay Brewery with support
by local acts Taya, ZigMon, Jimmy D, Webber, Martin Bale, Loopbass
and 3 Days Deep.

Limited tickets remaining so get in quick to be sure not to miss out on Brazils
premier techno producer live!

Tickets and further information, visit

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Lone Goat Gallery is excited to announce a new program of offsite projects in collaboration with Top Shop, showcasing new works by artists from the Northern Rivers region, featuring Lone Goat Gallery alumni.

Curated by Lone Goat gallerist Andrew McDonald, the program will feature bi-monthly exhibitions throughout 2018, with Mahala Magins now showing as the inaugural feature artist.

6.30am 4pm Monday to Sunday

Mahala Magins visceral paintings encompass her travels while exploring the affected and affective nature of encounters with place through a considered and emotive material response. Magins chooses not to replicate the landscape around her but let it in through thoughts and the edges of her vision, until the paintings find their own life and direction, separate from but informed by their initial inspiration.

Learn more at

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Follow the money - it won't make you communist "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Anyone would think I'd gone communist. Along with John Howard.

As soon as the Treasury released its tax expenditures statement last week, I and others who reported it were accused of wanting to ape Eastern Europe, of going "Peak Orwellian".

"The author has raised an interesting concept, everything belongs to the government and one has no individual rights or assets," wrote one of my kinder correspondents.

"The left regards tax not gouged as government spending," wrote another. "Since when has retaining your earnings been a government handout?"

The short answer is: since at least 1998. That's when Howard made it mandatory for the Treasury to report tax expenditures as if they were cash expenditures.

On taking over as Coalition prime minister after 13 years of Labor government, he set up a Commission of Audit to tell him what to cut.

It told him that government programs were delivered in two ways: as direct payments which hurt the budget, and as tax breaks which also hurt the budget.

Although often functionally identical (parents don't care whether they get the family tax benefit as a payment or a rebate, patients don't mind how they get the private health insurance rebate, and most wouldn't know whether the baby bonus was a payment or a tax break) the two get treated quite differently.

Payments get put in the budget of individual ministers as a line item to be scrutinised and reviewed in the lead-up to every budget.

Tax breaks go on no one's budget and become part of the furniture. As the Henry tax review reported later, they can be "difficult to contain".

Accounting for them once a year, in the same way as direct payments are accounted for twice a year in each budget and budget update, lets us know what they are and what they are worth.

It doesn't mean (necessarily) that they are at risk, any more than accounting for the annual cost of the pension means i...


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

1793 - The first school in the new colony began thumping learnin' into young heads in an unfinished church building in Sydney with the first teacher being one Mr Stephen Barnes.

1796 - One of the Scottish martyrs, Thomas Muir, did a bunk and successfully escaped on an American ship Otter.

1804 - The first Russian to become an Aussie resident - before we were known as Aussies - was John Potocki who was given the Grande Tour of Tassie as a transported convict.

1815 - George Wood and others were lost en route from Illawarra to Shoalhaven to pick up cedar.

1844 - The foundation stone of the monument to Surveyor-General Colonel William Light, over his grave in Light Square, was laid on this day.

1856 - A bovine lad by the name of King Oscar was pupped on this day; being of a lowly state his fate was in the hands of others and, thus, he was sold to Mr Broadie and travelled to Oz where he spent the remainder of his days.

1858 - The HMS Sappho may have been armed with sixteen cannon but she still managed to disappear on her voyage from England ; she was last sighted a few miles off Cape Otway, Vic, on this day and then not seen again. Despite an extensive search in Bass Strait and a report that the masts of a ship were seen protruding from the sea near Wilsons Promontory, no definite trace was ever discovered.

1862 - Margaret Coghlan was Hanged at Campbell Street Gaol, Tassie, for the murder of her husband.

1865 - John McDonald was another Melbournian who chose to chance it aboard the CSS Shenandoah; he popped out of his hiding place after the ship had sailed, becoming another of the OZ & NZ veterans of the American Civil War.

1869 - A transported Fenian, JB O'Reilly, took his unlawful leave from Fremantle in the American whaling ship Gazelle and sailed off into the sunset for USA.

1874 - Little Nell was a steam launch whose boiler exploded during a race with the tug Tamar, off Coulson, Tasmania.  In an attempt to beat the powerful tug, the safety valve of the launchs boiler was clamped down and more fuel thrown on the fire. Eleven on board; the river cutter Margaret rescued three passengers, one dying a few days later, the other two badly scalded.

1874 -  I say, What!
That earnest explorer chappy Ernest Giles was nearly killed by one of his horses when he was thrown and dragged along, only narrowly escaping being killed.

1883 - Jessie Litchfield, a fantastically inspirational woman, was found in the tulip patch. She was an author, poet, Aussie and international journalist and editor of a NT newspaper, who helped push tourism in the Top End.

1893 - The Marlborough Express succinctly stated how both Tamworth and Toowoomba were out of railway and telegraph communicat...


Cost of tax breaks soars on profits selling homes "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Government spending on tax breaks is set to hit a record $170 billion this year, largely as a result of an explosion in the value of concession for the family home.

Treasury's Tax Expenditures Statement required under the Charter of Budget Honesty and released quietly after the close of business on Thursday puts the value of the exemption from capital gains tax for owner occupiers at $74 billion this financial year, up from $66.5 billion last financial year, which was itself $5 billion more than Treasury had forecast.

Four years ago, before house prices shot up, it was worth $46.5 billion. Treasury says by 2020-21 it will be worth $91 billion.

The exemption releases owner occupiers from the obligation to pay capital gains tax on profits made from the sale of their primary residence. Those profits have soared in recent years as prices have climbed, especially in Sydney and Melbourne. Investors pay capital gain at half the income tax rate, a concession the Treasury costs at $10 billion, up from $4.4 billion four years ago.

The cost of tax expenditures is tabulated so that the government can compare the budgetary impact of direct spending in the form of grants with indirect spending in the form of tax breaks.

The government costs assistance to the aged at $64.3 billion and assistance to the unemployed and the sick at $10 billion.

The concession tax treatment of superannuation contributions is costed at $16.9 billion. The concessional treatment of super fund earnings is costed at $19.25 billion. The two figures can't be added together to get a total for super tax concessions, because if contributions were fully taxed the funds would earn less.

The exemption of so-called fresh foods from goods and services tax costs $7 billion per year. Among the items exempt because they are used to prepare food at home is sugar, although commercially prepared products containing sugar such as soft drinks are subject to the GST.

The GST exemption for education services including private school fees will cost $4.55 billion in 2017-18 and $5.65 billion in 2020-21. The exemption for medical services costs $4.1 billion.

The cost of the farm management deposit system, which gives tax advantages to qualifying farmers, is is expected to double from $245 million in 2016-17 to $560 million in 2017-18.

The figures come as the government attempts to find savings to fund personal income tax cuts in the May budget and reduce the deficit of $21.4 billion.


Tax Break Top 10

The 10 biggest tax expenditures identified by the Treasury



US Pacific Command Admiral prepared for war with China, hopes it won't happen "IndyWatch Feed National"

The next US ambassador to Australia and the current Pacific Command (PACOM) Admiral Harry Harris addressed Congress with a hardline proposal to deter China's growing influence in the Asia-Pacific region. In his speech, Harris commended regional non-NATO ally Australia for its role as a hub for PACOM's military prowess in the Pacific Ocean. "Australia is one of the keys to a rules-based international order," he asserted, signaling that the country would play an increasing part in America's new doctrine. "China's ongoing military buildup, advancement, and modernization are core elements of their strategy to supplant the U.S. as the security partner of choice for countries in the Indo-Pacific, but China also holds clear global ambitions," Harris continued. "At the end of the day the ability to wage war is important or you become a paper tiger. [We will] cooperate where we can, but remain ready to confront where we must," he remarked. "I'm hopeful that it won't come to a conflict with China, but we must all be prepared for that if it should come to that." However, Harris' rhetoric may not be so well-received, as Canberra's interests remain intrinsically linked to the Chinese.


Wolltet ihr schon immer mal wissen, was passiert, wenn ... "IndyWatch Feed National"

Wolltet ihr schon immer mal wissen, was passiert, wenn auf einem Kreuzfahrtschiff eine italienische Grofamilie zu randalieren und rumzuprgeln anfngt?

Hier ist eure Chance!

Update: Es gibt ein Video.


Gina Rineharts son petitions for Barnaby Joyce to stop wearing Akubra "IndyWatch Feed National"

The writer of this blog-site Donald Elley of Bellingen

Akubra hats are fantastic hats the best you can buy in Australia, and possibly the best in the world. These rough tough Aussie hats, which you can crunch up in a bag and theyll bounce back (better not to), go through a rainstorm and theyll dry out (theyll shrink a fraction) and keep the blazing sun off your fair Anglo-Saxon skin, are great hats.

I see people wandering around Bondi with trendy caps, straw hats, Panama hats and floppy hats, but nothing beats the Akubra.

As for Barnaby Joyce I hope he stays on as Australian Deputy Prime Minister and leader of the Nationals. Barnaby is a goof-ball, thick as a brick, self-serving and possibly corrupt. But hes O so entertaining please stay on Barnaby Joyce purely for your unique highly entertaining out-there personality, and nothing else please stay

As for cheating on his wife and getting his much younger female staff member pregnant only Barnaby Joyce could do itgo Barnaby.



ICO Craze Lures Australian Investors "IndyWatch Feed National"

ICO Craze Lures Australian Investors

The hype surrounding the profit-potential associated with initial coin offerings (ICOs) is continuing to attract participation from Australian investors. Despite the potential to incur fast losses just as easily as fast profits, many Australians appear to be dabbling with casual cryptocurrency investment.

Also Read: US Regulator Warns Against Pump-and-Dumps and Advises How to Buy Crypto

Australian Investors Seek ICO Exposure

ICO Craze Lures Australian InvestorsInitial Coin Offerings are attracting investment from ordinary Australians, with a recent report by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation describing the experiences of many investors actively trading the ICO markets.

Warren Stokes, a 58-year-old casual crypto investor, recounts being in...


NASA Explains What Would Happen If Earth Stopped Spinning "IndyWatch Feed National"

The good news is that if the Earths rotation stopped, we wouldnt fall off. With water pushed to the poles, we could walk on land around the entire equator, but it would be a very inhospitable place.- Dr. Karl Kruszelnicki 

It is common knowledge that the Earths rotation has been gradually slowing down with time, but what would happen if our planet suddenly came to a dead stop?

The world would shift into two very different environments, both resulting in devastation. Half of the earth would continuously face the suns fiery rays, while the other would remain in the depths of icy darkness. Though there would be a minimal twilight zone offering the best possible living conditions, it would in fact slowly creep around the earths circumference over the span of a year due to the suns natural orbit.

Assuming that the oceans were to remain intact and did not ice-over or vanish they would still experience the centripetal force. The fluidity and abnormal elevation of the earths body of water would increase.

The oceans would gradually migrate towards the poles. Eventually, there would be a huge mega-continent wrapped continuously around the Earth at the equator. You could travel around the Earth on the equator and stay entirely on dry land.  The waters would shift into two very disconnected polar oceans on each side of the equatorial mega-continent.

In the north, Canada would be entirely underwater. And roughly following the line of the border of current-day USA and Canada, all of Greenland, as well as the northern plains of Siberia, Asia, and Europe would be underwater. But Spain would mostly stay above water.

On the other side of the equator, the new southern ocean would start roughly on a line running through current-day Canberra. Africa would be joined to Madagascar, while Australia would be joined to New Guinea and Indonesia.

It turns out that the underwater basin around the South Pole is much bigger than the one around the North Pole.

So the new southern ocean would be lower. Because its a bigger bowl with a greater capacity, its sea level would be about .86 miles lower than the sea level of the new northern ocean.



Teenager in Western Australia gets his jaw broken by kangaroo he was attempting to hunt "IndyWatch Feed National"

A hunter who had a kangaroo in his gun's crosshairs had his jaw broken when the animal launched a pre-emptive strike. Joshua Hayden, 19, was out with his brother looking for wild animals to shoot in Western Australia when the attack happened, according to Australia's ABC News. The pair initially spotted three kangaroos, but one disappeared and the teenager put his head out of the window of the moving car to target the other two. The animal that had vanished then reappeared, charged at the car and attacked, reports said. "It actually collided with the side of the car and smashed the front window," Mr Hayden told ABC. "Then it bounced back onto me and headbutted me straight in the jaw."


Sale of $5bn lithium stake to test electric car hype "IndyWatch Feed National"

PotashCorp plans to sell a big stake in Chiles SQM, a key supplier of the metal

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Henry Sanderson

Financial Times (FT)
February 16, 2018

When Canadian fertiliser company PotashCorp acquired shares in Chiles SQM almost 20 years ago, the latters lithium business appeared an afterthought.

Controlled by Julio Ponce, the well-connected son-in-law of Chiles former dictator, Augusto Pinochet, SQM was known as a fertiliser company. However, the then obscure lithium business is why the 32 per cent stake is now valued at $4.7bn.

Lithium has hitched a stunning ride on the wave of interest in electric cars, making it one of the worlds hottest commodities. SQMs lithium business generates about 60 per cent of the profits for the company, which is in talks with Elon Musks Tesla over a deal to supply lithium, a key ingredient in electric car batteries.

It is against this backdrop that Potash is being forced by regulators to sell the stake as a condition of its merger with rival Canadian fertiliser producer Agrium. While only a handful of companies are likely to compete for the stake, the eventual price will be an important measure of how seriously the hype around electric cars is being taken.

Its a good barometer of where lithium is today, Simon Moores, founder of London-based consultancy Benchmark Mineral Intelligence, says. Anyone investing $5bn has to invest for the long term, on a 10- to 20-year horizon, and so theres no doubt you have to be extremely bullish on lithium.

The appeal of owning the stake is clear. It offers the buyer significant exposure to one of the lowest-cost producers of lithium in a country with the largest reserves of the metal in the world. Sociedad Qumica y Minera de Chile (SQM) accounts for more than 20 per cent of the worlds lithium supply, making it one of five companies that dominate the global market alongside Chinas Ganfeng, Tianqi Lithium, FMC and Albemarle.

What is more, last month SQM and the Chilean regulator reached a deal that allowed it to more than quadruple its output by 2025, breaking with a previous practice in which SQM had to pour lithium-rich brine back into the desert to avoid exceeding its quota.

Those with a potential interest include Anglo-Australian miner Rio Tinto, according to people familiar with the matter. Chinas Tianqi Lithium, which snapped up a 2 per cent stake in SQM for $38 a share in 2016, has also shown interest, they said. Chilean pension funds could also buy some of the shares, according to analysts.



PERTH WA woman stole $1.9m from law firm "IndyWatch Feed National"

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WA woman stole $1.9m from law firm .

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A WOMAN has been charged with stealing more than $1.9 million from the Perth law firm that employed her. WA police say the Kalamunda woman was a legal practitioner at the city firm when she allegedly stole the money from a solicitors trust account, including funds held for distribution to .



"Joyces behaviour has wreaked havoc on his family.....has wreaked havoc on the government" "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Journalist Nikki Savvawriting in The Australian, 15 February 2018:

Barnaby Joyce & Vikki Campion taken at Farm2Fork event on Thursday 3rd November 2016 on Cockatoo Island Sydney. Picture: Supplied
The stories will not disappear. There is a pattern. They abate, then return with a vengeance as soon as something new is uncovered. The hunt for that something new will continue until his head is delivered upon a platter. Unpleasant as it is, that is the reality. No politician, no matter how talented, can survive that, no government can survive that.
Joyce has trashed whatever moral authority he had as leader. He has gone from being funny to a national joke (the beetrooter). He can't live that down, or credibly sell any other government message be it on religious protections, family values, misuse of taxpayer money or even housing affordability. Taking a break next week to escape attention as acting prime minister would only concede he cannot do the job. There is nowhere he can hide or be hidden.


Massive explosion caused by lightning strike shakes Sunshine Coast, Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

A massive explosion caused by lightning hitting powerlines on the Sunshine Coast has been caught on dashcam. Higgins Storm Chasing shared the video overnight. "Watch this absolutely CRAZY explosion from a lightning strike hitting power lines during the height of our storm chase!" the post reads. "It was so blinding it took us a while to work out what had actually happened.


Judge: Australia under attack from Muslims wanting to kill as many unbelievers as they can "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia has been under attack from a group of Muslim men wanting to kill as many unbelievers as they can for about 15 years, a Supreme Court judge has said. Justice Desmond Fagan added that their goal was to impose the Sharia. He referred to verses in the Quran that he said described the duty []


The Simple Truth that Is For All of Us "IndyWatch Feed National"

The basic premise of worshipping the devil is exactly what Allister Crowley said Do as thou whilst for the devils followers have deluded themselves into believing that they are gods. That they have the true power and that they are in contol- which is laughable because their power and influence has always been derived from a force outside themselves.

Thus their need for rituals, covens, and sacrifices. They murder children because it has always been said that children are our Fathers favorites. Not Christians, not Muslims, not Jews- but CHILDREN. And devil lovers stand against our Father.

These followers of the devil will claim that our Father is unworthy considering he is supposed to be loving- which in their minds is a contradiction considering the concept of Hell, but let me explain.

It is the first rule of physics that energy can neither be created nor destroyed. And Heaven only serves to bless us with that which we work for and desire. So if you worship the darkness- serving solely yourself-desiring complete separation from God- which they do- then that is what you will be blessed with.

You can only serve ONE master- and there are only two to choose from- so unless you serve the Word- and love all that you can- you are NOT serving our Father. And the time has come where only one Master can rule.

This group is about to be given the chance to prove their godly powers. But gods stand alone- with no group and no weapons except that which lies within themselves- thus each of them will face this war with Heaven they have spent their lives pinning away for alone- each by themself- so that they are able to show their power.

We ARE in a matrix of sorts- but it isnt computer based but rather is a spiritual matrix. After mankind acquired the knowledge of good and evil- it needed to be ascertained as to which one we would choose. And now Heaven stands ready to bless us with whatever we have chosen.

Those who choose the darkness of separation from our Father stand to be blessed with their hearts desire- where they will be blessed with the same amount of mercy they have given- which of course is none. The ascension is upon us- and those whose hearts are not filled with love- which is what our Father has commanded- will be blessed with the darkness that lies within their hearts.

And we ALL die- even Jesus Christ himself could not avoid this truth. Delude yourself all you want against this inevitability but I assure you- you will fail. No one lives forever- NO ONE. Not in this realm anyway.

So I do not fear- and I will endure faithfully what I must- knowing that my heart belongs to our Father- as does my soul. But the question for the rest of you should not be where I stand- but where each of you stand. You will do as we have we all have...


Is this 'fake news' site on YouTube just American home-grown nutters or is this a Russian-backed bad actor? "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Freedom Daily says of itself that it exists topresent a forum for discussing meaningful conservative American and world news,from a perspective that is not your normal agenda-based Beltway bull. Articles on Freedom Daily are posted by members who are warriors for Americas freedom.We post and decipher content to a level that is consistent with a common senseapproach and falls in line with the ideals of American liberty and freedom.

This is the text of one of the videos it displays on YouTube.

Published on Feb 5, 2018
Over the last several weeks, the walls have been closing in around Barack Obama and the rest of his liberal minions in Washington D.C., as more evidence is revealed to the public concerning the criminal acts committed under his watch. It is apparent that the pressure is getting to the Obama family as Michelle has distanced herself from her corrupt husband by taking long vacations overseas alone. A damning video has emerged that could be all the evidence President Trump needed to put both Barack and Michelle Obama behind bars for a long time, and there is nothing they can do about it. 


Review: EPIDEMIC Americas Trade in Child Rape "IndyWatch Feed National"

Lori Handrahan, PhD

5 Stars Compelling Overview of Government-Approved Child Abuse

I am a Commissioner on the treaty-mandated Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Human Trafficking and Child Sex Abuse.  I was not able to get the Commission to drop the Sex word because it is too limiting. Child abuse includes not only kidnapping and slavery and sex as well as physical abuse, but also torture, ritual murder, casual murder, and the harvesting of child blood, bone marrow, and body parts. This is the first book I have found that does three things:

01 Paints a compelling picture of how pervasive child rape and abuse are across the USA.

02 Makes it crystal clear that all of this is approved by the government (local to national).

03 Repeatedly makes the point that we have failed to document all of these instances there is a massive cover-up of the known facts and a deliberate attempt, led by the FBI (in my view) to not collect the data, not process the data, not publish the data.

Since this is precisely what the Commission I am serving intends to do, starting with the USA and the Commonwealth countries, among whom Australia is second only to England for its judicial and political pedophiles in number, I gladly recommend this book to every citizen with a conscience who wants to understand that at root, the government is quite fine with pervasive child abuse.

The author does superbly in making the case that child abuse including not only the rape of children (including bestiality I speculate that my Marine Corps returned from Afghanistan with both a taste for children, and dogs trained in Afghanistan to rape children for brutal voyeurism) but the broad sharing of child pornography including brutality and murder (snuffing), starting with new-born babies as the new new thing, is prevalent across all elements of the US national security community as well as down into local law enforcement and particularly including police chiefs and sitting judges, some of whom have been caught masturbating to child pornography being watched in the middle of an adult murder trial.

I dont make this stuff up. Pages 52-53 of this book are missing, I believe deliberately, those appear to be the pages that discuss the authors marriage, her discovery that her husband was raping her child, and the pathos of a US judicial system that would not bring him to justice.

Among highlights of the book, which is carefully documents at a post-PhD level...

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Barnaby Joyce attempts to blackmail Australia. Time for a #MeToo campaign in politics? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Barnaby Joyces attack on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was not just an attack on him and the Liberal Party but also an attack on the stability of Australias federal government. In the 2 minute speech Barnaby Joyce made on Friday (16/2/18) the issue went from an individuals affair and fraud scandal to an issue that could []


Despite local opposition, Australian government still planning for nuclear waste dump in rural South Australia "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Planning is continuing for a nuclear waste disposal site in the South Australian outback, despite opposition from local residents.

  ABC North and West By Gary-Jon Lysaght 17 Feb 18  The Federal Government has shortlisted two sitesat Kimba on the Eyre Peninsula and one at Barndioota, south of Lake Torrens, near Hawker. The site that is chosen will become a permanent facility for low-level nuclear waste, and will temporarily hold intermediate-level waste.

The intermediate-level waste is currently being held at Lucas Heights, in Sydneys south.

Barndioota is a gazetted area, and was a town between 1883 and 1929. Locals from Quorn and Hawker, the two communities closest to the Barndioota site, have been vocally opposing the site since planning began in 2015.

We can see no reason why youd bring stuff thats temporarily stored somewhere else to a completely new site that hasnt even been built, resident Greg Bannon said.

Mr Bannon is chairman of the Flinders...


The Weekend Quiz February 17-18, 2018 answers and discussion "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Here are the answers with discussion for this Weekends Quiz. The information provided should help you work out why you missed a question or three! If you havent already done the Quiz from yesterday then have a go at it before you read the answers. I hope this helps you develop an understanding of modern monetary theory (MMT) and its application to macroeconomic thinking. Comments as usual welcome, especially if I have made an error.

Question 1:

If the growth in wages (the money you get paid) keeps pace with inflation which is accelerating at the same rate as labour productivity is growing then the wage share in GDP remains constant.

The answer is True.

The wage share in nominal GDP is expressed as the total wage bill as a percentage of nominal GDP. Economists differentiate between nominal GDP ($GDP), which is total output produced at market prices and real GDP (GDP), which is the actual physical equivalent of the nominal GDP. We will come back to that distinction soon.

To compute the wage share we need to consider total labour costs in production and the flow of production ($GDP) each period.

Employment (L) is a stock and is measured in persons (averaged over some period like a month or a quarter or a year.

The wage bill is a flow and is the product of total employment (L) and the average wage (w) prevailing at any point in time. Stocks (L) become flows if it is multiplied by a flow variable (W). So the wage bill is the total labour costs in production per period.

So the wage bill = W.L

The wage share is just the total labour costs expressed as a proportion of $GDP (W.L)/$GDP in nominal terms, usually expressed as a percentage. We can actually break this down further.

Labour productivity (LP) is the units of real GDP per person employed per period. Using the symbols already defined this can be written as:


so it tells us what real output (GDP) each labour unit that is added to production produces on average.

We can also define another term that is regularly used in the media the real wage which is the purchasing power equivalent on the nominal wage that workers get paid each period. To compute the real wage we need to consider two variables: (a) the nominal wage (W) and the aggregate price level (P).

We might consider the aggregate price level to be measured by the consumer price index (CPI) although there are huge debates about that. But in a sense, this macroeconomic price level doesnt exist but represents some abstract measure of the general movement in all prices in the economy.......


Real Estate v Quantitative Easing "IndyWatch Feed National"

QUESTION: Hi Martin,
I just finished your new NYSE Boom/Busty report. This is excellent work and as always extremely fascinating. Thank you for continuing to share these profound views with us.
My question relates to your view that we are looking at a complete collapse of Quantitative Easing and that will likely see a massive capital flight to the dollar and the major safe haven will be EQUITIES. In the context of this possibility, are you able to comment on how this may relate to Real Estate. Your ECM seems to be calling for Real Estate to top out and structurally fall in 2032. Is it not possible that with the collapse of QE and potentially economies that we will see more negative rates in the short end and with the government powers to seize assets in bank accounts, would it not be prudent to have zero cash in hand and hence we see a massive capital flight to Real Estate too? Or will the collapse of QE lead to significantly higher rates across the curve and hence blow all leveraged exposure sky high?

Many thanks as always,


ANSWER: The problem with real estate has been that its value depends upon lending. This was what the government did as part of the New Deal by creating 30-year mortgages. This was a scheme to get prices up by extending the period people could pay off the loan. Typically, the duration was 5 years previously.

The collapse in Quantitative Easing will have the effect of causing rates to rise on the long-term. However, there will be a shift toward private assets and this will help to a large extent. However, keep in mind that many institutions will be trapped and unable to shift to private assets. Many boards will not understand the shift and still believe, wrongly, that unsecured government debt is best.

Prices of real estate will decline in proportion to the decline in mortgage availability. We are already witnessing banks beginning to withdraw from lending on real estate.

I have provided the guide-posts for what is to come...


Sitrep "IndyWatch Feed National"

I was travelling for most of Thursday, was picked up at the last of 3 airports for the day and then whisked away and out of wifi range. I now have permission to identify my host. Former WA Police Detective Sergeant Dave McAlpine - the man who was responsible for...


PERTH Legal employee steals $1.9 million, including from deceased estates "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Legal employee steals $1.9 million, including from deceased estates .

February 17, 2018 at 08:52AM .

Major Fraud Squad detectives have charged the 45-year-old woman with nine counts of stealing as a servant and shes due to appear in Perth Magistrates Court on March 12. Originally published as WA woman stole $1.9m from law firm Share this on Facebook Share this on Twitter Share this by .



PERTH Woman stole $1.9m from Perth law firm "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Woman stole $1.9m from Perth law firm .

February 16, 2018 at 07:22PM .

the money from a solicitors trust account, including funds held for distribution to deceased estates, between 2013 and 2017. Major Fraud Squad detectives have charged the 45-year-old woman with nine counts of stealing as a servant and shes due to appear in Perth Magistrates Court on March 12. .


PERTH Perth lawyer accused of stealing $1.9m from solicitors trust account "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Perth lawyer accused of stealing $1.9m from solicitors trust account .

February 16, 2018 at 06:03PM .

and 2017 while working for a city law firm. The money, which included funds held for distribution to deceased estates, had been held in trust for clients of the law firm. The woman has been charged with nine counts of stealing as a servant and is due to appear in Perth Magistrates Court next month. .



PERTH Woman alleged to have stolen $1.9 million from Perth law firm "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Woman alleged to have stolen $1.9 million from Perth law firm .

February 16, 2018 at 05:52PM .

than $1.9 million dollars from a solicitors trust account. The money, which included funds held for distribution to deceased estates, had been held in trust for clients of the law firm. The woman is facing nine counts of stealing as a servant, and is expected to front Perth Magistrates Court on March 12. .



Reflections As I Come to the End "IndyWatch Feed National"

I figure I am reaching the end of my life as this DEW weapon is wearing down my body. That is what it does as it fucks with the nervous system- causing strokes and heart attacks. Or at least that is what the patents our government has on these things detail. I am wearing down- and there is no way around it.

So today I went through the collection of pics I have that have been taken throughout my life and I experienced a sincere appreciation for the life I have had.

The difference between Doug Mesner, Michael Aquino, and myself is that I havent lived my life hiding in the shadows. I havent needed a million aliases- I havent had to hide who I am by living a life full of lies- in fact I realized that this is why this group is so jealous and threatened by me.

And they are. It explains the YouTube channels designed to trash me- and the myriad of articles Mesner and his sad little group have written about me- for what would be the point otherwise? It is pretty obvious they are both threatened and jealous of me.

The truth is however that it has made me feel sorry for them- like it did my sister Cindy. One night- after our mom had died- she left at 3 am in the middle of a raging snow storm the night before our moms memorial. The reason why was because I had expressed how sorry for her I felt.

She spent her life telling these outrageous lies about herself and I pointed out how difficult it must have been for her to have any self respect and how all her lies prevented her from appreciating the truth about herself and her life. And more so how sad that must have been for her.

The same is true for Doug Mesner and Michael Aquino- for no matter how many times you tell a lie- or how loud you tell it- or how many people you convince- it NEVER becomes truth. The ONLY thing it does is make you a deceptive liar.

And when you wear one mask for yourself and another for others- which they ALL do- the result is always that you lose sight of the truth of who you really are- and worse- how can you have any REAL self respect knowing you have to hide yourself in such a way from others.

Judging by the way the are- the way my sister Cindy was- the end result is you become bitter and hateful- distrusting all those around you as you distrust yourself. Inevitably you spend your life hurting and betraying all those around you- blaming everyone for the misery and falsehood your life has become as you have lost the ability to trust the very person you need to trust. Yourself.

I have lived out in the open- for better or worse. And more than that- as I come to the end- I have been able to see myself as I really am- flaws and all. Something they and their group will never achieve. I am grateful for this life and the things I have learned- and no matter what they do- w...


Did Chemical Weapons and W80 Nuclear Warheads Sneak Out of Atlanta During Blackout? "IndyWatch Feed National"

A CAL cargo plane and a screenshot from the LACHS site (overview tab). LACHS is owned by CAL Cargo Airlines.

by G5

CAL Cargo Airlines, based at Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv, began operations in June 1976, with two 747-200Fs leased from El Al.

In 1997 CAL purchased LACHS (Liege Airport Cargo Handling Services) Terminal which CAL operates as a Hub. Now jointly with Airlines Belgium and its owner ASL Ireland Airlines.

In early 1999 CAL received Israeli Government Licences for particular types of freight.

From 2007 it operates three known airc...


Tropical Cyclone 10S (Kelvin) to make landfall over Western Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tropical Cyclone 10S has formed just off the coast of northern Western Australia on February 16, 2018. The cyclone, still named Tropical Low 1 (17U) by BOM and soon to be internationally known as Kelvin, is expected to reach hurricane strength before making landfall...... Read more


No fix required: The Daily Telegraph gets it right "IndyWatch Feed National"

So heres a thing. The Daily Telegraph reported on Barry Bennells conviction on 43 charges of sexually abusing children.

The headline put him at the front of the sentence, made no mention of career fame or success, correctly identified his crimes as abuse and rape, and implicitly praised victims for speaking out. I might make a minor quibble about calling it sexual abuse rather than sex abuse but other than that, its pretty much exactly the headline youd want on this story.

The article itself described the abuse accurately without being salacious and gave plenty of space to the victims experiences in their own words. It described the grooming process as part of the crime and put the blame for all of it exactly where it belongs: with the perpetrator. There was not even the slightest touch of but he was such a nice guy commentary, no lauding him as a football hero and it finished by giving context of ongoing abuse allegations in British soccer.

In an ideal world this kind of reporting would never need to exist, but while these crimes are still occurring this is exactly how they should be reported.

Hopefully this is a sign of change and well see this kind of reporting much more often, even when the victims are not men and boys.

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Miss Australia Left Disfigured Because Police Threw A Flashbang Grenade Into Her Bed As She Slept "IndyWatch Feed National"

While sleeping in bed with her fianc, a former Miss Australia awoke to a police flashbang grenade disfiguring her face and melting her hand. Although she required immediate medical attention, paramedics did not arrive at the scene until 40 minutes later. Crowned Miss International Australia in 2013, Felicia Djamirze was asleep in bed with her []


FixedIt: There is no such thing as child sex "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Australian reported on the bail hearing for four of the seven people charged with a total of 127 offences relating to alleged rape, kidnapping, assault and abuse of three little boys at a circus training school in the Blue Mountains.

Unsurprisingly, given they are pleading not guilty, lawyers for the four people denied the accusations and claimed evidence reported in the media does not exist. These claims have yet to be tested in court.

The Australian chose to call the alleged rape of the little boys child sex.

To be clear, the case has not yet been heard by the court, therefore this commentary is nothing to do with the accuseds guilt or innocence, it is entirely about the way the charges against them are described in the media.

Children cannot have sex. Sex requires consent, children cannot legally or morally give consent so it is not sex. Rape, sexual abuse and sex are not the same thing and they can not be used interchangeably in headlines.

Here are the reasons this matters, in every case, with every headline.

The victim impact statements from child abuse trials are harrowing, a testament to the lifelong injuries suffered by people who were sexually abused as children. They are the litany of drug addition, alcohol dependence, gambling problems, depression, crippling anxiety, relationship breakdowns, suicidal thoughts, shame, self-hatred, mistrust of others and long term emotional damage so common in survivors of child sexual abuse. Children who have been abused are also significantly more likely to suffer further abuse, both as children and as adults.

The effects of sexual abuse of children then lead to the cycle of horror where victims become unreliable witnesses to their own abuse.

When the media, as it so persistently does, labels sexual abuse of children as child sex, we are weakening the public understanding of the extent and effect of such abuse. This has serious effects. A study conducted for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse found that juries who have a better understanding of the facts of child sexual abuse are less likely to make mistakes in their assessment of evidence given in court.

Children cannot have sex with adults. Sex requires consent and children, by de...


FixedIt: Its not child sex its child rape "IndyWatch Feed National" reported on the bail hearing for four of the seven people charged with a total of 127 offences relating to alleged rape, kidnapping, assault and abuse of three little boys at a circus training school in the Blue Mountains.

Unsurprisingly, given they are pleading not guilty, lawyers for the four people denied the accusations and claimed evidence reported in the media does not exist. These claims have yet to be tested in court. chose to call the alleged rape of the little boys child sex.

To be clear, the case has not yet been heard by the court, therefore this commentary is nothing to do with the accuseds guilt or innocence, it is entirely about the way the charges against them are described in the media.

Children cannot have sex. Sex requires consent, children cannot legally or morally give consent so it is not sex. Rape, sexual abuse and sex are not the same thing and they can not be used interchangeably in headlines.

Here are the reasons this matters, in every case, with every headline.

The victim impact statements from child abuse trials are harrowing, a testament to the lifelong injuries suffered by people who were sexually abused as children. They are the litany of drug addition, alcohol dependence, gambling problems, depression, crippling anxiety, relationship breakdowns, suicidal thoughts, shame, self-hatred, mistrust of others and long term emotional damage so common in survivors of child sexual abuse. Children who have been abused are also significantly more likely to suffer further abuse, both as children and as adults.

The effects of sexual abuse of children then lead to the cycle of horror where victims become unreliable witnesses to their own abuse.

When the media, as it so persistently does, labels sexual abuse of children as child sex, we are weakening the public understanding of the extent and effect of such abuse. This has serious effects. A study conducted for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse found that juries who have a better understanding of the facts of child sexual abuse are less likely to make mistakes in their assessment of evidence given in court.

Children cannot have sex with adults. Sex requires consent and children,...


Tropical storm Ten is forecast to strike Australia as a tropical cyclone at about 06:00 GMT on 18 February. - Thomson Reuters Foundation "IndyWatch Feed National"

Thomson Reuters FoundationTropical storm Ten is forecast to strike Australia as a tropical cyclone at about 06:00 GMT on 18 February.Thomson Reuters Foundation... says many aid organizations hid misconduct Cyclone wreaks havoc in Tonga's capital, parliament flattened, homes wrecked Tonga braces as powerful Cyclone Gita bears down Original. Don't give up on tackling disaster risk in war zones - U.N ...and more 


Market Talk- February 16th, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed National"


Most of Asia are closed due to holidays and so it was left to Japan to reflect Wall Streets strength. The Nikkei closed with a positive return of 1.2% for the day. The news that BOJ Governor Kuroda, is to sit for another term was taken as positive news as he supports continued easing. We saw strong gains in utilities with TEPCO and Chubu Electric Power Company closing +4.4% and +6.5% respectively. TOPIX also helped sentiment with a 1% gain on the day. However, much of the talk surrounded the continued Yen strength as it hit near six-month highs. The Australian ASX was the only other core market open and that closed small down. Having opened at the days highs and spent most of the day in positive territory, it was the final hour that prices traded heavy resulting in a small (-0.1%) loss. SENSEX lost around -0.9% in todays trading as long liquidation and the Trade deficit continues to weigh on markets.

Reflecting Asias performance we saw positive momentum all across European core indices. Again, the CAC and IBEX were the stars of the core registering a 1.2% and 1.3% gains in todays trading. The DAX and UKs FTSE both around +0.8% but will be interesting to see the press over the weekend after May and Merkel meeting in Germany today. BREXIT will dominate headlines for sure and has been talked in Europe as one of the reasons the US Dollar has benefited in todays trading. All this as we have seen largely mixed earnings reports, but ahead of a long weekend in the US also much is being revaluated. Worth keeping an eye on Allianz next week. They reported a 22% decline in net numbers for Q417 blaming the US Dollar and US tax changes for affecting results.

The US started the session climbing around 200 points but was hit upon the indictment news. The headline and news conference initially cost the rally around 250 points which took us into negative territory. Guess many will spend their time on Twitter watching for updates. However, even within the final 30 minutes of the weeks trading, we tested both sides of that range yet again. The long weekend, continued uncertainty and the Weekly technical level took their toll on settlement prices as we drifted back to almost unchanged on the day. NASDAQ finished...


Dads Everywhere: We Need to Talk About Your 20-Minute Poop Breaks "IndyWatch Feed National"

MOTHERS: KEEP READING Theres a nationwide possibly global problem frustrating moms every and it needs to be addressed. Meet Elle Beattie, an Australian award-winning radio producer and mother of 1-year-old baby boy, Lang. Now more than ever, she is your fellow mom-in-arms whos spearheading the problem and has gone viral doing so! Elle... View Article

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

Today is the Fornacalia in Ancient Rome; the festival of ovens, bread and the oven goddess, Fornax, who taught us how to bake that yummy goodness that is bread.

1788 -  Rev. Johnson celebrated the first Communion in the colony. The service was held in Lieutenant Ralph Clark's tent, borrowed for the occasion. The event was recorded by Clark in his journal.
'I will keep this Table also as long as I live for it is the first Table that ever the Lords Supper was eat of in this country'

1788 - Lord Howe Island was innocently sitting in the ocean, soaking up the sun when Lieutenant Henry Ball (wonder what his mates called him? Ballsy Hal? Hank le Billiard? Crystal Ball Gypsy Harry?) tripped over it whilst commanding the ship HMAS Supply en route to that popular holiday resort Norfolk Island and promptly named it after some bloke.

1802 - Matthew Flinders was a busy chap, flinging names for all the features willy nilly on this day.
Pt Whidbey / Whidbey Isles were named after a friend of Flinders, the Master-Attendant at Sheerness, England.

1802 - French Explorer Nicholas Baudin was an equally busy bloke tossing titles all over the shop on this day.

1802 - Fortescue Bay was named Dolomieu Bay by Baudin after Deodat Guy Silvain Tancrede Gratet de Dolomieu (1750-1801), French mineralogist.

1802 - Cape Hauy was named after Ren Just Hay (1743-1822). French mineralogist, born at St. Just, in the department of Oise, educated at the colleges of Navarre and Lemoine, became a teacher at the latter and turned to natural history. He founded the science of crystallography.

1802 - Waterfall Bay was named Monge Bay by Baudin, 17.2.1802, after Gaspar Comte de Peluse Monge (1746-1818), French mathematician.

1802 - Forestier Peninsula named after Henry Verdean Forestier (1755-1806), French Minister for the Navy and administration.

1802 - Cape Surville was named after Louis Charles de Hautefort, Marquis de Surville (1658-1721), French Admiral.

1802 - Greenly Island was named by Flinders after Elizabeth Greenly of Titley Court, the lady to whom Sir Isaac Coffin was engaged. They were married in 1811 and Sir Isaac Coffin assumed the name and arms of Greenly as his wife didn't like the idea of being known as Lady Coffin.

1802 - Avoid Bay was thus dubbed by Flinders from its being exposed to the dangerous southern winds and there are rocks and breakers on each side of the entrance."

1803 - Cape Wilberforce was titled by Matthew Flinders on this day who named it after the Reformer, William Wilberforce.

1803 - The Bromby Islands were named by explorer Flinders on this day after Rev John Bromby of Hull who officiated in the marriage of Flinders to Anne Chappell.



Quotes of the Week "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

"And so it turns out that not only is Barnaby Joyce a shocking hypocrite, he's also a repulsive cliche."  [Journalist Clementine Ford describing Australian Deputy Prime Minister and MP for New England Barnaby Joyce, The Sydney Morning Herald, 7 February 2018]

Barnaby Joyce has a history of screwing over women.  [Journalist Kasey Edwards writing about Australias deputy prime minister in The Sydney Morning Herald, 12 February 2018]

"During the 2016 presidential campaign and into the White House, Trump and his aides have defended a male aide accused of domestic violence, a male Senate candidate accused of pursuing inappropriate relationships with teens and a male campaign manager accused of assaulting a reporter. In each case, Trump and his top staffers used strikingly similar language to defend the accused, noting that he had denied it, defending his integrity and casting doubt on the women's claims."  [Journalist Ryan Teague Beckwith writing in Time magazine, 8 February 2018]


Australia: I mean to take as many of them down as I can Muslim teen planned maximum fire jihad massacre "IndyWatch Feed National"

His jihad group wanted to kill as many unbelievers as they can and impose Sharia law. Do Australian authorities ever stop to ponder where young Muslims keep getting the idea that this is a good thing to do? Do authorities in any non-Muslim country? Do they really think that showering money on Tamim Khaja and []


US Deploying Thousands of Marines to Deter China "IndyWatch Feed National"

US Deploying Thousands of Marines to Deter China | marines-to-china | Military Pentagon Special Interests US News

According to the Wall Street Journal, the Pentagon may send a combat marine expeditionary force to deter growing Chinese influence while drawing down Middle East force levels.

Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Christopher Logan declined to elaborate, saying (t)he Department of Defense continually evaluates how we employ our forces throughout the globe but it would be inappropriate to discuss any ongoing planning.

Defense Priorities analyst/retired army Lt. Col. Daniel Davis/believes the move plays directly into the concerns and the fears of North Korea that were actually preparing for an attack, adding:

Effective diplomacy (with China) cant take place if you have a hammer hanging over the head of your negotiating partner.

He supports drawing down US forces in the Middle East, calling the region a money pit and blood pitwith no (US) gain.

US forces should be brought home, not sent to East Asia where they could potentially be used in a ground war there that would be even more catastrophic.

Marine expeditionary forces include about 2,200 combat troops, operating from amphibious assault ships with their own warplanes, tanks and other heavy weapons.

Washington already has about 50,000 troops in Japan, another 30,000 in South Korea, 40,000 in Hawaii, thousands in Guam, along with smaller numbers in Australia, Thailand, the Philippines, Singapore and elsewhere regionally.

With scores of ships, nuclear-powered submarines, warplanes, and 20,000 sailors, Americas Yokosuka, Japan-based Seventh Fleet is the US navys largest deployed sea force.

The Trump administrations National Defense Strategy prioritizes countering Russia and China. According to the WSJ, bolstering Americas East Asia marine force aims to persuade Pacific nations to stand with the US.

According to Commandant of the Marine Corp General Robert Neller, the National Defense Strategy and other guidance requires us to adopt a more global posture and this will shape our future naval presence, especially in the Indo-Pacific region, adding:



Census Bureau to Count Prisoners Home as Prison "IndyWatch Feed National"

McCarthyism Inc: Introducing the Counter-Terror Experts Hyping Russian Threats and Undermining Our Civil Liberties (Trevin)

Max Blumenthal takes a look under the hood of the Alliance for Securing Democracy, the go-to pundits for mainstream reporters seeking expert opinions on Russian online meddling. ASD was cited by the New York Times as its source for the assertion that the widely popular #taketheknee Twitter hashtag that promoted NFL protests against racial injustice was, in fact, a Russian influence campaign spawned by Kremlin operatives.

How Australia Fought Mass Shootings (Reader Steve)

Australia reformed its gun laws after a mass shooting 20 years ago, drastically reducing gun violence. Could similar laws work in the US?

Admiral Warns US Must Prepare for Possibility of War With China (Jimmy)

The author writes, The navy admiral nominated to be the next US ambassador to Australia has told Congress America must prepare for the possibility of war with China, and said it would rely on Australia to help uphold the international rules-based system in the Asia-Pacific.

Merkels Slow and Silent Decline (Dan)

Many look at Germany as the lynchpin that holds the European Union together. This position of power, dependent on German domestic stability in the form of Angela Merkel, is on increasingly shaky ground.

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Adjunct professor failed student for saying Australia is a country "IndyWatch Feed National"

Southern New Hampshire University fired an adjunct professor who insisted Australia isn't a country and gave an "F" on an assignment to a perplexed student who said that it is, the New Hampshire Union Leader reported. Lauren Keane, the school's assistant vice president of communications, told the paper that a BuzzFeed story about the interaction between the professor and online student Ashley Arnold of Idaho was true. Arnold - a 27-year-old stay-at-home mom - compared social media use in the United States to Australia for a class assignment, but the professor penalized Arnold in several sections, which resulted in a failing grade. And the prof's main issue? Arnold wrote that Australia is a country.


I Often Get Asked What People Can Do- Here is My Suggestion "IndyWatch Feed National"

Pray that love finds its way into their hearts.

Prayer has power- and it works. And these people are motivated by the lack of love they feel for others- let alone for themselves.

No one who has love in their hearts act the way they do and say what they say. It doesnt work that way. And it is impossible to combat anger, strife, and hatred effectively with more anger, strife, and hate.

Those who hurt children- or anyone for that matter- do so because of a lack of power within themselves. Sex abuse is not about sex but power- they are seeking power outside themselves by trying to take it from others.

The Word requires us to love- despite everything. That esp. Includes those who would work at nothing but our destruction. What they are doing never works- which is why they go from one person to the next- because their sense of power is never fullfilled.

They are not to be hated but rather we should feel pity for them- as they will never reach a point of fulfillment. They need love most of all.

So when wondering what to do- pray that love finds their hearts and minds that opens their eyes. We are commanded to follow the Word- and that Word is love- and it was commanded without any exceptions- so pray for those who hate, as it is the best gift you can give to God- to them- and most importantly- yourself.


1,500-year-old plague victims shed light on disease origins "IndyWatch Feed National"

Study finds catastrophic diseases arent things that evolve once they actually evolve multiple times from different ancestors

This is the first complete genome from one of the most significant disease events in human history, he said.

The results showed the strains from the plague victims were distinct from those involved in the Black Death, the later pandemic which killed an estimated 60% of the European population.

The Justinianic strains appear to be an evolutionary dead end when compared with modern strains, and most likely originated from Asia and then spread to Europe along trade routes such as the Silk Road.

Associate professor Jeremy Austin, from the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA said the study was an important insight into the evolution of an infectious disease.

It certainly tells us that these catastrophic diseases arent things that evolve once, and then lurk around waiting for an opportunity to reappear they actually evolve multiple times from different ancestors, he said.

Which makes it very much harder to predict when theyre going to happen next, and how they evolve and therefore how you might prevent them happening.

 A plague victims tooth from which DNA was extracted. Photograph: McMaster University, Canada

Allen Cheng, associate professor at Monash Universitys Infectious Diseases Epidemiology unit, said the Lancet study was fascinating.

This is a great example of what can be done with all this new sequencing technology, he said.

Theres a whole field of paleo-phylogeny, going back into history and trying to work out the origin of diseases.

It also illustrates a really interesting point: really dangerous bugs like plague that kill their hosts, arent very evolutionarily successful. And thats a pattern we see with a lot of

Holmes said one of the objectives of the researchers from the McMaster, Northern Arizona and Sydney universities was to determine why the Justinianic plague was so severe.

Plague is still around today in parts of the world, and is associated with much lower death rates than it was in the past, he said.

Was there something about...


Carnival Security Tries to Cover-Up Ship Brawl "IndyWatch Feed National"

Carnival Legend BrawlA video of a brawl on the Carnival Legend shows Carnival security officers and other security personnel kicking passengers while they are on the floor. Carnival officers are also shown trying to prevent other passengers from videotaping the violence.  

The video, which was taken by a passenger and aired by Australia's 3AW693 Talk Radio, is circulating on social media. It shows as many as six officers and a equal number of personnel wearing dark colored shirts with "SECURITY" on the back fighting with unruly passengers on the Carnival Legend

The news article also states that passengers reported that ship security staff attempted to "censor the situation." A father who received a telephone call from his son on the ship said that "the security came in and took his phone, and deleted a lot of images from his phone.

We have reported on many such ship brawls, which have primarily occurred on the Carnival brand of ships over the years. 

This latest incident occurs just a few days after a violent brawl on the P&O Pacific Explorer

We first wrote about the problem of violence on cruise ships back in 2009 in Cruise Ship Brawls - A Problem that Will Get Bigger with Bigger Ships, where we covered a "mini-rampage" on the P&O cruise ship Ventura and a brawl involving Carnival passengers who punched, scratched and bit it out with police in Antigua. The following year, we covered another violent brawl on another Carnival ship in More Carnival Legend BrawlCruise Ship Violence - A Drunken Brawl On Carnival's Dream. We also wrote about this problem in Another Brawl Breaks Out on a Carnival Fun Ship. YouTube is filled with videotapes of violence on Carnival ships.

The problem arises when the "wider audience" (a term coined by Carn.........

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Janelle Mones Visual Album Dirty Computer Looks Like A Stunning Odyssey "IndyWatch Feed National"

The trailer for Dirty Computer is here, featuring Tessa Thompson, flying cars, and sexy clubs we probably cant (and maybe dont want to) get into.

What: The visual album Dirty Computer

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From Gibraltar to Australia: How Countries Approach ICOs "IndyWatch Feed National"

With the boom in ICOs over the last year or so, there has been an increased need for regulation, however, with no global standard, different countries are taking different approaches. #INFOGRAPHICS

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