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Tuesday, 16 January

23:06

How Michael Larson Exploited A Loophole To Win A Game Show Fortune "IndyWatch Feed National"

On Sunday, the Game Show Network (GSN) aired a special whose title referred to the scandal on the 1980s hit game show Press Your Luck. Promotions for the documentary even referred to the incident as the greatest scandal in game show history.

But compared to the quiz show controversies of the 1950sin which producers rigged outcomes by giving contestants answers prior to show tapingsthe Press Your Luck scandal qualifies as nothing of the sort.

On Press Your Luck, the contestant in question merely used knowledge of the game to increase his odds of winning. As with a blackjack expert at counting cards who takes a casino to the proverbial cleaners, his actions neither violated the law, nor any standards that would warrant the ignominy that the scandal moniker connotes.

Doing Game Show Homework

Press Your Luck, which premiered in September 1983, featured players taking turns at a game board filled with various cash amounts, prizes, and the dreaded Whammywhich, when landed upon, took away all a players money. Players answered questions to earn spins, which each gave a contestant one chance to control the game board. With each spin, contestants would either win the cash or prize they landed on, or, in the case of a Whammy, lose their winnings to that point.

When CBS, which broadcast Press Your Luck, first premiered the game, it only used a handful of computer-generated sequences to randomize the indicator on the game board that the contestant stopped to determine the prize he or she would receiveor, on an average of one in six spins, a Whammy. A technological marvel for its day, the boards computing power proved primitive by twenty-first-century standards. But at the time, CBS and Bill Carruthers, the shows creator, felt that the handful of sequences would represent a sufficiently complex and random pattern that contestants could not decipher it.

Unfortunately for them, however, Michael Larson, an Ohio ice-cream truck driver with a proclivity for get-rich quick schemes, took both the time and energy to do so. Armed with a video cassette recorder, he recorded episodes of the show, watching in slow-motion to discern the patterns, and even using the pause button to mimic the shows spins.

While learning the pattern of sequences, Larson discovered two other key facts: Two squares on the 18-square game board never contained a Whammyand, in the shows second round, always contained additional spins.

With these three pieces of information, Larson had the ability to turn Press Your Luck into a real-life ATM. By understanding the seemingly random, but in reality quite predictable, game board patterns, Larson could use every spin to win dollarsand additional spinsa...

22:41

Google Plans to Expand Huge Undersea Cables to Boost Cloud Business "IndyWatch Feed National"

The search company hopes to lure customers from Amazon and Microsoft with new fiber-optic lines

A Google data center in Iowa.
A Google data center in Iowa. PHOTO: CONNIE ZHOU/GOOGLE/ZUMA PRESS
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Jan. 16, 2018 5:30 a.m. ET

Google is expanding its sprawling network of undersea cables to plug into new regions around the world, in a bid to speed up its cloud-computing business and catch up to rivals Microsoft Corp. and Amazon.com Inc.

The search-engine operator has plans to build three new underwater fiber-optic cables lining ocean areas from the Pacific to the North Sea, extending its private data network to regions competitors havent touched with similar projects.

The cables, expected to be finished in 2019, are designed to speed the transfer of data and reroute users to servers around the globe if a region fails or gets overloaded.

Google said t...

21:42

Save University of New Englands habitat trees "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

[ Wednesday, 17 Jan; 1:00 pm; ] Dear All, The University of New England (UNE) is currently destroying some of its greatest assets. These are the hollow-bearing trees, habitat for gliders, parrots and koalas. Planning and implementation of tree removal has been kept secret. From 8 January 2018, contractors started removing the first of 78 trees from the UNE campus. During the week, it [...] full article 

20:49

#7SummerOfNazis : The True Blue Crew & Co. Go Hunting Blacks While Channel 7 Cheers "IndyWatch Feed National"

img via The Simpsons against the Liberals For those of you coming in late, on Sunday in Cheltenham the True Blue Crew (TBC) a racist street-gang based in Melton and Bendigo organised a meeting in order to discuss Continue reading

20:37

"The Wit Of Ashleigh Brilliant" "IndyWatch Feed National"

"An optimist thinks that this is the best possible world.
A pessimist fears that this is true."

"Never attribute to malice that which is adequately
explained by incompetence."

"My opinions may have changed, but not the fact that I am right."

"I almost had a psychic girlfriend but she left me before we met."

"A chicken and an egg are lying in bed. The chicken is smoking a cigarette
with a satisfied smile on its face and the egg is frowning and looking put out.
The egg mutters to no one in particular, I guess we answered THAT question."

Even if you are on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there."

- Ashleigh Brilliant

20:35

University of Wollongong Research shows Australias Vaccination Policies are Harming Human Health "IndyWatch Feed National"

Newsletter 187 University of Wollongong Research shows Australias Vaccination Policies are Harming Human Health

12 January 2018

The proof that vaccines have not been adequately tested for safety and efficacy is provided in my PhD thesis published by the University of Wollongong (UOW). Read More

19:51

PERTH Cannabis under Police guard goes missing "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Cannabis under Police guard goes missing .

January 16, 2018 at 11:07AM .

Internal Affairs Unit have both launched investigations over the theft. Organised Crime is also looking into a range of serious drug offences linked to the property. The two men charged in connection with the growing of cannabis were remanded in custody and will front Perth Magistrates Court today.

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://www.coastlive.com.au/news/local-news/cannabis-under-police-guard-goes-missing/&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNE-bDIteLidM4qgHlru2h4k7Lk07g

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

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19:51

Max Igan on The World You Dont Know "IndyWatch Feed National"

 



"The illusion of freedom will continue for as long as it's profitable to continue the illusion. At the point where the illusion becomes too expensive to maintain, they will take down the scenery, move the tables and chairs out of the way, then they will pull back the curtains and you will see the brick wall at the back of the theater." - Frank Zappa

"Who controls the past controls the future, who controls the present controls the past." - George Orwell

When the tyrant has disposed of foreign enemies by conquest or treaty and there is nothing to fear from them, then he is always stirring up some war or other, in order that the people may require a leader. - Plato

"I would rather have questions that can't be answered than answers that can't be questioned. - Richard Feynman
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19:48

#Australia: Hunger Strike starts Over Immigration Detention Visits Restrictions "IndyWatch Feed National"

Over two hundred detainees at two detention centres, Villawood in Sydney and Maribyrnong in Melbourne, have declared a hunger strike in protest at visiting restrictions recently announced by Border Force. The detainees have been on hunger strike for more than 24 hours, since the morning of Monday 15 January.

villawood

Image: Villawood detention center in Sydney. Image by Insurrection News.

Originally published by Refugee Action Coalition Sydney.

Note: Enough is Enough is not organizing any of  these events, we are publishing this text for people across the US and Europe to be able to see what is going on and for documentation only.

Australia: Hunger Strike starts Over Immigration Detention Visits Restrictions

Over two hundred detainees at two detention centres, Villawood in Sydney and Maribyrnong in Melbourne, h...

18:57

The last post...for a while "IndyWatch Feed National"

This blog was initiated by Pauline Wilson, an Adelaide based UFO researcher, in 2009. When Pauline's interests moved on to other things, I took over the blog. Since 2009 there have been 896 posts; some short, and some thousands of words in length. Total hits on the site have exceeded 750.000.

Over my 51 years of interest in the subject, I have taken a number of breaks from my research. My shortest break was six months, and the longest was four years. I find these breaks from research to be very useful. It is too easy to get bogged down with keeping up to date; reading books; blogging one's research; answering questions from people who wish to know what it was that they have just seen in the sky; and keeping across some 45 Australian Face Book pages dedicated to hundreds of well meaning, but in the end, inane discussions on the topic. Enough becomes enough at some stage.

Despite all the current excitement about the formerly secret US Department of Defence Pentagon UFO program, it is time for me to take another break. At the moment I do not know how long the break will be.

I thank all my blog readers for sharing the journey so far.

So, this blog will see no new posts until I return from my 'holiday' from UFO research.

Signing off for now.

Regards,

Keith Basterfield.

18:57

How to research the UFO phenomenon and stay sane "IndyWatch Feed National"

People have asked me how I have kept my interest alive across a 50 year time span of research?  I thought about this again recently and came up with a few ideas which Id like to share with you.



Have some guiding principles

One of my main guiding principles has been, to simply 'follow the facts.' If a UAP case turns out to have a mundane explanation, then I say so! I believe that UAP investigators should weed out as many identified cases as possible, leaving only good quality unknowns to work with.


I have found this consistency of approach to be invaluable. It can however, lead to differences  of opinion with other UFO researchers who have a non-negotiable belief system.

One example of this, occurred after I appeared on an ABC television program, which discussed various medical issues. I suggested on the show that some UAP abductions have their roots in terms of 'sleep paralysis.' A well known Victorian UFO researcher took me to task for daring to suggest an alternative explanation to the 'Grays.' I had, after all, only based my opinion on personal research, while his views arose from armchair research. 

Another example, based on exhaustive research, was my suggestion that the 1988 Mundrabilla car encounter had an alternative non-extraterrestrial explanation. Some American researchers took a dim view of this suggestion, even though they had conducted no first hand investigations.

I have now undertaken over thirty cold case reviews of Australian events. Some of these reviews have suggested alternative, m...

17:12

Letter From Birmingham Jail "IndyWatch Feed National"

Canadians are, like, half-American, right?

Its Martin Luther King Jr. Day down South, which means theres also a flurry of white-washing. So I thought Id help out the counter-effort and present MLK Jr.s words in the raw. My source for the text is a mix of this and that, plus I should add that Wikipedia has more context (and a summary). Ill bold the passages that resonated with me.

Martin Luther King, Jr.
Birmingham City Jail
16 April 1963

[]
My dear Fellow Clergymen:

While confined here in the Birmingham city jail, I came across your recent statement calling my present activities unwise and untimely. Seldom do I pause to answer criticism of my work and ideas. If I sought to answer all the criticisms that cross my desk, my secretaries would have little time for anything other than such correspondence in the course of the day, and I would have no time for constructive work. But since I feel that you are men of genuine good will and that your criticisms are sincerely set forth, I want to try to answer your statement in what I hope will be patient and reasonable terms.

I think I should indicate why I am here in Birmingham, since you have been influenced by the view which argues against outsiders coming in. I have the honor of serving as president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, an organization operating in every southern state, with headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. We have some eighty five affiliated organizations across the South, and one of them is the Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights. Frequently we share staff, educational and financial resources with our affiliates. Several months ago the affiliate here in Birmingham asked us to be on call to engage in a nonviolent direct action program if such were deemed necessary. We readily consented, and when the hour came we lived up to our promise. So I, along with several members of my staff, am here because I was invited here. I am here because I have organizational ties here.

But more basically, I am in Birmingham because injustice is here. Just as the prophets of the eighth century B.C. left their villages and carried their thus saith the Lord far beyond the boundaries of their home towns, and just as the Apostle Paul left his village of Tarsus and carried th...

16:07

Is Climate Change a Tool to Eliminate Democracy? "IndyWatch Feed National"

COMMENT: Your view on denying climate change is supporting the capitalist model. This shows you have no credibility.

OD

REPLY: Climate is changing and it is part of the normal cycle. You are actually correct that I support capitalism and freedom and am against authoritarianism and totalitarian systems. What you fail to understand is that climate change is an agenda to eliminate your freedom. The entire argument is to support a move toward an authoritarian state. You better wake up. This not truly about the climate, it is all about controlling society, eliminating democracy, and changing the entire economic model that changes society.


Its a well-kept secret, but 95 per cent of the climate models we are told prove the link between human CO2 emissions and catastrophic global warming have been found, after nearly two decades of temperature stasis, to be in error. Its not surprising.

We have been subjected to extravagance from climate catastrophists for close to 50 years.

In January 1970, Life magazine, based on solid scientific evidence, claimed th...

16:02

Can Government Really Prevent War? "IndyWatch Feed National"

QUESTION: Martin,

So much common sense from you. But, re the almost total corruption of government, could this be the ONLY practical solution?

That is:
1. Elect Politicians directly, at random, from the general, law abiding population for a fixed term with no possibility of re-election
2. Pay them well, with jobs/careers guaranteed and severe prison time for any corrupt activity

Of course, lots of other issues, all surmountable but these principles are sacrosanct.

Could it be any worse than the current appalling corrupt situation?

Regards
IW

PS I understand this system was tried in ancient Greece and Italy around WW1. We might be better at the logistics now?

ANSWER: No there is no other choice. Thrasymachus (c 459-400BC) put it best: all forms of government become the same as they all act in their own self-interest. We really need a bureaucracy to run, but they MUST be accountable to elected people who are by NO MEANS career politicians. The European Project and the entire theory of federalizing Europe has been to supposedly prevent war by devolving everything to a single government. If there are no career politicians, then this will do far more to reduce the threat of war than any other step we can take toward securing our future.

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16:00

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.00007 BTC
0.00010 BTC = 1.50 AUD
Converter

15:50

Gardner and Short top scorers in Big Bash League "IndyWatch Feed National"

JAN 16: Two Aboriginal cricketers DArcy Short and Ashleigh Gardner hold the records for the highest individual scores in the history of crickets Big Bash League (BBL). Northern Territorian Short blasted 122 not out off 69 balls including eight sixes and eight fours as he steered the Hobart Hurricanes to a last-ball BBL win over Brisbane at the Gabba on January 10. Sydneysider Gardner opened the Womens Big Bash League (WBBL) competition with 114 off just 52 balls for the Sydney Sixers against the Melbourne Stars at Wollongong on December 9. Short, 27, has since continued on his merry way, breaking another record when he scored a measured 59 for the Hurricanes against the Brisbane Heat at Hobarts Bellerive Oval on January 15. That took him to 465 runs for the BBL season from just seven matches, surpassing Shaun Marshs mark of 412 runs from nine matches set four seasons ago.

15:32

AFSAs Submission re: NSW Proposed Planning Reforms "IndyWatch Feed National"

View AFSA's Response to the Proposed State Environmental Planning Policy (Primary Production and Rural Development) and related planning reforms, submitted 15 January 2018 and prepared by Sarah de Wit, Katie Johnston, Tammi Jonas, Penny Kothe, Anthony Wilson & Courtney Young.

Summary of Recommendations

Recommendation 1: That the Government foster NSWs food security and strengthen its efforts to identify Food Sheds by consulting with shires and taking into consideration research by UTS and SPUN in relation to peri-urban planning.

Recommendation 2: Create more flexibility for the construction of dwellings built in support of the agricultural purposes on farms, while maintaining and strengthening guards against converting farms to purely residential, lifestyle properties.

Recommendation 3: Amend the interpretational inconsistency by classifying operations below the thresholds as extensive agriculture so that the definition for extensive agriculture can include pasture-based pig farms and poultry farms.

 Recommendation 4: That all shed based pig farms be included in the feedlot definition and that pastured pig farms be included in the extensive definition.

Recommendation 5: That the trigger to judge a pastured pig farm intensive be set at more than 25 SPU/Ha, subject to meeting minimum standards.

Recommendation 6: That all shed based poultry farms be included in the feedlot definition and that pastured poultry farms be included in the extensive definition.

Recommendation 7: That the trigger to judge a pastured poultry farm as intensive be set at more than 450 birds/Ha, subject to meeting minimum standards.

Recommendation 8: That all pastured livestock are defined under extensive agriculture, but that the term be changed to Pastured Animal Production.

Recommendation 9: That where feeding infrastructure is mobile, a setback from neighbouring dwellings, waterways or environmentally sensitive areas be set at no more than 20m.

Recommendation 10: To formulate...

15:20

Australia: Over 200 Detainees in Immigration Detention Commence Hunger Strike in Protest Against New Visit Restrictions "IndyWatch Feed National"

villawood

16.01.18: Over two hundred detainees at two detention centres, Villawood in Sydney and Maribyrnong in Melbourne, have declared a hunger strike in protest at visiting restrictions recently announced by Border Force. The detainees have been on hunger strike for more than 24 hours, since the morning of Monday 15 January.

Posters declaring the changes would apply after 22 January went up unannounced in the centres, last week. Detainees only found out about the policy when told by their visitors.

Under the restrictions, visitors will have to give five days notice of any visit, fill in a five-page form, with actual visits restricted to one on one. Visitors will also be required to have 100 points of ID when they attend the detention centre to visit.

The restrictions will hit families especially hard. Visiting minors will also now need identification.

These restrictions come on top of recent moves by Border Force to restrict what food can be brought into the detention centre and the attempt to ban mobile phones.

The moves, dressed up as security measures, have nothing to do with security and everything to do with moves to militarise the detention centres under th...

15:15

Loyas Death Was Premeditated Murder, Says Late Judges Friend Uday Gaware "IndyWatch Feed National"

At a public meeting, Gaware said many of Loyas friends, including judges, had had their suspicions when the CBI judge died of a sudden heart attack.

The story of Loyas death has assumed greater proportions in light of the recent historic press conference by four Supreme Court judges. Credit: The Caravan

New Delhi: Justice BH Loyas friend from law college, Uday Gaware, while speaking at a public meeting organised by the All India Peoples Forum, an association of different civil society and political groups, stunned everyone when he said that the judges death was premeditated murder.

The meeting, held at at New Delhis Indian Social Institute, was called Suspicious Death of Judge: Implications for Democracy. It was addressed by Caravan Magazines Niranjan Takle, the journalist who broke the story, the magazines political editor Hartosh Singh Bal, former judge of the Bombay high court BG Kolse Patil, senior advocate Indira Jaising and Gaware, who is a member of Latur bar association.

Speaking in front of a packed house, the speakers demanded a probe and raised concerns over whether the executive was trying to influence the judiciary in any way.

The series of events

Loya, who in official records...

14:59

Invasion Day Hawaii 17 January "IndyWatch Feed National"

While the people of Australia are debating the 26th of January as Invasion Day rather than Australia Day,

where a lesser known fact is that this is when Martial Law was officially installed on the land,

and another lesser known fact is that on the 28th of April 1770, the land of Australia became a 'possession' of the UK in the name of then Monarch King George III,

spare a  thought for the good people of Hawaii.

'Big Business' from the United States f_cked over the good people and the Queen of Hawaii on the 17th of January 1893, and installed military rule on the people of the islands.


Those rascal colonialists.

14:04

Who Wrote The Dead Sea Scrolls. Skeletons May Identify Authors "IndyWatch Feed National"

Who wrote the Dead Sea Scrolls? That question may be one step or one skeleton closer to being answered after archaeologists announced last week that skeletons found in the cemetery of Qumran the city where the caves containing the scrolls are located date to the time they would have been written. []

14:03

Party Drugs: Whos Really Paying the Ultimate Price? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Party drugs like ecstasy, ketamine and cocaine find their way into the pockets of festival, concert and couch-session attendees, making them as common as a can of warm beer in an Aussie summer. Hipsters, uni-students and full-timers all enjoy the occasional line, but most rarely think about the history of the drug further than their dealers back pocket.

Unfortunately, though, the popularity of recreational drugs is mirrored by human rights abuse, health crises and social instability in their countries of origin.

More cocaine passes through Mexico than any other country in the world. Each year, roughly 8,000 deaths occur in the country as a by-product of the thriving drug trade.

What ends up as a neat white line on top of someones phone has often made a messy, sometimes bloody journey to get there. Illegal drugs are produced at the expense of fragile communities in a process that disregards human rights. The massive profit margins enjoyed by cartel head-honchos hugely overshadows those who work for them, meaning that substances such as cocaine and ecstasy are far from fair trade.

Fairtrade coffee, tea, tobacco, chocolate and clothing are all part of the status quo in fact, there are over 2,500 products on the Aussie market that sport the Fairtrade insignia.  More than one in five of us 11.2 percent, in fact adopt a vegetarian lifestyle to help minimise negative impacts on the environment and less-fortunate communities. So why do we lose our concern when it comes drugs? Is it because since we are already doing something that is generally considered wrong, so we forget about other moral standards?

Australians are no strangers to regular drug use, with almost 16 percent of people over the age of 14 admitting to using an illegal drug in the last year. Aside from marijuana, cocaine and ecstasy tie for second-most used illicit drugs. This love affair with recreational narcotics reflects many young peoples casual relationship with using, with most believing its no big deal.  We know that drugs are bad for us. But a lot of the substances that make their way into your system are seriously bad for a lot of other people too.

The United Nations has recently acknowledged that the production of illicit drugs is linked to rural poverty in developing countries. The intervention of state forces against narco-traffickers in countries like Mexico have been labelled a drug war, where an estimated over 120,000 people have perished between...

14:00

Piece by Piece, the Political Privatisation of Air India is Underway "IndyWatch Feed National"

The incremental approach towards the divestment is obviously aimed at ensuring that non-controlling partial ownership doesnt fall into undesirable hands.

Credit: PTI

Air India is valued at around $10 billion (excluding land). Disinvesting halfway will likely fetch the government $5 billion (upwards of Rs 30,000 crore). Credit: PTI

The government has taken one more small step in coming to grips with one of the most difficult parts of giving a decent burial to the Indian public sector privatising Air India. It has allowed foreign airlines to own up to 49% of the national carrier. A year ago, it had announced its decision to strategically divest its stake in the carrier.

This puts Air India at par with other Indian carriers in which foreign airlines already have the liberty to own up to 49%. But the government has not gone the whole hog. Indians will still need to hold effective control over the company. Furthermore, the investment will have to come in via the approval and not automatic route.

Why an entity or a group with 49% stake in the company will be happy not to exercise control is not clear. The likely answer is that any investment coming in now will be with an eye on being ahead of other aspiring stakeholders while waiting for further relaxation of norms.

The one s...

13:53

3-month-old and 5-year-old girls rescued in sex trafficking crackdown "IndyWatch Feed National"

Two sisters, one 5 years old and the other 3 months old, were rescued in Denver by undercover agents during this year's FBI-led sting operation against sex traffickers, officials said. The alleged trafficker, a friend of the children's family, made a deal to sell them for sex for $600, the FBI said. The friend communicated with an undercover agent, the FBI said in announcing details of Operation Cross Country XI. 82 other juveniles were rescued during last week's nationwide sweep. Some 120 people were arrested. On October 13, the second day of the operation, a minor was rescued by the FBI in El Paso, Texas, when a 16-year-old female victim was advertised online for "entertainment," officials said. The girl was accompanied by a 21-year-old female who offered an undercover agent sexual intercourse with both her and the underage victim for $200. According to the FBI report, the woman as well as the driver, another female, who took the minor and 21-year-old to the undercover officer's location, were arrested. Among the recovered victims across the country was one from Russia. Local and state agencies were involved in the operation, as were police as far away as the Philippines and Thailand. The average age of the victims recovered from this year's operation is 15, the FBI said.

Note: Watch an excellent segment by Australia's "60-Minutes" team "Spies, Lords and Predators" on a pedophile ring in the UK which leads directly to the highest levels of government. A second suppressed documentary, "Conspiracy of Silence," goes even deeper into this topic in the US. For more, see concise summaries of deeply revealing sexual abuse scandal news articles from reliable major media sources.

13:47

British Army recruitment ads focus on women, the physically unfit, the "emotional", LGBTI and Muslims. Compare with China! "IndyWatch Feed National"

Meanwhile in China......... And thanks to Alan RM Jones for pointing out this letter to the editor:

13:44

How Anti-Fascists Won the Battles of Berkeley : 2017 in the Bay and Beyond: A Play-by-Play Analysis "IndyWatch Feed National"

Black Bloc in Berkeley, August 27, 2017.

The perilous politics of militant anti-fascism defined 2017 for the anarchist movement in the United States. The story in the Bay Area mirrors that of the country at large. Its a narrative full of tragedies, setbacks, and repression, ultimately concluding with a fragile victory. Yet there was no guarantee it would turn out this way: only a few months ago, it seemed likely we would be starting 2018 amid the nightmare of a rapidly metastasizing fascist street movement. What can anti-fascists around the world learn from what happened in Berkeley? To answer this question, we have to back up and tell the story in full.

Fascists chose Berkeley, California as the center stage for their attempt to get a movement off the ground. The advantage shifted back and forth between fascists and anti-fascists as both sides maneuvered to draw more allies into the fight. Riding on the coattails of Trumps campaign and exploiting the blind spots of liberal free speech politics, fascists gained momentum until anti-fascists were able to use these victories against them, drawing together an unprecedented mobilization. As we begin a new year, anti-fascist networks in the Bay Area are stronger than ever. Participants in anti-fascist struggle enjoy a hard-earned legitimacy in the eyes of many activists and communities targeted by the far right. By contrast, the far-right movement that gained strength throughout 2016 and the first half of 2017 has imploded. For the time being, the popular mobilization they sought to manifest has been thwarted. The events in the Bay Area offer an instructive example of the threat posed by contemporary far-right coalition buildingand how we can defend our communities against it.

2016: A New Era Begins

Clashes escalate outside a Trump Rally in San Jose on June 2, 2016.

The clashes between far-right forces and anti-fascists that gripped Berkeley for much of 2017 were the climax of a sequence of events that began a year earlier. On February 27, 2016, Klansmen in the Southern California city of Anaheim stabbed three anti-racists who were protesting a Ku Klux Klan rally against illegal immigration and Muslims. The rhetoric of the Klan echoed the same vulgar nationalism that the Trump campaign was broadcasting. Under the banner of the alt-right, many white supremacist and fascist groups began to use the campaign as an umbrella under which to mobilize and recruit. They aimed to build an ideologically diverse social...

13:04

Two exciting opportunities to join the Human Rights Law Centre "IndyWatch Feed National"

We currently have two roles available in the Human Rights Law Centre's (HRLC) Asylum Seeker and Refugee Rights Unit. 

The HRLCs Asylum Seeker and Refugee Rights Unit (ASRRU) was established in 2015 to deepen our work protecting and promoting the rights of refugees and people seeking asylum. The Unit is both responsive and agenda-setting, receiving requests for assistance as well as working with asylum seeker advocacy and casework organisations to address significant systemic human rights issues.

Senior Lawyer

We are seeking a highly motivated, dynamic, skilled and collaborative individual. This position will work alongside the Units Director and two Lawyers and will play a vital role in contributing to all aspects of the Units work. People who have a refugee background are encourage to apply. This position will be based in Melbourne. It is a full-time position for a 12 month fixed term.

The closing date for this position is Sunday 28 January 2018. Click here to download a recruitment pack.

Lawyer

This position will work alongside the Units Director, Lawyer and a new Senior Lawyer, and will play a vital role in supporting the ongoing work of the ASRRU.

We are seeking a highly motivated, dynamic and collaborative individual. This position is aimed at lawyers with 1-2 years post-admission legal practice experience. People who have a refugee background are encouraged to apply. This is a full-time position for a 12 month fixed term based in Melbourne.

The closing date for this position is Sunday 28 January 2018. Click here to download a recruitment pack.

13:02

FixedIt: he didnt resign because of sex, he resigned because of sexual harassment allegations "IndyWatch Feed National"

Once again, Yahoo is having trouble differentiating between consensual sex and non-consensual assault and harassment.

Trond Giske didnt resign because of sex claims. Six different women have alleged that he sexually harassed or assaulted them. Sex is not the same as sexual harassment.

Sex happens between people who can and do consent to everything they do with each other. If one person did not give consent it is not sex. It is abuse, assault, harassment or rape.

These women are not alleging that consensual activities took place. In fact they are saying the exact opposite.

Calling them sex claims implies the allegations involve a consensual act (sex) rather than a non-consensual act (in this case assault or harassment).

The allegations need to be tested in court but when the media is reporting them they need to report the facts. The facts here are that Giske was accused of sexual harassment, not sex.

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12:52

FixedIt: sexual assault allegations are not sex claims "IndyWatch Feed National"

Conductor Charles Dutoit has been accused of one count of rape and several sexual assaults against nine different women. This is not the same as sex.  Something Yahoo appears to have some trouble understanding.

Sex happens between people who can and do consent to everything they do with each other. If one person did not give consent it is not sex. It is abuse, assault, harassment or rape.

These women are not alleging that consensual activities took place. In fact they are saying the exact opposite.

Calling them sex claims implies the allegations involve a consensual act (sex) rather than a non-consensual act (assault, harassment or rape).

The allegations need to be tested in court but when the media is reporting them they need to report the facts and the facts here are that Dutoit is accused of rape and sexual harassment, not sex.

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12:29

FixedIt: sexual abuse and harassment of a child is not sex messages "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Border Mail reported that a 42 year old man sent sexually explicit text messages to his partners 15 year old daughter that left her feeling disgusted and sick. Despite him asking her to not tell her mother, she did, and her mother called the police.

This was not sex messages. It was abuse and harassment. He was an adult in her home. He was in a relationship with her mother. She was a child. Nothing about this had anything to do with sex. Misnaming it as sex diminishes his responsibility for his crimes and the damage he did to an innocent child.

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12:16

Why the media is losing its mind over DACA "IndyWatch Feed National"

The MSM's attempt to slam the President over alleged language covers up the real matter that Democrats offered a bum solution for immigration reform For three days now, the MSM has been screaming bloody murder about an alleged (and denied) vulgarity spoken by President Trump in a closed-door meeting about immigration reform and DACA. We have covered this media meltdown extensively in pieces you can link to here and here. But now, let's have a look into what the REAL news about DACA is, and we might even understand why the MSM is having such a meltdown. On January 12th, the American radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh noted during his program that although there was not any detail about this known yet, the apparent issue was that President Trump was outraged over the Democrats trying to hand him a total nothing-burger deal about immigration. We have to remember that one of President Trump's wishes is to get the United States to adopt a "merit based" immigration position, where the US screens people who want to come to live in the USA in regards to what they can and will contribute to the well-being of this nation. This is not a strange or barbarous position to take on immigration. Canada does it. Australia does it, Germany, Hong Kong, Denmark, New Zealand and other nations in the world probably do it as well. In fact, the United States itself ran with such a system up until the year 1952. Such a vetting process may go far in reducing the chance that elements who get in to a given nation will then attack it and its people.

12:13

FixedIt: yet another invisible alleged perpetrator "IndyWatch Feed National"

My GC reported that a 34 year old man has been charged with multiple domestic violence offences, including enter dwelling with intent by break, wilful damage and grievous bodily harm.

But he does not appear in the headline.

Invisible perpetrators are a constant in FixedIt. It matters because headlines are supposed to be a short summary of the article and when the article is about violence men commit or are accused of committing, the headline is not telling the story, its erasing the story

If all the violent crimes committed by men were reported in the active voice with the perpetrators and their crime as the subject of every headline, it would be overwhelming. Because it is overwhelming.

But we are journalists and it is not our job to erase the truth so our audience is not made to feel uncomfortable. Our job is to describe what is happening in our society. And the sad truth is that around 90 percent of violent crimes are committed by men. Avoiding this fact doesnt make it less true but it does make it much more difficult to address the underlying cause.

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12:09

FixedIt: another invisible perpetrator allegedly stabs and assaults a woman "IndyWatch Feed National"

Another invisible perpetrator. The Courier Mail reported that a 25 year old man has been charged with  one count each of grievous bodily harm, wounding, deprivation of liberty, and contravention of a domestic violence order. But he does not appear in the headline.

Invisible perpetrators are a constant in FixedIt. It matters because headlines are supposed to be a short summary of the article and when the article is about violence men commit or are accused of committing, the headline is not telling the story, its erasing the story

If all the violent crimes committed by men were reported in the active voice with the perpetrators and their crime as the subject of every headline, it would be overwhelming. Because it is overwhelming.

But we are journalists and it is not our job to erase the truth so our audience is not made to feel uncomfortable. Our job is to describe what is happening in our society. And the sad truth is that around 90 percent of violent crimes are committed by men. Avoiding this fact doesnt make it less true but it does make it much more difficult to address the underlying cause.

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12:05

FixedIt: a violent man threatening to kick a 16yo is not turning his attention to her "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Morning Bulletin reported that a 26 year old man pleaded guilty to multiple charges in relation to two violent assaults on his partner.

A 16 year old girl tried to stop the second assault after he punched his partner, lifted her up out of a chair, pulled her shoulder back and bit it, let her go and as she attempted to run away, he tackled her to the ground and punched her in the back many times.

He told the teenage girl he would kick you in the c box.

Turn his attention? Like he looked at her? Offered her a cup of tea? He was in the middle of a violent assault, the second one she witnessed, and he threatened to kick her. This is minimising male violence to an astonishing degree and that has no place in reporting on mens violence against women.

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11:52

FixedIt: Tinder is not the problem. Rape is the problem. "IndyWatch Feed National"

If a man and a woman meet on Tinder and the man later is accused of violence against the women, you can guarantee Tinder will be the first word in the headline of any article about that accusation.

Channel 7 News is not the only one and wont be the last one.

If they had met at a church group or a book shop or over cabbages in Coles, it wouldnt even rate a mention at the bottom of the article.

But Tinder creates a frenzy because violence is the expected consequence for women who actively and confidently pursue sex. Nice girls wait passively for men to want them, they are the objects of desire. Bad girls feel desire and act on it. And we all know what happens to bad girls.

Its an insidious and persistent form of victim blaming. It implies Tinder is the problem, not the men who commit violence against women (in this case allegedly his case has not yet been tried).

Tinder has nothing to do with the choices men make. How two people met is irrelevant to the violence men choose to commit against women.

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11:48

FixedIt: A case is not accused of stabbing a woman "IndyWatch Feed National"

Another invisible alleged perpetrator, this one in the Toowoomba Chronicle.

A 34 year old man was charged with entering a premises with intent to commit an indictable offence, wilful damage and causing grievous bodily harm after he allegedly forced his way into a womans home and stabbed her.

He does not get a mention in the headline. If all you read was the headline you wouldnt even know he existed.

Invisible perpetrators are a constant in FixedIt. It matters because headlines are supposed to be a short summary of the article and when the article is about violence men commit or are accused of committing, the headline is not telling the story, its erasing the story

If all the violent crimes committed by men were reported in the active voice with the perpetrators and their crime as the subject of every headline, it would be overwhelming. Because it is overwhelming.

But we are journalists and it is not our job to erase the truth so our audience is not made to feel uncomfortable. Our job is to describe what is happening in our society. And the sad truth is that around 90 percent of violent crimes are committed by men. Avoiding this fact doesnt make it less true but it does make it much more difficult to address the underlying cause.

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11:45

Marys Monday Metazoan, for real: Turtles are achieving the feminist ideal! "IndyWatch Feed National"

Its true. 99% of the hatching Pacific Green Sea Turtles are female, thanks to rising temperatures, since sex determination is temperature dependent in these species.

Will the feminization of the oceans be the change that finally persuades Republicans to do something?

PS. Feminists dont really want to get rid of males. Well, not all of them. Not all of the time.

11:43

FixedIt: alleged rape of a 6 year old is not sex "IndyWatch Feed National"

The South Coast Register reported that a 68 year old man was in court over multiple charges of allegedly sexually abusing a six year old girl. In an utterly staggering headline, they described the alleged rape of a little girl as the 68 year old man having sex with her.

She was six years old. Six years old. A little girl. In what possible thought process could anyone call an alleged rape of a six year old 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 him 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 definition, cannot give consent, so its not sex. Its rape, its child abuse, its sexual abuse, its any number of terms that accurately describe a crime. An act perpetrate...

11:31

Disagreement over future of Brunswick Heads Boat Harbour "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Backfill is currently being laid filling in the old slipway at the Brunswick Heads Boat Harbour. Photo Jeff Dawson.

The backfilling of the Brunswick Heads Boat Harbour slipway by the Department of Primary Industry Lands and Water (DPI) has drawn the ire of the new owner of the Brunswick Fish Co-op William Silverman.

Silverman, whose company Whistle Funds Management bought the Brunswick Fish Co-op two years ago then closed it six months ago, believes that the DPI doesnt have the best interests of Brunswick at heart.

I want them to upgrade it, said Silverman who has plans to develop an exclusive Brunswick Seafood brand and would like to see more than 200 tonnes of seafood processed through his site at Brunswick Heads Boat Harbour in the future.

While the draft Brunswick master plan is yet to be finalised, go on public display or receive public comment a DPI spokesperson said Removal of the slipway is shown in a stakeholder-preferred layout which was agreed to in September 2016 as part of the Brunswick Heads Boat Harbour Master Plan.

However, Silverman disagrees with how the plans are proceeding and believes that the DPI are trying to sideline people like ourselves who have something really positive to contribute.

Im asking why dont they invest in it? continued Silverman.

There is a shortage of slipways and as they state in their policy there is nothing else between Ballina and Tweed. They are getting ahead of the master plan, nothing else has been approved.

This is the perfect opportunity to make Brunswick Harbour what it should be. In the last six months we have been excluded from the master plan process. Crown Lands has their agenda that is part of a state wide plan based on improving the quality and value of Crown land.

However, a DPI spokesperson has said that, Reclaiming land around the disused slipway is the first step in improving public access and amenity to the Brunswick Heads Boat Harbour....

11:23

China's Rifa boss to lead $1b Canadian ag portfolio in Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

15 Jan 2018 | Farm OnlineOne of the people most active in driving Chinese investment in Australian farmland, David Goodfellow, is switching camps to help build a $1 billion Canadian investment portfolio.

11:22

Euthanasia advocate to visit Lismore with plans for suicide machine "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Dr Philip Nitschke addressing and Exit meeting. Photo Exit International

Controversial euthanasia campaigner Dr Philip Nitschke will return to Lismore on February 3 to run a DIY suicide workshop for the elderly.

Dr Nitschke, who is critical of Victorias new highly regulated euthanasia laws, will also be introducing plans for his new deliverance machine that he has dubbed Sarco.

Exit Internationals legal director, Tasha Russell, told Echonetdaily that the machine, which will be available next year, could be downloaded and 3D printed by anyone but a code that would enable its use would be restricted to mentally sound individuals over the age of 50.

Dr Nitschkes new deliverance machine, dubbed Sarco, will be able to be 3D printed from plans downloadable on the internet. Photo Exit International

The machine, which doubles as a coffin, would seal the user inside and release nitrogen gas on their voice command.

Over a period of about five minutes he nitrogen displaces the oxygen in the capsule, leading to loss of consciousness and death.

Ms Russell said that Dr Nitschkes view was that any adult of sound mind should be legally allowed to take their own life if they wished to do so.

Exit considered the Victorian law very restrictive, she said.

It doesnt allow very many people to use it. There are restrictions that limit it to people who have only six months to live. All of the process to get your approval at the end of your life when you are actually suffering.

A very big majority of our members are not actually terminally ill people. They might be seriously ill people who are suffering quite badly but [their condition] might continue for 40 or 50 years. These people wont get any help.

But we also have a lot of people who are getting old. There are things starting to go wrong. They might have Parkinsons or Alzheimers. Alzheimers people wont be able to be helped under the Victorian law.

Ms Russell said Exits information is only distributed to those over 50 years of age, and we do r...

11:22

Change The Date: Tony Abbott Finally Rejects A Three-Word Slogan "IndyWatch Feed National"

Never before has so little been done by so few to advance bugger-all in the way of common sense and healing. Michael Bradley explains.

Trust Tony Abbott to sum it up. There is no social issue so complex, so fraught with nuance, that Tony cannot effortlessly reduce it to a short phrase which lays bare what were really talking about.

So it is with Australia Day. Cutting right through the debate about foundation vs. invasion, celebration against retraumatisation, Tony tweeted his considered view:

Brilliant in its misleading simplicity, this tweet is the whole argument in a nutshell. The immediate provocation was Greens leader Richard di Natales declaration of full-on support for the Change the Date movement, which kicked off seriously last year and is getting exponentially more attention this time around.

You can always tell how triggered conservatives are by the violence of their response. Malcolm Turnbull, the former progressive, has even issued a special video in which he Malsplains to us why we should switch back to the cricket and leave such important questions to his infinite wisdom.

Bill Shorten, as usual, rushed to his support for fear of being wedged. Pathetic.

Opposition leader Bill Shorten, pictured on ABC's Four Corners program.Opposition leader Bill Shorten, pictured on ABCs Four Corners program.

Still, nobodys going to voluntarily watch Malcolm (or Bill) talking, so we need the big guns: Abbotts been unleashed, John Howard cant be far behind.

The rationale for changing the date of Australia Day (which, disclosure, my law firm supported last year and will this year by opening for business on 26 January) is a simple proposition: the current date marks the arrival of the First Fleet, with which commenced the forced colonisation of Australia by Great Britain and the subjugation and dispossession of its Indigenous population without negotiation, treaty or compensation.

Whatever you think about how it all turned out, most Indigenous Australians alive and dead are unlikely to agree that it has been a good thing for them. You can hold the view that theyr...

10:35

NORTEC losses may explain sell-offs "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Adelaide Friday, Michael Brechbuhler, Jarrah Hustler and Natalia Sanchez from the Byron Bay incubator site have until January 19 to move out. Photo Aslan Shand.

Following revelations that NORTEC is selling valuable land in Byron Bay and Goonellabah and closing down the small business incubators at both sites, and the one they ran in Mullumbimby, the parlous financial state of the company has emerged.

NORTEC recorded net losses of $2,549,950 for the year ended 30 June 2015 and a further loss of $1,468,865 in the 2016 financial year.

NORTEC, an employment and training provider that receives government funding to run projects including NEIS programs, small business support and numeracy and literacy access programs has been closing down a number of projects in the region and recently withdrew the literacy and numeracy program based in Mullumbimby as well as closing the incubator sites.

Due to the way the government has set up these organisations they have a lot of fixed costs and the income can be variable, said Garry Bargh, past BTEC manager, who originally helped develop the small-business incubator sites NORTEC are selling off.

Balancing income and outgoings could be a challenge when we ran BTEC it takes careful management. Yet we were able to develop and grow these incubator sites and hand them over to NORTEC debt free in 2007.

At that point the income from the incubator sites enabled them to be self-sustaining and provide the services that the incubators required to run.

NORTEC were contacted by The Echo but did not respond by deadline.

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10:29

Swimathon for the Great Barrier Reef "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Josh Scott-Jouir, organiser of the second Great Barrier Reef swimathon i nMullumbimby. Photo Simon Haslam

Ever thought you might want to swim the length of the Great Barrier Reef, or at least a bit of it? Well now is your chance as hundreds of people converge on their local pools in a major Swim for the Reef Swimathon event. Together they will be attempting to swim the length of the reef to raise money and awareness of vital legal work being done to protect and save the reef by EDO Qld (Environmental Defence Office) community lawyers who do extensive work to protect the Reef.

Josh Scott-Jouir, a metal work and mathematics teacher, and ex-yachty Marco Goldenberg who spent over ten years free diving reefs around the world witnessing firsthand the gradual deterioration that is occurring are organising the local swimathon event at Mullumbimby pool this Saturday January 20 between 10:30am to 1:30pm.

The Mullumbimby Swimathon fundraiser will raise awareness of the power of the community and the law to protect the Reef in the face of climate change, decreased water quality and coastal development, said Josh.

Funds raised from the Swimathon will go towards law reform, challenges and awareness work including a Great Barrier Reef Protection Policy.

Josh ad Marco are encouraging everyone to get involved in a fun day of dressing up and are encouraging everyone to get into the pool and add their lap big or little to the distance our local swimmer will be doing.

Joshs Mullum Sand Mullets team are looking for some serious competition both in the pool and the fancy dress stakes and are encouraging people to form teams and register for the swimathon at swimforthereef.org.au or to pop in and bring their families on the day.

Mullumbimby pool have allocated swimming lanes free of charge. Entry fees will still be required.

To sponsor the Mullum Sand Mullets click here, or head down and get involved on the day at the pool.

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10:29

Japan's push for stronger monopolies resisted in TPP-11 and RCEP "IndyWatch Feed National"

January 16, 2018: Bloomberg reports that Japans income from monopolies on brands, patents (including medicines) and copyright has jumped by 74% over the past five years to a record high. That is why Japan has replaced the US as the major champion of stronger medicine and copyright monopolies in the TPP-11 and RCEP negotiations.

But the report notes that other TPP-11 governments ted that some of the worst proposals on medicines and copyright be suspended from the deal and implemented only if the US re-joins. They know that stronger medicine and copyright monopolies reduce access to affordable medicines and increase the rights of copyright holders at the expense of consumers.

Most RCEP governments, led by India, are also resisting Japans push for TPP-like proposals on medicines and copyright for the same reasons.

AFTINET and community groups in other countries will continue to pressure governments to oppose stronger monopolies that will increase profits for global companies at the expense of most people. Using so-called free trade deals to increase monopolies is a travesty..

10:29

FixedIt: he was arrested and charged not hit by allegations "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Courier Mail reported that Damien Duncan Hooper allegedly kidnapped a woman, held her for two days, threatened her with a knife, strangled her, punched her in the face, burned her with a cigarette, pushed her out of a car, drove the car over her legs and threatened a child.

He was arrested and charged with deprivation of liberty, assault occasioning bodily harm, dangerous driving and other domestic violence charges, including wilful damage and strangulation.

The headline implies its horrifying he was subjected to these allegations, that he is the victim. He was hit by allegations, not arrested and charged after an allegedly monstrous assault on a woman and child.

It might be bad sentence construction. It might be that whoever wrote the headline wanted to make a pun about a boxer being hit (Domestic violence is so hilarious we need a pun in the headline? Really?). It might just be carelessness. Whatever reason for this travesty of a headline, it is inexcusable to imply a man charged with such an allegedly long and violent assault is the victim. Hes not.


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10:23

Luke Cage: a view from Harlem "IndyWatch Feed National"

With the expansion in cable television, and the even more recent rise of online television, we live in a golden age of television. The range of TV series, including high quality TV series, available is unprecedented.

Marvel v DC

I have a weakness for police procedurals, crime shows and superhero shows (though not the animated versions). Among the big two comic conglomerates, DC comics has had a longer record of TV success than Marvel, though Marvel has started to expand its television presence. DC is doing particularly well in TV series at the moment. From the success of Arrow (2012-), DC has spun off The Flash (2014-), Legends of Tomorrow (2016-) (the core of the so-called Arrowverse) plus creating Constantine (2014-15) and Supergirl (2015-). From the DC imprint Vertigo Comics comes Lucifer (2015-), which is the most wickedly funny of the various current set of comic series (as is only proper).

DCs most iconic comic characters are Superman (1933) and Batman (1939). In terms of current TV series, Supergirl is, of course, Supermans cousin while Gotham (2014-) is the story of the path, starting with the death of the Mr & Mrs Waynes, of Bruce Wayne to becoming Batman. The previous great C21st DC superhero TV success being Smallville (2001-2011), the story of Kal-El/Clark Kents path to becoming Superman.

Outside the Christopher Nolan Batm...

09:53

Wayward wallaby hops across Sydney Harbour Bridge "IndyWatch Feed National"

 

Police responded to an unexpected call for assistance this morning after a wallaby was spotted crossing the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Officers from Harbourside and North Shore local area commands were called to the bridge just before 5am Tuesday (January 16) after the marsupial was spotted in lane eight on the northern side of the bridge.

Traffic controllers from the Transport Management Centre monitored the wallaby as it hopped across to lane one and, without indicating, exited onto Cahill Expressway then to Macquarie Street.

Officers took the startled macropod into police custody near the Conservatorium of Music, with the Police Mounted Unit arriving on scene soon after to take it to the zoo for veterinary assessment.

Its thought the wayward wallaby might have made its way to the bridge from a golf course in Cammeray.

A wayward wallaby was taken into police custody after hopping across Sydney Harbour Bridge without indicating this morning (Tuesday, January 16). Photo NSW Police

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09:52

BBC Betrays the Most Basic Journalistic Principles When It Comes to Syria "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Jeremy Salt | American Herald Tribune | January 15, 2018 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 []

09:34

Public workshop over Lennox sand quarry proposal "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Aerial view of McGearys Quarries existing unremediated sand mine at Lennox Head. Photo No Sand Mines for Lennox

Lennox Head residents are being urged to have their say about the controversial redevelopment application (DA) by McGearys Sand Quarry currently before Ballina Shire Council.

The DA is set to be determined by the Joint Regional Planning Panel in coming months.

The EDO (Environmental Defenders Office), together with community group No Sand Mining for Lennox will hold a free public workshop in Lennox Head on Thursday evening (January 18) explaining how the community can have their say on the proposal.

It will cover the development assessment process, steps the community can take to protect the environment from the impacts of development, both before and after developments are approved, and tips on submission writing and how to influence decisions affecting the environment.

The workshop will take place at the CWA Hall in Mackney Lane from 6pm to 8pm.

There is no charge but attendees are requested to RSVP to nosandmineforlennox@gmail.com.

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09:15

Close The Military Bases! A Conference in Baltimore "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Elliot Swain, January 15, 2018

On January 13-15, 2018, a conference in Baltimore on US foreign military bases brought together anti-war voices from all over the world. Speakers identified the many threats posed by United States military presencefrom national sovereignty to the environment and public health.

US military outposts in foreign nations are vestiges of a shameful history of US imperialism dating back to the Spanish-American War and subsequent US colonization of the Philippines and Cuba. Many more bases were built during World War II and the Korean War, and still exist today. The closure of these bases could signal the twilight of a long history of bloody, costly foreign wars while affirming the principle of self-determination for all peoples. Voices from Japanese, Korean, African, Australian and Puerto Rican resistance movements came together at the conference to draw these connections and plan a peaceful future.

Fittingly, the conference marked the 16th anniversary of the opening of the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Demonstrators gathered outside the White House on January 11 to demand the release of the 41 prisoners still detained without charges in the prison that former President Obama had promised to close. But as co-chair of the National Network on Cuba Cheryl LaBash said, Guantanamo is more than a prison. In fact, the Guantanamo military base is the oldest outpost of the United States military on foreign soil, with permanent control ceded in 1901 under the neocolonial Platt Amendment.

The campaign to shutter the illegal and abominable Guantanamo prison coincides with the more protracted fight to return the bay to the people of Cuba. The history of Guantanamo shows how the barbarism of the modern war machine follows the dehumanizing logic of a century of US imperialism.

The conference also devoted a plenary to the abysmal impact of both domestic and foreign military bases on the environment and public health. According to professor of environmental health Patricia Hynes, the majority...

08:55

Discuss Crypto While Promoting Peace Have Lunch in Paradise with Roger Ver "IndyWatch Feed National"

Have Lunch in Paradise with Roger Ver, Discuss Crypto While Promoting Peace

CEO of Bitcoin.com Roger Ver, popularly referred to as Bitcoin Jesus for his dogged advocacy of censorship resistant currency, is an oft-sought advisor and speaker for his insights on the ecosystem and its future. Hes auctioning off time to the highest bidder in an effort to support a pro-peace website, Antiwar.com.

Also read: Ditch University and High Transaction Fees

Roger Ver, Paradise, Crypto, and Peace

What was it like to be there at the relative beginnings of bitcoin? Why did you decide to invest in something like bitcoin businesses at a time when no one knew what it was? Do you really think bitcoin cash is the real bitcoin? With the right bid, a lucky reader might get some candid answers to these questions from one the original bitcoin pioneers, Roger Ver.Have Lunch in Paradise with Roger Ver, Discuss Crypto While Promoting Peace

The meeting is organized by the online auction platform Charitystars,...

08:39

What MLKs Letter from Birmingham Jail tells us about Ahed Tamimi in a cold Israeli cell "IndyWatch Feed National"

In recent weeks, several people have said that the liberal indifference to Ahed Tamimis detention in an Israeli prison for slapping an occupying soldier on December 15 is reminiscent of the white liberals in Martin Luther Kings Letter from a Birmingham Jail, written in 1963. Today, you can give yourself no better political lesson than rereading that inspiring document of the American movement  for freedom.

Kings letter is an explanation of the need for direct political action. King addresses a group of white liberal ministers and rabbis who have said theyre against segregation but times are changing, so why do extremist black clergy have to risk a backlash with provocative demonstrations? King answers that time is neutral and wont do anything on its own; blacks have waited for hundreds of years for some modicum of justice and learned that the privileged will never give up privilege without pressure. White businesses promised to remove humiliating signs directing blacks to segregated water coolers and bathrooms and never followed through, and meantime anti-colonial struggles in other countries have outpaced American change, and inspired blacks to dream of an equal future.

King

We need to ratchet up political tension so as to precipitate a crisis, King explained:

[T]here is a type of constructive nonviolent tension that is necessary for growth. . . . we must see the need of having nonviolent gadflies to create the kind of tension in society that will help men to rise from the dark depths of prejudice and racism to the majestic heights of understanding and brotherhood. So, the purpose of direct action is to create a situation so crisis-packed that it will inevitably open the door to negotiation.

Liberal ministers and rabbis were a bigger obstacle to this process than outright racists, King said, because they defused that tension among progressives with lukewarm a...

08:37

Common Ground: Steven Oliver On Changing The Date Of Australia Day "IndyWatch Feed National"

Aboriginal or Australian or Aboriginal Australian, we all have a lot more in common than we think, writes Steven Oliver.

As I type this first line, I have to admit Im not exactly sure what path this article is going to go down. I just know I had to write it because I find myself being bombarded with thoughts that I have to put on paper so I can gain a clearer picture of what it is I need to actually think about.

See, writing has always eased my mind in the sense that I find it a process of elimination. For me to reach a conclusion about something that I find extremely serious or confronting then Im going to have to think about that shit in order to know what it is I actually think about it.

I write, I read, I edit, I rewrite then I conclude. Yes, I know thats slow and who has time to sit around writing about shit that people are fighting about on Facebook right now? Lucky for me, Im a freelance writer (note to self: my managers name is Lance, think of a free Lance (freelance) joke for next conversation because itll make him giggle and then Ill giggle at him giggling and well be a pair of giggling idiots).

Speaking of giggling, Im hoping that what Im currently writing is going to give people a giggle or two while at the same time, give food for thought about some stuff that I find quite serious.

It seems that nowadays, if a discussion doesnt come with threats, absolutes, blame, falsehoods, fear or guilt then its not a discussion. A notion that could even be said for having a debate. A notion that for many reasons is problematic (like all out, one time, proppa ways problematic).

So, whats wrong with using threats, absolutes, blame, falsehoods, fear or guilt? I could attempt to break each action down and give my particular (some might say, peculiar) thoughts but that would bore the shit out of most people so Im just going to focus on one point that encompasses all.

People dont learn anything beneficial to the betterment of all and so it becomes us and them and neither side ever actually sees where the other side was coming from and therefore never works out a resolution that couldve ended any feeling of ill will. If we continue down this path, we will be having discussions that never end and the big discussions are already going to take long enough as it is.

Aboriginal writer and performer, Steven Oliver.Aboriginal writer and performer, Steven Oliver.

When people end up more confused and resentful towards one another, instead of gaining some common ground, they only end up further apart. Thats not to say they shouldnt be discussed because the truth of it is, theyve beco......

08:32

M1 reopens after fatal tanker explosion "IndyWatch Feed National"

Supplied image of smoke from a tanker explosion on the M1 motorway at Cooranbong, south of Newcastle, NSW, Monday, January 15, 2018. Photo Westpac Rescue Helicopter

SYDNEY   [AAP]

The M1 has reopened in both directions south of Newcastle after a fiery collision between three trucks and a car that killed a tanker driver.

The crash occurred around 1pm on Monday causing an explosion and then a bushfire after one of the trucks clipped a tanker laden with ethanol, NSW Police say.

Its believed another truck was swerving to avoid hitting an abandoned car on the side of the motorway.

Emergency services were called to the southbound lanes of the M1, about 1km south of the Freemans Drive interchange, about 12.50pm Monday (January 15).

The male driver of a semi-trailer, died at the scene. He is yet to be formally identified.

The driver of a stationary semi-trailer, a 34-year-old man, was uninjured and taken to John Hunter Hospital for mandatory blood and urine testing.

The driver of a B-double fuel tanker, a 67-year-old, was uninjured and taken to Wyong Hospital for mandatory blood and urine testing.

The driver of a Holden commodore suffered minor burns and was taken to Wyong Hospital.

The truck fire also sparked a bush fire north of the crash scene which NSW Rural Fire Service officers responded to.

Officers from the Crash Investigation Unit examined the scene and will investigate the circumstances surrounding the crash.

One northbound lane opened at 6.30pm on Monday, with all lanes on the M1 reopening at 3.45am Tuesday following an extensive salvage operation and clean-up operation.

A 200-metre exclusion zone had been enforced due to concerns the tanker could explode.

About 15 hectares of bushland was burnt....

08:30

The Emotional Maturity Test: Donald Trump v Banjo, Our Neighbours Dog "IndyWatch Feed National"

Is Donald Trump more or less emotionally mature than Banjo, the neighbours dog? Dr Stephen Scher, Senior Editor of the Harvard Review, might be onto something.

Our next-door neighbour has a three-year-old border collie with blonde fur, very roughly the same colour as Donald Trumps, only it actually came that way.

But a similar hair color is where the similarity ends.

Banjo, for example, respects the law. He knows that hes not permitted to come inside our house. He tried once, was gently scolded, and now stays outside no matter how much he wants to come in.

The above example is instructive. It demonstrates the following:

  1. Banjo listens.
  2. Banjo learns from experience, and learns quickly.
  3. Banjo actually remembers what he has learned.
  4. Banjo is capable of self-control.

Banjo has a mature understanding and acceptance of what can be changed and what cant. He never whines about what he cant have, and he never pesters or intrudes in an effort to get his own way.

Banjo does not bite.

Banjo does not get into fights and conflicts. It is not that he is conflict averse. He simply treats other creatures, canine or human, with respect.

By the same token, Banjo is not a racist. In his treatment of dogs and humans, he makes no distinctions between colors, sizes, national origins, or beliefs.

Banjo uses harsh words barks, for him only when necessary, as in the case where he scared away burglars when he was alone in the house.

Banjo takes good care of himself. He eats only good food (no McDonalds), sleeps regular hours, and gets plenty of exercise.

Banjo is receptive of the care and support he receives. He patiently accepts the daily grooming required by his long coat, and he repays the attention with constant affection and a playfulness that lifts the spirit.

Banjo has an attention span of at least 40 minutes. Just last night, and for that long, he was raptly engaged in a game (with my wife) where he dropped a ball (from his mouth) and then raced against my wife to see whether he could pick it up again before she could kick it away.

Now, if a dog has that sort of attention span and capacity to focus intensely on a single activity, and if thats about the same as for a school-age child, one can only imagine, but not know, what has happened to a grown man that has left him incapable of concentrating on anything of any substance, but only on cable TV, for more than a minute.

Trump vs. Banjo? No contest.


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08:23

Ecomomists in agreement: Trump, not Obama, gets credit for the booming economy "IndyWatch Feed National"

Who deserves credit for the booming economy? This is not a petty argument. How voters answer the question could well determine whether Democrats retake the House of Representatives come November. Trump and Obama (and their admirers) are slugging it out, both claiming that it is their policies that have led to the ongoing economic expansion, steady job growth and higher stock prices. Happily for President Trump, the pros agree with him. A recent survey of economists suggest it is President Trump, and not Obama, who should be taking a bow. The Wall Street Journal asked 68 business, financial and academic economists who was responsible for the strengthening of the economy, and most "suggested Mr. Trump's election deserves at least some credit" for the upturn. A majority said the president had been "somewhat" or "strongly" positive for job creation, gross domestic product growth and the rising stock market. The pros cite the White House's push for lighter regulation and the recent tax bill as critical to a pro-growth environment; more than 90 percent of the group thought the tax bill would boost GDP expansion over the next two years.

08:19

Drone intel to be used in SCU graduates shark app "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Surfer, SCU graduate and app developer Sarah Beardmore. Photo supplied

Professional surfer turned business entrepreneur Sarah Beardmore is set to launch new Australian shark spotting technology via Dorsal, the free app she co-founded.

After months of training the artificial intelligence software to detect sharks using drones, the Southern Cross University business alumnus says Dorsal, and new technical partner Onboard Smarts, are in the final stages of field trials.

Using drones in real-time means shark alerts can be pushed out to more than a quarter of a million existing Dorsal users, and the natural extension of this will be to use the drone itself to alert those in the ocean and guide lifesavers quickly to the area of concern, Ms Beardmore said.

The leading-edge technology, which includes using a live feed to assist with beach safety and shark management, will provide more efficient water safety strategies. The NSW Department of Primary Industries has shown support for the innovative solutions and technology.

We have spent thousands of hours training the AI technology to recognise the difference between sharks and other marine life, humans, jet skis etc and we have the capabilities to train the AI to recognise just about anything, Ms Beardmore said.

Ms Beardmore co-founded the app Dorsal in 2015, now the worlds leading community-based shark alerting and reporting service, after she studied a business degree online through Southern Cross University while competing on the World Qualifying Surf tour.

Studying business through the Universitys Elite Athlete Program was the best decision I ever made to maximise those skills, connections, ideas and managing change while I was still on tour, she said.

The Dorsal app is no longer just about crowdsourced reporting, but this partnership means we now have a whole supported content management system to help manage and analyse the information. Reports come from official channels as well as public sightings which are mediated before releasing to the app.

Next year Southern Cross University will launch Queenslands first degree in Digital Business offered at the Gold Coast campus and online, with a focus on cyber security, entrepreneurship and web techno...

08:18

The stateless man held without trial by Australia for eight years "IndyWatch Feed National"

This article by Ben Doherty  (The Guardian 15 January 2018), is about Said Imasi, who a United Nations body has said should be released from detention and compensated, but is still in what is potentially permanent detention. Australias treatment of refugees has become an international scandal and the government is refusing to listen and insists on continuing its inhuman treatment, on the back of peddling fear of an invasion. Said Imasis story is one more story that puts the human face on what is going on.

Said Imasi is a man without a past: a man, it seems, without a future.

He doesnt know where he was born, or when. He has few documents to demonstrate who he is or where he comes from.

He believes, but cannot prove, he was born in Spains Canary Islands, to a mother from Western Sahara a barren, contested wedge of land in north-west Africa. He knows nothing about his father.

Orphaned as a child, he was trafficked into mainland Europe where he was kept as a house slave in Belgium before escaping, living on the streets of Paris and Frankfurt, and falling in with criminal gangs in Norway.

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He has lived a life on the peripheries of every society he has known and concedes that includes an existence sometimes outside of the law. He admits to travelling on false passports, he says, because it is impossible for a person without a country to gain one legitimately.

Imasi arrived in Australia by plane and intending only to pass through in January 2010.

Said Imasi has been held in immigration detention by Australia without allegation, charge or trial for almost eight years.

But he has been detained in this country without allegation, charge, or trial for...

08:01

January 16 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed National"

1793 - Today saw the first free settlers from Europe - as opposed to those first free settlers that arrived in Oz about 60,000 odd years ago - wash up at Port Jackson on the ship Bellona, along with a whole 17 convict women.
And lo; the male convicts did behold them in a radiant light *ahem*..

1796 - The first Aussie theatre was opened and entertained the masses in Bligh Street, Sydney with 2 plays - "The Hotel" and "The Revenge". Somehow I feel the playwrights drew on their surrounds for inspiration...

1805 - Governor King recommended settling the "country about Shoalhaven".

1816 - George Johnston was promised 1500 acres at Illawarra; Andrew Allan promised 700 acres; James Neale granted 60 acres at Illawarra.

1857 - Charles Gavan Duffy was appointed by a Victorian Government select committee to inquire into the federation of the Australian colonies.

1865 - The Geelong Advertiser noted that the fishermen of Port Phillip Bay were made up of "Italians, Dutchmen, French, Chinese, Maori and others" ...the 'others' were not alien life forms but Americans, British, Greek, Swedes, German and Aboriginal fishermen.

1888 - The Main North Railway Line (NSW) was opened from Wondabyne - Gosford and from Tenterfield - Wallangarra.

1889 - Cloncurry in Banana Bender country - that's Queensland to you OS folks - baked a little in the 53.1 degrees C temp of the day.

1890 - The Sydney suburban railway line between St Leonards and Hornsby opened.

1896 - A record heat wave in Broken Hill caused 10 deaths.

1897 - NSW took over the government of Norfolk Island.

1900 - A patrol of combined NSW Lancers and the Australian Horse were ambushed at Slingersfontein, Cape Colony,  during the Boer War.

1909 - In a bid to get away from the searing heat Mawson, Mackay and David did a May Pole dance around the Magnetic South Pole.

1921 - Patrick Short becomes the fifth Police Commissioner to the QLD Police.

1939 - Saw the passing of Miriam Bebe at Farina; born in France as Desiree Ernestine Adrienne Lesire alias Violet Debreuil she came to Oz as a governess and a brothel...

07:45

Cocaine testing welcome but RDT scheme flawed: Greens "IndyWatch Feed National"

Cocaine has been added to the list of drugs tested for in NSW roadside drug tests but not benzodiazepines. File Photo

The Berejiklian governments announcement that cocaine will be included in the roadside drug testing scheme is a welcome change to a deeply flawed scheme. It comes after years of campaigning for this change by the Greens NSW.

However until adequate tests are in place for prescription drugs such as benzodiazepines and the scheme is testing for impairment rather than just the mere presence of drugs the scheme will not make  our roads safer.

Greens police and justice spokesperson, David Shoebridge, welcomed cocaine being included in the roadside drug testing scheme.

He said its original exclusion, and the continued exclusion of benzodiazepines, shows how skewed the drug driving policy of the NSW government is, focusing more on a handful of illegal drugs rather than keeping drug affected drivers off the road.

For years the Greens NSW have been calling for cocaine to be included in RDT however the fact it is normally used by those with more wealth and political power means it has been left out of police testing until now, Mr Shoebridge said.

Even with the inclusion of cocaine, the roadside drug testing scheme remains deeply flawed.

Not testing for impairment

Unlike breath testing for alcohol, it does not test for impairment, just the presence of a substance, he said.

Cannabis consumed days, or even a week, ago can still trigger a positive test.

In one case a person was charged after having consumed cannabis a full nine days before driving.

If the goal of the testing program is road safety and punishment, why are cases like this occurring? Mr Shoebridge queried.

He added that police are testing and charging people who smoked a joint last week but letting drivers impaired by benzodiazepines slip through tests undetected.

Benzodiazepines are present in almost a third of drivers involved in drug-related crashes and their misuse puts other road users at risk.

War on drugs

In its present form the roadside testing program is an expansion of the failed war on drugs.

When a magistrate cant tell whether a person...

05:02

Possible nova in southern Constellation Musca "IndyWatch Feed National"

Following the posting on the Central Bureau's Transient Object Confirmation Page about a possible Nova in Musca (TOCP Designation: PNV J11261220-6531086) we performed some follow-up of this object through a TEL 0.50-m f/6.8 reflector + CCD + focal reducer from MPC Code Q62 (iTelescope Observatory, Siding Spring). On images taken on January 15.57, 2018 we can confirm the presence of an optical counterpart with R-filtered CCD magnitude ~6.3 at coordinates: R.A. = 11 26 14.95, Decl.= -65 31 24.1 (equinox 2000.0; Gaia DR1 catalogue reference stars). This transient has been reported to CBAT/TOCP by Rob Kaufman, Bright, Victoria, Australia. Discovery image (taken with Canon 650D & 55mm lens) is available here. He also posted a low-resolution spectrum that "shows strong hydrogen emissions as well as FeII lines": Below you can see our confirmation image (single 30-sec exposure through a 0.43-m f/6.8 reflector + CCD), click on it for a bigger version:

04:17

Thunderstorms, hail and summer snow in parts of Tasmania and the Australian Alps "IndyWatch Feed National"

A series of thunderstorms moved through the eastern half of Tasmania on Friday, January 12 and Saturday, January 13, 2018, producing notable amounts of hail on its southeastern coast. At the same time, Tasmania's highest peaks and parts of the Australian Alps...... Read more

03:53

Are You Experiencing Ringing in Your Ears? This May Be a Sign of Spiritual Awakening "IndyWatch Feed National"

If you have experienced a ringing in your ears you may be looking for an answer or solution. Ranging from a minor background notice to an incredibly annoying sound, interfering with your ability to focus and carry out your regular day to day living. You may hear ringing all the time, with no relief, or it may come and go intermittently. The explanation for this sensation may be more interesting than you could have imagined.

Source: RemedyTip

 

Physical Causes

Ringing in your ears, also known as tinnitus, may be explained by a physical cause or source. To begin with, think back to the last time that your ears were properly cleaned. If you are experiencing a wax build up, blocking your ears, it may be causing your problem. If, however, you have cleaned your ears recently and are still suffering from this irritating condition, its time to look into other potential explanations.

One common cause is exposure to loud sounds. This may come from playing your music too loudly or working with noisy equipment such as chainsaws and jackhammers. Consider your daily activities, looking for situations in which you may have exposed yourself to noise at levels high enough to trigger this effect.

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03:46

From 'baby brain' to 'man flu': Crazy myths or real ailments? (POLL) "IndyWatch Feed National"

Baby brain is the latest addition to the growing list of ailments - once thought to be nothing more than myths conjured up by pregnant women and poorly men pleading for sympathy. Baby brain, or 'momnesia' as it's also known, is a forgetful phenomenon allegedly experienced by 50 to 80 percent of pregnant women, which some academics have dismissed as a myth. Not ones to let the British Medical Journal's confirmation of 'man flu' go unchallenged, The Medical Journal of Australia conducted the largest ever statistical analysis of baby brain by looking at 20 studies involving 709 pregnant women, and 521 non-pregnant women. Overall, the analysis concluded that expectant women, particularly those in the last three months of gestation, experienced a significant decline in cognitive and executive functioning and memory.

03:09

Did NSA Ajit Doval Break Conduct and Attend a BJP Election Strategy Meeting? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Doval, Indias most powerful security bureaucrat, reportedly attended a BJP-RSS meeting where election strategies for three Northeastern states were discussed.

Ajit Doval. Credit: PTI

If correct, this is a shocking violation of norms and serious misconduct, a CPI-M statement said. Credit: PTI

New Delhi: National security advisor Ajit Doval has found himself at the centre of a political storm. Citing media reports, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) on Monday claimed that he was present at a BJP-RSS meeting where election strategy for the upcoming Tripura, Meghalaya and Nagaland assembly elections was discussed at home ministers Rajnath Singhs house.

If correct, this is a shocking violation of norms and serious misconduct, a CPI-M statement said. How can a senior government functionary like the NSA be present in a meeting to discuss the BJPs election campaign?

The Left party asked the home minister to clarify the governments stand on the issue.

In fact, Bijan Dhar, the CPI(M)s state secretary in Tripura, has reportedly written a letter to chief election commissioner A.K. Joti on the matter. According to the letter, Dhar said Rajnath Singh held the meeting on Sunday with BJP general secretary Ram Madhav and senior Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) leader Krishna Gopal, among others, in attendance.

Indias most powerful security bureaucrat, Doval was appointed by Modi in May 2014 and is only answerable to the prime minister. Doval is among the few to constantly have the ear of a prime minister who has centralised power more than any of his predecessors in decades, reported Caravan Magazine...

03:08

Stealing Fire. "IndyWatch Feed National"

 Black kites (Milvus migrans) circle near a roadway during a fire on the Cape York Peninsula in Queensland, Australia. Credit: Dick Eussen.


Black kites (Milvus migrans) circle near a roadway during a fire on the Cape York Peninsula in Queensland, Australia. Credit: Dick Eussen.

Grassland fires that are deadly and devastating events for many kinds of wildlife are a boon to certain types of birds known as fire foragers. These opportunists prey on animals fleeing from a blaze, or scavenge the remains of creatures that succumbed to the flames and the smoke. But in Australia, some fire-foraging birds are also fire starters.

Three species of raptors are widely known not only for lurking on the fringes of fires but also for snatching up smoldering grasses or branches and using them to kindle fresh flames, to smoke out mammal and insect prey.

How amazing is that?! You can read and see more at Live Science.

03:08

2018 Panic Cycle Year "IndyWatch Feed National"

QUESTION: Mr. Armsyrong; Thank you for an eye-opening conference. Cant wait for this year. You said 2018 was a Panic Cycle Year and that it would be unlikely to create an outside reversal in the Dow, but we should expect wild times ahead. Is this panic cycle impacting many other markets as well?

JV

ANSWER: Yes. This is the beginning of the Monetary Crisis Cycle that will go into 2021. That is probably where we will see the dollar rally break the world monetary system. This year, we should expect most markets to test BOTH sides of the game so pay attention to the Global Market Watch and the Reversals. This will tell us when the trends shift. There will be the classic fool who thinks that just because the euro finally exceed last years high or gold has rallied that this is it and that means the next four years will be the same.

Panic Cycles are notorious for trapping people on either the long or short side. You always have to trap the majority in order to create the slingshot to the upside of the waterfall to the downside. This is why they remain fools for they rush in based upon a few days price action. So far, everything is running its course. We are finally getting closer to the 125 threshold of resistance in the euro and the pound sterling has rallied with many starting to bet that BREXIT will not happen. Buying the Euro because interest rates are expected to rise with the ECB backing off of QE is just not being thought through rationally. QE has FAILED to stimulate the economy after nearly 10 years, and all it has done is subsidize EU member states. Rates will rise when they start to have to sell to real buyers. Then the sentiment will shift mid-year and we will test...

01:58

Coal seam gas expansion in Australia is linked to a dramatic rise in hospital admissions "IndyWatch Feed National"

LookThe rapid expansion of the coal seam gas industry in Queenslands Darling Downs has been accompanied by a dramatic rise in local hospital admissions for circulatory and respiratory conditions, according to report by a local GP, published in the International Journal of Environmental Studies.

The GP, Geralyn McCarron, has called for a comprehensive investigation of the health impacts of the unconventional gas industry in Australia.

McCarron found that, between 2007 and 2014, hospital admissions for acute circulatory conditions increased by 133 percent in the Darling Downs area, rising from 2,198 to 5,141, and admissions for acute respiratory problems increased by 142 percent, from 1,257 to 3,051.

The GP reports that, over the same period, there was a huge increase in the amount of polluta...

01:45

Becoming a Cosmic Citizen Sgt. Clifford Stone (US Army ET Interfacer / Empath) "IndyWatch Feed National"

Sgt. Clifford Stone was groomed from an early age by the US Army for his Empathic / Telepathic abilities. After later entering the Army, he was channeled into a special program with the cover of Nuclear / Biological / Chemical Rapid Response Team, but that was just the excuse to pull him away from his regular duties on a moments notice and send him where needed for UFO Crash Retrieval missions, and especially for his ability to communicate Telepathically with any surviving Extraterrestrials captured by the Army. Clifford has many stories of his encounters with our Star Cousins, including the personal side communications he carried on with the Extraterrestrials while relaying the answers the commanding officers had requested. He says the officers always asked the wrong questions, and the private conversations were much more illuminating. Join us for some amazing insight into our Galactic Visitors, Cliffords insight into who they are, and what their reasons are for being here. This is a program you wont want to miss, so have your questions ready for Clifford Stone. This is likely to be one of his last interviews, so we are going to focus on his Extraterrestrial interactions.

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www.BecomingACosmicCitizen.com...

01:18

Are You Rising Above the Divide and Conquer Strategy? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Phillip J. Watt, Contributor
Waking Times

Its great to believe we know some answers to lifes deepest questions, or even important current affairs, especially in this inherently confusing existence where it first appears weve been born with an unshakable amnesia into a collective mental ward.

Yet given theres an eclectic array of beliefs and opinions on every conceivable topic known to the collective mind and heart, its a surety that each and every one of us has gotten some of our perspectives spectacularly wrong.  

The mainstream mentality is obviously a breeding ground of propaganda, deceit and outright violence, which reflects why droves of sheep are jumping the fences and exploring the self-uncharted lands of independent thought and practice. This is no surprise when the masses have been very successfully dumbed into a philosophically separate and behaviourally shallow engagement with the reverence of life. They distractingly fight amongst each other in both status and ideology, with the most powerful one currently being the sex (not gender) wars. However, the infighting and grandstanding is not just limited to the primary herd; unfortunately those who are exploring the wilderness are also subjecting themselves to the whims of central control.

2017 and the beginning of 2018 has stunningly illustrated how far so-called self-thinkers have fallen victim to the divide and conquer strategy.

In effect, the kakistocracy doesnt need to round you up if youre still enacting their agenda. The popular meme that suggests that the best slaves are ones who think theyre free can therefore be expanded: the best slaves are ones who think they used to be slaves but now believe theyre free.

What was originally a predominately organic response to authoritarianism and centralisation has sadly devolved into a self-contradictory state of affairs where the alternative media and their regurgitators have locked themselves into a dogmatic war for the dominion of who is right. Thats not to say that we shouldnt be trying to find the answers to significant questions, but when...

00:51

SUNDAY SAFARI WITH MK & TOUCH SENSITIVE "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

8pm 12am, 28 January at the Beach Hotel

Its officially 2018 and now that youve had some time to dust off the hangovers after our epic Sunday Safari NYE Festival, its time to get back into party mode as we say a big gday to the Australia Day long weekend!

We wanted to start the year with a bang, so put your dancing shoes on and get ready to call in sick. As we present to you the biggest line up ever assembled at the Beach Hotel.

Australian taste maker Touch Sensitive will be slapping the bass, stopping in on his exclusive tour run for his debut album Lay It Down. Marc Kinchen aka MK is house music royalty and one of the worlds most in demand DJ/producers. Marc is a go to remixer for Lana Del Ray, Disclosure, Diplo and more, with his iconic remixes My Head Is A Jungle & See Right Through two of the greatest ever made.

As always, make a move or miss out. This isnt a matter of if it sells out but when. Early bird tickets sold out well in advance of MK being added to line up, its also our second last party of summer 17/18 and we would hate to see our favourite locals and regulars miss out on tickets.

General admission tickets are $25 available at www.sundaysafari.com.au

Keep update with set times etc by attending the facebook event page.

The post SUNDAY SAFARI WITH MK & TOUCH SENSITIVE appeared first on Byron Bay Blog.

00:16

Forecasting a dangerous present and devastating future for Australia "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"



Background warming associated with anthropogenic climate change has seen Australian annual mean temperature increase by approximately 1.1 C since 1910. Most of this warming has occurred since 1950. [Australian Bureau of Meteorology, Annual Climate Statement 2017

Bloomberg, 10 January 2018:

The road-melting heatwave that made Sydney the hottest place on Earth at the weekend may just be a taste of things to come. 

Temperatures in Australia are set to rise until around 2050 due to greenhouse gas emissions already in the atmosphere, according to the countrys weather bureau

Australia is one country where you really can see the signal of global warming, Karl Braganza, the Bureau of Meteorologys head of climate monitoring, told reporters on a call. Weve locked the degree of warming in until mid-century and that means its likely that one of the next strong El Nino events in the coming decade or two will set a...

00:15

Federal corruption doubling in 3 years. Allegations of crimes inside Federal Police and Border Force #auspol "IndyWatch Feed National"

Government corruption has doubled in the last 3 years a survey of the bureaucracy suggests. But you dont have to go past the offices of Australian Federal Police Commissioner Andrew Colvin and Australian Border Force CEO Roman Quaedvlieg to see allegations of corruption. Australian Federal Police Commissioner Andrew Colvin One of Andrew Colvins most senior advisers []

00:15

The American Resistance has many faces and these are just some of them (19) "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


Successful resistance at state level.....

Chicago Tribune, 4 December 2018:
President Donald Trump has signed an executive order disbanding his voter fraud commission.
A White House statement is blaming the decision on numerous states that have refused to provide voter information to the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders says that, "Rather than engage in endless legal battles at taxpayer expense," Trump has signed an order to dissolve the commission and asked the Department of Homeland Security to determine the administration's next steps.
Critics saw the commission as part of a conservative campaign to strip minority voters and poor people from the voter rolls, and to justify unfounded claims made by Trump that voter fraud cost him the popular vote in 2016.
...

00:13

Belize imposes offshore oil moratorium to protect reefs "IndyWatch Feed National"

The government of Belize halted all exploration for oil in its territorial waters from Dec. 29, becoming one of the first developing countries to turn away from oil in favor of protecting the ocean environment. This is truly The Peoples Law, Janelle Chanona, vice president of the NGO Oceana in Belize, said in a report by teleSUR. Belizeans have remained steadfast in their opposition to offshore oil since they became aware that marine assets were at risk of irreversible damage from the offshore oil industry. That opposition began in earnest when the government shared its plans for oil exploration near the Belize Barrier Reef. At that point, WWF started a campaign during which 450,000 people emailed the government about offshore drilling, according to an article at Quartz. Belize is a small country making a mighty commitment to putting the environment first, Nadia Bood, a WWF reef scientist, said in the Quartz article. A stingray in Belize. Photo by Rhett A. Butler/Mongabay. The Belize Barrier Reef System Reserve has been a UNESCO world heritage site for more than two decades. The 300-kilometer (186-mile) stretch of coral in the Caribbean Sea is part of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, second in size only to Australias Great Barrier Reef. It is home to turtles, crocodiles and manatees among the roughly 1,400 species found in Belizes reefs. Such wildlife is a huge draw for tourists, who contribute about 10 percent of the countrys gross domestic product, according to Quartz. The Guardian reports that 50 percent of Belizes

Monday, 15 January

23:35

Deutsche Bank: A Global Bank for Oligarchs American & Russian, Part 2 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Editors Note: Part II of this in-depth, technical piece by a former IRS investigator raises more questions than it answers. But WhoWhatWhy believes this is a very useful service, particularly in relation to a complex topic of considerable public import one that may be a key component for special counsel Robert Muellers ongoing Trump-Russia investigation. We hope in the coming weeks to explore many more of these questions in greater depth. And we welcome reader comments.

Martin J. Sheil is a retired branch chief of the IRS Criminal Investigation division.

See Part I here.


On March 10, 2017, US Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), the ranking Democratic member on the House Committee on Financial Service, wrote a letter to US Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), the committees Republican chairman. In it, she requested that the committee conduct a formal assessment of the Department of Justice (DOJ) investigation into Deutsche Banks Russian money laundering schemes.

This assessment would include a review of Attorney General Jeff Sessionss role in continuing the investigation. It would also involve determining the nature of Russian money laundering, including who participated in the arrangement, and whether violations of US law beyond failure to maintain anti-money-laundering (AML) controls may have occurred.

Waters made note of the various civil fines issued against Deutsche (covered in Part I). She called attention to the media reports that indicate the DOJ is investigating the matter, but then went on to express concern with the integrity of this criminal probe and whether senior bank officials will be held accountable given the presidents ongoing conflicts of interest with Deutsche Bank.

The letter further goes on to note that the suspicious ties between President (Donald) Trumps inner circle and the Russian government raise concerns that the Department may fail to implicate those who benefitted from Deutsche Banks trading scheme.

Waterss letter also reminds the chairman of Trump and his companies estimated $360 million in outstanding loans from Deutsche Bank. It raises the question of whether t...

23:15

Will The Obama Administration Ever Be Brought To Justice Over Its Iran Scandals? "IndyWatch Feed National"

When the jaw-dropping details of the Obama administrations alleged decision to spike Project Cassandra emerged late last yearquashing a multi-agency investigation of a cars-for-cocaine terrorist financing schemeit raised questions about just how far Team Obama was willing to go in appeasing Iran to pursue its nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

As dumbfounding as it may have been for the Obama administration to supposedly knowingly permit a multi-billion-dollar terrorist-subsidizing drug ring to operate on U.S. soil so as not to scuttle Iran deal negotiations, 2018 began with the conclusion of a high-profile court case illuminating illicit Iranian financing schemes executed during the Obama years of even greater magnitude. The Obama administrations related actions raise questions regarding its tolerance for Irans flouting of laws during Iran deal negotiations, without any apparent consequence. These questions demand answers.

Paying Jihadis in Violation of U.S. Laws

A former U.S. Treasury official and current senior vice president at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD), Jonathan Schanzer, with his colleagues extensively researched and briefed federal officials on these Iranian activities. He explores the case in a gripping article in The Atlantic aptly titled The Biggest Sanctions-Evasion Scheme in Recent History.

The trial focused on sanctions-busting schemes crafted by gold-trading Iranian-Turkish national Reza Zarrab that not only lined the pockets of Zarrab and high-ranking Turkish politicos with millions of dollars, but filled the Khomeinist Iranian regimes coffers with potentially upwards of $100 billion, both as the United States ratcheted up sanctions in the run-up to Iran deal negotiations and contemporaneous with the negotiations themselves.

As Schanzer reports, Zarrab

helped Iran evade sanctions with the help of Turkish banks in 2013 and 2014, yielding Iran an estimated $13 billion [via a sanctions-violating Iran...

23:15

How Mormon Leaders Taught Me To Forgive Media For Bungling Stories About Religion "IndyWatch Feed National"

Let me tell you about my friend, Ron. For 52 years, with the exception of an 18-month mission to Australia, Ron has visited a neighbor family at least monthly. He quietly helps with yardwork and sometimes negotiates family issues. He delivers religious messages and prays with families, some of whom have not shared his faith.

He watched over a family when the father died, when the mother lay in a hospital bed, and when a relative sat in. I have seen him break down in tears describing his affection.

Ron is a good neighbor and may well have done much of this service regardless. Believing in Jesus Christ has that kind of effect on people. But Ron also did it because those decades ago, he received a home-teaching assignment.

Home-teaching is a remarkable program of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Mormon church. All men receive assignments to each minister to a handful of families each month. They deliver spiritual messages and attend to temporal and spiritual needs. Women also receive assignments to visit other women in the congregation monthlythey visit-teach.

To be sure, most dont serve one family for 52 years, as Ron has done, and many dont fully follow the expectation of monthly visits in busy lives. But in many units around the church the most vulnerable, such as widows and the poor, receive visits from a caring, competent church member each month.

I have been blessed through this program. When my father died when I was 10, Bud Johnson rarely missed a month and helped me on my Scouting trail. In adulthood, I have met struggling immigrants in large cities and prayed with poor and ill folks in rural America. I am no Ron, but I have tried to serve, and the humility and humanity I experience in these visits has changed me.

Most Media Dont Cover This Kind of Thing

Why am I writing about home-teaching? Because my guess is most Americans have never heard of it. I think most Americans dont know a lot of things about Mormons. They seem to miss what I really believe and how I really live, even as I would share those things.

Strike up another complaint about the nations news mediathe disappointing ways it distorts religion and neglects the inner life of religious believers in America. I am well aware this journalistic affliction applies well beyond my faith. Those distortions affect how Americans see and understand one another.

For several years as a journalism professor at Brigham Young University-Idaho, I have studied the relationship between the news media and religion. Through observation and systematic research, Ive wondered: What have media taught people about Mormonism? How well have they done covering my faith?

Here is what I saw: Media teach that Mormons used to believe in polygamy,...

22:12

MACKAY Ford Mustang theft accused flags guilty pleas "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY January 15, 2018 at 05:18PM ,

Ford Mustang theft accused flags guilty pleas

January 15, 2018 at 05:18PM ,

Kerri-Ann Connolly, 31, has been charged with four counts of car theft, five counts of fraud, three counts of stealing after a previous conviction and one count of contravening police. When Connolly faced Mackay Magistrates Court via videolink from prison on Monday, she said she wanted to plead guilty

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22:12

MACKAY Dangerous driving charge follows crash, Bakers Creek "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY January 15, 2018 at 11:41AM ,

Dangerous driving charge follows crash, Bakers Creek

January 15, 2018 at 11:41AM ,

Officers have talked to the driver at the scene and he has subsequently been served with a notice to appear for the offence of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and he will appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court on February 12 to have the matter heard. If you have information for police, contact

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22:01

Investigation: Barnabys gas bonanza and the pervading influence of the gas lobby "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Gas companies weigh a heavy influence over Australias political leadership. As the horror show over high gas prices unfolds, Big Gas Con whistleblower and analyst, Simone Marsh, reports on National Party donations, the gas lobby, the revolving doors between industry and politics, and Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce and his land parcel at Narrabri where [...] full article 

21:59

Prayer and Meditation for Tuesday, January 16, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tuesday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 312

Reading 1 1 SM 16:1-13

The LORD said to Samuel:
How long will you grieve for Saul,
whom I have rejected as king of Israel?
Fill your horn with oil, and be on your way.
I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem,
for I have chosen my king from among his sons.
But Samuel replied:
How can I go?
Saul will hear of it and kill me.
To this the LORD answered:
Take a heifer along and say,
I have come to sacrifice to the LORD.
Invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I myself will tell you what to do;
you are to anoint for me the one I point out to you.

Samuel did as the LORD had commanded him.
When he entered Bethlehem,
the elders of the city came trembling to meet him and inquired,
Is your visit peaceful, O seer?
He replied:
Yes! I have come to sacrifice to the LORD.
So cleanse yourselves and join me today for the banquet.
He also had Jesse and his sons cleanse themselves
and invited them to the sacrifice.
As they came, he looked at Eliab and thought,
Surely the LORDs anointed is here before him.
But the LORD said to Samuel:
Do not judge from his appearance or from his lofty stature,
because I have rejected him.
Not as man sees does God see,
because he sees the appearance
but the LORD looks into the heart.
Then Jesse called Abinadab and presented him before Samuel,
who said, The LORD has not chosen him.
Next Jesse presented Shammah, but Samuel said,
The LORD has not chosen this one either.
In the same way Jesse presented seven sons before Samuel,
but Samuel said to Jesse,
The LORD has not chosen any one of these.
Then Samuel asked Jesse,
Are these all the sons you have?
Jesse replied,
...

21:56

PERTH Police probe after hundreds of cannabis plants go missing from Anketell property guarded by officers. "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Police probe after hundreds of cannabis plants go missing from Anketell property guarded by officers. .

January 15, 2018 at 06:48PM .

morning and police say persons unknown had breached the scene and removed about 100 plants. The Organised Crime Squad is now investigating how that came to be the case. The people charged over the cannabis cultivation are in custody and will appear in Perth Magistrates Court in January 16

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PERTH Speed Camera Operator Threatened With Rock "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Speed Camera Operator Threatened With Rock .

January 15, 2018 at 12:48PM .

A man has been charged after allegedly turning on a speed camera operator after getting flashed in Kewdale. Its alleged a 46 year old man was clocked travelling at 65 kilometres an hour in a 50 zone along Gabriel Street, near Knutsford Avenue. Police say he returned to the scene a short time later and

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PERTH WA police left high and dry as cannabis plants stolen from under their noses "IndyWatch Feed National"

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WA police left high and dry as cannabis plants stolen from under their noses .

January 15, 2018 at 07:12PM .

into the property and steal the cannabis plants. The Organised Crime Squad is also investigating the theft of the cannabis plants and a range of serious drug offences linked to the property. The two people charged were remanded in custody and will appear in the Perth Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

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20:56

In Iran, protesters suicides are stirring anger and calls for accountability "IndyWatch Feed National"

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By THOMAS ERDBRINK

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TEHRAN, Iran Two of the detained young men killed themselves, and another was a terrorist who died in a clash with security forces, Irans government officials have declared with finality. But in an extraordinary display of audacity, many Iranians, including a number of lawmakers and a top entertainment star, have assailed such conclusions.

The three young men were among more than two dozen Iranians who died in the wave of anti-government protests that swept the country a few weeks ago, the most serious unrest to confront the Islamic republics political-religious hierarchy in nearly a decade.

The personal stories that have since emerged of the three have struck a nerve among many Iranians, who see glaring contradictions to the official accounts of the facts.

Their push for further investigation, including a parliamentary demand for an inquiry into the prison deaths, suggests that while the protests have largely subsided, the fallout in Iran may be just beginning.

This news of so-called suicides is making people angry; they demand answers, said Farshad Ghorbanpour, an analyst close to the government of President Hassan Rouhani.

It is unclear whether the anger signals a potent new complication for Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who as Irans supreme leader was a target of some of the protests, which began over economic grievances and quickly broadened.

But the willingness by members of mainstream Iranian society to publicly repudiate the narrative of the top judicial authorities is unusual in this country of 80 million, where such behavior can be risky and invite retribution.

Irans judicial authorities, in an update on Sunday about the aftermath of the protests and government response, said a total of 25 people had died and nearly 4,000 had been arrested. They also said that hundreds had been released, including 500 in Tehran.

The national prosecutor, Gholam Hossein Mohseni-Ejei, told a news conference in Tehran that none of the bullets found in those killed had matched types used by Irans law enforcement officers and military. Those who died in detention, he said, had committed suicide.

Presi...

20:40

Aussie Government: End the Free Ride for Electric Cars "IndyWatch Feed National"

Guest essay by Eric Worrall Australian Federal Urban Infrastructure Minister Paul Fletcher wants a new system of road charging, which ends the free ride enjoyed by electric cars which do not have to pay fuel tax. Electric cars are breaking our roads, heres how And what the future holds for the neighbourhoods that need their

20:22

Sydney unemployment heading to record lows? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

My work featured in today's SMH here...(or click image).

20:08

Ahed Tamimi: Australian Outrage Or Indifference ? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia has once again remained silent on another Israeli outrage, writes Professor Stuart Rees.

Sixteen-year old Ahed Tamimi has been imprisoned in an Israeli jail. She slapped an Israeli soldier who had invaded her home in the village of Nabi Saleh, where her cousin was shot in the face with a rubber bullet and sustained life-threatening injuries. Her mother Nariman and cousin Noor have also been arrested. A video of the incident was streamed live on Facebook.

In response to Aheds resistance, Israeli education Minister Naftali Bennet said that Tamimi should spend the rest of her life in prison. A prominent Israeli commentator, Ben Caspin said hed like to see the teenager sent to a dungeon to be tortured in such a fashion that no-one should witness it.

 

Aheds Courage

Around the world there is outrage that Ahed has been being shackled and held in detention. Im outraged by Australian political leaders apparent non-response to the thuggery of Bennet and others, politicians whom an Australian government regards as partners in anti-terrorism operations and with whom we like to trade in arms.

I do not want to hear the sitting-on-the-fence response: weve stayed silent because we cant interfere in the affairs of another country. Thats the time-honoured cowards way out. As a newly minted member of the UNs Human Rights Council, the Australian government should not behave as though it believes in human rights but cant afford to offend a friend.

Journalist Ben Ehrenreich records that Ahed first came to the notice of Israeli authorities when she was 11. She was filmed raising her bare, skinny arm to shake her fist in the face of a fully armed Israeli soldier twice her size. Other soldiers had just arrested her brother.

The very courageous Ahed has lived her life under a brutal occupation. Settlers who steal land are protected by the military. Settlers act with impunity but aim to ethnically cleanse the area surrounding Nabi Saleh. Those who resist injustice are charged with being offenders while the perpetrators of injustice are defined as victims. Morality, law, human rights and ethics dont exist. Who...

20:00

Who and What Will AI Serve? US and China Give Very Different Answers "IndyWatch Feed National"

Beijing (MPN Artificial Intelligence is a frighteningly powerful new tool and weapon. Who and what will it serve? In the U.S., tech giants Facebook, Google, and Amazon and their corporate agendas; in China, the needs of the public and the economy. These two models should be thought through now.

Speaking to a group of students in September, Russian President Vladimir Putin made a bold proclamation. Artificial intelligence is the future, he said, stating that this is a fact not only for Russia but for all humankind. It comes with colossal opportunities, but also threats that are difficult to predict. Whoever becomes the leader in this sphere will become the ruler of the world.

Chinese Tech Show
Image: Wikimedia Commons

This single quote from Putin was cast in an ominous light by Western media, even leading SpaceX founder and the most recognizable critic of Artificial Intelligence (AI)  Elon Musk to warn that the race for AI superiority at a national level may be the most likely cause of a potential world war. While the Western media may want their consumers to believe that this was the latest development in the tactics used in Russian aggression and the next logical step from the dreaded ...

19:38

The big board game "IndyWatch Feed National"


People are speaking out! A host of women in the entertainment industry have come out with a range of complaints about male colleagues, complaints which hark back many years. It has been a cascade of allegations and the sense one gets of the emotions of these women is as a type of catharsis They demand to be treated with respect in the workplace. The "Me Too" campaign has managed to organise and galvanise women in protest against named powerful figures in Hollywood and elsewhere in the entertainment industry in countries like Australia. Impassioned speeches were made at the Golden Globe Awards, notably by television identity Oprah Winfrey. (The media infers from Oprah's short speech that she may now run for President of the United States!) The issue of sexual harassment in the workplace in the entertainment industry has erupted since accusations in 2017 against movie mogul, Harvey Weinstein, and now his name appears to be mud. Craig McLoughlin in Australia, who played Dr. Blake in a dreary TV series called, The Dr. Blake Mysteries has been suspended in the latest series in the making. He will no longer be playing the main role in the current production of Godspell due to complaints by his female colleagues. There is a righteous indignation and outpouring of emotion from women affected. It's out in the open. The men named all deny wrongdoing. Presumably efforts will be made to get to the truth.


On January 9th the first same sex marriages in Australia not requiring a waiver took place. The LGBTQI community has been victorious in having their relationships given the same status as traditional marriages. They have triumphed over prejudice and the celebrations and the volume of apparently pent up demand for marriage gives a sense of societal progress occurring in quantum leaps, or so it would appear from media reporting.

The space given in the media to members of special designated ethinic communities also creates a sense that the more that complaints and achievements are aired, the more progress is occurring. A recent example is of representatives of the Sudanese community speaking on episodes of crime and the needs of that community, all gives me a sort of illusion of progress, but towards what?

All the while, as we view our cities, our country, our communities on the screen in our living rooms, and see the women, the LGBTQI communities, the members of various im...

19:30

Q&A: How do climate models work? "IndyWatch Feed National"

In the first article of a week-long series focused on climate modelling, Carbon Brief explains in detail how scientists use computers to understand our changing climate

The use of computer models runs right through the heart of climate science.

From helping scientists unravel cycles of ice ages hundreds of thousands of years ago to making projections for this century or the next, models are an essential tool for understanding the Earths climate.

But what is a climate model? What does it look like? What does it actually do? These are all questions that anyone outside the world of climate science might reasonably ask.

Carbon Brief has spoken to a range of climate scientists in order to answer these questions and more. What follows is an in-depth Q&A on climate models and how scientists use them. You can use the links below to navigate to a specific question.

19:18

Julian Assange, courageous publisher: Ecuador's gain is Australia's loss "IndyWatch Feed National"

Julian Assange, the courageous innovative publisher of Wikileaks, who told the world the truth about US army torture of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib has been found by the united Nations to have been illegally held in indefinite detention since he was granted asylum by Ecuador in August 2012, due to the British and Swedish governments complicity with the United States. Now Australia has lost this citizen of global courage and action in defence of human rights, to Ecuador, which has just recently granted him citizenship. See "Julian Assange granted Ecuadorian citizenship to provide 'another layer of protection'".

The whole Assange case could have been resolved years ago, had the Swedish government given Assange a guarantee that he would not be extradited to the United States, should he go to Sweden to face charges (now dropped) of rape. The fact that no such undertaking was made by the Swedish government (supposedly neutral, but in reality an ally of the United States) clearly demonstrates that the charges of rape were no more than a ploy to arrest Assange and deliver him to the United States deep state.

Throughout this long detention and shameful denial of Julian Assange's human rights, Australian parliament has received letters and petitions asking for the government to help Julian Assange, as an Australian citizen and Victorian resident. To our knowledge, only Greens MPs, notably Scott Ludlum, and, at least once, Adam Bandt, have spoken up on the subject, especially in relation to Bills restricting Australian freedoms and expanding state surveillance. Prime Ministers Rudd and Gillard have been passive in their responses to questions about Assange's welfare, with Gillard actually making the public error of saying that Wikileaks was illegal. Basically no Australian government has stood up for Assange, even though they have occasionally protested that he has received the same rights as any Australian citizen. This h...

18:45

Man arrested after Mbah credit union break-in "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A man has been charged after police allege he attempted to break into a credit union at Murwillumbah today.

During the early hours, (Monday 15 January 2018), security responded to an alarm at a credit union in Murwillumbah Street. As they arrived they noticed a number of cladding planks had been removed from the building and contacted police.

As police were driving to the scene they noticed a man walking nearby. He was searched and a number of items were allegedly located on him, including housebreaking implements. Police attempted to arrest the man and a violent struggle ensued.

The man was eventually handcuffed and during the scuffle it is alleged a police officer was bitten.

The man was taken to Tweed Heads Police Station and charged with break and inter with intent x 2, assault police, resist arrest, have face blackened/disguised with intent, possess safebreaking implements, possess housebreaking implements, malicious damage and eight warrants for break and enter offences in 2015.

The man was refused bail to appear in Tweed Heads Local Court tomorrow (Tuesday 16 January 2018).

The officer was treated for a minor injury.

The post Man arrested after Mbah credit union break-in appeared first on Echonetdaily.

18:30

BCDiploma soon deployed by Avenir Sant Afrique Service to reach out 1 billion Africans "IndyWatch Feed National"

 In order to ensure the quality of training, BCDiploma and Avenir Sant Afrique (ASA) in cooperation with African training institutions, are partnering to set up an innovative certification and authentication tool for diplomas.

From 2018, Avenir Sant Afrique will deploy BCDiploma in Niger and sub-Saharan Africa.

This service will enable Africa to provide a recognized level of education and training to its 2 billion people predicted for 2040. By that date, Africa will represent 1 out of 5 workers on the planet and will be a global growth driver with an average growth rate of 6% per year.

Avenir Sant Afrique was founded by African and French health professionals.
Thanks to digital technology and managerial innovation, ASA facilitates and improves access to healthcare in Africa by establishing:
           Connected health cells of orientation and prevention (CSCOP);
           A personalized medical follow-up thanks to the integrated health record (DSI);
           An interoperable information system;
           A connected network of health professionals and facilities.

Avenir Sant Afrique, an approved player and privileged partner of the public authorities, manufacturers, laboratories and equipment manufacturers in Niger and many sub-Saharan countries, has decided to deploy BCDiploma in the following fields:
           Health professionals certification process (faculties, schools and training institutes);
           Approved data certification.

BCdiploma

Vincent Tossa, CEO of Avenir Sant Afrique: The convergence with BCDiploma will facilitate our recruitment process and ensure the quality of our staff. This will enable us to: show a high-performance level of patient orientation, improve the health system level in African countries and restore confidence in the global health system.

Luc Jarry-Lacombe, CEO of BCDiploma: The synergies between Avenir Sant Afrique and BCDiploma are huge: Avenir Sant Afrique has understood from the outset that BCDiploma answers the question of a certification service with sustainable, large-scale, reliable and cost-controlled deployment. Above all, Avenir Sant Afrique decided to use BCDiploma not only for certifications of medical staff...

17:47

LONE GOAT GALLERY LINDY LYNCH UPCYCLED "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A SURVEY OF WORKS BY LINDY LYNCH 2005 2018

19 JANUARY 20 FEBRUARY 2018 OPENING 6 8PM FRIDAY 19 JANUARY

Lindy Lynch is at the cutting edge, the grindstone and all the rest of a very modern Artists technique & trade. Sometimes in a playful harmonious manner, and other times with a driven, highly focused and manic intent. Buzz Sands. Breamlea, Victoria. January 2018.

In a post-pop, post-op, post-punk, post-hipster world, Art Sensation Lindy Lynch is both retroand visionary. Lindys work spans Outsider, Folk-art & Craftwork all the way to Abstract Expressionism, Cubism, Psychedelia & beyond.

Lindy creates shape and form from discarded, disused & disassembled materials and products; found objects in abundance amid a commercial, consumer, throwaway world not just to re-emergebut to be reborn & reassembled, beautiful and objectified in the inimitable Lindy Lynch style. Buzz Sands.

l never throw anything away.

The materials l use are all recycled or reclaimed goods. The mediums range from bamboo blinds, chairs and bed heads, rusted metal, nails and screws, driftwood, shells, rope from the beach, matches, paper, cardboard, plastics and electrical wire.

My art takes form from the materials l have collected and the sorting gives me the inspiration to create. From piles of discarded junk into pieces of art. Turning something old into something new and reducing landfill gives me great pleasure . Lindy Lynch. Mullumbimby Creek. 2018

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17:00

What Happens When You Use Blockchain to Fix the Food Industry "IndyWatch Feed National"

Trust in companies is currently at an all-time low because of the constant pressure to lower costs in order to increase margins. To combat this, many companies are looking for ways to increase the level of trust their customers have in them. One way theyve thought of doing this is by using technology to document the flow of goods through their supply chain.

Trust as a pain point

As a customer, a constant worry when making any purchase is that the good will be counterfeit, or not up to the standard one expects when making said purchase. Until now, companies had to rely on the strength of their brand to build this trust in their supply chain. When customers buy Armani clothes or Jimmy Choo shoes, they are assuming that the good is representative of what should be expected from the brand.

But what if there were another way to verify the quality of the end product without needing to make your customer blindly trust in your brand? The answer comes from the power of Blockchain technology to identify and track your goods through the entire supply chain. When you have multiple parties participating, such as the manufacturer, distributor, retailer and the consumer, it helps to have a digitized method of building consensus in a supply chain.

Your food is an asset too

Although not as valuable an asset, these ideas can also be applied in the context of food safety. Food safety has long been an issue in China, and this extends around the world. Contamination is a major worry as death or illness can result from improper handling of food. It is not always possible to verify the quality of the original goods and most of the current processes are executed by manpower, which can be tampered with.

For regulators, this makes things much easier to track and measure than any of the previously offered solutions. There would then be a method of tracking the status of each product in the supply chain and transactions could more easily be monitored. Companies will love this because they can measure the upstream and downstream effect of any modifications they make to their supply chain, and consumers will be grateful for a method by which they can establish a trust in the system.

How would this system work?

The general framework of the system would be to have information tracking occur all through the supply chain, which would then result i...

16:30

Senior Advisor "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian Building and Construction Commission

16:18

Tony Abbott offers The Greens 364 days a year to celebrate political correctness "IndyWatch Feed National"

There are 364 other days a year for the Greens to be politically correct. Why cant they just accept that Jan 26 is the best available day to celebrate all thats good about life in Australia. Tony Abbott (@TonyAbbottMHR) January 15, 2018

16:09

Greenhouses Gases Are a Product of Civilization for Thousands of Years "IndyWatch Feed National"

QUESTION: Do you believe we are going into an ice age?

ANSWER: No. At best we return to a mini-ice age and stop there hopefully. There are those who argue that a decline in solar activity, which they cannot deny, will not be enough to offset the human created Global Warming. There are so many things wrong with the Global Warming theories it is even hard to figure out where to begin. Long before the Industrial Revolution, the assumption was that our planets atmosphere was still untainted by human-made pollutants for it was somehow pristine. That assumption is dead wrong, but nobody wants to challenge it because if there were periods of human air pollution before, then perhaps their theory that this will destroy the planet and we will all burn to a crisp, as Christine Legard said, is nonsense.

All one has to do is read the contemporary accounts from ancient Rome. The residents of ancient Rome suffered from pollution that was primarily caused by burning wood to cook and stay warm rather than fossil fuels. There was a great smoke cloud they wrote about called gravioris caeli (heavy heaven). Others referred to it as infamis aer (infamous air). Complaints about this infamis aer and its effects can be found in classical writings. No sooner had I left behind the oppressive atmosphere of the city [Rome] and that reek of smoking cookers which pour out, along with clouds of ashes, all the poisonous fumes theyve accumulated in their interiors whenever theyre started up, than I noticed the change in my condition, wrote in 61AD Seneca the Younge...

16:09

How Will Interest Rates Double in Europe from Here "IndyWatch Feed National"

QUESTION: Marty

 Thanks for all your guidance and help in navigating these markets. You mention rates are going up soon in Europe but how can the ECB achieve this when they are still implementing QE. I work in the European HY market and the technicals are horrible as so much money is flooding in chasing yield driving up leverage and deteriorating lending conditions. If rates do go up soon can we expect a spectacular unwinding of the HY bond market that has ground so tight due to CSPP?

Thanks so much, keep up the amazing work.

NS

ANSWER: Central banks can only control short-term rates for brief periods of time. They cannot control the long-end. The problem the ECB has is by backing off of QE, it will require private buyers to replace them, which will not happen at negative to low rates. The interest rates will be set by the private sector not the ECB. The QE program has degenerated from an economic stimulus to simply life-support for member states. The stimulus never made it past the governments and we have nearly 10 years of QE that has just failed completely. Once the government have to turn back to private buyers, that is when you will see rates rise sharply to try to sell new debt.

16:08

African Australians are being stereotyped for special treatment "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed from Victoria

Peter Dutton, the Minster for Internal Affairs chose the Christmas period to launch an attack on the Australian African community,  publicly singling out Africans for being responsible for a massive wave of gang violence. He said that people in Melbourne were scared to go out to restaurants.

If what he had to say has any truth in it, Melbourne, particularly in the south eastern suburbs and in the west, must be something of a war zone.

This wasnt the ministers own invention. He has been following the lead of the gutter tabloid media of Murdochs news corporation. This hate promoting organisation, has as usual hired as small host of well-paid scribes to lead the charge, headlining a series of beat up stories that make it look like the reality is all out war and Melbournians are locked up in their homes, too afraid to go out into the dangerous streets.

The Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull joined in the bashing.

Anyone living in the city and visitors know that this is not the way it is.

It is true that a few young people do get involved in gang culture. There are Africans amongst them. But this is more about poverty, lack of opportunity, and rebelliousness. Among those who came to Australia as refugees there may be the legacy of past trauma. This is not about race.

Regardless of this, the reality for young Africans is that they are singled out for special attention. Black stands out. Young African Australians often feel that the police target them because of the colour of their skin. They see the headlines and certain politicians say about them. Is it any wonder that there are those who get angry?

In response, the African community has spoken out and this has compelled the politicians to tone down their language somewhat.

Nevertheless, the attack continues and it spells out a recipe for confrontation. Those who pursue this, want conflict, so they  can use it as a platform for their twisted political agenda. A collection of hate groups have already met together in Melbourne, in order to plan their own action.

News Corporation, Peter Dutton, Malcolm Turnbull and other like minded individuals might in part be driven by the inclination to opportunistically use the issue, as a means to whip Victorias Labor premier Dan Andrews and his government. They also have a considerable amount in common with the hate groups, and in effect assist them.

Theirs is a mind set to find scapegoats to blame for the...

16:03

15:48

Chet Raymo, The Seat of the Soul "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Seat of the Soul 
by Chet Raymo

"It was not my first visit. I had been there once before to talk with the great man, to the Castle of Cloux, near Amboise, in the valley of the Loire. He had been living there since 1516, at the invitation of Francis I, king of France. He was 67 years old, bundled up in a thick fur wrap by a roaring fire. His face showed age but not infirmity. Long white hair fell about his shoulders. White beard. Thick, downswept brows shaded his eyes like awnings. A strong nose. And of course the mouth, serious yet generous, not unlike the mouth of the Christ he had painted on the wall of the refectory of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan.

The king likes to surround himself with luminaries - artists, poets, philosophers, talented people of all sorts. Leonardo's reputation, of course, is known throughout Europe. It was inevitable that the king would draw him to France. A prize of war? So be it.

The last time I visited we talked about his paintings, only three of which had followed him to France. This time I wanted to hear about his anatomical studies. I had heard he had hundreds of drawings, recording the meticulous dissection of cadavers. "Might I see them?" I asked. Kindly, he aquiesced, and asked his young apprentice and friend, Count Francesco Melzi, to fetch several thick portfolios. As I carefully turned the sheets, I was stunned. Never had I seen such detailed representations of the human frame. Bones, muscles, tissues. Heart, lungs, stomach, liver. "From life?" I asked, forgetting myself. "From death," he replied with a slight smile. "Not so may years ago I had the privilege of working with Marcantonio della Torre, professor of anatomy at the University of Pavia. He gave me access to corpses."

As the thickly-annotated sheets slipped through my fingers I realized I was looking at something marvelous, a marriage of art and science.
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15:30

15:11

Beachgoers urged to take care in powerful swell "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The lifesaving community has urged North Coast beachgoers to be cautious around the water this week as powerful swells prompted agencies to issue warnings about the hazardous surf conditions.

A powerful swell, peaking at more than 3.5 metres is expected to continue to build throughout Monday with the Far North Coast set to bear the brunt of the conditions, particularly on the incoming tide.

Similar conditions have been forecast for Tuesday with the entire coastline from Eden through to the NSW-Queensland border likely to experience the challenging swell.

Southern facing and open beaches are likely to be most heavily impacted.

NSW Lifesaving manager Matt du Plessis is urging the public to be aware of the conditions and to only swim at a patrolled location.

Unfortunately we have seen a number of tragic incidents at our beaches during the festive season and with the warmer weather the beach is still just as inviting ever.

Please take note of the safety warnings and if you have any doubt whatsoever about your ability to handle the water its better not to go in, said Mr du Plessis.

Lifesavers are using this opportunity to reiterate key safety messages.

The red and yellow flags are there for a reason and we urge you to make that effort to swim there. Weve had several instances of people being pulled from rips over summer so please take those few extra seconds to evaluate the conditions and to talk to the lifesaver or lifeguard on duty, Mr du Plessis said.

Additionally rock fishers in particular should be aware of a 13-second period swell so they need to be extra vigilant when getting on and off exposed platforms.

It is believed that these conditions will last until at least Thursday before gradually easing as the weekend approaches, though that can quickly change as forecast models are refined.

General Safety Tips during Hazardous Surf Conditions: 

  • Avoid rock fishing and water activities on exposed beaches/rock-shelves
  • Only swim at patrolled beaches, between the red & yellow flags. See the Beachsafe website for patrolled locations/times
  • Check the official Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) forecast before undertaking rock fishing and water activities
  • Boaties should seek advice from Marine Rescue NSW and always wear a lifejacket
  • If you witness an in-water emergency dial Triple Zero police

The post...

14:55

Update "IndyWatch Feed National"

I've been unwell for a few days, up for breakfast today - for the first time since mid-last week - an encouraging sign.

14:52

Australian birds weaponize fire "IndyWatch Feed National"

Raptors, including the whistling kite, are intentionally spreading grass fires in northern Australia, a research paper argues. The reason: to flush out prey and feast Dick Eussen thought he had the fire beat. It was stuck on one side of a highway deep in the Australian outback. But it didn't look set to jump. And then, suddenly, without warning or obvious cause, it did. Eussen, a veteran firefighter in the Northern Territory, set off after the new flames. He found them, put them out, then looked up into the sky.

Australian birds have weaponized fire: Astonishing research indicates black kites are purposefully spreading wildfires "IndyWatch Feed National"

Raptors, including the whistling kite, are intentionally spreading grass fires in northern Australia, a research paper argues. The reason: to flush out prey and feast Dick Eussen thought he had the fire beat. It was stuck on one side of a highway deep in the Australian outback. But it didn't look set to jump. And then, suddenly, without warning or obvious cause, it did. Eussen, a veteran firefighter in the Northern Territory, set off after the new flames. He found them, put them out, then looked up into the sky. What he saw sounds now like something out of a fairy tale or dark myth. A whistling kite, wings spread, held a burning twig in its talons. It flew about 20 metres ahead of Eussen and dropped the ember into the brittle grass. And the fire kicked off once again.

14:01

A Melt Up is Coming For US Stocks "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

  • All eyes turn to BHP and RIO this week
  • Why the shorts and sceptics need to get taken out for a blow-off top to happen
  • Plus, a common crypto question answered

US stocks got another big lift after we closed down for the week last Friday. The Dow put on over 200 points.

Thats enough to give Aussie stocks a boost in early trade this morning. The question is whether the rally can keep going.

All eyes will be on BHP and RIO. Their production reports are due this week. Things are looking primed to surprise to the upside.

In December, iron ore, coking coal, copper and oil traded at prices that were way higher than most forecast.

These production reports will guide analysts into their final estimates for dividends and full year profit.

A wildcard or two could come from an unexpected asset sale

A bullish signal for the US market
long term

Still, I cant help but feel the markets run over December has mostly priced in this good news.

However, the Aussie market could keep coasting off the momentum and strength coming out of the US.

Things are indeed looking bullish on that front. The Wall Street Journal reported last week that US investors are abandoning their defensive hedges.

Put options instruments that move into profit when the market goes down are falling away as investors cut the expense and opportunity cost of holding them.

It shows the fear of a big collapse in US stocks is no longer a major one.

You could argue that US stocks could see a sharper selloff if something happens to spook the market because of this.

Maybe in the short term. If youre a long-term investor, its not something to lose sleep over. The dips will be bought up, if you ask me.

If were to get what I expect a final melt up in stocks around the world, the short sellers and sceptics have to get taken out. Markets can only rise into a true major peak when theres no one left to buy.

Thats one reason I dont see the run in bitcoin finishing anytime soon. Theres still a lot of demand that can pour into this market from all over the world.

One of the worlds biggest exchanges is called Binance. Last week, Chief Executive Officer Zhao Changpeng told Bloomberg that Binance is adding a couple of million....

13:38

Too many Mailers "IndyWatch Feed National"

The power of the debate as an illustration of gender politics in 1971 is patent, a more than ample foundation on its own, with Mailer looking more of a fool as time goes on in his attempts to rein the women in, belittle their arguments and remain on top. Its fascination for us today lies also in the language and manners, striking in their formality, even in Johnstons experimental prose and radical politics; Greer and Trilling are just as prolix, speaking in paragraphs we no longer hear in these contexts, worn down as we are by decades of festivals, talk fests and technology.

12:55

The Australian economy is not likely to improve in 2018 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Joe Montero

Last year finished with the Australian economy in a poorer state. It has been in the doldrums for years, marked by depressed economic growth figures, a declining manufacturing sector, rising personal debt, lagging sales, a housing cost crisis and ongoing dependency on fossil fuels and outdated technologies.

The coming year is unlikely to be any better and could even bring worse news. All of the above problems are still with us and there is no prospect of change in the foreseeable future.

Sitting over this has been ongoing government dependency on neoliberalism as the applied economic policy. It focuses on government spending cuts, ongoing privatisation and the redirection of national income upwards, so that the wealthiest receive a higher portion, the poorest less. Even those in the middle are finding that their share is shrinking.

The overall failure of wages to rise over a considerable period and households being forced to maintain the same standard of living by increasing their debt level, is now openly admitted by everyone.

What is not so widely understood is that the underlying profitability of business is taking a hit. This does not mean that businesses, particularly at the top end are not making a profit. Some of them make huge profits. The the banks are a good example. At the same time, many small, medium and even some large businesses are feeling the squeeze. They lack the padding to tide them over difficult times and dont have the access to capital that their bigger and more more powerful competitors enjoy.

This reveals a core problem and this is that the rate of return on investment is too low to guarantee that the largely unregulated market  will induce the right type of investment and secure a healthy economy. The reason why this has come about is complex and not the subject here. At the very least, these problems must be recognised in order to find a solution to the economic problems facing Australia. This solution cannot rely on market forces as the main means.

According to the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) report in 2016, the previous year showed that the rate of return for fixed investment income was 1.7 percent and for liquid investments (shares and cash) 3.1 percent, when the international average was 7.3 and 6.2 respectively. At 8 percent, only the residential property market performed well form the investors point of view.

It should also be added that the mining industry is declining overall, in the face of falling commodity prices and changing global demand. This is important, because Australia has been over dependent on mining as a key source...

12:48

Chelsea Bond: Victims and Vultures the profitability of problematising the Aborigine "IndyWatch Feed National"

Share this Post As a health researcher I am troubled by the predatory possibilities of the Aboriginal problem. Many a mortgage has been paid off the back of knowing the Aboriginal problem or claiming to solve the Aboriginal problem as advancing new knowledge. Within Indigenous health research, people (and by people, I mean predominantly white people) make money from knowing ...

12:16

PERTH Speed camera operator threatened "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Speed camera operator threatened .

January 15, 2018 at 09:03AM .

Belmont Police attended the scene and the man attempted to flee the area on foot but was arrested nearby. The 46 year old man from Cloverdale has been charged with threats to injure, endanger or harm any person and being armed in a way that may cause fear. Hell front Perth Magistrates Court next

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12:12

MACKAY Man charged for spitting blood, saliva in alleged CBD attack "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY January 15, 2018 at 09:26AM ,

Man charged for spitting blood, saliva in alleged CBD attack

January 15, 2018 at 09:26AM ,

A 20-YEAR-old Eimeo man has allegedly spat at and assaulted staff at a club, then spat blood and saliva in a police car while being taken to the police station. The man, who will face Mackay Magistrates Court this morning, allegedly spat at a staff member of a licenced venue on Victoria St before

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MACKAY Multiple charges, Mackay "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY January 15, 2018 at 08:18AM ,

Multiple charges, Mackay

January 15, 2018 at 08:18AM ,

A 20-year-old Eimeo man will appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court this morning following an alleged incident which occurred at 2:20am on January 13 at the corner of Fifth Lane and Gregory Street, Mackay. Its alleged that the male had been evicted from a licensed venue by security and assisting

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11:17

Lake Ainsworth battle heats up "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Preserving Lake Ainsworth protesters, Don Opie and Helen Fay-Kimber. Photo Jeff Dawson

Hot weather saw some several hundred protesters angrily press their point with Ballina Mayor David Wright that Lake Ainsworths eastern road should remain open, at a rally on Saturday (January 13).

But the mayor declined to change his position, and that of the council as a whole, that the road should be closed to benefit the ecology of the lake and a pedestrian precinct created on the eastern shore.

The group Preserving Lake Ainsworth Inc (PLA), who say 460 people signed on with them objecting to the road closure, argue that a large number of car parking spaces will be lost as a result of the plan and that council is looking at introducing paid parking elsewhere around the lake.

But the mayor has stated that the council has no plans for paid parking in the vicinity of the lake.

11:11

Post-Midsumma Carnival 2018 Wash-up "IndyWatch Feed National"

There was fun, fun fun.
The weather was perfect, the crowds were many in their multitude, the atmosphere was giggly and humourous, there was much jocularity abounding amidst the rainbowed folks.
I managed to catch up with a couple of gorgeous souls I used to work with at JOY 94.9 FM, and (dare I say it had been at least 14 years) they had NOT aged a soupon.
I managed to party (on the inside) for about 2 hours before my bitch of a back decided that the midnight witching hour was upon us and I was going to turn back into a composted pumpkin should I stay any longer.
The Hubster agreed we should exit stage left asap and on our way to the train thingie we found a pub where a glass of the lager drink made my world a whole lot more bearable ( for the Hubster, too) and I gently snored our way home.
I said GENTLY snored.....we were NOT asked to leave the Charabanc nor did the conductor prod me with her swagger stick after frightening small children.







10:33

Stop Population Growth Now: Candidate announcements and call for candidates SA elections March 2018 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Bob Couch and Michael Roberts will be contesting the Legislative Council on behalf of Stop Population Growth Now at the March election. Their website is at www.stoppopulationgrowthnow.com.


Bob Couch and Michael_Roberts will nominate for the Legislative Council for the March 2018 SA election.

The Stop Population Growth now Party calls on more members to nominate for the next SA election.
Contact Bob Couch, Convenor on 0488 071 799 in the first instance.

Registration

The party is now officially registered as a political party in South Australia. Donations to our party are tax deductible up to $1500 per annum).

Membership

More members are needed to formally register as a federal political party. Please join up, and/or encourage others to join. Membership (Associate) is now free.
You can find an application from at the website.

Remember, the existing parties will ignore your wish for stopping population growth until they are not getting your vote.
We will give you an alternative.

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10:32

MACKAY Ipswich magistrates court list "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY January 14, 2018 at 10:29AM ,

Ipswich magistrates court list

January 14, 2018 at 10:29AM ,

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10:20

Chairman of Americans for Peace Now says Israeli Jews will never accept Palestinians as equals "IndyWatch Feed National"

Jim Klutznick, the chairman of the liberal Zionist group Americans for Peace Now (and a political player in Chicago and an early Obama supporter), yesterday dismissed the idea of a one-state outcome in Israel and Palestine because Israelis will never accept Palestinians as equals. Klutznick responded to Palestinian pollster Khalil Shikaki, who said during a Peace Now podcast, that the "major driver" for Palestinian youth today is "democracy and equal rights," not what has driven Palestinian politics for the last 50 years, the desire for sovereignty. Shikaki said these young Palestinians see a Palestinian state as a, a delusion, and b, just another "corrupt inefficient authoritarian state," so they dream of equal rights with Jews in one state. Klutznick dismissed the idea: You brought up the word democracy. And I just wanted to make this observation... particularly as it relates to your youth who are interested in civil rights and democracy. It seems to me that democracy is the common thread between either of these two versions. The difference is that you will not get civil rights under one state. And the only answer here is an independent and sovereign state for the Palestinian people where democracy will have a chance to flourish within the context of Palestinian democracy. Because I don't believe it will ever happen in one state, with Israel never allowing there to be civil rights for everybody and an equal vote.

10:12

Nimbin to host medical cannabis workshop without Dr Pot "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Medical cannabis information is now available on a Federal Government website but the actual product remains difficult to source.

There will be one familiar face missing when the Nimbin Hemp Embassy hosts another medicinal cannabis workshop next weekend.

Dr Andrew Katelaris. (picture supplied)

Andrew Katelaris, also known as Dr Pot, has been a regular at the workshops but remains in jail after being arrested on 5 December following an appearance on television.

His court hearing is set down for November 5 and he has a bail hearing on January 24.
Hemp Embassy president Michael Balderstone said Mr Katelaris had attended every MEDICAN workshop at Nimbin, and pretty much every Mardi Grass in the past 25 years.

But after being arrested last year, he was refused bail because in the past he had refused to not continue helping people with cannabis, especially epileptic children.

Nevertheless, Mr Balderstone said the MEDICAN workshop would still feature a number of doctors, as well as visitors from America.

Three Aussies who have spent years in California learning the art of extracting the medicinal oil from the Cannabis plant will demonstrate (with legal herbs) and talk about their experiences in the legal medical Cannabis world of North America over both days this coming weekend, Mr Balderstone said.

Everyone who is keenly interested in this subject is urged to attend as its a rare opportunity for first hand conversation on a new science that is fast changing the face of health in some American states.

I am totally confident tha...

10:08

Why I have decided not to grow Kale this year. "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"


I am just a bit over Kale.

We are bombarded through the media with a constant dialogue on the benefits of, and recipes for this vegetable, but frankly I do not like it.

Give me a plate of steamed Broccoli any day.

I have been growing Kale for the past 5 or 6 years, being caught up in the you must grow and eat this fabulous vegetable hype that has  occurred over the last ten years.

I have eaten it in countless ways- salads, chips, stir-fries, sauted and juiced- both at home and in restaurants and still come to the same conclusion I dont really like it I can eat it but is it worth eating something you dont really enjoy. To me the answer is NO.

If you take any notice of modern media, it is almost implied that you are being remiss in your culinary responsibilities if you do not serve it up to your family as it is reputed to be the most nutritious of the cabbage (Brassicaceae) family.
And to be truthful, according to any nutritional analysis I can find, weight for weight, this is correct.
Here is a comprehensive nutritional analysis from a fairly reputable source; https://skipthepie.org/vegetables-and-vegetable-products/kale-raw/compared-to/broccoli-raw/

I would be the first to agree that the Brassicaceae family have nutritional benefits not found in many vegetables so agree we should be eating more of these plants.

However, having weighed 100 grams of Kale and 100 grams of Broccoli (see picture below) you need a lot less Broccoli then Kale to get the same amount of nutrition.

I can easily eat 200grams of Broccoli every day, effectively getting the same or more nutritional benefits of 100grams of Kale, but would struggle to eat 100grams of Kale every day.

Thus, if I am looking at trying to maintain effective levels of consumption of th...

10:05

Has govt breached its own shark-net disentanglement plan? "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A ray found by Sea Shepherd volunteers trapped in a Ballina shark net on Sunday January 7, 2018. Photo Sea Shepherd Australia

Following the declaration last week by a NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) official that contractors would not attend shark nets at Ballina to release an entangled ray, Sea Shepherd Australia and Humane Society International claim the department could be in breach of its own management plans.

Sea Shepherd Australias spokesperson Allyson Jennings said the group had sought preliminary legal advice which indicated that NSW DPI may have breached their management and fauna disentanglement plans one or more times.

This is unacceptable behaviour by the NSW Government who clearly cannot be trusted to administer its own plans and follow the legislation, she said.

Ms Jennings added the group would be seeking to take the matter further.

Jessica Morris, a marine scientist with Humane Society International, said the latest data showed harmless sharks, rays and turtles are being needlessly killed, and now the news [is] that DPI may be contravening their management plans, and could be in breach of NSW legislation.

We think its time our government recognises the trial as the huge failure it is.

Shark attacks are not the norm they are traumatic but they are rare, and we need to realise that nets are doing more harm than good. We cannot afford to lose any more of these animals due to a fear and falsehood about sharks, Ms Morris said.

Sea Shepherd has suggested that leaving any live animal to die in the shark nets creates an increased risk of human-shark interactions as passing marine predators such as sharks will seek the animal as a free meal.

It is time the NSW Government stops providing the communities of northern NSW a false sense of security. There are non-lethal options available to be implemented right now at these beaches. Ocean users deserve better protection than this farcical trial and our marine life does not deserve to die. Ms Jennings said.

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10:00

A Pint of Purpose "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Orkney Tourist Board strongly advises not going to Orkney to see the Northern Lights. It admits that yes, you can see the Northern Lights in Orkney, but if youre visiting purely to do so, youll most likely end up disappointed.

So here I am, in Orkney, for no reason other than to see the Northern Lights and yes, Im disappointed. Thanks to the unyielding presence of clouds, the closest thing Ive seen to stars is the local cover band on New Years Eve who, credit where credits due, were phenomenal.

A prominent Scottish lecturer with a particular interest in Orkney described the climate as the most vile under Heaven, and it wasnt for dramatic effect. With this knowledge, youre probably asking, like every other person, why I came to Orkney, and the answer is I couldnt afford Iceland. I cant afford to be in Scotland either, to be perfectly honest, so Im making the most of it, leaving Orkney and heading to the Scottish highlands in a couple of days.

I tell this to Martin, who is staying in the same hostel.

Now let me see, Martin says. Youll arrive Thursday, so thatd be curry night. Youll be there Friday too, and thats fish n chip night and thats even better. Tuesday is steak night, Wednesday is chicken night, and you already know Thursday is curry night. Youll get a pint with your meal too, all for under six quid.

Martin is taking me through the weekly menu at Wetherspoons, a chain of UK pubs known for cheap booze. I last visited one in 2012 and watched a girl vomit in the mens bathroom. I wasnt there specifically to watch a girl vomit; it was just a byproduct of the aforementioned prices. Say what you will about Wetherspoons, theyre surprisingly progressive with their policy on gender-neutral toilets, however unofficial it is.

They call it club night, they do. Now Tuesday, thats steak club. Wednesday is chicken club. Thursday is curry club and then Friday

I cut him off. Fish n chips club?

Aye, it is too, he says, but we call it Fish Friday my favourite.

Martin has visited either 700 or 701 Wetherspoons in his 72 years and plans on having a drink at them all. I Google how many there are, and it turns out that in 2015 a British woman, Mags Thomson, already completed this questionable feat. Shed drunk at 980 establishments by the time shed finished and, statistically speaking, shouldve vomited in at least 452 mens bath...

09:51

Financial Times Blasts New York Mayor De Blasios Climate Stunts "IndyWatch Feed National"

Guest essay by Eric Worrall The Financial Times asks, if De Blasio is so hot on tackling climate change, why does he ride in a SUV every day when he visits the gym? New Yorks easy answers on climate change Fixing infrastructure would be better for the city, and the planet JANUARY 13, 2018 6

09:42

Mystery of the South Lismore Duck Pond monster "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The Duck Pond at South Lismore. (Darren Coyne)

It may not be as glamorous as the Loch Ness monster but South Lismore locals reckon they have their own  mysterious monster living in the Duck Pond.

A number of witnesses have reported seeing what they believe to be a juvenile bull shark swimming about in the relatively shallow pond at the western end of the reserve.

The Duck Pond is not connected to nearby Leycester Creek, so if the reports prove accurate, the shark would either have found itself stuck in the pond following the flood last year, or been placed there by a cheeky fisher person.

A juvenile bull shark caught near the Lismore Rowing Club last week. (Scott Bendall, Facebook)

Noreen Colley, owner of the Duck Pond cafe in Union Street, said she was beside the pond last week when she noticed a wake in the water.

A short time later there was a commotion and a number of ibis took off, however Noreen maintains there was one less ibis than before.

I saw what appeared to be a fin gliding through the water and the shark looked to be about four foot long, she told Echonetdaily.

We watched it for quite some time.

The sighting was confirmed by her grandson Riley.

During a subsequent search in the area, this reporter and others also spotted something making a wake as it moved about the shallow waters.

Overgrown vegetation alongside the pond made a closer inspection impractical however the three intrepid shark hunters were sure they spotted what appeared to be the wake of a something as it moved about in the shallow water.

South Lismore Duck Pond Landcare secretary Mark Bailey said National Parks and Wildlife Service would be notified to find the best course of action if indeed it was a bull shark.

The Duck Pond reserve is a popular area for peopl...

09:37

Byron parking officers out in force over holidays "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Read the fine print: Council signage at Venture Park, Brunswick Heads, on the basis of which parking fines have been issued. Photo Grant Nettleton

The holiday period was busy for Byron Shire Councils enforcement team with 11 staff working early and finishing late.

Some 200 fines were handed out for illegal camping and another 900 for parking-related issues.

Shannon Burt, the councils director of sustainable environment and economy, said there were no holidays for the enforcement team, who responded to ongoing concerns from our community about illegal campers and their behaviour and to let these people know that setting up vans and camping on beaches and in residential streets is not okay any time of the year.

In all, 1,119 infringement notices for a range of offences, including illegal camping and parking, were issued over the Christmas-New Year break.

Ms Burt said the team worked across all the public holidays, starting at 3am and finishing at midnight, to send the message to illegal campers that they need to pay to stay.

Enforcement staff wrote 218 infringement notices for illegal camping.

They issued a further 901 penalties for other offences including parking fines, which also take in  people setting up their vans and sleeping in their cars in no parking areas.

Of those parking fines, 124 were at Seven Mile Beach Road at Broken Head,.

While we welcome holiday makers to the Byron Shire and hope they enjoy their stay, there is no place here for people who think they are entitled to park and camp wherever they like, Ms Burt said.

She added that residents and visitors who are paying for their accommodation do not want to see tents on our beaches or in car parks and people setting up their vans in residential streets.

Despite it being peak season there were still reasonably priced sites at some caravan parks in the Byron Shire so it is clear that the people who were camping illegally were doing so because they wanted free accommodation close to the beach, she said.

Many of the complaints we get are from residents who are tired of illegal campers and Im confident they were pleased to see our Enforcement Officers out and about over the...

09:03

Bugging Out Equipment List. WHAT & WHY. "IndyWatch Feed National"


I decided to post this because when I read lists of other peoples modern equipment for bugging out I often see items that I cant make sense of. Items that are NOT sustainable & seem of very little use. Some say well I use this until it breaks & then I throw it away. The problem with that is that this equipment has taken up room, added weight to the pack, can leave sign to track you by if you dont dispose of it properly, & meanwhile you could have used this space & weight to either carry a better piece of equipment, or you could have left it out & saved room & weight. If you can afford to throw it away, then you dont need it in the first place.
Anyway, here is my list. Please feel free to comment, different people sometimes see things in a different way & I like to hear other peoples point of view.
My Equipment List. WHAT & WHY.
.62 cal/20 gauge flintlock fusil. 42 inch barrel.
Why?  Large calibre smoothbore has a lot of knock down power with a round ball, very versatile using bird shot, buckshot, or round ball or a combination of any two of these, able to use other projectiles found in nature, only requires a siliceous rock for ignition which can be found in nature, the lock is easy to repair, if the lock breaks & there are no spare parts I can use it as a matchlock or tinderlock & keep using it, I can use the lock to make fire without the use of gunpowder, I can make my own black powder, I can retrieve spent lead from shot game & reuse it, I can mould my own round ball & shot.
...

08:55

THE AUSTRALIAN reports on Queenslands long drought (not a mention of climate change) "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Farmers in distress as devastating drought enters its sixth year  The Australian, January 15, 2018, RICK MORTON, Social Affairs reporter, Sydney @SquigglyRick

Almost five years after drought was last officially declared in Queensland, two-thirds of the state, or 120 million hectares, is in the grip of a dry so long and grinding that many who can afford to have forgotten it even exists.

At the end of last year, 35 council are...

08:49

Australias extreme heat here to stay. #ClimateChange #StopAdani #Auspol jpratt27 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

How Australias extreme heat might be here to stay By Adam Morton Hobart A section of highway connecting Sydney and Melbourne started to melt. DRIVERS were being urged to take caution while heading towards Melbourne on the Hume Highway. A stretch of the road began to melt at Broadford in hot weather on Friday afternoon. []

via Australias extreme heat here to stay. #ClimateChange #StopAdani #Auspol jpratt27

08:46

Five Ways Schools Destroy Childrens Freedom (And What To Do About It) "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Jennifer Lade

Parenting for Freedom article series: This is the fourth in a series of articles that analyzes how freedom-loving people can align their parenting with their political philosophy, and how doing so will allow ideas about personal liberty to carry on to the next generation.

If youre a freedom-loving parent, youre probably doing all you can to give your children autonomy in their own lives. Youre treating them well in the present. But youre also looking to the long-term goals of raising self-reliant adults who desire freedom for themselves and others. When your kids are with you, you treat them with respect and love.

But what other influence is undermining your message?

The answer: institutionalized schooling.

By their very design, schools restrict the freedoms of individuals to encourage conformity and obedience. Our public school model has its origin in Prussia, the defunct German kingdom that promoted universal schooling beginning in the late 17th century. The goal was not education, but social engineering. Dr. Peter Gray, a research professor of psychology at Boston College, wrote in his book, Free to Learn:

The primary educational concern of leaders in government and industry was not to make people literate, but to gain control over what people read, what they thought, and how they behaved. Secular leaders in education promoted the idea that if the state controlled the schools, and if children were required by law to attend those schools, then the state could shape each new generation of citizens into ideal patriots and workers. (p. 60)

Throughout the 19th century, countries across Europe enacted compulsory education in state-run institutions. In America, it all started in my home state of Massachusetts with Horace Mann. In 1852 he led the charge to require attendance in free community schools for all...

08:38

Baby brain does exist: Australian study "IndyWatch Feed National"

Baby brain does indeed exist and particularly affects women during the third trimester of pregnancy, Australian researchers have found.

The study shows baby brain is a significant phenomenon that mainly manifests as minor memory lapses such as forgetting appointments.

Deakin University researchers analysed 20 studies, finding overall cognitive functioning was poorer in pregnant women than in non-pregnant women.

The general cognitive functioning, memory and executive functioning performance of pregnant women is significantly lower than in non-pregnant women, both overall and particularly during the third trimester, they concluded.

The differences primarily develop during the first trimester and are consistent with recent findings of long-term reductions in brain grey matter volume during pregnancy.

The study published in the Medical Journal of Australia found memory performance declined during the early stages of pregnancy, but the decline either slowed or stopped from mid-pregnancy.

The magnitude of changes in overall cognition and memory during the third trimester is not only statistically but also clinically significant, the authors said.

The study authors say more research is needed to determine the impact of baby brain on the quality of life and everyday functioning of pregnant women.

These findings need to be interpreted with caution, particularly as the declines were statistically significant, but performance remained within the normal ranges of general cognitive functioning and memory, Associate Professor Linda Byrne said.

Dr Melissa Hayden said the small reductions in performance across their pregnancy will be noticeable to the women themselves and perhaps those close to them.

She says they mainly manifest as minor memory lapses like forgetting, or failing, to book medical appointments, but that more significant consequences such as reduced job performance or impaired ability to navigate complex tasks, are less likely.

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08:35

Greens to push Australia Day date change "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Greens are pushing to change the date of Australia Day ceremonies. Photo Australia Day website

The Greens are actively throwing their support behind the campaign to change the date of Australia Day.

Greens councillors across the country who launch local campaigns to move the January 26 date have been told they can count on the full support and resources of the national party.

All Australians want a day on which we can come together and to celebrate our wonderfully diverse, open and free society but January 26 is not that day, Greens leader Richard Di Natale told Fairfax Media on Sunday.

Its time that we stop papering over an issue that for 200 years has been so divisive and painful for so many of our citizens.

Indigenous leaders have been pushing for the change in recent years, saying January 26 marks the date the First Fleet landed in Sydney Cove in 1788, marking the beginning of British colonisation.

However, there is a great deal of resistance from different quarters to the move, including from the Turnbull government.

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08:27

Byron Bay man stole credit card from backpacker "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A Byron Bay man has been arrested after allegedly stealing a credit card from a backpacker and going on a spending spree.

The card was stolen at a Byron Bay Beach on December 8 and police allege over the next few days the credit card was used at numerous supermarkets to purchase food, drinks and cigarettes valued at $493.33.

Following an investigation, a 35-year-old man from Byron Bay was arrested on January 8.

He has been charged with dishonestly obtain property by deception and bailed to appear before Byron Bay Local Court January 18.

Punch-up after drinks stolen from supermarket

About 3.20pm on Tuesday, January 9, it is alleged a 30-year-old female from Woy Woy entered a Byron bay supermarket where it is alleged she was seen to steal drink items to the value of $10.00.

Three different staff members were outside and it is alleged she punched two of them, causing no physical injury, and spat in the face of another before walking off with the stolen property.

About 4pm the next day (January 10) police located the female in a park in Byron Bay. She was arrested and charged with shoplifting and assault.

She was bailed to appear before Byron Bay Local Court February 1.

 

 

 

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08:14

Biker hospitalised after Tweed smash "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Westpac Helicopter doctors attended to a man who came off his motorbike on Tweed Valley Way on Sunday (January 14).

The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter attended a motorbike accident on the Tweed Valley Way, near Murwillumbah, on Sunday afternoon (January 14).

Reports from the scene state that the male motorcyclist was ejected from the bike and suffered leg fractures.

The helicopters critical care medical team along with local NSW Ambulance paramedics treated and stabilised the male rider who was subsequently transported to the Tweed Hospital in a stable condition.

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08:09

Men charged with intimidating and assaulting police "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Two men have been charged over altercations with police in separate parts of the Tweed over the weekend.

About 2.00am on Saturday the (January 13) police were called to Murwillumbah unit complex after complaints of a male causing trouble.

On arrival police sighted a 36-year-old man from Murwillumbah, who began screaming at them.

The man allegedly threatened to stab officers and police say he approached them in such an aggressive manner they were forced to use OC spray to avoid being assaulted.

He was taken to Tweed Heads Police Station where it is alleged the man spat all over the dock walls. The man was charged with intimidating police officers, behaving in an offensive manner and causing malicious damage.

He was refused bail to appear before Tweed Heads Local Court on January 15.

Police assault & drug possession

About 3.45am on Friday (January 12) police were called to a park in Tweed Heads after complaints that noisy people in the area were keeping residents awake.

When they approached a parked car, the occupants immediately became aggressive towards police.

A 29-year-old male Terranora began thrashing his arms around and allegedly pulled a plastic resealable bag from his pants and threw it onto the ground. The man was eventually detained and he and the car searched.

Police allegedly found over 30 grams of cannabis and 15 grams of MDMA.

The Terranora man was charged with assaulting officer in execution of duty, possessing a prohibited drug and supplying a prohibited drug.

While police were struggling with the Terranora man it is alleged a 29-year male from Tweed Heads West intervened and pulled police away from the other man.

He has been charged with resiting an officer in execution of duty and assaulting police in execution of duty.

Both men were bailed to appear before the Tweed Heads Local Court February 5.

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08:05

Western Civilization VS Sh%$tholes Race & How to Save the West "IndyWatch Feed National"

The mainstream hypocrites are in an uproar because Trump referred to some countries as sh&%holes, while simultaneously they call fly over country and the south even worse. In this video I castigate the Alt Media and Alt Right for not offering anything beyond biological determinism, which has built NO civilization. Civlizations are built on theology, philosophy, race and/or ethnos, as well as other aspects of culture, like language.

The means to save civilization is found first in repairing the altar, not the throne. Only Orthodoxy has the entire *worldview* necessary as well as the social and cultural answers and power western, atheist man craves and lacks. The Byzantine symphonia model and the balance of the one and the many, grounded in the faith of our common millennia of Church Fathers has the answers simply look at their Cathedrals.

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08:00

January 15 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed National"

1790 - The Bounty mutineers saw a light on and thought they pop in to Pitcairn Island. Somehow I think they've overstayed their welcome of late...

1809 - Bennelongs brother-in-law, Gnung-a Gnung-a Murremurgan, was found dead behind the Dry Store (present Sirius Park, off Bridge Street). His children and his brother Old Phillip face a spear ordeal.

1820 - Joseph Hainey, Richard Simonds, Charles Graham, Joseph Ashmore, William Aubray, James Lunt and Wright Morris absented themselves from their respective employments at Newcastle. Constables and other required to use their utmost exertion in apprehending and lodging them in custody.

1822 -  One hundred Aborigines, some from Jervis Bay to the south, greeted Governor Macquarie at David Allans Farm at Red Point, near Port Kembla. Many of them called him by name.


1824 - Robert Grant was Hanged at Sydney for returning from Port Macquarie in defiance of his commuted sentence. Originally condemned to death in 1822 for horse theft.

1831 - Edward Bowen, Hugh Duffy and Patrick Feeney were Hanged at Sydney for burglary and putting in fear in the house of John Town, Upper Hunter (Goulburn River).

1834 - Nine convicts were shot dead in an insurrection on Norfolk Island in unsuccessful attempt by convicts to overpower guards. Those who took part in the mutiny included: Robert Douglas, Henry Drummond, James Bell, John Butler, James Brady, Patrick Glenny, Michael Anderson, Lawrence Duggan, William Groves, Henry Knowles, John Geeson, William McCullough, William Murphy, Christopher Quin, Joseph Snell, William Reilly, Charles Doran, Philip Eaton, John Hall, Thomas Freshwater, John Pritchard, Robert Ryan, John Toms, Buchanan Wilson.

1838 - The Hobart Town Police Report of this day stated that a convict, Caroline Sye "complained of her husband, a Chinaman, for ill-usage, which she failed to prove; and as she insisted she would not live with him, she was allowed to retire to the factory on probation, and on receiving a good report to be favored with a country residence."

1839 - The first US Consul in Sydney, J.H. Williams, took up office.

1845 - The first issue of the Portland Bay Examiner was up for grabs.

1848 - Correspondence to Constable Ledgerwood- Complaints having been made by Mr. Child of Hexham to the effect that great irregularities and gross breaches of the licensing act are practised at the Half Way Public House kept by James  Hannell and the same are allowed to pass unchecked and unobserved. You are required to exercise a more strict superintendence over the House in question and to use your best exertions to put a stop to the nuisance chiefly complained of -ie allowing servants to be idle and drunk on the premises and Sunday trading with liquor.

1861 - Thomas Clancy was Han...

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