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Tuesday, 12 September

22:13

The Student Movement in Chile : From Dictatorship to Democracy, the Flame of Revolt "IndyWatch Feed National"

Students outside a blockaded school in Chile.

Forty-four years ago today, on September 11, 1973, a military dictatorship seized power in Chile via a CIA-sponsored coup. They murdered thousands of people without trial, tortured tens of thousands, and forced hundreds of thousands into exile in a series of atrocities that some Trump supporters openly fantasize about carrying out in the US. Today, the legacy of the dictatorship persists in the laws it passed and the cutthroat neoliberal policies it introduced, but also in the repressive policing apparatus that serves democracy the same way it served a dictator. And something else persists: a powerful resistance movement. In the latest installment of our series on student organizing, we interviewed an anarchist participant in the Chilean student movement, in hopes of offering a little perspective on what student struggles look like outside the US.

Answers courtesy of Samuel Cactus. Photos courtesy of Frente Fotogrfico.

Chilean youth in revolt.

Attitude.

Students winning against militarized riot police.

Please trace the origins of anarchist participation in the contemporary student movement in Chile.

Anarchism boomed in Chile during the first two decades of the 20th century. In large part, the workers movement spread this ideological current through strikes such as the longshoremens strike in 1903, the meatpackers strike in 1905, and the famous miners strike of 1907 in Iquique. Anarchism began to decline during the 1930s due to the rise of Marxism on one hand and the rise of fascism on the other, while parts of the Left became more and more institutionalized and integrated into the bourgeois electoral system. Over the following decades, anarchism diminished in the workers movement until, by the time of the dictatorship (1973-1990), it had become a minority position, more readily found in small circles of intellectuals.

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21:37

They Serve Gay Clients All The Time. So Why Wont They Cater A Same-Sex Wedding? "IndyWatch Feed National"

On Wednesday, Colorado baker and businessman Jack Phillips spoke publicly in detail for the first time about his upcoming case at the U.S. Supreme Court.

In 2012, the Colorado Civil Rights Commission fined Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Co. He had declined to design, bake, and sell a wedding cake for a same-sex wedding. Five years later, on June 26, 2017, the Supreme Court granted his appeal of a lower court decision.

Phillips answered questions at a policy forum hosted by The Heritage Foundation in Washington, DC. The Commission ruled that I am required now to make cakes for same-sex weddings, he stated. In order to comply with that ruling and obey the law, we decided we wouldnt make wedding cakes at all. It was 40 percent of our business and we lost that. Before the two men came into our shop, I had ten employees. Now I have four.

Speech Compulsions Are As Unconstitutional As Speech Restrictions

Phillips legal battle centered on alleged discrimination, and free speech is expected to become a topic of national discussion when the Supreme Court hears his case later this year. The high courts ruling in the 2015 case Obergefell v. Hodges legalized same-sex marriages across the United States.

On Thursday at a Capitol Hill press conference, Congresswoman Vicki Hartzler (R-Missouri) and Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) announced that 86 members of Congress have signed on to an amicus brief in support of Phillips rights to free expression.

The Cato Institute, a leading libertarian think tank which supports same-sex marriage, also filed an amicus brief in his support. Speech compulsions are just as unconstitutional as speech restrictions, states an excerpt from their brief.

Most surprising to those opposing him, the Trump administrations Justice Department also filed a brief supporting Phillips. I find this nothing short of shocking, said Louise Melling, deputy legal counsel of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

At the policy forum, Phillips appeared alongside other Americans whose work has been threatened by lawsuits. The legal battles stemmed from the artists reticence to utilize their creative talents and services in affirming same-sex marriage....

21:36

Why You Should Stop Trying To Change Peoples Minds "IndyWatch Feed National"

Recently I posted the following question on my Facebook page: Are you actually interested in opinions you disagree with? The answers began to pop up and, given the bipartisan nature of my Facebook page, they were from a mix of friends on the Left and the Right.

Every answer started with Yes, but almost all, from both sides, contained caveats. Some said the person they disagree with must accept facts and science, some said he must be open to new ideas, some said he must not offend.

After a few dozen of these responses, my friend Jess chimed in with a very important point. She noticed that what tied these Yes, but, answers together was a requirement that the person offering the opinion be persuadable. She suggested this is a poor standard upon which to limit ones discourse, and it seems to me she is exactly right.

An Old Debate

A major problem with valuing discourse on the basis of persuadability is that it makes all of our conversations and consumption of ideas transactional. We are only listening with the intent of finding flaws we can use to prove the truth of our own perspective. But this assumes discourse is a zero-sum game, that eventually one idea will win and one will lose. While sometimes this is truethe earth is round, for examplethe vast majority of the time it is not.

In a sense, this demand for efficacy and admission of error from my Facebook buddies stretches back to Plato. Socratic dialogue establishes a dialectic in which the great philosopher does indeed correct and change the minds of his interlocutors. But much more recently, in the late eighteenth century, G.W.F. Hegel discovered a fundamental flaw in Platos approach. In most discourse, he argued, one idea doesnt banish its opposite, but together they form a new idea.

Hegel described his new dialectic in terms of a thesis (original idea), antithesis (argument against that idea), and finally a synthesis (a new idea that emerges). Today on our televisions, radios, and social media Platos winner-take-all approach dominates. There is very little room for synthesis, a moment that requires intellectual clarity, rather than emotional bombast.

Just Listen

For discourse to achieve synthesis, we must listen to the arguments those we disagree with make, not with the intent to knock them down, but to understand them. Too often, the first arrow we pull from our rhetorical quiver targets the reasons the idea is wrong based on our own understanding. A better, though much more difficult, approach is to use our questions to determine if the argument is intellectually consistent, given the worldview of the person we are listening to.

A tremendous example of such a dialogue can be found in our nations early history. John Adams and Thomas Jefferson founded a country to...

21:36

How Online Marketers Use Facebook Quizzes To Exploit Your Narcissism For Easy Bucks "IndyWatch Feed National"

I have a tip for you. Those Facebook intelligence quizzes that claim only 5% of the population will get all these answers right are not actual intelligence quizzes. I hope you already knew that. If not, youre welcome.

Those quizzes are either rigged, disingenuous (almost everyone can see the difference between these little colored squares) or are outright scams designed to get your personal information. Even at their best, quizzes shared on Facebook are marketing tools, either used for ad revenue, cookies, or brand engagement. They are, indeed, the ultimate clickbait.

Using Your Narcissism To Make Money

The one secret marketing companies dont want you to know? They prey on the narcissism inherent in social media use to get clicks. A University of Michigan study shows that social media reflects and amplifies our cultures growing levels of narcissism and attract individuals most in need of an ego boost. (The jury is out on whether social media is more about making a connection versus a venue for preening and self-promotion, but at least theres a quiz to help you figure it out).

A high score on an intelligence-measuring test, for example, is one way to signal to your friends what youve known along: that you are very, very smart. With some tests that truly go viral, it is a way to one-up others. Take, for example, a vocabulary quiz that in June 2016 was shared more than 78,000 times and liked over 51,000 times.

As always, the results of this quiz should be taken with a grain of salt, not in this case because it is rigged but because the questions start off relatively simple then throw in some very obscure words. Thus, almost anyone choosing to take such a test will likely do well...

21:34

No, A Classical Education Is Not Impossible To Revive In Americas Degenerate Society "IndyWatch Feed National"

Several months ago, a colleague handed me David Hicks classic work of conservative pedagogy, Norms and Nobility. First published in 1981, Hicks book argues that the ancient Greeks embedded in their literature and history the goal of forming (through paideia, education) young men into an Ideal Type. From that premise, Hicks constructs a specific argument about the value of a Great Books-centered education and how that approach summons the student to develop his heart and soul into pursuing the Good, the True, and the Beautiful.

I appreciated Hicks analysis, in part because he brought out some excellent observations about ancient literature. Yet I find flawed the presupposition that education should lead a student to fit into an Ideal Type. I also doubt that the Greeks, who for all their universal humane vision struggled with basic ethical categories, unveiled the Ideal Type of humanity.

This last school year, Hicks wrote an essay, Is Classical Education Still Possible? To my shock, he answered no. Hicks denied the possibility (not the practice, but the very possibility) of conducting truly classical education in twenty-first-century America. Here I respond and propose a definition of classical education that provides hope in place of Hickss pedagogical despair.

Classical Ed Is Not Strong Enough Medicine for Our Disease

Hicks tone is one of dismay. Reflecting on his 50 years in education, he writes, Its hard to make this backward glance without cynicism or to look ahead without despair. Hicks sees educators divided into two groups: those who believe that in technology, brain-research, mega-data, or some research-based breakthrough we will discover new tools and approaches that will revolutionize the way we learn and teach, and those who believe that recovering the lost tools of learning will spark another Renaissance and turn those trend lines around. Hicks then distinguishes those who attempt to follow some sort of classical method within the second group.

Classical education lacks a clear definition, in Hicks view. The term classical education does not so much describe a specific and well understood approach to learning and teaching as something that feels good and appeals to this second group of reformers and to those, mostly parents, who no longer trust the first group and are looking around for alternatives to their failing local school systems. Rather than a diverse, contemporary educational movement like that described by Andrew Kern and Gene Veith in Classical Education: The Movement Sweeping America, Hicks posits classical education as a feel-good movement comprised of those dissatisfied with public education offering.

He goes on to claim that classical education as practiced in...

21:33

Monuments To Robert E. Lee Should Stay Because They Mark Our Growth As A Nation "IndyWatch Feed National"

To our collective horror, a vandal recently desecrated the Lincoln Memorial, and wed feel no better were someone to harm the Martin Luther King Jr. or Iwo Jima Memorials. The moral principle that monuments are out of boundsbecause all are sacred to someone, and we all have to get along like grown-upsis quite sound. It also brakes calls for the destruction of Confederate monuments.

The iconoclasts who wish to get around this have devised some superficial talking points: a good example is an attack on Robert E. Lee for having been a traitor unworthy of commemoration, and on his commemorators for having been racially motivated and thus undeserving to leave monuments behind them. Lee was a traitor if the Southern states had no right to secede in 1861, yet many Americans have admired Lee nonetheless, and even raised statues to him. How could this be?

To answer such a question, we tend to fall into the trap of asking ourselves why someone would raise such a statue today. Hard experience from the civil rights era up to the recent march in Charlottesville has prepared us to find racist intent. Then when we ask ourselves why people of a more distant past erected statues to Lee, we project racist intent onto them, as though our thought processes were interchangeable with theirs, their motives deducible from ours.

Despite Racism, Commemoration Had Other Motivations

Noting the presentist fallacy does not give the statue erectors a pass. There is much objective evidence for the astonishingly offensive opinions whites took for granted about blacks in the Civil War commemoration era. In the South, powerful whites from governors down to policemen in the street enforced black subordination. Vigilante action and lynchings illegally enforced the same. The fortress of Jim Crow stood strong until federal intervention bypassed locally entrenched systems of repression.

Yet the claim that statues of Lee were intended as buttresses of this repressive social order before the desegregation era is dubious. It lacks support beyond mere plausibility and the circumstantial argument that Jim Crow caused commemoration of Lee because it correlated with it in time. Why would whites, safe within the fortress of Jim Crow, have wasted money building bastions within its walls?

There is an alternative explanation with more convincing plausibility and circumstantial arguments: Whites competed against one another socially by supporting and paying for those statues, thus signaling their civic virtue. They put the statues to Lee where they performed socially, at civic center and in their up-and-coming neighborhoods like Monument Avenue. I am unaware of any monumental statue of Lee erected in what was a black neighborhood at the time, which is where I would look for at least some of them if they were social weapons aimed at blacks. A rece...

21:32

Democrats Keep Their Mouths Shut As Menendez Trial Gets Weirder "IndyWatch Feed National"

In 2008, Sen. Bob Menendez sent a letter of support to the State Department to get two women from the Dominican Republic a U.S. visa, and one of these women happened to be the girlfriend of a wealthy eye doctor who prosecutors say bribed the Democratic senator with gifts and luxury vacations in exchange for favors. At least, thats what Menendezs former staffer, Mark Lopes, said while testifying against his old boss in court on Monday.

Today, Menendez and his wealthy friend, Dr. Salomon Melgen, face 18 counts of bribery and fraud. Both say theyre innocent of wrongdoing. Melgen was convicted of Medicaid fraud earlier this year and was the single largest Medicaid recipient in 2012 snagging a cool $21 million that year. At the heart of the case against the eye doctor is a $8.9 million billing dispute, which is when prosecutors say Melgen asked Menendez to intervene with the government on his behalf.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican, may chose another Republican to replace Menendez if his seat becomes vacant, which would affect the political makeup of the U.S. Senate. Yet Democrats are busy pretending like everything is fine.

Should a convicted felon be allowed to serve in the Senate? a Republican operative recently asked Sen. Kamala Harris, over and over again, in the video below. Her response? Silence.

Shes not the only Democrat whos being tight-lipped about the trial. Last week, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said Menendez was issuing a spirited defense and refused to speculate about the potential outcomes of the trial or subsequent political consequences. Sen. Joe Manchin and a Democratic gubernatorial candidate in New Jersey also kept quiet when asked about Menendezs case.

21:07

Australian Assemblies of God Secret Special Executive Meeting 22nd December 1999 at Qantas Lounge Sydney Airport re Frank Houston the founder of Hillsongs pedophilia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Frank Houston the founder of Hillsong a lifelong secret child sex abuser with his son Brian the current head pastor of Hillsong not a real pastor both wolf pastors

 

The minutes below are from the secret meeting the Australian AOG Executive had on 22 December 1999 at Qantas Lounge Sydney Airport.

Those familiar with the facts of this whole sorry saga from beginning to end will see how much of a whitewash and coverup these Australian AOG mafia conspired together in.

 

Assemblies of God in Australia

Special Executive Meeting

22nd December 1999, Sydney Airport

John Lewis (Chairman) B. Houston, D. Cartledge, P. Hills, S. Penny, A. Davies, D.
Gugliehnucci, W. Alcorn, K. Ainge.

1. It was agreed that the minutes of this meeting be kept confidential and in a special
file.
2. It was noted that an allegation has been made against Rev. Frank Houston, of a single
act of sexual abuse more than 30 years ago. The complainant does not wish to be
identified and does not wish to make a formal complaint, but Frank Houston has
confessed to the act.
3. It was agreed that the president of the AGG (Brian Houston) has acted appropriately
in suspending the credential of F. Houston, standing him down from ministry and
calling this...

19:57

Israel prime minister Netanyahus son under fire for anti-Semitic post "IndyWatch Feed National"

The following article by Josie Ensor, Middle East Correspondent for the Daily Telegraph, published on 1o September 2017, deals with the latest scandal to hit the family of Israels prime minister Netanyahu. A scandal that come in the shape of a social media post against his fathers critics, taking on an anti-Semitic colour.

Yair Netanyahu, the Israeli prime ministers son, is under fire for posting an anti-Semitic caricature aimed at his fathers critics on social media.

Mr Netanyahu, 26, shared a meme on Facebook captioned the food chain, which featured a photo of Jewish billionaire George Soros dangling the world in front of a reptilian creature, who in turn dangles an alchemy symbol in front of the pejorative happy merchant image.

The other figures in the chain are former Prime Minister Ehud Barak, who has led weekly protests calling on Benjamin Netanyahu to step down over growing corruption allegations.

Mr Soros, a Hungarian-born Jewish American businessman, has spent part of his fortune funding left-wing groups and Human Rights Watch, a frequent critic of Israels occupation of the West Bank and its policies toward the Palestinians.

The images of Mr Soros and the reptile evoke anti-Semitic conspiracy theories claiming that Jews control the world.

The post was shared by David Duke, former Ku Klux Klan leader, and other anti-Semites.

Avi Gabbay, Israels Labor Party chairman, said on Sunday the post crossed every line imaginable and was a very sad day for Israel.

The Israel office of the Anti-Defamation League denounced the cartoon on Twitter, writing: The caricature posted by Yair Netanyahu includes explicit anti-Semitic elements. One cannot belittle the danger inherent in an anti-Semitic discourse.

In further Facebook posts following criticism for posting the cartoon, Yair Netanyahu, who is a university student, condemned the Israeli left for being two-faced in trying to silence him.

A family spokesman said the younger Netanyahu would not be making any other comment.

The prime minister refused to ask questions from reporters about the post on Sunday morning at the start of his weekly cabinet meeting.

Last month, the son made another headline-grabbing post after a protester was killed during a white nationalist rally in the US state of Virginia.

It appeared to suggest that hard-left organisations now pose more of a danger than neo-Nazi groups, which he wrote are a dying breed.

Some critics in Israel suggested Netanyahu juniors online activities were meant to deflect attention from his parents legal troubles.

The Netany...

19:35

Tens of thousands marched in Sydney and Melbourne for marriage equality "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed from New South Wales

Rather than have the courage to come out and make a decision, the government has opted for a postal vote that is non-binding, even though prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has now declared himself as supporting the yes case.

It goes to show, yet again, how much he and the government are in control of the fundamentalist radical faction, working on a top down imposition of its view of the world.

They are joined by sections of the media that relies on promoting falsehoods and insults that accuse supporters of the yes case of  being bullies. More than one headline has labelled  the LGBT community of being the new fascism  that is denying others from having a voice.

Loudest are the complaints coming from those who have open access to the tabloids and similar television and radio networks. They have a voice like no-one else has and to suggest that they and their views are being denied is laughable.

Claiming to be silenced is a tool used to promote fear and hatred of another significant section of the Australian community. Not for one second, do they consider the disadvantage faced by those who face discrimination because of their sexual or gender orientation. No. They would rather give space to those who insist that homosexuality puts children at risk of pedophilia, although there is not a single speck of evidence to back the allegation.

Just who are the real bullies?

Not all who are not in favour of same sex marriage are in the same boat. There are those who have  a genuine reason for thew way they feel.  But this is different from waging an  orchestrated campaign to use the issue to promote a political ideology, based on a narrow view of the world that excludes others. It should be no surprise that many of the most vocal and insulting groups against marriage equality are the same ones that have been waging a campaign against Muslims.

Tony Abbot and his faction have been holding the No torch within the Liberal Party,  under the guise of  family values and the rights of children. The underlying assumption is that a same sex couple cannot create a loving family atmosphere and that children within this sort of family are missing out on not having a parent of the opposite sex around.

Others have taken up the same torch.

The suggestion being made is that only a family a family with both a mother and father can properly bring up children. What is conveniently forgotten is that many both sex parent families are dysfunctional and that a sizable proportion of all families are single parent ones. They do not fit within the tidy parcel and it suggests the motive is not protection of the family, but rejection of the LGBT community.

Take the...

19:32

Extremely Confidential letter to all Australian AOG pastors in 2000 about Frank Houstons serious moral failure AOG cover-up code for child sex abuse of little boys "IndyWatch Feed National"

Frank Houston the founder of Hillsong a lifelong secret child sex abuser with his son Brian the current head pastor of Hillsong not a real pastor both wolf pastors

 

Below is a letter sent to all Australian AOG pastors by Brian Houston in 2001, which is amongst the evidence on the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse website.

Brian was designated by the Australian Christian Churches (formerly called Australian AOG) Executive to be a spokesman about, and to oversee, his pedophile father Franks restoration to Christian ministry.

The Royal Commission said this role of Brians was a conflict of interest.

Brian didnt understand what the Royal Commission meant by the term conflict of interest, possibly because he was on PTSD medication, due to his inability to cope with the fall-out from finding out his father Frank was a lifelong secret pedophile.

Brian was also probably trying to remember if his dad had sexually abused him as a little boy, which is highly likely.

Out of a fog of medication, stress and nerves, Brian responded to the Royal Commissions allegation of a conflict of interest by talking about his inner emotional and psychological conflicts about his father Frank and his sexual abuse...

19:30

A Primer on Spoiling Granddaughters "IndyWatch Feed National"

I've been known to spoil my grandchildren. To that I plea guilty as charged. I didn't spoil their mothers (I have four girls) as much as I spoil them, but I didn't have parents to hand my children off to once they'd been filled with sugar.

Saturday was my four year-old granddaughter, Savannah's day with grandpa. Savannah lives in Arizona, but was visiting with her mother/my daughter and her two sisters - one older and one younger.

By way of full disclosure, I have never been in this mall before. I usually avoid malls (temples of greed), but they can be entertaining to a four year old girl.

This is a riding toy that you can rent and the kids ride
around the mall on them. Savy really liked it.


....

19:25

Hannah McGlade: Talking about Race "IndyWatch Feed National"

Share this Post On September 13 the United Nations will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Australia was initially opposed to the Declaration, but now supports it. Bidding for seat on the UN Human Rights Council, our government also promotes itself as a model human rights citizen. However, the recently released report of ...

19:05

Overloading Australia author, Mark O'Connor, complains Media Watch bias, attack on Dick Smith, "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tonight (11 September 2017) the ABCs Media Watch program contained a section in which presenter (Paul Barry) attacked Dick Smiths views on population and specifically Dick Smiths complaints about the ABCs refusal to cover the issue of Australias rampant population growth. Yet for much of the time he did not defend the ABC. He did not answer points Dick Smith makes at https://www.dicksmithfairgo.com.au/abc-tv-news-current-affairs-bias-growth/or that William Lines and I have made at https://www.dicksmithfairgo.com.au/abc-bias-chapter-overloading-australia/ about ABC bias. Instead, Paul Barry seemed more interested in attacking Dick Smith. [Mark O'Connor is a well known Australian poet and co-author with Bill Lines of Overloading Australia.]

Abandoning the standards Barry and Media Watch normally hold other journalists to, Barry made no attempt to deal with the relevant issues. He did not, for instance, attempt to argue that the amount of space that ABC TV news programs devote to Australias extraordinary rate of population growth (we are growing at a rate that would be high even in the Third World) is in proportion with this issues importance. Much less did Barry offer evidence or statistics to show that the ABC gives fair or equal space to critics of these very high population growth rates or of the very high immigration rates that drive this growth.

He made no attempt to compare the space and time given to population with that given to other major drivers of contemporary historys problems, such as the economy, or climate change. Nor did he answer the points so powerfully made by Ross Gittins and others about the need to stop pretending that high immigration is any clear benefit to Australia. See for instance https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2017/09/bob-brown-laura-tingle-and-ross-gittins-back-dick-smith/

Instead Barry launched an ad hominem attack on Dick Smith, presenting him as an attention seeker. Perhaps Barry thought attack was the ABCs best method of defence.

He claimed Dick was unreasonably aggrieved at not having his point of view represented on ABCs program The Drum (where a....

19:02

Rohingya Crisis: George Soros, Oil & Lessons for India "IndyWatch Feed National"



Source: Covert Geopolitics

When George Soros comes to this or that country he looks for religious, ethnic or social contradictions, chooses the model of action for one of these options or their combination and tries to 'warm them up'.

The ongoing crisis in Myanmar including tensions between Buddhist and Muslim communities and the military crackdown by Myanmar Army and police seems to be a multidimensional crisis with major geopolitical players involved according to a report by Sputnik International.

As per the report Dmitry Mosyakov, director of the Centre for Southeast Asia, Australia and Oceania at the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, told RT that the conflict "was apparently fanned by external global players" and "has at least three dimensions".

"First, this is a game against China, as China has very large investments in Arakan [Rakhine]," Mosyakov told RT. "Second, it is aimed at fuelling Muslim extremism in Southeast Asia. Third, it's the attempt to sow discord within ASEAN [between Myanmar and Muslim-dominated Indonesia and Malaysia]."

The conflict is mostly concentrated in the country's northwestern region in the Rakhine State which consists of vast reserves of hydrocarbons located offshore. This vast reserve of hydrocarbon is the major reason why external players are using the conflict to undermine Southeast Asian stability, according to Mosyakov.

"There's a huge gas field named Than Shwe after the general who had long ruled Burma," Mosyakov said.

In 2004 this massive Rakhine energy reserves were discovered and by 2013 China had connected Myanmar's port of Kyaukphyu with the Chinese city of Kunming in Yunnan province with oil and natural gas pipelines. Through this oil pipeline China can bypass the world's most congested ship...

19:01

Putin: There will be No New Korean War "IndyWatch Feed National"



Source: Covert Geopolitics


At the plenary session of the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok last week, Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed confidence that there would not be another large-scale military conflict on the Korean peninsula. Russian political observer Anatoly Wasserman explains what it is that the Russian president knows that many observers don't.

Addressing participants of the forum on Thursday, Putin said he believed all the parties involved in the standoff in the Korean peninsula are likely to "have enough common sense and understanding that they bear responsibility to the people in the region, and [that] we could solve this problem by diplomatic means."

"Like my South Korean counterpart, I am sure that there will not be a large-scale conflict, especially one involving the use of weapons of mass destruction," the Russian leader added.

Putin also recalled that in 2005, the parties to the conflict were on the verge of reaching an agreement on Pyongyang's nuclear program. "Agreements were reached under which North Korea assumed responsibility to curtail its nuclear and missile programs. All other parties in this process promised to contribute to this. But then, someone started demanding from North Korea what it did not promise, and gradually the situation deteriorated to the present state," he said.

Analyzing the Russian president's remarks in an article for RIA Novosti, Anatoly Wasserman took note of the fact that "first of all, Putin diplomatically avoided naming this 'someone'. It's like in the famous anecdote about a group of woodland critters including a fox sitting down in the woods to play cards, one of them saying 'if someone cheats, they'll get a slap in the face their sneaky orange face.'"

"In the conflict we're discussing here, it's equally obvious just who it was that may have demanded from North Korea something that Pyongyang never promised," the political observer wrote.

"Factually," Wasserman suggested, "among all the potential parties in the conflict on the Korean peninsula, only one is known for its inadequacy. Specifically, it was the same one that the Russian president was referring to a few days earlier at a press conference following the BRICS summit, when he said that these were the people who would...

18:59

Google is Now Watching your Every Political Move "IndyWatch Feed National"



Source: Covert Geopolitics

Google has taken the unprecedented step of burying material, mostly from websites on the political right, that it has deemed to be inappropriate. The problem, however, is that the world's largest search engine is a left-leaning company with an ax to grind.

Let's face it, deep down in our heart of hearts we knew the honeymoon wouldn't last forever. Our willingness to place eternal faith in an earth-straddling company that oversees the largest collection of information ever assembled was doomed to end in a bitter divorce from the start. After all, each corporation, just like humans, has their own political proclivities, and Google is certainly no exception. But we aren't talking about your average car company here.

The first sign Google would eventually become more of a political liability than a public utility was revealed in 2005 when CEO Eric Schmidt (who is now executive chairman of Alphabet, Inc, Google's parent company) sat down with interviewer Charlie Rose, who asked Schmidt to explain "where the future of search is going."

Schmidt's response should have triggered alarm bells across the free world.

"Well, when you use Google, do you get more than one answer," Schmidt asked rhetorically, before answering deceptively. "Of course you do. Well, that's a bug. We have more bugs per second in the world. We should be able to give you the right answer just once and we should never be wrong."

Really?

Think about that for a moment. Schmidt believes, counter-intuitively, that getting multiple possible choices for any one Google query is not the desirable prospect it should be (aren't consumers always in search of more variety?), but rather a "bug" that should be duly squashed underfoot. Silly mortal, you should not expect more than one answer for every question because the almighty Google, our modern-day Oz, "should never be wrong!" This is the epitome of corporate hubris. And it doesn't require much imagination to see that such a master plan will only lead to a colossal whitewashing of the historic record.

For example, if a Google user performs a search request for oh, I don't know 'what caused the Iraq War 2003,' he or she would be given, according to Schmidt's algorithmic wet dream, exactly one canned answer. Any guesses on what that answer would be? I think it's safe to say the only acceptable answer would be the state-sanctioned conspiracy theory that Saddam Hussei...

18:36

Secret Assemblies of God Australia Special Executive Meeting 22 November 2000 Hillsong Church, Castle Hill in relation to the pedophile founder of Hillsong Frank Houston "IndyWatch Feed National"

Frank Houston the founder of Hillsong a lifelong secret child sex abuser with his son Brian the current head pastor of Hillsong not a real pastor both wolf pastors

 

Assemblies of God in Australia Special Executive Meeting 22d November 2000 Hillsong Church, Castle Hill.

Present: J. Lewis (Chairman), B. Houston, P. Hills, D. Cartledge, A. Davies, S. Penny, D. Guglielmucci, W. Alco~ K Ainge.

1. Opening and Prayer
A meeting was called, at short notice to discuss accusations that have been raised against Frank Houston.

After a brief introduction from Brian Houston, David Cartledge opened in prayer

2. Introduction.

Brian Houston outlined the accusations that have been raised against Frank Houston, in relation to inappropriate sexual behaviour with boys around 33 years ago.

He outlined how a man from New Zealand has met with him, outlining an event that allegedly took place 33years ago. The complainant indicated that he has no desire to be a part of any action against Frank Houston but he is requesting a personal meeting with him, a seminar with Brian Houstons pastors...

17:57

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17:55

If Your Email Address Is On This List, Change Your Password Right Now "IndyWatch Feed National"

This article by Deneb Verdad was originally published by Anonymous Group.

A gigantic spam list with over 710 million email addresses and personal info linked to them was found by computer security experts. The emails were stolen by Onliner, a spambot.

A Paris security researcher named Benkow first discovered the list.

It contains two separate vaults of data: one containing email addresses alone, with the second actually containing passwords and addresses.

The email breach is the largest spambot dump in the history of the world, experts say.

With the constantly evolving and changing climate of Internet privacy, it continues to become more complicated for cyber security experts and their ilk. Government entities, institutional entities, corporate powers, and cyber criminals have also stepped up efforts to steal personal information online or spy on people.

One could look at this and say were on the precipice of a lot of personal information going to a lot of different places: this is the inevitable consequence of surveillance.

Image Credit: RT

To check and see if your email is on the list, visit haveibeenpwned.com: an anti-hacker site run by Troy Hunt, an Australian computer security expert. His site has the details of violated email addresses and leaked passwords.

If your email is on the list, you should probably change your password, if not completely stop using it. It would also be wise to...

17:35

Chinese visitors booming "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Visitor boom

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has revised its methodology for recording Overseas Arrivals & Departures back to 2007, due to the removal of the outgoing passenger card. 

I'll provide the full deep-dive review into the new figures in my subscription reports for accredited and institutional investors. 

The number of net permanent and long term arrivals into Australia has picked up moderately from a recent lull. 


But the more important thing to note is the change in composition of arrivals into Australia.

In trend terms there were 745,400 short term arrivals in the month of July 2017, an increase of +7.1 per cent from a year ago, and continuing the increase in visitors since the peak of the resources construction boom and the depreciation of the Aussie dollar. 

Following a streamlining of the visa category, the number of education arrivals is really going like the clappers, particularly from China.

There will be some circular trips in these data, but the statistics show that July was the biggest month ahead of a spring session on record, with education arrivals up +55 per cent from three years ago.

This has some significant implications for apartment rentals in inner Melbourne and Sydney.

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17:33

Laura Murphy Oates: Reporting on racism as a light-skinned Koori "IndyWatch Feed National"

In Kalgoorlie, I sat silently as a young mother told me its time for the government to intervene again, because shes seen how bad Indigenous people are at being parents. Photograph: The Feed, SBS Viceland Share this Post As a light skinned Koori, when you first meet me you probably wont realise Im Indigenous. Throughout my life thats led to ...

17:23

MACKAY Man accused of running down dog skips court "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY September 12, 2017 at 09:47AM ,

Man accused of running down dog skips court

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17:23

MACKAY Security guard strike went beyond self-defence "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY September 12, 2017 at 05:07AM ,

Security guard strike went beyond self-defence

September 12, 2017 at 05:07AM ,

HIT BACK: Long-time security guard Eddie George Marsh, 28, from Andergrove faced Mackay Magistrates Court, pleading guilty to common assault.

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MACKAY Ice addict admits stealing crimes "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY September 12, 2017 at 03:03AM ,

Ice addict admits stealing crimes

September 12, 2017 at 03:03AM ,

Karen Patricia Wise, 34, fronted Mackay Magistrates Court on Monday, via videolink from prison for sentencing. Represented by barrister Phillip Moore

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MACKAY Pleystowe woman alleged to have defrauded her work "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY September 12, 2017 at 05:07AM ,

Pleystowe woman alleged to have defrauded her work

September 12, 2017 at 05:07AM ,

Ms Sarons defence solicitor, Catherine Luck, of Taylors Solicitors, appeared briefly in Mackay Magistrates Court on her clients behalf on Monday.

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17:14

Australia Postal Ballot Vote to Decide on Legalising Same-Sex Marriage Begins "IndyWatch Feed National"

People march for marriage equality of same-sex couples in Sydney, Australia, September 10, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Steven Saphore

People march for marriage equality of same-sex couples in Sydney, Australia, September 10, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Steven Saphore

Sydney: Australia on Tuesday launched a postal vote on whether to legalise same-sex marriage as a widely watched poll indicated the country would overwhelmingly support such unions.

The non-compulsory ballot, which runs until the end of October, will determine if Australia becomes the 25th country to legalise same-sex marriage, while also healing a rift in the government.

Despite securing 70 percent public support in an Ipsos/Fairfax poll on Tuesday, the issue of same-sex marriage had faced a political deadlock, only broken last week when the Australian High Court gave the all-clear for the vote.

The poll illustrates why parliament should simply vote to approve same-sex marriage without holding the national ballot, said opposition Labor leader Bill Shorten, though he urg...

16:55

Individualism, is it just a consolation prize? "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

I was recently invited to speak in a panel discussion about individualism with two excellent co-panellists our illustrious former Mayor Jenny Dowell and Lismores new and quite surprising Bishop Gregory Homeming. A very interesting topic in these days of late stage capitalism and one I found myself contemplating deeply before [...]

16:50

Hillsong Safe Church Office is led by pedophile protector Keith Ainge who the Royal Commission exposed as a pedophile protector of Hillsong Founder Frank Houston "IndyWatch Feed National"

Pastor Keith Ainge- Frank Houston lover. Pastor Keith Ainge- pedophile protector rewarded by the ACC with the cushy job of protecting pedophiles. Theres no difference between the Roman Catholic Church and the Australian AOG (now called Australian Christian Churches). Corrupt pastors and priests looking after their own.

 

Keith Ainge the new leader of Hillsong Safe Church Office since March 2016 was exposed as a pedophile protector by the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in its Findings of October 2015 on Hillsong and the Australian Christian Churches Movement (ACC).

The Australian Christian Churches Movement was called the Australian Assemblies of God (AOG) until 2007. Brian Houston the current head pastor of Hillsong Global Church, who headed the Australian AOG from 1996 to 2009, was accused by the Royal Commission of reincorporating and renaming the Australian Assemblies of God to escape making pay-outs to the boy and male teen victims of Brians father Frank Houston, the founder of Hillsong.

Frank Houston confessed to being a secret lifelong pedophile in 1999.

The Australian Royal Commission found that pedophile protectors Brian Houston, Keith Ainge, John McMartin, Ian Wood, George Aghajanian and...

16:24

You dont need a lawyer to sue Equifaxuse this chatbot instead "IndyWatch Feed National"

The DoNotPay chatbot has been helping people settle their parking tickets for a while now, but now its moved on to bigger things: helping people sue Equifax for its epic security breach, reports the Verge. The bot will take you through a series of questions youll need to answer and then help you fill in Continue reading You dont need a lawyer to sue Equifaxuse this chatbot instead

The DoNotPay chatbot has been helping people settle their parking tickets for a while now, but now its moved on to bigger things: helping people sue Equifax for its epic security breach, reports the Verge. The bot will take you through a series of questions youll need to answer and then help you fill in a small claims court application to sue Equifax for negligence. Maximum damages depend on the state you live in, but they can be for up to $25,000. Keep in mind, however, the bot cant show up to court for you, so there are still things youll need to do on your own if you actually want to win in small claims court.

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15:33

Legal Tender Money v Fiat "IndyWatch Feed National"

US$-Oh-No

QUESTION: 

I wonder if you would care in a future blogpost to cast some light on the following?

The sole legal tender money in the final analysis is the FRN (Federal Reserve Note coins aside) collateralized by the Feds assets.All other money is private bank credit money or suchlike,including Money Market Funds and other said-to-be money-like instruments.Despite the aspersions that surround Fiat money it is in toto a small number around $1.6 bn. However there are promises to pay in FRN on demand.

Does that last fact account for the talk about banning cash ( ie the FRN) ?

Like the promise to pay in Gold it seems impossible to pay in the FRN were that ever to be demanded in size. De Gaulle ended the gold-on -demand offer so could something similar could happen to the FRN ? Back then Gold rose against all assets ditto the FRN ?

I hope you are reading this in some comfortable place, given the atrocious weather in Florida.

Best Rgrds

Bill

Aquinas

ANSWER: Most money is actually created by the private sector through leverage and bank loans today. This is why when there is a crash, the contraction takes down banks for it is the leverage that collapses. When you have a debt based system, then the monetary system becomes leveraged. With the fall of Rome, the Catholic Church adopted the Sin of Usury thanks to Saint Thomas Aquinas and his 20 volume work, Summa Theologica.

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15:33

Am I Certain About the Strong Dollar? "IndyWatch Feed National"

QUESTION: Dear Mr. Armstrong,

I have been reading your blog for over a year now. Your posts are a superb read and one of the first things I check every morning before leaving for work! Although I admire your work and writings a great deal, Im sometimes surprised by the level of certainty you seem to have about how things will unfold in the future. You stated multiple times now that only a rising dollar will break the world monetary system, but with more and more countries trying to bypass the dollar system, how will the dollar ever get to the strength that is needed to do so? Will the world monetary system break for sure, or is there an alternative softer transition possible on a global scale?

Thank you for your insights!

B (from Belgium)

ANSWER:

All the governments of the entire world can try their best to create some new currency to dethrone the dollar. They will fail just as Europe has failed with the Euro, You can denominate oil to peanuts in some other currency but that still will never put a dent in the dollar. Why? It is capital flows than count and trade is minimal. When you cash out of your commodity, where do you put your profits? Oh back into dollar denominated instruments?

The failure of Europe was to create a single debt. Instead, capital must still pick and choose between the Eurozone members and who do they trust more to buy their bonds. Just look at the interest rate differentials. They are all denominating their debt in Euros, but their credit ratings differ just as they do among the States that compose the USA. Germany wanted a single currency for trade, but they did not want to consolidate all the debts in Europe. Hence, we ended up with a single currency that could never become a major currency with no central core....

15:32

Correspondence with Government: Ceduna Council "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dear Katrina,

 
My request for information on the local housing market in Ceduna does not imply that the council has any role in the operation of the Cashless Debit Card so is not a reason for you not to answer my question.
 
I will assume that council is aware that Ceduna is participating in a trial of the Cashless Debit Card and I reiterate my request for information which I would expect the council to be able to proffer:
 
To this end, I am seeking statistical information on the proportion of welfare recipients in the trial areas in the private rental market and wondering if you can provide any information or estimation of what this figure might be?
 
Given your lack of cooperation I will limit the enquiry to the local housing market in the Ceduna LGA. Please do not insult the intelligence of the public who are likely to end up reading this correspondence by suggesting that your council has no information on your local housing market.
 
thank you
Rosie Williams
 
On 12 Sep 2017, at 2:33 pm, Council wrote:
Dear Rosie
 
Council is in receipt of your email dated 10 September 2017 in relation to the operation of the Cashless Debit Card Trial.
 
The District Council of Ceduna has no role in the operation of the Cashless Debit Card, including collection of data pertaining to utilisation of the Card which you seek.
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15:30

Farming Contaminates Water in More Ways Than One "IndyWatch Feed National"

Cypress Island Atlantic Salmon Spill from Liam Gallagher on Vimeo.

By Dr. Mercola

Water pollution is a growing problem, and nonorganic farming activities both on land and in water are significant contributors. In addition to farming chemicals such as nitrates, which pose a serious threat to water quality, theres the issue of drug-resistant bacteria. As reported by the Center for Public Integrity,1 water testing in Kewaunee County, Wisconsin, has revealed coliform bacteria at levels too dangerous to drink.

Drug-resistant bacteria are a direct result of antibiotic overuse, especially in livestock, and recent investigations reveal antibiotic-resistant genes are being spread across the globe via animal feed especially feed made from fish meal. Turns out aquaculture, which has been touted as a sustainable alternative to overfishing, is just as environmentally devastating as land-based farms.

The answer to these serious and interconnected dilemmas is to transition over to regenerative and biodynamic farming, both of which go above and beyond organic methods.

We also need to come up with more sustainable solutions for fish, as fish farms are turning out to be no less of an environmental nightmare than land-based factory farms. The recent escape of hundreds of thousands of non-native Atlantic salmon into the Pacific is just the latest testament to the environmental harm aquafarms do.

Drug-Resistant Bacteria Contaminate Many Water Sources

Coliform are bacteria present in the digestive tracts of animals and humans and are a sign of fecal contamination. Casco, Wisconsin, resident Lynda Cochart contracted methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) from her well water, which turned out to be contaminated with MRSA-infected cow manure. Cocharts home well is situated between two dairy farms that house over 1,000 cows each.

U.S. Department of Agriculture microbiologist Mark Borchardt, who conducted the water testing, told Cochart that What I found in your well is what I expect to find in a Third World country.

Not only was she told to stop drinking the water immediately, she was also told to keep your eyes closed and mouth shut wh.........

15:09

KitKatClub is Berlins Best Sex Party "IndyWatch Feed National"

Two things are essential for a Berliner night out: electro and sex. Put the two of them together and you have KitKatClub. This inconspicuous party place is home to some of the most notorious white-powdered benders in not only Berlin, but the world. KitKat is first and foremost a sex club, but if youre not super keen on the fondling, that doesnt mean you have to miss out. Just dress the part and dont be put off by sleazy assumptions. Sex parties are pretty much the norm in Berlin. Its good enough for R-Patz so its obviously THE place to be.

The dress code is extremely strict and, like many clubs in Berlin, you actually only have a 50% chance of getting let in for no reason other than the fact you are a foreigner. Have anything leather? Wear it. If not, try whatever remotely kinky outfit you can put together. If youre not quite the kink connoisseur, try handcuffs, black party masks or not wearing any clothes at all. Just so you know, youll be surrounded by people in gimp masks and chains, so feel free to experiment. Slave or master? You decide.

The entrance is extremely discreet and looks more like a brothel than a raging night party. Perhaps try Google street viewing before arriving to avoid confusion. Do not get entirely inebriated at home; this is way too un-Berliner and youll look like a fool, but more importantly youll instantly be denied entry no matter how cock-hungry you look.

Avoid speaking too much: clubs in Berlin have a very locals-only vibe going on. These types of places are supposedly secrets and the last thing they want is a Contiki bus full of disgraceful puking foreign patriots pulling up outside. On approach to the bouncers, just act like you are way too cool for everything, but also a bit like you are a bitch on heat. Then you should be good to go. Dont lose your cool after passing through the first checkpoint though those kink police are only the beginning. Once inside, the heavy black doors (in place to screen that horrible thing called the sun), you arrive at the cloakroom. More judging means more shutting that little mouth of yours.

Down the ultra-violet lit hall and several fluorescent psychogenic artworks and there you are: KitKat in all its glory. The club itself consists of three dance floors, an outdoor area with a pool and numerous relaxation...

14:30

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.0002 BTC
0.0010 BTC = 5.35 AUD
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14:01

Parrtjima to light up Alice Springs with artworks by Ampilatwatja artists "IndyWatch Feed National"

A NEW installation and expanded program of events has been announced for Parrtjima A Festival in Light, the celebration of central Australian art and culture illuminating Alice Springs from Friday, September 22, to Sunday, October 1. The festival hub Apurte-irretyeke (Getting Together) will come to life with live talks, events and music. In addition to the installations and illumination of the MacDonnell Ranges, Medicine Space (Awelya-akerte Apmere [Medicine Country]) is a new installation featuring artwork by Artists of Ampilatwatja that will transform Alice Springs Desert Park into a mesmerising outdoor gallery of light and sound. Medicine Space projects a series of artworks by Ampilatwatja artists Michelle Pula Holmes, Julieanne Ngwarraye Morton and Kathleen Nanima Rambler onto hanging semi-transparent fabric, suspended in the desert and moving freely in the breeze, as images appear and disappear.

13:55

Now its too late "IndyWatch Feed National"

In the last few weeks, a mass exodus of more than a quarter of a million Rohingya, terrorised and starving, have fled towards the Bangladeshi border a frontier that the Burmese military, known as the Tatmadaw, have booby trapped with land mines. This unfolding tragedy is a reminder that some people are considered superfluous. Its a reminder that some lives matter less than others and that some people are sacrificed to serve the political and economic ends of others.

13:45

Margot Robbie Oscar buzz over Tonya Harding role "IndyWatch Feed National"

ustralian actress Margot Robbie arrives for the Time 100 Gala at Frederick P. Rose Hall in New York, New York, USA, 25 April 2017. The event is a celebration of Time Magazine's annual issue recognizing 100 of the world's most influential people. EPA/JUSTIN LANE

ustralian actress Margot Robbie arrives for the Time 100 Gala at Frederick P. Rose Hall in New York, New York, USA, 25 April 2017. The event is a celebration of Time Magazines annual issue recognizing 100 of the worlds most influential people. EPA/JUSTIN LANE

TORONTO   [AP]

Australian actress Margot Robbie is generating Oscar buzz after the premiere of the compelling I, Tonya at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Robbie surprisingly finds comedy and humanity in Tonya Harding, the notorious Olympic US skater whose famous rivalry with Nancy Kerrigan ended with the latter being attacked with a hammer.

The film is the biggest acquisition of the film festival, selling for $US5 million.

Director Craig Gillespies film was the hottest property in Toronto, with many predicting Oscar nominations for Robbie and co-star Allison Janney, who plays Hardings mother, LaVona Golden.

The movie introduces itself as based on irony free, wildly contradictory, totally true interviews with Harding and Jeff Gillooly, Hardings scheming ex-husband. Gillooly and Hardings bodyguard, Shawn Eckhardt, became tabloid regulars after they were arrested for hiring an attacker to break the leg of Hardings top competition, Kerrigan, in 1994.

No release date has been announced, but the film is expected to be put into US theatres later this year in time for awards season.

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13:39

When Your Ultimate Spa Package is Ultimately Shit "IndyWatch Feed National"

As I scooted to Ubud for the first time, a lush village tucked away in Balis mountains, visions of green smoothies, monkey forests, rice paddies and serene pleasure spas filled my mind. These spas, I hoped, would set me on the path to finally finding myself whatever that means.

But losing my Ubud virginity was, well, a lot like losing my actual virginity. That is to say, it was disappointing and shame inducing, with a lingering feeling of dirtiness that wouldnt scrub off. That last part isnt a metaphor.

With wrinkly feet from a day of trekking through monsoonal jungle, I could think of nothing better than a fresh coat of shellac and a cheeky foot rub followed by a traditional flower bath overlooking the rice fields, and, to top it all off, a crisp flute of Moet.

The words Ultimate Spa Package had twinkled in the reflection of my friend Maddys eyes as we arrived in the village. At first glance, 230 000 IDR ($23 AUD) for a full body aromatherapy massage, coconut body scrub, therapeutic facial and flower bath felt like we had won the bloody lotto. Maddy and I couldnt wipe the grins off our faces, and she had her kit off like a prom dress before I could blink twice about the deal.

I entered a mildewed room through a cotton curtain hanging from a pole and was greeted by a stench of either burning hair or a three-day-old pile of spew. My stomach began to turn.

Four beds lined a shoebox-sized room and their paisley patterned sheets barely disguised scraps of what I think were dead skin remains as I proceeded to nervously remove all of my clothes and slip on the disposable underwear provided, which was big enough for a sumo wrestler. Two men and a lady acknowledged me with intense stares as I got changed.

I lay down on the table face first and shrieked as my head went straight through the tattered hole. Without warning, the masseuse straddled me like Steve Irwin taming a croc in an Aussie zoo.

When my full-body belting came to a halt, Maddy and I glanced over at each other through hair-covered faces. My vision was blurry, as my contacts had rolled to the back of my head from the force. A bead of sweat dripped from Maddys forehead and a guilty wave of relief rushed through me knowing that shed endured a similar beating.

Okay, time for coconut scrub! the petite Balinese woman exclaimed. Oh god, I thought. I was already prepared to retire to my Moet, but hoped the...

13:15

I Eat Duck Foetus and Thats Okay "IndyWatch Feed National"

It was another languid night in the Philippines when my cousins decided to treat me to a local delicacy. We convened around the family dinner table, gathering plates and salt to prepare for our feast.

We tapped the top of the egg on the table, forging light cracks.

First, you drink the broth, my cousins instructed. I followed suit and brought the shell to my lips. The flavour was inviting and warm, reminiscent of the many broths mum would serve on the table in Melbourne. I drank from the egg like I would a shot of liquor, and the liquid cleared to reveal a hodgepodge of yolk, egg white and the crown jewel: a duck foetus.

Its better if you swallow it whole, said my cousin it being the duck foetus lodged in the egg, cooked alongside the yolk and white.

I sunk my teeth in and passed the contents of my mouth down my throat without incident. They were right, it was better. I quickly finished the rest of it, which was basically the same as your standard hard-boiled egg sans foetus.

I put my empty shell on the table and my cousins and I giggled. I was filled with this satisfaction that despite living so far away, I was still able to share these moments with them.

Youre really a Filipino, huh? my eldest cousin said, bemused and slightly surprised. I flashed him a proud smirk.

Yep.

*

When I told this story in Australia it was received very differently. Id get the most devious look on my face, as if I was going to rock my friends worlds.

I ate a duck foetus LOL!
Whaaaaaat?
I revelled in their disgusted exclamations. A foetus? How crazy!

I used to whip it out whenever I wanted to draw attention to myself. It was like my own little party trick, made at my cultures expense. Being non-white in a Western country basically commodifies your cultural experience for the entertainment of the masses, and for the longest time I would cash in hard. It was exploitative, sensationalist and downright disrespectful.

Theres something so insidious about recoiling at a cultures food at face value. Food is such a fundamental piece of the human experience that it almost feels personal when its ridiculed. You are what you eat, after all....

13:13

China to Shut Bitcoin Exchanges "IndyWatch Feed National"

BEIJINGChinese authorities are preparing to shut down the countrys bitcoin exchanges, according to people familiar with the matter, reflecting a growing unease with the virtual currency and its recent surge in value.

The policy shift in the worlds No. 2 economy shows how nations are wrestling with bitcoin and its place in the financial system. In China, specifically, the governments attack on bitcoin comes amid a focus on


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12:48

Darwin tour operator filmed spraying hose towards Aboriginal man | NITV "IndyWatch Feed National"

Darwin tour operator filmed spraying hose towards Aboriginal man | NITV: The sign displayed outside the shop reads Darwin Fishing Office.

A NITV reporter was asked to leave the shop and ushered outside when attempting to ask staff about the incident.

Go and talk to the police we were hosing really far away from him, a man in the store told NITV before closing the shop door.

There was widespread condemnation on Facebook after the video was published.

"This is disgraceful!! I have always planned to go for a trip up to Darwin and I would much rather sit with this beautiful Aboriginal elder and ask him for stories about the land and where are the best places to visit and stay, share a cold drink with him maybe have a meal with him and ask him to be our tour guide but certainly not spray him with a f*****g hose!!, wrote Jody M Shaw on the Facebook page of Welcome to Country.

Another commenter, Marion Pepping-nee Payne Wow said: "I can't believe that something this shameful happened in Australia in 2017. I feel so horrified and ashamed to be an Australian. "

12:08

Di Carlo faces Qld court on perjury charges "IndyWatch Feed National"

Queensland barrister Sam Di Carlo arrives at the Brisbane Magistrates Court in Brisbane, Tuesday, September 12, 2017. (AAP Image/Darren England)

Queensland barrister Sam Di Carlo arrives at the Brisbane Magistrates Court in Brisbane, Tuesday, September 12, 2017. (AAP Image/Darren England)

BRISBANE   [AAP]

High-profile Brisbane lawyer Sam Di Carlo has appeared briefly in court on charges of perjury, drug and ammunition offences after allegedly lying to Queenslands corruption watchdog.

The 60-year-old was arrested earlier this month over allegations by the Crime and Corruption Commission that he lied to an investigative hearing.

Di Carlo, who has been in the headlines since claiming that the $50,000 in cash carried by former Ipswich mayor Paul Pisasale at the Melbourne Airport belonged to a client of his, will apply in Brisbane Magistrates Court later on Tuesday to vary his bail so he can have contact with a solicitor.

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11:24

The colouring-in book that should kill Tim Wilson's career with the Liberal Party "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tim Wilson used his taxpayer funded printing allowance to get 10,000 copies of his colouring-in book printed and - get this - delivered to schools to be handed to the kids in his electorate. Every page features him and the Liberal Party logo. It also features his homosexual lover Ryan....

11:20

Community Billboard 12th September-18th September "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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This weekly community billboard is proudly sponsored by the City of Sydneys Plan for the

future  Sydney 2030  making our city more green, global and connected.

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11:15

THIRSTY MERC "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

15 years ago, Thirsty Merc bounded onto the music scene with their Summertime sounds, making their mark on radio and TV over the ensuing years and to celebrate this milestone, the band are heading back out on the road on their Take Me Back Tour kicking off in Brisbane on 2 November.

 

Thirsty Merc formed in Sydney in 2002 releasing their debut EP, First Work, in September, 2003, before being signed to Warner Music.  The bands big break came in 2004 with the release of their debut, self titled, album which included the hits, Someday Someday and In The Summertime (the theme for Bondi Rescue since 2006).

 

Two more studio albums followed Slideshows in 2007 (#4 ARIA Album) and Mousetrap Heart in 2010 (#14 on the ARIA Album chart) which included radio staples, 20 Good Reasons, Mousetrap Heart and Tommy and Krista

 

Fast forward to 2015 Thirsty Merc released Shifting Gears, their first wholly independent and first new material in five years and spent the next few months crossing the country; running up thousands of Frequent Flyer points and sold out shows.

 

Besides the hits, the Take Me Back Tour is a celebration of all the music along the way and fans can expect to hear songs theyve never heard the band perform live before.

Lead singer, Rai Thistlethwayte, said today: Its thanks to the fans that were still here, loving life and music, 15 years later and this tour is a big thank you to everyone whos sung along with us over the years, as well as a great opportunity to dust off some songs weve never included in our shows.

Tickets for Thirsty Mercs Take Me Back Tour shows are on sale NOW.

Shifting Gears is out now through MGM Distribution

 TAKE ME BACK TOUR

 Thursday, 2 November 2017

The Zoo, Brisbane, QLD

 Friday, 3 November 2017

Casino RSM Club, Casino, NSW

Friday, 10 November 2017

Prince of Wales, Bunbury, WA

Sunday, 12 November 2017

96FM Kickstart Summer Concert

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11:15

Sustainable inspiration: book now for sustainable house day tours "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Inside Nina Bishop's sustainable house near Mullumbimby. Photo supplied.

Inside Nina Bishops sustainable house near Mullumbimby. Photo supplied.

It can be where sustainable meets art and that is certainly the case for Nina Bishop, who designed and built her sustainable mud brick home LightFeat near Mullumbimby. Nina is opening her house this year, for the second and last time, as part of the Sustainable House Day (SHD) on Sunday, September 17, to give people a chance to see how you can both design a living space and create energy efficiencies.

Repower Byron Shire

Taking it up a notch this year the open day will also incorporate the launch of Repower Byron Shire by mayor, Simon Richardson at 10am at Ninas house. Repower is being launched by COREM with Enova community and Zero Emissions Byron who have a vision of a 100 per cent renewable electricity for the Byron Shire.

This is a community led movement to support and inspire us all to transition to a renewable energy future, said Dave Rawlins, COREMs Vice President.

Its about switching on people power, by using the Lock the Gate street by street model, to decrease the cost of electricity and increase local generation, while reducing carbon emissions.

This is a perfect way for individual households to make a choice to go for renewable energy and just get on with it.

Nina highlights that it is not just about sustainable house design but the everyday activities and efficiencies people can make in our lives that change and reduce our energy consumption.

It is the person who makes the house, she said with a gentle smile.

Repower is about having a focus on energy efficiency, the everyday, on-going activities we can do that makes the house eco-friendly it is not just about the structures.

Parking for the launch is on Left Bank Road look for the yellow flag and park then walk down to the house. For directi...

11:15

Aquaman filming over but Hastings Point residents still angry "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Chris Dobney

The residents of the normally sleepy Tweed coastal town of Hastings Point are up in arms about their headland being taken over for the filming of a major Hollywood movie.

And even though Warner Bros have finished filming the scenes for their upcoming Aquaman movie, the headland remains closed to the public while the company undertakes remediation work.

The site is managed by the Tweed Reserves Trust, which in turn is operated by Tweed Shire Council.

The council approved the filming on a 6-1 vote in June (Mayor Katie Milne being the sole opponent) in return for an undisclosed sum of money.

In a media release issued at the time, the council said the trust would conduct a workshop subsequent to the film with Screen NSW local residents, community groups, council staff, and interested councillors to develop a protocol for the future management of filming in the locality.

No consultation

But locals say there has been little-to-no consultation ahead of the occupation of the site by the multinational corporation and have accused the site manager of serious misrepresentation.

Progress Association public officer Jo Kennett told Echonetdaily, We have had Warner Bros here filming Aquaman for 10 weeks with another five (to try to fix the environmental damage) to go, with our headland access blocked since July 5.

We were informed by a large sign and then a flyer the first anyone had heard of all this that it would be closed from July 5 to August 16 but access has now been limited until October 15. Thats nearly 4 months with the headland closed and for the majority of that time there has been no work or filming happening, she said.

In reality they could have done the whole thing in three weeks (or in the studio or computer generated) so why our Tweed Council General Manager gave them four months, with councillors kept completely in the dark, is anyones guess.

Ms Kennett said there had been significant environmental damage, no consultation with the community and some very questionable dealings from corporate services in Tweed Council.

Our mayor, Katie Milne, has been treated so badly as she tried to protect what is a very environmentally sensitive area, included being targeted in a Juliar Gillard type campaign in the Murdoch press, which was just horrible.

Ms Kennett said residents and visitors alike cannot believe this has been allowed to happen. Even the most pro business/development residents who thought it was all great are really angry now.

Blocked beach access

She said Warner Bros had blocked access to t...

11:09

The Australian Government has a website defining "Australian Humour" - it screams for a Sir Les intro "IndyWatch Feed National"

Thanks to reader DBP for the tip. http://www.australia.gov.au/about-australia/australian-story/austn-humour Australian humour Australian humour has a long history that can be traced back to our origins as convict colonies. It is therefore no surprise that a national sense of humour quickly developed that responded to those conditions. This unique sense of humour...

10:32

Vandalising statues could soon get you more time behinds bars than for killing an Aboriginal | Welcome To Country "IndyWatch Feed National"

Vandalising statues could soon get you more time behinds bars than for killing an Aboriginal | Welcome To Country: The proposed laws could see statue vandals being sent to jail for between three to five times longer than people who murder Aboriginal people. Under the new laws proposed by the Turnbull government, monuments over 100 years old would be registered under the heritage act and acts of vandalism would be punishable by prison terms of up to 7 years and fines up to $87,000.

These punishments dwindle in comparison to the 6 month home detention order that was given to a meth user who ran over and killed 8 year old Jack Sultan Page. Punishment would also be worse than the 2-3 year jail term handed out to Elijah Doughtys killer. When comparing these new punishments to those responsible for black deaths in custody, there is no comparison at all. There has never been a single police officer or prison officer charged and sentenced for the murder of an Indigenous man or woman in Australia.

10:30

Chlamydia: Breaking The Stigma "IndyWatch Feed National"

My pelvis shifted uncomfortably on the papery lining of the bed. My legs desperately wanted to snap shut.

It will just take a few minutes longer, offered the soft-spoken doctor, noting the obvious distress on my face.

Arguably, theres nothing more invasive than having a doctor in a foreign country who resembles the embodiment of purity insert a plastic clamp inside of you then proceed to scrape the lining of your vagina until an appropriate swab sample is collected. Four long days later, I was called back into the clinic by a receptionist in clipped tones to confirm every Catholic private school girls worst fear: my sexually transmitted infection test had come back positive.

It wasnt the clap or HIV or even herpes. Id gotten myself a cute little case of chlamydia  which I have since affectionately nicknamed chlamyds.

As STIs go, its definitely the best one to contract. Chlamydia is to STIs what Kendall Jenner is to the Kardashians the best of a bad bunch. Treatment is a single dose of oral antibiotics and, before you know it, you are once again free to have irresponsible, unprotected (usually shitty) sex with a stranger you met at a hostel pub-crawl.

Fun fact: Canadian medical practitioners will ask you for the name and contact details of the person who gave you the STI to urge them to also be tested and seek treatment.

Unfortunately for my doctor, the long-haired drummer who had passed it on was residing in Greece. Id banged him while backpacking through Europe en route to my semester abroad, and could feel the inevitable regret seeping in. What a ripper start to my exchange program in Toronto.

I consider myself pretty liberal when it comes to sex. I try my best to avoid judging people based on their sexual habits and am a self-professed feminist who naturally loathes the word slut.

Slut is widely defined as a woman who has loose sexual morals, a woman with many casual sex partners or a woman with low standards of cleanliness. It baffles me how gender-specific these definitions are. How many people does a girl have to sleep with before being formally recognised as a slut? And why isnt there a word for the male equivalent?

Once it sunk in that I had been given chlamydia from a boy whose name I sometimes momentarily forget, I found myself identifying with the word.

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10:30

Are Elite Controllers a fantasy? Read this. by Jon Rappoport "IndyWatch Feed National"

September 11, 2017 NoMoreFakeNews.com

We rarely get a chance to see a smoking gun that proves elite controllers are running the show from behind the curtain.

Thats why there is a curtain.

So Im republishing a conversation between two members of the Rockefeller Trilateral Commission (TC) and a US reporter.

First, a bit of background:

In 1969, four years before birthing the TC with David Rockefeller, Zbigniew Brzezinski wrote: [The] nation state as a fundamental unit of mans organized life has ceased to be the principal creative force. International banks and multinational corporations are acting and planning in terms that are far in advance of the political concepts of the nation state.

Goodbye, separate nations.

Any doubt on the question of TC goals is answered by David Rockefeller himself, the founder of the TC, in his Memoirs (2003): Some even believe we are part of a secret cabal working against the best interests of the United States, characterizing my family and me as internationalists and of conspiring with others around the world to build a more integrated global political and economic structureone world, if you will. If that is the charge, I stand guilty, and I am proud of it.

Who is in charge of destroying national economies, in order to create a new international order?

Who keeps pushing new economy-destroying trade treaties?

Who demands that these treaties must be ratified?

Who is in the business of killing jobs and hope?

Who demands that more US jobs disappear overseas and never come back?

The Trilateral Commission (TC).

The original stated goal of the TC was to create a new international economic order.

Here is a stunning piece of forgotten history, a 1978 conversation between a US reporter and two members of the Trilateral Commission. (Source: Trilateralism: The Trilateral Commission and Elite Planning for World Management, ed. by Holly Sklar, 1980, South End Press, Pages 192-3).

The conversation was public knowledge at the time.

Anyone who was anyone in Washington politics, in media, in think-tanks, had access to it. Understood its meaning.

But no one shouted from the rooftops. No one used the conversation to force a scandal. No one protested loudly.

The con...

10:18

The British Red Cross says being British and Christian is holding it back "IndyWatch Feed National"

"The Decline and Fall of Western Civilisation" will surely feature a chapter on "What the British Red Cross learned from the Grenfell Disaster". It's not yet 3 months since 80 people were killed and 70 injured at the Grenfell Tower. 70 fire engines and 250 firefighters took 60 hours to...

10:12

16th anniversary of the Islamic terror attacks that started Australia's longest war. Lest We Forget. "IndyWatch Feed National"

I'm writing at the 16th anniversary of the Islamist attacks on us at the World Trade Centre, New York. Since 11 September 2001 a further 31,714 terror attacks have been committed in Islam's name.

10:12

FixedIt: Death threats are not horrid texts from an invisible person "IndyWatch Feed National"

Horrid texts New Mail? He sent 180 text messages to his ex partner over two days. He threatened to kill her, abused her and scared her to the point that she had to go to police for protection. Its not some Enid Blyton picnic gone wrong its sustained and frightening abuse by a man who has already done enough to get a domestic violence order taken out against him.

Calling it horrid texts is an appalling reduction of the crimes he committed and the nature of domestic violence and stalking, behaviour that is designed to render the victim powerless and afraid.

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10:07

So Where Does the Money Go that Mexico Borrows? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Answers emerge. Including offshore private accounts.

Mexicos public debt-to-GDP of 50% may seem modest by todays inflated standards, but when it comes to debt, everything is relative, especially if you dont enjoy the benefits that come from having a reserve-currency-denominated printing press, and if you borrow in a foreign currency that you dont control.

As the debt load grows, more and more of the States financial resources must be used to service it. As El Financiero reports, the cost of servicing Mexicos debt, despite super-low interest rates globally, has almost doubled in the last five years, and is now higher than it has been at any time since 1990. In fact, according to the Governments own figures, more state funds will be spent this year on servicing the debt than on all public infrastructure projects put together.

Yet as the government scrimps and saves in areas that might actually help to boost economic growth, its more than happy to dig deep to fill its own pockets.

A joint investigation by the news website Animal Politico and the NGO Mexicans Against Corruption and Impunity has revealed that, amidst all the budget cuts, the Pea Nieto Government has been using a complex web of shell companies to make hundreds of millions of dollars of public funds, originally intended for public causes such as combating poverty or financing public education, completely vanish.

In other words, much of the money that was meant to alleviate the crippling poverty affecting Mexico is now sitting in offshore private bank accounts

Continue reading the article


Filed under: Mexico and South America, War on Drugs, White Collar Grime

09:58

What is real? Local artists take the opportunity to explore life and art "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Aureille Campagne by Turiya Bruce. Photo supplied.

Aureille Campagne by Turiya Bruce. Photo supplied.

Having recently been in France at the  Art retreat in Provence at The Ateliers Fourwinds, Turiya Bruce is showing the work created there, and a few she made here, and has been inspired to bring this new impasto style of painting to interpret our beloved landscapes here. Turiya is very inspired by Vincent Van Gogh and feels that she understoands why he treated his landscapes as he did.

Turiya will be exhibiting with two other local artists Yoga Poulston and Sanatan Saraswati for the first time, though they are not strangers to each others works. Yoga taught Turiya how to Monotype and vis a vis with Gelli Plate Printing 20 years ago. They have often met for art dates and work well collaboratively.

Yogas works draw on local and natural environs with some figurative pieces too while she excels in mixed media and her use of Monotype.

Join them for their opening at 5pm at the Stokers Siding Art Gallery on September 23  their work will be on exhibition until October 15.

Sanatans subtle and immensely detailed painterly works has had many phases from geometric Op Art to realism and he often themes what is real and leaves it to the observer to draw conclusions.

Enjoy the gallery opening or head to Stokers Siding to take in the wonderful range of work from 11am 4pm, Thursday to Sunday weekly or by appointment on 0407417169. Located at 224 Stokers Rd, Stokers Siding. For more information www.turiyabruce.com or www.turiyabruce.wixsite.com/turiyabruce.

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09:42

6 Ways to Consume Less, and Enjoy Life More "IndyWatch Feed National"

We are like fish, and consumption is our water, we dont even realize how much it surrounds us and becomes a part of us. Were swimming in the idea that if you have more, then you can be happy.

  • Greg McKeown, author of Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

 

The organization World Population Balance states that Americans make up 4.5% of the overall world population, however, the United States is responsible for nearly 20% of the worlds energy consumption. Even more frightening is the fact that the United States produces more waste than any other country in the world!

Source: Rodales Organic Life

 

We live in a world where blind consumption has become the norm. We go through our lives with very little awareness of just how many products our daily routine requires, or how much waste each household is churning out. To add to this mentality, the media further pushes this consumption by working to convince us that we cant start our mornings properly without that specific brand of coffee, or that a new beauty product will make us look younger and more beautiful than anyone else. In fact, as Annie Leonard explains, The average person now consumes twice as much as 50 years ago.

We continue to purchase new, bigger, better and more in an attempt to reach the vision of happiness portrayed in these advertisements, hoping that these products will make us smarter, thinner, more attractive and more popular. The 2016 World Happiness Report paints a different picture, revealing that despite our attempts, the United States only ranked 13th for overall happiness in the world, falling behind Denmark, Switzerland, Canada, Australia and several others.

This realization has triggered a shift in the thinking of many, acknowledging that the answer doesnt lie in consumption and the search for the right product to bring happiness and joy into our lives, but rather in discovering a different way of living. In an attempt to simplify their lives, many Americans are consciously pairing down their belongings, lowering their level of consumption and minimizing their foot print with the waste that they are producing.

One group of Americans have been embracin........

09:41

PACER-Plus barely mentioned at Pacific Island Forum Meeting "IndyWatch Feed National"

September 10, 2017: Vanuatu signed PACER-plus at the Pacific island forum meeting of leaders in Apia. Samoa. PNG and Fiji , the two largest PI economics, have still not signed. The leaders statement from the forum, which deals with a wide range of issues like climate change, security  and fisheries, as well as trade issues, barely mentioned PACER plus. The agreement has still not been tabled in the Australian Parliament, but this could take place soon.

At the forum Prime Minister Turnbull announced renewed engagement with the Pacific islands. He signed agreements for temporary workers from Kiribati, Tuvalu and Nauru to work in in rural and remote towns for up to three years to cover shortages in low and semi-skilled jobs, claiming this would be subject to labour market testing. Australia will also conduct aerial surveillance missions to patrol Pacific fisheries and Tonga, Nauru and Tuvalu are to receive help from the Therapeutic Goods Administration to assess the safety of new medicines. His statement only briefly mentioned PACER-plus.

09:38

RCEP negotiations to continue into 2017 "IndyWatch Feed National"

September 12, 2017: RCEP Ministers met last week in Manila to assess progress in the negotiations. Filipino community groups met with negotiators and organised forums and protests.

There are still major differences about tariff levels, intellectual property on medicines, services and ISDS. There have been media reports that the negotiations will not be completed by the deadline of the end of this year. The Filipino Trade undersecretary said that RCEP participating countries have abandoned the target of concluding the negotiations within this year due to differences in tariff reduction or elimination targets, as well as services to be opened up. Instead, they aim to achieve a "substantial conclusion" or "a significant breakthrough" when the leaders of ASEAN and their dialogue partners meet in November.

09:31

One of the Islamist Rohingya atrocities that led to Burmese response "IndyWatch Feed National"

This young lady was interviewed 5 years ago about one of countless attacks by Rohingya Islamists. She's a school teacher. And a Muslim. Islamists the world over are trying to paint the Rohingya as victims of Islamophobia. Here's the other side of the story, told by someone who was there.

09:31

Australian Institute of Criminology Misperceptions about child sex offenders "IndyWatch Feed National"

Select extracts from the article below:

1. Indeed, research shows that the majority of victims of child sexual abuse do not become perpetrators of child sexual abuse later in life (Salter et al. 2003)

2. Salter (2003: 1314), a psychologist and expert on sexual offending, claims that

in all the interviews I have done, I cannot remember one offender who did not admit privately to more victims than those for whom he had been caught. On the contrary, most offenders had been charged with and/or convicted of [offences against] from one to three victims. In the interviews I have done, they have admitted to roughly 10 to 1,250 victims.

3. Salter (2003: 11) goes on to cite research by Abel et al. (1987), which she claims found that

men who molest out-of-home female children averaged twenty victims.[and].men who molested out-of-home male children were even more activeaveraging 150 victims each.

Strictly speaking, this is correct; a self-report study by Abel et al. (1987) of non-incarcerated paraphiliacs (ie those with a range of sexually deviant fantasies and/or behaviours, including paedophiles) did find that paedophiles who committed non-incest offences against female victims averaged 20 victims each and that paedophiles who commit non-incest offences against male victims averaged 150 victims each.

4. Undoubtedly, there are some child sex offenders who victimise very large numbers of children. For example, in a recent case in the Netherlands, a man confessed to sexually abusing 83 children during his employment at two crches and as a babysitter (Dutch creche worker abused 83 children 9 News 12 January 2011. http://news.ninemsn.com.au/world/8195429/dutch-creche-worker-admits-abusing-83-children). In another case documented by Salter (2003), a school athletics director abused children over a period of nearly 20 years. This man estimated he had abused 1,250 children.

5. As these examples suggest, this type of perpetrator usually has access to large numbers of children over an extended period of time. Many are professional perpetrators; that is, those who use the institutions or organizations within which they work to target and abuse children (Sullivan & Beech 2004: 39). Sullivan and Beechs (2004) study of professional perpetrators (n=41) found that 15 percent chose their occupation (eg clergy, teaching, child care) exclusively so they could sexually abuse children and a further 41.5 percent admitted that this was part of their motivation. In addition, Sullivan...

09:22

New cop on the beat in Alstonville "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Alstonville now has a new police officer following the posting of Senior Constable Sean Daley to the area.

 Senior Constable Sean Daley with Tamara Smith MP in Alstonville.

Senior Constable Sean Daley with Tamara Smith MP in Alstonville.

Originally a Ballina boy he and his young family live in Ballina and all are thrilled with his posting to Alstonville.

Greens Member for Ballina has formally welcomed Senior Constable Daley to the neighbourhood.

He is used to working in rural communities having previously served in Tenterfield and Armidale.

I brought up with Senior Constable Daley and Ballina Chief Inspector Bill McKenna the issues that are concerning Alstonville residents at the moment and felt very heartened that Sean will be rostered on for four to five day shifts per week in Alstonville, said Tamara Smith

Having a daily police presence and building up a relationship with the Alstonville community with such a positive and experienced officer as Sean is truly welcome.

I know that Senior Constable Daley will be able to get on top of the youth crimes happening in the town and that everyone will feel safer having him there.

Ive been assured that the process of recruiting for a second officer who will take up residence in the town has started and all things going well we should see that officer settle in before Christmas, said Ms Smith.

If members of the Alstonville community or any member of the public is concerned about their safety they should dial 000.

 

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09:14

Dan Sinykin: The Apocalyptic Baldwin | Dissent Magazine "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Apocalyptic Baldwin | Dissent Magazine: In the 1970s, James Baldwin offered the same answer. Raoul Pecks Academy Awardnominated documentary I Am Not Your Negro sheds light on what prompted him to abandon his earlier hope for racial harmony. We might also ask why this refusal so resonates today. I Am Not Your Negro and Get Out come five years after the death of Trayvon Martin and the subsequent acquittal of his killer, a period during which movements like Black Lives Matter have propelled racism to the forefront of American public discourse. It is against this backdrop that Baldwin has increasingly become the subject of renewed interestand it is his later, more radical critiques of racism that offer the most insight into contemporary struggles.
Peck composed the script for I Am Not Your Negro entirely from Baldwins words, drawn mainly from three 1970s projects: No Name in the Street (1972); The Devil Finds Work (1976), an essay on Hollywood; and an unfinished manuscript that Baldwin began late in his career, in 1979, Remember This House. The script is read by Samuel L. Jackson and paired on screen with images from the civil rights movement, clips from popular films, and footage of Baldwin himself speaking in various settings.

09:09

Youth charged with Coraki break-in "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A juvenile will appear in court after he was charged with an alleged breaking and entering at a house in Coraki.

Between 10am and 11.45am on Monday 4 September, 2017, it was discovered that louvers had been removed from a window at a house in Richmond Terrace.

It did not appear that anything was stolen and the incident was reported to police.

Specialist forensic police attended and examined the scene.

Following further inquiries about 10.15pm on Friday 8 September 2017, police arrested a 16-year-old youth at a house in Coraki.

He was taken to Lismore Police Station and charged with break and enter with intent to steal. He was refused bail and appeared at a childrens court yesterday and will reappear today.

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09:02

Hillsong. What is wrong with Hillsong? Part Six. Hillsongs founder the pedophile Frank Houston When Frank Houston started sexually abusing little boys "IndyWatch Feed National"

Frank Houston the founder of Hillsong a lifelong secret child sex abuser with his son Brian the current head pastor of Hillsong not a real pastor both wolf pastors

 

In the last article in this series, I mentioned that the first time I saw Frank Houston, the pedophile founder of Hillsong, was in 1976 at Don Cosbys Christian Life Centre in Wellington, New Zealand. And I mentioned how Frank Houston went on a pedophile spree in Australia, New Zealand and other parts of the world, like Chile and Sri Lanka, where he travelled as a leading Assemblies of God (AOG) Christian pastor and evangelist in the 1960s to 1970s.

It is frightening to think of the number of little boys Frank Houston sexually abused in vulnerable Third World countries like Chile and Sri Lanka in the 1960s to 1970s.

These countries have improved a lot socially and economically since the 1960s to 1970s. In those days, they were very much Third World countries, and very poor. When I travelled in Chile in 1990 there was a lot of rural poverty.

From 1965 to 1977, Frank Houston was Superintendent (head pastor) of the New Zealand Assemblies of God. He was well-known and lauded as a great AOG evangelist. Yet, all that time he was sexually abusing little children.

After twelve years at Hillsong from 1981, with a close association with Frank Houston as a lay pastor much of...

08:52

Coldest night in 45 years as temperatures plummet in New South Wales "IndyWatch Feed National"

IF you thought winter was over, you might want to think again because spring isn't quite ready to officially take over just yet. Temperatures across NSW plummeted yesterday with residents in the inland town of Goulburn shivering through the coldest September night in 45 years, with a chilly -5C recorded. The good news is the cold snap isn't hanging around for too much longer. Sky News weather meteorologist Tristan Meyer told news.com.au the cold snap was the result of a high pressure system. "This high pressure system will also lead to predominantly sunny skies and a warm day over the southeast," he said.

08:49

Otis Redding an unfinished life "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Fifty years after his untimely death, a fabulous retrospective of the life, times, and musical greatness of Otis Redding:

Five magnificent years of an unfinished life. 

Singer-songwriter Otis Redding was born on September 9, 1941, in Dawson, Georgia. He became known the voice of soul music. Just as his career was taking off, he died in a plane crash on December 10, 1967. (Sittin on) The Dock of the Bay became posthumously his first and only Number One hit in January 1968.

Also, In That Howling Infinite, read:  The Strange Death of Sam Cooke

 


08:45

Liberal MP hits out at forked tongue AGL "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Liddell power station near Muswellbrook, NSW.

The Liddell power station near Muswellbrook, NSW.

CANBERRA   AM [AAP]

A Turnbull government MP has hit out at energy giant AGL after its chief executive appeared to rule out keeping one of its power stations open longer.

Andy Veseys admission followed a meeting with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in which he pledged to take a proposal to his board to consider extending the life of the Liddell plant or selling the NSW facility.

Mr Vesey later told the ABC he believes his company could find the best solution for the energy market while still closing the power station.

I think that we are committed to finding the best solution for the market; we believe we can deliver that without having to consider the extension or sell the plant and thats what were going to work on, he said.

Liberal MP Craig Kelly hit out at Mr Vesey, saying his later claim was completely contrary to what he told Mr Turnbull.

I think it appears AGL speaks with forked tongue, he told ABC radio.

Labors agriculture spokesman Joel Fitzgibbon, whose Hunter Valley electorate includes Liddell, said of course when Mr Turnbull stares you down and asks for board consideration you say yes.

I think Andy Vesey was bullied into taking the proposal to his board and I believe his board will say no, he told ABC radio.

Mr Fitzgibbon supports the companys strategy to transition the Hunter Valleys energy sector from coal to gas and renewables.

The government expects to hear back from AGL within 90 days.

The meeting came after the Australian Energy Market Operator identified a potential shortfall of 1000 megawatts of power in the eastern grid after 2022.

Treasurer Scott Morrison insists he wasnt expecting a concrete agreement, and rejected claims Liddell is too old and unreliable to keep open.

Im older than it and so are you and I think were still doing alright, Mr Morrison told the Seven Networks David Koch.

Greens cl...

08:15

Lie Detector Tests: Latest Example Of How Trump May Further Entrench Obamas War On Leaks "IndyWatch Feed National"

Attorney General Jeff Sessions reportedly suggested members of the National Security Council be subject to polygraph exams in order to root out leakers in President Donald Trumps administration. It is widely perceived as an extraordinary and alarming recommendation, however, if tests are administered, it will be a natural progression of an institutional crackdown on leaks, which former President Barack Obamas administration bolstered.

According to Axios, Sessions idea is to do a one-time, one-issue, polygraph test of everyone on the [National Security Council] staff. Interrogators would sit down with every single NSC staffer (theres more than 100 of them), and ask them, individually, what they know about the leaks of transcripts of the presidents phone calls with foreign leaders.

Sessions suspects those leaks came from within the NSC, and thinks that a polygraph testat the very leastwould scare them out of leaking again.

The report, picked up by several prominent media outlets, does not mention anything about the source of this scoop. As FiveThirtyEight.com previously highlighted, Axios is a publication targeted at political junkies that will often float scoops predicting that something will happen that never does.

What Axios reported is certainly plausible. In August, Sessions, who was already known as an aggressive supporter of anti-leaks policies, announced more leak cases would be referred to the Justice Department. The Justice Department would investigate and prosecute more leakers.

But while it may seem like a dramatic overreach for Sessions to reportedly talk about using lie detector tests, it is a rather dull and uninspired idea. The Obama administration considered such exams in its crackdown on leaks.

In 2012, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper announced intelligence employees would be required during their counterespionage polygraph examination to answer a question on whether they leaked restricted information to journalists or the news media. Investigators would also be able to call in anyone for a polygraph test about a particular leak, apart from a criminal leak investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

A major McClatchy News investigation exposed in 2013 how federal agencies pushed legal a...

07:26

Market Talk- September 11, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed National"

With no missile test Saturday or new geopolitical news over the weekend, Asian stocks opened on a positive note. The Chinese central bank loosened some financial restrictions which also added to the positivity for both domestic and regional markets, combined to support all markets. The central bank move opens the market slightly, returning responsibility to players rather than being tied by regulation. This is a positive step in opening domestic and on a day when producer prices improved way above consensus at 6.3% while estimates were at 5.6%. Shanghai closed +0.35% and Hang Seng +1.05%. The Nikkei performed best at +1.4% but did see the yen lose -1.4% now in the mid 109s. So, as long as you are long the Nikkei currency hedged, you had a good day! The Australian ASX gained +0.7% benefiting o the back of the euphoria throughout the region and sees the A$ slightly weaker (-0.3%) but still above the psychological 0.80 level. SENSEX closed +0.6% but we do have plenty of data Tuesday to get the market excited.

European rallied benefited both on the back of the stronger Asian session but also as a result of hurricane Irma being downgraded to a tropical storm. Insurance companies led the rally with banks also joining the surge as bond markets watched curve start to steepen and the possible likelihood of less write-downs. The light relief came for insurers in the knowledge that because claims may not be that high there is less risk the insurance companies will be forced to liquidate stock. Also, given the damaged is, hopefully, not that extensive that may continue to put the FED on the side-lines for the balance of this year. Interesting that the US Dollar found a little strength today gaining against the yen, euro and GBP. The DXY was last seen close to the 92 handle an improvement of near +0.6% on the day. GBP could have a busy week with the BOE meeting on Thursday but also key economic data CPI and Average Earnings also.

The US markets finish a great day all around for stock markets. The DOW rallied over 250 points with the S+P gaining over 1% and the NASDAQ 1.2% better to complete a great day. However, worth noting that we are still below the intraday highs which is a warning to not get over...

07:02

Nations Top Aboriginal Health Boss Calls For AFL CEO To Resign Over Racism-Mental Health Smears "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Chairman of the nations most powerful Aboriginal Medical Service has called on the Chief Executive Officer of the AFL to resign after suggesting that racism allegations levelled against the sport by retired star Hritier Lumumba were because his mental health was fragile.

Sol Bellear AM, one of the nations longest serving and most respected Aboriginal health professionals, said the smearing of Lumumba by AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan was disgraceful and made his position at the head of the nations richest sporting code untenable.

A fortnight ago, Lumumba, a former star player for Collingwood of Brazilian and Conoglese heritage, publicly revealed in a documentary on SBS that his nickname among some players in the early days of his time at the Collingwood Football Club was Chimp.

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Lumumba also revealed that after he spoke out publicly about club president Eddie McGuires racial slur of Adam Goodes (McGuire suggested in 2013 that Goodes should be used to promote the film King Kong) he was targeted by senior officials within Collingwood, and eventually forced out after a decade playing for the club.

The AFL had remained largely on the silent issue, until last week when McLachlan told media the issue was related to mental health, not racism.

With respect to [Lumumba] this issue is really about where hes at and his state of mind and his welfare, McLachlan was quoted in the Herald Sun.

McLachlans claim has been in lock step with the spin emanating from the Collingwood Football Club numerous journalists have been backgrounded that Lumumba is unwell, and Collingwood captain Nathan Buckley repeatedly questioned Lumumbas health during a recent press conference.

For his part, in a scathing piece published in The Guardian yesterday, Lumumba says his mental health is fine, and is not the issue.

I find it worrying that both Collingwood and AFL officials have continually cast direct and indirect aspersions on my mental health and wellbeing. I have been upfront about my struggles w...

07:02

Vaxxed bus tour one man trolling against anti-vaccine lies "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Skeptical Raptor, stalking pseudoscience in the internet jungle.

I havent written much about the Vaxxed bus tour, except in the context of how Australia has banned entry of a couple of the anti-vaccine participants from re-entering the country in the future. In case the Vaxxed bus tour isnt at the top of your daily reading material,  it is a gang of anti-vaccine radicals have

Skeptical Raptor

06:43

Spare Parts Puppet Theatre The Arrival at NORPA "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Simply exquisite theatre.

NORPA and the Macadamia Castle are thrilled to present Spare Parts Puppet Theatres adaptation of acclaimed illustrator/author Shaun Tans story The Arrival a truly warm and magical theatre experience for all.

Built on the animation of the awesome images from Shaun Tans stunning new book, The Arrival, Spare Parts Puppet Theatre is full of the exquisite puppetry and exceptional acting that you would expect from Australias leading puppet company. Shaun Tans fantastical world comes to life in a strange and wonderful metropolis full of floating ships, mysterious lights, alien symbols and weird animals. It is in this new place that our hero Aki makes his home.

The Arrival is a universal tale of the challenges, the humour and adventures of arriving in a new country and resonates far beyond any arrival a new school, a new job, a new town. The absence of words not only makes the story perfect for puppetry but emphasizes the isolation that is experienced by many people arriving in a new place.

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Shaun Tans work has an ability to transcend social cultural and age barriers. The Arrival is a theatre work that will appeal to all and be remembered forever. This is Spare Parts Puppet Theatre most visually stunning and emotional moving production to date and has been received with absolute critical acclaim.

Workshops

Spare Parts Puppet Theatre will be conducting a free Paper Puppetry & Play workshop at Lismore City Hall for 7-12 year olds on Tuesday 19th August at 12 midday. Bookings are essential. NORPA is also conducting a series of Puppetry and Visual Theatre workshops in local schools. The theatre foyer will be decorated with a paper bird installation created by workshop students. Each bird carries a message inside to someone the student misses. For more information about NORPA workshops please contact Valley Lipcer creativeprograms@norpa.org.au.

Thanks to the support of The Macadamia Castle and Animal Park NORPA has been able to bring this beautiful show to Lismore City Hall. The Macadamia Castle will also be bringing a special repitilian guest for a meet and greet at the...

06:30

Why Even a Super Hallucinogen Might Not Break You Out of Your Cultural Imprinting: This Week on The Disinfocast "IndyWatch Feed National"

You ever notice how some people can pull out of a transcendent visionary experience and be all like: You know, maybe more materialism is in fact the answer? Its pretty common in... The post Why Even a Super Hallucinogen Might Not Break You Out of Your Cultural Imprinting: This Week on The Disinfocast appeared first on disinformation.

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06:23

What Happened to 9/11 Truth? Here Is the Answer (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed National"

What Happened to 9/11 Truth? Here Is the Answer (VIDEO) | 911 | 911 Truth False Flags Multimedia Propaganda Sleuth Journal Special Interests US News

September 10, 2017 Painting the Big Picture -Truth & Art Radio Podcast #9 with host Bernie Suarez of Truthandarttv.com.

This week I set aside the usual format of this podcast to discuss the September 11th 2001 false flag attack on America and what you need to know. Though I didnt specifically discuss it in this podcast it is worth noting that not long ago former CIA agent Malcolm Howard delivered an explosive 9/11 death bed confession that most people simply ignored. Howard admitted he was involved in wiring WTC 7 for controlled demolition. This testimony of course matches the observable evidence perfectly. Additionally, given what we know today, we shouldnt need a death bed confession to convince us more about what happened on 9/11. Science and empirical research guided by the scientific method which most truth seekers and activists simply dont understand should be all you need to arrive at a sound conclusion about what really happened on that day. As I discuss in this 9th podcast of Truth and Art Radio, this single anomaly and inability of people to clearly understand the science, the scientific method and to reason logically and soundly is the single most important factor keeping people in the dark confused and divided debating unproven theories and blaming nation states for the event.

Watch on Youtube by clicking here.

The post What Happened to 9/11 Truth? Here Is the Answer (VIDEO) appeared first on The Sleuth Journal.

06:18

Michael Pedersons Lighthearted Street Art is Hidden in Plain Sight "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Using the nom de guerre Miguel Marquez Outside, Michael Pederson (previously here and here) tucks art installations in unexpected locations around Sydney. The artists plaques, signs, and miniature architecture tend to center around ideas of escape, isolation, and our relationship to social norms. But he approaches these heavy subjects with a a sense of humor and brings a lighthearted pseudohistory to various structures and spaces. And if Pedersons shovel piece, shown below, has you wondering, you can use this site to find out what location is on the opposite side of the world from you. See more of the artists work on Instagram.

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05:50

Meteor shower stuns residents of Townsville, Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dozens of people have reported seeing an impressive meteor shower over Townsville tonight. The celestial event occurs when a number of meteors are seen to radiate from one point in the night sky. Joe Martin saw the event from Bushland Beach at 7.06pm. "I saw four or five lights that looked just like shooting stars or fireworks heading towards the ground,'' he said. "Three of them got very bright, then I saw a flash. Then they were gone.

05:42

Ooops! Australian BoM climate readings may be invalid due to lack of calibration "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dr Jennifer Marohasy writes by email: There is evidence to suggest that the last 20 years of temperature readings taken by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, from hundreds of automatic weather stations spread across Australia, may be invalid. Why?  Because they have not been recorded consistent with calibration. Somewhat desperate to prove me wrong, late yesterday

05:23

Man bitten by shark in Western Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

An unknown species of shark has bitten a man while he was swimming in Western Australia's Pilbara region. A shark warning has been issued for Sams Creek following the incident at 3pm on Sunday. The man was treated at Roebourne District Hospital for minor injuries but the incident was not reported until Monday. Meanwhile, a shark warning remains in place near Admiralty Crescent at Halls Head in Mandurah, south of Perth, after a whale carcass washed ashore. Beaches are closed between Falcon Bay and Doddies Beach. "It is possible the carcass will act as an attractant that could lead to sharks coming close into shore along this stretch of coast," the Primary Industries and Regional Development Department warns. Source: AAP

04:11

Washington DCs role behind the scenes in Hollywood goes deeper than you think "IndyWatch Feed National"

On television, we found more than 1,100 titles received Pentagon backing 900 of them since 2005, from Flight 93 to Ice Road Truckers and Army Wives

By  Matthew Alford, September  3, 2017 , Independent.

Federal agencies in the US have sponsored thousands of hours worth of entertainment time, including individual episodes of 24 Getty

The US government and Hollywood have always been close. Washington DC has long been a source of intriguing plots for filmmakers and LA has been a generous provider of glamour and glitz to the political class.

But just how dependant are these two centres of American influence? Scrutiny of previously hidden documents reveals that the answer is: very.

We can now show that the relationship between US national security and Hollywood is much deeper and more political than anyone has ever acknowledged.

It is a matter of public record that the Pentagon has had an entertainment liaison office si...

03:59

Clean out used nest boxes or not? "IndyWatch Feed National"

This beautiful Eastern Bluebird nest is located in our OOEF Nestbox #7 on our Old Oak Estate Farm Bolden Bluebird Trail. The nest features some horsetail hair from our black horse. Photo by Gisela Borawski-Hayes, Belleville, IL, United States

This photo of an eastern bluebird nest is from Belleville, Illinois in the USA.

From the Cornell Lab of Ornithologys NestWatch eNewsletter in the USA, September 2017:

Cleaning Houseor Not

With the nesting season drawing to a close, our once bustling nest boxes are now quiet and filled with leftover nesting materials. What should be done with old nests? Do cavity-nesting birds prefer to reuse nests, or do they like a fresh start?

Unfortunately, the answer is not clear-cut, and a lot depends on the species and the geographic location. Find out more about whether or not to clean your nest boxes on the NestWatch Blog.

03:36

Strange Sounds and mysterious booms rattle Virginia, Illinois, New Jersey, UK and Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Within the last few days, mystery booms and strange sounds were reported across wide portions of the US and the UK.

By Strange Sounds

Here a compilation of some of the latest unexplained events.

The first video was captured in Norfolk, Virginia:

 

 

Then on September 5, 2017, the sky started to ring like sirens:

A mysterious explosion rattled homes in Garfield, New Jersey on September 8, 2017. The cause remains unknown.

Houses were shaken by a still mysterious boom in UK. Witnesses report a loud noise as if something collapsing and hitting the ground or going boom. The mysterious bang was heard in Burslem, Tunstall, Sneyd Green, Middleport, Etruria, Ball Green, Chell and some parts of Hanley over more than 30 miles.

The strange sounds from the sky continue.

Finally a mysterious explosion shook homes at 10:49 PM in...

03:15

Warm Antarctic Caves Harbour Secret Life & 91 NEW Volcanoes Beneath Antarcticas Ice "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Warm Antarctic Caves...



I simply had to cover this news, because the main stream media very nearly completely ignored it! Doesnt jibe with the agenda...

 The caves have not been created due to so called man made global warming aka human forced aka whatever other rubbish meme has been created to push the AGW/Carbon psyop. Rather the caves have been hollowed out by warm steam from active volcanoes under Antarctic ice.
"A secret world of animals and plantsincluding unknown speciesmay live in warm caves under Antarctica's glaciers, scientists said Friday.

The caves, hollowed out by steam from active volcanoes, are light and could reach temperatures of 25 degrees Celsius (77 Fahrenheit), researchers said, raising the possibility of a whole ecosystem of flora and fauna deep beneath the frozen surface.

A study led by the Australian National University around Mount Erebus, an active volcano on Ross Island in Antarctica, showed extensive cave systems.

Lead researcher Ceridwen Fraser said forensic analyses of soil samples from the caves had revealed intriguing traces of DNA from algae, mosses and small animals.

While most of the DNA was similar to mosses, algae and invertebrates found elsewhere in Antarctica, not all sequences could be fully identified.
"The results from this study give us a tantalising glimpse of what might live beneath the ice in Antarctica - there might even be new species of animals and plants," she said.

"The next step is to go and have a really good look and see if we can find communities living beneath the ice in Antarctica."

Despite the continent's freezing temperatures, Fraser said heat emanating from the volcanoes could make the caves quite hospitable, warm enough "to wear a t-shirt and be comfortable",...

03:14

ENCORE! The healing effects of the sea! Liana Werner-Gray, Earth Diet, Silver Aloe, and more! Lloyd Jenkins, Budwig clinic for cancer! "IndyWatch Feed National"

September 11th, 2017, 7-9PM

Monday on The Robert Scott Bell Show:


Due to the effects of hurricane Irma and power outages at the studio, we will be airing an encore presentation this evening. All is well at the Bell household and we will be broadcasting tomorrow evening with Dr. Rashid Buttar

Freshman Friday: Where the bougey* millennial, Captain Morgen asks RSB and Super D all the Freshman-level health questions our new listeners need to know! (*bourgeoisie for RSB and Super Don)

For centuries, people have sought healing by the sea.  Well, Morgen LOVES living by the ocean, and hitting the beach whenever possiblebut does it really have healing properties?

RSB talks about the negative ions in water, and how important they are to us as humans. We also talk about water creating energy flow, and dousing as a form of technology to discern where and how water flow is affecting the energy in our environment.


Special Guest: Liana Werner-Gray 

Beauty queen Peoples Choice Miss Earth Australia Liana Werner-Gray got a wake-up call at the age of 21, when she was diagnosed with a precancerous tumor in her throat. Realizing that health issues were holding her back, including in her entertainment career, she decided to change her lifestyle. Through juicing and using the whole-food recipes shared in this book, Liana healed herself in only three months.

Author of the popular, EarthDiet, Liana joins RSB to talk about the Silver Aloe protocal!  A favorite topic for our show, but perhaps new to some, Liana has been using the protocal herself, and wants to talk about all the healing its doing for her and others.


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I really admire your knowledge about health but when you openly support this horrible president it really turns me off to you. I wish the truth about cancer people that I have appreciated and admired would leave politics out of Facebook. You should have a personal FB page fo...

03:03

What Really Happened on 9/11. Post-mortem of the Official Story "IndyWatch Feed National"

Sixteen years after a series of coordinated terrorist attacks by al-Qaeda (as the story goes) shook the United States and the world, the number of questions-raised-left-unanswered has perhaps never been any higher. Through their constant probing, investigating and challenging of

02:37

Algona WA Policeman Ryan Miller Supports These Satanic Pedophiles So How Do Victims Get Justice? "IndyWatch Feed National"


@46:31 Doug Mesnar basically, well literally says that a father putting his private in a babys mouth INSTEAD of its feeding bottle is NOT traumatic and abusive to the baby BECAUSE it has no cognizant idea of what is happening

Doug Mesner/Satanist Lucien Greaves and His Threats to Me

02:16

10 Things Only Loners Will Understand "IndyWatch Feed National"

While most people associate the word loner with something negative it doesnt always have to be that way. I think of myself as a loner but in a more positive manner.

You see, there is nothing wrong with preferring your own company over a group of others. Loners are great people who do what they want with their lives. Below you will find a list of things that only loners will understand. Are you a loner?

10 Things Only Loners Will Understand:

1. Observing EVERYTHING

You literally dont let anything get by you. Loners people watch sometimes and in this, they can better understand those around them. How often do you stop to people watch?

2. Not wanting anything to do with gossip

Unlike the rest of the world, you really want nothing to do with gossip. You are not bothered by it and you dont care about the snide remarks others make.

3. Overthinking

Loners are most commonly overthinkers. Overthinking is actually something that can and does come in handy quite often. What do you think about when youre overthinking?

4. Love for writing

Loners often enjoy writing. Most can actually write quite well and it seems to come to them naturally. They can and will write anything from poetry to books.

5. Mysterious

Loners are quite mysterious, people think they are up to no good just because they choose to spend time with themselves. Just because someone is a loner doesnt mean they have some crazy untold story. Reading too far between the lines is not going to do anything.

6. Patience

Loners are so much more patient than normal people. They have learned how to address themselves and those around them through thinking and spending time on their own. They could sit and watch the stars for hours without complaining.

7. Mellow

Loners are mellow people who dont like to be uncomfortable. They are not loud and generally tend to remain uncomfortable. This can be frustrating to the loner on occasion.

8. Adventurous

The loner loves to travel and take risks. He or she can do whatever their hearts desire and all without company. They have no one else to answer to, and the world is their playground.

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01:28

The Iraqi Kurdistan Referendum: For or Against? "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Less than a month remains before the referendum in Iraqi Kurdistan, the pace of preparation being intensified at a literally accelerated pace as the fateful date for all Kurds approaches. It is common knowledge that the referendum will include the entire region of Kurdistan as well as the areas disputed between Erbil and Baghdad, such as Kirkuk. The commission has chosen an electronic voting process because it was concerned that some foreign governments might not allow the opening of polling stations in their countries where Kurds live. The Independent High Electoral Commission has called upon the citizens of Iraqi Kurdistan living abroad to register their names on their website, beginning on September 1, to ensure a smooth voting process at the forthcoming referendum. 

However, people who doubt the legitimacy of the referendum are also concurrently voicing their opinions. For example, Speaker of the Kurdistan Parliament and representative of the Gorran Party, Yusuf Mohammed, stated that the Kurdistan independence referendum scheduled for September 25 will not have any legitimacy unless it is confirmed by a decision of the parliament, whose work has been suspended since the fall of 2015 due to the sharp political differences between the Gorran Party and the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP). He also believes that the issue of the referendum and the ultimately proclamation of an independent state of Kurdistan is a national matter that must unite all parties rather than cause discord and enmity among them.

By the way, the Kurds have been waiting for their freedom and independence for many centuries, constantly picking up arms to defend their rights. It would seem that a favorable opportunity for that very process began to dawn after the end of the First World War in 1920, when the Sevres Treaty was concluded between the European winners and the former Ottoman Empire, according to which Kurdistan was separated from Turkey. An Anglo-French-Italian commission was appointed to determine its boundaries, after which it was planned that the Council of the League of Nations should determine whether the population of that region was capable of independence, and Kurdistan would be granted autonomy depending on the answer to this question (Art. 62-64). But since the high priests were the colonial powers, they divided the Kurdish lands between the n...

01:26

In Signal To Leakers, Sessions Wants White House Staff Polygraphed "IndyWatch Feed National"

Amid a furious and chilling push by the Trump Justice Department to root out leakers which has included suggestions that even journalists could be targetedAxios reported Sunday that Attorney General Jeff Sessions has floated the idea of putting White House officials through a polygraph test, a proposal that was quickly denounced as legitimately insane.

Sessions idea is to do a one-time, one-issue, polygraph test of everyone on the [National Security Council] staff, writes Axioss Jonathan Swan.

Interrogators would sit down with every single NSC staffer (theres more than 100 of them), and ask them, individually, what they know about the leaks of transcripts of the presidents phone calls with foreign leaders. Sessions suspects those leaks came from within the NSC, and thinks that a polygraph testat the very leastwould scare them out of leaking again.

CNN independently verified Swans reporting Sunday night.

Swan notes that Sessions has pitched the idea to multiple people within the Trump administration.

The thought of potentially administering polygraph tests to White House staffers reportedly came to Sessions after transcripts of President Donald Trumps crazy phone conversations with Mexican President Enrique Pea Nieto and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull were leaked to the press last month.

Sessions has told associates he likes the idea of targeting the foreign leader phone calls because theres a small enough universe of people who would have had access to these transcripts, Swan reports. That Sessions would seriously entertain such a startling action reveals how frustrated hes become about the rampant leaking of classified information.

As Common Dreams reported, Jeff Sessions declared last month that the Justice Department under his leadership plans to expand and intensify its pursuit of those leaking to the media, and asserted that the Trump administration has ...

00:58

Watch: Miss Texas Rips Trump At Miss America Pageant "IndyWatch Feed National"

 


Miss Texas, Margana Wood, did not win the Miss America pageant, but her 15 second response to a question about trump and white supremacists did give her thunderous applause and a huge new fan base.

During the Q&A portion of the event, Wood was asked about Trumps response to white supremacist violence in Charlottesville, Virginia last month, when he said there were very fine people on both sides.

Her response was:

I think that the white supremacist issue, it was very obvious, that it was a terrorist attack. And I think that President Donald Trump shouldve made a statement earlier addressing the fact, and in making sure all Americans feel safe in this country. That is the number one issue right now.

Wood has a history of standing up against bullies such as the white supremacists that Trump failed o denounce. As Miss Texas, she called her platform You Belong and spoke out against bullying and for equality and inclusion.

Its important for everyone to hear the phrase because they do  everybody belongs, Wood told Out Smart, a Houston-based magazine for the LGBTQ community.

(Article By Jeremiah Jones)...

00:46

TURNBULL MUST PROTECT TARKINE HERITAGE "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


The Australian Heritage Council found the Tarkine in north-west Tasmania of outstanding national heritage significance.
[Australian Government, Dept. of Environment and Energy, Australian Heritage Council, National Heritage Assessment, The Tarkine


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00:45

Another side to far-right conservatism "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


Youth is no excuse for this nasty, violent attitude.

By way of background on this young man -The Strange World of an Australian Teenage Conservative Political Commentator

00:30

Breaking: An entirely new type of quantum computing has been invented "IndyWatch Feed National"

Its amazing no one had thought of it before.

By Fiona MacDonald

Australian researchers have designed a new type of qubit the building block of quantum computers that they say will finally make it possible to manufacture a true, large-scale quantum computer.

Broadly speaking, there are currently a number of ways to make a quantum computer. Some take up less space, but tend to be incredibly complex. Others are simpler, but if you want it to scale up youre going to need to knock down a few walls.

Some tried and true ways to capture a qubit are to use standard atom-taming technology such as ion traps and optical tweezers that can hold onto particles long enough for their quantum states to be analysed.

Others use circuits made of superconducting materials to detect quantum superpositions within the insanely slippery electrical currents.

The advantage of these kinds of systems is their basis in existing techniques and equipment, making them relatively affordable and easy to put together.

The cost is space the technology might do for a relatively small number of qubits, but when youre looking at hundreds or thousands of them linked into a computer, the scale quickly becomes unfeasible.

Thanks to coding information in both the nucleus and electron of an atom, the new silicon qubit, which is being called a flip-flop qubit, can be controlled by electric signals, instead of magnetic ones. That means it can maintain quantum entanglement across a larger distance than ever before, making it cheaper and easier to build into a scalable computer.

If theyre too close, or too far apart, the entanglement between quantum bits which is what makes quantum computers so special doesnt occur,...

Monday, 11 September

23:58

How Do We Get Out of This Mess? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Here are my proposals for a new politics, fit for the 21st Century

By George Monbiot, adapted from Out of the Wreckage: a new politics for an age of crisis, and published in the Guardian, 9th September 2017

 

Is it reasonable to hope for a better world? Study the cruelty and indifference of governments, the disarray of opposition parties, the apparently inexorable slide towards climate breakdown, the renewed threat of nuclear war, and the answer appears to be no. Our problems look intractable, our leaders dangerous, while voters are cowed and baffled. Despair looks like the only rational response.

But over the past two years, I have been struck by four observations. What they reveal is that political failure is, in essence, a failure of imagination. They suggest to me that it is despair, not hope, that is irrational. I believe they light a path towards a better world.

The first observation is the least original. It is the realisation that it is not strong leaders or parties that dominate politics as much as powerful political narratives. The political history of the second half of the 20th Century could be summarised as the conflict between its two great narratives: the stories told by Keynesian social democracy and neoliberalism. First one and then the other captured the minds of people across the political spectrum. When the social democracy story dominated, even the Conservatives and Republicans adopted key elements of the programme. When neoliberalism took its place, political parties everywhere, regardless of their colour, fell under its spell. These stories overrode everything: personality, identity and party history.

This should not surprise us. Stories are the means by which we navigate the world. They allow us to interpret its complex and contradictory signals. We all possess a narrative instinct: an innate disposition to listen for an account of who we are and where we stand.

When we encounter a complex issue and try to understand it, what we look for is not consistent and reliable facts but a consistent and comprehensible story. When we ask ourselves whether something makes sense, the sense we seek is not rationality, as scientists and philosophers perceive it, but narrative fidelity. Does what we are hearing reflect the way we expect humans and the world to behave? Does it hang together? Does it progress as stories should progress?

A string of facts, however well-attested, will not correct or dislodge a powerful story. The only response it is likely to provoke is indignation: people often angr...

23:34

BJP Yuva Morcha Sends Legal Notice to Ramachandra Guha For Linking Gauri Lankesh Murder to Sangh "IndyWatch Feed National"

Ramachandra Guha. Credit: Facebook/Godrej Archives

Ramachandra Guha. Credit: Facebook/Godrej Archives

New Delhi: The BJP has sent a legal notice to writer and historian Ramachandra Guha for linking the murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh to the Sangh parivar.

According to ANI, Karnataka BJP Yuva Morcha secretary Karunakar Khasale was behind the legal notice.

Guha, who is abroad at the moment and unavailable for comment, tweeted a little later in the evening saying that Atal Bihari Vajpayee had said the answer to a book or article can only be another book or article. But we no longer live in Vajpayees India. He also tweeted saying that independent writers and journalists are being harassed in India today and even killed, but we shall not be silenced.

23:27

Protecting nest boxes from predators "IndyWatch Feed National"

This video from the USA says about itself:

Bluebird predator guards protect your Bluebird nest

9 July 2013

Here are a few cost-effective ways to keep snakes, raccoons, feral cats and possums from destroying your Bluebird nest.

Learn more here.

From the NestWatch eNewsletter in the USA, September 2017:

Predator Guards: The Verdict Is In

To NestWatchers, it might seem obvious that nest boxes should be protected with predator guards for the best possible chance at success. However, no one has formally tested whether predator guards make a tangible difference in nesting outcomes for songbirds at a large spatial scale. Furthermore, no one has tested which of the popular styles is best (although everyone has an opinion on this subject), or if having more than one is even better. And are there any species which dont reap the benefits?

We are thrilled to announce the publication of a new ground-breaking study by NestWatch wherein we analyzed more than 24,000 records submitted by participants to answer these questions. After nearly 50 years of speculation on the topic, read our results in the latest NestWatch Blog post.


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23:10

Whos at the popular table? Our analysis found which open data the public likes. "IndyWatch Feed National"

In 2017, local and state governments in the United States publish open data on everything from animal licenses to zoning. What we dont know is how residents use this huge variety of public information. As more state and local governments connect their residents to open data, what kind of open data releases should be a priority?

To start to answer these questions, we analyzed the text descriptions of open datasets from 141 cities and state governments across the country a total of 21,000 individual open datasets and scored them based on views and downloads to figure out which types of data are most popular.

Based on our analysis, the most popular types of open data are:

  1. Crime reports: crime rates; crime and arrest reports; officer-involved shootings; corrections statistics
  2. Personal transportation: vehicle registrations; road conditions; traffic reports; parking locations; bicycle lanes and racks
  3. Public health and safety: 911 calls and response times; public safety personnel data; opioid and addiction data
  4. Housing and economic development: fair housing violations; affo...

23:06

Are Elite Controllers a fantasy? Read this. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Are Elite Controllers a fantasy? Read this.

by Jon Rappoport

September 11, 2017

We rarely get a chance to see a smoking gun that proves elite controllers are running the show from behind the curtain.

Thats why there is a curtain.

So Im republishing a conversation between two members of the Rockefeller Trilateral Commission (TC) and a US reporter.

First, a bit of background:

In 1969, four years before birthing the TC with David Rockefeller, Zbigniew Brzezinski wrote: [The] nation state as a fundamental unit of mans organized life has ceased to be the principal creative force. International banks and multinational corporations are acting and planning in terms that are far in advance of the political concepts of the nation state.

Goodbye, separate nations.

Any doubt on the question of TC goals is answered by David Rockefeller himself, the founder of the TC, in his Memoirs (2003): Some even believe we are part of a secret cabal working against the best interests of the United States, characterizing my family and me as internationalists and of conspiring with others around the world to build a more integrated global political and economic structureone world, if you will. If that is the charge, I stand guilty, and I am proud of it.

Who is in charge of destroying national economies, in order to create a new international order?

Who keeps pushing new economy-destroying trade treaties?

Who demands that these treaties must be ratified?

Who is in the business of killing jobs and hope?

Who demands that more US jobs disappear overseas and never come back?

The Trilateral Commission (TC).

The original stated goal of the TC was to create a new international economic order.

Here is a stunning piece of forgotten history, a 1978 conversation between a US reporter and two members of the Trilateral Commission. (Source: Trilateralism: The Trilateral Commission and Elite Planning for World Management, ed. by Holly Sklar, 1980, South End Press, Pages 192-3).

The conversation was public knowledge at the time.

Anyone who was anyone in Washington politics, in media, in think-tanks, had access to it. Understood its meaning.

But no one shouted from the rooftops. No one used the conversation to force a scanda...

23:02

India Asks Australia to Withdraw Offensive Ad of Ganesha Eating Lamb "IndyWatch Feed National"

The ad also featured Jesus, Buddha, scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard and Greek goddess Aphrodite. Credit: PTI

The ad also featured Jesus, Buddha, scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard and Greek goddess Aphrodite. Credit: PTI

Melbourne: India on Friday (September 8) took up with Australia a recent offensive advertisement which features Ganesha and other divinities promoting the consumption of lamb meat and demanded its withdrawal.

The advertisement was released last Monday by the Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA), triggering protests from the Indian community in the country.

High Commission is taking note of the protests of Indian community in Australia, have made a demarche to Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Department of Communication and Arts and Department of Agriculture bringing to their notice an offensive advertisement by Meat and Livestock Australia that hurt the religious sentiments of the Indian community, the Indian High Commission in Canberra said in a statement.

In a video advertisement released by MLA recently, Ganesha along with other religious figures is found to be toasting lamb, which the Indian community considers to be offensive and hurting their religious sentiments.

The Consulate General of India in Sydney has taken up the matter directly with MLA and urged them to withdraw the advertisement, it said.

A number of community associations have also registered their protest with the government of Australia and MLA.

MLAs latest campaign for lamb features a number...

22:49

AFL Silent On CEOs Misleading Smears, After Hritier Lumumba Blows Whistle On Racism "IndyWatch Feed National"

The AFL has not responded to questions about how its CEO came to mislead the public that the organisation had met with a former player at the centre of a growing storm around racism allegations.

The AFL has also refused to explain why Gillon McLachlan, the CEO of the wealthiest sporting code in Australia, claimed the issue was about the mental health of the player, rather than the allegations of racism leveled at other players and officials.

A fortnight ago, former Collingwood star, Hritier Lumumba of Brazilian and Conoglese heritage publicly revealed in a documentary on SBS that his nickname among some players in the early days of his time at the Collingwood Football Club was Chimp.

Lumumba also revealed that after he spoke out publicly about club president Eddie McGuires racial slur of Adam Goodes (McGuire suggested in 2013 that Goodes should be used to promote the film King Kong) he was targeted by senior officials within Collingwood, and eventually forced out after a decade playing for the club.

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In a statement to media last week, Gillon McLachlan claimed that the AFL had met with Lumumba to address his concerns. But emails obtained by New Matilda reveal the AFL was still trying to secure a meeting with Lumumba the day after they claim to have met with him.

Lumumba maintains he has never met with the AFL, and only had a brief interaction with Tanya Hosch, General Manager of Inclusion and Social Policy.

Hosch had turned up to the screening of Marngrook, an AFL television show, and waited backstage for Lumumba. They spoke for several minutes, before agreeing to meet later in the week. That meeting never took place the AFL continued to publicly smear Lumumba, claiming that his mental health was the real problem.

AFL star Heritier Lumumba, in a screencap from a documentary Fair Game which began airing on SBS on Sunday September 3.AFL star Heritier Lumumba, in a screencap from a documentary Fair Game which began airing on SBS on Sunday September 3.

Four days later, in response to scathing criticism of the popular F......

22:30

Authors withdraw study, citing accidentally duplicated images "IndyWatch Feed National"

Researchers in Australia have withdrawn a 2006 paper in The Journal of Biological Chemistry (JBC), citing image duplication. In the withdrawal notice, published July 14, 2017, the authors claim that the errors do not impact the underlying scientific findings of the article. Although the notice does not mention an investigation, a comment on PubPeer on March []

The post Authors withdraw study, citing accidentally duplicated images appeared first on Retraction Watch.

22:30

Introducing Our Data Journalism Advisers "IndyWatch Feed National"

Its no secret that we like math at ProPublica. Our data team creates its own statistical models, drawing insights that support and help guide reporting done in more traditional ways. We feel strongly that investing in quantitative methods can help a newsroom find stories that would otherwise go unreported.

We have four full-time data journalists, as well as a team of developer-journalists and a wider newsroom thats full of very nerdy reporters. But despite a wide range of talents and expertise, we often find ourselves in quantitative conundrums that we need help to understand and untangle.

Thats why today were announcing a new group of advisers who will help us solve our thorniest problems and do data journalism at the highest possible level. These four people will help us develop methodologies, answer practical questions, introduce us to other domain experts and be another set of eyes on the white papers we write to explain our work.

They have diverse backgrounds and an array of areas of expertise. Were incredibly excited to introduce them.

Miguel Hernn is the Kolokotrones professor of biostatistics and epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He also teaches courses at the Harvard Medical School and Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology. His research focuses on what works best for treating and preventing cancer, cardiovascular disease and HIV. Hernn received his M.D. from the Universidad Autnoma de Madrid and an M.P.H, Dr.P.H. and M.S. from Harvard.

Charles Lang is a visiting assistant professor in learning analytics at Columbia Universitys Teachers College. He researches student learning through predictive analytics and graphical models. He received his Ed.D. from Harvard Graduate School of Education, as well as a B.S. in biochemistry and B.A. in political science from the University of Melbourne, Australia.

Heather Lynch is an associate professor of ecology and evolution at Stony Brook University. Her work as an ecologist involves using quantitative analysis and data collection methods to research the effect climate change and fishing has had on the Antarctic penguin population. She holds a Ph.D. in organismic and evolutionary biology from Harvard, an M.A. in physics from Harvard and an A.B. in physics from Princeton.

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22:19

BlackBerry abandoning its users riding on its success of yesteryear "IndyWatch Feed National"

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In the rapidly changing world of Information and Communications Technology, companies can come and go without even a ripple, invent technologies to be bought out by others and even reach stratospheric heights only to wilt away to a minuscule shadow of their former glory, like Nokia.

It seems that BlackBerry is going down this inevitable path too.

BlackBerry used to be a name synonymous with secure handsets together with a secure server communications platform.

Just because this may have been the case with BlackBerry a decade ago does not mean this is also the case today.

On the success of its (allegedly) secure proprietary device operating system (combined with the server email platform), BlackBerry abandoned its BlackBerry Operating System user base to create  Google's Android Operating System base mobil...

22:11

Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd Files Police Complaint After Threat Calls From Unknown Persons "IndyWatch Feed National"

Shepherd has recently found himself in a controversy over his book, Samajika Smugglurlu Komatollu, which Arya Vysya associations say is derogatory and demeaning.

Political scientist, writer and activist Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd. Credit: Facebook

New Delhi: Political scientist, writer and activist Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd lodged a police complaint today at Osmania University police station in Hyderabad after allegedly receiving threat calls from unknown people.

According to a report in the Indian Express, Shepherd claimed he has been receiving calls since Sunday afternoon, with the callers threatening to cut off his tongue. Shepherd told the Indian Express, Since yesterday, many unknown phone calls kept coming and when I answered, they abused me. The International Arya-Vysya Sangham headed by K. Ramakrishna condemned my writings on a TV channel. Someone threatened to cut my tongue. My effigies have been burnt. I feel terribly threatened by their abuses, phone calls and messages. If anything happens to me they will be responsible.

Shepher...

21:51

You cannot make people love & accept you: so stop trying "IndyWatch Feed National"

British people often react with incomprehension at how compulsory voting changes the way Australians approach elections. The ABS postal survey on same-sex marriage is a reminder of just how different Australias usual voting procedure is from that in most other developed democracies: people are running the campaign as though it were compulsory, you see, and theyre screwing it up royally on all sides.

I wrote about this (and other, related) issues in this weeks Spectator, which you should absolutely go & buy from your local newsagent.

When I was a girl, my mother used to say she didnt like standing on the moral high ground because she didnt have a head for heights.

News that a significant percentage of those who support same-sex marriage plan to boycott the postal plebiscite (or survey, or opinion poll, or plebishite as my partner calls it) has even reached Blighty. It represents a concerted attempt to climb a particular moral hill and then die on it. I have no desire to die on this particular hill and am becoming rather tired of campaigners purporting to represent my interests making the perfect the enemy of the good.

Yes, its true that a popular vote of any sort is not how we make legal change in Westminster systems a point LNP Senator Dean Smith makes eloquently. I get that. Yes, voting on other peoples rights in any sort of liberal democracy even when constitutional arrangements permit it is improper. There is a reason women were not enfranchised in otherwise liberal Switzerland until 1971. Yes, responding to the Senates intransigence in blocking a compulsory plebiscite by disrespecting the institution itself is pretty pitiful. To borrow an Americanism, there should be no end runs around the Constitution. They do no-one any credit. And the campaign even at this early stage is already showing all the bits of Australia not for export.

Read the whole thing, as they say.

21:47

Heres The Skinny On Kids Rights Inside Public Schools Teaching Transgenderism "IndyWatch Feed National"

Recently I explored whether parents have a right to opt their children out of classroom discussions of transgenderism. As I explained, state law governs this question and currently only a few states grant parents the authority to remove their children from gender-identity lessons. (Guttmacher Institute provides a summary of each states law and Rutgers links to the controlling state statutes.) Later, I exposed the deficiencies in state sex-education opt-out statutes.

The first article also explained that while parents hold a constitutional right to make decisions regarding the upbringing and education of their children, that rightat bestallows parents to remove their children entirely from the public-school system; it does not allow them to edit the curriculum within the school system. Further, while the First Amendment and many states protect religious liberty, courts are unlikely to interpret those guarantees broadly enough to encompass an opt-out right.

So for parents who wish to avoid the confusion that will surely result from their young children learning in school a counter-factual lessonthat boys might really be, or can become, girlsthe best option is to abandon the public-school system. However, for those unwilling or unable to do so, the next natural question is what rights, if any, do parents and their children retain to reject the transgender agenda within the public-school system. In short, schools cannot force pupils to affirm a gender-dysphoric students assumed sex.

Schools Cant Force Students to Affirm Anything

General principles of First Amendment jurisprudence make that much clear. More than 70 years ago in West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette, the Supreme Court held that public schools could not force students to salute a flag, explaining: If there is any fixed star in our constitutional constellation, it is that no official, high or petty, can prescribe what shall be orthodox in politics, nationalism, religion, or other matters of opinion or force citizens to confess by word or act their faith therein.

Heres what that means for classmates of a student presenting at school as transgendered. A school cannot mandate that other children mis-sex a gender-dysphoric student. In other words, a pupil cannot be forced to call a boy a girl, or refer to a boy as a she or her. Nor can a school insist that pupils celebr...

21:46

Pastor Neville Johnson. Liked blow jobs from his three young AOG church secretaries. Academy of Light Queensland. Bobbie Houston of Hillsongs pastor in New Zealand. Former head pastor at Queen St Assemblies of God Church in Auckland New Zealand. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Neville Johnson

Pastor Neville Johnson today. Still an errant false prophet, liar and con-artist. Neville Johnson has conned many people out of large sums of money in Ponzi schemes in recent times In Queensland and Perth, Australia. Angry victims are looking for his home address to recover their lost savings even asking me if I know where he lives. I know where he lives but are afraid he might get bashed up if I tell people where to find him. 

Neville Johnson

Pastor Neville Johnson. Academy of Light ministries, Perth, Western Australia. Liked blow-jobs from his three young church secretaries while praying to the Lord and fasting in Auckland motel rooms.

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21:00

What can I do to make you love me? "IndyWatch Feed National"

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I have two daughters. It occurred to me early on that my behavior, especially towards my wife, would become a reference point for normalcy that would stick with them throughout their lives. I would define, with my actions, their expectations for what a spouse should be. That freaked me out and still does, especially as I struggle every day to be the parent that I think I should be for them.

As they've gotten older  my oldest turned 13 last month and the other is 10 something else has started to dawn on me. My influence as a measuring stick for their future spouse is waning and their own decision-making and options are expanding. They're not at dating age yet, but from this point forward, the happiness and fulfillment of their future relationships is going to be far more dependent on who they are than what I am.

What kind of person will be attracted to them? Will it be someone who is intimidated by a confident, intelligent woman or someone who is drawn to such people? Will they want someone who thinks independently or will they be someone who preys on the submissive and needy? Will they be superficial or have great emotional depth?

The answer to those questions will depend on who my daughters become. If they are confident and assertive they will tend to attract people who love to be with confident and assertive people. If they are thoughtful and well-read, they will be more likely to attract someone who appreciates their intelligence. In other words, as I think about their future happiness in their relationships, the best thing I can do for them is to help them become the kind of women that attract good people. The kind of future adults that command respect, invite kindness and seek to surround themselves with thoughtful, generous and loving people.

My greatest hope for my daughters is that they grow to be strong people.

Last week, Amazon announced that it plans to open a second headquarters to court a second city, as it were. They issued an RFP and invited cities to submit marriage proposals. Suddenly, Amazon one of the country's hottest companies is also its most eligible bachelor.

To Amazon's surprise, they are finding out that's not how things work in America. American cities are strong. They're confident. They have a swagger that cannot b...

20:43

SYDNEY RALLY AGAINST NSW NO JAB NO PLAY LEGISLATION (UPDATED) "IndyWatch Feed National"

SYDNEY RALLY AGAINST NSW NO JAB NO PLAY LEGISLATION

NO JAB NO PLAY NO WAY!
SCIENCE! NOT LOBBYISTS!

TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 12, 2017
10 am 2 pm  Martin Place.

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20:39

PERTH Man to appear in court after Armadale home invasion and robbery "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Man to appear in court after Armadale home invasion and robbery .

September 11, 2017 at 10:29AM .

Denzel Lee Winmar faced Perth Magistrates Court on Sunday, charged with aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery, stealing a car and reckless

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18:49

BATR: The Meaning of 911 Fifteen Years After "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Meaning of 911 Fifteen Years After

What kind of an American are you? Will you mourn the dead or will you celebrate the government as protector of national security? For thoughtful and historically balanced realists the correct reaction is that the last remnants of the Republic collapsed with the twin towers and burned with the response from the Pentagon fire. Most docile and obedient subjects of the despotic regime that have morphed into outright tyranny still believe the official report from The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, provides the definitive details on the 911 investigation.

Fifteen years later, fewer and fewer people reflect on what actually occurred and the profound significance that transformed the country into a permanent belligerent in international affairs and a domestic police state. With the passage of The Patriot Act and The National Defense Authorization Act, the fundamental principles of our constitutional republic were betrayed to the very core of the bone marrow and essence of the nation.

Still, there is another reaction with the passage of the years. As the population becomes more detached to reality and people become immersed into a culture of trivia, self-absorption and detraction; the entire society moves even further into a fatal resignation that government is all powerful and cannot be challenged.

The simple question begs a different answer. Is America safer since the War on Terror was invoked? Surely, no intelligent person could believe we are the Land of the Free. Lamenting the lack of outrage, replaced with a condition of surrender that the evidence found on 911 a saga of deceit and lies is not important, is the greatest legacy of the insidious and planned plot to transfer the United States into a globalist gulag of subjugation to the New World Order.

Frankly, it gets old when the public keeps dismissing the dire state of the existential demise that America faces not from foreign threats, but from internal betrayal and treason coming out of the very officials and power elites that impose the ridiculous narrative spun straight out of the falsehoods that the establishment accepts as gospel articles of faith.
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18:49

The Ramifications of Blocking Lee Wanta's Access to his Money "IndyWatch Feed National"

The serious ramifications of blocking Lee Wantas access to his money

Source: Veterans Today | By Preston James, Ph.D on September 9, 2017


Had Bush1 and Cheney had not prevented Lee Wanta from access to his vast fortune, the US Maglev Railroad System would have been built and folks in Texas and now Florida would have easily been able to evacuate.




Its a simple fact, The Bush Crime Cabal (BCC) which hijacked the CIA, has continued to block Lee Wanta from access to his vast 27 Trillion dollar fortune (before interest earned).

The estimated value is now in excess of 32 Trillion USD.

Despite the fact this is Wantas money that he earned through honest money speculation; despite the fact he has offered to pay all taxes due and use the money to build a huge state-of-the art high speed Maglev railroad connecting most large US Cities; and despite the fact that Wanta promised President Reagan he would use this vast fortune made through Operation Stillpoint that he ran to get rid of the US National Debt; the BCC (using the CIA) continues to prevent Lee Wanta from accessing his rightfully owned funds now kept in a trust illegally.




All the claims and gross misinformation that Wanta was lying or fabricating this story evaporated when the Puppetmasters mistakenly left a message on his phone answering service during their conference....

18:44

So What Did Happen to That ISIS Convoy? "IndyWatch Feed National"

A Syrian pro-government forces member gestures to the camera from a tank in the Salamiyah city, some 33 kilometres southeast of Hama, on August 19, 2017, during an offensive against Islaimc State (IS) group fighters.A Syrian pro-government forces member gestures to the camera from a tank in the Salamiyah city, some 33 kilometres southeast of Hama, on August 19, 2017, during an offensive against Islaimc State (IS) group fighters. (Photo: STRINGER / AFP / Getty Images)

 

Last week we asked you what should be done with a convoy of hundreds of ISIS fighters and their families that fled fighting and was stuck in the Syrian desert, halted by the U.S.-led coalition.

Below we tell you what happened in reality but first here are you answers and comments:

  • 1.5% said they should be allowed to disperse after questioning.
  • 19.9% were of the opinion women and children should be free to go but all men arrested.
  • 32.5% maintained the entire group should stand trial.
  • 29.1% said the entire group should be incarcerated without trial.
  • 17% said its nothing to do with the West. Let the Syrians sort this out themselves.

 

And now to some of your comments:

  • As the terrorists have said, Its blood for blood.'
  • They acted as a group. They should be tried as a group.
  • Let the country deal with it under their laws which they understand.
  • They should all be detained and treated humanely until an investigation is completed and charges land.
  • The Syrians will kill them all.
  • Forever in the worst prison conditions!
  • These are the enemy. You eliminate them!

 

So, what happened in reality? Well, one of the options Clarion presented you with last week is what actually happened. 17% of you said the Syrians should sort this out themsel...

18:36

MACKAY Two men prepare to fight sword murder allegations "IndyWatch Feed National"

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18:16

Ryan International School Case Highlights All the Things Schools Arent Doing "IndyWatch Feed National"

It is time school staff go back to being educators, rather than business professionals devoted to increasing profits at the cost of childrens education and security.

Police teams arrive to investigate after the murder of a student of Ryan International School in Gurugram on Friday. Credit: PTI

Police teams arrive to investigate after the murder of a student of Ryan International School in Gurugram on Friday. Credit: PTI

The horrific incident of a seven-year-old child being done to death within what one would consider the safe haven of a school has left parents across the country worried about the safety of their wards.

The Ryan International School case is in the headlines because of the murder, but there are several cases of sexual abuse across schools that are never revealed for fear of public embarrassment. Incidents of seniors abusing juniors inside school toilets are spoken of in hushed tones but rarely exposed, leaving the victims scarred for life.

Public anger is justified because Ryan International cannot escape responsibility for the murder of a young student on its premises. It must answer how it allowed the school bus conductor the man charged with the...

17:40

UK Against Fluoridation "IndyWatch Feed National"



Josh Sigurdson talks with Todd McDougall of Winnipeg Alternative Media about the 4 and a half year fight at WAM against the fluoridation of the tap water.
WAM launched at an anti-fluoride fundraiser and championed the cause in Winnipeg, Canada for years. A class action lawsuit was launched in 2013 where tons of people came out to support us in our work against the forced medication of fluoride.
Over time the opposition to this terrible practice teetered off. But the fight must be pushed to the forefront of public conversation once more!

Hydrofluosilicic acid is not medical grade fluoride, it's industrial fluoride and it's the byproduct of alluminum and phosphate mining and smelting. It's incredibly hazardous to your health.
You can't avoid it by simply not drinking it. If you take a shower or a bath, you're taking in industrial fluoride through your pores. Boiling it will simply concentrate it and fluoride filters cost hundreds of dollars and still don't even take all of it out.
The certified toxic waste can actually eat away at concrete. But yet it's put in our tap water in order to "stop cavities" despite cavities being worse statistically in places WITH fluoride than those without like Vancouver or Calgary.

Todd McDougall put forward a human rights complaint alongside Trevor Adams to the Manitoba Human Rights Commission, including a stack of paperwork/studies into fluoride by top professionals worldwide, including studies by Harvard.
The Manitoba Human Rights Commission simply wrote back saying it wasn't a human rights infringement and that no more complaints can be made by McDougall of Adams.

If this doesn't disgust you, what will? This is force medication with toxic waste.

So the answer to this horrible attack on individual liberty? Well, individuals in Winnipeg have to come together once again and fight harder for a couple months in order to permanently get fluoride taken out of the tap water. It's as simple as that!

People can email winnipegalternativemedia@gmail.com or message them on Facebook if you're willing to help fight against this corporatist attack on free will by the state and their partner aluminum corporations. We can ensure far greater health for so many in the future who are unwittingly drinking and taking in toxic waste which has historically lead to neurological problems like Alzheimer's, bone cancer, decalcification of the pineal gland and for the environmentalists out there, ends up thrown in rivers and lakes killing massive amounts of fish.

15:53

Man charged with stalking Lismore residents "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A man has appeared in court charged with stalking and entering enclosed lands at Lismore last week.

About 7.45pm last Monday (September 4), a 35-year-old man approached a house in Laurel Avenue and several times attempted to enter the house, which is occupied by two women aged 23 and 30-years old.

The incident was reported to police.

Then about 12.30pm on Saturday (September 9), the same man attended a house in Dalziel Street, Lismore. He allegedly walked through the front door uninvited and left shortly afterwards.

The man allegedly returned to the house later that evening and attempted to gain entry by knocking on the doors and windows around the house.

Police attended and arrested the man. He was taken to Lismore Police Station and charged with  stalking/intimidating and intending fear or physical harm and entering enclosed land without lawful excuse.

He was refused bail and appeared in Lismore Bail Court on 10 September 2017.

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15:50

Growth lobby trolls and journos, population theories and growth religion "IndyWatch Feed National"

Van Badham, the author of an insulting Guardian piece against Dick Smith, (Thursday 7 September 2017) parades the usual cliches about 'educating women' to deal with population growth, despite the obvious fact that although women in Australia still have relatively high rates of literacy, our population just keeps growing faster and faster. Not because Australian women are having huge families, but because mass immigration from overseas contributes 60% of Australia's population growth. How is education going to fix that, Ms Van Badham?

Not progress

Most people in Australia and the rest of the Anglosphere are educated to believe in a sort of chronological continuous improvement, which they know as 'progress'. This 'progress' explanation is used to excuse all kinds of costs imposed by change. (We also hear, 'Change is good'). But much coercive and costly change is caused by catering to overpopulation and overdevelopment, and both these ills are engineered by powerful people. Over the last 20 years in Australia, the mainstream media has represented the growth lobby by pushing rapid population growth as an economic norm, as an inevitable demographic fact, and has played its only card - the race card - against the many more rational objections.

Rent a troll

With the rise of the internet, the beneficiaries of engineered population growth use crowds of trolls to defend these costs and the growth lobby's excesses on the internet, so that when critics of rapid population growth go to 'progressive' sites that push growth, they will get all kinds of flack. The trolls are designed to frighten questioners away. People should not be misled to believe that the nasty attacks on people who question population growth are sincere - they are too similar and irrational to be spontaneous - but they do need to be countered.

A recent and gross example have been a majority of comments on an article, "I get why you're angry, Dick Smith. The ABC ignores my ideas all the time," in The Guardian (Thursday 7 September 2017) about Dick Smith's ad against massive population growth. You can see these comments here: https://www.facebook.com/theguardianaustralia/po...

15:44

ZAP/POOFness Report: "It's Alright" -- September 10, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Subject: IT'S ALRIGHT
From: "The Office of Poofness" <<a href="mailto:2goforth@humanus.ca">2goforth@humanus.ca>
Date: Sun, September 10, 2017 11:12 pm

IT'S ALRIGHT

East 17

Don't you worry 'cause it's alright

Don't you worry child of the night
'Cause in the morning come
With the new day sun
Love and everlasting light
We are the seed of the new breed
We'll succeed, our time has come
We are the new
These words are true
Let the light of love shine through

It's alright
It's alright
It's alright
It's really alright
It's alright
It's really alright

Alright, alright
Everything's gonna be alright
Alright, alright
Everything's gonna be alright
Alright, alright
Everything's gonna be alright
Alright, alright
It's really alright

No don't be so sad
'Cause love is by your side
No don't be so sad
'Cause life is too short to live
No don't be so sad
I'll be mad if you're this
It's alright
The message that I give

We are the seed of the new breed
We'll succeed, our time has come
We are the new
These words are true
Let the light of love shine through

It's alright
It's alright
It's alright
It's really alright
It's alright
It's really alright

Alright, alright
Everything's gonna be alright
Alright, alright
Everything's gonna be alright
Alright, alright
Everything's gonna be alright
Alright, alright
It's really alright

Listen to me, dreams can come true
Call out to love it will answer you
Forget your troubles and smile
Let your heart speak awhile
Let the light of love shine through

We are the seed of the new breed
We'll succeed, our time has come
We are the new
These words are true
Let the light of love shine through

It's alright
It's alright
It's alright......

15:39

Hackers Break Into Equifax Big Time! "IndyWatch Feed National"

Welcome to the reality of the Digital World and there are those in government who want to eliminate cash and force everyone into electronic deposits. Well the new data breach at credit bureau Equifax appears to have affected up to 143 million people. On top of that, Equifax has been slow to deal with the issue. This is reminiscent of the real Insider Trading from the 1930s when directors realized the company was bankrupt so they sold their stock before any announcement. Here we have the companys chief financial officer and two other senior executives cashing in on almost $2 million of Equifax stock once they learned about the hack, according to Business Insiders Mohammed Hadi and Bryan Logan.

The Equifax data breach may have really profound lasting effects . Because they may have access to your information on consumers credit reports, including their Social Security numbers, credit card numbers and drivers license numbers, they could open credit accounts in consumers names. They then could file an income tax return and get a refund before you even file your taxes. The Federal Trade Commission warned consumers last Friday to file their taxes early as soon as you have the tax information you need, before a scammer can.

The IRS doesnt initiate any contact with taxpayers by email, text message or social-media channels requesting any information. If anyone is contacted, be very concerned and do not answer any questions or validate anything. Call an accountant ASAP.

 

15:37

Hitch-hiker steals car and dumps driver at Goonellabah "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A man has been arrested after it is alleged he assaulted another man and stole his car at Goonellabah last week.

About 1.50pm Friday (September 8), a 27-year-old man was driving his car along Skyline Road when he noticed a man hitch-hiking. The driver stopped and picked the man up and travelled to a number of locations in Goonellabah.

The driver stopped near a shopping complex on Rous Road when it its alleged the passenger punched the driver to the face and pushed him out of the car. The man then allegedly drove from the location.

About 9am Sunday (September 10), a 26-year-old man attended Casino Police Station. He was arrested and charged with assaulting with intent to take a motor vehicle. He was granted conditional bail to appear in Lismore Local Court on 9 October 2017.

Police attended the mans address and located and seized a motor vehicle.

The post Hitch-hiker steals car and dumps driver at Goonellabah appeared first on Echonetdaily.

15:35

The Target Week of 9/11 Storms to North Korea "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tampa 1921

QUESTION: Marty, You said in Orlando last year you ran your models on where to locate in Florida and said a big one was due in 2017. Now with your target coming into play for the week of 9/11 and the storm about to hit your area, do you think this target of 9/11 pinpointed both?

ANSWER: It is an interesting coincidence if such things really exist. I suppose we will not know until this week is over. As far as the storm, yes I ran the models and the best area was the Tampa West Coast of Florida. It is not immune. When I grew up, my uncle lost his house on the beach in New Jersey twice during the 1960s. New Jersey is also not immune.

As far as Catagory 5 Hurricanes, as I explained this was the 32nd since 1924 and it should have been the biggest (Pi Cycle). They were forecasting it would run up the East Coast and avoid Cuba. Without using their weather models, cyclically Cuba should have been hit. Likewise, the hit should have been on the West Coast. I did not select Tampa because it is one of the lowest 5 lying cities at virtual water level and is prone to flooding during a flash summer rain storm. I think Tampa would get hit perhaps more so than St Petersburg with respect to flooding.

However, the last direct hit was the Tampa Bay hurricane of 1921 which was a Category 3 (111 mph to 130 mph) hurricane.  In 1921, the combined population of Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco, Hernando and Citrus counties was 135,000. Today, it is 2.7 million. The Tampa Bay hurricane of 1921 (also known as the 1921 Tarpon Springs hurricane) is the most recent major hurricane to strike the Tampa Bay Area.

Our office is not on the ground floor. My home is concrete and elevated up one floor. We will just have to see what happens. I agree, it is coming the same target week we had in markets and North Korea. I suppose this i...

14:39

The Australian Government must encourage public debate, not restrict the right of charities to speak up "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Australian Government must ensure that amendments to foreign donation laws do not unintentionally silence legitimate democratic debate and discussion, the Human Rights Law Centre told the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters. The Committee is conducting a review of political donations as part of its broader inquiry into the conduct of the 2016 election.

Emily Howie, a Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, said there is a real risk that the Committees proposed prohibition on international donations to third parties would stifle charities participation in public debate.

Being able to vibrantly debate matters of public interest is crucial to a good democracy. We appreciate the need to address the complex issue of foreign influence in Australian politics. But the real issue here is that in its attempt to improve the transparency of Australian elections, the Government may cast the net too wide and hamper the activities of local charities who are working for social good, said Ms Howie.

In an earlier report, the Government members of the Committee recommended a prohibition on donations from foreign citizens and foreign entities to Australian registered political parties, associated entities and third parties. The ban on third parties could prohibit international donations towards Australian charities and not-for-profit groups whose work is not currently considered political and regulated under the Electoral Act.

A foreign donation ban on charities is clearly a step in the wrong direction. Autocratic governments around the world are stifling criticism in exactly this way. Australia should not follow that trend, said Ms Howie.

Charities provide a valuable contribution to public discussion in a way that informs both voters and policymakers.

One of the things that makes our democracy great is having an informed public debate with a range of voices. Charities working for public benefit are and should be a key voice in these debates. The Government should be safeguarding their free speech, not stifling it, said Ms Howie.

Download the Human Rights Law Centres submission here.

Download Defending Democracy - a report that highlights the urgent need to safeguard independent civil society voices.

For further information or interview please call:

Michelle Bennett, Director of Communications, Human Rights Law Centre, 0419 100 519

14:36

Britain, France and China move to end petrol and diesel cars "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Ben Wilson

Although we have heard little about it, France, Britain and now China are now moving to put an end to sales of cars that use petrol and diesel, as an important means to cut back on global warming emissions.

No target dates have been set yet. But there is no doubt that this represents a significant shift in thinking.

The news came out in a statement made by Chinas industry ministry.

The reason why China is so important is that it is the worlds biggest market in term the number of vehicles sold.

Deputy minister Xin Guobin said that the ministry has begun research on formulating a timetable to stop production and sales of traditional energy vehicles, he told the Xinhua News Agency and newspaper the Peoples Daily.

To date, the Chinese government has supported the development of electric cars with billions of dollars in research subsidies and provided incentives to buyers to purchase cleaner cars. However, the financial burden is going to be increasingly shifted to the car making companies.

By next year, hybrid vehicles will have to make up 8 percent of each manufacturers total coming off the assembly lines and rise, up to 12 percent by 2020. Sales of new hybrids are steadily climbing and make up 40 percent of global sales.

I China, state owned companies have been instructed to speed up the building of a national network of charging stations, to make the use of electric cars more attractive.

Chinese automaker BYD Auto, a unit of battery maker BYD Ltd, in a 50-50 partnership with Germanys Daimler, is the worlds biggest electric car maker, developing major markets in the United states, Europe and Latin America.

Meanwhile, Britain and France announced in July that they will stop selling petrol and diesel by 2040, as part of their own effort.

It shows how far behind Australia is.

 

 

The post Britain, France and China move to end petrol and diesel cars appeared first on The Pen.

14:30

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.0002 BTC
0.0010 BTC = 5.25 AUD
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14:10

Rogue State: Israel launches more 'surprise airstrikes' on Syia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Immediately after Israel's latest unprovoked strike on Syria we posed the question, did Benjamin Netanyahu just panic? The answer is yes, Israel is now acting from a position of desperation as it has failed in its goal of regime change in Syria. Overnight (Wed. evening/Thursday early morning), Israel attacked a Syrian military base near the town of Masyaf at about 3:00 a.m. which Syria has now confirmed in a statement that warns of "serious repercussions". Syria reported two troop deaths in the attack. It appears to have been a massive strike - grainy photos show a large fireball lighting up the night sky outside of Masyaf. Israel appears to have timed its attack to occur on the very night a controversial U.N. report was released earlier in the day (Wednesday) which blames the Assad government for using chemical weapons against civilians at Khan Sheikhoun in April. A number of Israeli analysts and media reports purport the Masyaf base to be a site for chemical and non-conventional weapons storage (such as "barrel bombs") while claiming the attack was motivated by "humanitarian" concern for Syrian civilians.

Rogue State: Israel launches more 'surprise airstrikes' on Syria "IndyWatch Feed National"

Immediately after Israel's latest unprovoked strike on Syria we posed the question, did Benjamin Netanyahu just panic? The answer is yes, Israel is now acting from a position of desperation as it has failed in its goal of regime change in Syria. Overnight (Wed. evening/Thursday early morning), Israel attacked a Syrian military base near the town of Masyaf at about 3:00 a.m. which Syria has now confirmed in a statement that warns of "serious repercussions". Syria reported two troop deaths in the attack. It appears to have been a massive strike - grainy photos show a large fireball lighting up the night sky outside of Masyaf. Israel appears to have timed its attack to occur on the very night a controversial U.N. report was released earlier in the day (Wednesday) which blames the Assad government for using chemical weapons against civilians at Khan Sheikhoun in April. A number of Israeli analysts and media reports purport the Masyaf base to be a site for chemical and non-conventional weapons storage (such as "barrel bombs") while claiming the attack was motivated by "humanitarian" concern for Syrian civilians.

13:45

Ashbery made strange "IndyWatch Feed National"

My favourite living poet, a poet who seemed like hed never stop writing, died in his sleep in his home in Hudson, New York, on Sunday 3rd of September, a strangely appropriate way to go, perhaps, for John Ashbery unconscious, half in this world, half in another, kind of like his poems.

13:30

5 Common Mistakes People Make on Their Spiritual Journey "IndyWatch Feed National"

I still have a long way to go, but Im already so far from where I used to be, and Im proud of that. ~ Unknown

Just like any student, Ive made mistakes throughout my spiritual journey.

Although I prefer to see mistakes as learning opportunities, below are a few things Ive learned not to do through my years of meditation and detox weekends and constant effort to stay on the divine side of life.

1. Constantly looking for answers externally


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13:18

Response From ABS to Marriage Law Postal Survey Questions "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

On 16 August I sent the ABS a list of fourteen questions regarding the conduct of the Marriage Law Postal Survey, in particular regarding count quality assurance issues.  Some of the questions were answered in subsequent public debate.  The response below was received today, September 11, from Michael Wilson of ABS and is reproduced in full.  My questions as sent are in italics.  My thanks to the ABS for their detailed responses at this busy time.

I have added some comments of my own below the responses, and may add more later.

ABS Responses To Questions
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1. Will, as appears to be the case, survey responses be being processed and counted while the time window for submitting responses is still open?  
The survey responses will be data captured during the collection period, which is a common process for the ABS. The survey responses will not be finalised until after the 7th of November.

2. If yes to 1, what will happen if a respondent reports that their survey has been stolen (or that they did not receive a survey) after their vote has already been received and processed.  
If an eligible Australian reports that a form has been stolen, the ABS will mark the original barcode as invalid. The ABS will count the replacement form when it is returned, rather than the original form. The processing of valid and invalid forms will be conducted at the end of the collection period so there is no risk the survey return is already processed.

3. Will automatic character recognition be used to count survey responses?  
No. The ABS will use optical mark recognition not character recognition to identify Yes and No responses.  

4. If yes to 3, will there be manual verification (eg by checking images on a computer screen as done in the 2016 Senate election) that every survey response has been scanned correctly?
There will be processes for q...

13:03

Conference strengthens push for an independent foreign policy for Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Joe Montero

The Independent and Peaceful Australia Network (IPAN) held an important and successful conference in in Melbourne this last weekend.

Participants, including indigenous Australians, came from around Australia to discuss the matters of war, peace and independence, connecting this to the need to keep Australia out of US instigated wars, removing foreign military bases on Australian soil and putting into place an independent foreign policy.

IPAN is a network of over 70 affiliates, including Church groups, unions and a range of community organisations and individuals, sharing concern over the control over Australian affairs emanating from Australias alliance with the United States, servicing elite and corporate interests in that country, rather than the needs of the peoples of both.

The emergence and growth of the of the network, reflects rising opposition to sending Austrealins overseas to fight in someone elses predatory wars, the use of Australian soil forforein milkitary bases and the stationing of marines in Darwin.

Key speakers from overseas were;

American global strategy is based on the containment of China and Russia, which are regarded as economic and political threats. It is on this notion that that former president Barack Obama began the pivot into the Asia Pacific region. The outcome has been the growth of naval and air power presence,  involving the expansion of military bases,  the positioning of troopsand threats, which increase tensions.  Australia is participating is a player in all of this and therefore contributing to the miltarisation of the region.

As well as hosting marines in Darwin, Australia takes part in regular military exercises, aimed at further securing military positions in a war scenario.

The Turnbull government has become militarily involved in both the North China Sea and Korean issues, taking part in gunboat diplomacy. Th...

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