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Sunday, 12 November

07:30

Floyd Vincent and the Temple Dogs "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Saturday 11th Nov, 8.30pm 11.30pm, The Federal Hotel
Bellingen

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Friday, 06 October

01:01

Comprehensive national face database incompatible with a free society "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australias leading privacy and civil liberties organisations condemn the decision by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) to provide all images from state and territory drivers licence databases to the federal National Facial Biometric Matching Capability.

These organisations are the Australian Privacy Foundation, Digital Rights Watch, Queensland Council for Civil Liberties, NSW Council for Civil Liberties, Liberty Victoria, South Australian Council for Civil Liberties and Electronic Frontiers Australia.

The creation of such a comprehensive national facial database is an unnecessary and disproportionate invasion of the privacy rights of all Australians, is the foundation for suspicionless, warrantless mass surveillance and is fundamentally incompatible with a free and open society.

David Vaile, Chair of the Australian Privacy Foundation said, This government has proven it is blind and deaf to privacy and personal information security threats. Make no mistake this database will affect all Australians, even the most conscientious and law-abiding. It will likely generate massive false positive lists that will flood our very effective police and security services with useless distractions. Weve already seen calls for scope creep to cover welfare enforcement, and theres every reason to expect this capability will come to be used to identify people with unpaid fines and other minor issues that have nothing whatsoever to do with terrorism.

Tim Singleton Norton, Chair of Digital Rights Watch said, This is a gross overreach into the privacy of everyday Australian citizens, and will have huge impacts on the trust in government to manage this database. What is urgently needed is proper consultation, evidence and debate - in parliament, with civil society and the public themselves. Whilst we of course must ensure that our law enforcement agencies have the tools necessary to undertake their important work, this should not come at the expense of citizens rights to privacy.

Angus Murray, Vice-President of the Queensland Council for Civil Liberties said, The protection of the Australian community is fundamentally important however, this also includes the protection of Australians civil liberties and privacy. Todays agreement, and this continued scope creep, clearly highlights the need for the introduction of a tort of serious invasions of privacy and enforceable Human Rights legislation. It is incumbe...

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Thursday, 05 October

22:50

Statement on Marriage Equality Survey "IndyWatch Feed National"

1504445232185.jpgThe Melbourne Anarchist Communist Group supports a YES vote in the postal survey on marriage equality now in progress in Australia. We do this, not because we endorse the institution of marriage, but because the survey will have concrete results and we need to choose which results we favour. The postal survey is a flawed process of direct democracy, something far inferior to an authentic plebiscite on a concrete proposal. We didnt choose this battlefield, but its a battle we must win. Vote YES for liberty, equality and solidarity. Vote YES and prepare to take the struggle further.

22:50

Senator Endorses Intel on Russia (Except the Part About Trump) "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Senate Intelligence Committees update on Kremlin interference wasnt much of an update.
Bloomberg
October 4, 2017, 3:10 PM EDT
Theyve got answers. Youve got questions.

 Photographer: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Leaving aside the bloviating protests of President Donald Trump, there are two ways to understand Russias influence campaign against the 2016 election.

The first is obvious. The Russians tried to elect Trump. You dont need access to top-secret U.S. government documents to reach this conclusion. It happened in real time. Russians hacked the emails of leading Democrats and distributed them on the internet. Trump touted the disclosures in the final weeks of the campaign.

The other explanation of Russian meddling is that it was more insidious. The Russians aimed to undermine the publics faith in the electoral system itself. This is what former FBI director James Comey told the House Intelligence Committee early this year. He said the Russian hacks were unusually loud, and that they wanted us to see what they were doing. In this sense, the Russian operation succeeds by persuading voters that the vote was rigged, no matter who wins.

The intelligence community assessment of Russian electoral influence released by the Obama administration on Jan. 6 endorses both views. It says one aim of the Russian operation was to undermine public faith in the U.S. democratic process. It also concludes the Russians helped try to elect Trump.

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22:26

Why Real Football Fans Dont Play Fantasy "IndyWatch Feed National"

I hate fantasy football. I have never played it, and I never will. Because its evil. Watch the hilariously vile TV show The League if you dont believe me.

Fantasy football is everything that is wrong with the world. As a philosopher, I understand that the case I am about to lay out is not the most logical, and Im okay with that because playing a sport that requires you to wear protective armor that actually makes the game more injurious is not very logical. In other words, one cant revert to logic to defend the illogical. Youve got to go deeper. Like Nietzsche, you need to go beyond good and evil to a primordial pure place where the recliners are made of pig skin and the Autumn Wind never ceases, where every day is Sunday and the crockpot magically produces Rotel dip.

Every time someone asks me if I want to join his or her league, I say no. Then they ask me why, with a look so bewildering its as if I just denied needing oxygen. I have a few stock replies, depending on who is doing the asking.

Fantasy Football Makes It About Math Instead of Poetry

First scenario: A coworker I know doesnt like football.

My answer: I actually like football. Their facial response is almost as cartoonish as an idea light bulb, because they dont like football. They like games, numbers, percentages. But they get it. If you actually like football, why would you play fantasy football?

Philosophical Conclusion No. 1: FF takes something beautiful and makes it about math, which is something horrible!

Math cannot quantify people and passion. Tony Romo is the fourth best passer in NFL history with a rating of 97.1. But that amazing number was the last thing I was thinking about the day he relinquished the quarterback position to Dak Prescott last year. Im not ashamed to say that listening to his carefully chosen words brought tears to my eyes, because he was being so unselfish.

Then at the end of the speech I began to sob uncontrollably, because I realized he wasnt just stepping aside so Dak could take over. He was saying goodbye to me. Obviously not just to me there are millions of Cowboys fans, and plenty have never liked Romo. But its hard to watch someone play for ten years, to literally break his back and keep going, and not feel something when he is about to disappear.

Painful goodbyes are the most bittersweet thing in the world. A painful goodbye means that a good thing has ended. That means, no matter how briefly, you had a good thing. The more bitter a goodbye, the sweeter what came before. Cynical fantasy footballers can make fun of me all they want for this melodrama. I dont care. As Gandalf said before sailing to the Undying Lands, I will not say do not weep. For not all tears are an evil.

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22:18

Bobbie Houston Twitter: TEN POINTS FOR TRYING RIGHT!! WE CAME. WE PRAYED. WE GAVE IT OUR ALL "IndyWatch Feed National"

BOOBIE HOUSTON OF HELL$ONG: TEN POINTS FOR TRYING RIGHT!! WE CAME. WE PRAYED. WE GAVE IT OUR ALL

 

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22:06

Sydney's construction boom in pictures - Part 1 (Blacktown) "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Gentrifying

For something a bit different, I thought I'd post a few photos from around some of Sydney's major construction hotspots.

It's been an interesting year to date to say the least in Sydney.

At the end of last year I highlighted a number of the likely construction hotspots, so over the next week or so I'll post a handful of photos and thoughts from a few of them. 

Sydney has been building dwellings at a record pace.

And yet population growth has been been significantly ramped up lately, to the extent that the feared oversupply just hasn't yet materialised in most areas. 

Greater Sydney's population now looks to be growing by more than 100,000 persons per annum, which puts the rate of apartment construction into a whole different context. 

Let's kick off with Blacktown, a relatively underprivileged area in parts, located about 35 kilometres or so west of Sydney's Central Business District. 


The 2016 Census confirmed that Blacktown now has a large Indian-born population, but actually the area has more or less an everything-born population these days, from Filipinos and Fijians, to Chinese and Kiwis.

Like much of Sydney, seemingly, the train station is under reconstructio...

22:02

Dont fence me in the debate over the value of fencing in wildlife "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Biologist

Professor Adam Hart

While 2016 was dominated by talk of a beautiful wall between the US and Mexico, few think of the effect  man-made physical barriers have on animals. Adam Hart explains

The Biologist 64(5) p10-13

Territoriality occupying and defending space is a trait common to many animals. Some can develop or take advantage of relatively small but clearly defined physical territory that can be defended easily. Such animals include the mound-building termites or the cavity-nesting honeybee, as well as denning mammals such as brown hyena.

Wider territory, beyond the immediate physical space of a nest or den site, may be required by animals to provide sufficient space for foraging and to find potential mates. Where this happens, species can signal ownership by communication that includes song in birds or urine spots in mammals.

Of course, we humans also own and occupy space, and the possession and defence of space is at the heart of many larger-scale human conflicts. We are good at manipulating the physical environment, and the huge advantages of occupying and defending resource-rich or strategically useful territory means that structures such as walls, ditches, hedges and fences are commonplace wherever humans make use of land. Of all the different types of barrier we erect, though, it is the fence, in all its forms, that has come to dominate globally. It is also the fence that poses the greatest threat to wildlife.

The types of fences most of us in the UK are familiar with are small in scale certainly when compared with the worlds longest one, the 5,614km pest-exclusion fence built in Australia to keep dingoes out of South Eastern Australia and southern parts of Queensland. However, even at the level of our back garden, fences can have a powerful and negative impact on wildlife. Sometimes those issues might be immediate and obvious: I have disentangled many hedgehogs, sheep and even a slow-worm from various fences here in the UK.

Fences dingo incopy

In the game reserve in South Africa where the University of Gloucestershire takes an annual field course, they have disentangled far larger animals, including kudu and waterbuck.

The so-called Buffalo Fence in Botswana, which runs north to south across the Okavango Delta, prevents cape buffalo from the inner delta transmitting foot-and-mouth disease to cattle in....

21:28

Redgum I Was Only 19 (1983) "IndyWatch Feed National"

One of my favourite Aussie songs 1983 Vietnam ballad

 

 

 

 

 


21:24

Midnight Oil US Forces "IndyWatch Feed National"

Aussie band no 5 of 6 tonight Midnight Oil oboe Australias iconic rock bands of all time very into anti-war, pro-environment etc

 


21:04

PERTH Mining company fined for arc flash incident "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Mining company fined for arc flash incident .

October 05, 2017 at 02:41PM .

A mining company has been fined $65,000 in the Perth Magistrates Court following an incident in which a worker was injured in an electrical arc flash

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21:03

Implant Restores Consciousness to Man in Vegetative State "IndyWatch Feed National"

From The Guardian: A 35-year-old man who had been in a persistent vegetative state (PVS) for 15 years has shown signs of consciousness after receiving an implant to stimulate the vagus nerve. While this finding offers hope to families of patients in PVS, it also poses ethical questions.

The findings offer hope to the families of patients in PVS that it may one day be possible to re-establish some basic form of communication. However, some might also question whether such patients would wish to be made more acutely aware of being in a severely injured state.

I cannot answer to this question, said Sirigu. Personally I think its better to be aware, even if its a bad state, to be conscious of whats happening. Then you can have a decision if you want to go on or if you want [euthanasia].'

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20:45

How the BOD stole Sukkos "IndyWatch Feed National"

How the BOD stole Sukkos

Every Jew in Jewville loved to celebrate Sukkot

Except the Board of Deputies. The BOD did not.

When all the other yidn were erecting their tents,

Chairperson Jonny Arkush just sat in lament.

Perhaps his shirt was too small or his shoes were too tight,

But I think his heart was too far to the right.

He grumbled and sighed and mumbled, bereft:

All I want to do is crush the far left!

Sukkot is a time for unlimited joy.

Wheres the hatred and fear? Wheres the racism? Oy!

I cant stand to see such a heart-warming sight.

It just isnt fair. No, it just isnt right.

If Jews can shake lulavs and celebrate

Then when will they campaign for the Jewish state?

I must ruin their chagim and then they will know

That Europe is only a temporary home.

So Jonny Arkush snuck out in the night

To give all the Ikies a terrible fright.

He got in his car and went to the town

And pulled every temporary shelter down

He grabbed the lulavs and stole the etrogs

He snatched all the myrtle. Oh, what a slog!

He spoiled their fruits and ruined their wine

So no Jew in Jewville could have a good time.

Now they will realise, he chuckled with glee,

That their only hope is voting for me.

If they cant be happy and worship their God

Then they might fundraise for my paranoid BOD.

The next day all the yidn woke up and saw

Their sukkahs were broken, strewn out on the floor

Their wine and their fruits had all been snatched

Their lulavs and etrogs had all been smashed.

But did the Jews cry at this horrible thing?

No! They went out in their gardens and started to sing!

They did all the things theyd have done all along

Like seeing their friends and dancing to songs.

Years of learning had made them astute:

A states not an answer, the worlds a galut!

We will not be scared, well get organised

We will fight against all the things that we despise

All we can do is resist and have fun

For a worl...

18:30

Why Newtons Story of Democracy is Both Unique and Universal "IndyWatch Feed National"

The films plot is located so securely within the actual world of central Indian counterinsurgency that to claim an external inspiration would be a gross injustice.

A still from Newton.

A still from Newton.

Newton is a film about madness and misadventure, about passion as much as precision, about the forest and about fear. Ostensibly a story about a polling officer intent on enabling voting in a place where nobody is interested in the vote, it raises questions at many levels, without claiming to provide answers. Perhaps the forest itself is the answer a space where one can lose and find oneself but in new and unexpected ways. And perhaps democracy is like a forest where one is forever going down the wrong path, and must pause to retrace ones steps, to reach a destination which one didnt know one was seeking or indeed, that it even existed.

In the wake of Newtons nomination for the Oscar, some have claimed that its story resembles the Iranian film Secret Ballot. Any comparison between Newton and the Secret Ballot must rest, however, only on the fact that the equation of democracy with mere electoralism is a problem the world over. Remember the old Khruschev-era joke? A worker goes to a polling station to vote. An official there giv...

17:24

SPRING PACKAGE at the Byron at Byron "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

We love Spring time at the Byron at Byron and to mark the season we are pleased to introduce our new Spring package.

With longer days and the weather warming up it is a beautiful time of year to visit the Bay. We also have some new treatments in the Spa that will help reinvigorate body and mind for the Spring season.

To help make it easier we have highlighted some experiences that are perfect for the season.

From $395 per night

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Overnight accommodation for two
Upgrade to a Superior Suite
Full buffet breakfast for two
Two signature cocktail vouchers
$25 spa voucher
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Remember even if youre not staying with us, we would love you to experience our award winning spa and beautiful restaurant overlooking the majestical rainforest.

For further information and booking inquiries, www.thebyronatbyron.com.au or call 02 6639 2105

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17:02

Animation from the Independent Edge at the Byron Bay Film Festival "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The selection of short animation films at the 2017 Byron Bay International Film Festival steps away from the big-league producers in the USA and Japan.Its both a financial and a curatorial decision, and it works.

The program showcases a refreshing, dynamic and diverse collection from first-time and emerging directors from other parts of the world Europe, Iran, Ireland, and India.

We could rightfully call this program Animation from the Independent Edge.

It constitutes a treasure chest of novelty, originality and innovation. Here is a taste of the future of independent animation. Enter the experimental world of independent short animations. Enter a world where art, design, digital wizardry and sound mix to serve character and story. All but two of the selections are family friendly so watch the program with your children and wonder at the multigenerational appeal of animation as a cinematic form.

KEIRO
While there are no entries from Japan, one film tips its hat to Japanese animation traditions. Keiro, from France, is directed by Tatiana Jusewycz, a film school student and first-time director. With a contemporary Japanese anime look about it, Keiro explores the passage from childhood to adulthood and the friends we carry along the way.

BOULL
Two beautifully illustrated shorts from Russia showcase the close relationship between animation, graphic design and fine art. Boull is a stylish little number about two sea creatures who have a tussle: its a metaphor for territory-grabbing nation leaders wherever they are. In the tradition of silent movie slapstick comedy the sound design replaces dialogue. The colour palette and quirky graphics are gorgeous.

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17:00

As Millennials Demand More Meaning, Older Brands Are Not Aging Well "IndyWatch Feed National"

Ask millenials and boomers what companies they value most and youll get very different answers. If brands want to make an impact with the consumers of the future, they need a clear mission.

Serving an older population is a great thing, so long as thats what a company intends to dolike AARP serving those 55 and older. But some major mass-market brands mean much less to younger generations than to older generationscreating significant risk for the longevity of those companies.

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16:06

ECB v the Federal Reserve Different Animals Altogether "IndyWatch Feed National"

QUESTION: Do you you really think Trump would let the Central Banks Default? He said we would write off PoteRicos debt maybe he plans to write everything off can he do that? If this really did happen wouldnt the dollar be worthless?

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ANSWER: It seems as though far too many people ASSUME that all central banks were created EQUAL. Sorry that is just not the case. These people who do not really know what they are talking about assume that just because the Fed has the power to create elastic money, that therefore the ECB can do the same thing. SORRY WRONG!!!!

There is a substantial difference between the Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank (ECB).
The accounting at the Fed allows for it to CREATE mone...

15:59

Is climate change controversy good for science? "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Craig Idso In the title of their newly published article in the journal Scientometrics, Jank et al. (2017) ask the important question Is climate change controversy good for science? Their answer, which we will divulge later, came about via a somewhat unique analysis, which compared the reference lists of two major reports published by the Intergovernmental

15:41

10 Ways Going Through Heartbreak Can Actually Break You "IndyWatch Feed National"

For the most part, we have all experienced heartbreak at some point. Some of us have only experienced it once or twice while others may not even be able to count the number of heartbreaks they have encountered.

It is very important to remember that we need to be careful with our hearts and only let the right people in. Below you will find a list of things that physically happen when you go through a heartbreak. Maybe keep these things in mind next time you are choosing a partner.

10 Ways Going Through Heartbreak Can Actually Break You:

1. You feel actual pain

When you go through a breakup it for the most part literally feels like someone has punched you hard in the stomach. This can be a complete body pain that rushes through every fiber of your being. Your brain is literally sending out signals letting you know the pain is real.

2. You can literally get cramps

Your body will become increasingly aware of all the aches and pains you are feeling. This will happen because of the heightened emotional pain level you are experiencing. Dont worry though, it will pass.

3. You may experience hair loss

While you may not lose a whole head of hair you might end up missing a few chunks. Stress is linked with hair loss and while not everyone loses their hair due to stress lots of people do. We all handle stress in different ways.

4. You go through withdrawal

Your mind and body will literally go through withdrawal. You are addicted to love and this person, when you no longer have them it is hard to cope. While this is different from drug addiction it could be compared and prove to be quite similar.

5. You lose your appetite or it increases

When it comes to a breakup generally there are two things that can happen in regards to eating habits; you eat more or less. For me, its less, and I lose a lot of weight when dealing with a breakup.

6. You experience a rise in blood pressure

While this is one of the more temporary symptoms it is one nonetheless. Stress causes your blood pressure to increase so this is something we should expect. With that being said, it shouldnt be to a chronic point so everything will overall be fine.

7. Your s...

15:03

Ray White real estate company's false advertising "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia's real estate industry is rife with dodgy activity, where the people in 'government' are doing very little to curb this as they (e.g. also people in 'local government') too are involved.

Apparently the mass population is told that 'false advertising' is a no-no, where multi-million dollar penalties apply to companies who resort to this sort of business style.

Optus copped a $2million fine a little while ago.

The real estate company Ray White tout themselves as Australasia's largest real estate group.



People involved in the real estate 'game' are aware of the differences between a house, a flat, an apartment and a unit.

Some savvy house buyers should also be aware of the very distinct differences between the above mentioned places of residence.

So let's take a closer look at Ray White's false advertising.

They listed a property as a house as seen within the second line of the pdf below;


Upon closer inspection the "house" as stated by Ray White, is not really a house, but rather a unit as seen in a photograph of the above mentioned premises.



Could they be trying to get more cash for advertising a unit as a house ?

Whatever the real reason for their false advertising, we do not recommend Ray White, "Australasia's largest real estate group" for any real estate transactions.

15:00

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.0002 BTC
0.0010 BTC = 5.40 AUD
Converter

14:08

Bruce Wilson paid $60,000 to encourage his predecessor to hand over the leadership of the AWU "IndyWatch Feed National"

Don't feel too sorry for Bruce being $60K out of pocket. Once he become the boss of the union............. Now here's the full story, as told by the players in their own words. Recorded 11 September, 1995 - GILLARD speaking to her boss Peter Gordon And this is former AWU...

13:32

Australian Witness at Las Vegas Shooting Speaks out "IndyWatch Feed National"

Source: Courier Mail

EXCERPT:

Another Australian man staying at the Mandalay Bay Resort has spoken about his close call with the Las Vegas gunman - claiming he launched his murderous attack from the room next door.

Australian Brian Hodge, who previously worked at Jupiters Casino on the Gold Coast, claimed he was staying in the room next to the shooter on level 32 at the Las Vegas resort.

He said he managed to escape the initial horrific scenes inside the hotel but found himself forced to hide in a bush for several hours after the event.

I got outside safely and was hiding in bushes, Mr Hodge said.

There were multiple people dead and multiple shooters. I was just hiding waiting for police to come get us.

We were hiding in the bushes outside waiting for the police. Mr Hodge said he was staying in room 32134 while the gunman was in room 32135.

It was a machine gun from the room next to me, he said.

My floor is a crime scene. They killed a security guard on my floor.

Surfers Paradise Ultra Lounge bar co-owner Nathan Claridge, a globetrotting MC for the Vegas-based Thunder from Down Under male revue, posted video from the near the scene soon after the shooting started.

The 32-year-old had just left work from a nearby hotel when he came across people diving for cover and running from away from what sounded like machine gun fire which could be heard in the background.

Mr Claridge, who said he shot video of the pandemonium from a car he was a passenger in, said initially it was difficult to pinpoint where the gunfire was.

He can be heard in the video saying: Yo,....

13:30

Africa Leads the Way in Election Technology, but Theres Still a Long Way to Go "IndyWatch Feed National"

The African Union needs to devise a standard set of requirements and attributes for electronic voting across the continent.

Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta flanked by his Deputy William Ruto addresses the nation at State House in Nairobi, Kenya. Credit: Reuters

Kenyas President Uhuru Kenyatta flanked by his Deputy William Ruto addresses the nation at State House in Nairobi, Kenya. Credit: Reuters

Kenyas recently annulled elections will soon be re-run, but the long-term questions they raised about election management are still unanswered. The spotlight is on the work of international observer teams, but there are also much wider questions of electoral capacity problems that extend to the top of the African Union, and thence across the whole continent.

African democracies are in the process of co-ordinating a generation ju...

13:20

Hotel Guest Next Door to Las Vegas Shooter Saw 'Multiple Gunmen' "IndyWatch Feed National"

Hotel Guest Next Door to Las Vegas Shooter Saw 'Multiple Gunmen' | 03 Oct 2017 | An Australian man who was staying in the room next to the shooter in the Mandalay Bay has confirmed he witnessed multiple gunmen involved in the Las Vegas attack. "There were multiple people dead and multiple shooters. I was just hiding waiting for police to come get us. I got outside safely and was hiding in bushes," Brian Hodge told Australia's Courier-Mail. Mr. Hodge, who was staying in room 32134, next door to Stephen Paddock in room 32135, also provided important information when he revealed that a security guard was killed by police. "My floor is a crime scene. They killed a security guard on my floor." ...Wendy Miller from Cooroy, on the Sunshine Coast -- another Australian caught up in the Las Vegas shooting -- may have provided a missing piece of the puzzle. Also speaking to the Courier-Mail, Ms Miller said...she saw what she described as a "man of interest" run by. Ms Miller said the man sprinted through her hotel after coming off an escalator from the Mandalay Bay. "The man that they [security] were chasing was wearing a security jacket like them," she said.

13:19

I, a Yolngu man from Arnhem Land "IndyWatch Feed National"

Im proud to be an Aboriginal man. My family upbringing fostered a strong sense of self and pride. Its the outside noise thats the problem. On numerous occasions, it has led me to question whether I have a place in this world.

12:47

Questions on The Gunfire Sounds, The Silent Hour, and Stephen Paddocks Actions "IndyWatch Feed National"

The alleged photos that were leaked from Stephen Paddocks hotel room

by Dee McLachlan

Australian politicians are flooding the news with talk of strengthening terror laws, and bringing in mass facial recognition technology to keep us safe. In the aftermath of the terrible Las Vegas tragedy, I hear almost no debate that this technology might be used in the future to discriminate against certain sectors of the population whether this be against environmental protesters or parking violators.

With all this talk about making us safer, let us review...

12:46

Mass Shootings: The Military-Entertainment Complexs Culture of Violence Turns Deadly "IndyWatch Feed National"

John W. Whitehead, Guest
Waking Times

Mass shootings have become routine in the United States and speak to a society that relies on violence to feed the coffers of the merchants of death. Given the profits made by arms manufacturers, the defense industry, gun dealers and the lobbyists who represent them in Congress, it comes as no surprise that the culture of violence cannot be abstracted from either the culture of business or the corruption of politics. Violence runs through US society like an electric current offering instant pleasure from all cultural sources, whether it be the nightly news or a television series that glorifies serial killers.Professor Henry A. Giroux

This latest mass shooting in Las Vegas that left more than 50 people dead and more than 500 injured is as obscure as they come: a 64-year-old retiree with no apparent criminal history, no military training, and no obvious axe to grind opens fire on a country music concert crowd from a hotel room 32 floors up using a semi-automatic gun that may have been rigged to fire up to 700 rounds a minute, then kills himself.

Were left with more questions than answers, none of them a flattering reflection of the nations values, political priorities, or the manner in which the military-industrial complex continues to dominate, dictate and shape almost every aspect of our lives.

For starters, why do these mass shootings keep happening? Mass shootings have taken place at churches, in nightclubs, on college campuses, on military bases, in elementary schools, in government offices, and at concerts. This shooting is the deadliest to date.

What is it about America that makes violence our nations calling card?

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12:38

PACER Plus or PACER minus? AFTINET interview with Dateline Pacific "IndyWatch Feed National"

October 5, 2017: Is PACER Plus agreement a good deal for all parties? And why didn't Fiji and PNG sign it? 

AFTINET recently spoke to Dateline Pacific about the implications of the deal, and whether it is skewed towards Australia and New Zealands interests to the detriment of other parties.

"Together they represent about 80% of the combined GDP of Pacific Island economies without Australia and New Zealand. So the reason why they haven't signed it is because they don't think the deal is good for their economies," Patricia Ranald from the Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network said.

Other interviewees including Dr lati lati from the University of Otago, Professor Jane Kelsey from the University of Auckland and Adam Wolfenden from the Pacific Network on Globalisation, discussed the issue of customary land rights and the secretive nature of the deal. 

Professor Kelsey said, "In the services and investment part of PACER plus there are obligations not to put obstacles in the way of investors and one of those obstacles obviously is land."

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Audio icon Dateline Pacific - PACER Plus interview 4.45 MB

12:34

Westall - document located which shows there was a HIBAL launch on 5 April 1966. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Introduction

One non-UAP hypothesis put forward by myself, for the 6 April 1966 Westall incident, was that the object(s) sighted, was/were the payload and parachute of flight 292 of a joint research program, between the US Atomic Energy Commission and the Australian Department of Supply, called HIBAL.

Evidence of launch?

One of the counter-arguments put forward concerning this hypothesis, was that no documentary evidence could be produced to show that flight 292, scheduled for launch on 5 April 1966 from Mildura, Victoria, had even got off the ground.

I had located a tentative schedule of launches for HIBAL for April 1966, which showed four proposed flights on the 5th, 13th, 19th and 21st April. [Source: National Archives of Australia file series B411, control symbol 70/2919 part 4, page 50.]



However, I failed to locate any actual launch dates for April 1966. This caused Sydney based researcher Bill Chalker, to write on his Ozfiles blog dated 10 August 2014, 'No documents have been found that even confirm that the scheduled 5 April 1966 launch took place.' 

Yesterday, while browsing the Internet, I came across a document titled 'Health and Safety Laboratory. Fallout Program Quarterly Summary Report' dated January 1, 1968.


Upon examining the several hundred page document, I came across page 318, which provided a table showing that the April 1966  HIBAL launches had occurred on the 5th, 14th, 19th and 27th. Launches were often rescheduled from proposed dates due to adverse weather conditions. HIBAL flight 292, launched on the 5 April 1966, and reached a height of 27,000 metres (88,600 feet).

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12:26

Bruce Wilson's pre-authorised, no-credit-limit, approved-in-advance expense account "IndyWatch Feed National"

This is the stuff of a crook and his adviser's dreams. The AWU already had expense policies that applied to all officials. But Bruce needed special dispensation for a special project he and Gillard had hatched up. It was part of one of the most audacious political try-ons I've ever...

12:22

So-Called Australia: Solidarity Campaign for Joanne and Dylan Voller "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Update, 05.10.17: last week a group of #ShutYouthPrisons peaceful protesters in Alice Springs, including Dylan Voller and his mum Joanne Voller, were arrested. 8 people received fines, amounting to $432 each. This is no small amount to an individual, but if we all chip in we can easily and quickly cover the amount for all 8 people. This is your chance to help with practical solidarity. Especially as today Dylan is facing court again, as part of a targeted campaign of harassment by police, prison officers and public officials. He has just days left on his parole and they are trying to use this arrest for public nuisance as an excuse to say he has violated parole, to put him back in jail. Dylan and the Voller family are courageous advocates against injustice in the face of brutality and viciousness, and deserve all the support we can give, as do the rest of the community in Alice Springs at this time. Donate what you can, and if you cant, please share widely and encourage others to!

Dylan and Joanne Voller need your help

On Friday (29 September) Dylan Voller, his mother Joanne Voller, and six other people were arrested whilst holding a peaceful protest against youth detention and deaths in custody in A...

12:00

MotorCycle Holdings conglomerate grows "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

How will riders be affected when Australias biggest motorcycle dealership network buys a major motorcycle accessories company to become the largest conglomerate in the industry?

MotorCycle Holdings which has 34 dealerships in Queensland, NSW and the Northern Territory, mostly branded TeamMoto, is about to spend $123.2 million to buy Cassons motorcycle accessories business.

MC Holdings sells eight of the top 10 motorcycle brands, representing 84% of Australian new motorcycle sales. They also have a large used-motorcycle business, a rider training school and a motorcycle repair business.

Cassons has eight Motorcycle Accessories Supermarkets in NSW and Victoria, an online retailer.

Some of the major brands they stock are AGV, Arai, Arlen Ness, Belray, Caberg, Clymer, Dainese, Gaerne, Haynes, Kuryakyn, Leatt, Metzler, ONeal, Pinlock, plexus, Renthal, RJays, Scala Rider, Scorpion, Vance & Hines and X Tech.

Together, they will dominate the motorcycle, rider gear and bike parts industry in Australia.

We contacted MC Holdings boss David Ahmet for comment but he did not reply.

David Ahmet managing director of MC Holdings business conglomerateDavid Ahmet

In April 2016 when the company went public with a listing on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX), he told us riders would be the winners.

He said the size of the company would give them greater buying power, securing better prices and services for their customers.

Our scale and size means we have tremendous buying power which means we can buy at the right price and pass that on to customers, he told us.

He said it would also mean investment in dealerships, marketing, systems, products and events.

He told The Financial Review this week they would continue to look for more motorcycle franchises to buy....

11:55

Australian man staying in the room next to the shooter in the Mandalay Bay confirmed he witnessed multiple gunmen involved in Las Vegas attack. "IndyWatch Feed National"

There were multiple people dead and multiple shooters. I was just hiding waiting for police to come get us. I got outside safely and was hiding in bushes, Brian Hodge told Australias Courier-Mail.

Mr. Hodge, who was staying in room 32134, next door to Stephen Paddock in room 32135, also provided important information when he revealed that a security guard was killed by police.

My floor is a crime scene. They killed a security guard on my floor.

Who was the security guard who was killed by police?

Wendy Miller from Cooroy, on the Sunshine Coast another Australian caught up in the Las Vegas shooting may have provided a missing piece of the puzzle. Also speaking to the Courier-Mail, Ms Miller said she was at a bar in the nearby Luxor Hotel with her husband when she saw what she described as a man of interest run by.

Ms Miller said the man sprinted through her hotel after coming off an escalator from the Mandalay Bay.

The man that they [security] were chasing was wearing a security jacket like them, she said.

Mr Hodges eyewitness report of multiple gunmen and a dead security guard, and with Ms Millers report of a security guard being chased by authorities, suggest that the mainstream media narrative of the lone wolf gunman is not the truth.

The fact is that this was an orchestrated, co-ordinated attack by multiple conspirators, and the mainstream media are attempting to cover it up.

Two explosive videos provided to Your News Wire have also confirmed there were multiple shooters involved in a co-ordinated attack, and the mainstream media of a lone wolf gunman operating without a motive is a lie.

Both videos show gunfire originating from the fourth floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel, much lower than the 32nd floor, where the mainstream media is claiming Stephen Paddock, a lone wolf, fired on the crowd using an automatic weapon.

The mainstream media narrative regarding Paddocks motives have also been debunked by FBI sources who reportedly claimed the shooter has links to Antifa as well as ISIS. But mainstream media is actively covering up the information, claiming Paddock had no political or religious affiliations or interests...

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10:41

Portrait of Uncle Jack Charles wins Archibald peoples choice "IndyWatch Feed National"

The first thing Anh Do ever heard about Jack Charles was that he was an esteemed actor, former heroin addict and jailbird, member of the Stolen Generations, gay man and latter-day Indigenous activist. The painter, comedian and author captured Uncle Jack in paint, in a session for ABC TVs Anhs Brush with Fame. The portrait was yesterday announced yesterday this years Archibald Prize Peoples Choice at the NSW Art Gallery. Uncle Jack said the experience in Dos sexy little Sydney studio had been a hoot. I count him as one of the best extractors of information, from his engaging smile, wit, genuine interest and listening to the dribs and drabs of my story, my reason for living, he said in a statement. Im extremely chuffed to be counted as one of Anh Dos mates. Do will receive a $3500 cash prize for the win, but said what mattered most was whether Uncle Jack liked the finished product.

10:38

Vote for your favourite local band to play at Falls Festival "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Drop Legs are one of the bands you can vote for to perform at Falls Festival. pic supplied

Drop Legs are one of the bands you can vote for to perform at Falls Festival. pic supplied

Emerging acts from the Northern Rivers are being given the chance to take centre stage at this years 25th Falls Festival through the foster a band concept.

The Falls Festival has teamed up with their local media buddies to foster some of the best up-and-comers the Northern Rivers region has to offer, and theyre asking the public to pick their fave.

Voting will be open for the month of October at the Falls Festival website.

The top artist pulling in the most love will secure a paid slot on the official 2017/18 Byron Falls line-up.

In the inaugural year of the foster a band concept, Falls Festival have nominated five hot local acts to choose from.

Adam Harpaz fostered by Byron Bazaar

Adam is a multi-instrumentalist, indie-folk musician who busks during the day, performs at venues during the night and surfs in between.

The Byron Bay based singer-songwriter paints pictures of peaceful coastal living through heartfelt performances and lyrical integrity.

Adam has been featured ontriple j, performed at major festivals such as
Splendour in the Grass, and has sold out showsacross the country.

Adam has also shared the stage with the likes of Missy Higgins, Hein Cooper and the Art of Sleeping.

Anna Free & The Unsolved Crimes fostered by ByronBay.com.

Anna Free & the Unsolved Crimes sound uncannily like your favourite band used to before the drugs, synthesisers and/or Japanese conceptual artist came along and ruined the whole thing.

Anna has been performing her own curious blend of piano-based garage pop around Byron for several years, including performances at the Byron Bay Bluesfest and Bangalow Music Festival, and has just finished her brand new EP This Doesnt Feel Like Nothing.

Annas lyrically driven songs explore a range of topics from cats to teenage angst to teenaged feline angst and much more.

Her first single Make You Happy was awarded the Song of the Year in 2015 by the North Coast Entertainment Industry Association and her follow up self-titled album took out the Dolphin Award for Album of the Year.
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10:38

16 Unanswered Questions About The Las Vegas Shooting Mainstream Media Doesnt Want To Talk About "IndyWatch Feed National"

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The public is not being told the truth about what really went down in Las Vegas. As you will see below, the evidence is mounting that there were multiple shooters and that this was an operation that was planned well in advance. But according to the mainstream media, a 64-year-old retired accountant with a flabby []

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10:17

Chinese investment in farmland soars as politicians urge closer eye on foreign ownership "IndyWatch Feed National"

04 Oct 2017 | ABCChinese investment in Australian farmland has risen over the past year from about 1.5 million hectares to almost 14.5 million hectares.

10:17

NZ Super Fund takes stake in Australian beef stud "IndyWatch Feed National"

04 Oct 2017 | NZ HeraldThe New Zealand Superannuation Fund has made its first offshore farm investment, taking a stake in Australian beef stud Palgrove for an undisclosed amount.

10:09

PTW Presents: Red-Eyed & Blue  Tim Easton + Jason Walker "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Post To Wire Presents: Red-Eyed & Blue JASON WALKER + TIM EASTON (USA) Sunday October 8th 2017 @ The Bearded Tit, Redfern Jason Walker little introduction to Sydney audiences, with a pedigree of decades in the indie and alt-country scenes hes built up a well earned respect from the industry built on strong songwriting, in-demand pedal Continue reading

10:09

US global digital firms' wish list for trade agreements "IndyWatch Feed National"

October 5, 2017: The U.S. International Trade Commission has identified market opportunities and barriers to global digital trade in a recent report. Based on input from the US digital industry, the report argues that many  government regulatory and policy measures are obstacles to competitive digital trade. It argues that international trade rules should ensure that government regulation of data localisation, cybersecurity, intellectual property, data protection and censorship do not prevent free global data flows.

Similar proposals to prevent data localisation and cybersecurity have been raised in the RCEP negotiations and will be debated at the WTO Ministerial meeting in December,  They could prevent governments from having effective national regulation of data privacy and data security.

They also have implications for the economic development and sovereignty of countries such as India, which want to avoid total dependence on global digital corporations like Apple, Microsoft and Google and have a regulatory framework to enable development of their small and medium sized digital companies. See attached summary of these issues from Parminder, Jeet Singh, an expert on development and the digital economy.

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10:00

Watch the New Katie Brianna Video Thorn In Your Side "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Image Courtesy of Katie Brianna Sydney alt-country singer-songwriter Katie Brianna has just released her latest single and video Thorn In Your Side. The single is the third from her amazing album Victim or the Heroine and was written when Katie Brianna was at a low point. When you feel like youre not wanted or needed []

09:59

Woolworths supermarket proposed for Lennox Head "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

800px-WoolworthsThe Lennox Head Chamber of Commerce is urging its members to have a say on a proposal to build a shopping centre that includes a Woolworths supermarket in the village.

A development application for the shopping centre, expected to cost $20,900,000, has been lodged with the Ballina Shire Council but will be determined by the Joint Regional Planning Panel.

The shopping centre, with speciality shops, car parking and other infrastructure, would be built in Hutley Drive in the EPIQ estate at Lennox Head.

The chamber has issued a statement to its members calling on them to make submissions that could be forwarded to the council.

Due to the nature of the development the proposal will be determined by the JRPP, a spokesperson said.

Chambers members should email their feedback by 8 October, and send their submission to the Ballina Shire Council by 1o October.

To check out the documents go to http://da.ballina.nsw.gov.au/Application/ApplicationDetails/010.2017.00000447.001/

 

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09:36

Council warns: Theres no free camping in Byron shire "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Byron council estimates up to 160 camper vans are parked illegally each night. (file pic)

Byron council estimates up to 160 camper vans are parked illegally each night. (file pic)

The Byron Shire Council has issued a warning that illegal campers face hefty fines, with staff saying they are disgusted with the mess being left behind by the stingy visitors.

The council has estimated there are approximately 120 to 160 camper vans in parks around the shire, particularly near the beaches and in residential streets.

Councils Director Sustainable Environment and Economy, Shannon Burt, said illegal camping is an issue all-year round but it gets worse during the school holidays and summer months.

The fines for illegal camping range from an on-the-spot fine of $110 to a maximum of $2,200.

For significant breaches, or for repeat offenders, Council will not hesitate to issue Court Attendance Notices which have a maximum penalty of $110,000, Ms Burt said.

Residents are sick and tired of people illegally camping where they like, often leaving their mess behind, setting up make-shift kitchens in parks and on footpaths and using the area as a toilet as well, Ms Burt said.

Recently people were illegally camping in the dunes at Belongil and the mess they left was disgusting.

Staff were cleaning up faeces, toilet paper, domestic waste, tents and furniture.

There is also the added problem of illegal camping in bushland around Broken Head and Brunswick Heads and foolish behaviour has resulted in a recent bushfires at Tallow Beach and Belongil.

In dry weather a fire can quickly and easily get out of control threatening not just nearby properties, but peoples lives as well.

We have enforcement patrols working seven days a week driving around and fining people, many of whom are overseas visitors, she said.

Council puts a lot of resources into this area and our staff work shifts starting at 4am with the specific aim of targeting illegal campers in the hope they will spread the word that it is not allowed in the Byron Shire.

Social media makes our job more difficult because mobile apps can promote new spots for camping and these change constantly.

There are 15 legal camp grounds in the Byron Shire and information about their locations is widely available on the inter...

09:14

Hawkes blunt view on politics and climate "IndyWatch Feed National"

Former Prime Minister Bob Hawke. (wikipedia)

Former Prime Minister Bob Hawke. (wikipedia)

Former prime minister Bob Hawke has offered a bleak assessment of global politics, international security and climate change.

Mr Hawke, while launching former Labor foreign minister Gareth Evans memoir on Wednesday, admitted he could not share his old colleagues incorrigible optimism.

He warned the world was reaching a tipping point amid heightened tensions between the United States and North Korea, rising temperatures, and a string of international terror attacks in recent months.

For the first time in human history we can either, on the one hand, increase and improve the standard and quality of life for all mankind, he told the National Press Club in Canberra.

Or B, destroy or vastly diminish life on this planet as we know it, either by global warming or by the use of nuclear weapons.

Mr Hawke said global stability was in far worse shape than during the Cold War, which included the Cuban missile crisis, when tensions between the Soviet Union and the United States were icy.

In that situation in the Cold War, neither side wanted to indeed it feared their own destruction, while today the terrorists possibly welcome their own death, he said.

Secondly, in that period, your enemy was identifiable within a defined and unchanged territory.

The damage Islamic State and its cohorts could do with conventional weapons was nothing compared to what they would do if they were to get their hands on nuclear devices.

And there can be little doubt that is a possibility, Mr Hawke said.

On global warming, Mr Hawke said things were getting worse, with average global temperatures between 0.6 and 0.7 degrees higher than in 1979.

And to exacerbate matters, you now have a president of the United States whom Gareth has described in these endearing terms as narcissistic, ethically challenged, ignorant and vulgar, he said.

In a lighter moment, Mr Hawke sought to correct the record concerning himself, taking issue with Mr Evans arguing he rarely generated any big, new ideas after setting the direction of government.

This is simply not true, Mr Hawke protested.

Without in any way being exhaustive, he went on, before launching into a rather exhau...

09:06

The emergency calls service to be contracted out the private sector "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Ugly

The Turnbull government is going ahead to privatise the 000 emergency calls service, even though its own review, released last year, recommended holding off, because of a risk that it could reduce the ability of the service to operate well.

From the government side, it is suggested that the service is not being privatised. It may be that assets are not being specifically sold off. In practical terms, the difference is that they will continue to be paid for and maintained by the taxpayer, as they are turned over to be used as the private property of a private business.

This is still privatisation and to call it anything else is a load of rubbish.

The service currently operates through the now privately owned, Telstra network. This is likely to continue, since Telstra has the best coverage across the whole of Australia.

Holding off was recommended, on the basis that there needs to be a changeover to new technology that matches the fact that most calls are now made from mobile phones. Modernisation would allow the transfer to an updated digital system, which is integrated with GPS, to locate the place of an emergency.

Such a changeover would bring in an IP based telecommunications environment during the next 5 to 10 years, replacing the circuit switched voice network now in operation.

A decision has not yet been made on how this is going to be achieved and what the specific goals are. The presented argument for holding back was that there needs to be better clarity on the desired future directions of triple zero, with the suggestion that without such clarity may place at risk the current successful delivery model and could also result in a protracted period of negotiation with the successful bidder, the current operator and other jurisdictions.

In its eagerness to unload the service to private providers, the government is in no mood to wait for even this. A tender has gone out to reconstruct the service, before the needs have been properly worked out. Now a different tender is to go out to find an operator.

This is going to cost taxpayers dearly. An absence of clarity, as to what needs to be done and lack of transparency, is a recipe for the private sector to maximise its reward in return for the least effort.

More important still is that even if the changeover had been complete, it will remain that taxpayer dollars will still cover the operation. It will not save money and will cost more, because a profit margin must be factored in. No doubt this will be locked into any contract, and we will not be allowed to see the details, because of the commercial in confidence argument.

The usual argument of bringing in a competitive market does not apply, because there van on...

09:04

Crossing Streams to make a splash in Narrandera "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The Crossing Streams exhibition that opens in Narrandera will present local scenes in haiku and photography, as well as interpretations in sound.

Haiku is a form of poetry that originated in Japan and is known for its format, often three lines of 5-7-5 syllables, reflecting on natural scenes.

Earlier this year haiku were contributed, many by local writers. Five of these were distributed to musicians by Naviar Records, who hold a weekly challenge to sonically interpret haiku poetry.

Curator Jason Richardson is a contributor to Naviar Records and orchestrated this online collaboration.

Musicians from around the world wrote music based on poetry describing locations around Narrandera, said Mr Richardson.

Recordings came from the United States, Canada, UK, France, Czech Republic, Australia and from Narrandera-based composer Fiona Caldarevic.

Contributions also came from the Disquiet Junto, an online recording community who responded to a poem describing Poison Waterholes Creek by Peita Vincent.

That poem was chosen after reading Stan Grants call to end the great silence surrounding the Frontier Wars, said Jason Richardson.

Other poems were interpreted as music from descriptions of floodwaters, trucks driving through town, gums in fog and trees on the riverbank.

Over sixty recordings were collected for the exhibition, which will also show photography illustrating a selection of contributed haiku.

There were around one and half dozen poems sent via Twitter and email and one from my eight-year old son.

The Crossing Streams exhibition will be complemented by the Slow Book Haiku textile exhibition, which is a collaboration between Kelly Leonard Weaving and Dr Greg Pritchard.

It will be interesting to see how the economy of short poems translates into other media, said curator Jason Richardson.

The two exhibitions open at the Narrandera Arts Centre from 1pm on Sunday 15 October.

The opening will feature a performance of Fiona Caldarevics music, followed by a workshop led by Dr Greg Pritchard.

Crossing Streams and Slow Book Haiku will be open daily until Sunday 29 October, when a workshop run by Peita Vincent from 1pm will conclude the exhibitions.

08:43

Politics roadblock to clean energy: report "IndyWatch Feed National"

Political will is the only thing stopping Australias transition to an electricity network powered by renewable energy and storage, according to a report by the Climate Council.

The not-for-profit group says the countrys top energy experts and scientists agree there are no technical barriers standing in the way of Australia overhauling its national power grid.

Its report comes after months of debate about avoiding a gas shortfall next year, plans to shut down the Liddell coal-fired power station in 2022, and the Turnbull governments attempts to develop a clean energy target.

The Climate Council holds up South Australia as a global leader in large-scale renewable investment, despite the federal government consistently ridiculing the states spending as a failed ideological experiment.

It also praises the ACT, Victoria and Queensland for their pivots to wind and solar energy.

The report finds more than two thirds of coal plants in Australias national electricity market will be at least 50 years old within a decade, rendering them obsolete, unreliable and costly to maintain.

You wouldnt try and salvage a broken down 50 year old clunker of a car, so why is our government attempting to do the same with old coal fired power stations? said Climate Councillor Andrew Stock.

Its time for the federal government to stop playing politics and start moving on our renewables future, not the solutions of the past.

The report also points to rising wholesale energy costs driven by gas prices and national policy uncertainty undermining investment, arguing renewables are the cheapest form of new power.

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08:40

No fruit bats, no durian fruit "IndyWatch Feed National"

This video says about itself:

14 May 2015

A Cave Nectar Bat is pollinating durian flowers in Thailand. The durian is the king of South East Asian fruits, selling for billions of dollars annually. However, every flower must be pollinated by a bat in order to set fruit, even when grown in orchards.

From the University of Nottingham in England:

Durian industry could suffer without the endangered fruit bat

October 3, 2017

Scientists have discovered that Southeast Asias endangered fruit bats commonly known as flying foxes play an important part in the pollination of the iconic and economically important durian tree.

Using camera traps, researchers collected video evidence showing the island flying fox (Pteropus hypomelanus) pollinating durian flowers, leading to the production of healthy durian fruit. Their study Pollination by the locally endangered island flying fox (Pteropus hypomelanus) enhances fruit production of the economically important durian (Durio zibethinus) has been published in the Journal of Ecology and Evolution.

The video footage was captured on Tioman Island by a team led by Dr Sheema Abdul Aziz as part of her PhD at the Musum National dHistoire Naturelle (France) in collaboration with the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus. Dr Sheema said: These are very important findi...

08:39

FBI interviewing Vegas killers girlfriend "IndyWatch Feed National"

Marilou Danley, the girlfriend of the Las Vegas shooter.

Marilou Danley, the girlfriend of the Las Vegas shooter.

Marilou Danley, the Filipina-Australian girlfriend of Las Vegas mass-murderer Stephen Paddock, is being interviewed by FBI agents in Los Angeles.

After failing to unearth a motive over the past two days, the FBI and Las Vegas police are hoping Ms Danley will offer insight into Paddocks inspiration for creating a snipers nest in a suite high in the Mandalay Bay Casino on Sunday night.

He shot dead 58 people and injured more than 500 others at a country music festival from his 32nd floor position.

Ms Danley, who has hired LA lawyer Matthew Lombard, flew to LA from the Philippines on Tuesday and has been described as a person of interest by investigators.

If media Interviews with Ms Danleys family members are any indication the 62-year-old grandmother will tell FBI agents at LAs headquarters she was not aware of Paddocks shocking plan.

Ms Danleys brother in the Philippines said she had a clean conscience.

I called her up immediately and she said, Relax, we shouldnt worry about it. Ill fix it. Do not panic. I have a clean conscience, Reynaldo Bustos told ABC News in Manila.

Ms Danleys sister, who lives in Queensland, described her as a good person and knew nothing about Paddocks plot.

He sent her away so that he can plan what he is planning without interruptions, her sister, whose name was not revealed, told the Seven Network.

Police believe Paddock, a 64-year-old gambler and real estate investor, killed himself in the suite when they identified his location.

Ms Danley is expected to be questioned about $US100,000 Paddock is believed to have wired to the Philippines recently.

Agents are also expected to ask Ms Danley about the large quantity of weapons 33 the past year Paddock purchased and explosives and thousands of rounds of ammunition found at their Nevada homes.

US President Donald Trump, who flew to Las Vegas on Wednesday to meet the injured, first responders and medical staff involved in Sunday nights carnage, described Paddoc...

08:34

Toyota Altona plant closure and the death of the car industry "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Joe Montero

The Toyota manufacturing plant in Melbourne closed last Tuesday. For Australia, this is the second last act that will put an end to the 92-year-old car manufacturing industry. The last to go will be the Holden plant at Elizabeth in South Australia.

Car manufacturing in Australia has faced a slow death, which has been integral to the demise of manufacturing. The links between making cars and manufacturing, have been extensive and  the cutting a major artery is causing the whole body begins to die.

This should never have been allowed to happen. That it has, shows Australia does not have a coherent economic policy, in terms of working for a vision for where we want Australia to go.

At the end of the Second World War, the John Curtin government had come around to realise that this is what Australia needed and the Curtin Plan for the industrialisation of the nation emerged. The war experience had found Australia had been disadvantaged by having to rely on imports and it was considered that future prosperity depended on breaking this dependency.

It was also understood that the market on its own was not going to do the job and it required government intervention was needed to build the future on a sound footing.

Unfortunately, immense pressure was put on Australia to not proceed with it. Much of it came from the government of the United States, which saw the plan as having socialist overtones. By going ahead, Australia risked losing access to international credit, which at the end of war hostilities had come under American control.

Curtin also died suddenly and was replaced as Prime Minister by Ben Chifley, who put an end to his predecessors plan.

The consequence was that industrialisation still occurred, largely financed by government and based  mainly American owned car industry. Its unplanned nature meant that within a few years there were thirteen companies making cars and trucks on Australian soil.

This was irrational, given the small internal market and in the long run, the industry was going to get into deep trouble. It died a slow death, as one plant after another began to close. A rational plan would have meant fewer operators and these being properly integrated into the needs of Australia. If this had been done, there is a good chance that the industry would be in a solid position now.

Letting the car industry go was not caused by economic necessity, b...

08:32

Tasmania records coldest start to spring since 2003, the rest of Australia very warm "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Australian Bureau of Meteorology confirmed Tasmania experienced its coldest September since 2003. However, this was the only state to experience below-average mean temperature for the first month of spring. In general, the month was very warm for Australia,...... Read more

08:25

Driver involved in Nimbin crash that killed local woman pleads guilty "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The driver of a four-wheel drive who was allegedly drunk and stoned when he crashed into a van killing a well known local woman has pleaded guilty to aggravated dangerous driving occasioning death.

Jason Warne was driving his Toyota Landcruiser north on Nimbin Rd at 5.15pm, on November 10, when he collided with the southbound Toyota Hiace being driven by Simone Rutley, near the intersection with High Street.

Ms Rutley, 49, was trapped in the van for two hours until she could be removed and airlifted to the Gold Coast University Hospital.

The popular Lismore Base Hospital employee, who was driving home from work, later died as the result of her injuries.

Mr Warne was conveyed to Lismore Base Hospital and treated for a head injury and a laceration to his elbow.

He also underwent mandatory blood and urine testing, which court documents now reveal he was under the influence of alcohol and cannabis.

Far North Coast Crash Investigation Unit officers examined the scene and seized the Toyota Landcruiser for mechanical examination.

Following investigations, on April 28, Mr Warne was issued with a court attendance notice at Ballina police station to appear at Lismore Local Court on June 19.

Police allege Mr Warne was very substantially impaired at the time of the crash.

The 43 year-old was charged with of aggravated dangerous driving occasioning death under the influence of drugs or alcohol, dangerous driving occasioning death drive under the influence, dangerous driving occasioning death drive manner dangerous, negligent driving occasioning death, drive vehicle while under the influence of drugs and not keeping left of the dividing line.

Mr Warne was initially refused bail, but was granted conditional bail on June 20 at Lismore Local Court.

His bail conditions require him to be of good behaviour, he must not occupy the drivers seat of any motor vehicle for any reason and he must reside at Empire Vale.

Mr Warne must also provide police with his interstate work roster and advise the Far North Coast Crash Investigations officer-in-charge when he leaves and returns to NSW.

On Tuesday, Lismore Local Court heard Mr Warne was away working on an oil rig in Western Australia.

His solicitor Ms Corcoran told the court she received full instructions from her client before he left NSW for work.

Ms Corcoran said negotiations with the prosecution had proved successful and she entered a guilty plea to the charge of aggravated dangerous driving occasioning death under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

The prosecution then withdrew the two counts of dangerous driving occasioning death and th...

08:21

Nimbin man to stand trial on historic child sex charges "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A Nimbin man facing 18 serious child sex charges will stand trial in the District Court.

David Huggett appeared in Lismore Local Court on Tuesday before Magistrate Karen Stafford.

The 74 year-old is charged with three counts of carnal knowledge of a girl under 10, seven counts of assaulting a female less than 16 years old and commit an act of indecency, four counts of committing an act of indecency on a female under 16 years old, possessing a prohibited drug, possessing child abuse material and two counts of sexual assault (category 4) assault and act of indecency of a person less than 16 years old.

All of the alleged offences relate to the same victim and occurred in the late 1970s.

The court has previously heard Mr Huggett has no prior criminal convictions and he has lived in the region for a number of years.

Mr Huggett also owns a house in Nimbin.

Following his arrest, Mr Huggett was refused bail and his barrister Megan Cusack successfully applied for his bail in June.

Ms Cusack argued jail wasnt an inevitable outcome for Mr Huggett, given his clean record and the fact some of the serious charges of carnal knowledge would be proven incorrect.

Mr Huggett was granted conditional bail by Magistrate Peter Bugden on the condition he deposit $5000 surety, surrender his passport, agree to adhere to a daily 7pm to 7am curfew and agree not to go to Nimbin except in the presence of a police officer.

On Tuesday at Lismore Local Court Magistrate Karen Stafford adjourned Mr Huggetts matters to Lismore District Court for trial on November 22.

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08:12

New discussion question: Is the US president a moron? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Yes, we have now reached the stage where this is now a question for serious public discussion. It follows a report that this past summer, secretary of state Rex Tillerson had referred to Donald Trump as a moron and had said that he wanted to resign his position. In a press conference that he called today, Tillerson denied that he had even thought of resigning or had to be talked out of it but did not deny that moron quote.

Trump would not be the first president whose intellect would be questioned in such a serious way. George W. Bush was thought to be a lightweight too. But I do not recall a cabinet secretary being accused of saying this and having to deny it.

Needless to say, I think most people who are not Trump supporters think that Tillerson did say it.

Heres the thing: If Tillerson refused to directly deny calling Trump a moron, you can be almost certain he did in fact call the president exactly that. Think about it: If there is a report that you said your boss was a big dummy and you hadnt actually said that, wouldnt you take any chance you could to correct the record? Your job might depend on it!

Tillersons non-denial comes even as the CNN White House team is reporting that discord between President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is at an all-time high. And, you can be sure that Tillersons refusal to publicly acknowledge that he didnt call Trump a moron will only make things worse.

I said at the beginning of Trumps presidency that it would be interesting to see how people who are used to giving orders to subordinates, like Tillerson, would deal with having to answer to someone like Trump whom they think is clearly inferior to them. It is clear that Tillerson is conflicted. For the moment he has groveled to keep his position despite being repeatedly undercut by Trump. But how long before the teasing of his friends at his country club and at posh parties because he works for an idiot becomes too much and he really cannot take it anymore?

Trump is also in a tight spot. If Tillerson resigns, it will be yet another sign of a chaotic administration. That is the only reason I can think of for him to not fire someone who called him a moron. But other rumors say that he is safe because he is part of a suicide pact.

One US official expressed confidence in Tillersons status due to a so-called suicide pact forged between Defense Secretary James Mattis, Treasury Secretar...

08:10

Victorias War on Sustainable Agriculture Blogpost by Ant Wilson "IndyWatch Feed National"

Ant Wilson wrote this blogpost about the hostile planning and regulation environment Victorian farmers are dealing with at the moment. Ant is a future farmer who has spent the past year volunteering on a number of different small farms to learn the ropes, with great hope of getting into farming himself.

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Small scale pastured pig and poultry farmers in Victoria are at the centre of a potentially devastating shit-storm this week with the anticompetitive actions of one of two remaining private poultry abattoirs and the release of the draft changes to planning regulations.

Many small scale pig and poultry farmers in Victoria are the leaders in sustainable agriculture and often aim not only to produce ethical meat sustainably, but to produce it in a way that regenerates the environment. This style of animal husbandry is exemplified by a small scale, low stocking density, mobile infrastructure, diversified production, localised markets, ethical treatment of animals, nutrient cycling and maintenance of pasture year round. The meat produced in these systems has a high nutrition value, is devoid of questionable chemicals, and has unique terroir subtleties.

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08:08

Op Ed: The SEC Is Watching Cryptocurrencies, So Beware But Don't Overreact "IndyWatch Feed National"

Op Ed: The SEC Is Watching Cryptocurrencies, So Beware But Don't Overreact

A startling trend has recently emerged in the cryptocurrency industry. Since July 2017, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has regularly begun asserting itself in this space. It has taken various actions against several companies relating to their Initial Coin Offerings, or ICOs, or other cryptocurrency activities. It investigated The DAO, an online corporation, and declared that its ICO involved securities subject to regulation under federal securities laws. It also suspended trading in the stock of four other companies due to concerns over the accuracy of public information relating to their cryptocurrency activities. What does this trend mean for the industry? Looking more closely at the SECs actions, the answer is: to be vigilant but not paranoid.

The DAO Legacy

Federal securities laws generally require that instruments constituting securities are registered with the SEC in order to protect investors by ensuring public access to key information needed for making an informed investment decision. On July 25, 2017, the SEC issued a Report of Investigation on The DAO, concluding that DAO Tokens sold in its ICO were investment contracts and therefore securities that should have been registered.

The DAO (short for Decentralized Autonomous Organization) sold over one billion DAO Tokens in exchange for ether. The proceeds were to be used to fund various projects once they were vetted and approved by Curators, who were selected by The DAOs founders. DAO Token holders could vote on which projects to fund, and profits from those projects would be distributed among Token holders.

Applying the Howey test (named for the Supreme Court case that announced it), which says that something is an investment contract if it involves (1) an investment of money (2) in a common enterprise (3) with a reasonable expectation of profits derived from the managerial efforts of others, the SEC found that DAO Tokens were securities because:

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07:30

IRS awards multimillion-dollar fraud-prevention contract to Equifax "IndyWatch Feed National"

The no-bid contract was issued last week, as the company continued facing fallout from its massive security breach.

By Steven Overly and Nancy Scola

The IRS will pay Equifax $7.25 million to verify taxpayer identities and help prevent fraud under a no-bid contract issued last week, even as lawmakers lash the embattled company about a massive security breach that exposed personal information of as many as 145.5 million Americans.

A contract award for Equifaxs data services was posted to the Federal Business Opportunities database Sept. 30 the final day of the fiscal year. The credit agency will verify taxpayer identity and assist in ongoing identity verification and validations at the IRS, according to the award.

The notice describes the contract as a sole source order, meaning Equifax is the only company deemed capable of providing the service. It says the order was issued to prevent a lapse in identity checks while officials resolve a dispute over a separate contract.

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle blasted the IRS decision.

In the wake of one of the most massive data breaches in a decade, its irresponsible for the IRS to turn over millions in taxpayer dollars to a company that has yet to offer a succinct answer on how at least 145 million Americans had personally identifiable information exposed, Senate Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah)told POLITICO in a statement.

The committees ranking member, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), piled on: The Finance Committee will be looking into why Equifax was the only company to apply for and be rewarded with this. I will continue to take every measure possible to prevent taxpayer data from being compromised as this arrangement moves forward.

The IRS defended its decision in a statement, saying that Equifax told the agency that none of its data was involved in the breach and that Equifax already provides similar services to the IRS under a previous contract.

Following an internal review and an on-site visit with Equifax, the IRS believes the service Equifax provided does not pose a risk to IRS data or systems, the statement reads. At this time, we have seen no indications of tax fraud related to the Equifax breach, but...

07:22

Episode-2092- Matthew Caranao on Swarm City and Decentralized Economics "IndyWatch Feed National"

TweetMatthew Carano is a musician, voluntarist, entrepreneur, working on Swarm City decentralized commerce platform. Swarm City is decentralized commerce platform that solves the problem of reputation between parties who want to transact but dont know each other, without a middle party. Matthew joins us today to discuss things like, how Swarm City came to be and how he got involved with the project. The main conceptual pillars of Swarm City along with how they hope end users will use the platform. We also dig into how Swarm City different than other commerce platform projects and how people can organize their companies on Swarm City. We finish up with their development timeline and let you know how to find out more and participate as part of the swarm. Resources for todays show Join the Members Brigade The Year 62 Join Our Forum Walking To Freedom TSP Gear PermaEthos.com TspAz.com The Granddaddys Gun Club Bullhead Fishing Forum A new little site I started Swarm.City ThisIsSwarm.City GetActiveInSwarm.City Swarm Citys GitHub Swarm City Group On Facebook Not Broken Goo Goo Dolls Sponsors of the Day The Berkey Guy Safecastle Royal Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one mans opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK (866-658-4465) and you might hear yourself on the air. Join the MSB Today Want Every Episode of TSP Ever Produced? Remember in addition to discounts to over 40 vendors who supply stuff you are likely buying anyway, tons of free ebooks and video content, MSB Members also get every edition of The Survival Podcast ever produced in convenient zip files in blocks of 24. More info on the MSB can be found here.

06:48

How to Effectively, Yet Easily Identify When Someone Is Lying to You "IndyWatch Feed National"

One of the worst types of people to let in your life is a liar. Liars are people who tend to have cruel intentions and they arent afraid to stab you in the back when they need to; in fact, they plan on it.

In my life, I certainly couldve used some tips on identifying a liar a long time ago. Liars seem to make their way into my life from left and right, and Im sure everyone can relate to that! Liars are everywhere these days because every person is so fueled by a nonexistent ego and social status that they have to lie to maintain an essentially alternate persona. The worst part about liars is that they are extremely good at what they do. They know just the right things to say and the right strings to pull to get exactly what you want. If you have been repeatedly victimized by a lying person with cruel intentions, its time to stand up and know when enough is enough.

If you are tired of liars taking advantage of your life like me, youll be extremely pleased to hear that there is an effectively proven method that can be used by anyone to identify a liar. Liars are very similar in characteristics and traits, and if youre informed enough you can keep them out of your life!

Begin by asking a series of random, and ordinary questions. Questions in which you already know the answer to work the best. Ask questions that people normally wouldnt lie about like where do you work, grow up, or do you have any kids? Take note to the way they answer them, and pay close attention to how accurately they answer the questions you know the answer to.

After you ask each question pay very close attention to what the person does with their eyes. Eye movement is a very subconscious movement that can be part of an involuntary response when their brain is accessing certain information. When you are asking the truthful questions, take note to their eye movements. Youll be able to tell when they tell a lie. Youll see a pattern in eye movements with truths, and a random change when they begin fibbing. They might subconsciously look from left to right, or avoid eye contact in general.

After you have taken note of their truthful eye movements, ask them questions they might not typi...

06:25

Sarah Connor on Hardcore Classic Radio 2SER 107.3 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

This video is about 2015 Hilltop Hoods Initiative winner Sarah Connor, an emerging hip hop artist from Sydney who talks about winning the grant, the growth of female mcs on the scene and the stayfly collective.

05:43

5 Reasons to Strongly Question the Official Narrative of the Vegas Mass Shooting "IndyWatch Feed National"

Since the tragic shooting in Las Vegas on Sunday, official reports have left Americans with no answers, yet these scathing discrepancies remain.

04:01

The Cats that Kill the Birds "IndyWatch Feed National"

Submitted by a Reader in Sydney, Australia Australian pussies kill more than one million birds each day Report Australian academics estimate cats kill about four percent of the population of about 11 billion native birds across the country each year. the amount of predation is staggering, and is likely to be driving the ongoing []

03:56

Slater and Gordon's post-dated, open-ended, uncapped-fee deal with the AWU WA Branch "IndyWatch Feed National"

On 20 August 1991 GILLARD was cocky enough to provide this on-the-record legal advice about replacing a non-Wilson supporter on the AWU Council with someone of like-mind. No one seemed to care that Slater and Gordon wasn't yet acting for the union. So who was her client? How'd she get...

03:37

Big Jurassic crocodile discovery in Britain "IndyWatch Feed National"

This video says about itself:

2 October 2017

British waters are reassuringly free of deadly reptiles today but 163 million years ago a sea crocodile dubbed the Melksham monster lurked on our shores.

Scientists have established that the 10-foot long creature, named after the town in Wiltshire where its fossil was unearthed, lived in the warm, shallow seas that covered much of what is now Europe.

The heavily damaged fossil had been sitting in the archives of Londons Natural History Museum since 1875.

Its identification reveals that an extinct group of aquatic reptiles evolved millions of years earlier than was previously thought.

The creatures powerful jaws and large, serrated teeth allowed it to feed on large prey including prehistoric squid, and it was one of the most fearsome predators of its day.

Modern crocodiles are largely found in tropical regions of Africa, Asia, the Americas and Australia. Their ancient ancestor is named Ieldraan melkshamensis after the Wiltshire town of Melksham where it was found preserved in clay.

Its name also means older one because it was thought until now that the sub-family of prehistoric crocodiles to which it belongs known as Geosaurini originated in the Late Jurassic period, between 152 and 157 million years ago.

In fact, the latest discovery together with detailed re-analysis of existing fossil evidence suggests the group arose millions of years earlier, in the Middle Jurassic.

It was identified as a new species based on distinctive features of its skull, lower jaw and, in pa...

03:24

Sugar Maple Research to Save the Trees & Syrup Industry "IndyWatch Feed National"

Climate research on maple tree sap

Maple Watch has its focus on the color of the maple tree sap

From a Bulletin of Forest Watch, Univ.of New Hampshire

Can the sap of sugar maple trees serve as a window on forest health? A research collaboration aimed at answering that question was inspired by New Hampshire maple syrup producer Martha Carlsons curiosity about unusually dark sap she observed in 2009, the year after a significant drought.

Maple Watch is a collaboration of the Northern Research Station, New Hampshire maple syrup producers, the University of New Hampshire and New Hampshire high school students. Senior Research Plant Pathologist of Walter Shortle the Northern Research Station and University of New Hampshire professors, Barrett Rock and Sterling Tomellini, are exploring the chemistry of sugar maple sap and whether environmental stress such as drought can change its chemistry in a way that might allow researchers to monitor trees health as climate and habitat suitability shift. If sap can signal problems before we actually see trees dying, we may have a chance to do something, Shortle said. By the time we see branches starting to die, its too late.

Sugar maples range extends from South Carolina to New England and the Lake States, and in order to sample the entire range, Shortle and his colleagues are beginning the research by working with maple syrup producers who are willing to serve as citizen scientists. One of the first challenges is to develop methods for chemical analysis of sap. Once scientists have established methods of analysis, they will experimentally test their ideas by exposing trees to environmental stress to see how sap chemistry is changed.

While its roots are in research, Maple Watch has grown to include hands-on science opportunities for New Hampshire students. A collaborator developed a program around Maple Watch research that gives high school students opportunities to learn to analyze maple sap at their schools using modern laboratory equipment. The program also provides training for teachers through the University of New Hampshire.

For Carlson, Maple Watch represents an opportunity for sugar makers to participate in research that has the potential to help everyone who cares about sugar maples to see effects of climate change. Many things are changing in Americas forests today, Carlson said. Perhaps our pro...

03:16

Who had the bright idea of starting 'Russiagate' anyway? "IndyWatch Feed National"

The answer to the question in the title of this article is that Russiagate was created by CIA director John Brennan.The CIA started what is called Russiagate in order to prevent Trump from being able to normalize relations with Russia. The CIA and the military/security complex need an enemy in order to justify their huge budgets and unaccountable power. Russia has been assigned that role. The Democrats joined in as a way of attacking Trump. They hoped to have him tarnished as cooperating with Russia to steal the presidential election from Hillary and to have him impeached. I don't think the Democrats have considered the consequence of further worsening the relations between the US and Russia. Public Russia bashing pre-dates Trump. It has been going on privately in neoconservative circles for years, but appeared publicly during the Obama regime when Russia blocked Washington's plans to invade Syria and to bomb Iran.

03:03

Keeley Waterbury: If youre not getting a good education, speak up "IndyWatch Feed National"

Keeley Waterbury (front) leads her team on a Clash of the Champions activity designed to bring out competition, cooperation and team building. Photo: Wayne Quilliam Photography/The Smith Family Keeley Waterbury (front) leads her team on a Clash of the Champions activity designed to bring out competition, cooperation and team building. Photo: Wayne Quilliam Photography/The Smith Family Share this Post I ...

02:43

NASA Satellite Pictures Prove Our Weather Is Manipulated "IndyWatch Feed National"

[GeoengineeringWatchAs the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. The photo images shown below were captured from NASA satellite sources, they are truly alarming.

These images provide shocking and undeniable proof of the ongoing global climate engineering/geoengineering/solar radiation management assault on our planet and its life support systems. Highly toxic heavy metals and chemicals (that are systematically sprayed into our atmosphere from jet aircraft as part of the geoengineering/SRM programs) are manipulated with extremely powerful radio frequency signals. These signals are transmitted from countless locations around the globe from various types of transmission platforms (ionosphere heater installations like HAARP, SBX radar, NEXRAD, etc.). The impact of the microwave transmissions on cloud formations is profound and highly visible (square cloud formations are created under some scenarios).

In the series of NASA satellite images below, many variances of radio frequency cloud impacts can be observed. The degree to which the ongoing climate engineering/climate/intervention/weather warfare is disrupting Earths atmosphere and life support systems is already beyond catastrophic and happening all over the globe.

Click to enlarge any of the images below

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Off of east coast of Australia

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West coast of Africa

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02:37

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed National"

More Demos Planned in US as Jubilee Supporters Take on Kenyan Opposition
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 4 2017
Kenya Daily Nation

In Summary
A group calling itself Kenyan-Americans for Peace has called for a mass demonstration in Dallas, Texas this coming weekend.
Jubilee US coordinator, Engineer John Kamau, says Nasa supporters living in the US demonstrated at the UN against their own country.
Jubilee supporters said they stood behind the people of Kenya and demanded that opposition leader Raila Odinga and Nasa immediately stop polarising the country.

By CHRIS WAMALWA
NEW JERSEY

Supporters of the Nasa coalition based in the US have launched a global campaign to raise funds to enable Raila Odinga compete in the presidential re-run.

Speaking during a dinner dance party held in New Jersey, Nasa supporters said that for Nasa to mount a fresh campaign outreach and develop nationwide structures to check Jubilee excesses, the coalition needed resources to compete with the Jubilees easy access to government resources.

GOVERNMENT RESOURCES

While Jubilee coalition has government resources at its disposal, Nasa which is a mass movement is relying on the goodwill of its supporters both at home and abroad, Said Dr George Omburo, a member of the team that organised the dinner party.

Raila Odinga campaign communications Advisor Salim Lone who is currently based in the US urged Kenyans abroad who are supporters of the Nasa coalition to answer the call by helping mobilise resources for the campaign. Raila Odinga is a selfless man who has sacrificed so much for Kenya. Said Mr Lone.

But even as the Nasa supporters were toasting to the annulment of the past polls in New Jersey, supporters of the Jubilee Party in Phoenix, Arizona condemned the activities of Nasa supporters especially the recent demonstration in New York.

In the statement issued by Jubilee US coordinator, Engineer John Kamau, the supporters sa...

02:23

Prayer and Meditation for Thursday, October 5, 2017 The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Thursday of the Twenty-sixth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 458

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Reading 1 NEH 8:1-4A, 5-6, 7B-12

The whole people gathered as one in the open space before the Water Gate,
and they called upon Ezra the scribe
to bring forth the book of the law of Moses
which the LORD prescribed for Israel.
On the first day of the seventh month, therefore,
Ezra the priest brought the law before the assembly,
which consisted of men, women,
and those children old enough to understand.
Standing at one end of the open place that was before the Water Gate,
he read out of the book from daybreak until midday,
in the presence of the men, the women,
and those children old enough to understand;
and all the people listened attentively to the book of the law.
Ezra the scribe stood on a wooden platform
that had been made for the occasion.
He opened the scroll
so that all the people might see it
(for he was standing higher up than any of the people);
and, as he opened it, all the people rose.
Ezra blessed the LORD, the great God,
and all the people, their hands raised high, answered,
Amen, amen!
Then they bowed down and prostrated themselves before the LORD,
their faces to the ground.
As the people remained in their places,
Ezra read plainly from the book of the law of God,
interpreting it so that all could understand what was read.
Then Nehemiah, that is, His Excellency, and Ezra the priest-scribe
and the Levites who were instructing the people
said to all the people:
Today is holy to the LORD your God.
Do not be sad, and do not weep
for all the people were weeping as they heard the words of the law.
He said further: Go, eat rich foods and drink sweet drinks,
...

02:20

Jay Edwards: Indigenous entrepreneurship is all around us "IndyWatch Feed National"

Share this Post Indigenous business is at the forefront of change and innovation in Australia. Indigenous vision and entrepreneurship give our people the power to enrich our culture for ourselves and share it with the world. Over the years we have had countless black performers travel across the world to show their dances, body paintings, language and culture. We have ...

02:06

Coral Reefs, Temperature and Ocean pH "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Andy May Georgiou, et al. 2015 have reported that coral reefs in the Australian Great Barrier Reef, near Heron Island, are insensitive to ocean pH changes. The location of Heron Island, about 257 miles (414 km) north of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, is shown in figure 1 using Google maps. Figure 1 Figure 2 shows

01:59

AGM 2017: documents published; Board election starts today. "IndyWatch Feed National"

All supporting documents for the 2017 AGM, including the Proxy Form, are now available on our 2017 AGM page.

The AGM will be held (on Internet Relay Chat) at 15:00 AEDT on Sunday 8th October 2017.

Proxy forms are due by 12:00 AEDT on Sunday 8th October 2017.

The voting period for the election of Board members will commence at 15:00 AEDT today (5th October). Eligible members should receive a voting email at this time, with the voting period to close at 15:30 AEDT on Sunday 8th October 2017 (30 minutes after the start of the AGM). Members who believe they are eligible but do not receive a voting email promptly should contact memberadmin[AT]efa.org.au.

Eligible members may choose to participate in both the AGM (either in person, or by proxy) and the Board election, in either, or none, at their discretion.

Any queries about either process or about membership status should be directed to memberadmin[AT]efa.org.au.

01:57

Classifying changes to public access to information on US government websites "IndyWatch Feed National"

What did this government website look like yesterday? A month ago? A year ago? Why does this URL redirect? When did this link stop working? These are questions we rarely ask when browsing the Web, but the answers can be important, especially as we seek to hold the United States government accountable for what information is made available on federal websites, how agencies chooses to present that information, and what alterations to content and access are made.

Even when you do decide to ask these questions, the tools to clearly understand changes to Web content and websites can be difficult for the public to use and the language to describe the technical aspects of these changes is often not well defined.

There has been ongoing confusion in the media about the nature of the many changes to federal websites and removals of information that have occurred since the beginning of the Trump administration.

There are many ways that Web content can be altered. Were talking about much more than just data removal, which has occurred in only...

01:46

Judge Moore, Obergefell, and the Sexth Commandment "IndyWatch Feed National"

Capital City Republican Women (L) Beretta, Maxwell, Brinson, Pittman, Peeples, Republicans who lost the Primary. (R) Judge Roy Moore, who won.

by Mary W Maxwell

A front-page New York Times headline on September 28, 2017 said Alabamas Revolution May Spark a GOP Civil War.  Wouldnt it be nice if they meant my revolution I talked about Monsanto, Pizza-gate, Boston Marathon, and vaccination on the campaign trail. But no, they were referring to the Roy Moore, the controversial judge. He quotes the Bible and t...

01:40

Will US Learn From Australia? Stricter Gun Control Laws Save Lives "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Rebecca Peters for The Guardian - The mass murder in Newtown Connecticut a year ago caused shock and sorrow all around the world. In Australia it also revived memories of our own horror on a similar scale, when dozens of people innocently going about their day were gunned down by a disturbed young man. Our tragedy occurred in 1996 at the Port Arthur historic site in Tasmania, one of Australia's most popular tourist destinations. The dead numbered 35, with more than 20 others injured. The victims ranged in age from 3 to 72. They included children, teens, adults and seniors; tourists and local workers; several couples, a pair of brothers, a mother and her two little daughters, and members of a retirees' club on an outing. This was not the first shooting massacre we had suffered, but it was the largest in living memory. The tragedy ignited an explosion of public outrage, soul-searching and demands for better regulation of guns. We changed our laws. As a result, gun deaths in Australia have dropped by two-thirds, and we have never had another mass shooting. Every country is unique, but Australia is more similar to the US than is, say, Japan or England. We have a frontier history and a strong gun culture. Each state and territory has its own gun laws, and in 1996 these varied widely between the jurisdictions.

01:24

Hotel Guest In The Next Room Saw Multiple Gunmen During Shooting "IndyWatch Feed National"

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As the narrative quickly formed into one of a lone wolf old man who somehow managed to cart 23 rifles up to the 32nd floor of a Las Vegas casino hotel room without nary a photo or security image of him doing so, many balked. But one Australian man knows what he saw, and he saw multiple gunmen.

An Australian man who was staying in the room next to the shooter in the Mandalay Bay has confirmed he witnessed multiple gunmen involved in the Las Vegas attack. There were multiple people dead and multiple shooters. I was just hiding waiting for police to come get us. I got outside safely and was hiding in bushes, Brian Hodge told Australias Courier-Mail. Hodge, who was staying in room 32134, right next door to Stephen Paddock in room 32135, also provided important information when he revealed that a security guard was killed by police. My floor is a crime scene. They killed a security guard on my floor.

Witness Wendy Miller, also from Australia, said she too, saw a security guard being chased. She was staying at the Luxor Hotel (next to the Mandalay Bay) with her husband. But they had been at a bar in the Mandalay Bay when she saw what she described as a man of interest run by. We managed to make our way back to our room she told The Courier-Mail. We are in lockdown. Our door is deadlocked and a chair against the door. Miller said she saw the man sprint through the hotel after coming off an escalator from the Mandalay Bay. The man that they [security] were chasing was wearing a security jacket like them, she said.

Many eyewitness reports that dont match the carefully crafted narrative that is being regurgitated and that we are expected to believe are also being silenced.

Information is being heavily censored on YouTube. Why would police shoot or even chase a security guard? For likely the same reasons that YouTube keeps taking down...

00:53

Mass Shootings: The Military-Entertainment Complexs Culture of Violence Turns Deadly "IndyWatch Feed National"

Mass shootings have become routine in the United States and speak to a society that relies on violence to feed the coffers of the merchants of death. Given the profits made by arms manufacturers, the defense industry, gun dealers and the lobbyists who represent them in Congress, it comes as no surprise that the culture of violence cannot be abstracted from either the culture of business or the corruption of politics. Violence runs through US society like an electric current offering instant pleasure from all cultural sources, whether it be the nightly news or a television series that glorifies serial killers.

Professor Henry A. Giroux

This latest mass shooting in Las Vegas that left more than 50 people dead and more than 500 injured is as obscure as they come: a 64-year-old retiree with no apparent criminal history, no military training, and no obvious axe to grind opens fire on a country music concert crowd from a hotel room 32 floors up using a semi-automatic gun that may have been rigged to fire up to 700 rounds a minute, then kills himself.

Were left with more questions than answers, none of them a flattering reflection of the nations values, political priorities, or the manner in which the military-industrial complex continues to dominate, dictate and shape almost every aspect of our lives.

For starters, why do these mass shootings keep happening? Mass shootings have taken place at churches, in nightclubs, on college campuses, on military bases, in elementary schools, in government offices, and at concerts. This shooting is the deadliest to date.

What is it about America that makes violence our nations calling card?

Is it because America is a gun culture (what professor Henry Giroux describes as a culture soaked in blood a culture that threatens everyone and extends from accidental deaths, suicides and domestic violence to mass shootings)?

Is it because guns are so readily available? After all, the U.S. is home to more firearms than adults. As The Atlantic reports, gu...

00:44

Australia Presses for More Facial Recognition in Terror Fight "IndyWatch Feed National"

Via: New York Times: The Australian government wants to strengthen its counterterrorism efforts by making use of a fundamental part of all Australian citizens: their faces. On Thursday, at a national security meeting in Canberra, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is expected to pressure states and territories to hand over the drivers license photos of every []

00:19

PERTH magistrates magistrates "IndyWatch Feed National"

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00:16

Indigenous Health 2017: "We are failing because the government is focusing only on the tipping point of suicide when we need to be looking at the causal narrative also" "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


IndigenousX, September 2017:

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has today released its 2016 Causes of Death data which includes annual national suicide information. Analysis provided by Mindframe revealed that 162 (119 male, 43 female) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people died by suicide, which is slightly higher than the 152 recorded in 2015.

Suicide was the 5th leading cause of death for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples across NSW, QLD, SA, WA and NT, compared to the 15th leading cause of death for non-Indigenous people in these states. In these states, the standardised death rate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples (23.8 per 100,000) was more than twice the non-Indigenous rate (11.4 per 100,000).

Limited data is available for VIC, TAS and the ACT due to relatively small numbers in comparison to the other states.

According to Gerry Georgatos, a suicide prevention researcher and prison reform advocate, the data fails to take into account deaths classified as Other, which are often through drug or alcohol use, overdose or misadventure. The data, if it truly reflected the reality on the ground, would depict the real number as 1 in 10 Indigenous deaths is by suicide, not 1 in 18 as the national data suggests.

Georgatos says: We are failing because the government is focusing only on the tipping point of suicide when we need to be looking at the causal narrative also. The causal narrative, of course is the deep, deep poverty and inequality. He says that the government is doing next to nothing to address the fact that there is gross inequality not only between Indigenous and non-Indigenous, but even within Indigenous communities themselves.
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00:15

Oh, it burns! It burns! #2 "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


On 20 September 2017 first term Liberal MLA for Brindabella, Shadow Minister for Housing & Shadow Minister for Gaming and Racing Mark Parton rose to his feet and unthinkingly touched on the matter of male priviledge.

The match was lit.

He said in ACT Legislative Assembly:


know that much of this debate is about social inclusion. I get that. It is easy to say that this debate is not about taxes and charges. But I am here to tell you that when you feel the squeeze from all directionswhen you feel the pinch from rising rates, rising land tax, rising electricity charges, rising rego fees, rising regulatory fees in every directionand you are pushed into a financial space whereby you are struggling to breathe, you do not feel included. These people feel as though they have been left out; they do not feel included. 

On a broader level, I always find it fascinating that we focus on all of these groups who we are not going to leave behind. If you are a heterosexual, employed white male over the age of 30, you are not really included in anything. I know that those on the other side would say that h...

00:11

Fact or Fiction: 6 Rumors Surrounding the Las Vegas Shooting Examined "IndyWatch Feed National"

(TFC Op-ed)  Its time to separate fact from fiction and plausible from impossible. Its also time to address some physics that is leading to lots of confusion. The Vegas shooting is the biggest mass shooting since Wounded Knee. With such a tragic event, it stands to reason people would be searching for answers. The answers are only important if youre asking the right questions.

The Fifth Column spoke with several survivors. The stories were harrowing. They all believed a second shooter was on scene. They witnessed carnage and humanity at its finest. Brett Cossairts narrative was the most telling and was not contradicted by any other witness.

Cossairt had been on scene since 6:30 with his wife and a coworker. They were staying in the temporary VIP shelters near at the performance location. The elevated position on the roof of the structure provided him with a perfect viewing location of the incident. At first he heard 4 or 5 cracks followed by a 30- to 40-round burst. He believed some of the shots came from the neighborhood opposite the Mandalay. He described the crowds reaction as ripples moving away from a droplet of water in a bucket. The droplet, of course, being the impact zone of the first burst. He and his companions ran downstairs and into their suite. They turned off the lights, unscrewed the one blub they werent able to turn off, and laid on the floor. Cossairt was on top of his wife, shielding her, as she texted and sent out messages on Facebook. During a break in the fire, he looked out over the field. He described the scene:

All I could see was people running and hitting the ground as they got shot.

He took cover as firing resumed. Bullets hit the structure. During the next break, his party decided to flee the location. On the stairs, they witnessed a young woman shot and bleeding. They began running and another volley of fire erupted. Across the street, they ran into a chainlink fence. Along with the flood of people, they pushed the fence over and climbed over the cars it fell on. Cossairt witnessed the victim of the impossible shot at the church. Cossairt was adamant the person could not have been shot from the Mandalay. As discussed below, he was correct. A tourniquet was applied and the victim was moved and shielded by a cop car. Cossairts party kept moving. Crossing another street, vehicles fleeing the shooting were moving at what he estimated to be 60 or 70 mph. His party reached the MGM.

Running through the parking lots it felt like bullets were near us, couldnt tell you how close.

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00:00

Is Indias Economic Growth Slowdown Temporary or Technical? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Solutions involve either an immediate fiscal or monetary stabilisation policy, or pushing through further supply-side structural reforms.

Indian economy

What policy options do we have to counter the present downward trend in the Indian economy? Credit: Reuters

Indias GDP growth has fallen linearly over the last six quarters, from a high of 9.2% in Q3-2016 to 5.7% in Q4-2017. Going by the definition of the National Bureau of Economic Research, a US economics research organisation, and comparing Indias macroeconomic data it would not be inappropriate to say that we are currently in a recession. The UK and the European Union however, consider an economy in recession only when real GDP growth actually turns negative over two consecutive quarters; by this criterion, with a positive growth rate of 5.7%, we are far off from being in a recession. Whatever definition of a recession one may abide by, the predicament that we now face requires the attention of policymakers. But what policy options do we have to counter the present downward trend in the Indian economy?

The answer to this question depends on how we view the cause of the problem. While some, es...

Wednesday, 04 October

23:43

"16 Unanswered Questions About The Las Vegas Shooting That The Mainstream Media Doesnt Want To Talk About" "IndyWatch Feed National"

At 0.26 hear the shots and watch the muzzle flashes from the 4th floor. 
Paddock was on the 32nd floor. You're not stupid. Draw your own conclusions.
Related:
"16 Unanswered Questions About The Las Vegas Shooting 
That The Mainstream Media Doesnt Want To Talk About"
by Michael Snyder

23:30

The Golden House Is Salman Rushdies Stunning Return to Form "IndyWatch Feed National"

Rushdie offers no easy answers, but the spirit of questions The Golden House helps provoke makes it a great book and a worthwhile investment.

american dream

A demonstrator holds a sign reading the American dream is over during a rally outside Wall Street in New York. Credit: Reuters

A dear friend, who moved to the US, once told me that perhaps the greatest myth that generations of Indians have held to is the similarity of the Indian life with that of its former ruler, Great Britain. Nothing could be further from the truth, he said one evening, over drinks, during one of his numerous sojourns to his motherland. According to him, if there was one thing he learned since moving to the US, it was the inescapable fact that if there is one country India is similar to, in terms of its temperament, its the US. I didnt make much of this idea then, but over the last one year, in view of a series of unfortunate events that might just put Lemony Snicket and his wonderful creation, Count Olaf, to proverbial shame, I was compelled to revisit my friends hypothesis. This idea is only reinforced in Salman Rushdies newest offering, The Golden House.

The novel, des...

23:29

National Parks host 50th anniversary family day at Byron Lighthouse "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Byron residents should not be slugged with a 60 per cent increase in rates, according to Byron Labor. (file pic)

National Parks and Wildlife Service is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a party at Byron Lighthouse. (file pic)

Everyone is invited to connect with local culture, history and nature during the National Parks and Wildlife Services 50th anniversary on Sunday, October 8, at the Cape Byron Lighthouse.

Local national parks include Arakwal, Cape Byron, Broken Head, Tyagarah, Brunswick Heads and Julian Rocks Nguthungulli.

From 5.30am there will be a free bus running to and from the Cape Byron Lighthouse from Lighthouse Road adjacent to Clarkes Beach carpark. The lighthouse carpark and road will be closed to vehicle access during the event.

Sunrise yoga

A sunrise yoga class will be held from 6.30am with Flo Fenton. Please BYO yoga mat and towel/blanket. Breakfast will be available at the Lighthouse Cafe from 6am and there will be a barbecue from 8am. After an Arakwal Welcome to Country at 9.30am, there will be entertainment from 10am till 2.30pm, with face painting, music by Bradley Stone, childrens games and lighthouse tours. The Northern Rivers Wildlife Carers will have a display and there will be plastic-free workshops by Plastic Free Byron, and Arakwal Aboriginal art workshops.

The closing ceremony will be held at 2.30pm.

For more information visit www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au or call the NPWS Byron Coast office on 6620 9300.

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23:25

Tackling cheap, fast fashion "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

BAY Actives founder Helen OCarroll. Photo supplied

BAY Actives founder Helen OCarroll. Photo supplied

Ever wondered what the average Australian discards in textiles and clothes in one year? Apparently between 23 and 27kg.

Thats one helluva haul of jeans, tops, frocks, socks and undies as local clothing brand BAY Active found out last Saturday.

BAY Actives founder Helen OCarroll said, We wanted to know what that looked like, so we built a wall of waste using clothing eagerly donated by local op shops.

Both of the op shop managers we interviewed expressed exasperation at the sheer volume of what they have to process daily. Both managers said the vast majority of donations these days was cheap, fast fashion. 

This volume of cheap fashion costs these charities millions of dollars annually to manage and redirect, she says.

Shift the mindset

OCarroll aims to shift the current mindset on what value means to us as consumers and is encouraging us to ask our brands the big question Who makes our clothes?

After spending decades in the fashion industry and studying at Sydney College of the Arts, OCarroll has owned retail stores in Byron Bay for more than 15 years.

She says, I must be a bit of a slow learner, because it wasnt until I did the maths backwards on some of the fast-fashion brands I was selling that I realised the makers were being paid not dollars but cents per garment.

Although we know the reality of our living costs are vastly different to those of developing countries, few of these brands could confirm they were paying a minimum living wage to their makers.

In fact, it proved almost impossible to find out what was being made where, as the garment industry is so layered.

Bangladesh Rana Plaza disaster

When th...

22:27

University Refuses Research On Growing Numbers Of Trans People Who Want To Go Back "IndyWatch Feed National"

In late September, the United Kingdoms Bath Spa University turned down an application by James Caspian, a psychotherapist who specializes in working with transgender people, to conduct research on gender reassignment reversals. The university deemed the subject potentially politically incorrect.

Caspian is hardly someone to be considered against gender change. Since 2001, Caspian has worked extensively with gender variant people and has been a trustee of a UK charity dedicated to education about and support of transgendered, transsexual and cross-dressing individuals.

Caspians interest in reversals germinated in a conversation in 2014 with Dr. Miroslav Djordjevic, a leading genital reconstructive surgeon based in Belgrade with years of experience in gender reassignment surgery. Djordjevic told Caspian of the uptick in requests to his clinic for reversal surgery from men who had previously transitioned to female (known as transwomen). Djordjevic received his first request to undo the previous male-to-female surgery and recreate male genitalia in 2012. Within six months, six more transwomen had sought out his expertise for surgical reversal of gender reassignment.

Djordjevic, an award-winning researcher with several hundred papers published in peer-reviewed journals, books, and abstracts, and a professor of urology and surgery, lamented to Caspian about the lack of academic study on the subject of reversal. So Caspian decided to take up such a study. The university approved Caspians research project at first, and he began preliminary investigation.

I found it very difficult to get people willing to talk openly about the experience of reversing surgery, Caspian said. They said they felt too traumatized to talk about it, which made me think we really need to do the research even more.

Caspians preliminary findings suggested a growing number of young peopleparticularly young women transitioning to menwere having regrets. When he provided a detailed proposal to the university, he was told that it must be submitted to the ethics committee. The committee rejected his research proposal, citing concerns over potential criticism towards the university. The university is curren...

22:27

Why Are White People Culpable For Stephen Paddock But Not Arabs For Islamic Terrorism? "IndyWatch Feed National"

When I was a young student my father told me a story from his college days. He was a freshman at Temple University and his professor asked for the definition of the word progress. Prepared for class, my dad answered, only to be told he was wrong.

Dad objected, saying he had consulted several dictionaries. The professor said, Young man, Ive written dictionaries. It was an important lesson about what words mean and who gets to decide.

Today, American society is locked in such a battle regarding the word terrorism. For several decades the word seemed to have a clear meaning. It involved acts of violence in support of a political agenda. More than that, it required that a group of people who objected to that agenda would be targeted and terrorized. The most obvious example has been Islamic terror, and the killing of innocents in support of its ends.

But in the wake of recent mass shootings by white men such as Stephen Paddock in Las Vegas, progressives have demanded that these incidents also be regarded as terrorism. They see the failure to label them as such as an example of white privilege. Often, as is the case in the recent massacre in Las Vegas, this demand is made before any facts are known about the motive for the shooting.

Yes, Its Another Race Thing

All of this started out a few years ago as a way to show that people of color carry a racial baggage of representation that white people dont. When an Arab person commits an act of terror it implicates all Arabs, but white terrorists do not represent all white people. Thats actually a reasonable point. But very quickly, the point started changing.

Now, calling out white people as the a priori and essential problem has become par for the course. This is no longer being used an example of why blaming a whole group for the action of an individual is wrong, its being used as the opposite. Now, we should all think this way: race should be the alpha and the omega of how we react to acts of violence.

Note what Shaun King has to say in The Intercept about how white privilege affects our conversation about terrorism, and in his opinion, leads to terrorism: It also prevents our nation from having an honest conversation about why so many white men do what he did, and why this nation seems absolutely determined to do next to nothing about it.

Lets unpack this statement. The basic argument here is that American society teaches white men they deserve to get anything they want. If these white men dont get what they want, they might shoot someplace up. The problem with this assessment is that tens of millions of white men who dont get what they want somehow manage not to commit mass murder.

Lets Define Terrorism

So who is a terrorist? How d...

22:27

The Gun Control Debate Is Pointless Until Liberals Admit They Want To Repeal The Second Amendment "IndyWatch Feed National"

It didnt take long. Long before all the facts about the tragic mass shooting in Las Vegas were known or even all the missing were accounted for, liberals were riding their familiar gun control hobby horses. Within hours of the atrocity, articles were being posted online from the usual suspects, like Frank Bruni and Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times and Richard Cohen of the Washington Post, trotting out familiar themes. They want laws requiring more background checks, age limits on purchases, preventing people with a record of mental illness or domestic violence from being sold weapons, so-called smart gun measures that can trace guns and ammunition more easily, and even suggested banning handguns.

As is the case with most of the mass shootings that have shocked Americans in recent decades, none of these measures would have prevented the slaughter in Las Vegas. Initial reports say that shooter Stephen Paddock passed background checks when he purchased weapons. That makes sense since the police have initially said he didnt have a record of prior offenses.

Even if every one of the lefts favorite pet ideas about guns were enacted, the only likely outcome would be to make it far more difficult for law-abiding citizens to legally purchase guns. And in those places, like Chicago and New York City, where draconian gun laws are already on the books, that is exactly what has happened, as the process to obtain and legally use a gun is so onerous that most ordinary citizens dont even try. Needless to say, these measures do nothing to prevent gun violence by those who obtain weapons illegally.

Yet whats interesting about the inevitable recycling of this debate is that liberals arent speaking up for the one measure that might actually change the country in a manner theyd like: repealing the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.

What Happens If We Repeal the Second Amendment

Nothing could possibly stop all gun crimes. But if we were living in a country where it was illegal for private citizens to possess most weapons, theres little doubt that firearms would become a scarce commodity. Forget background checks, mental health restrictions, smart guns, and every other measure designed to make those who wish to legally purchase firearms difficult. Just make it a crime to sell or own them. Use existing registration laws to round up the guns that are already legally owned. Restrict legal possession to law enforcement agencies.

If thats too harsh for you, just copy Australia and require anyone who owns a gun to obtain a federal license and demand that they have a genuine reason for wanting one, thus giving bureaucrats, the police and judges the right to deny a gun to those who whose story doesnt pass muster according to some subjective standard.

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22:03

The Shocking Truth About Government Debt "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Shocking Truth About Government Debt
by Brian Maher

"Is the post-recession recovery actually a depression obscured by the false prosperity of debt? A scandalous question with perhaps a scandalous answer. Today, we penetrate the squid ink of official truth scatter the statistical fog and let in an illuminating shaft of light.

Between 2010 and 2016, nominal U.S. GDP expanded an average 2.1% per year. Some years it expanded more than others. But each year, nominal GDP expanded - officially. 
Meantime, the national debt has nearly doubled since 2010. It now floats above $20 trillion. And the...

21:52

Dead pygmy right whale discovered near Port Vincent, South Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

A whale has been collected for research after being found dead on a local beach. Barmera twins Ashlee and Kady Schwertfeger were walking along the Walk the Yorke trail north of Port Vincent when they spotted the whale about noon last Thursday, September 28. They went onto the beach for a closer look and discovered the pygmy right whale, a species rarely seen and not usually found in gulfs.

21:45

80/20 vision "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

80/20 rule in property

Why do most Aussies invest in residential property instead of factories, warehouses, or shops?

The answer is, it's mostly to do with what they understand best, but it's also what works, with some exceptions. 

In the end, it comes down to the 80/20 rule. Here's a short video explainer of what I mean...


It's difficult to speak too specifically on a blog or in articles about property investment, because what's right for one person is not right for another. 

The good news is that I'll be speaking about my thoughts on the best property strategies on Saturday at the Money for Life seminar in Sydney, where we can drill down into the specifics. 

Apart from one other talk in London at a banking conference, this is the last speaking event I'll be doing in 2017. 

So, to claim your special offer ticket deal, go here

21:12

The smoking gun that proves GILLARD was lying about the Blewitt mortgage and her extensive role in the conveyance/mortgage transactions "IndyWatch Feed National"

Former Slater and Gordon senior partner Jonathan Malcolm Rothfield removed documents from the Kerr Street conveyance and mortgage files that showed the full extent of GILLARD's role in the transaction. On 31 July 1996 Slater and Gordon were served this Subpoena from the Industrial Relations Court ordering Slater and Gordon...

21:06

How Did Things Get So Bad in Catalonia? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Gradually, Then Suddenly

Unless concrete measures are taken to calm tensions between Madrid and Catalonia, one of Spains richest, safest and most visited regions could soon be plunged into chaos. With neither side willing for now to take even a small step back from the brink, the hopes of any kind of negotiated settlement being reached are virtually nil, especially with the European Commission refusing to mediate.

Since Sunday the Spanish government has even ruled out dealing with Catalonias president, Carles Puigdemont, and its vice president, Oriol Junqueras. In other words, the communication breakdown between Madrid and Barcelona is now complete.

But how did things get so bad in Catalonia?

The answer, to borrow from Ernest Hemmingways The Sun Also Rises, is gradually, then suddenly. While the standoff between Madrid and Barcelona has been on the cards for years, its been brewing so slowly that many people were caught off guard when riot units of Spains National Police and the Civil Guard began using brutal violence to prevent people from voting in Catalonias banned referendum.

Now, what we have on our hands is a full-frontal clash between two diametrically opposed nationalisms that has roots dating back centuries

Continue reading the article


Filed under: Brussels Business, Catalan Independence, Spain

20:55

Lavrov: US-led forces in Syria consistently act in ways that help terrorist groups "IndyWatch Feed National"

Washington is playing a dangerous game of encouraging terrorists in Syria to attack government forces and the Russian military, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said. Moscow won't leave aggressive US steps unanswered, but wants to overcome the political deadlock, he added. In an interview with the London-based, Arabic-language Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper, taken ahead of the visit of Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud to Moscow, Lavrov noted that the US-led coalition and the Syrian rebel forces they support consistently act in a way that helps Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) and other terrorist groups. "In some cases, these forces mount allegedly accidental strikes against the Syrian Armed Forces, after which Islamic State [banned in Russia] counterattacks. In other cases, they inspire other terrorists to attack strategic locations over which official Damascus has restored its legitimate authority, or to stage fatal provocations against our military personnel," Lavrov said.

20:44

Politicians and celebrities join in a deafening chorus for gun control following the Las Vegas shootings "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Las Vegas massacre, which has been dubbed the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, presents a new set of challenges and questions for Americans-but many politicians and celebrities are using it to make the usual calls for gun control. The shooting left 59 people dead and 527 injured, and the official story is that it was carried out by Stephen Paddock, a 64-year-old man whose life is missing all of the qualities that make up the profile of a typical mass shooter. Among a number of glaring inconsistencies, Paddock appears to have been a happy, rich, retired man. Along with his actions in the days leading up to the shooting, the idea that he transported 23 firearms and thousands of rounds of ammunition up to his hotel room-and it went unnoticed by the hotel's cleaning service for days-simply does not add up. However, instead of pursuing justice for the victims by searching for answers that go beyond the official narrative of how the shooting occurred, a number of politicians and celebrities have responded by calling for gun control. Hillary Clinton wasted no time in politicizing the tragedy, taking to Twitter just hours after the shooting occurred, to write that Americans should "stand up to the NRA" in the exact same Tweet that she wrote Americans "must put politics aside."

20:18

McCaffery hate group tried to bully TV station into canning vaccine injury story "IndyWatch Feed National"

Source Vaccine News Australia

Im not ashamed to say that I wept hard when the New South Wales parliament recently passed a totalitarian vaccine law prohibiting my children from being enrolled in any kind of early education service from January next year. Read More

20:02

Doctors warn of cancer-like infections years after getting a tattoo "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tattos can cause nasty infections 15 years after you get inked, doctors have warned. The stark message comes after an Australian woman was admitted to hospital with enlarged lymph nodes in her armpits. The 30-year-old feared she had cancer after noticing the painful lumps but docs at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney removed the lumps and discovered they were harmless. She had a history of headaches but had not experienced any fever, weight loss, night sweats, shortness of breath, dizziness or chest pain. Experts concluded they had been caused by a reaction to a tattoo she had done on her back 15 years ago. She also had a tattoo on her left shoulder that was done two-and-a-half years ago

18:51

Greg Hunter, "Very Violent Reversal Before End of 2017" "IndyWatch Feed National"

"Very Violent Reversal Before End of 2017"
By Greg Hunters USAWatchdog.com 

"Four time best-selling financial book author James Rickards says dont get too comfortable with the record high stock prices. Rickards explains, I think the markets will have a very violent reversal in late November or early December. Let me be specific about why because I never make claims like this without backing it up. Heres whats going on. Right now, markets are priced for a Fed rate hike in December. The stock market is interpreting this rate hike as economic strength. Everything is set for a violent reversal because the Fed is not going to hike interest rates in December.

So, why is the Fed not going to raise rates? Rickards says its because of not enough inflation and way too much deflation. This has the Fed scared to move. Rickards contends, Why is deflation a central banks worst nightmare? The answer is deflation increases the real value of debt. In other words, the dollar actually gets stronger in a deflationary environment. If I owe you dollars, and the dollar just got stronger, I owe you more money in real terms. It becomes more difficult to pay off debt in a deflationary environment because my income is drying up. The real burden of debt is going up, and if I couldnt pay you to begin with, deflation is going to mak.........

18:11

President Tammi Jonas rejects changes to the proposed new planning provisions by the Victorian Government on ABCs Country Hour "IndyWatch Feed National"

Hear AFSA interim president Tammi Jonas talk about the inappropriateness of the proposed new planning provisions from the Victorian Governments work on Planning for Sustainable Animal Industries.

Listen to the interview here

(Interview starts at 31:20)

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17:54

Walkatjurra Walkabout: Supreme Court Case and upcoming events "IndyWatch Feed National"

Hi Everyone..

Its been pretty busy since the end of the walk and we had a great trip over to Adelaide for the 20th anniversary meeting of the Australian Nuclear Free Alliance.

Check out the ANFA webpage

There is alot going on at the moment and we really need your help to fundraise for the Supreme Court case to stop the Yeelirrie uranium mine from going ahead.

Many of you on this list have been on the walk and know Aunty Lizzy, Aunty Shirly and Vicky who are going to the Supreme Court on the 16th of Novemebr to Stop the Yeelirrie uranium kine from going ahead.

It is really crucial at the moment that we raise the money to cover all the court costs. We have raised $16,000 dollars so far, but need another $34,000..  Please forward this to friends and family and lets raise this money in the next 5 weeks  If you want to do a fundraiser then let us know and we can help with any info and support that you need..

This is an incredible undertaking by these three strong Tjiwarl women who are trying to protect important cultural heritage sites that are part of the Seven Sisters Dreaming songline.

Take a look at the video below and make a donation here

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17:40

Nuclear shill group on the move in New South Wales "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

 

Rob Parker injects nuclear into energy debate, Goulburn Post Louise Thrower@ThrowerLouise, 3 Oct 2017,Nuclear reactors must be in the mix if Australia is to make a serious dent in its carbon emissions, says a civil engineer and former candidate for the seat of Goulburn.

Rob Parker, who coordinates Nuclear for Climate Australia (NCA), argued politicians should not shy away from nuclear energy. In southern NSW NCA has identified Marulan, Yass and the Shoalhaven as three of 18 potential sites for nuclear reactors.

Mr Parker ran unsuccessfully as a Labor candidate for Goulburn in 2007 and as an independent in 2011. But he says his views have little to do with politics, other than to shatter notions.

He was speaking about the latest tit-for-tat between shadow St...

17:03

The voice of Hunger "IndyWatch Feed National"

Earlier this year, the Sisters of St. Brigid invited me to speak at their Feile Bride celebration in Kildare, Ireland. The theme of the gathering was: Allow the Voice of the Suffering to Speak. The Sisters have embraced numerous projects to protect the environment, welcome refugees and nonviolently resist wars. I felt grateful to reconnect with people []

17:02

Minerals Council of Australia a wealthy lobby on behalf of foreign corporations "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

  • Major members of the MCA are majority foreign-owned (BHP and Rio 70 per cent plus) and Glencore and Peabody owned in Switzerland and the US respectively. Therefore this is an organisation which effectively represents overseas interests.

The Minerals Council, coal and the half a billion spent by the resources lobby by Michael West | Oct 2, 2017 There is no peak body in the country which conducts its business as belligerently, and its proponents would say as successfully, as the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA).

Flush with funding thanks to the contributions of its multinational mining company members such as BHP, Rio and Swiss-owned coal giant Glencore, the miners peak body can raise a campaign warchest at a moments notice. And it is uncompromising, often venomous, in its rhetoric.

In 2010, the MCA managed to oust a sitting prime minister, Kevin Rudd, from office with a $22 million advertising blitz against the mining tax.

Earlier this year in the Western Australian state elections, the leader of the National Party, Brendon Grylls, lost his seat after the mining lobby campaigned against his proposal for higher taxes on iron ore producers.

Meanwhile, Rio Tinto booked a net profit of $6 billion profit for 2016, while BHP handed down a first-half profit of $4.2 billion.

An investigation of the financial statements of the MCA shows the not-for-profit association has booked revenues of more than $200 million over the past 11 years. Revenues peaked at $35 million, $32 million and $37 million in 2010, 2011 and 2012 when the group was busy fighting the mining tax, the carbon tax and the Renewable Energy Target.

This is but a fraction of the story however. Research by CoalWire editor Bob Burton, who has been studying the minerals lobby for more than a decade, has found the funding of MCAs state satellites and the oil & gas peak body: the Australian Coal Association (ACA), NSW Minerals Council, Queensland Resources Council (QRC) and Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (APPEA), is $541 million over the past 11 years.

Thats $37 million for the Australian Coal Association (wrapped into the MCA in 2013), $77 million for the NSW Minerals Council, $203.6 million for the MCA itself, $139 million for APPEA and $85 million for the QRC.

Three things to con...

16:58

Extreme heat days to come, for Australias cities "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Sydney and Melbourne should prepare for 50-degree days, climate researchers warn, Climate scientists from two leading Australian universities say more extreme heatwaves are inevitable even if global CO2 targets are met. http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2017/10/04/sydney-and-melbourne-should-prepare-50-degree-days-climate-researchers-warn By James Elton-Pym

 Australias most populous cities could be hit by heatwaves of up to 50 degrees by the year 2050 even if the world succeeds in limiting global warming to two degrees above pre-industrial levels, climate scientists have warned.

Under the Paris climate agreement 166 countries, including Australia, pledged to stop global average temperatures rising more than two degrees over the levels before the Industrial Revolution.

But the researchers warn a global rise of two degrees on average could see the hottest Australian days get 3.8 degrees hotter than current records. AN...

16:51

Coast to Coast "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

I sit on the grass, knees pulled up against my chest. Behind me is the little shack Ive been calling home. Before me is my dear friends house. I can see our children playing together through the open doors. I feel a lot of emotions, I dont have words for all of them.

We walk down to the beach one final time. Its almost unbearable because I know its a goodbye and Id rather do nothing than have some beautiful last adventure together.

The kids jump from rock to rock. Alba calls them her siblings and right now they are. The children follow Bee like puppies. He makes sandcastles with them, gives them rides on his shoulders and teaches them how to build cairns out of rocks. Whenever Georgia talks to me I want to run away, the weight in these last conversations is too heavy, even when the words are light.

The sun sets pinks and blues and purples as we walk home. A truck comes to pick up the rest of our things. The shack is empty and the car is packed for a great adventure.

Its difficult to leave, but this is the next step forward. I feel it in that quiet place inside that shows me the way. Perhaps we needed to move all the way across the country just to recognise it wasnt home, at least not now. Maybe if we hadnt, Id have spent years longing and wondering.

In Brisbane we stay with a friend in a house full of rescue cats. Im working this trip. I shoot portraits of strangers in forests, on beaches, in botanical gardens. Its a humbling job to capture others love because love is all that really matters.

On the road my anxiety loosens its grip. Life becomes about simple things. Boiling water for tea. Choosing albums to play on the long drives. Finding bathrooms and petrol stations. Stumbling on places to pitch our tent and grocery stores that sell rice milk. Watching the landscape slowly change.

In Sydney we stay with Laura, my red-haired fiercely passionate filmmaking friend whose heart was recently shattered. She tells me shes seeing Lorde play and I want to go badly, weve been listening to her album so often this trip. But theres no way to buy tickets. I know Lorde follows my i...

16:34

Tokyo, Hong Kong lead Asia gains but dollar retreats "IndyWatch Feed National"

04 October 2017 05H04 AFP | With Janet Yellens term coming to an end in February, investors are turning their attention to who will take her place as head of the Federal Reserve
HONG KONG (AFP)  Tokyo and Hong Kong led gains on most markets in Asia Wednesday following a record close on Wall Street but the dollar eased slightly as attention begins to focus on the likely make-up of the new Federal Reserve board.

Investors are broadly upbeat about the global economic outlook and remain buoyed by the release last week of Donald Trumps tax-cutting plans, while they are also looking ahead to the release of key jobs data on Friday.

With Fed boss Janet Yellens term due to end in February, investors will be closely watching for clues about Trumps choice to take over a decision expected to be made in two to three weeks.

The president has said he would decide after interviewing ex-board member Kevin Warsh, current governor Jerome Powell and two other candidates.

Analysts said the dollar would likely move in line with who is considered the favourite to take the helm, with Warsh seen as a fiscal hawk and Powell more in line with Yellens wait-and-see policy to monetary tightening.

Markets rightly or wrongly came to the view late last week that Warsh was the front-runner, and viewed him rightly or wrongly as having more hawkish proclivities than Janet Yellen, Ray Attrill, global co-head of foreign-exchange strategy at National Australia Bank in Sydney, told Bloomberg News.

But he added that talk of Powell taking the top post have seen the dollar giving back a little of the gains from last week.

The next...

16:30

antifa notes (october 4, 2017) : Stephen Johnson, The Daily Mail Australia, Melbourne Antifa and more "IndyWatch Feed National"

[Update (October 5, 2017) : snopes has an article up debunking the Melbourne Antifa account here: Did Melbourne Antifa Claim Responsibility for the Vegas Massacre?, Kim LaCapria, October 4, 2017.] 1) Stephen Johnson, The Daily Mail & Melbourne Antifa In Continue reading

16:27

National Parks and Wildlife Services 50th Anniversary! Sunday 8 October "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Come and connect with local culture, history and nature during the National Parks and Wildlife Services 50th Anniversary! Sunday 8 October 2017, 6am3.30pm.

Join in celebrating our local national parks: Arakwal, Cape Byron, Broken Head, Tyagarah, Brunswick Heads and Julian Rocks Nguthungulli.

You are invited to celebrate this golden milestone at the Cape Byron Lighthouse with a range of free activities throughout the day.

From 5.30am there will be a free bus running to and from the Cape Byron Lighthouse from Lighthouse Road adjacent to Clarkes Beach carpark. The Lighthouse carpark and road will be closed to vehicle access during the event.

THINGS TO SEE AND DO

  • Arakwal Welcome and then sunrise yoga class at 6:30am by Flo Fenton. Please BYO yoga mat and towel/blanket.
  • Breakfast is available for purchase at the Lighthouse Cafe from 6am, BBQ at 8am, morning tea at 10am and normal menu from 12pm including lunch, coffee and famous icecreams.
  • Arakwal Welcome to Country at 9:30am.Entertainment from 10am to 2.30pm:
    • Face painting by Donna Walker
    • Childrens games
    • Lighthouse tours
    • Display by Northern Rivers Wildlife Carers Plastic free workshops by Plastic Free Byron
    • Arakwal Aboriginal art workshops
    • Meet and chat to a Ranger
    • Music by local performer Bradley Stone
  • Closing ceremony at 2.30pm.

For further information visit; www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au.

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16:08

Georgia Tech Is Trying to Repress Activists. Heres How To Resist "IndyWatch Feed National"

The post Georgia Tech Is Trying to Repress Activists. Heres How To Resist appeared first on It's Going Down.

Following the murder of Scout Schultz by Georgia Tech Police, Atlanta universities have been cracking down on protesters and dissent on campus. Several people are facing aggressive prosecution for participating in protests, and students are being kicked out of school based only on the claims of the police.

Police investigators are engaging in a witch hunt to try to identify and persecute activists. We have reports that police have pulled students out of class for interrogation. Cops also came to the home of someone they claim was identified in surveillance video at a protest and arrested them on bogus charges. We expect the police will continue this repression, because its an effective way to make people too afraid to continue very necessary resistance organizing.

Georgia Tech will do whatever it takes to make sure nobody mentions the name Scout Schultz ever again. You can resist this intimidation by learning how to deal with political repression, educating each other, and supporting those who are targeted.

The following is information about your rights when dealing with police and investigators. We are not lawyers and this is not legal advice. See the last section if you need to consult with a lawyer.

KEEPING SAFE ON SOCIAL MEDIA

In general, but especially on social media, avoid discussion and speculation about who attended what protests. For example, Georgia Tech Police have released very grainy images of people at a protest. They want to arrest and interrogate them, but its not at all clear who the protesters are. Guessing or gossiping about who you think is depicted in these and other pictures could put people at legal risk. Even if youre joking, mentioning someones name could be enough to get both you and them visited by investigators.

IF THE POLICE OR OTHER INVESTIGATORS APPROACH YOU

You do not need to speak with them. You have a constitutionally protected right to remain silent, and the cops cant punish you for declining to answer questions.

Even if you think that it could be helpful to answer certain questions, avoid doing it without a lawyer present. You should wait until you have legal support with you, and then decide how to handle any questions. Ask for the investigators contact information and say you will get back to them. You can then contact Copwatch or the NLG for further advice.

They may try to p...

16:03

Will the Fed Keep Excess Reserves? "IndyWatch Feed National"

QUESTION: Hi Martin, I recently asked an Economist for a major Financial Institute the following question. Will the Fed continue to pay interest on excess reserves after they start to reduce their balance sheet? Their answer was yes, as it is a way to control short-term rates for private sector borrowers. I am not able to reconcile that answer with my understanding (maybe limited) of excess reserves. As always thanks for your continued input into my real life education.
Looking forward to another informative November Conference.

GH

ANSWER: I really do not understand that reasoning. It reflects a complete and utter failure to comprehend the system. Any pretend control over short-term rates seems to be absurd and would be opposite of the stated objectives of the Fed to return the bond market to the private sector. The Fed created excess reserves because they were buying the long-term debt and banks had no place to park money if the Fed bought the debt. So if the Fed allows its holding to expire and is no longer buying debt, then who would buy the debt if the banks still park the money at the Fed?

All our major banking clients in Europe are sending cash to their US branch and they in turn park it at the Fed so they are avoiding the negative rates if they park the cash at the ECB. This response illustrates that the establishment has still not figured out we are in a global economy.

It is IMPOSSIBLE for the Fed to manage the domestic economy because of the deflation spiral outside the USA. The Fed has become the world central bank as the IMF and everyone else lobbies the Fed not to raise rates because it will adversely impact other nations.

How can we even cope with the events to come when those in the establishment have no trading experience and only read books subscribing to old theories designed under a fixed e...

16:03

Radicalization in the Workplace "IndyWatch Feed National"

From the website of FIRM -- Forum on Islamic Radicalism and ManagementFrom the website of FIRM Forum on Islamic Radicalism and Management

 

On November 16, 2017, the worlds first management conference on the subject of Islamic Radicalism in the Workplace will take place in Paris. Clarion Project spoke to event organizer Dr. Leslie Shaw, president of the Forum on Islamic Radicalism and Management and an associate professor at ESCP Europe Business School.

Clarion Project: This conference was originally scheduled to take place in Washington, D.C. in July 2016 but you cancelled it. At the time, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) issued a press release stating they welcomed the postponement of an Islamophobic conference targeting constitutionally-protected religious accommodations in the workplace.  Why was the orginal conference cancelled?

Dr. Leslie Shaw: We cancelled the event for two reasons. First, it coincided with the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, which meant that attendance would have been less than anticipated. Second, two of our key speakers were overseas.

The cancellation actually turned out to be a good thing, because since then, we have set up a dedicated team to organize it, and we have conducted an in-depth survey targeting employers in Europe, the US, Canada and Australia.

The results of that survey demonstrate beyond question that Islamic radicalism is a major concern in the workplace.

Clarion: CAIR described your conference as Islamophobic. Can you comment on that?

Shaw: CAIRs opinion is driven by sectarian self-interest and promotion of a particular agenda.

Clarion: But your survey and conference focus only on Islamic and not other forms of radicalism.

Shaw: We are looking at one segment of a wide phenomenon. Other forms of radicalism exist Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, left-wing, right-wing, animal rights activists, anti-globalists, eco-warriors, neo-luddites but Islamic radicalism poses a greater threat than all of the others put together.

Clarion: Why Islami...

16:02

Mass Shootings: The Military-Entertainment Complex's Culture of Violence Turns Deadly "IndyWatch Feed National"

We're left with more questions than answers about this latest mass shooting in Las Vegas, none of them a flattering reflection of the nation's values, political priorities, or the manner in which the military-industrial complex continues to dominate, dictate and shape almost every aspect of our lives.

16:00

Saudi Artist Protests Guardianship Laws "IndyWatch Feed National"

Part of a mural by Saffaa

A Saudi women artist living in Australia uses her art to address the struggle of Saudi women striving to obtain more rights.

Now on display at the Sydney University  College of the Arts, the massive combination of calligraphy, graffiti and portraits includes paintings of women and girls with slogans relating to the demands of Saudi women, including the famous hashtag  #iammyownguardian, a demand an end the oppressive guardianship laws still in effect in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The artist, who goes by the name of Saffaa, moved to Australia in to study at the college in 2009 under the guise of a Saudi government scholarship.

Part of a mural by Saffaa. The writing says, Part of a mural by Saffaa. The writing says, One day, you will understand, my homeland, that this rebel loved you more than the talkers. ...

15:57

Hotel Guest Next Door To Las Vegas Shooter Saw Multiple Gunmen "IndyWatch Feed National"

A man who was staying in the room next to the shooter in Las Vegas has confirmed he saw multiple gunmen involved in the Las Vegas attack.

An Australian man who was staying in the room next to the shooter in the Mandalay Bay has confirmed he witnessed multiple gunmen involved in the Las Vegas attack.

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15:46

Daniel Webb wins Global Pluralism Award for refugee rights work "IndyWatch Feed National"

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A message from Hugh de Kretser, Executive Director of the Human Rights Law Centre to our supporters.

I am delighted to announce that the Human Rights Law Centres Director of Legal Advocacy, Daniel Webb, has won an inaugural Global Pluralism Award awarded by the Canadian-based Global Centre for Pluralism.

By protecting asylum seekers from horrendous detention and changing the public conversation about refugees from deterrence to opportunity, Daniel Webb is paving a way for other global leaders.
Canadas former Prime Minister and Chair of the Jury the Rt. Hon. Joe Clark.

This award is worthy recognition of Daniels work, the gravity of the cruelty he and his team are working against and the rising tide of international concern at the way our Government is deliberately mistreating people seeking safety.

I watch every day as Daniel together with our refugee rights lawyers Amy Frew and Arif Hussein support clients facing deportation to offshore detention. I hear them on the phone advising terrified families, coordinating High Court cases with pro bono law firms and strategising with our advocacy partners. They are doing important work in difficult circumstances, and it is having a real impact on peoples lives.

Daniel has led our work in this area for five years. Hes travelled to Manus three times and works closely with the men detained there to amplify their voices. He has run High Court challenges against the secretive detention of people on the high seas and led our work on the #LetThemStay campaign, which prevented the deportation of more than 267 men, women and children to offshore processing centres.

Thanks to this work, 386 people remain in safety in Australia instead of trapped indefinitely on Manus and Nauru. 50 babies have taken their first steps and spoken their first words in parks around the country instead of in a tent on a remote island.

You can re...

15:25

MACKAY Free on parole after rifle threat "IndyWatch Feed National"

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MACKAY Mirani man accused of dealing ecstasy, GBH in region "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Mirani man accused of dealing ecstasy, GBH in region

October 04, 2017 at 10:56AM ,

Prout fronted Mackay Magistrates Court on Tuesday and sought an adjournment to obtain legal representation, after his Legal Aid Queensland

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15:00

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.0002 BTC
0.0010 BTC = 5.40 AUD
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Curiouser and Curiouser Vegas Shooters Girlfriend Used Multiple IDs, Multiple SS Numbers, and Married Two Men Simultaneously "IndyWatch Feed National"

Much like the San Bernardino attack revealed a manipulative scheme for green-card marriages, so too is the Mandalay Bay Massacre revealing the use of multiple identities within the associations of the killer.  Marilou Who? Oh, and if Marilou Danley she reads these reports before getting on board her flight back from Japan, the Philippines, Indonesia, Taiwan, Australia and/or wherever the heck she really is well, she likely aint coming back.  Just saying.

Australia Presses for More Facial Recognition in Terror Fight "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Australian government wants to strengthen its counterterrorism efforts by making use of a fundamental part of all Australian citizens: their faces.

Australia Collects Nearly 30,000 Guns in Second Gun Amnesty "IndyWatch Feed National"

As its national three-month gun amnesty initiative draws to a close, Australia has collected more than 28,000 unregistered weapons.

14:42

Couples Brilliant Response To Vandalism Of Their Rainbow Letterbox "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

A Sydney couple whose rainbow-coloured yes letterbox has been vandalised twice have sent a message to the vandals. Harley Stumm and Fiona Wining installed the letterbox outside their inner city home last month to show their support for same-sex marriage. But within a week, it had been defaced with black spray paint. Sydney artist Mickey ...

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14:26

Westall research - this blog's contribution to the debate. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Introduction

From time to time, I receive comments from people, that they believe I have a negative approach to the subject of the 6 April 1966, mass sighting at Westall, Melbourne, Australia.

I inform such people that, like themselves, I have the right to my opinion as to the cause of the sighting that day. Unlike some individuals, I base my own opinion on having conducted research on the event. I was not there on the day, and ultimately, my opinion is based solely on what I have been able to find out, by communicating with Westall witnesses as long ago as the 1990's; by visiting the site, prior to the playground installation; by an examination of all the original source material I could locate; an examination of Australian government files; by looking for potential non-UFO explanations; by exploring topics such as memory recall in people; and applying all that I have learnt from many years of interviewing witnesses to sightings, all over Australia.

One of the few witness documents available from 1966 - image courtesy VFSRS

This blog's contribution to the Westall debate

Quite a few posts on this blog, have explored the Westall sighting. I have provided the following links for anyone who wishes to explore material relating to the event; much of which, you will not find anywhere else.

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14:16

Stock market begins Oct with 0.37% losses "IndyWatch Feed National"

Chris Ugwu The stock market resumed monthly trading activities on the downswing yesterday after the nation observed public holiday to commemorate independence anniversary. Consequently, the market performance indices, NSE ASI and market capitalisation depreciated by 0.37 per cent each. At the close of business, there were 18 gainers as against 22 losers. The downswing according to market watchers was due to sustainable profit takings by investors. Consequently, the All-Share Index fell by 133.89 basis points or 0.37 per cent from 35.306.09 index points last Friday to 35.439.98, while the market...

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14:02

White House Petition for Disclosure of Treasury Direct Accounts "IndyWatch Feed National"

WE THE PEOPLE ASK THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO CALL ON CONGRESS TO ACT ON AN ISSUE:

Full disclosure and instructions on how to utilize all accounts, bonds, and funds held in our names fiction/nonfiction

Created by R.P. on September 25, 2017

Sign This Petition:

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/full-disclosure-and-instructions-how-utilize-all-accounts-bonds-and-funds-held-our-names-fictionnonfiction

Needs 99,818 signatures by October 25, 2017 to get a response from the White House

182 SIGNED 100,000 GOAL

These answers impact everyone. We the people need to know how to release and utilize all Bonds, Accounts, Trust funds, and property's held in our names and Social Security numbers. Fiction/Nonfiction by the Federal Reserve.We also need to know why a privately owned bank (The Federal Reserve) has full control of these accounts with no over site. We also need to know who authorized these accounts when we did not give permission for anything to be done in our names or with our social security numbers. fiction/nonfiction.

13:23

Euthanasia is in the House "IndyWatch Feed National"

It is not uncommon for dying people who are suffering badly to refuse food and fluids while they are still able to eat and drink, in order to hasten death. Some terminally ill people make the trip to an overseas jurisdiction while they are still well enough to fly and take a drink, meaning that they usually die significantly sooner than they would wish to, still in functioning health. Others choose to kill themselves while they still have the physical capacity, currently at a rate of more than one a week in Australia.

13:11

Dezeray Lyn from Mutual Aid Disaster Relief on autonomously organised responses to Hurricane Irma "IndyWatch Feed National"

Belinda spoke with Dezeray from Mutual Aid Disaster Relief in Florida, where they have been organising and delivering aid in response to Hurricane Irma. She discusses their model of grassroots anarchist organising, the opportunism of the State in times of crisis, and inequality in access to care. She concludes with analysis of what it means []

13:10

16 Unanswered Questions About The Las Vegas Shooting That The Mainstream Media Doesnt Want To Talk About "IndyWatch Feed National"

The public is not being told the truth about what really went down in Las Vegas.  As you will see below, the evidence is mounting that there were multiple shooters and that this was an operation that was planned well in advance.  But according to the mainstream media, a 64-year-old retired accountant with a flabby []

13:00

Health of Australia's males and females [AIHW] "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has released two new web reports.

Health of Australia's males and females

* This release updates the AIHW's existing web report on male health and creates a new report focused on female health.
* The reports contain data on chronic conditions, risk factors and comorbidities, including some information on sex-specific health issues (for example, maternal health).

Download report: The health of Australia's females.

Download report: The health of Australia's males.

12:40

The Speed of Dreams Resonance "IndyWatch Feed National"

The post The Speed of Dreams Resonance appeared first on It's Going Down.

Our weeks, like our hearts, have been so full lately. As the phases of relief and recovery transition rapidly, we are reminded how much work is still in front of us. We ask ourselves, how can we create this new world when we are all so damaged by the old one? And the answer(s), not found in any theory, come back to us through walking, through action, autonomous, but together.

Click here to read a report on our relief trip to the Florida Keys. Instead of continuing the chain of organization to organization donations, we looked up where projects and other affordable housing facilities were, showed up and opened the doors, literally and figuratively. Here is an excerpt of the reportback:

Rather than rationing out any items, we would climb into the truck and start passing out cases of bottled water and asking people what they wanted. Canned soup, diapers, baby wipes, paper towels, MREs, fruit snacks, bread and anything else we could dig to find in the packed truck. There was never a moment of the supposed chaos we were warned against, as we let people take whatever they needed and they were always the first to insist on leaving more for others.

Another trip down to the Keys is in the works. Interested in helping make it happen? Let us know.

Click here to read an interview with Dezeray Lyn, one of the many co-founders of Mutual Aid Disaster Relief.

We know Florida did not bear the brunt of hurricanes Irma, Maria, and other recent disasters. And geography shouldnt dictate our humanity. Here is an overview of self-organization efforts in Mexico following the earthquake.

And here is a guide made by friends and comrades at Infoshop on organizations throughout affected areas for you to consider supporting.

We have continued our solidarity with Florida farmworker communities, funneling supplies, assisting with mobile kitchen operations and clean-up efforts.

In the words of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers:

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12:22

Light rail "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Sydney's newest light rail project, under construction at George Street.


The new light rail line will comprise 19 stops

12:21

Black Lives Matter and the destruction of social capital "IndyWatch Feed National"

Recently read the following comment:

A second example ill give is Black Lives Matter. One is labeled racist/white supremacist/white nationalist/nazi if you say no, All Lives Matter. But the problem isnt a devaluation or disrespect to the grievance (at least in all instances as it is implied) its the selection of the name. In the BLM case, the name is overly narrow and the counter argument is equally disparaged. Ive gotten into some heated discussions with Black/All/Blue lives matters all in a group and I posed a simple question: If the movement had started as Police Accountability Matters with the exact same issue to be resolved, would they react different and all 3 opposing views suddenly agreed, everyone suddenly stopped the name calling and arguing and started discussing the pros & cons of ideas on how to solve the problem. They were all getting too hung up on the word selection and arguing about the rationality of each other based upon different interpretation of what the label meant.

Which fitted what had struck me about BLM, which is the destruction of social capital involved: that is, of positive social connections, of networked reciprocity.

Social capital can reasonably be called capital, because it is a form of the produced factor of production (distinct from land, which is the acquired-from-nature factor of production, and labour, which is the reproduced factor of production). Other things being equal, the higher the level of social capital, the better functioning a society and the better prospects for a social group.

When the mainstream gay and lesbian community was seeking to achieve decriminalisation of their erotic lives, relationships with the police were crucial, for good and ill. The police were used to persecute the queer community, leading famously to the Stonewall riots.

As...

12:14

Evanescence are touring Australia with a symphony orchestra "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Evanescence have announced an Australian east coast tour Synthesis Live With Orchestras which, as the name suggests, finds the band collaborating with Australian symphony orchestras to perform their forthcoming record Synthesis.

Im really looking forward to bringing this new and different show to Australia, says Amy Lee.

Playing the Sydney Opera House is something Ive dreamed about all my life. I remember taking the ferry over to Manly during days off on past tours with the band, and looking over at the legendary structure, saying One day, were going to play there! I cant believe its finally going to be a reality. Were all very excited about it.

Pre-sale opens noon, this Friday, 6 October with general public on sale from noon, on Monday 9 October. Dates below.

SUN 11 FEB | BRISBANE ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE
W/ QUEENSLAND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

TUES 13 & WED 14 FEB | SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE
W/ SYDNEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

FRI 16 FEB | ROD LAVER ARENA
W/ MELBOURNE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

11:44

US staging fatal provocations against Russian forces in Syria Lavrov "IndyWatch Feed National"

RT | October 3, 2017 Washington is playing a dangerous game of encouraging terrorists in Syria to attack government forces and the Russian military, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said. Moscow wont leave aggressive US steps unanswered, but wants to overcome the political deadlock, he added. In an interview with the London-based, Arabic-language Asharq []

11:35

Australia: Moving towards a Medical Police State (Part 2) "IndyWatch Feed National"

2 October 2017

It is time for all Australians to get involved in the vaccination debate as mandatory vaccination is now being forced on many adults in employment situations. The government has also implemented the Adult Immunisation Register to monitor and enforce adult compliance with the recommended schedule of 16 plus vaccines.

In Perth a 1 year old healthy boy died on 10 July 2017 three hours after receiving 6 vaccines but this incident was not reported in the mainstream media. Many others have died or are seriously injured after vaccines but they are also not reported in the corporate-sponsored mainstream media or documented by our 100% corporate-funded government regulator the Therapeutic Goods Administrator (TGA).

Here is a 20 min video clip showing the global media blackout of public rallies against mandatory vaccines in many countries. It also provides exerts from the speeches given at the Sydney No Jab No Play Protest Rally held 12 September 2017 in Martin Place.

The Australian government is currently putting up a 2.6 metre high fence around parliament house in a $126 million  security upgrade and this is two years after independent MP Andrew Wilkie warned in the Australian parliament that Australia was in danger of becoming a police state. In this video clip of his speech in parliament he says that there are 10 characteristics of a police state that were implemented in Australia by 2015.

This speech was given around the same time that the Murdoch dominated Australian media promoted the No Jab No Pay social welfare policy that bribed parents to use all 16 vaccines that are recommended by the corporate-dominated GAVI alliance to all World Health Organisation (WHO) member countries.

In other words, the governments of WHO member countries no longer design public health policy based on objective science with respect to their own countrys specific environmental and lifestyle needs. This is a travesty for public health because it is well established that these social determinants of disease were responsible for the decline in infectious disease deaths in the mid-twentieth century  before mass vaccination campaigns were introduced....

11:00

Risky Business #472 -- Iran DDoSed banks in 2012, US DoSed DPRK "IndyWatch Feed National"

There is no feature interview in this weeks show it was a long weekend here in Australia plus a few things came up. But weve got a great show for you anyway. Well be discussing the weeks news headlines with Adam Boileau whos back on deck after a short break, and then well get straight into this weeks sponsor interview with Lee Weiner of Rapid7.

Hes the Chief Product Officer there and hes joining us this week to explain why so many vendors are suddenly so obsessed with automation and orchestration. Its a trend that actually makes a bunch of sense for a bunch of reasons, but the key is 100% going to be in the execution.

Links to everything are below.

Oh, and you can follow Patrick or Adam on Twitter if thats your thing.

10:54

National Facial Recognition: towards the Panopticon "IndyWatch Feed National"

The latest mass shooting in Las Vegas over the weekend has provided an opportunity for Prime Minister Turnbull to increase focus on the National Facial Biometric Matching Capability at the Coalition of Australian Governments counter-terror meeting scheduled to occur tomorrow (5th October).

The Attorney Generals Department states that the National Facial Biometric Matching Capability is another tool to prevent terrorism by sharing and matching of facial images from existing records between those agencies with a lawful basis to do so. Essentially, the Government is proposing that State- and Territory-issued Drivers Licences, which contain a treasure trove of information, including facial information, will be shared between law enforcement agencies in the hope of preventing terrorism in Australia.

This proposal reminds us of the mandatory data retention discussion which shouldnt have faded from memory. The issues are similar, although the risks inherent in mass facial recognition capability are arguably more clearly concerning. In short, this is yet another proposal that will enable warrantless surveillance of the entire population, without either a clear cost justification or clear evidence that facial recognition is capable of prospectively preventing terrorism, or other serious crimes, thereby continuing the theme of treating all citizens as suspects.

Similar technology is already in use in 18 states in the US. Not only is it clear that this technology has failed to prevent the mass killings which have become heart-breakingly routine in the US, there are also reports of a 15% false-positive rate, suggesting that this is a far from mature technology.

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10:42

The Vegas Shooting: Investigation instead of Speculation "IndyWatch Feed National"

(TFC) Its time to separate fact from fiction and plausible from impossible. Its also time to address some physics that is leading to lots of confusion. The Vegas shooting is the biggest mass shooting since Wounded Knee. With such a tragic event, it stands to reason people would be searching for answers. The answers are only important if youre asking the right questions.

The Fifth Column spoke with several survivors. The stories were harrowing. They all believed a second shooter was on scene. They witnessed carnage and humanity at its finest. Brett Cossairts narrative was the most telling and was not contradicted by any other witness.

Cossairt had been on scene since 6:30 with his wife and a coworker. They were staying in the temporary VIP shelters near at the performance location. The elevated position on the roof of the structure provided him with a perfect viewing location of the incident. At first he heard 4 or 5 cracks followed by a 30- to 40-round burst. He believed some of the shots came from the neighborhood opposite the Mandalay. He described the crowds reaction as ripples moving away from a droplet of water in a bucket. The droplet, of course, being the impact zone of the first burst. He and his companions ran downstairs and into their suite. They turned off the lights, unscrewed the one blub they werent able to turn off, and laid on the floor. Cossairt was on top of his wife, shielding her, as she texted and sent out messages on Facebook. During a break in the fire, he looked out over the field. He described the scene:

All I could see was people running and hitting the ground as they got shot.

He took cover as firing resumed. Bullets hit the structure. During the next break, his party decided to flee the location. On the stairs, they witnessed a young woman shot and bleeding. They began running and another volley of fire erupted. Across the street, they ran into a chainlink fence. Along with the flood of people, they pushed the fence over and climbed over the cars it fell on. Cossairt witnessed the victim of the impossible shot at the church. Cossairt was adamant the person could not have been shot from the Mandalay. As discussed below, he was correct. A tourniquet was applied and the victim was moved and shielded by a cop car. Cossairts party kept moving. Crossing another street, vehicles fleeing the shooting were moving at what he estimated to be 60 or 70 mph. His party reached the MGM.

Running through the parking lots it felt like bullets were near us, couldnt tell you how close.

The staff....

10:30

Call for North Coast to become an Adani-Free Zone "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A campaign to ensure the north coast becomes Australias first Adani-Free Zone kicks off outside Lismore City Council Chambers today (October 4).

Co-organiser Ben Pennings says the campaign demands local councils not to enter into contracts with any company closely connected with Adani.

Veteran campaigner with North East Rainforest Alliance and Lock The Gate Nan Nicholson has joined the local Galilee Blockade group to ensure Northern Rivers becomes the first Adani-Free Zone in Australia.

She said Northern Rivers communities had stood strong to protect our land and water from invasive gas fields, with hundreds getting arrested. We will stand together to protect the Great Barrier Reef, the Great Artesian Basin and a liveable planet for our kids and grandkids.

I cant think of more engaged communities to make such a vital stand for the future. Well keep Downer and anyone else in bed with Adani out of the Northern Rivers.

Ben Pennings, national spokesperson for Galilee Blockade, said, citizens will use their personal and collective power to keep any company in bed with Adani out of their region. Local communities deserve better service providers than money-hungry companies willing to risk catastrophic climate change.

Downer are the preferred contractor to build and operate Adanis controversial Carmichael mine. As a large diverse company they dont need this $2.6bn contract and can easily withdraw without financial penalty.

Northern Rivers roads are a mess due to extreme flooding exacerbated by climate change. Downer are in bed with Adani, willing to worsen climate change to the detriment of ratepayers. Local councils should reject any Downer tenders on ethical grounds till Downer withdraw from plans to build the disastrous Carmichael Mine.

He says Byron Council is considering using Downer, and the company wants to establish a large presence in the region.

Byron Council staff replied that, Kyogle, Lismore, Byron and Richmond Valley councils have a regional panel contract with NSW Spray Seal for the supply of bitumen services in the northern rivers, which is a subsidiary of RPQ Group, which is a subsidiary of the Downer Group.

Day of action activities

As part of a National Day of Action opposing the Adani coalmine on Saturday, October 7, an event will be held at the Norries Headland Park Cabarita from 11am to 1pm. this. Richmond MP Justine Elliot and Tweed Deputy Mayor Reece Byrnes will be in attendance.

Another group will be hoping to make a human Stop-Adani sign at Main Beach, Byron Bay, from 2pm. Participan...

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