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Tuesday, 10 October


Righting the wrongs of Queenslands homophobic past: Government to allow to clear unjust convictions "IndyWatch Feed National"

Today the Queensland Parliament passed a law that will provide a way for people to have convictions for consensual same-sex activity removed from their criminals records.

Emile McPhee, Executive Director of the LGBTI Legal Service, said the Criminal Law (Historical Homosexual Convictions Expungement) Bill 2017 can assist to repair the lifelong trauma people have endured.

The goal of those reforms is to ensure that individuals affected by those convictions or charges no longer need to disclose them in any circumstances and to go some way towards repairing the significant and lasting harm that these have had on Queenslanders, said McPhee.

Phil Browne, Convenor of the Brisbane LGBTIQ Action Group said that it was important to recognise the lasting impact and suffering caused by the historic laws.

Despite the Legalisation of Gay Sex Act 26 years ago, people with these convictions for consensual activity remain convicted criminals. They havent been able to apply for certain jobs or travel to certain countries. They may have endured public arrests leading to being fired, shunned by family and friends, kicked out of accommodation, named in newspapers, and even feeling they were run out of town, said Browne.

With the new law Queensland joins Victoria, New South Wales and the ACT in providing a system for people to clear their records of unjust convictions.

Peter Black, Vice-President of the Queensland AIDS Council, said the old laws not only impacted upon the individuals convicted for consensual sexual activities, but also contributed to a political climate that sought to marginalise the LGBTIQ community.

These wounds run deep, which is why it is vital that any expungement scheme be advertised and accessible to a particularly vulnerable cohort of people who have lived through decades of criminalisation, discrimination and stigma, said Black.

For those who have died with their convictions active, the reforms present an opportunity for families to restore dignity and respect to their memory and name.

Lee Carnie, a Lawyer at the Human Rights Law Centre, said the Criminal Law (Historical Homosexual Convictions Expungement) Bill 2017 will help repair the harms caused by convictions leftover from when homosexual activity was illegal.

We welcome the Queensland Governments important step to help people whose love was criminalised by unjust laws. Its not only a symbolic win, it will also remove practical barriers imposed by these unfair convictions. This will allow people to move on with their lives. Its great news, well done to all involved, said Carnie.

While consensual homosexual activity was decriminalised on 29 November 1990, convictions for those offences remain on peoples records today...


Choose your limbo: After 4 years of suffering, Australian Government tells refugees in Manus RPC they can transfer to Nauru RPC "IndyWatch Feed National"

A notice posted inside the Manus Island detention centre overnight has told refugees detained there for the last four years that they can elect to transfer to the Australian Governments other offshore processing facility on Nauru.

The move comes exactly three weeks before the slated closure of the Manus RPC, which was declared unlawful by PNGs highest court in April last year, and follows two recent deaths and a spate of violent attacks against refugees held on the island.

Behrouz Boochani, an Iranian journalist held on Manus by the Australian Government for the last four years, said:

People are really frustrated and disappointed by this news. After four years of pain the Australian Government should transfer us to a safe place, not to another hell.

We deserve to start a new life in a safe place, not to be transferred from one place of torture to another, said Mr Boochani.

Imran Mohammad, a stateless Rohingyan refugee who was just 19 when he was detained on Manus Island, said:

Moving refugees from one hell to another is not a solution. We are in pain and beg the Australian Government to allow us to live our lives in safety immediately.

Human Rights Law Centre Director of Legal Advocacy, Daniel Webb, who has travelled to Manus three times, said:

The government is bulldozing the Manus detention centre but it knows that the men trapped inside have nowhere safe to go.

After four years of fear, violence, suffering and death, these men deserve safety. Shunting them from one island prison to another doesnt cut it, said Mr Webb.

People have suffered on both islands. People have been violently attacked on both islands. People have died on both islands. Its not good enough to just transfer the cruelty and suffering our government needs to end it.

Mr Webb called on the Australian Government to immediately bring people being warehoused on Manus and Nauru to safety in Australia.

If Malcolm Turnbull honestly believes that people will eventually go to the US fine. But in the meantime he should bring them here to safety in Australia, said Mr Webb.

If Malcolm Turnbull leaves people in danger any longer, then further misery, suffering and death is absolutely inevitable.

For interviews or further information please call:

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


Large sinkhole swallows 2 cars in Perth, Western Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

A sinkhole has swallowed cars and caused major traffic delays in Perth. A water main burst causing the gaping hole on Kingsley Drive in Kingsley at about 3am on Sunday. The water was knee deep in some areas as the sinkhole swallowed two cars, 9 News reported. One property was completely flooded and many others suffered water damage, authorities said.


Margaret Thatcher knighted British child abuser, knew about suspicions "IndyWatch Feed National"

This video from Britain is about serial child abuser Jimmy Savile and Margaret Thatcher.

From daily The Independent in Britain, 9 October 2017:

Margaret Thatcher gave MP knighthood despite knowing child sex abuse claims against him, inquiry hears

Cyril Smith used title as a veneer of respectability and power to gain access to alleged victims

Ben Kentish

Margaret Thatcher decided to award a knighthood to a suspected child abuser MP despite being aware of the allegations against him, an inquiry has heard.

The honour for then Rochdale MP Cyril Smith allowed him to continue to exploit his victims because he used the title to maintain ties with childrens organisations, investigators said.

The revelation came as the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse heard witness statements as part of its probe into how Smith was allegedly able to abuse young boys at Cambridge House hostel and Knowl View residential school in Rochdale.

Smith was knighted in 1988 having served as an MP since 1972. He died in 2010 at the age of 82. Despite persistent child abuse allegations against him during his career, he nev...


David vs. AI super-computer Goliath "IndyWatch Feed National"

David vs. AI supercomputer Goliath


By Jon Rappoport


You can call this an editorial or a think-piece.  It is about the present and near future.  It is about the mightiest of information ops.  It is about The Collective.


This is not an article focusing on the Vegas shooting, or on any other mass shooting.  This is about how modern propaganda is done.  Im talking about the propaganda that is floated during and after major eventsevents that magnetize the public and elicit millions of responses online in comments sections, videos, articles, call-ins to talk shows and podcasts.


Giant modern computers have the ability to suck up every scrap of online information.  They can analyze the information and then decide what people ARENT BELIEVING AND ARENT BUYING.


A major covert op is underway?  An official scenario (an extended lie) is being presented to the people?  Lets see what the people are saying about it.  Lets analyze a zillion-zillion bits of online information and see where the propaganda isnt working.


Then, analysts can come in and do a fix.  They can construct new scenarios (lies) and float them and see how well they sell.


Here are a couple of wake-up calls in that regard, from the IBM site promoting the heavy of heavies, the super-duper computer called Watson.  Watson can:


Uncover insights from structured and unstructured data: Analyze text to extract meta-data from content such as concepts, entities, keywords, categories, relations and semantic roles.
Understand sentiment and emotion: Returns both overall sentiment and emotion for a document, and targeted sentiment and emotion towards keywords in the text for deeper analysis.


This is the mission of modern artificial intelligence.  Suck up, digest, analyze enormous amounts of information and imply ways of changing public perception.


In a major covert op, there is a great deal of official disinformation and contradiction.  Things are not as they seem.  On the whole, how is the public reacting to all the official disinfo?  Call in AI.  Call in the super-computers.  Ask them.


Then, when the answers appear, adjust the ongoing propaganda to fill in the holes and minimize the disbelief. Then, do another massive search and see how the new lies are selling.  And so and so forth.  In real time.


In the old days, an agency would mount an op, carry it out, and then do after-reports to assess the success or fail...


Facelift for Austi beach landmark "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"


THE ageing amenities building at Austinmer Beach will be given a fresh new look and Wollongong City Council is asking the community for feedback on the proposed works.

The renewal retains the existing main concrete structure and arches, but includes new awnings covering the entrance to the toilets, more seating at its front and a modern timber look lining the front wall under the faade.

Councils Manager City Works and Services Mark Roebuck said inside, there will be new unisex accessible amenities, in addition to a family shower and baby change table in both the mens and ladies bathrooms and new toilets. The severely deteriorated roof will also be replaced.

The changes proposed for the amenities building will be a huge improvement on what is there right now and are important because they will bring this facility thats valued by the community and is a key location for out of town visitors up to modern standards, Mr Roebuck said.

This proposed work is another component of the significant investment Council has made in this precinct in recent years. Already, weve made improvements to the shared pathways in this area, installed new picnic tables, replaced the surf club roof and put in a new playground. Plus, were continuing work on rock pools, and are looking to upgrade the area around the war memorial.

The refurbishment...


By Any Other Name: Gentrification or Economic Exclusion? "IndyWatch Feed National"

The subject of gentrification is inescapable in debates about urban development, demographics, and housing. Yet the word often sheds more heat than light, thanks to its negative connotations and lack of an agreed-upon meaning. Does it refer strictly to residential demographics? What about the commercial makeup of a neighborhood? Must it have a racial component? Does gentrification always imply new development or construction? Does it always mean displacement? Get twenty urbanists in a room and you'll get twenty answers.

Though the discourse about gentrification is flawed, it is a huge mistake for urbanists, or those in related circles such as the growing YIMBY movement, to be dismissive of the topic of gentrification, or of the legitimate concerns of those who use the word in relation to their own neighborhoods.

Despite a large body of academic research on the phenomenon, the word is used in political discourse and everyday conversation to mean very different things than what scholars mean by it, and often with huge unexamined assumptions. Strong Towns' Kea Wilson wrote an excellent rundown of the huge range of things people might mean when they invoke the word "gentrification."

"Gentrification" has become the new "sprawl"a maddeningly vague term that should perhaps be retired from our discourse entirely, because introducing the word into conversation obfuscates more than it elucidates. I personally make an effort to avoid the "G word", instead challenging myself to be more precise in my language. (I do the same with "sprawl" and "density," something that Strong Towns has challenged readers to do.)

Yet though the discourse about gentrification is flawed, it is a huge mistake for urbanists, or those in related circles such as the growing YIMBY movement, to be dismissive of the topic of gentrification, or of the legitimate concerns of those who use the word in relation to their own neighborhoods. Unfortunately, I see this kind of dismissal from some of my urbanist allies, and in a way that is really harmful to the work of empathizing and coalition-building that these movements instead ought to be doing.

Call it the "smug style in American...


Petition to Probe Vegas Shootings, 1823 "IndyWatch Feed National" Protect Your Information From Big Data - Click Here! Use Promo Code: bill still for 20% OFF Good morning, Im still reporting on: Petition to Probe Vegas Shootings, 1823 Synopsis: Although new startling stories are still coming out as a result of the Oct., 1 Massacre in Las Vegas, the MSM has settled on the line that the shootings were the work of a single insane gunman. I would love to believe this, as it would be so much simplier to move onto less horrific topics, but sometimes the truth is not that easy to deduce. No, the truth keeps popping up in the most unusual places, as well see with tomorrow mornings shocker. The truth is that the truth will never be uncovered when a strangely compliant media is ignoring standard crime reporters questions. How many guns were there? How many rounds were shot by the supposed shooter? How many shell casings were in the room? These are simple, standard questions that the public has expected in the past to be made available in short order. There is no investigational reason to not ask these questions, nor answer them forthwith unless the revealed something which puts the lie to the MSM party line that there was only one shooter at one location. At this point, there is only one way to put this to rest, and that is a totally transparent Congressional investigation into this matter. Therefore, we have posted a petition entitled Investigate the October 1st Mass Shooting in Las Vegas. The October 1st mass shooting event in Las Vegas has shocked the nation, but we, the people, have lost significant trust in the FBI to honestly investigate this event. For example, the Clark County, Nevada Sheriff, Joe Lombardo, said in an Oct. 4th news conference that shooter Steven Paddock could not have acted alone; he left no suicide note; he wanted to escape and he had an escape plan. Photos taken inside Paddock's room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel show fewer than 100 shell casings, yet, perhaps as many 2,000 shots may have been fired. Yet, the media now insists he was the lone shooter. The public does not know what to believe and only a fully-transparent, bi-partisan investigation by Congress can decide truth from fiction and determine who was involved and why. Heres the link to this petition. Id appreciate it if you could spread this around. Support Our Sponsors: - Nobel Gold & Silver: Protect Your Money With Gold - Click Here- Or Call - 888-596-7916 - Water Smacker - Makes your water less acidic by ionization. - Jeevy Computers: Move up to business-level cyber protection. - Learn How To Generate Passive Income Using Bitcoins At:


Tuesday, 10 October 2017 - 7:58pm "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Coffs Harbour is defined by the NSW Government's 2036 North Coast Regional Plan as a regional city and it does home a Southern Cross University campus.

But would you consider Coffs a university city?


North Korea Hacked South Koreas War Plans "IndyWatch Feed National"


AFP/File | A Seoul lawmaker says North Korean hackers stole details of South Korean-US exercises

SEOUL (AFP)  North Korean computer hackers have stolen hundreds of classified military documents from South Korea including detailed wartime operational plans involving its US ally, a report said Tuesday.Rhee Cheol-Hee, a lawmaker for the ruling Democratic party, said the hackers had broken into the Souths military network last September and gained access to 235 gigabytes of sensitive data, the Chosun Ilbo daily reported.

Among the leaked documents was Operational Plans 5015 for use in case of war with the North and including procedures for decapitation attacks on leader Kim Jong-Un, the paper quoted Rhee as saying.

Rhee, a member of parliaments defence committee, could not be reached for comment but his office said he had been quoted correctly.

The report comes amid heightened fears of conflict on the Korean peninsula, fuelled by US President Donald Trumps continued threats of military action against Pyongyang to tame its weapons ambitions.

In his latest tweet over the weekend, Trump reiterated that diplomatic efforts with North Korea have consistently failed, adding that only one thing will work.

Citing Seouls defence ministry, Rhee said that 80 percent of the leaked documents had yet to be identified.

But the contingency plan for the Souths special forces was stolen, he said, as well as details about annual joint military drills with the US and information on key military facilities and power plants.

A ministry spokesman declined to confirm the report, citing intelligence matters.

In May the ministry said North Korea had hacked into Seouls military intranet but did not say what had been leaked.

Pyongyang has a 6,800-strong unit of trained cyber-warfare specialists, according to the South Korean government. It has been accused of launching high-profile cyber-attacks including the 2014 hacking of Sony Pictures.

The Chosun Ilbo story was the second report Tuesday of military-related cyber-attacks in the Asia-Pacific.

Australias government said separately an unidentified defence contractor had been hacked and a significant amount of data stolen.

There were 47,000 cyber-incidents in the last 12 months, a 15 percent increase from the previous year, Minister for Cyber Sec...


Sydney Memorial Service For Mam Jalal Talabani "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

MerJa Media


Clash of civilisations 2, by Thierry Meyssan "IndyWatch Feed National"

Over the last 16 years, numerous debates have troubled the experts in international politics in their attempts to define the objectives of US strategy. It is obviously much easier to answer the question now rather than at the beginning. And yet very few have tried, and many persist in expounding theories which have been belied by the facts. Basing his analysis on the conclusions of this debate, Thierry Meyssan reminds us of the next stage which was planned for the US armies by their theorists of that time a stage which may soon be put into practice.




Reviewed by PARIS POMPOR


With the powerful, earth-shattering and utterly relevant refrain of Im here (at last, we all wanted to scream back), the decision to open this concert with the tune I Germinate from latest album Other should have been a master stroke. Instead, it all went pear-shaped from the get-go.

Reason? We, the adoring, capacity-crowd were cheering so loudly when Alison Moyet arrived on stage dressed in black and flanked by two synth players, that the singer couldnt hear her music cue in the monitor. Having gone to considerable trouble to set the scene with atmospheric lighting and a moody, sub-shaking, extended spoken-word introduction taken from the same album, a lesser diva might have spat the dummy completely. Not Moyet. Her reaction was an early glimpse into just how down-to-earth and funny she would be throughout. Simply advising theyd start again with a couple of colourful expletives, Moyet and band left the stage for a re-run of their entrance, but not before we were treated to the first of many throaty laughs yes the same laugh immortalised in Yazoos club hit Situation.

Throughout tonights show, which featured a generous cross-section of ear...


Why did Alexander the Great decide to turn back after he conquered Northern India? "IndyWatch Feed National"


This actually spells out his direct reason for actually entering India.  It was to secure the Persian Empire itself to its fullest extent.  When he arrived, he did just that and actually no more.  What he learned though was that any further extension of his power was completely unrealistic and simply foolhardy.  Recall that the geographical extent of India matches that of Europe to the Urals.  It took the British several generations to do exactly this...

Thus he needed to consolidate Persia.  Had he been able to create a unified Greek led empire, then further expansion may have come naturally.  That did not happen and it also may have simply been impossible.

What did happen soon released those Indian provinces he held.



A MUST READ: The Real Reason Why The UN Wants Control Over The Internet "IndyWatch Feed National"

The following article was written by Patrick Wood and originally published at Technocracy News & Trends.

By its very nature, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is a non-profit organization exclusively run by Technocrats. As such, it is an apolitical body that is happy to serve whatever form of governance exists as long as funding is received and salaries are paid.

To a Technocrat, a world run by science and technology is better than any other form of governance.

That Technocrats have played a supporting role in world history is unquestioned. Scientists, engineers and technicians played a huge role in the Communist dictatorship in the former Soviet Union (For instance, see Science and the Soviet Social Order).

Technocrats likewise played a central role in support of Adolph Hitler and National Socialism (See Scientists, Engineers and National Socialism).

In both cases, the Technocrat goal was not necessarily Communism or Nazism, but rather the methodical exercise of science according to its Scientific Method. In other words, the process was more important than the outcome and in both cases, the outcome was not questioned or resisted, but simply accepted.

The reason that ICANN formerly served the interests of the United States was simply that it answered to our governments judicial, legislative and executive branches. In other words, the U.S. held the umbrella over ICANN and that was enough to keep it working for our national interests and not for someone elses interests.

Obama changed that when he cut ICANN loose on September 30, 2016 by letting the Internet Assigned Numbers Authorit...


Democrats & Their State of Denial "IndyWatch Feed National"

QUESTION: Do you see any validity to the Democrats crying Russia stole the election from Hillary?

ANSWER: No. People quickly forget that the polls at the time showed that the MAJORITY of Americans who had actually cast their votes early were worried about the direction of the country. They also responded that they wanted a strong leader who can take the country back from the rich and powerful. That was Reuters  Election Day poll. Of course the majority of the people who voted Democrat fall into three main categories: (1) the people who live on government programs, (2) students who have not gotten a job for a living who think money falls from above, and (3) those who live in the past because their parents were Democrats so they just vote the party line even against their own self-interest as long as it hurts someone else as well.

What the Democrats are not saying is that of all the leaked emails, nobody has said they were fake or altered. They just blame Russia for leaking the emails and spilling the beans. It could have been anyone who hacked into the Democrats, but its juicer if it is Russia who they can demonize instead of a bunch of kids in a basement of their mothers home.

Whoever leaked the TRUTH deserves our thanks. And as for Chuck Schumer who bad mouths Trump, his polls are lower than Trump. All Democrats leaders are polling below Trump. They just live in a state of denial. Obamacare is a disaster, yet they block any reform simply to protect their legacy nothing more after the average person saw their healthcare costs double.


Democrats Collapsing with Socialism? "IndyWatch Feed National"

QUESTION: Marty; I just read Time Magazine that said the Democrats are in the worse shape since 1929. I understand you take no personal credit for all of these amazing forecast you provide on so many topics. You have clearly shown that the world is connected and the global trend is identifiable. Can your computer also forecast that you will make a difference when it comes to push v shove?


ANSWER: Political change is driven by economics. That is fundamental. Time Magazine correctly wrote: On the surface, the Democratic Party has been united [b]ut dig an inch deeper and its clear the party is divided I have warned that the seeds of discontent were rising inside the Democratic Party back in February. In September 2016, I warned that: By 2018, we just may see a completely different party forged out of the collapse of both the Democrats and Republicans we have come to know. Trump has recast the Republican Party even though the elites are still in denial and fighting back. Trump beat all their candidates. So even the Republican think this is a fluke.

The people now handling Trump, are doing their best to steer him clear of the Deep State to protect the inner-workings. Trump is finding it very difficult to Drain the Swamp because the Press is defending the Swamp to their last gasp of air like CNN, New York Times, and the Washington Post. CNN fell below all the other news programs because of their extreme bias.



Its The Habitat Destruction, Stupid "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Federal Governments Threatened Species Commissioner, Gregory Andrews, told ABC Radio last Friday that wide-scale destruction of habitat isnt a key threat to our wildlife. The science says hes demonstrably, dangerously wrong, writes Suzanne Milthorpe.

Australia deserves a Threatened Species Commissioner that tells the truth about whats killing our native animals, and a Federal Government that has a plan to actually stop their extinction.

Gregory Andrews comments came one day after shocking new deforestation and land-clearing figures came out of Queensland, where 395,000 hectares of trees were bulldozed last year.

Thats an MCG-sized area of forest and bushland bulldozed almost every 3 minutes, in Queensland alone.

Unsurprisingly, all this destruction has had a devastating impact on our wildlife. The CSIRO has estimated that deforestation kills about 50 million mammals, birds and reptiles each year in Queensland and New South. These numbers dont include Western Australia, which doesnt publish figures on how many trees theyre pulling down.

Queensland coal seam gas fields, around the Cinchilla region. (IMAGE: Jeremy Buckingham, Flickr)Queensland coal seam gas fields, around the Cinchilla region. (IMAGE: Jeremy Buckingham, Flickr)

But the Commissioner went even further off-track when it comes to Victorias state animal, the Leadbeaters (or Fairy) Possum. Mr Andrews claims that their numbers are increasing of the back of a survey of just 29 animals. Strange, given any other scientist would tell you their numbers have decreased by up to two thirds in the last 16 years.

The Greater Glider, which also lives in the same forests as the Possum, has recently been listed as vulnerable to extinction. The Federal Governments own conservation advice on the Glider lists the effects of habitat loss on this species as catastrophic. It doesnt quite jive with the Commissioners public comments.

Shop-Sparkke_Banner_300x250(HL)Even more perversely, the Commissioner suggested that Leadbeaters Possums are adapting well to logging, despite the fact that logging is quite literally destroying the only homes they have. One wonders how well Mr Andrews would adapt if someo...


What would Jesus wear? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

In recent times the same-sex marriage survey has thrown up some interesting conversations, like the one about how the 'yes' vote will lead to boys being dressed in dresses.

So it seemed a good time to return to the question: What Would Jesus Wear?


Money Killed Jonny with Sound of Koko at Lazybones Lounge "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

This is it, a night of delectable music, understated cool, sweet ambiance, dance and good times..
Money Killed Jonny are back at Lazybones Lounge Sunday 19 November. Roots, blues, jazz, folk, world beats guitars, sax, trumpet, double bass and percussion. The result is Soul, Psychedelic Jazz, Blues and Roots with exploration of World beats, rhythms and melodic twists.

Music as original as their name with a delicious vibe, a whole lot of groove and insightful brilliantly crafted lyrics.

Miles Davis meets Midnight Oil.

Love the moody, cinematic sheen.

Swampy, post-midnight husk.

Killer tune and fantastic vocal! Some of the comments from media such as ABC FM and UK bloggers. And then proving their music is way better than their hype: This band is the best kept secret in Sydney.

Starting off the night will be Sound of Koko in trio format performing tribal inspired acoustic soulful fusion with a splash of hip hop.

Basically a night that is just going to be a little bit amazing.

WHO: Money Killed Jonny and Sound of Koko

WHERE: Lazybones Lounge Marrickville

WHEN: Sunday 19 November, Doors/Restaurant 5:00 P.M. Music from 6:00 P.M.

COST: $10 Entry

The post Money Killed Jonny with Sound of Koko at Lazybones Lounge appeared first on 89.7 Eastside FM.


Not cool, UTas "IndyWatch Feed National"

The University of Tasmania (UTas) has repeatedly claimed to hold a position of neutrality in the Marriage Equality debate by way of advocating for freedom of expression. But its actions in the past two months have undermined its claims to neutrality in this debate. It has undermined the value of freedom of expression for all, it has implicitly endorsed the no campaign, and it has ignored the marginalised position of people and students in the LGBTIQ community.


Bluegrass @ Yullis for October 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Image Courtesy of The New Macedon Rangers The October edition of Sydney jam night Bluegrass @ Yullis is set to take place next week on the 18th October. As always the night will feature an all in bluegrass and old time jam with players and singers invited to bring down their instruments to join in []


Call for nominations for 2018 AFSA National Committee "IndyWatch Feed National"

AFSA Annual General Meeting

The Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance will be holding its Annual General Meeting during the Food Sovereignty Convergence in Canberra on 23 and 24 October 2017.

WHEN: Tuesday 24 October 2017

TIME: 3.00-4.00pm

WHERE: via Skype or join us at Burringiri Culture Centre
245 Lady Denman Dr Canberra Central ACT 2602

The AGM will involve the election of office bearers and general members of the National Committee. Nominations close 17th October. If you are interested in nominating for a position please email a short bio to us expressing your interest at:

Please note that nominations for positions to the new National Committee must be endorsed by two members of AFSA. Please contact if you do not already know two AFSA members to endorse your nomination.

Details of the individuals who have nominated for the new Committee will shortly be made available on the website.


Office Bearer Position Descriptions

Role of the President

Charged with providing leadership and direction to the Committee, the President is responsible for ensuring that the Committee fulfils its responsibilities for the governance and success of the organisation. S/he also works to optimise the relationship between the Committee, any paid employees, volunteers and other members, and to achieve the organisations agreed goals. The President is generally the spokesperson for the organisation and should work to maintain key relationships within and outside of the organisation.

Role of the Vice President

The Vice President is responsible for assisting the President to fulfil his/her responsibilities for the governance and success of the organisation.  This may mean chairing meetings at short notice. The Vice President typically fills in for the President when s/he is on leave.

Role of the Treasurer

The Treasurer is responsible for the financial supervision of the organisation to allow the Committee to provide good governance of the organisation. The Treasurers tasks include the preparation of annual budgets, planning for the organisations financial future and monitoring the organisations revenue and expenditure. It is desirable that the treasurer is well organized and possesses a level of financial expertise.

Role of the Secretary



#NativeVote18 She Taught Him Three Words that Can Reshape Political Thought "IndyWatch Feed National"

Minnesota Rep. Peggy Flanagan and Congressman Tim Walz team up in Minnesota. Flanagan is running for Lt. Governor and Walz Governor as Democratic Farmer Labor Party candidates. (Campaign photo)

Guest Commentary

Published October 10, 2017

Mark Trahant / Trahant Reports

Its easy to get discouraged reading the news or looking at the political landscape. Its a frightening mess: Mass murder, climate change, an election system that at its roots is unfair, and on and on.

But the thing is every new challenge is matched by opportunity. Our legacy and the definition of legacy, is a gift are the platforms where Native leaders come together and solve problems. The world of politics is one such platform. And so often it may seem like its only a far off promise, but yet, that legacy kicks and we see a new generation answer.

Too much philosophy? Ok. Ill get to the news: Rep. Peggy Flanagan is running on Congressman Tim Walz gubernatorial ticket for Minnesotas Democratic Farmer Labor party. Gubernatorial? Thats a funny word. Its from the Latin gubernator, common in the 1500s, but pretty much only used by journalists these days. Yet such a stuffy word is also a good metaphor because of what Flanagans candidacy represents on at least two levels.

First, its another breakthrough race (think back to that word legacy). As a citizen of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe, Flanagan would be the first American Indian woman to serve as a state Lt. Governor and would be the highest ranking Native woman ever in a state constitutional office. (The only other one is Denise Juneau when she was the State Superintendent of Public Instruction.)

The second level shatters the word gubernatorial. Back in the day, well, pretty much since the 1500s, the power of office was represented by a single man making big decisions. There is even an explanation of history, the Great Man Theory, that aligns a singular moment with a Napoleon or a Winston Churchill. But Walz and Flanagan would be different (a product of our times) and the Lt. Governors office represents a partnership. Partnerships and involving more people is how the best teams will gover...


Aussie Revolution: Mounting High Level Attacks Against Renewable Energy "IndyWatch Feed National"

Guest essay by Eric Worrall Leading Australian Politicians and economists are piling in against renewable political favouritism, comparing renewables to the Bernie Madoff and Enron scandals. The following from former Prime Minister Tony Abbott; Tony Abbott calls for climate pushback as CET goes cold 8:55AM October 10, 2017 SIMON BENSON Tony Abbott has doubled down


Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.0002 BTC
0.0010 BTC = 6.20 AUD


Celebrating Community and Bringing Hope "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

A stay in hospital is never easy, especially if you are the one who usually looks after everyone. Who will cook and care for the family? Who will keep the adults company and the children happily occupied? Local author, Elizabeth Cummings was driven to write Dinner on the Doorstep after finding herself in hospital in a new country.


With young children and the rest of my family living on the other side of the world, it was a very isolating experience. Then one day another mum from my childrens school whom I had recently met dropped a lamb tagine round and suddenly I didnt feel so alone! Cummings goes on,  The idea that there was a community network of support out there is something that I believe is a reassuring and uplifting thought indeed and it is so important for us as part of our own communities to feel that we can contribute to someones welfare; that the smallest gesture of kindness can make a positive difference in another persons life.

Cummings notes, You only need to be on social media platforms such as Twitter to see the call to action and the cries for help. We need to use our powers of communication to get the message out there that community support does matter. The simple act of providing a meal for someone in crisis is a basic human gestures of kindness. Tracey Stevens, a local Sydney restaurant owner agrees, I see Dinner on the Doorstep in action here in Montezumas. We are located near the hospital and I have seen many a family come in and share a meal together whist waiting for news. Family illness can be very stressful for carers and a chance to connect with other friends and family helps them cope and keep going for their loved one.

So Dinner on the Doorstep was born and is a joyful celebration of community support through the eyes of a young child.




Dinner on the Doorstep is part of the Elephant In The Room Series, which deals with tough health and well-being issues through the eyes of a young child. The purpose of the series is to help explain difficult health topics to younger children who may be going through tough times within their families as well as to empower them in seeing their role in the whole recovery process.

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The Markets Got it Wrong "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Janet Yellens mantra is, Its transitory!

Thats Yellens typical response to a long litany of data that shows the US is in the grip of a powerful disinflationary trend that may lead to outright deflation a central bankers worst nightmare.

The Fed has announced a 2% inflation goal, which it considers to be price stability. In fact, 2% inflation cuts the purchasing power of the dollar by 75% in the course of an average lifetime. The Fed would tell you to ignore that.

Why 2% inflation is considered price stability is a subject for another day. For now, lets just accept the Feds definition and see how the Fed responds from a policy perspective.

The Fed carves out food and energy prices from inflation. That gets to something called core inflation.

The Feds preferred metric is calculated monthly by the US Commerce Department as the personal consumption expenditure (PCE) deflator.

The Feds preferred interval is monthly data compared to the same month one year earlier, or year-over-year (YOY).

With a 2% target for PCE core YOY, whats the actual time series of data?

One of the few things Milton Friedman got right is here

Here it is:

  • December 2016: 1.9%
  • January 2017: 1.9%
  • February 2017: 1.9%
  • March 2017: 1.6%
  • April 2017: 1.6%
  • May 2017: 1.5%
  • June 2017: 1.5%
  • July 2017: 1.4%
  • August 2017: 1.3%

An objective analyst would give the Fed credit for coming close to its target in late 2016. This is precisely why the Fed embarked on a path of rate hikes.

The Fed raised interest rates in December 2016, March 2017 and June 2017.

What happened next?

To answer that question, bear in mind that monetary policy works with a lag. That insight is one of Milton Friedmans few economic contributions that has stood the test of time.

The Fed has been tightening in fits and starts since Bernankes taper talk in May 2013. This has resulted in a consistent pattern in which Fed tightening slows the economy. The Fed then flips to ease, and the economy picks up steam, which leads to another round of tightening, and another slowdown.

Wash, rinse, repeat.

The Feds late 2016, early 2017 tightening cycle has now come home to roost. In the latest nine-month time series, shown above in the table and chart, inflation was flat or down in every month, and dropped a total of 0.6%.

Thats huge. The Feds range fo...


Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed National"

Reshuffle to Breathe New Life Into Zimbabwe Government
October 10, 2017
Charity Maodza Correspondent

The announcement of a Cabinet reshuffle by President Mugabe could not have come at a better time given the current policy discordances and attendant administrative logjams that have almost paralysed Government business as some ministers had lost focus due to laziness or pursuance of peripheral matters that are divorced from their core duty of serving the nation.

Personal differences and discord between Cabinet ministers is sending highly misleading and damaging signals to potential investors and other supporting stakeholders, forcing them to shun the Zimbabwean market or sit on the fence, waiting for the dust to settle between peers in Government. To the expectant electorate who see a brighter future in the consummation of the Zim-Asset programme, the Cabinet dissonance presents a portentous hurdle that could derail the objectives of the people-centred economic blueprint. With some ministers reportedly on each others throats daily, chances of effectively fulfilling Zim-Asset objectives are heavily dented.

Other well thought out Government programmes such as Command Agriculture and Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programmes have become so politically contested and demonised by rival politicians, thus dimming the glimmer of hope they carry. The tussling between rival Cabinet members is easily playing into the hands of detractors, who are always gleefully waiting for every opportunity to cast aspersions on the countrys image and concomitantly push for regime change.

The situation has been worsened by lazy Cabinet ministers who bunk question-and-answer sessions in Parliament. These truant ministers have disrupted Parliament business, leaving legislators with queries from their constituencies in the lurch. During the official opening of the 5th Session of the 8th Parliament, President Mugabe bemoaned the failure by some ministers to attend Parliament and subsequently censured them, saying their demeanour was in blatant breach of certain codes of Parliament.

Against such a worrying backdrop, the announcement of a Cabinet reshuffle became a masterstroke that would elimin...


Protesting Against Adani: The National Day of Action "IndyWatch Feed National"


Be careful, you might get run over.  So squawks an administrator from the local RMIT University as she dashes towards Princess Park, Melbourne. The need for this jet propulsion enthusiasm is clear: a gathering is being organised in the park, amongst other venues, in a national day of action. The bogeyman? The Indian monster mining concern, Adani.

Across some 45 venues in Australia, protestors gathered, banners flown, speeches given. I have a two-year old daughter, exclaimed Bondi surf life saver Simon Fosterling at the Sydney end of the protest on Saturday, and I dont want to have a conversation with her in 10 years time and the mines gone ahead and she says to me dad, why didnt you do something.

Adani is one of many examples how a world after democracy works, with a countrys functionaries in this case Australias no better than bureaucrats pushing the agenda of the unelected, giving funeral orations on sovereignty. Exit democracy; welcome lobbies and sweetheart deals.

When members of parliament enthusiastically extend their hands to a company which has little intention of being left to the predations of the free market, we know that the world has been inverted.  Natural economic selection might be what is promoted by the free-traders, but the practice is a fiction.

Behind many a significant Australian politician is a staffer, a lobbyist, or an obscure official with some profane tie to the natural resource industry. (Think Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk an Adani lobbyist and Bill Shortens former chief of staff Cameron Milner.

In Australia, those against market intervention, coddling and backing fortunate winners against unfortunate losers, don different hats when it comes to certain industries. In those instances, parliamentarians become socialists for the corporation, divvying up tax dollars for those engaged in sacred pursuits, especially those renting the earth.

Be it a fawning Labor government in Queensland (water rights and royalty concessions) or the accommodating Conservative government in Canberra (a huge loan), Australian politicians have been salivating at every chance to throw money at the Indian concern.  This is rampant corporate colonialism, and the natives have arms widely stretched in almost treasonous welcome.

The glowing achievement of this effort will be a near billion dollar loan for the company, footed by the Australian tax payer via the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility.  The money will subsidise a pr...


Liberals energy plan: some good measures but not enough for low income people "IndyWatch Feed National"

SACOSS welcomes some of the reliability and security measures in Steven Marshalls energy plan, but we are concerned that the plans solar battery centrepiece delivers little benefit for the poorest South Australians.

SACOSS Senior Policy Officer Jo De Silva says, The Liberal Party has today announced a $100 million Home Storage Subsidy Scheme but people on very low incomes cannot afford to install solar panels, and therefore wont be able to take advantage of the $2500 subsidy.


Theresa Mays Father and His Death in a Car Crash "IndyWatch Feed National"

Theresa May (b. 1956)

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

British Prime Minister Theresa May has cancelled the appointment of several persons whose job was to investigate child sexual abuse. This has got child advocates looking more closely at Mays background. Johnny Vedmore has provided a short biography of the prime ministers late father, Hubert Brasier, which I am relying on here. Vedmore indirectly suggests a relationship between Hubert Brasier and child sexual abuse, although only by association. Brasier was an Anglican-Catholic priest and lived with, or near, priests in the Oxford vicinity wo were later convicted of his crime.

That, however, is not my main theme in this article.  I wish to emphasize something else, a point that seems to tie in with Gumshoes recent discussion of the killing of patients at Chelmsford Hospital, Sydney. Ill also argue for a discernible pattern of deaths-of-parents among persons chosen to be future leaders.

First, a few facts all of which I got from Johnny Vedmores article called Theresa Mays Father (which I read in Cathy Foxs excellent blog):

In 1909,...


Out of action from 1300 to 1800 Sydney time today "IndyWatch Feed National"

The small town where I'm staying is getting new electricity cables today - so power to the whole town will be out for 5 hours, no wifi, aircon, lifts, ATMs fridges or TV!


A.B. Original and Jess Mauboy both nominated for six ARIA awards "IndyWatch Feed National"

A.B. Originals album Reclaim Australia has earned the hip hop duo six ARIA award nominations. The duo, made up of Briggs and Trials, won the 12th Australian Music Prize this year and the albums lead single January 26 reached #16 on triple js Hottest 100. Jessica Mauboy also secured six nominations including best female artist, making it seven consecutive years of ARIA nominations. Mauboy made ARIA chart history with her latest release, becoming the first Indigenous woman to debut and achieve three consecutive weeks at #1. Reaching platinum status, the album also became Mauboys first individual #1 album on the ARIA chart. Dan Sultan is in the running for three awards (Best Male Artist, Independent Release and Rock Album). Archie Roach and Busby Marou have both been nominated for Best Blues and Roots Album.


Get Up! call to action this Saturday "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

downloadCommunity action and power of the people is the force behind Get Up! and local retired Doctor Liz Elliott headed down to the first Get Up! Conference held in Sydney in September to find out more.

The purpose of the conference was to scale up action groups around Australian electorates, and Richmonds first meet will be on the October 14 at the Mullum Commons, 91 Main Arm Roa, Mullumbimby at 3pm, said Doctor Elliott.

The stated aim of Get Up! is to organise people power to overturn money power, the self-serving corporations that have strangled our democracy, increasing inequality and ravaging our environment and climate.

The conference was addressed by Bernie Sanders vis Skype who said that change always comes from below.

Sally McManus, head of the ACTU, spoke in person, with a quiet, impressive delivery starting with the words Neo-Liberalism is over, proven now to drive workers lives into financial stress, and the environment into near collapse, continued Doctor Elliott.

The success of ousting Andrew Nikolic from his electorate in Bas Tasmania with a 10 per cent swing against him highlights the effective work that Get Up! Have achieved in the past.

The whole conference was a model of, dare-one-say-it, corporate skill in intent and organisation. It was an inspiring clarion call to action and a lot of practical techniques were shared on how to make positive change happen. Lets hope the Richmond group will identify with one or more of Get Up!s campaigns and use Get Up!s excellent tools to make a real difference.

Head down to the meeting this Saturday or contact the Richmond group via the Get Up! website, email or phone Lucy 0497781002.

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The Big Egyptian Sphinx Cover Up: Hidden Chambers, An Unexcavated Mound and Endless Denial "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Malcom Hutton

In 1935, Egypt was still the main draw for archaeologists digging for answers. It was hardly more than a decade since the British Egyptologist Howard Carter discovered the tomb of Tutankhamen on November 4, 1922, that had lain nearly undisturbed for over 3,000 years.  Yet that is another amazing story still to be investigated. However, right now, our attention is focused on the latest attempt to hide the real ancient history of an unknown civilization that left us with great wonders both above and below the sands of the Giza Plateau.

The moment Howard Carter opens the tomb of Tutankhamun

The moment Howard Carter opens the tomb of Tutankhamun (public domain)

Ancient Lost City Unearthed in Egypt

The first news of a Secret City hit the World Press in the first week of March 1935.  By July of that year, much more had been found and the Sunday Express ran an article by Edward Armytage who had just returned to England from Egypt where he had watched the excavation of an ancient Egyptian city that was then thought to date back 4000 years.

The unearthing of a lost city in Egypt was reported in many papers in 1935, including this report in the Sunday Express on 7 July, 1935 (public domain)

The unearthing of a lost city in Egypt was reported in many papers in 1935, including this report in the Sunday Express on 7 July, 1935 (public domain)

Media Silence

.then came silence, as if every living Egyptologist had lost all interest in this wonderful underground metropolis. All their articles during the ensuing years were centered on tombs of queens and shafts that had sunk deep into the ground to burial tombs some time during the 24th Dynasty, which was as late as 732BC to 716BC. It is very odd that such an immense discovery of a who...


Poets launch free book exchange "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Steve Hord, Mark Watson, Robert Gibson and Sumari Geitz at the opening of the community free book exchange and poetry installation at Santos in Mullumbimby. Photo Jeff 'leaves of grass' Dawson.

Steve Hord, Mark Watson, Robert Gibson and Sumari Geitz at the opening of the community free book exchange and poetry installation at Santos in Mullumbimby. Photo Jeff leaves of grass Dawson.

The winners of the ballad of beauty poetry competition celebrating why both visitors and locals treasure this land of Byron Shire were announced and the first community mini-library and free book exchange was launched at Santos in Mullumbimby this morning. The poems have been put up as a permanent installation in the windows at Santos Organics in Mullumbimby above the new book exchange. The competition was sponsored jointly by The Echo, Santos Organics and Bay FM. 

It has been really nice for us to engage with the community to create the feel and look of the store, said Paul Crebar, communications and events manager at Santos Organics.

First prize for the 30+ category went to Mark Watson from Billinudgel who wrote his poem at 2am in the morning.

I was over the moon at winning, said Mark.

I suffer from Aspergers syndrome. When you have this you have severe anxiety and I use writing poetry to eliminate the chatter in my mind. I find it a wonderful tool to control anxiety and quieten the mind.

Sumari Geitz cutting the ribbon outside Santos Organics in Mullumbimby. Photo Aslan Shand.

Sumari Geitz cutting the ribbon outside Santos Organics in Mullumbimby. Photo Aslan Shand.

The red ribbon to open the library...


The Village of Bolingbrook spent $2 million on enhanced Illuminati membership (Fiction) "IndyWatch Feed National"

Did the Bolingbrook Board of Trustees approve spending $2 million on an Illuminati membership enhancement during their September 26 meeting?  Sources say yes.

Sources say the bill, which was disguised as bills for the Pathways Parade and the Bolingbrook Golf Club, was actually to enhance the Villages membership in the Illuminati.  According to one source, the enhancement frees the village from the obligation to build coded monuments to the Illuminati or to require new road construction for Illuminati symbols.

(Bolingbrook Mayor Roger Claar) is saving the village millions of dollars, said one source.  By spending this money now, we dont have to spend millions down the road building statues or building new streets.  Roger is a smart man, who will help make the Illuminati great again.  Fnord!

During the meeting, Trustee Robert Jaskiewicz, who is affiliated with the New World Order, asked why the bills werent given to the trustees in advance or posted on the website.  After being told that he could have gone to the village Attorneys office for copies of the bills, Jaskiewicz voted no.  He said he could not vote to pay any bills without reviewing the details, and noted that the Village Attorney said payment could wait until the next board meeting. His no vote ended a 10-year streak without a no vote on the board.

One source, who asked to be called Lee, criticized Jaskiewicz: Its not easy covering up payments to the Illuminati.  Roger had a bad week, and it took him longer than expected.  He should have stayed quiet and voted yes especially if he knows whats good for Bolingbrook.

David K. Nowicki, an expert on the Illuminati, believes enhanced membership in the Illuminati is a waste of money:  All you need to do is designate three points in a community and draw a triangle to connect them to meet the requirements. I can designate The Bolingbrook Golf Club, Clow Airport, and The Promenade Bolingbrook as points on the triangle. Once people see a triangle, then the power of Pareidolia kicks in, and they imagine more Illuminati symbols in Bolingbrook.  I could have saved Bolingbrook $2 million if Claar had just asked me.

A call to Mayor Claars office was answered by unofficial Bolingbrook spokesperson Charline Spencer: The Illuminati died out in 1785.  Bob needs to resign for the good of Bolingbrook and let Roger pick the best person for the job.

In the background, a man who sounded like Claar said: Thank for your help at the last meeting.

A man who sounded like Trustee Rick Morales said, Sure thing coach!  In th...


Residents declare Sydney is full. Curb immigration now! Article by Leith Onselen "IndyWatch Feed National"

With NSWs (read Sydneys) population growing at a break-neck pace (see below chart), last month it was revealed that there was a revolt underway from within the NSW Liberal Party against the federal governments mass immigration program and over-development across Sydney (watch video).

By Leith van Onselen

With NSWs (read Sydneys) population growing at a break-neck pace (see below chart), last month it was revealed that there was a revolt underway from within the NSW Liberal Party against the federal governments mass immigration program and over-development across Sydney (watch video above).

The most important quote from the video was the following:

Government MPs have all told me the same thing: Sydney is full. They believe the federal government needs to have a difficult conversation about curbing immigration or it simply will not be possible to keep up.

Now the revolt has spread to Sydneys long suffering residents, with more than two-thirds of those surveyed declaring Sydney is full and off limits to further mass development. From The SMH:

With plans for hundreds of thousands of apartments in the citys priority precincts over the next 20 years, the ReachTel poll conducted for Fairfax Media shows 66.4 per cent of NSW residents oppose more development in existing areas to accommodate a bigger population




Domestic violence a theory in Sydney womans death plunge "IndyWatch Feed National"

Police spent hours negotiating with a man on the roof of an apartment block close to where a woman's body was found in an alleyway on Sydney's north shore on Monday (October 9). Photo AAP Image/Mick Tsikas

Police spent hours negotiating with a man on the roof of an apartment block close to where a womans body was found in an alleyway on Sydneys north shore on Monday (October 9). Photo AAP Image/Mick Tsikas


A man is being questioned by police after a dramatic day-long stand-off in Sydneys north at a high-rise building yesterday following the discovery of his girlfriends body in the laneway below.

The woman, in her 30s, was found in an alley off Brown Street, Chatswood, early on Monday by a passerby.

She may have been the victim of domestic violence, police say.

Not long after police were called, her boyfriend appeared on a balcony roof of the 27th floor of the residential building.

He remained there, often appearing agitated, for more than 12 hours before surrendering after 7pm.

Superintendent Philip Flogel said the pair had been in a relationship for at least a couple of weeks.

We can say that we believe this may be a domestic violence-related incident, he said on Monday evening.

The man was taken to Royal North Shore Hospital under police guard and has since been taken to Chatswood Police Station for questioning.

National domestic violence helpline: 1800 737 732 or 1800RESPECT. In an emergency call triple-zero.

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MACKAY Driver caught with ice in system "IndyWatch Feed National"

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On Monday the Mackay Magistrates Court was told that Graham John Bragg had been driving along Danastas Avenue on August 6, 2017 when police

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MACKAY Man stabbed in fight at South Mackay home "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Man stabbed in fight at South Mackay home

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A 60-year-old woman who allegedly stabbed the man was charged with one count of wounding and appeared in Mackay Magistrates Court yesterday.

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MACKAY Mackay woman allegedly smashed TV over mans head in fight "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Mackay woman allegedly smashed TV over mans head in fight

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A SOUTH Mackay woman has been remanded in custody after facing Mackay Magistrates Court on a charge relating to hitting a man over the head

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MACKAY REVEALED: The man allegedly behind the Mt Pleasant drug lab "IndyWatch Feed National"

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REVEALED: The man allegedly behind the Mt Pleasant drug lab

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Magistrate Damien Dwyer told the Mackay Magistrates Court on Monday that on September 23 Charles Graham Ellis, 39, had been found at a Mt

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MACKAY Mackay drivers costly visit to the races "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Mackay drivers costly visit to the races

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Mr Thrift told the Mackay Magistrates Court he had been intercepted by police on Birdsville Development Rd, and had consumed about 15 beers the

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Woman hit by car outside Byron police station "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A woman was hit by a car outside the Byron Bay police station last night, Monday October 9, at around 7.30pm.

There was a woman on the ground and a car pulled over to the side with a smashed windscreen and a man looking very shocked standing with the police, said one witness.

The woman was taken to Byron Bay hospital by ambulance and was quickly released.

Byron Bay police have said no charges have been laid and it was the pedestrian that was at fault.

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Flood damage repairs finally start in Tweed "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Work is finally about to start on road and bridges damaged during the March 31 floods in Tweed Shire. Photo Tweed Shire Council

Work is finally about to start on road and bridges damaged during the March 31 floods in Tweed Shire. Photo Tweed Shire Council

Tweed Shire Council has awarded a large package of flood remediation works in its first round of minor to medium-sized jobs to restore roads and bridges damaged in the 31 March flood.

The tender has gone to contractor Queensland-based contractors G & R Brown & Sons Pty Ltd.

A council spokesperson says that three more packages will be released to a preferred panel of six contracting companies for quoting and be awarded over the next three to four months.

It could then take between six and nine months for the contractors to complete works, weather and site conditions permitting.

Council has bundled the jobs in geographic areas to minimise travel times between jobs and maximise on-the-ground efficiencies, the spokesperson said.

The first package centres on Carool, Crystal Creek and Upper Crystal Creek, Bilambil, Dulguigan, Dungay, Duroby and Upper Duroby, Glengarrie, Nobbys Creek, Tomewin, Tumbulgum and North Tumbulgum.

It involves work to rectify more than 100 damaged items and is worth about $1.5 million.

Meanwhile, more than 50 major reconstruction jobs are in various stages of investigation and design.

The council says it is is engaging extra contractor resources to get these jobs shovel-ready. Still, these jobs, which account for the bulk of the repair bill at about $16 million, are not expected to start before the end of the year and will take more than two years to complete.

Flood restoration coordinator Nigel Dobson said that while it has taken six months to get to this point, with a preferred contractor panel in place and work bundled into packages, residents should see a lot more activity shortly and the speed of road and bridge repairs will ramp up.

The council estimates the flood caused approximately $27 million of damage to roads and bridges, of which 900 minor road and bridge damaged items have been repaired at a cost of $5.2 million.

It expects to recover $18.3 million of its roads bill through Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Assistance (NDRRA) and grant...


The Dalai Lama Has Revealed His Theory About the Las Vegas Shooting "IndyWatch Feed National"

(ANTIMEDIA)  Despite authorities inability thus far to discover a motive in Stephen Paddocks brutal murder of 59 people in Las Vegas last weekend, the Dalai Lama recently commented on why the attack occurred.

While speaking in India at the Tsuglagkhang temple in Thekchen Chling, Dharamsala, on Tuesday, the Buddhist leader discussed the fundamental problems currently plaguing humanity.

He argued that education focuses on materialistic values and sensory pleasures in the external world, and as a result, people pay less attention to their inner world, to peace of mind and to morality.

One result is that we face problems largely of our own making, he said. Because of a lack of compassion wars break out and we witness unthinkable killing.

He declined to distinguish between governments and individuals, citing the tendency toward violence both are displaying:

We pursue trade in weapons whose sole purpose is to harm and kill. Look at what happened in Las Vegas yesterday where nearly 60 people were killed and more than 500 were hurt.

The Dalai Lama added that [i]n other places poor sanitation and a shortage of food mean children are dying of starvation.

He suggested this is ultimately caused by negative emotions like anger and hatred:

Anger and hatred, seeing our brother and sister human beings in terms of us and them, limit our outlook and lead to the bullying, exploitation and killing we learn about in the news.

He also spoke out shortly after the gruesome massacre in Paris in 2015, suggesting thoughts and prayers alone will not solve humanitys problems.

We cannot solve this problem only through prayers, he said at the time. I am a Buddhist and I believe in praying. But humans have created this problem, and now we are asking God to solve it. It is illogical. God would say, solve it yourself because you created it in the first place.

He cited the excessive violence of the 20th century, expressing concern it was spilling....


Stumbling on from the White Australia Policy "IndyWatch Feed National"

Many of us who are reading this article would not know of the finer detail of the White Australia policy. Let me tell you what it says in Wikipedia (in part): Soon after Australia became a federation, it passed the Immigration Restriction Act of 1901. The passage of this bill is considered the commencement of the White Australia []


Trump's threats against North Korea signify real danger of war "IndyWatch Feed National"

The outbreak of war between North Korea and the United States would inevitably involve China, which, in turn, would draw all of Asia, as well as Australia, into the bloody maelstrom. Nor would it be possible for Europe and Latin America, which have their own interests in Asia, to stand aside.


Adanis Coal Mine Is A Symptom Of The Crisis In Australian Politics "IndyWatch Feed National"

Vale an Australian political system that can approve a mining project so clearly against the national interest. Ben Eltham explains.

Let us assume for a moment that the Carmichael coal mine in Queensland does go ahead. Leaving aside the huge hurdle of finance, the mine has cleared all necessary approvals.

What does that say about the health of Australias democracy?

The answers to that question are worrying. Australias system of regulatory and environmental approvals has failed in the case of the Carmichael mine, letting a development through that no sane policy could justify.

Carmichael illustrates what is broken in Australian politics, like few other issues. The planned mine is so large, it will materially affect the future of global warming. It will help destroy the Great Barrier Reef. As climate campaigner Bill McKibben wrote in 2016, you cant have both the Paris climate agreement and Adanis Carmichael coalmine. Full stop.

A dubious foreign corporation with a record of environmental damage and corruption, Adani possesses the very opposite of a social license to operate. The Carmichael mine is opposed by the majority of voters. It is manifestly against the best interests of the nation and the planet. It will harm the environment of all current and future citizens, by contributing to the dangerous warming of the oceans and atmosphere.

Against these vast costs, the benefits accrue to a tiny few. Carmichael will create just a handful of jobs, benefit only a select few workers. But it will further enrich its owner, a shadowy Gujurati oligarch whose business skills appear to be outweighed by his impeccable political connections.

US Ambassador Timothy Roemer is greeted by Gautam Adani, Chairman, Adani Group at Adani House in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. (IMAGE: U.S. Embassy New Delhi, Flickr)US Ambassador Timothy Roemer is greeted by Gautam Adani, Chairman, Adani Group at Adani House in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. (IMAGE: U.S. Embassy New Delhi, Flickr)

The fact that the Carmichael mine has secured all necessary environmental and regulatory approvals tells us that something is very wrong with Australian public policy. The approval of this planet-cooking...


End Of An Error: The Days Of Danby-ism Look Done "IndyWatch Feed National"

The long political career of Labors most outspoken supporter of Israel appears to be in terminal decline, writes Michael Brull.

The public fall of Labor Member of Parliament Michael Danby has been remarkable to watch, in part because of his long record of vicious smears, including about me, but also because of what it indicates about the trajectory of the ALP on the question of Palestine.

The most recent controversy has involved a series of advertisements. Danby used taxpayer money to print an advertisement in the Australian Jewish News attacking ABC Middle East correspondent Sophie McNeill. The advertisement says in red print Why the double standards?, claiming that McNeill gave EXTENSIVE coverage to Palestinians evicted, but MINIMAL REPORTAGE to a Jewish family killed.

This is a familiar slur from Danby he regularly claims such double standards are a sign of anti-Semitism.

The ABC strongly defended McNeill from similar attacks by a Liberal Senator in 2015. And they strongly rejected Danbys criticisms too, complaining to Labor leader Bill Shorten. Senior Labor figures were reportedly dismayed by Danbys conduct.

ABC Middle East correspondent Sophie McNeill, on Lateline in October 2016.ABC Middle East correspondent Sophie McNeill, on Lateline in October 2016.

Adam Gartrell and Broede Carmody reported that, Top Labor figures believe its time for outspoken federal MP Michael Danby to retire as anger over his taxpayer-funded attacks on an ABC journalist sparked fresh speculation about his future.

Indeed, if he failed to announce his impending retirement, they were preparing for a possible pre-selection challenge in case he does not.

Shop-Sparkke_Banner_300x250(HL)Those appalled by Danbys conduct reportedly include Shorten. Carmody and Gartrell reported on a a heated phone conversation on Wednesday, where Mr Shorten instructed Mr Danby his factional ally to withdraw the latest ad but it had already been sent to the printers.

They reported that, Federal party sources say they are fed up with Mr Danby using political capital to attack the media rather than the government. Some felt another candida...


Scientists uncover unknown traces of DNA in underground caves on Antarctica "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Ancient Code

While exploring the Antarctic continent, researchers examined a group of caves located beneath the frozen landscape, near Mt. Erebus, an active volcano on Ross Island in Antarctica, where they revealed traces of entirely unknown DNA.

Experts are very excited: Some of the DNA evidence that we found implies that maybe there are things living in these caves that we know nothing about. There could even be new species.

Researchers exploring Antarctica have made a shocking discovery as theyve stumbled across extensive cave systems warmed by a nearby volcano.

Experts say that inside the caves a secret ecosystem of plants and animals supported by the warmth of an active volcano may thrive.

Furthermore, forensic analysis of soil samples from these caves have revealed intriguing DNA traces of algae, mosses, and small animals:

It can be extremely hot inside the caves even up to 25 degrees Celsius in some caves.

You could wear a T-shirt in there and be pretty comfortable, said lead researcher Ceridwen Fraser from the Australian National University. Theres light near the cave mouths, and light filters deeper into some caves where the overlying ice is thin.

Fraser explained that most of the DNA found in the caves near or beneath Mount Erebus was similar to DNA of plants and animals including mosses, algae, and invertebrates found elsewhere in Antarctica, but not all sequences could be completely identified, which means that scientists may have stumbled across completely unknown species.

The cave system is believed to have formed after of steam traveling through their passages.


Free support for substance abuse and use "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

drugs-alcohol-addictionIf you, a family member or someone you know is struggling with substance abuse or use The Buttery will be running a free eight week group in Mullumbimby from Thursday 19 October, 1012.30pm.

This is a group aimed at getting more understanding of substance abuse and understanding how it might be useful to respond, said Lily Schmelzle Family Support Worker at The Buttery.

This differs from family to family so there are never any right answers.

Lily will be running the group with two other Buttery workers through a strength based approach to understanding addiction and managing self-care.

Part of the process of the group will also be to have a place to debrief and share but also for all members to take what is useful at the moment and get support from others stories knowing that they are not alone in what they are dealing with.

For more information or to book into the course call 0408910498 or 0427993419.

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Anglican church donates $1million to NO campaign "IndyWatch Feed National"

Anglican Archbishop of Sydney, Glenn Davies, has donated $1 million of the church's money to the NO campaign for marriage equality. Photo

Anglican Archbishop of Sydney, Glenn Davies, has donated $1 million of the churchs money to the NO campaign for marriage equality. Photo

The Anglican Diocese of Sydney has donated $1 million to the no campaign against marriage equality.

The donation to the Coalition for Marriage, made about a month ago, was announced by Archbishop Glenn Davies in his address to the 51st Synod on Monday, The Australian reports.

I consider the consequences of removing gender from the marriage construct will have irreparable consequences for our society, for our freedom of speech, our freedom of conscience and freedom of religion, Dr Davies said.

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Large fine for illegal logging "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Koalas have been hit by mass land clearing in Queensland.

Five mature Tallowood trees were illegally cleared in Main Arm near Mullumbimby. The owner has received a $15,000 fine. 

A fine of $15,000 has been issued to a landowner in Main Arm, near Mullumbimby, for cutting down five mature Tallowood trees on their property. The Tallowood trees were koala feed trees and Byron Shire Council had received a number of complaints about the removal of trees at the property at Main Arm.

Shannon Burt, Byron Shire Councils Director Sustainable Environment and Economy, said Staff investigated and found the removal of the trees was illegal and Council then took legal action against the land owner under the NSW Planning and Environment Act.

Council, and our community, takes very seriously, the destruction of trees, especially those that are known food sources for koalas, she said.

Penalty Notices totalling $15,000 were given to the Main Arm resident highlighting his flagrant breach of the law and the seriousness of removing trees without Council permission, Ms Burt said.

Unfortunately this does not change the fact that five important native trees were cut down illegally but it does provide a level of satisfaction for local residents that this person has been fined for his actions, she said.

In a separate incident a person at Suffolk Park has been issued with a $3,000 Penalty Notice for pruning trees on a Byron Shire Council reserve.

It is not OK for people to prune trees on public land and this fine is a message that this behaviour will not be tolerated by Council or the community, Ms Burt said.

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Jewel of the Riverina "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The Murrumbidgee River catchment extends from the Snowy Mountains to beyond the dusty plains of Hay and includes numerous permanent and temporary wetlands.

Fivebough Wetland is distinguished through recognition under the United Nations Ramsar Convention, which identifies sites of international importance for migratory birds.

Many birds travel to Fivebough from the northern hemisphere during spring and stay for summer, before returning to breeding grounds in northern Australia and other islands.

In winter the Wetland is also home to thousands of migratory birds taking advantage of the food and shelter available.

Over 170 different bird species have been observed at Fivebough, including seven species considered threatened in New South Wales.

Of 360 wetlands surveyed within the Murray-Darling Basin, Fivebough recorded the highest number of waterbird species and ranked second for the total number of species recorded in a single survey.

Upwards of 20,000 waterbirds have been counted on occasions, with the greatest count being above 50,000 birds.

Despite this huge influx of international visitors each year, many residents in the nearby town of Leeton are unaware of the significant role played by the swamp.

Fivebough was drained over a lengthy period in the 1900s, impacting on black box woodland adjacent to the wetlands, and belah, saltbush and boree woodland on the higher areas.

By the late 1970s Fivebough, along with nearby Tuckerbil swamp, became known for their birdwatching qualities.

Sometimes brolga can be seen dancing at these wetlands, which also serve as a breeding site for black swans.

Murrumbidgee Landcare has worked alongside partners to improve the...


Congressmen Exposing Secret Army Program of Spraying Radioactive Chemicals Over US Cities "IndyWatch Feed National"

According to Army records, thousands of innocent Americans were subjected to poisonous chemicals through open-air spraying, ingestion and injection.

By Rachel Blevins

The idea that the United States government purposefully sprayed, injected and fed hazardous chemicals to countless Americans during the Cold War is one crazy conspiracy theory that has significant evidence behind it, and three members of Congress are finally demanding answers.

Democratic Congressmen William Lacy Clay of Missouri, Brad Sherman of California and Jim Cooper of Tennessee all represent areas where Army records reveal that the U.S. government conducted secret testing of zinc cadmium sulfide that included radioactive materials on vulnerable and poor populations.

The revelationswhich included information about victims in the United States, the United Kingdom and Canadawere recently brought to light by author and professor Lisa Martino-Taylor in her book, Behind the Fog: How the US Cold War Radiological Weapons Program Exposed Innocent Americans.

Martino-Taylor said she began researching the health effects of radioactive materials and tests on vulnerable populations without consent in St. Louis for her doctoral dissertation at the University of Missouri-Columbia. When she presented a colloquium on the preliminary research findings in September 2012, she said she was shocked by the attention it received.

Many people from St. Louis and around the world were interested and concerned about the covert military studies that were the subject of my research, Martino-Taylor said. Now, five years later, I continue to receive inquiries. Behind the Fog is the result of five years of additional research that presents new findings, greater context, and additional evidence as to how the US military exposed vulnerable populations to radiation and other harmful chemicals during covert testing to develop radiological weapons.

Martino-Taylor told the Associated Press that her research was based on Freedom of Information Act requests that were used to obtain previously unreleased documents and Army records, along with public records and published articles. She said she discovered that a small group of researchers worked to develop radiol...


Experts seek ways to mitigate environmental impacts of infrastructure boom in Asia Pacific "IndyWatch Feed National"

KUALA LUMPUR We are currently living in the most explosive era of infrastructure expansion in human history, said biologist and conservation advocate William Laurance in a speech kicking off a forum on infrastructure development in the Asia-Pacific region. Academics, activists and officials from countries in the region last week gathered in Malaysias capital to explore ways to boost the socio-economic advantages of road projects without severely impacting the environment. The conference, Infrastructure in the Asia-Pacific: Promoting Benefits & Limiting Environmental Risks, was hosted by the Centre for Tropical Environmental and Sustainability Science of Australias James Cook University. In focus was infrastructure development in Indonesia, Malaysia and Papua New Guinea. Laurance cited an estimate from the International Energy Agency that an additional 25 million kilometers (15.5 million miles) of paved roads would be built across the world by 2050, nine-tenths of them in developing nations and tropical regions. Whether built as turnkey developments or as supporting infrastructure, roads are crucial in providing access to health care, education and jobs, he said. However, these countries sustain some of Earths most environmentally critical ecosystems and highest biodiversity, Laurance noted. Direct habitat loss, increased poaching and encroachment, animal road kill and stolen revenues from illegal logging are some of the risks associated with road development, Laurance said. William Laurance gives the keynote speech. Photo courtesy of Centre for Tropical Environmental and Sustainability Science. Through interactive presentations and discussions, the two-day symposium of experts, government officials and activists sought ways to reduce the environmental


These results demonstrated that salvianolic acid A held great potential for aortic aneurysm therapy. "IndyWatch Feed National"

PMID:  Phytomedicine. 2014 Sep 15 ;21(10):1137-45. Epub 2014 Jun 7. PMID: 24916705 Abstract Title:  Salvianolic acid A, a matrix metalloproteinase-9 inhibitor of Salvia miltiorrhiza, attenuates aortic aneurysm formation in apolipoprotein E-deficient mice. Abstract:  Aortic aneurysm (AA) is a life-threatening vascular disease in defect of effective pharmaceutical therapy. Matrix metalloproteinase-9 (MMP-9) is implicated in the development of chronic vascular diseases including aneurysm, but the effective MMP-9 inhibitors are far from development. To develop new candidate for AA therapy, we evaluated the efficiency of salvianolic acid A (SalA), a novel MMP-9 inhibitor, on AA progression in a mouse model and characterized the mechanism of action. SalA is a water soluble compound of the herbal drug Rhizoma Salviae miltiorrhizae (Danshen) which in China is widely used for the treatment of hypertension, coronary artery diseases and myocardial infarction. MMPs activity was evaluated by enzyme kinetic analysis in vitro and in-gel gelatin zymography in vivo. SalA showed selectivity on gelatinase (MMP-2 and MMP-9) than on collagenase (MMP-8 and MMP-13) in vitro, and specificity on MMP-9 than MMP-2 in vivo. Aortic aneurysm was induced by angiotension II (AngII) in apolipoprotein E-deficient (ApoE(-/-)) mice. Aortic structure was evaluated by hematoxylin and eosin, picrosirius red, orein stain. Macrophage infiltration was detected by immunohistochemistry in vivo and transwell in vitro. Comparing with doxycycline (Dox), a well-known MMPs inhibitor, SalA showed similar efficiency against AA progression. SalA significantly decreased aortic diameter and aneurysm severity, ameliorated integrity of vascular structure, inhibited elastin fragmentation and macrophage infiltration. Furthermore, SalA showed greater safety than Dox based on hepatotoxicity evaluation. Our results demonstrated that SalA held great potential for AA therapy.

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Real Neat Blog Award, congratulations to 17 nominees! "IndyWatch Feed National"

Real Neat Blog Award

Late in 2014, I made this new award: the Real Neat Blog Award. There are so many bloggers whose blogs deserve more attention. So, I will try to do something about that

It is the first award that I ever made. I did some computer graphics years ago, before I started blogging; but my computer drawing had become rusty

The rules of the Real Neat Blog Award are: (feel free not to act upon them if you dont have time; or dont accept awards; etc.):

1. Put the award logo on your blog.

2. Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.

3. Thank the people who nominated you, linking to their blogs.

4. Nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blogs.

5. Let them know you nominated...


53 unfilled health positions in local health district "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

NSW Labor has called on the Berejiklian government to explain how it is going to fill some 53 unfilled health and hospital jobs in the Northern NSW Local Health District, which covers the area from Grafton to the border.

Following the revelations, Shadow Health Minister Walt Secord called on the government to properly staff rural and regional health facilities.

As of October 6, there were 53  health and hospital vacancies within the Northern NSW Local Health District. This includes eight nurses across the local health district as well as 10 positions alone at Lismore Base Hospital.

The positions run the gamut from registered nurses, occupational therapists, speech pathologists, enrolled nurses, management staff, a pharmacist, maintenance staff, emergency and rehab doctors, a visiting medical officer and even a sexual assault forensic and medical specialist.

Mr Secord said the Berejiklian Government had continued to fail to attract highly skilled medical practitioners to the region and this compromised health care for rural and regional families.

It is unfair to patients and their families, but it is also unfair to hard working health and hospital staff in hospitals like the Tweed, Lismore, Ballina, Byron, Grafton, Casino, Maclean and Murwillumbah, he said.

These are very specialised positions and they provide specific health care such as the sexual assault forensic and medical officer. They cannot be simply filled by another health worker in an acting capacity.

Leaving these positions unfilled let down patients, but it also intensifies pressure on already overstretched staff.

The Berejiklian government is forcing rural and regional families to travel great distances to Brisbane and the Gold Coast because under this government, they do not have enough qualified and experienced specialist staff in their local communities to deal with their health needs, Mr Secord said.


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Man arrested in Kingscliff over multiple thefts and break-ins "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A man has been charged with 45 offences relating to breaking and entering, stolen motor vehicles, and thefts on the Far North Coast.

Yesterday (Monday, October 9), police received reports of a stolen Kia Carnival in the Kingscliff area.

When police spotted the vehicle in Kingscliff lane, a 41-year-old man got out of the car and ran from police but was arrested a short time later.

A 36-year-old woman was arrested inside the vehicle.

During a search of the car police allegedly located a throwing knife, house breaking implements, numerous car keys believed to be stolen, stolen identification documents and drug paraphernalia.

The man and woman were taken to Tweed Heads Police Station.

The man was charged with 45 offences relating to break and enters and property offences that occurred between June and October this year.

He was also found to have three outstanding warrants in Queensland.

He has been bail refused to appear at Tweed Heads Local Court tomorrow (Tuesday 10 October 2017).

The woman was charged with being carried in conveyance driven without consent of the owner. Her court date has not yet been set.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page:

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Peace prize win ignored by political establishment "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Ugly

It is incredible and disturbing that the Australian government and by and large the media have ignored that an Australian organization has just been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

One would have thought that this is an achievement that we should celebrate as a nation, the recipient organisation honoured and its founder, Melbourne doctor Tilman Ruff, be regarded as a hero.

Instead, there has been a wall of silence. Not as word from the prime minister. Silence form the rest of the political establishment.

Perhaps this has something to do with the award making them look bad by comparison.

Ruff, with Dimity Hawkins and the late Bill Williams, launched the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons in Melbourne and entered the international arena in 2007.  ICAN became a worldwide organisation, with the support of 468 partner organisations and has made a significant impact.

A significant victory came in July this year.  Its pivotal role resulted in 122 nations adopting a United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

Last Friday the Norwegian Nobel Committee cited ICAN for its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its groundbreaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons.

The Australian government is opposed to the treaty and voted against it at the United Nations, because of the existing military alliance with the United States, which is presently busy building its nuclear capability to a new level and increasingly shifting to reliance on military methods to sort out diplomatic differences with other countries.

Australia, through our government is locked into this strategy and this makes the awarding of the Peace prize to an anti-nuclear weapon and anti-war organisation a political embarrassment.

Whichever way you look at it, the mean mindedness of the political leaders is the real embarrassment.

Then again, it may be that Australian foreign policy is written by someone who many regard as a madman in the White House, backed by a decisive section of the most powerful in the United States.



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COAG agrees on new attack on democratic rights "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Joe Montero

The recent Council of Australian Governments (COAG) summit will go down in history for achieving one thing, and that is to further lock Australia into curtailing human rights under the guise of combatting the threat of terrorism.

The point is that this is based on the big lie. Australia is not a big player in international politics and although there is a very small threat of an attack there always is .  It is minimal, when compared to many other countries.

This does not prevent it from being a powerful political weapon in the hands of a government prepared to be less than honest and in need of a ploy to deflect attention from its political difficulties.

John Howard shaped the habit of whipping up the terrorism threat for this purpose. It has been continued by political leaders since and taken the shape a bipartisan policy, of ever ratcheting up measures that have slowly eroded long held rights for all of us: A process that has  prepared the ground for what hapenned at this years COAG summit.

Incredibly, the states have singed on the dotted line without even seeing a draft of the legislation that would spell out what they were agreeing to.

by doing this, they contributed to putting into effect Malcolm Turnbulls ambition to lift the constant surveillance of every Australian, to a level that would not have been believed only a few years ago. And there is no doubt that this capability will be used to strengthen the bullying that is already written into the DNA of the political establishment. One only needs to look at how Centrelink recipients are being treated to see this and it does not stop here.

Another example of political bullying has been the way the marriage equality debate has been conducted. It should have been straight forward. But it has been conducted in a way deliberately calculated to turn people against each other and expose LGTB people to attack.

A return to the Howard WorkChoices era type industrial relations and the witch hunting of construction industry unions are also applications to the use of bullying politics.

Mix bullying politics with coercive powers and it will eventually be turned against the population as a whole.

Here are some of the measures that have been agreed to.

Real time facial recognition technology will be used to monitor, not just those posing a risk of an attack, but the whole population. This is sinister, because governments will have in their hands a tool that gives them a level of power to manipulate and pressure the population to a level they have never enjoyed before.

The capacity now exists to match up the history of an individual, not just criminal history, but whether they have publicly pr...


What's behind American support for Israel: Religious fanaticism "IndyWatch Feed National"

A poll from Bloomberg Politics contains a finding that, if you really think about it, is quite remarkable. Almost half of all Americans want to support Israel even if its interests diverge from the interests of their own country. Only a minority of Americans (47 percent) say that their country should pursue their own interests over supporting Israel's when the two choices collide. It's the ultimate violation of George Washington's 1796 Farewell Address warning that "nothing is more essential than that permanent, inveterate antipathies against particular nations, and passionate attachments for others, should be excluded. ... The nation which indulges towards another a habitual hatred or a habitual fondness is in some degree a slave." It is inconceivable that a substantial portion of Americans would want to support any other foreign country even where doing so was contrary to U.S. interests. Only Israel commands anything near that level of devoted, self-sacrificing fervor on the part of Americans. So it's certainly worth asking what accounts for this bizarre aspect of American public opinion. The answer should make everyone quite uncomfortable: it's religious fanaticism.


What Are Humans Made Of? "IndyWatch Feed National"

The figure seems to hover around 95 percent. Thats the proportion of the universe that consists of dark matter and dark energy entities that are only dimly and indirectly perceived by scientific apparatus.

This fact has gotten wide attention lately, but one implication has gone unnoticed: if this is the case for the physical universe, it must also be the case for our own bodies. Therefore 95 percent of your body is made up of matter and energy about which nearly nothing is known.

This makes the ancient dictum Know thyself somewhat harder to satisfy than one might have thought.

What, then, is the body made of? It is a question that conventional thought cannot answer and for the most part cannot contemplate. This leads us to consider views of the body in the worlds esoteric traditions. As in most areas, they dont agree on all points, but the similarities are more striking than the differences.

The first thing we have to acknowledge is that the body, taken as a purely physical entity, has no structure or coherence whatsoever. This is a strange claim to make, but we can see the truth of it simply by contemplating the difference between a living body and a corpse. The living body has coherence; it is capable of motion and activity, and can sustain itself for several decades. The corpse lacks all such features. It will rot to pieces in a very short time.

There must, then, be an organising structure that holds the physical body together during earthly life. One common name for this, which comes out of early twentieth-century Theosophy, is the etheric body, sometimes known as the etheric double. (I will be mostly using Theosophical terms in this article not because they are necessarily any better, but because they are the most commonly used ones in New Age contexts.)

Thus, for our discussion, we have to redefine the word body. From an esoteric point of view, a body can be described as a vehicle for structuring experience at a particular level of existence.

So what is this etheric bod...


Trump to Use Space Weapons against North Korea to begin Secret Space Program Disclosure "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Dr. Michael Salla

On October 5, President Donald Trump cryptically spoke to reporters about the calm before the storm after a White House dinner with his top military leaders and their spouses. Trumps previous and subsequent comments suggest that the US military is prepared to launch an overwhelming first strike against North Korea.

According to secret space program insider, Corey Goode, this will involve highly classified space based weapons systems that have never before been publicly revealed.

Here is how the Associated Press described the scene for Trumps October 5 comment:

Reporters were led hastily to the grand State Dining Room, where they walked into a scene of the president, his highest-ranking military aides and their wives posing for a group photo. Trump gestured to the reporters in the room.

You guys know what this represents? Trump asked. Maybe its the calm before the storm. Could be the calm, the calm before the storm.

What storm Mr. President? one reporter shouted. ISIS? North Korea? Iran?

Youll find out, the president said.

As to the country Trump was alluding to, he gave a tweet on October 7, which gave a clear answer:

Trump is clearly alluding to a massive military operation being planned against North Korea. Such an operation would require weapon systems that could very quickly destroy much of North Koreas military infrastructure in order to prevent it from retaliating against South Korea, Japan, or even the US itself.

Almost four million people in Seoul and Tokyo alone would be killed by a North Korean retaliatory nuclear strike according to a study conducted by scholars at the John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

The kind of weapons systems required to take out North Koreas military infrastructure would have to be orders of magnitude more p...


Lady Beatle starring Naomi Price "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A stroke of genius Fans of The Beatles will love the music, fans of cabaret will adore Prices energy and emotional range Australian Stage

Following her sell-out Adele show Rumour Has It last year, the incredible Naomi Price and her band return to NORPA at Lismore City Hall on 10 & 11 November with her new show Lady Beatle an exhilarating musical show about the real women who inspired The Beatles biggest chart toppers.

2017 Green Room Award winner Naomi Price takes the audience through The Beatles immortal catalogue with sparkling original arrangements, covering all the hits including Eleanor Rigby, Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds, Here Comes the Sun, Yellow Submarine and more.

With an electrifying live band, psychedelic lighting and dazzling special effects, Lady Beatle delivers an exceptional night out for Beatles fans young and old.

Lady Beatle is the third and final pop culture cabaret in our planned trilogy, following Rumour Has It and Wrecking Ball, Price said. This is certainly our most ambitious work to date.

Unlike predecessors Rumour Has It and Wrecking Ball, centred on the lives of pop music icons Adele and Miley Cyrus respectively, Price said Lady Beatle wasnt a live Beatles biopic.

At no point will I take on the persona of any of the famous four, Price said. Instead, weve created an entirely original character, whos perhaps The Beatles biggest fan, or maybe something different completely.

Price says the production provides audiences with the opportunity to rediscover The Beatles incomparable catalogue as new, channeled through a sole female voice.

The Beatles music is so instantly recognisable and iconic, and every man, woman and child seems to know the biggest hits word-for-word, Price said.

But far less known are the individual remarkable stories behind the hits from the five-year-old preschooler who inspired Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds to 17-year-old runaway Melanie Coe to whom Shes Leaving Home is attributed.

This show was born from these real-life stories of seemingly ordinary women who are forever im...


What Ive learnt from 10 years of motherhood "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Che, my firstborn, celebrated his 10th birthday last week and I (quietly) acknowledged a decade of motherhood.

Milestone years are always a catalyst for reflection. Heres what Ive gleaned from ten years of motherhood:

  • Birth is just the beginning : when were pregnant (especially for the first time) we spend so much time preparing for birth and yet we dont really consider what those first weeks and months with a baby will be like hence we are thrust into the role with very little preparation (and in many cases, little to no support or guidance). I was an absolute pro at deep breathing through contractions but when it came to mothering my baby I was nervous, anxious and very unsure. I remember coming home from hospital and looking around thinking: What do I do now? I was young (23), had only moved out of home one year earlier and everything was overwhelming in its newness. I had, most definitely, reached the unknown! Despite the support I had from family, it still took me a good year to find my feet and, more importantly, to trust my intuition. There was a lot of fumbling as I questioned my choices and my ability (there still is!). I know Ive shared this quote countless times before but it so aptly communicates the enormity of the first year compared with the 24 hours of birth:

The most difficult part of birth is the first year afterwards. It is the year of travail when the soul of a woman must birth the mother inside her. The emotional labor pains of becoming a mother are far greater than the physical pangs of birth; these are the growing surges of your heart as it pushes out selfishness and fear and makes room for sacrifice and love. It is a private and silent birth of the soul, but it is no less holy than the event of childbirth, perhaps it is even more sacred. Joy Kusek

  • Your health and wellbeing must be a priority : it took me years to realise this and even longer to put it into practice but its very, very true. If you fall apart everything falls apart. Healthy food, plenty of water and a few walks around the block every week really will make all the difference to your mindset, your energy levels and, subsequently, your motherhood experience. There will be times (that will last for months) when you let yourself survive on coffee and leftover sandwich crusts but youll reach a point of exhaustion where you realise that you need to put yourself first again. Small changes make a big difference: plan a coffee date with friends and find comfort in solidarity, close the door on your messy house and spend the morning at the beach with your little one, cut up some veggies for lunch and pour yourself a big glass of water, run yourself a bubble bath. And most imp...


4 Effective Tips that Will Make Talking On the Phone Less Stressful for Introverts "IndyWatch Feed National"

We all know a person or two who is a bit introverted. And if you are an introvert, you know first-hand how awkward phone conversations can be.

As you may know, introverts are known for their need to prepare. When someone calls them out of the blue they are forced to do something on the spot. Sometimes this is fine depending on who is calling, but other times it can be extremely stressful for the introverted person.

For me, I absolutely hate talking on the phone because I despise small talk. Whenever someone calls they always want to catch up and go over the small things when I would much rather talk about something meaningful. I do not have time to be awkwardly polite to the people calling and it really just gets under my skin.

When texting I can choose my words and take my time in thinking my response through. During a phone call I am on the spot the whole time and personally, I go through a lot of unneeded moments of silence. For some those moments of silence may be normal but to me, it is just exhausting.

When it comes to making this a bit less frustrating I have managed to come up with a list of things to do. These tips have gotten me through a lot of tough phone calls and I am sure they can help my fellow introverts. Let me know if these tips make a difference for you like they have for me!

4 Tips For Talking on The Phone When You Are an Introvert:

1. Write things down beforehand.

When dealing with a phone call you have to make to someone at work or merely to find something out write down the pain points you want to go over. This has helped me numerous times. For instance, when following up with a potential employer I would write out what I wanted to say and the points I wanted to hit when speaking to whomever I was intending to speak. This took a lot of pressure off of me.

2. Assign people ringtones.

This one helps you to know who you are expecting before you even pick up the phone. When you do this, you have a few moments between answering to think about why it is this person may be calling. Having an idea as to why someone is calling really helps.

3. Let the call go to voicemail.

Letting the call go to voicemail sometimes is necessary so you can prepare. Shoot the person a text that you will give them a call back however many minutes from when you send it. This gives you time to mentally prepare for the conversation to come regardless of what it is about. Chances are if they leave a voicemail and have something important to say you will at least get the subject out in the voicemail, this gives you the upper hand.

4. Sch...


Greek sympathies lie with Russia: Poll finds Greek society more trusting of Putin than Merkel or Trump "IndyWatch Feed National"

Greek society is particularly positive about Russia and President Vladimir Putin, who is trusted more than other world leaders, but still prefers Europe, a fresh poll revealed on Sunday. According to a study of public opinion conducted by a group of sociologists at the University of Macedonia for the Kathimerini newspaper, 57.3 percent of Greeks adhere to a positive attitude toward Russia, and 67 percent - toward Russian President Vladimir Putin. For comparison, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is treated positively by 40.5 percent of respondents, and US President Donald Trump - by only 16.5 percent. As for the negative opinion, 25 percent of those questioned dislike Putin, 56 percent have negative attitude toward Merkel, and 73 percent of Greeks dislike Trump. When asked "whom of the world leaders do you trust the most", Putin's share accounted for 41.5 percent of the answers, Merkel's - 27.5 percent, and only 5 percent of respondents said they trusted Trump.


GMs Jim Murren and George Soros Are Co-Conspirators In the Mandalay Bay Massacre "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Hiduth

GMs Jim Murren and George Soros Are Co-Conspirators In the Mandalay Bay Massacre: The parallels between the Gulf Oil Spill and the Mandalay Bay Massacre keep mounting by the moment. In the latest revelation, the facts are stating it is Peter Sutherland all over again. Further, this article will explore the emergence of two co-conspirators in the massacre. First, the Gulf Oil Spill parallels continue to mount.

Peter Sutherland

Who is Peter Sutherland? Many have asked if there was a central figure who coordinated this conspiracy of the Gulf Oil Spill? The answer is yes and the parallels to the Vegas event are stunning. It is a case of the globalists following the same basic script with only minor variations.

Globalist named Peter Sutherland was the mastermind fof the Gulf Oil Spill false flag event. Peter Sutherland is an insiders, insider. He is on the steering committee of the Bilderberg Group, he is an Honorary Chairman of the Trilateral Commission (2010-present), he was Chairman of the Trilateral Commission (Europe) (20012010) and Sutherland was Vice Chairman of the European Round Table of Industrialists (20062009). Sutherland was also the former head of the World Trade Organization and the related GATT. Sutherland is the ultimate insider.


Sutherland was in position to know how to manipulate this event and further, he would have been the one at Goldman Sachs who was in charge of the dumping of BP assets prior to explosion and to have orchestrated the cover-ups of Transocean and Halliburton. In short, Sutherland was moved to Goldman Sachs from BP so he could coordinate the operation and was in charge of stock-dumping prior to the Deepwater Horizon oil rig going up in flames. And all the co-conspirators from BP to Haliburton to Transocean to Goldman Sachs made a lot of money while advancing the globalist agenda. Andd where was the FBI and the SEC through all of this? Well they were in the same place that they are today, sitting on the sidelines trying to perpetuate the mytho of a lone-nut gunman in Vegas despite overwhelming odds.



50 witnesses to be called in Cardinal George Pell hearing "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Tessa Akerman and John Ferguson

At least 50 witnesses are set to be called for a landmark committal hearing for historic sexual offence charges for Australias most senior Catholic next March.

Cardinal George Pell faced Melbourne Magistrates Court yesterday, with his legal team flagging that allegations of an offence or offences at a cathedral were impossible.

The court heard Cardinal Pells legal team would reject that any offending had occurred at St Patricks Cathedral, although it was not specified whether this was in St Patricks in Melbourne or Ballarat.

Although Cardinal Pell has yet to enter a plea, his barrister Robert Richter QC informed the court at an earlier hearing that his client would be pleading not guilty to all charges.

Cardinal George Pell leaves Melbourne Magistrates Court yesterday. Picture: Getty Images

Mr Richter said yesterday he intended to question witnesses regarding charges relating to St Patricks Cathedral and demonstrate that the offences could not have occurred. We propose to demonstrate to Your Honour that what was alleged was impossible, Mr Richter said.

Magistrate Belinda Wallington said some of the witnesses Mr Richter sought to question didnt seem to say much in their statements.

But Mr Richter said it was important that the defence counsel be allowed to cross-examine witnesses, including choirboys from the cathedral, as it was unknown what questions were asked when witness statements were actually prepared.

We do not know what memory was probed at the time these statements were taken, he said.

Ms Wallington also questioned the cross-examination of some witnesses who were young at the time of the alleged offending.

The full details of what has been alleged against Cardinal Pell have n...


Trump to Begin Secret Space Program Disclosure by use of Space Weapons against North Korea "IndyWatch Feed National"

Trump to Use Space Weapons against North Korea to begin Secret Space Program Disclosure

OCTOBER 9, 2017

Source: Exopolitics

On October 5, President Donald Trump cryptically spoke to reporters about the calm before the storm after a White House dinner with his top military leaders and their spouses. Trumps previous and subsequent comments suggest that the US military is prepared to launch an overwhelming first strike against North Korea.

According to secret space program insider, Corey Goode, this will involve highly classified space based weapons systems that have never before been publicly revealed.

Here is how the Associated Press described the scene for Trumps October 5 comment:

Reporters were led hastily to the grand State Dining Room, where they walked into a scene of the president, his highest-ranking military aides and their wives posing for a group photo. Trump gestured to the reporters in the room.

You guys know what this represents? Trump asked. Maybe its the calm before the storm. Could be the calm, the calm before the storm.

What storm Mr. President? one reporter shouted. ISIS? North Korea? Iran?

Youll find out, the president said.

As to the country Trump was alluding to, he gave a tweet on October 7, which gave a clear answer:

Trump is clearly alluding to a massive military operation being planned against North Korea. Such an operation would requ...


UNHRC Yemen Inquiry is Doomed to Fail Magnanimously "IndyWatch Feed National"

45123123123The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) seems to have finally awakened up to the brazen human rights violations that the Saudia led Arab coalition forces have been blamed to have committed in the conflict in Yemen that has been going on for more than two years now, and has consumed thousands of lives, and destroyed the country, its polity and economy alike. While UNHRC has resolved to find out the atrocities that have been committed, the question that remains unanswered is if this fact-finding mission would lead to an end of the war, let alone punish the antagonists?A compromise has been achieved from the very beginning, which will allow the House of Saud to not only to manipulate or dispute the results, but also escape any consequences whatsoever. As a matter of fact, Saudi Arabia was able to steer things to a course of its own advantage by simply altering the original resolution adopted by the Council, making the UNHRC look like a meaningless and worthless house of cards.

This is evident from the way the US president Donald Trumphas almost doubled the number of covert US airstrikes in Yemen. According to the data compiled by The Bureau of Investigative Journalism, the US has carried out about 100 strikes in Yemen in 2017 only. While the official narrative is that these strikes target Al-Qaeda in Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), there are evidences that suggest that the US has been equally targeting the Houthis as well. Nothing perhaps could illustrate this US vs Houthis phenomenon than the fact that a US drone was attacked and shot down by the Houthis in western Yemen a...


Australian police ran worlds biggest child porn site for a year in massive undercover op "IndyWatch Feed National"

By RT News

Task Force Argos, a Queensland police unit, took over Childs Play, the worlds biggest child porn exchange, between October 2016 and September 2017, and impersonated the administrators even posting images themselves in a bid to catch pedophiles.

We dont create these sites. We do not want them to exist. When we do find them, we infiltrate and get as high as possible in the networks administrative structure to destroy it. But we will never create a forum for child sex offenders, Jon Rouse, the head of Task Force Argos, which led an operation jointly conducted by the US, Canadian, and European authorities, said in an interview with Norwegian newspaper VG, which investigated and broke the story.

Our job is to make sure we play at the same level as the abusers. If we dont, they will always be one step ahead, added Rouse.

Childs Play appeared in April 2016 on the dark web an anonymized part of the internet with the identities of its operators and the location of its servers concealed, offering its equally anonymous users a feeling of security while posting not only images of child abuse, but underage torture videos and other extreme material.

The police had identified the administrators of the site its creator, Canadian Benjamin Faulkner, and his associate, American Patrick Falte but the real breakthrough came after the arrest of the two men in October 2016. The men, now aged 27, had met up and raped a four-year old girl provided by another site user in the state of Virginia. They have since been sentenced to life behind bars.

After capturing the pedophiles, officers made them h...


No Joy in Trumpville "IndyWatch Feed National"

No Joy in Trumpville
by James Howard Kunstler

I took advantage of the calm before the storm, to pay a visit on Saturday to my hometown, Trumpville, a.k.a. Manhattan. My college buddy had a son who was acting in an off-Broadway play (closing night, so dont bother asking). The city I knew as a kid - which, frankly, I never liked very much - seemed as lost and far away as Peter Stuyvesants quaint Dutch colonial outpost did to me in 1962.

That lost city of my childhood was one in which a boy could breeze right into the Metropolitan Museum of Art on a weekday afternoon - my school was one block away from it - without the least hindrance. The place was free. There was no donation shakedown at the entrance. And hardly anyone was there. Do you know why? Answer: because most of the adults on the island were at work. It was a mostly middle-class city back then.

I know. Its hard to believe, given the more recent developments in American life - the salient one being the extreme and perverse financialization of the economy. That is actually what you see manifested on-the-ground (and up-in-the-air) when you visit New York these days. To be specific, what I saw sitting on a bench along the High Line - a walking trail built on an old railroad trestle through the former Meatpacking District into Chelsea - was all the wealth of the flyover states funneled into a few square miles of land on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean.


Revising Columbus "IndyWatch Feed National"

Here I am at work writing about Columbus Day on Columbus Day, which is appropriate because if ever a holiday ever deserved to be downgraded it is this one.

Among the older traditionalist white crowd, Columbus and his day have defenders such as this essay by Bill OReilly (aka Uncle Bill had a few drinks and is yelling about random shit again).  In the essay, which has all the depth and accuracy of an average middle school English paper (no offense intended to middle schoolers, of course), Uncle Rant decries political correctness (Wow??? Really?) and revisionist history.  OReillys conception of Columbus is so revisionist it swerves into fairy tale territory.  Bulbous Bill seems to believe that Washington Irving is a reliable primary source.

But even if we set aside his racist world view and probable murderous ways, was Columbus any kind of hero?  Are you kidding me??  Lets look at a few historical facts.

After several failed screenplays and TV pilot that was never picked up, Columbus was looking for an easy score that would put him on the map. Using a Powerpoint that he copped from an obscure TEDx talk and a little of his own razzle dazzle, Columbus was able to grab a reverse Fullbright (an Isabella) to fund his travels.

His pitch to NASA (North Atlantic Sea Association) said that he would find the elusive Northwest Passage or Panama Canal, whichever came first, providing a direct route to India.  This would open a pipeline for tea and peppercorns benefiting committee members Lipton and McCormack respectively, which won the day for Columbuss application.

It only takes one look at a globe (or a map if you are a flat earther) to realize that there is no way in hell to sail west from Europe and NOT discover the New World.  Columbuss discovery is about as impressive as you discovering your own front yard.  Point yourself in the right direction and you cant miss it!

A large part of the reason that almost nobody (other than the Vikings and the Irish, which are pretty much the same thing) sailed west from Europe before Columbus set off in his Fiat, was the mind crushing lack of curiosity of over 1000 years of Church rule.  The church avowed that they had all the answers, but nobody had any questions as pretty much everyone was busy either oppressing or being peasants.

This one book reliance by Europeans for over a 1000 years also lead the mapmakers of the day to o.........


John Pilger On The Rise Of Britains New Politics "IndyWatch Feed National"

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has made a lot of noise about human rights and a new way for British foreign policy. But it looks startlingly similar to the old way, writes John Pilger.

Delegates to the recent Labour Party conference in the English seaside town of Brighton seemed not to notice a video playing in the main entrance. The worlds third biggest arms manufacturer, BAe Systems, supplier to Saudi Arabia, was promoting its guns, bombs, missiles, naval ships and fighter aircraft.

It seemed a perfidious symbol of a party in which millions of Britons now invest their political hopes. Once the preserve of Tony Blair, it is led today by Jeremy Corbyn, whose career has been very different from Blairs and is rare in British establishment politics.

Addressing the Labour conference, the campaigner Naomi Klein described the rise of Corbyn as part of a global phenomenon. We saw it in Bernie Sanders historic campaign in the US primaries, powered by millennials who know that safe centrist politics offers them no kind of safe future.

In fact, at the end of the US primary elections last year, Sanders led his followers into the arms of Hillary Clinton, a liberal warmonger from a long tradition in the Democratic Party.

As President Obamas Secretary of State, Clinton presided over the invasion of Libya in 2011, which led to a stampede of refugees to Europe. She gloated notoriously at the gruesome murder of Libyas president. Two years earlier, she signed off on a coup that overthrew the democratically elected president of Honduras. That she has been invited to Wales on 14 October to be given an honorary doctorate by the University of Swansea because she is synonymous with human rights is unfathomable.

Failed Demcoractic nominee Hillary Clinton, campaigning during the 2016 US presidential elections. (IMAGE: Kyle Taylor, Flickr)Failed Demcoractic nominee Hillary Clinton, campaigning during the 2016 US presidential elections. (IMAGE: Kyle Taylor, Flickr)

Like Clinton, Sanders is a cold-warrior and an anti-communist obsessive with a proprietorial view of the world beyond the United States. He supported Bill Clintons and Tony Blairs illegal assault on Yugoslavia in 1998 and the invasions of Afghanistan, Syria and Libya, as well as Barack Obamas campaign of terrorism by drone. He backs the provocation of Russia and agrees that the whistleblower Edward Snowden should stand trial. He has called the late Hugo Chavez a social democrat who won multiple elections a dead communist dictator.

While Sanders is a familiar liberal politician, Corbyn may...


The Dark Webs Largest Pedophile Site Was Secretly Run by Police for a Year "IndyWatch Feed National"

Norwegian newspaper VG has made a stunning revelation. Between October 2016 and September 2017, the worlds largest child abuse forum was controlled by police officers.

(ZHE A major international police operation to bust child predators involved police sharing child pornography with over a million unsuspecting online subscribers for a year after investigators took control of the dark webs largest child abuse forum. Though hundreds of pedophiles were arrested after the site was shut down, the police sting involved undercover officers sharing extremely disturbing content and encouraging followers to engage in sexual acts with children. But police say it was worth it.

A new report reveals that Australian police were running the largest pedophile and child pornography forum on the internet for a year as part of a joint initiative between Australian, European, and Canadian police as well as the US Department of Homeland Security to track down the sites administrators and child porn producers. Over the weekend the Norwegian newspaper VG published its bombshell investigation which confirmed that between October 2016 and September 2017 a special police task force based in Queensland, Australia was able to quietly hack the site Childs Play which had reached over a million registered accounts and had thousands of active users.

Queensland police at Taskforce Argos, including investigator Paul Griffiths (pictured). Image source:

The task force was able to identify the sites top tier administrators, leading to hundreds of international arrests and criminal investigations, but not before crossing what critics see as a significant ethical line: to expose those behind the site, police themselves posted child pornograph...


The Pentagon Has Its Commemoration of the Vietnam War. So Do Former Anti-Vietnam War Activists. "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Jeremy Kuzmarov and Roger Peace, October 9, 2017

In 2008, Congress passed a law instructing the Pentagon to initiate a 13-year commemoration of the Vietnam War, beginning on Memorial Day, May 28, 2012, and concluding on Veterans Day, November 11, 2025. Congress allocated $65 million for the Pentagon to reach out to schools and colleges with the patriotic message that America should thank and honor veterans of the war.

Thus far, the Pentagon Commemoration Committee has racked up over 10,800 community events. The committee has taken a rather low-key approach, seeking out willing partners rather than challenging critics of the war. Complementing this approach is an exceedingly sparse timeline of history on the committees website. The 1945-54 period, for example, is covered in twelve short sentences.

The reception to Ken Burnss and Lynn Novicks documentary film on the Vietnam War makes it clear why the Pentagon has taken such an approach. The Burns-Novick 18-hour saga has engendered much criticism from expert historians. Bob Buzzanco wrote that if the filmmakers had titled their documentary, Stories of People Who Were in Vietnam During the War, there would be little to complain about. But its being advertised as a history of the war, and therein lies the biggest problem. Soldiers narratives provide moving ideas and images of the human cost of battle, but they dont answer the larger questions about why empires attack smaller nations and virtually blow them back to the Stone Age.

Conventional stereotypes abound in the film, whether of drug-addicted soldiers or of peace activists rudely mistreating U.S. soldiers. Jeffrey Kimball wrote, Their coverage of the emergence and evolution of the US antiwar movement during the Second Indochina War also known as the American War (ca. 1954-1974) is inaccurate, disjointed, incomplete, and fundamentally negative.

Peace activists, veterans and historians among them, have long been engaged in the effort to correct these negative stereotypes and establish their view of the war as unjust and unnecessary. U...


Both sides! Both sides! "IndyWatch Feed National"

Theres a new movie out, The Pathological Optimist, about Andrew Wakefield. I agree with the adjective, at least.

The blurb for the movie includes a notorious phrase.

THE PATHOLOGICAL OPTIMIST takes no sides, instead letting Wakefield and the battles he fought speak for themselves.

There are questions on which it is fair to give equal attention to both sides. Is football a better game than baseball? Which is better on a pizza, pineapple or jalapenos, or both? There are some things where the evidence hasnt settled one way or another, and we should pursue alternatives, but there are others where there is no controversy. Is the Earth flat? Is the earth about 6000 years old? Are black people and women as deserving of rights as white men? If youre going to address those questions honestly, taking no sides is dishonest and biases the argument in favor of the untenable side.

Orac is having none of that nonsense, and reviews The Pathological Optimist.

The take no sides claim sends up huge red flags for me. My retort to this is that, when it comes to pseudoscience, not taking a side is taking a side, the side of giving that pseudoscience far more believability and stature than it deserves. Its also utter nonsense to claim that letting Wakefield and the battles he fought speak for themselves. If theres one misconception about documentaries, its that they are (or should be) objective. Theyre not. A documentary filmmaker has a story to tell, and that story is very much colored by how she chooses to frame it, what she decides to show (and, equally importantly, not to show), what order scenes are shown in, who is interviewed and who isnt, and even the music and narration used. Baileys film no more lets Wakefield and the battles he fought speak for themselves than Wakefields VAXXED is an objective portrait of a CDC conspiracy. It is how Miranda Bailey chose to tell Wakefields story. Indeed, its hard not to note that the only people directly interviewed for the film are Andrew Wakefield, his family, and his supporters. All criticism of Wakefield comes in the form of grainy archival footage from TV news interviews, which Wakefield or one of his supporters gets to answer.

Taking no sides is intellectually vacuous and dishonest. The one thing they could to make it worse is to have somewhere in it the odious phrase, agree to disagree.


Unethical and criminal conduct: Australian task force ran world's biggest child porn site for a year in undercover operation "IndyWatch Feed National"

Task Force Argos, a Queensland police unit, took over 'Childs Play,' the world's biggest child porn exchange, between October 2016 and September 2017, and impersonated the administrators - even posting images themselves - in a bid to catch pedophiles. "We don't create these sites. We do not want them to exist. When we do find them, we infiltrate and get as high as possible in the networks administrative structure to destroy it. But we will never create a forum for child sex offenders," Jon Rouse, the head of Task Force Argos, which led an operation jointly conducted by the US, Canadian, and European authorities, said in an interview with Norwegian newspaper VG, which investigated and broke the story. "Our job is to make sure we play at the same level as the abusers. If we don't, they will always be one step ahead," added Rouse.


13 Strange Thoughts Only Introverts Will Understand "IndyWatch Feed National"

While introverts love alone time, this does not mean they never want to go do things. There are tons of things introverts actually enjoy that people assume they would hate.

Introverts are not as complicated as the world makes them out to be and they are actually pretty damn normal. The only weird things about them are their awkward social skills that in some cases arent even that awkward. That being said, as an introvert I have thought things I know are not things extroverts usually think. If you are introvert chances are you have thought these things as well, how many sound familiar to you?

13 Strange Thoughts Only Introverts will Understand:

1. I will only go if we can leave when I am ready.

If the introvert cannot get out of where they are they feel trapped and this makes things much worse. When they are forced to go somewhere they didnt want to go in the first place they should be able to leave after making a few rounds. I for one have stopped going to things I didnt want to go to completion, but I know for some people that is not always possible.

2. I miss my dogs, I wonder what they are doing.

I would so rather be spending time with my pets right now. Animals are much nicer and more understanding than anyone I have ever met. My dogs will never let me down.

3. Please do not try to talk to me, omg just ignore him and he will go away.

This is me to a tee in my mind when someone I dont know comes up and asks if the seat beside me is taken. YES, it is taken asshole, by my lack of wanting to have anything to do with strangers. Go away, please I dont like having to pretend to be nice to you. You are really creeping me out.

4. I could be stuffing my face and binge-watching Netflix right now.

I so wish I were, I would rather be doing anything other than what I am doing right now. Do I really have to deal with this? Why can I not just go home and order a pizza?

5. This is supposed to be more fun than reading?

When being forced to do something fun, most of the time we would rather be back at home with our most recent book. Just because what you are doing is something other people like to do doesnt mean I will. This house party is not more important to me than my current story.

6. I really hope the person throwing this party has a pet.

I would much rather have a dog or a cat to spend my time in the corner of the room with. Being around an animal instantly makes the situation less awful. Animals are so much easier to be around than people.



Author Luke Stobart on the Catalan independence referendum: An eyewitness account "IndyWatch Feed National"

Luke Stobart is an author, academic and activist, who was in Catalonia on the day of the independence referendum, involved amongst other things in a dramatic demonstration to defend a polling station from the Spanish national police. He is currently working on a book for Verso Press, on the multiple crises facing the Spanish state, []


Imprisonment in Thailand for insulting 400-year-dead king? "IndyWatch Feed National"

This video from Thailand says about itself:

Sulak Sivaraksa on lse majest, nationalistic history, coup, and succession

6 November 2014

The self-proclaimed royalist Sulak Sivaraksa has faced at least three lse majest charges. The latest one filed against him at the age of 82 was brought by two retired generals who were not satisfied with Sulaks speech on King Naresuan, a monarch who ruled Ayutthaya Kingdom about 400 years ago.

Prachatais Thaweeporn Kummetha interviewed Sulak Sivaraksa, a renowned royalist and lse majest critic at his home in Bangkok.

In Thailand, there is draconian lse majest punishment for insulting a living king or other royal. There is draconian lse majest punishment for insulting a living kings dog.

Now, things in Thailand are getting curioser and curioser as Alice used to say in Wonderland.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

One is not allowed to offend a king who died 400 years ago in Thailand

Today, 12:52

An 85-year-old Thai man may go to a prison cell for insulting a king who reigned 400 years ago. He appeared before the military court in Bangkok today and is accused of lse majest.

Sulak Sivaraksa three years ago in a speech at a university asked a question about what happened in 1593. He wondered if the story is true that at that time the Thai king Naresuan killed the Burmese crown prince in a personal duel on an elephant. This battle of Nong Sarai is still commemorated every year.

Sulak, who has often expressed criticism about...


Amazons Alexa is now your personal NBA stats guru "IndyWatch Feed National"

Are you a big NBA fan who always has lots of questions about your favorite team? Amazons Alexa likely has the answers youre looking for. Today, the NBA said all 30 of its teams are launching sets of new Alexa skills for the upcoming season, which begins October 17 with the defending champions Golden State

Are you a big NBA fan who always has lots of questions about your favorite team? Amazons Alexa likely has the answers youre looking for.

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Man Transforms an Ordinary Hammer into a Super-Sharp Tomahawk Axe "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

DIY Tomahawk

Australian knife maker Steve Miller breathes new life into a well-loved ball-peen hammer by transforming it in an unexpected way. With the right equipment and a blacksmithing know-how, the humble tool is forged into a DIY tomahawk. He takes us through the entire metamorphosis in a nearly seven-minute-long video on his popular YouTube channel, Miller Knives; watching it is a surprisingly mesmerizing experience.

Miller begins the makeover by removing the hammer head from its original handle and placing it into a fire. After the piece turns bright yellow-orange, Miller removes it from the pit and starts the long process of pounding and shaping the head into a much thinner and wider piece of metal. At this point, it doesn't look like a hammer, but it doesn't look like a tomahawk, either.

Manipulating the blade is just one long step in this arduous endeavor. Once Miller has the piece flattened to his liking, he draws the shape of a tomahawk blade and then slices and files the edges accordingly. This makes them extremely sharp in the process, and signals that the hardest part of the project is now over. All that is left is buffing and refining the metal, as well as creating a new handle from wood.

With his tomahawk complete, the natural question is, How sharp is it? Miller answers this in a series of exercises that include slicing wood, a water bottle, and a coconutall of which the tomahawk does with ease.

Watch the entire video below. Youll notice that theres no narration or music, but just the sound of Millers tools, and it makes you appreciate his handy work even more.

Artisan Steve Miller transforms an ordinary hammer into a super sharp ax.

DIY Tomahawk

He shares how he created the DIY tomahawk in a mesmerizing video.



The Dark Webs Largest Pedophile Site Was Secretly Run By The Police For A Year "IndyWatch Feed National"


Queensland police at Taskforce Argos, including investigator Paul Griffiths (pictured). Image source:

A major international police operation to bust child predators involved police sharing child pornography with over a million unsuspecting online subscribers for a year after investigators took control of the dark webs largest child abuse forum. Though hundreds of pedophiles were arrested after the site was shut down, the police sting involved undercover officers sharing extremely disturbing content and encouraging followers to engage in sexual acts with children. But police say it was worth it.

A new report reveals that Australian police were running the largest pedophile and child pornography forum on the internet for a year as part of a joint initiative between Australian, European, and Canadian police as well as the US Department of Homeland Security to track down the sites administrators and child porn producers. Over the weekend the Norwegian newspaper VG published its bombshell investigation which confirmed that between October 2016 and September 2017 a special police task force based in Queensland, Australia was able to quietly hack the site Childs Play which had reached over a million registered accounts and had thousands of active users.

The task force was able to identify the sites top tier administrators, leading to hundreds of international arrests and criminal investigations, but not before crossing what critics see as a significant ethical line: to expose those behind the site, police themselves posted child pornography and facilitated what was essentially a pedophile online meet-up.

The site has existed since April 2016 on the dark web, which made it next to impossible to identify users and administrators as the dark web operates based on layers of encryption which ensures complete anonymity. Not only did the forum include over one hundred active producers of child pornography who would daily post videos and images, but even more disturbingly involved a smaller inner circle who shared child torture videos.

Among this inner circle were Childs Play administrators Warhea...


National ID Database: so you think if you do nothing wrong you'll have nothing to fear? "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

There is also a tendency for technologies to converge, allowing for the creation of devices with increased surveillance capabilities. CCTV, for example, may be combined with facial recognition identify individuals from their images. Another example is modern mobile phones, which combine telephonic services with GPS tracking software, digital visual and sound recording capabilities, and connection to the internet. A consequence of the convergence of surveillance technologies is the greater ability of surveillance users to compile detailed pictures of members of the public, making it increasingly difficult for individuals to maintain their privacy and anonymity. [Victorian Law Reform Commission Surveillance in Public Places: Final Report 18, 2010

This month the Turnbull Government, state and territory governments have agreed to add the photo IDs of all registered drivers to the Facial Biometric Matching Capability (FBMC) database (est. 16 November 2016) which already has access to passport photograp...


Trump administration seeking information on thousands of people who interacted with anti-Trump Facebook page "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

CNN Politics, 29 September 2017:

Washington (CNN)Trump administration lawyers are demanding the private account information of potentially thousands of Facebook users in three separate search warrants served on the social media giant, according to court documents obtained by CNN.

The warrants specifically target the accounts of three Facebook users who are described by their attorneys as "anti-administration activists who have spoken out at organized events, and who are generally very critical of this administration's policies.".

These warrants were first reported by

Facebook has not responded to a request for comment about whether it has, or plans to, comply with the search warrants.

The American Civil Liberties Union, representing the three Facebook users, filed a motion to quash the warrants Thursday.

"What is particularly chilling about these warrants is that anti-administration political activists are going to have their political associations and views scrutinized by the very administration they are protesting," said ACLU attorney Scott Michelman.

Facebook was initially served the warrants in February 2017 along with a gag order which barred the social media company from alerting the three users that the government was seeking their private information, Michelman said. However, Michelman says that government attorneys dro...


Man Brings Gun Into Walmart What He Hears Feet Behind Him Throws Him Into Internet Fame "IndyWatch Feed National"

In the wake of any mass shooting, hysteria erupts about guns. All of the old tropes get dragged out by the left yet again: The NRA is evil, Australia was able to seize them all, the Second Amendment needs to go, etc. Mind you, none of these actually correspond to reality, but the firearm lies []

Monday, 09 October


Sydney's construction boom in pictures - Part 4 (Canterbury) "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Canterbury tales

A quick look today at Canterbury, about 11 kilometres south-west of Sydney CBD, with a direct train link to the city. 

As with neighbouring Campsie, the 2016 Census found that Australian-born residents are now a minority in Canterbury, with much of the resident population hailing from China, Vietnam, Nepal, the Philippines, and elsewhere in Asia. 

Indeed, the suburb now has more residents of Chinese ancestry than English, which is a remarkable demographic shift that has been broadly reflected across Greater Sydney. 

Here we go, then.

Lots of cranes and apartments going up on Canterbury Road. 

I mean, lots...

...and lots...

...and lots!


My letter to the Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Australia about MURPHY's disgraceful conduct "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Honourable JLB Allsop AO Chief Justice Federal Court of Australia Dear Chief Justice, MURPHY, Bernard Michael - apparent misconduct as a solicitor - fitness to sit as a Judge From 1986 to August 1995 MURPHY was a partner in the law firm Slater and Gordon. Slater and Gordon acted...


Crowd Talk on Crowd Harvests "IndyWatch Feed National"

Come here the founder of Tiny Trowel and the crowd sourcing projects 'Crowd Harvests' during Fair Food Week.


Bernard Murphy's misleading evidence to the Trade Union Royal Commission "IndyWatch Feed National"

As we know from MURPHY's notes, he was fully aware of the Workplace Reform Association by 8 August 1995, including the fact that money from it was laundered through Slater and Gordon's Trust Account and into the Kerr Street property. Compare and contrast what he knew with what he told...


DOJ demands Facebook information from 'anti-administration activists' "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Trump administration lawyers are demanding the private account information of potentially thousands of Facebook users in three separate search warrants served on the social media giant. The warrants specifically target the accounts of three Facebook users who are described ... as "anti-administration activists who have spoken out at organized events, and who are generally very critical of this administration's policies." One of those users, Emmelia Talarico, operated the disruptj20 page where Inauguration Day protests were organized and discussed; the page was visited by an estimated 6,000 users whose identities the government would have access to if Facebook hands over the information. Talarico says if her account information was given to the government, officials would have access to her "personal passwords, security questions and answers, and credit card information," plus "the private lists of invitees and attendees to multiple political events." The American Civil Liberties Union, representing the three Facebook users, filed a motion to quash the warrants Thursday. "What is particularly chilling about these warrants is that anti-administration political activists are going to [be] scrutinized by the very administration they are protesting," said ACLU attorney Scott Michelman. Facebook was initially served the warrants in February 2017 along with a gag order which barred the social media company from alerting the three users that the government was seeking their private information.

Note: United Nations officials recently said that the US government's treatment of activists was increasingly "incompatible with US obligations under international human rights law". For more along these lines, see concise summaries of deeply revealing news articles on government corruption and the disappearance of privacy.

Sir Edward Heath 'would have been questioned' over abuse claims "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Sir Edward Heath would have been questioned over sex abuse claims if he was alive when they came to light, police have said. Wiltshire Police launched Operation Conifer in 2015 when the former PM was accused of historical child sex abuse. The Conservative politician would have been interviewed under caution over seven claims, including the alleged rape of an 11-year-old, they said. The allegations include one of rape of a male under 16, three of indecent assault on a male under 16, four of indecent assault on a male under 14, and two of indecent assault on a male over 16. The earliest, dating from 1961 when Sir Edward was Lord Privy Seal, alleged he had raped and indecently assaulted an 11-year-old boy in London "during a paid sexual encounter in private in a dwelling." Another two of the seven claims relate to "paid sexual encounters." Sir Edward ... died in 2005. Operation Conifer - which spanned 14 UK police forces - said a total of 42 claims related to 40 different individuals, with alleged offences from 1956 to 1992 - while Sir Edward was an elected MP. Child abuse in the past is extremely difficult to investigate. When those accused are famous or powerful ... it becomes even harder. Operation Conifer has gathered a vast amount of evidence - pursuing a total of 1,580 lines of inquiry and it has made public the most serious allegations against the former prime minister, but it can't tell us whether they are true. More than anything else, this report prompts more questions than it answers.

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


Judge MURPHY and GILLARD helped Bruce Wilson steal AWU members' money - and get away with it "IndyWatch Feed National"

This is outrageous. Slater and Gordon's client was the AWU. Wilson was an employee, an officer of the AWU. He admitted to stealing - or intercepting secret commissions - and misappropriating money from the AWU. And MURPHY and GILLARD helped him - knowing full well what he'd done to their...


Sonoss Secret Weapon In The Smart Speaker Wars: Becoming A Platform "IndyWatch Feed National"

As tech titans release familiar-looking smart speakers, Sonos is hoping to set itself apart by opening its sound system up to developersand giving users more freedom.

Barely two hours after the stage lights dimmed at Sonoss product launch event in New York last week, the speaker companys products had yet another new competitor. The Google Home Max, a high-quality speaker and just one of several smart gadgets announced later that day, may be Googles voice-powered answer to Apples HomePod and Amazons new higher-quality Echo, but it also takes aim the wireless home audio turf long dominated by Sonos.

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Transcript - Bill Ludwig cross examined in court on what he knew about Wilson's crimes and when he knew it "IndyWatch Feed National"

Bill Ludwig to Bernard Murphy re Wilson's slush funds "There's nothing wrong with political donations". Bernard Murphy spoke to Bill Ludwig on or about 10 August 1995. Ludwig rang at BW and my request. He had been in meeting at Mt Isa all day. Advised that BW wanted to resign...


Not so sweet: 75 percent of honey samples had key pesticide "IndyWatch Feed National"

When researchers collected honey samples from around the world, they found that three-quarters of them had a common type of pesticide suspected of playing a role in the decline of bees. That demonstrates how pervasive a problem the much-debated pesticide is for honeybees, said authors of a study published ... in the journal Science. "What this shows is the magnitude of the contamination," said study lead author Edward Mitchell ... adding that there are "relatively few places where we did not find any." Over the past few years, several studies - in the lab and the field - link insecticides called neonicotinoids ... or neonics, to reduced and weakened honeybee hives. Neonics work by attacking an insect's central nervous system. As part of a citizen science project, the Swiss researchers asked other experts, friends and relatives to ship them honey samples. More than 300 samples arrived and researchers tested 198 of them for five of the most common types of neonics. Overall, 75 percent of the samples had at least one neonic, 45 percent had two or more and 10 percent had four or more. Results varied by region. In North America, 86 percent of samples had the pesticide; Asia, 80 percent; Europe, where there's a partial ban, 79 percent; Africa 73 percent; the Australian region, 71 percent and South America, 57 percent. The study found that nearly half of the honey samples exceeded a level of the pesticide that some previous research said weakens bees.

Note: CNN News reported in 2010 that pesticide manufacturer Bayer covered up the link between its neonicotinoids and massive bee die-offs. Read more about how these pesticides sicken bees and harm food crops. For more along these lines, see concise summaries of deeply revealing food system corruption news articles from reliable major media sources.

Saudi Arabia to let women drive at last "IndyWatch Feed National"

Saudi Arabia is easing restrictions on women driving, finally allowing almost half its population to get behind the wheel. A royal decree has been issued that will allow women in the country to drive, the Saudi Foreign ministry said Tuesday. The government will have until June 24, 2018, to implement the new decree. Manal al-Sharif, one of the women behind the Women2Drive campaign, celebrated the victory by posting a photo on Twitter of herself behind the wheel of a car. Sharif, who now lives in Australia, was jailed in Saudi Arabia 2011 after posting a video on YouTube of herself, wearing a black headscarf and sunglasses, driving a car. The act provoked death threats and spurred her to start the campaign. Liesl Gerntholtz, executive director of the Women's Rights Division at Human Rights Watch, told CNN while it was a "very important step" there was still a long way to go for Saudi women. "This prohibition on driving is just one in a vast series of laws and policies which prevent women from doing many things," she said. "The guardianship rule stops women from making every decision in her life without the assistance of a male relative, even if that relative is her 7-year-old son. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia follows a strict form of Wahhabi Islam that bans the mixing of sexes at public events and places numerous curbs on women. These restrictions are enforced by religious police.

Note: The kingdom of Saudi Arabia is one of the strongest allies of the US, yet it is also about the most backward country in the world on women's rights. And it is a dictatorship by monarchy. Why isn't there more reporting on this? For more along these lines, see concise summaries of deeply revealing civil liberties news articles from reliable major media sources.


"No Way Out of This Black Hole of Debt "IndyWatch Feed National"

"No Way Out of This Black Hole of Debt
by Bill Bonner

"By the time you read this, well be giving a speech to an investment group in London. Investors will want to know whats ahead. Will prices go up? Or down? Yes, we will answer. At best, we will help connect a few more dots

Trumps tax puzzle: The big dot weve been looking at this week is Team Trumps proposed tax cut, now causing indignation and puzzlement throughout the nation. Who will benefit? Who will pay? At first, we considered the proposal beneath contempt and beyond contemplation. It was silly and inconsequential. Whats more, it could never pass. So why bother to think about it?

But the more we looked, the more it seemed to take on a kind of gravity, drawing other big dots toward itself into a kind of planetary systemwith orbiting moons in cyclical patternscomets and asteroids appearing suddenly without warningan...


Showcasing First Nations at the Byron Bay Film Festival "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Film is one of the great mediums for connecting us to story and culture.  Both are vital elements in many indigenous communities, and we love having the opportunity to use film to bring otherwise untold stories to our audience in celebration of global diversity and connection.

Byron Bay Film Festival is proud to feature so many amazing stories from First Nations peoples all over the world.

Check out these amazing films screening throughout the festival:

Westwind: Djalus Legacy tells the story of Djalu Gurruwiwi, an ageing Yolgnu elder who is running out of time to pass on the Yidaki (didgeridoo) Songlines entrusted to him his clans knowledge, culture and country.

Screening Thursday 12 October, Byron Community Theatre, 7:30pm

Journeys to Adaka: Seven indigenous artists who look to the past f...


Across Australia, thousands protest against Adani Carmichael coal mine "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Adani: Thousands turn out across Australia to protest against Carmichael coal mine, ABC News 8 Oct 17  A national day of action to oppose the proposed Carmichael coal mine has seen thousands of protesters turn out in locations across Australia.

Rallies in locations including Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, the Gold Coast and Port Douglas in North Queensland heard messages against Indian company Adanis proposed mine in the Galilee Basin.

Adani has promised thousands of local jobs but opponents say the project will fuel global warming and destroy the Great Barrier Reef.

The ABCs Four Corners program on Monday revealed alleged cases of bribery, corruption and environmentally destructive behaviour by the Adani Group in India.

Adani is seeking a $900-million loan from taxpayers so it can build the railway line from the proposed mine site in the Galilee Basin to the Abbot Point coal port.

If this mine does go ahead it drives us into a dirty future and Australia is a country thats smarter than that, said Simon Fosterling, a Bondi surf life saver at the Sydney protest, which attracted about 2,000 people.

Protesters spelled out #STOP ADANI by standing in formation on the sand

Sydney Stop Adani campaigner Isaac Astill called the construction of the mine an international issue.

Its going to be the biggest coal mine in the southern hemisphere at a time when our climate is crumbling, Mr Astill said.

Its an international issue and thats why were seeing people around the world and in Australia coming out in their thousands to say no to Adani.

About 2,000 people rallied in Melbournes Princes Park carrying placards reading Coal=CO2!!! and Protect Our Future.

Australian Conservation Foundation CEO Kelly OShanassy said she hoped the big day of action would send a strong message that taxpayers did not want their money subsidising the project..

At Miami on the Gold Coast around 200 people turned out to oppose the mine.

We know how important this is and we know theres a growing movement and more and more people are realising how desperately we need this to stop, said Shane Primrose of the Stop Adani Gold Coast group.

The protests were organised by the Stop Adani Alliance, which is made up of 31 organisations..........


WHITE HELMETS: State Sanctioned Terrorism and Hollywood Poster Boys for War "IndyWatch Feed National"

Vanessa Beeley
21st Century Wire

The White Helmets. Who are they, who created them, and what purpose do they serve in Syria? These questions remain largely unanswered by the governments, corporate media and NATO member-aligned NGOs, including the UN, that have focused their efforts on regime change in Syria for the last seven years.

The White Helmets have achieved an almost cult-like status thanks to a diverse, well-oiled and multilaterally-funded support system. Their pictures adorn the front pages of most corporate media sites whenever Syria is mentioned. Their unprecedented success can be attributed to a top-drawer PR campaign one that has been maintained to the highest standards ever since the White Helmets became the public face of first responders in Syria following their establishment in March 2013.

Such a publicity coup would not have been possible without some heavyweight organizations working behind the scenes to create a brand that would eclipse all others in Western public perception.

For the last three years I have been conducting an ongoing investigation into the White Helmets, the much vaunted, so-called Syrian humanitarian NGO that has recently achieved Hollywood fame  winning an Oscar, which was awarded to a Netflix documentary showcasing White Helmet exploits in Syria. This investigation culminated in visits I paid to Syria to expand my enquiries and research on the ground inside the country. I have spent a total of four months in Syria since July 2016, my latest trip having taken place from July to August 2017.

In Part One of this series of reports, I will outline the genesis of the White Helmets, as well as their fabrication and evolution into one of the most widely-recognized humanitarian organizations the world has ever known.



Bernard Murphy's hand written notes suggest he was told about the Workplace Reform Association when Gillard handed the matter to him "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Slater and Gordon file 956276 "Bruce Wilson Bank Accounts" which contains Bernard Murphy's hand written notes is 38 pages long. Each page has a Slater and Gordon barcode and number. The file is in reverse chronological order - ie the oldest entries are at the bottom. Here is the...


Ill Have Your Sunburnt Country poem by G. Adani "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Many of you may not know that Mr Gautam Adani writes poetry in his spare time. He has written this poem for Australians Ill Have Your Sunburnt Country A poem by Mr Gautam Adani I love a Sunburnt Country, A land of leaking brains Of coal-fired power stations And sulphuric acid rains. I love her politicians With their billion dollar loan Their greed and [...] full article 


Hyperthermals: What can they tell us about modern global warming? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Around 50m years ago, Earth was struck by a series of short-term phases of rapid global warming, known collectively as hyperthermals.

Lasting for a few thousand years at a time, each hyperthermal saw the worlds temperatures rise by as much as 5C. This rise in global temperature is believed to have caused widespread changes to the worlds habitats and waves of species extinctions.

These hyperthermals were entirely natural climatic events, driven by large releases of gases, such as CO2 and methane, into the atmosphere. The likely causes of these events are still disputed by scientists, with some suggesting waves of volcanic eruptions, releases from natural methane stores and changes to the worlds soils could have been responsible.

The rate of CO2 release during the hyperthermals was much slower than the rate recorded by scientists today. However, climate scientists hope that getting a better understanding of these past events could tell us more about how human-driven emissions might affect the planet in the coming century.

At a conference held at the Royal Society in London, Carbon Brief spoke to some of the scientists that are studying what hyperthermals could tell us about future global warming.

Finding an analogue

One way that scientists can study the parallels between hyperthermals and current climate change is by finding a suitable analogue that is, the hyperthermal that was most similar to the kind of global warming that were seeing today.

A number of scientists believe that the hyperthermal that is most comparable to current climate change is the PaleoceneEocene Thermal Maximum (PETM), which was the first and largest of all the hyperthermals.

The chart below shows how the global ocean temperatures changed during the PETM (first spike on the graph), compared to temperature change during two later, s...


Riding the Russian Express "IndyWatch Feed National"

The smell of sausages and sweat permeates the air. Thousands of commuters push past me, an inconsequential outsider they have no problem squishing like a bug. Im most likely the only tourist visiting the working-class suburbs of St. Petersburg, let alone hitching a ride. Elbows up! my aunt Tanya beckons as we push into the entrance of the metro station with an unsettling sense of urgency. A highly regarded professor of engineering at the University, she and 2.5 million other commuters take this trip daily, social status be damned.

Our tokens collected and deposited, we begin the 86-metre journey straight down the escalator to hell. The metro in St. Petersburg was first dreamed up in 1820, but took until 1955 to actually be put into action; bureaucracy at its finest, eh? In a country founded off hypocrisy, fear of the unknown and the dire need to protect the motherland, the metro is where the people of this city are at their most vulnerable. I am wildly uncomfortable already.

 The natural light of the real world disappears, replaced with neon advertisements plastered to every inch of wall space. Everything here has been planned and executed with the mentality that sacrifice is not true sacrifice if in the name of Mother Russia. President Vladimir Putins new biography is most prevalently promoted, his face radiating through the fluorescent tubes. Beside him, a jolly looking ginger is displayed chowing down on more sausages: Om nom nom, the advertisement reads. Down still, deeper into an unknown which seems not to faze my fellow passengers. The smell of sausages gets stronger. How is that possible? Must be what they use to fuel the trains, I joke internally, feeling my naivety beginning to wear off.

 My eyes are suddenly assaulted with the most impressive displays of intricacy. Each metro station here is equipped its own unique design and theme, a stark contrast to the conformist blobs of human traffic that run through them. White marble, gold leafing, futuristic neon lights, textured walls adorned with statues. The creativity does not cease below ground; it thrives. Like the past generations of oppressed rising from below, the metro is a creative playground buried underneath the authoritarian concrete above. Coming from a country that actually employed an Agency of Censorship that lasted for centuries, these stations attempt to rewrite history.

 Doors are open; its go time. Me and Aunt Tanya make eye contact as hundreds of people begin a battle to push their way onto a seat, no pleasantries involved. She tries to grab my hand, but my butter fingers slip through and Im left to my own devices. Sal...


Trending tree cover loss spikes again in Queensland "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Australian state of Queensland is losing tree cover at the fastest rate in more than a decade, according to a government study released in September. Its even worse than my worst fears for this next round of land clearing data, Queenslands environment minister Steven Miles told the Guardian newspaper. He called the findings nothing short of devastating. The reports authors analyzed Landsat satellite imagery captured between August 2015 and August 2016 of the state, about half of which lies in the tropics. They found that, during that time, 395,000 hectares (976,000 acres) of tree cover had been cleared nearly a 33 percent bump over the same time period in 2014-2015. Annual woody vegetation clearing rate in Queensland (1988-2016). Source: Queensland Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation. Some 40 percent at 158,000 hectares (390,000 acres) of that clearing occurred in the area from which water flows into the Great Barrier Reef. Thats a 45-percent increase over the previous year, and it has meant an influx of more sediment into the Great Barrier Reef, literally suffocating our coral, Miles said in the Guardian article. The news also adds to a string of reports from the past year cataloging damage to the worlds largest coral reef. More than a third of the total tree cover loss came at the expense of what the State of Queenslands Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation, which produced the document, refers to as remnant forests. These old growth native forests are the


Westall - and the CSIRO "IndyWatch Feed National"

In a recent Facebook post, on the Westall Flying Saucer Incident Facebook page, Victorian researcher George Simpson made reference to an account where the CSIRO was reported to have removed soil from a location in Westall.  I had previously explored the UFO interest of one CSIRO scientist, who actually investigated the 6 April 1966 incident. Below I repost my 2015 blog post on this scientist.

Felician Andrzej Berson - the CSIRO - and his interest in UAP


There are scattered references, in the civilian UAP literature, to the interest of an individual named Dr. F A Berson, who worked for the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research organisation (CSIRO). I thought it might be useful to bring these references together, hence this post.

Dr F A Berson
(Source: Garratt, J et al.  "Winds of Change." CSIRO publishing....


Queenslands $12 million Queensland climate change policy dragging on in implementation "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Slow progress on key $12 million Queensland climate change policy, SMH, Tony Moore , 7 Oct 17,  Progress appears slow on one of Labors key climate change policies to encourage coastal Queensland councils to formally adopt a 0.8-metre higher sea level to combat beach erosion and storm surge problems.

The state government cannot say how many of the 41 coastal councils in Queensland have formally adopted the higher sea level, despite two departments being given four days to answer.

However, funds from the $12 million set aside by the state government has now gone to 21 of the 41 oceanside councils to develop plans.

Gold Coast City Council last week formally adopted the higher sea level when they updated their Gold Coast City Plan last week, as part of Queenslands Climate Adaption Strategy.

Fairfax Media believes Cairns and Townsville councils have adopted the 0.8-metre higher sea level but it remains unclear if Moreton Bay Regional Council has accepted the higher sea level.

 The policy allows coastal communities to better prepare homes and businesses for sea erosion and storm surge damage from increasingly frequent storms and cyclones as temperatures warm by 2100.

Gold Coast City Council last week formally adopted the higher sea level when they updated their Gold Coast City Plan last week, as part of Queenslands Climate Adaption Strategy.

Maps produced by Geoscience Australia for the Australian government show localised flooding in three scenarios: a 50-centimetre sea level rise, an 80-centimetre rise and a 1.1-metre rise.

The Geoscience maps show a considerable flood impact on the Gold Coasts northern suburbs and in the canal estates.

Earlier this year Local Government Association president Mark Jamieson said more than 30 Queensland councils would be gradually affected by rising sea levels.

More than half of Queenslands 77 councils will be exposed to coastal hazards in the future, Cr Jamieson said.

Its vital that local governments work together to assess risks and identify practical solutions that will help coastal communities prepare for serious issues such as storm tide flooding, coastal erosion and sea level rise.

On Sunday evening, a Local Government Department spokeswoman said the department had provided funding to 20 of the 41 Queensland councils to begin planning how to cope with higher sea levels


Read: Jay Amit Shahs Response to The Wires Report "IndyWatch Feed National"

Today morning, a news website The Wire published an article titled The Golden Touch of Jay Amit Shah authored by Ms. Rohini Singh. The editor of the website is Mr. Siddharth Varadarajan.

The article makes false, derogatory and defamatory imputation against me by creating in the minds of right-thinking people an impression that my business owes its success to my father Shri Amitbhai Shahs political position.

My businesses are fully legitimate and conducted in a lawful manner on commercial lines, which is reflected in my tax records, and are through banking transactions. I had taken loan either from NBFC or Non-funded Credit Facilities from Cooperative Bank on purely commercial terms strictly in accordance with law. I have repaid the loans by cheque on commercial rate of interest and within the time stipulated. I have mortgaged my family property with the cooperative bank to get the credit facilities.

My lawyer has given details of my legitimate transactions to the Author of the website and all questions posed by her were answered with details since I had nothing to hide.

Since the website has proceeded in making an absolutely false imputation in a highly slanted article thereby damaging my reputation I have decided to prosecute Author, Editor/(S) and the Owner/(s) of the aforesaid news website for criminal defamation and sue them for an amount of Rs. 100 crores. Both the actions will be filed at Ahmedabad where I stay, carry on my business and where the cause of action has arisen.

If anyone else republish/re-broadcast the imputations made in the said article, whether directly or indirectly, such person or entity will also be guilty of the very same criminal and/or civil liability.


The post Read: Jay Amit Shahs Response to The Wires Report appeared first on The Wire.


No room for children: the absurd theory of population control "IndyWatch Feed National"

A study published in Environmental Research Letters measured the impact of certain lifestyle choices when it comes to carbon emissions. The study suggests that having fewer children, along with adopting a vegetarian diet, avoiding long flights and selling your car, will have the most impact in reducing an individuals carbon footprint.


Will thorium power be cheaper than wind power? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Windpower ,January 21, 2015 Paul Dvorak Most commentary on energy is really a commentary on the cost of energy..In contrast, pick up an article about the promise of thorium nuclear reactors and you likely wont see one dollar sign. What gives?  Thorium reactors may well be the power source of the future but the technology will cost something. But how much?

One way to answer the question is to Google it. A recent search pulled up this edited Best Answer from Yahoo:     Japan thinks it can make a thorium prototype reactor for $300 million. The UK estimates that the first thorium production plant would cost 1 billion. France has invested 1 million investigating corrosion problems found when a test reactor in the U.S. was shut down in 1969 after four years of operation. Generally, its believed that $300 million would be enough for small thorium power plant.

We assume a small plant means about 200 MW.

Another way to get a handle on thorium-reactor costs would be to examine the cost of conventional reactors , such as the Vogtle units in Georgia.

The first two units are rated for a total of 2,400 MW. That is a large plant.

But during Vogtles construction, capital investment jumped from an estimated $660 million to $8.87 billion. Additional regulations and a redesign brought the jump in capital costs.

Unfortunately, the nuclea...


Cognitive Infiltration by Governments, YouTube Algorithms, and Faking News "IndyWatch Feed National"

(L) The book, 1984, in a Sydney library, and (R) Cass Sunstein, who coined the phrase Cognitive Infiltration

by Dee McLachlan

People, please!  You were told by the mainstream media (MSM) with great clarity that Stephen Paddock was a lone wolf shooter, a creepy guy, that had led a secretive life and clearly just wanted to shoot people at the festival.

You are to ignore all reports and videos that may conflict with this narrative, including any reports of second shooters, or that they found a military style phone charger in the hotel room. Absolutely ignore reports that Paddock...


Thanks, Trees "IndyWatch Feed National"

A female tree lobster specimen. Scientists have learned that the Balls Pyramid stick insect and the Lord Howe stick insect are variations of the same species. CreditRohan Cleave/Melbourne Zoo, Australia

Thanks to Joanna Klein and the Science section of the New York Times:

A Stick Insect. A Tree Lobster. Whatever You Call It, Its Not Extinct

A genetic analysis showed that a stick insect found on another island was the same species as one that had been wiped out by rats on Australias Lord Howe Island.

The tree lobster, one of the rarest insects on Earth, has lived a rather twisted life story.

Scientifically known as Dryococelus australis, this six-inch-long stick bug with a lobster-esque exoskeleton once occupied Lord Howe Island in the Tasman Sea, between Australia and New Zealand.

In 1918, rats escaping a capsized steamship swam ashore. The tree...


Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.0002 BTC
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Jordan Merrick Announces EP Launch Tour "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Image Courtesy of Jordan Merrick Brisbane-based singer-songwriter Jordan Merrick will be releasing his new EP Songs From House Arrest and has announced plans to head out on tour to launch it. The tour will take Merrick to Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and the Sunshine Coast check out the full list of dates along with his []


YES campaign casts its rainbow over Byron Bay "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Ballina MP Tamara Smith addresses Byron Bay's YES rally for marriage equality on Sunday (October 8). Photo Jeff Poole

Ballina MP Tamara Smith addresses Byron Bays YES rally for marriage equality on Sunday (October 8). Photo Jeff Poole

With still a month to go before the results of the nations longest ever survey are tabulated, supporters of the marriage equality YES campaign took to Byron Bays Apex Park on Sunday to relax, reflect and re-energise.

The seven-coloured rainbow region flag flew proudly beside the six-coloured LGBTI flag showing support from all sections of our community.

Entertainment from Mae Wilde and the Bollywood Sisters belly dancers got the crowd in the mood, while speeches came from Byron Mayor Simon Richardson, MLC Mehreen Faruqi, marriage celebrant Zenith Virago, a young gay man who grew up in Byron, and Ballina MP Tamara Smith.

But perhaps the line of the day went to MC Mandy Nolan who said, this is not so much a survey on same sex-marriage as a dickhead poll. Now well know where they live.

She added that even if you dont believe in marriage, you should still vote YES because this is not just about what YOU want: its a civil rights issue.


Gaoling children: Australias latest method of keeping people safe "IndyWatch Feed National"


The Turnbull Government, with the eager support of the state premiers, is marching us towards becoming a police state, writes Dr Binoy Kampmark. Read More


Protesting Against Indias Adani Coal Mining Giant: Australias National Day of Action "IndyWatch Feed National"


Be careful, you might get run over. So squawks an administrator from the local RMIT University as she dashes towards Princess Park, Melbourne. The need for this jet propulsion enthusiasm is clear: a gathering is being organised in the


Reported Plunge in Renewable Costs Prompts Aussie Government to Pull Subsidies "IndyWatch Feed National"

Guest essay by Eric Worrall The Australian government is so impressed by the alleged plunge in renewable and battery storage costs they think it will no longer be necessary to subsidise renewables. Coalition rethinks need for clean energy target as renewable cost plunges The Turnbull government is rethinking the need to adopt a clean energy


We've had quite a serious hacking attack "IndyWatch Feed National"

I will be online and posting later in the day (God willing). I don't want to say too much about the nature of the incursion - suffice to say it's very concerning.


FixedIt: courts hear evidence from the prosecution too "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Gladstone Observer has been reporting on the trial of a man accused of raping and sexually abusing his stepson, starting when the boy was 11 years old.

The man has pleaded not guilty and the Gladstone District court has been hearing evidence since last week.

Court reporting is no sinecure. It can be very difficult to cover a full days evidence in a single article. And if the trial runs over several days, which a case like this would, it can be even more difficult to put a single days evidence in context.

Also, journalists need to be extremely careful with what and how they report on trial when the victim of the alleged crimes is a child.

This article in the Gladstone Observer was reporting on a day that appeared to be mostly about evidence given by the defence. It followed an article from last week that was mostly about the prosecution evidence.

The original headline and the fixed headline in red are equally true and equally accurate in their report on the evidence given to the court that day. And they are also equally biased in the picture they present to readers of what is happening in the trial.

The green fix is accurate and impartial. And not difficult.

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Harrison Storm Announces Headline Tour "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Image Courtesy of Harrison Storm Wollongong-based singer-songwriter Harrison Storm has announced plans to hit the road to launch is new EP Change It All. The tour will take in shows in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney this December, after Storm finishes up a support slot with Josh Pyke. Check out the full list of dates below []


LIVE REVIEW: Dashville Skyline Festival 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Now in its third year, Belfords Dashville Skyline is fast becoming a fixture on the alt-country, psych and rocknroll calendar, this year showcasing artists from Australia, New Zealand, the USA and Ireland. Only 2.5 hours north of Sydney, it all comes together on the Johnston family farm, with the festival (plus Gum Ball and Thrashville) managed Continue reading


Malaysias Central Bank to Decide on Crypto Regulation at Years End "IndyWatch Feed National"

Malaysia central bank Governor is taking bitcoin cues from China. His glib statements are attracting widespread regional attention, as Southeast Asias 4th largest economy attempts to reconcile notorious financial conservatism with radical financial change.

Also read: Malaysian Central Bank Focuses on Adapting Fintech Regulation

Malaysia, Regional Fiscal Powerhouse

Asian Institute of Finance (AIF) hosted its 9th International Conference on Financial Crime and Terrorism Financing (ICFTF) 2017 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

AIF is the promotional arm for both the countrys central bank, Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM), and its regulatory body, Suruhanjaya Sekuriti Securities Commission Maylasia.

ICFTFs keynote was given by Tan Sri Muhammad bin Ibrahim, BNM Governor since 2016.

Fifty years at an average 6.5 percent growth rate will do that, as will outperforming Australia and France

The conference billed itself as exploring current and new trends in financial crime and the next generation...


Community groups call for fairer trade rules at WTO meeting "IndyWatch Feed National"

October 9, 2017: Today, Trade Ministers from only 35 countries will attend a mini-Ministerial in Morocco which is intended to solidify the agenda for the upcoming 11th Ministerial Conference of the 164-member WTO (MC11) to be held December 10-13, 2017 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Members of 300 civil society organisations from over 150 countries have sent an urgent letter to the Members of the World Trade Organisation, raising concerns about a dangerous new agenda being pushed by some WTO members under the rubric of e-commerce. 

The letter was organised by the global Our World Is Not for Sale (OWINFS) network and signed by the Australian Fair Trade & Investment Network (AFTINET), a network of 60 community organisations and many more individuals advocating for fair trade based on human rights, labour rights and environmental sustainability.

The letter urges Trade Ministers not to support proposals on e-commerce, trade in services and fishing subsidies which would benefit global corporations but reduce the ability of governments to regulate in the public interest. 

It also calls on governments to positively support proposals which will reduce unfair agricultural export subsidies in industrialised countries and enable food security measures to be taken by developing countries, and to support the greater flexibilities for developing countries which were supposed to be in the original WTO Doha development agenda.

Dr Patricia Ranald from AFTINET said, We urge the Australian government not to support rules which would restrict their ability to guarantee effective data privacy rules and to regulate essential services in the public interest.

The government should support food security measures and greater flexibilities for developing countries.

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Video: American college students react to 1940s race film "IndyWatch Feed National"


College students view race hate speech and make a connection between with this and what is unfolding today.

Video from FBE

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Man charged over indecent assault on child at Yamba "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A man will face court today charged over the indecent assault of a child at a shopping centre in Yamba last week.

Detectives from the State Crime Commands Child Abuse Squad and Coffs/Clarence Local Area Command commenced an investigation following reports an 11-year-old girl was indecently assaulted while shopping last Thursday.

Investigators were told the girl was approached by an unknown man, who engaged her in conversation before indecently assaulting her at a discount store in a shopping centre on Treelands Drive, Yamba, about 2.30pm.

Following extensive inquiries, detectives arrested a 50-year-old man at a home at Illuka about 11am yesterday (Sunday 8 October 2017).

A search was conducted at the home and detectives seized a number of items relevant to the investigation.

The man was taken to Grafton Police Station, where he was charged with two counts of indecent assault person under 16.

He was refused bail to appear at Grafton Local Court today (Monday 9 October 2017).

Investigations are continuing.

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NSW Australian of the Year to play at annual refugees soccer match "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

NSW Australian of the Year Deng Thiak Adut. (supplied)

NSW Australian of the Year Deng Thiak Adut. (supplied)

The African All Stars and Lismore Legends at the 2015 trophy presentation. (supplied)

The African All Stars and Lismore Legends at the 2015 trophy presentation. (supplied)

NSW Australian of the Year Deng Thiak Adut will be a special guest player in the 10th annual African All Stars vs Lismore Legends soccer match on Thursday.

Deng is a criminal lawyer from Sydney who was kidnapped from his family in South Sudan at the age of six and forced to fight in the civil war as a child soldier.

He escaped to Australia at age 14, where he taught himself to read and later graduated from university. His ultimate goal is to return to South Sudan to prosecute those responsible for the conscription of child soldiers.

Deng is in Lismore to give an author talk at Lismore City Hall about his book Songs of a War Boy, which tells his incredible true story.

He will also line-up with local refugees in the African All Stars vs Lismore Legends soccer match, which began in 2007 as a way to build relationships between new refugees and local government employees.

Lismore mayor Isaac Smith said the idea of the annual match came about as a way to ensure refugees felt comfortable accessing essential services and approaching the local council, and the world game seemed the perfect way to build relationships and break down barriers.

It has become an annual tradition and one that is hotly contested each year. Council has lost three years running and we are determined to reclaim the trophy this year.

We are so honoured to have Mr Adut here to play with us, but it doesnt mean we will be going easy on the All Stars. We are playing to win and competition will be fierce.

The 2017 African All Stars vs Lismore Legends soccer match will include a community BBQ and spectators are very welcome to attend. The BBQ is by gold coin and all proceeds will go to the John Mac Foundation, which was established in 2016 following the death of Dengs brother John, who...


Nude Olympics overshadowed by prospect of beach ban "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Attendees at Byron's inaugural Nude Olympics on Saturday (October 7) 'blowing the whistle on sexual assault.' Photo supplied

Attendees at Byrons inaugural Nude Olympics on Saturday (October 7) blowing the whistle on sexual assault. Photo supplied

Organisers of Saturdays inaugural Nude Olympics at Byrons Belongil Beach say they are already planning for next years event.

But those plans may have to be put on hold if a motion before Byron Shire Council next week to ban nude bathing at the beach is successful.

Cr Paul Spooner says in the comments attached to his notice of motion, While I am not against clothes optional bathing on our beaches it seems blatantly clear to me that the isolated location at [Belongil and] Tyagarah has unfortunately encouraged negative social behaviour and has made the location undesirable for many people to now use as a public beach.

But local naturist Wayne Pendobny, who runs the Save Kings Beach and Belongil/Tyagarah Nature Reserve Facebook page, told Echonetdaily, that banning a perfectly natural pastime is not the Byron way

When there were a series of serious alcohol-related assaults in Byron Bay, we didnt close the pubs. We looked at ways to minimise the dangerous behaviours while allowing people to continue to enjoy a couple of quiet drinks, he said.

To put this in perspective, this is the only legally declared nude beach for 3,000 kilometres from Coffs Harbour to Cape York, he added.

Blowing the whistle

Mr Pendobny used Saturdays gathering to launch a petition to keep the beach open, and a blow the whistle on sexual assault campaign to empower beach users to counter unwanted sexual advances.

When this issue last came up in 2013, councillors, including Cr Spooner, resolved to investigate alternative locations for a clothing optional beach closer to town, consult with nude bathers and obtain an options report from staff.

Needless to say, none of that ever happened and now Cr Spooner wants to remove the beach declaration with practically no notice.

The fact is, council has broken faith with nude bathers and, if Cr Spooners plan is followed, will abrogate its responsibility towards women who have been on the receiving end of very predatory sexual be...


FixedIt: Erasing sexually violent men from headlines "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Australians report about a 58 year old man who allegedly broke into an 85 year old mans house and sexually assaulted him twice in one night is another example of the male perpetrators of sexual violence being erased from headlines.

NSW police report the 58 year old was taken to Campsie Police Station and charged with aggravated sexual assault break and enter with intent (x2); attempted sexual assault (x2); and indecent assault (x2).

Hes been charged, not convicted, but that doesnt mean he needs to be erased from the headlines it just means reporters cant state that he did sexual assault the elderly man they have to say hes been charged over it.

Its not difficult.

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Main Arm community shows support for local fire brigade "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Over $3,000 of raffle prizes were drawn at the Main Arm store to raise money for the local rural fire brigade.

Over $3,000 of raffle prizes were drawn at the Main Arm store to raise money for the local rural fire brigade.

The Main Arm community came out in force on Saturday afternoon to show their appreciation to the local fire brigade and others from around the region that battled a fire in the area for six weeks.

Around 350 hectares were burnt out after the fire was accidentally started from a camp fire. Several houses came under threat during the fire but fortunately none were damaged.

We live in an amazing community and had the support of all the brigades from around the region, said Lance Hopson, captain of the Main Arm rural fire brigade.

Special thanks went to Mary-Anne and Alex who put together the thank you event and fundraiser that raised over $1,000.

The event has been like a little fire that turns into a big thing, continued captain Hopson.

Two local bands Blindmouth and the Saffron Pool Club house band played keep the audience entertained for the afternoon. Donations of prizes ranged from three nights in Bali hotel to art works, tickets to the Mullum Music Festival and local food.

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Stop Adani spelt out in Armidale "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Over 130 people gathered in front of Barnaby Joyces office in Armidale to tell him loudly and clearly to Stop Adani. The action was one of over 45 events held across Australia with thousands of people creating human signs to spell out StopAdani, from Bondi to Bells Beach, Suva to the Whitsundays, Melbourne to Airlie Beach, [...] full article 


Government refuses to act on dangerous cladding "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed from Queensland

Everyone knows about the horror of Londons Grenfell Tower fire last June that killed at least 80 people and that the fault was the use of flammable cladding.

Fewer people are aware that similar cladding has been used extensively in Australia.

Regardless, the Turnbull government has failed since June to do anything about it., even though it poses a clear threat of this type of cladding, on the questionable grounds that scaring people is not the answer.

However, state ministers with the responsibility, will on Friday consider, an urgent ban on the sale, use and import of  in Australia, of cladding with a polyethylene core between two sheets of aluminium.

Even if imports are stopped, as they should be, a significant proportion of the cladding is made in Australia. This will not come to an end, unless measures are taken to ban its use. There is also the need to compel the removable of the hazardous substances from existing buildings and other uses that might put the public in danger. This has been done with asbestos and it needs to be done with the flammable cladding.

The Turnbull government must be aware of the risk, but keeps on refusing to do a single thing. On top of this, building companies are breaching the governments own building code, in terms of the use of combustible materials.  Given this, why isnt anything done to hold companies breaching this code to account and compel rectification of the risk?

The Property Council of Australia has also backed an importation ban and audit of existing buildings.

By failing to act and to act decisively, the government is inviting the accusation of colluding with builders and placing a higher priority on helping them save them dollars, ahead of the lives of those who are put at risk.





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